Always loved shopping! For anything! Clothes, bedding, towels, shoes!
When I worked people dressed nicely so it was fun to shop for clothes.
That ended when I retired. I no longer have places to wear suits and dresses (except for wakes and funerals). People think I’m nuts if I express excitement when there’s a death. (Should I wear the basic black dress or maybe the double-breasted suit?)
But…there was always one thing I hated to shop for…eye glasses. Always.
The need to wear the glasses is relatively recent (last 15 years). Before that I wore contact lenses and loved them. Then two things happened. First I couldn’t read close up and I developed spider veins on my cornea that gave me an “it’s 5 o’clock somewhere” look.
I stopped wearing them. Eye correction surgery helped to a degree but I still need glasses for reading and astigmatism.
I don’t have a normal bridge. It’s crooked or something. I need lightweight frames and lenses. Even then the comfort comes and goes. It’s mostly gone by the end of the day.
Taking my glasses off in the evening is like removing my snug bra and letting the girls fly free (only my corneas don’t hit my knees). Doing both at the same time results in my body bouncing and yelling, “Free again! I’m free again!”
Dang it. We can go to the moon but we can’t make comfy glasses. What gives?
Overlooking the comfort, there is the “look.” I hate glasses. I had to wear them from puberty until I could afford contact lenses. I didn’t look like the models. The glasses spent a lot of time on the tip of my nose. (Not a good look.)
Then there was the style. I had cat’s eye frames way longer than anyone else. I absolutely refuse to even try that “retro” style today. Gross!
And the color. When I want burnished bronze or something like that, bright gold is in. When I want bright gold, plastic is in. By the way, on my bridge those plastic frames slide down faster than an Olympic skier!
And finally, the cost. Remember when they were $29? How did they go from $29 to over $600? (There must be gold in them thar frames!)
I bought a new pair last week. They don’t slide and I can see out of them. Mostly. Still getting the new eyewear headaches that happen for a week or so.
No one noticed. I guess that’s good but for that money I’d like at least one person to notice.