Monday, September 30, 2013

september thirtieth

Five for September 30th:

Sick baby. A couple of days at day care followed by a long and action-packed weekend took their toll on Janey, who was running a fever last night. Luckily, it looks like some baby Tylenol and sleep took care of it. Not 100% back to normal just yet, but definitely getting there.

Toy show. Hit up the Toy Man Toy Show with Greg for the first time in a year or so yesterday. Saw plenty of cool stuff while there, but luckily I was able to get in and out without paying anything more than the admission fee. More than anything it was cool to hang out with Greg for a bit.

Garage sale scores. Car seat ($40), wood buffet table for our living room ($15), miscellaneous toys and clothes for Jane ($8). Another winning morning for the garage sale crew.

Cool stuff. Breakfast at Russell’s (their egg sandwich is life-changing), rain-free Party in the Park, leftover candy, Strange Folk Festival with Lisa and Janey, homemade pizza, Cardinals in the playoffs.

So long, September. Lots of stuff happening in October, including Jane’s first birthday, her second Halloween, a rock show, a couple of four-day weekends, and lots of bike riding and skating. The hoodies and jackets are coming out.

Friday, September 27, 2013

september twenty-seventh

Five for September 27th:

Friday. This week blasted by. Kicking it off right with some Special K bars, instant coffee, and Flight of the Conchords on Spotify.

Practicing. Felt good to play last night, and we actually sounded pretty good given the week off we had. Normally, that’s not the case. Practice this upcoming week is going to be spotty as well, due to Andy’s weeklong Tilts obligations, but I’m sure we’ll get something in.

St. Louis Zoo. Their tentative expansion plans are ambitious and amazing. An “ocean”, complete with islands, replacing the south parking lot? Aerial gondolas we’ll be able to see from our living room? Sign me up.

Cool stuff. Steve Caballero Dragon & Bats blem deck, new issue of The Skateboard Mag, bbq to-go from Vernon’s, Jane having fun in school, unbelievable evening park-walking weather, Steve Albini's letter to Nirvana.

Weekend action. Busy one ahead: garage-sale’ing, family reunion, Clifton Heights’ Party in the Park, and hitting the Toy Show (followed by some potential BMX riding) with Greg. Skating and hanging out with other friends to be squeezed in wherever possible.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

september twenty-sixth

Five for September 26th:

Best songwriter. Congrats to Seth for being named “Best Songwriter” in the 2013 RFT Best of St. Louis issue. Super awesome to see his work being recognized. And, even though this award is his as a songwriter as opposed to ours as a band, I’m going to go ahead and just celebrate it vicariously.

Henry. Sixty bucks and two stops around south city later, and he’s back to being properly medicated. Going back to the vet Tuesday for a heartworm checkup following a day of getting his groom on. Well worth every penny.

Playing music. Much-needed practice tonight following a week off to get ready for our slot at Grove Fest on October 5th. Luckily, thanks to my recently acquired electronic kit, I’ve been able to keep my chops up a little bit.

Cool stuff. Grilled cheese with mozzarella and garden tomatoes, Squeeze on Spotify, hanging out with Jane at day care, coffee filter restock, beer in the shower after a bike ride.

VCJ. Everyone’s all-time favorite skateboard graphic artist has been back at Powell-Peralta churning out new artwork for some time now. The new stuff has been good enough, but living up to his legacy 80’s artwork would be a hard gig for anyone. However, he hit a home run with this new one that's coming out soon. Instant classic.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

september twenty-fifth

Five for September 25th:

Crow’s Nest. Had a rad time hanging out there last night for Seth’s birthday. It’s basically four minutes from our house, but we rarely go there just because we rarely go out to bars anymore. Good drink selection, cool people, and just a nice dim bar atmosphere with a really nice patio. Plus they play good music.

Day 3. Almost bailed on riding today due to not feeling super awesome this morning (see above), but luckily Lisa pushed me to do it anyway. Getting the blood flowing was just what the doctor ordered, and since I have Jane for daycare tomorrow and Friday, I’ll get a solid 3/4 day ride week.

Release the hounds. Time to schedule Henry his seasonal grooming and get to the vet/Walgreens to pick up his medicines. Dog maintenance 101.

Cool stuff. New Dan’s Comp catalog, 21 annoying Facebook friends list, Normandy Beach tribute art, talon attack, bag of fresh grapes from the neighbors, 7 Seconds at Svitak's: Pat Duffy.

Carl’s Drive In. Even though I’ve gone past it a thousand times, somehow this burger joint had flown completely under my radar until yesterday, when Lisa’s stepmom hooked it up. The food is killer, and they make their own root beer, which you can buy in huge jugs.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

september twenty-fourth

Five for September 24th:

Different scenes. Last night, while Lisa attended the Cardinals game in Bill Dewitt’s magnificently-appointed personal suite overlooking first base, hobnobbing with Jackie Joyner-Kersee and partaking of an open bar stocked with nothing but premium liquor, I was at home eating cold pizza and drinking a glass of $3 wine.

Day 2. Another beautiful morning ride, complete with a stop at Starbucks to replenish my exhausted supply of work coffee. Looking like it’s going to be excellent fall riding weather.

Jane at the park. She has officially graduated from the swings (which, of course, she still loves) to climbing around on the playground equipment, although certainly not by herself just yet. She goes up the stairs, and then we go down the slide. And repeat.

Cool stuff. My brother found his missing cat, donuts at the day job, Seth’s birthday tonight at Crow’s Nest, Foster Huntington A Restless Transplant blog, GTA V Easter egg videos, micro apartments.

Tuesday tuneage. Miles Davis, Only Ones, Neko Case, Meat Puppets, Flipper, Shonen Knife, Screeching Weasel.

Monday, September 23, 2013

september twenty-third

Five for September 23rd:

Back on the bike. Awesomely chilly ride in to work this morning- the first that has necessitated a hoodie since probably early May. Felt amazing after a solid week of driving in. Note to self: get some full-fingered riding gloves.

Fall. It’s here, officially, even though it’s beginning to feel like it for a few weeks now. While I’m always bummed to see summer end, it’s looking like this autumn is going to be a really nice one, so I’m OK with it. Even Jane is getting in on the sweater action.

Weekendery. A totally chilled-out and fun weekend. Skated JB for a couple of hours Saturday, took Janey to Macklind Days for some people watching, pizza slices, dancing, and playing in the bubbles, and hung out in Clifton Heights park for a couple of hours yesterday with friends and neighbors. Windows open, breeze blowing. Can’t beat it.

Cool stuff. Jane’s first bagel with cream cheese, 20 oz bag of Pike Place Roast for home-brewin’, forgotten shout-out on an L.A. Guns album, making headway on GTA V, grocery stock-up.

Grovefest. Excited to be playing the eight annual Grovefest this year, on Saturday October 5th. Super eclectic lineup and great sponsors. Should be a fun one. More details soon.

Friday, September 20, 2013

september twentieth

Five for September 20th:

The attic. It serves as my at-home practice space, video game lair, skateshop, and world headquarters of my sporadic selling-stuff-on-ebay business (which is by no means actually a business).

GTA (again). The coolest thing about the new GTA so far (and I promise, I won’t talk much more about it) is the fact that the whole world is open to you right out of the gate. Want to go to the airport, steal a plane, fly to the mountains, jump out, steal a dirt bike, ride up the mountain, and take a tram down, five minutes after starting the game? Go right ahead.

Thursday evening action. Practice was cancelled, so we went to Gringo in the Central West End for tacos a la carte, hit up Left Bank Books, and ran by Children’s Hospital to get Jane’s new car seat installed. All in all, a good night.

Cool stuff. Getting paid, lunchtime hang-outs with Janey at day care, Jackie Speier, Ranchito Friday, Louis C.K. on smartphones, feature on the EP in the November issue of STL Magazine.

Weekend. Unlike next weekend, which will be jam packed with goings-on, this weekend is looking to be pretty chill. Trip to the pumpkin patch? Skating? Show-going? It’s wide open. See you out there. Or not.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

september nineteenth

Five for September 19th:

GTA 5. After a run to Gamestop to pick up an external hard drive for my 360 so I could actually install the game (it’s gigantic, to say the least) I finally got a chance to sit down and play it, and holy crap. I’ve barely scratched the surface, and it’s already absolutely blowing my mind. Can’t wait to dig into it more.

Day care. The best thing about Jane’s day care (for me) is the close proximity to my office: it’s literally three minutes away, so I can swing by and see her in the afternoons. A great thing for her and I both.

Practice. Hitting it tonight. Probably going to be a short and sweet one, leaning more on the business side and less on the rocking side. But could be wrong. Lots of stuff to discuss regarding plans for the upcoming year.

Cool stuff. Free drumheads order, freshly laundered hoodies, Jane Danzig, lunch with mom, giant box of bagels at work, Black Hollies on Spotify.

Total bust. This week will be the first one in months- definitely all summer- that I have not rode in one single day. Tomorrow, I have to take Jane in to day care, and today was an early meeting and rainy. Had to happen sooner or later, I guess.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

september eighteenth

Five for September 18th:

Happy Birthday Josh. My brother and I are separated by three years and two days, although by the time you get to your mid-thirties, it pretty much just feels like two days. Happy birthday, little bro. If you weren’t in the Pacific Northwest, I’d take you to Pho Grand.

Riding bikes. Haven’t ridden a single day this week due to solo-parent duty taking precedence. With Lisa getting back tonight, I’m hoping to get back on the bike for Thursday and Friday, weather permitting.

FaceTime. This pseudo-skype feature on our iPhones is probably the one single thing that has kept Lisa sane over the last few days. Definitely a must-have for out of town trips.

Cool stuff. Table full of baked goods at work, fake (and hilarious) GTA 5 review, classic Aerosmith on Spotify, unexpected gift cards, shorts repaired, killing gnats.

The greatest obituary ever. If you’re not inspired by the life of William Freddie McCullough, you are without a soul. Or a sense of humor. Or both.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

september seventeenth

Five for September 17th:

Flying solo. Lisa has been in Nashville for a conference, so it’s Jane and me till tomorrow evening. Of course, the first time Lisa is out of town is the first time Jane isn’t feeling great (and neither am I), but we’re making the best of it.

Birthday’d. Thanks to everyone for the calls, cards, Facebook messages, emails, and general well-wishes yesterday. 36 is going to be a good year- I can feel it.

Grand Theft Auto. GTA 5 is released today. Unfortunately, I probably won’t have it in my hands till tomorrow, and then who knows when I’ll actually be able to sit down and play it. The weekend? While everyone’s asleep? I’ll figure something out.

Cool stuff. New issue of Transworld Skateboarding in the mail, egg soufflĂ©’ and asiago bagel from Bread Co, Lisa’s car didn’t get broken into, Jim Thiebaud's Instagram, New York Crime Scenes: Then and Now.

Tuesday tuneage. The Ettes, Man Or Astroman?, Dillinger Four, Samhain, the Ventures.

Monday, September 16, 2013

september sixteenth

Five for September 16th:

36. I kicked off my thirty-sixth year on this planet with a big blowout, compliments of Jane- although not the sort of birthday blowout you’re likely thinking of. Let’s just say, there’s some laundry to be done. Ah, fatherhood.

Big chill. Went to bed last night with the windows open, fans on, and the house at a not-so-cozy 81 degrees. Woke up this morning half-frozen. Fall is coming on strong.

Rock show. Really fun one on Saturday night. Good crowd, lots of energy, and I thought we played better than we have in awhile. The best part, though? Sharing drums. Seriously. Not having to haul all my gear up from the basement is the best, and the drums I played on sounded great.

Cool stuff. Saturday morning skate session at JB, getting the backyard in shape, part-time hoodie weather, Starbucks Tribute Blend on sale, breakfast at Rooster, giant bag of peanut M&Ms (my birthday gift from Jane), latest issue of Eleven, new pair of Aviators, new pair of shorts.

Sickness. Everyone in the family is ill: I have a cold and a sore throat, Jane has a cold and is battling some sort of stomach bug, and even Lisa, who never gets sick, isn’t feeling well. Combination of Jane’s exposure to sick kids in daycare/cold season creeping in? We’ll never know.

Friday, September 13, 2013

september thirteenth

Five for September 13th:

Weather report. Gone- literally overnight- is the heat and mugginess of the first part of the week, replaced by cool and crisp pre-fall mid-70-degree weather.

Bike commutin’. If you have the ability to ride your bike to work on a day like today and don’t take advantage of it, you have simply failed at life. There have been some great morning rides this summer (more than ever before), but today took the gold.

iPhone cleanup. Since I can’t bring myself to delete a single picture of Jane, there were so many photos on my iPhone that I literally couldn’t take any more pictures- I was out of storage. Finally got them all offloaded to a thumb drive yesterday and was able to do a massive delete, freeing up tons of room for more Jane pictures.

Cool stuff. Celebratory dinner at Bottleworks (Jane's first day at daycare was a rousing success), 10” grip tape and Bones 60mm STF wheels, Goast, sharing drums, Louis CK quotes, ruins of Epecuen.

Friday the 13th. Should be a great weekend coming up. Firing up the Chiminea, rock show Saturday night, beautiful weather, some skateboarding (plus setting up my new 1031 Danforth!), hitting Rooster, and lots of hanging out with Janey and Lisa.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

september twelfth

Five for September 12th:

Big day for Jane. Not only did she turn 11 months old today (as a side note, getting her to sit still for photos is no longer even an option), it’s also her first day at day care. Our little girl is growing up fast. One month till she’s a year old? How is that possible?

No bikes. Skipped today so I can swing by day care and check in on Janey at lunch. In addition, the heat and humidity is supposed to break this evening, with tomorrow’s high only being around 74, so I’ll be back on the saddle for day three for sure.

iPod revisited. Charged up and thumbed through my long-dormant iPod this morning on the way in. I forgot about some of the albums I have on there. Super awesome.

Cool stuff. 1031 Bill Danforth deck (early birthday present from Lisa!), new issue of Ride BMX magazine, Pike Place Vias, Moose Tracks ice cream.

Tonight. A much-needed band practice after a week off, with a rock show coming up quickly on Saturday. Lots of band business to discuss as well. Should be a good one.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

september eleventh

Five for September 11th:

9/11. Was I really only 23 years old when that happened? Jeez. Not to be all fudgy, but for the rest of my life, I’ll remember crowding around the two tiny TVs in the elevator lobby at WorldCom surrounded by about 150 coworkers watching that day unfold.

Tomorrow. It’s a big day in the life of our daughter. More on that, well… tomorrow. Today I’m just going to pretend like she’s still a week old and not growing up faster than my brain can process.

Seasonal allergies. They’re starting to creep up, right on schedule. Happens every time the seasons start to change. You can set your watch to it.

Cool stuff. Cup of legit Starbucks (there’s no beating the real thing), Sausalito boar’s head on Hawaiian sweet rolls, possible lunch skating, the further adventures of Carlos Danger, classic Speed Wheels ad, label talk, Pixies on Spotify.

Detroit real estate. Need an affordable place and don't really value your life? There are literally houses for sale for seventy dollars in Detroit right now. SEVENTY DOLLARS.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

september tenth

Five for September 10th:

Weighed down. Things I had in my backpack this morning on my ride in included two big cans of chili and a bag of die cast robots I sold on eBay that I need to ship. Not ideal items to have on your back for a six-mile bike ride, but what can you do. Riding may be out for the rest of the week as Jane starts daycare on Thursday, so I’ll take what I can get.

Lawn care. I’ve been avoiding it for weeks now, but tonight’s the night. Buckling down and getting at least the front yard done. This always happens: at the end of summer, I’m so over mowing and weed-whacking that I just keep putting it off hoping it stops growing for the year.

Commercial idea. The scene: guy in his kitchen, eating a cantaloupe. Starts really getting into it it and eventually starts making sounds and gestures indicating that he may be enjoying it a little too much. Guy's girlfriend walks in and catches him in the act. Disgusted, she screams "if you love that damn cantaloupe so much, why don't you just marry it?!" and storms out. Next scene: Nighttime. The guy is climbing quietly down a ladder from the bedroom window holding the cantaloupe. They get in the car. He looks at the cantaloupe and says "no one will keep us apart". He speeds off into the night. Next scene: the guy has been pulled over. Cop walks up to the window and taps on the glass with his nightstick, and says "sir, do you know why I pulled you over?" The guy looks over at the cantaloupe and, panicked, turns back to the cop and stammers "er... speeding?" And the cop says "no." Then the cop turns, looks in the camera and says "you can't elope with a cantaloupe!" This message brought to you by the U.S. Cantaloupe Council.

Cool stuff. Chili potluck at work, car seat installation scheduled, planning Jane’s birthday party, Cardinals in first place, hoodie weather around the corner, rock show on Saturday.

Tuesday tuneage. Rolling Stones, Barrence Whitfield & the Savages, Sebadoh, Mastodon, Bob Dylan, Kim Lenz.

Monday, September 9, 2013

september ninth

Five for September 9th:

Up the Irons. Maiden absolutely destroyed last night. Seeing them play this set- which was based around the Seventh Son album/Maiden England video (both of which are basically responsible for getting me into music) was not something I ever thought would happen. Best I've ever seen them. Needless to say, we had a good time.

Riding bikes. Awesome, but very humid ride in this morning. The ride home is going to be a sweat-fest. Definitely want to get as much riding in as possible this week to make up for my dismal, two-day showing last week.

Weekend goings-on. Maya CafĂ© for dinner on Friday, Jane’s first trip to the Joan of Arc Homecoming festival on Saturday, Ted Drewes for some custard before Great Pumpkin season kicks in, Tom’s birthday at Urban Chestnut.

Cool stuff. Meeting new people, hanging out with old friends, Powell “Choose” t-shirt, free sunglasses, short Saturday session at JB, pop-tarts, unbelievable VCJ/Jim Phillips bootlegs.

Playing drums. Finally had a chance to pick up that electronic kit from my neighbor over the weekend. So excited to be able to practice a bit at home now- only getting 2-3 hours a week to play your primary instrument is a drag.

Friday, September 6, 2013

september sixth

Five for September 6th:

Day care. We took Jane by UCCC for an afternoon visit yesterday to check it out, and she had a blast. I think she’s going to do great there. Amazing facility, good people, and an outdoor play area that *I* wanted to climb around on.

Riding. Almost skipped it today due to my left ankle feeling a little squirrelly, but I powered through. Glad I did- the weather was perfect, the ankle wasn’t a bother, and I was able to make some stops along the way and still make it in plenty of time.

Underground dwelling. This jaw-dropping subterranean 1970’s cold-war era home is like nothing I’ve ever seen. 1.7 million for this (and the huge house above it) seems like a complete steal. More pics (and a video tour) here.

Cool stuff. Payday, pizza delivery, this, popcorn Friday, porch-sitting with Jane, Thrasher KOTR 2013, new blog header, Barrence Whitfield and the Savages.

Weekend action. Hanging out with the family, skating, going to the Joan of Arc homecoming, and seeing Iron Maiden and Megadeth with Steve and Eve at Riverport are all in the cards. See you Monday.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

september fifth

Five for September 5th:

No ride. Despite the beautiful weather, had to bail on riding today, which sucks. Had an early meeting, I'll be splitting early to check out Jane’s day care, and I have to bring home some boxes for shipping eBay sales. Alas.

Stuffed animal battle royale. One baby, one bear, one seal, three rounds. Only one shall emerge victorious.

Criss Angel. The Internet is the gift that keeps on giving. If you want proof, look no further. Also, I promise that this is the first and last Criss Angel reference you’ll ever see on this blog.

Cool stuff. Sims Screamer reissue in the mail, cheap wine, nine days till Off Broadway, upcoming Bones Brigade Secret Session 2013 photo book, Lee Ralph documentary trailer, chili potluck.

Playing in a rock n’ roll band. Normal Thursday practice cancelled tonight due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances. Back at it next week. I’ll be picking up an electronic drum kit this weekend, which is awesome, because that means I’ll be able to practice outside my normal 3-hour-a-week window. Thanks to Eric for the mega-hookup.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

september fourth

Five for September 4th:

Good exercise. Yesterday was 12 miles of bike riding followed by an hour and a half of mini-ramp skating in a humid warehouse in the evening. Gotta take it where you can get it. However, the best part of all of it is the shower at the end of the day, which is unbeatable.

Car seats. Attempting to install a car seat is like trying to read the instructions to an aircraft carrier. I need to schedule an appointment with a car seat specialist at Children's Hospital (I’m not kidding) to make sure I’m putting Jane’s new seat in right. It’s insane.

Fall-ish. The heat wave broke, and the last few days have been amazing; with mornings verging on chilly and super mellow evenings. The bummer? It’s getting darker earlier and staying dark later, which is super depressing.

Cool stuff. September 14th show flyers and handbills, Dead Moon now on Spotify, Fort Jane, La Pizza Friday, crunchy peanut butter.

Wednesday tunes. Black Sabbath, Justice, Band of Horses, Buzzcocks, New York Dolls, Wire, The Breeders.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

september third

Five for September 3rd:

Riding bikes. Absolutely perfect, 65-degree ride in to work today. Felt like manna from heaven after the brutal heat of this past weekend, plus it was just good to be back on my bike in general after four days off. Hoping to get Thursday and Friday in for a solid 3/4.

Jane. Good weekend for her. She somehow found some time to sleep between playing with her next-door neighbor, accompanying us on a hundred errands, chowing down on white toast at Southwest Diner, and hurtling around the house like a hurricane.

Shredding the gnar. Two sessions at JB over the long weekend: one Saturday, after which I suffered from a light bout of heat exhaustion, followed by a much nicer one yesterday. Hitting up Ramp Riders tonight. Also, my brother texted me some pics from Burnside over the weekend. Bastard.

Cool stuff. Four-day work week, $75 electronic drum kit, new issue of Thrasher, Janey’s 1st birthday invitations, Owen Brown, Blueprint Coffee, Lisa’s tomato/basil bread pudding, Annie Z in STL, more Pageant photos.

September happenings. Iron Maiden at Riverport, Jane starts daycare, Grand Theft Auto 5 is released, my birthday, my brother’s birthday, Henry’s birthday, first toy show in well over a year, annual Joan of Arc homecoming parking lot festival, Clifton Heights Party in the Park.