Imagining the 60 Blog

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David Bowie:  Aging is an extraordinary process where you become the person you always should have been.

I recently read an article written by Adam Chester entitled “Seniors Gone Wild:  70 is the New 40.”  I immediately ripped it out of the magazine, with my promise to read it “later.”  Surprise, it’s only been in my file folder for two weeks!

Adam talks about his 76-year old grandmother (“Nana”) being his most active Facebook friend.  He gets daily updates of Nana’s activities via his social media newsfeed.  Nana could be dancing at her favorite restaurant with friends half her age or walking her dog on the beach.  She shares everything she sees online, including dogs carrying umbrellas and 18 hilarious selfies, and she takes every quiz she can find.

Adam believes that Nana’s activities on her “pocket computer” are related to the grieving after her husband of 50 years passed away.  There is no proper way to grieve, but Adam highlights the manner in which his grandmother treats her day-to-day affairs with energy and gusto.  Nana, of course, emotionally suffered after her husband’s passing, but she didn’t allow her grieving to stop her from living life to the fullest.

Adam describes Nana (even before her husband passed away) as a go-getter, world traveler, and enthusiastic social butterfly.  Most of us probably imagine a 70-year old grandmother sitting in a rocking chair with a ball of yarn on her lap and several cats at her feet.  But not Nana!  Because of Nana’s life-long thirst for life, Adam sees a change in his expectations for his future self and the manner in which he views seniors today.

I often wonder how my mother would have adjusted to the idea of a small pocket phone that would do everything she dreamed of.  Would my mother have gotten the hang of email or checking the movie schedule on an app?  What if she forgot to record her favorite TV show, and then could set the recording on the DirecTV app in a minute?  I picture my mother walking around in a daze because of all the new imaginative things we now take for granted.  Do you agree?

Aging is what you make of it.  As Adam states, “Although 70 is the new 40 sounds cliché, I’m certain that Nana and others like her are giving merit to this expression.”  I have several friends approaching 70 and they can run circles around me, a mere youngster only ten years younger.

 

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Informing the 60 Blog

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Mary Engelbreit:  The bad news is, nothing lasts forever.  The good news is, nothing lasts forever.

Where do you get your news from?  Do you read a daily newspaper?  Or read a certain newspaper online, like the Washington Post or the Los Angeles Times?  Do you pay a fee to read all the articles behind the paywall?  Or just read what’s available online to everyone?

I admit I still read a newspaper.  I receive both the Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register on Sunday mornings and it’s my little respite after a long, busy Saturday.  (Yeah, right.)  Anyway, I pick out my favorite sections of the paper, including the coupons, and it takes about an hour to read through everything.  The LA Times, for just Sunday delivery, is a bit pricey.  The Register, on the other hand, cost me just $5 for twelve months.  I found a Groupon for this great price, and I sure hope to find another one when it’s time to renew next month.

While getting ready in the morning, I watch most of the first hour of the Today Show.  Based on what segment they’re showing on the TV, I can figure out if I’m running behind or early.  I overslept this morning (never set my phone alarm last night!) and watching the Today Show this morning kept me aware of how far behind I really was.

A recent Pew study reveals that 67% of Americans get at least some of their news from social media.  (The number rises to 78% for those Americans under 50.)  The percentages of U.S. adults who say they get their news from each social media platform:

Image result for facebook logo Facebook:  45%

Image result for youtube logoYou Tube:  18%

Image result for facebook logo Twitter:  11%

Image result for instagram logoInstagram:  7%

Image result for snapchat logo Snapchat:  5%

What’s your favorite source for news?  I follow several news organizations on Twitter, so I check that a couple times a day for up-to-the-minute news.  (Yes, I even get some celebrity gossip there too, but I draw the line at the Kardashians.  I’ve blocked them!)

Times have changed, of course.  We no longer gather around the dinner table and watch the evening news.  Now, I’ll listen to a news station in my car on the way home from work and maybe stay up late enough to watch the 11:00 news.  And before I know it, the Today Show is on once again.

Scamming the 60 Blog

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I’m always disappointed when a liar’s pants don’t actually catch on fire.

Today’s post is hard for me to write.  I’m admitting to doing something so obviously stupid, and I know I’ll catch hell from you.  I wasted three hours of my time on Saturday dealing with an unnecessary issue, and I have myself to blame.  Writing this post may warn others, and it will certainly let my friends know how gullible you can be, despite being smart.  Smart has nothing to do with being scammed.  I should have seen all the red flags as they were happening.

