CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Being a skeptic, I missed out on all the fun and excitement of hoarding supplies and planning how to keep them out of the hands of my neighbors during the Y2K meltdown that failed to materialize.
Since I wasn't entirely convinced that the end of the 13th 5,125-year cycle of the Mayan long-count calendar would bring about the end of the world as we know it, I missed out on the liberating chance to say goodbye to all that is wrong with humanity and party like it was 1999 -- or, to the Mayans, 66625.
But I couldn't help imagining what my life might have been like had I bought in to the latest end-of-time scenario. And when Dec. 21, 2012, rolled around, there would have been hell to pay -- and an extensive to-do list to make things right. Below is what my list might have looked like. And before I get sidetracked, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, everyone!
Things to do the day after the Mayan Calendar Apocalypse fails to materialize: