On Thursday of last week, Hopper and I made a commitment to join our new roommates in a Sunset apartment. Knowing that our bedroom consisted solely of a hardwood floor and a closet, our next task was to set out to purchase some basic furnishings to get us by for the next few weeks. On Saturday, we set off for the closest Ikea, which as luck would have it is located in Emeryville, a suburb of Oakland just across the San Francisco Bay. There are two ways to get there via public transportation, either the F bus from downtown or the BART train (with a 26 bus connection). Ikea is set in a small mall neighborhood that also has a Target, a Barnes and Noble, a cineplex, and a variety of smaller chain stores.
We scouted the items we thought we wanted to purchase, then returned the next day with an SUV from Budget car rental (a free upgrade which would prove fortuitous, if momentarily scary as I will soon explain).