Wednesday, November 30, 2011

november thirtieth

Five for November 30th:

Must have at all times. Skateboard in the trunk, emergency dental floss, Vans slip-ons, multi-tool/Maglite, to-go coffee mug.

JD McPherson at Off Broadway. “Signs and Signifiers” was one of my favorite albums I heard this year, so it’ll be awesome to see him live, and in an amazing venue no less. Check out this video, and I’ll see you tonight.

Chap Stick. Finished my second-ever tube of Chap Stick yesterday without losing it. This may not mean much to you, but I’ve had (seemingly) hundreds of tubes of Chap Stick in my life, and only managed to get to the bottom of two of them.

Lily’s Mexican Restaurant. Good fish tacos and salsa bar, and the family that owns it is so immensely nice that it’s hard not to grin the entire time you’re there.

Winter is here. With a vengeance. I can’t complain, though. The Indian summer stretched out longer than anyone was expecting it to. It will be December tomorrow, after all.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

november twenty-ninth

Five for November 29th:

Home buying. The great comedy of errors that is the act of attempting to purchase a house from the US Government reared its ugly head again yesterday when- gasp- something that should have been simple didn’t go as planned. Luckily I stepped in and ninja’d that shit and it was done on time. December 16th can’t get here soon enough.

Best breakfasts. Oatmeal with bananas, pecans, and brown sugar (home), breakfast pizza (Benton Park café), chorizo pot pie (Local Harvest).

John Lithgow. Is there anything he has been in that isn’t awesome? Even his cameos are great. Lithgow rules.

Red Dead Redemption. For replay value alone, this is quickly becoming my favorite video game ever. Still haven’t played the “Undead Nightmare” version. Who wants to lend it to me?

Henry. He is now spending nights in bed with Lisa and I, under the covers, right between us. Trying not to make a habit out of it, but on cold nights, it's pretty awesome. Henry is the raddest dog ever.

Monday, November 28, 2011

november twenty-eighth

Five for November 28th:

Long weekend. Unseasonably warm weather. Good times with Lisa’s family at Thanksgiving, “How I Met Your Mother” marathon, hot-tubbing in the rain with Mary and Keith, setting up the Christmas tree, and practicing with Knife Fight last night at Utopia.

RIP Bleeding Deacon. One of my favorite bars apparently closed up shop as of last night. Rumors are swirling about what happened and whether or not it’ll reopen somewhere at some point, but whatever the case, I’m going to miss that place.

Spring cleaning. The great purge of crap has begun. Tons of stuff to the trash/curb and more to charity in advance of the move to our new house. While I’ll always be somewhat of a collector of stuff, it feels good to wipe my hands clean of some things that were just taking up space.

Saturday skateboarding. In addition to an early morning old-school boardslide session on the curbs across the street, I hit up Kingshighway park, the Hill banks, and JB with Andy in the afternoon. My No Coast shop deck is killer.

Dear Netflix. If you offer an upgrade to online viewing, and the apparent function of the aforementioned upgrade is that your Netflix no longer works in any way, shape, or form, that is actually NOT an upgrade. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Get your shit together or you've lost a customer.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

november twenty-third

Five for November 23rd:

Wrenches and hoops. You know, I thought it had been conspicuously long since the whole “buying a house” thing threw a wrench at us, or at the very least provided us with a few good solid hoops to jump through. Alas, that was remedied yesterday. Whew. Good to see people are staying on their game.

The Colony. Started watching it last night. 2 episodes in, it’s pretty amazing. That said, I don’t think I’d cut it in a post-apocalyptic world.

Voltron vs. Optimus. While I appreciate the sentiment here, these are technically both wrong. Voltron’s actual (original) name is Golion, and Optimus Prime originated as Battle Convoy. Sorry, but I cannot by out-nerded by many people when it comes to Japanese toys.

Holiday woes. I feel sorry for those that have to take part in traveling during the holidays. I also feel bad for those that are made to get to their shitty jobs at Toys R Us at 9pm on Thanksgiving night so idiots in tents can buy their “Apples to Apples” games before anyone else.

Time out. In keeping with tradition, this blog goes on hiatus on weekends, long weekends, holidays, Arbor day, Festivus, Lady Bird Johnson’s birthday, and pretty much any other time I’m not going to be sitting at a computer all day. This will be the case starting tomorrow. See you all on Monday.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

november twenty-second

Five for November 22nd:

Den mother. Denise brought in some sewing supplies and got my recently de-buttoned peacoat re-buttoned. What is it with peacoat buttons always falling off? One of life’s great mysteries. Thanks, D.

Skateboarding. Hooked up with Andy at Ramp Riders last night for a bit. I feel like I haven’t set foot on my skateboard in forever. The BMX dudes there were insane, hitting the vert wall like 20 feet up. Good times. Got home and set up my No Coast deck. I’ve been bumming on that Anti Hero lately.

Fox News. Is there anything they can’t spin? Apparently not. That said; the comments at the bottom of the article are great.

Thanksgiving. Lisa’s favorite holiday is mere days away. I have to admit, I’m looking forward to it as well. As an added bonus, the weather is looking good for the long weekend.

Housecleaning. We’re doing a big one this weekend, getting rid of as much unnecessary stuff as possible in preparation for the move. What will be uncovered? It'll be interesting to see.

Monday, November 21, 2011

november twenty-first

Five for November 21st:

Holiday weekend. Three days on, four days off? I could get used to that schedule. Especially when awesome food is involved.

Pigs and pepper spray. Do the world a favor and go kill yourselves.

Trivia night champions. Scored 90/100 for the win on Friday night. Two weeks in a row, two first place victories (granted, the week before we lost by a tiebreaker). Congrats to the rest of the team, and to Lisa for putting on an awesome event.

Closing date. Creeping ever closer. Still have plenty of things to nail down, but it looks like everything is coming together.

Quality viewing. New South Park episodes, Rock n’ Roll High School Forever, Tron: Legacy, SK8 TV on Youtube, season 1 of The Walking Dead.

Friday, November 18, 2011

november eighteenth

Five for November 18th:

Rocking. Got some more stuff for New Year’s eve knocked out over at Kevin’s last night. Feeling pretty good about how everything is coming together.

Friday. Finally. Tonight is Lisa’s College Bound trivia night at New City School. The crew will be in full effect, and we’re planning to actually win this time around. Also, Herm will be in town tonight, which will be cool.

High fashion. Busted out the peacoat this morning. It’s getting to be a little too cold for the t-shirt-and-hoodie combo. Which sucks.

Weekend. For the first time in forever, we basically don’t have any concrete plans for this weekend, which is nice. No papers to sign, no house stuff fret over. And, of course, this precedes an upcoming 4-day weekend, which is going to be even more awesome.

PBS DVD. Finally got a copy of our little documentary piece they did for PBS. Too bad I look like a total goof during the entire interview. At least we sounded good.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

november seventeenth

Five for November 17th:

Band practice. A couple of the Knife Fight guys will be joining us at Kevin’s tonight for an abbreviated run-through on some tunes for New Year’s Eve. Should be a good time.

Japan in the 1950’s. Amazing photo gallery from an American businessman who apparently traveled there often. Check it out.

Thrasher. Skate Rock deck finally came in the mail yesterday, and it’s amazing. One of only 100 made. It rules.

Home brew. Congrats to Tom for successfully brewing a totally rad beer in his basement. His first go-round was amazing; super tasty, and not overly hoppy like most home brews tend to be. I’m impressed.

Black Sabbath. PopMatters just published a list of the 15 most essential original lineup Sabbath tunes. Leaving “Iron Man” and “Paranoid” off the list takes cojones, but I don’t know that I’d bump anything on this list for those. Good, but overplayed. I concur.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

november sixteenth

Five for November 16th:

Teen Wolf. Still a great movie after all these years. Deep down, all of us want to be Stiles. Or at least, hang out with him. Also, Boof is way hotter than Pam.

Being responsible. The temptation to go out to get food and drinks last night was at a very high level, yet we resisted, stayed home, and threw something together. We need to get used to doing this, as disposable income for the next few months will be at an all-time low.

Songs. The list of tunes for NYE has been pretty much completed, and it’s going to be “off the chain”, as the kids say. Now I just have to learn them all.

Skate and Annoy. Their “eBay watch” feature is probably one of my favorite things on the world wide web. The newest one just went online. Dig it.

4-day weekend. Coming up next week, and it cannot get here soon enough.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

november fifteenth

Five for November 15th:

NAMM. Looks like I’ll be heading to sunny southern California at the end of January for what must be my hundred thousandth NAMM show. I'll send a postcard of the palm trees and green grass.

Rock videos. Speakers in Code posted a couple of videos from Friday’s show online yesterday. I think they came out pretty rad. Check ‘em out.

Chupacabra. Missouri delivers the goods. Or a diseased coyote. One of the two.

Indian summer. Yesterday we rode to lunch in the Loop with the windows down, no jackets/hoodies, and sat outside. In the middle of November. I’ll take it, for as long as it feels like sticking around.

Home brew. Tom brought in some APA that he brewed in his basement. Looking forward to checking it out. I can’t believe he actually pulled it off.

Monday, November 14, 2011

november fourteenth

Five for November 14th:

Practice for NYE. Loaded into Utopia last night our first of many rehearsals with Kentucky Knife Fight for New Year’s eve at Off Broadway (free, folks!). We banged out 4 songs that all sound killer, so we’re on the right track. I’m glad to have a practice under our belt. Playing with all those guys is incredibly fun and challenging. The level of musicianship is top notch.

House stuff. Made some major headway into our house purchase over the last few days. Home inspection went great, and we got some more papers signed on Saturday. There is a seemingly never-ending amount of crap to do, but at least we put a dent in it. Also, our neighbors have about 7 chickens living in their backyard, coop and all. Awesome.

Trivia night. Once again, so close, yet we couldn’t clinch it. We were in first the entire game, but totally blew it in round 10. We actually tied for first, but lost with the tie breaker. Disappointing, but it was for a good cause.

Rock show. Rad time Friday night at Firebird. All the other bands killed it. Andy did great. Good turnout, despite three other big shows that night. Fun was had. Thanks to everyone who came out.

Skateboarding. Weekend weather was insanely amazing. Hit up JB with Andy and crew on Sunday morning. Got to take advantage while the getting is good.

Friday, November 11, 2011

november eleventh

Five for November 11th:

Rock show. Our first local show as a 4-piece is tonight at the Firebird. It’s a completely rad lineup- the Jump Starts, Nee, the ACBs from KC (one of my favorite bands), and us. It’d be awesome to see you all there. You only get one 11/11/11. Do it in style.

Home inspection. Happening this afternoon. Fingers crossed that everything goes well. I’m remaining cautiously optimistic.

Weekend action. Busy one on the horizon. Rock show. Trivia tomorrow night. Possibly skating, weather permitting. More meetings with house-related people. The list goes on.

Penn State. The Onion nailed one out of the park yesterday (no pun intended), and on a more serious note, this article sums things up nicely.

Contacts. Now that we’re entering the gloomy season, I’m going to do my damndest to stretch my one remaining pair of contact lenses out through winter. I wear them mainly so I can wear sunglasses, and there won’t be much sunglass-wearing starting very soon.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

november tenth

Five for November 10th:

Grand Theft Auto V. New trailer up now on YouTube, and holy crap does it look amazing. To quote my brother: “that flushing sound you're hearing is the hours of your life you'll never get back.”

Yesterday's notable ass clowns. Rick Perry, David Gregory, and everyone in the upper echelon of Penn State for the win!

Sleeping with the dog in bed. On the upside, he’s like a space heater that doesn’t require electricity. On the downside, space heaters don’t wake up with the sun and need to pee.

Buffalo Killers at Euclid. Hoofed it to Webster Groves and caught about 6 songs from their in-store last night. They were awesome and as tight as could be. It was cool catching up with Zach as well. We’ll probably be playing a show together next year in STL.

Always in threes. Joe Frazier, Heavy D, and Bil Keane. Yeah, I guess that makes sense.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

november ninth

Five for November 9th:

Girl Scout Cookies. One box of Tagalongs and one box of Do-Si-Dos just got deposited on my desk. Peanut butter overload. My day just got about 4 sleeves of cookies more awesome.

Thrasher Skate Rock board. OK, this is killer. One of the best old school shapes ever, one of the coolest Thrasher logos ever, silk screened (as opposed to heat transfer), and only 100 made? Count me in.

Ryan Nyquist. This video is a must see for any BMX fan. To each his own, but Ryan is one of the few guys who hasn’t given in to the slammed-seat, no brakes, no-pegs, no-gyro style of the day, and just rides his bike how he likes it. Function over fashion.

Buffalo Killers. Playing a show today at 5 at Euclid Records. I’m going to be booking it there as fast as possible after work to catch as much of their set as I can. Great band, made up of dudes that were in Thee Shams, another great band. I suggest you go if you can.

Nervous wreckage. The task of arranging all the details of our impending home inspection on Friday has fallen to me, and as a result I’m going to be more or less freaking out over the next two days until I’m sure everything that needs to be done has been done. Laclede Gas, Ameren UE, and STL City Water division, I’m looking in your direction. Don’t let me down.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

november eighth

Five for November 8th:

Last night. Our apartment resembled a real-life episode of the 3 Stooges. Frying pan grease flying, full wine glasses crashing to the floor, cut fingers, animals running wild. This is just what happens when it starts getting dark at 4:30. No use fighting it.

Houseness. More of the same this week, capped off with the home inspection Friday. Went by the water department yesterday to get that sorted out, and of course it was a debacle (nothing is easy, we’ve come to find). But it’ll all work out. Fingers crossed.

Freestyle decks. A whole slew of them have popped up on eBay over the last couple of days. Is someone selling off their collection?

Dear Gmail. There is a difference between innovating and just making a bunch of useless arbitrary changes. The sooner you learn this, the better off we'll all be. Thanks for listening.

New article. A cool writeup just popped up on Metromix about the band and our show on Friday. Dig it! I'm glad this came across on my alerts, because I was really struggling for a fifth thing to write about this morning.

Monday, November 7, 2011

november seventh

Five for November 7th:

Skating. Saturday was all about it. Checked out the (very cool) Belleville skate park with Andy and a few others and skated it for about 3 hours, followed by a trip to Jolly Roger, the Belleville skate shop. The people there were extremely awesome and hooked us up with a bunch of free stuff. Plus, the new issue of Thrasher was in the mail when I got home. Skate overload.

Weekend. Good weather and good times. Got a bunch of stuff done, hung out with friends, took Henry to the park, met some cool new people, and ate a veritable ton of good food (India’s Rasoi, breakfast pizza at Benton Park Café, and early Thanksgiving feast with Lisa’s coworkers earn top rank).

This week. Packed to the rafters. In addition to normal work crap, there’s a slew of house stuff, home inspections, practicing, shows, trivia nights, and general craziness.

Furniture. Lisa is currently obsessed with getting a sectional couch for our new house, the sole reason basically being that it will be easier for both of us to fall asleep on it. Can’t really argue with that.

Christmas crap. It’s too early for Christmas trees, decorations, and horrifying holiday music everywhere you go. Do you hear me, world? It’s too f*cking early.

Friday, November 4, 2011

november fourth

Five for November 4th:

Skool days. Dear striking SIUC teachers: You'd have a better chance of being taken seriously if you spell-checked your protest signs. "I want to be heared"? Really?

Rock practice. Kicked out some excellent jams last night, ate some pretzel M&Ms, and had more than one laugh. We’ll be playing a few previously un-played tunes from the new album next Friday. Be there.

Daylight savings time. The party’s over. Get ready to set your clocks back and the deep freeze to set in. Next week, it’ll be dark and cold by the time you get off work. It’s around this time each year that I ask myself- again- why I still live in the Midwest.

Mi Ranchito. The secret to getting in and out quickly at lunch is as follows: 1) Go in 15 minutes before the noon rush. 2) Order your food when you order your drinks. 3) Order the soup, which is already, for the most part, prepared. 4) When the waiter brings the soup, immediately request the checks. 5) Pay up and get the receipt back before you’re done eating. There it is. Ranchito in a half hour. Dig it.

St. Louis Department of Public Works. Guess what? It’s 2011. Going on 2012. May want to look into some basic 21st century technology. Just a suggestion.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

november third

Five for November 3rd:

House stuff. It’s starting to stress me out, in a big way. There’s so much to do and too much red tape to cut through to do it. If you’re looking for a good deal, buy a house from the Government. If you’re looking for a low-stress transaction, do not.

Band practice. Tonight. Really looking forward to playing some music and not thinking about house-related insanity for one evening.

Cool shows. Lots coming up. Neil Hamburger, Buffalo Killers, Judas Priest, JD McPherson and more are all on my radar.

Show posters. Kristin did some amazing posters for our show next Friday at the Firebird. 4 different prints for the 4 bands playing. Check ‘em out around town.

Occupy Oakland. Shit, as they say, just got real.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

november second

Five for November 2nd:

Chesterfield Mall. My old stomping grounds as a kid is a ghost mall these days. Maybe it’s just because it was a Tuesday night, but it was absurdly empty. Got my jeans and got out of there. I can still remember where everything was- Camelot Music, the arcade, K-B toys, and the earring store where Ray Barbee’s girlfriend worked.

Los Angeles. Even though I haven’t formally been asked yet, looks like I’ll likely be going to LA for the NAMM show again in late January. I’m not really sure how I feel about it, as it’s usually a lot more work than it’s worth. But, an expenses-paid trip to southern California in January is hard to complain about.

Uncontrollable Urge. It’s Wednesday, and there’s only one thing to listen to.

House crap. Meeting with the mortgage guy tonight. Working on getting the utilities turned on and the inspection scheduled. The clock is ticking to get stuff done, and we’re planning on staying ahead of the game.

Fro-Yo. I can’t help but make it as unhealthy as humanly possible whenever I get it. Case in point: last night. Just topping it with fruit and nuts seems like such a waste.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

november first

Five for November 1st:

November. Creeping ever closer to the dreaded winter and the changing of the clocks. Pretty soon it will be dark at 4:30. Trying to remain in a good mood about it, though. No sense complaining.

Mystery Science Theater 3000. The classic episodes never stop being awesome, even though the show itself lost its luster in its later years. Watched the “I Accuse My Parents” episode last night, which has one of the best Joel/Tom/Crow/Gypsy cutaway scenes in the history of the show.

Tonight. My only free evening this week will consist of driving out to the Gap at Chesterfield Mall to buy a pair of jeans. Fail? Yes. Unfortunately, the situation is dire, and I don’t like anything else. Highway 40, here I come.

Henry. He’s helping Lisa out at work today in his Halloween costume. Hopefully people won’t be too traumatized by a skeleton schnoodle wandering the office.

Lint rollers. There aren’t enough of them in the world.