Monday, June 27, 2016

june twenty-seventh

Five for June 27th:

Cosmo Skatepark. Finally got a chance to check it out yesterday morning for a short roll-around before we headed back to STL. Definitely a cool spot. Wish I’d had more time. Also spotted a small skateshop with a miniramp on the outer road when we were leaving. A skate-centric CoMo road trip may need to happen in the near future.

Side by side. George, one year ago and today. That he happened to be wearing a red striped shirt was a complete coincidence.

Columbia cuisine. Veggie sandwiches at Sub Shop, burgers and Stags and Booches, homemade ice cream at Sparky’s. We didn’t have time for Nachos Bianco at Addison’s, but it’s on the list for next time for sure.

Cool stuff. Supreme Court strikes down Texas abortion law, Al Partanen Product Pillage, Airwalk Skatefest 1988, This Hipster Marriage Announcement Is The Most Insufferable Yet, boxed Winking Owl, watching Jane get more and more confident at the pool.

Note to self. No more yardwork before sundown for the rest of the summer. Bagging up a fallen branch and mowing the backyard yesterday afternoon just about killed me.

Friday, June 24, 2016

june twenty-fourth

Five for June 24th:

Lightning bugs. Jane had a good afternoon nap yesterday, so we let her stay up late to catch some lightning bugs in the backyard. She had a blast, and became attached to one particular insect which she named Christy, who she only reluctantly released back to the wild before bed.

Cheap fun. Two plastic launch ramps I found in the trash, a piece of thin plywood, and a handful of wood screws and I have a little mess-around kicker ramp in the basement. May build a little deck onto the back and throw on some PVC coping for added levels of dorkiness.

Brexit, stage left. The UK is Googling what the E.U. is, hours after it voted to leave, crashing their stock market and forcing the abrupt resignation of their Prime Minister. On the plus side, for the first time in a few years the US doesn’t look like the biggest idiots in the civilized world, however temporarily.

Cool stuff. Getting paid, afternoon skate session in the works, zucchini bread, fresh pair of contacts, beets from the garden, $25 Vato Rat hoodie.

Weekend action. Columbia for family stuff followed by Nachos Bianco and Booches burgers with Lisa, morning session at the CoMo skatepark, mowing the lawn, swimming at the Maplewood pool, taking the kids to the playground.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

june twenty-third

Five for June 23rd:

Bike commuting. Rode in to work today, heat be damned. Time to stop making excuses not to saddle up. Needless to say the ride was super good and I feel awesome getting the blood flowing before the day starts. I just wish I’d remembered my towel.

Voltron: Legendary Defender. Watched episode one of the series reboot on Netflix and it ruled. Added bonus of Murray from Flight of the Conchords voicing Coran.

Jane and George. So fun to see them starting to actually play together a bit now that George is getting old enough and big enough to do so. Tea party last night, Legos this morning, games of tag… it’s hilarious.

Cool stuff.5 John Lewis and the house democrats holding their ground, already Thursday, iced coffees, Doom II: Seinfeld’s apartment, new flash drive, an excessively deep dive into the Misfits’ high school yearbooks, stack of 7 Seconds stickers.

Staying young. I don’t remember who uttered the quote “you didn’t quit skateboarding because you got old, you got old because you quit skateboarding.” Mountain? Peters? Adams? Whatever the case, this guy is proving it’s never too late to start reversing the aging process. Or at least slowing it down.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

june twenty-second

Five for June 22nd:

GOP arcade. As both a huge fan of mocking the comical absurdity of the Republican Party and of SNES-era video game culture, this site has it all. Seriously one the most fantastic things ever put online. Check out “Trump Toss” and “Thoughts and Prayers: The Game” immediately.

Soaked through. Spent about 20 minutes outside last night mowing the front and side yard and afterward I was so wet with sweat it looked like I’d just come in from a rainstorm. This was AFTER the sun went down. Today is going to be even gnarlier. Too brutal.

Go Skate Day. Yeah, yeah, it’s every day, blah blah. I’m certainly not going to decry a day dedicated to celebrating skateboarding around the world, and you shouldn’t either. Yesterday was fun: had a morning jam at Webster followed up by an afternoon session at White Birch with Brian where much radness went down.

Cool stuff. The Jam- Electric Circus ’77, Young Ones secret fifth roommate discovered, steak salad, The Return of Lesser Evilism, old school Dominator BMX seat reissues, The Unjust with Jesse Martinez, Black Label Lucero 12XU decks.

Double monitors on the desk. How did I ever fit all this crap onto one tiny screen?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

june twenty-first

Five for June 21st:

Go Skateboarding Day 2016. Kicked it off with a few laps around Webster this morning, and there’s an afternoon session with Brian somewhere is in the works, weather permitting.

YMCA park. This place is three minutes from my house, and I forget it even exists sometimes because it is literally open two months out of the year, three days a week at totally random hours. This should be a go-to spot and instead it's just totally off anyone's radar and more or less forgotten. It's a shame, and the YMCA should be embarrassed that they are dropping the ball so hard on this place. What a waste.

Quote of the day. Since zero women and zero people of color weighed in on the US Constitution when it was written, I assume it may occasionally need a few updates. –Cameron Esposito

Cool stuff. Morning cartoons with Jane, cheap Vato Rat hoodies, John Cardiel Epicly Later’d, Colony BMX: Nude Bowl in the heat, The Trump campaign raised less money in May than the Veronica Mars movie kickstarter, new issue of Decibel, work chai tea re-up.

Tuesday soundtrack. Rush, Pegboy, Weedeater, Midnight, Danko Jones, Slayer, Greenhornes, the Police, Avail, Mothership, Horisont, Jello Biafra.

Monday, June 20, 2016

june twentieth

Five for June 20th:

Father’s day 2016. Best one ever. It may be a “Hallmark Holiday” or whatever, but when you have kids that are excited to go on picnics, get ice cream, paint you pictures, and wrap a hot glue gun in tin foil and give it to you as a gift, there’s no beating it.

Minivan clan. We got the family truckster a year ago today, on an epic whirlwind car-shopping outing that saw the van located, test-driven, and purchased in the span of George’s morning nap (he was with us the whole time). Since then it has essentially become our home on wheels. What would we do without this thing?

Reading material. New issue of Transworld Ride BMX, Aggro Rag Freestyle Mag: Plywood Hoods Zines ’84-’89, new Dan’s Comp catalog.

Cool stuff. First day of summer, Descendents interview, Mat Hoffman biggest air video, Garrison Keillor: the punk who would be president, Andy’s 40th birthday party, sliders on the grill, Seattle’s Best #5 Dark restock, weekend skate sessions, vegetable haul from Rick's garden.

Tweetstorms. I don't care how poignant it is, it's impossible for me to read anyone's essay/open letter/what have you when it's broken up over 65 separate 140-character tweets.

Friday, June 17, 2016

june seventeenth

Five for June 17th:

Great outdoors. Nice to be able to walk ten feet outside today without being immediately drenched in sweat. I love summer, but I’m not ready for a five day, 100-degree heat wave.

Budding artist. It’s truly a highlight of fatherhood (as many things are) to watch Jane starting to get the hang of drawing pictures. She’s made a lot progress in a short period of time, and will undoubtedly be better than me by the time she turns five.

Grosso’s Loveletters. New “Skate Videos” episode of the Letters is live and as usual, is totally awesome and entertaining. My favorite thing on the internet by far.

Cool stuff. Beating the heat, popcorn Friday, Holy Stokes clips coming out, Haro Lineage Sport and Master frames for “new school” riders?, Assault Skateboards Arizona weekend, the dude squad.

Weekend action. Hitting the Maplewood pool tonight after work (and more to be determined), early morning skate/BMX session, a couple of Father’s day events, Andy’s birthday party, potential trip to the Magic House, whatever else comes along.