Here's a faster version for you armchair astronomers.
Last really good one I saw was the one in 2004, I think. The latest one prior to this was obscured by scattered cloud cover that thickened until the view of the moon was completely blocked.
I have to watch at least the first 1/2 until complete totality, not always until the moon comes out again completely, though I do keep an eye on the Moon until it peeks out from the other side.
(I mean what if it didn't?
I always get a greater sense of the Solar System... or at least the relative relationship between the Sun, the Earth, and the Moon -- you realize that at the moment of Lunar eclipse, the moon is directly overhead, Earth is at your feet, and the Sun is straight down past Earth on the other side? (OK not ALWAYS a straight line relationship, but non-the-less
...and more connected to the Universe
I LOVE seeing all the stars and constellations too, especially seeing the ones surrounding the Moon that are invisible until the Moon goes dark. This year, with the iPad apps on hand, I was FINALLY able to ID all the constellations I was seeing for the first time, ever.
I'll have to find the link to a page explaining the whole process that I found very informative. As the article pointed out, the curved edge of the Earth's shadow is a proof that it is a circular object.
During the eclipse, the Moon takes on a totally 3D effect, looking like you could reach out and pluck it out of the sky. I learned from the article I mentioned that it's actually an optical illusion caused by the shadow effect of the sunlight refracted through Earths atmosphere, but still, it's a sight. (This is what my DD8 was referring to when she talked about the "little marble changing colors"). I also think about historically and prehistorically what people might have thought about the phenomenon. I think about references to the Moon "...rising Blood Red" in creepy legends, and how they were probably seeing an eclipsed Moon during totality as it rose above the horizon....
I think getting to see the eclipse is pretty special since all kinds of circumstances have to come together just right to afford the opportunity. I'm thrilled to have seen this one -- a Total Lunar eclipse on Winter Solstice.