Friday, July 29, 2005

Thoughts from an "enlightening" mountaintop experience.

Having been outside at high elevation from 8:50pm to 10pm, 10:50pm to midnight, 12:50am to 2am and 2:50am to 4am, I have a few observations:

  • Time goes faster if you watch the skies, not the clock.
  • The clock also exhibits a pronounced lack of shooting stars.
  • Wearing warm outer layers indoors will make you colder outdoors.
  • Airplanes move relative to the stars. Stars don't.
  • Airplanes blink. Stars near the horizon twinkle visibly. Stars at zenith (here) do neither.
  • Any electrical or electronic device, no matter how expensive, has its peevish moments.
  • Never underestimate the value of free snacks.

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