WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO

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What I’ve been listening to lately, “The Darkness”, “Coheed and Cambria”, “I Built the Sky”, & “Alter Bridge”.

Where ever the picture ends up on here, that’s a portion of my Tuesday & Thursday exercise.  I don’t own a cell phone but Kim does.  She wants to do yoga with me when she gets home from work & took a few pictures that evening.

I ended up doing a lot of nothing from Friday, November 15th to Sunday, November 24th.  Started up the exercise again on the 25th.  Kim decided she’d like to do yoga with me on Tuesdays & Thursdays.  So I do some stretching & weights in the morning, then yoga when she gets home after work.

So far my eating habits have remained quite similar.  I know I’ll partake in some taste testing of holiday baked goods though, then perhaps during my big 4-0 in January.

Gotta get to the weights!  My T-Shirts are pretty much hanging on to me for dear life.  Other than the occasional light eggnog in a coffee, I’m still running sugar free, outside of natural sugar.

I’m not going to avoid holiday baking, just in moderation.

I intended to ask for a few things for Christmas & let Kim bank any extra cash for herself or whatever expenses we need it for.  Nobody was OK with what I was going to do with the cash, including Kim.  She insisted I save it for the guitar I want.  So I guess I’ll be ordering this guitar in the summer, in a McCarty Sunburst finish.  We’ve got to save up some cash until then.

https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/model/s2_custom_22_semi_hollow_2020

As for the Epiphone 7 string, I’ll think about that in 8 years if I’m still into metal, although it does look pretty nice!  I was going to get this one since it’s a limited edition, Kim said to order the more expensive one though?  If I ever get a 7 string guitar, I hope these are still in production?

http://www.epiphone.com/Products/Les-Paul/Matt-Heafy-Les-Paul-Custom-7.aspx

I have been practicing my guitar constantly.  Mostly finger exercises to build up the strength in my left hand.  Usually 4-9 hours a week.  I was a singer that learned rhythm guitar to fill out a rock band.  Playing fast or soloing was never my thing & was beyond my ability.  Since my voice hasn’t caught up yet, I’m learning a bunch of new stuff to become a more versatile guitar player. I played my guitar “…until my fingers (almost) blead…” the last week and a bit.

The Christmas tree has been up since November 16th, little early for me but it had to go up sometime.  Now we can get some gift shopping done for what I will now call “The most (stressful) time of the year”.  I need lists people, I can’t read your minds?!

I’m usually really into the holiday season, no snow here yet, I need snow.  It was raining on November 24th, my parents’ 41st anniversary & Grey Cup 107.  There should be snow on the ground by now not “November Rain”.

Brewster’s feeling better now & done with his medications.  He even has enough energy to play for a bit twice a day.  He’s now back to day care once a week to play with other dogs.  He still gets very excited when he figures out where he’s going & can’t get in there fast enough.

Kim’s quite busy at work & is pretty tired after each day.  I think her entire department told their manager they need another person on staff?

After a week of not exercising & a week of exercising, I find that exercising makes me more aware around here.  I find that I manage my time better.  I also get up earlier to accomplish my exercise & other tasks for the day.  I got up at 6:30 am.  I fed Brewster, had my small breakfast (I eat 5 or 6 small meals/snacks a day), cleaned up Brewster’s bowl, & exercised.  It was only 9:30 am after all of that!  I checked my email & Facebook, had a bite to eat, showered, & had an early lunch around 11:30 am.  Spent the rest of the day practicing guitar for a few hours & watched some recorded TV.

I don’t typically post videos or photos on anything.  I don’t own a cell phone but my wife does.  I’m usually at home with no need or desire for a cell phone & if I’m elsewhere, I’m busy usually with someone else who likely has a cell phone.  An email or a Facebook message/notification will be there when I get home.  I’ve tried texting & I just don’t like it.  I find texting to be the lazy way of calling someone.  It’s easier to dial a number rather than type out a conversation on a tiny keyboard.  Cell phones & I aren’t friends.  They’re just not for me.

That being said, my speech isn’t great.  I’m hard to understand.  I feel like I have to exaggerate my lip movement to speak well & I ALWAYS forget that.  I’m also very quiet when I speak.  Since cancer I have very short breath support.  It’s gotten better, but at first my sentences were very broken in odd/random places.

Out to visit my uncle in Sask. Beach this week for lunch & a few games of cribbage with my parents.  Nice going out there, seeing someone I haven’t seen in a while in a very wheelchair accessible place (he’s in a wheelchair also & Kim hates cribbage).

Thursday evening we went to see our “niece’s” Christmas school musical.  I don’t even remember the entire “12 days of Christmas” & I just saw it?!  Great to hear kids singing this time of year.  I’m surprised the school got away with calling it a “Christmas” event what with everything having to be so politically correct!  I’m good either way, I know what I’m celebrating.  If you’re against that, all the power to you.

It also was a blizzard outside Thursday evening!  FINALLY………………….SNOW!!!!!!!!  I can’t stand the heat, I’ve been waiting for this since January!  I’m typically found wearing shorts, Kim made me wear pants = not a happy Chris.  I can’t even remember the last time I was outside for more than “5 minutes…”?  In retrospect, I should have gone with the shorts.  Our friends were up front to see their daughter.  We were at the back (wheelchair).  The parents at the back didn’t seem to care much.  They were mostly talking on their phone, texting, & visiting with other parents, that was utterly disappointing/heart breaking.

Well the snow is here, the house is decorated, the tree is up, I’ve seen a Christmas play by kids, & I still have resting Chris face.  What the hell is wrong with me?

 

I don’t see any issues with this?

She’s an American citizen, the impeachment is being done as stated by the Constitution & it’s well known that the democrats don’t want the current president re-elected.  So why is the guy so shocked by her statement?  Call me a dumb Canadian, but this isn’t breaking news.  I haven’t even watched American news in months.

 

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OVERWHELMED WITH STRESS THIS WEEK, THEN A TWIST

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4 day exercise total;  00 leg lifts, 00 crunches, 00 squats, 00 back flexes, 0 pushups, 200 curls (10 pounds), 00 tricep extensions (7 pounds), 50 shoulder raises (7 pounds).  Stretching & TONS of yoga.

I fell asleep to “Of Monsters & Men” the album “Fever Dream”

 

THE FOLLOWING IS A PITY PARTY, THEN A REALIZATION AT THE END.

Not the greatest of weeks.  Our dream house was sold officially as of Tuesday evening.  I got the link update Wednesday morning.  I spent Monday evening & Tuesday evening worrying about it & stayed up to late.  Felt better as Thursday went on.  There was a viewing of our place Thursday, which is great, but if anyone makes an offer, where do we go?  Regina’s not a big city & something accessible for me seems to be a rarity at best.  We took the viewing time to see another house (just the neighbourhood & the outside) in an area that’s nice, but so far away from every other part of the city!

I’ve been trying to educate myself for the federal election on Monday.  The more I dig, the more I realize why I haven’t voted in 21 years.  I watched the federal debate twice which was oh so uninformative.  It was pretty much me & the candidates at a bar for an evening at the end it felt like “Well, we’re the last 2 people here, I guess you’re it”.  I’m sorry but 6 candidates to choose from & not one of them has EARNED my vote.  I’ll vote since I said I will, but I’d much rather continue to exercise my right not to vote!  MAYBE I’ll vote again………….in 21 years.  Waste of my time & energy.  “Let’s promise the moon to everyone, then pretend we never said that”.  I don’t know of an elected politician that has followed through on what became empty promises.  Somebody please prove me wrong after this election?

Kim’s teeth are done & she’s happy with them.  Now the bill.  Then Brewster’s tests & medication.  Then Christmas gifts to purchase.

So I’ve spent this week stressing HARD about all of this, mostly finding a wheelchair accessible house, which seems hopeless.

I haven’t felt like eating or working out this week so far.  What am I looking forward to this week?  Watching the Rider game on TV tonight that’s in B.C. Other than that “I’m broken” for now.

I may be down now, but Monday is the start of a new week!

How I’m feeling as of Thursday night & even more so Friday morning.  Instead of stepping back & looking at a big picture of overwhelming stuff, I took a step closer.  I saw one thing at a time.  I can chip away at things one by one & clear up all of this one thing at a time.

The election will be over on Monday, after that we can focus on Brewster’s health.  While doing that we’ll look for a house.  Through all of this I’ll get back into my smaller routine of exercising daily.  There will be interruptions but that’s life.  Ideally we’d be moving into our new house by mid-November, but it’s been purchased, we can’t change that, just move on & keep doing our thing.

 

If you’re of age & not easily offended I hope you’ve seen “Deadpool”, if not you’re WAY too late!  Since the 3rd Deadpool could be in the beginning stages!?

Sell out or don’t, as long as you’re happy with where you are & how you got there & didn’t forget the people that helped you get there, be happy but humble!

https://www.kerrang.com/features/12-bands-who-succeeded-by-never-selling-out/?utm_campaign=loudwire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&influencer=true&fbclid=IwAR0hn3eThYPPwnLy4tm1yGH_D2pjRivLci-iJgpFy_DU0X5Cc0N_Yp9nd00

 

 

My last 2 album purchases before Christmas are released today.  “Alter Bridge” & “Jimmy Eat World”.  I know I’ll be listening to a TON of “Alter Bridge”, “TOOL”, “Big Wreck”, “In Flames”, “Billie Eilish”, etc. for the rest of the year!  There was a TON of great music that was released this year & it’s only mid-October!

 

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P.S. I had to pick up a prescription this morning for my bladder infection, that’s why this is a bit late.  Back from the doctor, no bladder infection I have to “retrain” my bladder.  I needed some refills on other medications too.

EXERCISE FOR THE WEEK & DAVID GROHL

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5 day exercise total;  900 leg lifts, 1200 crunches, 100 squats, 300 back flexes, 50 pushups, 600 curls (10 pounds), 300 tricep extensions (7 pounds), 200 shoulder raises (7 pounds).  Stretching & yoga.

Much more yoga than weights this week.  I do all of my exercises out of my wheelchair. So yoga poses like downward dog have always looked like downward dog.  I do 4 poses & they really seem to help.  I’m not passing up the weights though!  Tuesdays & Thursdays are a minimum of 2 hours.

I fell asleep to “Melissa Auf Der Maur” the album “Auf Der Maur”

I exercised to “Eric Clapton” the Hits compilation “20th Century Masters”

 

Well today is the day we find out if the other buyers got the house we both dreamt about when we we’re engaged.  It changed a bit now that I’m in a wheelchair but it’s perfect otherwise.  I didn’t sleep well last night, trying not to get my hopes up, but it’s not working great.

I don’t wish bad things for anyone, but the financing for the other buyers has to fall out or something, then we have to sell our place ASAP & put in a really good offer.  A TON of things have to happen for us to have a chance at getting it, so we’ll see what happens today?

I actually took a pill to get that nagging pain out of my back.  I’ve had back issues since 1996 on & off.  The surgeon won’t operate since the MRI he saw was long after it last flared up.  Had to see a physiotherapist a few times & do certain stretches to get rid of it.  I still do many of those stretches.

I do my stretching, yoga & weights every Tuesday & Thursday.  I’ve been doing about an hour of stretching & yoga this week, then weights & pushups at the end if I have any gas left in the tank.

Doing more yoga I find extremely satisfying & beneficial.  Of course I fall, I have to fall before I walk!  The stronger I get, the more I impress myself ex:  While doing downward dog, I’m able to lift one foot at a time so that it’s parallel to the ground & hold it for about 10 seconds.  I fell once a few weeks ago getting down from that position.  I haven’t stopped doing it though.

This guy is my inspiration.  No I don’t know him personally.  I was an athlete that never tried out for any sports in high school other than baseball.  The coach from the basketball team & the coach from the football team approached me to try out, I had no interest though.

This is what I’m trying to do now.  He has canes & I’m in a wheelchair but we’re striving for the same thing…….to walk.  I’m not sure how long it took him, but no matter how long it takes me, I’m more determined than I’ve ever been!  That’s where my stubbornness is beneficial.

So right now I exercise 5 days a week, practice/play guitar, take care of the supper dishes, also my dishes during the day, write this, watch a little TV, currently house shopping (wheelchair accessible is hard to find), & hang out with my wife & dog.  Kim & I both keep very busy lately!

Brewster is at daycare today, he loves it & gets very excited when he sees the building.  Kim will pick him up after work & he’ll eat then crash hard until tomorrow.  He’s getting old but we get to see the heart of a puppy for a few minutes a day still!

 

Hindsight is 20/20.  You can’t change the past even if you want to.

https://loudwire.com/philip-anselmo-interview-regrets-pantera/?fbclid=IwAR3kc_xoR1LArQhYS8KCJeDen1a3kI7ueYYNnHpPrgyGJc3uywFlVu1nnuY

I really hope S & M 2 comes out on an audio format.  The first one was GREAT!

https://loudwire.com/metallica-cliff-burton-classical-music-gateway/?fbclid=IwAR22_LhMfb02VtBH2iosz5miUoWZgDFAyAxL8aKYluW55ajXCiYQ0wzRK1k

Great news for “Metallica” fans………………in the USA.  Why are “Foo Fighters” shown on stage in the video but not mentioned?  Does this mean anything?

 

Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, so I’ll catch you on Monday!  We’ll be here & I’ll be avoiding potatoes, gravy, & dressing! 

 

PLAY + PROBOT + FOO FIGHTERS + POCKETWATCH = DAVID GROHL

What can’t Dave Grohl do?  This is all stuff he’s done on his own.  The first Foo Fighters album, all Dave Grohl other than one guitar part.  Play is a 23 minute instrumental piece with 7 guitar tracks, 4 drum sets, & I’m not sure about the number of bass tracks.  23 minutes straight on 1 instrument or start all over again.  All finished recording in 3 days!

Pocketwatch I believe, was an album he recorded after Nirvana was no more, around the time of the recording of the first Foo Fighters album.  Probot is a metal album where Dave Grohl played all of the instruments, then sent the songs to his favourite underground metal singers.

How does one person do this while being in 2 of the biggest rock bands of my generation & collaborating with so many other legendary artists on other projects?  This man amazes me & has been my musical idol for a long time!

 

PLAY   2018

LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   Listen to the first 3:30 minutes to hear him talk about it, then forward to any part of the song you like.  He also doesn’t know much about piano or other rhythm instruments.

 

FOO FIGHTERS   1995

 

PROBOT   2004

 

POCKETWATCH   1992

He’s also produced an album, introduced me to other artist, played in 3 bands 2 of which were VERY successful, & has been a guest artist on many albums.  He also played drums for Tom Petty on SNL.

 

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WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/BREWSTER/LABOUR DAY WEEKEND/RELEASE DAY!!!!

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5 day exercise total; 900 leg lifts, 900 crunches, 600 squats, 450 back flexes, 120 pushups, 600 curls (10 pounds on left arm & 7 pounds on right arm), 400 tricep extensions w/5 pound weight, 400 shoulder raises w/5 pound weight,  stretching, & yoga.

I fell asleep to “Jeff Buckley” the album “Grace”

I exercised to “Ozzy Osbourne” the album “Bark at the Moon”

 

Great week for me!  I don’t want to lose my momentum!  This week felt like a big step forward finally.  All of that little stuff definitely helped.  Long road to go yet.

I figured it out, well my new goals for my exercise in the morning only anyways.  Legs, abs, & back 3 days a week.  Weights, arms, stretching, & yoga 2 days a week.  Works up a really good sweat a cold shower is more than welcome afterwards.

I keep track of everything on here in a notebook & add my exercise totals for the day as I go.  I’m trying to cut more sugar out of my diet.  Hopefully just natural sugar & less alcohol.  Kim came home last Saturday with 4 x 500 ml cans of beer & made brownies.  I had a brownie, but no beer or other alcohol.  The small amount of natural sugar in the Bubbly work wonders instead of alcohol.  Figured I’d just stop the alcohol completely for a bit & try to clean the system out.

6 small meals a day & 3-5 liters of water, maybe a cup of black coffee, & a bubbly a day.  Weekends are usually pretty tame on the food intake, unless we’re out with people.

Picked up my acoustic guitar yesterday, felt pretty good after a year.  I didn’t want to put it down.  Eventually I’ll need an amplifier with a pedal for distortion & clean channels.  Hopefully my tuner pedal/noise compressor, 2 effect pedals & cords are still kicking around.  Pretty sure they are.

I think this is the amp I’d get as long as it’s a cheap solid state amplifier, tube amps sound better, but they’re expensive to buy & maintain! Practice amp with a foot switch should suit me well.  I had a Randall half-stack before, I won’t need anything that big or loud, this should do the trick!  I don’t know how much they cost though?  I’m sure it will be at or above $500, start saving now I guess.

http://www.randallamplifiers.com/product/kh75/

I’m really starting to worry about our dog, Brewster, he’ll be 14 in January.  He has a heart murmur & very bad anxiety.  Somebody has to be with him or he freaks out scratching at the door, while barking & whining the entire time.  He’s also started marking when he’s around any other dog.  He’s small, 12 pounds, a Bichon/Shi-tzu cross.  He’s also starting to trip with his back legs.

This might sound odd to some but he’s my kid, my child.  He went to a doggy daycare on Tuesday for the morning.  I just about broke down when he left.  I get it, we don’t get out much because we stay home with him or he stays with Kim’s sister & hubby, Sherry & James, since they don’t have a dog so he won’t mark there.  I get it, but I don’t like the daycare thing.  I just miss him when he’s not here.

That was just an assessment to see how he’d fit in with the other dogs.  Report card was good!  They said he played really well with the other dogs & he is very well mannered.

 

Finally, a Chris Cornell signature Gibson guitar!!!!!

https://loudwire.com/chris-cornell-guitar-gibson/?fbclid=IwAR3lWuWnT9wVfRBTYrSy5qf72wXEmnzBVkSQDLP5Dc6cC57s7gZtJM8DlTo

Win a Dimebag Darrel package!!!!!!  Please send me the mini-amp to practice or better yet trade it in for this or preferably this.

https://loudwire.com/win-dimebag-darrell-package-dime-signature-guitar-ik-multimedia/?fbclid=IwAR0BwgTECJQPzpEiGtHQ0f-lqa64TTyR2tqBYdhUlEv3vznhCJz8MRM2jb4

Joker trailer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Darker, not for kids, & a great origin story, from the looks of it!

If you vape, please read this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-features/vaping-danger-health-what-we-know-877652/?fbclid=IwAR3C5Q9do7RMjfoFx9g-2ssVojHKPMBg5mjnsCbc2sLeypm8sllPWj0hQWI

This is the main reason I don’t like to stream music.  This & the fact that I don’t own it.  Actors don’t complain about video streaming services though, just musicians about music streaming.

Lyrics for the “Tool” album out today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

https://loudwire.com/tool-fear-inoculum-album-lyrics-every-song/?fbclid=IwAR1biiQKLY_OXy7Os8cE3msom9h63mTraSe6xfPANxXC5l-z0RY4-jgPXp8

WHY dear Lord, WHY?  I gave up on “Disturbed” over a decade ago, I’m not in my mid-20s anymore!

Labour day classic here!  Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers!  Always a fun game to attend!  Kim’s not a football fan so her & Brewster stay home.

Pretty easy to say that I see a FLOOD of “Tool” news coming, ASAP, beware!

Spider-man breaking news, new deal between SONY & Disney?  Still a rumour, but possibility of a better outcome for fans.  SPOILER IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN AVENGERS ENDGAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

BIG RELEASE DAY FOR ME

I don’t do reaction videos I like to sit and REALLY concentrate on what I’m listening to the first 3 or 4 times I listen to any new album.  After that I’ll play it whenever if I enjoy it & probably really focus in on it again when I have the time.  2 HUGE album releases for me today!  Big Wreck & a new Tool album after 13 years & roughly 4 months.  These are the singles that were already released.

 

BIG WRECK   …but the sun

 

TOOL   FEAR INOCULUM

 

 

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

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P.S.  Long weekend, so I’ll post on Monday, then Friday.  After those we’re back to Sunday, Wednesday, & Friday as usual.

WEEKEND UPDATE/THEM CROOKED VULTURES

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NO POST UNTIL FRIDAY!!!  THEN WE’LL CARRY ON AS USUAL.

Music throughout the weekend.  “Pink”, “Pantera”, “The Struts”, “Obadiah Parker”, “The Watchmen”, & a mix I made of 80s & early 1990s songs “Bobby McFerrin”, & “Fall Out Boy”

 

I stayed up until shortly after 10:00 pm on Friday, watching the Blue Jay game.  I didn’t watch the entire game though.  I watched the game until the 4th inning.  The Jays were winning 9-2 at that point.  I watched the rest of it on Saturday to see them win 10-2.  Way behind on Saturday’s game.  I’ll have to watch Saturday’s game on Sunday.  Busy weekend!

My 2nd cousin who is a year younger than me is in town this weekend from Winnipeg.  Saturday her & her common law husband came over to see our place & stroll over to see a MASSIVE private liquor store in town.  We then went to my parents’ place for supper, Rebellion beer, & a game.  Good to see them REALLY nice people!

On Sunday Kim & her sister were planting their bedding plants.  Kim’s pots for our place & the plants for Sherry’s yard & pots.  Pretty cold outside at +13C.  So I stayed home.  If it was nicer outside, James & I could have done play by play on their deck!

Today Kim made a REALLY good brunch for the 2 of us.  I’ve boiled my eggs for the 4 day week.  I’ll make my veggie juice, then we’ll plunk down on the couch to watch some TV or have a nap!  My vegetable juice is similar to a V8, but with no salt added or any spices other than a chunk of ginger for a bit of kick to it.

 

I’m a Canadian, living in Canada & I’ve been watching WAY TOO much CNN.  I quit watching CNN to 10 minutes over the last 2 weeks & I just don’t care anymore.  I don’t like Trump & I’ve never been a fan of him, EVER!  I realized that he’s not my problem unless I move to America.  Not watching him lie repeatedly REALLY makes me happier & I don’t swear at the TV nearly as much as I used to.  I don’t like him & I never will.  I don’t need to watch every stupid thing he does.  CNN no more.

Will this work?  I would’ve preferred John Hamm, but I guess we’ll see what happens?

I hear that a TON of DC Comic fans really don’t like this move!  Give him a chance, what’s the worst that could happen?  He’ll ruin a movie franchise that’s already just trying to keep it’s head above water?  I prefer the darker DC Comic movies, he’s not guilty of anything, wait & watch.  Trump’s president so anything can happen

Perfect ending to The Big Bang Theory?

https://www.usatoday.com/videos/life/tv/2019/05/17/big-bang-theory-season-finale-song/3700577002/?fbclid=IwAR1qIo5-Nb-Hg3NsMyeLQX28VoqsyeVzZPoeKdz0htMAzpSZvOAAqYqbwVU

“Chevelle” are now done their new album!  A follow up to their album of scraps kicking around (B sides & rarities).  For a handful of 12 songs that weren’t released, it’s a very good album!

Apple/iTunes had better get their act together if they won’t allow CDs or any 3rd party files on their streaming & downloading services.  Last year I bought a live album on CD.  Because it’s not on either service from Apple.  If I’m missing out on albums only available on CD, it’s on Apple.  Even if it’s only on streaming I’ll miss out!  I’ve added many albums that are no longer in print & not on iTunes, when I first started using iTunes.

 

THEM CROOKED VULTURES

This is a “Super Group” I now love.  I love the 3 members in their everyday bands, but this album was somewhat disappointing to me, & it wasn’t over hyped at all.  It just kind of showed up for me.  It was released in 2009 & I was in the hospital completely unaware of it to be fair.  The group is Dave Grohl (Nirvana & Foo Fighters) on drums, Josh Homme on guitar & lead vocals (Queens of the Stone Age), & John Paul Jones on bass (Led Zeppelin).

I listened to this album recently during my exercise.  It finally clicked, it took me a decade, but I really like this album now.  When I bought the CD, I listened to it a few times & forgot about it.  This happens to me quite often.  I’ll buy an album, listen to it about 3 times & forget about it.  Then 2 or more years go by & I’ll listen to it again & I’ll change my mind completely.

Our brother-in-law is a HUGE fan of RUSH.   For a long time since the spring of 2002 he’s been giving me the gears about not liking RUSH.  I listened to some RUSH from the ‘80s on.  I thought the mix was different & Geddy Lee’s voice wasn’t as prominent, I was wrong.  It was that the synthesizer wasn’t used as much & is gone in the later albums.  I now love RUSH from 1985 – whenever they broke up a few years ago.

Same with Metallica.  It took 33 years & the album “Hardwired…………to Self – Destruct” for me to become a fan.

 

2009   THEM CROOKED VULTURES

 

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

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

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/OBADIAH PARKER

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5 day exercise total; 200 pushups, 600 leg lifts, 450 crunches, 150 tricep lifts, 450  squats, 300 back flexes.  Yoga & stretching for just over an hour on Thursday.

Let me “Break it down” for you!

3 days of 200 leg lifts, 150 crunches, 150 squats, & 100 back flexes. 1 day of 200 pushups, & 150 tricep lifts.  Then Thursdays are yoga & stretching for a little more than an hour.

I fell asleep to “Puscifer” the album “V is for vagina”

I exercised to “Devin Townsend” the album “Empath”

 

Apparently I won’t be seeing the doctor that tells me to “lose some weight” is not there anymore.  Our brother-in-law works on the servers for the cancer clinic at the Pasqua hospital.  It’s a long story that I haven’t heard as to why that doctor is not there.  I’ll be seeing a new doctor who’s been given my case.

Kim tells me that the reason I’ve had to continue with appointments is that it was because my previous doctor wanted me there.  More info for the story of how the chemo, radiation, & medication helped keep me alive.  I guess this is a double edged sword in some way.

It would be great if they got all of the info regarding what worked to keep me alive & help other patients & doctors with the entire story.  On the other hand I won’t have to deal with someone body shaming me once a year.

The body shaming didn’t bother me at all, I just found it odd & rude.  That was the only doctor that said that to me.  I graduated high school at 185 lbs.  When I went into the hospital I was 265 lbs.  I probably weighed 270 or 280 when I was released & kept eating garbage.  Right now I’m 230 lbs.  If I lose 20 lbs that would be great, any more than that, I’ll look like a bag of bones.

I’m 6’1” with a big frame.  That is the same thing for most of my relatives on my mother’s side of the family.  The majority of my T-Shirts fit me & I feel healthier since doing daily exercise & eating healthier.  I don’t really care how much I weigh as long as I feel good.  Losing 20 more pounds is more of a bonus than a necessity.

 

Trivium’s guess for the release of a new Tool album was WAY off!

https://loudwire.com/trivium-predicted-tool-exact-new-album-release-date/?fbclid=IwAR0NX367cofiVEnNG3u0nBwhl5SmbQsdZZhRGuQcvuYLTnR1BPXu6SM7YjE

I miss “Pantera” too.  I was late to the game.  They were all alive when I got into them through Corey McDonald in SIAST.  They were in different bands at the time though.

I don’t know if rock music needs/wants to be saved?  It’s there, just harder to find.

http://the-radical.com/2019/the-struts-interview/?fbclid=IwAR2ZOpSg2MF5SGFqUj1j_iOKxXhAGSyh1e-plcCQ8cqsbRIGAlhIMJ2s9Zc

REALLY?????????????????????????

https://thehardtimes.net/music/benefit-concert-to-save-guitar-center-features-97-dudes-playing-sweet-child-o-mine/?fbclid=IwAR2ek2mWT9aeE8W80hGsX6EUaN6sYwyB96plGvM0uyeWBH0nFx2WPlZw0Ao

At every home “Saskatchewan Roughriders” game, I hear the song below.  It’s from 1987.  LIVE IN THE NOW PLEASE!

Sorry, Guns n’ Roses aren’t for me.

When you live in Regina, Saskatchewan & have only been to 3 music festivals over 20 years ago.  Not being able to see a festival sucks but it’s the norm in the middle of nowhere.  You’ll be OK Miami.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/ultra-music-festival-leaves-miami-833255/?fbclid=IwAR1_vDkhUu7rR8rKgmGQ-rCwQUqITFcGt62gSMmwko9G30l3pebVjoRYZg4

Today “Big Wreck” released only another single.  I was hoping it would be a preorder as well, it wasn’t.  I’m pretty sure they’re busy with the 2nd guitarist’s cancer though.  We’ve got 2 singles from the new album this new one first then the first single below it.  Much heavier than I’ve heard from them!

 

OBADIAH PARKER

Right at the beginning I’ll admit that I know nothing about him.  Acoustic guitar player & singer.  I can tell you after a brief google check that he’s American.  His name is Matt Weddle, Obadiah Parker is his stage name.  I own 3 EPs, 5 songs each.  They’re all cover well known songs.  He has 2 original albums on iTunes, I haven’t heard them yet.  He does have a band but it is very rare to hear them on the EPs……

 

2008   THE TIP JAR VOL.  1

 

2014   THE TIP JAR VOL. 2

 

2016   THE TIP JAR VOL. 3

This EP is very tough to find any videos from.  He does cover this song though…

How long are the Toronto Blue Jays going to continue this “Socrates Brito” experiment going?  He’s one of the worst hitters on bad team.  If a player’s batting average is 0.077, they’re very lucky to be on any roster.  An average of 0.250 is just OK.  Are they keeping him there because he can catch a fly ball?

For me he’s just a guy taking up space when there are 2 minor league players knocking on the door to play right field.  Heck they have 2 capable right fielders now.  Brito plays maybe once a week.  They’re going to trade 2 of their top pitchers, but keep Brito?  I don’t think you’d get anything in return if they traded Brito.  I say just cut him & move on.

 

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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

WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/BRUNO MARS

 

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5 days of exercise total; 200 pushups, 600 leg lifts, 300 crunches, 300 tricep lifts, 300 squats, 300 back flexes.

I fell asleep to “Big Wreck” the album “In Loving Memory Of……”

I exercised to “Pantera” their “Greatest Hits”

 

Wednesday turned out to be quite lazy, after a fast & early morning.  The handle on the back of my wheelchair got fixed.  The guy had to take my chair to the shop though.  He said he’d be back within an hour.  Got my chair back a bit under 2 hours later.  I already had 2 liters of water, had to crawl to the washroom a couple of times.  All was fine but I bruised my big toe.  It was throbbing quite a bit Wednesday night.

That has temporarily slowed me down a bit.  No squats, pushups, or walking. Since Wednesday’s exercise was complete.  I really don’t like to cut back on anything, it’s frustrating.  I’d show you but I have no phone/camera & it’s really ugly!  I wanted to do a TON more walking with my walker this year, like 3 times a week at minimum.  We’ve only been walking 3 times so far this year.

In other news, Kim picked up my new glasses on her way home Wednesday.  I am now a slightly attractive, near sighted pirate.  All I’m missing is a peg leg & a hook.

Throughout all of this cancer garbage, I lost sight of what I was really easy for me before.  Remain humble, really appreciate all of the great people who care about me.

 

Foo Fighters, Metallica, Audioslave, & Tenacious D perform at Chris Cornell tribute show!

http://loudwire.com/metallica-foo-fighters-cover-soundgarden-audioslave/?fbclid=IwAR3viV5ikTnYBIhhPVGIAtp5iZMhxhZE2zO_PBvE6z7O3VJPNeQ1bSnEpm0

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-live-reviews/chris-cornell-soundgarden-tribute-show-780340/?fbclid=IwAR1Z6Kt4vqz25-g4W81ttXPAdozmaQl-Eg–tp2AuSmlZNFCk9QbALOvjDg

 

Well, I guess that’s one decade cancer free.  So I’m “…done, done.  On to the next one…..”

 

I always say I want to see any movie in the theater & it never happens!  I usually just buy the blu-ray.  Anyways, here’s the upcoming Spider-man movie.

I would have liked to see “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Venom”, “Aquaman”, “Avengers Infinity War”, “Ant-man & the Wasp”, & many more in the theater.  I’ll just buy them when they’re available.  I’ll watch a movie multiple times.  Example; Deadpool.  I’ve watched that movie a minimum of 15 times, & I’m not exaggerating at all.  Instant classic for me!  Out of that list I’m just missing “Bohemian Rhapsody” & “Aquaman”.  Could be much worse.

 

BRUNO MARS

I hear that he used to work as an Elvis impersonator & that’s how he started his musical career.  Don’t quote me on that, that’s hearsay news.  He was born October 8th, 1985, in Honolulu, & named Pete Gene Hernandez (thank you Google!).  He has released 3 albums, a single, & the song “Uptown Funk” on an album done by Mark Ronson.  He’s made a career of being very transparent as to what his influences are in his radio hits.  The Police, James Brown, Michael Jackson, etc.

 

2010    DOO-WOPS & HOOLIGANS

 

2012   UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX

 

2016   24K MAGIC

 

2018   SINGLE

 

2015   UPTOWN SPECIAL (MARK RONSON)

 

CARPOOL KARAOKE

 

 

The more you share this, the more readers I get.  No, I’m not profiting from this in any way.

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

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

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

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres