Wednesday, August 12, 2009

My First Twitter Party

Last night I attended my first my Twitter party via my handheld.

It started out as a typical night. Dinner, a load of laundry, a small discussion on the move, etc. I became bored and started searching top tweets of the evening. #MeteorWatch caught my eye and after some snooping, discovered the Perseids Meteor Showers were at their peak. So I ran outside, allowed my eyes to adjust to the dark-ish sky... nothing. Came back inside and tweeted.

Now, even though I saw nothing, putting in my two cents about it and reading what other people in my area were experiencing was... unifying. I can't explain this phenomenon of feeling like you were a part of something just because you sent some random message about a night sky to no one in particular.

So I send off my fist tweet and run back outside for another try. While I'm sitting on my front steps, Connie responds to my Tweet via Facebook. She tells me that they're heading out to darker skies. So I run back inside and ask my husband, the one glued to his new mmorpg, if he wants to take a ride out to Alpine. I knew it was a long shot, it was 10:15 PM. But to my surprise he said "Let's go!". We grabbed a bottle of water and 2 sweatshirts and headed out the door!

We drove and drove. The anticipation of finding a dark patch of sky and tweeting about it made me feel like I was a kid again. We finally settled on a rest stop one exit up from Willows Road in Alpine. It was packed with other sky gazers! It was like an old fashioned small town summer evening where everyone in the neighborhood sits out on their porch and waves to one another. Someone had made a "mix tape" and was blaring it from their car. Pink Floyd "Dark Side of the Moon", The Beatles "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", some famous french song that everyone knows but you don't know the name because it's in French. It was awesome!

We got out and stood by the truck staring up at the sky. Nothing. So we decide to sit on the tonneau cover (which was FILTHY) and watch the sky. Nothing. We held hands and whispered sweet nothings to each other. I told my husband this was the romantic thing he's ever done with me besides marry me. As I sat there and saw nothing but a beautiful moon strait out of a Harry Potter book and a million twinkling stars, I thought, being here with him right at that moment was worth the drive out here, meteor showers or not.

After awhile, I laid back and watched the sky on my back. As soon as my head rested on the cover a GIANT brilliant meteor hit the sky, streaming the whole length of sky that was in my vision. My husband missed it so he immediately laid back as well. We went on to see one more giant stream and a few smaller ones. I could have laid on that cover all night! But as fate would have it, we had work in the morning. So we dusted ourselves off, got back in the truck and headed home.

It was late (for us) and we teased each other about stopping at Denny's for a midnight meal before heading home. The sound of us gallivanting around like we were 21 was enchanting. I tried for a moment to forget that we were old people with responsibilities like a job and a mortgage. It was magical.

As soon as we walk in the front door I head to Twitter to see what all the #MeteorWatch Twits are saying. Turns out, I'm the only one reporting sightings from San Diego! I end up staying up another half hour reading the latest from the sky watchers. I'm exhausted today but all I keep thinking about is do ya think I can convince hubby to do it all again tonight? Only this time we're stopping for that short stack!

I could not end this post without giving glory to my Creator, the Great Architect of the Universe. The fact that God created a world that protects us from debris, dust and rocks is amazing. Then, to give us delight in witnessing such brilliance shows us His Word to be true.

Romans 1:20
For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.



Connie said...

Awwww I made your blog!!!! We had so much fun -- can't wait for the next meteor shower!

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