Tuesday, March 31, 2015

march thirty-first

Five for March 31st:

Sore legs. Day two/mile eighteen this week of riding bikes, which isn’t much, but after a winter in hibernation, my legs are still not quite there. Great ride this morning with sunny skies and much milder temperatures.

Tapering off. Whatever this mixed bag of allergy/cold/nasal insanity is that I’ve had for the last week or so seems to finally be dying away. My nose can take no more.

The Sucklord. Awesome mini-documentary about an artist who makes the best bootleg toys I’ve ever seen. If you do nothing else today, watch this video.

Cool stuff. 75 degrees today, dinner frittatas on the porch, evening backyard BMX, March photo dump, Walking Dead season finale, thirty days of healthy eating, Indianapolis Star Fights Lunatic Anti-Gay Bill in Blunt Front-Page Stand.

Tuesday soundtrack. Black Pistol Fire, the Picturebooks, Dio, Melvins, Bad Brains, Archers of Loaf, Marked Men.

Monday, March 30, 2015

march thirtieth

Five for March 30th:

Bike commuting. Nothing like kicking off the week with a six-mile morning ride in to work. Great ride, but I was definitely wishing I had brought some full-fingered gloves.

Janey. She had a fun weekend cleaning up the park, dyeing eggs, scoring a new bumblebee backpack, having her first go on the big-girl swing, and generally running her parents ragged.

Skate sessions. Hit up Ramp Riders on Saturday and JB on Sunday, although we probably should have flip-flopped the days/locations given the stark differences in weather. Either way, fun times were had and there was a good crew out both days.

Cool stuff. Bento boxes, riding flatland, Auntie Anne’s, Motivacion 2, 15 Reasons Daewon Song Is Not Your Average Pro Skater, Joan of Arc fish fry.

Mike Pence. Watching this clueless, hypocritical asshole getting utterly destroyed by the national media is one of life’s simple joys.

Friday, March 27, 2015

march twenty-seventh

Five for March 27th:

Snow. Was not stoked to wake up and see a dusting of snow on the ground this morning. Not that it’s going to last long, but still. It’s the principle of it.

Read/watch. If People Left Parties Like They Leave Facebook, How To Become Gluten Intolerant, Massive Underground City Found in Turkey.

Indiana. Even though the circumstances are obviously shitty, it's always nice when some state other than Missouri is the laughingstock of the entire United States.

Cool stuff. New installation of eBay watch, fruit restock, the Craig Campbell interview, sandwiches with Seth and Tom, lightweight micro-camper you can tow with your bike, Swingin' Utters on Spotify.

Weekend action. Fish fry with Mary and Keith tonight, maybe kicking it with Greg and riding BMX, Clifton Park spring clean-up, skate session at JB, random housework.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

march twenty-sixth

Five for March 26th:

30 day eating challenge. Lisa and I will be embarking on a month-long dietary experiment in April, cutting out refined grains and sweeteners, fried foods, and anything out of a package that has more than five ingredients listed. This isn’t really too far removed from how I’ve been eating anyway. We shall see how it goes.

Lever Factory. The hulking ghost of the old Lever soap factory sits basically just across the street from where my office is. It has always intrigued me, as I pass by it every day, but never thought to do any research on it. Unsurprisingly, there’s a wealth of urban explorer footage and photos online.

Videology. Posted a little video of myself doing a footjam tailwhip in my backyard on Instagram and it ended up on a BMX website. This is actually the second time this has happened, weirdly.

Cool stuff. Ranchito with Aaron and Tom, Mike V. has left the building, good eBay feedback, Decline of Western Civilization deluxe box set, post-work Salt & Smoke for Annie’s birthday, catching up on The Walking Dead.

Kids. Congrats to Jason and Kate on the birth of their daughter yesterday. Welcome to a whole new world of awesomeness and sleeplessness.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

march twenty-fifth

Five for March 25th:

Close call. Heard a weird sizzling sound coming from under my desk yesterday, followed by my computer flickering off and the smell of burning plastic. Turns out a power strip had some sort of electrical surge and literally melted to an extension cord it was plugged into. Luckily my CPU was undamaged, and it happened while I was here and not after everyone left. Definitely could have been much worse.

Lesson learned. Got some Zyrtec and almost immediately started feeling better after days of suffering through allergy stupidness- even sleeping all night with nary a nostril-related wake-up. Why I procrastinated that long is anyone’s guess. Not happening again.

Darren Navarette interview. Some people are like, “Copers? Are you serious?” That's when I just say, “No, you’re serious. We're having fun. Don’t worry about it.”

Cool stuff. Short run return of The X-Files, GT in LA, 6 things you didn’t know about FBM, Mr. Greeley, amazing custom Samhain deck, 365-pill bottle of allergy meds courtesy of Denise, last-minute Indian food lunch date with Lisa.

Salt & Smoke. I’ve heard good things about it, and it certainly smells rad every time I walk past. Hitting it up tonight, hopefully it lives up to the hype.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

march twenty-fourth

Five for March 24th:

Allergies suck. I am having the worst allergy issues in as long as I can remember, and the season has barely started. Itchy eyes, tingling nose, the works. I’m over it.

Justice for Jason. Apparently Lars Ulrich is indeed to blame for the lack of bass on '…And Justice For All'. We’ll always have the fan remix.

Plan Nine revisited. It was announced (somewhat unofficially) yesterday that the old Mills skatepark will be reopening under the Action Sports League (whatever that is), with a skate and BMX shop taking up residency in the retail space. It’ll be interesting to see what becomes of that.

Cool stuff. Aaron in STL, new Kink bikes shirt, peppermint and English breakfast tea restock, 3rd Rock from the Sun on Netflix, oatmeal cookies, Silver Ballroom goes non-smoking in less than a year.

Tuesday soundtrack. Fugazi, Dismemberment Plan, Television, Justice, Thin Lizzy, Deep Purple, Danzig.

Monday, March 23, 2015

march twenty-third

Five for March 23rd:

Friday night. Met up with Lisa and Jane for dinner at Bottleworks, came home and rode bikes in the backyard until the sun went down.

Saturday. Early skate session at JB with Andy and crew, lunch on the back patio, tilled the garden (and introduced Jane to digging for worms), got Kaldis and met Anna, Allison and Henry at Demun park, driveway BMX, grilled steak tacos for dinner.

Sunday. Breakfast pizza at Benton Park Café, picked up plants, seeds, and dirt at the hardware store, planted, napped on the couch, cleaned up the back yard, rode some more BMX, play-date with the next door neighbors.

Cool stuff. Why 40 Doesn't Mean Much in Skateboarding Anymore, free WU bike tune-ups, BSD undercover, Stoked: the Rise and Fall of Gator on Youtube, donuts at work, The 'Netflix for Video Games' Is Coming Soon, Malmo Vert Attack 9.

UHF. We got it all on UHF: An oral history of “Weird Al” Yankovic’s cult classic on the Onion AV club will be the best thing you read all week.

Friday, March 20, 2015

march twentieth

Five for March 20th:

Spring. Officially starts today at 5:45 pm, but the hell with that: it’s spring as of now. I’m calling it. Let the celebration begin.

Fish fries (or lack thereof). A combination of the unseasonably warm weather and some residual leeriness of fried food following my bout with food poisoning has meant a complete failure in the fish fry department, only getting to one so far. I don’t know why, but a fish fry in 65-degree weather just seems weird and wrong.

Bike build. Good time hanging out with Greg and crew last night. The bike is officially put together and I can’t wait to ride it. Checking out Greg’s T1 collection and the progress on his ’88 Haro Master rebuild was especially killer.

Cool stuff. Getting paid, Dan’s Comp calendar & stickers, Dengue Fever on Spotify, John Lucero on the Rise of Small Brands and the Return of Shaped Boards, lunch with Tom, VW transporter camper van.

Weekend action. First weekend of spring is looking to be a good one, with no real plans save for open the windows, be outside, BBQ, hang out with Jane and Lisa, and ride bikes/skateboards.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

march nineteenth

Five for March 19th:

Last day of winter. Hallelujah, for spring starts tomorrow. Looks like we made it.

I’m not a crook. Let me tell you what's awesome: having a 100% positive feedback rating on eBay for literally 15 years via 127 separate transactions, and still having to wait up to two weeks for funds in my PayPal to become available when I sell something.

All hail Cardiel. “New footage of John Cardiel skating a pool emerged via Spitfire’s Instagram overnight that will no doubt warm the hearts of every skateboarder lucky enough to ever step on a board.”

Cool stuff. Ski Patrol on Netflix, burgers and fries with Janey, possible Alzheimer’s breakthrough, Clifton Park spring clean-up.

Tonight. Cruising out west after work to kick it with my old buddy Greg, set up a BMX bike, and eat some pizza. Solid Thursday evening, so far as I'm concerned.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

march eighteenth

Five for March 18th:

Riding. Looking forward to a couple more days of biking to work next week and a whole bunch of flatland riding this weekend on the Haro. More sunny days in the forecast means less time in the car, which is always welcome.

Date night. Jane and I are flying solo this evening, hitting Steak n’ Shake (as per tradition), a possible stop at the playground (weather permitting), and then home for some cartoons. Doesn't get much better than that.

Volbeat. I don’t get it.

Cool stuff. Free green Cardinals jersey (which I immediately gave to my mother in law), Bloody Hollies on Spotify, south city sunrise, lunch at Taj Mahal with Lisa, meet the man who skated 700 miles, "Skull of Fame" deck series by Sean Cliver.

Basement. Spent some time down there last night sweeping and reorganizing. I think a trip to the junkyard might be in order, just to mass-rid ourselves of some of the crap that has accumulated. Definitely top of the spring-cleaning list.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

march seventeenth

Five for March 17th:

Last night. Had a great ride home (albeit not without some headwind battles), went to the park with Jane, Lisa and Henry, came home and BBQ’d up some chicken and ate dinner on the back porch. And it's still winter!

Allergy season. Rearing up early this year. Started getting the familiar nose-tickle yesterday morning, and the sneezing began shortly thereafter. Lovely.

Watercolor memories. Three years ago today, my band played an outdoor set at SXSW at Jovita's, followed by a backyard party where we played again, collaborating with Kentucky Knife Fight on a drunken, horrible, ill-advised rendition of "Sabotage" by the Beastie Boys. We then got in the van and drove all the way back to Dallas where we were pulled over by a cop who kept asking us what kind of music we played as if trying to catch us in some sort of lie, and the question of "who would you rather bone: Hoggle, or Sir Ditymus?" was asked, which nearly resulted in a laughter-induced car wreck. Good times.

Cool stuff. Ian MacKaye “tell your friend”, Thursday night BMX build with Greg, afternoon skate cruising, Star Clipper reopening downtown, sandwiches at work, classic NES titles finally coming to smartphones.

Tuesday soundtrack. Youth of Today, Dead Boys, Band of Horses, the Muffs, the Faction, Gorilla Biscuits, Aerosmith, Public Enemy.

Monday, March 16, 2015

march sixteenth

Five for March 16th:

Back on the saddle. First bike commute to work of the year happened today. Felt amazing to ride in, despite the morning chill. Made it from door to door in thirty minutes- not too shabby given I probably haven’t ridden since September.

Torche at Firebird. Killer show. Caught Torche for the first time ever and finally got to see Hell Night with their new drummer. Both bands laid waste to the place, leaving no eardrum unscathed.

Shredding. Early morning session at JB on Sunday with Andy, who is back on four wheels following a months-long sidelining. Perfect weather, good friends and a mellow crowd made for the best time I’ve had skating in a long time.

Cool stuff. New issue of Transworld Skateboarding, nice dresser for the baby’s room (thanks Harriet!), Haro Downtown DLX BMX, Dan’s Comp Roll Call DVD, selling stuff on eBay, sweet score on a new suit.

Fun times with Jane. Janey had an epic weekend, which included eating green bagels, meeting Spongebob and the Easter Bunny, going to the zoo, hours of goofing around in the backyard, and a bike ride with the neighbor.

Friday, March 13, 2015

march thirteenth

Five for March 13th:

Friday the 13th. Didn’t we just have one of these?

Springfield, IL. Yesterday they bestowed the key to the city to Cobra Commander, much to the chagrin of Serpentor and Destro.

Ramp Riders. Rad session last night with the old man crew, and special guest ripper Brian Fair of Shadows Fall. Raging occurred despite my sore ankle.

Cool stuff. Blueberry oatmeal, backyard soccer with Jane, afternoon solo skating, much-needed morning haircut, Spitfire F4’s, 2015 Haro FST(!).

Weekend action. Fun one coming up: Torche and Hell Night at Firebird tonight, bunch of pre-spring house projects, barbecuing, hitting the park, skateboarding at JB, suit shopping for Tom’s wedding, prepping the bike, whatever else.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

march twelfth

Five for March 12th:

Patio posse. Grilled up some burgers and ate dinner out on the back patio for the first time this year. Rebuilding the deck and redoing the driveway was the best thing we’ve done with that house by a long shot. We will be out there a lot this spring/summer.

Janeyisms. Yesterday morning while passing the statue of King Louis at the top of Art Hill, Jane asked, "what's that man holding?" (Referring to the sword in his hand). I have told her at least twenty times what it is, but she always asks me anyway. So I said "you tell me what it is." And she said, "It's a wisterpaddle".

Steve Harris. Happy birthday to the founder of the greatest band to ever walk the planet. All Maiden, all day.

Cool stuff. Chrome Ball Andrew Reynolds interview, Trooper Tracker, condemn the gang of 47, afternoon solo sesh, Marc Johnson sponsor-me tape, good grapes, trimming the fat on Twitter.

Tom Jackson resigns. Good riddance you inept, horrible, racist piece of shit.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

march eleventh

Five for March 11th:

Spring countdown. Nine days till the official start of spring, but today’s 70-degree high almost makes watching the clock pointless.

Another one bites the dust. Hot on the heels of Ferguson canceling municipal court for the week after their scumbag judge resigned in disgrace following the release of the DOJ report, the city manager stepped down yesterday. Let the dominoes fall.

Healthy eating. Resisted a table full of Girl Scout cookies yesterday (save for one lone Trefoil) and a giant box of donuts today in favor of healthier fruit/nut options. Not at all easy, but totally worth it.

Cool stuff. English breakfast tea, good Sam Simon article, Jane at the Zoo, lunch with Tom, afternoon cruising,

Pedal power. Looking forward to commuting to work once or twice next week to kick off the season. Also need to get a kid-carrier hooked up and take Jane for some rides out on Grant’s trail.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

march tenth

Five for March 10th:

The baby. As of today, he is the size of a large cabbage. Can’t believe how quickly the due date is coming up.

FST upgrades. Meeting up with Greg later this week to do some work on the Haro. Swapping out the brakes and pedals, and hopefully replacing the tires with something less knobby. Looking forward to getting back on that thing and learning some more 25-year-old tricks.

Bright nights. Celebrated the first long (post-work) evening of the season with a walk around the neighborhood followed by some Ted Drewes. DST forever.

Cool stuff. Backyard boardslides, peppermint tea restock, new issue of Skateboard Mag (if only for the Raybourn cover), restore Washington Avenue ghost signs, Gervais Rousseau A Way of Life video.

Tuesday soundtrack. Riddle of Steel, Iron Maiden, Jawbreaker, Motorhead, New Pornographers, Nirvana, Circle Jerks, McRad.

Monday, March 9, 2015

march ninth

Five for March 9th:

Almost spring. After a sunshine-filled sixty-degree weekend it’s hard to believe that a mere week ago I was shoveling our driveway out of about seven inches of snow. Beautiful week coming up, which I plan to make the most of.

Toy show. Met up with Greg for the first toy show in at least a year, and took Jane along for her first one ever. She had a great time. Unlike the old days, I got nothing for myself- but Jane scored a couple of My Little Ponies.

Skateboarding. JB with Kenny and a few others on Saturday, short solo boardslide/curb sesh for a bit yesterday, afternoon cruise happening today in the Loop.

Cool stuff. Billy Madison on Netflix, Jane’s inaugural trip to City Museum, eating well (continued), giant bag of walnuts, spring house projects list, tinkering with bikes in the backyard, 60 year old Japanese flatland rider.

DST. If my Facebook feed is any barometer, the hip spring bandwagon trend of 2015 is posting stories about how lame daylight savings time is and how we should get rid of it. You may want to consider just unfriending me if you post nonsense like that.

Friday, March 6, 2015

march sixth

Five for March 6th:

Last night. Definitely the best Jonathan Richman show I’ve seen yet, and the biggest crowd by far. It was also cool to be hanging out at Off Broadway with all my ex-bandmates once again, ten days shy a full year since we played our final show there.

Harrison Ford. News reports (and people’s over-reactionary status updates) ranged from “he’s dead!” to “critically injured” to “battered but ok”. Luckily, it seems like he’ll make a full recovery. Maybe just try to wait five minutes before posting, people.

Plan Nine. The official announcement came down the pike yesterday that Plan Nine skatepark in North County is closing as of this Sunday. Although I only went there a couple of times, it’s still a bummer to see one of only two indoor parks in town close up shop.

Cool stuff. Modern Lovers shirt for Jane, homemade burritos, Pat Casey’s backyard BMX paradise, Vision concave reissues, getting paid, lunchtime roll-around.

Weekend action. Sunny, near-60 weekend coming up with daylight savings kicking in for good measure. Skateboarding outdoors, taking Jane to the park, birthday drinks with Tom at Fortune Teller bar, toy show, dinner at mom’s, spring cleaning my bike.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

march fifth

Five for March 5th:

Spring forward. Hot on the heels of DST, all of next week is looking super nice, with sunny skies and temperatures into the mid 50’s to mid 60’s. At least according to the weather app. Going to try to get a pre-spring bike ride to work or two in.

Healthy eating. My recent bout of food poisoning can be directly traced to a stupid lunch choice I made. It was easily avoidable. I should have known better. All three times I’ve been “poisoned” has been because I ate some form of greasy junk food. While I barely touch the stuff anyway, my days of eating that crap are over. Not worth it.

Jonathan Richman. Tonight at Off Broadway. Will be my third or fourth time seeing him there. Always a good time.

Cool stuff. Alvarez 50th anniversary pen set, bagels at work, reading Wombat Walkabout with Jane, vintage skate mag ad gallery, HBO Now.

Marketing. I’m not going to say I just masterminded one of the most gloriously effective guitar promotions in history in this morning’s meeting, but it has to be pretty close. More details when it happens.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

march fourth

Five for March 4th:

Back from the dead. Some unwelcome Monday evening food poisoning followed by a night of absolutely no sleep wrecked me for most of the day yesterday. A good eleven hours of z’s last night has me back in working order, and the appetite is slowly returning.

Voting. I did manage to get out and vote yesterday, which helped in some small way to assist Scott Ogilvie in taking Ward 24 by a 75% landslide over the already recalled Tom Bauer. A solid win for the good guy.

Ferguson. The Department of Justice has issued their findings on patterns of police discrimination in Ferguson, and no punches were pulled.

Cool stuff. Canadians are “Spocking” their currency, 20 years of the vertical vampire, Ramp Riders session coming together, 4 days till DST, lunch with Tom.

Wednesday soundtrack. Archers of Loaf, Sebadoh, Led Zeppelin, Dead Moon, Pentagram, Sonic Youth, Minutemen, Dinosaur Jr.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

march third

Blog has been cancelled today due to a bout of food poisoning. See you tomorrow.

Monday, March 2, 2015

march second

Five for March 2nd:

March. Officially eighteen days away from the start of spring, which I am greatly looking forward to after a weekend of shoveling snow and putting down ice melt.

Ogilvie for Alderman. Voting day is tomorrow. If you live in ward 24, you know what to do. Get out there.

Amy’s. I love your stuff, but please cool it on the cilantro. You do know that like, half the population thinks it tastes like filthy dishwater, right?

Cool stuff. New issue of Thrasher, awesome fish fry, bootleg of a bootleg, snowboarding/sledding with Jane at the park, coffee resupply, Raybourn to Roll, homemade taco salad.

Queen of Cartoons. Jane is slowly transitioning to the Little Mermaid after a solid month of Frozen (and nothing but). Truth be told, I like them both.