Friday, May 26, 2017

may twenty-sixth

Five for May 26th:

Happy birthday George. My little dude turns two tomorrow, but we party tonight. Hard to believe two years have already gone by, but he acts more like a two year old every day, so I guess it’s not that hard.

Toddler-in-chief. Trump’s behavior at NATO is a national embarrassment, which of course by now should come as a surprise to nobody.

Variflex Voodoo. The first skateboard I ever owned. My mom bought it for me on QVC when I was probably 10. Learned to roll on it, learned to ollie on it. When we built our first ramp I learned kickturns on it. Long story short, I scored one on eBay this morning for an absurdly cheap price and I'm f*cking stoked. Just missing the blue rails. I'm thinking George needs to learn to shred on this to keep the tradition alive.

Cool stuff. S&M Bikes coffee mug, getting paid, Descendents after-show passes procured, Thai red curry soup, good ride yesterday, jasmine tea, jamming Walk Among Us on the drive in, afternoon 170 ditch session.

Memorial Day weekend action. Birthday celebration tonight at the playground, maybe hanging out with Greg at Ramp Riders, another birthday get-together with Brian and crew, BBQ at Lisa’s mom’s, hitting Maplewood pool, hopefully getting in some skating at JB if the weather cooperates.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

may twenty-fifth

Five for May 25th:

Bike commuting. First and only day this week, but one is better than none. Quick, cool ride in this morning- barely even broke a sweat.

Five years ago today. We found out we were having a girl, and announced Lisa’s pregnancy to the world. Last night, said girl made a construction paper tutu on the kitchen floor, kissed a pug through a fence, and helped me mow the lawn.

Get action. Sunny slappy skate session at the Schnucks curb with Brian, freestyle BMX jams in the back driveway after the kids were in bed.

Cool stuff. New issue of Decibel, veggie scramble, evening at the playground, 11 Twisted Facts About The Far Side, Dennis McCoy Chasing the View off the Cliff segment, GLTS: All Hail Cardiel Part 2, fresh jar of almond butter, home coffee restock, hitting Ranchito.

Drums. May soon be coming into possession of a free drum set from a pile of samples at work, which will be cool to have for the occasional fill-in gig or for any sort of possible future musical projects. Though no such things are currently on the horizon, the price is right.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

may twenty-fourth

Five for May 24th:

Fire Stick. Our trusty old Nintendo Wii is finally retired from service, at least so far as streaming video is concerned. The new Fire Stick is installed as of last night and is way cooler and faster than I ever imagined.

Skateboard-themed coffee mugs I own. Santa Cruz classic dot, Bones Wheels vato rat, Skull Skates skull logo.

170 ditch. Using first-person accounts, 26 year old video footage, and current satellite surveillance, I found the location and entry point for the marginally-infamous 170 ditch yesterday. It’s only about 5 minutes from my office and hopefully still somewhat rideable. We shall see.

Cool stuff. $1 Ninja Turtle Leonardo figure, morning railslides, somehow pieced together a good lunch, playing Aladdin with Jane, Greg’s new Lineage Haro Sport, 2017 Nyquist Jackhammer bars.

Mushuganas in Chicago. Reunion show on June 17th. Now this one might call for a road trip. One of my favorite bands and some of the best dudes ever.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

may twenty-third

Five for May 23rd:

Janey. Last day of preschool for my little girl today, who continues to grow at light speed. May your socks be forever mismatched.

Iron Maiden Strangers in a Strange Land. Stumbled upon this amazing, fan-made Somewhere in Time-era live compilation yesterday. One of their best albums and most visually amazing tours that was for some unexplainable reason criminally under-documented. Go check it out immediately.

Shredding. Hit White Birch yesterday afternoon for a skate session with Brian and got in some morning flatland in Forest Park before the rain starts up.

Cool stuff. Selling stuff on eBay, Grosso’s Loveletters Season 8: All Hail Cardiel Part 1, Mortal Kombat with Kevin, new Whole 30, doing pushups, fruit cup, blueberry RX bar from Lisa, ditch spot right by my office.

Tuesday soundtrack. Entombed, Nailbomb, Death Breath, Testament, Minor Threat, Zeke, Exodus, Lecherous Gaze, ALL.

Monday, May 22, 2017

may twenty-second

Five for May 22nd:

Happy birthday Lisa. Kicked off the big 3-7 celebration in style over the weekend with a bike ride on the Katy Trail from Weldon Spring to Matson and back, BBQ at a little trail stop in Defiance, record shopping at Planet Score, sangria at Taste of Maplewood, brunch at Russell’s, and cupcakes and paddle boating at the farm. The party continues tonight.

New brew. Had to say goodbye to the old Mr. Coffee yesterday. It served us well. Picked up a nice new Black & Decker 12-cup job, which had its inaugural run this morning, and I’m happy to say passed with flying colors.

Radical moves. Got in a couple of fun backyard freestyle jams in over the weekend. Not the best scenario for flatland riding (as it isn’t flat), but it’s convenient at least.

Cool stuff. Probably the best skateboard trick I’ve ever seen, mud puddlin’ with the kids, morning roll, bowl of cuties and rack of Pike Place K-cups at work, cinnamon gum, How to Manage Your Idiot President.

Riding gear. Picked up a new LED headlight and taillight, under-saddle bag, and chain lock for the road bike- all of which were either broken, taped together, or missing parts.

Friday, May 19, 2017

may nineteenth

Five for May 19th:

Full day. Yesterday was jam-packed: rode the bike to work, had an afternoon skate session with Brian, rode home, and then met Andy at Webster for more shredding after the kids went to bed. Somewhere in there I managed to hang out with the family, work eight hours, take a shower, and watch a documentary about beaver lodges.

Sleeping through loud thunderstorms. The streak remains unbroken.

Drive tunes. Got to check out the as-yet unreleased three-song Cruel Summer ’89 EP on the way in this morning. Of course, it was recorded in like one day and totally f*cking rules.

Cool stuff. Chrome Ball Incident Danny Way interview, good lfeftovers, Articles of Impeachment, the past 24 hours of devastating Trump news, explained, veggie scramble, Jane’s parade store, this dude.

Weekend action. Pre-birthday dinner and drinks with Lisa, possibly painting the living room, afternoon at the farm for some paddleboating, taking the Master out for a flatland ride at the parking lot, whatever else comes along.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

may eighteenth

Five for May 18th:

Three out of five. One more ride in to work today before rain moves in. I’m loving riding my bike more than ever these days, and I’m excited to keep it going through the summer and fall as much as possible. 30 miles of pedaling so far this week with 6 more to go.

Backpack. In the market for a new one, as the two I have in rotation (one of which I got for free at a NAMM show in probably 2003) are both in various stages of threadbare decay following years of continuous use. Leaning toward the Element Jaywalker- plenty of space, actual buckle skate straps, rigorous and cheap.

Spring Parade. Jane’s last big school event of the year (and before she starts at her new school) is this afternoon. Bummed I’m going to miss it, but luckily Lisa will be there to document the occasion.

Cool stuff. New Skull Skates coffee mug, driveway PVC slider session, afternoon slappies with Brian, office d├ęcor rearranging, Replacements bookmark, garlic stuffed queen olives.

Quote of the day. "Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the President." -Theodore Roosevelt