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Thursday, September 07, 2006
I never thought I'd get excited about an office chair, but I am!
I had money leftover from my office start-up funds (most of which were used for my computer and laser printer) and I couldn't decide how to spend it. I bought a few miscellaneous office accessories from SMU's approved vendors, but I had a healthy chunk of change left and I needed to spend it before next week. I mentioned that I might want a new chair and Amy (Administrative Assistant Sent Straight From Heaven to Make Life Easier for Everyone She Encounters) called someone who called someone who called me to come and try out a few chairs in our facilities management department.
"Watch out," Amy said. "Those chairs are expensive. They'll try to make you spend all of your money on a chair."
I scoffed. "Yeah, but I have like $300 leftover. My chair won't be that much." I was imagining the rows of chairs I'd seen at OfficeMax and Staples, and I couldn't remember one over $300.
Amy smiled knowingly. "Just wait. I bet $300 won't even cover it." We have to use a vendor approved by SMU, she explained, and so we can't just get any chair. We have to get ergonomically-appropriate chairs, and those aren't cheap.
I went to the facilities department and tried out chairs that actually fit my body -- chairs that supported my lower back, that tilted forward just the right amount to match how I worked at my desk, chairs that reclined enough for a comfortable chat with students or a mug of hot chocolate in a quiet moment. I had no idea what a difference a good chair can make!
I also had no idea how expensive a good chair was. I ended up choosing this chair (in "Shadow"), and it should arrive next week. The facilities department will deliver it to my office and show me how to use it (I never needed instructions for a chair before!). I can't wait. But get this: the list price was $749! Holy cow! After all of SMU's discounts, the chair came to right around $300 -- the department picked up the slight overage I had. Amazing.