April 16, 2008


The Missus is after me again about buying a trampoline for the Llama-ettes. I had thought that I had successfully quashed this idea last fall, but it appears to have, ah, bounced back.

The horrible thing? I can feel myself weakening this time around. (I only admit that because the Missus swears she never reads the blog anymore.) And it doesn't have anything to do with the merits of the case. No, instead it's because the she's using her wiles on me instead of hectoring me. (I hate it when they do that!)

So, please: Write in again about all the terrible things associated with trampolines! Be scary! Be gloomy! Send anecdotes about how some kid's teeth all got knocked out or the neighbors sued or the grass all died or a burglar used the thing to launch himself to an unlocked second-story window!

Help me, Obi-wan Kenobi! You're my only hope!

Posted by Robert at April 16, 2008 10:53 AM | TrackBack

Trampolines push up your home owners insurance rate, at least in Richmond metro area.

I have a friend down here when getting home owners insurance on her new home was asked by the agent if they have a trampoline. She said no, why? The answer was the premium will go up from the increased liability.

Posted by: Sarah G. at April 16, 2008 12:16 PM

OK, the 8 y.o. is just getting her cast off, and now you want to risk her having another one put on? Call Child Protective Services!

Posted by: rbj at April 16, 2008 12:35 PM

Lots of kids had 'em when I was growing up.

The potential for head injuries is high, hence brain damage... which might explain Obamamentum.

Posted by: Ted at April 16, 2008 01:34 PM

You've heard of a "jammed finger no doubt. How about a jammed spine? Gosh, I used to just love the thing on rainy afternoons at the Y.

These guys don't fool around.

It's amazing how similar accidents are internationally.
I particularlly like the part about the "person weighing the least is five times more likely to be injured."

Ready to break out in a cold sweat? Go here to the specialists.
That's one ugly url.

All the best


Posted by: Mike at April 16, 2008 01:39 PM

Great. Mrs. LMC bought one while I was deployed and it is set up behind the post headquarters (located, of course, amidst the vast real estate holdings which comprise Fort LMC). Our children's enthusiasm for the thing waxes and wanes.

Posted by: LMC at April 16, 2008 02:17 PM

Kids do have a lot of fun on them, but seeing the cast from the compound fracture on The Boy's Kindergarten classmate made me not let any of my little ones on a trampoline for over a year (not at our house, we don't own one). I've let them back on since then, but it still kind of freaks me out.

Posted by: Jordana at April 16, 2008 02:43 PM

In CA they can CANCEL your homeowners policy if you install one of those things. DO call your insurance agent and find out how much a trampoline will REALLY cost you!

Posted by: caltechgirl at April 16, 2008 06:02 PM

Isn't there trampoline for the wii that you can get instead??

Posted by: bobgirrl at April 16, 2008 07:00 PM