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Finally!

August 1, 2008 at 2:11 PM

I got new glasses on the 2nd of June...and later saw that there was a crack inside the top of the lens, which I didn't notice at first. Originally, I thought the outside was cracked - however, after running my finger along both sides of the top edge of the lens, I couldn't find any defects on the outside. Mom and I took them back to get this fixed; I had to wear my previous set of glasses until the new ones were ready. The week after, Mom picked up the replaced pair...which had the same flaw - they were replaced, though, since the crack was smaller this time. We took them back again and asked them to look at the frame.

A week later, we got the replacement pair - I went with Mom this time to make absolutely sure they were OK. Fortunately, there's no flaw this time around - from what I was told, the crack was most likely a problem resulting from the "threading" line in the rim, that probably pushed into the lens and cracked it from the inside. That would explain why they didn't notice it when assembling the glasses - the lens itself was defect-free prior to being inserted into the rims.

Near the end of the month, on the 27th, I finally got my new bedroom dresser. The last few times my parents went to pick it up, there were flaws - pieces were scratched or nicked, and in one case the finish was missing where the drawers pushed into the dresser, as if the finish was applied without even taking out the drawers. This time, though, it looks just fine. All that's left are two pieces for my bed - when those are ready, I'll have all of my new bedroom furniture =)

On the 9th of July, Dad finally got the new downstairs bathroom fan installed. We purchased a new one two months earlier and, for a one-to-two week period prior to getting it installed, we had no fan in that bathroom as the old one had been removed. During that time, we had no fan or fan light, the room tended to steam up quickly (even with the door wide open) and the only light we could use was from the one above the mirror. Even after it was put in place, it still didn't work properly - one of the pieces seemed to have too much room inside of it (likely a manufacturing defect, since it wasn't the result of how it was assembled), causing the fan to make a lot of noise while in use (much like the old one, before it was replaced).

Rather than take the whole thing down, Dad just took the problematic part back, got a replacement, put it in, and now the fan works great! Unlike the old one, it's pretty quiet - the sound of the shower water running is louder than the sound it makes. All that's left is the upstairs bathroom fan - it wasn't loud like the downstairs one was, but it takes a long time to completely start up (about 10 seconds, just making a humming noise until then). It's the same design as the old downstairs fan and probably put in at the same time, so it's no surprise that they've been breaking down at about the same time.

Dad didn't want to have to keep wearing glasses, so on the 11th, he had eye surgery done - the procedure was PRK. He actually considered getting LASIK, but was told to have this procedure done instead due to the thinness of his corneas. Mom and I went with him but, unfortunately, we couldn't actually see them perform the procedure.

After waiting for awhile, it was finally done...and we found out what took so long: most of the time spent was for preparation. The approximate time for the process itself was about five minutes, with the actual time working on the eyes being about 26 seconds per eye. Until his eyes have completely healed, he will have to wear protective lenses when sleeping (to keep him from unintentionally rubbing his eyes), take a few different types of drops every so often and - for a full year - wear sunglasses when going outside.

During the second work week of July (from the 7th to the 10th), I was told that the filing I've been doing at my job is not a temporary thing - I'll be doing this every day. For that matter, I was also told that I'm not filing fast enough - but how could I have known when I haven't seen anyone else do the same type of filing?

After finding these two things out, I lost a little interest in the job...and then found out that my hours would be reduced to 3 per day (down from 5.5 per day) - I still start at 10:00 AM, but I'm done at 1:00 PM (instead of 4:00 PM). After hearing that, I actually considered quitting...but didn't - I won't be able to collect the rest of my unemployment compensation (from my previous job) if I quit, my co-workers and supervisor like having me there, and my boss will give me a good reference for my future job if I continue to work there. He had talked to Mom about this and, due to these circumstances, has no problem with me looking for another job while working at this one.

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