Day 235 – Staring At The Sun

It is eclipse day!  Luckily enough I married into astronomy, my wife procured several pairs of ‘Solar Eclipse’ Glasses!  So my solar viewing will not only be safe but AWESOME!  We are sitting on Ocean Beach in our lawn chairs and munching on a bag of pretzels….waiting for the sunlight to be interrupted.  As we are waiting I get our last extra pair of glasses and gift them to someone sitting on the beach.  Her name is Kelly.  She talks with me for a bit…She brought hotdogs and stuff to roast on one of the many beach fires.  She is a San Francisco local.  She sits with us and chats for a while.  I am glad I gave her the glasses….She will use them.  She heads off to meet some other folks on the beach and to share her Solar experience.  We sit and watch the eclipse and show lots of other people the view through our glasses….each time getting that ‘WOW Awesome!’ reply from people.

I tried to paint our glasses and watching the eclipse.  What a great day.  Fun was had by all.  The glasses weren’t really the gift in this case….it was the experience.  We shared the glasses with so many people on the beach….some of them had never seen an eclipse before.  Some of them were trying to see the eclipse without glasses….straining their eyes unsafely.  It was great to share that experience with my wife and son….and a bunch of strangers.  Onward.  Take care.


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One Response to Day 235 – Staring At The Sun

  1. Anonymous says:

    We’re so fortunate to know your and your astronomer wife……although I think I would have rather been on the beach with you guys, we happened to be on a patio at some restaurant at peak viewing time and caused quite the “solar eclipse” extravaganza with the two pairs you generously gave us. It was such a thrill to share them with the hostess, the servers, other waitstaff, and fellow diners; everyone seemed so delighted! I was joking that if I had only charged 50 cents or $1 for each time someone borrowed them, it may have paid for our whole dinner, but it brought me so much joy to share our gift with so many others. Thanks, Josh and Theresa!
    Here’s one of my fave photos that really captures the response of one of our new “best friends” for the night!

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