Thursday, March 23, 2017

march twenty-third

Five for March 23rd:

Wednesday. Ate great all day, hung out with the bass player for Danzig at my desk, hunted plastic eggs in the backyard and rode bikes with Jane, scored a couple of new Haro shirts, got some practice in for the Jag-Wires show, and got to sleep in my own bed. All said, good one.

Morning ritual. Coffee and BMX videos on the couch with George by my side is now pretty much a daily thing I can count on, which is great by me.

Quote of the day. “We've reached a dangerous precipice where we can definitively say that the President of the United States is a gross, unethical liar who cannot and should not be trusted.” -Shaun King

Cool stuff. Yes, Chuck Berry Invented Rock 'n' Roll, street photographer recreates images 40 years apart, MCF “Turquoise Heart” video premiere, Ranchito with Tom and Brian, Ryan Nyquist "Boxes full of goodies" video.

Good karma. That rear-ending by an uninsured driver that occurred last month was resolved in perhaps the best way possible, with a money order for the full amount of the repair estimate and a really nice letter showing up in the mail yesterday. I honestly never expected it to work out this way. Goes to show there are good people out there.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

march twenty-second

Five for March 22nd:

Life is strange. Steve Zing from Samhain, who also happens to be our LP rep, will be in the office today to hang out and talk shop. It’s easy to forget how cool my job is sometimes.

Quarantined. Lisa came down with a super-aggressive and contagious virus that left her wearing a mask and sequestered from the family with a gnarly ear infection yesterday. Thankfully we have a pull-out couch downstairs, which I have to say was surprisingly comfortable.

Last night. Had to postpone our scheduled band practice before Friday’s show (see above) AND I missed a secret show at the Way Out Club featuring J. Mascis and Lou Barlow from Dinosaur Jr. and John Brannon from Negative Approach doing Stooges covers. What can you do?

Cool stuff. The Long Ride with Ryan Nyquist, modders are recreating entire Red Dead Redemption map in GTAV, new pair of swim trunks, Catch Me If You Can on YouTube, work raw nut restock.

Quote of the day. “Get ready for impeachment.” -Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

march twenty-first

Five for March 21st:

First day of spring. Came roaring in with a vengeance- 84 degrees out and blinding sunshine all day long. I love it. Hit the skate park for a session with Brian at lunch and the playground with the kids after work.

Here’s hoping. Donald Trump will quit as President ‘soon’, Judiciary committee co-chair Dianne Feinstein hints. Not holding my breath, but I'll take whatever positive developments I can get.

Summer shorts. I’m down two waist sizes thanks to a few months of whole eating, from a 34" last year to 32" this year with room to spare. I can't tell you the last time I could even pretend to fit into a 32 waist.

Cool stuff. Cooperstown Cardinals hat, two new pairs of one-dollar sunglasses, free copy of Bike magazine in the mail, got the Hammer gyro cover on, BMX Madness at Full Factory's Private Ramps, crock pot bbq.

Tuesday soundtrack. Torche, Celtic Frost, Overkill, Loudmouth, Doomriders, Blue Oyster Cult, Venom, Melvins, D.R.I.

Monday, March 20, 2017

march twentieth

Five for March 20th:

Chuck Berry. Someday I'll get to tell my kids that their old man played with Chuck Berry not once, but twice. RIP to the guy that pretty much started it all.

Weekend kid adventures. Digging for treasure and lunch on the beach at Creve Coeur Lake on Saturday, hit the River Road to check out the Piasa bird and play around in Elsah on Sunday.

Bike work. Hung out in Greg’s garage, listened to the Descendents, and had a couple of my BMX’s tuned up and dialed in. Always a good time with that dude.

Cool stuff. Officially spring, Krooked Kevin Staab guest deck from Andy, morning curb stop, Odyssey Ghost brake pads for the Dyno, good leftovers, new umbrella for the back deck.

Quote of the day. “Don’t worry, everyone. After Trump’s exhausting week of cutting programs that help low-income Americans, he’s taking his 6th vacation.” - Jordan Uhi

Friday, March 17, 2017

march seventeenth

Five for March 17th:

St. Patrick’s Day. The only reason I’m even mentioning it is in the hopes it will help me remember to avoid Dogtown on the way home.

Links I emailed myself at 3:30 in the morning. The Revolt of the Judges: What Happens When the Judiciary Doesn’t Trust the President’s Oath, Budgets are moral documents, and Trump’s is a moral failure, Trump's Budget Would Turn the US Into a Heavily-Guarded Shitpile, White House Says Cutting Meals on Wheels Is ‘Compassionate’, This Is the Ending Conservatives Always Wanted.

BMX banditry. Got in an afternoon solo ride at White Birch yesterday. My first time there on a bike, but not my last. Good place to dial stuff in.

Cool stuff. New issue of Decibel, the return of Bam Margera, discounted Haro t-shirts, getting paid, Lizzie Armanto turned pro, vintage Hammer gyro cover.

Weekend action. Nice one coming up in the weather department with little in the way of concrete plans. Thee Fine Lines at San Loo tonight, maybe an early skate session at JB tomorrow, potential trip to Creve Coeur Lake beach, dialing in the Nyquist and the Dyno with Greg, hanging with the crew.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

march sixteenth

Five for March 16th:

Rock show. A week from tomorrow, I’ll be sitting in on drums for another gig with the Jag-Wires at Tap Room. It’s free, and free is always good. Essential Knots the following night at Off Broadway. Make a weekend out of it!

Quote of the day. “Poopoo and peepee and David Bowie with diapers that have poop in them.” -Jane

Sleep. Everybody got a much-needed uninterrupted full night last night for the first time in weeks. Feeling pretty damn good today.

Cool stuff. Shipyard Mike Conroy decks, Behind the Photo: Mat Hoffman by Brad McDonald, spring starts in four days, Hell Night Songs EP release video, afternoon freestyle session.

Cheep cheep, gone gone. The abandoned Dirt Cheep on Hampton is being demolished for what I understand will be an urgent care facility. How ironic is that? Good riddance to that hellhole.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

march fifteenth

Five for March 15th:

George. Our little dude had a rough night to say the least. Woke up around 11 shaking with a 103 degree fever. Lisa ended up taking him to the ER in the middle of the night thinking it might be pneumonia. Luckily it wasn’t, but he had some kind of virus and two ear infections. Poor guy cannot catch a break. Props to Lisa for literally being the best mom of all time.

Thrift score. Nabbed a fully-chromed out, practically mint mid-school Dyno yesterday afternoon for less than the cost of a lunch at Mi Ranchito. Insane. A couple of front pegs and some brake tightening and it’ll be an awesome rider.

Skyrim. Finally dug into it for a bit yesterday evening, and it’s awesome. Can’t wait to play more. Side note: every first-person game should take a page from their playbook and offer a third-person view option.

Cool stuff. Spare Xbox 360 in the living room, Lifers: Episode 4, blanket fort, taking Jane out for ice cream, two bags of Seattle’s Best #5, X and Screeching Weasel at Delmar Hall (not the same night), 20 classic MST3K episodes hitting Netflix today.

Three years ago. My old band played our last show at Off Broadway exactly three years ago tonight. Time f*cking flies. Guess it's about time to start working on a reunion gig.