Total Solar Eclipse!
Been waiting years for this! The overlap of the Oregon Star Party with 900 attendees and well over 1000 telescopes along with the total solar eclipse is an event of a lifetime. I've been waiting years for this. Early registration for the event opened on February 28th at 8:00am. By 8:09am I had my registration confirmation. I've been waiting years for this. By March 2nd registration was full. 900 attendees and a 200 person waiting list. This will be amazing!
None of my friends whom I reached out to a few days later to ensure their registration, were able to get in. They either weren't informed of the early registration or waited too long. Some folks I know did get in, and it looks like I won't be hanging with the same crowd this year. Though I will miss them, I'm not shy and will meet some wonderful folks, I'm sure.
As we get closer to the event, the buzz and stir among folks everywhere was lighting up. It was like the entire country was now aware and wanting to participate in the viewing. I've been waiting years for this, and now family, friends, acquaintances and strangers were all talking about it.
The Oregon Star Party (which I rarely miss) starts on the 15th and is extended til the 21st for the solar eclipse. The 15th is getting closer and I'm getting giddy! Have I mentioned that I've been waiting years for this?
On August 5th, I get a call from my largest client whose been in a slow 13 month process of opening a new facility in Ohio decides the week they're going to be moving into the new facility will be the 14th - 23rd. Managers, moving companies, lab personnel, IT installation, everything will go down that week and they need me on board for the IT work. But... the astronomy event... I've been waiting years for this.
My excitement is shattered into discouragement. I deeply appreciate the work, but the timing couldn't be worse. For weeks I had the wind knocked out of my sails and my fuse was much shorter than normal. I had all kinds of family and friends commenting on my attitude and although I tried not to be too affected by it, I just couldn't help it. It was utterly discouraging.
So, no star party, but the solar eclipse was still coming. I made the best of it. Since I don't live in the line of totality, we'll just have to see what we see. I decided not to bother taking pictures, but instead just enjoy the event with my family for as much of it as we could see... which was nearly all of it. I think we got maybe 98% or something.
At OSP I would have just had my daughter with me. At home, it was the whole family. I was able to pop off a few shots, to keep the memory. It wasn't what it was supposed to be, but it was still cool none the less. Maybe in 2024.