Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Time is Here, to the Treadmill We Cheer!

So, I'm doing it. I'm writing this post at my very awesome treadmill desk, at work. I'm using a Nordictrack C2155 and the desk is a very sturdy and heavy wooden desktop (that was in storage/trash at my workplace) placed over two file cabinets (about 52" high) on either side of the treadmill. The thick wooden board/desktop was exactly a foot longer than I needed it to be and the awesome facilities guys took it down to their shop and cut it to size for me (note that it doesn't rest on the treadmill at all, it's independent of the treadmill though it does block the console and I have to reach underneath to turn the thing on). I then borrowed a screwdriver and drill and installed (and then uninstalled and reinstalled, repeat once) the keyboard tray I had the office manager order for me last week. So the keyboard and mouse are at the perfect ergonomic height for me and I have even more desktop space than I had before. My office is now in total disarray because I had to move so much to get everything set up but otherwise I am good to go. I spoke on the phone with the 'Environmental Menace' executive yesterday while on the treadmill and he was none the wiser. One thing I don't like about my current set-up is that the printer is up on a shelf of my bookshelf and the printer is not one of these small home's big, freaking huge. It shouldn't be on the shelf and certainly not where it can fall and damage the treadmill, but I need to be able to access it easily while at my desk and the last thing I want to do is put it up on the desk where it would take up a lot of room and block my view of the wall where I've posted flowcharts and such. So that's one problem I haven't quite solved yet. Oh, and the other problem is I can no longer listen to NPR when I come in in the morning because the treadmill messes up radio signals from here to New Hampshire. Seriously, I tried moving my radio to the lounge down the hallway and it played nothing but treadmill static even that far away! I'm not too too devastated about this though. I assumed that this would be the case and fortunately I know that I can listen to online radio too, even if they don't have the channel I'm used to.

Noise: The treadmill is very quiet, much quieter than my air conditioner in the window. It just makes this swishing sound similar to what it sounds like when you go through a car wash and locked in the car you can hear the swish of the water and brushes...I think that's a good analogy anyway. I've never been in a car wash that sounded noisy from inside the car. :-)

So, of course, I need to take some photos now. As soon as I can figure out what pile my camera is buried under...

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