Right before my youngest turned one, I was ready to get out of the house again. A very part-time bartending job (two days a week) at a quick-paced place seemed just the ticket. At that time, The Banks across from the stadium (a large retail, restaurant, and residential complex) had opened its first business. As one of the opening bartenders I did get to see a lot of action on game days. Non-game days, however, were another thing – especially at lunch time. One such lunchtime shift sticks out in my memory the most though. It was May, 20, 2011 – or otherwise known as: the day before Doomsday!
Heading into work that morning I was a little ill at ease. Harold Camping, Christian radioman, evangelist, and biblical soothsayer had been preaching the end of the world – the beginning of Judgment Day would come on May 21, 2011. He spent millions on billboards warning folks about Doomsday and many totally bought into it. Some believers quit their jobs, dropped out of school, sold their belongings all in eager anticipation of their holy reward. Other people politely ignored the warning as ravings of an unhinged man though some found opportunity to jest – creating looting party meet ups for the day after. I initially thought “whatever!” but driving in to work, I thought I was beginning to see signs that there might be truth in it!?
Let’s begin with my workplace – The Holy Grail! And then there were songs on the radio that were reinforcing the theme in question. In one such song “Give Me Everything” the singer advises that you should grab someone and dance and tell them to give you everything tonight because WE MIGHT NOT SEE TOMORROW. And in the very next song not only does the young lady singer never want to leave the dance club floor – she would like to KEEP DANCING TILL THE WORLD ENDS.
I arrive at work and now I’m a little mad. This is not how I’d like to be spending my last normal day on earth. I went about my opening duties per usual and remained pretty quiet during the lunch hours. It was a normal super slow non-game day which made the time seem to just creep by. I did happen to be working with my favorite coworker at least – a very low-key gal – and she was catching on to my angst. I leveled with her as we were looking over the menu. One perk of working there was that we were given a huge discount on the food. Then she came up with one of the greatest ideas.
“We should order for ourselves the most ridiculously fattening bad-for-you thing that we can think of,” she told me. We each then proceeded to invent for ourselves the burgers of our dreams. We called them our Raptureburgers!
So, I know that you are very anxious now to know how this all works out. I will cut to the chase – the world did not end on May 21, 2011. A flabbergasted Harold Camping promised to “look into” the answers of why Judgement Day had not occurred and tried to extend the prophesy until later in the year. He later ended up apologizing as he left the fortune telling business for good.
For me, this whole experience made me reflect on the “Live Today” sayings: “Yesterday’s history, tomorrow’s a mystery, so live for today” or “Live every day like it’s your last.” Now I get the whole Carpe Diem idea – today is a blessing and you should be present, but you still must pay your rent or mortgage and you shouldn’t go max out your credit cards AND you should not be ordering Raptureburgers for every meal.
Tomorrow is a mystery, but we should always hope for it. September is my favorite time of the year: the milder weather, the changing leaves to come, back to school time, fall sports, bonfires, my Birthday! I am planning a lot of amazing events to share with my Heritage family. We need to take care of ourselves and our responsibilities each day while realizing that every day is a blessing. So, for now, take care of you and yours, Heritage! What a blessing you are!