Wild and unruly kids
Posted 07 March 2013 - 11:46 AM
Posted 21 March 2013 - 10:12 AM
Posted 04 April 2013 - 10:20 PM
Unfortunately for the human race, our brains are wired to remember negative experiences better than positive ones. Think of the poor fool who had to eat the poisonous mushroom to realize (too late of course) it was indeed no good for consumption. Others remember that negative, for great reason, and continued with their lives, knowing not to eat that type of mushroom.
...as for those people who destroy the observing gear, citizens arrest?
Posted 13 May 2013 - 10:14 AM
In 1970 the seventh grade a science teacher placed me behind an eyepiece. I now am passing the baton to a new generation.
Posted 07 August 2013 - 08:33 PM
I am the original poster of this thread and I feel the need to provide an update.
After my troublesome experience back in November, I did not volunteer out at the site for seven months. However, I began to miss it. I've been involved with this site off-and-on for over two decades. I was very active out there when I was in high school and the joy I felt in helping the general public get acquainted with astronomy is directly responsible for my career as an educator.
It hit me that I wasn't thinking clearly. The only aspect that has come to bother me is the unruly kids messing with my scope. Well, there is an easy way around this: don't bring my scope!
There are volunteer positions out there that do not require one to use a scope -- there are various door positions to the three permanent scopes out there, for example.
So it is with much happiness that I report that I've been out there twice in July and have been having a blast answering people's questions about the amazing stuff that goes on above our heads.
(I still bring my scope, but I don't bring it out until 11 pm when the public has gone home or back to their campsites.)
Posted 07 August 2013 - 10:40 PM
Thinking back to when I did interpretive work for the Forest Service I can't imagine having had to entertain and inform an audience and at the same time keep a close watch on hundreds or thousands of dollars of hardware.
All that being said I'm still up for the idea of sharing views through my scopes with responsible adults.