Thursday, January 31, 2019

january thirty-first

Five for January 31st:

Deep freeze. The kids are off school again today, there’s a perfect blanket of the slipperiest snow imaginable on the roads, and our hot water in the kitchen was frozen this morning despite keeping the faucet dripping all night. Luckily a precariously-balanced space heater under the pipe in the basement thawed it right out. I’m over it.

Late snoozin’. There was a time when I would have laughed at the idea that someday, sleeping until 7 am would be considered “sleeping in”, but alas, that’s the reality.

Spring cleaning. The basement is going to get a major cleansing/sell-through pretty soon. So much crap down there collecting dust that either needs to go on Craigslist or the curb.

Cool stuff. Huge warm-up on the horizon, sushi rolls, Ozone/Oz-One side by side build pics, Overkill and Death Angel in STL in May, good leftovers.

Ward politics. I’ll admit this is not a subject I’m particularly well-versed in, but watching friends go back and forth on the topic makes for some interesting social media viewing if nothing else.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

january thirtieth

Five for January 30th:

Polar vortex. -29 degree wind chills today with an actual temperature of -5. Might try to get the goobs to the park tonight to slide around on the frozen lake before it all melts this weekend.

Fyre. Finally got a chance to check out the Netflix Fyre Fest documentary, and somewhat ironically, it actually lived up to the hype.

Brighter later. We’ve definitely turned a corner in the daylight department. I could start riding again at any point now and get home with sunshine to spare. May attempt a 2019 inaugural bike commute sometime next week if the weather cooperates.

Cool stuff. Setting up the SC/SE tonight, lunch oatmeal, Dave Mustaine impersonations, free oranges, DailyMotion app on FireTV, mint tea.

Wednesday soundtrack. Horisont, Greenleaf, Ministry, Nuclear Assault, Meat Puppets, MDC, Slapshot, King Diamond, Exodus, Black Hollies, Voivod, Demolition Hammer.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

january twenty-ninth

Five for January 29th:

Mario Kart. George was super excited to see Rainbow Road for the first time last night on MK64 after I was finally able to beat Banshee Boardwalk. It’s the little things.

Quote of the day. “The silence around the execution-style murders of five women in Florida is deafening. We are *this* used to gun violence. Those women were shot in the head after being forced to lay face down, and then executed. In a bank. In America.” -Emily Wood

Flatland goals. Much like last summer’s quest to dial in cyclone-to-swivels, my aim is to get some higher-level rolling tricks, like hang fives and half-lashes, on lock by the fall. Completely doable if I put 100% into it and accept that going headfirst over the bars and onto the pavement is going to be happening a lot more.

Cool stuff. Interpol at the Pageant next month, Chasing the View off the Cliff full video on YouTube, morning roll on the vato rat, found and tamed a White Arabian horse in RDR2 for maximum speed.

PSA to the STLMPD. Russian roulette is a game wherein a single bullet is loaded into a gun, which the holder then points at his or her own head and pulls the trigger, in the hopes that the bullet in question is not in the chamber. If you point a loaded gun at a person and shoot them, that's just shooting someone. Glad we got this cleared up.

Monday, January 28, 2019

january twenty-eighth

Five for January 28th:

Weekend radness. Sunshine and high-thirties on Saturday made for a killer skate session at Ramp Riders followed by a flatland ride at a newly-discovered lot right by my house, which is big, flat, smooth, and outside a currently unused building. Depending on the nighttime lighting, it might become my new go-to spot for evening jams through the summer. Includes a bonus ledge for peg-stalls.

Natural selection at work. Darwin awards are currently being prepared for STL metro-area residents about to freeze to death sleeping in tents in a Chick Fil-A parking lot hoping to win a year's worth of free nuggets.

Percussionism. Set up the non-electronic drums down in the basement for some bashing and crashing. Nothing like playing on the real thing every once in awhile.

Cool stuff. New pair of full-fingered riding gloves, two jars of Justin's vanilla almond butter, FST tube replaced, salmon salad, Blistex, George & Dad night, free coffee at the office.

Slogging through. I can tolerate the -22 degree wind chills over the next few days only because it’s supposed to be in the 50’s and 60’s this weekend. I’ll take that tradeoff any time.

Friday, January 25, 2019

january twenty-fifth

Five for January 25th:

Vacation plans. The beaches of Florida this spring and the mountains of Colorado this summer are officially booked. Hopefully there’s still a TSA by then.

Roger Stone arrested. Yet another Trump turd has finished circling the golden toilet bowl and finally found its way down the drain. Only the best people!

Bike repairs. Finally got the weird loose front peg situation figured out on the FST, only to realize I now have to replace the tube due to a slow leak.

Cool stuff. 2019 Haro Group 1 RS-1 Trails frames and completes, Michael Bennet’s right-wing chamber floor takedown, 10-degree morning street session, oven roasted peanuts, gyros with the lunch crew.

Weekend action. Marginally decent temperatures this weekend- comparatively speaking- so hopefully we’ll be able to get out of the house a bit. Plans are zero. Some running/swimming at the Y, getting a refurb phone at Foxpaw, and skating at Ramp Riders are all high on the probability list. We’ll see what shakes out.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

january twenty-fourth

Five for January 24th:

The Teal Album. I don't know that I've ever seen a band take such great pains to negate the merits of their early work as Weezer has. Are we just all pawns in some weird social experiment?

Dining out. Impromptu trip to SoHa for dinner with the crew last night. Jane earned herself a root beer float by letting me ghost-tickle her neck, and of course I left my to-go box on the table as is custom any time I get a to-go box.

Morning roll. Got in a little bit of street riding this morning down on the Loop ledge. 21 degrees out, but hey, at least it was dry. Did a few feeble stalls and headed for a warmer climate.

Cool stuff. Gum restock, SC Special Edition deck shipped out, This Is Nancy Pelosi’s Finest Hour, office shredding, Metal Church at Fubar, Andy's Air Jordans fundraiser.

The struggle is real. Let’s face it, if you had a dollar for every time a Trump supporter argued that “criminals will always find a way around gun control laws” in one comment section and that “the wall will stop illegal immigration” in another, you’d be very rich indeed.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

january twenty-third

Five for January 23rd:

Night moves. The whole squad was out in force for old man night at Ramp Riders yesterday evening. Got in a few good runs, witnessed some ripping, and shut the place down.

Quote of the day. “Black teens get gunned down on the street for just wearing a hoodie, while white teens have expensive PR teams that gaslight us through respected journalists and make us second-guess racist actions seen on video. This is the nature of white supremacy. It’s powerful and insidious.” -Eugene Gu

Be careful out there. There’s a one and one-tenths inch dusting of snow on the grass, so please make sure to go as slow as humanly possible and clog up traffic at every conceivable intersection and major thoroughfare while driving to work today.

Cool stuff. Andrew Cuomo signs abortion protection bill into law, temporary-tattooing the kids, Jane’s 100th day of kindergarten celebratory guitar pick t-shirt, listening to The Mushuganas, Ranchito with Brian.

NAMM week. For the first time in several years, I am home in St. Louis this week and not in southern California. The air literally hurts right now, so I’m kind of questioning my decision to take the year off, but too late now.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

january twenty-second

Five for January 22nd:

Gone too soon. Rest in peace, Robert. I wish I’d known that the last time I talked to you was going to be the last time ever, but I guess life doesn’t work like that.

Carded. I’ve been asked to show identification thrice in the last few weeks. Being that I’ll be 42 years old in a few months, that’s cool and flattering and all, but I don’t see how it’s even remotely possible that anyone could think I’m under 21. Let’s be real.

Atari age. Seth hooked me up with a free Atari Flashback 3 that he apparently got as a gift a couple of years ago and never played. The kids and I had a good time throwing down on some Outlaw last night. Thanks dude.

Cool stuff. Evening Ramp Riders skate session, Colorado summer vacation plans, Dennis Enarson on Vans, chopped walnut restock, George is finally sleeping with a pillow.

Tuesday soundtrack. Dystopia, Freedom Hawk, Terrorizer, Pallbearer, D.R.I., Led Zeppelin, Dio, Gang Green, Dark Angel, The Wipers.

Monday, January 21, 2019

january twenty-first

Five for January 21st:

Super Bowl LIII. Back in 2002, the Rams were still in St. Louis playing the Patriots in the Super Bowl, and I was rooting for them. Seventeen years later to the day, the Rams are back in LA and playing the Patriots, and I’m rooting for the Patriots. Funny how things change.

Haro Boys. Got a One Love Jam “Blatant Lofters of Jive” t-shirt ordered from Dave Nourie, because I needed another t-shirt.

Arctic blast. It’s drip-the-sinks season in our 130 year old house. Sub-freezing weather complete with another dusting of snow and little relief in sight. 39 days until spring.

Cool stuff. Not going to NAMM, basement bike session, Chris’ for pancakes with the crew, 1992 BS Series contest at Jeff Phillips Skatepark footage, Monday morning Monsters, Inc. with Jane, George’s newly-redecorated Thomas the Tank Engine bedroom.

Quote of the day. “I think we might be expecting too much from rich boys from a private Catholic high school in Kentucky whose parents sent them to Washington DC in order to protest against women’s reproductive rights.” -Josh

Friday, January 18, 2019

january eighteenth

Five for January 18th:

Breaking point. I’m officially done with my 5C. Going to buy a refurb newer-generation phone ASAP. This thing has reached the end of the line, either through old age, Apple’s notorious usage-throttling measures, or some combination thereof. Over it.

Seoul Taco. I haven’t been out to lunch in two weeks, but I couldn’t bring myself to choke down the lame lunch I brought today. One gogi bowl later, and I’m feeling good.

Quote of the day. “Approving, condoning, acquiescing in, and counselling witnesses with respect to the giving of false or misleading statements to lawfully authorized investigative officers and employees of the United States and false or misleading testimony in duly instituted judicial and congressional proceedings.” –Articles of Impeachment against Richard Nixon

Cool stuff. Journal-making with Jane, Take It or Leave It on YouTube, getting paid, grocery delivery, setting up the Steadham.

Weekend action. Another winter precipitation-filled couple of days coming up with few plans. Hoping to get in some riding or skating, depending on how the weather shakes out, and possibly some sledding/snowboarding if that can’t happen. A run at the YMCA and some RDR2 are almost definite. Whatever else remains to be seen.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

january seventeenth

Five for January 17th:

Dad night. Dinner and strawberry shakes at Steak & Shake with my goobs last night, with Jane bringing along a coin purse filled with quarters to empty into the gumball machine. Home for some He-Man on Netflix and Story Path tales before bed. Not bad for a frigid Wednesday.

Stir crazy. No relief in sight from the snow and wetness perpetually blanketing the ground, and so much flatland/street stuff flying around in my head that I want to try. May have to go seek out some parking garages.

Vintage Vinyl. Their cassette tape game has been on point for the last year or so. Found some great deals there for $0.99/ea, a few of which have turned a profit on eBay.

Cool stuff. Steve Caballero/Haro cruiser bike collaboration, new toothbrush, the case for the impeachment of Donald Trump, Digital Underground discussions, free High On Fire poster.

Quote of the day. ”It is not normal to hold 800,000 workers’ paychecks hostage. It is not normal to shut down the government when we don’t get what we want. It is not normal for public servants to run away and hide from the public that they serve. And it is certainly not normal to starve the people we serve for a proposal that is wildly unpopular among the American people.” -Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

january sixteenth

Five for January 16th:

Saving money. Getting back to bringing in leftovers on a more consistent basis after a couple of months of going out to lunch a bit too much. Nothing compared to how it used to be, but still a completely unnecessary expense.

Red Dead Redemption 2. It completely and totally buries the original, which is one of my all-time favorites to begin with. Anyone who says this isn’t the best video game they’ve ever seen or played is either a liar or someone who thrives on attention.

Can’t say I didn’t try. After literally three years or more of sporadically attempting to give them away to anyone who would take them, the two 14” furnace filters I purchased by accident have finally been tossed out.

Cool stuff. Mike Sinclair Skatehoarders segment, high-quality upload of Ride On on YouTube, Wednesday morning drive talks with George, Space Brothers Pete Augustin podcast, Vision poster delivery, stealing Brian’s mountain mix.

Quote of the day. “If you’re a man who is upset about the Gillette commercial, you should smile more. You’re so much prettier when you smile.” -John Lurie

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

january fifteenth

Five for January 15th:

Winter is here. Lest there be any doubt, more snow and -4 degree temperatures are on the docket for this weekend. Looks like we’ll be running the sinks for a couple of days. Even though this winter has been overwhelmingly mild, I’m ready for spring.

Quote of the day. “Over 1000 hamberders.” -The President of the United States of America

They’re called classics for a reason. Introduced Jane and George to Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner over the weekend, and they love it. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Jane laugh that hard in my life.

Cool stuff. Haro Lineage Grind Disks, pink Rib Bones for the Special Edition, found the former location of the Secret Ninja Ramp in OKC, free gum, lunch break snowboarding.

Tuesday soundtrack. Fu Manchu, Neurosis, John Garcia, Elephant Tree, The Heavy Eyes, Mothership, Sleep, Early Man, Black Tusk, Nebula, Death.

Monday, January 14, 2019

january fourteenth

Five for January 14th:

Snowed in. If I hadn’t done a preliminary shoveling-of-the-driveway on Friday night, I probably would’ve thrown my back out the next morning. 10 or so inches of the heaviest, wettest possible snow. Still, got in some sledding, snowboarding, and snowman-building, the kids had a blast, and we didn’t have to drive in it.

Kid date. With the roads pretty much cleared, Jane and I went to the Galleria yesterday, just to get out of the house. Her only previous mall experience was pretty much Chesterfield, which is completely dead, so she was pretty blown away to see a fully-occupied and functional mall. I was, too, to be honest.

Knockoff central. Bootleg Schwinn, Dyno, and GT BMX t-shirts are available at your local Urban Outfitters. Only $35 each!

Cool stuff. Fresh rubber on the FST, finally hit the Vans Store, Santa Cruz spring reissues shipping early, Justin’s vanilla almond butter, Parker Lewis Can’t Lose on DailyMotion.

Valid question. Which circle of hell do you think the first guy who ever said "ain't no thing but a chicken wing" currently resides in?

Friday, January 11, 2019

january eleventh

Five for January 11th:

Juxtaposition. Last Saturday we were picnicking at Berra Park in t-shirts. Tomorrow I will be shoveling out of what is looking like will be a 24-hour snowstorm.

Morning YouTube wormhole. Face Value, Dead Sailor, Ride Like a Man, Krt Schmidt’s Rodger’s Garage part, various Dave Nourie clips.

You get what you pay for. While I certainly feel bad for all of the 800,000+ federal employees currently working for no pay, I feel less bad for the ones that knowingly voted for an egomaniacal television personality with no experience to be the president.

Cool stuff. Pollo Yucatan with extra veggies, Vision Tom Groholski mini reissues, stack of Fluke and Skate Jawn zines from Andy, Fireburn on Spotify.

Weekend action. Playing this one by ear due to the weather situation. Some snowboarding/sledding at the park, 5K run at the gym, potential Ramp Riders skate or BMX sesh, and the first Toy Show of 2019 are all possibilities depending on motivation/road conditions.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

january tenth

Five for January 10th:

Powell Peralta spring catalog highlights. Bunch of new colors for existing deck reissues coming out, along with a blue-dip Barbee Ragdoll (plus RB t-shirt) and Claus Grabke first model, which I never thought I’d see. Wish they’d re-run those street wheels!

American idiot. You'll all be shocked to know our fucking moron president can't spell the word "forest".

Sack of potatoes. Last night at Ramp Riders was fun, but I just couldn’t get into the groove for whatever reason. Chalk it up to the frigid temperature or late start, I guess. Got to hang out with some good friends and a couple of people I hadn’t seen in forever, so that was a plus if nothing else.

Cool stuff. RBG coffee mug, Solo: A Star Wars Story on Netflix, vintage Megazords at Red Racks, Instacart, attic Nintendo with the goobs, Cafe Bustelo resupply.

Big girl. With her knees now hitting the handlebars of her little 16” bike, Jane is officially tall enough for a 20”, bypassing 18" altogether- though she’s still a bit leery of taking the training wheels off. We'll get there. In the meantime, she can go ahead and stop growing at the speed of light.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

january ninth

Five for January 9th:

Intermittent fasting. The key, I’ve found, is to cool it on the coffee in the morning once I get to work, and switch to drinking lots of water. The jitters and headaches I get from the mix of over-caffeination and an empty stomach are gone, and the whole thing is made much easier.

Shrednesday evening. Hitting Ramp Riders for a mini-ramp jam tonight with Brian and Andy. Should be fun to ride some Masonite. The new H-Street Danny Way may make an appearance, if I get around to setting it up.

Bum deal. Yesterday on the way to get gas, I spotted a bike chained up outside a pawn shop from the road and decided to have a look. It was a cherry 2001 S&M Dirt Bike! I thought I was about to score big, but the guy wanted $400 for it. Can’t win ‘em all.

Cool stuff. Love notes from Janey, free k-cups, six pack of hard-boiled eggs, strawberry shake and zoo plans with George, cheap copy of L.A. Noire for the 360.

Progression session. Got in 45 minutes or so of flatland riding at Berra Park after work while the kids were swimming. Rolled a few hang fives further and better than ever before. It’s my goal to have those on total lock by the end of summer.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

january eighth

Five for January 8th:

Nine Club. The Lance Mountain interview/episode is up. Getting through all three and a half hours of it will take some time, but that said, if there’s one guy I could listen talk about skateboarding for that long, it’s Lance.

Scooter kids. They move in packs, like annoying, tactless, common-sense free locusts, dropping into bowls and ramps with no regard for anyone already riding or waiting their turn on deck. I’ve never seen anything like it. Don’t be a scooter kid.

City Museum sold to an amusement park company. Hoping for the best, but bracing for the end of an era.

Cool stuff. Super 7 Shogun Warrior ReAction figures, 2-4 inches of snow this weekend/ park snowboarding, significantly lighter outside later, evening at the playground, back issues of Ride, attic MOTU with the goobs.

Tuesday soundtrack. Alice Cooper, Heavy Hands, Fastway, Iggy Pop, Nine Inch Nails, Black Elephant, Elder, Balzac, Anathema, Dave Davies, CCR.

Monday, January 7, 2019

january seventh

Five for January 7th:

Springtime in January. Sunshine and spring-like temperatures were the norm all weekend long, and we took advantage of it. 65 days til’ actual spring starts up. I’ll take it.

Getting rad. Got in a long-overdue flatland session at Berra Park and another couple of hours or so of bowl skating at YAP with Brian and Andy.

Biking buddy. The last time we tried to get George to ride his bike he was basically not interested and couldn’t figure out pedaling. Flash forward a few months to a couple of days ago, when he hopped on and started cruising around like an old pro. He took a couple of falls but just shook it off and kept on riding.

Cool stuff. 2019 daily planner, xmas is put away and the house is back to normal, Gioia’s at the park, Jane is selling girl scout cookies, half-boomerangs from the back to front pegs, getting carves dialed, OG Vision Innovates poster.

Voltron: Legendary Defender. Finished the final season last week, and I have to say it’s undoubtedly one of the best animated series I’ve ever seen, and I’m generally speaking not that huge into animation-based stuff. Definitely on the “eventually rewatch” list.

Friday, January 4, 2019

january fourth

Five for January 4th:

Little artist. Lisa took Jane to the art museum yesterday, and she came away inspired, spending the evening and this morning at the dining room table emulating the greats. She’s a natural.

Quote of the day. “Imagine inhabiting a world so isolated and bleak that you think a video of a person dancing with her friends in college invalidates her politics. For a huge portion of lonely Q-Anon losers, literally being a likable person with friendships is suspect, to the point of being disqualifying.” -Josh

Truth in advertising. I heard from a reliable source that Record Exchange is officially changing its name to “Garbage Labyrinth”. Can anyone confirm?

Cool stuff. Georgie logic, buy one/get one Christmas Blend Vias, morning brick manuals, payday, gyro grill with Tom and Brian, possible YAP plans.

Weekend action. Near-sixty degree temperatures all weekend and not much in the way of plans, save for spending as much time outdoors as possible. Dog walks, trips to the playground with the goobs, and skate/flatland sessions are all but certain. Whatever else remains to be seen.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

january third

Five for January 3rd:

Travel plans. So far this year: possible daytrip to Crown Point, Indiana for the Midwest BMX show in February (unlikely), Lawrence, KS with Greg for a Descendents show plus a weeklong vacation to Florida in March, Colorado sometime this summer. Hopefully more to come.

Folly trolley. The 51-million dollar novelty that essentially decimated the U-City Loop is back to “nonfunctional” status after a few weeks of barely limping along. To quite Jaime Lees; “That means that the trolley started 2019 the exact same way that it started 2018: as a non-functioning, expensive embarrassment to St. Louis.”

D-day. Incoming Democratic majority retakes the U.S. House today, and with it aggressive oversight and congressional investigations of the executive branch that could lead to who knows what.

Cool stuff. First text message from Jane, oatmeal mug, new set of Kenda Kontacts for the FST, quick morning street riding session, spring-like temperatures this weekend, 2019 will be the worst year of Donald Trump’s Life.

Happy Joe’s. Some impromptu pizza, video games and skee-ball went down last night. For the first time ever, we got out of that place free of handfuls of random plastic junk, with both kids wisely opting to spend their hard-earned tickets on ice cream cones. Kinda bummed I didn’t get a Flying Glider, though.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

january second

Five for January 2nd:

Two thousand eighteen. I was going to do a recap of 2018, but that’s sort of redundant given the nature of this blog (which is already redundant enough as it is). Let’s just say it was a great year full of good memories and the best family and friends imaginable and tons of good times and I expect this year to be even better. Go back and read the last three-hundred-whatever posts if you want more details.

Running man. Got in a 4.75 mile run on the indoor track at Carondelet Y on Saturday and ran another quick 5K on the indoor track at South City Y on Monday. Personal goal is to run a minimum 5K a week for the rest of winter until riding season starts, which I feel is easily doable. We’ll see.

MoBot. Had a blast with Jane checking out the Climatron and strolling through the Japanese and Chinese gardens over the weekend. A bit cold, but we made it through unscathed, and got some free fish food pellets and a fruit punch Gatorade out of the deal.

Cool stuff. Chill NYE at home with Lisa, 1988 2-Hip KOV practice footage, tin of cookies at the mini-ramp, Planet Score, granny smith apples, mild weather.

Getting rad. Killer skateboarding sessions at JB and Ramp Riders with pretty much everyone from the old man crew in attendance at one or both, and BMX-wise I pulled off my first real peg grinds (not stalls) on the sub box at Webster.