Things to Do While You’re Sitting in Eclipse Traffic

Many people will be travelling this weekend in order to get a good spot to watch first total solar eclipse visible in the continental United States in 38 years. Local news reported traffic was already piling up today in Central Oregon up to 30 miles. I myself will be braving said traffic to spend a weekend learning about space and the historic eclipse at Oregon State University.

In anticipation of possibly being in the car for over six hours, here are some things you can do while sitting in the traffic:

  1. Pace yourself on food and water. You don’t know how long you’ll be on the road and where the next rest stop will be.
  2. Make friends with those inside and outside your car with a game of badminton. You won’t be moving anytime soon.
  3. Practice new tricks on your fidget spinner. Maybe see how long you can spin it on the driver’s seat belt before he/she threatens to pull over.
  4. Read conspiracy theories about the negative effects of the eclipse. Guys, this is the biggest event since Y2K — AND WE ALMOST DIED LAST TIME.
  5. Play a (very) quick game of Marco Polo.
  6. Introduce the other passengers to your weird hobbies. I will see how my group likes my pictures with tiny doll hands.
  7. Sing eclipse-themed songs every hour, on the hour. Here are some to get you started:
    • “Total Eclipse of the Heart” – Bonnie Tyler (duh.)
    • “Black Hole Sun” – Soundgarden
    • “Steal My Sunshine” – LEN
    • “Ain’t No Sunshine” – Bill Withers
    • “Starlight” – Muse


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