Success is Found in the Oddest Places.

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For the last several weeks we have been looking for a new couch.

Why?

Because we sold our “old” couch (which we sat on about 12 times). The mancave looks pretty bare without furniture.Our New Couch.  Not Our House.

Plus, it’s no fun to watch TV while standing.

It’s almost as bad as when I was a kid and had the responsibility of turning the channels (all 4 of them).  By hand.  The horror.

I feel really good about selling the “old” couch since we got nearly 30 cents on the dollar.  This couch was the essence of buyer’s remorse.  From the moment we got it, I knew it wasn’t right.

Mainly because it wasn’t a couch.  It was more like three recliners screwed together.

Great for watching movies (which we don’t), but terrible for taking a nap (which Buddy and I do… and as always, don’t judge us because you don’t understand the specialness of the man/dog relationship).

The search for a new couch has taken us to every furniture store within 100 miles.  The only thing we’ve found is there is some really ugly furniture out there (who is buying all of this plaid???).

Actually that’s not true, we have also found that furniture salesmen can be slightly creepy (aka:  borderline stalkers).

Note to salesmen:  I’m quite capable of walking around a store and staring at couches by myself.  I really don’t need you following me.  Especially when your face is within 2 1/2 inches of mine (it’s called personal space, please abide by it).

At Thanksgiving, my wife’s brother suggested we stop by a local discount store.

Discount store?

We thought this may have been the craziest idea since the 4th judge on American Idol (only to be topped when they booted Paula Abdul off the show… sure she’s nuts, but she was our nut).

Needless to say, we had no plans to swing by the discount store (home of the $9.99 fake Christmas trees… lights and ornaments included).

Then we went to yet another high-end store only to be stalked and overwhelmed by the sight of hideous furniture (seriously, who is buying these plaid loveseats???).

We decided just for laughs to stop by the discount store and see what had  fallen off the train/semi truck this week.

As soon as we walked in (past the piles of silly puddy, Star Wars cards, Yo-Yo’s, and 99 cent picture frames)  there it was.  It was an epiphany.

The couch we’ve been looking for.

The couch we thought we’d never find.

It was perfect.

It was cheap.

It was in a discount store.

Who knew?

As an added bonus, our salesman was the nicest, most polite, most professional person we’ve met on our furniture journey.  My best guess is he’s about 35 years old, but he looks over 50. 

He’s the guy that hasn’t cut his hair since he was 12.  Probably cut classes in high school.  Maybe enjoys an occasional cigarette (and so much more).  I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s the parent who wants a better life for his kids than he thinks he has.

He was very particular about his work and wanted to make sure we knew exactly what we were getting.  The total cost.  The hidden fees.  What time he would call us so we could pick up the couch.  How he would help us load it when we arrived.

He was thorough.

All of this help without being a stalker.

Who knew you could get such good service in a discount store (not to mention such a nice couch for a low low price).  I wish you could get this kind of service (and low low price) in a regular furniture store.

This got me thinking.

I bet the man who helped us wasn’t the teacher’s pet in school.

I think it’s more likely that he drove his teachers crazy.

He probably didn’t work up to his potential.  He may not have understood the importance of Algebra or English.

Some people might even look at him (and the 25 year old pony tail) and think he’s not successful.

I think they would be wrong.

I would consider him very successful at his job.  He has skills (including people skills) that should be envied.

Success comes in all shapes and sizes.

And on this day, we found it at a discount store.

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4 Responses to “Success is Found in the Oddest Places.”


  1. AllanahK
    on Nov 28th, 2009
    @ 3:56 pm

    You should tell his boss. So often we complain about service and if it’s OK we take it no further. I bet it would make his day if someone told his boss he was doing an OK job.


  2. mcorbett76
    on Nov 30th, 2009
    @ 7:27 pm

    I get more C students who come to me and say thanks than A students who come back to say thanks. I think that says something about the people in the world. Glad you found the beauty of a person who does their job to their fullest.


  3. Peg
    on Dec 2nd, 2009
    @ 10:05 pm

    Amazing as always :)


  4. Mark Fox
    on Dec 17th, 2009
    @ 1:39 pm

    Great post. Keep up the good work and good luck with the book deal.

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