Tuesday, May 26, 2015

may twenty-sixth

Five for May 26th:

Long weekend. Highlights included a couple of skate sessions at JB, a few trips to some local parks with Janey, some various backyard hang-outs, and tons of awesome weather.

Still no baby. A couple of false alarms later, the wait continues to continue. I never thought I would be back at work today, but here we are.

RIP Cuisinart. My beloved coffee maker, which has dutifully brewed many thousands of pots of delicious coffee since I got it sometime back in 2007, finally died this weekend after a week or so of whimpering along, barely functioning. We had some good times together, old friend.

Cool stuff. Two sheets of griptape hookup from Future Sk8, new Mr. Coffee (see above), Chris’ mini ramp is officially under construction, new garden gnome from Aldi (which Jane named Lassie), yogurt popsicles, Taj Mahal to-go, Back to Basics.

Backyard plans. Clear the overgrowth against the back fence and between the houses, build a shed with additional seating area/fire pit on the side, build a raised bed along the back, re-mulch.

Friday, May 22, 2015

may twenty-second

Five for May 22nd:

Happy birthday Lisa. The happiest of birthdays to the most amazing person I know. Unquestionably the best wife, mother, and all-around person on the planet.

One year ago today. Jane was in her bracelet phase, we got pizza at Onesto, and I launched a marginally successful blog that I quickly lost interest in.

Ray Barbee. He’s finally on Instagram. And there was much rejoicing.

Cool stuff. Raspberry hibiscus tea, Jane’s first build-a-bear, I don’t want to grow up: the life and art of Jason Adams, Zack Gerber interview, morning curb crunch.

Weekend action. At this point we were pretty certain we’d have a new baby in the house, hence, weekend plans have not necessarily been made. If we have a baby this weekend, that’s what we’ll be doing. If not, who knows?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

may twenty-first

Five for May 21st:

No baby yet. At this point, there’s a very real chance that my as-yet unborn son and my wife could actually end up sharing a birthday (tomorrow), which I think is pretty awesome. Let’s do this thing.

Skate sesh. Mellow last-minute Ramp Riders jam with Andy and Rick last night. Cool outside weather made for ideal indoor temperatures, and the raging was in full force.

Time flies. Remember when Harold Camping predicted that three years ago today, Jesus Christ was going to return to earth to take the righteous to heaven and cast everyone else into a five-month nightmare of fire, brimstone, and plague, killing millions each day, and culminating in the final destruction of the planet on October 21? That shit was funny.

Cool stuff. Bagels at work, almond milk bubble tea, Agent Orange at the Demo, bee life time-lapse, get your wings, Ranchito with Tom.

St. Louis 1875. I still remember stumbling upon a tattered copy of Pictorial St. Louis at the library on Hampton years ago and just sitting there for hours looking at it. Now it is being turned into a 6000 square foot exhibit the history museum. I’m glad to see this getting the attention it very rightfully deserves.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

may twentieth

Five for May 20th:

Garbage Pail Kids. Where are they now? A funny and fascinating concept made real by some amazingly talented St. Louis artists and photographers. Hopefully they can get some more in before the inevitable cease and desist shows up in the mail.

Vaccinated. With nary a day (or so) to spare, I swung by the pharmacy for some needed pre-baby vaccinations last night. Nursing a sore arm this morning.

E-drums. The cymbal and snare on my electronic kit stopped working recently- but luckily, in addition to being an excellent audio engineer, Brian from Firebrand is also an electronics wizard, and thinks it’ll be an easy fix. Dropped ‘em off for repair last night along with requisite Coke and Snickers bar.

Cool stuff. New (Vans-centric) issue of The Skateboard Mag, Allroy Saves on the iPod, Forest Park waterfall is back on, spring evenings with hurricane Jane, putting Lars Ulrich’s face on things, afternoon curb sesh, sleeping with the windows open.

Riding to work. Bummed that I haven’t been able to take more advantage of bike commuting this spring, but with the baby due any day/minute lately, it’s just not worth the risk. Definitely going to pick it back up with a vengeance once Lisa is on maternity leave.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

may nineteenth

Five for May 19th:

Popsicle junkie. I fear I’m turning my kid into a fiend, but what can I say? She loves the ice cream truck, I love to see her smile.

Lend a hand. My good friends Jason and Kate are facing a pretty unimaginable and heartbreaking challenge with their new baby daughter. If you do nothing else today, consider giving some money to help them out.

Skating. Super fun solo nightfall session at JB yesterday evening. Essentially had the whole place to myself, stayed till it got dark, threw down some easy tricks and had a good time.

Cool stuff. Official baby due date is here, Grosso’s Loveletters to Skateboarding: the Backside Air, DVD rip of the new Vans Propeller video, cinnamon toast, morning curbslides in the Loop, the hidden forest.

Tuesday soundtrack. Venom, Ted Leo, Led Zeppelin, Agent Orange, The Cramps, Tilts, Sub Society, ALL.

Monday, May 18, 2015

may eighteenth

Five for May 18th:

(Almost) go time. We’re in the home stretch, with Lisa’s official due date being tomorrow. By the end of this week, my life should look drastically different than it does right now. Still doesn’t seem real, but it’s about to be.

Clifton Heights puddle tour. Jane strapped on her rubber boots for a walk around the neighborhood with the goal of splashing in some puddles following a quick downpour yesterday morning- and to cap it off, I found a $5 bill on the ground. Everyone wins.

Mad Men. Somewhere around season five, real life got in the way of being able to follow this show, and I just sort of dropped it and never picked it back up. Seems like the consensus on the series finale was that it was a good one, which is motivating me to try to remember where I left off and finish it. Definitely one of the best shows in the history of television.

Cool stuff. Vans Pool Party 2015 footage, shave and a haircut, gelato at Di Riso, Ramp Riders skate session with Chris and Andy, good times at Mary and Keith’s engagement party.

Cassette tape art. I was never super into detailed design work when dubbing cassettes (which is sort of weird, thinking about it), but I can certainly appreciate the work that went into it.

Friday, May 15, 2015

may fifteenth

Five for May 15th:

The Who Live at Leeds. Tomorrow marks the 45th anniversary of the release of the greatest live album by any rock band in history (with the possible exception of Live After Death). Play it loud.

RIP BB. A lot of tributes pouring in for BB King today, but let us not overlook his best- and perhaps most enduring work.

Night brigade. Hit up the Deer Creek curbs for an evening skate session with Andy and Aaron last night. Total rager. Our new go-to spot, for sure.

Cool stuff. Mediterranean egg white sandwich, meeting Indy, getting paid, Neil Blender skateboarding hall of fame induction, popcorn Friday.

Weekend action. Assuming Lisa doesn’t go into labor: possibly working a bit at the office, Mary and Keith’s wedding party, Salad Days documentary at Webster, kicking it with Jane, whatever else creeps along.