THAT DIDN’T FEEL LIKE A WEEKEND

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The past weekend felt nothing like a weekend break.  Kim’s already clearing stuff out of here to try and sell the condo next year.  I see a trip to a charity and a second hand store VERY soon.  Cleaning out one of our closets & our storage room.  Not enough room in our suite to hold everything.  Trying to declutter the place & maybe do some cheap renovations to make it more appealing to a buyer while making it more updated to our tastes.  We started decluttering Saturday evening.  I ended up having a nap Sunday after I made my food & vegetable juice for the week.

I slept very well last night & I’ve done my exercise both Monday & this morning.

It’s not even October yet but it was cold & raining here on Saturday.  A very gloomy day.  I assume it was the weather, I just felt exhausted most of the weekend.

One of the people against pets being allowed in the building had a photographer here late last week or on the weekend Kim told me.  We assume she has listed her suite for sale.  A realtor sign popped up on the lawn as well.

So if that’s the case, this could have been the thought process?  “Buy a condo in a nice area, buy a pet friendly condo, and try to change the rule on pets being allowed.  If I don’t get my way, I’ll move.”  Good luck lady!  She’s listing her place $50,000 more than what we had ours on the market for.  It’s the same square footage as our suite but it’s on the corner so it has a bigger balcony.

I have played my new guitar every day since I brought it home and I absolutely love it.  The next/final guitar will be that PRS S2 McCarty 594.  It will sound very similar to a 1958 Gibson Les Paul.  I’m back & forth on the cut of the guitar.  Do I get a single cut so it looks like a Les Paul or a double cut so it looks like a PRS?  I’m leaning towards the PRS cut since 2 of my guitars are Les Paul body styles.

This is the PRS cut/design.

I love the sound & wiring of a Les Paul, I saw this video the other day.  A full ½” maple cap on the guitar & with a hard case, it all comes to $340 Canadian.  That’s a sweet deal.  I’m set as far as guitars go.  For any guitar player reading this, I would recommend these over a Harley Benton guitar.  They have Teles, Strats, Hollow Bodies, & Les Pauls.  I didn’t see any odd shaped body styles.

https://www.guitarfetish.com/Xaviere-Electric-Guitars_c_116.html

This guy did a 4 part series showing his guitars and I think I can confirm that for a “weekend warrior chump” hobbyist 82 guitars is a problem.  Yes, I said 82!  I’m glad I don’t have that problem nor do I have that kind of money!

Well, I have until February to decide & I’ll be happy with either of these 2 looks.  There are cheaper guitars I’m curious about, but I don’t see anything other than a house & the amplifier in the near future.  I’m just gonna plead laziness to not own over a dozen guitars & maintain them, along with my disease of Lackamoola!

I watched this documentary within the last 2 weeks.  I just assume somebody’s watching my online movements.  Until they make a mess of things & force me to spend money on a repair I’m not concerned.  The only thing that would change any of this is if the leaders of the 100s of tech companies decide that they’ve made enough billions of dollars & shut all of this off, I don’t see that happening.  Money makes the world go ‘round & EVERYTHING is going digital.

Everybody now knows about Donald Trump’s taxes.  Does any of this surprise or shock anyone.  He hasn’t filed his income tax in a decade or I’ve read 15 years on other sites.  This won’t matter to Republican voters.

I think the only 2 things that should matter to an American voters are the following.  Do you want 4 more years of what is going on right now on this day?  The second thing is, do you want to see an end to democracy & live under the rule of a dictator?  If any American citizen has said yes to these questions, you just keep doing your thing & vote for Trump instead of doing something to solve the current problems.

I saw a random (obviously Republican voter) calling out Ellen Degeneres on her season opening apology about the harassment going on within her staff & how it was SO hypocritical.  You’re more than allowed to have an opinion.  My reminder to that would be, at least she had the class to address it openly & apologize. 

How many women have stated sexual assault accusations against Donald Trump?  I think the last count was at 20?  His response each time was that he didn’t remember it, they were not his type, or just too ugly.  Along with those responses he’s NEVER apologized or admitted to ANY wrong doing.  So what if that accuser was you, your wife, daughter, mother, aunt, or grandmother?  Would you still support Donald Trump?

I saw this video of “Tool’s” drummer Danny Carey playing this song live & thought I need to go backwards into their catalogue more often.  Especially to the albums “Aenima” & “Lateralus”.

I did go backwards in the Foo Fighters catalogue this weekend.  All the way back to October 22nd, 2002.

“I feel good about the good things, & bad about the bad things”-David Eric Grohl    

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris          

“Listen to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

PRS RUINED ME, IN A GOOD & BAD WAY!

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Exercise total for 4 days. 

500 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

900 Crunches

900 Leg lifts

300 Squats   

450 Back flexes

1:00 hour of yoga over 2 days

To be clear about this, I don’t have a home studio.  I have no camera, cell phone, or audio recording device.  If I come up with a good sounding guitar line, I play it many times to remember it.  “The Beatles” only recorded stuff if they could remember it the next day, so I kind of operate the same way…I just don’t sound like The Beatles.  Any photos or videos on here or Facebook are courtesy of Kim & her cell phone.

I was missing a sleeping pill last night.  I take 2 different pills, one to make me fall asleep faster than my typical 3 or 4 hours of tossing & turning in bed.  The other keeps me asleep.  We missed getting a refill yesterday on the pill that keeps me asleep.  I woke up close to 3:00 am & finally decided to give up on trying to fall asleep at 5:00 am & got up to do my exercises.

My guitar came in Tuesday afternoon.  First impressions, DAMN it’s pretty!  I’ve honestly never played a guitar right out of the box that needs no adjustment.  I tuned it and it was ready to go.  Even just the tuning buttons were INCREDIBLY smooth.  I had HIGH expectations for it, & the S2 PRS greatly exceeded them! 

Luckily I missed recording the baseball game Tuesday evening.  I caught the last 2 innings since I was busy playing my new guitar.  After my exercises are done & I’ve showered, I play it all of the time.

I was just about to play guitar after my shower on Tuesday & figured I should check my email.  I had an email confirming my guitar was in & ready for me to pick up.  My brother picked me up & we went to the store.  I tuned it & I’ve been playing it as much as possible since.  Playing it (unplugged) even while watching Blue Jays baseball in the evening.  I hate having to stop playing it!  I wish you could see it in person, the photo just doesn’t compare.

I’ve played 3 guitars in my life that made me think “Why aren’t all guitars made this way?”  My friend’s hollow body Gretsch guitar in the summer, my Epiphone 7 string that Kim got me for my 40th birthday at the end of January, & my new PRS S2.  The hype is real!!!!!

…and now I’d like to introduce you to “Sunny”!  PRS S2 Semi-hollow Custom. 

Having this PRS S2 Custom 22 only solidifies my desire for the S2 McCarty 594.  Last guitar purchase, followed by that amplifier & footswitch.

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

If you care to watch.  These are the different bridges they use on guitars at PRS, as shown by Paul Reed Smith.  Sunny has a tremolo bridge, and the one I plan to order has a 2 piece stop tail bridge.

If we find a house next year, the amplifier & footswitch are put on hold.  Well come June 1st of 2021 EVERYTHING stops for the hope of finding a house!  The amplifier & footswitch will have to wait.

If I ever got my hands on a Core Tremonti PRS with a HUGE (90% off) discount, that would be hard to pass up.  This S2 PRS is beautiful.  I’m over the moon with everything on this guitar!  Here’s that SUPER nice Mark Tremonti Core PRS, not in the typical black. 

A Core PRS goes for $3,800 US, which is $6,574 + tax in Canada.  I used to say $5000 was my limit for a guitar, not anymore.  It’s far less than that or even the USA price for Core model, I just paid my limit for a guitar.  The final order is less expensive than what I have, it’s still very close to my limit.

“Sunny” is a lower priced S2 PRS guitar.  The quality is unmatched to any guitar I’ve ever played.  The downside & the upside of it is that we paid a lot for it & it REALLY impresses me.  So it’s VERY nice but it does have a large price tag.  One more S2 and I’m literally spent!

I do watch some TV other than baseball.  The Ellen Degeneres Show, A Late Show with Stephen Colbert, & about 3 other scripted shows that aren’t on TV right now.  Prodigal Son, The Resident, & Mom.  No matter what show I’m watching, there’s a guitar in my hands!

GO DR. FAUCI GO!

Why is Donald Trump EVERYWHERE?  If Biden wins the election, things could get messy when he moves into the White House.

This week I’ve been playing stuff I know the basic chord progression of while making it more distinct playing lead stuff instead on the new guitar “Sunny”.

I’ve been listening to a 20th anniversary reissue of the first self-titled Into Eternity album that I got on CD.  “Into Eternity” describe themselves as extreme progressive metal.  I think of them as death metal meets the harmonies of “Queen”, that’s HIGH-PRAISE in my books.  Good luck finding a CD other than through the Regina based band that until recently only had the files for the album.  Into Eternity are the Regina heroes that are still underground despite having toured or played with big name acts such as “Motorhead”, “Megadeth”, “Lamb of God”, “Opeth” & I believe “Dream Theater”.  I thik it was last year or 2018 they released their 6th studio album.  The last 5 albums should be available everywhere.  I bought 3 of them at HMV when it was open & managed to get the 6th album on amazon where you can find all of their albums now!

“I feel good about the good things, & bad about the bad things”-David Grohl 

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

“Listen to each other” –Ellen Degeneres 

EVERY TUESDAY & FRIDAY THERE’S A NEW POST

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I played guitar for almost exactly 7 years before I had cancer.  I didn’t go right back to the songs I knew before or most of the songs I played/sang live.  I can’t sing like I used to be able to.  I can’t sing at all really.  Before when I was playing & singing I played rhythm/chords.  Now after cancer I chose mostly songs with a dominant lead guitar part.  That’s what I’m learning now.  I’m learning more lead guitar stuff that I’ve never played before.

I chose either songs I’ve never bothered to try & a few songs that I learned in my 6th & 7th year of playing.  I wanted to challenge myself instead of playing the same old 4 chords & the main riff to the song.  I figured what I play should be distinct to a particular song.  Gets me out of my comfort zone.

“YES” this is the amplifier for me!  This is a gain setting at 0.5 Watts.  Everything I’m looking for & more!

I don’t think I’m that excited about an amplifier, but it’s all I hoped it would be, with all of my research.  I’ll still have to wait until September to get it.  Gotta buy/order my last guitar by early February since I know it will take 3-15 months to get here.  Of course if we find a house the amplifier will have to wait.

If everything goes as planned, this will be ordered in February & hopefully we find a house shortly after?!

Same company in Stevensville, Maryland, USA as the guitar that should be here soon. 

I think PRS just hit that peak where they’re now in the top 3 as far as guitar brands go.  I think between the USA factory & the one I Indonesia, they have 300 employees?  There’s no assembly line either.    

I think the biggest wild card for us right now is Brewster’s health.  He seems to be fine right now.  He’ll cough like a smoker 2 or 3 times a day & he sleeps a LOT, but he still seems pretty happy & runs the show here.  He can’t hear me when I’m within inches behind him trying to get him to move so I don’t roll my wheels over him.  He can hear the microwave from inside our bedroom & around the corner though!  “Hark, my human is eating, I’ll have to investigate!”  I can’t eat anything without him sitting right beside me.

Whenever we see the vet for a checkup I always ask if he’s in pain, I don’t want to have the little guy suffer at all.  He’ll be 15 on January 31st, the day after my birthday.

As long as Brewster is OK, a house is at the top of our list.  Other than the seemingly impossibility of selling a condo in Regina, our problem is finding anything remotely wheelchair accessible within our price range.  I looked again at the website for houses in our price range & nada, zippo, zero, nothing.  Of course now that were being picky there’s nothing out there?

As far as my cancer goes, I’m good.  Got some refills on the weekend, I was out of a sleeping pill so I needed more of those.  I see my psychiatrist in October for a regular visit.  I also have another MRI in November, only about 30 minutes long.  There is a cyst in my back, it’s been there from the beginning.  New doctor taking over my case, so she just wanted to look at it closer.  Nothing to worry about though.

When I saw her last time, she asked how my fine motor skills were, such as writing & eating.  I told her all of that was OK and that I play guitar.  She was glad to hear my hands were in good shape & that the guitar playing was a good way to exercise those small muscles.  Makes me wonder if I can claim my guitar spending on my taxes as physiotherapy equipment?  HAHAHAHAHA!  No new guitar so far.  They said by the end of September at the earliest.  I’m getting anxious!

If I ever had $5500ish burning a hole in my pocket, this finish on a Core Tremonti PRS is pretty!  I’d get a Core McCarty 594 instead of the S2 I plan to order in February.  Nice to dream.

Kim had a headache & her stomach was sore on Sunday.  I didn’t get to see the Jays game until about 10:00 pm.  I ended up fast forwarding & rewinding bits of it just to see the highlights.  I slept in until 9:00 am on Monday and got my exercises done ASAP.  Regular season baseball ends on Sunday.

I did it 4 times this week.  I call it click bait.  I opened 4 Donald Trump videos on www.youtube.com.  I didn’t bother to watch them all the way through.  He honestly holds zero shock value for me & thank goodness he’s not Canadian!

October 16th, a new album is out that day from The Struts.  Here’s one of the 2 singles released so far.

This Foo Fighters song I used to play in private & it’s coming along nicely.  Verse portion is not bad, haven’t added the chorus part yet.

These 2 are just a little sloppy still.

Ended up playing a TON of Big Wreck over the weekend.

“I feel good about the good things, & bad about the bad things”-David Eric Grohl    

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris          

“Listen to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

IS IT BAD THAT I’M STRESSING ABOUT A HOUSE NEXT YEAR?

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Exercise total for 4 days. 

500 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

600 Crunches

600 Leg lifts

200 Squats   

290 Back flexes

1:30 hours of yoga over 2 days

Brewster seems to be doing better these days.  He’ll be 15 on January 31st.  He’s taking his pills all of the time now.  Kim bought “Pill Pockets” for him.  He’s a BIG fan of Kim’s beef barley soup over his dry food.  He loves bite size chuncks of watermelon that he eats with me at lunch.  He eats about ¼ of my fish at lunch.  He’s been fairly active this week too.

I’m not sure why but I’ve felt a bit slugish all week.  I did my exercises other than on Monday, and I made them count, no weak effort here.  I don’t know if it’s because I had an alcoholic beverage on the weekend or if my body just feels old?  I got out of bed the other day & almost took cover.  Everything was popping & cracking, I thought someone had a machine gun.  This morning I was up at 7:15 am, had my 5 minute breakfast of 2 hard boiled eggs & a glass of vegetable juice.  Then I got after my exercises.  I did my squats first & wanted to “cry” my legs just hurt, had to take an extended breather.

Peeked out the window Wednesday morning and the smoke from the wildfires seems to have cleared.  I hope all is well on the west coast.

Kim went to the condo meeting Tuesday evening.  After a vote of 28-7 on the pet agenda, visiting pets are once again allowed in the building.  Living in a condo feels like living under multiple dictators within a democracy outside.  Kim needed to vent a bit after the meeting.  I guess someone at the meeting had an issue with EVERYTHING…and that’s why the meeting was an hour long!

It’s not even spring of 2021 & I’m already stressing out about finding a house next year!  The stars have to align perfectly for us.  I guess the toughest part will be selling our condo.  Far too many new, vacant condos available at ½ the price.  If we do find a buyer for this place & a house within a month, I’m almost positive we’ll lose money.  I shouldn’t stress until we actually put our place on the market in the spring.

Any guitars you see on here are never going to be purchased.  It’s just me widow shopping.  I’m VERY excited with my choices & they’ve been heavily researched. I’m holding out for a call or email next week or the week after telling me the guitar I ordered in January is here!  Cross your “fingers and toes” for me!  If it’s not here next week or by the end of September, I guess I’ll just keep waiting.  It’s been an odd year to say the least!  It should be here “Any day now”.  A house is a must for us!  No big purchases by either of us until we find a house or end up renovating our suite.

S2 Custom 22 Semi-Hollow Body Guitar w/Gig Bag - McCarty Sunburst

So now that Donald Trump has been caught on tape in February admitting he’s downplaying Covid-19 to avoid a panic, everybodies a “stable genius” and refuse to wear masks now?  People have very little respect for others & it’s getting worse all of the time.

https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/you-are-a-sheep-video-shows-anti-masker-mocking-calgary-fabricland-staff-customers-1.5106572?fbclid=IwAR2u5poGnjlA6x30igw98ul1aKkD5L1O2o4sFvpIXgZgd9TJ1qPX9JhPey4

If wearing a mask is too difficult for some people, I have a solution!  You don’t have to put on any other clothes, just a mask over your mouth and nose.  You’ll actually be wearing less clothing & if you want more clothing it must be in mask form, any size, anywhere & we’ll get you a set of markers so you can make them any colour you want.  You’ll look just as ridiculous as you did not wearing a mask in the first place!  You’re welcome!  J

You can wear a mask or suffer the wrath of Red Forman.

There are 3 WILDLY EXPENSIVE “never going to happen” guitars I’d like to own.

https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/model/mark_tremonti_signature_2020  Super expensive Core model PRS.  Mark Tremonti signature.

https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/model/pauls_guitar_2020

Another super expensive Core model PRS.  Paul Reed Smith’s signature.

https://www.long-mcquade.com/51280/Guitars/Electric/Gibson/Dave_Grohl_ES-335_Ltd_Edition_-_Pelham_Blue.htm

An even more expensive Dave Grohl 335 Gibson.  I think these retail at $12,000 US?  If you can find one.  I’m pretty sure I’m done buying guitars.

YAY, new season on Disney+ starting October 30th.  One of the few streaming shows I watch “The Mandalorian”

New video from Alter Bridge this week.  Seeing them live is near the top of my bucket list.  This is the band that Mark Tremonti plays for.  For me, Mark Tremonti & singer/guitarist, Myles Kennedy, are top notch!  I easily have 4 favourite bands now.  Foo Fighters, Big Wreck, Tool, & Alter Bridge.  Foo Fighters since 1997 & Big Wreck when I was of legal bar age & saw the live in 1999!  Alter Bridge had me hooked since I heard their first single in 2004.  Tool was persistent & eventually got me hooked on their 1999 release “Lateralus”.

I googled a bunch of songs to learn on the 7 string & they’re all metal songs, this could take a while 3 down with a LOT to go.

Double Header baseball today.  I’ll be parked on the couch with my acoustic guitar practicing this as I did last night.

I’ll likely be playing/practicing an assortment of other forbiden songs a guitarist shouldn’t play.  Stuff I know but haven’t bothered to work on.

“I feel good about the good things, & bad about the bad things”-David Grohl 

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

“Listen to each other” –Ellen Degeneres 

HOUSE AT THE TOP OF OUR LIST

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I woke up late on Monday & I was sore & stiff.  I didn’t do my exercise, I just stretched for an hour before I turned on my computron.  Nothing is done on the interweb until I’ve had breakfast & exercised.  Wasted a day.

Today I got up on time.  Totally half asleep until I got roughly half way through my exercises.  Feeling much better & energized today!

I turned on the Canadian National news channel.  Covid numbers are on the rise, Donald Trump is pretty much encouraging vigilante justice on any protest, there are hurricanes on the East coast, & now the West coast is dealing with wild fires.  If I lived in the USA, I’m pretty sure I’d take 2 mental health days a week.  Yet I think it was a month or 2 ago that Stephen Colbert showed a poll of Americans 72% said that what’s going on is terrible while 28% thought everything was fine.  That’s an odd 28%.

