March 01, 2010

Coming Up Roses

I gotta say. i'm not sure how things come together sometimes, but life does hand you some interesting events from time to time. My deep view on it includes the hand of God at some point. And I'm not referrring to Diego Maradona's famous goal either. Lets take a first instance if you will.

  1. I had broken my glasses back in November to 2009.
  2. I had to replace them with a newer pair because the crazy glue was not holding up any more.
  3. Problem solved, got a new pair.
  4. Left the old ones on the shelf and at some point,
  5. I was going to have to throw them out.
This was nearing the fatal date a few weeks back. Then, by chance I decided I would take them with me to work, and over lunch one day, head over to the lensecrafters in the South to see what they could offer up.

Well, that day was last Thursday. I headed over after work and did not have high expectations for a better than good outcome. I walked into the store and quickly began to scour the place for a something similar in a Brooks Brothers frame. I did find one that was very close, but not exact by any means. I was starting to feel as though it was never meant to be. Then, I asked the Girl at the desk, would she have anything else to look at that I had not seen. And within minutes of opening the first drawer, inside the first box was several pairs of frames scattered about. I was not very hopeful. Then, like a diamond in the rough, she pulled out the EXACT same frames (color, make and model) from the box and asked me to hand her the original pair. She checked them over and then told me she would take them to the back to let the Lense Specialists have a look.

I had no idea what was going to happen next. I took a seat in one of the occassional chairs and began to wait patiently. After 5-10 minutes had elapsed, she returned with something in her hand. It was the old Frames, neatly crushed and then carefully disposed of in an instant. I was shocked, as she said, "you won't need those anymore". I was speachless. How could I find another replacement elsewhere after she had thrown them out without asking.

She placed a set of complete frames, with lenses, on the table in front of me. I looked in awe. I said "Are those mine". She responded with "Yes, they are". I said "Wow". I was totally amazed.
She asked if I wanted to replace the lenses as a part of the 50% deal they had on the frames. I said "No", the lenses were the one reason why I had not thrown them out. And the shear fact, that I do not like to throw things out anyway.

The price on the frames were listed as $169.99. I figured this was an amazing deal. And after she had entered the data into the computer, the price was adjusted further.

Cost to go to store                                         = 20 minutes of my time
Initial cost of new frames                                = $169.99
Reduced cost of frames (sale)                         = $129.99
Feeling of getting exactly same frames back     = PRICELESS

This was a day to remember!

January 31, 2010

The Long Day

Today was a long day. One where you run into trouble off the get go and never really recover until the time your head hits the pillow. I'm not sure if its a full moon or perhaps its just the end of the month (January). The weather man lacked the knowledge to properly cover his butt today as well. predicted highs of -5 turned to -12 for today. What can you say, we live in Calgary and the weather is always a topic of discussion and based on our geographic location, its apparently hard to predict.

Mark it down then.

1 for the weather
0 for the weatherman
One other thing. I've been using Autocad now for over 15 years and I have to admit, it has improved dramatically. But the one thing that baffles me is Autodesks inability to make the Sheet Sets more CADD Manager friendly. What is the secret to the DST files already. I"ve been all over the internet and simple cannot locate anything to view these things. There is lots of talk about them being XML based, but what are they now. I'm not sure yet, but I am sure to share this little secret as soon as i figure it out.

Thats it for today - Kirk out!