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Re: The Path of Totality: The Last Great Adventure
« Reply #105 on: August 24, 2017, 09:40:14 AM »
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« Reply #106 on: August 25, 2017, 01:32:50 AM »
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Re: The Path of Totality: The Last Great Adventure
« Reply #107 on: August 25, 2017, 07:20:31 AM »
Very cool. JMH, RIP.
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Total Solar Eclipse Was NASA's Biggest Online Event Ever
« Reply #108 on: August 25, 2017, 11:15:23 AM »
http://www.newsweek.com/total-solar-eclipse-was-nasas-biggest-online-event-ever-recorded-655288

Total Solar Eclipse Was NASA's Biggest Online Event Ever
By Stav Ziv On 8/25/17 at 1:04 PM


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The recent total solar eclipse was a major celestial event—particularly in the United States, where the path of totality stretched from Oregon all the way to South Carolina. It was also major for NASA, which saw a total of more than 90 million page views on its main website and special eclipse subsite, making it the agency's biggest online event ever measured.

“We’ll admit it—even we were a bit blown away by the sheer magnitude of response to the total solar eclipse of Aug. 21, 2017,” the agency wrote Thursday. “It’s one of the biggest internet events in recent history and by far the biggest online event NASA has ever measured. And that includes some pretty big events, like landing a car-sized rover on Mars and flying a spacecraft past Pluto.”

NASA estimates its live broadcast—on the main site and via social media—garnered 40 million views. The agency recorded 12.1 million unique views on its live-eclipse page during the hours the event was taking place, with more than 2 million simultaneous views at the height of the online frenzy.

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A graph comparing traffic during the eclipse to other space-related events in recent years—including New Horizons’s historic flyby of Pluto, the discovery of liquid on Mars, the arrival of the Juno spacecraft at Jupiter and the discovery of new exoplanets—highlights its enormity. The eclipse also was reportedly the largest government web event recorded since the Federal Digital Analytics Program was founded in 2012.

8-25-17 NASA eclipse graph User sessions on NASA websites from May 2015-present, as measured by Google Analytics. NASA

NASA wasn’t the only one to see a surge of eclipse-related interest. Twitter said there were 6 million tweets about the event the day it took place. YouTube said NASA’s was the most watched live-streamed video of the eclipse during what it called one of the year’s biggest social media events. In total, the company wrote on its trends blog, people watched live streams and videos about the celestial event more than 100 million times, and for 6 million hours.

The eclipse was also bigger on Facebook than each of the previous four Super Bowls, with 66 million people creating 240 million “interactions” for the eclipse compared to between 50 million and 65 million people for the football events since 2014. To be fair, the eclipse garnered less than a quarter of the tweets the most recent Super Bowl did.

Regardless, it’s clear that the total solar eclipse—also called the Great American Eclipse because of the path it cut through the mainland of the world’s third most populous country—was a major event not only under the open sky, but also on screens of all sizes.
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Re: The Path of Totality: The Last Great Adventure
« Reply #109 on: August 26, 2017, 12:14:37 AM »

RE flies home.  Hopefully the young ladies working on Alaskan Airlines treated him right.  I dropped him off at Sea-Tac airport this evening and he should be getting a ride back home with his cab driver very soon.  As was arranged. 

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The Last Great Adventure is OVAH for RE
« Reply #110 on: August 26, 2017, 02:20:46 AM »
Thanks to K-Dog, Brian and the airport Wheelchair Jockeys from Ethiopia & Nicaragua, I made it through the entire (exhausting  ::) ) adventure.  I am now back home in the digs and enjoying a Vodka & Ginger Ale prior to crashing until I have to drag myself out of bed to relieve the Call of Nature.

The Adventure continues for KD until he gets his prized Mercedes back in working condition.  It should make it to the dealership in Seattle from Missoula some time tomorrow.  This morning we went out to rent him a car to use for this week until these issues get fully worked out.  I got to drive the other Mercedes back from the rental warehouse at Sea-Tac Airport.  Fun vehicle to drive, and good for cripples because it is EZ to get in and out of because it is so low to the ground.  However, I still prefer higher SUV/Van type vehicles.

