For the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will travel across the United States and I just happen to be in the path of totality (POT). I’m not interested in it enough to classify myself as an umbraphile but I am interested in it enough to pay attention.
Totality, according to several sources where I live is supposed to be for two (2) minutes. Surely, I can pay attention for that long but that got me thinking about things I could do or possibly not do during those two minutes of total darkness.
Here are the 10 things I may or may not do during the solar eclipse:
- Go tubing down the river that runs beside my house and hope I don’t drown.
- Take a power nap.
- Run to the restroom to make sure I don’t miss it. Get caught up posting on Facebook about how much time is left. And miss it.
- If I were a man, two minutes is plenty of time to…accomplish something…make a sandwich, maybe?
- See if I can hold my breath that long.
- Gaze in wonder at friends and family gathered for the once-in-a-lifetime event. (Not that I’ll be able to see them.)
- Skip the entire thing completely and go to the casino. Those slots are gonna go nuts and payoff big.
- Remember where I put my eclipse glasses.
- Remember to put my eclipse glasses on.
- Gaze in wonder at the sky and know how lucky I am to be alive.
That’s what I might be doing, you probably have your own list, but hey, it’s 1:00 pm on a Monday afternoon, what else are you gonna be doing? Working? Having lunch? Having a baby?
Whatever you end up doing, just remember to breathe—two minutes in the dark is scary enough without wondering if you’re gonna pass out.