I’M MAKING SOME CHANGES FOR THE BETTER

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I’m not counting Monday since it was more unpacking & getting settled at home as well as just playing my guitars.

4 day exercise total; 600 leg lifts, 800 crunches, 200 squats, 200 back flexes, 130 pushups, 750 curls (10 pounds), 550 tricep extensions (7 pounds), 400 shoulder raises (7 pounds).  Stretching & yoga.

I fell asleep to “Billy Joel” his double album of Greatest Hits, followed by “Elton John” another Greatest Hits album.

I exercised to “The Agonist” the new album “Orphans”

 

 

 

I’ve made a conscious decision to change my habits in general for the better.  I plan to almost stop drinking, sell the clutter of stuff I have but don’t use, & make an effort to just feel better in general.  I’ll still drink alcohol socially, just not a little bit every weekend.  I’ll just continue to drink more water (which I put a bit of apple cider vinegar in now), eat more fruit & vegetables rather than red meat, I’ll just be EXTREMELY conscious of what I put into my body.  I’m relatively healthy when it comes to food & beverages, now I plan to kick it up a notch or 2.

All of this aside, I’ve decided I’m done having season tickets to the Saskatchewan Roughrider home games, a luxury we don’t need, save some cash for more important things.  I think I’m done going to the family cabin also, just too much work since it isn’t wheelchair accessible at all.  These 2 things are being done with a heavy heart.  I figure, I’ll be 40 years old in January & it’s time to grow up.  All part of being a better husband, father to our dog, & a better individual.  If I’m better, maybe others will follow?  Everybody I know is a VERY good person, but there’s always someone doing better than someone else.

I worry about too many things, mostly money!  Don’t have much of it, so I worry about it, every night.  Before cancer & more now that we’re a one income household.  I bring in my Canadian pension & disability, but that’s below the poverty line.  Kim works but she’s on contract.  If she’s not there she doesn’t get paid, sick or on vacation & she bought a benefits package.

Someone told me I was dealt a bad hand.  I looked at it that way & I was bitter for longer than I needed to be.  Then I realized that no one can make you happy other than yourself.  I now understand what this means…

What does this tell me?  I can lead a horse to water but I can’t make it drink the water.

I’m happy in general, but I can do better.  I worry about everything WAY TOO MUCH!!!!!!  No wonder I toss & turn so much for hours before I fall asleep.

Another reason for all of this change is that, my physio & occupational therapists told me they wanted to make me perfect.  Nobody’s perfect but I intend to try ASAP.  That’s what it should say on my tombstone!  “I tried”.  Sorry, that was deep & intense.

Now I’m torn.  I do think the Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom Epiphone 7 string might still be the one.  Problem is A) I have a 6 string Les Paul knock off & similar pickups in an Epiphone Explorer.  B) I do not own a PRS, or any 7 string guitars, which mean more options for tuning.  I’m still leaning towards the Epiphone though.  I used to be a gear head, now I’m all about actual guitars.  I’m selling some of my gear at some seriously discounted prices, since most of it was purchased new in 2001!  These 2 would complete my guitar collection.  I play at home, not live like before.

https://www.long-mcquade.com/22227/Guitars/Electric_Guitars/Gibson/Matt_Heafy_Les_Paul_Custom_7_String_Electric_Guitar.htm

https://www.long-mcquade.com/100345/Guitars/Electric-Guitars/Paul-Reed-Smith/2018-SE-SVN—Seven—7-String-Electric-Guitar—Gray-Black.htm

I know I’ll have to save up & sell some other gear I don’t use.  I’m hoping that after Christmas & my birthday in January I’ll have a good chunk of the cash for likely the Matt Heafy Custom 7 string Epiphone Les Paul?  Matt Heafy is the singer from “Trivium”.

I now don’t think either of these are going to happen for me any time in the near future.  A few other more important & expensive priorities first.  Then MAYBE a guitar?

 

I feel like my old self, but maybe even better?  If someone needs help, I can at least listen.  If someone doesn’t want feedback, I’ll shut my yap.

 

New “In Flames” video!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

See the cost these musicians paid for these albums!  That’s why I’ll pay the small fee of $9.99 per album on iTunes or buy the odd CD.  I’m sure streaming multiple albums or songs a month isn’t hurting anyone, other than streaming site owners aka the new rich people!

https://www.kerrang.com/features/the-most-expensive-rock-and-metal-albums-of-all-time/?utm_campaign=loudwire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&influencer=true&fbclid=IwAR0WUKF4VReNDaa9s6N7F2X9Psqmtzs16yGr6QalruKJ7l4PxJIbu7MsT-Q

Alter Bridge keeps themselves busy.  If you keep tabs on the band this is no surprise.

