April 15, 2010
Those doomsday movies have great computer-generated special effects but the content is laughable. I can tell from the previews and reviews since I'd never throw good money at a guy who wants to be the last man surviving a cosmic holocaust. But I must admit, recent events have me antsy.
First, the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Then another in Chile. And another in California. And another in China. Now, a volcanic eruption in, of all places, Iceland has grounded air travel over Europe and beyond.
After one of these events I read that the earth's axis had shifted a wee bit, or some such calculation.
Wednesday night a meteoroid the size of a Volkswagen and brighter than special effects lit up the skies over Wisconsin before burning out. Some viewers assumed an outer-spacecraft that would disgorge little green creatures with quivering antennae.
I'm sure the brainiacs (plus Steven Spielberg and James Cameron) are onto this and just as sure they're keeping quiet so as not to create panic of Toyota/H1N1 proportions. Still, I'd rather die in a skyscraper tsunami than a Lexus.
There's a lighter side. I received some affirming emails following my column about why people hate Duke even more now that they won the NCAA championship. We went round the barn and had just decided fans of any sport need a Wicked Force to hate when along came another idea from a very smart guy which, as a Dookie, he'd have to be.
This fella had read the Sports Illustrated commemorative issue; the back page (sponsored by Nike) has a Blue Devil head followed by four words: Order Has Been Restored.
Nike or not, even I admit that's a tad arrogant.
My email pal suggested, humorously of course, that these natural disasters might be a cosmic reaction to the victory. In other words, Duke angers even the gallactic warriors.
I'm hoping that's the reason. If not -- what's going on?