Friday, April 30, 2010

april thirtieth

Five for April 30th:

Time flies. This week absolutely flew by, as did this whole month. I’m glad it’s Friday.

Dine Out For Life. We met up with Mary and Keith at Square One Brewery last night for Dine Out For Life. I wish Square One bottled their beer, as it’s actually really good. Their patio is also rad.

Grilling. If it’s not raining tonight, we’re busting out the grill, which we still haven’t had a chance to use. We’re also planning to finally plant some stuff on our balcony. Looking forward to cooking with home-grown basil.

Planning. Seth, Keving and I are working on planning out a big show and it’s very slow-going. Hopefully it’ll pay off.

Muscle ache. My body isn’t used to the exercise it’s been getting lately, and my chest and back are aching as a result. It’s a good kind of ache, though.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

april twenty-ninth

Five for April 29th:

Last night. Did a couple of laps around Forest Park with Lisa on the bikes, followed up with beer and food at Royale. Awesome evening.

Sixth Sense. Watched it for the first time in a long time last night. Still a good flick, and in my mind, the only thing M. Night Shyamalan ever did that was worth a crap. Actually, I take that back. “The Village” was tolerable.

Hollywood is out of ideas. They’re remaking Commando. What else is there to say?

Toms Shoes. Lisa turned me on to Toms Shoes last night. For every pair you buy, they give a pair of shoes to a child in need. They’re stylish and relatively cheap, too. Might have to buy a couple of pairs.

June 26th. We’ll be playing at Off Broadway with Via Audio from NYC and Sleepy Kitty! Consider this fair warning. It’ll be an awesome show.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

april twenty-eighth

Five for April 28th:

Bike ride. It’s happening tonight, for sure. Have to take advantage of a couple of nice days before the rain comes back.

Practice. Yesterday’s practice was a good one. We knocked out a completely terrible cover of Phil Collins’ “Easy Lover” before calling it a night.

Kings Of Leon. I dig ‘em fine, but how did these guys become an arena rock sensation? Sure, they’re good, but they’re selling out stadiums. I don’t get it.

iPhone. Really tempted to just get one now that my contract with Verizon is up. I don’t know if I want to be quite that connected, but I seem to be leaning in that direction.

Contacts. I’ve made the decision to get them. I really want them in time for the upcoming trip to South Carolina. Now I just have to go do it.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

april twenty-seventh

Five for April 27th:

This weather sucks. It has been raining for days. We’re getting a couple of days of sunshine tomorrow and Thursday, but back to rain for Saturday and Sunday. Do not want.

Columbia. Heading there this weekend for a party. Looking forward to getting out of town for a little bit. Will it rain there? If not, there is a bike ride to the Thai Trailer in our near future. Actually, we may have to just drive out there anyway. I want some green curry tofu served from a trailer, and I want it now.

Shop N’ Save. The Shop N’ Save by our house is strange and wonderful. It’s like going into a third world country… of savings.

Arizona Immigration Law SB1070. It is despicable, thinly veiled American racism and nothing more. If you support it, you are an asshole.

South Park. I can’t stop watching back episodes of it online, especially since it’s been so rainy and miserable out. That show is so great.

Monday, April 26, 2010

april twenty-sixth

Five for April 26th:

Rain. It rained basically all weekend, and threatened a tornado on Saturday. We had a good time despite all the crappy weather.

Cool shows. Bruiser Queen made an impressive debut at the Firebird on Friday, plus we got to see Mary Kate sing with the Bach society on Saturday. Very different musical styles, but both were awesome.

Video games. We downloaded Dr. Mario, Punch-Out, and Tecmo Bowl over the weekend. I still have a hard time beating Soda Popinski in Punch-Out, and the 49’ers are still the team to be in Tecmo Bowl.

Pi. Checked out the Central West End location on Friday night. The pizza was as good as ever, but the long wait was a bit of a letdown.

New heads. One cool thing about my job is the free stuff we are able to get from vendors. Just put in an order for some new drumheads that will be extremely helpful to have around in the coming months.

Friday, April 23, 2010

april twenty-third

Five for April 23rd:

No bike ride. Of course it starts raining as I’m driving home last night. And it’s supposed to be relatively crappy weather-wise all weekend. Bummer.

Pho Grand. Got my celebratory free dinner at Pho Grand last night. Thanks to Lisa for upholding her end of the deal, but even bigger thanks to Rebecca for being pregnant with a boy. You made it happen- and for that, I am thankful.

Sunglasses. I think something has gone awry in the chemical makeup of my prescription sunglasses, because I cannot get them clean to save my life.

Bruiser Queen. Looking forward to seeing their debut show tonight at the Firebird! Everyone reading this should go.

Silver Ballroom. Even though they've been open for awhile now, the Silver Ballroom is having their official grand opening celebration this weekend. May try to hit it tonight if there is time.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

april twenty-second

Five for April 22nd:

Kickball. A St. Louis kickball league was banned from Tower Grove Park yesterday. I personally don’t care one way or the other, but the RFT story on this, and in particular the ensuing tsunami of comments, is hilarious, and worth checking out if you have about 4 hours (and counting) to kill.

Scott Baio. I didn’t realize Scott Baio was totally nuts. Thanks to Annie for pointing me toward this archive of his online meltdown. Also worth taking a look at, and it won’t take you 4 hours.

Bike riding. If the weather holds up tonight, we’re going on a 13-mile ride. I really want the weather to hold up, because I’ve been feeling like a total sloth lately.

Awesome food. The artichoke ravioli from Trader Joe’s is killer, and I have to say, the 3-Buck Chuck Shiraz is probably my favorite wine. I am definitely not a wine snob.

NPR. Somehow, I am now able to pick up NPR on the radio in my office. Previously, it never came through. I’m enjoying it.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

april twenty-first

Five for April 21st:

Rebecca and Nate. Found out they’re having a boy yesterday! Congrats to them both. Also, congrats to me for winning a bet with Lisa on whether it was going to be a boy or a girl. King crab legs, I’m coming for you.

Practice. Had a good practice last night. Worked on a new song, started planning our summer attack, and generally avoided sounding like crap.

New hoodie. I’m very picky about hoodies, and I found a great one on sale at the Macy’s in Columbia. $10, originally $50. I am the king of the bargain hunters. Plus, it matches my brown chucks. My black one is destroyed.

Bloody Mary. Had a post-practice Bloody Mary with Lisa and Kevin at Royale last night. It was spicy as hell, but good.

Ghost towns. I discovered a great blog yesterday about ghost towns and abandoned buildings, which is a fascinating topic for me. Go check it out.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

april twentieth

Five for April 20th:

The news. It’s pissing me off lately, even more than usual. People in this country are so stupid. It’s mind blowing.

Arcade building tour. Check out these amazing photos by Bill Streeter of an abandoned office building in downtown St. Louis. I want to go check it out. Who’s up for some urban exploration?

Oil change. Got a long-overdue oil change yesterday along with some new wiper blades. I’m sure it’s totally in my head, but I always feel like my car is running a thousand times better right after an oil change.

Band. We have some cool stuff cooking for over the summer/fall, in addition to the album release. Stay tuned.

Trader Joe’s. We went hungry-shopping at Trader Joe’s last night and went a little overboard. On the plus side, we now have food in the house.

Monday, April 19, 2010

april nineteenth

Five for April 19th:

Jenny and Patrick. Congrats to the new couple. The wedding in Rocheport was awesome, the food was great, and the weather was amazing. Bummed that we didn't get any riding in, but what're you gonna do.

Nate and Rebecca. Thanks for letting us crash at your house, play your Xbox, drink your coffee, and eat your Cap’n Crunch.

West county traffic. It’s been awhile since I had to sit in morning rush-hour traffic going eastbound through Chesterfield on highway 40. Wow. And you people live out there for what reason again?

20 Innings. I like going to a baseball game every now and then, but to sit through twenty innings of baseball sounds totally unbearable. Especially if you lose.

Sideburns. Had to trim them up a bit. They were getting out of hand.

Friday, April 16, 2010

april sixteenth

Five for April 16th:

Out of town. Hitting the road this weekend for our friend Jenny’s wedding in Rocheport. A ride on the Katy Trail might be in our very near future.

8 O’clock Coffee. I got some of this on the fly last night and it’s surprisingly good (and cheap). Sorta tastes like a less acidic Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. For $3.99 a bag, you can’t go wrong.

New fan. I am one of those people who cannot sleep at night without a fan going. The fan I had for years started making clacking, creaking, dying sounds over the past week. I bought a new one last night, and it’s back to smooth sailing. Plus, the new one is black and looks like something Darth Vader might use.

Penn Station. Best sandwich in town. Nothing comes close to the Artichoke sub if you’re a vegetarian. I had to get one last night, and of course I ate the whole thing. No regrets.

Grill. We’re officially back in the grilling game, following Lisa’s purchase of a small Weber grill yesterday. Inaugural BBQ tonight!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

april fifteenth

Five for April 15th:

Ballgame. It was cool going to a baseball game, but the game itself was pretty uneventful. Not a single homer? Come on! I only get to games like once every 3 years. Give a guy a break.

Transit. I love the Metrolink, but they get a big fat “F” for last night. Deactivating service at the Debaliviere station and making a totally packed train get out onto the platform and wait for the next one is ridiculous, especially in the middle of rush hour on a game night. Fail. Heard a lot of county folk remarking to the effect of "is this what we voted yes for?"

Twitter. I posted this yesterday on Twitter, but I’ll post here as well. I follow quite a few people on Twitter who at one time posted stuff that was interesting, funny, or relevant- but whose tweets have now been reduced to nothing more than updates on where they are and what they have “become mayor of”. No offense meant to any of them, but my days of following these people are over. Maybe that stuff is interesting to some people (how or why, I can’t imagine), but definitely not to me. As a side note, don’t fret: if you’re still posting like a normal human with some 4square thrown in, I’m not going to un-follow you. It’s the 100-percenters that are getting the axe.

Other people’s misery. I have a weird thing where I like to go to the online newspapers of opposing sports teams the day after they’ve lost to a St. Louis team and read what people write about it. It’s highly amusing.

Tax day. I actually did my taxes in a timely manner and everything this year. Huh.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

april fourteenth

Five for April 14th:

Netflix is go. Our Netflix disc for Wii arrived yesterday, and we’re officially wired up. No more watching reruns of 30 Rock on my laptop. Technology is awesome.

Baseball. We got free tickets to the Cardinals game tonight. I haven’t been to a game in years. We’re dropping Morty off at Mary and Keith’s for an evening of backyard romping and being licked by Marvin, and taking the train downtown. Should be a really fun time.

Conan. It’s good to see Conan is going to be back on the air, but too bad it’s on cable. As much as I despise the Fox network, I was looking forward to watching him again. Alas, no TBS. Hopefully the episodes will be online.

Jets To Brazil. I downloaded “Orange Rhyming Dictionary” this morning. I forgot how much I liked that album. I also forgot how totally cheesy some of Blake Schwarzenbach’s lyrics can be at times. Still, good record.

Drumsticks. After much searching and testing, I think I finally found the ideal drumsticks for me to use in the band. The Vic Firth X5AW has the perfect length (a bit longer than a traditional 5A) width, and heft. I was using X5BW’s for a while, but they’re just too heavy for some of our songs that require a ton of crazy stuff on the hi-hats. I'm not much of a gearhead, but I know what I like.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

april thirteenth

Five for April 13th:

Bags. I never thought I’d see the day when we actually ran out of plastic grocery bags, but we have. Their use as our primary kitchen trash bags, cat/dog poop bags, and lunch carryin’ bags have dwindled our supply to zero.

My battery is dead. If you need to call/text me today, you’re out of luck. I forgot to charge my phone last night and the battery is completely dead. Find me on gchat.

Face to Face. Ok, I never really cared too much about this band, even in my punk years, although I liked them enough. However, I watched a great documentary on them last night and it weirdly makes me want to go re-listen to their albums.

Netflix. Our disc for streaming Netflix via the Wii should be arriving today! I hope everything works.

Tonight. Band practice, followed by a potential stop at Milo’s afterward for bocce, pizza and beer, followed by Seth's DJ spin at the Royale.

Monday, April 12, 2010

april twelfth

Five for April 12th:

Bike riding. Finally hit the Forest Park trail for our first (admittedly short) ride of 2010. The improvements made to the trail over the last few years are great and make it much easier. Dig.

Birthday party. We played a show for our friend Bobbee’s 40th birthday party on Saturday night. Bobbee is a KDHX DJ and he plays us all the time. The show happened on the north side of the landing in an amazing building that had been converted to be totally “green”. It turned into a dance party, and we played a few songs we haven’t played in a while.

Zelda. One of the coolest things about the Wii is the ability to download classic games. I picked up Legend of Zelda on Sunday morning and spent a couple of hours dominating labyrinths as if the last 20 years hadn’t happened. It's insane how much I remember about that game. You can download all sorts of stuff, not just classic NES. I could go broke on Sega Genesis and Turbografx-16 games.

Wine country. Went to a couple of wineries yesterday with Lisa, Mary and Keith. We drank wine, played Frisbee, drank more wine, ate food, and had an awesome time. The weather was unbeatable. Finished it all up with a tuna steak barbecue at Keith’s. Best day in recent memory.

Bagels. The cinnamon crunch bagel waiting for me at work this morning kinda saved my life.

Friday, April 9, 2010

april ninth

Five for April 9th:

Groceries. How can one continuously be going to the grocery store, yet never have any food? It’s a mystery to me. I will say that the tacos with fresh avocado that we threw together last night were surprisingly awesome.

Flyers. Going to get some color flyers made soon for the May show at the Wedge. I have to say, while I understand that my design skills are rudimentary at best, I really like the poster I did for this show. It’s got Mega-Man on it, so you really can’t go wrong.

Show review. While we got no mention in the RFT review of Wednesday's show (we were, however, featured in the slideshow), PlaybackSTL did a great write-up of the show. Go check it out!

Weekend. Morty is coming to visit, we’re going to bike the Forest Park trail, go to the wineries, and whatever else. It’s supposed to be in the mid-70’s and sunny. I’ll take it. Might even sell a guitar or two.

Dexter. Started re-watching season 1 the other night. I love that show.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

april eighth

Five for April 8th:

Rock. Played a great show last night to a lot of people. I dug it. Thanks to everyone who came out!

Sleep. I didn’t get much of it last night. I’m exhausted today, and my ears are ringing. It’s a small price to pay, however.

Gettin’ paid. Tonight. I love having direct deposit, but this every-two-weeks thing really is somewhat of a bummer.

Wine Country. Heading there this weekend with Lisa, Mary and Keith to eat some food and drink some wine.

Selling more stuff. I have a few guitars I’m selling for cheep. Email me for details!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

april seventh

Five for April 7th:

Make rules, break rules. That’s how we do it. We couldn’t resist the temptation of beer and pizza at Milo’s last night.

Rock show. We’re playing tonight at the Firebird with Black Lips! Should be a great show and I hope to see you all there. We’re on around 9, so don’t dilly-dally.

Motorhead. I usually don’t have any reason to read Decibel magazine, which comes to my office, but this month there is an awesome interview with (Ace of Spades-era) Motorhead on the making of said album. Actually, every interview I’ve ever read featuring Lemmy has been great.

