Friday, July 30, 2010

july thirtieth

Five for July 30th:

Friday. Making some food at home tonight (likely pesto-based), then going to check out Cassie Morgan and Beth Bombara on the patio at Atomic Cowboy. Hopefully the weather holds up.

Saturday. Long day of rock: loading gear at 11 am and heading to Off Broadway to help set up, and subsequently play the first annual Pop Luck show. Then it’s our old buddies the Safes and Bruiser Queen at Firebird in the PM.

Sunday. Lunch with Lisa and my mom. Lisa and I are secret California Pizza Kitchen junkies. Picking up the stuff I need to get my passport. Next year: travel abroad.

Good ride. Grant’s Trail was awesome yesterday. It’s a flat, smooth, fast ride, and the weather was perfect. We learned that starting in South County and riding into Webster makes a little more sense in terms of time spent getting there. Also rad: Post-ride Juniata burger and a Newcastle at the Royale with Lisa, Tom, and Claire.

August. July is already over? This summer is blowing by. Seeya next month!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

july twenty-ninth

Five for July 29th:

Pi. There is no better pizza in this city, or perhaps on this planet, than the Western Addition at Pi. Their garlic bread is also amazing.

Memphis. Lisa and I are getting out of town for a few days in Memphis next weekend. That is one good thing about St. Louis: the close proximity to other cities makes for perfect impromptu road-tripping. Then, San Francisco in September.

Passport. Found out yesterday that I do, in fact, have all the documentation I need to get my passport. I was convinced that I had lost my SSID and that my mom didn’t know where my birth certificate was, but it turns out she had both. I wasn’t looking forward to going through the hassle of getting all that crap again.

Trail ride. Going for a ride on the Grant’s Trail tonight. We haven’t rode it in awhile, and it’ll be a nice change of pace from Forest Park. The FP trail is great, but the constant pedestrian interruptions make for a rough ride sometimes.

Strange policy. Hung some more Popluck posters up around the Loop yesterday. Starbucks has a community board, but apparently it’s only to post not-for-profit events, so I was asked to sharpie over the door price. Weird.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

july twenty-eighth

Five for July 28th:

Airborne. One of my all-time favorite terrible movies just appeared on Netflix online last night. It stars a young Seth Green, Jack Black, and some other dude, and features rollerblades. I’ve been wanting to re-watch this for years.

Tonight. Meeting Lisa and sisters at Pi in the Loop for dinner before they go to the Muny. I will then be going to pick up a cymbal and hang some posters.

Drums. I love my drums, but some day I will own a green sparkle maple Ludwig kit with a 24X14 kick (with attached cymbal arm), 13” rack tom, 16” floor tom, and matching snare, and it will sound amazing. Then I’ll be done with drum purchases forever.

Artwork. Trying to sort through ideas for the next album cover. Guess we should pick a title first. Ideally, we’ll have all this sorted out and ready to go by the time we’re done with the production stuff.

Suicide. Not to be all bummer-ish, but I have never known anyone that has committed suicide until this past month or so, when two people I know- totally separate from each other- have killed themselves. What gives?

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

july twenty-seventh

Five for July 27th:

Upgrades. My brother did a great job on my bike. The gearing is no longer slipping at all, and I really dig having the bar ends to change up hand positions. The pedal cages are cool and super helpful, but will definitely take some getting used to, as I’ve never had them on a bike before.

Inception. Pretty good flick, but I think I missed out on a lot of crucial dialog. Looking forward to seeing it outside of a booming movie theater. Maybe with subtitles.

Peach cobbler. Lisa made some the other day and it’s awesome. I wish we could have it around the house at all times. Also, full-fat ice cream is almost too good. Damn you, Trader Joe’s.

Ride. We managed to get two laps around Forest Park in last night before it started raining, which was somewhat surprising, given it looked like the sky was going to open up at any time.

Band stuff. The new Blind Eyes stickers finally showed up in the mail. This means you can get some at the Pop Luck show on Saturday. Speaking of, the event got some great press yesterday. Check it out here!

