Meteor reminds us we’re living on borrowed time

DUNWOODY, Georgia, Feb. 18, 2013 – The meteorite that struck Russia on Friday confirmed my suspicion: We’re living on borrowed time.

R.E.M., the pride of Athens, Georgia, tried to warn us in 1987 when they produced the hit song “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine).” But we didn’t listen, and we kept on partying well after 1999.

It’s not as if the world has never been struck by a meteorite before. But this is clearly a sign.

An asteroid passed by Earth on Friday. An asteroid and a meteorite in such close proximity on a single day is obviously further indication something is off kilter with The Force, Luke!

Atari was ahead of its time when the company released Asteroids in 1979. They knew the day would one day come when we needed to dodge asteroids to preserve our way of life; it appears that day is upon us.

Fighting off asteroids doesn’t seem like so much fun now, does it?

Maybe this is why Pope Benedict XVI stepped down. Honestly, who wants to reside over the end of times? Imagine that on your tombstone.

Personally, I’m not convinced the world didn’t end on Dec. 21. Maybe the after-party looks a lot like the regular party.

Twitter, which carries with it a certain amount of panache, has been abuzz with all sorts of end of times theories. As they’ve all been correct so far, these prophecies deserve our utmost attention.

If you can’t believe what you read on Twitter, what can you believe? Manti Te’o, have any thoughts?

Truth be told, most experts believe Friday’s meteorite does not signal the end of the world as we know it. They believe that responsibility is in the hands of Congress.

We’re heading for a cliff, a fiscal cliff. We’re in the Chinese junk with Hector Barbossa about to take a plunge over the falls (think Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End for anyone who missed the reference).

I think the key takeaway here is we need to keep traveling. The world is likely to end one day, but since you are reading this it hasn’t happened yet.

So, get out there and find someplace new to visit. Hit up a small town, eat somewhere off the beaten path and check out that random field of concrete corn.

Who knows what the bottom of the fiscal cliff looks like? Maybe it will be worth photographing. Besides, for now, I (still) feel fine.

Todd DeFeo is an award-winning reporter and marketer, but his true passion is seeking out the bizarre roadside attractions, one-of-a-kind roadhouses and unique destinations that make the world worth exploring. He is also editor of The Travel Trolley travel blog.

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Todd DeFeo jouned The Washington Times Communities in May 2012. He covers travel and Georgia. A marketing professional who never gave up his award-winning journalistic ways, DeFeo revels in the experience and the fact that every place has a story to tell. He also serves as editor of The Travel Trolley.


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