The Nap Tour to Snooze in LA

Casper, the mattress maker, pulls into town with pods made for rest.

Perhaps, as a whimsy-loving, sleep-appreciating SoCaler, you've long dreamed of joining the famous Men of Leisure Synchronized Nap Drill Team, one of the centerpiece sights of Pasadena's annual Doo Dah Parade.

But simply pausing and throwing a pillow down for a minute-long nap is a life area you still need work in, by your own admission. Prepare, dear napper, to polish that singular talent when the Casper Nap Tour pulls alongside the Los Angeles Convention Center on Feb. 25 and 26 and Pink Taco on Sunset Boulevard on Feb. 27 and Feb. 28.

The New York City-based mattress maker, which purveys in a single-style quality bed created from a trio of foams (latex, memory, and support), has laid rubber to the road to give potential customers the chance to nap upon a Casper without ever having to visit a showroom.

How? A special pod-lined vehicle was created to provide a little privacy, a bit of shade, and full person-on-mattress sleep-a-bility, the better to provide nappers an optimal, REM-inducing experience. (One suspects a minute or two will do, much like when you're shopping for a mattress at a brick-and-mortar location, but nappers will vary.)

In fact, if you look at bookable slot times for the quartet of pods -- yes, you'll need to RSVP as to the place and date you'd like to nap -- you'll see that a variety of times are available for nappers to get their shuteye on at the pods. 

Some of us are early-in-the-day snoozers, of course; others prefer the famed "disco nap" before heading out into the evening. The upshot? We're all members of the same nap-committed community.

LAist reveals that the red phone seen inside the pods is the napper's portal to hearing a bedtime story. It's almost, though not quite, like having your favorite binky and blankie right there.

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This isn't the first unusual on-wheels happening to visit our noble city, one could note. The Oscar Mayer Weinermobile is a regular regional guest, and the Holiday Express Pancake Selfie Tour called upon LA in the fall, when it invited locals to print their portraits on flapjacks.

As to whether your napping at the Casper Nap Tour will nab you a coveted spot on the Doo Dah Parade's Nap Drill Team in the autumn, well, who can say? There could be some serious competition to make the quirky cut. This is, after all, the Doo Dah, which boasts quite the rigorous application to join. (We josh: Anyone can enter the parade for the famous fee of ten bucks.)

Slots, info, details, and mattress backstory are available at the Casper online HQ.

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