Truth in Dark Times


During the dark times in your life you will find out who is really there for you, who loves you and who doesn’t. You will find out who will go to bat for you, and who likes you for what you are, and not what you have. You will find out who you can trust and who you can’t trust. You will find out who talks trash and who will tell you the truth even though you may not like it.

Dark times put you in check and will allow you to see who is fake and who is real. This is good because you can identify those who you should not waste your energy on and not let them rent space in your head.

No matter how laid back and cool you are, there will always be someone who doesn’t like you for no reason, its life. We’re all ugly to someone, fake to someone, stuck-up to someone, ain’t shit to someone, a loser to someone, a bitch to someone but who cares.

Make your money, pay your bills, and take care of your family! Hating on me won’t stop my ATM card from working. Hustle until your haters ask if you’re hiring and don’t worry about what someone else thinks, if they don’t know you personally, don’t take it personal. Nobody can steal my joy, because they didn’t give it to me.

Life is like toilet paper, either you’re on a roll, or you’re taking shit from some asshole.

My First Total Eclipse of the Sun

Toadstock the final chapter?

I started looking for a venue to view my very first total eclipse of the sun about a year ago when I discovered that the August 21 2017 eclipse path of totality was within easy driving distance from Sturgis South Dakota. the first place I considered was Elkhorn Springs Campground in the Casper Mountain County Park. I couldn’t find any information on whether the campground took reservations and I did not want to leave anything to chance if I could help it.

I don’t remember exactly how I found it but one day I stumbled on the “Toadstock” site, about two hundred miles from home, $50.00 bought me a four day pass that included camping and three nights of live music.


I arrived Friday afternoon to a mostly deserted pasture seven miles west of Alliance Nebraska and picked a campsite in the southeast corner and set up camp Charlie.


I came prepared, I found some polycarbonate welders lenses and fashioned solar filters for my binoculars and two cameras for under $30.

Crescent Moon and Venus at sunrise Saturday Morning


Sunday morning, let the day begin.


Monday, Eclipse Day


I woke up before dawn and I could not see the lights of Alliance on the horizon because a pea soup fog had dropped visibility to under one mile. There was a dense fog advisory for the area and this was the first day that I couldn’t watch the sunrise. About seven o’clock the sun started to burn off the fog.


Lat.: 42.1145° N, Long.: 103.0118° W

Total Solar Eclipse
Duration of Totality: 2m30.4s
Magnitude: 1.014
Obscuration: 100.00%

Event Date Time Alt Azi
Start of partial eclipse (C1) : 2017/08/21 10:26:55.1 45.9° 122.2°
Start of total eclipse (C2) : 2017/08/21 11:48:57.0 56.5° 149.7°
Maximum eclipse : 2017/08/21 11:50:12.1 56.6° 150.2°
End of total eclipse (C3) : 2017/08/21 11:51:27.4 56.7° 150.7°
End of partia  eclipse (C4) : 2017/08/21 13:16:26.5 59.4° 190.3°


My Neighbors

Camp Charlie is the red, yellow and blue blur in the lower right corner of the aerial shot.


Eclipse Oregon, Redmond, USA - 21 Aug 2017
This photo shows solar flare as the sun emerges from a total eclipse by the moon.