This was a GREAT Bucket List trip!  Lots of great new memories to take with me to the Great Beyond!  :icon_sunny:

I'll rest up all week until Sep 1st, then head over to the docs with my newly activated Medicare Card to see if I can do something about the legs.  The rest of the systems aren't doing too bad, although still difficult to eat much.  If I can get a little healthier by spring, I will take another trip to the Lower 48, probably by Ferry with SaVANnah to Bellingham, then do some Boondocking around the Lower 48.

I got some of an article written about the Last Great Adventure done, I'll try to finish it tomorrow for publication for Sunday Brunch this week.

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Lining up the Camera for the TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN☼
« Reply #111 on: August 26, 2017, 12:08:21 PM »
This turned out to be a tough task for me, which fortunately one of the Next Generation assisted me with so we could keep the SUN☼ more or less centered in the screen as it moved across the sky during the TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN☼.

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The Last Great Adventure 2: The Total Eclipse of the SUN☼
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The Last Great Adventure is not yet over, since currently as I write this article I am sitting in the Spokane airport waiting for a plane to Seattle, where I will spend another couple of days with another one of the Diners who was with me at the campsite we occupied down in Rexburg, Idaho to observe this once-in-a-lifetime cosmological event (actually, there is another one in 2024 I hope to still be above ground for in 2024 to attend).  Then on Friday night I fly back to the Last Great Frontier and park myself back at my Diner Workstation in the digs.  I don't have any other Bucket List items and at the moment I have no plans to leave my  perch for observing the Collapse of Industrial Civilization for the forseeable future.  You can't do better than Alaska for low population density and good energy, food and water resources.  Besides, it's where all my Preps are.



Overall, the Last Great Adventure to the Path of Totality of the TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN☼ was a raging success on almost every level, and the trip was Blessed I think by the Finger of God.  I came soooo close to cancelling on it the day before when I felt as though I was at Death's Doorstep and the Grim Reaper would win this race and come to collect me as the counselors did when I tried to make my run for Woodstock from Summer Camp in the Summer of '69.  Not this time.  RE won this race with the Grim Reaper.  I made it to the Cosmological Woodstock. :icon_sunny: 



In reality, the "Last Great Adventure" turned into a series of adventures, beginning with just getting my crippled ass out of Alaska and to the site of the Big Event.  I couldn't have done it without the help of my two friends you see with me at the top of the page in the Header Pic, K-Dog from the Diner and Brian, a friend from my years as a Gymnastics Coach.  They successfully got me in and out of cars, and mostly unsuccessfully tried to get me to eat more.  I did eat enough to stay alive though, since I am currently keyboarding out this article.  It's amazing how little you can eat and still stay alive for quite some time.



Although a lot of stuff happened both before and after the core part of the Adventure, for this article I am just going to focus on the Road Trip from Spokane & back, along with the 3 days spent at the campsite preparing for the TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN☼.   Other adventures from this trip may get their own articles at some future date, particularly my trip to the Computer Museum in Seattle.  For the Eclipse itself, I also will likely write a separate article, including videos and still pics from the event.  That will take a while to get produced and edited up though.



We began with an inauspicious start when Brian was an hour late in picking me up at Spokane Airport on Friday morning, because he set his wake-up alarm for PM instead of AM.  I waited longer in the Spokane Airport than it took to fly from Seattle to Spokane, around 45 minutes air time.  As soon as you get up to cruising altitude, the plane starts descending again.



Once he did finally arrive, we headed back to his place to inventory his Preps to see what he already had and what we might need to buy for this trip.  He just moved into a really cute little Doomstead near Lake Couer d'Alene which is nicely separated from close neighbors, but still inside the BAU envelope of Industrial Civilization, so the neighborhood has all the Big Box stores you expect, Target, Costco, Safeway and of course Wally World (WW).



Brian had most of the Camping Basics of a nice size Tent big enough for all 3 of us on comfy twin size air mattresses, sleeping bags and cooking gear including some vintage stoves that still worked, but we still needed a lot of Preps, both of the durable kind you can re-use on other trips as well as the consumables and disposables like food, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, etc.



I discovered a major problem at this point, which was that my 4 year old smart phone batt was going bad and not taking or holding a charge very well and also running very hot, usually meaning the batt is going south.  If it quit on me on the site this would have been a major disaster.  It's a 5 year old Samsung Galaxy Mega, and the Batt for it usually is not in stock at the local batt stores and you need to order it online.  I lucked out though and Batteries & Bulbs had ONE of these batts on the shelf, so that was our first stop in terms of prepping up.



The next stop on the Prep Run for TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN☼  was of course Wally World, for a few reasons.



First off, Wally's has Low, Low Prices Every Day, they generally come in cheaper than anyone else for any given item they actually stock on the shelves.  It's not generally the highest quality stuff and they keep the prices so low by exploiting their employees who stock the shelves and man the registers and contractors who provide the merchandise over in China & India, but as a consumer it's hard to pay double the price somewhere else for the same stuff even if you know this, unless of course you have money to burn, which I do not.  I gotta make my little Nest Egg last for however long it is I actually have left to live.  I have no further financial windfalls coming to me on the horizon I can forsee, since I don't buy LOTTO tickets.



The second main reason is that Wally's is a One-Stop-Shop not just for the Prep Hard Goods, but also the FOOD.  Again, it's not the greatest Food Superstore out there and initially we wanted to go to a separate better quality Food Superstore in the neighborhood, but time was tight and besides for Camping Food you're not really shopping for high quality, just calories and at least some nutritional value.  We made a list of the usual suspects like burgers and hot dogs, fresh fruit, potatoes, onions, bacon & eggs for breakfast, etc.  However, Brian couldn't stop throwing every food item that appealed to him in the basket, so pretty soon it was filled to overflowing. lol.  He was the one who had to unload it and get it packed into the bugout machine, so I didn't complain too much.  By the time he was done though, it looked to me like we had food not for a week, but more like for a month. lol.



After Wally World we headed over to Cabela's, a more high end Camping Superstore that carries many specific items that you don't find at Wally World I wanted for this trip, like the Folding Camping Chair you see at right, which I picked up ON SALE at Cabela's for $40.  Not that WW doesn't have camping chairs, they do, but they are generally pretty flimsy and not real good for cripples.  In this model, the armrests are part of the support structure of the chair, and I can use them to help me get in and out of said chair fairly easily.  When I sit down in an El Cheapo chair where your butt sinks real low, I can get stuck in it and not be able to get myself out.  Shifting from the sitting to standing /walking/shuffling/liimping positions several times a day is one of my toughest repetitive daily tasks I have to consider and engineer properly to accommodate my cripple status.  I also spend most of the day in the sitting position, so it needs to be pretty comfortable for my ass for the whole day.  This chair fit the bill nicely.



Besides the chair, we needed some type of Picnic Table to eat at because the campsite I bought really wasn't a campsite at all, just a 25'X30' rectangle in an unused small farm field that the owner had decided to make a nice profit from since the farm was located right on the Path of Totality of the TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN☼ .  So it had none of the amenities you expect from a "real" campsite such as a picnic table and fire ring.  This also came in ON SALE at Cabela's for $90.  You see this table in the header pic at the top of the article.



I also realized I had forgotten to bring with me a pair of regular Sunglasses, and it was a real bright sunny day in Idaho when we were doing our Prepping Up and I was squinting before noon.  I of course had my Eclipse Glasses with me, but you can't see jack shit through them unless you are looking straight at the SUN☼, in which case it looks in normal times like a disk about as bright as the Moon.  So I went over to the Sunglasses counter to see what was available, and got the full Sales Pitch from the Sunglasses Sales Desk Rep on how these Sunglasses are soooo much better than the El Cheapo ones I have been buying from Convenience Stores for decades because I always lose them and they only cost like $15 each these days.  They sure better be better, because a pair of these Optical Protectors of your Eyesight go for $200 and more at Cabela's!  This was a Bucket List trip though so I went ahead and coughed up $200 for a fucking pair of sunglasses!  I lived in fear for the whole trip I would lose them before the trip was over.  I managed not to do that though, and the $200 Cabela's Sunglasses made it back with me to the Last Great Frontier in the Ballistic Nylon Hard Case Cabela's supplied along with the Sunglasses in my Carry-On Wheely Bag.  There they will remain until the next Bucket List trip I make if I make one before the trip across the Great Divide, and up here locally I will switch back over to the El Cheapo Sunglasses I have about 3 pairs of and do an OK job of protecting my eyes from the harmful radiation of the SUN☼ for as much as it hits Alaska even on a cloudless sunny day.  I will say though that the expensive glasses really do work better, although I am not sure it is worth $200 to buy them.



Prepping & Packing for the Road Trip now finally complete, we could actually now begin the drive down to Rexburg, ID to get our campsite set up.  This is Friday around 4:30PM, 3 days before the actual event of the TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN☼ .  Drive time according to Google Maps around 7 hours, but this assumes you do the Speed Limit on all the roads on the drive for the full route, and those limits are well up there at 80mph for most of the drive.  8 hours is a much more realistic estimate, even 9 if you take time off for a sit down meal somewhere and don't just buy sandwiches and eat while you drive.  This would have brought us to the campsite well after midnite, which is not a great time to set up a campsite with one working body and another cripple.  I decided the best alternative was to make it a little past half-way, just past Missoula before stopping for the night in a Bates Motel, but I was determined we should make at least the half-way point before stopping at around 9PM or so for dinner then crashing in a Bates Motel.



So we drive pretty flawlessly and smoothly through Missoula on the West side, passing many chain Motels but I tell Brian to keep going, we are sure to find a Bates Motel somewhere on the East side of Missoula before we stop.  Unfortunately, as soon as we pass through Missoula to the West Side of the town, everything fucking DISAPPEARS!  No more Motels, no more Restaraunts, no more Gas Station/Convenience Stores, or at least they are long distances apart.  I am starting to curse myself because it is looking more and more likely we will have to catch some ZZZ's sleeping in the seats of the Toyota Bugout Machine before finishing the trip the following morning.  While I have pulled this stunt on many occassions, it is never pleasant and even worse for the driver who was not me in this case but Brian at the time.



However, after about another hour of driving, we ran across an exit with a still open Convenience Store and a still open Restaurant, around 9PM or so.  Henry's Poor Boy Bar & Grill, with good food at least so Brian told me since I only ordered a beer.  The waitress told us there was a  Bates Motel around 30 min down the road we might get a room at, so we called them and they did in fact have one room available which we reserved.  After dinner, we sped down the road to grab our beds for the night at the Bates Motel






This was a TRUE Bates Motel, of the type I love.  I have stayed at many during my years as an OTR Trucker, and lived in a few for extended periods during my years as a Nomadic Gymnastics Coach.  They all have the same type of design, rooms in a one story building with the parking spot right out front.  They are not corporate owned, usually owned by some local who himself lives on the property.  Residents are often people who get Section 8 Housing Credits, sometimes Welfare Moms, sometimes Crack Heads, you never know precisely what you will get there when you check in.  But they are the REAL AMERIKANS for the most part, people who have not quite yet fallen completely off the economic cliff and still manage to put a roof over their heads a little better than a tent in a Homeless  Encampment.  In all my years staying in these places, I never had any problem with violence or theft for myself, although periodically there was such action that went on surrounding me.



In this particular Bates Motel, Dogs seemed quite popular to have as pets, the owner had around 8 of them and the next door neighbor had araound 2 of them, but they were reasonably quiet overnight.  Brian and I got a good restful sleep in the Motel and set out early on Satuday morning to finish the drive to Rexburg and get the Boondocking site set up to view the TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN☼ .



EXCEPT, one *small* problem occured.  Behind us on the road, K-Dog had taken off from Seattle in his Mercedes on Friday night also.  Somewhere near the WA-ID border, his transmission went haywire and his Mercedes got stuck in 1st or 2nd gear, and he could do no better than 40mph without over revving the rpms on the engine.  But he kept going anyhow.  Had the Mercedes kept working according to spec, he likely would have bypassed us overnight while we were sleeping at the Bates Motel and arrived first at the Boondocking site.



The following morning however while finishing the drive to Rexburg, we got a BRAZOS call from K-Dog telling us what had occured to him on the road and what his situation was.  When you get a BRAZOS call from another Diner, there is no greater priority than to RESCUE that Diner, if you can.  So Brian and me turned the Toyota around and went back up the road to rescue K-Dog, who parked the Mercedes in a Rest Area in Anaconda, MT, just outside of Butte.  We got the Mercedes towed to Butte, and the 3 of us got back on the road to see the TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN☼ at the campsite in Rexburg Idaho.



We found the campsite with only a slight bit of navigational trouble, and then determined priorities in set-up.  It turned out good that K-Dog was with us at this point, because I was little assistance to Brian for setting up the site, other than giving Boondocking Advice.  Some of the tenting systems worked, others did not.  We had to adapt to get the site reasonable for 3 days of Boondocking, which in the end we did but took some creative thinking along the way.  My main concern at this time was keeping my crippled ass out of the SUN☼ until we had some shade set up so I could avoid both heat stress and sunburn, both of which plagued me at the last Convocation at the Harvest Day Festival in SC last year.  I actually got bubbles on my skin and 2nd Degree burn which was quite painful for about 2 weeks after that adventure.



Once the initial site was set up, it was a matter of waiting for the Next Generation to show up to finish it off, which did not happen until well into that night, around 10PM  they finally showed up and got their two 2-man tents set up to complete the Boondocking location for 7 people.  It came out pretty comfortable for all of us in the end, and the Next Gen folks were handy to have around since we assigned them the cooking responsibilities which they mostly did a good job with.  In the morning we had a real good Breakfast with Bacon, Hash Browns and Scrambled Egss which were good, although I only ate a few bites.



After Breakfast it was a matter of getting things set up to record the TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN☼ , and this was fraught with technical problems as far as electrics were concerned on the site.



As I generally do, I had Backup for my main Inverter, but somehow that one wasn't working right.  I got Brian to try and hook up the new 1000W pure sine wave inverter, but he crossed the positive and negative poles on that inverter and blew a bunch of the fuses inside, rendering that one useless also.  K-Dog thinks he can fix it though, so I gave it to him.   Given this was a fairly long event to record, I wanted a steady source of electric power beyond the internal Batts of the cameras, and without the funtioning inverter I did not have one.  This made me terrifically unhappy. lol.  The Next Gen folks have a couple who are Nerds, and they set about trying to fix the busted inverters, which went a good part of the day with a lot of discussion on what we would need to fix the mother fuckers.  Many great ideas and these inverters may eventually become once agai functional, but after hours on this day it became apprent to me that such a fix was NOT going to happen before the  the following morning.  So I did what any smart consumer would do, I sent the Next Gens out to buy me another one!  lol.  They spent more than I wanted for this replacement, but this was Bucket List shit and money was no object here for this one.  This throwing money at a problem resolved the electrics issue  for the next day recording of the TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN☼ .



We spent the evening prior to the TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN☼  quite pleasantly cooking up some burgers over the charcaoal grill, although the "professional cooks" attending did have some arguments about how to best cook a burger over an Open Flame.  For the people who actually ate one of them, the cooking seemed adequate and I was ot one of them, either cook or eater so if it was OK for them, I am fine with this.  I sure would never have cooked them so long over this fire though.



OK,  that's the leadup to the TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN☼ .  I'll follow up next week for Sunday Brunch with more of the LAST GREAT ADVENTURE.



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I spent the morning editing my Video and Surly's Pics into a compilation video of the TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN☼ Diner adventure.  It is now complete and runs around 10 minutes in length total.  This should be short enough that even Diners like Eddie who do not respect my audio & visual work enough to watch them normally may watch this one.  I am sure that Surly could have done a better job with video post-production than I did, but he did not have time for this so I had to buckle down my amateur skills with it and do the best I could.  I think I did OK with it overall.

In addition to the compressed file I will load to Diner Utoob, I also produced a full HD video for Diners to download if they want to.  I will provide a link to the HD Vid inside the Diner Forum when I publish the next Eclipse article for Sunday Brunch next week on the blog.

The vid IMHO gives you a good bit of the flavor of being in the Path of Totality when this cosmological event occurred, but really there is just no way you can substitute this experience even with the best of video set ups.  It is simply an other-worldly experience when you see it occur live right in front of your face.

If you are still above ground and Walking the Earth when the next one occurs in the FSoA in 2024, don't miss it if you have not attended one before.  There is simply nothing to compare with being in the Path of Totality during a TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN☼


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The Eclipse at 60
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Somewhat incredibly, today I reached my 60th complete year Walking the Earth as a Homo Sap Meat package.  I have considered myself "60" for just about the whole of this last year, but now it is "official", I am 60 years old.  I never figured I would make it so long in this iteration of my immortal soul.  I should have been dead many times over already, and really I have considered all the time since I was 50 as Bonus Time.  I am glad I got this Bonus, because it gave me the opportunity to observe and write about the Collapse of Industrial Civilization I witness around me every day.



