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I fell asleep to “Foo Fighters” the album “Sonic Highways”

I exercised to “Jimmy Eat World” the album “Surviving”

 

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/

There are photos of myself & each guitar I own in the Facebook links on here.  You should know that I despise photos & videos of myself.  Also any audio of myself.  I’ve sang on a few recordings, I’ve listened to them a handful of times, all I do is find/notice mistakes either on guitar or vocals of myself.  I very seldom listen/look at to any type recordings of myself.

Kim called me on the way home from work Friday to get ready to go out to see “Little Women”.  I’m not much of a fan of period pieces, but there was nothing bad about it, I’ve never read the book.  I had to ask her this on the way though…

She didn’t remember that moment.  I guess when we were dating she just used me for my “Friends” DVDs.  Not sure why she keeps me around now?  Do you think she like…..LIKES me?

I’ll play the heck out of the new 6 string, then continue saving for a trip to where ever Kim wants to go.  Then I’ll save for the Limited Edition Epiphone Les Paul signature Matt Heafy 7 string guitar.  Less than half the price of the guitar recently ordered but it will take longer to save for…….and it’s off of the new 2020 Epiphone guitar website.  I guess all that remains are the guitars in stock at stores.  I feel sick!  There are other 7 string guitars but this was the only one I really liked.  Our “guitar savings” are spent.  Instant gut wrenching heartbreak…….as of Monday morning I find out that Long & McQuade have 9 in stock (at other stores in Canada) and can still get them in from the supplier.  I can’t afford that now, I was thinking a few years down the road.  I think a vacation with Kim & hopefully a house should happen before my final guitar purchase is made, if the funds are available?  I’m doubtful this will still be available at that time.

All 6 strings for me, but HOT DAMN that sexy PRS!  April seems so far away!  I feel like a kid in November waiting for Christmas!

https://www.long-mcquade.com/22227/Guitars/Electric_Guitars/Gibson/Matt_Heafy_Les_Paul_Custom_7_String_Electric_Guitar.htm

I watch WAY too many guitar demos of my ordered guitar & this Epiphone model!

You’ll notice there is no Matt Heafy signature 7 string Les Paul guitar listed in the link below.  The hundreds of others don’t compare for me.  It’s about getting this particular model, not just any 7 string.

https://www.epiphone.com/Guitars/Collection/Artist

The PRS is my last regular guitar, if the 7 string is available 5 years down the road that will complete my guitar purchasing.  If it’s not available I’m done now.  I’m pretty sure I’m done now. Before I was sick I figured one guitar every 4 or 5 years.  Now on one income, I’m done.  Expensive hobby.

I bought an S2 semi-hollow.  They’re really not that affordable unless you started the company!  Mine is an S2 custom 22 semi-hollow.  Same line, different model.  5th highest model out of 6.  Even the cheapest model is more than $1000 retail if it’s a true PRS made in Maryland.  There are other PRS style guitars that are cheaper made overseas.

Kim’s at work all day and doesn’t see my exercise other than walking & stairs where she has to make sure I don’t crack my noggin’ open.  I’m rather inept when it comes to any type of technology so you’ll have to open the Facebook link & scroll down for photos of me & my guitars on Facebook.  The photos were taken on Saturday, January 18, 2020.  I hope this works, my apologies in advance if it doesn’t.  The photos will only on the Facebook link, sorry.  https://www.facebook.com/A-Million-Miles-Away-Blog-1597618270456002/

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A photo of my ugly mug a few weeks shy of turning 40.  12 years after stage 4 brain cancer.  I collapsed at work on Tuesday, February 5th, 2008.  Yes, I’m wearing shorts indoors & it’s a blizzard outside.  I went to a movie in shorts Friday night while wearing shorts, a hoodie, toque, and gloves.  I went from the vehicle to the movie theater.  Yeah, it’s cold out.

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This is me holding my first guitar I received on my 21st birthday from my family.  My (Green) Les Paul made by Tradition guitars that no longer exist.  The guitar is exactly the same as when I received.  This was my main guitar for every live show I ever played.  This guitar seems to push more bass tone, yet the pickups produce a lot of high pitched feedback if you’re not conscious about it.

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This is my (black) Epiphone Explorer.  My girlfriend (now wife) bought it for me as a Christmas gift in 2002, we started dating in April of that year.  I had the pickups changed to EMG pickups for $200 after one show with it.  There’s an active EMG 60 in the neck pickup & an EMG 81 in the bridge pickup.  EMG pickups push more of the higher & mid-range tones which can also cause feedback.  Dave Grohl played a black Gibson Explorer early on in his career with “Foo Fighters”.  My reason for the cursive “F” logo of the band which I added as well as the Canadian flag.  Epiphone is the cheaper version of guitars also made by Gibson.  Same design, cheaper materials.  This has become my main guitar when playing electric guitar.  I play rock music for the most part while dipping my toe deeper into metal music.

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This is the (Brown) Fender Telecaster I received as a gift from a very good friend of mine while going through physiotherapy in 2009.  This is the guitar signed by Ian Thornley, the singer-songwriter from the Canadian rock band “Big Wreck”.  This guitar has 2 single-coil pickups instead of humbucker pickups.  It’s also semi-hollow.  The sound is more geared towards a twangy country music sound or a blues sound on the neck pickup.  I rarely play this guitar, mostly because of the sound, country & blues aren’t suited to my taste in music also the neck of the guitar just doesn’t feel comfortable in my hand?  It is a very nice looking guitar, at least I think so!  I’ve always liked the shape of a Telecaster!

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My acoustic-electric hybrid guitar made by Takamine.  This guitar is the only guitar I have purchased for myself.  I think the electronics inside the guitar fell during the photo?  All of my guitars are either hung on the wall or in a stand on the floor.  They’re more accessible so I can grab one at any time.  My acoustic is typically found in the living room.  The electric guitars are in our office by my guitar amplifier.

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The acoustic guitar on the wall is the one I bought for Kim, the same Christmas she bought me the Epiphone Explorer.  She wanted a blue acoustic guitar.  It’s a blue Washburn acoustic with Grover tuners.  The only blue acoustic I could find in 2002.  She never learned to play it.  I used it to teach a few friends & I’m using it now for the same reason.  No charge, not a wealth of knowledge in my head, just the basics!

My amplifier volume is set to 1 ½ out of 10.  I don’t turn it up in case it bothers our neighbors.  My current amplifier contains one 10” speaker but is VERY loud.  My previous amplifier, before I was sick was 100 Watts with a cabinet of four 12” speakers to put things into perspective.  We lived in a bungalow with my gear in the basement.  I don’t miss carrying my amp & speaker cabinet to the basement at 2:00 am.

All of these guitars are out of production.  I guess they’re not cool enough for others, I like them though!

I hope my ordered guitar isn’t delayed significantly.  PRS were already sold out of the more expensive models, mine wasn’t one of them, before the trade show (NAMM 2020 Jan. 16-19) this past weekend in California.

My other hobby was playing Baseball, which I’m too old to play despite my iPatch & wheelchair.  I watch CFL football & the Toronto Blue Jays faithfully.  CFL starts in the summer.  Blue Jays spring training starts in mid-February.

I find that there is just too much TV these days.  When the fall premiers started I stopped recording quite a few.  Now with the New Year premiers I cancelled the recording of a few more & even bowed out of watching “This Is Us” last week.  There are about 10 shows that I never miss but EVERYTHING is an hour long lately?!  Add streaming to that, I don’t have that kind of time!  Sure I’m at home all day but I have stuff to do & a lot of the shows I watch with Kim when she gets home around 6:00 pm from work.  When I watch 3 hours of baseball every day in the fall, time management gets tricky, especially this upcoming year since the Blue Jays might be decent!  I always find time, as soon as Kim’s home, & we watch “The Ellen Degeneres Show”, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”, “Prodigal Son”, & “Criminal Minds”.

 

Guitarist “Mark Morton” from ‘Lamb of God’ has released a 5 song EP.  Not sure if they’re all cover songs but I instantly recognized 2 1990s rock songs.  One by ‘Pearl Jam’ & one by ‘The Black Crowes’ this is a tame/relaxing EP, not metal at all.  He plays guitar with a different guest vocalist on each song.

 

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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

WEEKEND UPDATE/SEXUAL HARASSMENT

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Thursday evening my mother & grandparents came over for supper.  We ordered from Applebee’s.  I love broccoli, my mother…………………………not so much, her meal came with broccoli too.  I took on the role of a parent “You can’t have _______ until you finish your broccoli”.  She’s on a special diet to lose some weight, in order to have her right knee replaced.  I really had no leverage on her.  She had her left knee replaced on Monday, June 26th.  She was determined to go to the Saskatchewan Roughriders home opener on Saturday, July 1st in the new stadium.  She asked every family member if we thought she’d be able to go to the game, we all said “no”.  Finally she spoke with a nurse giggled & said “no”.  My mother didn’t even leave the hospital until Thursday, June 29th.  She’s doing really well though & no she didn’t make it to the game unfortunately.

Friday was the laziest day ever.  I just sat on the couch, & only got up to use the washroom, fill my water bottle, & eat.  Kim went to the boxing gym around noon to train, did laundry while sitting on the couch with me.

Saturday I watched the Saskatchewan Roughrider game that I had recorded from the night before.  Kim was in & out of the house I called iTunes support about the latest Trivium album I had downloaded from iTunes that had the songs out of order.  Took a while, but my problem was solved!

We went out for supper with Corey, Jolene, 4 year old Hannah, James, & Sherry (Kim’s sister).  Kim’s real birthday is today, so the festivities weren’t finished Saturday night.

Tonight we went out for supper at “The Keg” I’m full & tired!  Kim’s real birthday & Rachel’s on October 30th.  No more food until Christmas for me!

 

FAR MORE IMPORTANT THAN MUSIC STUFF!

 

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Not cool!  As a male I’ve never had to deal with any type of sexual harassment.  Quite a few people I went to school with are all coming out on social media saying “me too”.  It hurts me deeply that they’ve had to deal with this.  I’m glad every person that has dealt with this is now saying they’ve experienced this & want it to stop.  I do also.  It sickens me that there are idiots out there that think this is OK.

http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/ellen-degeneres-shares-me-too-story-milano-urges-action-w509718

Just because I’m a white straight male doesn’t mean it can’t happen to me.  I know that Slipknot/Stone Sour vocalist, Corey Taylor, experienced sexual harassment as a young child by an older “friend”

Those who have dealt with this please remember this one thing.  It’s never ever been your fault.

 

More often it’s a female who gets assaulted.  I have no idea what it feels like to go through this type of harassment.  On behalf of the many more men that share my view on this, I’d like to apologize for all decent humans.

IT WAS NEVER YOUR FAULT!

Watch this movie, but know why it was made.  Joseph Gordon Levitt wanted to show how women are treated as objects & not people.  He sat down with Scarlett Johansson before offering her the script, to tell her why he wrote it?  He wrote it to show how women are viewed as objects not people.

I imagine my apology probably won’t mean much, but I don’t know what else I could say or do, other than support those who have been through this.

 

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

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

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I fell asleep to “Stone Sour” the album “Hydrograd”

I exercised to “Ben Harper” 8 albums on shuffle

 

YAY……………………NOT!  Tuesday was back to reality & the normal everyday grind.

I thought briefly about starting a record/vinyl collection & quickly realized that would be a terrible idea for me.  The cost alone is something we can’t afford.  Then I’d have to find a place to keep the albums.  All of that hassle for us, just to buy vinyl albums, iTunes is fine with me.  Especially now that I’ve figured out what bands/artists I’ll pre-order & who I’ll wait to check out on Apple Music.  I don’t agree with free music (for myself) you get it however you like.  I don’t like the fact that musicians spend so much on studio time only to receive pennies on a streaming site?  I don’t get how someone woke up one day & decided musicians should work for free?  Great for the consumer, terrible for the musicians.

If you’ve made your millions as a musician this shouldn’t matter as much as it does for a new musician trying to rise to fame.  Either way, it just seems wrong to me?

 

My last 2 weeks (maybe more) of physiotherapy, before my final test, were outside in the park.  Learning to sit on a blanket.  It was in July, my back was soaking wet with sweat because it took a lot of energy.  Get out of my wheelchair & get back into it.  To make matters worse, that’s when a bird missed the target on my head & pooped on my shoulder.

My final “test”/physiotherapy session was out of my chair onto the floor.  Crawl over 1 obstacle, 10 pushups on my knees.  Crawl over a 2nd obstacle, 10 crunches, crawl over a 3rd obstacle, return to my wheelchair repeating the exercise on the way back.

 

THAT’S ALL FOR WHAT’S ON MY MIND & CANCER TALK!  HERE COMES THE POPCULTURE STUFF! 

 

Chris Martin (Coldplay) covers Paul Simon’s “Graceland”.  FANTASTIC ALBUM!!!!

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/watch-coldplays-chris-martin-cover-paul-simons-graceland-w501106

 

Releases I’ve pre-ordered for Friday release day!

Then, next Friday

And finally on Friday October 20th

I’m sure there will be more that will pop up out of nowhere between September 15th & October 20th.  This would break us if I bought each of these on vinyl.  Halestorm was rumored to be releasing an album this year…who knows?

 

Audio interview with singer Maynard James Keenan of (A Perfect Circle/Tool/Puscifer)

1 F- BOMB LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

https://www.revolvermag.com/premium-video/culture/home-maynard-james-keenan-singer-link-between-physical-labor-creativity

 

Fall preview of movies 2017

http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/lists/fall-movie-preview-2017-oscar-movies-blade-runner-and-star-wars-w501036

I’m excited for this movie in December.

Might as well start your complaining now.  I’ll see it & likely buy it when it’s released on Blu-ray.

 

Entertaining clips just because I can!

 

The Ellen Degeneres Show began on Tuesday & hit a nerve for me, an important one.  The terrible event in Charlottesville.

To the Nazis, KKK, & racist group.  You are “religious” not truly religious.  I don’t know what book you’re reading, it’s probably the same book that international terrorists are reading & misinterpreting.

 

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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

WEEKEND UPDATE

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Friday night we stayed in & watched the Blue Jays try really hard to lose a game, but they won…while I had beer!

Saturday I went to the brand new football stadium for a concert & to check out the spot we’ll (my parents & I) be sitting for the season.  Our tickets are FANTASTIC!  Wheelchair accessible (no stairs), park almost directly across the street, come in on the concourse (stadium is dug into the ground), very close to center field (were on the 50 yard line, so 5 yards from center field), I was able to get to the washroom near us.  First time in years I’ve been able to have anything to drink at the stadium since the “wheelchair” washrooms at the old stadium weren’t really wheelchair accessible.

Watched the Blue Jays win in the afternoon (5 in a row now), then saw Our Lady Peace, Johnny Reid & Bryan Adams (who thought those 3 acts would ever work together???  Because they don’t).  Our Lady Peace played mostly stuff from the first 4 albums which was about perfect for me.  Johnny Reid was Johnny Reid, & Bryan Adams was FANTASTIC as always!!!!

Our seats are great can’t wait for the season to start!  I hope they can win more than 4 or 5 games this year.

Sunday is more baseball, stuff to do around the house & supper with my grandparents.

 

 

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Why are people complaining about the new Linkin Park?  It’s basically free and you can hear it before you spend at most $12.  Sorry, I can’t justify hatred of an album you can hear before purchasing it so cheap.  Hell, back in my day an album on this thing called a Compact Disc with one song on TV & Radio (if you’re lucky) & would cost me $25.

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

 

Chris Cornell’s funeral.  R.I.P.  Thanks for the music you’ve given us.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/chris-cornell-laid-to-rest-at-private-los-angeles-funeral-w484613

 

Chris Cornell wrote some amazing lyrics be it as a solo artist or within a band.  Some of them we will never know the true meaning behind them.

http://loudwire.com/greatest-chris-cornell-lyrics/

My favourite Soundgarden song!

 

FANTASTIC April fool joke on students

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Stay safe out there, Chris    “Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

HIGH SCHOOL

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I fell asleep to “Paramore” the recently released album “After Laughter”

I exercised to “Rage Against the Machine” the self-titled album

 

I’m 37 now, high school was a loooooooooooooooooooooong time ago.  Next year, I graduated 20 years ago.  High school isn’t something I think of very often since it was so long ago.  It was very much a clique situation.  I wasn’t a jock, “cool kid”, a part of any labeled group.  I hung out with Timothy Wong, Jonny Amore & Guy McWatt.  When I wasn’t with them, Timothy Wong & I hung out with Faye Wallenberg & Jan Wagner.  Both of those groups were pretty much unlabeled from what I know.  My high school was ENORMOUS!  I think my graduating class of 1998 was 240+?  I know for sure it was over 200 people.  I played in the school band, quit that & joined the choir.  Choir stuck as an extra-curricular activity, then I auditioned for the schools Chamber Choir, I made it!  I never expected to be on the list but I was beyond surprised!  The music program was very well regarded, one of the best in Western Canada, how did I fit into that?

In grade 11 (1997) I figured I’d try out for the baseball team, I made that too!  Another thing that I was shocked with!  I was seriously lacking in self-confidence.  I figured eventually “What’s the worst that can happen?  I might as well give it a shot.”  Achieving those 2 things were both pretty cool to me.

That was the last year I played baseball.  Playing 3B on a city league team & my high school team, I ended up throwing my arm out.  It just ached all of the time.  As much as I would have liked to play the next year, I knew I was done, just when I got really good at striking out VERY consistently.  I had one single in my last 2 seasons!  My batting average must have been .008 over the last 2 years, that’s not a good average at all.  A decent average for a 3B is around .260 or more.  I played baseball from the age of 4 – 17 so 1984-1997.  By 1996 the pitching was too fast for me, good thing I knew how to field decently to play every day.

Those were my 2 hobbies.  That’s why I watch as much baseball as possible & know a bit about music.  I may listen to rock & metal quite a bit but I’m not against orchestral music or listening to one of the many Harry Connick Jr. albums I own.

I can’t tell you where this all comes from.  I come in here, in front of my computron & just write verbal diarrhea.  Whatever pops out.  Stream of consciousness, like one of my favourite books “The Catcher in the Rye”.  I haven’t read that in years.

 

If you’re here strictly for the cancer news, that’s all I have for you today. 

 

Since the release of “After Laughter” by “Paramore”, I’ve been on an intense Paramore kick, with all 5 of their albums.  This new one sounds completely different & there’s definitely a “Blondie” influence.  I’ve never been hooked on Blondie though.

Just wanted to show that I’m not the only one who hears a “Blondie” influence.

I went to see “The Proclaimers” last year at the casino.  I remember sitting there thinking to myself “I’m probably the only one here wearing a ‘Lamb of God’ T-Shirt that will be back here in 2 days to see ‘I Mother Earth”

 

With the Manchester bombing & all of the other garbage happening in this world, I’m thankful to wake up the next day, especially with Trump steering, arguably, the most powerful country on earth!  My thoughts go out to those in Manchester who went out to unwind & have a good time.

The world is a VERY UGLY place right now!  It’s only going to get better if we all work together.  Seems like there is hatred around every corner now.  Remember how some little picture said it takes 42 muscles to frown and only 10 or fewer to smile?  I say “Smile & Wave” more at people instead of frowning & shuffling on.  It’s an ugly “dirty world” out there, do what you can to help out someone, it doesn’t have to be a HUGE gesture.  Help an elder cross the street?

I feel sorry for the younger generation that will inherit this mess we’ve collectively screwed up.  At least we get a mood booster from Ellen Degeneres weekly!

 

Rockers react to the attack in Manchester

http://loudwire.com/rockers-react-manchester-concert-bombing/

I totally agree with Randy Blythe, of Lamb of God! “..the human race must do better than this..”

I’m not against any religion or atheist, believe in whatever you choose or don’t believe at all.  What religious book are they reading?  What ‘God’ would tell followers to kill others?  Why do others have to conform to the same religion as the EXTREMISTS do?  Why aren’t the other religious followers of the same religion doing what the extremists are doing?

I’m not trying to take this latest attack lightly.  If you think about it ISIS are like the carnival game whack-a-mole. They pop up, mess with your day, and go back into hiding before you can get them.  Why?  Because members of ISIS know they did something wrong!
 

