3RD TIMES A CHARM WITH MRI RESULTS

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400 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

600 Crunches

600 Leg lifts

300 Squats

300 Back flexes

1:20 hours of yoga over 2 days

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Another new tune from “Lamb of God”!

 

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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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LAST LENGTHY GUITAR CHAT NOW THAT I’VE DECIDED

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

S2 Custom 22 semi-hollow (ordered)

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

S2 McCarty 594   (saving for it)

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

SE Paul’s guitar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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350 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

600 Crunches

600 Leg lifts

300 Squats

300 Back flexes

1:20 hours of yoga over 2 days

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

I exercised to “Alter Bridge” the album “One Day Remains”

 

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PLEASE REMEMBER AS I SAY THIS THAT I AM IN NO WAY A FIGURE OF AUTHORITY, HEALTH OFFICIAL, POLITICIAN OR ANYTHING ELSE!

 

This may not be popular opinion but I think a TON of Federal governments have failed during this pandemic, not all of them, but most.  The biggest failure in my opinion was this “gradual opening”, I think it would have been better to keep doing what we were doing.

If you’re one of the many that is at work or returning to work soon, please remember that the distancing rules still apply.  Remember that these rules are to protect you & everyone else.

It’s almost summer so this certifies that even during a GLOBAL PANDEMIC indeed everybody’s going crazy!  “Let’s go out & enjoy the sun even if we DIE!”  I guess opening a window or hanging out on your balcony/deck/patio/back yard isn’t an option for some people?

If health officials say it’s too early, why do we have them if nobody listens to them?  “Good grief, listen to the people we hired to advise us on these types of situations, are you CRAZY?”  Total logic…..right out the window!

Places are opening & what I was hoping wouldn’t happen is happening.  Its 5:10 pm on Monday, May 4th.  I just watched a few minutes of news.  Health officials predict a spike in Covid-19 cases in 2 weeks.  Why?  The general public was given an inch & took a mile.  No masks, public places full, & no distancing among any number of people in any group.  This gradual opening has already failed.

Think about it this way.  Some math here for a second.  We started at 0, no knowledge of an outbreak & it escalated to currently 3.64 million cases internationally.  So we’re NOT reopening at 0, we’re already at a 3.64 million.  When places start to reopen, the probability is that the number will increase from where it is since we now know the virus exists without a fool proof cure.  Instead of not knowing & starting at 0, we’re reopening at 3.64 million knowing there’s a virus but not knowing exactly how we got to 3.64 million cases.  Even if we got the cases down to 0 we’d be right back where we started & the number would still increase without a cure.

Sorry if I come across as insulting your intelligence.  I’m trying to break it down as simply as I can for whoever is reading this.  I hope this helps, this is as close as I can get to the way I see it in my head.

I’d like to say I’ll see you in July but as far as I know, there’s a good chance we will all be in quarantine again?  Please be respectful by being responsible?

I’m pretty sure I have a serious addiction problem.  My free time is always spent either playing guitar to build up my hand/finger/arm strength, watching guitar players on www.youtube.com, or digging up whatever I can find on the 2 PRS guitars, the one I’ve ordered and the one I’m saving for.  I just spent 2 hours with Kim looking for something to watch on a few streaming services, nothing interested me since it wasn’t guitar related or I knew Kim wouldn’t like it.  I’d rather be practicing guitar until the muscles in my hand hurt, fingertips are fine since I have very thick callouses on them.

I grabbed my acoustic on Monday of last week and realized how HORRIBLY weak my left hand was/is.  It’s like my hand reverted to ground zero again, I guess that just means more sweating it out playing guitar.  I’ve been playing my acoustic almost exclusively since then to clean things up & get them as close to perfect as possible & it’s coming along, little bit frustrating until I do the same thing on electric & wonder why one sounds awful & the other sounds good.

I spoke with our building manager shortly after I started playing again.  I asked him if anyone had sent him a noise complaint about us.  He asked why & I told him it was because I was playing guitar again.  He told me not to worry & do what I please between 8 am – 10 pm.  I only play from about 1:30 pm – 8:30 pm, then I unplug for the neighbors.  That being said, there’s been more acoustic playing here lately.

Guitar interest has completely taken me over.  I lay awake in bed just thinking about what I want to work on the next day & end up staring at photos of the guitar I’ve ordered & the final one I’m saving for.  This room is no longer referred to as our “computer room”, it’s now called “the guitar room”.

As far as I’m concerned, my future order of the less expensive PRS guitar is on hiatus.  Brewster went to the vet on Friday for a checkup.  Another month of his water pills and a 2nd pill for the rest of his life, for blood pressure now.  Now he’s on 3 pills, but the water pill is temporary.

Kim doesn’t see it really affecting us financially.  When we found out I immediately told Kim “If I have to stop saving for the other guitar, that’s fine.  Use whatever is needed for him”.  She says were OK, but she knows I can wait to order a guitar.

 

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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

2 days of yoga

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

10:32 minutes of planking over 5 planks.  My longest plank (3:05 minutes) from Wednesday and 2:30 minutes today (when it loads) are on the Facebook page.  No, I won’t be posting a plank every day.  I will do a plank 5 days a week & post the time here.

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

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

 

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Saskatchewan is set for a slow re-opening on Monday.  It’s currently Wednesday & our province just had it’s 6th death in total and 17 new confirmed cases today.  Before Monday, April 27th, we had 4 deaths in total.  Do you really need a haircut so bad that its worth risking your health/life?  Priorities people, your hair isn’t going anywhere.

Thank you to EVERYONE who has been at work during this time.  Don’t ever think that the rest of us don’t greatly appreciate what you’re doing. To those who are returning or have returned to work.  Please stay safe & remember that the 6 foot rule still applies, a mask is not a bad idea either!

 

As I’ve stated before, my upper body is doing well ,my lower body…wheelchair.  I’m going to tell you something you may or may not already know?  There is no secret to anything that I know of!  I’ve watched countless www.youtube.com videos full of “secrets” on how to get results by doing this trick while doing this exercise or do this to improve your guitar playing in minutes.

It’s all non sense.  If you want to acomplish anything it’s gonna take hard work, focus, & dedication.  Pretty much everything was easy for me before cancer.  If I wasn’t good enough at something I gave up, now everything is as it should be.  I want to “walk”, well I have to work at that.  I want to play guitar, I’ve got to work on that, etc.  Anything I want to do now involves a lot of trial & error, if I fail I have to try something different to succeed.

All of us are stuck at home right now.  I’ve been stuck at home since December 18th, 2013.  I’ll admit that it took me a bit to get my butt in gear, but where I am now is a long way from where I was.  We’re all at home now, this is YOUR time, what do YOU want to do with it?  What’s that nagging thing in the back of your mind that you keep putting off but know it has to start somewhere?  Do it.

Kim called me a “good self-motivator” and I’m still shocked by that.  Nobody has ever called me that before!  Well what else am I supposed to do with all of this time?  Sit around all day & complain about my cancer to her when she gets home?  I don’t necessarily enjoy forcing myself to exercise 5 days a week.  I’d like to be at least where I was before cancer.  That’s going to take a LOT of work on my part.  That’s the only way I know how to achieve these goals.  That planking I put on Facebook, that’s a fraction of my exercise 5 days a week & even that little bit has it’s complications that you don’t see.

When I woke up from a 4 or 5 week coma after 3 brain surgeries, 8 of my toes were seriously curled, still are.  My 3 smallest toes on each foot are called “hammer” toes, they bend down more.  My 2nd toe on each foot is a “claw” toe.  It’s nearly curled underneath my foot.  Only surjery can fix this, & no I can’t bend them backwards.  That’s why you’ll see me adjusting so much during a plank.  They don’t bother me at any other time than when I’m planking or doing push-ups.  When I’m walking, they’re fine.  The following link has diagrams to explain it.

https://images.app.goo.gl/zBAAZLKBEFShnFVk7

As I’ve mentioned, I don’t watch much TV, WAY less than than last year.  Pretty much news, 2 talk shows, & a handful of other stuff, since there isn’t any MLB or CFL to watch. I watch local & national Canadian news I try not to watch much CNN, I’m not American.  I always watch “The Ellen Degeneres Show” & “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”, I’d watch more late night shows if I could.  “Prodigal Son”which finished it’s season is my replacement for the departed “Criminal Minds”.  There are a few others that I squeeze in.  I’m usually doing something else like practicing guitar when I’m not eating, exercising, showering, peeing, shaving, etc.

