Dinner, Carpet, and a scary Mexican guy.

The title to this blog may seem a bit racist, but I am Mexican, so I can say it. Let me start at the beginning.

Josh (my boss) and I are moving into a new office in downtown Columbus. It is a super cute house on 8th street and I am really excited about it. I am planning on posting some pictures, I just haven’t taken many yet. Anyway, there is definitely some work to be done and I have been busy getting it ready for us to move into this coming week. The first major project was to replace the carpet in the front room. It had paint on it and smelled pretty awful. A dear friend, Alton, came in and tried to clean it with a steamer, no luck. We tried spot remover and some other heavy duty cleaners and nothing worked. I considered getting a HUGE rug to cover the spots and then strategically place some furniture and lamps. However, this seemed kinda stupid and like a lot of work for something that may not be totally effective.

I started calling around and everything was pretty expensive in regards to new carpet. So, I placed a call to my good friend, Matt Carter. Matt works for Interface (see below for details). Matt was able to find really cool carpet that matched my wall color. He offered to come down and bring the carpet to me and then help me put it in.

After pulling up the carpet and fighting with the electricity, I was convinced that we were going to be laying carpet in the dark. We decided to get a bite to eat and then hit it again. As I pulled the door to the office shut, the light came on and as much as I love to conserve energy, there was NO way that I was turning that light off and chance it not coming back on. After dinner and a trip to Lowes, we headed back to the office where Josh met us. After a good chat, Matt and I got back to it. As you can see from the pictures above, Matt did most of the work. I did, however, get really good at putting the sticky tab things down that hold the carpet together. There is definitely a “right” way to lay the carpet. There are arrows on the back of the tiles and you have to lay them accordingly. I have no idea how to explain it to you in words, but I could show you!

It was a late night and about half way through, we were startled by a knock on the window. Thinking it was Josh again, I went to the door only to be met by a short little Mexican man with a mustache. He motioned for me to open the door, I started to back away. Matt, who finally realized that it wasn’t Josh, told me to back away and motioned for the guy to go away. He did, but Matt had me call the police to get them to run a patrol car by just for good measure. We are not really in a bad neighborhood. In fact, it is a historic neighborhood and filled with good restaurants and cute houses. But I was glad to have my alarm system put in on Friday. I won’t be staying there by myself late at night.

We finished around a quarter ’til one.


Interface, Inc. is the world’s largest manufacturer of modular carpet, which it markets under the InterfaceFLOR, FLOR, and Bentley Prince Street brands. Bentley Prince Street also is a leader in the designer-quality broadloom carpet market. Interface is committed to sustainability and to doing business in ways that minimize the impact on the environment.