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Posted on Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Dave!Things did not go especially well for me today.

It all started this morning when I woke up and realized that I had packed my reading glasses instead of my glasses glasses for my trip to Spokane. Blind as a bat, I stumbled to my suitcase for a fresh pair of disposable contact lenses only to find... nothing.

My worst travel nightmare had just come true.

I was sure I had packed a bunch of lenses, but they were nowhere to be found. This meant I was, for all intents and purposes, blind. I would be unable to drive. Unable to work. Unable to do much of anything. About all I could do was call my office back home and have some lenses FedExed to me, then sit in my hotel for another day waiting for them to arrive.


How in the hell could this have happened? I travel professionally! I am way past this kind of amateurish bullshit!

Except I have been working day and night for the past two weeks and am completely exhausted both mentally and physically. Something eventually had to give and, unfortunately, this was it.

So what do I do now?

The only thing I could do... completely disassemble all my possessions. Unpack every last item from every last piece of everything I had. Sometimes I stick a spare lens somewhere "just in case," and now was the time to hope against hope that a stray contact would somehow be found. And it was. At the bottom of my suitcase rattling around with an old camera memory card.

Half-blind would have to be good enough.

But luck favors the foolish, and I managed to find another stray lens tucked in my notebook pocket after I got to work.

So it's all good, right?

Of course not. Work was extended another day. And while I had extra clothes packed "just in case"... I was fresh out of lenses. Which meant I had to go buy a lens case and some saline so I could re-use my only pair. All I can hope is that I don't accidentally drop one down the sink or something.

But it wasn't all bad news today. I did get to have the best pizza on planet earth...

David's Da Vinci Pizza

That just about makes up for everything.

Even when the power adapter for my laptop blew out.

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  1. Nomad says:

    My blind story:
    One time I decided to re-decorate my apartment and took all my old furniture and painted it lacquer black with red accents. (Think TRON) But I soon found it to be a mistake because I wore these very thin frames on my glasses and every time I would put them down on a table or a shelf, they would suddenly disappear, forcing me to grope along. Home decor victim #3408

    My contact story:
    One time, after I got an eye exam had updated my prescription, I opted for contact lenses. I hadn’t worn them for quite some time and I hadn’t worn any of that strength. Anyway, like the utter genius I am, I thought I could hop on my bicycle and run to the optician and pick them up. Well, I tried them on at the office and loved that feeling of suddenly seeing everything in IMAX. But when I got on my bike (still wearing the new contacts) I quickly noticed that the ground under my tires was undulating like the stomach of a belly dancer.So there I was flying down the street with everything was jumping at me from all directions. I was barely able to keep from crashing into things.
    My life is a Buster Keaton film.

  2. Megan says:

    Well the pizza looks yummy…

  3. Sybil Law says:

    Oooooh, that pizza does look good, though….

  4. martymankins says:

    Glad there was extra lenses packed. David’s Pizza. One of these days when I return to Spokane (I was last there in 1985), I will have to try it.

  5. Poppy says:

    That pizza looks amazing.

    It’s kind of exciting to have new experiences during extremely routine-to-me events, but I think I would have flipped the fuck out over this one.

  6. lacy says:

    Not sure where you are from but I happened to come across your blog today (brilliant, btw). Thought I would let you know that David’s Pizza moved. Apparently they are remodeling and are being operated out of another restaurant on the South Hill called Famous Ed’s. So, if you’re ever back in town, don’t fret when you see that David’s Pizza is gone. You can still get some!

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