Working on houses, working in the Marianas and waiting in line

The death of the founder of Ikea has sparked some memories.

The first house renovation I undertook owed a lot to Ikea.

For a start, Ikea had just the right bookcases, which the contractor was able to transform with bases and under-ceiling plates into some rather cool looking built-in units.

And Ikea had the right kitchen table that fit just so in the corner, complete with up-to-the minute stools.

But what was great about Ikea was you could walk in and walk out with your purchases, when the rest of the home furnishing industry was still . . .

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