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My Last Day on Earth

Updated on August 8, 2016
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Kenneth has been a member of HubPages for five years. He is retired from a 23-year career in the weekly newspaper business.

Just what if

If God Himself were to visit me in the flicker of a moment telling me that (this) day were my last day on earth, I suppose, with my thinking, I would have but one question: "Now what can I do being that today is my last day on earth?"

This question, I admit is a complex question and my reasoning is such that it came directly from God's mouth, so He gave me the freedom to answer (this) question according to how I think and feel inwardly.

My answer, contrary to the religious among us, and for that, I cannot apologize. In my studies of the Old and New Testament, I find at no time did Jesus, the Son of God; God in the flesh; Emmanuel (God with us) ever apologizing for the truth coming from His mouth. And yes, sir, He did ruffle feathers and "get on some toes" with his "in your face," not behind your back-style of teaching.

Princess Kate and Prince William out for a stroll
Princess Kate and Prince William out for a stroll | Source
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No caption necessary | Source

My answer

I think that now at these melting moments in my life, I shall try His method of speaking and answering His question. Hey, what do I have to lose? So what if a few religious and Christian (in name only) get upset? I won't be here tomorrow to face their puny wrath.

Hmmmm. This is me humming to myself and scratching my chin. People of intelligence who are facing a tough area of life always hum to themselves and scratch their chin. So now along with Jesus' style of delivering answers to questions, I shall add the traits of intelligent folk who face tough questions.

"What Five Things Would I do On My Last Day on Earth?"

I think I shall do the things I've dreamed of doing back a day ago when I thought I had more days to come. I think this is a rational line of thinking, so I will name a few of these things I can now do as the hours of my last day of life is dwindling.

Richard Rawlings owner of Gas Monkey Garage on Discovery Channel
Richard Rawlings owner of Gas Monkey Garage on Discovery Channel | Source
Wolfman Jack, the DJ that I idolized in 1971 and wanted to follow in his voice prints
Wolfman Jack, the DJ that I idolized in 1971 and wanted to follow in his voice prints | Source
The Cream, from left, Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce
The Cream, from left, Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce | Source
Jefferson Airplane, the band who pioneered the "San Francisco Rock Sound."
Jefferson Airplane, the band who pioneered the "San Francisco Rock Sound." | Source
Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix | Source
Kathie Lee Gifford
Kathie Lee Gifford | Source
Ty Pennington, star of his own home remodeling show on TV
Ty Pennington, star of his own home remodeling show on TV | Source

Notice to All Essayists in This Niche:

"I know upfront that I am not up in your league when it comes to penning essays, but I just wanted to prove that I am not afraid to make the effort. I am what I am and I write about what I know about. Case closed."


NOTE: The following five things all came with God also telling me that He would make all of them come to pass in a short time. Just wanted to explain my thinking. Kenneth

1.) Call the U.S. State Dept. and explain what has happened to me and that I need them to schedule a meeting between Duchess Kate Middleton and myself, but with a few conditions: no photog's allowed at this special meeting. I am not doing this for personal glory. And no Prince William. I want Kate to myself for a grand total of two and a half hours. I want to look her in the eyes and tell her how beautiful I think that she is and to cap off my meeting with her, an early dinner at one of Gordon Ramsay's finest restaurants that I have checked ahead of time and know that he has one in London. At our dinner, I shall not try to charm or impress her with my limited ability of small talk. Just enjoy her views on life, politics and her future reign as Queen of England.

2.) Hang out with hot rod builder/entrepreneur, Richard Rollins of his television show, "Fast 'N Loud," on the Discovery Channel. I would want to choose just one car or truck for him and his team to rebuild, sell for a profit and give all of the monies to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Truth. Hey, I do not even want to drive the vehicle that he builds. Just being around Rawlings and his crew would be thrill enough for me.

3.) Get an appointment with one of America's most-famous televangelists and have him to agree to let me speak for 35 minutes from The Bible. And share the truth about prosperity, giving (as Jesus taught it) and not seeking fame, fortune, and a great name among people. This one is sure to cause a firestorm among televangelists and the one who agrees to me speaking. But do not misunderstand. I am not there to slam the televangelist or his company. Just "preach the Word" as The Bible says. That's it. And if a handful of people, not necessarily some of his followers, accept the Truth based on The Bible, great. If not, then well, I have fulfilled one of my dreams.

4.) For only one night (duhhhh!) run my own late-night Classic Rock and Roll show on the nation's top-rated FM radio station. Plus get to play "my" choices of Classic Rock with names such as: The Cream; Jefferson Airplane; Grateful Dead; Jimi Hendrix and Rick Derringer to start off the show. And if it hits the top of the ratings, great. Someone else can enjoy the ride when I am gone which will be in a few short hours.

