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dont know about you guys but Ive just about
had it with the Doomsday stuff.
The other night we were watching the news and one of the
less smart of the newscasters that we watch talked about
December 21st and the end of the world that the Mayans
No they didnt.
Where are these people getting this stuff from?
You know, I can see a media outlet like Entertainment
tonight or a rag like the Enquirer reporting that the
end of the world is going to be on December 21st because
the Mayan civilization predicted it but a news outlet?
Come on! Doesnt anyone do any research any more?
From everything Ive ever read, seen, heard or studied,
the Mayan calendar never predicted the end
of the world. Some scholars with a still undeveloped
grasp of Mayan hieroglyphics misinterpreted the calendar
believing at the time that it indicated prophecies of
the future. The hippies and apocalypse types caught on
to the misunderstanding in the early 1960s and it
became a part of their culture, and lately Internet culture,
all based on something being translated incorrectly. Kind
of like the translation of the Hebrew word for young woman
being mistaken to mean virgin
.A whole religion is
based on that little misstep now. Hmmm.
As I understand it from several science pages, the
Mayan calendars, of which there are many, are based on
cycles, with each cycle lasting so many days or
years, depending on the calendar. Just as our annual calendar
is based on 365 days, one of their calendars also tracks
a solar year of 365 days. They have shorter calendars
based on pregnancies, for example, and longer ones, the
longest of which is 5,126 years.
The Mayan civilization flourished from 2000 B.C. to 1000
A.D. Their longer calendar is based on 394 year cycles
and we are presently in the 13th of those cycles since
the beginning of the Mayan creation story
5,126 years ago. That cycle ends Friday, December 21,
It is estimated by archaeologists and experts on the Mayan
culture that like the other Mayan calendars, this one
was intended to roll over to the next calendar period,
just as our annual calendar rolls over from December to
January of a new year. That's the sum total. No apocalypse.
No Doomsday. No End of Days.
Now the scientists could be wrong. I guess we might
all wake up dead tomorrow. :-) But I don't really
I suppose well just have to see. In the meanwhile,
television certainly has some interesting shows on right
now espousing all kinds of interesting theories!
I can actually buy a few of them.
I suppose that a solar blast from the sun always
has been and always will be a danger to earth,
mostly unpredictable and entirely unmanageable. In other
words, not a single, solitary thing we can do about it.
A massive solar flare could disrupt satellite communications
and power grids for a short time or a long time. A world
wide disruption for a long period of time could definitely
cause a breakdown in civilized behavior around the globe.
2013 is at the peak of the solar cycle of 11 years so
if nothing else, we will see some great northern lights
The asteroid, meteor theory isnt just a theory.
Onecould impact the earth in the same manner
that the Yucatan Peninsula meteor did, pretty much wiping
out most species on earth. However, that
we can see coming and who knows, maybe we can even affect
its path. At this point in time, it doesnt look
like were in any danger from space debris nor will
we be any time soon.
Theres no question that the human race could
be in danger from a disease epidemic, either by accident
but more likely spread by terrorists. Nuclear
weapons and epidemics probably werent that much
of a danger in the past 20 years but with the terrorist
networks thriving in the Middle East, the fanatics in
the same place, and the just plain crazy in North Korea,
those two threats have definitely moved up the scale of
things that could cause a problem to human civilization.
In the end, I think that we are probably going to see
the biggest impact from something that is
happening and thats climate change. I wont
argue whether its Mother Nature or humanitys
fault because youve all read my opinion on that
score and we may be past the tipping point now anyway,
so it may be too late to worry about "who's"
fault it is.
I guess you could say that climate change is also the
most certain big thing to happen to humanity in
the future. There is no question that it will impact us,
particularly poor developing countries, its just
a matter of
. How much? Will climate change speed
up exponentially as scientists have shown in the past?
And if so, how fast and can species on the planet adapt
quickly enough? I guess if it was bad enough then climate
change could definitely fit into the doomsday predictions,
but thats one that is definitely not going to happen
tomorrow! So unless Ive missed something here, we
should all be safe in our beds tonight, unless we freeze
to death, of course... because our weather is cold!
The only thing that is going to occur tomorrow
for sure, is the shortest day. Thank goodness the days
will finally start to get longer now!
The night before last the temperature dropped to
25.9C or 15F and never got above 8C
or 17F during the day. Last night it dropped to
19.2C or 2F but rose a degree before I went
to bed. It climbed up pretty good early this morning and
then dropped back to 10C at sunrise and though it
struggled, never made it up past 6C today. The sun
did fight its way through cloud today and that helped
to warm things up a little, but it just didnt last
that long and of course, the sun is pretty watery with
little strength this time of year. I think whats
most irritating of all is that day after day were
lucky to see any sun at all, and yet every bloody night
it clears off and gets cold without exception. Its
We have about four inches of snow on the ground
now. We accumulated another couple of inches of
fluffy stuff yesterday and this morning but its
far less than many other areas in the province got. I
think Williams Lake got about a foot and some areas in
the Okanagan got the same. My nephew is down in the Kootenays
at Grand Forks where they got a foot and a half in one
go. Hes complaining bitterly because he and his
girlfriend just moved down there this fall and were told
the area got little snow. Apparently this is the most
snow Grand Forks has gotten in 10 years and hes
furious. Vancouver got hit as well and we watched
bumper cars on the news yesterday. That always
improves my mood. Although I wont laugh too loud
this year because were going to be down there over
the holidays and the Lower Mainland can have nasty roads
at this time of year. Were hoping for clear weather
when we go through.
Just a reminder to everyone that the New Years
Ice Party is apparently going to be held again this year.
Andy and I wont be here and so wont be running
around like chickens with our heads cut off organizing
things. Thats in someone elses lap now and
Im looking forward to the break from it for a change.
I feel like I can finally enjoy Christmas and the holidays
for the first time in four years. Were lucky enough
to have scored a house and dog sitter so we can get away
and go do something cool. So if you dont hear from
me in the next couple of weeks, that will by why. Mind
you, it might also be because I cant get on the
Internet. Our Internet went down several days
ago so we ordered a part that our provider thought we
needed. It came out on the freight this morning but for
some strange reason, our Internet had decided to start
working again all on its own, also this morning. Ive
decided to try and get this blog up just in case it goes
out again and I cant get another posted.
Today Andy put in the ice road from our boat launch to
the public boat launch across the bay with the new snow
plow on my old truck and it worked like a hot darn! In
fact, he hadnt widened the road completely when
here came a Telus commercial van tootling across the lake
on the new ice road right past Andy. He told me about
it and I just couldnt believe it. Theres
at least 10 inches of ice out there but still, the ice
road is brand new. Most people give it a day or
so. It was kind of cute, actually. I wonder if he knows
that his companys fleet insurance probably doesnt
cover his van if he goes through? Maybe he's better off
not knowing. :-)
Before leaving off and just in case I don't get a chance
to post another blog, I would like to take this
opportunity to wish you all a wonderful holiday from our
family to yours, and our very best wishes for 2013. Merry
This is the start of a new week so you'll find last week's
December Week Two.
Lake Highway cam looking West.
The purpose of this web site is to draw attention to a
remote area of west central British Columbia. It is a
beautiful area that relies heavily on tourism. The search
engines don't know much about the West Chilcotin, Anahim
Lake, Nimpo Lake or any of the other small communities
in the region and I hope to change that! Even as large
as this site will eventually be, there just isn't enough
room or time in the day to fully describe this incredible
country but I am going to try scraping away at the tip
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the links, and see what the West Chilcotin is really like!