Friday, July 24, 2015

july twenty-fourth

Five for July 24th:

To-do lists. You never realize how long they can really get until you have kids.

Hulk Hogan fired by the WWE. We’ll always have Ric Flair.

Night jamming. Shut down Webster skatepark with Andy and Rick last night, and in sharp contrast to our last trip, basically had the place to ourselves the majority of the time. Much raging went down, as would be expected.

Cool stuff. Werk donuts, Steadfast Die Last video, Riley Hawk day in the life, morning cartoons with Jane, Powell sixth series reissues article, why I deleted your band’s promo email, Ranchito carnitas.

Vacation beckons. Seeya on the flipside.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

july twenty-third

Five for July 23rd:

Tirestorm. The bad: the flat tire on the van already had 3 patches in it, so we had to fork over a bunch of money for two new back tires. The good: it was caught early and didn’t happen en route to Colorado, and I got a crash course in where all the tire-changing stuff in the van is located. At the end of the day, it was probably for the best- and I can still change a tire in less than seven minutes.

Live the high life. Shitty Beer Is the Best Beer, and Miller High Life Is Best of All. Amen. Although I’m more of a Tecate guy myself.

Last night. Swung by Schlafly Bottleworks to pick up our PSA and followed it up with dinner and drinks on the patio in the 77-degree, breezy July weather. Jane behaved, the food ruled, and Lisa got to get out of the house for a bit.

Cool stuff. Setting up the McGill, Explore the TWA Terminal, a Pristine Time Capsule From 1962, blackout curtains for the kids’ rooms, Skate Warehouse Daily Dose, Fork That!, lunch with Tom.

Pigletry. This windows paint-rendered jpeg of Danzig wearing a party hat that I've been posting on people's walls for two and a half years on their birthdays is more convincing than the editing job the Texas police attempted on that Sandra Bland arrest video.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

july twenty-second

Five for July 22nd:

Always something. Unexpected flat tire on the van today, which sucks- but better now than on the road out of town with a wild toddler and new baby in tow. Fingers crossed it’ll be a quick and easy patch-up.

On This Day. This Facebook feature is one of the only things Facebook has ever rolled out that I actually like.

Clifton Park. Full crew of friends and neighbors there last night enjoying the mild weather, and Jane even (sort of) rode her first two-wheeler!

Cool stuff. George at eight weeks, Jello Biafra eviscerating Tipper Gore on Oprah back in the eighties, AAA renewed, Veruca Salt at Ready Room.

Donald Trump campaign poster. Spread the word!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

june twenty-first

Five for July 21st:

Bloggery. Vacation is looming, and as is customary, when I go on vacation so does this thing. Follow me on Instagram if you must know.

Powell-Peralta. The new summer/fall catalog is online and looking killer. Highlights (for me) include reissues of the Ripper and the Skull & Sword on the ’89-era team shapes, some rad new Bones hoodies and OG Caballero dragon shirt.

Shredding. For some reason there were about fifteen people skating at Webster last night, which was the most I’ve seen there since it was Splash Skatepark. Still a good time with Andy, Rick and Brian despite the crowd.

Cool stuff. Doctor Jane, tuba player trolling a Klan parade rally, donuts at work, mild weather, little chubs.

Tuesday soundtrack. John Coltrane, Thin Lizzy, T Rex, Burning Brides, Red Fang, Mercyful Fate.

Monday, July 20, 2015

july twentieth

Five for July 20th:

Mary and Keith. Despite the crushing heat and humidity, Mary and Keith’s wedding was a total blast on Saturday night. The ceremony (featuring an excellent reading by Lisa) was great, we saw a ton of friends, ate some good food and threw some beanbags. Super happy for those guys.

High school reunion. My twenty-year PCH reunion also happened Saturday night, but of course I was unable to attend (see above). See you all in a decade, maybe.

Trump on McCain. To quote my friend Kevin: “I used to think he was just playing all this up for ratings and free publicity, but it really is starting to seem like he is for real a maniacal sociopath who needs serious mental health treatment.”

Cool stuff. Vacation on the horizon, new Dan’s Comp catalog, shop-vac’ing the basement, abandoned mid-century modern homes, hanging out with Brian, cheap McGill.

Skate and annoy. My first and only skate session of the weekend (last night) got rained about three minutes in. Naturally. Hopefully making it up tonight if it dries out.

Friday, July 17, 2015

july seventeenth

Five for July 17th:

Weird dreams. Last night was rife with ‘em. I blame the cheap Aldi wine and two-minute enchiladas.

Growing up quick. One second you’re up at two in the morning warming up bottles for your baby girl, and the next she’s a full-blown toddler who is enrolled in preschool, potty training, taking gymnastics classes and ordering you around.

Black Fast. Heading out on tour with Goatwhore in August. Definitely next level for those dudes, and they deserve it. Will for sure be checking out that show when it hits Fubar.

Cool stuff. Popcorn Friday, Toynami Shogun Warriors Godzilla reboot, new Mike Vallely interview, possible afternoon Webster session, Ben Raybourn Push episode 4.

Weekend action. Mary and Keith’s wedding, vacation prep, registering the van, hanging out with the goobs, skating somewhere, and trying to stay cool.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

july sixteenth

Five for July 16th:

The call of Cthulu. Sometimes the stars align and you end up behind the one guy in the state with the personalized “CTHULU” license plate.

Great minds. Jane’s creativity is really starting to show through, from crafting elaborate names and back-stories for her toys to building (with some help from dad) entire bristle-block towns to drawing increasingly recognizable characters with crayons and sidewalk chalk. The best.

Bernie Sanders. There’s still hope yet.

Cool stuff. New dual iPhone charger for the van, Clifton Park with Jane, skating to 3 Kings for a burger and a Pale Ale, big smiles from George, Golden Grahams.

Summer vacation 2015. Beyond psyched to get out of town for a bit. Will definitely be challenging than ever before with two (young) kids in tow, but hopefully the new van and assistance from Lisa’s family will help alleviate the potential stress.