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I fell asleep to “Foo Fighters” the album “Sonic Highways”

I exercised to “Jimmy Eat World” the album “Surviving”

 

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?

https://www.redcross.ca/

There are photos of myself & each guitar I own in the Facebook links on here.  You should know that I despise photos & videos of myself.  Also any audio of myself.  I’ve sang on a few recordings, I’ve listened to them a handful of times, all I do is find/notice mistakes either on guitar or vocals of myself.  I very seldom listen/look at to any type recordings of myself.

Kim called me on the way home from work Friday to get ready to go out to see “Little Women”.  I’m not much of a fan of period pieces, but there was nothing bad about it, I’ve never read the book.  I had to ask her this on the way though…

She didn’t remember that moment.  I guess when we were dating she just used me for my “Friends” DVDs.  Not sure why she keeps me around now?  Do you think she like…..LIKES me?

I’ll play the heck out of the new 6 string, then continue saving for a trip to where ever Kim wants to go.  Then I’ll save for the Limited Edition Epiphone Les Paul signature Matt Heafy 7 string guitar.  Less than half the price of the guitar recently ordered but it will take longer to save for…….and it’s off of the new 2020 Epiphone guitar website.  I guess all that remains are the guitars in stock at stores.  I feel sick!  There are other 7 string guitars but this was the only one I really liked.  Our “guitar savings” are spent.  Instant gut wrenching heartbreak…….as of Monday morning I find out that Long & McQuade have 9 in stock (at other stores in Canada) and can still get them in from the supplier.  I can’t afford that now, I was thinking a few years down the road.  I think a vacation with Kim & hopefully a house should happen before my final guitar purchase is made, if the funds are available?  I’m doubtful this will still be available at that time.

All 6 strings for me, but HOT DAMN that sexy PRS!  April seems so far away!  I feel like a kid in November waiting for Christmas!

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

I watch WAY too many guitar demos of my ordered guitar & this Epiphone model!

You’ll notice there is no Matt Heafy signature 7 string Les Paul guitar listed in the link below.  The hundreds of others don’t compare for me.  It’s about getting this particular model, not just any 7 string.

https://www.epiphone.com/Guitars/Collection/Artist

The PRS is my last regular guitar, if the 7 string is available 5 years down the road that will complete my guitar purchasing.  If it’s not available I’m done now.  I’m pretty sure I’m done now. Before I was sick I figured one guitar every 4 or 5 years.  Now on one income, I’m done.  Expensive hobby.

I bought an S2 semi-hollow.  They’re really not that affordable unless you started the company!  Mine is an S2 custom 22 semi-hollow.  Same line, different model.  5th highest model out of 6.  Even the cheapest model is more than $1000 retail if it’s a true PRS made in Maryland.  There are other PRS style guitars that are cheaper made overseas.

Kim’s at work all day and doesn’t see my exercise other than walking & stairs where she has to make sure I don’t crack my noggin’ open.  I’m rather inept when it comes to any type of technology so you’ll have to open the Facebook link & scroll down for photos of me & my guitars on Facebook.  The photos were taken on Saturday, January 18, 2020.  I hope this works, my apologies in advance if it doesn’t.  The photos will only on the Facebook link, sorry.  https://www.facebook.com/A-Million-Miles-Away-Blog-1597618270456002/

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A photo of my ugly mug a few weeks shy of turning 40.  12 years after stage 4 brain cancer.  I collapsed at work on Tuesday, February 5th, 2008.  Yes, I’m wearing shorts indoors & it’s a blizzard outside.  I went to a movie in shorts Friday night while wearing shorts, a hoodie, toque, and gloves.  I went from the vehicle to the movie theater.  Yeah, it’s cold out.

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This is me holding my first guitar I received on my 21st birthday from my family.  My (Green) Les Paul made by Tradition guitars that no longer exist.  The guitar is exactly the same as when I received.  This was my main guitar for every live show I ever played.  This guitar seems to push more bass tone, yet the pickups produce a lot of high pitched feedback if you’re not conscious about it.

