Friday, February 8, 2019

It pays to have bad eye sight

I wear contact lenses on a daily basis.

My eye sight is pretty bad. I obviously have glasses, but don't wear other than at night and in the morning. Maybe ones every few weeks I'll wear them to work to give my eyes a break.

I have considered laser-correction surgery, but I think I'm too much of a wimp. Something about pointing laser beams at my eyeballs scares me. Still, it would be nice to wake up in the morning and actually be able to see.

Back in November, I had my yearly eye exam and ordered my next batch of contact lenses for the year. Luckily, insurance covered almost all of it. As I was paying what I owed, the sales associate told me that my contacts came with a $60 online rebate. All I had to do was submit my receipt on a website, as well as photos of the sides of the box once they arrived.

I put it off for a few weeks, but finally submitted for my rebate. I assumed it would probably be a painful process, but it wasn't bad. In a couple weeks time, I got an email saying that I could opt to receive my rebate with a $60 Visa that they'd mail, or I could get a $60 Visa e-card. I opted for the e-card, and it showed up instantly.

This was about two weeks ago, and my first thought was, "Hey, this is basically free money. Maybe I'll splurge and buy a hobby box of 2019 Topps Series One." This was something I wouldn't really buy on my own, so maybe treat myself with this "free" money.

Then I came to my senses. Maybe I'd pull something amazing from a box. But I already had a Yanees team set on the way. And couple that with the fact that the box's promised hit could be a "manurelic", similar to what comes in a blaster, and the more I thought about it, the more I felt I should use my $60 on something else. Something I wanted.

And this is what I wanted:
That is a 1998 Donruss Crusade Purple Tino Martinez. I have four of the green parallels, but this is my first glorious purple.

And while it's quite a bit more than I'd usually spend on a single card, I didn't spend all of the $60 either. So I'm left with enough for another decent card.

I'm happy to have this card, and at the end of the day, think this was a bit wiser of a purchase.

Something I want versus something I think I want then would likely be disappointed?

I made the right call.


  1. Eyes freak me out. I have a severe phobia of them and that's why I could never wear contacts.

    Good use of the rebate getting that purple crusade.

    1. It took me forever to learn to put contacts in. Still kind of creeps me out, but at least I can do it now on a daily basis.

  2. I'm not sure who ever came up with the initial idea for the Crusade cards, but I've very thankful they did. I've never seen one I didn't like.

  3. My eye sight sucks. I wear glasses when I drive at night or go to the movies, but probably should wear them more often. The whole laser stuff freaks me out as well.

    P.S. Nice Crusade. It's insane how shiny these cards are.

  4. The Crusade cards are very nice. I have picked up a few of my favorite 90s player Ray Lankford, but also a few other Cardinals. Congrats on the addition.

  5. Nice Crusade, although I was thinking "that's $60???" while reading your post. I do have a fear of laser beams at my eyeballs, as well as poking my eyes with my fingers, so I'll be stuck with glasses for the foreseeable future.

  6. It's a good thing that you didn't waste the money on a dumb box of cards, as this is way better!