This morning was my fourth opportunity to photograph St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster at a ribbon cutting for a local business. VIP Eye Care has been my source for contact lenses since moving back to Florida 2.75 years ago. I chose Dr. Henri's (in red above) eye care facility because I wanted to support a fellow independent St. Pete business rather than a chain with outlets across the country. As you would expect, the service is great and Dr. Henri's eye exams are actually kind of fun.
Most of the times I visit VIP Eye Care I am just in and out to pickup my contact lenses. At the ribbon cutting this morning I had a chance to browse the many designer brands of eyeglasses on display. Now, I have been a loyal Oakley man since I was 16 years old, so I am accustomed to paying a not insignificant sum for eyewear. However, Oakley provides "thermonuclear protection" which I absolutely believe in. Thus, $300 to $400 sticker prices for just an empty pair of frames was shocking to me! At least the ones for $400 were made of carbon fiber!
Mayor Foster declared himself as a person who really loves wearing glasses having no interest in lasic surgery or contact lenses. I liked that. You do not often hear people being proud to wear glasses, although I think it has gotten a lot cooler to do so in the past few years compared to when I was a kid.