Tuesday, July 31, 2007

The Eyes Have Had It

Let me tell you about the adventure my eyes are having this week.

I wear glasses about 15 minutes a day; the rest of the day I wear contacts. I put on my glasses in the morning to get me into the shower and to give my eyes time to wake up before being shocked with the contacts. I then put my glasses on to get me back into bed at night. My glasses prescription is a few years out of date, but is fine for the limited tmie I wear them.

I flew to New York last week. I can't sleep on planes, but I do try to rest a little bit and since it's uncomfortable to keep your eyes closed wearing contacts, I often wear my glasses when I fly long trips. When I got to New York Saturday night, I realized that I left my contacts at home.

I had to wear my glasses all day Sunday, which meant a little bit of headaches because of the old prescription. It would only get worse if I had to go a week wearing them. I went to an eye place on Monday and asked if they could rush-order me replacement lenses. They were very nice; they said they could order me a pair of free trial lenses and I would only have to pay a 15-dollar Fed-Ex fee. Perfect. I called my eye doctor and had him fax the prescription. The next day I went back to the store and they told me they had a pair of trial lenses in stock; I didn't have to pay the mail fee. Brand new contact lenses, totally free.

I spent a few days with my aunt, then drove up to visit my cousins on Friday. That night, I realized I left my glasses at my aunt's. So now I had contacts, no glasses, which meant I could see OK during the day but the mornings would be rough shocking my eyes with the contacts.

I picked up my glasses on Sunday on the way to the airport. Now I had glasses and contacts. But the airline lost my luggage, so know I'm without my glasses yet again.


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Monday, July 30, 2007

Emotional Baggage

I spent the week on vacation back East. I had a pretty tight connection coming back through Atlanta. I made it; my luggage did not. Typically, this is not a big deal. The airline just sends your baggage on the next flight and it gets delivered to your home when it arrives. It's a bit of a nuisance, but that's all. In this case however, my bag is over 24 hours late. The airline has no information on its location at all.

I'm not so worried about losing my dirty socks and underwear. The problem is that I packed my laptop and my new digital SLR camera in there as well. I don't want to hear the lecture; I know you're supposed to take valuable electronics with you as carry-on. But I have been delayed many, many times making connecting flights, and if you have to lug a laptop around an airport for 4 hours it becomes a big pain in the ass.

I feel so helpless about it, there's nothing I can do, and I can't help but play the "if only I kept it with me..." speech in my head over and over. It's making me sick.


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