Monday, June 30, 2014

june thirtieth

Five for June 30th:

4-day week. Always a good thing. Kicking it off with some coffee, a lunch trip to Mi Ranchito with Tom, and possibly an evening solo sesh at JB if the weather holds up.

Game changer. Got a battery-powered weed whacker this weekend for a late Father’s Day gift. I know that doesn’t sound exciting, but the fact that I’ll never again have to unravel 100 feet of extension cord to trim my lawn is the stuff of dreams.

Family grubbing. Pad Thai and yellow curry at King & I, fiery scrambles and cornmeal pancakes at Southwest Diner, amd Janes’ favorite- frozen yogurt at Yo My Goodness.

Cool stuff. Our second Coffee in the Park, weekend skateboarding, my favorite Pridefest parade-goers, jar of homemade salsa, amazing Peter Rowe documentary, Super Mario Bros. 5 minute speed run.

Fuck the following. The Supreme Court, organized religion, and Hobby Lobby. In no particular order.

Friday, June 27, 2014

june twenty-seventh

Five for June 27th:

Being a dad. What did we do before we had Jane? The last 24 hours have included two playgrounds, footraces through the house, animal sightseeing, a stop at the waterfall, a walk to the park, and dinner at Steak n’ Shake. And much more. Dadhood rules.

Backyard project. A call to the paving company confirms we’re still next up for the big driveway excavation and rebuild, but unfortunately the off-and-on rain over the last month has saturated the ground to a point where we really can’t start until we have a good spell of dry weather. Hopefully in the next week or two, it’ll happen at long last.

The end of "CCS". I’ll always call it California Cheap Skates, and remember back to the good old days before it became the lamest mall-brand imaginable and you counted the days till the next catalog came.

Cool stuff. Paid off the credit card, new box of K-cups, midday boardslides, STL embracing change for the better, easy-mac, Transportation Unit “Heated Wheel” deck, time capsule ranch house for sale, Jenkem Mag.

Friday. At long last. This weekend will be pretty chill: possibly checking out a camper tomorrow, Seth & Lindsay party, buying a weedwhacker, breakfast pizza, riding skateboards, and hanging out with the family. Back Monday.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

june twenty-sixth

Five for June 26th:

Lemmons. Found out last night that this south city institution is closing its doors this weekend. I played (and saw) tons of shows there over the years, and their pizza was top-notch. One of those places you just always assume will be there. Definite bummer.

Brush with fame. If nothing else, this week is very likely the first and last time my name will appear right above James Taylor's on a skatepark petition. Yes- the James Taylor.

Equal rights for all. Four gay marriages were performed last night in Mayor Slay’s office, directly challenging Missouri’s ten-year-old ban. Proud of my city this morning.

Cool stuff. Two boxes of donuts at work, fresh setup lunch cruisin’, killer sunset last night, zucchini cakes, my little skate rat, black dip Santa Cruz Jeff Grosso toybox reissue.

Jane’s fun facts. Driving in this morning, I was informed that on his farm, Old MacDonald had an oink truck and a french fry.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

june twenty-fifth

Five for June 25th:

Riding. Back on the bike this morning. Got an early start and stopped at Starbucks for some coffee on the patio on the way in. Cool temps, low humidity, and the Ferguson bridge has finally (partially) reopened, which rules. I’d had enough of detouring a quarter-mile through that neighborhood to go 1/10th of a city block.

Modern art. If nothing else, yesterday has made me aware of a Ted McGinley jigsaw puzzle that not only exists- which is amazing enough- but that someone took the time to complete and have professionally framed. Thanks, life.

SoHa. Awesome two-dollar burgers and Rolling Rocks on Tuesdays, and a three-minute walk from our house. Plus, Jane likes it. Living in the city can’t be beat.

Cool stuff. Chris Sessions photo retrospective, J-Church on Spotify, James Taylor at Future Sk8 (?), riding light, front-yard goofing with Jane.

RIP Shogo Kubo. The skate world is bumming hard this morning with the news of the passing of one of the original Z-Boys, Shogo Kubo. Nice tribute by Glen E. Friedman and another from Thrasher.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

june twenty-fourth

Five for June 24th:

Fireworks. With 4th of July festivities happening on Art Hill this year, we’re fairly certain that the fireworks display will be easily viewable from our front porch. Who wants to come over?

Lesson learned. Waking Jane up from a nap? Bad idea.

Spanish Lake. The small north county town where Lisa lived when I first met her at age 15 is now the subject of a documentary about massive white flight and urban decay, which will be at the Tivoli for another week. Definitely want to try to go see it.

Cool stuff. Long-awaited new issue of Juice magazine and sticker haul from Future Sk8, Tilts/Kingpin mashup video, Puffins cereal, mowing the lawn barefoot, Jenkem mag Marc Johnson interview, The Last Motorcycle Graveyard, King Diamond in STL.

Tuesday tuneage. Motorhead, Gaunt, Led Zeppelin, ALL, Justice, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Black Sabbath.

Monday, June 23, 2014

june twenty-third

Five for June 23rd:

Crow’s Nest. The scene of drinks with Scott on Friday night (where I finally got a chance to check out some Trooper ale) and again for the Metal Brunch with Jane and Lisa on Sunday morning. Definitely on of the coolest spots in town.

Go Skateboarding Day. Despite the searing humidity, the whole crew was out at JB bright and early Saturday morning throwing down. Met some cool new people and got a couple hours in before I had to call it a day.

Janey. Hard to believe this goof will be turning two in a few months. Actually, it’s not that hard to believe- she’s already running circles around me.

Cool stuff. Maiden Killers 81 tour shirt, ba.ku x Osaka Daggers in Japan video, Messy Nessy Chic, sundown session on the 1031 Bill Danforth, hot-tubbing, ice cream Sundays.

The country. I don’t do well in the middle of nowhere. The very rare occasions that I find myself on some narrow, winding road in the dead of night with the rain pouring surrounded by nothing but pitch-black fields really makes me appreciate city living that much more.

Friday, June 20, 2014

june twentieth

Five for June 20th:

The joys of home ownership. $259 and less than ten minutes worth of labor later, our bathroom shower drain is finally working like it should be. It has been getting progressively worse, to the point that it was taking 15 minutes to drain out after a shower. Well worth it.

Old school Clifton Heights. Lisa, in a meeting yesterday with a guy who grew up in our neighborhood in the 70s, confirmed my long-held suspicion that this small house on our street was once a business. It was apparently a little mom and pop grocery store back then. Too bad it isn't anymore.

Santa Cruz. The rumors were true: the Claus Grabke “Exploding Clock” deck will indeed be coming out in late fall, along with the Jeff Kendall “Atom Man” and the Bod Boyle “Sick Cat”. Pretty killer.

Cool stuff. GTAV progress, Bruce Dickinson interview, 12-pack of Ski at work, new issue of The Skateboard Mag, Chris Russell On the Spot video, Janey ruling the playground.

Weekend madness. Drinks at Crow’s Nest with Scott tonight, JB sesh for Go Skateboarding Day tomorrow morning followed by a wedding in the evening, hanging out with Jane, mowing the lawn, and whatever else comes along.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

june nineteenth

Five for June 19th:

The heat is on. As much as I infinitely prefer summer heat to winter chill, the stifling humidity came on like a tidal wave this week, which is kind of a bummer for simple things like walking to the park after work.

Thursday mornings. Jane and I continued our Thursday morning Forest Park adventures today with a stop outside the Art Museum to take in the majesty of the “horse statue” and check out the STL 250 cake. Tomorrow: waterfall revisited.

Black Label. They continue to churn out the coolest stuff in the industry. In addition to the Beer Savage Luceros I linked to yesterday, they just posted pictures of the new series of Vulture Curb Club decks they’re rolling out. So awesome.

Cool stuff. Netflix app update, potluck leftovers, lunch cruising, 2015 catalogs, new smoke detectors installed, railin’ up the Rip Saw, minivan shopping, Chuck Berry’s single-paragraph Jet Lag record reviews.

Morning tunes. Jawbreaker, Miles Davis, Band of Horses, Cerebral Ballzy, the Faction, Black Flag, the Donnas.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

june eighteenth

Five for June 18th:

Bridge Life: the Story of KHVT. Very cool article with tons of photos detailing the rise of the soon-to-be-extinct Kingshighway DIY park.

Potluck. Another one going down at the office today. There’s a giant crock-pot of pulled pork simmering behind me that smells so good I can barely concentrate.

Garage sale score. My brother sent me a pic of a pristine early 80’s GT Mach One BMX bike that some dude picked up for cheap at a garage sale and brought in to get worked on. This is the kind of thing I dream of finding, but of course never do.

Cool stuff. Iron Maiden Killer Tour shirt, impromptu lunch with Lisa at Ranchito, Starbucks K-cups, new Black Label/Beer Savage Lucero decks, CBI Kris Markovich interview, coming home to this scene on the front porch.

Go Skateboarding Day. This Saturday. Planning on an early trip to JB to take advantage before more adult obligations kick in.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

june seventeenth

Five for June 17th:

Night moves. Yesterday evening included carne asada, a walk to the park, putting Janey to bed, a quick 40 minute solo sesh at JB as the sun went down, and a couple of episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia before calling it a night. Not bad for a Monday.

Ancient Earth. Some Harvard scientists believe there is an ancient Earth hidden inside the Earth. Sorry guys, but I'm fairly certain that HP Lovecraft and his team at Miskatonic University already made this discovery sometime in the early 30's.

Playing drums. One thing I miss about being in a band is playing actual, loud drums. Electronic drums are fun and definitely give me my fix, but man. I just want to bash some real shit. It’s been too long.

Cool stuff. Blueberry toaster waffles, Nude Bowl Return, Powell Peralta “casket” deck (with some rad new VCJ artwork), arugala.

Clickhole. The Onion continues to be the best thing on the Internet with their new Buzzfeed/clickbait parody site. If you haven’t seen it yet, you’re missing out.

Monday, June 16, 2014

june sixteenth

Five for June 16th:

Cap & Gown Ball. My third time attending this event, and my first going with Lisa as a civilian. Good times, good food, good cause, and free drinks. It’s not often I get to mingle with STL’s upper-crust, but it's always a good time.

Around the house. Downstairs AC problem solved, lawn mowed, new smoke detectors ordered, Roto Rooter scheduled, new flowerbeds planted.

Father’s day #2. Included coffee and a slinger at Chris’ Pancakes, a painted rock from Jane, a bag of peanut butter cookies, and spending some time hanging out with various sides of the family. What else do you need?

Cool stuff. Jane’s monogrammed luggage, Mark McKee + Cliché “Last Supper” deck, Saturday early sesh at JB, making new friends, Des Peres Trader Joe’s, lunch with Tom, banana bread at work.

Backyard garden 2014. Lisa has done an amazing job on it this year. Swiss chard, four kinds of tomatoes, cantaloupe, butternut squash, basil, oregano, and rosemary.

Friday, June 13, 2014

june thirteenth

Five for June 13th:

Morning ride. Finally got back on my bike for a ride in to work today following a good two weeks of nothing. Couldn’t ask for nicer weather than this morning: warm sun, cool air, and almost no headwind. Felt great.

Go skate or go home. Squeezed in a quick twenty minute lunch sesh down in the Loop yesterday, and plans for some morning thrashery at JB are in place for tomorrow morning. Got to take advantage before the rains come back.

Keurig love. Gone are the days of the off-brand Folgers from the carafe and the (admittedly decent) Starbucks Vias. Having access to good, and in some cases great coffee at work has been a total game-changer.

Cool stuff. Getting paid, dinner date with Jane, Lance Mountain 50th birthday tribute video, new Tilts tune, Jacob Rosenberg raw footage on Instagram (look it up), vanilla milkshakes.

Friday the 13th. Another Friday got here before I could blink. Busy weekend ahead: Cap & Gown Ball downtown tomorrow night followed potentially by either Thee Fine Lines or Hell Night, Father’s day stuff Sunday, hanging with the family, housework, and whatever else comes along. Seeya out there.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

june twelfth

Five for June 12th:

Reissues. Word on the street is the Claus Grabke “Exploding Clock” deck is on its way to the reissue world. Definitely getting one- providing, of course, this isn’t some BS run of 250 decks that sells out in 15 seconds. One of the best graphics and shapes ever.

Dentist. After two plus years- and more coffee and junk food than I can even remember- I went in expecting the worst. However, all was well: no cavities, and the cleaning was relatively painless. Still have to make an appointment to get my upper wisdom teeth yanked, which is also long overdue, but aside from that, the chompers are good.

Waterfallin’. Stopping on Thursday mornings to check out the waterfall in Forest Park is quickly becoming an awesome tradition- one that I will gladly continue for as long as Jane wants to.

Cool stuff. Midday Loop cruising, French toast for dinner, urban wildlife photography, Cold Slither, Maiden England 2012 tour shirt, Skate Vietnam.

Moving on up. In addition to Seth now sitting next to me in the sales department, just found out another good friend got a promotion to a better gig here as well. It’s cool to see good people getting opportunities to move up the ladder.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

june eleventh

Five for June 11th:

Seoul Taco. Another week, another steak burrito from Seoul Taco. Literally the best burrito I have ever eaten. I’m a complete addict and would probably get one every day if it were an option. Lisa is on the same page.

No rides. It’s been forever since I’ve been able to ride my bike in to work, and it’s driving me crazy, because the weather- aside from all the rain- has been phenomenal. Such a waste. Before long it’ll be a boiling cauldron of humidity.

RFT Music Awards. Looks like many good friends won awards last night, which is awesome. Weird to think it was a year ago that we were up there accepting what would be our last one. Time flies, but the music scene in STL has been and continues to be a great one.

Cool stuff. 2015 Legend of Zelda, lunch cruising, the joys of PB&J, Jane sitting on my lap and eating all my cereal, the case for city living, the new south city skatepark on the news.

Dentistry. Tonight’s the night, after a hiatus of nearly two years. How did that happen? Oh yeah, I had a kid and basically forgot to do it.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

june tenth

Five for June 10th:

Precipitation blues. Entering day 200 of rain (or at least the threat thereof). At this point I’m fairly certain our driveway won’t be done until November 2016.

Allroy Saves. ALL’s full set from Punk Rock Bowling 2014 is online. They sound as good as ever. It may be wishful thinking to hope for a proper ALL show (or tour) to ever happen again outside of a festival setting, but if it does, I’ll be there.

Park movie night. Super proud of Lisa and her FOCP team for organizing the first ever Clifton Park movie night. The polls are closed, and the votes are in: Back to the Future, August 2nd, 8:00. Mark your calendars.

Cool stuff. New issue of Transworld Skateboarding, The Making of Ghostbusters, free bag of Hershey’s Kisses, the return of Bill Watterson, kalamata olives on pizza, Think Before You Share, morning drums.

Tuesday tuneage. Mushuganas, Descendents, Faith No More, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Bad Religion, the Smiths, Iron Maiden.

Monday, June 9, 2014

june ninth

Five for June 9th:

My favorite mug on a mug. Who would have thought that two of the things I love the most could be combined in such a phenomenal way? This early father’s day present from Lisa is one of the best gifts I’ve ever received.

Riding that train. Jane is all about trains these days, so in addition to a weekend trip to the Museum of Transportation to see (and ride) them, I built her a train set in the attic so she could get her train fix at home. What can I tell you- I’m a pushover.

Rad spring. Rain notwithstanding; the weather lately has been nothing short of amazing. Yesterday all the way into this morning was refreshingly cool, which meant easy lawn work and some dusk porch-hangouts.

Cool stuff. Wayne’s World on Netflix, Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat, insane Tim Knoll BMX video, Jane going down the big slide at the park by herself, bruschetta dogs, Sunday gelato.

Skating rules. Got to JB super early on Saturday for a solo session for a bit. Had the whole place to myself, which is awesome (and rare). The setup I have right now (Black Label Riky Barnes with some new Independent 149s and generic 54’s) is crushing.

Friday, June 6, 2014

june sixth

Five for June 6th:

Campcellation. Our planned camping trip to Eureka Springs this weekend has been postponed due to a 100% chance of rain both days with potential for flash flooding. Definitely a bummer, but hopefully we can revisit the idea later in the summer.

Dusk sesh. Skating in the evening is the best: small crowds, not getting baked by the sun, and, since she’s already asleep, I don’t feel like I’m missing any crucial Jane time. JB last night was a total win. Mild temperatures, good dudes, and slick coping.

X-Games. It's foolish to actually waste time thinking about stuff like this, but still; seeing all these photos and insta-videos of these huge, perfect X-Games ramps adorned with scoreboards and glistening Ford and Navy banners never fails to bum me out. It just doesn’t get any lamer than that.

Cool stuff. Almond milk tea with boba, Gulf Wax, new Indys are killing it, President Obama was Right, lunch at Seoul Taco with Seth, Iron Maiden 12 Wasted Years on Youtube.

Friday. What’s happening this weekend? With the camping trip out the window, the sky’s the limit. Weather permitting: parks, public pools, skateboarding, lawn care. Who knows? Seeya out there.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

june fifth

Five for June 5th:

Forest Park. A good chunk of my morning commute every day- either by bike or by car- is through Forest Park. In addition to low/no traffic, it’s probably the most scenic city drive there is, with plenty of places to stop and goof around if the mood strikes.

Instagram. Rolled out a new update with ten new photo-editing tools last night. Some are definitely more useful than others. The real trick will be to try to keep from getting carried away. Sometimes less is more.

Rock n’ roll. The Bureau, despite not being an actual functioning band for years now, played last night like they’d never even taken a day off. Fubar has some amazing shows coming up including Braid, Zero Boys, and 7 Seconds. May have to attend one or all.

Cool stuff. Camping prep, lunch skating (weather permitting), the fake rooftop towns of WWII, zucchini cakes, Vox Lockdowns, Chrome Ball Incident Frankie Hill interview.

Dentist appointment. Happening next week after putting it off for way too long. I don’t know how I fell off the schedule of regular dental checkups but I shan’t let it happen again.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

june fourth

Five for June 4th:

Tent test. Finally got in a trial-run backward setup of our new tent last night. Always good to work out any kinks ahead of time. The verdict: way bigger than our last one, with plenty of room for Jane’s pack & play and a queen size air mattress, and tall enough to stand in. Upcoming camping trip will be that much better.

El Gordo’s Revenge. Dug up a CD of the entire Action Packed session, which features two songs that didn’t make the record. Fun stuff. It’d be cool to mix them properly and put them online for free. They’re way better than I remember them.

Catching up. Had separate- and weirdly coincidental text message conversations this morning with three old friends I hardly ever talk to anymore, including the inimitable Craig Anarchy, who is one of the best dudes ever.

Cool stuff. The Assault Video, walking to SoHa for dinner with Jane and Lisa, STL Ikea, abandoned American cities, Mushuganas Aimed Wrong, Rolling Rock in cans, Thrasher sticker sheet.

Tonight. Heading to Fubar to see the Bureau do a reunion gig. One of my favorite STL bands that I didn’t discover till it was almost too late. Be there.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

june third

Five for June 3rd:

Everyday Tyson. After a week of not posting anything, I threw some new stuff up there yesterday and have a few more cooking. Not something that will be happening daily but I’ll keep it going as long as people keep digging it.

Assault video. Assault skateboards, of course. New video premiers tomorrow on Lowcard and features a ton of heavy hitters including the one and only Donger of H-Street fame. Can’t wait to see it.

Star Warts. Nothing quite illustrates how fully lame the Star Wars franchise became over the last decade plus than all of these reports from people shitting themselves because they're apparently using actual props and sets for this film and not just green-screening everything.

Cool stuff. Jenkem Mark McKee interview, new Neil Hendrix vert part, lunch with Tom at Ranchito, morning curb sesh, the Godzilla of Earths, new (used) Maiden Piece of Mind shirt.

Water baby. Jane has been on a huge water kick right now, which is perfect given the temperatures outside. Her wading pool has been in heavy use for the last few days, and she has enjoyed a couple of trips to the splash fountain at Tower Grove Park.

Monday, June 2, 2014

june second

Five for June 2nd:

June. May totally blasted by. June is going to be a good one: family camping trip with friends, some killer shows to go to, Father’s Day, and a couple of road trips for some various events.

No rain. Entering week two of every weather report and app forecasting rain every day that never seems to come, besides a few sprinkles here and there. Normally I wouldn’t care, but it’s putting a hold on bike commuting and driveway demolition.

Skate sessions. Was able to get in two awesome mornings at JB over the weekend. Followed up yesterday’s session with a trip to Infinity with Chris and Andy to take advantage of their 15th anniversary sale, where I snagged a new pair of 149s. Boom.

Cool stuff. New issue of Thrasher, backyard waterslide for Jane, Brian Posehn at Firebird, Joey B’s, Donald Sterling is Master Shake, Game Oldies, Infinity koozie, crushing GTA V.

Friends of Clifton Park. Lisa just started their official Facebook page on Saturday and it’s already at over 200 “likes”. Go vote on a movie for our first-ever neighborhood movie night!