Tuesday, September 30, 2014

september thirtieth

Five for September 30th:

September highlights. This month was a great one. Hung out with Claus Grabke at Halo Bar, spent seven days on the beach in Gulf Shores with Jane and Lisa, turned 37, built a deck, caught up with some old friends, and had some killer skate and BMX sessions- all in consistently awesome weather.

Cardinals in the playoffs. I think this town would effectively shut down and people would lose their collective minds if there was ever a playoff-free October in St. Louis.

Every Led Zeppelin song ranked. Obviously this is all subjective, but come on: Over the Hills and Far Away at number one? I don't think so. Still a good read despite the fact The Rover, The Ocean and Houses of the Holy aren't even in the top ten.

Cool stuff. Einstein’s autumn roast, free Powell stickers, peanut butter pretzels, office Godzilla, lunch skating, Curious George with Jane, windows open.

Tuesday soundtrack. Ted Leo, Tilts, Broncho, Aerosmith, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, the Minibosses, Pentagram.

Monday, September 29, 2014

september twenty-ninth

Five for September 29th:

Decked out. Six truckloads of lumber, three boxes of deck screws, and two (nearly) full days of labor later and we have made some massive progress on the back deck. The expansion and extension are framed and the majority of the floor is down. It’s almost like having a whole new room on the house. Can’t wait to get it done.

Ello. I am not going to beg for an invite, but I will take one if anyone has one available. Related: what does ethical social networking software look like? Hopefully we are all about to find out.

Yard sale scores. 2004 GT Performer BMX, mid-90’s Powell-Peralta Lance Conklin with Indys and Bones wheels, MIB Vision high-tops.

Cool stuff. Jon Hardy record release show, seeing old friends, veggie breakfast tacos, Sunday solo sesh at JB, Jon Stewart decimates Fox News, free clip-on tuner.

Party in the Park. I was so wiped out on Saturday from a day of hard labor that I barely got to enjoy it before I gave up and retreated to the couch, but if nothing else, Jane had a great time.

Friday, September 26, 2014

september twenty-sixth

Five for September 26th:

Photo dumping. I don’t know how it didn’t dawn on me sooner to just keep a thumb drive at my desk at work and offload new photos to it every couple of days. It takes all of two minutes and keeps my iPhone clutter-free and full of storage space.

You must grip it. Gripping decks used to be the thing I hated most about setting up a new boards and I would always just have the shop do it because I was so terrible at it. Now, however, I’ve gotten rather good at it and it has become my favorite part. The secret is all in having a decent, sharp blade. If it’s dull, it’s a dud.

Bill and Ted in their forties. Who on the planet earth wants this? That said, I’ll probably go see it.

Cool stuff. 2003 GT Performer, French Press revisited, new SD/1 Studio Dome portable speaker, South Bank saved, Curious George with Jane, Honey Nut Cheerios, fresh-groomed Schnoodle, CSFU.

Weekend action. Mega busy weekend coming up. Jon Hardy’s album release tonight at Off Broadway (Seth is sitting in on the whole set), back-deck work and Clifton Heights party in the park with Jane and Lisa tomorrow, toy show with Greg on Sunday and a possible trip to my mom’s. Skating and other distractions in there wherever I can find room.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

september twenty-fifth

Five for September 25th:

Posthumous recognition. Yesterday the Blind Eyes were named “Best Band to Die in the Last 12 Months” in the RFT “Best of St. Louis” awards. Pretty cool to know people are still thinking about us.

Audio gear. My company is distributing a new line of Bluetooth-equipped mixing speakers starting today, and of course we all got free samples. Listening to music at my desk is now a wholly different experience, especially compared to the speakers I had been using, which were literally purchased for $4.99 in the checkout line at TJ Maxx.

What goes around. Homeless woman gets beaten mercilessly by a pig for walking in the street, incident gets filmed by passerby, woman gets awarded 1.5 million dollars, pig is out of a job. There is some justice in this world.

Cool stuff. Taking Jane to the park, cheesy bread, decorative gourd season, the current setup, Saturday back-deck work.

Henry. General shagginess combined with the stank accumulated over nine solid days of playing with three other dogs has made tomorrow’s long-overdue grooming appointment a top priority.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

september twenty-fourth

Five for September 24th:

Riding part deux. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: there’s nothing better than sandwiching a workday between two bike rides in awesome weather through cool neighborhoods. It’s like you’re getting one over on the daily grind.

JB. Super fun and much-needed skate session with Andy last night. The sun is starting to set super early, so we really only had about an hour or so before it was too dark to keep going. Felt rad nonetheless.

Iron Maiden vinyl reissues. Coming next month. Some of these are definitely worth picking up for the artwork and b-sides alone. I’d probably buy all of it if I didn’t already have all this stuff on some format or another.

Cool stuff. Black Label Vulture Curb Club deck, $5 soup from Mi Ranchito, CBI Phil Shao article, Alvvays, HIMYM season nine on Netflix instant, the history of World Industries.

Jane’s second birthday. Can’t believe my little girl is turning two in a few weeks. Initial plans for a Curious George-themed party were abandoned due to her recently developed obsession with Mickey Mouse and crew.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

september twenty-third

Five for September 23rd:

Endless bummer. What shall go down in history as the mildest, awesomest summer in history came to an end yesterday. The end of summer is one of the things I look forward to least by a long shot. The good news? It looks like we might actually get a nice autumn.

True story. Before I left work yesterday, I asked a coworker how he felt about the movie Brubaker, then lost interest in his answer and walked out of the room mid-sentence.

Shredding. A quick and dirty solo boardslidin’ sesh in the Loop this morning and a sundown trip to JB with Andy in the works for this evening. After almost two weeks of not skating, I’m ready to get some.

Cool stuff. The Rad cave, Beyond Angkor, free tomatoes at work, The Assault Video on Vimeo, South Park trolls the Washington Redskins, stuffed squash from the backyard garden.

Tuesday soundtrack. Bedouin Soundclash, Iron Maiden, Thin Lizzy, Wishbone Ash, Rainbow, SNFU, Fugazi, Sham 69.

Monday, September 22, 2014

september twenty-second

Five for September 22nd:

Back from the beach. Spent the last ten days on the sun-drenched white sand beaches of Gulf Shores, AL with Lisa, Jane and family. Good food, good drinks, good times. Jane had a blast swimming and playing in the sand, and I only lost one pair of sunglasses to the ocean, which is a victory unto itself.

Bikes and more bikes. Short and sweet solo flatland sesh last night and a beautiful last-day-of-summer commute to work this morning. Came out of my month-long bike hibernation to find the bike trail along Skinker freshly, smoothly re-paved- a nice surprise.

Playing catch-up. Today will be a nightmarish slog through a week’s worth of emails, orders, and other assorted workplace stuff. Such is the first day back from any vacation.

Cool stuff. New issues of Transworld Skateboarding and The Skateboard Mag, Clifton Heights Party in the Park this weekend, John Oliver nails it, low country boils, STL police continue their crusade of cluelessness, Mike Vallely Dew Tour run.

Thirty-seven. Officially entered my late thirties last week. Rang it in with a totally sweet ice cream cake that Lisa made, and Jane helped me blow out the candles. Hence, best birthday ever.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

september eleventh

Five for September 11th:

Interesting evening. Spent last night alternately hanging out with legendary Santa Cruz pro skater Claus Grabke (on tour with the Picturebooks, who absolutely killed it) at Halo Bar and trying to organize a last-minute rehearsal spot for a friend of mine who is currently playing drums for the Afghan Whigs.

9/11. Hard to believe September eleventh is a teenager today. The fact that 9/11 happened thirteen years ago is unreal. Everything seems like it was yesterday, but that more than probably anything else.

Road ready. Expensive? Yes. But new tires (and AWD) are the best things ever, especially heading into the fall and winter in the midwest.

Cool stuff. Picturebooks t-shirt and stickers, Ballwin resident fights the good fight, Jenkem Mag Andrew Reynolds interview, Cape Cod sea salt & vinegar chips, getting to spend ten days with my kid.

Checking out. Vacation starts tomorrow (although mentally, I’m pretty much already there). No blog for a week or so, as is customary when I’m not working. Have fun.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

september tenth

Five for September 10th:

Rained out. Weather is boring to discuss, but yesterday’s drive home was one of the gnarliest things I’ve ever experienced. I was absolutely pummeled with rain the entire way home, so much and so hard that it was difficult to see 2 feet. And I don’t even take the highway.

iPhone 6 plus. I truly don’t get it. Why would anyone want a 5.5” smartphone? I feel like my ancient iPhone 4 is already too big as it is. If I want something bigger that I can't fit in my pocket I'll just buy an iPad.

Rock showzen. Picturebooks tonight at the Halo, all the way from Germany. Psyched to see them. “List of People to Kill” has been on my regular Spotify rotation for years now.

Cool stuff. 2-Hip Home Video on Youtube, slowdown for a cause, new Metrolink station, Taj Mahal with Tom and Lisa, new Janeyisms by the day, folded my laundry in record time.

Pumpkin Natty Light. The pumpkin-flavored beer phenomenon has officially reached its low point. It can truly go no lower.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

september ninth

Five for September 9th:

Photo dump. Relieved my iPhone of about 900+ photos yesterday in anticipation of our upcoming vacation, bringing my total number of thumb drives filled with nothing but pictures of my daughter to six.

Not the new Venture Video. Transworld managed to unearth this never-before-seen gem circa 1991. The link to part one contains the whole back-story and an interview with Greg Carroll, part two continues the VHS madness.

Found art. Came across this painting while cruising the back alleys of the Loop yesterday during lunch. The forgotten work of an unknown master, or merely the discarded assignment of a marginally talented college student? The world will never know.

Cool stuff. Fresh supply of K-cups, bringing in bagels, super fancy car shades for Jane, more progress on the deck, much-needed Netflix Instant update on Wii, Dak Roche Cultifornia video.

Tuesday Soundtrack. Sunny Day Real Estate, Egg Hunt, Led Zeppelin, Embrace, Refused, Rites of Spring, Half Right, Band of Horses.

Monday, September 8, 2014

september eighth

Five for September 8th:

Loufest. I didn’t go, but with the windows open you could hear the whole thing from my living room. Outkast was so loud last night we had to turn on the closed captioning.

Rag doll. Lisa hooked me up with an amazing early birthday present: a brand new Powell Ray Barbee “rag doll” reissue. This graphic, perhaps more than any, encapsulates the era that I skated as a kid and all the good times that came with it. One of my favorites ever, and one that- until yesterday- I always regretted trading away.

Toy haul. Found another box of toys while at my mom’s. Some carded Ultraman and Kikaider, random kaiju, Mars Attacks, some jumbo Gigantor and Baltan, a ton of GI Joe, and a bunch of old mold-a-rama statues. eBay, here I come.

Cool stuff. New tires, rad $2 sunglasses, Californication on Netflix Instant, taking Jane to Willmore Park and the Joan of Arc homecoming carnival, pumpkin muffins, heavy duty back porch progress.

Weekend seshery. A cool, damp Saturday morning meant indoor skating, so we headed to Ramp Riders for a couple hours on the mini ramp. Good stuff, but I need to put on some grippier wheels for that place.

Friday, September 5, 2014

september fifth

Five for September 5th:

Thin Lizzy at the Rainbow 1978. This is the sound of a band that has no musical peers.

Deckage. Finished stripping the old screws out (breaking about 4 metal blades in the process), shimmed up the platform to get it level with the house, and finally started installing the new deck floor. Progress as promised.

No clue dept. CNN thinks 4chan is a person. They also suggest changing your password to pa$$word.

Cool stuff. Gettin’ paid, Juice Magazine Jim Muir interview, lunchtime Loop crusing, my old Fender Deluxe 112 is coming home, Dreadnoughtus, twelve-pack of Schlafly Pale.

Weekend. Getting some new tires, skating, more work on the deck, vacation prepping, kicking it with Lisa and Jane, enjoying the mild weather.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

september fourth

Five for September 4th:

Spicoli-approved. Some guy flies a camera-equipped drone into the backyard of the house where the iconic Fast Times at Ridgemont High pool scene was filmed.

Manual labor. Removed another giant chunk of deck last night and cleaned out a ton of wood scraps. Time constraints meant my plans to start sawing out the remaining rusted screws had to be abandoned.

Dollar General defeated. Great news, and definitely another step in the right direction for Cherokee. Aside from more Walgreens/CVS locations, I can’t think of a single franchise South City needs less of than Dollar General and its ilk.

Cool stuff. Powell Welinder & Sims Flagship reissues, Mat Hoffman Head First on Youtube, mornings with Jane, turn off autoplay, Justice Department to probe Ferguson police force, power tools.

Thursday soundtrack. Adolescents, D.I., Rolling Stones, Red Fang, MDC, Teen Idles, Deep Wound, The Freeze, Die Kreuzen, Black Sabbath.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

september third

Five for September 3rd:

Iron Maiden Powerslave. 30 years ago today, one of the best albums ever was released. Never mind the fact that 4/8 songs are forgettable filler- the other four are so timeless and amazing that it doesn’t matter.

Everyday Tyson. In the last couple of days, the blog has exploded in new followers, 30 and 40 at a time. I hadn’t posted anything in a couple of weeks, so why that is happening is anyone’s guess. Go figure.

Flight of the Conchords. The swirling rumors of Jemaine and Bret returning to HBO for a four-episode encore were debunked before I finished my first cup of coffee this morning, which is a bummer.

Cool stuff. Homemade enchiladas, Columbia Roast Vias, first haul of new wood for the back deck, Freestylin’ USA, Salton Sea photography.

Kentucky Knife Fight. Our old friends (and arch enemies) announced their final show yesterday, which will take place in November at Off Broadway. We played a lot of shows together over the years, including some mega-memorable NYE gigs. I’ll miss those dudes holding it down. See you at the show.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

september second

Five for September 2nd:

Seth & Lindsay. Their wedding party was probably the best one (besides my own) I’ve ever been to. Tons of friends, great food, a canoe filled with beer, shuttles to and from the hotel, amazing music. It was a beautiful day and no detail was overlooked. Great times.

Around the house. Bedroom closet, dining room closet, basement, pantry, freezer, and fridge organized. Remaining boards stripped from back deck. Ants by front door systematically executed. Lawn mowed, weeds whacked.

Shredding. Two sessions at JB over the long weekend. Felt good to be back pushing after more than a week of barely anything due to a pulled muscle. Kenny threw down an epic double kickflip over the pyramid that I luckily caught on video.

Cool stuff. Beanbag toss with Sleepy Kitty, short backyard freestyle BMX jam, Twilight Summer Ale, short workweek, upcoming vacation, Sherlock on Netflix, UN condemns U.S. police brutality.

Janeyisms. Yesterday Jane climbed onto Lisa and said, "the snake is coming to get me". We said "what?" She goes "the snake is coming to get me". And we started laughing. And she said it again. And we said, "Where is the snake going to take you?" And she goes "the library".