Monday, July 26, 2010

july twenty-sixth

Five for July 26th:

Hot weather. I really try not to complain about the weather, especially during the summers, but Saturday was ridiculously hot. Going outside was like walking into a blast furnace. Yesterday was a lot more tolerable, and this morning was great. Still, I’ll take crazy hot over the biting cold of the winter anytime.

Ride. Lisa and I are going for one tonight, for the first time in too long (like, a week). I still haven’t had a chance to do any significant riding since the updates to my bike were done. It’ll be interesting to see how things improve.

Shows. Not that I was there, but the Kings of Leon shutting down their STL show after 3 songs due to bird poop is beyond weak. That said, great sets by Fattback and Kentucky Knife Fight on Saturday for their dual CD release party. It was a really fun show with a great turnout. Coming up this Saturday is the 2010 Pop Luck bbq/show during the day at Off Broadway and the Safes with Bruiser Queen that night at Firebird!

Even more posters. Sleepy Kitty made some totally awesome posters for the show, as usual. Might try to hit up some spots around the Loop during lunch today.

Hanging out. Mary’s BBQ birthday party was a really fun time and Lisa’s watermelon/tomato/basil salad was amazing. Also, trip to Grafton with Lisa's family yesterday for lunch on the river and fresh produce.

Friday, July 23, 2010

july twenty-third

Five for July 23rd:

Friday. Getting ready for a hot weekend. Hopefully it doesn’t rain the whole time, and we can get a good bike ride in.

Saturday. Mary’s birthday party on Saturday evening. Might hit up the Kentucky Knife Fight CD release show afterward at Off Broadway.

Moonlight Ramble. We’re officially signed up for the midnight city-wide bike ride on August 21st. Can’t wait. I’m really looking forward to riding with my new bar ends, they should make this and future long rides much easier. Also, got two free beers each at Schlafly for signing up last night, which was pretty awesome.

Coffee. We bought Kaldi’s to brew at home for the first time ever, and it’s really good. So good that it’s making the coffee at work taste so terrible that I can hardly stomach it.

Posters. Made up some new Blind Eyes posters that I really dig. You’ll start seeing them around town starting tonight.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

july twenty-second

Five for July 22nd:

Bike is done. Going to pick it up tomorrow. I would’ve done it yesterday, but St. Louis decided it needed more rain.

Flight of the Conchords. I miss that show. I really wish they were going to be doing a third season of it. However, season 2 was already nowhere near as good as season 1, so maybe it’s better that they had the foresight to pack it in when they did.

Ramble. Who wants to meet us at Schlafly tonight to sign up for the Moonlight Ramble and have a drink or two?

Camping (again). Plotting our next weekend camping getaway to Johnson Shut-Ins. I’ve never been there, but every other person in this city apparently has. Bonus: got some awesome camping equipment compliments of my aunt Jill.

New contacts. Put in a new pair this morning. It’s amazing what a difference they make, in terms of both overall focus and feel. I love having contacts, but it would be nice if a year’s supply of them weren’t so crazy expensive.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

july twenty-first

Five for July 21st:

New Giant Robot. New issue showed up in the mail yesterday and it's great as always. The past 5 or 6 issues have been some of their best yet.

Good practice. Band practice last night was great, and I think we sounded better than we have in weeks. We also started working on a new song. My recent adjustments to my drum kit are working wonders, as well.

Dog. Lisa and I really want to get one, but we just don’t have enough room for another pet at the moment. Not to mention we don’t have a fenced in yard. Still, I find myself looking at dogs online almost every day.

Bike. Hopefully getting it back from my brother today. I hope it happens, as I’d really like to ride in tomorrow or Friday if possible, and have it for the weekend.

More swag. Another meeting with a vendor, another load of junk. This one did provide me with a relatively cool small storage bag with a carabiner. I’m thinking I might be able to retrofit it onto my handlebars for extra storage on my bike, as the saddle under my seat now holds only spare tire tubes, levers, and a wrench set.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

july twentieth

Five for July 20th:

Xbox 360. I really need to get mine fixed. I’ve been itching to play GTA again for months now. There is a guy out in St. Peters that fixes them for $30, but for some reason the idea of driving to St. Peters is so daunting that I can’t seem to pull the trigger on it.

Tonight. Band practice followed by Milo’s for a few drinks and some veggie pizza. I dig Tuesday nights. May also swing by KDHX to drop off some promo CDs for the show on the 31st.

Moonlight Ramble. We’ll be signing up for this year’s moonlight ramble bike ride at Schlafly this Thursday. Why? Because, aside from it being a cool event, you get a free pint of beer if you sign up then. Win-win!

Refudiate. This is my new favorite non-word. Sarah Palin’s stupidity is the gift that keeps on giving.

Spartacus: Blood & Sand. Started watching this series last night on Netflix and I’m totally into it. It’s got the feel of “300”, but not quite as corny.

Monday, July 19, 2010

july nineteenth

Five for July 19th:

Float trip. This weekend’s float trip was great. The float itself was very different from past float/camping trips, in that the river was PACKED with people. It was like watching a major interstate; just a constant stream of canoes, rafts, tubes, and kayaks going by. In them, of course, an interesting cross-section of humanity. To put it lightly.

Friends. It was cool hanging out with people we don’t get to see all the time, and even cooler to introduce St. Louis friends to Columbia friends. In addition, Ben saved a dog from drowning and Keith saved a drunk woman from having to sleep on the beach on top of an intertube.

Weather. It started raining in the late evening on Friday, which was sort of a bummer, but ended up being a blessing in disguise as it cooled things down considerably. The sun was shining the whole day on Saturday which made for perfect float trip weather. The drive back through winding, unpredictable roads in driving rain sucked, though.

Food. The food on this trip was awesome. Burritos, pancakes, veggie brats, rice salad, s’mores, and a ton of sides. We eat better on camping trips than we often do in real life.

Portable fan. It is without doubt the single best camping-trip purchase we’ve ever made, hands down. It runs on 8 “D” batteries and is an absolute must-have for summer camping.

Friday, July 16, 2010

july sixteenth

Five for July 16th:

Float trip. Leaving at noon today for Lisa’s birthday float trip 2010. In less than 8 hours, I will be hanging out with friends at our campsite, drinking Stag with my feet in the water.

Free stuff. Had a meeting this morning with one of our vendors and scored a free harmonica and t-shirt. While the t-shirt is hands down the ugliest shirt I’ve ever seen, the free harp is pretty awesome and will be fun to have on the trip this weekend.

Practice. Good practice yesterday evening. I made some adjustments to my drum setup that I’m really happy with. I think I was sitting too low, and my wrists were hurting as a result. We’ll see how this new approach feels.

Best Worst Movie. Watched this documentary about Troll 2 last night. It was pretty good, but sad to see how crazy/delusional some of the people that starred in it currently are. That said, you can’t help but love George Hardy.

200 posts. This post marks 200 SFS posts! Here's to at least 200 more.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

july fifteenth

Five for July 15th:

Camping overload. We spent nearly $200 on camping supplies last night for this weekend’s float trip. Items included a 2-burner camp stove, portable fan, and a veritable mountain of food. I didn’t feel too badly about it, however, as the big-ticket items are things we’ll use for years to come.

The Faint. Listening to “Wet From Birth” on the iPod as I type this. This album totally rules. I think this comment might have made a "5" in the past, but what're you gonna do.

Blind Eyes stickers. I’m getting some made, and they should be available at the show on the 31st. Make sure you get one to put on your car or your trapper-keeper.

Chap Stick. Not once in my life have I owned a tube of Chap Stick that I haven’t lost. Add another one to the list: the tube on my desk was simply gone this morning. I blame the cats.

Back to school. Seeing some of my friends sending their kids back to school this week makes me really glad that I grew up in a time when "back to school" meant "first week of September".

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

july fourteenth

Five for July 14th:

Bike action. Went for a couple of laps around Forest Park last night, and it was great, except for the people that don’t understand the concept of a bike trail and a walking trail being two separate things. Taking the bike in to the shop after work to get the rest of the work done on it.

King & I. I think King & I is the most consistently good Thai place in St. Louis. It’s not the best, but it’s always awesome. Their yellow curry is my favorite, and I’m excited about eating the rest of it for lunch. Also, massive “fail” to Thai Gayang and Thai Country Kitchen in the Loop for being closed yesterday.

Camping. Going to pick up camping supplies for this weekend tonight. The list includes food, coolers, a camping stove, a portable fan, and more that I can’t remember.

Work. There are weeks when it drives me insane. This is turning into one of them. Luckily, I’m pretty good at leaving work at work, and not taking it home with me.

Whole day of rock. The day show at Off Broadway on July 31st is going to be awesome. Seth is working on getting some great local sponsors on board for the food and drink. Then, night show at Firebird with our tour buddies from last year, the Safes.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

july thirteenth

Five for July 13th:

Anniversary. Lisa and I have been dating for 2 years as of today, and it is a relationship that honestly gets better by the minute. Bike ride and Thai food tonight to celebrate. Fro-yo? It could happen.

AT&T. I finally bit the bullet and called AT&T last night. After about an hour and a half on the phone, we got the problem with the modem resolved. However, there is a new issue with our wireless router that we may have to fix in the near future. But it seems like everything is working for now. Fingers crossed.

Trader Joe’s. The one off Manchester and 270 is eons better (and bigger) than the one in Brentwood. They have a whole section of awesome seafood for super cheap, and they carry Joe-Joe’s ice cream, which I foolishly did not purchase.

Contacts. In a few days, I’ll be getting ready to go on my third pair of contacts. It seems like it was just yesterday that taking them out and putting them in was a miserable, harrowing, half-hour-long affair.

Danzig. I downloaded “Lucifuge” the other day as I still only had it on tape, and have been on a weird Danzig kick ever since. Seriously, the first 4 Danzig albums are awesome and everyone should own them. Also: Samhain’s “Initium” and everything the Misfits ever put out, including “Earth AD”.

Monday, July 12, 2010

july twelfth

Five for July 12th:

Croquet. We played croquet at Stef and Rob’s fake house in Columbia on Friday night. I won, and I didn’t even break a mallet this time. My skills are legendary.

Trail fail. The MKT was a disaster from the past week of bad weather: 2 bridges out and half the trail was a washed-out, muddy/rocky mess. We got maybe 3 miles in before calling it quits.

Show. The rock show on Saturday was a totally fun dance party, even though the sound on stage was awful. At least, from where I was sitting. Still, the large and enthusiastic crowd more than made up for it.

Predators. Saw it with Rob on Saturday while Lisa was attending a baby shower. It was surprisingly good. Now I need to go re-watch the original, which I haven't seen in it's entirety since I was probably 12.

Internet suckitude. Our internet at home is getting progressively worse, especially at nights. There are points where it just stops working completely. Dreading making a call to AT&T to sort it out, but it’s looking more and more like that’ll be happening soon.

Friday, July 9, 2010

july ninth

Five for July 9th:

Friday. Leaving for Columbia after work tonight to hang out with friends, ride bikes, and attend baby showers (well, Lisa will be doing that, anyway). Hopefully the trail isn’t too soggy from all the rain this week.

Saturday. Drive back to STL in the late afternoon, load up the gear, and head to the Firebird for the 2010 Indie Rock Ice Cream Social. I will be playing some drums and eating some ice cream. You should join me.

LeBron. Who gives a shit?

Coffee. The $3 on-sale Seattle’s Best organic breakfast blend that Lisa bought is a total score, and surprisingly potent. Approved.

Missing Missy. This is one of the funniest things I’ve seen online in a long time.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

july eighth

Five for July 8th:

Guitars. I really need to re-string my 2 guitars, but even after years of playing, I’m really horrible at it. I should probably learn how to do it better. Or, someone can just come do it for me.

Wired. OK, Wired. You got me. I’ll re-subscribe for $10, but only because you’re throwing in a free laptop bag. I hope you’re still not trying to be some sort of smart-man’s Maxim, though- because if you are, this will be a short relationship.

Last night. Had a lovely dinner last night at Cicero’s with Lisa, my mother, and my wonderful aunts Harvey and Lillian. Oh yeah, we got Fro-Yo afterward, and it was awesome.

Bike. Big thanks to my brother, who fixed up my gearing and back tire in time for this weekend’s trip to Columbia for a ride on the MKT. Next week, I’m taking it back for pedal cages and bar ends.

