My son's school has chosen to dismiss early on 8/21 for eclipse viewing. Un fortunately, from the school's location that doesn't leave enough time to reach anywhere in the path of totality. In addition, it's my weekly volunteer morning morning at the free medical clinic.
The kiddo has expressed enthusiasm for seeing, as he calls it, the "real thing." My solution is to let him play hooky for that half-day of school, take him to the clinic with me and leave a little early from the clinic to get somewhere in the path before 1430ish.
My ultimate public reasoning is the hard fact that neither of us will have another chance in our lifetimes. The truth is that it's just a too cool excuse for a roadtrip and picnic to pass up.
Glasses are rarer than hens' teeth right now and ridiculously expensive. Who needs cardboard and pinholes? We've got welding helmets. Can't wait for the photos;-D