In terms of my own life, I already covered most of it in my autobiographical posts, so not a whole heck of a lot to write there anymore other than going into more detail, most of which I don't remember all that well at this point.  My life continues onward though, as sad and decrepit as it is so I still have new shit to write about every day to keep me bizzy.  The most recent action was my Last Great Adventure down to witness the TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN☼ in Rexburg, Idaho with some friends. It turned out to be a great Bucket List trip overall, and in this article I will cover the eclipse itself as we experienced it.  If you can manage it, this is something you do not want to miss experiencing in your lifetime.  This was the only one I ever saw, once in a lifetime for me.  There is another one due to occur in the FSoA in 2024. if I am still above ground and can still get into the 70 mile wide Path of Totality for that one, I will be there too.  My hopes are not very high that I will make it that long to see that one, but at least I got to this one and it was incredible.  It is a memory that will go with me into Eternity in the Great Beyond.



The TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN☼ came on Monday, August 21st, 2017 around 11:30AM where we were located in Rexburg, Idaho.  To be ready for it, I determined a wake-up call of 8AM was necessary for all at the campsite.  I was up substantially before that around 6:30AM, and K-Dog was actually up before me probably around 6AM.  Brian got up a little before 8AM.  The Nex Gen Ecliptics though were a bit hard to wake up, I had to yell at their tents and shake them a few times to roust them out of their sleeping bags.  They went well into the night before soaking up the booze and ganja and were not too happy about getting out of bed so early. lol.  I did manage to disturb their Wa enough though to get them moving by around 8:30 to perform their main job of cooking up breakfast, which was another good bacon/egg/hash brown potatoes meal, which once again I did not eat too much of.



By around 11, we were all set up for the TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN☼ , and right on schedule it began to occur as we finished breakfast.  If you don't have Eclipse Glasses, at the beginning of the Annular Eclipse when the Moon first begins to cover the SUN☼, you wouldn't notice it at all.  If you have the Glasses though and know it is coming, you watch for the beginning.  K-Dog was the first to pick it up in our encampment, and perhaps at the whole Rexburg, Idaho site we were at.  The call you make when you detect this is FIRST CONTACT, and you shout it out.



When it first occurs, you have been in anticipation of the event for so long this is very exciting, but visually even through the Eclipse Glasses it's really not that big a show overall.  You're just seeing the Moon slide over the SUN☼ at a relatively slow rate.  Primitive people never got to see this show at all, you can't look up at the SUN☼ even when just a sliver is left still shining through.  I find it hard to imagine how anyone could "damage their eyes" looking at the SUN☼ during this period, without the Eclipse SUN☼ Glasses on I couldn't even look up at it for a second of time.  You definitely can't see jack shit this way, so why would anyone do it?  You don't even realize anything is ongoing until the last couple of minutes of the Annular Phase of the Eclipse. because your eyes adjust to the changing light conditions.  If you are really perceptive, you will notice that there is higher contrast at the edges of objects you look at because the light is coming from a smaller and smaller crescent all the time, but you don't get really perceptible darkness or change in temperature until the last few minutes before TOTALITY sets in.  Primitive people without all the equipment and the knowledge of what was ongoing would have been taken completely by surprise, and it must have been quite the shocker for them.  You also have to remember that the Path of Totality is only around 70 miles wide during any TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN☼, so few people historically got to see one of them.  They didn't have EZ travel and mobility we have now, certainly no Inuit living up here on the Last Great Frontier could travel by Jet Plane to go see one occur in Idaho.  For most people, such travel remains impossible and out of budget to this day.  Even though I am a relatively poor cripple living on my SSI bennies, relative to global population I am still probably in the Top 1% of the world to be able to afford such an extravagance.



I did get to go though, and I will never regret this trip or feel bad about the fossil fuels I burned to get there.  There is no Bucket List item I can think of that could match this experience.



The TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN☼ lasted only around 2:15 of time, but it transfixes your gaze while it is ongoing.  Time slows down in your perception of it.  I stopped trying to shoot pictures after around 30 seconds because I really was not properly set up for that, and trying to readjust my cameras and the filters I would have been so bizzy I would have missed actually watching the event take place.  Fortunately, my fellow Admin here on the Diner Surly DID get really good pics of the TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN☼ in South Carolina which I incorporated into the video along with the audio I recorded during this period in Rexburg.  I compiled all of it into the Video Montage that heads this article.



The aftermath of TOTALITY as I said at the end of the video is sort of a "post-coital" experience.  The first part of the Annular Eclipse is like Foreplay where you have expectations and become stimulated, and the TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN☼ is the Orgasm.  Afterward, the Annular Eclipse of the Moon exiting the other side is just a repeat of the incoming phase, just run in reverse.  At the end of that, there is no big sight to see, you just have your normal SUN☼ again.  So for those of us at the Boondocking site in Rexburg, we were all ready to leave pretty much as soon as the TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN☼ was finished.  Actually, Brian was ready to be out of there even before that, while everyone else was enjoying the spectacle Brian bizzied himself packing up stuff and organizing for the trip out in his usual obsessive manner.  Pretty much single handedly he packed up the whole campsite, simply because he wouldn't wait for everyone else to help him. lol.  Like we were rushing to get somewhere?  The plan was to stay at the Bates Motel anyhow, so it made a big difference if we got there at 7PM or 9PM?  Due to Brian's diligence and expert and obsessive packing  and organizing though, we did get there at 7PM and had a really awful meal at a local restaurant! lol.



The trip out did come with some good Traffic though, unlike the trip in.  We ran into a stretch of road shortly after crossing the border into Montana that had been cut down to one lane for maintenance, although there was no maintenance being done for the entire 5 miles or so of this lane restricton visible anywhere along the road.  This backed up traffic for a good 1.5 hours @ around a top speed of 5 mph.  We raced along against two other interesting vehicles, a logging truck that had a full load on its main trailer and then a lonely single log on the auxiliary trailer, it was pulling double.  I cannot fathom why they would throw a single log onto a whole second trailer.



The other rig racing with us belonged to the FSoA Air Force, and appeared to be a Missile Carrier complete with the hydraulics to angle the missile upwards and fire it off.  Probably a Cruise Missile of some type, I don't think this rig was big enough to be carrying an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM).  It certainly would have been cool if they actually fired the thing off while we were stuck in traffic, but that did not happen. lol.  It also had out in front of it another rig which obviously was the control rig for this device.  Where they were going with it I have no idea.  I am sure it will protect us from attacks by the North Koreans though.



We made it back to Couer d'Alene in pretty good shape just around noon, and unloading the Toyota went pretty quick.  K-Dog and myself organized our bags to be ready for a pickup from an airport shuttle service at 4PM to save Brian the hassle of driving us to the airport.  K-Dog had his flight to Seattle for the evening that night around 6PM, mine was not until the following day so I copped a hotel room by the airport for the night and did a lot of sleeping and some editing of photos taken during the adventure.



The trip to Seattle was de riguer for a cripple, I got my ass wheeled around the airport, picked up my bags and K-Dog was on time to pick me up, waiting in the smart phone staging lot for me to text him I was ready for pickup.  We had another enjoyable day together shooting the Collapse Shit, with the major excitement for the day being we got ourselves locked out on his porch when the porch door locked itself closed after being slammed shut.  Fortunately, his son was available to rescue us after a 15 minute drive from where he was hanging out in Seattle, so we got out of this one relatively easily.  The following morning prior to my flight back to the Last Great Frontier, we headed over to the airport rental car warehouse and rented him a car for the week while he waits for his Mercedes transmission to be fixed up.  The resolution on that one was to have the Mercedes shipped from the "dealership" in Missoula to the one in Seattle he bought it from for repair.  The Missoula "dealership" really doesn't deserve this title at all, it is basically just a car lot for sales.  They have a one-bay "service" department and one employee to do this task, and it was going to be a good couple of weeks before he even LOOKED at it or threw it on the computer to get the codes to diagnose the problem, which is how the techno-carz work these days.  Hopefully in Seattle they will get to it a bit quicker than this.



My final stop on the Last Great Adventure was a pilgrimmage to the grave of Jimi Hendrix in Seattle, which is a real nice monument with other family members buried under gravestones surrounding it and a big bronze guitar underneath the concrete gazebo which I presume Jimi is buried underneath.  I won't have near so big a monument at my gravesite, but I do intend for it to be quite technically neat so it houses my corporeal remains safely until the SUN☼ goes Red Giant.  My friends and relatives all think I am nuts for this, but I don't care.  I am going to get this piece of shit left of my Meat Suit packaged up right so it lasts a long fucking time.




