Depending on how long you have been following the adventures here on www.urbansurvival.com, you may, or may not, know that we sort of wrote the book on prepping. This dates back to my living on a fully kitted-out 40 foot offshore sailboat for 10 years. Though we never got further south than Mexican waters off San Diego.

That takes us back to the 1997-2001 era – we sailed out from under the Golden Gate October 1, 2001, or thereabouts to work our way south.

When you’re envisioning going around the world there are literally a zillion things you think about; there are no hardware stores 100-miles out. As cold as the Pacific is, even 10 miles out might as well be the far side of the moon.

Spares is the name of the game: Spare water-maker parts, spare engine parts, spare plumbing for the head, spare raw water and diesel filters. It really could fill and book and in reality is filled a decent-sized spreadsheet.

By 2002, though, we had moved to Florida to do a software company turnaround and ramp up. And that went swimmingly well, so by 2003 here we were with this patch of dirt in East Texas.

Again, the prepping instincts are amazing.

We can drill our own wells down to 100 feet and have an operating one at 80-feet.

The tractor has spares including 5-gallon jugs of hydraulic fluid. We’ve actually used from the spare hydraulic lines, too. They’re more delicate than the city kids though when we came out here 13-years ago.

But, in the wake of the eye surgeries (20/30 in the non operative and 20/50 uncorrected in the operative eye with daily small improvements) there are a couple of things we didn’t plan on. In a week, or two, the operative eye will pass the “finish line” – 20/40 which puts me back eligible to fly again.  I can legally do it now, but I’ll get to that in a sec.

But in the meantime, the eye job means a change in prepping.  For example, I am in the process of “loading up” on contact lenses.  Cases of saline, cleaner, conditioning cleaner and more, as well.  But the lenses are critical.

The ones from the doctor’s optical shop are fine, but I can buy the same lenses online for $40 a pop instead of $108…so we are rounding up the prescription for that.

But THREE other things when comes to eyes that we didn’t PLAN on but we are sure pleased to have?

A number of good rectangular magnifying glasses.

At least one per person, or even two: Rectangle Magnifying Glass, Black (37708)

Then, last Friday, or so, I got really impatient.  I KNOW that my doc didn’t want me to get refracted up for glasses too early.  The eye is still drifting around a big, though it’s doing well coming down from all the drops.  Down to three drops today, then two a day for a week, then one a day…Hoo-rah, progress.

Except, you see, I’m not a patient kind of fellow.  Compulsive researcher.

And then I FOUND IT – OMG these are totally freaking amazing…

Adlens Glasses – Adjustable Focus Eyeglasses – Variable Focus Instant Prescription – Innovative Power Optics Technology – Great for Reading – For Seniors Women & Men Distributed Americana Made.  $30.

OMFG these are totally cool.

The operative eye is perfectly dialed in for reading, but it is focused at a distance of about 12-inches.  Seriously built-in near-sighted.  The non operative eye is great at distance with a contact (hence the 20/30 and legal to fly) but if WOULD be nice to have both better than 20/40, but without glasses, the operative eye is still “OUT..”

What to do?

I pop on my Adlens glasses and dial up the precise prescription for whatever I happen to be doing.

If I am driving, I can get down into the 20/30 range.  And then, when I’m working on the computer (24” distance, a bit more than dime store readers) I can dial in whatever.

By the time the $4.00 overnight arrived Saturday I was in hog heaven.

I did try several other pairs. 

The difference is that the Adlens are adjusted with a plastic screw mechanism on the front of the frame.  The ads say +6 to –6 diopters, and don’t know if THAT is precisely right, but I can sure dial stuff in.

And, when working on computer gear, fine print, or working on the electronics bench?  I have more optics than you can shake a stick at now.

One other useful thing to have around is an Esthology Premium Magnifying Floor Lamp 5 Diopter w/ Rolling Base.  It wasn’t much change from $100 bucks, but compared to the clamp-on light with magnifier I had been using previously, this thing is the bees knees.

The reason is there is a limit as to where the clamp on lights can go.  As long as you have space left, or right, of you workplace, the roll-round feature will let you put the light and the magnifier exactly where you want it.

When I first opened the box I though “Oh-oh, cheap…” but when I got it assembled it was solid enough for serious use and heavy enough that it doesn’t tip in morning use.

But best of all, it let’s you put the light and magnifier exactly where you need them.

BOTTOM LINE:  (after you get your aspirin and coffee going):  Imagine a world where there are no overnight glasses shops and no contact lens outfits open.

Only a fool wouldn’t have adjustable glasses as a just in case.  And what’s more, it’s one hell of a neat bartering item if you have several.  (They look a bit odd when on, because people can’t look into your eyes, but you can see others fine…so no worries there…)

Around the Ranch

Folks down the street were out pumping out high power pistol ammo a good part of Monday afternoon.

Have a not to call ‘em and remind them:   If you can’t do one-shot, one-kill, perhaps you should get a .22 for plinking instead of blowing through $50-bucks worth of real ammo.

Or, then again, fools and their gold…

Write when you get rich,

George@ure.net

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