LET’S TALK ABOUT CANCER

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My left shoulder was incredibly sore on Thursday, no exercise that day, just ice & stretching.

MONDAY IS A CANADIAN HOLIDAY TO HONOUR OUR VETERANS ON/AT 11/11 11:11. KEEP THEM IN YOUR THOUGHTS YEAR ‘ROUND!!! I’LL RETURN TO YOU MONDAY SOMETIME.

5 day exercise total; 1,500 crunches, 900 leg lifts, 300 squats, 300 back flexes, 0 pushups, 400 curls, 00 tricep lifts, 100 shoulder raises. TONS of stretching & yoga.

I fell asleep to “Into Eternity” the album “Dead or Dreaming”

I exercised to “Kelly Clarkson” the album “Meaning of Life”

 

I’ve learned that not every diet works for everybody. Sometimes it’s a trend that will work for some, but not others & some people will stick to it for how “Everlong”, some will go back to their regular eating habits & SURPRISE your body will revert to its former shape & size. “In the end” eat what makes YOU feel good & look the way YOU want.


As I say this, please know I’m not calling out/trying to offend anyone. We are often invited elsewhere.
Being a cancer survivor is weird. Initially everyone is really worried, once they think you’re OK people ‘seem’ to forget you exist & revert to their life as it was when you we’re sick & out of the picture. I’m not trying to call out anyone here, I kind of get it. 4 ½ years without the presence of anyone can be completely life changing. Kim & I disappeared for a long time. Now if the phone rings, if Kim gets a text or if I get an email that someone wants to come by we’re shocked. It feels very “isolated” here in a condo & in an odd way I understand. I’ve changed a lot & so have others. Everybody has different priorities now & me having to figure out the lay of the land in a wheelchair isn’t the easiest thing. If I can’t get around a friend’s place, our door is always open, especially if you bring rum! Specifically Bacardi Oakheart spiced rum, Baron Samedi spiced rum or Sangria for Kim, who drinks alcohol far less than me. It’ll take me longer than you think to consume it since it’s on the rocks & not often.

Surviving cancer is weird in many ways. ‘He’s alive, he’s OK, we did our job & saved his life’ maybe that’s what my nurses & therapists thought, & that’s all they were supposed to think, in my mind. Most of them became friends that went beyond their job to help me and they’re all people I have a TON of respect for, current friend or not.

What’s weird here is that after I was in the hospital & the Wascana Rehabilitation Center for an extended period of time, I’m alive & getting better, but we’re missing my full income. That’s not my nurses, therapists or doctors fault. Most things were covered by Canada’s health plan. Our mortgage was covered for 2 years. Rent for my room at WRC was $1000/month & not covered by anything. You need money to survive. My wife works a full 8 hour day, 5 days a week. I collect disability until I’m 65 and CPP for the rest of my life. Together they don’t amount to $28,000 a year. If there was a box on the ballot to check off for politicians to comprehend that, it would have been marked with my vote. I didn’t have that option & no candidate spoke about it. From what I can tell, people with extended term disabilities in the public are forgotten about by politicians. That makes no sense to me at all? So I’m a financial burden whether I like it or not? “Life’s not fair you idiot! Lighten up!” So because I’m not physically strong enough to get a job, I’m forgotten & I should be happy with that while being a burden too? No, I’m sorry, that’s not good enough! I don’t want to be a burden & forgotten. I’m sure I’m not the only one in this type of situation either. Because of cancer I have created many bad/unwanted/uncommon ripple effects. I don’t understand that? I do plan to get an online part time job in the future & contribute to society & earn a small paycheck.

The left brake on my free wheelchair broke multiple times & after 2 or 3 separate times Sask. Abilities weren’t able to fix it properly for $50 each time. I got a different chair for just over $7,000 and $1000 of that was covered by our government & they’ll cover it once in a life time. The rest of it was paid out of pocket. My parents & Grandparents have helped out immensely with these expenses, I don’t want to go back to the well. I researched & I voted to see if maybe the Canadian Government would change, it didn’t. So for the next 4 years I get to be alive but not live?

