3RD TIMES A CHARM WITH MRI RESULTS

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400 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

600 Crunches

600 Leg lifts

300 Squats

300 Back flexes

1:20 hours of yoga over 2 days

 

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

I exercised to “Trivium” the album “What the Dead Men Say”

LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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I mentioned a while ago that I changed the way I do my squats now, let me try to explain this as it seems to have made a BIG improvement!  All of this is done while sliding my hands along my transfer pole not a firm grip, just enough to keep my balance.  50 of them 3 days a week, I squat like a backcatcher in baseball.  I stay in a crouch for about 2 or 3 seconds then push with my legs, never pulling up with my hands.  The other 50 is just me going from flat footed to my tiptoes & again holding it for a few seconds.  Now I can actually see a muscle on my left calf.  I was looking for results & I think I’ve found out how to get them.

I plan on doing muscle meaurements & weighing myself again on July 1st, the mid way point of the year.

Tough week.  Started off still feeling a bit tired & sore from last week.  Wednesday & Thursday were both terrible in terms of my energy.  Today was better though.  I went to bed earlier than usual, got up by 8:00 am & carried on as usual.

Yes, I got my routine annual checkup MRI results this week.  I go for another routine MRI in 6 months, since I have a new doctor at the Cancer Clinic.  My 3rd doctor in 3 years (I go there once a year), so my new cancer case doctor.  I guess they found a cyst in my back, it showed up on an MRI from the first time I had one in 2008 or 2009?  My doctor says it’s not related to cancer at all & it’s nothing to worry about, unless it starts to bother me.  This MRI will be much shorter I was told, only 30 minutes.

She told me the scans looked fine, nothing odd showed up.  I then turned to Kim and said “See, I told you I was normal!” the doctor instantly says “Whoa, I never said normal?!”  I asked if there’d be a time when I don’t have to go in for an annual MRI scan.  She said “When you get sick of me”, I immediately looked at Kim & said “YAY, we’re done!” jokingly of course.  Gotta say this doctor is much more personable than my original doctor, who I don’t believe sees patients anymore, & her temporary replacement who was nice but a bit awkward.  I’m glad to not see my original cancer clinic doctor that was VERY oppinionated & vocal (Body shaming me, shouting at me down a hallway because I’m not short or under 80 lbs).  I graduated high school in 1998 at 185 pounds while playing sports, bike riding, running cross country.

Not really sure why they need to scan the insignificant cyst in my back, but as I said the MRI didn’t bother me this time, despite my severe claustrophobia.  The annual scan will continue for as long as…..well there’s no real end date for it.  I think she said they’ll just scan my brain now instead of also scanning my spine?  They’ll take less time from now on.

Anyways, I’m still cancer free 11 years & almost 5 complete months.

If you met me in person and didn’t know I had cancer, you’d likely have questions, don’t be shy, ask away!  I’m in a wheelchair, unless I’m doing my exerises, I can stand but I must hold onto something for balance.  I wear an eye patch over my left eye to prevent my double vision that cannot be surgically repaired, because of my eye patch I have no depth perseption.  My speech is quiet/unclear due to muscle loss in my cheeks, tongue, & lips as well as a loss in breath support.  I look as though I’m much worse off than I really am…………….you should see the other guy though!  WOW…not good!

I keep reading/watching reviews on that guitar & I like it more each time I see it!

There it is, the exact same guitar through the exact same amplifier I hope to find the amplifier used one day.  That’s the tone I’m looking for, different from my other guitars.  Without a doubt saving for the guitar.  Amplifiers can be easily found used later on, besides there’s nothing wrong with my current amplifier other than the 4” speaker.  Pretty sure I won’t be playing live, 20-50 Watts in an amplifier are plenty down the road.  Being in a condo a 20 Watt is more than I need already!

I’m not a guitar collector don’t let me mis-inform you.  I play guitar.  I need one amplifier, a few guitars to play, & some regular guitar maintenance tools.  I don’t need 14 guitars.  It would be cool but they wouldn’t all get played regularly.

Someone needed to say it clearly & bluntly, and finally it happened.  This is what it’s come to…

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/brian-sims-profanity-laced-tirade-gop-colleague-hid-positive-covid-19-test-1006431/?fbclid=IwAR3b_dy0Hl1c2TZZVs7DHsZu0-UdKAwqKkHub75bk7Xxgn_j6sXV9c6609g

 

Another new tune from “Lamb of God”!

 

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STAY INFORMED

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I fell asleep to “Foo Fighters” the album “The Colour and The Shape”

I exercised to “Tremonti” the album “Cauterize”

Got up at 6:20 am to exercise before my morning appointment.  I listened to both of these albums last night.  Too early to play music this morning.

 

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In a perfect world, all politicians would learn to wear multiple hats at one time.  Unfortunately this isn’t a perfect world.  How about they do the job voters gave them?  That job includes transparency aka don’t treat us like a little kid & tell us everything will be OK.  Tell us the actual facts.  This is why a politician is elected.  If all of the voters die during a pandemic, who’s going to vote?  This virus doesn’t care where you live, what your race is, what God you pray to, what your sexuality is, etc.  Everybody is fair game!  Politicians, do your job.  Without the rest of us, you have no title.

Watching the news as everything is SLOWLY reopening means people need to stay informed now, just as much as when we all went inside.  In order to stay well informed I recommend checking this website…

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019?gclid=CjwKCAjw2a32BRBXEiwAUcugiAqGcOgCxnpFi7WuxsL-MZFH0lG37k2LT4HhkUw3Odo6DCW-wa5gJRoCnMsQAvD_BwE

Followed by closely following your local news.  They should have the information required for your specific area, city, or town.

There’s a LOT of false/inaccurate information floating around out there about the virus.  I don’t need to add to it.  Please remember that my thoughts are mine only NONE OF THIS IS HARD EVIDENCE!

Southern Saskatchewan, Canada (where I live, Regina) seems to be doing well.  If we keep this up, we start phase 3 of the reopening here on June 8th.

Every city or town re-opening will & should be different.  Keep yourself informed & at the very least please where a mask if it’s even just to show solidarity & respect.

I went to the hospital on Tuesday, May 19th.  That’s the first time I’ve been outside of our house or vehicle since Sunday, February 16th when most of my father’s side of the family was in town.  I wore a mask throughout the hospital regardless.  A mask won’t protect me as much as it will others & I’m likely OK, but a mask just seemed like the right thing to do.

Got up early on Friday, finished my exercise, showered, & then spent from 10:45 am until 3:40 pm learning the rhythm part to this song on that guitar…….1 hour break & right back to it for another 1 ½ hours.

I woke up around 10:00 am on Sunday & rolled around in bed until noon.  Got up & just rushed immediately!  Emptied the dishwasher, ate breakfast, filled the humidifier, hard boiled my eggs, loaded the dishwasher, did hand dishes, & baked my fish all within 2:30 hours.

We’ll add about 4:30 hours on Sunday of guitar practice.  Just repeating a riff I know so well & played many times before cancer so easily.  I practice so much because I want it perfect.  I also know that a person not in my position will likely get this stuff quicker than I will.  Kim was working most of the day to meet a deadline.  She got REALLY tired of hearing me practice the same line multiple times!

When I practice guitar, it’s not completely about learning the notes or chords.  It’s more about regaining the strength in my left arm all the way to my fingers.  More of a muscle exercise than anything.  When I’m learning something new to me then it’s about EVERYTHING!

My left arm is a mess to this day.  Despite my weights & guitar playing, it otherwise shakes & is remarkably weak if not resting on something for stability.  Even carrying a glass of water without spilling is near impossible.  When I do my weights twice a week, my dumb bell wobbles in my hand & requires WAY more focus & attention.  Playing guitar feels almost the same though.

I’ve always been a BIG fan of Gibson guitars, I don’t want to spend a boat load of money on a Gibson Les Paul though.  I have an Epiphone 7 string Les Paul, an Epiphone Explorer & a Tradition Les Paul.  So 3 of my guitars are modeled after Gibson body shapes.  Apparently Gibson is on a downslide…..after going bankrupt in the last 12 years.  On to PRS for me!  Admit it, it’s pretty & an even better match to my eye!

The McCarty 594 is named after Ted McCarty who became a mentor & good friend of Paul’s.  Ted ran Gibson guitars 1950-1966.  PRS offers a 25” scale length (regular length for PRS) guitar in their Core line.  The 594 is for the odd scale length of 24.594”.  Paul played with the original scale length for Gibson of 24.5” and settled on 24.594” to make it an odd number & I’m guessing to avoid copyright laws?  I think the biggest & nicest change is the shape of a PRS.  He took the shape of a Stratocaster & a Les Paul and overlaid them to find a body style of his own for the PRS brand.  Not all companies have distinct body shapes.  Not all but a lot of guitar companies make slight measurement changes or name changes to a Fender or Gibson shape.  Sorry, more carappé you didn’t need to know.

There was a link on Friday’s post that didn’t work.  It was a guitar store owner announcing that as of Friday May 15th at 5:00 pm the PRS factory in Maryland had reopened.  They will be tending to personal individual orders first, then anything ordered by stores for stock &/or display.  That’s great news as long as everyone stays healthy & safe.  I have no problem waiting for my ordered semi hollow guitar.  It’s not supposed to arrive until late August anyways, a little more time won’t hurt me.

I’d like to upgrade my amplifier for the $329 Boss Katana 50 Watt amplifier, but it can wait since it’s an absolute lowest priority for me & what I have to trade in for it wouldn’t really be worth much, so it’s also not in the budget regardless.  I’d much rather go for a new vintage sounding guitar than an uber digital amplifier.  All the word “digital” means to me is that there’s more stuff to potentially go wrong with it, that I can’t fix.

 

I usually talk about music here.  With the impact of Covid-19 there’s not much new music being released.  I think as far as new music goes, it’ll be a saturation on the music market the next 2 years since so many musicians are staying at home & writing new material.

Next release for me is the self-titled release from “Lamb of God” on June 19th.

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WHAT’S ROUTINE ABOUT A MARATHON TYPE MRI SCAN?

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375 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

400 Crunches

400 Leg lifts

200 Squats

200 Back flexes

1:10 hours of yoga over 2 days

Weight repetitions went up on Thursday.  I want to see them at 400 a week by mid-June!

 

I fell asleep to “Tool” the album “Fear Inoculum”

I exercised to “Alter Bridge” the album “Walk the Sky”

 

4 day week since Monday was the long weekend, I didn’t do any exercise on Monday.  Today, up at 6:20 am, exercised, shower, then guitar until I need food.

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I’ve had 5 or 6 MRIs since Tuesday February 5th, 2008, but nothing like this one.  Get some of your prefered beverages, some snacks & gather ‘round.

I went to bed Monday evening around 10:00 pm, knowing I have a routine MRI scan Tuesday evening.  I’m EXTREMELY claustrophobic and I know that MRI machine is tiny (switched to X-rays in early 2010, first MRI since then).  I’m in bed until 11:00 pm wide awake & worrying more as the minutes pass.  I get up, have a snack & watch some recorded TV.  I finally go back to bed just before 2:00 am.  Get up at 8:00 am, hoover my tiny breakfast, exercise, have a snack, post my blog, & hit the shower.  Get out of the shower, have a small lunch then watch the 1:30 hours of late night talk shows I record every night (Kimmel & Colbert).  Into the computer room, little facebook & email, followed by a VERY SATISFYING 2 hour guitar practice, I felt like I progressed 4 ½ months in those 2 hours.  Got all of my left hand, fingers, & arm to do what I expected them to do all along.

I know my MRI is at 5:45 pm, so I stop drinking my 3rd liter of water around 3:30 pm.  We leave our place at 5:00 pm to drop Brewster off at my sister-in-laws place that’s 2 minutes away.  We go through the Covid-19 procedure at the hospital and we’re in the waiting area for my scan by 5:35 pm or so.

Kim stayed in the waiting area while I went in for my IV followed by my scan.  I’m thinking “This is sweet, we’ll be out of here by 7:00 pm since everything is on time.”  The nurse puts in my IV for the dye that shows up in my scan to see everything clearly.  He’s pretty laid back, we’re laughing & having a good time.  By this time I’m relaxed & feeling fine claustrophobia’s gone.

I get my ear plugs in that they give every patient (MRIs are LOUD), they give me a set of headphones since they have Spotify & ask me what I want to listen to.  They have classic rock playing as the last patiet requested.  I just asked them to leave it there, less hassle I figured.

The head phones playing a Spotify playlist must’ve been turned up to “11”, once the machine starts making noise, you can’t hear anything else!  Aytomated voice says “Please hold still while the table moves.”  “The next scan will take X minutes”  a scan took anywhere from 30 seconds to 5 minutes.

I’m about to be shoved into the tiny machine and the nurse asks me if I need anything before they start, I reply “Nope, I’m good to go!”  Then he says “Yeah you’ll be in there for about an hour & a half.”  I thought he was joking as he clamps a plastic mask to the board to hold my head still (hard plastic mask with an opening for my face only).  They’re about to start, my shoulders barely fit the machine but I’m fine after my EXTREME mood boost from my guitar pratice!  The first thing they tell me through the headphones is to hold still for the photos.  PhotoS as in plural?

I’m rockin’ out to Rush, Led Zeppelin, Van Morrison, Foghat, Lynyrd Skynyrd, etc., then Blue Oyster Cult comes on & all I can think is “I WANT MORE COWBELL”!  In my head I’m rockin’ hard!  2 things instantly come to mind when I hear this song.  The first is this skit, the second is when the last group I was in was on the radio right after this song.  My phone rings at like 9:30 pm on a Friday & it’s Todd, our drummer at the time shouting “MORE COWBELL” no hello or anything, yeah he called the wrong number first!  This was before cell phones were so popular.

After 2 hours of not moving a muscle, they pull me out as Tom Petty starts, I’m thinking “One doesn’t just stop an MRI when Tom Petty starts?”

I assume that I’m done, NOPE!  After a 5 minute break, I’m told that I have another 30 minutes or so left.  Back in the tube I go!  I’m finished an hour later.  I asked the nurse that pulled me out if they serve a rum on ice, & some pretzles after that, she laughed & replied “You’d think we should, that was a long one.”  Quick stop at the washroom & we’re in our vehicle at 9:10 pm.  Pick up Brewster, drivethru at McDonalds, come home to hoover supper, watch “The Ellen Degeneres Show” and call it a day at 10:45 pm.  I’ll get my MRI results in a week or 2.

Eventhough I know I still have to save for that final PRS guitar, just after such  GREAT guitar practices (I feel like I progressed 4 months in 2 hours) I now feel that I’ve earned it, like I can now allow myself to buy it & not feel any shame or guilt.  Especially after  great workouts all week, great guitar practices, & having to not move at all for 3 hours that gave me a small bruise on my chin from the mask.  Most days start for me between 7:00 – 8:00 am and go non stop until 10:30 – 11.00 pm.  I’ve been more sore & tired this week than I’ve been since I lived in the hospitals, but I also feel as though I’ve ramped things up in a GREAT way.

I’m assuming after almost 11 ½ years of being cancer free that I’m fine.  I can’t tell you much other than my story, but I can say this.  Life is WAY too short to take everything seriously.  Even in what could be considered an intense situation, figure out how to relax a bit & keep it light.  If I had taken my life seriously since Tuesday February 5th, 2008, I’d likely still be a very bitter person.  Sometimes you just have to laugh!

I woke up late on Wednesday around 9:45 am.  I stretched before I exercised things cracked & popped even though I didn’t know they could make those sounds!?

This seems a little early to be happening, although I don’t know what the situation is in Maryland, if it’s too early, I have no problems waiting for my ordered guitar.

I’ve decided to save up for the PRS S2 McCarty 594.  There are 5 model lines/price ranges of PRS guitars.  3 of them are the most common.  From the most expensive down there’s the Core line, S2, & SE.  You’ll see the SE (65% made by hand) models in stores in Canada they go for around $1350, in the USA because of the dollar they go for around $700 completely built in Indonesia.  The S2 line is right above the SE line.  An S2 (75% made by hand) model in Canada is around $2300, in the USA they’re around $1300 hardware and other parts are from Indonesia but assembled/built in Maryland.  The Core line is twice the price of an S2 model.  The Core line is entirely built in Maryland, hand carved & 95% made by hand.  All PRS guitars are stained by hand.  You can pretty much take the American price, add $700 + tax to get your local Canadian price, on average.  It all depends on what the stock market does, the provicial tax rate, & the guitar desired.  My ordered S2 semi-hollow is more than $2300 & the S2 McCarty 594 will be less than $2300.

One day if/when we find a house my amplifier will get a used upgrade, until then I’m good!  So this whenever we move and this is cheaper as a used amp “Best Solid State Amp of the Decade” by many reviewers, especially the “Know Your Gear” www.youtube.com channel.  REALLY SMART GUY!

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

It’s pretty & practicle, as close to a Vintage Gibson Les Paul as I’d like to get & probably $1500 less!  PERFECT AS IS!

 

First single out for the new album by “The Pretty Reckless”

 

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LAST LENGTHY GUITAR CHAT NOW THAT I’VE DECIDED

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I fell asleep to “Coheed and Cambria” the album “Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV, Vol. 1 – From Fear through the Eyes of Madness”

I exercised to “Lamb of God” the album “Ashes of the Wake”

 

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I’ve been mostly inside when there is no pandemic for the last 6 years.  I say I want to do something & people are tired from work & would rather not.  I’d need a ride if I was to go anywhere.  I complain & am told that’s just the way it is.  Now everyone has been living my life for 2 ½ months because of a global pandemic/virus & because its summer they must get outside since it’s nice out and they’ve been inside for too long?  Let me repeat what I am told when I want to go outside “THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS”.  You could sacrifice one summer for numerous others or enjoy this summer & potentially die “That’s just the way it is”.  Right now I have no desire to go outside.  Is it really that hard to stay in the home you bought to live in and do anything you please in that home?  Maybe it’s me but I REALLY don’t understand it?

It’s Sunday & I’m still seriously tired & sore from last week.  Really windy today, I’ve been able to hear the wind since I woke up early this morning!

I admit that I changed after cancer, how could I not since it was BRAIN cancer.  Am I right most of the time?  No, & I don’t need to be.  Some people are saying to get a tricycle instead of a guitar.  I look at it this way.

My point is right now everybody wants to get out since they’ve been stuck inside, that’s temporary.  When everyone’s back to a somewhat normal routine that desire will fade, and I’ll be in the same spot.  I’m sure I’ll be spending more time indoors playing guitar than I will be outdoors using a tricycle I have no desire for.  This isn’t an “Oh feel sorry for me?  I’m stuck inside all of the time” sob story, I’ve adapted to this now and I’m fine with it.  I was a guy, I got cancer, then a jerk, now I’m trying to evolve to the person I was before cancer.  Now I’m supposed to change on a dime because the weather changed?

I mentioned using guitar hack number 5 from this video last Tuesday…

…it works really well!  Instead of drinking all of that beer & feeling bloated.  We found a pack of 25 sealers/gaskets on amazon for $6.19.  Drink what you like & now you know where to get cheap, reliable strap locks.  I’ll have more than enough to share with friends.

My final purchase will be a PRS SE or S2 for sure.  I’m hoping for the S2 McCarty 594 or the backup of the aqua SE by the time I buy it, if there isn’t, we’ll have some extra cash for a rainy day.  If it wasn’t 90% different from anything I have, there wouldn’t be as much “desire” for it.  I’ve finally set up a monthly budget in order to save for this I can already see a few things I can eliminate spending money on.

I went over the specs on the 2 guitars & made a pros vs. cons list.  For what I’d like it was a “landslide” for the S2 McCarty 594 in the Whale Blue colour.  So here’s the guitar I have ordered, & my future order of the S2 McCarty 594.  If you thought I was excited before, you should see me now that I’ve made a decision & have a goal!  Yes, they’ll sound different, that’s the intent.

S2 Custom 22 semi-hollow (ordered)

https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/model/s2_custom_22_semi_hollow_2020    The colour I’m getting is different than in the video & my pickups (85/15) will not have a cover over them.

S2 McCarty 594   (saving for it)

https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/model/s2_mccarty_594

SE Paul’s guitar

https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/model/se_pauls_guitar_2020  (backup for the S2 McCarty 594 if it goes out of production)

So I’m hoping to place an order for the S2 McCarty 594 by late 2021 if not mid-late 2022 & it should arrive about 4 month after, unless there is a delay as there is with my current S2 semi-hollow which was to be here in April, then delayed until late August & then the virus/quarantine hit, so I’m not sure when it will arrive?  When it gets here is fine as long as nobody has to risk their health in making & shipping a guitar.  As for the price difference, it just means I’ll be saving longer for it & because it’s in the S2 line, I’ll have to wait for it to be made.

For guitar players without locking tuners or locking nuts, if you’re not stringing your guitar this way, I highly recommend it now that I’ve tried it!  Go to the 4:00 minute mark unless you need to see how to remove your existing strings.  Works on any type of guitar or bass!

WOW!  Young drummer drumming along to “Royal Blood” (band from England, drummer & bass player/singer)

https://twitter.com/Nandi_Bushell/status/1261979140686831618?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1261989903568642050&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Floudwire.com%2F10-year-old-girl-drummer-royal-blood-out-of-the-black%2F

You would think that now that I know what guitar will satisfy my desires I’d stop looking at guitars.  I’m done BUYING guitars, I’ll still look, probably not nearly as much, but it’s a hobby.  I like to see/hear what other players are into and why?

I didn’t get a lot of feedback on Friday so I checked out Phil McKnight on www.youtube.com.  He owns a guitar store, can do anything to fix a guitar, if not build one from scratch, & he did the review of Korean made vs. American made.  For guitar players I highly recommend checking out these channels on www.youtube.com Robert Baker, Rob Chapman (owner of Chapman guitars in the UK), “Music is Win” by Tyler Larson & “Know your Gear” by Phil McKnight!

 

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350 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

600 Crunches

600 Leg lifts

300 Squats

300 Back flexes

1:20 hours of yoga over 2 days

There won’t be any stairs during this virus stuff.  I don’t really want to touch a public railing or clean them before & after I’m done.

5:08 minutes of planking this week over 3 planks.  Video of Thursday’s plank on Facebook.

I fell asleep to “Trivium” the album “What the Dead Men Say”

I exercised to “Haley Williams” the album “Petals for Armor”

 

Great week for me!  I was up & exercising by 8:00 am everyday this week.  I am sore and quite tired after this week of course there was also a LOT of guitar playing & research!

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Let’s not forget that the reason I’m able to do this exercise & practice guitar is because I’m alive.  So a huge THANK YOU to the nurses, doctors, & therapists that were successful in doing their job when I was initially given a 5%-15% chance of ever coming out of a coma.  I always look at it as “I’m living on borrowed time.  I don’t want to disappoint others”.

People say I put a lot of work in & a lot of pressure on myself.  Here are my reasons.  If I’m not doing enough, I’m disappointed in myself.  If I’m disappointed, I assume others are & I don’t want to be a disappointment to others.  I don’t want others thinking “He got a 2nd chance & he’s just wasting it”, some people might think that now, I don’t know if anyone does?

When I’m done exercising I want to make sure that I’ve put enough energy into it to get something out of it, know that I couldn’t have put more into it, & feel satisfied after I’m done.  If I’m not satisfied, then I feel I’m disappointing many others as well as myself.  To the people that say I put a lot of work into what I do, my response is “I have to”.  I feel I owe that to everyone.

I’m not looking for anyone’s approval, I’m just trying to avoid disappointing anyone.  I’ve never been the guy that everyone admires or the guy that everyone feels sorry for.  To this day I don’t want those labels to define me.  I’m a regular guy that got brain cancer & VERY lucky to have not been seriously affected by it, nothing more, nothing less

Now just think of what nurses, doctors, therapists, first responders, etc. are all going through!  The least I can do to thank them is to do my job.

So not only do I need to work at things, I also need to enjoy things.  This guy had a much worse time than I did, but he says it better!  LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!

I had one of those days this week on guitar where some things just started to fall into place!  There was a link that didn’t work on Tuesday’s post.

This is the guitar I have ordered, a PRS S2 semi-hollow with a lot of stuff I don’t have on any guitar I own.  This comes with coil tapping pickups designed in 1985 and improved by PRS in 2015, they’re called 85/15 pickups (Hot/High output). ¼” flame maple top, McCarty Sunburst, & made in Maryland with assorted parts from Indonesia.

https://www.long-mcquade.com/162248/Guitars/Hollow-body-Electric-Guitars/Paul-Reed-Smith/S2-Custom-22-Semi-Hollow-Body-Guitar-w-Gig-Bag—McCarty-Sunburst.htm

This is the guitar I’m saving for.  A PRS SE “Paul’s Guitar” a solidbody, entirely made in Indonesia, coil spliting on both TCI pickups (Vintage/Less Gain) individually, maple veneer (paper thin maple top).  This guitar was introduced as a Limited Edition when it was reeased in 2018 in the Core line NOT the SE line.  This will take me 2 years to save for.

https://www.long-mcquade.com/124878/Guitars/Electric-Guitars/Paul-Reed-Smith/SE-Paul-s-Guitar—Aqua.htm

This is my only backup to the guitar above if it goes out of production.  I’d like both but that wont & can’t happen.  This is the S2 McCarty 594 in a “Whale Blue” stain.  ¼” Flamed maple cap, solidbody, 58/15 TCI pickups (Very similar to above), individual coil splitting & individual tone control, also made in Maryland with parts from Indonesia.  REALLY NICE!

https://www.long-mcquade.com/162880/Guitars/Electric-Guitars/Paul-Reed-Smith/S2-McCarty-594-Electric-Guitar-with-Gigbag—Whale-Blue.htm

I do prefer the aqua colour & price tag of the more inexpensive SE however the S2 does stand for a higher quality & the fact that it’s an S2 at 24.594” ( a very specific/unique scale legth) could make it a unique collectors item in the future?  On the down side the S2 could easily take me 4 years to save for.

Seeing/hearing this made my decision much tougher!  Both are not an option, I’ll leave this to a reader vote.  Please comment with “Aqua SE” or “Whale S2”.  I would really appreciate outside input!  This may seem like a small/insignifigant issue to you, but it is MASSIVE for me & I’m torn as this will be my absolute final guitar purchase!  No wrong answer here I would GREATlY appreciate your input if you have any knowledge regarding this stuff or not.  I am leaning ever so slightly one way but not enough to make a solid decision.

Youtube does compress/alter the sound, so know that when you vote.

It’s called a 594 because of the unique scale length of 24.594”.  Fender, Gibson & PRS all have different scale lengths & the McCarty is different from them all.  Gibson is 24.75”, Fenders are 25.5”, PRS are 25”, & the McCarty 594 is 24.594”.

Coil tapping & coil splitting are 2 different things, that’s why they’re underlined in order to stand out.  Guitar geek stuff you can look up if you like?

When I say I’m going PRS, I’m not saying there aren’t other good guitar companies out there.  I’m saying that I like the things this company’s doing & in the end I’ll have 2 PRS guitars among my 4 other electric guitars.  I own 2 Epiphones, a Fender, a Tradition (Out of business) Les Paul, & an acoustic Takamine.  They’re all solid guitars.  My collection may be small & inexpensive compared to others, but I don’t want any guitar to sit around unplayed for 2 weeks.

Kim went out on Tuesday & returned with a new bicycle!  A nice bright red beach cruiser that she finds more comfortable than the mountain bikes we bought a few months after our wedding.  Thursday evening it was finally nice enough for her to take it for a ride!

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/dr-rick-bright-testifies-medical-supplier-coronavirus-999812/?fbclid=IwAR0XFw_W6gwaY-ShSPY1RwpEwIx5sMy3ZohmKhRJFxj1YAG1dO5Uq9EGr2U

This is in America but it was broadcast on both American & Canadian National news.  I’m in no position to say what anyone should or shouldn’t do.  For myself, I don’t plan on changing anything, nothing really changed for me when this quarantine situation started.

 

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WHY SO MUCH GUITAR TALK?

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I fell asleep to “Tool” the album “Lateralus”

I exercised to “Haley Williams” the album “Petals for Armor”

 

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Remember how I said on Friday that I was going to watch guitar videos on www.youtube.com for a while?  That lasted about 30 minutes, I wound up playing guitar for about 6 hours of the day.  At least it was a productive practice!

I tried guitar hack #5 below & it works!  I bought one bottle of beer to try out the strap lock hack, that strap’s not coming off.  I play sitting down obviously but I use a strap as an insurance policy.  I don’t want to drop a guitar.  No, I’m not getting 2 beer per guitar, 1 more bottle should do since I have actual strap locks on my other heavy guitar the rest are good as is.  Skip ahead to the 2:30 minute mark to see this genius idea!  A real set of strap locks will set you back about $30 with this idea you spend $20 here, get 2 beer & one strap lock!

I practice guitar so much because I’m trying to get back to 7 years of playing able bodied now with the effects of brain cancer after 12 years of not playing.  Practice over the weekend then I got up at 7:00 am on Monday, had breakfast, fed Brewster, gave him his pills, exercised, showered had a snack, & then practiced from 11:45 am until about 6:00 pm.

I’ll admit that I’m overly obsessed with guitar since I started playing so let me explain this.  Other than just being alive & cancer free, I really didn’t have much to look forward to the next day other than hanging out with Brewster & waiting for Kim to get home.  Don’t worry about not being great full for being healthy & alive every day.  It’s still something I don’t think about every day.  I just expect to be OK when I wake up every day.

Once I was out of the hospitals & my therapy programs it was & sometimes still is “OK, so what now?”  I don’t look forward to exercising 5 days a week, but after I do it I feel REALLY good.  I’d get bored just watching TV after I exercise.  Now that I have a hobby & something I really enjoy working on, things are much different.

I did it before & took it for granted too without realizing how much I’d miss it when it was taken away from me.  Playing guitar is something I can do that is exactly the same as it was before.  This is a case of “Absence makes the heart grow fonder”.

Imagine you most favourite thing is taken away from you for 12 years.  You’d likely gush about it too if you could do it again.  That’s me right now.

I don’t know of many guitar players that have a set number of guitars to own, other than what their spouse tells them?  I’d have to stop after these 2, that’s MY limit, not KIM’s.

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

SE Paul's Guitar - Aqua

If it was up to Kim she’d be OK with the one I have on order.  So in 2 years or more I’ll be using MY gift money for the final guitar & I think she wants to save for a new “bicycle”?  She wants me to get an adult tricycle, I used one in my rehabilitation, those are expensive & not how I want to spend my money.  I liked mountain biking, but I can’t do that yet with no balance.  MY cash is going to a guitar that I can play.

For me it’s about different look, feel, sound, & inspiration each guitar brings.  I no longer play each guitar I own every day.  It’s more of a question of “What kind of music do I feel like playing right now?”  I choose the guitar that sounds best suited for that style at that time.  I felt like playing mostly metal guitar on Sunday so I played my Explorer mostly & practiced some other stuff on my acoustic.

A PRS doesn’t sound like a Les Paul, an Explorer, or a Telecaster.  It’s made to sound in between a Fender & Gibson.  The one I’ve ordered & the one I’m saving for are both different.  I don’t want any guitar that sounds, feels, or looks the same as another.  I played flute and to me a flute sounds like a flute.  With a change of guitar, everything should sound & feel different.  However the player wants to make that change is up to them, pickups, body style, effect pedals, etc.  I can’t get the same sound out of one guitar to the next.  Variety is what I’m looking for.  Will I have a full range of musical variety with 6 different electric guitars?  Nope!  6 guitars are good for me though, the next person might want 3, and the next person might want 30?  I’ve thought long & hard about it & 6 electric guitars sounds great to me!

Why have I decided to go with PRS guitars?  LOTs of attention to detail & the owner, Paul Reed Smith, has been making guitars since he was a teen & lives by a list he made called “The 21 Rules of Tone”.  If he makes each individual part on a guitar resonate as loud & as long as possible, the less it will absorb the sound of the string vibrating.  That goes for each part of the guitar, the body wood, nut, tuning pegs, bridge, fret board, the neck wood, screws, etc.  If the manufacturers at PRS are paying attention to the screws on a guitar can you imagine how much attention they’re paying to everything else?

Paul Reed Smith will go into a music store to do a clinic or Q & A.  He’ll ask someone to get a PRS guitar and any other guitar they’d like not made by PRS.  He then let’s the person pick an amplifier.  With no effects they will plug the guitar into the amp and play one open string & time how long they can hear the note for, this is done on each guitar separately.  A PRS averages 44 seconds, most other guitars last on average 35 seconds.  There was a 1960s Fender Stratocaster that kept up to the PRS but that was it.

Vintera 60s Stratocaster, Pau Ferro Fingerboard w/Gigbag - 3-Tone Sunburst

https://www.long-mcquade.com/124878/Guitars/Electric-Guitars/Paul-Reed-Smith/SE-Paul-s-Guitar—Aqua.htm

If the guitar I’m saving for goes out of production by 2022 or 2023 when I go to buy it, which I don’t think it will.  I’ll continue to save for the next best thing, which unfortunately costs more.

https://www.long-mcquade.com/162916/Guitars/Hollow-body-Electric-Guitars/Paul-Reed-Smith/S2-McCarty-594-Thinline-Electric-Guitar-with-Gigbag—Frost-Blue-Metallic.htm

Or as a last resort this.  These 58/15 pickups have a very similar sound & include the TCI technology.  In both of these guitars.

https://www.long-mcquade.com/162880/Guitars/Electric-Guitars/Paul-Reed-Smith/S2-McCarty-594-Electric-Guitar-with-Gigbag—Whale-Blue.htm

I don’t want to spend that much on a guitar, so we’ll see what’s out there or if it’s not a PRS that interests me, I’ll stop all together.  I was a Gibson/Epiphone fan for years, I still am.  I have 2 Epiphones & Gibson’s are WAY overpriced if you ask me.  Paul Reed Smith is a genius mad scientist!

After 7 months of practice on guitar for 1:30 hours a day for an average.  I’m back to where I was after 3 or 4 months without the effects of cancer….on most things, not all of them.

As I headed to the kitchen for a snack Kim says to me “You should get paid for all of the work you put in!” I didn’t say anything but I thought to myself “Well, I get paid just under $28,000 a year.”

I don’t need to talk about what’s going on in the world, I’m not qualified for that.  You’re better off watching your local news or National news.  Being quarantined has not changed anything for me, & I’m fine with that.  I get to work on myself!

 

Dave Grohl describes the new Foo Fighters album as David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” album

https://loudwire.com/dave-grohl-foo-fighters-new-album-david-bowie-lets-dance-record/?fbclid=IwAR3TF7KSCrhMric0_Idjlf-6peJhY0jY_NNTsIPaWodz-3OTHh19nahb2Fw

Finally “Alter Bridge” released a lyric video for the song “Metalingus” off of their debut album from 2004!

 

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175 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

400 Crunches

400 Leg lifts

200 Squats

200 Back flexes

1 day of yoga

There won’t be any stairs during this virus stuff.  I don’t really want to touch a public railing or clean them before & after I’m done.

No planking this week.

I fell asleep to “In Flames” the album “I the Mask”

On Wednesday I exercised to “Foo Fighters” the album “Foo Fighters”

 

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As of yesterday, that makes 15 years of marriage official for Kim & I.  Sure there’s been ups & downs, I still wouldn’t want to go through any of them without Kim, the strongest person I know.  I may have had to go through the rehab for brain cancer, but she had to watch me go through it & help me (still) along the way.

If you haven’t been able to tell yet, she’s the brains/looks/humour/brawn/quick wit, etc. of this marriage!  I get us into trouble, Kim gets us out.

We’re pretty low key so our day wasn’t overly extravagant.  Coffee in the morning, dad brought me flowers & gin…maybe I was supposed to give the flowers to Kim??, ice cream for lunch, relaxing day on the couch followed by order in supper for 2, oh and Brewster got his tail in my ice cream & sneezed on me in the car……again!

If I could take back the 4 ½ years for her of us living in hospitals, I would in a heartbeat.  She didn’t & doesn’t deserve any of this.  I got cancer, not her.  For that reason alone I think it’s unfair.  What happened to me happened to me, I wish I didn’t have to drag so many others through, & Kim pretty much went through it with me & still does every day.

I never want to see anyone suffer, you know who often suffers the most?  When it’s something that happened to me or was caused by me, the people I love are effected the most.

As for the exercise this week, I stopped after my Wednesday exercise.  I took off Thursday, for obvious reasons, then figured I might as well take Friday off too.  My body was REALLY sore when I woke up Wednesday.  That extra bit of planking must have really affected me.  Next week probably only 3 planks & some walking along with my other exercises.

I spent my free time on Wednesday stretching my left hand & fingers.  I’ve been playing mostly my acoustic guitar to exercise my left hand muscles.  I felt it from the middle of my forearm to the tip of my fingers Tuesday night/Wednesday morning.  Couldn’t even grip my water bottle to open the lid with my right hand, it was that sore.  Played on electric guitar & it was fine, everything felt normal.

….& this is why I don’t play classical guitar.  Leave it to those who are WORLDS beyond my aspirations like Ben Winoski.

These 408 pickups don’t exist anymore, they’ve been improved and are now called TCI pickups which are in the guitar I’m saving for.

SE Paul's Guitar - Aqua

https://www.long-mcquade.com/124878/Guitars/Electric-Guitars/Paul-Reed-Smith/SE-Paul-s-Guitar—Aqua.htm

Meanwhile I hoping no harm comes to anyone if this ordered guitar is shipped to me this year?

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

I look at them online so much they’ve been automatically added to my home screen.  I have addiction issues I guess?

Now if you’ll excuse me I have a few hours of www.youtube.com guitar crappé to watch.  clinics, demos, Q & As, followed by some practice.

 

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