Saturday, March 05, 2011
Funny How Things Workout
After a bit of googling, it seems that Mr. Chuck Norris and Ms. Christie Brinkley were onto something with this "Total Gym" thing - of course I am not in a position to drop nearly $600 on a piece of fitness equipment; that's where Craigslist comes in.
I found the model pictured here, the Total Gym 2000, listed on Craigslist for $75, a hefty discount from the $599.40 price on the Total Gym website or even the $535 and change on Amazon. I email the guy with the following, "Please know that my intent is not to insult your intelligence nor to yank your chain but money is very tight. I don't know how motivated you are to be rid of this or how many offers you may have on it so if you find yourself in a position where you just want it gone and are willing to take $25 - please email or call me at ###-###-####." Hours after my email, I received the following reply, "If you are okay with $40, it's yours - if not, sorry, I can't help you." I picked it up this afternoon. However, that of course isn't the interesting part of the story.
I get to the guy's door and both of us stared in shock at each other when he answered - "Jake!', "Chris!" Turns out, I've known this guy for a long time and have been on each others professional contact list for a while as well. I hadn't seen him in some time but through LinkedIn and email we've had sporadic contact.
And once again, the world grew smaller.