WEEKEND UPDATE/ALICE COOPER

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Friday ended with a Saskatchewan Roughrider WIN in Regina against the Montreal Alouettes.  Riders W37-12L Alouettes!

Kim’s parents came down on Saturday.  Kim’s doing more baking to raise cash for her boxing charity, figured she could use the help of her mother & sister.  There was “…a whole lot of baking to do….”  I slept in & Kim started baking Friday night while I was at the football game.  She woke up & continued baking long before I got out of bed at 11:00 am.

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Sunday was more baking in the morning.  Finished the baking and now it’s time to get ready for the week.

How is Trump still president?  Some of these people have already been fired.  I don’t care how many people have been affected, 1 is too many.

 

MUSIC & POP CULTURE TALK

 

Stream Linkin Park’s tribute to Chester Bennington

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/linkin-park-to-live-stream-chester-bennington-tribute-show-w509870

 

ALICE COOPER

 

I’ll come clean right now.  I own only 3 studio albums & a greatest hits album of Alice Cooper.  Funny fact about the shock rocker, he plays a lot of golf!  Kim & I saw him live once in October of 2004 in Regina at the Conexus Arts Center. We’ll go with what I own in order of release.

“From the Inside” 1978.  He was in an insane asylum when this album was written.  You could easily call this his album of ballads.

 

“Trash” released in 1989

 

“Greatest Hits”

 

Now the recently released album “Paranormal”

 

If you stream or purchase this album the end of it is 5 live songs, all on his greatest hits album.  I’m a casual fan of Alice Cooper.  Each time I listen to an album of his, I want to hear more.

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WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/LINKIN PARK

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I fell asleep to “Kelly Clarkson” here new album “Meaning of Life”, followed by “Queens of the Stone Age” the album “Villains”, & finally “Royal Blood” the album “How did We Get so Dark?”

I exercised to “Foo Fighters” 60 B-Sides on shuffle.

 

Sorry this is a little bit later than usual.  Got up early, exercised, had breakfast, showered & had a funeral to attend.  Rachel’s grandfather passed away (Mitch’s girlfriend).

 

400 crunches, 400 pushups, 400 leg lifts, 160 back flexes, 80 triceps pushups.

I woke up late on Thursday, & decided I really didn’t feel like exercising.  I woke up & then just stayed in bed for too long, keeping warm under the blankets.  Which means, I’ll be very busy today.  So there are the numbers for the week.

Those numbers are underwhelming for me.  I always expect more from myself.  I’m “my own worst enemy”.

LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!         

I’ve never done that before except once when I was in the Wascana Rehabilitation Center.  Kim forced me to go to occupational therapy.  I had little to no desire to do anything that day.  I got to the therapy room & just said “No” to the questions as to what I wanted to do that day.  My physical therapist came out & fired some suggestions to me.  After far too long she asked if I’d go for a walk with my walker.  I went for a very short walk.  Instead of a 45 minute therapy session, I had a 10 minute session.  The very next day I immediately apologized to them both.  I didn’t raise my voice or swear at either of them, I apologized for being so incredibly stubborn.

 

THAT’S ALL FOR THE CANCER TALK FOR NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Hmmm?  A bass player from Marilyn Manson’s band accused of rape.  Who saw that coming?  I believe, don’t quote me on this, Marilyn Manson was accused of sexual misconduct years ago during a show.  No, I don’t listen to him.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/twiggy-ramirez-issues-statement-following-rape-accusation-w510245

 

I don’t care what a singer looks like!  I’m only going to see them in the odd video or in concert if it’s near me!  Do they sound good?  That’s all I really care about.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/kelly-clarkson-i-wanted-to-kill-myself-when-really-skinny-w509945

Kelly Clarkson has released her album today.  The 2nd season of “Stranger Things” hits Netflix today as well.

 

LINKIN PARK

 

The latest release from Linkin Park is a total 180 from their earlier albums.  It got a lot of backlash from people saying it’s terrible.  I don’t think it’s terrible but it’s VERY different from previous releases, so much that I don’t consider it a Linkin Park album.  Here’s some popular/previous songs!

 

Now a few songs from their latest release “One More Light”

LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here’s their carpool karaoke filmed 6 days before Chester Bennington’s (singer) suicide.  LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

 

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TRIVIUM

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I fell asleep to “Royal Blood” the album “How Did We Get So Dark?” followed by “Paramore” the album “All We Know is Falling” & finally “Queens of the Stone Age” the album “Villains”

 

I exercised to “Foo Fighters” the album “Concrete & Gold”

 

Trump was not accused of sexual harassment at the time this was written.   

 

Wait, there’s something wrong about this.  It seems very narcissistic about every post on this blog.  I guess read what you like?  It seems to be all about me, yet I don’t want to put words in other people’s mouth.

Harvey Weinstein did something absolutely terrible, agreed!  Donnie Trump talked about grabbing women by the genitals & he won the electoral vote?  Nobody was assaulted by Trump?  For me they’re pretty much the same, Weinstein = Trump.  They’ve both helped create a division in the world, & have both taken advantage of different races & countries.  I may not live in America, yet Trump’s idiotic behavior affects other countries as well.  Trump prefers to be called racist than wrong, well they go hand in hand.  I’m not about to defend Harvey in any way, he’s not racist but he is a criminal.

Has anybody ever thought of flat out telling Trump his ancestors were immigrants?  If his ancestors came to America, he’s more than likely European or something else?  Imagine if his laws were the same about Europeans coming to North America way back when?

WHAT???  THIS WAS DURING THE CAMPAIGN & HE WAS CHOSEN TO BE PRESIDENT???    

I think I just lost a large portion of faith in humanity!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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OK, but I watched a good portion of the original series.  What’s with all of the reboots & remakes?  Sounds to me like the writers in Hollywood have ran out of ideas, maybe that’s why?

http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/magnum-pi-reboot-series-in-the-works-w509868

It’s recently been approved.

 

TRIVIUM

 

LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Different strokes for different folks!  You can’t please everyone all of the time?

Obviously I don’t like doing album reviews. I prefer to expose you to music you may not have heard & decide for yourself.

The topic is very subjective, the person next to you could have a completely different opinion example, Kim loves country, and I tolerate most of it.  We try very hard not to play our music on the stereo while the other one’s around.  I don’t mind if she plays her country music around the house, & I know loud rock or metal is harsh to most ears.  If I don’t enjoy what she’s playing, I tune it out or listen to my music in here.

Trivium’s new album was released on Friday “The Sin & the Sentence”.  I’d have to agree with singer Matt Heafy, “This is what every Trivium fan has been waiting for” since their 2nd album “Ascendancy”.  “Ascendancy” for me & many others was their “break out” album.  Trivium fans have been waiting for this album since the 2005 release “Ascendancy”.

This is now Trivium’s 8th album.  I’ve been lucky enough to see them 3 times & the 3rd time was a charm.  The first 2 times they dealt with a barrage of technical problems.  The 3rd time I got to see them was in Saskatoon, problem free, great show.  They played THE song by “Iron Maiden” over the PA right before they came out.  Everybody was singing along!  That was unexpected but it really got the crowd ready for the show!

This was on tour for their previous release “Silence in the Snow”.  They have a few albums I don’t ever listen to, so I not going to post any songs from them other than 1 of the songs I attached to the end of the album “Ascendancy”

“Ember to Inferno” was their first release in 2003

“Ascendancy” was released in 2006

“The Crusade” I didn’t like the album, just the instrumental song “The Crusade” released in 2006

“Shogun” was released in 2009.  I have nothing good to say about this album.  I’ve listened to it many times & just can’t enjoy it.  Apparently many say it’s their favourite Trivium album.

“In Waves” was released in 2011

“Vengeance Falls” released in 2013 produced by “Monkey man” David Draiman, singer of “Disturbed”

“Silence in the Snow” was released in 2015

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Now their latest album/gem “The Sin & the Sentence” released on Friday, October 20th, 2017

Apparently the singer/1st guitar player/founder, Matt Heafy, is only 31.  He was a teenager when the first 2 albums were released, 17 & 19.

Remember, you are always entitled to your opinion.  If you have this album, let me know what your thoughts are, feedback is always welcome on any topic.  For me this album is near the best in their catalogue.

Worst to first for me is the following.

The Crusade, Shogun, Ember to Inferno, Vengeance Falls, Silence in the Snow, In Waves, The Sin & the Sentence, Ascendancy.

I listen to a TON of Trivium.  After my 3 dislikes, I can listen to any album without skipping a song.

 

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WEEKEND UPDATE/SEXUAL HARASSMENT

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Thursday evening my mother & grandparents came over for supper.  We ordered from Applebee’s.  I love broccoli, my mother…………………………not so much, her meal came with broccoli too.  I took on the role of a parent “You can’t have _______ until you finish your broccoli”.  She’s on a special diet to lose some weight, in order to have her right knee replaced.  I really had no leverage on her.  She had her left knee replaced on Monday, June 26th.  She was determined to go to the Saskatchewan Roughriders home opener on Saturday, July 1st in the new stadium.  She asked every family member if we thought she’d be able to go to the game, we all said “no”.  Finally she spoke with a nurse giggled & said “no”.  My mother didn’t even leave the hospital until Thursday, June 29th.  She’s doing really well though & no she didn’t make it to the game unfortunately.

Friday was the laziest day ever.  I just sat on the couch, & only got up to use the washroom, fill my water bottle, & eat.  Kim went to the boxing gym around noon to train, did laundry while sitting on the couch with me.

Saturday I watched the Saskatchewan Roughrider game that I had recorded from the night before.  Kim was in & out of the house I called iTunes support about the latest Trivium album I had downloaded from iTunes that had the songs out of order.  Took a while, but my problem was solved!

We went out for supper with Corey, Jolene, 4 year old Hannah, James, & Sherry (Kim’s sister).  Kim’s real birthday is today, so the festivities weren’t finished Saturday night.

Tonight we went out for supper at “The Keg” I’m full & tired!  Kim’s real birthday & Rachel’s on October 30th.  No more food until Christmas for me!

 

FAR MORE IMPORTANT THAN MUSIC STUFF!

 

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Not cool!  As a male I’ve never had to deal with any type of sexual harassment.  Quite a few people I went to school with are all coming out on social media saying “me too”.  It hurts me deeply that they’ve had to deal with this.  I’m glad every person that has dealt with this is now saying they’ve experienced this & want it to stop.  I do also.  It sickens me that there are idiots out there that think this is OK.

http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/ellen-degeneres-shares-me-too-story-milano-urges-action-w509718

Just because I’m a white straight male doesn’t mean it can’t happen to me.  I know that Slipknot/Stone Sour vocalist, Corey Taylor, experienced sexual harassment as a young child by an older “friend”

Those who have dealt with this please remember this one thing.  It’s never ever been your fault.

 

More often it’s a female who gets assaulted.  I have no idea what it feels like to go through this type of harassment.  On behalf of the many more men that share my view on this, I’d like to apologize for all decent humans.

IT WAS NEVER YOUR FAULT!

Watch this movie, but know why it was made.  Joseph Gordon Levitt wanted to show how women are treated as objects & not people.  He sat down with Scarlett Johansson before offering her the script, to tell her why he wrote it?  He wrote it to show how women are viewed as objects not people.

I imagine my apology probably won’t mean much, but I don’t know what else I could say or do, other than support those who have been through this.

 

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“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/STONE SOUR

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I fell asleep to “Trivium” the album “In Waves”, followed by “Alter Bridge” the album “Live at the 02 Arena”

I exercised to “Our Lady Peace” the album “Naveed” from 1995

 

400 crunches, 400 pushups, 400 leg lifts, 160 back flexes,  80 triceps pushups, 20 minutes of planking.

Turns out that Kim has Friday off, so this is another 4 day week for me.  My day always begins the same way, exercise, breakfast, shower, & then my “retired” life starts unless there’s stuff to do around the house.  Depending on how much energy I have, I get to the couch between 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.  My voice is better but not great.  Some people can’t understand me.  If you see me in person just ask me to repeat myself.  I’d rather have you ask me what I said rather than nod your head & smile.  I’ll be patient, you’re not the first person that’s had problems understanding me.  It is a great way to get rid of telemarketers though!  They get so frustrated that they hang up on me!

 

THAT’S ALL FOR THE CANCER TALK FOR NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Even “INXS” had some issues releasing an album.  Just goes to show that you’ll likely hear “No” more often than “Yes”

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/inxs-kick-10-things-you-didnt-know-w509052

 

Remember that the new “Trivium” album “The Sin & the Sentence” will be released at midnight tonight!

The making of Trivium’s “The Sin & the Sentence” all 4 episodes!

LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sorry, Trivium is the only metal album I’m purchasing this year, unless another group I like drops a surprise album.

 

STONE SOUR

Stone Sour includes the vocalist/front man/singer of the metal group ‘Slipknot’.  Stone Sour is more of a “hard rock” band with metal tendencies.  This is their 6th full length studio album after 2 Eps & a Slipknot release.  Here’s a single from the first 5 albums, in order.

I don’t listen to them often.  Great band, but I have to shift gears quite a bit between songs.  Extremely varied songs on each album.  I like albums to be that way, but these guys take the cake.  Rock, metal, slow ballad, hard rock, etc.

I thought this latest album would make me a HUGE fan of theirs.  I am more of a fan, but this album didn’t push me over the edge like I expected it to.  Still a good album though!

LANGUAGE IN BOTH BELOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

 

P.S. My weekend begins in about 2-3 hours!!!!!!

JACK JOHNSON/LAST ONE OF THE WEEK TOMORROW

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I fell asleep to “Trivium” the album “Vengeance Falls” in celebrating that their new album will be released on Friday.

I exercised to “Foo Fighters” the album “Concrete & Gold”

 

Back to the grind as of Monday.  I like to get up & get my exercise over with, before it gets to “Hot in Herre”.  Once it hits +24 Celcius in here, forget about even moving much!  Yet the hallway is absolutely freezing year round?  We’re still waiting for a valve from Europe.  The plumber needs it to do a complete over haul of the A/C.  We’ve been waiting since the beginning of April, I think?

I like to keep the temperature in our suite at +22 Celcius.  +23 is manageable, +21 is too cool, for both of us.  +24 or higher, I’m on the couch.

 

The guy I spoke with on the Apple support customer service line on Friday is speaking with the engineers to fix my problem once & for all!  He said it would take a few days for them to get back to him, & he’ll call me when he gets a response!  Some of my files are out of order or missing on Home Sharing, & I’m not a fan of Apple Music, since Kim can listen to it at work.  Only one person can use it at a time.  He called me on Tuesday to let me know he has yet to hear anything from the engineers.  I spoke with a person named Justin & he REALLY impressed me.  I’ve got his name & his personal extension at Apple, along with my case number, now it’s a waiting game for me.

I bought an “Alter Bridge” special edition thing.  DVD, a B-Sides & rarities CD, a double CD of a concert, & wrist band, guitar picks, strings, pins & buttons, etc.

I can only listen to that on Home Sharing since it’s on CD, which I ordered through the record label. There are 2 main reasons I’m opposed to using Apple Music.  Only one person can use it at a time, Kim doesn’t mind it.  Music should NOT be free, if you want to hear a song you got last year you have to pay rent to hear it again. I use iTunes, it’s cheap like CDs in a store, & I own it, I didn’t “rent” it.  When Apple goes down I’ll still have my files backed up on an external hard drive.  Apple music owners, as far as I know, can’t backup their music since it’s in an iCloud, like the movies you purchase on iTunes.  I downloaded all of my iTunes movies, in full, on my external hard drive, then sent them back to the iCloud to stream them again.

 

The power went out last night.  Fortunately it was pretty much time to go to bed.  Quite windy here in Regina yesterday!  Gusting up to 90Km an hour or 56mph.

I saw this morning that Gord Downie, singer for the Canadian rock icons “The Tragically Hip, has lost his battle against brain cancer & passed on.  Sad news to see.  My condolences to his family, friends & dedicated fan base.  I was a very casual fan, owning but 4 of the 20?  Studio albums.  We all knew that it was terminal brain cancer, that doesn’t really soften the blow though.

 

THAT’S ALL FOR WHAT’S ON MY MIND & CANCER TALK!  HERE COMES THE POPCULTURE STUFF! 

 

This is the real deal!  Available for purchase on iTunes!  New A Perfect Circle song!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Album release in 2018.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/hear-a-perfect-circles-apocalyptic-new-song-the-doomed-w509255

http://loudwire.com/a-perfect-circle-the-doomed-new-album-2018/

 

I can’t put down the new Foo Fighters album now 10/11 songs are REALLY FANTASTIC.  The production of it isn’t to my liking though.

 

His last post, many more to search for.  He’s really good!

http://loudwire.com/anthony-vincent-10-songs-style-ozzy-osbourne-with-eric-erock-calderone/

 

Gee which album should Metallica reissue next?  I guess there’s no such thing as a stupid question, but this one is very close!  St. Anger the blaringly obvious answer.  Why did the “Black” album get reissued, sounded fine to me.

http://loudwire.com/metallica-fan-aubmissions-reissue-and-justice-for-all-the-black-album/

 

 

JACK JOHNSON

 

I bought the Jack Johnson album “All the Light Above it Too” the day it came out.  Our wedding song is from his 3rd studio album “In Between Dreams”.  He has worked with other musicians on a few other albums.  Here’s what we agreed on for our first dance.  Then, we’ll dive in feet first!

 

“Brushfire Fairytales”

 

“On & On”

 

“In Between Dreams”

 

“Curious George Soundtrack”

 

“Sleep Through the Static”

 

“To The Sea”

 

“From Here to Now to You”

 

He has recently released his 8th studio album, “All the Light Above it Too”

 

I like Jack Johnson, however, I think he needs to change it up.  I get it.  It’s his mellow Hawaiian hometown music.  I enjoy his music, I think it’s getting a bit old.  Time for him to change it up, but still be Jack Johnson.

All of these are in order of release for you.  I think after he did the “Curious George Soundtrack” he should have changed things up.  He tried, playing only electric guitar on the 2 following albums.  Nice try, but I think he missed the mark somewhat.

I’d recommend his new album if you haven’t heard of him or if you’re a HUGE fan!  I listen to it, but not very much.

 

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WEEKEND UPDATE/HALFLIVES

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……………And so it begins.  Our condo does not have a furnace.  In the summer I can blast the air conditioning, in the winter I can turn on the water heat.  We don’t really need the heat.  Our windows all face south.  With the sun shining & the blinds closed, it is +25 Celcius in here by 5:00 pm.  I love the summer, I can make it feel like a walk in beer fridge.  In the winter I have no control over the temperature in here.  The A/C is turned off or it might freeze.  I want nothing to do with the heat!  I can tolerate +23 Celcius, then I just sweat at any temperature above that!

Friday night I was at the Saskatchewan Roughriders game that was decided by the final play of the game.  The Ottawa Redblacks scored on the last play to win the game 33-32.  One of those heartbreaking loses at the very last second of the game.  I’m not much of a fan of our head coach at the moment.  I’ve been skeptical of him this entire year, his 2nd season with the Roughriders.  He came in & immediately changed 40 of 45 players on the roster.  Why?  I couldn’t tell you.  I’m nothing more than a fan.

I got the couch that night, Kim was babysitting for our friends.  Kim & Hannah got the king size bed.

 

I slept in until 11:20 am.  Kim & Jolene went to collect bottles & cans to recycle for money from Sarcan for Kim’s charity boxing event.  The rest of the day was pretty tame, TV, Netflix, & laundry.

www.kissthecanvas.ca

 

I’m sure today will be us getting ready for the week.  Boiling eggs, make a pitcher of veggie juice, grab a few groceries, bake some fish, more laundry, etc.

 

IF YOU’RE HERE FOR THE UPDATE, THAT’S ALL THAT I HAVE FOR YOU TODAY.    

 

100 best albums of the 2000s by Rolling Stone.  Nowhere near what I would choose.  Below are 2 of the few I’d have on my list.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/100-best-albums-of-the-2000s-20110718/the-libertines-up-the-bracket-20110718

 

HALFLIVES

New band, so I know very little about them.  They released an 8 song album this year.  They’re an independent, female fronted pop/rock group.  Other than that I can’t tell you much.  Here’s a few tracks off of their album “Empty Room”.

 

I really don’t know much about them.  They’re fairly new.

 

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“Learn from your mistakes & don’t repeat them”-Chris

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/ASCOT ROYALS

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I fell asleep to “Big Wreck” the album “The Pleasure & the Greed” released in 2001.

I exercised to “Probot” the only album, all instruments played by Dave Grohl then he sent copies to his favourite metal singers to do the vocals.  Album release was in 2004.

 

400 crunches, 400 pushups, 400 leg lifts, 160 back flexes, 20 minutes of planking.  Next week I’ll try to add some triceps exercise.

Finishing with 5 minutes of planking, then my 100 pushups at the end of my exercise is easily the hardest thing to do.  Once I finish my pushups, at the end of my routine, I roll over on my side to breathe deeply so there’s no pressure on my lungs.  I don’t like exercising before I do it, but afterwards I feel like I’ve achieved something.  I feel better!  All of those times I’d hear people say something like “Oh, I feel great!”  “Oh, this is the best feeling ever!”  I always thought they were a little “Crazy”.  Before I exercise, I try very hard to procrastinate, but the promise of breakfast works as a really good motivator!

When I moved from the Pasqua hospital to the Wascana Rehabilitation Center in 2009, I went through a deep depression.  I constantly cried & apologized to Kim.  I always felt as though I did something wrong to have cancer.  I know it wasn’t my fault.  When everybody was calling me a “hero”, I bought into the hype & lashed out at others.  No, that’s nowhere near who I really am.  I don’t like to be called a “hero” or “victim”.  I’m in the middle, as I see it.  I got VERY lucky & I’m alive.  I’m a normal guy that got really lucky, surrounded by many friends & family members.  I’m alive.

 

THAT’S ALL FOR THE CANCER TALK FOR NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Little bit of my struggles with Apple.  Without exaggerating the number, I think I’ve made 8-10 calls to customer support since September began.  I have been polite throughout this time with them.  My problems baffle the customer service people though.  They help me fix 1 problem eventually & 2 days later another issue appears.  I’ve even “downloaded” stuff through the Apple Music streaming site that they use as a band aid when they have no other solution, even Apple Music is now screwed up!  To say that I’m frustrated doesn’t even touch the tip of the iceberg!  I’m going to leave it as is & ask if Kim will field a call for me at some point.

ASCOT ROYALS

“Ascot Royals” opened for “Big Wreck” in February.  I wasn’t really expecting anything.  I thought it would be a “Ho hum” moment, another ½ hour before “Big Wreck” hit the stage.  I’m SO glad I go to every show in time for the opening act!  They were surprisingly really good.  They live in Ontario, but I think the singer mentioned that they were all immigrants?  Don’t quote me on that.

 

They have 1 full album out & a 7 song EP on iTunes, I assume they’re on streaming sites as well.  The full album was released in 2012, the EP was released earlier this year.

 

I can confirm that “Muse” & “Halestorm” are both in studio working on their new albums.  I saw photos of both in the studio!  Separately of course.

 

Dave Grohl’s first show with Nirvana

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/flashback-dave-grohl-plays-first-gig-with-nirvana-in-1990-w508458

 

Walk off the Earth cover “Hey yah” by Andree 3000

 

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Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

ED SHEERAN

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I fell asleep to “The Travelling Wilburys”

I exercised to “Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers” their Greatest Hits.

 

We finished off Thanksgiving Monday by going to a “My Little Pony” movie with our friends & our “niece”.

EVERYBODY will likely encounter some type of roadblock in their life, there’s no need to hide it.  It is hard to talk about & deal with eventually, just do your best to get over it & put it out there!  I was the same way, I didn’t want people I didn’t know to see me in a wheelchair with an iPatch.  I can’t be in the house & not have new friends for the rest of my life.  I had to get over that.  Since about the middle of 2014 I just let that go, one less thing for me to stress about.  If people want to look, that’s fine by me & questions are more than welcome, even encouraged.

No matter what it is, you can’t worry about it for however long you have a mental, physical, or internal issue.  Let it go so you don’t have to carry that weight with you forever, it will get heavier with each second & once you’ve figured out how to deal with it, you no longer have to worry what other people think.  Most people probably don’t notice it in the first place!

I’m pretty sure I have a bit of OCD in me.  We have 2 bathrooms, both must have 3 extra rolls of toilet paper.  I always stack them on the back of the toilet, in a pyramid.  2 on the bottom, 1 on top, & whatever is currently in use.  I also don’t like a pile of dirty dishes in the sink.  I put what I can in the dishwasher, & %50 of the time I’ll do the hand wash dishes.  I also like to finish a task before I go to bed.  If I don’t I’ll be awake for too long thinking about it.

 

 

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ED SHEERAN

 

Ed Sheeran is quite popular so I shouldn’t need to give you much, if any, background on him.  Kim & I saw him in Regina, on tour just before his 2nd of 3 albums was released.  Cool to see him live, but the sound here at the arena sucks.  Whenever he turned on his digital pedal with pre-recorded stuff to make it sound like a full band, everything became slightly distorted.  Not how you want to experience Ed Sheeran, a guy playing acoustic guitar!  This is the show that broke me.  Ended up watching 50% of the show through someone’s cell phone & what was released a few months later?  A concert video of his show at Wembley Stadium!  So glad I paid to watch the concert on a 4 inch screen.

I’m a big fan on his stuff.  Big Wreck & Foo Fighters have been my 2 favourite bands for a long time though!  Nothing has changed that.  Big Wreck & Foo Fighters both released an album this year.  Ed Sheeran hasn’t received my attention as much as he deserves it.  He “fell through the cracks”.

 

You shouldn’t need much background, but here are two songs from each of his first 2 albums.

LANGUAGE IN THIS CLIP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here’s a few songs his latest album!!!

 

Walk off the Earth cover Tom Petty

 

Oh my!  Can’t wait for November!

Then December brings us the new Star Wars!!!

http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/star-wars-watch-epic-new-the-last-jedi-trailer-w507884

 

Too funny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert try to even the playing field for Trump.

 

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Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WEEKEND UPDATE/PARAMORE

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Friday evening we didn’t do much other tan have Dairy Queen for supper, super healthy!  We went to bed around 9 or 9:30 pm, we had to get up early.

Saturday we left our place around 8 am got coffee, picked up Sherry & drove to Kim & Sherry’s aunt’s place in Kinistino, a small town about 3 hours north, 15 minutes away from my in-laws place.  I haven’t been in my parent’s – in – laws house yet since 2007.  Shirley (my mother- in – law) does catering.  She ran a coffee shop/small diner in Birch Hills I was there when I was sick since Kim took me for the day.  Shirley was having a bake sale there, Kim shoved my wheelchair in the corner & I fell asleep.  It was a day trip for us 3 ½ hours there & 3 ½ hours back to Regina.  I’ve been to the lodge also for Shirley’s family reunion.

Good & bad things about being married to the daughter of a chef.  Really tasty food but usually not healthy food.  As with every Thanksgiving I ate too much.  I don’t think we’ll have to cook anything for a week?

We drove home on Sunday after a lunch of leftovers & a birthday cake for Kim & her mom.  Kim’s birthday is the 22nd & Mom’s is on Halloween.

We got to Regina at about 4:30 pm.  I had some family in town from Alberta.  We went to my parents’ place where everyone was for Thanksgiving.  It’s my Grandmother’s birthday soon, so I had 1 more piece of cake.  Mitch & I took our younger cousin out for a beer.  Mom found a bar that was open, & we left.  I thought it would be fairly empty on Thanksgiving Sunday, but it was fairly busy.  Split 2 pitchers of beer between the 3 of us & called it a night around 10:30 pm or so.  We, Canadians of course, have today off.  Other than getting ready for the 4 day week & taking our “niece” to a movie, we’ll see what else happens?

Yes, I listened to a ton of music to & from Kinistino.  I sat in the back with Brewster, Kim drove with Sherry in the passenger seat.  Brewster ate some of Auntie Donna’s dog food for her dog.  It didn’t agree with Brewster’s tummy.  He just about killed me with puppy farts.  The first one I had him covered with my hoodie since it was cold out.  We had stopped for gas, I figured the smell was from the gas station then I took my hoodie off of him when it warmed up.  THAT WAS AN AWFUL MISTAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Different smell, but still not a good one!  He didn’t want to leave my lap, the little goober farted on me 3 more times.  Good thing he’s cute!

 

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PARAMORE

Full disclosure, these reviews are my purchases of this year & some background from the bands.

 

Paramore sort of came out of nowhere for me.  My brother has been a fan of them for years, I do like a TON of their previous 4 albums.  I heard the singer, Hayley Williams, was born in 1988.  The band formed in Franklin, Tennessee in 2004.  She was signed & told the record company that she wanted to bring the rest of the band with her.  When you see her doing guest vocals with anyone, she’s always listed as Hayley Williams from Paramore.

The band released their first album “All We Know is Falling” in 2005, & released their 5th album “After Laughter” earlier this year.

Here’s a track from each of their first 4 albums.  Their recent release is completely different.

Their 5th & current album “After Laughter” is by far my favourite album in their catalogue.  Sounds very heavily influenced by early “Blondie” music from the early 1980’s.  Much more of a pop album than anything else!

Yes her voice is that good.  She can really pull it off live.

 

This is the album that really got me & made me a HUGE fan.  As for metal music all I’ll be purchasing that I know is coming out is “Trivium” on October 20th.  The metal music I listen to are better – known groups in the metal scene, especially Regina metal at The Exchange here in town, where our rock group played quite often.  There are very few places in town that allow original music groups or artists to play their music, but I’m really glad The Exchange is one of the few!  I could never play or scream like a metal music musician, I’m just a fan of metal.

As much as I used to dislike Metallica, their new album “Hardwired…..to self -destruct” is really good.  I do like some of the more “main-stream” metal, but I prefer more of the underground stuff especially the 2 underground juggernauts from Regina “Into Eternity” & “Third Ion”. Now if we could just get the local group “Itchy Stitches” of the ground.

 

 

I can’t believe “Puddle of Mudd” are still around or that he hasn’t been in jail this whole time?!?!?

 

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“I feel good about the good things, & bad about the bad things”-Dave Grohl

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Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres