Friday, August 22, 2014

august twenty-second

Five for August 22nd:

Neptune lives. Scored one of these limited edition Jason Jessee “Neptune” reissues yesterday before they sold out. I traded my blue dip OG to my friend Mohammed for some shitty blank about 23 years ago and have regretted it every day since.

Late snoozin’. Jane slept till almost 7:30 this morning, which was fortuitous, as I had no idea how I was going to accomplish all my normal morning stuff while simultaneously keeping an eye on her.

Brad McClain Die Hard. “This guy is a wrecking ball on wheels” sums this part up nicely. It’s cool to see some new pros destroying it and getting Powell back on the map.

Cool stuff. Elicia’s pizza, getting paid, Everyday Carry, How to Deal With Friends’ Racist Reactions to Ferguson, epic Simpsons marathon, Iron Maiden Death on the Road, cheesy cheesy pleasy pleasy.

Weekend. Hell Night at Strange Donuts, riding skateboards, tearing apart our back deck, hanging out with the crew. Potential trip to Benton Park Café for breakfast pizza and Bloody Marys.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

august twenty-first

Five for August 21st:

Charity. Gave a buck to a homeless guy standing in the median on the way to work this morning, and didn't even have to dump a bucket of water over my head! Just gave him the money. Can you imagine?

Father/Daughter date. Hanging out with Janey solo tonight. Would a trip to Happy Joe’s be overkill for a 22-month-old?

No clue department. Ferguson- in a move of unparalleled brilliance- hires an all-white PR firm to help them clean up their image.

Cool stuff. Bagels at work, Tilts Dilts on Bandcamp and Cuatro Hombres on Spotify, free jacket, Ranchito with Lisa and Tom, Jake Shimabukuro Life On Four Strings documentary, Jeff Grosso live and let love deck.

Instant oatmeal for lunch. Going to be one of those days.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

august twentieth

Five for August 20th:

Billy Bragg at Royale. Rumors started swirling mid-day yesterday that Billy Bragg would be playing a free, impromptu acoustic patio show that evening at Royale to show solidarity with Ferguson and bring in food donations. It happened.

Deck demolition and reconstruction. Saws, drills, and crowbars at the ready. It’s starting this weekend, weather and back-pain permitting.

I’m Hepp. Precious little of this legendary STL cable access political call-in show- which basically served as a prank-call outlet for high school kids- has been archived online, but some of it has made its way to Youtube. Highly recommended.

Cool stuff. Glen Friedman 9 powerful lessons punk rock teaches you, SCS 2014 fall catalog, citizen journalism, Ban This, Red Hot Riplets.

Birdhouse tour video. Footage of the Birdhouse crew skating Kingshighway DIY and Plan Nine begins around 3:50, but the whole video is worth a watch.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

august nineteenth

Five for August 19th:

Quote of the week. “Nothing rings the chimes of mortality like realizing you're the same age Steven Tyler was when he recorded ‘Love in an Elevator". –Jason Toon

Old and busted. If I can make it through one day without popping at least two Advil, I’d consider it a small victory.

Holy crap. Turn any Youtube video into a GIF by just adding “GIF” to the URL.

Cool stuff. New issue of The Skateboard Mag, Kill the Kool art show retrospective, Charles De Mar is alive and well in Indiana, American Juggalo, the Outlaw Instagrammers of NYC, John Oliver on Ferguson.

Tuesday soundtrack. Hot Lunch, Melvins, Buzzcocks, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Hellacopters, Dead Moon, Torche.

Monday, August 18, 2014

august eighteenth

Five for August 18th:

Southwest Diner. At some point, I’ll get something other than the fiery scramble with sopapillas. When that will be, I have no idea, but I’m sure it’ll happen sometime. Or not.

All Creedence, all morning. Another weekend of civil unrest in my hometown has put me in a mood for some classic John Fogerty. Looks like we’re in for nasty weather.

Homeage. A rainy, mostly-stay-at-home weekend meant getting a ton of stuff done around the house; including a huge clean up of the basement (filled up five gigantic contractor bags with crap) and a much-needed reorganization of our walk-in closet.

Cool stuff. New hoodie, upcoming afternoon roll-around, stuffed pepper soup, Dexter, fresh haircut, Jilly’s cupcakes for mom’s birthday, listening to Jane sing, Hot Lunch She Wants More video.

R.I.P. Jay Adams. “You didn’t quit skateboarding because you got old; you got old because you quit skateboarding”. One of my favorite quotes from anyone, ever.

Friday, August 15, 2014

august fifteenth

Five for August 15th:

Ferguson. Take solace in the fact that the Ferguson Police are a worldwide laughingstock right now. They tried to play army with all their camouflage gear and sniper rifles. They tried to make up their own rules and brutalize people into submission, thinking that they could get away with it, or that no one would notice, or that those that did notice would surely be too scared to retaliate. Their tactic failed. It is being mocked relentlessly by veterans and actual members of the military- which is great- but more than that, what happened in Ferguson paints a stark picture of what happens when you try to militarize a police force to get results: it does nothing, accomplishes nothing, and proves that the citizenry won't stand for it. It will never work. The police state tactic failed, unsurprisingly, after just a few nights. What works? ONE MAN in a leadership role, showing compassion and empathy toward a community that needed only that to begin with.

Dusk sesh. Met up with Andy last night for an impromptu evening skate at JB for an hour or so before the sun went down. Radness occurred, as it usually does. Two parks in two days makes for a sore morning.

Basement. Next big home project: get down there and give it a thorough cleaning and straightening-up. Tons of stuff to throw out and get rid of. It’s bumming me out, so it’s time to get it done.

Cool stuff. Mom's birthday tomorrow (happy birthday!), pre-work/school waterfall visit, Showerbrau, buying toys for Jane, Advil, boards with shapes, Per Welinder DIY coffee mug, lunch at Chubbies.

Weekendishness. Another week flew by at the speed of sound. Not much on the books for the weekend, which is ok by me. I could use an obligation-free couple of days.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

august fourteenth

Five for August 14th:

Skating rules. Super fun session at Westhoff Park yesterday evening (first time there) followed by some curb skating and then the Birdhouse demo at Plan Nine, where I got to meet some legends and see some next-level ripping.

Local music vids. Middle Class Fashion released their video for “Wanted” on Tuesday, and Sleepy Kitty dropped their “Don’t You Start” video yesterday via NPR. I have some pretty talented friends.

Cementland. The late, great Bob Cassilly’s unfinished cement playground masterpiece is rotting away on the north side. Here are tons of photos as it sits today.

Cool stuff. Taking Janey to the playground, SNFU on Spotify, awesome neighbors, BLTs, Epicly Later’d, Bryan Sutter RFT cover.

Ferguson. I try to keep this blog pretty light-hearted and don’t like to descend into the negative/too-serious, but the situation in Ferguson is so fucked that it can’t be ignored. Who polices corrupt pigs? Is this what we’re stuck with, post-Patriot Act? If so, get me the hell out of here.