Sunday, February 05, 2017

The story of the three chairs. And counting...

In the sub, I have a desk.  And that’s fine, I can do my work for one section of the office, take notes when I need to, I have a phone, and a computer, and several forms and information to use, and give out.

And… I have a running battle of late with… 

The chairs.

We had a pretty nice office chair, sort of a red colored seat, with black, and it was pretty cushy.  It has started showing its age, but I still like it.  However, I showed up about 3 or so weeks ago, and there was a new chair.  A black one, with a taller seat.  I thought I would just adjust it.  No dice, it was as low as it was going to get.  So, I sat.  

And realized, it also was tipped forward slightly.  Just enough that I felt like I was going to slide out, if I sat for any length of time.  I didn’t realize it, but I was compensating by leaning back, and holding myself “up” by my toes, sort of ‘on pointe’, if you will.  This did NOT work.  I ended up with cramps in my back and legs by the end of the day. 

So, the next week I used the red colored chair I’d mentioned before.  It was sitting in the back, I just rolled it up to the desk and sat.  SQUEEE-AAAAK!

Hm.  Well, no one is here, and I don’t care, so I will just use it.  And what a symphony of noise ensued!  Groaning, squeaking, grinding noises, some low pitched whines… And then 2 deputies came in to catch up on paperwork.  After about 15 minutes or so, there was a comment about the noise. 

My sin?  I would turn my head from the computer to the papers in front of me, and then click the computer mouse, and look up again.  This basically made a continuous Squee-click-Squank, about every minute or two.  After a comment about what was going to happen to the chair if it kept up, (nothing mentioned about the user, but I really thought I should do something), I quickly went back to the black chair.  And a mild case of leg cramps.

So, last week, I used a non-office-y, plain old chair with padding, that they have sitting out for back office visitors.  Sort of a gray-pink think, with gray metal legs.  

It worked… Except it grips like iron, so when someone would come to the desk, and I would need to come up and talk to them, I would have to do a rather heavy push against the desk to move the chair back.  Once, the desk, rather than the chair, moved. Not much, but enough to convince me I need to find a different chair.


Next week, the deputies will find one of the conference table chairs missing… 





10 comments:

  1. That's the thing about changes, they aren't always good. I wonder if the red chair was squeaking and you didn't notice it at first, and that's why someone replaced it.

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    1. I think it was because the arms are getting torn up, the plastic foam stuff was coming off. The squeaking doesn't help, however.

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  2. You definitely need a different kind of chair.

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  3. It sounds like the old chair needs oil. You would think one of the deputies would be able to take care of that!

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    1. I could probably take care of it, but I keep forgetting to ask Husband for an oil can. There is none that I could find there, but I haven't gone digging too deeply...

      Cat

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  4. LOL I can commiserate with you. I totally understand. Sometimes I feel like Goldilocks and I try different chairs in meeting rooms. This one is too soft! This one is slanted the wrong way! This one.....

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    1. This is a fairly recent problem for me, and I have NEVER had a chair that is pointed the way that one is. I can't see how anyone could sit comfortably on it! But, we shall see...

      Cat

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  5. What a coincidence! I, too just got a new desk chair and am trying to befriend it. So far we are just barely acquaintances. I am really short and I can't get this one high enough to be up even with my keyboard. I feel like I am reaching upward.

    I hate that you are getting leg cramps with the new black chair. Can the older chair get oiled or whatever it takes to make it shut up?

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    1. The one chair and I have decided to be enemies. And yes, if I would remember to bring some oil, it would probably be fine, squeak wise, but it has some physical damage, that might render it gone... Time shall tell.

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