This week at Going for Gusto, we're celebrating Mayan Apocalypse Week. Supposedly, the Mayan calendar predicted that the world is going to end Friday, Dec. 21. Or there's going to be a big party. Or something. It's all very confusing.
While nobody really believes this is going to happen, it does give us a chance to reflect on how we might want to spend our final week on Earth if we knew that was all we had. And as the shooting at Sandy Hook reminded us so clearly, we are never promised tomorrow. So, this week, we'll be going through a thought exercise of sorts by examining those things that are most dear to us. The questions we'll be answering are as follows:
Tuesday: What movies, books or music would you be sure to enjoy before the Mayan Apocalypse?
A few of my fellow bloggers at ChicagoNow are joining me this week as we explore these questions. You can add your answers, as well, either in the comments below or on the Going for Gusto Facebook page. On to today's question:
WHAT MOVIES, BOOKS OR MUSIC WOULD YOU BE SURE TO ENJOY BEFORE THE MAYAN APOCALYPSE?
Joe Grace (Going For Gusto): I'd probably skip the movies and books and focus on music, listening to a steady stream of my favorites – Foo Fighters, Barenaked Ladies, Jars of Clay, Arcade Fire, etc., etc., etc. I wouldn't want to spend the time necessary to get through movies or books, but I'd put together an awesome soundtrack to my final week on Earth that I could listen to while in the mountains or at a beach.
Shannan (Tween Us): This time of year I really love the movie Love Actually, and it's a happy reminder of what's really important.
- (A recent post from Shannan you might enjoy: Letter to Santa: I may be grown up, but I still believe in you)
Kay S. (Pimps, Preachers and Politicians): Movies: Coming to America, Trading Places, and the Hangover. Books: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and the Bible. Music: Bob Marley's Greatest Hits.
- (A recent post from Kay you might enjoy: Holidays and Grieving: Like Fine Wine, It’s Gets Better with Time)
Jack M. Silverstein (Eye on Chi): For my last week on Earth, I'm not sure I can finish an entire book. I'm a slow reader and there would be a lot to do. But I would read passages from Studs Terkel's Division Street, probably the interviews with Florence Scala & Jessie Binford. I would also read the interview in American Dreams with C.P. Ellis. I would also read as much of Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas as I could, time permitting + Royko's column from after his wife died + Winnie the Pooh. That I would finish. Then I would gather as many friends as I could to watch the Blues Brothers and have a singalong/dance party. And throughout the week, I'd be listening to Sgt. Pepper. Probably other stuff too, but that for sure.
- (A recent post for Jack you might enjoy: Learning the reporting game, from the Tribune's Vaughn McClure)
Now it's your turn. Submit your answer to this question in the comments below or at the Going for Gusto Facebook page.
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