Free stuff. The past few weeks at work, I have received a free box of drumheads, pair of studio isolation headphones, pair of drumsticks, and digital chromatic tuner from different vendors. Not a bad haul, but I really have no use for most of this stuff.

Loufest. They announced the lineup for this year’s inaugural “Loufest” concert and it’s pretty impressive. While it is no secret that the term “the Lou” being used for St. Louis makes me cringe, it’s an amazing event that we’re pretty lucky to have happen in our fair city.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

april sixth

Five for April 6th:

Bocce. We’ll probably head down to Milo’s tonight for bocce, but since we’re not drinking for a few days, it might be somewhat weird.

Topper Headon. Read a great article yesterday about the rise and fall of the great Clash drummer. That guy was (and still is) awesome.

Rock shows. We’re playing tomorrow night at Firebird and Saturday night at a party for a friend. You should go to the show tomorrow, as it’s a Wednesday and it’s not like there’s anything else going on.

Allergies. I don’t know at what point I turned into a guy who had allergies, but that is certainly the case now. When I was a kid, I could snort lines of pollen and grass clippings and be fine.

Cardinals. Game 1 is won, and we're looking good so far. Here's hoping they can keep it up.

Monday, April 5, 2010

april fifth

Five for April 5th:

No junk food. Today begins our 3 days of not eating crap. Actually, resisting the lure of Krispy Kremes and leftover Easter candy this morning has been surprisingly easy. It’s all about getting into the right state of mind.

Scavenger hunt. My team lost this year. I thought we were doing really well, but apparently not well enough.

Google Chrome. I installed it on my laptop last week and I love it. Recommended. Internet Explorer is dead to me.

Snooze. I hit the snooze button for an hour and ten minutes this morning. That might be a new record for me.

Weekend. Hit the Silver Ballroom, Soulard Market, Whole Foods, Shaved Duck, and the Royale. Ran a couple of miles and tried some yoga, which wasn’t terribly successful (yet not a complete failure). Also watched a few episodes of Penn & Teller's Bullshit on Netflix Online, which is the coolest thing ever, and got about halfway through my "Hackers" novellization, which yes, I am actually reading.

Friday, April 2, 2010

april second

Five for April 2nd:

Sore legs. My legs are totally limp this morning from yesterday’s run. Guess I’m a little more out-of-shape than previously thought.

Organic. Lisa and I are going to be doing nothing but organic foods and little to no starches next week. No processed food, no candy, no soda, etc. It’ll be good. This also means a trip to Soulard Market to stock up, which is always fun.

Hanging out. Stefanie was in town from Columbia last night. Got dinner on the patio at Duff’s in the CWE and went to Silver Ballroom after for drinks and pinball. The Silver Ballroom has the best jukebox in town- tons of great punk rock. This is both a plus and a minus, because while the songs are great, 3 plays only lasts about 3 minutes. Also, Doc rules, as always.

KDHX. They are the best radio station in town with a bullet. They’re doing their spring pledge drive, and you should call in and donate. I am doing so today.

Scavenger Hunt. I’m looking forward to dominating the Easter Sunday scavenger hunt for the second year in a row. The gauntlet has been thrown.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

april first

Five for April 1st:

April. A lot of what I’m going to be posting from here on out will probably have something to do, directly or indirectly, with the fact that winter is over. Let us begin.

Dinner outside. Ate some ravioli and salad on the balcony last night and watched the bright lights of Kingshighway.

Jogging. We jogged a couple of miles this morning. It was the first time I’ve ran in a long while, but I have to say, I did pretty good. I still remember how to breathe, and it’s all about the stretching.

Flip-flops. Everyone knows I’m a marginally stylish guy most of the time, but I will rock the shorts, t-shirt and flip-flops every chance I get. I work in an office where this is appropriate attire, which is great.

People suck. In the year 2010, we are still living in a world where it’s OK for priests to molest children and Popes to cover it up, and where people are actually being beheaded for “sorcery”. Give. Me. A. Fucking. Break.