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Chris

TEACH ME PLEASE

“There’s (NO) comparison here that I’m trying to make”

LANGUAGE & EXPLICIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

No such thing as a stupid question!  Feel free to ask me on Facebook or the website!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

S2 McCarty 594 Electric Guitar with Gigbag - Whale Blue

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

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

 

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

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

 

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“Listen to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

I’M APPROACHABLE BUT NOT OUTGOING

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Learning on guitar “Foo Fighters” the song “The Pretender” The stand out sections of the 5 guitar parts.

Learning on guitar “Led Zeppelin” the song “Kashmir” The string & horn parts, as much of it as I can.

 

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Well I did it!  Coffee free & not even craving it.  Alcohol is paid for, so it’s here but I don’t need it.  I did have a gin & lime bubbly on the weekend just for something different.  No craving for it though.  What we have will last me until next year easily for the amount I plan to consume alcohol, then probably two 26 oz. bottles of rum a year after the stuff her is gone.  So for a longtime it’s been 3-5 liters of water a day & 3 or 4 cans of bubbly a week.  Now no coffee & very little alcohol, if any every 2 or 3 weeks.

I do feel even better now.  I wish I had done this before I had cancer.  Eating & drinking right & exercising daily.  Dropped the fat & I’ve definitely put on muscle!  I have a visible calf muscle on my left leg again.

This is part of my Tuesday & Thursday exercises after some yoga…

Curls (2)

Exercise of Tuesday morning June 9th.

This is already ordered & I’m VERY excited for it!  Especially know that I’m playing around with a guitar in DADGad tuning instead of the standard EADGbe tuning.

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

It’s all about saving for a guitar, & this is a REMARKABLY EXCELLENT side effect that will continue long after the purchase of the guitar!  I do get rather tired & a little tender at the end of the week.  Weekends seem to do the trick for recovery over the weekend.  Wednesday I got up at 5:30 am by the time Kim got up at 8:00 am I had emptied the dishwasher, had breakfast & finished my exercise.  Once she got up I had a snack & showered then practiced guitar for around 5 hours.  Thursday was rough though.  I layed in bed until 9:20 am just tired & sore.  As soon as I got up I hoovered my small breakfast & did my exercises!

S2 McCarty 594 Electric Guitar with Gigbag - Whale Blue

As far as relearning guitar goes, I’m at the point where I just have to repeat the same part over a couple hundred times to get my hands used to moving in that pattern.  It wasn’t like that before cancer.  Before it was more like “OK guys what should I learn for the show in a month?”  3 days later at rehearsal we’d put the song together.  When I was doing original stuff with my brother, some of it would take a few days or we’d at least get a rough idea of what the song(s) would sound like when finished.

I’d say in the last 2 or 3 months I practice guitar for 3-6 hours a day or until my shoulder gets sore.  Makes me happy & makes me think……sometimes too much!

Now let me explain the title.  I’m quite shy & quiet, until you know me & I’m comfortable.  I rarely make the effort to introduce myself to someone.  I’m typically quiet but approachable at the same time.  I’m uneasy that I might say something wrong & offend an individual, that is never my intent.  Being a frontman for a band was different.  I always at least tried to keep every show G rated.  Every show I go to, the language get’s REALLY old fast.

I’ll talk to you but I can guarantee that I won’t be starting the conversation.  If you’re a friend of a mutual friend, that conversation is easier & I might start it.  I like to talk once I know someone.

 

I know that “Big Wreck” will have a concert from last year in Nashville on http://www.youtube.com.

Also on www.youtube.com will be “The Metal Concert Stream of the Year” with “In Flames”, “Trivium”, “Lamb of God”, & headliner “Megadeth”.  The actual tour was scheduled to start today.  I assume these will be performances from last year but I’m not certain.

 

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Chris

LEARN TO LOVE AGAIN

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I hear it’s better to speak than be silent, join in the discussion in “times like these”.

I really hope the world can ‘learn to love again’ as the song says.  I don’t know what I have to offer to the conversation on what’s going on in this crazy world.  I was watching a documentary on Netflix, “13th” this is also on www.youtube.com   I figured if I’m going to talk about racism, that as a white male I should educate myself.

I will say that yes, there is racism in Canada, as I assume there is around the world.  In my city of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada it’s not black people that receive the racial injustice so much as aboriginals.  I honestly can’t think of a time I acted racist although I’m likely wrong.

I went to public school, I grew up with classmates of all different races.  Even as a child a classmate of mine live down the street, so we would get together to play outside in the 1980s.  I don’t know what his ethnicity was, since it didn’t matter to me.  In technical college I carpooled to school with a classmate who was aboriginal, again no issues.  Nice guy, a Big Brother volunteer, a father.  I didn’t even think of the colour of someone’s skin, I don’t now, & I don’t truly understand how that makes them any different from any other race.  In school my attitude was that were all here for the same reason, we all get along, what’s there to complain about?

I don’t travel, I’ve been outside of Canada once in my life, to Boston in 2007?  I don’t travel because I just don’t find travelling that relaxing.  I’ve met people from around the world here in Canada.  I worked in a hotel in my late teens to early 20s, in the banquets area.  People of all different ethnicities, & typically a different ethnic night once a month.  Chinese New Year, Greek night, Aboriginal council meetings, weddings, cabarets, Christmas parties, etc.  I’ve waited tables, bartended, & have been a busboy for many of these exact events.

High school was full of people with different backgrounds.  Never any issues there either.  I went to the high school where everybody else my age in the city would just assume my parents or myself were rich.  We weren’t rich at all.  I got my driver’s license in 1996, I took my parents’ 4 door 1985 Chevrolet Caprice Classic to go for my test.  One backdoor didn’t work and the other backdoor had a good dent & scrape.  I didn’t care, it was my first car.  I’d drive to school in that, while other kids would drive their brand new VW with their state of the art audio system installed.

I wasn’t rich, but I was privileged.  I was born in 1980.  This is only my 2nd time that I can remember seeing blatant racism on TV, now & the Rodney King beating, briefly, in the 1990s.  I still can’t believe I watched George Floyd get murdered by a police officer while others watched & did nothing.  I have family members & friends that are police officers.  None of them would do something like that, don’t just assume they’re all bad.  Just the same as people of any ethnicity.  There are a few bad apples in EVERY group, no matter what race you are.

This was a great conversation Ellen Degeneres had with Van Jones of CNN.  Something really good to remember when on social media too.  Pease watch all 7 minutes of this clip & hopefully you can learn something from it as I did.

When you see a protester’s sign or hear someone say “Black lives matter” remember that it means “Black lives matter TOO”.  Nobodies saying that other lives don’t matter, they’re saying “Why aren’t black people treated the same way?”

We have to start somewhere with change & we have a lot to do racism, climate change, #metoo, Coronavirus, sexist inequality, mass shootings, etc.  Might as well start with the task at hand.

Watching that documentary the world really hasn’t changed at all since the 1970s.  At least Nixon knew well enough to resign as President.

“Rage Against the Machine” were supposed to reunite this year.  The world could likely use a political voice like theirs right now?  LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Even here in Canada, as I see what’s happening in the USA on TV, I have to agree with Stephen Colbert “Time to #BYOP, Be Your Own President”.  I find the current President to be VERY irrelevant.

I wish I could or at least knew how to help.  I don’t want to be a guy on the sideline doing nothing.  That’s what frustrates me personally, in general & in this situation especially.  We ALL HAVE to help each other!

Remember, this isn’t a problem with just the USA, it’s a problem that’s likely EVERYWHERE.  My attitude remains the same, “We’re all here for the same reason, & it should be a level playing field for EVERYONE at the start”.

Do yourself a favour & educate yourself by watching the documentary “13th” if you’re in your late teens or older!

After all of that, am I racist?  Quite possibly, I’m definitely ignorant when it comes to the subject.

 

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris

TOMORROW

I’ll post tomorrow, I’ll stay involved in the racism conversation.  I educated myself a bit, & I have no intention to have tomorrow’s post sound like I’m preaching at you, that’s never the intention.  When reading tomorrow’s post, know that I’m white privileged & this is new territory for me.  I hope we can all educate ourselves, & I hope I help by showing you a way to do so.

I WISH SOMEONE COULD FIX US ALL

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I fell asleep to “Trivium” the album “In Waves”

I exercised to “Finger Eleven” the album “The Greyest of Blue Skies”

 

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The outright murder of George Floyd is front & center, as it should be until we all see/hear a MASSIVE change in society EVERYWHERE!  Yes I’m white and grew up priviledged.  I never had a serious encounter with any type of law enforcement.  I’ve had some parking tickets, & that’s about it.  I’ve never had to deal with racial discrimination of any kind, yet a LOT of people have to deal with it every day.  I’m white, priviledged, & don’t have to, that’s not right!  I had to turn the news off this week because I couldn’t take it.  Lots of people can’t do that.  They turn the TV off but who knows what they’ll have to deal with when they open the door?

Canada’s Prime Minister.

We can’t do anything other than what we’re doing already with the Coronavirus.  Follow health officials orders, that’s who was hired to do this job.

My body has been EXTREMELY sore & tired since my MRI on Tuesday, May 19th.  I haven’t fully recovered from that.  I spent the majority of this past weekend in bed, all the while not completely awake.  Monday I just did a bunch of stretching REALLY sore everywhere!  I don’t know if it was “one thing” or a combination of things that sucked the energy out of me?

I watched the news on Friday, May 29th as all of the protests & riots started, that seriously choked me up & depressed me.  I had my last coffee on Wednesday May, 27th.  I had one beer on Saturday.  I am and was still tired & sore from my MRI scan.  “Hold still for 3 hours” I was REALLY sore after that.  You have no idea what it’s like unless you’ve done it, I can’t explain it for you either.  I’m claustrophobic but got over it before I went in, my shoulders were pressed against the sides of the tube the entire time.  I figure I’m just tired this week because of all those things combined.

The news REALLY got to me.  Writing Wednesday’s post I had tears running down my face.  I’m just a guy trying to do things the right way.  So was George Floyd.  He was killed because he bought cigarettes with a counterfit $20 bill?  He didn’t even resist the arrest, but they used enough force on him to kill him?  It’s a terrible situation to think about & it’s been eating me up ever since I heard about it.

Saving up for a guitar should really improve things for me.  Save by having less alcohol, a bit of rum once a month if that.  No more coffee, which has always been sugar & cream free.  Our fridge is packed with vegetables, yogurt, cottage cheese, & hummus.  It might take me a bit to get everything clear from my system, but “in the end” I’ll feel better.

As of Tuesday everything seems to be back on track for me.  Physically I’m feeling good yet a bit tired overall.  I’m hoping the weekend will be enough for my body to recover?

I don’t shop for guitars anymore.  I do watch a few www.youtube.com channels to see what they’re playing & hear what they have to say about it, why they have it, etc.  Hopefully I’ll be able to order my guitar late next year or sometime by mid-2022.  I need 10% down to order it, then pay the rest when it gets here 3 or 4 months later.

Each time I practice I run through a couple of scales a few times to get my hands loose, run through a bunch of open chords, run through a few songs, & then practice what was a bit off & other things I know I need to work on.

I’ve actually learned more songs that are new to me than the songs I played before.  What I need to do more is play my acoustic guitar more often.  More so to work on the strength in my hand than anything.  If it sounds right on the acoustic, it’s almost a guarantee that it will be easier & sound really good on electric.

A lot of people are going to talk about what’s going on right now for quite a while I hope.  Nobody’s perfect & maybe the proper words won’t be used, which I know I’m guilty of.  There’s no sense in expecting anyone to be perfect.  People are angry, sad, confused, etc.  Ask them to explain what they’re saying or tell them you don’t understand what they’re trying to say.  With so many people talking, who’s going to listen?  For thaat reason I’ll be skipping Tuesday’s post for a while & just give you my progress update & random thoughts every Friday.  Nobody needs more noise in the world right now.

 

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WHAT’S RIGHT WITH THIS WORLD????????????

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I know that whatever I say, someone will be critical of it or just not like it, so here it goes.

If I was to write anything a post about what’s right with this world right now, it would nearly be a blank page.  That being said I don’t want to make this too long of a post.  Honestly I don’t know what to write.  After the protests, riots, lootings, etc. over the weekend I’m speechless, especially now after so many people have said a lot of things MUCH better than what I’d ever come up with.

It’s 2020 & look at where we are?  If this is what evolution is, WE failed at it as a GLOBAL community.  Evolution didn’t fail us.

2020 and yet we’re dealing with RACISM, how advanced are we?  How does anyone take another person’s life?  Because of the colour of a person’s skin?  That doesn’t make any sense?  How do bystanders, Caucasian figures of authority, allow this to happen?  Now it’s expected that those of any colour are supposed to trust figures of authority that are Caucasian?  Good luck with that.

A person had to die, millions of people around the world went out to protest peacefully.  Some turned into riots.  The people that began the riots, I ask how does burning a building, looting, or harming another person make you any better than a murderer?  Does anyone think that’s what George Floyd would want to come from any death like his?

We all saw or heard the same thing, but not all of us chose to protest in violence.  You’re undoubtedly supposed to feel some emotion.  Don’t focus that anger on a random fellow protestor or police officer.

For those of you in the USA & are able to vote, take your anger to the voting booth & change things from the top.  “The pen is mightier than the sword”.  For anyone in any country dealing with this & you’re able to vote.  Do so if there needs to be a change!  To those in the USA, this is an election year for you, don’t forget any of this when casting your vote.

After watching the news on Monday & watching the president, I had to just shake my head in not only disapproval but complete disappointment.

 

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

3RD TIMES A CHARM WITH MRI RESULTS

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I fell asleep to “Pink” the album “Hurts 2B Human”

I exercised to “Trivium” the album “What the Dead Men Say”

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

 

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I mentioned a while ago that I changed the way I do my squats now, let me try to explain this as it seems to have made a BIG improvement!  All of this is done while sliding my hands along my transfer pole not a firm grip, just enough to keep my balance.  50 of them 3 days a week, I squat like a backcatcher in baseball.  I stay in a crouch for about 2 or 3 seconds then push with my legs, never pulling up with my hands.  The other 50 is just me going from flat footed to my tiptoes & again holding it for a few seconds.  Now I can actually see a muscle on my left calf.  I was looking for results & I think I’ve found out how to get them.

I plan on doing muscle meaurements & weighing myself again on July 1st, the mid way point of the year.

Tough week.  Started off still feeling a bit tired & sore from last week.  Wednesday & Thursday were both terrible in terms of my energy.  Today was better though.  I went to bed earlier than usual, got up by 8:00 am & carried on as usual.

Yes, I got my routine annual checkup MRI results this week.  I go for another routine MRI in 6 months, since I have a new doctor at the Cancer Clinic.  My 3rd doctor in 3 years (I go there once a year), so my new cancer case doctor.  I guess they found a cyst in my back, it showed up on an MRI from the first time I had one in 2008 or 2009?  My doctor says it’s not related to cancer at all & it’s nothing to worry about, unless it starts to bother me.  This MRI will be much shorter I was told, only 30 minutes.

She told me the scans looked fine, nothing odd showed up.  I then turned to Kim and said “See, I told you I was normal!” the doctor instantly says “Whoa, I never said normal?!”  I asked if there’d be a time when I don’t have to go in for an annual MRI scan.  She said “When you get sick of me”, I immediately looked at Kim & said “YAY, we’re done!” jokingly of course.  Gotta say this doctor is much more personable than my original doctor, who I don’t believe sees patients anymore, & her temporary replacement who was nice but a bit awkward.  I’m glad to not see my original cancer clinic doctor that was VERY oppinionated & vocal (Body shaming me, shouting at me down a hallway because I’m not short or under 80 lbs).  I graduated high school in 1998 at 185 pounds while playing sports, bike riding, running cross country.

Not really sure why they need to scan the insignificant cyst in my back, but as I said the MRI didn’t bother me this time, despite my severe claustrophobia.  The annual scan will continue for as long as…..well there’s no real end date for it.  I think she said they’ll just scan my brain now instead of also scanning my spine?  They’ll take less time from now on.

Anyways, I’m still cancer free 11 years & almost 5 complete months.

If you met me in person and didn’t know I had cancer, you’d likely have questions, don’t be shy, ask away!  I’m in a wheelchair, unless I’m doing my exerises, I can stand but I must hold onto something for balance.  I wear an eye patch over my left eye to prevent my double vision that cannot be surgically repaired, because of my eye patch I have no depth perseption.  My speech is quiet/unclear due to muscle loss in my cheeks, tongue, & lips as well as a loss in breath support.  I look as though I’m much worse off than I really am…………….you should see the other guy though!  WOW…not good!

I keep reading/watching reviews on that guitar & I like it more each time I see it!

There it is, the exact same guitar through the exact same amplifier I hope to find the amplifier used one day.  That’s the tone I’m looking for, different from my other guitars.  Without a doubt saving for the guitar.  Amplifiers can be easily found used later on, besides there’s nothing wrong with my current amplifier other than the 4” speaker.  Pretty sure I won’t be playing live, 20-50 Watts in an amplifier are plenty down the road.  Being in a condo a 20 Watt is more than I need already!

I’m not a guitar collector don’t let me mis-inform you.  I play guitar.  I need one amplifier, a few guitars to play, & some regular guitar maintenance tools.  I don’t need 14 guitars.  It would be cool but they wouldn’t all get played regularly.

Someone needed to say it clearly & bluntly, and finally it happened.  This is what it’s come to…

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/brian-sims-profanity-laced-tirade-gop-colleague-hid-positive-covid-19-test-1006431/?fbclid=IwAR3b_dy0Hl1c2TZZVs7DHsZu0-UdKAwqKkHub75bk7Xxgn_j6sXV9c6609g

 

Another new tune from “Lamb of God”!

 

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

I exercised to “Tremonti” the album “Cauterize”

Got up at 6:20 am to exercise before my morning appointment.  I listened to both of these albums last night.  Too early to play music this morning.

 

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In a perfect world, all politicians would learn to wear multiple hats at one time.  Unfortunately this isn’t a perfect world.  How about they do the job voters gave them?  That job includes transparency aka don’t treat us like a little kid & tell us everything will be OK.  Tell us the actual facts.  This is why a politician is elected.  If all of the voters die during a pandemic, who’s going to vote?  This virus doesn’t care where you live, what your race is, what God you pray to, what your sexuality is, etc.  Everybody is fair game!  Politicians, do your job.  Without the rest of us, you have no title.

Watching the news as everything is SLOWLY reopening means people need to stay informed now, just as much as when we all went inside.  In order to stay well informed I recommend checking this website…

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019?gclid=CjwKCAjw2a32BRBXEiwAUcugiAqGcOgCxnpFi7WuxsL-MZFH0lG37k2LT4HhkUw3Odo6DCW-wa5gJRoCnMsQAvD_BwE

Followed by closely following your local news.  They should have the information required for your specific area, city, or town.

There’s a LOT of false/inaccurate information floating around out there about the virus.  I don’t need to add to it.  Please remember that my thoughts are mine only NONE OF THIS IS HARD EVIDENCE!

Southern Saskatchewan, Canada (where I live, Regina) seems to be doing well.  If we keep this up, we start phase 3 of the reopening here on June 8th.

Every city or town re-opening will & should be different.  Keep yourself informed & at the very least please where a mask if it’s even just to show solidarity & respect.

I went to the hospital on Tuesday, May 19th.  That’s the first time I’ve been outside of our house or vehicle since Sunday, February 16th when most of my father’s side of the family was in town.  I wore a mask throughout the hospital regardless.  A mask won’t protect me as much as it will others & I’m likely OK, but a mask just seemed like the right thing to do.

Got up early on Friday, finished my exercise, showered, & then spent from 10:45 am until 3:40 pm learning the rhythm part to this song on that guitar…….1 hour break & right back to it for another 1 ½ hours.

I woke up around 10:00 am on Sunday & rolled around in bed until noon.  Got up & just rushed immediately!  Emptied the dishwasher, ate breakfast, filled the humidifier, hard boiled my eggs, loaded the dishwasher, did hand dishes, & baked my fish all within 2:30 hours.

We’ll add about 4:30 hours on Sunday of guitar practice.  Just repeating a riff I know so well & played many times before cancer so easily.  I practice so much because I want it perfect.  I also know that a person not in my position will likely get this stuff quicker than I will.  Kim was working most of the day to meet a deadline.  She got REALLY tired of hearing me practice the same line multiple times!

When I practice guitar, it’s not completely about learning the notes or chords.  It’s more about regaining the strength in my left arm all the way to my fingers.  More of a muscle exercise than anything.  When I’m learning something new to me then it’s about EVERYTHING!

My left arm is a mess to this day.  Despite my weights & guitar playing, it otherwise shakes & is remarkably weak if not resting on something for stability.  Even carrying a glass of water without spilling is near impossible.  When I do my weights twice a week, my dumb bell wobbles in my hand & requires WAY more focus & attention.  Playing guitar feels almost the same though.

I’ve always been a BIG fan of Gibson guitars, I don’t want to spend a boat load of money on a Gibson Les Paul though.  I have an Epiphone 7 string Les Paul, an Epiphone Explorer & a Tradition Les Paul.  So 3 of my guitars are modeled after Gibson body shapes.  Apparently Gibson is on a downslide…..after going bankrupt in the last 12 years.  On to PRS for me!  Admit it, it’s pretty & an even better match to my eye!

The McCarty 594 is named after Ted McCarty who became a mentor & good friend of Paul’s.  Ted ran Gibson guitars 1950-1966.  PRS offers a 25” scale length (regular length for PRS) guitar in their Core line.  The 594 is for the odd scale length of 24.594”.  Paul played with the original scale length for Gibson of 24.5” and settled on 24.594” to make it an odd number & I’m guessing to avoid copyright laws?  I think the biggest & nicest change is the shape of a PRS.  He took the shape of a Stratocaster & a Les Paul and overlaid them to find a body style of his own for the PRS brand.  Not all companies have distinct body shapes.  Not all but a lot of guitar companies make slight measurement changes or name changes to a Fender or Gibson shape.  Sorry, more carappé you didn’t need to know.

There was a link on Friday’s post that didn’t work.  It was a guitar store owner announcing that as of Friday May 15th at 5:00 pm the PRS factory in Maryland had reopened.  They will be tending to personal individual orders first, then anything ordered by stores for stock &/or display.  That’s great news as long as everyone stays healthy & safe.  I have no problem waiting for my ordered semi hollow guitar.  It’s not supposed to arrive until late August anyways, a little more time won’t hurt me.

I’d like to upgrade my amplifier for the $329 Boss Katana 50 Watt amplifier, but it can wait since it’s an absolute lowest priority for me & what I have to trade in for it wouldn’t really be worth much, so it’s also not in the budget regardless.  I’d much rather go for a new vintage sounding guitar than an uber digital amplifier.  All the word “digital” means to me is that there’s more stuff to potentially go wrong with it, that I can’t fix.

 

I usually talk about music here.  With the impact of Covid-19 there’s not much new music being released.  I think as far as new music goes, it’ll be a saturation on the music market the next 2 years since so many musicians are staying at home & writing new material.

Next release for me is the self-titled release from “Lamb of God” on June 19th.

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Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres