April 1st, 2014 by Ben Gonzalez
It’s too damn hot this year. Seriously. There was no winter this year. Quite literally, the coldest it got was about 40 degrees Fahrenheit and it lasted for about six and a half hours over the course of a cloud less evening sometime in January. It was pathetic and just another wonderful reminder that it’s about time to get the hell out of the San Fernando Valley. On the upside, it’s January, people got money to spend and a few trade shows are going to be taking place over the first quarter of the year that appeal to my inner conflicted and rightfully dichotomized consumer self. Namely, NAMM and CES! WOOHOO!!!
Oh the joy of newly announced products in the world of music and audio recording technology at NAMM, and everything electronic at CES. Among the hustle and bustle of eager vendors, enthusiasts, and consumers alike over softwood trade show flooring and carpets, you can feel the rush of fresh dollars signs ringing up behind the eyelids of everyone involved. The sheer magnitude of these events is enough to boggle the mind of someone not used to BIG and LOUD events outside of music festivals.
Without getting into too much detail, a who’s who of the corporate world of consumer electronics use these spaces to announce their next hot product. 4K televisions being demoed by young Nebraska coeds in bikinis paying their way towards a (possible) internship at one of these companies. After all, that tuition isn’t going to pay itself, unless of course, you’re on that academic scholarship. Which seems unlikely if your most basic avenue towards future employment is an unpaid gig strutting your silky smooth skin and complexion in tacky make-up and un-necessary (or is it) near-nudity to make sure one of the largest miners of conflict minerals breaks a profit on that new TV at the end of the fiscal year… but I digress… I’m pretty sure I said I wouldn’t get into too much detail…
It’s too hot.
March 26th, 2014 by Ben Gonzalez
It is said that there are two types of people: Dog people or cat people. Frankly, I was unaware but they both sound horrifying. If I were to encounter either of these grotesque canine/feline human hybrid mutants, I’d run like hell. I have met people with affinities for regular non-mutant cats or dogs. Personally, I lean towards cats. They’re independent, quiet, clean, and compact. Dogs, however, speak to my true nature. Sweet, playful, sloppy eaters, and loud.
My girlfriend and I recently adopted a young Labradane named Jolie. She’s a Labrador/Great Dane mix and about 10 months old. She is a very big dog and very active. She’s given me a run for my money, quite literally, as my schedule now demands 2 hours of running and playing with her at either a dog park or the nearby lake in the morning, and again in the evening. And this is just on the weekdays. Training has been pretty good as she is intelligent and responsive. But a giant puppy is still a puppy. Much nibbling, much biting (playfully) and the occasional accident prone over excitement when mom or dad get home. The girlfriend will soon be be taking her to training classes and I couldn’t help but realize that she’ll probably be indoors at one of these giant dog training facilities. Selling our rolled rubber flooring for doggy day cares on a daily basis, it’ll be pretty interesting to see how well the floor holds up to the digging instincts of our new pup. Her nails are BIG and she is VERY strong. I’m pretty confident, though, that if it’s one of our surfaces as opposed to some of our competitors. It might make Jolie perk up in confusion and frustration as to why nothing is happening when she attempts to dig through to the center of the earth.
March 14th, 2014 by Stag
“ Rock the Casaba “
Well I am back into rock climbing. As is my nature, I skate from one thing to another; never really staying with one hobby for too long. Though rock climbing has certainly been my on again, off again mistress of the past few years. With so many rock climbing indoor gyms around the Los Angeles area, it really is hard to resist the temptation for long.
I recently began at my old stomping ground of a rock climbing gym, and I have to admit; I certainly missed that place. So over the last few weeks I have been getting back into the swing of things in this regard. I started easy, on what is referred to as a 5.5 grade climb. For the layman out there, all hills and grades actually have ratings. Flat things are a 1 grade and it goes up as the climb/walk is more difficult. So a good hike somewhere would be about a 3 grade. A 4 grade would be something that actually requires some slopped up-wards climbing but that would not require to be on a rope due to the fact that it is angled more down-ward and not truly vertical. Now once you get to a 5 grade that means that the thing you are climb is essentially a “wall” and requires you to be on a rope for safety. So it kind of starts there; a 5.5 grade is considered “beginner” level.
So with all the safety equipment in these climbing gyms like crash pads made of padded crosslink floors to take any impact if you slip from a small height, and pit mats for the free climbing area; you’re pretty safe being a fool up on some rocks. Not to mention the biggest safety equipment; your friend that is holding the other end of your rope, also referred to as being on belay.
So with all that, over the last few weeks of falling off fake rocks and landing on the gymnastics flooring and crash pads, I have finally reached a new record high for myself, I recently concurred a 5.9 grade wall. It may not sound like much, but you should have seen it. 40 vertical feet of awesome! I heavily suggest, in my non-medical option that you all try it at least once.
March 7th, 2014 by Chris Aviles
We have so many products on our website that it’s sometimes overwhelming; even I forget we have some things. While talking to a customer that was inquiring about yoga mats for her studio, I noticed something I thought I’d pass onto you.
Like many of our customers, who are equipping their new businesses with new products, my customer was looking to get as many mats as she could for the best price. I automatically pointed her toward our Deluxe Yoga Mat which you’ve seen in yoga studios across the country and around the world. It’s durable, stable and has a high-tack, sticky surface with a soft feel making it the ideal mat for yoga. It’s normally sold online for $19.95 a piece and as usual I was trying to get her the very best price. After playing around with shipping options and trying to find a different mat that I felt would be good for her, I discovered a service I had completely forgot about! We emboss yoga mats with logos! This was perfect because not only do we imprint logos onto our Deluxe Yoga Mat, but it come out to $14.75 per mat. So now my customer has the quantity and quality she needs at a good price, and has her brand new company logo on all her mats which makes her look more professional.
The cool part about having these mats is you can not only use them in your studio, but you can sell them to customers and get some added advertising.
March 7th, 2014 by Kelly Green
Countries of the World Puzzle Mat
United States, Canada, Mexico, Panama
Haiti, Jamaica, Peru,
Republic Dominica, Cuba, Caribbean,
Greenland, El Salvador too! LA! LA! LA! LA!
I had the chance over the weekend of pulling out an old collection of Animaniac videos. That’s right, VIDEO’S. I still have a combo DVD/Video player for all the VHS tapes I haven’t transferred over to the DVD format. The Animaniacs were a staple around the house when my first child was born and she swears she still remembers some of the episodes. In fact she credits the “Countries of the World” song with instilling in her a love of geography.
I never thought about learning the countries of the world in that manner, I always had a globe around the house and an Encyclopedia Britanica set in my Grandpa’s library. Nowadays the hardcopy encyclopedia has gone the way of the Dodo and the Great Auk. I’ afraid that the traditional Globe of the world is on the way out the door as well. However, here at MatsMatsMats.com, you can still get your hands on a GIANT Puzzle world map mat. (Try saying that out loud 5 times fast!)
It has continent names, country names, flags, time zone demarcation map coordinates and a host of other hands on information. Besides that, it is a 4’x6.5’ x5/8” foam mat suitable for indoor or outdoor use.
Imagine singing along with Yakko Warner and pointing to the locations of the countries as fast as you can to see how many you recognize! (go ahead and let your child play too.)
While you are checking out our kids area rugs like the GIANT Puzzle world map mat, take a look around at all the other wonderful educational and fun mats that can be had at MatsMatsMats.com. Give us a call and consult what age appropriate merchandise can be had at our website. There are ABC123 mats, hopscotch mats and so much more.
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.
February 18th, 2014 by Kelly Green
LEEDs Certification Brings “Non Eco” Builders Out of the Cold.
The drive to go green has never been more urgent than it is now. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a set of rating systems for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings, homes and neighborhoods. This system was developed and administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, a Washington D.C.-based, nonprofit coalition of building industry leaders.
With L.E.E.D.S Certification bringing in tangible benefits, (tax breaks, low cost loans, priority permits, etc.) it is becoming clear that some sectors of construction and industry not known for their environmental conscience have made going green a priority because of financial considerations.
Well done. This is one of the reasons that the L.E.E.D.S. Certification process was introduced. Not necessarily to preach to the choir of those already involved with eco footprint reduction but to involve industries whose bottom line has traditionally been the bottom line, industries that would not normally take eco products and building practices seriously.
With the establishment of the United States Green Building Council, it has become easier to contact and retain a LEEDS knowledgeable staff member and associate them with a project so as to be proactive in seeking certification.
The benefits of acquiring LEEDS certification is based on getting credit for achieving set goals in 5 major categories with 2 bonus categories of the “extra credit” variety:
Sustainable Sites: 21
Water Efficiency: 11
Energy and Atmosphere: 37
Materials and Resources: 14
Indoor Environmental Quality: 17
Total Maximum Possible Points: 100
Innovation in operation +6
Regional priority credits +4
Specific rating can be gained by meeting a percentage of each goal.
· LEED Certified: 26-32 points or >37% of max.
· LEED Certified Silver Level: 33-38 points or >47% of max.
· LEED Certified Gold Level: 39-51 points or >56% of max.
· LEED Certified Platinum Level: 52-69 points or >75% of max.
With the point system so tight, it behooves those seeking the upper echelons of certification to excel at every category especially the “innovation in operation” one. Since this category is a “catch-all” for designs and systems not addressed in the structured areas, it can become a real boon for those looking to squeeze every last ounce of certification juice out of their selection of materials and processes.
Some products that may help your certification can be purchased from a mat company that offers environmentally friendly recycled rubber mats, such as MatsMatsMats.com.
The introduction of High Performance Mat Systems made from recycled materials is a type of double duty product that can help push you over the top. The benefits of an HPMS in and of itself can be noted in the “Innovation in Operation” category, as a means of keeping harsh chemical cleaners and polishes to a minimum AND the material choice itself can be made to ensure that it is eco-friendly and innovative.
In addition, since most companies utilize chair mats for ease of rolling on carpet, you can choose an eco-friendly bamboo chair mat rather than a plastic one.
Finally the building has a gym for tenants, once again choosing a recycled rubber flooring option can help with those very important “Innovation in Operation” extra credits.
Before setting out to acquire any LEED certification you must:
Set a clear LEED Certification Level. Before you begin the design phase of your project, decide what level of LEED certification you are aiming for and settle on a firm overall budget. Also consider including an optional higher certification target — a “stretch” goal — to stimulate creativity.
Set a clear and adequate budget. Higher levels of LEED certification, such as Platinum, do require additional expenditure and should be budgeted for accordingly.
Engineer for Life Cycle Value As you value-engineer your project, be sure to examine green investments in terms of how they will affect expenses over the entire life of the building. Before you decide to cut a line item, look first at its relationship to other features to see if keeping it will help you achieve money-saving synergies, as well as LEED credits. Many energy-saving features allow for the resizing or elimination of other equipment, or reduce total capital costs by paying for themselves immediately or within a few months of operation. Prior to beginning, set your goals for “life cycle” value-engineering rather than “first cost” value-engineering.
Hire LEED-accredited professionals. Thousands of architects, consultants, engineers, product marketers, environmentalists and other building industry professionals around the country have a demonstrated knowledge of green building and the LEED rating system and process — and can assist you in meeting your LEED goal. These professionals can suggest ways to earn LEED credits without extra cost, identify means of offsetting certain expenses with savings in other areas and spot opportunities for synergies in your project.
The “secret” to achieving your LEEDs goal, is to make eco choices at every juncture. We can help with some of those product choices at MatsMatsMats.com.
For more information on LEEDs certification please visit the LEEDs website: http://www.usgbc.org/LEED/LEED_main.asp
February 11th, 2014 by Chris Aviles
It’s almost the weekend and I’m feeling annoyed and more overwhelmed than I should. I woke up this morning and stumbled into the kitchen for some breakfast, only to discover I now have an indoor pool. My fridge leaked all over, but luckily didn’t reach the carpet. Over the past few weeks I’ve noticed a little trickle of water and immediately notified the office and was told “No problem! We’ll get someone out in a few days..”. Well it’s been 2 weeks and the problem has only gotten worse.
I’m frustrated because one of the perks to apartment living is not having to worry about/fix anything. The problem is nothing gets fixed in a timely manner. Today I finally got them to for sure agree to come fix the leak, but not until after 8:30am. Rather than sit around at home and twiddle my thumbs, I decided to come into work and do some work to get my mind off the laziness of my apartment maintenance team.
I’m glad I did because my first customer gave me a great idea should I encounter this problem again OR to avoid it becoming a flood should it happen again. I should get water absorbent mats! My customer inquired about our new Montage Mat for under her washing machine. She wants to muffle the slight sound it makes shaking on her tile and be able to catch any water or debris that might collect. It’s also great because it’s an ecomat. With a mat under your washer (or fridge) you can easily pull out the mat to clean, rather than the whole machine. Also, since I’m sure parts of the mat will be visible, you can get a color to add a pop to your kitchen décor or simply add a little style. I should have known MatsMatsMats.com would have an answer to my problem!
February 4th, 2014 by Ben Gonzalez
It felt nearly impossible to come up with something to write about this week as personal turmoil has reduced me to a state of late teenage angst. The plus side of that, is that I’ve been going through some of my old music collection and found some interesting stuff. It was weird, I don’t remember even owning this CD by Swedish Gothic Industrial Emo-Core heavyweights ‘Black Rubber Mats‘… one song caught my attention and I think brief part by part analysis is on order:
‘Solid Black’ (I think the name of the song alludes to being depressed)
Amongst thousands of rubber granules
I am occasional colored fleck.
(Talking about being Mexican in a mostly homogenous Umea, Sweden)
My heart easily trimmed if necessary
(Referring the author’s personal malleability)
Aesthetically pleasing, Multi-purpose
I may be, but I’m still just underlayment to you.
(Our vocalist is very complex… he feels that he has many talents, but still bares this weight that is yet unrevealed)
Factory sheared edges
(Yeah… this guys’ deep and clearly tortured. I mean, he doesn’t want to follow the mold but be his own person!)
Designed to provide
Excellent traction… even when wet!
Designed to provide
Excellent traction… even when wet!
(Man! This is the part of the song that really got me going! Just heavy searing guitars and synths with insanely pulsating drums while this guys is just SCREAMING at the fact that despite his angst and longing, he is just another manufactured good! Society has molded him to be just that!)
When he sings this, it’s very emotive. I think he is talking about the coldness of being isolated and being the only one that feels a certain way in an otherwise homogenous social condition. I tried to look them up online, but there’s only one picture I found. I’ve posted it for your information.
January 29th, 2014 by Ben Gonzalez
Another year has come and gone. It has left us with many great human achievements as a species, and I hope, as individuals as well. I can only speak for myself but, Christmas and New Years bear a special significance for me as they are the holidays which literally make me sick. I’m not talking about ideals, my gripes with materialism or the exchange of human culture for that of consumption. No. I’m talking about literally getting sick. Like the flu. Three years in a row now, I’ve been sick dead-smack on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I had to resort to copious amounts of symptom suppressors, lotion infused tissues, and Netflix. Lots and lots of Netflix.
During the course of these, I subjected myself to martial arts hits like Sidekicks, American Ninja, and other B-grade karate-chop fests. But one can never get too far from their work I guess. During the competition scene in Sidekicks (starring RIP teen heart-throb Jonathan Brandis and Chuck F-ing Norris) I saw them… crosslink foam mats, competition style flooring all strewn over the entire gymnasium. Beautifully colored and textured as if almost taunting me to think about the office.
At this point, I realized that the medication and symptom suppressors were starting to really take their toll on my coherence. It was like a bad acid trip where as the dull plot of this flick turned into a slow psychological interrogation where I revealed Freudian archetypes to a non-existent shrink. These, however, were not your typical “mother issues” anymore (I have none) but instead mutated into vague whispers of “1-3/8″ crosslink foam, 18oz vinyl… yes… very durable… competition style wrestling mats too..”
Needless to say, I drank a lot more NyQuil than I should have. Vick’s might owe me a check. For the plug on our widely read blog and for the near death experience I had on their “medicine”.