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22 September 2007 @ 03:20 pm
Inflatable Couches?  
(Note: open post, not friends locked, since I want to solicit as wide a range of input as possible. Please show due courtesy.)

Anyone know where I can pick up some inflatable couches? I'd like to have something to sit on sooner rather than later, so I'm thinking that might be a good interim solution until things have settled down enough that adult furniture can be returned to the living room.

I'm thinking of putting them on platform raised slightly off the ground, so that there can be air circulation in case any liquids get under them. (Though I suppose I could just as easily put down plastic drop-cloths. I prefer having the air circulation, though.) Going to need to hit Home Despot or something to figure out exactly how the support structure will work, though I figure that getting a couple of 4'x6' platforms supported underneath by 2"x2" posts at either end and in the middle, with another 2"x2" cross piece running perpendicular underneath in a T-pattern should do the job. Slap felt on the bottom and it should be hardwood-floor friendly, as long as the support pieces don't get damp.

I've completely reorganized my garage today. Still got a little bit to go, but it's mostly done. Not exactly the ultimate in home gym, but I do at least feel like I've gotten my exercise for the day. Amazingly, even though I've added more stuff to the garage I think the amount of available space hasn't been reduced much so I'm optimistic that I will still be able to park my car in the garage once I'm done. This makes me happy, since I was really not looking forward to having to park my car outside for an indefinite period of time.

rhylar, your stuff has been moved. It is now all lined up in front of taeriel's couches. I decided that putting it somewhere where no one could possibly get to it was probably not going to help with the goal of getting it reunited with you. :) If you need me to point out to you where everything is I'd be happy to set up a time and go over it with you.

taeriel, couches have been relocated to the garage. I'll be going out in a bit to pick up some Nature's Miracle (which had previously been recommended to me by slothman and obsessivewoman), and will keep you updated on progress.

On a cheerier topic, went with taeriel to see Within Temptation last night. It was an awesome show. I totally need to keep track of the next time they go on tour and catch them. And get the two albums of theirs that I'm missing. Anyone who's a fan of theirs, if you can catch them live do so. It's well worth it.

Also, folks in the SF area, Walmart is having a Green Day today (Saturday) and tomorrow where you can drop off old computers, TVs, etc. for recycling for free. Don't think they're taking video tapes, unfortunately. ;_;
Current Mood: irritable
Max Kaehn: Homeslothman on September 22nd, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC)
In addition to inflatable furniture, there also may be types that work on the same principle as a director’s chair, with a band of fabric clamped into a frame (no padding to soak up anything smelly), that could be removed and washed. It might be worth going for a browse at Ikea just to see if there’s anything in either category.
puddlemizutamari on September 23rd, 2007 12:32 am (UTC)
OH MY GOD! You went to go see Within Temptation?!?! I have been obsessed with them for about two weeks now! I just discovered them! I can't believe you got to see them in concert!!!!! *seethes with jealousy*
Sandpanthersandpanther on September 24th, 2007 03:17 am (UTC)
Oh, I didn't know you liked Within Temptation. Erm, I'll tell you the next time they're in town? I don't think their tour included anything in Texas, unfortunately.
puddlemizutamari on September 24th, 2007 06:10 am (UTC)
*headdeskslam* No fair...
Cirdancirdan_havens on September 23rd, 2007 02:21 am (UTC)
Rats. Wish I were over in the SF area. We've got some stuff that I'd like to recycle. Not video tapes, alas. We haven't had much luck figuring out what to do with them either. All our VCRs eat tapes at this point.
Cirdancirdan_havens on September 23rd, 2007 02:31 am (UTC)
Oh, I forgot the other thing. That's a pretty good price for inflatables. They used to be everywhere. There's some at Target still. Heh. This one might be nice. Looks a bit like a bucket seat. Or this one is situated a little higher up so that'll get it off the floor.
Sandpanthersandpanther on September 24th, 2007 03:24 am (UTC)
I've got information of places that do recycling around here, including a place that you pay $0.20/pound for video tape recycling. Um, google around for computer recycling in your area, maybe? That's mostly how I've found these places.
Cirdancirdan_havens on September 24th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
I admit it's the idea of paying that gets me. Shouldn't they want us to recycle? *sigh* Anyway, all our recyclable stuff is at home in CA so no need to look around here for them.
Sandpanthersandpanther on September 25th, 2007 04:44 am (UTC)
Ah, well fortunately it's in Cali that I know where to recycle stuff. So if there's stuff you want to recycle the next time you're out, tell me and we can make it happen.
Sandpanthersandpanther on September 26th, 2007 09:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I hate having to pay. Problem is, I think aluminum recycling is the only type where it doesn't cost more to use recycled goods than it does to just get fresh materials. So we get to pay to support recycling. :P
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Sandpanthersandpanther on September 24th, 2007 03:30 am (UTC)
Target was the Spot Of Winning, and I now own a nice Coleman blow-up couch.
(Anonymous) on September 24th, 2007 03:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, oh, is it mine? Is it mine? *bounces curiously* I must admit that I hoped that camping furniture might be tougher than regular stuffs because our cheapie puff up bed deflates really quickly. Must have a hole somewhere.
Taerieltaeriel on September 23rd, 2007 06:02 am (UTC)
Goodness... I absolutely did not want you to lose your plans for the day to this, and I also wanted to help you with moving the couches and any garage rearranging so you didn't have to do it all on your own. I am so sorry!

My dad has all the tools and such if you could use anything for making the frame you're thinking about. Let me know.

On the topic of Within Temptation, I did some research on Amazon today and found a couple of things:

1) There's another earlier album, Enter, that I at least didn't know about. So if you have just Silent Force right now, you're actually missing 3, not 2.
2) There's more than one version of Mother Earth. Given this as well as the additional album, I held off on placing our order to ask you what exactly you'd like to get.
3) They have a concert dvd (Silent Force)out that sounds rather awesome. It's listed as region 2 or pal, though. :(
puddlemizutamari on September 23rd, 2007 06:27 pm (UTC)
Hi, you don't know me but I is a friend of Mel's and a new Within Temptation fan.

According to some online thingie I read (and I'm pretty sure it was completely legit) it sounds like Within Temptation will be making more of their albums available to US fans. I think it sounded (to me) like they were going to retroactively release their records or something.

Maybe there's still hope?
Taerieltaeriel on September 23rd, 2007 07:01 pm (UTC)
Yep, Melinda has mentioned you before and I've seen your comments on her journal. Nice to meet you!

I think you're right about this. I noticed on Amazon that some of the release dates on CDs were new, for old albums. There's an original release date and then a current date... looks like they've just started with some of the retroactive re-releases.

So I guess we can hope that the DVDs might follow sometime later. The group was awesome in concert - I can't recommend them enough, and while a DVD isn't the same as being there in person, I'm certainly motivated to get it as the next best thing when they're not in town.

I also saw on their website that some radiostations in the US are now playing one of the songs off the new album. I don't know what local stations here would have it, though, so I can't call up and request it yet.
Sandpanthersandpanther on September 24th, 2007 03:30 am (UTC)
We didn't talk about getting concert DVDs when we were placing our order, did we? I'd be interest in seeing it/possibly going in on cost with you on that. Since, yeah, they were so cool live.
Taerieltaeriel on September 24th, 2007 03:02 pm (UTC)
No, we didn't get around to it. I hadn't included this on my short list because the dvd appears to be pal/region 0 or 2. My sampo dvd player that was region-unlocked doesn't work anymore. How's your unlocked dvd player holding up? Or maybe with all your nifty new dvd ripping and file processing skills we could view it that way?

BTW, order was placed. I'll forward you the email.
Sandpanthersandpanther on September 25th, 2007 04:46 am (UTC)
I've got multiple players that can read pal/region 0 or 2, no problem. I'm pretty sure that I can rip and re-encode to get around the region problem, but I'm not sure I can encode out of PAL. Must do more research/poke He Who Knows All Things Video (Or Is Just Darn Good At Finding Out).

Thanks for placing the order. ^___^
Sandpanthersandpanther on September 24th, 2007 03:25 am (UTC)
Ah, for some odd reason it had never occurred to me that your father must have power saws and such. I shall probably bother him at some point for getting wood cut.
Taerieltaeriel on September 24th, 2007 02:49 pm (UTC)
Yep, he has all sorts of those things. In fact we'll probably be using them in the next week or two for making a little cat house for our kitties who live outside. Let me know when you might like to make use of the tools!
Yuusadayuusada on September 24th, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC)
The place I've used is called green citizen. They're located on El Camino in Los Altos, and they have another location on Howard in SF. They take damn near anything, including old VHS tapes at fifty cents a pound. You could probably find cheaper if you looked for it, but these guys are damn convenient.

URL of stuff they take: http://www.greencitizen.com/what_we_recycle.php