Gapiana (ga pee ah’ nah) – n. The unclaimed strip of land between the “you are now leaving” and “welcome to” signs when crossing state lines.
Traveling season is upon us, and with it many of us are going to slide into Gapiana while driving. On I-95 or I-75, out of the Northeast or the Midwest to the South, or maybe you might take one of the older US highways, like US 231 or US 62, where you can visually see the change from state to state. That is Gapiana. Not having traveled much from East to West, I have not encountered the cross-country Gapiana, but from North to South, it is pretty obvious, especially when going through hills of Kentucky and into Appalachia. Such a vast difference in the geology. Natural differences are not the only things that make up Gapiana. Commercial differences do, too, and there is nowhere better to see that than on the corridor that brings most tourism to the South, I-75. Even Gapiana is filled with billboards advertising attractions that are at least a hundred miles away. I do not know how much of an impact placing “See Rock City” billboards in every inch of space along the Interstate will bring in people to see seven states from Lookout Mountain, but it seems that Gapiana’s sole purpose for existing is to advertise places like these.
It’s all over the news, and has been for some time now. The earth’s subduction zones are being a bit more vocal than usual. Maybe Gaia is just stretching a bit. With a 24,901.55 miles waistline, that can be a pretty rough bit of movement, but if we look at maps of the earth from the past, and present, we can sort of predict a future of geological cycles. Geologist Christopher R. Scotese came up with the Paleomap project years ago as an educational aid for science classes. These maps not only give us a look at the earth through early prehistory, from the Late Precambrian period to the Ice Age, but we see our current earth, as well as speculation on what a future earth might look like from 50 million, to 250 million years from now. That’s 4+ billion years of subduction plates shifting around….. wait… What’s that you say? How could there be maps of what the earth might have looked like 650 million years ago when Yahweh created the earth about 10,000 years ago? Oh, I see, Yahweh has a sense of humour and placed all this falsely dated stuff out there to keep humans digging around to prove him wrong. I might expect something like that from Loki, a god whose sphere is mischief, but Yahweh? A very jealous Hebrew war god who hates just about everything humanity does if they do not worship him. A war god who will punish you eternally if you might have a bit of hedonistic fun. He has a sense of humour? Something doesn’t seem right here. Massive earthquake activity a sign of the End Times? Well, let’s look back into Earth’s recent history and see how many times we thought the End Times might be upon us in… say… the last hundred years. Read more...(707 words, 2 images, estimated 2:50 mins reading time)