... the 1974 Leonids were described as "startling" by Norman W. McLeod of Punta Gorda, Florida. He had Leonid rates of up to 40 per hour and about half of the 179 Leonids that he witnessed left trains, in some cases up to 3 minutes. Another report, from Virginia Beach cited the train left by a blue fireball that lasted for up to eight minutes!
-Someone on the internet
One of the most amazing things I have ever seen was a meteor shower the summer after sixth grade. The fact it was summer rules out the '74 Leonids, but perhaps it was the August Perseid shower. I was at a sleepover at Mary Tylka's house, and Mary's parents said we should all go outside and watch the meteors. I wasn't expecting to see anything, and then for an hour there was a meteor ... every few seconds, if I remember it correctly, but my memory may have time-lapsed it to conserve space. The .zip file of my mind.
At any rate, what I remember was an astonishing number of meteors, not constant, but enough to make us realize at some point we'd seen enough to last a lifetime. Or perhaps we were bored. We were in sixth grade. Jaded about the stars. (But ohmygod, have you heard the Cheech and Chong album? No! My mom won't let me. Mary has it? Ohmygod!)
So, every year I look at the scheduled meteor showers and see nothing. I never try to get away from the city, because we were in Florissant at Mary's house under a street lamp when we saw the Big Show.
I had to remind Gary there was a meteor shower tonight, since I didn't want him to be alarmed if he was on his walk, worried that he'd detached his retina again. Gotta be preemptive with these concerns.
Just like my annual belief every Kentucky Derby that I'll see a horse run like Secretariat again, I keep thinking I'll see another meteor shower. I will be outside at least half an hour again this year, trying to see meteors. I'll let you know tomorrow if I see any.