What a week. Anyone who knows me well knows that I frequently misplace stuff. I’m always looking around the house for something I just had. Tuesday morning was no different. I was getting ready to walk out the door and head to work, and I couldn’t find my glasses. I looked everywhere. So I just figured that maybe I left them at the office on Monday.
Before I go any further, let me give you a bit of background first. I started wearing bifocals a couple years ago. They work great. But I also ride a motorcycle a lot. And when I do, I put my glasses in their case and put them in my pocket, and I wear sunglasses (or no glasses) inside my helmet. This works great, except it means that I have to carry my glasses around with me, instead of wearing them 100% of the time.
So, I headed to the office on Tuesday, expecting to find my glasses on my desk. No such luck. I thought hard and figured that maybe they’re still in the pocket of the jacket that I wore on Monday night, when I drove my motorcycle to Kimberly (21 miles away) for my quartet rehearsal. Again, no such luck. I looked around the house on Tuesday night and again on Wednesday morning. And I finally came to the realization that I was out the $400 that they cost me. I just got this pair a few months ago. Crap.
While I was at work Wednesday morning, I kept stewing over this in my head. I just couldn’t believe that I’d have to pay $400 to buy another pair of glasses. Then I got an idea. I figured that when I drove my motorcycle to Kimberly and back on Monday night, maybe the glasses fell out of my pocket on the road.
So at lunch time, I set out on my mission. I drove home and then headed south to Kimberly. I figured I’d just retrace the route, and watch the roads and curbs and shoulders to see if my glasses were there. On my motorcycle it’s a nice drive anyway. I take a more scenic route through small towns on county highways instead of the main state highway. It’s 21 miles one way, so I figured I’d just barely have enough time to drive it round trip on my lunch hour.
And wouldn’t you know. I was about 16 miles south of my house, on County Hwy OO in Kaukauna, and there they were, sitting in the middle of the road, at the corner of Hyland Ave and Delanglade St, my glasses still in the case, flat as a pancake. What a stroke of luck!
So now I had mixed feelings. I did indeed find my glasses as I had hoped. But they had been out there for 2 days and had obviously been run over a number of times by what seemed to be quite large trucks. So I was still out the $400.
I got back to the office and was a bit bummed out. I decided to call ShopKo Eyecare Center where I purchased them. I asked the lady two things: do they have some kind of warranty that would cover this kind of thing, and did I get in on that? I figured that at this point, what do I have to lose? And to my surprise, she said, “as long as you have the pieces, bring them in, they’re under warranty.” Holy cow! So I brought them in and my new glasses will be ready in 7 to 10 days. Just like that.
What a roller coaster of a day. I had had some troubles with a few other eye glass stores when I originally bought these. And I decided on ShopKo because the ladies there really seem to care. They treated me like they truly wanted me as a customer. And now after this incident, I’m a ShopKo customer for life!