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Tim and Myrenthia’s Top Ten Apocalypse Tunes

We are still busy packing and preparing ourselves, the dogs and Minnie Winnie for the road, but we wanted to take a moment today to share our armageddon playlist.

In no particular order:

1) Its the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine), R.E.M.

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Sales of the 1987 single soared leading up to the highly anticipated Mayan apocalypse on December 21, 2012.

2) Don’t Fear the Reaper, Blue Oyster Cult

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Rolling Stone’s Song of the Year in 1976, Stephen King quotes lyrics from Don’t Fear the Reaper in his legendary apocalypse tale, The Stand.

3) All Along the Watchtower, Bob Dylan

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Famously covered by Jimi Hendrix in 1968, All Along the Watchtower is featured on Battlestar Galactica, where assigning numeric values to the song’s notes spells out the coordinates for Earth bringing the last few human survivors home.

4) The End, The Doors

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Originally written about a break up, The End eventually evolved into the 12 minute track featured in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 film, Apocalypse Now.

5) Eve of Destruction, Barry McGuire

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A protest song, written in 1965, Eve of Destruction is littered with political references pertinent to the time, including the Alabama race riots and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

6) Radioactive, Imagine Dragons

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Called “strangely intense and abrasive” by IGN, Radioactive became the best selling rock song of all time in the United States in May 2014.

7) Bad Moon Rising, Creedence Clearwater Revival

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Writer John Fogerty says the song is about “the apocalypse that was going to visited upon us” and has been known to sing the commonly misheard lyrics, “there’s a bathroom on the right” during live performances.

8) 1999, Prince

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In 2007, Prince relented and allowed the apocalyptic party anthem back onto his set list after vowing following a 1999 New Years Eve concert to never perform the song live again.

9) Zombie, The Cranberries

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Written in 1993 about victims of an IRA bombing, Zombie is loaded with warnings of the dangers of war.

10) Gimme Shelter, The Rolling Stones

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Inspired by the Vietnam War, Gimme Shelter has been used in countless films and commercials and covered by too many artists to count.

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Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3…

After months of endless shopping, four weeks we purchased our first recreational vehicle. The rolling home we will use to visit 49 states and two foreign countries at least. She’s a 1984 Minnie Winnie and it was love at first sight.

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To say this has been an educational process would be severely understating the situation. We needed to be sure our traveling home is safe to begin with. New tires are the first no brainer.  Easy enough, right? Nope! It turns out that the tires we need quit being manufactured long ago. For five long, fruitless days we searched along with Good Sam and countless tire shops. Finally, we drove an hour away from home to Savannah, Georgia and searched junkyards until we found 6 modern 8 lug 16 inch dualie wheels. Eureka! Problem solved. We got new tires on them and squished ourselves and all six giant wheels into our tiny two door Mercedes. We had a mobile repair service come put them on in our yard and finally felt safe to journey onward.

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The Great Tire Hunter of 2014 wasn’t the only time and resource consuming project going on this last month. We’ve had fluids to change and belongings to sort through. We’ve never felt a joy so pure as the moment we fixed that closet door. And who could forget our first dump site (and the missing hose we must have lost along the way)? We’ve begun the process of moving in and made huge strides in the exterior overhaul. She’s black now and with some fun additions she will be ready to take on Armageddon. Check back for more on our renovation projects later.

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All this hard work has led us to a rainy Sunday afternoon, at Hunting Island State Park in Beaufort, South Carolina. We are out in the Minnie Winnie with all three dogs for an overnight test run. We have marshmallows, we have power and water, we have board games. We were pleased to not encounter any issues either in transit or during set up. Everything we have loaded up thus far stayed where it was supposed to. The new tires vastly improved the smoothness of the ride resulting in a much quieter ride. We still have some kinks to work out, like how to work the hot water heater, but all in all we are feeling pretty confident we can handle whatever North America can throw at us.

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