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What kind of sunglasses do you love?

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A poll.

(No politics, please.)

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

port1080.

Thu Apr 19, 2012 at 07:58:41 AM EST

4.00 (contrarian)

I love raising taxes on people who have the money to blow on designer brand sunglasses.

Allons-y!

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

zyxwvutsr.

Thu Apr 19, 2012 at 06:08:49 PM EST

none

Did you vote for Persol in the poll, or do you consider those "designer"?

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

port1080.

Thu Apr 19, 2012 at 06:26:49 PM EST

none

I don't really wear sunglasses - I wear prescription glasses, don't like clip-ons, don't like those transition lenses, and can't justify the expense of buying a separate pair of prescription sunglasses, so I just do without.  I wouldn't have a clue what any of the brands are beyond Ray Ban and Oakley, designer or not.

Allons-y!

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

zyxwvutsr.

Thu Apr 19, 2012 at 07:11:03 PM EST

none

In the poll D&G, Prada, and Zenga are designers of a number of things, clothing primarily. The rest are either only glasses, or primarily glasses. Would your envy tax cover the three I mentioned, or would you cast a wider net?

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

port1080.

Thu Apr 19, 2012 at 07:32:27 PM EST

5.00 (astute)

I'd make long term capital gains taxable as ordinary income and kick the tax rates back to what they were in 1996.  That would raise rates on most people who are shelling out for designer sunglasses.  Good enough.

Allons-y!

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

zyxwvutsr.

Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 07:34:20 AM EST

5.00 (informative)

If I'm not mistaken, he is also wearing one of his favorite ties in that pic.

Why do you suppose he favors British style ties rather than American style?

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

improper.

Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 10:56:54 AM EST

none

What is a British style necktie? Are there like British patterns? I always just thought certain knots were British, or common among the British.

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

zyxwvutsr.

Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 11:17:06 AM EST

5.00 (informative)

Originally associated with the regiments, universities, and clubs of the United Kingdom, our famous repp stripes offer a look of established gentility reflective of their heritage. In the early part of the last century, Brooks Brothers deliberately reversed the traditional direction of the stripes so that they went from right to left instead of left to right...
See here:

http://www.brooksbrothers.com/timelessclassics/neckwear.tem

Most American makers follow this convention.

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

rickb928.

Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 11:25:02 AM EST

none

So these are club stripe neckties?

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

zyxwvutsr.

Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 01:21:22 PM EST

none

In the style of, I suppose.

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

zyxwvutsr.

Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 07:35:48 AM EST

none

So what'd you vote in the poll?

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

port1080.

Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 08:15:03 AM EST

none

I didn't...none of the above would be my vote.

Allons-y!

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

tjb.

Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 11:07:17 AM EST

none

I'd make long term capital gains taxable as ordinary income and kick the tax rates back to what they were in 1996.  That would raise rates on most people who are shelling out for designer sunglasses.  Good enough.

Actually, all you would accomplish is disincentiving long term investment (*) while only raising tax rates on a small fraction of people who buy designer sunglasses.

*Unless you want to do away with (or do an extreme minimization of) corporate taxation as well, in which case I agree completely with making long-term-capital-gains = income tax rate

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

port1080.

Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 12:08:44 PM EST

4.50 (bitter, astute)

*Unless you want to do away with (or do an extreme minimization of) corporate taxation as well

I'm fine with that - corporate taxes are stupid, corporations aren't people (despite what the supreme court might say), and ultimately whatever tax you place on them is going to be paid for by real people (either their investors or consumers), so what's the point?  Also, you'll not I said raise all tax rates back to what they were in 1996, which would actually amount to a tax increase for pretty much everyone (even the bottom brackets would go up to 15%), so at the end of the day pretty much everyone, rich or poor, that wears designer sunglasses would see a tax increase.  As would everyone else.

Allons-y!

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

zyxwvutsr.

Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 01:22:23 PM EST

none

...corporations aren't people (despite what the supreme court might say)...
Why do you believe they might say that?

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

improper.

Thu Apr 19, 2012 at 09:07:47 AM EST

none

Ray bans.

I had the same Ray Bans that Obama has, the Ray Ban 3217s.

As seen here

But I lost them at a Starbucks. I think I left at at the counter. I am sure some Obama supporter stole them.

So I recently bought the same model in Gray.

Cost me about a $100 shipped from Amazon.com

I might give them to my dad and get another pair. Any recommendations for similar style?

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

improper.

Thu Apr 19, 2012 at 09:11:25 AM EST

none

The next model up 3218s don't look too bad: here

But I would to see how they sit on my face, most sunglasses don't look right on me.

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

zyxwvutsr.

Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 07:35:18 AM EST

none

Whoops! Click error!

See comment #13 above.

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

gerrymander.

Thu Apr 19, 2012 at 08:28:34 PM EST

none

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Memory goggles

Acefantastik.

Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 04:12:42 AM EST

none

Don't forget famous!

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

Haggis.

Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 06:46:03 AM EST

none

Ladies and gentlemen, the incredibly multi-talented Corey Hart.

I am shitfitter; hear me roar.

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i voted Smith

Acefantastik.

Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 04:11:06 AM EST

none

Here is my reasoning:

I have a weird-looking face and an oddly shaped head, and Smith sunglasses tend to flatter both of these impediments.

My last name is not the same as my parents' last name.  Theirs is Smith. I gravitate towards narcissism, even if its secondary.

Living in Alaska, brand name flash isn't always easily attainable in local retail. I have the Internet, but the pleasure of point of purchase is still a thing, you know?   Anyway!  There is an REI here.  Out of all their stupid ugly sunglasses, Smith looks the best on my irregular mug.

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Re: i voted Smith

zyxwvutsr.

Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 09:57:22 AM EST

none

I voted Oakley for their technology and fit. I have always found that Ray Bans designs let too much light in from the top and sides (note that President Obama is squinting in the photo linked to by improper above) whereas Oakley seems to have solved that problem with most of their glasses without having too radical styling. I have owned four pairs of Oakleys: One is at the bottom of a lake in Maine, one was left behind during an enhanced search at a TSA checkpoint in Austin, and the other two I still have (my three-year-old whiskers are my go-to spcs for most occasions - I have replaced the ear socks annually due to fraying and stink). Also, I have quite good eyesight, so I wouldn't ever want to put any sort of inferior lenses in front of my eyes.

Just a few days ago, however, I bought a pair of Persols to wear with suits. (I recently got a new job that will require wearing a suit every day, so I am currently in the process of bulking up my wardrobe. It didn't make sense to me to, for example, continue pairing the brownish-bronze Oakleys with a grey suit.)

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Re: i voted Smith

improper.

Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 11:02:55 AM EST

none

Oakleys are great but their frames tend to give off that "extreme-sports" vibe.

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Re: i voted Smith

natophonic.

Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 05:24:18 PM EST

5.00 (true, funny)

I always picture a guy with a mullet going bass fishing.

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Re: i voted Smith

natophonic.

Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 05:53:11 PM EST

5.00 (morbid)

> I recently got a new job that will require wearing a suit every day

Have I been in Austin too long, or did you become a mortician?
 

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Re: i voted Smith

zyxwvutsr.

Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 06:05:38 PM EST

5.00 (urbane, businesslike)

NYC never really got the whole casual trend.

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Re: i voted Smith

natophonic.

Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 05:32:59 PM EST

none

I'm partial to Native, because that was the brand of the first pair of nice sunglasses I ever got, which also got me stuck on polarized lenses. I got them using a an REI gift card, had them for a few years, then unfortunately left them at a table at a restaurant at a country club, so I'd say it's about a 30/70 chance that they were Obama supporters or McCain supporters.

I went back to REI to get another pair, but then thinking I'd be very clever, I went home and ordered what I thought were the same pair I'd tried on from an Amazon storelet. Unfortunately, they were a pair intended for a 'small to medium framed face', and make my head look like that of a North Korean dictator's. I'm so goddamn cheap, I still have them a few years later, but really only use them when I drive.

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No Political Content Here

Haggis.

Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 06:53:43 AM EST

5.00 (brilliant, cool)

It's just Mittens through a sunglass darkly.

I am shitfitter; hear me roar.

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Other

cloudofdust.

Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 07:55:55 AM EST

none

Most sunglasses are too big for my face. I have three different pair from Reptile which tend to be smaller.

Plus Sierra Trading Post sells their discontinued models for less than half price.

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

T Slothrop.

Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 07:58:22 AM EST

none

Ray Bans here.

I have the same pair of model 2027s that I purchased in 1996. The style is a little dated now but they still do the job.

[I'm not that guy.]

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

improper.

Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 10:57:38 AM EST

none

They seem very comfortable and durable, that's the advantage of a plastic frame.

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

T Slothrop.

Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 11:35:31 AM EST

none

They are very comfortable. I bought a crush-proof case at the same time I bought the glasses. Still they've been dropped probably hundreds of times and I've never done anything to them beyond cleaning and occasional temple screw tightening.

[I'm not that guy.]

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

HidingFromGoro.

Sat Apr 21, 2012 at 09:42:17 PM EST

none

FWIW those don't look dated to me

Then again I wear Locs so what do I know.

I got more styles than prison got bricks- ain't that some shit?

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

T Slothrop.

Sun Apr 22, 2012 at 12:55:03 PM EST

none

Heh. Thanks.

They are the same model that Tommy Lee Jones wore in the first Men In Black. But as I'm officially an old fart now I guess that doesn't make any difference.

[I'm not that guy.]

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

zyxwvutsr.

Sun Apr 22, 2012 at 03:56:35 PM EST

none

Tommy Lee Jones is an old fart.

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

T Slothrop.

Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 09:10:53 AM EST

none

That was my point.

[I'm not that guy.]

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

joshv.

Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 10:02:48 AM EST

none

I lose them so frequently I stick to gas station sunglasses - UV blocking and polarized only need apply.

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

T Slothrop.

Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 10:11:10 AM EST

none

That's the reason I bought my Ray Bans. I used to lose cheap sunglasses almost weekly it seemed. Once I invested in a $100 pair suddenly I became extremely responsible about keeping track of them.

[I'm not that guy.]

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

improper.

Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 11:00:14 AM EST

none

Same. Not counting my last unfortune incident with the black Ray Bans, I bought the $100 sunglasses for the same reason. I was losing the cheap ones alot.

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

rickb928.

Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 11:17:57 AM EST

none

In order:

  1. Persol, best glass polarized lenses I've ever had.  Frames too.
  2. Oakley, the graphite lenses just made the world look better.
  3. Ray Ban, excellent.
  4. Revo, some very nice lenses.
  5. Vuarnet, those rose tints are the bomb on snow.
  6. Smith, for bicycling.
  7. Persol, they are good enough to mention again and again.

Sadly, since I got precriptions, I cannot indulge my sunglass fetish.  My wife convinced me to liquidate 20 pairs a few years ago.  Now it's crap clipons until I spring for Pesol blanks and endure the lab warning me that their non-metallic frames are notoriously brittle, and they aren't responsible for damage when they hammer the lenses into place.  Arg.  

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

zyxwvutsr.

Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 01:44:48 PM EST

none

I am really impressed with the Persols I got this week. Oakleys polarized are pretty good, and the Persols lenses (these are acetate) are as good, or better. The ones I got also have an anti-glare coating on the inside - it makes a noticeable difference.

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

tomc.

Sat Apr 21, 2012 at 04:38:04 PM EST

none

Revo.

I have two pair that I bought years ago.  Multi-layer glass, just the right shade of brown to give good depth of field.

Unfortunately they're not the company they used to be.

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

MC Nally.

Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 12:16:09 PM EST

none

At the very end of last year I had some unspent money in an HSA (for non-USA readers: a plan which allows you to spend pre-tax dollars on health expenses, saving the tax you would ordinarily have paid on that income.)  The catch on this type of plan is that any unspent funds in the plan at the end of the year are forfeited.

So, being in a "use it or lose it" situation I went out and bought myself my second set of prescription sunglasses ever, and the first in 20 years, with the funds.  I spend a lot of time on the water in the summer, was finding my clip-ons inadequate, and know it will be nice to have good polarized lenses in my prescription, but I'm still a little queasy about the cost.  The fact that I was going to forfeit the money if I didn't make a purchase was the only thing that convinced me to make the purchase.

That said, the Oakleys I selected are very nicely put together and seem like they might last a while (if they don't take a plunge into 300 feet of water like my last cell phone..)  I won't even offer an opinion on their stylishness (except to say that, were he aware of it, the brand manager at Oakley would probably be less than thrilled that I am sporting their eyewear) but the materials are definitely a step above my normal prescription glasses and most of the off-the-shelf sunglasses I have been familiar with.  As well they should be..

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Ray Bans

wayhip.

Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 02:26:21 PM EST

none

Does that mean the average TnT denizen is in favor of banning things, like the 2nd, 4th, 6 to 9th, 13th, 15th, 19th, or 24th amendments (all being shredded as we speak). Or how about banning abortion?

