The Great Eclipse


On Monday, August 21st at approximately 2:38 pm my little city will be in the dark. We are one of the cities along the, cue the thunder, “PATH OF TOTALITY”.

Our hotels, and we got a lot of hotels, are sold out. Want to get a dinner reservation Sunday night? Nope. How about lunch on Monday? Nada. Our Police Chief said we will have 100 officers on duty Monday to handle traffic, crowd control and management. Sounds crazy doesn’t it? To me it sounds like we are preparing for the end of the world.

Our local television station even posted a “Planning for your family” list;

  • Buy groceries and fill your car up with gas before the weekend
  • Refill prescriptions ahead of time so you will have needed medication on hand
  • Determine how you will communicate if cell service is down
  • Identify a meeting location in case you get separated from one another

Holy shit! What in the world do they think is going to happen? Have Donald Trump and Steve Bannon figured out a way to hijack the sun? Hold it for ransom unless we drop the Russian investigation?

I remember the last one in 1979. I was in high school and the Principal had all of the students gather out on the football practice field. Me and my friends had a better idea. We went out to the woods and smoked a joint. Then it got dark, real dark. And then we freaked out, stoned, in the woods, the very dark woods. Oh the fun things you get yourself into as an eighteen year old.

I won’t be partaking in the ganja this time, but I do plan on having a cold Left Hand Stout or two, or three in my backyard with my wife and daughter and son in-law who are driving up for the, cue the thunder, “PATH OF TOTALITY”.

The next two Great Eclipses will be in 2024 and 2045. I don’t know where I will be or if I will still be walking on the face of this earth but come Monday I will be ready, car gassed up, cell phone charged, with plenty of cold beer and snacks. Happy Great Eclipse Day everyone!

NASA Total Eclipse 2017


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I am a frustrated writer and poet waiting to be discovered. A stand-up philosopher performing on a street corner near you. A Christian with questions but I don’t want to hear your answers. A Buddhist with a bumper sticker on my truck to prove it. A collector of quotes. A grower of lettuce. The Patron Saint of earthworms who name their children after me. A cyclist whose big ass strains the seams of his Lycra bibs. I am American by birth, Southern by the grace of God. My goal in life is to leave an imprint on the lives of the people I love not a footprint on the earth. I am a son, a husband, a father composed of 65%-Oxygen, 18%-Carbon, 10%-Hydrogen, 3%-Nitrogen, 3%-Diet Coke and 1%-Oreo.
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10 Responses to The Great Eclipse

  1. William Tell says:

    Jesus is coming soon.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. I live just a few miles outside of the path, 99.7% of totality. Media making it seem like your life is a waste if you don’t see it.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. simonjkyte says:

    Totality is amazing – saw it in Austria in 1999


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