Grooh. Woke up this morning with a stiff neck, I think due to yesterday’s exertions in the wind and the rain. The problem with cycling to Battersea is I have to do a lot of changing lanes, which means doing owl impressions as I try to turn my head 180 degrees to see what’s coming up behind me. I wear glasses, so when I’m trying to look over my shoulder I’m looking through the blurry bit where my glasses aren’t, rather than the nice clear (but rather small) circle where they are. My eyesight without them is appalling – put it this way, I looked over to my left yesterday before changing lanes and suddenly discovered there was a bus in the bit of the road I was planning to occupy, which I hadn’t noticed before. Not a double decker, true, but a bright red London bus nonetheless, and I had to do a bit of nifty acceleration to make my turn without being squashed. As I was recounting this tale to the other half, he pointed out it’s a bit worrying if you find you can’t even see a bus before it’s upon you. And other traffic – grey coloured cars driving along grey coloured streets in grey coloured London – are even worse.
I fear I may have to get myself contact lenses. I tried them once, for a year, but they were hard ones and I found that the best part of the day, every day, was the moment I could take them out, so after a while I just stopped bothering putting them in. Plus there were those scary moments when they would decide to migrate round to the back of my eyeball (sorry, were you eating?) and I’d have to retrieve them very carefully with my fingers. Opticians tell me that contact lens technology has moved on since then, but that’s usually when they’re trying to flog me the things with the same zeal that shoe salesmen reserve for suede shoe protection sprays, and I automatically disbelieve them. Plus I stare at a screen all day and my eyes get dry and scratchy enough as it is. So I guess there’s nothing else to do but make like Hedwig and practice my neck stretches until I can rotate my head round completely, glasses and all. That would put the wind up some of the drivers round here, I can tell you.