THE GAMES PEOPLE PLAY
In my opinion, if you never slept on a waterbed…you never missed anything. Just writing about the sound of wetness, the endless motion, the uneasy-unsteadiness….makes me seasick.
Some people thought waterbeds were “sexy” but I thought of them as worthless, expensive toys. Who wants a bed that must be filled by dragging a garden hose through the house?!?!? Who wants to live with the fear that just one little puncture and the waterbed floods your entire house?!?!?
Back-in-the-day, some people were so obsessed with life on a waterbed… they surrounded themselves with mirrors…mirrors on the ceiling, mirrors on the walls, even mirrors on the bed’s headboard. Apparently, some enjoyed watching themselves and their playmates---in action. These narcissists gave new meaning to the expression: "Rock and Roll".
Like Fashion, Home Decorating styles change from year to year unless, like me, you buy a house--still locked-- in the seventies. Yes, I bought a seventies house that was never upgraded, remodeled, or “brought” into the present generation.
After looking-- both in person and online--at more than 800 houses in my price range, I chose my current house because of its traditional layout, its relatively good condition, and its many possibilities. I have much work to do but everything takes time and money....so I'm inching along with baby steps; I'm tackling my project slowly, just a little at a time.
At first glance, I was troubled by certain things about the house that defied description….like the very large rectangular-shaped mirror bolted to a principal wall in the guest bedroom. Or, the master bedroom's mirrored closet doors that watched me dress/undress or stared at me each time I turned on my right side, in bed.
The first time I entered the house, I turned to walk down the hall and almost collided with another person. Actually, it was me….seeing myself in a wall of mirrors. I must admit…I still feel somewhat shocked to see myself at every turn.
I never met or heard about the woman who sold me her house. Realtors have no reason to share anything other than financial information or facts about the home’s condition. But, little by little, I heard pieces of this and that and, in a short time, have been able to fit many of the puzzle pieces together.
Both the plumber and electrician volunteered that the woman had a second husband and….the couple didn’t share the same bedroom. Instead, the new husband brought his waterbed into the second marriage and parked it in the guest bedroom. To make sure they had an equal-opportunity lifestyle….he had a large rectangular mirror placed long-wise along the wall behind the waterbed for “fun and games” and she had mirrored closet doors installed on one wall of her bedroom for “giggles and grins.”
I’m not sure if the couple sometimes met in the hall to experience the “full-length” effect but…it sounds like a real possibility. I do know he was very tall (more than six feet, six inches) and she was very short (like 4 feet, 9 inches}.
I've always heard that opposites attract. Just maybe, the two-together, were very "inventive". So much so...their actions were worth-watching.
If only walls, ceilings, and mirrors could talk.