Friday, August 11, 2017

Eclipse is a coming

I'm not sure if you've noticed, but I'm a  celestial-esk kind of guy. I love the sun, stars, and most anything up there beyond my reach. The upcoming solar eclipse has me psyched. 

The last eclipse I saw was on May 30, 1984. It wasn't a total eclipse, but it was close. It was only a few months after we moved into our new house. We hadn't built the back deck yet. Jilda and I sat on the back steps for a long time. The warm May temperature seemed to drop while the sun hid behind the moon. It was just after we moved into our house. Jilda and I sat on the back steps and experienced it. I had my dad's old welding goggles so we got to see it while it happened. It was just before noon, but it looked like that twilight time just between dusk and dark. The roosters crowed. The birds and other critters didn't know what to make of it.

I didn't blog back then, but I wrote about it in my daily journal. The upcoming total eclipse happens here on August 21, 2017. The timeline looks like it will be total around 2ish.

Looking on Amazon, I found 10 pairs of eclipse glasses for just over $8. I was pretty sure neither Jordan or his mom would think to get glasses and I didn't want them to miss it. There won't be another total eclipse in my lifetime or theirs. I'm just hoping it's not cloudy.

Our glasses arrived today. Jilda snapped this pic of me on our deck looking skyward.


  1. And I thought you would use your dad's welding goggles! Any way Thanks so much for the date of the eclipse. We will be over on that sliver of Virginia that 'ain't' attached to Virginia. I call it the outer banks. I will get the correct nomenclature in a few days. You look sorta starwarish! Stay cool!

  2. I think it will still be interesting if it is cloudy, but hope you get a good show.

  3. Me too, I thought you would use your daddy's welding googles. This is exciting... Enjoy the eclipse and I hope for clear sky.
    Hugs, Julia

  4. Enjoy it. We will miss it here.

  5. So the eclipse is coming by your place this time. Hope you get clear skies.


  6. I was trying to remember when that eclipse occurred. I knew it was shortly after I moved back to Birmingham. I didn't look at the sun, but I watched the day moved briefly to twilight, as you mentioned.

  7. As a fashion statement not everyone could make those glasses work. You make them work.

  8. You are wise to be prepared. The sun can damage your eyes. Hope you get to see it. We aren't in the right place here to be able to view it. I did get to see it years ago, maybe it was the 1984 event you mentioned. I don't remember.

  9. Anonymous11:15 AM

    You remind me of Ernest Hemingway in that picture!!

  10. Our glasses are supposed to arrive Monday. It should be exciting. For tonight I will hope it's not too cloudy for the meteor shower.

  11. I don't think Ohio will be seeing it and I'll be at work and no see it for me and enjoy the experience! Plus I know you'll blog about it this time and I'll see it from your eyes!


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