The note says, “You won’t get it up the steps”.*

There comes a time in every artist’s life when she says “Enough of this craft shit! I WANT POWER TOOLS!”

…eh, maybe it’s just me.

The Stoffice corner workspace is awesome, it is sexy, it is fantastic—but it’s too small. Given my tendency to fill any available workspace, pretty much anything would probably be too small, but this was really rather cramped. And there was a gap where I could fit another cabinet.  And I thought about going to Michaels for another white-MDF organizer thing, but then Kevin would have spent five hours trying to insert Tab QQ into Slots F and U, and damnit, I wanted something else…something hardcore.

It is shiiiiny.

The little tags inform me that it will hold up to 2000 lbs. This will undoubtedly be useful if I ever decide to start that anvil collection. And it has lots of drawers and a useful work surface and a power strip on the side, and I am happy, even though it was expensive as hell, because I rather suspect that I will still be hauling this sucker around when all that MDF has crumbled into dust. (And are there any sweeter words in the English language than “business expense”?)

This is also another point in the “Clearly This Is A Long-Term Relationship” column, as there is no possible way I can move this myself, and Kevin about killed himself moving it.  Getting it up the steps very nearly killed us both, and we didn’t dare put the wheels on because if it got away from us on the stairs, it would have smooshed whoever was on the bottom, namely me, into a fine red paste.

This was not the coolest tool organizer, though. It was what I could afford and what I could justify and what I could fit. But there was this OTHER thing…

Built-in stereo. Built-in mini-fridge. iPod hook-up. Speakers. Power strip on each side. It was massive. It was taller than I am. Broad, shallow drawers. Dozens of ’em. It was beautiful. I may have dry-humped it a little. (It was also in the two-thousand-dollar range, so, uh, no. BUT I CAN DREAM!)

I even have the perfect spot for it, I am looking at that spot RIGHT NOW, but the wire rack that holds most of my originals is currently in there, so I have to wait until Kevin’s oldest goes to college or joins the Peace Corps or whatever and we get to turn it into a spare bedroom, and by then I will hopefully be able to justify the expense. Then I will move the rack into the spare room and that monster will be mine.

But until then, this one makes me very happy.

*Uber-geek points to anyone who catches that reference…

  • reply woollythinker ,

    Dirk Gently? (I’m only guessing from vague memory. I am not uber-geek and probably missed it, but hey…)

    • reply Chris ,

      @Woolly – that was my first thought, too…but I don’t think that’s it..

      • reply Chris ,

        aha. old infocom game. that was my second guess…

        • reply Korbl ,

          I can think of a thing or two where the weight bearing could be handy…. but then I have an incredibly dirty mind.

          • reply P. Kirby ,

            There comes a time in every artist’s life when she says “Enough of this craft shit! I WANT POWER TOOLS!”

            This is why I moved from watercolor to steel as my primary media. Power tools: plasma torch, welder, angle grinder and awesome gear like my new welding helmet with little skulls on it.

            I think I know which tool chest you described. Hubby and I have been eyeing it with tremendous lust as well.

            • reply Douglas Henke ,

              Infocom? Upstarts! Upstarts and pretenders!

              From the release notes file:

              CP-V Adventure

              Originally written by David Platt (from the 350 point Adventure),
              UNIX C Version written by Ken Wellsch, with several modifications.

              Original release notice from 12/1/79:
              [ a bunch of stuff you really don’t care about ]

              And that’s just the oldest one for which I have sources handy. The Phrase That Pays may also have been in the Crowther & Woods 350-point version, which was some years earlier…

              • reply Allison ,

                A hollow voice says, “Plugh.”

                😉

                • reply Pnx ,

                  Intersting… I wasn’t aware that “makes me very happy” was a phrase from an infocom game, I’ve used it for years (usually as the phrase “you make me very happy” when someone does/gives me something nice/awesome)… I guess you learn something everyday? But I wonder where I picked it up from then.

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