Late last year, while I was unemployed, I was working on my laptop at home.  All of a sudden, gibberish appeared on my computer screen.  Characters, symbols, warnings, noises.  And a phone number to call for Microsoft support.  I thought about this for a few minutes.  This hasn’t happened before.  What if this is real?  Why not call and get this fixed?  This noise is annoying.  Red Flag!  

I didn’t know what to do.  In hindsight, why didn’t I get on Google on my iPad?  Instead, I decided to call the toll-free number flashing on my screen.  I immediately knew I was talking to someone in another country.  Red Flag!  But I kept talking, he was getting information from my computer, and I ended up “purchasing” a service contract to the tune of $250.

I know, what an idiot.  I called the bank and the FTC, and didn’t get anywhere with a refund.  I chastised myself for months, and my computer seemed to be working fine.  When I started back to work, I was able to do some necessary personal tasks on the work computer, if necessary.

Months went by and, of course, I knew that the money was never coming back to me.  And then about a month ago, I started getting calls on my cell phone from either No Caller ID or Caller Unknown.  I wouldn’t answer those calls until, eventually, “David” left me a voicemail message.  It seems that the company is going out of business and is reaching out to all their customers to ensure that refunds are given to everyone.  Red Flag!

The calls were coming from the 928 area code in Page, Arizona.  After receiving at least five calls a day for a week or more, I finally answered David and we chatted about how to go about getting my refund.  Of course, I had to be at my laptop.  Red Flag!  I couldn’t just get the refund in the form of a check since the “company was officially out of business.”  Red Flag!  I argued with David about being able to talk to someone outside of normal business hours, but it seemed that this out-of-business entity worked the same exact hours I did.  Red Flag! 

They finally agreed to speak with me on a weekend, and I sat down at my laptop on Saturday afternoon about noon.  “David” answered the phone and then transferred me to “John,” who specialized in getting the refunds for their “valued customers.”  Red Flag!  I logged into my computer and opened up TeamViewer, which allowed John to check the server and give me instructions on getting my refund.

To cover all “costs and fees,” John was now authorized to give me a $300 refund.  Red Flag!  I kept telling myself that, because the money was coming back to me, this was all good.  Not a scam.  It will all work out.  Red Flag!  

Ninety minutes went by and we were now able to get to the notepad on my desktop where I could confirm my name, address and refund amount.  I was told to type in dollar-sign, 3, 0, 0, which I proceeded to do.  But wait, after carefully typing in $-3-0-0, an extra zero magically appeared at the total!  Red Flag!  And now, instead of $300, a refund was immediately being processed for $3,000.  Red Flag!  I know I didn’t click that extra zero, and it must have come from John’s end.  I started feeling sick about this, because I could just picture never getting this money back.  Red Flag!

John was lamenting that his bosses would laugh at him and that the extra money would come out of his paycheck.  (“I’m going to lose three months salary because you added a zero.”  Nice job if you can get it …. for $900 a month.  Loser.)  Sure enough, John put me on hold and came back with instructions about how to go about retrieving the $2700.  Of course, since we can’t have any cash transactions, and I can’t write a check to refund them their damn money, John gave me another idea.  Red Flag!  Go to CVS and transfer the money like a money order using a service available at the store.  I tried to put it off until another day, but Leslie encouraged me to just get it over with.

“Okay, John.  I’ll go to CVS.”  His instructions were to stay on the line and let him know when I was in the parking area of the store.  Red Flag!  Sitting outside of the store, John tells me to go inside and buy 100 $100 iTunes gift cards.  Red Flag!  I was told that I would have to make two or three transactions because the store wouldn’t sell $2,700 worth of gift cards in one visit.  Red Flag!

Now, finally, I’m coming to my senses!  The more John is talking to me, the angrier I’m getting, and the more I want to slap myself in the head for letting it get this far.  Red Flag!  While still talking to John, I go to my bank’s app on the phone and check my balance.  Yes indeed, the $3,000 is now in my checking account, but it shows up as a transfer from my line of credit!  Red Flag!  Nope, this is not happening.  So I back out of the parking lot and immediately drive to my bank.  I tell John that’s where I’m going and he starts to get angry and can’t believe that my bank is open on a Saturday.  Red Flag!  “I told you not to check your bank information from any other device but your computer.”  Me:  “Who do you think you’re talking to?!”

Now, finally, I’m done being nice to John.  “I’m being held prisoner by you and I don’t appreciate it.”  “This is not what I should have been doing for the last three hours.”  “I want my money back and I want it now!”  John:  “I thought you were a nice lady, and now you’re just an angry lady.”  Red Flag!

As I’m walking into the bank, I put the call on “mute” and start relating the story to the bank teller.  Sure enough, Laura instructed me to tell John that I’m at the bank, we all know this is a scam, and that I’m going to call the police.  I did that and then hung up the phone.  John tried to call back once after that and then not again throughout the weekend.

I’m thankful to have a 25-year relationship with my bank and they practically know me by name when I walk in the branch.  Laura reversed the line-of-credit transfer and froze my account for a short while, in case John had access to any of my accounts.

Okay, I’m done recapping a horrible three hours of my weekend.  I’ll admit to feeling stupid, angry, embarrassed.  How could I let myself be taken advantage of like this?  Why did I follow his instructions and drive to a store to potentially spend at least $1,000 of my own cash to buy gift cards that would have been wiped clean in minutes….allowing me to lose at least $1,000 cash in minutes.  Red Flag!  What an idiot.

What’s done is done.  I can’t dwell on this incident any longer.  Luckily, I’m not out any money (except for my initial $250 charge last year) and it could have been worse.  I might have driven my car to Page, Arizona to find John myself.  Who knows what I would have done face-to-face.

 

 

 

Friending the 60 Blog

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I’ve got hundreds of Facebook friends I’ve never met.
When I was young, we called them imaginary friends.

Do you get most of your news, family announcements, friend notifications, etc. from Facebook or Twitter?  Or do you rely on the “old-fashioned” methods of the telephone and snail mail?  Are your friends on Facebook really your friends?  I’ve come to use the phrase “Facebook acquaintance” when I’m referring to a comment made by someone I knew in sixth grade, or a story told by the daughter of an ex-co-worker.  They’re people I’m acquainted with and could have an in-person conversation with, if the opportunity arose.  However, it likely will not.

I’m not trying to be cynical here.  It’s just a fact.  We all have “real” friends versus “online” friends, right?  A real friend will follow the ambulance to the hospital when you have a kidney stone.  An online friend will ask “did you feel the earthquake?” (which may have been hundreds of miles away).

A recent article regarding social media poses the following scenario:  You’re skimming your Twitter feed and notice a stream of sad tweets from a college friend. Without a moment’s thought, you send a funny GIF across the digital divide, content that you’ve cheered up your friend and made a positive mark on their day.  On the other hand, you can’t quite remember where they’re living these days, or what they do for work. Did you miss their birthday? Chances are, you pop over to Facebook and check, reassure yourself that you’re caught up on their milestones, then go about your day.  Here’s the dilemma:  are you still friends, even though you haven’t seen each other in years, or spoken in a non-digital medium?  Are all those tools for staying connected actually making you a worse friend?

Human interaction online tends to reflect real-life, centuries-old customs, according to Karen North, professor of digital social media and director of the Annenberg Program on Online Communities at USC Annenberg School.  “Humans, by nature, have always been social animals,” North explained. “The only difference is that these days, the socializing is being done more online than face to face.”

In this day and age, people are not very likely to care what your source of information is, North noted.  “There’s more of an expectation that people know about major life events because they’ve been announced on large public forums.”  According to North, it used to be that you either heard about something from a friend or didn’t. “It was sort of on the announcer to reach all the groups when something good or bad happens in their life.”

People who’ve opted out of social media often miss these important — and admittedly, sometimes mundane — announcements. “They have to recognize that they are missing out,” North said. This is because these days, the issue is that the people online don’t usually feel obligated to reach out and announce things in any other way after posting about it.

“Social interactions are now valued on two different levels: One is the public, easy response on social media, and the other is the much more valued one: private contact.  The social rules are more complicated these days because we don’t have the real-life social cue to tell us if someone is appreciative of our connections or not,” North said.

Brian Solis, studying digital anthropology, said the possibility of being a so-called “bad friend” for opting to go mainly digital is something people are still adapting to.  “We are getting lazier, and so putting something on a wall is checked off as a personal interaction for most people,” he said. “But we’re learning the hard way, through experience — so there really is no answer to the ‘bad friend’ notion. It’s all user-defined.”

U.S. News and World Report states that Facebook makes users feel both connected and isolated.  There are plenty of well-wishers when your birthday comes around, but how many of those people would you call to hang out with you?

According to a study from Oxford University, “There is a cognitive constraint on the size of social networks that even the communication advantages of online media are unable to overcome.”  In other words: Your brain can’t handle too many friends. In fact, the average person has about four real ones, regardless of the number listed on their profile.

To reach this conclusion, R.I.M. Dunbar, professor of evolutionary psychology at Oxford and author of the study, examined a sample of 3,375 people in the United Kingdom ages 18 to 65. Some used social media regularly, while others did not.

The participants who used social media were asked how many Facebook friends they could depend on during an emotional or social crisis, and the average response – which barely varied between age groups – was four. The average study participant, however, had 150 Facebook friends.  That’s a 2.7 percent rate of true friendship.

Further, “The data show that the size and range of online egocentric social networks, indexed as the number of Facebook friends, is similar to that of offline face-to-face networks,” Dunbar writes in the study.   Translation: People who use Facebook have, on average, the same number of friends as those who don’t.

So maybe we ought to make more calls and pay more visits to the people we love.  After all, there aren’t that many.

 

Honoring the 60 Blog

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President George W. Bush (2008):  One of the worst days in America’s history saw some of the bravest acts in Americans’ history. We’ll always honor the heroes of 9/11. And here at this hallowed place, we pledge that we will never forget their sacrifice.

Where were you on 9/11?  That horrific day when thousands of people lost their lives and an infinite number of people were affected by the events of the day?

I vividly remember the day.  I had just gotten out of the shower (about 6:00 a.m. my time) and sat on the edge of my bed watching Matt Lauer talk about a plane being flown into the World Trade Center.  No mention yet of “terrorist attack,” a phrase we had never heard before.  For a few minutes, I sat there in disbelief and then realized I had better wake Leslie up and tell her to turn on the TV.

I remember taking hours to get ready for work that morning.  It was still a time of dress pants or dressers with nylons, and I found a blue and black striped dress and nylons to wear to work.  I wondered if we’d be sent home early from work and, sure enough, we were at the office for about an hour before we all went home.  My law firm’s main office was located in New York and after just a few hours of non-stop news, we still didn’t know the status of our New York personnel.

I drove home in a daze and spent the day with a friend glued to the television.  Marcy had family in New York, and we were trying to contact them and other friends to check on their status.  It was a trying few days and we all still relive those moments, I’m sure.

Yesterday, I read a blog, BeautyBeyondBones, and a brilliant article yesterday entitled “16 Years Forgotten.”  Ana starts off by reminding us that most high school seniors today were born after 9/11.  The slogan has been and always will be:  9/11:  Never Forget.  Ana believes that, unfortunately, most of us have forgotten about the attacks.  Remember in the days and weeks after 9/11 when this country had a shortage of American flags?  Sixteen years ago, we all came together.  Now?  “America today–we’re hostile with one another: venomously divided, and violently defensive.”

As Ana states, we have work to do involving issues such as racism and sexism.  I especially agree with her analogy of Hurricane Irma falling on the anniversary of September 11, which could be seen as a God-facilitated catalyst for our country to come together.

“Maybe this emergency is just the situation we needed to set aside our differences, and come together as a United nation. The United States of America. One nation – under God, indivisible, with liberty, and justice for all.”

Thank you, Ana.

 

Globetrotting the 60 Blog

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Socrates:  Why do you wonder that globetrotting does not help you, seeing that you always take yourself with you?  The reason that set you wandering is always at your heels.

I belong to a professional organization made up of legal secretaries, legal assistants, paralegals, and other support personnel in the legal field.  For more than 20 years, I was active on the chapter, state and national level, and held many leadership positions.  Our local chapter dissolved a couple of years ago due to lack of attendance at meetings, and lack of interest from future leaders (those darned millennials!).

Since our local chapter folded, I’ve been less involved on the national level as well.  The last few national conferences were held on the east coast, and next month, the meeting will be held in Norfolk, Virginia.  Next year, I understand it will be held in Phoenix, and I will even drag Leslie with me!

At the start of my career here in California, I met several wonderful legal personnel who turned out to be great mentors to me and others.  At the time, they were about the age I am now, and I remember thinking, “Wow, good for them!  Still working and kicking ass at 60!”  I learned a tremendous amount from each of them:  Darlene, Shirley (two of them!), Carol, Lyla, Jeannie, Ginger, Lyn, Lynn, and many more.

Of course, we’re now all spread out around the state and country, so I don’t see these women as often as I’d like.  But my favorite Shirley called me yesterday.  She tracked me down to ask about a local meeting place (it’s all about the networking!) and we chatted about our current statuses.

I’m not sure how old Shirley is, but I’ll guess she’s in her mid-70s. She is currently working one day a week in the office for her long-time boss, and does some other work at home.  She is saving money to pay for her January trip to Africa.  And next year, when she saves up the rest of the money (she’ll need $12,000!), she’s going to Antarctica.  After next year’s trip, she will have visited all seven continents.  Currently, she brags that she has visited 42 countries.

For as long as I can remember, Shirley has been a go-getter and a certification lover–just like me!  My professional signature contains four certifications (professional legal secretary, professional paralegal, professional secretary, and administrative professional).  Shirley was the only person I knew who had more initials after her name than me, including certified parliamentarian and others than I can’t even remember.  Anyone who can share their parliamentary procedure knowledge is a winner in my book!

Does Shirley make anyone else feel like a giant slacker, besides me?

 

 

Humanizing the 60 Blog

Brandon is back with the Humans of New York book that his loyal followers have been waiting for: Humans of New York: Stories. Ever since Brandon began interviewing people on the streets of New York, the dialogue he’s had with them has increasingly become as in-depth, intriguing and moving as the photos themselves. Humans of New York: Stories presents a whole new group of people in stunning photographs, with a rich design and, most importantly, longer stories that delve deeper and surprise with greater candor.  Let Brandon Stanton and the Humans of New York he’s photographed astonish you all over again.

If you’d like to read something inspiring and worthwhile, start following Humans of New York (HONY) on Facebook or other social media.  HONY is a photoblog and book that features street portraits and interviews collected on the streets of New York City.  Started by Brandon Stanton as a photography project in 2010, the initial goal was to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers on the street and “create an exhaustive catalogue of the city’s inhabitants.” After a while, he started interviewing the subjects in addition to taking their photos.  He’d include quotes and short stories, which went on to become an informative blog.  HONY has over twenty million followers on social media, and provides a worldwide audience with daily glimpses into the lives of strangers.

A month ago, Stanton shared stories from Moscow.  Click on this link to read more about this young lady and see her photo:  Humans of New York.

“I’m ninety, but I feel like I’m fifty.  I don’t take any medicine.  I never complain.  I’m just happy to be alive.  I tell people:  ‘Start with what you have, not with what you want.’  Every day, I dance for two hours.  And I’m still really interesting too.  I love politics and literature.  I love the sciences.  And I’ve got a boyfriend named Alexander.  We exchange books.  I don’t even know how old he is.”

So many great things to talk about.  She feels fifty and, in my opinion, looks fifty.  How many people do you know who don’t take medications as they get older?  (I know of one person, over 65, who takes one pill a day…a baby aspirin!)  And, c’mon, who dances for two hours a day?

I love that she finds herself “still really interesting.”  Would you describe yourself that way?  Do you know anyone, especially over 60 or 70, that brags about how interesting they are?

 

 

Boxing the 60 Blog

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Kindness is free.  Sprinkle that stuff everywhere.

I recently read an article about Zachary Gibson, who set out on a mission to place 100 miniature mailboxes in public places around Los Angeles, called the Tiny Mailbox Project.  He wanted to pass along a smile to every stranger who may need one.  An uplifting note is left in the mailbox, along with a few blank cards.  Gibson imagined that people would take a note and leave one for someone else.

When Gibson places a mailbox, he takes a picture of the box and the location.  He then posts the information to Instagram (@thetinymailboxproject) so that people can find their way to the box and share some love.

Gibson is nearing the distribution in Los Angeles, but wants the project to expand.  He states:  “If you want to do it in your city, I’ll send you the resources and all you have to do is buy the mailboxes.”  Click here to purchase the mailboxes for $4.49 each:  Oriental Trading Company.  You can contact Gibson for more information through Instagram by clicking this link:  The Tiny Mailbox Project.

Have you seen these mailboxes in the Los Angeles area?  If so, you’re encouraged to share your experience using the hashtag #thetinymailboxproject.

I love this idea and, frankly, I wish I had thought of it myself.  I know several people who are currently feeling blue and could use a little pick-me-up like this.  What would you do if you were at, say, The Griffith Observatory, and saw one of these little mailboxes sitting on a fire hydrant?  Would you feel compelled to open it and take out a note?  Imagine how great your day would be when you read a note from a stranger?  “You light up the room when you walk in.”  “People love having you around.”  “You make a difference.”

Kindness starts with one person and can spread quickly and lovingly.  Don’t you agree?

 

Eclipsing the 60 Blog

Bonnie Tyler:  I don’t know what to do and I’m always in the dark.  We’re living in a powder keg and giving off sparks.  I really need you tonight.  

What more can I say about today’s eclipse that hasn’t already been said?  Here are some of the irreverent and inspired comments I read today:

Funny comments:

  • If you have trouble pronouncing “s” sounds today, you have an eclisp.
  • How does the man in the moon cut his hair?  Eclipse it.
  • What does one put on a retina burn?  Iloe.
  • CNN host talking to Bonnie Tyler (who sang her iconic song on a cruise ship today):  How does a total eclipse of the heart differ from a total eclipse of the sun?
  • Hostess has declared Golden Cupcakes the official snack cake of the eclipse?  What?  Not Moon Pies?
  • A woman on a news livestream just said “It’s so amazing that we live at the same time as the moon.”  #waitwhat
  • Huge congrats to the eclipse!
  • I totally need to hire whoever the publicist was for the eclipse.
  • I wanna stare at it so so so so bad.
  • Got tired of waiting for the solar eclipse, so I put a piece of baloney on the window.

Celebrity comments:

  • (Ellen DeGeneres)  I just invested in an eclipse sunglass company.  Does anyone know when the next one is?
  • (Steve Martin)  Now working on my new single “Cloud Cover” for release in 2024.
  • (Rainbow Rowell) I’m at an eclipse viewing/minor league baseball game and the music has been excellent.  The organ’s playing “The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow.”
  • (Madeleine Albright)  Enjoyed watching #Eclipse2017.  A great reminder that all darkness is temporary.

And finally, regional comments:

  • (Oregon)  I was a little bummed I didn’t go for totality. Beforehand, I didn’t think it could make that much difference.  It definitely did.  The silence of the birds was the most striking thing!
  • (Georgia) I will have to live vicariously through everyone’s eclipse posts.  No viewing glasses for me.  I think I will survive though.
  • (Wisconsin) Nice surprise when I got back from lunch today:  Sun Chips and Eclipse cookies.
  • (California) It didn’t get very dark here at the office, but people on our garage roof had boxes on their heads!
  • (West Virginia) Amazing moon shadows.  Whoa….Cat Stevens!
  • (Tennessee) Come on totality!
  • (Oklahoma) Nikon through the cheap glasses turned out okay!
  • (California) Don’t miss it!  Don’t look at it!  Don’t miss it!  Don’t look at it!  Don’t miss it!  Don’t look at it!
  • (Kansas) Today’s the day all your pets go blind and also the magical eclipse rays will get up in your business and do terrible things to your faces.  Good luck!
  • (Washington)  Sun Chips and moon pies!
  • (Nevada) Of all the days for it to be cloudy in Las Vegas.  Why today?
  • (South Carolina) The clouds blocked most of our experience but we did get to see the “end of it.”  Just a sign to me that we need to plan for the next one in 2024.
  • (Washington, D.C.)  Confession:  I looked.  (Hint:  Not President Trump.)
  • (Tennessee)  Nobody told me a total solar eclipse could make my neck hurt.
  • (Florida) So, the crickets in my hard are confused.  Well played, Solar Eclipse.

So get your glasses ready.  Another total solar eclipse will take place in the United States on April 8, 2024.  The next eclipse will travel a different path and will be visible in a diagonal path crossing from Texas to Maine.  Cities in Texas (Austin, Dallas), Arkansas (Little Rock), New York (Rochester, Buffalo) and Ohio (Cleveland, Toledo, Akron) will be in the path of totality.  Start making your travel arrangements now!