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Thirty Six

Tomorrow I turn 36. I feel every minute of it. Each second of tireless gravity crushing down upon my bones. Of course, I’m choosing to write this entry at 9PM after a long day, longer week, and even longer month. It’s at these times when you get straight to the truth… when we’re tired and hungry.

For the past five years, I’ve spent nearly every day working alongside my amazing and wonderful wife running a coffee shop with extremely high expectations. You know, living the American Dream proper, right? Don’t get me wrong, it’s been a fun and rewarding experience, but after five plus years of 7 day weeks with hardly a day off, both Lauren and I can feel a bit spent at times. Day in and out we are constantly busting our asses so that our community can enjoy some of the best coffee and service available. I want it to be known that by and large, we have the best customers on the planet. Now, you’re probably reading this and thinking that you work hard. I’m sure you do. However, the majority of you have no idea what it’s like to do this for five years. There are very few of us in this club and that’s because it’s fucking difficult. Most people either go out of business, or just quit because of the sheer overwhelming nature of the beast. We’ve put off dinners, weddings, parties, gatherings, funerals, and countless other activities for a long time now.

This year we’re going to attempt to change things up a bit. Simple shit… like trying to prioritize time for ourselves and begin to take more of a back seat at times. We’ll see how it goes. After all, we can do our best to make plans, but they are only good until life calls an audible.

I’m about to be thirty six and I’m not even close to being done with my conquests. So here’s to 2019 bringing great things our way. Thanks for reading.

Steve Albini Interview 2018

For those of you that have had the pleasure of working with me as an audio engineer… or perhaps you have been in the coffee shop and noticed there is a drink titled “Steve Albini…” this is the guy. He’s a solid mentor and I deeply appreciate his views on the music industry and the overall creative processes involved. I hadn’t seen this interview until earlier this week and now that I’ve watched it twice, I wanted to share it. Enjoy.

That’s enough rambling out of me for the moment. I’m going to go grill some chicken thighs.


Not all heroes wear capes. Some of them just dress normally and spend copious amounts of time building smokers in their garages. Thanks to this video, I’ve now spent the last hour watching DIY smoker builds. Now I need to find someone to teach me how to weld.

For the Moms

This post goes out to all you moms out there. Doing the mom things that you do. Oh, and it also goes out to my mother-in-law who did a fairly good job on my wife. I don’t really have a relationship with my own mother (long story), so it’s nice that Lauren and I were able to invite her mom over and treat her to dinner. We opted to fire up the grill and make some classic americana in the form of hamburgers because it’s one of her not-so-guilty pleasures. We also opted for some grilled asparagus. It’s nice that she’s able to just come over and relax. She’s always putting the needs of everyone else first, so it’s nice for her to just take a moment and relax while we take care of the details.

So yeah, that wraps up our Mothers Day celebration. I hope you all made an effort to show the mom(s) in your lives some love and respect. After all, without mom’s, we wouldn’t exist. That would be the worst.


Happy Holidays!

Happy Holiday Season, everyone!


It looks as if we’ve survived another 365ish days around the ol’ fireball, and as usual, we have all had our fair share of ups and downs. Despite the tumultuous nature of human existence, we are extremely thankful to share this weird and wonderful world with all of you amazing people!


If you could all just take a quick second to ponder the seemingly impossible series of both cosmic and miniscule variables that had to occur in just the right way for you to exist! Each one of you makes this world a better place in your own unique way. You are all magical beings with such an incredible capacity to change the world around you for the better. Never forget that! Love your friends, family, pets, neighbors, and even strangers for more than just the holidays, and hope that they will do the same. Be sure to celebrate yourselves as well… pet a cat (if you’re not allergic), eat ice cream without pants on, order a pizza, whatever you fancy!


Thanks for being in our lives!


Love you all,

Frank, Lauren, Max, Boots, Jude, and Ruby

Holidays 4 Days!

It’s that time of year when our cats get super pumped because there are wayyyyy more decorations and adornments for them to destroy. They are the great destroyers of all things extra. I’m pretty sure they think the Christmas tree is just a seasonal cat toy. While it can be annoying at times, for the most part it’s amusing and I’m good with it. I mean, just look at this cute little idiot.