If you have been around the Grand Valley for over 20 years you will no doubt remember this vintage television commercial for the Optical Center.

The year was 1995 when we first saw the snake charmer on Grand Junction television. Whenever you would see the snake charmer pop up on your "big" 25- inch screen TV chances are you either smiled or cringed.

It would be impossible to count the number of Grand Junction businesses that have shut down and closed their doors in the last 20  years, so there is something to be said for a business that is still open after all these years. The Optical Center is still open on North Avenue across from Stocker Stadium.

Whether the snake charmer makes you smile or cringe, it's always pretty cool to see a blast from the past. And, what he says is true, things aren't always what they seem.