Monday, November 30, 2009


My friend Br...err Larry is a Bee.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

City Politics

I'm quite convinced the city ought to hire me as a Councillor, unelected.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Ikea Brush-Off

I emailed IKEA about the crap I went through. The purpose was mostly to complain but also to let them know that they fucked up in a few areas.

This was their response:

"Hello Mr Brown,

Thank you for contacting IKEA Canada. We appreciate the time you took to share with us your thoughts about products and store service. We regret for any inconvenience that you might have experienced with your product assembly. Your comments will be forwarded to the IKEA Etobicoke store.

We truly value your opinion, as well as the opinion of all our customers. We look forward to serving you in the future.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Best Regards,
IKEA Canada Customer Service"

Does that feel like a brush-off to you? Did a computer generate that response? I'm guessing yes.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Ikea? I oughta!

4 visits. 3 days.

This is the story of rage. We purchased a bed on Wednesday night. Store wasn't too busy, it was relatively empty and actually quick and painless.

Which should have been my first clue.

1) Missing parts (rails for the drawers)
2) Drive back with instruction manual in hand to get rails
3) Am told by the drill sergeant at customer service that I need a receipt and/or I may have to pay for the parts, despite having the instruction booklet that I've been using all morning, despite driving to Ikea from downtown, despite having to drive back to the city and then back to Ikea to get 4 rails
4) Drive back to the city empty handed
5) Drive back to Ikea with a receipt and the same GD instruction manual
6) Explain the situation again and the clerk (it's a new one as it's taken me over an hour to get back to the city, find the receipt, and return) seems puzzled
7) Sit and wait a half hour while they pull the product from the shelves to give me new rails
8) Head home, rails in hand
9) Assemble single drawer
10) Drill rails (using different hardware as the bolts provided are incorrect and the holes are not aligned to the part)
11) Insert test drawer
12) Realize drawer does not insert properly
13) Lose my shit
14) Lose my shit more
15) Call wife, who in turn loses her shit
16) Take apart drawer, unscrew rails
17) Ignore for 12 hours
18) Return to Ikea
19) Helpful customer service person sorts problem...I've been provided:
a) the wrong rails
b) the wrong wood for the drawers

In all, it managed to take me 3 days to assemble a piece of Ikea furniture. I think that has to be a record.

I hate Ikea. We are looking for a sofa/chair for our living room and Ikea sure as shit isn't going to be a shopping destination for it.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Inner City Bike

I'm not so sure about this one. Interesting design for a bike but quick-release is out of the question.

Pomplamoose covers "Beat It"

Have you watched a Pomplamoose video before? Perhaps you should. Here they cover Michael Jackson's "Beat It" and they do an exceptional job of it.

I heard they're touring with Alien Ant Farm.


Ok - not for me, but it seems you can sign up for your own experiences at

It really was a pretty good time - and there's scotch involved, so I don't know how you can pass this sort of thing up.

And if you feel like taking a survey from the marketing company that set this up for me, feel free to do so HERE. Not to ruin your fun with spoilers, but it's about opinions and knowledge of The Macallan.