IKEA is for boats too!

So the Admiral tells me I can turn anything or any conversation into talking about boats. Similar to (Bubba) anyway, like I was sayin’, shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey’s uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried.

There’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That- that’s about it – but, not about my boat story.

One thing you can count on about the Admiral – not only is she a “free spirit”, topic for another post but, she is generally correct when it comes to her assessment about my boating.  Earlier today she gave me just one task – go to IKEA and purchase a new computer chair before my mother flys in from Reno.

OK I say. Less than two hours later I end up at IKEA and the store still hasn’t opened – well, actually it was 10 minutes from opening so I decide to check out the IKEA food counter. Coffee and an extremely hot pastry for exactly $1.00! What a surprise. Thankfully I was in front of the guy that ordered two hot dogs, coffee, pastry, and a pizza – for breakfast? His total came to I think less than the price of a Mc something for breakfast.  I’ll almost bet you that if I followed this guy out we both wouldn’t ended up at a Costco food counter.

With a cup of coffee in me and also powered by an IKEA pastry; I think they call it something like KAKOR KEA HAVA PASTRY.  You know, all their products seem to have Dutch names on the boxes.  Next I elevator powered my way up to the third floor – their escalator was out of commission.  Now this is one humongo Costco sized store.  I began  taking it all in along the way thinking of how I was going to repurpose this kitchen or office set to the Western Flyer.



Not this dog butt but the ones below.  They are hooks for hanging things.  Needless to say they did not end up on the Western Flyer but on my outside shower.



Three floors later and I end up with two dog butt hooks, a wine opener, kitchen timer that you always hear sailors talking about. Those that want to stay awake at night in the efforts to keep from getting run over by mean ol powerboats set it to exactly eleven (11) minutes. That’s about the time it takes for a container ship to veer off course and plow them under. This bright red one can be set for exactly 99 minutes. About the time it takes for one persons watch to end and another watch to begin. Next I found the nifty magnet knife holder I was always wanting. Only problem was when i installed it I knew that the Admiral would object – she hates seeing knives out in the open. Gives her the Aichmophobias.


This is the magnetic knife holder.  Straight from the box – it doesn’t however come with screws, or as I now see in the picture – can those be screws?  If so, then I guess I threw them away.  Knowing that nothing worth screwing cannot be screwed with drywall screws, I whip out my box of screws.





Insert the drywall screws into the holder provided.  Screw onto wall then snap the magnetic piece on.  Voila!




The magnetic formerly knife – now spice holder rack is in place.





True word – aichmophobias is the fear or sharp stuff, sort of like people afraid of cutting or stabbing themselves, others of injuring someone else.

All these great finds and not at a boat store but at an IKEA. Then I remember what I came here in the first place – the office chair. Back up I go and after testing several I find that the cheapest one is actually the best one. So, for $59.00 I find a great chair and for an extra $20.00 I purchase the arm rests. What a great store – food, shopping and they even have a place where you can drop off the little ones – only they need to be pottie trained, according to the sign on the wall while you are eating. I also saw the store comments section – while I was eating my KAKOR HAVA PASTRY and thought about what I would write to the management. Dear IKEA my suggestions to you is to accept non pottie trained babies. Next take all those nasty soiled diapers just like they do in Europe and start a compost pile so you can also add an IKEA garden and plant section.


Another great find was this bottle of Jose Cuervo margarita mix or did I mean to say the timer?


Think of it IKEA in exactly 12 months by composting those baby discards you could also accelerate your USA bottom line – no pun intended.

If the diapers are not 100% biodegradable, the non-compostable parts could be flushed and everyone but maybe the cities sanitation department will be happy, happy, happy.

And that my dear is how I can turn a simple shopping trip for a non boat item into a boat story! Old Guys Rule!!!


About trawlercat

Retired and now moving on from the cruising life jeeps, adventure bike, gardening, and travel. Always in search of the next great adventure!
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