In college, we had some rock'n furniture.
We had the "red chairs". And when I say red, I mean really red. Bright red. Made of valour.
We had a coffee table that had been modified for the bachelor pad...it had a paper towel installed under it, a straw dispenser on it and was well broken in.
We even had one room that had solid oak bunk beds. They were fantastic for college guys. Thank goodness it was not my room!
But my favorite piece of furniture was our couch. Pops had given it to me. It sat a good 6 inches off the ground because of the long legs. It was deep with a very tall back. Most people could not touch the ground when they sat on it. It was fluffy and soft, but with good support. It was made with the itchiest wool, but it was so frigg'n comfortable. Its color, well, was hard to describe. It was sorta orange, pea-soup green and poop brown with an occasional streak of red. We always described the color as "Free".
As in "hey Bogart, what color is that couch?"
"It is free."
We thought it was appropriate. It was a great couch.
It represented most of our things in college. We did not care so much about looks, we cared more about functionality. The red chairs were brutally red, but they were crazy comfortable. The couch was itchy and a weird color, but it was great to sit in when you were dressed. It also acted as a good way to not worry about walking in on any roommate making out with a girl. It was just to itchy to do anything too risque.
It was all part of the college experience. Free furniture. Cheap food. Fun times.
Yesterday Claire and I continued that tradition, passing along a split-pea green, leather sofa bed (Color = Free), a sky blue chair that looked a lot like this...only sky blue (Color = Free)...an unfinished dinner table, a papazon chair and a Foosball table to a young man and his girlfriend.
It is nice to get some of the things out of Claire's place as well as out of mine, but it made me smile to think that I was passing along a tradition of free things that looked, well, Free.
What do you remember being passed along to you in college?