Thursday, September 20, 2018

september twentieth

Five for September 20th:

Making a Difference. Best of luck to my amazing and inspiring wife tonight at her (sold out) Women’s Foundation Making a Difference event. She’ll be speaking in front of about 550 people, hanging out with Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and working to make a better world.

Bike commuting. Day three for the week today. Still midsummer-levels of hot and muggy outside, but it felt great to pedal in after a couple of necessary drive days.

Hanging with G. Greg came by last night to diagnose the headset issue I’ve been having on the GT, and we kicked it for a bit in the backyard afterward. Always good hanging out. Speaking of that bike, I think it may be due for some new decals. ’87 Pro Freestyle Tour team model?

Cool stuff. Teenage Stepdad on Instagram, Jane’s pet worm, new farm share pickup, fourth day of intermittent fasting, bathed the dog, morning piano jams with George, fresh-ground honey roast peanut butter, Steve Saiz “totem” reissues in natural finish.

Seoul Taco rules. Got a five-dollar gift card for it taking them ten minutes to get my gogi and waffles out today. Top notch service, dudes.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

september nineteenth

Five for September 19th:

George’s first day. My little dude crushed it at his first day of preschool, which is no surprise. Not sure if it’s related or not, but on the drive in this morning he informed me that there are sixty minutes in an hour, which I thought was a pretty astute observation for a three-year-old.

The wait is over. At long last, Haro unveiled the 2019 bashguard Masters yesterday at Interbike, and holy crap did they kill it. Some people are bummed on the 44-16 gearing, but in my mind it’s perfect for a bike like this. Super sick. I have a feeling these won’t last long.

You win some, you lose some. Rode flat last night even though I really wasn’t feeling it. Ended up bashing my shin and calling it a night. That said, it wasn’t a total bust, as I made some good progress on boomerangs from the back pegs and infinity rolls.

Cool stuff. Endless summer, Toxic Skates “Acid Rain” and Denny Riordon pro model reisssues, work snack restock, Banza noodles, evening at the playground, PS1 classic edition, Snakebite Lee Reynolds podcast.

Quote of the day. “The entire Trump reign thus far is like running over a log and watching maggots and other disgusting bugs crawl out.” -Valerie Plame Wilson

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

september eighteenth

Five for September 18th:

School days, part II. After an unexpected week of construction delays, we dropped our little dude off for his first day of preschool today. Needless to say, he was ready to go.

Happy birthday Josh. My younger, significantly less attractive brother is another year older today, and can definitely expect a FaceTime request from his niece and nephew this evening.

Quote of the day. “Nobody innocent has a list of 65 women they haven’t raped on hand for when the woman accusing them of attempted rape comes forward. Nobody.” -Kaivan Shroff

Cool stuff. Fun afternoon White Birch session with Brian yesterday, Roky Erickson/White Mystery fall tour, upcoming Interbike bashguard Haro Masters unveiling, gripped up the Bug, grande Casi Cielo, Trump rated worst president in US history.

Tuesday soundtrack. Leaf Hound, Power Trip, Avatarium, Motorhead, Sacred Reich, Gray Matter, The Pretty Things, Cro-Mags, Redd Kross, Void, ALL, Exhorder.

Monday, September 17, 2018

september seventeenth

Five for September 17th:

41 years. Celebrated with pink-frosting cupcakes, a new Powell Bug reissue deck, some great kid art, a trip to Chuck E. Cheese’s, and my three favorite people. Doesn’t get any better than that.

Goals for the week. Ride to work a minimum three days, intermittent fasting all five days, eat well, skate White Birch, couple of post-bedtime Berra Park sessions.

First soccer games. Jane played back-to-back hour-long games in searing heat at the YMCA on Saturday. Despite that, she played like a champ and even made a great save while playing goalie. Proud dad.

Cool stuff. Flatland jams in Earth City and Lindenwood Park, Blueprint Coffee cold brew (so potent I could only drink about half of it), Brian Tunney’s DIY Finding Grasso series, discount shorts, cocoa almonds, blue stain Mike V Elephant reissues.

Backyard in bloom. Summer is winding down but the gardens are in full gear. Basil, tomatoes, watermelon, peppers, and we even pulled four huge apples off the tree.

Friday, September 14, 2018

september fourteenth

Five for September 14th:

Day three. Good, solid near-40 mile ride week in the books. Next week is looking good in the weather department, but one of the main bike trails that makes up my ride is going to be closed through forest park, so there’ll be that to contend with.

Turning 41 on Sunday. Jane and Lisa are baking the traditional Pete the Cat cupcakes and George is apparently planning a bicycle-themed party. A trip to Happy Joe’s may be going down as well.

Late bloggin’. Sometimes it goes up at 9 am, sometimes I start it and forget about it and it doesn’t go up till the end of the day. What can you do?

Cool stuff. Backyard baby tomatoes in abundance, got the lawn mowed, payday, intermittent fasting resumed, Baseball Stars, D standard tuning, Iron Fist season 2 on Netflix.

Weekend action. Birthday-partying with the crew, JD McPherson at Off Broadway, Jane’s first soccer game, setting up the Powell Bug, skating and riding, hanging out with the kiddos.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

september thirteenth

Five for September 13th:

Day two. Miles 12-24 for the week going down today. The humidity is creeping back in after a few days of unseasonable cool, but with the season winding down, I’ll take all the summer I can get.

Last night. Fun time at the playground with a bunch of the neighborhood crew. The kids ran themselves ragged and both had to be woken up this morning, which is a rarity.

Quote of the day. “The people who say ‘somebody breaks into my house, I shoot first and ask questions later!’ and the people who think Botham Jean should have obeyed the orders of the strange lady breaking into his apartment are the same people. -Todd Hollowman

Cool stuff. Leftover Salt & Smoke, BMX Inferno on YouTube, 2019 Haro Mirra tributes, Seoul Taco lunch date with Lisa, Grosso’s Loveletters: Atlanta Scene Report, evening flatland.

RES system. Got it hooked up last night, and it rules. Every classic NES game I tried plays perfectly, first try. No blowing in the cartridge, no slamming it in at full force. Now I just need to find out what happened to my copy of Battle of Olympus.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

september twelfth

Five for September 12th:

Southpaw. Looks like George is almost definitely going to end up a lefty, which is something no one else in his immediate family can claim. Guess it happens to the best of us.

Three nights of good shows. Shonen Knife at Ready Room (tonight), Red Fang and Hell Night at Firebird (tomorrow), JD McPherson at Off Broadway (Friday). Hoping to make it out to at least one of ‘em.

Quote of the day. “I mean this seriously, not as a political dig. If you’re in Florence’s path and considering riding it out, your President just said that a hurricane response where 3000 died is his measure of success. Get out of there.” -Chris Murphy

Cool stuff. Bunch of new Nick Watts footage, FiveThirtyEight gives Democrats a 78% chance of winning back the House, cashew cookie Larabars, bag of free K-cups, attic gaming, RES delivery.

Easily amused. I showed Jane some ventriloquism videos on YouTube before bed last night and it completely blew her mind.