Why the title?

"Pioneers take the arrows"

Oh, wait. I should be upbeat and taking arrows doesn't sound like an upbeat thing to say.

So, let me amend that statement.

It was courage and vision that led the pioneers to leave behind a comfortable, settled life and trek West to begin a new life in a new place. Many of those from the East that went West found a strength within themselves that they didn't see while they were in their old life. Instead of being one of those that just kind of went along with the others in the old life, they became leaders and visionaries in their new lives.

The sentiments of that last paragraph come from a favorite author, Louis L'Amour, in many of his books. So, I can't really say that it is an original thought from me. However, what he said is truthful.

Welcome to being a pioneer. Look ahead and ignore the "barking dogs" that give you negative opinions and comments. Louis L'Amour also spoke of the barking dogs.

In some of his stories, it was usually a father or older man telling a young boy how it was that when the Westward bound Conestoga wagons rolled through towns, the dogs came out to bark at them. His character then told the young listener that the barking didn't stop the wagons from going on to their destinations.

Following the advice of the Louis L'Amour characters, may we all forge ahead with our plans, after carefully considering all consequences and leave the "barkers" behind.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Awesome: It’s the End of the World

This one is “sort-of” RV related in that the people in the story are using RV’s in their “journey.”  Be sure and read all the way through as I will have some comments at the end.  This is a news story from the UK Daily Mail.

‘Awesome: It’s the End of the World’

Doomsday campers travel the country preaching the Apocalypse...on May 21

By Daily Mail Reporter
8th March 2011

Most people like to push thoughts about the end of the world to the back of their minds, hoping that the apocalypse, if it ever comes, will be a long way off.

But for one group of not-so happy campers, doomsday is a lot sooner...May 21 to be precise.

According to the predictions of the Family Radio ministry, on that date a massive earthquake will shake the world apart, littering the ground with 'many dead bodies'.

clip_image002The end: members of the Family radio group are sure the end of the world is coming on May 21. They point to complex numerical codes to demonstrate the accuracy of their predictions

clip_image004Message: Ambassador Sheila Jonas (right) stands in front of her caravan emblazoned with the end of the world message

Those who believe in Jesus will be carried into heaven, while the rest of humanity will endure 153 days of 'death and horror' before the world ends on October 21.

The group of 10 Christians from Oakland have set out across the country in a convoy of caravans to bring the 'awesome' message of impending doom to as many people as possible.

'Project Caravan', as it has become known, is made up of members of the Family Radio network all of who have given up jobs, families and all their possessions to join this final mission.

Calling themselves 'ambassadors', the church members point to baffling biblical codes to demonstrate their reasoning.

Speaking to CNN the group's leader, 89-year-old Harold Camping, is adamant that the date is accurate.

He said: 'I know it's absolutely true, because the Bible is always absolutely true.

'If I were not faithful that would mean that I'm a hypocrite.'

Despite his conviction, Camping has predicted the world would end before - on September 4 1994.

That, he says, was a mistake, a misreading of the biblical codes used to decipher the exact date of the 'rapture'.

In order to get the warning out in time he fudged his calculations, a mistake he maintains he did not make this time.

clip_image006Visits: A look at where the dooms day caravan tour has been so far. The group now have three separate caravans of around 15 vehicles touring the country

According to the Church's website, there are two 'proofs' that May 21 2011 is the judgement day.

According to them, Noah's great flood occurred in the year 4990 B.C., 'exactly' 7000 years ago.

At the time, God said to Noah he had seven days before the flood would begin.

Taking a passage from 2 Peter 3:8, in which it is said a day for God is like a thousand human years, the church reasoned that seven 'days' equals 7000 human years from the time of the flood, making 2011 the year of the apocalypse.

In its second 'proof' the exact date is revealed by working forward from the exact date of the crucifixion - April 1, 33 AD.

According to their reasoning, there are exactly 722,500 days from April 1, 33 A.D. until May 21, 2011 - the alleged day of judgement.

This number can be represented as follows: 5 x 10 x 17 x 5 x 10 x 17 = 722,500.

The church then argues that numbers in the bible have special meanings, with the number 5 signifying atonement or redemption, the number 10 signifying 'completeness' and the number 17 equalling heaven.