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Re: The Path of Totality: The Last Great Adventure
« Reply #115 on: September 01, 2017, 09:27:12 PM »
Mercedes about to be moved off a truck.
Mercedes about to be moved off a truck.

It took a week to get the car moved from Missoula to Seattle.  Here it is on the last of several trucks it has been on while spiraling towards the Mercedes Dealership in Seattle by way of Spokane, then Tacoma, then Sumner, then finally here.  All Washington towns.  It was unloaded after this picture was taken and driven a few hundred feet to the dealers service department where it now awaits a new transmission pressure plate.  The work will be done Tuesday and the pressure plate, whatever that is, is being shipped in.  It did not take long to find out what was wrong once the dealer had it.  Having the transmission serviced is part of the pressure plate replacement job so my hundreds of miles transit of Montana at 40 mph in second gear should result in no lasting harm to the transmission which was running very hot that long day of slow slogging along Montana freeway with 18 wheelers going 20 miles an hour faster around me.

It would have been nice if the work could have been done in Missoula but the wait there would have been weeks just to find out what was wrong.  Even then the Missoula 'dealership' might not be able to do a transmission pressure plate so then the car would have been most likely moved to Spokane before any work could get done.  Moving the car from Butte to Missoula was a wasted trip and cost almost as much as the Missoula to Seattle move which was a lot longer.

I return the Ford hybrid I have been renting tomorrow morning at Sea-Tac airport and then I'll ride a light rail line to get a service loaner at the Mercedes dealership while the work gets done.

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Re: The Path of Totality: The Last Great Adventure
« Reply #116 on: September 01, 2017, 09:31:15 PM »
Mercedes about to be moved off a truck.
Mercedes about to be moved off a truck.

It took a week to get the car moved from Missoula to Seattle.  Here it is on the last of several trucks it has been on while spiraling towards the Mercedes Dealership in Seattle by way of Spokane, then Tacoma, then Sumner, then finally here.  All Washington towns.  It was unloaded after this picture was taken and driven a few hundred feet to the dealers service department where it now awaits a new transmission pressure plate.  The work will be done Tuesday and the pressure plate, whatever that is, is being shipped in.  It did not take long to find out what was wrong once the dealer had it.  Having the transmission serviced is part of the pressure plate replacement job so my hundreds of miles transit of Montana at 40 mph in second gear should result in no lasting harm to the transmission which was running very hot that long day of slow slogging along Montana freeway with 18 wheelers going 20 miles an hour faster around me.

It would have been nice if the work could have been done in Missoula but the wait there would have been weeks just to find out what was wrong.  Even then the Missoula 'dealership' might not be able to do a transmission pressure plate so then the car would have been most likely moved to Spokane before any work could get done.

I return the Ford hybrid I have been renting tomorrow morning and then I'll ride a light rail line to get a service loaner at the Mercedes dealership.

The Adventure is almost over!  And you are only $3000 poorer!  A total bargain!

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« Reply #117 on: September 01, 2017, 09:46:50 PM »
Pressure plate is $1800 and some change.  Finding out what was wrong is $150.

It should be around $3400 by the time the fat lady sings for this Cash Of Totality and I'm over this Great Adventure at Last.

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« Reply #118 on: September 01, 2017, 10:07:41 PM »
We both forgot to add in the rental car cost but had I kept another vehicle in running condition that would have been unnecessary.  I need to get rid of all but one junk car, fix it and keep that one going by driving it just for groceries so I'll have a backup when I need it.
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« Reply #119 on: September 01, 2017, 10:28:20 PM »
We both forgot to add in the rental car cost but had I kept another vehicle in running condition that would have been unnecessary.  I need to get rid of all but one junk car, fix it and keep that one going by driving it just for groceries so I'll have a backup when I need it.

That would be a good idea.  Such beater carz can be had for$1000 or less if you shop around.  My Mazda MPV I got for $900 10 years ago and it still is running strong.  It's a 1989 and 4WD.  It just won't quit.  You gotta know how to shop Used Carz though for this.  I am an expert.  If you go Used Car shopping, tow me along for the ride.  I can sniff out the good ones and avoid the lemons.  I have never failed at this task in over 30 years of buying Used Carz.  :icon_sunny:

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