Friday, May 30, 2014

may thirtieth

Five for May 30th:

Brian Posehn at Firebird. Happening tonight. Definitely one of the funniest dudes of all time. If you don’t believe me, watch any episode of Mr. Show that ever aired. I’ll be there.

Spring is awesome. Seems like just yesterday I was chipping ice off these steps with a crowbar. And to think, summer isn’t even technically here yet.

Van life. I’ve been having regular dreams about purchasing some sort of full size conversion/ camper van, and scour Craigslist on the daily for deals. I am perhaps more like my dad than I realized. Anyone selling a Transvan? Hit me up.

Cool stuff. Gettin’ paid, donut store blend K-cups, conversations with Janey, denim chicken, popcorn Friday, St. Louis Blended photo sets.

Weekend. Comedy show tonight, skateboarding tomorrow, Annie’s graduation party, lawn mowing, drumming, and general chillaxery are all happening. Seeya in June.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

may twenty-ninth

Five for May 29th:

Hanging out. Yesterday was cool: lunch with Tom and Seth (Which Wich, however, was a bust), dinner and drinks with Lisa, Jane, Anna, Allison, and baby Henry on the Patio at Bottleworks.

The attic. Did some rearranging last night that has made it feel a lot less cramped, and sorted out two boxes of stuff currently up there that I need to begin listing on eBay.

Richard Martinez. “His vulnerability and righteous, focused anger is unlike anything we’ve ever seen in response to a mass shooting. And it should scare the shit out of the NRA, the gun lobby, and the cowardly politicians who use these deadly weapons as political props.”

Cool stuff. Box of Tagalongs, new pair of hole-free skate shoes, From the Borders full feature, amazing Ralph Fournier house for sale in Chesterfield, Shame Club reunion show in August, Chrome Ball Rudy Johnson interview.

GTA V. Took a break from this game for a few months, during which time I bought and finished Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare. Got back into it over the last couple of days. Such an awesome game. I don’t really remember why I stopped playing it.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

may twenty-eighth

Five for May 28th:

A day late. Any Wednesday that feels like a Tuesday is OK by me.

Driveway construction. Ours is next up on the contractor’s project list- just waiting for the rain threats to subside and the ground to get adequately dry. Fingers crossed that it may still happen this week, but it’s not looking good.

Which Wich. Checking it out with Tom and Seth this afternoon. More lunch options are always a welcome thing, but I don’t really know how many more sub shops the Loop needs at this point.

Cool stuff. John Oliver nails it, Danziggy, new skate shoes in the mail, selling crap on eBay, spring cleaning, new K-cups, freshly-groomed schnoodle.

Bones Brigade Reissues. While I think Powell sorta overstayed their welcome with this series, the final lineup of them is coming out in a month or so and I must say, is looking pretty sweet.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

may twenty-seventh

Five for May 27th:

Long weekend. As usual, it went by way too fast and felt like it was over before it had even started. This shouldn’t really come as a shock to me anymore. However, there’s no complaining about getting to spend three days with this kid.

Zoo crew. Went twice over the weekend. Sunday was pretty much a bust as it started raining right when we got there, but that didn’t stop us from checking out the butterfly house if nothing else. Monday was much better, with clear skies, sea lions, elephants, and a Jane-approved train ride. Living five minutes away has its benefits.

Skate and annoy. Got in two sessions at JB, both hit and miss. Saturday was crazy packed, and yesterday was mellow, but got rained out about 30 minutes in. Also hit the Hill for some speed runs around the giant Electrical Worker's Union parking lot, which was awesome.

Cool stuff. Lisa’s amazing DIY bedroom wall art, fresh Powell Ripper setup, Donut Drive-In, much-needed grooming for Henry, backside grinds, front yard ducks, dinner with Mom, new yard work gloves.

Other weekend action. Breakfast at Southwest Diner, Coffee in the Park at CHP with neighbors on Saturday, taking Jane to the splash pond at Tower Grove Park, evening porch-sitting, getting the lawn done and the backyard cleaned up.

Friday, May 23, 2014

may twenty-third

Five for May 23rd:

Tyson blog. Within three hours of putting up Everyday Tyson yesterday, it was featured on boingboing and called a “tumblog of greatness”. The Internet is a strange place. I’m just glad people get the joke.

Ride day 3. Forest Park in full bloom and warm, calm air made for a pretty perfect ride in this morning. It’s always a good feeling to finish out the week with more riding than driving- something that is not always possible anymore.

