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May 3, 2009 @ 10:12 pm

Over-40 Eyesight

magnifyLast weekend, my friend RB and I met up at a bookstore.  We looked at several books (even bought some from the clearance bins), and sat in the coffee shop and chatted.

I discovered that jalapeno potato chips and mocha latte are really good together, but I digress.

When we went up front to check out, RB looked at the rack of bookmarks and said she used to have a bookmark that was a thin, plastic, rectangular magnifying “glass”.  We both have Over-40 Eyesight, so I was able to appreciate how helpful that would be.  She said she’d lost it and was hoping to find another one.  The closest thing she was able to find was a two-pack of credit-card sized plastic magnifiers.  She took it from the display and looked for a price, but it was printed so small, she had to take another package from the display and use another magnifier to read the price of the magnifiers.

Did I mention before that I love irony?

We decided to split the cost and share the two-pack.

When she said that she suspected that her other one was somewhere in her car, and then pointed out that it might be futile to try to look for something flat and see-through, in a car, with Over-40 Eyesight, I mentioned that if it’s on the floor, she might just look for pieces of carpet lint that appear to be unnaturally large.


  1. Comment by nahgems:

    Sadly, in my car “unnaturally large” lint is so common that I don’t think even that would help. I really need to vacuum the puppy fur or something…

  2. Comment by RB:

    I’m glad you did get around to writing that incident up…it was pretty funny! 🙂

  3. Comment by birdonthewire2008:

    I carry those credit card plastic magnifiers with me in my purse. >sigh<

  4. Comment by steppingthru:

    Hysterical! I have a little magnifying glass in my purse that folds up to look like a compact. I have to sneak it out occasionally to look at price tags then pretend to be fixing my lipstick. So Vain!

  5. Comment by kate1975:

    So hilarious. I laughed out loud, which is not something I do much. Thanks so much. I too have that kind of eyesight, now.


  6. Comment by lifeischange:

    I was reminded of this post last night when SS and I were trying to read the ingredients on a bottle of nail polish and I pulled out that magnifier from my wallet.

    As an aside, did you know that many nail polishes can contain wheat protein? The good news, as I understand it, is that it’s not a gluten problem once it’s dry unless you bite your nails. That’s why, for now, until I know for sure I’m buying gluten free nail polish, I’m only painting my toenails. 🙂


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