Aug 15th 2017 08:25 am Pillow Squawk

Are you traveling to see the eclipse? I am! A buddy of mine who lives in Tennessee north of Nashville called me five years ago and asked me, in an excited voice, “What are you doing in August, 2017?!” Well, if someone asks me five years in advance, I’m liable to agree to drinking poison and taking a rocket ship to the furthest comet. Instead, lucky for me, I agreed to come spend a long weekend with friends, smack in the middle of the path of totality. And sure enough: the day is almost here. Not a bad deal!
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57 Responses to “Pillow Squawk”

  1. Steve from Royal Oak, MI on 15 Aug 2017 at 8:37 am #

    Once in a lifetime event for sure. Just make sure that you have proper protection for your eyes.

  2. Mark from TTown on 15 Aug 2017 at 8:49 am #

    Have fun, Jimmy. Maybe Arlo and Janis will see it too?

  3. oclvroadbikerider on 15 Aug 2017 at 8:58 am #

    I live in TN and plan on a short drive to the Smokies to be in Totality Path. Hopefully the high spot where I plan on being won’t have been thought of by too many others.
    Looking forward to not only viewing the eclipsing sun, but all the environmental observations that go along. 15-20 degree drop on temp, winds picking up, flowers closing up, cows headed to the barn, birds roosting, bats coming out, fireflies, crickets . . .
    When totality happens all the stars come out and you can see Mercury and Venus which are normally mask because they are right next to the sun. (also Mars and Jupiter).

    And all this being blown by THAT STUPID CLOUD ! :-)

  4. Trapper Jean on 15 Aug 2017 at 9:08 am #

    First, my husband has been complaining to you, hasn’t he? I’m sure we’ve had that same “conversation” about pillows several times.

    And second, we will be up near Rabun Gap for the Eclipse, in the path of totality. Yes, we have safe, approved glasses with which to observe the action.

  5. Anonymous on 15 Aug 2017 at 9:20 am #

    This is how I’m planning on doing most of my eclipse viewing. The link is to a post on Facebook. I “think” the post is visible even if you don’t have a Facebook account.

  6. David in Austin on 15 Aug 2017 at 9:42 am #

    The anonymous eclipse watcher above is me. Guess my phone lost the cookie that kept my name and email.

  7. Llee on 15 Aug 2017 at 10:06 am #

    Good for you! Have fun with your friend.

  8. Ghost on 15 Aug 2017 at 10:58 am #

    Having spent some time in Oklahoma, I’ve discovered it’s fairly common for the sun to be obscured by daytime severe thunderstorms. Since one definition of eclipse is “any obscuration of light”, it seems that should count as an “eclipse”.

    Thus endth today’s exercise in semi-sophism.

  9. Ghost on 15 Aug 2017 at 11:05 am #

    I’ve noticed king-sized beds in hotels now seem to feature a minimum of six large pillows. What, are they expecting the Lernaean Hydra to check in? By my lights, more than two pillows are simply in the way…unless there is some sexual practice involving multiple pillows about which I need to be enlightened. ;)

  10. Bob on 15 Aug 2017 at 11:37 am #

    I HATE hotel pillows. I sleep on a very thin pillow. (Really thin.) If I forget to take my pillow when I travel, I have to take off a pillow case and put a folded towel in it.

  11. ursen on 15 Aug 2017 at 12:24 pm #

    Where I am is only a degree or two off totality, and I have my safe, approved glasses. We are ready to see it. What has it been in the U.S.? Since 1918 I think. Talked to a friend the other day on the phone closer to totality and she can’t understand the big fuss over it. Not only that I can’t convince her that a regular pair of sunglasses isn’t enough protection. Maybe my wife’s eye doctor is correct that there will be a huge increase in the number of his patients after the eclipse.

  12. Jim in TN on 15 Aug 2017 at 2:50 pm #

    I am right smack dab in the totality line in Tennessee and will be watching as well. I actually got to see a total eclipse in South Carolina in 1970 and it is without a doubt the most amazing astronomical event you will probably ever see.

    Don’t miss it!

  13. TruckerRon on 15 Aug 2017 at 5:42 pm #

    oclvroadbikerider: As a beginning amateur astronomer, I also detest clouds block our view of the heavens… but I won’t be overly distraught if I can’t see the inner planets because I’ll still experience, as you said, all the environmental observations that go along with a total eclipse… unless it’s raining!

    The latest cloud cover forecast for the eclipse looks good for where I’ll be in Idaho; yesterday it looked terrible. Tomorrow will have yet another forecast…

  14. Mark from TTown on 15 Aug 2017 at 6:42 pm #

    Charlotte in NH on 15 Aug 2017 at 5:44 pm #

    I am back from my trip to Ithaca! The drive was perfect, car didn’t act up; family gathering was warm and wonderful. emb, I did think of you while at Cascadilla Gorge. Tell the Village more tomorrow.
    Wondering what is the best way to store mushrooms in the refrigerator. From the supermarket, not picked around here. Do you have a favorite method?

    She accidentally posted in old column.

    Hi Charlotte, glad to hear the trip went well. Welcome back. I reposted in the new section so everybody could see what you had to say.

  15. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 15 Aug 2017 at 8:15 pm #

    My wife is not big on pillows, but she does have a bad Charming Tails addiction.

    And I am her enabler.

  16. emb on 15 Aug 2017 at 8:39 pm #

    All: 0.

  17. Charlotte in NH on 15 Aug 2017 at 8:39 pm #

    Mark, you are a dear. I forgot that it wouldn’t be on the new page. Thank you ever so much for fixing it.

    Over the years I’ve seen quite a few eclipses, all from here in Southern NH. Not all total, but close enough to be memorable. First one, when I was a little girl, was exciting; we prepared for viewing by holding pieces of glass over a candle, six or eight inches up, circling carefully to gather soot evenly. When finished it was “smoked glass” and was safe to look at the sun through. Summer of 1942 maybe? There were interesting partial eclipses now and then. Around 1996 there was an annular eclipse that was well publicized. As it neared totality the moon didn’t quite cover the sun, so there was a thin rim of light around the dark circle. I saw it! And under the leafy trees, miniature replicas of the same picture, on the grass and the parking lot. Somehow the little spaces among the leaves acted as lenses to focus the pictures. Very neat!

  18. TruckerRon on 15 Aug 2017 at 8:40 pm #

    The pillows on the bed are for decoration, showing off the owner’s sense of style, not for sleeping. It’s a case of aesthetics over functionality.

  19. John II on 15 Aug 2017 at 10:34 pm #

    Regarding today’s A & J, 15 Aug 2017:

  20. JACKQULINE MONIES on 15 Aug 2017 at 11:22 pm #

    The Chinese Laundry has reopened with all new equipment and new ma

  21. JACKQULINE MONIES on 15 Aug 2017 at 11:29 pm #

    Management after closing for remodeling.

    New management is extremely pleased with new equipment and says it looks like it came off the USS Enterprise on Startrek.

    Any minions who touch it or the new kitchen equipment will become the monster’s first gulp.

  22. Old Bear on 15 Aug 2017 at 11:47 pm #

    Is this where you are going to boat building school?

  23. Jerry in Fl on 16 Aug 2017 at 3:40 am #

    Getting tired of some effects of PD, like falling. I have enough bumps on my head. I’ve decided that PD isn’t going to take over. The gloves are off Rocky is coning out of his corner. I notice a little unrest in the village. Apparently some of us have noticed that there is a real world that we can’t ignore. No, we do not want big , nasty political arguments that will cause some of the few regulars to leave, but I’m hopeful that the intellectual level here would prevent most of the e

  24. Jerry in Fl on 16 Aug 2017 at 3:44 am #

    I was in the middle of a comment and got shut down at 3:40 in the morning! Do we have an automatic editor now?

  25. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 16 Aug 2017 at 5:21 am #


    Lately, I have been spending more time in the comments sections of the daily strip.

    So far, things have been unusually civil there, and, perhaps, it will stay that way.

    As soon as it reverts to its past ways, though, I’m outta there.

  26. Steve from Royal Oak, MI on 16 Aug 2017 at 7:36 am #

    I saw a fireman fighting a car fire last week on I-696 and wondered where he was getting his water from. Since then, on my daily commute a little further down the road, I noticed a bunch of grass that had brunt and smack in the middle of it was a fire hydrant. When I noticed it this morning, I saw another hydrant a hundred yards beyond and then another. As I got to the walled portion of the highway, I noticed more hydrants spaced periodically in the walls.

    I-696 is mainly a concrete walled highway and in three spots has a park for the Orthodox Jews to use to get to their house of worship. In the winter it is a nice respite during a snowstorm. However the planners of the highway (built in the late 80′s) were very concerned about fire, so that is why the hydrants. Ironically there was a bad accident this spring and a fire broke out. It got so hot that they still had to shutdown the highway for 10 days to replace the concrete in the road.

    When we had a major rainfall (4.75″) on August 11, 2014, the drains on I-696 under I-75 failed and a 15 ft. deep lake formed. It took a couple days to drain. A lot of underpasses fill up when we get a lot of rain in a short period of time.

  27. emb on 16 Aug 2017 at 7:44 am #

  28. emb on 16 Aug 2017 at 8:02 am #

  29. domaucan1 on 16 Aug 2017 at 8:22 am #

    God bless us every one. God bless the USA.

  30. emb on 16 Aug 2017 at 8:25 am #

    Think they’re here to stay. Hope this does not offend.

  31. TruckerRon on 16 Aug 2017 at 9:27 am #

    Steve: I find it wondrous strange how many hundred-year storms are hitting in just a few decades. As usual the phrase doesn’t mean what we think it means when we first hear it.

  32. emb on 16 Aug 2017 at 9:52 am #

    Red R. of the North had one in ’97, and has had at least one since.

  33. Ghost on 16 Aug 2017 at 10:08 am #

    There are many blogs and forums on the InterWebNet (some might say way too many) devoted to political discourse, both civil and otherwise. A very small number of commenters here seem to feel that A&J is one of those. I do not. And I sincerely believe the vast majority of commenters here also feel that it is not and should not be. Hopefully, that small number can take a hint and restrain themselves.

  34. Ghost on 16 Aug 2017 at 10:11 am #

    Yes, TR, the phrase “hundred-year event” seems to be as misunderstood as “one size fits all”.

  35. emb on 16 Aug 2017 at 10:17 am #


  36. Mark from TTown on 16 Aug 2017 at 10:21 am #

    There has been discussion here of the solar eclipse and how to watch it. The hospital I work for sent a safety message to its employees and I want to post part of it here.

    If you are buying glasses to watch it through, be sure they have the following ISO number: ISO 12312-2. These are the only ones considered safe.

  37. David in Austin on 16 Aug 2017 at 10:59 am #


    Amazon discovered that they had vendors that were counterfeiting the ISO approval number! Two different sets of glasses I ordered were recalled and refunded. Best way to be sure is to use an approved vendors list:

  38. Kevin G on 16 Aug 2017 at 12:05 pm #

    That is why they are called THROW pillows. You want to throw them away. Great episode on the British Friends version on this.

  39. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 16 Aug 2017 at 1:31 pm #

    eMb, that worm article was eye-opening; thank you. I would have thought that worms, through their castings, would enhance a forest just as they do for farming acreage. Do you think it is a matter of the trees getting too much nutrition in too short a time [compared to the fairly slow decomposition of leaves]?

  40. Ghost on 16 Aug 2017 at 2:09 pm #

    Today is National Tell a Joke Day. I can’t top this (slightly edited) one, via @iowahawk.

    What’s the worst thing Willie Nelson can tell you after you make love with him?
    “I’m not Willie Nelson.”

  41. TruckerRon on 16 Aug 2017 at 2:29 pm #

    I’m trying to wrap my head around why someone would go to the trouble of counterfeiting solar glasses and somehow getting them into the distribution channels. They’re not high-dollar items. I mean, no one bothers to produce bogus one-dollar bills!

    So, are they just evil? Wanting to blind people?

  42. Mark from TTown on 16 Aug 2017 at 2:55 pm #

    Considering they are probably manufactured somewhere with a huge population, most likely expecting to make profits from the bulk. US was likely not the main sales target but somebody in buying thought they had a great deal. Hey, they counterfeit UL labels for electronic products and that’s why we get exploding gadgets and chargers.

  43. John II on 16 Aug 2017 at 2:55 pm #

    For eclipse viewing were you plan to be:

  44. John II on 16 Aug 2017 at 2:56 pm #

    where oops

  45. TruckerRon on 16 Aug 2017 at 3:46 pm #

    This should make some people very happy, especially my wife:

  46. Debbe on 16 Aug 2017 at 7:38 pm #

    Well. who would of thought I’d make it to 64 today.

    Happy Anniversary Old Bear and wife…going to bed, goodnight all

  47. Galliglo in Ohio on 16 Aug 2017 at 7:45 pm #

    Happy Birthday, Debbe! I’ve got 10 years on you and I am still going strong (although, perhaps, a little slower)! Life is good.

  48. Mark from TTown on 16 Aug 2017 at 8:37 pm #

    From FB:

  49. Mark from TTown on 16 Aug 2017 at 8:41 pm #

  50. Ghost on 16 Aug 2017 at 9:00 pm #

    Trucker, I stopped at a curb store in Deepest Arkansas to refuel recently and noticed one of the cashiers running a detector pen over a number of $1 bills. Like you, I thought no one would bother to counterfeit them and remarked such to the cashier. “Yes, they do,” she said. “We’ve gotten some of them.”

    My only thought is that scanner and printer technology has reached the point where that is feasible. Someone else had told me not long ago that their business had been stuck with a $100 bill that displayed all the “safety” features of a legitimate note.

  51. Jerry in Fl on 16 Aug 2017 at 9:12 pm #

    If it was exactly like a genuine bill, how did they determine that it was counterfeit? The line between getting involved and minding your own business is blurred and moving so fast that no two people can agree on exactly where it is.

  52. Mark from TTown on 16 Aug 2017 at 10:13 pm #

    No way I know to defeat the thread imprinted with the denomination. I have heard of people getting rid of the print on smaller denomination bills and printing larger ones over that, so the thread is in the correct place. An inattentive person won’t notice the amount on the thread is not the same as on the printed bill.

  53. JACKQULINE MONIES on 16 Aug 2017 at 11:42 pm #

    Early up tomorrow. We have to go to Tulsa to meet with breast surgeon. Will get some idea of way we are headed but still have three major tests before we know how.

    It rained today so Ghost and I had a great dinner, a joint effort of cooking beef stew from scratch with a good roast, onions, celery, new potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, garlic and merlot wine. Ghost shopped, I chopped and provided general recipe. He cooked and sauteed, deglazed.

    The end result was divine. It is such a joy to cook with my domestic anti-terrorist. I love a man who cooks, especially well. Armed too.

  54. JACKQULINE MONIES on 17 Aug 2017 at 7:51 am #

    So here we are awake unwillingly. We had storms last night with warnings. I was awake and the alarms,woke Ghost. Not much sleep.

    Good morning all. Dickens stays home today, too hot.

  55. emb on 17 Aug 2017 at 8:39 am #

    Still from archives, but not bad.

  56. Steve from Royal Oak, MI on 17 Aug 2017 at 8:46 am #

    Trucker Ron: I purposely did not use “100 year storm” as I agree that it is not literally the case. The flooding and damage was worse than anything in the last 100 years, but that is because of the way our roads are built.

    As far as counterfeit sunglasses, I think it might be ignorance, especially if they had access to the type of filter readily available. The old “Oh this should be good enough: excuse. However putting the UV label on it could be either evil or it is possible that they did not properly test the product. In automotive, we get a lot of that and it ends up being a major argument when everything hits the fan.

  57. Milt Mantler on 18 Aug 2017 at 9:59 am #

    Yes. We’re travelling from Huntspatch, AL. We know someone slap on totality.