WEEKEND UPDATE/NO-CONCERT UPDATE

NOTHING UNTIL FRIDAY.  WE’LL CARRY ON AS USUAL AFTER THAT.

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Music throughout the weekend.  “Matthew Good Band”, “U2”, “The Struts”, “Big Wreck”, & “Lamb of God”

 

We went to my parents’ place on Thursday for my father’s 60th birthday.  His birthday was on Monday, but this was the most convenient time to celebrate.  Bitter sweet since my friend’s father died this week.

We had a “Chili’s” restaurant in Regina, now it’s called “Rotisserie”.  Think KFC without any grease, WAY better!  1 bucket of BBQ ribs, garlic potato wedges, ceaser salad, McCain deep & delicious chocolate, a 2L of iced tea (sweet tea), & 1 bucket of chicken.

Friday my in-laws got into town in the afternoon.  We went to Sherry & James’ place in the afternoon to hang out & have supper there, BBQ hamburgers.  We came home fairly late, but Brewster had a great time running around in their backyard.  My cold is finally starting to fade away.

Saturday everyone was here for make your own pizza supper.  I ended up sleeping until 11 am, got up, showered, got dressed, & had my lunch.  Realized the dishwasher was full of clean dishes.  Emptied the dishwasher made my veggie juice for the week & 1 of many teas w/ lemon & honey.

My in-laws drove home Sunday in the late morning.  I said goodbye to them Saturday night in case I slept in, & of course I slept in.  I got up, did all of my morning crap.  Had lunch, boiled some eggs & we went to our friends’ place for our “nephews” first birthday.

It took the little guy a while to fully embrace the 1st birthday party cupcake, but he ended up doing the right way eventually……….it was EVERYWHERE!  A couple of wash clothes later & he was ready to go!

We came home & Kim watched “American Idol” aka a talent contest ruled by 3 celebrities who offer very few if any constructive criticism to help the contestants.  I’d rather not watch it, but I want to spend time with my wife.

Today should be a lazy day of TV, a little bit of laundry, & not much else.

 

On April 19th, 1980 “Blondie’s” ‘Call me’ hit number 1 on the Billboard charts

https://www.hotpress.com/music/day-1980-blondies-call-goes-no-1-22771369?fbclid=IwAR0lu8ly9xY1uFBDlFCGykrhA4clMV2OToJCBsJSK9VYUs9X28qlZ8MrQuw

10 songs written & recorded for Alter Bridge, 4 more left to go.  ABVI on the way.

https://loudwire.com/alter-bridge-2019-album-progress/?fbclid=IwAR04m9GEkIo_KuIto6csu4suSgjznu5TY4iha26TyJa1Kd7GVop7Rk8yvXw  Follow up to “The Last Hero” album.

Mueller report sends Trump’s polling number to record low for 2019.

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/poll-mueller-report-sinks-trumps-approval-rating-825079/?fbclid=IwAR1fi4VcP0GSbLVLncJDqg77XpvvSCW_4YQUJEdZkjleNwvi6b5ElRDFeG8

 

I know that most of you aren’t into metal.  Don’t worry it doesn’t bite & “Uncle” Chris will always hold your hand through it.  I’m going to do a metal group followed by a non-metal group.  Just so you don’t feel overloaded with metal music.

INTO ETERNITY CONCERT, THAT I DIDN’T GO TO.

An underground metal band based in Regina.  This group made me dip my toe into metal music with their 3rd album “Buried in Oblivion”.  I believe the first album was recently put on iTunes.  They just released their 6th album last year after a decade of the odd show here & there.  They tour all over the world & they’ve gone on tour with some big name metal acts like “Megadeth” & “Dream Theater”.  I have the “Gigantour” DVD when they toured with “Megadeth”.  “Into Eternity” & “Opeth” are easily the 2 heaviest bands I listen to, they can also sing you a lullaby though.  I didn’t go to this concert.  My brother was going to take me, but he’s waiting for surgery.  He has bone spurs on his shoulders, it’s hard for him to turn his neck, lift things, & his arms go numb sometimes.  He gets migraines if he doesn’t lay down every 45 minutes.  I figured he likely shouldn’t lift my chair or go to a concert.

I’d love to see them but not at the expense of my brother’s health.  Cheap tickets, $15 for an advanced tickets.  I’ll keep this brief for you.

 

2000   INTO ETERNITY

 

2002   DEAD OR DREAMING

 

2004   BURIED IN OBLIVION

 

2006   THE SCATTERING OF ASHES

 

2008   THE INCURABLE TRAGEDY

 

2018   THE SIRENS

 

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

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

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

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

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HAPPY LONG WEEKEND/CASEY ABRAMS

NOTHING UNTIL MONDAY & THEN THE FOLLOWING FRIDAY.

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3 day exercise total; 100 pushups, 400 leg lifts, 300 crunches, 0 tricep lifts, 0 squats, 0 back flexes.

I fell asleep to “Into Eternity” the album “The Sirens”

I exercised to “Black Sabbath” the album “Heaven & Hell”

 

A lot of tea, honey, & squeezed lemon going on here, along with cold fruit, water, cranberry juice & Sprite, & many cough candies.  Now about 2.5 weeks with no notifications from my “likes” on Facebook.  Why?  I don’t know?  I know I’m missing a lot of info!

Well Monday was a waste of a day.  Tuesday, I still had a bad cough but figured I should do some exercise.  Wednesday the good ol’ phlegm started to come down from my sinuses.  I did some exercise Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday.  Obviously not much if you look at the numbers though.  I probably should have slept on the couch this week?  I’ve been tossing back & forth in bed trying to get comfortable & probably making snorting sounds in my sleep.  Kim deserves a good night sleep or 5.

I shaved my beard off in November & I’ve remained clean shaven.  Last Thursday I  shaved & didn’t shave until this Tuesday.  WOW, I pretty much had a short beard, like I used to have.  I really don’t like shaving.  It’s almost summer though, maybe the beard will return in the fall or winter.  I can’t believe how fast it grows!

 

“Temple of the Dog” was released 28 years ago this past Tuesday.

Chris Cornell of the grunge band “Soundgarden” was roommate with Andy Wood who sang in a group called “Mother Love Bone”.  Andy Wood overdosed.  This album was made in his honour.  The members of “Mother Love Bone” became “Pearl Jam” with Eddie Vedder.  This is the only release from “Temple of the Dog”.

I hear there’s an online petition to name the black hole after Chris Cornell, since he wrote the hit song “Black hole sun” in 1994 with Soundgarden.

 

CASEY ABRAMS

Yes, he was on “American Idol” before the reboot.  He was voted off by the fans & saved by the judges.  He was done as the 6th man standing.  What do I like about “American Idol”?  That the fans get to vote.  What do I not like about it?  The judges have to deem the contestants who are good enough for the fans to vote on.  I don’t really need to see any of it until the finalé.  If I see the early stuff I say to the TV “Great, I liked contestant 79 better.  Where did they go?  They’re gone?  OK, so am I”.

This guy made it to number 6.  He played bass along with his singing of jazz, pop, & Nirvana’s “Smells like Teen Spirit”.  He was my favourite that year.  I think Scotty McCreery won that year though.  I’m not a fan of most country music though….

Now stuff from his 2012 release.  He has 3 or 4 albums on iTunes, I only have this first album of his.

 

2012   CASEY ABRAMS

 

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

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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

EXERCISE WEEKLY TOTAL/JANELLE MONAE

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5 day exercise total; 400 pushups, 600 leg lifts, 450 crunches, 200 tricep lifts, 450 squats, 300 back flexes.

I fell asleep to “Soundgarden” the album “Badmotorfinger”

I exercised to “Nothing But Thieves” their first self – titled release

 

Right out of the gate, I have not been in a bad mood since early 2012.  My depression crept up on me & exploded last week.  My stubbornness is genetic, but that’s no excuse for it.  My depression showed me last week that, as hard as I try, I can’t control it.  So as of this post I have yet to hear anything from a psychologist or therapist.  Psychiatrists give you pills.

I’ve seen a psychiatrist & I’m on 2 anti-depressants in the morning & 2 anti-psychotics over night.  The pills are not enough though.  I need to speak with a professional who’s not a psychiatrist.

Tuesdays & Thursdays are the days of the week I despise.  Those days I find very difficult exercise wise.  Each of those days are 200 pushups & 100 tricep lifts.  I feel good after I get those exercises done.  Before I do them you probably would be better off not talking to me.  That’s why I do them ASAP after I wake up.

What do I do after my exercise each day?  My exercises take me about 1 ½ hours each day, then I watch the late night talk shows, Stephen Colbert & Jimmy Fallon.  Then a sports talk radio show on TV, maybe part of a movie, or just listen to music & stretch out on the couch.  If there’s something I can do around the house.  That always takes priority after my blog is posted.

Somewhere in there I have a small lunch of fish or a lettuce wrap with Dijon mustard, a slice of cheese & turkey deli meat.  Breakfast is always a hardboiled egg, a ½ glass of veggie juice, & a piece of fruit.  There’s always a shower in there too!  0% yogurt with blue berries for a snack or rice crackers & hummus.

When Kim comes home we watch “The Ellen Degeneres Show” & then I get to practice walking with my walker usually.  We’re still trying to make that a part of our routine.  I don’t usually want to do it, but I know I need to!  “Yay, more exercise” – said no one ever!

 

Article with guitar player Mark Tremonti of “Creed”, “Alter Bridge”, & “Tremonti”

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/general_music_news/mark_tremonti_if_i_didnt_have_alternative_tunings_i_would_have_run_out_of_ideas_a_long_time_ago.html?fbclid=IwAR07WWFMAj9IPiCayeVUfewvQ_fOENwcRBU_hhY90m8l-_ZVqzhpXf0sA5I

Their songs don’t suck!  They’re just very similar.  I still have “Feed the Machine” on my list to purchase!

https://www.spin.com/2014/11/nickelback-songs-best-hits-list/?fbclid=IwAR1tSQFxFsuoTdl8HqIDWh-xc9VusOJ1LPKdq-BUFUzD5hG_TeJfMT-eZZg

Lars Ulrich did something good for a change!  I’m sure he’ll contradict himself, as usual, in a week or two.  ‘Streaming music is hurting the music industry’!  One week later ‘I have 9 iPods in my house, full of music from Spotify’!  I like Metallica.  Lars has always bugged me, even before the “Napster” ordeal, which he was right about.

https://loudwire.com/metallica-lars-ulrich-meets-autistic-fan/?fbclid=IwAR26OxNIgwD6rcYSgrdO0wctYsn13CnVBso8NyaFpdueV0xGKRJEdag6BIQ

Black hole or “Black hole sun”?

https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/10/us/katie-bouman-mit-black-hole-algorithm-sci-trnd/index.html?utm_term=link&utm_medium=social&utm_content=2019-04-11T00%3A15%3A08&utm_source=fbCNN&fbclid=IwAR2GRUDOA_iDIsMt_zCAleM40T2NDthaEpPrgxiH4Wl1cyjD2cOp2DtrUoo

I watched “Aquaman” on Thursday & it’s AMAZING!  I should have seen it in theaters.  I rarely see a movie in theaters now, but I should!

 

JANELLE MONAE

I saw her performance on the Grammy Awards, & thought “WOW!  A song that sounds heavily inspired by Prince!”  I got the album later that week.  I know nothing about her other than the album “Dirty Computer” is really good!  She has other albums out, 2 or 3 I’m not sure.  There’s not a song on this album that’s not labeled as explicit, so beware there is LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

DIRTY COMPUTER   2018

 

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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

WEEKEND UPDATE/AEROSMITH

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Music throughout the weekend.  “In Flames”, “Lamb of God”, “Dream Theater”, “Elton John”, “Billy Joel”, “Candlebox”, & “John Mayer”

 

I went to Winnipeg this weekend for my great aunt’s 80th birthday.  I rode with my parents late Friday.  We got there at about 12:45 am.  Stayed at my cousin’s condo.

The birthday was on Saturday from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.  Then we went to my other great aunt & uncle’s place for a BBQ & adult beverages.  We had to stay late due to the tremendous torrential down poor of rain “Well I guess this means I should have another rum & coke?”

My dad has 3 cousins around my age in Winnipeg from my great aunt & uncle that hosted the BBQ.  2 of them are older than me & one is a year younger me.  It was great to see my 2nd cousins & significant others, as well meeting or seeing their kids

Again it was shortly after midnight when we went back to my cousin’s place.  Great time seeing everybody though!

Unfortunately I didn’t get to see much of my cousin we were staying with.  She was cleaning the barn where she keeps her horse.

Whirlwind trip but well worth it!

 

What?  Sarah Silverman sings with “Walk off the Earth” for their cover of “Video Killed the Radio Star”

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/sarah-silverman-and-walk-off-the-earth-record-video-killed-the-radio-star-in-new-video-818437/?fbclid=IwAR2i7nNUs-2pN95Q6Ya9ZcsVZj547Idp8_ZmLqYHIy3TyfshjblgnfAy87E

 

 

AEROSMITH

I’m not a huge “Aerosmith” fan, but I do like a few tunes from them.  I have their album “Big Ones”, a greatest hits compilation that I changed a few songs on iTunes.  Kim & I went to Boston in 2007 & had supper at the “Boston Hard Rock Café”, one of those moments where I was reminded they’re based in Boston.  Well here are a few songs of theirs…

 

1994   BIG ONES

 

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

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

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

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

EXERCISE WEEKLY TOTAL/BEN FOLDS FIVE

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5 day exercise total; 400 pushups, 600 leg lifts, 450 crunches, 200 tricep lifts, 450 squats, 300 back flexes.

I fell asleep to “Queen” the double album of “Greatest Hits”

I exercised to “The Struts” both albums on shuffle

 

Thanks for all of the positive comments they’re great!  I think that when I beat cancer, the positive thoughts & comments may have brought me to this depression thing?  I don’t blame any of you for those thoughts, I think I used them the wrong way?  I probably looked at them as “Hey, I beat cancer I’m a hero!  Listen to me!” what I should have done is stay humble, thanked all of you & carried on as usual.  Instead I let them go straight to my head, not what I should have done!

My depression shows as stress, frustration & stubbornness more than anything else.  I’m not this dark figure with a hood over my face 24 hours a day.  I may have changed a bit but I’m me.  I’m just a different version of me.  I’m happy & I like to goof off a lot.  I am definitely more stubborn.  That’s gene thing from my grandfather on my mother’s side.  For some reason I dialed it up to 100 instead of the natural 10?

I think with that stubbornness came a LOT of frustration.  In that, I wanted to be heard without acknowledging that others may have a different opinion on things.  I’m not a patient or understanding as I use to be.

I was never a vocal person until University.  Until that time I kept my head down & tried not to stir the pot.  I was trying to get through school each day as quietly as possible.

3 things I’m grateful for A) my HUGE support system.  B) I have a roof & 4 walls around me. C) Canadian taxes that support me (sort of) to exercise.

 

It’s coming………………….. In October!  Big debate online over who’s the best Joker?  Out of the

Tool changed their Facebook cover photo on Wednesday!  Release date on the way???????  https://loudwire.com/tool-new-album-2019-change-logo/ More info today!

I can’t wait!!!!

I like the previous movies but number 4, it’s got quite a bit to live up to!

Yes, according to the president who shall not be named solved the reason for my cancer!  Hahahahahahahahahahahaha!

 

BEN FOLDS FIVE

Right off the top I’ll tell you that I don’t know much about him or his band.  Ben Folds plays piano & sings, the other 2 members play the drums & the bass.  Not super jazzy, but a bit to still be played on radio.  I own one CD of theirs & each time I listen to it, I forgot how much I like it.  Ben Folds was also a judge on a short lived singing show “The Sing Off”.  All of the groups were A Capella groups which bolstered the careers of “Pentatonix” & “Home Free”.  Here are a few songs from their 1997 album….

 

1997   WHATEVER & EVER AMEN

LANGUAGE!!!

 

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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

P.S.  Remember the days of Blockbuster video, when renting a movie on VHS was a thing?  Didn’t the label say “Be kind & Rewind”?

WEEKEND UPDATE/THE AGE OF ELECTRIC

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Music throughout the weekend.  “Devin Townsend”, “In Flames”, “Mark Morton”, “Lamb of God”

 

I figured I’d just carry on as usual, I’ve always been a little wacky anyways.  My mood is far more level more often than not.  I like my workout physically & here’s hoping I can get to talk to someone who can help me with my head & get it back to normal.  I’d never hurt anyone physically unless they were intending to harm my family or friends.  If it’s a family member hurting another family member, they can figure that out on their own.

Of course I’ll carry on with this blog & exercises.  I think even the mental part of this could be somewhat to do with cancer.  I could be wrong though & I don’t want to play the cancer card as an excuse for my mental health, that wouldn’t be fair in my eyes.  I want to go through this as transparent as possible!  You get to see all of the upcoming blemishes & triumphs as usual.  I like that this blog is transparent.  I want someone/anyone else in a similar situation to read this & figure out what they need to do.

Honestly, metal music calms me down.  I guess it’s my mood that dictates my music choice for that moment?  I can listen to it & mentally try to make sense of the controlled chaos or just disappear into the sound of the music.  Same deal with Blue Jays baseball.  I know the Blue Jay players & they’re the only team I watch but this could be the same thing with any baseball team.  It’s a distraction for my mind.  I know the game to an extent.  If you’re not thinking about how many outs there are, what inning it is, or the outcome of what to do wherever the ball will end up on every pitch, you’re doing it wrong.

Kim says that since I can’t see anyone yet, I should try writing 3 things a day for 21 days, that I’m thankful for.  I can do that!  A) I’m alive.  B) I’m with Kim.  C) Our extended, immediate family & friends that are AWESOME!  A)  Brewster is a very well behaved dog.  B)  I was raised very well.  C)  I live in Canada without the rule of a wanna be dictator.

 

Friday evening was the 2nd Blue Jays regular season game.  Our “niece” tells me every time she sees me.  “Uncle Chris, we don’t watch baseball in our house.”  She cracks me up!  Just the way she says it!

I’m not American or interested in politics in most cases but watching CNN “from a good safe distance” is very entertaining.

Before Saturday’s game, there’s only 160 games to go.  The pitching & very young players are doing a FANTASTIC job so far.  Even in their first game of the season which they lost 2-0 they played really well!  New, fresh people are good to see & I don’t have any expectations for them this year.  If they win 60-70 games I’d call it a success!  It will be a year full of “Growing Pains”

We watched “The Dirt” on Netflix Friday evening.  I prefer the book.  I’ve never been a fan of their music.  They did it for the wrong reasons if you ask me.  They did it for a life of booze, heroin, cocaine, & to have sex with every female they encountered.  I had 1 or 2 groupies in our first band & I couldn’t get rid of them fast enough.  “No.  I’m not coming up to your hotel room.  I’ve got a TON of gear to load up & a girlfriend.  You can kiss me on my cheek & find someone else to fool around with”.  Not something I’ll ever be interested in!

Kim stepped out to get a few things.  She has been cleaning EVERYTHING Friday & Saturday!  I’ll shout at her from the couch and ask “KIM DO YOU WANT ME TO DO ANYTHING?” & she always says no.  My weekends are quite easy that way.  Stay out of her way & don’t move until I’m told & I randomly ask if I can help with anything.

We finished the day with a spinach & strawberry salad & BBQ steaks.  I made my veggie juice for the week & a glass & ½ of a fruit smoothie.  We watched part 1 of the “Leaving Neverland” documentary, so not for kids!

Part 2 of “Leaving Neverland” this morning, a play date with Mitch & Rachel’s pup.  Toronto Blue Jays 4th game into the regular season & the Blue Jays are 2W-2L.  Better than I expected, but when you consider the small sample size & who they were playing against, this doesn’t really tell you anything yet.  158 games to go around the half way mark in the season is when you can really tell.

 

 

THE AGE OF ELECTRIC

Saskatchewan rock band that got 0:05 seconds of fame & broke up after 2 albums.  I believe they grew up in small town Saskatchewan.  I think the singer, Todd Kerns, is now playing bass for Slash.  The guitar player moved on to form a band called “Limblifter” with his brother or cousin on drums?  I only have “The Age of Electric’s” first self – titled album, I heard a lot of the 2nd album that our bass player, Rob Wirtz, in University had.  I’ll give you a bit of both albums in order.

 

1995   THE AGE OF ELECTRIC

 

1996   MAKE A PEST A PET

 

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

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

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

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

EXERCISE WEEKLY TOTAL/COLDPLAY/THIS IS THE UGLY SIDE

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3 day exercise total; 200 pushups, 400 leg lifts, 300 crunches, 100 tricep lifts, 300 squats, 200 back flexes.  I had every intention of walking Thursday & Friday.   There were far more important things I need to deal with ASAP.

This is where things get ugly.  I’ve had manic depression for years.  I was called “Gay” or “Fairy” since I could ride my bicycle to elementary school if I was gay my life would be different than it is now in that Kim wouldn’t be married to me.  Two older kids from another school would hunt me down & verbally abuse me, I was NEVER physically abused by anyone.  This continued throughout high school.  I never told ANYONE.  Until just a few years ago, not even my parents.  This is not a sob story.  Thursday was the worst day I’ve had mentally more than ever.  In university my parents said I should talk to someone.  I did…..once.  I don’t know why or how cancer made my depression rear it’s ugly head again this week (I assume that’s what triggered it).

I’d never hurt Kim or disappoint her.  She’s my rock & the love of my life.  I’m very fortunate to have her in my life.  My depression affects many other people.  I keep my feelings in, & after so long they just explode.  I haven’t viciously attacked anyone through email since the first link to this blog that was also incredibly rude.  Thursday it happened again though & completely unprovoked.  I’ve realized that I need to get my act together & speak with a psychologist.  If I don’t, I can see a very small amount of people that would want to call me a friend.  I’m on anti-depressants & anti-psychotics, but that’s not really helping the issue, it’s masking it from others on some level.

I drink a small amount of alcohol on Friday & Saturday evenings.  I don’t smoke or use drugs, nor do I want to.  Eventually I’d prefer to be alcohol free.  I know I can do that without question.  I didn’t have any alcohol while going through my year in the hospital & very little near the end of my rehabilitation program.  I don’t want to talk about my mental issues, I need to.  Kim said she’d come with me.  I don’t want to be an irrational jerk to others, no one deserves that.  I told you I wouldn’t lie to you so there’s the ugly part.  I may be physically stronger but I’m mentally weak & sick of this feeling sneaking up on me.

I’m incredibly sorry to everybody I’ve hurt with my words.  Please don’t be alarmed or worried about me, think more about the people I’ve randomly blown up on.  They are the victims, not me.  I’m not suicidal at all, I’m just not me.

This is new territory for me & it took me far too long to realize it.  I NEED PROFESSIONAL HELP, & I intend to get help ASAP.  I’ll ask my doctor for a referral Friday morning if he’s available.  I don’t know if my health care covers the cost, & it doesn’t matter.

When Kim helps me with walking, I don’t listen to music.  It’s a distraction for me.  I have to stay concentrated on the task at hand.  Make sure my stride/steps aren’t too big, bend my knees, make sure my heel touches the ground first, control my walker/don’t let it get too far ahead of me, stand up straight, etc.  If Kim hasn’t seen me do anything wrong, I ask her if there is something I need to improve.  At the moment she says that all I need to do is build up my stamina.  I know what I need to focus on but I need an “outsiders” opinion in case I’m missing something.

Great book, OK movie.  I read the book in high school.

I read incredibly slow now.  Because of my iPatch & my glasses.  I had glasses before, in 1993, they were more for driving/distance because I couldn’t read the chalk board very well.  When I took the glasses off, things were much easier to read.  I could take these glasses off and read something in large print on a kindle though.

Before it would be 2 or 3 days later and someone would ask “How’s the book?”  “It was GREAT, I’m done reading it would you like it now?”  Now it’s “I’m on page 4.  I’ll tell you in a month or two.”

The books in “The DaVinci Code” series are WAY better than the movies.  The movies are also out of order.

I often forget how much I like this album.  This is their 3rd video from this album!

I don’t consider The Struts a glam rock band.  For me The Struts are similar to Queen, but less experimental/operatic. In the end they’re just FANTASTIC!

https://www.esquire.com/style/mens-fashion/a26952281/struts-interview-style-costumes-outfits-glam-rock/?fbclid=IwAR06tWGX4X_3wag94fA0Inr8Hfz8ph2RA2e6EQNMOnNB8Ua8VHFVkeE3pNI

I plan on buying these 2 albums from iTunes this year.  Neither of them are really my usual taste in music.  I do keep listening to them on our Apple Music account.

 

COLDPLAY

I own & listen to 3 of their albums.  Yes they’re English & I believe they live there currently as well.  The singer, Chris Martin, was dating or married to Gwyneth Paltrow & they had a baby quite a while ago named Apple.  They’re a fairly mellow band, but really good at what they do.  They’re actually one of all of the Foo Fighters member’s favourite bands.  You wanna talk Coldplay, ask the Foo Fighters what they think.  They came around to fill a void I had for “Radiohead” after Radiohead’s first 3 albums.  They sound nothing like Radiohead though.

They have 7 full length studio albums, an EP, & a Christmas album.  Here are 2 songs from each of the 3 albums I really enjoy…

 

2000   PARACHUTES   (THEIR DEBUT ALBUM)

 

2002   A RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD

Here comes that piano line that will stick in your head forever!  You’re Welcome!!!!!

 

2015   A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS

 

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