The end of the world?

Your neighbors give their take
By Stina Sieg | Dec 16, 2012
Photo by: Stina Sieg Jeannie Shuckstes

The Mayans famously believed the world would come to a screeching halt Dec. 21, 2012 — aka this Friday. Or maybe they didn’t. No one, of course, is sure, but that’s not keeping an untold number of people from using  the possible apocalypse as an excuse to profess their love to secret crushes, drink like fish or at least leave their laundry undone. Here’s what a few of your neighbors have to say about the matter. None, it should be noted, seem too worried.

Lindsay Wertz

Age: 26
Locale: Waynesville

Q: What are you going to do this week?
A: I’m a ski instructor, so I guess I’m going to ski and spend time with my son.
Q: If the world really was ending, what would you do?
A: Spend time with my friends and family, and that’s the PC answer.

Bill Everett

Q: What are you going to do this week?
A: Get a nice Christmas present for my wife.
Q: What do you think about this end-of-the-world stuff?
A: I guess the tourist business in Chichen Itza must really be happy. It’s the best thing to happen in the Yucatán.

Chuck Morton

Age: 66

Locale: Balsam

Q: If it was the end, what would you do?
A: Can’t see how it would change anything. I think I’m leaving to go down to Naples, Florida, for Christmas. So, I guess I’ll die on the way down there. That’s OK.
Q: That’s really OK?
A: I’ve been there, done that. If I die
tomorrow, don’t matter to me.

Aaron Stone

Age: 35

Locale: Crabtree

Q: What are you doing this week?
A: I’m going to go to work, I’m going to come home from work, and I’ll do my best to make my wife happy. And we’ll just leave that open-ended.
Q: What would you do if the world really was ending?
A: We would go camping. I’d spend the next week in the woods.

Trish Salmon

Age: 61

Locale: Canton

Q: If the world was ending, what would you do?
A: I would want to be with my family.
Q: What do you think about this end-of-the-world prediction?
A: Oh, well, given there are multiple ones per year, I’m not going to run up my AmEx card for a quick vacation. If it happens, it happens. So, I’m just going to keep on keeping on.

Shirley Bode

Age: 18

Locale: Bethel

Q: If it was the end, what would you do?
A: Be with my family. I love them so much, so that’s really the best way I can imagine my last day being.
Q: Are you worried about this?
A: I’m not going to worry about it, because there’s nothing I can do about it.

Cristie Ray

Age: 27

Locale: Waynesville

Q: What do you think about the world ending?

A: The world's not ending. The Mayans had really long calendar periods, so it's just the end of a k'atun (a unit of time equal to about 7,200 days) ... And they didn't count leap years, so it would have already happened.

Q: What if it really was the end?

A: Might as well go to the Bahamas — make sure to take the niece with me. She'd be fun.

Jeannie Shuckstes

Age: getting younger every day

Locale: Maggie Valley

Age: Getting younger every day
Locale: Maggie Valley/Village Framer

Q: Do you think the world is ending?
A: I don’t think it’s going to end. I think it’s going to get better than we can even
imagine. I think something wonderful is
going to happen.
Q: What if the end really was near?
A: I would just keep on framing.

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