Friday, April 21, 2017

april twenty-first

Five for April 21st:

Five years. Happy fifth anniversary to my amazing wife Lisa. It’s unbelievable that a half-decade has already elapsed, incredible to see what it has brought us, and exciting to look forward to whatever comes next.

Vacation 2017 #1. Blog-free next week for a few days of sun, sand, ocean waves, and general chilling out with the crew. Seeya in May.

Reminder. In case anyone has forgotten over these last few days of being inundated with pictures of Trump, Kid Rock and Ted Nugent vapidly smirking in the oval office-this is how actual presidents with a shred of respect or dignity behave.

Cool stuff. Van AC repair, lunch with Tom and Brian, A Letter Welcoming St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, iced green tea, Red Bull Tip to Tail series revisited.

Weekend action. Anniversary dinner date, Redd Kross at the Firebird, packing for the beach, swimming at the Y, Sunday morning skate sesh, possibly checking out Seth’s band at Euclid for Record Store Day, mowing the lawn.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

april twentieth

Five for April 20th:

Good riddance. Bill O’Reilly is officially out on his ass and Sam Dotson is gone on day one of the Krewson mayorship. Everyone wins.

School days. Jane is officially enrolled in an exceptionally good, well-performing, diverse public school, and we didn’t even have to move to the county. Relieved to finally have that behind us and soldier on as city folk.

PTO. Found out yesterday that effective May 1, I’ll be getting an extra week of vacation time per year, which is totally awesome and unexpected.

Cool stuff. Morning at the park, beach cruise at Creve Coeur lake, backyard BMX jumping, sparkling water restock, Haro Ramp Riders shirt and S&M coffee mug,

Slappy hour. Had a super fun afternoon board meeting with Brian at the Schnucks curbs before the rain moves in. Saw a homeless guy peeing in the bushes and laid down some backside grinds.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

april nineteenth

Five for April 19th:

Jawbreaker at Riotfest. Passed on the OG Misfits reunion last year, but this one may be worth a couple hundred bucks and a trip to Chicago for.

Free lunch. What if any of it I will actually eat remains to be seen, but it’s a nice gesture nonetheless.

This morning. Quick stop to check out the Forest Park waterfall with George, get in a few backside slappies, and pick up a fresh carton of cantaloupe and bag of raw almonds.

Cool stuff. Fourteen miles of riding yesterday, Grosso’s Love Letters Season 8 coming soon, Bill O’Reilly is reportedly getting shitcanned, White Birch afternoon sesh with Brian and Andy, new front brake cable for the Dyno.

MST3K. I was skeptical that the new ones would be good, but I’m happy to say that skepticism was unfounded. The new ‘bot voices take some getting used to, but a couple of episodes in, it’s pretty much as good as ever.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

april eighteenth

Five for April 18th:

Two-wheeled morning. Rode my BMX home from Dobb’s at 7 am after dropping the van off to get the tire replaced and immediately hopped on my road bike for a six-mile ride in to the office for an 8 am meeting. Bam.

Guitar porn. Found a few Ampeg Dan Armstrong prototypes and production samples in the warehouse the other day. It’s amazing what’s still lurking around this building. Working on getting one or two of them sold.

George’s new ride. My little guy finally has his own trike for the backyard and is already cruising around like a pro.

Cool stuff. Ham & eggs, hitting the playground tonight, 74 degrees today, Lisa’s birthday float trip planned, bowl of Cuties and Starbucks K-Cups at work, finding skate spots using Google Earth.

Tuesday soundtrack. Led Zeppelin.

Monday, April 17, 2017

april seventeenth

Five for April 17th:

Easter 2017. Full weekend of action for the goobers: 117th annual Clifton Heights egg hunt, meeting the bunny, dyeing eggs at home, backyard hunt at the house, backyard hunt at grandma’s house, and two easter baskets full of goodies.

Always something. The van got a flat tire at some point over the weekend, which was noticed yesterday afternoon right as we were leaving to go out North County. Luckily we made it home afterwards with just enough daylight for me to get the spare on.

BMX. Had a killer time riding the Figure 8 trails for a bit on Saturday morning, and squeezed in some driveway flatland yesterday while the kids snoozed.

Cool stuff. Summerlike weather, Psycho Stick revisited, biking in tomorrow, Dad Photoshops Daughter In Dangerous Situations to Scare Grandma, Jane’s first frog encounter, new pack of razor blades, under-the-bed t-shirt bin, modern concave.

Let’s go Blues. Currently up 3-0 against Minnesota in the current best of seven series. Stanley Cup, here we come.

Friday, April 14, 2017

april fourteenth

Five for April 14th:

That’s my boy. The first thing George said to me this morning as I was changing his diaper was “skateboard, downstairs!”, meaning he wanted to go downstairs with me and watch skate videos on the couch. Naturally, I obliged.

Quote of the day. “I think it’s illuminating to see how many people are looking for airline-related expertise to discuss this issue. As if there’s some magic, aviation-related secret rule that makes brutality against paying customers OK.” -Jim Mathews

Murphy’s Law at Fubar. Here’s one I might have to check out. Haven’t seen them since they played Casa Loma Ballroom sometime back in the mid-90’s. Should be a fun one if I can get my ass of the couch.

Cool stuff. Box of Rocks II, getting paid, selling stuff on eBay, lunch with Brian and Katie, catching up on BS with TG episodes.

Weekend action. Busy one on the horizon: Clifton Park spring cleanup and egg hunt, hopefully getting the Nyquist Backtrail out to ride the Figure 8 BMX trails, Easter at Lisa’s mom’s, Middle Class Fashion at El Lenador, mowing the lawn, whatever else comes along.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

april thirteenth

Five for April 13th:

Two-wheelin’. Had a blast riding bikes with Jane in the parking lot down the street from our house. She’s getting more and more comfortable on her bike, and was having such a good time cruising around that she didn’t want to leave. I felt the same way.

Clean living. Kale and radishes from the backyard garden, fresh eggs, sweet potatoes and lettuce from the farm share.

Skate rock. Short and sweet mini-ramp rager with Brian at WB yesterday afternoon, curb stop for some boardslides on the way in this morning.

Cool stuff. Chad DeGroot Cuba 2017 video, Mike Judge, the Bard of Suck, $0.55 Sumatra refill at Starbucks, free coffee mug at work, Steve Caballero Ban This personal rider on eBay.

Tonight. Solo dad evening while Lisa is out, so I'll be taking the kids to the playground for some romping around and wearing-down before bedtime, weather permitting.