The Day the Sun Almost Died
We interrupt this broadcast for something momentous!
On May 21st, Osaka experienced an annular solar eclipse. Something like this hasn’t been seen here in 280 years. That means the last Osakans who saw something like this in 1732 swore their allegiance to the Shogun; and the people who see the next one in 2292 will either be directly uploading holograms of it to each other’s neural nets, or feral lizardfolk fearing that devils will eat up the sun. Depending, of course, on the future of humankind.
I joined my lady and her friends after 6 AM, and we got onto the roof of their apartment. At first, we were real disappointed at all the overcast, because it made our eclipse glasses mostly useless. It turned into a real blessing thoug, as it meant not only could we take easy point-and-shoot pictures of the event, but look right into the damn thing.
In small doses. It still was the sun, after all.
I’m not really sure how to follow all that up. I just can’t believe I was there for it.