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I went to the eye doctor yesterday, as the lenses in my glasses are so scratched they are becoming a problem. I also had a worrisome medical question about my vision that I thought I'd put to him as a precursor to asking my M.D. about it, and he was able to provide an answer. I've had a couple of incidents where I suffered brief periods of impaired vision, sort of like you'd get from looking at a bright light and then looking away. This was worrisome, to say the least, but his diagnosis was about as benign as I could have hoped, as he explained I've been suffering what are known as Ocular Migraines. These are apparently actual migraines, but the good news, and the reason I consider this somewhat benign, is because these are not accompanied by any pain, and they have been brief in duration as well as infrequent, so this is not really a problem that needs much solving. This is in contrast to the kind of scenarios that ran through my mind when encountering this, as I suffered some Woody Allen-style concerns about things like blindness and brain tumors, so this is obviously a relief.

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26. Re: Out of the Blue May 17, 2013, 13:33 Acleacius
 
Hey you, try getting some sleep! Sleeping

I've heard of that being caused as a reaction to caffeine and it's in lots of stuff.
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25. Re: Out of the Blue May 17, 2013, 13:30 Mr. Tact
 
Cutter wrote on May 17, 2013, 12:16:
What are glasses prices like in the US for readers, drivers and progressives? They can be effing pricy here - $175 for lenses with scratch coating for drivers/readers, and $300 for progressives.
Highly variable. I suspect you could probably get a set of progressives for under $200 but your frame choice would be limited. My last set was in the $375 range if I remember right. My problem, as mentioned previously, is my preferred style of frames has dropped off the market. Actually, it's been about six months now, I need to go look again...
 
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24. Re: Out of the Blue May 17, 2013, 13:16 Mr. Tact
 
Verno wrote on May 17, 2013, 11:33:
I also love cooking and appreciate the work that goes into a real meal
Yeah, that really helps. I'm the exact opposite, cooking has always seemed like too much work for the payoff to me. Not to mention that being single makes it more difficult...
 
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23. Re: Out of the Blue May 17, 2013, 13:13 PHJF
 
Does McDonalds even offer malt vinegar?

Fries without malt vinegar, may as well be eating dog shit. Five Guys has bottles of the stuff on hand, but fuck that place is expensive.
 
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22. Re: Out of the Blue May 17, 2013, 12:56 Verno
 
1badmf wrote on May 17, 2013, 12:22:

i can cook, but i still enjoy fast food. strictly on taste i think a lot of it is really good. best burger is still in-n-out double double, but McD's 1/4 pounder/w cheese is up there for me. and i still haven't come across anyone's fries (healthy or no) that's as good as McD's.

I'll eat restaurant burgers but fast food stuff tends to be super greasy, tiny or low quality IMHO. I prefer to hand pack some burgers at home using a good rub or go to a dedicated burger joint.

The McDonalds french fry recipe is easy if you're ever feeling adventurous at home BTW. It's basically russets + corn syrup + deep fryer + a truckload of salt and some sugar. The hardest part is actually paring your potatoes down to that exact shape/size people expect otherwise their mind starts telling them they aren't McDonald fries.

 
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21. Re: Out of the Blue May 17, 2013, 12:22 Cutter
 
Forget calories and concern yourself with bad fats and sodium. Being in the resto biz I always eat well - out or at home. However, I still eat processed or fast food now and then. Sometimes with a bad hangover you really just need some grease and salt. Love me some Beefaroni when I'm hungover otherwise I'll never touch the stuff.

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Scientists officially link processed foods to autoimmune disease

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20. Re: Out of the Blue May 17, 2013, 12:22 1badmf
 
I take our daughter to McDonalds once in awhile because she loves it but generally speaking I do not eat at fast food places, no. If I'm going to have the calories and salt, I might as well do it at a real restaurant to get quality food and often the meal doesn't take much longer anyway. Fast food is also getting fairly pricey these days for what amounts to deep fried processed crap and junk ingredients.

