So its a beautiful day out and your strolling through a park. You come upon someone in their hammock. They’ve got the best spot you can imagine, a little shade, a little sun and just enough sag to look extremely comfy. So you think to yourself, “man, I bet that person would love some company in their hammock!”
Now hold on just a gosh darn minute! Consider hammock etiquette before approaching.
First, Evaluate how much you would be disturbing this person, on a scale of 1 being they are stoked to talk to you and 10 being this person wishes you did not exist… ever.
Is the person just relaxing? reading? sleeping? if they’re just relaxing you may be able to approach for a closer inspection of the situation. If they’re reading you could wander into their immediate area and maybe strike up a conversation. And well if they’re sleeping… there’s a saying; “Let sleeping hammockers lie” in the last situation do just that, let it go and leave them, cause once you wake up a sleeping hammocker the chances of you now joining them in said hammock are next to zero.
So if you’ve looked and it is one of the situations in which you feel it is okay to approach the next thing you want to evaluate is what size hammock they are using, if its a single hammock, your probably not getting in that hammock unless you think that the person in the hammock wants to get cuddly with you (note: chances are they don’t). If its a double hammock you’ve got a chance, a double hammock is just big enough that you can have 2 people in it in a close but non-cuddly fashion.
So lets just say you’ve come across a best case scenario, this person is relaxing and you can see it’s a double hammock with suspension ropes (capable of holding 2 people). Okay so you approach a little closer and the hammocker notices you. He/she greets you as any friendly hammocker would and you feel welcome. Hold on! Don’t just go jumping in with this unsuspecting hammocker! You’ve now been welcomed into their space and imagine your sitting in a stranger’s living room, your welcome now, but at any time they could ask you to leave.
Now’s the time to make some conversation, lighten the mood. Say hi, introduce yourself, make conversation and eventually compliment them on their hammock. Now to be truly polite in this situation one never asks if they can get in someone’s hammock. Instead they would have to be invited (kind of like a vampire but different) so you may want to sit down and just talk, comment on how comfortable their hammock looks you know a little hint there a little hint here. Play it like this and you might just get invited to share in the comfort of your new hammock-friend’s hammock.
That’s all for this episode of hammock etiquette
stay tuned for next time