I've been spending a lot of time at Ikea recently. On Saturday, the desk that I bought there last week was delivered, a Galant corner desk, with an 80 cm extension on the skinny end. It's awesome. Nice and solid feel, telescoping T-style legs that I have at maximum height, it's just great. Beech, with dark grey legs. I put it together Saturday evening, and man, it wasn't easy flipping the thing over once it was all assembled. But, I managed to do it all without scratching it, thanks to my carpets; I got my carpets out of storage; they haven't been unrolled since I left Toronto. Two semicolons in one sentence is definitely a faux pas.
On Monday, labour day (originated in Toronto, btw), I hit Ikea again, but it was so busy that I didn't feel like waiting in line. So, this afternoon, as I had the afternoon off, I headed back over there, and bought two Billy bookcases, again birch. Ikea here rents vans, so you can bring stuff home, if it doesn't fit in your car. It's CAN$19.99, plus $0.10 per kilometer as a gasoline charge (you don't have to gas it up), for two hours. I was thinking, 10 cents per kilometer is probably less than the current cost of gas, which is $1.14 per litre here in Calgary at the moment. Anyways, I rented a van, and brought my bookcases home, no probs.
My point? Any city worth mentioning has an Ikea. If a city doesn't have one at this moment, it means that the city sucks bigtime. Take that, Boston.
I don't have net access at home at the moment, so that's why my postings are currently non-existant. I have to go to school to connect to the net, which sucks. At the moment, I'm sitting at my beautiful desk, listening to Godspeed you black emperor, and I'll head in to school later to actually post this thing. I'll put together one of my shelves before I head in, though... peace out.
P.S.: I'm happy to report that my favourite instant noodles, neoguri, are only CAN$0.634 here, which is US$0.534. They were 75 cents US at the Japanese place by Central Square, and US$1.25 at the Starmarket in Fenway. So, I'm doing well.