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Old 01-26-2006, 12:40 PM   #1
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An update from the bear that cares
Well my new project is moving along. As many of you may recall from my last update. I knitted a whole skeen before I realized I got the vertical pattern incorrect in the Baby Aphgan I am making. Thus, I pulled it all out (See my big fake smile?). The good news is that I caught up to where I left off, and wow this is really a beautiful item. I am so amazed at how beautiful knitted items turn out (Real smile).

So I have 3 more skeens to go, and being that this is supposed to be a weekend project(Maybe for power knitter on speed), I hope to have it close to completed by Sunday as I have lots of travel time to knit this weekend. What a challenge that is going to be knitting and telling the driver how to drive (Someone has to supervise!).

Well I can not lie to you all. It has finally happened. I turned 42 in November. I am a full time computer programmer. A couple of the "age 40s" people in my office wear reading glasses... So while talking to someone about a report that had very small text I said "How in the world can you read that??" to which I was handed a pair of reading glasses. *hum* I was blind but now I can see... Oh my God. Who knew? I can actually see. So, I decretely ran out after work in my leather bomber and my newly knitted scarf. (Of course I wear it! After all, that was why I made it. *grin*) I stealthed around the large drug store. I remember thinking how I did not recall ever seeing "reading glasses" at a drug store before. Then the the little voice in my head said "That is why you are here because you are blind!". Needless to say, I ignored the voice and spoke to an employee who directed me to the "reading glasses" section that was right behind me. Of course I put on my best "These are for someone else" look and proceeded to try them on.

Let me say being a big bearish guy... has some drawbacks. The mirror to look at yourself in glasses allowed me to look at the area between my belly button and my neck(Of course I care what I looked like!). Immediate I am reminded of the many showers I had to take where thee the showerhead was at my throat. Oh the joy of being 6' 4". Either way, I find a pair and make a stealthy path to the checkout and escape without someone discovering me.

The good news is I can actually read things much easier as well as see my knitting work much better. The bad news. I am getting old! How could this happen! So here I was last night knitting with my "reading glasses" and I thought.. What a picture this must paint. This hulking man in his "reading" glasses knitting away. Bahh who cares! Glasses make me look smarter! Right??!!! hahaha

Well I am happy to say I can actually enjoy television and knit at the same time. Previously that was totally impossible. As some of you recall the "Scarf from Hell" prevented any thinking. It was Basketweave or die!

Well I am going to close for now. I will post pictures of this new work as soon as it is complete.

I hope I made one of you snicker or at least smile. :D

All the best,

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Old 01-26-2006, 01:05 PM   #2
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Well, that gave me a giggle at the very least. I recently got a pair of glasses. There was a discussion about making them into bifocals, or I could just slide them down my nose and peer over the top if I needed to. DH says this makes me look very intimidating. And then he repeated it, "VERY intimidating." He finds it attractive.

So apparently, I'm cultivating the naughty librarian look. I may start pinning my hair up to complete the look.

You should post a picture so that we may compliment you on how absolutely devastatingly handsome you look in your new specs!

That said, this is NOT me:
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Old 01-26-2006, 01:31 PM   #3
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:rofling:

Jeff....you REALLY need to start a blog thread in our blog forum.

And, you wear those glasses and knit PROUDLY, my friend!!
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Old 01-26-2006, 02:10 PM   #4
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I agree with Kelly! I always appreciate a good read.
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Old 01-26-2006, 03:41 PM   #5
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You are a gifted writer. I am a literacy specialist, and I have read my share of baaaadddd writing-trust me-start blogging!

As for the goggles, well I started at a 150 off the drugstore rack, now sadly I made the step up to 200's. It one thing or another, aging is just watiting for the other shoe to drop!
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Old 01-26-2006, 04:25 PM   #6
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Snicker hell...I was LMAO! This is just too funny and oh so true! I think I got my first prescription glasses at about 40-45. I gave them up for drugstore readers many years ago. I have now two pair, one for computer and one for reading. The computer ones allow me to have the monitor back further...my family isn't big on having the monitor two inches from their face. LOL HOWEVER... my last trip to the optometrist confirmed what I suspected..my eyes are no longer equal so I NEED to have the prescription ones now...and I'm getting progressives so I don't have to take them off and on all the time. This drives me nutzo! Especially when I'm using my camera...off to take the pic, on to view the pic or settings, off to retake the pic, etc, etc.... Anyhoo... Thanks for the laugh! Post pics of the blanky when you get a chance.
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Old 01-26-2006, 04:44 PM   #7
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This is great as I can relate to this too. I had cataract surgery when I was around 38 and after that I lost my close up vision. I went to one of those warehouse stores, like Sam's Club, and bought the multi-pack of glasses. I now have one pair next to my knitting chair/recliner, one at work, one in the laundry room and one in my purse. I never have to worry about losing a pair because I have extras!

Welcome to the world of the near-sighted challenged!
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Old 01-26-2006, 04:51 PM   #8
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Jeff, you're a hoot! Thanks so much for the giggle. I feel your pain--I had to recently resort to reading glasses, too. They make me look like this:
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Hi Jeff, cute story and thanks for the smile. I agree with the others...start a blog
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