Spring ants. Like clockwork, every spring there will be ants in our laundry room. Saw them this morning for the first time this season. Good thing I have about 5 boxes of ant bait at the ready at any given time. Enjoy your last meal, my miniscule friends.

Cool stuff. Chad Smith/Will Ferrell drum-off, dinner at Onesto with the birthday girl and her partner in crime, kale smoothies, new lunchtime skate spots, Neko Case.

Long weekend. Three days off coming up and not much in the way of plans, which is alright by me. Checking out Hell Night at Fubar tonight, skating tomorrow and whenever else, working on stuff around the house, and potentially hitting the pool/farmer’s market/zoo (or all three). Seeya Tuesday.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

may twenty-second

Five for May 22nd:

Lisa. The happiest of birthdays to my amazing wife and mother of my equally amazing child. Tonight, we dine- although we might want to bring some peanut butter crunch for Jane.

Backyard project. Can’t wait to get this thing done. It’s going to be killer: new expanded deck with string lights, easy basement access, fresh-poured asphalt, fire pit, potential future pergola. Breaking-in party to follow. BYOB.

Skateboarding. Quick (and super fun) evening sesh with Kenny at JB last night before the sun went down, parking lot cruise around the Loop this morning prior to heading in.

Cool stuff. Cheap Vox Lockdowns on Seshday, bag of Sumatra for morning brewing, Jane feeling better, already Thursday, #4 lunch special at Ranchito, Modelo.

Everyday Tyson. About 25 people have told me that the Neil deGrasse Tyson thing I’ve been doing should be a tumblr, so here you go. I know nothing about tumblr so link to it and make it an Internet sensation already.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

may twenty-first

Five for May 21st:

Upcoming shows. Hell Night and the Bureau reunion at Fubar, Brian Posehn stand-up and Shonen Knife at Firebird, Black Flag at the Blue Note in Columbia.

Neil deGrasse Tyson. Look, I like the guy as much as anyone, but not every single Neil deGrasse Tyson quote needs to be turned into a jpeg and shared on Facebook. The guy is smart and says interesting things, we get it. Give it a rest.

Brick by Chance and Fortune. Bill Streeter’s excellent documentary is now on available to watch on Youtube in its entirety. Highly recommended viewing.

Cool stuff. Lunch cruising on the new setup, night frittatas, deck demolition/rebuild underway, Maiden England, coffee to-go, the Ultimate St. Louis Band Summer Mixtape.

Santa Cruz. Their limited run of reissue Salba tiger, Roskopp eye, and Grosso toybox decks sold out practically before they were done being shrinkwrapped. I love how they make 250 each of the boards everyone in the world wants, and infinite numbers of their cheesy novelty decks that no one cares about. May be time to rethink that strategy.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

may twentieth

Five for May 20th:

Day 2. A smooth, warm, quick ride in this morning (including a stop at Starbucks for some K-cups) following a completely brutal ride home yesterday. The headwinds were some of the worst I’ve encountered in all my time commuting by bike. Still fun.

Plot points. Staked out the footprint of what will be our new deck last night, demolishing a part of it this weekend and framing will start shortly thereafter. Once the driveway is poured and this deck is built, it will be a whole new backyard.

My daughter. She may be under the weather, but she still knows how to accessorize.

Cool stuff. Homemade root beer, Sun Theater renovation, save the Sutton Loop pavilion, Pizza World, morning picnic with Jane, new episodes of Grosso’s Loveletters, YMCA skatepark is back open for the season, Vans pool party footage.

Tuesday tuneage. Ramones, fIREHOSE, Blind Faith, Beastie Boys, Man or Astro Man, Pentagram, Aerosmith.

Monday, May 19, 2014

may nineteenth

Five for May 19th:

Bikes. Much-needed ride in to work this morning after a week of inactivity. Felt great, even though it was a bit on the chilly side. There’s nothing like bookending a Monday- or any work day- with a couple of bike rides.

Sodastream. Hooked Lisa up with an early birthday present of a Sodastream, which will save us probably hundreds of dollars a year on what we’d otherwise spend on boxes of La Croix. Now just have to pick up some extra bottles and new flavors to experiment with.

Janey. The good news: she had an awesome weekend of playing on her new backyard slide/playhouse, dancing like a maniac at Taste of Maplewood, wagon-riding to Clifton Park and hanging out on Art Hill. The bad news: she woke up this morning with a fever and some gnarly diaper rash, which meant an early run to the store for some apple juice and ointment.

Cool stuff. World’s biggest record nerd, breaking ground on the new driveway in two weeks, garage sale scores, Peanut Butter Crunch, Buzzcocks on Spotify, flying kites.

Gleaming the Cube. JB session on Saturday morning with Andy, Brian, Kenny, and a few others, and a super (super) quick roll around the decaying Kingshighway park on Sunday morning. Probably my last time there before the bridge comes down.

Friday, May 16, 2014

may sixteenth

Five for May 16th:

Midwest Mayhem. A lethal combination of few disposable dollars, errands to run, a crabby kid, and more or less completely forgetting about it till the last minute meant I ended up skipping last night’s Midwest Mayhem at City Museum. Looked fun on Instagram. Next year.

Long day. Lisa had to be at Wash U at 6:30 this morning for commencement, which is sheer insanity. Of course, this meant I had to get up early to take care of everything around the house before Jane woke up. Already heaping on the caffeine.

Biking in. Gearing up to ride the first part of next week (at least) if the weather is good, and all signs point to “it will be”. Excited to get back on the saddle and into the sun after this rainy, cold week.

Cool stuff. Payday, DIY X-Men Wolverine claws, Natas and Lance in the Skateboarding Hall of Fame (apparently there is such a thing), taking Jane out for ice cream, Here is St. Louis Two, new vacuum, Sumatra K-cups.

Weekend action. Unlike last weekend, which was packed wall-to-wall with obligations and long hours on the road, this weekend is free and clear as far as the eye can see. Only solid plans are skating tomorrow morning at JB. Probably hitting up Taste of Maplewood and Soulard Market as well. Aside from that, the sky's the limit.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

may fifteenth

Five for May 15th:

Cable-free. It’s been over a month now since we axed our cable in favor of the much-cheaper digital antenna/Netflix combo, and neither of us has missed it for one second. Talk about a complete waste of money.

Aaron’s last day. Happening today. Departmental send-off feast includes breakfast pizza, sandwiches, veggie tray, cake, and all manner of other chips and snacks.

Janey. She is getting smarter by the day. This morning at daycare she sat down at her little table for breakfast and immediately started pointing to every child in the class and calling out their names. This kid blows my mind.

Cool stuff. New issue of The Skateboard Mag, Jeff Grosso Vans, Through the Never, Henry Rollins on Van Halen, the Conqueror UEV-440.

Cold snap. We went from having our AC on over the weekend to our heat back on for the last few days. Not really complaining; we could use the rain and the cooler temperatures have never gotten uncomfortable. Back up into the 70’s in time for the weekend.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

may fourteenth

Five for May 14th:

Morning drive. Jane is now facing forward in her car seat, so driving around with her is much easier these days. She’s fascinated with buses and trucks, so there’s plenty to keep her mind occupied. She even managed to keep her shoes and socks on this morning.

Tuesday night session. Met up at with Andy and Brian at Ramp Riders last night and skated till they turned the lights off on us. The cool weather and minimal crowd kept the energy levels high.

Spring and summer vacationing. Camping trip to Eureka Springs, Lake of the Ozarks long-weekender, Gulf Shores for a week (complete with beach house and pool).

Cool stuff. New hardware for the Grigley, sticker haul, work snack stock-up, completely insane skateboard knockoff, Memorial Day 3-day weekend around the corner.

Busch Stadium 2.0. It makes me sad that my daughter will never know this place, and instead grow up with the cookie-cutter stadium we have now.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

may thirteenth

Five for May 13th:

Bottleworks. Impromptu (belated) Mother’s Day dinner yesterday with my mom in tow. Jane hammed it up for everyone in the place as usual. A Monday-night bratwurst burger and Pale Ale were just what the doctor ordered.

Giger RIP. I’ll admit that his work was never really my thing, but there was no denying the guy was one of the most twistedly unique artistic talents this world has ever seen. There will never be another like him, and anyone who tries will be a cheap imitator at best.

Hail damage. Just noticed quite a bit of it on both of our cars. Like I say; it’s always something. Here’s hoping the estimates outweigh the deductibles.

Cool stuff. Tuesday morning wildlife photography, Ramp Riders sesh in the works for tonight, new Janey prints, Haro Freestyler Vans, new run of Black Label Luceros.

Michael Sam. I really hope we no longer live in a world where anyone would still be made to endure in 2014 the same kind of bullshit that Jackie Robinson had to endure in 1947. Unfortunately, if comments-sections are any sort of gauge, I'm not holding my breath.

Monday, May 12, 2014

may twelfth

Five for May 12th:

Road trippin’. Headed westward on Saturday to Fayette to attend Annie’s graduation and followed it up with a trip to Rocheport and Les Bourgeois winery, where I got to goof off with this kid and eat some cheese and crackers.

Mother’s day. My gift to Lisa is still en route, so some flowers and breakfast had to suffice for the time being. Two years on, she’s the best mom of all time, and I mean that sincerely.

Shredboarding. Super fun early morning session at JB yesterday with Andy and Brian. The Slave Anthony Schultz I’d been skating literally for the last 5 months finally ate it, so had to set up a backup 8.5. Getting feebles on lock.

Cool stuff. Fichus relocation, new shorts, Soulard Market, veggies planted in the back garden, Duane’s 40th at Blind Tiger, lunch with Tom, Thrasher SOTY shirt from my brother, Vans x Star Wars collab vid (featuring Steve Caballero as the skating wookie).

Office space. Sometimes you’ve gotta change it up: some rearranged furniture, fresh artwork, and the addition of some greenery are reviving the feng shui of my work environment.

Friday, May 9, 2014

may ninth

Five for May 9th:

Garden yield. There’s not much planted in our garden yet, but last night we had a salad of spinach and baby Swiss chard, all grown from seed in our backyard. Getting the rest planted hopefully this weekend.

Nature’s helicopters. Those little helicopter leaves fell onto our yard (and neighborhood) by the thousands recently. They're everywhere, and Jane can’t get enough of them. Spent about ten minutes this morning throwing them for her amusement, and she still hadn’t had enough.

Frida’s Deli. Had lunch with Lisa yesterday, my first time to Frida’s and definitely not my last. Superb veggie fare and amazing drinks, plus it’s owned by an old friend. Didn’t hurt that it was amazing outside and we had a great patio seat. A+.

Cool stuff. Zelda’s Temple of Time recreated, donuts at work, Gevalia K-Cups, new issue of Transworld Skateboarding, arctic grape gum, new iPhone power cords.

Weekend. Dinner with Lisa and Jane followed by an old friend’s birthday party tonight, Annie’s graduation tomorrow, Mother’s Day on Sunday, possibly hitting the toy show and throwing in some skating somewhere in there, JB if the weather holds up and Ramp Riders if not.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

may eighth

Five for May 8th:

Chesterfield threatening secession. Don't let the doorknob hit 'ya where the good lord split 'ya, Chesterfield. I'm sure St. Charles county will welcome you and your many miles of soul-sucking retail floodplains with open arms.

Man down. I knew it was only a matter of time before one of Jane’s dolls or stuffed animals ended up hurled into Clifton Park Lake. Yesterday evening, it finally happened.

Kip Winger has forgiven Beavis and Butthead. Good to see this long-standing rivalry has finally come to an amicable close.

Cool stuff. Lunch with Lisa at Frida’s, Vision Jinx reissue in the mail, shower beer, new Powell Caballero graphic and shape, Kill Bill on Netflix Instant, iPhone cleanse, evening drums, Iron Maiden albums from worst to best.

Black Keys at Scottrade Center. It's insane to think that not that long ago this band was playing in the basement at Lemmons for 5 bucks to about 25 drunks.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

may seventh

Five for May 7th:

Bikes. The one bummer about riding in these days is that, with Tom no longer working here, I’m basically stuck in the office once I’m here. Well, not really, but riding somewhere mid-day would be somewhat of a drag. However, the pros still vastly outweigh the cons.

Photo dump. It’s amazing how quickly pictures accumulate on my phone, into the hundreds. Hoping there’s enough room on my thumb drive for the 675+ I’m currently attempting to offload. In related news, we really need to go get some photos printed.

Bocce season. Took Janey to Milo’s last night for some pizza and patio hang-out/bocce watching action. With the exception of a couple of minor bouts of stranger danger, she had a blast.

Cool stuff. Morning parking lot skating, Sons of Anarchy, Desperate Man Blues, Blow’n Up the Spot with Haslam and Raybourn, Husker Du on Spotify, 3000th Instagram photo.

The Misfits. I'm not joking when I say that, had I seen this when I was 17, it would have potentially made me suicidal. Danzig is apparently suing Jerry Only, but the damage is done. Who would have ever thought?

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

may sixth

Five for May 6th:

Anvil. Playing at Fubar on Thursday night, and I really want to go. Why? Because metal on metal is what I crave.

Day 2. Another perfect day for riding in. Yesterday’s ride home was about as nice as they come: warm, but not too hot, and absolutely zero headwind, which makes tackling the long and gradual bike trail up Skinker a lot easier.

Jane’s new room. Moved Jane from her small nursery to her new big bedroom over the weekend, and she loves it. Tons of space to run around, play, and get into whatever she wants, and she’s been sleeping like a log in there thanks to some hastily rigged room-darkening materials.

Cool stuff. ShowerbraĆ¼, the Demo moving to a new space, Mike Anderson freed, Samurai Cop, Posessed to Skate, grapefruit La Croix.

Tonight. Either going to Milo’s for veggie pizza on the patio, taking Jane to the park to collect pinecones, or riding some flatland after she goes to bed. I’d like to say all three, but time is limited.

Monday, May 5, 2014

may fifth

Five for May 5th:

Riding bikes. Perfect weather for a morning ride in today- the first hoodie-free ride so far this year. Gonna be shooting for tomorrow as well, and whatever else I can manage to squeeze in this week.

Skate sesh. Finally made it back out to YAP over the weekend for some bowl skating with Andy, Chris and a few others. That place is rad, but the packs of scooter kids can be somewhat of a bummer. Whatever the case, it ruled.

Taking care of business. Got all 20+ remaining crumbling concrete bricks to the trash, moved two rooms of the house, mowed the lawn, whacked the weeds, and replaced the furnace filters. The things you can do with a kid-free 24 hours.

Cool stuff. Carl’s drive-in, cleaning up the FST, Jane’s new room, wading pool season, garden spinach, Miles Davis on Spotify, The Punk Singer Kathleen Hanna documentary, Tony Hawk Doubles.

Pot Luck. Cinco de Mayo feeding frenzy is happening at work. Tacos, snacks, chips, sides, and even a cooler full of ice-cold Jarritos are sitting mere feet away. Today will be an exercise of willpower.

Friday, May 2, 2014

may second

Five for May 2nd:

Baphometal. The Church of Satan has commissioned a monument to be erected for the front of the Oklahoma statehouse. There is perhaps nothing on earth more metal (and hilarious) than that statue.

20 Eyes. Before the Misfits re-recorded all of "Walk Among Us" for their deal with Ruby Records, they laid down a much slower and more harmony-rich version of “20 Eyes”, which retains the Elvis-y soul-ishness the band had in their Static Age days. Super good.

Shred-sledding. Super fun time at Ramp Riders with Andy last night. With the exception of a few BMX dudes, the place was pretty much ours to skate, and skate we did.

Cool stuff. Iron Maiden Eddie door knocker, cheap and awesome frozen pizza, K-cup re-up, front yard bus-watching with Jane, payday, Kyle Berard 7 Seconds at Svitak’s.

Weekend action. Lisa will be out of town with Jane on Saturday and some of Sunday, so there will be a veritable ton of housework getting done along with a long-overdue skate session at YAP. If I’m able to move following those things, potentially checking out MCF at Cinco de Cherokee, going to the gym, and whatever else.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

may first

Five for May 1st:

Shredding. Beating the cool-ish weather with a session at Ramp Riders tonight and plans for JB or YAP over the weekend once it warms back up. Yez.

Tiny home movement. As someone whom has always been a fan of the idea of small-space/mobilized living, seeing this kind of thing is appealing. However, wouldn’t it be cheaper to just buy an awesome camper/RV?

May. Lots of rad happening this month including Lisa’s birthday, weekend trip to Rocheport, toy show, Midwest Mayhem, Brian Posehn at Firebird, Mother’s Day, Hell Night at Fubar, parties, shows, bike riding, skating, and whatever else. Should be a good one.

Cool stuff. Big progress at the Morganford park, Iron Maiden Best of the Beast, daytime Tecate, lawn mowed, new issue of Thrasher, Rick Scott gets owned.

Morons abound. Wait, are you telling me the things you decide to say in your day-to-day life have consequences DESPITE the government protecting your rights to say them? Astonishing!