“Not an everyday occurrence:” Excitement grows ahead of once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse

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MILWAUKEE -- It's hard to escape all the excitement for the Total Solar Eclipse set for Monday, August 21st -- and maybe its timing couldn't be better! Some believe it's the perfect moment to be looking up.

With everything happening in the world, some people said they're looking for an event where they don't have to think about picking a side.

"It's like when people see a tornado. Instead of taking cover, they want to see the tornado," said Gwendolyn Washington.

"(The eclipse) is a once-in-a-lifetime event for many people," said Honey Reneau.

"Years and years it takes for people to see one," said Florence Ford.

"It's not an everyday occurrence," said Washington.

Honey Reneau, Florence Ford, Gwendolyn Washington

It's a conversation-starter that's not contentious.

"Something that's not politically charged," said Washington.

Tom Scott

Tom Scott is planning an eclipse viewing party.

"We'll have friends coming over. Some Bloody Mary's probably and see what we can see," said Scott.

It may not be a bad idea to take a short break from the issues of the day, and hope no one ever politicizes the sun.

"There's been a lot to be concerned about in the news," said Scott. "It shines on all of us. Let's put it that way."

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