I EXERCISE FOR NICK

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Exercise total for 5 days. 

500 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

1050 Crunches

900 Leg lifts

300 Squats   

600 Back flexes

Exercises went well this week & I feel pretty good.  Got up by 6:45 am or earlier this week other than yesterday 8:00 am and stuff to do around the house first.  Kim made some mini-quiche things for breakfast this week with cottage cheese & spinach in them.  They’re muffin size, 1 of those in the morning with my vegetable juice & water throughout the day & I’m exercising.  Afterwards I check my email & Facebook, then I shower.

When I think about my cancer, how it affected me & those around me, I often think about a guy I met in the rehabilitation center named Nick.  He was born with cerebral palsy & doesn’t know a life without a wheelchair & a severe handicap.  He was very outgoing, confident, polite, smart, upbeat, & liked music quite a bit.  I couldn’t understand his speech & he couldn’t understand mine.  When we’d see each other in the hall or in therapy, Kim was always playing the role of translator for us. 

I take my exercise VERY seriously.  I’m VERY fortunate to be alive & have the opportunity to work on my disability.  Nick is likely limited for life.  He lives in the Wascana Rehabilitation Center.  He knows he’ll be there for a long time & he understands that.   I was released & acted like a complete jerk for quite a while after my release, I should have been more grateful like Nick.  When I get down on myself or start to think something is too hard for me to deal with, I think of Nick.

He came over to our table in the cafeteria one afternoon, I was visibly not in the best mood.  Nick told me his story & finally said “Chris, I was born this way, this is all I know”.  My exercise might not seem like much to anybody.  When I think about it, I’m exercising for Nick since he can’t exercise for himself, he can play the drums though!  He learned in music therapy and recorded an album with the therapist.

The problem was, when I was acting like a jerk, I wasn’t thinking of Nick or what his life is like.  Now I don’t get down on myself so much, while always reminding myself to remain humble.  I think of Nick now more than I did before.  Unfortunately Kim & I either don’t remember his last name or never heard it.  If we did & he was nearby, I love to see him & hear how he’s doing.  Some people call me an inspiration, I find that VERY humbling.  Nick is my inspiration to keep going.

Suck it up fellow Canadians.  The vaccine distribution in Canada is EXTREMELY underwhelming.  CNN is simply reporting the news as usual.  Stay home!  I live in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.  I don’t know about “right now” but Regina had the most active cases of Covid-19 per capita in Canada earlier this year.  Please at least share this link on whatever social media you use.  Active cases in Regina are unbelievably high!

I don’t understand why so many people are worried about taking a vaccine?  Bill Gates isn’t going to implant a micro-chip in anyone because he doesn’t have to.  Have you ever used a phone, of any kind?  If you said “Yes” to that question, people that want to know about you probably know already?

I wanted to just play guitar on Wednesday but there was a baseball game that started at 11:00 am.  That normally wouldn’t be an inconvenience for me but that’s the time of day I can make some noise with my guitar & amplifier.  I still prefer to watch TV after 5:00 pm.  Kim’s done work, I stop playing guitar and either I watch a baseball game & Kim watches a streaming show in the bedroom or I play guitar until 8:30 pm while Kim watches something recorded.  Live TV does not exist in our house.

I played guitar on Wednesday after the game for what I told myself would be 45 minutes, turned out to be an hour & a half.  My left arm started shaking a LOT?!  That’s never happened to me.  My fingers will move uncontrollably on occasion but my arm is usually fine.

We got a delivery on Wednesday, a furniture piece for our renovations.  Kim’s been waiting for it for quite a while.  A round mirror above it and a tall green plant beside it will complete the renovations.  Those 2 items will have to wait until we get through this income tax ordeal, hopefully at the end of the year.

Buffet Table

I put my Matthew Heafy signature Epiphone Les Paul Custom 7 string guitar up for sale Tuesday afternoon. 

$1400 Canadian obo.  Comes with stock active EMG pickups, a 707 in the neck position & an 81 in the bridge position.  Tuners have been shimmed and new GHS Boomer strings 10-60 are now on & wrapped around the bridge.  Certificate of authenticity included.  It’s been played a minimal amount since its purchase on February 2nd, 2020.  No case or gig bag included.

Side view

I shaved last night & trimmed my goat tee.  I’ll shower ASAP and I’ll be “All dressed up with nowhere to go”

Rock is NOT dead.  It’s not as commercial as it used to be.  Country & pop music or a combination of the 2 are what’s easily found right now.  Rock & metal never died, you just need to dig a bit deeper to find it.

Dave Grohl with Mick Jagger

“Royal Blood” releases another single from their upcoming album ‘Typhoons’ to be released on April 30th.

“Myles Kennedy” of “Alter Bridge” releases another single from his upcoming solo album ‘The Ides of March’ release date is May 14th.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

YEP NOW THE HACKER’S MESSING WITH EVERYTHING

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris

I WAS STRESS FREE………THEN WE DID OUR INCOME TAX

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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   

600 Back flexes

Exercise was really good this week.  Thursday’s weights are usually tough to get through & I take a nap on too many Thursday afternoons, not this week though.  I had pep in my roll, got up early, ate my tiny breakfast, exercised, had a small snack, showered and was editing this post by 10:30 am.  More repetitions with less weight make me more toned than bulky, & eating 5-6 small meals works for me. 

In my 20s until 6 days after my 28th birthday when I was rushed to the hospital by ambulance from work, I was a functioning alcoholic.  15 beer between a Friday & Saturday night was pretty common, followed by 2 beer a night during the work week.  I just drink whatever was beside me.  So now I put water beside me all day with an occasional tea and/or a Bubbly carbonated water.  I guess you could say that going through having cancer saved my life. 

It seems like my annual MRI might be delayed until everyone has had their first shot of a vaccine.  It’s a drive through deal here.  I can’t drive.  I’ve had my 41st birthday already this year, Kim doesn’t turn 40 until October.  Instead of Kim waiting 5 hours twice, I figure I’ll just go with Kim when her age group is due to go, which could be before the end of May?  If I could drive myself this wouldn’t be an issue, I’d take the vaccine ASAP.

I don’t know what the rest of this year will look like until we figure out how much we can pay to income tax in a month’s time?  Could be manageable or terrible?  I’m guessing I won’t be ordering a guitar this year & that’s OK with me, I just got one!  I also know that we won’t be house hunting next year.  I’m gonna cut some grocery treats out & keep going fairly minimal on other things as I have been.  The entire paying back taxes ordeal “…wears me out…”

This nails my reasons for a modest amount of guitars that are different in shapes, styles, tunings, scale length’s, & string width.  It also explains how guitar shopping too much & many other things are not a “good thing”.

Learning theory on guitar should not be this fun!  Already in 2 weeks I’ve created a couple of guitar parts to add to the one I made sometime last year.  I’m not going to record them but I’ll gladly show my brother when this virus thing is over so his band can use them, if they want to.  I wrote lyrics, not music.  What’s the worst he’ll say?  “No”.

In order to soften the blow on this income tax ordeal and still enjoy quality made guitars.  These are both in with the PRS S2 McCarty 594 while the Schecter Tempest becomes a plan B should something be discontinued. 

You’d think a less expensive guitar would please Kim?  Not the case.  I got a “What for?”  I’d be more than happy with these in my arsenal of guitars for the variety of sounds at a MUCH lower price.  Price matters of course but more importantly is does the person playing the instrument like it?  From the reviews I’ve read & heard, I’d be surprised if I didn’t like them. 

The Schecter Tempest seems to be a great guitar.  My buddy has a Schecter & my www.youtube.com guitar guru says it’s a great guitar.  The problem is that it’s not Canadian, it’s more money than I should be considering especially now, & it’ll likely sound very similar to the Godin radiator.  There are different Godin guitars that are in the style of a Stratocaster but they’re more expensive than the Tempest.  So cosmetically I’d pick the Tempest, but sonically I choose the Sterling Cutlass with some high end guitar appointments often found at a much higher price point.  It’s tough trying to be responsible while being irresponsible!

I figure that with this income tax ordeal, I’ll just save for the PRS S2 McCarty 594 and see if it’s still around when I go to order it?  If it’s not I’ll see if the other 2 are around or see what similar but less expensive options are out there.  Might as well “Ease my mind” about the future.

This PRS S2 McCarty 594 truly has no affordable plan B.  This is a definite must have and hopefully available for the next purchase!

These decisions make me feel much better in our current situation, & overall in general.  More variety that maintains the quality at a significantly lower price.

In a better world I’d have this…

Upgrade/replace the Sterling Cutlass with this guitar https://godinguitars.com/product/passion-rg-3-indigo-burst-mn

Upgrade/replace my Squier Starcaster with a DG-335

https://reverb.com/ca/p/gibson-dave-grohl-signature-dg-335

Upgrade/replace my PRS S2 custom 22 semi hollow with this new Core PRS Special semi-hollow guitar[C1] …

Upgrade/replace my future PRS S2 McCarty 594 with this pretty Core version…

…& buy 1 of these 2 guitars

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

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

All of this is if I had the money, while keeping my first 3 guitars, the Ian Thornley signed Telecaster I received from a great friend while in the hospital & keeping the future purchase of the Godin radiator.  Of course finding a wheelchair accessible house in Regina too.  Of course I’d love to have the 4 members of “Alter Bridge” sign a PRS, 5 members of “Lamb of God” sign the Jackson Dominion, & the 6 members of “Foo Fighters” sign the DG-335.  Kim would have 3-6 high end digital camera lenses for her photography hobby.

It’s far from a perfect world though.  Right now, it could be a LOT worse.  I guess that’s 2 upgrades to replace some that I have, 2 upgrades to replace future purchases & 1 other guitar.  I even like my 7 string, I’m just not a 7string player and that’s why I plan to sell.  If we were ever in a financially great situation I’d be giving my brother and other family & friends the less expensive guitars, donate to 8 charities annually off the top of my head, we’d make sure our parents are comfortable.  If we were filthy rich we’d look after as many people as possible.   

With all of that being said, that’s not “…the world I know…” I like what I have & my 3 future purchases & I’m very fortunate for EVERYTHING & EVERYBODY in my life.  We need to start buying lottery tickets.  Until we win the lottery, that’s my “Wishlist”!  Fun to dream.

What happened to the #BlackLivesMatter movement?  The problem was never resolved but people just stopped having peaceful protests & talking about it in general.  Are we just waiting for more Asian/Americans to be killed to start an #AsianLivesMatter movement?  Now that there’s a vaccine for Covid-19, there’s been 2 mass shootings in the USA in 2 weeks.  I don’t hear much talk about that & I don’t see peaceful protests on the news.  Does this mean everyone’s OK with it?  Don’t take away guns, make it only legal if registered, only hunting/non-automatic rifles, & not allowed in public.  You don’t need a gun to go to a spa, restaurant, hotel, school, or anywhere but hunting with a one shot rifle!  Is the only way to stop gun violence putting EVERYONE on house arrest?  I’m far from perfect & always will be but at least I’m trying.

Even now with T**** gone, I’m here in Canada thinking “What the H.E. double hockey sticks is going on south of the border?”

