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Brutal Time Switch

Eclipse Was In The Middle of My Night…

Normally I go to bed around 6 a.m. and get up between 1 and 2 p.m. The eclipse started here on the Oregon Coast a little after nine in the morning.

So I headed out to the two south stories (included our new bookstore) to watch the eclipse out of the fog. Then I got the bookstore opened and worked it all day, moving stuff, packing, moving cabinets, and so on.

And talking with a couple of nice writers who came in as well as a bunch of nice customers. Great fun.

But after just a little over three hours sleep, I was beat when I got home and a two hour nap didn’t help much.

But full totality of the eclipse was worth it. Wow. Just wow! Now I understand why people chase those things. I might consider it for the next one in seven years. It is that kind of experience.



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  • D.S.

    Dean, I watched the live feed of the eclipse from Lincoln City on TV! Great coverage. But I suspect you got a better view than I. The small crowd of people on TV were “ohhing” and “awwing” – you might have heard that around you, too, I imagine. There was only a partial ellipse here this time, but I have memories of a fuller eclipse from childhood; stunning event, indeed, and very eerie.

    In ancient times, I’ve heard, those with knowledge of the eclipses and when they would return would sometimes use that to manipulate people, playing off their fears of the event that took them by surprise, demanding offerings or sacrifices in order to keep the sun shining. It’s likely true.

    Congrats on the new bookstore, it sounds like fun. Your plans for it, especially in regards to stocking books from indie authors, are great! I hope to visit some day.

  • tony

    It really is worth it. We had clear skies in S. Carolina and a couple of minutes of totalities. It left me speechless. One of the few things I’ve experienced, that actually lived up to all the hype.

  • Leah Cutter

    We traveled down to Stayton, OR to see the totality. Surprised me how emotional the whole thing made me. Had a wonderful time with a large group of new friends. We’re seriously thinking about traveling to Canada for the next one in 2024…

  • David

    I watched the eclipse from eastern Oregon. Wow. Very otherworldly. A total eclipse is nothing like a partial eclipse, and nothing like anything else. Very surreal. I definitely plan on seeing the next one in the US.


  • Rob Cornell

    The next one is going to go through a part of Ohio which is just an hour south of me. I’m looking forward to getting to see the totality. Sounds like maybe I should plan a writer’s’ BBQ. Everyone back to my place after the eclipse! 🙂