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p.j. BS: Astronomical / Moon query... (33) RE: BS: Astonmical / Moon query... 20 Jan 00

PJ reporting here from MOONNY California!!!

It's beautiful! Dave just called me from the firehouse to talk about it, and when I ran outside I was the only one on the street...

I thought "WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH THESE PEOPLE??" So I did a really dorky thing, I ran up and down the street ringing doorbells and dragging people out from in front of their televisions and their dinner tables and their ordinary lives to stare at the sky.

I know most of my neighbors, but tonight, under cover of total darkness, I met them all. One doorbell I rang was of a woman who said she never opened the door for anybody, nobody on the street knew her, but she turned out to be really nice. Another man called down from on his roof to tell the crowd I was gathering in the street that we could come up on his terrace if we wanted to see from there. I woke somebody up who has to be at work at 5:00 a.m. tomorrow (oops) but he said he was glad I did and he joined us on the street in his jammies. A car drove down the street and stopped to ask if there was an accident. We made him get out of his car and watch. He said he hadn't even heard there was going to be an eclipse tonight.

It was a great little moment among strangers (I love those) and as soon as I came inside I ran to the computer to see what you were all saying! I'm so glad to hear from Kentucky, the UK, Norway, to think that we're all ringing in with a common experience, albeit a few hours apart, because it occured to us that there are people we know around the world who would think this was cool.

HEY! I can drag you all out onto the street with me! I think I'll take the laptop back outside (this is really weird) and watch the moon some more while I check back on what's going on with this thread....


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