Lights out or not? Pros and cons to impending end of the world
The world is scheduled to end this month.
The date, specifically, is Friday, Dec. 21, which, for those looking forward to Christmas and/or the release of “Les Miserables,” is a bummer. For those disinterested in another University of Colorado football season, however, it could all be over.
Although the date of the world’s end is specified in some interpretations of the Mayan calendar, the exact time is not spelled out. If it ends all at once, well, it does. On the other hand, if the world ends first in Japan then continues a catastrophic westward march, it’s likely somebody will update his or her Facebook status to give us in the Western United States a heads up.
Either way, Grand Junction is ready to party. Among the events scheduled to mark “the end”:
■ Party Like There’s No Tomorrow electronic dance party will go from 9 p.m. until closing Friday, Dec. 21, at Sabrosa, 122 S. Fifth St., with DJs Goe Goe, Chamber Bot and Strangefellow. It’s free, but only those 21 and older are allowed.
■ Doomsday: End of the World Celebration will be from 9 p.m. until close Friday, Dec. 21, at Mesa Theater and Lounge, 538 Main St. Local bands Shotgun Hodown, Jack+Jill and Pineapple Crackers will play. Tickets cost $8 in advance or $10 the day of the show, which is open to all ages. Doors open at 8 p.m.
■ End of the World Party at Cruisers will be on Thursday, Dec. 20. Dance with music by DJ Dustin from KAFM.
Jack+Jill band member Aaron Seibert put the Mesa Theater Doomsday event together, figuring the date fell on a Friday and the end of the world was as good a reason as any to party. Local DJ David Goe had the same reasons for putting together the event at Sabrosa.
Those fearful that Friday, Dec. 21, really will be the day it all ends — the TV show “Doomsday Preppers” has taught us that there are some legitimately worried about Earth’s fate — take solace that NASA, in response to Internet rumors, posted on its website that “the world will not end in 2012 ... credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012.”
If, however, NASA is wrong, and the world ends, this is your final Out & About. So I compiled a list of reasons why it would stink if it’s all over and reasons why it’s OK if the Mayans are right.