CATCH A FALLING
How badly do I
want to see the Leonid meteor shower tonight? Or
more accurately, tomorrow morning.
the best viewing will be between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. and I know the perfect placeI
ride out into the country on my bike and when you get out far enough, its all open
air, few trees, and it would be an excellent place to watch all those pieces of cosmic
garbage flying through the air.
the last time well get the chance until 2090, they sayand I dont know
about you, but I dont plan to be around here that long.
time I ever saw a meteor shower was when I was in college (that brief flicker of time in
my life). A group of us had gone to Yosemite
and I dont know exactly where we were, but somewhere up high with no trees, no
mountains, no nothing between us and the stars and it was the most spectacular display
Ive ever seen.
remember telling Jeri about it when she was little and she always wanted me to take her to
the falling star place.
take the kids out to watch meteor showers here in Davis.
They werent particularly spectacular--the lights from town blocked all
but the brightest ones from being visible, but it was kind of a comfy family thing to do,
huddled out there in the cold (why cant those meteor showers occur in the daytime
when its warm, for heavens sake!), resting up against the hood of the car, all
eyes heavenward watching for falling stars.
entertainment activity, it couldnt quite compete with Speed Racer or the Brady
Bunch, but we did manage to see a few falling stars.
Im very tempted to either drive out or ride out onto the dark country road and find
my new falling star place.
problem with this is that I have been awake since 1 a.m.
Dont ask me what I was doing awake at 1 a.m. In preparation for tomorrows weigh-in, I
really packed in the water yesterday to flush the system and
its course and I made a lot of middle-of-the-night trips to the bathroom. I guess by 1 a.m. my body just figured it was
morning and decided not to go back to sleep.
TV for awhilean old episode of The Practice which Id seen a couple of
times beforeand finally realized that I really wasnt going to be able
to go back to sleep, so I did the logical thing, wrapped up in warm clothes, and sat here at the computer transcribing until 5 a.m. when I
dragged myself out into the freezing air to do the bike ride with Cindy.
It was a
good thing to do, though. I finished
everything. Everything. Did you hear that?
EVERYTHING. There is, for this
one, blissful moment, absolutely nothing in my in-box to type. In fact, the psychiatrist hasnt even picked
up the work I put out for him around 3 a.m., which means he probably wont be
dropping off any little surprises before he goes home to bed. Free and clear until tomorrow.
more, Dr. G leaves for a 3 week vacation at 6 a.m. tomorrow, which means that there will
be little work at the office, and no transcription (after I finish the tape he was
recording as I left tonight). I might
actuallybe still my heartbe able to catch up on sleep.
be lovely to get my days back to normal again. You
knowsleep at night and wake in the daytime? Instead
of staggering to a chair and falling asleep at 8 p.m. and then be wide awake when everyone
else is just about going to sleep.
But if I
decide to see the Leonid shower, Ill have to either stay awake until 1 (which will
mean Ive been up 24 hrs), or GET up before 5 a.m. (much more likely). And then
.do I ride out on my bike alone, in
the freezing air, without Cindy to goad me into it, or do I drive?
this is too difficult a decision to make. Maybe
I should just watch the news report on TV tomorrow.