Wednesday, November 30, 2016

november thirtieth

Five for November 30th:

November. This month came and went in the blink of an eye. Here’s to a hopefully mellow December in the weather department, with a couple of long weekends and maybe some coffee cards sprinkled in for good measure.

No Other Way. The new Vans video is completely insane. Just when you think things can’t possibly get gnarlier, things are taken to an unexplainable next level.

Xmas. We have holiday-themed events literally every week- sometimes more than once a week- all the way up until the end of the year. To some people this might sound awful, but when you have little kids it’s actually pretty fun.

Cool stuff. Santa Cruz summer reissues, elf on the shelf with Jane, Senate Republicans can save the country — and their party — from Trump, Jet’s pizza, lunch shreddin’.

Blue shirt special. Today was one of those days where I looked in the closet to discover that a piece of clothing I never really cared for- and had almost given away more than once- all of a sudden works and looks good. There ya go.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

november twenty-ninth

Five for November 29th:

Balmy day. Two days before December begins and it’s going to get up around 65 degrees. If we can get through the usual cold months with only 2-3 months of actual cold temperatures instead of the normal 4-5, I'll be a happy man.

Must watch. If you do nothing else today, make sure to watch Keith Olbermann’s scathing Donald Trump takedown, and realize what this country is getting itself into. Seriously.

Star Wars Kleenex. It was either that or a basket of kittens.

Cool stuff. New issue of Thrasher (with sticker sheet!), George Foreman grill, back issues of BMX Plus, work snack restock, ShawBrothers Skateboarding, pumpkin pie, Jaws Criddler on the Roof part.

Tuesday soundtrack. Iced Earth, Sex Pistols, Circle Jerks, Redd Kross, Agent Orange, Enforcer, Morbid Angel, Buzzcocks.

Monday, November 28, 2016

november twenty-eighth

Five for November 28th:

Date night. We kicked off the long weekend with some amazing sushi at CafĂ©’ Mochi followed by drinks at Tick Tock Tavern- our first time there. Great old school STL spot- we’ll definitely be back.

Get rad. Skate sessions at JB and Webster Groves over the weekend, and also squeezed in some BMX here and there, including a parking lot jam with Janey.

Family life. Two thanksgivings, setting up the xmas tree, Garden Glow at Botanical Garden, neighborhood nature walks, attempting to maintain sanity.

Cool stuff. Free Dunlop picks, YMCA tot-watch, Trip Daddys at Bottleworks, Ballast Point Victory at Sea, new hat, apple cider, steak gogi bowl.

Basement redux. Spent some time down there cleaning, clearing, and organizing over the weekend. It needed it. Also set up a workspace to start selling stuff on eBay- I have at least four tubs of old toys and other odds and ends to photograph, list, pack, and get rid of.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

november twenty-third

Five for November 23rd:

America 2016. When we're not electing thin-skinned white nationalist reality television stars to the highest levels of government, we're using militarized forces working on behalf of foreign oil companies to aggressively attack native Americans protecting sacred land two days before Thanksgiving. Save ‘em some of that sweet potato casserole!

New Metallica. It goes without saying that Hardwired has easily replaced Death Magnetic as the best record they’ve put out since the Black Album. Still digging into it, but it’s a good solid return to form after a couple decades of disjointed attempts to reinvent themselves.

Grosso’s Loveletters. The new “Skate Rock” episode is the longest one yet; basically a mini-documentary clocking in at 24 minutes and putting it squarely into actual TV-show territory. Also it’s rad.

Cool stuff. Sidewalk Surf’s Up, obligatory holiday popcorn tin at work, free Red Fang poster, chap-stick 3-pack.

Long weekend action. Getting ready for four days of running around to various family events and other random fun, starting off with a date night tonight and some skate sessions peppered in for good measure. Hopefully the weather cooperates. Seeya Monday.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

november twenty-second

Five for November 22nd:

Holiday cards. We got them ordered in record time this year, as opposed to our normal routine of dragging our feet until the week before Christmas.

