WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/ALICE IN CHAINS

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I fell asleep to “Slayer” the album “Show no Mercy” followed by “The Watchmen” the album “Silent Radar”

I exercised to “Pearl Jam” the album “Vitalogy”

 

Weekly exercise total; 320 pushups, 600 leg lifts, 300 crunches, 270 tricep pushups, 80 back flexes, 300 squats.

Tuesday I did my pushups in sets of 30 & only made it to 120, Thursday I did sets of 25 & made it to 200.  Thursday I felt like I could do an extra set of my tricep pushups, so I did & hit 150 instead of the 120 I did on Tuesday.

 

Yes, I try to eat healthier, but I know I don’t eat healthy all of the time.  Weekends I know I’ll likely consume alcohol.  Long road trips I’ll probably have something full of sugar.  Football games we can take in unopened bottles of water only.  If the game is around supper time, I’ll have a burger & a pop.  If not a popcorn & a pop.  Special occasions, I’ll have what’s being served.

During the week it’s always the same thing for breakfast & lunch.  Breakfast is always a hardboiled egg, water, vegetable juice & a piece of fruit.  I usually have a black coffee after I shower.  Lunch is usually fish with lemon juice on it or a deli turkey wrap & water.  A snack in the afternoon is, rice thins & hummus, raw vegetables (no dip), an unhealthy bowl of cereal (multi-grain Cheerios, Honey-nut Cheerios, etc.) with skim milk or some yogurt.

Throughout the course of a day I drink roughly 1 gallon of water or 4 liters of water.  Then I pee a TON during the day & a few times in the middle of the night.  You’ve likely never seen a guy get into a wheelchair in record time.  If I have to pee, look out & get out of the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

All food in moderation.  Most diets are not maintainable.  I wouldn’t go on a specific diet, but that’s just me.  I know I’ll run into stuff that don’t fit in a specific diet.  I’m not going to say “No thanks” at something I’d like.  I just control the amount of it that goes into my body.

 

ALICE IN CHAINS

This is one of the forgotten ‘grunge’ bands.  They were immediately thrown into the metal category.  If any ‘grunge’ were to be lumped in with metal groups, I personally would put Soundgarden in.  Who really cares what a band or artist is labeled as?  Do you like them or not?  I think that’s the only thing that should matter.  I quite like this group, only the stuff singer, Layne Staley, did with them.  Layne Staley overdosed on heroin.  It seems like most ‘grunge’ musicians loved that stuff, but couldn’t see that it could kill them or learn from what happened to the previous individual they knew.  This group has a ton of albums they released with Layne.  I’ll give you one song from each album or EP.

 

1990    FACELIFT

 

1992    DIRT

 

1992   SAP EP

 

1994   JAR OF FLIES

 

1995    ALICE IN CHAINS

That may not seem like a TON of albums but I have the 3 CD boxset, Greatest Hits, a live show, & MTV unplugged, & the newer albums that just don’t sound like ‘Alice in Chains’

I had to share this since ‘In Flames’ a Swedish group just covered it on a 4 song EP

 

Big Wreck covered Rush

 

“Oh my goodness there’s a band that sounds just like Led Zeppelin!”  Relax, no one is going to die or be harmed in anyway.  I like their music & I agree they do sound like Led Zeppelin.  Guess what?  I like Led Zeppelin too.  Dear internet, the more you complain about them sounding too much like Led Zeppelin, the more attention they get.  CHILL OUT!

 

Can you believe anyone had an issue with Marilyn Manson?  (Lil’ bit of sarcasm)

 

November 2nd, I can’t wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

New TLC show I can watch with Kim & not yell at the TV………………so far.

 

‘The Catcher in the Rye’ & ‘A Long Way Gone’ are my 2 favourite novels.  I read ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ for English class in 1998 for English class! ‘A Long Way Gone’ I read in Boston when Kim went there for a week of training.

The entire reason I signed in to www.youtube.com I wanted to see this guy drain a swollen spider bite full of puss & blood!  That was gross, he just kept pulling a string of puss out of his neck for 3:00 minutes.

 

New song & video by Muse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

New album in November!!!!!

 

Sign language interpreter at a Lamb of God concert.  News story, very little Lamb of God.

https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Culture/sign-language-interpreter-slays-heavy-metal-concert/story?id=56646939

 

I was playing the Chamber Choir I was in during high school, on my iTunes.  It would play one song & after each song I played, it wanted to play “Slayer’s” album “Seasons in the Abyss”.  Not what I was looking for at the time Apple.  My brother knew how to convert the cassette to an iTunes file.

 

New “Halestorm” song!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Album Friday, July 27th.

 

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CONCERT UPDATE QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE WITH OPENERS ROYAL BLOOD

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Quiet Mother’s Day.  Over to my parents’ house for BBQ chicken & ribs, avocado salad & potato salad.  Followed by 2 tasty cakes.  Yes, I tried both cakes to make sure they were up to standard for everyone else……You’re welcome, I aim to please!

Lots of people there for supper.  Mom, dad, Kent, Leanne, my cousins Megan Gagnon, Danielle Gagnon, Grandma, Grandpa, aunt Leanne’s parents, Clint & Dorothy White, Mitch, Rachel was at a wedding shower, Kim & I.  I feel as though I’m missing someone?  Sorry, lots of people & 2 dogs, Mac & Goose, Brewster stayed with Sherry & James.

Yes, I have converted my dad into a “Big Wreck”, “Foo Fighters”, & “Royal Blood” fan & now a “Queens of the Stone Age” fan.  I saw “Royal Blood” open for “Foo Fighters” with my father in 2015.  I’ve never seen “Queens of the Stone Age” before this though.  A very quick trip to Calgary to see the show.  Drive on Wednesday, get there in time for supper.  Concert was on Thursday night.  Drove back to Regina on Friday & got here at about 6:00 pm.  A big thank you to my Aunt & Uncle Kent & Leanne Fraser for letting dad & I stay at their house!  Kent is my dad’s younger brother

When we saw Foo Fighters in 2015 my uncle said to me, “So you’ll only come to Calgary if Foo Fighters are in town?”  I should have said this time “Nope, we’ll come for Queens of the Stone Age too!”  In actuality Kim & I might go there for a bit of vacation time during the summer in the next few years.

This is just to show that a guy in a wheelchair can get out & still live a relatively ‘normal’ life with the help of family & friends!  My legs work a bit, so I’ll need help if I’m somewhere new.  By the 2nd day I figured out how to stand at the washroom counter on the main floor & the second floor to brush my teeth & wash my face.  Dad had to help me get to the toilet, not really a big deal?

The concert was FANTASTIC!  Royal Blood now has 2 ten song albums out & Queens of the Stone Age have 7 albums out.  The most recent album was produced by Mark Ronson who released 1 album with guest vocalist including “Uptown Funk” with “Bruno Mars”, I was curious at first just to hear what would come out of the 2 working together and the album was really good, live was even better.  Royal Blood opened…

Queens of the Stone Age were the headliner.  I’m not sure how long Royal Blood played for but they started right at 8:00 pm, which was nice, & Queens of the Stone Age finished right at 11:00 pm.  Short show, but well worth the trip….

I remember more songs they played but that’s quite a few already!  Nice needed break!

 

Yes, I consider myself a Metallica fan now, a friend of mine is a HUGE fan & lent me the CDs.  I have the studio albums & the live album with the symphony.  I had a few on CD as well.  I totally agree with the musicians having a strong dislike for Napster & now all of these streaming sites.  I personally hate them.  I use iTunes, if I had the physical space I’d start a vinyl collection!  Unless you’re buying a TON of merchandise, alcohol, clothing, or a fragrance released by your favourite artists, that’s the only way they’re able to continue doing what they’re do!  They’re not making money from album sales anymore!  Swedish metal groups Opeth & In Flames have their own brand of beer from Opeth & Gin from In Flames.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/metallicas-kirk-hammett-were-still-right-about-suing-napster-w520290

I used Napster, I downloaded Torrent files for free also.  While I was sick, we’d go to a music store & I’d pick out CDs, 2 a month when I was able to go home for a few hours at night.  I’d ask Kim to purchase the 2 CDs.  “Do you have this already?” she’d ask.  I usually said “Yes, the Torrent file”.  I carried on this way until CDs dropped in price.  Then I started to use iTunes.  I figured, “I was working for a paycheck, why not musicians?”  You’re entitled to get your music however you like.  Maybe it’s different than what I choose to do?  That’s fine with me, I use iTunes & Kim uses Apple Music.  Whatever floats your boat, I use Apple Music to preview an album before I buy it on iTunes.

 

“Trivium” needs to come back to Saskatoon, as well as “In Flames”.  Not only to play a show there but my “Trivium” & “In Flames” shirts both have a hole in the right armpit.  Now designated as exercise shirts.

 

Trailer for the movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!  I heard it was in the works & that Sacha Baron Cohen “Borat” was fired when they got into the production, finally it’s here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://loudwire.com/first-bohemian-rhapsody-trailer-released/

 

Mark Tremonti likes “The Cars”?  AWESOME!

I agree.  The Blue Jays are paying $20,000,000 a year for injured short stop, Troy Tulowitzki.  He was good for 2.5 months at the end of 2015 and currently hasn’t played since July of 2017.  His fielding is great, his hitting is more than questionable.  At least it’s not my money!  There’s about 6 rookie short stops waiting in the minor leagues, Tulowitzki has created a road block for.  The Blue Jays got him in the last week of July 2015.  He was good right up to mid-October, & hasn’t been the same since.

 

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LAST NIGHT

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I fell asleep to “A Perfect Circle” the new album “Eat the Elephant”

I exercised to “Tesseract” the album “Sonder”

While I was in the Wascana Rehabilitation Center from early 2009 – July 26th, 2012.  Kim & I met someone we consider a longtime friend, a nurse by the name of Shelda!  She’s really nice & very funny.  She really doesn’t look her age either.  She looks younger than me, but is actually older than both Kim & I.  She called us “You 2 are some of the nicest people I have met!”  I’ll say she’s right on point with Kim, me on the other hand, well she might want to try again.  I can always do better at anything.  She’ll come by on occasion, but she lives outside of Regina.  She’s HILARIOUS also!  I believe she started working in the “Home Care” portion of the Health Region as of sometime in February.

I may not be one of the nicest people kickin’ around, but Shelda is.  Don’t ever mention the Saskatchewan Roughriders around her though because you will be met with “You know what I think of the Riders?  They’re POOP!”  That’s pretty direct quote from her.  I know she has said it to me more than once!

This whole cancer thing worked out pretty good for me, I survived, I’m a little bit different, I’m physically handicapped.  I did meet a lot of cool people to go along with my other friends from my life prior to cancer, B.C. & A.C.  Before cancer & after cancer.  Now that I’m alive & well without a chip on my shoulder, I can laugh about it when I look back at that time of my life.

Truth be told we met a lot of great people while I was sick, doctors, nurses, & special care aids!  I heard one of the many nurses say something to the tune of ‘We don’t do this for the money!’

 

FINGER ELEVEN & I MOTHER EARTH

These are both my brother’s favourite bands.  When “I Mother Earth” released their 2nd album “Scenery & Fish” we both listened to that CD constantly.  We each had a purchased copy of it.  “Finger Eleven” changed drummer & their name from “Rainbow Butt Monkeys” & were all over Much Music with their 1st single “Above”.  The first time we saw them, they were opening for “I Mother Earth” in 1999.  I Mother Earth had their 2nd singer who recorded the last 2 of 4 albums with them “Blue Green Orange” & “The Quicksilver Meat Dream”.  We saw IME touring for their album “Blue Green Orange” in 1999 with Finger Eleven as their opener.

Tuesday evening they were both in Regina at the Casino!  There was no way I was going to miss this show, with 2 Canadian legends of rock.

“Rainbow Butt Monkeys” tune.  More funky than Finger Eleven.  I should listen to this more often.  Mitch & I really liked this album.  Finger Eleven & “I Mother Earth” are Mitch’s favourite bands, they inspired him to take bass lessons & eventually become an AWESOME guitar player!  I was always a singer first, I grabbed a guitar mostly because it was my security blanket, then it was about filling out the sound.

First single from Finger Eleven was “Above” I believe.

This I Mother Earth song was on Much Music & the local rock radio station in 1999 around the time we saw them in Regina.

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SHOW FOR ME!

First thing were the 2 “interpretive dancers” in the audience.  They started on opposite sides of the open floor.  I’m sure they locked eyes across the, now dance floor, & really liked the others moves & lack of rhythm.  Rachel & I weren’t sure if we should watch the bands or the 2 “dancers”?  We both couldn’t stop laughing!

I’m sure if you look up “white men dancing” on google you’ll get a picture or video of the 2 guys.  They were completely sober which made it even funnier!  There’s no way that a drunk person could even consider attempting their moves.

Very poor turn out.  Our balcony seats immediately became floor level seats at a table.  Very pleasant surprise!

Finger Eleven opened the show with “Above” & some of these songs in their set.

I Mother Earth came out after & started their set with “Not Quite Sonic”

I’ll likely never hear this song (below) again live

When I Mother Earth play a popular song, you never hear the radio edited version.  You are almost guaranteed an extra minute live.

Edwin didn’t record the following song & has never tried it live until this tour, some of it was really good & other parts were questionable.

To finish the show, members of both bands hit the stage.  They all did one original song from both bands & a cover song I can’t place.  The chorus sounded familiar though.

The show took me back to 1999 Edgefest & seeing them in Regina together also in 1999.

When I Mother Earth were together & recording albums I saw them twice doing their own show once in 1996 in Saskatoon with Edwin singing.  A second time in Regina in 1999 with Finger Eleven opening for them & IME’s second singer Brian.  I’ve seen them more now that they’ve “broken up” than I ever did when they were recording new music in the ‘90s.  I went to the show with Mitch, Rachel, & Chet!

Great show!  I missed a baseball game for it, but I wasn’t going to miss this show!

 

10 rock & metal albums that debunk the sophomore slump!  LANGUAGE!!!!!

http://loudwire.com/top-10-albums-that-debunked-the-sophomore-slump/

 

What you need to know about “The Avengers Infinity War”.  I plan to see it eventually.  Guardians of the Galaxy & Dr. Strange really messed up the Marvel Comic movies for me though.

https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/avengers-infinity-war-everything-you-need-to-know-w519398

 

I’ve never considered “Tool” or “System of a Down” as metal?

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

Keep marching kids, the politicians haven’t figured it out yet?

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/waffle-house-shooting-w519440

 

I always record “The Ellen Degeneres Show” on CTV, a Canadian feed.  ABC would typically have breaking news of something terrible happening in America.  When Kim & I were in our first house years ago, before I got cancer I switched to CTV to avoid missing the show.  Well on Monday it didn’t work.  A van drove into a crowd killed 9 people & injured 16 others last I heard.  The breaking news recorded instead, about 15 minutes into the show.  Police have captured a suspect.  I believe they may be looking for another.  Either way, it’s a tragedy that can’t be undone.  Is it just me or is the world just turning into a terrible place?

 

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WHO ARE THE REAL HEROES HERE?  ‘CAUSE IT’S NOT ME & U2

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I fell asleep to “Foo Fighters” the album “Wasting Light”

I exercised to Kim watching TV.

This is late.  I just didn’t want to get out of bed.  I woke up shortly after 8:00 am & finally got my butt moving at 10:00 am had a quick bite to eat & then exercised.  I thought things would get easier as I did them more?  I sweated profusely today though, doing the same exercises as yesterday.

I’m pretty sure these will be posted later on in the morning since I’ve added more exercises.

I’m not the hero or victim in this cancer nonsense.  My family, Kim’s family, & our friends are the heroes.  I would never be able to get this far on my own.  If Kim wasn’t working, we’d really be hooped.  She works, I exercise.  There’s no income for exercising as much as possible.  Our immediate families are very important to both of us.  James, Sherry, Mitch, Rachel, & my parents are all in Regina.  If we need help of any kind that they can help with, none of them think twice about helping us out.  Our friends in Regina are the same.  If we need help, they’re ready & on call.  No offense to anyone, Mitch & Kim are my phone a friend peeps.

When I was acting like a complete idiot, Mitch put me in my place.  Kim wasn’t very happy at that time either.  I didn’t see it because I wasn’t thinking about anyone else or how my behavior was affecting others.

If things had turned out differently & I had died, many other people would have died on the inside.  I didn’t die though & thank goodness I didn’t!  Not everyone gets a second chance at life other than cats that get 9 lives.  No I’m trying to steer the boat, with many others, in the right direction.  I’m sure we’ll run into some nasty waves along the way but with help awaiting the call, we’ll be OK.

 

Kim has this entire week off.  We watched 2 more movies on Monday.  Spider – Man Homecoming & Thor: The Dark World.  I really didn’t like the first Thor movie but this second one was REALLY good.  I saw Spider – Man Homecoming in the theater & I knew it was a movie I’d watch again.  Right now I’m holding out to see Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi & we may go this weekend to Pitch Perfect 3?

 

I’m sure A Perfect Circle will be released this year.  It could be a long wait before we hear a new Tool album.  I’ll believe it when I have it.  Danny Carey said in 2016 that there would be a new Tool album in 2017.  Their last release was in 2006 titled “10,000 Days”.  If that’s when the release is we have roughly 16.397 years to wait, if I did the math properly?  A Perfect Circle has 2 singles out already, still no release date though.

 

Spotify is being sued for $1.6 Billion.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/tom-petty-neil-young-publisher-sues-spotify-for-16-billion-w514859

 

U2 – Songs of Experience.

I was a HUGE U2 fan in High School.  I have 11 albums on CD right from the 1st album 1980’s “Boy” to 2005’s “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb”.  After that album I just assumed they had retired, until “Songs of Innocence” appeared in my iTunes.  That album was light years away from what I would consider a U2 album.  I got into them on “The Joshua Tree” released in 1987.  I (my mom) didn’t purchase it for me until 1989 or 1990(?) when I was with her at Costco & saw it there.  My mother isn’t a U2 fan, but she bought that CD for me.  I played that CD over & over & over etc. in my bedroom on my boom box at a LOUD volume.  I think my mother deeply regretted that Costco purchase.

After that album I casually bought the previous albums & kept a steady pace with future U2 releases.

The new album “Songs of Experience” I seem to enjoy it more with each listen.  I find it to be a good mix of old & new U2.  Here’s someone else’ take on it. I would never suggest a U2 album to anyone that has never been a fan of them.  If you’ve enjoyed previous albums, DEFINITELY check this album out!  Thanks to Jonny Amore & Timothy Wong for drawing my attention to this album!

 

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HOLIDAY UPDATE/HAPPY NEW YEAR/9 YEARS CANCER FREE!!!!!!!!!!

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We had 4 Christmas’ this year.  First up was Christmas with Kim’s family.  Opened gifts here on Christmas Eve, then spent the 25th at Sherry & James’ place.  Played games, had our Christmas meal & watched a movie.  Kim’s family went home on Boxing Day.

In the afternoon of Boxing Day, Corey, Jolene, & Hannah came over in the mid-afternoon to have our Christmas we have with them as we do normally.  No big meal though!  Thank goodness.

The only problem for me was trying to figure out how to get into Sherry & James’ house.  It’s a nice place but not wheelchair friendly.  I made it in without falling!  I don’t think I’ve ever fallen there.  James’ brother Jeffrey was with us for 1/2 Christmas Day, & here on Christmas Eve as well.  He’s a really nice guy to chat with.

On the 27th we had Christmas with my family.  We all did an escape room.  2 teams of 5 people.  My uncle, his girlfriend, & 2 cousins were with us for Christmas.  We had pizza for supper, then opened gifts, & finished the evening with a game of Pictionary & Mad Gab.

After we had just finished opening gifts, my parents got a call from a paramedic in Calgary.  My grandparents were in Airdrie for Christmas staying with my aunt, uncle & 2 cousins.  They had dropped my grandparents of at the airport to fly home.  They hadn’t boarded the plane & my grandmother had “a small heart attack” they said.

They think it was cardio myopathy.  I guess it really damaged her heart & her brain wasn’t working quite right.  Mom & Dad were on the phone a lot on Friday (29th) keeping other family members up to date.

On the 28th I did absolutely nothing, I was REALLY tired.  Kim went over to visit Jolene & Hannah.  Their dog Dug needed to have a play date with Brewster.  Kim thought Corey was working, so I stayed home & watched “The X-Files” on Netflix.  I should have had a nap instead.  I was too young to watch this when it was on TV, but I can’t wait for the new season.

Friday the 29th was Christmas with my mother’s side of the family at my cousin’s house in Rouleau (pronounced Rolo).  Aunts, uncles, cousins & all of my cousin’s young kids.  More of a family get together.  No gifts or anything just appetizers & a turkey dinner.  Unfortunately Mitch & Dad were both ill & stayed home.

It’s REALLY cold out today, December 30, 2017, we’re not leaving the house today however, I’m wearing my usual attire of shorts & a T-Shirt though.  I even asked Kim for some of the comforter in the middle of the night.  That’s very rare.  Make a note on your calendar!

Cold day, a good day to hunker down & watch movies with Kimmy.  She found a “Rocky” marathon.  She loves those movies.  Yes, we own them all, from the first “Rocky” all the way to “#Creed”.

I don’t like to speak about my Christmas gifts.  It’s very embarrassing to me.  I’m grateful for them, but also embarrassed by the amount of stuff I receive.  I prefer & enjoy giving gifts.  That’s one of the reason I don’t talk about what I’ve received.  Please don’t ask?

Well, it’s New Year’s Eve December 31, 2017 means I’m 9 years cancer free.  I’m still in a wheelchair, iPatch over my left eye, & still on 5 medications.  All of that being said, I’m fine.

We spent New Year’s with Corey, Jolene, Hannah, Gosha, Twyla, & Elouise (spelling may be off here).  Yes we were home & in bed before midnight.

Kim has the entire week off, but I’ll start my workouts on Tuesday.   I’m going to change it up a bit throughout the year so it doesn’t become the same daily routine.  You’ll still get a weekly total though!

Just spoke with my mother, mom & dad may be heading to the Alberta boarder to pick up my grandparents this weekend (6th & 7th).  Just the other day grandma thought the year was 1532, she was in a mall, & had been there for 2.5 years.  Sounds like she is doing better now.  When the paramedic called on the 27th we were all shocked that they said Jean Fraser was in the back of the ambulance?  Grandpa is the one with a bad heart.  I guess I’m lucky to still have two grandparents alive at my age.  I also got to know 3 of my great grandmothers.

 

Another tune from “A Perfect Circle”

 

If I knew in 2017 what I know now, Pink, U2, The Devin Townsend Project, & Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds would have appeared on my top albums of the year.

Pink – Beautiful Trauma

 

U2 – Songs of Experience

No, I didn’t care for their free album either, “Songs of Innocence”

 

The Devin Townsend Project – Transcendence

 

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Who Built the Moon?

 

I’ll do a review of these albums over the next 4 posts.  If you’ve never enjoyed U2, you probably won’t like their new album.  As a U2 fan, I REALLY like it.

 

 

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

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“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

PROPHETS OF RAGE

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I fell asleep to “Big Wreck” the album “Grace Street” followed by “Foo Fighters” the album “Concrete & Gold”

I exercised to “Eve 6” all 4 albums on shuffle

I was the only male that went into the French immersion in Kindergarten at Massey elementary & went to Campbell Collegiate, across the street for French immersion.  All of the female students I considered & still consider them as sisters, like Rachelle, Kendra, Fay, Caitlin, Shannon, Stephanie, Jennifer, Vanessa, & probably more that I’m forgetting.  I didn’t have a sister, only a brother (a very good brother).  We may not talk much, but after all of these years I still feel like their brother, & I just want to protect them in a brotherly way.  They’re doing really good though, I don’t need to protect them, but I’m always here if needed.

Not to dilute the previous paragraph but all of my family, friends, & acquaints’ get that respect from me!  You’ve got it right away & it’s hard to have it revoked!  I can be loyal to a fault.  If you don’t feel as though I’m respectful, that’s on me.  I want those who know me to feel a sense of respect, no matter how you feel about me.

My younger brother (7 years between us) is a good guy.  One day, when we rode our bicycles to & from school.  Some elementary student wanted to fight me.  I was in high school, & wasn’t sure what I had done, I hadn’t said anything to this kid, I was just waiting for Mitch.  I got out of school 10 minutes before Mitch.  This kid, slightly older than Mitch, said he wanted to fight me.  To this day I have not been in a fight that I know of.  Mitch heard this kid, kicked him in the shin & said “DON’T HURT MY CHRIS!”

 

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How Dave Grohl’s coffee addiction put him in the hospital for 2 weeks, a few years ago.  The doctor asked him his age & was surprised that he was even alive.

SOME/MINIMAL LANGUAGE AT THE END!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

The recent release by Foo Fighters was met with a mixed reactions.  I think it gets better with each listen!  Now I’d rank it as 4 out of 9 studio albums.

No more FF talk!

Yes, I bought an album that is pretty much a rap album.  Hear me out?  “Prophets of Rage’s” new/debut album.  I like Rage Against the Machine, this new album has 2 rappers instead of one.  Rage Against the Machine’s guitar player, bassist, & drummer. Then they did “Audioslave” with Chris Cornell, & now “Prophets of Rage”.

The rapping has never bothered me in “Rage Against the Machine” & doesn’t bother me with “Prophets of Rage”!  Honestly, “Audioslave” got old for me fast.  I have all 3 “Audioslave” CDs, but I end up going back to the “Rage Against the Machine” albums, 3 of the 4 I have.

What has been fairly consistent with the 3 band members is they have very strong political beliefs & it’s very apparent in their music.  “Audioslave” was a bit different & steered away from being so focused on politics.

The “Prophets of Rage” album was also released on September 15th same day as the new Foo Fighters album.  Of course I listened & continue to listen to Foo Fighters, but “Prophets of Rage” caught my attention as a very good album also.  I listened to it on Apple Music first to hear it first to see if the rap was manageable for me.  I thought I fit very well with the music!

I’d put a few more songs here but the rest of the album is full of language.  The 2 other songs with clean vocals are not on www.youtube.com.  I like this entire album, I can listen to it without skipping a song.  If you liked “Rage Against the Machine” this album is definitely worth checking out.

 

Kids react to “Led Zeppelin”.  I agree with the first kid’s reaction to “Immigrant Song” – YYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

 

Sorry, I can’t get behind anything Gene Simmons says.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/gene-simmons-on-kanye-west-justin-bieber-donald-trump-w504390

 

I don’t watch NFL football, I’ve tried and can’t do it.  I do love CFL football though.

I can tell you right now why NFL players are taking a knee during the anthem though.  They’re not dishonoring the flag, military (some were in the military) or country.  Most players are Black & also play on a team with Caucasians.  They’re taking a knee for the fact that Donnie is racist.  The Caucasian players are joining their team mates in solidarity.  I’m sure when Trump isn’t president they will stand for the anthem.

When he says a person is a “son-of-a-bitch” that’s fine, but when an American doesn’t stand for the anthem that’s disrespectful?  If you’re at or watching an NFL game & 7 people leave after the anthem, they’re still supporting Donnie!

Now I hear that the NFL is possibly changing the rules for Donnie.  Players MUST now stand for the anthem.  I’d just stay in the locker room until the game starts now.  I’ve stopped watching anything with Trump.  Now he’s ruined the sports talk show that I watch, what’s next?

 

Lamb of God released their first album, under the name Lamb of God, “New American Gospel” 17 years ago on Tuesday.  They released one album previous to this under the name “Burn the Priest” it’s terrible to me & many others.  Here’s one song from “New American Gospel”

 

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“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WEEKEND UPDATE

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders were playing in Hamilton against the Tiger-Cats Friday evening.  Mitch & Rachel came over to watch the game & have supper as well.  No touchdown shooters here, but possibly at my parents place?  They had some friends over to watch the football game too.  Ugly win, Riders tried to lose the game but ran out of time.  A win is still a win so at least the Riders had that going for them.

The Toronto Blue Jays won too.  A win doesn’t really matter for them at this point.  They’re pretty much auditioning younger players for next year, & they’re playing to stir the pot & affect the playoff teams that aren’t guaranteed a spot yet.

I’m anxious for next season of Blue Jay baseball!  These younger players look good, most of them.  The Blue Jays are actually winning games, not at a high rate, but it seems like they’re winning more often.  It’s at least entertaining to watch a game & know they have a chance of coming out with a win.

Say goodbye to José Bautista.  He’s no longer José Bautista who will hit 40+ home runs.  Last year he was injured & hit 20+ home runs.  This year he hasn’t been injured but his offensive numbers are very much the same if not less.  He has an option on his contract for $18,000,000 next year that both he & the Blue Jays have to agree on.  I don’t think anyone will pay him that much.  He’s about my age aka he is not far from retirement in the MLB.

 

Saturday, we sat around the house just feeling lazy.  Kim did some laundry & our friends from out of town popped by with coffee & cookies from Tim Horton’s.  Very lazy day for us.

Sunday’s are always get ready for the week, make a pitcher of juice, hard boil eggs, finish up the laundry, grocery shopping & this week get refills on the 5 medications I take, all of them at night & 3 or 4 of them first thing in the morning.

 

 

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Stephen Colbert makes surprise appearance on James Corden

http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/see-stephen-colbert-visit-james-cordens-late-late-show-w503358

 

U2 on Jimmy Fallon “Bullet the Blue Sky”

 

I need to listen to the “Divide” album by Ed Sheeran more.  It kinda “Fell Through the Cracks”

And there’s a song to break your nose to.  When you’re 19, in a mosh pit, & instantly covered in blood.  Lie to the First Aid guy so you can hear the end of the song & stay out of a mosh pit for the rest of your life!

 

I guess there’s a new Fall Out Boy album up for preorder at the moment with 3 songs on for preorder.  Full release January 19, 2018.  I’ll check it out on the release day.

 

Ozzy, you’re getting old.  Everybody has to retire at some point.

 

I’ve listened to it more & each time I listen to it, it seems to sound WAY better than the last time!  It’s good enough for me to throw it into my regular rotation.  I’m a HUGE Foo Fighters fan though, this could be a biased opinion though.  My initial reaction, terrible album.  Now it’s not too shabby, they have made a few better albums though.

http://loudwire.com/foo-fighters-concrete-and-gold-album-review/

This album seems to get better to me with each listen.  Don’t buy the hype by Dave Grohl in this “making off” clip.  This album does not sound huge to me.  I still blame the producer for the poor reaction to this album.  No it’s not like Metallica’s “St. Anger”.

 

What I listen to depends on my mood for the most part.  Metal music tends to calm me.  Hard rock makes me quite energetic.  If I want to relax Jack Johnson, Ben Harper, or Simon & Garfunkel it is!

 

Jack Johnson recently released an album, great album to listen to for chilling out!

 

“And I think to myself, Trump has divided the world”

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/ed-sheeran-cancels-st-louis-concert-over-safety-concerns-w503597

 

Nothing but Thieves aren’t for everybody but both of their albums are REALLY good!  My favourite album of the year is a tight race between ‘Paramore’s’ “After Laughter” & ‘Nothing but Thieves’ “Broken Machine”

 

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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