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WEEKEND UPDATE/JIMMY EAT WORLD

 

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Music throughout the weekend. “Dave Grohl”, “The Struts”, “Lamb of God”, “Bruce Springsteen”.

 

Relatively quiet weekend.  Friday I watched the Toronto Blue Jays.  Did the same on Saturday.  Stopped the game on Saturday while visiting with Tim Wong & his kids.  I’ve been friends with Tim since grade 9 (1994-1995?).  Nice to see him.  I see him about once a year, since he lives in Edmonton.  Always a welcome visit when he’s in town.  Kim had a work BBQ on Saturday.  She left just before 3:00 pm & came home quite late (2:50 pm – 11:40 pm roughly), what was I doing?  I watched “Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi” after Tim & his kids left.

Today is our get ready for the week ahead, I’ve made my juice & Kim’s out grocery shopping.  I’ll bake some fish & Kim will put her lunches together once we hard boil some eggs.

Brewster is getting old.  Kim took him to the Vet this week.  He’s 12.5 years old, both ears are infected, & on a scale of 1 – 6 his heart murmur is at a 4.  Gets me more than a little worried.

 

I can’t wait to see “The Meg”.  That might rank up there for me with the movie “Jaws”?

 

JIMMY EAT WORLD

A pop/punk band made up of 7 people with 8 albums.  Again, more emphasis on the pop than the punk.  They made their debut in 1996 with the album “Static Prevails”.  I own 4 of their albums.  Not the first 2 releases or the last 2 releases.  They’ve hit the peak of their career for me.  I didn’t get into them until 2001 on their 3rd album “Bleed American” when I saw the video for the song “The Middle”.

 

2001    BLEED AMERICAN

 

2004    FUTURES

 

2007   CHASE THIS LIGHT

 

2010   INVENTED

I can see how people would get really bored with this band fast.  Very redundant with the majority of the songs in very simple 4/4 time.  If I’m listening to stuff like this or a very progressive type of music, I’m probably not thinking about the music & have just tuned out of everything.  If it’s very progressive I might be focusing or thinking too hard about what’s going on in the music.

 

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WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/EVE 6

 

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4 days again since Monday was the long weekend; 400 pushups, 240 tricep pushups, 90 back flexes, 400 leg lifts, 200 crunches, 240 squats.

 

I fell asleep to “The Struts” the album “Everybody Wants”

I had breakfast while listening to “Big Wreck” the album “Albatross”

I exercised to “Big Wreck” the album “The Pleasure & the Greed”

We didn’t get to walking with my walker this week.  Kim’s had stuff on the go, & some of my family is in town.

Would have done better & got at least one day of walking in but that thing called life got in the way.  Ah well, next week should be good to squeeze in some walking.

When I was in the Wascana Rehabilitation Center, walking was my favourite therapy session to do & now, not so much.  I like getting up & getting everything done ASAP.  Walking with my walker requires Kim’s assistance, I just don’t like waiting to do it until she gets home from work.

I know what I’ll do next week.  I’ll do my morning floor exercises, then do my cardio/walking when Kim is free in the evening.

 

Ed Sheeran on Jimmy Fallon playing his version of metal (old)

 

Things the rest of the world finds weird about Canada

 

Want to look like Donald Trump?

 

Here’s the 23 minute instrumental song all by Dave Grohl, if you want to sit at your computer or stare at your phone for 31 minutes.  3 days to record the song, 3 drum sets, bass, & multiple guitars.  No vocals.

 

EVE 6

A trio of guys from California.  I thought they were around when I was much younger, guess I was wrong.  Their first album was released in 1998, the year I graduated high school!  Anyways, the first 2 albums had music videos that were on Much Music, shortly before Much Music was pandering to a younger market by playing teen aimed TV shows with far less music content.  Eve 6 released 4 albums in total, & yes, I have them all, 3 on CD & 1 from iTunes.  They’re a pop-punk trio.  Emphasis on the pop side of things….

1998   EVE 6

 

1999    HORRORSCOPE

On this album there is not a song without LANGUAGE!!!!!!!  However, I find this to be their catchiest album of the 4.

 

2003    IT’S ALL IN YOUR HEAD

 

2012     SPEAK IN CODE   LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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WEEKEND UPDATE/HALESTORM

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SHORT WEEK, I’LL CATCH YOU ON FRIDAY!!

Music throughout the weekend. “Metallica”, “Halestorm”, “The Beaches”, “Foo Fighters”, “Tool”, & “Tremonti”

 

Left for my family’s cabin Friday after Kim finished work & when we were done packing on Friday, shortly after 7:00 pm.  We ate en route, it’s almost exactly a 1 hour drive.  We haven’t been there the last 2 years, & no, it’s not winterized.  One of my cousins from Manitoba was there with my mom & another couple most of the week.  Short trip, but well worth it! We stayed up Friday with the guys watching “Hot Fuzz”, an instant classic, on Netflix & the girls playing cards.

