Thursday, July 24, 2014

july twenty-fourth

Five for July 24th:

Beautiful weather. Had a bit of a return to summer this week, but this morning was mid-60’s and amazing. Passed on riding in so I could spend some time with my kid, who I feel like I’ve barely seen the last few days. Riding trikes and picking baby tomatoes is much better than biking in anyway.

Mini-rampage. Been jonesing to do some ramp skating lately. Need to get a session at Ramp Riders or Arnold park in the works, and with Geoff’s ramp almost done, some good old-fashioned backyard shredding is hopefully just around the corner.

Patio project 2014. Got a bunch of work done last night. Took a bunch of excess stuff down to the basement, started tearing apart some of the deck pieces that were ripped out, and just generally tried to get it a bit organized. It’s getting there.

Cool stuff. Homemade kettle corn, Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, old Iron Maiden xmas cards, Game of Thrones bad lip reading, lunch with Tom, Vimeo revisited, Schmitt Stix team video.

Bumper sticker quote. "Obama is not the brown-skinned anti-war socialist who gives away free healthcare. You're thinking of Jesus."

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

july twenty-third

Five for July 23rd:

Congrats all around. To our good friends Mary and Keith, who yesterday got engaged on a beach somewhere in Bermuda, and to Lindsay and Seth who are closing on their house today. Cheers, and welcome to the fold.

Good mail day. New issue of Skidmark zine- stuffed with a bunch of stickers- and a new copy of The Skateboard Mag showed up in the mailbox. Looks like I’ve got some reading to do.

Three-wheelin’. Barely a day since our new back parking pad was poured, and I couldn’t help but stop by the store and pick up a new tricycle for Jane on the way home for her to ride on it. She doesn’t quite have the hang of it yet, but she’ll get there.

Cool stuff. Asiago bagel from Bread Co, Miles Davis on Spotify, fresh salmon, constructing bristle-block buses for Jane, free branch saw.

GTAV. After many months of on and off playing, I finally finished all the main missions and heists in GTAV last night. However, the game is hardly over- there are plenty of side missions left, to say nothing of going back and re-playing the heists from different approaches. That game rules.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

july twenty-second

Five for July 22nd:

Done deal. The cracked, jagged, weed-infested monstrosity we called a driveway for the last 2.5 years has finally been completely replaced with something that is not that. And there was much rejoicing.

Full house. Dog-sitting for the next eight days, which should be interesting. Jane spent the morning showing Coal all of her toys and clothes, and the rest of his time was spent humping (or being humped by) Henry and escaping from the yard.

Free lunch. Celebrating 15 years of being in business today with some catered lunch action. I can dig it.

Cool stuff. Restituo article, heavy GTAV progress, deadbolt fixed, free pouch of Big League Chew and giant pile of granola bars at work.

Tuesday tuneage. Van Halen, Sonic Youth, Murder City Devils, Sly & the Family Stone, Butthole Surfers.

Monday, July 21, 2014

july twenty-first

Five for July 21st:

Around the house. Driveway to be poured today following a weekend of letting the rock settle, deadbolt on our front door broke yesterday, spruced up the attic music space, still need to mow, Lisa wants chickens.

Cast-iron skillet. If you don’t have one in your kitchen, you’re missing out.

Skating. Two sessions this weekend: JB on Saturday and Morganford on Sunday. Much ripping went down- most of it by Andy and Kenny- but I got some tricks in there too.

Cool stuff. Hanging with Herm, fish & chips on the patio at Dressel’s, backyard adventures with Jane, no-handed whiplash, Hosoi knockoff, new issue of Skidmark Skatemag (plus stickers) on the way.

Adulthood rules. Some might see a 36 year old man eating off-brand Cheez-Its for breakfast and assume he had hit some sort of new low, but I can assure you all it's quite the opposite.

Friday, July 18, 2014

july eighteenth

Five for July 18th:

It’s all happening. After months of rain-outs and other delays, our old driveway was finally ripped out yesterday with the new one to be poured today. The back parking pad, even as just a smoothed-out rock pit, looks a million times better than before.

Back to school. Even though I’m almost 37 years old, haven’t had a summer vacation in almost twenty years, and will never have to set foot in another classroom as long as I live, my heart still sinks when I go to the store and see a back-to-school display.

Elizabeth Warren. Buzz is building and rumors are swirling about a possible Presidential bid. She’s already got my vote if it happens.

Cool stuff. Dennis McCoy interview, fresh box of Pike Place roast, new pair of Bones sunglasses, cool bricks unearthed, Myth Hunters, $1 toy firetruck for Jane.

Weekend action. Dinner and drinks with Herm tonight in the CWE, dialing in the new backyard, Kentucky Knife Fight at Plush, possible trip to the Zoo or Grant’s Farm, skateboarding at Morganford or JB, general hang-outtery.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

july seventeenth

Five for July 17th:

Driveway is a go. A small army’s worth of construction equipment was showing up at our house this morning to begin work on our new driveway/backyard. Couldn’t help but grin knowing that this morning was the last time I’ll ever have to back down that cracked, weed-infested slab of misery.

Rock showin’. Man or Astro-Man killed it last night, as did Wray and Sadie Ford. Insane lineup, and saw tons of old friends, some of which- much like the headlining band- I hadn’t seen in a decade or more. Even saw Kevin who I had somehow not seen since the last Blind Eyes show.

Ranchito. Hitting it up with Tom today following a weeks-long drought. Some carnitas and endless chips are in my immediate future.

Cool stuff. Thrasher renewal, Trader Joe’s K-cups, midday cruise to Starbucks for iced coffee on the patio, July deck a day, beard is still looking good, Lone Star.

Weird Al. His parodies are significantly less funny when you've never even heard of- much less heard- the song he's parodying. Still, it’s cool that people are raving about Weird Al in 2014.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

july sixteenth

Five for July 16th:

Hill sesh. Met up with Andy, Bryan and Josh for an old-school skate jam on the Hill yesterday. Sometimes a wall ride, slider bar, a couple of jump ramps and some flat ground are all you need for a good time.

Man or Astro-Man? I used to see them all the time back in the day, but it’s probably been a decade or more since the last show I caught. Remedying that tonight at the Firebird, currently listening to Your Weight on the Moon to stoke the fire.

Janeyisms. This morning, Jane told me that she dreamed about ice cream last night and wanted noodles for breakfast. She dropped some awesome science on the drive in as well, more than I can recount here.

Cool stuff. Two-dollar Tuesdays, Guitarist plays along to sobbing Japanese politician, Santa Cruz Strange Notes volume 1 (1989?), bike ride photo-op, vanilla ice cream with honey and cinnamon.

Showering. There’s a level of sweat and grime you collect on yourself following a 12-mile bike ride, walk to dinner, and a two-hour skate session that really can’t be explained, which makes the inevitable shower following it all the sweetest thing ever.