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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?

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I’m not done telling my story.  I think at the very least need to say thank you for reading my ramblings on this website.  I want to tell my story & know that at least one person enjoys this content.  I’d likely write this anyway, but it’s nice to know people are reading this & that I’m not just doing it for myself.  Thank you for your time.

I will say that putting myself & my story out for all to see does make me feel as though I’m being judged at times.  I’m well aware I’m not perfect & can be an asshole.  I’m evolving & you’re watching it in real time.  My flaws are not what define me, my effort to change my flaws is what I want to be judged on.  With that being said I can’t tell you how you choose to judge me or not judge me.  I think everyone deserves their own opinion.  I may not agree or like the opinion, but I do think everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

I have judged others poorly in the past and that is based on MY interpretation of that person and however many times I’ve interacted with that person.  We’re all different which is often a blessing but can also be a curse.  I’m not here to intentionally harm anyone EVER.  I want this website to be a safe place for people.  Any form of social media should be in my opinion.

I never assume I’m the smartest person in the room.  I do have a thirst for knowledge, probably more so now than ever before.  I do joke around a lot and rarely take myself seriously.  If anyone was to offend a friend or family member of mine then I would retaliate, verbally.  I can joke around & I can take a joke, any effort to offend me takes a LOT of work, but once that line’s crossed you’ll wish you hadn’t gone that far.

In the end, I’m loyal and never one to seek out confrontation.  I was quite young, probably around 11 years old.  I was at a Saskatchewan Roughriders game with my parents I think.  For a bit it was just me & my mother, I assume my father was getting food or something.  A fan behind us began shouting foul language towards the field.  My mother didn’t like it.  After 5 minutes that felt like an hour, I at 11ish years old shouted back.  “HEY!  ENOUGH WITH THE LANGUAGE”, or something like that.  The person apologized and realized we we’re bothered by it.  Nothing else was said, it was done & over with.

Foul language doesn’t bother me, unless it’s used with the intent of demeaning someone.  Those that know me are typically aware of all of this and I don’t like that I have to state this since it is common knowledge for the most part.  If you know me, you should know this already.  I guess somewhere along the way some people may have thought of me differently.  It’s their opinion, but it’s my error since it’s based on my words.

It’s the holiday season of 2020 which, as a year, just keeps dishing out whatever it’s got left to hurl at the human race & the climate.  This will be a VERY odd holiday season to say the least & I apologize if reading my story has made it more troubling for anyone?

Well crap!  It’s still only November…ugh.  Even I started to feel overwhelmed with the Covid restrictions this weekend.  It’s not like I had big plans to go out & about but it’d be nice to do something?  With this virus & so many restrictions, including mandatory masks in public for the province of Saskatchewan I will say this in all seriousness.  I don’t venture out of our condo much on a normal day.  In 2020, if I do I follow the rules & wear a mask.  If I’m within 6 feet of someone that’s not wearing a mask I will politely ask them to move REALLY far away if I’m in a rush.  I’ll ask them once politely.  If they choose not to move, there will a problem & I will likely role away, have a very disappointed face or voice my disappointment to them.  “Wear a mask or (potentially) feel my wrath”.  See I add (potentially) & it throws of the rhyming scheme.

There was a news story on Facebook that Geraldo Rivera, a Trump supporter, said that he thinks the vaccine for the virus currently showing promise should be called “The Trump”.  It was on a public platform and I stated “I don’t want Trump in me”.  Nobody took that as harming, nor was it intended to be.  I don’t want to be a dark cloud on a sunny day.  I’m also not about to hide who I am because someone might take it the wrong way.

In other news my brother has managed to sell my 3 guitar effect pedals for me.  I will send the money acquired from those & Christmas gift money on Kim’s side of the family to Kim’s friend’s family in need after a life altering incident.  I like that I can help, but I don’t like to hear about this type of situation occurring, it just hits to close to home for me, even though it’s not cancer related.  As of my writing this they’re still just over $23,000 short of their goal.

We’ll NEVER be in debt because of a luxurious purchase.  We save for personal items, but there are many other things that must come first, mortgage, bills, groceries, medical expenses, retirement savings, etc.  When that’s taken care of then we allow ourselves nice things.  Kim bought cross-country skis on Saturday & used them on Sunday.  When she bought them on Saturday, she was unaware that the store would charge extra for labour, bindings, & waxing the skis.  She was really worried since it was $200-$300 more than she was expecting.  I told her “If it’s going to hurt us, we always have money I’ve been saving for a guitar.  Take whatever you need from that account.  I’ll get a cheaper guitar if needed or no guitar anytime soon.  You’re supposed to enjoy something!”  She never gets anything special for herself, & its way past time she did.  She had fun skiing in the park with a few friends, everyone should be able to have some fun.

For those in Saskatchewan here’s a nice warm non-alcoholic beverage I recommend over the winter.  I needed something different than water all day every day.  Kim found some AMAZINGLY good Saskatoon berry tea in the grocery store.  I now have a cup of that in the afternoon.  No sugar or cream needed and no sugar added.  I’m guessing she found it a Co-op groceries? 

Foo Fighters take a look back at the last 25 years.  LANGUAGE!!! 

Not much new music being released this year.  I can’t stop listening to the “Nothing but Thieves” album ‘Moral Panic’.  Even Kim told me the other day “You listen to this a lot”.

Album version…

Orchestral version now available as a single.  Recorded at Abbey Road studio…

Along with ‘Moral Panic’ I’ve been listening to the new “Sevendust” album ‘Blood & Stone’ quite a bit.  I’ve never been a HUGE fan of Sevendust, but this latest album really caught me off guard!

Yep, they covered “Soundgarden” on this album.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris          

“Spread Love”-Ellen Degeneres

P.S.   I guess Kim’s got a job for me today around the house & she’s cracking the whip!  “WHOOPA!”

WHAT DO I REALLY NEED IN MY LIFE?

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Friday I went to the local music store to pick up my friends guitar.  I wasn’t comfortable doing some of the repairs, so I dropped it off there Nov. 5th.  It’s here sitting in a rack with 2 of my guitars.  My brother had a 5 guitar floor stand our band would use when we played live.  Bass player, my brother, & I would all bring 2 instruments to a live show, different tunings & it’s reassuring to have a backup if something goes wrong live.

That afternoon Kim rearranged the desks in our computer room now that we’ve sold the big DVD/Blu-ray shelf to a friend of ours.  It feels much bigger in here.  I played guitar for a bit on Friday afternoon but not much.

Kim was working all day on Saturday.  She got groceries Sunday morning & worked until 9:00 pm that night. 

I stayed out of her way Saturday and played guitar most of the day.  That evening I watched a “Foo Fighters” live stream concert for $15.  Not the same as seeing them live but it also didn’t cost me $90.  Only 1:30 hour long instead of the usual 2:45 – 3:30 hour long live show, still a good deal.   

They kicked off the show with a song I’ve been working on which I will have ready to go by the time you read this.  I was practicing this song & whatever else I could think of that I know and learned the next song over the course of a quick look on Sunday & a couple of hours Monday.  I surprised myself in a good way!

I HIGHLY recommend “Marty Music” on www.youtube.com if you want to learn a song on guitar, if the tab doesn’t sound right & you can’t figure it out.  He’s the man to go to!  There are no tabs for “Audioslave” or “Rage Against the Machine” music, but good ol’ Mart Music has lessons for some of them.

Then I practiced ‘Monkey Wrench’ and when I needed a break I played other songs I know in that tuning.

Learned a mode to use on guitar.  A mode is basically a different way of using a scale for minor & major sounds from what I understand.  I now know the major & minor pentatonic scale and the Dorian mode to a point.  I’ll just call it the DeLorean mode.  #BacktotheFuture kids watch it!

I’m watching a guy on youtube complaining about the amplifier I’m hoping to get next year.  I’m looking at the “Boss Katana 50W MK2” which has been out for a while.  He’s complaining that he bought the “Boss Katana 50W MK1”.  He bought the first version shortly before the second version was released.  It’s a digital/analogue amplifier, a hybrid.  They’ve already released 5 firmware updates on the 2nd version, if I want to I can connect it to my computer to update it to the latest version. 

Essentially he’s complaining about everything being digital now instead of analogue.  I get it, but I no longer see any reason to complain about everything going digital.  I didn’t buy a cell phone because of many reasons including that it’s digital & will continue to require updates.

Why would I want a digital/analogue amplifier then?  Well I have no intention of connecting it to the internet.  There’s already 4 amplifier settings to choose out of 10 built into the amplifier & 5 effects to choose out of 15 for each amplifier setting.  I really don’t care if it’s the latest & greatest technology.  I just want it to work, sound decent, and keep it easy to use.  I’m far from a technological wizard.  My phone works, it makes phone calls.  My email & social media work, they send messages.  The amplifier comes with a bunch of digital options I likely won’t use.

I used to have “FOMO”, Fear of Missing Out.  Too expensive to keep up with the Joneses.  If I’m missing out so be it, I don’t know what I’m missing out on & for me, in this situation, ignorance is bliss.

I was planning to return to buying CDs for music from around 15 bands.  I realized that CDs are often $5-$20 more than iTunes.  I scaled my CD purchases for the future down to 6 bands, a few from iTunes, & a lot of streaming from now on or some bands are retired or I’m just not that interested in anymore. 

Guess I’m carrying on with the thinking of “Marie Kondo”, does this bring me joy?  Kim, Brewster, Friends & Family, Guitars, Music, a bit of TV, & a few movies.  Downsizing to the important things, not a lot of storage for other stuff here.  If it’s not seasonal & hasn’t been used in 6 months, why do I need to keep it?

I’m hopeful that the PRS S2 McCarty 594 will be my final guitar purchase.  I’m a sucker for any brand of guitar that sounds & is wired like a Les Paul guitar.  The PRS S2 is made to sound like a 1959 Gibson Les Paul & that’s my reason for getting it.  Its $1000 less than a Gibson reissue too & price is a factor.  Of course I have back up ideas, but nothing concrete.  I likely won’t even have this guitar until late next year if I order it between February-May.  There’s a 6 month wait once the order is placed.  I’ll have to hear what I have after I get the amplifier in 2022 before I even start considering an inexpensive guitar. 

I have a Fender Thinline & I’ll have 2 PRS S2 guitars, I can’t afford any other expensive guitar brands.  Gibson, Jackson, Ibanez, Kiesel, ESP, Charvel, Schecter, etc. are out money wise.  If I want to look for another guitar, Kim might hurt me &/or whatever guitar related stuff will come out of my own pocket, not our cash together.  

A Core PRS “Paul’s guitar” would be nice, but it’s not wired like Les Paul.  A “Mark Tremonti” Core PRS is basically a Les Paul in looks & wiring.  Either way both are far beyond what I’d ever spend on a guitar.  I really like PRS guitars, but even they’re most affordable SE line is too expensive for me.

https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/model/pauls_guitar_2020

https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/model/mark_tremonti_signature_2020

I stayed up until midnight.  Kim was watching “Dancing with the Stars” so I came in here and chatted with one of our friends.  I went back to the living room to hang out with, still watching ‘Dancing with the Stars’, she said she was going to bed after the show since it was already 11:00 pm.  I came back in here to shut down my computron.  Ended up [laying guitar unplugged until midnight.  Random scales & songs from memory.

As for what I’m listening to these days, still the Nothing but Thieves album ‘Moral Panic’.  I’m also listening to the new Sevendust album ‘Blood & Stone’.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris          

“Spread Love”-Ellen Degeneres

CARPE ALL OF THE DIEMS

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Back on track this week.  The news REALLY bummed me out last week.  I got up yesterday & got back into my exercise routine.  I really don’t like wasting week days that aren’t scheduled days off by not exercising.  My food & water consumption didn’t change though, so that’s a bonus.  Yesterday I managed to get a few more crunches in, we’ll see if I can keep that trend up?

This morning was a weird exercise.  I got out of bed when Kim did & I don’t think my body has ever made that much noise!  EVERYTHING was popping & cracking.  Got down on the floor to stretch & do yoga, & again EVERYTHING popped & cracked.  My muscles were VERY tight.  So of course I was an idiot and added to each repetition of lifting weights, not sure I’m there yet.

I wrote a bunch of this & realized that I don’t have to justify my purchases with my money.  I’m saving for that guitar & hope to order it in February since there’s 3-15 month delay on it.  Then I’ll continue saving for the amplifier & footswitch.  I’ll probably have the amplifier before the guitar arrives?

Had I thought this through last year, I’d likely have the amplifier & footswitch by now.  It’s a 50 Watt amplifier that can switch to 25 Watts & 0.5 Watts (quieter/digital) for in an apartment or condo while still producing the same type of sound you’d get from a loud amplifier.  I always wanted a tube amp before, but they were just too much in price for me.  This will be comparable to a tube amp, but still not the same.  It also connects to the internet, that’s not gonna happen here.  I don’t need someone trying to mess with an amplifier!!??!?

https://www.long-mcquade.com/154076/Guitars/Guitar-Amps/Boss/Katana-50-MkII-Combo-Amplifier.htm

https://www.long-mcquade.com/12567/Guitars/Guitar_Effects/Boss/FS-6_-_Dual_Footswitch.htm

If we find a house & are able to sell our condo, those purchases will be pushed back to a more appropriate time.

It’s going to be November soon & in Canada that’s when we pause to honour our veterans for all they’ve sacrificed for us.  I know we’ll be getting a call from the legion asking for a donation.  If a cause I support calls looking for a donation, I’d be more than happy to help out, but I can’t.  I hate that I’m going to have to turn them down because I’m saving my pennies for myself, that’s when I feel greedy, selfish, & ashamed.

Just because I can’t donate financially doesn’t mean we don’t donate.  When I gained weight & couldn’t fit into my clothing it was donated to homeless shelters, the Salvation Army, the Diabetes foundation, a second hand store, I used to donate blood when I could before cancer.  When I lost a bunch of weight we did the same thing again by donating clothes to various charities.

I’ve never had a raspberry beret to donate to a second hand store…

Rough week last week, & got worse when the week ended.  I love that there was a March on Washington, I just hate that it had to happen & it will likely fall on deaf ears, politically.

Stayed up past midnight on Saturday to watch the baseball game I had recorded earlier that day & practice guitar unplugged.  Got up shortly after 7:00 am Sunday & made my food for the week ahead.  With baseball on, I don’t get to practice as much guitar on the weekends.  I watch the games on the couch while casually strumming my acoustic guitar.  The little bit that I got to play electric I focused on a few scales, tremolo picking, & these 2 songs are getting better all the time.  I’m focusing more on the lead part for the chorus of “Alive” since I don’t sing.  If I was singing I’d strum the 4 chords.

This song by Our Lady Peace isn’t nearly as challenging as I anticipated.  It just looked odd at first.

I googled songs with 7 string guitar parts in them to learn.  Trivium, Dream Theater, Korn, Sevendust, etc.  I learn those & songs done in baritone guitar tuning.  I’ve got 2 baritone songs already and one Trivium song, so I’m off to the metal & lead guitar world.  Figured that I don’t just want to do the same stuff I did before cancer & that I should improve my guitar skills.

I’m going bald from my “disappearing hairline” & I’m a little thin on the top back portion of my head.  I hope they meet in the middle or I’ll have a weird stripe of hair in the middle of my head.

The beer sealers we ordered at the beginning of June from amazon got here yesterday.  Now my straps are secured on my guitars.  Just waiting for the guitar I ordered in January and I need to change the strings on other guitars very soon, some of them need a good cleaning too.

S2 Custom 22 Semi-Hollow Body Guitar w/Gig Bag - McCarty Sunburst

What I don’t understand about PRS guitars.  The Canadian dollar is at $0.77 to a full USA dollar.  A core model PRS guitar, made in Maryland, USA (not what I’d ever spend on a guitar) retails for $2300 up in America.  In Canada it’s about $3000 more, so roughly $5300 retail.  That’s pretty accurate, but there is NO WAY I’d come close to spending $5300 on a guitar plus the %11 tax in total here in Saskatchewan!

I hate watching our southern neighbors going through this stuff.

 

The solo/instrumental album by John Petrucci of Dream Theater is REALLY good & I’m still on an “Opeth” kick, listening to the “Ghost Reveries” album.  I’m liking Rancid, I’m not a huge fan of punk music.  Rancid seem to be right up my alley though!

 

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris

“Listen to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

BUSY WEEKEND UPDATE FOR A CHANGE  

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Music throughout the weekend “TOOL”, “I Built the Sky”, “Sevendust”, & “Chromeo”

 

To clarify Friday’s post; Things in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada are taxed heavily!  7% Government Sales Tax aka GST & 7% Provincial Sales Tax.  The majority of stuff we purchase in Saskatchewan is 14% higher than America & our dollar fluctuates $0.75-$0.85 on America’s dollar.  Canadians pay a higher price on most things other than health care.  Example;  My father bought a 66oz. of Bacardi White Rum while renting a house in Arizona for a month, he left it there because almost full because it was cheap.  If it was here I could see that at least $80 or more.  Messed up since we didn’t get to vote in the USA federal election, nor did anyone else other than Russians.

 

Friday we watched the last however many episodes of “Atypical” season 3 on Netflix.  Kim’s parents came to town about mid-day on Saturday.  We all had supper here Saturday evening, James fixed a few issues I was having with my computer.  Too early for me for Christmas movies, but there was one playing Saturday night.  I missed it while getting things arranged on my computer.

Sunday morning Kim & Sherry hung out with their mom & went shopping.  Me & my Homeslice (Brewster) had breakfast, hung out & I finally had a bit of time to watch part of “The Cure” blu-ray, who I just got into believe it or not.  Kim got home around 2 pm.  I needed a refill on some medication & Brewster needed another appointment at the vet at 4 pm, he had an ear infection.  We picked up my refill at a pharmacy near a Dairy Queen.

There was a guy asking if we could get him something to eat, so of course we did.  He told Kim he didn’t want money, just something to eat.  We grabbed him some food & it was freezing outside.  I asked Kim if we could ask for a hot drink for him, but we were already through the drive-through.  Kim gave him her mitts & I offered my toque, he said he had a toque & declined.  I felt bad for him, he looked like he was still in his early 20s.

After that it was off to the vet.  Not good news.  Brewster’s ear infection was/is deep down by his ear drum.  He needed to stay there for a few hours since he needed to be sedated.  “Should we resuscitate him if he has heart failure due to his murmur?”  I can’t believe that was a question?  OF COURSE!

I was waiting in the car, since we didn’t think it would be anything major.  Kim came out to tell/ask me what to do.  Whatever it takes to make him feel better was the answer on both of our minds.  I thought nothing of it until after supper.  Kim was quiet & my mind was racing thinking the worst, “Was that the last time I’d hold him?  Is he going to go down because of an ear infection?”  I worried myself sick.  I was so relieved when we got the call to pick him up.  He typically NEVER barks, Kin said he was barking his head off when she went in to get him.

He’s home and he’s fine.  He had a lot of water & was growling at me before we got home for his food.  He’s pretty intimidating, all 12 ½ pounds of him.  I think he’s almost done his bronchitis medication (Kim gives it to him) & he’s doing much better.  Kim says to me “He’s already cost us as more than a guitar you wanted!”  Better to have some cash for a rainy day than a guitar, always better to keep Brewster healthy & happy.  Easy call on that one!  We both said if he needs $5000 of health stuff, we wouldn’t blink, that’s as true now as it was in 2006 when we got him as a pup.

Kim & Brewster went to bed while stayed up to do more stuff on my computer & watch some recorded TV from the afternoon.

3:30 am & up to feed Brewster at 9:30 am, I should go to bed earlier!  Brewster’s tired today too.  He was up & down all night drinking multiple bowls of water & of course peeing.  Kim went to have coffee with her parents, then off to get groceries afterwards.  I got up & didn’t really stop until noon.  Kim got home with groceries, I made my vegetable juice & finally hit the shower.

 

I don’t think Trump will have problems with immigration.  I think fleeing Americans could be his biggest problem if he’s not impeached?

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/trump-takeover-courts-supreme-court-mconnell-federalist-society-menashi-909799/?fbclid=IwAR1iL0QGxSFlTHStpvtQThWQYjOXlpLvZ73kj2TLBHDOM5A3aHHOo6ZeSZU

Unreleased song from “Prince” album ‘1999’

New “Taylor Hawkins and The Coattail Riders” video and album released on Friday, November 8.  Taylor Hawkins is the drummer for “Foo Fighters” and has 3 side projects where he plays drums & does lead vocals.  He also does the backing vocals in “Foo Fighters”.  This is from the third album released by “Taylor Hawkins and The Coattail Riders”.

YAY new “Sepultura” song!!!!!!

All of this crap happened & it could have been worse if no one was checking what Trump was doing?????????????

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/nikki-haley-top-advisors-trump-didnt-know-what-he-was-doing-910444/?fbclid=IwAR3CxPcbdkKp2MeVG7ONBYuHa4ZZTuwxVGZEmKIrN6IDYrlarLwKDluQ4As

 

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I LIKE KIDS, I STILL FEEL LIKE A KID

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I fell asleep to “Stone Temple Pilots” the album “Purple” followed by “Blameshift” the album “Secrets”.  Woke up to pee & put on “Eagles of Death Metal” the album “Zipper Down”

Don’t feel as though you need to open every link.

I like kids coming over.  Kim loves it as well!  I like seeing any of our friend’s kids!  Kids really don’t care what anyone thinks.  I’m good with babysitting, then the parents get to take them home after we’ve taught them what not to do.  If I get confronted by someone who blames me for teaching their kid something I’ll reply “Oh, it wasn’t me!  What on earth are the Grandparents teaching this poor innocent child?”  I’m pretty sure I’d be a very immature father if I had my own child though.  The kid would likely grow up a little wonky?  This is my way of saying “You’re welcome”.  This could be one of my reasons for not having kids?  Be sure to watch the entire thing!

 

Well, no In Flames date in Saskatoon this time.  The closest to Saskatchewan they’re coming is Calgary & Edmonton.  Save my money I guess.

 

5 questions with Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge) and Clint Lowery (Sevendust)

http://loudwire.com/5-questions-alter-bridge-myles-kennedy-sevendust-clint-lowery/

 

Stephen Colbert spoofs Rachel Maddow’s report on Donald Trump’s tax return from 2005

http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/see-colbert-spoof-rachel-maddows-prolonged-trump-tax-reveal-w472379

 

If you like Guns n’ Roses with a more modern edge, you may enjoy Diemonds.  Guns n’ Roses aren’t my thing, but Diemonds are FANTASTIC!!!!!!  Guns n’ Roses are closest thing to Diemonds I can think of.

Diemonds have 3 albums out at the moment on iTunes.

 

I love the Despicable me movies.  Can’t wait for this one

 

 

Songs I’ve performed with the handful, 3, groups.

Chris Messer & I are out for chicken wings after work one day & a song comes on, he pipes up & says “You guys should do this song!”  I reply “Are you crazy?  I can’t hit those notes?”  He tells me “Sure you can”.  We tried it & it hurt my throat the first few times, then I got it.

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WEEKEND UPDATE

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Thursday nothing but stretching & TV. Friday more of the same with a progressive metal show in the evening to kick off the long weekend! The show was really good. I haven’t been to the Exchange in quite a while. There’s somewhat of a metal scene there. We don’t all know everyone’s name but you go in there & recognize around 50% of the people at least! Great show & fun times! Sound was really good also! I can’t imagine doing sound for an opening death metal band, but it sounded very good! 3 bands for $10, good deal! I’m getting old though. The concert ended around midnight, I was tired, WAY past my bedtime!!! It was “Third Ion’s” album release show, really good progressive metal group!!!!!!

Saturday we went to my parents place for supper & to say goodbye to my cousin & uncle back to Winnipeg as of Sunday morning. We stayed there until around 11:00 pm. Staying out past 10:30 pm makes me tired.

Because of staying out so late, I planted myself on the couch to watch The Toronto Blue Jays fall back into 2nd place in their division. The funniest thing this weekend has been that the Blue Jay scored 6 runs in their game Friday night, & the Roughriders scored 3 points Friday night. The baseball team scored more than the football team! Hahahahahaha!

I think Kim is “Superwoman”, she’s more than amazing. Monday thus far has been Murphy’s Law since I went to shower. Kim’s probably sating to herself “That idiot” & she would be right in doing so. Knock on wood, I have yet to fall today!

Stranger Things” on Netflix is REALLY good. It’s a show based in 1983, a group of kids are playing a game & their friend disappears in the first episode & it goes on from there. 8 50 minute episodes & I really hope there’s a 2nd season! Yes I binge watched the last 4 episodes today, Thursday.

Too bad this isn’t the theme song….

I highly recommend “The Ranch” on Netflix starring Ashton Kutcher & Danny Masterson. This show is HILARIOUS!!!!!!!!!! LANGUAGE!!!!!

Brad Wilk, Rage Against the Machine drummer, wishes Bill Ward, Black Sabbath drummer, had played on the recent album “13”

http://loudwire.com/brad-wilk-playing-black-sabbaths-13-wish-could-been-bill-ward/

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/inside-hip-hops-new-activist-era-w431275

Now white people are being stereotyped by black people, nowhere near the extent that black people suffered though!!!

….I want it now….”

Lars Ulrich with new Metallica book

http://loudwire.com/watch-lars-ulrich-metallica-back-to-the-front-book/

Lamb of God bassist John Campbell interview

http://exclaim.ca/music/article/lamb_of_god-on_exclaim_tv_aggressive_tendencies

I really like Trivium & Matt Heafy is singing on this track, I can’t see myself listening to this much if I were to purchase it?

It’s Friday, I think I’ll take it easy today…………………..again.

Sevendust are too much miss & hit for me. I’ve already passed on going to this show when it was first announced.

http://loudwire.com/sevendust-fall-2016-tour-crobot/

I’d like to see “Suicide Squad”! “One Week”, August 5th

http://www.nme.com/filmandtv/news/margot-robbie-on-acting-with-suicide-squad-co-star/413544?utm_campaign=nme-29th-july-29-07-2016&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter

UFC leader, Dana White, on Jimmy Kimmel, regarding his speech at the RNC

http://www.rollingstone.com/sports/dana-white-on-speaking-at-republican-national-convention-w431663

I forgot, The Agonist have an album recorded that could pop up in the next couple of months?

A live review of The Watchmen. Their albums are fantastic & seeing them live is even better

http://steponmagazine.com/the-watchmen-life-in-stereo-live-review/

If you’re a Tool fan, kind of the same deal with The Watchmen. No they don’t sound similar in any way. The albums are absolutely FANTASTIC!!! Seeing them live is INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you’re waiting for Tool, here’s what their web master has to say….

http://loudwire.com/tool-grinding-away-new-material-four-days-a-week/

More news about Netflix “Making a Murderer”

http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/videos/steven-avery-case-recreated-in-murder-made-me-famous-w431749 Video inside the link

How to stream “Lollapalooza” from the comfort of your………………where ever!

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/how-to-stream-lollapalooza-all-weekend-w431221

How to stream “Iron Maiden” at the “Wacken Festival” in Germany.

http://loudwire.com/iron-maiden-live-stream-wacken-open-air-2016/

Season 8 is the series finale of “Game of Thrones”. We have the first 3 seasons on DVD, we both lost interest after 3 episodes into the 2nd season.

http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/hbo-confirms-season-8-of-game-of-thrones-is-series-last-w431820

The “Tool” facebook page just barfed out 5 or 6 previous videos, doesn’t mean anything to me?

9 years ago Five Finger Death Punch released their debut album

http://loudwire.com/five-finger-death-punch-the-way-of-the-fist-album-anniversary/

Well that’s www.loudwire.com view.

http://loudwire.com/top-metal-bands-of-all-time/?fb31#photogallery-1=1

Clutch shared it….

Donald J. Trump is “Christian” not Christian watch the movie Red State by Kevin Smith. A God does not tell the followers to kill. A God accepts people for who they are! Some where along the way people have not fully understood their religion’s Bible?

There’s a big difference between “Christian” & Christian or “Muslim” & Muslim! Extremist & Religious are two very different things!!!

Fans watch the band preform, idiots try to be a part of the show. Fans have their space, musicians have the stage!!!! Yep, LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://loudwire.com/11-rockers-kicking-fans-off-the-stage/

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver CENSORED LANGUAGE!!!

The Orlando night club has re-opened!

http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/pulse-owners-orlando-nightclub-to-reopen-as-memorial-site-w431919

Opeth article regarding the upcoming album

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/opeth-on-how-romantic-mindf–ks-obscure-prog-inspired-new-lp-w431901

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhqijfqecvA

Sorry, apparently they don’t want people to promote their new song? That’s all I can do for now.

I guess the “Lollapalooza” festival happened over the weekend. Here are the highlights.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/live-reviews/lollapalooza-2016-25-best-things-we-saw-w431767

If those were the highlights, I’m glad I live in the middle of nowhere! I do like “The 1975” though!

10 movies & TV shows to stream in August or go outside if you enjoy the heat

http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/features/10-best-movies-and-tv-shows-to-stream-in-august-w430888

I recommend the TV show “Stranger Things” on Netflix!!!!

Foo Fighters albums ranked

http://loudwire.com/foo-fighters-albums-ranked/?fb01

Soundgarden shared it…..

Stranger Things” on Netflix!!!!!!!!!! I’m waiting anxiously for the 2nd season!!!!!!!!!!! Mix Tape soundtrack from the first season. A show based in 1983!

http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/dj-yoda-taps-smiths-clash-for-stranger-things-mixtape-w431997

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ROOM 333 at BUSHWAKKERS

I fell asleep to “Lamb of God” the album “Sacrament”

I exercised to “Dream Theater” the album “The Astonishing”

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Yep, good times at Bushwakkers pub last night. My brother’s band, Room 333, was playing 2 sets of acoustic versions of their songs. It was a really great show! No cover charge & good beer. I forgot how good their beer is………………………………I wonder why? Nah, I only had 3 pints in 2 hours. I haven’t been in there probably 9-10 years. Good music always sounds better with tasty beverages!

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/red-dragon/id917967693

They have an album before this one. Sorry, it’s not on iTunes though, only on CD at their shows.

I need to remember I’m not in my 20s anymore. I should be home earlier than 11:30 pm without alcohol. I’m really tired & I was really good at procrastinating today. I got everything & more done today. Now it’s almost 1:00 pm though!

REMINDER Kongos out of South Africa have a new album out tomorrow or if you’d like to have it tonight, it will be on iTunes at 12:00 am Eastern time.

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/egomaniac/id1102580698

Dana Carvey guest on Conan O’Brien show. Video inside the link.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/watch-dana-carvey-show-off-dance-move-david-bowie-taught-him-20160608

Maya Rudolph & Martin Short on Tuesday nights is a must see variety show “Maya & Marty”

http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/watch-tina-fey-maya-rudolph-sing-wacky-variety-show-medley-20160608

There is no way this was 17 years ago? That or I’m older than I think? Crap……………it was! 1999.

http://loudwire.com/red-hot-chili-peppers-californication-album-anniversary/

Alter Bridge update

“From Elvis – Currently Printing the 8th mix of the new Alter Bridge record. This one is a monster and an adventure!!”

Blink 182 has a new album & a new song

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/hear-blink-182s-anthemic-new-song-rabbit-hole-20160608

Red Hot Chili Peppers will appear on James Corden for a carpool karaoke segment

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/red-hot-chili-peppers-to-sing-hits-on-carpool-karaoke-20160608

Ed Sheeran is being sued millions of dollars for the song “Photograph” by who? An X Factor winner?

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/ed-sheeran-sued-for-more-than-20-million-for-alleged-plagiarism-20160608

Sevendust tour dates. Regina is among them.

http://loudwire.com/sevendust-august-north-american-tour-crobot-red-tide-rising/

I love this Queens of the Stone Age album!

Maynard, of Tool, pranks Brian “Head”, of Korn.

http://loudwire.com/korn-brian-head-welch-trolled-maynard-james-keenan-religious-beliefs/

Foo Fighters’ albums ranked

http://loudwire.com/foo-fighters-albums-ranked/

Iron Maiden tour posters banned in Lithuania

http://loudwire.com/iron-maiden-tour-poster-banned-lithuania-tribute-disc-stone-sour-trivium/

Halestorm shared this live song…………..LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!

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EXERCISE WEEKLY TOTAL

I fell asleep to “Sevendust” the album “Kill the Flaw”

I exercised to “Alter Bridge” the album “ABIII”

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Exercise total for the week ;7500 crunches, 600 leg lifts, 300 squats, & 210 push ups. Started out Monday & only got to 20 pushups, hit my goal of 40 on Tuesday, then 50 for the remaining days. I was doing them on Wednesday, got to 20 for my first set & figure I had enough in the tank to do a few more. Now it’s 2 sets of 25 each day. Every exercise is like that now, I just go as much as I can then rest & match that amount in the following of my sets, be it 2, 3, or 4 sets.

Monday-Friday I do 1500 crunches, 120 leg lifts, 60 squats, & 50 push ups. 5 day a week. Once I finish that I usually have my breakfast right after of fruit & vegetables mixed in our Vitamix/blender, do a blog post then hit the shower or watch something on Netflix or one of the movies we own.

I find that I have more energy “these days”, & I continue to push myself more! As long a I have the time to focus on my exercise & of course loved ones, I seem to be in a much better mood than I have been in years. (Instead of being a “grumpy old man” at the age of 36).

Brewster drives me nuts on occasion especially if he hears a loud noise or if there’s a thunder storm coming on. Kim took him to the Vet earlier this week, all is well other than 2 things $1300-$1500 to get his teeth cleaned (a lot of plaque on his back teeth) we’ll see if we can do that in the fall? He’s also now on puppy Valium for thunder, like Thur evening. It’s bad for his liver if he has it on a regular basis, so the Vet said to give him half of a pill when needed & it worked Thursday! He wasn’t trying to hide in the bathroom, shaking, or panting like he normally does if he hears thunder. He was playing with us & then fell asleep on the floor.

Batman vs. Superman R-Rated Trailer and what to expect in the special features. I am so getting this! If there’s enough moola after Brewster’s teeth are cleaned? Available for purchase June 28th!

http://collider.com/batman-v-superman-ultimate-edition-trailer-blu-ray/

I have an old Mudvayne album, but I never listen to it? I think this is on it? Yes it is, I had to check my CDs.

http://loudwire.com/chad-gray-mudvayne-became-too-much-all-of-us/

I will never understand why so many people have said over the years that this is the best solo EVER? It’s art, so it’s subjective. Did anyone ever consider “Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd or any other song at all? I heard this on the radio as a poll from listeners while I was sick & I just listened to the Tremonti interview I posted yesterday and Mark Tremonti says it’s his most preferred song he’s ever written. OK I can get on the train where he says it’s his favourite Alter Bridge song, but best solo ever?

I really like Soundgarden & I’m sure others will already have picked their number 1 album, mine is “Badmotorfinger”

http://loudwire.com/soundgarden-albums-ranked/

Motley Crue are a bit dysfunctional.

http://loudwire.com/vince-neil-hardest-part-being-in-motley-crue-is-being-in-motley-crue/

Rob Zombie to appear on TV show

http://loudwire.com/rob-zombie-guest-adult-swim-mr-pickles/

LANGUAGE!!!! SORRY

I’m calling it done. It’s Friday & Facebook is fairly quiet.

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MY BEARD 2009-2016 R. I. P.

I fell asleep to “The Tragically Hip” the album “Fully Completely” Canada’s golden boys to many. I like them. The rest of Canada for the most part loves them. I’ve got 4 of their 12 studio albums. No Greatest Hits or live albums.

I exercised to “Sevendust” the most recent album “Kill the Flaw” heard the entire album & put on “Big Wreck” their 2nd album “The Pleasure & The Greed

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Thank you MLB umpires! You’ve now changed far too many rules. So many that you can now dictate the outcome of a game. Meaningful games in September? They’re only meaningful if you win the games prior to September. That means every game is meaningful. To watch a nail biter of a game with a young 97MPH fastball pitcher allows 1 run & comes away with nothing & then have any team lose on a tremendously moronic call makes a mockery of the game! Again umpires, you can only go up from here………………..unless you’ve changed more rules? No, I’m not being biased. If that determined the outcome of any game, it would’ve been just wrong still! Rule books aren’t allowed on the field? They should be! Every umpire & field manager should have one…………….what with the constant changing of the rules to protect the games stars. It’s a sport, if they’re doing these changes in MLB, lets abolish fighting from the NHL………………you know…………….to protect the stars?

Rant over. That was Tuesday evening. It’s a new world now, you can’t change the past, & they had to lose at some point. No team has gone 162W-0L?!

22 best Nirvana lyrics

http://loudwire.com/best-nirvana-lyrics/

Kongos are already filming a video!!! “Behind the scenes from the new ‘Take It From Me’ music video.”

Weezer album review

Winners of John Oliver’s NY Yankees seats

http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/see-the-wild-first-winners-of-john-olivers-yankees-seats-contest-20160405

Cage the Elephant totally lost me when I heard this as their 1st single.

Former bass player of Rage Against The Machine, Tim Commerfield, has a new band with a new video & tour.

http://loudwire.com/rage-against-the-machine-bassist-wakrat-video-tour-dates/

Interview with Mark Tremonti on his upcoming release “Dust” at the end of the month, also the progress for the new “Alter Bridge”

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/mark-tremonti-on-recording-process-for-next-alter-bridge-album-were-well-on-our-way/

Iron Maiden albums ranked. Not by me, www.loudwire.com

http://loudwire.com/iron-maiden-albums-ranked/

Before Trivium gets on stage this is played & 75% of the fans sing along! Good times!

Then Trivium comes out & starts the show with this.

I guess they’ve been doing this for the entire tour. Same thing last night in Tokyo!

Ellen Degeneres comes on here at 2:00pm on our cable package, I haven’t seen this yet. I record it & we watch it first thing when Kim gets home.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/watch-ice-cube-play-rap-song-or-wrong-song-on-ellen-20160406

Look what Pentatonix shared…….

Nirvana unplugged from ’93

Details for the inaugural “Ride for Ronnie”, Ronnie James Dio tribute.

http://loudwire.com/great-white-lita-ford-dio-disciples-2016-ride-for-ronnie/

Now after watching today’s game the Blue Jays are 2W-2L off day tomorrow, then 3 games in Toronto against the visiting Boston Red Sox. No weird/wonky calls today. After hearing what players from both teams said, for them the rule looks as clear as mud. Even the Tampa Bay defender said”I didn’t even feel his hand on my foot”. Today, no non-sense or ballyhoo.

And this is how Tuesday evening’s game ended…..

Live shared a link to a song from their first album “Mental Jewelry” released in 1991

Country music star dies at the age of 79

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/merle-haggard-country-legend-died-at-79-20160406

Is Aerosmith calling it quits?

http://loudwire.com/steven-tyler-aerosmith-probably-doing-farewell-tour-2017/

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