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I fell asleep to “Alice Cooper” the album “Paranormal”, “Diemonds” the album “Never Wanna Die”, & finally “INXS” their “Greatest Hits”

Yeah, bonus live tracks at the end of this album.

 

I exercised to “Royal Blood” the album “How did we get so dark?”

 

Exercise total this week; 500 crunches, 500 leg lifts, 300 pushups, 200 back flexes, & 25 minutes of planking!  Every day starts with me exercising, no shower, dressed in workout attire, & no breakfast.  Once I finish my exercises, then I allow myself to have breakfast, shower, put on clean clothes, & usually in this room to work on the next blog.  Yep, I hit my goal every day this week.

I do get quiet exhausted after my 60 pushups.  I leave them for the end since I’m useless after them.  I roll on to my side or back since it’s easier to breathe!  I start my exercises on my back, crunches & leg lifts, once I roll on to my stomach & do ½ of my back flexes, I’m breathing pretty heavy already!  I end up doing some of my planking for a bit.  Once the back flexes & planking is done, then I’ll do a set of 20-30 pushups, then fish with 2 sets of 20 or a set of 30.

After I shower, I check to see if my balance has improved with my hands hovering by my transfer pole.  Some days are really good, & most days are bad.  When it’s a bad day I’ll try a few more times.  That’s the reason for the wheelchair & exercising!  I need to start walking with my walker at least once a week, if not 3 times a week.  When I do, I can tell that my exercising makes a HUGE improvement each time!  That being said, I’ve still have a long road ahead of me.

 

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Chris Martin of “Coldplay” covers “Linkin Park” in tribute to Chester Bennington

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/watch-coldplays-chris-martin-cover-linkin-parks-crawling-w495462

 

I’m just easing my way into the world of “Slipknot”.  So far I have no complaints!

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

 

The Agonist shared it……………..

 

Article with “Live” front man Ed Kowalczyk

https://www.alternativenation.net/ed-kowalczyk-live-road-to-mental-jewelry-25-years-later/

 

Paul McCartney played drums on the Foo Fighters’ album!!!

https://consequenceofsound.net/2017/08/paul-mccartney-plays-drums-on-foo-fighters-new-album/

 

Most anticipated hard rock albums for 2017

http://loudwire.com/paul-mccartney-guests-foo-fighters-concrete-and-gold-pop-star-cameo-still-mystery/#photogallery-1=1

 

Odd, Gene Simmons is white & complains as much, if not more, than most people I know?

 

Alice Cooper I missed in July is downloading at the moment “Paranormal”

 

Looooong article of 10 things we didn’t know about “Def Leppard’s” album ‘Hysteria’!  The 10 things are highlighted followed by long descriptions, that’s all you really need to see, unless you’d like to read more.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/def-leppards-hysteria-10-things-you-didnt-know-w495277

 

Tentative album release date in the fall for “Trivium”

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/trivium-and-arch-enemy-to-join-forces-for-north-american-tour-blabbermouth-net-presale-available/

 

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

 

I looked at my iPod today.  The “Paramore” album “After Laughter” & the “Alter Bridge” album “The Last Hero” are burning it up at over 90+ plays each!  “Big Wreck’s” album “Grace Street” is a close 2nd at 70+.

 

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WEEKEND UPDATE

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Thursday evening was quite tame, 3 pints of Rebellion’s Flanders Red beer, TV shows & then to bed.  Friday was an extremely lazy day.  Laundry, I got supper & a blizzard at Dairy Queen.  Kim took me because I whined & begged.  We rented “Central Intelligence” good for a chuckle.

Saturday, Kim went grocery shopping & to the art show in the morning.  We went to my parents in the afternoon for supper later on.  My parent’s puppy, Goose, is currently 20-24oz.  A really fat hamster.  We came home just before 9:00 pm & the elevator wasn’t working.  Kim knocked on someone’s door.  He already knew & had called for the repair.  By 9:30 pm all was well & we were home.  Kim had a better idea than I did.  I figured I could do that many stairs, but we had Brewster with us which would make it tricky, Kim knocked on the door of one of the condo board members.

