grenou

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from St. John's, NL., Canada

  • Activity

    • We're not wasting any time...

      3 weeks ago

      grenou

      Firstly, if you've been one of the 16,000+ people who have viewed mine and Jeremy's latest 1551 single "Nobody Gets Left Behind," Thank-you from the bottom of my heart. We really do appreciate the support!


      Secondly, if you're a fan of 1551, we're already working on the next track. It'll be a bit of a departure from our usual sound (if that's even a "thing"). But it's definitely shaping up to be a sick track. Not sure of the release date, yet. Keep your eyes trained to all of the usual social media for updates.


      Once again, thanks for all of the love you're showing. We're loving you all for it..!

    • The Torque of my Youth

      1 month ago

      grenou

      (Warning: Cycling-related content ahead)


      Today, was the first time this year that I'd ridden my bike to work. It's only 10 Km from my house to the office. But, those 10 Km can be a very telling gauge of my general fitness level.


      Today's gauge? "Not quite Non-existent, but damn near to it."


      Once upon a time, when I was cycling a couple hundred Km a week, I had some serious low-end torque in my pedal stroke. Just pure raw pedal-turning power cranking over low rpms. Great for off the line acceleration or grinding away at hills. It was something that I had in my arsenal that not many other riders I knew could do. I mean, I had lots of shortcomings compared to them, too. But, that skillset was mine to claim, out of our little group.


      And now, after my litmus test ride to work, this morning, I don't even feel like I can claim that anymore.


      It's gone. Trying to crank over bigger gears at lower cadence yielded nothing but frustration, today. I had no trouble spinning a regular cadence, once up and rolling though. Just that my off-the-line grinding power has evaporated with inactivity.


      The good news is, that I can get it back. It'll be quite a bit of work and time has not been a friend of mine, in the past 3 and a half years. But, I know I can do this. I need to make time for this.


      I also need to get these extra pounds off of me. Fortunately, that should be a bonus to rejuvenating my torque to its former glory.


      Gotta crank those pedals!!

    • Back with an Update

      1 month ago

      grenou

      Specifically, about my concussion recovery saga.


      Road to Recovery Episode 2 - The SCAN!

    • Update on my Concussion Recovery

      2 months ago

      grenou

      So, some issues have cropped up in recent months, and I'm thinking they're related to the concussion I suffered about 10 months ago. So much so, that I've started seeking medical assistance for it.


      I've also decided to document it, as much as I can on video.


      Episode 1: The Road to Recovery

    • HOLY Dicks...

      4 months ago

      grenou

      Has it really been 3 months since I've updated this thing? Balls, I really have let things slide, haven't I.


      Okay.... bullet points:


      - The Little Fella has been a handful, and most of it has been very welcomed. Most notably, the Potty Training. Only the parents reading this will know the joy of Potty Training....


      - Haven't done a whole pile of studio work for anyone of late. Bits here and there. But I'd love to be at more. I miss it.


      - To that end, I've recorded and released a song (albeit a cover) of my own. It's something that had been bobbing around my brain for almost a decade. And, thanks to the confidence gained through doing the stuff for RT and 1551 with Jeremy, I felt it was high time I tried to get it out of my head. So far, so good. It's being received well, locally. The video on YouTube has over 430 views - my most viewed video on my channel. If you have 2:58, I'd love for you to check it out and hear what you think.


      - Since the New Year kicked in, the whole house has had some ailment or another. That's including this past week with The Little Fella getting a stomach the basically killed destroyed any hope of a good night's sleep for the past 3 nights. He's much better today, though..! Here's hoping for more than 3 hours of Zzzz's.


      - We had to say goodbye to our youngest cat Diesel a couple of weeks ago. We discovered far too late that she was suffering from liver failure. The house hasn't seemed right ever since. A fact that was made painfully clear when I had to take time off work to recover from minor surgery a couple of weeks ago. 


      Oh yeah... THAT.


      - Soooooo, at the end of January I had a vasectomy. If that's a bit TMI, then you might want to skip to the next point. My balls hurt for about a week. Ice packs were my best friend for the first couple of days, afterwards. But at least now I'm good to resume all normal stuff. Which is a relief, lemme tell you.


      - Actually, I think that's it, for the moment. Really that's enough to digest. I'm sure there'll be more in the very near future. I'll be making more of an effort to connect here on the site. That's been totally on me for not making that a priority. That changes, as of now.


      Also, seeing as I'm posting this from my phone, I'll have to revisit this post in the morning from the office to edit in a few links the I wish to include. In the meantime, cheers peeps!

    • NationalComingOutDay

      8 months ago

      grenou

      Yesterday was #NationalComingOutDay. That prompted me to have a bit of a conversation with myself. “Where do I truly stand on the all of this?” It produced some interesting results.


      Firstly, I’m proud everyone who has had the courage come out as LBGT+. Even these days, that kind of openness can be scary. Uncertain. I applaud you for taking that step.


      The thing is: I shouldn’t have to. Now, let me clarify that statement.


