Why You Fall Down When You Get Up in a Tepee
Entry for 2017-08-01


Excerpted from Tents (filed under "Structurals")
There is a woman near Traverse City, Michigan, who moved into a tepee and lived there right through the fearsome winter of 1978.
The hardest part? Learning how to get up in the morning without falling down. “You don’t realize,” she told a reporter, “that when you get out of bed your eyes automatically line up with the walls.”
When the walls slant, the floor comes out wrong. How does she solve this disorientation problem?
“I close my eyes.”