WHAT DO I REALLY NEED IN MY LIFE?

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Friday I went to the local music store to pick up my friends guitar.  I wasn’t comfortable doing some of the repairs, so I dropped it off there Nov. 5th.  It’s here sitting in a rack with 2 of my guitars.  My brother had a 5 guitar floor stand our band would use when we played live.  Bass player, my brother, & I would all bring 2 instruments to a live show, different tunings & it’s reassuring to have a backup if something goes wrong live.

That afternoon Kim rearranged the desks in our computer room now that we’ve sold the big DVD/Blu-ray shelf to a friend of ours.  It feels much bigger in here.  I played guitar for a bit on Friday afternoon but not much.

Kim was working all day on Saturday.  She got groceries Sunday morning & worked until 9:00 pm that night. 

I stayed out of her way Saturday and played guitar most of the day.  That evening I watched a “Foo Fighters” live stream concert for $15.  Not the same as seeing them live but it also didn’t cost me $90.  Only 1:30 hour long instead of the usual 2:45 – 3:30 hour long live show, still a good deal.   

They kicked off the show with a song I’ve been working on which I will have ready to go by the time you read this.  I was practicing this song & whatever else I could think of that I know and learned the next song over the course of a quick look on Sunday & a couple of hours Monday.  I surprised myself in a good way!

I HIGHLY recommend “Marty Music” on www.youtube.com if you want to learn a song on guitar, if the tab doesn’t sound right & you can’t figure it out.  He’s the man to go to!  There are no tabs for “Audioslave” or “Rage Against the Machine” music, but good ol’ Mart Music has lessons for some of them.

Then I practiced ‘Monkey Wrench’ and when I needed a break I played other songs I know in that tuning.

Learned a mode to use on guitar.  A mode is basically a different way of using a scale for minor & major sounds from what I understand.  I now know the major & minor pentatonic scale and the Dorian mode to a point.  I’ll just call it the DeLorean mode.  #BacktotheFuture kids watch it!

I’m watching a guy on youtube complaining about the amplifier I’m hoping to get next year.  I’m looking at the “Boss Katana 50W MK2” which has been out for a while.  He’s complaining that he bought the “Boss Katana 50W MK1”.  He bought the first version shortly before the second version was released.  It’s a digital/analogue amplifier, a hybrid.  They’ve already released 5 firmware updates on the 2nd version, if I want to I can connect it to my computer to update it to the latest version. 

Essentially he’s complaining about everything being digital now instead of analogue.  I get it, but I no longer see any reason to complain about everything going digital.  I didn’t buy a cell phone because of many reasons including that it’s digital & will continue to require updates.

Why would I want a digital/analogue amplifier then?  Well I have no intention of connecting it to the internet.  There’s already 4 amplifier settings to choose out of 10 built into the amplifier & 5 effects to choose out of 15 for each amplifier setting.  I really don’t care if it’s the latest & greatest technology.  I just want it to work, sound decent, and keep it easy to use.  I’m far from a technological wizard.  My phone works, it makes phone calls.  My email & social media work, they send messages.  The amplifier comes with a bunch of digital options I likely won’t use.

I used to have “FOMO”, Fear of Missing Out.  Too expensive to keep up with the Joneses.  If I’m missing out so be it, I don’t know what I’m missing out on & for me, in this situation, ignorance is bliss.

I was planning to return to buying CDs for music from around 15 bands.  I realized that CDs are often $5-$20 more than iTunes.  I scaled my CD purchases for the future down to 6 bands, a few from iTunes, & a lot of streaming from now on or some bands are retired or I’m just not that interested in anymore. 

Guess I’m carrying on with the thinking of “Marie Kondo”, does this bring me joy?  Kim, Brewster, Friends & Family, Guitars, Music, a bit of TV, & a few movies.  Downsizing to the important things, not a lot of storage for other stuff here.  If it’s not seasonal & hasn’t been used in 6 months, why do I need to keep it?

I’m hopeful that the PRS S2 McCarty 594 will be my final guitar purchase.  I’m a sucker for any brand of guitar that sounds & is wired like a Les Paul guitar.  The PRS S2 is made to sound like a 1959 Gibson Les Paul & that’s my reason for getting it.  Its $1000 less than a Gibson reissue too & price is a factor.  Of course I have back up ideas, but nothing concrete.  I likely won’t even have this guitar until late next year if I order it between February-May.  There’s a 6 month wait once the order is placed.  I’ll have to hear what I have after I get the amplifier in 2022 before I even start considering an inexpensive guitar. 

I have a Fender Thinline & I’ll have 2 PRS S2 guitars, I can’t afford any other expensive guitar brands.  Gibson, Jackson, Ibanez, Kiesel, ESP, Charvel, Schecter, etc. are out money wise.  If I want to look for another guitar, Kim might hurt me &/or whatever guitar related stuff will come out of my own pocket, not our cash together.  

A Core PRS “Paul’s guitar” would be nice, but it’s not wired like Les Paul.  A “Mark Tremonti” Core PRS is basically a Les Paul in looks & wiring.  Either way both are far beyond what I’d ever spend on a guitar.  I really like PRS guitars, but even they’re most affordable SE line is too expensive for me.

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

https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/model/mark_tremonti_signature_2020

I stayed up until midnight.  Kim was watching “Dancing with the Stars” so I came in here and chatted with one of our friends.  I went back to the living room to hang out with, still watching ‘Dancing with the Stars’, she said she was going to bed after the show since it was already 11:00 pm.  I came back in here to shut down my computron.  Ended up [laying guitar unplugged until midnight.  Random scales & songs from memory.

As for what I’m listening to these days, still the Nothing but Thieves album ‘Moral Panic’.  I’m also listening to the new Sevendust album ‘Blood & Stone’.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris          

“Spread Love”-Ellen Degeneres

ODD COINCIDENCES

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Exercise total for 4 days. 

500 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

600 Crunches

600 Leg lifts

200 Squats   

300 Back flexes

1:05  hour of yoga over 2 days

Wednesday was a vacation day in Canada.  Every November 11th is what Canadians call Remembrance Day.  Canada stops to honour the lives of those who have fought in wars defending our country & rights.  We proudly display pins on our heart, poppy pins, to honour our veterans and current military members.  I don’t go out in public often but when I’ve been in early November I make sure I’m wearing a poppy & always a mask.

We spent the day reorganizing our office/computer room/guitar room.  Sold a book shelf to our friend & I think we’ll be getting rid of a desk?

Kim was working on her other job until 10:00 pm on Tuesday & then about 6 hours on Wednesday.  She sent the files back for the company to review that night.  Thursday she worked all day at her regular job until 5:00 pm, went straight to a hair appointment until 9:00 pm, got home & had some supper.  I went to bed around 10:30 pm & she stayed up working on 1 of her 2 big projects at work until 1:30 am.  8:00 am today she’s at her regular contract job again.  She rarely takes any time off work since she doesn’t get paid if she’s not there.  I’m worried she’s going to burn herself out.

I been practicing these 2 songs this week.  I know them very well but it’s frustrating having to play the same stuff over & over.  Before cancer this would take a day at most.  Now it looks like a couple of weeks?

My days are pretty much the same every day, “with or without…” a virus.  I’m here, I eat a small breakfast, exercise, have a snack, shower & then have lunch.  After lunch I always end up playing guitar.

Sure there are good days & bad days on guitar.  Some days I go to play guitar & I just can’t think of anything to play?  Most days it’s more like “I need more time to play guitar”.  Most of the week I was doing little things around the house or watching too much TV.

This family can use your help!  I was wrong they’re not at the total, help them out please!?

People that know me personally know Foo Fighters are my favourite band.  Even living in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada I’ve managed to see them live 5 times.  Foo Fighters made me want to be in a band & eventually learn guitar while being a lead singer.  Here’s a story about odd coincidences between their music and my life.

Foo Fighters 2nd album was released in 1997.  They were playing at an outdoor, one day festival in Saskatoon in the summer of 1998.  I graduated high school on June 24th 1998, I don’t remember the reason but I was unable to drive to Saskatoon that summer.

My first experience with a significant death in the family was my Grandmother on December 5th of 1999.  Foo Fighters released their 3rd album that November. I think I just about wore out that CD?  I dropped out of University as I was killing time driving to Moose Jaw 45 minutes away and back blasting that CD the entire time & crying.  I saw Foo Fighters live for the first time, at an outdoor, one day festival in Saskatoon in 2000.  I got Dave Grohl’s autograph on the back of my ticket.  It’s now framed with a Foo Fighters poster above my computer.

Their fourth album was released on October 22nd, 2002.  The first birthday I spent with my girlfriend, now wife of more than 15 years.  Their 5th album was released in the summer of 2005.  Kim & I were living in an apartment after getting married that May.

Their 6th album was released in 2007.  Kim & I had tickets to their show in Saskatoon in 2008 which fell a few weeks after I was out of a month long coma & in the hospital with brain cancer.  My parents used the tickets and cried all the way through the concert.

Their 7th album was released in April of 2011.  I was still in the Wascana Rehabilitation Center at the time doing physical therapy to regain control of my body from the effects of cancer.  The album was released on the day we had a fundraiser (steak night) at The 4 Seasons sports bar for our “Relay for Life” team, raising money for the Canadian Cancer Society.  This album titled “Wasting Light” has the song “Walk” on it.  I had recently started walking with a walker in my therapy that week.  Did they write that for me?  I’m sure it was an odd coincidence.

Their 10th album is to be released on February 5th 2021.  February 5th 2008 was the day I passed out at work with stage 4 brain cancer.

I’m still pretty obsessed with the album “Moral Panic” by “Nothing but Thieves”.  Unfortunately this orchestral version of “Impossible” isn’t on the album, but the regular version is.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

“Spread love” –Ellen Degeneres 

BACK ON TRACK FOR ME & KIM IS WORKING ALL OF THE TIME

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Rough week for me last week.  I still think about Kim’s friend’s family.  I still plan to donate and I hope things get much easier for them.  I know that the accident will change many lives.  I still feel bad about the ripple effect my cancer caused.

Like I said, instead of having a gift exchange at Christmas with Kim’s immediate family, the 7 of us are each donating $100 and Kim & will add a little more as well.

I was totally freaking out about this last week & it just made me feel worse as the week went on.  The story hit too close to home for me, having been through my own situation.  I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.  It is good to hear that he’s doing well and he won’t be in the hospital for 4 ½ years.  They’re over their goal on the website, but any aid still helps!

After Kim & Brewster went to bed on Friday night, I played some guitar (unplugged from my amplifier) & watched an episode of “The Mandalorian” on Disney +

It all lifted my mood a bit, but I still fell asleep with tears in my eyes.  It was nice to wake up to the news of Biden winning the election, which helped with my mood also.  I think the next 2 ½ months will be a gong show, just because we all know how Donald Trump will be.  If you missed Joe Biden’s acceptance speech here it is…

I can now say that I’m feeling more hopeful and more like myself after last week.

My top ‘never going to happen’ guitar is a Dave Grohl 335 (Foo Fighters).  They’re just too much & I don’t know if they’re available on the market?  I could see myself downsizing my guitars, much later on & getting a Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge) Core PRS or a Paul’s Guitar Core in a finish other than black, maybe orange or yellow tiger, down the road.  That’s a few decades down the road though & if I decide to scale back my guitars.  I do attain the guitars I like though & that are within my price range.

https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/model/mark_tremonti_signature_2020

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

I neglected practicing these songs last week.  Got back to them on the weekend.

A small handful at a time.  Make sure I get them as good as possible before moving on.  After that probably some 7 string stuff.  I still plan to get this amplifier & footswitch after my 42nd birthday in January of 2022.  The guitar is going to be delayed by a few months and probably a few months more if Brewster needs anything, which is no big deal.  I’d prefer to give what I have to the family in need while I have it but I know that a little now & more later will help a LOT.

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

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

I only need one amplifier & I like to keep my foot pedals to a minimum, after I get the amplifier & hear it, then I’ll decide if I’d like an inexpensive pedal.  When I say “an” I mean 1 in total.  I have 3 currently & really don’t like cluttering up the floor with pedals.  If I can’t get the sound I want from the guitar & the amplifier, then I forget about getting that sound usually.

Even talking with the local music shop owner last week, he told me those amplifiers (the first generation of them) were flying off of the shelves.  He had about 5 of them there all with tags marking them as sold.

I watched “Saturday Night Live” WAY too early Sunday morning.  You could tell they had to re-write most of the show after Joe Biden won the Presidency.  Which is a pretty good trade off since the WORLD celebrated after the announcement Saturday morning.  SNL showed clips of London, Paris, & multiple USA cities with people dancing in the streets.  Donald Trump wanted to put America first, well he did do that as he promised, and the world was watching America really close!

Like I said, I watched “SNL” VERY early Sunday morning.  I went to bed at 11:00 pm Saturday & woke up at 4:00 am Sunday.  By about 4:45 am I gave up on the idea of falling asleep & got up.  We babysat our ‘nephew’ from 9:30 am until 1:30 pm.  ‘Uncle’ Chris was tired.  He was pretty calm, he just wanted hear “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” music & bop along to the music.  I actually crawled into bed shortly afterwards & got up around 6:00 pm.

We actually/finally had a blizzard on Sunday.  I guess you could call it more of a white out?  Not a lot of snow but cold weather & very low visibility.  It just dumped snow here Sunday night.  As of Monday morning there is actually 6” of snow on the ground between snow drifts & all of the snow from the storm.

I didn’t see much of Kim this weekend.  She worked 15 hours on Friday, around 10 hours on Saturday, as soon as our ‘nephew’ left here around 1:30 pm on Sunday she worked until 11:15 pm.  She did it again Monday night, worked from 8:00 am until 11:00 pm Monday & today she’s doing here full time job 8 hours a day.  Monday I catalogued all of our DVDs & Blu-rays in order to get the big bookshelf holding them out of here.  We’ll donate or sell the shelf once I take it apart.  We’ll keep the DVDs & Blu-rays though.  We’ve already got rid of some of them in the summer, but we still have a LOT!  I should have the shelf dismantled today.

Monday was day 1 of mandatory masks in Regina because of the Covid spike across Canada.  My father went to Costco as usual & what does he see?  A group, not an individual but several together, not wearing masks & being stopped throughout the store by staff offering masks to them, their response.  “We have masks, we don’t need them” and Costco is sold out of toilet paper.  They bring out palates of it in the store & they’re sold out of toilet paper?  Figure it out already!  We did this in March & April.  I left the house twice last week and that was a rare occurrence but I wore a mask, it really isn’t that hard.  Or are people not able to keep up with a guy in a wheelchair & an acquired brain injury.  If I see someone in public without a mask yet within 6’ of me.  I will politely ask them to get out of my personal space with an extra 6’ tacked on.  If they fail to do so I promise to lose my $h!+ on them!  Will this solve anything?  Yes, it will protect me.  DO THE RIGHT THING!

Did everybody catch “Foo Fighters” on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend?  New song “Shame, Shame”.  The album, Medicine at Midnight, will be out February 5th.

A statement from Dave Grohl…

https://loudwire.com/foo-fighters-death-metal/?fbclid=IwAR3Je_ZkDKNYoyonnyMx8Gv5Lcs-pSfC3Fl4RHbB8r9qzVVNTRgBJjxfCtg

https://www.radiox.co.uk/artists/foo-fighters/advice-how-get-through-lockdown/?fbclid=IwAR2A9N0gV5wgAS1uC7NEW8WZVPJUcdDinCQQ-tI1Y7dJw-c2XRuMBDso_eI

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris          

“Spread Love”-Ellen Degeneres

TOO MANY EXTREME HIGHS & LOWS IN ONE WEEK

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Exercise total for 5 days. 

500 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

900 Crunches

900 Leg lifts

300 Squats   

450 Back flexes

1:20  hour of yoga over 2 days

It’s Thursday afternoon as I write this.

Why is everyone so against a person with a different perspective?  I may not like someone’s opinion but they should have every right to their own opinion.  Record amount of voters showed up for the election in the USA.  The highest amount since 1908?  You can’t say “get out & vote” expecting everyone to side with your opinion?  Whatever happens for the next 4 years, the votes are in so just stop worrying.  We’ve made it this far, maybe it’ll get better or maybe we’ll be tested & pushed harder?  I’m in Canada, I have been my entire life with only one week spent in the USA.  Our TV, phone, & internet was being switched over to a different company on Tuesday.  I didn’t see or hear anything about the election on Tuesday.  I can’t vote so I didn’t need to hear anything about it.  Until there’s a declared winner in the vote I have no intention of stressing about what the outcome will be.  In other words, “I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it” – Anonymous

I’m going to help out another family going through something similar we did when I got brain cancer in 2008. Kim’s childhood friend works in demolition (explosive demolitions).  He had an incident on Sunday at work & is now paralyzed from the waist down.  He’s married and has 4 young children.  If you’d like to read the story or donate you can do either by reading the following link to the go fund me page.

I thought about this family as I went to bed Wednesday night with tears in my eyes & woke up to continue silently crying Thursday morning.  Now that I’ve been on both sides of this type of situation & can sort of tell what a lot of people felt like in 2008,  I’m worried/wondering what they’re future will look like for them, just shakes me to the core.  I intend to donate as much I can. 

We’ve been tossing around ideas about cheap renovations to do here before we list the condo in 2022.   We even had an interior designer friend come in to look around & send us some suggestions.  When I heard the news about Kim’s friend that she keeps in contact with, I did what many people did when I had cancer.  I panicked & thought of selling a guitar to donate all of the money to a family in need.  Kim calmed me down.  For our Christmas with Kim’s immediate family, we’ve all agreed to donate $100 to the family instead of buying gifts for each other.  I plan to donate another $175 along with Kim’s extra donation.  We know what it can be like a few years down the road.  As I say this please don’t think I’m ungrateful for everyone’s help when I got sick.  I had 2 years of mortgage insurance & needed 2 ½ more years of money to pay our mortgage, that’s where a lot of the money went as well as rent for my room in my rehabilitation center $1000/month.  Things now are tight without my income so in a year or 2 I might sell a guitar & donate all of the funds when we donate more to this family in need.  I’ve only met the guy once or twice in passing since he lives 3 ½ hours north of here, in Kim’s home town.  I never want anyone to go through a similar situation that we went through.  Please donate if you can, it means a LOT to Kim, me, along with many other people we know & don’t know. 

Kim will likely be working this weekend.  She’s a desktop designer.  She has a full time contract job as well as 2 other companies that she does designing for 2 or 3 times a year.  She got the files for one of the other jobs Tuesday evening.  She worked 15 hours yesterday between her full time job and a part time job.

I went to the living room to finally watch TV Wednesday evening & now I know why the streaming TV is %50 off a month for 2 years.  The screen just goes blank for 5 seconds at random.  Good thing I don’t want to watch much TV since I’m in this room playing guitar or watching youtube videos about guitar.  The streaming box makes me not want to watch TV.  I’ll watch my 4 or 5 scripted shows, CFL, MLB, & 2 talk shows, nothing more since I can no longer fast forward through commercials but I can watch stuff from the last 72 hours.

I worked on a friend’s electric guitar on Tuesday.  He’s learning with an acoustic guitar but doesn’t own an electric guitar.  I found a used, more affordable Stratocaster for him.  Picked it up on Tuesday & did as much as I could to make it great.  Cleaned the body, blew out the electronic cavities, tighten the output jack & the tuners, oiled the fretboard, polished the frets, sanded off the fret sprouts, put on new strings and strung them to lock in place.  I tried adjusting the truss rod inside the neck but I wasn’t comfortable going any further with it than I already had.  It’s at a local shop for that, I don’t want to screw up his guitar.  My brother and I dropped it off & ended up visiting with the staff for over about 2 hours, we’ve known & dealt with them A LOT.  I should hear back from them by Wednesday at the latest.  I was expecting to have to replace some parts, but it worked out as is in the end.  That’s fun for me, making it better than it was.  I should do that with a few of my guitars?!  I may not have played guitar as much as I would have liked to, but I got to work on a couple instead.  Good trade off in the end!

Regina, Saskatoon, & Prince Albert (3 of the major cities in Saskatchewan) are now under the rule of mandatory masks today in public as of Tuesday’s announcement.  I’m fine with that, I think this is long overdue honestly.  We know this virus won’t just disappear since so many people prefer to carry on normally and think they’re invincible.  Meanwhile the other half of us are wearing a mask for other people.  Wearing a mask will protect me to a point, someone I encounter wearing a mask protects me even more.  It’s weird & frustrating how some people just don’t get it?  I have trouble seeing a mask as something to complain or throw a tantrum about. 

I’ve been avoiding all news this week.  Why was my A/C running at 7:10 pm in November in Canada……rrrrrright that climate change thing that’s a hoax like Covid?

I tried to watch some political news Thursday night and it’s just not worth it for me until the votes have all been counted.  This isn’t “Trump Fatigue” it’s “Election Fatigue” for me.  I’m guessing, this is NOT a fact, there will be a war either way?  If Biden becomes President there may be a civil war?  If Trump remains as President, I don’t think a world war is out of the question?  If Trump wins I’ll get hammered on rum & likely give up on humanity.  That last sentence is FACT.

Needless to say it’s been a stressful/dark/troublesome week & I can’t stop thinking about another family, with 4 children, going through a similar situation to ours in 2008.  I know already that I’ll be crying tonight (Thursday) & Friday morning when I wake up.  This is just so far from being fair to anyone.  It’s not stage 4 brain cancer but he’s paralyzed from the waist down with 4 kids, of which 2 are under the age of 3.  Hell, my lip is trembling & my eyes are watering now thinking about this.  I was in bed Thursday night before Kim (that’s a VERY rare occurrence).  She came to bed & immediately says “What’s wrong?”  I didn’t know how to sum it up in one sentence.  I’m tired & over stressed, & I’ve avoided election news!

If you’re a fan of “Saturday Night Live” watch it for sure this week.  Comedian “Dave Chappelle” is hosting & my favourite band, “Foo Fighters” are the musical guest.  They’ve been teasing fans with parts of a song on their Facebook page. I assume it’s the first single from the album they finished recording in February.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

“Spread love” –Ellen Degeneres 

VERY PLEASANT CHAIN OF EVENTS UNTIL MONDAY EVENING

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This post was written prior to our current situation Monday evening.  This first paragraph was added Monday evening.  I’ve been saving for a final guitar purchase.  Our families & mutual friends are fine.  A MAJOR situation came up & one of Kim’s hometown friend’ family’s lives changed in the blink of an eye.  I can’t talk about it as it’s not my story to tell.  Expensive guitar will be delayed for 7 months, a less expensive guitar may be purchased, or it might not happen at all & I’m more than OK with that.  Right now the 3rd scenario seems to be the most likely outcome.  People need help & I can help in this situation.  More needs to be disgusted between Kim but now is not the time.

Original post is written below.

Friday ended up being me tending to a few minor issues on my guitars.  2nd best thing to playing guitar is working on one, for me anyways. 

I opened my Facebook Saturday morning & found a used Stratocaster for a friend of mine for cheap.  I got the go ahead, he lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  I said I’d take it, I’ll give it some TLC & new strings to make it look & play like new.  Hopefully I’ll get it to him before the end of the year, all sparkly & new!

I don’t really know how to help out people, when I see an opportunity like this that I know I can do, I jump in with both feet!  This gives me a sense of purpose.  Let’s me know I can aid someone by doing something.  It might be a small thing for me to do, but I know I can do this.

I must be on a Foo Fighters kick.  Found myself playing some stuff I partially knew & figured I’ll spend some time working it all out….

^^ ‘All my Life’ took me 20 minutes to memorize, just have to bring it up to tempo.  The following songs I need to keep playing them to tighten them up.

I need to get “Alter Bridge” memorized still.

I’m sure all of this will keep me busy for a while!

The Facebook videos are a VERY poor representation of me on guitar.  When there’s not a camera on me, my anxiety disappears.  When I play, it might not be 100% perfect but it’s good enough to listen to if you like this kind of music.  I need to get some heavier gauge strings to stop the 7th string from flopping out of tune, even a friend of mine noticed it when he tried it out.  I tightened the tuners to make it better & useable until I get some new strings for it.  Yes I just made “flopping” a technical term for musicians…that just happened…YOU’RE WELCOME!

I keep telling multiple people that I plan to order that last guitar, the amplifier & footswitch and be done buying guitar gear.  I don’t need or want any other guitars we can afford & I don’t want to cramp up our already modest sized place with guitars that go unused for a few weeks.  Simple math, not enough $$$ + expensive guitars = can’t have it. 

What does our bank account & my wife say about getting another guitar?  “No”

I’ve got 2 effect pedals on my wish list, each one is under $200, if they happen one day great & if they don’t, it’s not that big of a deal.  I don’t need to tie up our funds for guitar stuff.  I’ll be VERY happy with what’s coming to me & what I already have!  I got rid of stuff I don’t want for stuff I do want & will use regularly.

You’re not supposed to ‘noodle’ on guitar, but I ‘noodle’ with scales that fit with these chords.

I hope everyone had a safe & happy Halloween!  We don’t get trick or treaters in our condo but our friends with young kids made the trek over for some goodies!  I’m sure it was an odd Halloween for most kids.

Yep I’m back to my exercise routine.  This week & plan to go hard until Friday, December 18th or 22nd.

BIG day in the USA, Federal Election Day.  I’m not telling you who to vote for, but this is a BIG deal around the world I assume.  It is in Canada since what happens in America affects us in some ways.

Here are the polls as of Sunday morning.

What these weekend polls don’t take into account are the votes from Russia, Ukraine, & the other Countries Trump has invited to mess with the election.

I will say this, American allies miss their friend.  We’ve really lost our familiar friend over the past 4 years.  Now America is curling up with countries we would have never imagined.  Please don’t become a country ruled by a dictator? 

If you’re American, why are you reading this when you should be voting????!!!!  Hurry up!  Go vote!!!  This is HUGE!!!!!!  This will be here for a while, voting ends today!  MOVE IT!  SKEDADDLE!!  TIME’S WASTING!!!!  SCOOT!!!!  WHY ARE YOU STILL HERE????

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris          

“Spread Love”-Ellen Degeneres

NO ANTI-MASK SHAMING HERE BUT PLEASE WHERE ONE?

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Exercise total for 5 days. 

00 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

00 Crunches

00 Leg lifts

00 Squats   

0 Back flexes

?  hours of yoga over 5 days

I didn’t exercise this week.  Woke up at 3:30 am on Monday & it threw me off of my routine for the week.  I spent the week doing stretching & yoga every day.  I guess it was about an hour a day give or take 5 minutes.  I was just very sore & stiff until Thursday after my stretching, then I started to feel a bit better.

We went to my parents’ place for a birthday supper.  Kim’s was on the 22nd, Rachel’s is on the 30th, & my Grandfather’s is on November 1st.  We got to see people & visit!  

This is one of the many reasons I think Dave Grohl is a genius!

I saw that on Wednesday, & grabbed my guitar, as usual, and said to myself “Self, it’s time to nail down the many Foo Fighters’ songs you know and play them until they’re perfect like when you played so many of them live.  Before you had cancer when your left hand wasn’t useless”.  So I did and relearned the lead intro & rest of this song…

…will you see me play it on Facebook?  Probably not, as we all know that’s not working out great for me at the moment.  All I can say is not anytime soon.

Donald Trump has stated that if he loses the election he’ll have to move.  He’s also never said that there might not be a peaceful transition of power if he loses.  So what’s it gonna be?  If he loses & stays, he’ll owe buckets of money to A LOT of people &/or likely go to jail.  If he wants to move to another country there’s a travel ban, even the Canada/USA border is closed right now.

It really surprises me that I’ve seen very few people here that are senior citizens yet they come & go without a mask.  Whenever I leave our suite I wear a mask because it’s the right thing to do.  Oh yeah & I don’t want to die!  Yet I’ll see many people in the hall or typically at the elevator, that live here and I’m the only one wearing a mask?  I thought the older a person is the more lethal Covid could be?  I guess they just don’t care?

Dear world,

Canada just celebrated Thanksgiving earlier this month.  Covid cases are higher than they’ve ever been.  Be safe out there and in family gatherings or prepare for a weird Christmas.

Sincerely,

A concerned Canadian

“You don’t need expensive stuff.  You need stuff that sounds good” – Paul Reed Smith.  Then why are PRS guitars near the top of the price range for good sounding guitars?  I agree with about 85% of what he says, but why did he go into business to make guitars he could afford & price them so high?  I’m VERY happy with my PRS S2 but a Core PRS is priced higher than most people would consider.  If they had a job or not.

I still plan to save & order my PRS S2 McCarty in February.  If my other guitars weren’t that good & didn’t have sentimental value, I’d probably sell them for a real Gibson or Core PRS?  Once I order the PRS S2 McCarty 594 in February, I’ll hopefully get the amplifier & footswitch later on, and I won’t have to research another guitar or amplifier for many years, if ever?

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

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

I am researching affordable Stratocasters for a friend of mine that doesn’t have an electric guitar.  Stratocasters aren’t my thing but they are quite popular, and have been used by many big artists.  A DIY kit in many years seems like a good idea.  This is speculation after an attempt to sell our suite in 2022 & hopefully find a viable house at the same time.  I have a sick feeling we’re here for the long haul?  Please prove me wrong?!?!  Somewhere in that time I hope to find a part-time online job.  I’d like to continue exercising daily while earning a paycheck.  Something others likely wouldn’t want to deal with, like data entry?  Listen to music & punch in numbers for a few hours?

I have, what I assume is an American Fender Thinline “Semi-hollow Telecaster”.  I’ll have 2 PRS S2 models.  The closest I have to Gibson is their import/more affordable line Epiphone, which I have 2 of.

Grabbed my Epiphone 7 string on Thursday to work on this song for a while.  I can see improvement in my hand muscles after an hour or a little more.  More control of my left arm!

Do you know that feeling of when you’re about to make a “breakthrough”?  That’s how I felt on Thursday playing guitar, I didn’t want to stop I wanted to see what would happen!

I figured this out WAY too late in life.  If I don’t like a song or band, I just avoid it when possible or shut up so others can enjoy it.  Typically rock/metal and some pop is not for other people & is often turned off.  Kim & I are at complete opposite ends of the music spectrum.  She’ll be watching or listening to something I don’t like so I end up leaving the living room.

1,000,000 views of this video will make Paul Reed Smith sign the back of this one-off guitar.

Since I got the “Nothing but Thieves” album ‘Moral Panic’ to work last weekend, it’s all I’ve been listening to, other than the last “Trivium” album once.

We watched “Borat 2020” Thursday night & Trump supporters will HATE it.  Some, probably a TON of people will write it off as a stupid, raunchy, disgusting comedy.  In my opinion it was a VERY brilliant reflection of Donald Trump, his vision for America, & his supporters.  The world isn’t laughing at America, were laughing at the Trump administration & whoever supports Donald Trump.  Don’t watch this movie without doing a bit of research & if you can’t laugh at yourself in some way, you should probably pass on it completely.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

“Spread love” –Ellen Degeneres 

MAKE VOTING A SPECIAL EVENT

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Provincial election here so we made it an event when we voted early on Friday.  I got a 4 pack of local craft beer and Kim as usual got a tea from Tim Horton’s.  WAY better than just making a trip out to vote!

The actual vote date was yesterday in Saskatchewan.  The USA Federal election is November 3rd.

We voted & got our treats.  We came home, I had a late supper, sat down with a beer & watched my brother & 2 friends (King for a Day) playing at a local restaurant as well as live streaming their acoustic show on Facebook.  Their full on, 5 member rock band is “Room 333”, the room number I was in during 2008 and a bit after.

The last live show I played was a benefit show, one of at least 3, for a disability charity on January 25th 2008.  I passed out at work with brain cancer on February 5th, 2008.  I was playing in a rock band with my younger brother.  He wasn’t done playing live yet & still isn’t.  He formed a new group with friends from the music scene and called it “Room 333”.  An indie band organization has recognized them but their acoustic cover band actually pays better.  Same with me.  I started out just singing in a cover group during University, learned very basic guitar to fill out the sound, & made cash to upgrade my music gear.  All while working a part time job.  I ended up dropping out of University & going to technical college instead & got my diploma as a printing press operator.

I knew pretty early that music would just be a hobby, since I only got my own guitar from my parents for my 21st birthday.  Fell in love with guitar & now I’ve found my way back to it.  I never really finished up “Razor” by Foo Fighters and “Addicted to Pain” by Alter Bridge could use more shine and memorization.  I’ll work on those & “Monkey Wrench” by Foo Fighters this week! 

Foo Fighters in general never get old for me.  They’ve easily been my favorite band since 1998 when I became obsessed with them.  What’s our living room art work above our couch?  8 individually framed vinyl records by Foo Fighters.  That’s a group among very few that I purchase on CD.  That’s the band that made me want to create music.  They’re my initial test of listening to loud distorted guitar music.

I’ve got a PRS model now so this definitely calls for “Alter Bridge” in drop Db tuning!  It may not be a signature Mark Tremonti PRS, but it’s a PRS S2.

We had a birthday supper at our friends’ place for Kim.  Tasty as always & ice cream cake too!  “Auntie” Kim took our “niece” to get her hair rainbow coloured, looks pretty cool.  Our “nephew” wanted me to read him a book.  He’d bring a book out, ask to sit on my lap, I’d read a paragraph then he’d take off & get a different book in 20 seconds.  He’s only 2 years old, pretty funny!

Chatting with my buddy later on, it was good to find out that I’m not the only one that’s camera shy while playing guitar.  At this point for me it’s more of what I do for me as a hobby & exercise as my psychiatrist says, not something I do for other people.  If I couldn’t actually play guitar I wouldn’t be mentioning it or trying to record videos to put on Facebook.  I’m not saying I’ll never attempt a video again, but right now it’s not fun for me doing that.  I think about anything other than the task at hand, being a goofball on camera is much easier!

I’m not as good on guitar as I was in my 7th year of playing, but I’m learning & applying new stuff & songs, as well as songs that I’ve never tried before in order to challenge myself.  That’s definitely part of the reason I’m often quiet.  If EVERYBODY’s talking, who’s listening?  What wisdom can I share and what will you teach me?   

I said earlier that I’d never buy a Gibson.  Why did I say that?  They’re currently & for many years have been far beyond my price range despite my adoration of a Gibson Les Paul.  The Gibson brand has had a few ups & downs.  Gibson actually stopped production of their Les Paul body style in the 1940s & eventually brought them back.  Les Paul guitars are Gibson’s most well-known guitar & it’s been copied by MANY other brands!  I have a Les Paul copy as well as my Epiphone Les Paul 7 string.  I don’t own a Gibson because of the price.  At this point in my life, I don’t really care what the brand name is on a guitar, I more interested in the sound of a guitar & a modest body shape.  My explorer guitar is odd enough for me.  Same reason I’ll never buy an American Fender or a Core PRS, too expensive in Canada!

I head to bed after 1:00 am on Saturday and playing electric guitar unplugged since we’re in a condo.  I might as well have played through my amplifier in the bedroom!  Kim’s & Brewster were asleep but between the 2 of them it was just a symphony of sound, this is why I fall asleep to rock or metal music, much more relaxing!

Sunday was the day we just get everything ready for the week.  Very lazy Sunday.  Sunday’s energy level went right into Monday for me.  I got up at 1:00 pm Monday still feeling tired, just needed to do some stretching all of my body was tight & a little tender.  I went to bed by 10:00 pm Sunday, woke up to pee at 3:30 am & I was wide awake but tired still until I fell asleep around 9:30 am.

I watched the Presidential debate & quickly realized that I didn’t need to.  It’s all over any & all Canadian news though & there’s nothing on TV anyways & again it was useless for me despite that I’m Canadian.  I know the difference between wrong & right.  I’ve lived through the terror of the Donald Trump administration from afar.  I shake my head and try not to yell at my TV when he’s on there lying.  I can’t vote, but if he wins, I’m pretty sure America can kiss democracy away.  I’m embarrassed that Donald Trump is from the same planet as me.  I’m going into my bubble of non-political news until the US Federal election is over.

Kim is far more optimistic than I am when it comes time to find a wheelchair accessible house in 2022.  We’ll be doing some inexpensive renovations to this place within the next year to make it more to our liking.  If it doesn’t sell or if we can’t find a place in Regina, it’ll be a bit closer to what we want without being a free standing house.  Nothing wrong with our place but we’re too young to live surrounded by grandparents, great grandparents, & a few visiting noisy kids.

After a few days of trying to get Apple products to work I finally got the new “Nothing but Thieves” album to stream.  3 album into their career & I’ve REALLY enjoyed them all!

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris          

“Spread Love”-Ellen Degeneres

FANTASTIC WEEK!

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Exercise total for 5 days. 

500 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

900 Crunches

900 Leg lifts

300 Squats   

450 Back flexes

1:15 hour of yoga over 2 days

Little delay today.  The building manager & fire Marshall were checking the sprinklers & fire alarms in each suite this morning.  This happens once a year.

Great week for me!  Exercise went REALLY well & I felt very productive/accomplished on guitar too.  I learned the “Alter Bridge” song by mid-week & relearned “Learn to fly” & “Razor” by Foo Fighters by the end of Tuesday.  I just keep playing new songs over & over until it becomes automatic.  Relearning a song I’ve played 100s of times before gets boring but I know I need to do it.  To keep the tempo I sing the melody in my head or hum along if I can.  “Alter Bridge” is a new thing to me on guitar other than their song “Find the Real” most Foo Fighters’ songs I’ve played & sang quite a bit, although I have been learning “Rope” that was released in April of 2011 while I was in my rehabilitation program.

I’ve never attempted singing “Addicted to Pain” so I count the beats.  Pretty busy on guitar to sing along with…even just in my head!

Foo Fighters’ album ‘There is Nothing Left to Lose’ was released in November of 1999.  My grandmother died of cancer on December 5th, 1999.  I almost wore out the CD, with ‘Learn to Fly’ on it, that December.  It was my 3rd semester of University & I didn’t want to do anything after she died.  I would blast that album in my used 1989 Ford Tempo & drive 45 minutes away to the closest city, Moose Jaw, & back to kill time.  I’ve heard, played, & sang ‘Learn to Fly’ 100s of times.

I’ve been playing ‘Razor’ quite a bit & ‘Addicted to Pain’ a lot to memorize them both ‘Razor’ is memorized & ‘Addicted to Pain’ is new to me and just busy in general.  VERY satisfying though!

I think we can add a 1959 Gibson Les Paul reissue to my “never going to happen” list.  That’s why I’m saving for the much more affordable PRS S2 McCarty 594.

I will confess that I had a coffee on Tuesday since I didn’t sleep well Monday night.  That’s my 3rd coffee since the end of May!  I don’t know what my resting heart rate is now?  While I was doing exercise therapy, my therapist would check my pulse before & after my 30 minute workout first thing in the morning.  I think it was in the mid-90s per minute before my exercise without coffee?   

Kim heard on Wednesday that October is “Disability Employment Awareness Month”.  In Saskatchewan anyways.  We were talking about me getting a part time online job Tuesday night.  I’m definitely up for that type of job.  I could still get my exercise done in the morning & work 4 hours in the afternoon or even work 2 ½ full days if needed.  Minimum wage in Saskatchewan is $11.45, I could do that for a bit of extra cash & having an actual purpose while contributing to society!  I’d rather be useful than dependent.

Even without a job & minimal TV the days just seem to be too short.  Weeks seem OK, & 2020 isn’t over yet?!?!  BALLS!  I’m awake by 7:30 am, shower between 11-12 depending on the day, play guitar, hang out with Kim, she goes to bed at 9:30-10:00 pm, & I typically go to bed between 11:00 pm to midnight.  I sleep in on Saturday.  Sunday I’m usually making my vegetable juice, eggs, & fish for the week.  Brewster will bark at us around 8:00 pm from the bedroom meaning he wants up on the bed.  Kim puts him up there, but he comes out to the living room 10-30 minutes later. “Who needs Sleep?”

I had a psychiatrist appointment & all is going really well.  He asked about my typical day & was happy to hear about.  Last time that I saw him I was prescribed a small dose of anti-depressants/sleeping pills, I told him that they seem to help most of the time.  He was happy to hear that too.  Really nice guy and very personable.  Came out to the waiting room to say hi, helped with the doors out of the building even.

Yesterday was Kim’s birthday.  Covid birthday.  Ordered in food, my parents brought over mine & Brewster’s gift to her while she was at work today & my dad drove me to my appointment about the time Kim was close to finishing work for the day.  She told me last night that she has today off, so we stayed up later than usual.  She wanted to relax & just watch some Netflix for a while after we had supper, so that was her Covid birthday.  Kim actually took Brewster out for a bit this morning to avoid the loud high pitched smoke alarms going off this morning.

I compared Ellen’s apology to Donald Trump’s response to sexual assault accusations, there’s a BIG difference in my opinion.  Ellen admits quite a bit that she avoids tabloids regarding her & her show.  She also calls herself a “…work in progress…”  Donald Trump was born in 1946 and hasn’t changed since.  All he ever says is how he’s so perfect at EVERYTHING!  I think we’re all a work in progress.  You’re not going to wake up one day and think “Oh, I’m perfect!  I guess I can stop evolving”.  The world is still spinning you might want to keep up?!

I’m suffering from “Trump Fatigue”.  I’ve recorded the debate & I’ll watch the “Borat” movie on Amazon Prime at some point this weekend, then I don’t need to see anymore until after the election results are given.  Then I can get drunk & forget what happened if Trump wins & pray or keep on keeping on with more optimism than usual if Biden wins.

This looks interesting.  I’m mostly deaf in my right ear from listening to LOUD rock & metal bands live.

YAY, “Nothing but Thieves” 3rd album “Moral Panic” is out today!  The first 2 albums & 4 song EP didn’t disappoint me in the least!

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

“Spread love” –Ellen Degeneres 

WE’VE MADE A DECISION

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We’ve decided to hold off on trying to sell our condo next year.  Kim’s idea & I agreed.  Stay here for another year, save some money to pay off some debt (car payments, mortgage payments, etc.) & talk to an interior decorator.  Do some cheap upgrades around here for our taste.  Put the condo on the market in 2022, if it sells great & if not it’ll be upgraded to a brighter looking place.  We’ve already been throwing around a few little ideas.  Nothing will happen until we talk with a decorator.

For me this is a good thing & a bad thing.  There’s nothing on the market worth looking at right now & the gong show of selling a condo and finding the right place to move to within a month REALLY complicates things.  The act of actually moving seems like a pain as well.  The upside of moving is that we won’t be in a condo under the laws of everyone else.  We’d have a backyard that’s not an 8’ X 5’ balcony that I can’t access in my chair.  I’d like to turn my guitar amp up too, can’t do that in a condo either, I shut my little amplifier off at 8:30 pm so I don’t annoy our neighbors, headphones through my current amplifier just suck.  Generic digital distortion through headphones. 

There’s just not enough room here between our suite & storage unit either.  You can’t go into our storage unit without pulling out an 8’ high 3 shelve cart full of stuff in our 9’ X 5’ storage unit.  We go down there maybe 3 times a year?  Donate stuff, get seasonal stuff, or to get the odd thing that’s not in our suite.

Brewster’s doing fine he’s just getting old.  Pretty sure he’s deaf though.  He comes in here to check on me while I’m paying guitar & goes full circle in the room right past my amplifier.  He checks on me about 3 times a day & walks past my amplifier about once a week.  Usually around 3:00 pm he brings a toy with him, which means I should hurry up because he wants to play…..for 3 minutes.

I have a HUGE list of songs to learn!  I figure I’ll just hunker down learn 2 songs a week while going over some previously learned stuff to keep it fresh & in my mind.  I will take one day a week to play different chords with different notes out of a scale, while going through a few scales every day.  I’ll practice a song I know but haven’t worked on & a song that’s new to me…

I started working on these 2 on Sunday.  I say 2 songs this week & then grab my acoustic guitar & play this Foo Fighters song as far as I can remember it while watching a little TV and I’m trying to expand my 7 string catalogue learning more Trivium stuff.  I ended up learning part of the Trivium song Sunday night too.

My anxiety got the best of me when I posted the videos myself playing guitar.  Even when Kim filmed it she noticed that I immediately tense up when I know there’s a camera recording me.  I really wanted it to be great, & it usually is.  I wanted people to see that I’m not just buying a guitar for wall art, I use them & can play much better than on Friday’s videos.  We did 9 takes & I finally said “It sucks, but we should be doing something else.”  They should have been MUCH better & done in one take, not 9.  I apologize for that. 

I’ve never had anxiety since I left my therapies in 2012.  Obviously it’s not getting much better.  I don’t know if you were disappointed but I sure was!  I’m much better without being on video to the point that I enjoy it.  The videos weren’t enjoyable for me to make, see, or hear again.  I start thinking too much instead of just playing & feeling relaxed.

I think the reason I get so nervous now is that I REALLY dislike photos of myself.  If I was recording just audio, well that’s MUCH easier for me.  I really don’t like meeting new people in my current state.  I don’t want people to instantly feel sorry for me or doubt me immediately either.

Basically, I still feel awkward being physically handicapped.  I’m used to getting into a wheelchair & putting on my iPatch, but I still worry too much about what other people think about me.  I’d prefer if a person got to know me instead of likely judging me upon first impression.

I went into my computer/guitar room & just worked at 2 songs on Monday.  When I focus myself, the progress in 4 hours is amazing.  I relearned the Foo Fighters’ “Learn to fly” & learned the intro, chorus, & part of the main riff for Alter Bridge’s “Addicted to Pain”.  After that I went to the living room & grabbed my acoustic guitar to finally learn Foo Fighters’ “Razor”!  I impressed myself at how well it all went!  That’s work & a lot of fun for me, filming any song…not so much.  I took a 2 hour pause for supper & practiced 3 songs, “Learn to fly”, “Addicted to Pain”, & “Razor” for 1:30 hours.  Kim doesn’t like it when I watch TV & play my acoustic at the same time.

People are worried about putting on mask every day for ½ a year or more.  I’ve been getting into a wheelchair and putting on an eye patch every day since 2008?  So, I’ve already increased stuff I don’t like but I know are a necessity.  I wear a mask on top of that, WHY?  Because it really isn’t a big deal to show a little bit of respect for others & not be so vain.

Just wear a mask and the world would be much more pleasant & Covid numbers likely wouldn’t be as high as they are right now.  As far as I’m concerned the border between Canada & the USA should stay closed until this virus thing is over!  Trump plans to “…open the border soon.”  Trudeau wants to extend the closure until US numbers for the virus are under control.  People in public not wearing a mask is disappointing & incredibly rude to the rest of us that wear a mask.  Put on a mask, please stay home, or at least 12’ away from me in public.

I forgot to mention “The Struts” new album “Strange Days” was released on Friday, October 16th.

“Nothing but Thieves” will release their new album “Moral Panic” on Friday, October 23rd.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris          

“Spread Love”-Ellen Degeneres

P.S.  I didn’t sleep well last night.  I got up at 6:45 am & did my exercises.  Early to bed tonight.  Got up & YAY a skiff of snow!  I much prefer winter than summer!  SHORTS WEATHER!

BAD VISIT TO THE VET LAST NIGHT

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Exercise total for 4 days. 

500 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

600 Crunches

600 Leg lifts

200 Squats   

300 Back flexes

1:20 hour of yoga over 2 days

Nice short week.  Feeling good & detoxed from Thanksgiving.  Food I don’t typically eat & I had a glass of wine as well as a gin beverage of some type, good at the time but nice to get out of my system.  Sorry about the typos in any posts, my bad.

I still don’t like meeting new people the way I look now in a wheelchair with an iPatch.  I feel very awkward, socially anyways.  I was outgoing for a bit after high school.  Even had a bit of self-confidence for a while.

I had another shocking/pleasantly surprising moment during my exercises Wednesday morning.  I was about to start my squats & figured I try to just stand still with my hands a few inches away from my transfer pole.  Turned out to be the longest I’ve been able to stand on my own.  I’m pretty sure I’ll never walk on my own again, but that was a great event for me that morning! 

I try not to watch CNN & Fox news channel isn’t free with our cable package.  We did have a free trial period though.  I’m a Canadian that has seen both broadcasts.  I’m not a fan of either one even though I side with the left/democrats/CNN.  The 2 stations are further away from each other than I could ever imagine.  CNN tends to twist the knife in their favor.  Fox news seems to be fiction grabbed from dream land & reported as news.  Personally, I have no say on November 3rd.  I’d vote for a cold serving of liver before I’d even consider voting for Donald Trump.  Can’t say that I was ever a fan of his even before he became President.  What exactly has he done for Americans in a positive matter?  Has he ever put American citizen’s safety/health a priority?

He’s done some terrible things and denied them all.  He was involved & has been photographed in many of these situations that he has, conveniently, forgot.  He’s lied, cheated, withheld information, he’s ignorant & arrogant.  Even in Canada I’m tired of the lies & misinformation.  I not only have the effects of cancer & depression, I now have “Trump Fatigue”.   

I can’t vote in the USA Federal election since I’m a Canadian living in Canada, if I was in Russia I assume my opportunity to vote on November 3rd would increase.  Canada shares a border with America & I feel as though I’m too close to Donald Trump.  I don’t want a dictator for a neighbor.  So for the 10 or so Americans reading this, PLEASE VOTE HIM OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    I’m not OK with 221,180 American deaths (at the time of this writing) due to Covid & I don’t think anybody should feel different.

There’s a provincial election happening in Saskatchewan too.  Far less coverage of our election on the local news than the mess going on in the USA.  Finally on Wednesday evening news I watched a Saskatchewan Provincial debate and what did I learn?  Nothing!  A lot of yapping about what the other party can’t do.  You’d think most politicians would know by now that voters already know what the current party can’t/won’t do.  I’d like to know what a different leadership can do & what changes I’ll see.  Of course there was no talk about people with disabilities, as usual.  I’m supposed to vote today and I have no clue who to vote for?

Brewster had a visit to the vet last night.  He was already maxed out on pills for his heart murmur & things got worse for the little guy.  He has some type of disease that I’m not even going to pretend to spell & he’s on another medication for a bladder infection.  Between blood, urine, vet visit & medication, then we find out he has a bladder infection, his kidneys aren’t great, & some disease I’m not even going to try to spell.  We’re both a little stressed & worried about our little guy.  I’m just glad he’s not in any pain at this point, still worried about him A LOT!  The little guy is priority number 1 more than usual!  I didn’t sleep well, but Brewster did.  He was up & bombing around the place this morning.  Pretty sure we just spent a little more than a mortgage payment at the vet last night, we needed all of his heart pills again too.

I went deep this week & decided to learn the guitar for this song.  I’ll be working at this for a while.  I’ve got most of the pattern down, now I need to get it up to tempo.  I’m done picking songs to learn, I have a lot of tabs bookmarked to learn.

Sorry, LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!

If a person wants to wear any kind of shirt with a logo, band, or anything symbolic on it, I don’t care.  When you give it any attention, it’s free advertising for a brand!

I haven’t listened to this album in a long time.  I should change that!  Rick Beato will forget more than I’d ever hope to know.

Well I did it & again I didn’t like it.  Too many glaring mistakes.  We made 2 videos of me playing guitar, one with my Epiphone Explorer & the other on my new PRS S2 Custom 22 semi-hollow.  Kim noticed that I just instantly tense up with a camera in the room. 

I should mention that the video of “For all the cows” is with my PRS which I had setup with every string tuned down a ½ step, flat.  The song is not written that way.  I just like to play in that tuning. Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, Bb, Eb instead of the usual E, A, D, G, B, E.  They’ll both be on the Facebook page!  As for the actual playing, anxiety is at maximum & after 9 tries, I figured that was enough.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

“Spread love” –Ellen Degeneres