Friday, March 31, 2017

march thirty-first

Five for March 31st:

Hail Hail. Spotted a new Chuck Berry tribute mural going up on the side of Vintage Vinyl this morning. Pretty awesome.

April. Stoked to start getting into some serious spring, but this is starting to look like it’s going to be one for the record books in the allergy department.

Jamboree. George was jamming on his ukulele and I on my guitar for a rousing morning rendition of “Wheels on the Bus”.

Cool stuff. Free Iron Reagan poster, Ranchito with Brian and Tom, getting paid, Westport Plaza Concrete Graveyard video, Wide Awake eco K-cup restock, old Texas Toast BMX footage.

Weekend action. Finally getting some sunshine tomorrow after a week of rain and clouds. Morning skate session at JB, riding bikes with Paul, mowing the lawn, Clifton Park playground, picking up my repaired e-cymbal, and whatever else comes along.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

march thirtieth

Five for March 30th:

Time flies. That term can get sort of overused, but in this case it's the only one that works: my old (second to last) band played our final show ten years ago tonight. It doesn’t even seem possible that a f*cking decade has already gone by.

Lawn jockey. I might actually have to mow the grass this weekend.

Inbox. Still lean and clean following the great December purging. It’s a surprisingly satisfying feeling.

Cool stuff. Roasted red pepper egg white bites, middle-aged skateboarders are a thing, get used to it, trash-truck observations with George, Barge at Will on Youtube, the Mike Hoder interview, U.K. Subs at Fubar on Sunday.

Quote of the day. "If I had told you that America would soon elect an unpopular, undisciplined, inexperienced, scandal-plagued reality television star to the presidency, and that he would staff his White House with warring advisers who had never worked in government, you likely would have predicted a presidency that looks very much like the one we have now." -Ezra Klein

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

march twenty-ninth

Five for March 29th:

Healthy eating. Today is pretty much the exact three-month mark since I changed my diet to whole eating, and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done besides get married and have kids. Down close to 20 lbs, two waist sizes and counting, have tons of energy and feel great. Cravings for junk food are just gone. I can’t recommend it enough.

Ripper. Re-set up my 10” Powell Ripper over the weekend to session that parking garage with Andy and am loving it. Not sure why it fell out of favor before, but the way I have it put together now is perfect- plus it’s my all-time favorite graphic. Keeping this one in the rotation.

Tonight. Was super stoked for the Scott Reynolds show at Fubar, but looks like it got cancelled for some reason. Hopefully it’ll be rescheduled soon. Bummer.

Cool stuff. Morning curbslides, fruit cup and raw almonds, taking care of business, Haro Rise of BMX Freestyle, Vol. 2 on sale, Across the Tracks on Youtube.

Yapping away. George has officially entered the “talking up a storm” phase of toddlerhood. It’s seriously amazing to watch his speech develop in real time, day by day.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

march twenty-eighth

Five for March 28th:

The big payday. Three years after our last show, combined digital and analog sales of The Blind Eyes' music on iTunes, iTunes Europe, iTunes Switzerland, Spotify, Google Music, CD Baby, YouTube Music, Groove, Rhapsody, Medianet, and Apple Music finally reached the vaunted $50 mark.

Rough evening. The horrors of an over-tired child were on full display last night. Hopefully the twelve hours of sleep she got will help right the ship.

Quote of the day. “Hear me, Americans! Savor this world-historic self-own by the soft-ass imbeciles currently running our government, who had at least a year to overhaul a spectacularly unpopular healthcare system against which they’d been campaigning for the better part of a decade but bailed on the effort after 17 days because their diapers were leaking down their legs.” -Alberto Burneko

Cool stuff. New pack of no-sew buttons, watching The Iron Giant with Jane, work coffee restock, iPhone photo dump, Florideah Swamp Fest footage.

Tuesday soundtrack. Exciter, Misfits, Cro-Mags, Spoon, Ace Frehley, Fear, Dwarves, Acid King, TSOL, Sleep, Karma to Burn, Agent Orange.

Monday, March 27, 2017

march twenty-seventh

Five for March 27th:

Rock shows. Had a blast playing some drums with the Jag-Wires on Friday night at Tap Room, and seeing Summer Magic and Essential Knots on Saturday at Off Broadway. Out past midnight two weekend nights in a row? What is this, 2004?

Slappy Sunday. A nice glazing of pissing rain put a damper on JB plans, so Andy and I rerouted to a parking garage curb for an hour or so skate session yesterday. My first time there. Super fun.

Trumpcare fails spectacularly. How’s all that healthcarey-replacey stuff workin’ out for ‘ya?

Cool stuff. Rooftop’s Pool Party, Donald, This I Will Tell You, dinner and games with the kids at Happy Joe’s, vacuuming out my car, new Flying Glider, freezer tarts, Every Zelda game reviewed.

Clifton Park. The annual spring clean-up is happening next Saturday, with the egg hunt right around the corner. Jane is stoked.

Friday, March 24, 2017

march twenty-fourth

Five for March 24th:

Rock show. I'm playing drums tonight, people. In public. For free. Tap Room, sitting in with the Jag-Wires. Come out and bang yer head.

The President’s In A Big-Boy Truck Beep Beep. Today started with our pee baby president’s latest piss tantrum in the pages of Time magazine. It ends with him climbing around in a big rig, no doubt a reward for acting like a big boy and keeping his diapy dry.

Afternoon board meeting. It’s a beautiful spring day out there today, which means a lunch break skate session at White Birch with Brian is pending. Get rolling.

Cool stuff. This Rare Footage Shows How Far Ahead of His Time John Cardiel Was, tall Sumatra on the way in, Powell completes in the attic skateshop, pollo Yucatan with extra veggies, Skyrim advancements.

Weekend action. Practice at Kevin’s and the show tonight, Essential Knots tomorrow night at Off Broadway, hanging out with the kids a bunch, hopefully getting in some dirt jumping at Figure 8 or a skate sesh at JB.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

march twenty-third

Five for March 23rd:

Wednesday. Ate great all day, hung out with the bass player for Danzig at my desk, hunted plastic eggs in the backyard and rode bikes with Jane, scored a couple of new Haro shirts, got some practice in for the Jag-Wires show, and got to sleep in my own bed. All said, good one.

Morning ritual. Coffee and BMX videos on the couch with George by my side is now pretty much a daily thing I can count on, which is great by me.

Quote of the day. “We've reached a dangerous precipice where we can definitively say that the President of the United States is a gross, unethical liar who cannot and should not be trusted.” -Shaun King

Cool stuff. Yes, Chuck Berry Invented Rock 'n' Roll, street photographer recreates images 40 years apart, MCF “Turquoise Heart” video premiere, Ranchito with Tom and Brian, Ryan Nyquist "Boxes full of goodies" video.

Good karma. That rear-ending by an uninsured driver that occurred last month was resolved in perhaps the best way possible, with a money order for the full amount of the repair estimate and a really nice letter showing up in the mail yesterday. I honestly never expected it to work out this way. Goes to show there are good people out there.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

march twenty-second

Five for March 22nd:

Life is strange. Steve Zing from Samhain, who also happens to be our LP rep, will be in the office today to hang out and talk shop. It’s easy to forget how cool my job is sometimes.

Quarantined. Lisa came down with a super-aggressive and contagious virus that left her wearing a mask and sequestered from the family with a gnarly ear infection yesterday. Thankfully we have a pull-out couch downstairs, which I have to say was surprisingly comfortable.

Last night. Had to postpone our scheduled band practice before Friday’s show (see above) AND I missed a secret show at the Way Out Club featuring J. Mascis and Lou Barlow from Dinosaur Jr. and John Brannon from Negative Approach doing Stooges covers. What can you do?

Cool stuff. The Long Ride with Ryan Nyquist, modders are recreating entire Red Dead Redemption map in GTAV, new pair of swim trunks, Catch Me If You Can on YouTube, work raw nut restock.

Quote of the day. “Get ready for impeachment.” -Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

march twenty-first

Five for March 21st:

First day of spring. Came roaring in with a vengeance- 84 degrees out and blinding sunshine all day long. I love it. Hit the skate park for a session with Brian at lunch and the playground with the kids after work.

Here’s hoping. Donald Trump will quit as President ‘soon’, Judiciary committee co-chair Dianne Feinstein hints. Not holding my breath, but I'll take whatever positive developments I can get.

Summer shorts. I’m down two waist sizes thanks to a few months of whole eating, from a 34" last year to 32" this year with room to spare. I can't tell you the last time I could even pretend to fit into a 32 waist.

Cool stuff. Cooperstown Cardinals hat, two new pairs of one-dollar sunglasses, free copy of Bike magazine in the mail, got the Hammer gyro cover on, BMX Madness at Full Factory's Private Ramps, crock pot bbq.

Tuesday soundtrack. Torche, Celtic Frost, Overkill, Loudmouth, Doomriders, Blue Oyster Cult, Venom, Melvins, D.R.I.

Monday, March 20, 2017

march twentieth

Five for March 20th:

Chuck Berry. Someday I'll get to tell my kids that their old man played with Chuck Berry not once, but twice. RIP to the guy that pretty much started it all.

Weekend kid adventures. Digging for treasure and lunch on the beach at Creve Coeur Lake on Saturday, hit the River Road to check out the Piasa bird and play around in Elsah on Sunday.

Bike work. Hung out in Greg’s garage, listened to the Descendents, and had a couple of my BMX’s tuned up and dialed in. Always a good time with that dude.

Cool stuff. Officially spring, Krooked Kevin Staab guest deck from Andy, morning curb stop, Odyssey Ghost brake pads for the Dyno, good leftovers, new umbrella for the back deck.

Quote of the day. “Don’t worry, everyone. After Trump’s exhausting week of cutting programs that help low-income Americans, he’s taking his 6th vacation.” - Jordan Uhi

Friday, March 17, 2017

march seventeenth

Five for March 17th:

St. Patrick’s Day. The only reason I’m even mentioning it is in the hopes it will help me remember to avoid Dogtown on the way home.

Links I emailed myself at 3:30 in the morning. The Revolt of the Judges: What Happens When the Judiciary Doesn’t Trust the President’s Oath, Budgets are moral documents, and Trump’s is a moral failure, Trump's Budget Would Turn the US Into a Heavily-Guarded Shitpile, White House Says Cutting Meals on Wheels Is ‘Compassionate’, This Is the Ending Conservatives Always Wanted.

BMX banditry. Got in an afternoon solo ride at White Birch yesterday. My first time there on a bike, but not my last. Good place to dial stuff in.

Cool stuff. New issue of Decibel, the return of Bam Margera, discounted Haro t-shirts, getting paid, Lizzie Armanto turned pro, vintage Hammer gyro cover.

Weekend action. Nice one coming up in the weather department with little in the way of concrete plans. Thee Fine Lines at San Loo tonight, maybe an early skate session at JB tomorrow, potential trip to Creve Coeur Lake beach, dialing in the Nyquist and the Dyno with Greg, hanging with the crew.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

march sixteenth

Five for March 16th:

Rock show. A week from tomorrow, I’ll be sitting in on drums for another gig with the Jag-Wires at Tap Room. It’s free, and free is always good. Essential Knots the following night at Off Broadway. Make a weekend out of it!

Quote of the day. “Poopoo and peepee and David Bowie with diapers that have poop in them.” -Jane

Sleep. Everybody got a much-needed uninterrupted full night last night for the first time in weeks. Feeling pretty damn good today.

Cool stuff. Shipyard Mike Conroy decks, Behind the Photo: Mat Hoffman by Brad McDonald, spring starts in four days, Hell Night Songs EP release video, afternoon freestyle session.

Cheep cheep, gone gone. The abandoned Dirt Cheep on Hampton is being demolished for what I understand will be an urgent care facility. How ironic is that? Good riddance to that hellhole.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

march fifteenth

Five for March 15th:

George. Our little dude had a rough night to say the least. Woke up around 11 shaking with a 103 degree fever. Lisa ended up taking him to the ER in the middle of the night thinking it might be pneumonia. Luckily it wasn’t, but he had some kind of virus and two ear infections. Poor guy cannot catch a break. Props to Lisa for literally being the best mom of all time.

Thrift score. Nabbed a fully-chromed out, practically mint mid-school Dyno yesterday afternoon for less than the cost of a lunch at Mi Ranchito. Insane. A couple of front pegs and some brake tightening and it’ll be an awesome rider.

Skyrim. Finally dug into it for a bit yesterday evening, and it’s awesome. Can’t wait to play more. Side note: every first-person game should take a page from their playbook and offer a third-person view option.

Cool stuff. Spare Xbox 360 in the living room, Lifers: Episode 4, blanket fort, taking Jane out for ice cream, two bags of Seattle’s Best #5, X and Screeching Weasel at Delmar Hall (not the same night), 20 classic MST3K episodes hitting Netflix today.

Three years ago. My old band played our last show at Off Broadway exactly three years ago tonight. Time f*cking flies. Guess it's about time to start working on a reunion gig.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

march fourteenth

Five for March 14th:

Three days of snow. No accumulation to speak of except on the grass, and it’s all melting away quick, but still. What kind of cruel joke is this? At least I’m not in NYC right now.

Google Earth. Someone hates you, wherever you go.

Great again? The perverse reality of the Republican health care bill. “Here, in short, is what the AHCA does. The bill guts Medicaid, halves the value of Obamacare’s insurance subsidies, and allows insurers to charge older Americans 500 percent more than they charge young Americans.”

Cool stuff. Fish tacos, selling more stuff on eBay, Mega Free 2 footage, Garbage Pail Kids Kim Kong vinyl figure, used copy of Skyrim for $4, The Wayne’s World Soundtrack at 25 (written by my good friend Annie Zaleski).

Tuesday soundtrack. Spirit Caravan, Windhand, Saint Vitus, Orchid, The Sword, Goatsnake, High On Fire, Monolord, Red Fang, Mountain Witch.

Monday, March 13, 2017

march thirteenth

Five for March 13th:

Fish fry. Temporarily broke my whole-eating regimen for the first time this year for some fried fish and mac n’ cheese at Epiphany. ‘Twas a tasty treat indeed, but I’m back on the wagon.

Toy show. Jane scored a new Barbie and My Little Pony, and I almost pulled the trigger on a Microman for $25 which was awesome and I now regret passing on.

Hitting the slopes. We found the one sleddable hill in Clifton Park after Friday night’s dusting and shredded it early Saturday morning. Two hours later, it was completely melted, but at least we got something in this year.

Cool stuff. DST is back, farm share eggs and sweet potatoes, backyard BMX, TWS Legend: Ray Barbee, new jar of Carmex, A Ticket to Hell, watching Rad with George, Aldi dark roast on autobrew, snowboarding tonight if the snow isn't melted.

Other weekend highlights. The “Rowan” photo exhibit at Urban Eats, taking Jane to the carousel, checking out Neutral Zone for the first time, hanging out with Mom.

Friday, March 10, 2017

march tenth

Five for March 10th:

Siete. Their grain-free chips and tortillas are pretty much a game changer. Whole 30 eating is great but there are certain things I definitely miss- and having something to fill that void when the craving strikes is awesome.

Issuu. Real easy way to kill a few hours, intentionally or not.

Jane’s creations. Hot on the heels of yesterday’s paper towel telescope comes this custom caterpillar made out of stickers, tape and beads named Hayla.

Cool stuff. New Haro "30 years" snapback, custom Super 7 M.U.S.C.L.E. figures, Dixon Spark kit in the works (time to sell the Fibes), Ranchito with Tom, Seth and Brian, e-cymbal repaired and awaiting pickup.

Weekend action. This one will be kind of a crapshoot depending on how the weather pans out. Possible sledding/snowboarding at Clifton Park, hitting the Toy Man toy show early with the goober, Nate’s photo exhibit at Urban Eats, friend’s kid’s birthday party, whatever else comes along.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

march ninth

Five for March 9th:

The jig is up. Republicans are now paying the price for a years-long campaign of Obamacare lies.

Weather or not. Today will be sunny and 75 degrees. In two days, there will be two to three inches of snow on the ground. My body and mind are having a hard time dealing with this.

Skating. Afternoon board meeting at White Birch with Brian coming down the pike. Got to get while the gettin’s good.

Cool stuff. Basement pallet BMX stand, Jane making telescopes out of paper towel rolls, Vato Rat zine, Filmage combo pack.

Spotify Daily Mixes. This feature wasn’t around the last time I used Spotify a few months ago, and it’s a game changer. Four giant music mixes based around stuff you play- tons of classics and new stuff mixed in.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

march eighth

Five for March 8th:

More of the same Less than 900 people stayed home yesterday, and in essence helped cast their vote for mediocrity and status quo over true progression. Go STL.

Shit Bar idea generator. Sadly, I think about the first five of these I clicked on were already actual bars in the Grove.

Letting her rip. Selling my OG Powell Ripper, which I bought new from Powell over the phone sometime in 1990 and carried around with me ever since. I’m sad to see it go, but it’s time for someone else to enjoy it. My collecting interests are more visual than vintage, anyway.

Cool stuff. Mat Hoffman Birth of Big Air DVD, Rodent Clearly Making Its Way Through Steve Bannon’s Body Throughout National Security Meeting, Top Constitutional Lawyer Says Trump's Slanderous Tweets About Obama Are Impeachable, lunch skate session, remembering to take an allergy pill before bed, Sumatra on autobrew.

Snow on the horizon. Predictions of up to three inches on Saturday, which at this point is unfathomable. On the plus side, maybe Jane and I will actually get to go sledding before spring hits. Either way, whatever we get won’t last long.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

march seventh

Five for March 7th:

Voting day. Got out and did my civic duty this morning in the STL mayoral race. Fingers crossed for a Tishaura Jones victory and an end to the status quo that is continually dragging this city in the wrong direction.

Dan Rather. If you’re not following him on Facebook, you should go do so immediately. One of the best voices of reason and rationale out there right now. As relevant as ever before.

Spotify. Finally reinstalled it on my work computer, after a few months of suffering through the lameness of Pandora. Good to have you back.

Cool stuff. Letgo app, Chasing the View off the Cliff: the lost BMX video, stocked k-cups at work, free collision center coozie, White Birch lunch sesh with Brian yesterday, Dan's Comp spring catalog.

Tuesday soundtrack. Big Business, Bathory, Saxon, Royal Thunder, Mastodon, Kowloon Walled City, Liturgy, Judge, Converge.

Monday, March 6, 2017

march sixth

Five for March 6th:

Columbia trip. We had a blast meeting up with old friends in town for True/False and revisiting some old haunts. We didn’t make it to any films, but time was limited and it was too nice outside to be sitting in theaters, anyway.

Dirt jumps. Took the FST out for an early morning solo jam at Figure 8 BMX trails on Saturday morning- my first time ever really riding dirt jumps. It was awesome, and I can’t wait to go back.

Wii. Our trusty Nintendo Wii, which we use for all streaming of shows and movies in our house, is starting to get a little iffy in the “working” department. The thing has been going strong for almost a decade. A switch to an Amazon Fire Stick or a Roku box may not be too far off.

Cool stuff. High Brew coffee, Sunday evening swim date with Jane, zucchini noodles, Donald J. Trump State Park is as ugly and dilapidated as its namesake’s soul, old Props episodes on Youtube.

Scott Reynolds at Fubar. 3/29: another show to add to the calendar. Best vocalist ALL ever had, the singer on three albums that were the soundtrack to huge parts of my teens and twenties. And nows. Needless to say, I’m see you there.

Friday, March 3, 2017

march third

Five for March 3rd:

Bones Brigade. The ninth and most Animal Chin-centric series of Bones Brigade reissues were announced yesterday, and is probably the most solid offering of the series yet. That Bottlenose McGill and powder blue Tony Hawk are must-haves, but they’re all just absurdly good.

Stop kidding yourselves. Sorry everyone, I know we're all looking for silver lining where we can find it, but George Bush is not a cute little cuddly kitten all of a sudden. Yes, Trump makes him look like Roosevelt, but Trump also makes the rain barrel behind the warehouse with the cigarette butts and dead squirrel floating in it look like Roosevelt. I don't care how many puppies he has painted, or how much he gushes over the Obamas. George W. Bush was a complete fucking failure of a president and the eight years he was in office were a goddamn horror show.

Better late than never. It took me two weeks to figure out that popping an allergy pill an hour or so before bed is much more conducive to a good night’s sleep than popping said pill at 7:30 in the morning.

Cool stuff. Getting paid, work snack restock, playing Star Wars with Jane, Trump/Putin Facebook Friends video, pizza egg muffins, silver Geegah Rippers.

Weekend action. Action packed and springlike couple of days coming up. Home to play some drums or ride flat tonight for a bit, followed by Jonathan Richman at Off Broadway. Tomorrow the kids go to the farm and Lisa and I head to CoMo for a True/False hang out with old friends. Sunday we’ll be traveling/recovering and probably hitting the pool or playground in the afternoon. Possible morning stop at the Columbia skatepark? Could happen.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

march second

Five for March 2nd:

Drums and other noises. Got my $24 replacement e-cymbal in the mail yesterday and it works perfectly. Once I get my other one back, I’ll actually be able to run two crash cymbals AND a ride. I feel like Neil Peart or something.

George. He’s picking up new words daily, can identify tons of things in books, and is starting to string together rudimentary sentences. He’s also the sweetest little dude on the planet Earth.

Record stores. Hit up Vintage Vinyl yesterday and saw some cool stuff. Brian scored a copy of “If You Want Blood” for two bucks. Also, there’s this museum piece, 90’s-era stickered-up trash can in the FYE dumpster begging to be rescued.

Cool stuff. Free Otis Redding and Metallica stickers, sample pair of Vic Firth Modern Jazz sticks, slept all night, WGN’s Energy Express featuring Chicago BMX riders at SCRAP skatepark, already Thursday, My Pillow dub.

Quote of the day. This whole thing, which I’m too lazy to transcribe.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

march first

Five for March 1st:

March. DST is 11 days away, spring is 20 days away, the trees are blossoming, the forecast is mild-to-warm as far as the eye can see, winter clothing is on clearance racks, and the glorious season of the fish fry is upon us.

White Birch. Another fun lunch session went down yesterday. As usual, we had the place to ourselves. In fact, I think the only reason they even opened it up was because I called ahead to ask if it would be unlocked.

Last night. Voltron: Legendary Defender on Netflix > Trump's incoherent address to congress.

Cool stuff. Brake light fixed, Sumatra roast on tap, dad art from Jane, insane video of a perfectly preserved shipwreck, busting out the Judas Priest shirt.

Dark and stormy. The skies looked menacing for awhile and there were some rumbles of thunder and lightning in the middle of the night, but I don’t think we ever got more than a light drizzle. This is fine by me, as I was certain I was going to be spending half my morning sweeping water into the basement sump pump.