Sure I stopped drinking alcohol at the end of January or “one week” into February, so it wasn’t long ago.  Gotta start somewhere though, it wasn’t a problem after cancer.  I had cut back quite a bit to save money for my rekindled love of guitars, so I figured I might as well just stop.  It’s also nice to be completely sober, “…I don’t like the feeling of being out of control…”

Our brother-in-law is eyeing up a Jackson Dinky guitar.  Kim’s sister googled it to see what it looked like!  I hope she just googled Jackson guitars!?  Anything else could potentially bring up some questionable photos?  I don’t know which one he’s looking at but here’s the selection on the website…

https://www.jacksonguitars.com/gear/shape/dinky?sort=new

This clip was just HILARIOUS & needed to be shared for a good laugh.

After my exercise is done for the day, I’ve spent my time this week practicing theory stuff, playing my newest addition A LOT, & practicing 2 of the numerous songs I left off part way through learning them.

If you’re reading this or not I’ve had breakfast & completed my exercise for the week.  Now I’ll have a small snack, shower, pour myself a cup of tea, have my 2nd liter of water while practicing guitar.

The new “Evanescence” album ‘The Bitter Truth’ was released at midnight eastern time.  I haven’t listened to it yet because I’d fall asleep through any album & my hacker has taken control of my iPod rendering it useless as I expect most wireless devices to be.

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

I’M GOING TO STOP THIS AT THE END OF THE YEARish

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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

I’m going to stop writing this stuff at the end of 2021 or one post into 2022.  I’m getting pretty bored of writing this stuff.  I live it & regurgitate it to you & I’m pretty “simple” to begin with.  Eat, exercise, eat, shower, eat, play guitar, eat, play more guitar, have supper, watch TV, play guitar, sleep & repeat.

I’ll buy the PRS S2 McCarty 594 a soon as I have the cash.  When I order the PRS S2 McCarty 594, I’ll have to wait at least 6 months for it.  Then save and repeat but the wait might not be as long?  I’m excited to get any guitar but when I have the money (in a few years) & order this guitar, it’ll feel like another level!  I’m not undermining the importance and flexibility of other guitars I own, but this PRS S2 model is said to be THE guitar in the PRS S2 line!

After a TON of thought, the Schecter Tempest, although I REALLY liked the majority of what it offers, might be too similar in sound with a few less features compared to the McCarty 594.  I’ve also realized that I’m not a huge fan of the Stratocaster body shape, so as I was searching throughout last week & this gem kept showing up & won me over with a MUCH more different sound & MUCH lower price tag (less than $650 after tax), despite this purchase being many years away.

Go ahead guitar gear heads, it says “Squier” instead of anything else.  I’m not paying a ton of cash for a bigger brand name.  I’ve got a Fender & a PRS S2, good enough for me! Hopefully the split coil on the McCarty 594 is as good as they say.  A full on hollow body will be completely different from ANYTHING I have and be a great ending chapter to my guitar purchasing…if it’s still around.

I tried to force ‘guitar mojo’ on a Stratocaster, but that never works.  Had to be exactly what I wanted because I don’t want to shop for another guitar.  Guitars give me FOMO, fear of missing out, since I don’t have a disposable income for anything let alone guitars, so if they go out of production before I save the money to buy it, I get kinda sad.  I guess these purchases are more of a hopeful occurrence in the future.

Other than it being very cold in Regina this week, it’s been a good satisfying week of exercise.  Some ‘communication breakdowns’ getting all of my refills from the doctor to the pharmacy, but we got it figured out by the time I needed everything.

The Covid active cases are on decline throughout the province of Saskatchewan since January 12th.  As per the restrictions, nothing changes until further notice on February 19th.  I guess that’s fine, I would prefer tighter restrictions but I’m not a politician? 

As I’ve said many times before, I really watch a miniscule amount of TV & I missed “The Ellen Degeneres Show” on her birthday show.  New DVR, so I don’t know if it was me, a user problem, or if something went wonky with the DVR box?

Right now I’m playing a handful of songs by “Pearl Jam”.

I’m continuously running through these “Stone Temple Pilots” song as well & other stuff too.  Keeps me busy.

The music I like is mostly from the 1990s, there’s usually some “Soundgarden”, “Alice in Chains”, “Rage Against the Machine”, “Audioslave”, & always “Foo Fighters”, etc. being played on guitar here.  Then as far as a little bit of metal goes “Metallica”, “Megadeth”, “In Flames, “Trivium” and eventually some “Lamb of God”.  For the 7 string it’s “Trivium” a dash of “Dream Theater” and I like coming up with stuff on the 7 string.

We’re watching TV Thursday evening.  Kim picks out a documentary & instantly grabs her cell as usual, & it drives me nutz!  I said to her, as I always do “You’re not even watching your show?”  I get the usual reply from her “I’m listening”.  Then I caught her with “But the show is subtitled and in Swedish?”  BOOM!

April 30th marks the 3rd album titled ‘Typhoons’ from “Royal Blood” who released a video for the title track!

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

P.S. Now I have 4 of the songs above to polish up!

NO MORE SHOPPING STRESS!

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It’s only Saturday & I’ve been playing my 7 string only.  I finally got it figured out.  I was using it just to learn songs, I only learned a few simple 7 string songs.  I’m just coming up with my own stuff and thinking “Ooooh, I like that!”  I took a break, at 4:30 pm, to play some other guitars & help Kim put our living room back together.  Then more 7 string action!  I did learn a “Dream Theater” riff, not the entire song.  I’ve never been or tried to be a progressive metal player, or a student at the Berkley School of Music like “Dream Theater” or “Big Wreck”.  Had to make the 7 string work for me, although this was fun to learn!  Kim was still putting the living room together on Sunday.  It’s usually better if I stay out of the way with my wheelchair.  So I came into this room and spent the entire day playing & practicing guitar, it’s what I spend my free time doing.

Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to own this Schecter guitar, there’s nothing I don’t like about it!  Kim asked me how many tunings there are for a guitar last week.  Well there’s typically 6 strings on a guitar with the musical alphabet of A-G sharp.  This guy explains tunings better than I could.

So in the video he covers down tuning & drop tuning.  I like to play in open tunings, different standard tunings, flat tunings, a fusion tuning, & a very small handful of alternate tunings.  My 7 string will stay in flat tuning for a 7 string, and anything can easily do a drop tuning.

The ultimate guitar tab site lists 19 tunings for 6 string guitars.  Then you have baritone & soprano guitars, well as 7, 8, 9, & 10 string guitars.  Anything beyond one 7 string guitar is a little much for me.

I’m no Ian Thornley, Jimmy Page, Mark Tremonti, Myles Kennedy, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard, Kim Thayill, Dimebag Darrell, John Petrucci, Steve Vai, etc.

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

I’ve seen and played a TON of other guitars.  I pretty much stumbled on to the Schecter Tempest, it called out to me & said “Please take me to your home???”  If Kim has taught me anything, it’s to listen, pay attention, and act!  So I’ve listened & paid attention, now I just need to shake Kim upside down & rummage through the couch to see if there’s guitar money hiding somewhere for the Schecter, PRS S2, and the Squier.  I’m pretty sure Kim’s pockets aren’t that deep & we haven’t had anyone rich or famous over because of Covid….yeah, I’m gonna go with Covid on that one….this has NOTHING to do with the fact that we don’t know anyone rich or famous at all.

I remember seeing a wall in a warehouse full of the guitars for “Pearl Jam” in a magazine.  There had to be at least 70 guitar cases in that photo.  Each guitar case had a piece of tape on it with the tuning of the guitar inside.  If you ever see “Big Wreck” live, there’s a guitar rack or 4 with 15 different guitars, you can usually tell how many songs they’ll play if you can count the guitars on the rack.  I think they have one song in standard tuning, 2 songs in drop D flat, & one in standard flat over 6 albums.  When I was younger (20s) I tuned my guitar to an open “C” tuning, I learned the intro to one Big Wreck song, just after I started playing guitar.  It took me a week to figure out the intro, I was not so SMRT.

This Schecter is cheaper to purchase than the pretty blue PRS S2, but it just wouldn’t be the same.  I grappled with that a LOT last week.  Kim even liked the Schecter guitar, that’s rare, she never makes a positive comment on ANY guitar.  My dream guitars (PRS Core models of Paul’s Guitar, Mark Tremonti PRS Core & Dave Grohl’s DG-335 by Gibson) are beyond the realm of possibility for me.  I’ve been thinking about the Schecter for too long to just dismiss it.  There’s always another Squier Stratocaster, they aren’t as appealing as this one is to me, but I personally don’t value any Stratocaster as much as I do the Schecter Tempest.  I’ll buy the PRS S2 McCarty 594 followed by the Schecter Tempest.  In the sound clips I heard, the Schecter coil splitting actually seems to make a “sonic” difference.  I’ve been told it’s a healthier hobby by a friend of mine that plans to buy a nice BBQ grill.  It may be true, but Kim disagrees, as far as finances go.

This Squier is not a traditional looking Stratocaster while being under $700 even after tax, with stuff you don’t see on a guitar under $1500 retail.  The shape, wood & 3 single coil pickups are the only traditional aspects of this Stratocaster.  The colour, pickup configuration, roasted maple neck & fret board & a flatter fret board than I’ve ever seen on a Fender or Squier model, & painted headstock are all stand outs on this guitar.  If I wanted a Squier, I could get a Squier for $349 or even $250.  I know I’d prefer the Schecter.

I’m really tired of shopping online for different guitars.  I have no plans or desire to continue researching & buying any guitars, EVER.  I don’t like shopping in person or online.  This decision comes as a complete relief for me.  I guess I also saw the Epiphone Prophecy series before any final guitars, but they didn’t interest me.

I don’t want a guitar to go untouched for more than a week or ½ a week, which is VERY achievable right now!  I’ve probably passed this point already to most people, but I don’t want to come off as greedy either.  That being said I spend VERY little money on anything else now other than $5000 a year until 2030 for my RDSP that I can’t withdraw from until 2040.  I’m in the long haul for the PRS S2 as it is & a shorter but still long haul for the Schecter.  I’m just done looking into the specifications of any guitar.  I know what I want to buy & I don’t want to look anymore.

I know that I’ll be tuning guitars to other tunings, but at least they’ll be in the neighborhood of the same tuning.  I really don’t want my guitars to have the same “…colour & shape…” tuning, pickup brands, manufacturer, etc.

I torture myself watching videos like this of Core & Private stock models of PRS guitars that are $5500 & more.  This is an instrument store in the U.K. that I watch on occasion for gear demos of new products.  S2 line of PRS in Canada is a high enough price for me and most other guitarists.

I do find that I watch far less of this stuff now that I’ve decided on what I’d like to buy & what I already have.  I do enter a free lottery for a guitar if I come across something that I know any family members or any good friends would like, and of course are playing guitar.

I was thinking of selling something for a guitar, then I realized that I have nothing I would sell, other than 2 large bins of DVDs & Blu-rays that we don’t need to keep.  We did keep 1 ½ bins of our favourite movies & TV series.

I didn’t sleep much Sunday night & ended up sleeping in longer than I’d like on Monday.  Monday just after noon it was nap time for an hour. Woke up before 2:00 pm & played more guitar.  I slept WAY better last night after this decision of figuring out which guitar will bring me more happiness.  Probably not the best bang for my money, but better for me in the end.

I saw a survey on the local news here in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada around the time of Joe Biden’s inauguration.  The survey asked “Do you follow American politics?”  I laughed and said out loud “Yeah, it’s roughly 85% of your new cast!”

I haven’t listened to “Muse” in a long time.  I should fix that & eventually learn a few “Muse” songs on guitar.

I guess the singer for “TOOL”, “A Perfect Circle”, & “Puscifer”, Maynard James Keenan, got Covid in March & it has left him with lung damage.  I’m not expecting to see his return to singing now and we waited 13 years for the final “TOOL” album on their contract.  They did release 7 songs on their album, each song was over 7:00 minutes long, that’s nice.  I do prefer listening to a full album instead of single releases.  Although finding the time to focus on a lengthy album is getting hard to do.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris

GUITARS, TEA, A LIGHT & A REFUND

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Well after the marathon launch party on Thursday from PRS, they no longer offer this guitar in this red finish.

This will be my next purchase.

I checked out the Epiphone Prophecy series with a red burst Epiphone Les Paul that has special designed, active, Fishman pickups with coil splitting & the option to put them in vintage mode or modern mode.  I want to branch out from the Epiphone brand & Les Paul style of guitar.

I’ve chosen 2 other brands with a different EVERYTHING & any way you split it I don’t have the savings for any guitar right now, & whatever I can rake together goes to that pretty blue PRS S2 McCarty 594.  I have secretly always wanted a white guitar with black accents in a different shape.

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

I REALLY like the Schecter.  That Schecter (white) guitar gets me REALLY excited & should be the same price as the discontinued red PRS SE for that model line, but the McCarty 594 takes priority now.  I’m cautious about having too many guitars, this isn’t a big space.  If it weren’t for the type of stands/wall mounts I have, I would have had to stop a few guitars ago.  I guess this is me “thinking out loud” but it’s definitely desired!  I just want to play more often & get better than I was before cancer…to be continued further on this post. 

I never thought I’d say this.  Squier came out with a REALLY cool guitar last week that’s in between $600-$700 after tax.  Cool & VERY different pickup configuration, VERY affordable, roasted maple neck & fret board, a REALLY nice/unique colour, I think I saw somewhere that it has Stainless Steel frets & it does have a flatter fretboard than most Fenders & Squiers.  I’ve often thought I should get a Stratocaster but none of them have ever really appealed to me, until this release last week!  I prefer this guitar over the Schecter Tempest!  This is totally different from anything I own, the Schecter Tempest sounds great & looks great but would just be icing on the cake and sound similar to a Les Paul.  This Squier Stratocaster would do the blues/jazz thing & be a fancy tool for me too.  This is easily my last purchase after the PRS S2 McCarty 594.  I’ve never been a Stratocaster guy until I saw this last week & fell in love with it!

Even I’m thinking “WHOA, ‘limits’ dude, limits!”  Sure they’re all in different tunings, different colours, shapes but that’s more than enough guitars to maintain?  Probably sounds excessive to others, but it’s my hobby for multiple hours a day after I exercise.  I’m not saying PRS or Epiphone are releasing poor quality guitars, they’re great!  I don’t want all of my guitars to be made by the same company.

I play a LOT of guitar.  3-6 ½ hours a day.  I’m not great but there is improvement, at least that’s what my mother tells me (I think she has to say that by law of motherhood?).  I’m constantly learning about the inner workings of a guitar as well as music theory & songs.  These nice looking guitars just make want to play more than I already do & constantly get better.  I look forward to finishing my exercises each day so that I have ample time to play guitar.  I don’t watch TV usually & if I do, I sit down with my acoustic guitar to continue working on something that I kind of know & can get through without watching my fingers. 

A $10,000 guitar!!!!!!!!!  Good grief!  That’s why I’ll never buy a Gibson Les Paul, a Core PRS, or a “king of the heap” Fender guitar.  $3000 is atrocious to me.  I’ve never spent $3000 on a single guitar and I never plan to!

I had a phone appointment last week with my psychiatrist.  From the sound of his questions, that office is swamped with people dealing with depression & anxiety.  Can’t say I blame anyone for feeling that way.  These are odd times to say the least, but we need to remember there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.  We may not know what that light will look like, but it’s there.  The weird thing is, is that we’re all in this together but have to stay apart to get through this.  I hope that EVERYONE is doing the same thing & are focused on getting through this.

We’re still within the 30 day trial period of 2021, I think a refund/return shouldn’t be a problem at this point, or should we tough it out?  Who do I speak with & where is customer service?

I have to say that my exercises are REALLY hard on me.  I’ve had more afternoon naps this year already than I had during all of 2020.  My exercise increased at the start of 2021, the news is just blah, TV doesn’t really keep me entertained, & I sometimes lack the energy to have a productive time playing guitar during the week lately.  That being said, I spent all weekend in our office/computer room/guitar room.  Kim was on a mission to paint what was left of our suite.  I stayed out of the way.  What am I gonna help with?  I guess I could paint the bottom half of a wall?  I’d likely just be in the way. 

I got up just after 7:00 am on Monday, had my breakfast & felt energized even after my exercise!  Monday night I managed to get Kim to take a breather and not worry about painting the wall behind the stove, which is all she has left to paint.  She hasn’t stopped anything since we got up on December 26th!  She’s AMAZING! 

I got a price on the Schecter Tempest & its WAY more than I want to spend.  The Squier Stratocaster is the winner hands down!  I don’t own a Stratocaster, I own a Fender Telecaster with 1 single coil pickup & a lipstick pickup, it’s a FANTASTIC guitar, but the Stratocaster is a totally different beast.  The PRS S2 McCarty 594 followed by the Squier Stratocaster will conclude my guitar purchasing for sure!  I’m out of room after those 2 guitars, I’ll have all of the different sounds that I want to hear, & I’m tired of searching for different sounds.  “I like it, I love it, I (don’t) need more of it”.  The Stratocaster model isn’t available until June 8th, which is fine.  I’m already in the long haul for the PRS guitar, the Squier will happen afterwards.  I never expected Squier to outdo Fender, EVER!  The Squier 2021 models in general were FAR more impressive than the more expensive Fender counterpart for me!  Import guitars are definitely getting better!  The really nice thing about this Stratocaster is that it will likely be the most affordable guitar I own while having a TON of stuff you’ll typically see on a $2000 + guitar.  If the Squier goes out of production…oh well, the saved money can go to something more important than a guitar.

