So this is a little bit of an experiment. I am writing this first part just before we head out to view the great total eclipse of 2017. There are so many expectations. We have been planning this for months. It’s our first full-on family trip with wife, daughter, father-in-law, and cousin in-tow, headed to stay with uncle and girlfriend/aunt. They are a couple hours from the totality line. Uncle is in charge of where we are going to view it. He says don’t worry about traffic, but all I’ve heard is to worry. We’ve had cool glasses for months, then we get a recall from Amazon a week ago. Guess what? Denver was completely sold out of eclipse glasses by then. People say this can be a life-changing event. As you guys know, I try to manage my expectations, so yeah, we’ll see.

Well, that was certainly one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen even if it did only last 3 minutes. Not only from an astrological sense, but more so from a humankind perspective. We saw literally thousands of cars pulled over as we headed toward the line of totality. Almost any place you could pull over in that 20 miles there were 1-15 cars full of people. We didn’t even make it to the zero point, but we still were in an area with hundreds of people in the middle of nowhere. When totality hit there were cheers. It was truly visually astonishing. We hung out for the entire three-hour event. While we had next to no traffic heading up, now we are in the middle of nowhere in bumper-to-bumper traffic. After almost an hour we are still in stop and go gridlock. Would I do it again? Definitely. Would I spend thousands of dollars and travel around the world? Nah. I feel blessed that I got do it while spending time with family and financially spending next to nothing. I just don’t think I will become an avid eclipse chaser.

As it turns out, we spent about 5 hours to get there and about 8 hours to get back from our total eclipse experience. Spending about $200 total. Beyond worth it in my opinion. On this show we have something that is definitely worth it, Colorado Springs Comic Con. Just check out that guest list. Mattel continues to try to make what is quickly becoming their tired product worth it with their new subscription service. Something that is finally almost worth it is the AT-ACT. When it comes to Transformers, don’t ever pay secondary market prices, it’s not worth it and we talk about why.

Lowered expectations…Slick

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