TUAK goes all corporate image and shit…

There’s no practical reason I didn’t do this a year ago. For the past six months I’ve regularly had enough in the bank account that dropping an unscheduled $50 wouldn’t have been a big deal at all. But…

Fact is, that’s been the Official TUAK Chair since long before I moved out of the Interim Lair. Well over ten years. Inertia is a bitch. Attempts at cushioning my bony elderly ass were various, especially in the past 14 months since Tobie came along and started eating my stuff. Some months ago Mark M. sent me a big box of cushions – right about the time Tobie stopped being quite so destructive, so they all still live – but let’s face it: It’s a metal folding chair. And I spend a lot of time at that desk, and I’m pushing 70.

Week before last, after much procrastination, I finally did something 99.999% of Americans would have done maybe 12 years ago…


I dropped fifty-some bucks on Amazon.


And now I have a new – and hopefully much less uncomfortable – Official TUAK Chair.

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7 Responses to TUAK goes all corporate image and shit…

  1. Mark Matis says:

    Those cushions should still work with that new chair!

  2. Terrapod says:

    It is a 50 buck chair. I have the exact same one, lasted about 2 years before the cylinder failed. Then again I probably weigh about 2 x Joel, so you may be more fortunate.

    A Herman Miller or other U.S. made unit would set you back between 900 and 1400 bucks. I always keep an eye out for them at estate sales or company auctions, but people know what they are and bid up a lot.. My former place of employment went belly up in 1992 and I snagged one, lasted 20 years. Now it is the cheap ones since they are, well, cheap.

  3. SLee says:

    Good looking upgrade!

  4. anonymous says:

    I had one of those 50 buck chairs. It lasted 2 years before the wheel attachment places cracked and the wheels fell off. Then I suppose one could get a piece of plywood, new wheels and drill holes to attach the new wheels to the chair and the plywood. Not practical for me, so I had to figure out what to do with a wheelless chair that is inert. And buy a new chair. The new one is an old oak office chair from an auction, less than $50 and I expect it will outlast me by decades and still have all its wheels.

  5. Ben says:

    And yet again, Joel’s Lair gets a bit more homey and comfortable. A slow and irregular process.

  6. jabrwok says:

    I have a similar chair, though mine lacks the rigid-looking lumbar support and has no arms. Same mesh back though. I’ve had it since ’06 or thereabouts. It’s developed a bad habit of losing height over time, but that’s easy to adjust every month or so.

    Don’t remember how much it cost me, but I doubt it was even three figures.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Your throne awaits your majesty

To the stake with the heretic!