I’m not someone looking for a handout of cash, this is my life & I guess I have to deal with it. I don’t want the Government to just fix my situation, just level the playing field a bit for everyone. I have a retirement disability savings plan. I can put in $5000 a year I think & it triples the amount. I can’t touch that money that I deposit for 10 years. So I’ll have some money in 9 years, until then my wife & I get to live as is & not do much of anything? Prices have gone up with inflation, I would think my salary would have as well, I’m not looking to be rich, I would like to make an income closer to what I was at when I passed out “in the meantime”.

I was head hunted by a different company & got a significant raise to stay where I was. I had some other issues with how the other company was being managed as well. I’m glad I stayed where I was, the other place no longer exists. I don’t know if they thought I could improve their chances of staying afloat? I was the youngest employee where I was, running 1 of the 2 larger printing presses where I was though.

I’m not going to be the poster boy for this, but I will support this cause. I’m not a person that gets into politics. I don’t like messing around in politics and I plan to stay away from it. That being said, I did send an email to the Canadian Federal Government asking about this issue. I got cancer, & it’s nobody’s fault. I’m not looking to get rich, I’m looking to make a similar wage as I made before I got cancer.

If you’re Canadian & want to voice your opinion on anything, this is the Governments website http://www.canada.ca

There are people FAR worse off than I am & nobody pays attention to them, but that’s supposed to be ‘Not our problem’? A TON of people want food, water, & shelter. Why have I been whining about my situation for so long? They’re other people who are worse off than the rest of us.

What do I not like? Whiners, complainers, fake people & people who don’t do their job at a respectable level. I’m certain I am all of those things, but fake, on this post & the entire website. I guess that long road to recovery is longer than I thought. Call me whatever you want to, but don’t call me fake. I can handle whatever you throw at me other than fake.

I hear we may have out of town guests this weekend that would be FANTASTIC!

I use streaming music until the funds are there to purchase music on iTunes or CD. I personally refuse to attain music by streaming it. Same deal with texting & photos. I do not like either one of them, so owning a cell phone would make me a hypocrite in my eyes.

Like them or not a cell phone can be VERY distracting at times.
https://loudwire.com/tool-warn-ejection-show-cellphone-use/?fbclid=IwAR2gvbsT7pORXbwM7X7S9ZtTvYPQKMzifsdqxc5on9wHd6xNEW2YneQqxgw

 

9 albums streaming right now, not cool with me. Hello iTunes, slowly, next year! Any streaming service could tank at any moment and I’d be left with nothing, that’s why I use iTunes, a minimal paying site.

 

I BUILT THE SKY
I just found out about this band the other day. 4 albums in total, instrumental progressive rock (they’re classified as metal but call me jaded) with a couple of classical guitar & orchestral tracks too. I’ve never heard music like this! I grabbed their newest album on a streaming platform for a future purchase “The Zenith Rise”…




 

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Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

BREWSTER EXCITED, NOPE/LENNY KRAVITZ

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I fell asleep to “Muse” the album “The Resistance”

I exercised to “Boston” self-titled album, followed by “Kelly Clarkson” the album “Meaning of Life”

 

Monday I got up & dressed in my exercise clothes.  I did my exercises. Then I wrote my “WEEKEND UPDATE” post, well I finished it.  All of the beginning music links was stuff I listened to on my iPod or in the car on my iPod coming back to Regina.  I grabbed those links Sunday night.

After 3 days of me being away, I thought Brewster would miss me, boy was I wrong!  I came into our condo, & Brewster just looked at me as though he was thinking “Humph, he’s back I guess”.  Dad was helping me with some of my tiny bags, he came in right behind me.  Brewster was much more enthused to see my dad than he was to see me.

He was freaking out on Monday while I was making my veggie juice & boiling eggs for the week.  He even asked to be up on my lap.  He put his front paws on my knees for me to pick him up, which happens very rarely unless you’re Kim or her sister.  Kim told me that he really doesn’t like the sound of our instant pot when the steam is released.

So as of Monday I got as much done as I needed to for the week (food wise).  Kim relaxed on the weekend as I told her she needs & deserves to.

I was speaking last week about my mental health & specifically about my depression.  I mentioned that I was stressed, frustrated, & stubborn.  Both stress & frustration self-inflicted.  I always think, “I NEED to do more.  I can do better than this!”  I am my own worst critic, & brain cancer is what made me expect more from myself.   The stubbornness is in my genes from my mother’s side of the family, mostly my grandfather.

I’d exercise with equipment at my parents’ house in a short lived university student career.  I was in much better shape way back when.  I didn’t know how to study really, so I took WAY too many study breaks at home & spent my time exercising, mostly doing pushups, sit-ups, & dumb bell curls.

I’m no expert on any type of mental illness, I do understand that 1/5 Canadians deal with their own mental illness.  I don’t know of any that do on a daily bases, if I did, it’s not my story to tell.  I personally don’t find mine to be something to hide from anyone.

I guess those that have a mental illness will deal with it however they choose to?  I guess it’s the same way a gay person chooses to announce being gay.  Probably many issues mostly wondering/worrying how others will react.

So I hope you’ll join me as I go into this new adventure?

 

The 4 big albums I’m waiting for this year are follow ups to these 4 albums

2006   10,000 Days

2016   THE LAST HERO

2017   GRACE STREET

2015   STURM UND DRANG

 

I think it’s high time to get over “Creed” & move on to “Alter Bridge”!  They’re “Creed” with music lessons & a tenor singer with INCREDIBLE range!

I’ll take “Alter Bridge” 9/10 times.  I do enjoy the first “Creed” album quite a bit though.

 

LENNY KRAVITZ

I do enjoy some of his stuff, not all of it, but most of it.  He’s 54 years old & from New York.  He’s a solo artist/singer song writer.  Plays really good guitar while doing lead vocals.  Some of the stuff he does baffles me.  I only have 2 albums “Mama Said” & a “Greatest Hits” compilation.

 

1991   MAMA SAID

 

2000   GREATEST HITS

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

 

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Why did this become a music blog?  “Because music is a BIG @#!$%^*&( DEAL”-David Eric Grohl

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

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

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/THE NORTHERN PIKES/FEBRUARY 5TH 2008

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5 days of exercise total; 400 pushups, 600 leg lifts, 300 crunches, 300 tricep lifts, 450 squats, 300 back flexes

I fell asleep to “The Struts” the only 2 albums they have out “Everybody Wants” & “Young & Dangerous”.

I exercised to “Kelly Clarkson” the album “All I Ever Wanted”

 

YOU WONT HEAR FROM ME UNTIL MONDAY OR TUESDAY.  FAMILY DAY ON MONDAY A VACATION DAY.

One thing that I’d like to explain clearly.  There was body shaming going around Kelly Clarkson.  I said that “I’ll never see her so it doesn’t matter” what I meant was, I’ll never see her live & if she’s happy & feels healthy, who cares.  Weight or no weight she still sounds the same.

I did get a little more information from my mother about the day I passed out at work & was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer.

Mom was home sick with the flu, Kim, dad, & Mitch were all at work.  It was morning of Tuesday, February 5th.  Time of day is questionable.  I was taken to the Pasqua hospital, Kim came into the back of the Ambulance with me.  They took me to the wrong hospital, I was then taken to the General hospital.  My parents, brother, Sherry & James were all there before us.  I guess my mom was a wreck.  She kept asking if I was there yet.  They kept telling her that I wasn’t.  She then mentioned that her son mass bleeding in his brain.  They told her I was on the way there.

Once I was at the right hospital the surgeon was tied up finishing a lengthy surgery.  I had to wait a bit to have 2 of my 3 brain surgeries.  My brother had to restrain my mother so the doctors could do their job.  He had to tell her that while pulling her back.   I blacked out in the Ambulance before it left the parking lot at work.  So this part of it I don’t remember at all.

I was unconscious for a week in an induced coma & 3 weeks in an un-induced coma.  I was in the ICU that entire time.

My mother wanted to stay once I was in the ICU, she wanted to have someone familiar for me to wake up to.  One of the nurses finally told her to just go home, since I wasn’t going to wake up that day.

The next day, I assume, I had my 3rd brain surgery.  Every night until I woke up, someone was sitting with me in case I woke up after being told I had a 5-15% chance of waking up at all.  Mom, dad, Mitch, & Kim I believe all took turns sitting with me in case I woke up.

I did wake up in the ICU.  I think Kim was just outside of the ICU?  I vaguely remember waking up.  There were a handful of empty beds in the ICU & the nurse brought whoever was there in to see me & knew I wanted to get out of that room.  I was moved to the Pasqua Hospital for recovery & low intensive physiotherapy.  I stayed there for a little more than a year.  Celebrated my 29th birthday in January of 2009 in the auditorium there, with roughly 75 friends & family.  Mom made a TON of chili for everyone, Grandma made 2 big cakes vanilla & chocolate, & a cooler full of pop.  I haven’t walked on my own since the morning of Tuesday, February 5th, 2008.  Ah well, at least I can work on it! This story might never have been told, by me at least.  I don’t remember it well as I get further away from that date.  “In the end it doesn’t even matter.”  I’m here but I don’t remember much of 2008, I was asleep for most of that year.  “You gotta sink before you swim” I guess?

All of this talk of surviving cancer tells me I’m not done here yet!  There’s something else I need to do.

 

Yep, I planned Valentine’s Day supper for Kim.  A Reservation at her favourite restaurant, & my parents could take Brewster for the evening.  Brewster has serious anxiety issues & can’t be left alone.

On Wednesday she came home from work & decided she’d rather stay in.  Easier to hear me, I have a fairly quiet voice.  Kim came home with Dairy Queen for supper & some DQ ice cream for both of us. We just watched TV & cuddled on the couch.  So, another quiet evening at home.

She also bought me some beer, she knows me all too well!  I don’t drink during the week though.  I’ll try some of the craft beer from “Rebellion Brewing Co.” later on today!

A teaser for the upcoming “Big Wreck” album!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I hope everyone enjoyed their Valentine’s Day!!!!

 

THE NORTHERN PIKES

I think most of Saskatchewan has heard of the one album I have.  4 guys from Saskatoon did very well for themselves & have around 11 albums in the iTunes store.  My parents had this album, & I’ve had it for a little while too.  I bought mine on iTunes though.  If you live in Saskatchewan you have at least heard a tune or 2 from this album…

 

1991   SNOW IN JUNE

 

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Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres         

WEEKEND UPDATE/KELLY CLARKSON/CARPOOL KARAOKE

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Music from this weekend!  “Muse”, “Dead Sara”, “Coheed and Cambria”, “I Mother Earth”, “The Struts”.

Friday ended with the 2 of us trying to clear off our DVR.  Nothing too spectacular.

Saturday was movies & more movies.

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

Sunday was CFL playoffs.  Eastern final, Hamilton vs. Ottawa.  Western final, Winnipeg vs. Calgary.  The wrong teams won.  It’ll be the Calgary Stampeders vs. The Ottawa Redblacks in the Grey Cup game, the CFL championship.

I’m pretty sure most Calgary Stampeders fans are the ones born in Calgary.  I’ve been to one game in Calgary years ago.  It was the middle of summer but it looked like Christmas.  Half of was wearing the red Calgary jerseys & the other half were people from Saskatchewan who moved there for work wearing the Green Roughrider jerseys.  Very divided crowd in a good way!

On Sunday I went to my parents’ place for waffles followed by the 2 football games.  Kim was in Saskatoon with Jolene for a girl’s trip.  Brewster & I were fine.

 

Check this good deed out by Metallica!

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/metallica-donate-california-wildfire-relief-efforts-757813/?fbclid=IwAR08s2wMpiRajv0l959KMeJlIffbXHdMlzPGp5VW1pxs7fLcR2HkN2N_28k

For such a long time, I couldn’t stand Metallica.  Since the release of “Hardwired…..to Self-Destruct” in late 2016, I’d call myself a fan, of their studio albums & the album with a symphony orchestra.

 

Dave Grohl pitched in to help the fire fighters in California also.

 

So “Toy Story 4” is a real thing!

https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/movie-features/trailers-of-the-week-toy-story-4-pokemon-detective-pikachu-755231/?fbclid=IwAR1SiFNo2pUX-6YRdcMmX2Z7OFY-HvZm63EYh7TjU1oZdggNOJTN20pocU0

 

Why wasn’t Pantera part of the big 4 in metal, to make it the big 5 or replace Anthrax?

http://loudwire.com/watch-philip-h-anselmo-the-illegals-honor-vince-dime-pantera-set-list/?fbclid=IwAR3uDeRtsGbL896ojD0Py2p7WBIiF-2Xfd56LpurPF9aGYVcmzj6YhmaUk4

 

The song “Bohemian Rhapsody” in the style of “System of a Down” Hahahaha

 

KELLY CLARKSON/CARPOOL KARAOKE

Yes, the first American Idol winner & I didn’t see even 30 seconds of the first season.  She was a waitress in Texas before her audition for the show.  I could possibly name 4 or 5 American Idol winners.  This is the show I always say I’m not going to watch.  Kim watches it & I get sucked in.

I have most of her albums or at least a few songs from the odd album.  It’s the album “Piece by Piece” that I have nothing from, I do have her Christmas album though, which I won’t post anything from….

 

2003   THANKFUL (Only song I own from this album)

 

2004   BREAKAWAY

 

2007   MY DECEMBER (Only 2 songs from this album that I like)

 

2009   ALL I EVER WANTED

 

2011   STRONGER

 

2017   MEANING OF LIFE

Between the last 2 albums she released a “Greatest Hits”, Christmas album, & the album “Piece by Piece”

 

Well first move of the offseason for the Toronto Blue Jays.  Aledmys Diaz traded to Houston for a minor league/AAA pitcher.  Quite a log jam on the infield for the Blue Jays.  I’m afraid they’ll have a $20,000,000 Short Stop as a cheerleader.  He’s got $34,000,000 for the next 2 years.  He hasn’t played since July 7th, 2017.  That will be a tough contract to move, unless he shocks everyone & hits really well?  As of right now he’s 3rd or 4th on my depth chart for short stop.

 

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Why did this become a music blog?  “Because music is a BIG @#! $ %^*&( DEAL”-David Eric Grohl

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

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

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

P.S.  I’ll wait until Friday again for the next post.

WEEKEND UPDATE

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I fell asleep to “Metallica” the album “Hardwired…..to Self-Destruct”

I think I’m turning into a casual Metallica fan?  What’s happening to me, this is REALLY weird?  Almost like a second puberty?

 

No, I don’t spend bundles of money on iTunes in the blink of an eye.  I know who/what I’ll purchase on iTunes now.  Although I still don’t own much for classical music other than “Carmina Burana”.  You’ve heard one movement of it, some of you wouldn’t know it though.  Think of it in a trailer for a HUGE action movie in the past…..

 

Quiet weekend here as usual.  Friday was very tame.  Cleaned off the DVR, still had some of this week’s “Ellen’s Game of Games” left to watch.  They used Ellen’s face to censor a butt crack?  That was funny & odd at the same time.

Sleep over with our 4 year old “niece” Saturday night.  Pink slime, colouring, & supper.  Noodles, cheese sauce, steamed cauliflower, & chicken nuggets!  Mmmmm!  Kim made supper, I handled the dishes (TONS of dishes).  I think we should have Hannah here more often if that’s what Kim will make for supper!  As usual I got the couch while Kim & Hannah got the bed.  Of course I took my iPod to the couch!

I stayed up for a bit after they went to bed.  I watched a documentary on Netflix called “The Boy Who Tried to Kill Donald Trump”.  He’s teenager with Asperger’s from England.  He ran away from his parents on a trip to the USA, tried to buy a gun, was denied obviously for his age & he‘s an illegal immigrant.  He went to a Trump rally during the campaign.  Tried to steal a police officer’s gun & was immediately tackled by police.  I think he’s been released from prison after 4 months for good behavior.  He attempted suicide before at home & was on suicide watch in prison.

I don’t like Trump either, but nobody should be killed.  I like Wanda Sykes take on Trump.  Skip to 3 minutes to see her idea for the White House.

This morning was pancakes with sprinkles in them, topped with whip cream & assorted berries.  Mmmmm!

 

 

All of those movies I talked about on Wednesday are the big blockbuster movies.  When it’s a HUGE movie like those are, I wait at least a week to see them.  Sorry no new albums to review.  I might do some of my “classic” albums next week?

I’ll admit that I’m looking forward to seeing Kelly Clarkson on “The Voice”!  She’s funny & has a VERY good voice.  I typically don’t like these “talent contest” shows & I try to avoid most of them.  I listened to the recent release from Demi Lovato.  She also has a great voice, but the song writing wasn’t quite there.  For me it’s now “Pink”, “Kelly Clarkson”, “Metal”, & “Rock”, with some acoustic stuff in the mix.

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

Did they really just compare “The Beatles” to “The Offspring?”  & “The Clash” to “One Direction?”

 

I knew about 2/3 of these!

Let’s add this to the list.

 

I’ve seen Ozzy, time to retire, he deserves it!

 

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Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

UNDERWHELMING WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL

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I fell asleep to “Kelly Clarkson” the album “Meaning of Life”

Exercise total for the week, 200 crunches, 300 push ups, & 100 squats.  2 days of 3 exercise.  BOOOOOOO!

As far as exercise this week, I’ve been feeling quite lazy.  Monday I only did 3 of 6 exercises, Tuesday I did nothing, & Wednesday was the same as Monday.  Just lazy & tired?

OK, I’m out for the week, congested, dry mouth, & a cough.  For me this usually means catch you next week.  I woke up Thursday this way, so I know what’s coming.  I felt a bit better during the day, after taking some Dayquil, but it’s worn off, Nyquil here I come, you too Vicks!

What a waste of a week.  I’d much rather have had the energy to do my all of my exercises.  Other than a disc bulging in my spine early last year, I don’t think I’ve been sick as much as I was before cancer?

I was sick VERY often while working & even fairly frequently in school as well.  Not cool at all.  There was a day that I was so sick I almost called Kim to come home.  My fever was so bad that I had trouble walking.

If you want to find me today, I’ll be on the couch blowing my nose, on Dayquil.

 

Well that makes 2 album releases in March (for me) now.

Myles Kennedy – Year of the Tiger (March 9th)

Stone Temple Pilots – Stone Temple Pilots (2018) release March 16th

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/stone-temple-pilots-preview-new-lp-with-roll-me-under-w516053

 

I like most of his solo stuff, but I prefer his work in “Alter Bridge”.  Here comes solo album number 4.

 

I completely agree with this!  Streaming sites & even iTunes have made music VERY disposable I believe.  On the plus side any type of “Social media” & cheap music has me purchasing more albums & new artists.  There are pros & cons to both.  Now I don’t buy all of the new albums.  I know what I’ll purchase & what I don’t need to purchase!

 

Read all about “Suits” moving on with the end of season 7 into season 8!

http://www.usanetwork.com/suits/blog/katherine-heigl-joins-suits-as-series-regular-in-season-8

It’s on Netflix or Bravo on Access Communications in Saskatchewan.

 

What I don’t/will likely not understand but acknowledge is that so many people hated “Batman vs. Superman” yet it was the #1 movie in the world for 2 weeks.  A lot of people are the same way with “Nickelback” yet they have over 18,000,000 fans just on Facebook?  Why waste your time hating a band?  Just don’t listen to them, works for me?!  I liked this song INITIALLY.

I couldn’t care less if you like or don’t like this band or this movie.  Everybody’s opinion is valid.  Just don’t waste your time or energy on hating art?

 

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

“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

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I fell asleep to “Corrosion of Conformity” album “No Cross No Crown, followed by “Kelly Clarkson” the album “Meaning of Life”, followed by “Chevelle” the album “Sci-Fi Crimes” & finally “I Mother Earth” the album “Dig”.  Takes me a while to fall asleep, unlike Kim she falls asleep about 15 seconds after she hits the bed.

I exercised to “Fall Out Boy” the album “M A N I A “, followed by “Halestorm” the album “Live in Philadelphia”.

 

150 pushups a day should count as cardio.  My heart beat goes through the roof & I’m out of breath.  I roll onto my side just to catch my breath!

I always ask myself this question.  When I was diagnosed with brain cancer was God testing me or was the Devil trying to kill me?  Much like the extreme black metal bands in Norway.  Why burn down a church because Christianity is forced upon them?  You can’t kill religion, as far as I know?  I’m religious but I don’t go to church.  Does that make me a bad person?  I don’t think so.

Does listening to hard rock & metal make me a bad person?  I don’t think so.  Why do I listen to mostly rock/metal?  Mainly because of the music.  When I go to a rock/metal concert I know I won’t be judged.  It’s a small niche market where outsiders tend to go.

All through high school I didn’t fit in with any group.  I hung out with 3 other guys & the 4 of us didn’t really fit in with any other group.  We were the self-named nothings.  That was OK with me.  Timothy Wong & I also hung out with Fay & Jan.  Those 2 groups made me feel accepted.  They’re all great people.  Timothy & I have been really good friends since grade 9.  Fay and I have known each other since kindergarten.  Fay introduced Tim & I to Jan early on in high school (probably grade 8 or 9).  I hung out with people who didn’t judge me. Tim, John, Guy, Jan, & Fay.

 

 

 

 

Members of “Tool” say they don’t put their music on digital platforms because it would be too easy for the consumer to manipulate the files to only the songs they want to hear.  That’s weird, I can do that with all of the “Tool” albums I have on CD.  Everybody is streaming or downloading music now.  Does this mean “Tool” will make the jump to releasing their next album on digital platforms, streaming sites & iTunes?  Will it be a CD/vinyl because of the artwork & import it to iTunes?

Looks like “Slayer” is done also.

http://loudwire.com/slayer-lamb-of-god-anthrax-behemoth-testament-final-tour/

Unfortunately I’m not a big Slayer fan.  I’d be there for Lamb of God & Anthrax

Neil Diamond is retiring too.  Seems like out with the old & in with the new.  “Rush”, “Slayer”, & “Neil Diamond”.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/neil-diamond-retires-from-touring-due-to-parkinsons-disease-w515759

Toronto Blue Jays short stop is 33 years old now.  He’ll make $20,000,000 this year & next year.  2020 & 2021 he’ll make $14,000,000 & $15,000,000.  The young (19 years old) short stop in AAA ball will be ready in the middle of 2019.  If they can’t move Tulowitzki’s contract, platoon them at short stop.

Josh Donaldson (32 years old) the third baseman has 1 year at $23,000,000.  I’d sign him for the 2019 season, maybe the 2020 & 2021 season if he agrees to play first base or another position in 2020.  They have another Top 10 prospect in the AAA system who should be ready in the middle of 2019, might as well platoon them as well or move Donaldson to first base.  It’s not my money, so it could be a pipe dream?

 

 

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

“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