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I've been using this exercise ball thinger as a desk chair for a while now. It's pretty good - I shift around a lot on it, so I'm doing these mini-movements all the time that actually seem make things easier on my back, more than most of the other fancy-schmancy chairs I've tried. Anyway, I got a new laptop a month or two ago, and decided to try working on the living room table for a while, instead of the door-desk in the office. It's by the front window, so I get to watch the critters, plus the change of scenery and extra light seem to have a positive impact on the old productivity, so that's working out pretty well so far.
Anyway, we've got hardwood floors out there in the living room. Now, when you sit on the ball, you need to use your feet to keep you steady - which is no problem if you've got bare feet, like I do most of the time around the house - or if you're wearing shoes, which I generally have on when I venture outdoors. It's the whole foot-sock-shoe-transition thing that screws me up, though. Under most normal circumstances, you put both socks on, then both shoes on - but if you try to do this on a slidy floor while sitting on an unstable ball-chair, you get nowhere. When you go to put that second sock on, you put your other slippy sock foot on the floor, then with the sliding, and the rolling, and away you go.
The way to make this work, of course, is to put both the sock and the shoe on one foot, then the sock and shoe on the other, so you always have traction on a grounded foot. The solution is not immediately obvious, because it's a little weird (for me, anyway) to have one fully shod foot and one fully bare, but I guess that's the way it's gotta work. Maybe I'm just weird for feeling weird about this, but hey.
I'm sure there's some sort of lesson in there that I can apply to other aspects of my life, but I'll be damned if I can figure out what it is.(August 12, 2004 07:30 PM)