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Chasing the sun--not the eclipse!

Written by Kathryn Spira


I understand amateur and professional astronomers alike will be chasing the total solar eclipse on August 21 with 100 percent eclipsed in a 75-mile wide swath from Oregon to South Carolina. We in the northeast will only see (with eye protection, remember!) about a 75 percent eclipse and for those who don't know or aren't bothering to check it out, will hardly notice the difference between the eclipse and a passing cloud cover. 

For more on the specifics, check out NASA's site at

Now, of course, I am always chasing the sun for a tan, not an eclipse! And this summer has been difficult, with cool, windy and rainy days all too often. I saw on the News Channel 10 ABC TV station where I am (Ahem!) the weather watcher for Caroga Lake, Meteorologist Tim Drawbridge said we've only had five 90F days so far this year, and that was in Albany--even fewer here in Caroga Lake!

Still, I am often complimented on my tan, as I was today (I am writing this on Tuesday, Aug. 8) by the ultrasound technician when I went for my yearly breast health screening at St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam, NY. 

I of course, wore my favorite tank top which is white with orange and blue writing. It says "kissed by the sun.” I also wore my favorite bright orange LL bean shorts. To top my outfit off I wore my thong LL bean leather sandals (now I hope you guys didn't get nervous when I said “my thong.”) Remember I was born in 1960 when the word thong only meatt footwear. 

And as a side note, I never quite figured out how anyone could even wear such a thing. For me, plain 100% Cotton white underwear are the way to go. I remember distinctly as a kid in grade school and being taunted by other kids giving wedgies to the so called unpopular kids by the "cool" and popular crowd. As a side note I must mention that I've heard in passing that they are “comfortable.” Really?

I remember as an innocent kid growing up in Cleveland that my mom always brought me Carters six pack of kids white underpants. I even remember mom asking me if I wanted any colors. I was like, “No mom. I'll leave that to bathing suits!" Which is when I began seriously collecting bikinis. Which you all know is a tradition I continued for the last forty years. 

Now you knew I somehow go from talking about an eclipse to bathing suits and sunshine. It wouldn't be the same if I didn't.  I leave you with a photo of me in the sunshine today and a part of my swim suit collection drying on the clothes line.



About Kathryn Spira

Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland, OH who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues freelance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County, New York. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site

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