" to me has always meant ten
or so, a dozen
or more on a good
night. you live for years in the middle of houston
and between the light
pollution and the smog
, there's not a hell of a lot to see
in the night sky
. the moon
, a few stray airplanes
, lots of cloud
/smoggish things, random radio
towers, and a smattering
of stars. that's it.
i mean, i've seen a true night sky a couple times, on excursions to big bend and such. but it's so few and far between i almost forget.
up here it's better, but there's still a lot of light generated by a campus this large.
on a road trip though... six of us were going to a friend's house, in the country, couple hours off campus. we arrived late in the evening, 9 pm or so. i step out of the too-small car, shiver at the sudden cold, and look up. there's a moment of quiet, and then a sudden exclamation of "DAMN! you can see STARS!!" as i viewed the milky way stretch its majestic self across the sky.
the rest, knowing me as the city girl i am, just laughed quietly and tugged me inside to the warmth.