END OF MARCH, ON OR OFF THE MARKET?

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150 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

600 Crunches

600 Leg lifts

300 Squats while balancing on my toes.

300 Back flexes

1 day of yoga

 

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

I exercised to “Alter Bridge” the album “Fortress”

 

Nothing wrong with this place, selling a condo suite in Regina is all but impossible right now.  We’d like to move just for the reason that we are just very isolated here.  Nothing against anybody here but, were around 20-25 years younger.  Truth be told we moved here out of necessity after living with my parents for 2 ½ months.  This place was still being built.  Our old house was REALLY not wheelchair accessible.  This place was basically custom built for my wheelchair.  3 foot wide doors, big open concept, special made spot off of the island for me to have a meal, walk-in en suite shower, large main bathroom, etc.  Biggest issue for me is an 8’ X 5’ balcony with no shade that I have to crawl onto or walk out onto with Kim’s help.  The lip at the bottom of the door frame is too tall for my wheelchair to roll over.  I’ve been out of our suite once in 2 weeks. 

I didn’t realize it on Tuesday, but I’d like to move too.  EVERYTHING was brand new here as of 2013.  We even bought better appliances than they offered us.  Surround sound is already built in with the rear speakers flush to the roof.  Fact is condos aren’t selling in Regina since building companies continue to build 100s of cookie cutter cheap condos in new areas for around $170,000 and most of them are vacant.  I don’t know if it’s because of our place not selling or what it is but the wind disappeared from my sail Wednesday afternoon, & as of Thursday afternoon it’s not back yet.         

Everything before this was prewritten.  No clue right now as to what our decision will be on the condo sale.  We talked with our realtor Tuesday evening & he left the decision completely in our hands.  He had a list of condos in the city that haven’t sold.  After hearing that we decided to leave everything as is.  Contract ends at the end of the month & we really can’t lower the price.  So all of that & the added fact that there isn’t much, if anything, out there for us.  All of this said we had a viewing last week, one Thursday evening & as we got home Kim got a text from our realtor about another this afternoon.  Kim & I need to chat & hear whatever feedback will come to make our decision.  We already agree that we can’t afford to lower the asking price.

Kim was EXHAUSTED Tuesday evening from some overtime, so practicing the stairs didn’t happen.  Wednesday it just never popped into our minds & Thursday I was lazy & did nothing.  Then I had to get out of here for the house viewing.  That explains the low exercise total for the week.

I can’t sell a guitar EVER!  I’ve got them for many reasons other than each one sounds different.  Each one feels different & makes me want to play a different way.  The biggest difference is between my Explorer from 2002 and my 7 string Les Paul from Kim this year with the exact same pickups.  Body style makes a MUCH bigger difference in the sound than I ever thought.

If I was starting to learn guitar today, I’d likely buy something VERY cheap.  No wonder it’s all over the internet that guitar driven music is dead, over $1000 for an “inexpensive” guitar, a PRS SE (SE stands for Student Edition) what kind of “student” has $1300 to spend on one guitar???????  That alone would turn me off!  PRS offers their private stock which you can make a guitar whatever price you like over $1300, their Core line which is around $4000, CE line which are bolt on necks, S2 line was introduced in the mid-90s for a mid-price range, then the SE line with less finish/colour selection at their lowest price of $1300 since that line is made in Korea with cheaper labour, parts, & thinner layers of expensive wood.

I ordered an S2.  Made at the factory in Maryland, same thickness of wood as the Core line, more colour options than the SE line (which only came in a dark charcoal & I already own 3 black guitars including my acoustic), originally the switch on the SE didn’t look convenient but has changed for the 2020 line, & cheaper parts from the Korean factory which are modeled after the parts made at the American factory.  I paid more, but an SE “Paul’s guitar” has different pickups, bridge, & twice the amount of pickup combinations on the guitar electronics.  Mine will be AWESOME anyways.  I’m assuming the Coronavirus will delay the shipment of my guitar (again) from late August until who knows when.  Oh well, nothing anyone can do about that.

I promise there will be no talk of another guitar.  I did the math and what I’d have to sell to pay for it, is not worth it!  I’d either have to sell my brand new 7 string & a few $100 out of pocket or all of the other 3 guitars.  Neither one of those scenarios would EVER happen.  I’m more than happy with what I already have & will have!  Instead I have named my electric guitars, even the one yet to be made.  I’ll show you a nice photo of just a guitar with its name on the next few posts, one electric at a time.  When I get my late August arrival, we’ll see it for the first time together & I’ll let you know its name then!

Kim tells me that naming my guitars is stupid?  She named our fresh water fish, by the way NKOTB are dead….no really, we had them & they died.  Every vehicle we’ve had has had a name?  How are guitars any different?  She told me to name our red 2019 Toyota RAV 4, she didn’t like ‘The Flash’ so my 2nd and final choice was “The Streak” it’s either something you don’t want to see in your underpants or you can sing the song?

Anyways this is “Kermit” because it’s green.  I was tinkering with the idea of calling it “Forever 21” since that was my 21st birthday gift but I had to stick with “Kermit”.  I demanded a lot from that guitar, so it wasn’t easy being green!

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There’s a good chance you won’t see me playing a guitar on here.  Social media can be terrible, especially if you look different, such as having an iPatch.  I’ve got enough anxiety issues now as it is.

When I picked up my guitar again late last year, I went down a worm hole learning stuff I didn’t know before.  Like 5 different minor & major scales, bits of how to solo & shred superfast, arpeggio sweeps, etc.  Then I just stopped, since I wasn’t gaining any ground.  I thought to myself for a minute “Wait…I never played this kind of stuff before, I’m a rhythm player.  I should go back, learn my chords & riffs/hooks.  That’s where I live, that’s my area, I’m not a lead guitarist” I did just that on Tuesday & WOW, I really gained a LOT by scaling things back.  I learned what I should & about 5 new to me songs and have been practicing them this week.  Chords & riffs, back to what I’m good at but mostly newer songs.  I’ll keep practicing & speeding up a few of the scales, but this feels normal to me, playing more recognizable parts of a song.  About 4 Led Zeppelin tunes, a Foo Fighters tune I’ve never attempted, an Alter Bridge tune, an Ozzy Osbourne classic, & some older stuff I used to play.  Most of this from memory or by ear unless I get stuck, then it’s “HELLO INTERWEB!”

 

I will say that “Haley Williams’” 5 song EP ‘Petals for Armor’ is absolutely FANTASTIC!  Only problem for me is it’s too short, I want more!

 

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THE 1980s & 1990s ARE WHHAA?

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I fell asleep to “A Perfect Circle” the album “Eat the Elephant”

I exercised to “Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals” the album “Burn to Shine”

 

Brewster setup shop on my exercise mat this morning.  I just stayed there with him to scratch his neck, he’s getting old & I’ll really miss those little moments.

Perhaps “Paul’s Guitar” in 20 years?  99.9% chance of a maybe on the off chance I’m not happy with the guitar coming in August, which I highly doubt, if this model still comes with pickups that are different than what I own, if I choose to sell a few of the guitars I own, maybe there will be something better, hopefully the price is lower than $1300 for a low end guitar at the time, in the end probably not?  There will likely be a trip within the next two years & a house hopefully within the next 5 years, so a guitar = probably not.  Remember that as long as Brewster’s OK, then the guitar MIGHT happen?  I’m pretty well off in that department even now before I get my new one in August.  Crappé it’s only March!

Regular season baseball begins on Thursday, March 26th.  I’ll be relatively glued to our TV until the beginning of October.  The Blue Jays likely won’t be in the playoffs but I predict they’ll finish the season with a record of 75W-87L or 83W-79L games out of the 162 regular season games.  I think they won 67 games last year.  The first 2 months we’re older players that gradually disappeared for younger/potentially better players to take their spot throughout the season.

We picked up some toilet paper on the weekend.  It wasn’t because of what you think.  We just like to keep our butts clean, & the shelves were full of toilet paper, that or Kim’s “Magic”!

After seeing “The Weeknd” on SNL & tours that have been announced I can confirm: the 1980s synth pop sound is coming back.

“Barenaked Ladies” are hitting the road with “Toad the wet Sprocket” & “Gin Blossoms”.  “Matchbox Twenty” are taking “The Wallflowers” with them on tour.  The Canadian 1990s & early 2000s rock scene is getting a shot in the arm with 4 bands touring Canada this summer.  “Moist”, “The Tea Party”, “Big Wreck”, & “Headstones”

I’m thinking some stairs should be happening tonight?

 

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PRIORITIES

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240 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

600 Crunches

600 Leg lifts

300 Squats while balancing on my toes.

300 Back flexes

2 days of yoga

 

I fell asleep to “Trivium” the album “Vengeance Falls”

I exercised to “Creed” the album “My Own Prison”

 

This coronavirus is getting out of hand.  All it is, in my opinion only, is a seemingly more contagious flu virus without a vaccine yet.  “Wash your hands for 20 seconds” they say, that’s fine & great advice.  Aren’t we told to do the same thing during every flu season?  Doesn’t everyone wash their hands multiple times a day anyways?  “It’s only contagious if you’re within a 6 foot distance of a person with the virus”.  How much closer are you with someone who’s sick anyways?  “A is only effective to not spread the virus”.  OK that one is new to me, the other stuff the experts say is the same thing you’ll hear every flu season.  The plague….uh….coronavirus is more contagious & a little more deadly than the flu.  The regular flu can kill you too, just a lower death percentage.  Be cautious, be informed (more than what you read here, I’m not a doctor), & stay healthy.

Managed to get ½ of a weight workout in on Thursday.  A realtor & clients came to look at the place about mid-day.  We had to make ourselves “…disappear” for a bit.  Stayed up late Wednesday cleaning & organizing.  Makes grow fonder of this place when we do that, but then I don’t sleep well the night before a viewing, my brain races “Did we do this, did we clean that, did we arrange this, did we organize this, etc.”  Don’t expect to hear feedback until later on Monday at the latest if any at all?

I much prefer waking up before 7:00 am & exercising ASAP after a small breakfast.  I truly missed it when I was sitting around for a week doing nothing.  The old saying is true, “You get as much in return, as to what you put in.”  This can apply to a few different things.  Just being in a wheelchair.  Sure I’ve been in a wheelchair for about 12 years now.  I still meet different obstacles I’ve never encountered before.  I look at it as a way to learn, sure I’ll get frustrated if something doesn’t go as planned.  All it really means is that I’ll have to look at the situation from a different perspective next time.  I see those situations as learning experiences now.  It may seem odd to others but if it works for me without affecting others, then who really cares?

Example, I play guitar in a wheelchair.  Right there it’s odd, not something you see or think about.  In order to do that I have to move my arm rests out of the way by either taking them off completely or lifting them out of the locking position & swing them around to cross behind my wheelchair.  I can’t just pick up a guitar and play it normally.  I have to get my wheelchair arm rests out of the way first.  When I figured that out it made things much easier.

Navigating through everyday life is a learning experience for me, not a challenge, as a physically disabled person.  Most tasks require a little more effort & thought than they used to.

Our #1 priority right now is Brewster’s medication, appetite, & general health.  He’s fine but just getting older & requires a little more attention.  We don’t have a human child, so he’s our little boy (12 pound Bichon/Shi-tzu).  He’s a little over 14 human years old now & on some expensive heart medication for his heart murmur.  Whatever he needs he gets.  Kim & I have always & will always try to make him feel safe, worry free, and pain free.  He sleeps in our bed at night, then one of his two beds or on the floor “wherever I may roam” in the suite.

The second priority is a trip for Kim that I’ll tag along with for the ride.  I personally don’t care if I leave Canada or even the Canadian prairies for that matter but I understand why many others would.  In the end, I just want to be with Kim when she sees or experiences something new & exciting.  This trip could happen before or after a new house & mortgage.  That’s the wild card right now.

As for me, I’ve got my guitars, movies, music, & health.  So I’m good keeping a rather low profile & getting out of the house once or twice a week while getting the odd CD or movie.  As far as anything extravagant for me, there’s nothing desired or needed other than a wheelchair accessible bungalow for all of us, hopefully sooner than later but we’ll see what the housing market has I store for us?  This guitar would be a nice luxury item/instrument with all of the different pick up combinations not available to me but really not needed in anyway.  More so that Kim & Brewster are good!

Don’t miss going to Rider games & I’ve never owned a guitar like this, so I don’t know what I’m missing.  It does 8 different things with the electronics but it’s a no for me.  Another $1300 + tax on a (cheapest PRS model) guitar this year or any year for that matter is a ridiculous amount of money for different/double the electronic options than I’ll have.  Needed no, desired of course.

This is the best photo I could find of exactly the guitar I ordered with the finish I chose.  I’m assuming it will be a high gloss type of colour too?  This will more than likely be the last guitar I purchase, unless I decide to sell a guitar or two in the future to by a “Paul’s Guitar” PRS SE in the distant future which is currently $1300 + tax, “Paul’s Guitar” is the aqua coloured one.

If you’re a Blue Jay fan, all of the Spring Training games are televised now starting on Monday.  Start time is typically 11:00 am Mountain/Saskatchewan time.

 

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BREWSTER’S HEART MEDICATION HAS STARTED

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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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