Wednesday, March 31, 2010

march thirty-first

Five for March 31st:

Practice. Had a good band practice last night. It was good to actually be playing drums. I sorta forgot what it felt like.

Friendly’s. Met up with Luke, Zimmdogg, Matt, plus Lisa and Nora at Friendly’s after practice. Ate a giant basket of onion rings and cheese fries, and sat outside. I love spring.

Gas turnoff. The guy from Laclede showed up in record time (45 minutes!) to turn off the gas, which was nice. Sitting around an empty apartment all day did not sound like a great time.

Old digs. As of midnight tonight, the lease to my old apartment on Tholozan is up. It was a good place, and part of me will sorta miss it. But not really.

Black licorice Scottie dogs. I don’t generally like black licorice but Trader Joes’ black licorice candies in the shape of Scottish Terriers are tasty. I ate a handful for dinner last night, which is probably not the best idea, but hey, I was in a hurry.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

march thirtieth

Five for March 30th:

Bad coffee. We picked up a bag of some sort of Starbuck’s coffee that was on sale the other day. It ended up tasting and smelling like burnt hair. Usually I’m willing to suffer through it, but we had to toss it all away.

Drum gear. My friend Pat brought in an Iron Cobra hi-hat stand for me to try out. I may end up buying it from him. It’s time to replace the old Pearl stand that came with my first kit.

Moved. Looking forward to getting this whole move totally over with. Spent part of the afternoon yesterday cleaning and taking what little remains at the old place out. Just have to deal with waiting for the gas guy on Wednesday, moving the couch out to the alley, and I’m home free.

Rock shows. Finally got this thing booked. The Blind Eyes are playing with the Hibernauts at the Wedge on May 14th. It’s a Friday, some come on out. It will be packed, sweaty fun. And don’t forget our show next Wednesday night at the Firebird.

Netflix. Thanks to everyone who replied/posted/Facebook messaged/emailed/carrier-pigeoned me yesterday in reference to my question about Netflix for Wii. I googled it and there is supposed to be a designated Wii Netflix channel coming out this spring, along with the already-available Netflix disc everyone mentioned. We’re all about it.

Monday, March 29, 2010

march twenty-ninth

Five for March 29th:

Good shows. Saw Medical Tourists Saturday afternoon at the Binge & Purge anniversary party, plus Fattback and the Helium Tapes at Firebird that evening.

Silver Ballroom. It was great to see so many people out for the opening night on Friday. We’ll definitely be going back soon. We had a blast. Plus, there is a Blind Eyes flyer under the bar top!

Friends. Saw a ton of them this weekend at various events. It was cool.

Reading material. Received the novelization of the movie “Hackers” in the mail on Saturday that I ordered on Amazon for a penny. I bought this primarily so my friend Tom could read it. We both love this movie.

Wii. We realized yesterday that now that we have wi-fi, our Wii is now web-enabled. This opens up a whole new world of awesomeness. But where’s the Netflix channel? C’mon, Nintendo. Make it happen.

Friday, March 26, 2010

march twenty-sixth

Five for March 26th:

Fish Fry. We’re going to try to hit St. Pius tonight if there is enough time following Lisa’s Yoga class. Anyone want in?

The Silver Ballroom. My friend Steve’s new bar just opened. It’s a pinball/punk rock themed bar at Morganford and Itaska. Go there now and support!

New album. It’s really starting to sound like an album after the last two evenings in the studio. Just a few more songs to finish up and it’s a done deal.

Payday. Today. It’s a good feeling.

Laundry. Having on-site laundry in our apartment is so great. For over a year, I drove my laundry to Columbia to do it at Lisa’s place every couple of weeks. Walking downstairs is considerably easier and less time-consuming.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

five for march twenty-fifth

Five for March 25th:

Jimmy John's. Ended up going for lunch two days in a row. It sounded better than microwaving a frozen burrito, what can I say?

Crash. A cop was killed in a car crash yesterday less than a block from our apartment. If I were at home, I might have been able to see it from my front balcony. Everything was clear by the time I got home, but word has it the entire street was blocked off for hours.

Joe Biden. Joe Biden is awesome in real life, but the Onion’s portrayal of him as this Trans-Am driving, womanizing, beer swilling man’s-man totally cracks me up.

Setting up shows. Sometimes it’s the easiest thing in the world, and sometimes it’s an epic e-mail/Facebook messaging back-and-forth between parties for weeks on end. The irony is that if I just knew these people’s phone numbers and could actually talk to them, it would’ve been done long ago.

Studio. We got a lot done last night, finishing up the main vocals on 3 more songs. In again tonight for more vocals, plus whatever else.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

march twenty-fourth

Five for March 24th:

Bocce night. I usually miss out on spring bocce games at Milo’s due to band practice, but we went last night, and my team won a game. It was also the first time I have ever actually played bocce, which at the end of the day is basically an extremely dusty mash-up of shuffleboard and pool. Fun stuff.

Veggie pizza. Speaking of Milo’s, they have a surprisingly awesome vegetarian St. Louis-style pizza. Go get it.

Netflix Online. The ability to watch thousands of movies with the click of a button is something I can’t quite wrap my mind around yet. But I love it.

Columbia. Heading out west this weekend for Columbia fun. Depending on the weather (and when we actually get on the road), there might be a bike ride on the MKT in the cards. Thai Trailer? I don't know if we're ready for that quite yet.

Allergies. It’s that time of the year. Spring allergies are starting to rear their ugly heads and begin the siege of my sinuses.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

march twenty-third

Five for March 23rd:

Wireless is go. After a long and harrowing ordeal (shocking, I know), and with the help of some more tech-savvy friends, our Internet at home is now officially working. Does anyone know how to sync the laptop to the TV so we can put our Netflix online onto my jumbo 24” TV screen?

Spanakopita. Got a late Greek dinner last night, and Lisa’s Spanakopita beat out my eggplant parmesan by a narrow margin. The hummus was good, but in hindsight, we probably should have got the flaming cheese.

Riding. Might have to bust out Sloozy G for an after-work ride this evening. Supposed to be high 60’s and sunny all day. Can’t pass that up.

Taxes. Did them, finally. And once again, just about broke even between state and federal. Lame.

Studio. Back into the studio this Wednesday/Thursday for more vocals and sitting around making fart and dick jokes.

Monday, March 22, 2010

march twenty-second

Five for March 22nd:

Health Care. Health care reform passed yesterday. I’m totally behind health care reform and think the pros (health care for those that don't have it) far outweigh any cons (death panels).

Wi-Fi. Looks like there is no juice going to the phone outlets in our apartment. Should be working today. I say “should be”, but we’ll see what actually happens. I’m fully expecting the guy to just not show up, or come by several hours after he is due to be there, because that is just how this stuff works.

Way Out. Went to the Way Out Club for the first time in over a year on Saturday night to see the Livers. Scott hooked me up with a t-shirt, and we all hung out at Sandrina’s long in to the night. Great time, but the smoke factor was a little overwhelming.

Fully moved. Aside from a few items, the old apartment is totally cleared out. Now I just have to get over there and clean it.

SF trip. We’re officially set for a 4-day September trip to San Francisco, including 2 nights in SF and one in Sonoma.

Friday, March 19, 2010

march ninetheenth

Five for March 19th:

Wi-Fi fail. The modem showed up yesterday, but it’s not working quite yet. Tom thinks something is up with the phone jacks. Hopefully we’ll get it fixed soon.

Lisa in Chicago. Got the place to myself until Sunday afternoon while Lisa is in Chi-town for a bachelorette weekend. Planning on moving a bunch of crap and going to see the Livers on Saturday. Anything else happening? (Interesting fact: Microsoft Word does not recognize the word “bachelorette”.)

El Maguey. Had lunch there yesterday for the first time in forever. Thumbs up for affordable shrimp fajitas and easy-on-the-cilantro salsa. The last time I was in that place, it was Tomatillos, and the guy working there was a jackass who tried to charge me 25 cents to refill my soda.

New catalog. Our new catalog at work is finally out, and it turned out really well. I also don’t look like a complete tool on my back cover photo.

Ted LeoThe Brutalist Bricks”. Got a copy of it yesterday. Haven’t had a chance to listen to it too thoroughly, but there are definitely some stand-out tracks on it.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

march eighteenth

Five for March 18th:

Lunch with Adam. Had lunch in the loop yesterday with my friend Adam who I haven’t seen in over a year. It was cool to catch up.

Samoas. I know I posted this in various places yesterday, but for the sake of putting it on the record- if you leave an open box of Girl Scout cookies near me (any, really, but Samoas and Tagalongs in particular), I will shamelessly eat them.

Ultraman. I scored a DVD of the first 20 episodes of Ultraman (the 1970's Japanese TV show, not the St. Louis hardcore band) at the Arsenal Schnucks last night for five bucks. I might have to go back tonight for the first season of the animated “Dungeons & Dragons” series, which I passed up. We also picked up a bottle of Bailey's and some toilet paper. All the makings of a good night.

Friends in town. A bunch of Columbia friends will be staying at our place tonight pending a weekend trip to Chicago. Too bad we won’t get to hang out longer.

Alex Chilton. It is weird to me that he is dead. I didn’t realize it until this morning, while listening to KDHX on the way in to work. Memphis to Manchester was all over that action.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

march seventeenth

Five for March 17th:

St. Patrick’s Day. In St. Louis, there is, sadly, more than one day a year in which you actually have to fear hordes of drunk drivers wearing face paint and cheap costume jewelry on your way home from work at 4:30 pm. Today is one of those days.

Rock night. Had band practice last night followed by a Tilts show at the Library in Soulard. Good times, but I’m a little ragged this morning, and my ears are ringing from the sheer volume and the fact that I didn’t bring earplugs.

Finishing the move. Going to borrow mom’s Scion on Saturday and hopefully get everything remaining in my old apartment moved, curbed, or given to charity.

Seattle’s Best. I love the Henry’s and Seattle’s Best blends. They are definitely my favorite coffees to brew at home, and usually pretty cheap.

Led Zeppelin. When do we get a DVD release of the reunion concert at 02 Arena from a few years back? I’d buy it.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

march sixteenth

Five for March 16th:

Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. A co-worker brought me some in yesterday and I have to admit, it’s pretty damn good. But really? Styrofoam cups? Who does that anymore? Massive fail on the “green” front.

DSL. Our new modem should be showing up in the mail on Thursday. Barring catastrophe, or my overall ineptitude, we should be online in our apartment by Thursday night. Big ups to Kat for helping make it happen.

Pencil. At work, I am currently using a pink pencil featuring pictures of butterflies with wings made of hearts and strawberries that was given to me for Valentine’s day. Waste not, want not. That’s my motto.

Band practice. We have practice tonight, but I’m not really sure what the hell we’re going to work on.

Census. I filled it out so I don’t go to jail. If only doing my taxes was so simple.

Monday, March 15, 2010

march fifteenth

Five for March 15th:

Daylight savings. It is finally here. This winter was long and miserable, and I’m glad to be (almost) done with it.

Curtains. We installed curtains in the bedroom over the weekend and it’s making an enormous difference. The bright, glorious lights of the McMahon Ford parking lot aren’t as amazing while trying to sleep.

Californication. I never even considered watching this show until we came across a free episode of it on the final disc of “The Tudors”. We were immediately hooked and are now 12 shows in to it.

TV. We’re selling a TV. It’s got a big screen. It’s too big for our apartment. It is not a flat screen, however, but it is newer and not absurdly heavy. $100 takes it, but you have to come get it.

Ides of March. It’s today. Go play the first song on Iron Maiden’s “Killers” in tribute.

Friday, March 12, 2010

march twelfth

Five for March 12th:

Rock n’ roll radio. We played a great set last night on KDHX. At least, from what I can tell. It was definitely the best sound we’ve had there yet. Big thanks to all the engineers, sound dudes, and especially to Nick from Space Parlour for having us on.

Fish fry Friday. Hitting up Joan of Arc tonight for our first, and hopefully not last fish fry of the year.

Gear. Lugging my drums up three flights of stairs after every show is a drawback to the new apartment. Luckily, there aren’t many, and these instances won’t happen too often.

Bikes. Finally got my bike, trainer, and rack moved over. Just in time for daylight savings and after-work rides going into spring.

Direct deposit. Wow. After months of “it’s happening this week”, it actually happened. I feel like I’m being welcomed back to this century with open arms.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

march eleventh

Five for March 11th:

Google Fiber in St. Louis. I don’t want to bother looking up whatever the hell this STL internet buzz-phrase means, so someone just tell me.

Travel. Hitting Kansas City, South Carolina, and San Francisco between now and September, plus who knows where else with the band? Should be fun.

Obama. He was in St. Louis yesterday talking universal healthcare. I didn’t get to go, but the clips I saw were cool. A lot of my friends who work downtown weren’t so excited about it, though, as the blocked-off streets, rooftop snipers, and presidential motorcade made things a bit difficult. Not to mention the masses of uneducated, Glenn Beck/Rush Limbaugh worshipping moron protesters.

My job. Sure, it has its faults. But show me another office where you can walk around barefoot, talk about music all day, and get emails from the VP that start off with the line “What is his point, seriously dude?” Can’t complain.

Foghorn Leghorn. I just remembered I had a dream about him last night. What ever happened to him?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

march tenth

Five for March 10th:

Axe Cop. I’d really like to make Axe Cop all 5 for today because it’s so amazingly awesome. Axe Cop is an online comic written by a 5 year old and illustrated by his 29 year old brother. It’s about a cop superhero that fights "bad guys" with the help of his fireman’s axe and a group of equally amazing sidekicks, the best of which is a Tyrannosaurus Rex named Wexter, who has aviator sunglasses and machine gun arms. I’m not kidding when I say this is one of the top coolest and funniest things I have seen in the last decade.

Corey Haim. Apparently he died today. Don’t know if he really deserves a “5” mention, but it’s a slow day, and I liked Lost Boys. At least this will make it easier for all those people that confuse the two Coreys all the time.

Radio. Tune in to KDHX tomorrow at 9 for a live set and interview from my band. This will be our third time live at KDHX, which has to be some sort of record for a local band that has only been around for a couple of years.

iPod. Once again, I forgot to charge my iPod last night, so it’s only running on about 45 minutes of juice I was able to give it this morning. I’ll have to use it sparingly.

Candy bars. Did I really need to buy five of them from my co-worker for his daughter’s fund drive? Yes.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

march ninth

Five for March 9th:

Rough mix. Should be getting an updated rough mix of the new album tonight with all the recent work we’ve done on it. I’m excited to hear it.

Flyers. There will be at least one, possibly three El Gordo’s Revenge flyers immortalized under glass on the top of the bar at my friend Steve’s new pinball/punk rock dive, which will hopefully be opening soon. One of them is a flyer for when we opened for the Subhumans, arguably one of our worst shows ever. But the flyer was cool.

Crappy coffee. The coffee at work today is terrible. I’m no coffee snob, but this tastes like warm river water. Do not want.

Dunkin’ Donuts. Everyone is all excited about Dunkin’ Donuts reopening in St. Louis. Sometimes people amaze me. Give me five minutes- literally, five minutes- and I will give you a tour of numerous STL donut shops that absolutely destroy Dunkin’. None of them, I should add, are Krispy Kreme.

Animal Chin. I watched part of The Search For Animal Chin last night, until the DVD started to skip. No movie on the planet makes me want to go skating more than that movie. There is a reason why it is universally loved.

Monday, March 8, 2010

march eighth

Five for March 8th:

Weather. I know that going on about the weather is lame, but holy crap, this weekend was amazing. While we did not get to go on a much-anticipated bike ride, we did manage to get some good use out of our balcony, and made trips to Tower Grove Park and Soulard Market (where we did some major damage for under $10).

Getting things finished. Lisa finally wrapped up her Gala this weekend; we got the couch and bookcase moved over, and a ton of stuff unpacked. Our apartment is starting to actually feel like the place we now live in.

Grandpa. Hung out with mom, Josh, and my grandfather on Sunday. The conversation covered topics such as proper sterilization of baby bottles in the 1940s to window fans and radiators in the 1940s. Also tried to offer some advice on light bulb replacement that was, regrettably, ignored.

Movies. I skipped watching the Academy Awards last night to watch 2012 on DVD. It was actually not as terrible as I was expecting. As a side note, I never actually watch the Academy Awards.

Indian Buffet. I’m not a fan of the food buffet with the exception of Indian food. I’m glad I gave Taste of India another shot, because their buffet was awesome. Maybe that is their strong point. It is certainly not their Palak Paneer.

Friday, March 5, 2010

march fifth

Five for March 5th:

San Francisco. We’re planning a birthday trip there for September! I’m excited. We’re also going to South Carolina in June, and staying in a beach house. Cannot wait.

Fish fry. We are failing miserably in the fish fry department this year. This is week 3, and we still can’t make it happen. There is just too much going on. Next week?

Funding. Found out today that Missouri has apparently reversed its decision to cut funding to domestic violence prevention groups. This is excellent news in and of itself, but it is especially good knowing how many of my friends who work in the field were also going to be affected by it.

Weekend. So much stuff going on this weekend. In addition to Lisa’s March of Hope Gale, we’ll get some more stuff moved in, ride some bikes, make a couple of trips to tower grove park with the Mort-man, and potentially hit up Soulard market.

Happy hour. Had drinks at Bottleworks last night with friends/ex-coworkers who I hadn't seen since August. We had a lot of laughs and managed to get out at a reasonable hour.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

march fourth

Five for March 4th:

Radio. A week from today, my band will be doing a live set and interview on KDHX. Tune in! 9:30 pm. If that is past your bedtime, you can stream it the next day.

Lost. I love this show, but I’m too impatient to watch it in real time. All the posts online from friends about how confused they are by the final season’s plot just cements my resolve to just wait until the DVDs come out and spare myself the same misery.

The Arch grounds. There’s a great dialogue going on my Facebook page right now stemming from a link I posted yesterday from Built St. Louis (see sidebar), talking about what should be done with the Arch grounds. It’s interesting to see the different perspectives people that live in this city have on it.

Bike season. Need a tune-up for my Giant FCR3 and Lisa’s Kona before cycling season kicks into high gear. I just wish there was something the equivalent of Columbia’s MKT Trail in St. Louis.

Gelato. I picked up some Hill-made gelato last night to celebrate Lisa finally closing on her house. It was pretty tasty, but definitely not worth 8 bucks. Lesson learned.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

march third

Five for March 3rd:

Five. Just doing this daily list instead of trying to compose some witty, 3-paragraph post each day is cool and actually accomplishes a lot more.

Myspace. I just can’t bring myself to close my personal account for some reason. I don't know what it is. Nostalgia? Maybe part of me wants to see it stage a comeback someday, but I don't see that happening.

This weekend. It’s supposed to be close to 50 and sunny this weekend. We might actually get to use our balcony. Who’s up for a bike ride?

Morty. He’s coming to visit for a week. I think there might be an epic squirrel hunt in Tower Grove Park soon.

Practice. We had practice last night, but just ended up playing AC/DC and Spinal Tap songs for most of the time. It’s weird, but we don’t really know what to work on. We don’t have a show till April, and we don’t want to start writing new stuff before the new songs on out upcoming album are done. It’s a weird holding pattern.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

march second

Five for March 2nd:

Overcaffeination. I apparently drank more coffee yesterday morning than I could handle and had a headache for most of the day as a result. This doesn’t really happen too often.

Pi. Met Lisa down in the loop for Pi last night. The Western Addition pizza is ridiculously awesome. Why get anything else?

Shower. The shower in our new apartment is amazing. It’s huge, stays hot forever, and has water pressure that could knock your head off if you’re not careful.

New toys. I don’t really collect Japanese toys much anymore, but some upcoming releases could bring me out of hibernation, however briefly. What, you ask? The Super 7 jumbo machinder storm trooper and the Shogun Warrior Dairugger. I want them both.

Internet. We’re getting it at home soon. Netflix online, here we come.

Monday, March 1, 2010

march 1st

Five for March 1st:

Saturday’s rock show. It was awesome. If you missed it, you missed out. Amazing bands and an amazing crowd. Couldn’t ask for anything else. Next show is April 7th with the Black Lips at Firebird!

Ikea shelf. I moved my giant Ikea bookcase it for the 3rd or 4th time over the weekend. It takes incredible patience to break down and reassemble, and it’s made of pretty cheap material anyway. I don’t know how many moves it has left in it, but hopefully we won’t have to worry about that for a little while. In the meantime, it is holding up nicely.

Sold my drums. I trimmed down my drum collection over the weekend, selling off my red marble Apollos to a friend. I’m confident they went to a good home.

Shuffleboard. We put up a good fight on Friday night, but Lisa’s aunts ended up victorious. Still, it wasn’t a total blowout, which is good given I haven’t played shuffleboard in a million years.

March. Spring is coming. This weekend we had beautiful, sunny weather. I hope it stays this way.