Posts Tagged ‘homeownership’

    The wretched wrench

    Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

    Over the weekend I bought another fabulous piece of furniture for our dining room. Seeing as how the room already looked like this, you might wonder what the heck more I could fit in. But our new stemware cabinet is the tops — not only are its dimensions p.e.r.f.e.c.t. for the space, its wood matches that of our table and chairs too.

    But it took me more than two hours to assemble the sucker by myself, and that pleased me not … which brings me to my next thought: Please point me to the inventor of the hex key (aka Allen wrench) so that I could chop his hands off.

    Seriously, when did it become the norm for Americans to assemble a two-ton piece of furniture with a 3-inch piece of L-shaped steel? And where are the other gimps with cramped and paralyzed hands as a result of this sorry excuse for a tool?

    Dear World Market, IKEA and Futon-Shop-on-Delmar: When I give you my hard-earned dollars, you give me 348 parts that I must take home and put together myself. I am resigned to this customer-unfriendly approach of yours, and to my slow, shaky path to success with most DIY projects. But if you still plan to sell furniture that requires so much assembly, do not send me home with a measly Allen wrench. I will stick it in your eye (and then chop off your hands too).

    A new leaf, a new life or neither?

    Friday, December 12th, 2008

    I’m not sure whether the past four days have been random, “good behavior and good habits” days or whether I am — quite possibly — turning a fresh, new leaf, but I’ve been floating along nicely on this tide of responsibility.

    Despite my concern that I am boasting about merely a fluke and post post-weekend laziness I will have dropped my dedication to tidiness, exercise, at-home meals and blogging momentum, I wholeheartedly believe that Productive Minal (and her ambitions) has been borne out of homeownership. … and, well, the mortgage.

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