Nothing food snob about it BTW, it's just sensible eating for your enjoyment and long term well being If fast food was a good value for body/money and tasted good I'd do it all the time.

I also love cooking and appreciate the work that goes into a real meal



i can cook, but i still enjoy fast food. strictly on taste i think a lot of it is really good. best burger is still in-n-out double double, but McD's 1/4 pounder/w cheese is up there for me. and i still haven't come across anyone's fries (healthy or no) that's as good as McD's.

 
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19. Re: Out of the Blue May 17, 2013, 12:16 Cutter
 
What are glasses prices like in the US for readers, drivers and progressives? They can be effing pricy here - $175 for lenses with scratch coating for drivers/readers, and $300 for progressives.

Went to a local glasses store and the girl there was really good explaining I'm better off just doing a pair of reading and driving glasses rather than progressives which is the route I'm going to go.

Has anyone here used Warby Parker? Seems like a bloody good deal at $100 a pop.
 
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18. Re: Out of the Blue May 17, 2013, 12:15 1badmf
 
nin wrote on May 17, 2013, 11:41:
1badmf wrote on May 17, 2013, 11:27:
food snobs! or maybe i'm just a human trash disposal. i eat it all (and i have a particular fondness for jack in the box). and no i'm not fat either =P not even mildly obese. i'm not the svelt 25 y/o athlete anymore, but i still look good in tight clothes.

I admit I sometimes eat stuff I probably shouldn't, but I also have 200-300 calories b-fasts and 250-400 calorie dinners most days, so I'd like to think it evens out.


srsly, 400 calories? that's not even like 1 fry. that's like, the grease you could wring out of said fry. how do you survive on that? i'm pretty sure the FDA recommends 2000-2200 cals/day as healthy.
 
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17. Re: Out of the Blue May 17, 2013, 11:56 Verno
 
Back before becoming health conscious (well I guess I was always conscious of what I ate, I just didn't care) I would now and again cruise thru McD and just get four McDoubles for $4:
1560 calories, 116% fat, 44% carbs, 140% sodium

It's easy enough to buy (relatively) cheap and far healthier foods at the supermarket, stuff that doesn't take long to prepare. My brownbag for the past 5 months has consisted of a banana, a turkey or ham sandwhich, yogurt, wheat thins, and a diet soda. I make that lunch in the time it takes my coffee to brew each morning.

400 calorie dinner? What are you, a woman?

Yeah exactly. I eat a lot of bad stuff, I just prepare it myself because I can control the portion size, sodium and etc. Bacon every few days, omelettes, italian food, stuffed chicken breasts, etc. I've always found the people who eat the most fast food are usually the ones who simply don't know how to cook. It's a shame because you can eat way better food and still shave off calories. I used to eat fast food in college when I didn't know how to cook but back then it was a lot cheaper too. It feels like these days for what you get you can hit the grocery store and get several meals worth.

Brown bagging lunches saves you a fortune and inches off your waistline when you hit your 30s too. I still eat out once in awhile to socialize with people at work, I just tend to do it when they're going to actual restaurants to eat.
 
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16. Re: Out of the Blue May 17, 2013, 11:49 PHJF
 
Back before becoming health conscious (well I guess I was always conscious of what I ate, I just didn't care) I would now and again cruise thru McD and just get four McDoubles for $4:
1560 calories, 116% fat, 44% carbs, 140% sodium

It's easy enough to buy (relatively) cheap and far healthier foods at the supermarket, stuff that doesn't take long to prepare. My brownbag for the past 5 months has consisted of a banana, a turkey or ham sandwhich, yogurt, wheat thins, and a diet soda. I make that lunch in the time it takes my coffee to brew each morning.

400 calorie dinner? What are you, a woman?
 
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15. Re: Out of the Blue May 17, 2013, 11:41 nin
 
1badmf wrote on May 17, 2013, 11:27:
food snobs! or maybe i'm just a human trash disposal. i eat it all (and i have a particular fondness for jack in the box). and no i'm not fat either =P not even mildly obese. i'm not the svelt 25 y/o athlete anymore, but i still look good in tight clothes.

