I’m depressed again. Not in a bad way, not in a watch-Cops-and-relate-to-the-victims way—but in a rather mild, uneasy way. It’s the eyes, again. My eyes going south on me seems an indicator of sorts and it bothers me. Of course, it may just be that the optometrist’s office hosed me for $210.00. Here’s how it happened:
I brought in some old frames to them today that I own and like so that my new glasses can be ground on them. To refresh your memory, however, let me remind that these will strictly be reading/computer/up-close glasses. The frames I own are full eye frames and it dawned on me that I may want something like a half lens so I can wear them and still look up at folks when someone is talking to me. And lo and behold—they had a “sale” on some rather good looking half frames. I figure if I am going to start looking old, then at least I can be hip and old, no?
“Those frames are on sale right now. $60.00”
“Oh! That is a good price. And (looking in mirror) they don’t look half bad. Especially with the gray coming in around my goatee…..hmmmm.”
“Oh, no Mr. Storer. You look distinguished.”
“Would you like to purchase?”
“Yeah. What the heck. You only grow old and blind once.”
Time lapse here to allow for punching of computer keyes, measuring of eyes, calculations….
“O.K., the frames are $60.00, but we cannot use the regular glass lenses with them. Since they’re rimless, the screws will crack the glass. So, we have to use the poly-carbonate blend.”
“Of course you do. How much will that dent me?”
“$12.50 a lens.”
“Pshaw. Let’s do it then.”
“Alright, let me just put this in…..O.K. So, $60.00 for the frame, $12.50 for each lens, $8.00 per lens for the special prism that we’re putting in, $10.00 insurance co-pay, $25.00 for the eye photos during your exam, $3.00 per lens for buffing and polishing, $49.00 for the 3 piece mount fee……” and a whole gaggle of other “fees.” “That comes to $210.00.”
“Um. OK. Let’s use this card…”
So, I look older, I have to wear two different pairs of glasses now for different situations, and I’m out over 200 bucks. Meanwhile, the rats are still running about my backyard, and I’m tired.
Well…..there are bright spots. I had a great time with Peanut at her Christmas pageant practice at church. Sue and I are getting to spend a lot more time together now that she has fewer jobs–which is great. And work is pretty good. So, I shall end on that note–and, of course, a Fonseca Tawny Port. Nutty tasting with a kind of Amaretto edge to it that was really great and added to the fruit that really came through on the evolution. I tasted this first in Vegas at the Big Smoke and loved it there with the Padron Maduro I smoked. No smoke here, just the Port, and a fine choice.