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This is my (black) Epiphone Explorer.  My girlfriend (now wife) bought it for me as a Christmas gift in 2002, we started dating in April of that year.  I had the pickups changed to EMG pickups for $200 after one show with it.  There’s an active EMG 60 in the neck pickup & an EMG 81 in the bridge pickup.  EMG pickups push more of the higher & mid-range tones which can also cause feedback.  Dave Grohl played a black Gibson Explorer early on in his career with “Foo Fighters”.  My reason for the cursive “F” logo of the band which I added as well as the Canadian flag.  Epiphone is the cheaper version of guitars also made by Gibson.  Same design, cheaper materials.  This has become my main guitar when playing electric guitar.  I play rock music for the most part while dipping my toe deeper into metal music.

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This is the (Brown) Fender Telecaster I received as a gift from a very good friend of mine while going through physiotherapy in 2009.  This is the guitar signed by Ian Thornley, the singer-songwriter from the Canadian rock band “Big Wreck”.  This guitar has 2 single-coil pickups instead of humbucker pickups.  It’s also semi-hollow.  The sound is more geared towards a twangy country music sound or a blues sound on the neck pickup.  I rarely play this guitar, mostly because of the sound, country & blues aren’t suited to my taste in music also the neck of the guitar just doesn’t feel comfortable in my hand?  It is a very nice looking guitar, at least I think so!  I’ve always liked the shape of a Telecaster!

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My acoustic-electric hybrid guitar made by Takamine.  This guitar is the only guitar I have purchased for myself.  I think the electronics inside the guitar fell during the photo?  All of my guitars are either hung on the wall or in a stand on the floor.  They’re more accessible so I can grab one at any time.  My acoustic is typically found in the living room.  The electric guitars are in our office by my guitar amplifier.

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The acoustic guitar on the wall is the one I bought for Kim, the same Christmas she bought me the Epiphone Explorer.  She wanted a blue acoustic guitar.  It’s a blue Washburn acoustic with Grover tuners.  The only blue acoustic I could find in 2002.  She never learned to play it.  I used it to teach a few friends & I’m using it now for the same reason.  No charge, not a wealth of knowledge in my head, just the basics!

My amplifier volume is set to 1 ½ out of 10.  I don’t turn it up in case it bothers our neighbors.  My current amplifier contains one 10” speaker but is VERY loud.  My previous amplifier, before I was sick was 100 Watts with a cabinet of four 12” speakers to put things into perspective.  We lived in a bungalow with my gear in the basement.  I don’t miss carrying my amp & speaker cabinet to the basement at 2:00 am.

All of these guitars are out of production.  I guess they’re not cool enough for others, I like them though!

I hope my ordered guitar isn’t delayed significantly.  PRS were already sold out of the more expensive models, mine wasn’t one of them, before the trade show (NAMM 2020 Jan. 16-19) this past weekend in California.

My other hobby was playing Baseball, which I’m too old to play despite my iPatch & wheelchair.  I watch CFL football & the Toronto Blue Jays faithfully.  CFL starts in the summer.  Blue Jays spring training starts in mid-February.

I find that there is just too much TV these days.  When the fall premiers started I stopped recording quite a few.  Now with the New Year premiers I cancelled the recording of a few more & even bowed out of watching “This Is Us” last week.  There are about 10 shows that I never miss but EVERYTHING is an hour long lately?!  Add streaming to that, I don’t have that kind of time!  Sure I’m at home all day but I have stuff to do & a lot of the shows I watch with Kim when she gets home around 6:00 pm from work.  When I watch 3 hours of baseball every day in the fall, time management gets tricky, especially this upcoming year since the Blue Jays might be decent!  I always find time, as soon as Kim’s home, & we watch “The Ellen Degeneres Show”, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”, “Prodigal Son”, & “Criminal Minds”.

