That's Life - August 23, 2017

Well, here’s hoping you haven’t destroyed your retinas by looking directly at Monday’s solar eclipse.

I keep hearing newscasts about the “once in a lifetime experience.” Truth be known, they happen, somewhere in the world, every 18 months.

We will experience a “Total Solar Eclipse” right here, in 2024. That gives us seven years to order our next set of over-priced, over-rated, protective glasses. Or, ask a welder if you can wear his welding goggles.

Now, we’ve all been aware of the solar eclipse most of our lives. As a matter of fact the eclipse was part of conversation in the year 632. Visible in Medina, Sadi Arabia, the eclipse coincided with the death of Prophet Mohammad’s son Ibrahim. The Prophet reportedly dismissed rumors that this was a miracle, stating that the sun and the moon are signs of God and that they are not eclipsed for the birth or death of any man.

But that’s nothing. Let’s go back 5,000 years when Neolithic man built a circle of Cairns in Loughcrew, Ireland. Despite lacking all the precise modern knowledge needed to predict an eclipse accurately, the ancient Irish created a monument that aligned with the solar eclipse of 3340 B.C.

Once in a lifetime experience? I don’t think so.

I hope that you were in the right place, at the right time, with the right protective glasses, to actually see Monday’s eclipse. I mean, they are not new to this world. I was, however, amazed by the number of people who had nothing better to do than spend their time and money to look up, way up, just to be able to say, “Oh, ya, I saw it. It was super cool, man.” And then it was over, again.

That’s Life.