A new outlook

If you know me, you know I wear glasses. If not, you can scroll down in the window to see my picture over there in the sidebar on the right. See? Glasses.

Except that those lovely glasses, which I thought made me look rather intelligent, broke a few weeks ago in a freak accident. They split right down the middle of the nose piece. Sure, I suppose I could use some cyanoacrylate glue to patch them back together, but the truth is, it’s been a few years since I went to the eye doctor. I was past due.

I couldn’t go right away, however, because between the coughing with the bronchitis and the loopiness the cough syrup caused, I wasn’t fit to get behind the wheel. It’s a good thing I have contacts to wear as a backup.

Today, I finally had my appointment, and my eyes had changed a fair bit from what the doctor said. (I didn’t get an actual copy of my prescription, although I will ask for one when I pick up my glasses.) However, no bifocals needed yet, no glaucoma detected, perfectly normal eyes except for the mild myopia and astigmatism. So that’s good news.

Then came the fun part: picking out new frames. Hundreds of choices. I narrowed it down quite a bit by considering only frames within $20-30 of what my vision plan covers ($60 covered; everything over that at 20% off), but that still left a wide selection — colored metals, heavy plastic, round, oval, rectangle, steampunk, and even some that were shaped like the ones I had in college. I picked out a handful that looked promising and tried them on again, getting some feedback from the woman who worked there.

(As I told my friend Bonnie, if I were really into the 21st century, I’d have taken pictures with my cell phone, uploaded them to Facebook, and gotten a poll going to help me choose. Ah, well. I’m not big on decision by committee, even if it is called crowdsourcing.)

Eventually, I settled on one style; I should have the glasses back in about a week and a half. I promise I’ll actually post a picture when I do.

Do I think this new pair of glasses will still let me look intelligent? Yes, but also more quixotic. That’s probably a good thing — truth in advertising and all that.

Your turn: What kind of changes have you made to your appearance, and have they affected how people perceived you?

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  1. Neil told me a couple of days ago that he has trouble even remembering what I looked like with my hair long.

    • That’s funny because even though the picture I see of you all the time on Facebook has short hair, I still “see” you in my head with this long braid down your back, the way you were when I first met you.

      Now I’ll have to ask Kevin & the kids what they remember of my long hair.

  2. I’m sure they have, but they’re just too polite to say anything. Getting fat is something (thankfully) most people don’t comment on. πŸ™‚

    And “cyanoacrylate” is super-glue, yes?

    Look forward to seeing the new frames!! πŸ˜€

    • Ouch. I’ve put on a fair bit over the years as well. Going to work on that with the one crazy goal for next year, though. πŸ˜‰

      Yes, Super Glue, Krazy Glue, or any of the other brand names. I had this set of metal framed glasses once that I used a soldering iron to repair. . . .

  3. I’m always changing my hair and my beard about so no one says anything any more – they can’t keep up. πŸ˜‰

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