Friday, August 31, 2012

august thirty-first

Five for August 31st:

So long, August. We hardly new ye. I’ve probably mentioned this recently, but this year has absolutely flown by. It’s hard to believe it’ll be September tomorrow, and that I’ll be 35 in seventeen days, and a father in less than six weeks. The next few months are going to be insane but awesome.

Last night. Lisa went to dinner with some friends; I went skating over on the Hill for an hour or so, came home and took Henry for a moonlight stroll through the neighborhood. The new setup is killer. I grew up riding bigger boards, so that extra little bit of wheelbase and width goes a long way. Definitely digging it.

Ghetto drainage system. Who needs a professional plumbing contractor when you have a tarp, some tack nails, and a few leftover pieces of floor tile? Not this guy.

Breakfast. Despite my attempts to save money, I had to bite the bullet and procure some banana walnut bread and a grande coffee this morning. No regrets.

3-day weekend. Three days off is good by me, despite the fact that it looks like it’s going to be raining most of the time. With the exception of brunch for my Grandpa’s birthday, and getting some photos taken with Lisa, no real major plans. Bike riding, skating, and hanging out will all be happening. See you on Tuesday.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

august thirtieth

Five for August 30th:

Smited by the riding gods. I guess bike commuting just wasn’t in the cards for me this week. Woke up this morning to a terrible stomachache and, despite readying my bike and having everything ready to go, I just couldn’t pull the trigger on it. Of course I started feeling better as soon as I got to work, but even now my stomach is iffy at best.

New setup. Picked up a new Real 8.25 deck at Future Sk8. The Flip I was riding was absolutely dead and about to crack, so it was time. 8.25 is bigger than I usually skate- I’ve been riding an 8 for a couple of years now- so we’ll see how it works out.

Studio time. Good one in the studio last night, although I did little more than sit around listening to Seth track vocals. Got about 4 songs in the can, but I left before I could get a mix to listen to. Brian should be emailing the files in a couple of days.

The Birth of Big Air. Checked out this awesome documentary on Mat Hoffman on Netflix a few days ago. Undoubtedly the gnarliest BMXer ever. Amazing footage, plus lots of interviews with legends like Bob Haro, Dennis McCoy, and Eddie Fiola. Highly recommended.

Tower Grove Park shredding. A couple of people yesterday posted this Bones ad featuring Jaws rolling in on the Turkish Pavilion at Tower Grove Park. Totally insane. The most recent Skateboard Mag has a whole article on STL skating, too. Pretty awesome.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

august twenty-ninth

Five for August 29th:

Baby face. Saw our daughter for the first time yesterday and it was incredible. She was pretty insistent on keeping her face partially covered with her right arm most of the time, but we did manage to get some great pictures and video. It’s amazing to put a face to the lump that is Lisa’s belly. Absolutely cannot wait to meet her.

Studio action. Heading back to Firebrand after work today with Seth and Andy to start working on vocals and other miscellaneous overdubs for the new songs. It’ll be cool to hear them with lyrics, as I really have no idea what most of these tunes actually sound like.

Riding. Once again I couldn’t ride to work today (see above), but I am definitely riding tomorrow. One day this week is better than no days, and I need to get it in before the remnants of hurricane Isaac start hitting STL on Friday.

1988 Haro FST. Continuing with the bike theme, if anyone out there wants to chip in for a birthday present for ol’ Matt, look no further. The FST is unquestionably my all-time overall favorite BMX bike. I had one once, and it got stolen. This is the following year’s model, from the 1988 line, which is my favorite of the mid-to-late 80’s Haro lineup. It’s in the red colorway, also completely jaw-dropping. It’s mega cheap and in awesome shape. Blast this “trying to save money” thing!

Coffee. Recently discovered how much I enjoy soymilk in my iced coffee. In general, I drink coffee black, but iced black coffee is just too bitter. Soymilk is the perfect thing to calm it down and sweeten it up a bit. I’m a fan.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

august twenty-eighth

Five for August 28th:

Tonight. We’re seeing our daughter for the first time, through the magic of 3D ultrasound technology. All the soon-to-be grandparents will be there too. Super exciting. Pictures forthcoming.

Homemade pizza. All the convenience of delivery/frozen pizzas without that “I just swallowed a car” feeling. It never fails to disappoint.

Louis C.K. I have to admit, I’m way behind the curve when it comes to Louis C.K. Almost everyone I know loves him, raves about him, and bought tickets to see him in STL as soon as they went on sale. We watched “Chewed Up” last night on Netflix and Lisa was laughing so hard I thought she was going to hyperventilate. Definitely want to see more.

Duck zombies. The ducks at the park were following us around the perimeter of the pond last night waiting for breadcrumbs like the undead searching for brains. Why they thought we had breadcrumbs is a mystery to me. It was sort of weird. Henry was totally unfazed.

July eBay Watch. Went up over the weekend at Skate & Annoy. The author claims it to be a weak month, but I would disagree, probably some of my all-time favorite stuff popped up in July (light blue Jason Jessee sharktail? Come on!) Check it out.

Monday, August 27, 2012

august twenty-seventh

Five for August 27th:

Baby action. The baby’s room is officially ready to go- finally got the curtains up, and following Lisa’s shower yesterday we have everything we need save for a few small items. In related news, Lisa is getting a 3D ultrasound tomorrow, which is exciting. Can’t believe we get to see what she looks like.

Skateboarding. Got a session in at JB with Andy and crew on Saturday morning, which was rad. Didn’t skate all week beforehand so it was extra good. Plus, got home to the new issue of the Skateboard Mag in the mail.

Overslept. I did something to my alarm while attacking the snooze button this morning that caused me to oversleep by over an hour. Consequently, I had about 30 minutes to get my shit together and get out the door today. Got to work on time, but any hope I had to ride in today was quashed.

Quality weekend food. Homemade banana pecan waffles, Tikka Masala and Palak Paneer from Rasoi, brisket enchiladas from Maya Café, leftover sandwiches.

Bottleworks. First time sitting under their new permanent outdoor pavilion over the weekend with Lisa, Rebecca, Mary and Keith, Pat, and others. Definitely a step up from the tent. Plus the pumpkin ale is back, which I’m looking forward to trying soon.

Friday, August 24, 2012

august twenty-fourth

Five for August 24th:

Riding. Only got two days in on the bike this week, which is sort of a failure on my part. Today I legitimately had an excuse, in that I had to visit two different banks before work to deposit checks, but yesterday I pretty much just chumped out. Next week will be better, weather permitting.

Friday. This week blasted by. No huge weekend plans, with the exception of Lisa’s baby shower #2, skating JB with Andy tomorrow morning, running errands, and doing crap around the house. All good by me.

Hanging out. Met up with Scott at Bottleworks last night. Hadn’t seen him in a few months, so it was nice catching up. Cool: sitting outdoors, and the bartender giving me a free Pale Ale. Lame: trying to talk over the cheeseball white-boy funk band that set up and started playing shortly after we got there.

Ghost Adventures. Anyone who doesn't think Ghost Adventures is the best ghost hunting show ever is crazy, if only due to the unintentional high comedy that is the cast. Their Ed Hardy and Affliction t-shirt-clad broness often totally overshadows the scariness of the situations they put themselves in.

Six weeks to go. It’s hard to believe, but we’re just a month and change away from the baby being born. It’s amazing how time flies- it literally feels (to me, anyway) like it was a week ago that we found out Lisa was pregnant.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

august twenty-third

Five for August 23rd:

Selling stuff. Even though I had to relist that Beck record (again), I did get a couple of people e-mail me about that guitar over the last few days. Hopefully one of those pans out. More going on eBay this weekend.

New tunes. The new stuff we recorded really does sound awesome, especially after taking three days off from listening to it. It’s good to hear it with fresh ears. Excited about getting it finished and out.

Tonight. Four straight days of practice/studio with the band this past week has earned us a well-deserved night off from practice this evening. Meeting up with Scott at Royale for drinks, preceded by a quick mowing of the front yard and potential (short) skate session on the Hill.

Fine art. I keep seeing posts about the woman who supposedly "messed up" this century-old painting of Jesus, but what people don't realize is she's just a huge Monchichi fan looking to pay tribute. I personally like his new look.

In the mail. Diaper Genie (thanks Katie and Ben!), $61 check from State Farm for some overpayment I was unaware of, Skate One summer catalog and bunch of stickers, dental appointment reminder.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

august twenty-second

Five for August 22nd:

Riding. Another great morning, another great ride. Minimal traffic, sunny and cool. Can’t beat it. Riding in to work is seriously one of the best things ever.

Nintendo Power. Looks like they’re shutting down after 24 years. Truth be told, I didn’t even know they were still in business, but it’s still kind of sad. This magazine was my bible when I was a kid. I can still remember fawning over the pictures of the as-of-yet unreleased Zelda II for hours.

Last night. BBQ on the back porch with Lisa followed by hanging out on the patio at Milo’s with the bocce crew and gelato across the street at Di Riso. The espresso chip/chocolate combination cannot be topped, in my humble opinion.

BMX. I’ve been hankerin’ to bust out my GT Performer and go do tailwhips and boomerangs in the parking lot down the street. It's weird, some of the (few) tricks I can still pull. Muscle memory is a strange thing.

Late bloggin’. Work has been insane and this morning has been no exception. I usually try to write these out in the mornings before everything takes off. Better late than never, I always say.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

august twenty-first

Five for August 21st:

Todd Akin sucks. The fallout continues, and justifiably so. I actually hope he stays in the race like he says he’s going to; it’s probably the best thing that could happen. On the subject, the Onion nails a couple out of the park.

Riding bikes. Back on the bike today for the first time in over a week. Great ride this morning, but that is to be expected when it’s sixty-something degrees out. My legs are a little sore from being a giant sloth the last week or so.

Tragedies at the workplace. The last couple of weeks have seen one co-worker get diagnosed with serious cancer out of the blue, and today I learned that another co-worker succumbed to the same disease last night. Dark days.

Minor accomplishments. Last night: finally got the license plates for the car with two days to spare (as a side note, the Clayton DMV truly is an enigma of efficiency and awesomeness, at least as far as DMVs are concerned), mowed and trimmed the backyard, took Henry for a walk, cut my hair, and got some groceries.

Rock docs. Watched a couple of cool ones yesterday on the making of Nirvana’s “Nevermind” and Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades”. I didn’t realize Phil Taylor from Motorhead was such a lunatic, and I mean that as a compliment.

Monday, August 20, 2012

august twentieth

Five for August 20th:

Recording weekend. Another long weekend in the studio has come to a close. Somewhere between all the dick/your mom jokes, farting, walking back and forth to 7-11, and skating around the parking lots surrounding Firebrand, we managed to record a six song EP. There’s still a ways to go on it, but the rough mixes sound awesome. Pretty excited to finish it off and get it out there for mass consumption.

Todd Akin is a douchebag. I know everyone already covered this topic yesterday, as that was basically all anyone was talking about, but it bears repeating: this man, and this attitude, embodies everything that is currently wrong with this country- and definitely this state. Sometimes I really wish St. Louis could secede from the rest of Missouri.

R.I.P. Tim Mize. I was completely shocked to hear about the sudden death of Tim Mize. While we were never super close friends, he was just an incredibly nice dude and every interaction I ever had with him was a good one. He was a huge supporter of local music (he'd spin tracks from the El Gordo's Revenge record on the air long after most of this city had forgotten about us), and Superfun Happy Hour was one of the best shows to ever air on KDHX. He'll be missed.

Hoodie weather. If you’d have told me two weeks ago that by August 20th it would be cool enough in the mornings/evenings to necessitate a hoodie, I would probably have called you insane. Yet here we are.

Today. Finally ready- and wielding every piece of necessary paperwork- to go to the DMV and get the plates for the Rogue. It’s all happening. Home to hang out with Henry, mow the backyard, and just spend some time not being at work or the studio. Should be nice.

Friday, August 17, 2012

august seventeenth

Five for August 17th:

Recording music. The long weekend of recording six new songs at Firebrand begins in mere hours. Tonight we’re just getting stuff set up; the plan is to get as much dialed in as possible, so we can essentially go in tomorrow and hit “record”. Whether or not we get that far remains to be seen, but we’ll definitely make some headway.

This morning. Crazy busy before I even left the house: took a desperately-needed shower, brought the drums up from the basement and loaded them up, took care of the cats, did the dishes, and somehow managed to sneak in some coffee and food before taking off. Plus I hit “snooze” twice.

Transworld Skateboarding. They’re finally offering a free t-shirt with a subscription, so I’m subscribing. I was going to do it anyway, but I don’t subscribe to magazines unless there’s a free t-shirt involved. That’s the rule. A man’s gotta have standards.

Star Wars figures. I can’t stop laughing at these. As a side note, I distinctly recall that scene from Star Wars scaring the crap out of me as a kid, which is no surprise. Everything scared the crap out of me as a kid.

Jimmy John’s. As much as I like Jimmy John’s (and I do like it), I think I’m pretty much done giving them any of my money. I know that to some degree, everything out there is fucked somehow, but I'm not going to support poaching endangered species.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

august sixteenth

Five for August 16th:

Happy birthday mom. I hope you have a great birthday, despite having to share it with the 171st anniversary of the Whig Party riot.

Baby books. Picked up some essentials last night, including The Poky Little Puppy, Make Way For Ducklings, Harold & The Purple Crayon, and a few more, all thanks to my mother and her employee discount. Quality reading.

Dave Mustaine. Not that anyone actually takes him seriously, but when did he turn into a complete nutcase? I know he went all Jesus-freak awhile back, but damn. I had no idea he was a total right wing, Ted-Nugent-esque lunatic. I liked him better when he was addicted to heroin and singing about nuclear war.

Tonight. Home to hang out with Henry and scarf down some leftovers, then straight to band practice for our last rehearsal before we start the recording process tomorrow after work.

Riding. I’ve pretty much totally failed this week, only getting one day in. It was just one of those weeks where obligations/weather didn’t work in my favor. Hoping to make it up like crazy next week, when things slow down a hair.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

august fifteenth

Five for August 15th:

No ride. Pre and post-work obligations aplenty means no ride today, which sucks, because it’s amazing outside. I won’t be able to ride tomorrow either, as I have to make a return trip to the DMV to finish off getting the plates and then haul ass to band practice. Alas. I’ll make it up next week.

Tonight. Dinner with Mom to celebrate her birthday, which is actually tomorrow (which means I turn 35 in exactly one month and one day, which seems insane). Pear and gorgonzola pizza, I’m coming for you.

Recording. Getting excited about putting the new songs on tape this weekend, and hearing the latest batch of tunes come together. I really like working in the studio, despite the tediousness of it. Always a great time with tons of laughs. More than that, I’m looking forward to finally getting some new music out.

eBay Watch. The June eBay watch is up at Skate and Annoy. I guess it actually went up a couple of weeks ago, but whatever. It’s new to me. Includes an auction for a Jason Jessee “sungod” that went for $489, but Santa Cruz literally reissued that same deck in that exact colorway this month for $65, so whoever bought that is probably bumming.

Classic Nintendo. I still can't beat Mr. Sadman in Punch-Out, and the 49’ers are still the team to be in Tecmo Bowl.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

august fourteenth

Five for August 14th:

Monday action. Crushed the ride home, dinner with Lisa, skated (really just cruised at high speeds) the Hill for a bit, and met up with Keith afterward at Bottleworks for a couple of drinks and chilling out on their patio. Pretty rad evening, all said.

DMV. Today’s the day. Making the trip to the wonderland that is the Missouri Department of Motor Vehicles to get some new license plates. Going to the Clayton location, which is pretty much the only game in town. Their speed, comparative friendliness, and the fact that their office doesn’t feel like a Siberian forced labor camp is legendary.

German chocolate cake. Pat brought one in to work- homemade, mind you- and it’s sort of ruling me this morning.

Mild weather. Pretty awesome to have the AC off for 4 days and counting in the middle of August, especially following the worst heat wave in memory (and the highest electric bill we’ve ever had). I’ll take it for as long as it feels like sticking around.

Selling stuff. Someone buy my Beck platinum record and Alvarez RD8 already.

Monday, August 13, 2012

august thirteenth

Five for August 13th

Lantern Festival. The Chinese Lantern Festival at the Botanical Gardens, despite being insanely crowded, was probably one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. The weather could not have been more perfect. Took a ton of pictures that I’ll be posting this week, ate some crab rangoon, and just had an amazing time.

Baby shower. Mega-thanks to all the family and friends who organized, came out to, and bought stuff for Lisa’s baby shower on Saturday. The amount we appreciate it cannot be adequately expressed on a blog. Our baby is now going to be rolling in style.

Bike commute. Almost didn’t ride this morning as I slept like crap last night, but I rallied thanks to some strong coffee and made it happen. I’m glad I did, it was as beautiful a morning for a ride as there has ever been. May have to skip tomorrow to get the plates for the Rogue taken care of, but I’ll be riding as much as possible this week.

Sappington Farmer’s Market. I’m hearing that they’re closing down, which is a huge bummer. Lisa and I had just really started going there, despite it being sort of off the beaten path. Tons of great locally-produced and super reasonably priced food. I’m sad to see another local grocery shutting its doors.

Highway robbery. It’s going to cost us almost $200 to get a replacement key for the new car because it’s some crazy computerized key that won’t start the car unless it’s programmed. So, rather than go to Home Depot and pay four bucks and be done with it, I have to make an appointment, drive to south county, wait an hour, and fork over two hundred fucking dollars for a key. Whoever came up with this system should be killed.

Friday, August 10, 2012

august tenth

Five for August 10th:

Interesting morning. Woke up and realized we had no coffee in the house- already off to a bad start. Biked to work, but had to turn around and ride home after a half hour in the office because I forgot to leave Lisa the key to the Rogue, which was blocking her car in. Busted ass home in about 18 minutes (new record), got sorted out, and just drove back in. Finally settling into some normalcy. Coffee has finally been acquired. Whew.

Band practice. Songs for the new album are tightening up and sounding good. We start recording next weekend, which is exciting. Plus Andy and I laid down some tracks for our upcoming New Wave of British Heavy Metal side-project called Skelekinesis. It’s going to blow minds.

Skateboarding. Skated the Hill for a half hour before practice last night. Pretty rad. Brought the slider with me, and the slappy curb still had a pretty decent layer of wax on it from last time. Bummer? The Flip deck I’ve been riding has been mega thrashed is not long for this world. I love that board.

4/5 days. Pretty good for the week, although my legs are wrecked today. The headwind riding in was brutal, and I had no time to recuperate before having to head back home. Glad I got it in though, as next week looks like it might be rained out- not that I’m complaining about that.

Weekend plans. Dinner out with Lisa tonight, baby shower #1 tomorrow, which of course I won’t be attending till the bitter end. Skating JB in the morning is a distinct possibility. Sunday evening, hitting the Japanese Lantern Festival at the Botanical Gardens with Lisa, which should be amazing. Glad we’ll be able to see it in nice weather. Aside from all that; getting the backyard in order, hanging out with Henry, and buying desperately-needed groceries.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

august ninth

Five for August 9th:

Baby gear. Went and picked up a glider for the baby’s room last night, along with a “nursing stool”, whatever that is. I can’t help but envision a small wooden stool that a farmer would sit on while milking a cow. Hopefully it’s slightly classier than that. All courtesy of Lisa’s mom (thanks!).

Thursday riding. Back on the saddle today. Amazing morning for a ride, verging on actually being cold in some spots, especially the “tree tunnel” that is Pershing from Skinker to the Ackert Walkway. Tomorrow should be amazing too. If I can get that in, which I’m fully planning on, it’ll be 4/5 days, which is alright by me.

Tonight. Ride home, eat some food, and try to squeeze in a quick skate session over on the hill before band practice. Lisa is having friends over for games. Everyone’s partying.

Soundtrack of the last few days. Thin Lizzy, Dandy Warhols, Deep Purple, Jets to Brazil, Faith No More, Husker Du, Torche, Sleater-Kinney, Nation of Ulysses.

Bike commute must-haves. For the ride: At least one water bottle, backpack (with dry t-shirt), bandana for mid-ride sweat wipin’, bike gloves to avoid nasty calluses. For the office: towel, deodorant, flip-flops to wear while drying out your socks.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

august eighth

Five for August 8th:

No ride. Bailed on riding this morning, as I didn’t really feel like it, and my legs are feeling pretty sore. Planning on skating tonight if it doesn’t rain, which is always easier when not preceded by a 12-mile bike ride. Plus, I wanted Starbucks.

Pesto pasta. We’ve been on a kick lately. Once we get our garden up and running (planning on putting in some raised beds for next summer) we’re going to try to make our own pesto. We’ll see if we can actually cultivate that much basil.

8 months. Lisa is officially entering her eighth month of pregnancy, which, to me, is crazy- it seems like it was a week ago that we found out she was pregnant. Getting more and more excited by the day.

Band of Horses. Bummed I’m going to have to miss them tonight, but lack of funds means no concerts for the time being. It would be more or less a waste of money anyway, as I don’t really care for My Morning Jacket and would likely just see BOH and leave.

Lunch. Couldn’t hang with the cold sandwich today and caved to the sweet, sweet temptations of Mi Ranchito. I feel ok about it.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

august seventh

Five for August 7th:

Tuesday ride. I’ve been absolutely slaughtering the rides in to work in the mornings. I think I made it in just over 20 minutes today. The super moderate weather is definitely a factor in that, plus the fact that I actually got some sleep last night.

Pure Fun. My copy of Pure Fun Skate Zine came in the mail late last week and I read it over the weekend. It’s not so much a zine as it is a higher-quality retrospective of a short-lived handmade rag documenting a skate scene in the early 90s in Lockport, NY. A lot of it really hit home, as I had similar adventures at that age, but unfortunately no one in my group had the foresight to photograph or write about it. Only $5. Get it.

Collection photos. Got an email from a friend of a friend wanting to come by and photograph my collection of vintage robots and skateboards for a project she’s doing on collections and collectors. Unfortunately most of the robots are in boxes or in my mom’s closet, but I need to dig them out anyway, so maybe this will make for a fitting “last hurrah” before I start selling them off. The skateboards, however, are good to go.

Tonight. The plan is to make some dinner, take Henry to the park, and then go hang with people on the patio at Milo’s, possibly followed by some Gelato. It’ll be a nice contrast to last night, in which I literally got home from work and didn’t step foot outside the house again until I left this morning.

Bigger bed. We’re on the hunt for a new and marginally cheap king size mattress set. Anyone know of anyplace that fits the bill? Seems like Weekends Only is the place to go from snooping around online. We need more space, and that’s a fact.

Monday, August 6, 2012

august sixth

Five for August 6th:

Monday ride. Despite being up all night coughing and hardly getting any sleep, I did the ride to work this morning. What better way to get your blood pumping? It was 70 degrees; so not riding wasn’t even on the table. Some extra coffee and I’m good to go.

Band stuff. Had a meeting yesterday where we hashed out plans for 2013, plans for recording, and all sorts of other stuff. Good to get things on the table and out of endless e-mail chains. Also cool on the band front: “With a Bang” (the song) is going to be making a short appearance in an upcoming web video series about comic store nerds or something. Should be pretty awesome.

Super Sunday. Not to sound corny, but yesterday was about as good as they come. Breakfast with Lisa (quiche, mostly with ingredients from our neighbors backyard), killer skate session at JB with Andy and crew, band hangout/meeting, couch nap, crock-pot chicken tacos on the front porch for dinner followed by a walk to Clifton Heights Park with Henry and Lisa, mini blizzards, Family Guy on our recently-reactivated Netflix.

Baby action. The baby’s nursery is really coming together. We did a bit of work on it Saturday. Lisa and her mom got some bargains on more baby clothes and a swing, plus we got a stylish and free high chair. All we need is the glider, some window coverings, and about 200 boxes of diapers and we’ll be in business. Just over two months to go!

Pruitt-Igoe Myth. Speaking of Netflix, we finally got to see this documentary over the weekend, which we had both been looking forward to. It didn’t disappoint. Totally fascinating and highly recommended.

Friday, August 3, 2012

august third

Five for August 3rd:

Fully caffeinated. Starting Friday out right with a grande iced coffee from Starbucks, on top of the coffee I had at home. Feeling pretty ok right now.

Band practice. Good one last night. Working on figuring out the most efficient ways to track the new songs later this month, and trying to dial in the tempos we want, etc. It’s coming together nicely. Can’t wait to hear the finished product.

Videos. Posted a couple of videos to my recently-activated Youtube page yesterday, most notably some footage I shot of an abandoned miniature golf course inside a dilapidated amusement park at the Lake of the Ozarks. I love this kind of stuff. I think the 8mm filter really works well for this type of video, although I need to be careful not to overuse it.

Cereal junkie. Peanut Butter Crunch for breakfast AND dinner yesterday. How can something so wrong feel so right? I have no regrets.

Weekend action. Dinner with Lisa tonight, potentially at La Vallesana, short life insurance physical at the house tomorrow morning followed likely by some skating at JB park with Andy. Safes at Firebird in the evening. Grocery-getting, housework, and general recuperation on Sunday.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

august second

Five for August 2nd:

No ride. Had to skip it today due to potential afternoon storms and an 8 am meeting, which is a bummer. Rain in the forecast for the next few days, too, so it’ll have to be case-by-case on the bike commuting front.

Assorted failures. What I thought was my newly instated payment plan with State Farm apparently isn’t happening, at least this month, due to the unsurprising non-performance of one of the people I deal with there regularly. Needless to say, he’s going to get an earful. Also, forgot my lunch in the fridge at home. Bleh.

Cool stuff. New issues of The Skateboard Mag and Thrasher arrived, 8mm video app for the iPhone, Fortune Teller Bar reopening, Pure Fun zine is in the mail.

Ted Drewes. Lisa, Henry and I went for some custard last night, and it did not disappoint. I think I’m over concretes right now and fully into sundaes. The Fox Treat is where it’s at. Henry got to hang out in the back of the Rogue and lick the spoon, so he was good to go.

This country is insane. Here’s the deal: at the end of the day, what people need to be concerned about- the actual issue- is that "Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day" was an actualized call to arms for organized bigotry by prominent elected officials under the guise of supporting some corporation's bullshit values, and nothing more. Yesterday was a day that America will come to be ashamed of, and if you took part in it, then fuck you.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

august first

Five for August 1st:

August. This month will be one of baby showers, new album recording, getting the house ready for October, and lots of other stuff. Hopefully it will also be one of generally cooler temperatures.

Yesterday was a good day. 6.5 mile bike ride to work, busy-ass workday (complete with trip to Mi Ranchito with Tom where I only spent $2.50), 6.5 mile ride home, leftovers with Lisa, hour and a half skate session till sundown on the hill with Andy in which we waxed down and mutilated a curb, home for a much-needed shower and crash-out.

Riding in, day 2. Crushed it this morning. I used eating two frosted blueberry pop-tarts for breakfast as my motivation to ride, and it worked.

Pizza party. Speaking of junk food, my department is getting some free pizza at lunch today for pulling last month’s sales out of the toilet. If you offer me some pizza, I’m taking it, 100% of the time. That’s the Matt Picker guarantee.

Cereal employees. When I grow up, I want to be either one of the people Kashi hires to pretend like they travel the world seeking out ingredients for cereal or one of the people Honey Bunches of Oats hires to pretend like they have a job going door-to-door wearing hardhats handing out free samples.