Playing music. May be doing it again soon. With people and everything. Nothing firm yet, but some potential things cooking. We’ll see what happens.

Scrubbed clean. The old, rotting Lever 2000 soap factory- a consistent fixture of blight that has stood decaying on the other side of Ferguson for as long as I’ve worked here, was imploded over the weekend and is currently being dismantled. It’ll be weird not to have that hulking structure looming in the distance every day.

Cool stuff. Snakebite BMX Eddie Roman interview, morning curb crushing, care package of skate pins and CD from an Instagram buddy (thanks Paul!), math board games with Jane, “It smelled like death”: An oral history of the Double Dare obstacle course.

Make no mistake. If you voted for Trump, you're one of these people. These are now your contemporaries. The KKK and the white nationalist party are now your contemporaries. Your vote enabled this. You could see it coming a mile away, and you ignored it, and you are responsible. I'm (by birth) a Jewish person living in this country, and your vote has empowered these people. Yes, they were here before, but now they're being given a voice by the highest level of government. So, again, I really hope you're proud of yourselves. Next time you see a swastika carved on someone's door or a room full of people sieg-heiling, just remember this shit is on you.

Monday, November 21, 2016

november twenty-first

Five for November 21st:

Short week. Three days in the office this week, at least one of which will likely be a total blow-off and probably cut short. Not to mention an early payday.

Little library. A library box popped up in Clifton Heights the other day. Jane took full advantage, scoring a new Cinderella book. Our neighborhood rules.

Leaf piles. With our backyard tree having shed the last of its leaves for the year, I raked a giant one for the kids on Saturday, with George getting first crack.

Cool stuff. Ranchito with Aaron, Steve Caballero and Mike McGill Weekend Buzz, Black Friday deals, work coffee restock, hot-tubbing, fresh hardware, rib bones and risers for the Chris Miller, backyard slappies, breakfast tacos, new issue of Decibel.

True facts. Go to Wikipedia. Look up any person that has ever lived. The picture shown will be of them on a panel at Comic Con.

Friday, November 18, 2016

november eighteenth

Five for November 18th:

Foxpaw. It’s rad to be able to just plug my phone in and have it charge without a fight for the first time in months, and also have a new battery that won’t be halfway drained by the time I get to work. Foxpaw rules- the whole thing was $45, took a few hours to get done, and saved me from having to deal with Apple or Verizon. Highly recommended,

Old and broken. Yeah, apparently I pulled a muscle in my left hip last night walking the recycling bin up the driveway, because apparently that's what happens when you're almost forty. May need to make a trip to the YMCA hot tub this evening.

Quote of the day. “Any Christian who isn’t immediately outraged by the idea of a ‘Muslim registry’ never gets to utter the words ‘religious freedom’ again.” -Chris Robertson

Cool stuff. Morning therapy roll, Elizabeth Warren senate floor Trump evisceration, Metallica Murder One video, toaster waffles, free SW stickers, popcorn Friday, Luke Cage.

Weekend action. First weekend in a while with no real concrete plans. With the temperature dropping and some rain in the forecast, who knows? Hopefully get the kids to the park, squeeze in a skate session (hip permitting), re-rake the backyard, and gear up for a short workweek.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

november seventeenth

Five for November 17th:

iPhone woes. Took my old 5S in to Foxpaw today for an overhaul. It was no longer charging reliably, and the battery life when it did charge was a joke. Way cheaper than buying a replacement, and a lot less of a headache.

Record highs. It's these sorts of summer-like days a week out from Thanksgiving that make me glad to know our future president will be appointing a climate change denier to head the EPA. Endless summer, bro! Let's keep this thing going!

Sicknesses. Jane has an ear infection and was coughing all night, George is getting over a nasty cold, and I still have this cough happening that I can’t quite shake (but is starting to go away). Everyone I know is sick these days.

Cool stuff. New Dan’s Comp catalog, Einstein’s cinnamon blend, lost Powell-Peralta pin found, Welcome Chris Miller delivery, refrigerator cookies, lunch with Tom.

