I WAS READY FOR FRIDAY ON TUESDAY/CARTOONS

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I fell asleep to “Harry Connick Jr.” the album of cover songs “Your Songs”

I exercised to “Corrosion of Conformity” the album “In the Arms of God”

 

Thank goodness it’s Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Weekly exercise total; 0 pushups (finger is still tender), 500 crunches, 1000 leg lifts, 600 tricep pushups, 500 squats, 200 back flexes.

 

This bruised finger sucks.  Until it stops hurting I’m going to play it safe.  Well, at least it’s not my right/dominant hand.  When I exercise, I go all out.  Not doing my pushups takes less time & it’s disappointing to me.  I’m going to have to build up to 240 a day.  No, I don’t know why, but I don’t look like somebody that does all of this exercise.

Yes I’ve lost quite a bit of weight, but that was never the reason I started exercising like a mad man.  The entire reason for all of this exercise was to be able to “Walk”.  At first I thought I’d be able to walk very soon, by 2015 maybe.  That didn’t happen!  Oh well, maybe one day?

We’re looking at getting a lighter wheelchair for me & pay for it with my disability tax return.  Right now my chair weighs 41 pounds.  The wheelchair we’re looking at weighs 14 pounds, much easier for Kim to lift into our vehicle.

“Will I ever walk?  Yo I don’t know?  Turn off the lights & I’ll glow….”

At least he picked a great bass line to rip off.  Long live “Queen”!  And the other Queen!

 

When I was in high school I was not part of the “Cool Kids” I had 2 groups I would hang out with, & both involved Timothy Wong.  One group of 4 guys which we called “The Nothings” we weren’t all musicians, jocks, or anything in particular & one group of Tim, myself & 2 girls.  One I’ve known longer than my brother!  I did hang out with 3 or 4 guys on the football team during lunch.  I think it was ’97 or ’98 I started hanging out with Laurie, really good friend like Timothy.  Laurie is a year younger than me.  When I was in University, it was quite common for her to come home after high school & find me reading a text book in her parents’ living room.

I found high school to be more individual clique.  Small groups of 4-8 people.  That being said I also graduated with over around 260 people or so.

 

CARTOONS

 

If it’s animated, I’ll likely buy the movie to watch it at home multiple times.  They’re not all great, so I’ve either rented it or saw it in the theater.  2 of my 4 or 5 favourite movies are not animated.  I’m not going to bore you with every single trailer from the movies I like, so here’s just a few.  Just because I’m 38 years old doesn’t mean I have to just watch dramas, documentaries, thrillers, & horror movies?

 

This entire series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Both of these movies!

Many, many, more…………………………..

 

A protest song by Bad Religion.  I think there will be many protest songs while Trump is President.

http://loudwire.com/bad-religion-the-kids-are-alt-right/

 

So this study says metal can be harmful, yet a previous study I saw years ago states that metal calms listeners.  So which one’s true?

 

Live is back with the original lineup & an AWESOME song!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/premieres/hear-lives-new-song-with-ed-kowalczyk-love-lounge-w521752

 

Weird Al’s top 10 rock parodies.

http://loudwire.com/top-10-weird-al-yankovic-rock-parodies/

 

The Toronto Blue Jays’ management is in a tough spot that I don’t envy.  I see a lot of backlash coming from fans of the team after the July 31st trade deadline.  The fans, for the most part, aren’t dumb.  The stadium isn’t sold out nightly like it was in 2016.  C.E.O. & G.M., Mark Shapiro & Ross Atkins, are walking a fine line at the moment.  Fill the seats & build a team to win without blowing the team up.

Truth be told I’d rather have had them ‘Blow up’ the roster when they joined the organization after the 2015 season.  Who can they trade that’s not injured at the moment?  Starting pitcher, Marcus Stroman, gets back into action on Saturday & J.A. Happ is getting old.  They’re not making the playoffs this year, every fan knows that.  Everybody is trade worthy, but I don’t see much in return?  Other than starting pitcher J.A. Happ, who is consistently good there is very little value in any other players, even Marcus Stroman?  Even if he flops on Saturday, there is only Happ to trade & get anything in return.  You could trade Smoak 1B, Pillar CF, Biagini RP, Barnes RP, I think you’d get very little in return for them.  The Jays could potentially have $31,000,000 or $51,000,000 sitting on the bench next year due to 3 players under preforming with HUGE contracts through 2020.

I think they should do what the Toronto Maple Leafs did.  “Hey, were going to suck for a couple of years, until our minor league players get really good”.  At least they’d be honest, since the fans pretty much know it.

 

Major League Baseball wants to speed up the pace of play since EVERYONE is so focused on their cell phone that they can’t turn it off & focus on something else for 10 minutes let alone 3 hours.  “Oh no!  I’ll die if I don’t have my cell phone!”  Surprise, I loathe cell phones!  “Hey talk to me!  I’m right here in even better resolution!”

HAPPY FOUL BALL GIRLS!

I have 2 ideas one might not work for them.

Take away instant replay in the dugout.  Give the field manager 2 challenges, without viewing the replay in the dugout.  They have to call for a replay by the umpires within 10 seconds of the play in question.

This one might not work?  If a player hits a homerun, the umpire ahead of the player should signal the homerun.  Once the signal has been given, offensive base runner(s) should stop & return to the dugout.

 

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Chris

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HOW ABOUT REGION FREE EVERYTHING?

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I fell asleep to “Stone Temple Pilots (2018), “Tremonti” the album “A Dying Machine”, & finally “Trivium” the album “The Sin & the Sentence”

I exercised to “Gin Blossoms” 2 albums on shuffle.

You might recognize this Gin Blossoms song, it’s from a movie that was released in the 1990s

 

 

YAY!……..NOT.  It’s tick season.  I found one roaming my hair on Monday.  I assume I got it from my wife or dog who were North visiting her parents in a small town.  Just beware!

My finger is still quite tender but looks better.  2 very small bruises on the inside of my finger.  My ring finger & pinky are tender & useless.

I went to the vehicle on Friday to say goodbye to Kim & Brewster.  As I came back inside, a lady asked me if I was alone or had any assistance.  I replied “No, I’m alone, I’m OK.  My parents live in town if I need them.”

Don’t get me wrong I missed them like crazy!  It was nice to have some alone time though.  I’m rarely alone other than when Kim is at work.  I’m OK if I’m home by myself.  I’m able to do quite a bit here.  I can stand up to get something from the upper cupboards or in the pantry, I just have to hold on to the counter or doorway to reach those things.  If Kim calls & says she’ll be a bit late, I’m fine, Brewster not so much.  He knows what time she should be home by, & anxiously stares at the door within a ½ hour.

 

REGION FREE

 

I really do not like that if you’re not in the right place you can’t watch certain things.  I’ll find a www.youtube.com video & it works fine for me.  So I copy the link & put it on my blog, only to find that even I can’t view it on my blog?  Ridiculous & not needed.  If you’re able to watch something on one site, why not on another site?

Because I live in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada even www.rollingstone.com limits me from viewing some of their videos.  Odd since I subscribed to the magazine when I lived at my parents’ house, & it was delivered there no problem.

I bought a concert DVD of “In Flames” called “Sounds from the Heart of Gothenburg”.  I ordered it on www.amazon.ca.  The blu-ray had region restrictions & said it would only play on blu-ray players made in Europe, the DVD had no such warning.  I waited for about a month, it came from Germany.  As soon as I got it I tried to play it in our blu-ray player, it was regionally restricted for European made players.  I don’t understand why it is regionally restricted?  Luckily my dad had 3 region free DVD players at his house & gave me one.  Their vocals are all in English but the stage banter is all Swedish with English sub-titles.  Wouldn’t they sell more blu-rays or DVDs if it wasn’t only available for European players?  I know have a DVD player just for that one DVD, weird………….I know?

There are multiple iTunes, basically one for every country.  I didn’t even realize that until I flipped mine to see if a certain album was available in the USA.  It was but the USA iTunes didn’t recognize 25% of the songs I had on my Canadian iTunes.  “Well that’s dumb!” I said to myself & immediately switched back & all of a sudden all of my music was back.

Why not have a region free iTunes?  More exposure for the artists & more money for Apple?  This regional stuff makes 0% sense to me.  It’s on the internet, why limit certain things?  It doesn’t have to be from a certain region for me to like it.

What gets me are the Dominican Republic, Cuban, & Mexican players who have played baseball in North America for years & can’t speak a word of English in an interview & always have a translator with them.  Before you get all pissy, let me explain.

Keep using your country’s language with others that know it like your wife, children, other players, other family members, etc.  When you’re on TV doing an interview, learn some English and use it.  “In the end” they’re making multi million dollars a year, I guess paying a translator is a small drop in the bucket for them.

 

I’ve heard a report that there will be no downloads or CDs, or any other way other than streaming music or buying vinyl records.  Much like a new “Tool” album, I’ll believe it when it happens!  If I have to pay $10 a month, do I get reimbursed for the months I don’t stream a new album?  I prefer to just own my music (as we’ve always been able to) & pay for it once either on iTunes or CD.  This is something I’d hate to see happen.

So, is rock dead?  NO!  The music industry is royally messed up!  Rock & metal musicians are just giving into whatever’s going on & don’t care.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/owning-music-buying-vinyl-cds-downloads-streaming-w521504

I’ll have a hard time streaming/renting music, if they have the option to download music I’m in, if not I’m going to purchase vinyl.  I’ve spoken to a few people at Apple, they’ve told me they’ve heard nothing about this, that or they’re lying to me.  I prefer to believe them

Yes, I spend more than $120 a year on music.  If you’re content with streaming music good for you, you have to realize or at least acknowledge that your favourite new musician might not be able to release new music on a regular basis.  So if they’re in a venue near you playing live, buy a T-Shirt or some kind of merchandise, fragrance, alcohol, etc.  They’re not making money on album streaming or even much on downloads.  If you’re not going to pay them for recording music, then you should consider buying other products with their name slapped on it.

Then you might realize something, “Why is my most hated band from the ‘70s so rich?  When my new favourite band of this current decade can’t afford a producer to record new material?”

Yes I used Napster & Torrent files.  Napster’s software was a mess.  Torrents were much better, probably due to newer technology being used.  When I was sick but able to leave the WRC for a few hours, I realized that I was part of the problem with the music industry & started purchasing CDs again.  When they dropped in price I used iTunes.

Let me get this straight.  I can sit here & pay $10/month for music that I don’t actually own, but I can’t pay & download it in the comfort of my home?  That makes no sense at all?

 

10 best Tool songs according to Loud Wire

http://loudwire.com/best-tool-songs/

 

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WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/WALK OFF THE EARTH

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I fell asleep to “Foo Fighters” the album “There is Nothing Left to Lose”

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

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

Weekly exercise total; 240 pushups, 1000 leg lifts, 500 crunches, 500 squats,  600 tricep pushups, & 200 back flexes.

 

Stupid bruise on my left palm & knuckle on my left ring finger has left me the inability to use nothing more than my index finger & my thumb on my left hand.  Any pressure on my palm or fingers & I scream in pain.  It’s better as of Wednesday, but still tender.  The swelling & bruises are subsiding.  I’m able to use my index, middle finger & my thumb now.

I do these exercises 5 days a week.  I don’t look like someone who does 240 pushups a day, at all.  One day maybe?  These exercises are, to me, a wait & see situation.

My core muscles are strong from the planking & 1500 crunches I was doing each day.  I now stick to 100 a day.  My disc in my spine stuck out severely & I couldn’t move.  I’d bump that up gradually to 1000.  I haven’t heard a peep about going for even a consult regarding back surgery?  I don’t think the surgeon would do the surgery unless he has the X-ray from last year or if it pops out again?

 

WALK OFF THE EARTH

 

Another Canadian band based in Burlington, Ontario.  5 members in the group.  4 males & 1 female who has had 2 kids in the last 5 years.  Their music seems to divide people lots of people seem to hate it or love it, I obviously love it.  They have 4 or 5 albums & a TON of singles that are mostly cover songs as well as 2 or 3 EPs.  I have 3 of their albums, 2 EPs, & a TON of singles as one album…

VOL. 2        2012

 

R.E.V.O.     2013

 

SING IT ALL AWAY.    2015

 

2 EPS, TAEKWONDO & A WALK OFF THE EARTH CHRISTMAS

 

SINGLES

 

The new “Chromeo” album “Head Over Heels” is out in full today.  The most sugary pop out there!

 

Don’t mess with Trivium!  My worst to first list is below.

http://loudwire.com/trivium-albums-ranked/

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

After “Ember to Inferno” it gets really hard for me to choose.

 

Can anybody explain to me what made the “Justice League” so bad?  I love that movie!

 

I still haven’t seen “Avengers: Infinity War”.  I fully intend to though!

 

15 things you didn’t know about the late Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley.

http://loudwire.com/things-you-didnt-know-about-layne-staley/

 

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Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

PILLS, FOOD/GRETA VAN FLEET, THE BAND GETTING ALL OF THE BUZZ

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I fell asleep to “Matthew Good Band” the album “Beautiful Midnight”

Universal remote is on the fritz.  No music while exercising. But I’m listening to a TON of “Dead Sara” & “Devin Townsend Project”

 

Back to reality this week.  I don’t know about anyone else, but that felt like a very short weekend.  New vegetable smoothie/juice in the morning.  2 ½ cups of water, ½ cup orange juice, ½ container of grape tomatoes, LOADS of fresh spinach, 3 pieces of celery, 1 carrot, & 2 cooked beets.  Really tasty!  Next week I want to add a little ginger.  For breakfast I have that all blended in our Vitamix (1 pitcher a week), a hardboiled egg, a piece of fruit (usually an apple), & a rice cake.  My lunch is 1 week of fish & lemon juice or a week of deli meat turkey wraps with ½ a slice of cheese & a dab of hot sauce.  During the afternoon I have hummus with rice thins, fruit, or some yogurt.  Supper is usually something with quinoa & chicken.

This isn’t a diet!  I like the food I eat, I can maintain this food regiment.  We don’t keep bread, chocolate, chips, or any other type of junk food in the house.  Out of sight out of mind.

Yes I drink alcohol only on the weekend or some time off at home, the lake or visiting relatives out of province.  During the week I drink close to a gallon of water.  My “medication” gives me dry mouth, then I get up to pee once or twice a night.

 

If it’s a special occasion I’ll have some sugar, whatever is in the baking or ice cream, not much though.  Everything in moderation.

My doctor at the cancer clinic has me on over the counter stuff.  Baby Aspirin, vitamin E, & vitamin C.  I know have to eat breakfast before I exercise.  I take the vitamins 3 times a day, & the Aspirin in the morning with my morning pills.  Yes, I’m 38 years old & have an evening & morning pill case for the week.  YAY…..beats the alternative though!

I’ve been eating this way for roughly 4 years & exercising 5 days a week.  I like this & I feel better than ever.

 

 

GRETA VAN FLEET

 

4 guys out of Detroit.  Here are songs from their album, which is actually 2 EPs they put together & released on iTunes.  They plan to have an album out by the end of the summer.  Yes, the band that will always be instantly compared to Led Zeppelin.

I don’t know why so many people hate them for sounding like a carbon copy of Led Zeppelin.  When you hear the guys voice, BOOM Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin.  You hear the guitar BOOM Jimmy Page.  The drummer & bass player aren’t John Bonham & John Paul Jones.  If the singer’s voice sounds like Robert Plant, wouldn’t you try to create music like Led Zeppelin?

If your singer sounds like another famous singer, go with it & let the kids have fun & make some cash.  If a band is new to the music scene wouldn’t you be inspired or influenced by another, wouldn’t you go with it?  The Beatles, Elvis, The Rolling Stones, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Michael Jackson, U2, etc.  Proven artists that can make a living doing what they like.

I figure there are 2 ways to take this as a Led Zeppelin fan “WHOA, they’re totally ripping off Led Zeppelin!” Or, “Hey, this sounds like Led Zeppelin is creating new music, AWESOME!”

Personally, I have nothing against them & I like their music.  I’ll ride this train as far as it will go.

Songs from their album “From the Fires”

 

This guy’s complaining about their clothing?  Lay off it, it doesn’t affect the music, might as well look for more imperfections to concern yourself with.

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

 

Now I want to be a guitar player for ‘Queens of the Stone Age’ then I’ll get a fancy house.

http://loudwire.com/queens-of-the-stone-age-troy-van-leeuwen-purchases-1-85-million-camarillo-estate/

My ranking of their albums worst to first is….

“Era Vulgaris”, “Queens of the Stone Age”, “Rated R”, “Lullabies to Paralyze”, “…Like Clockwork”, “Songs for the Deaf”, & “Villains”

After “Era Vulgaris” it gets quite tricky since the rest are all pretty great.

 

Disturbed is a band I grew out of & can’t say I miss them aka I’m not in my early 20s anymore.  I own “The Sickness” & “Believe” on CD, then I stopped.

http://loudwire.com/disturbed-albums-ranked/

 

Hahahaha!  Metallica covered by Tremonti playing Hello Kitty guitars!

http://loudwire.com/tremonti-metallica-welcome-home-sanitarium-hello-kitty-guitars/

 

Some I like, others I won’t touch.  I don’t consider myself a full blown metal head though.

http://loudwire.com/13-non-metal-artists-that-metalheads-love/

‘Queen’, ‘Bowie’, ‘Prince’, ‘Bob Marley’ (in small doses), ‘Beastie Boys’, ‘Pink Floyd’, some ‘Depeche Mode’, & yes ‘Classical Music’

 

Saw ‘Deadpool 2’ last night.  Much like the first one, there’s a lot of….

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

It’s a good one, much like the first one that way.  I watched the first “Deadpool” over 3 days last week.  I’ll buy this when it’s out on blu-ray!  I laughed too much & I know I missed a few jokes due to laughing at the previous one, also like the first one, which I’ve easily watched 20-25 times now.

 

Facebook is bringing a streaming music.  Because you don’t have enough options for that yet.  I think they’re a little late to the party?

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/facebook-is-finally-putting-music-back-into-social-networking-w521125

 

The N.Y. Yankees played in Toronto this evening.  Toronto lost again.  I checked the score when I got home.  It’s not pretty, after a 7-2 loss they’re now 26W-34L.

Come the trade deadline on July 31st, they’ll be shopping for prospects while dumping older players who have contracts that expire at the end of the year!  Right now for the 2nd season in a row, they have the oldest average age of players in all of the MLB!

 

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Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

CONCERT UPDATE QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE WITH OPENERS ROYAL BLOOD

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Quiet Mother’s Day.  Over to my parents’ house for BBQ chicken & ribs, avocado salad & potato salad.  Followed by 2 tasty cakes.  Yes, I tried both cakes to make sure they were up to standard for everyone else……You’re welcome, I aim to please!

Lots of people there for supper.  Mom, dad, Kent, Leanne, my cousins Megan Gagnon, Danielle Gagnon, Grandma, Grandpa, aunt Leanne’s parents, Clint & Dorothy White, Mitch, Rachel was at a wedding shower, Kim & I.  I feel as though I’m missing someone?  Sorry, lots of people & 2 dogs, Mac & Goose, Brewster stayed with Sherry & James.

Yes, I have converted my dad into a “Big Wreck”, “Foo Fighters”, & “Royal Blood” fan & now a “Queens of the Stone Age” fan.  I saw “Royal Blood” open for “Foo Fighters” with my father in 2015.  I’ve never seen “Queens of the Stone Age” before this though.  A very quick trip to Calgary to see the show.  Drive on Wednesday, get there in time for supper.  Concert was on Thursday night.  Drove back to Regina on Friday & got here at about 6:00 pm.  A big thank you to my Aunt & Uncle Kent & Leanne Fraser for letting dad & I stay at their house!  Kent is my dad’s younger brother

When we saw Foo Fighters in 2015 my uncle said to me, “So you’ll only come to Calgary if Foo Fighters are in town?”  I should have said this time “Nope, we’ll come for Queens of the Stone Age too!”  In actuality Kim & I might go there for a bit of vacation time during the summer in the next few years.

This is just to show that a guy in a wheelchair can get out & still live a relatively ‘normal’ life with the help of family & friends!  My legs work a bit, so I’ll need help if I’m somewhere new.  By the 2nd day I figured out how to stand at the washroom counter on the main floor & the second floor to brush my teeth & wash my face.  Dad had to help me get to the toilet, not really a big deal?

The concert was FANTASTIC!  Royal Blood now has 2 ten song albums out & Queens of the Stone Age have 7 albums out.  The most recent album was produced by Mark Ronson who released 1 album with guest vocalist including “Uptown Funk” with “Bruno Mars”, I was curious at first just to hear what would come out of the 2 working together and the album was really good, live was even better.  Royal Blood opened…

Queens of the Stone Age were the headliner.  I’m not sure how long Royal Blood played for but they started right at 8:00 pm, which was nice, & Queens of the Stone Age finished right at 11:00 pm.  Short show, but well worth the trip….

I remember more songs they played but that’s quite a few already!  Nice needed break!

 

Yes, I consider myself a Metallica fan now, a friend of mine is a HUGE fan & lent me the CDs.  I have the studio albums & the live album with the symphony.  I had a few on CD as well.  I totally agree with the musicians having a strong dislike for Napster & now all of these streaming sites.  I personally hate them.  I use iTunes, if I had the physical space I’d start a vinyl collection!  Unless you’re buying a TON of merchandise, alcohol, clothing, or a fragrance released by your favourite artists, that’s the only way they’re able to continue doing what they’re do!  They’re not making money from album sales anymore!  Swedish metal groups Opeth & In Flames have their own brand of beer from Opeth & Gin from In Flames.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/metallicas-kirk-hammett-were-still-right-about-suing-napster-w520290

I used Napster, I downloaded Torrent files for free also.  While I was sick, we’d go to a music store & I’d pick out CDs, 2 a month when I was able to go home for a few hours at night.  I’d ask Kim to purchase the 2 CDs.  “Do you have this already?” she’d ask.  I usually said “Yes, the Torrent file”.  I carried on this way until CDs dropped in price.  Then I started to use iTunes.  I figured, “I was working for a paycheck, why not musicians?”  You’re entitled to get your music however you like.  Maybe it’s different than what I choose to do?  That’s fine with me, I use iTunes & Kim uses Apple Music.  Whatever floats your boat, I use Apple Music to preview an album before I buy it on iTunes.

 

“Trivium” needs to come back to Saskatoon, as well as “In Flames”.  Not only to play a show there but my “Trivium” & “In Flames” shirts both have a hole in the right armpit.  Now designated as exercise shirts.

 

Trailer for the movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!  I heard it was in the works & that Sacha Baron Cohen “Borat” was fired when they got into the production, finally it’s here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://loudwire.com/first-bohemian-rhapsody-trailer-released/

 

Mark Tremonti likes “The Cars”?  AWESOME!

I agree.  The Blue Jays are paying $20,000,000 a year for injured short stop, Troy Tulowitzki.  He was good for 2.5 months at the end of 2015 and currently hasn’t played since July of 2017.  His fielding is great, his hitting is more than questionable.  At least it’s not my money!  There’s about 6 rookie short stops waiting in the minor leagues, Tulowitzki has created a road block for.  The Blue Jays got him in the last week of July 2015.  He was good right up to mid-October, & hasn’t been the same since.

 

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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

NO MOTHER’S DAY THIS WEEKEND FOR US/THE TRAGICALLY HIP

Show your mother some love & respect today!

No such thing as a stupid question!  Feel free to ask me on Facebook or the website!

Pick what you want to know about & feel free to skip the other stuff.  The www.youtube.com links are there for a point of reference if you don’t know what I’m talking about.

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AFTER THIS POST, YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN UNTIL NEXT WEEKEND!  I DON’T KNOW HOW PEOPLE WITH CELL PHONES DON’T NEED A BREAK AFTER CHECKING THEIR PHONE ON AVERAGE 2,617 TIMES A DAY????  I NEED A BRAKE & MY DAD & I ARE GOING ON A ROAD TRIP LATER ON THIS WEEK.

http://www.businessinsider.com/dscout-research-people-touch-cell-phones-2617-times-a-day-2016-7

Don’t know if that’s true, but that’s what www.google.com told me!

My mother canceled a Mother’s Day supper.  Well she postponed it until the following Sunday when more family is in town & my parents wanted to get the backyard ready for summer.  I’ll at least call her.

I watched & recorded “The Ellen Degeneres Show” on a different channel on Friday, thinking that it would still record on the same channel it always does.  Nope, it didn’t record, Kim missed it, my bad.

Kim went to bed around 8:30 or so, her allergies, like most people, are affecting her.  Poor Kim, I don’t even like to see her with a cold & she had to watch me with cancer.

Saturday Kim went to take photos of our friends who just had their 2nd child.  She got home & we went to check out the Sobey’s liquor store in the South end of town.  She brought me home & went grocery shopping.  She put the groceries away while I zipped through the baseball game.  After that we had supper.  I watched “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” while Kim decided to bail & clean the kitchen.

Good movie but of course filled with LANGUAGE & RATED-R!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mostly laundry left to do today, make a juice, & some cleaning.  Kim started the laundry Saturday night.  Oh, how our life is SO entertaining!  I guess that’s what happens in your upper 30s!

 

THE TRAGICALLY HIP

Canada’s most iconic rock band.  I was a very casual fan that owned 4 CDs out their many, many albums.  I’m not an expert on them, but I’m guess 50% of Canadians at least know who they are & likely have at least 7 or 8 albums if not all of them?  They did a final tour, that truly was a final tour.  The singer, Gord Downie, had terminal brain cancer.  CBC aired the final show all across Canada.  On the upside, they left their mark on Canadian culture.  Here’s a few songs I own on the 4 CDs I have in order of release….

 

UP TO HERE   1989

 

FULLY COMPLETELY    1992

 

DAY FOR NIGHT   1994

 

TROUBLE AT THE HENHOUSE       1996

5 albums & their upcoming release dates that I’m anticipating.

May 18th, Lamb of God/Burn the Priest – Legion XX

June 8th, Tremonti – A Dying Machine, and Dead Sara EP.

June 15th, Chromeo – Head over Heals

July 6th, Devin Townsend Project – Ocean Machine (Live album)

 

This is well done a funk cover of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman”

http://loudwire.com/this-funk-cover-of-metallicas-enter-sandman-is-amazing/

 

Sophomore slump albums?  Not here!

http://loudwire.com/top-10-albums-that-debunked-the-sophomore-slump/

 

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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

WHAT DO PEOPLE SAY ABOUT KIM & I?/THE WATCHMEN

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I fell asleep to “Foo Fighters” the album “Foo Fighters” followed by “Dead Sara” the album “Pleasure to Meet You”

I exercised to “Stone Temple Pilots” the album “Stone Temple Pilots (2018)”

I was waiting to post this after my doctor appointment.  Nothing to worry about, it will be 10 year cancer free on December, 31st this year, my scan is clean again this year!!  One more appointment this year at the cancer clinic & I should be done with my appointments this year!  Although I’ll be giving blood for a blood test after another 6 months on my thyroid pill & see my family doctor.  My doctor calls me a “Miracle” I asked him to say that again for Kim.  He said most people with my type of cancer are usually deceased.  I say I got REALLY lucky!

Kim & I hear a lot of people say stuff like ‘Oh, you 2 are so nice’, ‘You 2 have been through more stuff than a couple married for 30 years’?  Where is this coming from?  We just had our 13th wedding anniversary.  Kim is FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  No doubt about that one.  She’s the one that had to watch me survive cancer.

She learned how to administer my IV so we could spend time at my family’s cabin in the summer.

Guess what Kim told my parents when I was rushed to the hospital?  “He’s not going to die”.  I was unconscious & didn’t hear that.  That’s a very bold statement.  If I had heard it, I’d do my best to live up to it.

Am I perfect?  No, not by a long shot!  I’m lucky enough that I get to spend my life with Kim, who is perfect for me.  She never thought she’d know so much about baseball & I never thought I’d be watching any episodes of “Dancing with the Stars”.

I know I’ll hear it in some way this summer “You’re fat”, “You need to lose weight”.  This time I’ll respond.  “NO!  I’m not fat”

I’ve lost 45 pounds from my weight before I went into the hospital, gained an extra minimum of 15 pounds, so in total I’ve lost at least 58 pounds in total.  I think my doctor, at the cancer agency, is the type of person who just likes to hear the sound of her own voice.  Her hearts in the right place, just poor execution of what she’s trying to do/say.

I weighed myself on Tuesday, I’m 222 pounds.  If I hit below 210 I’ll look like “skin & bones”.  I graduated high school at 185, so I’ve grown & right around 215 or 220 is where I should be.  I have a big frame/bone structure.

I know when to shut my yap & listen.  If you’re talking all of the time, you’ll never learn anything.  The less you talk, “the more you know.”

 

THE WATCHMEN

A Canadian group that “broke up” in 2004 I think.  They still tour on occasion but don’t record anymore.  Originally based in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  They recorded 5 studio albums & released a live album last year.  Their 2nd release was HUGE in Canada.  I heard they toured EVERYWHERE though, all the way to Australia.  I was at home from school since I was sick that day.  I remember watching a video on Much Music for a single off of their 2nd album in 1994.  That album rooted them for the Canadian audience.  I thought their final show in Regina was in December of 2004.  I was playing at a party with Corey McDonald.  His co-worker’s party who let us rehearse in his heated garage.

You’ll likely hear a song of theirs from an album & perk up.  Then see a live show & go nuts because the AWESOME recording you liked is even better live!  If a band can’t at least duplicate what is on the album, they’re questionable at best for me.  The Watchmen knock it out of the park though.  One of my favourite bands to see live!  Here are a few songs in order of release…

 

1993    “McLaren Furnace Room”

MINOR LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

1994   “In The Trees”

 

1996 “Brand New Day”

 

1998 “Silent Radar”

Easily my favourite song of theirs (below)

 

2001 “Slomotion”

 

Audio & article with Myles Kennedy regarding his acoustic solo album.

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/myles-kennedy-says-he-didnt-want-his-acoustic-based-solo-album-to-sound-too-soft-or-pretty/

 

I thought I was the only one against most popular/current country music?

 

A sequel to “The Pick of Destiny” by Tenacious D.  AWESOME!!!!!!!

http://loudwire.com/tenacious-d-announce-sequel-to-the-pick-of-destiny/

 

This is so true!  Why bother hating art publically?  I’ve likely done it in the past, waste of energy.  You don’t like it, don’t listen to it?  Pretty simple.  There are far more bands that I don’t listen to, than those that I do listen to!  Just because I don’t like a band or musician doesn’t mean that someone else shouldn’t like them.  Famous bands are famous for a reason.  They worked hard to get where they are, & they have a large following.

On the flip side if a band or artist is on social media, there’s always going to be haters who will call out a band if they don’t like them.  If they’re on social media, they had better grow some thicker skin to deal with all of the idiots out there.  Heck, I used to be one of those idiots.  “Do this, don’t do that”!  No, do what you’re happy doing!

 

Alice Cooper interview regarding Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, & evil bands.

http://loudwire.com/alice-cooper-evil-bands-religious-talks-marilyn-manson/

 

I was watching the pregame of yesterday’s Blue Jay game & was immediately shocked by this news.  23 year old closing pitcher from Mexico was arrested Tuesday morning for domestic assault.  I don’t think anyone in the Blue Jay’s organization ever thought that would happen?  Field manager John Gibbons probably took the news the worst.  He stated that he had a father to son type of relationship with the young pitcher.

If you do the crime, you do the time though.  I don’t know where the trial will take place?  I assume in Canada.  Until the trial he’ll be in jail until June 23rd I believe the date was?  I know it was mid-June.

 

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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