FANTASTIC WEEK!

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Exercise total for 5 days. 

500 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

900 Crunches

900 Leg lifts

300 Squats   

450 Back flexes

1:15 hour of yoga over 2 days

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

“Spread love” –Ellen Degeneres 

WHY DID I WATCH THE NEWS???

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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

1:05 hour of yoga over 2 days

2020 has been a rough year to say the least, for pretty much everyone I assume, even me.  Being in quarantine has been fine with me but just opening my Facebook or watching the news can bring me down.  I turned 40 this year and I claimed that this would be my year.  That hasn’t changed at all, but there have been a few additional/minor obstacles along the way.

I finished my exercises on Tuesday, responded to a few emails & Facebook messages.  I was in here just WAY too long, ate my lunch & then crawled back into bed completely exhausted and slept until 5:00 pm. 

When I woke up, the news of Eddie Van Halen passing from cancer at the age of 65 was EVERYWHERE on social media.  I was never a fan of Van Halen, they were always just there & once in a while I’d get a song of their’s stuck in my head.  Him passing is a BIG thing among rock & metal guitar players or most musicians in general.  He developed many guitar techniques, he wasn’t just a REALLY good rock star.  I’m pretty sure that a TON of the bands I listen to currently wouldn’t sound the way they do without having heard Eddie Van Halen play guitar.  If you don’t know him, you’ve likely heard him.  Michael Jackson got him to play the guitar solo on “Beat It”

When you first go to listen to “Eruption” you just think you’re going to hear a song but you end up listening to a 1:40 minute guitar solo.  TONS of people, not me, will emulate it but Eddie created it.

This is Eddie Van Halen playing “Eruption” live in concert.  It’s long but it may help you understand his impact on any guitar player that has heard him.

I said I’d put out a small handful of videos of me playing guitar.  Mostly for me to deal with my anxiety.  I’ve picked 3 songs to do & they will trickle out when I feel they’re good enough.  All Led Zeppelin songs are new to me on guitar.  I’m just going to focus on getting these 3 as perfect as I can & hopefully I don’t freak out with a camera on me.  Of course I’ll put out abreviated versions.  Foo Fighters have been my favourite band since I saw a video on Much Music (Canada’s MTV) from their second album.  So I play a LOT of Foo Fighters stuff.

Not only is exercising daily helping me, but I’m also eating healthier, cutting out coffee & tea, while seriously minimizing my alcohol consumption to 2 oz. of Baron Samedi spiced rum on the rocks or a beer every 2-3 weeks.  I never really drink anything other than water most of the time.  A side effect of my pills are dry mouth, so I just keep a liter of water beside me all day & I usually fill my water bottle at least 3 times a day, even on weekends. 

When we got to our friends’ place last weekend, I stood up out of the car.  When I did that I quickly realized I wasn’t holding on to anything or using my arms to get up & out of our vehicle.  I immediately grabbed hold of the vehicle door.  Since February of 2008 I’ve never done that.  I startled & shocked myself at the same time.

Now that I own a PRS S2 I totally get this.  It’s a very easy to play instrument and whatever brand name is on the headstock of a guitar shouldn’t matter.  If it’s your instrument and it works for you, that’s why you have it & use it.  Even the mastermind, Paul Reed Smith himself, says that if he plays another guitar and prefers it over something PRS has made, he’ll buy it & use it.  My first guitar, a Tradition Les Paul, is great and would be the closest rival to my PRS S2 in many aspects also the furthest from my PRS S2 in many other aspects.  I’d like to say to anybody reading this, I’m sorry I took you through such a deep dive on my new guitar.  Everything I said is true so I was excited about it.  As for the topic of pickups or tone wood having the biggest effect on the sound, that’s up for debate for many people.  I think the wood used makes a HUGE difference but the next person could prove me wrong.

I watch a TON of guitar related www.youtube.com channels full of demos & reviews.  Here is a guy, who I believe lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (2 ½ hours north of Regina), that was scammed by ordering a guitar made oversea where they produce knock off look-a-like guitars for a fraction of the price.  I’m glad I’ve never experienced this problem.

It’s October in Canada.  Typically we’d see snow here by now.  With climate change, the winters seem shorter the last few years.  I just heard our air conditioner turn on.  Winters are cold here, I wear shorts year ‘round since I’m usually inside, people think I’m crazy because it’s cold out, & summers are TREMENDOUSLY hot!  For it to be +30 Celcius in the summer or + 40 in July is a strong possibility.  In the winter -50 Celcius isn’t a stretch.

I turned on the news briefly on Wednesday, this is what I learned in 6 minutes or so.  There’s a bomb threat at the mall downtown, the President is contagious but back in the White House & high as a kite on experimental medication & steroids nobody will receive until approved, & 19 people in the White House have tested positive for the virus.  What did I learn from the news?  There’s a crazy person downtown & the President learned nothing after being in the hospital for the virus……and that’s why I try to avoid the news!

It was like watching a trailer for the sequel of “White House Down”.

You know what would be nice?  If we could all deal with our own stuff & not bother anyone else.  That would be nice but somebody or something always stirs the pot.  WHY?

I guess watching the news wasn’t enough punishment for me so I watched the Vice Presidential debate.  My opinion doesn’t matter on this since I’m a Canadian living in Canada, so I can’t vote.  It still a boils down to one question for me.  Does anyone want 4 more years of what’s going on now minus the Coronavirus?  If you answered “Yes” vote for Trump, if you answered “No” vote for Biden.  Nothing has changed for me.  I know where I stand on many of the issues addressed in the debate & I know how I’d vote if I had the chance.  Were in a pandemic, what else was I supposed to watch?  I know that for some reason science & facts don’t seem to matter right now but a fact is that the planet, because of climate change, can’t take 4 more years of the current administration in the USA.  Unless most of us die of something else before 2050, there’s a pretty good chance we’ll see the end of the world.

Here it is a nice long weekend in Canada!  Thanksgiving weekend!

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

“Spread love” –Ellen Degeneres 

P.S. Sleeping has been terrible all week.  Nap on Tuesday afternoon, 5:00 am up & doing stuff Thursday followed by a nap after my exercise.  Today I just wanted to stay in bed, I got up a little after 8:00 am.  I like to be awake & doing my exercises by 7:30 am.  Thursday was odd I slept oddly and woke up with a SORE left hand middle finger, I couldn’t make a fist.  Very little guitar playing yesterday.

