Skylight

August 5

 

Nice title to this blog post, right? Skylight is a nice word. And a nice thing to have in your ceiling, except they always leak. But I mean it in a broader sense here. AND it ties together the two disparate thoughts of this post. Cool!

I was on an airplane a couple days ago, a thing I try to avoid. I don’t mind the cramped space as much as I’m supposed to, but I hate the number of things that can go wrong, and the anxiety of which of them you’ll get to experience on any given trip. And I hate the training they give desk employees to make sure they are ruthlessly efficient at deflecting legitmate complaints.

But here was the unexpected upside. The sky outside the little plane window. Layers upon layers of every cloudform you can imagine. Moving above and below the plane at different speeds and in a dizzying array of breathtaking sunlit and shadowed panorama. And continually changing in mass and shape throughout the hourlong flight. It was one of the most beautiful scenes I’ve ever looked at. And I was up there in THE SKY looking at it. It was one of those situations where I had to keep prodding myself not to take something for granted. Everyone else seemed oblivious.

But speaking of light conditions!, you can stop looking at those hoarded incandescent bulbs in your basement as your salvation now. Technology has surpassed them in every way. It’s not a breathtaking sky-level view of heavenly cloud forms, but it might make your surroundings, and you, and the planet, look a little nicer!

Tom Toles is the editorial cartoonist for The Post and writes the Tom Toles blog.
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