Observations on today’s solar eclipse.

No totality to be seen here. Only 80 percent of the sun obscured. I enjoyed the event from the outdoor seating at The Poor Man’s Starbucks, a.k.a. my local McDonald’s. I didn’t have any special glasses, so I concentrated on looking at the light around me and noting the subtle differences. It seemed like I was wearing sunglasses even though I wasn’t. The light reminded me of the more subdued light that occurs late in the day, just before sunset, only without the long shadows. Only it wasn’t that, exactly. Hard to describe. Changes were noticeable if you were looking for them, but subtle enough that if you were just going about your day and not paying any attention at all, you might miss them.

Another thing I noticed: Although I usually can’t sit in direct sun in 80+ degree temps at that time of day (early afternoon) without feeling like I’m going to burn up, today I had no problem and was comfortable.

Peak Eclipse here took place at 2:31 pm. Just a few minutes before, Kyle, a crew member who is always very friendly toward me, came out and stopped at the table where I was sitting and made conversation for a moment or two. So I sort of got to share the experience with someone else, which was awesome.

Right at the peak moment, I looked at the sunlight reflecting off the cars nearby, in the drive thru and parked on the street, and noticed that it definitely had a reddish cast. Phenomenal.

I’m looking forward to April 2024, when another eclipse will occur with Cleveland this time being in the path of totality. I hope it’ll be sunny that day. Northeast Ohio tends to be rather sunlight-challenged outside the months of June through September, so you never know. Besides which, who knows whether I’ll still be living here by then?