Monday, May 20, 2019

may twentieth

Five for May 20th:

Day twenty-three. The spring-like hits keep coming. In the entire time I’ve been riding my bike to work, I don’t think there’s ever been another day in late May where I had to wear a long-sleeve shirt to battle the morning chill.

Family tradition. Lisa’s annual birthday ride on the Katy Trail from Weldon Spring to Augusta was cut short midway through due to a bridge being out, but we still had a blast. The weather was perfect, we saw a wild turkey, and stopped for a beer at a little micro-brewery off the bike trail near Defiance. Definitely something we need to do more often.

Proud dad. Jane’s soccer team ended their season with a 3-2 win on Saturday, with Jane scoring one of the goals- her first goal ever in two seasons of soccer.

Cool stuff. Patio drinks and brasserie burgers at Rockwell with Mary and Keith, backyard strawberry harvest, new Nick Watts footage, grain-free granola bars, killer flatland session at Berra Park, Jason Adams Nine Club podcast, dinner on the back porch.

Shutout. Did a double-take yesterday when I looked at my phone to check the score of the Blues game and saw a 5-0 bludgeoning of the Sharks and another Schwartz hat trick. One more to go and it’s the first Stanley Cup finals for STL since ’70.

Friday, May 17, 2019

may seventeenth

Five for May 17th:

Day twenty-two. Another 4/5 days on the bike saddle in the books. 100 bike miles vs about 24 behind the wheel over the last couple of weeks is a stat I can get behind. I love this time of year.

Harry Potter. Jane was having trouble keeping up with the book, so we started watching Sorcerer’s Stone last night, and she loved it. We will definitely be coming back to the literary versions at some point.

Let there be light. They replaced about 100 burned out bulbs in the office today. Anything that helps this windowless basement feel a little less like a dark cave is alright by me.

Cool stuff. Vintage Team Haro jacket, bento box, freshly-medicated schnoodle, MyFitnessPal app, popcorn Friday, backyard garden lettuce, Powell Claus Grabke first-model reissues, X Games Real BMX clips.

Weekend action. Annual birthday bike ride on the Katy Trail with Lisa followed by a date night out, soccer games with the goobs, sunset flatland session, getting the lawn mowed, The Queers at Fubar.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

may sixteenth

Five for May 16th:

Day twenty-one. Completely crushed the ride in today, pedaling hard and making it in just over 20 minutes. Had to savor the cool morning air, as the ride home will be hovering squarely around the 90-degree mark.

Last call. My old iPhone 5, which I had been using in the attic simply for streaming drumless tracks on my e-drums, officially shit the bed this morning forever. Guess I need to pony up for some headphone adapters for my 7.

Craft champ. Jane beat out every first and second-grader at her school in a paper canoe-making competition, taking first place and winning, quote; “a necklace with a bug in it.” That’s my girl.

Cool stuff. Dad and George night, Melvins and Red Kross at Ready Room in September, MOTU in the attic, evening flatland session coming up, Tony Hawk Ban This section outtakes on Powell’s Instagram.

Quote of the day. “One more time for the folks in the back: you cannot ban abortion, you can only ban safe abortion.” -unknown

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

may fifteenth

Five for May 15th:

Divide and conquer. Lisa took George to his preschool year-end picnic while I took Jane to her soccer game with a minivan full of snacks and Gatorade. No doubt a portent of things to come as these kids continue to grow like weeds.

So long, stumpy. The gigantic, rotting, 15-foot-tall, vine-covered monstrosity of a tree stump that has darkened our backyard domain since we moved in to our house, sprouting poison ivy and threatening to crush our fence and rip down power lines, is getting removed today.

Work snack restock. Cashew cookie Larabars, raisins, raw almonds, oven-roasted peanuts, bananas. The cupboards were bare.

Cool stuff. Getting George’s shred sled dialed in, fresh shave, Blues game three, afternoon flatland on the FST, Alien Workshop “visitor” reissues, Wilkerson Airlines Riot tribute frame rumors.

Skate deaths. 2019 has already ushered in the untimely demise of far too many notable people in the skateboarding world, another one confirmed last night. Such a bummer.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

may fourteenth

Five for May 14th:

Day twenty. Good one this morning. Just crisp enough to keep things comfortable. Low 70’s and sunny for the ride home.

Last night. Fun time at the park followed by a walk up the street to Mason playground with some of the neighborhood crew, where the kids performed an Earth Day play on the little outdoor stage and ran around like madmen.

White Birch. Good skate sesh with Brian, though I wish I’d had a skate key. Been too long since we hit that spot. Ran into a dude riding an old S&M Call Girl which was as awesome an overbuilt mid-school tank as I’ve ever seen.

Cool stuff. Blues tie the series vs. the Sharks, Glasgow Underground on Vimeo, Bill Nitschke Space Brothers podcast, grainless granola.

Tuesday soundtrack. Pelican, GBH, Valient Thorr, Bloodclot, Blitz, The Shrine, Poison Idea, Mastodon, Rosetta, Samiam, Operation Ivy, Beastie Boys.

Monday, May 13, 2019

may thirteenth

Five for May 13th:

Day nineteen. Felt awesome to get some miles in- and just be outside in general- after a weekend of (mostly) miserable weather and eating (relatively) poorly. Going for another four-days of bike commutes this week.

Mother’s Day. We made a weekend out of it. Cake, dozen roses, hand-made card, a tea party, some facetiming, and brunch were all on the agenda.

Harry Potter. Started reading The Sorcerer's Stone to Jane late last week. First thing on Saturday morning, she was sitting on her bed with the door open waiting to intercept me en route to get coffee so I could read her the next chapter. I guess she likes it.

Cool stuff. Perfect Bid on Netflix, vintage copy of Go magazine, freestyle trucks, Jeff Crawn East Coast Demolition section, George is getting into Star Wars, pop shove-its, White Birch afternoon sesh.

Flatland progression. Got the beginnings of some legit rolling half-lashes yesterday after the rain finally dried up. Stuck a couple of them but didn’t roll them out properly. Like everything else, it’s just a matter of repetition, getting the feel slowly but surely until it becomes second nature. Stoked.

Friday, May 10, 2019

may tenth

Five for May 10th:

Day eighteen. A legitimately chilly ride in this morning, but nothing a hoodie, long-sleeve t-shirt and thermos of to-go coffee couldn’t handle. Four out of five days and fifty-ish miles for the week is pretty much as good as it gets.

Video days. My little two-minute edit of spring flatland insta-clips is up, all filmed between late February and sometime this past week. Pretty happy with how it turned out. Click it and get stoked on some forty year old bicycle tricks.

GTA 6. Rumors of a long-overdue return to Vice City are swirling, though I think the series could do with an overall change to some new scenery following Liberty City and San Andreas both getting the rehash treatment. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still play it.

Cool stuff. Grosso’s Loveletters: China, digging into the Snakebite archives, backyard lettuce overflow, Jane’s nature collection, new contacts in the mail, Zolatone sample photos, getting paid, Ranchito with Tom and Brian, cheap Skull & Sword blems.

Weekend action. Possibly checking out Duane’s new band at Tap Room, mother’s day dinner at Lisa’s mom’s house, mowing the lawn, running errands, hanging out with the goobs, and the usual combo of skating/riding wherever possible.