Posted on: May 15th, 2013 by Stag
I am not sure as to how prevalent or obvious it is through these blogs, but I have a very non-stop kind of “over-thinking” brain process. I constantly question and second and triple guess each and every thought, motive and action. Although an asset at times; and it certainly has been in the past, it is also been a source of frustration.
With this said I decided to attempt and calm this part of myself in some fashion. My first attempt was what is commonly known as an isolation tank. It is a large metal box essentially. It is filled with about 12” of water that is saturated with 800 lbs of salt to make it incredibly buoyant. You simply lay in this water and float, and then the fun part. You close the door to this box and it is completely black. There is no sound, no visuals or stimuli of any kind. In fact after a few minutes you begin to feel as if you are actually floating and completely weight-less. Although this is not for everyone, it is quite an experience and I highly recommend it.
However although very fun and interesting, this isolation tank is not exactly the “calming” experience that I really need, nor is it something that is practical to do on a consistent basis. So I began to dabble into the good ‘ol meditation. Now, I am in shape and that shape…is round. So needless to say, I need some comfort to brace between the floor and I. I tried many things, from a yoga mat, to a bamboo meditation bench and then finally the meditation cushion.
These Zafu and Zabuton meditation cushions were certainly my favorite thus far and are eco-friendly. They made it much easier to “let go” per say, rather than thinking about how hard the ground was. So although I am a grave novice at this point, I shall see where this little rabbit holes leads and report on my findings down the road.
Posted on: May 9th, 2013 by Stag
I am sure that most of us have had a family pet as a child. I know that I certainly had a series of them. From hamsters to cats, dogs and a few birds scattered here and there – no not literally scattered, and no the cats did not eat them. So over the past 7 to 8 years my life had been missing something, some special little place deep in the reaches of my soul longed for a little fury thing to add to my little realm of experience and life. So! My roommate and I bought a cat.
Now being as though I was a born again pet owner, and that the last time I was I would not exactly call myself aware of the world or responsibilities. So to my surprise, there are quite a few little and not so little things that one must procure and have done to these little buggers upon purchase. It’s like hidden fees when you buy a car. But I couldn’t say no, so take my money I said. There are just so many different types of pet products. Get that little fur-ball his shots and throw in those adorable pet beds that inevitably they won’t use because the anti fatigue kitchen mats or papers that I actually need on the kitchen table will be undoubtedly more enticing. But tack it on, because we need that cat bed.
Then of course you need something for the little guy to eat from. As we all know cats are very finicky and picky when it comes to things like that, and no cat of mine shall be denied. So let’s pick up on that little water and food bowl set shall we. But wait…we don’t want to have kitty food all over the place so definitely going to need a pet placemat to keep it all neat and tidy.
So armed with vaccinations, enough pet furniture to fill the back of my truck and an adorable little fluff of kitten; I finally own an animal after all these years.
Posted on: May 9th, 2013 by Stag
MMA has been around for quite some time now, in one form or another. One could even argue that it has been around for hundreds of years. One of the best known; even if not for it’s Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) per say is Ninjistu. A style popularized by – yup you guessed it, Ninjas. See Ninjas were the commandos of their day and they had to go up against a lot of different types of opposition, so they learned their enemies Martial Arts Style so that they could use it against them. Thus the first (maybe) Mixed Martial Arts was born.
No a days the Mixed Martial Arts scene is a bit different. However the main idea stays the same. The combination of various fighting disciplines coming together to allow the fighter to move more quickly, and react more appropriately to the situation and opposition with less flair and useless moves to deal with (i.e. “Return Positions).
With MMA, people inevitably started to fight each other in public forums and thus started to make groups. The most popular of which is the UFC. So now you have thousands of aspiring fighters either learning MMA for self-defense, fitness or for a chance to be in the UFC and fight for the prize in a sense. This all requires training, and lots of it. Training requires classes, and classes require a good space to teach their students in a safe environment. So that is why we very commonly use, recommend and sell our interlocking martial arts mats and our most popular seamless flooring to MMA and Martial Arts Gyms.
Continuous Vinyl and crosslink foam flooring provides a fantastic area for the students to move and learn without fear of injury from falling, pulls, drops, or throws. We recently provided some seamless flooring to an up-and-coming MMA gym in North Carolina called Female Fighters MMA. In a sport currently dominated by male athletes they are setting the curve in providing a top notch environment and facilities for their students to learn and advance. They use our seamless flooring for their gym for just these reasons. You can see here for yourself, it not only looks great, but performs well!
Seamless Martial Arts Floor and MMA are very synonymous with each other, and if you are in the sport you certainly will see them everywhere you go.
Posted on: April 16th, 2013 by Stag
I have recently built myself a new computer. Filled to brim with gimmicks, frills, jiggles and monster massive hardware! I spared no expense (quite literally), buy the end of this not so little build I had a larger, more in-charge computer and much smaller bank account. But alas it was worth it; fore now I can go into that strange and uncertain land of the interwebs knowing that I indeed walk softly and carry a big gun…per say.
However changing your computer, especially when it is a desktop can be much like changing out furniture and in many cases that is exactly what you have to do. So, I found myself again upgrading. However this time it was my desk, then my bed frame…and while I’m at it why not that entertainment center I was looking at. I even when so far as to get new welcome mats for my house, new kitchen mats and certainly a very nice bamboo chair mat for this new desk and new office chair. Not to would be outright injustice, I say.
So with my computer, bedroom, kitchen and front door up to date, new and shiny; all I have to do is get some new floor mats for my car and we are set. Cause anything worth doing, is worth doing right, right? Be it new toys and consumer electronics or home furnishings and home mats; once you get going it is very hard to stop.
Posted on: April 12th, 2013 by Stag
Oh ya, oh ya! Spring is here! I got my new Spring kitchen mats with the flowers. Speaking of flowers, with flowers beginning to bloom and things coming back to life a smidge, comes the (for me) inevitable allergies. So armed with my navel sprays, cough drops and a horse-sized amount of antihistamines; I prepare for my days. Allergies are a cruel mistress, you see as George Carlin once said “…almost being sick is worse the actually being sick.” Allergies have all the tell-tale characteristics of your average flu; cough, sore throat, stuffy nose, headaches and confusion and just general malaise. Yet for all that…you’re not “really” sick. It is some limbo between staying home and cuddling up to your body pillow as you watch season after season of your favorite mindless trash tv shows, and being at work and being productive.
Thanks, to the almighty Zeus for acetaminophen, Pseudo epinephrine, and menthol for giving me the strength and wind in my lungs to survive yet another Spring. If not for that, I would definitely be posted up in a corner somewhere, nested in my body pillow and wearing a sinus mask and eye mask; yes both at the same time! I become somewhat of a pre-Madonna when I don’t feel well, as do most people I know. So when comfortable things are close or readily available I double up!
I certainly plan on bunkering down once I wipe my feet on my door mats and arrive home tonight. Sinking into the couch, and drown my sorrows in antihistamines till that sweet, sweet relief of sleep washes me over once more and I drift – nay, plummet into that land of nod.
Posted on: March 21st, 2013 by Stag
Now that Spring is practically upon us, I find myself taking several trips down the ‘ol memory lane. In my much younger years I would visit with my family in Minnesota, with my grandfather particularly. He being the archetype ‘50’s man’s man; we would build everything with his hands. He worked at the local beer manufacture called Hamm’s Beer Company. If you are from anywhere east of the Mississippi river you may have heard of it. He also had a small hunting cabin in South Dakota. Visiting this cabin was always my favorite. It was something that he and I would do together, just the boys in the woods…with guns.
I vividly remember the location, the smells, the way the light hit the trees and the cabin. It was truly beautiful. We would spend hours walking in the woods and looking for any game in the area. Even though we never really found much in the times that we went, it was always a great time. It seemed to be more about just getting away and being out in the middle of nowhere. It was as if we simply used the excuse to go hunting as the reason to be there. The cabin however was always my favorite part. It was so cliché and seemingly typical of a “hunting cabin”. It was a log cabin…literally; my grandfather had built it in the 1930’s with his father, and had been used in our family since, even still today. The fire place was stone, and the walls were laden with trophies of he and his fathers’ conquests over the years.
Near each and every door, from inside to outside you would find wildlife rugs of some sort. There was a great variety of them, from entry mats donning Malards, or door mats with Wolves and Deer. It was as if they had collected them over the years to don the cabin with Bears and Turkeys and any other kind of imaginable wildlife scene mats. I always felt that it fit to the cabin and every time that I see an indoor mat with a nature scene it makes me think of that cabin and the Springs that I spent in the wild Dakotas.
Posted on: March 17th, 2013 by Stag
Over the years my true and trusty truck has certainly acquired some, shall we say “character”. By “character” I mean a fair amount of scratches, scrapes and dings. So, I have taken it upon myself, not being any kind of expert, novice or really having any idea of how to repair body damage on a vehicle other than having a credit card and knowing the location of my local auto supply store; to fix these above mentioned damages.
Now this certainly involves quite a bit of manual labor while in a crouching position. So, after the first weekend of this and making, what I would consider to be a good amount of progress, my knees were very sore and stiff. This was easily remedied with a few beers and vapor rub, but a friend of mine who actually works in the auto trade suggested his little trick of using small floor mats to help out with that. So armed with a new Kneeling Pad I started hacking and chipping, and banging away on this little project of mine.
As I am still not finished with my renovations to the ‘ol bucket of bolt, I have to say that at least my aging knees are in good standing thanks to these small anti fatigue mats that were suggested. True multi-use mat pads that will continue to be true knee savers for me personally.
I find that my knee saver kneeling pad, a small anti fatigue mat, has so many uses. Not only do they reduce knee pain and lower back stress, they are great when giving a bath to the little ones or to use to protect your knees when kneeling on any type of hard surface. They are used so often in gardening that they are sometimes referred to gardening kneeling pads.
Posted on: March 11th, 2013 by Stag
In the last three weeks a good friend of mine came back into town. He was diving in the Gulf of Mexico for the last eight months and I guess you could say he had become a bit home sick. So, now he is back…and living in my living room. This is not a problem at all, since this guy and I are more like brothers than friends. However, I have noticed that some of my more cherished, nay; revered comfort products have been going missing or simply finding their way into his possession. This is a problem and needs to stop! After a long day at the office and then almost falling asleep on my folding exercise mat, I just wanted to be comforted with my beloved pillow.
Now, I love my Television. Seriously, I mean LOVE IT! So, naturally, I also love anything that will allow me to more easily and comfortably view my television from my bed. I have a cherished Reading Pillow that I use for the not so productive activity of watching TV. So, after a day of work I come home to ready myself for a bit of trash TV before actually having to do something productive, and what do I see; my bed, minus a TV Pillow. So, I naturally begin to hunt, and search for this beloved accessory of mine.
After a failed half hour of pain-staking rummaging, I finally found my back pillow, tucked away with my friend’s air mattress in the corner of my living room. A feeling of relief quickly washed over me, followed quite immediately by mischievous ideas to liberate his body pillow in retaliation. Perhaps I shall do so this weekend. Wish me luck and I’ll see you all next week.
Posted on: February 25th, 2013 by Stag
I have more than a few very tech-savvy friends. One of which actually works for a company that makes processors and microchips for a whole host of different computer and hardware manufactures. He works in the “Clean-Room” with the actual chips themselves, doing the platting and quality control for the manufacturing. I don’t know about most of you, but I find this kind of thing very interesting and I recently asked him if I could check this place out. He and his management were quite accommodating in that fact and I got the grand tour sort of speak.
Now if you are not familiar with processor and micro productions, the “Clean-Room” is just like what it sounds. You see any small amount of dust or dirt can severely damage small electronic equipment. So before the staff enters the processing center and the Clean-Room they have to essentially de-contaminate themselves. They have a massive spray room that cleans them off, then they pass through a series of sticky mats that will take the dirt and partials off of the bottom of their shoes. With each pass they clean more and more. Then and seemingly most importantly they pass over and usually stand upon an anti-static mat that are grounded with a grounding wire to remove any static charges. If anyone had even a small amount of static on them they could completely destroy a tiny little processor cell that in its self has hundreds of microscopic wires in it; and worth quite a bit of money to say the least.
I would have to say that it was definitely an interesting day. Seeing all the technology and painstaking work that really goes into making these tiny little things that without we would not be able to use any of the comforts that we have come to enjoy. Televisions, Computers, Cellphones, all run off of similar little processors. To think, that without these non-static industrial mats and tacky mats it would be almost impossible to make them. Food for thought indeed.
Posted on: February 11th, 2013 by Stag
A few weeks ago I found myself hanging around with my little almost nephew. I say almost, since I am technically not blood related. He is the son of one of my friends sisters, however being like family that we are; I am his uncle. Now that we have that cleared up; there I was sitting around with the little man and wondering what to do. This guy loves his video games, and don’t we all? Boys and their toys, right? I thought however that I needed to get this guy up and moving, give him a little visceral interaction, he is a little dude and he should be running a bit wild at this point. So I called my friend who works at a local kids gym. Seeing as though he was working that day, I decided to take the little tike over to the gym and let him play and move and jump and what have you with the other wee ones this day.
Now if you have never seen a kid’s gym, you’re definitely in for a surprise. It’s like the veritable playground that you would have dreamt of as a child; or at least I know that I did. A whole wall of climbing rope all the way to the ceiling. Gigantic exercise ball with kids rolling, and bouncing all over the place. Even incline mats for rolling, and a whole floor of tumbling mats and crash pads for the little folks to jump and throw themselves around on…and for safety of course.
But it is not just all play, the kids do learn quite a bit while they are there. My friend that works there is a coach. He groups the kids together and supervises them in exercises and even games, teaching them as they play. It great for many reasons, it gets the little guys moving and learning about their health and bodies as well as giving you a little time to breath and take some time for yourself. Needless to say my nephew had a great time and he has certainly asked to go back again. So if you have a little gymnast or just want to have your little ones play and exercise is a good environment, definitely check out your local kid’s gyms…They’re loaded with many different types of kids exercise equipment.