Shannon Stacey

Sunglasses and lie detectors

Yesterday the husband and I finally got around to hitting the vision center for new glasses. His were easy (though OMG expensive) with the progressive no-line bifocal, Nikon lenses and that Transition tint where they darken automatically in the sun. I’d decided I was getting the Transition tint, too, because I’ve never been able to wear sunglasses.

Well, much to the husband’s annoyance, I started waffling wicked bad once decision time came. I tried to explain to him that I’ve worn glasses since I was about six—twenty-nine years? holy crap—and the thought of changing anything about them is a little scary. What if I hate them? Without my glasses I can’t function, can’t leave the house. I have about ten minutes without them before the headache and nausea kicks in. He told me it’s not plastic surgery, but to me it’s that anxiety-causing.

Then, no doubt taking pity on him, the vision center lady explained I have sixty days to try them. Some people do hate them and that’s okay. Plus my prescription didn’t really change so if I can’t tolerate the change, I can wear the ones I have now while waiting for new lenses. They’ll be in by the 30th, so I’m pretty excited and pretty nervous all at once.

In other news, not wanting to be among the half-dozen people on the planet not talking about it, the husband and I watched “Moment of Truth” last night. (If one of those half-dozen people should stop by—that’s the lie detector show on Fox).

I was a little apprehensive. While I’ll admit to laughing during the promo commercials, it was kind of an “OMG, they did NOT just ask that!” laugh. You’ve probably all seen the commerical sample questions:

Would you donate a kidney to save your father’s life?

Do fat people repulse you? (Asked by an overweight woman I hope isn’t his girlfriend/wife, but with this show, it might be.)

Do you see yourself still married to your husband five years from now?

Watching it did answer one of my questions—how they were going to factor stage fright, crowd-caused anxiety and whatnot into the results. I guess they privately, before the show, hook the contestant up to the lie detector and ask over fifty questions. Twenty-one of those are then used in the show. So the contestant isn’t hooked up on the stage.

I had mixed reactions to the show. On the one hand, some of the squirming was funny. (While a football player, did you ever sneak a peek at another player’s privates in the shower?) Some was not. (Are you delaying a decision on having kids because you don’t think Catia is your life-long partner?)

Even while watching it, there was a part of my brain that was horrified we’ve reached the point where destroying friendships and families is entertainment for the masses. I know the contestant signed up, but…I really think you would have to totally not give a shit about anybody in your life in order to win the $500,000.

Even though I watched the whole thing (and the husband liked it, so we’ll be watching again) I felt a little dirty afterwards, and I hope it dies a quick death.

10 comments to “Sunglasses and lie detectors”

  1. Jaci Burton
      · January 24th, 2008 at 11:34 am · Link

    I loved my Transition lenses in a major way. I think you’re going to love them, Shan. My new glasses aren’t transition ones and I miss them greatly. But I think I’m going to get WileyX prescription sunglasses so I can wear them on the bike (you know, so I can actually see while we’re zooming about. Heh).

    Let me know what you think when you get them.

    I can’t watch Moment of Truth. Just doesn’t look at all appealing to me. The humiliations people are willing to subject themselves to in order to get money never cease to amaze me.

  2. Charlene
      · January 24th, 2008 at 12:35 pm · Link

    I’m one of the half-dozen, and from the sound of it, I’m not missing a damn thing. I hate reality TV. I will just sit here with my episodes of Firefly, thanks.

  3. Melani Blazer
      · January 24th, 2008 at 2:37 pm · Link

    How about that, half the half dozen visits your blog. I didn’t watch it either. I watched a replay of Super Bowl XX. Sorry Shan. :neener:

    I solved the glasses issue by wearing contacts, and now, if forced to wear glasses for any length of time, get a major headache. Bleh. Plus I can wear contacts. yeehaw!

  4. Patti
      · January 24th, 2008 at 10:41 pm · Link

    I didn’t watch the show either, although I sometimes like reality TV, this one looked bad. However, a friend of mine said she had to watch just to see. I think it’s the car accident, Jerry Springer effect. Not for me. I’d rather read a good book!

  5. Ann
      · January 24th, 2008 at 11:35 pm · Link

    I don’t watch tv, and when I do it’s a movie channel like HBO or something on DVD, so I’ve never seen Moment of Truth. :type:
    I wear contacts, but a friend of mine wears her glasses all the time, and has a pair of clip on sunglasses that work. You might try that if the transition tint doesn’t work.

  6. vanessa jaye
      · January 25th, 2008 at 9:03 pm · Link

    I missed it too, and don’t intend to watch it.

  7. kate r
      · January 25th, 2008 at 11:44 pm · Link

    even the ads for that show made me feel bleargy.

  8. Shannon
      · January 26th, 2008 at 9:48 am · Link

    I’ve always considered myself too lazy for contacts. :tomato: I slap my glasses on when I wake up and take them off when I go to bed. That’s it.

    And I’ve considered the clip-on sunglasses, but I’m not sure how they’d work with four wheeling. One, because I have to take my glasses off to put my helmet on and then shove them into the face hole, somehow getting the arms over my ears without getting my hair bunched up. :rofl: Sad, I know. I’d probably forget the sunglasses were clipped on and snap them off. I’ll look into that if I can’t tolerate the Transition coating, though.

    As for “Moment of Truth”, we’re reality TV junkies here—Amazing Race, Survivor, Big Brother, etc—but we don’t usually do game shows—Deal or No Deal, etc. Although we don’t do “dating” reality shows, either—The Bachelor, Beauty and the Geek, etc. I’d probably watch The Bachelor if my husband wasn’t around, but maybe not. I offends my sense of HEA.

    But my sister took pity on me last night and called to tell me she’d not only watched “Moment of Truth”, but enjoyed it more than I did. Maybe it’s a genetic thing—JerrySpringeritis? :crazy:

    Hopefully y’all are indicitive of the general public and they’ll give it the axe soon so I won’t be so morally conflicted anymore.

  9. vanessa jaye
      · January 26th, 2008 at 12:43 pm · Link

    ‘K, ya got me. I’m a sucker for the reality dating shows. But I only watch each of them one season, then swear NEVER to watch another because of all the obvious manipulations going on from the editors/producers. The only ones I do watch repeatedly are Blind Date, or Parental Control … ::hangs head in shame:: lol. And all the versions of Average Joe have suckered me in. But stuff like the Bachelor or Temptation Island, I’ve only watched one season. :-P

  10. Anna Louise Lucia
      · January 27th, 2008 at 4:17 pm · Link

    Another half dozener here, although I’ve seen it trailed. I think it’s pretty horrific, to be honest…

    Good luck with the new glasses, babe!

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