Posted on: October 1st, 2013 by Stag
Mats of all shapes and sizes are quite literally, right under your feet. At all times, in all manners or places and purposes you will find an entire army of mats at work. These silent partners go mostly unnoticed by most. Having emerged myself completely into the secret world of these mats I now see and find them everywhere I roam. For example last night I was out with a few friends; catching up and having a few drinks at our old watering hole. On the way out we all walked over, yet I was seemingly the only one that noticed the Crosshatch Entry Mats at the back door.
Each time I enter a retail location there is always some type of commercial entrance mats. These mats simply sit there, ever hard at work. They are the gate keepers of the corporate and retail empires. Commercial mats and rubber tiles line the production floors of the factories the produce some of your favorite technological items. From Televisions to Cars; their corridors are lined with Anti-Fatigue Mats and rolls or rubber. Their front offices guarded by office mats.
Mats are the silent partners of industry and if you look closely you will find them in all their various incarnations. The next time you’re out and visiting your favorite stores or haunts, turn your eyes to the ground and take a moment to notice the nameless workers beneath your feet. The mats are everywhere!
Posted on: September 23rd, 2013 by Stag
I love camping! There, I’ve said it. I love the outdoors, I love getting off the grid if only for a little while. Just you or perhaps some friends and the great outdoors. Now whether you choose the forest or the desert you know that temperatures can raise and drop pretty quickly. You know that the ground is certainly a cruel mistress, and you may have figured out that you need to think on your feet at times.
A good, yet seemingly random item to have that certainly comes in handy for a quick warm up would be a Mexican blanket. Nice and warm, easy to pack and pretty light weight. It comes in handy in a pinch on a long hike or just randomly around the fire when you need it. It is also perfect to use in combination with your yoga mat in the morning in place of a Bolster.
Everyone is different when it comes to sleeping arrangements. Some need less support, others need more. You would be surprised that you can easily use gymnastics mats for a very comfortable camping bed. They are easy to clean, plenty of support and relatively easy to pack for your so-called car camping adventures. However if you require something lighter for those longer walkabouts you may or may not be taking, I would recommend the trusted Anti-Fatigue mats. They are light weight and can be rolled to a small size and easily attached to a backpack.
All in all, you would be very surprised about what things may be used for “alternative” reasons, and in ways that the original manufacturers never really intended. So venture out dear reader, see the world…and bring a blanket.
Posted on: September 13th, 2013 by Stag
I shall be moving into a new place in the next few months. Since my last excursion, let’s just say I “purged” quite a bit of my personal belongings and necessities in order to save space for another living situation. However now that I will be venturing out to a larger place once more; sharing a friend mind you, but still…bigger! I am in dire need of some home furnishings. So I thought to myself, what better place to start then here. I know the products, I know what they are good for and I now have a place to actually use them.
First off, kitchen mats. Although, between me and the many of you out there amongst the interwebs; I really don’t do dishes that much. But still, when I do I am going to need some support. So kitchen fatigue mat is on the list. Next and what most will see would be my welcome mats. Every home needs good entry mats. This signifies that it is a home, and of course serves the very necessary purpose of cleaning one’s shoes but hey, looks is what really matters, right?
Finally, to the real heart of the thing; the luxury dare I say. I am certainly due for a new body pillow for the ‘ol bed get up. Something that is nice and new and actually comfy. So onto the body pillow, just the thing to wash away the day and bring in my favorite part of my day…when I get to sleep.
That is my plan and I am sticking to it. Wish me luck y’all, I’m gonna need it!
Posted on: August 29th, 2013 by Stag
We have all heard of the ever-present or perhaps for some the ever-elusive “Man-Cave”. That solitary den that us “Y” chromosomes of the species seem to strive towards. Many choose the garage or basement for this most sacred of masculine areas. However with that comes the question on what to do with that concrete floor. You average male may not care at first, but there will come a day when they will want, na – need something better.
So for that, I would recommend what I did for my little home away from (and inside of) home, Rolled Rubber and Foam Tiles. It’s very simple actually. Just lay the rubber rolls down and your little work/hobby area is ready to go. Then you can use the foam tiles for your workout or recreation area. Seeing as though the foam tiles come in so many different options and colors, from foam to carpet foam tiles you can dare I say “really tie the room together”.
Whatever your little beating heart desires for the most holy of holies, it can be yours as it was for mine as well. A durable area for messing with tools and hobbies and attempting to not lose any fingers in the process or having some quite; not-so-quite video game time in the basement. Whether tiled foam or rubber rolls, the tools are out there and I highly suggest getting started before the summer is over.
Posted on: August 6th, 2013 by Stag
Hello, thine loyal subjects! Welcome to the fair empire of Mat-tropolis. Where the wine and low prices flow freely to all; young and old alike. As you can see by my little art project, SoftFloor tiles are not just for practical use. I know that almost all of us out there constructed lovingly “couch forts” in our childhood. Adorning them with blankets; creating bridges out of the cushions and if one was brave enough, even attempting to cross it before it gave way.
Now just think of what you could have done then and even do now with the right amount of foam tiles to construct and furnish the royal living room sanctuary. I have three words for you…foam tile throne! Turn a mere fort into a true vessel for a king or queen to survey their kingdom. Next words…draw bridge! No castle is truly a castle, nor a fort truly a fort till you have your draw bridge or gate. Soft tiles make that dream a literal reality.
Think of the possibilities, you could make a full castle complex with enough soft foam tiles. Even better you can use the grey and dark grey tiles for the stone walls of the castle and then get really detailed and use the softwood tiles for the gates and draw bridge. I can’t be the only one that is excited about this idea. I have to admit that I am finding myself getting jazzed about this as I write. I say that we should all remember and whenever possible re-live that kind of fun that we had as a child, and if you have a little king of queen at home; let’s build those little people a castle!
Posted on: July 15th, 2013 by Stag
In the news this week: “A group of American tourists have been rescued from a drifting Icelandic iceberg that broke off from land as they were trying to picnic upon it, complete with folding chairs and table. The five imperiled picnickers are safe, plucked by a small rescue boat from the ice slab floating atop deathly frigid waters of the Fjallsárlón glacial lagoon in Iceland, five-and-a-half hours east of Reykhavik.” The naïve little adventurers practically froze to death on this giant block of ice all to have a little scenic picnic.
One thing that would have helped them in this little escapade would have been some rubber mats. Rubber pads would have been a good insulator from the wild icy tundra that they all ended floating away on. They all made it back just fine, no need to worry there. But perhaps in the future they will all think ahead a bit and find a rubber mat of some kind to lay down between them and the freezing ice. Let this be a lesson to us all; if you are going to have a nice picnic on a floating landmass of ice, you may want to plan ahead slightly and pack some rolled rubber or rubber tiles instead of your favorite picnic blanket. I am sure that you be thankful you did.
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.