Good Morning Moon Unit Wherever You Are,

Like most of you, I heard the term “The Path of Totality” at least 1,000 times over the last two weeks. Loosely the term refers to the optimum viewing location to watch the moon completely block out the sun for a couple of minutes. In fact, as of this writing, Oregon will get their first view in 41 minutes.

I believe the term is well suited for quite a number of things; personal, professional, and of course ‘Life’s Rich Pageant. I looked at Vinny one of my co-workers in the eye this morning and as seriously as possible asked him if he was living his life in the “Path of Totality” or simply gave up? He initially snickered but then quickly grabbed his chin and replied, “No I don’t think so…what do you mean”?

Robert Frost’s famous line about pathways “…Two roads diverged in a wood and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference…” Does a path always get traveled, or does the underbrush take over from lack of use? These are metaphors and believe the two or three of you still reading this ‘Bag of Gas’ can easily understand how it should be interpreted.

The word ‘Totality’ by itself infers completeness or at the very least nothing more to be added. The notion of totality is tough to put my head around because it seems to me anyway; there is always one more thing that could be added. But again there are many paths to choose from and highly suspect like me you’ve ventured down a path or two that led to a self-inflicted wound. Swami Sivananda said, “Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.” Are those of us that adhere to the good ‘Swami’s advice in the “Path of Totality?” It seems reasonable to me if one isn’t predisposed to defecate in one’s own flat hat!  I’m a living and breathing example of how a filthy flat hat looks.

Pablo Picasso explained, “Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” I suppose the ‘Swami’ and Pablo are telling us if you fail to commit all of one’s time & resources on those things we feel most passionate about—don’t kid yourself…it ain’t going to happen!

Just finished the 93% version of the eclipse here in Denver and thought it a bit anti-climactic.  Given the distance to the closest ‘Path of Totality,’ I wasn’t committed enough to make the trip and as usual got what I deserved.

Now on my ‘bucket list’, if I ever get a chance to see another one it will be THE BIG ASS FULL BODIED TECQUILLA SWILLING VERSION!!  It’s someplace in Texas in 2024. I hope my new bosses at Walmart will let me go!