 

Guitarist “Mark Morton” from ‘Lamb of God’ has released a 5 song EP.  Not sure if they’re all cover songs but I instantly recognized 2 1990s rock songs.  One by ‘Pearl Jam’ & one by ‘The Black Crowes’ this is a tame/relaxing EP, not metal at all.  He plays guitar with a different guest vocalist on each song.

 

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GOOD THINGS ARE HAPPENING FOR BOTH OF US

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250 Curls

50 Shoulder raises/Chest presses

600 Crunches

450 Leg lifts

300 Squats while balancing on my toes.  That’s harder than I anticipated!  Yeah I fell today.

300 Back flexes

1 day walking distance: 28.5 meters = 93.503 feet

8 stairs down 2 times, up 2 times

Always 2 days of yoga

I fell asleep to “Megadeth” the album “Risk” & “Rust in Peace”

I exercised to “Foo Fighters” the album “The Colour and The Shape”

 

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?

https://www.redcross.ca/

I could ask for donations to the Canadian Cancer Society that our team of 10 people raised $75,000 over 3 years for, while I was in the hospital.  I’m asking for Red Cross donations since they’ll help with more than just cancer.  I can’t ask for donations to 15 different organizations.  I figured I’ll try to cover as much as I can with one organization?

I’ve decided this is the year that will make or break me.  This will be the defining year where I’ll know if I’ll walk on my own eventually or if I’ll be bound to a walker.  That’s what it feels like anyways.  Pedal to the metal this year.  If you thought I was focused before, it’s going to get fierce.  Instead of 1 day of stairs & walking I’d like to make it 2 days of each a week.

All of that being said ‘all work & no play makes me a dull boy’.  Once my exercise is done for the day, I try to relax, practice some guitar, then try to unwind if the house is in good shape, which it usually is.  Turning 40 in a couple of weeks is something I’m looking forward to.

I can go up & down stairs, I can walk with a chest high walker, an ankle foot orthotic, & of course someone to assist or correct/instruct me.  This part is a matter of stamina.  It was probably in the late summer-spring of 2012 to 2013 that I was walking 800 meters, twice a week, on an indoor track with Kim & my walker.  I’ve gotten lazy & barely walked last year.  We started doing some stairs & walking earlier this week.

I plan to do more stairs & walking.  This has nothing to do with weight loss, I’ve gotten VERY thin.  It’s more about stamina, strength, & quality.  I wish I had started this healthy eating & some exercise 20 years ago, instead I discovered the goodness of beer back then?!?!

After a little more than 2 weeks into the year doing my exercises, I can see & feel a FANTASTIC difference!  I do like to relax….on the weekends.  Finally things are coming together at a decent pace for me after the cancer situation.  I may not be walking on my own yet but I feel more confident & determined than ever!

I’m pretty sure I was a bad “uncle” this morning.  I didn’t feel like exercising right away.  I had a coffee while I finished a Disney Princess’ puzzle.  I’m pretty sure I’ll get a stern talking to from our “niece” and “auntie” Kim………………..unless I undo what I did?

My mid-life crisis PRS guitar has a down payment & is ordered as of Wednesday!  YAY!!!!!  This guitar in the McCarty Sunburst finish.  It’ll be here in 3 months.  The factory starts production on this year’s model on Monday or Tuesday.  I’ve never purchased an electric guitar.  The 3 I have were all gifts & the autographed Fender, by Ian Thornley of “Big Wreck”, I don’t play it as much, and the neck on it just doesn’t feel comfortable.  I’ve heard many people say that.  Of course I’ll play the heck out of this PRS guitar, I can already see it as my main guitar.

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

Mr. Paul Reed Smith founder of PRS guitars.

 

On a typical week day I’m found exercising in the morning & practicing/playing guitar in the afternoon.  Once I get a guitar in my hands, I don’t want to put it down.  I’m beyond excited for this to arrive!!!!!

When that gets here in April & is fully paid in April, I will continue to save cash for a trip to where ever Kim wants to go.  “Hello streaming music.  I still don’t like you but we’re in this for the long haul.”

The last live show I played was January 25th, 2008.  I basically haven’t touched a guitar since February 4th, 2008 until mid-September 2019.  Oddly enough after 3 brain surgeries, stage 4 brain cancer, & what’s called an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), I still remember a lot of stuff on guitar.  My left hand & arm are catching up now…..quickly to playing things in time.

The guitar stuff might seem stupid but it was a hobby of mine.  I’m getting part of my life back that disappeared for over a decade!  To me that’s ASTRONOMICAL!

Kim’s off to a great start at work this year too, so it’s not just me having a great start to the year.  She has a photo shoot at the end of the month.  She’s been taking more photos for the company as 2019 progressed.  She’s been working hard at it, putting in some extra time & she tells me this could mean big things for her if things go well!  Pretty proud of her, she’s been putting the time in.  Photography has become her personal time hobby also.  That’s why she’d drive me out to the middle of nowhere at sunset in the summer as I search for a “Criminal Minds” type of villain.

Kim’s driving & looking straight ahead, meanwhile my heads on a swivel looking for a shifty guy with a tire iron.  They always kill the male first, & I can’t walk let alone run.  Not a great scenario!  Kim knows karaté though, she’ll save me.

 

Pearl Jam are set to release new album “Gigaton” & tour in March 2020!!!

Clint Lowery is going to release his first solo album on Friday, January 31st, 2020

 

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We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris             

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HOLIDAYS, & ENJOY SOME TIME AWAY FROM WORK

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Let’s face it most people have lost sight of what Christmas is about, including me.  I’m a Christian so I can only speak about Christianity & Christian event, such as Christmas.  Right there I’ll admit I’m ignorant/uninformed regarding other Religions & none religious people.  What I’m about to say will could get me into trouble with others, but hear me out please.  We’re all atheists.  Why would I say that as a Christian who believes in God?  How many religions are there in the universe?  I don’t know.  Ricky Gervais (an atheist) explained it to Stephen Colbert (a Catholic).  This explains a portion of what I mean.

So, with that being explained & feel free to argue either side of it.  Why do people exchange gifts at Christmas?  Initially it was to celebrate the birth of Jesus, then it was Jesus’ birthday.  Now that all of us have lost sight of that, people just assume it’s what you do.  Spend money on others.  Some gifts have already been purchased this season.  These are my thoughts for the future.

I know this won’t reach everyone.  How about next Christmas we all save our money, spend it on ourselves or save it for whatever reason & just show up for others.  Maybe there’s a person or group you haven’t spoken with recently that you’d like to spend time with?  Show up, be where you’re needed or would like to be.  It won’t cost you anything more than possibly travel expenses.  You won’t lose anything, just contact whoever however & ask if you can meet with them.  It’s not religious, anyone can meet with someone at any time.  As a society we’ve already lost sight of the ceremonial Christmas act, & whatever spirit (Life in general included) flows through everyone, just show up & be there with someone.  If you want to bring a gift great!  If you don’t that’s OK too, you’re there!  Your presence should be a gift in itself.  You shouldn’t have to expect a gift on any occasion.

There are very kind people out there who will help when needed.  Some may not be able to help other than just being there for someone even at those times life can get busy.

I would have liked to be elsewhere for other people today, mourning the death of a family member.  I couldn’t be there.  I can’t drive legally and things came up for the people I was going with?  Sure I was disappointed at first, then I realized there’s nothing I could have done to change this scenario.

My psychiatrist had an appointment with me on Monday, I received a phone call just before I started writing this, and my appointment had to be rescheduled to February 10th.  Knee jerk reaction from me off of the phone “What was the point of making the appointment in the first place?”  I don’t know the details of the rescheduling maybe a personal matter came up.  The next available date was December 24th, that didn’t work with my schedule.  February 10th was the next available time & it works.

What am I trying to get at?  A person does not need to understand every minor detail that effects them.  They have to acknowledge that not everything works for everyone.

As an example; many people, including myself, don’t fully understand the #LGBTQ community.  I understand most of it as a straight person.  The thing is, you don’t have to understand it.  You have to acknowledge it.  Not everyone is the same as the next.  The part of that which I don’t understand I can acknowledge that others fell that way & it doesn’t affect me personally in any way.

Am I happy?  Mostly, I could do without the cancer portion but I acknowledge that it happened & my cancer could affect others.  That happened, I can’t change that or many other things.  Can I change other people or their views & opinions?  Maybe?  Do I need to?  Some, but only if they want to change.  I can change me and help others who want to change.  If someone is happy with how they are, there’s not much anyone can do for them other than acknowledge & be OK with the situation at hand.

Holiday tip!  If you can’t do any of this, drink alcohol if you’re of age.  You can be a quiet drunk or a loud belligerent drunk & blame it on the alcohol!

 

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LAST OFFICIAL POST OF THE YEAR

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Music throughout the weekend “In Flames”, “Aladdin”, “Trivium”, & “Lamb of God”

 

I’ll be checking my email & Facebook as usual & I’ll likely pop in with the odd post here.  My routine will be similar, but with far fewer posts here.  After Friday, December 20th, I plan to relax & enjoy the holidays.  Hang out with family & friends.  All while practicing on my acoustic guitar, still have to build strength in my individual fingers on my left hand.  The better you are on acoustic, the easier electric guitar is.

I don’t plan on straying too far from my regular food intake, just moderation around Christmas goodies.  I’m at a point where I’ve lost a significant amount of body fat & have gained noticeable muscle.  I’d like to keep that trend going.

I was going to lighten up on the exercise sooner than later, but I’ve changed my mind.  Better to keep things at full tilt for a bit longer.

Well I didn’t make it to my brother’s group’s (Room 333) show at The Exchange Friday evening.  A LOUD rock show.  My dad & I had planned on going but both of my parents weren’t feeling well.  Stayed home with Kim & watched some stuff on the DVR.

Kim struggled most of the day putting up the Christmas tree.  Pre-lit fake tree with a string of lights out on the lower half.  3 trips to a hardware store & she finally just went with a string that are a different shade of white.  I figure once the tree is covered in decorations it won’t matter.

Just need some Christmas lists from others & then we shop & probably do some baking!

We ended up watching the live action version of “Aladdin”.  We rented it from iTunes.  I think we should cancel our “Crave” streaming site, that we rarely watch, & sign up for “Disney +” ASAP.  We have “Netflix” & “Amazon Prime” I’d dump “Crave” in a heartbeat.  For the amount of time that we actually watch TV, we spend for more than we have time to watch.

Today I get to pick out the 37 layers I’ll wear to the outdoor CFL Western final with the Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

I wear shorts year ‘round if possible, I hate wearing full length pants, they drive me even further into crazyville.  I plan to come home after the game & peal down to shorts & a T-Shirt.

 

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EXERCISE & A BIG WRECK CONCERT

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Waste of a week.  Missed taking some of my pills on Monday & Tuesday which messed with my sleep badly.  Did my exercises Wednesday.  Went to see “Big Wreck” Wednesday night & the elevator was out of order.  3 flights of stairs down & 3 flights up that night.  My body has been sore the entire week, so I called it for the week on Thursday.

500 crunches, 300 leg lifts, 100 squats, 100 back flexes & stairs, oh so many stairs.

 

I fell asleep to “Alter Bridge” the album “Walk the Sky” followed by “I Built the Sky” the album “The Zenith Rise”

 

I’m a cancer survivor & I’m complaining about what?  A diagnoses like this would absolutely devastate me.  I got cancer before our 3rd anniversary.  This guy was on his honeymoon when he noticed the symptoms of ALS.  #AXEALS   Another disease that doesn’t care how healthy you are.  Not cool!  I survived, this guy & many more people want him to survive.  The REALLY sad thing here is that I’ve never heard of an ALS survivor.  Many people have survived cancer though.

When you see people in worse scenarios than you’re currently in & you’ve been whining & complaining about your own situation, it SERIOUSLY puts things into perspective.

A guy wants food at a drive-thru, done, no problem.  I was ready to go in & sit down with him, get him out of the cold, chat with him, have a warm beverage, some food, & see if I could bring him some sweaters in my closet later on.

A guy with ALS, all I could do is listen.  Maybe that’s what he wants other than the cure.

I see stuff like this & all I can think is “WOW!  I need to lighten up & start paying more attention to others”.  If I’m not part of the solution, I’m part of the problem.  Right now, I can listen, I can shut up & listen.  My problems are constantly getting better, & hopefully I’ll be able to help out in other ways eventually.   I’m alive, I’m surrounded by family & friends that love me, I’ve got a home, food, etc.

People want to leave a mark on the world, something to be remembered for.  Throughout this entire blog/website I’ve been complaining about my situation.  I’ve complained more than enough.  I want to be remembered as a person that tried & a person that would always be willing to help out others.  I’d help out others before cancer, so why not now?

Being on the other side of that scenario for so long has made me realize something.  Any size of help you can give is always more appreciated than you’ll ever know.  Hearing someone say “Thank You” or “God bless you” for something so small is something a person doesn’t forget.

Of course the bigger stuff I can’t do.  I could possibly volunteer somewhere or look for a non-profit organization to help out with in the future.  I can do some smaller things to A) Pay it forward   B) Pay it back to those that have & still are helping me.

I like my fitness, but I can’t just do that forever.  Kim & I have talked about going down & up a flight of stairs once a week.  Kim will have to assist me, so I can avoid cracking open my head.  Going down 3 flights the other evening was exhausting & much more difficult than going up, not sure why though?

 

BIG WRECK

The concert was FANTASTIC!  That was the 14th time I’ve seen Big Wreck since January 30th 1999.  They used to come through Regina about 4 times on each of the first 2 albums.  They broke up in 2002, then I went to the lead singer’s new band “Thornley” until 2012.  Even when I was in my rehabilitation program I went!  I wasn’t sold on the “Thornley” albums though.

2012 came & “Big Wreck” had re-established themselves with 2 of the original 4 members & 3 new members.  Unfortunately returning member/guitarist Brian Doherty passed away of cancer after recording their newest/6th album.

The band on stage seemed content though & the concert was great, including the opening group “Texas King”….

Big Wreck played 5 or 6 of their new songs.  Starting off with this new song.

Last year he says “I’m not going to play that song again”.  Wednesday night, they played it.

Set closer.

Encore.

No “Thornley” songs were played, but here’s a very brief look into their catalogue.

 

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“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

BUSY WEEKEND UPDATE FOR A CHANGE  

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Music throughout the weekend “TOOL”, “I Built the Sky”, “Sevendust”, & “Chromeo”

 

To clarify Friday’s post; Things in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada are taxed heavily!  7% Government Sales Tax aka GST & 7% Provincial Sales Tax.  The majority of stuff we purchase in Saskatchewan is 14% higher than America & our dollar fluctuates $0.75-$0.85 on America’s dollar.  Canadians pay a higher price on most things other than health care.  Example;  My father bought a 66oz. of Bacardi White Rum while renting a house in Arizona for a month, he left it there because almost full because it was cheap.  If it was here I could see that at least $80 or more.  Messed up since we didn’t get to vote in the USA federal election, nor did anyone else other than Russians.

 

Friday we watched the last however many episodes of “Atypical” season 3 on Netflix.  Kim’s parents came to town about mid-day on Saturday.  We all had supper here Saturday evening, James fixed a few issues I was having with my computer.  Too early for me for Christmas movies, but there was one playing Saturday night.  I missed it while getting things arranged on my computer.

Sunday morning Kim & Sherry hung out with their mom & went shopping.  Me & my Homeslice (Brewster) had breakfast, hung out & I finally had a bit of time to watch part of “The Cure” blu-ray, who I just got into believe it or not.  Kim got home around 2 pm.  I needed a refill on some medication & Brewster needed another appointment at the vet at 4 pm, he had an ear infection.  We picked up my refill at a pharmacy near a Dairy Queen.

There was a guy asking if we could get him something to eat, so of course we did.  He told Kim he didn’t want money, just something to eat.  We grabbed him some food & it was freezing outside.  I asked Kim if we could ask for a hot drink for him, but we were already through the drive-through.  Kim gave him her mitts & I offered my toque, he said he had a toque & declined.  I felt bad for him, he looked like he was still in his early 20s.

After that it was off to the vet.  Not good news.  Brewster’s ear infection was/is deep down by his ear drum.  He needed to stay there for a few hours since he needed to be sedated.  “Should we resuscitate him if he has heart failure due to his murmur?”  I can’t believe that was a question?  OF COURSE!

I was waiting in the car, since we didn’t think it would be anything major.  Kim came out to tell/ask me what to do.  Whatever it takes to make him feel better was the answer on both of our minds.  I thought nothing of it until after supper.  Kim was quiet & my mind was racing thinking the worst, “Was that the last time I’d hold him?  Is he going to go down because of an ear infection?”  I worried myself sick.  I was so relieved when we got the call to pick him up.  He typically NEVER barks, Kin said he was barking his head off when she went in to get him.

He’s home and he’s fine.  He had a lot of water & was growling at me before we got home for his food.  He’s pretty intimidating, all 12 ½ pounds of him.  I think he’s almost done his bronchitis medication (Kim gives it to him) & he’s doing much better.  Kim says to me “He’s already cost us as more than a guitar you wanted!”  Better to have some cash for a rainy day than a guitar, always better to keep Brewster healthy & happy.  Easy call on that one!  We both said if he needs $5000 of health stuff, we wouldn’t blink, that’s as true now as it was in 2006 when we got him as a pup.

Kim & Brewster went to bed while stayed up to do more stuff on my computer & watch some recorded TV from the afternoon.

3:30 am & up to feed Brewster at 9:30 am, I should go to bed earlier!  Brewster’s tired today too.  He was up & down all night drinking multiple bowls of water & of course peeing.  Kim went to have coffee with her parents, then off to get groceries afterwards.  I got up & didn’t really stop until noon.  Kim got home with groceries, I made my vegetable juice & finally hit the shower.

 

I don’t think Trump will have problems with immigration.  I think fleeing Americans could be his biggest problem if he’s not impeached?

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/trump-takeover-courts-supreme-court-mconnell-federalist-society-menashi-909799/?fbclid=IwAR1iL0QGxSFlTHStpvtQThWQYjOXlpLvZ73kj2TLBHDOM5A3aHHOo6ZeSZU

Unreleased song from “Prince” album ‘1999’

New “Taylor Hawkins and The Coattail Riders” video and album released on Friday, November 8.  Taylor Hawkins is the drummer for “Foo Fighters” and has 3 side projects where he plays drums & does lead vocals.  He also does the backing vocals in “Foo Fighters”.  This is from the third album released by “Taylor Hawkins and The Coattail Riders”.

YAY new “Sepultura” song!!!!!!

All of this crap happened & it could have been worse if no one was checking what Trump was doing?????????????

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/nikki-haley-top-advisors-trump-didnt-know-what-he-was-doing-910444/?fbclid=IwAR3CxPcbdkKp2MeVG7ONBYuHa4ZZTuwxVGZEmKIrN6IDYrlarLwKDluQ4As

 

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REWRITTEN 6 TIMES & THAT’S NOT AN EXAGERATION
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I fell asleep to “The Darkness” the album “One Way Ticket to Hell…and Back”

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I wrote it many times & didn’t like it & had no desire to put it into the world.

Brewster is doing well. He still has about a week & a ½ of medication to go. He rarely goes into a coughing fit. It’s down to about twice a day instead of every 30 minutes. I’m glad & pleasantly surprised at how much better he’s doing. He did end up costing us about $1000 this month for his tests & medication so we’ve had to make some changes to afford his vet bill.

There’s no such thing as a wheelchair accessible house on the market right now in our price range in Regina, so as far as I’m concerned that’s an impossibility at the moment. I’m not getting either one of the guitars I chose, since the funds aren’t there & likely won’t be for a while. Those two things I’m good with more importantly Kim & Brewster are healthy.

What I do not like is that I’m now streaming music, instead of purchasing my music. It’s suffering enough that some rock & metal musicians are making less than me & that’s flat out legal stealing to me. It’s legal so do what you want. For me I’m listening to music I own as well as “I don’t care” & “Who gives a crap, its disposable”. I’m over the fact that we won’t have nice stuff for a few years. Streaming music for me is the work of the Devil. “You paid $10,000 to make this album? Here’s a check for $2.50 this month” that’s just stupidity at its best. I hope whoever isn’t making money from streaming music pulls it from every digital platform and releases it only on physical platforms, CDs, vinyl & even cassette tapes. I have music on my iPod that I like & I have 12 disposable albums I don’t own and feel bad when I listen to it. If music becomes nothing but streaming online or if Apple doesn’t become a respectable music label. I’ll go straight to physical formats that I can own instead of ‘rent’. With that being said there will be little to no new music being purchased or streamed until after Christmas, yeah I loathe streaming music that much. If I can’t buy it, I might as well listen to the radio here!  I’d rather have the cash for gifts for others than listen to rented music.

 
As for the PRS guitar, it’s too expensive right now the limited edition Matt Heafy 7 string Epiphone is also expensive but not as much. A guitar around that much plus tax had better be perfect. The Epiphone 7 string will be the runner up for many years if not forever. For now I’ll look at the links I’ve book marked. It’s not like I’m a guitar virtuoso yet or before, I’m starting at square one, but I know too much, if that makes sense. I don’t NEED either one, I just WANT them, big difference between NEED & WANT! I’ve decided on a colour to stare at, McCarty Sunburst for the PRS guitar. Now I can “…dream in colour…”

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

https://www.long-mcquade.com/22227/Guitars/Electric_Guitars/Gibson/Matt_Heafy_Les_Paul_Custom_7_String_Electric_Guitar.htm?ref=suggestive-search

All of the changes we’ve made are out of necessity & I’m good with that, we can afford Christmas gifts for others. That’s important to me. What would I like for Christmas? Money for a wheelchair accessible house in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada that currently is not on the market. Better yet buy our house for the asking price & find us a place to move into? If we lived in the area of Buffalo, New York & were looking to spend the same amount of American money, we could afford a large house outside of the city that’s wheelchair accessible??!!??!!?? That’s what I get for watching HGTV!
Billie Eilish & TOOL had bigger debuts on the charts than Kanye. Does this mean anything? I see it as just numbers, not a trend, but that’s just me.
https://loudwire.com/tool-new-album-bigger-debut-kanye-west/?fbclid=IwAR2CX_W9c3qT8Gis634ZI6gPCM4V46FLeqqSDi__vVbqmjI9G87-rEM60oQ

Neil Young walks to the beat of his own drummer. Turns down millions to play ‘Harvest’ that he wrote. He should be allowed to play what he wants if you ask me!

Neil Young Turned Down ‘Millions’ for ‘Harvest’ Tour

Well done Metallica! That will come in handy for those in California!
https://loudwire.com/metallica-california-wildfire-donations/?fbclid=IwAR2_bNfD68B_j0tL3ojcOOgh1NNDj6sjNrVS_M83hfh9_INCELSL03GtrPo
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