Dec 222010

So admittedly this rant has nothing to do with social media or blogging…or does it?  I’ll keep it short anyways.  Every Tuesday my girlfriend and I have a Sauna booking at the Sauna in our apartment complex (If you don’t know much about Finnish Sauna culture, they are quite ubiquitous – I read there are like 2.5 million Sauna’s in Finland and the population is only around 5.3 million).  Our complex has electronic key card locks (a la hotel room style) – this is important to note.  Well, our Sauna booking is from 7pm-10pm (this time frame is apparently quite strictly enforced).  So the convention is to make trips between the Sauna, comfortable for Finns at around 80 degrees Celsius (176 degrees Fahrenheit), and outside (which here in Otaniemi is currently -7.38 degrees Celsius or 18.71 degrees Fahrenheit).  
(me in central Helsinki at this art exhibition with many of these bear statues, each designed to represent a different country of the world – sadly I forget which country this bear was from.  Oh yeah, I’m wearing my glasses in this picture)

On a quick aside (this is a rant, I can do what I want!), if you’re American and you start to understand Celsius, you might have been living abroad for too long haha.  Well, we didn’t keep track of the time and made a trip outside after a particularly hard round of löyly (the act of throwing water on the heated rocks in the Sauna).   It felt so nice we stayed outside in the cold for quite awhile, literally steaming (quite funny to see).  Low and Behold, we then attempt to go back in using our electronic key card, only to find it’s now past 10pm and the key no longer works.  Inside were my glasses.  Shit.

I’m accustomed to staying up late, reading things online and working on blog stuff.  Quite coincidentally I had just been thinking I should get a back-up pair of specs.  I found a cool website (which is not paying me to promote them or anything but I liked the site so I’ll mention it) where you can take a picture of yourself and fit the glasses to your face to complete a virtual “try-on.”  I had been having some fun playing around with the site and especially liked how they charge only $95.00 for the frames and lenses (plus apparently they give away a pair for each one sold to needy people worldwide).   Weird how coincidences like this sometimes happen – it’s like my subconscious was trying to warn me about the possibility I might lose my glasses and the internet randomly brought me a solution (which I of course failed to acknowledge at the time).

I guess my rant is this:  I put on my contacts and tried to stay up late as usual, but they’re just not the same.  My eyes started hurting and they kept blurring the screen a little, causing me to constantly rub them.  This caused me a horribly unproductive evening (where I couldn’t work on setting up my new blog as planned).   I dunno, funny how dependent some of us are on having an oddly shaped glass placed in front of our eyeballs.  I know I’m not the only one – so if you have any stories or comments please share!

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