Saturday, July 11, 2009

A La-Z-Boy Will Survive

My way of coping with the Obama Recession has been to repair everything and replace nothing. The spirit of Alvin Dale has consumed me. From my 93 Oldsmobile to my ten year old Eureka upright I'm keeping everything churning.

This La-Z-Boy has been my friend for seventeen years. We had a Lane recliner that just wasn't as comfortable as my favorite La-Z-Boy. Like a seasoned wok this chair comes with its own flavor of my life. Bo likes to sleep on it, Simba would curl up behind it (she wasn't allowed in the living room but would sneak in after I started snoring and curl up behind me, as soon as my hand touched the handle she was back in the kitchen). I also have added to the ambience of the chair by sleeping in it for hours while the History Channel drones on.

The ratchet that allows the recliner to tilt far back just wore out. When I looked underneath it I found the arm rest covers and head cover that belies the original color of the fabric. I went to the La-Z-Boy website and found that parts are only available through dealers. Much to CP's chagrin I had her call them and to my surprise the parts were free; all I had to do was drive an hour to the outlet and pick them up. I'd like to thank President Obama for this CB moment. Without this recession I may have been tempted to buy a new La-Z-Boy. The new ones seem a bit more expensive and are a bit wider. They even have a self ejection model for those super lazy boys who have trouble returning to the verticle position. With luck my present recliner will last till I need the turbo model.


u.f. said...

That's a good looking La-Z-Boy. I had one in our old house, and I really liked it, but Aunt Dot insisted we get rid of it in the new house, as it did not fit in with the new decor. So she got me a good leather one, but it's not La-Z-Boy.

Aunt Dot's sister actually worked for La-Z-Boy for a year or two earlier this decade. She used my testimony as a sales pitch. Sold a lot of them.

I agree the newer ones are too wide, so I think you did the right thing repairing yours. Great thing about them providing replacement parts for free.

David DiQuattro said...

OMG, this is too funny. That chair has turned an incredible color over the years--there's a lot of babba in the upholstery :-)
That chair helped me sleep quite a few nights in the fixator summer

David DiQuattro said...

aka The REAL David DiQuattro

Marianne stole my profile.

That La-Z-Boy is awesome, though.

D- said...

Poor Al Dale, he just keeps coming back up... .

I've sat in that chair! Very comfortable!

Update on ammo... plenty available here in NY State. It's even on sale!
Tell those southern mountain boys to stop hoarding it.

jondale said...

I have a feeling I've sat in that chair in a handful of states. It's probably viewed more as a member of the family than a piece of furniture. There's so much of Babba worked into the chair I'm sure you could catch it reaching for the duct tape to repair the broom and dustpan!

Anonymous said...

Check your calendar. The recession started in '08.

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