Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009: Year in Review


2009 was a great year for the Renaissance and pince-nez in general. There haven't been many posts this calendar year as back on the February 25th post LeDandy announced "mission accomplished." Unlike President Bush and the Iraq conflict, LeDandy really did mean the mission was accomplished in terms of the Renaissance's primary objective: assisting those who want to wear pince-nez. I realize the blog format is not best suited for presenting information so there is an annotated table of contents at left to guide the newcomer. Judging by readers' comments, this approach seems to work.

My colleague, Mr. Richard Johnson, was recognized on my other blog (LeDandy of Northern California) as the 2009 Man of the Year. Without him, this blog would not be possible. Furthermore, I would not be wearing pince-nez!

The Renaissance provides the necessary guidance for those wanting to embark on wearing pince-nez. Antique mountings are easily available through eBay at a modest cost and perfectly suited for modern wear. It may take some time to find an optician to make lenses, but one can usually find someone in a relatively short time. It is important to remember some of the tips contained herein as opticians usually have no practical knowledge of pince-nez.

The hard part is one's desire to wear these wonderful eyeglasses. The smorgasbord of pince-nez is waiting for you. All you have to do is step forward and take part in it. One needs to think of pince-nez as modern eyewear and not just an accessory for theater or historical re-enactments. In LeDandy's opinion, the rimless pince-nez is a timeless look and always appropriate. How can it fail as it is a minimalist approach?

If you want to wear pince-nez, give it a try. If this blog has helped you, contribute back to the community by submitting your own story for publication. Happy 2010!

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