As the moon approached its peak position in front of the sun on Monday afternoon, groups of employees at several businesses in Greenwood began trickling outside to get a peek at the solar eclipse.
The half-dozen or so who gathered outside the back door at Chicago Title each had their own pair of eclipse glasses. At other nearby offices — including Home Instead Senior Care, Collaborating for Kids and MedCheck — co-workers took turns borrowing a look through their one shared pair.
“All of us here enjoy watching that kind of stuff,” said Danielle Clark of Home Instead.
She and her colleagues had been discussing the eclipse at work for about a month, she said.
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It was business as usual at several offices, but others reported a rash of cancellations or no-shows.
At the dental offices of Dr. Stacy D. Johnson in Greenwood, the Monday afternoon schedule quickly fell apart, with at least one cancellation call specifically mentioning the eclipse as the reason for backing out.
“It’s been a real hit or miss day,” said Missy Bernius, who works the front desk at Johnson’s office.
Likewise, one staff member at MedCheck noted that four scheduled patients in the afternoon didn’t show up. And Clark had plenty of extra eclipse-watching time Monday for similar reasons.
“We had a job fair set for today,” Clark said, “But I guess people were so impacted by the eclipse that they forgot about us.”