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 

YEP NOW THE HACKER’S MESSING WITH EVERYTHING

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If you missed it, I put up a post on the website Saturday.  If you go to this link www.amillionmilesawayblog.com it will take you to the site and its right below this post.

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

BIG OOPS ON OUR PART FOR OUR TAXES

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I watched a movie on Saturday, a long movie.  I can’t believe I spent that much time on the couch watching TV.  I’ll easily watch a televised 3 hour long baseball game, recorded & with a guitar in hand usually.  It doesn’t take 3 hours if you’re fast forwarding through the commercials though. 

I watched the Zach Snyder cut of “Justice League” it was FANTASTIC!  WAY better than the original release with only about 20-25 minutes of footage from the original release.  So why wasn’t it the initial release?  Because its 4:02:?? hours long & there wasn’t as much footage of the super heroes in their super hero outfits.  If you’ve ever seen the movie “300” that was the vibe you got from this version, a MUCH deeper story, & more regarding the origin of “Flash” & “Cyborg”.  MUCH darker than I’d ever expect from a super hero movie.  Tied up the story better as well as leaving things wide open for future movies.

Regarding the photo of the guitar I received last week.  I know I look grumpy and unimpressed.  So not the case though.  Any new guitar day is AMAZING & I’m always very blessed to have any guitar!  Just because I look disappointed on the outside doesn’t mean that I’m not filled with joy! That’s just my resting Chris face.

While I was watching the movie all day Saturday, Kim was being responsible & smart doing our taxes.  I’m pretty easy, I bring in no income other than from the government.  No income = no tax.  We saved a lot of money during the year that shall not be named.  After Kim did our taxes & double checked over the phone Sunday morning, apparently the Government saved a lot of money too.  I thought she got the short end of the stick last year, OH HOW WRONG I WAS.  With Kim working on contract she should be paying tax every paycheck, unfortunately she forgot about it last year.  Ah well, we’re done with extravagant purchases this year & maybe the guitar I was going to order in December gets pushed a little further away?  I was hoping to use the money from the sale of my 7 string towards the S2 McCarty 594 but we’ll figure it out along the way.  We’ll know more in a month & December we’ll decide what is needed where.  This means our condo will not be for sale next year. 

So here’s hoping this is still in production when I go to order it next year?  It should be since it was put into production in January 2020.  I’ll figure it out when I go to order it.  January is the BIG trade show for music companies in L.A. called NAMM.  That’s when companies introduce new products while eliminating a few others.  Yes I’m streaming music & I still don’t like the idea of me doing that.

There’s not a cheaper alternative for this guitar like the other two have.  There’s only the MUCH more expensive & less desirable 1959 Gibson Les Paul ($3000 +) reissue or the even more expensive Core PRS ($5000+) of this model.  There is NO WAY I’ll spend $3000 on a guitar though, they’re both not viable options.  After this purchase the last 2 guitars significantly diminish in price, especially the made in Canada Godin Radiator.  The most meaningful part of this guitar is that it’s made in Canada.  I don’t know of any other quality guitars made in Canada at that price point.

The blue PRS S2 McCarty 594 was introduced to the more affordable S2 line in January 2020.  I’ve been told the white Schecter Tempest is new as of this January.  The Godin Radiator design has been in production since 1999, apparently this is part of a new line though & I can’t find when this line was created?

After Kim checked on our taxes “Sunday Morning”, she picked up our groceries and I spent most of my day in the kitchen.  I made my usual juice, eggs, & fish for the week.  Brewster now eats raw stewing beef.  He’s 15 years old & getting picky about what he eats.  It’s supposed to be good for his dry skin & he likes it and eats it with no hassle.  The only other thing he’s ever interested in eating is whatever I’m eating.  Kim & I could be eating the exact same meal, but he knows who’s more likely to share with him.

I cut up some stewing beef on Saturday to make a few meals for him.  We cut up the beef into little bight size pieces (5mm X 5mm) for him so he’ll actually not get it caught in his throat and maybe chew it.  We then put little bags of meat in meal size portions in the freezer.  I cut up 1 ½ pounds of beef for him this weekend but it felt like 20 pounds because it took so long, especially when he’s sitting on the floor right beside me quietly growling just to let me know he’s there, for a solid hour.

Brewster hates it when I’m in the kitchen.  He’s usually freaking out frantically checking each room and growling or following me very closely making sure I’m doing everything right.  I think on Sunday I was in the kitchen for a good 3 hours straight getting everything together for the week & taking care of the dishwasher.  Brewster shadowed me most of that time.

I didn’t watch the Grammy Awards because I know the categories I’m interested in wouldn’t be televised.  I only know about this issue because it’s everywhere on the internet.  These people have every right to perform this way in a free society.  Everybody complaining about it also has the right to change the channel or not watch it.  Too many people decided to watch it for the freedom to be malicious & complain.  Get over it, you’re really going to complain about a 4:30 minute portion of TV?  Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion thank you for boosting the success of their performance with every comment, positive or negative.  I watched on the internet to see what everybody’s commenting on, I’m sure I won’t be the only one.

The number of active Covid-19 cases in Regina are ridiculously high right now!  Just wait until March 29th, 2 weeks after St. Patrick’s Day.  We never leave the house, we did go for a drive this week for a “milkshake” but it was more just to get out of the house.

