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Day 88 – January 3, 2012

“Eighty-Eight”

I have numerous times today paused and thought about the fact that it is “Day 88″, on this the most northeastern island lighthouse in the USTo some degree because it’s actually hard to believe that it’s been 88 days already, and also because 88 brings so many things to mind for me.  “Double Snowmen”, something of a delight on a snow-covered front lawn, and a nightmare on the golf course.  The number of one of my favorite Hot Wheels cars in sixth grade.  The classic 1960 film “BUtterfield 8” in which Elizabeth Taylor won an Academy Award and if you haven’t seen it you should, and if you have, you should again.

 

 

 

 

A number of great fortune and luck in the Chinese culture.  The number of days, approximately, in the planet Mercury’s “annual” rotation around the sun.  And in mathematical circles (forgive the pun), 88 is an “Untouchable” number, coming immediately after 2, 5 and 52, and just before 96 (you have to look that up as I’m having a hard time grasping that too).  It also reminds me of the 1984 classic by The Nails, 88 Lines About 44 Women. (authorized version here: http://vimeo.com/5723319 )

Coincidentally, #88 Lighthouse Road, in Babylon Long Island, NY, is right now for sale for $1.25 million, and sits very close to one of the most beautiful lighthouses, on Fire Island…

 

 

 

 

as well as the home of the Robert Moses (“Master Builder” and NY World’s Fair architect) State Park Lighthouse.

 

 

 

Now to bring this circuitously back around as only an “8” can do, 88 is also the number of constellations in the sky as defined by the International Astronomical Union, (which was founded in 1919 and whose mission it is to promote and safeguard the science of astronomy in all its aspects through international cooperation… http://www.iau.org/), and that brings us to what is of particular significance to me tonight, because I am preparing to head out and make the climb to the Lighthouse Tower Gallery, in hopes of witnessing a rare but perhaps tonight spectacular Quadrantids Meteor Shower (more info here – and the more I look into it the more experts are saying this year could/should be amazing — http://www.dailygossip.org/a-meteor-shower-you-must-not-miss-the-january-4th-quandrantids-2115 ).  It’s a tough time of the year to be a meteor shower, (best viewed in the E NE and from the east coast), in the cold throws of winter and pitch of night.  Especially if and when you do “rock it”, you do so for a mere few hours.  But when stars align if you will, it has been known to generate 80+ per hour!  By 2am, when it is supposed to peak, the half waxing gibbous moon will be setting on the far side of the island, and at last check it is especially clear skies.  I am going to set my alarm, take a brief nap, and bundle up as it is now 6 degrees and still falling.  I hope you will try to see it too.

Thanks for checking in, reading, “liking” and sharing.  I’ll have a report tomorrow.          Good Enuf.

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2 Responses to “Day 88 – January 3, 2012”

  1. Dave says:

    Bill,
    Happy hunting. I recall a year in Cutler when we were able to stay up to watch the Persied meteor showers. We experienced such wonder as we counted off over 100 sightings in just over an hour. Hope you have clear skies and warm coffee as we did way back then. Awaiting your report
    Dave

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