I’m not a couch potato. Even though I’m currently reading Christy Barritt’s suspense mystery, Death of the Couch Potato’s Wife.
I can’t just sit and watch TV by the hour, and I don’t really understand how other people can. Although we own a TV set, we don’t have cable. Or even rabbit ears.
We use our TV to watch an occasional DVD–we have quite a collection, including two copies of one of the Harry Potter movies (go figure!)–or even one of our many VHS tapes. We normally use Netflix to watch one actual TV program daily. Yes, you read that correctly. One. And we watch only while eating supper.
Because I’m a writer, I spend most of the day with my laptop on my lap and the wireless mouse on the side table beside me. That’s a lot of sitting, and–frankly–that part of writing can be rather wearing. Especially sitting in the rocking chair I’ve had for the fourteen years I’ve lived here.
It’s a pretty chair, and I’m so used to it that I never thought much about comfort until we recently got a flyer from The Dump. (If you’re not familiar with The Dump, it’s a discount furniture store chain.) It was advertising a super sale they’re having this week for their regular customers. For those people and those people only–they need to bring the flyer–the store will be open several days it’s normally closed.
I gave the flyer a casual glance and then a more careful second look. A power recliner, complete with a USB connection, for under $300. You may not know this about me, but I’m somewhere between tight-fisted and stingy when it comes to spending money. But under $300? Hmm.
I showed it to my wife, Kathleen. She reminded me that we routinely set aside money in the budget for household items. That’s how we bought the Rooma robot vacuum clearer some months ago. And we had enough for that recliner.
The catch was it would be on sale at that price only this Thursday. But since The Dump is open on Saturdays, we took a drive down Rt. 1 in the hopes they would have a floor model of this one so we could make sure it was what we actually wanted.
Too bad we didn’t realize they didn’t open till 10:00, but we pulled the car under the covered area in front of the store and waited till it opened. Then we parked and went inside.
Ron, the fellow who waited on us, was great. He helped us find the right recliner and plugged it in for me to try out. Wonderful! How did I stand that rocker all those years?
He had no way to reserve one for us, but we must’ve really impressed him, because he talked to the store manager, who authorized him to go ahead and sell it to us at the sale price–five days before we’d expected to be able to get it. Were we surprised and thrilled!
We set up delivery for Monday. Even if we’d borrowed a truck from somebody, I couldn’t see Kathleen and me struggling to get that chair through the gate and into the house.
As you can see from the picture above, I’m comfy now for the first time in ages. And our dog, Happy, is equally thrilled.
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