A Triscuit

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A Tasket
An Eclipse Viewing Basket

Ok, so it doesn’t exactly rhyme; it was the best I could do.  Here in the mountains of Northern Nevada we did not have totality, but at 80% it was still worthwhile.

Waiting to the last minute, I sacrificed a Triscuit box, not having any cereal to hand.  Worked out just fine.  Also helped that the Internet was awash with “How-To” on making safe viewing devices.

Alas, our local library was one of the ones bit by the scurrilous, and had to issue a Do Not Use warning for the glasses they had passed out the week before.  Their supplier was unable to verify that the glasses were indeed, eclipse proof.

I had a great time wandering around outside, seeing the crescents through the leaves of the trees, as well as my cracker box.  The light changed so distinctively, as did the temperature.  I could well understand prehistoric peoples thinking the end of the world was nigh.  It’s a very primal feeling.

Also evident was that I work with a group of geeks, as nearly every single person on the inter-company messaging app showed “away” as the eclipse neared.  I could literally watch it move across the country based on when people were available, and when they weren’t.  Which may not have been so good for company productivity, but I thought it really cool that so many people were interested in science.  Especially when it comes knocking on one’s front door.

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