Some of you may be familiar with the epithet "old four-eyes" which is sometimes bestowed on those of us who wear glasses. I haven't seen it lately, but it used to be rather common on television crime dramas to have some snooty lawyer cast doubt on a witness's statement simply because the witness wears glasses. What's the problem if the witness was wearing his glasses at the time in question? What you don't want to hear is that the person wasn't wearing his specs, right?
Once I escaped grade school, my eyesight began to weaken, and I was saddled with glasses. Back then I only had one pair because we simply couldn't afford more than that. As soon as I could, I bought a pair of prescription sunglasses, too.
What I didn't realize is that the older you get, the more pairs of glasses you can accumulate. I now have four. My computer glasses stay here at my desk. You see them on that little wooden stand. The rest can move around a bit.
The other afternoon I was laying on the bed with my Kindle, reading glasses on my nose. It was very overcast, and I read until dark so I was making full use of the illuminated screen. I'm used to wandering around the house without turning on any lights, and that's what I did when I walked down the hall here to our office. I noticed that things were a bit fuzzier than usual but put it down to the darkness. I sat down at the computer, turned on the desk lamp, and reached for my computer glasses. When I took my glasses off, I understood why everything had been so fuzzy: I was still wearing my reading glasses.
Weird dreams, getting my glasses mixed up... what's next? Or should I even ask? I'll ponder it tomorrow. I've got to go out to the link corral.
Head 'em up! Mooooooooove 'em out!
►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- Bookselling in the 21st century: notable customers.
- Why a fake patron named "Chuck Finley" checked out 2,361 books at this Florida library last year. (I sympathize, but....)
- Another organ has been hiding in your belly all along.
- Is there still any point in collecting books?
- Have you heard about Mystery Tribune, an online magazine for mystery and suspense?
- A nationwide effort has launched to turn "book deserts" into literary oases.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- Lavish carpet fragments have been recovered from a 17th-century Dutch shipwreck.
- A possible portrait of Anne Boleyn was found using facial recognition software.
- A one-of-a-kind World War II-era glass penny went on the auction block. See the auction results.
- Deep in the swamps, archaeologists are discovering how fugitive slaves kept their freedom.
- Some experts believe that the Titanic sank due to an enormous uncontrollable fire, not an iceberg.
- A rare "golden ticket" £5 note was found in a Christmas card. It's worth a lot more than five pounds.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- Scientists are mapping the effects of consumption on the endangered species of the world.
- The macabre life of Russia's Arctic reindeer herders.
- A rare lynx was spotted on the slopes of a Colorado ski resort.
- Science explains why humans may never see the world through a hummingbird's eyes.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- You'll never believe the statue you'll find in the middle of Budapest.
- The book hoarder's guide to moving across the country.
- Having visited Bodie State Historic Park last October, I was dismayed to learn about the swarm of earthquakes and aftershocks that have hit the ghost town. Not to mention blizzards. (Guess I timed our trip well.)
- Bears Ears, America's sacred and stunning new national monument.
- There's a self-sufficient Scottish island for sale that comes with broadband and a post office.
►I ♥ Lists◄
- Five great places to donate your old books.
- Twenty-two two-letter words to boost your Scrabble score.
- Eleven weirdly spelled words and how they got that way.
- Seventeen amazing women who probably aren't in history books, but should be.
- Top ten unreliable narrators.
- Seventeen jokes you'll only understand if you're well read.
- The ten best book-based musicals.
- Twelve old words that survived by getting fossilized in idioms.
That's all for this week! Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.
Have a great weekend, and read something fabulous!