Wednesday, June 30, 2010

june thirtieth

Five for June 30th:

Last day of June. I think June is my favorite month of the year, and I’m bummed that it’s over. That said, it’s been a completely amazing, action-packed month.

Rode in to work. The weather is too amazing right now not to take advantage of it as much as possible. My chain derailed at the corner of Hampton and Oakland thanks to my air pump falling out of its clip, and even with the 4 minutes or so it took me to get it fixed, I still made it in to work in record time.

Last night. Band practice was pretty uneventful due to the 2 awesome shows we played last week, but pizza on the patio at Milo’s was right on.

Honeycomb cereal. I swear that the pieces of Honeycomb cereal used to be like, huge. Much bigger than they are now. I’m standing by this, despite the fact that I lost a bet to Lisa on this topic. As God as my witness, they used to be bigger. Also, I forgot to eat said cereal this morning for breakfast, and I was all excited about it and everything.

3-Day weekend. Can’t get here soon enough.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

june twenty-ninth

Five for June 29th:

Post Office. I hate going there and have been putting it off for a week, but I have to man up today. Band duty calls.

Groceries. Finally got some last night. It was getting pretty dire, especially in the stuff-for-lunch department. Once again, I forgot to buy contact solution.

Forest Park. We did a couple of loops around Forest Park last night. The weather couldn’t have been better for riding. However, I wish people could tell the difference between the bike trail and the pedestrian trail. It’s really not rocket science.

Float trip. Getting excited for Lisa’s annual birthday float/camping trip in a few weeks. Should be a fun one this year.

New Pornographers. We really wanted to go last night, but decided the cost was a bit too much to swallow at the moment. On top of that, I had to help Kevin move a washing machine and we wanted to ride bikes. Sounds like the show was great, though.

Monday, June 28, 2010

june twenty-eighth

Five for June 28th:

Rock. Our show at Off Broadway on Saturday was one of the best we’ve played in a long time. Thanks to the great crowd that came out, and of course, the other bands for being so awesome. Great pics of the show here!

After-work bike ride. Time to go riding tonight in Forest Park. My ankle is better, the humidity will be low, and the sun should be out.

Pizza and beer. Lisa and I went straight to Pi for a Western Addition and some pale ale after the long, arduous task of getting off an airplane was finally accomplished yesterday evening. There is no amount of jet lag that a pizza loaded with mozzarella, spinach blended with ricotta and feta, mushrooms, onions, and garlic can’t cure.

Ren & Stimpy. Started re-watching the first season on Netflix yesterday and it’s as funny and awesome as it ever was.

Cherokee Street flea market. Ran into a bunch of cool people and scored an Illustrated History of Punk book and a CD of the Cramps “Bad Music For Bad People”, all for 3 bucks.

Friday, June 25, 2010

june twenty-fifth

Five for June 25th:

Al Waha. Lisa and I agreed within the first ten minutes that his was the best new restaurant we’ve been to in a long time. They give you a small cup of coffee when you come in, which is an automatic “awesome” in my book. The hummus was some of the best I’ve ever had, and the entrees were amazing. There are plenty of vegetarian and close-to-vegetarian options for non-meat eaters. Go there.

Ankle. My ankle is feeling much better since I strained a muscle last weekend. Should be able to get back on a bike by tonight.

Rock show. We’re playing at Off Broadway tomorrow night with Sleepy Kitty and the Livers. I’m not kidding, this really will be an awesome show. I’m excited about it, and you should be excited too. See you there?

Alabama. Lisa is in Alabama visiting her dad and stepmom this weekend. She’s flying Delta airlines into Hartsfield Airport in Atlanta ((shudder)). Hopefully her experience with that trip is considerably better than the one I had a couple of weeks ago.

Weather. The heatwave broke yesterday and we got to hang out on our balcony in the evening for the first time in forever. It was awesome.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

june twenty-fourth

Five for June 24th:

Studio. Got quite a bit of work done last night in between the relentless onslaught of dick and fart jokes. Lisa: “the studio is really just a clubhouse for boys”. It’s true, actually.

Community garden. We’re looking into getting a plot at the south city community garden. It sounds like it could be fun. I just hope I don’t end up inadvertently killing everyone’s plants.

Food. We’re going to check out a new Bedouin restaurant on South Grand tonight. Apparently, it’s one of only two Bedouin restaurants in the country (I'd never heard of Bedouin food, either, but apparently it does exist). The dishes look awesome, and it got a great review in the RFT.

Giant Robot. The band got a shout out from the Giant Robot magazine guys on Facebook yesterday! There was a photo of me a GR t-shirt at the STL music awards and they gave us some props for it. Very cool, as I’ve been reading that magazine for at least a decade.

iPhone. People are buying the new iPhone online for over a thousand dollars right now. The thing will be obsolete in a year and you’ll be able to get one for a hundred bucks. Sometimes people amaze me.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

june twenty-third

Five for June 23rd:

Win. My band won the RFT Music Award for “Best Pop Band” last night. This is super awesome. Thanks to anyone and everyone who voted for us, I (we) really appreciate it.

Shower. I realized this morning as I was taking a shower that it was the first time I’ve showered at my apartment in over 2 weeks. Chalk it up to too much travel. This is not necessarily a bad thing.

Coffee. It’s amazing how fast two people can go through 100 coffee filters.

Death in the family. Our cactus is officially dead. I don’t know how the hell it’s possible to kill a cactus, but somehow we managed it. Luckily, the rest of the flowers are doing great.

How to use an apostrophe. The Oatmeal hits one out of the park (as always).

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

june twenty-second

Five for June 22nd:

AC is fixed. We’re back in cool air, although I have to say, it really wasn’t that uncomfortable without it. The AC guy told me that he’s been working non-stop for the last week or so due to the heat wave.

Day off. Took a well-deserved day off yesterday. Met Lisa for lunch at 3 Monkeys, took a nap, and got some shrimp fajitas and Fro-Yo in the evening. Can’t really beat that.

Studio. Heading to the studio tomorrow to catch up on what Seth and Brian have been working on the last couple of weeks, and do some more.

Summer solstice. The longest day of the year was yesterday. All downhill from here.

Rock show tonight. It’s at the Tap Room, it’s free, and it features 3 great bands. You should go.

Monday, June 21, 2010

june twenty-first

Five for June 21st:

Nashville. I was there for the last 5 days for work, as you know. I wish I had tons of awesome stories to report, but thanks to hurting my foot on Thursday night, I have none. I ran four miles on the treadmill and did something to my ankle, which put me out of commission for any non-work related activities. Luckily, it's feeling a ton better today.

Driving. I'm over it. I don't want to be inside a car for more than ten minutes for as long as possible. Driving through Tennessee, Kentucky, and Illinois? Especially over it.

Breakage. Got home early this morning to a broken AC in our apartment. Wonderful. It's getting repaired today, though.

Free stuff. Scored a ton of guitar picks, some leather pick pouches, stickers, and a calculator from the show. The swag haul could have been a lot worse, but I restrained myself.

Rock shows. Playing two this week: Tomorrow (Tuesday) night at the Tap Room for the RFT awards ceremony and Saturday at Off Broadway!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

june fifteenth

Five for June 15th:

Catching up. Getting back up to speed at work was easier than I had thought it would be, mostly due to my extensive, preemptive “going to be out of the office” campaign.

Nashville. Leaving early tomorrow morning for Nashville. While I’m not terribly excited about it, I’m going to make the best of it and have a good time. On the upside, the hotel we’re staying at looks really cool and features a free 24 hour fitness center. Downsides are having to dress “business casual” during the days and the fact that I have to share a room. Ahwell.

Giant Robot. Came home from SC to find issue 65 and a new “tape robot” t-shirt from Giant Robot magazine. The best part is that I just finished issue 64 on the trip. Perfect timing.

Sleepy Kitty. Went by the Sleepy Kitty HQ last night to pick up posters for the show on the 26th at Off Broadway. Their Cherokee Street art loft is awesome, complete with a print shop, band practice spot, and living space. More importantly, they’re both super cool, friendly people. Looking forward to playing shows with them. Keep an eye out for their recently-stolen van, too. It’s a white dodge caravan, with a KDHX sticker and an Obama sticker on the back.

Urban Garden. Our basil plants are huge, and our flower boxes are overflowing. Too bad it’s been so hot outside lately. Cooking with homemade basil is awesome.

Monday, June 14, 2010

june fourteenth

Five for June 14th:

Vacation. Time to get up to speed. It was awesome. Here are some highlights, and it will break the usual “5”.

Delta Airlines sucks. I could write a novel about how terrible this airline is, but in the interest of sparing you the gory details, I’ll just say: do not fly Delta unless you absolutely have to.

The sun. I officially cannot suntan. This is now a fact, after spending 6 days sitting in the sun. Although I escaped mostly burn-free, my chest and arms are a sort of reddish hue. At least I got rid of my farmer tan.

The beach. The beach in South Carolina is amazing. White sand, high/low tide, great breeze. We swam, sat, drank, rode bikes, flew kites, and built (crappy) sandcastles on the beach. It was basically where we spent the majority of our time, and I loved it.

The weather. It held up the entire time. Not a drop of rain and hardly a cloud in the sky. It was hot as hell, but really couldn’t have been any nicer. I’ll take it.

The house. We stayed in a gigantic, 3-story beach mansion, complete with 2 kitchens, a pool, and even an elevator. The options for food and drink were neverending. The best part was a rooftop deck overlooking the ocean.

Casualties. I lost/destroyed my digital camera, watch, and favorite pair of sunglasses on the trip. All of the aforementioned losses were water-related, which should come as no shock. Luckily, all were cheap and easily replaceable. The memory card from the camera was unscathed, so vacation pics were spared.

Food. For a seafood lover, there is not better place than the coast for awesome food. Weirdly, all the seafood we had when we went out to dinner paled in comparison to what we cooked. Our “low country boil”, consisting of shrimp, potatoes, corn on the cob, and some of the best spices imaginable, was one of the best meals I’ve ever had, hands down.

Wildlife. Alligators, huge turtles, jellyfish , stingrays, sharks, schools of fish, crabs, minnows, and a white Westie were just some of the beasts Lisa and I encountered.

Friday, June 4, 2010

june fourth

Five for June 4th:

Vacation. Technically, it starts on Sunday, but as far as I’m concerned it starts tonight at 5 pm. Lisa is already en route, and I fly out to meet her in a couple of days.

RFT Showcase. For the last time: we’re playing tomorrow night at Rue 13 on Washington ave. 10:15. The lineup is unbeatable, and you should go. It’s only 5 bucks for a wristband, so there’s really no excuse. Also, you should vote for us as “Best Pop Band”, if you’re so inclined.

Royale. Once again, as always, their Juniata burger with Match does not disappoint. They also have the best patio in south city.

Plants and cats: I sure hope they stay alive while we’re gone. Friends, I leave it in your capable hands. Remember: water is key.

Hiatus. This will be the last SFS post until Monday, June 14th, when I’m back. Hope you can all manage to survive ten days without it.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

june third

Five for June 3rd:

Commute. Rode in to work today. I need to do it more often. It only takes about 15 minutes longer than driving, and my route is cool: the Hill, Dogtown, Forest Park, and U-City. Plus it’s a great workout. Aside from bad weather (and general laziness), there’s no reason not to.

Sunglasses. Picked up a sweet pair of Ray-Ban knockoffs last night for $10 while Lisa was shopping for luggage. Where can I get a cool pair of neon orange Oakley wraparounds?

Close call. Got pulled over on the way home last night, but luckily the cop was cool and let me off with a warning. In fairness, I wasn’t going that fast.

Rush. I don’t really like Rush, but I still want to see that documentary about them that is coming out, primarily because I am a rockumentary junkie.

Dinner. Lisa is a genius at throwing together awesome dinners out of seemingly nothing. I’m in awe of her skillz.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

june second

Five for June 2nd:

Practice. For some reason it was particularly grueling last night. We put together a powerhouse set for the show on Saturday, though. Should be awesome. I really need to learn to breathe better when playing drums. I find myself holding my breath all the time when I play. Probably not a good habit.

Charlie Watts. Speaking of drums, today is the birthday of one of my all-time favorite drummers. Charlie, since I know you follow my blog religiously: happy birthday.

Press. There is a nice write up of the band in this week’s issue of the Riverfront Times, plus we got a pretty cool review of the album online yesterday.

Leftovers. The leftover palak paneer from Rasoi made my night last night.

Grill. We have a grill that we have yet to use this summer. Pretty lame. We need to get on that.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

june first

Five for June 1st:

Riding. We rode a ton this weekend, including the Forest Park Trail, Grant’s Trail, Tower Grove Park, and our neighborhood. I’m going to try to ride in to work at least once this week if the weather cooperates.

Preparations. Getting ready for our South Carolina trip next week means trying to keep track of all the things we’re going to need to bring. I’m positive I will forget something totally obvious.

Music. Practice tonight to prepare for this weekend’s show. Possible studio time some night this week to work on the album, too.

“Back To The Beach”. I wanted to watch that movie the other night, and apparently it doesn’t exist anymore. It’s a great flick and doesn’t get enough credit.

Memorial Day. Awesome cookout with friends, complete with a great midday storm cool-down and some thrown-together sangria. Can’t beat it. Summer rocks my socks.