back at the house we assembled the steel shelving, like an adult version of erector set. this was a target brand shelving (made in china) and i could tell the quality wasn't as good as past shelves i've assembled: one of the wires was bent (quality control issue, no impact on assembly though) and i even managed to get a metal splinter in my finger. nevertheless, you can't really go wrong with these utilitarian shelving units, regardless of how they're manufactured. after we finished assembly it, it did seem a little out of place in the kitchen, taking up a good deal of area.
my father and i went about fixing the old sony stereo that used to belong to my sister. since we couldn't open up the receiver box all the way, we rigged up a piece of double-sided tape to the tip of a stick and used that to tap the new fuse into place. the stereo system managed to turn on but there were still a few problems: the volume was too low even when the dial was all the way up, and there was only side coming from one side of the speakers. maybe there are other blown fuses in the box we haven't seen, but at this rate, any additional repairs is beyond our expertise and i think the stereo will end up getting junked.
when my mother finally came home (bringing back burger king dinner), she hated the new shelving, said she would've preferred a thinner shelf if anything at all. i think now we might trying to use the shelving at half height, and switch location with a island table.
after dinner i returned home with a extra whopper sandwich for tomorrow. i knew from the DHCP client list that freddy was already home since 5:40pm. he stayed in his bedroom for most of the night, the door closed, probably watching a movie on his ipad.