Tuesday, January 22, 2019

january twenty-second

Five for January 22nd:

Gone too soon. Rest in peace, Robert. I wish I’d known that the last time I talked to you was going to be the last time ever, but I guess life doesn’t work like that.

Carded. I’ve been asked to show identification thrice in the last few weeks. Being that I’ll be 42 years old in a few months, that’s cool and flattering and all, but I don’t see how it’s even remotely possible that anyone could think I’m under 21. Let’s be real.

Atari age. Seth hooked me up with a free Atari Flashback 3 that he apparently got as a gift a couple of years ago and never played. The kids and I had a good time throwing down on some Outlaw last night. Thanks dude.

Cool stuff. Evening Ramp Riders skate session, Colorado summer vacation plans, Dennis Enarson on Vans, chopped walnut restock, George is finally sleeping with a pillow.

Tuesday soundtrack. Dystopia, Freedom Hawk, Terrorizer, Pallbearer, D.R.I., Led Zeppelin, Dio, Gang Green, Dark Angel, The Wipers.

Monday, January 21, 2019

january twenty-first

Five for January 21st:

Super Bowl LIII. Back in 2002, the Rams were still in St. Louis playing the Patriots in the Super Bowl, and I was rooting for them. Seventeen years later to the day, the Rams are back in LA and playing the Patriots, and I’m rooting for the Patriots. Funny how things change.

Haro Boys. Got a One Love Jam “Blatant Lofters of Jive” t-shirt ordered from Dave Nourie, because I needed another t-shirt.

Arctic blast. It’s drip-the-sinks season in our 130 year old house. Sub-freezing weather complete with another dusting of snow and little relief in sight. 39 days until spring.

Cool stuff. Not going to NAMM, basement bike session, Chris’ for pancakes with the crew, 1992 BS Series contest at Jeff Phillips Skatepark footage, Monday morning Monsters, Inc. with Jane, George’s newly-redecorated Thomas the Tank Engine bedroom.

Quote of the day. “I think we might be expecting too much from rich boys from a private Catholic high school in Kentucky whose parents sent them to Washington DC in order to protest against women’s reproductive rights.” -Josh

Friday, January 18, 2019

january eighteenth

Five for January 18th:

Breaking point. I’m officially done with my 5C. Going to buy a refurb newer-generation phone ASAP. This thing has reached the end of the line, either through old age, Apple’s notorious usage-throttling measures, or some combination thereof. Over it.

Seoul Taco. I haven’t been out to lunch in two weeks, but I couldn’t bring myself to choke down the lame lunch I brought today. One gogi bowl later, and I’m feeling good.

Quote of the day. “Approving, condoning, acquiescing in, and counselling witnesses with respect to the giving of false or misleading statements to lawfully authorized investigative officers and employees of the United States and false or misleading testimony in duly instituted judicial and congressional proceedings.” –Articles of Impeachment against Richard Nixon

Cool stuff. Journal-making with Jane, Take It or Leave It on YouTube, getting paid, grocery delivery, setting up the Steadham.

Weekend action. Another winter precipitation-filled couple of days coming up with few plans. Hoping to get in some riding or skating, depending on how the weather shakes out, and possibly some sledding/snowboarding if that can’t happen. A run at the YMCA and some RDR2 are almost definite. Whatever else remains to be seen.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

january seventeenth

Five for January 17th:

Dad night. Dinner and strawberry shakes at Steak & Shake with my goobs last night, with Jane bringing along a coin purse filled with quarters to empty into the gumball machine. Home for some He-Man on Netflix and Story Path tales before bed. Not bad for a frigid Wednesday.

Stir crazy. No relief in sight from the snow and wetness perpetually blanketing the ground, and so much flatland/street stuff flying around in my head that I want to try. May have to go seek out some parking garages.

Vintage Vinyl. Their cassette tape game has been on point for the last year or so. Found some great deals there for $0.99/ea, a few of which have turned a profit on eBay.

Cool stuff. Steve Caballero/Haro cruiser bike collaboration, new toothbrush, the case for the impeachment of Donald Trump, Digital Underground discussions, free High On Fire poster.

Quote of the day. ”It is not normal to hold 800,000 workers’ paychecks hostage. It is not normal to shut down the government when we don’t get what we want. It is not normal for public servants to run away and hide from the public that they serve. And it is certainly not normal to starve the people we serve for a proposal that is wildly unpopular among the American people.” -Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

january sixteenth

Five for January 16th:

Saving money. Getting back to bringing in leftovers on a more consistent basis after a couple of months of going out to lunch a bit too much. Nothing compared to how it used to be, but still a completely unnecessary expense.

Red Dead Redemption 2. It completely and totally buries the original, which is one of my all-time favorites to begin with. Anyone who says this isn’t the best video game they’ve ever seen or played is either a liar or someone who thrives on attention.

Can’t say I didn’t try. After literally three years or more of sporadically attempting to give them away to anyone who would take them, the two 14” furnace filters I purchased by accident have finally been tossed out.

Cool stuff. Mike Sinclair Skatehoarders segment, high-quality upload of Ride On on YouTube, Wednesday morning drive talks with George, Space Brothers Pete Augustin podcast, Vision poster delivery, stealing Brian’s mountain mix.

Quote of the day. “If you’re a man who is upset about the Gillette commercial, you should smile more. You’re so much prettier when you smile.” -John Lurie

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

january fifteenth

Five for January 15th:

Winter is here. Lest there be any doubt, more snow and -4 degree temperatures are on the docket for this weekend. Looks like we’ll be running the sinks for a couple of days. Even though this winter has been overwhelmingly mild, I’m ready for spring.

Quote of the day. “Over 1000 hamberders.” -The President of the United States of America

They’re called classics for a reason. Introduced Jane and George to Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner over the weekend, and they love it. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Jane laugh that hard in my life.

Cool stuff. Haro Lineage Grind Disks, pink Rib Bones for the Special Edition, found the former location of the Secret Ninja Ramp in OKC, free gum, lunch break snowboarding.

Tuesday soundtrack. Fu Manchu, Neurosis, John Garcia, Elephant Tree, The Heavy Eyes, Mothership, Sleep, Early Man, Black Tusk, Nebula, Death.

Monday, January 14, 2019

january fourteenth

Five for January 14th:

Snowed in. If I hadn’t done a preliminary shoveling-of-the-driveway on Friday night, I probably would’ve thrown my back out the next morning. 10 or so inches of the heaviest, wettest possible snow. Still, got in some sledding, snowboarding, and snowman-building, the kids had a blast, and we didn’t have to drive in it.

Kid date. With the roads pretty much cleared, Jane and I went to the Galleria yesterday, just to get out of the house. Her only previous mall experience was pretty much Chesterfield, which is completely dead, so she was pretty blown away to see a fully-occupied and functional mall. I was, too, to be honest.

Knockoff central. Bootleg Schwinn, Dyno, and GT BMX t-shirts are available at your local Urban Outfitters. Only $35 each!

Cool stuff. Fresh rubber on the FST, finally hit the Vans Store, Santa Cruz spring reissues shipping early, Justin’s vanilla almond butter, Parker Lewis Can’t Lose on DailyMotion.

Valid question. Which circle of hell do you think the first guy who ever said "ain't no thing but a chicken wing" currently resides in?