Replaced My Chair With A Unicycle


"If something is too hard to do, then it's not worth doing. You just stick that guitar in the closet next to your shortwave radio, your karate outfit and your unicycle and we'll go inside and watch TV."
--
Matt Groening

Today, while I was working, instead of using my office chair, I decided to sit on a unicycle. I figured it would be a little while before I'd be able to actually ride it, but I wanted to take a step toward that by getting comfortable sitting on it for an extended period of time. I heard that's what people do when they're trying to start out on the unicycle.

I gave myself a few simple rules to make this doable but still ambitious:
1) If I wanted to sit at my desk, I had to sit only on the unicycle seat.
2) I was allowed to stand for short periods of time.

It definitely took a little getting used to, but I was able to effectively use my keyboard and mouse without huge problems.


I would roll back and forth throughout the day trying to maintain balance.


I fell off twice, but it wasn't too bad. I just dropped a few things and hoped I wasn't disruptnig my cube mates. They didn't say anything. Here's just a little part of my day on a unicycle (sped up a bit):


It did not take long for my butt to hurt. I spent a bunch of the time with one leg on the ground, but I tried to get as comfortable as possible with feet on both pedals. I also tried rolling forward and backward in my limited space.

This was a fun experiment, and I definitely feel a little more accustomed to the unicycle. Maybe someday I'll be able to ride it without holding onto something. We'll see.
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