THAT FELT LIKE A WEEKEND!

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Nice to relax over the weekend.  Life’s not a race but until this weekend I’ve felt like I have to catch up to everyone.  I finally relaxed for a while.  Saturday I just spent far too long playing guitar, most of the day from 1:30pm until I went to bed around midnight.

Weird thing is that I still get anxiety, I think, when my buddy or brother comes over to hang out & play guitar.  I freeze & forget that I know how to play anything out of 20(?) songs.  Like the 4 songs by Led Zeppelin or 9 Foo Fighters songs, etc.  Songs that I play every day or the handful of songs I learned on my 7 string.  I gotta get over that hump already.

As I’ve mentioned, I don’t drink alcohol much.  I had 1 short bottle of beer late Saturday night.  That little amount of sugar & alcohol had me awake at 6:00 am Sunday.  I just laid there until 10:30 am drifting in & out of sleep, I was tired but couldn’t stay asleep.

Sunday was our ‘niece’s’ 7th birthday extravaganza!  Supper was ham, potatoes, beans, carrots, & dill pickles.  Followed by the must have birthday cake & ice cream.  We missed our ‘nephew’s’ birthday because of Covid so he got his gift that day as well.  He turned 2 in the spring.  Our friends are teaching him well.  Just like me, no pants but he made sure I put on my jacket & hood when we left.  Me, always in shorts, him a diaper & shirt.

Kim got a hair appointment in a few weeks for our ‘niece’ to have her hair coloured all the colours of the rainbow.  She was pretty excited about that!

I thought of an expensive but great idea for our friends’ family.  He plays guitar so I thought the 4 of them could build a guitar since you can buy DIY kits with all of the parts.  I figured the kids could colour/stain it.  Our ‘nephew’ loves tools so he could help putting it together, & our friend will be learning how to solder in a few weeks, so she could attach the pickups.  Then I realized that depending on the type of guitar it would cost $200-$350 for the kit, plus stain, shielding paint, & clear coat.  It would be a fun but expensive project.

My brother picked me up to take me to Long & McQuade Monday afternoon.  That’s the store I ordered my guitar through.  They offer a free set up on the guitar within a year of it being purchased with them.  They told me to let it acclimate to our place for 2 weeks before hand.  It was shipped with 10-46 strings I use 10-52 strings, so I wanted to make sure it was done properly since I’ve never had a tremolo bridge on a guitar before.  This should be a one & done thing.  20 minute deal so we just window shopped while it was being done.  This is another reason I don’t have a credit card.  I might have put us in serious debt if I had…….but we’d have a bounty of guitar gear!  I saw a less expensive Gibson Les Paul with a flamed maple green/black top that tempted me.  I love the look & sound of any Les Paul I’ve played!  I had the money but it’s being saved for the PRS S2 McCarty 594 to be ordered in February.

Its home & on its wall hanger now.  It looked a little bare in here when I packed it up Sunday night.  Now it feels perfect, & it was really good before too!  I’ll order the S2 McCarty 594 that reviewers say is way better than a Gibson Les Paul that would set me back an extra $1000.  I’ll get the amplifier hopefully after my birthday in January 2022.  Then I’ll be done shopping for anything over $500 for a long time, if not forever.

I’m still stuck on getting it in a single cut (directly below) or in a PRS double cut?  Everything else is the same on both guitars, the body shape is the only difference.  Feel free to leave a comment or message the Facebook site.  I do already own 2 Les Paul (single cut) body shaped guitars.

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

That amplifier is the bee’s knees or the cat’s pajama’s if you ask me but everything goes on pause after the guitar order in February, until we find a wheelchair accessible house or if we end up remodeling this place.  I think 3 suites were recently sold in this building recently.  That’s good news!  I thought maybe Covid would detract condo buyers?

Sounds as though the White House has been hit by a wave of the virus.  The President, the first lady, his aide, multiple senators, and Kayleigh McEnany now on Monday.

Donald Trump returns to the White House from the hospital & instantly takes off his mask after tweeting “Don’t let it dominate your life” well it’s better than calling it a hoax……marginally better.  I guess he learned nothing over the weekend?  He’s obviously still contagious & personally, I think he’s breathing very deeply.

Just cleaning up some stuff & learning new songs on guitar.

…& just to drive my brother up the wall I learned most of this.  Drives him nuts!

I found out about a Scottish band, over the weekend, similar to Foo Fighters but not as mainstream appealing, a little more eccentric called “Biffy Clyro”.  They have a wealth of albums.  I started with 4 of them, this song is from an album from 2002.

I decided Monday night to just get to it & relearn this, all of it.  New guitar all set up for me, this called for Foo Fighters!  I wouldn’t be surprised to see a handful of videos before the end of the month?  I just NEED to get over this anxiety garbage!

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“Listen to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WHAT’S ROUTINE ABOUT A MARATHON TYPE MRI SCAN?

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375 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

400 Crunches

400 Leg lifts

200 Squats

200 Back flexes

1:10 hours of yoga over 2 days

Weight repetitions went up on Thursday.  I want to see them at 400 a week by mid-June!

 

I fell asleep to “Tool” the album “Fear Inoculum”

I exercised to “Alter Bridge” the album “Walk the Sky”

 

4 day week since Monday was the long weekend, I didn’t do any exercise on Monday.  Today, up at 6:20 am, exercised, shower, then guitar until I need food.

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I’ve had 5 or 6 MRIs since Tuesday February 5th, 2008, but nothing like this one.  Get some of your prefered beverages, some snacks & gather ‘round.

I went to bed Monday evening around 10:00 pm, knowing I have a routine MRI scan Tuesday evening.  I’m EXTREMELY claustrophobic and I know that MRI machine is tiny (switched to X-rays in early 2010, first MRI since then).  I’m in bed until 11:00 pm wide awake & worrying more as the minutes pass.  I get up, have a snack & watch some recorded TV.  I finally go back to bed just before 2:00 am.  Get up at 8:00 am, hoover my tiny breakfast, exercise, have a snack, post my blog, & hit the shower.  Get out of the shower, have a small lunch then watch the 1:30 hours of late night talk shows I record every night (Kimmel & Colbert).  Into the computer room, little facebook & email, followed by a VERY SATISFYING 2 hour guitar practice, I felt like I progressed 4 ½ months in those 2 hours.  Got all of my left hand, fingers, & arm to do what I expected them to do all along.

I know my MRI is at 5:45 pm, so I stop drinking my 3rd liter of water around 3:30 pm.  We leave our place at 5:00 pm to drop Brewster off at my sister-in-laws place that’s 2 minutes away.  We go through the Covid-19 procedure at the hospital and we’re in the waiting area for my scan by 5:35 pm or so.

Kim stayed in the waiting area while I went in for my IV followed by my scan.  I’m thinking “This is sweet, we’ll be out of here by 7:00 pm since everything is on time.”  The nurse puts in my IV for the dye that shows up in my scan to see everything clearly.  He’s pretty laid back, we’re laughing & having a good time.  By this time I’m relaxed & feeling fine claustrophobia’s gone.

I get my ear plugs in that they give every patient (MRIs are LOUD), they give me a set of headphones since they have Spotify & ask me what I want to listen to.  They have classic rock playing as the last patiet requested.  I just asked them to leave it there, less hassle I figured.

The head phones playing a Spotify playlist must’ve been turned up to “11”, once the machine starts making noise, you can’t hear anything else!  Aytomated voice says “Please hold still while the table moves.”  “The next scan will take X minutes”  a scan took anywhere from 30 seconds to 5 minutes.

I’m about to be shoved into the tiny machine and the nurse asks me if I need anything before they start, I reply “Nope, I’m good to go!”  Then he says “Yeah you’ll be in there for about an hour & a half.”  I thought he was joking as he clamps a plastic mask to the board to hold my head still (hard plastic mask with an opening for my face only).  They’re about to start, my shoulders barely fit the machine but I’m fine after my EXTREME mood boost from my guitar pratice!  The first thing they tell me through the headphones is to hold still for the photos.  PhotoS as in plural?

I’m rockin’ out to Rush, Led Zeppelin, Van Morrison, Foghat, Lynyrd Skynyrd, etc., then Blue Oyster Cult comes on & all I can think is “I WANT MORE COWBELL”!  In my head I’m rockin’ hard!  2 things instantly come to mind when I hear this song.  The first is this skit, the second is when the last group I was in was on the radio right after this song.  My phone rings at like 9:30 pm on a Friday & it’s Todd, our drummer at the time shouting “MORE COWBELL” no hello or anything, yeah he called the wrong number first!  This was before cell phones were so popular.

After 2 hours of not moving a muscle, they pull me out as Tom Petty starts, I’m thinking “One doesn’t just stop an MRI when Tom Petty starts?”

I assume that I’m done, NOPE!  After a 5 minute break, I’m told that I have another 30 minutes or so left.  Back in the tube I go!  I’m finished an hour later.  I asked the nurse that pulled me out if they serve a rum on ice, & some pretzles after that, she laughed & replied “You’d think we should, that was a long one.”  Quick stop at the washroom & we’re in our vehicle at 9:10 pm.  Pick up Brewster, drivethru at McDonalds, come home to hoover supper, watch “The Ellen Degeneres Show” and call it a day at 10:45 pm.  I’ll get my MRI results in a week or 2.

Eventhough I know I still have to save for that final PRS guitar, just after such  GREAT guitar practices (I feel like I progressed 4 months in 2 hours) I now feel that I’ve earned it, like I can now allow myself to buy it & not feel any shame or guilt.  Especially after  great workouts all week, great guitar practices, & having to not move at all for 3 hours that gave me a small bruise on my chin from the mask.  Most days start for me between 7:00 – 8:00 am and go non stop until 10:30 – 11.00 pm.  I’ve been more sore & tired this week than I’ve been since I lived in the hospitals, but I also feel as though I’ve ramped things up in a GREAT way.

I’m assuming after almost 11 ½ years of being cancer free that I’m fine.  I can’t tell you much other than my story, but I can say this.  Life is WAY too short to take everything seriously.  Even in what could be considered an intense situation, figure out how to relax a bit & keep it light.  If I had taken my life seriously since Tuesday February 5th, 2008, I’d likely still be a very bitter person.  Sometimes you just have to laugh!

I woke up late on Wednesday around 9:45 am.  I stretched before I exercised things cracked & popped even though I didn’t know they could make those sounds!?

This seems a little early to be happening, although I don’t know what the situation is in Maryland, if it’s too early, I have no problems waiting for my ordered guitar.

I’ve decided to save up for the PRS S2 McCarty 594.  There are 5 model lines/price ranges of PRS guitars.  3 of them are the most common.  From the most expensive down there’s the Core line, S2, & SE.  You’ll see the SE (65% made by hand) models in stores in Canada they go for around $1350, in the USA because of the dollar they go for around $700 completely built in Indonesia.  The S2 line is right above the SE line.  An S2 (75% made by hand) model in Canada is around $2300, in the USA they’re around $1300 hardware and other parts are from Indonesia but assembled/built in Maryland.  The Core line is twice the price of an S2 model.  The Core line is entirely built in Maryland, hand carved & 95% made by hand.  All PRS guitars are stained by hand.  You can pretty much take the American price, add $700 + tax to get your local Canadian price, on average.  It all depends on what the stock market does, the provicial tax rate, & the guitar desired.  My ordered S2 semi-hollow is more than $2300 & the S2 McCarty 594 will be less than $2300.

One day if/when we find a house my amplifier will get a used upgrade, until then I’m good!  So this whenever we move and this is cheaper as a used amp “Best Solid State Amp of the Decade” by many reviewers, especially the “Know Your Gear” www.youtube.com channel.  REALLY SMART GUY!

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

It’s pretty & practicle, as close to a Vintage Gibson Les Paul as I’d like to get & probably $1500 less!  PERFECT AS IS!

 

First single out for the new album by “The Pretty Reckless”

 

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READ THIS PLEASE, YOU HAVE TIME LIKELY?

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I fell asleep to “Blue Rodeo” the album “Greatest Hits”

I exercised to “Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers” the album “Greatest Hits”

 

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Yeah, I exercised a bit on Friday with my walking with my walker as always.  Small steps since my calves were incredibly sore.  Kim had Monday off, so I took Monday off too.

Look at all of those pretty guitars!  It’s his hobby & his job.  He went to school to be a guitar teacher.  I think I counted 10 high end PRS guitars on his wall, he earned them!  I ordered a medium level PRS & I’m saving & hoping to buy a low end PRS (the cheapest, $1300 PRS in Aqua)…I’m also on disability though & I’m nowhere near that capability on guitar.  He knows more than those who haven’t gone to school for guitar no doubt!

To be clear here I’ve got a few (5-10?) songs up to the proper tempo on guitar.  My left hand/arm are REALLY making things tougher this time around.  I guess it was almost 12 years with brain cancer to kick things off.  If I didn’t like it SO much, I’d likely pack it in.

I realized Friday night that I’ve been playing the opening riff to this song wrong since 2001??!!??  No wonder a random drunk guy came on stage at a 500 person cabaret to tell me “YOU GUYS SUCK!”  Here I thought he was just an angry drunk?????

No, it’s not the open G string mistake that everyone makes either.  HAHAHA, I said “…G string…”!

My mother’s guitar is what peaked my & my brother’s interest in guitar.  He took bass lessons & I went to the internet.  I took two years of piano when I was 6 & 7 years old, followed by flute & choir in high school.  I think my brother played saxophone for a bit, I could be wrong?  I was sent home for a summer in high school with a saxophone.  My band instructor wanted me to learn it & audition for one of the jazz bands the next year.  I was also often the first pick to do extra percussion in high school, I always figured it was because I was mediocre at best on the flute?  Now I mostly listen to metal & rock music, stuff that makes most people cringe, including Kim.  REALLY!!!!!  Why you gotta be that way Kimmy?  She’s smart, cute, & take’s me to school in a disagreement.

This album by “The Darkness” was released last year.  Was this some type of perverse foreshadowing?  Did they know something & didn’t openly tell us?

Well I guess Easter was only kind of cancelled this year.  No big family get together meal, at least that’s how our families spend it.  Kim’s parents were going to come to Regina for Easter this year.  That was cancelled when this virus stuff started.  Kim & I didn’t do anything special.  Thank goodness I didn’t have to partake in a turkey meal!!!!  Can we start celebrating things by ordering pizza?  We just had spaghetti & tomato sauce, nice change!

I was filling my pill cases on the weekend and I felt like Oprah…..

“YOU GET A PILL, YOU GET A PILL, YOU GET A PILL, YOU GET A PILL, EVERYBODY GETS A PILL!!!!!!!” even Kim enjoyed it!

Kim was doing our taxes this weekend.  I could have helped, working makes you do math…………..I don’t work.  0 – 0 = 0 & that’s probably one of the few reasons working is over rated!

I saw this trailer on the weekend…

I liked the first one, I thought it was pretty funny.  I haven’t seen this movie.  I know this is a kid’s movie & likely not meant to be taken too seriously.  Why is it that rock & metal music are being sold to kids as evil?  Does this mean all rock & metal fans are rude jerks?  There’s music I like & music I don’t like.  A TON of music genres have songs that fall into both categories.  We took our ‘niece’ to see the “My Little Pony” movie in the theater for her birthday a few years ago.

When the evil ponies showed up to battle they played ‘metal’ music, distorted guitar?  Why would anyone bother to influence young kids to avoid any type of music or art for that matter?  What is it with the stigma that rock & metal music are evil?  I hope that’s not the intent, & I don’t think it is, however it does seem odd.  Maybe I’m reading too much into it?

Please keep up with the personal distancing?  Just because the curve is flattening doesn’t mean its SUPER PARTY FUN TIME.  It means what we’re doing is helping, keep helping in the effort to eliminate the curve.  There won’t be an announcement “OK, everything’s back to normal carry on as you were”.  When this is over (July?) it will be a gradual release of prioritized workers for more essential businesses & once everyone is out in the public, it will be different.  Please make sure you do your part so we can try to avoid another quarantine.  Too many people out at once isn’t a good thing.  I’m not a figure of authority in any way but I think it’s better to be safe than sorry!

I saw this yesterday & WOW he’s a GREAT/SMART guy.  I wish he’d be a world leader.  I can think of a few that could learn from him, if they ever stopped to listen!

I’ve gotta say I’m a VERY lucky guy!  I’ve got an AMAZING wife that loves me & supports me, of course goes both ways.  Brewster (our dog) is still alive & kicking after 14 years, & I’m lucky enough to be able to work on myself physically & mentally while relearning my favourite hobby!  Things could be much, much worse.

 

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EXERCISE FOR THE WEEK & DAVID GROHL

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

PLAY + PROBOT + FOO FIGHTERS + POCKETWATCH = DAVID GROHL

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

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

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

 

PLAY   2018

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

 

FOO FIGHTERS   1995

 

PROBOT   2004

 

POCKETWATCH   1992

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

 

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NECESSARY EXPENSES/BILLIE EILISH

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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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WEEKEND UPDATE/TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS

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Music from this weekend!  “Greta Van Fleet”, “The Struts”, “Coheed & Cambria”, “Live”, & “Nothing but Thieves”.

Thursday & Friday I did nothing but watch what I had on the DVR.  I thought I might do some limited exercise just to keep things going, then decided that I just needed a break.  I’LL PROBABLY PUT THIS BLOG ON HOLD MID-NOVEMBER OR AT THE END OF NOVEMBER.  The blog will rest for a while, I’ll do likely 3/6 exercises regularly though, yearend stuff I’ll post in January.  Top 10 albums of the year for me, & my year amount of exercises.  No walking total though it’s embarrassingly low.

My body could have used a longer break, but it just makes things harder for me when I start exercising again.

Saturday, we stayed in, until I left for the Riders final regular season game.  They won!  We get a home playoff game this year!  The Riders haven’t been in the playoffs since they won the Grey Cup in 2013.  One more weekend for everyone else in the regular season.  Depending on the outcome of the Calgary vs. B.C. game next week, the Riders will play in 2 weeks or 3 weeks.  Either way, I’m just glad to have the Riders in the playoffs!

Today is more of us watching the recorded shows on the PVR & making a juice, hard boiling eggs, grocery shopping, laundry, baking fish, etc.  Typical Sunday for us.

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  The NRA & politicians in America love their 2nd Amendment, but are too frightened to use the 25th Amendment.  Why?  Nobody needs anything more than a single bullet shot gun for hunting.  I think it’s loooooooooooooooooooooong past due that American gun owners have their guns taken away & get a President with at least 1 ounce of morality!  #figureitoutNOW.

 

TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS

Yes, on the drive home from Calgary dad & I listened to “Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Greatest Hits” on my iPod.  I think it had 17 songs but I added 3 from the CD “Wild Flowers” that I have?  After we heard Foo Fighters play his song “Breakdown” it was a no brainer.  We both knew most of the lyrics too, dad more than me.

 

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ED SHEERAN

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I fell asleep to “The Travelling Wilburys”

I exercised to “Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers” their Greatest Hits.

 

We finished off Thanksgiving Monday by going to a “My Little Pony” movie with our friends & our “niece”.

EVERYBODY will likely encounter some type of roadblock in their life, there’s no need to hide it.  It is hard to talk about & deal with eventually, just do your best to get over it & put it out there!  I was the same way, I didn’t want people I didn’t know to see me in a wheelchair with an iPatch.  I can’t be in the house & not have new friends for the rest of my life.  I had to get over that.  Since about the middle of 2014 I just let that go, one less thing for me to stress about.  If people want to look, that’s fine by me & questions are more than welcome, even encouraged.

No matter what it is, you can’t worry about it for however long you have a mental, physical, or internal issue.  Let it go so you don’t have to carry that weight with you forever, it will get heavier with each second & once you’ve figured out how to deal with it, you no longer have to worry what other people think.  Most people probably don’t notice it in the first place!

I’m pretty sure I have a bit of OCD in me.  We have 2 bathrooms, both must have 3 extra rolls of toilet paper.  I always stack them on the back of the toilet, in a pyramid.  2 on the bottom, 1 on top, & whatever is currently in use.  I also don’t like a pile of dirty dishes in the sink.  I put what I can in the dishwasher, & %50 of the time I’ll do the hand wash dishes.  I also like to finish a task before I go to bed.  If I don’t I’ll be awake for too long thinking about it.

 

 

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ED SHEERAN

 

Ed Sheeran is quite popular so I shouldn’t need to give you much, if any, background on him.  Kim & I saw him in Regina, on tour just before his 2nd of 3 albums was released.  Cool to see him live, but the sound here at the arena sucks.  Whenever he turned on his digital pedal with pre-recorded stuff to make it sound like a full band, everything became slightly distorted.  Not how you want to experience Ed Sheeran, a guy playing acoustic guitar!  This is the show that broke me.  Ended up watching 50% of the show through someone’s cell phone & what was released a few months later?  A concert video of his show at Wembley Stadium!  So glad I paid to watch the concert on a 4 inch screen.

I’m a big fan on his stuff.  Big Wreck & Foo Fighters have been my 2 favourite bands for a long time though!  Nothing has changed that.  Big Wreck & Foo Fighters both released an album this year.  Ed Sheeran hasn’t received my attention as much as he deserves it.  He “fell through the cracks”.

 

You shouldn’t need much background, but here are two songs from each of his first 2 albums.

LANGUAGE IN THIS CLIP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here’s a few songs his latest album!!!

 

Walk off the Earth cover Tom Petty

 

Oh my!  Can’t wait for November!

Then December brings us the new Star Wars!!!

http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/star-wars-watch-epic-new-the-last-jedi-trailer-w507884

 

Too funny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert try to even the playing field for Trump.

 

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ROYAL BLOOD

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I fell asleep to “Nothing but Thieves” the 2nd album “Broken Machine.”   Kim even likes some of their stuff!  We were in the car the other day & she says “Hey play that ‘Sorry’ song”

I exercised to “Queens of the Stone Age” the album “Villains”

 

You’re probably tired of hearing people talk about the mass shooting in Vegas last weekend.  Howie Mandel was a guest on The Ellen Degeneres Show on Tuesday.  They both talked about many issues in the world, saying that we all need to respect & help each other, not just in the face of tragedy, but as much as possible, which makes a whole lot of sense when you think about it.  Be proactive instead of being reactive.  Look at what has happened in the last 2 weeks!  3 terrible hurricanes & a mass shooting.  Yes, we were reactive & donated to the Red Cross.  Kim donated through work, they will match every dollar by 50 cents.  Got me thinking if I could, I’d always think of donating blood like I used to.  Now, after cancer I’m not allowed to donate blood or donate my organs.

I always say to myself “Hope for the best & prepare for the worst!”  Somewhere along the way I forgot that.  The hurricanes & mass shooting were/are HUGE catastrophes that most people wouldn’t expect or necessarily think of.  That’s sort of a good thing.  You don’t want to live your life in fear!  Howie Mandel spoke very well as a guest discussing the shooting.  To sum it up he basically said ‘We need to stop talking about gun control & maybe focus on mental health issues more.’  If you like to go hunting, I’m OK with that, as long as you’re not hunting humans or domestic animals.  We have guns in Canada, few people use them to kill others though.  Canada’s not perfect, however there’s not a breaking news story every week on TV.

What Howie Mandel said was needed, it’s time to change our perspective on these mass shootings.  We all keep barking up the same tree, & we always get the same answer, & it’s not helping to solve the problem.

I found it!  Here’s Howie Mandel’s view on these mass shootings

Conan O’Brien’s take on the Vegas shooting

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/conan-obrien-las-vegas-massacre_us_59d30d42e4b048a44324ade6

Ellen Degeneres’ take on Las Vegas

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/ellen-las-vegas-massacre_us_59d3bc02e4b04b9f92055448

 

Last night was our “niece’s” 4th birthday good times had by all!  BBQ ribs & chicken wings, fruit tray, veggie tray, pierogi’s, etc.  Then dessert ice cream & fancy toppings.  After the baking on the weekend & ice cream last night, I should be good for my sugar intake for a while, & here comes Canadian Thanksgiving!

 

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The more I listen to the Foo Fighters “Concrete & Gold” album, the more I like it.  I just don’t care for the last song on it, “Concrete & Gold” the rest is quite good!

 

ROYAL BLOOD

“Royal Blood” is not a metal band!  They’re a rock act made of 2 guys from England.  A bassist who sings, & a drummer who I assume sings background vocals.  I got to see them open for Foo Fighters in 2015 in Calgary for the “Sonic Highways” tour.  This album cycle they are opening for “Queens of the Stone Age”.

Before seeing them open for Foo Fighters, I never thought I’d get to see them live.  I’m so glad I did.  They released their 2nd album earlier this year. Titled “How did we get so dark?”  The first album I really like, & the 2nd album keeps the train moving in the right direction!  I still think this first video from the new album is really cool!

There’s 3 of the 10 songs from the new album.  Here’s a couple from the first album.

LANGUAGE I DON’T HEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Going about my day on Monday as usual.  Then I caught my eye on the news of Tom Petty passing away at a young age of 66.  First the mass shooting in Vegas & now this.  Trying to think of which Tom Petty song is my favourite.  I couldn’t choose one, they’re all AWESOME!

This all came out of nowhere for me.  Here’s Rolling Stone with Tom Petty’s top 10 live songs.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/tom-petty-performs-with-bob-dylan-axl-rose-stevie-nicks-w506797/learning-to-fly-with-stevie-nicks-2006-w506805

 

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SHORTS vs. PANTS………………..SHORTS FOR THE WIN

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I fell asleep to “The Philosopher Kings” the album “Famous, Rich, & Beautiful” much like me minus the famous & rich part, had a washroom wake up listened to “Sum 41” the album “13 Voices” when I went back to bed.  Woke up again to pee & fell asleep to “Tremonti” the album “Dust”

I’m just doing light exercising today, just to get my leg moving.  To this music “Our Lady Peace” their first 4 albums “Naveed”, “Clumsy”, “Happiness is not a Fish that you can Catch” & “Spiritual Machines”

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It’s odd that my chiropractor noticed I was wearing pants instead of my year round shorts attire.  Mark your calendars’ it was yesterday.  January 11th.  I wore pants for the first time this year, 2017.  I think I wore pants 4 times last year?

“But it’s so cold out, how do you do that, are you nutz?”  Being a little bit off helps but think of how long I’m actually outside.  We have underground parking, so I’m not outside.  We also have rock star…………….mmmm…………handicap parking very close to the building we’re going to.  I’m outside for 2 or 3 minutes in total to & from where ever we we’re.

Our wedding was in May 2005.  If I could change one thing about our wedding, it would be the normal formal attire.  “Are you comfortable?  Underwear & a T-Shirt?  Come on in!”  As long as the bits & pieces are covered, who cares?

Anyways, I saw my chiropractor yesterday & this pinched nerve has been preventing me from doing anything for roughly 2 months now.  I’ll be getting a referral to a physio therapist on Monday.  If it continues to bother me, after I don’t know how long I’ll be given a cortisone shot, which would be my 8th since 2008.  Not fun but they work!  “Let me shove this 8” needle in you.”  Kim couldn’t even watch & she’s not worried around needles.  The needle didn’t really hurt, the doctor put so much pressure on the needle into my spine.  I’ve had back issues since high school.

 

 

New “Queens of the Stone Age” album coming soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.nme.com/news/music/update-given-new-queens-stone-age-album-tour-1942040?lazyload=0&utm_source=flipboard&utm_medium=app&utm_campaign=flipboard_rss_feed&utm_content=nme&utm_campaign=nme-11-jan-11-01-2017&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter

 

What concert would you choose?

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/10-classic-album-concerts-we-want-dylan-madonna-w460171/fleetwood-mac-rumors-w460191

I’d choose Phil Collins, Elton John, Billy Joel, & Tom Petty if I had the cash

 

I just can’t get into Mastodon, but it seems like every metal fan loves them.

http://loudwire.com/mastodon-troy-sanders-brent-hinds-debut-turd-factory-project/

 

Halestorm covered Metallica’s track “Ride the Lightning”

http://www.metalinjection.net/av/halestorm-killed-it-with-its-cover-of-metallicas-ride-the-lightning

 

Transgender or not, if I was American, I’d stay as far away as possible from the inauguration!!

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/jackie-evanchos-transgender-sister-wont-be-at-inauguration-w460702

 

Rob Zombie turns 52 today.

 

Bands with tour plans for 2017.  A Perfect Circle will be touring and working on a new album aka I see no new Tool album in the near future.

 

Facebook is fairly quiet today.  I’ll call it a day as far as blogging goes.

 

TOMORROW WE’LL DIG DEEP INTO A TOPIC I REALLY DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT.   OOO, CLIFFHANGER!!!!!!

 

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I figure it’s close to the holidays, so 1-3 more blogs & my list of albums of the year should do it for 2016.  Yes, I already know what my New Year’s resolution is & I don’t make resolutions often.  I plan to add cardio to my exercise list.  Recumbent exercise bike or walking with my walker every Saturday morning.  I’ll need help & Kim has agreed to go with me.  We can walk in the parkade &  I’ll need help on & off the exercise bike.  Of course I’ll be doing that here.  No point in me spending money on a gym membership when I can do that here!

