Monday, April 30, 2018

april thirtieth

Five for April 30th:

Weekend highlights. Amazing weather, Kevin double-header rock show at Tap Room, birthday party at the playground with the neighborhood crew, got the lawn mowed, breakfast at Chris’ with the goobs, flea-marketing, dancing and hula-hooping at the Loading Dock.

Riding in. Kicked things off with a good six miles this morning, planning on tomorrow and Friday to round things out for the week. It’s amazing the differences in traffic levels between leaving at 7:15 vs. leaving at 7:45.

Shenandoah. Got a proper flatland session in with Greg on Saturday afternoon at the old neighborhood spot. Definitely nowhere near as flat as it used to be, but still had a good time.

Cool stuff. Michelle Wolf, cheapo vintage LJN Wrestling Superstars Hulk Hogan figure, backyard boardslides, Powell Videola series on YouTube, new game of GTAV.

Back to the beach. T-minus one month and some change. Excited for some warm sun and sand, though Jane is more stoked about the fact that our beach house has an elevator in it.

Friday, April 27, 2018

april twenty-seventh

Five for April 27th:

Day three. Another 36 miles of bike commuting in the books for the week, 108+ miles for the month, and the third consecutive week that I’ve ridden more than driven. Not that I’m keeping track.

Lawn care. Fired up the mower for the first time since last fall yesterday. Still works. First cut of the season coming up this weekend, even though the yard is still pretty spotty.

Records found in the Vintage Vinyl dumpster. Quincy Jones, Elvin Jones, Maynard Ferguson, Oliver Nelson. Too bad I didn’t have time to dig down further.

Cool stuff. Popcorn Friday, getting paid, taking the long way home with Jane last night, Clifton Park in full bloom, fresh lox, sleeping late, patio pizza party.

Weekend action. Full plate this weekend: Jag-Wires/Thee Fine Lines show at Tap Room, neighborhood kid birthday party at the playground, punk rock yard sale at Silver Ballroom, possible flatland session at Shenandoah with Greg, hanging out with the kids, being outside.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

april twenty-sixth

Five for April 26th:

Day two. The mornings are getting warmer by the day, and hence the rides in are getting easier by the day. Blasted to work this morning with no issues in record time, and it should be sunny and 70 for the commute home tonight.

Powell vault. The Powell-Peralta YouTube channel has been posting up some rarely seen/ unseen classics as of late. Highlights include the Skate Zone demo and ’89 Am Jam at HQ, among others. Check 'em.

Backyard garden. Already starting to yield some radishes, with a bunch of other stuff coming up behind it. There’s a certain satisfaction that comes from eating veggies you grew in your yard.

Cool stuff. Steve Caballero Ride the Lightning episode, art gifts from Jane, cowboy cookies, fun session at the ditch, Ranchito with Tom and Brian.

Quote of the day. “When you see a group of LimeBikes being ridden by a group of black youth and assume they are stolen, YOU are the problem with St. Louis. YOU are the reason we can’t have nice things, because you hate black people." –Kayla Thompson

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

april twenty-fifth

Five for April 25th:

Pedal power. Twelve miles of road riding yesterday followed by an hour of flatland at the lot. It’s a good kind of sore. Bonus: Friday is now looking clear and sunny, so I should get a couple more days in this week. I f*cking love spring.

Daily grind. We have two huge bags of Starbucks whole bean Sumatra in the pantry, which I really need to get to drinkable condition. Situations like this make me wish we had an industrial-sized coffee grinder.

Trench warfare. Hitting the 170 ditch with Brian today for an afternoon skate jam. Haven’t been there in a while. Always a good time.

Cool stuff. Grilling on the back deck, getting the Strat copy back, morning drive through Forest Park with George, free pair of NOS Drum Headquarters 5Bs, Urban Underdog, got the minivan donut aired up, Savatage t-shirt revisited,

Quote of the day. “Middle-aged 3D printed longboard rider in business casual and full pads criticizing my bike: Great hero, or greatest hero?” -Josh

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

april twenty-fourth

Five for April 24th:

Riding in. Good one this morning. Had to be in at 8 for a meeting, so traffic was sparse. It’s that time of year where it can somehow be cool and muggy at the same time. With kid duty tomorrow, tire-repair stuff likely on Thursday and rain in the forecast for Friday, this might be all I get this week.

Last night. Thanks to Greg for rolling by after work and getting the brakes on the Master dialed back in. I should really learn to work on brakes. Flatland sesh at Shenandoah this weekend, weather permitting.

Keep your plate. Free lunch at the workplace today to celebrate a successful first quarter, and one less thing I had to lug in in my backpack.

Cool stuff. Framed Drum Shop/Dixon riding jersey, Snakebite Eddie Fiola podcast, bucket of oranges, Madrid Skate Sessions full video on YouTube, hooking up friends with stuff, tropical lip balm.

Tuesday soundtrack. The Bloody Hollies, Slayer, Candlemass, Suicidal Tendencies, Bad Religion, Girlschool, Manilla Road, Sleep, SubRosa, Pelican, Husker Du, Gozu, Bruce Dickinson, Voivod, Rye Coalition.

Monday, April 23, 2018

april twenty-third

Five for April 23rd:

Off to a good start. No better way to kick off a work week than by changing a punctured minivan tire in the rain fifteen minutes before you have to leave the house.

Spotify. Ohhhh, I get it. You believe that in addition to running the most obnoxious commercials ever produced, by starting to amplify them at a jarringly-higher volume than the music I’m listening to, THAT will be the thing to make me switch to premium. That’s cute.

“Ta-da, my tooth came out!” Jane is a dollar richer after finally losing that front tooth last night, which had been literally flapping in the wind for the better part of two weeks.

Cool stuff. Fresh radishes from the backyard garden, landed a couple more cyclones, free lunch tomorrow, Gonz gapping the Honolulu Y-Ramp almost 30 years later, Subrosa Radical Rick tribute gear, Passion Fruit La Croix, iPhone photo dump.

Weekend highlights. Riding bikes with Jane at Webster, jumping around like a ten year old at the trampoline park, mini-ramp session at Ramp Riders with Andy, frozen yogurt twist cones at Mr. Lizard’s.

Friday, April 20, 2018

april twentieth

Five for April 20th:

Out on the town. Grabbed dinner with Lisa in the Grove and followed it up with a walk around the Central West End, including a stop at Left Bank Books and ice cream at Jeni’s, to celebrate our (early) 6th anniversary, which is actually tomorrow. Good times.

Day three. Two weeks in a row, I’m 3 for 5 days of bike commuting, which I’d say is pretty good given the iffy temperatures. Had a great one this morning, and this afternoon is looking like it’s going to be about perfect.

Don’t be that guy. If you're over forty and celebrating marijuana use today, I hope you're doing so while wearing Birkenstocks, a shell necklace, and one of your Big Johnson or Co-ed Naked t-shirts from high school.

Cool stuff. Slappy hour with Brian, free peppermint coffee at work, Raiders of the Archives episodes revisited, George starting to use the toilet (somewhat) consistently.

Weekend action. Nice one coming up weather-wise, with little in the way of solid plans. Testing the lawn mower, morning skate session outdoors somewhere, hanging out with Herm while she’s in town, perusing open enrollment options, taking the kids to the playground, riding bikes, reading old issues of Freestylin’.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

april nineteenth

Five for April 19th:

Date night. Going out with Lisa tonight to celebrate our 6th wedding anniversary with some dinner and drinks, albeit a few days early. Crazy to think we’ve been married that long, and even crazier to think this summer will make a solid decade that we’ve been together.

Bike commute: day two. Almost turned around this morning and drove in, it was so chilly out, but I’m glad I powered through it. Once I got the blood flowing it wasn’t so bad, and the sun came out once I got onto Oakland, which made things slightly more bearable.

DH Peligro. The Dead Kennedys drummer (and STL native) is doing a book reading at Planet Score on May 1st from 7-9, which will also give me an opportunity to dig through their used vinyl bin.

Cool stuff. Clean house, Forgotten Artifacts from Profile’s Dungeon, Salman Agah back on Powell, playing Mia and Me with Jane, postering up the attic, leftover Banza shells, progressive lunch break flatland session yesterday, fresh cantaloupe slices.

Greitens files a restraining order against Josh Hawley. Our big, bad Navy SEAL governor needs a protection order against some lanky attorney? Amazing. Wait, I thought only snowflake libcucks needed safe spaces!?!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

april eighteenth

Five for April 18th:

Spring in Clifton Heights. This time of year in our neighborhood basically makes the nastiness of winter worth dealing with. Trees blooming, flowers growing, people out walking around. There’s seriously no more scenic neighborhood anywhere in the city.

Work supply restock. Bananas, cantaloupe, raisins, raw almonds, cashew cookie Larabar, Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, Star Wars Kleenex.

Freestyling fanatics. Brought the GT Vertigo in for a lunch hour flatland jam at the church lot. That bike is a tank and a complete shoe-destroyer, but fun to ride nonetheless.

Cool stuff. Evening at the playground, Jumbo Astro Megazord, fresh coat of paint on the Schnucks slappy curbs, set up the Hammerhead, morning drive with George, good ride home yesterday.

Stone free. Received photographic proof this morning from Lisa’s mom that the rock my son swallowed yesterday has safely vacated his intestinal tract.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

april seventeenth

Five for April 17th:

Morning ride. Another way-too-chilly-for-this-time-of-year bike into the office this AM, but a good sunny one nonetheless. Nothing some full-fingered gloves and a hastily-crafted DIY headband couldn’t handle. Brought shorts for the mid-sixties ride home.

Rock in a hard place. Had a bit of a scare this morning after George swallowed a polished rock that was sitting on a side table in our room. One trip to the emergency room later, and he’s OK- he’ll just have to pass it naturally. Poor little dude. Guess some lessons just have to be learned the hard way.

Harsh realizations. In real life, it's a year after when the movie Cherry 2000 took place.

Cool stuff. Lunch hour slappy session with Brian coming up, good leftovers, every season of Tour of Duty on YouTube, slow but steady basement spring cleaning,

Tuesday soundtrack. The Flying Eyes, Dead Cross, UFO, Dozer, Rival Sons, T Rex, Nuclear Assault, Ringworm, The Replacements, Ace Frehley, SOD.

Monday, April 16, 2018

april sixteenth

Five for April 16th:

Where a kid can be a kid. Took the goobs to Chuck E. Cheese’s last night for the first time ever. Needless to say, they loved every second of it, with Jane ultimately proclaiming that she wanted to live there.

Drumless tracks. There are a bunch of new Iron Maiden studio cuts to drum along to on YouTube. Flight of Icarus, the Prisoner, Infinite Dreams, and a ton of others (Maiden and otherwise). So awesome.

Vertigo. Made a quick stop at Ramp Riders to pick up a lower Gyro cable and headed out to Greg’s Saturday night to finally get the ’94 Vertigo rebuild finished. Rides great, even for being a good ten lbs. heavier that what I’m used to these days. I’ll probably end up selling it, but for now it’s cool to have back in the stable.

Cool stuff. Free Dixon shirt, Snakebite Dave Voelker podcast, Vision Alphabet Soup, GTA 5 No Water mod, roller coaster simulator, four vintage issues of Freestylin’ Magazine, rides planned for tomorrow, Thursday and Friday, St. Louis Bike Share up and running.

Wiggly teeth. Jane is on the cusp of losing at least one of her top front baby teeth very soon. If it makes it to the end of the week, I’ll be surprised. She’ll still have the best smile around.

Friday, April 13, 2018

april thirteenth

Five for April 13th:

Off to a good start. 3/5 days commuting to work by bike on the first full week of nice weather this year. Great one this morning- I can already feel myself getting back into riding shape. Hopefully the rain holds off this afternoon.

Shredding. Triumphant return to White Birch skatepark with Brian to ride some ramps during lunch yesterday, followed by an hour-long flatland jam at the lot after I got home.

The attic. In addition to being the music room, skate shop, video game room, library, robot room, and Lisa’s office, it’s also legitimately George’s favorite place on earth.

Cool stuff. Lisa and the goobs adventuring at Pickle Springs, Friday the 13th, watermelon Perrier, getting paid, Banza pasta leftovers, online back issues of Freestyle Spectacular, Powell-Peralta air fresheners.

Weekend action. Rain and chilliness in the forecast, so playing it by ear. May try to hit Seth’s show at Monocle tonight, hang out with the goobers, possible trip to Mr. Wizard’s, skate session somewhere, giving Henry a bath, getting a tire patched.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

april twelfth

Five for April 12th:

Ride two. I wish every morning could be like it was today. Perfect 65 degrees, sunny, no humidity, no headwind, no gnats flying around, light traffic, great workout without getting drenched in sweat. It doesn’t get any better.

Delaying the inevitable. Greitens is finished. It’s no longer a matter of if, but when. Good riddance.

Best day ever. Yesterday was one for the record books for Jane. School field trip to Lindenwood Park, dance class, Botanical Garden, Ted Drewes, the playground, and finally home for dinner and a viewing of Coco. Needless to say, she slept in this morning.

Cool stuff. Wulfran Laine Sunday Ride in Paris, lunch break White Birch skate session, heat off/windows open, farmer’s market freestyle jam, urban exploration, Spring Fling X footage.

Quote of the day. “Now and in the future, repeat and remember the truth: the opportunity to put an end to this lunatic experiment exists and is being ignored.” -Ed Burmila

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

april eleventh

Five for April 11th:

Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. Happy 30th birthday to my favorite Iron Maiden album, one of my favorite albums ever, and the record/live video that made me want to learn to play music, which ultimately set the course for not just the next twenty plus years of playing in bands, but also my career path in the music industry. It pretty much all started here.

Quote of the day. “I so longed to experience the pure, unadulterated joy of watching this worthless sliver of toxic pond scum lose in November. But because he is who he is, we are each denied the simple pleasure of watching every door hit him on the way out.” -Melinda

Freestylin’. Afternoon BMX jams at the church lot going down in a couple of hours, taking advantage of the 70-degree weather and lack of managerial oversight.

Cool stuff. Cardinals win in extra innings, New Age Bullshit Generator, SoHa to-go, evening at the playground, GTV on YouTube, free bag of whole-bean Sumatra, meeting new CP neighbors, slept all night.

Ride season. Great bike commute home yesterday afternoon- much better than the freezing ride in, which left me chilled to the core for the better part of the morning. Tomorrow is looking like the pick day for the week, so I’ll be back on the saddle for sure.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

april tenth

Five for April 10th:

Pedaling in. First bike commute of the spring went down today. Absolutely frigid on the way in, but the ride home should be sunny and considerably warmer. Shooting for Thursday as well.

Quote of the day. “We know what’s good for women, is good for families. It’s good for the economy. It’s good for the community. I encourage women to speak up, to find each other, to lock arms together and we can create change and positive outcomes for women and children in our community together.” -Lisa Picker

Curb cuts. Had a fun time skating the Schnucks curbs with Brian at lunch yesterday, though they could stand for a waxing after a summer of abuse and a winter of neglect. They definitely don’t grind like they used to.

Cool stuff. Homemade carrot cake, ACS London Mod for the GT, Mario games with the goobs, getting into shorts weather, Ranchito coffee, New Girl season 6 on Netflix.

Tuesday soundtrack. Kylesa, Metal Church, Dead Meadow, Valley of the Sun, Butthole Surfers, Hawkwind, Viking Skull, Coroner, Thin Lizzy, Radio Birdman, Rollins Band.

Monday, April 9, 2018

april ninth

Five for April 9th:

Spring. Fingers crossed, but this looks like the week we finally break free of winter’s icy clutch and move into some actual spring weather. Hoping to get at least a couple of road rides in this week, along with some post-work trips to the playground. Let’s do this thing.

Bike tricks. Glad I chose to go ride yesterday afternoon over taking a nap, as I ended up having a super fun session at the new spot. Stuck another cyclone, got close on fire hydrants, and landed a few other normal tricks. Bam.

Vision. They’ve stepped up their reissue game big time this year. Hot on the heels of the Double Vision and Kele Rosecrans repops, they’re rolling out the classic Tom Groholski “Heavy Metal“ graphics on the OG shape in tons of colors.

Cool stuff. Cash for trash, sleeping eight hours, Game Over, Man! on Netflix, backyard BBQ/fire-pitting at Brian and Abby’s, salmon cakes and runny eggs, lunch hour slappies, got my blue shirt back.

Quote of the day. "Let's prepare for the adventure of a lifetime! And then after we watch Fievel Goes West, we're gonna get you some action!" -Tracy Jordan

Friday, April 6, 2018

april sixth

Five for April 6th:

Easy money. The Dyno Air I found on the side of the road Monday and rescued from the junkyard is going to a new home today. Judging by the amount of emails I got on it, I probably should have listed it for more. Who knew?

Finally some spring. Had a fun evening at the playground with the kids last night, taking advantage of the late sunshine, and a nice flower-spotting walk home with my baby girl.

Quote of the day. “Life’s better on two wheels.” -Taj Mihelich

Cool stuff. Popcorn Friday, 1989 General freestyle show footage, fresh fruit, proper axle pegs for the RL, skate ditch satellite recon, Go-Go's Behind the Music Remastered, new coffee place opening in Dogtown on my bike route.

Weekend action. Hoping for no snow, kicking it with the goobs, Seth’s record spin at Royale, making sure the lawnmower still works, hopefully getting in some skating/bike riding.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

april fifth

Five for April 5th:

Home opener. First Cardinals home game of the season is tonight. I’d love to get to one or two games this year, but I’ll wait till it’s a little warmer outside before pursuing that goal.

Flatland. Raging session at lunch yesterday, quick stop on the way in this morning, and another afternoon jam looming today. The RL Hustler Pro is killing it.

Daily workout. Keeping the streak going: 120 curls, 25 dead lifts, 50 crunches, and a couple of butterflies every day this week. It’s not much, but a good way to kick things off.

Cool stuff. Three whole days without rain coming up, got the Dyno Air on Craigslist, Thin Lizzy Behind the Music, 50-cent ice cream cone date with Jane tonight, strawberry pineapple Belle Vie.

Office quote of the day. “I don’t know anything about f*cking widgets that go deep in the scrotum of a French horn.” -S.P.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

april fourth

Five for April 4th:

Swing low. It went from sunny and 70 degrees to overcast and 40 degrees in the span of literally twenty minutes yesterday. Sunshine today, snow on Friday. I can’t take much more of this.

Mystery train. Actually saw the Loop trolley yesterday. In real life. Rolling and everything. I felt like Ray Stantz when he first encountered Slimer.

Lunch jams. Flatland session on the ‘87 General planned for this afternoon at the church lot. It may not be warm, but at least it’s dry. Always fun to try stuff on old school bikes for an extra level of challenging.

Cool stuff. Photos of AC/DC hanging with a bunch of teenage fans circa ’79, night hangs with G-love, morning smoothies, Brian Blyther podcast, hard-boiled eggs.

Grosso’s Loveletters to Skateboarding. Been a long time since any new episodes came out. Hopefully it’s not done for good. Still by far the most entertaining skate-related stuff ever released.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

april third

Five for April 3rd:

Back from the dead. Maybe forty total minutes’ worth of elbow grease on that Dyno I found yesterday and it looks pretty much good as new. Cleaned it top to bottom, bent the bars back, got the chain on and the rear wheel tensioned, and the original GT tubes and tires actually hold air. Check the before and after. Bam.

Quote of the day. “News anchors looking into a camera and reading a script handed down by a corporate overlord, words meant to obscure the truth not elucidate it, isn’t journalism. It’s propaganda. It’s Orwellian. A slippery slope to how despots wrest power, silence dissent, and oppress the masses.” -Dan Rather

Video vault. Someone (in this case, Team Pain) finally uploaded the legendary “Ramp Jam: Hawaiian Style” NSA contest video to YouTube. There’s some pretty rare footage of Johnny Kop and Bo Ikeda, plus Cab, Schroeder and Gonz completely slaughtering the Y-ramp. Cool that I no longer have to exclusively watch this on VHS.

Cool stuff. Breakfast smoothies, Porkchop BMX sticker, warmer temperatures, drive-time podcasts, black cherry Klarbrunn, upcoming interviews with Lisa on KWMU and KMOX.

Tuesday soundtrack. High On Fire, Shrinebuilder, Pentagram, Karma To Burn, D.O.A., Bad Brains, Warning, Fear, Murder City Devils, Colour Haze, Iced Earth, Nine Pound Hammer, Quicksand.

Monday, April 2, 2018

april second

Five for April 2nd:

Easter. The kids had the best weekend ever, clad in bunny ears, consuming candy and playing with new toys from morning til’ night both days. The Clifton Park egg hunt went off without a hitch despite the persistent rain threats, and the kids totally cleaned up due to the lower-than-usual turnout.

One man's trash. I need another bike in the basement like I need a hole in the head, but when I see a 1998 Dyno Air on the side of the road on the way to work, I nab it. A little beat up but fixable. I’ll either sell it on Craigslist once I spruce it up, or turn it into a first bike for George to ride in a few years.

Sessioning. As we're apparently not getting a spring this year, I took full advantage of whatever dry weather we had to ride over the weekend. It paid off, as I finally stuck my first-ever Cyclone at the lot after trying them since summer. Also, got in a skate session at JB for the first time in about as long. Bring on summer.

Cool stuff. John Buultjens epic Haro collection for sale, bunches of free bananas from Ken, Jane’s pure joy at finally obtaining some LOL Surprise Balls, week of whole eating, good morning workout, iPhone photo dump.

Quote of the day. "If your gun violence activism does not include working to end gun violence perpetrated by the police, you are not seeing the whole picture.” -Stephen Houldsworth