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.