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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Sunshine delays

When I lived in Michigan that's what the morning traffic report guy called it when traffic was really backed up in the am because the glare of the sun had temporarily rendered everyone blind.

This morning we're experiencing a little heavy traffic on the expressway - just the normal sunshine delays.

Since I lost my favorite (only) pair of sunglasses I’ve been experiencing some serious sunshine delays myself. I’ve never been one of those people who can justify spending thirty or forty, heck even twenty dollars on a pair of sunglasses.

I think the last pair I bought cost somewhere around eight bucks and they lasted for months. If I had just tightened the screw when it came loose instead of wiggling the arm to see just how much longer I had until it fell off I’d still be wearing them. I uh wiggled too hard. It broke.

I’ve been thinking about getting some of those transition lens glasses that automatically adjust and get darker when you step outside. The problem with that is I don’t really need eyeglasses. I have a slight astigmatism that calls for such a small prescription that my eye doctor actually said it was up to me if I wanted to get it filled or not. Other than that I have perfect vision. Better than perfect in one eye actually, 20/20 in one and 20/15 in the other. Don’t ask me what that means, I have no idea. I just know I can see well.

I do have a slight light sensitivity though so I’m thinking I may just say to heck with it and get the transition lenses anyway. Plus I can totally pull off glasses. Think sexy librarian. I didn’t say that’s what I actually looked like in glasses, I just said think it! I think one of the main reasons I’ve been holding off is the cost. Glasses can be expensive. Even with a very minor prescription, if you want a frame that’s not going to end up making your look like Sally Jessie Raphael then you’re going to fork out some bucks.

I was just reading an article from the Chicago Tribune, and according to the Vision Council of America, Americans spend about $16 billion a year on eyeglass frames and lenses. And the majority of them are overpaying. It seems people don’t ‘shop around’ as much as they should for better prices when it comes to eye wear. Now if you actually require glasses to see then I can totally understand wanting to make sure you’re getting quality eye wear, but some people just seem to want to pay more for fancy name brands.

Ha ha on those people. If you think you’re shelling out mega bucks for glasses made by Armani or Ralph Lauren think again. You’re just paying for the name. Big designers like that don’t actually make the frames they just license their names out to regular manufacturers. So you could buy a look-a-like pair without the name stamped on it for a fraction of the cost and you’ll probably be getting the exact same frame, made from the same factory.

Then again, all this thinking about frames, and prescriptions and prices is just giving me a headache, so maybe I’ll just pick up another $8 pair of plain ol’ sunglasses next time I’m at Wal-mart.

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