Monday, March 29, 2010

The Things you Learn Doing it Yourself

I know, I'm completely off schedule. No post Sunday and now a post late Monday. It's either that or a temporary sabattical and I know how readers love those!

So I'm working on getting a job doing something I'm passionate about. It might all materialize next month. I know...work...but I don't see it that way so I hope it materializes. Meanwhile, preparing is taking some of my time away. There...a custom excuse tailered just for you. How did it rate? Vague enough? Said something but not really? Should I run for political office now?

But I did help the wifey-poo assemble a desk that happened to have arrived in the mail. They stuck the thing in one 100 pound unweildy box with "some assembly required". Well...it was like having a practical version of the Where's Waldo books because we had to check to make sure every piece was positioned exactly as pictured. Upside down? Do it over. Right not left? Do it over.

One thing I noticed though as we had the pieces laying out ready to assemble...the letters struck me as odd. Sure enough...I decoded all the letters and then color coded them for you to translate...


Sure enough...the assembly writers must be gnomes. They have a sense of humor!

26 comments:

ReformingGeek said...

Well, same to you!

;-)

Work is just a four-letter word. Yeah, kinda like that four-letter word the gnomes gave you along with a specific finger.

Roy Scribner said...

"YUCK COY" - what do you have against those pretty Japanese fish?

Elizabeth said...

That's so funny! Do you really think it was intentional or just the universe being random?

Collette said...

Well, they say if you do something you love, it isn't considered work. Unfortunately, no one wants me to sit on a couch with the remote for a few hours a day. (Besides Nielsen)
"Some assembly required" is one of the biggest exaggerations ever.

Serena said...

Oh, man, don't you hate that big fat lie, "some assembly required?":)

The Incredible Woody said...

My end tables must have been from the same company. Bastards!

sharonheg said...

Hey, don't be mocking the "Some Assembly Required" furniture. Hubby and I's first apartment was filled with that stuff and we still have a small handful of those pieces, including both of our computer desks ;-)

Good luck with the possible job!

Subby said...

These things should also come with a "Some modifications may be required" warning...just sayin'...like when they send you two "left" pieces or not enough screws...

And I sense the gnomes have a pool going on the former, heh, heh...

aladdinsane12 said...

it took me a minute to get that. ok, more like 3 minutes. i'm slow.

Gladys said...

So you put together an IRS desk?

Megan said...

Your mailman must be pretty strong.

Ronda Laveen said...

Oh, the gnomes...I thought it was the orientals. Still too concrete for political office.

monica said...

U2

and Ikea sure is "best"

If I could, I would vote for you - what a blast that would be dans la maison blanche :o)

CatLadyLarew said...

Maybe you could get a job as an assembly writer gnome. You write pretty well when given more than six letters to work with.

Mrsupole said...

Good luck with the work that is not work. Some assembly required must really set the gnomes off on a tangent.

Fuy couk might mean some kind of strange chicken dish from a strange country of unknown orgin. Maybe they like soy sauce or is it plum sauce. Hmmm, yummy, need to make some chow mein for dinner tonight. I will have to add some fuy couk to it and see how it turns out.

God bless.

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

I need a job.

RA said...

LOL That's what you get using Ikea! Now that the Swedes sold Volvo to the Chinese, even their cars will be mailed home to be resembled straight into your own garage...
Hope you get the job. :)

Baino said...

You should have called. I'm a dab hand with Ikea furniture and an Alun key as long as you don't mind your doors being put on upside down.

VE said...

Reforminggeek – I didn’t create that system…I’m just the messenger!

Roy – Well…for starters I don’t like the fish staring at me when they serve the head in a soup!

Elizabeth – I have to wonder. Why would they pick those letters?

Collette – That’s a bummer on the couch sitting job…

Serena – I’m used to it…but this one was particularly picky about how it was assembled. Lots of pieces that if you put them on upside down it didn’t work…

Incredible woody – You should have seen me trying to thread these screws into these chairs where you had to find where to thread them through all the fabric and cushioning. It was maddening. The wifey-poo wanted to take them back but I was stubborn and eventually put them all together…

Subby – That’s true…with the desk there was one screw that simply wouldn’t align and thread in. We left it off…

Aladdinsane12 – I’d say you should avoid games like scrabble or boggle…

Gladys – Might have well have...it was cold and black and without feelings…

Megan – I wondered how they got that there too…

Ronda – Dang…I’ll work on my vagueness…

Monica – If I were in office I’d just talk a lot of nonsense and delegate everything so I didn’t have to do anything….oh…wait…hmmm…

Catladylarew – Well, if they’re going to allow prankish tricks while doing those…that could be fun…

Mrsupole – Good luck with that strange chicken dish…enough soy sauce and you’ll never know the difference…

Perpetual chocoholic – Me too…well, not a job, just corporate sponsorship…

Ra – Now that’s scary!

Baino – Next time I get one, I’ll bring it over. I’ve been meaning to get to Australia…

secret agent woman said...

Sometimes the directions appear to have been translated by Babelfish and are barely understandable.

lime said...

LOL, i am SURE of it!

VE said...

secret agent woman - I know that babelfish translation thing...I have fun translating things into various languages and then back to english to see how butchered it reads...

lime - You've assembled things from these jokesters too...

Janna said...

I hate things that require some assembly.
If we had to put ourselves together every morning, I'd end up just laying there in bed, letting the cats gradually nibble on me and bat my kidneys around the room.

Jaime said...

i'm total crap when it comes to most do it yourself things... good thing hubby can actually take care of handy things

COUNT SNEAKY said...

In Gnomonics, "Some assembly required"means to get several friends together and let them vie with each other in putting the thing together.

The Silver Fox said...

Seriously, I doubt it's just a coincidence of some kind. They know how irritating home assembly can be, but they figure... well... you know.