Tuesday, January 17, 2017

january seventeenth

Five for January 17th:

Dentist appointment. Fresh cleaning, no cavities, good blood pressure, and Jane was super excited about my two new green toothbrushes and mini-tubes of Crest.

True facts. If there’s not a Ford dealer in Harrison, Arkansas called Harrison Ford, someone is blowing it big time.

Sunshine. I’ve forgotten what it looks like at this point. Seems like we’re on day 100 of cold gray gloom mixed with omnipresent and depressing precipitation. Winter is the worst.

Cool stuff. Raw nut and Elevation bar restock, Ripper revisited, chili day at work, The Oral History of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, H-Street skateboards Magnificent Seven soiree video.

Seeya next week. Heading out to SoCal tomorrow afternoon for NAMM, so no posts till Monday. There’ll be plenty on Instagram to tide you over.

Monday, January 16, 2017

january sixteenth

Five for January 16th:

MLK day. Happy MLK day to those of us not soulless enough to kick off MLK weekend by shitting all over a civil rights icon- which is to say, pretty much everyone except the guy that will be president in six days.

Long weekend. Got an unexpected (OK, maybe partially expected) Friday off due to the ice storm that really ended up not being that big a deal. You shan’t hear me complaining.

NAMM. I’ll be heading out to sunny southern California for another music industry tradeshow on Wednesday. I’ve lost count of how many I’ve been to at this point. This should be a good one- lots of hang-out plans, rooming with a good buddy, cool new goods to show, and flying back before booth breakdown.

Cool stuff. George really starting to learn to talk, Joe Biden awarded the presidential Medal of Freedom, hot-tubbing at the Y, scallops, stickering up the kneesavers, Chris Doyle: Long Story Short, basement freestyle, SLM backpack.

Quote of the day. “My biggest problem in these ACA debates? I don’t know how to explain to you why you should care about other people.” -Lauren Morrill

Thursday, January 12, 2017

january twelfth

Five for January 12th:

Last night. Had an awesome time hanging out with Greg and working on the bike. A balmy 68 degree evening, hanging out in a garage in t-shirts with the door open and music playing? No beating that in the middle of January.

FST. I can’t get over how sick this thing looks with the kneesaver bars and some proper freestyle tires. Unfortunately it’ll likely be a while till I’m actually able to ride it on some dry land, but still. Stoked.

Preach it. Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez’ speech to the House outlining exactly why he will not be participating in inauguration day festivities is a must-watch. Refreshing to hear from someone in that position.

Cool stuff. This dude, Ranchito with the lunch posse, ice melt stock-up, morning stories with Jane, Freestylin’ magazine sticker set, homemade chili, 203K+ pageviews for this blog, Angel Witch radio on Pandora, next week at this time I’ll be in southern California.

Holding pattern. Everyone is waiting to see what’s going to happen overnight and tomorrow with this winter blast that’s looming. If the world is covered in an inch of ice, I shan’t be working, and hence will not be posting, as is custom. We’ll see what happens.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

january eleventh

Five for January 11th:

Nice while it lasted. Hope you enjoyed the final address of perhaps the last dignified president this country will ever have. Onward to the guy who has the hashtag #goldenshowers attributed to him two weeks before taking the oath of office.

Bike work. Bringing the ‘87 Haro FST out to Greg’s place tonight for an overhaul: swapping out the brake levers, pads and cables, replacing the tires, and putting on some GT kneesaver copies. Excited to make that bike rideable.

Quote of the day. "One thing I'll always remember is that while Obama was giving his farewell address - poignant, heartfelt, inspirational - Donald Trump was tweeting about a BuzzFeed story that claimed he paid hookers to pee on a bed." I don't know who that quote is from so I'll just attribute it to about half of America.

Cool stuff. Two cartons of Medjool dates, Dixon Radar promotional mag, Pina Fraise La Croix, hoodie delivery.

The return of the bashguard. Mike “Rooftop” Escamilla has a new part out for the first bashguard BMX frame since who knows when. Behold The Caveman. I've never been a huge fan of 'em but I appreciate that they're getting some love.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

january tenth

Five for January 10th:

The stupidity burns. I simply cannot fathom the cognitive dissonance occurring in someone who voted for Trump getting online and saying- in all seriousness and without a hint of irony- that celebrities shouldn't talk politics. It's absolutely mind blowing.

Kung Fury. Now on Netflix. 31 minutes of pure glory, but the first minute alone is worth watching. Next on my list of flicks to make Lisa try to sit through.

Mat Hoffman. The Condor turned 45 yesterday, and is still riding every day and is as gnarly as ever. The best to ever do it.

Cool stuff. 60 degrees today, Ramp Riders sesh with the dudes, earlybird check-in for our flight to California, Revenge of the Nerds Takashi/Hosoi mashup t-shirt, Three Amigos revisited, good leftovers.

Tuesday soundtrack. Electric Frankenstein, Zeke, Supersuckers, Orange Goblin, Agent Orange, Throw Rag, Buzzcocks, New Bomb Turks, Radio Birdman.

Monday, January 9, 2017

january ninth

Five for January 9th:

Quote of the day. “Imagine you were such a fuck-up that Meryl Streep used a lifetime achievement speech to tell the world how shitty you are.” -Anne Donahue

Old school skate crew ’89. Mined some photo albums at my mom’s house and found some 15 or so awesome vintage photos of my old skate squad back in the day. I thought these were all long gone, and is basically all there is documenting those years. Check my Instagram for ‘em all.

Weekendery. Everyone was sick but me at some point or another, but it wasn’t all a bust- Jane and I hit the carousel at Chesterfield Mall (Faust Park’s was closed) on Saturday and the indoor pool at the Y yesterday. Lisa and George were laid out at home. Luckily everyone seems to be back to normal for the most part.

Cool stuff. Weather warm-up over the next few days, $1 Darth Vader coolie cup, OG Haro designs decal, fresh-ground coffee, 27 vintage phots of artists playing Gaslight Square, The Snapchat Presidency of Donald Trump, Ride BMX mag’s top 10 photos of 2016.

Tonight. Old man session happening at Ramp Riders with Andy and a few others. Stoked to go skate after more than a week of literally nothing.

Friday, January 6, 2017

january sixth

Five for January 6th:

Sick kids. Out of nowhere yesterday evening George came down with a fever, and then Jane was up for two hours in the middle of the night puking. Poor goobers. I will say, Jane handled it like a champ. Definitely can’t say the same for myself at that age.

You are what you eat. Almost two weeks into the Whole 30, the biggest takeaway for me is the amount of energy I have compared to before. Not like I’m bursting with it, but the omnipresent lingering fatigue I felt literally every day is totally gone. It’s a great feeling to get home from work not want to just pass out on the couch.

Color me shocked. Trump will ask congress, not Mexico, to pay for the border wall. Again let me reiterate how totally shocking this news is. No, really.

Cool stuff. Jane’s art and spelling skills, Haro Freestyler hoodie, night drums, payday, free Dixon drum key, Keith Olbermann’s newest sobering message to Republicans, Weird Al religious candle.

Weekend action. With ailing kiddos and oppressively cold weather, this weekend might be pretty sparse in the goings-on department. Seeing Star Wars: Rogue One tonight, maybe a Ramp Riders session somewhere in there, possible trip to the Y for some swimming. We’ll see how it goes.