Thursday, December 18, 2014

december eighteenth

Five for December 18th:

Sony hack. It’s inconceivable to think that a bunch of hackers actually got Sony to shelve a 44 million dollar potential holiday blockbuster with an email hack and some ludicrous threats. If nothing else, it sets a very dangerous precedent for how this sort of thing is dealt with (or not dealt with).

Impromptuism. Last-minute evening skate session at Ramp Riders came together via text yesterday, with Andy, Chris P, Chris C, James, and myself all showing up to throw down. Good times.

Not going to happen. I've literally lost count of all the names this place has had over the years, but all the corporate re-branding in the world will never stop people from calling it Riverport.

Cool stuff. No cavities, Tilts at Firebird, turn off the photo stream feature on iPhone 5, Pushing Forward, Jane inching closer to potty training, lunch with Tom, goofballery.

Jaws True Blue. This is the most insane skate part I think I’ve ever seen. I blew out my knees five times just watching it. How can it get any gnarlier than this?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

december seventeenth

Five for December 17th:

Racanelli’s. With their old location at the former Marketplace in the Loop horrifically transformed into a terrible bro-centric sports bar with overpriced food, Racanelli’s has finally reopened a new spot down the street- mercifully ending a pizza-by-the-slice dry spell that has consumed U-City for close to a decade.

Elizabeth Warren. I have been singing her praises for a couple of years now. Should she decide to run for President (which so far she has said she will not be doing), she's got my vote.

Cavity creeps. Dentist appointment tonight. Here’s hoping for another tooth decay-free six months.

Cool stuff. Guy Mariano Life on Video series, free Martin Strings leatherbound notebook, the Alcatraz escapees could have survived, Barbee reissue railed up, K-cup restock, Youth of Today on Spotify, the Pat Duffy interview, morning drums.

Instagram. Updated app with some cool new filters hit today, which is a welcome development, as the same old ten or so were getting pretty stale- to the point that I was hardly using them at all anymore.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

december sixteenth

Five for December 16th:

Xmas jams revisited. For a Jewish-born atheist, I sure have played on a lot of Christmas songs. Here's the last and best of 'em.

DIY. What do you do when all the old school skate graphic stickers you want to sell in your store aren’t being made? Easy. Just print ‘em up yourself and sell them for fifty cents apiece. I’m all for it.

At the movies. Finally made use of a couple of free movie passes we’ve had sitting in a drawer for probably three years and went to see Mockingjay last night. Definitely the first time in a theater since before Jane was born.

Cool stuff. New set of Pig Rails, Wayne’s World 2 on Netflix in January, hitting Racanelli’s, Christian Hosoi perfect contest run, Mike and Ikes.

Tuesday soundtrack. The Clash, UFO, Iron Maiden, Devo, Hell Night, the Germs, Adolescents, Dio, Sebadoh, New Pornographers.

Monday, December 15, 2014

december fifteenth

Five for December 15th:

Springlike temperatures. The awesomeness of being outside at the park and playing around in the backyard in short sleeves yesterday- just a couple of weeks short of January- was not lost on me.

Skateboarding. Couple of hours at JB on Saturday plus a mega fun, short and sweet session at an invite-only garage mini ramp on Sunday. Also found a great slappy spot with low painted curbs I’ll definitely be going back to soon.

Holiday happenings. Got some lights up, bribed Jane with a lollipop into sitting still for five seconds to get a card-worthy photo, Seth and Lindsay’s xmas party went off, truck-bed ride through Winter Wonderland at Tilles Park.

Cool stuff. The St. Pete Ramp, pancakes at Chris’, The 2400 on Netflix, Reggie Watts: Beats That Defy Boxes, The Onion Book of Known Knowledge, 30-pin to lightning iPhone adapters, weekly photo offload, 30K people really did buy poop on Black Friday.

Last full workweek of the year. Cool, because we're coming up on two weeks with lots of time off. Depressing, because after that it's a wasteland of cold weather and no time off for as far as the eye can see. Not that I’m complaining.

Friday, December 12, 2014

december twelfth

Five for December 12th:

Getting old. Got added last night to a newly created Facebook group for the class of 1995, currently planning our twenty-year reunion for next year. The ten-year reunion seems like it was yesterday. I know I say this a lot, but time f*cking flies.

Required reading. Missouri Black Caucus chairman files constitutional amendment to abolish grand juries, Sunset Hills Mayor indicted for attacking cyclist, U.S. congressional staffers stage walkout in latest police protests.

My War. I always dug the Elephant/Black Flag My War decks but wasn’t a huge fan of the shape. I guess that might have been the case for a lot of people as it has been updated to something a little less massive. Definitely on my xmas short-list.

Cool stuff. Popcorn Friday, Hell of a Year 2014 DVD in the next issue of Thrasher, retro Iron Maiden concert shirts, hazelnut coffee, Racanelli’s in the Loop finally open (again), Jane’s personalized STL Zoo notepad, Family Guy season 12 on Netflix.

Weekend action. Hell Night at Demo and/or Kennedys reunion at the Ready Room, Seth & Lindsay’s annual holiday party, toy show with Greg, skating at JB, checking out the Tilles Park lights, and whatever else- all to the tune of mild, mid-50’s weather. Bam.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

december eleventh

Five for December 11th:

School days. The transition to the new class was rough for a month or so, but we’ve finally turned the corner with Jane back to her usual gleeful self in the mornings. Definitely a huge relief.

Required reading. Buffalo Bills Cheerleaders Routine: No Wages, No Respect, Yes, it was torture, and yes, conservatives need to put it behind them, The 5 Most Damning Revelations From The CIA's Report.

GTA BMX. Stumbled upon a vert ramp in GTAV last night, complete with a BMX bike parked right next to it (that is always there) to ride. Landed a few 360 fly-outs and basic air-to-fakies, and actually almost pulled a flair before crushing someone at the bottom of the ramp and having the cops called on me.

Cool stuff. Mi Ranchito with Tom and Craig, trying to learn sweepers, Betty Bowers: America’s Best Christian, lunch cruising, The Rotting Underwater Ballroom of a Victorian Bernie Madoff.

A year ago today. Led Zeppelin’s catalog became available to stream on Spotify, and all was right with the world.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

december tenth

Five for December 10th:

Better late than never. Thanks to Seth for returning my copy of UHF, which I lent him sometime toward the end of the Bush presidency. Now if he can just get around to returning Kevin’s Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey soundtrack, everything will be square.

Required reading. Sunset Hills City Council set to impeach Mayor Mark Furrer, The UN calls for US officials involved in brutal CIA interrogations to be prosecuted, Key eyewitnesses in Eric Garner's death state that the grand jury was biased and uninterested, Walgreens Removes Hanukkah Wrapping Paper Covered In Swastikas, The Cop Mind.

Skate night. Sometimes it’s fun to do a whole sesh on an old school setup, as was the case yesterday evening at Ramp Riders where I brought nothing but the Powell Ray Barbee. Good times ensued, and I’m suffering from some severe grip-tape thumb today.

Cool stuff. Morning rock jams, $1 Axe Cop comic book at Star Clipper, plate of cookies at work, Steve Saiz Studio, the Parking Block Diaries, couch time with Jane.

Repurposing. My old iPhone 4 now lives in my attic and- since it’s still wi-fi enabled- is being used exclusively to stream music (via Youtube, Spotify etc) for me to play drums to, essentially rendering my old iPod more or less useless.