May 28th, 2013 by Ben Gonzalez
I was curious to go watch the new Iron Man movie last night at a midnight showing. I quickly realized I can’t hang with the late night showings anymore. Not at my age, anyway. How sad is that? Lately, between random bouts of insomnia, under-accomplishment blues, and marital woes, it can be extremely difficult to stand being surrounded by rowdy teenagers and all their witty anecdotes during the previews or the pre-show entertainment; a random flurry of local CPA’s, hair stylists, and tax lawyers all mixed in with useless celebrity trivia and Coca-Cola advertisements which, mind you, work like a charm. I got the largest syrupy coke they had to offer.
In my quest for searching for a blog topic, I was literally about to ask the girl at the concession stand what kind of anti fatigue mats they were standing on. Perhaps some Performa or other non-slip drainage mats? I stopped myself. I knew that If I opened my mouth not only would I ooze depression and desperation for some conversation, but this young female worker might assume that I’m hitting on her and I wanted to spare myself and her the embarrassment of having to clarify that I am not awkwardly trying to hit on her, but I actually really do have in interest as to the fatigue mats she is standing on.
After a nice long narrative involving good ol fashioned American exceptionalism (Mandarin in this movie, however, is not Mandarin at all), I found myself pondering in very deep ways the nature of the universe as I often do after a sci-fi action movie. When I got back to my car, instead of driving home, I drove up to a nice dark empty spot just outside the valley. Low light pollution but not quite rural yet. I went to the trunk and pulled out the embossed yoga mat that I had “borrowed” from work. You see, whenever a yoga mat order gets placed with an embossed logo on it, we get a free unit to make sure it is up to par with what the customer received. I got to keep this particular one since it was, unfortunately from an older plate manufacturer we no longer use and was not as nice as the rest of our regular lots. I hastily (I had precious little time to do so as I still had to be at work the next day) unfurled the yoga mat across the hood of my “new” car and watched the stars while sipping on the last of my watered down coca-cola. At that point, I felt small and insignificant enough to suddenly not care about any of my particular woes. The stars just guided me for the next hour and a half.
May 15th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
I know I’ve talked to you about anti fatigue mats several times before. Hopefully you remember all about the benefits such as relief of back pain and pressure on the joints. I’ve talked to you about how safety fatigue mats help prevent work related injuries which can save an employer thousands of dollars. I’ve also pointed out all the benefits you may not realize you’re getting, like less fatigue in your normal life.
Have I taken my own advice? Nope. I’ve been in school for 5 weeks now, and still no sign of a drainage mat or even in areas where drainage is not needed rubber non slip mats. It’s definitely time to get my own little inexpensive 2×3 anti fatigue floor mat so I can stand on it. I have more aches and pains in my hips and back than I’m used to. It’s unbearable! You know the saying that says “Those who can’t teach”? Well that’s me; with all the information (and access to products) I have, you’d think I’d have optimized my life. I live in a delusional world where bad things don’t happen to me. I like to believe that while muscle stiffness and body aches are something everybody feels, I’m immune. Or if something does happen I pretend it won’t last long; probably hurting myself more. I don’t know why I feel this way, because obviously my lack of a proper anti fatigue flooring is really taking a toll. Don’t be like me- if you’re on your feet a lot, I really suggest getting proper flooring. It’s one of those things that I personally look at as added, unnecessary, comfort which isn’t worth $13.99. It’s definitely not a luxury. As a necessity, $13.99 is really nothing compared to somewhere between $10,000 and $125,000 for hip replacement surgery.
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.
April 30th, 2013 by Kelly Green
I feel old. At 50, I realize I shouldnâ€™t, but the abuse that I have put my body through is catching up with me. As a former tumbler (not on gymnastic mats), performer and physical comedian, I have seen more than my share of tweaks, bumps and bruises.Â I guess I wasn’t landing on the softplay tumbling mat that got me started as a kid.Â I had a lot of kid play mats growing up.Â As I get older, I am finally realizing that all the whining my own father did about back pain, creaky knees and sore joints, Â was not only valid, but a glimpse into my own future. I am constantly amazed how the older I get, the wiser my dad seems.
So now, when my wife suggests a pleasant afternoon in the garden, all I can think of is the amount of pain my creaky old knees will soon be complaining about. Part of the problem is trying to get comfortable kneeling for extended periods of time. If youâ€™re not on a squishy, squelchy, wet patch of soggy grass, youâ€™re kneeling on the cement that borders the expensive plants that are trying their darndest to die.