My mother & my cousin were hear for coffee earlier.  My cousin should be boarding her plane to go home shortly.  Iran the dishwasher, emptied it, made a juice for the week, & had a bite of canned peaches for lunch.  The rest of the day looks like I’ll be on the couch.

 

Chevelle shared it…..

 

10 actual bands, no lie!  Why?

http://loudwire.com/10-bands-you-wont-believe-actually-exist/

 

I like the first 2 “Coldplay” albums & the most recent release, “A Head Full of Dreams” ‘Everglow’ inside the link!

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/hear-coldplays-tender-stripped-back-version-of-everglow-w449882

 

Nobody’s going to like everything.  Believe it or not some people don’t like Foo Fighters, Big Wreck, Tool, Alter Bridge, Muse, Radiohead, Beyoncé, Rhianna, etc.  Get over it & move on.

http://loudwire.com/avenged-sevenfold-m-shadows-we-have-mixed-feelings-first-week-sales-the-stage/

 

“Highly Suspect” Facebook status

“THE BOY WHO DIED WOLF out November 18th.”  Yes, this is the last of my 2 preorders/purchases this year.  The other one is an EP from Lamb of God on the same day.

Taylor Hawkins, Foo Fighters’ drummer, released an EP on November 11th.  I didn’t purchase it yet, just listening to it on Apple Music for the time being.

 

I did have the “In Flames” album “Battles” on preorder.  I got it Thursday night.

 

Marijuana users, here’s a new champion for you.

http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/features/meet-the-mogul-bringing-great-weed-back-to-jamaica-w449838

 

Article/review of “The Pretty Reckless” live

http://www.theoaklandpress.com/arts-and-entertainment/20161111/review-the-pretty-reckless-rocks-at-saint-andrews

 

The link says it all.  LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://loudwire.com/10-greatest-collaborations-in-hard-rock-metal/

 

“The Pretty Reckless” cover “Oasis”

 

Halestorm shared it…

 

I’ve heard of most of them & I listen to 3 of them.

http://loudwire.com/top-metal-bands-first-album-21st-century/#photogallery-1=1

 

Article with guitarist/singer Mark Tremonti

http://musicexistence.com/blog/2016/11/10/interview-with-mark-tremonti/

 

Singer, Jesse Hughes of “Eagles of Death Metal”, wasn’t allowed in the reopening of the Bataclan in Paris?  Nah, he was allowed in.  Interesting article.  Still 6 security guards call in sick on the day of the shooting seems to be an odd coincidence, unless the venue employs 500 people.

http://loudwire.com/report-eagles-of-death-metal-management-denies-jesse-hughes-turned-away-le-bataclan-reopening/

 

3 foods to avoid.

http://nucific.com/3harmfulfoods/vid2_161110A.php

Video inside the link!

 

Soundgarden released “King Animal” 4 years ago.

 

Def Leppard to release live album & concert DVD

http://loudwire.com/def-leppard-and-there-will-be-a-next-time-concert-cd-dvd/

 

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

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Chris    “Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

MR. 99, MR. GRETZKY, WAYNE GRETZKY, CARE BEARS?

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I fell asleep to “KONGOS” the album “Egomaniac”

I exercised to “Coldplay” the album “A Head Full of Dreams”

 

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This is mostly hearsay & vague memories.  I think I was 3 or 4 years old.  I had a Care bear, the yellow one with a sun on it’s stomach “Sunshine Bear” or “Funshine Bear” whatever it was called, that thing came with me everywhere!  I had just shown interest in watching hockey.  The Edmonton Oilers were the team to watch.  My parents took me to Edmonton, the bear came along too.  We went to see the Edmonton Oilers practice at the West Edmonton Mall rink.  Wayne Gretzky was there.  We watched the practice.  One of the players skate towards us & waved at us.  I asked my mom “Who is that?” she replied “That was Wayne Gretzky”.  I was confused, “Where are his 9s?”  Practice jerseys don’t have numbers on them, I found out the hard way?

 

We stayed overnight at a hotel.  On the way home I was devastated.  I lost my Care bear.  I’m guessing I was bawling?  My parents called the hotel, & they found it when cleaning the room.  They mailed the bear to us & all was well.

 

I really like Edmonton, other than that trip.  I was a kid who A) Didn’t recognize Wayne Gretzky & B) Lost his teddy bear!  Sad trip for a 4 year old!

 

The guy that does music reviews on rock & metal music. He also speaks about his health as well.  I don’t need to write a book?  Everyone else has their own story & should write a book.

Just goes to show that everybody has a back story & some of them aren’t pretty

 

Soundgarden shared it….

 

Forget Jonny Depp, this is the “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” to see!

Consequence of Sound’s Masterpiece review.  The book is great also!

 

I do like my Rebellion Beer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://globalnews.ca/video/2968104/regina-microbrewery-calls-for-change-in-craft-beer-policies

 

 

New song from “The Agonist” album out Friday, September 30th

 

Info regarding a new “Soundgarden” album.  Article with guitarist Kim Thayil.

http://loudwire.com/soundgarden-kim-thayil-vinyl-reissues-new-album-more/

 

Muse has been nominated for “Best Rock” at the MTV EMA

I really like Muse, so I’ll give them a pass on this album.

 

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“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WHAT WAS GOING ON HERE MONDAY?

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I fell asleep to “Blue Rodeo” their Greatest Hits album

I exercised to “Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers” Greatest Hits album

 

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Brewster doesn’t like loud noises, he gets really bad anxiety, we have small puppy doses of Valium for him during thunder storms & such.  The building manager & a fire Marshall were testing every smoke detector in the building.  Brewster & I spent the afternoon at my parents place.  Brewster would have been in really bad shape otherwise.  He shakes like a leaf & will pee inside on occasion.  When or if we give him a pill he becomes “stoned”.  He eats a PILE of food and will trip & fall over at any given time.  It’s also tough on his liver.  We try to avoid giving him a pill.  I usually put him on my lap but not coddle him.

 

Smarter than me, I think I’ve only heard of 2 or 3 of these groups?

http://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/bands-you-thought-had-split-up?utm_campaign=nme-26-september-26-09-2016&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter

 

I can’t get enough of the album from “Nothing But Thieves”

 

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

 

How to be Canadian!  Funny because most of it’s true.  Hahahahaha!

 

Opeth studio report episode 10

 

Chris Martin, Coldplay, & Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam

 

Yep, Paramore are definitely in the studio to follow up their 4th s/t album

 

Alter Bridge shared it……………….I can’t wait for this album!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Want a Halloween mask o you can be Iron Maiden’s mascot Eddie for Halloween?

http://noisecreep.com/officially-licensed-iron-maiden-eddie-masks-halloween/

 

Time for the Presidential candidates to sink very low against one another & bash each other publically.  I’m glad to live in a different country!  “What can YOU do for these groups?  I don’t want to hear what the other candidate can’t do, what can YOU do?”  Then you hear a political answer where the person tip toes around any question on any answer or throws the other person under the bus.  So many celebrities are choosing not to vote.  Fair enough, I don’t vote here in Canada?  I’m not about to decide who is the lesser evil?  In the almost 19 years that I’ve been able to vote, I’ve voted once & I might as well have thrown a dart at a spinning dart board when choosing who to vote for.  Waste of my time!  Did I watch the debate?  NO!  They’ve done enough mudslinging to each other already.  I’m good, & in another country.

I don’t think America is a great country, they are the most powerful though.  “With great power comes great responsibility”.

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/clinton-trump-called-women-pigs-slobs-and-dogs-w442165

If America still hasn’t decided too bad!  Vote & get this campaign done with already?

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/if-home-is-where-the-heart-is-donald-trump-has-no-home-w442192

 

I don’t mind these new Metallica songs, & I’m a skeptic, 2/2 so far for me.  Whenever it’s released it will be 33-34 years they’ve been around a release an album that I might enjoy?

 

10 overHATED heavy metal bands.

For my 2 cents, metal seems like a very small niche market & can be strongly hated by fans of other genres.

 

Looks as though Royal Blood are also in the studio from what I can tell from a Facebook photo.

LANGUAGE APPARENTLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Green Day kickoff their tour behind the new album coming out on October 7th

http://loudwire.com/green-day-kick-off-revolution-radio-tour-columbus-announce-rescheduled-shows/

 

The Pretty Reckless will have a video for this song on Thursday, September 29th

 

I guess this is where the world is headed at the moment?

http://www.nme.com/news/kanye-west/96707?utm_campaign=nme-27-sep-2016-27-09-2016&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter

 

Toronto Blue Jays vs. N.Y. Yankees fight, September 26th, 2016.  Meaningful baseball in September?  April means nothing?  11W-17L in April?  Imagine if that record was reversed?  There wouldn’t be much concern about a wild card for a one game playoff?

 

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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

EXERCISE WEEKLY TOTAL & THE WEEKEND’S HERE!!!

I fell asleep to “Walk off the Earth” the album “Sing it all Away”

I exercised to “Coldplay” the album “A Head Full of Dreams” followed by “Corrosion of Conformity” the album “Wiseblood”

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Weekly total; 7500 crunches, 710 leg lifts, 250 push ups, 400 squats.

80 squats, 1500 crunches, 140 leg lifts & 60 push ups everyday, 5 days a week.

I’d like to see 100 squats a day, 200 leg lifts a day, & 100 push ups a day. It may take a while but I’ll get there eventually.

I didn’t make it to my pushups on Monday, that’s why the total is off a bit. I was tired. Today I managed to do 10 more leg lifts than I have before. The point of doing them on your back is to breathe & keep your abdominal muscles flexed, while raising & lowering your leg at a controlled speed. If I hear a thump when I lower my leg, that doesn’t count, I do it again!

I was given exercises to do away from the Wascana Rehabilitation Center when I left. There’s quite a bit more to get to!

I think I’ve said this before, so sorry if I’m repeating myself? The further away I get from having cancer, the less I think of it. My cancer is long gone. “The line is a dot”

Those who have passed from cancer, well it’s going to take a while for others to feel normal. Nobody needs to worry about me, my cancer, or the future. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there. I exercise 5 days a week to make the crossing of that bridge easier!

Remember, when you go to work I work too. Just shorter hours being paid by disability & unemployment insurance. I exercise 1 ½ – 2 hours a day & write this as mostly the info I want to know & other nibblets for you. That’s how my days work.

New Metallica song!!! Fans of ’80s Metallica might really enjoy this?! LANGUAGE IN THE VIDEO!!!!!

http://www.metalinjection.net/new-metallica-song-hardwired-posted-new-album-set-for-november.html

http://loudwire.com/metallica-new-album-hardwired-music-video/

I see far too much Metallica news on the horizon. I’m not a fan of Metallica in general. I do own 4 albums though 2 of them are on my iPod & from iTunes. The album with the symphony & the “Garage Inc.” album are on my iPod, but I rarely listen to them. I bought the CD of the “Black” album & “Master of Puppets”, they’re in my closet for good. This new song sounds promising though. I’ll wait to hear it before I buy it. I’m still a skeptic.

Courtney Love performs in Anna Faris’ & Chris Pratt’s kitchen?????? Video inside the link. Yes it’s as awkward as you think.

http://loudwire.com/courtney-love-kitchen-jam-never-go-hungry-chris-pratt-anna-faris/

Just too funny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks Cambo!

Rape is just not cool at all. More idiots out there than I could imagine?

http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/amy-schumer-rape-victim-shaming-like-salem-witch-trials-w435328

DON’T FORGET CANADA! TOMORROW SATURDAY, AUGUST 20TH. THE TRAGICALLY HIP’S FINAL CONCERT ON CBC!

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/the-tragically-hip-10-essential-songs-w435104/my-music-at-work-2000-w435115 10 videos inside the link!

Article with Metallica drummer, Lars Ulrich, on creating the new album

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/metallica-on-how-kill-em-all-influenced-new-album-w435196

LANGUAGE BELOW!!!!!!!!!

New Coldplay video!

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/see-coldplay-bike-around-mexico-in-a-head-full-of-dreams-w435315

Article with Mark Tremonti regarding the album “Dust” & Alter Bridge!

http://thefrontrowreport.com/interview-mark-tremonti-talks-dust-alter-bridge-signing-napalm-records/

In Flames, “Take This Life” live! From the DVD to be released on September 23rd

New Pentatonix video!

My computer has been hacked. Sorry I’m out until it’s fixed?! I hope you didn’t get any nasty messages or emails?

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

Bye,

Chris “Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

ALMOST GOT TO MY DAILY TOTAL TODAY/BREWSTER ENTERTAINS ME.

I fell asleep to “Oasis” the album “Definitely Maybe” woke up to pee at 4:00 am, crawled back into bed & listened to “Oasis” the album “Be Here Now”

Emptied the dishwasher & made breakfast to “Candlebox” the album “Disappearing in Airports” then put on “Coldplay” the album “A Head Full of Dreams”

I exercised to “Trivium” all albums on shuffle other than “The Crusade”, just the instrumental song “The Crusade”.

They’ve got 6 other full length studio albums I like & own. 4 actual CDs & 2 from iTunes. I own the CD “The Crusade” but I’m not a fan of that album.

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I was close to getting through my regular daily exercise. I should get there by Thursday or Friday?

Our dog, Brewster, is hilarious! All 12 ½ pounds of him make me laugh out loud anytime I see him doing something odd! Late last week or maybe on the weekend I could tell he was dreaming. We were in bed, Brewster sleeps with us, I had my noise canceling ear buds in yet I could hear him? He was asleep but he was barking at almost full volume for a minute. Usually it’s 10-20 seconds of quiet barking. Whatever he was dreaming about he wanted it bad! He didn’t even wake up when I was busting my gut out loud.

The next day he was sleeping in his dog bed, barking. Just his normal dream bark, but I laughed. I always think he’s dreaming about squirrels. “I’m gonna get you squirrel” at least that’s what I like to think when flopped out on his side barking & twitching his legs!

I love it when he tries to “fix” his bed. All curled up in a circle in his dog bed, then you hear & see him barking & twitching all 4 legs to get it as perfect as he can. For the first time yesterday I saw him pushing his bed with his head across the living room. I chuckled out loud again! He’s my main source of entertainment!

AWESOME! Another Canadian band going on tour & skipping right passed Saskatchewan & Manitoba! Sad! A typical Canadian tour is Montreal, Toronto, & Vancouver (some times Calgary & Edmonton). I’ll go to Calgary or Edmonton if it’s someone I really want to see, the other locations are a 2 day drive. Montreal is even further. Will I be seeing this tour? No! If they were coming to Regina I would. Saskatoon is 2.5 hours away but I’ve made that drive too many times since 1996 to see I Mother Earth. It’s a really long/boring drive. It certainly doesn’t feel like 2.5 hours, more like 8 hours!

http://loudwire.com/sum-41-reveal-dates-fall-2016-dont-call-it-a-sum-back-tour/

Big Wreck shared it…..

Movie inconsistencies

http://stars.topix.com/slideshow/17467?utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=17467&utm_term=SH0OSJHT6V9L5FV7

Trivium shared it…..

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

Twisted Sister singer, Dee Snider, is a grandfather

http://loudwire.com/dee-snider-granddaughter-born-los-angeles-freeway/

What does guitarist, Brian May, from Queen think of Foo Fighters?

LIVE, LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GMOs from a farmer’s mouth. BOOM DROP THE MIC! There has been thousands of scientific studies, & farmers, most of them I assume use GMO seeds. As for taste, that’s pretty subjective. I like seafood, Kim doesn’t. I don’t like potatoes, Kim does.

http://findourcommonground.com/food-facts/gmo-foods/

Do what you want. I’m trusting science & a farmer, not Neil Young or a healthy 14 year old. The last www.youtube.com link is long if you like skip to 1 hour & 36 minutes for the results of the debate if you like. If you’re growing your own food are you sure the seeds aren’t already modified? I’ve heard, I’m not positive on this, that none GMO seeds aren’t easily available to the general public? Like I said this is what I will do. You don’t have to do the same. Do what you feel is best for you.

Opeth has another studio report. Dream Theater songs are long, but Opeth’s songs can be even longer! You really do have to set aside a free hour to listen to an Opeth album & it’s not tap your feet music!

Announcement from The Pretty Reckless. “Our new album, Who You Selling For, is available October 21.

Headlining Tour starts October 20. Ticket info at http://theprettyreckless.com/

A news article with American tour dates.

http://loudwire.com/the-pretty-reckless-new-album-title-release-date-fall-2016-tour-dates/

 

Zakk Wylde recalls Ozzy’s vocal coach!

http://loudwire.com/zakk-wylde-ozzy-osbourne-singing-coach-loudwire-podcast-preview/

 

Musical hat trick. Musicians in 3 successful bands.

http://loudwire.com/10-rockers-who-pulled-off-a-hat-trick/

Yes that’s John Paul Jones on bass, Led Zeppelin, Dave Grohl on drums, Foo Fighters, & Josh Homme singer & guitarist from Queens of the Stone Age!

 

New video from Lamb of God & an article. I didn’t know guitarist Mark Morton had lost a child”

http://noisey.vice.com/blog/lamb-of-god-embers-morton-essay

http://vevo.ly/efurSj

 

I didn’t know chimeras were a real thing? I thought it was just the name of a metal group?

http://www.wired.com/2016/08/new-nih-rules-let-grow-pigoons-cant-breed-em?mbid=psocial_rs

The band is too heavy for me. I don’t listen to them.

 

I’ve been there, it happens & I would just repeat what melody goes with the music.

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Chris “Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

CANCER SUCKS!!!!

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I’m OK, my aunt in Winnipeg lost her battle with cancer early Monday morning. We got a call from my dad around 7:00 or 8:00 am Sunday that we should be in Winnipeg. We took a ride with my brother & his girlfriend, Mitch & Rachel. They had some things to tend to before we left. Ended up not leaving town until the afternoon. The 6 hour drive took about 9 hours mostly because of construction here and just outside of Winnipeg. That & a quick stop for supper.

We ended up getting to Winnipeg around midnight their time which is 11:00 pm our time. We were staying in a hotel. Early Monday morning we got a call from my father saying that my aunt Dianne had passed away. It didn’t really hit me right away. I didn’t even get the chance to say goodbye to my mom’s only sister.

We went to the house that morning to be with family that drove from Saskatchewan to be there. I still feel like I should be there for my cousins Megan & Danielle Gagnon, my uncle Richard and my parents. I can’t wave a magic wand & make everything OK but I feel as though I should be there. We got home Monday night, & that’s when it hit me, & right now as I’m typing this. At the time I just felt “numb”.

To my cousins who aren’t even in their 30s & my uncle. I’m here, I can’t “fix you”, I’m sorry how soon this happened, none of us thought it would be this soon, even though we knew it was coming. If you’re going through whatever mood, I’m here to shut up & listen. I’ve never lost a parent, or my wife, but I’ll listen to whatever you have to say.

My aunt wasn’t old, she was 59. She was always happy & positive whenever I saw here. She was always the life of the party. Yes I always remember her funny moments!

I asked for underwear for Christmas in 2011, this what the Gagnon family gave me…

Last night, before we went to bed & now, I’ve completely lost it. I just called my mom & it seems to be worse today for everyone. As for my cousins, I hope they remember that A) I’m here, I’ll listen B) Your mother is always with you, she’s part of who you are, & you’re both fantastic!

As for this blog, I’m not anywhere near the point that I want to write anything more this week, I really don’t feel like doing anything. This will take a backseat until Sunday or Monday.

Bye,

Chris “Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres