Monday, August 21, 2017

august twenty-first

Five for August 21st:

Eclipse. I was not able to replace my potentially-defective pair, so the most I’ll be able to do will be marvel at it being totally dark outside at 1 pm and watch this video.

Flat tire. My back tube popped on the way home Friday, and I stupidly didn’t have a spare with me as I’d used my last one on my front tire a few weeks back. Luckily Lisa was able to come pick me up and we all went out for Mexican, so everything worked out.

Sunday morning shredding. Hit the Larimore pump track for a bit with Andy and followed that up with a trip out to the Slab for some additional gnar. Skating rules.

Cool stuff. A visual history of flatland BMX, $2.30 Star Wars figure from Target, George’s new David Bowie shirt, evening at the pool, Emergen-C restock.

School days. A little bit of a rough start last week for Jane, but by Friday she was loving it. In addition to having four neighborhood kids in her class, she’s already making a bunch of new friends and getting used to the routine, and couldn’t wait to go back today. I’m proud of her.

Friday, August 18, 2017

august eighteenth

Five for August 18th:

Riding in. Two days’ vacation and two days of rainy roads made for one day of riding this week, but one is better than none. Felt awesome to get some pedaling in this morning.

Here’s hoping. 'Art Of The Deal' Co-Author Tony Schwartz Predicts Trump's About To Resign. Wishful thinking? Maybe, but I’ll take what I can get.

Pop-up skatepark. Rad session at Deer Creek last night. That place is amazing: well lit, smooth pavement, no bust. We had a kicker launch ramp and a couple of slider bars and fun boxes- basically just set up a DIY skatepark in the lot and skated till well after sundown.

Cool stuff. 6 am Georgie wake-up call, work snack restock, new GT Fueler frames, The New Yorker and Economist’s new covers blast Trump’s white supremacist pandering, getting paid, Steve Bannon fired.

Weekend action. Nice hot, sunny summer weekend coming up. Possibly checking out the Jag-Wires at Sinkhole, World’s Fare at Forest Park, hitting the pool with the kids, mowing the lawn, early skate session at the pump track and/or riding the BMX trails, general hanging-out.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

august seventeenth

Five for August 17th:

Torrential downpour. It rained harder and longer yesterday than it has in months. Naturally, this occurred exactly on my drive home when I had to pick up both kids. And of course the basement is wet, because that’s just how it is. Good for the garden if nothing else.

Solar eclipse sale. We got an email yesterday telling us the solar eclipse glasses we purchased online were defective and would explode your eyeballs if utilized for their intended purpose. So, if anyone is looking for a cheap set that will do irreparable corneal damage, hit me up.

First day of school. Janey had a good one, by and large. She was tired and crabby by the end of the day, and a little confused by the whole experience, but none the worse for wear.

Cool stuff. Richard Trumka: Why I Quit Trump’s Business Council, two new bags of Post Alley roast, potential Deer Creek evening sesh with the skate crew, Loveletters Season 8: Dogtown 2.0 Part 2, morning drums, jogging stroller revisited.

Thrift score. Stopped by Red Racks yesterday afternoon just to kill some time at lunch and ended up finding a $1.99 complete with Spitfires and Frontage trucks. I obviously need this like I need a lobotomy, but for pocket change? You can’t pass that up.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

august sixteenth

Five for August 16th:

Proud dad. Dropped my little girl for her first day of pre-K this morning. She handled it like a true champ. I’m not kidding when I say she is a million times braver than I was at that age.

Happy birthday mom. Pretty much says it all. Happy birthday to the woman who birthed me and still puts up with my shit nearly forty years later.

Skateboarding rules. Checked out two new skate parks over the long weekend. The pump track at Larimore Park in North County was beyond fun, and the Lake Ozark skatepark, located literally three minutes from the house we were staying at and featuring the best mini-ramp I’ve ever skated.

Cool stuff. Jason Watts’ Lineage Haro Sport bike check, getting unpacked quickly, High Brew double espresso, new Powell Barbee “hydrant” deck, starting a Whole 30 today, iPhone photo dump, evening backyard freestyle session.

Lake of the Ozarks. Had a blast at the lake with the family for the last few days. Got in a few boat rides, did a bunch of swimming, and took Jane down to the strip for some games, rides, and ice cream. We even had a lake house all to ourselves! Already looking forward to next summer.

Friday, August 11, 2017

august eleventh

Five for August 11th:

Jury duty. Got the dreaded envelope in the mail yesterday. This will be, I believe, my fifth time doing jury duty since I moved to the city almost twenty years ago. It’s really not that bad, just ultimately boring as hell.

Bad week for riding. Rain today, car repair stuff yesterday, kid hauling the day before, and rain Monday. At least Tuesday happened. Can’t win ‘em all.

Quote of the day. “The president alone has the authority to launch nuclear weapons, the only restraint being the advice of senior advisors who might be present at the time of crisis, and Donald Trump has shown repeated contempt for informed and wise counsel.” –Gordon Humphrey

Cool stuff. Starbucks Guatemalan special roast, ASG on Spotify, four consecutive evenings at the playground, Ranchito with Tom, fresh figs.

Long weekend action. Checking out the Larimore Park pump track, possibly going to Melvins at the Ready Room, and spending a couple of days relaxing, boating, and swimming with the crew at the lake.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

august tenth

Five for August 10th:

This is why I like bikes. Found out this morning while getting an oil change that that my battery, under warranty from AAA, is almost dead. Of course, AAA for some reason can’t get me a new one, so I get to go back to the oil change place at lunch, pay for a battery, fill out a bunch of forms, and wait 4-6 weeks for a reimbursement. Solid.

Three nights at the playground. The best way to wear out two kids hyped up from a day of devouring juice and yogurt-covered pretzels.

Quote of the day. “To spend, roughly, about $20 million a mile on this project is just … mind-boggling, when you look at it from that standpoint of what that money could have been used for locally.” -Mark Harder

Cool stuff. Vision Barge at Will on YouTube, Wild Ride: Turning School Buses Into Homes on Wheels, brother coming to town in September, fresh pair of Rib Bones, evening quarterpipe jam if the rain holds off, Big Drill Car on Spotify.

Gotta look at the big picture. It's true that we as a country are currently facing the chilling reality of an intellectually stunted, easily manipulated and woefully inexperienced leader with no empathy, common sense or impulse control engaging in an off-the-cuff game of nuclear chicken against a contemptible madman. But hey, at least we don't have that corrupt Killary in office right now, what with her lifetime in politics, extensive background as secretary of state, and ability to formulate complete sentences. Amiright?

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

august ninth

Five for August 9th:

Morning roll. Couldn’t ride in today due to having to drive kids around, but I got the Performer out for an airing-up and quick few laps around the backyard. I need to get that thing out to Figure 8 again soon.

Hit the ditch. Afternoon skate session at 170 with Brian today was killer. Hadn’t been there in a week or so. Stuck a couple of new tricks on the block, including no complies to tail and disaster, respectively.

Rad hookup. A buddy of mine who works at Powell Peralta sent me a Friends and Family coupon code which essentially enabled me to pick up a new Barbee hydrant deck and get a Nicky Guerrero Mask at no charge.

Cool stuff. Erick Winkowski’s Right to Exist part, Fireburn Don’t Stop the Youth, cold brew coffee run, Haro Mirra Pro tribute model, farm eggs, watching POV roller coaster videos with Jane at bedtime.

Painfully ironic quote of the day. “Be prepared, there is a small chance that our horrendous leadership cold unknowingly lead us into World War III.” -Donald Trump, August 2013