Monday, April 17, 2006

cheap sunglasses

When I parked my van in the Brownsville airport parking lot last Friday morning, it was still dark -- so naturally I left my sunglasses on the dash. Have been looking for a pair of cheap replacements ever since. The Houston Hyatt - where I have been staying until today - doesn't have 'em. I felt fairly certain I could pick up a pair in Galveston, so when I saw my cheap motel room at the Ramada Ltd. was right across the street from some of those cheesy pier gift shops I knew cheap sunglasses couldn't be far away. The first two places I went into had the requisite mostly empty racks of dusty castoffs from seasons past, but at $12/pair they weren't cheap. Mind you, I wouldn't have objected to paying that much if they were something I could use when my basic needs were already being met, but these were truly hideous (we're talking spiderman glasses!)

So I went to the last pier shop which was actually more of a bar, complete with shady characters and large tattooed women lounging on the front steps. However, just inside the door was a rack - more than half full! and the handwritten sign on the top said "Cheap sunglasses - $2.99."

The pair I purchased sit slightly askew on my face, no matter how much I twist and fiddle with them. But somehow that seems appropriate.


Blogger Sam said...

Here's the last refrain of their song:

Now go out and get yourself some big black frames
With the glass so dark thay won’t even know your name
And the choice is up to you cause they come in two classes:
Rhinestone shades or cheap sunglasses
Oh yeah, oh yeah, ...

8:44 PM  

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