The chair I was using at my desk has been getting less and less comfortable recently, which could be due to a number of factors:
- Age (its: an old chair that was breaking down)
- Age (mine: an older body getting creakier and more arthritic)
- Pandemic pounds; enough said
- More hours sitting in it, with a few Zoom meetups a week adding to the butt-in-chair hours
Whatever the reason or reasons, it was time and past time to get a new one. Last weekend, I went to Staples and sat in All The Chairs, but while I got down to one I liked more than the others, I didn't love it enough to pay for it.
This Saturday, I went to Office Depot and went through the same routine, getting it down to this one chair. I sat in it, thinking about how I liked it better than the rest, but wasn't sure I loved it, and boy, these things aren't cheap, are they, but then I considered my tendency toward decision paralysis*, and I threw my metaphorical hands up in the air, reminded myself how much my hips had hurt after work the day before, and bought it.
*The delusion that there is One Right and Perfect Solution to a search, if only I keep looking, instead of any number of possible items that would work just fine
I also paid them extra to put it together for me, which is a service I highly recommend, particularly if you too have bad hands (or back, coordination, upper body strength, or any number of other reasons). They need to be advertising this all over the chair section, if you ask me; I didn't see any signs at all, but since I had seen signs for something similar at Staples the previous trip, I asked ("Can I pay you to put it together for me?"), and oh sure, they do that too ("Twelve dollars, it will be ready tomorrow.").
So I went back yesterday to pick it up, rolled it right out of the store (instead of carrying the ~50-pound box), and here it is.