16 thoughts on “It Won’t Be Long Now

  1. I have a smaller version of one those things pictured on my computer desk. I use it occasionally to read text on my smart phone cause I’m too lazy to increase/decrease font size, even though I set up a short cut to do that.

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  2. Just don’t ask him to hit “ctrl-alt-del”. I have one that’s mounted on a gooseneck base with a ring of lights under the lens. Damn handy item on the desk and I can get both hands under it.
    The image of “hunt-n-peck” typing is cringe worthy. The most useful course I took in high school was called typing. One of the reasons I resisted getting a smartass phone for so long was that I refused to type with my thumbs, but once I got used to predictive text, it’s not too bad.

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  3. Assuming that’s a magnifying glass, I totally relate. I kept my vision till my mid 40’s, longer that anyone else in the family, but time is a cruel bastard and now I find my arms aren’t long enough to get a book far enough away to read. Can’t see slivers, read micrometers or identify tap sizes with out breaking out the cheater headset. Don’t bring up what a pain in the ass tig welding has become.

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  4. If only! I’ve been at that stage for years, then 6 days ago my left eye just quit on me. My optometrist warned months ago that it was iminent, but the eye specialist said “Pfft, nuttin’ to worry about.” Well mister eye specialist was wrong, and I’m worried, but have to wait in the queue for the guvmint eye doctor. At least I’ve still got the right eye, dodgy that it is.

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  5. Couple years ago I needed cataract surgery. (They put new lenses in your eyes). I went for nearsighted. So glad I did, as just as before I only need glasses for driving. I’d be going nuts if I had to grab readers every time I want to look at something close.

    fwiw

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    • I told my doc I wanted the best I could get from one yard out. And that’s what I got.
      I discovered this thing on the front of my pistol and rifle that makes me shoot soo much better.

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  6. Phil, you remember those X-Ray glasses that were advertised in kids’ comics back in the dim past, supposedly allowing see-through vision of womens’ clothing? If you score some, please do your readers a service and tell us where to buy them. Your pal Cederq could use them to find his lost sockets!

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  7. Yup, had the cataract surgery last fall, one eye at a time. Miracle!!!! I hadn’t been able to see clearly since 3rd grade. Yes, I had to get Wal-Mart readers but at least in the event of glasses breaking super emergency I could definitely see to run for it should we be in a sh**-hit-the-fan scenario. Even though I don’t need them, I chose to get regular glasses with window glass on top & the tri-focal reader built in on bottom. Otherwise, for reading/recipe following/map reading it would be “on/off, on/off, on/off.” This way I’m automatically covered.

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    • My wife had Pontiac surgery just four months ago (couldn’t afford the Cadillac), she’s a VERY happy camper, but has to go back in this month to get the film zapped off the back of the lens that sometimes forms (in about 25% of patients.)

      I’m looking forward to mine, things are gettin’ dimmer and fuzzier, even with glasses! Eye doc sez, “Nooooot quite yet, Grasshoppah!”

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    • Fixed a LOT of CRT Monitors (and TV’s as well) in my day , glad they are going the way of the Dodo. No more High Voltage arcing and sparking for me! Yes, I’ve been bit quite a few times…

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      • When we first computerized the lab (early 90’s) we had several dozen CRT monitors. I was able to be there when a couple of them decided to fry their power supplies. Burning electrical smoke sure does stink!

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        • Ah, the smell of burning silicon–brings back sweet memories of my days as an electronics technician. Well, memories, anyway. Never worked on CRTs, and I’m just as glad. Those things were nasty! High voltage stuff scares the catnip out of me.

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