Speaking of empty chairs......

August 31, 2012 | Bill V.

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If you're a political junkie, like me, then you were likely riveted to your seat last night watching the Republican National Convention.   I thought the video clip nicely done and the speech by Florida Senator Marco Rubio quite moving and politically astute. It would appeal to the large Cuban American population in Florida (which is rich in electoral college votes) and likely reach out to the huge Hispanic vote.


As the child of hard working immigrants, who came to Canada in the 1950s, his story also resonated emotionally with me. My parents came from rural poverty in Macedonia Greece to Canada - worked hard in restaurants and factories - saved and sacrificed to buy a home and to send all three of their children to university and to make a better life for themselves and us.  In my first full time job I made more money than both my parents combined that year.  Rubio spoke not just about the American dream for a better life but tapped into the broader immigrant dream and experience.


But, it was Clint Eastwood's odd monologue / comic routine / performance piece that was the most memorable part of the evening (I went to bed after 20 minutes of Mitt Romney's speech).  He had a conversation with an empty chair pretending it was Obama ...and it made me wonder did someone vet this speech?  He's been pilloried in the press since then and the Obama camp's tweet "this seat's taken" shows their strong ability to use social media to their advantage.


But it got me thinking about chairs :


       500 chairs  celebrating traditional and innovative designs       Chairs  a history     Fifty chairs that changed the world


Rethinking sitting       Chairs        Chair



And if you're interested in more specialized chairs :

The Adirondack chair  a celebration of a summer classic     A taxonomy of office chairs  the evolution of the office chair, demonstrated through a catalogue of seminal models and an illustrated taxonomy of their components     Windsor chairs  an illustrated celebration


And for those of you who are more practical and handy :

Popular mechanics workshop Tables & chairs      The complete guide to chair caning  restoring cane, rush, splint, wicker, & rattan furniture     Designing and building chairs

 And for those of you not too familiar with Twitter here's the tweet :