A few months ago, I fixed up some Ikea shelves for home. Now if you think Ikea is nothing but just cheap paper wooden furniture and groovy meatballs in gravy, think again. The real attraction, I swear, is the ability of the Swedes to put together an idiot proof instruction manual for their products so that a six year old can build his own bedroom. And when adults realize that they could actually build something bigger than themselves in as much time it takes for them to get to work on an unbroken MRT train, they get hooked so much and cannot wait to fill their entire house with Ikea. Case in point, a friend invited us over for steamboat and got a scant response. When he mentioned he had shelves to fix up and needed our help, everyone turned up on time. Ikea 1, Steamboat 0.

Anyway, back to …