This pinched nerve thing can go away anytime.  It felt really as though it was “on the mend” during the week then on Saturday evening watching a movie with Kim, I had to ask her if she could move to the other couch so that I could lay down on my side.  At the moment it’s nearing 7:00 am on Sunday, December 11, 2016.  I’ve listen to 2.5 albums on my iPod while trying to get comfortable in bed, got up, shaved, had breakfast, poured a coffee, & now I’m here.  Waking up because of pain that early, not cool.

Tuesday evening, saw my chiropractor today & he’s confused as to why it hasn’t healed?  Another message therapy & another chiropractor appointment if needed.  4 weeks down the toilet exercise wise.

 

And all of the disbelievers will rant about how this is such a waste of time.

http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/al-gores-an-inconvenient-truth-sequel-to-open-sundance-w455052

 

Another new Pentatonix tune from their Christmas album.

 

I can’t wait for March!!!!!!!  I’ve never seen them live!

 

Ace Frehley, KISS, real or fake merchandise.  The movie is my little info regarding KISS.

http://loudwire.com/stump-the-ace-kiss-legend-ace-frehley-real-or-fake-kiss-products/

 

10 supergroups.  Look at that Chris Cornell of ‘Soundgarden’ has been a part of 2 supergroups!

 

Third Ion, for those times when you really want to concentrate on music or just think of nothing & enjoy the ride.

 

Top 10 progressive rock/metal bands

NO “TOM SAWYER”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Job well done but I just can’t get into rap music.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/on-the-charts-hamilton-mixtape-shoots-up-to-number-one-w455100

 

10 best frontwomen in rock

 

Walk off the Earth Christmas movie

 

Kirk Hammett vs. Donald Trump (Kirk Hammett of Metallica)

 

Review of the latest Alter Bridge album “The Last Hero”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/584cb163e4b0171331051170?timestamp=1481549261686

 

Original lineup of Live touring next year.  That gives them 3-5 respectable albums of songs to choose from.

http://loudwire.com/live-confirm-reunion-singer-ed-kowalczyk/

 

30 things you should know about Pentatonix

https://www.buzzfeed.com/kristinharris/things-you-should-know-about-pentatonix?utm_term=.wd1BpxWJy#.fonnBVpxY

 

Vote for your favourite metal album of 2016.

http://loudwire.com/vote-best-metal-album-6th-annual-loudwire-music-awards/

 

Obama interviewed by ‘The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/obama-reveals-why-he-wont-vanish-during-trump-presidency-w455542

 

‘Stitched up Heart’ shared it…

 

I’ve been waiting to hear about a new album from Ed Sheeran!

http://www.nme.com/news/music/ed-sheeran-teases-new-music-return-social-media-1911605?lazyload=0&utm_source=flipboard&utm_medium=app&utm_campaign=flipboard_rss_feed&utm_content=nme&utm_campaign=nme-13-dec-2016-13-12-2016&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter

 

Canada tends to get the typical “Canadian” tour from most groups.  Montreal, Toronto, & Vancouver.  All are minimum a 2 or 3 day drive from Saskatchewan.  As much as I love live music, there’s no way I could justify sitting in a vehicle that long for a concert, & flying is too expensive!

http://www.nme.com/news/music/tom-petty-announces-only-2017-european-show-at-british-summer-time-hyde-park-1911596?lazyload=0&utm_source=flipboard&utm_medium=app&utm_campaign=flipboard_rss_feed&utm_content=nme&utm_campaign=nme-13-dec-2016-13-12-2016&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter

 

www.loudwire.com 20 best rock songs of 2016.  Even before I’ve read it, I don’t agree with it, I’m sure you would choose differently also.

http://loudwire.com/20-best-rock-songs-2016/

 

Kanye West meets Donald Trump

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/kanye-west-details-donald-trump-meeting-w455691

 

Hahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!  “Freaktender”

 

Photo book of AC/DCs recent tour coming in 2017

http://loudwire.com/ac-dc-rock-bust-world-tour-photo-book-2017/

 

Metal fan myths.  LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I don’t do drugs.  I also enjoy other music.  I don’t know every individual in the local metal group, the people I do know are pleasant & good to be around.  I don’t know anyone that’s a metal fan only.

 

Top 10 metal bands fronted by females.  Does “Halestorm” count as a metal band?

 

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Chris    “Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres