It started with me breaking my spectactles. Usually I put them in the same spot on the headboard when I go to sleep and I thought I had, but I couldn't find them when I woke up, until somehow broke them in half when I put my hand down on the bed to lift me up! A bit of a mad panic then because I had one lens, but the other had fallen down a crack between the headboard and the bed base. I was able to retrieve it using a "claw"gadget I'd bought the other month at ALDI for $5 (it's a stick with a claw at the end that you can squeeze to grab things just out of reach). But, as it was broken in the bridge, it was impossible to fix properly - any sort of tape was too large and didn't hold it for long.
I found my previous specs (always keep your old spectacles for just such occasions) but the presciption is 4-5 years old. I can see about 90-80% of "sharp" through them (depending on how strong the light is) but it's never exactly in focus - good for mid-range stuff but reading a computer screen is tiring and long distance stuff is blurry. So, I decded to go to OPSM at Glendale, where I bought the broken set via "Vision Care" rebate system where you bring in a statement of income and if you're "poor enough" they give you a refund on one or two pairs of spectacles. I walked the dogs, but only down flat bush paths. Wasn't keen to walk them on the streets if I can't see clearly where the traffic is - had breakfast and went out.
When I got to OPSM I discovered they didn't do the rebate system any more and gave me the name of somewhere in Charlestown Square that did. They also said that they couldn't fix the frame and couldn't give me a replacement frame either because they didn't stock that style any more. Hmmm - so now instead of only going to Glendale I'd have to go to Charlestown. Just near OPSM is EB Games so I popped in to browse the games they have on sale - I bought a couple of simulator ones (involving vehicles) for $4 each and got to chatting with the salesperson there. Last week when I bought a Beemo Mug from EB's at Maitland they'd been really pushy about my getting a loyalty card. Didn't want to get one then but I got one yesterday. Anyway I was saying about how I'd decided to get an old style Wii if I could find one second-hand (not a Wii U for $500+) and guess what, they had one for under $50. I bought that and the Fitness game thing which was under $30!
Why buy either? Because I'd tried using a Wii ages ago and enjoyed it, and the idea is that if I can exercise with the Wii, then it's still exercise and I'll be more likely to do it this way. So, I bought both "on spec" but that also meant I had to carry them around with me. I got a large bag at Bunnings for a $and they both fitted perfectly in that (much easier to carry). Then I caught the next bus to Cardiff and waited for a connecting to Charlestown. While I waited I saw a guy driving a servic van abused someone parking in front of them and took a photo of it. The things you notice when things are not quite as expected!
Got to Charlestown, had a a light lunch and then found the shop. It transpire that they no longer did "Vision Care" and in fact the rebate scheme was run by a different group called Vision Australia and if I phoned a 1300 number I could find out where the local Optometrists were that offered the scheme. Tried that and was put thru to ...someone's voice mail asking for name and number, A fat lot of good that was calling from a public phone!Gave up on that for the moment and decided to look them up on the net when I got home. I didn't want the trip to be total loss so I went to a printing shop where I'd bought my Canon printer to get a black cartridge. But when I got there I couldn't remember the model number and they no longerhad my purchase on record and couldn't tell.
OK, that was out, so I took the bus to Westfields at Kotara to a computer shop and bought a 4 GB stick of memory for my Media PC. I was going to by an 8 GB stick but DDR3 memory seems so expensive nowadays I went food shopping for stuff I had been able to buy on Sunday and went home. Sounds simpler than it was - had to catch a 334 to Glendale (via a very bumpy ride), it was full of noisy school children going home. The previous date I'd gone to a luncheon at Morrisette and (expecting to be home all day today) had eaten some Cheese Cake. However I knew (being lactose intolerant) there'd be consequences and they kicked in on the way home. :( I was dead tired when I got back lugging the Wii and Fitness Pack and shopping with me.
Fed the pets, and went to bed with soup for dinner. Watched some QI and Adventure Time on the TV and then slept until 9pm, and then went back to sleep until now (after midnight). I can watch stuff on the TV that's simple animation or mostly "talkie" (like QI) but it hurts my eyes. Same with the computer screen . Before I had dinner I finally got through and it seems a shop in Cardiff does the rebate system now and I have a Friday appointment for everything. Not sure what I can properly do at home before then though. We'll see.