Wow. I can't believe I was able to get this to work (i doubt my capabilities sometimes)
This setup is simply so I can temporarily setup in my backyard since I don't have trees close enough...now I can test gear, knots, etc. more easily.
(that's my wife in my hammock for her first time ever...and proceeded to fall asleep for about 2 hours. I said did you like it..."duh, yeah").
thanks for the ideas in the forums!