The “Little Maudie” pages of Sluddle are proving to be far more difficult to lay out than I expected– I had proper little scribble breakdowns, I promise you that, but they are now in the recycler because they did not translate into actual full sized drawings worth a … broken pencil. So, I’m winging it. As usual. To give my brain a chance to reset (this is a fancy artistic phrase that means roughly the same thing as “procrastinate”), I spent way too much time on the internet this afternoon choosing frames for my new glasses.
Don’t worry, people who actually know me. You will still be able to recognize me. I will still look the same as I always do, since my everyday specs will be set in the exact same gold panto frames I have been wearing on and off since I was a teenager and constantly since I got my first bifocals back in the spring of 1983. I wear various brands, mostly Shuron, Cottet– these will be Shurons like my current pair. Gold panto wire rims– thirty years of dedicated service and still going strong. Be there, and be very, very square.
But I’ve had the crazy desire to try out a set of browline combination frames for a few years now. You know, the kind that are grained plastic above and wire below, as worn by G-men in old movies and TV shows, by noted historical figures like President Kennedy and Malcom X, and also by my paternal grandfather. My regular source stocks Shuron’s classic Ronsir line, and I’ve ordered two pairs,
one in black briar on silver and one in grey briar on silver. One will be my studio/work glasses and the other will be my new prescription sunglasses. (Yes, I am actually going to buy some proper (polarized, UV protection) sunglasses, and I am going to wear them. ) I haven’t decided which one is going to be which– depends on what they look like on and what color the lenses of the sunglasses end up being. Green lenses will look best with the dark frames, I think, while silver mirrors will rock the grey ones.
Where, you may ask, do you get glasses like this: classic frame designs in large sizes, when all you see in the optician’s offices and chain stores are little tiny “fashion” styles with little tiny lenses? What do you do if you work with your eyes for a living and need to be able to actually see? If you consider your glasses to be essential tools rather than accessories? I don’t usually plug businesses here, but if you value your health and your sanity and want some frames that hold full sized lenses in styles you can live with long term (30 years and running on those pantos), then head over to the Optometrist Attic (Vintage Twentieth Century Eyeglasses) at optometristattic.com. If you don’t find the style you want or the size you need in stock, drop Vick an email and he will almost certainly be able to find it for you, overseas if necessary. Vick at Optometrist Attic has been the exclusive supplier of spectacles frames to the Bliss household for ten years or more. Highest recommendation.