Posted on: July 3rd, 2013 by Stag
It was a very hot weekend here in Southern California and in jest my friends and I took a little trip to the Ice Rink to cool down a bit. Now, I have not been on a pair of ice skates in at least 10 plus years; thus making this a very “interesting” trip to say the least. Although I was not the only one, we were certainly one of the least coordinated bunch in the building that day. With that said it was certainly a good thing that the ice rink had some rolled rubber flooring laid out. I am even worse with walking in skates than I am on the ice with them.
The rubber flooring not only kept me from completely and utterly annihilating the rented skates (keeping them from being purchased skates; by me) but also helped to absorb the multiple impacts that I and my fellow uncoordinated friends took, simply on our way into the ice. Now if only they would have had some kind of rubber inlays for the ice rink it self then perhaps I would not have this beautiful shiner on my knee and shoulder. But with venture and adventure per say comes risks and the inevitable battle wounds.
In conclusion, the pain was better than the heat by far. A big thank you to the rolled rubber and as for you mister ice…we will meet again.
Posted on: June 25th, 2013 by Stag
I have to pat myself on the proverbial back, as for the last month and a half I have been cigarette free. After for smoking for more than half my life I have officially kicked the habit…in a way. Thanks to the new and fandango’d electronic cigarettes that are becoming ever-more popular these days; I was able to go from a pack and a half a day cigarette habit to much less. Both physically and monetarily the electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs have certainly improved both my health and pocket book.
Many people find their first e-cig through friends and inevitable go online to purchase the kits and units themselves. However recently there has been what’s called vapor shops popping up all over major cities. These vapor shops sell exclusively electronic cigarettes and the nicotine and flavored juices that are the main components of these marvelous little things. Not unlike a hookah lounge, you walk in across nice plush entry mats and wait for your own personal assistant so that you can try out different units and flavors before you purchase. Many of these shops are class-act joints. Full ads in front, even logoed mats at the front door step. Once you approach the sample booths you’ll find the same type carpet logo mats at each booth for the customers.
Simply sit and vape to your heart’s content. The décor at the one that I frequent is quite nice and as such it is very possible to loose quite a bit of time browsing and sampling the multitude of options one would have. The fact that they put so much professional attention into the shop certainly makes it more accommodating. You would be surprised what a few good entrance mats and logo mats can do to a retail establishment. I am certainly pleased not only with my little e-cig but also with the shops that I frequent.
Posted on: May 29th, 2013 by Stag
So, Spring is the season for cleaning and that is exactly what I spent this last weekend doing. In particular, it was my garage that received the bulk of my attention. As it has been many a moon since I have ventured into the spooky depths my garage, I figured that now was the time. So with plenty of help and some elbow grease my friends and I liberated my parking domicile.
Now the question remained on what to do with this space (now that I actually had some). So we designated a space for the cars and found just enough room for the tools and hobby enthusiast areas. But with all this I decided that some a new floor was needed. I wasn’t sure if I should use interlocking rubber floor tiles which I know would be perfect for a home gym or rolled rubber flooring. I eventually decided to go with new industrial rubber flooring was needed. So we measured, checked twice, and thrice and laid in some nice new eco friendly rolled rubber flooring in the entire garage.
With the durability of this rubber flooring you can roll and park cars, store anything and practically everything on it. It also made a fantastic area for a little weight bench and bike and hobby area. It is much more comfortable to stand on for long periods than concrete for sure. Installation was a quick and easy process, especially seeing as though it was in my garage. We just rolled them in and used our seam sealant to put everything together and I had a brand new garage floor for a great price.
Now the real work began however, putting everything back into the garage and trying to organize that in the process. Although an arduous task, we did accomplish it and I have to say that it looks fantastic. So we will see by the time this next Sprint arrives exactly how well organized my garage is. The floor will still be looking new, but whether or not I will still be able to park in that garage is a different story all together.
Posted on: May 24th, 2013 by Stag
I recently went camping / back-packing. Â Now this was a small trip in comparison to some of my more ambitious ventures in my recent past. Â Just a two day hike up into the San Gabriel Mountains here in Southern California. Â Now even though it is 90+ degrees where we live, believe it or not it is actually still snowing up in the San Gabrielâ€™s (yes, it does snow in Southern California).
So I stuffed your usually things into my trusty backpack. Â I packed in my sleeping bag, inflatable cushion for sleeping, my food and water filtration essentials. Â But this time I brought a specially little experiment along with me. Â Just to see how it would fare. Â Thatâ€™s right ladies and gents, I brought Mexican blankets up into the snowy mountains of the SoCal.
Now you would not think that this type of material would do so well up in the mountains, and frankly neither did I. Â However to my very amazement, I found it to be quite useful! Â Not really as a blanket, but as so many other things. Â I could not help but thinking of the Hitchhikerâ€™s Guide to the Galaxy as I romped through forest with my now trustee Mexican blankets.Â It was the equivalent of the Towel in those books. Â I used it as a towel, as a napkin, I stuffed it into my sleeping bag cover and bunched it up to use it as a body pillow, when I got stressed I used it as a meditation cushion, and I even used it as a beany of sorts to keep me warm and wick away the sweat as we made our assent.
I have to say that the sheer versatility of this little blanket was marvelous and I will certainly be making them a permanent part of my mountain ensemble.
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 â€œover-thinkingâ€ brain process. Â I constantly question and second and triple guess each and every thought, motive and action. Â 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. Â My first attempt was what is commonly known as an isolation tank. Â It is a large metal box essentially. Â It is filled with about 12â€ of water that is saturated with 800 lbs of salt to make it incredibly buoyant.Â You simply lay in this water and float, and then the fun part. Â You close the door to this box and it is completely black. There is no sound, no visuals or stimuli of any kind. Â In fact after a few minutes you begin to feel as if you are actually floating and completely weight-less. Â 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 â€œcalmingâ€ experience that I really need, nor is it something that is practical to do on a consistent basis. Â So I began to dabble into the good â€˜ol meditation. Â Now, I am in shape and that shapeâ€¦is round. Â So needless to say, I need some comfort to brace between the floor and I. Â 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 â€œlet goâ€ per say, rather than thinking about how hard the ground was. Â 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 â€“ no not literally scattered, and no the cats did not eat them.Â 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. Itâ€™s like hidden fees when you buy a car. But I couldnâ€™t say no, so take my money I said. There are just so many different types of pet products.Â Get that little fur-ball his shots and throw in those adorable pet beds that inevitably they wonâ€™t use because the anti fatigue kitchen mats or papers that I actually need on the kitchen table will be undoubtedly more enticing.Â 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 letâ€™s pick up on that little water and food bowl set shall we. But waitâ€¦we donâ€™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 itâ€™s Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) per say is Ninjistu. A style popularized by â€“ 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. â€œReturn 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.Â 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 gunâ€¦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. Â So, I found myself again upgrading. However this time it was my desk, then my bed frameâ€¦and while Iâ€™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.Â 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. Â Allergies are a cruel mistress, you see as George Carlin once said â€œâ€¦almost being sick is worse the actually being sick.â€ Â 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 thatâ€¦youâ€™re not â€œreallyâ€ 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. Â 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! Â I become somewhat of a pre-Madonna when I donâ€™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,Â and drown my sorrows in antihistamines till that sweet, sweet relief of sleep washes me over once more and I drift â€“ 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 â€˜ol memory lane. In my much younger years I would visit with my family in Minnesota, with my grandfather particularly. He being the archetype â€˜50â€™s manâ€™s man; we would build everything with his hands. He worked at the local beer manufacture called Hammâ€™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 woodsâ€¦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 clichÃ© and seemingly typical of a â€œhunting cabinâ€. It was a log cabinâ€¦literally; my grandfather had built it in the 1930â€™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 fathersâ€™ 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.