Great success! Sweet-talked the manager of the local Borders and got to pick up my new standing desks today, even though the store is still open and running. The desks were bereft of computers, so I figured I’d ask nicely if I could get my stuff ahead of time, and they said “hokay.”
(I had to get a furniture dolly from Home Despot for the job, which made the transport a piece of cake. Fifty bucks for a device that lets me transport a 200lb. desk with one hand? See, dolphins, this is why we still run shit around here—superior tools.)
I didn’t get back until 7pm this evening, so the desks are still in the van. Tomorrow morning, I’ll dismantle the old desk, haul in the new stuff, scrub everything down, and set it up. Maybe I’ll go back for some bookshelves and signage, and make my workspace look like a miniature Borders. Then all that’s left to make it feel authentic is paying my wife four bucks per cup of coffee and letting her scan my Borders Rewards card.
In related news, I have once again reaffirmed my belief that the humble minivan is by far the most flexible vehicle on the road. There’s no other car that could have done that job except for a pick-up truck, which—while having equal or better cargo capacity than the Grand Marnier—doesn’t match it in passenger space, or the ability to reconfigure the ride on the fly for a mix of both. Six passengers, 143 cubic feet of cargo, or any combination thereof, plus driver. Those standing workstations are pretty large pieces of furniture, but they fit into the Grand Marnier with room to spare. Yes, yes, it’s a boring Dad ride with juice stains on the carpet and cookie crumbs in the seat cracks…but it hauls people and stuff better than anything else I’ve owned.
For those three or four of you that are interested in standing workspace setups, I’ll have some pictures tomorrow, once everything is put together.