1ST OFFICIAL POST OF 2020.   EXERCISE BEGINNING January 2, 2020

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(20 pound dumb bells) 400 Curls

(10 pound dumb bells) 200 Shoulder raises/Chest presses

800 Crunches

600 Leg lifts

400 Squats

400 Back flexes

Walking & stairs start on the weekend (time permitting) or on Monday.

I fell asleep to “Trivium” the album “Silence in the Snow”

I exercised to “Dio” the album “Sacred Heart”

 

Here’s the Canadian Red Cross website if you’d prefer to donate there for my birthday.  Donate whatever amount you like whenever you like please?

https://www.redcross.ca/

I could ask for donations to the Canadian Cancer Society that our team of 10 people raised $75,000 over 3 years for, while I was in the hospital.  I’m asking for Red Cross donations since they’ll help with more than just cancer.  I can’t ask for donations to 15 different organizations.  I figured I’ll try to cover as much as I can with one organization?

I’ve changed my exercises as much as I could to benefit me more.  There are fewer repetitions in a week, but more difficulty in each exercise.  For example I’m using heavier dumb bells for my weight exercises.  20 pounds in each hand for curls & 10 pounds for shoulder raises with them coming together in front of me to exercise my chest.  Once I end up doing 200 repetitions/day consistently, I will increase the weights & decrease the repetitions.

My squats are lower for a longer amount of time & 50 of them 3 days a week are on my tip toes to work on my balance & calves.  My crunches are being held for a longer amount of time as are my yoga poses & leg lifts.  Fewer repetitions but far more intense exercise.

Different muscles are a little more tender than usual the next day.  These lower repetitions take just as much, if not more time to complete each day.  I expect to put on a few pounds of muscle or at least see a shift from fat to muscle.  Who thought me being 226 pounds would look like my clothes were about to fall off?

In other news, I stumbled across a Facebook poll asking if I was for or against legalizing public nudity.  Knee jerk reaction, I said ‘Sure, it’s just as harmful to me as legalized marijuana’.  This was before Christmas and I’ve been rethinking my answer ever since.  Sure it won’t bother me, I’ll head out in my underwear & a T-Shirt.  It could affect anyone negatively though & here’s why.  There are a TON of people out there that will take advantage of this by sexually assaulting & raping those that seem to be ‘easier pray’ by wearing less clothing.  That’s what I quickly realized was the problem with my answer.

I have more music in my collection, most of it is rock & metal stuff.  Not sure if that’s worth sharing with others.  I might do a bit on the Tuesday posts when there’s nothing new that I’ve purchased.

I’m watching demos on the Epiphone Matt Heafy 7 string custom.  Damn me & my taste in guitars.  That would complete my guitar collection.  Yes, as I’m relearning to play songs I knew & newer songs I’ve never tried before.  I’ve been learning much more stuff & practicing at least 45 minutes a day if not more, my fingers are much more independent than they’ve ever been.  What gets my goat the most is, we’ve saved enough money for this Epiphone but the PRS guitar is a midlife crisis/once in a lifetime purchase & we’re half way there.

Truth be told, my midlife crisis was going to be a Porsche.  Well that all changed in 2008, & playing guitar seemed out of the question until October of 2019.  I’m sticking with the PRS despite not owning a 7 string.  Even though both serve a different purpose.  The PRS is sort of an all-in-one guitar with added stuff I don’t have & I don’t own a 7 string or anything with a kill pot.  They’re both more cash than at least three of the 4 guitars I own.  Mine are all under $1000.  The Fender Telecaster was a gift I got while in the hospital & is likely just over $1000.  The only guitar I’ve actually bought for myself was my acoustic that I play multiple times a day.  Damn it I’m specific/picky!  That would truly be it for me.  I look at guitar gear as ‘less is more’.  Right now I play each guitar but mainly the Epiphone Explorer I have.  Used to play shows with my Les Paul styled knock off, I always brought my Epiphone as a backup and eventually used it live in a different tuning.

Matt Heafy is the writer & lead vocalist for the metal band “Trivium”.  My 3 favourite metal bands are “Lamb of God”, “Trivium”, & “In Flames” they have been for the last 14 years.

My left hand was the issue, but even I have noticed significant improvement since I started playing again, so has Kim.  My “Time is running out”.  PRS for now, since Kim wants to go to Hawaii next year.  Save, save, save, & save some more.  We don’t travel.  I’ve been outside of Canada once, to Boston with Kim who was there for a week for training, I tagged along in the summer of 2006 or 2007.

A house popped up on the market Wednesday.  A house about the same size of our suite, front porch, wheelchair accessible back deck, built in 2000, & a partially finished basement.  Looked very promising from the photos.  WAY over our price range listed at $389,900.  I did what I always do.  Stayed awake, worried & over thought things.  Finally fell asleep around 3:30 am or 4 am.  I finally just told Kim yesterday “I don’t even want to know about a house unless it’s in our price range and if ours will ever sell.”  The stars & moon have to all align & everybody’s chakra has to be in the perfect spot to sell this place from the looks of things.  I’ll sign another contract to sell the place, although I don’t understand how that will change anything.

As a comparison, we were among the first 6 suites to move into our new building on December 18th, 2013.  Our suite is very similar in size, a difference of maybe 50 sqft, but way below that price.

 

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris             

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

POINTS FOR PRETTY?

I fell asleep to “Megadeth” the new album “Dystopia”

I woke up, layed in bed for longer than I’d like & listened to “Muse” the album “Black Holes & Revelations”

I worked out to “A Perfect Circle” the album “Mer de Noms”

When I was younger I watched figure skating. Mens figure skating, almost always Kurt Browning & Elvis Stojko. At the end of their routine they’re judged by 5 or 6 judges for the technical aspect & then the artistic aspect. Technical aspect sure, did they do the right things at the right time, was each jump accurate, did they fall, etc.? That’s fine, maybe stop at that point. Nope??!! Artistic judgment? Here’s the points for pretty part. Were the costumes good, did the skating have a nice flo to it, etc. Right there 6 people are judging them based on personal perspective………WHY? I’m not a fan of rap or country music……..WHY? Personal perspective, a subjective matter. There’s even metal groups I wont touch because it’s just not what I want to hear. Even when I put my iPod on at night I’ll go through 3 or 4 artists/albums to find what I want to hear at the moment, it’s not “Slayer” or “Lamb of God” 24 hours a day? Maybe it’s “Jack Johnson”, “Ben Harper”, “Harry Connick jr.”, “Nat King Cole, “Elvis Costello”, etc. So why is main stream music shoved down everyone’s throat? It’s not, maybe you’re looking in the wrong place? A TON of the music I like isn’t mainstream & likely won’t get any airtime on AM or FM radio. I look elsewhere!

Geezer Butler (bassist for Black Sabbath) reveals deal offered to drummer Bill Ward.

http://loudwire.com/black-sabbath-geezer-butler-bill-ward-turned-down-final-show/

Dave Mustaine aka Megadave aka frontman of Megadeth receives custom guitar “Holy Grail” LANGUAGE!!!!

Lead guitarist, Kirk Hammett (Metallica) pays tribute to David Bowie.

http://loudwire.com/metallica-kirk-hammett-tribute-david-bowie/

Since I got this from the “Trivium” facebook page, my preferred “Trivium” song is below.

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/ug_news/top_21_most_epic_metal_songs_of_all_time.html?no_takeover

Off of their 2nd album the first album James & I had heard about them released in 2006. Same year the album “10,000 Days” by Tool was released. Since then “Trivium” have released 5 albums. After a decade, “Tool” can’t release anything but a FANTASTIC/AMAZING album. Which isn’t really difficult for them according to their loyal fan base.

Arcade Fire” 2016 tour dates

http://consequenceofsound.net/2016/01/arcade-fire-live-2016/

Wendy Dio pays tribute to recently deceased bass player Jimmy Bain, last living member of Ronnie James Dio’s group “Dio”

http://loudwire.com/wendy-dio-tribute-late-dio-last-in-line-bassist-jimmy-bain/

Panic! At The Disco” on Jimmy Kimmel

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/watch-panic-at-the-discos-frenetic-victorious-performance-on-kimmel-20160126

Rolling Stone has a podcast called “Music Now”. It’s free like most podcasts, sort of a talk radio thing.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/rolling-stone-music-now/id1078431985

Rick Mercer Report rant

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/mercer-report-rant-energy-east-denis-coderre-1.3419646

I watch the news on occasion. When I do I learn that 8 people died & reporters are usually reporting that someone is angry at so & so for doing or not doing this? I don’t want to hear it. Did you vote for whoever you’re complaining about? If you did it’s partially your fault. You don’t like it, you do it! For that reason I don’t pay much attention to the news or vote.

Vince Neil (Motley Crue) signs on for “Celebrity Apprentice”. I smell an “Epic or Fail” video on ellen

http://loudwire.com/vince-neil-the-celebrity-apprentice/

Opeth shared it……

I really just don’t feel I need to be in here all day. I’m tired, I think the couch needs me?

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

“Learn something from your mistakes and don’t do them again”

“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

HAPPY HUMP DAY!!!! Get your mind out of the gutter!

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Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden singer) speaks about his 2 sons being bands

http://loudwire.com/iron-maiden-bruce-dickinson-criticism-sons-face-music-industry/

Iron Maiden’s “Book of Souls” out on Friday, September 4th!

I guess this is the most anticipated release of September as voted by loud wire readers

http://loudwire.com/shinedown-threat-to-survival-september-2015-release-of-the-month/

Atreyu return from hiatus. I’ve heard the name, I don’t think I’ve ever heard their music?

http://loudwire.com/atreyu-return-from-hiatus-new-album-long-live/

Tom DeLonge hopes Blink-182 will remain part of his life.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/tom-delonge-hopes-blink-182-remains-part-of-my-life-20150902

LANGUAGE IN THIS VIDEO BELOW!

20 acts wanted to shake up future music festivals

http://consequenceofsound.net/2015/09/wanted-20-acts-to-shake-up-future-music-festivals/21/

We need her back?

Lzzy Hale (Halestorm singer) sings cover song with a cover band

http://loudwire.com/halestorm-lzzy-hale-sings-black-sabbath-acdc-more/

^^Just doesn’t sound right without R. J. Dio?

Another reason I don’t follow politics, they’re messy. Ignorance is bliss for me.

http://ellebeaver.com/2015/09/01/cree-woman-wins-beauty-pageant-immediately-turns-spotlight-to-stephen-missing-and-murdered-women-not-a-priority-harper/

Who’s complaining about PM Stephen Harper? Not me! Voters that put him in power.

At the moment I have 3 albums on preorder from iTunes. “Iron Maiden”, “Trivium”, & “Clutch”

I want to hear the “Coheed & Cambria” album before I buy it. Release date on iTunes is October 16th .

Garbage reissue 20th anniversary of their first album. “Buy this thing that sounds a bit better than the original one you already own”. Not just them announcing reissues, EVERYBODY!

http://consequenceofsound.net/2015/09/garbage-detail-20th-anniversary-reissue-of-debut-album/

We’ll see if this works. Really nice photo of a Tremonti guitar.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1170928116254380&set=a.371378892875977.109222.100000116095788&type=1&theater

I guess the Canadian rockers Avril Lavigne & Chad Kroeger (Nickelback) have separated. I may not enjoy their music, but separating is not the greatest of news.

http://loudwire.com/avril-lavigne-separation-nickelback-chad-kroeger/

I didn’t know they recorded together?

Looks as though “Pentatonix” will be releasing an album of original music on October 16th . iTunes preorder on Friday, September 4th. I REALLY like Pentatonix!

If you want a metal show I highly recommend “The Agonist” in the Exchange on Thursday, September 17th. Straight Outta Quebec (the province, not the city from the little that I know)

Article/interview with singer Scott Anderson of Finger Eleven

http://journeyofafrontman.com/2015/09/01/on-the-line-with-scott-anderson-of-finger-eleven/

Songs I like, “Paul McCartney & Wings”

Always check out the Rock It Out Blog on facebook or www.youtube.com/rockitoutblog

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

“Learn something from your mistakes and don’t do them again”

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

Bye,

Chris