STILL CANCER FREE

Talked to my doctor this morning after my MRI last week. MRI didn’t show anything out of the ordinary, so I do have a brain, I guess people assume I don’t use it often enough?

In other news “Trivium’s” Matt Heafy released his 2nd version of his 6 & 7 string Epiphone Les Paul Custom. New pick ups and a 25.5″ scale length on the 7 string instead of 24.75″ on the older model Kim bought for me in 2020 which I sold. I don’t know if it was a user problem with a 7 string or the short scale length. I know as a Canadian & Kim’s husband that I’m not spending $1,199 US to find out. Kim would likely hurt me & that’s money we don’t have to “try” something out.

https://www.epiphone.com/en-US/Electric-Guitar/Matt-Heafy-Les-Paul-Custom-Origins-7-String/Ebony

Stay safe & get along with each other,

Chris

14 YEARS

I’m pretty sure this is the first year I completely forgot about my cancer, that’s probably a good thing? It was 14 years ago today, February 5th 2008, that I passed out/laid down on the catwalk of the printing press I was running. I was taken into an Ambulance in the parking lot at work. My wife, Kim, came in through the still open backdoors of the Ambulance. I said to her “It’ll be OK sweetie” & I blacked out, only to wake up 4 or 5 weeks later in a VERY odd room full of “sleeping” people on beds.

I’m stronger, more alert, I exercise for at least an hour 5 days a week first thing in the morning, & I eat healthier, not perfect. I drink 2-6 liters of water a day & play guitar the rest of the day.

It’s not a perfect life but I’m thankful to be alive & spend my life with Kim!

NOW WE CAN CALL THIS DONE

I had my 2 hour long annual MRI on May 25th. I was strapped to the table and in the machine by 7:15 am to begin rockin’ out to “Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers”. Spoke with my doctor over the phone in the afternoon of June 1st and the scan showed nothing out of the ordinary, all is well. Sounds like next years scan could be shorter. My doctor doesn’t see a reason to scan my entire spine. Next year she said they’d just scan my brain. This was the first year I’ve felt nervous about getting my MRI results & I’m not sure why? Can’t live my life in fear but these annual MRIs have me looking over my shoulder once a year.

My guitar purchasing is VERY near done, not in a short amount of time but in the number of guitars. I would replace 2 that I’ve purchased. A Gibson 335 or Gibson Trini Lopez to replace my Squier Starcaster & I’d replace my PRS S2 Custom 22 semi hollow with a Core PRS Special semi hollow. Those replacement guitars are WAY too much money in Canada. The only guitar I’ll be missing out on is the Silver burst Mark Morton signature Jackson Dominion, only because I don’t want to save/spend the amount of money needed on it.

I know of many deserving people that would enjoy my Squier Starcaster & PRS S2 Custom 22 if I could afford these replacements.

1964 Trini Lopez Standard Reissue VOS - 60s Cherry
Pro Series Signature Mark Morton Dominion, Ebony Fingerboard - Silverburst

Eye’s on the prize & I hope it’s available in 2024 or 2025 when I have the money? The PRS S2 McCarty 594!

Whale Blue

WE’RE ALL GLOBAL CITIZENS

Chris

BYE! THIS SITE IS DONE

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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

1050 Crunches

900 Leg lifts

300 Squats   

600 Back flexes

“I’ll Disappear” from my current Facebook account by next Friday.  I’m SO relieved!

Woke up Tuesday morning at 5:43 am.  Woke up Wednesday morning at 2:22 am.  Got up ASAP Tuesday, tried to fall asleep Wednesday, gave in and got up just after 5:00 am.  Slept in Thursday a bit and napped after my exercises.  This week hasn’t been great for me.  I’ve been tired & there’s more financial stress with the added bonus of digital stress.  My personal Facebook account is totally screwed up.  I either get 5 notifications or 50.  It was fine until I said earlier this year that this website would stop being updated after this year & 1 post in 2022.  Pointless for me to have my current account Facebook if it isn’t working. 

Between the income tax we owe & Kim’s future dentist appointment, I’m not paying to have my computer fixed.  Less digital stuff to deal with is less stress for me.  The Facebook page for this website will disappear next Friday too.  Other social media sites?  Not interested.  Cell phone?  Not happening until land lines are obsolete.  I look at a computer like it’s a used vehicle, it gets screwed up and I pay to have it repaired.  It’ll be like the 1980s again!  No more of that non-sense!   As far as digital crap goes, I’ll say “____ it all”

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

Will I be ordering a guitar near the end of the year?  I’m pretty sure I won’t be.  We can use the money for other stuff.  Kim has never told me to NOT buy a guitar.  What brings me joy other than friends & family?  Guitars, music, & health.

It sold this morning as I was about to post this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Side view

I’m bored of writing this & I’m sure most people are bored reading this “WOW, he does the same thing EVERYDAY!”  Zzzzzzzzzzzzz.  Of course NOW people are reading this?!?!

This is why I don’t watch much TV & why I don’t watch “American Idol” in particular.  American Idol to me, is a false hope for young people.  It’s a talent contest & if the judges don’t like what they hear, contestants can forget about being judged by actual consumers.  Once the show finished on FOX, I watched a portion of it on ABC.  I lost all interest.  They found Kelly Clarkson & Carrie Underwood.  Should have stopped there & called it a win.  I enjoy a LOT of Kelly Clarkson’s music.  Carrie Underwood has a GREAT voice but I’m not much of a country music fan.  I guess this guy was voted off of the current season of American Idol.  I can’t say that I’d buy his music personally, but he’s a LOT better than some of the music out there.  When I did watch the show, I never chose the winner, I always enjoyed someone that was voted off earlier.  If I actually voted on the contestants, this guy would likely have my vote.  That’s just my opinion though.

Kim won’t take my money to help us get out of our debt.  She’s as stubborn as I am in that special quality.  If I can’t convince her to use my money, I’ll feel SUPER guilty while playing my distant future PRS S2 McCarty 594.

I’ll try to have a personal Facebook account after?  Without owning a cell phone, it could be impossible?  If a new Facebook account doesn’t work again, I’m gone from Facebook.  Once my computron stops working, it can stay dead because I refuse to pay for ANYTHING to have it fixed that to me is a HUGE waste of money that we don’t have.  I can fix most problems on a guitar & pay for the little amount I can’t do but a computer is beyond me & just not worth it.

This website www.amillionmilesawayblog.com will be here until we have to pay for it.  Sorry, neither of us know when that happens.  The Facebook site will disappear when I delete my account on April 30th.  The website is done being updated, but I’m going to keep exercising & evolving.

I do hope that you’ve seen me evolve from a blatant jerk to a somewhat decent person.  If that didn’t happen for you, I hope you can take something positive away from this.  Don’t be me, be yourself & whatever you’re struggle you have in life, please do BETTER than me.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

QUIET WEEKEND & BUSY START TO THE WEEK!

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Brewster had a long overdue appointment for a haircut at 9:30 am on Saturday.  I decided I’d go along.  Dropped Brewster off, Kim & I got a tea, coffee & our breakfast at “Tim Hortons”.  We ate in the car & picked Brewster up at 11:00 am.

I had enough time to call Apple support & got my iPod working properly after a quick & very pleasant chat with the guy working in a call center on a Saturday.  I’ve worked in a call center on a weekend.  Many customers screaming at me for something I didn’t do but I’m trying to help them with?

There’s a lesson to learn there.  If you’re polite calling a help line & willing to do something on your end to help solve the problem, you’re much better off taking that route.

The guy I spoke with asked “How is your day going?”  I replied “Very good, how are you doing working on a Saturday?”  He was so SHOCKED that I asked about his day.  “WOW, nobody ever asks how I’m doing” he told me.  I don’t have the best etiquette out there, but being polite to anyone is a good way to go.

I REALLY missed my music, it’s what I fall asleep to every night.  After 2 weeks without music I immediately played the new “Foo Fighters” album followed by some “Opeth”!  My iPod is back to normal but Facebook is on the fritz for me still.  I miss the majority of notifications after I’ve opened Facebook once.  No news from the music sites I follow or friends either.  Even on my home page there’s stuff not on there.

Anyways, my iPod has returned to normal after one night of trying it.  The rest of the day I called a few family members to see how they were doing.  I try to call my Grandparents once a week, but often miss the opportune time to call them until the weekend.  They’re in a senior’s home/condo.  Nobodies doing anything obviously but they like having a chat either way.  My Grandmother has Alzheimer’s and my Grandfather has Parkinson’s.  Even with that I’m pretty lucky at the age of 41 to have living Grandparents!

On Sunday Kim went out for a walk around the lake with some friends in the morning.  I was hanging out with my Homeslice (Brewster) & made my vegetable juice for the week.  Kim was getting my refills & groceries after her walk.  I showered and hit the couch to watch the baseball game.  I figured it was a good day to rock underwear & a T-shirt.  Nobody’s coming over anyway.

Kim came home, put groceries away then her & Brewster had a nap.  They were out cold until I woke them up around 5:30 pm.  While they were sleeping I put the last few groceries away, filled the dishwasher & played guitar after the game.  Lazy Sunday here, lots of guitar was played.

Kim had an appointment at 7:30 am on Monday.  I got up shortly after she left.  I had the one egg left from last week & a banana.  Did my exercises & emptied the dishwasher.  My Monday, Wednesday, & Friday exercises seem to be much quicker now.  Instead of the usual 1:30 hours it takes about 45 minutes to just over an hour.  Could be that I’m more conditioned for them now, but I’m still “exhausted” afterwards.

My iPod issue is resolved, Facebook is royally hooped & I’m not sure about my youtube feed or email?

The Toronto Blue Jays had their 2nd or 3rd day off this month on Monday.  Kim’s happy, we record too much stuff to get the game on Tuesdays & they have Thursday off as well.  I’ll watch the highlights from tonight’s game.  Nothing here is EVER viewed live even when www.youtube.com channels go live.  I don’t have the time or patience to watch a single www.youtube.com video for more than 25-30 minutes.  Most www.youtube.com live streams are 1:30-2:30 hours long!  

We both noticed that we haven’t received a call about when my 3 hour long MRI will happen next month.  Could be that it’s later on in the month or that Regina hospitals are packed with Covid-19 cases right now?

I said on Friday that “I exercise for Nick”, I do but I exercise for many others too.  Kim, my family (Kim’s family is my family too) & our friends.  Everyone that was affected by my cancer in any way.  The people that probably felt helpless watching me go through cancer wondering if I’d survive.  Sitting around & complaining about how cancer ruined my life won’t fix anything, so I might as well try to change that.  That’s why I exercise, there’s enough other stuff to belly ache about.  I think we all have at least one thing that just “sets us off”.

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

I’ve been told that I talk too much about guitars.  That’s fair I do, & I know it.  I’m VERY close to the end of purchasing guitars even if I’m not talking about what they are.  I hope to order one by mid-October or later this year.  After that, I’ll see if my preferred choice is still available or just stop?  Cross that bridge when I get there.

I constantly go back & forth on these guitars.  It’s not to the point where I’m trying to decide which one I want to get but more, do I really want to spend money on either guitar for convenience?  Right now it’s a “No”.  20 seconds ago it was a “Yes”.  Time will tell I guess.

https://www.jacksonguitars.com/gear/shape/dominion/pro-series-signature-mark-morton-dominion/2912626521

https://www.schecterguitars.com/guitars/custom/tempest-custom-vwht-1-detail

REALLY happy that I can listen to my iPod at night again.  Sunday night listening was “Nothing but Thieves” followed by “Alice in Chains”

With the added cost of Kim’s future dentist bill, the guitar issue is a moo point.  A cow’s opinion.  Not even a consideration now. 

The metal group “Mudvayne” have reunited after 10 years of separation while members were in other bands.  This is news that makes me unsure on how I feel.  I think they’re sort of just there with the odd catchy song for me.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris

P.S.  Always remember that “You should be dancing”!

NOT MY COMFORT ZONE

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Well I know the guitars I want so we don’t need to talk about that anymore, you’re likely bored of hearing about them.  I’m sure I’ll end up shopping for a replacement long after this website stops being updated.  I’m not just going to roll into the guitar store & exclaim “I’LL TAKE THESE GUITARS GOOD PEOPLE!” 

This is one of the over $5800(?) guitars (in Canada) I’m not even going to think about buying!  This Core PRS seems to be EVERYWHERE.  A Core PRS is said to take a year to make and they were introduced as limited this year only.  How have I been seeing so many of these that have been purchased already?  Heck I just saw a video from 2019 with one of these in it??????

I’m guessing its American stores that bought them to sell to customers, they’re over $3800 in America.  In Canada I don’t know of any store that has any model line of PRS in stock?

Normally during a Friday night baseball game I’d be watching the game while sipping on “Baron Samedi” spiced rum on ice.  Not the case this Friday.  Instead I watched the Toronto Blue Jays lose while HOOVERING water!

Kim had an idea Friday afternoon, I got scarred!  She ‘helped’ me make supper.  With VERY accurate instructions.  “Check this after 20 minutes, give it a stir, and see if it feels right” yeah, that helps!  You know what would have been easier……cereal!  Brewster likes it when I make him a tiny bowl of Cheerios.  Not Kim, she needs pasta with a fancy tomato, feta, Italian seasoning, basil, salt, & pepper sauce. 

Kim: “You know, about this much in the palm of your hand”. 

Me: “My hand is bigger than your’s.  How much is that?” 

Kim: “A tablespoon roughly.” 

Me: “Then why don’t I use a tablespoon?”

Kim: Rolls her eyes and gives me that “Oh come on REALLY?!?” look.

I’m gonna call it a win??!!  We ate & nobody got sick?!  We could have avoided this entire situation if I’d just made sandwiches, cereal, macaroni & cheese!

I couldn’t fall asleep Friday night.  For the first time a week I got up at 2:00 am to get my favourite paper weight/iPod from the kitchen where it was charging.  Listened to an album as always & when it finished it, then it started playing a play list.  I was listening to the newest release from “Foo Fighters”, then it was playing a playlist of something I don’t mind at all but wasn’t in the mood for something from the last studio release by “Soundgarden”.  I can’t remember what song it was, the hacker hasn’t left though!

I guess I’ll try the iPod again next weekend????

We watched “Thunder Force” on Netflix Saturday afternoon.  FANTASTIC, very entertaining & as expected absolutely HILARIOUS!

Evening baseball game was delayed due to rain.  We watched the first 3 episodes of “The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers” on Disney + and then the movie “Run” on Netflix, then I watched part of the game at 9:00 pm.  Kim actually suggested “The Mighty Ducks” TV series but she’s vetoed the movies for many, many years.

That’s WAY too much TV, movies, & butt on the couch for me & that was just Saturday!  Of course I got in about 45 minutes of guitar playing.  Kim crunched the numbers while watching TV all day Saturday & it looks like this year will be VERY tight with payments towards the income tax. 

Sunday I got up to watch the 30 minute replay of the game that went too late on Saturday.  There was supposed to be a game Sunday morning but it was rained out.  I watched a few episodes of “How I Met Your Mother” on Netflix & played guitar.  Pretty lazy weekend for us all around.

I can’t relax watching any TV & that was a TON of TV.

I got up early Monday morning, had breakfast, emptied the dishwasher, exercised & came in here to edit this post.  All before Kim got up!  9:20 am.  I’ve showered & ready to play guitar for the rest of the day, until we watch Ellen followed by the news & a baseball game.

I’m constantly going “back & forth” on this Jackson Dominion only because of the price.  It looks & sounds like a great guitar but for 2 reasons I’d be out.  I want Kim to get something for herself finally & this will be a VERY tight year for us financially.  I was thinking of using the money from the sale of my 7 string to put towards the purchase of the PRS S2 McCarty 594 but we may need that lil’ chunk of cash for other things?  It’s much more affordable than the PRS S2 but I’ll have to pass on it as much as I like it. 

https://www.jacksonguitars.com/gear/shape/dominion/pro-series-signature-mark-morton-dominion/2912626521

After chatting with Kim last night, there will be no guitar purchase this year, if anything an extra guitar sale or maybe some old baseball cards I have here somewhere?  Things are VERY tight for us this year & Kim’s a little unsettled/anxious.  When she gets that way, I’m usually worse.  I worry about her & whatever the problem could be?  Kim doesn’t know what she’s worried about, but she felt the same way on Sunday.  I’ll sell my 7 string & see what’s needed?  I used to be the type of person that would worry about what might happen, now I tend to deal with things as they come.

My perfect Metal show/lineup isn’t coming anywhere near Western Canada, but I bought a T-Shirt last year.  It was scheduled for last year so they put a live set on www.youtube.com from each of the 4 bands.  This is the order they’re playing later this year, bottom is the headliner…

Too bad that it’s not coming to Western Canada.  Only 3 Canadian dates, one in Ontario & 2 in Québec.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris

P.S. Should we put the Christmas tree up again?  Bit of a winter storm out there!

I WANT TO BE SURE I EARN MY DISABILITY CHECK

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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

700 Crunches

600 Leg lifts

200 Squats   

400 Back flexes

As for the hacker, stuffs probably going to keep happening.  Again a lot of weird stuff all at once.  I know it’s all connected but I don’t understand why someone does these type of things?  The few things I use digitally are useless.  So a HUGE waste of money on our part.  My Facebook news feed, youtube feed, & iPod are all just not working like they used to, my iPod got a lot of use & now it’s a really good paper weight.  Nothing harmful has happened thus far.  I’m not going to waste my time & energy worrying about it though.  

I mentioned last week or earlier that I don’t feel sorry for myself.  I haven’t felt sorry for myself since mid-2015.  I’ve been in a quarantine situation/lifestyle since 2014, so this truly is normal to me.  Having been through it & getting really angry about it, I get that because I’ve been there & at the time I was acting like the biggest jerk in the world.  I’d say that the majority of others have handled this virus thing much better than me in 2014.

You’ll notice that my hobby is an indoor activity that I don’t need other people to do.  Because “Anyone can play guitar” with a little bit of motivation & a TON of passion to do it well goes a LONG way.  That was a total act of luck on my part, much like surviving cancer.  According to the doctors I shouldn’t be here right now.  I was given a 5-15% chance of ever coming out of A Coma & I was told by many doctors that my cancer would come back in 2013.  I figure I’m here for a reason so I should make the best of it. 

I was watching a baseball game the other day & realized that I still don’t relax.  I finally got off the couch & grabbed a guitar to practice while watching the game.  Whatever I watch on TV always makes me feel guilty since I think I should be doing something more productive. 

There are many times that I feel like I don’t contribute much here as things are because I don’t earn my sub-$30,000 paycheck a year.  I do dishes, I typically tend to the dishwasher, I make my breakfast & lunch for the week, I clean the areas I can get to in the bathrooms, but I wouldn’t be able to do any of that without Kim going out & doing her stuff first.  Doing that amount of exercise each week makes my road to recovery better & I take pride in it but always remember to be humble.  I often feel like a mooch regardless.

I can’t just spend money all WILLY NILLY on guitars.  We have that income tax to deal with this year & I still have to sell my 7 string, which is being repaired as it fell over & had a purely cosmetic flaw on it.  It’s repaired & more by a local luthier.  I got last night, wish I knew how to play a 7 string guitar?  He did a LOT more than fix the tiny blemish he redid the tuners, wrapped new strings a different way & adjusted the neck, it sounds MUCH better!  I’ll likely post it for sale Monday or Tuesday.

I caught myself watching/reading more reviews & demos on Mark Morton’s signature Jackson Dominion which is chambered, has locking tuners, & coil splitting ability so instead of it being on the fence, it’s in for now.  I ended up seeing a demo/review of the PRS Special Semi hollow and I still say it’s nice but WAY too much money.  Heck a Core PRS guitar and a Trini Lopez are both individually WAY too expensive.  Watching demos on any Core PRS is just “poison” for me.  Now I want all 4 of the less expensive guitars.  “I NEED ALL THE GUITARS!!!!”  I will say that PRS’ marketing got me hook, line, & sinker…even though I’ll never be able to afford any Core model.  

LANGUAGE, A LOT OF IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

This is now in the mix with the PRS S2 McCarty 594, Godin Radiator, & Sterling Cutlass!

https://www.long-mcquade.com/164476/Guitars/Electric-Guitars/Jackson-Guitars/Pro-Series-Signature-Mark-Morton-Dominion–Ebony-Fingerboard—Silverburst.htm

I’m so glad I’m (hopefully) done guitar shopping.  I don’t even want to hear, see, or smell any news about another guitar…yeah I’ve seen people smell a guitar.  I just want to hunker down and play them!

I can’t convince Kim to use our credit card for this, she wants me to be responsible & save for them!  What’s responsible about buying a guitar in the first place????  Responsibility left the building a LONG time ago! 

Well since I’m (trying) to be responsible, I’ll order the PRS S2 McCarty 594 in early December then I’ll see if any of the other 3 guitars are still available.  I can pretty much guarantee that I’ll be shopping again for suitable & hopefully cheaper replacements once something is out of production.  Income tax can’t wait, so any guitar purchase is put on hold in order to be ‘responsible’ oh, & our RSP & RDSP.

SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was watching “The Conners” and one of the 44 year old daughters is going to rehab for alcoholism.  The family was trying to find an affordable rehab center.  I’d just like to have enough money to have a drinking problem in the first place.

I’ve been playing/practicing this song all week while watching baseball so it’s coming along just fine.  Kim will be sick of this riff by the time I know it, if she isn’t already!

When you’re practicing something on guitar people say to practice at a slower tempo.  So I’m learning a song at the wrong tempo only to eventually speed it up?  I practice a song at the proper tempo & iron out the parts I have trouble with as I repeat the song many times.  To me it’s like doing 2 lessons once.  It may take me a bit longer to learn but it seems like a better approach to it all, to me that way.

I’m waiting to hear about an album from Alter Bridge’s lead guitarist Mark Tremonti.  I assume there’s no news because his bass player, Wolfgang Van Halen, is releasing his debut solo album.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

TOO MUCH WEIRD STUFF GOING ON TO IGNORE

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Kim went grocery shopping a week ago.  She heard that the Saskatoon Berry Tea I like was being discontinued, so what did she do?  She came home with 96 tea bags of it, they come in packs of 4.  So she bought all the tea in China via Saskatchewan for me!

I’m not a fan of much digital stuff.  I can’t fix it, it’s expensive, & there’s always somebody watching EVERYTHING you do.  Even if you only use a land line phone, somebody knows what’s going on.  I’ve had a weekend of that & it’s annoying so far, I’m guessing it will escalate to being scary?!

After getting 2 scam phone calls at 6:30 am & then at 7:30 am on a Saturday, I gave up & got into the shower.  Flip on the old computron only to have (probably) the same hacker try to invite me to a “Skype” chat.  Jokes on the hacker, I have no audio or video recording material.  HAHA!  Kim has facetime, I don’t.  She’s got the cell phone, iPad, & Facetime.  I keep things pretty old school & cheap, so I can save money for guitars…and right now, income tax.

Kim went out early Saturday morning to the grocery store & the pharmacy as usual.  I’m on 7 different pills, some I take at bedtime, others in the morning.  Kim usually goes to the pharmacy every weekend.  I’m on 2 sleeping/anti-depressant pills, a day time anti-depressant, a pill for my bladder (I drink so much water to avoid dry mouth from my pills….solution, more pills), an anti-seizure pill, a pill for my under active thyroid, & a heart burn pill.  I’d likely be on a heart burn pill whether I had cancer or not.

Kim spent all day Saturday in the kitchen making meals to freeze for the week.  No more “Skip the Dishes” for us this year with the income tax looming over our head.  She forgot to get something for one recipe, she asked me to clean up as much as I could.  I emptied the dishwasher, filled it again, & hand washed one pan that’s not dishwasher safe.  I guess I peeled carrots while watching the game too.  Other than that I stayed out of her way!  Of course I put on some music while Kim was out!  It felt like a good time to put on the new “Rob Zombie” album

Saturday night I made my fish & my juice for the week.  Sunday was another baseball game & I made my eggs for the week.

My hacker struck again Saturday night on my iPod, I finished listening to the latest “Foo Fighters” album & it went straight to some “Queens of the Stone Age” that I own on CD from pre-iTunes era!  Good call hacker!

Quite accurate since I’m learning a different song from the same album.

This is more to mimic Dave Grohl’s signature Trini Lopez that was in production in 2004?  No internet, I’m SO not buying a Trini Lopez, especially one at $22000!  This would be an upgrade to my new & FANTASTIC Squier Starcaster.

A Core PRS Special semi hollow in the “Orange Tiger” finish.  An upgrade to my current PRS S2 Custom 22 semi-hollow that I bought last year & is now discontinued.

https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/model/special_semi_hollow_2021

It’s new for this year with 3 pickups the middle pick-up being the new narrow field pick-up.  I don’t own any guitars with 3 pickups or any true/Core PRS guitars, WAY too expensive.

Another Core PRS upgrade to the PRS S2 McCarty 594 below

https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/model/mccarty_594_2021  in a “Cobalt blue” finish

I mentioned I’d like a “Paul’s Guitar” by PRS last week.  If I really wanted one I’d get the MUCH more affordable made in Indonesia SE model.

These 3 guitars are never going to happen.  I guessing the total before tax would be $17500?  I have an amount I’ll spend on a guitar & all 3 of these guitars above are FAR beyond that amount?!?!

These 4 guitars below are GREATLY desired and attainable over many years.  The Schecter Tempest is out, I don’t need that many guitars.

None of this happens until I know where we sit with the income tax payments and the sale of my Matt Heafy signature 7 string (hopefully soon, it’s not listed yet) that I’m not comfortable with at all despite my efforts.  Sweet guitar but it’s more than a handful for me.

https://www.long-mcquade.com/162880/Guitars/Electric-Guitars/Paul-Reed-Smith/S2-McCarty-594-Electric-Guitar-with-Gigbag—Whale-Blue.htm   it’s expensive but I know it’s worth the wait now that I have a different model from the PRS S2 line.

Mark Morton from “Lamb of God”.  I prefer this “Silver Burst” to the colour in the video.  This guitar purchase is in limbo right now.  I like it a LOT but I wish it was more affordable.  I guess I’ll see how we manage this looming income tax debt?

https://www.long-mcquade.com/164476/Guitars/Electric-Guitars/Jackson-Guitars/Pro-Series-Signature-Mark-Morton-Dominion–Ebony-Fingerboard—Silverburst.htm

The Godin radiator

https://www.long-mcquade.com/159896/Guitars/Electric-Guitars/Godin-Guitars/Radiator-Electric-Guitar-with-Gig-Bag—Trans-Cream.htm

…and the Sterling Cutlass.  Cheapest of the bunch, with things you don’t see on a guitar under $1500.

https://www.long-mcquade.com/220378/Guitars/Electric-Guitars/Sterling-By-Music-Man/Cutlass-HSS–Roasted-Maple-Neck—Vintage-Cream.htm

I know you see them a LOT, but I see them WAY more.  I’m certain that once I buy my last guitar I’ll be watching almost no www.youtube.com guitar videos but playing a TON more guitar.  I’m already cutting back as it is.

Kim told me to get a hobby when I was released into the wild from my therapies.  I found one but it’s too expensive for me.  Could be a worse hobby.  I could be spending the money on alcohol or cigarettes?  I’ll have to ask my doctor about claiming guitars on my income tax?

The 4 songs I was determined to learn in 2 weeks, won’t happen I’ve learned 2 of them & 2 others Monday morning.  I couldn’t play fast enough for the “Pantera” song when I was younger.  The “Queens of the Stone Age” song I could play when I was younger, but with VERY poor technique.  Trying to do this properly, in a different way than I used to do.

Kim amazed me again with an Easter supper for 2.  Ham, hash-brown casserole, broccoli salad, & mustard sauce.  Fresh peanut butter & chocolate chip cookies for dessert.  This home cooking might fatten me up at this rate?

Kim had Monday off, so I took it off too.  I was ready to sleep in & my iPod started playing a playlist early in the morning, which was good but I listen to full albums only.  Then I got another scam call shortly after.  My hacker is coming on HARD right now!??!?

Ended up watching the baseball game on a streaming service, our guide was incorrect from what the announcers said on Sunday.  Baseball channel was screwed up yesterday & a different channel was screwed up for 4 days last week?  This morning I checked the stats on my website & the numbers on the last 4-5 days all shot up drastically.  My Facebook news feed & www.youtube.com feed are REALLY messed too.  Am I paranoid or is this the work of a hacker? 

Absolutely LOVING the new “Foo Fighters” album.  Why wasn’t this first song on the album a single?  Might be too shocking for some people I guess?  Look at that guitar though!

I’m really looking forward to this debut album by “Wolfgang Van Halen/Mammoth”.  The name “Mammoth” was what “Van Halen” used as a name before they became successful.

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

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Chris

NOW MY WEEK IS DONE, HAPPY EASTER!!!

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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

1050 Crunches

900 Leg lifts

300 Squats   

600 Back flexes

My exercise has been VERY satisfying & the number of crunches in a week went from 900-1050/week.  It feels great to be able to work on my physical handicap, eat well & not be drinking!  Hard to get up this morning while Kim’s cocooned in the blankets & Brewster’s curled up & warm while snoring.

More pill refills headed my way this weekend, YAY!  How far away is the vaccine?  I have another 3 hour MRI sometime in May.

I woke up around 2:45ish am Wednesday night because I was hungry?  Weird since that’s never happened before.  I guess I was pretty excited to see baseball back Thursday too.  I got up, had some food & did my weights, everything felt good, ready for the game!

I decided to exercise today.  Kim has Monday off & I know I probably won’t want to get up on Monday & exercise.  This seemed like a more advantages day to exercise for me.  I did increase my repetitions of crunches by one extra set of 50 3 days a week.  Still no alcohol since January 30th of this year, & no foreseeable plans for it, no coffee either for I don’t know how long it’s been?

Kim’s getting a little frustrated with the back & forth conversation with Revenue Canada on our income tax.  When she worries, I worry.

We have no children, if we did that’s where any money would go.  So with time on my hands, likely being inside of our place most of the time & falling in love with guitar more than ever, that’s what I want to do as well as help out where I can.  I know the guitars I like but I also understand responsibility and affordability.  I quite like my less expensive choice, especially that Godin radiator.  Every time I look at it or hear samples of it, I get so excited!

I don’t care how low the price is on a guitar as long as it’s built well, it’s always a GREAT day!

Kim doesn’t like the music I play…it’s not pop/country?  Sheesh, tough crowd!

That’s a LOT of guitars!  Even if money wasn’t a factor I’d stop at 12 at most & Kim’s stubborn about getting stuff with her gift money.

I still like my original 3 choices of the S2 McCarty 595, the Godin radiator, & the Sterling Cutlass.  I know that I really like this Mark Morton signature Jackson Dominion but because of the price I’d have to say no even though there will be some here on the 26.  I think when I get older I’d prefer a PRS Core “Paul’s Guitar” in an “Orange Tiger” finish

https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/model/pauls_guitar_2021

I’d never be so bold to get a “Tremonti” Core PRS.  Since I know one “Alter Bridge” riff & chorus.  I’d consider a “Special semi hollow” instead but that’s a crazy amount of money, for any Core model!

https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/model/special_semi_hollow_2021

The PRS S2 McCarty 594 in this “Whale Blue” finish

https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/model/s2_mccarty_594_2021

The Godin Radiator

Always the Sterling Cutlass!

https://www.long-mcquade.com/220378/Guitars/Electric-Guitars/Sterling-By-Music-Man/Cutlass-HSS–Roasted-Maple-Neck—Vintage-Cream.htm

I’d have to pass on this as much as I like it, because of the price.

https://www.long-mcquade.com/164476/Guitars/Electric-Guitars/Jackson-Guitars/Pro-Series-Signature-Mark-Morton-Dominion–Ebony-Fingerboard—Silverburst.htm

I’d like the PRS S2 McCarty 594, the Godin Radiator, the Sterling Cutlass , & the Mark Morton Jackson Dominion. I guess I’d have to learn some “Lam of God” I have some on my long list of songs to learn!

Again the price comes into play.  Any way you split it the PRS S2 McCarty 594 is the next purchase.  I worry too much about guitars being discontinued!  Back to that trying to be responsible while being irresponsible thing.  Income tax could easily factor in as well?  Now as I think about it, my guitars are all keepers, but I’d gladly take a DG-335 Trini Lopez in place of my Squier Starcaster or upgrade the bridge pickup at least.  I’d be breaking out many “Foo Fighters” songs on one of those!  Yes I’ve learned this song…

I do feel VERY selfish saying I want to buy these guitars.  Especially when I know other families have loved ones that are sick, have died, lost a job, they might be struggling more than Kim & I are, etc.  

Toronto Blue Jays baseball regular season started yesterday in N.Y. against the N.Y. Yankees.  Playing guitar while watching baseball, Kim’s told me on Wednesday “Great, now you’ll have 2 things to talk about”L

I’d tell you all about the game & how great it was to see regular season baseball again, you’d be bored though.  I missed baseball SO much, the Blue Jays are undefeated after their first game that had an extra inning.  I have another date with the couch on Saturday.  I didn’t play guitar today, I just wanted to soak in the game.

VERY quiet weekend ahead of us.  I’d stop babbling about guitars, but that’s my thing.  It could be worse, it could be baseball talk or CFL talk if there’s a season this year?

I started streaming the new album from “A Day to Remember” they’ve really mellowed out in a good way.

“Royal Blood” have a video for their single ‘Limbo’ now.  I’m so glad I actually bought/pre-ordered this album.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

YEP NOW THE HACKER’S MESSING WITH EVERYTHING

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Last week’s exercises felt really good & satisfying.  I kind of ruined my sleep pattern over the weekend though.  I stayed up until after 2:00 am on Friday night.  I was determined to go to bed early on Saturday but it was after 3:00 am by the time I went to bed.  Needless to say I slept in until 8:45 am yesterday and did my exercise after cleaning up Brewster’s dry diarrhea in my exercise area. 

I did add an extra 50 crunches to yesterday’s exercise & I hope to keep it at that level.  There’s also a possibility that I’ll add 30 more shoulder raises twice a week within the next month.  My weights went well this morning so the shoulder raise might increase in more repetitions in a couple months?

 It’s a short 4 day week & Kim has Monday off too.  I think I’ll do 5 days of exercise this week anyways.  Friday’s post might be a bit later than usual?

The hacker did it last night & it looks like more of the same tonight.  Kim watches more TV than I do so I’m guessing they got into our digital cable since our hour long news last night & tonight is/was 4 hours long and blocked & will block stuff Kim watches.  MESS WITH ME, NOT MY FAMILY & FRIENDS!  Got me again this morning I woke up to what I thought was the hatch to the attic flapping in the wind.  Nope it was this, which I don’t own on my iPod and I may start streaming some…

Kim amazes me every day.  Out of the blue it’s 6:30 pm on Saturday, we hadn’t even discussed supper.  She was in the kitchen baking so I got out of the way, not enough room for both of us in the kitchen with me in my wheelchair.  She calls me to kitchen saying “Supper’s ready”.  I had no clue she was making supper too.  I go to the kitchen & she has baked/roasted yam fries & barbeque steak ready to eat.  I just asked before & after supper if there was anything I could do or help with & she’s all “No, I got this”  WOW.  I told you she’s SUPER AWESOME!

I get a weekend, it’s just cut into chunks.  Half of Friday, half of Saturday, & all of Sunday.  I’m paying guitar whenever I can though.  Even for 3 minutes.  They’re on stands in the open.  I can roll up to one grab it and practice something for a bit.  Or I’ll play one of my semi hollow guitars if I’m watching TV with Kim, she always tells me that my acoustic is too loud.  Weekends are very tame here, Covid or not.

I’m more than ready to see a live band but at the same time I’m nervous about catching the virus.  I know “Foo Fighters” are itching to play live.  I know “Big Wreck” has something for fans come November.  If there were live concerts scheduled for early next year, I’d be in assuming we’ve all had 2 shots of the vaccine.  I might look like an idiot since I’d still be wearing a mask, but at least I’d be safe.  Maybe I should get a matching iPatch?

Why didn’t I include the members of “Big Wreck” in my wish list?  My Thinline Telecaster is signed by Ian Thornley & I love that guitar, it sounds great!  It’s not his signature “Suhr” guitar (new in mid-2020), but it’s great!  I wouldn’t change it ever.  I’ve never played a “Suhr” guitar.  I know they’re expensive, I hear they’re fantastic, & they look similar to “Fender” guitars.

The only guitar I’d change, just for an upgrade, if I had the money is my PRS S2 Custom 22 semi hollow to the new 2021 PRS Core Special semi hollow, a Core PRS is just too much moola for me at over $5000.

https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/model/special_semi_hollow_2021

It’s the same colour as my Custom 22, it has phase 3 locking tuners, 3 different pickups compared to my 2, and a thicker, prettier, & a MUCH more expensive maple top on it that is hand carved, mine is thinner, cheaper, and machine beveled but it sounds GREAT!  If I had that much money burning a hole in my pocket, I’d order it & wait a year or more for it to be made.  That’s probably something I’d do when I’m 75+ years old.  Sell my guitars for a really nice one to give to someone when I die?  It’s a thought for now.

Just reading up on my 3 final guitar purchases!  S2 McCarty 594 started in January of 2020 that’s my next order/purchase.  The Godin radiator & Sterling Cutlass were put into production this January.  The end is near & I like it!  I can’t stop looking at that Godin Radiator, I just LOVE the look of it.  It looks like a very simple design but it sounds like a beast & it’s so affordable, I love it & I’m super excited to get one……in two years. 

The S2 McCarty 594 is VERY expensive & will be approaching my limit on a single guitar purchase.  An actual Core PRS is FAR beyond what I would pay!  Those are for “…doctors n’ lawyers n’ such…”  The Godin & Sterling combined are far less than the S2 McCarty 594!  I’m not even sure which guitar I’m so excited about the PRS, Godin, or Sterling?!  Probably the PRS S2 because I’ve wanted it for what feels like forever closely followed by the Godin because it’s got a great sound, different looking Les Paul, & it’s made in Canada, then the Sterling because of the roasted maple neck which is a new trend in the guitar world & locking tuners on a very inexpensive guitar!

Do you remember that feeling in your stomach as a young kid on Christmas Eve?  That’s how I felt this weekend!  I don’t know if I was just excited to order the guitars, glad that they’re all newer production runs, that 2 of the 3 are super inexpensive but AWESOME, or that I was done guitar shopping!  If I could I’d have rushed out & ordered them all ASAP!  “I felt like such a little girl”!

What REALLY gets my goat is that when I get the money from the sale of my 7 string & with the money I have saved in the bank to spend on these 3 guitars.  I’d have enough to order & buy the Godin & Sterling, but I’d have to save even more to order the PRS S2.  All of this depends on what I sell the 7 string for & I’m pretty sure I’m not out to lunch on what I’m thinking!?

New guitars have skyrocketed in price in the last 20 years.  It’s probably a good combination of my ignorance & inflation in the market.  The stuff I have from the beginning of 2001 to the end of 2002 would now cost $500 or more than it did then.  Cheap nice guitars & used guitars all over the USA if you live there, Canada….not so much.  The S2 line of PRS is roughly $700 less if you live in the USA & depending on what model you’re buying.  Even the Canadian made Godin is $100 less in the USA.  This has already turned into a guitar shopping blog.  Sorry about that, I’ll pull back on that topic “I plomise”.  Skip to the 2:30 minutes.

I’m just in a really good mood being done with guitar shopping for different sounds & tunings.  I guess I’m also excited for regular season Blue Jay baseball that starts this week.  I can watch baseball & play my LOUD acoustic and finally put these parts together, instead of the song being in 3 different sections that I can get up to speed!

I really don’t like that my cancer affected so many other people at the time than just me.  If it was just me, that would have be fine.  It’s much like my ongoing issue with my computer hacker.  Mess with me all you want, but don’t affect other people.  Too bad the world doesn’t work that way.

We rented “Promising Young Woman” Saturday night.  Sad, odd movie but VERY interesting/gripping story.  Sad and satisfying ending.  I’d recommend it.

I tallied up how many TV shows I watch a week & including the daily/nightly talk shows, “Blue Jay” baseball, & “Saskatchewan Roughrider” football w/ games that affect them in the standings the grand total is a whopping 10 and there’s usually a guitar in my hand practicing a pattern I’m working in a song.  Something I know mentally but that I can practice without looking at my hands.

I just saw a monologue by Jimmy Kimmel poking fun at T****.  I wish the media would get off of this topic.  He’s not President, he had no wisdom for anyone during the pandemic, went golfing on tax payer’s money, & told the public to inject disinfectant.  He wasn’t relevant then, other than being a terrible Preident/Leader & he’s even less relevant now.  The less we all talk about maybe he’ll just go away?   I know it’s topical click bait, but HOLY T**** fatigue!

I’ve picked 4 electric guitar songs to finish learning in the next however long it takes?  I’ll give myself 2 weeks.  I knew 1 before I got sick & I’ve messed around a bit with the other 3.

I started working on 3 of them on Sunday.  I don’t wait for things to happen with what I do.  If I’m teaching someone to do something, I’ve got all the time in the world they need to understand it.

I spent the majority of my time on guitar last week learning & applying improvisational skills, replaying a few song, creating bits & pieces of songs, learning basic 12 bar blues licks & chords, & playing these 2 songs a LOT…

“Royal Blood” released their 3rd single from their upcoming album ‘Typhoons’ out on April 30th.

I’ve seen them twice, first opening for “Foo Fighters” the 2nd time they opened for “Queens of the Stone Age” on their most recent tour in 2019 or 2018?  Turned my dad onto “Queens of the Stone Age” a bit too.  I’ve seen “Foo Fighters” 5 times & my dad has seen them 4 times the first time he saw them was just after I came out of a coma & my parents took the tickets Kim & I had bought months before in 2007 & they both cried all the way through the concert, because they were watching my favourite band still not knowing if I’d survive.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris