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Feb. 4th, 2007

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Blanket Fort, originally uploaded by crasch.

I love xkcd. I seriously looked into what it would take to make a ball pit in my living room. The hard part is keeping the balls clean--commercial pits hire ball cleaning services to vacuum them up and clean them at least twice a month, or buy expensive ball cleaning machines.

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From:kindofstrange
Date:February 5th, 2007 06:40 am (UTC)
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Love it so much.

XKCD makes me so very happy.
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From:crasch
Date:February 5th, 2007 06:45 am (UTC)
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Heh. Me too. Someday, I'll have a ball pit of my very own. Until then, the kid's at Chuck E' Cheese are just going to have to deal.
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From:kindofstrange
Date:February 5th, 2007 06:47 am (UTC)
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I never played in ball pits the way most kids did. I generally burrowed to the very bottom and waited for someone to get close enough so that I could lunge out and scare the crap out of them.

I suppose not much has really changed. I'd still do it now if I had ballpit access.
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From:crasch
Date:February 5th, 2007 06:58 am (UTC)
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Yes. Few things are as satisfying as the screams of other children.
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From:kindofstrange
Date:February 5th, 2007 06:56 am (UTC)
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http://xkcd.com/c150.html
There it is, the complimentary one I wanted to post.
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From:crasch
Date:February 5th, 2007 07:12 am (UTC)
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Awesome! I hereby define 'grown up' to also include trampolines, lawn darts, and water slides.
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From:kindofstrange
Date:February 5th, 2007 07:15 am (UTC)
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I am sad that you did not include treehouses and ziplines, but I'm guessing that's just because it's such a given.
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From:crasch
Date:February 5th, 2007 07:20 am (UTC)
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Yes, treehouse and ziplines are given. Also given are the underground labyrinthe and bouncy castle.

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From:_luaineach
Date:February 5th, 2007 04:39 pm (UTC)

Treehouse.

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http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/brain.png

We had half the guest room as a ball pit for years ('walled' off with baby fence, probably a 5'x5' area). Of course, the baby was the excuse -- and the great PT ball pits afford -- but I always loved to read and nap in there. So cozy!
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From:crasch
Date:February 5th, 2007 05:08 pm (UTC)

Re: Treehouse.

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Cool! I suspect that I'm going to have lot's of things "for the baby".
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From:evillinn
Date:February 5th, 2007 06:47 am (UTC)
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So, would it just be awkward if i told you I want to marry you now?



I never got to play in a ball pit. Its one of the great tragedies of my childhood.
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From:crasch
Date:February 5th, 2007 07:04 am (UTC)
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So, would it just be awkward if i told you I want to marry you now?

No way! You bring the couch cushions and I'll bring the blankets.

I never got to play in a ball pit. Its one of the great tragedies of my childhood.

Tragic. I'll add 'ball pit' to the gift registry.
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From:evillinn
Date:February 5th, 2007 07:32 am (UTC)
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excellent.

I also have this way cool chair cushion that could make a great wall all by itself.

And I have cocoa mix and snacks.

We're set!
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From:crasch
Date:February 5th, 2007 07:39 am (UTC)
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Ooh, nice. I'll bring my Star Wars guys, and some comic books. Aw, man, our marriage is gonna be fun!
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From:evillinn
Date:February 5th, 2007 08:04 am (UTC)
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d&jf
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From:crasch
Date:February 5th, 2007 05:06 pm (UTC)
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Okay, I'll be Han Solo. Betcha can't catch me. Go!
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From:kindofstrange
Date:February 5th, 2007 07:16 am (UTC)
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So I post it first and you offer to marry him?

I see that my shoulders have grown dull and tiresome to you.
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From:evillinn
Date:February 5th, 2007 07:30 am (UTC)
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Everytime I hit on you, I get hurt in some way.

If its not the heart-break, its the kick in the shins or jab to the arm.

I have no proof, as of yet, that crasch is as scary as you are.
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From:crasch
Date:February 5th, 2007 07:33 am (UTC)
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Clearly, we're going to have to have a duel to settle this matter.
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From:tinkerbell_mk
Date:February 5th, 2007 02:19 pm (UTC)
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Yay, talking about the ball pit XKCD, one of my favorites (obvsiously)
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From:crasch
Date:February 5th, 2007 04:53 pm (UTC)
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Yay, ballpits!
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From:frauhedgehog
Date:February 5th, 2007 03:30 pm (UTC)
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We have one! Of course, kids were sort of an excuse. But as amanda42 will attest, it is a comfy place to read or study. We use an inflatable kiddie pool for the base, and I wash the balls by filling mesh laundry bags, squirting them with dishsoap, spraying with the hose, and hanging outside to dry.
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From:crasch
Date:February 5th, 2007 04:52 pm (UTC)
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Sweet. How long does it take to wash your balls?
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From:frauhedgehog
Date:February 5th, 2007 08:32 pm (UTC)
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Scooping them into the laundry bags takes the most time, maybe 10 minutes. Use the ones with flexible wire frames--much easier. 5 minutes to soap and spray. Then about two hours of sunny unattended time to dry. Unless you are inviting over a bunch of snotty-nosed three-year-olds or dining nightly in the ball pit or other activities I won't think about, you probably don't need to wash them more than once a year.
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From:crasch
Date:February 7th, 2007 08:14 pm (UTC)
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Huh. It doesn't take as long to clearn wash one's balls as I thought. Thanks!
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From:resipisco
Date:February 5th, 2007 10:11 pm (UTC)
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Normally, this would be an inappropriate question, but you deliver it so genuinely.
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From:istar
Date:February 5th, 2007 04:37 pm (UTC)
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There was a funball pit at HMC when I was in college. :) One way to clean the balls is to get a laundry basket with a lid, and a plastic tub which is bigger than the laundry basket. Fill the tub with soapy water, place the balls in the basket with the lid, then submerge the basket in water and agitate until clean.
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From:crasch
Date:February 5th, 2007 04:53 pm (UTC)
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Very cool. I don't know if I could wash my balls like that though--it seems like it would take a long time. How often did you wash your balls?

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From:spotboy
Date:February 9th, 2007 05:49 am (UTC)
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I am planning the treehouse and zipline. Have bouncy house, water slide (short cause the ceiling gets in the way), built an above ground (temporary) labyrinth for the papaya's pirate bd, and the neighbors let us use their trampoline (mine passed away about a decade ago, but was a prominent feature at the big parties I used to throw. As Frauhedgehog has already informed you, you are welcome to visit. Buy good quality balls for your ballroom, btw. The cheap ones crush under an adult every time.
Also am looking to build a bungee harness over bouncehouse in the barn, but cost and lack of engineering skill is making it improbable.

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