Major scare today, I received an email from Amazon that the eclipse glasses that I bought EIGHT MONTHS AGO haven't been certified as safe, and that I shouldn't use them to view the eclipse. And, no, they didn't have any safe-rated glasses remaining in stock that I could purchase as substitutes. Thanks a bunch, Amazon, we're leaving on our road trip west on Tuesday, and eclipse glasses are beginning to sell out everyplace you look.

Fortunately, the local Toys 'R Us was selling solar eclipse viewers. The inexpensive glasses were sold out, but I managed to snag a pair of what look like miniature binoculars that are certified safe to use, there were still about twenty of those in stock. In the end this may actually make the whole experience better, since the new viewers magnify 5x. Anyway, fingers crossed.