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Tandra Page 1520, Less Than Spectacular

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I’m sitting on my back porch looking out over the yard as the rising sun brightens the Eastern sky.

And I was thinking; “For this I waited a hundred years?!”

Yesterday was the BIG EVENT! Everyplace you looked, people were yammering about the ECLIPSE! That was all you heard on the news. Even the attacks against President Donald J. Trump tapered off so the Talking Heads could wax eloquent about the ECLIPSE!, an event that had not happened for a hundred years.

On a personal level, I expected the skies to be overcast during the occurrence of the GREAT EVENT! To that end I did not rush out and purchase the special government approved glasses needed to watch the BIG EVENT! You can safely look up at clouds without eye protection. In any case, I was not so much interested in watching the Moon pass in front of the Sun. I knew that image would be available on CNN and digitally enhanced so that it looked better and more spectacular that it ever could in real life.

Oddly, miracle of miracles, there were only a few clouds in the sky as the BIG EVENT occurred. I kept looking out the window and sunlight remained on the ground making patterns in the shadows of the Oak Leaves from my trees. I think I actually got caught up in my work and forgot to look outside for some twenty minutes during the maximum effect of the EVENT! But not to worry, I could tell from the corner of my eye that it did not get so dark at Noon as had been promised. In fact it routinely gets darker during a garden variety thunderstorm that happened during the EVENT!

I decided to step outside when it became evident the ECLIPSE was going to be markedly less spectacular than I had been led to expect. I looked on the ground where the shadows from the Oak Trees made a pattern on the ground and the pattern was all of little crescent light designs. I suppose it was the same effect as punching a pinhole in a sheet of cardboard and getting an image of the ECLIPSE! on a second sheet of cardboard. That was sort of interesting, but nor nearly so spectacular as I had been hoping for. I brought out my camera and took a few snapshots and, while it remained light enough, there was not enough light but that the camera’s automatic flash setting kicked in.

When Mister Johnson came by, he said I would have needed to drive some hundred and fifty miles North to experience the full effect of the EVENT OF THE CENTURY! I responded seeing the skies turn black and the stars pop out at noon was not so important to me. Mister Johnson said not to worry. I will have another opportunity to witness a Solar Eclipse in only thirty-five years.

I can hardly wait.

“Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God.” -Thomas Jefferson

Hanther



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