IF THEY AREN’T QUALITY THEY DON’T COUNT

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80 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

200 Crunches

200 Leg lifts

100 Squats while balancing on my toes.

100 Back flexes

No walking or stairs this week.

1 day of yoga

 

I fell asleep to “Haley Williams” the album “Petals for Armor” EP, followed by “Royal Blood” the album “Royal Blood”

 

I still felt a bit nauseous Wednesday but went on with my exercises.  I’ve managed to keep food & water down since Sunday but as of Wednesday I still had the chills followed by intense sweating.  I think this climate change thing is SERIOUSLY messing with me.  Is it gonna be hot or cold out?  It’s February in Regina it should be -15 Celcius not +1 Celcius.  I can’t wait until its +12 Celcius outside so I can light up the A/C like nobody’s business, sit in the dark, play guitar, and watch baseball.

Really hadn’t recovered from being sick last weekend.  Thought I’d make it through the week though.  Woke up late am Thursday had breakfast & went back to bed.  Nothing in me at all.  I figured I’d rather be productive than just going through the motions & say “Good enough”.  Quality over quantity.

The guitar I ordered is another example of quality over quantity.  This video shows the difference between a lesser expensive PRS guitar & a top of the line PRS.  The one I ordered is somewhere in the middle of that price range, but still made at the American factory in Maryland.  I could have bought 1 mass produced $700 guitar & maybe a couple more in the distant future, or get a very nice, well made, fairly expensive guitar.  I went with the quality of the product here.  I have a few $700 guitars & they’re great, I have no complaints about them.  If this is going to be my last guitar purchase, I might as well go off with a bang!

I’m ecstatic about the guitar coming in April, bad timing though.  Brewster just got back from the veterinarian Wednesday night & now we see how much money we can squeeze out of our rock.  Vet bills, heart medication for the rest of his life, taxes, guitar, more vet bills, dog teeth removed, etc.  Yet our house is still for sale & that possibility is always looming in the background.  If I could cancel my guitar to free up some cash it would be done already.  Where is the money going to come from?  We’ll space it out as much as we can over the next 3 or 4 months.  His dental work isn’t a rush, but his heart medication is.

Breaking news, Thursday afternoon, regarding my guitar order, a blessing in disguise really.  Got an update moments ago.  My guitar has been delayed until late August.  Sounds like they have to make more guitars to fill the orders?  I expected a delay after hearing Paul Redd Smith saying they were flooded with orders in January at the trade show in California.  What this means for us is, more time for us to spread out our cash over a few more months.  Ended up being the best outcome for the situation.

Woke up late again today.  Had breakfast & I’m still aching & tired.  I’s hoping this is just my body’s way of saying “Too much!  I’m not used to this & I need a break”.  I’d like to get back on track next week.  I’ve even been too lazy to pick up a guitar & play with any productive effort.  I messed around on my acoustic for a bit since it weighs the least.  Waste of a week!

 

New “Trivium” April 24th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Is it just me or does that guitar he’s playing on the couch look familiar?  Oh, hello, it’s directly to my left!

“Lamb of God” May 8th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I didn’t even realize the “Haley Williams” EP was out already!!!!

 

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KIM, TRIP, THEN MAYBE A HOUSE?

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I fell asleep to “Big Wreck” the album “…but for the sun”

I exercised to “Flatlined” the album “The Deaf Leading the Blind”

 

I thought I was fine Friday afternoon, little bit achy & very tired.  Kept some food & water down.  Same thing on Saturday.  I go to bed Saturday night, wake up at 2:00 am, feel like garbage, become very uncomfortable & unable to sleep afterwards.  Get up feeling sluggish in the morning, go to the washroom & throw up.  What’s the deal with all of this?  Felt VERY tired Sunday, Sunday night was a decent sleep.  Still tired on Monday & wasted the day by doing a lot of nothing.  Today Brewster & I were having breakfast as Kim left for work.  Now that I’ve completed my exercise I realize staying in bed would have been much more beneficial.  Not like I was going to get a participation ribbon?

A house seems to get further & further away from even being a possibility.  The nail in the coffin drove home when I saw this report on the local news.  Condo owners are hooped in Regina if they want to move.

https://regina.ctvnews.ca/overbuilding-leaves-regina-s-housing-market-moderately-vulnerable-cmhc-says-1.4820226?fbclid=IwAR3yeAhTbndb7dwup8VrIHydMMPEfGEo9405ukNcpEwcisBxq_R2psS7n68

The housing market in Regina is “moderately vulnerable”?  Where is this other Regina they speak of where the housing market is this “moderately vulnerable”?  I would like to live in that Regina please.  I’m not holding my breath on selling this place & finding our ideal home within certain time frame or whatever the contract says?

Kim & I got a FRIENDS Lego set for Christmas.  After 8-10 hours over 4 days we finished it together!  It is now displayed on our media center below our TV.  Right at eye level for our friends’ kids.  That’s when I sound like a new parent “Please sweetie, don’t touch that?”

We’re older, calmer, & childless.  I was diagnosed/passed out at work 6 days after my 28th birthday.  We hadn’t made it to our 3 year anniversary yet.  While we were occupied with cancer, our friends were busy having kids & getting pregnant.  That was something we wanted to do.  I didn’t want to raise a child in the area of town we were in at the time.  Busy street, large sports bar within a 3 minute walk, many car accidents in or near our front yard, & I think I ended up calling 9-1-1 about 3 or 4 times regarding accidents &/or drunks trying to get into our house at 2:00 am.  That was within 2 years & 2 months.  Not an area I’d want to raise a kid.

We moved into our condo after I was out of the hospital out of necessity more than anything.  No stairs here & its wheelchair accessible.  We feel a bit out of our element here though.  I’m now 40 years old but I’m guessing the average age of other residents here is 65?  We don’t visit with other people here, different lifestyles.  We’re always on the go yet we see signs in the elevator for a potluck or a card game tournament.  Nothing wrong with that but we’re not there yet.  Come 9:00 or 9:30 pm at the latest, my guitar amplifier is turned off.  I don’t want a noise complaint coming my way!

 

45 years ago February 24th Led Zeppelin released the album “Physical Graffiti”

 

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NO EXERCISE TODAY

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300 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

200 Crunches

200 Leg lifts

100 Squats while balancing on my toes.

100 Back flexes

No walking or stairs this week.

2 days of yoga

Woke up at 3:30 am Thursday morning, ate fast food for a late supper at 8:00 pm last night.  Rolled around in bed feeling terrible until 2:00 am last night wide awake then commenced to throw up until 5:30 am or so.  Drinking water (dehydrated), still aching, & a little warm.  Sorry this is late I just woke up.  This was mostly written Thursday morning.

 

I worked out to “Foo Fighters” a few times this week!  Oh my does that get my heart pumping!

I guess listening to my favourite band while exercising helps get me moving?!  If only it added muscle to my tooth pick sized legs, at least I see a little improvement there.  Arms, chest, & shoulders are much easier to see & feel the improvement in.  I guess I am “Something from Nothing”

This story has stuck with me since they’re first appearance on the show.  #AXEALS

I had stage 4 brain cancer, I beat it & now get the opportunity to beat the lasting effects of it.  You don’t get that opportunity when diagnosed with A.L.S.  The fact that there’s a medication out there that can slow the effects of the disease & it’s not available is ridiculous!  Let’s make it available!

I woke up at 3:20 am Thursday morning.  My brain won’t stop, you’d think I’d be smarter!?  Got up, had breakfast, wrote some of this & then went to exercise in silence, too early for the stereo!  My post for Tuesday is ½ done, I had breakfast, exercised, & its 6:49 am.

Get all of my stuff done, feed Brewster.  Kim gets up to shower & go to work and our walk in shower that I have to use is broken.  The diverter broke off this morning.  No shower for me until later.  Instead I watched the 2 hour series finale of “Criminal Minds”.  Thank goodness “Prodigal Son” is here to fill the void of a creepy serial killer show!

Saturday is the first Spring Training game for the Toronto Blue Jays!  You know what I’ll be doing Saturday afternoon!

I was going to post some videos of myself playing a song on each guitar.  I didn’t since my left arm is day to day as far as control goes.  It’s coming along but slower than I anticipated.  I do practice a LOT though.

 

“Lamb of God” has a single out, “Trivium” has something coming out soon, & “Foo Fighters” are done recording their new album & have announced, what I hope is only a portion of a tour.  If only the “Megadeth”, “Lamb of God”, “Trivium”, & “In Flames” tour would come near Saskatchewan?

