Mon-iacle

29 February 2004 at 14:24 Leave a comment

So I went to the eye-doctor, which I hate. It’s always been the same. After figuring out you can’t see very well, they start putting lenses in front of your face and asking questions:

Him: “Is that better?”

Me: “I guess…”

Him: “That?”

Me: “I don’t know…the same?”

Him: “Now?”

Me: “No. Worse”

Him (sounding surprised): “Really?”

Me: “Uh-huh.”

Him (getting desperate): “Can you see better now?”

Me: “Sure, I guess.”

And I never was sure, and I’d get my glasses, wear them for 6 months, a year, the headaches never quite going away (which I attributed to the weight of the glasses) and then I would quit wearing them.

But having avoided ophthalmologists for 5 years, I’ve apparently missed out on all the fun new toys and technological advancements: this time he had me look into a machine that showed me a picture of a long fence-lined driveway with a red barn at the end and it focused and unfocused itself, I didn’t have to say anything, but he said (sounding offended), “Your eyes are not the same!”

Diagnosis: I need one contact, or one plain glass lens, or, wait for it, a MONOCLE.

I have a medically verifiable reason to wear a monocle.

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What I’ve been reading:

  • James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson, L.L.D. (London, 14 King William Street, Strand: William P. Nimmo, 1876). 4 years ago
  • Marsilio Ficino, Letters of Marsilio Ficino, v. 3, trans. Language Dept. School of Economic Science, London (New York: Gingko Press, 1985). 4 years ago
  • Italo Calvino, Six Memos for the Next Millennium (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1988). 4 years ago
  • Stephanie Kallos, Broken for You (New York: Grove Press, 2004). 5 years ago
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I am a misanthrope. No one ever believes me, but this seems to prove my point.

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