Monday Eclipse

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This was in yesterday's paper.;

"The closest accommodations not yet reserved were 43 miles away, in the town of Bend. No problem, we thought; we'd simply rise early and drive north on the generally empty roads of Oregon's high desert. In late spring 2017, the warnings began. Web articles and emails advised caution. The drive from Bend, normally 45 minutes, would likely take eight to ten hours. Local authorities suggested driving to Madras the day before and sleeping in cars"

We had reservations in Kansas City and would drive to St. Joseph to view totality, a 45 minute drive.  We have cancelled everything and will drink a bottle of wine and watch our 93% eclipse here in Illinois.  Please be careful out there!!!
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Homemade muscadine wine - check
Chex snack mix made - check
DTV alignment and systems double checked - check

I'll just have my own Eclipse Party and watch it on TV, go out to see what I can when it gets close to me. Y'all are welcome to drop by if you happen to be in the area. BYOB if muscadine wine isn't your thing. :P
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I will call ahead so you can put the wolves in their respective quarters!

I thought of you when I saw this

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Nah, just tell them you're a friendly - they may still lick you to death though. :P
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I for one would like to welcome our new sun-eating dragon overlord.
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Can you imaging what the so called "primitives" thought when this kind of event happened.  Sun eating dragons would sound like the most logical reason.
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I think we get a 92% here in Denver so I'll have to take a quick trip outside during it. Glasses are sold out everywhere but my wife works in a research lab so I got a folded over sheet of film that should do the trick. Did you guys see Bonnie Tyler will perform *THAT* song? https://www.space.com/37879-bonnie-tyler-solar-eclipse-2017.html 
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Please, please please Brad do not do that.  That will not work. This eclipse will leave many people with damaged eyesight, guaranteed. It can take as little as 14 seconds to permanently damage eyes.  Only real solar filters will be safe and there are vendors selling fake eyeglasses to take advantage of the event. This is dead serious.
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This constant reference to a "once in a lifetime event" reminds me of the same meteorologists referring the severe flooding in an area as a "100 year or 500 year flood".

But then, these are the same people who get to keep their jobs even after giving totally incorrect weather forecasts on a regular basis.
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Yeah, but if you look at the intersection of the 2017 and 2024 totality paths, some Nostradamus quatrain predicts something big is getting ready to happen just south of Carbondale IL near Cedar Lake in 2024 - I'm not saying it's aliens, but it's aliens...

http://www.eclipse2017.org/2017/overlap.htm     
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Just looked at it. Not blind and still able to read things so I'm here to answer emails for the foreseeable future!! We got a pretty cool 92% peak here but I did see a livestream in Oregon and the total block was pretty awesome looking!
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2024 = Viasat 4 which will be satellite internet at its zenith :)

BTW. Don't do the phone trick. It can damage your phone and or your eyes.

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/...
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Hi Brad,  the sun is about half covered here in Raleigh right now, the peak is in about 30 minutes from now
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Just past peak here. I didn't look but did use my phone to see it here. Live stream form Oregon better, one form Carbondale, IL good too.
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A bright blue sky here but it is certainly strange to see such a muted sun....still and dim out on the farm with not much stirring.
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A bit dim here but, none of my critters seem bothered by it one bit. Actually slightly cooler now and, that's good. (Yes I'm sick of summer, ready for fall and winter, or moving to a cooler climate one, or both. :P )
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It's 11:30 AM here in California.  I just got out of bed.  What time is it happening again??
 
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same here Bev - had enough heat this year
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Haha, my husband just asked a good question "What happened, Viasat 2's solar panels get a bit over zealous and soak up all of the sun?" 

My answer: "Well, what do you expect with so many impatient customers trying to hurry that thing into its final orbit?" XD
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I wasn't getting into all the hype leading up to this but when it finally came it was super cool. We had about 4 minutes of total darkness and the temp dropped about 15 degrees. We had the glasses and made the boxes but the pics on TV were better.
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Just like my Titans and Vols games . . . I much prefer watching from my recliner than in person. Once a decade is enough of the in person stuff for me.
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Eclipse was a complete bust where I live. Waste of time and hype!
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probably cheaper concessions too!
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Wasn't total here, but at least it had some effect for a few minutes. TV and live stream coverage was better than in person for me.
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We had clouds but I got some pics.  93% .

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Took my son out to the park with a friend of his yesterday.  Every few minutes, they'd break away from the playground to grab the glasses and look up.  Several days ago, I told him it'd look like Cookie Monster was eating the sun, and we rolled with it the entire time.  "Daddy, Cookie Monster's eaten almost all the sun!!"