National Geographic : 2001 Dec
With toys and com puters battling for space in Dave Shelley and Laura Bowen's San Jose home, the line between producing computer games and raising two sons fades quickly. As Shelley lifts two-year-old Niall, the workstation becomes ,*OE* committing to a place a playstation. Shelley finds comfort in Niall's visits: "It's refreshing to blow bubbles with him." Trendiness is not a distraction for Niall's mother. "We're out of the loop for Internet launch parties, BMWs, and designer clothes," says Bowen. "We think of the area as home rather than a hot spot." Though her class room is twice the size of her apartment, Mountain View High School algebra teacher Marcia Babiak (left) won't move back to her native Illinois. "I'd make more in the dis trict I grew up in, but it snows and it's 20 below zero." Babiak loves her active lifestyle, which she carries into the classroom, acting out the slope of a graph.