July 23rd, 2014 by Ben Gonzalez
The expression “one sick puppy” has earned a whole new meaning for me. I adopted a beautiful Mastif-Lab mix named Jolie about 3 months ago. She is the light of my life these days. At 18 months, she is now about 100 pounds of pure doggy happiness. She has turned me into a total doggy-daddy. I wake up every morning at 6am to go running or have some play time at the dog park. Sometimes with wifey, but lately.. not so much. I guess I can be an overbearing dad that worries about his princess a tad too much. “She’s not a child, she’s a dog!” is my girlfriends catch-phrase as of late. I just roll it off since it was HER idea to get a dog in the first place. An idea which I objected to. But I digress…
After about 2 – 2.5 hours, we have breakfast together and then it’s off to work. Once off work, we go on another long walk and play a bit at the apartment before she’ passes out or focuses her attention on one of her favorite toys. This is everyday now. There is no “day off” since these creatures are all encompassing responsibilities. Especially the breed since she’s still a puppy in the body of a lycanthrope. As if this wasn’t enough, we ran into a poor little Stafforshire Terrier tied up to a tree and abandoned across the street from the dog park we frequent on a fateful Friday morning. After reading the note left on him (his name is Ice, it turns out) we promptly took him to the shelter to try and identify his owner. No tags, no chip, and no identity, the 6-year old lad would have been put down in a weeks time. So I did the only thing a sucker for punishment would do to ensure the everlasting glare of his already over-doggyfied girlfriend… I took him home.
It’s been three weeks now and the apartment is almost completely doggy proof. With some ingenuity, we’re keeping the moose and lycanthrope (Ice is, himself, a hefty 85 lbs of slobbery awesomeness) from driving our downstairs neighbor insane. A few anti-fatigue mats under the area rug in the living room help make it more comfortable than without it. This helps us to keep the dogs from sleeping on the couch. Also, since they are BIG dogs, our new Pet Placemat keep their food bowls from sliding around. Luckily, the pups aren’t too fond of chewing on the mats. As far as chewing on my priced possessions, well… I’d probably do the same if I was a dog.
July 18th, 2014 by Chris Aviles
Raise your hand if you’re lazy!! Even if you won’t admit it, everyone looks for the easy way out. I don’t mind hard work, and if it necessary I will do whatever it takes to get the job done. However, if there is an easier way, I’m all over it.
I’m a little bit of a neat freak and vacuum and sweep every day. If I could afford a Rumba (or if I could be sure it actually works) I would let that little robot do all the work. For now I have to settle for more affordable options.
Since I’m tinkering around the kitchen a lot there is always debris sprinkled on the floor and there is nothing more annoying than being barefoot and having junk stick to your feet. Furthermore, standing on the floor is a pain in the back.. literally.
I think I’m finally going to invest in a Marble Fatigue Mat. They look pretty nice and it’s always been my favorite mat. Especially because the surface is easy to clean and resists common chemicals and solvents when cleaned regularly. I really want a couple for in front of my stove and sink, but that’s just something else I’m going to have to move to sweep. My solution is one large 4’x8’ mat that will cover virtually the whole area I stand on. Now I’ll have a nice cushiony area, and when my floor is ready to sweep I can just lift it up and shake it outside. NO MORE SWEEPING! Also, My whole house is pretty much beige with silver, gray or black accents; the black Marble Fatigue mat will look really nice on my floor with just a hint of wood around the edges. With 5 different color choices you can find a mat that makes your kitchen look good too!
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.
May 16th, 2014 by Chris Aviles
We just started carrying rubber mulch for playgrounds or landscape use which is the coolest product I’ve seen in a while. This granular mulch ground cover is made from 100% recycled rubber and will not fade, rot, compress, or lose its original beauty, even after years of exposure to the elements.
About a year ago I blogged about an issue I was having with my dog laying in the dirty flower beds. I wanted to try and keep her clean while still having proper drainage. I used our Tuff-n-Easy rubber tiles, which was a good fit but I had to cut the tiles down to fit and drill holes for drainage. At the time it was the best solution and not too hard. This Rubber Mulch would have been much easier! Unlike the tiles, I wouldn’t need to cut to fit; I could just pour whatever I needed and water would naturally run through to keep my plants alive and use up to 30% less water due to minimal evaporation. The other cool part is this mulch comes in a few different colors to add some pop to your yard.
Another good thing about having mulch in your flower or plant beds is it will reduce the amount of dust blown around, often ending up inside and will help keep your patio looking cleaner.
Aside from being good for plant beds, this is an awesome alternative to our Bounce Back Playground Tiles. I have more than a few customers that want to protect their children from falling off any playground equipment in their own backyard, but find the tiles not cost effective and too difficult to install for home use. Plus it has one of the highest shock absorption ratings of any playground covering and rubber mulch, as outlined by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. It safely absorbs the impact of falls from heights greater than that of gravel, sand, wood chips and other mulches and unlike wood Does not attract termites, carpenter ants or other harmful insects plus Inhibits growth of molds and fungi, reducing allergy risk.
May 9th, 2014 by Ben Gonzalez
While staying with my brother in Mexico, he encouraged me to try some of the finer and more ‘upscale’ eating establishments available in his neighborhood of Juarez. Think of it like Mexico City’s equivalent of Silver Lake. The first Saturday there, him and his girlfriend took me and mine to a pizza eatery built out of the basement of one of MANY historical buildings there. A Spanish colonial residence who’s exterior is meticulously preserved now surrounded by technical schools, OXXO’s, 7-Eleven’s, and streets that would make a New York pedestrian squeamish from complexity. The entrance was lined with fancy entry mats and we made our way to our table. There, we decided to order a home cooked pizza. Marinara, date, and asparagus with a faint touch of wine in the dough. It was delicious. And impressive that the cooks were able to whip this out in such a short time. Craft beers abound, we relinquished in a drunken stupor back to the apartment. I made it a point to try and remember that I got a peek at the mat behind the bar. To my non-shock, it was the very non slip drainage mats so common in bars… and provided by my place of daily employment. It seemed that even across borders, the influence of ‘mats’ followed me everywhere.
The night was kind and without incident. Until the sun came up and it’s first unfriendly beams poured in through the curtain-less guest bedroom and directly into my tired eyes. As I reached for my phone to check the time, a sudden influx of pain and nausea began to manifest within me. A low rumble and gurgle urged me to get out of bed. But my weary spirit declined and with an almost child like internal plea, I forced myself back to sleep. I closed my eyes anew, and before I could reach the sweet bliss of the dream state, the rumble and gurgle turned into a stampede of wild buffalo running from something… something terrifying. Stumbling out of bed and unable to answer my better half’s mumbled inquiry, I was sat upon the freezing cold porcelain in what seemed like a flash. To the horrible shock of my tender end, what followed was a catastrophic display of entropy in it’s rawest form. For the next 30 minutes of my life I bowed before a terrible pain and sorrow I always understood was reserved for the poor, unwitting western foodie tourist on his first, uninformed excursion to a genuine Delhi eatery.
When the carnage was over and my eyes restored focus, there I sat, hunched over and staring the very thing I had all but forgotten to think of from the night before: a non-slip drainage mat.
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.
February 25th, 2014 by Ben Gonzalez
It’s now the middle of February and much to my horror, we are experiencing 89 degrees here in Los Angeles. While this happens, most of our Northeastern counterparts suffer in what can only be described as near-nuclear winter. Yeah, yeah, “we’re so lucky to be in California” and “you wish you were here” and “bet you’re real glad to not have to deal with the cold”. Well, it’s not so pretty here, actually. We are suffering from a record drought and in case many of you didn’t know this, Los Angeles is an artificially irrigated city. Meaning, we laugh in the face of nature by leaching Owens Valley of it’s precious water for close to a century. All so that we can have traffic jams and Justin Bieber run amok. The upside to this, however, that the summer will be BRUTALLY hot for us in the San Fernando Valley. Which means, the girls of summer. Lots and lots of bathing suits, beach goers, and pool parties making use of our drainage mat to make sure drunk party-goers don’t lose their footing on wet cement and slip into the water before they can take their iPhones out of their pockets.
I know this all makes me sound like a Grinch, but I’m really not. I actually enjoy the summer. Well, not really. But it’s only because summer isn’t summer in Los Angeles. Summer, as I’ve mentioned, now occurs in February here in the good ol’ city of angels. The months between May and August are simply referred to as “fires’’” around here.
December 11th, 2013 by Stag
I am sure that I am behind the trend in a way; as I usually am. But I recently purchased a turntable or record player for the laymen. This was primarily sparked by my stock-pile of my father’s old vinyl records. Deciding that I wanted to actually listen to these albums and get some more of my favorite albums on vinyl; I went ahead and made the investment. Now growing up in the digital age more or less the specifics of turntables was lost on me. The sure number of exact things that have to be perfect to get the best sound is quite overwhelming at first.
As I learn more I am finding myself becoming a bit more of an audiophile (someone that is very into music and the quality thereof). With this I found that I was getting a bit of a hum from my moderately high-end speakers. I tried and tried to diagnose and remedy the problem. Then I realized that I needed a foam pad of some sort under the speaker so that it did not vibrate directly on my wood table that they rest upon. So Anti-Fatigue mats to the rescue it was. I found that the fatigue mats were the perfect low-cost alternative to the very very expensive sound studio grade foam, and that it worked just as well.
Now with the anti-fatigue foam comfortably resting under my speakers I have crisp and clear sound. Just perfect for some old and some new vinyl listening enjoyment. You can find a purpose for just about any mat, and with that many different purposes for any mat. I found mine, what is yours?
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!
August 16th, 2013 by Ben Gonzalez
Another month is upon us and another third Thursday of the month for that matter. Yesterday was our Canoga Park Art Walk (or Third Thursdays as we hold it in the summers on the third Thursday of every month) and it was my distinct honor and pleasure to shed my sales hat and put on the sound guy hat. Since this event is completely organized by volunteers, there were little options more fitting than I due to owning and operating all my own gear AND because my day job is about 5 minutes away from the event. As a result, my trustee partner in crime, Mr. Stag and I quickly left the comfortable zen of selling gymnastics, commercial , and dance accessories for the brutal assault that is stage management and audio engineering.
Something that would’ve been handy (besides a better power amp as the one I brought blew out two songs into our last artist) would be some anti-fatigue mats. After carefully crafting a well balance sonic presentation for our audience, I still had to stay put (as any good engineer would) and monitor levels, check for noise (there was plenty) and enjoy the fumes right next to the generator. All the while managing the set times, kicking overzealous bands off stage, and partying it up with the resident DJ Phitoe. If anyone is local to the San Fernando Valley, Third Thursdays happens next on Aug 5th. Come by and pay me a visit. I won’t bite… hard. And I’ll be sure to bring me my marble fatigue mat this time.