Monday, November 20, 2017

november twentieth

Five for November 20th:

Last Thursday. Took Jane out for bagels, met Lisa for coffee at Rise, rode flat for two hours at Webster, got lunch with Brian and Tom at Ranchito, drove out to Creve Coeur Lake and cruised the beach in the sunshine, and topped off with trips to Planet Score and Green Shag.

Other weekend highlights. Cahokia Mounds for the first time in 30-some years, short and sweet mini-ramp jam at Ramp Riders, couple of naptime bike rides, and hitting the mall for carousel/train riding, bungee jumping, and an impromptu meeting with Santa.

Malcolm Young R.I.P. The best rhythm guitar player to ever walk the planet earth for one of the greatest bands to ever exist in human history is gone, never to be replaced. End of discussion.

Cool stuff. $10 Dominators on Porkchop, No Echo interview with Paul, selling stuff on eBay, afternoon ditch session, found my S&M koozie, cheap Quicksilver t-shirt, playing Star Wars with George, iPhoto dump.

Warped Tour. Looks like 2018 will be the final year for VWT. Had some good times over the years alternately playing, working, and just going to Warped, and I met a ton of cool people at those shows. The end of an institution, for sure.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

november fifteenth

Five for November 15th:

Workout. Got a good 25-minute ride in last night on the trainer followed by some squats and stretches. Glad I resisted the urge to just plop down on the couch once the kids got to bed.

Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX. Scored a $4 copy for Dreamcast on eBay. Gotta have something to do this winter.

Quote of the day. “The government is being run by a toilet.” –Cards Against Humanity

Cool stuff. Two four-day weekends in a row, almond flour, drawing pictures for Jane’s lunchbox, Kadavar on Spotify, Emergen-C restock, the most iconic skateboard of the 1980’s?

Long weekend action. Taking a couple of days extra off with no plans save riding bikes, skating, hanging out with the kids, playing drums, drinking coffee, and generally kicking it.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

november fourteenth

Five for November 14th:

Keurig Kontraversy. What better way to show your patriotism and enthusiasm for Making America Great Again than by taping yourself smashing a small appliance in an impassioned public defense of a pedophiliac senator? Then again, it wouldn’t rightly be the holiday season in the US without a bunch of right-wing babies boycotting coffee somehow.

Cleaning house. Put a few things up on eBay yesterday, with more to come. Need to print some money so I can snag a Ban This Caballero when they come out.

Slappy hour. Going down this afternoon after a few days off- a must with rain in the forecast for tomorrow. Got the Gulf Wax at the ready.

Cool stuff. New green flannel shirt, 2018 GT Heritage line, TWS’ History of Board Shapes parts 2 and 3 on YouTube, night jams in the attic, fresh-ground peanut butter.

Tuesday soundtrack. New Bomb Turks, Witchcraft, Johnny Thunders, Gluecifer, Valient Thorr, Supersuckers, Buffalo Killers, Electric Wizard, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Death, Orange Goblin, 7 Seconds, Thee Shams.

Monday, November 13, 2017

november thirteenth

Five for November 13th:

Flatland. Saturday afternoon’s BMX session at the lot on my Haro Master yielded the most progression I’ve ever had on a bike in my entire life in one shot. I was putting together links, getting in and out of things with relative ease, and sticking new tricks after just a few tries. Still buzzing.

Three-day work week. Taking off Thursday to do whatever the hell I want (Figure 8 trails? Larimore pump track? YAP? All three?) and Friday to hang out with the goobs while Lisa has some meetings.

Quote of the day. "There's nothing 'America First' about taking the word of a KGB colonel over that of the American intelligence community." -John McCain

Cool stuff. Two vintage copies of Freestylin’ magazine, $17.99 Vans skate lows, basement cassette organization, morning railslides, playing drums after a few weeks off, free cuties and K-cups at the office, red curry.

Three years ago today. Lisa and I found out we were having a boy. That same boy this morning went on a long rant about PJ Masks, demanded I build a train track with him before leaving for work, and is the sweetest little dude imaginable. Needless to say, it’s going well.

Friday, November 10, 2017

november tenth

Five for November 10th:

Last night. My eternally motivated wife organized a fundraiser for Jane’s preschool with the Bread Company on Watson, so we got some dinner there and saw a ton of Jane’s classmates out supporting the cause. Hopefully they raised some decent cash.

Peak fall. Get out there now, because those leaves are coming down fast. Our backyard tree, full and bursting red a few days ago, was almost completely bare this morning.

Halo Top. I can’t believe how insanely good that stuff is. 300 calories and less sugar than like, 3 dates in an entire carton. Insanity.

Cool stuff. Getting paid, awesome sunrise, The Least Most, work coffee restock, end of the year deals season is getting near, WAL Riot on Craigslist that I totally missed, SoCal planning.

Weekend action. Completely plan-free weekend coming up. Raking up the backyard, maybe check out the Pretty Little Empire reunion show at Off Broadway, potential morning trail ride/parking lot flatland jam/skate session, hanging out with the goobs, getting my e-drums set back up, whatever else.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

november ninth

Five for November 9th:

Night two. Solid 25-30 minutes or so cycling in the basement yesterday evening after the kids went to bed. Definitely hoping to keep this up through the winter as much as possible.

NAMM 2018. Looks like I’ll likely be making the trek out to SoCal in January for yet another music industry tradeshow. Always nice to get outta town for a bit in the height of STL winter, and cool to hang out with friends I don’t get a chance to see too often.

One year later. If Trump’s miserable excuse for a presidency has yielded one positive (it hasn’t), it’s this video. That’s about as glowing a review as I can give.

Cool stuff. History of board shapes part 1, Chrome Ball Incident Jeff Hartsel interview, watching M.A.S.K. with Jane, morning roll, busting out the vintage VSWs.

Quote of the day. “Why not just ban guns, and when people are upset about it, just send them thoughts and prayers? If ‘thoughts and prayers’ are good enough for people who’ve lost their families, then they’re good enough for people who’ve lost their guns.” -Erica Buist

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

november eighth

Five for November 8th:

Stationary success. Got the first ride of the season in on the basement trainer last night, and repurposed my ancient laptop as a DVD player for ride-time movie viewing. Since I don’t have an odometer I have no idea the distance, but got a good half-hour in of both riding and Stepbrothers.

Slappy hour. Another fun lunch break grinding yellow curbs yesterday. Not a terrible way to spend a half hour or so mid-workday.

Quote of the day. “The tides of American democracy shifted tonight - a potent reminder of the ebbs and flows of American political fate. Big wins for the Democrats, and with it momentum and that faint glimmer of optimism.” -Dan Rather

Cool stuff. Monster muffins, Mom & Jane board game, leftover chili, bootleg Haro Freestyler shirts, 2018 GT catalog, couple of long weekends scheduled, raked a huge leaf pile for the kids, half a century of Hosoi.

Prop P passes. I can't think of anyone more deserving of a pay increase (on my dime, no less) than a corrupt police force that spent the entire summer publicly abusing its authority. Nice work, STL.