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287. Vincent O.
My high school students would benefit from being aware of the chair by opening them up more to the possibilities of design. While I have long been an amateur admirer of thoughtful, clean design, my students in inner-city Houston are not readily exposed to the virtues of good design. I am a science teacher with the hopes of becoming certified to teach a new engineering course for seniors. The students in my classes will be able to observe how the designers at Steelcase took their observations of chair users' needs and produced a chair that is able to react to the user's movements and postures.

I am a ''shifter'' when sitting at my desk. I find myself there sometimes for several hours after school grading papers. A chair such as the Cobi with its weighted mechanism that ingeniously responds to shifts in center of gravity will bring much added relief to long school days. It will also allow me many teaching moments for my students. They can build upon the features of the chair and think about new solutions.

In an engineering class, studying a chair, while at first seemingly mundane, is easily accessible in a student's experience. Beauty, simplicity, and strict focus on function are themes that cannot come across as well in pictures or in text. My students need to be exposed to art in their everyday experience. And as an added bonus to these teaching moments, I could also relate them to the history of the Barcelona Olympics and its mascot. (Okay, so that admittedly was a stretch but you can't say I didn't try.)

To bring this all together, not only would I benefit through my personal comfort from winning a Cobi, but my curious students will definitely gain insight and inspiration. And, one day I will find that I taught the designer of a new chair that I could win online.

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288. Morgan W.
I think I should win a Cobi chair because me and my boyfriend plan on moving out of our parents houses. But we have NO furniture And NO money! So a chair would be a great start!

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289. Linda Y.
I want a Cobi chair because they come in cool colors. And my teenage son wrecked the one I have by rocking in it.

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290. Susan R.
I just redesigned my kitchen with a computer work center and one of these Cobi chairs would be PERFECT!!!! I stand all day at my job and this looks so relaxing. I can just picture myself surfing the web for recipes.

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291. Brad B.
I am in my chair 12 hours out of the day (no kidding!) I could be more productive and cut my time and spend more with the family if I was more comfortable!

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292. Susan H.
I need comfort at the computer. The chair I have now has no padding and the pillow on top has gone flat long ago. I not only speak for myself, my husband and I share 1 computer, so a new and comfortable Cobi chair would serve us well while we both use our 1 computer.

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293. Melinda G.
I work from home and spend quite a bit of time in my office chair. Although it is a nice chair, my rear does get uncomfortable after awhile and I have to employ my thermofoam seat cushion at that point.

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294. Tom S.
I should win a Cobi because I broke my home-office chair and can't afford another one.

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295. George B.
I spend a lot of time on the computer and I could use a nice looking comfortable Cobi chair.

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296. Tammy K.
I know this sounds crazy but I would love to have comfortable, long lasting, awesome chairs with wheels for my kitchen and these would rock my kitchen.

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297. Megan M.
We recently went through 2 rounds of layoffs at my office. Next came salary reductions for the entire staff that remained, including myself. As a compromise for my lower salary, my manager agreed to allow me to work from home saving me from my 45 minute commute each way. (There's nothing in the US like Long Island traffic. You encounter it any time of day.)

Now, my Ikea desk chair just isn't cutting the long hours in front of my home computer. After searching for weeks, I came across your chairs. I like the shape. I need a lot of support for my lower back and the angled, flexible back looks soothing and supportive. A swivel feature and wheels is a must for any home office and I like that your chairs are not made from leather. But the design and sleek style of your chairs is what brings them to the top of my list! Not only are they modern and stylish, but they are customizable! You can't beat that!

I can't afford to purchase a $400 office chair so I would be very lucky to find myself the winner. Thank you for the chance to win one your of Cobi chairs.

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298. Roger Y.
I just had back surgery and need the back support and the chair that I have is old and ready fall apart.

