Martin D. Goodkin


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Home & Garden > It's Always Something!

It's Always Something!

The 'old' computer chair was peeling and there were black pieces all over the floor of the living room so I decided it was time to get a new chair! I looked at a few web sites and prices have gone sky high. At my age---no longer older but old--I am not looking for something to last years so I didn't look at the higher price ones.
When Allen came over for us to do the Thursday food shopping I asked if he would mind stopping at Office Depot so I could see what they had and we did. All the chairs were of the 'peeling' kind, none made out of leather which meant I would go through the peeling again and then I spotted a web chair but they only had it in blue but like most kids---hey, I won't be 22 until Thursday, February 29, 2024!--since I wanted it NOW I took the last one they had. (I asked about the floor sample because it was already assembled but they said they weren't allowed to sell it. (HA!)

They wanted too much money to deliver and/or assembly it--that's like the Firestick remote I bought for Allen for $29.99 and the 'geek squad' wanted over $100 to help set up the remote and 'old' TV but that's a story for another day--so I asked Allen if we could pick it up on Friday and said that would be okay. Let's get to Friday.

I picked the worn-looking box, got it upstairs and called John to ask him to help me assemble it---don't laugh as I still have my NYU vocational test where I got a 0 in mechanical ability! In this case I was able to take out all the pieces of the chair but I was stumped at the beginning trying to figure out how to put the wheels! (Hey, I didn't know you had to bang them in with a hammer!) After he finished that he noticed the chair was cracked along the side but that didn't bother me until we got to the next problem which was getting all the screws to put the arms on the chair plus the back piece and the seat--they had all the wrong size screws.

I called Office Depot and after telling the manager the problem and that I didn't have a car to run back and forth he said he bring the right screws over sort of dismissing the cracked chair. He was knocking on my door within a half hour and when he saw the carton (that was obviously previously opened) and the cracked seat he asked if I would want to get another style chair. I mentioned the floor model and he said he would exchange it at the same price and I agreed. Within an hour he was back with the new chair assembled!

It wasn't until the next day that I realized it wasn't working quite right and wouldn't stay up at the high point but would slowly lower itself over time---and no it wasn't my weight! Even when the chair is lower it is still comfortable right for the computer desk. (Besides I really don't want more of a hassle-- I gave John my 'peeling' chair! He just rolled it away!)

The color does brighten up the room plus I can wear all my blue shirts now!!

posted on Aug 9, 2022 6:17 PM ()


Something sounds fishy in all that, and I don't mean from your end of it. Not that it matters a whole lot as long as you have a chair to use at the computer, and it brightens the place up. It's a strange feeling to get to where we don't care if something lasts forever, just need it to last as long as we do, and then we don't care what becomes of it. In some ways, it's a liberating feeling. xoxo
comment by traveltales on Aug 10, 2022 8:46 PM ()
Funny you said that--I need 'new' dining room chairs and I said to Cathy I don't want to spend a lot of money because I won't last as they will!!
reply by greatmartin on Aug 10, 2022 9:07 PM ()

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