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Merry Jonsgiving 2.0

Jonathan Ikemura

Friendsgiving this year turned into a dinner at Din Tai Fung, and a trip to Disneyland. But it doesn't really seem like a festive holiday until you decorate and slave away in the kitchen. November and December are full of holidays, but it's never to late to start your own traditions and make up your own holidays with friends. At some point Friendsgiving was renamed to Jonsgiving.

When life gives you lemon trees, you make lemonade from said lemon tree.

When life gives you lemon trees, you make lemonade from said lemon tree.

Since every old dude with a huge beard knows how to BBQ and smoke meat, I thought I was getting pretty old and didn't have this knowledge. So I decided to do some Youtube research, because it would be pretty embarrassing to be old and have weak meat. 12 hours of brining and 8 hours of smoking later, my first attempt turned out pretty well. Which was a relief, because everyone's dinner was depending on this not turning out to be inedible.

Since every old dude with a huge beard knows how to BBQ and smoke meat, I thought I was getting pretty old and didn't have this knowledge. So I decided to do some Youtube research, because it would be pretty embarrassing to be old and have weak meat. 12 hours of brining and 8 hours of smoking later, my first attempt turned out pretty well. Which was a relief, because everyone's dinner was depending on this not turning out to be inedible.

Nick has never built a gingerbread house before! It wasn't as modern as we would like it, but you can't go wrong with classic gingerbread architecture.

Nick has never built a gingerbread house before! It wasn't as modern as we would like it, but you can't go wrong with classic gingerbread architecture.

We're pretty proud of this group effort. You'll never see a Cheeto chimney with popcorn smoke.

We're pretty proud of this group effort. You'll never see a Cheeto chimney with popcorn smoke.

Ruxton is waiting for snacks to drop.

Ruxton is waiting for snacks to drop.

It's not Jonsgiving without the giving. We all opened some presents, and the electric Nerf gun was probably the worst thing to leave in the hands of Jay. It turns out this thing took 6 C batteries. So Jordan ran out and grabbed some batteries so Jay could shoot all of our dicks off.

It's not Jonsgiving without the giving. We all opened some presents, and the electric Nerf gun was probably the worst thing to leave in the hands of Jay. It turns out this thing took 6 C batteries. So Jordan ran out and grabbed some batteries so Jay could shoot all of our dicks off.

As far as I can remember, Nerf guns were pretty weak and inaccurate. So the Nerf Rival Zeus was pretty sweet. Kris tells me that his internet research clocks the speed of these Nerf balls at 70 mph. Check out the video above for some testing. Our girlfriends really wanted to make sure that we don't have kids anytime soon.

So I hope this post inspires some of you guys to bake something, decorate, or just make up your own holidays with your friends. Don't just grab dinner at Boston Market, that's cheating. You'll feel a lot more accomplished if you get your hands dirty. I could go on, but I have to get ready for Nicksmas followed by Krismas!

-Jon