So the left ear piece on my glasses finally snaps this afternoon. I have been expecting it. The frames are about 10 yrs old and metal fatigue at the stem-ear piece has been becoming increasingly obvious.
Now I know the rep here on Taiwan about the ease of getting glasses and how quick it is done. Heck, there are at least 7 shops within a 5 minute stroll of Casa Cowboy.
So, the wife gets home, we eat supper and I mention that I need to get new frames. She lights up and drags me out the door to “Her” eyeglass shop. Its a 7 minute walk. I been by the place a 1000 times. One guy runs it, mid-30s, nice guy.
I go in, she tells him what I want. He looks at me. I nod and say ‘huh huh’…he smiles and picks out exactly what I need. Except my lenses are about 2xs the size to fit the frames. And these are no-line bi-focal lenses.
I explain to the wife. She explains to him. He looks at me and says a phrase when has become my #1 Go To line here - Buh wen day.
He ambles off the back of the shop. I hear a grinding wheel buzzing. We set down and watch some Taiwan game show with kids trying to identify songs and such.
5 minutes later he strolls back in and puts the new frames with the lenses cut to fit in some magic vibrating wash tank. ! minute later he pulls them out and hands them to me to try on. I do so. Mention a slight adjust might be needed as my ears don’t set level on my haid. He does the adjustment and hands them back.
And only NT$800.
And they are made of titanium. Like they use on space ships…he says.
We exchange gracious thanks and then head out the door to walk home. I try to explain how happy this makes me and to her I’m silly to expect otherwise.
She just takes such a thing for granted.
Not me though. Its a treat when something goes so smoothly.
Did I mention how much I hate wearing glasses?
Thats another story.
One that hopefully will end with me telling about a trip for laser eye correction.
But thats another time.