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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Serious Business

Warning: No quality poker content.

Being self-employed definitely has disadvantages. I'm currently on tilt. Chair tilt if you can believe it.

Our office has had mostly the same reception area furniture for twenty years or so. I selected a new workstation for the receptionist a few years back, and that's worked out fine. Otherwise, the same old furniture has soldiered on.

Over the last couple years, the reception chairs have slowly been falling apart. Literally. It is as if they're on schedule -- on such and such a date, the screws are to fail and the chair is to become unsafe. Once the cross brace is visibly loose, it's time to retire the chair. We've slowly gone from 5 to 4, then 3, then 2 1/2, and last week it really was only one chair present and accounted for.

Time for replacements. Which means I get to take care of it.

Lucky me.

I've been looking for reception chairs for a couple years now. Six years ago I found a classified in the nearby metro paper for a warehouse sale. Some outfit bought a bunch of used furniture from Arthur Andersen, Ford and who knows where else. I picked up a couple of things, but didn't need reception chairs at the time. That place is gone now.

I've scouted out various retail options. Reception chairs are expensive. I'm not sure I really want to spend $300-400 per seat, new. Looking used. Of course, if I would have just channeled all of the time I've spent lately looking at auction sites, Craigslist, classifieds, etc. into working more, I'd probably have earned enough extra money to just buy new.

So annoying. Now I'm bugging you, and I still don't have the [censored] chairs.


Some days, I miss working for the man. I recall with great fondness once getting a brand new Steelcase Leap chair - most comfortable thing ever. Of course I'm sure it cost more than the SIX very nice chairs I later bought for the conference room, but man -- it was a helluva chair and more importantly it just showed up one day.

Sigh. Back to it.


Speaking of tilt, I read somewhere that ESPN2 has been airing episodes of the classic -- or classically awful -- series "Tilt". I'm sure I'm in the minority, but I enjoyed it. Like watching a trainwreck.

1 comment:

Drizztdj said...

A new wing was just built at our office and they got brand new chairs that put ours to shame.

I sometimes just go over there to sit in those chairs for my break time.