Saturday, September 25, 2010

Suburbs of America

Last weekend, I went to a suburb in New Jersey where a friend lives.

This is a small town in the middle of no-where, and it takes almost 2 hour each way for my friend to commute to New York city for work.

The town has no public transportation and you need to drive for every single thing. Children cannot go too far from homes as there are hardly any footpaths/roads for pedestrians.

It is a 'Good School district town' and almost every body in the town goes to live in the town during the school years of his/her children and leaves once children go to college.

Here, children from the neighborhoods, go to same school, come back from school and play together. They do their school projects together in the afternoons/early evenings and plan for sports during weekends together. Children have many after-school activities and they do it in groups with support of at-home moms.

Probably, this is more like an extended Hostel where parents are allowed to live with their children.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Winter Goggles

Some days in Winter, the temperature goes below 20 degrees F and cold wind is blowing fiercely. You want to stay inside, but still are forced to walk, specially in a city like New York.

Most people wear 4 layers of upper body clothing, 2-3 layers of lower body clothing and may be two layers on their head. Some people even resort to wearing monkey caps to cover their face.

But what about the eyes ? Cold dry air touches the eyes and gives teary and red eyes to many people.

A normal pair of goggles has too much gap on the sides and does not protect the eyes enough.

A pair of Swimming goggles could have been a solution except for the fact that it has to be tied on the back of your head, is too tight on the eyes and looks odd.

Another solution could have been a set of ski-goggles as it has a foam rim to protect the sides, but it has also to be tied on the back and looks too big to look normal in a city.

A third option I identified as suitable and bought are the extra-sized UV-protection goggles made to cover and wear over spectacles. These are only slightly bigger than spectacles and cover the sides.

These could have been perfect, if only the glasses were non colored/clear and the rims had a thin foam cover, like the ski-goggles to cover the cold air from the sides.