The Onion’s Biden articles. Of all the things we stand to lose with the next presidency, this might be the thing I miss the most.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

november sixteenth

Five for November 16th:

Face forward. We turned George’s car seat around in both cars, marking one more small milestone in his official transformation from toddler to little boy. He loves it.

Long weekend season. One of the best parts of winter.

Fire in the sky. Unbelievable sunset over St. Louis last night, as evidenced by hundreds of photos peppering the social media landscape.

Cool stuff. Ham and eggs, Build Woodward: Animal Chin 2.0, lunch skate session today or tomorrow (or both), short interview for the SLM site, space adventures with Jane.

Trump sucks. I'm already growing weary of having to sign petitions requesting the smallest modicums of decency from the president-elect and it's still two months till he takes office. SIGH. Yes, please don't appoint the fucking racist anti-Semite to a White House position for motherfucking fuck’s sake. To that end; This Is Not Normal.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

november fifteenth

Five for November 15th:

Life is weird. One minute you're at home making a grilled cheese, the next you're skating a mini ramp, the next you're hanging out on Flotsam and Jetsam's tour bus. Pretty good for a Monday night.

Kid-free. It’s been nice to have some uninterrupted time to get things done around the house, go out and do things, and have a couple of lazy mornings, but I’m ready to see those goobers again.

Tuesday soundtrack. Enforcer, Fugazi, Black Sabbath, Primal Fear, Judas Priest, T. Rex, Gama Bomb, Cauldron, Tom Petty.

Cool stuff. Love Notes Episode Five, selling stuff off, remembering lunch, guest lists, free earplugs, Street Axe revisited, almost eighty degrees on Thursday.

Dear Trump supporters. Sure, your presidential nominee, who ran on a platform of fear, exclusion, xenophobia, racism, nationalism and ignorance is appointing a series of like-minded sycophants, idiots and yes-men to his cabinet, including a known white supremacist as chief strategist. And yes, your nominee has yet to denounce in any meaningful way the nationwide uptick in reports of hate crimes that have happened in his name in the wake of his nomination- or even denounce the actual Ku Klux Klan victory parade that was held to celebrate his win, and yes, taxpayers are going to be spending tens of millions of dollars over the next four years flying the president back and forth between DC and New York because he apparently had no idea the job actually had to be conducted from the White House and wants to continue living in his lavish Manhattan skyscraper where he can shit in his (actual) gold toilet, and yes, he may *potentially* have had no idea he had to actually staff the West Wing, and yes, he is quite possibly illiterate and has no real policy proposals of any sort and zero interest in learning about foreign policy and expects his VP to do all that work for him, and yes, he is backpedaling on many facets of the idiotic proclamations he so vigorously stated during his campaign which means he is a liar who will say whatever people want to hear, and yes, he is a horrifying, woefully inept man-child who is in over his head and is dangerously close to plunging the country into a combination economic depression/race war (to say nothing of what might happen to the global economy), and yes, you were forced to turn your back on many of your most basic principles, morals, human decencies and religious convictions in the name of blindly supporting a hate-spewing charlatan demagogue, and yes, this person has already managed to turn America into a worldwide laughingstock, and yes, you were conned by a con man. You were the mark for a television huckster, a rapist reality show con man, and you got had.These things are true. But at least you managed to stick it to that no-good Hillary, with her emails and Benghazi! Right?!?

Monday, November 14, 2016

november fourteenth

Five for November 14th:

Fall cleanup. With the kids at the farm, Lisa and I conducted a long-overdue, extensive purge of crap around the house yesterday. Cleaned out every closet, filled several bags and boxes with clothes, sheets and toys for donations, took junk to the curb, and loaded our trash can to the absolute brim. A great weight has been lifted.

Essential Knots. Seth’s new band had their debut Saturday evening at Foam and were so dialed you’d think they had been around for a decade. Can’t wait to see what these guys do.

Autographs unearthed while housecleaning. Lee Ving from Fear on the back of a Butt Trumpet 8x10 glossy photo, Chuck Berry on the back of a McMurray Music business card, Dolemite on the back of a random flyer, Pete Parisi on a World Wide Magazine sticker.

Cool stuff. New family photos, Clifton Park in fall, JB sesh with the old man crew, pumpkin muffins at work, Flotsam and Jetsam at Firebird tonight, Dennis Busenitz's "Up To Speed" Documentary, If you voted for Trump because he’s ‘anti-establishment,’ guess what: You got conned.

Date Night. King and I for some spring rolls, tofu curry and Tsingtao at one of our favorite old haunts.

Friday, November 11, 2016

november eleventh

Five for November 11th:

R.I.P. Leonard Cohen. Everybody knows the war is over, everybody knows the good guys lost. Everybody knows the fight was fixed, the poor stay poor, the rich get rich. That's how it goes; everybody knows.

Southwest Diner. Early morning trip for fiery scrambles, breakfast burritos and sopapillas was awesome, and our waiter was a guy who lives up the street from us.

Encino Man. Finally on Netflix. Watched it last night, all the way through. Terrible though it may ultimately be, it holds up in a weirdly nostalgic sort of way.

Cool stuff. The #notmypresident movement, Creature Rata Rampa video, popcorn Friday, Kald’s to-go, mouse eradication, Welcome Chris Miller "face" deck.

Weekend action. Fun one coming up. Taking some updated family photos tomorrow, Seth’s new band debut at Foam, potential Ramp Riders/JB skate sessions, kids going to the farm/fall house mass-cleanup 2016, dinner date with Lisa.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

november tenth

Five for November 10th:

The reality. This country will never stop moving forward no matter how hard these last-gasp baby boomers and their aging political stooges try to take us backwards, and our daughters will be around to enjoy equal and reproductive rights long after the last bit of rotten flesh has withered off of Donald Trump's crumbling skeleton and the policies put in place by his cabinet are nothing but a sad, embarrassing footnote in American history.

La Pizza. It’s been too long, old friend. It’s been too long. Double-slice lunch special in the near future.

Return to Fallbrook. Here's What Happened to the Legendary Ramps Behind Tony Hawk's Old House.

Cool stuff. Like-minded people keeping me sane, getting paid, afternoon shredding, Maplewood skatepark in the works, morning drums, Iron Maiden En Vivo HD.

Quote of the day. "She knew that she was electoral poison, that vast swathes of the country hated her and for good reason, that she was compromised by a miserable record spotted with sleaze and criminality, that she alienated the left, inflamed the right, that her entire constituency was made of limp cardboard, that her candidacy raised the serious possibility of a Republican victory when anyone else would have beaten that divided and frothing party into insignificance with one hand tied behind their back – but she ran anyway." -Sam Kriss

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

day off

No blog today because fuck everything.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

november eighth

Five for November 8th:

Election day. Longest line I’ve ever seen this morning at the polling place, but well worth it to cast my vote to keep a racist, misogynist, unhinged, xenophobic, vindictive, thin-skinned, no-nothing manchild demagogue from being elected President of the United States.

Flight plans. We weren’t able to get anything direct to Orange County in January, but we were able to get rerouted through Phoenix and Vegas instead of Denver, eliminating (hopefully) the potential for any snow/ice delays. Plus, we get a couple of free hours in Vegas for some lunch and nickel slots before heading home.

Indian summer continues. Another stretch of 60-70 degree weather in the forecast for mid-November. Windows open, shoes off.

Cool stuff. Night jams at Webster with Andy, breaking in the new Emericas, fresh Black Market King Diamond setup, lunch with Brian, BS with TG: Mark Gonzales, Part 1.

Tuesday soundtrack. Iron Maiden, Enforcer, Tilts, AC/DC, Hammerfall, Black Sabbath, Cauldron, White Wizzard, Valient Thorr, Skeletonwitch.

Monday, November 7, 2016

november seventh

Five for November 7th:

Congrats Andy and Kelli. Baby boy due in May. As a side note, Lisa totally called this one.

Daylight savings. So long, old friend. See you in a few months.

Animal Chin revisited. The fourth and final video in the series, The Chin Sessions, is up. Watch it. Also an extensive blog post on the Powell site. Read it.

Cool stuff. Fresh-groomed dog, Adam’s Smokehouse take-out, backyard leaf-pile jumping, Bryce Kanights Decades Deep, swimming with Jane, driveway freestylin’.

Shredboarding. Fun session at JB on Saturday, with two more happening today: White Birch this afternoon and Webster tonight after the kids hit the hay.

Friday, November 4, 2016

november fourth

Five for November 4th:

Groomatorium. Henry is getting shaved, bathed, and clipped today. It’s possible that his current state is the shaggiest he has ever been. I probably let it go a little too long- sorry, buddy.

Quote of the day. “At some point around 8:30 in the morning, when you're ten minutes into a discussion about cowbells with the guy from Danzig, it starts to dawn on you how weird this industry is." -Seth Porter

Melania Trump vows to take on cyberbullying. I know a good place for her to start.

Cool stuff. Donut shop coffee, Harry Caray calls game 7, jasmine tea restock, taking advantage of sandwich day, Andrew Reynolds' "Made Chapter 2" B-Sides.

Weekend action. Nice sunny weekend coming up. Jag-Wires at Sinkhole, mowing the lawn, maybe hit the Toy Show with Jane, potential swimming and skating, reluctantly rolling back the clock.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

november third

Five for November 3rd:

World Series. One of the best baseball games I’ve ever watched- second only to 2011 game 6, Cardinals vs. Rangers- though once the rain delay happened I called it a night. Happy for my friends in Chicago today.

Last-ditch effort. Donald Trump Voters, Just Hear Me Out. Worth a read.

This morning. Got some coffee, hung out with the drummer for Samhain/bassist for Danzig, did an interview for the SLM site, sold some guitars. Not bad for a dreary Thursday.

Cool stuff. Pumpkin bread, Jane art, fall housecleaning plans, leftover candy, awesome weather for the next week, mom is back in her condo.

Quote of the day. “One way to think about an election is: who are the literal Nazis and Klansmen >supporting? Maybe I should look elsewhere.” -Christopher Hayes

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

november second

Five for November 2nd:

Breakfast. Chef Jane cooked up some excellent blueberry and chocolate chip pancakes this morning.

Game seven. Indians and Cubs, tied three apiece. Even the most casual baseball fan has to appreciate the gravity of this game tonight.

Southwest sucks. Apparently they decided to do away with direct flights to Orange County in the time since we booked our flights for January, which means layovers in Oakland and Denver. Hopefully we can re-route to LAX and avoid this nonsense.

Cool stuff. 80 degrees in early November, Origins of the Front Pop with Steve Rocco, Rodney Mullen, and Alan Gelfand, Henry getting groomed Friday, salt & vinegar chips, White Birch afternoon ramp jam, morning Georgie, A Wider View: The Ray Barbee Legacy.

Quote of the day. “Remember on Sunday to set the clock back one hour, and then on Tuesday to not set the country back 50 years.” -unknown

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

november first

Five for November 1st:

November. 85 degrees and sunny outside for the first day of November. It'll be cold and miserable before we know it, so I’ll take the warm weather for as long as it wants to stick around.

Clifton Heights Halloween. Our neighborhood is awesome: tons of kids out roaming the sidewalks. It reminds me of when I was growing up. Jane had the time of her life, and we trick-or-treated until her pumpkin was full to the top and too heavy for her to carry. As it should be.

Skateboarding. White Birch afternoon session happening today, taking full advantage of the unseasonable weather. Got the Lee Ralph tuned up and ready to shred.

Cool stuff. New issue of Thrasher, new pair of shorts, Starbucks Thanksgiving roast, cheap Emerica Figueroa shoes from Skate Warehouse, the Republican civil war stards the day after the election, work snack restock.

Tuesday soundtrack. Tarot, Enforcer, Aerosmith, Primal Fear, Heathen, Cheap Trick, Iron Maiden, Hammerfall.