“It’s a big fat crescent.”
“It’s starting to get dark now.”
That’s what I overheard before the #SolarEclipse2017.
Also overheard by coworkers after the eclipse: “Oh did you need glasses? I had extra!”
And: “Wait … that’s it?”
Whether you got to see it or not, and whether you cared or not, the eclipse peaked around 2:41 p.m. in Charlotte. At 98 percent totality, office workers were gathered outside their buildings in uptown (some were ON their buildings in uptown), a huge crowd was partying at Sycamore Brewing and City Lights Rooftop, families were hanging out in Romare Bearden Park and First Ward Park. People were outside everywhere around town, wearing glasses, even sharing glasses.
And, as one would expect, everyone was on social media.
12 social media superlatives from #SolarEclipse2017 in the Charlotte area:
Greatest grammatical catch
Hmmmm…never been to an eclirse before pic.twitter.com/KRg6p9ZwbA
— Steve Udelson (@SUdelsonWSOC9) August 21, 2017
Most legitimate contemplation
I wonder what the world would be like if people were as serious about condoms as they are these eclipse glasses.
— Amber Donoghue (@Betterthanitwas) August 21, 2017
Most appealing eclipse snack
Best use of an eclipse snack
— Susan Bielamowicz (@sbielamowicz) August 21, 2017
Best (and most disturbing) use of GIFs
Asking for a friend. Has anyone heard if it’s okay to stare directly into the sun today? pic.twitter.com/OcTlIQhltZ
— Chris Miller (@ChrisMillerWFAE) August 21, 2017
Strongest show of spirit
— Caroline Blair (@CarolineBNews) August 21, 2017
Best play on words
— Northwood Office (@NorthwoodOffice) August 21, 2017
Most accurate depiction of everyone’s attitude
Yay! My work here is done, the rest of Monday is cancelled. https://t.co/XoW7NJwAxH
— Nikki Wolfe (@Nikki704) August 21, 2017
— Johnny Wakefield (@jwCLT) August 21, 2017
Most eloquent vibe description
It feels like we are living in a weird instagram filter.
— Miller (@MillerYoho) August 21, 2017
Most relaxed viewer on the planet
Greg Olsen is peak Eclipse Enjoyment pic.twitter.com/iajGPZTRRh
— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) August 21, 2017
So. Was the solar eclipse the greatest thing that has ever happened to you? Or was it like Christmas morning, after you’ve torn all of your gift wrapping to shreds and realized that all that’s left is breakfast?
You can always get it right next time. The next total solar eclipse visible to the U.S. will actually roll by on April 8, 2024. While it won’t move directly across North or South Carolina, it will pass over major cities like Dallas and New York.
Don’t forget your glasses.
Photo: Corey Inscoe