Thursday, July 2, 2015

july second

Five for July 2nd:

Del Mar Skate Ranch. A part of the banked slalom section of the legendary Del Mar Skate Ranch- closed since 1987- was recently unearthed and skated by a slew of old locals including Tony Hawk, Kevin Staab and Dave Swift. No idea the story behind how or why exactly this all happened, but it’s awesome.

Smiling boy. Got George to bust out a few awesome grins for me for the first time ever this morning, hence my day was made before I even left the house.

Daredevil. Picked this show back up after a month or so off and have been getting massively into it. Starts a little slow but gets rad quick. Definitely worth a watch.

Cool stuff. New issue of Transworld Skateboarding, Scotty Cranmer Made For This video, ice cream date night with Jane, lunchtime roll-around, possible late-evening slate sesh tonight, Kanye West vs. Freddie Mercury, London graffiti battle, Carnitas.

Three-day weekend action. Yankee Racers farewell show, front yard fireworks on Friday and Saturday nights, skating/BMX riding, exchanging a propane tank, taking Jane to the park, and whatever else comes along.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

july first

Five for July 1st:

More rain. Another week coming up with at least a chance of rain every day. Trying not to let it bum me out, but I am officially sick of it.

Black churches are burning and no one seems to care. Obviously this goes without saying, but let's pretend that a week and a half ago, a black man walked into a church and murdered nine white churchgoers. Then let's pretend that a week and a half later, seven affluent white churches had been/were being burned to the ground. Would the media response be the same?

Mr. Wizard’s. Or Mr. Lizard’s, as Jane likes to call it. Hitting it up tonight for some long-promised chocolate/vanilla swirl cones with sprinkles.

Cool stuff. New Dan’s Comp catalog, Portland pastor annihilates Christians who use religion to push bigotry, early morning cruise, turkey bacon and egg white sandwich.

Musty basement. Sometimes the solution you’re looking for is staring you right in the face.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

june thirtieth

Five for June 30th:

So long June. Apparently this was the wettest St. Louis June in history, which definitely sounds right to me. Normally I love this month, but this one was kind of a bummer, at least in that respect.

Weird Al in St. Louis. This picture made my day.

Fourth of July. Plans for our second annual “watch the Forest Park fireworks from our front yard with a few friends and neighbors” party are coming together. Hopefully Jane can go the distance.

Cool stuff. Homemade vegetarian Buddha bowls, cheap 20” TIE fighter pilot, Bernie Sanders Makes History By Raising More Money Than Every GOP Presidential Candidate, Erik Elstran & Luc Legrand - Grand Belgrade Hotel, AC/DC finally coming to streaming services.

Tuesday soundtrack. Minor Threat, Dead Moon, Samhain, Husker Du, the Go-Go’s, International Noise Conspiracy, GBH.

Monday, June 29, 2015

june twenty-ninth

Five for June 29th:

Flood of ’15. Spent the better part of two hours yesterday evening in my basement, sweeping water into the sump pump with a broom as it flowed in in real-time. The joys of home ownership.

Date night. Hit up Mai Lee last night- our first night out since the baby was born- for some of the best Vietnamese food we’d collectively ever had. That place just gets better and better. Definitely one of my favorite restaurants in town.

Foxpaw. $89 and 3.5 hours later, and my freshly-cracked iPhone screen is replaced with a shiny new one. Kinda pricey, but cheaper than replacing it and a few days quicker than scheduling a “genius bar” appointment at the Apple store. Recommended.

Cool stuff. George at one month, four-day workweek, Confederate flag down, rainbow flag up: this is the American pride we've been waiting for, birthday cake at work, Bree Newsome, postcard from North Korea, Assault Skateboards HMC guest deck, hanging out with my girl.

Skating. Managed a couple of quick sessions at Webster over the weekend- one solo, one with Andy. Fun to get out and roll around in the mild weather.

Friday, June 26, 2015

june twenty-sixth

Five for June 26th:

Supreme court legalizes gay marriage nationwide. It really happened. This is definitely the proudest I’ve been to be an American in as long as I can remember. If you’re on the other side of this, you’re on the wrong side of history.

The 900. Did Tony Hawk steal it, as was alleged in All This Mayhem? The answer from everyone on the planet (with the exception of Tas Pappas) appears to be a resounding “no”. That one got put to bed pretty quickly.

Waterlogged. If there’s one bummer about our house, it’s the fact that every time there’s a heavy rain, the basement inevitably gets wet. Needless to say, I had a long, unwanted date with a push broom, sump pump, and dehumidifier this morning.

Cool stuff. Homemade oatmeal cream pies at work, getting paid, burgers and beers at 3 Kings, Snakebite Ron Wilkerson podcast interview, Iron Maiden grip tape back in stock at Infinity, Tired Video two.

Weekend action. Two days of good weather coming up, which is exciting. Hangout with Anna and Allison tonight, George’s one-month birthday tomorrow, getting some skating/bmx in, Hell Night at Fubar, exchanging a propane tank, and kicking it with the crew.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

june twenty-fifth

Five for June 25th:

Clifton Park Movie Night. The second installment of the Friends of Clifton Park movie night in CHP- Ghostbusters- takes place on August 15. Last year’s was a raging success and this year will surely be even better. Food trucks, beer coolers and Bill Murray. Be there.

Kid time. The good: this morning I had my longest stretch of uninterrupted solo George time I’ve had yet. The bad: Jane was still sleeping like a champ all the way up until I had to leave, and I didn’t get to see her at all. The good: we got some Facetime in.

Skating. Some quick curb action on the way in to work, plus a late-evening Webster skatepark session with Andy going down tonight if the weather cooperates.

Cool stuff. Amazing Airstream restoration, new picnic tent, 3 Kings for lunch, classic Mondays with Mike V episodes, Jane’s first trip to Grant’s Farm, fresh CSA haul, Jon Stewart hits another homerun.

2016 Presidential hopefuls rebranded as black metal bands. It’s so much better than you could reasonably expect.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

june twenty-fourth

Five for June 24th:

Four weeks. Little George hit the four-week mark today, and officially turns one month old on Saturday. The coolest and sweetest little dude ever. It’s amazing watching him slowly starting to grow up and take it all in.

Tim Horton’s. The Maplewood location is officially open. Will it live up to the hype? Checking it out this weekend, come rain, sleet, or snow.

Some good news. The Supreme Court just admitted it’s going to rule in favor of marriage equality, Alabama quietly removes Confederate flag from state capitol, Fox dumps Sarah Palin.

Cool stuff. Possible afternoon Webster skate sesh, Iron Maiden Book of Souls tattoo, issue-free dentist appointment, new percussion toys for Jane, Extinction is Not on the Agenda: the Story of the Street Plant Mammoth, upcoming shows: Motorhead at the Pageant and 7 Seconds at the Demo.

Playing drums. Been getting the itch to play with actual people again on an actual drum kit. Nothing serious. Who wants to jam?