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Alfador

Paraglass Lost

When I woke up this morning, I reached, as I always do, to my left to grab my glasses.

They were not there.

Nor were they in any of the locations Zephie and I tossed the apartment to search over the next half hour.

Eventually, we both called in to work, me because I can't spend eight hours hunching over a screen to put it four inches in front of my face where the words become legible, he so that he could drive me around to find an eye doctor and glasses shop.

It turned out not to take driving so much as walking, but after visiting two shops and phoning around to others, none could be found that had walk-in appointments available today. So tomorrow at 7:00am I will be getting my eyes checked so I can get my first lens prescription in ten years. (They had my records from back then, but the prescriptions expire after just two.)

Meantime, my activities are limited to a) a few minutes at a time of hunching and squinting to get a view of a screen to send work emails and post Inkbunny journals, b) listening to music and podcasts, and c) playing on my 3DS, which I can hold at a comfortable distance to see. (No 3D functions, though.)

I'm even going to miss tonight's WoW raid, because although I know the fights like the back of my hand, and could do my rotation almost blindfolded, I would be unable to see the on-screen notifications of particular mechanics that need to be avoided.

I had, at one time, a spare set of glasses. Ten years of moving from dorm to apartment to dorm to apartment to apartment to apartment to apartment, however, have left me with zero clue where they are or even if they still exist. This time, I'm getting two full sets and keeping the spare set in my desk at all times.
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Added: 6 years, 5 months ago
 
nimbus
6 years, 5 months ago
Poor fox! *hugs*
Alfador
6 years, 5 months ago
*huggles*
SenGrisane
6 years, 5 months ago
Never lost glasses (only my watches ^^) but I broke them. Always in the middle.
Thus I have the broken remains of roughly 2 pairs of glasses as well as 2 wearable pairs (and 2 pair that are so old I would be like looking through normal glass)
Alfador
6 years, 5 months ago
Curiously, I've never broken lenses, only frames. The first major breakage was when a lens popped out... in a wave pool at Wild Waves, so there was absolutely zero chance of finding it. The break that resulted in the pair I've had for ten years, happened while I was still in college: one of the ear pieces snapped off, so I would walk around constantly adjusting and/or holding it up, but at least I could SEE.
SenGrisane
6 years, 5 months ago
Oh sorry. I mean frame not the actual glass. The frames always break in the middle ^^
Alfador
6 years, 5 months ago
I think I've only had the frames break in the middle once--when I was in elementary school, and had plastic frames.
SenGrisane
6 years, 5 months ago
I have broken metal and plastic. Right now I bought Titanium glasses since I broke the last pair ^^
Alfador
6 years, 5 months ago
Once when I was little my parents got me flex-metal glasses, on the theory that the more bendable frames would not break under the workout I would give them.

They broke too. XD The ones I lost lasted the longest of any--ten years without a break, only needing tightening and adjustment now and then. I miss them terribly. T_T
meshelldeschanel
6 years, 5 months ago
*snuggles you* that sucks foxie I wish you luck and good news at the eye docs. I know how bad it can be to loose something you need I once lost my inhaler and had to fight with my doctor for like 2 days to write me a new script
Alfador
6 years, 5 months ago
*huggles* Yeah, I used to need an inhaler; fortunately my asthma has faded over the years--I think the last major attack I had was when I laughed too hard and too long at Anthrocon 2009.
skunktronix
6 years, 5 months ago
Aw, that's poopy. :( I know what it's like to depend on glasses. Without mine, it's as if I'm constantly crossing my eyes. It's blurry and I see four of everything. I even called in to work one day because I couldn't find them. I did find them later that same night though.

But one thing I've learned, and maybe it's a clause of Murphy's Law or something... If you lose something and buy another, you'll find the one you lost. So maybe getting a new pair will help you find your lost glasses. *gives hugs for good luck*
Alfador
6 years, 5 months ago
*huggles* Yeah--I literally can't see five inches in front of my face clearly without them. I couldn't even locate spare pairs I vaguely remembered having once upon a time. Hopefully it'll turn up eventually, so I'll have two spare pairs. :P
Shokuji
6 years, 5 months ago
Aw =x Well at least they'll be glasses made for your eyes, so you can see better. [nod nods]
Alfador
6 years, 5 months ago
Yup, made for my eyes as they are now rather than ten years out of date.
Shokuji
6 years, 5 months ago
Now you'll be even better at your WoW raids! X3
Alfador
6 years, 5 months ago
XD Hope so!
asuraludu
6 years, 5 months ago
Very much been there.  
Alfador
6 years, 5 months ago
*hugs* This is the first time I've been completely out of glasses; I've had broken glasses, a missing lens, and lost glasses and was back to a spare pair, but this is the very first time I've spent a whole day completely without glasses in as long as I can remember.

It's actually quite scary.
asuraludu
6 years, 5 months ago
Gotta agree.  I've always used transition lenses on my glasses, but my new set is a no frills pair.  As a result, I'm still adjusting to the brightness of it all.
Alfador
6 years, 5 months ago
Since I've had a chance to wear my new temporary/spare pair for a couple days, I reconsidered going without the anti-reflective coating. Fortunately, one quick call this morning and they agreed to add it on!

To paraphrase someone who complained about Diablo 3 early on: "It's too bright and there are too many rainbows!!!" Which is why I'm glad my true pair will have both high-index material and phototransition darkening. >:3
Catwheezle
6 years, 5 months ago
It's weird - if there's any one thing that I always know the exact position of, it's my specs. I imagine you're the same. Wonder what can have happened to them. Maybe an arm flung out in the night, or something.

I lost mine once, and only found them after they'd been lost for a couple months, hidden inside my bed. Not on or under or tangled in; actually *inside* the bed. No clue how they got there from the night stand.
Alfador
6 years, 5 months ago
We even did search inside the bed--Zephie pulled the mattress up so we could examine the box spring.
ZephonTsol
6 years, 5 months ago
And of course, the strangest part of this is me knowing his night time rituals and how he goes to bed and whatnot, I'm pretty sure that his glasses just evaporated off the face of the planet because we turned the apartment inside out looking for them.

It's so damnably odd.
Alfador
6 years, 5 months ago
Maybe they slipped into an alternate universe--or a future version of me lost my glasses and thought "Hey, I know when I can find some glasses, that day when they disappeared..." *timewarp*
JunkBox
6 years, 5 months ago
Been there, done that... I had a similar problem a few years ago. Damaged glasses can be as bad as lost.

I went to a party at a state park; this one had picnic shelters, and my group managed to get one with a big brick fireplace. We had expected a fairly cold night (December) and brought lots of firewood. Well, I went to give the fire a stir and throw a log on; and I caught a blast of heat that damn near singed my clothes. No fireball, just pure raw HEAT. I wasn't hurt, just startled; but the heat was bad enough to MELT the lenses in my glasses! (That's one reason I opted for specs instead of contacts. They offer a measure of protection.)

I'm not quite blind without 'em, but for driving I'm damn close. I just barely had enough usable lens to make my way home. At the very least I enjoyed the rest of the party, even if I had to recognize everyone by voice.

The story doesn't end there...

My spare glasses, despite having sat unused and in a case on a shelf, had somehow developed cracks around the edges of the lenses. WTF? They'd been sitting on a shelf long enough for the warranty to expire, rarely been worn, and I had those made at the same time as the melted ones!

When I got replacements and a new prescrip for both sets, all four lenses mysteriously developed similar cracks around the edges. This time bad enough that one lens almost split in two, but that time the warranty was still in effect.

I got Nikon lenses instead of the cheap ones this time around, if they hold up better the extra buck will be worth it. Will have to see how well they hold up to sudden heat blasts, though...

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She was only the optician's daughter, but she sure made a spectacle of herself!
Alfador
6 years, 5 months ago
A possibility I can think of: metal frames expanding and contracting with the weather MIGHT conceivably crack cheaper lens materials that don't expand/contract as much with temperature.
JunkBox
6 years, 5 months ago
Over only a few months? Either way, Zeiss may have made a really bad batch of lenses!
Another possibility is a really bad grind (Much like the last time I tried to make coffee...)
Alfador
6 years, 5 months ago
Could be. I missed the part about it only being a few months. Sorry! :3 In my defense, "long enough for the warranty to expire" made me think it was a matter of years.
JunkBox
6 years, 5 months ago
The first sets (including the lenses that got melted) ...perhaps. I had those long enough for the warranty to expire (I think it was about two years, if memory serves me correctly instead of serving me a ham sandwich.) The second sets (replacing the cracked and melted lenses) cracked before the warranty ran out. Then I got lenses from a different maker.

I'm surprisingly hard on my glasses, for not being terribly active. But then, they often double as eye protection, and I have such an oily face that I have to wash 'em just about every day!
Alfador
6 years, 5 months ago
I was a lot harder on my glasses when I was little. At one point, I got flexible-metal frames on the theory that these would not break under the bending I would end up giving them.

They broke anyway. XD
FoxWolfie
6 years, 5 months ago
Check in the pockets of anything you were wearing the night before.  If you took a shower, before bed be sure search the bathroom.  I always put mine in the same place, no matter what. I am completely blind without mine, even if I put my nose against my 32-inch monitor. I might be able to see two0inch high letter at about four inches away - maybe. I've broken glasses before, and even that is scary. Even with glasses, my eyes are far from good, but at least I can a little.

Where on earth can a pair of glasses go in the night?  If they were on a stand or a table, I'm assuming that you looked under that.  Are there drawers that they somehow could have fallen behind?  Do you have a cat or other animal that might have moved them?  I'm taking a very good guess that no one came in and stole them in the night.  Check in the refrigerator. If you carry a backpack, check in there too.  They probably aren't in an alternate universe, as those are mainly populated by missing socks and occasional gloves. Clothes dryers are portals to those universes, and most people don't put glasses in there!
Alfador
6 years, 5 months ago
Looked under my dresser, under my bed, IN my bed, in all the bedclothes, on the other side and behind the headboard, in the dresser drawers and the bathroom drawers, I've worn both pairs of pants from yesterday since then and they weren't in those pockets, no pets and I doubt insect pests could move my glasses, and though the refrigerator and backpack are ridiculous options, I checked there too.

We seriously searched everywhere it was possible they could have gotten to, along with several impossible places.
FoxWolfie
6 years, 5 months ago
Very strange.  I've had a few things vanish that way and never come back.  Luckily, my glasses and my wallet have been spared so far.

What were you doing last night in the hours before you went to bed?  Is removing your glasses the very last thing you do before bed, or do you sometimes take them off during the day while at home?  Mine are on me at all times except for when I'm in bed or in the shower.  You might try retracing whatever you were doing last night, as it might trigger a memory or an idea of what you did with them.  After all, you either misplaced them, or someone else in the house did.  If they are truly the last thing you remove each night, it doesn't leave much room for something like this to happen.  Were you unexpectedly distracted before going to bed, such as someone coming to the door, an unexpected phone call, a smoke alarm going off, or anything unusual?
Alfador
6 years, 5 months ago
I was playing Diablo III in the hours before going to bed. My glasses are always the last thing I take off since I'm next to blind without them. Last night was no exception... but I DO have a potential explanation. I got up about two or three times during the night to pee AND I've been taking Benadryl for the massive amounts of pollen in the air--so I could easily have laid down my glasses somewhere else and have no memory of it, because those getting-up events are a deep haze for me. I was mostly asleep for them. But the only places I would've automatically taken off my glasses are the bathroom sink (checked, along with drawers and floor) and my bedroom (checked along with the entire bed and all around and in the dresser) and MAYBE my desk, which I also checked along with the drawers.
KintoMythostian
6 years, 5 months ago
It was me. I got tired of stealing the bricks from your house one-by-one.
Alfador
6 years, 5 months ago
Now I know for sure it wasn't you. Our apartment building isn't made of brick. >:3
KintoMythostian
6 years, 5 months ago
Not anymore.
Alfador
6 years, 5 months ago
Wow, you're fast then. You were finished before I even moved in! :D
Relee
6 years, 5 months ago
Ohnoes. ;.;

Ultrasympathies to the Alfalfadorable one.
Alfador
6 years, 5 months ago
*huggles* Thank you!! I has new glasses now, though after a week they will be my spare pair.
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