BIG OOPS ON OUR PART FOR OUR TAXES

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I watched a movie on Saturday, a long movie.  I can’t believe I spent that much time on the couch watching TV.  I’ll easily watch a televised 3 hour long baseball game, recorded & with a guitar in hand usually.  It doesn’t take 3 hours if you’re fast forwarding through the commercials though. 

I watched the Zach Snyder cut of “Justice League” it was FANTASTIC!  WAY better than the original release with only about 20-25 minutes of footage from the original release.  So why wasn’t it the initial release?  Because its 4:02:?? hours long & there wasn’t as much footage of the super heroes in their super hero outfits.  If you’ve ever seen the movie “300” that was the vibe you got from this version, a MUCH deeper story, & more regarding the origin of “Flash” & “Cyborg”.  MUCH darker than I’d ever expect from a super hero movie.  Tied up the story better as well as leaving things wide open for future movies.

Regarding the photo of the guitar I received last week.  I know I look grumpy and unimpressed.  So not the case though.  Any new guitar day is AMAZING & I’m always very blessed to have any guitar!  Just because I look disappointed on the outside doesn’t mean that I’m not filled with joy! That’s just my resting Chris face.

While I was watching the movie all day Saturday, Kim was being responsible & smart doing our taxes.  I’m pretty easy, I bring in no income other than from the government.  No income = no tax.  We saved a lot of money during the year that shall not be named.  After Kim did our taxes & double checked over the phone Sunday morning, apparently the Government saved a lot of money too.  I thought she got the short end of the stick last year, OH HOW WRONG I WAS.  With Kim working on contract she should be paying tax every paycheck, unfortunately she forgot about it last year.  Ah well, we’re done with extravagant purchases this year & maybe the guitar I was going to order in December gets pushed a little further away?  I was hoping to use the money from the sale of my 7 string towards the S2 McCarty 594 but we’ll figure it out along the way.  We’ll know more in a month & December we’ll decide what is needed where.  This means our condo will not be for sale next year. 

So here’s hoping this is still in production when I go to order it next year?  It should be since it was put into production in January 2020.  I’ll figure it out when I go to order it.  January is the BIG trade show for music companies in L.A. called NAMM.  That’s when companies introduce new products while eliminating a few others.  Yes I’m streaming music & I still don’t like the idea of me doing that.

There’s not a cheaper alternative for this guitar like the other two have.  There’s only the MUCH more expensive & less desirable 1959 Gibson Les Paul ($3000 +) reissue or the even more expensive Core PRS ($5000+) of this model.  There is NO WAY I’ll spend $3000 on a guitar though, they’re both not viable options.  After this purchase the last 2 guitars significantly diminish in price, especially the made in Canada Godin Radiator.  The most meaningful part of this guitar is that it’s made in Canada.  I don’t know of any other quality guitars made in Canada at that price point.

The blue PRS S2 McCarty 594 was introduced to the more affordable S2 line in January 2020.  I’ve been told the white Schecter Tempest is new as of this January.  The Godin Radiator design has been in production since 1999, apparently this is part of a new line though & I can’t find when this line was created?

After Kim checked on our taxes “Sunday Morning”, she picked up our groceries and I spent most of my day in the kitchen.  I made my usual juice, eggs, & fish for the week.  Brewster now eats raw stewing beef.  He’s 15 years old & getting picky about what he eats.  It’s supposed to be good for his dry skin & he likes it and eats it with no hassle.  The only other thing he’s ever interested in eating is whatever I’m eating.  Kim & I could be eating the exact same meal, but he knows who’s more likely to share with him.

I cut up some stewing beef on Saturday to make a few meals for him.  We cut up the beef into little bight size pieces (5mm X 5mm) for him so he’ll actually not get it caught in his throat and maybe chew it.  We then put little bags of meat in meal size portions in the freezer.  I cut up 1 ½ pounds of beef for him this weekend but it felt like 20 pounds because it took so long, especially when he’s sitting on the floor right beside me quietly growling just to let me know he’s there, for a solid hour.

Brewster hates it when I’m in the kitchen.  He’s usually freaking out frantically checking each room and growling or following me very closely making sure I’m doing everything right.  I think on Sunday I was in the kitchen for a good 3 hours straight getting everything together for the week & taking care of the dishwasher.  Brewster shadowed me most of that time.

I didn’t watch the Grammy Awards because I know the categories I’m interested in wouldn’t be televised.  I only know about this issue because it’s everywhere on the internet.  These people have every right to perform this way in a free society.  Everybody complaining about it also has the right to change the channel or not watch it.  Too many people decided to watch it for the freedom to be malicious & complain.  Get over it, you’re really going to complain about a 4:30 minute portion of TV?  Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion thank you for boosting the success of their performance with every comment, positive or negative.  I watched on the internet to see what everybody’s commenting on, I’m sure I won’t be the only one.

The number of active Covid-19 cases in Regina are ridiculously high right now!  Just wait until March 29th, 2 weeks after St. Patrick’s Day.  We never leave the house, we did go for a drive this week for a “milkshake” but it was more just to get out of the house.

I don’t have a milkshake & if I think I do, nobody comes to my yard!  I figured out ‘Layla’ by “Eric Clapton” it was just a matter of memorizing it, & now practicing it into the ground.

Not as fun to play as this song by “Pearl Jam”.  I would have never tried this without multiple guitars because it’s in open D tuning.

I spent Monday learning 3/7 modes on guitar.  A major scale with a certain note or 4 notes that are either sharp or flat.  I’ll be working on these for quite a while, beginning as soon as this is posted.  I’ll work on them individually.  Spend a LOT of time on one, memorize it, apply it, & on to the next one. 

I’d post a video of my playing but I really tense up when the camera’s on, guitar or no guitar.  Cameras are really not my thing.  I will gladly make a stupid face, obscene gesture, or whatever I can to not have the photo seen.  It is one of my least comfortable moments.

I was falling asleep listening to some “Big Wreck” I think, but I woke up to “Seether” playing ‘Careless Whisper’ by “WHAM!”  I’m pretty sure I don’t have much if anything by “Seether” on my iPod touch?  I must have bumped it during the night?

Nope the iPod thing happened again Sunday night.  REALLY hacker!!!  Get another hobby already! 

As for the song ‘Careless Whisper’ by “WHAM!”….I guess thank you “Deadpool” for reviving “WHAM!”?

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

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris

P.S.  I like my “Deadpool” so I hope this is real!

IN MY HEAD

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Exercise total for 5 days. 

500 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

300 Shoulder raises/Chest presses w/ 10 pound dumb bells

900 Crunches

900 Leg lifts

300 Squats   

450 Back flexes

1:15 hour of yoga over 2 days

Sorry about the last post?  I felt as though I was being judged, I don’t know why or by who?  It felt like I had someone watching my every move.  I just wasn’t comfortable.  It was in my head.  I was confused more than anything.

There’s “no doubt” that 2020 has been terrible & stubborn.  Even more stubborn than Donald Trump on the election results, at least he’s focused.  I called it at the start of the year that 2020 was going to be my year.  “So far so good”, I’m feeling very good physically & improving mentally, I hope?!  Relearning guitar is a bit slower than I’d like but this has been a VERY good week of playing through stuff I’ve learned, both new & old to me.  Sort of realized I was looking for perfection instead of just playing…if that makes sense?

WOW, I miss “No Doubt”, 1990s teenager.

I REALLY miss live music!  I have nothing planned as far as concerts go until this virus is seriously under control.  We’re currently using a streaming box for TV, cheaper in order to save some money.  The streaming box has VERY poor software in it, I watch TV, but it’s incredibly slow and makes me want to avoid TV as much as possible. 

My immediate family is good.  My mother just told me on Monday that my uncle has been in the hospital for 2 months because his knee bent the wrong way.  From what I hear he’s doing well.  He’s walking in parallel bars, he was in a wheelchair before his knee went out, that’s good to hear.  Meanwhile my great aunt & uncle have tested positive for Covid a few days apart, so from what I know they’re doing well & one’s in the basement while the other is on the main floor in Manitoba.

Covid restrictions for Saskatchewan were increased Wednesday night.  They take effect today as the new cases continue to rise.  They’re in effect until at least December 17th, unless they need to be revisited in that time.

I realized this week I just love Les Paul guitars.  I don’t really care what brand it is.  Les Paul guitars are known for being physically heavy.  Lots of players don’t like that about them.  My first guitar was a Les Paul styled guitar, so I’m used to playing a 9 pound guitar.  I really like the versatility/electronics of a Les Paul guitar.  The guitar I’m saving for will be in a lighter body but designed electronically to work like a Les Paul guitar.  Why so many guitars?  They’re different colours, 4 of the songs mentioned in this post are in different tunings, they all sound different, & I’ve heard that the optimum number of guitars to own is whatever you own + 1.  Hahahahahahahahahahaha!  In all seriously, Kim worked until 7:00 pm on Wednesday, I need to stop spending money so she doesn’t have to work so much.

When I go to see “Big Wreck” on tour, the singer brings 10-15 guitars on tour with him.  Why?  Big Wreck have a TON of songs in different tunings.  As of their 6th studio album release 4 of their songs are in more common tunings that I play in.  I can’t play like him & I don’t need 15 guitars.

Our living room floor has been covered in DVDs & Blu-rays.  We’ve sorted out the ones we want to keep and the ones we’ll sell.  Out of the 300+, if not more, that we have I’m guessing we’ll keep ½ of them.  I hope this was worth our time?  A friend of a friend is interested in what we have.  I kept my favourite TV series, favourite movies, special edition movies, & some box sets of multiple movies.

I was trying to watch TV on our streaming service we changed to last week to save money.  I’m pretty sure it has cutting edge technology as of 1965?  It has VERY inept software.  It’ll be switched in the not so distant future.  Not what we had before, but a cheaper version of what we previously owned.

I’m doing my thing & feeling stronger.  Even playing guitar felt as if I had gone to the next level this week.  Practicing different scales & individual notes has really helped my hand coordination.  I didn’t do much of that before.  I was always a singer filling in with chords & little riffs.

I was playing through these songs that I sort of knew by memory.  I decided to take out my song books & learn the proper arrangements.  I realized the next day that I was in my head, trying to be too perfect instead of just having fun.

^^This could still use some cleaning up which it will get but it’s up to tempo.  The song below is there now & will get even better as I play it.

I started learning the song below on Wednesday. All of my scales & finger exercises make a HUGE difference in playing the little riffs between the chords.

I don’t know if this giant leap is because I’m playing guitar so much or because I’m practicing scales & exercises now, probably both.  This is MUCH easier than I ever would have imagined!

I’m still listening to the new “Sevendust” & “Nothing but Thieves”, but I’m sure you’ve heard enough about how much I like those albums.  I’ve been running through a few other songs on guitar too.

Next fairly easy song to learn after looking at the tab last night

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

“Spread love” –Ellen Degeneres 

P.S.  I had to update my iPod last night.  It wanted to text me a code, I don’t text, and I had to get my sheet of paper with my 15 passwords.  How is any of this digital stuff better?

WEEKEND UPDATE/NO DOUBT

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Music throughout the weekend. “In Flames”, “The Struts”, “Dead Sara”, “Stone Sour”, “Devin Townsend Project”, “Foo Fighters”

 

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

Thursday evening we did nothing but watch TV.  So far we’ve mostly been binge watching “The Fosters” on Netflix.  If you liked “Parenthood” or like “This is us”, “The Fosters” are probably right up your alley!  We’re somewhere in the 2nd season of 5.  There are 20-22 episodes each season with roughly 50 minute episodes.

Friday we went to my parents’ place to celebrate my mom’s birthday which was actually on August 25th.  BBQ burgers, hot dogs, & corn on the cob & birthday cake for dessert.

I don’t think we could be any lazier if we tried on Saturday!  Ordered in supper & watched Netflix.  I also slept until 11:30 am, after going to bed around midnight.

Labour Day Classic in Regina on Sunday & we won.  I had never tried to eat an entire 2 foot long hot dog, but there’s a first for everything.  Finished my hot dog before 3:00 minutes into the first quarter of the game.  Washed it down with an overpriced beer.  Yes, the Roughriders won 31-23.  Quite the entertaining game right down to the last minute & a half.

Came home after the game, had supper & watched a couple of episodes of “The Fosters”.  Yes, I still had room for supper after the 2 foot long hot dog.

Another lazy day on Monday.  Ordered in supper again & watched some more Netflix.

My new wheelchair should be here today.  I was going to hit the road with my dad, that’s not happening due to circumstances out of our control.  Keep that voice in good shape Mr. Grohl!

 

Concert video & album out on Friday September 7th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

4 Song EP from Nothing but Thieves out October 29th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

New Muse album out November 9th!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Donald J. Trump is the definition of “Money Can’t Buy You Love”

 

NO DOUBT

Remember when “ska” was all the rage in the ‘90s?  I thought the entire thing was a nice change to the grunge music.  There were many ska groups to follow.  I only followed No Doubt’s career though.  I didn’t have the desire to follow the entire ska scene.  I have 4 of their 6 albums.  There are 2 before their breakout album “Tragic Kingdom” but I don’t have them.  I think my brother has 1, but I’m not sure?  There was a period a few years ago when I listened to No Doubt & nothing else.  Things always change though.

 

1995   TRAGIC KINGDOM

 

2000    RETURN OF SATURN

 

2001    ROCK STEADY

 

2012    PUSH & SHOVE

 

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Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

APPOINTMENTS/A PERFECT CIRCLE 

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

Had breakfast while listening to “Barenaked Ladies” the album “Grinning Streak”

 

Need a day to rest my body & wake up, so I can do my exercises tomorrow!  I feel like I have to catch up to everyone.  A day without exercise is a wasted day to me & I started out 4.5 years behind everyone.

Sunday I was fall over sitting down tired, Monday was more of the same, so no exercising Monday.  Since “Sunday morning” I’ve felt over tired, I exercised Tuesday but not “today.”

The week started off with multiple phone calls with doctors & labs setting appointments.  YAY…………….BOOOO.  I’ve got better things to do than go to all of these routine cancer survivor checkups.  I know I’m fine.  I’ll go to multiple doctors & they’ll tell me the exact same thing.  “Everything looks good on the scan.  See you in a year.”  Who doesn’t work & has to be somewhere at 7:30 am?

I’d much prefer blood work & a scan in one appointment & send it all to one doctor.  Nope multiple appointments since Monday until next week & another routine doctor appointment in the summer.

I know these are important but good grief “will it ever stop?”  I had cancer in 2008 & I’m still being poked & tested?

Wait in a waiting room for roughly an hour Monday evening to give 2 vials of blood for your doctor appointment next week.

SO NOT COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How about we spend one day going for a scan & giving blood?  Then another day for the doctor appointments regarding the scan & blood work? One doctor will tell me his thoughts on the blood work & the other one will do the same, call me fat & send me on my way.  Am I in a good mood?  Not really!

I guess it’s only 3 weeks of the year.  I just don’t want to do this anymore.  I survived cancer, leave me alone for a bit please.  I’ve been tired since Sunday.  My exercises on Tuesday was pretty much a zombie going very slowly through the motions.

Kim has to take time off of work & if she’s not there she doesn’t get paid.  Sure no problem, let’s make this a month long extravaganza!

I’m grateful to be alive, just frustrated at the moment!  Also deathly tired, no exercise today.  TV & the couch are calling me.  I likely won’t be online much at all today.  Probably have a nap today, my body feels like a rag doll.

 

A PERFECT CIRCLE

 

Since they’ve recently released their 4th studio album, this seems like a good time to review this band.  This is the singer’s, Maynard James Keenan, 2nd of 3 groups.  He’s also the singer for “Tool” & “Puscifer”.  “Tool” is his first successful group.  The story goes that “A Perfect Circle’s” guitarist & music writer.  Was a guitar tech for “Tool” aka a roadie.  Maynard overheard some of the music on Billy Howerdel’s computer.  Maynard liked it & asked if he could sing on it.  As soon as they released their first album most people instantly compared them to “Tool”.  Fair enough, the first album was fairly comparable to a “Tool” album, but “Tool” seems to be able to fit in many mainstream genres in their own way.  “A Perfect Circle’s” first album was their hard rock album with breaks of light ambient music to ease off the gas pedal & let fans breathe for a second, much like “Tool”.  The 2nd album had a few heavy songs amongst more accessible songs.  The 3rd album was full of mostly unrecognizable covers.  The music & melody were all completely different but the lyrics were the same.

After the cover album they released a ‘Greatest Hits’ album with one new song on it.

I wasn’t much of a fan of the cover album or this new song.  I have the album of covers on CD, but not the ‘Greatest Hits’ album in any form.

That brings us to their new album “Eat the Elephant”.  Some longtime fans of the group that I’ve spoken with are somewhat disappointed with this album.  I was also, at first it’s not nearly as heavy as most of their previous songs or albums.  After it’s release on April 20th & multiple listens to the album, I can’t stop listening to it.  Much like their 2nd album & the first single from it, I was somewhat disappointed at first.  If you’ve ever been a fan of “A Perfect Circle” don’t give up on this album.  I don’t know what it was but something made me go back to it multiple times.

Here’s a song from each release.

MER DE NOMS      2000

LANGUAGE, SERIOSLY OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THIRTEENTH STEP   2003

eMOTIVE      (covers)    2004

EAT THE ELEPHANT        2018

This is easily the most mainstream song I have ever heard from them.

 

Interview with guitarist/music writer, Billy Howerdel.  Long audio interview!

http://www.thevinylguide.com/episodes/ep122-billy-howerdel-of-a-perfect-circle

 

Movies to watch for in 2018 from “Avengers: Infinity War” on….

https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/lists/summer-movie-preview-2018-from-infinity-war-to-blackkklansman-w518967/action-point-jun-1-w518971

 

I’m sorry but even for a comic book movie this is hard to swallow.  I’m supposed to believe that Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Pratt, a tree, & a raccoon are needed to save the world.  “Avengers: Infinity War” had better be the best movie ever made!

“Ant Man & The Wasp” trailer & short article.

https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/see-paul-rudd-in-new-ant-man-and-the-wasp-trailer-w519724

 

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

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

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WEEKEND UPDATE/2002 QOTSA & FF

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I fell asleep to “The Beatles” the album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” followed by “Metallica” the album “Hardwired………..to Self-Destruct”

 

Friday ended with me drinking alone & watching the Toronto Blue Jays vs. the Cleveland Indians.  Both had the same win-loss record starting the game which the Blue Jays won 8-4.  The Jays are now 9W-5L.

Saturday we woke up before 8:00 am.  I rolled over & asked Kim what time it was, too early.  Grabbed my iPod Classic, which I’ve almost decided will not be replaced when it dies, then we went back to sleep & I put my iPod back on.  Saturday evening was my dad & brother’s birthday supper at my parent’s place.  Supper, brownies for Mitch, & a Chocolate Extreme Blizzard cake from Dairy Queen for dad.  Good times that went a bit longer than expected.  By 10:00 pm we were all a bit tired & cleared out fast.

The Blue Jay game Saturday in Cleveland was rained out.  Today’s is supposed to be rained out as well.  3 players are currently injured so collectively that’s $54,000,000 worth of players sitting on the bench & the short stop might have a career ending injury.  His contract runs out at the end of the 2020 season.  Teams have insurance incase this type of thing happens.

Typical Sunday for us, getting ready for the week ahead, laundry, groceries, make a vegetable juice, bake some fish, hard boil some eggs, etc.  I’ve got the “American Country Music Awards” recording for Kim.  How on earth did I get stuck with a country music fan?  Country & music don’t even belong in the same sentence most of the time.  Oh wait she HAWT, smart, funny, she loves me, etc.  I do like the Dixie Chicks though.

I don’t play my music when she’s home & she usually does the same.  I find it funny that country “music” has to have it’s own award show, because it doesn’t fit in with the cool kids.  Hahahahahaha!

 

Before I get into this I should say that “Live’s” albums “Throwing Copper” & “The Distance to Here” are legendary albums for me.

The first band I was in while in University played most of “Lightning Crashes” once in rehearsal, but none of us knew the bridge of the song.  We stopped at the bridge & just never bothered to learn it or play it again, we should have.

 

2002

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE & FOO FIGHTERS

I got into “Queens of the Stone Age” when they released their 3rd album “Songs for the Deaf” in 2002 with Dave Grohl on drums for all of the songs & a short tour afterwards.  I was already into Foo Fighters, so to see Dave on drums in a “Queens” video was big for me.  I bought the album ASAP.  I listened to it a LOT & soon bought the previous 2 albums, I was hooked.  I was in SIAST but the “Queens” stuff was in a low tuning.  I learned some of it, but it was just a hassle to switch tunings on my guitar for “Queens” stuff & regular tuning for rehearsal.  Foo Fighters released their 4th album on Kim’s birthday that year in October.  Not their best album but also not their worst, but I’m biased when it comes to Foo Fighters……….

Dave Grohl played drums on this album & Elton John played piano on at least a few songs!

 

 

Godsmack is still around?  I didn’t even know?  I was never a fan though anyways.

http://loudwire.com/godsmack-when-legends-rise-title-track/

 

Top 10 Tool songs according to Watchmojo.com.  I wouldn’t put them in any category, especially metal.

LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!         Any Tool fan that enjoys marijuana, doesn’t need to bring any to a Tool show, the rest of the audience will get you high on second hand smoke & the crowd also doubles as a fog machine for the band.

 

I think this guy is over a decade younger than me.  Although he says this ranking of “Muse” albums are just his opinion.

For me it would be “Showbiz”, “The Resistance”, “Drones”, “The 2nd Law”, “Origin of Symmetry”, “Absolution”, & finally “Black Holes & Revelations”.  I guess our opinions aren’t that far off after all.

 

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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

EXERCISE WEEKLY TOTAL

I fell asleep to “ Stitched Up Heart” the debut album that I got last night at 12:00 am Eastern Time “Never Alone”

Falling asleep to an album isn’t the best way to hear or judge it. What I’ve heard I like & of course I’ll listen to it multiple times. It could be one of those albums I end up binge listening to?

I exercised to “Iron Maiden” the album “The Book of Souls”

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Exercise total for the week ;7500 crunches, 710 leg lifts, 300 squats, & 250 push ups.

Everything stayed the same this week other than the leg lifts. They went up, then down, & I finally settled on 140 a day. I’ll stay at this plateau for a while. When they seem to easy to do, I’ll likely ad some yoga into the mix?

When I die, multiple decades in the future hopefully, please don’t remember me as “that guy who got cancer when he was 28”? Call me anything but that please, hero & victim don’t ever have to be in the conversation either?

When I was a kid, life was so simple. Recess, candy, colouring books, paint, even in University Rydell & I both thought we’d grow up, get a job & buy a new guitar once a month? Life’s not like that at all! Bills, mortgage payments, most people have kids, work or shift work, etc. As a kid I always thought “Ooo, I can’t wait to grow up & be filthy rich”. It so didn’t turn out that way!

Don’t get me wrong, life is great but in a different way! I get to live with my wonderful wife, I can watch baseball in my underwear (I did that at my parents house too), I can drink alcohol, coffee in the morning etc. It’s great, it’s different but it’s really good!

I was usually home from a day of work, in my underwear, drinking a beer & my younger brother, Mitch, would come home with a friend of his. Most of his friends met me that way. Beer, underwear, & reading an article on the computer in the living room in the basement. I think he got mad at me once & yelled at me once after someone had left? “CHRIS, WHY ARE YOU ALWAYS IN YOUR UNDERWEAR WITH A BEER WHEN I BRING SOMEONE OVER???” That’s just how I roll, I wasn’t going to put on a three piece suit just because my brother was coming home, he’s lucky I was wearing anything at all?

Now it’s just baseball on the TV maybe pants & alcohol during the weekend games or water & carrots or grapes?

Last night we went out for supper with Sherry & James. Left the now buzzed Brewster in their place since he makes too much noise & freak out when he’s here alone

I guess Lzzy Hale got a Metal Hammer Golden God award.

“I’m still flying high from last nights Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards! It was such an honor to perform and I am so humbled to be the first female to win the “Dimebag Darrell Shredder Of The Year” award. Thank you so much to everyone for your vote, and to all my fellow musicians and nominees for making me feel like the little sister of the rock and metal community.
Dimebag, even though you’ve left us, your legend lives on through those you touched along your journey. You continue inspire me to be the best guitarist I can be, and hold on to what makes me unique, because that’s how you lived your life. You were fiercely honest and unapologetic, which is the definition of Metal. This is why, alongside Lemmy and Dio, you are forever a golden god. I will treasure this award forever and I look forward to feeling your presence over my shoulder next time I go over my scales. Speaking of which… Time to go practice!!”

James Hetfield of Metallica is lending his voice to a series on Netflix

http://loudwire.com/metallica-james-hetfield-voice-skylanders-academy-netflix-series/

“Oh, my” how the music industry has changed!?!?

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/grammys-to-recognize-streaming-only-releases-20160616

Bjork’s still around? Who’s buying or streaming her “music” as she calls it?

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/bjork-to-release-vulnicura-live-mask-edition-box-set-20160616

I don’t judge other people on what they listen to, but this is WAY out of left field!!!???? This is as mainstream as she ever got.

This is typical Bjork below.

I’ll confess in my very early 20s I threw in the towel when Disturbed released their 3rd album. Language in the video inside the link.

http://loudwire.com/disturbed-guests-lzzy-hale-blaze-bayley-ben-burnley-2016-download-festival/

Still a few more albums to look forward to this year. Chevelle in July, Opeth & Alter Bridge in September or later this year, & maybe Third Ion & Into Eternity, then whatever other surprises show up?

Ellen proves if you’re a squeaky wheel, you’ll get the grease!

http://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/watch-ellen-degeneres-ask-27-times-for-a-finding-nemo-sequel?utm_campaign=nme-daily-17th-jun-17-06-2016&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter

I loved “Finding Nemo” I have “no doubt” I’ll enjoy “Finding Dory”

Good! We need more people to speak out on this topic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.nme.com/filmandtv/news/amy-schumer-reportedly-cuts-gun-scene-from-new-mov/409317?utm_campaign=nme-daily-17th-jun-17-06-2016&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter

Muse shared a bit of this song live…..

Courtesy of the Consequence of Sound

I can’t say no to a good acoustic song!!!

What Metallica drummer, Lars Ulrich, says the new album will sound like. Take this with a grain of salt. There’s a good chance he’ll say something completely different next week.

http://loudwire.com/metallica-lars-ulrich-diverse-less-frenetic-10th-studio-album/

Loud Wire’s review of the new Red Hot Chili Peppers album

http://loudwire.com/red-hot-chili-peppers-the-getaway-album-review/

Who else is confirmed to be opening for Guns n’ Roses?

http://loudwire.com/guns-n-roses-name-the-cult-billy-talent-more-openers-summer-2016-tour/

10th anniversary of Stone Sour’s 2nd album “Come What(ever) May”. Here’s a bit of ying & yang on the same album!

Yay!!!!!!!!! Paramore is recording! Thanks for opening my eyes bro!!!!