Good grief!  I’m still digesting “Fear Inoculum”!  Another Tool album would be great, but I’m also more than happy with their catalogue as it is.  I can hear something new with each listen!

https://loudwire.com/tool-danny-carey-timeline-motivation-next-album/?fbclid=IwAR0GpVwLZalrG6BNnwk9okTpnforQ8m1xHxSee0mw2y4QQiEUyQAm43nJY0

YAY!!!  Dave Mustaine aka Megadeth

I agree with quite a bit of this!!!!  Lamb of God should be on here twice instead of once.  I LOVE the song “Laid to Rest”!

https://www.kerrang.com/features/the-50-best-album-openers-in-metal/?utm_campaign=loudwire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&influencer=true&fbclid=IwAR0DjDwfzHUHVJ6iLrcCw9Kly-d9KWxx-BB7YtWYdAt-fijtnQ4ZNUgeP6M

No album stuff today, I have much more to come.  I also have 3 releases to come this year.  Extreme metal album today, progressive metal next Friday & “Alter Bridge” on October 18th.

 

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VACATION or BREAK UPDATE/BIG WRECK “…but for the sun”

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Music throughout the weekend.  “Nothing but Thieves”, The Struts”, “Tool”, “In Flames”

 

I’ve been out at the family cabin since Tuesday evening.  I had 2 appointments on Tuesday afternoon.  1st with a therapist, then with a psychiatrist a few hours later, & a ½ hour since he was tied up in a meeting.

A psychiatrist gives you pills & talks very little, a therapist or psychologist will speak with you about your issues.  I’m good since my one anti-depressant has been increased as of June.  Now it’s more talking with someone about some minor issues & what the future could look like, how to go about that change.

I’m not perfect physically yet, I still can’t walk, drive, or see with both eyes.  I’m likely going to be in the market for a low exertion, part-time, online job.  Something simple like data entry?

It was good to know that I’m not crazy, as I was told at the therapist.  Just out of sorts after an ABI (Acquired Brain Injury).  Kim & I have been referred to a couples counseling therapy.  No, don’t freak out!  There’s nothing wrong with our marriage.  It’s more of ‘OK, now what?’ type of help & direction for us at this point.  I’m not physically well enough to pick up where I left off & I likely never will be exactly the same.  Things will be different, but a new normal if that makes sense?

My psychiatrist also made a very valuable point.  To paraphrase, he said ‘Recovery is a very long process.’  That should explain why this mundane brain cancer blog has lasted so long.

Our summer break/vacation was late obviously.  I don’t know exactly what we’ve been doing, but this was the week to stop & smell the roses.  The internet was the furthest thing from my mind.  Even without a mobile device, I needed a break.  This social media stuff has it’s pros & cons like everything else.

I had my appointments on Tuesday, September 10th.  We picked up Brewster from daycare & rushed to my parents’ house since my dad was in town.  I had packed the evening before & went from our vehicle to his on the drive way.  Dad picked up a few groceries & a few other items for the cabin while I waited in the car.  We then grabbed some supper from a new place, not knowing we’d be getting a 3 pound portion of poutine each????????????????  Who needs that much potato, gravy, & cheese at once?????????????????  No, neither of us came anywhere close to finishing our poutine!

Anyways, we ate some of our meal I the parking lot & headed to the cabin.  After being there for 3 nights & 3 days, I realized how much it’s not wheelchair accessible.  It’s small, my wheelchair was not touched the entire time since it was raining & cold outside the entire time.  I ended up crawling from the living room, up one full step, & down a hallway to the washroom A LOT since I drink so much water.  Having to pee a minimum of 9 times a day becomes very tiring if you have to crawl back & forth from the washroom.

Friday dad & I met Kim in Chamberlain, Saskatchewan which is about a 20 minute drive from our cabin.  Kim & I drove to her hometown about 3 ½ hours from Regina.  We stayed there Friday night & drove back yesterday (Sunday, September 15th).  Relaxing at both places, but also more effort required at both.  More physical effort at the cabin since I knew the lay of the land there.  Mental effort & aid at Kim’s parents’ since I don’t know it as well & there’s stuff I’m not able to do on my own at this point.

When we came home, we rushed around to get everything back to normal & oddly enough, that was when we both had that moment of ‘Aww, now this is relaxing’.  For me, it was just a matter of knowing how to get around here & do things the way I’m used to doing them without having to exhaust myself mentally or physically.

My mother said at the cabin that she wished it was easier for me to get around there, & Kim said the same at her parents’ house.  I get that, but nobody builds a house thinking “Hey, we should build this so a wheelchair can get around easily”.  Why would anyone do that unless already needed?  I’m guessing there are more physically capable people in the world than physically handicapped?

 

She’ll be back TS fans quit crying.  This isn’t a Nirvana/grunge take over, although TOOL could do it.  This will hurt for just a bit, you’ll be fine.  Let me explain what happened in 1991 with a band called Nirvana.  You weren’t born yet…..

https://loudwire.com/tool-fear-inoculum-no-1-billboard/?fbclid=IwAR2A0rNziV2BAi1QUNyqk49yqcCYTMT-Tui0yvnejLPDW5Th7v57cONx1IA

Even as a rock/metal fan, all this says to me is that rock is definitely not dead.  There’s a market for it.  Remember that trends of any kind come in giant waves.  Nirvana headed the grunge movement in 1991 as did Taylor Swift when she debuted.  Both came with a flood of other artists/bands.  If anything is going to make a huge movement in this scenario, there had better be many other rock/metal bands coming along VERY soon.

https://www.kerrang.com/features/why-its-important-that-tool-unseated-taylor-swift-on-the-billboard-charts/?utm_campaign=loudwire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&influencer=true&fbclid=IwAR3H20FMfnaIn7S-hGhn6B5fZs_dtfDuUaOlh8Y0VpTNv1uJpI03RtoOO-M

I found a much cheaper & more practical guitar with 7 strings instead of the same old 6 string style.  This will also allow me different tuning of the guitar without changing the guitar.  I have 3 other 6 string electric guitars, each in a different tuning.  This will give me more variety in tuning.

http://www.epiphone.com/Products/Les-Paul/Matt-Heafy-Les-Paul-Custom-7.aspx

 

 

BIG WRECK album review of “…but for the sun”

I’ve always wanted to sit down, pick up my guitar, & casually play and sing a Big Wreck song.  Problem I that most of them are in some wacky open tuning on the guitar, which is also very difficult to play unless you’re a lead guitarist.  I’m was a pretty simple rhythm guitarist.  I didn’t get my first guitar until my 21st birthday.  Never took a lesson & as for sheet music, I’ve completely forgotten how to read it!  I was always a singer first, the guitar was for me to hind behind.  I could play 3 songs & an intro.  I taught myself some basic chords & a riff that I could play while singing, then it became somewhat overwhelming!

I went from a low bass singer in high school choir to a tenor singer in a rock band as a hobby.  Yes, I still like classical music A LOT.

Big Wreck is not a metal band, I wouldn’t even call them a hard rock band just a REALLY FANTASTIC rock band that doesn’t get the credit they deserve.  They should be a household name like U2, Ariana Grande, Pink, Pearl Jam, or Foo Fighters.  They don’t sound anything like those bands though.

Singer & lead guitarist Ian Thornley is very fast on the guitar & an excellent songwriter as well.

Their new album “…but for the sun” was released on Friday, August 30th.  Not many people outside of Canada know them, which is really sad.  They could pull off a Soundgarden cover, & vice versa.  Singer, Ian Thornley even auditioned for the rock band “Velvet Revolver” when Scott Weiland passed away.  “Velvet Revolver” already had 2 guitar players & their manager wanted to keep it that way.  Ian Thornley basically told him that he wouldn’t sing unless he had a guitar.  In a band with “Slash” two guitars should already be enough!

I’ll start with a song known all across Canada from their first album then a few songs off of the new album….

 

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P.S.  I’ll catch you on Friday!

WEEKEND UPDATE/TOOL

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Music throughout the weekend.  “Tool”, “Big Wreck”, “Nothing but Thieves”, & “Foo Fighters”

 

Kim wasn’t feeling too good on Friday, so she stay home, ate some, felt a bit better & ordered supper.

I was off to Sherry & James’ place since our friend Gerry came down from Saskatoon for his birthday on September 11th.  We just watched football, we all stopped paying attention when it was 34-3 for Winnipeg.  Switched it to USA College football.  Anything but NFL for me, far too slow & 4 hours long.  I believe college football is 4 hours too, it just doesn’t feel like it.

Sherry made tacos for supper, then I came home to string a guitar, did the other one today.

Today we’re just hanging out watching TV.  Kim is still getting over her head cold, draining her sinuses yesterday & today.  She stayed home yesterday.  She wasn’t feeling up to anything.

I’ve got some appointments this week, so I’ll be busy.  I can’t get this wheelchair to move as fast as my mind goes to get everything in order, since February 2008.  Found a bad guitar piece.  Well, there goes $200 until I rip it apart & clean it!

 

Kim got this since I asked her to please buy the new TOOL album for me.  She was in line at noon the day it was released.  The person in front of her had the 4th last copy in the store & the person behind her had the 2nd last copy in the store.  This news is somewhat of a shock, but I always thought it could be a possibility.

https://loudwire.com/tool-more-fear-inoculum-limited-edition-cd-sets/?fbclid=IwAR0ssBFLdQVHqVV5G0PqVMqOr8sBBAfXBUP_Dtv56t4duVpWv2JkcOXkzVc

Hahaha!  Now that’s a VERY cool music teacher!  I think mine would have done the same!

https://loudwire.com/student-miss-class-tool-concert/?fbclid=IwAR1vubBSRdPhJokc8n6qTVr5ZhobI4YkwyVbWSQBNB4JnOtyaJuy2slT3QI

I wouldn’t worry Taylor Swift fans, she’s not going anywhere.  I’m not a fan but she has built a career for herself.  She’ll keep doing her thing until she doesn’t enjoy it.

 

TOOL – An album highly anticipated after a 13 year wait!  “FEAR INOCULUM”

The spring of 2006 saw the release of Tool’s 4th full length studio album as of August 30th, 2019 we now have the follow up album.  To say there has been hype, excitement, & anticipation among fans would be a serious understatement.  Yes, I’m a TOOL fan.

After 13 years it you’d assume fans would get tired of waiting & drop TOOL for something new.  Not the case at all.  Past fans & new fans came out in droves to get this new album either through streaming, downloading, or purchasing the physical version.  I bought the CD, & downloaded the 3 extra interludes on iTunes.

The CD was $70 + tax.  Had I been there to buy it I likely wouldn’t have, it’s here & the artwork is INCREDIBLE!  A 36 page booklet of photos, embossing, & for, what I believe is the first time for TOOL, lyrics.  The packaging of this album is phenomenal!

The case opens into three panels.  First panel is the enclosed booklet, middle/2nd panel is the housing for the 4” video screen a ½” higher on the middle panel.  The video inside begins playing when the entire case is opened & stops when closed.  It’s not a song but there is some ambient sound behind a video of TOOL style artwork.  I believe the video is re-chargeable but I have yet to try that.  The final panel has an enclosed space for the CD, which is inside of a cardboard sleeve inside the panel.  Everything has lavish artwork & is embossed to have texture throughout the case.

TOOL has now embraced technology.  As of the middle or beginning of August, the entire TOOL discography was added to digital/online formats.  That & the 13 year wait should easily explain why a band like TOOL is so high up on the music charts.

As for the music itself, well there are 2 versions of the album musically.  10 songs on the digital version, 3 interludes over 86 minutes long roughly & the physical version which is 7 songs with no interludes & still over 80 minutes long roughly.

TOOL is not a metal band!  They incorporate many musical styles in their music.  That’s like pigeon holing an acid jazz band as simply a write off as a jazz band.  Their music does come off as heavier music, likely because of the many layers in an individual song.

This & other TOOL albums aren’t typically made to listen to one song, but listen to the entire album & focus only on the music.  This album is VERY long in playing time though.  A free 90 minutes is hard to find.

With 6 songs being 10:20 – 15:44 minutes long you likely won’t hear a radio single.  Each song is different & they all start off very quiet & tame, eventually coming to a loud, multi – layered crescendo mid song while coming to a quiet close.

I’m not going to give you multiple songs to listen to, just one.  Please drag the video to the middle of the song after a few seconds if you are not interested in the entire 15 minutes of it.

 

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1 WEEK OF REST/THE BEACHES

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0 day exercise total; 000 leg lifts, 000 crunches, 000 squats, 000 back flexes, 000 curls 10 pounds on left arm & 7 pounds on right arm, 000 tricep lifts w/5 pound weight, 000 shoulder raises w/5 pound weight,  no stretching, & yoga.

Music during my week long hibernation, the heat & I don’t play well together!  “The Watchmen”, “Tool”, “Nothing But Thieves”, “Queens of the Stone Age”, “Testament”, & “Pink”

Well, there’s a sampling of the albums I listened to this week.  ^^

 

No exercise this week at all.  Just a week to recharge the batteries & be extremely lazy.  No other appointments or any other things to keep track of.  Next week I hope to hit higher numbers in my exercise.  If I do, we’ll see if I can keep them slightly above what has been the normal amount.  Extra sleep was impossible, wake up around 3-4:00 am was almost a daily occurrence.  Why, I don’t know?

I’ve been watching a LOT of “Shark Week” that I recorded last week, along with Blue Jay baseball, Stephen Colbert, & Jimmy Fallon.

I learned something from watching “Shark Week”, it’s been right in front of my face the entire time.  What would most people do if a stranger just walked into their home & started poking, prodding, & just doing whatever they wanted?  Call the police, would be my first move while defending myself from the stranger.  Sharks don’t have police to call?  They can defend to a point, or just attack.  They don’t know what the poking or prodding is for.  Maybe humans should exercise the caring & compassion we have & get out of their house?

Remember, A) They were hear first & B) We live on the land, not in the water.

Unless there’s a rare healing source only in the ocean, get out & don’t become shark poop!

Kim & I watched the movie “Shazam” this week.  I thought it was a great family/superhero movie & Kim didn’t care for it at all.  It may have been a DC movie, but I found it lighter & funnier than most Marvel movies.

I’m a Canadian, living in Canada, therefore I know that I have very little influence on all foreign nations.  If I was a part of the American media, this is how I would handle the recent mass shootings.  Throwing names around will solve nothing.  If they want to change gun laws, DON’T STOP TALKING ABOUT THIS IN A WEEK!      Hold your politicians accountable, IF YOU’RE NOT PART OF THE SOLUTION, YOU’RE PART OF THE PROBLEM!  BECOME PART OF THE SOLUTION!  YOU’RE ALREADY FAR TOO LATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Throughout this entire blog site, I now ask for no sympathy & have never really expected any.  If it sounds like a sob story, that’s on me.  Sure, there are things I can’t do, but I choose not to worry about them.  Is being physically handicapped frustrating?  Yes it is.  I am mobile enough to hopefully change some of that one day.  If you look at it as a whole, thigs could have easily turned out much worse, to the point of dying.  I didn’t die though & I’m thankful for that.  I now have the opportunity to change things for the better.  My chances of even coming out of a coma were pretty weak, according to the doctors 5-15%.  If you think of it that way, I’m doing REALLY GOOD!  So the doctors tell me.

Kim & I were chatting about my increase in one of my anti-depressant pills last night.  We both think I’ve been WAY more level headed than usual, now I’d just really like to sit & talk thing out with a psychologist or therapist.  A psychiatrist will speak with you briefly & prescribe medication.  Although things are going well, I’m sure both will be far more beneficial!

Thursday ended with a visit from friends of ours in Alberta & their 2 kids, the oldest is about to enter junior high school.  Makes me feel old……again.

…and the mistakes from Apple’s iTunes just keep on coming!!!!  Good thing I figured these 2 problem out in the last 2 months & helped your customer service team figure out how to solve it.  I find it SHOCKING that this company is keeping their head above water when a Joe Blow like myself knows more about their software than they do!  I have very minimal computer knowledge.  I don’t need to call you Apple, it’s fixed.  Keep pulling in the millions while I pay you for use of your subpar software.

Do you ever wonder why you can’t tag Apple or iTunes on Facebook?

 

New “In Flames” music/lyric video!

This is what all of us whiny “Tool” fans have been waiting for!!!! The 13 year wait ends officially on August 30th with the full release of the album “Fear Inoculum”

Finally a video for “Big Wreck’s” first single from the new album, out on August 30th.

 

THE BEACHES

I did 1 album review last year I grabbed a 5 song EP by them, released earlier this year.  The only reason I know about them is really because “Foo Fighters” played in the Toronto baseball stadium & “The Beaches” opened for them.  I assume they’re from Toronto.  4 girls just out of high school, started an indie rock band.

 

2019   THE PROFESSIONAL EP

I think 3/5 songs is enough & I don’t want to give you the entire EP either, that would be just wrong in my eyes.

 

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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

HELLO FRIDAY, WHAT’S IT BEEN A WEEK? TOO LONG!/THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS

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5 day exercise total; 600 leg lifts, 450 crunches, 450 squats, 300 back flexes, 500 curls 10 pounds on left arm & 7 pounds on right arm, 300 tricep lifts w/5 pound weight, 200 shoulder raises w/5 pound weight,  stretching, & yoga.

I fell asleep to “Big Wreck” the album “The Pleasure and The Greed”, followed by “Stone Temple Pilots” the album “Purple”

I exercised to “The Struts” the album “Everybody Wants” with this single attached to it.

I did some extra stretching this morning I wasn’t feeling very “…quick & nimble…”

 

 

Today I got up & had breakfast.  Most of the ginger in my morning vegetable juice must’ve fallen to the bottom.  I started coughing because of how spicy it was & up came most of the juice I had.  Brewster was absolutely COVERED in burs from riding out to the cabin with me & my parents on Tuesday.  We tried to get them out, but it was too painful for him.  He got his trim today at 7:30 am he was home by 9:00 am.  Ears are a bit shorter because of the 40 burs in his right ear, but now he can get comfortable.

I spent the rest of Wednesday glued to the TV watching the Robert Mueller testimony.  Mostly stuff most people have assumed or that has already been reported on.  Without looking, it was VERY easy to tell if a republican or democrat was asking the question.

President Trump may have done a few things to benefit America, they have been over shadowed by his lack of morals, ethics, & respect for others & the choices & actions he has made with the lack of those 3 things.

The guy was here Monday installing a new valve into our A/C.  I was feeling pretty confident it would be fixed this time.  He was here on Tuesday, he lubricated the old valve on Tuesday & it was working as it should be.  New valve on Wednesday & a few other little things, now all is well!

I let things like that consume me usually & get extremely frustrated to the point I become enraged & blow up in a temper tantrum.  I didn’t this time.

Me getting angry at someone won’t speed up the process to resolving the problem.  It will make me & the other individual (maybe) feel small & insignificant.

I can’t fix the problem, leave it to those who know more about it than me.  What I did find amusing was 8 hours a day for 6 days fixing my iTunes.  I called the Apple support line to see if they knew what to do.  I worked with them for an hour or so, trying different suggestions they gave me & nothing worked.  The last person I spoke to told me to try something & leave it be for a while & she’d call back 4 hours later since it could take a while.  After 2 hours, I go into check on things to see if it’s helping at all, it wasn’t.  I looked around for 15 minutes & figured out what to do & how to fix my issue!

She called back to see if her suggestion helped, I replied “Not really, but I figured it out” she asked what I did to fix it.  I told her (the 3rd & final person I spoke with from Apple) & went about my day.  I helped the help desk!  Who would have thought!

If everything is going to involve a computer from now on, are we all expected to know how to fix these problems or is technology expected to be perfect.  If that’s the expectation WOW we have a long way to go.  I don’t want & can’t afford to pay $200 to a company to fix something that takes 3 clicks of a mouse.

 

A multi-day music festival is not something I would have or will ever consider going to, mostly because of the large crowd.  One day like the festivals in Canada touring the provinces in the 1990s such as Edgefest & Summersault we’re perfect for me.  Summer time, outside, water readily available, hose to keep the crowd cool, only 10,000-20,000 people in the crowd, noon until midnight, 2 stages, big name acts, smaller un-known acts on the 2nd stage, no camping, washrooms in the adjacent venue to the field & on the field, multiple vendors, etc.  I have the “Woodstock ‘99” CD, not great though.  I can’t say what the experience was like since I wasn’t there.

https://www.kerrang.com/features/i-was-at-woodstock-99-and-it-destroyed-my-innocence/?utm_campaign=loudwire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&influencer=true&fbclid=IwAR174yFkte9F15v-nNp_BGdyBMmHIWQtoiHxFpkUOT0hCcQ1vic6C3S8_E4

When the lead guitar player of “Alter Bridge” approves of the cover two guys did, you pay attention!  This is FANTASTIC!!!

YAY 2 new “Alter Bridge” songs now!

Opeth preorder for September 27th full release

 

THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS

I have one of their albums which I very rarely listen to.  There’s nothing wrong with it, just don’t listen to it as much as I thought I would?  They’re based in Oklahoma & there are 4 members in this group.  I’m not sure if they’re even together anymore.  More of a pop group that’s not quite rock music.  At least that’s how I see them?

 

2005   MOVE ALONG

I was trying to find the album with this song (below) on it.  I came up empty back in the day.

 

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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

WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/CREED

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5 day exercise total; 600 leg lifts, 450 crunches, 450 squats, 300 back flexes, 250 curls, 200 tricep lifts w/5 pound weight, 150 shoulder raises w/5 pound weight,  stretching, & yoga.

I fell asleep to “The Wallflowers” the album “Bringing Down the Horse”

I was up too early to play music.  I played a few albums while trying to sleep.  This did the trick “Testament” the album “The Gathering”

FYI-That’s Jacob Dylan singing, Bob Dylan’s son^^!

 

I couldn’t sleep last night, too hot in here!  Yes, we’re still waiting for the new compressor for the A/C in our suite.  I could get angry, but what’s the point?  It won’t get the compressor here any faster.  It will do more damage than good.

We went for a drive to McDonalds last night.  I just wanted a medium vanilla shake to cool off.  I was doing some HOT yoga yesterday, unintentionally HOT!  There was a guy with a sign asking for food.  We get to the drive through & just order a couple of cheese burgers for him.  I thought afterwards “Ah, crap we should have got a 2 cheeseburger meal with a cold pop for him!!”  He was very thankful & gracious when I handed him the bag though.  Doing little things like that make me & others happy!  Much better than being a #@$&^% making me & others feel like crap.

Tuesdays & Thursdays I stretch, do some yoga, & use weights.  There’s not a certain amount of stretching & yoga, with no specific amount of them to do, & no blog to post, those days often take longer than 1 ½ hours.  Monday, Wednesday, & Friday reach an hour-1 ½ hours of exercise.

The therapists at the Wascana Rehabilitation Center worked hard on my core muscles aka my abs.  Leg lifts & crunches are both meant to activate my abs.  That’s my reason for doing those exercises 3 days a week.  I’m positive that under my 1 ½” of fat I have a glorious 8 pack.  Well, that’s the story I’m sticking to!

I’ve lost weight while building some muscle.  I’m not on any type of diet, I just keep my food intake healthy & other stuff in moderation.  I’m not looking to be a body builder or trying to slim right down.  I’m trying to walk!  Everything else is a cherry on top of whatever your favourite dessert is!  Yes, I eat dessert, in moderation to what I used to.

I don’t like the feeling of being full or hungry.  I much prefer being comfortable after a meal.  Balanced portions of protein/meat & carbs/vegetables or more vegetables than meat in most cases.  Personally, I don’t believe in a diet for everyone.  I think everyone’s body will react differently to whatever they put into their body.  My doctor put me on a thyroid pill since it was underactive.  1 pill a day did the trick, I’ll be on that pill for a very long time, like forever.

As far as my mental health goes, I haven’t had my second appointment yet.  They increased one of my anti-depressants at my previous appointment & it has helped somewhat.  I asked if I could also be referred to a therapist to talk to.  A pill increase won’t likely solve everything, hopefully the 2 together will.  I’m pretty sure my “…pills are kicking in…”

Sorry this is a bit later than usual.  I was out watching my cousin’s daughter play in a fastball provincial tournament.  Extra innings, great game, unfortunate loss by 1 run, & a VERY questionable call by the home plate umpire.  Nice to get out & watch a good game live in the shade on the first base line!  Aubrey is good now & she’ll get even better!

 

Top 10 rock & metal songs so far of 2019.

http://audioinkradio.com/2019/07/top-rock-metal-songs-2019-so-far/?fbclid=IwAR2sKaq9JfieFmU76SH6mm5w9AONfPqWAFdQesqnIS2MqMZUd7Z8JfPZnJI

Why?  Why not, HILARIOUS NINJA BABY!

I’m all for Billie Eilish especially this song!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/hear-justin-bieber-hop-on-super-fan-billie-eilishs-bad-guy-857054/?fbclid=IwAR2RDEYpAk7VkSOmRD8Y5roVvb-BO0iSR_22d4Gc5Xw7UndYDuy7oKA6ufQ

Ed Sheeran is out today!  “No.6 Collaborations Project”

 

CREED

I’m a casual fan of their first album still.  I’ve played/sang “Higher” from their 2nd album, both or all 3 chords.  The first album has some lasting power though!  Most of the bands on this part of the blog I haven’t seen live.  Concerts out of province are a little out of our price range.  Priorities mortgage payment or concert?  I have seen many concerts in Saskatchewan & a few in Alberta though in the past.

 

1997   MY OWN PRISON

 

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Why did this become a music blog?  “Because music is a BIG @#!$%^*&( DEAL”-Dave Grohl

“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

WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/BLACK SABBATH

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4 day exercise total; 400 leg lifts, 300 crunches, 300 squats, 200 back flexes, 400 curls, 140 tricep lifts w/5 pound weight, 140 shoulder raises w/5 pound weight,  stretching, & yoga.

I fell asleep to “Coheed and Cambria” the album “No World for Tomorrow”

I exercised to “Pearl Jam” the album “Pearl Jam”

 

Truth be told I did ALL of my exercises on Monday & Wednesday.  Went to my family cabin on Tuesday with my parents to drop off a few things.  I figured I might as well do the same thing on Wednesday.

Yesterday we spent WAY too much time trying to correct problems with what iTunes has made.  I must be their favourite person to talk to, Monday –Wednesday, I’ve called the support line 4-6 times.  Kim’s smarter than me & we’ll get it done tonight or tomorrow.  I’m not touching it today until Kim’s home.

Summer is hear & we’ll be taking a staycation next week.  I’ll check my email & Facebook, but I won’t resume these posts until Sunday, July 7th.  Kim has this Friday off work, so our staycation for me starts now!

ALWAYS REMEMBER THIS PLEASE.  YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE GAY TO SUPPORT THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY!  I’m heterosexual & I believe that every individual has the right to spend their life with whoever they love.              

 

The more I think of what I told the doctor at the appointment, the more I think of what is likely my biggest issue.  I told the doctor this at the end just before I left the office, I should have started with this.  I don’t want to be a burden to anyone, & that’s what likely causes me to get frustrated so easily.  If I want to go somewhere, someone has to take me to my destination.  If it’s something I think I can do on my own, I get frustrated that I need assistance & that individual will do it differently than I will.  I wasn’t like that before I had cancer.

I look at things now this way, “If I can’t do this on my own by now, why am I doing all of this exercise?”  I’m not about to give up on my exercise.  I want to be more independent.

I’ve really never been on this side of the fence before.  I think, I’m not positive, but a handful of people in high school would come to me if they had an issue.  Other than that I just kept my head down & tried not to stir the pot.  I had problems with other students that seemed to seek me out to verbally abuse me.  My home life is & always has been happy & upbeat.  My parents are together & have likely become closer after 40 years of marriage (41 in November).  Same with my grandparents.

There are a LOT more people who have dealt with more than I have, so I see it again as “Why can’t I get myself out of this rut?”  I’ve usually been the person willing to help others & now I need help?  Since when?  This is new territory for me, & it feels weird.

I really hated elementary & high school.  I finished high school with an 80% average or higher every year, despite my inner attitude.  All of that verbal abuse from the time I took my bicycle to school in grade 2 & I didn’t say a word about any of it to anyone.  There’s a photo of me at the after-grad party with the biggest cheesy grin on my face, because I was so happy to be set free!

 

At the moment “The Struts” & “Dead Sara” are ruling my music world!

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

Even as a concert goer, I hate cell phone cameras at any type of live show.  Put your phone away & enjoy the show.  If you’re taking a video or photo at least have the courtesy to ask if you’re blocking someone’s view of the show.  FYI, when you get home, that video will look & sound terrible.

My iPod Touch will take photos & videos.  If I’m out, it will stay here at home.  I have no issue with anybody having a cell phone.  I do wish they came with an operation manual though that said “For use in these instances….”  “Not recommended for the following situations…..”  I guess more of an etiquette guide.

With a 90% success rate, Dave Mustaine can beat his throat cancer.  He thanks his family, friends, & fans for all of the support.

https://loudwire.com/megadeth-dave-mustaine-thanks-fans-support-cancer-fight/?fbclid=IwAR0ItfS2A3ts95A1kG0KJ6uh_2UVmuG1vYKOPbbLPke5_00fa4fhhdS5HmY

Fighter planes to shoot down UFOs were called Foo Fighters & that’s where Dave Grohl got the name.  He was really into science fiction at the time.  He even made a cameo on “The X-Files”.

I’ve also become a big fan of 4 “Coheed and Cambria” albums lately.

“Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV”   2005 release

“No World for Tomorrow”   2007 release

“The Color Before the Sun”   2015 release

“The Unheavenly Creatures”   2018 release

 

BLACK SABBATH

There’s always a debate about who created the “Metal” genre & Black Sabbath is always in the discussion.  For that reason alone I’m going with Black Sabbath being the pioneers of metal music.  Some of their stuff I find too slow & bordering on boring.  I do have 13 albums with Ozzy Osbourne & other singers on different albums.  The song “Black Sabbath” is one of those boring songs to me.

I saw an interview years ago with guitarist Tony Iommi.  The day before they were about to either tour or record their first album he cut the tip of his finger off while he was working his last day at a steel factory.  He tried a TON of things on the tip of his fingers on his fretting hand but nothing worked.  He just learned how to play with no tips on his fingers.

No, I won’t put a song from all of the albums I own.  I’ll give you a small sample of Ozzy Osbourne as the lead vocalist & the 3 albums that Ronnie James Dio sang on.

 

1970   BLACK SABBATH

 

1980   HEAVEN AND HELL

 

1981   MOB RULES

 

1992   DEHUMANIZER

 

Here are some of their classic songs

Are athletes not supposed to show their emotion & act like robots with no emotion?  Why are NHL players allowed to celebrate a goal, football players are allowed to celebrate after a touchdown or field goal, basketball players celebrate a win, or soccer players run around & rip their jersey off?  How dare a baseball player celebrate ANYTHING?  Time to come out of the dark ages MLB!  This broadcaster played until the mid-1990s!

https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/red-sox-broadcaster-dennis-eckersley-calls-out-marcus-stromans-antics-213647496.html

July 31st is the trade deadline for MLB.  If the rumours are true, Blue Jays might make a HUGE trade that could potentially hurt them.  Aaron Sanchez was pegged to be “The best starting pitcher in all of baseball”, that never happened though.  Marcus Stroman is arguably in the top 5 starting pitchers in the league or at least in the top 10.  There is talk that they’ll trade 1B Justin Smoak, SP Marcus Stroman, SP Aaron Sanchez & perhaps another player I can’t think of.  Justin Smoak & Aaron Sanchez would be at the top of my list to get rid of.  Every team is looking for pitching.  Why would they even consider trading a top 10 pitcher who’s not even 28, under contract for another year at just over $500,000 & his agent isn’t anything like Sanchez’s agent who is well known for wanting the most money & longest term contract he can get?  What do they expect in return for trading Marcus Stroman?  Maybe 3 top pitching prospects?  If everyone is looking for pitching, there can’t be much out there?  Even young prospects are still just a maybe in the future.

 

As good as I feel after I exercise, I do need a break from time to time.  A summer break sounds really good.  I’m kind of tired, just seems like a good idea since Kim is off work.  I know I’ll end up doing some type of exercise.  That’s just what I’m used to doing.

 

The more you share this, the more readers I get.  No, I’m not profiting from this in any way.  I can’t tell who’s reading this but thank you!

Why did this become a music blog?  “Because music is a BIG @#!$%^*&( DEAL”-Dave Grohl

“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