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    Did you ever have braces?

    Boy did I! 4 years. Because I was a vain little tween and refused to wear my headgear (mine went across the neck AND over the head) so they actually had to wire it on for a while to get me to comply. Then a dentist when I was an adult removed my built in retainer on the lower teeth and my bite went to hell, so now I have Invisaligns.

    Do you need glasses (don't we all)?

    I got my first ones in 2nd grade, cute litte aqua cat-eyes with little rhinestones in the corners. I never wore them. Too vain (I had nothing to be vain about until I was about 17). When I was finally able to get contacts in my teens it was wonderful. Suddenly I could see all my friends! So, that's what they looked like!  Now I only wear the contacts outside (so I can wear sunglasses on sunny days or not get my lenses rained on on rainy days) and wear glasses in the office or at home. I have reading glasses and distance glasses, but I really should get the combo. My eyes are so bad that I like tiny lenses because the bigger ones weigh too much.

    Do you ride horses at all?

    I rode my then BFF's horse bareback a couple of times, then visited friends who had a farm much later and rode on a saddle (Western) once. It felt odd to me being on the saddle, like I wasn't part of the horse. Bareback I felt part of the horse and it felt much more secure.

    When was the last time you rode a bike? *

    Maybe 20 years? A friend offered me hers during the last bus strike, but that would have required riding over a considerable hill, so I declined. I can walk hills, but the muscles for riding bikes up them are not there.

    *What odd little treasures did you collect as a child?

    Rocks. Miniature things. Shells.  

    Have you experienced any earthquakes?

    Loads! My current batch of cats hasn't been through one yet, I am not looking forward to that.

    Tornadoes? I missed the one that hit the L.A. Convention Center, and got to experience a warning while attending a Mad Men party at kirbybruno's place outside of Chicago.

    Hurricanes?

    Just the drink. The Pacific here isn't warm enough, yet.

    Someone feeling wronged is like someone feeling thirsty. Don’t tell them they aren’t. Sit with them and have a drink. - Lemony Snicket

    by Floja Roja on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 10:23:32 AM PST

    •  Wow, they came in aqua? (5+ / 0-)

      When my eyes went bad, the choices were pink or blue. I picked blue. Not rhinestones, as I recall, but inlaid glitter including little stars.

      I really must commend Lasik surgery to your attention. I was unable to see the broad side of a barn, from 4th grade until a few years ago. I was at the point where I also had enough presbyopia to kind of need reading glasses too. I had given up contact lenses when you couldn't buy the little heat sterilizer machines any more, because I proved allergic to the chemical-sterilizer solutions.

      So either my next glasses were going to be bifocals, or I was getting the surgery. I blew my bonus on the surgery and have never really regretted it, although occasionally I am sad that I no longer have the option of seeing something tiny by holding it two inches in front of my face. This pales in comparison to being able to wake up and wander around the world seeing everything without external assistance.

      The eye doctor adjusted my two eyes a bit differently, so I can see distance better with one and read better with the other. As a result, I do carry the lowest-power reading glasses from the drugstore, but in good light I can read even very small print unassisted.

      I will add that I am delighted with this doctor, who was recommended by my neighbor. I had been stomping around in a huff, eyes unexamined but not quite knowing where to go for that, for a few years after I quit my old eye doctor. I had asked him if I might be a candidate for Lasik, and he said, and I am not making this up, "Don't waste your money. You're old and your eyes are shot anyway. Just get bifocals." I was then in my 40s, and I disagreed with his assessment in the strongest possible terms.

      •  I was told that I was not a good candidate (4+ / 0-)

        for Lasik. At the time one of the owners of the company I worked for was giving employees interest-free loans if they went to his doctor to do it (big shot Beverly Hills doctor). At the time my vision was changing too rapidly. I also have one eye that wants to wander inward when I get tired, which may have had something to do with it as well.

        I'd certainly consider it now. I had a friend who had the surgery (or the earlier procedure, radial keratotomy?) and when he got older his eyes, like everyone's, started to get more farsighted. If I got the surgery now, it would be good for quite a while, and I would LOVE to be able to read labels in the supermarket again, among other things.

        Someone feeling wronged is like someone feeling thirsty. Don’t tell them they aren’t. Sit with them and have a drink. - Lemony Snicket

        by Floja Roja on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 12:44:48 PM PST

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    •  glasses (5+ / 0-)
      I have reading glasses and distance glasses, but I really should get the combo. My eyes are so bad that I like tiny lenses because the bigger ones weigh too much.
      I started with bifocals, and it didn't take long to get used to them (by the second day).  My current glasses are smaller (more narrow, as is the style), and it took me a little more time to adjust to that, but I did.

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