Ambrosia and Armageddon
One of the century’s most interesting dates, Dec. 12, is being overshadowed by the doomsday predictions of the Mayans, who have designated the 21st of the month as the “end of the world,” but that doesn’t mean 12/12/12 shouldn’t get some recognition.
Repeating dates are a favorite for weddings, and are considered good luck on birthdays. And if Armageddon zealots are looking to celebrate something out of this world on 12/12/12, they should sink their teeth into the mythical “food of the gods,” in celebration of National Ambrosia Day, the heavenly holiday marked by the date. This cool and creamy citrus fruit salad can complement any 12/12/12 celebration quite nicely.
Dec. 12 is the last of the repeating dates for the next 89 years, or until Jan. 1, 2101. Repeating dates can occur only in the first 12 years of a century.
“It’s kind of cool because it barely happens to anyone,” said Destiny Burlew, a Port Charlotte resident who turns 12 today. She and her family are celebrating with a party in the park.
However reserving park space is not easy on repeating holidays — just ask hopeless romantic Brian Williams, who planned his wedding around his memory.
“I just thought it would be neat to get married on 12/12/12 because I’d have no trouble remembering my anniversary,” Williams said.
He and his fiancée, Lori Reistroffer, will get hitched at noon at “Marriage Point” in Laishley Park.
“We were lucky to get a spot, all of the pavilions were already rented, so we had to make other arrangements for our reception,” he said.
Officials at the Charlotte County Clerk of Courts office say they’ve had a slight increase in the number of marriage licenses issued in the last 60 days (licenses expire after that). Since the clerk doesn’t reserve space for couples hoping to elope for a courthouse rendezvous, a spokesman said staff has no idea if there will be a line out the door today or if it will be just a regular day.
But Englewood psychic Richard Blanchard doesn’t anticipate anything crazy will happen today or Dec. 21. He receives messages from his two spirit sources, Bill and Bob, two comedians who communicate with him from the “other side,” on a regular basis.
“I haven’t had any visions or feelings or anything about the upcoming dates,” Blanchard said. “In the spirit world, they say that it’s the end of another phase, but I’m not preparing for anything — I don’t think anything is going to happen.”
Blanchard said he inherited his gift to communicate with the dead from his late grandmother, Grammy Grace, who was “very intuitive and would give people messages from the other world.” Blanchard believes the comedians worked with his father, who was a drummer at the Old Howard, a strip club in Boston, Mass. The two comics were partners: Bill was the “straight man” who set up the jokes, while Bob got the laughs.
However residents might not be laughing when they begin to see space matter descending from the sky in the next two days. Not to worry, scientists say the universe isn’t crumbling; it’s the annual Geminid shower, which comes on strong around mid-December every year. As many as 50 meteors per hour can be seen in the wee hours after midnight, marking yet another fascinating happening for this historic day.