On Telescopes and Temptation

I thought, seriously, of blowing my paycheck on a reflecting telescope.

A couple of us had gone to Sam’s Club on our lunch break. One of the writers in the department needed to pick up some bulk food for a Christmas party. We wandered the cavernous building, and I felt somewhat exposed and endangered; I was pushing no cart, and surrounded by people who were, I thought I would be run over at any moment. We passed a section of Christmas toys and gifts near the front, and there I saw a telescope.

A reflecting telescope!

Oh, how I wanted it. I could set it up at home, on cold clear nights such as these, and peer into infinity.

Why, just the other night, Monday it must’ve been, as I left the office I saw the waxing moon and a bright point of light — Jupiter, I would think — hanging together in the western sky. The sight reminded me of the Carbon Leaf song “Blue Ridge Laughing” with its line, “Space brings back boyish wonder.” I love that song. Makes me think of lots of things. Makes me nostalgic.

I resisted the impulse. No telescope was bought.

But we’d have had fun, me and the telescope. Oh, yes. 😉

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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