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Relief! [Jul. 14th, 2008|03:28 pm]
Zoethe
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I found my sunglasses!!!

Now, to most people a lost pair of sunglasses is an irritating but trivial event. I know people who go through several pairs a season.

Not me. I've had the same sunglasses since before my elder daughter was born.

That's right: I've owned the same shades for about 23 years now.

They aren't anything special. They are, in fact, a pair of Uvex safety glasses with tinted, UV protective lenses. They are not pretty.

What they are is phenomenally protective. I have lots of allergy problems and very sensitive eyes, and if I get anything in them it's hell. These lenses hug close to my face and wrap around the side rather like glacier glasses. I've worn them for biking, canoeing, skiing, camping, and just driving for all these years.

Not having my glasses was one of the reasons I haven't had my bike out this summer (I know - the horror!!). So today I dragged it out, pumped up the tires and went for a ride: 6 miles round trip to my doctor's to pick up a prescription. It kicked my ass pretty well. But I rode, dammit, and I have my glasses. Yay!
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[User Picture]From: tithenai
2008-07-14 07:40 pm (UTC)
Woot! I heartily praise the win of which you are made!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-07-14 07:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you, dear!

Any chance of your visiting Cleveland before leaving the country? We'd love to see you!!!
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[User Picture]From: tithenai
2008-07-14 07:51 pm (UTC)
I'm trying really hard to get there for the August 1st weekend (Gogol Bordello plays on the 2nd and there's a bank holiday on that Monday, so it'd be more than justifiable) and I'm keeping it free, but my family's moving house later that week, so it's a bit tight. I'll keep you posted, though; I'd love to see you and theferrett before heading to England.

(Also ... Hee. "Leaving the country" -- I will have to do that to go visit you, you know. ; ) You haven't seduced me State-side yet!)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-07-14 07:54 pm (UTC)
I did mean to type "leaving the continent" - darn those bad habits!

Alas, Ferrett won't return until Aug 9. But I still want to see you!
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[User Picture]From: tithenai
2008-07-14 07:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'd forgotten! Either way I definitely want to see you too! ; ) And hey -- isn't weds living near you now? Or is she someplace else entirely, and you just worked on her application?

Also, is Gogol Bordello your cup of Russian cabaret-punk tea?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-07-14 08:04 pm (UTC)
She's a long way from here - closer to you in New Hampshire! I just worked on her application.

I have not heard Gogol Bordello. I am most curious!
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[User Picture]From: tithenai
2008-07-14 08:15 pm (UTC)
Oooh, get Dmitri to send you songs... They did the soundtrack to Everything is Illuminated, and are just totally awesome. I'd send them myself but I'm about to leave the office.

Not that I'm not working. Oh no.
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[User Picture]From: weds
2008-07-14 09:29 pm (UTC)
I think I'm too far out of the way for an Ottawa-Ohio drive trajectory. Sadly. :/
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[User Picture]From: delosd
2008-07-15 06:03 am (UTC)
I sympathize completely - I've had the same pair since college, and would miss them terribly if anything happened to them. They're the old-style southern sheriff type, the ones that want to make you peer out from behind them mirrored front and say "What we have here is a failure to communicate." :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-07-15 10:40 am (UTC)
Wow, I'm impressed! You've held onto yours for longer than I've held onto mine!

...

Boy, context sure is everything, isn't it?
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[User Picture]From: sparklie_lady
2008-07-15 12:09 pm (UTC)
I wish I could hold on to a pair on sunglasses for 23 DAYS.

You are my hero and I bow to you :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-07-15 05:52 pm (UTC)
LOL! It's apparently another superpower of mine.
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From: diatryma
2008-07-15 06:02 pm (UTC)
My superpower is keeping pens. I used the same Parker Vector pen throughout most of high school and college-- it lasted some seven years before the cap fragmented. Never got good at sunglasses, though.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-07-15 06:15 pm (UTC)
I suck at pens - I am the Johnny Appleseed of pens.
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From: diatryma
2008-07-15 06:22 pm (UTC)
Well, mine are fountain pens-- people mostly can't figure out how to write with them and assume they can't just walk off holding them. I also learned, after the cap broke on the Vector, that other people do not get to borrow my good pens.
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[User Picture]From: uplinktruck
2008-07-16 10:10 pm (UTC)
Twenty years!!! We should notify the Guinness World Records people.

It is a rare thing when my sunglasses make it 20 weeks. 20 days to destruction is not unheard of. I envy your gifted for keeping them in one piece.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-07-16 10:26 pm (UTC)
It seems that delosd beats me - he's had them since college!
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