ANXIETY/MILLENIALS/OASIS/NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS

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I fell asleep to “Myles Kennedy” the album “Year of the Tiger”.

I exercised to “Chromeo” 2 albums on shuffle.

No new wheelchair yet!

Yep, I have little moments of anxiety.  I really don’t like meeting new people while I’m in this wheelchair with an iPatch.  On the flip side of this I’m not even 40 yet, so I’m way too young to not meet new people.  What causes my anxiety?  I couldn’t tell you, because I have no idea?  I know that nobody stares at me in public or anywhere else.

Lately I just always feel as though I don’t fit in, which is a double edged sword for me.  I don’t want to be like anyone else, but I also want to feel accepted (which I know I am).  It’s all in my head.

It’s me thinking “I’m here, now what can I do to speed up my recovery?  I’m not at the point that I can move on, so what do I do now?  This exercising is getting redundant, not easy but redundant.”  Sure I mix up my exercises daily, but that’s not enough.  I need a break, but I don’t like having an extended break.  If it’s a break that’s 5 or more days, it makes my exercises more difficult when I start again.  That being said 5 days is not a long enough break.

I could be that we had multiple visitors last week, & that was a welcome change of pace but now it’s back to the regular routine again?  Whatever it is, it’s in my head.  NOBODY has done anything to cause this, it’s just me in a slump.

I’ll likely get some hate from this but this is my view on millennials, as an outsider.

The average age for a kid to get a cell phone is 6 years old, WHY?  I’m 38 & I don’t need a cell phone.  I had a cell phone before I had cancer, it certainly didn’t save my life, & I don’t miss it at all.  If I had a kid that wanted a cell phone, they would be more than welcome to get one, with some rules in place.  Rule number 1, get a job & buy your own phone, rule 2, when the kid comes home from school, the phone goes away until the homework is done & supper is cleaned up.  Until that’s finished, no phone.  Final rule, if the kid’s in a room with other people, the phone disappears.  I’m 38 & a cell phone for myself would feel like a HUGE waste of money.  Did your parents take a phone call when someone was over?  I always heard “Can I call you back later?  We have company over right now.”  Why does that not apply to today’s world?  Texting is the same if you ask me.  Relax the text will be there still, try some etiquette?   That’s just me though & my opinion.

As for streaming music, I get the appeal, it’s out there & legal.  My iPod, 160 gig classic still works, but it does not work for streaming music.  In this case I’m either going to pay hundreds of dollars for an iPhone or iPod touch or roughly $200 for a decent vinyl player & a vinyl collection?  I’m leaning heavily towards vinyl & when my iPod dies there will be no replacement for it.  Napster was free when it first appeared & I like iTunes.  That album you’ve been streaming for a year now has cost you $120 since last year when you got it.  I paid $9.99 once & I haven’t paid to hear it again.  For me streaming music is a wolf disguised in sheep’s clothing.  I’d much rather pay once & own it.

Do you really think musicians will go along with streaming music where they can make $0.05 per stream?  Musicians prior to this streaming fad were loaded with cash, but now musicians are basically working for free.  Remember that this is my opinion & you have every right to your opinion.

Well millennials are taking away my option to buy cheap music.  They’re convinced streaming music is a better option?  I guess anyone using a streaming music site doesn’t want to OWN their music.  “Thank you” millennials for ruining a good idea.  Apple could easily keep the iTunes option if they’re still offering the streaming/Apple Music service.  Same technology I assume?

 

 

Just let it play multiple videos regarding millennials in the work place!

This is another stereotype that has exceptions, like all stereotypes.

 

This won’t happen.  Tuition is not free, most of us have had to pay tuition!  I hope she’s not taking economics!

I didn’t search this subject on www.youtube.com this is just what was on there!

I was always told if you want something you have to work for it.  I was born in 1980 & my brother was born in 1987.  He was told the same as I was.  He’s not a stereotypical millennial.  I’ve never considered my younger cousins a stereotypical millennials either.  I’m the oldest cousin on my dad’s side of the family & among the 4 oldest on my mother’s side.  I don’t think it’s the kids fault?  As a parent maybe treat your kids the same way you were raised?  I’m not a parent for that reason.  I don’t think I have it in me to be a responsible parent & raise a responsible child.  I’m not saying the people I know aren’t responsible or that I’m forcing any type of parenting skills on anyone.  This is how I would raise my child if I had one.

Muse’s ‘Something Human’ on Cello!

 

Weird Al & Weezer cover Toto’s “Africa”

 

OASIS (SORT OF)

My father & I went to see Queens of the Stone Age in Calgary during the spring, I think it was near the end of May?  Royal Blood was the opener.  Before the concert started there were people sitting to my left having a discussion.  I couldn’t see them since my iPatch is on my left eye, anything to the left of me is totally out of my vision.  I don’t know if they were brother & sister, dating or married, or friends that came to see Queens of the Stone Age.  They were speaking loudly so I heard everything they were saying, & they had thick British accents.  They were talking about Oasis & Noel Gallagher.  The male had absolutely no clue who Oasis was?  The female was explaining everything she could about them to the guy.  How does someone come from the same country as one of the biggest rock bands of the ‘90s & not have a clue who Oasis is, or their guitar player & songwriter?  It’s really not that big of a deal, I was completely flabbergasted!  Whoever the girl was knew everything though.  Oasis is probably as well known in England as The Tragically Hip is in Canada.  Not everyone will be a HUGE fan but most people know who they are.  She explained everything to him, & they sounded as though they were the same age.  It just baffled me that they both knew who Queens of the Stone Age were but not Oasis, weird?  Maybe I just have too much useless music trivia in my head, it’s genetic!  My brother & I got it from mostly dad, but both parents.  I only have 3 “Oasis” albums & 2 “Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds” albums.

I found out about Queens of the Stone Age via Nirvana.  Dave Grohl was Nirvana’s drummer, then singer for Foo Fighters, then played drums on 2 complete albums for Queens of the Stone Age.  Oasis’ big album in 1995 was also the year Foo Fighters released their debut album.

 

OASIS

1994    DEFINITELY MAYBE

 

1995    (WHAT’S THE STORY) MORNING GLORY

 

1997   BE HERE NOW

 

NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS

 

2015    CHASING YESTERDAY

 

2017     WHO BUILT THE MOON?

 

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WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/iPOD

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I fell asleep to “Foo Fighters” the album “Concrete & Gold” followed by “Lamb of God/Burn the Priest” the album “Legion XX”

Woke up at 5:30 am & listened to “Dead Sara” the debut self-titled album.  I did my exercises in silence too early for music.  I ate breakfast to “Metallica” the album “Ride the Lightning”

 

I didn’t exercise on Wednesday since I had a doctor appointment at the cancer clinic, so only a 4 day weekly exercise total; 960 pushups, 800 leg lifts, 400 crunches, 400 squats, 440 tricep pushups, & 160 back flexes.

The tricep exercise went from 100 to 120 Thursday & Today.

What the doctors told me on Friday & every time prior to that really humbles me.  This talk of me being a “hero”, “miracle”, “best patient”, etc. used to go straight to my head & inflate my ego.  Not anymore.  I prefer to stay quiet & humble.  Sure my body survived brain cancer.  I’m thankful for that & happy to be alive.  How did my body survive?  All I did was sleep 23 hours a day for a year.  My BODY survived cancer.

I survived & immediately pissed everyone off with my words.  Once you read them, you can’t unread them.  Thanks for forgiving me, I don’t forgive me!  I HATE that I became that person at the time, I wish I could forget it.

I don’t hold onto a grudge with anyone, except myself.  I’ll beat myself up over the smallest thing, just to take a lesson on what not to do.

I’m only 38, but I’ll remember every mistake that changed my life & remind myself not to do whatever it was in that situation.

 

The President can call other countries “shithole countries” & keeps his job.  Roseanne Barr sends out 1 racist tweet & her show is immediately cancelled.  This is a really messed up world.  No, I’m not defending either of them.

What happened to freedom of speech?  Is it now just for Donald Trump?  I don’t like what Roseanne said or whatever comes out of Trumps yap.  Why does the multiple time offender get to keep his job, the onetime offender lose her job?

I don’t agree with either statement but at the moment they have freedom of speech, I don’t have to like what they say but they’re both using their right, even if utter stupidity comes out.

iPOD

My dad & I agree on a lot of music.  I grew up on my parents’ music & I’ve exposed them to some of my music.  My dad’s iPod had died, so we took mine with some new music I introduced him to & stuff I grew up listening to.  Of course we listened to some “Queens of the Stone Age” & “Royal Blood” on the way to Calgary for the show.  Music I put on since he might be interested…

 

NOTHING BUT THIEVES

PARAMORE

 

On the way back we played music he introduced me to.  All of this is on my iPod!

 

ELTON JOHN

 

DIRE STRAITS (Love over Gold & Communiqué)

I’d post more but “Dire Straits” songs can be quite long.  I really like the song “Telegraph Road” but it is over 14 minutes long, skip it if you like.

 

Hahahaha!  Finger Eleven shared a video from when they were called “Rainbow Butt Monkeys”

 

Myles Kennedy: The Making of “Year of the Tiger” documentary on www.youtube.com

 

Also ‘Alter Bridge’ will be releasing a concert DVD/Blu-ray later this year!!!!!

 

Courtney Love involved in altercation with ex-son-in-law?

http://loudwire.com/frances-bean-cobains-ex-husband-claims-courtney-love-tried-to-kill-him/

I said it would be released on the 25th on the previous post, sorry.  New ‘Halestorm’ will be released on Friday, July 27th.  Preorder on iTunes now.

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

 

New song from ‘Tremonti’!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://loudwire.com/tremonti-as-the-silence-becomes-me/

 

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

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WHAT DO PEOPLE SAY ABOUT KIM & I?/THE WATCHMEN

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I fell asleep to “Foo Fighters” the album “Foo Fighters” followed by “Dead Sara” the album “Pleasure to Meet You”

I exercised to “Stone Temple Pilots” the album “Stone Temple Pilots (2018)”

I was waiting to post this after my doctor appointment.  Nothing to worry about, it will be 10 year cancer free on December, 31st this year, my scan is clean again this year!!  One more appointment this year at the cancer clinic & I should be done with my appointments this year!  Although I’ll be giving blood for a blood test after another 6 months on my thyroid pill & see my family doctor.  My doctor calls me a “Miracle” I asked him to say that again for Kim.  He said most people with my type of cancer are usually deceased.  I say I got REALLY lucky!

Kim & I hear a lot of people say stuff like ‘Oh, you 2 are so nice’, ‘You 2 have been through more stuff than a couple married for 30 years’?  Where is this coming from?  We just had our 13th wedding anniversary.  Kim is FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  No doubt about that one.  She’s the one that had to watch me survive cancer.

She learned how to administer my IV so we could spend time at my family’s cabin in the summer.

Guess what Kim told my parents when I was rushed to the hospital?  “He’s not going to die”.  I was unconscious & didn’t hear that.  That’s a very bold statement.  If I had heard it, I’d do my best to live up to it.

Am I perfect?  No, not by a long shot!  I’m lucky enough that I get to spend my life with Kim, who is perfect for me.  She never thought she’d know so much about baseball & I never thought I’d be watching any episodes of “Dancing with the Stars”.

I know I’ll hear it in some way this summer “You’re fat”, “You need to lose weight”.  This time I’ll respond.  “NO!  I’m not fat”

I’ve lost 45 pounds from my weight before I went into the hospital, gained an extra minimum of 15 pounds, so in total I’ve lost at least 58 pounds in total.  I think my doctor, at the cancer agency, is the type of person who just likes to hear the sound of her own voice.  Her hearts in the right place, just poor execution of what she’s trying to do/say.

I weighed myself on Tuesday, I’m 222 pounds.  If I hit below 210 I’ll look like “skin & bones”.  I graduated high school at 185, so I’ve grown & right around 215 or 220 is where I should be.  I have a big frame/bone structure.

I know when to shut my yap & listen.  If you’re talking all of the time, you’ll never learn anything.  The less you talk, “the more you know.”

 

THE WATCHMEN

A Canadian group that “broke up” in 2004 I think.  They still tour on occasion but don’t record anymore.  Originally based in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  They recorded 5 studio albums & released a live album last year.  Their 2nd release was HUGE in Canada.  I heard they toured EVERYWHERE though, all the way to Australia.  I was at home from school since I was sick that day.  I remember watching a video on Much Music for a single off of their 2nd album in 1994.  That album rooted them for the Canadian audience.  I thought their final show in Regina was in December of 2004.  I was playing at a party with Corey McDonald.  His co-worker’s party who let us rehearse in his heated garage.

You’ll likely hear a song of theirs from an album & perk up.  Then see a live show & go nuts because the AWESOME recording you liked is even better live!  If a band can’t at least duplicate what is on the album, they’re questionable at best for me.  The Watchmen knock it out of the park though.  One of my favourite bands to see live!  Here are a few songs in order of release…

 

1993    “McLaren Furnace Room”

MINOR LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

1994   “In The Trees”

 

1996 “Brand New Day”

 

1998 “Silent Radar”

Easily my favourite song of theirs (below)

 

2001 “Slomotion”

 

Audio & article with Myles Kennedy regarding his acoustic solo album.

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/myles-kennedy-says-he-didnt-want-his-acoustic-based-solo-album-to-sound-too-soft-or-pretty/

 

I thought I was the only one against most popular/current country music?

 

A sequel to “The Pick of Destiny” by Tenacious D.  AWESOME!!!!!!!

http://loudwire.com/tenacious-d-announce-sequel-to-the-pick-of-destiny/

 

This is so true!  Why bother hating art publically?  I’ve likely done it in the past, waste of energy.  You don’t like it, don’t listen to it?  Pretty simple.  There are far more bands that I don’t listen to, than those that I do listen to!  Just because I don’t like a band or musician doesn’t mean that someone else shouldn’t like them.  Famous bands are famous for a reason.  They worked hard to get where they are, & they have a large following.

On the flip side if a band or artist is on social media, there’s always going to be haters who will call out a band if they don’t like them.  If they’re on social media, they had better grow some thicker skin to deal with all of the idiots out there.  Heck, I used to be one of those idiots.  “Do this, don’t do that”!  No, do what you’re happy doing!

 

Alice Cooper interview regarding Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, & evil bands.

http://loudwire.com/alice-cooper-evil-bands-religious-talks-marilyn-manson/

 

I was watching the pregame of yesterday’s Blue Jay game & was immediately shocked by this news.  23 year old closing pitcher from Mexico was arrested Tuesday morning for domestic assault.  I don’t think anyone in the Blue Jay’s organization ever thought that would happen?  Field manager John Gibbons probably took the news the worst.  He stated that he had a father to son type of relationship with the young pitcher.

If you do the crime, you do the time though.  I don’t know where the trial will take place?  I assume in Canada.  Until the trial he’ll be in jail until June 23rd I believe the date was?  I know it was mid-June.

 

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“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WEEKEND UPDATE/BIG WRECK

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Do you have a question about stage 4 brain cancer?  Ask if you do!

Should I be worried that I take the same black & pink pills for heart burn that “Butt Drugs” carries?  Should I take them anally?

 

Friday was me watching most of the Toronto Blue Jays game.  Kim thinks she’s catching a cold.  Friday she grabbed some medication & went to bed at 8:30 pm I think it was.

Saturday was more of the same.  Woke up, had breakfast.  Kim put in a load of laundry, then she & Brewster had a nap on the couch.  She woke up about an hour or more before the Blue Jay game came on, & went to bed after a Tim Hortons run for soup.

We finished Saturday watching a documentary on Netflix!

This is our lives in our late 30s.

Kim is still sick today.  Brewster was freaked last night.  He jumped off of the bed many times & whined until Kim helped up each time.  He can’t get on our bed without help, he’s vertically challenged!

I guess the power went out, so the smoke detectors were beeping, which he hates.  They beeped again when the power came back on.

I had a weird dream.  I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to go to work or university.  I was late & couldn’t find my calculus text book?  I rode my motorcycle to work & couldn’t find anybody to let me know what needed to be done?

I have never owned or had a desire to ride a motorcycle & a calculus text book is not needed for running a printing press?

Maybe order groceries & get ready for the week, as usual.  FYI I found more T-Shirts that fit!

 

My music over the weekend “Dead Sara”, “Foo Fighters”, “Queens of the Stone Age”, “Myles Kennedy”, “Into Eternity”, “Third Ion” & “Megadeth”

Dead Sara

Foo Fighters

Queens of the Stone Age

Myles Kennedy

Into Eternity

Third Ion

Megadeth

 

BIG WRECK

 

Original line up dropped out of ‘The Berkley School of Music’ to form Big Wreck & released their debut album in 1997.  3 Americans & 1 Canadian, voted to be the singer by band members.  They released their 2nd album in 2001 & broke up the following year.  During this time singer, Ian Thornley, started another group called “Thornley”.  Different label also.  2 albums were released by the group.  Big Wreck reformed with different band members on drums & bass, & original 2nd guitarist.  Big Wreck released their 3rd album in 2012.  I was still in my rehabilitation center, but there was no way I was missing their show in Regina that year.

In total ‘Big Wreck’ has 5 studio releases & a live EP with a studio cover of ‘The Cars’.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF…     1998

THE PLEASURE & THE GREED     2001

THORNLEY-COME AGAIN     2005

THORNLEY-TINY PICTURES      2009

BIG WRECK-ALBATROSS       2012

BAG OF TRICKS EP    2013

GHOSTS    2014

GRACE STREET       2017

 

I consider myself a metal fan, well some metal.  As you might know by now, there are other genres I like.  I am a pretty loyal fan of whatever group I’m listening to in most cases.  If I really like them, I’m always willing to listen to or purchase their entire catalogue when possible.  I’m on a monthly iTunes allowance.  Now I know who’s worth $9.99, which helps quite a bit!

http://loudwire.com/metal-fans-most-loyal-we-already-knew-that/

 

What does this mean for the surviving members of Soundgarden?

http://loudwire.com/watch-soundgarden-duo-rehearse-together-mc50-tour/

 

Metallica’s Robert Trujillo & Kirk Hammett give “Ah ha” a try.

http://loudwire.com/watch-metallicas-robert-trujillo-kirk-hammett-cover-the-a-ha-hit-take-on-me-in-norway/

 

From what I’ve seen online, people HATE this album with a passion.  Were you expecting “Mer de Noms” part 2?  Different strokes for different folks.  I REALLY like this album!

https://noisey.vice.com/en_us/article/evqy7a/a-perfect-circle-eat-the-elephant-interview-billy-howerdel-2018

 

I don’t mind some “Jimmy Eat World” every once in a while.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/hear-jimmy-eat-worlds-new-songs-kicking-off-summer-tour-w519828

 

New “Alice in Chains” song

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/alice-in-chains-unveil-new-song-the-one-you-know-w519825

 

I’m so glad I found “Dead Sara”!

http://loudwire.com/dead-sara-debut-two-new-songs-billy-corgan-thunderpussy-more/

 

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

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/ALTER BRIDGE

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I fell asleep to “Myles Kennedy” his solo album “Year of the Tiger” followed by “Stone Temple Pilots” the album “Purple”

I exercised to “Pink” the album “Beautiful Trauma”

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

Weekly exercise total; 1,200 pushups, 800 leg lifts, 500 crunches, 400 squats, 300 tricep pushups, & 200 back flexes.  I took shorter rest periods today, I’ve got some stuff to do.  This is what happens when you wake up at 7:00 am here. I was doing 8 sets of 25 pushups, all I did was add 5 to each set to make it 240 a day.

 

Still every day I wake & for a brief moment I think to myself that this is ALL my fault.  That’s just me, nobody has ever said that to me.  Nobody, including myself, ever expected this to happen to someone they know.  I’m sure this is not how Kim expected her life to turn out, nor did anyone else.  After I think about that for 1 second, I get in my wheelchair & start my day, & never think of that until the next “….mourning”.

I do this amount of exercise as a necessary evil, at least that’s what I think beforehand, & after it for a minute or two.  I roll on my back to catch my breath & ask myself “Why, did you do that much?”  The answer is simple, maybe what I just did will help me walk one day?  After I cool down for 1 or 2 minutes, I feel much better, closer to whatever normal is & go about my day.

 

ALTER BRIDGE

They’ve all but created a new genres for themselves.  Are they a rock band or a metal band?  Hard to fit them into a genres now.  The music is somewhat metal, Myles Kennedy’s voice is far from it though.  Power metal?  I couldn’t say.  They’re not “Iron Maiden”, “Trivium”, or like any power metal group out there.  Alter Bridge is made up of the original bassist, drummer, & guitarist from “Creed”.  The difference is the singer Myles Kennedy, probably best known from “Slash feat. Myles Kennedy & the Apocalyptic Love”.  Way back when, I saw a live show that Myles Kennedy played in the opening band here in Regina.  “The Mayfield Four” Myles was the front man/guitarist, “The Watchmen” & headliner “Big Wreck”.  1 American group & 2 Canadian groups.

Alter Bridge is very high on my long list of preferred bands.  I only learned the first song on their first album “Find the Real” from the album “One Day Remains” there’s a long high note at the end of the song, I think I hit it once between the 6 rehearsals & one performance.  They’ve lost a lot of fans since their debut album released in 2004.  They’ve gone from a straight up rock band to whatever you want to call them now.  I liked them as they were when they started & even more now.  After 5 studio albums, a B-Side album, & 3 live albums!  Here are some of my favourite songs by them & one that everybody else seems to think is the thing since sliced bread…….

5 studio albums from a band based in Florida.  Yet, when I say Alter Bridge, I’m usually answered with “Who?”  Fair enough, they mostly stick to touring Europe.  Pretty rare to see them live in North America.

Alter Bridge, Nothing but Thieves, Paramore & Muse are now on my bucket list!  These are some of these groups Kim has mentioned she’d like to see live.

 

“Venom” trailer from Marvel.

Metallica has made 2 bad albums.  “…And Justice for all” poorly mixed, not all their fault & “St. Anger” lazy production & very questionable song writing.  The rest of their albums are good, but over rated.

http://loudwire.com/mike-portnoy-metallica-huge-band-bad-albums/

 

Check this article out!  How metal music helps with mental health!

https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2018/02/21/metal-music-good-health-study/

 

I don’t like getting drunk at a live show.  I’ll have one or two drinks, but that’s all.  I prefer to relax & enjoy the experience.  If I’m home & it’s playing on my stereo, I have maybe 4-6 drinks if it’s a weekend or special occasion.  Heck, there are weeks where I would love a drink, weekend hits & all of a sudden I don’t feel like having a drink.

http://loudwire.com/top-11-rock-metal-drinking-songs/

 

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WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/BARSTOOL PROPHETS

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

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I fell asleep to “Myles Kennedy” his solo album “Year of the Tiger”

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

Breakfast I listened to “The Pretty Reckless” the album “Who You Selling For?”

Weekly exercise total; 1200 pushup, 800 leg lifts, 500 crunches, 400 squats, 300 tricep pushups, & 200 back flexes.

WOW I need to shower.  This is what happens when you get your butt out of the comfy bed & just get moving.  I’m really trying to cut down on my rest time between sets.

I added quite a bit of sets/numbers per set.  Almost more than I can handle, but I did them!  240 pushups a day, 160 leg lifts a day, & 80 squats a day & the regular amount of other stuff.  I get so tired after though.  I hope that means I’m doing something right!

I get it if you can’t do that other stuff is & should be prioritized to suit your life.  I don’t have a paid job or kids.  Right there my life is different.  Before all of this cancer nonsense hit me, I never bothered to exercise.  Now I like it & it’s very necessary that I do it.

I was lazy on Monday & Tuesday, I slept in until 9:00 am both days.  I much prefer getting up at 7:30 am or at least by 8:30 am & getting all of it out of the way.  Kim always wakes me up, I have a tendency lately to roll over & stay in the comfy bed.

This extra exercise takes me longer than what I was doing.  Now it’s a solid 2.5 hours or 3 hours.  I know it will get easier, but right now I think to myself “WHAT WERE YOU THINKING YOU IDIOT?????????????????”

 

BARSTOOL PROPHETS

This album is on iTunes if you’re interested.  It was released in 1995 & I somehow got it, likely on Columbia House or BMG.  There is a 2nd album called “Last of the Big Game Hunters”, I can’t find it anywhere now.  I really wanted to go to the show when they were touring for the 2nd album, but it was in a bar & I was underage.  The album I have is titled “Crank”.  I think most of the songs from the 2nd album are on www.youtube.com.  I saw a few there but didn’t really search them all out.  These guys are from Ontario, Canada.  I don’t know much about them but I really like this album………

THIS IS THE SONG THAT HOOKED ME!!!  The video for this song was on Much Music a bit.  Creepy lyrics but I assure you Kim’s OK.

There are quite a few songs from their 2nd album “Last of the Big Game Hunters” on www.youtube.com.  We’ll discover this album together!

I may have to look this up on www.amazon.ca  $58 for a new copy?!?!!?!!  Nope!  Maybe a used copy for $16?

I can’t wait for this album!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Long article with singer, Maynard James Keenan, of Tool, A Perfect Circle, & Puscifer.

https://uproxx.com/music/maynard-james-keenan-interview-a-perfect-circle/8/

 

YAY!  The movie “Labyrinth” will be back in theaters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/jim-hensons-labyrinth-returning-to-theaters-w519250

 

What happens at a Foo Fighters show on stage, explained by guitarist Chris Shiflett

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/foo-fighters-chris-shiflett-on-bands-unpredictable-tour-w519216

 

Concept albums must be tricky to write.  One subject throughout the entire album can get boring like the “Muse” album “Drones” which has all but lost my attention.  “Our Lady Peace” made a concept album “Spiritual Machines”.  I didn’t read the book in question, they made the album interesting enough for me to listen to it, & I was much younger.

http://loudwire.com/best-metal-concept-albums/

 

So MLB decided to not show the Blue Jay game on Wednesday, a Facebook only game, WHY?  Doesn’t the MLB or Rogers Communications want our money?  There are no more sellouts at the Rogers Center (Sky Dome), at the moment 20,000 tickets per game seems to be the norm now, last year it would usually be near a sellout 42,000 – 45,000 was almost a guarantee for every game.  Put the game on everything, not just the radio show & Facebook, I don’t even have Serious XM to listen to radio, or radio of any kind.  Worst part is the highlights made it look like the Jays put on a home run show scoring 15 runs on Wednesday to sweep the 3 game series.

Rookie Teoscar Hernandez was called up from the AAA team last week.  On Wednesday he hit a 2 run home run & a 2 run triple.  Please don’t do this again MLB?  I’m not about to watch a game on Facebook!  Not EVERYONE is on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat or whatever else there is.  I’m on Facebook & mostly email.  All of this social media (Facebook anyways) needs the user to have an email account.  Maybe put it on the Jays website?  I didn’t even know I could watch it on Facebook until the game was over.  Maybe the analysts should have mentioned that the day before?

I love the new Pentatonix album!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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NOT REALLY THAT PUDGY/1970s ROCK

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I fell asleep to “Pentatonix” the new album “Top pop Vol.1” then “Myles Kennedy” his solo album “Year of the Tiger”

I exercised to “Dream Theater” the album “Metropolis, PT.2 Scenes from a Memory”

Weekly exercise total; 1080 pushups, 720 leg lifts, 500 crunches, 400 squats, 300 tricep pushups, & 200 back flexes

 

I change the order of the exercises I do for 2 reasons.  So that I stay sane & to avoid muscle memory.  The only thing that stays the same is my squats are always first.  Everything else is done on the floor.  I do my squats, sit on the couch, move my wheelchair out of the way, & get on the floor from the couch, which is a much easier way of getting on the floor.

 

I increased 2 exercises today only.  280 pushups, & 160 leg lifts instead of 140.  I don’t know if they’ll all be that amount next week but I’ll try.

This week I did more than 3 sets of 25 squats.  I did 4 sets of 20 squats.  Not a huge difference, only 5 more a day.  Over the course of a 5 day week that’s 25 extra squats.  Not necessarily a massive increase per day, but it’s enough for me!  My right calf still looks like the bone of a chicken wing.  Squats, crunches, & leg lifts are the crucial exercises I have to do.  They all work out my core muscles & my legs somewhat.  Squats are also some extra cardio for me other than walking with my walker or riding an exercise bike.  When I lived with my parents, during my days at the technical college, I’d ride the exercise bike & watch a “Lord of the Rings” movie for the entire length of the movie.

All of that exercise, & it really didn’t help me lose weight, I was eating terribly.

 

I’m not obese by any means.  I was 185 when I graduated high school, then quite steady at 265.  Last I checked (a few weeks ago) I was 220.  The change is I’m in a wheelchair 98% of the time.  I’m sitting & then my belly sticks out.  For me to be under 210 is ridiculous!  Everybody, for the most part, on my mother’s side of the family has issues with weight.  Most of us have a large frame.  Big boned is a real thing.

My problem is when I left my physiotherapy & continued to eat stuff full of sugar, all of my weight went straight to my belly.  When we moved to this house on December 18th, 2013, I ate absolute crap.  Now & for a few years I eat much healthier.  Vegetable juice every morning of water, orange juice, tomatoes, spinach, broccoli, pea pods, & frozen fruit or ice cubes with my breakfast.  Hardboiled egg or 2, 2 rice cakes, some type of fruit.  Then a lunch of either a deli turkey meat wrap with hot sauce & a slice of cheese, or a piece of fish with lemon juice on it.  I sometimes have a snack of 0% yogurt with blueberries in it or hummus & rice crackers.  Supper is whatever Kim feels like having (typically something healthy).  I have 0-3 coffees a day, no sugar or cream.  Black Columbian coffee.  That’s my diet 5 days a week, weekends, I don’t really pay attention to a regulated diet.  I know I physically can’t handle a ton of sugar or grease.  My stomach doesn’t agree with that since it’s not the norm for me.

I’m 6’ 1” with a big frame.  I’m slowly getting closer to what will make me happy & possibly have me walking one day in the future.  Healthy food during the week & other stuff in moderation on the weekends.

 

THE 1970s

I wasn’t born until 1980 but there is some really good tunes from the 70s.  I was into the “grunge” stuff, & wanted to hear what stuff influenced the “grunge” musicians.  Queen, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Boston, Kansas, & all the way back to The Beatles & The Rolling Stones.  I’ve never really been much of a Rolling Stones fan though, it’s fine & I’ll listen to it.  I don’t seek out for it though.  I had an “As seen on TV” 70s compilation, it’s AWESOME….

A lot of these bands I’ve never heard of, some I’ve only heard the name of, some I’ve heard & avoid as much as possible, & a few are FANTASTIC!

http://loudwire.com/top-metal-bands-first-album-21st-century/

 

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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