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Thursday, June 21, 2012

A good office chair is hard to find

Office chairs hurt my back.  I don’t sit up straight enough.  I fractured L1.  C4 and 5 are fused with a bone.  There should be a chair to fit that.  When I was younger, before the L1 incident, office chairs were OK.   We bought them cheap; eventually the pneumatics wore out and they went on the curb, and went free to a new home.

I tackled the next to last chair very seriously.  I sat in every chair in two stores and purchased a compact fake brown naugahyde number.  Back at home Tom put it together.  I pushed it to the desk and sat down.  Still comfy, but too short.  Soon I had a neck ache from looking up to the monitor.  The chair couldn’t go up, the monitor couldn’t come down.  I added a cushion, solving the height problem, and negating comfy.

Toby the kitten arrived.  A friendly and nosey little guy.  In the beginning he climbed the chair to get on the back.  Eventually he made it in a single bound, plus a few more claw holes.

Ten pounds of cat leaning on my neck, together with an aching back from the uncomfortable seat, and the compact fake brown naugahyde chair had to go.  It went to Good Will on my way to an office supply store.  This time I took a tape measure, and my primary criteria was a chair that could adjust to twenty inches.  I sat in every chair in two stores and was on the way to a third when I passed an isolated chair, showcased with blaring signage announcing its office chair worthyness.

The salesguy had totally overlooked this chair. Completely.  That was some bad marketing and floor arrangement, in my estimation.  I sat down.  Bliss.   I measured.  Perfect.  I looked at the marketing hype on the surround cardboard pillars.  Tempur-Pedic©.  I won’t mention the price.  And, Tempur-Pedic© has never heard of me.

This chair has seven knobs or levers that adjust everything.  It also makes me sit up straight.  And, the cat that sleeps on top cannot lean on my back.

10 comments:

  1. I'm glad you found a chair that fits. It is so important. Isn't it funny how cats always choose YOUR favourite chair to call their own. I always lost my favourite chair to the cat..always.

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  2. That is one good-looking cat. It's too bad he's not a masseuse!

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  3. i know--it is hard to find a good one--i found the two i have used in the goodwill!

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  4. And the endurance of the persistent will be mightily rewarded--should be a BIble text like that! By the way, cats often want to sit on/lie on areas of our body where we have pain. They have a way of removing the pain energy. Smart cat. Even if she is not right on your neck, she is helping it energetically (not in the Bible!)

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  5. It has got to be bliss. I so want one of their four thousand dollar mattresses but that is not happening any time soon while sweet CC is in college. I have never found a mattress I like since I now have rheumatoid arthritis except when I slept on one of the TP on a cruise ship. Joe says I have Princess and the Pea Syndrome.

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  6. Perfect! (And the color of the new chair suits him more than the old one.)

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  7. The things you buy for that cat! He does look awfully happy with it though. The support and comfort sounds bliss, so I'd count it as being worth every penny.

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  8. Sorry that it's so hard to find a good comfortable chair but happy you finally found one that is also cat friendly. Toby appears to approve:)

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  9. I so love a happy ending. Tell Toby I like his new chair. And that it is so nice of him to share it with you!

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