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Grateful and Excited: Recent Vision Correction

Eastern side of current and new bridges from a third–floor window/© Janie Rosman 2017

Last month I stood at the third-floor windows and looked between the leaves of the trees to see the bridge. Last night I did it again. Whoosh!

One eye can see clearly across the room and across building tops; the other eye awaits its transformation. Monday afternoon I went for a walk and stopped every so often to stare into the distance, closing one eye and opening the other.

Even the sidewalk looked different! This is what I saw imprinted in the cement, which I thought was both curious and interesting.

Right now I’m typing with my “new” left eye (right eye is closed). I haven’t been able to clearly see words on a computer screen without glasses in more than 25 years. I get giddy thinking about it. This will change so many things! If I look at the screen with both eyes, then vision is distorted so I alternate between the left eye (corrective lens was removed from eyeglass frame) and the right eye (lens is still in frame).

Can’t wait to drive across the bridge this weekend and see details more clearly.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Saturday en route to Nyack’s Community Event

Getting used to the ride and again drove part of the way in the available uneven right lane. The far lane is separated by a solid white line before the cable-stayed area of the bridge and at the curve approaching Rockland to indicate it’s a “no passing” zone, right?

Three cars crossed that white line, and one car zigzagged to a third lane.

Yesterday was the first Great Nyack Get-Together in Memorial Park. Had a good time seeing friends and meeting people I’d spoken with last week. Kept eyeing the Ferris wheel. As it was brutally hot (and I love hot weather), it was too much for me to get on the ride and then wait in the sun for others to get on or off. Next time. Watch for story in this week’s Rockland County Times.

See the bridges in the background? After tomorrow I’ll be able to see them a bit more clearly from Memorial Park without distance glasses. Within two weeks I’ll have x-ray vision. Stay tuned.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

ICYMI: Classic Car Night draws Crowds, Raises $$

Maybe you’ll see one of these cars on the new bridge. One never knows, do one?

Despite threat of rain from late July skies, the Nyack Chamber of Commerce’s Sixth Annual Classic Car Night  drew thousands without a hitch. Project organizer Mark Mangan said “this has been our (the Chamber’s) biggest turnout so far and raised almost $500 for Soup Angels.”

A ride in the 1966 Lincoln Futura — signed by the late actor Adam West, who portrayed Batman — was the raffle prize with proceeds going to the Nyack-based organization. A gentleman named Edwin was the lucky winner, his $5 raffle ticket chosen by Catwoman.

It was Back to the Future for Craig Farr, whose silver 1981 DeLorean was equipped with a flux capacitor autographed by Christopher Lloyd. “That makes time travel possible,” he said. “Since I was young it was my favorite car because of the movie,” he said. While he drives a Toyota Camry, the DeLorean was a “must-have.”

The DeLorean’s three-year life cycle ended in 1983, “and you can tell the difference between the cars by their hoods,” Farr explained. “There were also differences between the two 1981 models.”

Curiosity and awe surrounded Vinny Mocerino’s Creepshow 1988 Cadillac Hearse. “These kids here don’t know the Batmobile,” he said. Mocerino was having as much fun as the kids and adults who asked questions about — and were allowed to touch — the display attached to the blue-and-white hearse.

Bloody-eyed Morticia peered at onlookers through a blue-draped side window. “I keep it parked in my driveway,” he laughed, “and the neighbors think I’m crazy.” It certainly must be interesting when his recently-finished black hearse, a 1990 Cadillac named Morticia, is parked next to the Creepshow hearse.

Two adorable kids were posing against a hot pink PT Cruiser. “Smile!” their mom said while they made funny faces, then turned to inspect the doors. Also returning were 1950s Chevrolets, muscle cars, several Mustangs, a 1966 Morgan and a 1926 Ford Model T that was once a fruit truck.

District 6 Legislator Alden Wolfe brought his 1969 Fiat 500L, which attracted lots of attention. “It was a great opportunity to support the Nyack Chamber while sharing my passion for cars,” he said. “I had a lot of fun answering questions and seeing the kids smile as they recognized ‘Luigi from Cars.’”

I caught up with auto enthusiast and college student Andy O’Rourke near the monster trucks on Main Street. “I’ve seen a few oddities here that you never really see anywhere else, which is refreshing,” he observed.

Favorites include “classic Porsche 911, old minis, Volkswagens, some of the Waterboxers, old Mustangs, Fastbacks, mainly things like that,” he said. While classic European sports cars draw his attention, “I definitely have a respect for older American cars though. I lean more towards sports cars, though.”

Look for FinalDriveReviews, O’Rourke’s up-and-coming YouTube channel that discusses unique cars. “We’ll be driving around and doing comparisons of rare and unusual cars as well as common and affordable ones, measuring pros and cons relative to price point and completing challenges relative to each car or category. We’ll ask are they worth it, how expensive are they, what’s the market like. It’s like a Top Gear meets Jay Leno’s Garage.”

The event was sponsored by Motorcar Manor, Autobahn Indoor Speedway, Palisades Auto Sales, SpeedPro Imaging and Rockland Rodders. The Chamber’s Septemberfest Street Fair is Sunday, the 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. rain or shine. Ghoulish fun returns to the village next month with the 30th Annual Nyack Halloween Parade on October 28.

“I guess that’s not meant for short people,” Denise Coram told the yellow truck’s owner. He smiled and indicated the running board which, he said, folds up when the driver is seated. “It doesn’t move down so people can step up into it?” she asked, half joking. “No,” he grinned.

For more information about the Chamber and its upcoming events, visit

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Watching from Afar as Opening Date Nears

Eastern side of current and new bridges from a third–floor window/© Janie Rosman 2017

I promised her I wouldn’t post the picture online. That doesn’t prevent me from telling you how excited I was to see mom stand on both legs with help from two physical therapists yesterday. It was a shining moment for me in the past few weeks of stress and advocating and worry and fear.

Yesterday afternoon I observed her hour in the rehab center, where they worked her arm muscles during the past months. She was non-weight-bearing until recently, when I was instructed to buy her shoes one or two widths larger than what she usually wears (to accommodate her temporarily-swollen right foot on the surgery leg) and socks.

We had plans for the summer that included driving upstate to her favorite “far away” diner and viewing the project from Memorial Park in Nyack and RiverWalk Park in Tarrytown. I’m going to ask the van driver to stop near the water after her check-up in two weeks.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

On A Bus Home, Accompanied by Springsteen

Especially significant to the artist: her watercolor painting "Coming home on the Tappan Zee" /© Donna Davies Timm

Especially significant to the artist: her watercolor painting “Coming home on the Tappan Zee” /© Donna Davies Timm

October 1975. “Born to Run” is blasting on the bus radio, as we Westchesterites and Long Islanders fly through Rockland County. The SUCO bus left Oneonta at 4 p.m., and we’re due to arrive at the County Center at 8:30 p.m.

Then we see it, the Tappan Zee Bridge. While I’m glad to be back for the weekend — and looking forward to catching up with friends I’ve not seen in two months — I’m unprepared for the little shiver that runs through me.

I chose the upstate New York college for its nutrition program, then wondered what made me think chemistry would be easier than in high school? The following year I transferred to community college, switched majors, and worked part-time.

The bridge was nearly 20, the average age on that bus; Bruce, not much older. Here’s how the view will change next month.

Westbound on the Tappan Zee Bridge, circa July 2008/Courtesy of Ian C. Ligget

If I were a painter, my canvas would show the inside of that chartered bus, where you step up into seats on either side of the aisle; above them, compartments hold luggage and coats. In those seats, some teenagers are dozing, some are watching the bridge — illuminated against the dark sky — move closer, others are belting out, “Tramps like us baby we were born to run!”

Initially posted three years ago, one month before the Bridge Art Show opened.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017 (originally 2014)

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