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Here’s The Scoop … Day 5 In Chicago … Zip Up Cardigans …

March 24, 2010 by Barbara

FOND MEMORIES ….

Dear Readers … At every turn this writer is faced with new hassles involved with getting situated…technically and otherwise ….and while the to do list does not seem to be getting shorter (still looking like a list for Santa)…some things are a strange combination of flashback moments…odd recollections long ago buried wherever those experiences go deep within the brain …and some “perks” that might just outweigh the lack of expected warm weather and sunshine when I exit the building … That would be no humidity and the hair I used to have…straight without a blow dry…so for all those who can relate …what’s a little cold and dreariness when it come to non-humidified hair days?…

A call for an expected delivery came with a familiar address…The company I contacted is located in a northern suburb where we first had our business…on the same street… When it popped up on my now fully functional computer…(Terry was right…the speed is just as I had with Comcast at home)…a whole lot of memories came to the surface of those days…where we lived …which house…quick calculations of the ages of my daughters along with cars…clothes…friends…employees…and so much more… music …TV….and the like…

Yesterday,  in the quest to set up a satellite work area to continue working the BCbythesea hubby found S. Stein & Co. for office furniture..my son-in-law and I made our way with our Google directions to meet with Bob…who promised he had what I needed…warehouses full .. He had of new and old office furniture… The drive over…puts complaints of congestion on A1A (LBTS) and not being able to get from point A to point B high on the laugh-o-meter in comparison and this was after 12:30 pm!… As we exited and went over the bridge it was an easy find…4th floor parking and  a walk right into the showroom… While we waited for Bob we made our way around …. What’s up with office chairs? …It’s worse than trying out mattresses…Talk about the princess and the pea…Office chair manufacturers must never sit down for long…Each one was harder than the last…Does no one needs padding these days?…Ergonomic means $$$ dollars for no padding … It’s sort of like the bill of goods the mattress manufacturers pulled a few years back when suddenly the “bean counters” decided that no one really ever turned their mattresses over despite being advised to do so from the overzealous salesperson upon purchase …So they made the decision…that it was no longer needed (like they made them any different than before?)…. They now charge the same or more (mattress pricing needs a whole other post) ….for a one-sides mattress….We tried and we tried and after trying dozens of chairs this writer could not find one  like our tried and true La-Z-boy Voyager executive office chairs… But Bob was not dismayed…he made a beeline for the La-Z-boy catalog and found the Voyager is still in production (imagine that)…and we ordered 2!… We still needed file cabinets and the like …and Bob took us to a place …where file cabinets are put out to pasture… all shapes…colors…sizes and conditions… what stories must have been contained in them in their hay day?….In the end despite aisle after aisle and making our best attempt to find what would suit our needs….none met the criteria and so the file cabinets looking like dogs at the pound were left to await some other visitor to their “Villages” on some other day… Those file cabinets too, will be ordered…What was left apparently was contained in yet another warehouse and that was a salesman only visit or so it appeared…. The results for that search are to come by phone today…

Other long missed comforts are appearing each and every day…stuffed Chicago pizza is a phone call away…egg bagels…and a certain type of toothpaste I was sure went the way of the double sided mattress… The “uniform” of black worn by this writer (and at times mentioned by friends and foes in jest and anything but jest) is the norm around here …. sort of like “cardigans” with zippers…it really is like coming home….again!…

Today, as I sit here ….I’m kind of loving it here… and while there are a few pangs here and there for friends seen daily along with walks  into town on El Mar Drive……and the nagging feeling that I forgot a very important appointment by not being in attendance for the Commission meeting last night … I am looking forward to seeing what else will be coming my way old and new … Time to zip up the “cardigan” ….

more to come…

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