WEEKEND UPDATE/TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS

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Music from this weekend!  “Greta Van Fleet”, “The Struts”, “Coheed & Cambria”, “Live”, & “Nothing but Thieves”.

Thursday & Friday I did nothing but watch what I had on the DVR.  I thought I might do some limited exercise just to keep things going, then decided that I just needed a break.  I’LL PROBABLY PUT THIS BLOG ON HOLD MID-NOVEMBER OR AT THE END OF NOVEMBER.  The blog will rest for a while, I’ll do likely 3/6 exercises regularly though, yearend stuff I’ll post in January.  Top 10 albums of the year for me, & my year amount of exercises.  No walking total though it’s embarrassingly low.

My body could have used a longer break, but it just makes things harder for me when I start exercising again.

Saturday, we stayed in, until I left for the Riders final regular season game.  They won!  We get a home playoff game this year!  The Riders haven’t been in the playoffs since they won the Grey Cup in 2013.  One more weekend for everyone else in the regular season.  Depending on the outcome of the Calgary vs. B.C. game next week, the Riders will play in 2 weeks or 3 weeks.  Either way, I’m just glad to have the Riders in the playoffs!

Today is more of us watching the recorded shows on the PVR & making a juice, hard boiling eggs, grocery shopping, laundry, baking fish, etc.  Typical Sunday for us.

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  The NRA & politicians in America love their 2nd Amendment, but are too frightened to use the 25th Amendment.  Why?  Nobody needs anything more than a single bullet shot gun for hunting.  I think it’s loooooooooooooooooooooong past due that American gun owners have their guns taken away & get a President with at least 1 ounce of morality!  #figureitoutNOW.

 

TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS

Yes, on the drive home from Calgary dad & I listened to “Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Greatest Hits” on my iPod.  I think it had 17 songs but I added 3 from the CD “Wild Flowers” that I have?  After we heard Foo Fighters play his song “Breakdown” it was a no brainer.  We both knew most of the lyrics too, dad more than me.

 

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Chris

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CHANGE ISN’T ALWAYS A BAD THING!

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I fell asleep to “Foo Fighters” the album “Concrete & Gold”, followed by the band “James” their “Greatest Hits” or the album “Laid” if you recognize it, it’s from the soundtrack of one of the “American Pie” movies.  Search for “James the band” if you like this

I exercised to “Matthew Good Band” the album “Underdogs”

When I went into the Wascana Rehabilitation Center I was on the 2nd floor initially.  Sometime in 2010 I was asked by a social worker if I’d switch rooms & go to the main floor.  The room I was in on the 2nd floor had oxygen for people that needed it.  I didn’t so I said “Yeah, no problem.”  The social worker was so relieved.  She was turned down by multiple people that refused to switch rooms.  I thought that was EXTREMELY odd?  People said “no” to changing rooms?  Same care on the first floor, really not a big deal at all.

I was genuinely shocked that anyone wouldn’t give up their room for someone else that needs it?  That’s still a vivid memory to me.

If you’re not using the oxygen that someone else needs, why not make things easier for another patient?  I think it may have more to do with people fearing change?  Most people avoid change & tend to think something different won’t be as good.

Even to this day I have to adapt to regular things.  The biggest question for me is if I can get into a place & if I can get to the washroom on my own.  Maybe I can, maybe I’ll need help until I figure it out, or maybe I can’t do it alone?

My parents’ washroom in the basement was tricky, I could do it, but it was tricky to do it.  They put in some grab bars for me & now it’s super easy for me!

 

http://loudwire.com/muse-thought-contagion-trump-supporters/

Chevelle is in the studio from what I saw on Facebook.

New song from Myles Kennedy’s solo album

Florida shootings.  I hope this will wake gun owners up!

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

https://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/john-oliver-praises-florida-students-for-gun-control-efforts-w516894

http://loudwire.com/lamb-of-god-randy-blythe-florida-school-shooting-no-more-thoughts-prayers-they-aint-working/

http://loudwire.com/all-that-remains-phil-labonte-frustrating-gun-debate-passing-law-to-pass-law-isnt-good-idea/

I agree “thoughts & prayers” are doing anything.  Why is it that so many people are OK with reacting to a shooting & not being proactive to avoid the shooting?  Are we going to wait for the kids to grow up, or the current adults with guns to grow up?

I hate the fact that I see all of these mass shootings on TV & I feel numb “Oh, it will happen again next week” & unfortunately that’s what usually happens.  I think when anyone says “Ah, it’s a mental health problem.  Don’t blame the guns.”  WHY?   What if it involved a member of your family?  “My family is fine, we all have a gun for protection”.  Yeah, so far that’s working great for others, especially when a gun owner snaps & goes on a killing spree.

 

All of the music news you need to see.

http://loudwire.com/maynard-james-keenan-working-with-puscifer-too-queens-of-the-stone-age-behemoth-more/

Maynard’s going to be very busy, singing for 3 bands.

You can’t really blame the singer for his voice sounding so much like Robert Plant.  The bassist & drummer aren’t at the Led Zeppelin plateau & the guitarist is guilty for the tone of his guitar & Zeppelin sound alike riffs.  I wouldn’t complain about a band having a similar sound as Led Zeppelin?

I’d rather see a human on stage showing their craft, but maybe that’s just me.  This stuff seems more like a gimmick to me.

http://loudwire.com/bands-that-feature-non-human-musicians/

Another song from the upcoming “Stone Temple Pilots” album

I’m not sure how to feel about this?  “The Birds of Prey” album by “Live” was very questionable at best.  I guess we’ll see if there’s any gas in the tank?

http://scenestr.com.au/music/live-are-back-on-track-at-the-adelaide-500

Baseball season hasn’t even started & the Blue Jays $20,000,000 33 year old short stop is already coming to spring training with a bone spur.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/mlb/blue-jays-tulowitzki-progressing-hurdles-await/

 

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WEEKEND UPDATE

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I fell asleep to “Metallica” the album “Hardwired…..to Self-Destruct”

I think I’m turning into a casual Metallica fan?  What’s happening to me, this is REALLY weird?  Almost like a second puberty?

 

No, I don’t spend bundles of money on iTunes in the blink of an eye.  I know who/what I’ll purchase on iTunes now.  Although I still don’t own much for classical music other than “Carmina Burana”.  You’ve heard one movement of it, some of you wouldn’t know it though.  Think of it in a trailer for a HUGE action movie in the past…..

 

Quiet weekend here as usual.  Friday was very tame.  Cleaned off the DVR, still had some of this week’s “Ellen’s Game of Games” left to watch.  They used Ellen’s face to censor a butt crack?  That was funny & odd at the same time.

Sleep over with our 4 year old “niece” Saturday night.  Pink slime, colouring, & supper.  Noodles, cheese sauce, steamed cauliflower, & chicken nuggets!  Mmmmm!  Kim made supper, I handled the dishes (TONS of dishes).  I think we should have Hannah here more often if that’s what Kim will make for supper!  As usual I got the couch while Kim & Hannah got the bed.  Of course I took my iPod to the couch!

I stayed up for a bit after they went to bed.  I watched a documentary on Netflix called “The Boy Who Tried to Kill Donald Trump”.  He’s teenager with Asperger’s from England.  He ran away from his parents on a trip to the USA, tried to buy a gun, was denied obviously for his age & he‘s an illegal immigrant.  He went to a Trump rally during the campaign.  Tried to steal a police officer’s gun & was immediately tackled by police.  I think he’s been released from prison after 4 months for good behavior.  He attempted suicide before at home & was on suicide watch in prison.

I don’t like Trump either, but nobody should be killed.  I like Wanda Sykes take on Trump.  Skip to 3 minutes to see her idea for the White House.

This morning was pancakes with sprinkles in them, topped with whip cream & assorted berries.  Mmmmm!

 

 

All of those movies I talked about on Wednesday are the big blockbuster movies.  When it’s a HUGE movie like those are, I wait at least a week to see them.  Sorry no new albums to review.  I might do some of my “classic” albums next week?

I’ll admit that I’m looking forward to seeing Kelly Clarkson on “The Voice”!  She’s funny & has a VERY good voice.  I typically don’t like these “talent contest” shows & I try to avoid most of them.  I listened to the recent release from Demi Lovato.  She also has a great voice, but the song writing wasn’t quite there.  For me it’s now “Pink”, “Kelly Clarkson”, “Metal”, & “Rock”, with some acoustic stuff in the mix.

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

Did they really just compare “The Beatles” to “The Offspring?”  & “The Clash” to “One Direction?”

 

I knew about 2/3 of these!

Let’s add this to the list.

 

I’ve seen Ozzy, time to retire, he deserves it!

 

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WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL

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I DID NOT REALIZE KIM HAD TODAY OFF WORK.  I’VE ADJUST THE NUMBERS FOR A 4 DAY WEEK

 

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I fell asleep to “Trivium” the album “Silence in the Snow” followed by “Muse” the album “Black Holes & Revelations”

I exercised to “Econoline Crush” 3 albums on shuffle.

400 crunches, 400 leg lifts, 390 pushups, 160 back flexes, & 20 minutes of planking.

That’s 100 crunches, 100 leg lifts, now 100 pushups, 40 back flexes, & 5 minutes of planking each working day.

I did 90 pushups on Monday, then figured I could suffer through 10 more the rest of the week.  I’d increase my crunches to 700-1000 but not until I’ve had back surgery.  At that point I’d throw my squats back into the routine as well.

My back is fine at the moment, it does flare up once in a while though.  I’ve had this issue since ’96 or ’97 in high school!

I can’t even imagine how people in my life felt when they heard the news that I had been diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer.

Even now people ask if they can help me with something.  I get that, a guy who is physically disabled will say “Yes please” on most occasions.  I on the other hand try to figure out how to do things on my own.  It may take me longer or after a few tries & if I can’t figure it out, I’ll accept any help.

I know at times I can be stubborn about asking for help, that’s my pride taking over.  I like the challenge of trying to be more independent.  When I figure something out, that’s one less thing people don’t have to worry about me doing on my own.

I really don’t want others to worry about me.  If I need help with something I will ask.  Please don’t worry about me?  Hold my beer & watch this!

We have this upcoming week off.  Tuesday evening I made a list of our commitments for the week here.  Our week off became very busy, in a good way though.  Lots of people (7?) from out of town will be here to see us & partake in other festivities!

I’ll be checking Facebook & email, just no blog posts until Monday, September 4th.

 

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

 

Muse shared it.  New album sometime next year.

 

Top 40 Sci-Fi movies of the 21st Century so far.

http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/lists/the-top-sci-fi-films-of-the-21st-century-20140515

 

Gene Simmons will be royally ticked off!

 

Audio interview with Randy Blythe (Lamb of God) & Corey Taylor (Stone Sour & Slipknot).  LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

SWEET!  New Trivium on October 20th!  I know what Kim’s getting me for her birthday!  Hahahahahaha!

 

Baseball players can be very controversial.  They get millions of dollars to play a GAME.  Get over it, REALLY!

 

Don’t forget, the album “Villains” by Queens of the Stone Age is available today!!!  Of course I got it last night @ 10:00 pm Saskatchewan time.  I went to bed & listened to it.   I wasn’t if I should get up to rock out & dance or just lay there & listen to it 4 times?  I went with option number 2.

 

Neil Peart, Rush drummer, does not want to tour anymore.  Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson feel differently & are starting another project.

https://consequenceofsound.net/2017/08/rushs-geddy-lee-and-alex-lifeson-forming-new-project-as-leelifeson-report/?wasp=facebook-ads

 

I liked the last Taylor Swift album.  It was all pop music, no country music in sight.  I think she’s at that point where she can make whatever type of album she wants.  Full Disclaimer, I never thought I’d say ‘I liked a Taylor Swift album’

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/taylor-swifts-look-what-you-made-me-do-her-new-dark-side-w499473

 

My staycation started Thursday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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BLUNT!

I fell asleep to “Slayer” the album “God Hates Us All” LANGUAGE!!!

 

I exercised to “Foo Fighters” the album “The Colour & The Shape”

 

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People don’t like to hear anything blunt.  So what do I do?  Sugar coat everything in rainbows, sunshine, & flowers, or get right to the root of the issue at hand & not waste anyone’s time?

At some point someone has to address the Elephant in the room & it’s usually me.  If that makes people feel uncomfortable, great!  It also starts a conversation!

“I will be Albatross for…” as long as needed.  I’m not an idiot, nobody has called me that other than me.  If you want anyone to take the roll of an idiot, give it to me or better yet I’ll just take it.

“Call It What It Is” – Ben Harper

“Albatross” – Big Wreck

How was my weekend?  Forgettable!  I did however get to spend time with Kim, go to a football game with my father have supper with Kim & my parents!  That was the positive part of the weekend.  The rest of it we can forget.  I guess I crossed that fine line of being blunt or rude?

I took all of my anger & frustration out in my exercise.  It’s Monday, a new day!  Time to wipe the slate clean & carry on.

 

The Agonist share it again…

 

Good grief!  Now it’s guns & machetes

http://globalnews.ca/news/2947650/calgary-police-officer-remains-in-hospital-after-machete-attack-at-marlborough-mall/

 

OK, I want to see “In Flames” & I can sit through “HELLYEAH” if needed.

http://loudwire.com/in-flames-hellyeah-co-headline-forged-in-fire-fall-2016-north-american-tour/

Not very close to Saskatchewan, I’m out!

 

I thought there would be an album announcement from “In Flames” today.  Nope just the video above.  My bad?

 

I’ve got it on preorder!

 

Look at what Todd lil’ Deuce did!

 

Can’t decide, won’t decide!  When did any type of art become a competition?

http://loudwire.com/battle-royale-sum-41-make-run-alter-bridge-top-video-countdown/

Both are totally different to me……………….yes, I have both albums on preorder!

 

I didn’t even know there was a new “Jimmy Eat World” album coming out October 21st?  I like “Jimmy Eat World”

 

New rock band here’s the 5 song EP I just bought on iTunes!

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/seven-days-on-a-train-ep/id1110404272

 

20 years ago today “Pearl Jam” released the album “No Code”

 

Yes, I got a good dose of “Foo Fighters” & “Queens of the Stone Age” this weekend!

I threw in “Queens of the Stone Age” the DVD of their live performances of Greatest Hits from different venues that came with a purchase of the CD!

 

Article/interview with singer of “The Agonist”

http://www.metal-discovery.com/Interviews/theagonist_interview_2016_pt1.htm

I’m looking forward to this release!!!!

 

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Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

A NETFLIX DOCUMRNTARY GOT ME AGAIN

I fell asleep to ½ of each “Better than Ezra” albums “Deluxe” and “Friction Baby” then I switched to “Barstool Prophets” the album “Crank” & fell asleep finally.

I exercised to “Chevelle” 8 albums on shuffle.

I was very tired today. I got through my exercises, got to the start of my push ups & just didn’t have any gas left in the tank. Somewhat disappointing.

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Sunday night we watched a documentary. A trial of a 47 year old white male who shot at a vehicle, parked at a gas station, deep in the suburbs, with four, unarmed, 17 year olds because he didn’t like their loud rap music. How ridiculous is that? As we were watching the show, I had a thought.

Forget the entire race issue, it was never spoken about during the trial, but it was the elephant in the room. Why does anyone need a gun with them 24/7? Because they’re either a bully or a coward, that’s all. Sure you can argue that it’s a right for American citizens. They already have a lightweight gun control law. It’s not working! We all want to just tighten up the law, not take the guns away. If you’re American & your neighbour doesn’t own a gun, why do you?………..right, because you’re living in fear! Great way to go about your life, constantly looking over shoulder? Is that what American freedom is? If so, that’s pretty sad.

Canada isn’t perfect, but I don’t own a gun & I never have. I know of other people who own guns…………for hunting. Am I afraid of them? NO!

Unless you’re in law enforcement or any branch of the military, why do you need a gun? If you use it for hunting only, that’s fine with me, I eat meat, I prefer to buy it from a grocery store or butcher! If you choose to hunt or fish for your meal, that’s fine by me. My dad went out hunting when I was younger. My grandfather did as well & had a gun rack in the basement I believe. I’ve fired a gun at summer camp, guess what? Nobody died or was shot while I was there.

What’s this God given right about carrying a loaded weapon with you 24/7? Here’s the hint America, yes, it’s a right, but it’s not needed! It’s all about responsibility. If I go into a public venue & see a civilian with a firearm. I’m leaving, it’s not needed in any way, shape, or form.

I’m sure some American gun owners would say ‘Well the kids at Sandy Hook Elementary would have been fine if they each had a gun’. NO NRA, NO!

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Big Wreck shared it…..

REALLY CHECK IT OUT!!!!!!! THESE KIDS ARE INCREDIBLE!!!

I adore the first 3 Radiohead albums! This is from the first album & this guy nails it.

That’s flat out discrimination against LGBT! Even the fact that people, REAL PEOPLE must have this label attached to them isn’t right. You don’t have to be a member to support the LGBT community!

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/08/why-the-courts-cant-save-trans-kids/494687/?utm_source=rsfb

Article with Paul McCartney

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/paul-mccartney-talks-vip-soundcheck-shows-its-a-tribal-ritual-w433307

Alter Bridge shared it. It’s a description of how the song came together.

Opeth studio update no. 4 Bass recordings

I like “Home Free” but I don’t really care for country music, some of it’s OK to me though!

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Chris “Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

HOW DO I MOURN……………….WITH MUSIC.

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Nothing will instantly fix anything, my aunt wont come back as much as everyone would like her to. Everyone mourns differently. I shut off the outside world, put on headphones, cry my eyes out, & listen to music. Why? Because those stupid bands, artists, albums are always there for me, & that’s how I mourn. It’s Wednesday at the moment. I still can’t type this without sobbing. I’m sure my uncle & cousins are having a much tougher time than I am.

I can’t stay in this rut having a pity party. I will never forget my aunt. She was hilarious & always quick with a joke. She laughed & didn’t care who heard her! Many good memories of her. I’ll never forget the weekend the Gagnon family came to my parents house, one of many times, & I was living at my parents, maybe even still in high school? My parents had bought some type of raspberry cream liquor in a smallish 20 oz. bottle. It wasn’t cheap, but after 3 or 4 evenings my aunt polished it off. After the Gagnons left to go home my mother said “I can’t believe it! She finished it! Nobody else even tried it?!”, I replied “Sure, but it was a hilarious weekend!”

When I was released from my cancer rehabilitation program, my aunt was in town of course. Anybody needs anything, she’s there ASAP. I was released Thursday, July 26th 2012. Fridays at Boston Pizza are fish bowl Fridays, 3 shots of alcohol in whatever kind of beverage you like. We went to Boston Pizza that evening to celebrate. Fun times! I started shouting that my aunt was so dark from tanning she looked like an Indian. Everyone thought I was being racist about the aboriginal community, I wasn’t. What do you call a person from India? Indian! She would tan so much in the summer it was almost like she oiled up & basted herself like a turkey for Thanksgiving! A very dark roasted turkey! So yes I do have a lot of good memories of her.

How did she die? Very much loved.

She beat stage 2 breast cancer. It came back & went wherever it could, she was down to ½ of a lung & couldn’t breathe. The last time I saw her was in April for her birthday. She was hilarious! We were playing a game of dice, & she was joking about her cancer. “Hey his/her aunt/mother/sister has cancer, let them roll again”. We all knew she was scared, but of course she could joke about it!

My aunt was the 2nd child of 4. Her big brother Rick, her, my mother, & the youngest. Ken. My aunt was 59 in April, my mother will be 57 in August.

It’s been an emotional roller coaster of a week. Next week I’ll fire up my exercise routine & try to only focus on the good memories I have of my aunt! There’s quite a few of them. Thanks for keeping my family & I in your thoughts!

Yes, when I’m going through a tough time I fill my emotional hole with music. Not necessarily the music that reminds me of that individual, but stuff I like. So, here’s what I’ve been listening to this week…..

Alter Bridge shared it……

24 years ago on July 14th Megadeth released the album “Countdown to Extinction”

Article/review of Third Ion’s new album “Biolith”

http://newnoisemagazine.com/album-review-third-ion-biolith/

Teaser from Opeth on the next album “Sorceress”

No release date for Opeth, The Agonist or Alter Bridge. Opeth & The Agonist both have teasers on their facebook page & Alter Bridge are hoping for a September release.

Ariana Grande’s snap chat video with Jimmy Fallon

Big Wreck shared this blast from the past….

Consequence of Sound’s review of the new “Ghostbusters”

New full time drummer for “Megadeth”

http://www.megadeth.com/news/welcome-dirk-verbeuren-megadeths-new-drummer

Thursday evening we went to my favourite pub for supper & hear not 1 but 2 Foo Fighters songs with a pop/country tune sandwiched between them. Weird music channel?

We’ll just let the human race die out or become an endangered species at this point? That sure seems where we are headed.

https://brandiweston.wordpress.com/2016/07/15/dear-humanity-lets-try-to-suck-less/

No matter how old you are, it’s WAY BEYOND time that we should all shut up & listen to each other instead of shooting someone for being different!

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Bye,

Chris “Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres