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5 day exercise total; 900 leg lifts, 900 crunches, 600 squats, 450 back flexes, 120 pushups, 600 curls (10 pounds on left arm & 7 pounds on right arm), 400 tricep extensions w/5 pound weight, 400 shoulder raises w/5 pound weight,  stretching, & yoga.

I fell asleep to “Jeff Buckley” the album “Grace”

I exercised to “Ozzy Osbourne” the album “Bark at the Moon”


Great week for me!  I don’t want to lose my momentum!  This week felt like a big step forward finally.  All of that little stuff definitely helped.  Long road to go yet.

I figured it out, well my new goals for my exercise in the morning only anyways.  Legs, abs, & back 3 days a week.  Weights, arms, stretching, & yoga 2 days a week.  Works up a really good sweat a cold shower is more than welcome afterwards.

I keep track of everything on here in a notebook & add my exercise totals for the day as I go.  I’m trying to cut more sugar out of my diet.  Hopefully just natural sugar & less alcohol.  Kim came home last Saturday with 4 x 500 ml cans of beer & made brownies.  I had a brownie, but no beer or other alcohol.  The small amount of natural sugar in the Bubbly work wonders instead of alcohol.  Figured I’d just stop the alcohol completely for a bit & try to clean the system out.

6 small meals a day & 3-5 liters of water, maybe a cup of black coffee, & a bubbly a day.  Weekends are usually pretty tame on the food intake, unless we’re out with people.

Picked up my acoustic guitar yesterday, felt pretty good after a year.  I didn’t want to put it down.  Eventually I’ll need an amplifier with a pedal for distortion & clean channels.  Hopefully my tuner pedal/noise compressor, 2 effect pedals & cords are still kicking around.  Pretty sure they are.

I think this is the amp I’d get as long as it’s a cheap solid state amplifier, tube amps sound better, but they’re expensive to buy & maintain! Practice amp with a foot switch should suit me well.  I had a Randall half-stack before, I won’t need anything that big or loud, this should do the trick!  I don’t know how much they cost though?  I’m sure it will be at or above $500, start saving now I guess.


I’m really starting to worry about our dog, Brewster, he’ll be 14 in January.  He has a heart murmur & very bad anxiety.  Somebody has to be with him or he freaks out scratching at the door, while barking & whining the entire time.  He’s also started marking when he’s around any other dog.  He’s small, 12 pounds, a Bichon/Shi-tzu cross.  He’s also starting to trip with his back legs.

This might sound odd to some but he’s my kid, my child.  He went to a doggy daycare on Tuesday for the morning.  I just about broke down when he left.  I get it, we don’t get out much because we stay home with him or he stays with Kim’s sister & hubby, Sherry & James, since they don’t have a dog so he won’t mark there.  I get it, but I don’t like the daycare thing.  I just miss him when he’s not here.

That was just an assessment to see how he’d fit in with the other dogs.  Report card was good!  They said he played really well with the other dogs & he is very well mannered.


Finally, a Chris Cornell signature Gibson guitar!!!!!


Win a Dimebag Darrel package!!!!!!  Please send me the mini-amp to practice or better yet trade it in for this or preferably this.


Joker trailer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Darker, not for kids, & a great origin story, from the looks of it!

If you vape, please read this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


This is the main reason I don’t like to stream music.  This & the fact that I don’t own it.  Actors don’t complain about video streaming services though, just musicians about music streaming.

Lyrics for the “Tool” album out today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


WHY dear Lord, WHY?  I gave up on “Disturbed” over a decade ago, I’m not in my mid-20s anymore!

Labour day classic here!  Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers!  Always a fun game to attend!  Kim’s not a football fan so her & Brewster stay home.

Pretty easy to say that I see a FLOOD of “Tool” news coming, ASAP, beware!

Spider-man breaking news, new deal between SONY & Disney?  Still a rumour, but possibility of a better outcome for fans.  SPOILER IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN AVENGERS ENDGAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



I don’t do reaction videos I like to sit and REALLY concentrate on what I’m listening to the first 3 or 4 times I listen to any new album.  After that I’ll play it whenever if I enjoy it & probably really focus in on it again when I have the time.  2 HUGE album releases for me today!  Big Wreck & a new Tool album after 13 years & roughly 4 months.  These are the singles that were already released.


BIG WRECK   …but the sun





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

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Music throughout the weekend.  “The Watchmen”, “Tool”, “Coheed and Cambria”, “The Struts”, & “Smashing Pumpkins”



I could sit here & tell you about my weekend activities & I will, but first something out of the ordinary.  Kim & I watched the movie “Stronger” on Thursday evening.  The movie about Jeff Bauman who lost his legs during the explosion at the Boston Marathon.

I’m not comparing his injury to mine EVER.  He lost his legs, I still have mine.  While watching it, I realized how much a-like our emotions are/were.  How much I could relate to that movie on an emotional level.  I didn’t get all teary eyed watching it, it was more of a “Hey, I’ve felt the same way.”


Friday we ordered supper from “Brown’s Social House” it’s been a while since I’ve had fish & chips.  We watched the first episode of season 3 of “13 Reasons Why” on Netflix.  Meanwhile I’ve been trying to finish the 2nd season of “Mindhunter” on Netflix, I’m almost there I finished episode 7 so 3 more to go.  Kim doesn’t watch it, just me, much like “Criminal Minds”.

I think I figured out what caused me not to sleep well over the week?  I usually have 1-6 alcoholic beverages over the course of a weekend.  I didn’t have any, in the attempted to save some money & I just didn’t feel like any.  I never drink anything other than water, black coffee, & “Bubbly”.  Bubbly is my new favourite drink.  Carbonated water with natural fruit flavouring, which is a very small dose of the fruit.

Went to the Saskatchewan Roughriders game Saturday evening.  WOW penalties!  Time for our head coach, Craig Dickenson, to start handing out fines for each penalty.  Riders won against the Ottawa Red Blacks but it was ugly, far too many penalties!  Final score was Saskatchewan 40 Ottawa 18.  Terrible amount of Rider penalties & really stupid ones on top of that.  I never “BOO” the Riders at home but I was very close on Saturday!

Today we went to our friends’ place for a BBQ to welcome their exchange student from Spain.  Nice weather & just as we left it looked as though there might be a storm brewin’.  The wind picked up & the clouds got really dark!


Ozzy Osbourne to release 24 vinyl box set.


Jeff Buckley was absolutely FANTASTIC & still is!


Bands that made 1 good album.


So now the “Avengers” movies have to change the story line?  Really stupid after steering us in one direction only to pull us in a new one after “Spider-man Far From Home”


Disney + streaming November 12th?  Looks good!



A metal/hard rock group from the USA.  Other than that I can tell you there are currently 4 members.  They sometimes get lumped in with acts like “Disturbed” & “5 Finger Death Punch”?  I can’t say I listen to either one.  I did listen to both in 2002 then stopped after each band released their 3rd album.  “Disturbed” is on me & “5 Finger Death Punch” is on my brother who saw them open for “Korn” likely a once in a lifetime chance for him to see them, even though neither one of us owns an album by “Korn”.

Anyways, “Chevelle” is the way to go if you ask me.  I’ve got 9 studio albums, one of B-Sides & rarities from late last year & another one coming soon this year or next.


1999   POINT #1






2007   VENA SERA










2018   12 BLOODY SPIES


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We’re all Global Citizens,


“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres


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5 day exercise total; 250 leg lifts, 300 crunches, 200 squats, 100 back flexes, 00 pushups, 00 curls (10 pounds on left arm & 7 pounds on right arm), 00 tricep lifts w/5 pound weight, 00 shoulder raises w/5 pound weight,  stretching, & yoga.

I fell asleep to “Foo Fighters” the first album “Foo Fighters” from 1995, followed by “Norah Jones” the album “Feels Like Home”


No sleep again last night.  Thunder & lightning outside with a heavy rain, Brewster was freaking out hard in the middle of the night.  Kim & I were both up trying to calm him down for about an hour or more.

I’ve been EXTREMELY tired all week.  Wednesday I had breakfast, exercised, posted a blog, grabbed a piece of fruit & fell asleep on the couch at 12:00 until 2:45 pm.  Then showered & tried to feel somewhat accomplished for the day on Wednesday.  In the end, I should have just stayed in bed.  I had this problem in the Wascana Rehabilitation Program before, it was because of depression, and this isn’t.  I forgot to take my pills Sunday night & staying up late because of that really messes with my sleep.  I’ve been grumpy & tired all week, that’s why my exercise total is so low this week.

I shouldn’t have even tried to exercise on Wednesday.  My muscles didn’t fully activate & I’ve had odd aches I’ve never had before.

I could worry about this past week & make it far worse in my head, or I could just move on.  I choose to move on, be disappointed for a minimal amount of time, get over it & carry on.  I’ll take it as a learning experience & do better next week.  I can’t change what has already happened.

I like to think of myself as normal as any able bodied person, but I’m not.  Cleaning, doing dishes, & just rushing around the house is actually much harder on me than I remember it being.  Now just doing one extra chore burns me out to the point I’m sweating & out of breath.  Even on the weekends with nothing going on!  Missing my pills for one evening took me down for almost a complete work week.

People say I exercise a TON.   I don’t see it as too much.  If everyone didn’t have a job, kids or both, I guarantee everyone could do this & more if they were in my age group.

I’ll have to do some major stretching today & fire it up next week.



I got a new (3rd single) from the upcoming “Alter Bridge” album last on Thursday.

What else am I looking forward to?  In one week we’ll all be given a new “Tool” album after more than 13 years.  Also a brand new “Big Wreck” album!  YAY!!!!!!!!!!!

A big reason that I won’t touch “Spotify”.  I’ll see a Facebook post from any band I follow that goes something like this “Hey, we just added this song ______ to Spotify”.  The problem for me is that I like to listen to a full album all at once.  That song the band just added to Spotify.  I got that song from Apple Music/iTunes 6 months ago.  That’s just how I prefer to listen to my music.


I think “Sony” & “Disney” could end up both being HUGE losers in this “Spider-man” deal.  Hardcore comic book fans can be vicious when provoked.  Imagine billions of “Dr. Sheldon Cooper” like people coming at you & telling you how many times you’ve been wrong & how you’ve been wrong.  All in all it will be a minor loss in finances for both companies if this ends up the way I think it will, let’s watch!

As of this morning there’s been enough bad reaction from fans that there’s a rumour regarding a new deal between Sony & Disney!  Hahahahahaha!  Remember this is still just a rumour!



Another really good band out of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  This is that band with the guy who has a deep voice.  He controls his voice very well & has more range than you’d think.  I have their 3 first albums & the “Dumb & Dumber” soundtrack with a song that launched them into the stratosphere!  We’ll start with that song….






1996   A WORM’S LIFE


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

Everyone is a Global citizen,


Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres


Yes, pun intended. I’m a DQ royal treat as a friend or family member!

I called Kim at work yesterday since I made my lunch of cheese, chicken, sun dried tomatoes, & hot sauce in a wrap. I told her we were almost out of grated cheese, then we chatted about other stuff. I called her back immediately to remind her that the phone call was “All about dat cheese, ’bout dat cheese, no chicken. All about dat cheese, ’bout dat cheese, no chicken, etc.” I’m a delight to live with! See Rachel Gianoli you’re not the only one when we get paired up for Crokinole. Rachel’s “All about dat post, ’bout dat post, no 20. etc.”

OK Apple, iTunes that’s enough! I wanted something done my way, so I did it. All of our iTunes files are perfect on our 2 computers, my iPod, Kim’s iPhone, & iPad. The problem is now Apple’s or iTunes problem. I bought the recently released “Silverball” album by Barenaked Ladies on iTunes, it works fine on every device but our TV/home stereo. Our TV doesn’t even recognize that we own it? I go into Barenaked Ladies & I see 9 or 10 albums in alphabetical order, at the end I see “Rock Spectacle” then “Stunt”? “Silverball” should be in between those albums. SURPRISE! It’s not there! I pre-ordered “Highly Suspect’s” debut album & got 5 songs with my pre-order. 3/5 songs I received are grayed out on the TV. I can get 2 of them to work on our TV. Are those the only songs that will work on our TV when the album is released on Friday? All of this ballyhoo started with the launch of Apple Music Radio on Tuesday, June 30th which I hear is also not so great. There is no way I’ll pay $9.99/month for a crappy radio station subscription. We have a hot deal for Serious XM at the moment for under $10/month we get it. When that sale is done, so is our subscription to Serious XM. I’ve done all I can on my end, now Apple has the ball in their court.

Why is everything a competition now? 10 best Pearl Jam songs. I can’t even pick my top 4 ALBUMS, forget 1 best song?


Does this mean “Staind” is done?


I don’t know much about “Staind” they’re not a group I’m invested in.

Big Wreck shares it on Facebook, here it is…..

Stephen Colbert debate about Pluto


Tool’s “Sober” by kids. Better than I could ever do. Maynard has a really GREAT voice!


Lars Ulrich just confuses me. Remember he was the guy that filed a lawsuit against Napster.


The only Metallica album I like.

Yes, I complain about the heat but this is way over the edge! LOTS OF LANGUAGE!!!! IF THEY WERE TO CENSOR THE LANGUAGE, THIS WOULD BE 90% BEEEEEEEEP!

^^Do I need to have a chat with Moses?

“Gorillaz” are coming back, Damon Albarn is back & it sounds as though “Blur” is or has made a “come back”? I wasn’t a fan in the ’90s & I likely won’t be a fan now. All of these include Damon Albarn on lead vocals.


More & more artists coming out against streaming music sites, name drop, Neil Young!


“Suicide Squad” & “Batman vs. Superman” cast pose for photo together


Iron Maiden beer!!!!????? AWESOME!!!!! Guess what I fell asleep to, listening to my iPod last night?


Remember the interview with Hanson & their beer “Mmm Hop”

^^You’re welcome!!! That just happened & now it’s stuck in your head!

There are way to many sub genres for metal music. Power, speed, thrash, black, death, nu, etc. For me I hate putting sub genres labels on music. There’s good or bad music. Metal, Rock, Country, Rap, R & B, & Pop. It’s either good or bad to each individual & will differ to each person. Example “Slayer” I need & have one album. After 90% of that album has played, for me personally it get’s old & repetitive. I have what is likely their most successful album “Reign in Blood” not “Raining Men”.

Queens of the Stone Age albums ranked worst to first. I’d have to agree with the worst choice. Their favourite I would have to make my 2nd favourite my favourite would be “…like Clockwork” Dave Grohl played drums in the studio on both of those albums.


I love this album! Elton John played on it as well! Very slow melodic piano only songs to this song (about as heavy as they get on this album).

There is currently no way I can get on the bandwagon for “Gorillaz”


If a fan is acting like a moron & ruining the concert for others and security isn’t taking care of the problem, I think if whoever is onstage sees the fan doing it, has every right to kick them out.


Why is Myles Kennedy or Alter Bridge not a household name. Myles has an incredible voice! You don’t need to like him but you should at least know who he is.

Backing vocals on this tune below….

His former band that opened for The Watchmen & headliner Big Wreck back in the day, ’99 or 2000?

Alter Bridge’s first single off of their 1st of 4 albums. Song was all over the radio in Regina radio in 2004.

In his free time, when he’s not singing for Slash or Alter Bridge, he’s been working on a solo album the last 4 years! Alter Bridge’s 1st single off of their 4th album. Myles is currently on tour with Slash.

I’m not a fan of “3 Doors Down”, but this is right on point. Treat other concertgoers with respect. I broke my nose at a festival in ’99 in a mosh pit. My nose was pouring blood. Everybody immediately cleared a path for me to security at the front of the stage/guard rail where I was told where the First Aid tent was. I was missing part of Big Wreck’s set! That’s proper concert etiquette. LANGUAGE BELOW!!!!


Chad Smith, Red Hot Chili Pepper drummer & Will Ferrell look a like, crashes Foo Fighters show in New York.


LANGUAGE BELOW!!! More links inside the link above.

I couldn’t care less about Motley Crue’s music, their book “The Dirt” is a REALLY good read! I couldn’t put it down, I finished reading it in 2 days & I’m a slow reader!


Linkin Park’s heroes


I never heard the soundtrack to “Fault in our Stars” but it was a good movie.


We’ve got Melissa McCarthey & now Amy Schumer AWESOME!!!!


Jimmy gets a SIC BURN from Amy Schumer on the Tonight Show!

Is LeBron James funny? YES!

OK, Jack White stated late last year that he “can’t afford to tour”, 50 Cent filled for bankruptcy on Monday, yet nobody has changed a thing……WHY? Jack White sold the most vinyl albums in North America last year out of 8 million sold in total! I don’t know the price of a vinyl album? I think I’ve bought one in my 35+ years. I blame digital music at a low if not free price. I love the idea of iTunes. I was sitting on my butt in front of the computer last night, & I thought “Hey, I should check out this album on iTunes”. I did, I liked it & bought it after a preview. Within 3 minutes I thought of an album previewed it & bought it for $6.99. Didn’t leave the house to go to a store & buy it over the course of 45 minutes. My only problem with digital music is, where does the money go?

Remember the ’80s & ’90s? Why did those groups rise to fame & live in mansions while today’s artists are just getting by & don’t get to have that type of lifestyle? I want to own the music I listen to & I do own it through iTunes. There needs to be a change in the dispersal of the money. Apple could survive on $0.50/download, artists management/label could survive on $1.00/download & the artist could get $0-$9/ per album download or $0-$1.00 per song download. But then people would have to pay for music “OH, SNAP!! I CANT AFFORD THAT!”! Really I bought CDs for the average price of $25.00 per CD. Roughly 600 of them. Paying for a product won’t kill you, you just may have to slow done on your music purchases?

I took a TON of stuff for granted, walking, living in a first world country, having clean water & food at my disposal. Most of us never think about those things, me included. It’s just a case of “Absence makes the heart grow fonder” I’m not complaining, I’m alive, I live with my best friend and a cute dog, I have 4 walls around me & clean water. As long as I have those essentials, I can’t complain!

Emmy nominations for Foo Fighters doc & Kurt Cobain bio pic.


Mark Morton, Lamb of God guitar player, article on the songwriting process. Album out next Friday!


My brother will be interested in this. He has a thing for Jasmin in the cartoon version. I’m all about “The Little Mermaid”


Sounds like the “Tidal” streaming music service seems to be doing great…………….NOT!


Songs I like. “Lionize” only the album “Jetpack Soundtrack”. Last I checked they had 4 albums on iTunes. They all sounded quite different to me, but this is “the one……” I bought.


I like both of these movie series except “Star Wars Episode 1” with WAY too much Jar Jar Binks!

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