Christmas Eve Assembly from Hell

December 25, 2013 at 1:44 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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It looked simple on the box. It even came with an instructional video. But after our sweet son went to sleep, the torrent of profanity uttered by his parents went, thankfully, unheard.  I think the only thing that could have made this worse was if we were assembling this outside in the freezing cold. We watched the video, poured over the instructions, struggled to get all of the pieces to fit correctly. And as we prepared to literally sew the damn netting to the trampoline frame, James looks more closely at the jumping surface and asked, “Does this look upside-down to you?” Holy #$&^%! It said very specifically that the writing had to be on the top, but I guess neither of us noticed that the writing was, indeed, backwards.

So, under the trampoline James went, un-coiling all the springs in the right order, flipping the damn thing over, and reassembling it. And then. THEN. We had to weave the netting one meticulous inch at a time onto the frame.

The worst thing about all this (there’s more!), is that we fully intend to put this thing outside when it gets warm enough. Which means pulling all of those poles holding up the netting apart and reassembling it outside. Thankfully, I think the weaving can remain assembled. But still. This kid better jump on this thing all morning. And he better damn well love it.


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  1. In my day tramps did not require netting.
    Damn lawyers.

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