Friday, January 31, 2014

january thirty-first

Five for January 31st:

Mike V joins Black Flag. Seems like everyone is talking about this. Personally, I think if Black Flag is determined to soldier on, Mike V is actually a perfect fit for the job. That said; I don’t really understand why they’re determined to soldier on. Is anyone really clamoring for new Black Flag material in 2014?

Janey. The good news: her doctor’s appointment revealed she’s in excellent health. The bad: she had to get four shots and was in a miserable mood yesterday afternoon. But, she took it like a trooper, and some milk and animal crackers helped her forget all about it.

Shaped decks. They’re back. It’s official. Now stop calling them cruisers.

Cool stuff. Fresh box of Pike Place Vias, Ride Channel, Roky Erikson at Firebird, abandoned St. Louis YMCA photos, veggie quesadillas, Dum Dum Girls Too True.

Weekend. Not a whole lot on the books for this weekend: some skating tomorrow and chilling with Janey over at Lisa’s mom’s for Super Bowl Sunday. Maybe squeeze in some swimming/hot-tubbing if at all possible. Whatever else remains to be seen.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

january thirtieth

Five for January 30th:

January. Where the hell did this month go? I look up and it’s already almost February, which is fine by me. Pitchers and catchers report in 2 weeks and daylight savings is just over a month out. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

Thrashin’. Met up with Andy and Bryan for an impromptu two-hour session at Ramp Riders last night. I think I’ve dialed in the perfect setup for that place: Powell “Ban This” Caballero with 60mm Spitfire Grosso F1s and Indy 169s. For now, anyway.

Modern technology. It has essentially replaced the need to have almost anything other than what’s in your pocket. It’s crazy, and there’s no going back. Adapt or die.

Cool stuff. Fort Jane, Thursday morning meeting notes, metal albums with googly eyes, new Ripper, Vernon’s with Tom for lunch, White House petition to deport Justin Bieber.

Smoking is insane. It's not like there aren't enough good reasons to not smoke, but this is a pretty to-the-point illustration of what that shit does to you. Don’t do it. If you do it, stop doing it.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

january twenty-ninth

Five for January 29th:

Human mattress. Last night, both Jane and Henry fell asleep on me, albeit at different times, thankfully. Not that I’m complaining. Henry finished off the deal by licking the sheets on my side of the bed to the point that by the time I got upstairs, I had to put a t-shirt down to go to sleep. Awesome.

Two-dollar Tuesday. We managed to squeeze in dinner and drinks at SoHa between getting off work and Lisa’s CHP non-profit meeting. Medium-well with soft cheddar and a can of Rolling Rock, please.

SkateOne deals. You have to keep your eyes peeled for them, but they’re there to be had if you catch them. I’ve gotten a few super deals on “blem” decks (each time the blemish was barely if at all noticeable), and they always throw in grip tape and stickers. Ripper should be coming today, one of my all-time favorites.

Cool stuff. Morning drumming, cheese Danish at work, Thrasher abandoned mini golf session, Todd & the Book of Pure Evil, the second best Cramps footage you’ll ever see.

Gym membership. I’ve been contemplating getting one again, due mostly to this winter’s wrath making outdoor exercise of any sort nearly impossible. Of course I've been skating, which is fun, but not exactly the most strenuous cardiovascular exercise. Definitely need to trim up before spring rolls around. The question is, when would I ever have time to use it?

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

january twenty-eighth

Five for January 28th:

The Grammys. Hearing bits and pieces about the Grammy award nominees and winners illustrates very clearly just how out of touch I am with what’s going on in popular music. I don’t view this as a bad thing.

STL resurgence. Despite being very obviously directed at a certain aging, curmudgeonly STL Today columnist, this is a piece that even someone without knowledge of that whole back-and-forth can enjoy. Bottom line: it’s happening, and the kids are alright.

The Onion. I remember the days when the Onion’s website got updated once a week. Flash forward 14 years or so, and it’s multiple times a day. They slayed me with a few posts yesterday- namely this, this, and this.

Cool stuff. English Breakfast tea, Johnny Rad Facebook page, ripper en route, my cold is all but gone, nightly dance parties with Jane, BTTF2 hoverboard shop deck.

Tuesday tuneage. Red Kross, Black Sabbath, the Strokes, Fleetwood Mac, Beastie Boys, Obits, Cerebral Ballzy, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Monday, January 27, 2014

january twenty-seventh

Five for January 27th:

Midwest Bike Expo. Had to skip it this year due to multiple Sunday obligations. Greg texting me photo after photo of mint Haro Masters, Hutch Trickstars and GT Pro Freestyle Tours didn’t help me feel any better about not being there. Next year, it’s on.

