You know how when you walk into a shop, the person behind the counter will almost certainly smile or wave hello?

That wasn’t the case when I walked into a “fashionable” optometrist in Sydney tonight. The guy behind the counter looked over at me, and then looked away as if I wasn’t worth his time to acknowledge. My aunty Edna once described something similar as she entered an optometrist in Brisbane wearing glasses held together with sticky tape.

As I wandered around looking at the display spec, I overheard the other sales assistant chatting to a reasonably fashionable-looking young woman. “Darling, how old are you”, he asked with the intonation of the character created by Sacha Baren Cohen of “Brüno” the uber-gay fashionista. “You should never wear glasses like this until you’re at least forty”, I overheard him say. I think I might have laughed out loud.

I looked around for a while and at no stage did either of the shop assistants come up to me and ask if I’d like some help. In the end, it doesn’t matter, as I don’t need glasses. I was just wandering around looking in shop windows, as it’s the first time in at least a couple of months since I’ve done anything like that. I did, however, see some rather nice-looking specs that I’ll consider for the next time I need new glasses.

I left work just before five this afternoon, a minor miracle given how busy I’ve been over the last few weeks. The election, another project I’m working on, and covering a few absences, and the last month, in particular, has been uber-busy. But there’s now light at the end of the tunnel, and so this afternoon I left work a little early and went on a window shopping adventure.

5 Replies to “Differently”

  1. Hi J O’B – I remember this too well – just before I left Brisbane to make my way to Edinburgh mum and Joannie were spending a few days together in Brisbane, I’m sorry I wasn’t around to take some candid photos of the two of them- heads angled to hear each other better, giggling and scheming like two school girls- John tells me he saw them at the ice cream shop on Sunday – a friendship of more than 80 years- amazing and something to aspire to

  2. James, excuse me for using the comments to make one observation about your blog.

    You have made numerous changes to the layout etc over the past 12 months or so and I really like the look and style of your blog nowadays. However, a downside of the changes for me is a loss of accessibility when viewing a series of posts at one sitting.

    It used to be a simple matter of scrolling up/down the screen. Then the changes required entering one posting then using the forward/backward arrows in that posting to navigate to another posting. Now those arrows are not available (well, I couldn’t find them) and I enter one posting to read it, then exit that posting to enter another posting to read and so on.

    It’s a minor irritation really (‘first world problems’, as the current saying goes) but I thought I’d provide the feedback.

    I still look forward to reading your thoughts and activities.

    Regards, Victor

    1. Hi Victor. Welcome feedback. I’m a constant re-decorator on this site, and probably will continue to be. But will keep in mind. James

      PS. I decided to go back to something more simple.

  3. I once went to a fashionable optometrist boutique. The optometrist (whom I remember reading about in the real estate section of the newspaper, having sold her house for a few million dollars), actually told me off about my spectacles! She couldn’t believe I was wearing such large, unfashionable frames! They were so last year. (Apparently they made me look like an unskilled worker, which is what I am.) I only wanted to see! I didn’t care whether my glasses were fashionable or not.

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