I ask "How fast does it go?" and he said "Fast enough". On further questioning I found that it went 6 knots. "One hundred and forty four nautical miles in a day" he said "during which time I sleep, read and eat. I also do repairs and keep watch. In 21 days I can be more than 3000 N miles from here". I had never thought of it that way. Breathing in and out, sleeping, reading and just living and letting the wind take me away. I fell for it and went sailing. -Tom Swaim-


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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Old Fools Journal: Solstice Eclipse 2010

Photo added 12-21-2010
It's hard to get a picture of an eclipsed moon.

I can't believe I got up in the middle of the night to do this but I couldn't stand it I had to go see. After all it's been 372 years (1638) since there was a full eclipses on winter solstice. I was very young then and missed it. When I looked up through the tree tops into the black depths of space and saw the eclipsed moon with the bright stars arranged around it I knew I had done the right thing. It was natural art that lifts the spirit. A feeling far better than drugs.

Of the many pictures I took only this one showed anything but the picture I have filed in my memory is clear and permanent. I wasn't around the last time this happened on winter solstice and I may not be around for the next time (2094) seeing that I will be going on my 156th birthday. I was not about to miss this one.

I imagine that Stonehenge is quite busy this evening since winter solstice is a major event for us heathens. I myself being a grove of one will dance nekked around an oak fire (in my dreams if not in actuality) absorbing the heat from the wood that was blessed by the sun, drinking the fermented drinks made in the summer and partaking of the meat slaughtered for winter. Tomorrow I will touch every tree and celebrate the return of the sun.

Happy real New Year. The real new year starts at 23:38 UTC which is 5:38 PM central standard time in the USA.

Reading back over this I realize that it was written by a lunatic. Oh well, as Popeye says, "I yam what I yam".

11 comments:

Ben in Texas said...

The moon does some odd things you, you ole Lunatic :-)
( The word lunatic is borrowed from the Latin "lunacus", in turns stemming from "luna" (moon), which denotes the traditional link made in folklore between madness and the phases of the moon)

Big Oak said...

It was cloudy here overnight, no eclipse viewing for us. Glad you were able to see it.

Oldfool said...

Ben I did not pick the word lunatic accidentally. I've added another photo.

Diane-Sage Whiteowl said...

After reading your post I am glad that I had overcast skies then. Since I love dancin' in the moonlight...well "lunatic" may just be a "normal" description for me. :-)

rlove2bike said...

We were busy getting 7" of small white ice crystals, so we too missed it. Thanks for the report.

Steve A said...

ACTUALLY, it's very easy to get an excellent photo of the lunar eclipse. Simply go to bed earlier than normal, wake up early, and look through google images until you find the unrestricted use photo you like. Voila! Wikipedia is always a good bet. You old guys make things harder than they need to be.

Alternately, you can read blogs like this and feel smug about sleeping through the whole thing...

limom said...

Allright! At least someone got some pics!

John Romeo Alpha said...

Cloudy here. My lunatic daughter was much disappointed. I told her she'll get her chance in another 84 years.

Oldfool said...

I'd like to dispelled any illusions that I set an alarm for this. When you get old biological reasons get you up or alternately you pee the bed. I get up.

Gwen Buchanan said...

so now it will be lighter a bit longer each day.. I like that.. bring back the sun!!! and the heat.

Lord Wellbourne said...

I was too little the last time this happened, too, so I was glad to have a second chance. It was overcast but you could guage the progress by the dimming and brightening of the snow. It was still amazing! Throw another log on the fire for me!