It seemed so easy, get something to kneel on that resists water and is soft enough to ease the pain of ancient joints. Some type of anti-fatigue mats or something.Â What I found online was a veritable plethora of flower prints, cute bugs appliquÃ©s or tiny things that barely fit one knee, let alone two.Â So I went to my â€œgo toâ€ sight for all things mat-like, MatsMatsMats, and sure enough, there they were. A kneeling pad, of course!!Â Large (14â€x21â€) dense (1â€™ thick) and MANLY (solid black) no cutesy little ladybugs crawling across the surface, no delicate little plants, daintily decorating the pad so that all my other tools laugh and tease it. This mat looks like you could use it on the side of a busy highway to rest on as you change the tire of your Hummer.
You can get a discount if you buy them in an affordable six pack (and what guy would refuse to buy a six pack?) I also found them to be a great alternative to stadium rental cushions.Â I now have to decide if it would be appropriate to bring to church.Â Wooden pews, beware.
April 23rd, 2013 by Chris Aviles
I just finished my first week back as a student and even with all the distractions of homework and studying I canâ€™t get mats out of my head.
Iâ€™m learning to be a chef, with the hopes to run my own establishment someday, and safety in the kitchen is the number one thing weâ€™re taught. There are so many little things I have to remember like placing knives a certain way, or wearing the proper non-slip shoes and making sure food is stored at proper temperature etcâ€¦Â The first thing I noticed, while being lectured on the importance of non-slip shoes, is the kitchen had no drainage mat. NONE! Maybe since weâ€™re not actually cooking just yet, they feel theyâ€™re not necessary. Iâ€™ve been all over the school learning where different supplies are, and Iâ€™ve seen everything you can possibly imagine for a kitchen- except a drainage mat.
Itâ€™s really odd that we spent almost a week learning about being safe and they donâ€™t seem to have the very basic (and essential) products you would find in every professionalÂ kitchen Iâ€™ve ever been in before, like safety mats!Â For less than a tuition payment I can outfit the whole kitchen with enough drainage mats to protect every studentâ€™s station.
I understand why shoes are important, but when youâ€™re standing in the same place for hours, I think good anti fatigue mats, safety mats and drainage mats would be a better option. Iâ€™m going to wait a few more weeks before I start telling my Chef his kitchen is ill-equipped!
April 13th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
Guess what people!? Iâ€™m going back to school! Donâ€™t worry though, Iâ€™ll still be here to help you guys!
Iâ€™ve been out of school for about ten years, and am really nervous to go back. Not only am I like Grandpa student, itâ€™s kind of expensive.Â Iâ€™ve done the usual thing and received some grants, a scholarship and a few loans but I really need to get my spending under control if I want to be able to actually finish school!
My major will be culinary management so Iâ€™ll spend my days here with you guys and my nights standing on anti fatigue mats, cooking and learning what it takes to run my own restaurant. Iâ€™ve only gone to orientation, but already I feel like I got a little ahead of myself when I thought I knew what it takes to actually run a successful business. Iâ€™ve only ever really been an employee and Iâ€™m beginning to realize that we [employees] tend to think we know the how and why of everythingâ€¦ and thereâ€™s so much more.
We took a tour of our classrooms and the kitchens, and aside from the drainage mat I saw along with the non slip mat and anti fatigue mats I couldnâ€™t name a darn thing. Thatâ€™s when I got my idea of how I could help my school costs. Since I have access to a few of the material needed in a kitchen, maybe I can work out something with the school.Â I need to find out how much they pay for the industrial kitchen mat they have, then beat that price and ask them to put half of the money they saved toward my tuition! Yet again Iâ€™m a genius. Make some sales for the company and help my future. Ha Haâ€¦ in a perfect world that would be awesome.
April 5th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
You knowâ€¦Â Living in California, we rarely and randomly get rain. On more than a few occasions itâ€™s started raining after a night out dancing and Iâ€™ve made a joke that it was my fault. Since Iâ€™m Native American I would say I must have accidentally done a rain dance.
I used to think I was joking, but now I feel there might be some truth behind it. It has to be a combination of dropping to the ground and moving your arms in a specific motion. I came to this conclusion last night after I spent 2 hours cleaning my floors. I shampooed the carpets, waxed the wood floors and cleaned the grout in my kitchen. I saved the task of cleaning the laundry room floors (where the dogs enter from outside and spend most their time) because theyâ€™re the worst and takes the longest.
Literally, less than an hour after I finished it started raining. Within that hour my laundry room floors looked disgusting. My dogs have this habit of lying in the dirt planter where the dryer exhaust is to keep warm. The problem is that itâ€™s in a planter and usually muddy.Â Iâ€™m not going to restrict my dogs from coming inside and I canâ€™t seem to keep them from lying in the dirt, I need a solution.
I was thinking of getting some type of outdoor mats and I knew it had to have holes so I first thought of a drainage mat, but then I thought it wouldn’t be that comfortable for my dogs.Â So, I thought about anti fatigue mats, but they would absorb too much water.Â Then, I got it!Â Our recycled rubber flooring Tuff-n-Easy tiles. The size of the rubber interlocking tiles will almost be a perfect fit and they come in a variety of colored fleck so it wonâ€™t look so blah. The only thing I would have to do is drill some holes for drainage.Â Â My dogs could lay where they want, and I wouldnâ€™t have to worry about them tracking in mud. Plus! The black surface will absorb heat and give them added comfort! If anybody has done this or maybe has a better idea, give me a call!
March 21st, 2013 by Kelly Green
Have you ever noticed that a woman rarely asks for those things that she needs? She may say, â€œIâ€™m thirsty.â€ But much like the character in â€œWhite Men Canâ€™t Jumpâ€, you can bet that she doesnâ€™t want you to bring her a glass of water . . . unless she does.
Iâ€™m lucky that my wife of 23 years is so straightforward. If she wants a glass of water, sheâ€™ll say, â€œNext time you get up, would you bring me a glass of water?â€ (of course what she really means is â€œIâ€™m thirsty and if you wish to sleep in safety tonight , youâ€™d best get up and fetch me a glass of ice water with a lemon wedge and 2 freshly plucked mint leaves and sooner rather than later.â€)
So when my darling better half mentioned that the floor in the kitchen was cold in the morning, I knew immediately that for the sake of my continued health, I would need to seek a remedy. I thought about buying long kitchen mats or some type of anti fatigue kitchen mats that would keep her feet from touching the cold floor and be comfortable. Nope, we already had one and it didn’t warm her feet enough when she stepped off the mat onto the floor.Â I bought her extra thick socks. Nope, they made her feet sweat when not in the kitchen. I raised the temperature on the thermostat. Nope, she needs it to be frigid at night so she can put her ice cold feet in the middle of my back (something about my garbled muttering under my breath must lull her to sleep).
I was about to buy a cat and glue it to her slippers when it hit me.Â There has GOT to be something on the internet to solve this. Brushing aside the heated subfloor section I noticed heated floor mats complete with adjustable Hi-Lo â€“ Off switch. It comes in two sizes and is perfect for that ever so cold kitchen or bathroom floor.Â I decided to get a heated footrest in our home office too.Â The lord and protector of the manor triumphs again.
Now I just have to decipher her apocryphal musings about what a dreamboat Hugh Jackman is. (Wonder if I should strap on Ginsu knives and leap around in tights.)
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.
March 8th, 2013 by Ben Gonzalez
Remember rubbing your feet on the carpet then poking one of your siblings for a satisfying “ouch” from them? That little spark that goes from your finger to their face is the result of static electricity. I’m sure many of us did this constantly as we imagined ourselves a super hero or villain. Elecro-Boy, El Shocko, Electric Cedric… whatever. That tiny spark of electricity is the result of static charge and build up. Without getting into the science of it all, it goes something like this. Your body conducts electricity and has a particular amount of charge, when you rub your feet wearing just socks you are building up electric charge on your body. That electric charge needs somewhere to go and the favorite places for electricity to go is other ‘conductors’ of electricity. Generally, other people (fun!) or metals.In high end tech industries, be it “I.T.” with it’s hallways o server racks, power plants with low voltage operating panels, or say even your computer at home, static charges can be a death sentence if enough of it is built up and you happen to touch the wrong part of the equipment! It actually happens rarely in my experience but when it does, it’s VERY costly. This is why more power plants have floor mats
known asÂ switchboard matting
to protect employees from being shocked by high voltage equipment.Â Info-servers and just about anywhere with sensitive equipment requires some form of static dissipative flooring
where the operators stand. This helps to take the charge out of the body, before it can make contact with any of the equipment.Â Many employers have anti fatigue mats
for their employees who stand on their feet for long periods of time as well.
Recently, I acquired a pair of VERY expensive, VERY loud, and VERY discontinued speakers. They are made with a particular type of Beryllium drivers which makes them a) illegal to manufacture now but b) gives them an extremely detailed and rich sonic character. Basically, right after new years, I set these puppies up after having been in storage for about 2 years. After all the wiring was finished, I fired them up for a test run. Big, rich, beautiful sound. I was in Nirvana. Then, like an ass, I decided I wanted to literally TOUCH the metal grille of the tweeter when I see a tiny spark, POP, and suddenly, the right speaker sounds muffled and dark… I blew out the tweeter. For those of you not privy to audio, the tweeter is the smallest speaker which handles all the high end. With it blown and discontinued, I decided to get a grounding from MatsMatsMats.com to put from a metal frame on my desk to ground. Now before I touch ANYTHING in my room that is plugged into a wall, I make sure to touch the desk first to dissipate the static charge.
On a side note, I still feel like a super hero every time I shock someone.