On Saturday we drove to Chamberlin to ‘Twisted Sisters’ for some always tasty ice cream in the afternoon.  An appetizer for a meal of deep fried tiny fish bits, seasoned & deep fried potato skins, & deep fried turkey.  Thanks to Ray & Karen for the great meal.

We stayed up to play cards & drink, all 7 of us, on Saturday night.  Dad & Ray have been working at remodeling the cabin & have made the washroom easier for me to get into aka more accessible for me.  I believe there are more changes to come, & I’m anxious to see the finished product, so far it’s looking very good!

Drove back home on Sunday, just to get some stuff ready for the week.  Just do some of the stuff for the week ahead.  My body was absolutely craving water & vegetables.

 

I guess the “Into Eternity” release on Friday was only a preorder?  I’ll grab a CD when I see them next time in concert if possible!  They’re from Regina so I’m sure I’ll see them live!

 

Dave Grohl plays all of the instruments on 23 minute song.  Interview with Jimmy Kimmel!

 

HALESTORM

A brother & sister along with two friends.  The group is based in Philadelphia.  They call themselves a metal band, I would call them a hard rock group though.  3 guys & one girl.  The drummer is the singer/guitar player’s younger brother, the two friends are filling the sound on bass & lead guitar.  The brother & sister started the group in school at a talent show.  The 2 of them played & a fellow student asked what their group was called she replied “Halestorm” since their last name is Hale.  They have 4 studio release albums, 1 live album, & 3 EPs of 6 songs each of cover songs.  Their 4th studio release came out on July 27th, 2018.  The first 2 albums I find to be very similar.  I like both although they’re both very similar.  I’ll give you 2 songs from each of the first 3 albums & we’ll see what happens with the latest release…

 

2009   HALESTORM

 

2012   THE STRANGE CASE OF

 

2015   INTO THE WILD LIFE

 

2018   VICIOUS

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

 

 

 

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Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

THANK GROHL IT’S FRIDAY (3 DAY WEEKEND!!)/BRYAN ADAMS

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I fell asleep to “The Struts” the album “Everybody Wants”

I exercised to “Pink” the album “Beautiful Trauma”

 

2 days of walking with my walker with Kim helping me in the evenings.  She had some work related stuff to do this week.  I’m not posting the walking distance until the end of November.  It’s more about the quality than the quantity.

Morning exercise total; 625 pushups, 500 crunches, 650 leg lifts, & 420 squats.  Other exercises I did on occasion 150 tricep pushups & 40 back flexes.

Every day this week I’ve felt exhausted even before I exercise.  I wake up & think “Yay it’s Friday………nope it’s _________ ah, crap!”  No matter what I’m thinking on any day, I’m completely useless for a good 2-5 minutes & avoid any physical activity, even a shower.

So many things to think about when I’m walking!  Keep the walker straight, strike the floor with my heel, stand up straight, don’t take un-normal step amounts, etc.  I guess I should focus on one issue at a time, it should be less stressful that way.  I like to think my day is done after my morning routine, nope!  As much as I don’t like it, I don’t want to live in a wheelchair the rest of my life, & the exercises are making a noticeable difference, but I always know that someone is doing better than me.

This exercising isn’t just for me, it’s for me not to be a burden to other people too.  Nobody says I’m a burden, but things would be much easier if I was more independent.

 

How do I find out about the newer bands that I like?  Facebook &/or www.youtube.com.  I see a group I’ve never heard of & jump in feet first.  So this new music I find is all youtube’s fault.  “The Beaches”, “Nothing but Thieves”, “Dead Sara”, “The Struts”, “Greta Van Fleet” etc.  I see a thumbnail on www.youtube.com  & I click on it.  If I don’t like it, oh well there goes 3 minutes or less of my time.

If you don’t know who “The Beaches” are, you will come Juno time if you’re Canadian.  They’re nominated for ‘Best New Artist’.  They fall into the indie rock category which I sort of avoid but they got me.  4 girls in their early 20s from Ontario.

 

Summer TV isn’t terrible Toronto Blue Jays almost every day.  Then “Suits”, “Dr. Pimple Popper”, the TV series “Shooter”, “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon”, & “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”

It’s on TLC, I just assume it’s not real, very entertaining though!

“Shooter” is based on the movie starring Mark Wahlberg.  He the producer for this show.  The first season was the story that was told in the movie.  They’re on the 3rd season now.

No release date or preorder date has been announced yet, but I’m anxious for the new “Greta Van Fleet” album at the end of August or a bit later & MUSE in November!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Today is “Into Eternity” day!!!

 

BRYAN ADAMS

I currently own only his ‘Greatest Hits’ & I had to add “Cuts Like a Knife” to it.  His album “Waking up the Neighbours” was one of the first 2 CDs I got with a boom box when I was 11.  The other CD was “C+C Music Factory”.  Bryan Adams is a Canadian legend.  I saw him last year at the new football stadium before the inaugural season started.  I saw him at ‘The Conexus Arts Center” 3 years ago (?), just him, his acoustic guitar, & a piano player.  Both shows did not disappoint. He’s been releasing albums since 1981 from what I can tell on iTunes.  Yes, he has a large catalogue of songs.  In no particular order, here’s a sampling…..

This first one is on “Waking up the Neighbours”

 

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

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

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WHEELCHAIR/JIM JEFFERIES/U2

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I fell asleep to “The Beaches” their debut full length album “The Late Show”, followed by “Halestorm” the new album “Vicious”

I exercised to “Dream Theater” their self-titled album from 2009

 

The wheelchair is ordered.  There was a different make of the 12 pound chair, & that’s what has been ordered.  The foot rest is there but it’s angled so I can use it or flip it vertical under my seat & still propel with my feet.  I’ll use the foot rest, just not in the house, it really gets in the way when I’m in the kitchen.

Sunday ended with a BANG!  I made my vegetable juice & baked some fish, then I went to see comedian Jim Jefferies!  Absolutely HILARIOUS!  Big surprise for me is when Dale, friend of the family, pulled a VIP pass from his pocket for me as we were waiting for the doors to open.  We all (5) met & got a photo with the comedian.  Good times!  Came home with the VIP pass around my neck & Kim calmly asks “Where did you get that?”  I told her how it went down.

LOTS OF LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I can’t do a week of just cardio?  The week works out that I’ll be walking with my walker 3 evenings this week.  I know I have to keep up with some of my other exercises as well.  If I stop it becomes much more difficult to achieve my goals!

I will say that practicing to walk without falling is the most tiring/frustrating thing to do.  For not having done much walking at all, it’s been OK thus far.

 

Finger Eleven play “Awake & Dreaming” acoustically.  From their first album “Tip”

 

New ‘Into Eternity’ album to be released on Friday!!!!!  Not on any streaming site or iTunes.  $20 through email for a CD intoeternityCD@gmail.com or download $15 on www.bandcamp.com

 

Oh Shark Week!  I’ll miss you, see you next year!  I’m counting the days already!

 

Yes, I was in a cover band to start learning how it felt to play live on stage & just improve as much as possible on everything.  Doing cover songs is a love/hate thing for me.  On the one hand, someone else wrote it & now a different artist is going to try & make it better?  Another way to look at it is “Cool, this is what likely inspired other artists”!  Male or Female it doesn’t matter as long as it’s done well & means something to whoever is covering a song.

 

New “Greta Van Fleet” in late August

 

When Robert Plant approves, who cares what they sound like?

 

The Toronto Blue Jays had a closed door players meeting Monday after a horrific game in Oakland.  A lot of talk about coming to the ball park, doing your job although they’re not making the playoffs, etc.  The short-stop who hasn’t touched the field since July 2017 due to injury, but still making $20,000,000 this year decided to pipe up in the meeting.  He’s 32 or 33 years old & will continue to make $20,000,000 a year until the end of the 2020 season.  If I was a player in that room, whatever he had to say would go in one ear & out the other.  He wasn’t even with the team until Monday??  Why would I listen to someone who hasn’t been with the team in a year?????!!!!  Even with him playing the wins & losses would likely be very similar.

 

U2

Most people know who U2 is.  Those that know of the band either highly despise, or really like them.  I loved U2 in the late ‘80s & early ‘90s.  Now I listen to them on the odd occasion or if Brewster & I are in the vehicle, while U2 is on the radio, I turn it up.  Yes, I agree, the “Songs of Innocence” free album to iTunes users was terrible, however the follow up “Songs of Experience” was a very good blend of older U2 while being more modern at the same time.  Everybody knows the “Joshua Tree” album, so I’m not going to review that one.  I’ve rarely, if ever, heard thoughts on one of my favourite albums “Achtung Baby”, released in 1991.  This album or “The Joshua Tree” are both fantastic yet different. “Achtung Baby” was full of studio/production trickery, but still good.

 

Here are 2 album tracks I’m a BIG fan of!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

I own, on CD, every U2 album from the album “Boy” released in 1980 all the way to “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb” released in 2005.  I think they released 2 after that, which I don’t own at all.  I have the album they released for free & bought it’s follow up “Songs of Experience” which, like I said, is a much better mix of new & old U2.

 

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

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

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres