I’ve been seeing a lot of posts around the intarwebz about the fact that today… the twelfth day of the twelfth month of the twelfth year of the century… is somehow unique, because we won’t see another day like that in our lifetimes.
Well, that’s true, but then, EVERY day is like that. Every day is a day that, once it’s gone, we will never see another one again. Because that’s how time works.
Just something I think that we should all remember. That’s all.
From THIS ARTICLE on Yahoo!News…
Somewhere in Chester County, PA (which I happen to live right next to), a lifelong (and apparently well-heeled) fan of J.R.R. Tolkien has built this rather wonderful (and, according to the article, exceeding private) hobbit-house.
Not just any hole-in-the-ground…
It’s not the owner’s main home, but it’s on the same property within walking distance. He uses the home to house his collection of Tolkien memorabilia, including “the owner’s library and displays of Hobbit figurines, Gandalf’s staff, hooded capes, chess sets, chalices — and of course, The One Ring.”
And quite a collection it is…
The circular front door – 54-inch diameter Spanish cedar — has a door knob right in the center just as Tolkien described on Bilbo’s home in Bag End. It hangs of a single hand-forged iron hinge. Several craftsmen said they couldn’t hang the 150-pound door on one hinge but a Maryland blacksmith “succeeded on the first try,” according to the architect.
The door and entry hall.
So, now you all know what I’ll probably be doing if I ever hit the lottery. BUILDING ONE OF THESE TO LIVE IN! 🙂
(You can find out more by visiting the article linked above, or the architect’s website.)
I will admit to being a bit worried about this upcoming December 21st, 2012… the supposed “End-Of-The-World-According-To-The-Mayan-Calendar” Day.
NOT because I think that the world is ending. It’s not. (If you think it is, then check out this page from NASA explaining why it won’t. And if you read that and STILL think that the world is going to end on the 21st, just stop reading this now, close your browser, and save us both a lot of grief. Thanks.)
No, I’m worried because of what I think people are going to DO on that day. And I don’t mean just the crazy people (although people who maybe are just holding on by a thread will actually have an EXCUSE to snap on that day, so watch out for them, too!), but regular, ordinary, everyday people… in large numbers.
Remember the great scene in the movie Men in Black, when Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) is talking to Jay (Will Smith) about why they have to keep the MiB program a secret? The line from that which stuck with me was this…
“A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it.”
So, yeah… I’m worried that something unexpected happens, someone else yells, “It’s the end of the world!”, and the next thing you know, there’s a mass panic and people get hurt or die. Because herd mentality is a bitch.
So I think I’m going to be staying home that day if I can help it. And if I can’t, I plan on being a bit more careful than usual.
But enough about me and my general sense of paranoia… what are YOUR plans for the 21st of December?
So, the soundtrack to THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY is now available. You can buy it here…
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey [SOUNDTRACK]
It’s available as both a 2-CD set ($20.44), and as a 26-track MP3 download ($13.98).