I’m sitting here listening to Bauhaus and carving myself a custom pillow with a bigass kitchen knife. This is the kind of shit I do on a Friday night. Because I am a perfectly normal human worm baby who does totally normal things, just like everyone else.
Why am I Frankensteining myself a new pillow? Because companies change shit for the sake of saying they changed shit. It’s new, therefore it must be improved, too! Because newer is always better, right?
Once upon a time, Tempur-Pedic made a pillow that was exactly what my neck needed. It was as close to perfect as a pillow could get. Side, back, didn’t matter, my neck was as happy as it was ever going to be short of having a new spine. Expensive, but absolutely worth it. Then, without any warning, they replaced it with a new model. Here’s a picture for comparison. The old model is on top.
You may notice a few subtle differences. Like every single thing about it. Contours, size, thickness- not one thing about the new model is the same. Not only is it uncomfortable, the new model destroys my neck as badly as any cheap bargain-bin pillow you could get anywhere. You can’t buy the old ones anymore, I’ve been hunting for a couple years now. If there had been any kind of warning of the impending change, I would have maxed out a credit card buying a pallet or two of them to tide me over until I died.
So I’ve been cobbling together various incarnations of replacement attempts with varying degree of success. Hopefully, this one will show some promise.