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The woman is dressed in a floral patterned skirt and a white T-shirt. She declines to give her name or discuss her plans at any length.
"My extended family already thinks I'm crazy," she says. She has already begun storing extra food and water. "You insure your car, don't you?" she says. "This food storage insures your stomach."
The guest speaker listens as she explains that she's concluded that the year 2000 computer crisis fits into her Christian beliefs.
"So you believe in the Rapture?" he asks. The question is one he is apparently used to asking.
The woman nods her head. "Oh yes," she says, pausing.
In that moment, a smile slips onto her face, and her eyes shimmer like topaz in the afternoon sunlight.
"I believe this is the beginning of the end-times."
Well, she could be right.
After all, who's to say she's not?