Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Out of focus

Today, in a bit of randomness, one of my contact lenses popped out and I lost it. It was really hard to see with one in and one not so I took the other out. And, I don't have a spare nor did I have my glasses with me so I had to go without for the rest of the day.

So what did I see?

When the subway train whizzed by, I had to determine whether it was a B or a D by looking for mostly orange with a white line cutting through it.

A work, when I looked around the office I could not tell who was standing at the far end. Those that were closer I could discern because I was able to recognize their shapes.

To see anything on my computer I had to unplug my monitor and move my laptop close to me and lean in.

At the gym, I was effortlessly able to tune out everyone around me and focus on my activity. I couldn't see anyone's expression and at a distance everyone and everything was out of focus.

Later at night, on my way home, traffic lights, street lights, car lights, were large and multiplied and looked like Christmas lights blinking in the city. When a plane went by overhead, it looked like a blinking giant light. It was all quite beautiful.

I don't spend a lot of time without my contact lenses or glasses and it made me wonder what it would be like if I didn't have them at all. While it was nice to focus at the gym, it was isolating to not see facial expressions. I also thought about how if New York were really a jungle, I'd be in trouble as I wouldn't be able to see a predator hiding waiting to pounce.

Luckily, I don't have to worry about any of this. And I immediately put my glasses on when I got home!

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