"Once you start down the Dark Path, forever will it dominate your destiny." - Yoda
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My wife still thinks it's strange but understands better after her first try of my hammock (prior to which she'd only ever tried little mesh hammocks). We were staying at a cabin next to a loch with the kids and the hounds.
Me and the kids had hammocked out the first night. The following morning I persuaded my wife to try the hammock after I'd vacated it (the kids were still fast asleep). She clambered in and said "Oh, this is actually quite comfy...could you go get me my book then let me know when lunch is ready!"
Admittedly I do look at every tree & fence as a potential anchor point, spend ages in DIY stores staring at rope/slings and drawing up plans for hammock related projects ...there are much worse things I could be doing I suppose...
Seriously, I'm coming up on two decades of marriage, and the silly stuff that happened when we were both young has mostly gone away. We both realize that we could have done worse... but most likely not better.
Being mocked for hobbies is no fun. My wife tends to either be supportive or roll her eyes (depending on the hobby - hammocking is an eye-roller). She's not rolling her eyes as much now that all three of my kids are begging for their own.
About all you can do is ignore it. If you clam up it won't be fun for them to tease you. What I don't get is, what does she gain from harassing you, and encouraging others to as well?
I came with a warning sticker on my forehead that disclosed my hammock addition/obsession. She knew what she was buying on that front and has nobody to blame but herself. Luckily, she was an easy sell on hammocks, once she tried them. Now, I have to replace hammocks for her because too many people (like 3) have been in them. Even with luck, there is always a price.
i dont have a wife. but when the girlfriend gets tired of hearing about hammocks, I go get a new one. Ha lol, then i can tell all the same stories and show my gear off to someone who will at least pretend to be interested.
If I am elected president, I will cut tents for everybody without increasing the deficit and make sure all hammock bullying is not right.
"I go because it irons out the wrinkles in my soul." -- Sigurd Olson
Honestly, I've not been bullied. Most people are curious. My husband and family thought it was weird at first and at times still do (I am obsessed), but after trying to float on the Muskingum River on a homemade coroplast boat at a semi successful accomplishment, and then adding my son on it with me, they aren't thinking the hammock thing is too bad of a thing to do anymore.
....so you could always step it up a notch in a totally unlikely area, scare the crap out of everyone with your thought patterns, and then they will be thankful for the hammocking, or go back and refer to the first paragraph
True story. I'm thinking coroplast will make a decent hand glider too The possibilities are endless here. I'm keeping that one in my pocket for later when I need to remind the family that hammocking just makes good sense.