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    The Tale of the Thieving Boyfriend

    So I recently finished my very first DIY "Switch-Bird" hybrid hammock (details of which can be found here). Little did I realize the far-reaching impact my weekend of craftiness would have...

    My boyfriend has always been anti-hammock. I've brought up the idea of getting a camping hammock a number of times, citing it's portability, comfort, and ability to camp on almost any terrain. Every time I heard the same responses: "Hammocks are so uncomfortable!" "Hammocks are so bulky!" "Hammocks are only summer/fall gear!" (The SO has always been a Bivvy Sack kind of guy) But I stayed firm!

    Earlier this month the boy embarked on a two week section hike of the AT with his buddies. While he was gone (desperately wishing I could join them instead of working) I seized the opportunity to make the hammock - without telling him, of course! I figured - Hey, it's a one person hammock, he'll never have to sleep in it...

    Fast forward to last week. Not 24 hours after I finished the hammock, the boy returns from the hike.

    Boy: "It was SO HOT. Sleeping on the ground was the worst!" *pause* "So I think I'll get a hammock."
    Me: "ORLY? Wellllll.... I just so happen to have a hammock right here!"
    [Insert discussion of "You made that?!!" "Well, I want a lightweight hammock... Hey this is really light!" "But I want an asym hammock, to lay flat.... Wait, this is asym?!" etc.]
    Boy: *long pause* "So... can I borrow it?"

    Yes folks! Barely a full day after making MY hammock, the thieving boyfriend stole and slept in it before I did! To be fair, he does have better trees in his yard. He praised it's breeziness in the heat, and said it was comfortable on both his back and stomach (didn't sleep on his side).

    Now he's ordered his own HH Asym Expedition. We'll have to compare the two and see who's is better. *cough-mine-cough* But we'll all know whose persistence, thorough research, and superior craftiness, with the help of an extreme hot spell, won over the doubting boy.

    And they all lived happily ever after. The end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thejennabird View Post
    And they all lived happily ever after. The end.
    Don't count on it. After he tries sleeping on his stomach in the Exped you will be minus a hammock again... or else the proud new owner of a slightly used HH Exped. Depending on how _that_ works out... they may live happily ever after.
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    Fun story.
    Good job getting a convert!!
    Thanks for sharing.
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    So many trees, so little time...
    We follow where the Swamp Fox guides,
    His friends and merry men are we;
    And when the troop of Tarleton rides,
    We burrow in the cypress tree.
    The turfy hammock is our bed,
    Our home is in the red deer's den,
    Our roof, the tree-top overhead,
    For we are wild and hunted men.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    Don't count on it. After he tries sleeping on his stomach in the Exped you will be minus a hammock again... or else the proud new owner of a slightly used HH Exped. Depending on how _that_ works out... they may live happily ever after.
    Haha!! I can see it now... I'll pull out my gear one day to find my hammock has "magically" transformed into a store-bought HH. And of course he'll have no idea how it happened or where the other one went!

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    Good story. Well told. Best laugh of the day.

    ( I know that story and it is accompanied by snores. )

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    Good job with the conversion! But, I hope you get your hammock back soon!
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    Great story
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    Most likely, you'll be making another hammock! Good thing you have some leftover materials.


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    Quote Originally Posted by JerryW View Post
    Most likely, you'll be making another hammock! Good thing you have some leftover materials.


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    Yeah, your second hammock will be better anyway ; )

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    Loved the story!
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