Tuesday, April 3, 2018
To Sleep, Perchance to Dream
Much of my build-out was based on my bed. I needed as much room as I could get without sacrificing a decent bunk to sleep on. A good friend of mine had suggested I look into a Zinus Memory Foam mattress and that's just what I did. I managed to find a narrow twin which is only 30 inches wide a 75 inches long. So it would be long enough for a 6 foot tall person like me to sleep on but take up as little width as possible in the van.
I added it to my Amazon wishlist and behold, my very first patron and a very good and thoughtful friend of mine bought it for me as a surprise. It arrived ready to unbox, unroll, and inflate. I was beyond tickled and excited! This single event kind of made the whole thing real for me. I would really be sleeping in this van out there the world somewhere and soon!
The link I added above is not the mattress that was purchased for me. Sadly for you, dear reader, it would appear that Amazon is no longer carrying that exact mattress that I now have but offers a hybrid of some description instead. I'm just glad my friend acted when he did and purchased my original choice.
The instructions said to let the new mattress inflate for 72 hours before use so I had to wait three days to try it out. In the meantime it made sense to try and pack my glassblowing show back into the Kraken to see if everything would indeed really fit, tables and all. It took no small amount of arranging and rearranging but finally I was able to get it all in with a little room to spare and without blocking the windows which was a big goal for me.
This exercise in spatial relations reminded me very much of those finger puzzles I would get as a kid which had square tiles of letters in a plaque with one square empty from which you could shift and maneuver the letters around to make words. You simply had to move "A" to move "B" to move "C" to spell CAT. Well my friends, it would appear that I have been able to spell CAT with this build-out. I hope it functions as well in reality as it looks here in preliminary preparations. Only time will tell the story.