I don’t have a milkshake & if I think I do, nobody comes to my yard!  I figured out ‘Layla’ by “Eric Clapton” it was just a matter of memorizing it, & now practicing it into the ground.

Not as fun to play as this song by “Pearl Jam”.  I would have never tried this without multiple guitars because it’s in open D tuning.

I spent Monday learning 3/7 modes on guitar.  A major scale with a certain note or 4 notes that are either sharp or flat.  I’ll be working on these for quite a while, beginning as soon as this is posted.  I’ll work on them individually.  Spend a LOT of time on one, memorize it, apply it, & on to the next one. 

I’d post a video of my playing but I really tense up when the camera’s on, guitar or no guitar.  Cameras are really not my thing.  I will gladly make a stupid face, obscene gesture, or whatever I can to not have the photo seen.  It is one of my least comfortable moments.

I was falling asleep listening to some “Big Wreck” I think, but I woke up to “Seether” playing ‘Careless Whisper’ by “WHAM!”  I’m pretty sure I don’t have much if anything by “Seether” on my iPod touch?  I must have bumped it during the night?

Nope the iPod thing happened again Sunday night.  REALLY hacker!!!  Get another hobby already! 

As for the song ‘Careless Whisper’ by “WHAM!”….I guess thank you “Deadpool” for reviving “WHAM!”?

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

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris

P.S.  I like my “Deadpool” so I hope this is real!

HELP I’VE GOT A HACKER

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Renovations we’re & are pressing on at light speed this week.  On Monday, Brewster & I were staying at my parents’ place by about 7:15 am.  Our two wall treatments were be installed.  We needed to get Brewster out of here or he’d freak out with all of the noise, & I’d just be in the way.  We thought we’d be back Monday night, it took a little longer.  We got back Wednesday afternoon.  The painter for the wall treatments will be here Thursday bright & early at 7:30 am.

The three guitars I mentioned on Friday are set in stone for me as goals to save for & must have items.  All in this order to purchase them from most expensive to most affordable.  I watch guitar stuff on www.youtube.com but I’m more than content with these choices and I’m not looking into the specs on another guitar, EVER!

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

There are no B plans for any of them so I just have to stay the course, not spend money on anything to save for them over the next however many years it takes.  Once I’ve saved enough for one of them I order it ASAP.  I’m not looking into the small specifications on another guitar.  Why the S2 McCarty 594?  It’s at the lowest price offered by PRS, it’s said to be THE S2 model to buy, it’s wired to sound much like a Les Paul, & the difference between an S2 model and a fancy Core model is $3000 Canadian before tax.

Even with the range of guitars I’ll have, I’m not going to be able to cover every sound or tuning, but this might explain the reason for multiple guitars…

What I do really miss about work or being able bodied is just doing manual labour.  Running a printing press, cutting the lawn or shoveling the drive way & sidewalk.  I’d pop on my iPod & just go!  I’d go to work and for a few months I’d put on “Dream Theater’s” album ‘Systematic Chaos’ followed by a double album of “Lynyrd Skynyrd” greatest hits and finish the day with a sport talk podcast.

Pretty sure that despite my efforts the hacker is still here?  That’s just getting old for me & they’re pretending to be “Ellen Degeneres” inviting me to Facebook groups with Ellen’s name spelled incorrectly.  I don’t enter any contests or anything like that & I don’t know any BIG name celebrities.  I call poppycock on that!  I don’t win anything because I rarely enter any competition or lottery.

Exercises must happen for me ASAP in the morning for me.  It’s become a VERY consistent routine.  Now we have to make walking with my walker part of a late afternoon routine.  I’m fine with doing the walking, I just never think about it?  The only downside to it is having to put on my A.F.O. (ankle foot orthotic) brace on my left foot.  It prevents me from hyper extending my knee.  I don’t like it because I can’t feel where my foot should land with every step & I never use it when going up or down stairs for that exact reason.

We watched a movie Friday evening & another Saturday evening.  You know once we got home from whooping it up out on the town during a pandemic!  We watched the sequel “Coming 2 America” streaming on Amazon Prime…

Saturday evening we watched “Moxie” streaming on Netflix.  Directed by Amy Poehler who plays the mom of a rebellious teen.

Kim goes out Sunday to get a couple of salads for supper, so I told her what I’d have and I stayed home with Brewster.  After 10 minutes the phone rings.  It’s Kim she has a dilemma.  “Hi, I passed a McDonalds & thought we should have that.  What would you like for supper?”  That’s my girl!

We watched the Meghan & Harry interview with Oprah.  I never watched Oprah & I’ve never followed the Royal family.  I watched some of it anyways.  Meghan admits that she didn’t want to live during the interview.  When Oprah hears this she’s in shock.  Why?  I think the stats are 1/5 people suffer from mental illness?  So think about that, there are 3 people on TV together, chances are pretty good that 1 of them has or is dealing with mental illness.  I don’t understand why that’s so shocking?  I don’t want to kill myself now, but for a long period of time I did.  The stats show 1/5 people suffer from mental illness.  Remember that only 1/5 people are willing to admit it, I’m sure MANY more suffer in silence.  Maybe I’m not flabbergasted by this because I’m one of those people or that I know of more than a few others with mental health issues.

“Foo Fighters” are EVERYWHERE right now promoting their FANTASTIC new album “Medicine at Midnight”.  I’m biased but this is easily among their best albums.  Total “David Bowie” vibe to it!  Here they are on James Corden…

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris

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So my friend has a Schecter & a REALLY nice hollow body by Gretsch and thinks they’re great.  Phil is all about the S2 McCarty 594 & Schecter as a Company & specifically the Tempest model for it being so original in the shape of the guitar.  I see these all as win, win, win situations…hello F.O.M.O. you’re back. https://www.schecterguitars.com/guitars/custom/tempest-custom-vwht-1-detail

These purchases will be much slower than last year since we’re still spending some cash on renovation stuff, my RDSP, and Kim’s RSP.  I’ll get the Squier by the end of the month, it’s already paid for.  The S2 McCarty 594 is next on the list & will be next year or the year after, followed by the Tempest when we have the cash?

When the hollow body Starcaster gets here, Kim might let me play guitar while were watching TV?  She complains that my acoustic is too loud, but she’s ALWAYS on here cell phone while watching TV?

Just for fun I checked out the American price on the S2 McCarty 594 on this VERY common website for guitar purchases https://www.sweetwater.com/ & yeah they’re $450 less retail in the USA.  I was thinking I should start selling my body for the S2 McCarty 594 but quickly realized I wouldn’t have any buyers?  Kim probably wouldn’t approve or she might become my pimp?  I guess 50% of nothing doesn’t add up to anything.  I may not have the cash at the moment but at least I know what I’d like to get.  I’ve come across 2 less desirable (maybe) backups for the Tempest, but nothing worthy of the PRS S2 McCarty 594.

We started dating in April of 2002, she bought me my “Dave Grohl” inspired, black Epiphone Explorer for Christmas 2002.  Last year for my 40th birthday she bought me the 7 string Epiphone Les Paul signature guitar by Matt Heafy.  Once the Squier gets here I will have paid for 2 ½ guitars myself.

Yes, each of these guitar links shown are exactly the shape, colour & electronics of the guitars I plan to order, pending something isn’t discontinued?

We started watching “Your Honor” on Crave Saturday night, I’m hooked

We finished watching the 8 part series Monday night, it’s REALLY good!

Kim had to run some errands before we got into “Your Honor”.  I watched the first 20 minutes of “Deadpool” for probably the 28th time, instant classic for me!

Donald Trump was acquitted…again.  I think the Senate Republicans have completely lost their morals.  In the end I don’t think it matters.  There’s still an FBI investigation pending, & if he’s not convicted of crime through that, I think 2 or 3 people died in the Trump fueled riot.  Maybe he’ll be convicted in one of those trials?  I see him tied up in court cases for some time, if not convicted in one of them soon.  If he tries to flee the USA, every Country has the right to build a wall & send the bill to Donald J. Trump.  I heard he has 30ish investigations involving him, something will get him in the end. 

I didn’t think I’d enjoy any future albums by “The Pretty Reckless” so I started streaming the new album Saturday night, and I like it.  Singles didn’t do anything for me on their own but in the context of the album I really liked it!?  I ended up buying the album through iTunes.

Yeah, that’s Tom Morello’s guitar (Rage Against the Machine & Audioslave guitarist) he plays on this track.

The late Eddie Van Halen’s son Wolfgang Van Halen preformed a song on Jimmy Kimmel Live from the album to be released in June?  Wolfgang also plays bass guitar in the band Tremonti.  Mark Tremonti’s solo project of Alter Bridge formerly of Creed.

Damn it!  Another album I might buy when it’s released!  Good grief, I’m trying to save up for my last 2 guitars!

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris

I WILL NOW REMOVE MY HEAD FROM MY BUTT

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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

1050 Leg lifts

300 Squats   

600 Back flexes

Too much belly aching & whining on my part.  I’m getting out of this funk, it’s not cool down here!  I don’t have time to complain & whine about things not to my liking.  I was bummed out about the lights only that was my breaking point.  I have no clue as to what got me there?  It wasn’t the last 2 guitars (that’s just how it is) and it’s not being in quarantine (I’ve been living that way since July 26th, 2012).  I don’t know what got me to that point but I know I don’t want to be there!

I’m going to have to scale back my crunches & leg lifts to 300 a day instead of 350 a day.  I’m sore & VERY tired.  Everything else will stay as is.  I also said I would pass on saving for the last 2 guitars.  Screw it, I want them & they’re worth the years of nothing else for me saving for them even if the first one is 4 or 5 years away.  I put in the time & effort to research the crap out of them & I like what I read & heard.

GOTTA GET ONE OF THESE BLUE BEAUTIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Well, I want them both, but this guitar comes first, before it goes out of production!

This guy is a guitar store owner & a guitar technician in Arizona.  He ended up selling his $3800 Core model for the $1800 S2 model (American prices).  That’s part of the reason I won’t purchase a Core model, along with the price & many other factors.  Kim calls him my “man crush” since he’s always on my screen.  My guess as to why it weighs less?  It has 2 cuts of wood from it instead of one like a Les Paul body, maple & mahogany are heavy types of wood & commonly found in Les Paul bodies & less depth on the maple top as well.

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

If one’s out of production by then, I’ll get the other.  If they’re both out of production we have some money saved.  Both will take 6 months minimum after I put down a deposit & order them.

I am super excited for my trade in guitar at the end of the month!  I couldn’t care less that it says “Squier” on it!

I always say there’s someone stopping me from achieving something.  I finally figured out who that is.  IT’S ME!  Nobody else.  I need to allow myself to accomplish something & get out of my way.  I’m doing a hard reset on 2021 and hopefully that will solve many problems & remove the road blocks for me that I’ve put in my way.

I’m a little different, I like pineapple on my pizza, raisins in butter tarts, I’m fine with oatmeal raisin cookies as long as I know they’re not oatmeal chocolate chip, I’ll take broccoli over cauliflower ALWAYS, I don’t like potatoes, I don’t like whiskey or rye.  I’ve seen “Lamb of God” & “Boney M” live and enjoyed them both, I LOVE seafood, I am not loyal to any particular brand name, GMO or non-GMO I don’t care, I’ve voted 3 times in my 41 years on earth in Canada & I’ve voted for 3 different political parties, ever since I saw “Silence of the Lambs” Anthony Hopkins freaks me out, despite my fear of Hannibal Lector I REALLY enjoy crime/murder shows such as my current favourite show “Prodigal Son”, I don’t agree with censorship if you’re over the age of 18, I shave in the evening, etc.

Most guitar players will say something to the tune of “I don’t want a Gibson?!”  What do they really think though?  “Those Gibson guitars look pretty cool, I should get one!”  I’d get one if they weren’t over $3000 for a decent one in Canada.

I realized this week that I don’t play my acoustic guitar enough.  To “remedy” that problem I picked 2 songs that I used to play a LOT and I’ll finish relearning them, plus a song my mom wants to learn on her acoustic guitar.  I’m gonna fully relearn these two songs….

Played & sang them before cancer, nothing stopping me now but my own laziness!

This is not the song my mom wants to learn, but it is titled “Remedy”

My mom wants to learn this, so I’ve got my chord changes up to speed now.

Donald Trump doesn’t want to be compared to Richard Nixon.  Fair enough, Nixon knew when to resign.  How about we compare Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler?  Trump didn’t kill anyone, he encouraged others to do it for him.

FANTASTIC new album from Foo Fighters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

DEPRESSION SUCKS

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We’re done with painting our suite, other than behind the stove.  As of Monday all of the light fixtures are up.  As of Friday I avoided this room until late Sunday.  We didn’t paint this room so it still has blue/grey paint & the bulbs in the fixture are too yellow.  What do you get when you mix blueish walls with yellow lights?  Baby food mushed peas for a wall colour.  I’ve been SUPER depressed when I’d try to come in here, & leave within 20 minutes.  We changed the bulbs Sunday night & what a HUGE difference.  The rest of the suite has bulbs that are WAY TOO “yellow” and I regret changing any & all of them.  Fixtures look great, bulbs are nothing but “ugly” & immediately put me in a bad mood!

I can come in here again & play guitar for hours again.  While we’re on the topic of guitars, I realized something I didn’t want to know.  I can’t purchase the last 2 guitars I’d like to get.  I was hoping to buy the PRS S2 McCarty 594 followed by the Schecter Tempest.  I don’t want to settle on just another guitar, nor do I want to research a viable plan B.

If I did the math right I’d be able to save enough cash to order the PRS S2 McCarty 594 in early December of 2024 and pay for it when it gets here in 2025.  Meanwhile I’ll be purchasing NOTHING so I can save $5000 a year until I’m 50 & not touch that money until I’m 60.  After the McCarty 594 I was going to save for the less expensive Schecter Tempest, not gonna happen.  The little bit of money I have saved will go into my RDSP now.  Good thing I left the S2 McCarty 594 until the end??!!!???  Most times I’m not so SMRT, as shown once again!  Truth be told I’d be sad to not have any of the guitars I have, but I’m pretty lucky to have any in my possession!

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

The plan for our renovations is to try to sell this place in 2022.  If it doesn’t sell, or more likely that we can’t find a place to move, we’ll stay here & won’t have to change anything.  Which kind of sucks since we don’t have a spare bedroom here.

We’re 5 years late to the party but we finally watched “Hacksaw Ridge” on Saturday.  I had no clue that it was based on a true story that was a nice surprise!

This weekend youtube guitar channels were dead, Facebook was awkwardly quiet, I don’t watch NFL football at all, & I didn’t have any desire to be in this room with yellow lights until later on Sunday night.  I was REALLY bummed out all day Saturday & ended up sleeping for 3 hours in the afternoon.  I slept in Sunday until 11:00 am, then cooked my food for the week in the dark because the lights are just offensively yellow to me, slept for a bit on the couch & come Sunday night, 4 of our 8 channels were showing the Super Bowl & there was nothing I wanted to watch on the 5 streaming platforms we have.  My weekend was DEAFENINGLY quiet.

Kim disagrees with my thoughts for my money going into my RDSP, we’ll see what happens when I have to add $5000 to it at the end of the year?

Hopefully with so much of our renovations done we can put some of this stuff where it belongs & fill the recycling bin with empty light fixture boxes?  I really don’t like things out of place for too long.  This place has been a mess since December 26th.

All day Monday I was just trying to stay awake.  I forced myself to exercise & then stay awake.  I slept so much on the weekend that I was awake until 2:00 am Sunday night.  I slept REALLY well last night, got dressed & turned on the lights BOOM instant mood killer!  I’ll probably be in bed avoiding the light bulbs?  Now all of the exact same people are telling me I’m over reacting to the light bulbs!  It’s called a TRIGGER!  That same group of people told me 7 years ago when I was told to get over my anxiety and “just get over it” when I was presented with a lifelong say at home Covid like situation.  I don’t want to be in my home now, but I can’t go anywhere.

Yep, I’ve been listening to “Foo Fighters” & “Nothing but Thieves” since Friday, & no I didn’t get brain cancer again!

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris

HELLO 41 I’M HERE

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Did a guitar return & guitar purchase for my birthday.  The new guitar won’t be in stock for a few weeks though.  I returned the Epiphone DC Pro, the guitar that looks like a PRS for the Squier Starcaster Hollow body ‘Classic Vibe’.  The Indian Laurel fret board & the pickups weren’t doing anything for me on the “Wannabe” Epiphone I bought in December.  “In the end” I saved some cash because a “Squier” Starcaster & the “Fender” brand doesn’t make them anymore.  Sound clips seem great though, can’t wait for the end of February!

I returned this exact model of guitar….

https://www.epiphone.com/Guitar/EPIUHU51/DC-PRO/Faded-Cherry

…in exchange for this exact model of guitar

REALLY excited for this to arrive by the end of February!

I’m saving up for this guitar which I recently realized I’ll be able to order and make a deposit for it in November of 2023 wait 3-6 months & pay the full amount when it arrives, if they still make it by then?  It’s  going to take a while since I’ve got to save $5000 a year for my RDSP until I’m 50 & can’t touch it until I’m 60.  This my “bucket list” guitar.  The other guitars I’ve purchased were not terrible purchases in any way.  I’d really like to get the Schecter too, but now I realize that it likely won’t happen since the purchase is “so far away”.

Might as well just see what’s around when the time comes or I might just forget the whole idea after the S2 McCarty 594 & put money towards more responsible things? 

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

The S2 McCarty 594 & the Schecter Tempest would close the book for guitar purchasing.  I REALLY don’t want to shop for guitars anymore.  I know what I want & I have a goal.  I might have to start selling my body, although I don’t think I’d have any buyers?  If Schecter discontinues the Tempest body shape completely, I’m out.  There are other Tempest shaped guitars on their website that I’d consider if this particular one is discontinued.

I had 1 beer Friday night & I was WIDE awake at 5:00 am Saturday. I went with Kim & Brewster since he had a trim at 8:00 am that morning.  I bought 4 beer so I had 1 more late afternoon on Saturday & slept fine that night.

We picked up our light fixtures for our renovations on my birthday as well.  The bank is going to think we’ve been scammed!  A return, a purchase, a deposit, a transfer, another purchase, & a smaller purchase in one day, we never do that much stuff in one day!  Our place looks good with the new paint & the lighting will make another BIG difference. 

Finished the day with ordered in Greek food from “Opa!”  Watched the movie “Palmer” that had Kim & I crying at the end because it was so good, & Dairy Queen ice cream cake.

I was crying because I want the opportunity to be that type of father, Kim was crying because she saw me tearing up!

I was off to my parents’ place on Sunday to play guitar through my brother’s new amplifier that he won in December, so I could hear it at a louder volume than in our condo or his.  Nice to hear my guitar through a REALLY good amplifier.  He won a ‘boutique’ amplifier in a free Christmas give away in December.  I think his plan is to record & practice/rehearse with it.  Too valuable to sound check at a venue then leave it unsupervised for a few hours before a show.  I agree with owning more than one guitar amplifier in this scenario, there are people that use multiple amplifiers to get different sounds so I guess it’s whatever works for the individual.  People say I’m off my rocker hoping to own multiple electric guitars and one acoustic guitar, oh well I guess I’m nutz!  I’ll have 6 very different electric guitars at the end of the month, if you think that’s too many then you’re likely flabbergasted at the thought of 8.  They’ll each have a different shape, sound, colour, & tuning.  My acoustic, S2 McCarty 594, Explorer, maybe the Starcaster coming at the end of the month will stay in standard tuning since they sound so different.

I’ll never tell you what to listen too.  So I hope this dispels the myth about angry metal fans!

I believe it’s more due to an individual’s preference more than anything!  The metal I listen too just skims the depth of what’s out there.  There’s at least a dozen genres of metal & they all have multiple sub-genres.  Metal fans for the most part are just as picky as the next music fan.

Entered another 2 free lotteries for guitars that were given away this weekend on www.youtube.com but I didn’t win again.  What would I do if I won a guitar give away?  I’d offer it, for free, to anyone I know that plays guitar “I know what I’d like, would you like this?”  If there were no takers out of the 12ish people I’d offer it to, then I’d sell it or trade it in for something I want.

Kim’s childhood friend that was in an explosive demolition accident is home now.  He lives in Kim’s home town about 30 minutes from Prince Albert & 1:30 hours from Saskatoon.  He’s paralyzed from the waist down & now the hard/frustrating part starts for him.  He’ll either be going to Prince Albert or Saskatoon for physiotherapy & I’m sure they’ll be doing renovations to their house or moving.  I believe he & his wife have one child with them around 3 or 4 years old & two adult children?  This event REALLY hit me hard.  Our injuries may be different but they’re both life changing events with future uphill battles.

PLEASE HELP THIS FAMILY OUT BY DONATING ANY AMOUNT TO THEIR “GO FUND ME” PAGE?  They’re still over $20,000 away from the goal amount.  GO TEAM GO!

Yesterday I exercised, I was cold & really tired after so I crawled back into bed.  Today I got at 5:30 am & feel great after my exercise now at 8:00 am!

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris

2020, JUST DO WHAT TOM PETTY TELLS YOU TO DO.

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Exercise total for 2020. 

15,360 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

8,850 Shoulder raises/Chest presses w/ 10 pound dumb bells

23,000 Crunches

24,650 Leg lifts

10,900 Squats   

13,065 Back flexes

Walking distance was 1,046 meters=3,487 feet (That’s only 3 times walking)

Down & Up 128 stairs

I was going to weigh myself, then I realized something…it’s just a number that means nothing.  People see me and often think I’m under 200 pounds.  I don’t know if that’s flattery or not?  I know that my weight will never be 1??.  I graduated high school in June of 1998 at 185 pounds and I was 213 pounds on July 1st 2020.  I feel good, I’m still cancer free since December 31st 2008, & I’m rarely sick now.

I know it’s been a terrible year for a LOT of people.  People dying, sick, lost their job, housing, some are starving, etc.  I wanted to catch up, but not have the world go through a situation like this!  Please don’t take any of this as bragging, as it’s not intended to come off that way at all.  I’m lucky enough that close friends & family have been OK this year, & I worked my butt of to get down to 213 pounds, I haven’t been that light since 1999.  Decent year of exercise/rehabilitation.  I stopped exercising after my morning exercises on Friday, December 18, 2020.  I’ve been doing some stretching.

Kim bought me a guitar, with her overtime money, for my 40th birthday on January 30th, 2020.  We had both been saving money prior to that and I ordered a PRS S2 Custom 22 semi-hollow guitar.  I ordered it on January 15th, and with a backorder delay followed by Covid delays, it arrived at the end of September.  I had been saving for my amplifier, footswitch, and a PRS S2 McCarty 594.  The PRS S2 McCarty 594 will be my next purchase & endgame in 4-6 years.  I ended up going shopping at the music store on Monday, December 14th 2020.  I bought the amplifier, footswitch, and this very nice special Epiphone guitar.  The amplifier is also in this photo.  I nicknamed this guitar as “Wannabe” since it’s made by Epiphone but is shaped VERY similar to a PRS guitar….

If you’re keeping score that was 3 guitars & an amplifier in 1 year.  I guess we’re not poor, we were just saving money for bigger purchases.  I’ll shut up about being broke now.  3 guitars & an amplifier in 1 year will never happen or need to happen again.  I now own 6 electric guitars & one acoustic.

Let’s get this year headed the right way!  We’ll go in quietly with our masks on, stay 6 feet apart & win me a guitar!  I’m currently trying to win a “Paul’s Guitar” SE.  This was my runner up to the PRS S2 McCarty 594 further below.  If you’d like to help me win the guitar, please do so or win it for yourself.  I’ll put instructions & a link below this video describing it.

Below is the video to watch and win the guitar.  You have to subscribe & leave a comment stating who your favourite guitar player is.  Hover over the bottom right corner of the video after you’ve pushed play.  Click on the word “YOUTUBE” to go to the site, this link will take you directly to the site & video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5S-hLFqPOGI&t=12s&ab_channel=RobertBaker.  You can leave your comment there below the video so he sees it. The guitar in Canada is $327 more than in the USA.  This won’t cost you anything to enter & you’ll likely enjoy his guitar videos.  He’s a great guitar player that I watch on www.youtube.com.  My birthday is on January 30th, this would be a VERY cool early birthday present!  If you win and want to ship it to me, ask him to contact Christopher Fraser, I’m in the comments and I’ll give him my shipping address personally.  This is the first guitar I’ve heard where the split-coil pickups actually make a noticeable difference sonically.  I love this guitar, I want this guitar, but I don’t want to pay $1300 for it.  GO TEAM GO!

I will definitely buy the McCarty 594 whether I win the “Paul’s Guitar” or not.  The “Paul’s Guitar” definitely won’t be replacing the role of another guitar & it will get played VERY often. 

The PRS S2 McCarty 594 is a must purchase for me.  My next & final purchase as far as guitar stuff goes.  The PRS SE Paul’s Guitar is a VERY close 2nd but also incredibly different.  If I win this guitar, the PRS S2 McCarty 594 will sound the same but look different.  It’ll be red & in the shape of a Les Paul.

For me, I like variety with my guitars.  Each guitar I own has something different about it from the others now that could be one of many things.  The bridge, pickups, electronics, tuning machines, the tuning itself, brand name, colour, body shape, etc.

I’m not a master guitar player at all, but I really don’t like tuning each string of a guitar to something completely different.  I watched another youtube video over the holidays.  The guy stated he had 60 guitars but plays 6 of them most of the time.  I don’t want to be that type of person, if I’m not using something, it’s just taking up space & could be used by someone else.  Even with what I have at the moment, I play all of my guitars within 2 days, or I learn a song in a certain tuning, keep playing it, & learn other songs in that tuning. 

Most guitar players on youtube have jobs involving guitars and have anywhere from 10-90 guitars, 4-40 amplifiers, & 20-150 effect pedals.  I don’t have a job & I’m not on youtube.  I have one amplifier and I only need one amplifier.  I have 3 effect pedals & don’t need or want more.  There’s always another guitar on a guitar players list, at some point you gotta say “Why?” & “That money can be used elsewhere!”  “I like to play”.

My body needed a bit of a break.  This year I expect even more effort from myself in many areas of my life.  To say it the shortest way possible, I want to work harder & be a better person.  Moving things up one gear in a year isn’t enough for me this year, I think I should move up 3 gears over the course of a year.  I don’t know how to measure that but I do expect more of myself.  As with most years for me, I need to get my act together and walk with my walker more.  2020 wasn’t an easy year for me, I pushed myself quite hard.  Still wasn’t as rough on me as it was on so many other people though.

My brother won the GRAND PRIZE of “REVV” amplifiers 12 days of Christmas giveaways!  He won their fancy brand new REVV amplifier on December 23!  So happy for him!  Go to the 46 minute mark to see it!

Kim saw a pre-Christmas sale on pillows.  We needed new sleeping pillows on our bed.  They’re made by a company called “Purple”.  Originally they started making wheelchair cushions from this product.  They now make pillows & mattresses.  The mattresses are guaranteed for 10 years.  We’ll be saving for one of those, were a year or 2 away from needing a new mattress.  Yes, our pillows are HEAVY, like 10 pounds heavy.  You don’t lift them or fold them.  You can adjust the height of the pillow by inserting or removing 2 thinner pieces into the case.

As for actual Christmas celebrations, on December 24th my brother, sister-in-law, parents, Kim & I all drove over to my Grandparents condo/senior home.  We stood outside of their suite on the ground floor in the parking lot.  We gave them a gift basket of a TON of treats & goodies.  We then sang them “We wish you a Merry Christmas” as my brother played it on guitar.  Even had a lady on the 3rd floor step out onto her balcony and join in on kazoo!

Christmas day was just Kim & I at my parents place, odd but still good.  My brother & sister-in-law opted to stay home, as did my grandparents, which makes sense.  My cousin from Winnipeg, Manitoba would have been here too but Covid, so that made sense too.  It was a smaller gathering than we would have liked, but we did what we could.  We did all open gifts over zoom or facetime, so that was nice.  I asked for money as a gift and spent most of it the next day on guitar stuff from amazon.  Multiple gauges of strings, a guitar maintenance tool kit, & some locking tuners for one of my guitars.  My parents did get me a gig bag for Christmas, but it didn’t get here until the 30th.

On December 26th our Christmas was over.  The tree came down, the decorations were put away & paint preparation started for our renovations.  2 TVs were taken off the walls, patching & sanding was done, paint & rollers were bought, furniture was moved, etc.  I just stayed out of the way, Kim’s been on a mission ever since.  I stayed in this room out of the way.  I worked on/cleaned up a few guitars & practiced a LOT.

We watched a movie from Netflix over the holidays it was called “Death to 2020”, so not for kids even though many lived through 2020.  It’s a scripted film with real news clips from the year, with a very recognizable cast.  I thought it was great!  Kim thought it was OK.

I don’t want you to think I was in this room doing nothing while Kim’s been painting our condo suite.  I figure I owe it to you to hopefully show you some progress I’ve made on guitar.  Please remember a few things.  I strongly LOATHE being in any type of photograph & I get VERY self-concious.  If you think it sucks that’s fine, as of 2011 I couldn’t tie my shoelaces.  People used to pay to see me play & sing on stage.  

You’ll hear me play abbreviated versions of 3 Foo Fighters’ songs & 1 “Big Wreck” song.  My 2 favourite bands & have been since the ‘90s.  Yes, the guitar I’m playing in the “Big Wreck” video is signed by Ian Thorney of Big Wreck.  They’re OK, you’ll hear “That Song” by Big Wreck, & “Low”, “The Pretender”, & “All My Life” by Foo Fighters.  Need to clean them up, but that’s what you get for now.

My favourite album of the year was easily ‘Moral Panic’ by “Nothing but Thieves”.  I didn’t get much in terms of new music since there wasn’t a lot of stuff released that I was into but I can think of 7 releases coming this year off the top of my head.  I’ll be streaming again while putting a minimal amount of money aside for a guitar.  I still don’t like the idea of streaming music, neither do a LOT of working musicians.

“Foo Fighters” new album ‘Medicine at Midnight’ will be released on Friday, February 5th.  If I get cancer again this February 5th, I’m gonna blame my favourite band but still call it an odd coincidence!

The first time I saw the title before hearing the song, I honestly thought they released a “Genesis” cover!  I love me some Genesis but a new Foo Fighters song is more than welcomed!

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

I’M WORKING ON MY DIMMER SWITCH

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Exercise total for 5 days. 

500 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

900 Crunches

900 Leg lifts

300 Squats   

450 Back flexes

1:10 hour of yoga over 2 days

I had this entire thing written & trashed it all.  It was an unnecessary rant about anti-maskers.  What I will say about that is the following.  Nobody enjoys having to wear a mask.  I’m rarely out of the house during a month.  When I am in public I wear a mask not only for me but for everyone.  If you feel the need to rant about wearing a mask I’m OK with that…as long as you’re wearing a mask.  If you’re complaining about wearing a mask & not wearing one, I don’t need or want to hear it.  I personally don’t know anyone that falls into this category since they’re not worth my time right now.  Just please wear a mask, if you’re not, you’re a part of the problem.  You probably didn’t create the problem but you certainly aren’t helping solve it.  You are the weakest link & we’re all counting on you to do the right thing.

Saskatchewan got the news on Tuesday of restricted Covid protocol until December 17th 2020.  “Too little, too late” if you ask me.  Remember in the summer how so many people were just throwing caution & common sense to the wind along with their masks?  Well I hope they had fun then because family gatherings over the winter holidays are questionable right now.  Will I see my in-laws this December, will I see my immediate family this December, and will I see my grandparents this December?  Maybe, maybe, and probably not with Covid numbers skyrocketing everywhere.

I called it at the beginning of January.  2020 will be my year.  It’s been a stubborn, tough year & it’s not done yet.  I plan to be here long after 2020 though & this Covid stuff.  I’m ready to keep fighting if 2020 is going to keep ‘poking the bear’ (I’m the bear in this scenario).

I was scheduled to have an MRI at 10:45 pm tonight.  A 30 minute scan of a cyst in my back that has been there since my first MRI in 2008.  We talked to my doctor earlier this week.  I know I’m not invincible and I have no desire to go into a hospital, take off my mask & get shoved into a tube that’s just big enough for my shoulders to scrape the side during a pandemic for a very minor thing.  My doctor understood that & agreed.  I’ll be having my annual full MRI in May instead.  They’ll check out the long time cyst, my brain, & spine at that time.  A cyst won’t turn into a tumor.  I have a new doctor as of my last visit who wanted to learn more about it.

My life hasn’t changed at all because of Covid and I’m lucky in that way.  My life changed in 2008 because of cancer.  Initially it was REALLY rocky because of my incredible asshole reaction.  I’m far from perfect & always will be.  That doesn’t mean I’m just going to give up.  Those numbers that you probably skip by on Friday?  That’s my work over the course of a week, I’m proud of that & I’m not afraid of hard work.  Sure you might be thinking “Ah, it’s only 1-2 hours a day” & I’m not going to stop you from having that opinion.  You can call me whatever you want, anything goes at this point.  After I finish my exercise in the morning, I literally roll over on my side into the fetal position because I’m exhausted & sometimes sore.  I need to catch my breath & cool down.  After 2-5 minutes of rest I get up to do something around the house, get into the shower, eat, watch a little TV or play guitar.  I don’t have a slow speed.  If something needs to get done, I do it ASAP, why waste time thinking about it if I can figure out how to do it right away?

Now you might be thinking “Oh, big deal he said he’s playing guitar”.  It takes energy.  If I don’t have the energy, I play like crap and disappoint myself.  Because I beat myself up when I don’t do something well.  As I was telling my cousin over Facebook this earlier this week.  I don’t want to be good enough at everything, I want to be better than I was before I was put in a wheelchair.

Nobody can wave a magic wand & instantly make me better.  I’m the one that has to put in the work to be good enough and then better.  I’ve helped friends and family in the past and I’m helping where I can if needed or if I can be of assistance now.  I’m always patient with others.  If someone is helping me with something, I don’t want to waste their time.  I put a LOT of pressure on myself to do things right.

I had to ‘parent’ Brewster this week.  He won’t take his pills & he’s getting very stubborn about what he’ll eat.  I sat with him & had a little chat, I don’t think it worked?  “Look at me…nope…nope over here, look at me.  You need to eat your food & eat your treats.  If you can’t do that for us, this is what’s going to happen!  You have to be cute, furry, & cuddly for one week.  Now what’s it gonna be?  I’m not going to make you do both, you have to decide.  Will you eat your food now?  No?  OK, cute, furry & cuddly it is.  One week!  You’ve made your choice.”  Yes, I talk to my late 70s/early 80 year old dog like that.

I think everyone has an asshole gene in them.  It’s up to the individual as to when & how much they want it to shine.  I’m working on my dimmer switch for my asshole gene, it’s too bright.

Please wear a mask, and physically distance?  That’s EVERYONE’S job right now.

This week on guitar I haven’t been practicing songs.  The bulk of me playing guitar has been me applying and learning the DeLorean/Doryan/Dorian (actual spelling) mode, as well as memorizing the pentatonic scale.  That’s a LOT of music theory, my brain hurts from actually using whatever is left in there.  This will be a long time before I can say that I know it.  It sort of makes sense yet it’s hazy right now.

Pentatonic scale(s) is memorized as of Thursday.  Now I’m got the basics of the “Finding Doryan” or “DeLorean” mode as of Thursday night.  Today I’m just focusing on getting my pentatonic scale/shapes/pattern down & a song.  It’s as though I took a glance into Pandora’s Box and thought “I should make 1 thing solid before I dive into 5 other ones?”  My brain feels like mashed potatoes now?!?! 

Here I am at 11:20 pm after lying in bed thinking about scales too much that I came in to practice the 5 patterns in a pentatonic scale!  Geeking out much?  YEP!

“Nothing but Thieves” gave into high demand from fans to release their orchestral version of the song “Impossible” earlier this week.  When I purchase this album over the holidays, I intend to add this single to the album.  I don’t listen to singles or EPs under 5 songs.  I add them to albums.

“Dead Sara” released a single this week.  I hear a BIG “Nirvana” influence in their music.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

“Spread love” –Ellen Degeneres