Tuesday, November 24, 2015

november twenty-fourth

Five for November 24th:

Southwest Diner. Fiery scramble, cup of Kaldi's and a copy of Thrasher is a good recipe for a Tuesday morning.

Feel the Bern. Bernie Sanders and Killer Mike grabbed lunch at a soul food restaurant yesterday in Atlanta. Meanwhile, on the other side of the aisle, Donald Trump is openly encouraging his supporters to rough up black people. There’s only one right side of this.

SoCal Skates. Picked up a new Powell Skull & Sword for ultra-cheap today by utilizing a combination of black Friday promo discounts, reduced free shipping, and some accumulated points. Sometimes it just all comes together.

Cool stuff. November iPhone photo dump, 15 years of Enjoi, fake Black Friday deals, Raditudes: We’re Not Dying Today, NYT Publishes Scathing Takedown of Trump’s ‘Racist Lies’, Habitat Inhabitants DVD loaner, evening tea parties with Jane.

John Oliver on refugees. “Let’s be honest here, every generation has had its own ugly reaction to refugees, whether they are the Irish, the Vietnamese, the Cubans or the Haitians, and those fears have been broadly unfounded. In fact, there was only one time in American history when the fear of refugees wiping everyone out did actually come true, and we’ll all be sitting around a table celebrating it on Thursday.”

Monday, November 23, 2015

november twenty-third

Five for November 23rd:

Three-day workweek. Or should I say upcoming four-day weekend? It’s a win either way you slice it.

Date night. Went to Dressel’s for a rare evening out with Lisa on Saturday. Some Stone Coffee Milk Stout, pretzel with rarebit, stock-pot soup, and conversation about stuff other than kids was just what the doctor ordered.

America 2015. This picture sums it up so perfectly it hurts. Also, in case you had lost track, Donald Trump's hatemongering has moved on to African-Americans.

Cool stuff. Insane Kevin Kowalski compilation, SuperJane, short and sweet Ramp Riders Saturday session, Sean Burns Ender Ender, What was it like to be a Nintendo game play counselor?

Yesterday. Took the van to Dobbs for some new front tires. I wrongly assumed if I got there early I’d be in and out. Turned out to be a four hour wait, so I grabbed some coffee, zipped up my hoodie and just walked the couple miles back home. Luckily the sun was out.

Friday, November 20, 2015

november twentieth

Five for November 19th:

Jane. Got her first official school picture back this morning. It blows my mind every day to watch her growing into this amazing little person. It’s happening too fast, but it’s the best thing ever and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

The RFT. Picked up a copy of the revamped Riverfront Times for the first time in a long while today and was legitimately impressed. I had written it off (the print version anyway) years ago, but it's perhaps better than ever now. Well done.

End of an era. Guy Mariano and Eric Koston leave Girl for parts unknown. People everywhere who take skating way too seriously are losing their collective shit.

Cool stuff. Kaldi’s, Therapists Confirm Trump's Narcissistic Personality Disorder, quebano sandwich at Vernon’s, In Wellston, a 'family reunion' explores faded riches, realities — and possibilities, 4,000 coins found in Roman treasure trove in Swiss orchard, donuts at work, Venom on Spotify.

Weekend action. Hanging out with the kids, Ramp Riders session, date night with Lisa, Doyle at the Ready Room, playing drums, drinking coffee, dreading winter.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

november nineteenth

Five for November 19th:

Get it now. A couple more days of sun and mild-ish temperatures before a miserable weekend of rain and cold sets in. Four months till spring.

Street survivors. The gas line work that has been slowly snaking its way around the park toward our house finally arrived this morning, with full crew of workmen and all manner of construction trucks and digging apparatus blasting away at various sections of sidewalk. Hopefully they get it over with quickly with minimal damage.

Quote of the week. "In the wake of the Paris attacks, 25 republican governors have vowed to block all Syrian asylum seekers from entering their states, since ONE of the terrorists snuck into France with other Syrian refugees. In addition to being devoid of the most basic human integrity, that reaction is the height of right-wing hypocrisy- because whenever there is a domestic gun massacre, those same republicans are the first to insist you can't blame all the good gun owners for the acts of a few madmen." -Unknown

Cool stuff. Total Recall: Concussions and Carrot Bush, Bernie Sanders Rolling Stone interview, grilled cheese, pre-work curb sesh, watching Toy Story with Jane.

Wicker Man. Brian hipped me to this rare alternate mix of Iron Maiden’s Wicker Man with an amazing call-and-response chorus section that was inexplicably left off of the album version despite being awesome. Dig it.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

november eighteenth

Five for November 18th:

Night shreds. Mega fun session at Ramp Riders last night with Andy, Brian and Rick. Two days of rain can’t put a damper on the gnar.

Gregg Turkington on Entertainment. “I’d like to see the tables turned a little bit so now they can feel the revulsion that I feel when I walk into Walgreens and Justin Bieber and Diplo’s music is blaring through the speakers, and I’m paralyzed with horror like, “Why do I have to fucking hear this? I’m just here to buy some Q-tips, and I have to listen to this fucking shit?”

Big kids. Jane is in like the 98th percentile for height for her age, and George is already in 12-17 month clothing and not even 6 months old yet. Is there something in the water?

Cool stuff. Ranchito with Tom and Craig, New Dan’s Comp catalog and issue of Skate Jawn zine, Ben Carson shattering stereotype about brain surgeons being smart, five-dollar 31” Star Wars Inquisitor, dreamsicle breakfast shakes.

Southwest Diner. How did I not think to just go there on occasional weekday mornings before work? Gonna have to start hitting it once a month or so. Way overdue on my fiery scramble and sopapilla fix, and weekends are out of the question these days.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

november seventeenth

Five for November 17th:

Chowing down. George successfully ate his first solid food last night- some avocado, also a favorite of Jane’s around that age. Pretty sure I didn’t have an avocado until sometime after I had moved into my first apartment.

Pikazo. There have been a few moments in the history of modern technology that left me truly dumbfounded. Number one was when I saw Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on N64 for the first time. The second was the when a friend used Shazam on their iPhone to identify a song that was playing in a restaurant. The third is the astounding Pikazo app. Bonus: Made in STL!

Breakfast shakes. Lisa’s dark chocolate/cherry/spinach/protein concoctions are unbelievably awesome and healthier than something that tastes that good should be.

Cool stuff. 4-day weekend season, Facebook Top 30, home Sumatra roast restock, Heroin Skateboards Bath Salts premier photos, the Traveling Toaster, 'Star Wars: Despecialized Edition' Restores the Original, Unedited Trilogy, free box of Snark picks.

Tuesday soundtrack. Devo, Hellacopters, Motorhead, Rolling Stones, the Roots, No Means No, Rocket from the Crypt.

Monday, November 16, 2015

november sixteenth

Five for November 16th:

Last gasp of summer. Talk about an awesome weekend. Highs near 70, sun shining both days, windows open. For a couple weeks before Thanksgiving, I’ll take it.

John Oliver on the Paris attackers. “Fuck these assholes.”

W/ Bob and David. I was expecting it to be good, but I wasn’t expecting it to be that good. Watched all four episodes over the weekend and can honestly say it holds up as well or better than any classic Mr. Show episode.

Cool stuff. Hanging with George, Katie’s Pizza, Santa Cruz summer ’16 reissues, The Conversation: Robbie Russo & Jeff Grosso, Schlafly Pale Ale at Aldi, Anthony Bourdain eats Waffle House for the first time, loves it, Creature My Neighbor's Board.

Skate sesh. Awesome one on Saturday afternoon with Brian, Josh and a few others at JB. Radness went down, legs were sore, rock was discussed, coping was grinded.