Sunday, March 7, 2010

Can You Say 'Crappy Week'?

What a week. Outside of my wife's birthday and subsequent present, it was 'One Of Those Weeks'.

Started off a week ago yesterday by throwing my back out at 9 a.m. Kind of fun needing help to get out of chairs for two days.

Monday started at 5 in the morning with a 3 day exercise. One day of briefings and two days of play. Of that 60 hour period, I got about 15 hours of sleep. I didn't know what day it was until late Wednesday afternoon. Which, coincidentally, was the wife's birthday.

The rest of the week was going so-so until Friday when we discovered that the sofa-recliner I bought a couple of weeks ago was infested with bugs. So I sit here typing this on camp furniture.

Consulted the wife and we decided that we would get a brand new couch this time. We didn't think twice about the last one, as we've bought used furniture before and never had an issue. Before anyone asks, I didn't go down to the store and get up in their faces about it. I bought the couch knowing full well that it hadn't been professionally cleaned, hell it was discounted because of that fact. I did however, go down and let them know about it, just as a warning to be on the look out. They didn't offer, and I didn't ask for, my money back. I wouldn't have taken it anyway, as I bought the couch knowing full well that it hadn't been cleaned. I have lost a lot of things over the years, eyeglasses, ammo, even my wallet a few times, but not my integrity. In my opinion, something that important has somehow been lost over these last twenty years. (I will say that our carpets are so clean right now, you could probably eat off them.)

So. We go down to a reputable store to look for a new couch. We find it, it's great. It's got cup holders, a magazine rack built in, and it reclines to a nice comfy 'swallow you up and not let you go' angle. Plus, it's got what my wife refers to as 'butt magnet', whatever that means. To me, it's either comfy or not. She's got a whole formula worked out.

Anyway, we go to the salesman and go about buying said couch. He goes through and finds out that 'We don't have that model in stock'. Which elicits a double take from me. What do you mean, 'Not in stock'? It's sitting right over there on your floor and you don't have it in the back, all boxed up and ready to go? I can see having something in a sales circular not being in stock, national chains do that all the time. But not having something that's sitting on your own showroom floor? That's too much of a stretch for me. But, I'm trying to be a nice guy here, so OK, fine, how long are looking at here? It's in Denver, a couple of days, a week maybe? Nope. Better than that. One to three weeks, depending on when they get their next delivery from the head warehouse. Great. We get to sit and watch TV for the next one to three weeks on camping furniture, flippin' lovely.

Two upsides here, I guess. They're going to deliver the sofa to the house and put it wherever we want it (for an extra $40), and we get a 5 year warranty that covers any stain we can't get out (meaning they'll come to the house and clean it) for another $40.

Now that it's all said and done, between taxes and 'extras', I paid $800 for a new couch that was on sale for $678, $83 off what retail was.

Maybe this week will be better. I'm expecting my next Form 1 any day now. That would definitely makes things a little better.

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