Tuesday, August 22, 2017

My Thoughts on Yesterday’s Solar Eclipse


What happened yesterday with this solar eclipse is something that last happened in 1979, a total eclipse. Basically what happens is the sun is blocked out by the moon. This can last up to three hours in total, from partial to totality, and can be very harmful to your eyes if you don’t look at it with these special glasses. My eyes and head hurt just thinking about it.

What are my thoughts? Bah humbug. What a bunch of craziness and nonsense over relatively nothing. Now I’m not trying to be a sour puss about this, I’m really not, but you have to remember where I live. In the North Georgia mountains where I live things are quiet. Things are peaceful. Things are as they usually are every single day, there’s very little change. I like it. What something like this brought to my little town and community was chaos.

A town with roads set up for maybe 25-30K people had double and triple that. Traffic was bumper-to-bumper and I witnessed two car accidents myself. I didn’t just see them sitting on the side of the road waiting for a police officer to do the police report, no, I actually witnessed the cars hitting one another on two different occasions. I was almost in two car accidents myself because people simply weren’t paying attention or are just bad drivers in general. It was an absolute mess on the roads. My kids were out on these roads, my wife was out on these roads. I worry.

Then you had everyone flipping out because of gas shortages and groceries shortages and this and that. You couldn’t rent a motel, a cabin or an RV spot in a 50 mile radius. You couldn’t do anything but just sit and watch it all go down. Some businesses closed down yesterday and all schools closed down, of course my business didn’t shut down, and all for what? 25 seconds of totality? If that?


I get the historic side of this and the scientific side of it and the “cool” factor but I have noticed that these things become less “cool” when you’re actually out in it fighting the masses. I can remember how I used to love snow until I had to drive in it. Same difference. I’m glad that I was alive to see it happen but dammit am I happy that it’s over. I hope everyone else enjoyed it and I hope everyone made it home safe from it as well. Enjoy the rest of your day. 

2 comments:

  1. It wasn't nearly as cool as some people said it would be. It didn't get much darker, the temperature drop was nearly non-existent, and I didn't see it all that well (didn't have the special glasses, so could only glance with my sunglasses on).

    The fact it happens so infrequently makes it an event, but it's not worthy of the hype.

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    1. No it definitely did not live up to the hype whatsoever.

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