I have pretty ordinary eyesight, so I’m a bit fussy about all things vision related. I wear contact lenses most of the time, because I have more glass in my specs than a good, solid crystal whiskey glass. Forget the saying “like the bottom of a Coke bottle”, I’ve got the whole slab. So my contacts are always well kept, my glasses pristine, and my sunnies polarised.
But this is not a story about my failing eyesight (no I will not be getting LASER any time soon: too scared. No I don’t need bifocals yet: long arms.) It’s a story about sun glasses.
My last sunglasses were Ray Bans, and I got them about three years ago. They weren’t cheap, but they’ve done well. Unfortunately I dropped them on the tiles ABOUT EIGHT MONTHS AGO, and I have been wearing them with a massive crack just below my line of vision ever since. I live in Queensland. So that means I wear them every.single.day. With a crack. It was driving me bonkers initially. And then not so much, because I sort of filtered it out, and looked around it. Just like the dirt on my floor and the frown lines on my forehead. I know they’re all there, but hey, we can live in harmony right? A little scotoma here and there never hurt anyone.
Nathan goes through sunnies like, well, like they’re going out of style. Partly because he is a fashion fiend, but mostly because he’s a chippy, and he often gets chippies (see what I did there?).
Friday is our 10 year wedding anniversary, and usually we don’t really do a present thing, but this year we decided to get new sunnies. To sweeten the deal, Nath did some work a while ago for a dude who owns a sunglasses shop. The dude is really lovely, and implied, with a nudge and a wink, that he would “look after us” when we next needed some shades. So off we trotted.
Before I go any further you must see what I got:
Can you believe that shit? I’m just gonna chuck ’em in my bag, face, bag, car, bag, carseat… And you would be right in thinking that all of those accoutrements drove the dollar value up a bit. But I wasn’t worried, Old Mate was doing us a deal. Nath chose some crazy glasses that pilots wear, made my NASA or some such. They’re unbreakable, and I suspect they can brew you a macchiato should you feel inclined. Again: not worried, we were in the know.
Until we got the bill. We were not so much in the know as in the shit. We had cash, but NOT THAT MUCH CASH. With a nod and a wink, our contact looked at the tally and said “I’ll give you a discount.”
He gave us fifty bucks off. FIFTY.
The fact that I am whinging about what sounds like a decent discount, should alert you to the fact that THESE SUNNIES COST A SMALL FORTUNE. We felt sick, but were too embarrassed to say anything more than a mumbled “Thanks”, and then we beat it out of that joint. I’m only just coming down from the rush of spending so much money on non-prescription eyewear.
So if you see me, be sure to notice the Gucci badge on the arms. Because according to our mate, “That, darlink*, is what you are paying for.”
What wankers we are.
*He didn’t really say darlink.
Have you ever spent up big thinking you were getting a discount?
Got any sunnies that could feed a small nation?