With Doomsday just a few days away, I'm getting nostalgic and melancholy about all the local things I'll never see again or never get to see come to fruition. It’s getting me down.
I well up about all the things in Novato that I’ll miss the most ... just as I did in May 2011 the last time everybody was abuzz about Armageddon.
For instance, if the world ends on Dec. 21, I’ll …
* Never get to see the ribbon cutting for the new Old Town administrative building for the city of Novato staff.
* Never get to see whether any of the local properties designated as future sites for affordable housing get developed.
* Never get to see if Hanna Ranch turns into a bustling mecca of commerce.
* Never get to see if the Novato Community House, the old Del Reeno Meats building and the old Pini Ace Hardware building get fixed up or knocked down.
* Never get to see if the Square shopping center on the city's west side ever gets a much-needed extreme makeover or gets bulldozed.
* Never get to see if the North Bay Academy charter school ever opens.
* Never get to see if Rancho School is changed to a 100-percent neighborhood school.
* Never get to see if the Novato Community Garden ever opens next to Dogbone Meadow.
* Never get to see if the North Redwood Boulevard Corridor business area gets turned into something cool and useful.
* Never get to see the Novato Theater open again.
* Never get to ride on a SMART train.
* Never get to see if we can convince our teens, once and for all, that there is nothing cool about binge drinking.
* Never get to see if young city councilman Eric Lucan sticks with politics and ends up in Sacramento or Washington.
* Never get to eat a double-double ANYTHING style at the Novato In-n-Out Burger.
* Never get to see another amazing stage performance at San Marin High or the Marin School of the Arts.
* Never get to see our young athletes whoop and holler over winning a league championship.
* Never get to double bogey the entire back nine at Indian Valley Golf Course — again.
* Never get to take another carriage ride to see the lights at the Rombeiro Christmas House.
* Never get to see the view of the city from the top of Mount Burdell or Big Rock Ridge again.
* Never get to taste Moylan’s award-winning ales again.
* Never get to see the Pini Plunger Brigade, Nave Patrola or the basset hound procession at the Novato Fourth of July Parade.
* Never taste another amazing dessert auctioned off at the Gary Gates Pasta Feed.
* Never get to see which schoolkids in town today will grow up to be the city’s movers and shakers.
* Never catch another Black Cat Bone gig at Dr. Insomniac's.
* Never get to see if a downtown statue is erected in honor of dedicated political gadfly Gail Meyers.
What about you? What will you be bummed about not getting a chance to see or do anymore in Novato?
And if this is our last goodbye, nice knowing you.