Float trip. Lisa’s (post) birthday float trip is only a little over a week away. Looking forward to seeing friends, camping and playing with fire.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

july seventh

Five for July 7th:

Band. We practiced yesterday evening and got a bunch of stuff sorted out in terms of show offers and recording for the next couple of months. We didn’t sound too terrible, either, which is always a plus.

Shopping hungry. I should never do it, because I end up buying things like big bags of salt & vinegar kettle chips and pop tarts, which my normal, saner self would probably never purchase. Case in point: last night.

The Wedge. The latest south city venue to bite the dust (once again). I’m glad we got to do one last show there. There have been a lot of local clubs shutting their doors recently, which kinda sucks.

Skateboard. I'm about one day away from pulling the trigger on a blowout reissue Madrid skateboard. My old Vision Gonz is done for, and I want one.

Dinner. Having dinner with Lisa, my mom, and my aunts tonight, probably somewhere in the loop. At the end of the day, it’s all an elaborate ploy to get Fro-Yo.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

july sixth

Five for July 6th:

Long weekend. Is it really already over? At least we only have a 4-day work week.

Flatted out in Alton. The River Road bike trail starts with about 2 miles of cracked, uneven, rocky pavement which eventually opens onto the shoulder of the River Road and smoothes out. We did ten miles to Elsah, Il, which is a tiny little town that reminded me of the Shire in Lord of the Rings. About 3 miles into the ride back, I got a flat tire. Lisa rode to get the car and was back to pick me up in record time.

Fireworks. Kind of failed in that department this year. We missed the Alton fireworks by a whole day and thought we might be able to get a good view of the downtown STL fireworks from our neighborhood, which was not the case. Nonetheless, we saw some, although we’re definitely not skimping next year.

Bike repair. My brother currently has my bike. When I get it back it will have pedal cages, bar ends, tuned-up gearing, and a back tire tube that can actually hold air.

Great food. We ate like kings this weekend: Burritos at La Vallesana on Cherokee, soyrizo scramble, smoked gouda on crackers and fresh fruit, homemade veggie burgers at Tom’s 4th of July potluck, couscous salad with feta, kalamata olives, & porch-grown basil, cajun shrimp with corn and potatoes, and best of all, a bomb pop at the Zoo.

Friday, July 2, 2010

july second

Five for July 2nd:

Empty streets. The ride in to work today was a breeze. Guess everyone is taking off early for the long weekend. Of course, this does not include me. The 62-degree weather certainly didn’t hurt things, either.

Lunch. Had lunch with mom yesterday. I was made to hold up a packet of Spam (Lite) in front of the St. Louis Bread Co. sign while she snapped a photo, as apparently said packet is traveling around the world and St. Louis is the latest stop. My mom is strange sometimes.

3-day weekend. It starts in a matter of hours. Anything fun happening tonight?

Drunken Fish. We got sushi there last night. It’s been years since I’ve been there, and it is much better than I remembered. The Starburst roll was one of the best I’ve had in a long time, and their patio is great for dog-watching.

Saving. Yesterday’s meeting with my Edward Jones guy went well. I’ll be setting up a roth IRA to run in conjunction with my current (non-roth) IRA (which is performing very well) to manage my 401k going forward. When did I become an adult?

Thursday, July 1, 2010

july first

Five for July 1st:

Finances. Meeting with my Edward Jones guy tonight after work. Thrilling, I know, but time to start getting my retirement account back up to speed.

Parking ticket. What do I get for riding in to work yesterday? A $10 parking ticket for remaining parked on my street during a street cleaning day. Some days, you cannot win.

Clownvis. My old friend Mike- A.K.A. St. Louis’ king of clowns, “Clownvis Presley”- killed it on “America’s Got Talent” last night. Go watch it immeditately.

Showcase. Just finalized the date for this year’s annual Firebrand Recording Showcase! It’s Saturday, November 13th at Off Broadway. Mark your calendars.

Leaving town. Word spread like wildfire yesterday that all my Woot friends are moving to Seattle by the end of this month as part of their recently-announced acquisition by Amazon. Crazy, but very cool at the same time. I hope everything works out for them.