Monday, June 23, 2014
Nice night for stars
There's some moisture in the air, but it's still a good night for looking at the stars. I turn out all the red security lights, and go back up behind the shop into the meadow. Then I go up slope, to the treeline. There's a good view of the night sky from there. I turn out the lantern, and once the eyes adjust, there are the stars and the silhouettes of the mountains.
To really enjoy the night sky, you have to be in a position where there is no artificial light at all. A blacked out warship at sea will give you the best view of the entire bowl of the sky at night. The desert will do it, too, if you are far enough out from civilization. The mountains don't let you see 360 degrees unless you are on the highest peak in the region, and my mountain is not that. But I can see the sky , down the mountain and towards North Carolina. It's very relaxing. A quiet night with the stars up there does wonders for keeping things in perspective.
It was hot today, in the low nineties range. The humidity was high. It's still not what I would call cool at one in the morning, but it's more tolerable. Once it gets to the high summer days, I tend to stay inside by day, and spend more time outside in the evening and at night. You get less heat stress that way.
I finally straggled down to the mail box to see what had accumulated, and found a new Graf and Sons catalog. This is a big event for me, since I buy most of my reloading supplies from them. Midway is my second supplier. Between the two I can get everything I need. The catalogs are free and more fun than most magazines I pay for.
But when I thumbed through, I remembered it. Not a bad book. The title is a give a way that it's about an electromagnetic pulse, but it has some unusual twists to the story that keep it from being stale. I bought it some time ago, and haven't seen any reviews so I don't know if Williams wrote anything else, or even if this is still in print.
It's a good way to spend a hot afternoon, though. The book is well written, and it feels "professional." As if the author has been writing for a long time and has story telling down pat. I don't know anything about him, it's just an impression.
All in all, it's not been a bad day.