      If we are truly the society we tout ourselves to be on social media, it shouldn’t matter who someone gets romantically or sexually involved with. It’s their call. Completely and utterly. And, unless it’s hurting someone else, no one else should have any say on who someone else becomes involved in a relationship with or how they identify their gender… IF they identify, at all. Period.


      That’s what should be “the norm” for a modern, evolved, logical society. It shouldn’t matter one way or the other if someone is LBGT+ or not. They should be simply accepted for who they are. Without qualification. How someone identifies themselves doesn’t determine the character of that person.


      And really, “Character of the person” should be the defining factor. Gay? Straight? Who cares.

      Being an asshole or shit disturber? Needlessly vindictive for no reason? Now THOSE are examples of reasons to give a person stink.


      Basically I’m hoping that we soon live in a world where coming out as LBGT+ yields a solid “meh”. That we won’t need a #NationalComingOutDay. Because it will be so commonplace and widely, instantly accepted that no one bats an eyelash when such proclamations are made.


      Here’s hoping…

    • Road Trip 2017 has begun

      10 months ago

      grenou

      We're finally on vacation!


      Well, technically, I've been on vacation since Tuesday. But I was taking that time to work on the next RT Song. Trying a few new things, and reworking a few others. This one is taking some finessing, but it'll be superb when it's finally done.


      After spending the majority of Thursday prepping for the drive to my parents' place, we finally hit the road at 6:30 pm. We arrived (after some stressful night time driving) safely at 1:30 am. By the time everyone was settled away, it was 2:15 am. And I was exhausted.


      Had an unusual number of vehicles blast me with their highbeams, last night too. I equipped my Jeep with LED headlights, this past Spring and I guess some folks found my lowbeams a bit bright. Some of them just gave a quick flick. But some decided to just rail me. Those fucks got blasted back. And, I guaranty that they instantly regretted their actions. Moral of the story? Don't fuck with me and my LEDs.


      Day 2 saw us taking care of a few things before hitting the road again, mid afternoon. Less stressful, with the exception that we had a ferry to catch, and a couple of our appointments went a bit long. All of my planned buffer time evaporated. We made it to the ferry with mere minutes to spare.... mostly because I broke several (*cough cough* all) speed limits between my hometown and dockside.


      But, we're finally at my wife's parents' place. We're here for the next week, with a wedding to attend (our niece). And, given how I've only managed four hours of sleep, last night, I'm seriously hoping for lots of naps. Time to recuperate.


      Now that I mention it, it may only be 10:30 pm.... But I'm thinking that I'll be in bed within the next 15 minutes. I damn well earned it after all of that driving. G'night...!

    • T'is July the 4th

      11 months ago

      grenou

      Happy Independence Day to all of m'American peeps!


      Keep up the good fight...!

    • Another July 1st is almost done

      11 months ago

      grenou

      Here in Newfoundland, it's Memorial Day, memorializing the Battle of the Somme. Specifically, the battle at Beaumont Hansel, where virtually the entire Newfoundland Regiment was wiped out. A very dark day in our history.


      But once we're done paying our respects of those lost, it's time to celebrate our country's confederation. It's Canada Day. And it's the 150th anniversary! Despite less than perfect weather in many places, the festivities went ahead with gusto.


      We did our traditional beachside BBQ, with my brother-in-law's family. Sadly, another tradition didn't happen: this was the first Canada Day since buying the Wrangler that we didn't go roofless. It just wasn't warm enough. No bigs... The day was still fun regardless.


      So Happy Canada Day to all the other Canadians here on RT. Hopefully you all had a grand time, too...!

    • Bollocks.

      11 months ago

      grenou

      Quick bit of background (some of you already know this) - I play touch football on most Sunday mornings that the weather allows. Nice and casual. Just a bunch of guys getting out of the house and having a friendly game. And, for the most part, I thoroughly enjoy it. However....


      In the year and a half that I've been playing, I have injured myself more times than I have in the previous 10 or 11 years of cycling. Mostly pulled muscles. But occasionally something more serious happens. Last fall, I cracked a rib after wiping out on the wet field. Previous to That, I had a small tear in a small muscle in my left calf that took me out of action for several weeks.


      Now, I think I may have done something that may see me bow out of these gatherings... I think I may have another (very mild) concussion.


      I've had 3 concussions previous to this. Two mild and one moderate. But all three sucked, nonetheless. Oddly enough, all work related. Who knew studio engineer was such a high risk profession. 


      But on Sunday, there was an unfortunate, completely accidental and unintentional collision between my left temple and the knee of one of my buddies. Good solid smack, though. And initially, I didn't think that it was at all serious and continued playing.


      Now, I'm not so sure.


      I've had a very slight but persistent headache since then. There's been a bit of spacey-ness, with slight temporary imbalance. No hint of nausea, though which is a good sign. It's been just a fraction of the symptoms I remember from the mild ones previously suffered, yet not as severe.


      Still, it's enough to give me pause that maybe my Sunday mornings should be spent on the bike. Which is a shame because I really do enjoy the camaraderie that football has given.

  • Comments (31)

    • Joron093 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of The Forges

      1 year ago

      Well happy FU day to you!

      • grenou

        1 year ago

        Merci, mon ami!

    • andytheciderman RTCyclist/Keeper of Wine

      1 year ago

      Happy FU Day!

      • grenou

        1 year ago

        Thanks, good sir! 

    • LadyOddDuck

      1 year ago

      Happy FU Day!

      • EricHVela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Virtual Ridiculousness

        1 year ago

        +1 Ditto  stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye

      • grenou

        1 year ago

        Thanks, guys! Never have the initials "FU" had such a positive connotation for me, before...! XD XD

    • Toptoast FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of the Breakfast

      1 year ago

      Happy Birthday!

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      • grenou

        1 year ago

        I'm not entirely sure what it is I'm looking at, but I'll take 12 of them..! 


        Thanks, TopToast..! 

    • andytheciderman RTCyclist/Keeper of Wine

      1 year ago

      Hahaha Happy Birthday!


      i-hope-you-grow-so-old-your-cycling-terr

      • grenou

        1 year ago

        You're not wrong... LOL (Thanks, BTW!)


        Cheers, buddy!

    • Lpokmnj FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold FB 1st, RT Seconder

      1 year ago

      So @EricHVela said it's your birthday. Told us all to come annoy you. So thank him for this. Anyways,


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      • grenou

        1 year ago

        LOL... Thanks! Oddly enough, "Carlton" is a bit of an inside joke with me, IRL. My friend's Grandmother always called me Carlton - despite being told my names countless of times over the years..! 

    • topham FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold DHYB

      3 years ago

      Rawr! Would you be free at any point to record a short-ish podcast? It's been too long...

    • Raf FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Raf

      3 years ago

      Hey, thanks for the add! Read your "hello" journal earlier on. Pleasure to meet you!

      • Raf FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Raf

        3 years ago

        Hahahaha, no problem! smiley6.gif

      • grenou

        3 years ago

        Good sir, you mistake me for someone who values good manners... smiley0.gifsmiley0.gif But, I appreciate the effort. smiley8.gif

      • Raf FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Raf

        3 years ago

        hahaha, well in that case. Hello, I am Raf. You know, for proper introductions and what not, can't forget my manners now smiley4.gif

      • grenou

        3 years ago

        Likewise! I've seen your name bantered around quite a bit. It was high-time I made your acquaintance. smiley0.gif

    • topham FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold DHYB

      3 years ago

      Warm Fuzzies are a thing. This is mine to you:

      Thanks for the amusement that are your journal posts, and the interactions we have are wonderful. Even the likes on my posts brighten my days! Thanks for being around, I certainly appreciate your presence!

      <3

      • grenou

        3 years ago

        After the day I've been having (the first half was really good. The middle section was a massive frustration), this was really nice to read. I'm feeling better already.

        Hopefully, I didn't actually give myself another concussion.... just rattled my noggin good. And that wasn't the worst thing that happened to me this afternoon.

        Thanks for the Warm Fuzzies. I needed it big time.

        We should chat again really soon. It's been too long smiley1.gif

    • topham FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold DHYB

      3 years ago

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I HOPE IT'S WONDERFUL! THIS IS THE BEST MONTH FOR BIRTHDAYS!

      • topham FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold DHYB

        3 years ago

        Yarr, and EliteIzzys birthday is friday the 12th, and i know RIPs1991 is saturday, the same as me.

      • grenou

        3 years ago

        Oh nice... Yours is in a couple of days..! Excellent..! smiley0.gif

      • grenou

        3 years ago

        Gracias, mi Amigo!! I take it, you're a fellow Decembercon..? smiley8.gif

    • nodnarBBackward FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 years ago

      Dude...are you a dad yet?

      • grenou

        3 years ago

        Nope. That is one stubborn kid my wife is carrying..... Not sure which one of us he gets it from, either. smiley0.gif

    • nodnarBBackward FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 years ago

      Hey man! Any progress on Overthrown? No hurry or pressure or anything; I just wanted to be sure I gave you all the stuff you needed. Let me know! I'm looking forward to hearing what you come up with.

      • grenou

        3 years ago

        Can do!

      • nodnarBBackward FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 years ago

        Cool! Let me know if there's anything else you need for it.

      • grenou

        3 years ago

        It's progressing. Been a bit hard to get at it in between regular work, here at the office. I'm picking away at it. Hopefully, I have something for you to listen to sometime, next week. smiley1.gif

  • Questions answered by grenou

    What's your happy song?

    | Asked by: Austin0434 2 years ago

    There's a couple: For getting fired up, Metallica's cover of "Die Die My Darling" makes me very happy, every single time I listen.


    For chilling, it's Mark Knopfler's "Shangri-La". The delivery and imagery of that song just oozes calmness and happiness. Never fails to put a smile on my face.


    There's lots of songs that make me happy. But those are two that stand out.