Before Morning Breaks…You Can Be Smarter

TAKE THIS QUIZ…What does Buddy Holly

  • Drew Carey,
  • Clark Kent

have in common with little ol’ ME?

They wear geek glasses.

Looking smart is the latest fashion trend.  Black-frame glasses with no lens (or clear-glass, non-prescription lens) can add “brainy points” to your appearance.

Mostly it’s the young who wear these fake-o, but hip fashion accessories. Suddenly it’s cool to look like a nerd as long as you aren’t really a nerd.

Now I know some of you consider Fake Glasses STOOOOOPID. Would you suddenly start carrying around crutches if they became fashionable? No.  And the reason the older generation doesn’t wear fake glasses is because we’re myopic and partially blind.  ( I need glasses even though they don’t go well with Barb’s Sack O’Good Looks.)

Optical aids are not a fashion statement for those of us who ARE smart. Wise folks know it’s Spock-Logic to see well enough to avoid  a bad day like…..missing the curve on the Interstate Bridge or ordering duck feet because the restaurant lighting is so frustratingly dim and the print on the infernal menu is so small.

Gray hair imparts super powers to Rogue of X-Men

But for years…young people have copied their elders.  They put

Gray is the new Cool

light colored streaks in their hair.

They tweeze their eyebrows until they’re a crisp line.  (My eyebrows are so thin, I draw them on now…same difference.)

And now fake glasses.

No need to squint and scowl at this change. It isn’t new.

In the late 70s a couple of friends of mine finally kicked through the glass ceiling and were promoted to the fourth floor of a large bank. (They still work there so I’m not using the name.)

The more things change...the more they stay the same.

They had arrived at the Executive Banking area, full of suited-up men, dealing exclusively with VIPs and career-making corporate accounts.

It was strongly suggested to both of these women that they wear glasses.

“But we don’t need prescription lens,” they said.

“It’s your choice,” the director told them. “Though….if you want anyone to take you seriously, you need to wear glasses.” (So they did.)

And younger folks thought this was a new fashion trend.

About Barb

I escaped from a hardscrabble farm in Oklahoma. I'm not sure why people think I have an accent. I miss the sunshine, but not the fried foods.
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41 Responses to Before Morning Breaks…You Can Be Smarter

  1. Red says:

    I am going to be getting a pair for myself. The stinking optometrist will not give me a prescription. (Long involved story) But I am going to succumb to the reading glasses from the pharmacy. Have not decided what kind…but I can pretty much guess which color 😉


  2. dan says:

    Before you freak out, I am not going to be offended in any way if you don’t participate. I’ve been tagged a few times and not responded. I just thought I’d try to ask funny questions.
    I think I forgot to tell you. I started this last week.

    The Rules Are:
    1. You must post the rules.
    2. Post eleven fun facts about yourself on the blog post.
    3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and then create eleven new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged.
    4. Tag eleven bloggers, however, you can break the rules and tag fewer people if you want. Make sure you hyperlink their names/blogs.
    5. Let them know you’ve tagged them!
    6. Have fun!

    Okaaay. My questions:

    1. Why is your favorite color your favorite?

    2. Do you prefer dogs or cats or do you just hate animals, and want to kill baby seals?

    3. How much time do you spend on the computer?

    4. Not including porn, what do you do on the computer?

    5. Are you a clock watcher? Bonus question: Other than me, who would ask such a question?

    6. What do you look for in a partner? Don’t say sense of humor, It only lasts while your dating.

    7. What type of clothing do you prefer? Grunge, conservative, flamboyant, none, Village People, or however you want to answer. I personally like to dress like Flash Gordon.

    8. What is your favorite type of music? Don’t give me that “I like all music.” crap.

    9. Do you believe in the paranormal, Ghosts, ESP, levitation, spoon bending? No Zombies! How many fingers am I holding up?

    10. The most important question: Do you have a inie or outie belly button? Like those are words.

    11. What kind of car do you drive. Just to avoid embarrassment I drive a 93 ford F150. If you drive a Mercedes or something don’t answer, or lie, because the rest of us will hate you.

    OK I’ll pick ten of the people on the side bar, but they don’t have to participate! I just want other bloggers to know how good they are. This is time consuming and a lot of people don’t have time.

    Their blogs are on my side board, or I left an URL to copy and paste.



    • Barb says:

      Dan, You’re so funny. I know you work for the CIA. This is a cleverly designed test to assess my super powers. If I answered these questions, a black SUV would pull up to your man-cave and remove your computer as well as your beer and your wife’s excellent chili. They really only want the chili and beer, but absconding with your computer will stop you from spamming my inbox with “Learn Taxidermy At Home Using Roadkill” ads.

      Thanks for mentioning me. I’m too lazy to keep the questions moving along the blogosphere, but I am cat-curious to find out how you answered your own questions. I’ll pop over to see. Thanks again, Dan.


  3. Love the glasses. I think it makes us looking smart but at the same time hides that part of us that we don’t want to reveal like Clark Kent that he’s Superman….not that I have super powers. Such an enjoyable post with a sweet sense of humor….Love it!


  4. Al says:

    Interesting post, Barb. I love it when a fashion trend coincides with one of my physical ailments. Fortunately, I only need glasses to read…..or to look for my hearing aids.

    Speaking of which, I used to be self-conscious with the hearing aids, but now, with everyone wearing some kind of “ear bud” or blue tooth device I fit right in. I guess the moral to the story is, if you live long enough, fashion trends will find you.


  5. Silva Gang says:

    It’s true. There are so many fashion trends that have come back around after so many decades. Whatever happened to originality? I guess the only original thing I can think of that my generation has come up with is wearing pants halfway down their buttcrack so their underwear is showing. Not exactly something to write home about. 😉


  6. Wear those specs proudly. You’re in good company – smart company too. My husband just got his first prescription strength glasses and I suppose I won’t be far behind.


  7. My first ones were the “cat-eye” kind made famous by all the older females in The Far Side. In pearl white. No less. Ick.


  8. El Guapo says:

    I’ve worn glasses for close to 30 years (since I was a kid). I’m looking forward to getting Ray Ban Wayfarer frames (because those are cool), but I have to wait until next year since I’ll probably need bifocals by then…

    And a nice thing with glasses is whipping them off and staring intently at people. I can’t see them, but I can point my eyes intently in their general direction…


    • Barb says:

      I most. Definitely will try that glass whipping look. If I could do it without breaking an ear piece or ripping out a swath of hair, then it’ll be a cool move. Thanks


  9. This was great. Well done.


  10. Hi ,

    Was passing by and loved this read. Is this because of a belief deep down? That leads us to conform and links such conformity to some future success? I wonder…




  11. The desire to succeed could get taken to some (from my perspective) awful lenghts though. Years back a woman I worked with told me completely seriously that men made better managers because they ‘were born with a management tool ‘. And the humble penis has been known in this household ever since as ‘the vital management tool’.


  12. souldipper says:

    Oh, those corporate assembly lines…aren’t they a riot? I remember the men used to say they wore navy suits on days they had to portray: “I’m to be taken seriously”.

    I sat in a waiting area one day in Vancouver where all the business people streamed through for lunch. They all looked like they shopped in the same store. They were hell bent for same-dom – no unique, creative, outstanding outfit that made me say, “Wow! Who is that person?!”

    Glad I’m finished with that world and can dress as I please.


  13. digipicsphotography says:

    I’ve been wearing glasses since I was 13 and I am “ancient” now. I have both glasses and contact lenses, both bifocal. I guess I’ve been “cool” and didn’t even know it. WOW! And I thought I just needed them to see.


  14. Margie says:

    Fun post Barb! I diggin the funky look!


  15. moma escriva says:

    I could probably go without glasses but it always happens that I need them to read anything smaller than 12 point which is getting to be a bit smeary at times. Myopia wears big frame glasses and she seems pretty proud of ’em.


  16. Julie says:

    I remember when I was one of the first girls in high school to wear the owl eyed Annie Hall glasses. I loved them, and thought I’d be a real trend setter. Though I still had to hide in the library at lunchtime!


  17. dan says:

    I have always worn glasses. My house looks like an optical shop because I never throw them out. (I lose mine daily). I have these fancy shooting glasses reputed to be super tough for when I get shot in the face with a shotgun. I figure if nothing else my eyeballs will be hanging there. Glasses have saved my eyes a time or two.


  18. If someone is so dumb that they think that wearing glasses will make them look smart, I don’t think that the subterfuge will work because the minute they open their mouth they will counterbalance any indication of intelligence that the glasses may impart. IMHO.


  19. magsx2 says:

    Well it seems I am really trendy, not only do I have the grey in my hair, but my reading glasses have black frames, oh and I have a purple pair as well. 😀


    • Barb says:

      At first, I read…”I have purple HAIR, as well.” wow. You’re really cool…oh a purple pair. That’s cool too. I’m looking for one with rhinestones.


  20. I’m thrilled to hear gray is the new cool. How about white? I think white describes my hair accurately. And glasses. Wow, I feel so coooool.


  21. Roxie Matthews says:

    What’s next? Comfortable shoes? Really nerdy glasses are the little half-lens reading glasses that you peer impatiently over the top of when people interrupt you. I want the big aviator lenses to come back.


  22. Jon says:

    So, people who can’t see have more credibility. Who would have thought? I’ve worn glasses since 8th grade, and contacts for a few years before moving to a rural life. Because of the sawdust and hay I had to give up contacts. I feel much more protected with glasses, but still fog up coming indoors in winter. It’s just a vision quest.


  23. Phil says:

    Ha!!@ Thpose silly ypungsters trying to lpook more matrure wearing fakle glasses, while us older fplks are trying real hasrd to be cpool by traking them off and pretendsing we can see jusdt fine withpout them. Weired world we liver in.

    I'”d proofrread my cpommentr but I can”t find my glkasses. Maytbe my kids tpook them.


  24. I love my glasses, I tried contact lenses years ago, hated them. Our 17 year old daughter wears large pink glasses (because like me, she’s half blind) and she looks ‘trendy’…. 😛


  25. Our youngest, a 34-year-old daughter, started wearing glasses when she was in second grade. She hated ’em, but her vision is extremely poor, so there was no choice until she was in middle school, and the doctor recommended gas permeable contact lenses. Imagine my surprise a couple weeks ago when I saw her wearing glasses again, and not the coke bottle-thick things she has to wear when she isn’t wearing the contacts, but “cute” non-prescription ones over TOP of her contacts. Too funny!


    • Barb says:

      Oh my. I hated glasses. They were always sliding down my nose, and pinching my nose. I was so happy to get contacts. How funny that she’s willing to wear both.


  26. I’ve noticed this trend too. Well, only when I manage to find my glasses and put them on so I can see it.


  27. Zarchaspo says:

    lol geeks and oldies what a combination. 🙂


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