See what happens when a rock, metal, classical, jazz, blues music fan is married to a country music fan.  While she was painting on Sunday, she was listening to country Christmas music on iTunes.

AHA!  Skip to the 10 minute mark where she mentions that multiple guitars are tools for a guitar player not replacements.  A TON of guitar players think this way!  Here’s video proof that I’m not crazy!

You’d think I’d be sad about finishing my guitar purchasing journey but you’d be absolutely wrong.  It was never a goal to have that many guitars, it was ALWAYS more about finding different sounds.  I’m actually relieved that I’ll have a small group of individual sounding guitars.  I don’t want to be a master of one style and likely never would be.  I’d rather be a jack of all trades & be versatile in my playing.  That is THE reason for different guitars & different tunings, for me.  A Telecaster, Les Paul, a PRS, a 7 string, an Explorer, or a Stratocaster will NEVER sound the same.  Even with my modeling amplifier each guitar sounds different.

This is the guitar I bought myself on December 14th.  It’s a double cut Epiphone Les Paul.  This is the guitar I’ve nicknamed “Wannabe” since it looks a LOT like the shape of a PRS guitar.  My guitars all have nicknames but I call them what they are by shape or brand.  Please remember that I don’t take for granted that I’m fortunate enough to buy these guitars, and I would NEVER expect anyone to purchase a guitar for me, although 4 ½ of my guitars were gifts, so I’m very lucky right there.

Epiphone

T**** keeps saying he doesn’t want to be compared to Richard Nixon & that name is not to be uttered in the White House.  OK, but he hired Roger Stone during his campaign to the 2016 election.  Roger Stone has a tattoo on his back of Richard Nixon’s face.  Seems more than a bit odd to me, but I don’t understand or agree with 99.9% of what T**** says.  I’m anxious to see the day my news feed isn’t jam packed with T**** news.

I’m not going to claim this as my year, I did that last January and it worked for me but it SO didn’t work out for most people, my bad.  My personal mantra for this year is “Work harder, learn more, be a better person & continue to play hard”.

I got up early, for a guy with no children, on Sunday.  Got my eggs hard boiled for the week & my vegetable juice made for the week.  Then I bolted into this room with some Saskatoon berry tea and learned some “Alice in Chains” & Swedish melodic death metal from “In Flames”.  That makes 3 straight days of tea, Saturday, Sunday, & 2 on Monday.  I think I’m ready to get older…minus the death metal thing!?

Then I just kept playing EVERYTHING I had learned but need to keep working on.  I went through almost EVERYTHING a couple times & it took me all weekend!

“Opeth” seemed like the right choice to fall asleep to Monday night.

I fall asleep to “Opeth” & the first thing I see on Facebook is my guitar dealer playing his song “Timeless Winter”

Definitely a possibility?  Washington D.C. is prepared for a war.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris

I MADE A MISTAKE & I’M HUMAN

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I had 2 1/2 great days last week.  The domestic terrorism encouraged by the President greatly angered/saddened/depressed & made me react poorly on Fridays post.  That was not a reaction, it was edited many times & with each edit it came out the same.  I apologize if it affected anyone negatively but I don’t apologize for my feelings.  I do regret saying “For those that have ever approved of him & voted for him, you drank the Kool-Aid & screwed up BIG but you’re human & people make mistakes.” Trump supporters that weren’t involved in the riot, you’ve done nothing wrong & are entitled to your own opinion.  There were peaceful protesters at the Capitol building, that’s totally acceptable!  The people I have an issue with are the rioters & government officials that allowed the situation to get to this point despite WARNINGS from half of the world & multiple red flags from the President.  Most people saw something like this coming, how did the US government miss this?  All I ever want from someone is that they do their job.  I’d say let’s put it behind us, but something might still happen?  REALLY!  NO MEANS NO!

I don’t live there, politicians didn’t consider something of this magnitude happening, nobody listened to warnings over 4 years, & there’s not much I can do about it.

Thanks to everyone that participated in the guitar give away, & those tried to win the guitar for me!  I didn’t get the guitar, but thank you for entering the contest!

If the winner of this give away is reading this, CONGRATULATIONS!  It seems like a FANTASTIC guitar!

Now that the contest/lottery is over & I didn’t get that guitar.  I’ve decided that I’ll save table scraps to A) Buy the PRS S2 McCarty 594 then B) Buy the PRS SE “Paul’s Guitar”.  If the Core model is good enough for the owner, the cheaper SE model is great for me!  I’ll discuss this later on.

Big news in the music industry!  Gibson guitars bought the Mesa Boogie amplifier company.  Dave Mustaine of “Megadeth” left his endorsement deal with “Dean” guitars and is likely headed to “Gibson” or “Kramer” guitars for his endorsement deal that will likely feature a Signature line of Dave Mustaine guitars.  Gibson also announced a Signature line of bass guitars by Gene Simmons of “KISS”. 

Mesa Boogie amplifiers were a BIG thing!  If you’ve ever listened to rock, metal, or Nu-metal from the ‘90s – early 2000s, you’ve likely heard a Mesa Boogie amplifier.  Dave Grohl even played through a Mesa Boogie amplifier for a few years as the lead singer of “Foo Fighters”.  The Gibson Company buying Mesa Boogie was not the BIG music news of the week it was more that Dave Mustaine, fired from “Metallica” in the 1980s, has left his endorsement deal at “Dean” guitars but “no one knows” what Company he’ll go to as of this writing on Monday, January 11th?

Gibson guitars have released a signature line of Gene Simmons bass guitars.  I’m indifferent to this announcement, I’ve never played Bass guitar, I’ve never been a fan of “KISS” despite knowing some of their material & I’ve never been a fan of Gene Simmons despite watching his early 2000s reality show.  His kids are AWESOME based on what I saw on the TV series.

Regarding this opinion above, to say that “KISS” is irrelevant does & doesn’t make sense.  I think “KISS” is a band you’re either a HUGE fan of or just don’t care for their music.  The most modern & relevant guitar player endorsed by Gibson is Dave Grohl & Matthew Heafy of “Trivium” as far as I know?  Dave Grohl has a signature Hollow body Trini Lopez DG-335 which I believe is made by Gibson guitars, however I don’t believe it is in production for the average consumer?  I own a Matthew Heafy signature 7 string Epiphone Les Paul.  Which is now out of production but will be returning to production with different specifications.  I wanted the original version because it was a normal/non-metal looking 7 string guitar.  I do not see myself even considering another 7 string guitar.

The fact that Gibson has an iconic name on a bass guitar line is great, whoever it is.  I don’t see anything HUGE that makes it a Gene Simmons model.  It’s a traditional/common body shape.  If you like KISS and play bass guitar you’ll likely want one, & the price will jump much higher for that line because of the name affiliation.

I’d love to own a DG-335, a Mark Tremonti signature Core PRS in any colour other than black, or a “Paul’s Guitar” either an SE or super expensive Core model since I didn’t win the SE giveaway.  The most realistic one here is the “Paul’s guitar” PRS SE, although it’s still expensive for a guitar made oversea.

This is THE time for instrument geeks!  This is the time of year when 100s of companies roll out their new models & additions to their brand.  The news is just trickling out now, since it will be online instead of a 4 day trade show in California, but all should be revealed by the end of next week.

When I eventually purchase this guitar, it will the same colour as in the video but with the shape of a Les Paul, since that’s the wiring format of it.

Whenever this buying opportunity rolls around in the next 20 years, the “Paul’s Guitar” SE will look like this…

…by that time I will have likely sold some guitar stuff.

You’re probably asking “Why does this guy need more guitars?  He’s just wasting money!”  That’s a fair question.  I don’t need or want the same guitar ever & the only thing every guitar has in common is the neck of the guitar & that can be a different size/shape on any guitar.  I literally spend nothing over the course of a week, maybe $15/month other than groceries.  When I say I’m saving table scraps for stuff I want, that means no Christmas or Birthday gifts, just substitute money instead of gifts until these guitars are purchased.  I’m not about to tie up our shared income for myself, we’re using that for renovations at the moment & hopefully find a house in 2022.  If that means guitar purchases get pushed back, I’m more than OK with that.  Who knows maybe after I purchase the PRS S2 McCarty 594 I won’t want the “Paul’s Guitar” but I’m willing to wait for the “Paul’s Guitar”, there’s no rush to get it tomorrow & I’ll have to save up for both anyways. 

I put a bunch of songs on hold to fully learn these 4 song’s on guitar.  I know with practice they will come along, one at a time.

I’m really focused on learning these 4 songs to add to my arsenal of stuff I like to play and find challenging to learn.  No you haven’t seen or know everything I’m working on guitar wise.  Those will start this week as I finish learning this song.

Honestly I’ve skimmed over a few of these songs a few times with a guitar in hand.  The videos I’ve previously posted are more of a “work in progress” or status reports.  Not something I’d play on stage for an audience that paid to hear it.  I figure I’ll learn a handful of songs & just play them into the ground, Kim’s gonna have issues, although that new amplifier I bought in December is FANTASTIC even at low volume levels, should I tell her that?

I was finding it difficult to find songs I want to learn on a 7 string guitar…HELLO www.youtube.com I’ll be busy for months learning this mountain of glory!  Oh man am I gonna push myself learning that stuff.  That’s no walk in the park!  CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!

I know I’ve said it more than once but the PRS “Paul’s Guitar” SE will truly be my final purchase.  It’s getting cramped in this room & after that purchase my guitar stands will be full.  Also other guitars are not nearly as desirable or worth saving money for, to me.

I’ve been sad/angry/depressed/disappointed & have not slept well after the events in the USA since they happened on Wednesday.  Sunday night was the first time I slept well since then.

“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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Exercise total for 5 days. 

500 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

1,050 Crunches

1,050 Leg lifts

300 Squats   

600 Back flexes

Crunches, leg lifts, & back flexes all went up number wise.  My muscles were sore by the end of Tuesday.  It was nice to take a break over the holidays, but it sucked doing more and starting all over again.

You’re not the only one that thinks this has gone on for WAY TOO long.  A lot of the time, I feel I’ve over stepped on the duration of this site.  I’m guessing I’m not the only one that finds this mundane.  I live it, and you read it.  My life’s not that exciting.  I like music, I play guitar, I exercise, I’ve been married for over 15 years, I have no children, I have an almost 15 year old dog, I’m in a wheelchair, I have an iPatch, I had stage 4 brain cancer, I’m now 12 years cancer free, & I lead a pretty regular life for an almost 41 year old guy.  Other than not leaving my house for more than an hour a week & not being able to drive, there’s nothing too extravagant here. 

I do like going to live concerts but I’m cutting back on who & where I’ll see a live show.  Cutting back on live concerts isn’t that bad living in Saskatchewan.  Nobody comes here other than Canadian groups or artists.  The last BIG name act here in Regina was “Lynyrd Skynyrd” in early 2019?  I do frequent Calgary for a “Foo Fighters” show.  I’ve been there with my dad the last 3 “Foo Fighters” tours/album cycles.  I hear “Alter Bridge” plan to hit western Canada on their next album cycle for the first time ever since their debut release in 2004, bucket list so I can’t miss that.  Being physically handicapped helps with cutting back on that too.  It’s sometimes hard to find people that are willing to drive 8 hours away and pay $50-$100 to see a show, not everyone likes the same music as I do.  In the end, I’d rather save money for the PRS S2 McCarty 594 guitar.

Like you haven’t seen it enough that’s my next and final purchase, even if I win this less expensive guitar below.

I know it comes off a greedy since it’s for me, but it’s free & was a VERY close runner up to the McCarty 594.  This SE “Paul’s Guitar” that I’d like to win has some very cool sound features on it that other guitars don’t, that’s what makes it different, & that’s why I like it so much!

Lots of people like to travel, I’m not one of them.  If Kim gets the urge to go somewhere, I’m in!  I like spending time with my wife.  Sure we disagree & argue because we’re both stubborn.  Don’t tell her I said this, but she’s a LOT smarter than me….that can be our little secret, shhh!  

With all of that being said & the fact that pretty much EVERYTHING is now negligible for me including leaving the house for more than 30 minutes a week, since mid-July 2012, that should sum up the reason for buying guitars.  I gotta pass the time how I want to.  It’s Groundhog Day here.  I get up, eat, exercise, shower eat, play guitar while checking Facebook & email, eat, play more guitar, have supper, hang out with Kim & go to bed, wake up & repeat.

I didn’t watch the videos that I put out on Tuesday until I posted them, they were all one take.  I knew I wouldn’t like them if I watched them.  On the plus side they did/do make me want to practice more!  Like I mentioned before, I want to really push myself more this year.  “There’s always someone doing better at what you do” – Anonymous.  I don’t know when I heard that, probably at a very young age, it’s very true though.

T**** supporters listened & stood by, then did EXACTLY what he told them to do on Wednesday, January 6th.  Just arrest T**** at this point!  T**** hasn’t started anything in the past, but now he has, and this is how T**** chose to end his term as President.  4 Americans died on Wednesday because of nobody but T****.  His silence is deafening!  T**** is the equivalent of Charles Manson, he’s encouraged others to do his illegal bidding for him, multiple times.  At the rally T**** stated “I will be with you” he lied, again!  He wasn’t in the march.  How does he condemn the attack that he ENCOURAGED at the rally moments before it took place?

Whether he likes this or not, THIS is on him.  #Blacklivesmatter wasn’t because of him, racism has been around for centuries, T**** exacerbated it.  He didn’t create the pandemic, he mocked it & let the death toll take over while ignoring science. 

I’m so pissed off I couldn’t sleep Wednesday night.  2 weeks away from a real leader in the White House!  T**** supporters just became the smallest fish in a VERY big pond!  T****, his administration, & T**** supporters are easily the least patriotic people on Earth.

Even as a Canadian living in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada I feel WAY too close to Washington, D.C.!  Republican voters just left another HUGE WHITE stain on American history.  Yeah, I’m a Canadian living in Canada so I am “Unamerican” & more than happy to be in a different country.

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

There is no excuse or reason for this other than T****’s bruised ego & his sheep like follower’s blatant ignorance in reality, democracy, science, & law.  Along with EVERY American politician that didn’t do anything proactive about it.

MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

T**** is talking about pardoning himself?  LIKE HELL THAT’S GONNA HAPPEN!  The next time I see T**** on TV he had better be in handcuffs!  He has blood on his hands now, along with many republican politicians.  If they aren’t punished for MURDER wtf is the point of T****’s “law & order” statement?  Who goes to jail first & does the USA prison system have enough room?  What would I do if I crossed paths with him in public?  Nothing, he’s not worth my time.

T**** spoke on Thursday.  Do you know that it took two individual efforts for him to call the National Guard and Ivanka was the 2nd individual?  Even after Wednesday’s events he continues to LIE!?!? 

For T****, his administration & those that continue to support him, may God have mercy on your souls when your time is up.

For those that have ever approved of him & voted for him, you drank the Kool-Aid & screwed up BIG but you’re human & people make mistakes.  Learn from this & don’t repeat your mistakes.

American political leaders, pay REALLY close attention to this part if you see this!?  Don’t go to war with another country because they have a “broken” political system.  Fix yours first, then worry about other countries.  It took a domestic terrorist attack for American politicians to finally CONSIDER doing something about the American political system?  Who didn’t something like this coming?  WAKE UP!

The USA Federal government is laughable on a good day.  Wednesday was a cluster****!  SHAME on democrat & republican politicians for allowing this bullshit to carry on!  Their actions affect the lives of their citizens, they NEED to do a better job!

Yeah I used a curse word but the President, among many alleged crimes, has mocked a handicapped person, called dead soldiers “losers”, called Governors “jerks” for not using force to break up legal & peaceful riots, asked foreign countries to intervene in multiple elections, cuddled up with dictators, called Georgia election officials to “…find 11, 780 votes…” for him & instigated a riot on American soil.  You tell me who’s in the wrong here.

I couldn’t sleep Wednesday night with my emotions running at 10/10, so I worked on a guitar until 2:00 am & then cried myself to sleep.

It’s 11:51 pm Thursday night.  I’m still pissed off & REALLY DISAPPOINTED in everything that has led to this point in time.

Politicians are CONSIDERING invoking the 25th amendment?  Less than 2 weeks in his 4 year term, but NOW he’s a threat????????????????????  COME ON?????

I’m SO glad I beat cancer so I could live to see 2016-present!

Please help me win this guitar on Sunday.  I don’t want to wait for something else star spangled fantastic to happen.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris