Jenni Autry is all up on the apocalypse. Here, she reveals how some of our favorite eventing personalities are celebrating the final hours before the earth spontaneously combusts, or whatever.
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Today is the end of the world, according to the Mayans anyways. I’m actually something of an expert on end-of-world scenarios, as I debated competitively in college. Policy debate is all about trying to convince the judge that your plan will save the world, while the opponent’s plan will bring about death and destruction, namely through nuclear war, genocide, extinction, etc. I promise it’s more exciting than it sounds. Anyways, a big rumor in the policy debate community is that the song “It’s The End of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” by R.E.M. was actually written after the band witnessed a policy debate. So while I can assure you that there are many scenarios out there under which the world could end, today is not one of those days. Kate Chadderton asked earlier this week on Facebook: “Does anyone know what time on Friday the world is ending? Trying to plan my day.” That got me wondering how the rest of Eventing Nation is spending Doomsday. Here’s how some of your favorite eventing personalities are celebrating the end of the world as we know it.
EN asks: How are you spending Doomsday?
Sinead Halpin: “I plan on outsmarting Doomsday … and it will work or it won’t. I am flying back to New Jersey from Vancouver, so I shall be on a plane all day, which for anyone who knows me knows I HATE flying, but if the world is ending the safest place to be is most likely on a plane … until we run out of fuel … or we get hit by lightning … or the turbulence gets us … or a wing falls off … or the pilot has a heart attack … or the engine dies … Goodbye, EN … forever.”
Sally Cousins: “The poor Mayans seem to be seriously misunderstood. I have a bunch of youngsters to ride tomorrow who need no further encouragement to misbehave. So I hope the day proceeds without incident, either by ancient calendars or naughty babies!”
Denny Emerson: “Ride several horses — what better way to kick the bucket?”
Katie Ruppel: “I’m not sure what I’ll be doing, but I know I’ll be doing it clumsily and one-handed since my right arm is casted up after Wednesday’s epic dislocation. Lucky for me, I’ve got a sniff of ‘the good stuff’ still running through my veins, so I’m counting on that to soften the blow.”
Jennie Brannigan: “Today we’re having a big True Prospect Farm Christmas dinner at a sushi restaurant, so it could be fairly interesting.”
Colleen Rutledge: “I’ve considered many things to mark Doomsday, like telling everyone what I think of them (oh, pretty much do that on a regular daily basis), drinking too much (if there’s a chance I don’t have to suffer a hangover, I just might, but I really hate hangovers so I probably won’t), spending all of my money (already did that, it’s Christmas time with kids), but for the most part I already live life the best I can, so I don’t need to do much to celebrate the end of the world!”
“It’s The End of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” by R.E.M.