@tinamarie1974@UncleVinny There was a business that did that here about 30 years ago (when I was still single). I bought a package that was all-you-could-stand during a year’s time, or something like that, and paid extra for being able to bring my own music (on cassettes, no less) and have it piped in. I bought the package after trying a couple of sessions on a trial offer, having really liked it. Unfortunately, the company went out of business a couple of weeks later, so bye-bye to my money. I think it was called “Float to Relax”, or something similar.
So, I don’t have long-term opinions on this thing, but can share a few observations, if my memory can be trusted:
You floated because it was a very concentrated brine solution (saline, or whatever?). Not pleasant to swallow, but not toxic. I don’t remember it hurting my eyes. You were required to shower first with soap, and rinse thoroughly, and entered the pool naked (to not mess up the brine, which was reused for the next customer, but seems like they also added chlorine or some such, like a public pool, to keep down germs.) Unless you had the music option, it was VERY QUIET – you could listen to your own breathing and maybe even heart rate. I would really zone out, and it was quite relaxing. I think the sessions were timed for 1 hour or 50 minutes or something like that. When the time was up, you would hear a voice announcement. It seemed very much like being awoken by an alarm, except that I was never sure that I had actually been sleeping. The residual mental effect was like having had a really good nap and/or massage, but physically a massage would have been better (but a lot more expensive). I don’t remember if they offered a couple’s option, but would make sense if they had. If it were available around here again, and I had the extra money, I would go for it, and see if it is as good as I recall! I’m not sure paying extra for music was worth it – your mind will keep you plenty company.
Report back if any of you try it! (Enquiring minds, want to know.)
@tinamarie1974@UncleVinny Forgot to mention, yes, they did dim the lights when you entered the pool, and gradually turned them back on with the awakening. I think it was total darkness in the meantime, so again, you and your thoughts. I’m guessing they monitored the sound (two-way), in case anyone had any problems or panic attacks. (No worse than Alexa, Siri, ass-hole Google, …)
@phendrick@tinamarie1974 I’ve been to a couple of floaty-quiet-tank things in Seattle, but it’s been a while. One had the closable pod, the other had a larger tiled pool, like something out of a Turkish sauna or some such. I absolutely prefer the pool thing. Both are quiet, but not quiet enough for my taste; I want to be able to hear my pulse/breathing, but that’s not how it was. Both are extremely dark, so they have that going for 'em. It’s relaxing, but somehow also fun. The scientist in me can’t quit trying to figure out all the weirdnesses of the experience.
Both are also pretty expensive. They sometimes have deals where the price gets down to $45 per session, but that’s still a lot.
@narfcake Ours (SA) is only doing 50% off. Don’t know what the GW is doing. The “we throw out more than we save” one (City Thrift) is doing a 1/2 price sale. I might amble by them. If I am lucky they might have an old 12" TV.
@Kidsandliz@narfcake My favorite charity shop has been hoarding merchandise for their 3 day backroom sale. It’s huge, and prices are low to begin with. My refrigerator is on its last legs, so I’m getting myself a French door 28 cf model. Online is great, but I still want to interview one or two in person.
From the website: “There are two kinds of ugly Christmas sweater wearers in the world: there are the round neck people and then there are the V-neck people. Whether you dig the V-neck or the round, you can be sure that our ugly Christmas sweaters are super funny, ultra comfortable, extremely warm, and equally affordable this holiday season”.
EDIT Oh wait this one might be better - made of polyester too!
@tinamarie1974 So I finally found you some “matching” skirts to go with your getup. One even gives an idea for a necklace. One is even, according to the website, “top rated”. With a V neck. And spike heel high boots. You will be “fashionably Christmas”. What more could you ask (snicker)?
@tinamarie1974 I was having trouble finding christmas boots at all that were high and spike heel, let alone tacky ones. So you got lucky. I think I did well with the skirts though. And as a side benefit you could likely modify a skirt you already own to deck yourself out.
What? You are saying I have no taste in christmas clothes? I found you a fabulous, deep cut V neck, ugly christmas sweater. You even LIKED the boots. I was saving you money on the skirt as you could decorate a pre-existing one using a highly rated one (or one of the others) as an example… I spent HOURS, yes HOURS (well with a big gap in the middle but never mind that) hunting for just the right things. I wore my fingers to the BONE!! Yest to the BONE hunting for these. I am telling you there is just no gratitude left in this world
I already spent today shopping from my couch. I used to be one of those crazy people standing in line but I love the internet now. I do have to get up at 6 on Saturday to get fabric from joanns before all the crazy people get there.
I sent Walmart my annual ‘you suck’ mail for opening on Thanksgiving quite a while ago. They never respond. However I’ll give them one small credit. Where most of the ‘black Friday starts on Thanskgiving Day!’ stores now only say ‘open Thursday at xPM!’, Walmart at least says ‘open Thanksgiving at xPM’. The others don’t even want to acknowledge the day they are crapping all over.
@ahacksaw@lisaviolet Unlike many critters, a dog can learn. Our girls hated strong windy rainstorms and would noodle around on the porch. But we made them come out and like the proverbial mailmen of the past, neither rain nor sleet nor gloom of night kept us from our appointed walks and ‘deliveries’.
aside from buying candy & filberts, i don’t shop in person for xmas gifts. and those can be grabbed whenever with the regular grocery shopping. already bought almost every gift i need online earlier this month and managed to stay up to 12:01am to buy a few last things i was waiting for to go on sale.
was supposed to visit my in-laws today but i started getting sick wednesday night and after not slowing down all day yesterday as soon as i got home and sat down the germs took over. RIP. so nothing but the couch for me today (at least there’s hockey this afternoon) and silently wishing this goes away by sunday when i plan to do my partner & i’s thanksgiving.
