Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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Do not attempt when carrying coffee.
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Stiff neck, tired eyes from staring at screen, legs going to sleep, mouse hand cramps, brain screaming for attention, coffee making you jittery, frustrated with work, back pains from sitting, sluggish from inactivity. Sound like you? Sounds like me.

Rock climbing is brilliant exercise. You use all muscle groups, have to concentrate, solve problems and you reach a zen-like state where only the rock exists.

I would like an office building with walls made from injection moulded concrete or similar, made to look and feel like natural rock with overhangs, outcrops and plenty of hand and footholds. Then, just before my brain dribbles out of my ear and my right hand locks into a "left-click" rictus, I can slip on my climbing shoes, take a deep breath and rock climb over to the coffee break room or the loo or just over to a colleague. <Swinging from ceiling> "Here's that report you asked for"<Swinging from ceiling>.

I could scramble the walls for ten minutes or so and return to my work refreshed, relaxed, tranquil, energised and therefore more productive.

This would also give the office space a lovely cavey appearance and improve the physical and mental fitness of the staff. Those who wish to have ropes can have ropes but free climbing is permitted.

squeak, Aug 14 2003


       I see a problem - ever tried using a keyboard after climbing for any length of time?
custardlove, Aug 14 2003

       [custardlove] If you're mainly hanging from your fingers and they're hurting, you're doing it wrong. That's when you get tendonitis etc. A short burst of low level scrambling isn't going to do this and will relax and stretch your fingers and hands that have been held in a typing/clicking position for most of the day. I don't intend this to be used for any significant length of time, just for a quick breather.
squeak, Aug 14 2003

       Fair enough. I only feel this way after foolishly trying the evil 7B+ "features only" route at my local wall
custardlove, Aug 14 2003

       Brain beginning to dribble aabbooooouuuuuuutt....NOW!   

       (face contorts in pain as hand contracts into claw with forefinger twitching madly).
squeak, Aug 14 2003

       <Free climbing right over [squeak]'s head> Here. Here's your croissant... </Fcrosh>
k_sra, Aug 14 2003

       Ugh [K_sra], were you carrying that in your MOUTH?
squeak, Aug 14 2003

       <rechalks hands and smiles sheepishly>
k_sra, Aug 14 2003

       Which one?
squeak, Aug 14 2003

       //and therefore more productive//   

       I'm sure I would be less productive, given a choice between work or climbing I'll choose climbing every time.
rbl, Aug 14 2003

       A 4 free solo? With only a stapler? You wild man!
k_sra, Aug 14 2003

       No mouse pads?
k_sra, Aug 14 2003

       The guy who taught me how to make pasta in the basement of the Italian deli I worked in one spring break: "OK, now that its mixing, you have to climb across these shelves down to the cases of soda, pinch grip the floor joists across to the flour sacks, and chimney climb back between the walk-in cooler and the wall, then drop down by the machine and the pasta should be ready to go. If not, I'll show you the short route for a few extra minutes."
oxen crossing, Aug 14 2003

       Cool! Then I could fall off cliffs at work too! +
Shz, Aug 14 2003

       I'm sure i'd like climbing if i wasn't afraid of heights. Caving would fit the bill nicely but might be a bit messy for offices.
chud, Aug 14 2003

       I thought this idea was going to be about offices where you were going to have to fight for the photocopier....   

Cedar Park, Aug 14 2003

       ...Six minutes...(huff)...climbing the...(puff)...corporate ladder. Too tired....zzzzzzz.
kamenmann, Aug 15 2003

       I can't help but feel this would be improved with a deep swimming pool at the bottom to dive into...
cFish, Nov 27 2003

       Nonono. The "bottom" is the office. The inside of the office. Cavey like not cliffy like.
squeak, Nov 28 2003

       I would certainly choose that work environment, on the stipulation that chalk was absolutely banned, on penalty of Barney.
authority, Nov 28 2003

       I don't climb any more, but I love to freedive. Is this available in an underwater model ?
normzone, Nov 28 2003

       Yep. I suppose the rocky theme could be continued outside. The reasons I wanted it inside though are a) the climbing is only meant for during short breaks b) if you're inside, you don't have as far to fall if you erm...fall c) would be cool to work in a cave d) no interior designers necessary. "No. No harmonising pastel panels, I said rocks. Just rocks."   

       I think [normzone]'s free diving option would be a little difficult to implement. You would basically have to have a swimming pool in the office which would take loads of space and mean that everyone would have to enter the office through one of those disinfectant footbaths whereas with the original idea you only have to make the walls lumpy. You would also either have to strip off or change into a swimming cossie and then back again once you were done swimming. Not v. good for when taking quick, 5-10 minute breaks.   


       [benfrost] hey, don't let me stop you.
squeak, Dec 01 2003


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