New ‘Stone Sour’ video!!!!!!!!!!!!  Album out June 30th

 

Apple Music playlist of recent rock releases.  I’ve got both “Highly Suspect” albums & a few on preorder at the moment.  “Stone Sour”, “Royal Blood”, & “Nothing but Thieves”.  I really like the “Muse” single as well.  I bought the single & attached it to my favourite Muse album or else I’d never listen to it as a standalone single.

http://mixing.io/playlist/apple-music-rock-the-a-list-rock

 

Why so that there are more people to witness and be injured in a terrorist attack?  You need to think a step ahead of ISIS!  I don’t see adding more troops/security/police doing much unless they know what to look for.  Until our protectors change the game & get ahead, the same thing will continue to happen.   I’m not trying to say they aren’t doing as much as possible at the moment, but whoever they are, it’s time to change their/our approach.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/uks-may-sends-military-to-concerts-sports-events-w483933

http://ultimateclassicrock.com/guns-n-roses-security-ireland/

 

Busy day, lots to do here.  Not much time for the computron or interweb today.  I’ll be on here later.  Mostly I’ll be watching the Blue Jay game today!

 

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“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

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I fell asleep to “Pearl Jam” the album “Ten”

Just stretching to “Soundgarden” the album “Badmotorfinger”

 

Yes, I’m feeling better, I just have an annoying cough that I can’t shake off.  My chiropractor saw my MRI.  He said I could have surgery ASAP or leave it until later on.  My leg & back feel fine right now, but I’ll see the surgeon & have the surgery as soon as I can.  Why wait, let’s get it done & over with.

I chatting with a friend of mine who’s friend’s daughter was mugged & shot in the face.  The daughter is 24-25.  My friend was angry that something that stupid & random could even happen.  Kim & I watch The Ellen Degeneres Show every day.  First thing when Kim gets home from work.  I couldn’t find the author she had on the show Wednesday, but I tried to remember something the author said.  The author of the book had lost a young child.

I remember the author saying ‘Don’t ask if you can do something.  Just do something to help.  Don’t make them reach out to you.’  That really got to me, that’s what I told my friend.

I never thought of it that way?  I’ll remember that.  Of course they need help, anyone in that situation would.  The smallest thing can go a long way.

Nothing is certain in life other than “I know I was born & I know that I’ll die the in between is mine”

Sure, the in between is yours but there’s often random people or things that can mess with your life.  You have to learn how to deal with situations that arise.

http://www.reginapolice.ca/2017/04/request-assistance-robbery-7/

I remember being in the hospital & people would ask me what I needed or wanted.  Cam & Michelle asked me what I needed.  I wanted to live, but that’s not what I asked for.  I asked for a copy of “Batman: The Dark Knight” that had recently been released.  My uncle in Airdrie, Alberta also asked what I needed I said ‘The Rick Mercer Report’ book.

I don’t know what I was thinking, the fact that they caught me awake was a shot in the dark!  I watched the movie in the hospital.  I tried to read the book but didn’t realize I had bad double vision.

I didn’t really know I had cancer with a very slim chance of surviving.  I figured I was maybe sleep deprived or something like that.  Corey brought me the 2nd Thornley album that he knew I was waiting for.  Laurie brought me 2 signed guitars, 1 signed by Ian Thornley for me, & 1 signed by Chad Kroeger of “Nickelback” to raffle off.

Those all may seem like little insignificant things, but they’re were all sincere & showed that they care.

 

If you’re here strictly for the cancer news, that’s all I have for you today.  Slow/Quiet week.  Stretching everyday & many routine appointments to come by the end of July.

 

I just googled release dates for 2017 that are confirmed, but yet to be recorded, I saw no Tool.  I did see A Perfect Circle though under the TBA section.

 

Highly Suspect made a 2nd video from their 2nd album.  “The Boy Who Died Wolf” the song “Little One” LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Todd Bryanton’s “Beep Beep I’m a Sheep” got a remix!

 

Took long enough.  The Stone Sour album has a release date on June 30th, preorder is now available on iTunes

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

 

Dave Grohl & his mother, Virginia Grohl, on Stephen Colbert

 

Soundgarden shared it.  I was listening to this album earlier this week!

 

I like these guys catchy pop band that still remind me of INXS light.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/the-1975-announce-new-album-music-for-cars-w479269

 

I don’t get the point of reissued albums?  Always comes off to me as a cash grab for the artist or their estate.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/princes-purple-rain-reissue-to-include-never-heard-songs-w479275

 

FYI I saw a photo earlier this week of Soundgarden rehearsing & the caption said “Rehearsing for tour”

 

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“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

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I fell asleep to “In Flames” the new album “Battles”

More stretching today, no music.  I just do sets of 20 throughout the day.  Oddly enough, my foot tingles only when I stretch.  The other times I’m fine, until I try to do my exercise.  I’ll try to do something then my body chimes in “You can’t do that idiot that still hurts”!  I hate it when my body’s right!

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I was keeping it small this year.  Mitch, Rachel, Corey, Jolene, Hannah, James, Sherry, my parents, my grandparents, & of course Kim.  Saturday night we all had supper at Bobby’s Tavern.  After supper everyone but my parents & grandparents came back to our place.  We’re all getting old, I was in bed by 11:00pm.  Corey & Jolene brought me some Rebellion beer & a gift card for more beer when needed.  Little Hannah (3) brought me a fantastic painting with a big rainbow!  It’s on display on our shelves beside our front door.

Sunday morning we went to my parents to see my cousin from Saskatoon & her 5 month old baby.  Dad was making eggs benedict, so we made sure it didn’t go to waste.  Sunday & Monday, I was just tired.

Monday my parents took Kim & I out for lunch.  Kim & Dad took the day off.  We came home & tried not to make any sudden movements.  I think Kim won that one.  I came in here just to check my email, by the time I went back to the living room, Kim & Brewster were asleep on the couch.  If Brewster can get on Kim’ lap, he’s out cold!

 

Original Live lineup on the way!!!!  The new lineup is good too, different but good!

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/live-members-talk-unlikely-reunion-moving-past-mudslinging-w462819

 

Well you can read the article between Maynard James Keenan & Canada’s radio host George Strombo.  I can’t get the audio to work?

 

Behind the track “You don’t even know” by “Big Wreck”

 

I’m not the smartest individual when it comes to politics.  I’m pretty sure the mass shooting in a Mosque in Quebec are somehow related to Trumps ban on immigration of 7 mid-eastern countries.  Now he’s helping/causing terrorism in Canada.  Whatever terrorist group did this is saying “We don’t care what race or religion we kill.  As long as someone dies.”  Well I hope Trump is happy, the majority of us aren’t!

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2017/01/lawyers_take_on_donald_trump_s_muslim_ban.html

 

50 top hard rock/metal frontwomen of all time!

http://loudwire.com/top-hard-rock-metal-frontwomen-of-all-time/

 

Don’t forget people new “Big Wreck” album on Friday.  Only 3 sleeps right Mitch Fraser!

 

Did anyone else notice that the movie “1984” was among the top movie rentals on the weekend on iTunes?  Coincidence?

 

Well Ben Affleck says he’ll still act in the DC movies, directing NO!  If he’s not directing at least he’s still acting in it.

http://www.nme.com/news/film/ben-affleck-drops-out-of-directing-new-batman-movie-1964063?lazyload=0&utm_source=flipboard&utm_medium=app&utm_campaign=flipboard_rss_feed&utm_content=nme&utm_campaign=nme-31-jan-2017-31-01-2017&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter

 

Dave Grohl listens to his first band “Scream” on Sonic Highways outtakes

I don’t think anyone likes listening to themselves.  Even your outgoing message on a phone for message manager.  Even on the few recordings I’ve been a part of, everybody hears their mistakes, not the good stuff and say “Oh, I should have done this instead of that”!

 

Trump wanted to make his mark.  He did already & it was an EPIC FAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/ill-piss-wall-protestors-made-feelings-clear-donald-trumps-muslim-ban-1964126?lazyload=0&utm_source=flipboard&utm_medium=app&utm_campaign=flipboard_rss_feed&utm_content=nme&utm_campaign=nme-31-jan-2017-31-01-2017&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter

That’s A LOT OF HATRED!  In a weird way he divided everyone while bringing us together.  Most of us can agree Trump’s not the person for the job.  Can we get Michelle Obama to take over & have Ellen Degeneres as her running partner?

 

Metallica debut a song live

http://loudwire.com/watch-pro-shot-footage-metallica-live-confusion/

 

 

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Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres