Stood in Line for Free Solar Eclipse Glasses

United States
August 16, 2017 12:15am CST
Oh my goodness, was I crazy or what? Our local news station gave out free solar eclipse glasses today beginning at 4:00. I had just realized that it was almost upon us and yesterday tried to locate some but to no avail. I headed over, thinking that they would hand then out as the cars pulled through...oh silly me. No you had to park and stand in line! IN THE SUN! As I looked for a parking spot, I could see there were hundreds of people already in line and some had brought umbrellas. So I got mine out of the trunk...so happy I did as it was so, so hot! Not Florida hot, it was in the high 80's and there was a cool breeze but, hot for here. We won't get the total eclipse here, but 90%. So we won't see the ring. The good news is that we will have a total eclipse in 2024. I'll be patient and wait for that one. They handed out 2,000 pair of glasses today, according to the news story on the 6:00 news. Everyone who came out and lined up got a pair.
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@LadyDuck (176138)
• Switzerland
16 Aug 17
We also received free glasses in the news stand when we had a total eclipse in 1999.
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• United States
16 Aug 17
It's good for the right kind of glasses to be distributed free of charge.
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@LadyDuck (176138)
• Switzerland
17 Aug 17
@Jeanniemaries Yes, it is important that people wear glasses to avoid to damage the retina.
@silvermist (20116)
• India
16 Aug 17
Good that you got those glasses.All set for the eclipse,I see.Here we will not be able to view the eclipse.
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• United States
16 Aug 17
Except on the internet! All the world can view it this time and any time. I have watched a few prior to this. The news station recommended watching it on TV as the safest way to view it.
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@silvermist (20116)
• India
16 Aug 17
@Jeanniemaries Yes of course.I will be watching it on the net.
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• United States
16 Aug 17
Glad you were able to get your glasses for the eclipse even though you had to stand in line in the hot sun.
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• United States
16 Aug 17
In the end, yes I was glad too.
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@Kandae11 (40370)
16 Aug 17
It was nice of them to do that. All that was needed was the patience to get them.
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• United States
16 Aug 17
I surprised myself by doing it. Normally I can't stand in line for a long time.
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@PainsOnSlate (20524)
• Canada
16 Aug 17
I haven't heard of any glasses but I see on line there are many you can make at home so you can see it.
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• United States
16 Aug 17
My understanding is there are only four manufacturers who produce glasses that are safe to use. Anything else will damage your eyes. No one should make their own.
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• United States
16 Aug 17
We have them for $1 a pair at Walmart. Not going to get a pair of them though. I'll most likely be inside a client's home when this occurs.
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• United States
17 Aug 17
I heard that many aren't certified. But the issue was, no one has them here at this late date.
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• United States
17 Aug 17
@Jeanniemaries I'll watch it on television to be on the safe side.
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@BelleStarr (39652)
• United States
16 Aug 17
Yes I guess we will just stay inside and not get blinded, I will watch it on TV. lol
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• United States
17 Aug 17
You'll get the best view.
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@CRK109 (14413)
• United States
16 Aug 17
Those glasses are such a great idea so people can actually get outside and look up during the eclipse!
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• United States
17 Aug 17
You can't see a thing through them until then. They are as black as black can be.
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@spaceseed (2881)
• India
16 Aug 17
It is been ages since I have seen any eclipse. though their have been many instances but i couldnt get chance to see them
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• United States
16 Aug 17
I remember one as a child, a partial one, but it was a huge deal. (late 50's ).
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@Jackalyn (6848)
• Oxford, England
16 Aug 17
I hope you get a good view of this eclipse. Getting glasses is really a very sensible thing to do it do anyway.
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• United States
16 Aug 17
I hope so too. I hope it doesn't rain.
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@holdoors (1664)
• Malaysia
16 Aug 17
This is a pretty memorable moments
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• United States
16 Aug 17
I hope it will be. If it rains I'm not going to be able to drive anywhere, the roads will be jam packed.
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@kepweng (18585)
• Waikoloa, Hawaii
16 Aug 17
its a stunning event in usa cause i think only in usa the solar eclipse will happen
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• United States
16 Aug 17
The good news is there is another in 7 years. It will be total eclipse.
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@kobesbuddy (55146)
• East Tawas, Michigan
16 Aug 17
@Jeanniemaries And next week, they will probably need to hand out sunscreen!:(
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• United States
16 Aug 17
We certainly could have used some sunscreen samples yesterday! Even with an umbrella shading me, my face and arms got more sun than I wanted.
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@kobesbuddy (55146)
• East Tawas, Michigan
16 Aug 17
@Jeanniemaries I'm prone to precancerous spots, so I have to keep protected all the time:)
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• United States
18 Aug 17
@kobesbuddy my umbrella helped tremendously
@Tampa_girl7 (26200)
• United States
27 Aug 17
I wouldn't care to wait in line for the glasses.
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• United States
27 Aug 17
I'm glad I did though, my daughter took one of them and shared with everyone at work.
@jstory07 (69876)
• Roseburg, Oregon
17 Aug 17
Will at least you were able to get the glasses and you can now look at the sun.
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• United States
18 Aug 17
I'm actually more interested in seeing it get dark during the day.
@MALUSE (43510)
• Uzbekistan
16 Aug 17
I've already seen three solar eclipses in my life. It is a strange phenomenon.
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• United States
16 Aug 17
Wow! That's amazing!