Thursday, April 17, 2014

april seventeenth

Five for April 17th:

Ear infection. Jane has wasted no time inheriting some of her father’s less desirable childhood ailments. The good new is that we got her on some antibiotics, and while she’s still crabby, she woke up this morning fever-free for the first time in 3 days, which is a good start.

The Onion. Generally speaking, the rapid-fire, Gilmore Girls-esque delivery the Onion employs for their fake video news interviews annoys me so much that I typically don't watch these, but I can forgive it with this one because it's so goddamned awesome.

Bleed blue. Game one of the Stanley Cup playoffs versus the Blackhawks is tonight. Yeah, we’re in an injury-riddled slump, but let’s not dwell on those things.

Cool stuff. Donut Palace donuts at work, new kite, 70-degree weekend, morning Loop parking lot cruise, dyeing eggs for Jane, eye doctor appointment for (much-needed) new contacts, BMX dust-off.

Weekend action. Taking a 4-day weekend starting tomorrow. On deck: 2 year wedding anniversary, JB skate sessions, last fish fry of the year, CHP egg hunt, decker at Firebird or Via Dove at Off Broadway, finishing the front steps, drums and other noises, hanging out with the crew. See you Tuesday.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

april sixteenth

Five for April 16th:

Jane update. Visiting the doctor today to try to get to the bottom of this fever, which has now persisted into its third day. Despite that, for the most part she seems to be in a good mood and is active as usual.

AC/DC. Rumors were swirling around the Internet yesterday regarding a possible impending AC/DC retirement due to Malcolm Young’s health. Apparently, Brian Johnson has since debunked that myth.

Midway point. Hard to believe April is half over. Where is this month going? And where is spring? These mid-thirties and forties temperatures are going to be the death of me.

Cool stuff. Fresh Vision Grigley 3 setup, Steak & Shake with Jane, Frankie Hill Behind the Ad, morning drums, Veruca Salt at Firebird in July (fun fact: Louise Post’s brother is my next-door neighbor), La Pizza.

The ultimate douchebag. Fact: At this very moment, somewhere out there, a man sits alone at a table, wearing cargo shorts and leather sandals, smoking from a vapor hookah and browsing Buzzfeed articles on his Google Glass. It's happening.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

april fifteenth

Five for April 15th:

Putting my foot down. I don't care how cold it gets for the rest of this spring, I will go no heavier than a hoodie. My coat is not coming back out. I won't do it. It's the principle of the thing.

Ramp riding. Beat a dreary case of the Mondays last night with Andy, Bryan, Kenny, Jesse and crew at Ramp Riders. Much gnar went down: Kenny in particular was absolutely murdering it. Needless to say: sore morning.

Locals only. This might be my favorite thing put online so far this year. Seriously. If you do nothing else today, watch this video.

Cool stuff. Grigley deck delivery, Off! Wasted Years on Spotify, upcoming 4-day weekend, Klaatu, deserted ruins of the Hey Dude set, homemade pizza.

Coffee clutch. I will go on the record as saying the Beaumont “Donut Store” blend is actually pretty damn good for a $3.99 bag of Aldi coffee. It’s no Sumatra, but it will work in a pinch. Also, Columbia roast Vias all the way.

Monday, April 14, 2014

april fourteenth

Five for April 14th:

Clifton Park clean-up. A few carafes of coffee, two boxes of donuts from Donut Drive-in, plenty of enthusiastic neighbors, and a beautiful sunny day made for an excellent Clifton Park cleansing on Saturday morning.

Sick girl. Jane took a turn for the ill out of nowhere yesterday morning, running a fever almost all day. Not sure where it came from, but she slept well last night and seems to be doing fine today. Hopefully it was just a 24-hour thing.

Skating. Mega-fun sesh at JB on Saturday, hitting Ramp Riders tonight for a jam with Andy and Bryan. Also, the Morganford park is making progress.

Cool stuff. Fixed chimney, super nice (free) leather chair for the bedroom, new sunglasses for Jane, 52mm Spitfire Ishod Wair F1’s, Middle Class Fashion at Tap Room, grapefruit La Croix, RDR: Undead Nightmare cheat codes, hot-tubbing.

Mai Lee. While the location may be a bit weird (situated underneath a parking garage next to the Brentwood Metrolink station), in my mind it’s officially the best Vietnamese in town. Sorry, Pho Grand. I’ll always love you too.

Friday, April 11, 2014

april eleventh

Five for April 11th:

Riding bikes. Totally dropped the ball on riding this week, but in fairness, it would’ve been kinda tough to pull off given spotty early-week weather, morning meetings, and Jane drop-off and pick-up responsibilities. Oh well.

Tightening up. Putting any and all unnecessary spending on hold for a bit while we save up as much as we can for this driveway project. Going to be amazing and totally worth it, and while it’s costing less than I initially thought it would, it still ain’t cheap.

Stephen Colbert hosting The Late Show. While I think he’s perfect for position, it’ll be interesting to see how well he’s received as Stephen Colbert the guy, as opposed to Stephen Colbert, the caricatured version of a right-wing pundit that he has carefully honed over the last eight years.

Cool stuff. Popcorn Friday, new issue of Transworld Skateboarding, digital headstock tuner first-run, asiago bagel, CHP trees in bloom, lunchtime Loop cruisin’, Mushuganas Lows in the Mid 90’s, actual HD, Creature Vert Search: Seattle, this.

Weekend action. Busy one coming up. Friday night: Hanging out with Jane, hitting up either MCF at Tap Room or Valley at Firebird. Saturday day: Clifton Park clean-up. Saturday night: Mai Lee followed by hot-tubbing and Fireball Island with Mary and Keith. Sunday day: Home Depot, finishing front steps. Sunday night: dinner at my mom’s condo. Skating, drumming, sleeping in there somewhere.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

april tenth

Five for April 10th:

Swag. Morning meeting with D’Addario netted me a free Planet Waves clip-on micro tuner, new NS capo, and the only medium t-shirt they brought. Score. However, why do companies print on t-shirt sleeves? I can’t stand that.

Pay it forward. Built up a board for a friend/co-worker who’s getting back into skating. 7.75 blank, old Thunder trucks, old CCS wheels, and some god-only-knows mashup of bearings and hardware. But hey, it rolls, and that’s stuff I’ll never use.

So long, cable. Bought a $20 antenna and got rid of our basic cable package last night. We literally never watched any cable channels, just the occasional bit of local news or channel 9, both of which are free. We’re now saving $360 a year, AND the picture is a hundred times sharper. Anything else we can get via Netflix or order on Amazon. Liberated!

Cool stuff. Free sheet of grip tape, Clifton Park buttons from House of Eight Legs, 70-degree temperatures, dinner on the back patio, good leftovers, Live After Death, Jeff Hedges interview, Tide stain sticks.

Future Sk8. Stopped by Future Sk8 yesterday to poke around, and wound up chatting with Don for a bit and getting a tour of the as-yet unopened new location a few doors down. Going to be quite the improvement over his current location size-wise, but I will miss the old shop.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

april ninth

Five for April 9th:

Seshday. It’s like the secret no one knows about. Everything is insanely cheap (including normally high-dollar reissues), shipping is always about $7, and there are always killer coupon codes to plug in. Seriously unbeatable.

Fish Fry. After a strong start, we’ve really dropped the ball over the last couple of weekends and opted for other fare or outdoor seating. Hopefully we’ll get at least one more in before the end of the season.

Driveway 2014. Soon, our cracked, ancient, pot-holed, miserable excuse for a driveway and parking pad will be gloriously ripped out and replaced by smooth asphalt. Jane will be able to play outside in the backward without fear of potentially needing a tetanus shot if she falls down.

Cool stuff. Talking Slappies with Jason Adams, cowboy caviar, Vision Grigley 3, Future Sk8 lunchtime sticker run, reciting the ABC’s with Jane, evening trip to the Clifton Park flower garden, Powell Vato Rat 2014 reissue.

Twitter basically becomes Facebook. So much for simplicity.