Hammock Time!

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  1. Hal Pollner

    Hal Pollner Very Well-Known Member
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    Hi, friends,

    Last night I slept in my Hammock for a few hours, until the High Desert Chill arrived.

    As the warm Summer rolls on, I'll be able to spend the whole night on the Hammock.

    It was great, lying under the clear Desert sky, observing the Constellations and watching a passenger jet soar across the sky.

    My hammock is self-supporting, on a tubular steel frame, and it allows me to turn around without falling out, unlike those old-fashioned hammocks that are slung between trees.

    I use my "My Pillow" instead of the little pad that came with the hammock.

    Bye,
    Harold
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    @Hal Pollner

    Indoors or outdoors? Ya got scorpions and such over there? I've seen 'em walking upside down on the ceiling, shocked me good, right above me as I woke up in bed. In Colorado, no I was not drinking!
    Frank
     
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    Sounds Idyllic...but OMG not for me, my back would collapse, and I'd never get out of that hammock!!:eek:
     
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    I often thought of getting my husband a hammock because he lives outdoors...but then I noticed he doesn't stay still outside long enough so that he would enjoy a hammock. He is always working on one project or another and only sits long enough to have a drink and a smokey treat. :)

    I think buying a swing would be a better idea and then I could enjoy it and he could sit down with sometimes. :)
     
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    OUTDOORS of course, Frank! I can't see the constellations very well from inside my house!

    The only scorpion I saw was the constellation Scorpio, which has the huge alpha star Antares, which is so vast it could contain most of our Solar System within it!

    Hal
     
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    That looks doable, and I could probably get in and out of one of those. What I think of, when I think of a hammock though, is something like this.

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    These were great when I was younger but, even then, I had trouble getting in and out of them. They were very comfortable once I was safely in it, though.

    By the way, since we don't use them often, when you choose the thumbnail option, as above, to see the picture, just click on it.
     
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    Using those old rigs that you have to tie between 2 trees is way too much bother, AND they're unstable!

    Mine is as stable as a bed, and is 3 ft. wide and over 6 ft. long, and much flatter than the traditional hammock....not like lying in a bag!
    H.P.
     
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    At about the 2:30 mark, a REAL hammock will make its appearance. Well, maybe not real in the conventional sense but most certainly REALly entertaining.
     
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    Good. Then do that! :)
    Hal
     
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    Thing is, some of us, once laying inside the hammock, which definitely might not be that easy to get into, it could also definitely be hard getting out of.
    Example (this happened yesterday at our apartment complex pool). Management here set up a hammock in our pool area. Only people I've seen using it would be young enough to be our grandkids. Anyway, wife and I took a short swim and afterwards, she was checking out the hammock. I told her "let me see if I can get in". The hammock sure didn't stay still for me, but was finally able to get in. It wasn't very comfortable and I decided, "nope, this isn't for us". Was able to set up with my legs over the side, BUT, there was no way I could get out without some help. With the hammock swaying a little, I'd have to pull all of my 230 lbs "up and stand up". Wasn't going to happen! My wife was able to assist me by pulling me out with both of her hands/arms. She then looked at me and said "nope, no way for me either".

    This is why I say, depending on how heavy or light a person is, using a hammock just isn't going to happen. And, as for a Senior, well...……..
     
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  11. Bobby Cole

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    A fellow some years ago was bragging the everything he did was always the hard way. He didn’t use lifts or dollies to move things, he physically picked them up. He didn’t use wrenches or sockets for nuts and bolts, he pried them off with his fingers.

    “Well, how about making love” asked one gentleman to which the braggart replied, “that too. Standing up on one leg and in a hammock”!
     
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  12. Babs Hunt

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    Here's my idea of hammocking, :)
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    Haha! Took me a second ...
     
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    Back in my younger days I had two hammocks. One in my back yard under the shade of a large tree which I sometime used on weekends. It was a wider framed-in job; the other, a tree to tree hammock I took camping with me. I didn't use them much. My back then roommate liked them more than I did and more or less took possession. Never had a desire to own another after those went by the wayside. I think we gave them to somebody and moved into lounge chairs. They are a great addition to a back yard if you enjoy them if you have room and a couple of trees spaced just so.
     
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    I carried one like the one that I posted above on a hiking/camping trip and, while it was very comfortable once I got in it, there were times when it flipped me out the other side the moment I put my weight onto it. Once you get settled though, they are comfortable as long as you're okay sleeping on your back the whole night. Turning over can be disastrous.

    The other thing is that with the top, as in my photo, you could stay dry all night as long as you didn't have to go to the bathroom sometime during the night. If you are wet going in, you'll be wet all night.
     
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  17. Babs Hunt

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    Hal's hammock really does look much easier to get in and out of then the older versions that I'm thinking of. Those old ones would not be so easy to get in and out of now days. :)
     
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    That looks more like an old army cot, though.
     
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    Maybe so but I could see why Hal could sleep under the stars much easier in that one. :)
     
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    You bet, Babs!

    The free-standing model is the ONLY way to enjoy Hammocking!

    You have to work at it to fall out of this baby!

    It's just like a bed! I was in the Army, but never slept on a cot...just a regulation US Army bed, with spring frame and mattress.

    Hal
     
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    I like that one...and I think my husband would too if I could get him to stay still long enough to lay in it. He lives outside that's why we have to have a porch or a patio for his outdoor "living room". :)
     
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    Last night was pretty balmy...I slept in the Hammock until nearly 4 AM, when the Desert Chill forced me indoors.

    Today's Apple Valley high was 107, but down the hill many communities got up to record temps of 111, 114, and 117!

    We don't feel the temperature extremes, because our home was built with 2x6 wall studs, not the conventional 2x4's, which allow 50 % thicker insulation batts, plus we have a Concrete Tile Roof.

    Hal
     
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