As soon as I got home from work, Mark
IMed me suggesting we go to Buena Vista Park and try using my telescope where there would be more visibility and substantially less light pollution than my roof. So we met up there at 9 PM, and after a rather interesting climb (apparently homeless people think that anyone with a flashlight is a cop, and that simply freezing in place and not answering a simple "hello" will make them not be noticed) we made it to the clearing at the top of the hill.
Once again I trained my telescope on Jupiter, and we managed to see it. Unfortunately, right now Jupiter is about the only interesting thing up in the sky, and the Galileoscope is still not particularly good for looking at it. I also looked at a few other random stars, but those basically aren't at all exciting unless you have a really good telescope. Now I'm thinking about buying a $250ish wide-field from Edmund Scientific.
We spent the next hour just yammering on about computers and anime and whatever, as we usually do, so it was still a worthwhile excursion.
On my way home, the back row of the bus had a bunch of high school students. They made me feel very old. When I was their age, the Internet was just what nerds like me used, and these cool kids were talking about their Facebook friends issues and whatever. THey also used the word "hella" in ways I never thought hella possible. When I realized the jacket I was wearing was probably older than they were, I suddenly felt very old.
But not as old as the stars.