Taste of spring. Yesterday was a tease: sunny and 60 degrees. The park was full, people were out strolling around, and we even saw a few buds starting to poke up in some gardens. Unfortunately, a cold front moved back in and it’s back down to zero tonight. Still, a glimmer of hope for the not-too-distant future.

Skating rules. Super fun midday session on Saturday at Ramp Riders with Andy, Bryan and a few others. Hoping to squeeze another one in Tuesday evening if possible.

Cool stuff. TWS t-shirt in the mail, Janey art class photo, Ben Raybourn in 90 seconds, asiago bagel, new ice scraper, Hole in the Sky, (Jane’s first) gelato at Del Leone, Black Label Vulture Curb Club, new pair of jeans.

Amazing sunset. Guess I wasn’t the only one who noticed it.

Friday, January 24, 2014

january twenty-fourth

Five for January 24th:

Winter blows. If social media is any sort of reliable indicator, then this is the most universally reviled winter in my lifetime. I’m glad to know I’m not alone.

Star Wars 7. I have absolutely no doubt that this will be another disappointing CGI crapfest that the world will ultimately wish was never made. I would like nothing more than to be proven wrong, but I ain't holding my breath.

Living like it’s 1951. I appreciate mid-century modern decor and style as much as anyone, but this is verging on insane. And not in a good way.

Cool stuff. Coffee cake, animal sounds with Jane, payday, vintage Macintosh collection in a STL basement, sweet deal on a Powell Ripper blem deck from Skateone, re-appropriating leftovers, full night of uninterrupted sleep.

Weekend action. Pretty mellow one coming up. Some skating on Saturday, and a potential trip to the Zoo on Sunday if the weather is nice, which it’s looking like it will be. Some other odds and ends sprinkled in there for good measure.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

january twenty-third

Five for January 23rd:

Grueling night. The combination of coming down with a cold, the Chinese water torture effect of our faucets dripping all night to keep the pipes from freezing, and Jane waking up screeching sporadically over a two-hour span made for a terrible night.

Flash drives. I have four of them, all full of nothing but pictures of Jane. At this point, we may need to hire a babysitter for a day just to have time to sort through them and go get an album’s worth printed up.

Thrashermobile. Any friends in the bay area looking to score a piece of skateboarding history (or something like that) for (relatively) cheap? Here’s your chance: Thrasher editor Jake Phelps is selling his Crown Vic on Craigslist.

Cool stuff. Hitting up Chubbies with Tom, No Coast grand re-opening party (check out that concrete mini-ramp!), Emergen-C and Cold-Eze at the ready, Iron Maiden Trooper beer swag.

Spring plans. Clean the basement, fix the front stairs, replace the propane tank on the gas grill, ride my bike till my legs fall off.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

january twenty-second

Five for January 22nd:

Lessons learned. Some strategically placed space heaters and steady dripping of lukewarm water from the faucets staved off another night of potentially frozen pipes. I want this winter to be executed by a firing squad.

Coffee snob. Someone accused me of coffee snobbery the other day because I don’t drink the shitty work coffee, and instead buy Starbucks vias to use at the office. I reminded that person that I was essentially drinking instant coffee, and that no real coffee snob would ever be caught doing that. However, I make no apologies for liking (and paying for) coffee that doesn’t taste like river water.

Vintage STL skate footage. Some video of Tom Penny and Rune Glifberg murdering the Firehouse ramp (here called Firestone for some reason) in the early 90’s surfaced yesterday. Who ever said vert died?

Cool stuff. Photos of NYC subways in the 70’s and 80’s, SoHa with Jane and Lisa, 100 year old Antarctica negatives, The Crowd mailing list, hitting the ‘Chit with Tom.

Tuesday tuneage: Wednesday edition. Black Sabbath, Dead Moon, Operation Ivy, Jawbreaker, Misfits, Embrace.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

january twenty-first

Five for January 21st:

Black Sabbath. Finally, their entire Ozzy-era catalog (and more) is available for streaming on Spotify. Not that I don't love me some Mob Rules, but it's nice to be able to put on the classics at work and zone out.

Skateboarding. Super fun session at Ramp Riders last night. I made some great personal leaps in getting over a few hurdles (namely, going fakie and going frontside). Feeling good and sore this morning.

Haro BMX. We are living in the age of the reissue. Yesterday, Haro announced the unveiling of their 1984 Sport Freestyler Mike Dominguez tribute bike, available in May. Probably going to be outlandishly expensive, but still, super cool that they’re doing it. I want one.

Cool stuff. Two-dollar Tuesday at SoHa, closeout SC board display, NAMM week, Epicly Later’d back episodes, Janey at the Zoo, Middle Class Fashion on This American Life.

Another round of winter. Awoke around 2 am to howling gales of frigid wind pummeling our house, which knocked the power out a couple of times and woke up Jane. Spent the majority of this morning chipping our cars out of ice (and broke my ice scraper in the process). Anyone who says they like winter is an outright liar.

Monday, January 20, 2014

january twentieth

Five for January 20th:

MLK day pancakes. My friend Nate stopped by Courtesy diner this morning, where Dr. Dan cooked him up some tasty tribute flapjacks. Super awesome, but how do you bring yourself to actually eat them?

World Record. Some last-minute 2013 “best-of” lists are still trickling in here and there. Thanks to Jason at KDHX for the continued love. Speaking of the band, we have a big announcement coming down the pike. Stay tuned.

Dance party. We asked Jane what band she wanted to listen to. She responded with “yellow”, which is her new word, but it sounded enough like E.L.O. that we put on Electric Light Orchestra and she danced till she fell over. What can I say? My kid has good taste.

Cool stuff. Sleepy Kitty album release show, seeing tons of friends (and their kids) over the weekend, garlic and olive oil popcorn, Southwest Diner, beautiful sunrise, couple of days of nice weather, new setup.

Free skate. Tonight is the 3rd Monday of the month, which only means one thing: free skate night for the over-30 crowd at Ramp Riders. Meeting up with the usual suspects for some inexpensive shredding.

Friday, January 17, 2014

january seventeenth

Five for January 17th:

Dreamscapes. Lisa told me that she had a dream last night where I left her for an eighth-grader, who then became an 8-year old, who then became a baby bird.

Jane brain. She blows me away on a daily basis. Ask her “where’s your kitchen?” and she runs to her kitchen. Ask her to stomp, she stomps. Ask her to jump, she tries to jump. Ask her what a horse says, she says “neigh”. She’s basically a genius.

Creature comforts. There’s a private break room at work that no one ever uses, which is equipped with a couch, old-ass TV (which may not actually function), and wifi. Needless to say, I’m in there at least once a day drinking peppermint tea and watching skate videos. Sometimes you've got to get away.

Cool stuff. High-fashion Friday, MST3K on Netflix, Knife Fight RFT article, sticker job, Rogue repair scheduled, good popcorn.

Weekend action. Full one coming up. Sleepy Kitty record release at Off Broadway tonight, breakfast plans tomorrow at Southwest Diner, Anna and Allison’s baby shower, and a road trip to DeSoto to see Nate, Rebecca and crew on Sunday. Skateboarding and whatever else interspersed.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

january sixteenth

Five for January 16th:

KKF. Looks like their van was found in north city, but unfortunately by all reports it is basically done for. The good news is that they have insurance, and someone ponied up a loaner van so their tour can still happen. What a fiasco.

Back roads. One cool thing about riding my bike to work is figuring out all sorts of shortcuts through the neighborhoods that, when driving, allow me to sidestep traffic jams on the major roads. Case in point: today’s minor dusting of snow that turned Hampton into a parking lot. Got Jane to school and made it to work with time to spare.

Digging into the archives. Posted a bunch of old El Gordo’s Revenge flyers on my Instagram last night. Some good stuff in there, and some good memories. Check ‘em out.

Cool stuff. New issue of Transworld Skateboarding, $29 McGill complete in the mail, freshly-groomed schnoodle, chit-chatting with Jane on the way to school, Jay Reatard on Spotify, Devil Baby Attack, haircut.

STL. The onslaught of good, national-level STL press continues. There is no question this city is in (or on the cusp of) experiencing a major renaissance, of sorts. The city is coming back in a big way, neighborhoods are revitalizing, stuff is happening. Excited to be a part of it.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

january fifteenth

Five for January 15th:

Kentucky Knife Fight. Some dick stole their van in broad daylight yesterday, mere days before they embark on a two-week tour. More info and pics on their FB page. Could not happen to nicer dudes. Spread the word and help them get their wheels back.

Henry. At the groomer today for a much (much) needed shave and a haircut. Whoever is in charge of getting that dog in order has their work cut out for them.

iPhone memory. I kept running out of space on my iPhone despite deleting every unused app and regularly dumping my photos onto a memory card to free up room. Somehow it didn’t occur to me that there were literally hundreds of text messages sitting there full of pictures and videos going back who-knows how long. Did a big massive message delete and freed up more space than I could ever need.

Cool stuff. This kid, taco night, Harry Potter book series revisited, BBQ peanuts, staying lighter out later, morning drumming, potential Seinfeld movie rumors, History of NHS: Part 4, 2014 KOTR footage.

Ranchito. Hitting it up today with Tom. This cold afternoon calls for soup, and since I didn’t bring any lunch, it’s happening.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

january fourteenth

Five for January 14th:

Skateboarding. Fun Monday night skate jam at Ramp Riders. Good turnout of cool people taking advantage of the smooth ramp and non-arctic climate. Some severe shredding went down, to say the least.

The Onion. Their photographic tribute to Ariel Sharon is nothing short of comedic genius.

Doodling is good for your brain. This goes a long way toward explaining my advanced intellect.

Cool stuff. 15 Worst Corporate Logo Fails, goofing around with Jane, $23.99 McGill complete, Starbucks gift card, GTV on Youtube, Santa Cruz Steve Olson ’79 and Jeff Grosso “toybox” reissues.

Tuesday tuneage. Red Kross, Obits, Jawbox, Superdrag, Fu Manchu, Beastie Boys, Sleepy Kitty.

Monday, January 13, 2014

january thirteenth

Five for January 13th:

Toy show. I used to go early and with plenty of cash, scouring the aisles for deals on Japanese robots. These days the toy show is basically an excuse to hang out with Greg and buy stuffed animals for Jane. My, how things change.

Saturday ruled. Hung out with the family, skated with the Old Man crew for a couple of hours, went to the RV show downtown (where Jane had a blast and hammed it up for everyone in eyeshot), and walked over to Bailey’s Range for some of the best burgers we’ve ever had.

The big thaw. If you’d have told me a week ago, when it was –14 degrees out with 10” of snow on the ground, that six days from now the snow will be gone and I’ll be strolling around in little more than a hoodie, I would have absolutely called you insane.

Cool stuff. FST is repaired, Las Palmas burritos, OG Super Mario Bros. on Wii, straightening up the house, Chrome Ball Incident Bo Turner interview, Dekade of Barrier Kult photo gallery.

Tonight. Monday evening sesh at Ramp Riders is the perfect way to kick off the week. Gonna need to pony up for a new ten-pass soon.

Friday, January 10, 2014

january tenth

Five for January 10th:

City snow policies. I agree that something needs to change with regard to the city’s policies on plowing and salting side streets, but I don’t know if I agree that the outrage is strictly “millennial”-based. I’d say anyone who has to deal with their street being a treacherous sheet of packed ice four days after a snowfall is likely of the same opinion.

Garbage Pail Kids. Hot on the heels of their hit 1987 feature film, the GPKs are finally getting a much-deserved documentary, which I will definitely go see.

Henry. The ice dreadlocks hanging off his chest after letting him out to pee can only mean one thing: it’s time for a grooming appointment.

Cool stuff. Agenda tradeshow product review, Bread Co. bagels at work, Iron Maiden “Trooper” beer at Randall’s, payday, Dixon sticker sheet.

Weekend action. Good one coming up in mere hours. Annual RV show tomorrow with Lisa and Jane followed potentially by a skate session at Ramp Riders, Toy Show with Greg on Sunday and getting my BMX repaired. The icing on the cake? Temperatures in the mid-50’s, which will feel like summer after this past week.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

january ninth

Five for January 9th:

More snow. Will this nightmare ever end? Wasn’t expecting to spend the entire morning digging out two cars and a driveway. Guess I should’ve checked Accuweather. Winter needs to be killed.

Can’t live without it. A coffee mug, mug warmer, spoon, and multiple boxes of tea, Starbucks Vias, and instant oatmeal are always at the ready at my desk, with the hot water dispenser right across the hall. It's all you need.

Basement clutter. #1 spring-cleaning goal is to get our basement in order. It’s become a dumping ground for unnecessary crap we’re never going to use again. Old couch, broken treadmill, dilapidated bar, and worthless toaster: I’ve got you in my sights.

Cool stuff. Turismic Justice, homemade chili, laugh-filled ride to daycare with Jane, finally got mail after 3 days, $20 Powell completes on Amazon, Dio-era Sabbath.

Sweet setup. Lisa’s work has free Kaldi’s coffee and a gourmet cafeteria. We have Folgers in an ancient carafe and a vending machine that eats dimes. I’m jealous.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

january eighth

Five for January 8th:

Let it thaw. The ongoing battle of us vs. freezing pipes appears to be coming to an end now that temperatures are returning to normal, and will actually get into the mid 40’s this weekend, which after the last few days will feel like summer. Winter sucks.

SoHa. Braved the snowy roads last night for a one-block trip to SoHa to sit by the fire and eat some two-dollar burgers. It was just nice to get out of the house and into the land of the living for a bit.

Shows. January is swimming in them, but not the kind I’m normally talking about. RV show downtown this Saturday, toy show on Sunday, plus a huge bike swap at Gateway Center in Collinsville I may try to hit at the end of the month.

Cool stuff. Agenda tradeshow pics on Instagram, space heaters, bands that were good, but blew it, Raw Plaster pilot episode, tea restock.

Big thanks. Lisa’s mom and sisters came through for us in a big way today by coming out to our place to watch Jane, thus helping us avoid schlepping her across the city on still-perilous streets. Hugs all around.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

january seventh

Five for January 7th:

Snow day. Got an unexpected paid vacation day yesterday, which was for the most part anything but- we spent the majority of the time trying to unfreeze pipes, clear the driveway and the street, and manage an energetic toddler. This is the worst snow I can remember, made a million times worse by the sub-zero temperatures. I hate winter.

Shredding. Yesterday wasn’t all toil: I did manage to hit Clifton Park with Andy to do some janky snowboarding on my early-90’s grocery store snowboard, which was actually a total blast. May go back for some more tonight.

Janey. She already made my day this morning by trying to say “oatmeal” but managing an even better “oat-meow”. That kid absolutely kills me.

Cool stuff. Lisa’s first day at Wash U, finishing Dexter: season 4, all-wheel drive, arctic trek to the gas station on foot to grab some Schlafly ESB, awesome neighbors coming through, Colvinetics, DGK “homage” deck series, Miami Grill.

Tuesday tuneage. Miles Davis all day. This is my go-to on catch up/high stress workdays. Shitty roads and a skeleton crew at the office call for some non-aggro background music.

Friday, January 3, 2014

january third

Five for January 3rd:

Salvage City. If you live in STL, you’ve definitely heard all sorts of hotly-debated opinions on Salvage City from all corners of the web and beyond. I was personally hoping to see Michael R. Allen weigh in on the topic, and he has done so eloquently. No surprise; it’s a great read.

Waste not. Somehow, the cashier at Walgreens yesterday managed to use three (3) plastic bags to accommodate the purchase of two boxes of tea, a tube of Chapstick, and a tiny 4x6 picture frame. It was a sight to behold.

Freestylin'. Inspired by a dude I saw crushing it at JB, I rode flatland the other day for the first time in many months and had an absolute blast. Unfortunately my sprocket came loose and the session ended. Can’t wait to get my bike fixed and ride more once it warms up. There’s something about riding flat that just feels awesome, and brings back tons of great memories.

Cool stuff. Spinach & garlic pizza, Dexter seasons 4-8 on Netflix, new issue of Thrasher with bonus DVD, Gator “reptile ankh” reissue deck, Pike Place Vias, playing kitchen with Jane.

Tuesday tuneage: Friday edition. Thin Lizzy, Shame Club, The Love Me Nots, Sleater-Kinney, Jacuzzi Boys, Fu Manchu.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

january second

Five for January 2nd:

New year’s eve. Great crowd, great times. Not a sell-out as has been the case in years past, but a big dancing one no less. Thanks to Off Broadway, Middle Class Fashion, and 4 Hands Brewery for making it happen. Just FYI, if you weren’t there, you missed me playing drums to Wrecking Ball. Your loss.

Day 1. The first day of the year was completely awesome. Sunny, 50-degree weather, we slept in (Jane spend the night with Lisa’s mom), got breakfast pizza with Lisa at Benton Park CafĂ©, went skating with Andy at JB, took out the Haro FST for a flatland session in an empty parking lot, and built Jane’s play kitchen which she dove right into.

Snowed. Hot on the heels of the aforementioned 50-degree weather was a thick blanket of snow covering St. Louis this morning, which I had to dig everything out of before going to work. At least January first was great.

Cool stuff. Grant Taylor Antihero clip, La Pizza, feels like Monday but it’s Thursday, new Indy/Spitfire stickers, Slappy New Year, fresh Moleskine planner.

Statistically speaking. Even though I officially began this blog in September of 2009, I started the “five things” format on January 29th, 2010 and have stuck to it nearly every day since. Sometime last week it officially crossed over into forty-thousand total pageviews, which means it is averaging about ten thousand views a year. Alright then.