I admit I sometimes eat stuff I probably shouldn't, but I also have 200-300 calories b-fasts and 250-400 calorie dinners most days, so I'd like to think it evens out.

 
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14. Re: Out of the Blue May 17, 2013, 11:33 Verno
 
Mr. Tact wrote on May 17, 2013, 11:21:
Verno, you make it sound like you never eat at any fast food places. Do you really find all fast food unappealing? While I certainly don't eat at them often any longer. It isn't because I think all the food is horrid -- although I'll agree some of it is pretty bad. For me it's more of a, "I have enough problems keeping my salt and fat intake down.." issue.

I take our daughter to McDonalds once in awhile because she loves it but generally speaking I do not eat at fast food places, no. If I'm going to have the calories and salt, I might as well do it at a real restaurant to get quality food and often the meal doesn't take much longer anyway. Fast food is also getting fairly pricey these days for what amounts to deep fried processed crap and junk ingredients.

Nothing food snob about it BTW, it's just sensible eating for your enjoyment and long term well being If fast food was a good value for body/money and tasted good I'd do it all the time.

I also love cooking and appreciate the work that goes into a real meal
 
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13. Re: Out of the Blue May 17, 2013, 11:27 1badmf
 
food snobs! or maybe i'm just a human trash disposal. i eat it all (and i have a particular fondness for jack in the box). and no i'm not fat either =P not even mildly obese. i'm not the svelt 25 y/o athlete anymore, but i still look good in tight clothes.  
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12. Re: Out of the Blue May 17, 2013, 11:23 Beamer
 
Mr. Tact wrote on May 17, 2013, 11:21:
Verno, you make it sound like you never eat at any fast food places. Do you really find all fast food unappealing? While I certainly don't eat at them often any longer. It isn't because I think all the food is horrid -- although I'll agree some of it is pretty bad. For me it's more of a, "I have enough problems keeping my salt and fat intake down.." issue.

they're deep fried fat and salt. Outside of pure desperation I avoid them, and any other chain. Subway, mcdonalds, KFC - all "food."

if I'm going to eat something fatty and salty it's going to be because those things made good food taste better. In fast food it's just there to hide ultra low quality ingredients. No thanks.
 
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11. Re: Out of the Blue May 17, 2013, 11:21 Mr. Tact
 
Verno, you make it sound like you never eat at any fast food places. Do you really find all fast food unappealing? While I certainly don't eat at them often any longer. It isn't because I think all the food is horrid -- although I'll agree some of it is pretty bad. For me it's more of a, "I have enough problems keeping my salt and fat intake down.." issue.  
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10. Re: Out of the Blue May 17, 2013, 10:58 Verno
 
Mr. Tact wrote on May 17, 2013, 10:08:
The prevalence of KFC would seem to indicate plenty of people like it.

The obesity levels would agree with this assessment, I still think it's disgusting though

Fast food place I avoid -- Long John Silver's. Never eaten at one, and at this point I'd just rather keep my streak going...

Jack in the Box. Ate it once on a trip to LA back in the late 90s, wasn't aware of their various issues at the time. It was gross to even swallow the food, never again.
 
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9. Re: Out of the Blue May 17, 2013, 10:44 nin
 

Fast food place I avoid -- Long John Silver's. Never eaten at one, and at this point I'd just rather keep my streak going...

They used to have really good chicken in the 80s-90s...since being acquired by YUM, they've gone downhill quite a bit, and everything is so greasy now... (although it looks like YUM sold them off in the last few years) Now what they offer is your typical "compressed/shaped meat" which isn't great.

Having said that, now I have LJS on the brain...


 
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8. Re: Out of the Blue May 17, 2013, 10:34 RoboNerd
 
I now have an explanation for what I too have experience over the years, a scintillating light that blocked part of my my vision temporarily. It never lasted long enough, or occurred frequent enough for me to seek treatment and/or an explanation.

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7. Re: Out of the Blue May 17, 2013, 10:13 InBlack
 
I wasnt refering to the food....  
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