It all seems to fit if you take a cross section of comments on this site.

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

port1080.

Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 03:47:26 PM EST

5.00

Why aren't Hellen Kellers an option in the poll?

Allons-y!

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

improper.

Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 04:43:06 PM EST

none

I'm really liking these Maui Jim Stingrays: See Here

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

T Slothrop.

Sun Apr 22, 2012 at 03:53:48 PM EST

none

I like those frames a lot.

[I'm not that guy.]

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

improper.

Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 08:49:29 AM EST

none

I ended up buying those on Ebay for $130 shipped. Not bad considering that when I went to Sunglass Hut the price was $220 plus tax.

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Proper selection of sunglasses is important

natophonic.

Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 05:37:42 PM EST

none

If you select wisely, you will make it clear to all other males that you are dominant and command respect.

e.g.

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Re: Proper selection of sunglasses is important

zyxwvutsr.

Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 05:47:28 PM EST

none

With great mustache comes great responsibility.

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

ckm.

Sun Apr 22, 2012 at 02:44:23 AM EST

none

I have to wear sunglasses if I wear contacts or my eyes hurt at the end of the day...  Yes, I'm a vampire, been that way for years.

For years, I wore Maui Jim's, who's lenses used to rival Revo - I don't know now as my last pair broke and I haven't gotten it fixed.

I've been buying cheap sunglasses on eBay, which work OK (brand Element8 ~ $10/pair), but I recently bought I nicer pair on sale at Banana Republic.  Yeah, not high end, but I have no hair on my head, so finding a pair that isn't goofy wide is not easy, and these fit me well.

That said, I've also been thinking of getting a pair of prescription sunglasses, turns out Oakley will do this - I like this style http://www.oakley.com/products/6948/26176 although I'm not sure about the earpiece...  Also, I have to be really careful about the lens size as if they are to large, I'll wind up with coke bottles.  It's worth looking into as a surprising number of brands can make prescription versions of their lenses.  It's not cheap - in my case the lenses alone would be over $800.

My problem is that I usually wear my glasses (it's just easier) and I'm blind as a bat without them, so trying on sunglasses while randomly shopping is a non-starter...

I've also used clipons.  The ones I've had are hand made to fit my frame by someplace in LA and they are hella expensive.  Look & work great, but inevitably, I wind up sitting on them and destroying them.  And if you don't carry the case everywhere, you don't have an easy way to store them when you take them off (unless you always were a shirt with a pocket).  After close to a $1000 of broken clipons (over many years), I just gave up on them.

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

zyxwvutsr.

Sun Apr 22, 2012 at 05:58:55 AM EST

none

What do you mean, "not sure about the earpiece"?

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

ckm.

Mon Apr 30, 2012 at 11:05:59 AM EST

none

Straight vs curved.  I prefer curved - straight earpieces don't seem to stay on my head as well...

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

zyxwvutsr.

Mon Apr 30, 2012 at 02:03:04 PM EST

none

Oakleys don't fit like most other glasses. You have to try on a pair to completely understand, but they basically grip your head rather than relying partly on your ears to keep them on.

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

rickb928.

Mon Apr 30, 2012 at 03:40:58 PM EST

none

Assuming they are wide enough to not grip from forward of your ears.  Oakely used to design most of their glasses wide enough for me, but not in 8-10 years.  M-Frames were the last bunch to do well.  Seems that wide frames aren't very fashionable, ergo I'm not very fashionable.

And yes, my lenses would probably be $800 finished and installed.  Sucks to be me.

I see Oakely is avoiding dimesions on their product pages again.  Nice tough there, boys.  Keep up the good work.  How's that work with your shoe line?  Gits.

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

zyxwvutsr.

Mon Apr 30, 2012 at 06:09:19 PM EST

none

If you have a Sunglass Hut store near you - an actual full-service store, not a kiosk in the mall - they may have the equipment needed to adjust the width of Oakley glasses.

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

Ephraim Gadsby.

Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 01:23:01 PM EST

none

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

John Adams.

Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 01:29:39 PM EST

none

The great thing about those is they're perfect for indoor use, too.

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

Ephraim Gadsby.

Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 01:31:16 PM EST

none

As well as time travel.

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

port1080.

Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 07:16:45 AM EST

none

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

zyxwvutsr.

Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 01:41:27 PM EST

none

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Re: What kind of sunglasses do you love?

Ephraim Gadsby.

Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 02:23:24 PM EST

none

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