Battle Damage!

After years of faithful service, my sunglasses sustained the first flesh wound. The silver bit from the left side had fallen out, probably after some rough handling on my part during a recent trip. I don’t remember the brand since I got these so long ago (I don’t even remember the year or the shop where I bought them), but I do remember they’re not Ray-Ban.

The silver bit from the side is gone.

I don’t believe in holding on to things beyond their time if they’re not used, even if they hold sentimental value, so I’ll give these away soon. Meanwhile, I stepped into a local eyeglass shop and bought a new pair.

Slightly bigger than the old ones and these are D&G

Why is it so hard to find a decent pair of sunglasses these days? I mean I know that taste is subjective, but there are some styles that really shouldn’t go out of style no matter what and many more that shouldn’t come into style in the first place.

These were the most similar to the old pair and the least offensive to my sensibilities. Also they felt solid and seemed the least likely to fall apart in a year. Luckily, the branding is also small so it won’t be visible at a distance.

Wish the logo wasn’t there in the first place, but oh well…

I don’t really like any overt branding in the products I buy since I think the product itself should be the selling point, not the name. Speaking of which; why do designers feel it necessary to brand their products loudly? Ray-Ban, Dolce&Gabbana, Gucchi, Police, Oakley etc… are all guilty of this, but D&G seems to be the absolute worst when it comes to loud branding. You wouldn’t want to see a giant “Armani” on a back of a coat, so why cover the entire arm on a set of sunglasses with D&G?

Well, here’s to (hopefully) a decade of future service.


My underwear is 15 years old

I consider that to be quite an accomplishment. And, socks about 10 years old. Hey if they still fit…

Obviously not all of my underwear is that old, but it makes me really wonder how much of what we buy really gets used to the fullest. Is the word “timeless” just a marketing scam? Because few things that still work or function well still appear to be acceptable these days.

Do I really need to raid Old Navy to be socially acceptable?

I’m one of those people who still keep t-shirts from the mid 90’s; when the music wasn’t terrible, but the cars sure were. I look scruffy, I wear cheap hats or caps and my favorite hoodie has stains and a hole.

Why do I have to get this or have to get that? Why can’t I just be comfortable in my own skin? Or am I just getting old and cranky? Which brings me to my new peeve about work…

Welcome to NYC where nobody gives a $#@%!

People like to take their sweet time on the train, when they think you’re a bum. Dagnamit, I’m not a bum! I just look like one. But if someone is wearing an expensive suit with a coat and carry a briefcase, they get to get up and move to the door even before the train stops.

So my attire isn’t, shall we say, very sophisticated compared to most other people on the train. Granted, I have far fewer zeroes in my paycheck compared to others working South of 42nd street, but I guess I could improve in my appearance a bit.

Although, I wonder what makes them think my time isn’t as important as theirs. For all they know, I could be working to cure the credit crunch.

Yeah, you’re right… that’s a stretch.