Thursday, May 26, 2005

Raiders of the Lost Dining Chairs

Both of my readers seem to want me to post a review of Episode III, but I will bow to the wishes of my Aussie Son and wait a few more days until he has seen it.

Instead, let's talk....Furniture.

I like to keep the Blond happy. After all, she supports my
Paintball habit without complaint.

Last weekend, while down in
The Cities, we stopped in to check out the very popular BIG Blue Building with the Yellow Letters.

We were pretty much blown away. Here was everything we had been looking for: Good, but inexpensive furniture with a distinct "euro" look. It was the kind of place where you could walk from room to room and see very hip, tasteful decorating. It was the kind of place where you could find furniture to maximize space in smaller rooms. It was the kind of place where you can tie the furnishings in your home together under one common, but diverse theme. It was the kind of place where you could spend the GNP of a small industrialized country.

I felt like we had found our next McDonald's: A business we liked so much that we would shop there FIRST without regard for their competitors.

But then the fun began.

We found a dining room table we really liked, but still needed to find comfortable chairs to go with it. We found a nice set, but were curious if they came with different color seats. Now please understand, there were TONS of items that came in different colors ALL OVER this store, so we thought we'd ask a "helpful employee" (Code name:
Eva Braun).


"Ooooo-kay," we said, backing away. We decided that we kind of liked the seat color anyway, so we got a pick-up slip for the table and headed to the "Self-Service" area to pick up 6 of the chairs.

Now the self-service area is totally cool. It is a HUGE warehouse, at least three stories high, packed to the rafters with cases of furniture. It looks very much like that last shot in "Raiders of the Lost Ark"

I actually started humming the Indy Theme when we walked in, but then realized I was wearing my
Brown Fedora and looked really stupid, so I shut up pretty fast.

We poked around the Warehouse, looking for the chairs. When we got to the bin where they were to be located, to our dismay, we found only two available. Looking up, we saw a endless wall of cardboard packing crates, seeming to reach to the sky. Perhaps there were more chairs in one of them.

I asked another "Helpful Employee" (Code name:
Tonya Harding) if anyone could help us locate a few more chairs. Here is, to the best of my recollection, the conversation we had...

Me: "Hi! We'd like to buy six of these chairs, but we only see 2 of them. Is there someone with a forkli..."

Her: (interrupting) It's AGAINST our POLICY to bring the FORKLIFT onto the SALES FLOOR while we're open. (actually, that DID make a lot of sense...)

She glanced at the terminal in front of her.

Her: "The are EIGHTEEN chairs on the floor. "I" (dramatic pause) will help you find them.

Me: Thanks, but there's only two chairs down here.

Her: There are EIGHTEEN! I will show idiot." (She didn't actually call me an idiot, unless you take her tone into account.)

Naturally, when we got to the aisle, there were only two chairs.

Her: You'll just have to come back tomorrow.

Me: Well, we'd like to, but we live 250 miles away.

Her: We'll get more down tonight and you can pick them up tomorrow.

Me: Uh...we won't be here tomorrow, we live 250 miles away.

Her: (Greatest line of the conversation...) Well, would you like them DELIVERED?

Me: much would that cost?

Her: (I'm not making this up...) I can only tell you if you are within 30 miles.

Me: (Smiling so hard my teeth are breaking)

Her: (I swear this is the truth) You'll have to come back tomorrow.

We had gone from "Raiders of the Lost Ark" the "The Wizard of Oz".

At this point, the Blond simply walked away in order to avoid a murder rap, while I practiced my Coronary Artery Stretches.

Looking back, I think it was all because of the hat I was wearing.

Anyway, we looked for something comparable up here in the Northland, but just couldn't find a set that worked out as well, so in the middle of this week we ran down again, met some really great IKEA employees, and had a much better experience.

Overall, I still think it was worth it. After all, I got an 830 word post out of it.

And IKEA....Please take a good look at your weekend staffing.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very nice. I've heard IKEA can be like that. So what happened with the ol' "we don't like leg room" table?
Thanks for not spoiling the movie for me. I have managed to keep a deaf ear to all news. Oh except that Chewy is in it.
@#8% Lucas

3:30 PM  
Blogger Colonel Havoc said...

The other table is in the shop in the basement, undergoing some maintenance to prepare it for re-sale. It's actually a very ggod table. Solid ash, I think, with an inovative expansion design.

Any takers?

5:22 PM  
Blogger dangeresque dan said...

Sounds like you had a marvelous time being helped by "special people". I know if I had to deal with her "special case" I'd have flipped a gasket. And what case is that? A cities Education.

6:21 AM  
Blogger Reinman said...

I love that "Raiders" picture.

The Social Security story is also funny.

"Open the pressure maintenance hatch on unit number...where are we?"

9:38 AM  
Blogger Colonel Havoc said...

Kudos to Reinman...
The first, and possibly only one to catch the SW ANH refernce in the Helicopter's Post.

BTW, did you also catch the significance of the middle two SSN digits?

10:34 AM  
Blogger Colonel Havoc said...

oops, I just read the comments on that actual post, and I see you got it.

We're a bunch of nerds.

10:36 AM  
Blogger Isaac said...

Heh... I know the ways of IKEA. Many a time have I been there in search of one thing--only to find it "Temporarily Oversold". On the other hand, did you eat there? I'm rather a fan of the food.

Also, nice table.

11:45 AM  
Blogger Graceland King said...

I went to IKEA once but was very confused. Do they sell furniture or dishware? Or could it be that they sell both? WOW, I think I'm in love!

thank you, thank you very much.

Oh, and Mike, Anakin turns into Vader.

6:09 AM  
Blogger JC said...

Al- Yes, might be interested in your table. We can talk at the office this week if it's still available.

5:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, I have seen it now. Let's hear your views on the last of a trilogy of movies which is more suitable for a Christmas special than a poor extention of a well made multimillion franchise.
(I guess my hopes were a little too high)

11:57 PM  
Blogger SuperStar said...

Hey Al! Nice to get to read your literary food again... Sigh.. Such satisfying writing.. Kudos to you.

4:24 PM  
Blogger SuperStar said...

Great dining room set by the way... Great choice.

4:31 PM  
Blogger JMS said...

Really, it's all about GDP these days.

10:06 PM  
Blogger Beckie said...

Nice table, it looks great in the kitchen

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