By Cathy B. Koplen
We are seven days out — if the world were really to end on Dec. 21, what would you do?
Many people around the world have contemplated this question — some in all seriousness and others with their tongues planted firmly in their cheeks.
The Mayan Calendar ends on Dec. 21, 2012, bringing to a close the 13th Bak’tun — an era of almost 400 years. This date sparks the imagination of those who contemplate what the end means and how they would react.
“If the world was ending in seven days on December 21, 2012,” said Ellie Kinch of Walton, “I would be dead-center, front row for the Rolling Stones concert on Dec. 13, in East Rutherford, N.J. Then I would go home and pray the world will continue so I can see Mick Jagger again.”
Many people responded to the Daily Star’s a query on the subject, some said they would spend time with friends and family.
“I would spend as much time with my kids, my husband and my friends as I could,” said Amy Sulas of Schenevus. “I’d like to take the kids to Disney — it’s on my bucket list. But, I don’t think the world is going to end. Some people do, but not me.”
Others made provisions for their pets.
“Should I find The World ending, I would only befriend my dog,” Kim Terpenning responded. “Love you my German Shepherd Millie. Unconditional Love Always. Simple and Complete.”
An anonymous response read, “I’d have my dog put to sleep and I’d go on the wagon for seven days and seven nights.”
Daily Star columnist Henry F. Geerken of Worcester replied to the question, “If I only had a week to live, the very first thing I would do is to go out and buy seven pair of new underwear. My mother always told me that if a date was important to me, I should have clean underwear on just in case I was in an accident and I had to go to the hospital. Heavens knows how embarrassed I would be to have ‘skid marks’ or something worse when I was on the table for all to see.