Friday, May 25, 2018

may twenty-fifth

Five for May 25th:

George turns three. Technically he hits the three-year mark on Sunday, but we party tonight. Happy birthday to my big buddy- may the next year bring you more Daniel Tigers, Big Boongas and Thomas races than you could ever hope for.

No ride. Probably could have made it happen today, but with the sparse threat of rain in the forecast combined with the amount of stuff I have to do after work, I had to pass. Got in a good flatland session last night and brought the GT in for another one at lunch, so it’s not a total bust.

Quote of the day. “My dad is 80.” -Jane

Cool stuff. Getting paid, The Toys That Made Us season 2 on Netflix, Powell Peralta Camp Motherhood video, backyard garden radish haul, Bill's vintage Motomag, leaving early.

Three-day weekend action. George’s party at the playground, inaugural trip to Maplewood pool, more birthday action at Brian and Abby’s, maybe checking out Sisser at OB, getting a much-needed skate session at JB, freestyling, prepping for Florida.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

may twenty-fourth

Five for May 24th:

Bike riding. Sweat-soaked nighttime flatland session at the lot last night on the FST, sweat-soaked road ride in to the office this morning, even more sweat-soaked ride home coming up in a few hours. I’m sensing a pattern here.

School's out. I know I posted about this yesterday, but today is officially Jane’s last day of preschool. It’s unreal to look back at photos from her first day and see how much she has grown. By my estimation, she’ll be graduating from high school this time next year.

Dinner on the back patio. Tamales and salsa from Tamale Man, salads with home-grown lettuce, strawberries from our first farm share pickup, Passion Fruit La Croix.

Cool stuff. Pool season, 2018 catalogs in house, GT Heritage Series gear (bring it stateside, fellas), lawn mowing and weed pulling, Trump’s unsecured iPhones make Clinton’s basement server look like Fort Knox, playing some drums.

Quote of the day. “We live in a country where, on the very same day—a massive, multibillion dollar company can deny 75% of its most operationally-critical employees their First Amendment rights AND Jared Kushner can receive permanent, top secret security clearance. I really have no idea why, at this point, we’re not burning all the flags in all the dumpsters.” -Melinda

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

may twenty-third

Five for May 23rd:

Last night. Took Jane out for pizza, games and ice cream at Happy Joe’s. She hit the jackpot, winning 125 tickets on one game and scoring a ball from the claw machine. Best times with my best girl.

It’s a jungle out there. Our lawn looks like it hasn’t been mowed in a year, things are growing so fast right now. Tackling it when I get home. Wish me luck.

666. The exact number of guitars that arrived in yesterday’s long-awaited container really couldn’t be more fitting.

Cool stuff. Piper Tri-Pacer Flying Glider, almond flour crackers, potential evening flatland, Club Homeless Products full video, work snack restock.

Hard to believe. Dropped my daughter off at preschool for the final time this morning. One more day to go before summer vacation and her first day of Kindergarten.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

may twenty-second

Five for May 22nd:

Happy birthday Lisa. The happiest of birthdays to my beautiful and amazing wife. Have fun in New York City. We can’t wait to party with you when you get back.

Day one. Back on the bike for a great, sweaty ride in this morning- the first in the new Vans slip-ons. Feels like it’s been forever, even though it’s only been a few days. Hoping the weather cooperates for another couple on Thursday and Friday.

Quote of the day. “His most adamant supporters will complain that the president, who struggles to speak in complete and coherent sentences and regularly uses out-of-context statements from his rivals to demonize and attack them, is being unfairly criticized for his “animals” comment. But these supporters are enablers and sycophants, who put tribal loyalty and partisanship ahead of truth and should not be taken seriously.” -Michael A. Cohen

Cool stuff. New backyard sandbox for the goobs, afternoon ditch skate session, date night with Jane, office flip-flops, free coffee and cuties, kids’ first Cracker Jack experience.

Tuesday soundtrack. The Dwarves, Leaf Hound, ALL, Dead Moon, The Cramps, Naked Raygun, Murder City Devils, The Damned, Mondo Drag, Zeke, Minutemen.

Monday, May 21, 2018

may twenty-first

Five for May 21st:

LWP to NYC. I’ll be holding down the fort while Lisa is in the big apple at a conference for the next few days, plotting how to change the world for the better.

River rats. We took the kids out for a six-mile raft ride down the Meramec on Saturday for Lisa’s first birthday float trip since before the kids were born. Fun time, with a couple of stops for lunch, shell collecting, rock-skipping and playing in the sand.

Stuntin’. First proper flatland session on the recently-upgraded Blyther FST was awesome. Before it got rained out, anyway. So stoked on how that bike turned out.

Cool stuff. George’s first slip n’ slide, Pete Augustin podcast, Misfits NJ show footage, Okay, Now I Actually Do Want To Take Your Guns, Key Lime La Croix, block risers on the Hammerhead, free Blues koozie.

Grosso’s Loveletters. Looks like a new season is just around the corner, at long last. I’ve probably seen every episode currently on YouTube ten times.

Friday, May 18, 2018

may eighteenth

Five for May 18th:

Two-day ride week. Naturally, on the same week where no rain falls on a day when rain is predicted, it’s raining all day on a day where no rain was predicted. Make sense? Doesn’t to me, either.

FST. At long last, my 2015 Blyther is now finally fully dialed in with front brakes, gyro, and full complement of pegs. Can’t wait to take it out for a ride.

Office quote of the day. “That guy looks perfectly like the singer for Saxon mixed with a bird of prey.” -Brian, describing the singer for the band that played Billy Madison’s third-grade graduation party

Cool stuff. Trevor Meyer podcast, Micronauts Karrio en route, Nick Watts flatland footage, playing cars with George, candy bar Halo Top, French-press Goshen.

Weekend action. Busy one coming up. Two free shows (Hell Night at Sinkhole tonight, Bobby Dazzlers/ Jag-Wires at Off Broadway tomorrow), float trip with the family, mowing the lawn, morning skate session at JB, riding some bikes,

Thursday, May 17, 2018

may seventeenth

Five for May 17th:

Day two. Felt good to get back on the bike today after a couple of days off. Completely loving these cool spring mornings, even though it’s getting noticeably hotter by the day.

Chemical warfare. The ant colony currently in the laundry room is on its way to a quick extinction thanks to some bait traps, and the hundreds swarming outside our flower bed got a nice shot of Roundup last night.

Slip-ons. My new pair of checkered Vans will be arriving today, thus eliminating any more laced-shoe bike commutes while affording maximum waffle-sole pedal grip. Almost bit it the other day when a lace got caught in the chain wheel and wrapped around my right crank arm. Too close for comfort.

Cool stuff. Backyard riding with George, evening at the playground, Jane’s class parade/kindergarten open house, smoothies, home-grown lettuce, Days Gone footage, Tony Hawk’s 50th birthday party photos, The Cake Server.

Earworm. “Billy Passed the Third Grade” from Billy Madison has been stuck in my head for the better part of a week now.