Jun. 8th, 2007
LA Pride  
The weekend is here (at least for me). I've taken Friday and Monday off to soak in teh ghey that is LA Pride.

This, however, is like the first time I don't really have any real plans. Normally, one of our friends is throwing some club at a venue nearby; but not so much this time. So, aside from a bday party Friday night, we're winging it.

The only givens are: (a) we'll be drunk, and (b) we'll be drunk.

Yesterday, I went to the eye doctor—mainly because I haven't been in like forever. I've been noticing this fuzzy spot dead center in my right eye this week that's been aggravating the frak out of me. I assumed it was eye strain, my allergies, or a tumor.

First I got to play the peripheral vision game where you look dead on into this machine and click a button every time you see a wiggle. After a few went by, I realized that I was automatically trying to click it as quickly as I could after I saw it. Trying to remind myself, "It's not a game; chill," was pointless. Then she focused a laser at me and took pictures of my retina, followed by a bunch of other machinations.

Well, it wasn't eye strain. She said my eye muscles were very responsive (yay video games!) End result was I have ~20/15 - 20/20 in my left eye, but apparently slight astigmatism in my right eye (0.75??? I think she said?) Whatever the frak that means. She said I could just let it go and see what happens. She said it could get better; could get worse. But it's likely I've had it for a really long time and it just annoys me at times (like now when I have a sinus headache).

She didn't recommend contacts because the prescrip she would give me for my left eye is too low (I think she said .15 or .25???) so I'd only have them for my right eye, and apparently wearing one without the other is annoying. I dunno. I really was expecting a pill, eye drops or something and to be sent on my way. "Intelligent Design" my fucking ass!

So now I guess I'm supposed to wear the glasses whenever it's bugging me, so likely once a month or something stupid. Who knows?

NEwho... after trying on about 500 frames, I selected a pair of geek-chic Gucci frames. I totally got the n00b discount. By the time they added anti-glare, anti-scratch, rust proofing, and Lo Jack, it was $418 later (and this was after my insurance paid their $140). But I got a cool laser guided picture of the back of my eyes. All this for something I'll probably wear only a few times.

Worse yet, I didn't even get to leave with them (they're on order). bah! Then my friend tells me I didn't have to get them there, that I could've just gone to Lens Crafters with my prescrip. Like I'm supposed to know all this craziness! Maybe it'll get a little worse and then I'll qualify for LASIK.

Of course, now that all this is done, it's no longer even bothering me. I think it bothered me more in the office because when they cover up each eye, I could see the deficiency in the right eye, which bugged the frak out of me.

Hopefully I got the right ones. I think this is the model I got below. They're supposed to come in in 1-2 weeks. My eye is totally not bugging me at all now, so who knows if I'll ever actually wear them. I need Cylon implants or something.


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Ry Guy: Like Oh My Godmix_o_choc on June 8th, 2007 - 01:02 pm
Oohh ... geek chic bordering on emo
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Davidthisisdavid on June 8th, 2007 - 01:13 pm
Have fun! You should come down next month for SD pride! Two David's can take it over! LOL!
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zedinbed on June 8th, 2007 - 01:22 pm
Whoa, your prescription is exactly the same as mine except I opted for no glasses. I wore glasses throughout my childhood from about age 3 to age 17. Let's just say they left me really, really traumatized. :p

Definitely no glasses for me if I can help it.

* I have the right to reevaluate this statement for Cylon implants.
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on June 8th, 2007 - 06:53 pm
yeah, i'll probably rarely wear them. although the fact that one of my eyes isn't pulling its weight is bugging me. I'll probably end up getting LASIK one day.
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zedinbed on June 8th, 2007 - 06:58 pm
Yep, the fact that I have a mild stigmatism bothers me too but knowing the fact that my eyes will remain stabilized till around 45 is comforting. I can be pretty and non-nerdy till then. :p

You should consider yourself lucky with the stigmatism though. Growing up, I had a lazy eye and got to wear a wonderful *insert eye roll* wool eyepatch in grade school. I was nicknamed "the pirate" by my classmates and trust me, the experience was quite the opposite of nerd-cool that one would associate with a nickname like that. Thank the good Lord you don't have to try pulling one of those. :D

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Daveim_confused on June 8th, 2007 - 01:38 pm
Oh, pride... I have vague memories of a crazy Sunday afternoon with you boys last year (which somehow led to me passing out in my car, because I was at least sober enough to realize I was drunk enough not to drive).

I'll let you know if I head up that way again this year. :-)

Oh, and as for the astigmatism... get contacts!:

Hehehe.... :-)
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Daveim_confused on June 8th, 2007 - 01:40 pm
Awww, I embedded a video but it didn't show up. :-( OK, click here instead:

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jay dee 8ch: glasses_closejdhorner on June 8th, 2007 - 02:08 pm
my vision is left eye: 20/30 and right eye: 20/80, or something silly. so my prescription is very weak in my left eye and -1.25 in my right. and yes, it's from astigmatism. i've been wearing two-week lenses for years, and finally the daily disposables are starting to be affordable (and produced) for guys like us. :D

and my eye insurance was KICK ASS in boston. (doesn't really exist here in montreal). i got armani frames with the sports package, leather interior, and 8 cylinder engine (a near $500 value) for my $37 co-pay.

how'd i get so lucky?
my insurance through my work (IKON Office Solutions) had a special deal that we were only allowed to go to lens crafters.

/who the hell cares, josh?

anyway, have fun at pride. :D
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gethenix on June 8th, 2007 - 03:15 pm
I'm deranged, I know it. I have never been to a pride, here or anywhere else. Don't know why. I am curious about it. I might tag along with a friend of mine and his boyfriend, don't know. I was going to try out the kayak rentals in the Marina on Sunday. :/

I got my eyes check two years ago? I was told my vision would not go bad until I'm 40...and I suspect I don't play nearly as many video games as you do. ;)
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on June 8th, 2007 - 07:01 pm
my mom has it, so she said I've probably had it a while and that it just bugs me at certain times.

I really didn't enjoy LA Pride until I lived in the middle of it. Otherwise, it's kind of all the same—teriyaki chicken on a stick everywhere and naked people who shouldn't be naked! We'd usually get bored after a few hours and go home.

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sisyphus238: Portlandsisyphus238 on June 8th, 2007 - 03:31 pm
Pride in Portland doesn't happen for another week which is a good thing. This week is Rose Festival which means that there are sailors in town and The Grand Floral Parade tomorrow. The parade is like 100 years old this year and I guess it's always held on the second weekend of June which is really dumb because, more often than not, the weather doesn't cooperate and it doesn't look like it's going to year as well. Pride, on the other hand almost always has good weather. The irony makes me smile.

My dad was an eye surgeion when he was still practicing medicine. Every last one of us wears glasses (there are 4 siblings). I've suspected collusion with the optical companies for years.
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sisyphus238: relate with mesisyphus238 on June 8th, 2007 - 03:38 pm
Pride in Portland, by the way, is something of an embarrassment. I'm guessing you've seen nothing like it. Tawdry best describes it I think. I often think the most exciting thing about it is the contingent of anti-gay Christians that usually lay claim to one corner where from to spew their nonsense. They are always greeted approriately by the unchurched masses.
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Zero-Zero-One-Zero Encodedsalacious_pop on June 8th, 2007 - 03:50 pm
Those specs are hot. I am finally buying new glasses this year. I've been using 2-week disposable contacts like jdhorner for about 9 years. I'm finally going to buy those w/ cash and use my insurance towards specs - my current pair is 5 years old and pretty bent outta shape.

You should wear those out to the bars.. they are Gucci and the geek chic will attract a whole new cache` of boys.
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justinformative on June 8th, 2007 - 04:02 pm
new glasses make the world good. i just got new eddie bauer ones for free with my job's vision benefits!

actually, they're old eddie bauer, but they're eddie bauer none-the-less. glasses are the only thing that'll make me go crazy for labels.
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eviltickles on June 9th, 2007 - 04:13 am
cost of my glasses after insurance = $240. Number of minutes i've worn them for the last two years I had them...probably 240. meh.
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Bobby: teh geyshouldvesmiled on June 9th, 2007 - 05:16 pm
You should've had the doctor prescribe you a monocle
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