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I played guitar for almost exactly 7 years before I had cancer.  I didn’t go right back to the songs I knew before or most of the songs I played/sang live.  I can’t sing like I used to be able to.  I can’t sing at all really.  Before when I was playing & singing I played rhythm/chords.  Now after cancer I chose mostly songs with a dominant lead guitar part.  That’s what I’m learning now.  I’m learning more lead guitar stuff that I’ve never played before.

I chose either songs I’ve never bothered to try & a few songs that I learned in my 6th & 7th year of playing.  I wanted to challenge myself instead of playing the same old 4 chords & the main riff to the song.  I figured what I play should be distinct to a particular song.  Gets me out of my comfort zone.

“YES” this is the amplifier for me!  This is a gain setting at 0.5 Watts.  Everything I’m looking for & more!

I don’t think I’m that excited about an amplifier, but it’s all I hoped it would be, with all of my research.  I’ll still have to wait until September to get it.  Gotta buy/order my last guitar by early February since I know it will take 3-15 months to get here.  Of course if we find a house the amplifier will have to wait.

If everything goes as planned, this will be ordered in February & hopefully we find a house shortly after?!

Same company in Stevensville, Maryland, USA as the guitar that should be here soon. 

I think PRS just hit that peak where they’re now in the top 3 as far as guitar brands go.  I think between the USA factory & the one I Indonesia, they have 300 employees?  There’s no assembly line either.    

I think the biggest wild card for us right now is Brewster’s health.  He seems to be fine right now.  He’ll cough like a smoker 2 or 3 times a day & he sleeps a LOT, but he still seems pretty happy & runs the show here.  He can’t hear me when I’m within inches behind him trying to get him to move so I don’t roll my wheels over him.  He can hear the microwave from inside our bedroom & around the corner though!  “Hark, my human is eating, I’ll have to investigate!”  I can’t eat anything without him sitting right beside me.

Whenever we see the vet for a checkup I always ask if he’s in pain, I don’t want to have the little guy suffer at all.  He’ll be 15 on January 31st, the day after my birthday.

As long as Brewster is OK, a house is at the top of our list.  Other than the seemingly impossibility of selling a condo in Regina, our problem is finding anything remotely wheelchair accessible within our price range.  I looked again at the website for houses in our price range & nada, zippo, zero, nothing.  Of course now that were being picky there’s nothing out there?

As far as my cancer goes, I’m good.  Got some refills on the weekend, I was out of a sleeping pill so I needed more of those.  I see my psychiatrist in October for a regular visit.  I also have another MRI in November, only about 30 minutes long.  There is a cyst in my back, it’s been there from the beginning.  New doctor taking over my case, so she just wanted to look at it closer.  Nothing to worry about though.

When I saw her last time, she asked how my fine motor skills were, such as writing & eating.  I told her all of that was OK and that I play guitar.  She was glad to hear my hands were in good shape & that the guitar playing was a good way to exercise those small muscles.  Makes me wonder if I can claim my guitar spending on my taxes as physiotherapy equipment?  HAHAHAHAHA!  No new guitar so far.  They said by the end of September at the earliest.  I’m getting anxious!

If I ever had $5500ish burning a hole in my pocket, this finish on a Core Tremonti PRS is pretty!  I’d get a Core McCarty 594 instead of the S2 I plan to order in February.  Nice to dream.

Kim had a headache & her stomach was sore on Sunday.  I didn’t get to see the Jays game until about 10:00 pm.  I ended up fast forwarding & rewinding bits of it just to see the highlights.  I slept in until 9:00 am on Monday and got my exercises done ASAP.  Regular season baseball ends on Sunday.

I did it 4 times this week.  I call it click bait.  I opened 4 Donald Trump videos on www.youtube.com.  I didn’t bother to watch them all the way through.  He honestly holds zero shock value for me & thank goodness he’s not Canadian!

October 16th, a new album is out that day from The Struts.  Here’s one of the 2 singles released so far.

This Foo Fighters song I used to play in private & it’s coming along nicely.  Verse portion is not bad, haven’t added the chorus part yet.

These 2 are just a little sloppy still.

Ended up playing a TON of Big Wreck over the weekend.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris          

“Listen to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

AUSTRALIANS HAVE GREAT TASTE IN GUITARS

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Kim called the police regarding her stolen bike on Thursday last week.  As you may know, the guy was arrested.  Her phone call was sent to a department (of which I don’t know) there was an answering service & she left a message.  We have yet to hear back, despite my asking her to call again on Monday.

I follow PRS Guitars on Facebook & they’ve been pushing out quite a bit of Private Stock guitars.  That completely makes sense to me.  A person getting a private stock guitar will typically wait 18 months for the guitar from the point they pick out EVERYTHING being used to make it & it costs whatever amount you make it!  I saw a random guy in the USA on good ol’ www.youtube.com, his wife bought him a private stock PRS as a wedding gift, & paid $15,000 for it!  The guitar I ordered is not even close to being that expensive!

I was like a 4 year old on Christmas Eve, Thursday night, I didn’t sleep that well.  Long story, PRS were about to send 2 identical guitars to Australia.  The guy at the music store called them Monday morning & told them my story about the delay before Covid hit.  I guess the sales rep he spoke with is holding back one of the guitars going to Australia for me.  It’s not finished being made yet, but it’s coming!  I’m just happy about their specifications for the wood choice & totally understand the delay, it’s just an odd year.  They were looking for a quality piece of curly maple without any blemishes for the ¼” top of the body.  Their quality control is why I went with PRS.  This is another example of quality over quantity.

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

They are 10-12 months backordered due to Covid & were looking/waiting for a nice piece of maple for the top of my guitar because the sunburst colour I ordered is a little tricky.  Despite this delay, I’ve been saving up & still plan to order this PRS S2 model in April or May….

This is a VERY odd scale length, & it’ll sound like a 1958 Gibson Les Paul while having a different (better I.M.O.) look & $1000 cheaper.  The Gibson brand name has also lost some of its credibility in the guitar playing community over the last decade or more.  This guitar is also wired better than a Les Paul, in that I can switch either or both pickups from Humbucker (double coil) 1958 pickups to pre-1950 single coil pickups.  Gibson doesn’t make coil splitting pickups.

Kim’s fine with me saving for this amplifier & footswitch for later on next year.  It’s not completely digital or analog.  It’s an affordable practice amplifier hybrid.  If we need cash it will come out of the savings for this…

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

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

Kim’s on the fence about me spending money on this, yet I’ve cut out EVERYTHING other than food & water for the guitar, amplifier, & footswitch.

With those purchases, I’ll be as happy as a pig in mud for at least a decade, if not much, much longer.  I looked at some other stuff, but nothing really appealed to me.  Maybe something small will someday, but those will be my last big hobby purchases.  Kim says I keep changing my mind, I think I’m very consistent on these 2 purchases.  I’ve researched the crap out of them & I know exactly what to expect from both.  Every time I look at one of them, I find a little bonus piece about them.

On the upside our ‘niece’ & ‘nephew’ were with us Saturday afternoon.  We made bubbles, picked flowers, coloured, did assorted arts & crafts had pizza, ice cream, they rode around in my wheelchair, & checked out a little “Paw Patrol”.  She’ll be 7 in October & he turned 2 in May.  He’s busy & wants to check out everything.  I followed him around & answered questions for him.  Our ‘nephew’ got me twice on Monday despite not being here.  He was checking out my guitars.  He turned my amplifier all the way up, I didn’t notice it until I played one note & just about peed.  Later on I grabbed a different guitar, tuned it with my silent tuner on, turned off the tuner to play it, & no sound came out of the speaker.  I thought my guitar had some electrical issue?  Nope that was a guitar he played with & turned the volume on the guitar to 0.

Sunday we went to or friends’ place for a BBQ & visit in the backyard.  Nice relaxing day & Brewster loves being outside on a lawn & leash free.  He was falling asleep on my lap on the way home at 7:15 pm.  He’s getting old!  Nowadays I fill my pill capsules for the week, then move onto his.  Always making sure I don’t mix them up!

I did play my buddy’s new Gretsch hollow body guitar on Sunday.  Oh that is a sweet guitar!  I personally don’t want to spend money on a full size hollow body guitar, but it was a really nice guitar!

There are only two other guitars I’d like, but are far beyond what I would pay for them!  A Mark Tremonti signature PRS in the brown colour that he plays on occasion.  https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/model/mark_tremonti_signature_2020 & a Dave Grohl signature Gibson 335 (hollow body, DG-335)   https://reverb.com/p/gibson-dave-grohl-signature-dg-335.  Those are my “never gonna happen” guitars.

Watch this video from the 8:20 minute mark & it shows how great these people are & what they did with their earnings from the 4 day online guitar clinic!

Kim’s hoping we find a house next year.  As long as this virus deal is over, I’m all for putting our condo on the market again.  Our mortgage will be just under $200,000 by then which will make a difference, but I don’t think it will make a big enough difference.  The biggest issue is that it has to be wheelchair accessible.

We saw one last year but the housing market in Regina is weird/difficult if you’re trying to sell a condo such as we are.  Far too many cheaply built, new, vacant condos out there for ½ the price of what we paid for this place.  We’ll be looking for something under $410,000 that is move in ready.  My magic 8 ball tells me the outcome is not good.  I think us moving is just as unlikely as me getting either of those signature guitars, never going to happen.

As for practicing guitar I’m good & just working on learning songs I like & that are fun to play.  Even have a handful of stuff for my brother’s band to use & expand on.  Other than that these will be my focus until I learn the next batch of songs.

And I try to always go through scales, finger/picking exercises, & other songs I’ve learned.  The more I play a song, the better it sounds!  Like this song is already good enough, but the more I play it the more automatic it becomes.

 

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris

“Listen to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

LEARN FROM IT, FORGET ABOUT IT, AND MOVE ON

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That video of me playing guitar on the Facebook page was NOT something I wanted to do.  I’d rather play in front of 500 real people, which I’ve done in the past as a guitarist & lead singer, than in front of any type of camera. For me it was a TOTAL embarrASSment!  Take any camera a LONG way away from me so I don’t know it’s there and surprise it feels normal & I can totally feel relaxed and focus on my playing & do a MUCH better job of it.  I played that song again on Sunday, no type of camera & an INCREDIBLY better job of it.

I got really depressed/sad/disappointed/angry at myself & couldn’t even enjoy the Jays game.  Instead I grabbed my 7 string and practiced some Trivium then Alter Bridge on my Explorer.  From the time Kim & I filmed it late Wednesday afternoon until I finally got out of bed Saturday at 5:00 am, I slept TERRIBLY!  I’ve had more naps in 3 days than I usually do in 1 ½ years.

I can do that guitar part fine, if you wanna see it, I live in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, if you don’t want to come here you’ll have to take me at my word.

I MIGHT do a different song when I feel like it.  I’m not promising when or if there will be a different song later.  Some people are fine with cameras, I’m not one of them, if I have to be serious about something.  I HATE being in photographs, so I don’t know what I was thinking…oh yeah people said they wanted a video.

“We keep asking because you ALWAYS change your mind”, why do I change my mind?  Because I get so sick of people that pick & pick & pick until they get their way.  Am I stubborn, opinionated, or spineless?  Whatever it is that I am, it’s a role I’m done playing.

“You’ll regret not going to your grade 12 graduation”.  “You’ll regret not going to your technical college graduation”.  Well I regret going to both of those events.  I went to my grade 12 graduation with a friend I had been in the same class with since kindergarten.  That was the good thing about graduation, that & the fact I was finally done with high school.  WORST 5 YEARS OF MY LIFE…and I survived stage 4 brain cancer.

Kim’s never asked me to do anything I don’t want to.  If we ever find a place to move into, I just want to be able to go into the backyard by myself during the day.  I haven’t been able to leave the confines of our building or any building on my own since the morning of February 5th, 2008.  So I’ve adapted to being inside %99.99999 of the time.  Does it suck?  How was the beginning of quarantine for everyone else?  I was pissed off, grumpy, depressed & generally not pleasant to be around.  This is my life, I figured that out a LONG time ago.  Get over it, quarantine will pass for everyone else, I’ll be doing the same thing I’ve been doing since mid-July 2012 & I’m more than OK with that.  What was I forcefully told when I got out of my Rehabilitation program?  “SUCK IT UP, STOP BEING SO MISERABLE & GET OVER IT”.  Sorry, I have no other words of wisdom, that’s what I was told.

Go out, have fun while you can, be responsible & accountable.  I had my fun for the first 28 years, Kim & I have fun together because we’re kinda used to this type of life.  If she wants to do something I physically can’t do, like go for a bike ride, she calls a friend & they go for a bike ride.

When we had time off at the beginning of August we watched the movie “Eurovision” on Netflix.

Kim & I are just lying in bed chatting one morning this weekend, she pulls out here cell to play this song & get it stuck in our heads.

You’re welcome!

Other than “Ya, ya, ding, dong”, I’ve been listening to a TON of Opeth lately, different albums.

Meanwhile Kim’s been watching stuff on Netflix I can’t stand for more than 5 minutes & end up leaving the room to practice guitar…

What sort of gets to me, but I understand it’s for entertainment purposes is guitarists on www.youtube.com.  They’ll have $500 bucks just laying around if not more buy a random guitar online just to see what they get in a guitar for $500.  Just to make a video with that guitar while there is literally $100,000 worth of guitars hanging on the wall behind them.  If they think that $500 guitar is terrible…uh…send it to me or donate it to a charity & play the 40 guitars on the wall behind you!  Great guitar players with entertaining videos who works as guitar teacher, so I kind of get it.  Maybe level the playing field a bit?  I was watching one of his videos and I counted at least 10 REALLY expensive Core model PRS Guitars, I’m getting, hopefully, 2 much lower priced PRS S2 models.  He’s earned them & he plays them, they’re not just wall art.  Comes off as a pretty good guy that can take a joke or make a joke.

…and he smashes it on his drive way at the end of the video.  To be fair he went to the Berkley School of Music, had the same guitar teacher as John Mayer, teaches guitar as a job, he & his wife donate to charities, and he has easily 25 guitars, 100s of guitar pedals, 10 or more amplifiers.  That’s more than I’d ever want to deal with.

I have one amplifier which I’ll trade in when I go to purchase a new/better one, I keep getting rid of pedals I don’t need or use for money, I’ll have 6 electrics by the end of next year (Hopefully).  The one coming to me soon will likely be THE guitar out of the group of 6 electrics.

Kim & I have no children.  I don’t spend money on anything else anymore, I’ve decided to not go to a concert unless they’re within Alberta, my home province of Saskatchewan, or Manitoba.  I don’t drink, I might buy a pair of shorts or a shirt every 3 years.  We don’t travel or go out for dinner and whatever I don’t use I sell.  Such as my Keurig, Kim uses a drip pot for coffee & always has, I can’t ride my old mountain bike SOLD & Kim got a new mountain bike so the old one was SOLD.

We looked into my Retirement Disability Savings Plan a little deeper.  If I can contribute $30,000 by the time I’m 50 the government will contribute $90,000 at most.  Pretty good deal I’d say.  I can continue to put money in their & it will have the same interest rate as a regular Retirement Savings Plan.  The deal is I can’t touch it for 10 years and my disability check will be discontinued at 50 or 60 years of age.  We’ll likely never have a fluid income, but we won’t be flat broke either, & we don’t have anyone to inherit our stuff yet in mind when our time comes?

I heard a FANTASTIC idea on the weekend!  My mother suggested that as a family we should get together, make a bunch of turkey dinner plates a week or 2 before Christmas, and hand them out to those that are homeless & take some of them to shelters or soup kitchens.  I’m all for it!  I didn’t think of this until long after the fact but why not do that every 2 months?  Make a pot of Chili or Pasta with sauce & take it to a shelter or soup kitchen.  I’m not a great cook, but I’m more than willing to learn that and help out however I can.

This is going to be a GREAT month (hopefully)!  My beer sealers/strap locks for my guitars should get here.  My new guitar should get here on the 21st, new guitar strings for my electric guitars, Toronto Blue Jays baseball to watch, & it is Shark Week on the Discovery channel.  Found out the hard way on Monday that when we cancelled the HD package with “The Discovery Channel”, the Standard Definition channel is gone too.  Bah, no “Shark Week”.  New guitar totally makes up for that!!!!!!

Apparently Canadian leaders are pissed?!

See how desperate Trump is to start a war……he went after Canada HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!  Don’t make us get out our water guns!

I don’t like getting involved with politics, but that seems to be THE thing right now.

I watched this yesterday from 2014…

…all this tells me is that there is 1 border but a Canadian dollar as of Monday @ 10:40 am is worth $0.74 American.  How is this news?  I thought this was common knowledge at least among Canadians?

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THERE NEEDS TO BE A CHANGE

 

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Songs I finally put all of the parts together on guitar “Foo Fighters” 2 songs “For all the Cows” & “My Hero”

I finally put 2 songs together out of the 800 pieces I have for 20(?) songs then I figured last night to change the way I play since my brother was harping at me that I avoid using my pinky finger from 2001-2008, back to the drawing board.  Finger exercises & about 4-6 different scales are practiced regularly, so switching wasn’t terrible, it wasn’t great either.

 

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I didn’t even look these up & I typically watch guitar stuff on www.youtube.com these 2 videos just appeared when I opened the program.  To be fair, I know Canadians who now live in the USA & think its FANTASTIC!

It’s not a competition & not everything is perfect in Canada.  I wish nothing but the best for people everywhere.  I know I’m fortunate to live in Canada.  I can’t say much about the USA, since I’ve never lived there and only visited for a week.

I blew up on Friday & if I offended someone, well it’s done with so let’s move on.  I’m not apologizing for it, because that’s me.  As a Canadian watching everything unfold everywhere & in the USA, I can’t imagine why people living I the USA haven’t totally erupted yet?  I only know a little bit about American history & look what it did to me!  With all of this non-sense happening in an already divided world, it all got to me at once.  Then we rented the movie “Just Mercy” on the weekend.  The guy was on death row for a murder that took place 3 miles away in 1986 or 1987, but he’s black & it’s based on a true story.

Buckle in it’s gonna be a bumpy ride if anything is going to change.  To the protesters, don’t stop but keep it peaceful.  Just because people have died doesn’t mean more have to.  Might as well deal with the issue at hand & expect someone to do their job to fix this.  It’s 2020 and still some people think killing people because of the colour of their skin it’s OK?  IT’S NOT!  What if the roles were reversed?  Then would it be OK?  No don’t eliminate the police teach them.  Defund the police doesn’t mean eliminate them it means putting that money into other services to help people.  Teach the current police and implement this teaching in schools every year, for everyone.  If an officer doesn’t want to learn, I guess they need to find a new occupation.

I’m not a fan of Donald Trump, does that mean I should die or that my opinion?  Is it better or worse than anybody else’ opinion?  NO!  Donald Trump didn’t start any of this.  He also has yet to make a positive change.  He’s powerful & could do something & for now, we’re all waiting for him to do something positive for a change.

Is anyone surprised by this video?  If so, WHY?

I haven’t been shocked by his actions or lack of action since early 2019.  What would shock me is if he did his job to make EVERYONE feel safer.

After skimming the history of America, I can honestly say I would be terrified all of the time living there no matter what colour my skin is.  That racial divide exists in Canada, but nowhere near that level from what I’ve found.  The majority of North American’s have ancestors that were immigrants other than aboriginals.  Our ancestors came here for a better life.  Does anyone think for a second that this is what they envisioned for the future of their family name?  I’m guessing it’s not & if you think they can see what’s going on now, would they approve?  I’m gonna go with a hard NO on that one.

This shouldn’t be a black person’s problem to solve.  This is for the legal system & white people to solve.  Call me ignorant as it’s deserved, that history of a HUGE racial divide is hard to see but also worth knowing about.  Something everyone should know about and change as they see fit.  Nobody can make a complete change for a person but they can help you along the way to making a change.  I don’t think doing nothing is a good thing, I just don’t know how to help as a Canadian?

However people want to judge me is totally up to them.  I’m saving for that guitar & the amplifier.  I’m broke just like most people.  There’s no chance that a large sum of money will fall from the sky into my lap.  So I’m gonna save & cut costs for myself wherever I can.

I don’t drink alcohol, I don’t drink tea or coffee, I don’t drink pop, I don’t watch much TV, I don’t buy movies anymore, I don’t travel, I rarely go out for dinner (maybe 3 times a year), & I spend my money on the odd CD now, & some streaming on Apple Music.  So all of that stuff (bicycle & guitar pedals) & my current guitar amplifier will be traded in for the guitar, amplifier, & footswitch.  That’s what I would like & that’s where my money will go!  I don’t want or need anything else.  Kim wants to travel, I don’t.  What I do want is to spend time with my wife & see her reactions to something new.  Those things make me happy.

Different guitar, but I’ve decided on this colour.  Photos on the actual site don’t look as good.  I still plan to order the PRS S2 McCarty 594 guitar.

https://www.long-mcquade.com/162872/Guitars/Electric-Guitars/Paul-Reed-Smith/S2-McCarty-594-Electric-Guitar-with-Gigbag—Faded-Blue-Smokeburst.htm

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

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

When I say I don’t want to travel, I mean the travelling part of it.  Seeing a different culture, trying the food, learning about the background, etc. that’s always interesting & cool to know.  Now more than ever since I’m in a wheelchair, being in familiar surroundings makes a world of difference & even with 3’ wide doors, I still bang into the door frames.  Being able to do simple things like get into my own bed, go to the washroom, have room in the kitchen to do whatever is needed, etc.  I like the fact that I can do that myself since our place was built for a wheelchair.  The family cabin isn’t wheelchair accessible & I find it to be more work than relaxing.

 

“Lamb of God”, “Trivium”, “Haley Williams”, “Pearl Jam”, & “Testament” have all released FANTASTIC albums this year!  Stream, download, or buy them however you get your music I HIGHLY recommend them!

 

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TEACH ME PLEASE

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Learning on guitar “Pantera” the song “Walk”.  No solos, just the riff & rhythm parts, always.

 

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Let me explain this before you hate me please?  Watching the blatant murder of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer with other officers standing by, doing nothing, was horrendous.  No humanity there at all.  A 40 year old man called out for his mother!  I’m 40.  The fact that I’m a 40 year old male is where the similarities between George Floyd & I stop.

With all of this happening in the USA, a black man in Atlanta was shot by a police officer.  The man was pulled over for drunk driving.  He was searched for weapons & none were found.  He failed the sobriety test, he then resisted arrest.  I don’t know how everything works with the police there, but why pull a gun on an unarmed drunk driver.  I understand using force in this situation.  Why a gun though?  If they’ve determined that he’s unarmed, shouldn’t they just eliminate the idea of using a gun completely?

I didn’t grow up in America, heck I’ve only visited once, to Boston.  I was born, grew up, & live in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada aka the middle of nowhere.  Saskatchewan barely gets recognized as a Canadian province despite being in the middle of Western Canada.  Nothing monumental happens here.

Yes, there is racism everywhere & right now all eyes are on America, since the disgusting act of police brutality driven by race no doubt, George Floyd’s murder on video.  There is racism in Canada too.  The RCMP are investigating many arrests & looking at what rules should be enforced & those that need to be changed or removed.

After watching the documentary “13th”, which I highly recommend watching, I’ve recently come to a conclusion of sorts.  Based on what I see from American TV/news & Canadian TV/news, America’s history of racism seems to be far worse than Canada’s history of racism.

Here’s the link to the full length documentary 1:40 hours

This documentary depicts a long history of racism in the USA.  Based on the Canadian history I was taught & what I see on even just Canadian news.  Canada has either kept our history of racism very quiet or it’s nothing like the horror story of America’s history of racism.

With what’s going on in the USA between the protests, politics, & the global pandemic.  Now more than ever, as a physically handicapped white male, I feel very safe in Canada.  I don’t think our current Federal leader is the best choice, nor did I vote for him.  I know for certain that if given the option to vote in the American Federal election either this year or 3 ½ years ago the current administration in the USA would never get my vote.  As a Canadian watching everything unfold in the USA regarding racism & politics, I just shake my head & can’t avoid any of it, especially the political side of things that I’d like to just avoid completely.  Donald Trump is all over Canadian news, even my local Regina news.

So why do Canadians get a large dose of American news?  I can think of 2 reasons.  America & Canada share a border & imports.  America is also known as the Greatest Country in the World.  Is it Switzerland that’s neutral?  To me, that’s the Greatest Country in the World.  I’ve obviously never been there, but I never hear about them in the news.  Seems to be a nation that keeps they’re head down, tries not to ruffle any feathers, & deals with whatever problems they have?

Now that all of that’s been said I’m still likely racist & more ignorant than I first suspected.  Educate me please?  If I’m missing a large part of Canadian history, point me in the direction to learn more.  I’m sure there’s more for me to learn about American history too, so point me in that direction too.  I want to evolve to a better person!  For the record, #blacklivesmatter

As far as guitar goes, my shoulder got sore from playing so much on Thursday, Friday, & Saturday.  Sunday was an “I want to play but I shouldn’t” day, but I did for a little more 2:30 hours.  I think I played for almost 20 hours over those 3 days.  I want everything to be perfect.

I kept looking at reviews of the amplifier I’d like to upgrade to, of course I’d trade mine in or sell it.  I can’t find a bad review about it.  Even out of the box it’s got far more stuff built into it than what I have at a very reasonable price.  I can even adjust the wattage to a level more appropriate to bedroom/apartment volume at 0.5 Watts to 25 Watts or 50 Watts.  I’d have to get the additional 2 button footswitch though.

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

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

Good grief I hope this amp pops up on a used shelf in the future!  The ordered guitar & my saving for the other guitar are far more important to me as far as gear goes.

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

S2 McCarty 594 Electric Guitar with Gigbag - Whale Blue

I play at home for myself.  After the guitar & eventually the amplifier, I don’t need more clutter.  I’ve even eliminated my effect pedals to a delay pedal, a phaser pedal, & a tuner.  That amplifier has 60 effects built in & I can think of 2 I’d try & explore what else is there, it also has 10 different amplifiers built into it!

I figure I should post a few videos on Facebook of me playing abbreviated songs on guitar. Time to walk the walk, since I’ve talked the talk.  So be ready on Friday & I’ll start with something rather simple but recognizable.  No singing, I haven’t worked on that yet, talking is hard enough!

 

“Lamb of God’s” new self-titled album will be released on Friday!

New video from metal band “The Agonist” out of Montreal.  From their most recent release “Orphans”

 

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WHAT’S ROUTINE ABOUT A MARATHON TYPE MRI SCAN?

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375 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

400 Crunches

400 Leg lifts

200 Squats

200 Back flexes

1:10 hours of yoga over 2 days

Weight repetitions went up on Thursday.  I want to see them at 400 a week by mid-June!

 

I fell asleep to “Tool” the album “Fear Inoculum”

I exercised to “Alter Bridge” the album “Walk the Sky”

 

4 day week since Monday was the long weekend, I didn’t do any exercise on Monday.  Today, up at 6:20 am, exercised, shower, then guitar until I need food.

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I’ve had 5 or 6 MRIs since Tuesday February 5th, 2008, but nothing like this one.  Get some of your prefered beverages, some snacks & gather ‘round.

I went to bed Monday evening around 10:00 pm, knowing I have a routine MRI scan Tuesday evening.  I’m EXTREMELY claustrophobic and I know that MRI machine is tiny (switched to X-rays in early 2010, first MRI since then).  I’m in bed until 11:00 pm wide awake & worrying more as the minutes pass.  I get up, have a snack & watch some recorded TV.  I finally go back to bed just before 2:00 am.  Get up at 8:00 am, hoover my tiny breakfast, exercise, have a snack, post my blog, & hit the shower.  Get out of the shower, have a small lunch then watch the 1:30 hours of late night talk shows I record every night (Kimmel & Colbert).  Into the computer room, little facebook & email, followed by a VERY SATISFYING 2 hour guitar practice, I felt like I progressed 4 ½ months in those 2 hours.  Got all of my left hand, fingers, & arm to do what I expected them to do all along.

I know my MRI is at 5:45 pm, so I stop drinking my 3rd liter of water around 3:30 pm.  We leave our place at 5:00 pm to drop Brewster off at my sister-in-laws place that’s 2 minutes away.  We go through the Covid-19 procedure at the hospital and we’re in the waiting area for my scan by 5:35 pm or so.

Kim stayed in the waiting area while I went in for my IV followed by my scan.  I’m thinking “This is sweet, we’ll be out of here by 7:00 pm since everything is on time.”  The nurse puts in my IV for the dye that shows up in my scan to see everything clearly.  He’s pretty laid back, we’re laughing & having a good time.  By this time I’m relaxed & feeling fine claustrophobia’s gone.

I get my ear plugs in that they give every patient (MRIs are LOUD), they give me a set of headphones since they have Spotify & ask me what I want to listen to.  They have classic rock playing as the last patiet requested.  I just asked them to leave it there, less hassle I figured.

The head phones playing a Spotify playlist must’ve been turned up to “11”, once the machine starts making noise, you can’t hear anything else!  Aytomated voice says “Please hold still while the table moves.”  “The next scan will take X minutes”  a scan took anywhere from 30 seconds to 5 minutes.

I’m about to be shoved into the tiny machine and the nurse asks me if I need anything before they start, I reply “Nope, I’m good to go!”  Then he says “Yeah you’ll be in there for about an hour & a half.”  I thought he was joking as he clamps a plastic mask to the board to hold my head still (hard plastic mask with an opening for my face only).  They’re about to start, my shoulders barely fit the machine but I’m fine after my EXTREME mood boost from my guitar pratice!  The first thing they tell me through the headphones is to hold still for the photos.  PhotoS as in plural?

I’m rockin’ out to Rush, Led Zeppelin, Van Morrison, Foghat, Lynyrd Skynyrd, etc., then Blue Oyster Cult comes on & all I can think is “I WANT MORE COWBELL”!  In my head I’m rockin’ hard!  2 things instantly come to mind when I hear this song.  The first is this skit, the second is when the last group I was in was on the radio right after this song.  My phone rings at like 9:30 pm on a Friday & it’s Todd, our drummer at the time shouting “MORE COWBELL” no hello or anything, yeah he called the wrong number first!  This was before cell phones were so popular.

After 2 hours of not moving a muscle, they pull me out as Tom Petty starts, I’m thinking “One doesn’t just stop an MRI when Tom Petty starts?”

I assume that I’m done, NOPE!  After a 5 minute break, I’m told that I have another 30 minutes or so left.  Back in the tube I go!  I’m finished an hour later.  I asked the nurse that pulled me out if they serve a rum on ice, & some pretzles after that, she laughed & replied “You’d think we should, that was a long one.”  Quick stop at the washroom & we’re in our vehicle at 9:10 pm.  Pick up Brewster, drivethru at McDonalds, come home to hoover supper, watch “The Ellen Degeneres Show” and call it a day at 10:45 pm.  I’ll get my MRI results in a week or 2.

Eventhough I know I still have to save for that final PRS guitar, just after such  GREAT guitar practices (I feel like I progressed 4 months in 2 hours) I now feel that I’ve earned it, like I can now allow myself to buy it & not feel any shame or guilt.  Especially after  great workouts all week, great guitar practices, & having to not move at all for 3 hours that gave me a small bruise on my chin from the mask.  Most days start for me between 7:00 – 8:00 am and go non stop until 10:30 – 11.00 pm.  I’ve been more sore & tired this week than I’ve been since I lived in the hospitals, but I also feel as though I’ve ramped things up in a GREAT way.

I’m assuming after almost 11 ½ years of being cancer free that I’m fine.  I can’t tell you much other than my story, but I can say this.  Life is WAY too short to take everything seriously.  Even in what could be considered an intense situation, figure out how to relax a bit & keep it light.  If I had taken my life seriously since Tuesday February 5th, 2008, I’d likely still be a very bitter person.  Sometimes you just have to laugh!

I woke up late on Wednesday around 9:45 am.  I stretched before I exercised things cracked & popped even though I didn’t know they could make those sounds!?

This seems a little early to be happening, although I don’t know what the situation is in Maryland, if it’s too early, I have no problems waiting for my ordered guitar.

I’ve decided to save up for the PRS S2 McCarty 594.  There are 5 model lines/price ranges of PRS guitars.  3 of them are the most common.  From the most expensive down there’s the Core line, S2, & SE.  You’ll see the SE (65% made by hand) models in stores in Canada they go for around $1350, in the USA because of the dollar they go for around $700 completely built in Indonesia.  The S2 line is right above the SE line.  An S2 (75% made by hand) model in Canada is around $2300, in the USA they’re around $1300 hardware and other parts are from Indonesia but assembled/built in Maryland.  The Core line is twice the price of an S2 model.  The Core line is entirely built in Maryland, hand carved & 95% made by hand.  All PRS guitars are stained by hand.  You can pretty much take the American price, add $700 + tax to get your local Canadian price, on average.  It all depends on what the stock market does, the provicial tax rate, & the guitar desired.  My ordered S2 semi-hollow is more than $2300 & the S2 McCarty 594 will be less than $2300.

One day if/when we find a house my amplifier will get a used upgrade, until then I’m good!  So this whenever we move and this is cheaper as a used amp “Best Solid State Amp of the Decade” by many reviewers, especially the “Know Your Gear” www.youtube.com channel.  REALLY SMART GUY!

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

It’s pretty & practicle, as close to a Vintage Gibson Les Paul as I’d like to get & probably $1500 less!  PERFECT AS IS!

 

First single out for the new album by “The Pretty Reckless”

 

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BREWSTER IS SMALL BUT A DEMANDING OLD MAN

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I fell asleep to “Stone Temple Pilots” the album “Purple”

I exercised to “Dave Matthews Band” the album “Under the Table & Dreaming”

 

Canada got its country wide address from our leader on Monday regarding the virus.  I figured I should mention something about it.  Stay home, stay safe, don’t be a hero until called upon, let the professionals dictate the plan of action.  Don’t freak out, it won’t solve anything.  There’s a time to question authority, this isn’t the time.  Most importantly BE A GLOBAL CITIZEN….FOR EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  We’ll check with our neighbors to see if they need help with anything every few days.  

 

It’s shortly after 6:00 am Sunday morning.  Brewster is my child but also a mama’s boy.  Kim’s on a girl trip with some friends at a spa, his mama’s not home.  He sleeps all day, eats & then wakes me up at 5:00 am to get up on our bed.  I stayed up until 12:30 am.  I get up, throw on some clothes & brush my teeth as he’s growling at me like it’s the end of the world.  I wish he could talk, all he wanted was up on our King size bed.  So here it is 6:22 am, I’m wide awake & our 12 pound Bichon/Shi-tzu is curled up in the middle of our King Size bed asleep.

I’ve noticed the past 2 or 3 weeks that I tend to go to bed earlier & sleep in a little bit later.  It used to be I’d go to bed around 10:30 or 11:00 pm and get up before 8:00 am.  Now it’s 9:30-10:00 pm and sleep until 8:30-9:00 am.  I don’t know if my age is catching up with me, if I’m more tired from a more intense workout, or if it’s finally the effects of cancer wearing off & now I sleep more.  I was on some HEAVY sleeping pills while I was in my rehab.  Strong enough to take down a horse for 4 days, me maybe 2 hours if I was lucky.  Sucks being that tired every day when you have a full day of physiotherapy the next day.

We watched “Bombshell” Friday evening & on Saturday I watched “Willow” that I haven’t seen since ‘Laser Discs’ were a big deal.

I was appalled…again…by the events that took place in 2015 at FOX.  Absolutely disgusting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You’re likely bored with me blabbing on about guitars by now.  They’re brand new to me again but I know more about them.  For me it’s reconnecting with an old friend.

Paul Reed Smith is a guitar player, builder, and began fixing guitars in high school, so I fully believe he knows what he wants out of a guitar & knows what any guitar player would want!  I’m sold on that company!  If I had the cash & was beginning to get into guitar, I’d eventually get 3 PRS SE models & one random acoustic hybrid.

I was going back to buying CDs, but the more I think about, it I’ll switch to streaming music from iTunes, I hate streaming music with a passion!  I’ll save my pennies for a “Paul’s Guitar SE” in the “Aqua” colour if it’s still around.  Decision made, this could take a decade or more?  I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t think it was worth it.  Brewster’s health, hopefully a house sooner than later, & a trip for Kim before a new guitar happens.   Kim helped me pay for the more expensive PRS S2 I ordered, so fair is fair (I have no desire to travel, I just want to be with my wife).  Why, you ask?  I’m not a very interesting guy, but my tastes are expensive.  My AWESOME wife, rum, & guitars.

There’s a PRS guitar that does even more cool stuff, it’s not something I’m interested in though, as are any other guitars.  All this really means is that I’ve made the decision to get it for the different pickups, bridge, more electronic options & colour difference.  So instead of saying “probably not” in the future, I’ll say “hopefully so” in the future.  I do have a rule about having too many guitars though.  If a guitar sits un-played for more than 2 days, there’s no need for it!  Right now the 4 electrics & are used daily, acoustic probably 4 days a week as I’m watching TV.

I bring in under $40,000 a year at the moment.  My RDSP which triples the $5000 limit I’m allowed to contribute annually until I’m 50 is locked in & untouchable until I’m 60 (20 years).  Saving for an “inexpensive”/”low end” $1300 PRS SE could take quite a few years.  It’s still in the distant future but it’s no longer a maybe for me. 

January 25th, 2008 was the last time I played on a stage.  It was very fitting in retrospect.  We played for free with all of the funds going to a charity that helps with medical needs for the disabled.  My family ended up receiving $11,000 from that charity to put towards an $18,000 wheelchair van Kim & I used for 3 years.  I lived in the hospital full time & sometime in 2009 (after my birthday in January) I moved to the Wascana Rehabilitation Center where I eventually was able to go home on the weekends, to eventually going home overnight after my physio & other therapies were done by 4:00 pm.

As for a house, well we’ve had a lot of showings but no offers at all & despite that there’s one possibility on the market for us.  I’m not holding my breath on getting a house.  It’ll happen when it happens.  We talked about it last night.  With what’s going on in the world right now, the house contract ends at the end of March & we’re off of the market then.

Kim is likely very happy that sports in general have been suspended & the baseball regular season has been postponed until mid-May at least.

2 of my guitars took a little tumble today, nothing too drastic just cosmetic scars.  My Epiphone “Grohl” Explorer is missing a small chunk of the body & my new 7 string has a little dent on the back of the neck.  I tuned them up, played them & nothing to worry about.  My Fender Telecaster is the only electric out of 4 that still looks new other than the autograph.

I may have bought my acoustic guitar before this but this is my electric Epiphone Explorer from Kim in our first year of dating on Christmas of 2002.  Meet my “Grohl” (he’s photographed with a Gibson Explorer on Foo Fighters’ 3rd album, There is Nothing Left to Lose).  My guitar has a nasty scratch on the back of it, I guess all that means is that it has been played a lot, & it was my backup or differently tuned guitar to “Kermit”.

https://images.app.goo.gl/dRkktL75thXGLSJu7

 

YAY, new “Lamb of God” tune!!!  Album out May 8th.

 

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Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

KIM’S BIG DAY AT WORK

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I fell asleep to “Trivium” the album “The Sin & the Sentence”

I exercised to “Devin Townsend Project” the album “Epicloud”

 

Here’s the Canadian Red Cross website if you’d prefer to donate there for my birthday.  Donate whatever amount you like whenever you like please?  My birthday is on Thursday if you want a specific date.  I did extend the donation date on Facebook to mid-February though.

https://www.redcross.ca/

 

Today is Kim’s BIG day at work.  Her big photo shoot at work.  She’s been working REALLY hard at this.  She has put in a lot of overtime, especially in the last 2 weeks & she’s been editing practice photos at home on her laptop.  I couldn’t be more proud of her!  She’ll have a great day, she has definitely put the work in for this project which should lead to bigger things for her.  I hope this doesn’t lead to more work/overtime.  She’s been coming home completely exhausted.

I was bummed for too long about it!  It’s in the past & I can’t change it.  Time to “LIVE IN THE NOW”

I found myself looking at other 7 string guitars over the weekend, but none of them had all of the same things in one guitar.  In the end it was a fruitless endeavor.  Everything looks like the maker is trying too hard to make it look like a ‘metal’ guitar or the guitar would only have one aspect I was looking for.

https://www.long-mcquade.com/22227/Guitars/Electric_Guitars/Gibson/Matt_Heafy_Les_Paul_Custom_7_String_Electric_Guitar.htm

I can’t complain, things are good!  I’ve gotten over my guitar blunder, now only time will mend the last little bit of my broken heart.  The one I ordered can’t get here soon enough, I’m more than a wee bit excited for its arrival in April!!!!!  Actually I’m FREAKIN’ EXCITED!!!!!

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

That PRS guitar goodness coming in a couple of months & in a couple of weeks I get to watch some Toronto Blue Jays spring training baseball.  Air conditioning, baseball, & CFL football.  That’s my trifecta of every summer.  The heat & I don’t get along.  If you want to find me in the summer, you’ll likely find me in the house, with the blinds closed, watching baseball, with the A/C on to 22 Celcius.  If Kim wasn’t cold at that temperature the A/C would be set at 20 Celcius.

Kim & I, my brother & sister-in-law (Mitch & Rachel), took my Grandparents out for lunch on Sunday.  We had a really good visit over lunch & coffee.  The restaurant wasn’t very busy yet, so it was a nice quiet spot to visit for a couple of hours.

I was getting a little tired from my exercise.  I completely crashed on the weekend, ended up sleeping most of the day on Friday after my exercise in the EARLY morning.  We were all set on Saturday to get some house chores done, and then the power went out for 3 hours shortly after we were all set to go.  I threw in the towel & crawled back into bed.  Ended up being a broken weekend for us.  Now after the weekend, I feel good & back on track again.  I’ll call it a little hiccup for now.

Just so we’re all clear here, there won’t be Facebook photos here all of the time.  I know that not everyone is fond of social media.  There might be a little burst in the next few weeks but I’ll let you know when a photo appears on Facebook.

In other news, I came across some guy who was totally against the new “Meatless Meatball Sub at Subway” fine with me.  He stated that it’s “made with chemicals that cause cancer” fair enough.  I had cancer in 2008 before the meatless craze.  What he failed to mention is that alcohol, tobacco, burnt food, etc. are all said to cause cancer & they’re all legal.  In the end is it not up to each person to decide what they put in their body?  I drink alcohol, I eat meatless stuff & real meat, drink dairy milk since my family have friends that run a dairy farm.  Eat what you want, stand up for whatever cause you like, maybe you’ll swing some people to your side?  Don’t be afraid to form your own opinion though.  I have opinions that others don’t agree with either.

You’re afraid of GMOs that’s fine with me, there’s science supporting both sides of that argument, more so for the use of GMOs.  You’re allowed to choose how you live your life as is anyone else.  Social media is eye opening in that way.  People can be set in a certain state of mind & that can be both good & bad.

I couldn’t care less, the meatless/beyond meat stuff is fine as is the other stuff.  For me, it’s about reasonable/healthy moderation.

 

“Haley Williams” of “Paramore” is releasing a solo album, the first single is stuck in my head constantly & it’s FANTASTIC!

Here is a taste of the last “Paramore” album if you forgot.

 

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We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres