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Friday, Sept. 03, 2004 - 11:54 p.m.

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Billy Oh Billy and other things at IKEA

OK people, here is your Billy system from Ikea... solid bookshelves galore. And the free bookshelf I got was like this black one, short, but the wider version... I got ALL my children's picture books and some storybooks into it, really freed up a lot of shelf space in my studio... Very cool. The white ones I wanted to buy that Ikea was out of look like these. And I don't know if that price is for two of them, cuz that is WAY more expensive than here in Canadaland, let me tell you. And amazing how noncluttered they look when empty (or in this case when they stock it with white books and boxes)... believe me many books in even a color coordinated bookshelf makes your room look trashy... oh well. Now we know why they used to do matching leather bindings in majestically serious colors... so the library didn't have book spines of hot pink competing with the walls. ack. Here's what they could look like with the height extensions. I think that is a good option for my studio too... up and up and up. yup.

Now I can tell from your questions about Billy that some of you are unfamiliar with Ikea. It is very swedish yup. Very organized. The whole corporation is very organized. And also there are always some screws loose. It is more fun if you drink... also very swedish.

And if you are too excited, you might die... yes, THREE PEOPLE were KILLED at a stampede of 8000 Saudi shoppers who were pushing to get into the FIRST Ikea showroom in Saudi Arabia. oops sorry, the 8000 number was in my head from an article I read in the newspaper last night. In fact according to the Guardian Unlimited's sources, over 20,000 people showed up. ARE THEY INSANE?? Any normal Ikea shopper knows that some days the crowds are just too big. Don't go for the advertised specials. Go on a weekday morning or early afternoon. Avoid Thursday nights and Saturdays. Silly Saudis!!

Hmm, interestingly enough on Ikea Canada's site there is a statement about the Saudi fiasco from the "Informatory Office of Ikea about the Opening of its New Stores in Riyadh and Jeddah" on Sept 1. They say only 2 people died. Somehow I trust the Guardian more. But thankfully it happened in Saudi Arabia since the Ikea representative there wishes the victims and their families the mercy of ALL MIGHTY GOD and his heaven.

Now that statement is very not Swedish. Swedes don't capitalize ALL THE LETTERS OF GODLY THINGS. Nope. they are much quieter and more sober, which is why so many are Lutheran. Lutherans are very sober. No fancy Mother Mary statues or weird images of Jesus as a Dead Adult but Babysized, as in Alsace (click "francais" or "deutsch" in the menu at the top to see). BTW if you are done with the BIlly's you can read this fascinating site on The Goddess Mary (in all her incarnations pre and post Christianity... don't worry too much about the demonic stuff though).

Well, that is enough about Ikea for today. Except here is the Swedish pickled herring with dill I bought (and mostly noshed on, one piece left) at my last Ikea visit. And if you scroll down here you can see, on the left side, the $4.99 (cdn, this is a montreal page) Swedish Meatballs just like grandma's!! that I ate there too. That is the sad little "no veggies, no extras" plate... you can pay more and have more than just meatballs, potatis and lingonberry sauce!

Oh groan.. on that same page I did the 'Super Swede" test... and yes, I got 5 out of 5 answers right. That is frightening. I am Ikea approved!!!

Well, I am off to get some work done. I might be back later. Hope you had fun at Ikea with me, and PLEASE DON'T PUSH!!!!! Or you'll be at the mercy of ALL MIGHTY GOD. so there.

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