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Don't try this at home.

Postby manas » Sat Jun 11, 2011 8:23 pm

I had two beanbags that I got second hand, both under-filled. So I thought, 'why not empty some of the foam beads (from the one in worse condition) into the better one, thus creating one really good beanbag? So i took them out onto the lawn, unzipped the bags, and tried to position the entrances over each other. The tiny foam beads were much more slippery and flighty than I had anticipated, however, and freed from the constraints of all-round enclosure in a zipped-up bag, flowed out everywhere. I bravely continued, trying to improve my aim. But in the end I ended up with a mess on my lawn. It looks like a plastic Santa has just visited and left some fake snow behind.

But that was just the beginning. The grass is quite damp, it being Winter here, so while trying to rake it all up, the tiny beads, which in any case tended to be missed by the relatively wider teeth of the rake, were basically mashed into a fair-sized, semi-homogenous, slimy patch of grass and foam. The only way to actually clean it up before the Landlord comes for the next inspection, will be for me to get down and, with my fingers, individually pick up every single foam bead...:evil:!

My message is simple: do it indoors, where there is access to electrical current, and a vaccuum cleaner.
Then the Blessed One, picking up a tiny bit of dust with the tip of his fingernail, said to the monk, "There isn't even this much form...feeling...
perception...fabrications...consciousness that is constant, lasting, eternal, not subject to change, that will stay just as it is as long as eternity."

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Re: Don't try this at home.

Postby cooran » Sat Jun 11, 2011 9:03 pm

Hello M.

I read the first line and thought ''Uh-oh'' - having done much the same thing myself once upon a time.

Much sympathy! :console:

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Re: Don't try this at home.

Postby 8fold » Sat Jun 11, 2011 9:36 pm

...sounds like suffering. :smile:

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Re: Don't try this at home.

Postby Ben » Sat Jun 11, 2011 11:30 pm

Oh dear!
The other thing with styrofoam balls is that they are very sensitive to static charge which can make their collection very difficult.
All the best!

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Re: Don't try this at home.

Postby retrofuturist » Sat Jun 11, 2011 11:37 pm

Greetings,

Oh, the wonders of bean bags. You certainly do learn from earlier mistakes.

Speaking of which, I noticed just yesterday that the 2 bean bags were looking a bit limp.

Metta,
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Re: Don't try this at home.

Postby manas » Sun Jun 12, 2011 9:28 pm

Thanks everyone for the replies! I have a kind of dry sense of humour so even while being annoyed I see it as a kind of mini-samsaric joke, where what you thought (it's better to do this outside, cos it's a messy job) turns out to be the opposite (better done inside, cos it's a messy job!). Plus if I relax and know: 'picking up white foam beadlets' for the 40 minutes it will probably take to clean, who knows maybe I will get some samadhi from it...although I wouldn't want to pass away for fear of what the possible rebirth might be... :shock:
Then the Blessed One, picking up a tiny bit of dust with the tip of his fingernail, said to the monk, "There isn't even this much form...feeling...
perception...fabrications...consciousness that is constant, lasting, eternal, not subject to change, that will stay just as it is as long as eternity."

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Re: Don't try this at home.

Postby m0rl0ck » Sun Jun 12, 2011 9:53 pm

Its nice to know that someone else does stuff like this. :)

Maybe a shop vac?
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Re: Don't try this at home.

Postby icyteru » Sun Jun 19, 2011 7:47 pm

the title is don't try this at home.
but your message is do it indoors?
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Re: Don't try this at home.

Postby manas » Mon Jun 20, 2011 2:53 am

Then the Blessed One, picking up a tiny bit of dust with the tip of his fingernail, said to the monk, "There isn't even this much form...feeling...
perception...fabrications...consciousness that is constant, lasting, eternal, not subject to change, that will stay just as it is as long as eternity."

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Re: Don't try this at home.

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Re: Don't try this at home.

Postby manas » Mon Jun 20, 2011 9:21 pm

Then the Blessed One, picking up a tiny bit of dust with the tip of his fingernail, said to the monk, "There isn't even this much form...feeling...
perception...fabrications...consciousness that is constant, lasting, eternal, not subject to change, that will stay just as it is as long as eternity."


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