My favorite parts of the Sports Illustrated magazine were Frank Deford's columns (which I sometimes didn't understand, but sometimes made me laugh out loud), the little corner of page two or three where they featured a few small town athletes who had done something amazing in their sport that week, and the small section entitled "This Week's Sign That The Apocalypse Is Upon Us." Coming from a fundamentalist church where I was completely terrified of the Apocalypse, this irreverent little section of bizarre superstitions or outlandish sports behaviors made my week. To this day, when I see something incredibly silly, bizarre or outlandish there's this tiny little voice in my head that whispers, "It's a sign that the apocalypse is upon us!" and I think of Sports Illustrated and my Dad.
All of this wordiness about magazines and sports and irreverence is to introduce what may be a new feature for this little corner of the blog world – This Week's Sign That The Apocalypse Is Upon Us.
When I was in Wal-Mart this morning I saw this.
The voice in my head totally screamed it – "This Week's Sign That The Apocalypse Is Upon Us!!!" I'll leave the commentary as to why this may be signaling the impending end of the world to your personal opinion.
I see stuff that makes me think this a lot. Usually it makes me laugh. I think Thursdays will be the day to look for new signs.