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December 11th, 2005

Don't Even TRY the Upsell

Yesterday, I needed to get a pair of eyeglasses. Immediately.

(I am blind as a bat without corrective lenses - literally cannot see one foot in front of my nose. I woke up on Thursday with an eye infection, and I'd been wearing one contact lens Thursday and Friday, because the only pair of eyeglasses I had was three prescriptions ago, and I was not walking-safe with them, much less driving safe. I know. Bad me. Bad, bad me. I should have had a current Rx of eyeglasses in the house.)

Fortunately, I live one block from a mediocre shopping mall, which just happens to house a Lenscrafters ("We'll have your lenses in about an hour.") I marched over yesterday morning and said, "I'd like to buy your least expensive frames."

The shop-woman showed me the least expensive frames. So far, so good. I tried on a half-dozen pairs, finding one I liked. (Actually, I found it three times, because they had three different samples of it out on the shelves. I gravitated toward it each time.) I handed over my prescription.

And then, the upsell began.

Would I like super-duper-thin lenses? No, thank you; I only wear the glasses very occasionally, and I just need the bare minimum.

Would I like feather-wate lenses? No, thank you; I only wear the glasses very occasionally, and I just need the bare minimum.

Would I like to reconsider, because my glasses will be very heavy? No, thank you; I only wear the glasses very occasionally, and I just need the bare minimum.

Shopwoman 1 to Shopwoman 2: Can we make the glasses with this prescription?

Shopwoman 2 to Shopwoman 1: Of course, but they'll be very ugly.

Would I like to reconsider, in light of the fact that the glasses will be very ugly? No, thank you; I only wear the glasses very occasionally, and I just need the bare minimum.

(Exasperated sigh, clicking of tongue, tossing of hair. Typing order into computer.)

Would I like anti-glare coating? No, thank you; I only wear the glasses very occasionally, and I just need the bare minimum.

Would I like scratch-proof coating? No, thank you; I only wear the glasses very occasionally, and I just need the bare minimum.

Would I like anti-shatter coating, since these are plastic lenses that might shatter if I look at them sideways? No, thank you; I only wear the glasses very occasionally, and I just need the bare minimum.

I would have walked out after the second question, if my need had not been so great.

As it is, I am exceedingly pleased with my extremely affordable eyeglasses. But I don't think I'll be shopping there again any time soon.

Mindy, whose eye infection seems to be getting better, just not quickly enough
Yesterday, I went to see the movie Capote. Generally, I see a lot of movies; however, for some entirely undefined reason, I've been to very few in the past few months. (I saw Good Night and Good Luck about a month ago, but before that I'm not sure what movie I saw last.)

I almost don't want to see anything in the near future, lest it "wash away" the taste of Capote.

Of course, the acting was superb. (I think that Hoffman was perfect in the title role.) The cinematography was - almost literally - striking; some of the stark fields and skies and horizons made me pull back into my seat. The relationship between Harper Lee and Capote, and the relationship between Capote and Jack Dunphy was complex and not-entirely-articulated and hurtful and strong.

But I was most awed by the brutal soul-selling of the story. Capote made his Faustian deal; he was graced with the ability to lie without an affected blink, gaining the secrets that he needed to tell. But he paid. Many times over. (Yet, maybe, not enough?)

I don't delude myself. I've never written soul-shaking literature. I've never re-formed the way a generation thinks of the written word. I'm never going to.

And yet, I could admire a portrait of a man who did.

Mindy, still meditating

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