I had my annual eye exam last week. When I was working, I always took the first appointment of the day because I had to get to work, but this appointment was for 11:00 a.m. I grabbed a section of the newspaper from home to read while waiting, but decided not to take my book. Bad decision.
At 11:20, having finished the paper, I asked the receptionist how far behind the doctor was. Alas, I had made a mistake. My appointment was for 11:40, not 11:00. At that moment, a staff member came into the waiting room to announce that Dr. Wong was running thirty minutes behind. I was not happy.
I read my email. Then I turned to the pile of dog-eared magazines in the waiting room.
First up, The Ladies Home Journal July/August 2014. The editor’s letter announced that LHJ was shutting down after 131 years, and I was looking at its final issue. Another casualty of the Internet era.
Next I picked up Arthritis Today. Ten seconds later I put it down. Then People Magazine entertained me for a few moments. On to Opera News where I learned that it is possible to get tickets to LaScala, The Met, The Palais Garnier and the Vienna Straatsoper by dialing 1-800-326-0331 (and spending a lot of money).
I drew the line at Motor Trend.
My eyes are fine, and when they asked me to schedule my next appointment, I took the 8:30 a.m.