Thursday, October 31, 2013

october thirty-first

Five for October 31st:

Halloween. Every year I think, “this year, I’m going to plan a costume and wear it”, and every year, I never do. Jane, luckily, does not have that problem. Really hoping the rain pushes out of here and we can take her around the neighborhood later on.

World Series bummer. Getting all the way through the playoffs to the World Series and going six games is nothing to sneeze at- we just got outplayed, plain and simple. A blast was still had, and the Cardinals are still rad.

Cheap vacation. Off tomorrow and Monday. Expect no blog during this time, as per my usual terms of service. If you want updates, find me on Instagram.

Cool stuff. Vans iPhone case, 200-piece bag of candy, best daycare drop-off yet, Wycked Sceptre party tape, Pujol on Spotify, Ranchito date with Lisa, FaceTiming with Janey.

Long weekend to-do list. Wash the car (inside and out), play drums, play GTA V, go skating, break out the BMX, take my daughter to Forest Park, have people over for dinner, chillax.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

october thirtieth

Five for October 30th:

Making space. Since I can’t bring myself to delete a single picture of Jane, my iPhone is constantly getting clogged up with photos, to the point where I’m running out of storage semi-regularly. Did another mass dump of pics to a thumb drive the other day and freed up a ton of room. As an aside, my data plan is dogshit.

Top live albums with “live” in the title. The Who Live at Leeds, Iron Maiden Live After Death, Descendents Hallraker Live and Liveage, Ramones It’s Alive.

Janey. She had a rough night and has been feeling a bit under the weather after a couple of solid weeks of smooth sailing. Looks like she’s coming out of it though, which is a relief.

Cool stuff. Ranchito lunch date, repro BMX stickers, One Day With Black Label video, pumpkin cookies and donuts at work, lunch date, $8 Bones t-shirt thrift score, Christian Science church that looks like a giant dick from space.

Bitstrips. Chances are, you hate them. If you don't, you should. Here’s how to get them off your Facebook feed forever.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

october twenty-ninth

Five for October 29th:

A Band Called Death. Definitely one of the coolest music documentaries I’ve ever seen, second perhaps only to the phenomenal Searching for Sugar Man. Do yourself a favor and watch it (it’s on Netflix instant) and then go listen to For The Whole World To See. Play it loud.

Ready Room. The Grove will continue to expand into one of the coolest neighborhoods in STL with the addition of a new 8000 square foot music venue called the Ready Room. It’s awesome seeing good friends succeeding at amazing stuff. Way to go, Mike.

End of an era. Super happy for the guy, but at the same time very bummed to see Tom put in his two weeks notice yesterday. Definitely a good move to greener pastures, though.

Cool stuff. Never before seen pics of The Rolling Stones unearthed at a flea market, leftover chili and corn bread, July eBay Watch, Star Wars blooper reel, quick parking lot roll-around before work, mornings with Jane, potential mini-ramp sesh tonight.

Tuesday tuneage. Middle Class Fashion, Jawbreaker, Henry Rollins, Venom, the Smiths, Van Halen, the Remains, Photo Ops.

Monday, October 28, 2013

october twenty-eighth

Five for October 28th:

Lou Reed. Rest in peace. One of the greatest ever. I was relieved to hear that his final musical contribution to the world was not, in fact, Lulu, but some guest vocal stuff to a Metric album. Whew. Dodged a legacy-bullet there.

Rombach Farms. Taking Jane to the pumpkin patch I went to as a kid is something I’ll never forget. She had a blast taking in all the sights and wandering around the fields. Weirdly, we didn’t end up buying any pumpkins, but the apple cider and kettle corn were on point, and we got a ton of great pictures.

Riding days are over. It's just too cold to ride in in the mornings these days. I don't have any sort of appropriate gear to deal with riding in the cold and I really don't want to- I ride because it's fun, and when it's freezing out, it's no longer fun. We're less than a week from the end of daylight savings anyway, which is pretty much when I cut it off each year anyway. What a bummer.

Cool stuff. Early Sunday solo session at Kingshighway, four-day workweek, winterizing the house, giant bag of dark-roast Starbucks, two vintage poured-glass windows to restore for art pieces, Halloween prep, $500 cabin, Thrasher Conversing the Bay video.

Procrastination. It doesn’t pay. I had a stack of crap on my desk to do that I’d been putting off for a week, and it took me all of ten minutes to get through it this morning. I feel like there's a lesson to be learned somewhere in there.

Friday, October 25, 2013

october twenty-fifth

Five for October 25th:

Good showing. Cardinals nailed down a much-needed win on the road, and are heading back to St. Louis for the next three games of the series.

Band practice. Really productive one last night. Came up with the foundation for a brand new song that sounds great, and tightened up another new one we’ve been kicking around for the last couple of weeks.

Eff this weather. This has to be the coldest October I can remember. This morning I actually had to scrape frost off my windshield. No sir, I don’t like it.

Cool stuff. Blueberry scone, Filmage advance tickets purchased, stash of old EGR stickers, impressive Schmitt Stix bootleg, Janey walking like an old pro, new Elephant Jason Adams video part.

Friday. And not a moment too soon. Mellow weekend coming up- dinner/hanging out with friends, World Series watchin’, pumpkin picking, and some skating if the weather cooperates.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

october twenty-fourth

Five for October 24th:

Shit show. I don’t know what the hell that was last night, but a World Series-caliber team the Cardinals were not. Little league mistakes abounded. Get it together, boys.

Vans. They're killing it. Between their collaborations with Haro Freestyler and newly-announced Black Label, their bowl contest series, and their top-notch YouTube Channel, they’ve been behind some of my favorite stuff that’s come out this year.

Superglue. After not needing superglue for any reason at all for years, I bought some of it a couple of weeks ago to repair the handle of a ceramic pitcher for Jane’s party. Since then I’ve had to use it at least three more times on different things. Mere coincidence, or am I subconsciously breaking stuff on purpose? Not ruling anything out.

Cool stuff. New issue of Transworld Skateboarding, fun evening with Jane, new episodes of South Park and Key & Peele, leftover pizza, Diggin’ Treasures with Eric Dressen, deodorant that actually works.

Thursday morning tunes. Hawkwind, Gorilla Biscuits, Dag Nasty, ALL, Lightnin’ Hopkins, the Evens, Black Sabbath.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

october twenty-third

Five for October 23rd:

World Series, game one. Going down tonight in Boston. I’ll be watching this one from home, as Lisa is working late. Let’s get this thing kicked off right. Go Cards.

Black Label. Cool interview with John Lucero (plus some extras) for 25 Years of Black Label. In addition to being a total ripper, his artwork is some of my favorite stuff to ever grace a plank of wood. Definitely one of the most influential dudes out there.

Walking tall. There are still plenty of stumbles happening, but I think we can say that at this point, we officially have a walker. Yikes.

Cool stuff. Allroy Saves, fresh pack of French Roast Vias, Cardinals t-shirt, smoked Gouda, Bonus Brigade (Bones Brigade documentary outtake) clips on Youtube, office makeover snapshots.

900. Today puts me at nine hundred entries on this blog, which to me is quite an accomplishment. I remember starting this blog sitting in my living room in my apartment on Tholozan. It's crazy to think about how much has happened in my life since then. I’m as surprised as anyone that I still like doing it enough to actually do it every day, but truth be told, I can’t really imagine not doing it. So, onward.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

october twenty-second

Five for October 22nd:

Skateboarding. Mini-ramp session absolutely went off at Ramp Riders last night. In addition to being free, I met a few really cool guys who all ripped. The energy level was high, the vibes (and temperature) were good, and the price was right. Feeling sore this morning, to say the least.

Pot luck. Happening today at work. The table is fully loaded with goodness, including a gigantic crock pot of stew, which sounds a lot better than the peanut butter and banana sandwich I'd likely be eating otherwise.

Deep freeze. Come on, St. Louis. Summer JUST ended. I’m not ready for frost advisories and freeze warnings yet. I guess this is the price we’re going to pay for having such an awesome and mellow summer.

Cool stuff. Janey in black and white, new notebook, Henry Rollins spoken word, updated posts on the Freestyle BMX Tales blog, sausage and apple-stuffed squash, iPhone cassette converter, tomorrow will be my 900th post.

Tuesday tuneage. Shudder to Think, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Ted Leo, Dillinger Four, Public Enemy, Minor Threat.

Monday, October 21, 2013

october twenty-first

Five for October 21st:

October in STL. The Cards massacred the Dodgers at Busch Stadium on Friday night to advance to their second World Series in three years. Good times all around.

Rolling in style. I think I might have been more excited about buying Jane her first Cozy Coupe than she was to receive it, but whatever. We’ve gone on some epic rides around the house, and she’s all about cramming it full of her stuffed animals.

Current setup. 1031 Bill Danforth with Indy 169s and 60mm Spitfire Jeff Grosso F1 Street Burners. It kills. JB went down yesterday, Ramp Riders free sesh tonight.

Cool stuff. Jane’s 12-month “sticker photo” (a week late), Kona Longboard Lager, fried cheesecake, Animal Chin, Amsterdam Pub, beautiful weekend weather, almond butter, garage sailing.

Pumpkin patch. We failed to get there this weekend, and even though it’s going to be insane the weekend before Halloween, I’ll be damned if I’m not taking my daughter to pick out some pumpkins this year. Heat up some apple cider and ready the wagon.

Friday, October 18, 2013

october eighteenth

Five for October 18th:

Curriculum night. Fun time hanging out with Jane at school last night, grabbing some mac & cheese, and seeing her first piece of artwork, which will soon hang framed in our house. One year old and she’s already a better artist than her dad.

The heat is on. Our house was a cozy 58 degrees this morning, and as much as I’d like to try to tough it out a bit longer, it had to happen. Our toes will thank us.

Coffee is wonderful. Eleven reasons you should drink coffee every day. Perhaps the best article ever written. Preach it.

Cool stuff. Payday, pumpkin spice latte, the Jersey Devil, new issue of Ride BMX magazine, Marked Men on Spotify, finding things I left in my jacket pockets a year ago, free set of 60mm Jeff Grosso Spitfire F1s.

Weekend action. Lots happening: a rare “date night” tonight, Cards playoffs, birthday gatherings, skating, and whatever else. Pumpkin patch? Fire up the chiminea? Who knows. Seeya Monday.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

october seventeenth

Five for October 17th:

Bad start. The ultimate feeling of letdown is waking up in the morning and realizing you forgot to set the auto brew on your coffee maker the night before. Especially when your house is freezing.

GOP can suck it. After two weeks of insufferable baby games, the government is back up and running, with the Republicans getting absolutely nothing out of it except a well-deserved backlash in poll numbers and massive loss of already-meager popularity. Fuck you all.

Overhaul. My office is currently undergoing a major makeover and cleanup in advance of a big visit in a couple of weeks, and I’ve got to say, it’s making a huge difference. Stuff that should have been done years ago. Highlights include a huge slatboard wall for all of our guitar brands and a drum display in the lobby. Digging it.

Cool stuff. Schmitt Stix Rip Saw and Santa Cruz Roskopp 2 reissues, original (complete) Transformers and G.I. Joe animated series on Netflix, Playoffs coming back to STL (trying to put a positive spin on yesterday’s loss), free Vic Firth t-shirt, ridiculous indie rock band photos.

Ranchito. Cold, rainy, and depressing out? That spells chicken soup weather. It’s been far too long.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

october sixteenth

Five for October 16th:

Lisa kills it. When she’s not helping low-income kids get into college, finding housing for victims of domestic violence, or being the best mother of all time to our daughter, she’s forming non-profit groups to better our neighborhood. Last night she became President of the Friends of Clifton Heights group, and I couldn't be prouder. I'm a lucky dude.

One game away. Last night’s game was the best of the series so far. One game away from the World Series. Let’s do it.

Wire crossover. D'Angelo Barksdale and Cutty are both now cast members in The Walking Dead. Just for those of you who may still be on the fence. Short of putting Bunk Moreland or Omar in there, I don't know what else you could possibly want.

Cool stuff. Rad deals at Infinity, slow but sure GTA V progression, Red Lobster gift card, revisiting back-issues of Giant Robot, album and recording plans, nearing a complete GOP surrender.

Cold and flu season. Something is making the rounds, and it’s nasty. I’ve managed to avoid it thus far (knock on wood), but everyone I know is getting sick. Needless to say, I have some Emergen-C at the ready.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

october fifteenth

Five for October 15th:

Unlocking the Truth. I’ve seen Youtube footage of these kids playing a few times, but this mini-doc is especially awesome. Hope for humanity: temporarily restored.

Check yourself. Know your boundaries, use your brain, and if you find yourself getting a little too comfortable, take a step back and just think about it before you do something completely out of line. I know that’s vague, but trust me, it’s relevant.

Electronics. I have a Samsung VCP (yes, video cassette player, it doesn’t actually record) that my mom bought me when I was probably 14 years old that’s still working as well as it did the day I unboxed it, but the DVD player I got about 3 years ago already crapped out. Granted, it was $29.

Cool stuff. Vintage GSD Tracker ad, Jane’s E.T. reenactment, Steve Bartman documentary, working on t-shirt designs, Oikos key lime Greek yogurt, fresh pack of razor blades, Banksy street art for $60.

Tuesday tuneage. High On Fire, ALL, Iron Maiden, Lemuria, Jets to Brazil, Egg Hunt, Mushuganas, Hellacopters, Dead Moon.

Monday, October 14, 2013

october fourteenth

Five for October 14th:

One year. Jane's first birthday party was a resounding success. Thanks to the huge crowd of family and friends that came out to celebrate, bring gifts, sing songs, eat food, take leftovers, enjoy the beautiful weather, set up, break down, and just generally be there to hang out. It truly was one to remember.

Disposable. In the art world, you hear the term “disposable” thrown around quite a bit when it comes to things like graffiti, street art, and especially skateboard art- but one medium that is often overlooked and perhaps more relevant than any of those? Cake art. Seriously- it felt criminal cutting into this thing.

Cardinals. Two (close) games up against the Dodgers in a seven-game series. Game three is tonight in Los Angeles. Go Cards.

Cool stuff. The Lexus of Radio Flyer wagons, cheap pair of Powell Rib Bones in the mail, new season of The Walking Dead, solo sesh at JB on Thursday morning, tons of leftovers, NYE prep.

Time off. As usual, this past four-day weekend went by in the blink of an eye, but the good news is I have another one scheduled for the end of the month before vacation time rolls over AND we head straight into the thick of holiday vacation season. I’ll take it.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

october ninth

Five for October 9th:

Four-day weekend. It starts today at 5 pm. Chilling out, playing GTA V, skating, coffee drinking, watching the playoffs, RFT Best-Of Awards show, and lots of hanging out with family and friends are all in the plans, especially when you consider that Saturday is…

Jane’s birthday. When next you read this blog, my daughter will be a year old and have celebrated in style. Expect pictures.

Suffering fools. I don’t advocate anyone losing their jobs, but at the end of the day, getting rid of poisonous and dead weight employees is nothing but a good thing.

Cool stuff. Jason Lee A Visual Sound, applying government shutdown logic to baseball, curry couscous, Einstein’s Autumn Roast coffee, more amazing bootlegs, downtown’s secret ballroom.

Religious revelations. Well I’ll be a monkey's uncle! Who would’ve thought?

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

october eighth

Five for October 8th:

Back on the bike. Nice brisk ride in this morning. I needed it after so many days of inactivity. Definite chill in the air, but nothing a hoodie, some full-fingered gloves and a bit of direct sunlight couldn’t handle.

Jane. I am having real trouble wrapping my mind around the fact that my little girl will be a year old in four days. It seems impossible. However, that said: best year ever.

Game five. Total knuckle-biter of a match-up yesterday, but the Cardinals eked out a victory, and will be back home for game five tomorrow night.

Cool stuff. Jacket weather strolling, abandoned farmhouse photos, bike plans for 2014, leftover butternut squash lasagna, Indy Rider Rally footage, new kick drum pedal (my old Camco has officially had it), 30 Rock: season 7 on Netflix, Bota Box.

Tuesday tuneage. No Use For A Name, the Wipers, Superdrag, Rites of Spring, the Faction.

Monday, October 7, 2013

october seventh

Five for October 7th:

Cold snap. Fall showed up out of nowhere Sunday morning, following a typically hot and humid Indian summer of a day. All of a sudden it’s jacket weather, right on schedule.

Grove Fest. Good show Saturday night, despite the looming sprinkles and threats of rain. Always fun to play outdoors on a big stage, and we played really well even though we had barely practiced for it. Side note: it’s crazy to see how happening the Grove is these days.

Junk food detox. I’ve been eating a bunch of crap lately and it’s starting to make me feel like crap as a result, so it’s good stuff this week and going forward. We’re getting near that time of year when eating well is almost impossible anyway, so better to nip it in the bud early on.

Cool stuff. Tom Tomorrow nails it, drum loading via the basement steps, new issue of Thrasher, fiery scramble at Southwest Diner, new knit cap, Jane’s big-girl table, slowly but surely dialing in our dining room, birthday party prep, getting close to Coffee Stout season, Phony Hawk.

3-day week. Taking Thursday and Friday off this week and giving myself a four-day weekend, so that means this will be a three-blog week. Dig it while you can.

Friday, October 4, 2013

october fourth

Five for October 4th:

Sloth. I need to get back on my bike and ride it next week, as I’ve done literally nothing even approaching exercise all week save for a few walks to the park. Also, with Andy in full Tilts-recording mode (plus Jane sick for the first half of the week) I haven’t skated at all either. I don’t like it.

Playoffs, game one. Cardinals obliterate the Pirates. Game two tonight.

Not a hack. My #1 pet peeve for 2013 (so far) is the gratuitous and increasing overuse of the term "hack" to describe anything that makes your life easier. Using an old contact lens case to store your pop rocks in is not a "hack".

Cool stuff. Credit card paid off, abandoned Christian theme park, black and white photography, finally finishing a heist in GTA V, popcorn Friday, listening to the radio instead of watching TV.

Weekendery. This week absolutely blasted by. This weekend should be a fun one: skating, playing a rock show, getting stuff ready for Jane’s birthday next weekend, and kicking it with the family.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

october third

Five for October 3rd:

No rides. This week has been a total bust for riding in, due to the fact that for the first time in months, we’ve had to deal with being up at night with a sick kid, and riding in on 4 hours of sleep just isn’t fun.

Grove Fest. The finalized lineup with set times has been posted. We’ll be playing at 9pm on the Urban Chestnut Brewing stage. Going to be a good one! Nice weather and no playoff game that evening, so get out and enjoy the night.

Jane update. We’re giving her a day off from daycare today just to be on the safe side, but she’s been without a fever for going on 36 hours and is back to her normal, rambunctious self, which is a great relief.

Cool stuff. Drive-thru skeleton prank, biscotti and coffee at work, clean bill of health from the vet for Henry, lunch skating, morning drumming, new Skateone catalog, Plexi 3 “Timebox” video.

Cardinals. Game one vs. the Pirates this afternoon. It’s officially fall in St. Louis.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

october second

Five for October 2nd:

Political roundup. Elizabeth Warren and Jon Stewart blasting the government shutdown (both are must-watch), five reasons Americans already love the Affordable Care Act (on Fox, of all places?!?).

Janey. Looks like she’s on the upswing, thankfully. Lisa took her to the doctor yesterday, and her fever is almost gone this morning. The downside? As she’s still contagious, no daycare on Thursday or Friday. Which may actually be for the best.

Eternal nightmares. There exists a lake in Tanzania that turns animals to stone. Prepare for horror.

Cool stuff. Caballero Dragon & Bats reissue in the mail, Thrasher Classics: Mike Vallely’s Public Domain part, leftover sloppy joes, How I Met Your Mother season eight now on Netflix, Jane feeding me Cheerios, dinosaur erotica.

Wednesday tunes. Elmore James, Tom Petty, Suicidal Tendencies, Jawbreaker, 7 Seconds, the Pretty Things, AC/DC.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

october first

Five for October 1st:

Sick baby revisited. Jane is still under the weather, and last night was a rough one. I can’t believe what a toll being in day care has taken on her. Not that I can necessarily blame day care outright, but it can’t be a coincidence that she didn’t have so much as a sniffle for the ten months before she started there, and has been sick twice in the last three weeks. Poor girl.

Einstein Bros. Asiago bagel and autumn roast coffee is ruling me this morning. I always forget how mercilessly that place blows away Bread Company. Just better in every respect.

Henry. It’s a long day for the schnoodle: dropped him off at 7:30 at the groomers for a much-needed trimming, picking him up at 6:00 tonight and taking him immediately to the vet for a checkup. Little dude is going to be a lump tonight.

Cool stuff. Boathouse gift certificate, updated blog header, families no longer have to worry about facing bankruptcy to pay for medical treatment, Ranchito with old friends tomorrow, Haro Lineage frames coming out this month.

Vintage Halloween. It's hard to believe, but there was a time when Halloween was about ghoulish, unadulterated terror and not dressing your six year-old up like a naughty cheetah. If you want proof (and nightmares), look no further.