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4 day exercise total; 600 leg lifts, 600 crunches, 200 squats, 200 back flexes, 120 pushups, 600 curls (10 pounds on left arm & 7 pounds on right arm), 600 tricep extensions w/5 pound weight, 400 shoulder raises w/5 pound weight,  stretching, & yoga.

I fell asleep to “Lamb of God” the album “Ashes of the Wake”

I exercised to “Big Wreck” the album “…but the sun”, followed by some of “Queens of the Stone Age” the album “Villains”

 

I had to cut back the back flexes to 300 over a 5 day week, easily the toughest part of my exercise.  I’ve also brought the number of squats down, quality over quantity.  I’m expecting to be at a minimum of 300 in a 5 day week.  Everything else will stay as it is, another sweaty week but feeling good & confident.

So as I was finishing my exercise on Tuesday doing the downward dog yoga pose, I fell getting back to the ground I rammed my face into the ground, off of the mat & on the laminate floor.  Sure it hurt for a bit, I checked my nose & teeth.  My nose wasn’t bleeding & my teeth were all there & not chipped, I was fine, sweaty but fine.

Now that I’m stronger & more confident, I want to do more.  My mind races at night thinking of small things I can do to help around here & elsewhere.  Kim’s been taking are of the house me & Brewster for over 12 years.  I want to step up & do my part here so she doesn’t become overwhelmed.  She comes home from work 5 days a week & makes a REALLY FANTASTIC meal & I clean up after supper.             Other than that, I fold & put away my laundry, vacuum on occasion & sometimes wet Swiffer the floor.  I feel now as though I can do more since I’m here all week.

I can’t afford the moon or anything extravagant.  I can help in smaller ways now.  I’m starting with my grandparents.  They don’t drink water.  So I’ve filled 2X1liter bottle of water flavoured with Mio flavouring so that it tastes more like a juice than plain water.  Something little I can do to help out.  I get excited about stuff like this.  It’s nice to look forward to something other than exercise every day.

I’m getting stronger now, I can tell!  I’m still in a wheelchair, iPatch still, & no driving since Tuesday, February 5th, 2008.  Just physically stronger.  Not only am I able to help out around the house more, but now my mid-life crisis present to myself is back but, if it happens it will likely be a 2/3 life crisis at least.  It was a car & now it’s a PRS guitar.

https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/model/ce_24_semi_hollow_2019

A bunch of cool stuff none of which I have & it’s pretty!  Mid-life crisis?  13/16 life crisis or pipe dream!

Well forget that!  Brewster went to the vet after Kim was done work Wednesday & the news wasn’t great!  His heart murmur is between a 5 & 6.  6 is the worst, which means a strong possibility of heart enlargement, heart attack &/or fluid in his lungs.  Now I’m EXTREMELY worried.  Tests & definitely medication, just a matter of how much medication?

Kim is home sick today, she’ll likely be spending the day in bed today.  I got up a bit after 6:00 am, got to my exercises while Kim showered & tried to go to work.  She showered and did her hair but never made it out of the bedroom.  I don’t like contract work much.  She’s not there, she doesn’t get paid.  Oh well, not my job & not really my business.

 

I didn’t even know about this movie on Netflix?  I’ll have to watch it sometime soon!  Here’s the trailer & a review.

https://www.rollingstone.com/tv/tv-reviews/spy-netflix-sacha-baron-cohen-review-875869/?fbclid=IwAR3MunXWxtwF5rgQksY3MOSjeCIcN8Xcv1_z7xkLXwZlWj2ydKn5i8CMnkU

New TOOL article/interview as of September 1st!  Long but GREAT album!  Worth the 13 year wait.

https://loudwire.com/maynard-james-keenan-new-tool-album-fantastic-eight-years-ago/?fbclid=IwAR12zIinHj9dji_QtPMmf1hfSkznv9qNv4Bo1HTifEEem9qRugqBLFw9-9Y

Every TOOL fan has seen this lately, I saw it late last week.  Very well done mashup of Taylor Swift & an older TOOL song!

BIG THANKS to Mitch & George Fraser for getting my VERY old electric guitar gear working!!!!!!!  Another thing to look forward to everyday!

I’ve often thought about listening to “Gojira” since I do like “Sepultura”, but something stops me from being a fan every time?

https://www.kerrang.com/features/11-bands-who-wouldnt-be-here-without-sepultura/?utm_campaign=loudwire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&influencer=true&fbclid=IwAR1ELqwBCkiV4pXmBJ4GF6hYbx4Ke_7pgCzU4hxy1kcGYDNHgBSjde-w_Tc

Nobody should like “System of a Down”.  Many of my friends & I think they’re GREAT!   Maybe because there’s nothing that sounds like their music, at least in North America or that I know of?  Here’s a story about their second album out of a total of 5 mass releases.  They’re quite popular.

https://loudwire.com/system-of-a-down-toxicity-anniversary/?fbclid=IwAR1yPaxfTH97VoELvpGisijllxuYLz9hkJUcDTOiyvYCfCXwt5u9BKGqFew

https://loudwire.com/system-of-a-down-toxicity-facts/?fbclid=IwAR0nZfpbSbP-QKO6eBPkIdsiTARxAQCGvjlx6hM08CsCzWQ_mRsOKLTfyeQ

I don’t think any rock/metal/other band is about to change mainstream music.  It will be a force of many bands & artists to make a significant change.   I couldn’t care less about album sales, as long as I get to hear what I like!

https://loudwire.com/tool-fear-inoculum-likely-numer-1-taylor-swift/?fbclid=IwAR0TQxS-nQJnFY1nkffdS45MdkDLGGO-_pCh1VZblqSBHm5sr18w2ZtpN9s

Under rated albums of the 1990s.

https://www.kerrang.com/features/the-12-most-underrated-albums-of-the-90s/?utm_campaign=loudwire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&influencer=true&fbclid=IwAR2H2OdGO2_euSra9krb_GxWAchw1pYJHlKCPrqa0Jj0KB-p_M3u6Epr-wk

 

EARTHSIDE

More progressive rock/metal but they tend to go quiet & mellow to the heavier side of things throughout a song.  I haven’t done an “Opeth” music guide yet, but they would be “Opeth” lite followed by “Tool” who would be “Earthside” lite.  All 3 of these bands are progressive & they are all capable of doing light atmospheric music on their albums as well as rock & metal, much like “Dream Theater” as well.

When I say “progressive” in reference to these current metal/rock bands, I mean that the songs are often in rare time signatures.  Not always a song you can tap your foot to.  Most radio friendly songs are in a basic 4/4 time.  There’s nothing wrong with that, it’s simple & to the point.  That gets boring for me after a while & other bands will change time signatures 2-6 times in one song.  Then that can become boring & I’ll go back to the 4/4 stuff.  I always listen to the drums in a song.  It’s the rhythm that I listen to the most in a song.

I have one album by “Earthside” so here’s a sampling of it.

 

2015   A DREAM IN STATIC

 

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I fell asleep to “Tool” the album “10,000 Days”

I exercised to “The Darkness” their “Greatest Hits”

 

It’s official, next CFL season I’ll be splitting a season ticket with my mother.  I’ll go to half of the games & the Grey Cup game.  That will be my final season at the games.  A needed expense popped up, so we need the money.  Kim wanted to possibly move next year, but that’s not even a consideration now!

The expense you ask?  Kim smashed her teeth when she was quite young on a waterslide.  Her front 4 teeth are fake & she’s been wanting to fix them since before I knew her.  She’s getting 6 crowns on her front teeth.  Hello line of credit!  Nice hit just before we get Christmas gifts.  It will be over a month before she’s able to get them.

I’ve been doing my regular exercise total, rest & watch some TV, then do a little more exercise.  This should help in the long run, I hope!  I think I’ll stick with that 4 days a week & Fridays I’ll do my regular total.  I need to get my butt walking more with my walker.  Since Kim & I are so full of energy in the evening!  Yeah, that was saturated with sarcasm.

Yesterday & already today before I did my morning exercises, I was already tired.  Now that I’ve done my morning exercises, I just want to nap.  Lots of daylight left though, more work to be done!

I haven’t had my third appointment at the mental health clinic yet.  The increase in that one pill seems to have really mellowed my frustration/anger.  If I run into a situation I feel I might blow up on, I take a few seconds to realize how insignificant it is & calm down.

I need to realize I’m in a wheelchair, the same as I was yesterday & it won’t change overnight.  I also need to realize that I can’t change other people, they have to do it themselves.  I was picking out what I thought were flaws in others, but guess who has the most flaws at the moment?  ME!

I should know better to shut my yap & learn something.  At the same time, when do I get to talk?  If someone is struggling with something that I know about, I’d rather help than sit around & listen to that person bicker with the issue.

 

I’m still not positive if he’s guilty of murder?

https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/making-a-murderer-steven-avery-new-trial-870170/?fbclid=IwAR0fbwpIZ3baWlZZgOR90A9_1J6kDcKmP9XCeh9iPIrTAoCjMTBo8KlDo6s

Does this not sound like the SRC promises in high school that even the kids couldn’t promise would happen.  “I CAN’T make Coca Cola come out of the water fountains, but I can promise you this….”  Bernie, please go back to high school, SRC candidates know better than to literally promise the moon.

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/bernie-sanders-government-ufos-aliens-870216/?fbclid=IwAR1Q9EIbT2Kuhr7Dlhvbg9ouZSgEr8TP93YNroD64va8tR0eeElQrC7tyIw

“Tool” guitarist, Adam Jones, had anxiety regarding fans dumping on singer, Maynard James Keenan, taking the heat from fans during 13 year wait for the new album.

https://loudwire.com/tool-guitarist-anxiety-maynard-james-keenan-taking-blame-album-delay/?fbclid=IwAR1Sw4Has5uHGetrZvjZXGf8Y5gtooPpZRfckqUkqOCeWnJFhhQ-H1knkEU

With this single 13 years went by fast if there will be 6 or 7 more songs like this come August 30th.

Ah, life on the road!!!  Should have parked the “…van down by the river”

https://loudwire.com/police-called-metal-band-sitting-van-walmart-lot/?fbclid=IwAR0zFVJX7ziL28Cz4iup-yIVmN4VGQs9_FXUMnO-sovfQk4LEIrWIfhR34k

I’m anxious for the new “Alter Bridge” album!

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/interviews/myles_kennedy_explains_why_new_alter_bridge_album_is_different_reveals_most_difficult_thing_about_new_songs.html?fbclid=IwAR0vdkS5ulY7self-AVApgS4xePfOMTP-Xt6U8wJxOCVioaAjpL77QzRMhw

Rare Tom Petty performance!

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/tom-petty-american-girl-acoustic-bridge-school-1986-870996/?fbclid=IwAR0EGTWY7o3s2-NjFH3xa5Az4HhgKXFaeQaVtwkXHsAtGmRF1A6ZanqLeUA

How dare, an 8th grader draw a bands logo on his school book or use their lyrics in a report.  If he credited the lyrics, they have no case.  The logo can also be interpreted as advertising.  I like “Metallica” but this is beyond ridiculous!  I wrote “Barenaked Ladies” lyrics on my grade 10 notebook, lock me away & throw away the key.

https://thehardtimes.net/music/metallica-sues-8th-grader-over-hand-drawn-logo-on-notebook/?fbclid=IwAR2cYMRSy-f7JwJU5t1f3UJrBLtQNh2QVaCfK3JpPVSg8DA7cAmXCgz2Eck

All of us fans of “Tool” can now rejoice & worry no more for being criticized for listening to “Tool”.  Yep, there are people out there who don’t like them, no, I’m not one of them.

Why are we still waiting for a new “System of a Down” album?

 

BILLIE EILISH

I know very little about her.  Kim & I saw her perform on “Ellen”.  I haven’t bought her album yet, but I fully intend to.  I don’t stream music, however I’m streaming this one for now.

I’m hooked on her 2nd album “When we fall asleep, where do we all go?”  Not really full on pop music more like alternative pop or alternative.  No loud guitars or screaming.  More whispered melodies, it’s different, refreshing, & I just let it play on repeat.

 

2019   WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?

When you’re a “Foo Fighters” nut like me & you see Dave Grohl in the audience of “The Ellen Degeneres Show” because he’s a fan of the musical guest, you know it will probably be great!

 

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WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/ DEVIN TOWNSEND/DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT

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4 day exercise total; 400 leg lifts, 300 crunches, 300 squats, 200 back flexes, 500 curls 10 pounds on left arm & 7 pounds on right arm, 300 tricep lifts w/5 pound weight, 200 shoulder raises w/5 pound weight,  stretching, & yoga.

I fell asleep to “Sum 41” the new album “Order in Decline”

I got up too early to turn on the music today.  Last night I also listened to “Live” the 25th anniversary edition of “Throwing Copper”

 

I had my 2nd appointment with my psychiatrist.  I think my pills are helping, quite a bit!  Just waiting for a referral to a psychologist or therapist to talk to.

Honestly it’s little things that drive me nuts, I don’t talk about them, & eventually I just blow up on whoever, despite them not doing anything.  Mainly technology.  It feels like “Here’s a bunch of new stuff for you, we built it, and you figure it out”.  At least IKEA gives you a page of instructions.  Fix the old stuff that doesn’t work, then move on to newer stuff we apparently “need”.  “In the meantime” “I need to keep my head together”!  The increase in 1 of my anti-depressant pills has helped, but I think I should talk with someone.

In other news our A/C seems to be fixed.  I’m always warm & I wear shorts year ‘round.  If I’m in pants I’m headed to or leaving a wedding or funeral!  Apple pointed me in the right direction & I figured things out from there, 7 CDs to reload & iTunes should be fixed!

 

Justin Bieber is a BIG fan of Tool!  AWESOME!

What do I think about this?  I don’t care, listen to whatever you like.  As for his wife’s opinion, she probably doesn’t get Maynard’s humour if she’s not a fan of Tool, A Perfect Circle, or Puscifer.  She blew it a bit out of proportion.  Appropriately, Maynard didn’t reply.

In all fairness to Tool, it’s about quality, not quantity!

https://loudwire.com/13-amazing-things-took-less-time-new-tool-album/?fbclid=IwAR0TNSWJqsocVh7NAXSVpeqMfyc9DErzs307fkkiZpR6aCy5oOaLPjctqto

4 of my anticipated albums this year are on this list!

https://www.kerrang.com/features/13-albums-to-still-be-excited-about-in-2019/?fbclid=IwAR1dxnNiBFE79udMh3E2PTdderVy9ngqo2McbRr2NSZsdMZv0XVk2yLLZuE

Bands & musicians after the old age app is applied!

https://www.kerrang.com/features/we-put-a-bunch-of-bands-through-the-old-age-filter-on-faceapp/?utm_campaign=loudwire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&influencer=true&fbclid=IwAR3KcNHE23gITofbbMP9aaaOlYkEl6UCl-bv-9gxFrmC9CmNkZmyxk0Au1k

I guess people miss “Mudvayne” fair enough I miss “System of a Down”

https://loudwire.com/mudvayne-reunion-brbr-deng-meme/?fbclid=IwAR0GdcK8LJBL98lY2kv1csuFX2qiskRgx9Y_lbwt3aVvNZb3l4gVm7vmUC0

Fans of “The Offspring” get ready for a new album.  For me they’re there, I don’t mind them, & I don’t hate them.  I’ve never felt compelled to buy an album of theirs.  I have performed one song of theirs.

https://loudwire.com/the-offspring-new-album-done/?fbclid=IwAR1M_uZxeWGTXi2cyd8hKnG22R0yUZBxPDwuzoPcHBbUykmB5VLASBPY-UA

YAY new video from “The Struts”!  Great band!

I’m not a “Guns n’ Roses” fan, but this is really funny.  Even I know that “…the grass is green & the girls are pretty…” in Paradise City!

https://thehardtimes.net/culture/report-majority-of-millennials-cant-even-find-paradise-city-on-a-map/?fbclid=IwAR2Et0BrYaC4Zx0i0s38cCuDtCaoBEfONKqKDBjHicRuVrzxp1U_lf-CHGI

What I do like about 1987 is “Testament’s” first album, “U2” released “The Joshua Tree”…………………….oh yeah, my brother was born that year!

New video from the upcoming album by “The Agonist”

I do enjoy “Iron Maiden”.  You’d probably be hard pressed to find a metal fan who doesn’t like them.  The singer has an incredible vocal range!

https://loudwire.com/iron-maiden-2019-legacy-of-the-beast-setlist-video/?fbclid=IwAR2EDmH3oGM4HG8dumZGwL9HB7fIaJDol4AQQpnLF6RLmzrnDnsHyrIb2M4

 

DEVIN TOWNSEND/DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT

I have talked about him before, this time I’d like to focus on “Devin Townsend Project” specifically the album “Epicloud”.  Devin Townsend has made too many albums to count.  Including the little that I know of, about 12 Devin Townsend Project albums, at least 3 “Strapping Young Lad” albums, & a handful of solo albums.  Yes he’s an odd, but refreshing, character in the world of metal!

He also produced the 2nd “Lamb of God” album “As The Palaces Burn”  this does not include the first album “Lamb of God” released under the name “Burn the Priest” a terrible album in my opinion.

Devin Townsend is Canadian & resides in British Columbia.

 

2012   EPICLOUD

 

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CANCER IS NOT GENETIC?/MATCHBOX TWENTY

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I fell asleep to “Foo Fighters” the album “Concrete & Gold”

I exercised to “Pink” the recent album “Hurts 2B Human”

 

My family was told, in 1999, that cancer is not genetic, WHAT?  Why were my mother & my aunt told to get regular mammograms after my grandmother died of stage 2 breast cancer?  My grandmother died of breast cancer, my grandfather died with cancer everywhere, my aunt died of breast cancer, & I got stage 4 brain cancer.  Odd that 4 people on my mother’s side of the family, including me, all had cancer since it’s not genetic?  Tell me another story, preferably a non-fiction story, because I’m not buying this one.

My grandfather died near the end of my time at the Wascana Rehabilitation Center.  Oddly enough he was just around the corner from the room I was in of the Pasqua hospital.  My grandmother was there as well in 1999.  Other than my aunt, 3 people in my family have been there.

Grandpa was full of cancer & had Alzheimer’s.  I often wonder if Alzheimer’s was why he never said anything about his health or if he felt anything wrong?  The nurses & doctors were FANTASTIC there.  So please don’t think that I’m putting any blame on them.

3 brain surgeries, & my odds of coming out of a coma were 5% – 15%.  4 weeks later I was awake.  I got really lucky!  1 week of an induced coma & 3 weeks of me being in a non-induced coma.

I’m assuming that with new technology they may now have found that it is genetic?

 

New “Evanescence” in 2020?

https://loudwire.com/evanescence-new-album-2020/?fbclid=IwAR1MOhP7sbMyl9VYe1da68et7ym11w-4YTdBzshFzYvxrtDXj1VpnU4ayE8

System of a Down news.  New album from the group stuck in limbo for now.

This is VERY impressive from a 9 year old!

This is only my personal opinion.  TV streaming sites are great.  The actors don’t complain about being under paid.  I’m not sure where the money comes from, but I’ve never heard an actor complain about their lack of payment.  They’re not complaining, neither am I.  Here’s the second part of this topic.

Yes, I used Napster for a bit, & torrents later on.  The albums I got from torrents, I actually bought CDs for most of them, if not all of them.  Now Apple will not allow any CDs or third party files on their music player.  Why?  Most musicians are complaining about not being paid for their work.  Remember when the U.S.A. government was shut down & federal employees weren’t getting paid.  Why was that so terrible, but nobody seems to care about musicians getting paid?

I use iTunes & pay the for each $9.99 album.  If I had the money & physical space I’d buy vinyl.  Do I ever dream of being of being a working musician?  I used to, but not if I bring in pennies for music & depend on people buying merchandise, oh & that cancer thing too.

Musicians aren’t retail sellers at a clothing store, they make music.  Somebody will see this & say “They charge so much for a concert ticket though.  That’s why I stream music.”  That’s fine if you prefer to stream it or not, that’s a personal decision.  When you use the price of a concert ticket as a reason for streaming, you’re telling me you have or will see every concert by every musician you listen too?

 

MATCHBOX TWENTY

I have 2 of their 6 albums.  Good albums, but total 90s generic radio rock with a lot of pop thrown into the mix.  I was a teenager in the 90s.  This was the music that was right up my alley at the time.  Even though I may not listen to it much, Matchbox Twenty were a BIG part of my musical upbringing.  I did get to see them live on one tour that passed through Regina.

 

1996   YOURSELF OR SOMEONE LIKE YOU

 

2002   MORE THAN YOU THINK YOU ARE

 

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WEEKEND UPDATE/ DARON  MALAKIAN & THE SCARS ON BROADWAY

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Music throughout the weekend.

I don’t own this, it is a possibility for me in the future though.  We listened to it on Apple Music.  I put on “Finger Eleven” & Kim piped up instantly saying she had a headache so I changed it to this…

LANGUAGE!!!!!

Have you ever heard “Ronnie James Dio” play “Holy Diver” acoustic?  “Room 333” did it acoustic & live Friday evening.  Somehow it was good, different but good.

 

My father & I went to The Exchange Friday night to see 3/5 of my brother’s group members, Room 333, play acoustic as an opening act for Tyler Gilbert.  I haven’t been there in a long time.  The last time I was there I was in my 1/3 wheelchairs & still in the Wascana Rehabilitation Center.  My brother & Roque lifted me up on to the slightly higher level, so I could see the show.  I like going to The Exchange it’s not Cheers, but lots of people know who you are by name & never think twice about helping anyone out.

Saturday was quiet.  I woke up, asked Kim “What time is it?”  She replied “9:00 am”.  I reply “Are you not going to work today?”  She replies “No it’s Saturday.”  I don’t know what I was thinking?  Kim spent the day working on her photos/homework for her class.  I got up & showered, which becomes useless at this time of year, I was sweating profusely by 2:00 in the afternoon.  I watched Blue Jays first of 4 Spring Training games left before the regular season starts on Thursday.  Made my vegetable juice for the week & hardboiled eggs for us.  I also wrote down what we needed for groceries.  I felt quite energetic on Saturday despite sweating so much.

For Saturday evening we ordered from “Brown’s Social House”.  I had a burger & yam fries.  I’m still not much of a fan of that place, but EVERYBODY else is.

My younger brother turned 32 on Saturday.

Kim & I rented “Instant Family” from iTunes Saturday night.  A comedy about kids being adopted from the foster care program starring Mark Wahlberg & Rose Byrne.

This morning Kim went for a walk around Wascana Lake with Jolene.  I got up & showered.  Then went straight to the kitchen to empty the dishwasher & have some breakfast with some “Finger Eleven” playing on the stereo!  I’ll be watching Blue Jays baseball again today, tomorrow, & Tuesday.  Wednesday they’re off for a day, & Thursday is when the regular season/marathon of 162 games that end September 29th.  Blue Jays play the final 2 spring training games in Montreal on Monday & Tuesday.  Mitch’s birthday supper with the family this evening.  I think everybody gave him cash?  Mitch & Rachel just got a new born puppy that needs surgery to fix her heart murmur.  I think she is only 3 or 4 pounds right now?  He surgery will be in Saskatoon & quite expensive.  Also a week long including tests one day, then surgery, & 3 days to recover.  The breeders flat out lied about having insurance for this sort of thing.

 

 

Spider-man “Far From Home” can’t get here fast enough!

Season 3 of “Stranger Things” isn’t that far away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What is a Keto diet?  A fad.  Works for some people, does nothing for others.  My uncle’s on it & he’s lost a lot of weight, he looks like a different person from a distance.  My mom has tried it & wasn’t successful.  Eat fat to eat the other fat.  Remember the Atkins diet that was eat nothing but protein?  Another fad diet that didn’t work for everyone.

I’m almost sure I’ll buy the “Feed the Machine” album by “Nickleback”?  That will make 4 purchased albums & 2 that I’ll listen to on occasion.

 

DARON MALAKIAN & THE SCARS ON BROADWAY

Daron is the guitar player & 2nd singer for the metal group “System of a Down”.  Serj Tankian is the lead vocalist for “System of a Down”.  It’s very much like “Jerry Cantrell” & “Layne Staley” in the original line-up for “Alice in Chains”.  Sort of 2 singers in one band.

All of the members of “System of a Down” are Armenian.

Anyways, Daron Malakian has released 2 albums as “Daron Malakian & the Scars on Broadway” a self-titled album in 2008 & an album titled “Dictator” in 2018.  “System of a Down” has released 5 individual albums, 2 in 2005 that fit together as a double album.  There are rumours floating around that they might get together to record a new album, but I’m not holding my breath for it.  They do have tour dates in America that likely doesn’t mean anything though.  They’ve toured on & off over the years.

 

2008   Daron Malakian & the Scars on Broadway

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

 

2018   “Dictator”

LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   

 

As for the Toronto Blue Jays, they can’t trade center fielder, I assume more because of his batting average?  They’ve already bought out 2 contracts to set the players free or cheap enough to trade early in the off season to a tune of $56,000,000.  Kevin Pillar will get $521,100 this year.  Next year he goes through arbitration expecting to make over $5,000,000.  Buy out his contract to make room for the 20 year old Short Stop Bo Bichette or a fourth outfielder Anthony Alford.

Blue Jay fans aren’t expecting much this year with so many players coming up from the minor leagues this year & Bichette played well enough to at least platoon short stop with the veteran they signed to a 1 year contract.  Bichette & Vladimir Guerrero Junior should both be in the major league in mid-April!  At the moment Blue Jay fans have no reason to buy a ticket for opening day on Thursday.  I’d go if I could afford to, since I’ve never been to a MLB game.  Out of 162 games, I predict them to win 60-70 games this year, I hope they prove me wrong.  To make the playoffs you need to win at least 95 games.  No playoffs for the Jays this year, lots of young players!

 

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Chris

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WEEKEND UPDATE/THE REFRESHMENTS

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Music throughout the weekend.  “Pretty Vicious”, “System of a Down”, “Foo Fighters”, & “Big Wreck

 

Friday ended with us going to bed at 9:30 pm.  I was tired & Kim was too.  I watched whatever was left on the PVR.  We had supper watched, “The Ellen Degeneres Show”, & called it a night.

Saturday I slept in.  Kim was up & cleaning the place.  I showered, got dressed, & got my butt in gear to help with the cleaning.  We had some company that evening for a small get together, we’re all old so 10:30 pm or so we called it a night!

Today will just be us getting ready for the week ahead.  Hard boil eggs, make a veggie juice, Kim has already done the grocery shopping.

 

Look at that!  The USA’s government is open (temporarily) without funding for the wall.  I think he should pay government employees out of his own pocket for all of the shutdown, remember he’s “really rich

 

Trailer & article for the “Ted Bundy” biopic!

https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/movie-news/zac-efron-ted-bundy-serial-killer-trailer-784753/?fbclid=IwAR0DpO-Pr53pB5Tsfvb3tlCZI8CSnktmxQQwew_Thj_CtiVRF9EUvbxJJpU

 

THE REFRESHMENTS

I think I might be one of a handful of people that bought this album?  There are others, but I bought this on CD in the shortly after I saw a video on Much Music.  They’re probably best known for doing the theme song for the cartoon “King of the Hill”.  I have the album “Fizzy, Fuzzy, Big, & Buzzy” & I only saw this video 4 times I’m guessing?

 

1996   FIZZY FUZZY BIG & BUZZY

 

KING OF THE HILL THEME SONG

 

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FIT BIT/BILLY TALENT

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I fell asleep to “Opeth” the album “Garden of the Titans” (Live at Red Rocks)

I exercised to “Anthrax” the album “Volume 8: The Threat is Real!”

 

I forgot to take my pills last night before I went to bed.  That happens once in a while.  The pills are in my system so it doesn’t screw me up for the day, I just wake up way too early.  So 3:45 am I was wide awake.  I tossed & turned trying to fall asleep, but no deal.  Kim’s alarm didn’t go off so we got up around 6:15 am.  I’ve had breakfast, exercised, showered & dressed.  The salesman we got my chair from is coming this morning to replace a handle on the back that broke off.

 

Please remember that I was basically in my own little world for 4.5 years.  I didn’t really get to ease in to all of this technology stuff.  For me it was “BAM!  Here’s a bunch of stuff you should learn to use yesterday!”  I

Yes, I recently got a fit bit.  My watch would stop, I’d reset it & it would be fine for about a week.  After doing that MANY times it died completely.  Kim took me to Best Buy.  I got a fit bit for $170 aka WAY TOO MUCH.  Should have gone to Walmart & bought a watch for $20.

We came home I opened the box & went to put it on my wrist, Kim stopped me.  Good grief, you have to download the software with a Bluetooth item.  Kim has a cell phone & an iPad.  Then it had to charge overnight.  I don’t have a mobile device.  If I did, I wouldn’t need a fit bit.  An iPad or cell phone would have the time on it.

If we had gone to a Walmart, they would have set the time for me & I’d put it on my wrist in the vehicle or in the store.  I don’t need to know how many steps I’ve taken, I’m in a wheelchair!  How is it deciding what a step is?  I found out in the Wascana Rehabilitation Center that my resting pulse was 98/minute.  Thanks for confirming that fit bit.

So now I have a watch that I have to swipe if I want to know the time.  Personally I think this is absolutely nuts, should have gone to a jeweler or a Walmart.  I’m not even 39 yet, but these hijinks & shenanigans are already driving me crazy (and that’s a very short drive)!

How is this an improvement on something so simple & ready to use at the point of purchase?  “Technology can’t screw up a watch”, oh yes it can!  Look what it did to phones!

All I need is a watch that will tell me the time.

 

How is a band like “The Killers” considered a rock band & getting coverage on Facebook from www.loudwire.com?  No disrespect intended, I’m not a working musician or anywhere close to being one, but REALLY?

 

OK ______ now you’re ripping apart ‘System of a Down’, you’re done.  NEXT please!  So the drummer loves ______ but made a protest song against Bush Junior while he was in power?  I’ll take Bush Junior over _______ any day!

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

I went to Boston while Bush Jr. was President, now I’d really have to think about that.  Will this guy let me in?  Once I’m in will he let me out?

 

BILLY TALENT

They have 5 studio albums out & 2 live albums out.  I have 1 studio album of theirs.  I checked out a few other albums but the guy’s voice just bothers me.  Nothing against him, he gets the notes, he has the vocal range, his voice just bothers me & I listen to some death metal.  Yes, they’re another Canadian rock band.  I just own their 2nd studio album.  The first studio album was HUGE when it was released but I wasn’t a fan.  I heard their first single for their 2nd album & thought “Hey, this song sounds really good!  WOW it’s Billy Talent!”  I usually like a bands entire catalogue, but this is one of the handful of musicians I can deal with owning one album from.  They’re not terrible by any means, just not a band for me.  I will say their guitar player does not make it easy for himself.

 

 

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

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres