THE GREY CUP AND THEN A DIFFERENT TOPIC OF COURSE

6pm on Monday, November 26th

There were more than 7000 people at the Grey Cup in Toronto!  It almost sold out 53,000 fans, The Blue Jays sell out the place on a home opener, 55,000 seats plus the hotel with windows to the field.  I wasn’t there but it should have been any where else but Toronto, Montreal or BC, if you ask me.  I saw quite a few Rider fans on TV, all wearing their green & white!  Next year the Grey Cup is back where it should be, REGINA!

The half time show with Bieber, Carly Rae, Gordon Lightfoot and Mariana’s Trench, was not controlled at all!  The fans booed Bieber.  How many of those people get booed at their job?  No right or need for that!  I’m not a fan of Bieber, but I wouldn’t waste my energy on booing him, that’s his job!  Should I boo the people at 7-11 because the nachos aren’t to my liking?  NO!   

This was the 100th Grey Cup, back where it all began.  At least the Argonauts were in it and won!  I assume not many people in Toronto knew they had a team until the week leading up to the game?!  Kind of like the LA Kings winning the Stanley Cup for hockey last year!  “OOOOOOOOOOOO WE HAVE A TEAM?……THEY WON?”  Say it in a Scooby Doo voice, and let the hilarity consume you!

I don’t know what I’ll watch for sports on the weekends.  No hockey (Thanks Bettman, do you want to mess up the league completely?), CFL or MLB.  I can not stand basketball, NFL, golf, curling, etc.  I watch the Blue Jays, CFL and some hockey.  That’s all folks!

Cancer, it will probably affect me forever, I don’t think my eye will heal like the Doctors thought it might, oh well.  I did my exercises at home again today after breakfast, 3 sets of 30 crunches and push-ups along with yoga and pilates.  Then the same thing in the afternoon.  I don’t know or care if I’ll be able to walk again.  Maybe I’ll be in a wheelchair for the rest of my life?  Then Kim & I will get the best parking spot where ever we go and make a reservation at any restaurant, just because I’m in a wheelchair.

As for the best guitar player in Canada and the USA?  Ian Thornley, Tim Roth, Alex Lifeson and somebody else I can’t remember.  USA, Matt Heafy from Trivium, he was inspired by James Hetfield of Metallica, but I don’t think Hetfield could keep up with Heafy.  I played very simple rhythm guitar parts so I could sing.  I have never been able to play a fast solo on guitar, I haven’t taken any lessons.

Bye, 

“Hubby Boo Boo” aka Christopher

chrisg.fraser@gmail.com 

GREY CUP

Friday @7pm or so, November 23rd

The Grey Cup is this weekend, WHOPY!  I don’t know what I will watch with no hockey on, Bettman needs to get his head out of his butt!  

The 100th Grey Cup should not be in Toronto!  Regina, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary or Hamilton.  All of those city’s are full of die hard CFL fans.  Who gets married on Grey Cup weekend?  My parents and Dave and Liz!  I do hope JBels (Justin Bieber) will draw some Americans to watch the game.  Most Canadians watch the Super Bowl!

I guess I’ll have to watch a bit of NFL after Sunday.  Because,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QW4RUIjOp9k

Happy weekend I’ll have a beer or two during the so should any CFL fans!

Bye, 

“Hubby Boo Boo” aka Christopher

chrisg.fraser@gmail.com 

METAL MUSIC & TV

12:30 or so in the afternoon, Friday, November 23rd

I’m not a metal head I just enjoy some variety.  Now that Kim and I will be moving to a condo, one floor, no basement, I’ll be getting my music off of iTunes.  I hate that, there are quite a few things that iTunes doesn’t have.  No Tool, I Mother Earths “Blue Green Orange”, Big Wreck with the TSO/any orchestra, B-Sides of a single, etc.  And it isn’t as expensive as it should be, .99 for a song, that is ludicrous!  Pay for the actual CD until the time comes that you’ll have to get your music off iTunes.

We/I have far to many CDs for us to move, 600+ I think.

Not much on the tube today, it’s black Friday in America.  Yesterday was their Thanksgiving.  America may be a juggernaut, I’m glad Obama won the election, if I was American I may have voted.

I only enjoy a sampling of metal music not everything metal, 7-10 bands.  I have never considered Tool to be a metal band, just very heavy rock music!  I always purchase their CD, not just because they’re not on iTunes but there is something different on each CD case!  3D photos on the last album, Hologram on the 3rd album, plastic sleeve on the 4th album, etc.   

This stuff about paying full price is true.  I used to download music for free months before it was released, and purchase the album on CD the day it was released.  Kim did not agree “Do you have that already?”, she would ask me.  If I said “yes” she’d roll her eyes at me and walk away.  There is not much point in me purchasing a CD anymore, I can’t read the liner now with one eye.  iTunes it is from now on!  

Bye, 

“Hubby Boo Boo” aka Christopher

chrisg.fraser@gmail.com 

BRUNO MARS

8:30pm or so on Thursday, November 22nd

Like I said, I’m not a fan of the “rock” bands coming out these days, so pop it is!  Kelly Clarkson and Bruno Mars it is.  I finally found the Bruno Mars skit from SNL!

 http://www.gossipcop.com/bruno-mars-snl-pandora-video-impressions-impersonations-saturday-night-live-michael-jackson-justin-bieber-watch/

The only musician mom, Mitch and I agree on.  Take a look at this song, mom is sick of it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SR6iYWJxHqs

Change the 1st line of the chorus to this and then everything that rhymes with grenade, “Our toilet’s a BEDEE for ya…………..”

Yeah I spend to much time on youtube.  Watching live musicians, musicians being interviewed and serial killer videos.

Bruno Mars’ new album comes out December 11th, the day after we see Big Wreck live, in the 6th row at the Conexus Arts Center, I still call it The Center of the Arts.  Same with the Brant Center and Mosaic Stadium.  Agridome and Taylor Field.

Bye,

“Hubby Boo Boo” aka Christopher

chrisg.fraser@gmail.com 

MUSIC AGAIN

It’s just about 1pm Thursday, November 22nd

Lots of people call Dave Grohl the most influential person in music in the last 21 years.  He was the 5th or 6th drummer for Nirvana.  It was almost a year to the day that he joined Nirvana then put out Nevermind, and knocked Micheal Jackson off of the no.1 spot on billboard.

Here is a link of Foo Fighters recording their 3rd album.  Not for kids at all!  Earmuffs!  Make your kids plug their ears and hum.  He’s not drunk in this clip, just playing drunk.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5g3uTV2OxY0

Now they are on “hiatus”, that sounds like they will break up, Dave G. wouldn’t abandon music though.  I saw the photo Corey had mentioned about “Queens of the Stone Age’s” mixing board Dave’s playing drums on their upcoming album.  He also does “Tenacious D’s” drumming, in the studio.  Plays the Devil in their videos and in the movie “The Pick of Destiny”.  

Mitch was really into Finger Eleven at least the 1st two albums and most of the 3rd album, he can’t stand the two recent one’s now.  We both got into them around the same time on the “Rainbow Butt Monkeys” album.  Just a different drummer.

I got my own breakfast, as usual, Kim had to get the syrup down for my eggo’s though.  I even poured my own juice this morning without spilling.  That may sound minor to everyone, it’s a big step for me! 

Bye,

“Hubby Boo Boo” aka Christopher

chrisg.fraser@gmail.com 

PS I’m fine, no need to worry about me, or walking on egg shells around me!

AAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH, KELLY CLARKSON!

Just after 6pm, Wednesday, November 21st

Yes, I don’t consider any music that I listen to as a guilty pleasure, maybe “I’m to sexy”-by Right said Fred and a few songs by Maroon 5, which I have yet to purchase!

Kelly Clarkson is among the many artists I enjoy.  Who doesn’t like Micheal Jackson or the Jackson 5, really?  So is my sampling of metal music.  Into Eternity, Itchy Stitches, Trivium, Lamb of God, In Flames, Tamaraze, Theocracy, Pantera, Alter Bridge, The Agonist and the 2nd album by Devildriver.  Just because they all play heavy metal does not mean they worship the Devil.

As Chad Kroeger said “Nickelback does not suck (however many) million people don’t think so!”.  I am not a fan of those bands that all sound alike to me.  It isn’t any of them that inspired me to pick up a guitar and sing!  I like the “grunge” era, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, etc.  The groups that changed the path of music.  

There aren’t many “rock bands” out lately that I enjoy, My Darkest Days isn’t terrible though.  I really hope that Theory of a Deadman play last on the double bill with Big Wreck on December 10th

I’m sure I will purchase my music from iTunes once they fix the whole entire problem with purchasing rare or unreleased songs.  Until then I will purchase CDs of my favourite bands and iTunes for bands that are just OK.

Yes, I’m a listener of music right now my guitar just gets me angry/frustrated then I drop an (F-Bomb) to myself.  It came to me very easily before, I was just playing simple rhythm guitar before, nothing to complex.

Bye,

“Hubby Boo Boo” aka Christopher

chrisg.fraser@gmail.com

MITCH

Past my bedtime on Wednesday, November 21st

My only sibling, my bigger but younger brother.  Like Sherry says about Kim.  Of course he was the best man at our wedding.  He had just turned 18 in March, we were married in May.  Just in time to sign our Marriage certificate!  

We may be 7 years apart, but we grew up together.  I may have shot those really hard street hockey balls at him and broke a rear light on our Chevy Caprice  That was unintentional though.  He got me back though, unintentionally.  We were living in my grandparents house for 1 or 2 years while my grandfather had to work in Ottawa.  I had built an underground snow fort, Mitch (3 years old) jumped on the top while I was inside, making the snow fort cave in on me.  I was fine, just calling him to dig for me.

My grandparents had a big Birch Tree, and Mitch has hay fever (not Bieber Fever).  We (the 4 of us) would  play hide & seek.  Mitch always hid under the Birch tree with the long hanging branches.  He was easy to find, the tree was always SNEEZING at us! 

Dad tried to race with Mitch down the hall in our apartment.  Mitch was in diapers at the time and ran straight into the edge of the kitchen wall!  Mom was very concerned.  That may explain a few things though.

His friend down the street came over quite a bit.  I was supposed to babysit them while mom and dad were out.  We played football in the living room instead, tackle football.  I was on my knees to make it as fair as possible.  We played it very often, them against me.  I tackled Mitch and he hit his head on our piano at the time.  He was bleeding so I gave him a cold facecloth to put on the wound and told him repeatedly “don’t tell mom”.  Now he can’t grow hair there, lol!  He has a scar on the back of his head!  That could explain quite a few things as well.

A few years before I had cancer he worked at Quiznos for a few years.  Kim and I took advantage of free subs or $4 meals.  That will account for the free slurpees I’d get for him after school, but not for the potty training.

Mitch would call for me “CHRIS, COME WIPE MY BUM!”.  Even when we had company.  Mom went to do it for me once, he sent her back to get me.  So for the rest of my life if he’s here when I go to the washroom I’ll yell “MITCH, COME WIPE MY BUMB!”. 

We never fought or argued like siblings often do.  Now he let’s me now if I sound like a %^&@! whatever I’m turning into on the blogs or on facebook.  He is much smarter and funnier than me, not so sexy though.  Rachel really?  He farted on your leg, burps like nobody else but Rob.  Mitch isn’t even aloud to fart in our house or poop in our bathroom!

Sorry everybody else, being in a band with Mitch was the most fun I’ve had, even when he got grumpy recording the Chemical Horizon album.

Bye,

“Hubby Boo Boo” aka Christopher

chrisg.fraser@gmail.com 

FOO FIGHTERS

3pm, Wednesday, November 21st 

Foo Fighters have been my favourite band since 1999.  I was/still am in to U2 before that, my mother got “The Joshua Tree” for Easter when I was a wee lil lad.  I listened to it constantly at loud volume, mom didn’t like it at all.

I bought “The Colour and The Shape” by Foo Fighters in ’97 then a day or two later I bought the self-titled album, the 1st album that Dave Grohl recorded all on his own 8 months-a year after Kurt Cobain shot himself.  Both Foo albums helped me a lot through the last year and ½  in high school.

The 3rd album, released in November of 1999 made the Foo’s my favourite band.  My grandmother died of breast cancer December 5th that year.  I missed an English final in university because I was so bummed out.  I would drive to Moose Jaw blasting the 3rd album as loud as possible, crying all the way.

The 4th album “One by One” came out October 22nd of 2002, Kim’s first birthday with me!  The 5th album “In Your Honor” a double album with a rock album and an acoustic album was released after we got married in 2005 when we were living in our apartment.  10 years after the first album.  The 6th studio album came out some time in 2007.  Kim and I had tickets to see them in Saskatoon 2 weeks after I came down with brain cancer!

The latest album “Wasting Light” came out when I was in WRC.  The song “Walk” was on that album, released in April of 2011.  Was “Walk” written just for me?  The lyrics are all about learning how to do things again.  Walking and talking.  “GETTIN’ GOOD AT STARTIN’ OVER” lyrics from a very influential song. 

Ian Thornley, Dave Grohl and Myles Kennedy should all collaborate on an album or song.  It would most likely be as good as The Traveling Wilbur’s album with Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, George Harrison and Bob Dylan.  The Headstones didn’t write “Tweeter and The Monkey man”, it’s a cover of The Traveling Wilburys.  

Bye,

“Hubby Boo Boo” aka Christopher

chrisg.fraser@gmail.com 

NO GYM TODAY

Tuesday, November 20th 

I did exercise today, just not at the gym!  I used Uncle Ken’s recumbent exercise bike for ½ hour, then I will do my other home workout later on.  Played 2 games of cribbage today as well, split the 2 games, 1 for me & 1 for Kris from the ABI program.  Not much new cancer wise, still have a patch over my left eye, in a wheelchair, can walk with Kim and a walker and can do a lot of other things as well, slowly!  My speech is a bit of a mess.  I am a bit louder most people can hear me now, I just have to remember to slow down and enunciate my words.  Jolene even understood me after a schooner of beer, just ’cause I was louder.

I have yet to see “The Dark Knight Rises”, but it’s on my Christmas list, along with many other things, it started out as a small list, 3 things, then became 12 things.  My Shirley told me it needed more variety, now she has it.  Whatever I don’t get for Christmas goes right on to my birthday list, January 30th.  This coming Saturday will be my parents 34th anniversary!  YIPYKYYA MOTHERTRUCKER!

That’s not what little Aubrey said when Candy Danielle G. took her galloping on a horse!  I think Aubrey is in grade 1, Stacey and Darren should tell that story at her wedding!  Stacey is my much older cousin.  My only older cousin!  “I’m getting older too…”-some Dixie Chicks song, Kim is the only reason I know any country song.

I’m almost all about grunge, metal and hard rock!  When the CFL is over next weekend I won’t have any sports to watch, I’ll watch the odd Cowboy’s game just to quench my thirst for football and that’s all.

Bye,

“Hubby Boo Boo” aka Christopher

chrisg.fraser@gmail.com 

BREWSTER

Very late Monday night, passed my bed time!

I did go out of my way to find this on youtube for Robin, my physio therapist, she must miss me “singing” this while walking with a walker, I still “sing” this from time to time.

  1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3MXiTeH_Pg&feature=related  

Brewster is part of the family for all of us.  I can’t stand leaving him alone.  When we were living in any hospital, Sherry and James took him for 3 years or more.  Starting Tuesday, February 5th, 2008 until we moved home.  We got him as a pup in April of 2006.  When he was small he moved his kennel kitty corner from by our front entrance to the other side of the living room by our big window!  We’d come in and look around the corner just to find him ways away!  That lasted for a while, then we let him run wild around the house.  Bad, bad, move.

We’d get home and he’d have the worst breath ever, he ate his own crap, to hide it!  We had this cute lil puppy and his breath literally smelled like $h!+.

For some reason we let him sleep on our bed?  He was still quite young and would pee on our comforter.  Even now when we leave the house to go to the gym he peed on the spare bed and ruined our duvet that we had on there.  

He’s only 12lbs and you can count his ribs, even though we always have food out for him, he just never eats?  He always gets my attention from the TV when he is pawing at his bed, couch, blanket or howling at his favourite toy.   

If we’re at home he’s fine.  When we leave he always watches out the window for us.  We got him because Kim wanted a miniature dachshund.  I didn’t I knew what people would say when they saw me walking a dog like that………………….”Look at the fat guy with his little wiener”.

Bye,

“Hubby Boo Boo” aka Christopher

chrisg.fraser@gmail.com