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Truth be told, I would have liked to avoid my computron this week entirely!  That could be my biggest reason for not having a cell phone.  Holy sensory overload Batman!

I fell asleep to “Dream Theater” the album “Black Clouds & Silver Linings”

 

I exercised to “Alice Cooper” the new album “Paranormal”

 

Some stuff to do around the house & it feels like an “I Mother Earth” day, the album “Blue, Green, Orange”

 

Exercise total this week, a 4 day week; 400 crunches, 400 leg lifts, 295 pushups, 160 back flexes, & 20 minutes of planking!  Every day starts with me exercising, no shower, dressed in workout attire, & no breakfast.

I was playing with the pushup number, 75 is probably an achievable number per day.

Well I’m alive, cancer didn’t win.  Let’s get things straight.  I did nothing to sway the outcome of this cancer garbage.  My body, nurses, doctors, & Kim were not giving up on me!  I was in a coma for a month, then slept 23 hours a day until early 2009.  Waking up only for pain killers & randomly awake for very light physio.

When I moved to the WRC, I wasn’t in the know as to what was ahead for me or why I couldn’t continue my therapy at the hospital?  I do remember, while sleeping at the hospital in 2008, asking Kim in a dream if she could take over, because I needed a break.

The day I passed out at work was Tuesday, February 5th 2008.  6 days after my 28th birthday & I’m pretty sure I gave myself the worst birthday present ever!  BAZINGA!

I blacked out completely after Kim came into the Ambulance in the parking lot at my work.  I do remember a doctor checking my reflexes by pushing a pen cap on my fingernails to see if I’d pull my hand back from the pain.  I did & had some nasty thoughts about smacking the doctor upside of their head it hurt so much!  Other than that, I was out for a year or a little bit more.  Great company for Kim, her sister was with her for a lot of it………………I think?

I have a job, to make myself better!  I hate spending too much time on the computer.  Doing this blog 3 times a week is much better for me & likely for you as well!  Don’t think that I do nothing all day.  I exercise for 1.5 – 2 hours first thing in the morning, have breakfast, shower, usually tend to the dishwasher or whatever needs to be done around here, lunch is in there somewhere, I write portions of the next blog post, finish up whatever chore I have to do & hit the couch by 2:00 pm or 3:00 pm.  Somethings take a bit longer for me to do, & somethings I can do just like I used to.  If it’s a new task or in a different environment, I’ll need some time to figure out if I can do it or if I’ll need help.

 

THAT’S ALL FOR THE CANCER TALK FOR NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

For most Americans, this was Barenaked Ladies 1st album, it’s actually their 5th album.  Their debut full length album was “Gordon”.  My first concert at the age of 12!

5th album, released in 1998

1st full length album released in July of 1992.  The artwork was different when I bought the CD!  A few weeks more than 25 years ago!

 

13 years ago Alter Bridge released their first album “One Day Remains” & Donnie wasn’t president.  A much simpler time!

I have this 3 CD bundle on the way from Alter Bridge in September B-Side, rarities, & a live album as well.  Not on iTunes, but the actual CDs.  There is a package with a documentary DVD but I have the 10th anniversary box set with numerous long interviews from each band member.

http://smarturl.it/LiveAtTheO2

 

China is making a replica of the Titanic.  I hope this one floats when it hits an ice berg!

http://www.cbc.ca/news/multimedia/the-titanic-rises-again-china-makes-history-by-remaking-it-1.4238912

 

Metal fans, Canada has something to bring to the party!

http://loudwire.com/best-canadian-metal-bands/

I’ll add 3 to that list!  “The Agonist” from Quebec, “Into Eternity” of Regina, & “Third Ion” from Regina.  All touring bands.  Into Eternity has played alongside big name metal acts such as “Megadeth” & “Dream Theater”

 

OK, I’m more than ready for the new Queens of the Stone Age album on August 25th!

2nd single

1st single

 

I’m surprised America still has allies?  Donnie has pretty much any discounted &/or shamed every country possible.

You had to know this type of thing would happen with Donnie as president.  WWIII was easily a possibility with him leading America.  Does he have an off switch?

 

I’m not ending this with news about Donnie.  How about Helium infused beer!

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WEEKEND UPDATE

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No summer vacation for us.  Kim’s work is rather shorthanded this month.

Friday ended with me having a beer & a covfefe while watching “Prime Time Sports with Bob McCown” followed by a trip to “The Queen City Ex” aka the carnival aka “Buffalo Days” to see “I Mother Earth” & “The Watchmen” in concert for a WHOPPING $12!  AWESOME!

We can look at this a few different ways.  A) I saw two of my BIG name bands from the ‘90s last year in 2 separate concerts at the casino.  B) I just saw them together Friday night at the travelling carnival.  C) Since 1999 I’ve been able to see them live while drinking a beer & paying less to see them.

The Watchmen are a fairly successful Canadian rock band, & incredible live.  The albums are great & then you see them live & they blow your mind they’re so good!

I Mother Earth is well taken among hard rock fans, but not for everyone.  I know Kim didn’t want to be there, but she stuck around, she could have left, I could have gotten a ride home with Mitch.

I guess Edwin’s back & Bryan’s out doing his solo country thing or is a concert promoter now.  Unfortunately Edwin & Bryan sound nothing alike.  We likely will never hear anything from the last 2 albums live (Edwin recorded just the first 2 albums).

The Watchmen played first from 7:00 pm – 8:20 pm or so finishing with their big hit………………

I Mother Earth played just as long & radio edit versions were not involved at all.  I think when they made the set list they may have been thinking something like this “They want this 7 minute song to be 5 minutes?  Too bad we’re making it 7:30 minutes long!”

I typically don’t like bands that improvise/”jam” on stage, if I’d have to choose one band that does it, I’d pick I Mother Earth in a heartbeat.

All we heard from I Mother Earth was about 5 songs from the first album and I’m guessing 7 songs from the second album.  Yes, we saw some slap guitar!  Not slap bass, but slap guitar in a solo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Who else does that?

This solo below has slap guitar in it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Drummer, bassist, guitar, vocals, & 2 additional percussionists FANTASTIC!

I had somewhat of a high school crush Friday night watching these bands.  I discovered The Watchmen at home from sick one day on Much Music, Canada’s MTV.  1994 I saw this video on MM……………

1996 rolled around & this video and song was everywhere……………..

 

If it costs me $6 per ‘90s Canadian rock band now, there are a few more I’d love to see doing a reunion tour, that will likely never happen or they’re still together!

  1. A) Finger Eleven still together. They haven’t stopped since they changed their name from “Rainbow Butt Monkeys” & recorded the album “Tip” in 1998
  1. B) Matthew Good Band almost a guarantee to NOT get back together
  1. C) Wide Mouth Mason, maybe?
  1. D) Our Lady Peace together & opening for Guns n’ Roses, I don’t know if Our Lady Peace ever really stopped, much like Econoline Crush? Both just seemed to fade away from the spotlight? I’m not a Guns n’ Roses fan, I won’t be there.  I did just see Our Lady Peace open for Bryan Adams though.  They’re together & they’re good, as long as they keep the bulk of their shows on songs from their first 4 albums, which they did when I saw them!  Our Lady Peace last released an album in 2012 & Econoline Crush is recording with a new contract & label.  Currently there are 5 of their albums on iTunes, the most recent from 2010, a greatest hits album.

There could be many more added to that list of ‘90s rock bands, but that list would make me EXTREMELY happy!  Big Wreck has been back since 2011 & have released 3 albums & a 7 song EP of live songs & a cover.

The coolest thing about Friday night was that I was wearing a metal band T-Shirt, Lamb of God, & was complimented on it twice!  Once waiting for the show to start & some guy flashed me the metal horns on our way to our vehicle after the show.

I’ve had this experience before wearing one of my Into Eternity shirts in Boston & Edmonton.  Into Eternity is a local metal band that has done quite well as far as underground metal goes, check iTunes or your local music store, you’ll see 4 albums & 2 singles.  The first album is difficult to find.

Saturday evening we were babysitting for our friends.  Kim took Hannah to the “Emoji Movie”.  I stayed home with Brewster & the Roughriders game & the Blue Jays game.

 

Sunday Kim & Hannah had breakfast before I was even awake from sleeping on the couch.  I’m not sure where Brewster ended up sleeping?  He tends to roam when Hannah’s here.  He’s not sure how he’ supposed to act around young kids, he tends to get scared & find a quiet spot or curl up on my lap.  He does this also if there’s more than 3 or 4 people around as well.  Poor guy’s getting old, he’ll be 12 years old on January 31st, 2018.  We got him from a breeder down the street from us in April of 2006.

We finished Sunday with an early birthday BBQ for Corey at their place & a pile of Corey & Jolene’s friends.  I’d call it an annual event (well, the last 4 years as far as I know).  Corey smokes a brisket, we all eat & drink!

While at Corey & Jolene’s place I had a VERY odd sense of anxiety.  I don’t know what caused it, it certainly wasn’t anyone’s fault.  It was all in my head!  I didn’t freak out or anything, I just clamed up & felt out of place?  I couldn’t tell you why, I just felt awkward among people that I have no reason to?  Weird feeling, never happened to me before?  Again, nobody’s fault, it was all in my head.

Monday will be a lazy day for us, get ready for the week, watch whatever is half decent on TV or Netflix, lay low & prepare for Tuesday.  Yes, Saskatchewan, Canada has the most days off than any other province I think it is?

 

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I’m a big fan of Lamb of God, In Flames, Trivium, & many more metal bands!  Trivium has made 2 albums that are terrible to me though.  I have issues with “The Crusade” & “Shogun”.  I do like the song ‘The Crusade’, as for “Shogun” they seem to get stuck on a riff & repeat it many times.  Quite a few fans call “Shogun” their favourite album.  I don’t get it, but to each their own!  I got into them on the 2nd album “Ascendancy” released in 2005.  I own most of the CDs, until the last 2 which I bought on iTunes.  Anyways, here’s a review/reaction to the new single & the instrumental ‘The Crusade’.

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

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

 

I just figured we’d all be using emojis in the not so distant future?

http://www.rollingstone.com/glixel/features/rick-and-morty-creator-interview-w493420

 

Pearl Jam shared it, & it’s the first song on my favourite Pearl Jam album!  Listened to this album every day on the way to my summer job in 1998!

 

FYI – The Paranormal album from Alice Cooper is REALLY good!

 

So many conspiracy theories flying around the death of Chris Cornell & Chester Bennington.  Leave it alone & let them R.I.P.

 

Yep, it’s a marathon, not a sprint at a Foo Fighters show!  They tell you as they begin a show.

https://consequenceofsound.net/2017/08/foo-fighters-32-song-three-and-a-half-hour-lollapalooza-aftershow-was-something-to-behold-video-setlist/

 

How do the Blue Jays lose 16-7 on Friday in Houston, then play the same team the next day & win 4-3 in an extra inning.  Then go into the 9th inning ahead 6-3 and lose the game in the 9th inning 7-6?  Best team in baseball (Houston Astros) vs. the 2nd worst team (Toronto Blue Jays).  If you’re a casual Blue Jay fan, you may not want to watch a game for a year or two, this could get horrific!?

 

The fact that Pauly Shore is still around is incredible.  I love the Movie “Son-in-Law”

http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/pauly-shore-mocks-stephen-millers-statue-of-liberty-presser-w496193

 

A Rolling Stones member had lung cancer & survived, without the public knowing?

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/ronnie-wood-on-cancer-battle-it-could-have-been-curtains-w496199

 

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

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

 

 

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“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL / 4 DAY WEEK FOR US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I fell asleep to “Halflives” the album “Empty Rooms”

I exercised to “I Mother Earth” the album “Scenery & Fish”.  Close to 8 minutes long!  Perfect for my planking with rest periods & then lying on the floor exhausted.

100 leg lifts, 100 crunches, 50 one day then 60 pushups the rest of the week, 5 minutes of planking & 20 back flexes a day.  400 leg lifts, 400 crunches, 80 back flexes, 20 minutes of planking, & 50+60+60+60=230 pushups over 4 days.

Now I need to get my butt moving on some cardio, said nobody in their right mind.  If Kim & I get up & just go walking with my walker, or to the recumbent exercise bike, first thing in the morning on either Saturdays or Sundays, I’ll do it!  I want to get up & get it over with, then start my day without the constant thought that I have to squeeze in some cardio.

I really don’t take MY cancer too serious now.  Whenever Kim takes me to any type of cancer appointment, in my head I try to downgrade it……..I’m fine & I’m alive, & I laugh at MY cancer.  I don’t ever need to think of it as this terrible life changing event.  I go for a blood test, needles don’t bother me, I turn to Kim while the nurse is putting the band around my arm & say to Kim “Hold me Kimmy, pwease”? Then all 3 of us get a little chuckle!  If you can’t laugh at yourself, how do you intend to laugh at anything?

I increased my pushups by 10 every day from 40 to 50, 2 sets of 25, at some point I lost my mind?  As of Tuesday, I now do 40 back flexes & 60 pushups (in 3 sets of 20).  Wow I’m out of shape.  On the other hand, I was wearing a T-Shirt the other day that was tight in the arms & shoulders.  Maybe this exercising is doing something?

 

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I’m sorry, I just can’t stop laughing.  My sides hurt Hahahahaha!!!  I feel sad for those that didn’t vote for him, like 70% of Americans.

LIMITED LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

He’s polling at 36% right now.  “That’s pretty close to 40%.  That’s pretty good.”- Donald Trump.  Either 36% or 40% is an Epic Fail!

 

What do ‘Stone Sour’ fans think of ‘Nickelback’?

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

 

Rock’s not dead, it’s just not at the forefront of music right now.  Hip-hop & pop music have taken that spot for now.  Lots of people prefer the radio friendly pop, hip-hop, or country music.

 

Taylor Hawkins, drummer of Foo Fighters, on Donald Trump.

http://loudwire.com/foo-fighters-taylor-hawkins-president-trump-we-got-what-we-deserve/

CENSORED LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

The Alter Bridge anthology has been preordered as of June.  I don’t need the documentary, it wasn’t in the package I chose.  I’ve got their 10 year box-set with many interviews & all first 4 albums on vinyl & CD.

LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   In the video or go ahead & read the article.

http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/alter-bridge-live-at-the-o2

 

Long article with singer, Hayley Williams of ‘Paramore’.  I still can’t get enough of this album!

https://i-d.vice.com/en_gb/article/hayley-williams-everythings-gonna-be-everything?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

I guess Tim Burton is making a live action “Dumbo” movie.  A movie I can pass on.  I’m not a fan of these reboots at the moment.  I’m old enough to have seen the original!

http://www.nme.com/blogs/the-movies-blog/tim-burtons-dumbo-will-ruin-your-childhood-2112213?utm_content=manual&utm_campaign=socialflow&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nme

 

Are Guns n’ Roses recording a new album?

https://www.alternativenation.net/guns-n-roses-original-new-album-plan-will-surprise-you/

I’ve got 1987 debut album “Appetite for Destruction” honestly I’ve listened to it all the way through once.  It’s in the closet behind me, not even on my iTunes or iPod.  I have no desire to listen to it.  Whoever announces at the Roughrider games found a different song to play before the game the last 2 seasons, but this year, in a new stadium, they went back 30 years to play “Welcome to the Jungle” again?

I go to the Saskatchewan Roughrider games for one reason only.  Not the music, overpriced food & beverages, the half time show, etc.  I go to watch a football game.  I must be a sucker for punishment?  I watch the Riders & the Toronto Blue Jays.  Neither team will be winning anything this year, despite me yelling/coaching from my couch or seat at the Rider home games.

Well, I’m done for the week.  I have a Toronto Blue Jay game to watch in ½ hour.  I guess 65,000 people in Boston have the day off?  Now the blog will go back to Sunday, Wednesday, & Friday.

 

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“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

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I fell asleep to “Nothing but Thieves” their self-titled debut album.  Their 2nd album “Broken Machine” is out in September!

I exercised to “Alice in Chains” the album “Facelift”.  Alice in Chains were labeled as a metal group that gained success with the grunge movement.  If the media labeled them as metal, Soundgarden could easily been thrown into that mix.

Sunday ended with us having supper in Corey & Jolene’s back yard.  We were guinea pigs for the new smoker, we’re alive, the meat was tasty & safe!

I really had to check my pride at the door at WRC.  I’d have a bath once a week, every patient had a schedule for a bath once a week.  Complete strangers saw me naked, covered me up once I was on the gurney, take me to the bath, lower me into the bath & wash me or more often Kim would wash me.  It was awkward at first for me but I got over that pretty fast.

When I started this blog & acted like Trump or worse I thought I truly deserved something fantastic.  I beat a life threatening disease, & everyone was calling me a “Hero”.  I bought in to everybody’s hype & forgot how to remain humble.  What should I have done instead?  Remain humble, not let the hype get to me, & just be thankful to be alive, which is good enough for me!  Unfortunately I realized that later than I should have.  When I mess something up, I truly am my own worst enemy.

What made me think of entitlement?  There was a guy who was doing physiotherapy at the same time as I was with my occupational therapist.  He flipped out on the physiotherapist, started swearing at her, pointed to me and yelled “I WANT TO BE DOING WHAT HE’S DOING!” The next day when I had physiotherapy I apologized to my physiotherapist, telling her “Sorry you had to deal with that garbage yesterday”.  She replied “It comes with the territory”.  I told her “It shouldn’t though”.

I’ll admit that I had a rough day also.  I didn’t yell or swear at anyone.  I just said “No, not today!  I’m tired & I don’t feel like doing anything!”  I went for a short walk with my walker, Kim, & my physiotherapist.  I apologized the next day for my behavior.  My therapist said “That’s OK.  Everyone has a rough day once in a while”.  However you want to look at it, it’s not right!  What I should have said initially is “Sorry, I’m tired & I need a day off from therapy today.  Is it OK if I take today off?”

Guess who was sitting next to me in our (mom, dad, & I) Saskatchewan Roughrider season ticket seats?  The guy who flipped out that one day in therapy.  I don’t like what he did but, forgive & forget I guess, it’s done now.

 

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The countdown for the new Royal Blood album is out Thursday @ midnight eastern time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 2 days

 

They’re both very HEAVY metal musicians, if this happens it could go either way for me.

http://loudwire.com/opeth-mikael-akerfeldt-may-start-project-with-devin-townsend/

 

So it’s Monday in the late morning & I just found out The Watchmen are co-headlining the Queen City Exhibition!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  WOOT WOOT

 

Finally “Despicable Me 3” in theaters June 30th.  I’ve been waiting for the release date to be announced!

 

I was emptying the dishwasher after my exercise & breakfast.  Then realized it has been a while since I’ve listened to this album……………..

 

So many people like to go on youtube or any type of social media & just drop a HUGE pile of crap on how much they dislike a movie, album, song, etc.  I’m guilty of doing that also.  OK, could you have done anything even remotely close to that?  Maybe, maybe not?  Until you can & have you might as well keep quiet.  When you do will your feelings be hurt if 2 out of 3 people just demolish your “art” on social media?  If you don’t like it, why are you even involved with anything to do with it?  Leave it alone & walk away or voice your opinion your own www.youtube.com channel dedicated to finding flaws in everything!  Most of us are old enough to make up our own mind!

 

I record & watch Jimmy Fallon & Conan the day after the late night showing.  I’m currently watching Jimmy Fallon.  Everybody rush out & get some “Tonight Dough” Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, 100% of the proceeds go to child charity.  You can eat ice cream while helping out & say “I had to do it for the kids!”  Just like miracle treat day at Dairy Queen!

Oddly enough, I was listening to this “Fleetwood Mac” album on Monday!

 

I think “Queens of the Stone Age” will be releasing their album soon?  Their Facebook page is active lately?  It will be their follow up to “…Like Clockwork” & 7th studio album!

 

Ozzfest meets Knotfest.  Probably too much metal for me?

http://loudwire.com/ozzfest-meets-knotfest-return-2017/

I have no problem with Ozzy Osbourne, Slipknot are OK I just prefer Slipknot Light, Stone Sour!

 

Just to cool not to share!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

The majority of metal fans are great people, just like every other community.  There’s a bad apple in every community.  Metal fans tend to get a “bad reputation.”

http://loudwire.com/reddit-metalhead-guitar-late-father/

 

It’s gay pride week so if you’re an #LGBTQ member in or out of the closet, I fully support you as long as you’re a kind person.  If someone picks on you or makes fun of you because of your sexuality, I hope you have the strength to brush it off.  There are many idiots out there, but there’s also many people like me who fully support you!  Please don’t live a lie about your sexuality “Be Yourself” & own it.

 

Again LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

“If an asshole hates you, that’s a good thing” – Jesse Hughes singer of ‘The Eagles of Death Metal’

 

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“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

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I fell asleep to “The Watchmen” still hooked on the album “Live & in Stereo”

I exercised to “Paramore” the album “All We Know is Falling”

I cleaned to “Foo Fighters” the album “One by One”

 

I ramped up some of my numbers & added yoga to the routine this week.  Much better this way!  I wanted to get up early today.  I wanted to do some stuff around the house so I could watch the baseball game that starts in roughly 2.5 hours, so I went to bed at 9:30 pm.  I usually stay up until 10:30 or 11:00 and get up at 7:00 am.  Today I was out of the bedroom shortly after 5:00 am.  I’m done what I wanted to finish & now I’m tired & sweaty.  I did my exercise, had my breakfast.  Emptied the dishwasher & cleaned both washrooms & 7:50 am.

While I was cleaning the mirrors in the bathrooms, I noticed my beard has many grey/white whiskers in it!  I guess that’s to be expected, I’m 37 but I sure don’t feel like it!!!!!!!!  I stay up late & I like to get up & get things done so I have some free time, but today is already ridiculous!  I’m out now to see what else I can do around here before the ball game.

I will never force my religion on anyone.  I Anglican & if you’re not that’s fine with me.  Any religion or atheism is OK in my books, as long as you’re a good person.  It’s the radical extremists I’ll never understand.  What book are they reading, that their God tells them to kill others?

As George Carlin said, ‘Who created killing?’  His simple reply ‘Humans’ & he’s right.  I think every individual has the capability to kill, but the majority of us don’t since we know it’s not right!

As much as we hate, we also have the ability to be respectful & decent to each other.  Why don’t more people act on that trait?  Sure there are many things I don’t like, am I going to go so far to harm anyone who likes something I don’t?  No!  I’ll leave them be & find something else that I enjoy.

My intent is to be happy.  Killing or harming others is never something I’d do or take pleasure in doing.

Little LANGUAGE HERE!  “If an asshole hates me, that’s a good thing” – Jesse Hughes singer of “Eagles of Death Metal” after the attack in Paris.

 

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Our Lady Peace & I Mother Earth were my first ‘rock’ bands I got hooked in high school in the 1990s.  Our Lady Peace’s first album “Naveed” took some warming up to it & now that’s my go to OLP album.  I Mother Earth’s 2nd album “Scenery & Fish” quickly became one of my favourite albums ever, both albums were Canada’s reaction/reply to the “grunge” movement in the USA.  OLP released their first album “Naveed” in 1994 & IME released their 2nd album “Scenery & Fish” in 1996.

Getting to see my first 2 rock bands from high school, late last year & on the weekend were both a real treat for me.  Of course I own all of the CDs, with the exception of the newest Our Lady Peace album which was released in 2012.

I remember driving 2 friends to high school with the 1st Our Lady Peace album on.  I said “These guys will be huge!!!”  They thought I was off of my rocker, & told me that it wouldn’t happen.  The first 2 singles on their 2nd album were HUGE hits.  I was right but the singer sounded as though he was whinier, that got a little worse with every release.  I should have stopped buying their music after the 4th album of 7 or 8?

Even live on Saturday they knew to play only 2 songs from their 5th album & everything else was from their 1st 4 albums.  They started with a song from the 1st album & finished with a song from the 1st album.

 

20 best-selling hard rock & metal albums in the USA.

http://loudwire.com/best-selling-hard-rock-metal-albums-u-s/#photogallery-1=1

 

I googled the top 20 best-selling albums in Canada & it wasn’t pretty.  I saw Aqua, Celine Dion, Shania Twain, & a few others.  Celine Dion & Shania Twain had multiple albums on the list.  I was unable to search for just hard rock & metal albums in Canada.  Apparently Canadians just ate this up though???????????????????????????????????  Oh, Canada  L  WHY??????

 

Top 50 metal albums of all time.  According to www.loudwire.com

http://loudwire.com/top-metal-albums-of-all-time/

I was listening to ‘Pantera’ album “Vulgar Display of Power” just the other day!

 

Why does a metal fan have to have long hair, a beard & swear so much?

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

 

Describing the different subgenres of metal music sucks & ends up wasting my time in the end.  If non-metal fans want to know, I recommend watching the documentary “Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey”, the TV series “Metal: Evolution”, or they can continue their life calling it screamy music.  I just call it metal, I know what it means!

 

Alter Bridge will tour the crap out in Europe, have they ever played Canada?  Yeah, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.  That typical Canadian tour!  “Ah, there’s nobody else in Canada!”

https://www.alterbridge.com/tour


This needs no explanation, just a good chuckle!

 

Muse with The Edge from U2 performing “Where the Streets have no Name”

 

Anybody asking Foo Fighters to play at any event had better be ready to hear them for a minimum of 2 hours!

http://www.spin.com/2017/05/foo-fighters-everlong-bottlerock-festival-pulls-plug-curfew/

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

 

Our Lady Peace covers The Cars & The Beatles.  When I saw them in 1998, & they covered The Beatles, that’s when The Beatles’ White album became my favourite Beatles album!

 

Trivium shared it.  It’s metal…………………

 

Wonder Woman hits theaters on Friday.  I’m going to see it long after the hard core comic fans see it.

 

Lamb of God shared one of my favourite songs!  It’s metal…….

 

I guess the punk band “Rancid” are still around.  I like them but most of their album tracks are a little bit too much heavy punk for me.  This new song sounds quite a bit like their hit in the 1990s “Time Bomb”

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/hear-rancids-boisterous-new-song-where-im-going-w484999

 

The Toronto Blue Jays won 17-2 with 3 homeruns capped off with a grand-slam by Short Stop Troy Tulowitzki!  They won 6-4 Tuesday night on 4 home runs.  The question is, do they have any more of that left for today’s afternoon game?  How will the next 4 games go with the N.Y. Yankees in town?

 

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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.

 

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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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Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WEEKEND UPDATE/HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Friday evening, I watched the baseball game while slightly intoxicated.  It felt like an 18 day work week to me.  I needed to cut loose somewhat.  I don’t even work at a real job, I was just exercising as normal.

Best part of the weekend thus far is as of Saturday after the Jays game they have won 4 games straight & have won 7 of their last 10 games with 7/25 of their everyday roster being on the disabled list.  2 of them are expected back this week.  At the moment they have $85 million not playing due to injury.

As for mother’s day, BBQ burgers are what mom’s craving.  Unfortunately Kim’s mom lives a few hours away.  Happy mother’s day to my mother-in-law.  Sorry I won’t be on here much this weekend as usual.  Especially this weekend, very busy!

 

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Kim & I will be binge watching “13 Reasons Why” on Netflix.  If you haven’t started watching it, what’s wrong with you?  Hahahahahahaha!

We’ve already watched the first season of “Riverdale” on Netflix.  It’s an original Netflix show, but it airs on the CW channel before that episode is on Netflix?  It’s the characters of the Archie Comics in a murder mystery show.

I’ve listened to the new Paramore album “After Laughter”.  It has a distinct 1980s pop sound throughout the album, in a good way.  It’s a light summertime album.  I really like it!  Each song is different.  They don’t get any praise from me the first listen, but by the time I’ve heard them 3 times I’m hooked!  Reminds me off the “Fine Young Cannibals” album “The Raw & The Cooked”!  I love that album also.

 

Tool, I think we’ll have to wait the entire 10,000 days from the release of “10,000 Days” in 2006.  The good news, we’ve been waiting 10 years already only 17.3 years to go!!!!!!!!!!

 

25 years ago.  Pearl Jam’s MTV unplugged

 

I don’t waste my time & energy hating a band.  I just choose not to listen to certain bands such as AC/DC, Nickelback, Theory of a Deadman, Metallica, KISS, Guns n’ Roses, etc.  If you like them, it’s all good with me.  I like Motorhead & they’re band where each song sounds similar, I just prefer their sound.  I only have 4 of their albums & 2 of them are greatest hits albums.  I don’t need anymore, they’re all very similar

 

 

As for the Rush comment on the previous post.  I like Rush, just has to be post 1985 for me.

 

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