A new pattern has emerged for me recently: when being early doesn't help. Here are a few recent examples.


On Monday afternoon I received a phone call letting me know that my new glasses were ready to be picked up. I was surprised, because we'd ordered them just a few days before (after my eye checkup) and it usually takes 7-10 days.

So I stopped at the eye doctor's office on the way to work Tuesday morning. I tried the glasses on and they didn't feel quite right. The prescription was excellent (having clear vision is a wonderful thing) but something was off. When I tried to attach the clip-on sunglasses, they were too small.

The technician looked at things more closely and discovered that they'd used a frame size that was slightly too large. So they're being sent back to be re-done. The end result is that it'll probably be 7-10 days, just like I originally expected.

Teeth (and hair)

Today I headed over to the dentist (Spring is when a lot of my annual health stuff happens, I guess) for a cleaning. Upon arriving there, I found that I didn't have an appointment today. It was, in fact, tomorrow at 11am instead.


Since I was in the neighborhood, I decided that I should use the time to get a haircut. Normally I get a haircut about a month after I'm completely convinced I really do need one. But this is the first time I've gone for an opportunistic haircut.

I'm half expecting to wake up tomorrow morning and find that my hair fell out while I slept. That would seem to fit the pattern. Sort of.

Posted by jzawodn at March 21, 2007 02:28 PM

Reader Comments
# Loren Baker said:

OT, but have you considered Lasik? I've been looking into it, but am hesitant for two reasons:

1. You cannot rub your eyes for 3-4 days after surgery because you may open back up the cuts.

2. Ever seen Steve Martin's The Jerk?

on March 21, 2007 04:20 PM
# Luis Alberto Barandiaran said:

Oh please DO post a photo... ;)

on March 21, 2007 05:37 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:


Heh. I've briefly thought about Lasik but don't like the idea of having my eyes cut.

on March 21, 2007 05:44 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:


You want to see a photo of my teeth?

on March 21, 2007 09:05 PM
# Pete Wailes said:

If it DOES all fall out, you'll know how it feels to be me. 21, and I'll be bald by the time I'm 25. If it holds out that long. Sometimes life just sucks :p

on March 22, 2007 01:53 AM
# Mr. Money Market said:

I've found that, in general, being late to almost everything is better than than being early to almost everything. Much, much less time wasted.

on March 22, 2007 11:32 AM
# Charles said:

Could be worse. I once received a sloppily handwritten appointment card from my doctor's office. It said "Feb 1 11:00" so I dutifully arrived at the appointed time. Turns out the card actually said "Feb 11 1:00."
On my next visit, I noticed they switched to computer-printed appointment cards.

on March 22, 2007 04:35 PM
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