Just What I Was Looking For
By Robert Brault
I was thumbing through the Yellow Pages, trying
unsuccessfully to find someone to replace a cracked lens in my eyeglasses. No
luck. "Darn phone book," I said to my wife. "Town this size and you can't find
"You don't want an optimist," Joan said. "You want an
optician - unless you're thinking of getting rose-colored glasses."
I flipped a page and located "opticians," sandwiched between
"ophthalmologists" and "optometrists." Without my glasses, I had to squint just
to make out the headings. Leave it to the phone company not to print eyeglass
listings in extra-large type.
"Are you sure I want an optician?" I asked Joan. "What about
an optometrist or an ophta
"Ophthalmologist," Joan corrected. "No, you want an
She sounded confident, so I dialed an optician. "How long to
replace a cracked lens?" I inquired.
"One hour," a voice answered. "Maybe less - I'm an