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Old 01-27-2010, 07:37 AM   #21
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I wouldn't worry about it. The urge to dig into such tomes will undoubtedly return, although maybe not for that particular book.

Edit: I should explain that comment. I read a wide variety of stuff including a lot of hard science books. Once in a while I will reserve something at the library but it happens to come in at a point that I just am not up for a dense read. I usually take it back and never return to it. I have a few books I own that the same thing happened with. For one reason or another I wasn't up for reading them when I first picked them up and now they are tainted - they still sit on the shelf.
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Heh, let me tell you about vision problems...
I had bifocals when I was 12 and switched to contacts when I was 16 because glasses were so cumbersome/heavy. Contacts are a minus 8 in one eye, minus 6.5 in the other. A bit of presbyopia would be great because it would offset the extreme nearsightedness.
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Yikes!
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Heh, let me tell you about vision problems...

I had bifocals when I was 12 and switched to contacts when I was 16 because glasses were so cumbersome/heavy. Contacts are a minus 8 in one eye, minus 6.5 in the other. A bit of presbyopia would be great because it would offset the extreme nearsightedness.

Uhhhhh... from someone who is in the 9s.... it wil NOT help...

They make your glasses or contacts where you see 'normal'... so the presbyopia is there to mess you up... just like everybody else... sorry...
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Uhhhhh... from someone who is in the 9s.... it wil NOT help...

They make your glasses or contacts where you see 'normal'... so the presbyopia is there to mess you up... just like everybody else... sorry...
Not always. I'm pretty nearsighted, and when the presbyopia set in my prescription lightened up a little. For a while, anyway. I think there's definitely a level of diminishing returns. I was thinking of lasik, but discovered that over a period of a few years I'd end up wearing reading glasses, even if they undercorrected one eye. Since I spend as much time reading as I do ogling, it didn't seem like the trade off was worth it. I can wear my prescription sunglasses when I'm at the beach so the girls (and DW) can't tell that I'm leering at them.
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I can wear my prescription sunglasses when I'm at the beach so the girls (and DW) can't tell that I'm leering at them.
Doesn't your tongue hanging out give them a clue?
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.... Or maybe its that there is nobody waiting to test me on the book....
I think having a "project" to apply your learning is important especially as we get older.

For example, I loaded Linux on a computer a few years ago to "learn" it. Never got beyond refreshing what I already knew. A few weeks ago, I decided to create my own DVR using open-source software. I haven't been this engaged in a technical project in years! And I'm learning a lot about Linux and other stuff. I even built my first PC to accomplish this.
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Doesn't your tongue hanging out give them a clue?
I still have an old pair of mirror sunglasses that work well for stealth watching............

I have excellent peripheal vision..........
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I still have an old pair of mirror sunglasses that work well for stealth watching............

I have excellent peripheal vision..........
Well then, if you can control your tongue....you're set!
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I still have an old pair of mirror sunglasses that work well for stealth watching............

I have excellent peripheal vision..........
As long as black patent leather dress shoes are not involved...you're good to go.

The "shoes thing" is a very obscure reference that many of you may not catch on to. Let us see who guesses correctly.
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Too many posters are blaming their attention span getting shorter and shorter on vision problems, whether real or imaginary.

While we are talking about our poor eyesight, I will say that, being near-sighted since early teenage years, I have found that there has been a payback at older ages. Now, I have been able to read books, use computer screens, and probe circuit boards with tiny components simply by taking off my prescription glasses. I have no need for reading glasses.

Back on fire, or rather lack of it, in the belly, perhaps it was quenched by ...

beer in the belly?
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Or perhaps I am just getting old and intellectually fat. Anyone else run into this?
yep, you're toast !!!!

I've run into this problem several times in the past and in my case I've needed a change to re-start the fire. Sometimes this has meant a job or location change, other times I've found a new project or challenge within my current job.

You probably just need find something that create a big enough spark to re-light that fire inside.
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As long as black patent leather dress shoes are not involved...you're good to go.

The "shoes thing" is a very obscure reference that many of you may not catch on to. Let us see who guesses correctly.
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As long as black patent leather dress shoes are not involved...you're good to go.

The "shoes thing" is a very obscure reference that many of you may not catch on to. Let us see who guesses correctly.
Well, I have a guess about the 'shoes thing' but it has nothing to do with patent leather...
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Maybe you need to relax and just have some fun for a while?
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Maybe you need to relax and just have some fun for a while?
Could be. Not likely any time soon, between work, bus travel, taking care of kids, weekend chores, etc.
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Could be. Not likely any time soon, between work, bus travel, taking care of kids, weekend chores, etc.
You know you probably need some Brewer time in there somewhere. What do you do for fun? When was the last time that you and Mrs Brewer went away for the weekend and just did instead of worrying about chores, kids, jobs and how soon can we FIRE?
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You know you probably need some Brewer time in there somewhere. What do you do for fun? When was the last time that you and Mrs Brewer went away for the weekend and just did instead of worrying about chores, kids, jobs and how soon can we FIRE?
Need and possibiity are highly divergent, unfortunately.

We have never had a weekend away since the oldest kid was born in 2004. Supposedly going away for a weekend in March, but we will see if it comes to pass.
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