Black Hole Sun

I am no scientist. I realize today that this whole solar eclipse thing is going to last much longer than I expected. The fact that I will still be in Raleigh North Carolina when it occurs combined with the expected heavy traffic delays on the road, means that I probably will not be getting home tonight as expected. Time will tell.

That Time I Felt As If I Were Going To Die
I nearly didn’t make it to Raleigh this weekend, in fact I feared not even making it OTP. I left the ITP Estate on Friday morning deeming the traffic rush on Friday to be over. On my journey around the perimeter to get to I-85 North the SUV in front of me decided to come to an inexplicable near-complete stop somewhere around Chamblee-Tucker Road. I was forced to slam on my breaks, coming to a controlled stop of my own, and feared that I was going to be rear-ended by the driver behind me. Fortunately no accident ensued.

Perhaps it was pre-solar-eclipse nervous energy on the road but this trip to Raleigh was one of the most nerve-wracking that I have ever had. Somewhere just north of Charlotte there was another accident on I-85 and at that time I bailed on interstate driving and opted for state and US highways instead.

ITP Flickr Pic
“Who Doesn’t Love A Kitten Eating From A Plate? #notmykitten” (Raleigh, North Carolina, United States)

Who Doesn't Love A Kitten Eating From A Plate? #notmykitten
This somewhat blurry picture of a kitten eating food off a plate is of “Deluxe”, the newest resident at the Raleigh Royalty’s Estate.

It’s Not Hip To Still Be In Pain
The pain moves around my hip and leg area, but still remains. Over the weekend I walked plenty, but did not engage in any other physical activity which should have agitated my body, so I’m back to Square One. I’ll have to investigate getting professional help when I return to Atlanta.

Don’t stare at the eclipse, I want you to be able to read this space tomorrow.

Paulie [ral/nc]

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13 Responses to Black Hole Sun

  1. HamWithCam says:

    I did a dry run Sunday using my DIY solar filter:

    I used the 3D printer to make an 82mm filter ring, inside which I inserted a portion of the 6″x6″ Thousand Oaks Optical solar filter material I purchased via eBay ($9.99).

    Details: Canon 80D (1.6x crop factor), Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS L, Canon 2X Converter, resulting in a 640mm effective. Woof.

    Ground Zero, at least for me, will be my front yard (97+%).

    73 de JG/HamWithCam

  2. Barb says:

    I do have glasses – I will check out the eclipse from my work parking lot.

    I think traffic will be just as bad tomorrow as it will be this evening. I know plenty of people that are out of town watching this thing.

    We went to Black Sheep yesterday, small crowd, due to the heat, the eclipse, and the hares having the trail in Cartersville. I decided to bimbo after talking to the hares -it was a tough trail.

    • Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

      I’m hoping traffic (maybe tomorrow) will be okay getting to the full-eclipse path. I expect SC to Atlanta to be lousy no matter when I drive home from Raleigh.

  3. steve says:

    Good morning from somewhere along I-20 towards Augusta and Silver Street South Carolina Debbie Allie and I are on the way to middle of nowhere South Carolina to view the eclipse.

    Fun racing this weekend. Grant Park put on a very nice event, the one in Hapeville was a little less Fun from a first-year event standpoint.

    More later.


    • steve says:

      Sorry, just saw I didn’t hit the post button. Now somewhere near Newberry SC, after visiting with one of Debbies old coworkers.

      • Stacy says:

        I think it’s awesome y’all went out there, Steve. 🙂 Enjoy!

        • Steve says:

          Found a lovely spot on Lake Murray on a tip from the folks we stopped to see. Spur f the moment stop with some of Debbie’s old coworkers from her first job out of UGA.

  4. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Raleigh Royalty and I are on the campus of NC State. Yeah college women! 🙂 Hey, I can’t see any with these glasses on!

  5. Barb says:

    we were a little over half way covered a little while ago – about time to walk back outside again……..

  6. HamWithCam says:


    City of Decatur, GA
    Canon 80D
    Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS L
    Canon 2X Extender
    DIY Thousand Oaks Optical Solar Filter


  7. Stacy says:

    No Tuesday blog yet. I wonder if Paulie’s still driving back from there… 😉

  8. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    No, but taking forever to get to work…

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