Differently

You know how when you walk into a shop, the person behind the counter will almost certainly smile or wave hello?

That wasn’t the case when I walked into a “fashionable” optometrist in Sydney tonight. The guy behind the counter looked over at me, and then looked away, as if I wasn’t worth his time to acknowledge. My aunty Edna once described something similar as she entered an optometrist in Brisbane wearing glasses held together with sticky-tape.

As I wandered around looking at the display spec, I overheard the other sales assistant chatting to a reasonably fashionable looking young woman. “Darling, how old are you”, he asked with the intonation of the character created by Sacha Baren Cohen of “Brüno” the uber-gay fashionista. “You should never wear glasses like this until you’re at least forty”, I overheard him say. I think I might have laughed out loud.

I looked around for a while and at no stage did either of the shop assistants come up to me and ask if I’d like some help. In the end it doesn’t matter, as I don’t need glasses. I was just wandering around looking in shop windows, as it’s the first time in at least a couple of months since I’ve done anything like that. I did, however, see some rather nice looking specs that I’ll consider for the next time I need new glasses.

I left work just before five this afternoon, a minor miracle given how busy I’ve been over the last few weeks. The election, another project I’m working on, and covering a few absences, and the last month in particular has been uber-busy. But there’s now light at the end of the tunnel, and so this afternoon I left work a little early and went on a window shopping adventure.

5 comments

  • Hi J O’B – I remember this too well – just before I left Brisbane to make my way to Edinburgh mum and Joannie were spending a few days together in Brisbane, I’m sorry I wasn’t around to take some candid photos of the two of them- heads angled to hear each other better, giggling and scheming like two school girls- John tells me he saw them at the ice cream shop on Sunday – a friendship of more than 80 years- amazing and something to aspire to

  • James, excuse me for using the comments to make one observation about your blog.

    You have made numerous changes to the layout etc over the past 12 months or so and I really like the look and style of your blog nowadays. However, a downside of the changes for me is a loss of accessibility when viewing a series of posts at one sitting.

    It used to be a simple matter of scrolling up/down the screen. Then the changes required entering one posting then using the forward/backward arrows in that posting to navigate to another posting. Now those arrows are not available (well, I couldn’t find them) and I enter one posting to read it, then exit that posting to enter another posting to read and so on.

    It’s a minor irritation really (‘first world problems’, as the current saying goes) but I thought I’d provide the feedback.

    I still look forward to reading your thoughts and activities.

    Regards, Victor

    • Hi Victor. Welcome feedback. I’m a constant re-decorator on this site, and probably will continue to be. But will keep in mind. James

      PS. I decided to go back to something more simple.

  • I once went to a fashionable optometrist boutique. The optometrist (whom I remember reading about in the real estate section of the newspaper, having sold her house for a few million dollars), actually told me off about my spectacles! She couldn’t believe I was wearing such large, unfashionable frames! They were so last year. (Apparently they made me look like an unskilled worker, which is what I am.) I only wanted to see! I didn’t care whether my glasses were fashionable or not.

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