Goodbye my friend

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I am honored to have served on the Fort Bragg City Council with Jere Melo and lucky to have called him friend.

I put a Jere Melo for City Council sign on our fence in 1996.  Well actually… Jere wouldn’t put holes in your fence so all his signs came with a couple pieces of rebar and four wire clamps.  No messing around with Jere.

In 2000 I decided to run for one of the two open seats on council.  Jere whooped me good that year.  Lindy here squeaked by.  Two years later I won my seat, and ever since I have thanked my lucky stars that my re-elections didn’t come up against Jere. 

Working with Jere on council was lesson in civility.  He would patiently wait his turn to talk, one finger raised signaling he had something to say, watching with a bemused smile as other council members interrupted each other and carried on in a wholly un-respectful manner.  Jere would hold a finger up until the Mayor called on him and it was always:  “Mr. Mayor, if I might”…  Jere was a gentleman.

And Jere kept it light.  Meg Courtney remembers:  “He used to tell me how much he enjoyed it that we could “pull each other’s tails”, as he would call it, and have fun doing it. I always felt we took a little pride in being different but respectful of each other, and working as a team – something you don’t see a lot of these days in politics.”

I was elected Mayor after Jere’s second term as Mayor and he was seated on the right side of the council.  He would often begin with, “Mr Mayor, if I could offer a voice from the far right”… that Jere twinkle and smile disarming you:  Jere and I didn’t always see eye to eye on issues, but it was never personal.  We argued our positions, listened, argued some more and Left & Right were out the window…  the best for Fort Bragg was the order of the day.  And when we nailed down a good direction that took a lot of work, Jere would do a fist pump and grin for all our hard work.

I appreciated fellow councilmember Doug Hammerstrom’s insightful comment when he said:  “Jere always listened closely to what we said, and that made me try to be extra careful to make sure that what I said was the best I could bring to the discussion.”

Last year when the County had to close the Animal Shelter here we had to figure out how to replace those essential services.  … like lots of small towns we have groups of upstanding citizens with long standing feuds… and in Fort Bragg there has been some tension between groups that love animals.  Both doing good works, but talk about cats and dogs.  Jere and I were both on Public Safety.  Well, guess who didn’t hesitate to start leading the discussions on how we can all work together… Jere would wade into anything… with a smile.

The council gets often inundated with paperwork and reports.  Sometimes its all you can do to read the executive summary.  Jere read it all.  He marked it up, and often he shared his thoughts in a written report. 

I was always impressed how Jere was both a regular working guy, and one of the smartest men I have ever met… and effective.  Councilman Dan Gjerde recently wrote: “Right off the bat, Jere always seemed to know who to call, and he’d always do something practical with the call. His phone calls were always geared to lead to a next step, to a finish line.  In recent years, I saw Jere put his years of contacts, organizational skills and tireless work into literally dozens of projects”.

The last two weeks I keep hearing the same thing from people:  “Jere has made me reconsider my life.  I am going to do more for the things I believe in.”

Maybe if we all pledge to spend 1 hr a year for 20 years we can pick up half the work Jere was doing. Or 2 hours… OK,  boss

Jere Melo was  hardworking,  smart,  thoughtful,  funny,  wise, kind,  generous,  humble,  helpful,  stubborn, and he loved Fort Braggers… and, by God, Fort Bragg loved him.

“Comfiest Bed in Our Home”

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Dear Flobeds,

I am writing to let you know that my husband and I sleep on a Duxiana mattress.  I decided to purchase a high quality, healthy mattress for our teenage son.  He and I went to the Duxiana store together, but I did not want to spend quite that much money on his mattress. I had heard about your Flobeds natural talalay mattresses from my sister and decided to purchase one for my son.  He has the comfiest bed in our home.  His bed is by far cozier and more comfortable than mine with the  Duxiana mattress.  In fact, I recently purchased a talalay topper from Flobeds to put on top of my Duxiana to make it more comfortable.  It has helped, but the full flobeds mattress is still more comfortable than my own.

Thank you for your excellent, natural, healthy, comfortable product.

Gratefully,
Sandy

All About Talalay Latex

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Ever wonder about the latex FloBeds uses to make our beds? We’re proud to say we use Talalay latex, a process that produces the finest quality latex available. It’s American made, and is the most resilient, consistent, and breathable latex available.

Here’s a video that tells you all about it…

FloBeds Builds World’s Largest Dog Bed

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Now that’s a big dog bed!

FloBeds, pioneers in the eco-friendly mattress industry, and a market leader in organic mattresses, will set the Guinness World Record Labor Day Weekend, for the Largest Dog Bed.  The run at the record will take place during Paul Bunyan Days, Fort Bragg’s festival that honors their timber history, the larger-than-life logger, his blue ox, and now Spot, his reversible dog.

Joan, the ‘magic fingers’ behind the big dog bed

FloBeds will make the record-setting dog bed of the same all-natural materials they use in their organic mattresses. That means it will not only be the world’s biggest dog bed, it will also be the most comfortable and most eco-friendly.

A mini dog bed model – wonder if it’s the world’s smallest dog bed?

The dog bed will be 7 ft by 9 ft – that’s bigger than a king size mattress, bigger than the largest FloBed mattress – and ten times bigger than a large-breed dog bed.  The cover will be organic cotton, the pad will be Talalay latex customized for different firmness preferences, just like the beds they make for people.   The dog bed will be built at FloBeds, presented at 6:45 during the 1st Friday kick-off party on Friday Sept 3rd, then moved to the Ugly Dog Contest on Saturday.

The record attempts will be documented with pictures and videos, and certified by the City’s Mayor Doug Hammerstrom in accordance with guidelines provided by the Guinness Book of World Records.

FloBeds  invites staff, friends and family to the reveal; they’re also inviting people who sleep on a FloBeds mattress to bring their dogs and join them for the record setting events.

Asked why he’s building the world’s biggest dog bed, Dave Turner – the man behind FloBeds – explained, “We think it’s the perfect world record for FloBeds and our hometown. We’ve been celebrating a larger-than life logger for more than 70 years, and we were just named #5 on Dog Fancy Magazine’s list of best dog towns in the country.  What makes more sense than setting the record for a really big dog bed?”

New! Ask for a Sample Kit

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Those of you who have a FloBeds mattress know what the components of the sleep system feel like. You’ve run your hand over the cover of organic cotton quilted to organic EcoWool. You know the feel of 100% natural or blended Talalay latex in various levels of firmness, and you’re familiar with the touch of the convolute (egg-crate) topper.

It occurred to us that people considering a FloBed mattress might like to see and feel the components too. If you’re on-the-fence and want to see & feel it before you buy, why not ask for samples? Just give us a call, 1(800)FloBeds  – 356-2337, Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, Satuday 10am-5pm, Pacific Time.  Or send an email to info@flobeds.com with your phone number and we’ll call you!

We’ll find out if you want samples of all natural or blended latex, or both, and where to send them.  The sample set is free, except for a $7 fully-refundable shipping fee (we’ll subtract $7 from the price of your bed).  So while we’re talking, we’ll get your credit card information too. A few days later you’ll receive swatches of the cover, the convolute topper, and latex pads in various levels of firmness and you’ll be good to go.

Does Your Cat or Dog Sleep On Your Bed?

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Where do you stand on the issue of sleeping with your dog or cat?

Some people think dogs shouldn’t be allowed on the bed because it can cause behavior issues. But really, is there anything wrong with sharing your FloBed with your cat or dog?

How To Be Your Dog’s Best Friend, the dog obedience manual by the Monks of New Skete, advises letting your dog sleep on the floor in your bedroom, but never in your bed.

‘s article  in About.com doesn’t agree, “In general, letting your dog on the furniture is not going to cause problems – behavioral or otherwise. Dogs love to curl up on the sofa, the bed, and anywhere else that’s nice and soft. They also like to spend time in their humans’ favorite spots”.

An entertaining article in Slate Magazine by Emily Yoffee, tells the story of how her cats lost their spot on the bed to her dog…

My beagle, Sasha, got the opportunity to settle in for the night when my husband declared he was evicting from the bed our two current cats, all 36 pounds of them. He explained, “In the middle of the night they run up and down my body, then they sit on my chest and crush it.” Since I am a light sleeper, I told my husband it was hard to believe his description of our cats’ ramblings. Ever the considerate wife, I suggested he might be having nocturnal psychotic episodes.

“Do I have to install a video camera?” he said. “They march up and down my body like they’re on a picket line, then they sit on me. They’re driving me crazy.”

A few nights later, cats still in the bed, I got up at 4 a.m. to go to the bathroom. When I returned, there was Biscuit, sitting in the middle of my sleeping husband’s chest, peering into his open mouth as if about to perform periodontal surgery. Goldie was climbing up my husband’s legs. I was shaken. It was painful, but I agreed the next morning to banish the cats to the basement at night.

Where do you stand? Do you share your bed with an animal?

Share your opinions, experience and advice – even photos if you have them!