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With Steven's help, I visited the U0fM Reuse Center last Thursday and purchased 10 matching, stackable, reasonably comfortable chairs for the classroom. This ties in nicely with Wammie's thoughts elsewhere in the forums. Please keep these chairs in the classroom unless they're being set up temporarily for an event elsewhere in the HF. (In other words, lets try to keep the upholstery as clean as we can.)
Matching chairs in the classroom will go a long way towards improving the "look and feel". Stacks of "spare"chairs allow us to be more "agile" in using the space for lectures, presentations and cabarets. I'd like to get 10-20 more (assuming they're still available). Unfortunately, I can't go any further out of pocket for this so I'm creating an ad hoc "adopt a chair" project. The chairs are $10 each (with a tax round-up of 2 cents per each ten purchased--no worries, I can cover that!) If you want to participate, bring an "extra" tenspot (or more) to the meeting on Wednesday and find either me or Karin (because you all know who she is.) If you won't be attending the meeting but want to help, get in touch with me to arrange paypal or whatever--I can front a reasonable amount towards this project on a short term(very short) basis. I'll take whatever is collected (or pledged) to the U on Wednesday and buy more chairs.
If we collect too much--or if they're low on chairs--I'll toss funds to McSteve for the super cool small electronics parts cabinet ($80, but he's already pledged $20) that I also found, or toward "other furnishings" that become known to us. (You can specify "chairs only" with your donation--but unless otherwise advised I'm going to assume that we're all cool with these relatively small sums going towards transportable "capital" improvements.
Please insert whatever legal disclaimers necessary regarding this not being an officially sanctioned HF project. Boiled down to brass tacks you're giving me money, and I'm promising to use it to better our space, donating the objects purchased to the Hack Factory, rather than spending it on hookers and blow.