What the Spexy Guy says about his specs: “I was told I was shortsighted and needed glasses when I was 9 years old. At that age I presumed that everyone’s eyesight was the same as mine but there were some clues that I was mistaken in my presumption. My father used to take me to football (soccer) games and it always puzzled me how he could tell the players apart. They all looked the same to me! I could tell the teams apart by the colour of their jerseys, shorts and socks but I could never see their numbers and their faces were an undefined blur.
The other problem I had was that at school as I was constantly getting told off for copying off the person sat next me. I couldn’t see the blackboard properly so I never knew what that person was copying off the blackboard and what they were writing themselves. I copied everything including wrong answers, spelling mistakes etc etc.
I can vividly remember the day I received my first pair of glasses because it was so memorable. Walking out of the opticians with my glasses on was an absolutely amazing experience. I was blown away by being able to clearly see buildings and cars hundreds of yards away. Instead of everything being a soft blur, I could see objects and people with well defined, crystal clarity.
With my glasses, my school work greatly improved. Especially my spelling. In some cases I had ‘learned’ incorrect spellings or I had sometimes seen the same word spelt different ways, so I was unsure which spelling was correct. Now I could see the correct spelling written on the blackboard by the teacher, my spelling went from poor to very good.
My first pairs of glasses were cheap, horrible ‘National Health glasses’ with brown frames. I think my parents thought there was not much point in spending a lot of money on a nice pair of glasses for a 9 year old as they expected my to break them quite often. They were correct. I broke several pairs heading the football in the school yard. My glasses kept falling off and smashing or the lenses would crack. I’d have to walk round with a cracked lens until the following weekend when my parents would buy me a new pair.
When I was 16, my parents finally but me a nicer, silver framed pair. I no longer played football at school and I kept this pair for many years afterwards. At 18, I started my first job and spent some of my first wages on contact lenses. This was all down to vanity and me thinking that girls would not be attracted to boys/men in glasses. Once I started wearing lenses, I wore them pretty much constantly for the next 25 years. I never left the house without my contact lenses in.
About 7 years ago, I started thinking “Girls look sexier in glasses and they make some really cool glasses for men”. In work, wearing my contact lens and looking at a computer screen all day, my eyes would often get tired. So I decided to buy a really nice pair of glasses and I could wear them for work. I intended to still wear my lenses for going out in etc.
I bought an expensive pair of half framed glasses made by Fila and quickly decided that I looked better and felt more comfortable in my glasses. I soon stopped wearing contact lenses at all and I no longer own any contact lenses. I do, however, own two pairs of glasses. One pair with brown frames (the lady in the opticians suggested them as the frames match the colour of my hair) and a black framed pair. I choose which pair to wear based on the colour of the clothes I am wearing. The black frames if I am wearing black clothes and the brown framed pair with all other colours.”
1. The much anticipated Second Season of the web series “Paradise University” premiers on Monday, September 8th at http://www.paradiseuniversitytheseries.com/ Later in the season, look for this week’s Spexy Guy - Z. Lucas Pierce and his eyeglasses in the role of rent boy Landon.
2. Season Two of “Paradise University” is not the only thing premiering on Monday, September 8th. While this week’s Spexy Guy was a “Paradise University” actor with small role and a moderate eyeglasses prescription, the featured Spexy Guy on the week of September 8th is also a “Paradise University” actor with a more substantial role and an extremely substantial eyeglasses prescription.
Z. Lucas Pierce is a small town actor that started out in church and school productions. “Paradise University” is his first filmed appearance.
Spexy Guy: Z. Lucas Pierce
Specs: Guess/GU 1759
Rx: -7.00 Right/-6.50 Left
What the Spexy Guy says about his specs in regards to the “Paradise University” series: “In season two, the audience is introduced to Landon. He moved to Paradise Landing years before with his boyfriend, who went to University. His boyfriend’s infidelity destroyed their relationship. Landon becomes a rent boy instead of getting a minimum wage job. Landon will have a much more important role in season three, which is being written as season two is getting ready to be premiered. The director specifically said he wanted the character to have glasses, since I always wear mine I jumped at the opportunity.”
What the Spexy Guy says about his specs: “So in February this year (2014), I was driving home after a visit with my grandmother, when I came around a curve and saw a deer standing in the road. Instinct for me was to swerve to avoid hitting the deer, this was a narrow country road, so by swerving my car’s front left tire caught the embankment to my right. This sent my car into a barrel roll, first rotation shattered my back windshield and sent my belongings flying all over the road. Second rotation my front windshield cracked. I was back on four wheels when I realized I was rolling backwards down the other side of the road. *SLAM* The rear end of my car hit the creek bed. One, two, three..I took in all that had just happened and noticed that I was now without my glasses. I am legally blind, so being without sight made the situation a lot more scary for the moment. I began feeling around the front seats and the floorboards of the car and found nothing but broken glass from the shattered windshield. I then unbuckled and reached into the back seat and as if laid there by some mysterious force I found my glasses, folded and undamaged. I put them on and climbed out my driver’s side window, since my door was jammed. I finally took in the sight of all the damaged and realized that I was completely unharmed even though I had just totaled my car. My seat belt saved my life and I thanked my lucky stars that my glasses didn’t fly out the busted windshield like everything else did.”
[Z. Lucas Pierce’s link is for “Paradise University,” a web series in which he will make his filmed debut as an actor. Please check this blog on Friday, not only, for links that may be slightly NSFW, but also for two special announcements about “Paradise University”]
In addition to being a comedian, Sami Shah is also an author. ”I, Migrant: A Comedian’s Journey from Karachi to the Outback” is now in bookstores. Though the book doesn’t touch on Sami’s myopia, this 2006 blog post does. ——- "Glasses"
I wear glasses…as you may have noticed by now. I’m used to them, have worn them since 3rd grade. Yes I did get beat up alot, thank you for asking.
People always get shocked when they ask me my number. The average spectacle wearers number is around 1.25 to 2.3. I just made up that statistic but it sounds about right. When people ask me I always tell them my number is -10.25. They always freak out: "How do you see?" "With glasses," I reply.
People usually ask to put them on. They put them on and ask how they’re looking. "How do I look?" "I’d tell you but I’m blind now!"
Some people test me. They make me take off my glasses and ask me to count how many fingers they are holding up. Then they keep changing the number. Those people are dicks. Do they play “I spy with my little eye…” with a blind person. Got up to a guy in a wheel chair and challenge him to a game of football.
——- *Just in case anyone might wonder about the frames Sami is wearing on the book cover photo, I asked him for their brand and style. Sadly, he replied “those broke a few months back and I tossed them. I can’t remember the brand, bought them in Pakistan a few years back.” ——-
What the Spexy Guy says about his specs: “The specs I’m wearing right now are recent acquisitions and need some justifying. The brand is CHELSEA and this particular type of frame is called “Caliente 135”, which is Spanish for “Hot”. As in, “Caliente” is Spanish for “Hot”. Not “135”. “135” is Spanish for “135”. I think.
These are, actually, found in the female eye wear section of your local OPSM. I tried on many, many frames from the male section and none suited the look I was going for (Punch-able Hipster Dork). Then I spotted these hanging near the door, tried them on and found myself involuntarily winking at the sexy face in the mirror. A lesser man might be dissuaded by the floral pattern on the inside-stem, but I am well grounded in my sexuality and enjoy a bit of hidden bling.”
My full name is Syed Sami Ullah Shah, but when I decided to become a comedian I realized that would be a nightmare for anyone announcing me onto the stage, so I shortened it to Sami Shah. It’s actually pronounced “Suh-mee”, but everyone in Australia calls me “Sammy” which isn’t a problem as that’s what my friends and family in Pakistan call me as well. I am also known as BigBrownDong69, but that’s only on dating websites.
Specs:CHELSEA/Caliente 135 [Tomorrow: Closeup Photos of Sami’s Specs and an explanation about the frames.]
Rx:-12.00 Right/-12.75 Left Had them checked a month ago and I was at a healthy -12.75 Left, -12.00 Right. Without my glasses I can see ghosts. And the past. Sometimes through dimensions. I’m just not able to read anything held further than 2 mm from my face.
What the Spexy Guy says about his specs: “Honestly, I’ve been wearing glasses since I was 6, so I’ve basically had every experience possible since then. I’ve been excluded from most sports, had them mashed into my face with a basketball, sat on them, had others accidentally sit on them, had them washed away at the beach by a particularly dickish wave, learned martial arts for 12 years by studying how blurs move, kissed a girl correctly but with much difficulty while wearing them, kissed a girl on the chin after taking them off, had roommates hide them to watch me scramble around in the morning, and wished I could do without them for every waking moment of my life. No I won’t get the laser surgery thing done because I don’t want a fucking light saber plunged through my retina, and no I won’t wear contacts because poking your eye with a finger is what North Koreans do todissidents and people who wear contacts are freaks.”
Lately, “Spexy And He Knows It” has been featuring a lot of bespectacled funny guys. Get ready for one more. In a few minutes, the first installment, of a five part feature, will post. By the end of the week, you will be in love with Syed Sami Ullah Shah, his glasses, and his humor.