In the winter, we keep warm by burning little bits of Canada.
What you see there are five tons of wood pellets, stacked in our garage on wooden pallets. I had to restack every single bag by hand because the delivery truck’s crane doesn’t reach into our garage, and a dolly won’t pull a ton and a quarter of pellets over the soft ground in front of the garage door. So I had the delivery guys put the pallets in front of the garage door, and then I had to open each pallet separately and restack all the bags in the garage. That’s thirty 40-pound bags per pallet, so it’s a fair bit of lifting and carrying.
Now, as a feat of physical labor, it’s a pretty modest achievement. For someone who only a year and a half ago spent an entire month flat on his back and zonked out on pain pills because of crippling sciatica, it’s not bad at all. I have not had any back trouble of any kind since I moved to a standing desk setup.
I don’t do stupid things with my spine, I’ve learned to always lift with the legs and not with the back…but most importantly, I don’t sit slumped over in an office chair all day anymore. It took a week to adjust and a month to really get comfortable with the standing setup, but now that I’m used to it, I can’t tolerate sitting at a desk for long periods of time anymore. For those of you with back issues, I highly recommend trying out a standing desk. In the beginning, your brain will be all like, “What are you DOING? Sit the fuck DOWN already! You can’t work like this!”, but don’t listen. Just stick with it for a little while and see what kind of difference it makes.
So ergonomic it’ll fix your spine just looking at it.
Most of us writing folk work sitting down, but it appears that our bodies aren’t really optimized for being parked in a chair all day long. I paid the price for neglecting the old meat taxi and ignoring the warning signs, and it wasn’t fun at all, unless your idea of fun is popping Dilaudid and washing it down with liquor for a month straight while lying on your side and needing an orderly for the fifteen-minute journey to the bathroom. (And if it is, I’M NOT JUDGING.) This setup is a little against the grain, but it really made a difference. I can lift things again and stuff.