Whenever I get my two weeks' notice from a job with health insurance, the first thing I do is make an appointment with my optometrist, because I know it may well be a long time before I can afford new glasses again. Well, actually, the very first thing I do is cry because I'm sensitive, and then I make an appointment with my optometrist. It's been three years now -- since right about when the recession kicked in, what a coincidence! -- and while my eyesight has gotten worse in the meantime, I doubt I'll be getting health insurance again anytime soon.
If you've been through that routine yourself ('sokay if you're too butch to cop to the waterworks) and you also need new glasses, you should make your way to the Living Hope Neighborhood Church in Richmond between Monday, July 16th and Thursday, July 19th for Coastal.com's Change the View event.
As part of Coastal's global initiative to make sure that nobody has blurry vision, if you show up to the church between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., you can get a screening and place an order for a new pair of glasses, all for the cost of the BART ticket to get out there. You won't get the glasses that same day, and I'm not sure how much selection there is in terms of frames -- though most likely they'll be a bit more stylish than Bubbles' specs, unless that's what you're going for -- but they're still free, up-to-date prescription glasses, and that's always a good thing.