"To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour."William Blake, English poet, painter and printmaker
Whenever you travel, you'd want to see as many wondrous, special, weird, quaint, unique and outright-gobstopping things as you can before your vacation runs out of its time. You'd try to fit as many sights into your itinerary, cutting off sleep time, planning narrow hops between flights or trains - all corners you could barely afford to cut - just to see that little bit more. I know perfectly how that feels like. You ought to take a gander at the master plan of my North Indian Grand Backpacking Escapade (I made up this name, so there!) early next year - about a dozen cities from one side of the Indian subcontinent to the other in 3 weeks and a half.
That's a bit like how I like my life: Absolutely stacked and overflowing at the brims. I want to see as much as I can before I die. That's how I like my women too but that's another story.
Tonight after sundown, I'll hike up to End Point and plant my ass there till the cops make me leave. The Geminid Meteors are swinging by Earth tonight, and I'll be damned if I don't position myself someplace where they can hit me.
Just so you know, this is going to be a good year for the Geminids because the moon will be nothing more than just a slightly anorexic crescent in the night sky. The peak of this year's show would be on the 14th of December (also popularly and contemporarily known as 'Today, duh') at 14:45 GMT (which is widely described by Indian astronomers as 'a quarter-past-ten'). So we, the awesome people of Far Eastern Asia and Beyond the Pacific till Alaska (that includes you peeps in ol' Malaysia), will get the metaphorical front row seats this time around. About 60 to 120 fizzlers and sputterers per hour was predicted to be the max rate of atmosphere bombardment - that's 1 to 2 every minute! Of course, you got to move out of the light pollution radius of where you're living and head for the silent hills where the snakes are.
It's going to be grand - I can feel it in my spine.
EDIT: I saw 61 meteors! I wished I made wishes instead of going "WHOOOA!!!" like some backwater island yahoo every time one streaked across the sky.
Going on a star-hunt,
k0k s3n w4i