New Foreigner Book!


a few hardcovers and pbs available from Closed Circle, signed. Latest: Moonlover and the Fountain of Blood, Jane Fancher short story. Chernevog, part 2 of the Rusalka trilogy co-written by CJ and Jane; and Orion's Children, a tetralogy from Lynn.

Losing glasses…

…happens to me about twice a week. They need a beeper in the rim. I swear I’d pay extra. I am farsighted and consequently have to take of f my glasses to deal with anything beyond arm’s length. This means I often take them off and lay them down to do a job…and then because I then can’t see anything that’s as close as arm’s length, searching for them is an exercise in frustration. I frequently find them, drop them, and step on them as I try to locate them. Costco has straightened these poor frames at least 3 times last year; I’ve straightened them under the hot water tap more than once. I stepped on them two days ago. I’ve dropped them out of the little sidepocket in the Forester onto the pavement several times last year. I’ve sat on them more than once. They’re about eight years old, if you can imagine the damage these poor things have taken. Now I’m typing with a pair of over-the-counters that don’t correct astigmatism, which is the main problem I have at short range.

It’s just a pain.

Yesterday I was so frazzled I baked a loaf of bread with no yeast—but fortunately realized it as it had just started to bake—because if it actually bakes, getting it out of the baking pan without hurting the pan is not easy: think of a very large thick stale bagel. Today I got it right. Got to check the kitchen counter there to see if that job is where I took off my glasses.



24 comments to Losing glasses…

  • Aja Jin

    Farsighted. It’s new to me, just got my second cataract replaced by a multi-focal lens. Selected “see better at distance” as higher priority than up close. So I’m learning to cope with not be able to bring things up close to see for the first time in my life. Very strange. I try very hard to keep my readers in the same place but will have to start carrying a pair with me. Might have to go with the old “round the neck” strap. Not cool, but practical. On a positive note, I’m very happy to come out of the procedure with relatively good vision, and healthy eyes.

  • Nearsighted here – and I ‘lose’ glasses by putting them down in a not-usual location and forgetting where they were put: takes about thirty seconds, some days. (I have to take them off to see close up, also: nearsighted and over-the-hill don’t mix too well, either.)

  • pence

    I have finally resorted to one of those leather cords with the loops that go over the earpieces. It has saved me a world of scratches and lost time hunting for them. Though when they are hanging around my neck and I go to pull off a sweater … my vocabulary still gets some exercise!

  • kokipy

    Yes, Pence, I was just about to suggest the cord. I have got glasses with graduated trifocals so i never need to change them but of course I often can’t see what I am trying to read, and have to look over them entirely. If I wore my contacts I would have to have reading glasses and at this point I think I would need to have them permanently affixed to me in some way or another.

  • CJ

    I’ve used them, but I keep trashing my glasses that way—too. I rip them from the cord. Things land on them. I pick up heavy things without realizing I’m crushing the glasses. But it is one of the most efficient ways to find them.

    Found them, BTW, on the clothes hamper in my room. Sigh.

  • andruec

    The first real sign of aging I had to acknowledge was when I started having to take my glasses off to read. It’s now progressed to the point where eating and watching TV is tricky. I’m going to get myself a pair of varifocals later this year.

    • Raesean

      Fascinating problem: wonder why it’s sex-tied?! I’m going to share this article with my astronomy class. Thanks!

      • CJ

        That IS a real poser. One thing men do more efficiently than women is shunt blood around, for the obvious reason. I wonder if the vision problem is blood-pressure-related. Men in space have been reported to have other odd reactions: apparently space sickness was real common among the first up—but if a woman was in the crew, the incidence of space sickness (nausea) was way lower to non-existent. Women don’t tend to get space sickness, apparently. And don’t have the vision problems. That points to perhaps a slowness to purge adrenaline from the system? It’s going to be an interesting study.

    • kiloecho

      The solution to this whole issue was abundantly clear from the statement:

      Female space travelers have not been affected.

      So we could move forward on this Mars mission if we simply have an all female crew.
      My wife agrees.

  • CapnKirk

    I just noticed: congrats on passing the 3/4s milestone on your latest. I’m sure Bren is in deep weeds about now! Also kudos for persistence and focus in the midst of all your DIY adventures!

  • WOL

    Extremely nearsided in my right eye (20/400 – Can you see the big E on the chart? What chart?) and only 20/40 in the left one. Read best without my glasses and only read with my right eye, closing my left eye. (after I’ve been reading for a couple of hours, it takes my brain a minute to remember I have two eyes. . . )Vision in my left eye is good enough that I can get around well without my glasses, but I have to have them to work. I recently got new glasses — no-line trifocals. I’m almost used to the way they tend to blur my peripheral vision.

    You’d think with microtechnology being what it is, someone would come up with a glasses locator thingie where pressing a remote would make them beep until you turned the beeper off. Of course, then you could loose the remote too — maybe they could have it work off your cell phone, or car remote? Somebody could make a tidy pile off an invention like that.

  • CJ

    They can make a responding chip (which gets its energy from the scanning device) as small as a grain of rice. If it enabled the active scanner to do the beeping if in the area, they could embed a locator in the earpiece of any glasses, even wire-frames. And you don’t think those’d sell? I’d spring for it.

  • Why not? When we microchip our pets, the chip is about the size of a grain of rice. You could embed it into the temple piece, or if the bridge is large enough, right in there between the lenses.

    When is Bren NEVER in deep weeds? Either by his own actions or by others’?

    I have made tuna-noodle casserole for my family once when my ex-wife and I were home on leave. It was really good, my mother said. One slight problem, there wasn’t a bit of tuna in the casserole. To this day, I still hear about it….and I think I’ve done the unleavened bread at least once, but not as a loaf.

  • WOL

    Best, though, would be a speech recognition chip that would respond to the phrase “Where are my glasses” by beeping. It could be solar powered?

  • I was reading about it a little, and I think the reason you don’t see them much smaller is because of range. The piece that attaches is actually broadcasting, so with current technology, they can only make it so small because it needs sufficient power to broadcast its signal to the finder unit, especially because the missing unit might be under something that would interfere with the signal.

    You could always cut off one side of the lanyard I suppose.

  • CJ

    I’m sure you’re right.
    I wonder if the same tech that gives my Seishi his ‘chip’ that id’s him for a vet scan couldn’t be used for glasses. The ‘chip’ has no battery nor power, and it’s the size of a grain of rice, counting its protective coating. It answers only when the scanner provides the energy. Seems that a clever inventor could devise a more powerful handheld scanner that could get info at a distance that just says ‘present’ when a little bead embedded in the frame answers in the same room. That’d help you out—just knowing they’re in the living room, not the kitchen.

    • tulrose

      Could you have the vet give you a chip (you’ld have your own ID in the database) and then you or your optometrist attach to glasses.

      Just a silly thought …

      • This is actually really interesting–I did some more reading.

        The thing with the vet chip is that it doesn’t have to 1) broadcast a signal 2) make a sound and 3)provide it’s own power to do 1 and 2. It simply has to hold data and the reading unit does all the work–it’s the rice-grain-sized equivalent of a thumb drive.

        So any unit is going to need some sort of speaker, some sort of antenna, and a battery. The battery will have to be of a size that gives useful life–nobody would be happy with the product if they had to put in a new battery once a week.

        I did find some pretty small speakers, looked like they were about the size of a pencil eraser, so maybe they will have something eventually that clips on the arm of the glasses. Maybe one day they will make the actual glasses so that the whole earpiece is the locator.

  • I was over at a forum and stumbled across this: Don’t know if they would be any better than the necklace holder thingy but I thought I’d pass it on. I usually end up turning my reading glasses into a headband when I’m not using them.

  • Rhoda8712

    I second the post by Shakatany! You can find the magnetic holders on eBay also. I bought one for my mum who wears glasses and constantly forgets where shes put them, she loves this product… I no longer hear “have you seen my glasses???”

    Here’s the link I got them at:

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