'Ambassador' Sheila Jonas, another of the Family Radio faithful, spoke of her joy at joining the not-so merry band of travellers.

She said: 'I'm in it until the end. This is so serious, I can't believe I'm here.

She will not however talk about her past because: 'There is no other story. ... we are to warn the people. Nothing else matters.'

clip_image008Collection: The family radio faithful pose in front of their convoy of caravans.

Travelling in a convoy of five caravans, the doom-mongers are adamant that Jesus is coming in three months.

And for anyone harbouring doubts over the accuracy of the prediction, the group has a cast iron answer - 'the Bible guarantees it'.

With T-shirts and banners declaring the 'Awesome News' that Judgement Day is coming, the first convoy of five caravans set off in October last year.

They have now been joined by two other convoys, all travelling to different parts of the country spreading their message.

The oldest believer on the convoy, 75-year-old Gallegos from Utah, is similar to the rest of the church members.

In order to join the trip he had to leave behind a wife of 53 years and be away from his10 children and their families.

Others have left empty houses, sold antiques, disposed of art collections or given up cars and other expensive items to join the road trip of doom.

And as if the end of the world is not bad enough, there is one final bitter pill as we approach the apocalypse.

Apparently no one from Family Radio is sure what to do to guarantee a place in heaven.

God, they say, has already predetermined the roughly two to three percent of those who will be saved come May 21.

Sadly for the rest of us all we can do is wait until the end comes. Again.


OK, so Mr. Camping says his first calculations in 1994 were calculated wrong and that this time he “guarantees” it as being correct.  We can now prepare ourselves for the end.

But, we’ve got a few months to go….

….perhaps we ought to go borrow some money and use that to do some more traveling before the end.  I mean, after all, after May 21 or so, we won’t have to repay the loans.


…..in his calculations this time he said that the number “10” was the biblical number “signifying completeness.”

OH, NO!!!!  He is going to be wrong again…..

…..you see, everyone that I know that is anything of a biblical scholar or serious student knows that the biblical number signifying completeness is the number “7.”

Man, I was really worried there.  May 21 is two days before my 65th birthday and I would have missed Medicare.

On another note, I think we have found a “long-lost relative” of Charlie Sheen.

Well.  Forget about borrowing the money to do more traveling.  And, I guess I’ll just have to keep working for now.

Man….what a bummer.

Face Palm Pic Chimp


  1. Well, Terry, between this group and the Westboro group...alot of those who could be saved will look at these kooks and say "well, I'm not so bad".....

    BTW, I thought the end of the world was to be in 2012....oh, yes, that's just the Chinese and they are not to be believed, right?

    Isn't it funny....this group probably never read the verse where Jesus said "no one knows the hour of my coming, not even me, only my Father knows"......


  2. Mel,

    I hadn't heard about the Chinese. I have heard that according to the Mayan calendar, the earth will end on 12-31-2012 because that is as far as their calendar goes. Presumedly, they were smart enough to know that the earth would end on that date.

    But, you know, I can't seem to find any Mayans that I can question about that. I guess they are SO SMART that they have successfully hidden for a VERY long time.

  3. You bein' a right smart blogger and all, maybe you should get your reader folks to chip in so you can do all the travelin' you want. That way they can feel good about not being able to live the way they want to cause their helpin' you live the way you want.

    After all, ain't that what this Camping thing is all about. I.M. puzzled as to why all them camping follower folks is in a caravan. I'd think they'd want something bigger, like an RV, rather than a car or van to travel in.

    Enjoyin' yer writin' as it gits me to thinkin' bout things I don't usually think about.

  4. I.M.,

    Thanks for the compliment. As for the readers chipping in, there aren't that many "followers". Besides, if they chipped in, they would have less to enjoy that life themselves, and I wouldn't want to deny them that.

  5. Mel said it best...
    "Isn't it funny....this group probably never read the verse where Jesus said "no one knows the hour of my coming, not even me, only my Father knows"......"
    I was thinking the very same thing as I read this. These poor people - not knowing how to get to Heaven before the end really comes. If I ever run into them, I'll explain it to them.


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