Review – 101 Things to do Before the Apocalypse

If someone tells a joke but no one’s left alive to hear it, is it still funny? In the case of Jon Hanson’s 101 Things to do Before the Apocalypse the answer is a resounding, “Yes!”

Hanson has put together a bucket-list folks from all walks of life can occupy their time with as we near the Mayan Doomsday date of 12/21/12. As it’s the month of Christmas I think I’ll start by checking off #6: “Have Christmas Early.” December 25th comes days after the scheduled ruination of mankind, so why miss out?! One of the best things about the book is that similar things are grouped together so you can knock out two in a row. (#7 is “Buy Yourself Christmas Presents!”)

Whether you’re a student, parent, work a white-collar job, or you’re a ne’er-do-well slacker, this book has easy to accomplish tasks, all laid out  in a convenient format. They range from sound advice, to suggestions of questionable morality, to outright law-breaking, but not every suggestion is selfish or illegal. There are plenty of things on this list to make your neighbors’ last days a little brighter. One of my favorites is #18: “Give up Your Restaurant Pager:”

“If you find yourself waiting for a restaurant table among older people, keep an eye on them. If you get buzzed first, offer to swap with them. They have done enough waiting. You could also apply the same efforts to active duty members of the military and veterans. It’s the right thing to do and you’ll feel good in the process!”

Again, 101 Things to do Before the Apocalypse provides a wide variety of entertaining ways to spend your final hours, and though there are a few points of repetition along the way, those moments don’t detract from the overall enjoyment of the book. 101 is a big number, and I suspect the author managed to get them all in while dodging the authorities a few times. No small feat. I had fun reading this lighthearted take on our impending doom. It’s a fine reminder that sometimes we take ourselves too seriously. Go to Amazon and buy this book, you won’t regret it!

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Too much Holiday cheer already?

It was brought to my attention today that while we’re only four days into the month of December, some of our beloved Holiday icons may have already been hitting the ol’ eggnog pretty heavily. Jolly St. Nick himself was seen just this morning, apparently sleeping one off “up on the rooftop,” with no sign of anything being done “quick, quick, quick.”

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Later this afternoon, I witnessed the disturbing site of our old friend, Frosty the Snowman, attempting the walk of shame, but failing to make it even beyond the front yard:

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While I’m not one to judge, nor am I overly fond of predictions, I have to say, it’s beginning to look a lot like The Betty Ford Clinic around here. I’m going to blame the unseasonably warm weather. Santa and Frosty obviously think they’re still on vacation. Here’s hoping Jack Frost comes nipping at our noses sooner rather than later or I fear we may have more Bah Humbug than Ho Ho Ho this Christmas.

The Holidays are Upon Us

And yes, Winter is Coming. Officially, Winter is still a month away, the solstice falling on December 21st. Here in St. Louis it’s going to be in the 60’s this week for Thanksgiving which is hardly Winter-like weather. Last Winter was mild, we had barely any lasting snow, so it almost feels premature to say Winter is Coming already, but it is.

One of the ways you can tell around here is that the powers that be begin setting up for the Winter Wonderland in Tilles Park! Acres upon acres of Christmas and holiday lights strewn across a public park, over the river and through the woods, around the lake, o’er hill and dale:

You can pay (a fairly hefty sum, though I think it goes to charity?) to drive through the park and view the shining, flashing, running, festive attraction, or you can pay (an even heftier sum) to take a horse drawn carriage ride through it, but it’s worth it, especially for the little ones or if you’ve never seen the spectacle before.

I occasionally drive past Tilles Park on my way to work and you can see them working on the displays early in the month of November. Once the “show” opens for business, traffic is re-routed through the park and cars, trucks, and buses line up for miles to get in on the busy nights. Driving through this part of St. Louis County during those evenings requires more forethought than usual to avoid the traffic jams.

I’m thankful for the opportunity to live in a city where such events are possible, and I know many families who have made great memories of a trip to the Wonderland. I’m not a huge fan of the Holiday Season, though I’m big on holiday feasting- need to make sure I know the gym hours over this weekend! I hope you all enjoy your family gatherings and if you’re in the St. Louis or surrounding areas, come visit this Winter Wonderland.

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