Friday, January 30, 2015

january thirtieth

Five for January 30th:

January, we hardly knew ye. As St. Louis Januarys go, this one was about as good as they come, with tons of mild, spring-like weather and sunshine. I know we’re not out of the woods yet, but we’re getting there.

The Onion. I don’t watch a lot of their videos, but maybe I need to change that, because this one had me rolling.

Creative writing. I was asked yesterday to contribute an article to the next issue of Pure Fun Skate Zine, which I’m honored and excited to do. I won’t spill the beans on what it’s about, but hopefully it’ll be at least marginally entertaining. Buy one.

Cool stuff. Already Friday, blueberry scones, new issue of Thrasher, Steve Harris voted World’s Greatest Bassist, inside the synth lair of Mark Mothersbaugh, ProCam app, fresh pair of contacts.

Weekend action. Shows at Tap Room and Blank Space, RV show downtown/Bailey’s Range with Lisa and Jane, skating Ramp Riders, snowboarding/sledding CHP if there’s enough white stuff, breakfast with Jason, Andy and Seth, going to the gym.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

january twenty-ninth

Five for January 29th:

Fun while it lasted. Looks like winter is going to be catching up just a bit this weekend with an inch or so of snow Saturday and Sunday. Maybe enough for some sledding/snowboarding in Clifton Park?

Amy’s. Not generally a fan of microwave food, but Amy’s is in a class by itself. I’m even less of a fan of putting lunches together in the morning, so it’s a win-win.

Running. 2.5 miles at the gym last night, which isn’t much but it felt good after a pretty stagnant day.

Cool stuff. Vippy’s special, Thrasher WTC: Agents Provocateurs/Andy Jenkins greatest misses, Ray Barbee on discovering skateboarding and music, zero waste grocery store, possible Ramp Riders session coming together for tonight, No Man's Sky.

Summer vacation. Officially booked for late July/Early August. Will be a change of pace from the usual summer week on the beach, which I for one am looking forward to. It’ll be interesting to see how it works out with a new baby in tow, but you never know if you don’t go.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

january twenty-eighth

Five for January 28th:

Vimeo. Overall, their app is still awful: videos take forever to load, and it has some of the most jilted scrubbing I’ve ever encountered- but at least they made it where you can now search videos by user and not just by title. Baby steps.

Required reading. The hidden secret of Good Will Hunting’s script, Huckabee Couldn't Deal With Women At Fox News Who Swore In The Office, After Rambling Speech, Even the GOP Admits the “Fall of Palin”, Nobody Knows What an iPad is Good For Anymore.

Henry. Freshly Frontlined and Heartgarded, with a grooming appointment scheduled for Friday. We can rebuild him.

Cool stuff. Donut Sundays, American Pickers collection on Netflix, Rodney Mullen Wired article, Ranchito with Tom.

One trick pony. Brought out the slider bar and threw down some boardslides yesterday for twenty minutes or so before heading back to the office. No better way to break up a work day.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

january twenty-seventh

Five for January 27th:

Morning roll. Ackert Walkway in the Loop is my default spot for AM skating these days due to the smooth concrete, low pedestrian traffic, lack of tree debris littering the ground, and proximity to Starbucks. Quick ten minutes or so this morning to get the blood flowing.

Sidelined. Plans to go to the gym last night came to a crashing halt with the unwelcome arrival of some sort of stomach bug that rendered me incapacitated for the entirety of the evening. Feeling much better today, thankfully.

Life imitates art. I’m not kidding; when I first saw this I honestly thought it was a new Tina Fey SNL sketch. Unfortunately it was the real deal (or fortunately, for fans of Jon Stewart).

Cool stuff. Sixteen weeks till baby number two, Creature rails on the Caballero, more mild weather, Vallely Barnyard reissue from Street Plant Brand, animal crackers, now is the best time to be a skateboarder.

Tuesday soundtrack. The Creation, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Torche, Sly and the Family Stone, Bad Religion, MC5.

Monday, January 26, 2015

january twenty-sixth

Five for January 26th:

My girl. Her reign as the most photogenic kid ever continues unabated. Hey, I warned the world when Jane was born that if you don’t like pictures of kids to just go ahead and unfollow me on social media.

“We literally hate you”. Dropkick Murphys lay another smack down on a horrifically (although unsurprisingly) clueless Scott Walker.

Grooming is looming. An appointment with the clippers is in the cards for the ol’ schnoodle this week, and not a moment too soon- it’s getting difficult to tell which end is up.

Cool stuff. New issue of The Skateboard Mag, morning coffee cruise, found art now adorns our living room, homemade red curry with tofu, Tony Hawk who you callin’ a sellout?

Weekend wrap-up. Got pizza at Pizza Story, built a new shelf, snuck in a sunny skate session at JB, crawled around in some plastic tunnels with Jane, hung out at my mom’s, got donuts, drank coffee, fell asleep on the couch.

Friday, January 23, 2015

january twenty-third

Five for January 23rd:

Hit the slopes. Loose plans to potentially go snowboarding at Hidden Valley with Tom in the sorta-works (in that we’ve been IM’ing about it). I’ve still never been there- or even legitimately gone snowboarding outside of the hills of my neighborhood on my cheap toy-store snowboard.

Stretching. Been trying to remember to limber up a bit in the mornings, and before skating/running/riding. I am always forgetting to stretch, which is likely the number one thing I should be doing before any of that stuff, especially at my old age.

Read it and weep. Six weeks’ paid leave opposed by people with thirty-six weeks’ paid leave, 62-year-old black grandfather choked and held down by three white men who see his legal firearm, Doomsday Clock moves two minutes closer to midnight.

Cool stuff. Getting paid, near-impossible Super Mario World glitch done for the first time on SNES, Q’doba gift card, Psycho Skate on Youtube, Thrasher King of the Road issue, popcorn Friday.

Weekend action. Middle Class Fashion tonight at Off Broadway, hanging out with Jane and Lisa, going skating, getting some crap done around the house and enjoy the continuing spell of mild weather.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

january twenty-second

Five for January 22nd:

NAMM. The annual winter music industry tradeshow is happening now. Staying back at the office to hold down the fort while Seth and a few others jet off to sunny southern California for a few days- which is fine by me. I’ve done enough NAMM shows, and the weather here has been amazing anyway.

Maximum brainpower. I may not remember all of my multiplication tables, but I bet I could still walk you through the final labyrinth in Legend of Zelda from memory.

Sonics Bad Betty. For a bunch of dudes in their seventies, this new track is pretty damn scorching. Still sounds like the Sonics.

Cool stuff. Morning Janeyisms, Old Ghosts sticker pack in the mail, egg tacos, one last trip to Star Clipper, killer skate session at Ramp Riders last night, Ben Raybourn Skate Free.

Jonathan Richman. Back at Off Broadway on March 5th with Tommy Larkins on drums. Will be my third or fourth time seeing him there- always a good time. You should go.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

january twenty-first

Five for January 21st:

Good mail day. Came home to a stack of goods including new issues of Pure Fun (with free sheet of Rip Grip!) and TransWorld Skateboarding, as well as a much needed three-pack of USB to lightning cables. Thanks, Mr. Postman.

State of the Union. Biden arrives early to set up State of the Union fog machine, Obama is officially out of fucks to give.

Oh, so you wanna go skating? Fun lunchtime roll-around yesterday in the Loop, mini ramp jam at Ramp Riders coming together for tonight with the old man crew.

Cool stuff. Cracking Jane up, January photo dump, cabbage rolls, Meet St. Louis article, Starbucks homebrew, play-doh pancakes.

Setting goals. I want to get through one week this year without spilling something on myself. So far, it’s not looking too good.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

january twentieth

Five for January 20th:

Broke down. After taking it apart and duct/electrical taping parts back together at least five times, the crash cymbal of my electronic drum kit has finally had it. A replacement costs almost as much as I paid for the kit (which is to say, not much), but as much as I play it, it’s a worthy investment.

Required reading. Beyond the war on science: Why the right embraces ignorance as a virtue, Dear Obama Hater - You Just Wasted A Decade Of Your Life, Why Van Halen Rejected Their First Album Cover, “Man Caves” of the 60’s and 70’s, The forgotten history of how automakers invented the crime of jaywalking.

Lunch skating. To not be taking as much advantage of this springlike weather as possible would be borderline criminal. Jetted down to the loop for a quick twenty-minute solo sesh yesterday in the warm sun, hopefully get one in today as well.

Cool stuff. Fresh pair of skate shoes, bagel & lox with dark roast coffee, new lamp for the living room (almost), tofu stir-fry, Revolution on Netflix, Janey night.

Tuesday soundtrack. The Replacements, Jay Reatard, Black Lips, Exploding Hearts, Redd Kross, Thee Oh Sees, Eraser.

Monday, January 19, 2015

january nineteenth

Five for January 19th:

Weekend weather. Sunshine and mid-50’s temperatures all weekend for the win. If you’d told me a week or so ago when we were in the middle of a deep freeze that the next weekend I’d be sitting on the back porch in the sunshine wearing a t-shirt, I’d have called you nuts.

Skating. Outdoor ripping at JB went down this weekend, with everyone who wasn’t injured (or road-tripping to Springfield) in attendance. Snuck in a parking lot dork-around at Deer Creek on Sunday as well as a little solo slider sesh.

Going out. Tapas and drinks at Modesto with Lisa and Herm, metal brunch at Crow’s Nest with Andy and Jason, Donut Drive-in with the family, Clifton Park playground with the entire neighborhood. It’s amazing what happens when you’re not trapped indoors.

Cool stuff. MLK Day, Old Ghosts sticker pack, bringing the grill out of hibernation, Picturebooks on Spotify, PPS Mattson/Natas devil worship tribute deck, UHF on channel 11 this morning, shooting hoops, backyard BMX.

Vacation planning. In the works for summer. Should be interesting with a two-year old and few-month-old in tow, but we’ll need it.

Friday, January 16, 2015

january sixteenth

Five for January 16th:

Five-day forecast. Balmy temperatures (for January) this weekend and through most of next week. I know we’re not nearly out of the woods as far as winter is concerned, but it’ll be nice to recharge the batteries a bit.

DW takes over Gretsch. And the drum nerds have spoken.

Flex your head. Books and magazines I’m reading right now include Agents Provacateurs, History of BMX Freestyle, The Answer is Never, the last two issues of Thrasher, and the Juice magazine 20 year issue. Maybe I should attempt to finish a couple of them.

Cool stuff. The same photo of Glenn Danzig every day, Future Sk8 sticker haul, fresh supply of Sumatra K-Cups, Kristian Svitak home videos, Car Dealership Messes With Pizza Delivery Guy, Feels Internet’s Wrath, Marilyn Manson is slowly turning into Nicholas Cage.

Weekend action. Herm in town tonight for dinner/drinks/crashing, sunshine skate sesh at JB tomorrow, Heavy Metal brunch at Crow’s Nest with Jason and Andy on Sunday, taking Jane to the park/backyard bike rides, going to the gym, working on the Diamond Back.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

january fifteenth

Five for January 15th:

The universe at work. Yesterday morning I randomly snapped a photo of a deteriorating service station by my work and put it on Instagram. Yesterday evening my mom randomly spotted a vintage photo of the same service station in its heyday posted on Facebook. Pretty crazy. Here’s the then and now.

Skating. Crisp and cool lunch cruise around the Loop yesterday (where I stumbled upon some abandoned artwork) followed by a rad session at Ramp Riders that went till they turned the lights off. Hitting up JB this weekend for some mid-50’s goodness.

Links. Christian mom alarmed that school bus taillights form “pagan” pentagram, Lost writer admits they just made it up as they went along, House Passes Bill To Make Everything Harder And Worse, 1000 words on religion.

Cool stuff. Blueberry crisp Clif bars, new lightning to USB cables, remembering to take out the recycling, dinner with my mom and Jane tonight.

RIP Star Clipper. Another day, another St. Louis institution closing its doors. What a massive bummer this is.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

january fourteenth

Five for January 14th:

The end of Elephant. Looks like Elephant Skateboards (at least with Mike V at the helm) has gone the way of PVC coping. Facebook page is gone, Instagram gone, website re-routed to the Street Plant blog. It's too bad, they were one of my favorites.

Ain’t too proud. Some mornings just call for an Egg McMuffin and hash browns. They don’t happen often, but they do happen.

St. Anger revisited. A couple of enterprising Metallica fans took it upon themselves to re-record St. Anger and came away with a vastly superior version. The lyrics will still induce the ol' cringe reflex, but with distorted guitars and drums that don't sound like coffee cans it actually sounds like a metal record. Plus, the singer sounds more like James Hetfield than anyone who isn't James Hetfield should be allowed to sound.

Cool stuff. Leftover mac n’ cheez, Darth Vader feels blue, Rock n’ Roll High School Forever on DVD for $1.60, skate session at Ramp Riders tonight, animal crackers with Jane.

RIP Hanneke Hardware. Heard through the grapevine they’re closing up shop, this Friday being their final day in business. What a bummer. I was probably there every other day over the spring when I was working putting in the new front steps.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

january thirteenth

Five for January 13th:

Hitting the gym. Couple of miles on the treadmill and another mile or so on the cross trainer last night. Felt good to get moving on something other than a skateboard ramp.

History repeats itself. A post from this blog, one year ago today: If you’d have told me a week ago, when it was –14 degrees out with 10” of snow on the ground, that six days from now the snow will be gone and I’ll be strolling around in little more than a hoodie, I would have absolutely called you insane. Not quite to hoodie weather yet, but there’s a 55-degree weekend looming.

Crime sucks. A guy gets shot during an attempted robbery outside of my good friend (and ex-Artist Relations partner in crime) Steve’s bar in Bevo.

Cool stuff. Feeling the baby kick, classic Mondays with Mike V episodes on Youtube, three new Aldibrau selections, These Are The Last Remaining Old School Mississippi Blues Musicians, upcoming Cadbury mini-egg season.

Tuesday soundtrack. Buzzcocks, Miles Davis, All, Sonny Rollins, Led Zeppelin, Murder City Devils, the Kinks.

Monday, January 12, 2015

january twelfth

Five for January 12th:

Trudging through winter. Some sunshine on Saturday and marginally mild temperatures made for better moods all around, but I can’t hide the fact that winter turns me into a miserable human in ways nothing else does. That said: mid 50's next weekend for the win.

Skating. Hit Ramp Riders yesterday with the still-standing members of the crew, first time skating since last weekend. I was rusty as hell and skated like crap (which is always the case) but it was fun all the same.

Trimming the fat. Over the last couple of weeks we’ve gotten rid of a bunch of old shelving, a desk/chair we no longer needed, and tons of clothes and miscellaneous closet crap. Have stacks of stuff in the attic to sell/trash/donate/ as well. Good feeling.

Cool stuff. K-cup restock, Shares From Your Aunt, piloting spaceships at the Discovery Room with Janey, the Tired video, dinner and drinks at Bottleworks, ice hockey on Clifton Park Lake, Spidey de Montrond: The "Swindle 2" Story, Ronnie Sandoval's Living Free part.

2nd Amendment. Conservatives freak out over new Black Panthers carrying guns. “The only thing I can think of is that the white militants are angry about imaginary oppression while the black ones are angry about very real oppression.”

Friday, January 9, 2015

january ninth

Five for January 9th:

What do birds eat? Bread, chicken, grass, clouds, and spaghetti, according to Jane on the drive to school today.

Linked up. David Cross Confirms Mr. Show Will Film In March, GOP Begins Assault on Elderly, Poor, Disabled, Math, and Reason, Musician layers six country songs on top of each other, proving they’re all the same, Whole Foods: America’s Angriest Store, Two bodybuilders argue on the internet about how many days are in the week, Glen E. Friedman interview.

Amazon Prime. What’s up with your crappy streaming service not working half the time, and taking forever to load the other half?

Cool stuff. Popcorn Friday, Sims Screamer II, new space heater, busting out the Haro Freestyler Vans, attic office upgrade, Vernon’s with Tom.

Weekend. No plans other than skate the mini at Ramp Riders, do some crap around the house, and hang out with my kid. A trip to Rise and/or STLSC might be in the cards as well.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

january eighth

Five for January 8th:

Die winter. Our first pipe-freeze of the season happened yesterday in- you guessed it- the bathroom built over our front porch with apparently no insulation in the floor. A few solid hours of space heaters blasting got everything unthawed, thankfully. Keep those faucets dripping, friends. Especially if your house is 120 years old.

Yesterday. One of those days that really went out of its way to reaffirm my stances on religion and the GOP.

School surplus. Anyone want to go in on an old St. Louis public school building?

Cool stuff. Seoul Taco with Lisa, urban exploration into the abandoned Jamestown Mall, Rewatching 'The Wire': Classic Crime Drama Seems Written For Today, Sims Eric Nash knockoff, the cost of skateboarding in Costa Rica.

One man’s trash. Unloaded a little stack of old Bicycle Times magazines on eBay for $25 that I listed on a whim just to see if they’d sell before I tossed them out. Guess it just goes to show.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

january seventh

Five for January 7th:

First snow. Just a dusting along with some frigid temperatures, but more than enough to put every STL newscaster in full-blown panic mode, as always. It’s fun to watch if nothing else. Two months till DST starts back up.

Kirby Delauter. If you’re not following this epic tale of hilarity and staggering stupidity, you should be. The Frederick News-Post should get a Pulitzer for this article.

New year’s resolution. Putting my phone away when I get home from work and not screwing with it until after Jane goes to bed. Not only do I now want her to see me with my nose buried in it all the time, but I want to be able to focus on spending quality time with her with no pointless interruptions. Started Monday, keeping it going. Instagram can wait.

Cool stuff. Fixed sink, Glass Skateboards, re-watching Deadwood, Candy Bar rails, The Man Who Souled The World, free cookies, Elizabeth Warren Delivers Scathing Speech On Trickle-Down Economics.

My dad. Crazy to think he died almost thirty years ago, crazier that he would have been seventy-two years old today, craziest to think I’m only seven years shy of how old he was when he passed away.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

january sixth

Five for January 6th:

It’s always something. Busted faucet and some faulty caulking around the sink meant some water on the kitchen floor yesterday morning after letting the faucets drip overnight. Getting replaced today, just in time for the balmy 7-degree overnight temps to kick in.

The future is now. Nine days after my daughter’s birthday this year is the day Marty McFly, Jennifer, and Doc Brown are- according to Back to the Future II- scheduled to arrive in the DeLorean from 1985. I think they might be disappointed.

Get what’s coming. Hot on the heels of yesterday’s lawsuit by a grand juror, a bar complaint against Bob McCulloch has been filed focusing on more than 15 Rules of Professional Conduct that may have been violated during the course of the Ferguson Grand Jury.

Cool stuff. Morning smoothies, parking lot roll-around, Miss Yvonne from Pee-Wee's Playhouse is Charlie's mom in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, peanut butter pretzels, Fort Jane.

Tuesday soundtrack. Youth of Today, Dag Nasty, Have Heart, Sub Society, Fear, Queens of the Stone Age, Elvis Costello, Shelter.

Monday, January 5, 2015

january fifth

Five for January 5th:

Back to the grind. The first routine five-day slog following two glorious weeks of long weekends and half-days is always a bummer, and this will be no exception- with sub-zero temperatures helping drive that point home. At least fish fry season is creeping up.

Good reads. Fox News' #OverIt2014 Twitter Campaign Hysterically Backfires, Grand Juror Sues McCulloch, Says He Mischaracterized The Wilson Case, Early Ministry Kicked Ass, Of Balls and Short Australian Men: A Nuanced Guide to AC/DC, The NYPD’s ‘Work Stoppage’ Is Surreal.

Sidelined. Skate friends currently out of commission with injuries include Jesse with a bruised rib and Andy with another messed-up ankle. Get well soon, dudes.

Cool stuff. Spanish Lake and Sound City documentaries, new drill, Agenda tradeshow pics on Instagram, getting house projects finished, worst (best) music video ever, watching Pee-Wee's Playhouse with Jane.

SK8FACE. As a lifelong fan (some might say fanatic) of skateboard art, this film is at the top of my list of must-sees.

Friday, January 2, 2015

january second

Five for January 2nd:

2015. The good: kicked it off with a midnight champagne toast (at home on the couch) followed by a super long, super fun NYD skate session at YAP yesterday with the old man crew. The bad: Lisa and Jane left in the morning to visit friends in Arkansas for a couple of days, and I miss ‘em both.

House projects. Tear out and rebuild the closet in Jane’s room, move the office up to the attic, deliver a hundred bags of clothes to the neighbors, pick up a co-sleeper, replace the furnace filters, get rid of some old furniture.

Good reads. Republicans were wrong about everything in 2014, four things that were supposed to happen by 2015 because Obama was reelected, Danny Fields’ notes from the birth of punk rock (plus audio of Lou Reed hearing the Ramones for the first time),

Cool stuff. New set of 56/99 Spitfire F4’s and ton of free stickers from Infinity, Dogtown pizzas, taking Henry for walks, Mi Ranchito gift certificate, feels like Monday but it's Friday.

Weekend action. See #2, plus more skating, hanging out with Jane, and firey scrambles from Southwest Diner thrown in for good measure.