Yesterday, I was typing the date and realized that today would be the once-in-a-lifetime kind of date: 12-12-12. I think I like it better typed 12/12/12. Anywhoo, I got to thinking…why wasn’t I as fascinated when we had 11/11/11 or 10/10/10?
My slight fascination started when I heard the story of Margie and Paul on The Bert Show, a local morning radio show here in Atlanta. (FYI — The BEST one in Atlanta!!) Margie and Paul are an older couple who’ve been rekindled a romance after fifty-five years apart. Last week they came on the radio and told everyone that on 12/12/12, Paul would officially propose to Margie at their favorite restaurant. How cool is that?!
This once century symmetry reminds me of rare astronomical events, like this past June’s Venus Transit, as shown in the photo to the left. See the little black dot in the upper right side of the orange ball? That’s Venus. The orange ball is the moon. It was a neat thing to see. (By the way – the protagonist in my latest WIP has a slight fascination with the Venus Transit. Me thinks it makes for an interesting character trait.) Another one of those rare once-in-a-lifetime events is seeing Halley’s comet; which won’t make another appearance until 2061. I don’t even want to think about how old I’ll be then. Ugghh.
Rather than dwell on THAT depressing thought, I decided to get in on the 12/12/12 fun. How so? I took a photo of my Timex this afternoon at exactly 12:12:12. Yes – I’m a dork and easily amused…
Sorry the photo’s a little blurry. I was a little nervous because ya know… I had just ONE chance to get the shot!
Did you do anything special to commemorate this once-in-a-lifetime date?
Venus Transit Photo Credit: By Mswggpai at en.wikipedia (Transferred from en.wikipedia) [GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], from Wikimedia Commons)