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Eyes and ATMs

December 31st, 2005

I had an eye exam today at Sears Optical. I was a little leery going there as opposed to a regular Optometrist office, but everything seemed ok, albeit more expensive than other places. Beggars can’t be choosy, however, and I needed to get an exam before the end of the year to take advantage of the vision benefits we’re entitled to every calendar year.

I ordered another year’s supply of contacts in addition to getting a prescription for glasses so I can get some new ones in January under the new vision plan we’ll be under. I haven’t gotten any glasses for a few years now and my prescription has changed since then. It was funny when the doctor was trying to explain to me why the prescription for glasses is stronger than contacts and I interrupted him and said, “because the glasses don’t rest directly on your eye like contacts”. He seemed taken back by that. Hey, I’m not stupid, but I guess a lot of people don’t think about it.

Anyway, we ran some errands after my exam and one of those was the bank. The guy in a grey Mazda 6 at the ATM in front of us was so distracted by his cellphone conversation that he pulled away without his ATM card. If we were dishonest people we could have easily stolen money from his account because the card was still in the machine and the screen said “would you like more time on your transaction?” What a dumbass! So we took his card and Joe ran inside to give it to a teller. I hope that guy doesn’t notice until tomorrow and freaks out a couple of days before getting his card back. I bet the bank already contacted him though. I think we made it too easy for him. We should have let the machine keep it because after a minute or two the machine will suck the card back in and destroy it. Otherwise he probably won’t learn anything from this. I explained to the kids that it’s a perfect example of why you shouldn’t be on the phone when you’re trying to do something else. Most conversations are not that urgent.

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  1. Jenniyb
    January 1st, 2006 at 12:21 | #1

    Talk about doing the appt at the last minute!! Scott is getting new glasses this year and has been waiting for January 1 to roll around to make his appointment asap!

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