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Subject:I bought a bed
Time:01:04 am
After mulling over options and everyone's suggestions, I went back to the store today and plonked myself down on every mattress that I thought might be workable. I finally made my way back to one of the three I was initially looking at, the shortest of the three, and curled up for about ten minutes. I bought it. My rationale was that I didn't think I'd find anything that was appreciably thinner that was as comfortable-- I'm not a big fan of memory foam beds, and when I slept on a futon for about a year I didn't much care for it.

I was right that the salesman is a huge geek. While we were completing the transaction we managed to discuss politics, dungeons & dragons, science fiction, hard drive prices, and photography. He's a geek with people and sales skills, though-- a rare combination.


Have you ever wondered to yourself, "What kind of person impulse buys plantains?" Your wait is over-- it's me.


Fucking DMV! They've just notified me that they intend to suspend my old Mitsubishi because they don't have proof of insurance. Yes, the car I traded in. Plus, their online system for dealing with it doesn't seem to have a way to say, "I no longer own this vehicle." Grrr.


I think I've figured out that I'm allergic to Downy fabric softener. To be precise, I've figured out that I'm allergic to Free & Sensitive Downy, the stuff that they make for people who allergic to their normal stuff. I guess I never do things the way normal people do. I already knew from an escapade last year that I was allergic to regular Downy.

I suspect that it's actually a formaldehyde allergy, but I'm not certain.
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violet_tigress1
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Time:2012-01-09 09:41 am (UTC)
Grrr! I hate when their online stuff doesn't work.

Congratulations on the new bed.
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ronsrants
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Time:2012-01-09 03:59 pm (UTC)
What about your box spring? Anyway to get a half sized one or do you already have that?

-R
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whipartist
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Time:2012-01-09 06:14 pm (UTC)
I don't have one and I'm not buying one.
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filthy_habit
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Time:2012-01-09 05:10 pm (UTC)
I love selling cars and the DMV. I may have warrants out for my arrest in Ventura because of a similar situation: Years ago (like 1983), I sold my very-cherry 1968 Mustang before going to Japan for four years. While overseas, I kept getting mail notifications of unpaid parking tickets in Ventura because the new owner went months without registering the vehicle. I never bothered to do anything about it, so I wonder...
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whipartist
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Time:2012-01-09 06:14 pm (UTC)
Is there a bounty?
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elfs
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Time:2012-01-09 07:21 pm (UTC)
I just bought a bed, too, and I'm amazed at how... big... the mattresses have gotten. The boxspring/mattress combo is at least four inches higher than the older one. I worry about falling off.
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whipartist
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Time:2012-01-09 07:22 pm (UTC)
At our advancing ages, that's a real danger.
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whitebird
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Time:2012-01-10 04:01 am (UTC)
Perhaps you could cut down the legs of your bed some to compensate?

But, yeah, beds are freaking huge these days. I don't get it.
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whitebird
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Time:2012-01-10 04:02 am (UTC)
What sort of mattress did you get? I've been contemplating moving away from the waterbed sometime in the near future.

Oh. Hrm. What are you doing with your waterbed and it's attendant heater? (If it has one.)
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whipartist
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Time:2012-01-10 04:28 am (UTC)
I got a Sealy Posturepedic Bellezza Firm Pillowtop. It's almost certainly the same mattress as this one.

The old waterbed is... complex. It's actually a soft-sided mattress, although the top got removed somewhere down the line. I haven't used the heater in a couple of years, but you're welcome to it if you want it. The bladder is only a couple of years old, but I think the rest of the mattress is ready to be trash.
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whipartist
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Time:2012-01-11 06:27 pm (UTC)
Do you want the heater? If not, I'll offer it up on Craigslist.
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whitebird
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Time:2012-01-12 04:26 am (UTC)
I don't think I'm going to be looking at my waterbed heater any time soon, so, no, I don't think I need it.

Thanks, though, I appreciate it.

(I've been told by two people that my bed is cold. When I get in it it seems warm to me. I'm an exotherm, though, and neither of them are. I need to move a piece of furniture to look at the controller better. On the other hand, making the thing and having to move the bag around inside the frame to tuck things in, hurts my wrists. Bah.)
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bldrnrpdx
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Time:2012-01-10 04:47 am (UTC)
For what it's worth, plain white vinegar (1-2 tbsp) in the wash makes for a pretty good fabric softener on natural fibers. It's not so good with synthetics (more useless than outright "bad"), so I've been using Bounce Free there. I've also been using BioKleen or Seventh Generation laundry soap and haven't had any issues with itchy clothes or blankets in a long, long time.
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