Let me make myself clear: I can be an absolute idiot.
I lost my glasses this weekend in the ocean. I was wearing them and jumping waves and being very very careful right up to the moment I turned around to head back to the beach. A real doozy of a wave smacked me square in the back of my head and grabbed my glasses while it rushed past my temples. My glasses are gone.
Here's a little history: Last year, I used my last pair of disposable contacts. Not having a lot of money laying around, I elected to wait until my insurance said I could get a new exam and a set of lenses without paying (much) for them.
So I've been wearing my glasses exclusively for over a year now. I loved them, though. I spent a lot of money to ensure that I got a pair that a) would last me a long time and b) I would actually *like* during the full measure of that "long time."
So when the Pacific Ocean pulled my glasses off of my face and buried them beneath an incoming tide and a clearly (but not so clearly to my blurry vision) sparkling sand, I was blind and helpless.
Amy led me home (I'm not legally blind, but I wouldn't know a car at 100 yards from a bump in the road) and we called around. Ever try to find someone on the Oregon Coast who will give you an exam and a pair of disposable contacts at 5:30pm on a Sunday evening? It's a harrowing process.
But eventually, by some kind of grace, we found one optometrist with a cell phone hooked up to his office phone. He brought me in, did a bang-up quick job of checking my eyes, handed me a pair of lenses, and sent me out to make an appointment with my eye doctor back home. I could see!
So I'm back to wearing contacts. And I'm feeling pretty stupid.