Friday, September 30, 2016

september thirtieth

Five for September 30th:

Beyond the lighted stage. Had a blast playing last night at San Loo, and it was rad to see tons of people I hadn’t seen in forever, some in literally two decades. Thanks to everyone who came out. I think we did pretty well for practicing exactly one time.

RIP clippers. You came, you shaved, you died. Ten years plus is a good solid run.

USA Today. The Editorial Board has never taken sides in a presidential race. We’re doing it now. Donald Trump is, by unanimous consensus, unfit for the presidency. To drive the point home, Trump starts his day with some slut-shaming.

Cool stuff. Morning couch time with George, getting paid, free Powell McGill 56mm Snake 2 park wheels (thanks, work gift card), drink tickets, Ranchito with Tom and Brian.

Weekend action. Busy and fun one coming up. Roots & Blues festival/ hanging out with old friends in Columbia, early skate session at JB, swimming and hot-tubbing at the Y, taking kids to the park, last bit of lawn care.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

september twenty-ninth

Five for September 29th:

Rock show. Tonight I get onstage and play drums for the first time since early 2014. San Loo on Cherokee, sitting in with the Jag-Wires. Show at 8 pm, we’re probably first or second. Come laugh at me.

National Coffee Day. Every day for me is national coffee day, but for the rest of the world, it’s apparently today. Snagged a free sample bag of some new medium roast at Starbucks on the way in. No arguing with that deal.

Fall weather. It was legitimately cool out this morning, to the tune of a hoodie and some fingerless gloves. I’m usually not a huge fan of summer ending, but this year some autumn-ness is more than welcome.

Cool stuff. Peanut Butter Puffins, all five Nick Halkias Raiders of the Archives videos, Clifton Park with the kids, afternoon White Birch skateboarding session, pink grapefruit Perrier.

Getting a zit at 39. At least these days I can camouflage it with a bunch of stubble.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

september twenty-eighth

Five for September 28th:

Tuesday night. Good times playing rock n’ roll music and hanging out with K&K. The set sounded pretty damn good for never having played together before. I think we might just pull this thing off.

B.A. Brian Anderson on being the first openly gay professional skateboarder. This dude rules, and the heavy volume of positive and supportive comments I saw all over the place yesterday were a breath of fresh air. Time to check your homophobia, people.

Procrastination list. Came in this morning and powered through a couple of work-related things I’d been putting off for whatever reason for a bit too long. Feels good to get the desk cleaned off.

Cool stuff. Homemade chili, playing actual acoustic drums, 3 Kings with Tom, (resisting the lure of) donuts at work, Battlefield 1 trailer, four foot tall Osmonds poster in the free bin at Vintage Vinyl, RFT Best of St. Louis 2016.

Bikes. Couldn’t ride in Monday through today for various reasons, but I’m planning to remedy that tomorrow and Friday.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

september twenty-seventh

Five for September 27th:

Get it over with. I possess neither the cringe-capacity nor level of masochism required to watch any of these presidential debates. The depressingly dismal reality of it all cannot be softened by drinking games or memes. This is the most soul-crushing shit I've ever lived through. Glad to see some of you are willing to give this farce of the electoral process a fair shake, but how you're putting yourselves through willful viewings of this clown show is beyond me.

Rock n’ roll. Tonight I get to play music with actual people for the first time since the last Blind Eyes show, in the form of the first and only practice for the show on Thursday with Kevin’s band. Looking forward to bashing some real drums for a change.

Lunch shreds. Afternoon session at White Birch is in the works for today. Got to take advantage of as much of this sunny, mid-70’s weather as possible.

Cool stuff. Evening at the playground, the joy of Bob Ross, Schlafly pumpkin ale, new episodes of Family Guy on Netflix, $25 gift card, Iron Maiden Halloween masks.

Tuesday soundtrack. Mammoth Storm, Ringworm, Valis, Brant Bjork, Planet of Zeus, Led Zeppelin, Black Pyramid, Redd Kross.

Monday, September 26, 2016

september twenty-sixth

Five for September 26th:

Feng shui. The gross great-granny table darkening our home for the last half-decade has been bequeathed to a new family and replaced by a modern, stylish farm table, complete with long bench. Chairs are on order. The new vibes in the dining room are a mood-changer.

YMCA. We’re officially re-enrolled for the fall/winter. The lure of built-in child care, classes for Lisa, and giant indoor hot tub, sauna, and swimming pool with lazy river was too strong to resist.

September toy show. Picked up a South Park Stan figure and vintage Dungeons & Dragons Warduke all for three bucks, and Jane snagged a stuffed turtle and met her first real-life Stormtrooper. Success.

Cool stuff. Party in the Park, $20 McGill (with rib bones), office k-cup resupply, hoodie weather, awesome JB skate session, Haro at Interbike 2016, Metallica Moth Into Flame, mint oreo shakes.

Eyes on the prize. Jane waited in line by herself for over an hour on Saturday to get her face painted. I didn’t know she had that level of patience, but she knew what she wanted and got it.

Friday, September 23, 2016

september twenty-third

Five for September 23rd:

Call me crazy. I'm going to go out on a limb and say if the situation were reversed and Terence Crutcher was caught on camera executing an unarmed police officer slowly retreating from him with her hands in the air he would not be receiving a manslaughter charge.

Last day of the table. While our inherited dining room table and chairs served us well since we first moved into our house, it was never our style (to say the least), and we kept it around a lot longer than we’d ever planned. Tonight, it goes to a new home.

Abandoned. The long-awaited Abandoned episode about St. Louis schools is online now, although it delves into several other areas of interest besides just schools. Equal parts heartbreaking and inspiring. Of course I enjoyed Rick McCrank’s skateboarding subplot.

Cool stuff. Popcorn Friday, If You Vote For Trump, Then Screw You, Santa Cruz Jeff Kendall windbreakers, Pooling Around- ‘Sac of Dreams, work snack re-up, getting channel 9 again, Iron Maiden Red N’ Black beer.

Weekend action. Fun one coming up: Clifton Heights party in the park, Trip Daddys at Bottleworks, taking Jane to the toy show, putting together a table, weed-whacking, skating.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

september twenty-second

Five for September 22nd:

Another summer in the books. Capped off the last day with an afternoon mini-ramp session at White Birch, mowed the lawn, played a few songs on drums, and scarfed down some grocery store sushi.

3 Fictional Characters. That’s quite enough, everyone.

Today/Tonight. Work, coffee brewing, lunch at 3 Kings with Brian and Jon from Anthrax, taking Jane to the park, White Mystery at Bootleg.

Cool stuff. This guy, 2017 Haro Lineage Team Sport, Jeremy McNamara's "Basement Dust" Video, $80 cash spiff, free Dixon shirt, new digital antenna, If You Vote For Trump, Then Screw You.

Go USA. We live in a country where in the span of one day the lives of refugees are compared to a bowl of fruit-flavored candy by the idiot man-child son of a white supremacist presidential candidate, six more civilians were killed by police, one (that we know of) for the unforgivable crime of being a black man with car trouble, and yet another corrupt wall street goon is getting off the hook with his job and millions in bonus money after being caught red-handed scamming his clientele. Forgive me for not flying the flag on the front porch.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

september twenty-first

Five for September 21st:

Elizabeth Warren. Watching her eviscerate hapless corporate CEOs on the senate floor like a lion taunting her prey before ripping its throat out is one of life’s great joys.

Haro. The 2017 Team Sport and Team Master completes are being announced today via live stream from Interbike, 9 am PST. Going to try hard to watch and try harder not to preorder.

Wednesday morning early viewing. Erick Winkowski 12 Pack, Inside Dan’s Comp, Video Days.

Cool stuff. George audibly and discernibly said “grandma” this morning, donuts at the office, new Jane school art, two-dollar Tuesday, New Girl season five on Netflix, another lunch skate session today.

Quote of the day. “For the dozenth time, 'just do what they say and you won’t get hurt' is what we tell hostages, not free citizens interacting with police.” –Patrick Tomlinson

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

september twentieth

Five for September 20th:

Dear Police of America. Sometimes there are going to be people you encounter who are bigger than you and also black. If you can't deal with that reality without resorting to deadly violence, you should have picked a different career.

Skating. A few quick curbslides on the way in and a lunch session at White Birch coming up in a few hours. Also watched half of “Radical Moves” this morning for some reason.

Behold the future. St. Louis newspapers should just copy this article to reprint a month after the Loop trolley opens. It’ll save them the trouble of writing the same exact thing.

Cool stuff. Home-grown butternut squash, free coffee pods in the mail, nice sunrise, learned the opening guitar riff to “Dance the Night Away”, evening at the park with Jane.

Tuesday soundtrack. Pallbearer, Brutal Truth, ACBs, Exodus, Desmond Dekker, Karma to Burn, Red Fang, MC5, Nailbomb, Rival Sons, Metallica, ALL.

Monday, September 19, 2016

september nineteenth

Five for September 19th:

Celebration days. A happy belated birthday to my little brother Josh, who is now like 36 or something crazy, and congrats to Andy and Kelli, who got engaged over the weekend. High fives all around.

Bike commuting. These are the best mornings for riding in- late summer/early fall, when the air is cool, crisp and super comfortable for a six-mile bike trek. No headwind, low traffic and getting lucky with stoplights got me in super quick today.

Party central. Jane had the house decked out on Friday when I got home: balloons hanging, homemade cake, and a special chair decorated with streamers. Then we went to Happy Joe’s for pizza, because that's just what you do when your party is planned by a three year old.

Cool stuff. Rad skate session at JB, duck feeding at Clifton Park, Santa Cruz Jeff Kendall from Lisa and a pair of Black Market shop decks from Josh, new issue of STL magazine, TWS Aggro Zone shirts, Keith Morris Rolling Stone interview.

Illinois. We took a trip up the river road yesterday to see the Piasa bird, pick some apples, ride rides and get dinner on the water at Loading Dock, which through a series of escalating employee blunders ended up being free. Great way to cap off the weekend.

Friday, September 16, 2016

september sixteenth

Five for September 16th:

Birthday. Got to spend an extended first morning of my 39th year hanging out with Jane and George watching Aladdin and drawing pictures, which is as good as any birthday could start out.

Must-reads. The Great American Surrender, Anti-intellectualism Is Killing America Through Its Embrace And Exaltation Of Ignorance, Unwinding a Lie: Donald Trump and ‘Birtherism’.

Quebano at Vernon’s. Perhaps the awesomest and most underrated sandwich in the tri-state area. Pair it up with some tequila lime green beans and you’re golden.

Cool stuff. New episode of Grosso’s Loveletters to Skateboarding, paying off my credit card, new dining room table delivered, Krispy Kremes and free lunch at work, SLM Seth interview, fresh bag of Sumatra.

Weekend action. Birthday-celebrating tonight with the family, D.R.I. at Ready Room, drying out the basement, apple picking in Grafton, a skate session or two, and whatever else.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

september fifteenth

Five for September 15th:

Last day of 38. Another year has unceremoniously blasted by, as they tend to do once you step foot out of childhood. Strange to think a year from today I’ll be staring down the big 4-0, which doesn’t seem possible. That said, age is nothing but a number, and this year is going to be a good one.

Coincidence? There was a 50,000% spike in searches for the definition of 'deplorable' after Clinton’s speech. “Of course, there is no way to be certain Trump supporters were the ones looking up the meaning of the word. Let’s just call it an educated guess.”

Over it. My entire Facebook feed this morning was La Croix memes.

Cool stuff. Giant bag of Peanut M&Ms, $25 Starbucks card, and new tumbler from Lisa’s mom, Coleman inflatable hot tub, morning drums/send-off from Jane, Quebano Thursday with Tom.

Hope for the future. This trio of grade-school kids blasting through a flawless Metallica medley is the best thing you’ll see all week.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

september fourteenth

Five for September 14th:

Playhouse. We scored this super nice, practically-new, gender-neutral play cottage last night for the kids for sixty bucks (delivered!). Jane freaked out when she saw it and she and George spent the whole morning in there.

White Birch. Such a rad skatepark, and more or less totally off the radar. I feel like any day now people are going to discover it and light bulbs will go off and it’ll just blow up, but you can pretty much count on being the only people there using it at any given time.

Sore legs. There’s something to be said for two solid days of skateboarding and bike commuting when you’re two days shy of 39, but it definitely comes with a price- in my case, barely being able to get out of bed this morning. That said, it’s a good kind of sore.

Cool stuff. $50 Starbucks card (plus dinner at SoHa) from Mark and Debbie, Hangin’ with the Vamp, 9 Feminist Values I Managed To Wring Out Of Street Sharks, Thrasher Classics – EMB Gonz Kickflip, drawing pictures for Jane's lunchbox.

Quote of the day. “A 68 year-old woman who’s been on the road for eight months got tired so guess we’d better elect a white supremacist.” –Dylan Marchetti

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

september thirteenth

Five for September 13th:

Riding and ripping. Last night’s Deer Creek skate jam was awesome. Got another ride in to the office today with a skate session at White Birch planned for this afternoon. Get loose.

Princesses. The morning ritual with Jane now includes at least ten minutes of playing with her toy princess castle before we go downstairs, where I (using a Han Solo figure) play the part of the prince and marry any number of fictional maidens/ponies.

Down time. Everything is working fine today with the exception of the system we use to do literally everything. Thank god for the internet.

Cool stuff. Free lunch on Friday, gift basket from Abby, oat & honey bars, two-dollar burger night, Solidarity With Kaepernick Ripples Through the NFL, BMX is more fun than football, iPhone photo dump, steak tacos and a Single Speed at Seoul.

Tuesday soundtrack. The Lion’s Daughter, Carcass, Drive Like Jehu, Blue Oyster Cult, Spiders, Murder City Devils, Beastwars, Dust, Weedeater, Demolition Hammer.

Monday, September 12, 2016

september twelfth

Five for September 12th:

Riding in. Got in a much-needed bike commute to the office this morning. Couldn’t ask for better weather. Shooting for tomorrow as well.

Weekend with Jane. We walked to Chris’ for pancakes, went to the JoA homecoming fair, got ice cream cones, hit Rocket Ship Park, had dinner at Steak n’ Shake, and lots more. Some firsts for her include riding a ferris wheel, chewing gum, and taking her first dance class. Best times.

Bummersville. Lisa spent the weekend holed up with a bad case of strep throat, which of course came out of nowhere on the nicest weekend of the year. Hoping for a speedy recovery for her.

Cool stuff. $50 more in gift cards, work snack restock, to-go coffee, the last days of Admiral’s Row’s stately, neglected mansions, Tommy Guerrero turns 50, Jason "Kid" Adams Run video and interview, Baseball Card Vandals, new jacket.

Skating. Deer Creek session with Andy and crew tonight, lunch jams at Deer Creek at some point(s) this week, coming up on Ramp Riders season.

Friday, September 9, 2016

september ninth

Five for September 9th:

Good luck Lisa. Being home all day solo, chasing around a three year old and a one year old with twelve solid hours of rain in the forecast would be a heavy task for anyone to undertake. I’m with you in spirit.

Hometown press. Why St. Louis is America’s most overlooked city to visit right now, 36 photos of STL in the early 20th century.

Sidewalk surfer. Set up my old Powell Ray Bones pig last night, with some legit old school risers, Indy 149s and a set of 84A/65mm Dominion Inertia wheels. This thing could roll over a tree trunk. Perfect for sailing around the park or quick runs to the Circle-K.

Cool stuff. Already Friday, great first day of school for Jane/full day of new-nanny care for George, Ben Raybourn Dusted, BS with TG: Natas Kaupas parts one and two, smoked almonds,

Weekend action. Looks like a nice one coming up despite the day-long deluge today. Plans include catching the Jag-Wires at Foam, the Joan of Arc homecoming festival with the kids, a skate session or two, and mowing the lawn. Fall RV show? Not out of the question. We’ll see what else comes along.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

september eighth

Five for September 8th:

Proud dad. Yeah, I’m that guy who posts pictures of his kids on the front porch with their tote bags and hand-picked outfits on their first day of school. Get used to it.

Spotify. My “Discover” playlist for this week included songs by every Rob Halford-fronted band in existence. The machine has achieved consciousness.

Abandonment issues. The first time I went to the Mills mall, which was only a few years ago, it was at close to 100% occupancy easily, and packed with people. In the few times I've been there since, you could see that number halved each time. Now it’s essentially a dead mall. The skate park there just reopened, though, so there’s that.

Cool stuff. New Haro Matthias Dandois part, Watch Nirvana Play 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' At A Tiny Club In 1991, Ranchito with Tom and Brian, H-Street “Magnificent Seven” series, $25 gift card from work, Powell Peralta Vato Rat snapbacks.

Tunes. I have the eight songs for the show on the 29th pretty dialed in, at least as far as rehearsing them by myself in the attic/drumming them out on my steering wheel goes. We’ll see how they translate in real life.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

september seventh

Five for September 7th:

Access denied. SoHa was closed for a remodeling job last night, putting the kibosh on our plans for two-dollar burgers. Rerouted the crew to Las Palmas for traditional tacos and fish-tank viewing.

School days. Jane has her preschool orientation today, her first day of school tomorrow, and her dance class is starting this week. My little girl is growing up.

Get real. Can we just talk for a second about how stupid it is that we say "gubernatorial" instead of "governatorial"? I don't care about the etymology of it. When people say "gubernatorial" all I can picture is a giant pile of snot and mucas wearing an ill-fitting suit. Actually, come to think of it, maybe that is an appropriate term to use.

Cool stuff. Gullwing Inside Out on Youtube, Missouri’s Bosnian Vote could turn the state blue, How Donald Trump Lost His Mojo, Obi-Wan’s Last Days in the Desert, cheap margaritas, Grosso's Love Notes: Episode 3.

Wednesday soundtrack. Troubled Horse, Fight, Early Man, Hot Lunch, Oslo Ess, Crimson Glory, Acid King, Thin Lizzy, Minor Threat, King Diamond, Death Breath.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

september sixth

Five for September 6th:

Static Age. Proof that all the Misfits ever needed to be a good live band was a decent drummer who could keep their tempos in check and a couple of basic instrument tuners. And Danzig.

Weekend highlights. Japanese festival at the Botanical Gardens with the Fairs, last trip to the pool for the summer, backyard party at Seth and Lindsey’s, dinner and drinks at Bottleworks, Webster Groves and Deer Creek DIY skate sessions, Courtesy Diner and Clifton Park with the kids.

Ten days away. Closing in on the final year of my thirties. How the hell did that happen? The good news is that Jane has promised a Batman/Superman cake to celebrate the occasion.

Cool stuff. GT Bleeding Kansas video, new dining room table ordered, Hopper Whitman autumn ale, dialing in the drums, iPhone photo dump, mornings with George, 2017 Haro Lineage Sport and Master sneak peek, Friday Night Lights revisited.

Phyllis Schlafly. The witch is dead. At least she got one thing right.

Friday, September 2, 2016

september second

Five for September 2nd:

Hired gun. Looks like I will indeed be sitting in on drums with Kevin and Kimi’s new band the Jag-Wires on September 29th at San Loo while Scott is out of town. Thanks to Kevin for asking me. It’s gonna be fun, so come out.

Shredding. Meeting Andy at White Birch this afternoon for some rolling around- hot on the heels of yesterday’s midday sesh. No better way to spend a lunch break.

The lawn. Yesterday was the first time I really appreciated fully the awesomeness of having a gas mower. It was so overgrown that trying to chop through it with that dull-bladed reel mower would have probably given me a heart attack. Instead, I got the whole thing done in 25 minutes without breaking a sweat. Bam.

Cool stuff. Windows open, getting paid, Seattle’s Best “five” roast, James Carville: The Republican Party Is Committing Suicide, An Oral History of "We Built This City," the Worst Song of All Time, Dear White America, which form of protest do you prefer?

Long weekend. Looks like an amazing Labor Day weekend coming up, weather-wise. Lots of hanging out with the kids, a party at Seth and Lindsay’s, going to some parks, squeezing in some skating, and generally being outdoors as much as possible.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

september first

Five for September 1st:

No time wasted. September is coming out swinging with some cool, crisp 60-degree weather, and of course the goddamned pumpkin spice latte signs are already up at Starbucks.

Jane. She’s officially enrolled in dance class as of yesterday, and is super excited- so much so that she wore her new ballet slippers to bed.

Free lunch. Sandwiches today at the workplace to celebrate a record month. They’d better get some salt & vinegar chips.

Cool stuff. 2017 Natas “Panther” reissue, Chrome Ball Incident Jason Adams interview, bunch of free drum heads for Josh, morning drums, good drop-off with George.

Coffee. Drank a pot this morning, got a grande dark roast on the way in, and brewed up another pot at work. If there’s such a thing as too much, today seems like as good a day as any to find out.