People keep reminding me the world is set to end this Saturday. I love apocalyptic stories. In my mind they merge with all those bad movies I grew up on in the ‘50s, the ones where radiation transforms things into giant, angry whatevers.
I should clarify that Saturday’s big event is not THE end. It’s sposed to be (what, again?) the Rapture. That’s the beginning of the Second Coming of Jesus show, where the saved get zooped up into heaven, right out of their clothes, thus avoiding the teddible happedigs soon to follow, when gawd shall enfry the planet, making crispy critters of those who were too unwise to have listened UNTIL IT WAS TOO LATE! (Oh, my aching left behind.)
I get it. It’s fun to be scared. You get a big rush of adrenaline when you are scared, and it makes you feel alive. People aren’t as easy to scare as they used to be. It takes a bigger monster. Monsters, evil spirits and the end of everything are perennial faves. In fact, anything you can’t see is kind of scary. Have you ever been afraid of the dark? If so, don’t listen to this. It scared me a lot when I was 12. (Rated PG-13, for scariness):
I’m not going to do anything different than what I had already planned. The Grand Parade of the Annual Rhododendron Festival will be taking place downtown at 1pm. The Rhody Festival Queen is a King this year. Emma King is her name. I’ll be on-call to take pictures of people’s bones until 4pm. At 7:30pm, I’ll be sitting 10th row center, watching my favorite musician, Leo Kottke. All the signs and omens are fortuitous. Leo’s birthday happens to be 9/11, the day “everything changed”. As far as I’m concerned it changed because he was born, grew up to be the world’s finest acoustic guitarist, and because he’s playing in my own little town just in time for the Rapture. If he and I float away to hebben, it will be a perfect exit. If he and I remain, I still get to see the concert. If he goes and I don’t I will be irritated for a moment, but Fort Worden park where he’s playing will still be lovely and I will go outside and enjoy it.