I changed the strings on my 7 string, tuned it & played it.  I went to cut the floppy excess off of the strings & accidentaly cut a string.  Before this Kim is telling me “Don’t cut the strings too short until it’s done!” last time I listen to her about new guitar strings.  I know have two 3 string guitars tuned to B, E, A, no D, G, b, e.  I guess I can play some low chords, high chords, or just wait for my Amazon order to replace the D string?

Great salesman who can back up his talk with science & logic, that’s why I’ve got a PRS S2 ordered & plan to buy a PRS SE to finish off with!

 

I’m OK with this until he starts to shout/scream/growl.  Other than that I’d be all in.

Yes, metal/rock fans are picky too.

 

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IT AINT OVER YET!  STAY INSIDE & READ THIS!

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

I exercised to “Foo Fighters” a collection of roughly 100 B-Sides & Rarities.

 

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…and why are metal & rock fans considered to be terrible people?  I’m in a wheelchair & typically wearing a “Lamb of God” hoodie or a metal T-Shirt.  Before my cancer I was stopped countless times for a brief conversation, & even since the same has happened as well as any aid is always offered.  Even in the summer of 1999 I broke my nose at an outdoor rock music festival, a path cleared since my face was gushing blood & I was immediately directed to the First Aid tent.  Nobody was fighting, I voluntarily went into the mosh pit.

Another myth to dispel!  When I started playing shows live & being a front man of a bar rock band yes, I’d take a beer or 2 on stage with me.  I was never intoxicated though.  After a while I switched to taking 4 small water bottles on stage with me & I often was chewing gum.  The day of a live show or doing a recording was a day of no milk, juice, or alcohol until after a show probably around 1:30 am or later.  No I don’t any drugs or smoke anything either.  Just because of the music I played has nothing to do with how I live my life.  I’m not speaking for everyone, but it’s really not that common in Regina.

If I had no obligations that evening & the next day, I drank heavily.  Kim’s brother-in-law & I would often split an 18 pack of beer in an evening & do it again the next night.  This was before I got cancer.

In that way cancer was a serious “wake up call”.  There’s rarely any alcohol in our fridge, a few craft beer once in a while. Our liquor cabinet has 3 bottles of rum, we’re out of gin at the moment & the little amount of stuff Kim has a drink of in the summer.  Only one of the bottles of rum is mine.  One is uber expensive rum my dad keeps here & the other is my sister-in-law’s rum of choice.

Kim lives on coffee & tea, while I hoover water all day & perhaps a can of Bubbly carbonated water later on.  Little alcohol on the weekend sometimes.  Even during this quarantine I don’t drink alcohol until Friday evening & Saturday evening.  I don’t want to & I don’t have the time.  If I have any free time, I’m probably practicing guitar…sober, ALWAYS!

My extended family pokes fun at me if I’m holding an alcoholic beverage & they can’t understand me “Chris, you’ve lost your peech!”  Truth be told, I didn’t have much of it to begin with, HAHAHAHA!  They have enough trouble understanding me sober.  I wonder why I only drink more when they’re around???????  HAHA!

I guess I should make a correction regarding previous exercise weekly totals.  The last 3 or 4 weeks I was adding wrong regarding the number of curls I do in 2 days, it’s actually 175/day, so 350 a week.

Watching the local news, our province of Saskatchewan, Canada will be gradually opening on Monday, May 4th.  The first of 5 reopening phases.  After the second phase happens on May 18th, it’ll be a wait & see what happens next scenario.  Let’s hope for the best or we’re right back where we started.

