The eclipse is an exciting astronomical event. Truth is, they happen all the time, but it's rare for a full eclipse to pass over so many populated areas. The swath it's cutting across the United States really is amazing. So I see why all the excitement.
The eclipse is not the wrath of God or the end of the world. It's a shadow, folks. They happen all the time - this one is just bigger and more rare than most. If anything, the eclipse is an example of the wonderful universe that God created, and the amazing things that happen in it all the time that we don't see. If this is happening here, can you imagine the wonders out there? Too bad NASA isn't better funded --
The eclipse is a once in a lifetime event - and it happens to fall on Rick's (my husband's) birthday! Happy birthday, Rick! All of this excitement on your big day! Yay!
The eclipse is not the harbinger of the strange or paranormal. I do have one favor to ask of my South Carolina readers on Monday. IF YOU SEE THE LIZARD MAN, KEEP IT TO YOURSELF. Please, no. People go there every time they have a chance, and it makes us look like stupid rednecks. Let's not do that. I know Monday is some kind of anniversary of his first sighting but please, let that crap go. This is something amazing and different. Be classy, folks.
One more note to those of you coming to South Carolina to view this amazing event: fall is coming to some places already. This isn't one of them. We do have four seasons: November, December, January, and summer. We're in the "bowl" between the Atlantic Ocean and the Smoky Mountains, meaning humidity gets all too real and summer lasts a LONG time (which is alright by me; I don't like the cold). It's been in the high 90's with heat index in the 100's. If it really cools down 20 degrees when the eclipse happens, then we may quit sweating for two and a half minutes! Otherwise, it'll be more like the video below.
I just wish people were always this excited over space. If they were, then perhaps we'd have made it to Mars by now. Then again, Mars is on the opposite side of the sun right now in case you're wondering, which you probably weren't because nobody's paying attention to that right now - or the Cassini space craft going into degrading orbit at Saturn. I wish there were more interest in space outside of scifi but alas, it is what it is, and we're focused on our problems right here on this rock. If it doesn't come to us, we don't see it. Aliens could land and we wouldn't know it until they were here - oh wait, I wrote that story and Book 3 is coming out next winter!
That's all today. Take care, have a great weekend, stay cool, be careful out there, and enjoy this historical event - and Rick's birthday!