For those of you who do not know someone on the eastside, more than likely you have never seen a plush, faux-mink blanket from Korea called a San Marcos. These blankets come in the most garish colors and eye-hurting mural prints such as wolves, elephants, Statue of Liberty, cheetahs, Raiders logo, Elvis, Scarface, pandas, zebras stripes, American Flag, Tupac, y La Virgen to name some. One blanket can take up a whole closet when stored—but they are the warmest, snuggliest and cozy luxury on cold winter nights.
When visiting gente (not my stuffy artsy friends), I have even seen the blanket used as artwork on the wall. Clever way to store until winter. Me? I try to hide the tiger with it’s reversible side of giant pink roses by covering it with my Bed, Bath & Beyond subtle gray bedding. I tuck the San Marcos under the mattress too, so that not even a peek of emerald green plushy border shows–and also to keep my cat from trying to bury himself in its velvety texture. My mattress pops up an inch from the mink-like stuffing.
Today, I had to coordinate when I could sneak out of work to wash my “Atigrada” [tiger themed] blanket. It is so deluxe that each year I have to make a special trek to the laundromat and use one of those industrial washers to clean it. Right now, I have a terrible flu and with all my strength I maneuvered it out of the car and into the washer, then the dryer–I feel accomplished.
High maintenance? Yes, but tonight I sleep with the angels on a sweet puff of cloud.