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Thu Dec 6, 2012, 05:38 PM

December 21. What do you think will happen?

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Heard there is gonna be some cosmic alignment going on and we all know it is the date of the winter solstice, so what are your plans?

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Reply December 21. What do you think will happen? (Original post)
RobertEarl Dec 2012 OP
1StrongBlackMan Dec 2012 #1
GoneOffShore Dec 2012 #2
northoftheborder Dec 2012 #3
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annabanana Dec 2012 #5
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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 05:40 PM

1. Same as ...

December 20 and, hopefully, December 22 ... eat, drink and love my family and friends.

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 05:42 PM

2. Get up, have a coffee, go to work.

Cosmic alignment - not an apocalyptic event.

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 05:43 PM

3. eat, drink, and be merry

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 05:44 PM

4. December 22 and more fun parties than the usual December 21. nt

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 05:45 PM

5. This: National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day

Each year since 1990, on or near the first day of winter and the longest night of the year, National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) has sponsored National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day to bring attention to the tragedy of homelessness and to remember our homeless friends who have paid the ultimate price for our nation's failure to end homelessness.


This is on all my correspondence that day:
Today, the first day of Winter, and facing the longest night of the year, is the National Homeless Person's Memorial Day, sponsored by the National Coalition for the Homeless to remember those who have perished for want of shelter in our Nation.

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Response to annabanana (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 08:19 PM

17. .

Right there with you.

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 05:48 PM

6. I'll check the weather forecast. And moan that it doesn't feel like winter.

Cuz I'm in South Texas and the odds are it will probably be about 70 degrees.

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 05:54 PM

7. Same thing we do every night, Pinkie...

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 05:56 PM

8. Same as what happened on Y2K day - nothing.

I don't have any plans, since life will go on as usual. The Mayans didn't claim the world would end; time was just going to roll over into another cycle.

Y2K Day was kind of a hoot. Some people were convinced all the electricity in the world would disappear or something but I didn't believe it. A friend and I rented an airplane (I was working as a flight instructor at the time) so we could fly around and see if anything happened at 24:00 GMT (6:00 pm local time). The airlines were so afraid there would be glitches that they cancelled their flights that evening, so we had the skies around the normally very busy MSP area pretty much to ourselves. It was weird - we were the only plane talking to ATC for that half hour or so before 6:00 during what's normally the evening rush hour. And, of course, nothing happened, so we landed and went home to watch TV.

I think 12/21 will be similarly uneventful; some people might be disappointed.

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 05:58 PM

9. Same shit; different day. eom

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 05:58 PM

10. Nothing but a lot of last-minute frenzied Christmas shopping. n/t

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 05:59 PM

11. Women will rise up and rule the world.

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 05:59 PM

12. I'm a professional astrophysicist...

... and am hence competent to inform you what will happen.

On Dec 21, 2012, there will be anxious crowds in the streets, traffic will be backed up, horrible noise and announcements will blast from loudspeakers in public places 24/7.

People will squeeze by each other, strange smells will fill the air, statues of mythical creatures will have been erected in the streets.

Because it will be 3 days before Xmas, and everyone will be rushing to buy last minute presents amidst a holiday-decorated suburban shopping hell.

Other than that, nothing .

Happy Holidays.


EDIT: DANG, RebelOne beat me to it by a minute...!!!

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 06:37 PM

13. Celebrate the Sun turning the corner at the bottom of the analemma.

Here is an example:


The winter solstice is at the bottom; the summer solstice at the top.

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 06:42 PM

14. I'll be flying...

...to my girlfriend's parents' house, so I guess I'll ave a great view...of... uh.. nothing.

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 06:42 PM

15. Wrong forum.

 

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 07:52 PM

16. We'll celebrate the Solstice as always and go to bed

and wake up the next morning.

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 08:21 PM

18. It's a Friday...two more working days until Monday. nt.

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 08:24 PM

19. May start my Xmas shopping.

Friday night, cocktails with friends.

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 08:32 PM

20. I fully expect to rise at 5am, shower and drive to work.

return home at 3pm and turn on Current TV, log on to DU and enjoy my afternoon!

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 08:44 PM

21. I suppose I'll be sitting here wondering who might be interested

in buying the the three cases of zombie-piercing bullets I bought for the occasion.

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 08:45 PM

22. I'm having a seance.

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 08:47 PM

23. The sun will rise and will set. Just another day.

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 08:49 PM

24. My wife and will celebrate our 21st anniversary.

Looking forward to many more.

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 08:59 PM

25. I plan to be really happy on Dec. 21.

Just like every other day.

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:01 PM

26. I can say with reasonable certainty that I'll be having a drink.

 

Normal day in other words.

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:03 PM

27. PAAARRRR -- TEEEE!!



--imm

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:04 PM

28. My fiance' and I are getting married... by a Rabbi... and we are not Jewish!

Would have gone with a Mayan Priest if there were any around with officiating privileges in Ohio.

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Response to gater (Reply #28)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:26 PM

41. Congrats! My husband wanted to get married the 22nd...probably happening that

the world would have ended the day before! We got married on St. Patrick's Day instead...my favorite day of the year!

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:05 PM

29. Fun to contemplate

"The important point is that once a year, the earth orbits into the special position that creates the galactic alignment and once every 26,000 years, this happens at virtually the same moment as the winter solstice. This was the case in 1998 as shown by the work of Belgium astronomer Jean Meeus."

http://www.infinitelymystical.com/essays/2012-astronomy.html
(This page has a long-winded explanation of the astronomy)

What's cool to me is that this alignment of the planets coinciding with the Solstice is extremely rare, and the Mayans considered it to usher in a period of "rebirth."

So I will use it as a time of meditation on the positives.

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:06 PM

30. I'm planning on attending the Christmas Lunch

the apartment house I live in is holding. I also plan to be doing a lot of reading.

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:07 PM

31. It will snow somewhere.

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:09 PM

32. The winter solstice n/t

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:10 PM

33. A lot of tv show episodes will not be needed anymore.

 

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:12 PM

34. I'll wait until midnight, then send snarky emails to a couple of 'believers.'

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:13 PM

35. My sweet darling granddaughters are coming to visit

 

so I'll be playing with them.

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:17 PM

36. Scotch

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:20 PM

37. Our plans are to attend an end of the world Christmas party

and we have three choices so far.

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:22 PM

38. I'll start getting more power from my solar panels for the next 182 days

and won't get as little for a further 182 days. I'll drink to that.

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:23 PM

39. My plans are to...

...go to work, come home, eat dinner, watch Netflix and then do some Christmas shopping on Saturday the 22nd.

PEACE!

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:23 PM

40. Nothing

It'll be just a normal day.

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:50 PM

42. I think I know this one...

Someone, somewhere, will do and/or say something really stupid!

Then they will blame others for what they said and/or did...

As to what else will happen... God only knows!

P.S., Help me get 25,000 signatures on this WhiteHouse.gov petition to change the system.

http://wh.gov/NU14

http://www.facebook.com/WeThePeoplePetitionToFixTheBrokenSystem

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:51 PM

43. Winter Solstice

as usual

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 10:24 PM

44. I have no particular plans

but I hope the fundies get raptured.

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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 10:27 PM

45. Locking.



This OP violates the GD SOP and would be better suited for Creative Speculation: http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=forum&id=1135

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