Zocalo Celebrates The End of The World

A local preacher's prediction of the Rapture was greeted with potluck and bluegrass at the popular Bancroft Avenue coffeehouse.

 owner Tim Holmes marked the day of Rapture with a free party for patrons and passersby.

Residents brought dishes to share and listened to live music from San Leandro band the Tinnitans: David Tholfsen on guitar and Robert Leigh on banjo. The pair appropriately played such songs as Blondie's "Rapture" and REM's "End of the World as We Know It."

As of 3:35 p.m., the world had not ended and the party was still going strong.

East Bay preacher Harold Camping, 89, is behind the prediction that each time zone around the world would experience cataclysmic events Saturday.

Camping, co-founder of Family Radio Network, said he used mathematical calculations to predict that a series of massive earthquakes will strike by 6 p.m. local time, though so far the rest of the world has escaped Judgement Day unscathed.

David May 22, 2011 at 10:41 PM
"The best friend man has in the world may turn against him and become his worst enemy. His son, or his daughter, that he has reared with loving care may prove ungrateful. Those who are nearest and dearest to us, those whom we trust with our happiness and good name may become traitors to their faith. The money a man has he may lose. It flies away from him, perhaps when he needs it most. A man's reputation may be sacrificed in a moment of ill-considered action. The people who are prone to fall on their knees when success is with us may be the first to throw the stone of malice when failure settles its cloud upon our head. The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog. A man's dog stands by him in prosperity and poverty, in health and in sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground when the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only to be near his master's side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer, he will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounters with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wing, and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens.
David May 22, 2011 at 10:42 PM
If fortune dries his master forth, an outcast in the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privilege that that of accompanying him against danger, to fight against his enemies. And when that last scene comes, and death takes his master in its embrace and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there, by the graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad, but open in alert watchfulness, faithful, and true, even in death." George Graham Vest, a lawyer from Sedalia, Missouri who later became a U.S. Senator, gave this eulogy in 1869.
Leah Hall May 23, 2011 at 12:31 AM
Here, here. Dogs are amazing creatures for sure, not the least of which for their loyalty and devotion. -- A fascinating story and pictorial essay on war dogs from 2 weeks ago. http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/05/04/war_dog?page=0,0
Thomas Clarke May 23, 2011 at 04:14 PM
Vest is quite the fellow to memorialize. He was the last Confederate Southern Senator, a US Senator and the author of the legislation to promote the secession of Missouri. He was the Judge Advocate General for General Sterling Price, the last Confederate General to surrender. He is an exemplar of the old Southern Democrat immortalized by William Faulkner. Good to praise a man who values another's dog above the citizens of the state. Think of him often as the man who maintained Jim Crow throughout the South.
Leah Hall May 23, 2011 at 06:38 PM
Hi Thomas, So I guess what you mean is that George Graham Vest is to human kind's best friend as Charles Manson is to the scientific community's warning bells about climate change?: -- ‘Everyone’s God and if we don’t wake up to that there’s going to be no weather because our polar caps are melting because we’re doing bad things to the atmosphere…” — Charles Manson, 2011


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