Friday, March 30, 2018

march thirtieth

Five for March 30th:

Clear skies. Can’t even put into words how nice it is to see some sunlight shining and no rain falling for basically the first time in two weeks, short-lived though it will be.

April. Hopefully the next month will be a little more spring-like than this one was, but given the current ten-day forecast, I’m not holding my breath. Looks like it’s going to more or less be straight into the oven of summer, which at this point is fine with me.

Bike parts. Locking white Tech 77’s and KMC Z410 chain for the General, SST Oryg dual lower cable for the Vertigo.

Cool stuff. Payday, lunch slappy hour revisted, fresh shave, Mike D In Conversation, popcorn Friday, donut shop office brew, slept late.

Weekend action. Riding some flatland tonight at the lot, Clifton Park egg hunt (which will hopefully not be rained out), maybe some swimming at the Heights, hanging out at Lisa’s mom’s for easter, possible skate session at Ramp Riders.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

march twenty-ninth

Five for March 29th:

Rained out. IN keeping with the overarching theme of the last couple of weeks, literally the second- the second we pulled out into the street from the parking lot yesterday to go skate some curbs during our lunch break, it started raining. Couldn’t have timed it worse if we’d tried.

In the garage. Good times with Greg last night, putting the finishing touches on my ’94 GT Vertigo. All I need is a new rear brake cable and it’ll be built back up after being more or less in pieces for the last five years. Probably going on Craigslist shortly thereafter.

A poem for spring. Rain, rain, go away/ throw yourself into oncoming traffic/ and die.

Cool stuff. Jane’s Easter outfit, paleo snack restock, Club Homeboy tee, Snakebite Ron Wilkerson podcast, selling more crap on eBay, Cardinals opening day.

Morning workout. Been doing 50-80 curls, 25 straight lifts, 2-3 butterflies, and 50 crunches every morning for the last couple of weeks. Not sure if it’s necessarily doing anything, but it’s nice to get the blood flowing.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

march twenty-eighth

Five for March 28th:

STL Sports. I can chalk up the Blues overtime victory over the Sharks last night to my ten-dollar jersey purchase at Red Racks yesterday. You’re welcome. Also, Cards season opener is tomorrow.

Office supplies. Cashew cookie Larabars, two bananas, raw nuts, bag of coffee, raisins, biodegradable k-cups, Star Wars Kleenex.

Essential reading. My amazing wife wrote an important opinion piece for the Post-Dispatch on equal pay. Read it, and as always, pay no mind to the trolls.

Cool stuff. No rain today, lunch hour slappy session with Brian coming down the pike, ten-dollar Animal Chin shirts at Skateone, Mario Kart 64 with the kids, old issues of BMX Plus! archived online.

Quote of the day. “How do we know Stormy Daniels is telling the truth? Because Trump sued her for breach of the agreement to keep quiet; not for defamation, slander, or libel.” -Mrs. Betty Bowers, America’s Best Christian

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

march twenty-seventh

Five for March 27th:

Springishness. It’s still raining outside, but at least it’s up near sixty today. Windows open, birds chirping, short-pants on. It’s a start.

The revolution starts here. After more than a year of pretty much being as pessimistically hopeless about the future of this country as I've ever been, it's nice to see some light at the end of the tunnel, though it came with a heavy cost. I don't know any of these kids, but I'm fucking proud of every one of them.

Quote of the day. “The demonstrators should seek more effective and more lasting reform. They should demand a repeal of the Second Amendment." -Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens

Cool stuff. 29th anniversary of Mat Hoffman’s first 900, new session bag, Jane is learning how to play Super Mario 64, possible Friday bike commute, mint chip Halo Top.

Tuesday soundtrack. Bad Brains, Dillinger Four, Lifetime, Gaunt, Raven, Entombed, Consortium, Exhorder, Overkill, Power Trip, Guns N’ Roses.

Monday, March 26, 2018

march twenty-sixth

Five for March 26th:

Happy Joe’s. Give a couple of stir-crazy kids some greasy pizza, one-dollar ice cream cones, and a handful of skee-ball tickets with which to buy cheap toys and your evening is made.

Freestylin’. Got in a short and sweet solo riding session at the lot yesterday on the Sport, where I stuck a couple of cool lines and figured out some new tricks. Fun times.

How to draw the perfect line. My long-awaited “Ban This” Steve Caballero deck arrived Friday, and I got it set up over the weekend. It rules. Can’t wait to give it a proper ride at JB once this neverending rain clears up.

Cool stuff. Attic metal jams with George, fresh jar of grain-free granola, Annie’s birthday barbecue, backyard rabbit spotting with Jane, March for our Lives could be the biggest single-day protest in D.C.’s history.

OSBMXR. The yearly old school BMX reunion happened at Woodward over the weekend. Saw a ton of cool photos and video from the event, but none cooler than a 51 year old Ron Wilkerson roasting the mega ramp. Just goes to show, age is nothing but a number.

Friday, March 23, 2018

march twenty-third

Five for March 23rd:

George. I’ve never met a pickier consumer of sustenance, in either solid or liquid form. This morning he was able to discern the difference between his normal milk and the Prairie Farms stuff Lisa picked up on the way home last night, and refused to drink it.

Quote of the day. “Watching the current president and former vice president threaten to beat each other up is a powerful reminder that women can’t be president because they’re too emotional.” -Marie Connor

Unlimited data. Being able to listen to podcasts in the car now that we don’t have to worry about overages every month is awesome.

Cool stuff. I Love My Bicycle: The Story of FBM, Friday fruit re-up, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? official trailer, fun solo dad night, new blue Powell Winged Ripper stickers, debunked the myth of Mat Hoffman’s alleged 1991 hitchhiker drop-in.

Weekend action. Getting a tire patched/oil changed, setting up and riding the Ban This Caballero, bike session somewhere, Seth’s rock show at Blueberry Hill, and hopefully getting the goobs to the playground once or twice.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

march twenty-second

Five for March 22nd:

Drum repair. I have an e-tom and e-cymbal at Scheffer’s for some necessary re-soldering and general fixuppery. Luckily I still have enough to jam on, but it’ll be nice to get the whole kit back up and running.

Happy Rad Day. 32 years ago today, Rad- the greatest movie ever made- premiered in theaters. Certainly doesn’t feel like time is standing still.

YMCA skatepark. The fact that there’s a hundred-thousand dollar world-class concrete skatepark rotting away in south city is a travesty. Been talking with Andy and Brian T. about working with the director to see if there’s some changes that can be made to get that place open and rideable on a more regular basis. That should be a go-to spot.

Cool stuff. Monty Python is coming to Netflix, morning trains with George, hitting the ‘chit, General Bicycles freestyle team show ’87, interview with Jason in the RFT, SMA Natas “Panther” reissues.

Tonight. I will be home hanging with the kiddos while Lisa is out catching up with an old friend, but I would encourage everyone to get off the couch and attend the Hell Night/Cro-Mags EHG show at Fubar, and have your eardrums decimated.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

march twenty-first

Five for March 21st:

Duality. Had a short, sweet, and ultimately too-cold lunch break slappy session with Brian followed by an evening rager at Ramp Riders with Andy, where we closed the place down and met a cool BMX/roller skate couple who had just moved to town.

Hypocrisy. Can you imagine the right-wing meltdown that would have occurred had Barack Obama been simultaneously sued by an ex-porn starlet and ex-playboy model during his presidency for attempting to bury stories of extramarital affairs? Conservative/religious heads would have literally exploded.

Fear of the dark. Something Jane saw in the Hercules cartoon scared her pretty good last night, and it took Lisa awhile to get her to sleep. She handled it like a champ, though, unlike when I saw Poltergeist at age 6 and spent the following three months sleeping on my parents’ floor.

Cool stuff. Club Homeboy t-shirt, backup gray trucker hat, work coffee restock, The Calm Before the Stormy, backyard bikes with the kids,

Quote of the day. “In my view, Fox has degenerated from providing a legitimate and much-needed outlet for conservative voices to a mere propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration.” -Ralph Peters

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

march twentieth

Five for March 20th:

Looks like we made it. Sure doesn’t feel like it right now, but spring equinox officially starts today. Bring on the warm days and high pollen counts.

Office quote of the day. “Koreans weave the best hail-resistant blankets.” -Brian

Tonight. Tentative mini-ramp skate jam at Ramp Riders coming together. It’s been a minute since I’ve been there. Should be a good time if it actually happens. If not, may hit the lot for some flatland riding after the kids go to bed, and if it’s not too cold.

Cool stuff. New episodes of Voltron: Legendary Defender, shave and a haircut, slept till 7 am, reissue GT mallet stems, selling stuff, basement spring cleaning, homemade tuna cakes, step-up Klarbrunn.

Tuesday soundtrack. Dwarves, The Well, Weedeater, Minor Threat, Void, Red Fang, Early Man, Fight, Monolord, Supersuckers, Agent Orange, Dr. Know, Radio Moscow.

Monday, March 19, 2018

march nineteenth

Five for March 19th:

Clifton Heights invasion. The whole neighborhood crew walked over to Dogtown for the St. Patrick’s Day parade, where our children collected hundreds of beaded necklaces and ate their weight in street candy. In all the time I’ve lived in South City, that’s the first time I’ve ever been to one of those.

Happy hour. Had a great time at UC/BC on Friday night bidding farewell to Katie. It’s weird that after-work drinks like that don’t happen more often, given the camaraderie around this place.

Toys 'R' Us kid. Had to take George (and buy him a new toy) at least once before they close forever. He was completely mesmerized by the Thomas the Train section. Crazy to think he’ll grow up basically not knowing about toy stores, at least of the big-box variety.

Cool stuff. 2-Hip KOV 1990 footage, set up the Kele deck, paleo coconut clusters, thumb is healed, WG BMX session, Jane’s new bangs, good leftovers, Mob Grip Garbage Pail Kids series.

eBay app. I may have commented on this before, but it’s absolutely astonishing how much easier and less confusing the eBay app is vs. the website itself- especially as a seller. One of the most functional and useful apps I have by far.

Friday, March 16, 2018

march sixteenth

Five for March 16th:

Last night. Great ride back to the south side in 71-degree weather to meet Lisa and the kids for dinner on the patio at Bottleworks, followed by a trip to the playground and some backyard freestylin’ on the kicker ramp.

Quote of the day. “If we are going to cloister ourselves in the alternative truth of an erratic leader, if we are going to refuse to live in the world that everyone else lives in and reckon with the daily reality that they face, including the very real anxiety that they feel, then my party might not deserve to lead.” –GOP senator Jeff Flake

So long, Pants. Katie’s last day at work is today, before heading to the greener pastures of NPR. The obligatory office smorgasbord includes breakfast pizza, donuts, pastry rings, a Bloody Mary bar, and tons of other snacks. Of course, I’m eating bananas.

Cool stuff. Getting paid, Go Ahead, Millenials, Destroy Us, raging session at the ditch, box of fresh grip tape, SkateHoarders: Steve Caballero, Ranchito with Tom and Brian.

Weekend action. Fish Fry postponed till 2019 for drinks at Urban Chestnut with coworkers tonight, possible ramp riders skate session, hanging out with the kids, Sunday ride at the lot with George, whatever else comes along.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

march fifteenth

Five for March 15th:

Riding season. First bike commute to work of 2018 happened today. Felt great, even though I’m out of shape (at least compared to how I was riding in November). I’ll be back up to full speed in no time.

Youth of today. The future looks bright indeed. Kudos to every kid who risked detention, suspension, derision from adults who should know better, or whatever else to march yesterday and make their voices heard. This generation is taking matters into their own hands, and it should have every corrupt, bought and sold politician shaking in their boots.

Fun facts. There are at least three re-purposed Hollywood Video "Hollywood" signs in use along St. Charles Rock Road for various businesses with "Hollywood" in their names.

Cool stuff. E-drum repairs, playground with the kids, interview with Heath in the RFT, Conor Lamb wins Pennsylvania special election, Judas Priest Firepower.

Ditch warfare. Hitting up 170 with Brian today for an afternoon skate session. Need to get a new set of Powell Bombers for the summer, as those are the only wheels that work for that place, and my last set has been totally ravaged.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

march fourteenth

Five for March 14th:

Urban wildlife. Took a walk through Laurel Hill Cemetery at lunch yesterday, where I got into a stare-off with a giant groundhog and encountered a braided tumbleweave that I legitimately thought was a severed possum tail.

Hypothetical. Space Force vs. Marine Core. Who wins?

Fish fry. For a variety of reasons we haven’t been able to make one this season, which is pretty unthinkable given we used to go every weekend. However, that’s changing this coming Friday. Joan of Arc or Epiphany? Gotta make this one count.

Cool stuff. Stephen Hawking extended interview with John Oliver, Elevation Bar resupply, lunch slappy session, STL NYT article.

Quote of the day. “Any minute now high school students in Missouri and across the Central time zone are going to start walking out of class to protest our insane gun policies. Some of them will be disciplined for this with detention and even possibly suspension. I want each student to know that I completely, 100% support their efforts, and I thank them for what they are doing to change the culture in a way that adults are incapable of.” -Evan

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

march thirteenth

Five for March 13th:

Daylight savings. It’s so great to leave work to a fully sunny sky and come home to happy kids playing in the backyard and not cooped up in the house losing their minds.

Thumbs down. Took a spill onto some rough concrete riding with Janey over the weekend and tore a giant piece of skin off my thumb. Luckily I had the first-aid kit in the van and was able to get it bandaged quickly. Healing fast, but still a bummer.

First rides. Planning on Thursday and/or Friday this week for the first bike commutes of 2018. Mornings may be on the chilly side, but the afternoons will be in the high 60’s and sunny. Super excited to get back on the saddle.

Cool stuff. Vacation iPhoto dump, Ranchito coffee, evening soccer with the kids, 2-Hip King of Undervert Indianapolis 1990, Bones Brigade Ban This Caballero shipping Thursday.

Tuesday soundtrack. Windhand, Graveyard, Brant Bjork, Iron Maiden, Acid King, Monolord, Black Sabbath, Saint Vitus, Pallbearer, The Sword, Torche, Corrosion of Conformity.

Monday, March 12, 2018

march twelfth

Five for March 12th:

Spring cleaning. I have a bunch of used/vintage skate decks up on eBay right now. Username mattpick13 if interested. Check ‘em out and get yourself some gear.

March toy show. Had a blast with Jane yesterday. Picked up a near-mint Shogun Warriors Sky Arrow with all four missiles and most of a Go-Bots Renegade Power Suit, both of which are going on eBay. Jane snagged a stuffed cat that she fell in love with instantly and we got a $1 Thomas train for George.

Bikeage. Greg got the stem on my Team Sport dialed back in and hooked me up with his old homemade bike rack, an Imperial sprocket and a bunch of stickers. Thanks G- you rule.

Cool stuff. Light late, WAL Nonstop to San Francisco on Vimeo, upgraded to unlimited data, new trucker hat, getting the veggie garden planted, cinnamon roll Larabars.

Quote of the day. “Shame. Shame on the President who refuses once again to lead. Shame on all those who act like this is acceptable. Shame on the elected officials who will not listen to the vast majority of the American people who believe that we can have a Second Amendment and not have weapons of war sold with less oversight than cold medicine.” -Dan Rather

Friday, March 9, 2018

march ninth

Five for March 9th:

Pre-spring break. Eight days of sun and sand in Florida came and went in the blink of an eye, as all vacations do. Cooler than normal temperature-wise, but we still got some quality beach time in, did tons of swimming, hit the Venice Pier, ate some amazing food, and hunted lizards in the jungle. Thanks again to Roger for having us.

DST. The next time I post here, we’ll be freshly into daylight savings time. Not quite out of the winter woods yet, but it’s a damn good start.

Decompression. Though they’re much better than they were last night, my ears are still stuffy from the plane landing yesterday. Cabin pressure usually doesn’t really bother me, but I’d been battling allergies and red tide the whole time we were in Florida, so maybe my ear canals were weakened?

Cool stuff. Vision Kele Rosecrans and Double Vision reissues, free set of Darco light/heavies and Martin Strings pen, Alvarez/Grateful Dead uke posters, Dead Boys and TSOL at Fubar, Ranchito with Tom and Aaron.

Weekend action. Getting caught up with stuff around the house, rolling back the clocks, BMX/skate session somewhere, tuning up the Giant for bike riding season, giving Henry a bath, March Toy Show with Jane.