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Old 08-18-2009, 08:13 PM   #21
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What is it with Aeron? Where I used to w--k the office got Aeron chairs for everyone, and everyone loved them except me. For some reason it felt confining, too hard, and very uncomfortable. I refused to use it, and was told that there was no other option.
Maybe it's a matter what I've been missing. After years of submarine "VIP seating" and government-rejected office furniture, the Aeron feels great.
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Maybe it's a matter what I've been missing. After years of submarine "VIP seating" and government-rejected office furniture, the Aeron feels great.
You mean you didn't have these bad boys? You were in the wrong service
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Old 08-19-2009, 08:23 PM   #23
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You mean you didn't have these bad boys? You were in the wrong service
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Yeah, I was definitely in the wrong place. My first supervisor's chair was actually a stool, although later we "upgraded" to a model with a back-support cushion. Even then, dozing off was extremely hazardous to your health.

We had a Defense Nuclear Surety Inspection early in my boomer career. An Air Force major was sitting in our missile control center observing the action during a simulated launch. The casualty drill scenario required the Weapons Officer's presence, so he handed the launch key to his Senior Chief Fire Control Technician (Ballistic) MCC supervisor, said "You're in charge here, I'll be at tube 14", and took off for the scene of the problem.

The AF major had been a bit surprised to see a mere Navy lieutenant squeezing off the ICBMs, and he was a lot more surprised to see the launch key go to an E-8. Searching for a way to probe whether this was standard practice (yes) or a monumental screwup (not this time), he ventured a conversation-starting comment: "You know, Senior Chief, in the Air Force the job you're doing now is usually handled by a major."

The Senior Chief deadpanned "Sir, if I'd joined the Air Force I'd be a major."

The inspection was pretty much over at that point. But we passed.
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The Senior Chief deadpanned "Sir, if I'd joined the Air Force I'd be a major."

The inspection was pretty much over at that point. But we passed.
Good one, Nords and, I hate to admit, has some basis of truth.
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