6 MONTHS OF EXERCISE 5 DAYS A WEEK

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HAPPY CANADA DAY!  HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!

Pretty sure I was sick for a week (food poisoning) & then I just stuck with regular holidays in Saskatchewan.  Likely 9 days & weekends without exercising, yes I’m sore, tired, & looking forward to a 5 day weekend.

 

7,385 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

3,835 Shoulder raises/Chest presses w/ 10 pound dumb bells

10,900 Crunches

11,800 Leg lifts

6,300 Squats

6,385 Back flexes

1,046 meters or 3432 feet walking distance

64 up + 64 down = 128 stairs

Planking 20:37 minutes (stopped this since my back has had issues for decades)

Weight January 1st = 226 pounds

Weight July 1st = 213 pounds

Stomach January 1st = 44 ¼”

Stomach July 1st = 44”

Right followed by Left Bicep January 1st = 14 ¾” and 14 ¼”

Biceps July 1st = 14 ½” and 14”

Chest January 1st = 45”

Chest July 1st = 44 ½”

Butt January 1st = 42 ½”

Butt July 1st = 41 ¾”

Upper leg right followed by left January 1st = 23 ½” and 22 ½”

Upper leg right followed by left July 1st = 23 ½” and 22 ½”

Right & Left calf January 1st = 14 ½” and 14 ¾”

Calf measurement July 1st = 14” and 14 ½”

So I lost 13 pounds & my measurements stayed the same mostly.  Not what I was expecting, but that’s where I’m at, at the ripe age of 40.Chris

There is racism against black people in Canada.  Regina, Saskatchewan is a small city, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan is the biggest city in Saskatchewan.  From what I see on the news, there is more racism against black people in larger cities outside of Saskatchewan.  Here in Regina it is more towards the aboriginal community.  This is a delicate situation we’re in.  We can’t have the police not do their job, but we also need to see equal treatment for EVERYONE.  Racism is a real thing in Canada but I can’t find any history of it that is anywhere near the level the history or current state that America has!  I still say, keep up with the peaceful protests until there’s a change!

Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Small city in the Maritime Provinces off the east coast of Canada…

Not sure when my guitar will get here from Stevensville, Maryland, USA now?  The website says “When ordered, this item usually arrives at our warehouse within 210 business days (7 months). We will advise if there are any delays due to the Covid19 pandemic.” As of this moment if you order this guitar.  Mine was ordered on January 15th, 2020 with a shipping date of mid-April 2020 then delayed until August 21st, 2020 then Covid-19 happened.

I wouldn’t expect anyone to have an accurate date for the shipment of my guitar at this point?  I’m giddy about it, but I understand things aren’t normal right now & that even asking for a shipment date is kind of pointless.  My order is in the system, it’ll get here when it’s ready.  Merry Christmas to me??  Money is saved up as of last year for this…

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

There’s currently a (180 days) 6 month wait for the guitar I plan to order.  If I could put down 10% for the down payment, which mostly covers the 11% tax, I’d put the down payment in ASAP & order it, on the other side I won’t have the full payment in 6 months.  Good things come to those who wait I hope.  Hopefully an order will be placed by May or June 2021 if not earlier?

S2 McCarty 594 Electric Guitar with Gigbag - Faded Blue Smokeburst

Guitar first hands down!  Amplifier & footswitch can be purchased afterwards.  Packed up 4 grocery bags of DVDs.  One for the family cabin & 3 to pawn.  Also my mountain bike & Kim’s old mountain bike, since she just got a new bike.  Trade in 3 guitar pedals I don’t use as well, more money for the guitar!

NOW THEY’RE ALARMED????????????????????

I really need to stop watching any & all news!

 

Lamb of God released a self-titled album as their 10th album, if you include the 2 albums they released as “Burn the Priest”, FANTASTIC new album.  In Flames just released a 20th anniversary edition of their album “Clayman” with 5 new songs.  I’ve got the original, Swedish melodic death metal ages very well!  Between Lamb of God, In Flames, & Trivium, I’m listening to a TON of metal.

 

“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

P.S.  I’ll catch ya on Tuesday!

NOT ENOUGH HOURS IN A DAY

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450 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

750 Crunches

750 Leg lifts

300 Squats

420 Back flexes

1:20 hours of yoga over 2 days

In the last 3 weeks I have increased every exercise show above other than squats.

A lot of scales, finger exercise, & just using my pinky finger more!  Using my pinky finger for regular power chords instead of my index, middle, & ring finger, like I’ve always done.  Now I have to train my pinky finger to use it in everything!

 

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Kim has Thursday & Friday off next week & Wednesday is Canada day!  We have a 5 day weekend next week, so I don’t really want to spend my time on a computer.  I’ll put up a 6 month review of my weight, measurements, & exercises since January 1st for you on Wednesday.

Doctor appointment on Tuesday with my family Dr. just for refills. He told me “It’s good to see you.  You brighten my day”.  Really nice guy, I imagine he’s getting close to retirement.  It’s always good to see him too!  He’s happy to see me doing so well since he became my doctor while I was in the hospital innitially in 2008.  Great guy!

On Wednesdays I notice I feel the fatigue from Monday & Tuesday.  I start to get a little sore & I tend to lay in bed until 8:30 or 9:00.  This week I finally picked up on it, & I was pressed for time.  Practiced guitar for a bit & pulled out DVDs to send to my family cabin, since Netflix isn’t always great out there.  More shelf space now, less clutter.  One of the days when I just don’t have enough time to get everything done.

Well no coffee since Tuesday, May 19th & I don’t even miss it.  Also 1 ounce of alcohol a week or none since then too.  I don’t crave it either, I just need something other than a gallon of water everyday.  Going without that stuff feels great & right from the start I intended, & still do, to make it a permanent change.  This won’t stop after I purchase the amplifier, footswitch, & guitar.

I’m not about to rush out & buy anything right away.  I’ll have money for the amplifier & footswitch before I’ll be able to afford the guitar.  I’d like to have a few hundred dollars saved for the guitar before I get the amplifier & footswitch.  I’m thinking about getting the amplifier & footswitch in February?  After Christmas & my birthday in January, all the while waiting for my guitar ordered in January, expected delay with the virus though, after the innitial delay.

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

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https://www.long-mcquade.com/12567/Guitars/Guitar_Effects/Boss/FS-6_-_Dual_Footswitch.htm

I practice guitar so much now.  I won’t be better than I was necessarily.  I’ll be tecnically a better player, fixing bad habits & other things others won’t notice.  I can’t sing right now, I’m working on guitar stuff, but I’ll still be a rhythm/riff player with more knowledge than before.

I get into our office/guitar room/computer room & I say to myself “OK, 1:30 hours today” then it ends up being almost 3:30 hours Tuesday through Thursday then usually 1:30 more in the evening.  Friday through Monday I can watch my few TV shows whenever.  Ellen Degeneres is watched everyday though!  Late night shows are the next day.

This doesn’t make me feel any better.  He even said, as a devote Republican, he will not vote for Trump or Biden this year.  He said this in an interview with Stephen Colbert after having worked with Donald Trump for 17 months, I think he would know best.

I’m guessing this news is EVERYWHERE & not just in Canada.  The most noticable change should come from the top & filter down.  I hope the peaceful protests continue until there is a change.  I’m not turning this into an anti-Trump site, but we know he’s not going to make a change for the better.  If anything he’s fanning the flames.

As a neighbor to the USA, please vote in November.  Whichever candidate you choose to elect.  If I could vote legally in the USA election, I would.  I can’t being a Canadian but it’s EVERYWHERE.

Ther NEEDS to be a change!  Watching people die for something that should be a slap on the wrist is HORRID.  Black Lives Matter!  This isn’t rocket science, this is humanity, change it.  There’s nothing humane about this situation.  As I ay this know that there are plenty of great police officers.  There’s always a few bad apples that develop a sweeping stereotype though.

 

“Nothing but Thieves” new album Moral Panic to be released on October 23rd

 

“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

“I FEEL LIKE SHIT BUT AT LEAST I FEEL SOMETHING”

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490 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

850 Crunches

850 Leg lifts

300 Squats

425 Back flexes

1:00 hour of yoga over 2 days

Played around by extending my repetitions this week, nothing set in stone yet.  I was pissed off this week & pushed things to the maximum.

 

Learning on guitar “Trivium” the song “The Heart from your Hate”

 

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Sorry to start with.  I asked for more subscribers earlier this week and thanks for coming to read this.  Unfortunately this is not a typical happy post.  Bad week that got worse as it went on.  I let too many things influence my mood.  I’ve re-writen this 4 or 5 times but the same stuff comes out in different words.

 

I’m not a trend setter or influencer, I know that.  That’s really not something I’ve ever been.  I’m a 40 year old physically disabled white male.  About as bland as they come.  I keep my head down & try not to make any waves.  I’m home ALL of the time.  I eat healthy, I exercise 5 days a week, & I practice guitar.  I know I’ve inspired one person to change their life in a positive way, and that’s great!  It’s nice to know this has had a positive impact on someone’s life.

Am I ever going to be able to walk on my own?  I don’t think so, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop trying.  There are things I can’t do, that gets to me every once in a while.  I can’t help my friends do projects to their house, help them move, if I want to go somewhere I need someone to take me, etc.  I guess I just don’t like not being able to help with things.  I don’t want to be the one that needs help, but if I do, I’m not afraid to ask.

Yeah I know I have a VERY LONG list of things to do that I probably won’t accoplish in my life.  Other people are much further along than I am, yet many seem to think “Hey, he’s doing pretty good” and leave it at that.  I’m not content with myself personally.

I’ve learned that if you’re not trying to better yourself, you’ll likely get left behind.  So I’m trying to make up 4 ½ years I spent living in a hospital that set me back about 30 years or more, I KNOW I have a LOOOOOONG way to go & I feel like Kim & I are being left behind because of me.  The likelyhood of me being nothing more than a statistic becomes more apparent with each passing day.

I watch my local Regina, Saskatchewan news, Canadian national news,  Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, & Ellen Degeneres.  On all of them, not nearly as much on Ellen, the majority of the show is about how messed up everything is.  Even on my local news I hear stories such as; this virus is getting worse, too many people aren’t following the social distancing rules because it’s summer & staying home doing nothing is too hard, the murder of George Floyd, Donald Trump enabled this evil & fumbled up this situation, murder hornets, a tornado by my wife’s hometown, a police officer shot an unarmed black man in Atlanta on the weekend after the man was searched and no weapons were found, & climate change denyers.  Did I miss anything?  Oh yeah there was a news story a while ago confirming that UFOs are real, nobody did anything about mass shootings, that topic was just glazed over when the next problem occurred, homelessness, & 3rd World countries, lets keep doing nothing so we can deal with 30 problems at once?  After all of that garbage & the STRONG possibility that Donald Trump will start a war, I stayed in bed on Wednesday & Thursday until 10:00 am, wide awake, tossing & turning & crying.  Today wasn’t any better.

I don’t hate America one bit so don’t get me wrong as I say this please? 

After some research & general knowledge, Canada is WAY different than America.  America has money, power, & Donald Trump.  If I have to pay more, live in a country with weaker influence, live in a colder climate, have health care, not have the same history of racism to NOT live under the “Law & Order” of Donald Trump, I’ll take that any day of the week.  Does Canada have racism among other problems?  YES, but nothing like what’s going on south of the border.  I’ve never read, been taught, or have seen anything like the mess America is dealing with in Canada.

If America is named the “Greatest Country in the World”, the rest of us are waiting & listening, but not much coming out of America is very useful?  I don’t watch Jimmy Kimmel or Stephen Colbert for news that sucks that I’ve already seen.  I watch them to be entertained & maybe have a laugh or 2.  More than ever the wind from America is blowing north to Canada.

I go on social media & people comment about their displeasure with the current American administration.  I state that I’m Canadian, don’t know what it’s like to live there but agree with the statement.  That same random individual will immediately respond telling me to SHUT THE FRONT DOOR or call me a name.  Now people in the USA want Canada’s help??????????????????  WTF??????

I don’t hate America or the people that live there.  I do think that as a country it is HIGHLY over rated though.  Greatness isn’t just rated on wealth & strength.

I watch videos like that & think to myself immediately that “I need to practice WAY  more”!  I already know that he’s WAY ahead of me on guitar.

This is what I do when I change strings of my guitars, always.  You’ve got to take care of them.  I never wipe my strings off until I play them, I always clean the back of the guitar neck when restringing it & most times that I play a guitar.

I’ll be getting rid of a few things for cash that we could use.  My mountain bike that hasn’t been touched since my brother used it for the summer of 2008.  It’s only been used in the city.  Similar to this…

https://www.trekbikes.com/ca/en_CA/bikes/mountain-bikes/cross-country-mountain-bikes/marlin/marlin-5/p/33136/?colorCode=orange_grey

3 guitar effect pedals that I don’t use.  I don’t play live/loudly anymore, so I don’t need them.  Hopefully I can get $50 for each of them since they were $120-$180 new, when I had no other expenses.

After selling/trading that stuff in, I’m pretty sure the guitar & amplifier aren’t going to happen.  I feel like I tried to hard & people are dumbfouded that I want something nice?  I guess I can’t have nice things?  OK, I’ll stay in my lane, I’ll play my role.  Researching & getting excited about the guitar & amplifier was a waste of my time!  I’d rather not have nice material things I enjoy, a $2200 guitar & a $329 amplifier, than be the source of hate for other people.

I don’t have money or influential power, I’m physically disabled.  I’ll help the world by pointing out it’s MANY problems.  Justin Trudeau will throw money at them & Donald Trump will tell everyone lies about how perfect everything is.  I’ll keep an inventory of what issues need to be dealt with & what the new ones coming in are.  Everyone else, wake up the Federal leaders that were elected to do this sort of job.  Wake them up peacefully or they might hide in a bunker & lie about it!

Maybe if I didn’t care so much, I wouldn’t be so INCREDIBLY disappointed?  The news really bummed me out this week.

Sorry to disappoint anyone but there’s also no video of me playing guitar on the Facebook site for this blog.  I did one on Monday & didn’t post it because it was terrible.  I have played hundreds of times before cancer, but not really since.  I’m an idiot!  I’ll post some photos & a video of my ordered guitar when it gets here.  I don’t need a perfectionist to dissect my mediocre guitar playing on social media.  That’s not fun for me.  Maybe on my personal page sometime?  For now I’ll post a video that I watch more often than I should because it’s VERY well done & it makes me smile!

 

YAY new “Lamb of God” day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

“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

I’M APPROACHABLE BUT NOT OUTGOING

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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

 

Learning on guitar “Foo Fighters” the song “The Pretender” The stand out sections of the 5 guitar parts.

Learning on guitar “Led Zeppelin” the song “Kashmir” The string & horn parts, as much of it as I can.

 

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Well I did it!  Coffee free & not even craving it.  Alcohol is paid for, so it’s here but I don’t need it.  I did have a gin & lime bubbly on the weekend just for something different.  No craving for it though.  What we have will last me until next year easily for the amount I plan to consume alcohol, then probably two 26 oz. bottles of rum a year after the stuff her is gone.  So for a longtime it’s been 3-5 liters of water a day & 3 or 4 cans of bubbly a week.  Now no coffee & very little alcohol, if any every 2 or 3 weeks.

I do feel even better now.  I wish I had done this before I had cancer.  Eating & drinking right & exercising daily.  Dropped the fat & I’ve definitely put on muscle!  I have a visible calf muscle on my left leg again.

This is part of my Tuesday & Thursday exercises after some yoga…

Curls (2)

Exercise of Tuesday morning June 9th.

This is already ordered & I’m VERY excited for it!  Especially know that I’m playing around with a guitar in DADGad tuning instead of the standard EADGbe tuning.

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

It’s all about saving for a guitar, & this is a REMARKABLY EXCELLENT side effect that will continue long after the purchase of the guitar!  I do get rather tired & a little tender at the end of the week.  Weekends seem to do the trick for recovery over the weekend.  Wednesday I got up at 5:30 am by the time Kim got up at 8:00 am I had emptied the dishwasher, had breakfast & finished my exercise.  Once she got up I had a snack & showered then practiced guitar for around 5 hours.  Thursday was rough though.  I layed in bed until 9:20 am just tired & sore.  As soon as I got up I hoovered my small breakfast & did my exercises!

S2 McCarty 594 Electric Guitar with Gigbag - Whale Blue

As far as relearning guitar goes, I’m at the point where I just have to repeat the same part over a couple hundred times to get my hands used to moving in that pattern.  It wasn’t like that before cancer.  Before it was more like “OK guys what should I learn for the show in a month?”  3 days later at rehearsal we’d put the song together.  When I was doing original stuff with my brother, some of it would take a few days or we’d at least get a rough idea of what the song(s) would sound like when finished.

I’d say in the last 2 or 3 months I practice guitar for 3-6 hours a day or until my shoulder gets sore.  Makes me happy & makes me think……sometimes too much!

Now let me explain the title.  I’m quite shy & quiet, until you know me & I’m comfortable.  I rarely make the effort to introduce myself to someone.  I’m typically quiet but approachable at the same time.  I’m uneasy that I might say something wrong & offend an individual, that is never my intent.  Being a frontman for a band was different.  I always at least tried to keep every show G rated.  Every show I go to, the language get’s REALLY old fast.

I’ll talk to you but I can guarantee that I won’t be starting the conversation.  If you’re a friend of a mutual friend, that conversation is easier & I might start it.  I like to talk once I know someone.

 

I know that “Big Wreck” will have a concert from last year in Nashville on http://www.youtube.com.

Also on www.youtube.com will be “The Metal Concert Stream of the Year” with “In Flames”, “Trivium”, “Lamb of God”, & headliner “Megadeth”.  The actual tour was scheduled to start today.  I assume these will be performances from last year but I’m not certain.

 

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We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris

I WISH SOMEONE COULD FIX US ALL

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400 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

1:05 hours of yoga over 2 days

 

I fell asleep to “Trivium” the album “In Waves”

I exercised to “Finger Eleven” the album “The Greyest of Blue Skies”

 

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The outright murder of George Floyd is front & center, as it should be until we all see/hear a MASSIVE change in society EVERYWHERE!  Yes I’m white and grew up priviledged.  I never had a serious encounter with any type of law enforcement.  I’ve had some parking tickets, & that’s about it.  I’ve never had to deal with racial discrimination of any kind, yet a LOT of people have to deal with it every day.  I’m white, priviledged, & don’t have to, that’s not right!  I had to turn the news off this week because I couldn’t take it.  Lots of people can’t do that.  They turn the TV off but who knows what they’ll have to deal with when they open the door?

Canada’s Prime Minister.

We can’t do anything other than what we’re doing already with the Coronavirus.  Follow health officials orders, that’s who was hired to do this job.

My body has been EXTREMELY sore & tired since my MRI on Tuesday, May 19th.  I haven’t fully recovered from that.  I spent the majority of this past weekend in bed, all the while not completely awake.  Monday I just did a bunch of stretching REALLY sore everywhere!  I don’t know if it was “one thing” or a combination of things that sucked the energy out of me?

I watched the news on Friday, May 29th as all of the protests & riots started, that seriously choked me up & depressed me.  I had my last coffee on Wednesday May, 27th.  I had one beer on Saturday.  I am and was still tired & sore from my MRI scan.  “Hold still for 3 hours” I was REALLY sore after that.  You have no idea what it’s like unless you’ve done it, I can’t explain it for you either.  I’m claustrophobic but got over it before I went in, my shoulders were pressed against the sides of the tube the entire time.  I figure I’m just tired this week because of all those things combined.

The news REALLY got to me.  Writing Wednesday’s post I had tears running down my face.  I’m just a guy trying to do things the right way.  So was George Floyd.  He was killed because he bought cigarettes with a counterfit $20 bill?  He didn’t even resist the arrest, but they used enough force on him to kill him?  It’s a terrible situation to think about & it’s been eating me up ever since I heard about it.

Saving up for a guitar should really improve things for me.  Save by having less alcohol, a bit of rum once a month if that.  No more coffee, which has always been sugar & cream free.  Our fridge is packed with vegetables, yogurt, cottage cheese, & hummus.  It might take me a bit to get everything clear from my system, but “in the end” I’ll feel better.

As of Tuesday everything seems to be back on track for me.  Physically I’m feeling good yet a bit tired overall.  I’m hoping the weekend will be enough for my body to recover?

I don’t shop for guitars anymore.  I do watch a few www.youtube.com channels to see what they’re playing & hear what they have to say about it, why they have it, etc.  Hopefully I’ll be able to order my guitar late next year or sometime by mid-2022.  I need 10% down to order it, then pay the rest when it gets here 3 or 4 months later.

Each time I practice I run through a couple of scales a few times to get my hands loose, run through a bunch of open chords, run through a few songs, & then practice what was a bit off & other things I know I need to work on.

I’ve actually learned more songs that are new to me than the songs I played before.  What I need to do more is play my acoustic guitar more often.  More so to work on the strength in my hand than anything.  If it sounds right on the acoustic, it’s almost a guarantee that it will be easier & sound really good on electric.

A lot of people are going to talk about what’s going on right now for quite a while I hope.  Nobody’s perfect & maybe the proper words won’t be used, which I know I’m guilty of.  There’s no sense in expecting anyone to be perfect.  People are angry, sad, confused, etc.  Ask them to explain what they’re saying or tell them you don’t understand what they’re trying to say.  With so many people talking, who’s going to listen?  For thaat reason I’ll be skipping Tuesday’s post for a while & just give you my progress update & random thoughts every Friday.  Nobody needs more noise in the world right now.

 

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Chris

3RD TIMES A CHARM WITH MRI RESULTS

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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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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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I DON’T WANT TO DISAPPOINT ANYONE/READER VOTE, HELP PLEASE?????

“Did I disappoint you?”

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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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