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I missed this morning's meteor. The DJ I had my clock-radio tuned to was taking calls from people in Beaverton, Scholls, Estacada and Battleground who'd seen it. "Sounds like a meteor," I thought, "maybe." One person heard nothing but said it had seemed "like someone had taken a flash picture of me"; someone else thought it'd been a transformer explosion. But it was a meteor, moving west to east and seen in at least three states. Cool.

At the time all this happened, I was waking up, and still lingering in the warmth of a warm dream. (Someone pretty and redheaded figured in it. I'll say no more. Heh.)

On the tram to the hill, people were looking east (towards a lovely sunrise above the fog bank above east Portland), and noticing contrails. Talk about seeing what you want to see: they thought the contrails were from more meteors ("from the comet that went by this morning"; um, no, that wasn't it; a comet passing that close to Earth would've made the news, big time, even more so than Fidel Castro resigning). I finally saw the contrails and they were from airplanes, flying north-to-south in a stretched-out row. I resisted rolling my eyes.

I'm glad I've seen a meteor before, when I was a kid (about age 6) in Rancho Bernardo, California. I've missed others since then, but I have the memory of that one. And it was a big one, big and flaming and multi-colored and (the most surreal touch) completely silent. Maybe that one was a falling satellite.

At least this meteor wasn't that satellite...

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knowmad
Feb. 19th, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was pretty bummed out that I missed this. Had another late night last night, though, and wasn't up too early.

I have only seen meteorites, I guess they're called? Really small ones that you tend to see during meteor showers. Nothing too large or long lasting.

Red headed, eh? Anyone I know?
chris_walsh
Feb. 19th, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
Red headed, eh? Anyone I know?

No. An invention of my mind.

I'm surprised to realize that at one point in my life I didn't have a thing for redheads. Wasn't until college that I really started noticing them. It was like a switch got flipped in my mind: Oh, they're HOTTTTT.

That one meteor I saw as a kid was BIG, which is why I think it was a falling satellite. And I've only seen a few meteorites in meteor showers. I guess my main exposure to meteors is still via Armageddon...
knowmad
Feb. 19th, 2008 11:36 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean about redheads ... I have a "thing" for them as well, though I've never really been out with one (my first gf had auburn hair ... close, but not really red).

Of course I have several other such "things" I like!

I meant to say earlier that my "meteor" sort of thing that I've seen is the Northern Lights ... saw them one time as a kid (my parents woke us up in the middle of the night and took us outside to see them) and once as an adult (back in 1999 or 2000, whilst living with my in-laws in Watertown, MA).
knowmad
Feb. 19th, 2008 11:36 pm (UTC)
And you need to watch ... !
... my movie! Check out the link in my Journal!
chris_walsh
Feb. 19th, 2008 11:42 pm (UTC)
Re: And you need to watch ... !
Is it work-safe? I'd need to watch it from my work computer. (I think that if I opened a video clip on my home computer, that computer would implode like the house in Poltergeist...)
knowmad
Feb. 19th, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
Re: And you need to watch ... !
It's absolutely work-safe ... unless silly superheroes are verboten?

It does have a musical score, so if you are worried about getting caught watching a video, maybe you'll want to turn the volume down -- but listen to the music ... some of it was recorded by li'l ol' me!
chris_walsh
Feb. 20th, 2008 12:07 am (UTC)
Re: And you need to watch ... !
Cool. I can. (I have headphones for my computer.)
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