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  • I lost my all time favourite sunglasses in 1992. My best friend bought a car she couldn’t afford, borrowed my sunglasses, then returned the car, sunglasses still in the glove compartment.

    I’ve been looking for the exact same model since, and bought several vintage sunglasses online, that looked the same, but turned out a little bit wrong. Until yesterday. The latest purchase arrived, and it was the exact right model.

    After picking them up, I was putting my son in the car. I was leaning in over him, working with getting his seat belt straps in place. I heard a voice right behind me.

    - Hello, he said. I stood up and turned around. There was a man inches from my face. Greenish eyes. Fair olive skin, dark hair. Small beard. Knitted cap, quilted vest. I looked at him. He looked at me. A few seconds is a really long time at such close range.
    - What do you want? I asked. He looked at me, then turned his head to my son.
    - Is this your mother? he asked.
    - What do you want? I repeated.
    - I’m just asking! he said.
    - I don’t have time for this, I said, waved in a gesture meant to reject him, and leaned in to the car again, to put the seat belt on.

    When I turned again, he had moved back to the sidewalk. Beige chinos, sensible boots.
    I got in to the car. He stared at us as we drove away.

    Also: the tabloids say that the Siberian cold is coming.
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