I’m all for everyone staying in quarantine until June or even mid-July.  All you’ve been hearing EVERYWHERE is “flatten the curve”, OK so why are we going to start a gradual reopening?  The curve should be flatter for a weaker 2nd wave.  I’m inside pretty much all of the time anyway & not many people like to visit a condo.  I say better safe than sorry, what do I know though, I’m not a politician or health official.  Just because the amount of new cases has leveled off for a few days isn’t really something we want.  Don’t we want them to significantly decrease?  Saskatchewan & other provinces begin to slowly open on May 4th, WHY?  “Is everybody going crazy?”

https://regina.ctvnews.ca/5th-covid-19-related-death-in-sask-majority-of-12-new-cases-in-far-north-1.4913232

As with every TV show I recorded “The Grammy Salute to Prince”.  I was watch ing it on the weekend & realized that I don’t listen to Prince enough, & after watching the special I had forgotten how much of his stuff I love hearing.  Of course Foo Fighters performed their cover of “Darling Nikki” from the “Purple Rain” album.

NOT FOR KIDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It likely wasn’t the first cassette I bought in the early 1990s, but Price’s “Diamonds & Pearls” got a TON of air time on my cassette player.

I’m not a fan of NFL football but I watched the Super Bowl halftime show in 2007 just to see Prince & he covered Foo Fighters!

Ordered in January but who knows if I’ll get it this year?  I’m anxious yet I completely understand.

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

 

I’ve given What the Dead Men Say by Trivium multiple listens, I think it’s AWESOME!  I’ll grab my iPod and it’s all I listen to mostly!

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KEEP ISOLATING!  YOU GOT THIS!

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300 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

2 days of yoga

5:03 minutes of planking over 6 planks.  The first 3 were rather short takes where I’d finish a 30 second plank, then I hear Kim say “Oops, I took a picture”?  Or some type of oops.  I’ll put my planking videos from Wednesday to today on the Facebook page?  Today’s video hasn’t come to the cloud yet record high for me of 1:39 minutes.

April 23 photo.PNG

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.

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

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

 

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My mantra for the year has been & still is, if I have to say “I can’t” that’s not the way to say it.  I must say “I can’t yet”.  Don’t cut yourself short!

I said on Tuesday’s post that “I’d like to get a job so people don’t think I’m a “mooch”.  I was talking with Kim this week about this.  Specifically I asked “Do you think I earn my $27,000-$28,000 disability check each year?”  She see’s me busting my butt 5 days a week.  She says I earn it.  I don’t have the time to waste getting comfy on the couch & watching TV all day.  I record EVERYTHING.  If I don’t have time to watch it, which is typical for most shows, I watch it when I have time or on the weekend.

I don’t exercise for fun, although it does feel pretty good after despite me feeling “exhausted” after.  I started planking once a day & Kim has been taking videos of me.

I don’t want to be known as someone that sits around all day, watches TV & movies & does nothing else.  Sure the pay is preety sad, but on the flip side, it’s for me to get better.  So all of those exercises at the top of the page that you might skip, that’s my work week.  I start every morning, 5 days a week with 1 ½ – 2 hours of exercise.  2 days of weights & yoga, & 3 days of everything else.  That’s my job & I take it seriously.  Since January when I measured my muscles & weighed myself, even I can see a difference.  I’ll do another round of measurements & weight again in June so you can tell I’ve been doing something.

If I wasn’t physically handicapped we would likely have had a child.  I physically couldn’t handle a young kid 24/7.  Everything an able bodied person does easily takes twice the amount of energy out of me.  Kim cleans the kitchen in 30 minutes and she’s tired.  I clean the same kitchen in 45 minutes and I’m sweating.

Every day before a week of work starts, I make my pre-made boiled eggs, pitcher of vegetable juice & bake my frozen fish.  My license is indefinetely suspeded by my doctor.  Kim is the one that gets groceries for us.  Kim does a WHOLE BUNCH more.  Everything we do is for both of us other than our personal hobbies.  Kim’s big on photography & is now doing it as part of her job!

STAY INSIDE PEOPLE!  I think this speaks for itself?!  The length of your hair shouldn’t matter, especially if you’re inside?

……and people constantly used to ask me “Why do you not want to go to Las Vegas?”  I know not every American is this way, but these are the citizens that are typically on American National news.  I was watching Canadian National news & Regina local news on Thursday, constantly frowning & shaking my head in disgust.  America starts its gradual opening today & on May 4th Canada will too.  Why?  Is another month of isolation going to kill us or will the Covid-19 stuff kill us?  Which do you think is more likely?

https://regina.ctvnews.ca/first-phase-of-re-opening-sask-economy-to-begin-on-may-4-1.4908473?fbclid=IwAR1JpS_GXg5w195XiotrZzgapI5v7cGRl66q6Ok3uCIpw9b1Ahq8oS3Xv2Q

Globally 0.06% of the population has died of Covid-19.  Some countries have yet to go 24 hours without a new case.  This is according to the W.H.O. website as of Thursday afternoon.  Yes, North America has a privilege in the world.  Are our Governments out of money?  Why are we reopening if the confirmed cases aren’t 0% without a vaccine?  I’m not trying to be an alarmist by any means, I know things will return to some type of new normal eventually.  This seems a bit premature, especially when we’ve been told there is a second wave of this virus coming after reopening.

I don’t even like having to clarify this since it shows my ignorance so well.  Kim pointed out to me that it could come off as though I’m looking for anybody to buy a guitar for me.  Not the case at all, it’s just something I really enjoy doing & talking about, much like my father about rum, electronics, music, etc.  To be VERY CLEAR I INTEND TO SAVE FOR THE GUITAR.  Besides, that aqua colour will really bring out the blue in my eye……& the black satin back will bring out the colour of my iPatch!

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

There were SO many other people that needed/deserved help before Covid-19 happened & now that it has, there are even more.  I’m alive & well, people I chat with regularly are doing well.  As long as that stays the same, everything is OK.  I hope this helps put things into perspective for everyone at this time.

 

YAY “Trivium” day!

“Lamb of God” may have delayed their album release until June but they released a new song from it.

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TIMES LIKE THESE YOU LEARN TO LOVE AGAIN

You’ll learn to love each other from afar.  You’ll love each other by keeping distant.  You’ll still love though!

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350 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

2 days of yoga

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

I fell asleep to “Haley Williams” the EP “Petals for Armor”

I exercised to “Pearl Jam” the album “Gigaton”

 

My curl repetitions went up 25 times each day & my shoulder raises went up by 10 each day.  4 day week here!

I’m far from perfect & I’ll be the first person to tell you that.  I’ve kept up with my exercise despite the fact that this quarantine has even affected me.  It’s all mental for me.  I hear & see others feeling bummed out & it tends to affect me in turn.  I haven’t been getting up at 7:30 am, I’ll wake up at that time & just drift in & out of sleep until 10:30 am.  I do exercise still, just that lately it’s been at 12:00 or shortly after.

As much as this period of time will likely bring everybodies mood down, remember that it will pass.  Things will more than likely be different after.  Different doesn’t have to mean worse.  It’ll be whatever we choose to make of it.

I much rather enjoy my eating & drinking regiment that I stick to 5 days a week.  On Easter weekend I aided the increase in alcohol sales, sales are up 40%-150% depending on where you live.  I didn’t enjoy it after more than 2 beverages.  Whatever is beside me, I just drink it.  That’s how I end up drinking more than a gallon of water most days!  1L bottle of water beside me that gets filled 3-6 times a day.

Pop is just too sweet, beer is something I like to try for the most part, usually a new flavour of craft beer.  I’ll have usually 3 cups of coffee a week, the darkest I can find & never any cream or sugar.  As for alcohol it’s rum on the rocks, gin & lime Bubbly, & VERY rarely a glass of white wine if it’s open at a family meal.

I was enjoying too much rum on the weekend.  TOO MUCH ALCOHOL IS NEVER A GOOD THING.  I actually wake up WAY too early after 3 drinks.  Most weekends I keep it to 0, 1, or 2 drinks when I don’t have anything to do the next day.  Oh well, the occassional dip in the pool happens once or twice a year.  I know why alcohol sales are up in Regina right now!  They deliver & lots of stuff is on sale.  Even I bought some beer to try!

Amid this Covid 19 stuff the President wants to open the US.  He wants to do that to get the economy going, I get that part.  What he’s not taking into consideration is the loss of more lives followed by a second wave of the virus.  All of his ideas will make our efforts so far pretty pointless.

I live in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, & you know how much I enjoy a concert!  Kim & I have tickets to a 4 band show in early July.  No talk of postponing or cancelling this show has been mentioned yet.  I’m already thinking about not going.  It’s still a wait & see situation, but the thought has crossed my mind.  If it was half the price & only the 2 bands I’d want to see/hear, I would not have thought about it yet.

Do I need expensive/nice looking guitars?  Nope!  I’m guessing my first 2 guitars were under $700 each,  my 7 string was likely just over $1400 with tax & I’m guessing the brand name Telecaster was more?  I learned most stuff on guitar when I got my first guitar in 2001.  I don’t need a PRS guitar to play better, I would like a nice guitar & I’ve selected PRS as the maker.  As I’ve been considering since I saw it online.  I’m saving for the aqua SE PRS (we can add the bonus of a satin back!!) & I’ve ordered the yellow/red burst S2 & I’m VERY excited!  The Canadian wide franchise music store is open for curb side pickups.  Stay home & stay safe, music’s a BIG thing for me, if you’re sick or dead you can’t make music.  I’m pretty sure I wont be picking up anything there in the next 6-8 months?

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

SE Paul's Guitar - Aqua

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

“It’s hard to belief this guitar is in the PRS SE line. The tonal variations I can create with this model beat out many guitars costing two or three times as much, and I’ve owned plenty over the years. Sweet mid-range and well balanced highs and lows. I’ve never seen advanced electronics like these in p/ups on guitars in this price range. The neck is incredibly comfortable. I can play all night without any hand or wrist fatigue. Somebody did their homework engineering this guitar from the mechanicals right through to the carve of the body and neck. Whether you’re a PRS player or not, and regardless of the style of music you play, this model is well worth your time and attention. Great value for the money.” – Customer review of ‘Paul’s Guitar SE model’ by PRS

Check this blog out if you haven’t yet.  https://guitarbrat.music.blog/

Most guitars weigh just over 7 pounds.  I was curious & weighed my electric guitars.  Apparently I’m used to a heavier guitar?  My 2 Les Paul guitars by different companies both came in at 9 pounds.  I played/play my green Les Paul a LOT!  My Explorer came in at just under 8 pounds.  My semi-hollow Telecaster came in just under 6 pounds, so I expect that whenever I get my ordered PRS it should be similar in weight & lighter is not a bad thing.  I’ve found myself grabbing the Telecaster quite often to hear something, since it’s so much lighter than the others.

As far as learning theory & all of the stuff related to guitar, I knew nothing about guitars when I started.  I learned how to tune a guitar, basic chords, what sounded good to my ears, & started playing live.  You’re going to need the basics & then you can go as far as you like.  I’ve recently learned more, in the past 6 months & I’ve easily quadrupled what I knew before I had cancer.  Do I necessarily apply what I know to everything I do on a guitar?  No.  I’ll use my still limited knowledge as a starting point & venture on with what sounds pleasing to me.

I don’t agree with this guy on everything.  In this case I do though.  When someone buys a sample for $30 on the internet & wins a Grammy Award with it, that’s flat out cheating eventhough music isn’t a competition.  That’s an entirely different conversation.  I know that a LOT of the music I listen to is Pro Tooled to perfection, look at the album “Wasting Light” by “Foo Fighters” though (I only know this because they made a documentary about it).  All of it recorded on tape without a computer in sight & it won best rock album!  Was it because of the recording method?  Probably not, but it made me feel a human connection.  That’s a connection that doesn’t happen for me as much as it used to.

 

YAY!!!!  One week until “What the Dead Men Say” is released from “Trivium”

The singer turned 34 years old in January.  This will be “Trivium’s” 9th major label studio album release.  He was 17 when their first album was released in 2003.

 

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I fell asleep to “Barenaked Ladies” the album “Gordon”

I exercised to “Chromeo” the album “Head Over Heels”

 

I REALLY need to stop watching/reading videos & reviews on this SE model PRS!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHrn3qpout8 “A breakthrough in pickup design”

“…huge P 90 sound…” BONUS right there!  These pickups don’t have the LOUD annoying hum that vintage P90 pickups are known for.

P90 double coil pickups for guitars were developed by Gibson in 1946.  They’re known for having a LOUD hum.  After that multiple double coil pickups were created without the hum and are now called _______ Humbuckers

The TCI pickups are only available in the guitars above.  I’m a casual fan of John Mayer’s music although he is a great guitarist “Born & Raised” is a GREAT album.  If he & Paul Reed Smith were involved in creating these pickups, I’m all in!

Yeah, I’m streaming music now & cutting back on whatever I can to get this SE aqua PRS.  I’ve researched & this is the best bang for my cash, & it has the different bells & whistles I’m looking for.  Hopefully within 2 or 3 years I’ll be able to get one, if they’re still making them?  Kim’s undecided if she wants to go on a trip.  If she decides she wants to, at least I’ll have some cash to help out.  Sure the TCI “S” pickups in the SE model don’t sound exactly the same as the TCI pickups in the Core model, but a Core model is WAY over any amount I could think of for a guitar.  Like a minimum of $4900 + tax!!!!!!!??????

SE Paul's Guitar - Aqua

I continue to look at other guitars, but nothing measures up to this one!  I’ve looked at Washburn, Gibson, Epiphone, Fender, Squier, Jackson, ESP, LTD, Yamaha, Music Man, Guild, Gretsch, Dean, Indio, Godin, Warmoth, Peavy, Ibanez, B.C. Rich, Chapman, Kiesel, Charvel, Tokai, Sahana, companies I’ve never heard of from places I’ve never heard of, & after all of that searching & researching I’m sticking with PRS.  The others aren’t bad by any means but I can’t play more than 6 electric guitars, so it might as well be the right one.  PRS, while expensive, have won me over as a company that pays close attention to detail.

Despite all of this talk about a future guitar purchase, I am SUPER PUMPED about the guitar I ordered in January with 85/15 “S” pickups.  PRS reproduced a pickup built in 1985 exactly & mass produced for certain guitars in 2015 hence 85/15 “S”.  The “S” just means they’re made in the oversea factory, which I believe is in Indonesia now.

https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/model/s2_custom_22_semi_hollow_2020

Want to know why certain types of wood are chosen for certain parts of a guitar build?  Pull this video to the 8:40 minute mark and let Mr. Paul Reed Smith take you to school with a wooden xylophone!

Maple and mahogany are likely the most expensive woods used.  The SE line has a paper thin amount of maple, S2 line has ¼ inch, & the uber expensive Core line has ½ inch of maple on the top of the body.  The maple is baked in an oven @ 350F to remove any fluid from the wood, it is then glued to the body made of mahogany, then cut to the shape.

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

I just had a FANTASTIC idea!  The “Paul’s Guitar” SE costs $1300 + tax in Canada.  If all of you BEAUTIFUL & WONDERFUL people send me $5 I’ll be well on my way to getting this guitar!  I’m so SMRT!  Subscribers & casual readers feel free to pitch in!  My website tells me I have 207 subscribers, I’m quite positive the subscriber amount is far less (180?), so send in the cash!   I can’t even type it with a straight face!  HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!  Keep your money!

Sunday evening I realized I need to kick this guitar stuff up a notch!  The first time I learned was because of “Foo Fighters”-“The Colour & the Shape” album.  I learned about 10/13 songs.  I’ve already got 2 ½ down, might as well learn the rest of the album & a few other songs.  I just need to focus on smaller portions of a song & put them together.  Intro, verse, chorus, bridge, solo, & the outro.  Learn each part & put it together.  Finish one or two songs, play them through each session & learn another.  Foo Fighters are great for learning rhythm & more!  Here I come!  This likely won’t happen as fast as I’d like it to, but it’s the most familiar stuff to me.  It’s not a matter of knowing what I’m doing, it’s more strengthening the muscles I need to do it.  The more I learn, the easier the next song becomes to learn.

