Hunter or Gatherer?

Hunter or Gatherer?

The choices of occupations and jobs are not easy to decide on and probably haven’t been for a very long time because we have WalMart and McDonalds (by that I mean…we don’t have to hunt and gather for clothes and food). The specialty things you can do in life are amazing. But thinking about the original occupations (not the one you just thought of), like hunters….I had a neighbor whose last name was Hunter. There was another family down the street named Hunt. I’ve never met anyone with the last name Gatherer or Gather but I’m sure they must have lived a few streets over and I just never met them. A very long time ago their ancestors must have been pretty good at what they did to get those names. I’m not sure about some last names though.

Whatever your surname…finding the kind of job or occupation that defines you isn’t easy for some. Even if you don’t want to be defined by your work, I’m sure you want to be appreciated for the things you do whether you’re paid for it or not. There are a lot of thankless jobs and the tip jars of life aren’t as full as we’d like them to be.

Here’s a suggestion. Try taking the Strong Interest Test. It’s not going to tell you which job is going to make you rich and famous but it will help you figure out what you might be good at. I copied this from the instructions for the test:

The Strong Interest Inventory® assessment is used to help you understand your work interests and to show you some kinds of work in which you might be comfortable. The Strong is not a test of your abilities; it is an inventory of your interests. Your results will be presented to you later in a Strong Interest Inventory profile or report. The profile or report will provide information to help you understand your results.

The following screens list many occupations, subject areas, activities, and personal characteristics to which you will be asked to respond.


When you reach the end of a screen, click the “Continue” button to go on to the next screen. If you need to stop during the assessment and return at a later time, click the “Save & Complete Later” button.

Expect to spend 35-40 minutes answering questions. (Add 10 minutes if you are also completing the Skills Confidence Inventory.)


The test is fairly easy to take and there are versions for high school, college, career and more. You’ll answer the same questions that others have who are in the occupations/careers which can help you decide where your interests most closely relate. Wouldn’t it be better to know some of this before you might go heavily into debt with college loans or spend significant money and time working towards something you’re unsure will meet your desired lifestyle?

There are a lot of websites that seem to offer this test. I found one which I’m not sure will give you results for free but you can take the test and see what it’s like. Go here,

Here’s a lengthy video about the test. I know, it’s over an hour and it’s not entertainment (no cats). But if you don’t want to spend thousands of hours and dollars in a career that’s not fulfilling, you should spend a little time investing in making an educated decision about who you want to be.

BTW, I took this test twice when I was a lot younger when I was not sure what I wanted to do for a living. I picked one of the closest matches in the results….optometry. Another good place to look up a lot of occupations and what kinds of things they might entail:


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Made in the USA eyeglasses

Made in the USA eyeglasses

Lately (really the past 5 years) I’ve been wondering who makes glasses (frames/eyeglasses) in the USA. I found some and then found a whole lot more interesting things about glasses history. This always happens when I’m looking up things and it makes it harder for me to figure out what to say when there’s so much (sorta) related to one topic. But my blog can’t possibly tell you everything I found otherwise I wouldn’t get any work done. I’ll just start by listing a bunch of websites where you can find some of these frames and you can try those if you want.

First though, who is allowed to say their frames are made in the USA? Well, the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) can explain that better. The FTC says to qualify as American made, the product must be “all or virtually all” made in the USA. Most products made in the USA do not have to say they are made here except for a few things like cars, textiles, furs or wool. American marketers have lately been promoting that more of their products are made here. There is another category that companies use called “assembled in the US.” Obviously the parts can come from other countries and all that needs to be done here in the US is the turning of a screw.

When it comes to frames though it’s just hard to buy American unless you go way out of your way. You may spend a whole lot more money (not always the case though) too. The local representatives from frame companies that come to my office sell mainly frames made in China because I’m sure it costs them less and I know they usually cost me less, even the ones with popular brand names on them. A few times we may buy frames originating from another country (Italy, Germany, Japan and Denmark) but that’s not as common as frames made in the far east.

I have noticed that some websites that sell prescription glasses directly to the public advertise that their lab might be in the US. I noticed one of these websites had USA in their website URL. That’s not the same as the frames being manufactured in the US but they are marketing themselves as a US product.  That’s fine (maybe not with the FTC) but the frames they sell are probably made in China and there’s a chance the lenses were molded there as well. The only thing they might have done is cut the lenses and put them in the frame here in the US.

On to glasses made in the US and starting with the more expensive ones:

Now here’s some US frame manufacturers that I might contact because their frames fit my business (lower cost):

If you’ve never checked out the website you might find some interesting frames there. Type in eyeglasses in their search box and you’ll get a whole bunch of custom made frames and plenty of different styles including vintage glasses.

I’ve got more websites I found of much smaller custom manufacturers but the list isn’t really very long for US made frames. Maybe one day we’ll be able to make our own frames though. I did see one website where they use a 3D printer to make glasses.

If you have an American made pair of glasses, I’m impressed! Here’s one brand that used to be made in the US, Oakley,but their ophthalmic/dress frames are now made somewhere else.

Here’s an interesting website with a lot of historical info:


four lens spectacles

four lens spectacles


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