The Eyes Have It

In a perfect world, we wouldn’t need glasses to see clearly.  In a slightly less-than-perfect world, those of us who need glasses would discover that every pair we tried on made us look like the models in the posters plastered on the walls of the local eye glass boutique.  Any life-long wearer of glasses can look at those models and tell you that none of those pretty people even wears glasses, unless they’re paid to do so.

Now that I have the attention of the women and gay men in my reading audience, allow me to assure you I don't look like this young stud, with or without glasses.  If you actually think a guy as perfect as this doesn't have 20/20 vision, you're delusional enough to go eye glass shopping with me.  (Image from fanpop dot com)
Now that I have the attention of the women and gay men in my reading audience, allow me to assure you I don’t look like this young stud, with or without glasses. If you actually think a guy as perfect as this doesn’t have 20/20 vision, you’re delusional enough to go eye glass shopping with me. (Image from fanpop dot com)

As much as I’d like to see some ruggedly handsome transformation of my face once I try a pair of frames on, I am usually greeted with one of the following versions of myself instead.

A young Roger Ebert with Russ Meyer.  This serves as an example of why I also avoid sweater vests.  On a personal note, I was always more of a Siskel man myself.  (Image from wikimedia commons)
A young Roger Ebert with Russ Meyer. This serves as an example of why I also avoid sweater vests. On a personal note, I was always more of a Siskel man myself. (Image from wikimedia commons)

The Young Roger Ebert Look:  Make no mistake, Roger Ebert was a great film critic and displayed a rare brand of grace and courage when he fought thyroid cancer.  Be that as it may, when I try on a pair of larger glasses with solid frames, I bear something of a resemblance to a young Roger, which is not the look I’m typically going for.  I guess it could be worse and I could look like a male Sally Jesse Raphael.

This photo doesn't do Vandy proper justice, then again, I'm recalling his image from a dusty brain who last saw him 43 years ago on a Sears TV with aluminum foil on the antenna. (Image from sitcomsonline dot com)
This photo doesn’t do Vandy justice, then again, I’m recalling his image using the dusty brain of a man who last saw him 47 years ago on a black and white Sears TV with an aluminum foil antenna. (Image from sitcomsonline dot com)

The Vanderbilt From F-Troop Look:  Excuse me while I date myself with a reference to an obscure character on an old TV show.  Some of you senior citizens may recall Vanderbilt (or Vandy as Agarn would call him).  He was the fat, visually impaired soldier in F-Troop who could be seen chatting up horses he mistook for pretty ladies and falling down the well on at least three separate episodes.  This was back in the days before political correctness, when people could be made fun of for having poor vision, just like Mr. Magoo.  If I try on glasses with lenses which are too small for my face, I end up looking like Vandy.  Despite my not living in an area with too many horses or open wells, it’s not a look I’m comfortable with.

I'm not sure what this guy was charged with, but he is wearing an orange jumpsuit and was found on whatacreep dot com, so you can jump to your own conclusion.  I used to see him out curtting his lawn, he seemed like a nice enough guy...kept to himself, kinda quiet.  (Image from whatacreep dot com)
I’m not sure what this guy was charged with, but he is wearing what appears to be an orange jumpsuit and was found on whatacreep dot com, so you can jump to your own conclusion. I used to see him out cutting his lawn, he seemed like a nice enough guy…kept to himself, kinda quiet. (Image from whatacreep dot com)

The Creepy Convict From Down The Block Look:  If I try on any pair which doesn’t easily fit into the other categories, I may be surprised and a little scared to look in the mirror and see the guy from three blocks over who was just arrested for some sort of deviant activity.  We all know the type.  When neighbors are interviewed, they’re always shocked that he has been arrested for being a peeping tom, animal porn collector or Sarah Palin stalker.  Watching TV at home, we look at his mugshot and wonder how anyone could have imagined he wasn’t up to something nasty.

If someone stops and offers you a ride and he's wearing glasses like these, you should walk...or maybe run is better.  (Image of Jeffrey Dahmer from rapgenius dot com)
If someone stops and offers you a ride and he’s wearing glasses like these, you should walk away…or maybe run. (Image of Jeffrey Dahmer from rapgenius dot com)

The Serial Killer Look: When I try on a pair of snappy aviators, I hope to see a cool looking pilot or race-car driver looking back at me in the mirror.  Instead, I see a guy who has moved well beyond the “Creepy Convict” look listed above and into a whole different dimension of evil next door.  He knows where the bodies are buried, because he’s the one who buried them.  I don’t think even serial killers want to look like this.

For the record, I seldom wear an ascot, unless you count the self-portrait I recently used to in my post "It's All In The Wrist".  (Image from milliesmoviestowatch dot blogpsot dot com)
For the record, I seldom wear an ascot, unless you count the self-portrait I recently used to in my post “It’s All In The Wrist“. (Image from milliesmoviestowatch dot blogpsot dot com)

The Mel Cooley Look: Now that my hair has left my head to migrate to other parts of my body, I no longer resemble a young Roger Ebert (or a young anyone for that matter).  To be perfectly honest, large frame glasses now make me resemble the actor Richard Deacon, who was best known for his role as Mel Cooley on the old Dick Van Dyke show.  There is one saving grace of resembling characters from really old TV shows, most of the young people I know have no idea who these characters were, so to them, I just look like an old, bald guy in glasses.  I suppose that’s a good thing.  I don’t necessarily like the look, but I need to see where the hell I’m going.

As much as I’d like to let you all believe that I’m some kind of creative genius who comes up with these thoughts out of thin air, I’m not.  The lovely and talented “She’s a Maineiac” wrote a post recently about her possibly needing new glasses, and it spurred me on to share the trials and tribulations with my own miserable experiences shopping for fashion eye wear.  If you don’t read her blog, you’re missing out.  Just don’t forget who sent you over there.

This Week In Normal

Welcome to This Week In Normal.  In this feature. I’ll be picking out a few news stories every week or so and giving my two cents on each of them.  At that rate, this inaugural batch should run me about a dime.  Some of you might think that this feature should be called “The Week In Weird”, but unfortunately, I’m pretty sure that name’s taken.  Besides, my title is more accurate.

I can't beleive she's doing that!  Doesn't she know how DIRTY those carts are?!?(Image from jokeroo dot com)
I can’t believe she’s doing that! Doesn’t she know how DIRTY those carts are?!?(Image from jokeroo dot com)

A University of Arizona study revealed that 72% of shopping cart handles were crawling with fecal bacteria.  Where I live, we push the carts with our hands, I can only assume, no pun intended, that some people in Arizona are pushing the carts with their naked butts.

I can't tell if he's making that face in order to play or if it's because he can hear what he's playing (Image from 1000 funny pistures dot com)
Seriously, you can tell me; does this hat make me look stupid?  (Image from 1000 funny pistures dot com)

A man in England nearly died from fungal pneumonia which he contracted from the bagpipes which he regularly plays.  He admitted that it’s important to get your pipes cleaned out regularly – you have to admit that’s probably easier said than done when you’re 78 years old.  Also, who’d have guessed that playing the bagpipes could be as bad for your lungs as listening to them is for your ears?

Roaches?!  On a bus?!!  Next you'll be telling me there are rats in subway tunnels!  (Image from favim dot com)
Roaches?! On a bus?!! Next you’ll be telling me there are rats in subway tunnels! (Image from favim dot com)

Passengers on a bus from Atlantic City bound for Manhattan were moved to another bus after complaints that the original motor coach was infested with cockroaches.  Scores of roaches came out of vents early in the trip.  So this particular plan to export vermin out of the Garden State has been foiled.  Not to worry, we’ve got other schemes in mind.  Don’t believe me?  What state are the Nets calling home these days?

Nope!  No fat or sugar in out stuff.  Also, those red stuff is made out of berries, so they count as a serving of fresh fruit.  (Image from science daily dot com)
Nope! No fat or sugar in out baked goods. Also, that red stuff is made out of berries, so they count as a serving of fresh fruit. (Image from science daily dot com)

A bakery in Clifton, New Jersey has been shut down by the FDA after products which they advertised as “sugar free” and “fat free” were found to have sugar and saturated fat in them, respectively.  In the baker’s defense, it’s really really hard to make delicious baked goods without using sugar and butter and maybe a little palm oil.  It’s even more difficult to get people to buy them when you do.  The FDA spokesperson reportedly advised the bakery to tell its customers that they should have a piece of fresh fruit, put down that damn video game and go play outside.

The article does not go into detail about the wife's failed attempt at reconciliation using a nail gun.  (Image from the sun dot co dot uk)
The article does not go into detail about the wife’s failed attempt at reconciliation using a nail gun. (Image from the sun dot co dot uk)

A prison guard in western Pennsylvania is in trouble.  Apparently, after drinking for most of the day and arguing with his wife, he attempted to shoot the wedding ring off of his finger.  He badly mangled his finger, but surprisingly, the ring did not come off.  Nice shot, Bucko – maybe get a little closer to your target next time.  He was arrested for his reckless behavior, but the real trouble will come from his wife, who will not likely ever let him forget what an idiot he was, how embarrassed she is over the whole thing, the blood stains on the kitchen curtains, how thanks to that crappy insurance from his job, they have to pay a $1200 deductible for his trip to the ER, and whether he thought that bullets grew on trees.