Friday, August 29, 2014

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Five for August 29th:

So long, summer. August flew by in the blink of an eye. It seems like just yesterday I was lamenting the end of the awesomeness that was July, and here we are on the cusp of fall- and the month where I officially enter my “late thirties”.

eBay. Time to start getting some stuff listed and out the door. Starting Monday.

Law and order. Ferguson police sued for forty million dollars yesterday for aggressive police tactics and civil rights violations, with two more county cops now out of work for their participation in the aforementioned. Hopefully many more firings, resignations and lawsuits are on the way.

Cool stuff. Original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie on DVD for $5, Ray Barbee “ragdoll” reissue, functioning monitor, steak Vippy’s, Ben Schroeder 7 Seconds at Svitak’s, Wes Kremer Crusty by Nature, morning drumming, popcorn Friday.

Three-day weekend. Plans for the final weekend of summer include Seth and Lindsay’s wedding party, skating JB, riding some flatland, more work on the back deck, more work in the basement, more whatever.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

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Five for August 28th:

Hyperlapse from Instagram. Absolutely going to be a must-have app once I eventually graduate up to IOS7 from the iPhone 4 dark ages.

Breaking Bad. After starting the series probably two years ago- and promptly abandoning it in the wake of having a kid and moving into a new house- we’re finally getting back on the train. How it’s taken us this long is anyone’s guess.

Skewering Ferguson. As they are wont to do, the Onion and John Stewart nail a couple out of the park.

Cool stuff. Terrifying video games, Dan’s Emerald Forest, Ranchito with Tom and Seth, Thursday morning waterfall adventures, egg muffins.

Pigs. If it's any small comfort, they don’t always get away with it.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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Five for August 27th:

O Brother. It was a year ago yesterday that Josh left STL for the Pacific Northwest. Much as I miss the dude, I’m proud of him for deciding to stick it out there despite some pretty heavy-duty setbacks out of the gate. Lesser men would have crawled back licking their wounds, but he soldiered through and made it work

Two-dollar Tuesday. $2 burgers at SoHa followed by a trip to the playground in Clifton Park was a good way to shut down an otherwise uneventful Tuesday.

Time out for fun. Labor day weekend in three days, Gulf Shores in a few weeks. Both cannot come soon enough.

Cool stuff. Jason Jessee Neptune reissue deck plus Jokers Skate Shop stickers, Disposable revisited, dishwasher is fixed, lunchtime roll-around.

Californee way. Events like the Pure Fun zine release party featuring Johnny Rad and attended by- at least- Mike Vallely, Neil Blender, Lance Mountain, Steve Alba, and Corey Miller make me want to pack up everything I own and head west, Beverly Hillbillies-style. Alas.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

august twenty-sixth

Five for August 26th:

Ice bucket challenges. Here’s why I generally dislike them. Here’s why I kinda don’t mind them.

Old Shanghai. Amazing photo gallery of what remains of “Old Shanghai” in the midst of massive modernization.

No New Friends. One of St. Louis’ raddest skaters, Drew Etzkorn, just put out a VX-1000 masterpiece called No New Friends. Fifteen minutes of Midwestern gnar.

Cool stuff. Hell Night t-shirt, the Picturebooks at Halo in September, $27 Sims Flagship II from Seshday, lunch with Tom, attic skate lair overhaul, hide and seek with Jane, 1970’s lunchboxes of schoolyard shame.

Tuesday soundtrack. Bedouin Soundclash, Misfits, Sonic Youth, Meat Puppets, Husker Du, Mushuganas, Pavement.

Monday, August 25, 2014

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Five for August 25th:

Hell Night at Strange Donuts. When you’re playing so loudly outside of a donut shop at 9:30 on a Saturday night that the cops come and shut you down six songs in to your seven-song set, you’re doing something right.

Summer returns. Normally by late August I’d be so accustomed to the 96-degree-but-feels-like-110 weather that I wouldn’t be thinking twice about it. However, the unseasonable cool that has defined the majority of this summer thus far has made the past couple of days seem especially oppressive.

Renovation: Phase II. Started tearing out the top layer of the back deck over the weekend, which, because the screws are rusted and buried deep in the wood, means I have to cut the whole thing out with a tiger saw and pry the remaining pieces out with a crowbar. It is indeed as fun as it sounds.

Cool stuff. Jane at the History Museum, Tom Knox interview, front porch grasshopper, fresh stock of K-cups, Matthias Dandois lost footage, dishwasher repair.

Jordan Hoffart. Probably the sickest Firing Line clip I’ve seen yet, and definitely the longest boardslide that has ever gone down. I still don’t understand why Powell let this dude go. One of the most consistently underrated dudes out there.

Friday, August 22, 2014

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Five for August 22nd:

Neptune lives. Scored one of these limited edition Jason Jessee “Neptune” reissues yesterday before they sold out. I traded my blue dip OG to my friend Mohammed for some shitty blank about 23 years ago and have regretted it every day since.

Late snoozin’. Jane slept till almost 7:30 this morning, which was fortuitous, as I had no idea how I was going to accomplish all my normal morning stuff while simultaneously keeping an eye on her.

Brad McClain Die Hard. “This guy is a wrecking ball on wheels” sums this part up nicely. It’s cool to see some new pros destroying it and getting Powell back on the map.

Cool stuff. Elicia’s pizza, getting paid, Everyday Carry, How to Deal With Friends’ Racist Reactions to Ferguson, epic Simpsons marathon, Iron Maiden Death on the Road, cheesy cheesy pleasy pleasy.

Weekend. Hell Night at Strange Donuts, riding skateboards, tearing apart our back deck, hanging out with the crew. Potential trip to Benton Park Café for breakfast pizza and Bloody Marys.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

august twenty-first

Five for August 21st:

Charity. Gave a buck to a homeless guy standing in the median on the way to work this morning, and didn't even have to dump a bucket of water over my head! Just gave him the money. Can you imagine?

Father/Daughter date. Hanging out with Janey solo tonight. Would a trip to Happy Joe’s be overkill for a 22-month-old?

No clue department. Ferguson- in a move of unparalleled brilliance- hires an all-white PR firm to help them clean up their image.

Cool stuff. Bagels at work, Tilts Dilts on Bandcamp and Cuatro Hombres on Spotify, free jacket, Ranchito with Lisa and Tom, Jake Shimabukuro Life On Four Strings documentary, Jeff Grosso live and let love deck.

Instant oatmeal for lunch. Going to be one of those days.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

august twentieth

Five for August 20th:

Billy Bragg at Royale. Rumors started swirling mid-day yesterday that Billy Bragg would be playing a free, impromptu acoustic patio show that evening at Royale to show solidarity with Ferguson and bring in food donations. It happened.

Deck demolition and reconstruction. Saws, drills, and crowbars at the ready. It’s starting this weekend, weather and back-pain permitting.

I’m Hepp. Precious little of this legendary STL cable access political call-in show- which basically served as a prank-call outlet for high school kids- has been archived online, but some of it has made its way to Youtube. Highly recommended.

Cool stuff. Glen Friedman 9 powerful lessons punk rock teaches you, SCS 2014 fall catalog, citizen journalism, Ban This, Red Hot Riplets.

Birdhouse tour video. Footage of the Birdhouse crew skating Kingshighway DIY and Plan Nine begins around 3:50, but the whole video is worth a watch.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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Five for August 19th:

Quote of the week. “Nothing rings the chimes of mortality like realizing you're the same age Steven Tyler was when he recorded ‘Love in an Elevator". –Jason Toon

Old and busted. If I can make it through one day without popping at least two Advil, I’d consider it a small victory.

Holy crap. Turn any Youtube video into a GIF by just adding “GIF” to the URL.

Cool stuff. New issue of The Skateboard Mag, Kill the Kool art show retrospective, Charles De Mar is alive and well in Indiana, American Juggalo, the Outlaw Instagrammers of NYC, John Oliver on Ferguson.

Tuesday soundtrack. Hot Lunch, Melvins, Buzzcocks, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Hellacopters, Dead Moon, Torche.

Monday, August 18, 2014

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Five for August 18th:

Southwest Diner. At some point, I’ll get something other than the fiery scramble with sopapillas. When that will be, I have no idea, but I’m sure it’ll happen sometime. Or not.

All Creedence, all morning. Another weekend of civil unrest in my hometown has put me in a mood for some classic John Fogerty. Looks like we’re in for nasty weather.

Homeage. A rainy, mostly-stay-at-home weekend meant getting a ton of stuff done around the house; including a huge clean up of the basement (filled up five gigantic contractor bags with crap) and a much-needed reorganization of our walk-in closet.

Cool stuff. New hoodie, upcoming afternoon roll-around, stuffed pepper soup, Dexter, fresh haircut, Jilly’s cupcakes for mom’s birthday, listening to Jane sing, Hot Lunch She Wants More video.

R.I.P. Jay Adams. “You didn’t quit skateboarding because you got old; you got old because you quit skateboarding”. One of my favorite quotes from anyone, ever.

Friday, August 15, 2014

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Five for August 15th:

Ferguson. Take solace in the fact that the Ferguson Police are a worldwide laughingstock right now. They tried to play army with all their camouflage gear and sniper rifles. They tried to make up their own rules and brutalize people into submission, thinking that they could get away with it, or that no one would notice, or that those that did notice would surely be too scared to retaliate. Their tactic failed. It is being mocked relentlessly by veterans and actual members of the military- which is great- but more than that, what happened in Ferguson paints a stark picture of what happens when you try to militarize a police force to get results: it does nothing, accomplishes nothing, and proves that the citizenry won't stand for it. It will never work. The police state tactic failed, unsurprisingly, after just a few nights. What works? ONE MAN in a leadership role, showing compassion and empathy toward a community that needed only that to begin with.

Dusk sesh. Met up with Andy last night for an impromptu evening skate at JB for an hour or so before the sun went down. Radness occurred, as it usually does. Two parks in two days makes for a sore morning.

Basement. Next big home project: get down there and give it a thorough cleaning and straightening-up. Tons of stuff to throw out and get rid of. It’s bumming me out, so it’s time to get it done.

Cool stuff. Mom's birthday tomorrow (happy birthday!), pre-work/school waterfall visit, Showerbrau, buying toys for Jane, Advil, boards with shapes, Per Welinder DIY coffee mug, lunch at Chubbies.

Weekendishness. Another week flew by at the speed of sound. Not much on the books for the weekend, which is ok by me. I could use an obligation-free couple of days.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

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Five for August 14th:

Skating rules. Super fun session at Westhoff Park yesterday evening (first time there) followed by some curb skating and then the Birdhouse demo at Plan Nine, where I got to meet some legends and see some next-level ripping.

Local music vids. Middle Class Fashion released their video for “Wanted” on Tuesday, and Sleepy Kitty dropped their “Don’t You Start” video yesterday via NPR. I have some pretty talented friends.

Cementland. The late, great Bob Cassilly’s unfinished cement playground masterpiece is rotting away on the north side. Here are tons of photos as it sits today.

Cool stuff. Taking Janey to the playground, SNFU on Spotify, awesome neighbors, BLTs, Epicly Later’d, Bryan Sutter RFT cover.

Ferguson. I try to keep this blog pretty light-hearted and don’t like to descend into the negative/too-serious, but the situation in Ferguson is so fucked that it can’t be ignored. Who polices corrupt pigs? Is this what we’re stuck with, post-Patriot Act? If so, get me the hell out of here.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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Five for August 13th:

Birdhouse summer tour. The demo of the century is happening tonight at Plan Nine: Tony Hawk, Ben Raybourn, Jaws, Kevin Staab, Clint Walker, Willy Santos, and more. If you live in STL and skate, you would be a fool to miss it.

Taj Mahal. Indian is the only buffet-style food I like, and this new spot in the Loop delivers the goods. Their palak paneer and tikka masala was as good as any I’ve ever had. You can do a lot worse for nine bucks. Bonus: they offer buffet takeout.

Clayton protest pictures. Bryan Sutter, who shot tons of Blind Eyes photos over the years, made it down to Clayton yesterday to document the protest rally at the county prosecutor’s office. He ended up with what I believe is some of his best work ever.

Cool stuff. Ralph Fournier house for sale in Chesterfield, Westhoff sesh, 66-degree morning, fresh Assault “Smelly Curb” setup, Winking Owl, backyard tomato haul.

Zoo portraiture. I’ve got to admit, the guy did a fine job of capturing Janey in all her tousled goofiness.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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Five for August 12th:

Staying busy. One of our craziest times of the year is happening right now. Good for the wallet, and the crush of business definitely makes the workdays fly by. Unfortunately by around 3 pm, my brain is completely fried.

Bad news. Yesterday was one of the most bummer-filled, depressing news days I can recall in my lifetime. Sometimes it genuinely feels like this world is going to shit. Then I get home, take my kid to the playground and read her favorite books to her before bed, and remember that it’s not all terrible.

Lunch date. Meeting Lisa to check out a new Indian place in the Loop. This does not bode well for afternoon productivity.

Cool stuff. Amazing weather continues, new Thrasher t-shirt in the mail, morning roll-around, turkey bacon & egg breakfast sandwich, credit card paid off, Boom Chicka Pop.

Tuesday tuneage. Humble Pie, Deep Purple, GBH, Cream, Danzig, the Who, Bad Religion.

Monday, August 11, 2014

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Five for August 11th:

Russell’s on Macklind. At $30+ for breakfast for two people, it has priced itself out of being someplace we’d consider going even somewhat regularly, but their food, coffee, and patio is pretty much unbeatable. I could live on their fried egg sandwich alone.

Skate stuffs. Couple of fun JB sessions over the weekend, some fresh wood courtesy of the latest Josh order, heavy-hitter Birdhouse demo at Plan Nine on Wednesday featuring Tony Hawk, Raybourn, Staab, Santos, Clint Walker, Jaws, and more.

Around the house. Weeds whacked, lawn mowed, closets organized, dog medicated, furnace filters changed.

Cool stuff. Janey art at my desk, Joan Jett tribute show at Gramophone, Whole Foods pizza, cousin BFFs, Chubbies reopened, Summer Shandy 12-pack, koozie stash located.

Ferguson riots. Front-page news on CNN today. Footage from last night is pretty insane and difficult to watch, and it’s crazy to think it’s all happening here in STL.

Friday, August 8, 2014

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Five for August 8th:

Super Mario 64. I remember playing it for the first time at a kiosk in Toys R Us right when it came out, and it absolutely blew my mind. Almost 20 years later, the game still rules, and people are still uncovering secrets buried within it.

Forest Park. The drive through on the way to school is a feast for the eyes for Jane. Highlights include the giant butterfly, “horse statue”, the metal tree, the waterfall, the fountain, and any and all visible flowers.

Off-street parking. Having the ability to now park both of our cars behind the house on an actual driveway is awesome. The next-best thing to having a garage.

Cool stuff. New issue of Transworld Skateboarding, Ranchito with Tom, Dogtown & Z-Boys, pumpkin bread, Hell Night EPs on Bandcamp, Chrome Ball TC interview.

Weekend. Hanging out with Lisa and Jane, Joan Jett tribute show at Gramophone, skate sesh plus Josh-order pickup Sunday, mom visiting, lawn mowing, coffee drinking.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

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Five for August 7th:

Best of the Beast. All Maiden, all day in honor of Bruce Dickinson’s birthday. In fairness, I was probably going to do that anyway.

Weird Al Super Bowl halftime petition. Where do I sign? And can I do it more than once?

Sticker haul. Swung by Future Sk8 yesterday to pick up some free STL Skate Cartel stickers, and walked out with a pile of Thrasher, Independent, and Dogtown decals on top of it. So it goes.

Cool stuff. Bake & Destroy, 7 reasons the world isn’t totally screwed, Major League on Netflix, GTA IV revisited, the phenomenon of eggs on burgers, tattoo ideas.

Seafood. Last night was crab legs and cheesy biscuits; courtesy of two gift cards we had sitting collecting dust for a year. Naturally, Jane could not get enough of the lobster tank and we had to take her back for multiple views.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

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Five for August 6th:

Freshly shorn. For me, a beard has a shelf life of about 2-3 weeks where it looks good. After that, the scraggliness sets in, and you have to start worrying about grooming it. That’s where I get off the train. After about 3 days now, Jane still believes my beard to be “lost” somewhere in the house, and she is determined to find it.

Jordan Sanchez Some Things. One of the gnarliest and most creative skateboarding parts ever. The Natas-spin to kickflip ender is absolutely bananas. Watch it.

Amendment 1. I don’t really like to talk politics on here too much, but man. Missourians really can be just the biggest bunch of willfully ignorant, dumb-as-horseshit people on the face of this planet sometimes.

Cool stuff. Iron Maiden Death on the Road, dark chocolate in the freezer, new Everyday Tyson, Per Welinder reissue coming this month, dinner frittatas.

Radio purgatory. How many times does one need to thumbs-down "Cherub Rock" by Smashing Pumpkins on Spotify radio before it stops coming back to haunt you? Anyone know a cheat code?

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

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Five for August 5th:

Ice cream Monday. True love is sharing a blueberry sundae with your baby girl and not caring whatsoever whether or not you catch her cold as a result (you will).

Voting. Left a little early this morning to go vote. There was absolutely no line, and I was in and out in five minutes. It’s important. Go do it.

Rain, rain. For months, it was the bane of my existence. Then it went away and became my best friend. Now, it is thankfully back for a few days to give our lawn, plants, and park some much-needed refreshment.

Cool stuff. New issue of Thrasher, shout-out in Andy’s Eleven Magazine interview, tray of muffins at work, Simpsons World, scenes from a 1993 JC Penney catalog.

Tuesday tuneage. Faith No More, Bad Brains, Rites of Spring, Minutemen, Melvins, the Germs, Red Fang, Mudhoney.

Monday, August 4, 2014

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Five for August 4th:

Movie night. We weren’t sure if there would be ten people or a hundred, but at the end of the night more than 250 people showed up for the first ever Clifton Park movie night on Saturday. Beyond proud of (and inspired by) Lisa for the amount of work she put into making this event happen and be successful beyond anyone’s expectations.

Backyardage. A small patch of our property on the east side of our yard- where just last week stood a tangled thicket of trees, weeds, and overgrowth- has now been completely cleared, weeded, bagged, and mulched over. As a bonus, Jane can now see the neighbors’ chicken coop.

Soulard Coffee Garden. Awesome coffee (obviously) and killer eggs benedict. That place needs to get back on our normal breakfast radar again. Plus, one of the best patios in the city for outdoor dining.

Cool stuff. Sara and Bob in town, found a pair of lost sunglasses, Iron Maiden bootleg deck, new pair of rails, fresh contacts, getting my bathroom back, playing with Jane at the park, Saturday skate session at JB, Stay Gold.

Seth and Lindsay. Congrats to my good friend, ex-bandmate, and current co-worker on tying the knot last week. Chili potluck at work today to celebrate.

Friday, August 1, 2014

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Five for August 1st:

Contacts. Time for a new pair. I’ve had these going since April 23rd. They’re actually still feeling pretty decent, but 3+ months is a good, long run. Switching them out tonight.

Mornings with Jane. Got her up, read some books, watched Curious George, made a tent, gave her a piggyback ride, played “baby in a bundle” (a game we invented), and got her to school. Somewhere in there I managed to get myself dressed.

Bones Brigade reissues. The fourth run of “limited” Bones Brigade decks are out now, although I’m a little hesitant to call them limited since this is the fourth colorway for these decks that they’ve been churning out consistently for two years now. There’s certainly no shortage of these out there. Still pretty badass.

Cool stuff. Friday, Janey swim lessons, tax-free weekend, Don Gardner on Spotify, Stitched Corner Shop, peanut butter pretzels, 16-foot wall ride.

Weekend. Busy one coming up. Getting mom home from rehab, Sara in town to visit, Back to the Future Clifton Park movie night, Shame Club at Firebird, mowing the lawn, skateboarding, and whatever else gets thrown in. Should be a fun one.