I just got some new guest chairs for my office. They are really nice. If you haven’t seen them, stop in and have a seat…
I had been looking for this model, the Herman Miller Caper Chair, for a while. Every couple of days I’d check craigslist through the website www.searchallofcraigslist.org, a site that, well, lets you search all of craigslist.
Very rarely do these chairs come up for sale, and when they do, they are either very expensive or sell out very fast.
Luckily for me, I found some for sale at a very reasonable price. Unfortunately for me, they were located in Los Angeles…
After having a look at some pictures, I decided to buy them. I arranged to pick them up last Friday around noon. I thought about spending the weekend in LA. I had been planning to take a trip there as a mini vacation, however this was such short notice that I decided to just drive down, maybe have lunch in Santa Monica, pick up the chairs, and drive back home.
I left a little after 6 am. I was going to leave earlier but I wanted to stop at Philz coffee and they don’t open until 6.
With coffee in hand I hit the road a little after 6. I brought some business related CDs with me to listen to. After every cd, around 70 min or so, I’d find a place to stop get out and stretch for a minute.
I took highway 101, which is a pretty nice drive. After San Luis Obispo 101 links up with highway 1 and drives along the coast until Ventura. It’s a very scenic drive. The weather was great and it made the drive very pleasant.
I got to my destination, Calabasas, at around 12:30. The chairs looked great. I had arranged to buy six.
They had seven available although one had a bad stain on it. The lady selling the chairs offered me the stained one for $20 – cheap. The stain looked like coffee, and on a mostly plastic and synthetic mesh chair I figured it would come right out (and it did very easily).
I love Santa Monica. I thought about going there for lunch, however that would add nearly 1:30 to my drive and I decided against it. I’ll spend some time there when I go on vacation next.
I loaded up all seven chairs, turned around and was off. I ate lunch in Ventura at “The Habit,” a great burger spot. They have a Habit on El Camino and Stevens Creek if you want to try it out. Their hamburgers are very delicious.
I drove back up the coast. The return drive went by a little quicker, as they tend to do, however I started getting a bit fatigued around hour 10. Just a couple hours later, around 7 pm, I was home.
I had never driven so far in one day – 720 miles. The last time I was in a car for more than about 4 hours was on a family trip to Yellowstone like 15 years ago and it was maybe 7-8 hours driving at a time at most.
A few things I learned about driving such a long distance:
I am not cut out to be a trucker.
You can make a drive quite productive if you bring the right listening materials.
If you speed up the playback of your MP3 with your audio player, or speed up the audio prior to burning your cds, you can listen to a WHOLE lot more in the same amount of time.
Taking breaks every 60-80 minutes to walk around and stretch will help prevent driving fatigue and discomfort.
That’s pretty much all for now, be sure to check out my new chairs next time you stop by!