What’s That in the Sky?

In rare occasions, I do think about things outside of baseball. I know that is hard to believe, but it does happen. Today was one of those times. This evening, I took the family outside to view the lunar eclipse that was to occur. Although it was partly cloudy, the moon was very clear and we stood and watched as the earth’s shadow fell across the moon. It always amazes me to watch human behavior. As we stood there, a couple walked by for their evening stroll. When two people come upon seven others who are standing there staring at the sky, they have to stop and see what all of the commotion is about. I am not sure whether they thought we were looking for UFOs or what but they were very curious. “What are you all looking at?” they asked. I explained there was a lunar eclipse. The husband asked, what is a lunar eclipse? His wife gave him an frustrated look shaking her head, she said, “Bill, everyone knows a lunar eclipse is when the sun comes between the Earth and the moon!” I had to smile at the explanation. “Well, I’ll be, I ain’t never seen that before.” Bill said. Not being able to resist, I explained, “Yeah, this is the first time and it’s not supposed to happen. I guess not all of the Y2K testing was successful.” Confused, they looked at each other, shrugged, and walked away.

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