while stopping by a surplus store today, i noticed they had a hammock stand on the wall in a box. Its not necessarily the best (made by texsport) but it says it will support 500lbs. It shows it beiung used with a spreader bar, but i will have to make it work on a gathered end. BUT, the point is, I can set it up in the yard and let my wife "try it out". I have a feeling that 10 minutes in the hammock and she will "get it". I am sooo excited, but even if she doesn't like it, I can now hang anytime I want without having to drive 1.5 hours to the wilderness.