Friday, August 29, 2014

august twenty-ninth

Five for August 29th:

So long, summer. August flew by in the blink of an eye. It seems like just yesterday I was lamenting the end of the awesomeness that was July, and here we are on the cusp of fall- and the month where I officially enter my “late thirties”.

eBay. Time to start getting some stuff listed and out the door. Starting Monday.

Law and order. Ferguson police sued for forty million dollars yesterday for aggressive police tactics and civil rights violations, with two more county cops now out of work for their participation in the aforementioned. Hopefully many more firings, resignations and lawsuits are on the way.

Cool stuff. Original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie on DVD for $5, Ray Barbee “ragdoll” reissue, functioning monitor, steak Vippy’s, Ben Schroeder 7 Seconds at Svitak’s, Wes Kremer Crusty by Nature, morning drumming, popcorn Friday.

Three-day weekend. Plans for the final weekend of summer include Seth and Lindsay’s wedding party, skating JB, riding some flatland, more work on the back deck, more work in the basement, more whatever.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

august twenty-eighth

Five for August 28th:

Hyperlapse from Instagram. Absolutely going to be a must-have app once I eventually graduate up to IOS7 from the iPhone 4 dark ages.

Breaking Bad. After starting the series probably two years ago- and promptly abandoning it in the wake of having a kid and moving into a new house- we’re finally getting back on the train. How it’s taken us this long is anyone’s guess.

Skewering Ferguson. As they are wont to do, the Onion and John Stewart nail a couple out of the park.

Cool stuff. Terrifying video games, Dan’s Emerald Forest, Ranchito with Tom and Seth, Thursday morning waterfall adventures, egg muffins.

Pigs. If it's any small comfort, they don’t always get away with it.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

august twenty-seventh

Five for August 27th:

O Brother. It was a year ago yesterday that Josh left STL for the Pacific Northwest. Much as I miss the dude, I’m proud of him for deciding to stick it out there despite some pretty heavy-duty setbacks out of the gate. Lesser men would have crawled back licking their wounds, but he soldiered through and made it work

Two-dollar Tuesday. $2 burgers at SoHa followed by a trip to the playground in Clifton Park was a good way to shut down an otherwise uneventful Tuesday.

Time out for fun. Labor day weekend in three days, Gulf Shores in a few weeks. Both cannot come soon enough.

Cool stuff. Jason Jessee Neptune reissue deck plus Jokers Skate Shop stickers, Disposable revisited, dishwasher is fixed, lunchtime roll-around.

Californee way. Events like the Pure Fun zine release party featuring Johnny Rad and attended by- at least- Mike Vallely, Neil Blender, Lance Mountain, Steve Alba, and Corey Miller make me want to pack up everything I own and head west, Beverly Hillbillies-style. Alas.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

august twenty-sixth

Five for August 26th:

Ice bucket challenges. Here’s why I generally dislike them. Here’s why I kinda don’t mind them.

Old Shanghai. Amazing photo gallery of what remains of “Old Shanghai” in the midst of massive modernization.

No New Friends. One of St. Louis’ raddest skaters, Drew Etzkorn, just put out a VX-1000 masterpiece called No New Friends. Fifteen minutes of Midwestern gnar.

Cool stuff. Hell Night t-shirt, the Picturebooks at Halo in September, $27 Sims Flagship II from Seshday, lunch with Tom, attic skate lair overhaul, hide and seek with Jane, 1970’s lunchboxes of schoolyard shame.

Tuesday soundtrack. Bedouin Soundclash, Misfits, Sonic Youth, Meat Puppets, Husker Du, Mushuganas, Pavement.

Monday, August 25, 2014

august twenty-fifth

Five for August 25th:

Hell Night at Strange Donuts. When you’re playing so loudly outside of a donut shop at 9:30 on a Saturday night that the cops come and shut you down six songs in to your seven-song set, you’re doing something right.

Summer returns. Normally by late August I’d be so accustomed to the 96-degree-but-feels-like-110 weather that I wouldn’t be thinking twice about it. However, the unseasonable cool that has defined the majority of this summer thus far has made the past couple of days seem especially oppressive.

Renovation: Phase II. Started tearing out the top layer of the back deck over the weekend, which, because the screws are rusted and buried deep in the wood, means I have to cut the whole thing out with a tiger saw and pry the remaining pieces out with a crowbar. It is indeed as fun as it sounds.

Cool stuff. Jane at the History Museum, Tom Knox interview, front porch grasshopper, fresh stock of K-cups, Matthias Dandois lost footage, dishwasher repair.

Jordan Hoffart. Probably the sickest Firing Line clip I’ve seen yet, and definitely the longest boardslide that has ever gone down. I still don’t understand why Powell let this dude go. One of the most consistently underrated dudes out there.

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.