MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HOLIDAYS, & ENJOY SOME TIME AWAY FROM WORK

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Let’s face it most people have lost sight of what Christmas is about, including me.  I’m a Christian so I can only speak about Christianity & Christian event, such as Christmas.  Right there I’ll admit I’m ignorant/uninformed regarding other Religions & none religious people.  What I’m about to say will could get me into trouble with others, but hear me out please.  We’re all atheists.  Why would I say that as a Christian who believes in God?  How many religions are there in the universe?  I don’t know.  Ricky Gervais (an atheist) explained it to Stephen Colbert (a Catholic).  This explains a portion of what I mean.

So, with that being explained & feel free to argue either side of it.  Why do people exchange gifts at Christmas?  Initially it was to celebrate the birth of Jesus, then it was Jesus’ birthday.  Now that all of us have lost sight of that, people just assume it’s what you do.  Spend money on others.  Some gifts have already been purchased this season.  These are my thoughts for the future.

I know this won’t reach everyone.  How about next Christmas we all save our money, spend it on ourselves or save it for whatever reason & just show up for others.  Maybe there’s a person or group you haven’t spoken with recently that you’d like to spend time with?  Show up, be where you’re needed or would like to be.  It won’t cost you anything more than possibly travel expenses.  You won’t lose anything, just contact whoever however & ask if you can meet with them.  It’s not religious, anyone can meet with someone at any time.  As a society we’ve already lost sight of the ceremonial Christmas act, & whatever spirit (Life in general included) flows through everyone, just show up & be there with someone.  If you want to bring a gift great!  If you don’t that’s OK too, you’re there!  Your presence should be a gift in itself.  You shouldn’t have to expect a gift on any occasion.

There are very kind people out there who will help when needed.  Some may not be able to help other than just being there for someone even at those times life can get busy.

I would have liked to be elsewhere for other people today, mourning the death of a family member.  I couldn’t be there.  I can’t drive legally and things came up for the people I was going with?  Sure I was disappointed at first, then I realized there’s nothing I could have done to change this scenario.

My psychiatrist had an appointment with me on Monday, I received a phone call just before I started writing this, and my appointment had to be rescheduled to February 10th.  Knee jerk reaction from me off of the phone “What was the point of making the appointment in the first place?”  I don’t know the details of the rescheduling maybe a personal matter came up.  The next available date was December 24th, that didn’t work with my schedule.  February 10th was the next available time & it works.

What am I trying to get at?  A person does not need to understand every minor detail that effects them.  They have to acknowledge that not everything works for everyone.

As an example; many people, including myself, don’t fully understand the #LGBTQ community.  I understand most of it as a straight person.  The thing is, you don’t have to understand it.  You have to acknowledge it.  Not everyone is the same as the next.  The part of that which I don’t understand I can acknowledge that others fell that way & it doesn’t affect me personally in any way.

Am I happy?  Mostly, I could do without the cancer portion but I acknowledge that it happened & my cancer could affect others.  That happened, I can’t change that or many other things.  Can I change other people or their views & opinions?  Maybe?  Do I need to?  Some, but only if they want to change.  I can change me and help others who want to change.  If someone is happy with how they are, there’s not much anyone can do for them other than acknowledge & be OK with the situation at hand.

Holiday tip!  If you can’t do any of this, drink alcohol if you’re of age.  You can be a quiet drunk or a loud belligerent drunk & blame it on the alcohol!

 

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WEEKEND UPDATE/BURN THE PRIEST

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Music throughout the weekend.  “Foo Fighters”, “Radiohead”, “Testament”, “Tool”, & “Opeth”

 

Friday evening we caught up on some TV from the week.  We seem to be quite busy these days & not watch nearly as much TV as we used to.  With Kim being at work & me being busy at home and moving a bit slower than I’d like in a wheelchair, we watch Ellen Degeneres, another show, & one of us will watch something the doesn’t want to.  I do watch a recorded Late Show with Stephen Colbert the next day while Kim’s at work.

My tummy was a bit off Friday night, so I didn’t sleep great.  Hello couch Saturday morning & all is well!  I slept for about 2 or 3 hours on the couch after finally getting out of bed at about 6 am, slept from 8:40 am until 11:50 am or so & was ready to go.  All we had on was our “niece’s” 6th birthday party at 5 pm.

“Auntie Kim, what’s in the present?”  Nice try but Auntie Kim’s smarter than a 6 year old.  I got cuddles from our 1 ½ year old “nephew” as soon as he saw me.  Kim was only a little “jealous”.

I’m sure our “niece” had a long day.  Presents, cake, kids birthday party followed by family friends birthday party, hide & seek, & what looked like mechanical bull riding on a small bouncy toy cow.  Sort of looked like this sheep….

Always good times with the kids!

Today is a get ready for a, hopefully, busy week ahead.  My eggs & vegetable juice are done.  Now to get hyped up to cram as much exercise & guitar in.  Watch the last Blue Jays game of the year, clear off as much of the DVR as possible & get to bed at a reasonable hour tonight.

 

 

If you like vinyl, here’s a “Nirvana” reissue!

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/nirvana-mtv-unplugged-in-new-york-vinyl-reissue-891521/?fbclid=IwAR3xRr4xsfAiA6bCn6A-v5wETh4qNqDXO0rx6c0A80toEmTfCwgGUKRvLCY

The making of Alter Bridges’ new album “Walk the Sky” out October 18th

YAY!!  It’s official & done Spider-man is back in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Off the record with Alter Bridge!

Sure, rock & metal music are starting to come back.  Both genres aren’t popular enough for the stage of the Super Bowl Half-Time Show…..yet.  I’m not sure Dee Snider of 80s band “Twisted Sister” is the guy to call out the NFL at this point?

https://loudwire.com/dee-snider-hypocrisy-nfl-super-bowl-halftime-booking/

All the best to him, he’s been down this road before & it has worked out for him in the past!

https://loudwire.com/metallica-james-hetfield-rehab-addiction/?fbclid=IwAR37HYpEYKMs9tDLFvhbH1yOllXMYURvdYDbqR93WXBgFXR2tpLPT_Lp770

New “Jimmy Eat World” album out called “Surviving” on October 18th.

 

BURN THE PRIEST

This is actually “Lamb of God”.  Their first album was released under the name “Burn the Priest”, I’ve never been a fan of that album.  They did release a cover album last year under the name “Burn the Priest”.  This is an album of cover songs that cross the punk/metal influences they have…

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

 

Today’s the final day of the regular season for baseball.  Which means I’m done with the Blue Jays for the year.  There was no hope of them making the playoffs months ago.

162 games per team in a season.  With game left today, the Jays are right where I predicted they’d be 66W-95L.  I figured at the start of the year they’d finish with 65-75 wins this year.  In 2020 or more likely 2021 I figure they’ll be a contender.  Other teams are already calling them a dangerous team.  They’re the 2nd youngest team in baseball for average age of players.  They get a few decent pitchers in the offseason & keep the young guys together, they’ll be fine.  The kids are alright.

 

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WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/STONE TEMPLE PILOTS

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I fell asleep to “Trivium” the album “The Sin & the Sentence” followed by “Dead Sara” both full albums on iTunes that I bought yesterday

I exercised to “I Mother Earth” the album “Scenery & Fish”

Weekly exercise total; 720 pushups, 560 leg lifts, 300 crunches, 240 squats, 180 tricep pushups, & 120 back flexes.  I took shorter rest periods again today.  Every day I do my exercises I A) Make sure I’m doing them all properly & B) Try to take shorter rest periods between sets.

This week was pitiful in my opinion.  I expect more from myself.  I am often my worst critic though.  You might think differently, but that’s only 3/5 days.  I stayed up until the early morning on Saturday cleaning up the kitchen, then I was over tired on Monday & couldn’t sleep.  I need to remember I’m not in my early or mid-30s anymore, & I can’t burn the candle at both ends anymore.

Another appointment next week after having 2 this past week.  Another in the summer at some point.  I hope the one in the summer is my last one there?  The appointment next week will be a reoccurring checkup/refills on the pills I take.

Unless I get a call before then, everything should be fine.  I think, if my cancer was to come back it would have already.  The doctors thought it might “come back” in 2013.  That was 5 years ago, I think I’m “in the clear”.

Sometimes it takes a brush with death to finally wake up.

 

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS

They’re lumped in with the grunge movement.  They were based in San Diego & got together in 1989.  I have everything from the 1992 release “Core” all the way up to & including “Stone Temple Pilots (2018)”.  I have mostly CDs of this group & I think the recent 2 albums from iTunes.  I really didn’t get into them until a few years ago.  I had a bunch of their CDs, & didn’t realize I had all of their stuff on CD & amongst my iTunes library.  Yes, the singer, Scott Weiland, died of either alcohol or a drug overdose a few years ago.  The band carried on with an EP with Chester Bennington who felt it was too much for him with his role in “Linkin Park” also.  Unfortunately he died as well not to long ago.

CORE 1992

PURPLE 1994

TINY MUSIC…SONGS FROM THE VATICAN GIFT SHOP 1996

I’m pretty sure this was about the album that caught my attention.

  1. 4 1999

SHANGRI-LA DEE DA 2001

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS    2010

HIGH RISE w/ Chester Bennington        2013

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS 2018

This last album is with their new singer Jeff Gutt.  Runner up on the show “The X Factor”.  Well he didn’t win.  Who did?  This is exactly why I’m opposed to these talent contest shows.  He got the last laugh though.

 

Stephen Colbert’s musical guest Tuesday night was Paramore!

 

Well, they’re not gone just in serious debt.  I like “Gibson/Epiphone” guitars.  All of this hipity dipity music the young kids are listening to did this.  Is “Fender Guitars” next?  Will “PRS (Paul Reed Smith) Guitars” become the next BIG thing for guitar players?

 

100 best debut albums.  No, Nirvana’s “Nevermind” was their 2nd big release after the album “Bleach”

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/the-100-greatest-debut-albums-of-all-time-20130322/the-stone-roses-19691231

 

Cool!

http://loudwire.com/foo-fighters-become-couples-wedding-band-steven-adler-nothing-more-more/

 

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Stay safe out there,

Chris

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