Chipolte Strikes Again!
I was sitting in Chipolte's for lunch today and lo and behold there was ANOTHER "Cultivating Thoughts" apocalyptic programming message around my cup.
This one is titled "Two-Minute Apocalypse" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I would take a picture if it myself, but there is no need. They have a nice
rendering on their site:
As you scroll down the page, the cup actually turns slowly so you can see the complete 360 degree image and essay. To read the text, you may need to
zoom in your browser.
(The previous one was titled "Two Minute Con Miami" by Julia Alvarez:
This one features a calendar with a black hand pointing to 9/22. 9/24 is the next date, but 9/23 is missing. The sub-title to the desk calendar page
is "The Day Before Yesterday". The text of this message was already covered in a previous post in this thread.)
Anyway, getting back to today's message, it starts out "The day the world ended I was standing at the corner of 5th and 57th checking my phone..."
The main character of the story meets a fallen angel who plainly announces "the world was coming to an end." The fallen angel tells him that her job
is to make sure he gets to the tenth circle of hell. But he says he thought there are only nine circles? She explains they had to add another one to
accommodate all the people "who've lived their lives as if they were going to live forever." Funny. Because he doesn't work for the financial
sector, she grants him three wishes (you can't make this up after what happened to the market last Friday). For his last wish, to fall in love, she
gives a kiss "that tasted of all the truth in the world and made me want to be a decent man." He falls in love with the fallen angel- essentially, a
demon. In the last "scene", they take a nice "goodbye" walk and end up going to the top floor of "the venerable Gothic-spired hotel across the street
to watch the world go in style." Here they witness the end of the world in "furious tide of crimson clouds".
Wow. OK, so let's break this down a little. If you look at the artwork, you'll see a cityscape and the fallen angel with her hair wrapping around
the entire scene. In fact, if you turn the cup one way, her hair actually looks like ocean waves wrapping around the buildings and even going over
some of the shorter buildings. In fact, that is how I noticed it first. I thought "what the!" What are all of these waves doing going around the
buildings!? Then I followed the waves and they turned out to be the demon's lady's hair.
What city is the narrator talking about? Well, by the looks of it, one of the buildings looks like the Empire State building. So, I got out Google
Maps and put in 5th and 57th. It turns out that "across the street" from this intersection is the Trump Tower, which does indeed fit the description
of "the venerable Gothic spired hotel".
Apparently, both characters will be able to witness the destruction from the top floor of the building. Lovely. Obviously, its too late for the man
to change his ways to be "decent man". He has been tricked by the demon. Well, at least he goes out in style and in love, apparently. The message
is clear. The end of the world will involve huge waves and New York (among other places) is doomed.
I mean, folks, they aren't even holding anything back now. If you haven't done so already, please prepare for what is to come!