Wednesday, November 26, 2014

november twenty-sixth

Five for November 26th:

Back to the beat. The mayhem and misery of Monday evening was such that blogging about skateboards and coffee the following day seemed silly and irrelevant. However, in the spirit of not letting stupidity win, I’m getting back to normal for one more day before shutting down as usual for the four-day weekend.

Required reading. Protesters Shut Down Three New York City Bridges In Reaction To Ferguson Decision, A prominent legal expert eviscerates the Darren Wilson prosecution in 8 tweets, Most White People in America Are Completely Oblivious, Darren Wilson's Story is Literally Unbelievable.

100 Greatest St. Louis Songs. That I would one day have a song placed (high!) on any kind of “greatest songs” list along with the likes of Scott Joplin, Chuck Berry and the Rolling Stones is something I could never have fathomed the first time I sat down in my living room tinkering around on the electric guitar I got in a trade for a handful of Penthouse magazines. Thanks to the RFT for the continued love, it means a lot.

Cool stuff. New issue of The Skateboard Mag, Retro TV toys, donuts at work, Chocolate skateboards Epicly Later’d episodes, hooking up friends with deals, night parades with Jane, Brian and the Boz on Netflix.

Long weekeend. A lot happening. Shaw Garden Glow, thanksgiving stuff, Hi-Pointe reunion, avoiding black Friday, skating/bmx/hitting the park/playing with Jane/ generally being outside during the mid 60-degree weekend. See you Monday.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

november twenty-fifth

One for November 25th:

Ferguson. I will quote my friend Steve Pick: “Profound sadness and anger. A decision which was expected, but still crushed with disappointment, and which was delivered in the most tone-deaf, practically calculated to entice anger, manner imaginable. The much-touted plan to deal with reaction failed. People had no way to express their pain. Some chose to inflict it on innocents. I just don't see a way out of this.”

Monday, November 24, 2014

november twenty-fourth

Five for November 24th:

Kentucky Knife Fight. A bittersweet end of an era on Saturday night as KKF played their final show at Off Broadway. Had a lot of good times with those dudes over the years. The thunder was brought and good times were had.

Sickness and health. Spent almost all of yesterday in bed with a fever that came out of nowhere. Luckily, it broke around 3:00 this morning, and I’m feeling a million times better. Still have no appetite and have eaten nothing but a handful of Saltines in the past 20 hours, but what’re you gonna do.

Adventures with Jane. The tree on the hill is the castle, the small cluster of pine trees is the hidden forest, and the big piece of bark on the ground is the crocodile/monster/alligator. Go from there.

Cool stuff. 40 pieces of wisdom from Iron Maiden lyrics, Marshawn Lynch, Sprite when you’re sick, Mike V’s greatest hits, KKF We're All Nameless Here and Hush Hush on CD.

Ferguson and beyond. “Front and center, first and foremost, before every other consideration, no matter how important it may seem, is the Supreme Court ruling that any cop who feels fear is exempt from the rule of law and can murder with impunity must be overruled. This ruling, which seems so positive and pro-police, is actually against all common sense, since, legally, you can never disprove a person's self-reported fear as an excuse for murder.” -Tony Patti

Friday, November 21, 2014

november twenty-first

Five for November 21st:

St. Louis. I have a feeling the landscape of this city is going to look and feel much different by the time I next write in this blog. Stay safe out there.

Broken Pizza Hut. If you’re not following this page on Facebook, you are missing out on an absolute goldmine of comedy.

Ramp riders. Last night was a fun one. Awesome low-key session with Andy and an unexpected visit from my old buddy Greg. Plus, got to ride a BMX there for the first time ever and was able to throw down some sweet bunnyhops.

Cool stuff. New issue of Transworld Skateboarding, KKF article, instant oatmeal, learning songs, thirty seconds with Ben Raybourn, popcorn Friday.

Weekend action. Taking Jane to the farm, Kentucky Knife Fight’s last show at Off Broadway, skating JB, hitting the park, visiting mom, enjoying the mid-50’s weather.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

november twentieth

Five for November 20th:

Ferguson. A lie in the Darren Wilson defense in the shooting death of Mike Brown that just won’t go away. Read it, share it.

Snowblind. Apparently Interpol have been stuck on a highway in Buffalo for forty hours in the snow (along with ostensibly hundreds or thousands of other people without the luxury of a tour bus). I would have literally gone insane days ago.

Skating. Getting outside for a bit yesterday and rolling around in the warm-ish weather following several days of ice and arctic temperatures felt awesome. Ramp Riders tonight for some indoor action.

Cool stuff. Haro Rise of BMX Freestyle Vol 2 launch party pics, Steve Saiz setup revisited, Lisa is getting nachos bianco today (and I’m jealous), doing puzzles with my daughter.

Fugazi. Stream their first demo in its entirety. Then stream it again. And again.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

november nineteenth

Five for November 19th:

What a difference a day makes. Sun is shining, snow is melting, temperatures getting up into the 40’s today which is absolutely balmy compared to the last few days. I’ll take it.

Disposable reissued. I knew I should have sold my out-of-print first edition for top dollar when I had the chance.

Days off. Quickly approaching that time of year that is filled with four-day weekends, half days, and totally pointless goof-off days masquerading as actual workdays.

Cool stuff. Thrashin’ DVD special features, box of donuts at work, Rick Kosick Raiders of the Archives, skating through an abandoned psych ward, morning drums, Golden Grahams with Jane.

That’s my boy. This week, my unborn son has developed the ability to squint, frown, grimace, and pee- which basically describes half of what I do every day as a grown man.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

november eighteenth

Five for November 18th:

Ferguson. Not sure exactly when it’s going to go down, but shit is about to hit the fan.

Preheating. Having a gated, off-street parking pad behind the house with which to warm up/thaw out the cars in the morning without fear of potential theft is worth its weight in gold and second only to having an actual garage.

Twilight Zone. Been digging into the archives on Netflix. While some of the episodes are hokey beyond belief, some of them are still genuinely terrifying and thought-provoking. Well done, Serling.

Cool stuff. SoCal blowout section, cheese Danish, peppermint tea stock-up, corrupt prosecutor goes to jail for wrongfully convicting an innocent man, Skate Bordeaux, Slappy Hour with Jason Adams, lunch at Ranchito.

Tuesday soundtrack. Distillers, Aerosmith, Drive Like Jehu, Samhain, Early Man, Tilts, Kentucky Knife Fight, Odd Numbers.

Monday, November 17, 2014

november seventeenth

Five for November 17th:

Snow days. I was initially pretty bummed to get a couple of inches snow dumped on us two weeks before Thanksgiving, but that feeling dissipated pretty quickly. Could still do without the sub-zero temperatures, however.

Change of scenery. Rearranged the back living room of the house yesterday with awesome results. Much better layout and use of wall space, got some new storage for Jane’s toys, and we freed up the one lone vent in the room which will make for a (hopefully) warmer winter.

Weekend shredding. Quick slider bar/curb sesh over on the Hill followed by a coffee-fueled mini-ramp jam with practically everyone on Saturday afternoon.

Cool stuff. Strange Donuts, dinner party at Seth & Lindsay’s, Downloaded Napster documentary, support Mokabe’s, cheesesteak chimichanga, Anonymous hacks the KKK’s twitter, Future Primitive.

Darren Wilson sucks. As if that weren’t already clear enough.

Friday, November 14, 2014

november fourteenth

Five for November 14th:

Baby two. Look out, people of earth: Lisa and I have a new baby coming in May, and we found out yesterday it's a boy! Needless to say- despite the fact that we’re still wrapping our heads around not just having two kids but also having a son- we're beyond excited.

Social crutches. Although I definitely do think it's depressing to be out at a restaurant and see a table of 6 people all ignoring each other and staring at their iPhones for minutes at a time, a guy sitting alone at a bus stop or on a subway car going to work is a whole different thing, and seems to be what makes up the brunt of this flawed photo-article.

Glitched out. Apparently the new Assassin’s Creed Unity is suffering from some pretty horrifying and amazing glitches. Speaking of: glitch-infected blanket designs.

Cool stuff. Hell, Norway, attic workspace, the Internet responds as you would expect, Hi-Pointe reunion, TWS 2015 product guide, Jane’s holiday excitement, winter home project plans, this.

Weekend inaction. I wish I could tell you about all the awesome plans I had and stuff on my plate, but summer is over and fall may as well be too. It’s going to be freezing, snowing and depressing, so we’re just winging it. Hopefully some good stuff will materialize.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

november thirteenth

Five for November 13th:

Seoul Taco. Buckled down and made it happen last night after a month or so of lines-out-the-door lunchtime madness. Their steak burrito is so good it should be illegal.

Skatopia: 88 Acres of Anarchy. It wasted away in my Netflix watch list for two years, so I finally quit waffling and checked it out. As alternately inspiring and depressing a documentary as I’ve ever seen, but worth a watch.

Baby drummer. This infant’s patience is almost as impressive as his father’s intimate knowledge of every single Pantera drum fill.

Cool stuff. Updated Instagram App, Haro: The Rise of BMX Freestyle volume 2, little handyman, gigantic bag of fresh produce, Salba Sink or Swim episodes.

Flurries. Happening now. I don’t like it.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

november twelfth

Five for November 12th:

Reading material. Finally picked up a copy of Agents Provocateurs: 100 Subversive Skateboard Graphics- along with a $1 copy of the debut comic book issue of The Walking Dead- at Star Clipper yesterday.

Latte art. I’ve been sort of weirdly fascinated by latte art ever since I first saw it, but it is now being taken to photorealistic levels that defy comprehension.

Do not want. The space heater, pea coat, and sweater stash have all been officially busted out. Dipped below freezing last night, with a bit of snow predicted for this weekend. At least I’m done mowing the lawn for the year.

Cool stuff. Elway to Marino documentary on Netflix, grilled cheese, Wednesday morning drumming, Garbage Pail Kids reissues, rad things from 3D printers, shipping and receiving, Vernon’s with Tom.

Three cheers for America. A fully-insured woman is now facing bankruptcy because she was taken to the wrong hospital.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

november eleventh

Five for November 11th:

Cold snap. Our awesome run of 60 and 70 degree November weather is coming to an end today, as temperatures dip down into the 30s and the gloom sets in. It was fun while it lasted.

The Onion. Sometimes the best stuff only requires a headline and a photo. Case in point.

Truth in advertising. A toy wand from a dollar store contains a chilling photo of a demonic child slicing her arms with a kitchen knife. In fairness, it is called the Evil Stick.

Cool stuff. Kentucky Knife Fight article in Eleven, salmon BLT at Three Kings, free parking, The Making of Animal Chin, Rice Krispie treats.

Tuesday soundtrack. The Sword, Funeral for a Friend, Kyuss, Red Fang, Minor Threat, the Faction, Led Zeppelin, Ted Leo & the Pharmacists.

Monday, November 10, 2014

november tenth

Five for November 10th:

Stick to your guns. Robert Plant literally ripped up an $800 million Led Zeppelin reunion tour contract, which I suppose is something that you can do when you’re already massively rich. Kudos to the guy for not delivering a sub-par product for an easy payout.

Parks and wreck. Jane dominated the playgrounds, duck ponds, and leaf piles of both Willmore and Clifton Parks this weekend. Take no prisoners.

Skating rules. Mini-ramp session with the crew on Saturday, some quick curb skating during Jane’s nap yesterday, and a morning cruise around the Loop for a bit this morning before heading in. Gotta get it when you can.

Cool stuff. 70 degrees today, homemade soup, treasure trove of Gaslight Square photos, don’t be late, Tecate, selling more stuff, Southwest Diner, original TMNT movie and first Tim Burton Batman on Netflix.

Fifteen minutes of fame. Lisa videoed me doing literally the easiest freestyle trick ever invented to try to impress my two-year-old (it didn't work), and the video ended up on a flatland BMX website. Glory be, internet.

Friday, November 7, 2014

november seventh

Five for November 7th:

Dear St. Charles. This is why you are a fucking endless joke to everyone that lives in the actual city and has a clue. Go die.

Longest ollie. After crushing the minds of everyone everywhere with this world record boardslide a few months ago, Jordan Hoffart has returned to pop an epic 16’6”-long ollie and continue doing the impossible.

Too much too soon. When I walk into a store the week after Halloween and see xmas decorations already on display, it makes me wonder how Christians are so seemingly unoffended by this country's crass, blatant, months-long exploitation and commercialism of their most sacred holiday by these businesses who view the entire thing as little more than an opportunity to get people to line up and buy flat-screen TVs. Plus, the music is terrible.

Cool stuff. Jane art on display, peanut butter stuffed pretzels, lunch at Ranchito with Tom, The Sword on Spotify, South Park "please drink responsibly" spoof, Alva Bill Danforth “circle of skulls” reissue.

Weekendery. Already Friday, and another weekend of few concrete plans coming up. Skate session at Ramp Riders tomorrow, fiery scrambles, yard-raking, hanging out with Jane and Lisa, and possibly the Fortune Teller Bar’s anniversary party and/or drinks with Heath and co. at Tropicana are all loosely on the agenda.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

november sixth

Five for November 6th:

Gay marriage in Missouri. It’s nice to not ALWAYS feel like the most back-asswards state in the union, and to get some good news following the political shit-show that went down on Tuesday. Way to go, STL.

Classic Powell lineup. I am really digging the museum-ish look of this display of classic P&P decks I have going right now up in the attic. All that’s missing is a Guerrero flaming dagger, but alas, probably not in the cards.

Dirty Deeds. Phil Rudd arrested for attempting to orchestrate a double homicide? Between this and Malcolm Young’s departure from the band, I think it might just be time to go ahead and call it a day.

Cool stuff. Restocked K-Cups, great Janey drop-off, Shoreditch live animal market circa 1946, maid service, Keith from Jolly Roger on Skate & Annoy, Chrome Ball Incident Ryan Fabry interview.

Darkness be damned. A little early nightfall and marginally chilly temperatures shan’t keep us from firing up the grill and riding some bikes in the backyard.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

november fifth

Five for November 5th:

Bones Brigade reissues. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be able to get my hands on a bottlenose Tony Hawk (black/purple dip, literally my favorite board ever) or a snakeskin McGill again without paying at least a grand. Sometimes dreams do come true.

Aladdin’s cave of vintage Adidas. I’m not into shoe culture, but this video documenting the biggest hoard of vintage Adidas shoes ever found sitting in a dusty old store in Buenos Aires is amazing and worth a watch.

Thinning the herd. Sold a bunch of stuff on eBay last week, put a bunch more up today. Keeping the train rolling. With a shipping department and unlimited boxes, tape, and bubble wrap right outside my office door, there’s no reason not to.

Cool stuff. High Fidelity deleted scene, Nyquil, multitasking, Vernon’s for lunch, sunny skies, Gleaming the Cube on Youtube, playing castle with Jane, shovely.

Ramp riding. Short and sweet session last night with Andy. Good time despite both of us being sore and tired. One of those outings where the bullshitting tended to outweigh the skating. It happens.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

november fourth

Five for November 4th:

NYE tracks. Got downloads of all the live songs from the last Blind Eyes/Kentucky Knife Fight NYE show that ever went down back in 2012/13. Not to sound all full of myself or anything, but we totally slaughtered it.

Internet arcade. Over nine hundred classic coin-op games now available for free online. But what’s with no Pole Position?

Election day. As usual, Andy White for the win.

Cool stuff. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia new episodes, Powell Peralta factory tour (parts one and two), Early Man t-shirt, cheap hat, good leftovers.

Tuesday soundtrack. Sebadoh, Sunny Day Real Estate, Operation Ivy, Jawbreaker, Melvins, Tilts, Devo.

Monday, November 3, 2014

november third

Five for November 3rd:

November. This year continues to fly by at an unprecedented pace, with daylight savings coming to a close over the weekend. However, it’s going to be up near 70 degrees today so I won’t start complaining too much just yet.

Pumpkin party. From her school Halloween parade in the morning to her first ever night of trick or treating, Jane had the absolute time of her life on Friday.

Maplewood Aldi. Finally reopened after a month of remodeling. Bigger aisles, exposed ceiling, rows of ethnic goodies they didn’t have before, giant display of 30” Star Wars figures… I’m embarrassed by how much I love that place.

Cool stuff. Breakfast and Bloody Mary at the South Grand Rooster, new issue of Thrasher, backyard bike rides with Jane, Hell Night at Firebird, dinner and drinks with Mary and Keith at Urban Chestnut, Halloween Hellride footage, Chris Cole interview.

Skate or don’t. Cut short a planned session at Morganford (too crowded) to get a few leaf-covered runs in at JB before the cold puts the final nail in the coffin for outdoor skating this year, and got in a quick cruise around the Loop this morning to get the blood flowing.