We've all been there. You buy something only to realize later that you wasted your money. "I thought it was a pretty good deal" Bruce Nottingham told me as he held two tickets to the Solar Eclipse in his hand. "I mean, the tickets were only $3.00 so I bought 2 of them thinking my wife will love this" he said with enthusiasm. The eclipse is going to occur on August 21, 2017 as the moon will pass in front of the sun. Oh yea, it's free. The last time a total solar eclipse was visible from the contiguous United States was February 26, 1979. When I asked him what his wife thought of the gift he simply said "she looked at me and said it was the dumbest thing she's ever heard of." "I'm a huge fan of the sun and have been looking forward to this since 2009" he goes on to say while adding "I even drove a 1993 Mitsubishi Eclipse for a couple of years in the early 2000s." When I asked him if he feels taken advantage after buying tickets to something that's free and can be seen from everywhere, he said "part of me regrets buying useless tickets...sure. But it could have been a lot worse. I did end up buying Foster Grant sunglasses off Craigslist so I can stare at the sun when the eclipse does happen on August 22nd!"
Editors note: The solar eclipse is Monday, August 21 2017.