Nap Pods

Nap pods have been around for a few years. I first saw them in Asian airports. They were situated near the gates, so travelers could rent them for 20 minute power naps. Apparently, it was a hit with Americans like me, because now they are being used around the United States. A number of different companies make pods to sleep in.

I just found out that several New Mexico high schools have installed them in class rooms for sleep-deprived students. The National Institute of Health reports that only a third of teens are sleeping eight hours. 

The Institute recommends 10 hours a night. The sleeping pods in New Mexico were paid for through mental health grants from the state. Educators believe 20-minute naps can help students feel more refreshed and then they become more productive.

Hammacher Schlemmer feels nap pods are going to be a big business. In the future, we may see them in shopping centers, golf courses, libraries, sports arenas, co-working spaces, and theme parks.

Hammacher Schlemmer is selling the Nap Pods for $16,000. The company says, “The pod’s contoured, cushioned bed provides optimal ergonomics for napping by elevating the feet, relaxing the lower back, and slightly bending the knees, all of which promote blood circulation. Its spherical dome enclosure provides semi-privacy; a privacy visor provides additional seclusion. 

“Controlled at the armrest, a built-in timer is set to a pre-programmed 20-minute nap, but can be set to any preferred nap time. A suite of ambient rhythms plays through the built-in 200-watt Bose speaker (or headphones jack) to eliminate surrounding distractions. The pod gently wakes nappers with slowly brightening light and vibration, minimizing grogginess. White glove delivery. Special conditions and guarantee limitations apply. 60″ L x 57 1/4″ W x 48″ H. (310 lbs.).”

I’m rooting for the success of Nap Pods. This may be the answer to a lot of personality disorders and mean-spirited people. A little extra sleep can possibly change attitudes. We can only hope. 

Post Modern Skateboard 



It’s always interesting to see a new version of an old thing. In this case, we are talking about the skateboard. I had to come all the way out to Los Angeles to learn about the Post Modern Skateboard. 

This new invention features two 10-inch round wheels with foot platforms inside. If you want to go forward you lean side-to-side. An extendable rod is included to connect the two skates together for easier learning. 

I don’t think anyone over 50 is going to buy the Post Modern Skateboard. However your children or grandchildren may love it. Hammacher Schlemmer, $99.00. 

From GTO to Electric Chariot


IMG_0778.JPGThe Foldaway Electric Scooter open and folded.

IMG_0760.JPGIn the window of Hammacher Schlemmer

I think I was born old, or at least an old soul. Many times when I buy a new piece of furniture, look at a new apartment or house, or shop for clothes, I wonder if it will still be appropriate when I’m older. I also get great comfort watching communities prepare for the aging of America. I appreciate it when I see apartments/homes with walk-in showers, hand rails, panic buttons, and security features.

I’m not alone. Every once in a while, I hear friends say they plan to stay active well into their senior years. Now that Uber and other car services are available, they plan to be on-the-go as much as possible.

I’m sure we are going to see more and more products and services available to keep seniors living a full life. I was rather surprised when I saw the Foldaway Electric Scooter in the window of the newly-renovated Hammacher Schlemmer on 57th St. in Manhattan. The window is usually reserved for products that fit into the extreme sports arena. The retailer has taken an about-face.

Hammacher Schlemmer must have read the recent report from the Department for Aging. The 60-plus population in NYC increased 12.4 percent between 2000 and 2010. By 2030 it is projected to grow by 35.3 percent to 1.84 million.

I guess showing off the new electric scooter in the highly-visible window was telling seniors who have physical challenges to remain active. It has a big front basket for groceries or other supplies. The Scooter’s aluminum frame folds down to 50% of its size (38″ L x 20″ W x 30 3/4″ D) for storage. Its retractable seat lets riders either sit or stand while keeping both feet on the footrests. The scooter can go up to 17 miles on a three-hour charge. It retails for $1,600.

Start saving up.

A Hand Soother

If you have ever had a manicure, then you know the joys of the hand massage you get just before the nail polish gets applied. I look forward to these moments dearly.

This hand reflexology massager gives you a soothing, yet gentle, hand massage. According to Hammacher Schlemmer, the unit triggers points on the palm and back of hand using a mechanical air pressure system that kneads. Once you put your hand in, the unit tightly grips it so you can feel maximum pressure. You have to press the stop button in order to release your hand. I was startled at first, but it does make sense.

I tried it out today and I felt like my total body was relaxing. My hands were finally getting a vacation. Instead of constantly being in motion, my hands were getting physical therapy. It just felt that good,

Retails for $129.95. I would love to get two but then I would have to rely on Eliot to set me free. Hmm.

The New Me, A Road Warrior

I want this! I need this! I deserve this!

I don’t know about you, but I am a nervous wreck in the passenger seat next to the driver — better known as the “death seat.” This has been going on for a long time. It is getting worse as I am getting older.

I hate driving on I-95 in South Florida, the Ventura Freeway, the San Diego Freeway, and the Long Island Expressway. Is it my imagination or are there more young girls speeding up and cutting off other cars? I started to notice this 10 years ago. At first I thought it was young, rowdy men who were drunk. I was so surprised to learn that it was young women who were the culprits. I discovered that when we sped up and pulled alongside the car that cut us off. That is what happens when there is a lot of traffic. Ha, ha.

It is the most scary thing to experience. We are driving along very peacefully, when all of a sudden a car speeds up next to us. Then just as they are passing our right front fender, they cut in front of us. You see a flash in front of you, your heart flutters and feel like someone smacked you right in the chest. That is the kind of emotional impact it has on me.

This happens so often that I wonder if these young women have a nervous tick? What’s worse is that they are cutting us off while they are texting, yakking on the phone or plucking their eye brows. I wanted to give each one “the finger,” but I am afraid that they will pull out a gun and shoot me.

I started writing down their license plates numbers, but I probably got them wrong. Who can see that far and at the speed of light?

All of my frustrations ended today when I discovered a great weapon against them, the Roadtrip Video Recorder at Hammacher Schlemmer for $ 129.95. I don’t care how expensive it is. I want to make citizen arrests! I am going to hang out the front side window like a dog and hit the record switch when I see a car speed up.

This is how Hammacher Schlemmer describes The Roadtrip Video Recorder. Sets up in a car and enables hands-free visual and audio documentation of travels.( In my case, road rage). The suction cup mount attaches to a window or dashboard and the camera can be directed to record color video at 640 x 480 resolution of the approaching horizon or roadside views. The lens has a 120º viewing angle, an 8X zoom, and integrated motion detection that automatically initiates recording when the car is moving. The 2.4″ LCD viewfinder rotates 270º, enabling travelers to monitor what’s being recorded or view stored video, and four infrared LEDs allow nighttime video recording. Video is recorded in AVI format and stored on the included 2 GB SD card (supports up to a 32 GB SD card that records up to three hours of video). Rechargeable battery provides up to two hours of video recording after a two-hour charge via the car outlet adapter. Also captures still photographs. Includes AV cables for displaying video on a television and a USB cable for connection to a computer. 4″ L x 2 1/2″ W x 1″ D. (4 oz.).

Once I capture a few of these dare devils on video, I am going to post them on YouTube for all to see. I will not be using the YouTube blur feature. I will be issuing media alerts with their full descriptions for all to see. I hope I live to tell this story for a long time.

A Reason To Be Alone

I don’t know about you but I need more and more time just to think. I have so many projects going on that I need time to clear my head.

When I first spotted this practical and compact metal detector, I thought this would be a great way to get some exercise and have time to zone out.

Wouldn’t it be ironic if I found a magical treasure combing the beach instead of surfing the web?