If this is the end...

With any luck, the world will not end today.

 

Still, for 5,000 years the Mayan calendar has predicted that Dec. 21, 2012 would herald the end times.

Whether by comet, warring governments, disease, computers, homicidal robots, or hordes of invading zombies, theories abound as to when and how humanity could finally be wiped out.

Clarion staff checked in with community members to find out how they would prepare for the end and get their advice for doomsday-minded community members.

Each person answered three questions: What would you imagine the end of the world looking like? How would you attempt to prepare for the end of the world? What advice or techniques would you recommend the public take during these end times?

Rhonda Perry, Moose is Loose Bakery

Perry, production manager and baker at the Moose is Loose Bakery, and an owner of the bakery, wrote “End of the World Approaches ... get yer goodies before the looting starts” on the store’s marquee in preparation for today.

* What do you imagine the end of the world looking like?

“It would be a global catastrophic event that forces you to forgo your daily routine and take up a permanent daily struggle for survival,” Perry said.

* How would you attempt to prepare for the end of the world?

“Stockpiling toilet paper,” Perry said. “I think that would be the new world currency. I think if you had toilet paper you could get what you wanted from anybody else.”

* What advice or techniques would you recommend the public take during these end times?

“Do whatever you can do to prepare yourself for what you think you would need, if it were six months ago and you were preparing you would be stockpiling Twinkies,” she said.

Borough Mayor Mike Navarre

* What would you imagine the end of the world looking like?

“I envision a ‘Hollywood special effects style ending,’ a (spectacular) series of eruptions, with earthquakes thrown in as well as huge tidal waves. Of course, people would be running around yelling, screaming, panicking and reacting in good and bad ways amid the ensuing chaos,” Navarre wrote in an email.

* How would you attempt to prepare for the end of the world?

“Tough to prepare for the end ... what if it’s a false alarm? Way too many scenarios, making it impossible to prepare for every contingency. Better if it’s one huge explosion, everyone goes at once,” he said.

* What advice or techniques would you recommend the public take during these end times?

“Help others as best you are able and remember everyone will be rendered a little crazy by all of the confusion, chaos, panic and fear associated with the end of everything. There will, of course, be heroes and villains ... be a hero.”

Kenai City Manager Rick Koch

Rick Koch said he hoped he could get up on Dec. 22, and know the world had survived.

“In fact, we need to; it’s the Kenai-SoHi Hockey Alumni Game, scheduled for the 22nd, and I would be sorely disappointed if the end of the world came one day before that,” Koch said.

* What would you imagine the end of the world looking like?

“Dark. Like nothing. The end is the end,” Koch said.

* How would you attempt to prepare for the end of the world?

“If I really thought it was the end of the world, let’s see … I guess I’d go hang out on my homestead and wait for then end of the world,” Koch said. “Maybe I would sit down in front of a fire in the wood stove and I would read Richard Bach, ‘Illusions, adventures of a reluctant Messiah’.”

* What advice or techniques would you recommend the public take during these end times?

“Be good to each other,” he said.

Kenai Mayor Pat Porter

Whatever happens today, Pat Porter said she is going to eat dessert for breakfast, just in case.

* What would you imagine the end of the world looking like?

“Looking like? If I was able to see it, I imagine it would be quick and horrible. … I mean, I think it’s like a meteorite that’s supposed to come to the earth — or a big planet or something. So that’s kind of what I would imagine the end of the earth would be. It would be something coming from out of space and, uh, whatever happened would be over very fast and — explosive.”

* How would you attempt to prepare for the end of the world?

“How would I prepare? I would make sure that I ate dessert before it happened. You want to do that first; you don’t want to wait until you’ve eaten the whole dinner and it’s too late. Absolutely eat dessert first before my meal ... because if it’s the end of the world, I’m not going to survive it, right? So I might as well as have a good time during it.”

* What advice or techniques would you recommend the public take during these end times?

“I would say live every day to the fullest. And if you have bridges that you need to bridge, then I think you need to cross them. I don’t know if that makes sense, but to me if you have bridges that you need bridge with other people, that you fix whatever it is and cross that bridge,” she said.

Ted Spraker, Board of Game, and wife, Elaina Spraker

Elaina said she and Ted believed that if a person was in a good place with their faith, everything would be OK regardless of when the world ended.

* What would you imagine the end of the world looking like?

“For one that watches way to many movies, here’s how I envision it. I don’t ever envision the whole world, the Earth it’s self, totally blacking out. So Alaska would be OK because we’re self-sufficient up here,” Elaina said. “And first of all, who would want to blow up Alaska, you know? I mean, sure, circumstance, the meteor might hit us; let’s say it’s not. We would be fine, because we would go out like we do, and we harvest our animals and grow our vegetables and we know how to survive.”

* How would you attempt to prepare for the end of the world?

“We can harvest our animals, so we would be able to eat. And, actually, I think people in Alaska or more harsher climates — they think about that stuff anyway, because in a sense, they have to, especially if they really live out in the Bush. We’ve spent some time during hunting season with some true, true, true subsistence couples. It was amazing how they lived off the land and how ingenuous they were. So sometimes we think about that stuff,” Elaina said.

* What advice or techniques would you recommend the public take during these end times?

“Learn to shoot because then you could eat and you could ward off the bad people that are trying to get to your food, right?” Ted said. “I guess, don’t really take anything for granted, and always have a back up plan. Don’t obsess about it, because there are people out there — the Doomsdayers — that do obsess about it. Have a conversation with your spouse or you family, you know, ‘what if’ and ‘what would we do?”

Soldotna Mayor Peter Micciche

* What would you imagine the end of the world looking like?

“I’m really not one to consider such things,” Micciche said. “I think about living my life by doing the right thing, being good to the ones I care about and remembering as we see with many current events that you don’t know when it may be the last time you see someone you care about. So instead of looking at how I would view the end of the world I guess I would say that I try to end every conversation and every situation with folks in a way that wouldn’t have me regretting my last meeting with them.”

* How would you attempt to prepare for the end of the world?

Micciche said it depended on how the world was to end.

Ultimately, Micciche decided to talk about how he responded to the idea that the Mayan calender predicted the end of the world.

“I think there’s several things that could have occurred, one being that someone broke the last chisel another that a labor uprising where they finally said ‘I’m done carving large stones for you without a significant raise then talks just broke down’ or those calenders were put out thousands of years in advance and that’s when the contract ran out,” he said. “Think about governments today, you can’t squeeze a five-year plan of them, the Mayans had one a couple of thousand years down the road.”

* What advice or techniques would you recommend the public take during these end times?

“The way I would prepare is I would, considering that there is an awful lot of quality snow on our sledding hill, I would spend the last day stopping off at Safeway picking up my girls’ favorite hot dogs and materials for some quality s’mores, a little bit of Bailey’s for my wife and we would spend the day as a family sledding and would wrap it up with some fresh dogs per the bonfire in our yard,” he said.

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