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299. Nate R.
I believe I should win the Cobi because first off all, I have a pretty decent influence in the tech community - at least in San Diego and a little in San Francisco, Seattle, and Houston. That alone should get you some extra press because I've been on the same leather chair since about 1996 and it's killing my back. This chair has kitten puncture marks (from about 6 years ago), pretty much no padding on the seat or arms, and only one adjustment... height (although, that doesn't help, where if it were a Cobi, that would be all I would need). I've been to a chiropractor for the past 2-3 years but unfortunately, I don't have the cash to spend on an incredibly comfortable or ergonomic chair unless I bought it on credit - which I'm averse to doing. Every time I complain about going to the chiropractor, my wife tells me to buy a new chair.

If I won, I could easily tell about 3k+ people, many of them rather influential themselves, about the Cobi and all of it's magical powers: the ability to focus on gravity and frequently moving position instead of a fixed position (as is normal with an all-day computer worker like myself). I can't imagine how awesome it would be to have a chair adjust to me, instead of me adjust the chair every 10 minutes (as if anyone really does that). One time, when I quit working at a startup and actually had my own chair in my workspace, I took the chair with my belongings and rolled it 4 blocks to my condo. I would love to do that again, but this time with a Cobi, a severance package, and perhaps stock certificates that would be worth more than the paper they were printed on. Nah, forget the severance and stocks. I''d just like to be proud to show off my Cobi as I roll it down the street. That would be enough. Are the wheels warranted for any number of miles on concrete?

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300. Reiko M.
I deserve to win the cobi chair because I think it is super cool and I will show it off to all my friends and tell them they should get one too!

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301. Amy S.
I need a chair for my computer area and your Cobi chairs are adorable. I live in a very small efficiency apartment and have no furniture besides some shelves and my mattress. I would like to make my space lookmore attractive and functional rather than the cluttered mess it is at this moment.

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302. Jermaine D.
Because i work in the Athletic Dept on Campus at UTC. Due to budget cuts and other things, our office is complete with all used furniture. When I say used, I mean completley worn. Another guy and myself share a glorified closet, they call it an office. I am pretty sure the chair I have now was used by old Defense Coordinator back in the day, it is definitely broken and the leather is wearing off.

I work in sales, therefore I always wear a suit, I am scared my suits get dirty when I sit in this thing. IF was fortunate enough to win a Cobi I would be able to show it off to my co-workers on a daily basis. Not only would my work performance improve but coaches & admin would see my new COBI on a daily basis. Please consider.

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303. William F.
I am a young architect/designer who just started my own practice and I desperately need a new office chair. My current fold-up ikea chair does not exactly scream "success!" With a Cobi Chair supporting me, I am sure I can build my design practice, all without the financial burden of having a chiropractor on retainer. And, all of my clients will know that the Cobi chair is the choice of their architect.

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304. Shirley B.
This Cobi chair is sooooooo me!

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305. Terri M.
I need a Cobi chair because my desk sits at an angle in the office and I only have a triangle of space for the chair. I need something that will be able to fit into a smaller space, plus give me the back stability I need for posture. Help me to keep my office looking good, while my body keeps feeling fine!

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306. Mark B.
I am a 23-year-old web developer and on the norm work 10-12 hr days M-F for my employer, then typically take my own projects on the weekend. In my teens I had a sports injury, got in a car wreck, and fell out of a tree from 12 feet up, all of which have contributed to lower back problems...exactly what you need when you spend half of every day in a chair.

When my good friend moved into his apartment, I let him borrow my office chair after he swore up and down that he would be "buying one soon." At the time I was traveling a lot, and so it seemed a no-brainier to help a brother in need. Apparently "soon" meant a little more than a year, mind you that my friend is no weight loss success story. The day I got my chair back, I was so excited that I could use my home office again. As I take my seat for the first time in a year, I realize that he has destroyed all possible butt-padding to the point that I am literally sitting on a piece of metal disguised by a fake leather material. I absolutely hate my office chair, and it is nothing more than a professional looking dust collector.

Please allow me to sacrifice this piece of junk to the office chair gods in a fiery ritual for the sake of my buttocks and back. I will even send pictures.

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307. Sarah S.
I am signing in to win a cobi chair for my brother Dale, a passionate architect in his 30's with commercial and residential background. He determined moving back home from Jackson Hole, WY over a year ago that he could satisfy his family connection while offering solid service to his clients and family ultimately by working from home for a while. My parents and siblings truly needed my brother's support and physical help during our father's illness and passing in recent months. Dale is always there for us and us for him.

Through all the difficulties and emotional stresses Dale has continued to follow his passion for architecture and design, altering and improving lifestyles of those who are touched by his projects. He's doing several really exciting things in KC providing sustainable solutions for our community, with creative building project's for residents and businesses in the East side community of our urban core. Dale teaches and shares knowledge along the way to everyone he touches and is taking my father's legacy of craftsmanship to an all new level in all he does. Dale is a single father and I'm impressed that his son has already learned how to use a T-square and a level - that's impressive because the child is not in kindergarten yet!

Dale's office has been a desk, if you could call it such, outfitted from used doors on two used file cabinets painted silver. As I stated, he is really into the REUSE story and finds joy in creating new outcomes using unusual existing building materials out there. I believe his use of a four dollar outdoor plastic patio chair at his desk may be holding him back at this point, inexpensive but not doing him any justice!

Dale is an amazing, giving, and design minded human who I'm extremely proud to be related to. He deserves be updated with some new technology to help him more limberly access his working drawings, prints, scans, and those pesky files while working at his idea of a desk. The juxtaposition of the modern cobi with Dale's odd furniture choices would bring a reminder to him each day of how to incorporate new creative technologies (where appropriate) with his sustainable reuse ideas as he brings values to his clients, designs, his family and the community through his thoughtful work.

I'm SURE Dale and his back deserve a little break from the plastic lawn chair and all the load he has helped our family carry lately. Added comfort and it's agility will help him continue sharing his passion for architecture with his family and clients through continued work. I want to see that Dale continues to sit at that desk and sketch and draw more dreams into reality so all of us can see the results! A feature I really liked about the cobi is that wherever Dale may find himself, this well designed office piece will fit into any place he settles into calling his office.

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308. Juan A.
Here is my reason, and please try to understand I am a generic subject of society, so my story is not a compelling one and it won't make you feel sad or sorry. NO! I am a very fortunate person, on the contrary, just trying to be bolder and taking every chance presented. Some circumstances first.

I am a happily married Colombian, 37 years old (and let me clarify I am a resident of the US soon to become a citizen) LEED AP architect and designer working on a Planning and Architecture office in Miami. I am very design/media oriented person and I love passionately good architecture, good design hence well designed furniture. to the point that my wife bought me a used Eames chair, (which I have thought of it not to be an original. but who cares? the important things is that it fills our living room with its nice vibrational design, awesome and I love it!).

The situation right now: As everybody knows! (no need to elaborate further on the topic.) is not very promising; when the fact of the matter is that there has been a lot of people being laid off and salaries have been reduced as well as work hours (33 hours a week is the new statistic), due to the economic climate we are in. This has impacted my household income by a lot (-$$$) and I didn't even got to earn 6 digits a year! (I know, I know, I am not the only one but I am always wondering when is that going to happen). On the other hand, I hate to think that a crisis should literally depress everything and everyone, I believe that there are new opportunities brewing somewhere, I just need to find them! Then again I feel tied up to my job afraid to take a life-changing step and let myself go into the unknown, consciously ready for what it may bring along who knows we may have to face losing our apartment the car and everything else that I have signed in blindly. And I understand I shouldn't be worrying too much about it, "just learn to accept" is what some people would tell you. and they may be right, just keep pushing forward while you hold on. but is that some kind of a cruel kindness suggestion? That we should face and approach things with a bravery fear?

So the oxymoron lies here, I am still I sitting on this fabulous Steelcase chair at the company's plush office spending my most productive hours of my life waiting for some work to come in. or waiting to be laid off. I know I should be grateful (and I am, don't get me wrong) for still receiving a paycheck, but most importantly for having a job (which as we all know stands for just over broke-nowadays acquiring its most significance.). Is not that I wish to be thrown out of the company but I need to be doing something productive with my time and I am starting to feel anxious. Parallel to having a J.O.B. I have been doing some work from my house, you know after regular working hours but the office I have at home is a disaster not comfortable at all, completely uninviting, as a matter of fact there is a part of me trying to avoid sitting there for another moonlighting shift.

My chair makes my back hurt and my personal commitment, and never fails to remind me the fracture I had on my back when I was twelve (not trying to cause pity on me) because at that time I decided to jump from a tree close to my house tied to a rope??? Like some kind of not perfectioned bungee jumping. darn good times! But I after that I ended up with a cast on my torso for 6 months and another 6 months with a vest with two metal bars on the back. just to avoid surgery. Now again, I had this money saved (like any other responsible civilian) for remodeling my apartment and to get a much better office furniture (matching furniture at least) that would help us organize the overwhelming quantity of mail, bills, statements, and all that stuff that your accountant always suggest you should keep for at least 5 years.

Well, we (we=my wife and I) wanted a new floor, fix the bathroom, the kitchen, you know all that a regular standardized couple that watches HGTV now and then would want. But we have found ourselves spending our savings progressively because of our tight budget, trying to keep up with the mortgage "keeping it up", trying to do the right thing, avoiding to go into a foreclosure so that the bank would pay a well-deserved attention to you, etc. and feeling the depression thumping its heavy feet while it anxiously walks up and down the corridors of our condominium. And since our present is so uncertain any kind of spending becomes a super luxury, we don't dine out any more, which was our way to have fun on the weekends, and now more than ever we prepare our own lunches to take to the office. We are tied to our old home office and if the time comes, obliged to work from there.

I just think that if I get that chair it would be the seed of a whole new change in our lives, I know may sound silly " a chair changed my life!" but that could be the catalyst for it. It could mean that there are very positive energies vibrating in resonance to our wishes, and that a lot of people would benefit out of it. Like throwing a pebble to a pond. yeah lets watch how those positive ripples start moving the energies from here. Wow! I just cannot afford to let this opportunity pass without trying to earn it with my story.

So there it was. As a told you just another story, from a random place and location in this pond of possibilities and circumstances. I just hope whenever you decide to throw that chair, it would land here and start that wave of positive change. I would definitely welcome it and feel even more thankful to be where I am and to be encouraged to go out there and keep looking. to go out there and do what I am here to do, get what is mine, stop being afraid.

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309. Jodi K.
We just had to downsize to a condo..have 2 desks..couldn't fit both computer chairs in the same room. These Cobi chairs look very sleek, but functional. Oh,and might I add, completely adorable. Thank you so much for this opportunity.

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310. Benjamin H.
I am a design student in south Australia. I spend all my nights on either of my recovered/reloved chairs from hard refuge. I have been appreciating these (one 1950's bent steel dining chair and a broken faux leather gas lift chair with low backing) for the entirety of my degree just hoping that the bad ergonomics will inspire me to make a new chair or repair the gas lift chair so they are not so bad. Formula for a guaranteed winning: I consume very little material things, I am conscious of sustainable design principles, I have a friend called Cobi and I would love to tell him I have a Cobi chair. My back is hurting as we speak, probably because I am thinking about how much I want an ergonomic chair.

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311. Megan R.
Our Cold War era, half-broken, hulking metal office chair isn't so hot these days. Actually, it probably hasn't been en vogue (or comfortable) in decades. We're a couple of young graphic artists (recently engaged, I'm happy to say), and money has been tight for a while during my hunt for a new job in a new city. This means our few precious pieces of furniture have been doing double duty: the Cold War Clunker goes from the office to the dining room...and sometimes outside, I'll admit it. For an at-home haircut.

Okay, I said it. I'm not entirely certain how my fiancee came into owning this chair. I know it's been around a lot longer than I have, and I know he'd be happy to demote it to living in the garage. It would be a fantastic engagement gift to have a Cobi dedicated to the office where myself and my fiancee can work comfortably. He is a writer/game designer/jack of all trades during his free time in the evenings, and I'm scouring the web for career networking and doing a bit of freelance work during the day. (I should probably mention that as I write this, I'm sitting on the floor to give my back a much needed chair-break).

When I noticed all of the adjustable features and flexibility of the Cobi, I knew it would be a dream for my lower back. And the breathability would be such a plus during the 110-degree Oklahoma Summer days - peeling away from 50 year old vinyl is only enjoyable if you're talking about getting pulled away from listening to an old Beach Boys record. My fiancee has considered putting a sheet of those wooden beads on the Clunker for more airflow...you know, those things your grandpa used to have in his Towncar? I'd like to put off having those present in my life for at least 40 years.

Having a Cobi in the office would also mean I could get rid of the grungy old pillow he uses to support his lower back while he works. Aah, a girl can dream. The Cold War is over, Mr. Gorbachev tear down that wall, and we are ready to stylishly and comfortably roll into the 21st century in a Cobi!

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312. Chris F.
I should win a Cobi because my office chair is not good. I have an awesome The King keyboard tray, but my office chair doesn't even come close to the level of awesomeness! I bet if I had a Cobi chair to go with my The King keyboard tray, I could solve all the problems of the world because my work space would be sooo comfy!

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313. Diana M.
When we moved from Florida we had to leave a lot of things behind. We didn't have enough money for a rental truck. So, A lot of our things couldn't fit in the car. We left these things with his family. I should have known that they would use them and get attached. At least someone is getting use out of them. We keep hoping someday we will have enough money to make the trip down to FL and pick our stuff up. Then again who knows if they would want to give it back or if I would even want it back by then.

Right now all of our furniture is hand me downs, but our chair. Oh, our desk chair grosses me out. It was on the side of the road because someone, was getting rid of it. It looked clean enough but you can never tell what happened on it before. So, I always leave a towel on it. It also looked like it had wheels at one point but they took them all of. It squeaks so load that it is distracting. I spend many hours a day on this chair. Please help me out and let my butt be grateful, not grossed out.

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314. Patricia S.
First of all I don't have one because the bottom broke so I really need one. The Cobi chairs look really hip and versatile. I like their contemporary design.

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315. Lorie O.
My old chair is about shot. I love the look of the Cobi chair, and it would look and feel great in my house.

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316. Deborah B.
I work at home full time and would love to have a beautiful Cobi chair that fits into my home that is also comfortable enough to use eight hours each day.

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317. Sunny B.
I am a hard working executive assistant that spends half my day rolling from my computer to the printer, standing, sitting, sitting on my armrest for a change of pace. I need a Cobi chair!

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318. JP W.
I am finding myself sitting here in an uncomfortable chair wishing I could raise it to see over my desk. It wobbles and leans, and... causes a scene? I've scoured my school's recycling, dived through dumpsters, scaled skylines! Well maybe not that far, but I just can't seem to find a chair that fits my budget... $0. So I come upon a site offering a COBI chair for free, and I'm thinking, is this heaven? My magical day? Finally my back can be held by proper lumbar support whilst my hands work towards that degree!

Whoever you are reading this, please, consider me. A good chair means more productivity, and me getting closer to that Industrial Design Degree, and becoming the world changer I wish to be.

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319. Lee C.
I would like to win a cute little green Cobi because I've been sitting on a plastic lawn chair for the past 3 years! Ugh. This does not make for an attractive desk chair, although I did dress it up with some ratty old cushions, to keep me from getting "waffle butt."

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320. Pamela D.
I really need a Cobi Chair. Both my chair and my teenage son's chair are in horrible condition. His was used when we got it from Goodwill. I have to put a triple-folded blanket on my home office chair, because the rivets (screws/whatever they are) under what used to be padding on the seat, are poking through in two spots. The leather has torn in quite a few spots. My tushie's fairly old and even though this chair is really too big for me and doesn't provide any back support to speak of, it's the right price. (I already have it.) I don't get out of the house much, for various reasons, and I spend a lot of time at my home office desk.

Please pick me to win a new Cobi Chair!

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321. Josephine Z.
I believe I should be able to win a Cobi chair! So first of all I am a twelve year old girl. I live in Nashville, TN and I just love the Smart Furniture store. We usually go to the one in Chattanooga and I could honestly stay there for hours! It's like my favourite store ever!

Well enough of my life, why don't I tell you why I want a Cobi chair. Ok so I will send you some pictures from my phone of my current chair. It is ok, but not the awesome Cobi! My chair is falling apart! The arm rest things always fall off, because of the wigily screws! And I always have to screw them back into their spot! I also have a couple of cuts in my chair, because I am quite artistic. Artistic and chairs dont mix to well. Ha ha. :) Plus the up and down bar does not work and it is currently stuck where it is. Which is annoying. It also doesn't match my carpet, which is hideous! Plus it always bumps into everything because it is so dang bulky! I will most definitely send you some of my photos with my name on it. So you can identify the photos, and say "Hey! Thats Josephine's awful Chair!"

My parents love this store but they will not pay for something so expensive, don't even think about it! :) I also do not want to pay for it. Don't get me wrong we aren't poor, but we are not billionaires! :) OK so I will give you some time to process this. I thank you very much for considering my opionion to give me the Cobi chair! I WANT ONE SO BAD!!! They are so cool!!!!!!!!! So please consider! :) Hope you pick me!

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322. Giana K.
I should win a Cobi for being mother of the year and because my husband supports everyone by being a US submariner. I only see him a few times a year and I basically raise our little girl by myself. It's horrible, but we deal with it. I have never won any contest so I would not only be shocked amazed and tickled, but would also thankfully blog about the win on all the social networks and blogs that I currently use frequently!

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323. John M.
Been using a metal fold up chair for the past 9 years.. please help me and my butt!

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324. John L.
I need the office chair, because the chair i have now is very uncomfortable. Plus I love the color of the orange chair. It would wake up my drab office.

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325. Byron C.
I don''t have a back rest on my chair and yours are so much cooler looking.

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326. Pamela A.
I have arthritis in my back and need a good chair with support th ease the pain.

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327. Luann P.
My office chair is not only old and beat up, it was something inexpensive I bought just to have a chair with wheels for mobility. After an hour or two of sitting, the back pain begins!! I could really use a GREAT chair!

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328. Val F.
OK, truth is I enter a lot of contests. My poor butt gets so sore on my current chair. Sometimes I can't take it and go to bed. A Cobi chair would let me have the chance to be luckier!

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329. Diana C.
Because my rear hurts after sitting in my crappy chair all day.

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330. Valerie P.
This is actually for my husband. He just started his own business and he is really lacking in furniture. He is being cautious but would like some smart furniture for his new office. In this day and economy we are weighing all purchases very carefully. I would love to give him a chair that would help him dress up his office and give him the proper posture for sitting doing all his paperwork during the day. He works hard and complains of back aches alot so I feel this would help.

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331. Bruce W.
Cobi chairs are nice, my old chair sucks.

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332. Shaleah P.
It's been two years now since I began my journey as a Radio, Television, and Film student at University of North Texas. For every day of those four semesters I drove an hour and a half in the metroplex traffic to get to school and back. My family, whom I love very much, has a very small home that never provided me with the space to stretch and breathe and study as I wanted to. Every bit of studying that I did was mobile-- I had no bookshelf, no place to leave my laptop charger, no dictionary to reach for. Everything I did was out of a bag, in some coffee house that I adopted for two or three hours in one city or another. I was tired. I was strained. I was overworked-- and yet, somehow, I managed to pull off a 4.0 for two of those semesters and maintain a 3.74 GPA overall. I studied hard and carried a lot of weight on my shoulders (literally) for that grade, blowing my friends and family out of the water-- prior to university, I was a notoriously bad student. As a side note, I believe that in Junior High School and High School this might have been because of my inability to drive myself to coffee shops and libraries in my newly developed mobile-studying style. But no matter.

At the end of last semester, things changed. My minor of Japanese was getting exceedingly tough and a full load of Film courses was baring down on me. I worked for weeks and weeks on my final film project-- planning, shooting, and editing before the labs teemed with the cracked nerves of procrastinating students. I was in the labs from open to close, getting it done. When I began to get drowsy on the commute, I made a sudden decision to stay with a friend's gracious family in Denton for safety's sake. Between editing my film, studying for finals, practicing my Japanese skit, and writing my fifteen page term paper on Hong Kong Cinema, I didn't sleep much on that little mattress on their garage floor. Just as I finished my project, I took a step back and signed off of the account on my assigned hardrive to let another student use it (we had too little harddrives to give each student his own). I walked in a comforting winter drizzle to lunch, ready to fine tune the cut of my film I'd just finished. I was going to finally be able to go home. When I got back to the labs, however, disaster struck. I knew something was awry the moment I tried to log in. I heard a pop, the screen flickered as if the computer were having some traumatized flashback of its DOS years, and it shut off. Somehow, for some disgustingly unfair reason, my very own assigned hardrive had corrupted. I lost everything. I fell to my knees, right there in the lab, surrounded by my late-starting peers, and I cried. My hands were numb.

I swam that day. I couldn't go home and feel the constriction of our tiny house. I couldn't go back to that garage just yet and sit beside the bag that I'd been living out of. I went to the only place that felt like freedom to me-- the water-- and I swam. It wasn't an hour later until I was in the library, writing my term paper, studying for Japanese, and planning out my course of action for my film.

Long story short, I salvaged what I could from my raw tapes and I got it done. I hammered out my film so well and so fast that I still managed to get it in before my extended due date-- and before some of my classmates had completed theirs. I got an A. In Hong Kong Cinema, notoriously tough, I didn't see why my returned term paper had no corrections on it until I saw the back-- an A+. A rare thing in that class. In Japanese, for my skit and my final, I got an A. Another A in film history.

After all that, the disaster that wreaked so much havoc on my life and so viciously tested my stamina turned out to be a grossly unneeded battle, but I won it nonetheless. I decided, though, that I wouldn't do it again. I'd not do that to myself for my last year. I began to save up.

So here I am, four days after signing the lease to my very first apartment and three days from moving in. I have nothing to start with, but I know what I want. I want a completely stationary, absolutely immobile, fully equipped study area. I'll take my dad's old desk on move-in day and begin to execute my fantasies. A bookshelf-- where I can reach up and grab an old Japanese textbook without having to have carried three of them! I'll have paper-- right there in a tray, not tugged from a crunched folder in a cramped backpack on the floor! I'll have a recycle bin, right there beside me, to toss scrap papers as I go! No more aching back from hours spent bent over a laptop on the floor! The dreams surround me! They overwhelm me!

What kind of college student fantasizes about a desk? About a real place to sit and write and read? I don't want an Xbox or a plasma screen TV; I don't want a liquor cabinet or a big closet for shoes. I want a desk. I want a really, really good place to study. And you know what? A really good place to study with a really good desk is absolutely nothing without a really, really good chair.

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