Friday, June 23, 2017

june twenty-third

Five for June 23rd:

48 miles. I don’t remember the last time I rode in to work four out of five days, but it was definitely before the kids were born. This morning was a little sketchy, with lingering dark clouds threatening to open up, but I managed to avoid rain and made it in in record time. Feels awesome.

Backyard buffet. Our garden beds are blowing up right now. Carrots, tomatoes, squash, radishes, and more greens than we know what to do with. The apples are coming in on the tree and there might even be some watermelons planted out there.

Gullwing Molecules of Motion. Somehow the existence of this video eluded me completely until I stumbled on it this morning on YouTube. Thanks, internet.

Cool stuff. Getting paid, block of Gulf Wax for the ditch, learning frontside disasters, Ranchito with Tom and Brian, new (used) SC Corey O’Brien zip hoodie.

Weekend action. Looks like it’s going to be one for the record books in the weather department. Mercs and Tre Serpenti at Tap Room, mowing the lawn, hitting the pool, hanging out with the kids, maybe a morning trip to the dirt jumps, general relaxation.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

june twenty-second

Five for June 22nd:

Double duty. Geared up for twelve miles of riding and an afternoon of ditch shredding today. Looks like tomorrow will be rainy, so this is probably the last day for both til' next week.

America 2017. There is no longer any doubt that the police can officially murder anyone they want anytime they want for any reason and face no consequences for their actions save for perhaps some paid time off. And we get to continue funding it.

Morning viewing. (parts of) Santa Cruz Streets on Fire, GT Seriously Fun, H-Street Hokus Pokus, Sick Boys, Blues Clues, Dora the Explorer.

Cool stuff. Free sheet of Hell Night grip tape, leftover curry, new shorts, phone system at work that isn’t about to die, Japanology Plus: Japan Capsule Toys, raspberry blackberry sparkling water.

Clifton Park movie night. Looks like it’s going to be Field of Dreams this year- one of my all-time favorites. Saturday, August 5th- come hang out.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

june twenty-first

Five for June 21st:

Go skateboarding day. I don’t know about the rest of you, but any day that officially celebrates going out and skating is good in my book. Celebrating this afternoon with another hot trip to the 170 ditch. Go shred.

Camping trip. We’re planning our first one since before the kids were born. Should be interesting.

Bagged up. Trashed my threadbare Metropack and retired the messenger bag, with everything now moved over to my sweet new Element Jaywalker. This thing rules and is set up to take some abuse, which it shall indeed receive.

Cool stuff. GT Seriously Fun video premier, dusk summer solstice walk with Henry to the park, Motorhead Bomber on Top of the Pops, veggie scramble, kids react to Iron Maiden, stackin' clips, playing Mia with Jane.

Quote of the day. "Trump has been ruled by compulsions, obsessions and vindictiveness, expressed nearly daily on Twitter. He has demonstrated an egotism that borders on solipsism. His political skills as president have been close to nonexistent. His White House is divided, incompetent and chaotic, and key administration jobs remain unfilled. His legislative agenda has gone nowhere. He has told constant, childish, refuted, uncorrected lies, and demanded and habituated deception among his underlings. He has humiliated and undercut his staff while requiring and rewarding flattery. He has promoted self-serving conspiracy theories. He has displayed pathetic, even frightening, ignorance on policy matters foreign and domestic. He has inflicted his ethically challenged associates on the nation. He is dead to the poetry of language and to the nobility of the political enterprise, viewing politics as conquest rather than as service." -Michael Gershon, prominent Republican and former top aide to GWB.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

june twentieth

Five for June 20th:

Summer. Kicking off in style with sunshine and insanely mild temperatures, which I plan to take full advantage of: biked in to work, skate session planned at the ditch this afternoon, biking home.

Bigfoot footage. The insanely rare Zeltzer Seltzer/Island Water Sports Ramp n’ Roll contest video from the 1987 St. Louis VP Fair surfaced on YouTube a couple of days ago. I’m guessing at some point this received some sort of commercial release, but it’s about as rare as they come. Dig it.

Quote of the day. “So let’s get this straight. A rabidly anti-gay congressman who recently voted to let mentally ill people have access to guns and who wants to repeal the ACA had his life saved by a lesbian after he was shot by a mentally ill person and is currently under hospital care paid for by government-funded health insurance. The irony is staggering.” -unknown

Cool stuff. Korean BBQ bowl, new issue of Decibel, Impaled Northern Moonforest Return of the Necrowizard video, Starbots- The Greatest Cereal Toys Ever, free Powell Crossbones sticker.

Tuesday soundtrack. Saint Vitus, Monolord, Pallbearer, Kyuss, Mountain Witch, The Sword, Electric Wizard, Orchid, Cathedral.

Monday, June 19, 2017

june nineteenth

Five for June 19th:

Father’s day. Best one yet. Got a sweet card from Jane, and Lisa gave me an amazing early birthday present/dad’s day gift in the form of a Bones Brigade Mike McGill bottlenose which is one of the coolest things I own. Topped it off with a trip up the river road for some dinner and dancing at the loading dock. I’m a lucky guy.

Bike commuting. Had an awesome ride in this morning- cool breeze, no humidity, low traffic. I almost talked myself out of riding, but I’m glad I got it together. Planning on 36-48 miles on the saddle this week.

Attic feng shui. Rearranged a bit on the third floor, moving the desk to the other side for a more dedicated office area for Lisa and freeing up some floor space in the skate lair. Also got rid of a ton of stuff, including a stack of old decks and some other junk.

Cool stuff. Powell Crossbones shirt, hitting the pool, toddler hour at Sky Zone trampoline park, Mike “Hucker” Clark and Steve Caballero Livelihood episodes, iPhone photo dump, hitting Ranchito, CafĂ© Bustelo, Animal Chin Have You Seen Him lapel pin.

Bummers. Flat tire on the Haro Master, pulled a muscle in my right shoulder, Brian forgot his board today so we can’t skate the ditch.

Friday, June 16, 2017

june sixteenth

Five for June 16th:

Firefly squad. Jane stayed up late last night to catch fireflies in the backyard and had the absolute time of her life. By the time we packed it in she’d probably caught fifty of them, and of course given each of them names.

Ditch destruction. Hitting it again today, which will make four out of five days this week shredding during lunch. It would’ve been five out of five if it weren’t for the freak rainstorm on Wednesday. That place is addictive.

George. He’s really starting to put sentences together and communicate at a near-conversational level. It’s amazing to watch. He continues to be the sweetest little guy that has ever existed, as well.

Cool stuff. Lasekland Last Stand, Mini Logo Lift Kits, working out a sale/trade with Paul, Pence Lawyers Up, remembering to bring lunch all week, office flip-flops.

Weekend action. Pretty mellow one on deck with little in the way of concrete plans, which is fine by me. Father’s day lunch at Loading Dock with various family, early skate/trail ride session (weather permitting), swimming at Maplewood, whatever else comes along.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

june fifteenth

Five for June 15th:

Last night. Lisa was gone for the evening and I got sucked into watching Sidekicks on YouTube and watched the whole thing before descending into a weird, depressing Jonathan Brandis internet wormhole. Thanks, life.

America 2017. I didn’t hear the question, but the answer is more guns.

Our moron president. Donald Trump, the career public nuisance and real-estate grifter who somehow found his way into politics, is now under investigation for obstruction of justice, because he is a gigantic lumbering idiot who thinks the rules don’t apply to him.

Cool stuff. Morning attic drum jams, fish tacos, S&M bikes 30 year party, cashew cookie Larabars, Skeleton Key koozies, 170 afternoon skate session in the works.

Lawn laziness. Buckled down and got out yard in order last night. Dog poop scooped, front, back and sides fully mowed, weeds whacked, and edges edged. I guess I’m getting spoiled by finally having a gas mower and not having to worry about the grass getting too tall to reel-cut. Sorry, neighbors.