This is turning out to be a big disappointment. Everything is supposed to end today. Everything! But so far, the Apocalypse is a dud.
We experienced the same thing last year after the prophesy of Harold Camping and his radio empire, Family Radio — see Goodbye World! It All Ends Today! But the day is young (at least in our time zone), so it’s not over yet. We won’t be certain of anything until tomorrow.
Hey, what about that guy we wrote about here — Ten Days Until The End — One Man’s Plan? Surely you remember Peter Gersten, the retired lawyer who planned to jump off of Arizona’s Bell Rock in the expectation of landing in a cosmic portal to another dimension. Well, we have a follow-up on that.
In the Daily Courier of Prescott, Arizona we read EXPECTING THE UNEXPECTED: As Mayan prophecy, solstice collide, people brace for unusual events. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Peter Gersten says he’s taking a “Leap of Faith” on top of Bell Rock near Sedona today, but that doesn’t mean he’s literally jumping off the prominent 547-foot-tall red butte in northeast Yavapai County.
What? We were counting on his example as an inspiration. The story continues:
“I don’t think it’s going to involve risking my life,” he said. “The Leap of Faith was bringing 120 people to the top of Bell Rock without knowing why.” He said he felt like he needed to bring at least 111 people to the top of Bell Rock over the last several months to prepare for today.
Why 111 people? Let’s read on:
“On the Winter Solstice of 2012 at exactly 11:11 UT (Universal Time), a cosmic portal will open in Sedona, Arizona, and a leap of faith – from the top of Bell Rock – will propel me through its opening,” Gersten wrote on bellrock2012.com. That time is one minute before the Winter Solstice.
That makes sense. But why has he changed his mind about jumping? The story continues:
Since then, Gersten assured the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office he doesn’t plan to jump off Bell Rock, YCSO spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn said. “Today we walked the trail with him just to get an idea of where he’s going and where he’s going to plant himself” to wait for the portal, D’Evelyn said Thursday.
He’s just going to wait? The whole thing is going to fizzle out. Here’s more:
Heather Provencio, ranger for the Coconino Forest’s Red Rock District, said law enforcement officers will be in the Bell Rock parking lot to monitor what’s going on. “If we’re going to have 200 people trying to go up Bell Rock, we’re going to have safety issues,” Provencio said, especially if they stay up there for hours in the cold. “We’ve noticed some folks in town that are not usually here,” Provencio added. “There was a guy on Dry Creek Road waiting for the mother ship.”
That’s encouraging. Perhaps something will happen after all. Moving along:
[Gersten] posits people exist in an intelligently designed computer program that has been corrupted by a virus that also has corrupted Earth’s air, food and water. By entering the portal to the center of the galaxy, he hopes he can restore balance. Gersten said he plans to leave his nearby apartment and climb up on top of Bell Rock by 11:11 a.m. Arizona time and stay as late as midnight waiting for the portal.
Well, good luck to the guy. And what about the rest of us? Your Curmudgeon is here, just as we promised, bravely trying to hold it all together. Besides, with the whole world awaiting The End, there’s nothing else to do.
If you’re still among us, let us hear from you. We’ll treat this post as an Intellectual Free Fire Zone — perhaps the last one we’ll ever have.
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