I was walking my dogs this morning and a woman backed out of her driveway and almost hit me.
Honestly, I can understand her not seeing the dogs. They were out of her line of sight--she was driving a smallish SUV. But to not see me? She admitted that she didn't even look before she started backing out, but she was literally FLYING out of her driveway. By the time I realized what was happening and jumped out of the way, she missed me by maybe 6 or 8 inches? It took me a good ten minutes of deep breathing and telling myself to calm down to actually do so. At least she stopped and rolled down her window and apologized. Phew.
Then I get back to my house and unroll my new yoga mat for the first time! I did my yoga on Tuesday but had forgotten the new mat, so I made sure to get rid of my old one Tuesday night and leave the new one in its place :o) Anyway, as I unroll it a few little pieces of paper fall out. The first one is bright yellow and proclaims "CAUTION! THE ENCLOSED MAT MAY BECOME SLIPPERY WHEN WET! Dry the mat with a towel if it gets wet. To avoid condensation, roll up and store the mat at room temperature after each use." (bolding and caps are as this warning is written, not my own)
I got a little giggle out of all that. I mean...I've definitely had some hardcore yoga sessions that left me sweaty, but never enough to render my mat slippery enough to be deemed wet and dangerous. And do yoga mats spontaneously produce moisture? I don't get the "condensation" part at all.
Of course, I couldn't resist reading the other two pieces of paper. One was a plea to not return your item if it was missing parts. Obviously this is just included with everything this company produces, because all I bought was a yoga mat and yes, it was all there.
The third piece of paper, however, was a bit more worrisome. Not the usual caution about consulting your physician before you start a new exercise program, but the "! WARNING" stating: "This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm."
Ummm...what??? Is this a mistake? What in the world did they make this yoga mat with that they really need to include such a warning? Should I not use it? I mean, I'm not pregnant, but I'm pretty sure that using a mat that can cause cancer and possibly birth defects in my future babies may outweigh the benefits of practicing yoga in the first place, no? The mat looked completely normal and appears to be made of the same material as my previous one, so at the moment I'm hoping I'm safe...but if anyone wants to gift me a yoga mat that doesn't include the threat of cancer and reproductive harm to my not-yet-conceived children, please let me know.