5.) Get Ty Pennington and a gang of master carpenters, electricians and renovation specialists to build and donate a two-story log cabin and give it to my wife, Pam, and tell her to will it to our grand kids when it is her time to join me in eternity. Plus, I would want to secure for Pam, a tax-free, no payback grant of $500,000.00 to make her financially secure and help our three grand kids to have a worry-free college education without any financial burdens.

That's it. The five things I would want to see accomplished if God were to tell me that (today) is my last day on earth.

I bet you thought that I would ask for a pleasure cruise for two with Jessica Alba or even Kathie Lee Gifford, two of the women who have appeared in my hubs over the years. Or maybe write a provocative-but-truthful essay for The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times with the same writing style of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. Not so.

The aforementioned things were merely empty dreams I have enjoyed for a while, but the five things in the beginning of this piece were the REAL things I would really want to do then leave.
What are yours?

Good night, Birmingham, Alabama.

© 2016 Kenneth Avery


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    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      21 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Aloha, Yoleen,

      You, my good friend, are one good dude.

      Love your selfless comment.

      Cudo's to you!

      Keep in touch with me.


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      Yoleen Lucas 

      21 months ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      Hopefully I'd get enough warning to sign over my assets to my brother, and head over to Aspen to sky dive and snowboard!

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      My Dear Friend, breakfastpop,

      "Thank you for the sweet compliment, but both of us know that there is none good but one, save God," said by His son, Jesus while on earth.

      I do like to laugh and make people laugh. That is my main purpose of being on HP, not making $$$$$$$$.

      Although I do like the monetary rewards, small as they are. It comes down to being blessed with friends like YOU, vocalcoach, Deborah, and a host of others that I wish I had the $$$$$$$$ to pay off their bills, put their children and grandkids through college in order for them to have a better chance at a good life.

      If only Bill Gates, Donald Trump, and the super-wealthy oil sheiks of Kuwait and Saudia Arabia would adopt this ONE principle of forming educational funds, not to have to beg for it or earn it, but simply give it to our high school seniors who do not get scholarships, so they can get and have a better job. That would eliminate most of our society's sores.

      Love ya' and write me anytime.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      LOL, to the eat as much chocolate as possible. I loved that part as well as all of your comment.

      You have a lovely name, Audrey.

      I attend church with an Audrey and she is very caring and very happy all of the time.

      I assume that you are the same.

      Write me anytime.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Deborah Demander,

      I just stand back in awe at such a selfless comment about an event that we all must face. I give you not only my heart-felt thanks for the life-touching comment, but sharing it with me and I have to tell you, I can only wish I were this giving and caring--although if I were suddenly blessed with tons of wealth, I would of course, take care of my family, church family, neighbors and St. Jude's very well and this is not boasting. But I would also donate a huge part of my fortunes in my will to the American Veterans Families who gave their loved ones for our freedoms, I would have a fund set up for the deserving homeless. I say 'deserving' for most are only hucksters playing on people's sympathy as was observed at the UAB Children's Hospital, Birmingham, where my daughter spent most of last summer undergoing tests to see why she was not breathing correctly.

      Two guys dressed as bums would sit at the end of each day on the main steps of that facility and they would say things like, "How much did you score today?" His cohort would shake his fistful of cash and say how much as if it were a job.

      These are NOT deserving.

      And before I really get started, I will be quiet.


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      2 years ago

      You are a good man and I hope you live a long time laughing all the while.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      2 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Enjoyed this Ken. I, too would be donating to St. Judes. I'd also eat all the chocolate I could get my hands on. LOL I'm passing this hub along knowing that it will be interesting to many folks. Thanks.


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      Deborah Demander 

      2 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Great article, Kenneth.

      I especially liked the idea of donating money to St. Judes. And playing real rock and roll. Although I wonder, what is the top rated national FM station? Do people even listen to the radio anymore? I worked for a radio station for a couple of years, writing and recording local news and doing my own weekly show. It was great fun.

      As for my own five. I've given it a lot of thought. I enjoy every single day of my life, as much as I can. But, since I live in Wyoming, I don't get to the beach as often as I'd like, so I think I'd have my eight children, two sons-in-law and two step children join my husband and I for a day at the beach. Maybe a cruise. I'd let my mom visit for a few hours. And my dad. And I'd have my brother and his wife there for the day.

      Besides that? I guess I 'd make it so that any of my friends who wanted a free day at the beach could join us, and have a huge party at sunset.

      I'm planning to live to 111. When I'm 55 1/2 (December 6, 2023) I plan to have a "Half-Way There" party. I'm going to invite all my friends and family for a day of celebrating, so that I don't miss the party when I die.

      Thanks for writing.



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