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    Fun litte write-up about hammocks

    Nothing of importance here, just a fun write-up I found today on a hammock site. Cannibal is looking for a new 'bed' at home...again.

    From James J. Bogan

    "Many Reasons Why The Hammock Is Better Than The Bed

    We have to fit ourselves to the grid of a bed,
    but the hammock molds itself to our forms.
    The bed, hardly a fellow traveler of our desires, squares off sleep; but the hammock collaborates in the movement of our dreams.
    Now the bed requires us to take its manner, fixing us to itself,
    and we look for repose in a succession of positions.
    But the hammock takes on our individual shape and becomes one with our habits, answering individual form.
    The bed is rigid, predetermined, and angular.
    But the hammock is hospitable, comprehensive, and accommodating, ready to meet all the whims of our fatigue
    and the unforeseen containment of our tranquility.
    The old mother, the young wife.

    When we find our spot in a hammock, our bodies correspond with ancestors beyond memory. Gravitationally inevitable, this congruence stretches back before the Fall, as Adam only took to his bed after the expulsion from Eden.

    First cousin of the fisherman's net, the hammock holds our bodies and catches our dreams. Do you suppose the spider's web was its aboriginal inspiration, sometime back in the early Paleolithic?

    The hammock is suspect in realms where the clock is preeminent, that is, in most of the so-called civilized world. The clock itself is threatened by the hammock because time disappears. Hours do not apply. It is best to think in more ample terms measured by sun and moon rather than the decimauled seconds of modern "chronometers." Afternoon, evening, night, morning are the human portions of the day--any one of which can be fulfilled in the hammock. It is the true enemy of hurry and foe of mindless agitation that demands constant change of scene. Even though the hammock was born in a primeval culture, it can still soothe the rattled body of modern life by reconciling the great contraries of movement and stillness.
    "

    The guy has spent a lot of time in Brazil (he's an art professor) and has been infected by the hammock bug. He has a quote that I really like:

    "The hammock lives on, because no one's ever invented anything better. And no one ever will."
    I like the way this guy thinks.
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    Tell me he doesn't look like a hanger; second from the left. And that's his 'dress-up' style. We gotta get this guy on the forum!

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    He looks like a Prof in every sense of the word, sorry Grizz.
    Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
    The hanger formly known as "hammock engineer".

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    Senior Member Cannibal's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coffee View Post
    He looks like a Prof in every sense of the word, sorry Grizz.
    Wait till you see his website!
    http://web.mst.edu/~jbogan/

    There is an amusing picture, or two, on there.
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    Looks like a griz wannabee to me
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post

    We gotta get this guy on the forum!
    Someone should contact him and say there is a whole forum full of hammock nuts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by headchange4u View Post
    Someone should contact him and say there is a whole forum full of hammock nuts.
    Yeah, like I haven't already done that.

    I shot him an email this afternoon and he replied in about 10 minutes. Sent me a copy of his "opus on hammocks" that I'm still reading through. It's a collection of hammock factoids, poems, and anecdotes. Fun stuff. He said he isn't much of a 'computer type', but would like to meet other hammock folk. So, I'm hoping he pops up on here at some point.

    He is a true hanger. He told me he just got back from a business trip and packed his "nylon hammock that packs down softball sized". Gotta be a hanger if you always have the hammock option on the table.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dutch View Post
    Looks like a griz wannabee to me
    He just needs bifocals and a felt hat.

    Grizz

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    Too cool for school.
    This dude looks familiar...have I crossed paths with him somewhere?
    Wonder who I know in his vicinity?
    What he would think about a Blackbird?

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