Monday, September 25, 2017

september twenty-fifth

Five for September 25th:

Back in/on the saddle. Three days out of the office followed by a weekend means a mountain of email and other work to get through today. That said, had a great ride in this morning after way too much sitting around for the last several days. Hoping to get as much in this week as possible.

September toy show. I think Jane and I have gone to every toy show so far this year. This time around I scored a $1 die-cast Shogun Warrior Grandizer, George got a new Ninja Turtle and Jane picked up a Barbie and a few little plastic Disney princesses.

Partying. Hit up a way-too-hot Clifton Heights Party in the Park with the family followed by Oktoberfest at Seth’s place on Saturday. Good times, good food, and face painting.

Cool stuff. Sunday night bikes, JB skate session with Andy, new GT/Dyno Dual Forces t-shirt, Spike Jonze Epicly Later’d, 2018 Haro Lineage lineup and upcoming retro tees.

Quote of the day. “A great way to show respect for the flag is to refuse offers of clandestine election assistance from hostile foreign espionage agencies.” -David Frum

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

september nineteenth

Five for September 19th:

Re-routing. Deviated from my normal riding route of cutting over the turtle park bridge and weaving through Forest Park, and just stayed on Oakland all the way up in the bike lane to Skinker. Probably shaved a good 3-4 minutes off my commute time. How did I not think to do that sooner?

Jury duty packing list. iPhone charger, earbuds, new issue of Thrasher, Elevation bars, sleep mask, cyanide pills.

Puppet theatre. This thing has been sitting boxed since Christmas. Finally got it put together over the weekend and the goobs can’t get enough of it.

Cool stuff. Fresh-ground Guatemalan coffee, lunch break slappy session, Skate Warehouse sticker sheet, work snack restock, two free storage shelves for the basement, found my to-go mug, Heath Kirchart Epicly Later’d.

Tuesday soundtrack. Primordial, Kyuss, Mercyful Fate, MDC, Black Flag, Vision of Disorter, Minor Threat, Clutch, COC.

Monday, September 18, 2017

september eighteenth

Five for September 18th:

Over the hill. Celebrated the big 4-0 with cupcakes with the kids, dinner with Lisa at Snax followed by drinks with a bunch of good friends at Royale, and some barbecue and ├ęclair cake at Lisa’s mom’s house.

Happy birthday Josh. Speaking of birthdays, my little brother turns 37 today. Little whippersnapper.

No stopping the gnar. Flatland session with Greg at Shenandoah on Saturday followed by an early morning trip to the slab and some backyard quarterpipin’ with Andy on Sunday.

Cool stuff. Free Danelectro t-shirt at work, $80 worth of Starbucks/iTunes cards, peach pear La Croix, fixed the bottom bracket on the DT DLX, house decluttering, O-Zone ’89.

Jury duty. No blog at least Wednesday this week due to public service obligations. Fingers crossed I’m back on Thursday.

Friday, September 15, 2017

september fifteenth

Five for September 15th:

Last post of my thirties. I’m not one to put much stock in turning 40- as I’m pretty much firmly on the “you’re only as old as you feel/age is nothing but a number” bandwagon- but it’s amazing how fast the last decade went by. And what a decade it was.

Black lives matter. My skin color is such that I will never have to sit down with my small children and explain to them, in starkly literal terms, that their lives essentially have no value, and that they can be targeted and murdered by police at any time, for any reason, with impunity. That no matter what they do or say, don’t do or don’t say, none of it matters. That an approaching police officer equals the very real possibility of violent death regardless of any cause or lack thereof. That there is no one to protect them, and that the system will always- ALWAYS work on behalf of the police, even when they're on camera premeditating a murder, committing said murder, and planting a gun on a warm corpse, because That’s Just How It Is. I can’t imagine having to have this conversation with my children, but it’s a conversation that is happening right now in households across this city and country, with no apparent end in sight.

Riding in. Great ride to the office this morning, and hopefully being on a bike will help me get home tonight in the wake of what I can only assume will be widespread protest-related road closures.

Cool stuff. Dave Mirra BMX Super Tour 2001 series on YouTube, lunch protein box, getting paid, GT t-shirt, playing Mia and Me with Jane.

Weekend action. Hard to get excited about a weekend given all that’s happening right now, but that said: birthday sushi with Lisa, cocktails with friends, bbq at the in-laws, street riding, lawn stuff, decluttering, St. Louis hopefully not burning.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

september fourteenth

Five for September 14th:

Riding in. Due to after-work appointments, rain threats and child transportation obligations, I finally got my first ride of the week in today, with plans for tomorrow as well. Cool and quick six miles.

Janey. My girl had her first day back at Union AND her first dance class yesterday. Handled both like a champ.

Office quote of the day. "Dude, I would’ve bought the shit out of a Crucial Taunt record."

Cool stuff. Jasmine tea restock, Grosso’s Loveletters: Lance Mountain, Part 2, raging lunch session at 170 ditch, Ruben Alcantara - NORA Cup Legend Tribute Video, Hell Night t-shirt.

Crap I pulled out of the weed pile behind out fence. Rusty wheelbarrow, five tomato cages, numerous bricks, two large steel poles, old animal trap, four lawn bags worth of vines/tree stump fragments.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

september thirteenth

Five for September 13th:

Allergy season. Made it all the way through spring and summer with nary an issue, but now as we’re getting into fall I can’t stop sneezing. Go figure.

The Birdman. Got to MoFo pretty much exactly in time for it to start pissing rain, but saw a bunch of Instagram video and photos of Tony Hawk earlier in the day totally wrecking the park to an enormous crowd. Take about a dude that puts his money where his mouth is. The expansion looks awesome as well.

Playing actual drums. I appreciate the hell out of my electronic kit- which has helped keep me a sane person for the last several years- but nothing beats the real thing. Had a chance to bang around in the basement for a few minutes last night on the new setup and it was great.

Cool stuff. Afternoon ditch skate session (weather permitting), $40 in Starbucks gift cards from the in-laws, Jane’s (second) first day of school, sleeping till 7 am, free Planet Waves Eclipse tuner, carnitas.

Quote of the day. “Sadly, the fact that Ted Cruz jacks off to mediocre porn spam is the most human thing we can say about him. This is actually his high point.” -Craig Mazi

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

september twelfth

Five for September 12th:

Sick boy. Hot on the heels of Jane last week, my little guy is out of commission with a persistent cough and just general sickishness. I guess there’s something going around. Kudos to Lisa for spending most of the night in his tiny bed keeping him soothed.

New drum kit. Got it unboxed and built up, but of course had to do it after the kids were in bed, so I haven’t had a chance to actually play or tune it yet. Looks killer, though.

Eyes on the prize. Went in to get new contacts yesterday fully prepared to drop a couple hundred dollars at least- as is always the case- but to my surprise, our new vision plan through work covered a six-month supply (which I will stretch to a year easily) completely. I’ll take it.

Cool stuff. New issue of Thrasher, H-Street Danny Way “Giant” reissue decks and shirts, homemade salsa, fresh bananas, getting better at slappies, $3.50 Enjoi rails at Skate Warehouse, hitting the ‘chit.

Tuesday soundtrack. May Blitz, Witchcraft, Cactus, KISS, Spirit Caravan, Black Sabbath, Mondo Drag, Acid King, The Shrine, Blood Ceremony, High On Fire.