Posted on: March 17th, 2013 by Stag
Over the years my true and trusty truck has certainly acquired some, shall we say â€œcharacterâ€. By â€œcharacterâ€ 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 â€˜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.Â 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 backâ€¦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.Â 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.Â 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 friendâ€™s air mattress in the corner of my living room.Â A feeling of relief quickly washed over me, followed quite immediately by mischievous ideas to liberate his body pillow in retaliation.Â Perhaps I shall do so this weekend.Â Wish me luck and Iâ€™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.Â He works in the â€œClean-Roomâ€ with the actual chips themselves, doing the platting and quality control for the manufacturing. I donâ€™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.Â 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 â€œClean-Roomâ€ 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.Â 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.Â 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.Â 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.Â 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.Â I say almost, since I am technically not blood related.Â He is the son of one of my friends sisters, however being like family that we are; I am his uncle.Â Now that we have that cleared up; there I was sitting around with the little man and wondering what to do.Â This guy loves his video games, and donâ€™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.Â So I called my friend who works at a local kids gym.Â 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 kidâ€™s gym, youâ€™re definitely in for a surprise.Â Itâ€™s like the veritable playground that you would have dreamt of as a child; or at least I know that I did.Â Â A whole wall of climbing rope all the way to the ceiling.Â Gigantic exercise ball with kids rolling, and bouncing all over the place.Â 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 onâ€¦and for safety of course.
But it is not just all play, the kids do learn quite a bit while they are there.Â 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, Â 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 kidâ€™s gyms…They’re loaded with many different types of kids exercise equipment.
Posted on: January 31st, 2013 by Stag
The rains are here in good old Southern California and thus the hazards that come with it.Â You see here in California, and especially in the Los Angeles area, no one knows how to drive in the rain!Â Despite the fact that we have one of the highest percentages per population of drivers on the road, and a huge transit system, it wouldn’t seem that a little bit of water just frightens everyone.Â I think that if anyone in Los Angeles ever saw real weather they would cower and hide.
Driving is not the only hazard in Cali with the rains, oh no! You see we just are not equipped to deal with weather, of any kind.Â We donâ€™t have real seasons here, just Fall and Summerâ€¦thatâ€™s about it.Â So when it rains and things get wet, people in buildings, offices, and even retail locations donâ€™t think about putting down entry mats.Â These mat runners are very useful for giving us patrons and employees a bit a traction on our wet feet as we cross in over that nicely polished, slick floor just waiting to claim its first victim of the new season.Â I found this out the hard way this very morning.
So as I walked in, coffee in hand, dreams of sugar-plums still dancing in my head, I did not even think that the floor didn’t have commercial indoor outdoor mats and that this would be a rough start to the day indeed.Â So before I knew it I was staring at the ceiling, on my back, coffee still in hand (I have my priorities you see) and wondering what just happened.
Needless to say after this little snafu, when I came downstairs later for lunch; low and behold nice new office entry mats lay in front of the door.Â Â Despite my little brush with death this morning, I am certainly glad to see that tomorrow there will not be a repeat of it.Â So watch your step, drive safely and here is to a short Winter.
Posted on: January 23rd, 2013 by Stag
I have recently adopted sort of speak a hellishly adorable little puppy.Â Now this little wiper-snapper is quite the handful.Â Despite being the size of a small cat, he can certainly hold his own.Â This little â€œamigoâ€, whoâ€™s nameâ€¦is Amigo, is like a miniature neutron bomb with the ever last of the Energizer Bunny.Â Apparently that is fairly common with his bread, a half Chiwawa, half Pug; which by the way is painfully adorable. This makes it very difficult to leave the little guy alone while I go to work each day.Â So with a little digging, and bit of luck I found a local Doggy Day Care Center for the miâ€™ Amigo.Â
Â The place is like a doggy gym meets dog-park. The area is covered wall to wall with Rolled Rubber Flooring, and might I say very well maintained.Â Now naturally being a new daddy, I did my research on the doggy day care before relinquishing my little pup to them.Â They clean their Rubber Flooring each day with an Animal Safe Disinfectant and Neutral pH Cleaner.Â They feed all the dogs well and there is plenty to doâ€¦if youâ€™re a dog, that is.Â There is lots of room to run and jump, and pant, and do those silly little things that dogs do.Â
I am very pleased with my little find of this place for the fur-ball in my life.Â The only down-side I have found is that I really hoped that all this play and stimulation while I was at work would wear the â€˜ol Amigo out, and that he would be a calm, docile, thing once I got him home.Â However, the best laid plans of mice and men, and dogs; this did not prove to be so.Â In fact, I think that he got even more energy from playing with all the other dogs.Â Regardless, heâ€™s my little man and Iâ€™m glad that this swishy face demolition machine is happy as can be.
Posted on: January 11th, 2013 by Stag
Well it is a new year officially, no denying that now.Â So as many of you out there I have made resolutions to become more active.Â Give this working out thing the â€˜ol college try sort of speak.Â Now after taking the first week and a half of the new year sitting and watching TV contemplating my plan of attack in regards to my new found â€œmotivationsâ€ to become more healthy and active; I finally ventured into the local gym.Â I did my sign up, paid my fees, signed my Faustian deal in blood, and the inevitable sweat and tears and now I am on my wayâ€¦hopefully.
Adjusting to a new environment can be unsettling naturally, especially to a gym with its variety of different exercise accessories, where you are the obvious â€œNew Guyâ€.Â Though I must admit, I love to see the people at the gym and their mannerisms when they think that no one is watching.Â To see all these hyper-motivated people, dressed in their spandex and sporting their cross training exercise gloves, running, lifting, bending awkwardly over their exercise ball, over-posturing and in general just showing off; it is quite entertaining.Â That is until you realize that you are hyperventilating and look like you just got hit by a semi-truck after 5 minutes on the treadmill.
So I decided after my 30 minute brush with death, thanks to the treadmill and elliptical that I would move onto some more strength based exercises.Â So I grabbed some of the resistance tubes, which are essentially large rubber bands, and surprisingly very difficult to stretch and bend.Â So definitely a good warm up that was to get on the larger machines.Â Now there I was, camo-cut off shorts and old Metallica t-shirt lifting 80 pounds, and watching everyone else do at least twice that.Â So with my spirit broken I decided to find the nearest yoga mats and catch my breath before calling it a night. Though I pushed through the first night, I am committed to many more.
No grand finale this time dear readers, no real climax, just grinding through and staying on track for now. So wish me luck and with a little luck and lot of work, in the next few months there will be less of me, yet more to write.
Posted on: January 9th, 2013 by Stag
After the New Yearâ€™s festivities this last week, I would highly recommend to you as I have to my friends; to invest in new door mats! Needless to say, I most certainly drank far too much on New Yearâ€™s, as Iâ€™m sure many of us did. Due to my competitive nature, and my fellow New Yearâ€™s Eve-ers playing the oh-so fun game of Wizard (Definitely look that one up); I eventually found myself in a peculiar and somewhat uncomfortable situation later in the evening. Namely I found myself passed out on my friends welcome mats.
Now this front door mat was by far not the most comfortable or supportive of entry mats. Though seeing as though I was semi-conscious at the time this fact did not reveal itself to me till the early hours of the morning. Now I know what youâ€™re thinking, these are not made for that. Indeed, home doormats are made for the effective wiping of feet and overall upkeep and cleanliness of the home; agreed. However, I love things that are multi-purposed and if only my dear friends would have found some time to update their door mat to a more â€œaccommodatingâ€ mat perhaps I would have woken slightly more refreshed and rejuvenatedâ€¦still confused of course, but rested perhaps.
Needless to say the Wizard (yours truly) will be updating my own outdoor doormats at home in preparation for another such evening. Fore anything can be a resting place for a wary Wizard and every mat needs a home. So the time for updating those mats is at hands everyone. Trust me your neighborhood wizards will certainly thank you.
Posted on: December 31st, 2012 by Stag
The end of 2012 is quickly upon us.Â Now if you are thinking of partaking in the annual festivities (and you know you are) then you may need some pillows and comfort products to ease you through that inevitable hang-over this January 1st.Â Youâ€™ll need something to lay your weary head upon while you watch hours upon hours of standardized television in a vain attempt to subside that ever-present reminder of the night before.Â I find that the reading pillow is fantastic, na! – revolutionary product for these unproductive days.Â It allows for so many different sitting positions that would otherwise be very uncomfortable to do in bed.Â But not with this bad boy at your side, or should I say back.Â
But if youâ€™re in the mood, or just simply incapacitated to the point where you would rather lay your day away, then the eco friendly therapeutic positioningÂ body pillow it just the ticket.Â If you have not experienced the comfort, relaxation and down-right awesomeness of said body pillow then you are most certainly missing out, and the New Year is the perfect time to start new things!Â
Now if you just donâ€™t have the energy to do anything, let alone get out of bed or watch television and you simply want to sleep in, but need to work around that pesky sun outside.Â Might I recommend the an eye pillow.Â Soft, silky and they will certainly keep out that light from your hung-over eyes there â€œday-walkerâ€!Â No matter how little or how much you will have to drink this coming New Yearâ€™s Eve, we have the pillows and comfort products to keep you in bed to enjoy or recuperate your day away.Â And for those that will immediately begin their NewYears resolution to relax, stop stressingÂ and take betterÂ care of yourself, we have the perfect zafu meditation cushion.Â
To each and every one of our fantastic customers out there; Have a Great New Year, be safe and rest up!
Posted on: December 27th, 2012 by Stag
Do you love the Earth? Sure you do, and seeing as though itâ€™s still here and all; so much for the Mayan Solstice Apocalypse what have you,Â Iâ€™d say we should keep the gears running and lean towards the more eco-friendly products side of the spectrum.Â We have plenty of Organic and Earth-Friendly products to satisfy both you and the ye â€˜ol Madre of nature herself.Â We have natural rubber products, as well as PVC-free mats, all natural.Â If itâ€™s eco friendly yoga products you crave, we most certainly have them in our roster including meditations supplies as well, such as meditation benches and pillows.
It doesnâ€™t stop there, oh no!Â Our recycled rubber flooring and treadmill mat are all Mama Earth friendly as well.Â Whether youâ€™re re-flooring your garage or basement or lining the roof of an industrial building; you can sleep a little sounder at night knowing that your carbon foot-print is just that bit smaller.
So since the earth does not quake, the seas do not overflow-eth and the sun is not turning us all into marshmallows at the moment, letâ€™s give a little back and be a bit friendly to the old lady Gaia.Â To everyone, enjoy your time; enjoy each other and Happy Holidays!