A Grand Illusion


Super Duper Moon
On August 10 we will have the second of three super moons this year. This perigee moon will appear larger than than the other two because it becomes full during the same hour as perigee.

From NASA:
According to Geoff Chester of the US Naval Observatory, “The ‘Moon Illusion’ is probably what will make people remember this coming set of Full Moons, more than the actual view of the Moon itself,” he says.

The illusion occurs when the Moon is near the horizon.  For reasons not fully understood by astronomers or psychologists, low-hanging Moons look unnaturally large when they beam through trees, buildings and other foreground objects. When the Moon illusion amplifies a perigee Moon, the swollen orb rising in the east at sunset can seem super indeed.

“I guarantee that some folks will think it’s the biggest Moon they’ve ever seen if they catch it rising over a distant horizon, because the media will have told them to pay attention to this particular one,” says Chester.

Enjoy Dennis DeYoung of Styx fame – Grand Illusion:


Dad’s First Rock Concert

Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra

Last night we took my dad to the Summer Pops – San Diego style. What’s better than spending a summer evening sitting outdoors next to the water with the downtown skyline on the right, San Diego Bay on the left, the aircraft carrier Midway in the distance, listening to the best music of the 80’s and getting to sing along with Dennis DeYoung?

The first half of the show the symphony performed well-known classics and music from the movies – Indiana Jones, ET, etc. The second half was all Styx music. We were a little apprehensive before Dennis started singing hoping that he wouldn’t sound like so many other geezer rockers who don’t know when to quit. We were not disappointed! He sounded exactly the same as he did 30 years ago!

My dad had never been to a rock concert before – not surprising since he’s 86. I mean, this is the man who made fun of rock and roll when I was a kid. Back then he would ask, “What the heck are they saying? You can’t understand the words. How could you like a song called Hang on Stupid?” Actually, the song was Hang on Sloopy.

Anyway, the last song performed was Come Sail Away – with a giant fireworks finale! The fireworks were better than the display they had on the 4th. After the show, as we were walking back to the car, my dad said he really enjoyed the concert and he liked the singer because he could understand the words!

Enjoy Best of Times: