Two years ago, I took some of my birthday money and purchased a big, rope hammock. I had an idea that I could hang in on my back deck, or perhaps between an unused fence post and our oak tree. As it turns out, there is NO appropriate place in my entire yard to hang a hammock. Thus, it has stood for more than two years in the closet of our spare bedroom, still in its original box.
Ever since then, I have had the notion that I would like to purchase a hammock stand. You might think this is a most uncomplicated plan, but I'm sorry to say that you'd be wrong.
I really don't enjoy shopping very much, so all hammock stand buying excursions are limited by my brief attention span. The year I bought the hammock, I saw hammock stands all over the place, but my ingrained cheapness held me back from spending the $99 that most of them cost. Now I'm having a very difficult time finding a hammock stand for sale at all.
This year's quest began at one of my favorite stores in the world, Cummins Tools. They had lots of nice, cheap hammock stands, but all of them were packaged with hammocks, and I don't need another hammock.
Wal-Mart's website listed a $59.95 hammock stand, so I went to The Scary Wal-Mart near my neighborhood (enduring on the way in, one group of idlers several rows away in the parking lot commenting too loudly about my car, and on the way out, one "hey baby" and a wolf whistle). I had run the gauntlet for naught, as this particular Wal-Mart did not have any hammock stands.
I'm now so used to doing all my shopping research online that I'm almost at a loss as to how to proceed. I suppose I'll have to pick up something called a "phone" and "call" stores' lawn and garden departments to search, I mean, "ask" if they have any hammock stands in stock. What a concept!