Life is just a shade better when you run and ride

By Christopher Cudworth

photo (7)Against every promise to myself upon buying a new set of sunglasses, I took them with me on errands and sure enough, let the beautifully designed shades fall to the ground where they received a scratch right where all sunglasses are doomed to be scratched: Directly in front of the eye.

Crazy Eye

A scratch on your good sunglasses can make you crazy. This is especially true when you go out to run and ride. The scratch may be constantly in your field of vision, like a floater in your eye. If you have both floaters in your eyes and scratches on your sunglasses, as I do, you can go double crazy.

The floaters can’t really be fixed without genuine risk to your vision. But you can take a crack at fixing scratches on your sunglasses.


I took the commercial route and went back to the store where I got the new sunglasses. My humble hope was to buy a set of gray replacement lenses. The new sunglasses already came with clear and amber lenses. Figured it might cost me $20 for a set of gray lenses and at least I’d be back to square one.

However the minute I stepped in the cycling store it was apparent there was a Big Sale going on. And there, sitting in neat stacks were Scattante sunglasses for only $9. Normally priced at $29.99, the single-lens Scattante shades looked like a really great deal.

What happened next was the closest to calculus I’ll ever get. I did the math and figured that for just under $30, I could replace my scratched gray Scattante lenses on the original new pair of shades for just about the price I was willing to pay for a replacement set of gray lenses. So I went nuts. Picked out a pair of white frames. Then simple gray frames. Then a set of bright green frames with blue tinted lenses. Just for summer days.

What a score!

Just a shade better

Life was suddenly just a shade better than it was before I walked into the bike store. And really, that’s about all you can ask for.

See, the difficult part for me is that I don’t want to spend $200 on Oakley frames. But I don’t like cheap sunglasses either. They hurt your head. The plastic is all foggy and warped. So finding a place somewhere between Too Cheap and Too Expensive with shades is important.

Of course there are many fans of cheap sunglasses. That ZZ Top song has some lyrics that are pretty tempting to those who run and ride:

When you wake up in the morning and the light is hurt your head
The first thing you do when you get up out of bed
Is hit that streets a-runnin’ and try to beat the masses
And go get yourself some cheap sunglasses
Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah

The can have the truly cheap sunglasses. I prefer a great deal on decent sunglasses. And I walked out of the store feeling like God Himself had given me a pass on my priuor sunglasses stupidity. On the way back to work a Modest Mouse song came on satellite radio that expressed how I felt about the whole situation.

Float On by Modest Mouse.

I backed my car into a cop car the other day
Well he just drove off sometimes life’s OK
I ran my mouth off a bit too much oh what did I say
Well you just laughed it off it was all OK

And we’ll all float on OK
And we’ll all float on OK
And we’ll all float on OK
And we’ll all float on any way well

Well, a fake Jamaican took every last dime with that scam
It was worth it just to learn from sleight-of-hand
Bad news comes don’t you worry even when it lands
Good news will work its way to all them plans
We both got fired on exactly the same day
Well we’ll float on good news is on the way

Sometimes all it takes to make life a shade better is a day when bad shit doesn’t happen. You somehow luck out with events that seem born of cosmic forgiveness.  Finding a deal that makes your sunglasses stupidity and broken promises to yourself seem not so bad is one of those forgiving moments.

But there are other ways to make the world better that are not so acquisitive.

And for me, every run and ride is an opportunity find that bridge from Shit Day to It’s Okay. We all need that instrument of sanity when the rest of life can drive you crazy.

Float On. Ride On. Run On. It all works.


About Christopher Cudworth

Christopher Cudworth is a content producer, writer and blogger with more than 25 years’ experience in B2B and B2C marketing, journalism, public relations and social media. Connect with Christopher on Twitter: @genesisfix07 and blogs at, and Online portfolio:
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