WEEKEND UPDATE/ LINKIN PARK

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Music throughout the weekend.  “U2”, “Pretty Vicious”, “Finger Eleven”, & “Dead Sara”

 

Not much happening here Friday evening, just a TON of recorded TV shows, with a small dash of rum.

Saturday started out weird.  In the past week I’ve been waking up around 5:00 am.  I don’t go to school, have a job, or a child but I wake up as if I do?  I did it again Saturday morning.  If I forget to take my bedtime pills I wake up early which I did once in Calgary last year when I saw “Queens of the Stone Age”.  That one I understand, the recent ones, I have no idea why?

Saturday ended with Kim taking me to the new liquor store which is very impressive, especially if you like wine of ANY kind.  We went to Corey & Jolene’s place for supper & early enough to hang out with the kids before supper.  This was my birthday with them.  Hannah’s had 2 piano lessons, she’s doing really well but she’s no “Elton John”…………………..yet.  Little Bennett sat beside me at supper in his highchair & was very intrigued with me the entire time.  They’re both cute kids.  Hannah’s a FANTASTIC big sister!

We had roast beef, corn & peas, along with cheesy noodles.  Cupcakes for dessert.  Fun hanging out with them.  Always a great time!

 

Well, the fun’s over for this weekend.  We’ll be doing the usual, getting ready for the upcoming week.  I will also be avoiding the most overhyped football game of the year.  I just can’t sit through 4 hours of football.  The CFL is 3 hours & if it goes into overtime, I hope that somebody wins in the first mini game.  NFL is always scheduled for 4 hours without overtime, I never watch it.  I’ve tried, but can’t do it.

Will they ever make the week & weekend into a 3 day weekend & a 4 day week?

 

 

What’s going on with the DC comic movies?  I also have an idea as to why the Marvel movies are beating the crap out of them at the box office.  OK, Batman vs. Superman was somewhat boring to a lot of people.  The rest of them are darker & they’re looking for an “R” rating for the movie after “Aquaman”.  Parents can & do take their kids to Marvel movies.  I don’t have a child & I wouldn’t even consider taking ANY child to a DC comic movie.  So DC started with a questionable movie, & continues to make darker movies not aimed at kids.  No kids at DC comic movies=smaller box office profits.

 

Look at the many reasons the new Tool album took 13 years to make.

http://loudwire.com/why-tool-new-album-taken-13-years/?fbclid=IwAR3QiEEh9_Tj6WoCawq2Ro-45ilChXl8iZVS_wXkdJOeJfnR0sbKAdjZRII

 

Green Day’s album “Dookie” was released 25 years ago this February 1st

http://loudwire.com/green-day-dookie-album-anniversary/?fbclid=IwAR3Gm9p5aYDb5y7YOb3n2vvBb6f2b6bvRL9xnxy33MSuiukDnaUDnIv-ZSg

Now I feel REALLY old!

 

 

LINKIN PARK

The rock/rap group that managed to stick around & be successful until the unfortunate death/suicide of singer Chester Bennington.  A 6 member group.  2 guitars, 1 bassist, 1 drummer, 1 DJ, singer Chester Bennington & rapper Mike Shinoda who’s one of the guitarists.  Based somewhere in California.  They have released a TON of albums including, mashup albums with Jay-Z, live albums, & many of their own studio albums.  Not one of those bands I would get highly excited for a new release, but I do have 9 of their albums including 2 live albums.  They got together in 1996 under a different name & released their first successful album in 2000 under the name Linkin Park.  I’ll focus on 3 of their studio albums I quite enjoy….

 

2000   HYBRID THEORY

 

2003   METEORA

 

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WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/NORAH JONES

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4 days of exercise total; 200 pushups, 600 leg lifts, 300 crunches, 150 tricep lifts, 450 squats, 300 back flexes.

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

I exercised to “Dead Sara” 2 EPs & 2 albums on shuffle.

 

I did my exercises on Wednesday but took Thursday off from them as a birthday gift to myself.  I figured my core & leg exercises are more important if the goal is to walk.  We went to my parents’ place for a birthday supper Wednesday night.  Pizza & cheese cake!

Brewster’s birthday was yesterday, he slept (as usual), I watched recorded TV from Wednesday evening.  Brewster is now 13 as of January 31st.  He’s a little slower & sleeps a TON.  Kim is still his favourite human though, that has never changed!

I can tell I’m getting a bit older as well, because of my exercising.  My muscles tend to ache a bit more, it takes me a little longer to do my exercises, the couch looks more comfortable lately, I enjoy sleeping in longer, etc.  I guess I am staring right into the eyes of 40 now.  My mind says I’m 20, my body strongly disagrees.  Ah well, I’m not a senior citizen yet!

I’m far from done with my exercising.  At times I wonder when I will see a marked improvement in my walking.  Right out of the WRC we were going to the Field House.  200 meter track.  We’d do one lap, then I’d sit to rest the 2 more laps, rest.  One more lap, then a recumbent stepper or exercise bike.  I think we’ll do that in the spring, see if we can get a 6 month pass possibly.  Long sidewalk at the back where we park.  In the winter it is quite icy aka I’m not a fan of walking on ice.

 

Is the future of rock music female?  I listen to more female fronted groups now more than I ever have, refreshing if you ask me!

 

Among the top 10 underrated ROCK or metal bands of 2018 by www.loudwire.com

 

There’s good music out there, of many genres.  You just have to dig a little deeper for it.

http://loudwire.com/pretty-vicious-these-four-walls-music-video/?fbclid=IwAR208leGpkU14di78qhx9qtiReS5SkseoJbdiinwnpl0t9k4ysJc0jAd6kg

 

NORAH JONES

She was born in New York in 1979.  Her father is Ravi Shankar, East Indian & a renowned sitar player, I think?  Her music is not the norm for me, but it’s nice to relax to.  I only have her first 2 albums & the acoustic song she did with Foo Fighters.

 

2002   COME AWAY WITH ME

 

2004   FEELS LIKE HOME

 

FOO FIGHTERS 2005

 

I guess she covered “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden too!

 

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EXACT DATE, & DAY/AUDIOSLAVE

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I fell asleep to “Tool” the album “Lateralus”

I exercised to “Chromeo” two albums on shuffle.

 

Well I’m still around & this year is exactly the same date & day I was diagnosed with brain cancer 11 years ago.  Tuesday, February 5th 2019 marks 11 years since I was diagnosed, unconscious & full of whatever could help me survive.  I don’t remember anything after Kim came in the back of the ambulance & I said “Everything will be OK sweetie”.  That was a bold prediction on my part!  What did Kim tell my parents?  “He’s not going to die.”

“So far, so good” no flu the week before, no debilitating headache in the back/base of my skull either (knock on wood).  I’m here & I’m not done yet!

 

As the comments on the www.loudwire.com Facebook page said.  “3 months = 4 years” & “Get your CD players ready”.  Hahahahaha, it’s funny because it’s true!

http://loudwire.com/tool-new-album-april-2019-release/?fbclid=IwAR2mf4ehNaJ1p0dgSZ-n-CVMcnO-QqTXl_kRiFZTnIf8_5AFkGDu3nYPc24

So, “Tool” is sick of their fans feeling entitled to a new album after the most recent release in 2006.  As a fan & I’m speaking for most of us, we can stop that, when you stop feeding fans false information regarding a release date.

They like to keep it really at shows by not doing an encore, I like that.  If they like to keep it real at live shows, how about keeping it real when it comes to a release date?  I urge “Tool” fans to take this April release date with a grain of salt!  I’ll beLIEve it when it happens!  We were told this album would be released in 2016, 2017, 2018, & now 2019.  With that track record, I don’t trust ANY release date they give.  This is also the last album required on their contract I believe.  I’m confident that this will be their final release, if I’m right.

This album could be anywhere on a scale of 1 – 10.  It’s been hyped up by so many fans waiting for it.  Don’t be alarmed if it doesn’t live up to your standards!

http://loudwire.com/tools-website-updated-2019/?fbclid=IwAR20YKPhRe-qTvAur_ImzKfn5sLJUokkzZSG747nHKOu24bOY0ORmCVctfI

 

New “Greta Van Fleet” this year!  “Tool” takes 13 years, “Greta Van Fleet” a year later.

http://loudwire.com/greta-van-fleet-new-album-2019/?fbclid=IwAR2yLVkd2gcnAHUh-Ayj-VeFhzheuZw2xYHUYTGGi6eF98hKP12aKcYOUtI

 

 

AUDIOSLAVE

“Rage Against the Machine” had disbanded, unfortunately.  They were the only rap/rock group I really liked & still miss.  “Soundgarden” had broken up in 1997.  “Audioslave” was Chris Cornell from “Soundgarden” on vocals with the bass player, drummer, & guitarist from “Rage Against the Machine”.  I was in SIAST when I heard their first single on the radio at school.  3 guys in our SIAST class at the time.  I heard it & got the other 2 to come hear it.  I’m pretty sure all 3 of us were eager to hear it.  “Audioslave” recorded 3 albums, which I thought were really good at the time.  They still are but that was well over 15 years ago.  I still like them, there’s just not much excitement now when I listen to them.  I think I heard they had some stuff recorded with the late Chris Cornell that wasn’t released?

“Soundgarden” from the ‘90s grunge scene in Seattle.  They actually started in 1998.  This is from their 4th of 6 studio albums.  This song was on the album that everyone raves about.

 

“Rage Against the Machine” who came along in ‘92.

 

So what does “Audioslave” sound like?  Something completely different.

2002   “Audioslave”

 

2005   “OUT OF EXILE”

 

iTunes doesn’t have the next album, I think this is the 7th album that I bought on CD, yet nowhere to be found in the iTunes store?

2006   “REVELATIONS”

 

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WEEKEND UPDATE/THE REFRESHMENTS

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Music throughout the weekend.  “Pretty Vicious”, “System of a Down”, “Foo Fighters”, & “Big Wreck

 

Friday ended with us going to bed at 9:30 pm.  I was tired & Kim was too.  I watched whatever was left on the PVR.  We had supper watched, “The Ellen Degeneres Show”, & called it a night.

Saturday I slept in.  Kim was up & cleaning the place.  I showered, got dressed, & got my butt in gear to help with the cleaning.  We had some company that evening for a small get together, we’re all old so 10:30 pm or so we called it a night!

Today will just be us getting ready for the week ahead.  Hard boil eggs, make a veggie juice, Kim has already done the grocery shopping.

 

Look at that!  The USA’s government is open (temporarily) without funding for the wall.  I think he should pay government employees out of his own pocket for all of the shutdown, remember he’s “really rich

 

Trailer & article for the “Ted Bundy” biopic!

https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/movie-news/zac-efron-ted-bundy-serial-killer-trailer-784753/?fbclid=IwAR0DpO-Pr53pB5Tsfvb3tlCZI8CSnktmxQQwew_Thj_CtiVRF9EUvbxJJpU

 

THE REFRESHMENTS

I think I might be one of a handful of people that bought this album?  There are others, but I bought this on CD in the shortly after I saw a video on Much Music.  They’re probably best known for doing the theme song for the cartoon “King of the Hill”.  I have the album “Fizzy, Fuzzy, Big, & Buzzy” & I only saw this video 4 times I’m guessing?

 

1996   FIZZY FUZZY BIG & BUZZY

 

KING OF THE HILL THEME SONG

 

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WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/FINE YOUNG CANNIBALS

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

I fell asleep to “Third Ion” the album “Biolith”

I exercised to “Big Wreck” the album “Albatross”

 

All of this exercise is great n’ all, I do feel better exercising & with the change in my eating habits.  I think both of us need a break though.  Neither of us have really stopped for more than 2 weeks or so, once.

We don’t even have passports at the moment.  We could get them, but the question is, where would we go?  We can’t afford to go anywhere right now other than our neighboring provinces of Alberta or Manitoba.  I’m feeling less energetic & Kim is likely getting tired also.

We’re thinking of getting our passports for a trip in 2020 which will be our 15th wedding anniversary.  Not sure where we’ll go but it has to be wheelchair accessible.

This is a BIG part of what makes me feel like a “burden”.  Nobody has ever mentioned that I’m a burden.  On the flip side, everything must be as close to perfect for me in order to take a break & relax.  We’ll have to start saving our pennies now for a trip next year.

I know this entire cancer thing is not what anybody close to me signed up for, but it happened.  Cancer may have won the battle, but I won the war.  “…For a wounded man shall say to his assailant.  If I live I will kill you.  If I die you are forgiven.  Such is the rule of honour” – Lamb of God.  Likely, that statement won’t hold up in court though.

 

FINE YOUNG CANNIBALS – THE RAW & THE COOKED

My dad bought this album on CD the year it was released or shortly after 1988.  I saw this album at Vintage Vinyl in Regina’s downtown before I was diagnosed with cancer.  I had a terrible record player & didn’t buy it for $9.99.  Bad move on my part!  I called myself an idiot for not buying it, as did my younger loving brother who was with me at the time.

As with the majority of my albums, I can listen to this album in it’s entirety without skipping past a single song…

 

HILARIOUS impression, & what looks like a great movie!

 

There are 3 stupid things the Toronto Blue Jays organization could do this year.  Trade pitcher Marcus Stroman, trade pitcher Aaron Sanchez, & bring 1B Rowdy Tellez to the major league from the minors.  Stroman & Sanchez are both under contract control until the end of 2021.  Rowdy Tellez is a great infielder & hits right handed pitching like he knows the pitch he’s getting & where it will be.  Unfortunately he’s terrible against left handed pitchers, that’s his kryptonite.  He’s more than welcome to prove me wrong in spring training though!

 

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Stay safe out there,

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“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres         

OUT OF TOUCH?/MICHAEL JACKSON

 

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I fell asleep to “The Sword” the album “Ages of Winter”

I exercised to “Black Sabbath” the album “Heaven & Hell” Ronnie James Dio sang on this album, not Ozzy.

 

New Year’s resolution going well so far.  Walking with my walker & Kim’s assistance already more than last year!!!!  YAY walking practice…..BOOOO!

In Canada we have free health care for the most part.  Of course not everything is free when it comes to health care, which I understand & pretty much agree with.  There is one thing I don’t understand & wouldn’t even think of unless I was in this position.

Under the federal health care plan, I’m given $1000 once in a lifetime for a wheelchair.  I don’t think I’ve seen a wheelchair under that amount?  The wheelchair I left the WRC with was free from Sask Abilities, as long as it’s returned when you’re done with it.  Right now it’s here as a backup in case something should happen to my new chair.

What will a $1000 cover on my chair?  The inflatable cushion, which I had from my previous chair.  I think my new chair cost $6500-$7000.  Again I’m not complaining, I don’t think any federal politician would realize what the cost of a wheelchair is aka I think they’re a bit out of “touch” with a physically disabled lifestyle?  In that respect, I don’t think any of them would know that?

Not every other person is in a wheelchair, so it’s not a widely known fact that they are a hefty expense.  $1000 in this case helps, a bit, but really not much.

Dave Grohl scored the movie.  This is one of the 2 songs that have vocals.  The female voice is Louise Post of “Veruca Salt” a ‘90s band.  She & Grohl were dating at the time.  I had to get HMV, at the time, to order this CD as it was only released in the USA.

 

MICHAEL JACKSON

Everybody knows who Michael Jackson is I assume.  I saw a video on www.youtube.com calling him a metal fan’s guilty pleasure.  I don’t believe in guilty pleasures.  Just because a person tends to enjoy a certain genres of music, doesn’t mean they can’t appreciate a different genres.

 

I wish I had a gang that could also dance really well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

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WEEKEND UPDATE/HARRY CONNICK JR.

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Music throughout the weekend.

Metallica, Foo Fighters, Big Wreck, & Alter Bridge.

 

Friday, Kim picked up my prescription sun glasses on her way home!  No squinting for the first half of a Rider game or any road trips!

My toe feels much better as of Saturday afternoon, at the moment I don’t see a problem doing my exercises this week, unless I do something stupid to it this weekend (which is always a possibility!)

Saturday I slept in like I was on a mission.  I had breakfast for lunch, & made my veggie juice for the week.  Saturday night Kim had to do some work from home & told me I could watch a movie she’s not interested in seeing.  Hello “Venom”!

What a FANTASTIC movie.  He’s a Marvel Comics villain but is not included in the current Marvel Comic Universe aka he has nothing to do with any of the Avengers or character movies.

Quiet Sunday here.  Kim’s doing work from home stuff for about an hour & a half more, then pick up a few groceries.  She helped me hard boil the eggs for the week in our instant cooker.  I usually use a pot of water on the stove top, this was my 2nd time with the instant/pressure cooker.  I think she’s done the laundry, just her stuff to put away, I put my stuff away last night.  We’re almost ready for the week.

My toe might only factor in with the constant pressure while doing pushups?  I guess I’ll find out on Tuesday.

New Harley Quinn movie in production?  They just introduced her character in the TV series “Gotham” I think?  Her name wasn’t mentioned but the character looked a lot like Harley Quinn from the comic books.

 

HARRY CONNICK JR.

A jazz musician out of New Orleans.  Plays piano & sings, I’m guessing he can play multiple instruments?  He was born in 1967.  He’s won 3 Grammy awards & 2 Emmy awards for his role on ‘Will & Grace’, the original series, not the reboot.  He has also appeared in a handful of movies over the years.  He also has or had a daytime talk show.  I watched a few episodes, it was decent & a little different, I don’t watch it now & I’m not sure if it’s still on the air?

 

1990   WE ARE IN LOVE

 

1994   SHE

 

1999   COME BY ME

 

2009   YOUR SONGS (COVER SONGS)

I have these albums & his 3 Christmas/Holiday albums.  One which has my favourite original Christmas song on it.

 

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Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres