People walking with dogs are in general exceedingly polite and considerate about how they use the sidewalk, at least in my local area. Maybe they are trying to set a good example for the dog or maybe they go out of their way to keep a comfortable distance knowing a lot of people might be afraid of dogs?
It’s a LOT easier to concentrate at a coffeeshop where there are lots of people and everyone is making noise than at the library with a couple of people talking to each other behind you.
Heh. I wonder if that’s like how it is actually bizarrely easier for me to navigate a sidewalk in, say, Manhattan with lots of people using it vs. a sidewalk here in the suburban Bay Area (northern California) with only a couple other folks besides myself.
Clothing manufacturers should make more sizes available for sure. But making different *shapes* is important too. I know a lot of people who have problems finding things that fit due to things like torso length, leg length, shoulder width, and so on.
And in situations where the person has to look some formal definition of “presentable”, this can be a big deal.
Even a relatively high quality outfit can look awful if it technically “fits” but hangs funny on the person. The less usual your body shape is, the more you often have to end up paying to pass as tidy-looking when you need to. And that can often mean needing money you don’t have. :/
Anonymous asked: I've always been confused in books when descriptions focus so much on eye colour; it always seemed silly to me because, really, who notices that some new person you're talking to has blue eyes? I don't even know my best friend's eye colour off the top of my head! And I've just realized - autism, eye contact, yeeah. I'm wondering, is focus on eye colour just a book thing, or do NTs really immediately notice eye colour when talking to people?
I don’t know if NTs notice eye color that much or not. I know that I rarely do because I don’t make much eye contact and when I do, I don’t think I’m taking in eye color so much as trying to get it right and not look like I’m staring too much or looking like a shifty-eyed weirdo.
Also, is it me or is this even more of a thing in fanfic?
I will occasionally notice it if someone has an unusual or otherwise striking eye color, but otherwise not so much. Though I can only assume that a lot of other people do pay more attention to that, from the number of comments I have always gotten on my eyes. Though, that could also fall under the unusual clause, so it’s hard to tell.
I don’t know how much of any difference there does involve different eye contact patterns, though, and how much is just from having to pay more attention to other things in a conversation. (Indeed including hopefully not coming across as a shifty-eyed weirdo, here too. Living somewhere now that my eye contact patterns do stand out. :/)
No idea if that is more of a thing in fanfic, but I have run across enough other fiction where even the briefest description of a character often involves eye color. Never thought about it that much before, but it is kind of an interesting question.
Anecdata point: I’m autistic. Not super keen on making eye contact (at least not in the usual sense) but I have always thought eyes were really cool-looking. Maybe I was kind of a creepy kid for this, but I remember frequently trying to find ways to look at people’s eyes without “that thing happening where they talk to me”. :p And I absolutely wrote stories when I was 12-13 starring purple and silver-eyed protagonists, because how else were you supposed to know they had super powers? :p