Posted on: October 22nd, 2014 by Stag
“ An ‘Axe’ to Grind “
After fifteen plus years of wanting to learn a musical instrument; I have finally really began to practice. I recently purchased an electric guitar second hand online. I have had this little beauty for about three weeks and I have actually practiced on it at least 2 hours a night almost five nights a week. This is a big increase when compared to my previous efforts. When I was 16 years old, I bought a bass guitar rather than a six string guitar. My reasoning behind this was that almost everyone I knew already played guitar, but no one was playing bass. So I figured I would fill that void. However I always tried to play the bass as a six string and it just never worked for me.
So many years later I ended up giving away my bass to a friend of mine, and thankfully he has put it to very good use. After that, I got into working out and even got attached to my favorite exercise mat. Well, now in my dare I say “older” age that I give it another go. However this time I wanted a guitar, “guitar”. Well it seems that I made the right choice and now only wish I had done so fifteen years ago. Now that I am practicing so much with this new axe of mine, I have found that I do need a bit of a back support cushion of some nature however. Sitting up on the couch of in a kitchen chair for hours definitely has its draw backs.
I decided to use a reading pillow to use a back support, as it is more ridged and I can prop it up in the couch, floor or a normal chair and still be able to clear my guitar so I can use it and so it doesn’t hit the furniture. So I call that a Win, Win in my book. Now that my back is set and rested with this nifty little support pillow, the real shredding can begin!
Posted on: August 26th, 2014 by Stag
I have recently been inspired to purchase a motorcycle. Call it a quarter-lift crisis if you will. In order to save some cash and to learn more about my new bike in general; I have purchased an older model that needs some work done to it. So begins the arduous tasks of fixing and building this bike back up to it’s former glory. If you have taken a motorcycle apart before then you know that there is a great deal of oil and oil spills involved in this process. Oil is bad in many regards. Not just in the fact that it makes a big mess but it can also destroy your bike’s tires.
In order to avoid this, I have started using the Performa Grease Proof mats. This way I can work on the bike and have a clean oil-free area, and not have to worry about degrading my tires in the process. Also the grease proof rubber mats give a very nice area to work, especially if you have to be on the ground to work on the bike. Now all I need is a bit more know-how or a few more instructions manuals and this little project should be ready to hit the road.
This not-so-little bike should be ready to purr soon and with this cleaver use of our grease mats, luckily I won’t have to buy new tires once it is ready to ride. So wish me luck and see you on the road.
Posted on: August 8th, 2014 by Stag
“ Shake, No-Rattle and Roll “
For all of your audiophiles (a person enthusiastic about high-fidelity sound reproduction) out there; did you know that there is a cost effect way to reduce that troublesome speaker vibrations, rattles and low-end noise? Anti-Fatigue Mats can certainly have multiple purposes and one of those would definitely be absorbing speaker vibrations. Something like the ergo-flex fatigue mats would work very well under a studio monitor or home theater speaker. Doing so would tighten up the low-end sounds and reduce any of the rumble noise from the speakers at high volume.
You commonly see this in high-end home or professional studios. But buy not in your home as well? I not only have padded all my speakers in my home with fatigue mats, but have also used a similar technique with rubber for my turntable. Simply put a thin layer under the turntable in order to reduce any inconsistencies and vibrations from the turntable. This subtle little addition greatly improves the sound quality of any home sound system; especially if you are using a turntable of any kind.
I am certainly not an audiophile; at least in no official sense. But this little addition to my home sound system has definitely made my personal listening experience much better, and turned it into an experience indeed. If you are looking for a little extra kick and clarity to your music, definitely look into anti-fatigue mats and rubber mats for your equipment. Your ears will thank you!
Posted on: June 24th, 2014 by Stag
Have you ever had a moment in adult-hood that you just completely revert to the mentality of a child? Not in capacity or your actual facilities, but simply as in wanting to play or play with some item that has somehow sparked a vivid memory of your child-hood? To me there are a few things that will have that effect. In no particular order they are: Teddy Rubskin, My Pet Monster, Mighty Max and Match-Box Cars. Now a little back story on this particular case; my roommate was a child care specialist for many years. He worked with children of all ages, and he is not exactly the tidiest of people, not dirty; just cluttered. So he was empting out a backpack one day and out comes a Match-Box Car. My pupils dilate, my pulse quickens and I almost immediately become fixated on this little piece of metal and plastic.
I started to see how far across the living room I could “drive” this little yellow car. I began creating little obstacle courses out of books and anything else lying around that I could find. For hours my roommate and I would 7 years old again and actually have a great time with that doing that. However one thing was definitely missing. We needed those city mats that they used to have when you were in grade school. If we only had one of these carpet play mats for cars then our little nostalgia filled Match-Box Car would seemingly come to life. Something like the City Life kids play rug would have been fantastic.
With all this my roommate and I decided that we needed to procure one of these play rugs possibly a racetrack mat for these cars. Now we are not going to keep it; we are going to gift this to his nephew in order to share this little – apparently tradition to continue the era.
Posted on: May 30th, 2014 by Stag
I have been a bit of a PC Video Game enthusiast for years now. Of course taking the inevitable breaks here and there and for varying amounts of time but I always find myself coming back to it. I don’t think that I will ever be too old – at least mentally; to play a video game now and again. Now anyone that has played on a PC knows that your set up is very important. Unlike your console games where you can play from your couch with a controller, you need to be sitting in your office chair and using your keyboard and mouse. Now I am not as young and resilient as I once was. So having a good set up is very important. Back problems are no laughing matter.
I used to use your standard office chair. That proved to be very uncomfortable and so I upgrade to a quite expensive full support high-end chair. Even that did not help with those binge weekends; sitting for hours on end. Though eventually I came across something that did; an exercise ball. Surprisingly it was very comfy to sit on and was great for my back. Gave me full range in motion and I would like to think – made me better at the game.
Wreaking havoc in an online game while sitting on an exercise ball is more satisfying than it should be. And definitely works far better than I ever imagined. I certainly recommend it!
Posted on: May 22nd, 2014 by Stag
My roommate is a bit of a MacGyver, and with that comes the hazards and sometimes benefits of his madness. Though seeing as though we have a lease and my name is on it; I decided to take some precautionary measures and get some non-flammable fatigue mats for the house. Trust me! This is a definite necessity with my roommate. He is not the most…shall we say, observant person on the planet. I know that he will be doing welding at some point or at the very least working with fire in some fashion to construct one of his (sometimes) useful mad-cap inventions.
To combat this I picked up weldmaster anti-fatigue mats and some rubber flooring to cover the surrounding area of his madman’s work area. This way he thinks that it’s for his benefit; and in a way it is. But at the same time it will serve to keep him from burning down the domicile that we have a lease for. So if you have a maverick roommate or loved-one at home, I heavily recommend a rubber fatigue mat and rubber rolls for your little invention or repair areas. Trust me, they will thank you, and so will your home-owner’s insurance agent.
Posted on: April 23rd, 2014 by Stag
I will be moving into a new apartment in the next week or so and now I am trying to figure out all the items and accessories that I’ll be needing to make my new space a functional one. Of courses you have your priorities; things like a refrigerator, utensils and general seating arrangements. No one wants to sit on the floor against the wall to watch their unnecessarily large flat-screen television, now do they? That would just be ridiculous. So it would seem that I have some very cost effective shopping in my very near future.
With that in mind, I will also need a few things that will make my home life, shall we say…more conducive. I will be moving in with my friend; of whom I have known him for 25 plus years. Now in that time I have found out many things about this guy and I do know that doing dishes, is absolutely not something that he is capable of. Not physically mind you, no. Contextually, he just simply does not do them.
So with that inevitable detail being considered it leads me to another purchase that I will inevitably be stocking up on and that is a kitchen mat. Ideally a gel mat or anti-fatigue kitchen mats of some sort. As I foresee long hours spent over my new sink dealing with the unavoidable mountain of dishes and utensils. So wish me luck on the move, and in my dish riddled adventures before me.
Posted on: April 16th, 2014 by Stag
So, in keeping with my current trend of blogs; I have been working out quite a bit lately. This is a good thing as that pattern had never really stuck in the past. That is why I am in such good shape, and yes, round is a shape – insert obligatory emoticon winky-face here. Yet I digress, as I have been getting more a flare for this new found life style, I have certainly found myself experiencing other changes that were not anticipated. In the first few weeks after running or climbing at my local rock climbing gym I was simply exhausted. Even though it would be only 7:00 -8:00pm I would come home starving; eat my healthy what have you and slink into my bed and bear hug my body pillow for about 12 seconds and promptly pass out.
This was the ongoing pattern for at least three weeks, until out of nowhere I actually became more energized afterwards. So now after an intense work out, run, or climbing session with many falls onto the crash pads, I come home and eat like a rabid animal and instead of retreating immediately to my bed to fall asleep I just take that same body pillow that I would find such solace in; I would simply mold it into a reading pillow of sorts; MacGuyver my way around my home furnishings if you will. Now I find myself staying up till the wee hours of the night as I used to. The only difference now is that I actually wake up feeling rested and aware, which is a quite a nice change.
Posted on: April 16th, 2014 by Stag
My parents have had their home for the last 40 plus years. Now in that time there have been various incarnations and inevitable ebb and flow grass to dirt, and the ambiguous in between stage in their front yard. After getting them a new door mats, I recently suggested to them a relatively new item that would be exponentially more cost effect than installing new grass and something that they could not destroy by not watering; as that will happen. I finally convinced them to install our Rubber Mulch, as this will give the appearance of an organic area that they can plant inside of, but one that does not require the extensive up-keep that grass or your normal wood chips would. Needless to say they loved this idea.
To make things even easier, we could install the rubber garden mulch all ourselves as it is far easier than laying in grass. We actually got the entire front and back yard organized and filled in with the mulch in one afternoon. Leaving plenty of room to put in some plants and flowers, to fill in the rest of the area. All in all it worked out very well and now my parents have a yard that can be kept with far less work and money. It truly gave the old home stead a brand new look and life about it. So if you’re thinking about updating your yards I would highly recommend the mulched rubber. This product will work and look great for years to come!
Posted on: March 14th, 2014 by Stag
“ Rock the Casaba “
Well I am back into rock climbing. As is my nature, I skate from one thing to another; never really staying with one hobby for too long. Though rock climbing has certainly been my on again, off again mistress of the past few years. With so many rock climbing indoor gyms around the Los Angeles area, it really is hard to resist the temptation for long.
I recently began at my old stomping ground of a rock climbing gym, and I have to admit; I certainly missed that place. So over the last few weeks I have been getting back into the swing of things in this regard. I started easy, on what is referred to as a 5.5 grade climb. For the layman out there, all hills and grades actually have ratings. Flat things are a 1 grade and it goes up as the climb/walk is more difficult. So a good hike somewhere would be about a 3 grade. A 4 grade would be something that actually requires some slopped up-wards climbing but that would not require to be on a rope due to the fact that it is angled more down-ward and not truly vertical. Now once you get to a 5 grade that means that the thing you are climb is essentially a “wall” and requires you to be on a rope for safety. So it kind of starts there; a 5.5 grade is considered “beginner” level.
So with all the safety equipment in these climbing gyms like crash pads made of padded crosslink floors to take any impact if you slip from a small height, and pit mats for the free climbing area; you’re pretty safe being a fool up on some rocks. Not to mention the biggest safety equipment; your friend that is holding the other end of your rope, also referred to as being on belay.
So with all that, over the last few weeks of falling off fake rocks and landing on the gymnastics flooring and crash pads, I have finally reached a new record high for myself, I recently concurred a 5.9 grade wall. It may not sound like much, but you should have seen it. 40 vertical feet of awesome! I heavily suggest, in my non-medical option that you all try it at least once.