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I had to listen to some “Foo Fighters”, “Alter Bridge”, & “Big Wreck” after writing all of this.
I fell asleep to “Foo Fighters” the album “Concrete & Gold”, followed by “Big Wreck” the album “The Pleasure & the Greed”
I exercised to “Alter Bridge” the album “One Day Remains”
I’m back to it this week. I guess my body either needed a break or took longer to recover than I had anticipated?
Little bit past the age of 14 human years & as of this past Friday night Brewster’s on heart medication every 12 hours & a humidifier from Amazon.ca has been ordered. We needed a humidifier for the guitars but this sped up the process.
A little after 9:00 pm on Friday we were watching TV. Kim stopped everything to listen to Brewster, who was on the floor in his bed by her. His breathing was weird, he sounded very congested. Kim took him to the vet ASAP. He had X-Rays done, temperature, & blood work. His heart is enlarged, it’s pushing on his trachea causing him to cough, & his congestion was due to fluid in his lungs. He has 30 days of medication for the fluid in his lungs, then the rest of his life on heart medication. He goes back in 3 weeks for a checkup.
They didn’t get home until close to midnight. I stayed up by the phone hoping all was OK. All is well, he’s getting older though.
I’ve decided against upgrading my guitar amplifier. 20 watts through an 8” speaker is already louder than I’ll need now that I play at home. Being in a condo at the moment prevents me from turning the volume up past 2 ½ out of 10. I turned it up to 3/10 one day to see what one of the guitars could do. Even that was too loud for me! Amplifiers are much more efficient than they were when I was playing live.
I don’t like having a guitar I don’t play. I have one I don’t play for a few reasons, I’d sell it to get a 35th anniversary PRS SE McCarty https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/model/35th_anniversary_se_custom_24_2020 which is the cheapest PRS guitar built overseas but still $1300 Canadian + tax, if I lived in the USA it would be around $500-$800. I prefer the colour on this but it’s not happening for many years if it ever does. I assume these won’t have another appearance either.
I RARELY, if EVER, play the semi-hollow Fender Telecaster. Very much made for blues or country music which I really don’t listen to or play. It used to be all about the Gibson or Fender brands. PRS or Paul Reed Smith has become well known for the company’s attention to detail & excellent craftsmanship after 35 years. Gibson & Fender have both gone bankrupt in the last decade but have comeback without really changing anything.
I’ll be getting my 2nd guitar of the year in August (hopefully), & I’m still learning/playing the 7 string quite a bit. The 35th Anniversary SE has totally different electronics from anything I own though. Different pickups and 16 different electronic combinations/sounds. I’m not going to have $1200 just sitting around to spend on a guitar so it’s likely a ‘NEVER GOING TO AFFORD IT’ situation. I’ve looked at other guitars that just don’t suit my desires. Guitars I’m not into or guitars I’d not play since they’re similar to what I have or will have by the end of August, which now seems “So far away”. I wouldn’t just buy a guitar for the sake of buying a guitar!
A trip & hopefully a house have to happen first anyways. If we can’t find a house this year, I give up on the house idea for a few years (not buy a guitar), Kim’s cool with taking a break from it too for a bit.
The Fender Telecaster is a treasured piece of art here & I keep it for sentimental value. It was given to me by one of my very close friends while I was in my rehabilitation program. I love the body shape of a Telecaster. I love the dark wood stain body with the pearl pick guard. It’s also autographed to me by one of my 3 favourite artists, Ian Thornley of “Big Wreck”.
I find the neck of a Fender very uncomfortable. The fret board is maple like the rest of the neck, the tuning pegs are odd & I’m just not a fan of the single coil pickups in it. I can get the “rock” sound out of it, but I really have to adjust the way I play it. It looks so good though, for that and sentimental reasons it’s hung on the wall as a piece of art that never gets played. It’s a guitar I can’t part with.
Fender makes about 9 different neck radiuses. I’ve tried 4 & haven’t liked one yet. It is a VERY nice looking guitar though! Ideally I’d get a different neck bolted on with different tuners & different fret board, I’d also have a Humbucker pickup in the bridge position. At that point I might as well buy an SE for what it would cost? I’ve convinced myself that as a stay at home guitarist, making no income, a PRS SE is unaffordable. I’ll have to hear my PRS S2 first to see IF I’d ever consider getting another guitar in the VERY distant future. I’d look at a PRS SE first, the most affordable PRS on the market & likely shy away due to the price tag.
Dave Grohl, Ian Thornley, Foo Fighters & Big Wreck have been my favourite musicians & bands since they started. Myles Kennedy & Alter Bridge have been added to the top of my list when Alter Bridge released their first album in 2004.
I watched a youtube video with lead guitarist, Mark Tremonti, of Alter Bridge who has a signature PRS model. He gives a guitar away to an audience member at the end of every live show now. I just want the opportunity to see them live!
So why didn’t I order the PRS SE 35th Anniversary McCarty? I figured if I’m going to buy what is likely my last guitar, I want something completely different. What features do I not have that the PRS I ordered does? It is semi-hollow, the different pickups split between humbucker & single coil pickups, it has a tremolo bridge & bar, it’s a different yet distinct body style, yellow to red sunburst finish, & it has locking tuners.
The guitar I ordered is not a super expensive “Core” model or a least expensive SE model. It’s in their S2 line which is built at the American factory with a few cheaper parts from the factory oversea, where the SE is built. PRS implemented this S2 line to have a guitar at a different price point.
Hopefully I’ll find a part time online job in the meantime, something simple like data entry? I’d still like to exercise in the mornings for a couple of hours.
As far as a house goes we have to sell first & find a place for us in a set amount of time. I really don’t see this working out in our favor? May destiny prove me wrong please? We’re only looking for a one level bungalow in Regina with 3 or 4 bedrooms, it has to be out there somewhere? 1 or 2 of the spare rooms would be used as an office(s). Kim wants an attached garage so my wheelchair doesn’t have to go through the snow, & I can’t work on finishing a basement, so that would be ideal. As far as I can tell that doesn’t exist in Regina?
We did put up some artwork in the living room. 8 vinyl Foo Fighters albums in frames. Just awaiting the delivery of the “Wasting Light” record. Hopefully it comes this week? This album was released in April of 2011 as I was beginning to walk with my walker, well relearning how to walk, very shortly after I learned how to stand in my rehabilitation program while holding on to something for balance.
As for concerts, they’d better be in Regina, Moose Jaw, or Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Foo Fighters & Alter Bridge in Alberta, Saskatchewan, or Manitoba. I’d like to see TOOL in either Alberta or Manitoba this year but I saw them 3 times on their last tour, 2006, 2007, & in Regina in 2010. Alter Bridge are looking at doing some shows in western Canada for the first time, fingers crossed!
I’ll shut up about guitar. It’s the only hobby I can do physically other than TV, movies, & listening to music. I could ramble about Blue Jays baseball if you prefer but I can see that going over like a lead balloon!
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