 

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KIM IS PRIORITY #1 & AMPLIFIER UPGRADE…LATER

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I fell asleep to “Clint Lowery” the album “God Bless the Renegades”

I exercised to “The Darkness” the album “Hot Cakes”

Many reason’s that I feel the don’t need another guitar, outside of the fact I find it greedy when I’ve already received 1 of 2 guitars I’ll receive in the first 6 months of 2020.  Kim deserves to go on a trip.  She’s earned it through all of her hard work at work, dealing with me, helping me with my exercise, loving me despite the bumpy road on cancer lane, always putting myself & Brewster ahead of her own needs, etc.  I get a lot of credit for putting in the work for my recovery.  Don’t forget how important she is in my story.  Kim helps me a TON, she allows me the time to do all of this recovery stuff while doing SO much more you don’t see or think about!  She’s always been my #1 priority, even when I was in the hospital.

I’ve got or will have more than enough guitars once the PRS guitar comes in April.  There are 3 (Fender, PRS, & Gibson) high end guitars I’d like to try not buy.  Nobody keeps a high priced guitar in stock in case it doesn’t sell.  Also I’m not yet a technically proficient guitar player.  Every guitarist I see seems to be though.  I’m more of a simple chord player who will play the riff/hook of a song or have a conversation with different dynamics on the guitar.  I’m not going/able to play 20 individual notes in 10 seconds.  There’s a PRS I’d think about after I play & hear the one I ordered.  It will do the 16 different things with the electronics in it.  Price tag & sound are my BIG reservations.  If I choose to get a guitar, this is of course years down the toad if I’m still able to play & can justify it.  It’s mostly a not needed or gonna happen thought.

We had one rehearsal where I just started playing 2 simple chords as we were setting up.  Once someone would get all of their stuff in order they’d jump in & play along.  It was cool, eventually the 4 of us just played with different dynamics for a couple minutes.  I can’t write a certain type of song, I always wrote lyrics & melodies.  I’d chime in once in a while & say let’s try it this way or let’s make this part softer or more aggressive.  The notes on the guitar or the chord pattern wasn’t something I was comfortable with, that’s what I’m working on now.

I even feel guilty/greedy writing any & all of this.  It’s FAR beyond time Kim gets some recognition for the great things she’s been doing for me.  My successes are because of her successes!  I’m just 50% of the equation.  I felt extremely greedy/guilty when she got me the 7 string I was groaning about.

A house is for both of us, Kim wants to travel & I want to be with her.  She gets to choose the destination.  If it’s outside of Canada, passports will be attained & I won’t complain (I’m not a traveler).  Where will the money come from?  We’ll save for the trip.  We did it for my guitar, so of course we’ll do the same for Kim’s trip.  This isn’t the Chris show, it’s the Kim & Chris show.  Can’t have one without the other, it’s just not right!

Kim should get her trip & I really don’t need another guitar.  Upgrading & selling my current amplifier would come before a guitar anyways, after a trip & a wheelchair accessible house.

GOOD GRIEF!  I’ve heard of people having 2 or 3 amplifiers but REALLY?!?  I guess when you own a relatively small guitar manufacturing company you could afford that many amplifiers!!??!!??  The company is based in the UK, it’s fairly small in North America.

If we eventually move I’d sell my used amplifier with an 8” speaker to get a BOSS Katana II amplifier with a 12” speaker.  I might blow my 8” speaker on a clean channel if I turn it up, especially with the 7 string guitar!

As basic as they come nowadays.

https://www.boss.info/ca/products/katana-50_mk2/

Definitely after more important things happen!  My current amplifier is great since we live in a condo.  I keep the volume pretty low not to bother others & at 9:30 pm on any night, I either stop or wear my headphones.  The Katana amp is more realistic to my needs once we move and a fraction of the price of that guitar.  If I had the cash, I’d chat with Kim about it & likely get one in a few weeks here.  There’s a dozen of them at the music store here.

There you go $300 + tax in town!  Last on the list of priorities still.

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

How was our long weekend?  GREAT!  Just not long enough.  My aunt & uncle came to Regina from Airdrie, Alberta & my cousin & common-in-law husband came from Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Great weekend, just too short need to have a bit more visiting time.

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I HIT A WALL…HARD!  A PAUSE, NOT A STOP

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300 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

400 Crunches

300 Leg lifts

200 Squats while balancing on my toes.

200 Back flexes

268.5 meters = 880.9 feet walking distance.  No rest period.  Quality not quantity!

2 days of yoga

I fell asleep to “Stone Temple Pilots” the album “Purple”

I exercised to “Audioslave” the album “Audioslave”

 

Everything is going really well, just a minor hiccup this week.  I like to get up early & get things done typically.  Tuesday my body refused to get out of bed until 10:00 am?  I got up & did my exercises ASAP, ended up being a shorter day than usual but still a beneficial day.  I managed to get more repetitions in during my exercise.

Wednesday was worse I slept/stayed in bed until 11:20 am.  I only got up because I had to pee.  I decided to skip my morning exercises & just go walking with my walker when Kim got home.  I had to do something?  I was too tired to even pick up a guitar for a productive practice.

Not sure what was going on.  I go to bed between 10:00 – 10:30 pm every night as usual.  Wednesday seemed REALLY short.  Did my walking when Kim got home & near the end of 268.5 meters of walking I got hot & tired.  A couple of minor hiccups near the end as I got tired, but I guess that’s to be expected.  Overall it wasn’t bad.  It finally felt somewhat normal to walk.  I didn’t have to think about certain aspects of walking, my body was doing a lot of things naturally.  I was pretty happy with that!

Get up Thursday morning at 8:00 am & everything feels right again!  Breakfast, exercise, coffee and a snack, shower, lunch, etc & all is in order.

Once this is posted, my long weekend starts!  3 day weekend in parts of Canada.  Monday is “Family Day” & there is some family coming to town.  Should be a great weekend!

 

“Lamb of God’s” “Laid to Rest” was my favourite metal song & favourite metal band but “Trivium” & their song “Heart from Your Hate” are really making a run.  The last “In Flames” album from the Swedish metal group was FANTASTIC too!  Those have been my 3 favourite metal bands since I heard them in 2005-2006.  Trivium & Lamb of God are easily in my top 10 bands overall.  Yes, Metallica, Pantera, & Megadeth are among my favourite metal groups.  Foo Fighters & Big Wreck always share the absolute gold standard for me musically, out of any bands!

HAPPY, HAPPY, JOY, JOY “Foo Fighters” are done recording the new album!  It’s a podcast, there is LANGUAGE!  Skip ahead to the 45 minute mark if you’d like to hear Dave Grohl.  I zipped through the interview but didn’t hear about a release date?

https://loudwire.com/foo-fighters-done-new-album-2020/?fbclid=IwAR0mFqj2WuGcJKyl3-YzPDgpoAeq7EUJlxmuH4uV4Su1Py-9ozZjiCqPxrM

 

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DAYS & WEEKS ARE TOO SHORT, MONTHS & YEARS ARE TOO LONG

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I fell asleep to “Pink” the album “Hurts 2B Human”

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I REALLY slept in today, gotta eat breakfast & exercise still, Brewster’s still in bed.  I’m WAY behind today.  I’ll post this & likely disappear for the day online.

I feel VERY similar to what Dave Grohl said in the Foo Fighters documentary “Back & Forth”.

‘I called the album “Wasting Light” because I don’t want to waste any daylight.’  I’m paraphrasing but that’s what he sort of said & that’s exactly how I feel.  Not enough time to accomplish everything I want to in a day.

I like to get up around 7:00 am & early on in the week that is a very accurate time for me to be awake and exercising, later on in the week its closer to 8:00 or 8:30 am.  I try to go to bed at 10:00 pm, but I lay awake until 1:00 am or so thinking about what I need to do the next day.  I drive Kim nuts since I’m always thinking about something down the road.  I try to tone it down but I can’t help it.

I had an appointment with my psychiatrist on Monday.  Very quick appointment.  All is very good.  Got refills for my medication & was out of there within 3 minutes.  I’m good, unless I need to go, for 6 months!  “I’m not crazy cause I take the right pills everyday”

When my PRS guitar comes in April, I plan to have a video of opening it for the first time & audio clips of me with the other guitars….I better get practicing!

I’ve been practicing/playing a TON!  Should be able to send out an audio clip of the new 7 string playing “Stacked Actors” by “Foo Fighters” next week.  “Metallica’s” song “Master of Puppets” might take a while, it’s FAST but it’s coming along.  I’m a BIG Foo Fighters fan, you might get 2 of those in the not so distant future.  Yeah I noticed I head bang a bit when I play guitar.  I broke the Metallica intro into 4 parts, I’m working on the last 2 parts of it now.  I just need to speed up the last 2 parts.  Seems to help with playing other songs, many that I’ve never played live or even attempted to play.

