zaterdag 14 maart 2015
Glasses: Tom White, 1980's (drop temple)
[L: -0.25; c-0.50 o / R: -0.25; c-0.25 o]
Lord Lentilux opened his small suitcase and took out a pizza box. It was filled to the brim with oversize glasses.
"Before you start proceedings, can I have a look at your own glasses? It helps if I have an idea of your own prescription"
The young lady smiled and said
"I have no glasses of my own. No contacts either. I get by without them, except in college. If I need to see everything crystal clear, my boyfriend lends me his glasses for a few moments. Everyone tells me that once you start wearing glasses, you get dependent on them"
"That's a myth. Anyway, we will start with glasses for very mild myopia. With a bit of luck, there is a pair through which you can see everything clear"
Lord Lentilux closed the box and then produced another pizza box from his suitcase. Again, it was filled with oversize glasses.
"Your glasses look great. Different than what they have in the shops. I really like oversize glasses. Where on earth did you get them?"
"Here, there and everywhere. I have been collecting glasses since my student days, forty years ago. Shall we start with this pair from Ireland? They are prescription glasses but very, very mild"
"Can you guarantee me that they will not ruin my eyesight?"
"Absolutely. It will be just as if you are using your boyfriend's glasses. You can use this hand mirror and check your looks if you like"
The young lady took the glasses, inspected them and then put them on with great care.
vrijdag 13 maart 2015
The young lady turned round and looked at him in a slightly confused manner. She did not speak. Apparently she was waiting for an explanation. He got the impression that her eyes were not in focus behind the lenses.
"Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Lord Lentilux and I'm an inventor. I could not help noticing your beautiful Nina Ricci glasses. They look great on you. I hope you will accept this well meant compliment and I will leave you in peace"
Much to his surprise, the young lady took off her glasses and said
"My aunt used to wear these glasses long ago and I got them as a keepsake after she died. They are far too strong for me and I only use them when I want to contemplate. It goes easier when I can't see any details"
"Many shortsighted performers don't wear glasses or contacts on stage for the very same reason you just mentioned"
"Are you a stage performer yourself? You seem to be quite knowledgeable about performing. And about glasses as well"
"I have been a singer and performer for most of my life. And yes, I know a lot about glasses"
"You sound like a man with many talents. You introduced yourself as an inventor. May I ask, what kind of things did you invent?"
"It may sound odd but I have a collection of magic glasses. I can give people flexible eyesight if they are interested and follow my instructions with great care"
The young lady looked at him in an amused manner and said
"That sounds quite interesting. A bit weird, too. My aunt was as blind as a bat without her glasses. Are you seriously telling me that I could see everything clear through her glasses?"
"Probably not, unless I can change them into magic glasses. But the trick does not always work and I'm still trying to find out why"
"Do you have those magic glasses with you?"
"Yes, some of them. They are in this small suitcase"
"And what happens if I put one of your magic glasses on?"
"Your eyes will adapt to the lenses within fifteen seconds and you can see everything clear through the glasses"
"And what happens if I take your glasses off?"
"Within a few seconds, your eyes will change back to what they were before"
"Go away. That sounds like science fiction. Are you serious?"
The young lady looked at him for a while. Then she smiled and said
"I'm a bit shortsighted. Can you cure that for me?"
"No, I'm afraid that's still beyond my powers"
The young lady observed him again and then said
"You made me curious about those magic glasses. Can I try a pair?"
"Of course you can. I am on holidays with Lady Lentilux but she just went shopping and that always takes her a few hours. But you may not have enough time for the experience"
"I am an ambitious girl so I'm always busy. But not today. By the way, my name is Nadya"
The eccentric Lord Lentilux spent a week with his Lady Nel on the beautiful island of Cyprus. Good for their sun tan, good to be away from the cold in their native Lowlands of Holland.
One day, Lady Lentilux suggested that it might be a good idea to visit Limassol and see if the shops had anything to her liking. His Lordship often accompanies his Lady during her shopping exploits but they already spent a good shopping day in Nicosia so the couple decided to split up for a few hours. Lord Lentilux decided to walk towards the Old Port and enjoy the view of the luxurious boats in the harbor. The weather was perfect for a sightseeing trip.
After a few minutes at the Old Port, an interesting sighting caught the attention of his Lordship. A beautiful young lady, apparently lost in thoughts, looking at the boats and the skyline of the harbor. He saw her back, an abundance of long hair with a touch of chestnut, and what might be a classic pair of Nina Ricci glasses. Being a gentleman, Lord Lentilux prefers to avoid voyeurism but this time his curiosity was stronger than his good manners. He observed the young lady and gradually stepped closer. Yes, definitely Nina Ricci glasses with a prescription for short sight. The young lady did not notice him.