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Squeaky Squeak

Posted on Friday 13th April 2007 at 00:00
When I sit at my computer, which I do rather a lot, I have the privilege of doing so in an executive leather desk chair that I rescued a number of years ago from a man who was about to bin it. It is obviously old and worn, with many scratches down the back where its sheer size has caused it, inevitably, to rub against other items of furniture.

Aside from that though it is as good as new, and easily the most comfortable seat I have ever had the pleasure to park my backside on. The back rest comes up as far as my head and the back and tilt mechanism are carefully designed to facilitate lounging wherever possible.

In fact, aside from the lack of an accompanying foot rest, the only thing wrong with this chair is its squeak. Every so often, perhaps once a year or so, it begins to squeak when you tilt it. Now, bear in mind that this is the sort of chair that you physically cannot sit down in without automatically leaning back.

It starts off with a little squeak, every now and then, hardly noticeable. Just at the end of the tilt when you?re slowing the movement down. But it increases in frequency and volume until within an hour of first hearing the squeak, half the street knows every time you reposition your arse.

I mention this now because this is quite definitely a squeak day, and at 2 in the morning I can't move for fear of waking somebody up. WD40 isn't an option at this time of night, although it will prove the ultimate cure in the morning. For now I'm stuck trying to find a way of getting out of this chair and going to bed without one of the neighbours being forced to call the police.

It could be a long night....

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