“Lunch is over//Making an album”

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WEEKEND UPDATE

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I would like to be watching the first Toronto Blue Jays regular season game which the pregame starts at 1:00 pm. Baseball trumps most things on the weekends. Until our TV shows finish their season it’s Blue Jays in :30 which I don’t like but it’s better than nothing I guess? They lost their last 2 spring training games in Montreal against the Boston Red Sox. Doesn’t really matter since they didn’t play all of the regulars for long if at all.

We saw 10 Cloverfield Lane Saturday evening. Would have been a great movie if they could have written an ending. At least John Goodman was in it. I don’t see a reason for a sequel despite the lack of an ending.

Mark Tremonti interview on his upcoming release April 29th, the next Alter Bridge album currently being recorded at the moment, & his desire to collaborate with Metallica.

The Alter Bridge album “Fortress”, their 4th album, was the first album of theirs that I downloaded on iTunes, the previous 3 I bought on CD. My mother got me the 10 year anniversary box set so know I have all four CDs & all four on vinyl, plus DVDs of interviews. Each album seams to be better than the previous release (for me), I hope they continue that trend!

How many Axl Rose on stage blow ups will happen on this “reunion” tour? I’ll guess 2 or 3 as a minimum. For the record, I don’t like Guns n’ Roses. I bought “Appetite for Destruction” their debut album from 1987. I haven’t listened to it in at least 12 or 13 years, I bought since the rest of the world kept telling me it was so good, sorry, not for me. They have their place but for me, it’s buried in my closet, where it will stay.

http://loudwire.com/unforgettable-axl-rose-onstage-moments/?fb02

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

At this point you’re probably asking yourself “Does this idiot even like music?”. I do, but it’s not Metallica, GNR, or the entire 1980s L.A. hair metal scene. 1990S “grunge” is more my thing, or modern metal. You probably have never heard of the metal I like unless you’re a fan of metal? The metal I like really isn’t hard to find. There are many other metal fans in Regina that know much more about metal than I do.

1 GNR concert down, 20 to go here’s some info from the first show.

http://loudwire.com/guns-n-roses-first-show-reunited-axl-rose-slash-duff-mckagan-videos-photos-setlist-more/

It’s much more difficult than I anticipated to keep my opinion to myself. Remember that you can always suggest a group to me & I’ll be more than willing to check it out. You don’t have to check out the stuff I like either if you don’t want to, it’s just a suggestion, sort of a “See if you like this?”

This was a topic on one of the far too many TV shows I watch. Is it morally wrong to watch “The Cosby Show” knowing that he allegedly did some terrible things? If so, is it just as wrong to listen to “Michael Jackson” despite what he was accused of doing? I watched “The Cosby Show” growing & it was good as a kid. I have no desire to watch it again, not for what he’s being accused of simply because I don’t need/want to see it again. My parents have a DVD of him doing his stand up comedy, is it wrong that I want to watch it? As for Michael Jackson, I don’t listen to him often, when I do I turn it up to 11! Is that wrong? “…..In a nutshell….” are the fallen entertainment legends labeled for the good things they’ve done or the bad things……………or both, is it OK to enjoy their entertainment while knowing what they’ve been accused of? Is it wrong that I listen to “Moxy Fruvous” still after what Jian Gomeshi has been accused of? O.J. Simpson? So many celebrities. I’m not a fan of NFL & never have been, I had no clue who O.J. was until his trial when I was a teenager in the ’90s. Please respond with your thoughts?

Even singer “Steven Page” of this group was sent to jail for cocaine possession & I still listen to the stuff he sang on. I really don’t know where I stand on the majority of these matters?

I wouldn’t apologize for this, I also wouldn’t use the language he used. It’s a live show. In my opinion, cell phones should not be allowed in any public gathering for a movie or show. Every concert, musical & live performance should at least have the cell phone disclaimer before the show like there is at every movie. You can purchase or rent the movie afterwards. The crappy video & crappy sound on your phone you may look at once & realize it’s terrible but you just paid $90 to see it live & you screwed it up. How about someone coming to your place of employment & video recording you? It will bother you, any co workers, & clients, who need to speak with you.

http://loudwire.com/disturbed-david-draiman-texting-fan-sorry/?fb003

If it comes to the point that I require a cell phone, I’ll use it like a home phone. If I’m out and you’re not there it would be for two reasons only, I didn’t invite you for some reason or you weren’t able to attended and I’m not the one who will give you the play by play. Also if you text me, I’ll call you………………consider yourself warned. I don’t like the idea of mobile devices in the least. You have one that’s fine with me. I don’t need or want one.

I’m not a fan of Gwen Stefani’s solo work but her stuff with “No Doubt” I do enjoy!

http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/watch-gwen-stefani-rock-space-shorts-bring-misery-to-snl-20160403#ixzz44lwp6EsC

I know my brother saw them with “Paramore” as the opener. I think I was in the hospital & I hadn’t heard of “Paramore”? If I had, I would’ve tagged along.

Mark Tremonti on the progress from the studio recording the 5th Alter Bridge album.

“Guitars are coming along nicely!” I hope it’s released this year?!

Guns n’ Roses first show of the reunion tour in a small club. I wonder what other group performs at a small club before a huge tour after recording a new album?………………wait……………it’s “Foo Fighters” usually a secret show with a different name advertised.

http://loudwire.com/guns-n-roses-first-show-reunited-axl-rose-slash-duff-mckagan-videos-photos-setlist-more/

I’m ready to watch baseball and “I’ve got my short shorts on”

Here I come couch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! First regular season game, then 161 more to go. I watch the majority of the 3 hour game almost everyday, if I can’t I guess I’ll record “Blue Jays in :30” & I usually feel lonely. I know of 2 friends that can watch a 3 hour baseball game. Last year they played 19 innings instead of the usual 9 innings, that’s just over 6 hours, I watched it all. No such thing as a tie game in baseball, they play until someone wins!

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MONDAY’S FAMILY DAY IN SASKATCHEWAN, THIS WILL CARRY ON AS USUAL!

Exercise total for the week? 2 days of walking 630 meters of walking with no rest period on Monday. 670 meters followed by a rest period then 304 meters after the rest period. All of that is a total of 1,604 meters or 1.604 Km. We were going to walk on Wednesday, I did 30 squats & emailed Kim that my hips & thighs were far too sore to go walking that day. 120 squats sets of 15, ½ hour of yoga, 240 push ups sets of 20, 1260 crunches, & 40 leg lifts on my hands & knees.

I’ve ventured a little more into the 21st Century. I now have a “Kindle” thanks to my parents who had an older model not being used. I read 2 chapters of a book (Dark Days, a memoir by D. Randall Blythe vocalist for Lamb of God) yesterday & plan to read whenever Kim goes out for groceries. Eventually I’ll get a 128gb iPod touch, I’m not a fan of touch screens. I have no cell phone, iPad, Tablet, Laptop or anything other than a desktop PC, a 160gb iPod classic, a plasma 51” TV & a 39” LCD TV. I don’t use music streaming sites either, I purchase music from iTunes. My wife has all of the mobile devices in this house, not me. My father is a technological genius with most things! I have trouble now reading an actual book since the print is too small, on a Kindle is much better for me, iPad not so much.

I hear Wednesday was the beginning of Lent. I’m not hard core Catholic but I’ll participate. I’ll give up potatoes since I gag on them, never liked mashed, baked or boiled potatoes. So far I’m doing excellent giving up potatoes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I fell asleep to “Big Wreck” the album “Albatross”

I exercised to “System of a Down” the album all 5 albums on shuffle!

“Hatchet” premiere new video. Never heard of them. Here we go…

http://www.revolvermag.com/news/hatchet-premiere-new-music-video-in-fear-we-trust.html

Robert & Dean DeLeo of “Stone Temple Pilots” radio interview

http://www.955klos.com/2016/02/08/robert-and-dean-deleo-in-studio-with-bob-coburn/

Davey Havok (singer for AFI) & members of “No Doubt” form Supergroup

http://loudwire.com/afi-davey-havok-supergroup-members-no-doubt/

I hope the guys from “No Doubt” don’t make him sing this…………AWKWARD!!!!!

Article with Dave Mustaine & Kiko on new Megadeth album.

http://www.musicradar.com/news/guitars/dave-mustaine-and-kiko-loureiro-talk-megadeths-dystopia-634519

Open the venue & salute terrorists with the middle finger. Make them feel 1/2” tall!

http://loudwire.com/paris-le-bataclan-hopes-reopen-before-end-2016/

Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ syncs to Star Wars: Episode VII

http://consequenceofsound.net/2016/02/star-wars-the-force-awakens-syncs-up-to-pink-floyds-dark-side-of-the-moon/

Not sure that a 50th anniversary of Woodstock would be a good idea?

http://consequenceofsound.net/2016/02/woodstock-50th-anniversary-festival-in-the-works/

LANGUAGE & NUDITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ’99 turned out well……………………….NOT!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 trailer. June 3rd release in theaters.

“FRIENDS” TV history yesterday

http://decider.com/2016/02/11/today-in-tv-history-the-truth-about-chandler-and-monica-came-out-on-friends/

Article about Dave Mustaine, formerly of Metallica, now lead guitar & singer of Megadeth.

http://www.megadeth.com/news/dave-mustaine-appear-school-rock-frisco

“Black Sabbath” reschedule postponed Canadian tour dates.

http://loudwire.com/black-sabbath-reschedule-postponed-canadian-shows/

OK GO! Has a cool new video, video link is inside the link & only on Facebook. One take, no editing, all in zero gravity! Good tune as well!

Kanye West never thinks before he speaks. Like me on the previous link to this!

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/kanye-west-blends-sacred-and-profane-on-startling-gospel-inflected-new-lp-20160212

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

More Kanye West news his thoughts on Taylor Swift years ago.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/taylor-swift-kanye-wests-pablo-lyric-about-me-is-misogynistic-20160212

AWKWARD!

“Paramore” shared it……

Kristen Wiig guest on Jimmy Fallon

“Stone Temple Pilots” news. Still searching for a singer.

http://loudwire.com/dean-deleo-stone-temple-pilots-never-offered-singer-position-highly-suspect-vocalist/

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

Revolver Magazine suggest a TON of bands I’ve never heard of, most of them are far more miss than hit for me. 2 so far today. WARNING THERE MAY BE LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, I’ve heard of “Atreyu” before.

“Lamb of God” spring tour dates

http://us10.campaign-archive2.com/?u=74df4f3ff4f674ed67c8d04ca&id=02de757c09

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

“Highly Suspect” interview LANGUAGE!!!

Sorry gotta run, stuff to do around the house!

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“Learn something from your mistakes and don’t do them again”

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

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Chris “Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

ALREADY TICKETS TO 4 CONCERTS THIS YEAR!!!!

I fell asleep to “Lacuna Coil” the album “Broken Crown Halo”

I exercised to “Baroness” the double album “Yellow & Green”

“The Odds” were great way back when. I’ve got their first 4 CDs. I’m good though with that & yes I still listen to them every now & then. I saw them live when I was in high school. I don’t think I need to see them again.

http://jadedandelated.com/craig-northey-odds-nest-turns-20/

Masterpiece review of David Bowie by Consequence of Sound

I don’t know much about the NFL, I’d have to go with Joe Montana on this one as the greatest quarterback, at least in my lifetime so far.

http://www.rollingstone.com/sports/features/is-peyton-manning-the-greatest-quarterback-of-all-time-20160209

I know where I won’t be, since I don’t have a current passport & I’m not a fan of “Rammstein “ in the least, never have been. If you like them & want to go to Chicago, cool with me!

http://loudwire.com/rammstein-chicago-open-air/

Why do the members of “Slipknot” wear masks? LANGUAGE!!!!!

Yes, my passport is expired, I’ll likely never have a license, I exercise 5 days a week for at least an hour & I’m 36 years old now & have to really watch what I eat. That’s fine with me, but I do worry about Kim she needs a break…………………….from everything!!!!!!

Seattle, “Pentatonix” are coming

Rob Halford of “Judas Priest” plays rapid fire

http://loudwire.com/amon-amarth-johan-hegg-rob-halfords-rapid-fire/

“Politicians” I don’t follow them. SURPRISE!!! Now the people that voted for the Federal election are complaining. You voted, I didn’t. Good for you!!!!! Less stress for me!

http://www.ndpcaucus.sk.ca/broten_blasts_wall_s_plan_to_hide_gth_investigation_until_post_election

“Opeth” helping out!!!

https://tourpedo.nextlot.com/public#/sales/74574/lots

Donald Trump takes New Hampshire

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/watch-trumps-very-wtf-new-hampshire-victory-speech-20160210

Hopefully good news for the Toronto Blue Jays although he won’t be expected to play until May. When he was injured & wasn’t coming back last year, he was leading all of the rookies in almost all categories. I want to know what’s going to happen with Ryan Goins? His defense is far to good to sit on the bench as a utility infielder.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/mlb/devon-travis-hopes-to-hit-lead-off-for-blue-jays-in-2016/

Devon Travis highlight reel

You don’t give the audience a Nazi salute then shout “White Power”, never, don’t ever do that!

http://loudwire.com/slipknot-corey-taylor-philip-anselmo-controversy-racism/

Here you go Gwen Stefani fans. I’ll take “Bush” & “No Doubt” no solo stuff from Gwen though.

http://www.nme.com/news/gwen-stefani/91380?utm_campaign=nme-daily-10th-feb-10-02-2016&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter

Metal cameos on TV. Mine is below.

http://www.revolvermag.com/news/list-five-awesome-metal-cameos-on-tv-shows.html

This decision will make it worse.

http://www.newzimbabwe.com/news-27634-GMO+ban+stays+despite+hunger,+says+Made/news.aspx

Oh, Mayim Bialick

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

Bye,

Chris “Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WEEKEND UPDATE

A Million Miles Away Blog on facebook.

www.amillionmilesawayblog.com

Give the site a moment to load all of the links. It takes a bit for my computer & it crashes on Kim’s cell.

Randy Blythe (Lamb of God) vocalist talks about his memoir of being in prison in the Czech Republic.

http://loudwire.com/dark-days-conversation-lamb-of-god-randy-blythe-czech-prison-memoir/

This might be OK? I’ll wait & see. Maybe not.

http://loudwire.com/ghost-new-song-majesty/

Fear Factory fans, stream the new album….

http://loudwire.com/fear-factory-dielectric-video-genexus-album-stream/

Best metal albums of 2015 so far. For me at the moment “Third Ion”, “Lamb of God”, & “Tremonti”! Still waiting for “Megadeth”, “Iron Maiden”, “Into Eternity”, & “Trivium”

http://loudwire.com/best-metal-albums-2015/?fb2

Big Wreck “Ghosts” album review

http://classicrock.net/big-wreck-review-ghosts/

Amy Schumer’s take on USA gun control. Americans want their guns, they’ve got them. When was the last time a gun was used in “Self defense”?

http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/amy-schumer-i-think-its-money-to-blame-for-gun-control-problem-20150808#ixzz3iGEX1eiq

Interview with Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton. It’s a short interview & the language is clean.

In Flames contest

http://www.rockscience.tv/news/news/in-flames-contest-

More info on the Coheed & Cambria album.

http://loudwire.com/coheed-and-cambria-cover-art-track-list-the-color-before-the-sun/ LANGUAGE!!!

Story behind the artwork of Green Days ‘Dookie’ album

http://diffuser.fm/cover-stories-green-day-dookie/?fblw

New guitarist for ‘Evanescence’

http://loudwire.com/evanescence-guitarist-terry-balsamo-exits-jen-majura-joins/

Prince warns new artists

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/prince-warns-young-artists-record-contracts-are-slavery-20150809#ixzz3iKjcFMhq

Next Rob Zombie album & movie

http://loudwire.com/rob-zombie-eyeing-2016-new-album-31-film-pinball-machine/

Pretty quiet weekend. Birthday party on Saturday, then 9 hours on the couch for me watching Blue Jays baseball beginning Friday night.

All of these weird requests, follow us on twitter, instagram, linkedin, pintrest, etc. I’m on Facebook which I’m not much of a fan of & email. Not everyone is on all of these social media sites? I would like these sites just to have a link to their website? Yet, I look at stuff on Facebook & they all tell me to follow them on whichever other site? WHY? It’s just weird?

Songs I like, “No Doubt”

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“Learn something from your mistakes and don’t do them again”

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

Bye,

Chris