Got a Great Workout Today

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After buying a elliptical exercise machine for my wife, I loaded it onto a dolly and pushed it home (since I don't drive). 'tis one heavy mother. So that was the physical exercise. At one point a cop stopped me and asked me to show proof of purchase (turns out it's not uncommon for someone to walk into a store with a dolly, load something onto it, and leave without paying).Then came the hard part...which was putting it together. That was great exercise mentally (deciphering chicken-scratch geometrical hieroglyphics that provide subtle clues on how to put it together), physically (repeatedly lifting heavy pieces of metal, trying to put it together), and a great workout in anger management.
  • Profile picture of the author Ken
    My wife loves to shop at Ikea. I understand your pain.

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    • Profile picture of the author thunderbird
      Originally Posted by Ken View Post

      My wife loves to shop at Ikea. I understand your pain.

      Ken
      Oh, man, don't get me started...
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  • Profile picture of the author mrsgs
    An experience like that will only make you more tough. Just go through that a couple of more times and you'll be assembling such things like a robot in no time
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  • Profile picture of the author seasoned
    WOW thunderbird! I once carried an old tube radio that was like WWII vintage, when I was about 9. It was metal, and perhaps 2' x 1.5' x 1'. I don't know HOW much it weighed and, in retrospect, I don't know HOW I did it, but I carried that 2-3 miles to my home. I DO remember having to make several stops to rest. But I gladly accepted any worthwhile mechanical or electronic gadget.

    Too bad I never got it to work. It seemed to be in PERFECT working order, and the powersupply worked fine, but it was missing about 3 tubes that they likely didn't make anymore. 8-( That was at a time when most supermarkets had a tube tester and tube replacement supply that people could use.

    Still, they let you take a dolly(aka hand truck)? You pulled that ALL the way home?

    How far away did you live?

    Steve
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    • Profile picture of the author thunderbird
      Originally Posted by seasoned View Post

      WOW thunderbird! I once carried an old tube radio that was like WWII vintage, when I was about 9. It was metal, and perhaps 2' x 1.5' x 1'. I don't know HOW much it weighed and, in retrospect, I don't know HOW I did it, but I carried that 2-3 miles to my home. I DO remember having to make several stops to rest. But I gladly accepted any worthwhile mechanical or electronic gadget.

      Too bad I never got it to work. It seemed to be in PERFECT working order, and the powersupply worked fine, but it was missing about 3 tubes that they likely didn't make anymore. 8-( That was at a time when most supermarkets had a tube tester and tube replacement supply that people could use.

      Still, they let you take a dolly(aka hand truck)? You pulled that ALL the way home?

      How far away did you live?

      Steve
      That is quite a memory Steve. Nice imagery.

      I own the dolly which I had rightfully purchased some months ago from the same store, and and it is the exact same type they use there. I did get a couple of suspicious looks. I pushed the exercise machine it all the way home in rain and cold winter wind, so it wasn't so bad (under a hot summer sun is the worst). My condo's only about a 1/2 mile away.
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      • Profile picture of the author seasoned
        Originally Posted by thunderbird View Post

        That is quite a memory Steve. Nice imagery.

        I own the dolly which I had rightfully purchased some months ago from the same store, and and it is the exact same type they use there. I did get a couple of suspicious looks. I pushed the exercise machine it all the way home in rain and cold winter wind, so it wasn't so bad (under a hot summer sun is the worst). My condo's only about a 1/2 mile away.
        Thanks, I tried to give an idea of what it MIGHT have weighed. And it was like chassis built, so it had a metal platform that components rested on. It was probably close to 10 gauge metal. I wasn't able to just casually bring it home with no rests.

        Well, you DID have a dolly. That made things easier, and at least it was only 1/2 a mile. And I'll BET you got some looks. Maybe they thought "This guy can't afford a CAR, but he has THAT!?!?" Did the police officer ask you for a receipt on the dolly also?

        Have you ever heard to one about a guy taking wheel barrows out every night with dirt or whatever? The guard KNOWS something is wrong, stops him, checks out the stuff, and finds all is clear. They let him go. EVENTUALLY, they find out he was stealing WHEEL BARROWS!

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        • Profile picture of the author thunderbird
          Originally Posted by seasoned View Post

          Thanks, I tried to give an idea of what it MIGHT have weighed. And it was like chassis built, so it had a metal platform that components rested on. It was probably close to 10 gauge metal. I wasn't able to just casually bring it home with no rests.
          Such objects can fetch a high price among collectors nowadays. That is an impressive feat for a child if a kind of primitive approach for a kid smart enough to work with electronics (I think my most cerebral activity at that age was smashing rocks with a hammer). It might have been easier with a wagon or something, lol.

          Well, you DID have a dolly. That made things easier, and at least it was only 1/2 a mile. And I'll BET you got some looks. Maybe they thought "This guy can't afford a CAR, but he has THAT!?!?" Did the police officer ask you for a receipt on the dolly also?
          Yes, and a place to put that monstrosity as well. Not driving is sometimes an issue. Many things in society, especially in business, are structured around the presumption that someone owns a car. I never used my license and am just not confident driving. My mind wanders.

          Have you ever heard to one about a guy taking wheel barrows out every night with dirt or whatever? The guard KNOWS something is wrong, stops him, checks out the stuff, and finds all is clear. They let him go. EVENTUALLY, they find out he was stealing WHEEL BARROWS!

          Steve
          I heard a similar story, but it was about donkeys, not wheelbarrows. Come to think of it I once heard another story like that, only with camels (when I was in Saudi Arabia). A dolly is so cheap it wouldn't justify the risk vs reward, but I did see a kid get nabbed the other day for trying to steal something from a dollar store, the little fool.
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          • Profile picture of the author seasoned
            Originally Posted by thunderbird View Post

            Such objects can fetch a high price among collectors nowadays. That is an impressive feat for a child if a kind of primitive approach for a kid smart enough to work with electronics (I think my most cerebral activity at that age was smashing rocks with a hammer). It might have been easier with a wagon or something, lol.
            I got it on my way home from school, and I didn't have a wagon. 8-( It ended up getting thrown out a couple moves ago. 8-(

            Yes, and a place to put that monstrosity as well. Not driving is sometimes an issue. Many things in society, especially in business, are structured around the presumption that someone owns a car. I never used my license and am just not confident driving. My mind wanders.
            How do you think *I* feel? I can't even really say where I live. Where will I be in 2 weeks? I'm HOPING fort wayne. Luckily, I DO have a doctor in Boston lined up, and a doctor in San Jose lined up, JUST IN CASE! As for cars? I worked with this recruiter for about 9 years with NO access to a car! At three jobs, I had to walk about 2+ miles everyday! MOST I only had to walk up to about 1/2 a mile, but at least 2 of them had shuttles. In fact, at ONE job I lived about 2 miles from the farthest end of the Washington DC metro. I had to walk maybe 1/4 of a mile to a bus take the bus to the terminal, take the metro to another place. Catch ANOTHER shuttle. I still have like $20 credit on my metro card. 8-(

            And I am generally PASSIVE. I also want to go where I have to go. So I had a BIG lack lf confidence. At my last job, I had to go down the 101 VERY close to the 405. That meant I had to be AGRESSIVE! If you are too passive, you could end up in san diego! Still, a couple days ago it was DARK and I went down a road where they have a lot of it ripped up. I ended up getting diverted onto a freeway with NO exits for like 10 or so miles!

            I heard a similar story, but it was about donkeys, not wheelbarrows. Come to think of it I once heard another story like that, only with camels (when I was in Saudi Arabia). A dolly is so cheap it wouldn't justify the risk vs reward, but I did see a kid get nabbed the other day for trying to steal something from a dollar store, the little fool.
            From the DOLLAR store!?!?!? WOW! You know, walmart has PUBLICLY said that they have about a 1 theft $14 maximum! YEP, as long as you steal only once, and it is like $14, you won't be prosecuted. I wouldn't depend on it, but they advertised it a while ago. They said they HAD to do it to keep costs down, etc... Maybe the dollar store doesn't care about that. Oh well, I don't have a police record and certainly won't start now.

            Steve
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  • Profile picture of the author dake
    Lolz...poor guy, you probably have asked your wife for a feast after all that anger management workout, you are so glad of
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  • Profile picture of the author Linda Hepworth
    Just think, you got out in the nice weather, got some exercise and in a few days after the soreness wears off you'll be feeling great !
    Just teasing ! But if you exercise a little bit each day think of how much better you would feel ! I am fairly fit myself but feel so much better with increased energy if I exercise on a regular basis. The trouble these days is finding the time and money I enjoy going to a gym, but am investing most of my "extra" money at this point into my business. I do walk my crazy grehound lab mix Dusty pretty much every day. If I dont she becomes a live wire ! I guess its the greyhound in her.

    Happy New Year Everyone !
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  • Profile picture of the author Diana Lane
    The worst bit of self-assembly kit I ever encountered was a plastic greenhouse. It came in a box that was 2' x 1' and just six inches high, with completed dimensions of 6' x 4' and six foot six inches high. This was not a workout, it was a do-it-yourself incitement to divorce proceedings, illustrated with faded microscopic diagrams and with full instructions... in what appeared to be Taiwanese. It was a miracle that there were any survivors.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      Diana -

      Too bad it wasn't glass. You would have enjoyed throwing rocks at it when it was done.
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