Friday, July 20, 2018

july twentieth

Five for July 20th:

3/5. My streak of riding three days per week this season remains unbroken. This morning was as beautiful an early ride as you could ask for- low humidity, sunny, mid-seventies. Unbeatable.

Life changes. Without getting into specifics, a couple of friends are going through some big ones. Here’s to better things on the horizon.

Forever young. If anyone doubts the fact that BMX and skateboarding are the literal fountains of youth, they need look no further than Dennis McCoy, who just spun a 900 at X-Games at age 51, and Tony Hawk who recently did one at 48.

Cool stuff. New episode of Grosso’s Loveletters to Skateboarding is live, getting paid, Reeses’ concretes at Ted Drewes with Lisa and Jane, four more OG 2 Hip KOV stickers, lawn is mowed, Ranchito Friday, ripping evening freestyle jam at the spot.

Weekend action. Hopefully selling a couch, building up the Invert with Greg, hanging with the goobs, running errands, skating the new Webster pump track,

Thursday, July 19, 2018

july nineteenth

Five for July 19th:

Last night. Had a good flatland session going at Berra Park, right up until I snapped one of my back brake cables at the gyro on the Master. At least I got an hour or so of riding in beforehand, and luckily it didn’t happen mid-trick.

Fitz’s. Got a free lunch there yesterday with Brian and Lori, courtesy of the boss man. Skipped on the obligatory root beer, but their Mediterranean wrap is on point.

Monnors Dorbert. The name of the rabbit in a short story George made up on the drive home yesterday afternoon.

Cool stuff. Snakebite Aaron Ross podcast, deck staining is finally done (along with a fresh coat in the kids’ play fort), e-drums re-dialed, OG Shadows Fall pick, pomelo grapefruit Klarbrunn.

Half Cabs. We’ll see how they hold up, but these may be my go-to shoe going forward. Comfortable, super grippy, tons of ankle padding without sacrificing style, great for skating or riding. Can’t believe I’ve never had a pair of these before.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

july eighteenth

Five for July 18th:

Pump it up. I’ve been planning a trip back to Larimore Park to skate the pump track for a while now, but it looks like I won’t have to make that trek after all, as a new one has apparently materialized in the much-closer confines of Webster Groves sometime over the last couple of weeks. Excited to check it out.

Free stickers at Vintage Vinyl. Grateful Dead, Slope Records, Jeff Beck, Metallica, Dr. Dog, Of Montreal, Merge Records, Post Animal, Quiet Slang, Jim James, Fat Possum Records, Prof, Father John Misty, Sofaburn.

Wilkerson Wednesday. No Haro nerd’s collection is complete without the legendary March 1987 issue of Boys’ Life magazine, featuring Ron Wilkerson on the cover, which I snagged on eBay yesterday for $1.09.

Cool stuff. Van is fixed, office snack restock, free lunch at Fitz’s, reading Junie B. Jones with Janey, Zeronine number plates.

Quote of the day. “I would say that I completely believe President Trump misspoke and that he has full faith and confidence in the members of our intelligence community and understands that Putin and Russia were fully responsible for intervening in our election. Sorry. I meant wouldn’t.” -Rep Adam Schiff

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

july seventeenth

Five for July 17th:

Change of pace. We got off early yesterday due to computer issues at the workplace, so I put in a few extra miles and took the long way home around Forest Park, past the Central West End and along 40 to the turtle park bridge. I should do that route more often.

Vehicular woes. Expensive fix for the van AC, still need to replace the windshield, bunch of work needs to get done on the Rogue. It’s a good thing I’m barely driving these days.

Quote of the day. “Sometimes you read a sentence that really encapsulates the craziness of this era. Like this one: ‘That’s the president of the United States saying he has equal confidence in the president of Russia and the American intelligence community.’" -Ezra Klein

Cool stuff. Working on My Book About Me with Jane, Props Tread Magazine issues 1 and 2 archived (3 and 4 coming soon), new tubes in the 87 FST and the DMC, not waking up at 5 am, mixed berry RX bar, frittata to-go.

Tuesday soundtrack. Carbonas, Propagandhi, Freedom Hawk, Cerebral Ballzy, Rites of Spring, Sugar, T. Rez, Solace, Circle Jerks, Teen Idles, Cream, Exodus, Venom.

Monday, July 16, 2018

july sixteenth

Five for July 16th:

Day one. Made it door to door in 25 minutes this morning through a literal fog of humidity. I have no idea what happened in Dogtown over the weekend, but the entire neighborhood smelled like vomit. Three-day max on riding this week, as there are a couple of necessary drive days, but hopefully I’ll get ‘em all in and keep the streak alive.

Future business leaders of America. Jane comes into the kitchen with some random business card she found. "I do NOT want to do business with these people!” she shouts before throwing it into the garbage.

The deck. Got home Friday night, slapped on some old Pro-Tec kneepads and laid down a coat of stain on the back deck, which dried just in time for a veritable typhoon to hit Saturday afternoon. Still need to do the steps and railings, but the hard part is over.

Cool stuff. Castlevania season one revisited, free Italian Roast at work, ’88 Invert delivered, jungle adventures with the kids at Botanical Garden, gogi and waffles at Seoul Taco, new tube for the Master, more OG 2 Hip stickers, Sasha Baron Cohen Who Is America? first look.

Quote of the day. “Mike Matheny was hired after the Loop Trolley was announced and fired before it began service. He was manager for 6.5 seasons.” -Ian Froeb

Friday, July 13, 2018

july thirteenth

Five for July 13th:

Friday the 13th. IMHO, it should be like 7/11 day, but instead of free Slurpees you get complementary VHS copies of Jason Takes Manhattan.

Stats for the week. Four out of five days of bike commuting to work for about fifty total miles, three nights riding flatland at Berra park for a few more (plus some bloody shins), innumerable articles of sweat-soaked clothing.

London Trump protests. Thousands upon thousands of mobilized protestors wielding a giant diapered baby-Trump parade balloon is a thing of unparalleled beauty. If only Americans could be so vocal.

Cool stuff. Tablet rabbit races with Janey, Shenmue Remastered, Bob Burnquist: Being video, DLR soundboard, Led Zeppelin considering a 50th anniversary reunion show.

Weekend action. Staining the back deck, hanging out with the goobs while Lisa goes to CoMo for a baby shower, hopefully getting in a skate session at JB, riding, putting the yard back together, obtaining dog medication, shaving my head.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

july twelfth

Five for July 12th:

Riding jersey. Great as it is to not be completely soaking wet with sweat after riding, I either need to invest in another one or start doing laundry every day, because that thing gets ripe fast.

Power of the Force. Jane, George and I played with Star Wars toys in the attic while watching a bit of The Empire Strikes Back last night. Jane was digging real-life Chewbacca and George was all about the snow speeders.

Shoe death. Destroyed pairs of Vox Troopers and Vans Sk8 Lows going in the garbage, with a new cheap pair of Half Cabs (my first, weirdly) en route to take the rest of this summer’s flatland abuse. Got to have that ankle padding.

Cool stuff. Fresh contacts, more eBay sales/access to all the packing materials I could ever need, Alvarez stickers, gogi bowl, skate spot discovered outside the post office.

Quote of the day. “Local grocery store is fundraising so schools can have supplies. And no one seems to see how horrifying this is. We cut taxes by trillions for the uberwealthy, but the kids who are our future can’t have school supplies unless people of far less wealth pay for them. Sociopathy.” -Kurt Eichenwald