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I have no Sleep Number
Thursday, November 16th, 2006

If you live in the United States, you’ve probably seen ads for the Select Comfort “Sleep Number bed.” The claim is that the bed’s firmness is completely adjustable, to give each person their own perfect mattress. The king mattress has independent adjustments for the left and right side, to accommodate couples with different preferences. You have a remote control-like device to adjust the firmness of the mattress, and the control shows a number representing the setting you’ve chosen. Select Comfort says that this number is your “Sleep Number.”

This all sounds reasonable enough, I suppose. Last year when we were looking for new beds and mattresses, Becky and I briefly stopped in the Select Comfort store in a local mall and checked them out. We weren’t terribly impressed, either by the product or the sales staff. We didn’t really stick around long enough to find our “Sleep Numbers.” I thought maybe I hadn’t given Select Comfort a fair trial, but I also didn’t feel compelled to go back.

This week, I’m staying at a Radisson hotel, and the rooms have Select Comfort beds. I have little choice but to give the bed a real test drive, since I’m here for six nights. So far, I’ve tried a wide range of settings, and I haven’t been able to find any that are even remotely acceptable. Yes, it ranges from firm to soft. The firmness isn’t the problem. The problem is that it feels like a cheap air mattress! That’s not very surprising, since it is an air mattress, albiet a very expensive one. They put some padding on top (the more you pay, the more padding you get), but it’s still just an air mattress. If I crank the firmness way up, it loses a bit of the “air mattress” feel, but then it’s far too firm to sleep on.

Suffice it to say, I haven’t been sleeping very well this week.

Hello from the Sunshine State!
Monday, November 13th, 2006

I made it. I survived three extremely long days at Walt Disney World ? we were in the parks from open until close Saturday, Sunday and today. Phew! It was an absolute blast, but my feet are screaming for relief. My shoes may not have been the best choice, but I don?t know if there is any form of footwear that would have been comfortable after so much walking (if you have a recommendation, please let me know!). For the next four days, I?ll be going to conferences for work.

I?m really glad to have the chance to get out of town for a while, especially since the weather is so much nicer here. When our plane took off from Seattle, it was cold and rainy. When we landed in Orlando, it was sunny and in the upper 70s. Nearly paradise! My only disappointment is that I am missing my last session of Improv 100 while I?m here. I really would have liked to be there for the last class. I hope that a lot of people will choose to continue on to Improv 200. I personally can?t imagine not continuing, but there are probably others who feel differently.

I don?t have anything substantial to say tonight; I just wanted to say a quick ?hi.? I?ll try to post some more pictures and stuff after I get home next week.

Freebies from James
Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

A couple of weeks ago, I won James Gunn’s huge blog giveaway. Woohoo! That was the first time I ever managed to win one of those things. Not only that, but I was the first person to post. Amazing!

I got the package from James yesterday, and it was even more exciting than I’d expected! Thanks James!!!

Beginning Improv, Part Four: Shows and Playground
Sunday, November 5th, 2006

Addictions have a funny way of gradually escalating. You might start with an innocent puff from a friend?s cigarette behind the school, and before you know it you?re smoking a pack a day. One cup of coffee in the morning turns into a continuous supply of double lattes. A single successful snapshot begets $20,000 of photography equipment. I fear my improv dependency is headed in the same direction. If I?m not careful, in a few years I?ll be living on the streets of downtown Seattle, begging passers by for spare suggestions and trying to do Theatresports games with the voices in my head.

Lamentable limericks
Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

For the second week in a row, we did line-at-a-time limericks at Playground last night. Also for the second week in a row, I sucked horribly at it! Limerick writing isn’t a skill I’ve exactly mastered, and doing a line of a limerick based on other peoples’ lines is even harder. Clearly I need to practice a lot more. This is an important life skill!

In the name of practice and public humiliation, I’m going to subject you to a few limericks I’ve come up with. I hope you’ll still respect me in the morning.

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