Archive - Dec 19, 2003

Date

Visit to the Planetarium

Took in two shows at the University of Arizona planetarium last night. The first featured the telescopes on a 14,000 ft peak in Hawaii. The second showed some of the sights that can be seen in the Arizona sky, and explained how best to see them.

As with any hour-long presentation, I get restless when they include a lot of information I consider trivial. However, there are always one or two tidbits to be gleaned from even the most long-winded program.

Some of the tidbits:

Warming up in Tucson

This is what Arizona is all about--perfect, 80 degree day, still, clear skies. You almost don't know what to do with it. I am fully used to the traffic. When I first arrive here, my country habits make me rankle at every stop light. In fact, my first evening here, I felt road rage as I sat behind a stopped city bus for two or three green lights. I wanted to jump out and tell off the bus driver. Now I just put on some music and think about something else. Before you know it, you're there.