Wednesday, February 28, 2018

february twenty-eighth

Five for February 28th:

February. The worst month of the year is a few hours away from being behind us- and this one was a doozy. I was bedridden with illness twice (the flu and a stomach virus) and the sun shone for about three total hours all month between constant gray skies and mixes of snow, ice, and rain. March brings the beach, the return of daylight savings/bike-commuting season, and the start of spring.

Skate raging. Had a killer time slapping yellow curbs with Brian yesterday afternoon. Felt great to get back out there and ruin my trucks a bit. More or less picked up right where I left off late last year.

Print is dead? Finally ordered a copy of Wall to Wall – The Birth of the Freestyle Movement. With available quantities drying up- and the book on sale at Planet BMX- the time was right. Excited to check it out after seeing so many people raving about it.

Cool stuff. Nyjah Huston's "Til Death" part, free Starbucks at the office, Lisa got our printer working, Dick’s Sporting Goods no longer selling assault-style rifles, I Heard It Round and Round the Grapevine, backyard bikes with Jane.

Vacation numero uno. I won’t be writing in this thing until next Friday as I will be offline taking some much-needed vacation time with the fam- the first of a couple planned for the year. Seeya on the flipside.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

february twenty-seventh

Five for February 27th:

Return to the land of make-believe. It’s so great to see my kids getting into Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, several classic episodes of which were just added to PBS Kids. They actually both requested it this morning, and George was singing along at the end.

Quote of the day. “The longer Greitens stays in office, the more disgrace he brings upon the state. Someone of integrity would resign.” -St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial Board

Slappy hour. Been a few months, but the sun is shining and we’re dusting off the cobwebs for a lunchtime slappy session at the Schnucks curbs today. Should be a good time.

Cool stuff. Work snack restock, morning art with Jane, The Force of Decency Awakens, Alder Tricks You Can Stand on YouTube, headphone splitter, Haro HPF tires.

Tuesday soundtrack. Ramones, Elephant Tree, Red Desert, Ashbury, Black Rainbows, Mutoid Man, Pallbearer, Mondo Drag, Deville, Demon Head, Lungfish.

Monday, February 26, 2018

february twenty-sixth

Five for February 26th:

Spring is in the air. Took the kids to the playground yesterday afternoon for the first time in forever, passing a few robins and blooming crocuses along the way. The start of DST is just a couple weeks out. Let’s do this thing.

Public Domain. Call it sacrilege, but I almost think this run of classic celadon Mike V Powell-Peralta tees are cooler than the upcoming reissue boards themselves.

Shralpin’. Had a fun flatland session down at the lot yesterday. Getting really close on cyclones and a bit further on front yards.

Cool stuff. The Parkland Students Aren’t Going Away, framed the Hosoi poster, homemade grain-free granola recipe, swim date with Janey at the Heights, fresh haircut.

Groovie Ghoulies. Who knew they had an early New York Dolls-style glam era? Certainly not me. This video from 1989 is a must-see.

Friday, February 23, 2018

february twenty-third

Five for February 23rd:

Red Racks. My first couple of trips there yielded a vintage skateboard that I sold on eBay for $350 and a Haro Backtrail BMX with a cherry S&M seat. I thought I had discovered the thrift store mecca. However, since then, every trip has been a complete dud. Glad I found it when I did.

Quote of the day. “If conservative ideas cannot prevail in the marketplace of ideas without lies, they do not deserve to prevail at all.” -Kevin D. Williamson

Reality check. If the fact that a trained police officer stood outside that high school for four minutes doing nothing but pissing himself in fear while the Parkland shooting was going on doesn't drive home the complete and total absurdity of the idea of armed teachers, I don't know what does.

Cool stuff. Greitens indicted on one count of being a subhuman hypocrite, first Cardinals Spring Training game is today, Ryan Nyquist 2018, the Creature Video, Banza noodles.

Weekend action. Warm rainy Saturday and warm sunny Sunday on tap. Looking forward to the latter. Not too much in the way of concrete plans, which is always nice. Hopefully it dries up enough to take the kids to the playground and get in a skate or bike session somewhere.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

february twenty-second

Five for February 22nd:

Big news. Announced yesterday; my amazing wife Lisa has been named executive director of the Women’s Foundation of Greater St. Louis. They truly couldn’t have picked anyone better for the job. So proud.

The end of Toys R Us. Seems like it’s not a matter of if, but when TRU stores are a thing of the past. Even though it’s a corporate behemoth, still sort of sad. Spent many hours and dollars there over the years, and even worked there for a few weeks one summer.

Quote of the day. “I'm putting the odds that Trump tweets something about those kids being ‘losers’ before the week is over at about 50/50.” -Daniel Hill

Cool stuff. Florida trip coming up soon, free k-cups at work, Dig x BSD Territories zine, reordered my S&M mug, Powers Bike Shop GT classic stickers, warm-up on the way, playing Super Mario 64 with George, good lunch leftovers.

Public service announcement. To my fellow bike enthusiasts: When You Buy These Bike Brands, You’re Supporting the Gun Lobby.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

february twenty-first

Five for February 21st:

Sick again. I picked up the stomach bug George had a few days ago, and was in bed from about 4:30 yesterday afternoon until 6:30 this morning. Luckily it passed quickly, and with the help of a couple of Tylenol, some coffee and an oatmeal muffin (the first food I’d eaten in over 24 hours), I’m beginning to feel slightly human.

Quote of the day. “The same people that said 13 and 14 year olds were perfectly mature enough to date Roy Moore are now saying 17 and 18 year olds are too immature to have opinions on gun control.” -@nicolek8686

Staying warm. Some power surge or something knocked out the heat in the office today, which is a bummer for everyone but me, because I have a space heater at my desk. Boom.

Cool stuff. Jane’s school play footage, free pair of Firegrain sticks, regaining some small semblance of an appetite, Christian Hosoi Skate Hard or Die poster, Gleaming the Cube on Youtube.

Iced earth. Another nice 50 degree temperature swing combined with some rain left our cars completely encased in ice this morning. Luckily the streets fared much better. Give me spring already, I can't take this winter anymore.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

february twentieth

Five for February 20th:

Gun reform now. It literally keeps me up at nights knowing that in a few years both of my kids will know what an "active shooter drill" is. Fuck your pathetic gun fetish and absurd idea that personal ownership of rapid-fire weapons that have no place outside a battlefield is somehow more important than the youth, innocence, and lives of America's kids. Time for change.

Break a leg. Jane is excited to put on her grandparent’s day play at school today, and my mom should be equally excited to see it, because it’s going to blow minds.

Phone-free nights. Stashing the smartphones from when we get home til’ the kids go to bed as a general rule starting now. A good move for everyone.

Cool stuff. Free bag of whole-bean Sumatra, early morning Hoffman on Xbox, fresh pair of contacts, busting out the British Steel shirt, got the Nyquist Backtrail on Craigslist, the FST fund, got George his own pair of drumsticks.

Tuesday soundtrack. Riot, Astroqueen, Kyuss, Tragedy, Zig Zags, American Sharks, Spirit Caravan, Mothership, Acid Witch, Torche, The Heavy Eyes, Ordos, Scorpions.

Monday, February 19, 2018

february nineteenth

Five for February 19th:

Jane’s first skate session. We picked up a little pack of knee and elbow pads at the store yesterday morning and cruised over to Webster for Jane’s first ever real stand-up skateboarding attempt. She totally went for it, and needless to say, did great. Serious proud dad moment.

Saturday. Woke up to two inches of snow falling, steadily covering the ground and street. Got the kids to the park for an hour or so of snowman building, sledding and snowboarding, which was a good thing, because by 3 pm the sun was shining and 99% of it had melted away like it never happened.

Selling stuff. I have three vintage decks on eBay right now and sold the Dyno Compe on Craigslist over the weekend. Time to move some stuff sideways and thin the herd a bit.

Cool stuff. Gun Reform Now movement, George is feeling better after a sickly-ish weekend, couple of three-dollar flannels, almond flour crackers, flatland session at the lot, new reusable coffee filter, 75 degrees today.

Quote of the day. “The point is to create a new normal where there's a badge of shame on any politician who's accepting money from the NRA.” -Cameron Kasky, 11th grade hero

Friday, February 16, 2018

february sixteenth

Five for February 16th:

Games I play with the kids. Tickle Monster (chase them around growling, tickle them when caught), Tickle Robot (same as monster but talk and move like a robot), Frog Dad (pretend I’m a frog and they’re bugs I’m going to eat), Ginger (sit on the chair and try to grab them as they run by me. How this game got named “ginger” I have no idea).

Bike work. Tightened up the rear wheel, hub and chain on the Compe last night. It’s cool to have a BMX I don’t necessarily care about to take to work for daytime rides, and the thing has taken a pretty good beating.

Money for nothing. Making some extra cash selling stuff on eBay that I got for free, and getting to declutter a bit in the process. Downside? Zero.

Cool stuff. Avail at Cicero’s circa 1996 footage, Donald Trump’s absolutely disastrous week, chocolate turtle dates, Lisa finally got a new iPhone, 2018 Florideah Swampfest footage, Blyther FST re-acquisition plans.

Weekend action. Maybe seeing Hell Night at the Firebird for their anniversary show, building trains with George, riding flat at the lot, some swimming at the Heights, possible session at Figure 8 or Ramp Riders.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

february fifteenth

Five for February 15th:

Dinner date. George and I met up with Jane and Lisa for an impromptu V-day dinner at SoHa last night. Going out to dinner with two tired, restless children may not exactly be the most romantic way to spend the evening, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Time will tell. The upcoming generation of kids, approaching voting age, heading off to overpriced colleges, sick of a lifetime of school shootings, fed up with inaction on gun legislation by corrupt politicians and empowered by social movements like MeToo and Black Lives Matter should have the current political establishment quaking in their sock suspenders.

Vernon’s. One of our go-to lunch spots closed out of nowhere last week, which is a huge bummer. Their tequila lime green beans were the best thing ever, to say nothing of their signature quebano.

Cool stuff. 75 degrees today, Aerosmith shirt, French-press Kaldi’s, (wet) morning roll at the World’s Fair pavilion/ afternoon flatland jam.

Quote of the day. “Just reading all these posts accepting dead children as a cost of freedom, and remembering the same people losing their fucking minds over ‘4 dead Americans’ in Benghazi.” -Rob Moore

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

february fourteenth

Five for February 14th:

Valentine's day. In addition to finally getting to wear her special outfit, Jane has been chomping at the bit to distribute her princess puzzle valentine cards to her classmates for weeks now, and today's the big day. Get after it, kid.

Freestylin’. Got in a ride yesterday afternoon in the church lot in U-City during lunch break. A half hour in the sun is better than nothing. Pulled a few tricks, too.

Quote of the day. “Proposing that we cut food stamps and ship a box of government canned goods to poor families to save money right after they pass a $1.5 trillion tax cut for corporations and the wealthy is so vulgar and obvious I don’t know what to say.” -Jon Lovett

Cool stuff. Cardinals spring training in full swing, Elevation bar restock, Wall to Wall Freestyle book on sale, Why Have Skateboards Cost $50 for 30 Years?, '88 Haro Tour of Kings St. Louis footage.

Henry. Does anyone else have a dog that picks food up from out of their bowl and takes it to other parts of the house to eat it, dropping it everywhere along the way, and leaving it in small piles? Or is it just us?

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

february thirteenth

Five for February 13th:

Descendents. The good news? They’re touring again this summer! The bad news? The closest they’re getting to STL is Indianapolis. Already in talks for a possible road trip with Greg.

Push it to 11: the Bits of Baco. I didn’t think I’d ever get to see the mythical Baco BMX documentary, as it was only released on Blu-Ray as part of the box set and didn’t seem to be online anywhere- that is, until I stumbled onto it yesterday. Super fun watch, even if you’re not into mid-school BMX (which you're probably not).

Child rearing. We must be doing something right if the first thing our daughter wants to do in the morning is sit down at the dining room table and build a mechanical claw.

Cool stuff. Afternoon flatland session, spring is less than a month away, Trident restock, grande dark roast, playing some vintage Hoffman on xBox, U-city Aldi is back open.

Tuesday soundtrack. Rocket From The Crypt, Iggy Pop, The Tragically Hip, XYZ, New York Dolls, Whiplash, The Cramps, Yes, Redd Kross, Drive Like Jehu, Endforcer, James Gang.

Monday, February 12, 2018

february twelfth

Five for February 12th:

Mallrats. Jane was crushed to find Candy City had closed at Chesterfield Mall (not a big surprise), but we made up for it with some bungee-trampolining, carousel riding, watching Frozen upstairs at V-Stock and climbing around the play area. Nice way to spend a frigid Saturday.

Quote of the day. “Jesus wasn’t white. Trump isn’t a Christian. Trickle-down economics doesn’t work. A border wall isn’t feasible. Climate change is a threat. We don’t need more nukes. Legal abortions saves lives. Obama was born in the US. The UN is important. Up is up. Down is down. Stormy Daniels.” -@goodoldcatchy

Ramp Riders. Probably the most fun I’ve had skateboarding in six months or more yesterday. Tons of the old crew in attendance and everyone was throwing down. Felt super good, especially compared to that last dud of a session. Snagged a new shirt on the way out.

Cool stuff. Bones Brigade Stockholm demo, 60 degrees Wednesday, grain-free granola, almost have fire hydrants dialed in, avoiding Mardi Gras, free drum gear at work, photo dump, Greg Illingworth Realtime video.

Best times. My mom texted me this picture over the weekend- my old skate crew, summer of 1989, setting off on another daylong search for Animal Chin. So cool to keep finding these old pics. Thanks maw.

Friday, February 9, 2018

february ninth

Five for February 9th:

Henry. Looking sharp and feeling like a new dog after his day at the spa yesterday. He’s barely recognizable. Jane summarized it best; “your hand doesn’t even stink after you pet him anymore!”

Freestyle Biking. Never seen or even heard of this video before, but it was made by Hirschberg Productions, who were behind the Schmitt Stix team video which is one of my all-time favorites. Total 80’s cheese and one of the worst soundtracks I’ve ever heard, but totally worth a watch if just for the trove of vintage Camarillo Ramp footage.

Haro Lineage. John B. has been posting tons of pics and video of the 2018 Lineage Sports and Masters (along with new kneesaver bars) being painted, decaled and assembled, and it’s drool-worthy.

Cool stuff. Popcorn Friday, RX bars restock, $5 copy of Mat Hoffman’s Pro BMX 2 for Xbox, Star Wars Kleenex, afternoon flatland, leftover party veggies.

Weekend action. Squirrely weather coming up, so playing this weekend by ear. Loose plans include possible drinks with Scott, date with Jane to Chesterfield Mall, hitting the Heights for some swimming and hot-tubbing, and maybe a session at Ramp Riders. We'll see how it plays out.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

february eighth

Five for February 8th:

Fun and games. Impromptu trip to Happy Joe’s last night for pizza and skee-ball with the family. The kids had a blast. Jane scored a princess wand, George got a toy soldier and I picked up a Focke Wulf Flying Glider to add to the squadron. Lisa, apparently the only adult present, got a glass of wine.

Shearing the schnoodle. Henry is at the groomer’s today for a long-overdue shave and haircut. If there’s been a point in time that he’s been shaggier than he is right now, I don’t remember it.

Trump’s combover confirmed. The cat that was never in the bag is out of the bag.

Cool stuff. Standard Byke Rodgers Garage video, summer selling plans, vintage Go! Magazine online archive, lunch hour thrifting, Chrome Ball Barker Barrrett interview.

Tonight. May try to hit the pseudo-Kentucky Knife Fight reunion/ Nathan Jatcko celebration at Off Broadway tonight, depending on when Lisa gets home/ levels of exhaustion. The cause is a good one, so get out there.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

february seventh

Five for February 7th:

Skate session. Wasn’t quite feeling it last night. Chalk it up to the cold weather or the fact that I’m still not really back to 100%, I don’t know, but it never quite came together for me. Still felt pretty good to stretch the legs and get moving a bit.

Cliff Burton Day. Finally, a totally unnecessary holiday I can get behind.

All downhill from here. The fact that there’s now a red Tesla Roadster with a mannequin driver named Starman in outer space that will be orbiting the sun at seven miles per second for the next billion or so years is, in my mind, the pinnacle achievement of mankind.

Cool stuff. Complimentary Starbucks at the office, Banza leftovers, Spotify Daily Mix 5, Wednesday morning drive-in conversations with George, free Subrosa poster, new copy of Skate Jawn.

Toy sites. Occasionally revisiting ToyboxDX and Jumboland make me feel like it’s 2000 all over again. I am glad they still exist, however (for the most part) dormant they may be. I wish the OG Cool Japanese Toys site was still around or archived somewhere.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

february sixth

Five for February 6th:

Night moves. Plans to shred some mini-ramp with Andy coming together for this evening. It’ll be extra nice to move around a bit after the last week or so of complete sloth.

Quote of the day. “(Fox News) is no longer a news organization. That is what American state media looks like. That is what White House-controlled, in the service of the president, misinformation looks like. That is indistinct from propaganda in authoritarian countries. It is aimed directly at weakening essential institutions and misinforming the American people. It is appalling.” -Steve Schmidt, Republican strategist

Expense report. Finally had a chance this morning to sit down and get it filled out. Transcribing dollar amounts from a giant pile of receipts to an excel sheet is one of the most tediously boring things imaginable, but better to just get it done. Looks like I’ll be getting reimbursed for a veritable shit-ton of coffee.

Cool stuff. Dodge Ram MLK Super Bowl commercial reworked, egg white bites, e-drumming, fun evening with the kids, Remains Live 1969, Ranchito with Tom and Brian.

Tuesday soundtrack. Children of Bodom, Black Pyramid, Acid King, Shudder to Think, Goat, Joy Division, Gang Green, Faces, Big Drill Car, Rhino Bucket, Coffin Break, Mucky Pup.

Monday, February 5, 2018

february fifth

Five for February 5th:

Influenza’d. Came down with a full-blown case of type A Flu last week. After a visit to urgent care, a steroid shot and some Tamiflu, I spent three entire days in bed watching That 70’s Show on the laptop and wasting away. Luckily I’m pretty much back at full strength, but that sucked.

RV Show '18. For the first time, we actually looked pretty seriously at campers, evaluating weights, benefits and prices. Could this be the year? Added bonus: Comic Con was happening at the same time in the next hall over. Interesting cross-sections of humanity.

Halo Top. Their coconut milk versions, while good, don’t hold a candle to the regular stuff. Skip it.

Cool stuff. Free pair of sunglasses, Simple Session footage, couple of new tire pressure gauges, van is fully fixed, vintage Mat Hoffman CFB videos on YouTube, feeling like a human being again.

Quote of the day. "Somehow, it seems there's a line drawn in the sand where destruction of property because of a sports victory is OK and acceptable in America, however, if you have people who are fighting for their most basic human right, the right to live, they will be condemned." -Hawk Newsome