I had to drive past the mall today to do some food shopping.
Even just that was pure hell.
Drivers around here are bad enough on any given day; today, every driver was either a passive, exact-speed-limit-in-the-center-lane blocker or an aggressive, cut-everyone-off-let-no-one-in, utter asshole.
Except me, of course - I’m a perfect, polite, considerate driver…
I stayed home sick from work, but I did go to the walk in clinic. I have laryngitis. Gave me steroids amongst other medications to get me over the hump. While I was out, I made one stop at a store I was planning to go to even if I worked, and then I got stuck in traffic on my way home. This was after noon. I can’t imagine the traffic in the morning.
@ybmuG thank you. Sleeping last night was tough. I have so much pressure in my ears and behind my eyeballs. I called my job around 4:15 this morning (I was due in at 9 and they opened at 4) and it was not well received. I was straining so hard to talk that it was making me cough. Drinking liquids are triggering the cough. Go figure.
I’m contagious and was told it would take a few days for the steroids to do something. In the meantime the cough medicine is helping a bit. After I eat dinner I’m going to try the lidocaine gargle.
@RiotDemon so you’re contagious and they give you a hard time about not coming in? I get the pressure for retail today, but the last thing they want is you coming in and making staff and customers sick! Not to mention making you work when you’re sick. Seems like the crud going around lately is worse than normal.
@ybmuG Granted, I went to the doctor after I called in, so I couldn’t tell them exactly what I had. The funny thing was that I was basically told they would be having a follow up conversation with me… So I got annoyed and asked if they wanted me to come in even though I could barely talk and was coughing and he told me he would rather me not come in… But then reiterated that there was going to be a follow up with the highest manager because it’s Black Friday. So now I have a doctor’s note for my follow up. If they give me any shit I’m going up the food chain. What’s the point of having sick time if you can’t use it when you are sick? Annoying.
When I called after my appointment I got a different manager and then got to tell them I’m contagious so I’m taking at least tomorrow off.
@RiotDemon@ybmuG I once had a boss force me to come in ( would not even let me work from home) and I had SHINGLES. I showed up, made sure HR found out and was quickly sent home. My boss quickly changed her tune and tried to ro claim I insisted on coming on…sure, because rhat makes sense.
@RiotDemon@ybmuG It can kill an unborn fetus. I could have also given any adult chicken pox if they have not yet had it.
My boss tried to tell me no one at the office was pregnant when I brought that point up. I MAY have told her that I didn’t realize she had all the women of childbearing age visit her weekly to pee on a stick. She was not very happy with me.
@RiotDemon well it was stupid on her part. I happened to be friends with HER boss (my bosses boss). So when HR called my friend came to me to see what really happened. Lets just say the shit hit the fan and I was not the one down wind.
Hope you get to feeling better soon and you don’t get too much hassle from work!
@RiotDemon I hope you feel better sooner rather than later. Sorry work was being such a jerk to you. If they really had made you come in the end it would have served that supervisor right if you had breathed all over them and then they had gotten sick. I really fail to understand why work places seem to think that there is nothing in life that should have a higher priority than work. Do they really think folks as sick as you are can actually do a good job? Is then really worth a bunch of other people getting sick and productivity going down by then forcing them to come into work when they get sick? That is the height of stupidity.
@tinamarie1974 I had to work through shingles and just tried to stay away from the one other person who had never had chicken pox or hadn’t been vaccinated (fortunately she didn’t get chicken pox). This was during chemo. Of course they also made me work though being sick during chemo too, running a temp up to 104.5, made me come to work straight from chemo (we had no sick days and policy was if we missed more than 3 days of work we were fired).
I also got written up for “walking off the job” when I found someone to sub for me the day I had a temp of 101.4 at 9 in the morning and 104.5 at the end of the day. I was written up even though I gave them detailed proof (fortunately that was a Saturday so I didn’t have to worry about work on Sunday). But I was sick much longer than that and had to work with a temp, argue about not being admitted while this was happening (due to low counts due to chemo).
Other employees were pissed at what they were doing to me and so they covered for me when I was occasionally napping behind the copy machine, kept the door to the open design L shaped office we had locked so there was time to warn me if someone was coming and and then I’d be photocopying. I couldn’t afford to quit, I had a minor child and had to deal with whatever they dished out (they were trying to get me to quit as I was ‘too expensive for their insurance’ - they were self insured and routinely got rid of pregnant folks, folks with cancer… by trying to get us to quit). That was a horrible time.
They also told me my chemo wasn’t that bad as I hadn’t lost my hair so I needed to “get over it”. My hair had only thinned but instead I nearly lost all my bone marrow and damaged my liver (both fortunately finally recovered). I would have traded not having hair if for not having the cellularity of my bone marrow drop to 20% and not having sky high liver numbers. I do wonder what is wrong with managers/companies that behave like this. I think they have had an empathy lobotomy.
I’ve spent most of the afternoon deleting Black Friday emails from my inbox. But I did buy a new font (I can stop buying fonts anytime I want too) and ordered a couple of PC-related things from Amazon. I think this may be the first time I actually bought anything, and they’re stuff I would have bought eventually, so saving a few bucks is good.
The real question about my purchasing sanity is the $3,400 laptop I ordered last week. Speaking of which … yep, they tried to deliver it to the office today, but there ain’t nobody there. It’ll be a nice thing to come back to on Monday.