This past Saturday The Wife & I ventured out to Ikea in Tempe. Along with a carry-out order of meatballs—the principal reason for the trip, as far as Lily was concerned—we also picked up some long-needed new furniture: Three bookcases of the “Billy” variety, & two DVD cases of the “Benno” variety.
Then yesterday my pal Dave came over & we spent the afternoon putting them together. Dave has a bit more Ikea experience than I do (& probably just more manual skill & competency in general) & it would have been pretty miserable if he hadn’t been there. As it worked out, though, in about two hours we had a fine new set of shelves.
One of the most valuable lessons that Dave imparted to me in the course of the afternoon was the importance of technical nomenclature in the Ikea assembly process.
For instance, Dave informed me, the second item from the left in the top row on this panel…
…is referred to as a “screwy-innie thingy,” while the third item from the left is properly referred to as a “dealiebopper.”
You won’t get any of this from the pages themselves; this knowledge is passed on only by oral tradition. Ikea instructions are wordless picture-dramas starring a character who Dave dubbed “Mr. Blobby”—all too aptly in this case, since he was an allegorical representation of me:
Note how Mr. Blobby is unhappy when he’s working on a hard floor, but happy when he’s working on a rug. Note also how if Mr. Blobby is perplexed, all he need do is call Ikea on the phone & his blissful smile of enlightenment is restored.
But note, most of all, how unhappy he is when he tries to do the job by himself, & how happy he is when a friend helps him. To the truth of this I can certainly attest.
In the midst of the afternoon, The Wife felt a tremor which she thought might be an earthquake, but since neither Dave nor I mentioned it, she assumed she was just feeling a vibration from the dryer, which was humming away in the laundry room next to where she was sitting. But later she turned on CNN & there was the news of a powerful quake in the northern Baja.
Baseball! The Diamondbacks kicked off their season this afternoon with a 6-3 win over San Diego. Hope that this proves a harbinger of the months to come! It was good to have baseball droning on my radio again.