Sunday, September 12, 2010

Some assembly required

If there was a just God, I would be able to find the person who came up with the idea for this ad, tie them to a giant sheet of ice with a big sign next to him (or her) that read "Tasty Treats" and let nature take its course.

I'm not going to get into the debate over climate change or if polar bears are endangered or not. However, what does piss me off is the humanization of animals to sell things. It always has. Polar bears are not cute and cuddly animals. They are, in fact, some of the scariest animals on the planet. Because, you know, they have the habit of occasionally attacking and eating people.

I posted this link up on Facebook yesterday and a friend quipped they must have cut the scene just before the polar bear bit the guy's head off. Cathy has had a guy come into her class to show students what happens when you don't treat polar bears with the respect they deserve. His head was nearly chewed off by one years ago. It's not a nice sight. yes, the ad pisses me off. Let's just say I won't be buying one of those cars any time, oh, ever.

Anyway, in less foaming at the mouth news, Cathy and I survived one of those Tests of Marriage that come up every now and then. Today's Test of Marriage came in the always challenging form of Assembling IKEA Furniture. Yes, lesser marriages have collapsed when faced with the horror of.....this.

Yes, a single piece of furniture so large, so complicated that it came in three boxes. What would happen?

Well, as it turns out, not too much. A couple of "ooops, fuck, that's the wrong way" moments, but easily corrected. It was also damaged a bit at some point during its journey, although at what point it's impossible to say. But here is the result.

Not too bad, really. We'll be using to hold some of our carvings, books and other odds and ends. That's the last of our sealift to find a find home, which is nice. Although the relative ease in which this went together does nothing to ease my terror over the thought of putting laminate flooring in all three bedrooms. I'm pretty sure death or divorce is going to be a result of that little adventure.

Last Five
1. See the sun - Dido
2. Home - Foo Fighters
3. Baby, now that I've found you (live) - Allison Kruass and Union Station
4. My, my, hey, hey - Neil Young*
5. My music at work - The Tragically Hip


Megan said...

It's very nice.

And laminate flooring is actually pretty easy. We redid the Failed Mommy's basement in laminate last weekend and it's gorgeous.

Jay L said...

Are there polar bears in the Iqaluit area?

towniebastard said...

I've only heard of one in the last five years wander near town. Let's just say it greatly reduced his life expectancy. So it's a pretty rare event.

Nancy Crozier said...

Just yesterday my husband mused that, should we buy an IKEA kitchen next spring (I'm not sold on that yet), he might install it HIMSELF. I gave him one of those "Are you completely mad?" looks.

towniebastard said...

Yeah, I have skills in some areas, but construction is not one of them. I'm quite happy to pay others to do it for me. It's not a waste of money to me, if it saves me days and days of aggravation and pain.