Friday, January 23, 2009

Blinded by the Night No More

Eldest wanted one thing and one thing only for his 12th birthday: a pair of night goggles. Now, we've bought toy night goggles in the past. They didn't work anything like a spy-enthused, Military Channel-watching, video-game-playing lad would expect. They worked as well as any parent would expect a $20-piece-o-crap plastic doohickey requiring two AA-batteries to work. In short, they didn't work.


But some outfit had started heavily advertising a set of night goggles on the usual suspect channels: Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network. And that's what Eldest wanted: the EyeClops Night Vision Goggles. I watched the demos on the web. I read the reviews from purportedly regular Joes and Joannes like you and me. I kind of choked at the price. In the end, Eldest got the one and only item he wanted. We paid 70 bucks for them.


And you know what? They freakin' work. Okay, I wouldn't send him off to battle with them, but they really work far better than I ever imagined.

Not long after the boy's birthday, I did something which I now know I shouldn't have. Hell, at the time, I had an inner battle with myself about doing it.

We have a neighbor with some paranoia issues. For the record, he has only ever done good deeds for my kids, he gives us bags upon bags of tomatoes he grows, and he is like a one-man neighborhood watch committee. But he's scary to a lot of folks who encounter him sporadically. And, let's face it, if he ever cracked one day, none of us neighbors would be saying on the local TV newscast, "I just can't believe it."

So, yeah, one day soon after Eldest's birthday, Ed and I were chatting down on the corner, and I mentioned the goggles. Worse than that, I let him see them. Even worse, I let him try them on as I sang their praises.

I have only myself to blame for feeling watched last night as I took the garbage can to the curb. I couldn't see anyone out there, but I thought I spotted a small red light down around Ed's way.


[And, no, this is not a paid review. I don't do those.] [Not that there's anything wrong with that.]



17 comments:

Momisodes said...

Oh no! Do you think he bought a pair? Yikes. I would have been creeped out of my skin.

Bubba's Sis said...

As if the ghosts were not enough for you to worry about!!

Bubba's Sis said...

Hey, wait - can you see ghosts thru night goggles?!?

Anne said...

Girlfriend, now I totally want my own pair of night vision goggles. No, not for the kids, for me. How fun would it be to spy on the wildlife that wanders through my small town in the middle of the night. You should wear the goggles when you take out the trash. That way, you can see if you are being watched :).

D... said...

Creepy. You might want to have your aura checked. First the ghosts and now this. ;)

Those eyeclops are great products. My friend's son has the eye. I just don't need to see my skin that magnified.

Tara R. said...

Shhhh! My kid would so want those glasses.

Mary Witzl said...

I want some of those glasses too! How handy it would have been to have a pair when my cat brought home mice at midnight and let them go on the staircase that has no light source over it.

Janet said...

Okay, I"m off to buy some blinds for our windows now! ;)

Maggie May said...

my boys would Love these!

Tina - omme i London aka teeweewonders said...

Fantastic gift - any young boy would love it. As for the neighbour... LOL

Scribbit said...

Now that's a fun present--though it does make one wonder what he's planning to do at night that requires night goggles. Training for the swat team?

Giggles said...

And you ran whee whee whee all the way into your house....RIGHT? HAHAHA. I loved this post....funny as all heck!! I just can't help but wonder what your son will be when he grows up, having wanted these goggles so bad... Such a cute post. Very humorous...happy birthday to your boy!!

Tricia said...

I want a pair of those!

CP said...

Creepy creepy creepy! Make sure to only take the garbage out when you are fully clothed from now on.

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

Those sound like FUN. :)

Anglophile Football Fanatic said...

I've been creeped out by them ever since my demonic FIL bought a pair of Soviet made ones to hunt poor animals at night. And, I can't imagine using them to play peeping tom.

Janet said...

Oh dear. Poor Ed. What a sad life he must have.
I wouldn't mind a pair of those next time we go backpacking.

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