Thursday, May 26, 2016

may twenty-sixth

Five for May 26th:

George turns one. Taking tomorrow off to celebrate our little dude’s first birthday. It’s been amazing to watch him morph from helpless infant to independent toddler in such a short period of time. He’s also the sweetest guy ever. Couldn’t be prouder.

Blues blues. Well, that was ugly. But hey, we got further than anyone thought we would.

Dear offended Christian. I’m tired of you being more outraged by red coffee cups and department store restrooms than by poverty and racism and gun violence. I’m tired of reminding you that the number of times Jesus spoke about gender identity and sexual orientation in the Gospels is zero. I’m tired of a Christianity that is making me more and more embarrassed to be associated with it.

Cool stuff. New issue of Thrasher (with free stickers), Tamale Man tamales from the farmer’s market, dental flossers, lunch with Tom, Sanders/Trump debate is apparently happening, Bob Haro’s Freestyle Moves archived on issuu, Chrome Ball Chris Senn interview.

Four-day weekend action. George’s birthday party, skate session with Brian and Andy, hanging out with the kids while Lisa road trips to Springfield, deep-cleaning the basement, riding bikes, yardwork.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

may twenty-fifth

Five for May 25th:

R.I.P. Walter. Our stalwart orange cat passed away unexpectedly yesterday at the ripe old age of twelve years and some change. We’ll miss you, buddy.

NAMM. Looks like I’ll be sitting out the summer show this year after all. Kind of a relief, actually. Didn’t seem like it was going to be financially worth it and being away from the kids for days on end is a huge bummer.

Freestyler. Sacrilege? Lipstick on a pig? Whatever, my 2015 price point daily rider Haro just got an '88 style makeover.

Cool stuff. Dennis McCoy boomerang tutorial, breakfast sandwich from McArthur’s, $1.99 record scores, Tom Petty Running Down a Dream documentary, 2016 Boozer jam footage, CWE Whole Foods is open.

Wednesday soundtrack. Black Tusk, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Aerosmith, The Loudmouths, Teengenerate, the Sword, Fleetwood Mac, ELO.

Monday, May 23, 2016

may twenty-third

Five for May 23rd:

Weekend highlights. Drinks with friends at Urban Chestnut for Lisa’s birthday, George’s first haircut, Taste of Maplewood, MCF and SFYYR at Off Broadway, taking Jane to Toys R Us, backyard bbq with the Fairs and co.

Nick Menza. Rust in peace.

Game of Thrones. I've still never seen an episode of this show, so my life remains relatively unruined. I do feel for all of you though.

Cool stuff. Won a hundred bucks this morning, fresh bag of Sumatra, Schlafly Summer Lager season, pre-work railslides, Blues/Sharks series tied.

This is how fascism comes to America. Not with jackboots and salutes (although there have been salutes, and a whiff of violence) but with a television huckster, a phony billionaire, a textbook egomaniac “tapping into” popular resentments and insecurities, and with an entire national political party — out of ambition or blind party loyalty, or simply out of fear — falling into line behind him.

Friday, May 20, 2016

may twentieth

Five for May 20th:

Birthday girl. Happy (early) birthday to my amazing wife, who turns thirty-something this coming Sunday. Wait, twenty-something? It’s hard to tell. Here’s to many, many more!

Decaled up. Finally got some ’87 Haro Sport repro stickers on the way to throw on my daily rider BMX, which is not actually an ’87 Haro Sport but IS a Haro and will look rad with some period decals. I’m a sucker for aesthetics.

Working for the clampdown. All Clash, all day.

Cool stuff. Seoul Taco with work buds, awesome Hill redevelopment plans, free five bucks, Blue Bunny mini cones, CHP with Janey.

Weekend action. Busy one coming up: Lisa’s birthday celebration at Urban Chestnut, Middle Class Fashion record release at Off Broadway, Clifton Park perennial exchange, kid party at Brian’s, and all manner of other stuff. Hopefully squeeze in some skating somewhere.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

may ninteenth

Five for May 19th:

Youth gone wild. Got to spend an extra hour or so with the kids this morning and drop Jane off at preschool for the first time ever- two days shy of her last day of school for the summer. Better late than never.

Chai tea. Trying to de-coffee my day a bit. It was starting to get a bit out of hand, even by my standards.

Spotify Free. Did they do away with the ads? Did they finally realize they’ll never break me? Did my Spotify somehow develop the best glitch ever? Not sure, but I don’t think I’ve heard one in a few weeks, and I’m not on premium. No complaints here.

Cool stuff. Awesome weather, MCF article in St. Louis Magazine, The Curse of the Ramones, Callin’ Oates is back, salmon BLT, Webster session.

Late entries. Seems like getting these things posted in the mornings is becoming next to impossible these days.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

may eighteenth

Five for May 18th:

Nice weather. Finally a day of sun and dryness following three miserable days of pissing cold rain. It’s nice to actually get a spring, but I’m not a fan of seeing your breath outdoors in May.

Frankenskate. Threw this Schmitt Stix Rip Saw together out of random spare parts in the attic last night. Some semi-retired Indy 139’s, old bones wheels, and a total mishmash of bearings and hardware. Actually came out looking awesome.

Plan Nine. Word on the street is it’s reopening this Friday, apparently now owned by Future Sk8 (maybe that’s what it’s called now?) This whole thing seemed pretty up in the air for a number of reasons- the Mills getting sold off recently being one of them. Hope it pans out, as I really only skated there one time.

Cool stuff. Can of Send Help and a steak Gogi bowl, Jane’s riser pad art, lunchtime roll-around, vintage ’99 Side One Dummy zine.

Nothing gets past me. I've been a fan of 3rd Rock From The Sun for almost twenty years and I just last night put together the sub-joke of the male characters together being named Tom, Dick and Harry.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

may seventeenth

Five for May 17th:

Bad start. Monday was sort a bummer- two sick kids, came in early for a meeting that didn’t happen, it rained all day, and my iPhone charger shit the bed. Here’s to a better rest of the week (for everyone).

Trade-N-Games. As an avid fan of both the Dreamcast and the Intellivision, it looks like I might need to take a little road trip down to Fenton pretty soon and check this place out. Side note: that’s the first and last you’ll hear of me potentially road-tripping to Fenton.

TBT. Hard to believe it's been four years since my Facebook feed was clogged with Donna Summer videos.

Cool stuff. Hillary Clinton Wouldn’t Be Winning If Jon Stewart Was Still on Air, fresh setup, George turns one in ten days, seventeen amazing facts about He-Man, binge-watching The Hive with Jane, iPhone photo dump, Seoul Taco with Brian and Katie.

Tuesday soundtrack. Sub Society, High on Fire, Rezillos, Phil Collins, the Muffs, Motorhead, Early Man.