I could be bitter & angry that I can’t do something I love as well as I used to be able to.  Being that upset & angry would get me nowhere.  I know that if I work at it, it’ll eventually come to me.  How do I know?  I said I was going to learn this song…

…as of Saturday I have the main riff & verse down.  It took me longer than I thought but I made it happen & it was completely new to me.  You’ve got more time than you’ll ever have (unless you have young kids), you can be angry that you’re stuck inside or use your time to focus on something positive & productive.  Whatever you end up doing, the choice is up to YOU.

In order to make some type of segue to the following Covid-19 stuff.  We’re all being told repeatedly to stay indoors, stay 6 or more feet away from others, & wash our hands.  You know what gets my hand muscles loose & ready to play guitar?  Washing my hands with warm soapy water!

Other than that, let’s get real for a bit.  Covid-19 is EVERYWHERE!  I very rarely listen to the radio.  I turned it on while sitting in the vehicle waiting for Kim & there was nothing but Covid-19 news.  I’m really tired of being told to stay inside, but I understand the need to get that out into the world.  There are likely numerous people who disobey the rules.  We could all sit around & call them names or hope they realize that they’re not just putting themselves at risk, but so many others as well.

I know it’s odd for most people to go with very little human contact & it can really bum a person out.  Almost everyone has a cell phone, a tablet, internet, face time, skype, zoom, etc.  If you’ve got it, you wanted it, now use it.  I thought nobody wanted to talk to anybody anymore “I’ll text you”.  Good luck, I don’t have a lot of that stuff, I don’t want it.  I call people or email them to see how they’re doing.  A lot of people have all of these ways to contact and interact with others but everyone’s depressed without human contact.  Might as well use what you have.

Remember that despite the efforts of others, your mood & attitude all boil down to what YOU make of the situation you’re in.  This is your time to decide if you can make it better for you & those around you or bring everyone around you down.  A friend, companion, spouse, therapist, etc. they can give you the tools to achieve what you want.  In the end YOU have to put those tools to use & make a difference to yourself.

Donald Trump estimates 100,000 – 240,000 deaths in America.  No one wants to see that or anywhere near that amount of deaths.  To avoid this & save lives is EXACTLY why everyone should listen to the health officials.

TO BE CLEAR I AM NOT A HEALTH OFFICIAL!  LISTEN TO THE ACTUAL PROFESSIONALS!

I mentioned that “I don’t want a guitar slapped together in a panic”.  More importantly I meant to say that I don’t want to see the death toll rise for any reason or excuse.  I can wait for a guitar, life is FAR more important!  My guitar was ordered on January 15th, it’ll get hear eventually.

Everybody wants instant gratification, I’m just as guilty of that as anyone.  My guitar was supposed to be here this month, as of March 2nd it was delayed until August.  I’m positive that with this virus stuff it’ll be delayed even more.  I’d like it to be here already, I’ll likely appreciate it more when it gets here because I’ve had to wait that much longer.  I know they have my order & waiting won’t hurt me.

Kim went to get groceries on the weekend.  I can’t tell you what life is like out there?  As the day progressed Kim’s mood went down.  She’s the cheerful optimistic one in this relationship.  It really started to bother her and I could understand why as she told me about the protocol at the grocery store.  All I could do was hold her.  Probably didn’t help that we finished “The Morning Show” on Apple TV+.  Great show, sad ending.

Kim, Brewster & I went for a drive on Sunday evening to roll down the windows & get some fresh air, made a HUGE difference.

KEEP YOUR CHIN UP!!!!  IT’LL GET WORSE BEFORE IT GETS BETTER.   

 

I’ve got a handful of album releases I’m waiting for this year.  There are 2 that have release dates.  “Trivium” – “What the Dead Men Say” on April 24th & “Lamb of God” – “Lamb of God” on May 8th!  My sister-in-law’s birthday, followed by our 15th Anniversary, & then a Friday with some new “Lamb of God”

More album release dates to come that I’m waiting for anxiously!

“Testament” released a new album on Friday, I need to give it a good listen still.  I’ve listened to it sporadically over the weekend and really like it (Thrash Metal).  I don’t post reaction thoughts though, I still need to digest this one a bit!

 

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