Maui Jim’s

I was so good yesterday that while the whole world went bananas and clogged the parking lots in front of Target and Best Buy and the Stanford Shopping Center, I spent $11 at Safeway (and that included a copy of the New York Times) and $12.95 at Peet’s Coffee (for a pound of Major Dickason’s Blend).

In Safeway I was standing in a check-out line when a woman who might have been Filipina — brown skin, pretty, in a red vest (So festive! So “with the season”! In contrast I was wearing a ratty old grey cardigan with a tiny little hole I’d discovered only that morning when I’d lifted it from the drawer.) started asking all the cashiers, “Did you see a pair of sunglasses lying around?”

The male cashiers all looked at her, she was so vibrant, so alive, so filled with the drama of having lost her sunglasses. You see, this is what makes Filipinas so attractive— they can turn even the most mundane situations into a scene from “The High Life”, and you’ll want to bask in that glow, you WILL want to participate in that life.

So, this woman comes around, and all the male cashiers shake their heads slowly, letting their eyes linger, and finally the woman goes away, saying, “Oh God, they were Maui Jim‘s, too.”

The female cashier in front of me — of course, I always end up with the female cashier — says, “What are those? I’d never heard of them before!”

And immediately I resolve to go home and google this “Maui Jim’s”. Hubby’s birthday is coming up next month, and he’s depressed about it. As I would be, too, if I were his age. Which I’m not.

So, I’m thinking, wow, just what any aging man needs — a really cool pair of Maui Jim’s!!

And I google the brand, and I come to a website for Sunglass Hut, and there are 11 choices for “full frames” (I could also have gone “half frame” if I’d wanted, and that would have given me 18 choices), and the cheapest pair of this brand is $299.

Oh. The question is: Do I love the man in my life enough to spend $300 — which I don’t have, I might add — for a really cool pair of shades that will rescue him from the hell of having to wear shades that make him look like Erik Estrada from CHIPS? (You are so pathetic! Isn’t that show from the 80s? No. To borrow a line from the just-out Rocky Balboa movie — I think it’s probably from the 70s.)

That is the question.

1 Comment

  1. December 29, 2006 at 4:16 pm

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Loved this entry. You have that Pinay thing down perfectly. I think of my mother who is always in the middle of a grand entrance with makeup, jewelry AND sunglasses.

    I don’t have your email address, but wanted to send you our family Christmas card/slideshow. Its in Quicktime.

    Here’s the link…it’s posted above too…

    http://www.kathleenbell.com/merrychristmas.mov

    Send me naman your email address. 🙂

    Happy Birthday to your husband! Looking forward to all you write this year!

    Kathleen

    PS. The food in the pictures is made by the kids. 🙂


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