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I Received $400 to Keep an Aeron Chair!

Ever since I was a wee little lad, I’ve had desires for possessions that exceeded the money in my wallet. One of those possessions was the Herman Miller Aeron chair that I’ve wanted since 2001. When I realized that the chair cost $800+, I promptly added it to my ever-growing list of “Things That I Want, but My Wallet Won’t Let Me Buy.” Even though the chair was was out of sight, it never left my mind, especially when I worked long hours at my desk at home and experienced back pains from my value-quality office chair that I got for $59.99 + tax. Eventually I decided that I needed to give this seemingly unattainable product a home in my room and I started to pursue it. This is the story of how I was paid $400 to keep a brand new, fully loaded Herman Miller Aeron Chair.

Hotel Empire

Back in June 2011, I took a mini vacation to a hotel in New York City to take a mental break from starting a new business, and as I sat in my hotel room, I had two goals:
1) Figure out a way of [legally] getting wifi without paying the exhorbitant fee
2) Devise a strategy to get an Aeron Chair for minimal money

I accomplished goal # 1 in ten minutes, but goal # 2 took a bit longer. My strategy was to use my negotiation skills to purchase three chairs at a deep discount, then I’d sell two chairs for enough profit to cover the cost of the third. This seemed like a very easy task until I realized the incredible demand for these chairs, as if they were personally crafted and sold by the King of Morocco. The sellers seemed to leave very little room for negotiation because the demand greatly exceeded the supply and this left me in a bind. The goal that I hoped to accomplish within one week proved to require a bit of patience to see a return. Unfortunately, patience isn’t my forte!

I stepped my search into high-gear and gave myself a deadline of two weeks to complete the mission. I used a website to inform me within seconds of any Aeron chair that was listed on Craigslist and whenever there was a new listing, I immediately contacted the seller to negotiate a deal before anyone else knew that the listing existed. This method proved to be successful, as I was able to purchase a total of three brand-new, fully-loaded, size “B” Aeron chairs with the posture fit add-on and a full warranty for a total of $700—a deal that would’ve otherwise cost me $2,607 if I purchased from Amazon.

My Beloved Aeron

Within three hours, I picked up my chairs and drove home looking like an office supply kleptomaniac, as they were awkwardly jam-packed in the backseat of my car. Soon after, I listed two of the chairs on Craigslist with a detailed description and many images at different angles. I found buyers for both chairs within a few weeks and eventually sold them for a total of $1,100.

My Beloved Aeron

In the end I was able to have my perfect dream chair plus $400 cash, by simply spending time devising a strategy and using a bit of effort. As a result of this, my back feels great when sitting in the chair for hours, and there are two other two happy people out there who are having the same comfortable seating experience as a result of my strategy that was birthed in a hotel room.

GeremyFarrell.com

My name is GEREMY

Six months ago, I purchased the domain name GeremyFarrell.com to protect myself from impostors, in the event that I rapidly rise to fame and people want to exploit my online identity**. After the domain sat dormant for six months, I decided that I should use the vacant online space to display arbitrary facts and details about myself.

At first, the webpage was very basic with a few bullet points containing useless facts and figures (like the length of my left pinky toe), but then I started to get ideas on how to improve the basic concept. After some late-night iterations and revisions, I now have an improved one-page personal website that contains quotes that I live by, my educational background, an interactive graph using “interest units” as a form of measurement and a timeline of my various business pursuits since I was nine years old.

Although this website is not intended to serve any purpose other than to occupy a domain name, I enjoyed working on it and I will periodically update it as time progresses!

Visit GeremyFarrell.com to see the outcome of my late-night OCD.

** I realize that the likelihood of this is ~ 0.000000000001%, but better safe than sorry!

The Hair / Comfort Zone Experiment

I am in the midst of one of the most challenging, yet interesting, tasks that I’ve undertaken in my life. The best part is that this “challenge” is something that millions…no, BILLIONS of people achieve every day without any problem. My challenge is to try not to cut my hair. Yes, you read that correctly. My challenge is to see how long I could go without getting a haircut and it’s incredibly, incredibly tough for me.

My goal is to be completely comfortable with being uncomfortable. I believe that if I venture so far out of my comfort zone that I am comfortable with discomfort, then I will be more resilient to change.

The one thing in my life that I’ve religiously done every two weeks since 1999 is get a haircut. As a result, my hair has never grown to be longer than a stubble and I have never worried about anything related to my hair. But now this is no longer the case.

My last haircut was 30 days ago and now I’ve grown 30 days worth of hair on my head. In addition to that, I’ve had to raid my sister’s hair product collection to find a hair serum engineered to tame this mane of hair that has taken residence on my head. I have to budget extra time each day to actually brush my hair so that my hair doesn’t seem like I just rolled out of bed. It’s a challenge, but I’m fine with it because it’s all for a good purpose.

In contrast, a year ago I went two weeks and 3 days without getting a haircut and I felt like someone flipped my world upside down. I questioned my views on reality, experienced blurred vision and found it hard to walk straight. Worst of all, my head started to hurt, which was my scalp’s way of rejecting the weight all of the extra hair that it was not used to managing. Today my little experiment must be working well because I’m mostly comfortable with my mini ‘fro and it’s been a LONG four weeks!

Now I’m considering growing my hair, mustache and beard like Quest Love so that I could push my family and friends out of their comfort zones. Maybe I might also start speaking with an Australian accent to make things completely uncomfortable and awkward—that’s sure to do the trick!

Forgot to Sleep…Oops!

First I got an idea for a project to work on. Then I started to work on that project. Then I started to get more ideas. Then I started to implement those ideas. Now it’s 5:10am and I just realized that I’ve been working all night and I forgot to sleep! Don’t you hate when that happens?!

Sneak Peak at a Little Idea

Here’s a sneak peek at the tiny idea that I started working on tonight and will launch sometime in the future. Now, I guess that I should sleep so I can be somewhat functional today.