I’m done buying guitars once I order the one in February.  We’re not suited for condo life.  A house or whatever Kim wants in the meantime.  Kim wants an attached garage so she doesn’t have to drag my wheelchair through the snow.  It has to be wheelchair accessible.  I’d prefer a finished basement & an easily accessible deck or patio in the backyard.  2 bathrooms, 2 or 3 bedrooms & hopefully delightful surprises of a bedroom & bathroom in the basement.  I can’t really help with renovations, although we’re sure some will be needed.

I look at guitars online for fun with zero intention of purchasing another until we are comfortable in a house, probably not even then?  If I wanted another guitar I’d have to play the 1 coming to me & the one I hope to order in February (both for a long time) to find out what I’d want or I’d have to be making money with my guitars?

I royally embarrassed myself on the weekend.  My brother, very laid back, brought over his new amplifier so I could hear it and he could try my guitars.  He got it all set up, grabbed a guitar and played through his amp.  He’s has always been a MUCH better player than me.  He handed me the guitar & I literally said out loud “What do I know?” I froze, I was clueless & then I played like crap.  I’m pretty sure he didn’t care that much, if at all.  I thought what I played was terrible & embarrassing.  I spent 4 years, if not more, rehearsing & playing live with him, but I choked in my house in front of my brother. All I can say is anxiety sucks!  I know that next time it will be much better, I know I can relax around any family members.

Kim & I did some math on the weekend regarding my RDSP (Retirement Disability Savings Plan).  Money will be tight until my amplifier & guitar are paid for, but afterwards we’ll have a little more room to breathe.  I have no plans at all in getting another guitar.  Our bank account agrees with me on this decision.

I’m glad I saw this review/demo of an Evertune guitar bridge.  I didn’t know what they were or why they’re such a big deal.  Now that I know what the purpose is, I’m glad I don’t/won’t own one.  Takes the fun/skill out of playing guitar if you ask me.

Saturday evening I actually felt relaxed for the first time in months or even years.  It was 10:00 pm, Kim & Brewster were in bed.  I had a rum on the rocks & watched a Blue Jays game in the dark.  I can’t remember the last time I felt that calm.  Seems that I’m always worried about what’s around the corner or what we’re gonna do at this point in the future.  It finally felt like I could just let go for a while.

A lazy fall Sunday!  Watched an afternoon baseball game while Kim was making beef barley soup.  Went for a drive to get out of the house, had soup for supper.  Played guitar, watched TV and called it day.

Learned this 1st one on Sunday night.  2nd one just kinda happened over the week, & I’m still kinda working on the switching to the important parts where 1 of 5 guitars stands out for a bit on this 3rd song.

Ended up just messing around in different tunings & figured out these riffs…

For some reason I usually finish up a few hours playing guitar with this song?

“I feel good about the good things, & bad about the bad things”-David Eric Grohl    

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris          

“Listen to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

I CAN LIVE WITHIN MY MEANS & BE HAPPY! KIM’S WITH ME!

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Exercise total for 4 days. 

500 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

600 Crunches

600 Leg lifts

200 Squats   

280 Back flexes

1:05 hour of yoga over 2 days

Short week made for an easier week of exercise!  I’m just glad the week is over for me.  I’d do more exercises if I had the energy.  We were going walking for a bit.  I should probably keep that up & do some in our parkade with my walker on the weekends.  My motivation for everything is “Somebody’s doing better than me”

I’ve decided that since I’m Canadian, there’s little need to watch American news.  Whatever Donald Trump says or does has zero shock value for me and even if I try to avoid it, it’s all over the Canadian National news channel & my local news.  Even when I watch www.youtube.com I avoid it.  He wants attention & ratings, well I don’t care to see or listen to him & he’s not a Canadian politician.

There are a few people that think I’ll want another guitar after I order my last one in February hopefully.  2 reasons I won’t though.  6 electric guitars & 1 acoustic is enough for a person in my situation, it’s a hobby.  Second reason, guitars cost money, we don’t have any to spend on new guitars.  I guess this would be a 3rd reason.  Quality over quantity.  Maybe I won’t own an arsenal of guitars, but they’ll be well made instruments!  I did my research & I know what to expect.  If everything goes right I’ll order my last guitar in February & buy the amplifier at that time while I save a little more for the guitar that will come a year later or I’ll see what the wait time is then. 

Even my current guitars were gifts based on my knowledge at the time, other than my Fender Thinline Telecaster which was a gift out of the blue.  I only purchased my acoustic guitar.  Wasn’t much research on that guitar?  I walked into a music store & asked the people I knew there what acoustic I could get for $500 when I was 21.  They showed me a few, I played them & left with a guitar about 45 minutes later. 

Let’s pretend that moneys not factoring into this scenario.  I’d get 7 different signature guitars.  Dave Grohl 335 Gibson (Foo Fighters).  Mark Tremonti & “Paul’s Guitar” (Alter Bridge & PRS).  Sell my Takamine acoustic for either a nice Taylor or Martin acoustic.  All of them are WAY too much to spend on 1 guitar!  Nice to dream, then there’s reality.

None of them will ever “…be mine”

In reality, a hard maybe on a more affordable Squier, Washburn, or knock off Les Paul still at least a decade or more down the road.  I’d likely have to sell an electric guitar & that’s not happening!  I’m REALLY excited about what I’m getting & what I have!  I can’t wait for my ordered guitar to get here!  Nothing other than what I’m getting has been researched other than the 2 PRS Core guitars, that are just WAY to expensive at $5300 or more Canadian.

S2 Custom 22 Semi-Hollow Body Guitar w/Gig Bag - McCarty Sunburst

Then order this guitar & buy the amplifier next year.

S2 McCarty 594 Electric Guitar with Gigbag - Whale Blue

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I see people on www.youtube.com with 20-90 guitars, 40 amplifiers, & 100s of effect pedals, who typically have a profession of either teaching, repairing, making, or selling guitars for a living.  If money wasn’t a factor, I’d stop at 1 amplifier, 8ish pedals & 12 guitars because that’s a LOT of guitars to maintain or even just change strings on.  Money is a factor and I’m VERY happy with what I’m getting & I’m done spending money on guitars.  I’m done guitar shopping/researching for a LONG time. 

We both REALLY hope to find a house next year more than anything!  Until we’re in our 60s or 70s, we’ll be looking for a house.  If there’s nothing out there by then, we might as well stay in a condo.

EVERYBODY is broke & at home right now.  Welcome to the rest of my life.  Your situation is temporary, mine’s not.  Don’t feel sorry for me, I’m adapting or have adapted.

Other than the new John Petrucci solo album, I’ve been listening to In Flames Clayman album since it’s the 20th anniversary of the album.  The last Big Wreck album is getting it’s fair share of listening as well.

“I feel good about the good things, & bad about the bad things”-David Grohl 

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“Listen to each other” –Ellen Degeneres 

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I made the mistake of watching American & Canadian news this weekend.  I’m better off just going to website above for Covid info.  Both types of news told me a bit about Covid, whatever Trump did, & on the Canadian news a little bit of Canadian politics.

I’m a little disappointed in the lack of humanity in some individuals.  When this global pandemic started everyone, for the most part, was doing what they were told.  Stay inside, practice public distancing, if you choose to have a gathering keep it under 10 people, & wear a mask in public.  In March we were doing well by following these 4 simple rules & the curve was flattening.

Then summer hit and a LOT of people just decided that it was non-sense and couldn’t handle living with 4 additional rules.  Summer is over, so use the fall & winter weather as an excuse for living like we all did in March.

With the fall coming & schools reopening this isn’t going to get any better since flu season comes along with the season change as well.  Maybe the people avoiding the rules haven’t experienced the downside of the pandemic personally?  Well, I hope they don’t have to find out the hard way, but not following those 4 simple rules increases the odds of finding out the hard way.

This has never been an “I’m going to stick it to the man & disobey the rules” situation.  There is no individual to blame for this or for anyone to “stick it to”.  It’s a potentially lethal virus.  That has a better chance of making you & others sick by not following 4 simple rules.

If you want to politicize it, call it a hoax, a conspiracy, or anything else you have the right to do so.  Just know that you’re really letting everybody else down & they’re likely disappointed in you & your lack of humanity.  Celebrities were saying things such as “This will bring the best out of people” & for the most part they were right, but there’s always a few people that “…let you down”

I’ve pretty much been in quarantine for almost 7 years here.  When it started for me in December of 2013 I was grumpy, angry, & depressed.  Somewhere along the way I just gave up on the idea of leaving this building & figured “This is it, this is my life.  I guess I had better figure out how to deal with it.”  I assume many people aren’t there yet.  The sooner everyone figures that out, in a temporary situation, the sooner everyone can return to a “new normal”.  If you’re not a part of the solution, you’re likely a part of the problem.

I REALLY hope we can find a buyer for our condo.  Apparently the board has decided that visitor dogs are not allowed anymore.  We moved here for 3 reasons.  A) It’s a nice desirable area with pretty much every store within a 5 minute drive.  B) It is/was pet friendly.  C)  It was being built when we bought it.  Our suite is made to be wheelchair accessible.

Why do we want to move?  We need more space.  Our storage locker in the underground parking is full.  Kim’s bike was stolen because there is nothing to lock it too & there’s no way it would fit in our storage unit or our suite.  So all of that & the fact that were at least 20 years younger than most people here, & now the condo board is trying to change the pet agenda.  If someone didn’t want to be around pets, why would they move to a pet friendly building?  Kim’s going to board meeting coming up to vote on the pet issue.  

I was watching Blue Jays baseball over the weekend & while I was watching the games I always get my acoustic guitar to play while watching TV.  Out of nowhere I started to figure this out.  I don’t remember it all so I looked up the guitar tab.

I figured I used to play it so I might as well relearn it.  I also decided to continue learning this Trivium song instead of something completely new to me…

I didn’t give up on this song, but it will take more time to learn new techniques I’ve never tried or used before.  It’s also mostly a solo all the way through…

I become more certain about this amplifier purchase later next year as I research it…

…and this is version 1 which is no longer available.  I’m looking at version 2 with a few more bells & whistles for $330.  A solid state amplifier that sounds like a $1500 tube amplifier that has to be at a minimum ½ volume to sound good.  This will never be turned to 50 Watts in a condo.  Only in a house, I don’t need to cause any extra drama/gossip in this building.

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I’ve always liked the sound of a tube amplifier but I could never justify/afford the price tag & maintenance involved.   

Enjoy your music it might dry up?  This is why I don’t like streaming music.  I’ve bought 2 CDs this year & plan to purchase 3-5 more, while buying some stuff on iTunes as well.  The bands I want to hear but don’t listen to often, I will stream!  Unfortunately for me, I am streaming more than I want to while saving money for other purchases.

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Exercise total for 5 days. 

500 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

900 Crunches

750 Leg lifts

300 Squats   

420 Back flexes

1:20 hour of yoga over 2 days

I just needed a break.  I’m feeling good this week and even upped some of my numbers during my repetitions went up this week.  Just feeling much better physically & mentally.  Muscles are sore but its Friday and it’s a long weekend!  I’ll be good to go next week!  I guess that’s my 2nd full week off this year, I was due.

I can see all of those exercise numbers staying where they are for quite a while.  My left arm is noticeably weaker than my right arm.  I notice it all of the time other than when I’m playing guitar.

I forgot since there are no CFL games this year & I gave up my season tickets.  I used to either take a few cans of food or $20 extra to a game where they have bins out for donations to the food bank.  Kim donated $25 to the food bank earlier this week.  I’m sure we’ll go through our storage unit & donate more clothes this year.

I shouldn’t say we don’t donate.  Kim’s in charge of the money here.  She’ll donate $20 to the legion plus whatever we donate to wear a poppy from November 1st until November 11th.  I always want to give more but we don’t have much more.  I don’t donate since I don’t own a credit card, Kim does from our shared income.  If I was to donate I’d be like Oprah.  “YOU GET $100, YOU GET $100, YOU GET $100, YOU GET $100, etc.”  When I was in the hospital a team of 10 of us raised close to $100,000 4 years for the Canadian Cancer Society.  I’m relatively cheap on most things, if I like what the charity is doing & had a credit card, we’d be seriously in debt FOREVER!

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Don’t get the idea that we’re going into debt for my hobby.  The guitar coming to me, hopefully sooner than later, is payed for & I’m about half way saved for the 2nd one that I hope to order in February.  Those savings & donating to a few charities won’t sink us.  Other than food, bills, Kim’s clothing, Brewster’s pills & vet bills, music, & guitar maintenance stuff.  We don’t spend money.  Charities often get a donation & if we’re a little tight for cash every once in a while, I just don’t add money to my guitar savings.  Once I get/save enough for my guitar to be ordered & amplifier, I’m done with luxurious purchases for at minimum a decade. 

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Maybe we’ll find a house next year in our price range?  If we do, the guitar & amplifier get pushed back.  After looking online earlier this week, I’m doubtful, I saw absolutely nothing on the market in our price range in Regina.  Not even something we wouldn’t look at.  I mean zilch, zero, nothing.  We both hope to find a wheelchair accessible house next year.  More than anything that’s easily at the top of our “wish list”.

For the record I’m not getting a Core line PRS, WAY TOO EXPENSIVE!  I have an S2 model on the way here & I’m saving for a different S2.  2nd least expensive type they make other than the SE line from their factory in Indonesia.  Price wise it goes SE, S2, Bolt on necks, Core, Private Stock, & Artists line.

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As of mid-week I started working on 2 other songs along with the other 2.  I was practicing the tremolo picking at the start of the song & Kim obviously didn’t like it.  The door was latched pretty quick.  “THAT’S WHAT YOU GET FOR BUYING ME A 7 STRING GUITAR!  THANK YOU!”

The intro is a little tricky, but it has gotten much better since I’ve been just playing it randomly.

They’re all pretty different.  I can see the Trivium song taking a while & probably the Pearl Jam song since I’ve decided to learn lead guitar.  I’ve never even thought to play lead parts until recently.  I was a singer in a band that learned to play guitar to fill out the sound.  I can say that the Our Lady Peace song is learned & get’s played a lot because it’s fun along with numerous other songs.

I guess “Barstool Prophets” is good music for me to cook to!  I boiled noodles, Kim ran out for an ingredient for the rest of it.

2 back to back Blue Jay games today starting at 2:00 pm & the fridge is full of healthy stuff, condiments, & a little beer.  I’ll have to get rid of a beer or 2 today to free up some space!

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Chris 

“Listen to each other” –Ellen Degeneres 

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Back on track this week.  The news REALLY bummed me out last week.  I got up yesterday & got back into my exercise routine.  I really don’t like wasting week days that aren’t scheduled days off by not exercising.  My food & water consumption didn’t change though, so that’s a bonus.  Yesterday I managed to get a few more crunches in, we’ll see if I can keep that trend up?

This morning was a weird exercise.  I got out of bed when Kim did & I don’t think my body has ever made that much noise!  EVERYTHING was popping & cracking.  Got down on the floor to stretch & do yoga, & again EVERYTHING popped & cracked.  My muscles were VERY tight.  So of course I was an idiot and added to each repetition of lifting weights, not sure I’m there yet.

I wrote a bunch of this & realized that I don’t have to justify my purchases with my money.  I’m saving for that guitar & hope to order it in February since there’s 3-15 month delay on it.  Then I’ll continue saving for the amplifier & footswitch.  I’ll probably have the amplifier before the guitar arrives?

Had I thought this through last year, I’d likely have the amplifier & footswitch by now.  It’s a 50 Watt amplifier that can switch to 25 Watts & 0.5 Watts (quieter/digital) for in an apartment or condo while still producing the same type of sound you’d get from a loud amplifier.  I always wanted a tube amp before, but they were just too much in price for me.  This will be comparable to a tube amp, but still not the same.  It also connects to the internet, that’s not gonna happen here.  I don’t need someone trying to mess with an amplifier!!??!?

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If we find a house & are able to sell our condo, those purchases will be pushed back to a more appropriate time.

It’s going to be November soon & in Canada that’s when we pause to honour our veterans for all they’ve sacrificed for us.  I know we’ll be getting a call from the legion asking for a donation.  If a cause I support calls looking for a donation, I’d be more than happy to help out, but I can’t.  I hate that I’m going to have to turn them down because I’m saving my pennies for myself, that’s when I feel greedy, selfish, & ashamed.

Just because I can’t donate financially doesn’t mean we don’t donate.  When I gained weight & couldn’t fit into my clothing it was donated to homeless shelters, the Salvation Army, the Diabetes foundation, a second hand store, I used to donate blood when I could before cancer.  When I lost a bunch of weight we did the same thing again by donating clothes to various charities.

I’ve never had a raspberry beret to donate to a second hand store…

Rough week last week, & got worse when the week ended.  I love that there was a March on Washington, I just hate that it had to happen & it will likely fall on deaf ears, politically.

Stayed up past midnight on Saturday to watch the baseball game I had recorded earlier that day & practice guitar unplugged.  Got up shortly after 7:00 am Sunday & made my food for the week ahead.  With baseball on, I don’t get to practice as much guitar on the weekends.  I watch the games on the couch while casually strumming my acoustic guitar.  The little bit that I got to play electric I focused on a few scales, tremolo picking, & these 2 songs are getting better all the time.  I’m focusing more on the lead part for the chorus of “Alive” since I don’t sing.  If I was singing I’d strum the 4 chords.

This song by Our Lady Peace isn’t nearly as challenging as I anticipated.  It just looked odd at first.

I googled songs with 7 string guitar parts in them to learn.  Trivium, Dream Theater, Korn, Sevendust, etc.  I learn those & songs done in baritone guitar tuning.  I’ve got 2 baritone songs already and one Trivium song, so I’m off to the metal & lead guitar world.  Figured that I don’t just want to do the same stuff I did before cancer & that I should improve my guitar skills.

I’m going bald from my “disappearing hairline” & I’m a little thin on the top back portion of my head.  I hope they meet in the middle or I’ll have a weird stripe of hair in the middle of my head.

The beer sealers we ordered at the beginning of June from amazon got here yesterday.  Now my straps are secured on my guitars.  Just waiting for the guitar I ordered in January and I need to change the strings on other guitars very soon, some of them need a good cleaning too.

S2 Custom 22 Semi-Hollow Body Guitar w/Gig Bag - McCarty Sunburst

What I don’t understand about PRS guitars.  The Canadian dollar is at $0.77 to a full USA dollar.  A core model PRS guitar, made in Maryland, USA (not what I’d ever spend on a guitar) retails for $2300 up in America.  In Canada it’s about $3000 more, so roughly $5300 retail.  That’s pretty accurate, but there is NO WAY I’d come close to spending $5300 on a guitar plus the %11 tax in total here in Saskatchewan!

I hate watching our southern neighbors going through this stuff.

 

The solo/instrumental album by John Petrucci of Dream Theater is REALLY good & I’m still on an “Opeth” kick, listening to the “Ghost Reveries” album.  I’m liking Rancid, I’m not a huge fan of punk music.  Rancid seem to be right up my alley though!

 

“I feel good about the good things, & bad about the bad things”-David Eric Grohl

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris

“Listen to one another”-Ellen Degeneres