There was a North American tour announced on Monday from 4 metal bands.  Megadeth, Lamb of God, Trivium, & In Flames.  It was called a North American tour since they added 4 dates in Eastern Canada, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec, & Laval.  No Mexico or Western Canada.  That story’s getting REALLY old.  I think bands/promoters are unaware that a show here of any kind will sell out in a few days.  Megadeth has played Regina, & the other 3 bands have all played in Saskatoon in the last 8 years.  So why not all together this time?  Even Metallica played Saskatoon but now anything west of Ontario isn’t worth taking our money?  That’s my dream metal concert!  OK, CDs it is I guess!

^^^Don’t give him crap for his voice please?  What were you doing when you were 17?  Making your 2nd major label metal album that’s considered an underground masterpiece?

 

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ONLY I CAN FIX ME

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260 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

600 Crunches

450 Leg lifts

300 Squats while balancing on my toes.

300 Back flexes

32 stairs up & down.  8 with the railing and my cane which was not pretty!

179 meters = 587.27 feet walking distance with no rest periods.  Quality not quantity!

2 days of yoga

I fell asleep to “Metallica” the album “Master of Puppets”

I exercised to “Foo Fighters” the album “There is Nothing Left to Lose”

I learned a good chunk of the Foo Fighters song on the 7 string & I’ll tackle the main riff & verse of the Metallica song shortly.  I’m doing most of this by ear & memory.  I’m sure some of it will need to be looked up.

 

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https://www.redcross.ca/

 

I could easily sit around & complain about anything.  I’ve been there & done that.  Nobody is about to swoop in & make everything OK.  So it is what it is.  I’m in a wheelchair, I have an iPatch.  My eye has to fix itself, it’s a nerve problem that I went to see a specialist about & she couldn’t guarantee anything.  I’m in a wheelchair, nobody else can fix that for me.  My therapists gave me the tools & knowledge of what to do & got me to a point where it was up to me.  Everybody can help & does help, I have to put their knowledge & assistance into action & apply it.

Here’s an example.  When I go walking I have to think about am I standing up straight, are my heels hitting the floor first, is my stride too big, are my feet the proper distance apart, am I kicking my walker, etc.  I’m at a point where Kim doesn’t have to hold me but she’s there to help me make sure I’m remembering to do everything properly.

When I do stairs it’s completely different.  She’s there to make sure I don’t fall.  Nothing is perfect about my form, it’s about building my leg muscles to walk up & down the stairs properly.  I tried doing stairs with the railing & a cane once, that didn’t work out very well.  I’ll try it again a different way until I can get into a decent form and practice that.  Nobody is going to do that for me, they can suggest other ways to approach it, I have to try it & see if it’s a possibility.

We live on the 3rd/top floor of a condo.  There was an evening the elevator wasn’t working & I had tickets to see “Big Wreck” in concert.  I was standing at the top of the stairwell holding the railing & Brewster’s leash.  An older woman came in to use the stairs.  She had a broken foot & was complaining about the elevator & how it affected her evening.  She made it down the stairs & I’m sure it hurt and wasn’t easy.  I could hear her talking to Kim at the bottom of the stairs who had carried my wheelchair down for me.  Kim told the lady she was carrying my chair.  “Oh!  He’s in a wheelchair?  That’s his?”  I wasn’t going to miss “Big Wreck” because of a broken elevator.  Whatever plans the lady had, she wasn’t about to sit around and complain about her broken foot and the broken elevator.  We both had things that required more effort to do than we originally thought.  The world’s not perfect, we all have to deal with something.

I didn’t even think of this on the day, I’m editing this on Thursday right now.  February 5th 2008 was a Tuesday.  That was the day I passed out at work.  I was a printing press operator.  I had nearly finished setting up what I think was my 2nd printing job of the day, so it would have been in the morning.  Two of my co-workers came to see me as I was making some adjustments to the colour.  They both commented on how pale I looked.  I felt fine & thought nothing of it.  Within 5 minutes I had everything ready to go & I laid down on the catwalk of the press.  I knew something wasn’t right.  I called for one of my co-workers, who had taken over my press for me, to call 911 for me.  The Paramedics were there ASAP, I was still conscious.  I couldn’t stand up to get into the wheelchair they had for me.  They wheeled me out the front door on a gurney into the back of the ambulance.  Somebody had called Kim at work.  She came into the back of the ambulance just before we left from my work.  As she entered the ambulance I said to her “Don’t worry sweetie, everything will be OK” then I lost consciousness as soon as I finished the sentence.  From what I’m told I was talkative until I went into emergency surgery for the bleeding mass in the back of my head.  4 or 5 weeks after 2 days of 3 brain surgeries, I came out of a coma that the doctors said I had a %5-%15 of ever coming out of.  The story’s not done yet, but that’s how it started.

Well Kim & my in-laws swooped in & took care of my oops.  She ordered the Epiphone Matt Heafy custom 7 string Les Paul for my birthday.  It came in on Tuesday and she gave it to me that evening after supper & helping me with stairs.  What she said to me was the best gift I could receive.  She told me she was proud of me & how much work I’ve been putting in to my recovery!

After almost 4 hours of playing the 7 string on Wednesday I can confirm my suspicion…..IT IS ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE!

I’ve ordered a PRS guitar already that should be here in mid-April.  No we’re not rich.  I saved up by asking only for money, a watch, & a few minor guitar related things for Christmas & my birthday.  Kim of course helped me save as well.  Her overtime cash was spent on the 7 string.  I was constantly kicking myself about it when it went out of production 2 or 3 days after I placed my order for the PRS.  That is the end of my guitar purchasing.  I have an acoustic guitar & once the PRS comes in that will make 5 electrics.  All different body styles, colours, sounds, & tunings other than the 2 Les Paul body styles & 2 black Epiphones, 1 is the 7 string.  Yes I play all of them for as long as I can after my exercise every day.  If it’s ever a possibility to rent a Dave Grohl signature 335 Gibson hollow-body, a Chris Shiflett signature Telecaster deluxe (that I’d likely fall in love with), or if I ever see a Telecaster with a single coil pickup in the neck & a humbucker pickup at the bridge, those would be my rentals.  I love Foo Fighters so the Chris Shiflett (lead guitarist of Foo Fighters) Telecaster would be AMAZING to try!

If they made them & I couldn’t even imagine spending over $5000 on a guitar, I would have ordered a full on PRS McCarty 594 in a semi-hollow body.  This guitar, but semi-hollow!  This is likely just over $6000 in Canada already!  This one does 16 pickup combinations, the one I ordered will do 6 and it is semi-hollow.

I am more than happy with what I have now!  Even playing one of these is a VERY distant pipe dream!  I used to play guitar & after more than an 11 year hiatus due to cancer, I’ve started again & forgot how much I missed it.  I’m SO lucky to be able to get my life back after surviving brain cancer.

There’s a photo of me with the guitar & a video of me doing stairs, just to exercise my legs.  Tried doing stairs with a cane & railing, I’m not there yet, I need more strength & practice.

 

HOLY CRAP!  A  TOOL Lego set!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

https://loudwire.com/tool-lego-set/?fbclid=IwAR0ep8Arx4sw9f0ObMjmDZRp0v8Fy2SFg91-tWaVsOghFrS7yzXdPL62-YE

New Lamb of God album out on May 8th

Also great news to hear is that Megadeth front man, Dave Mustaine, is cancer free after a battle with throat cancer.

Another couple of tunes from the upcoming album by Haley Williams of Paramore.  I would think by now she’d have a release date announced?

 

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I fell asleep to “Trivium” the album “Silence in the Snow”

I exercised to “Dio” the album “Lock up the Wolves”

 

Here’s the Canadian Red Cross website if you’d prefer to donate there for my birthday.  Donate whatever amount you like whenever you like please?  My birthday is on Thursday if you want a specific date.  I did extend the donation date on Facebook to mid-February though.

https://www.redcross.ca/

 

I have an appointment at the cancer clinic in a few months.  I’m SO ready to either stop going there or request a different doctor.  Every time I think of it, the first thing that pops into my mind is “I’m a month over 11 years cancer free.  How many more years do I have to keep coming here?  Is she going to bluntly call me fat……again?”  Needles don’t bug me, an MRI can depending which machine I’m in.  Apparently CT scans aren’t good enough for the substitute doctor I saw last time.  I find that odd, other doctors have no problem with a CT scan.

I’ll cause a scene & blatantly refuse to enter the MRI machine at the hospital.  “Here are some ear plugs since it’s pretty noisy in there.  Here’s a bean bag to throw if something goes wrong.”  Then they shove me into a tiny tube, on my back, & it’s not big enough for my shoulders.  If it’s that machine, it ain’t happening.  I’m EXTREMELY claustrophobic, and they also tell me to not move my head for the next 10 minutes.  Easier said than done when you have nothing to look at.

I can deal with needles & noise.  I listen to LOUD music.  The inside of any MRI machine is INCREDIBLY loud despite the required ear plugs.  What I can’t stand is an EXTREMELY RUDE doctor, having to be shoved in an incredibly small tube, & having to put on a mask over my entire face that is so close that it squishes my nose.

I’m 6’1” and probably just under 230 pounds.  I hadn’t seen my cousin in over a decade and had just recently met her common-law husband.  I asked them “How much do you think I weigh?  Any number, I won’t be offended.”  They went with 185.  I haven’t been that weight since I graduated high school!  At the time I was 240.  If I get told I’m “fat” from a 5’0” doctor again, I might have to pull a Jennifer Lopez on her “Listen up you little bitch!”  Grow a foot, exercise daily, eat what I eat, and say that again to my face.  I’d never be that rude/aggressive/blunt with a doctor trying to help me, it would be funny in the proper context though.

I’ve started playing guitar again.  You would think I’d get frustrated at times, not the case.  I can’t play up to the tempo of a song but I’m very, very close.  I can physically do everything I used to do on guitar, it’s just a matter of speeding up my left hand & arm, which is normal I guess?  I’ve always thought that playing an acoustic guitar is more difficult than an electric that will mask the mistakes through the amplifier.  I’ve picked 2 songs to learn and it’s gonna be a lot of acoustic guitar learning of those 2 songs.  My brother is a guitar wiz & will help me get things back to the proper tempo.  Once I get those down on acoustic guitar.  I would think other stuff I used to play will fall into place after a few times through a song.

I do find relearning guitar more difficult than the first time around.  Probably in part to being comfortable in a wheelchair with a guitar & having so many issues with the left side of my body being weaker.  I am learning new scales/patterns on the fret board & finger exercise to build up those muscles though.  There’s no easy way to go about it, much like my exercise.  The only thing that will make it better is practice & repetition.

I think a lot of that is lost now.  A lot of people seem to crave instant gratification.  I’m guilty of it too.  I’d like to have my birthday guitar by now since my birthday was on Thursday.  It won’t get here until at least mid-April without delays.  Lots of people have a cell phone.  That’s fine, a personal choice if you ask me.  Many people have their email & social media accounts on their phones.  Does anyone ever wonder what it was like before cell phones were all the rage?  You’d send an email & wait until that person had finished school or work for the day & would eventually check their email.  I know I would find a cell phone annoying.  Kim has a cell phone, when she’s home & leaves it on the couch to do something elsewhere & it bings/vibrates the entire couch, it drives me nuts.  I’ve gotten used to it, but it still bothers me.

If it ever gets to the point that land lines are abolished, I’ll get a cell phone but nobody will like the way I use it.  I’ll tell the salesperson when I activate it “I want it to only be able to accept & deliver phone calls please.  No texts, email, social media, photos, or apps please.  Phone calls and nothing but.”  It will come with me for emergencies only.  When I’m out it will be turned off unless needed, when I’m home & unoccupied I’ll turn it on.  If I get a text, I’ll call you back when I’m free.

 

There’s already quite a few albums out or about to come out this year,

“Haley Williams”

“Pearl Jam”

“Clint Lowery”

“Testament” that I’m not sure about yet.  I think a lot of their fans are Jewish, most fans seem to prefer the Old Testament?

“Mark Morton” guitarist from “Lamb of God” who are done recording their new album.

I was watching a “Trivium” demo, I watched and saw him playing the now discontinued 7 string & I thought “I could play that rhythm part if I had a 7 string guitar.”  I must be a sucker for punishment.

I always thought it would be more difficult.  That’s as difficult as the “Metallica” rhythm parts I used to play & sing to when I had no clue as to what I was doing!!??!!  I was listening to Corey Beaulieu on the right instead of Matt Heafy playing the Epiphone on the left when I was listening to the albums. All of that being said, Matt Heafy is a very well rounded guitar player & capable of much more.  Sorry about the guitar reference, it’s a passion & my favourite hobby.  You’ll miss the guitar talk once baseball starts.  What’s worse than watching baseball?  Reading about it!

 

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Chris

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P.S. There will be a Facebook video on Friday of my exercise that you haven’t seen.