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 


 

BIG OOPS ON OUR PART FOR OUR TAXES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris

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

THIS ENDS VERY EARLY IN JANUARY 2022!!!

NO, THIS ISN’T MOSTLY ABOUT GUITARS!!!

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Exercise total for 5 days. 

400 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

900 Crunches

900 Leg lifts

300 Squats   

600 Back flexes

Disappointing week of exercise.  “One week” off for renovations and the weight exercise suffered bot days that I do them.  Short on one set of both shoulders & curls both days.  I expect better from myself.  I’m patient with other people but not with myself.

If “Blink 182” wrote it……

Ever since my brain cancer diagnosis in February 5th, 2008 I know of 8-10 people personally that have died of cancer & 3-5 of old age.  I know 3-5 people who have survived cancer.  I don’t know of anyone that has died from the virus but I know 6 people that have contracted it, quarantined, and survived.  I am now 12 years 2 ½ months cancer free.  The doctors gave me a 5-15% chance of ever coming out of a 4-5 week coma.  My brain cancer or cancer in general I was told would come back in 2013.  It didn’t.  

One of my doctors, the one that chose which chemo to use, said he didn’t think my cancer would come back & after 2 or 3 MRIs said I should be OK doing X-Rays.  I asked about not doing MRIs.  I was VERY claustrophobic at the time & the MRI machine was very small for my body and my shoulders would rub against the sides of it.  For quite a while I was doing annual (20 minute) X-rays for the doctors to check.  As of early last year I’m back to doing annual (3 hour long) MRIs.  I’m nowhere near as claustrophobic as I used to be.  3 hours is a VERY long time to be strapped to a board, wear a thick/hard plastic face mask which is also bolted to the board, shoved into a tube, & told not to move.  Well it’s only 3 hours a year, I’d say doing that, being in a wheelchair, being alive, spending my life with Kim, & having GREAT family & friends is a REALLY good trade off.  Things could be way worse!  I don’t have another MRI until sometime in May, I also have a phone appointment with my psychologist in May.

There are still moments where I feel as though I’m a burden some, especially for Kim.  We get up at the same time during the week & we just go until we have nothing left.  I wouldn’t be able to do my exercises, have a roof over my head, eat, practice guitar for hours a day, etc. without Kim.  When she’s working, I leave her alone other than checking in on her 2 or 3 times a day.  Why do we work so well together?  Her weird matches my weird.  Sure there are times we argue or disagree on things but they don’t linger.  Kim & I got married in May of 2005 & we aren’t fans of being apart for too long.  When I was in the hospital for 4 ½ years with cancer and then my physiotherapy, Kim slept on a cot beside my bed, took me throughout both hospitals & my physiotherapy center all of the time.  If I was in physiotherapy, she was in that same room helping my therapists if needed, or helping me tie my shoe.

I recently since either Saturday January 30th or February 6th I have not had any alcohol.  I figured I had scaled my alcohol back so much to save money for my final 3 guitar purchases that I might as well just stop.  I have some rum in the cupboard, 13 oz of a 26 oz of Gin since last May, & an apple cider in the fridge.  With me drinking so much water, a cup of tea, & a Bubbly carbonated water with natural fruit flavour a day, or just water.  I’m usually full on fluid.

I’m just the older, mediocre looking face of the franchise.  Kim’s the pretty one running the show in the background.  I’ve had my birthday this year and I’m 41, Kim’s birthday isn’t until October & she’ll be…not 41?!  To sum it all up, we’ve seen some shit!

Just so everyone knows this, I’m not hoarding guitars.  In today’s world I don’t get the opportunity to play a guitar without buying it first, typically.  20 years ago I’d spend 4 hours at a guitar shop playing different guitars through different amplifiers.  2 things have changed that.  I’m a bit older & therefore have more responsibilities.  The 2nd change is that almost everything is online.  Now I don’t get to try a guitar out to see if I like it.  I have to read about it on a website, order it, buy it, and decide if I like it.  It’s like buying a mattress online, not very practical.

So I have parted with one guitar & will soon part with another.  One of these is gone as of January & the other will be sold soon.

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They’re gone or going for other guitars. I brought “The Big Maple” home on Tuesday afternoon…

Starcaster

I’ll be using money from the sale of the black 7 string guitar to purchase the PRS S2 McCarty 594 which I hope to order in December & wait 6 months while it’s being made.

This S2 McCarty 594 is made in Maryland, USA.  The Schecter Tempest is made in South Korea.  The Godin Radiator is made in Richmond, Quebec, Canada.  Because I live in Saskatchewan, Canada I’m paying both arms & legs for the import guitars from America & South Korea.  The one made in Canada isn’t atrocious at all despite it being almost a boutique guitar.  If these are all purchased I’ll have a guitar from Japan, Indonesia, Mexico, China, Canada, South Korea, & 2 from the USA, a mosaic of good quality guitars all different from each other & quite a few different tunings.  I’d rather play a guitar than tune it.  Maintenance should happen every 6 months & the only expense for it is cleaning supplies every 3-5 years & strings.  I can see the light at the end of this tunnel.

I was going to stop writing on this website when I got my final guitar.  That will be a few year from now & 2021 seems like a good year to forget the past.  So one post in January 2022 will be all.  If you’ve been reading this long, or at all, you must be REALLY bored or actually care to read my story.  Thank you!  Sorry if you’re just beginning to read this, it started in 2011 and was deleted because I was just angry in general & VERY rude.  This site now dates back to 2012 and will disappear a year after I stop writing this stuff.  In other words, we’re not paying the miniscule annual fee to keep this site going once I’m done.  When this ends, I’ll continue to exercise & likely stop when it becomes too much if all goes well & I live that long?  I hope too but who knows what the future holds?

I started learning this last night.  Not a difficult as I thought but many chord changes to keep track of, I got thinking “I go from a C# to a G# back to a C# and then a C, D, E, then what?  B, F# to an E, A and then the huh?”

I learned this by ear in about 15 minutes.  Then I looked at the music, either I was close or the 4 ½ star rating on the website was off a bit?  I was going to call my brother, but I figured it out.  I just needed to listen to the song a little more.  Pretty sure this is his favourite album.  I gave their first two albums a listen Wednesday night.

My favourite album is “Foo Fighters” ‘There’s Nothing Left to Lose” because it’s really diverse!  Yes I always prefer the deep cuts instead of the singles.  This album is VERY closely followed by “Big Wreck’s” ‘The Pleasure & the Greed”, again for the diversity of 16 songs!

If anybody has questions pertaining to the little I know, ask away.  The only stupid question is the one that isn’t asked.  If you don’t know, there’s probably someone else that doesn’t either.

Carappé I’m behind!  I need to eat a cake once a week for 4 years and have surgery to become a woman.  Kim’s not gonna like this idea!

Well, just after I published Tuesday’s post “Myles Kennedy” singer/guitar player for “Alter Bridge” posted his 2nd single from his 2nd solo album.  Here’s the title track…

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

DUST, CLEAN, REPEAT

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That officially makes 3 nights at home with me sleeping on the couch.  Big renovations are done but everything is dusty & my transfer pole beside the bed isn’t back up yet.  We’ve decided to just tackle one room at a time, and the bedroom is up first.  When everything is back to normal in our suite, I’ll post some photos.  Even with the mess it looks VERY good!  Saturday evening & I’ll be sleeping in our bed finally! 

Kim picked up the 3 ½ X 3 ½ foot wall art on the weekend it’s quite heavy since it’s a wood, cedar.  After I said just to leave it & get someone to help her with it, she got it up on the wall!

I know I’m saving for the PRS S2 McCarty 594.  I hope to order it in early December.  Once I’ve saved enough for that, I’ll see if the other 2 are still around and just keep saving money.  If they’re both discontinued, I’ll figure it out then.  Relieve my stress from my phobia.  I’d love to rush out and order the 3 guitars, but I know that can’t happen, so why worry about it?  If the Schecter Tempest & Godin Radiator both go out of production before I order either of them, then I’ll look for a cheaper option.  I would love to order all of them before they’re discontinued still.  I’m a little worried about that still, but not as much as I was before.  Until then, I’ll be saving as much as I can for the next how many years?  I’m not getting any younger & our RSP & RDSP come first!  Had I put any thought in prior to choosing these guitars, I wouldn’t have that sense of F.O.M.O. to deal with at all!  These guitars for me are much like the pandemic for most people.  I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, I just need to get there!

I’ve pretty much stopped drinking alcohol.  All I drink now is a gallon of water a day with a possible tea or bubbly.  I haven’t had alcohol since the end of January I think it was?  I can’t say I miss or crave it.  I’m not necessarily trying to stop drinking.  This is more of a byproduct of me saving money.  Do I want a cider, rum, beer or would I rather save for a guitar?  I choose guitar!

Every time I look at my choices for my last 3 guitars, the more confident I get with all of them.  The guitar below is payed for and was supposed to be here March 1st.  It arrived late yesterday.  I’ll pick it up later today with my preference of strings on it.  YAY, new guitar day!  Belated birthday exchange gift!  The guitar I returned on my birthday was completely different & felt very stiff.  It was the first guitar I had played with Indian Laurel on the fret board and it just wasn’t comfortable, this has a maple fret board.  I’m fine with maple, rosewood & ebony.  I believe other than this guitar & my Fender Telecaster, the rest are rosewood.  I’m interested to try the new trend of roasted maple, but not interested enough to seek out a guitar with a roasted maple neck.  There’s also a trend of stainless steel frets.  I had them on the guitar I returned.  The stainless steel frets & the Indian Laurel on the fret board I found to be pretty uncomfortable.

www.youtube.com isn’t great for sound samples.  Too much compression of the sound over the interweb.  I like it more when people describe the way a guitar feels or how the amplifier feels in the room.  Although I’m not big on sound samples over the internet, it was nice to hear the Godin Radiator can still sound like a big guitar. 

Phillip McKnight/Know Your Gear channel on www.youtube.com does that in all of his videos & that’s why I watch him.  Learned quite a bit about what to look for in a guitar.

Some people might think I have a lot of guitars & they’re all the same.  You’d be wrong on both accounts.  None of them sound the same and many of them will be I different standard tunings, open tunings, & a few common alternate tunings.  Nothing too crazy here.  I have one acoustic guitar, a Fender Telecaster, a Tradition Les Paul, an Epiphone Explorer, a PRS S2 Custom 22, a Squier Starcaster later today, & I hope to order a PRS S2 McCarty 594 in early December.  After that I hope the Godin Radiator & Schecter Tempest are still around to order.  None of these guitars look or sound the same.  Even though they all have humbucker pickups, there are many different brands & models of humbuckers within a brand/company.  My Fender Telecaster has a single coil pickup & a lipstick pickup.

I find that as I get older I seem to not worry about things.  I’m passionate about things when they occur.  If nobody’s getting harmed in any way, I tend to just let things be.  I was angry in general coming out of the hospital.  Then I watched the USA completely unravel and became increasingly angry every week & now I’m just tired & hoping things will return to business as usual.  As global citizen’s we all still have issues to deal with like racism, climate change, sexism, the mention of ‘fake’ news, bullying, etc.  It does feel a LOT like we all need to take a breath before we go after whatever is next on the list to take care of.

Please remember to continue wearing a mask in public despite getting the vaccine.  Nothing is completely normal until the health officials say so.  I don’t care what you googled or what your friend told you.  Let the “World Health Organization” do their job.  I didn’t google how to survive cancer, & if I did there’s a good chance I wouldn’t be here right now. 

I find it VERY difficult to believe there are still people who question taking any vaccine.  These people make me tired.  Just take any vaccine so we can all get passed this please?  I don’t want to hear any whining that you had to wait for however many hours in line to get a needle.  These people exhaust me.  Biden wants this over for American’s by the end of May.  Last I heard is that Trudeau is planning for the end of September in Canada.  Can we all just get together on one thing at a time?

This link describing how the virus has been politicized is SO far from what is needed right now.  Doctors & scientists will help us defeat the virus & be healthy with a return to some type of normal.  Politicians will keep the economy going.  No healthy people = No economy.  Keep faith in science or were hooped!

https://ca.yahoo.com/news/covid19-canada-trust-doctors-politicans-cmohs-120047289.html

I completely forgot that the Grammy Awards were on Sunday night.  Kim switched off “Netflix” & the Grammy Awards had just started.  I guess that’s not a HUGE deal for me, I have no clue who most of the artists are?  I haven’t bought or streamed any of their music yet, but I do like what I’ve heard from “Black Pumas”!  I did start streaming “Black Pumas” Sunday evening.

“Trevor Noah”, host of the Daily Show, hosted the Grammy Awards.  I’ll paraphrase what he said that stuck out to me.  ‘Now artists can make HUGE hit songs & millions of people can stream them.  If that musician or group is really lucky they’ll get a check, anywhere from 2 to 3 dollars’.  He said it as a joke, & it’s funny because it is true.  I’m streaming to save for guitars but because I’m streaming on Apple Music with Kim we pay $14/month.  So were paying $168 a year for radio in that we don’t own it, we rent it.  We stop paying the monthly fee, our music goes away & whoever made the music has to go on tour to make any money?

Monday was back to exercise as usual, nice to get back into the routine.  I miss it when I don’t do it.  I think at this point I’m maintaining, & I’m OK with that.  Sure I have a small belly & love handles, I can live with that!

I’m anxious to see a live concert but still unsure if I’d go to any this year, even after EVERYONE gets a vaccine.  It would be hard to say no to a “Foo Fighters”, “Big Wreck”, “Myles Kennedy”, or “Mark Tremonti” concert though!?

I started streaming ‘NIRATIAS’ by “Chevelle” that was released on March 5th.  Going by the ratings on iTunes I’m a little off preferring the song ‘Peach’ to ‘Self Destructor’, oh well!  Different strokes for different folks!

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris

ARE WE DONE OUR RENOVATIONS YET?

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I didn’t get any exercise in this week.  With renovations going on everything’s out of place & there’s sanding dust everywhere.  Kind of knew this was gonna happen, but I was hoping to get something in exercise wise.  I was thinking we might get some walking in this weekend, but we’ll be fairly busy cleaning a thick layer of dust off of EVERYTHING!

I feel as though I’m VERY productive on guitar, even grabbed my mom’s old acoustic while I was there.  So when I say I’d like to get those 3 guitars, I’m hoping to get them each for a diverse reason.  I know I won’t have every sound & every tuning, nor do I want them all.  I’m quite productive with what I currently have & those 3 guitars are each different from what I have and different from each other.  That’s as much diversity as I need.  I don’t need or want another amplifier, effect pedal, or any recording gear.  Now I torture myself watching demonstrations of those guitars!  The more I watch demos of them, the more I like ALL of them!

I haven’t spent any money on anything other than our combined income on groceries, car payments, mortgage, condo fees, & bills.  I also know that I don’t need to justify my purchases to anyone.  If we don’t have the cash to order a guitar by early December, it just doesn’t happen and I continue to save what I can.  I was considering getting some Irish beer this weekend or next weekend, but that’s less guitar money for me.

Regarding the mention of planning in the video.  I don’t spend money on something at that large of a price point without planning, it’s called budgeting in most people’s case.  Heck, I plan/budget for a purchase over $75-$100.  To be honest I’d love to order the S2 McCarty 594 & the Schecter Tempest by early December, before they go out of production.  I know that can’t happen financially though, since any of the 3 guitars individually would clean out my guitar savings! 

I love that the Godin is made in Canada, it’s a flat top traditional looking Les Paul, input jack on the front, & it has a wraparound bridge.  I’m not discounting that guitar it looks great & stands out in a REALLY good way.  My eyes are set on the S2 McCarty 594 & the Schecter Tempest in white.

I saw a commercial saying there was going to be a re-broadcast of the Oprah interview with Harry & Meghan.  What is the fascination with the Royal family?  I must be missing something?  I was weirded out when Oprah was SHOCKED that there was racism being dealt with inside the family or institution.  Racism isn’t just an American thing.

I’d also like to know what happened to the #BlackLivesMatter protests.  Racism didn’t just go away instantly.  Peaceful protests should continue, or people might forget about the issue? 

Both wall treatments were installed by Wednesday afternoon when I got home.  Thursday morning & this morning the painter is painting the wall treatments.  Then we get to clean dust from patching, sanding, & cutting the boards for the walls, YAY!  They tarped everything & worked on the walls inside a tarped area, but of course dust got out as I expected it to.  Looks VERY good though, I’ll post some photos when the tarps are gone & the mess has been cleaned.  Monday & Tuesday night at my parents’ place & Wednesday & Thursday night here on the couch (bed is moved from my transfer pole, easier to sleep on the couch) Brewster occupied my side of the bed.  I was quite tired on Thursday for some reason?

I’ve been playing/practicing these 2 songs.

When I’ve got an electric guitar in my hands & need a break I play what know of the first half of this song or practice the next section I don’t have worked out yet.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris

HELP I’VE GOT A HACKER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Chris

HACKER

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Exercise total for 5 days. 

250 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

900 Crunches

900 Leg lifts

300 Squats   

600 Back flexes

I know there’s a hacker watching EVERYTHING I do online, & I don’t really care.  Whoever it is or the company they’re working for, they’re very kind.  They’re more of an annoyance than anything to me.  I hope that they don’t mess with your stuff.  I want this to be a safe place, no judgement here.  You do you, don’t harm anyone in any way, & I’ll do me without harming anyone.  I’m just here to tell my story, nothing else.

I go back & forth on my opinion about the exercises I do 5 days a week.  Either way, they ALWAYS happen after my VERY small breakfast.  I asked a friend of mine what to eat & when.  He’s a body builder and is very health conscious.  He said a mix of carbs & protein in small meals 6 times a day.  I try to get 6 small meals in per day but it’s usually 5.

Although I do exercise quite a bit, I’m not bulky with muscle.  As my dad said, lower weights with more repetitions keep me lean.  When something becomes too easy, I add repetitions.  I’m not looking to bulk up, just have the ability to walk.  When I was in my therapies, I was told to work on my core.  That’s the reason for crunches & my leg lifts.  Led lifts are a long held crunch position while raising each leg individually.  Crunches cover my upper abs & leg lifts cover my lower abs.

I didn’t do my job on Thursday, no exercise.  I stayed up too late Wednesday night & slept in too long Thursday morning then I just decided to relax, I felt pretty tired.  If some people can’t wear a mask, I can take a day off from exercising.  We’re only a week into March and that makes 2 days that I’ve taken off & a vacation day already this, that’s not too good.  I expect better from myself.

My pills aid with my surviving cancer & they’re free here in Canada.  Insulin is a life or death medication for diabetics.  Why isn’t it free?  If you want to share this link on social media please do!  My brother-in-law has type 1 diabetes but has to pay for life saving insulin in Canada?  If you have $8 to help support the cause that’d help also.  You pick!

https://www.change.org/p/government-of-canada-insulin-must-be-free/psf/promote_or_share

I like EVERYTHING about a Les Paul guitar.  The PRS S2 McCarty 594 is made with pickups to sound like a famous pickup made in 1958.  The Tempest is a little different, both are different body shapes than each other and a normal Les Paul shape.  The Tempest also has 3 “control” knobs instead of the typical Les Paul wiring of both pickups having its own tone & volume control.

This “caught my eye” over a week ago and it’s made by a Canadian company in Québec.  This is the cheapest one of the 3 & it’s made in Canada.  I just like looking at it since it looks a little different. 

This is definitely the next purchase & a must have for me!  Save my pennies for this!

Followed ASAP by the Schecter Tempest.

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

The Les Paul by Godin is MUCH cheaper than either of the other guitars and readily available within 3 days.  Only problem is it’s not the S2 McCarty 594 or the Tempest.  I’m currently down to 4 electric guitars & my trusty 1 acoustic that Kim says is too loud.  I keep my amplifier fairly quiet to not disrupt the neighbors.  I have 2 electrics in regular tuning right now.  My acoustic guitar varies from week to week.  I have one electric in flat tuning & the other in “C” standard tuning at the moment.  Once I obtain those 3 guitars I’m looking to buy & the one that’s paid for that should be here in March 15th, I’m out of space & I should just stop looking at guitars right now, the specifications/fine details of guitars.

Any PRS guitar is undeniably pretty.  If it’s an SE, S2, CE, Core, or private stock.

The guitars are prioritized for me in order of purchase, I’d love to order them ASAP in case one goes out of production but that’s not realistic according to my guitar savings.  I’ve wanted the S2 McCarty 594 for too long & keep putting it off that’s why it’ll be ordered first.  It’s only been in the S2 price line since January of 2020.  That will be followed by the Schecter Tempest that I instantly knew I had to get.  I believe it’s been around for 40 years.  The Godin Radiator is last and was introduced to the Godin line this January.  I like because it’s a nice looking flat top Les Paul & I love that it’s made in Canada!  I know it will take a while and there’s a chance something could be discontinued before I order it, but it’s not a perfect world.  Not much I can do about that?

This is the other Canadian that bought a MUCH more expensive model of Godin’s lineup but it’s a B stock so it’s been discounted for having some cosmetic flaws.

As much as I don’t like selling gear for other gear, my Matt Heafy signature Epiphone Les Paul Custom 7 string is still for sale.  My brother took it last weekend to play & record with.  He liked it, but found it too similar to his 7 string, an LTD Eclipse.  I’ll shop it around to others that might be interested and likely end up listing it for sale on a used music gear site, or eventually selling it back to the store.  Our brother-in-law is trying out the 7 string this weekend so I’ll see what he has to say about it?  Need the cash for the PRS S2 McCarty 594.  If I didn’t need the money from the sale of the 7 string, I’d donate the cash.  Unless the charity wanted the guitar.  Kim hates this because all I talk about are guitars.  When it comes to guitars I have a “one track mind”.

I shouldn’t get ahead of myself.  Sell the 7 string, save for the S2 McCarty 594 if it’s still around and go from there.  At least the price declines as I go.  I can’t plan the next decade of my life financially.  I’d like to get those 3 guitars & sell my 7 string.  So I’ll sell my 7 string, continue saving hopefully for the S2 McCarty 594 & see what happens.  If I manage to get all 3 great & if not, well that’s life?  The Godin would be the only guitar I’d own made in Canada.  This doesn’t make any additional guitars, but different tunings & likely a $20-$30 slide.  If it works for anyone reading this that would prefer I not deal with stress due to FOMO, I’m looking for an interest free loan of $3300.  If you’d like to wipe out guitars, renovations, vehicle & mortgage a healthy donation of a mere $210,000 Canadian would be great and Kim will love you long time, I’d offer myself but that might be more disappointing for you?  HAHAHAHAHA!  No, Kim won’t love you long time for any money…unless you want her too!  HAHAHAHAHAHA!  Did you feel that?  I was almost crying from laughing so hard!!!

I spent WAY too much time hating certain bands then I realized a few things.  A) That’s probably someone’s favourite band or artist and B) I don’t like them so I can change the radio station & never buy their albums.  No need to continue hating an artist or group, just don’t listen to them and forget about them as musicians.

As with most Fridays, I got up super early, finished my breakfast by 6:00 am and finished my exercise before Kim got out of bed.  YAY weekend!

I’ve been listening to a TON of music, just not the stuff I’m learning on guitar, weird?  I saw this recommended by a www.youtube.com site I watch.  I started streaming it and bought it on my birthday.  “My Chemical Romance” their album from 2006 “The Black Parade”.  The guitars sound like Brian May from “Queen” tone on the majority of songs!  They were lumped in with “Panic at the Disco” & “Fall Out Boy” then recently I realized that I like “Fall Out Boy” so I gave them a try.  The singer from “Panic at the Disco” has an AMAZING almost operatic voice. I just can’t get into their music?

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

COLD I WAS JUST SO COLD

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I think I figured out why I get SO nervous/anxious when filming myself playing guitar.  I’ve played live to 12 people & 500 people.  Sure I was nervous at first but after a song or 2, I was the most relaxed on a stage playing to 500 people live.  Why?  More people I see a bigger crowd not 500 individual faces.  Playing to a cell phone camera, I have no idea if 3 people will see it or 200?  500 people yelling at me live, I have no idea what they’re saying individually.  10 people commenting on social media, I’ll see who says what & I worry about being perfect and tense up.

I used to talk a lot, now I’m very quiet.  I’m self-conscious about the clarity of my voice & there’s very little breath behind it.  I’ve also found that with being quiet I can learn more.  That’s a good reason for me to keep quiet.  If everybody’s talking, who’s listening?  I am, so I can learn about others or whatever the topic is.  For me, learning is listening & listening is evolving.  If I stop paying attention to the conversation, I won’t learn or evolve.  If I know something about the topic I’ll speak up although I prefer not to.  So when I go into a conversation I ask questions and I’m not afraid to be the least knowledgeable person in the room.  It’s weird that now at the age of 41 I have a thirst for knowledge?

I was “ice cold” all day Sunday.  I didn’t sleep well Sunday night because I was so cold.  When I got up on Monday I was out long enough to have breakfast & crawled back in bed still freezing.  We usually have the heater turned off during the day & forgot to turn it on Sunday night.  I didn’t get up to exercise until after 1:20 pm on Monday.

Our light fixture is back up as of Sunday from last week when the roof started leaking. Now the house is really starting to resemble as a house and not a dumping ground.

I have a plugged sweat gland in my armpit at the moment, I’ve had one in the same spot 3 or 4 times in my life.  It’s much like a HUGE zit in your armpit.  As it gets bigger it gets very sore when I try to raise my arm.  Once it gets big enough it forms a white head to lance with a needle & drain.  I think the “first time” I got one was in the late 1990s?  I immediately thought “Oh my God, I have a tumor in my armpit!”

Monday was not new guitar day for me.  I’m assuming it’s because of Covid that the shipment of guitars to the store have been delayed.  The store’s website now says in stock on March 15.  Not much anyone can do about that.  This is what I traded in my guitar in for on my birthday in January.  It should arrive on March 15…

I watch stuff like this & just get confused.  I start thinking “Ah crapé, now I have to think.”  I swear he is the happiest metal head I’ve ever seen.  He’s REALLY happy all of the time so that’s nice to see!

I believe I’ve played a real Gibson Les Paul in a store before.  My first guitar I got on my 21st birthday was a Les Paul made by a company called Tradition & its great!  They’re typically a heavier guitar at around 9 pounds.  The weight never bothered me since I didn’t know anything different.  I played my Les Paul all of the time.  I used my Epiphone Explorer live 3 times, then one song every show because it was in a different tuning.  When I think of an electric guitar, the shape of a Les Paul instantly pops into my mind.

I have a hacker watching EVERYTHING I do digitally, I haven’t been receiving the vast majority of my Facebook notifications.  So I don’t have much pop-culture stuff to put on here & no big updates on my cancer.  Knowing this hacker aka someone with WAY too much free time, I’m almost positive this will be deleted from the post.

This hacker has only done stuff to me as far as I know?  I don’t get many Facebook notifications, my www.youtube.com feed is screwed up, my website is not working, I can’t share posts, files disappear, I get weird friend requests from strangers, etc.  I’m not sure what this person wants from me and I likely don’t have it.  If they want to mess with my stuff so be it.  I just hope EVERYONE reading this is left unharmed.

“Evanescence” has an album coming out on March 26th called “The Bitter Truth”.  I’m more intrigued by this album, than having a desire to buy it.  Hello streaming!  I only have 3 of they’re albums.

People my age know who they are, this was a radio hit on rock radio in 2003, from their debut album released in March of that year.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris

END OF THE YEAR! & THE LAST BIG 2!

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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

Why don’t I go walking with my walker more often?  “No excuse” or reason, I’m just lazy.  I do all of that exercise over the course of a week & at the end of each day I just don’t feel like doing anything.  I should be walking once a day!  We’re also very set in our routine.  I guess I’ll have to chat with Kim since she’ll have to be with me if I fall & crack my head open.  If I’m in the hallway I should be OK since its flat ground.  If I go to our parking garage, it has ups and downs for drainage.  Outside is an entire different experience with cracks, holes, rocks, uphill, downhill, etc. thrown in randomly.  We just need to make walking part of our routine.

I’m on 7 different pills now.  While I was in the hospital & my rehabilitation therapies I was on 10, all of them have changed but one of them that I’d be on regardless of cancer.  My heartburn pill which I take one in the morning & one at night.  I’m on 3 anti-depressant pills.  2 at night which also act as sleeping pills & one every morning.  I’m on a thyroid pill for an under active thyroid gland once in the morning.  I’m on a pill to better control my bladder since I have to drink a LOT of fluids to avoid dry mouth from my other pills.  Finally the last pill of the lot is to prevent seizures.  I take one at night and ½ a pill in the morning.

This week in particular I’ve been drinking 5 liters of water, 1 or 2 Saskatoon Berry teas, and 2 or 3 Bubbly carbonated waters a day.  Not sure why but I must be thirsty?  I avoid coffee because I have a very high resting pulse & I don’t even know if we have any soda in our house?

Tuesday afternoon I spoke on the phone with a representative from www.sweetwater.com about ordering the S2 McCarty 594 through them.  Really nice guy!  Chatted for a bit and he told me that if he was considering the same thing I was asking about, he’d buy locally instead of a company in the USA.  I was asking because the retail price I the USA once converted to Canadian money went up only $6, here it went up $130 but the warranty, duty, shipping would be added to the price not making it worth it.  So for those reasons & the fact the guy I contact is REALLY good to deal with here & a familiar face, I’m sticking with ordering from the store here.

Next year I hope to order this….

…followed by a special order of this guitar when I have the cash.

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

The S2 McCarty 594 & the Schecter Tempest for sure.  Then I’m done shopping other than a $20-$30 slide since my old one disappeared while I was in the hospital, along with a few other small things.  No I don’t have G.A.S. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) that’s for people with a heck of a lot more money than I have and have 40 guitars, 10 amplifiers, & 150 effect pedals….oh & jobs.  I don’t want that amount of stuff since I know it will be taking up space & going unused for months.  If it’s not seasonal & hasn’t been used in 6 months, why do I need it?  This is it, the 2 BIG ones!  Oh my F.O.M.O.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

If I wanted to get just another guitar, I could but it’s not the PRS S2 McCarty 594 or the Tempest.  It’s a used Mark Morton (Lamb of God) signature Jackson that brand new would cost $1600 + tax new.  It’s listed at $800 used.  Sweet deal, I can’t believe nobody has bought it yet?  Maybe everyone’s in a similar situation as me or they just don’t like it?

The Schecter website was down over the weekend & I was freaking out a bit!  It’s not about getting these guitars in my hands ASAP, I’m fine with waiting.  What concerns me is that every January (usually the 2nd week of the year) there’s a HUGE 4 day trade show called NAMM where different instrument makers release new products & eliminate others.  I’m worried about these guitars being discontinued before I have the opportunity to buy them, hence my F.O.M.O. (Fear of missing out).  They’ll both be ordered in separate years due to the price and take 6 months or more to be made.  I’m fine with waiting for them being made & any delays that occur but I don’t want to miss out on ordering them if they go out of production.  I’ve wanted that PRS S2 McCarty 594 for quite a while & it’s the more expensive one of my final 2 guitars that will definitely be ordered first, next February I hope.  Not at my limit of paying for a guitar, but close enough to make me worry about it being “so far away”.

Here’s an example.  The PRS S2 Custom 22 that I got in September 2020 after ordering it in January 2020 is now out of production.  Other delays along the way, I get it, not much anybody here could do about it.  Actually every guitar I own other than my signed Telecaster is out of production.  I can’t look them up on any website.  We’re not broke, but we don’t have a disposable amount of money for me to go out guitar shopping whenever I get the urge.  That’s why I spend FAR TOO MUCH time on the internet researching these purchases. 

A lot of people sell guitars & other guitar gear to afford different guitar gear.  I prefer to know what I’m getting, what purpose it will have, & keep it for that purpose.  The guitar I bought in December and returned had a different type of fretboard wood that I couldn’t get comfortable with & the pickups were dull sounding to me.  As for the 7 string, I really wanted a 7 string that didn’t look all pointy with sharp corners as a metal guitar typically does.  Then I found out the hard way that I’m not a 7 string style of player.  I listen to that music but I don’t play it.

I have one amplifier, 2 effect pedals (also a tuner & a channel switching pedal) & hopefully 7 electric guitars in a variety of tunings, shapes, & colours, along with one acoustic guitar.  Kim says my acoustic guitar is too loud, I hit the strings with a lot of force on every guitar.

I was going to end this when I got my last guitar but that’s too far away!  So end of the year or one post into January.  I’ll carry on with my exercise routine though.  I don’t see much changing unless we buy a house next year?

It would be nice to sell our condo just to have a spare bed for out of town guests.  Nothing is confirmed on that decision yet though.  We’ll see what’s available at that time?  We both have a HUGE amount of doubt though. 

We’ve switched our cable company twice, each time with a less expensive cable box to save money.  This is a case of you get what you pay for.  We missed Tuesday’s episode of “The Ellen Degeneres Show”.  I can’t wait to switch to a reliable DVR so I can watch baseball & other recorded shows.  The DVR we have now is cheap and you have to watch one channel if you’re recording another or record both & turn the TV off.  First world problems, but it’s annoying.  I couldn’t find the entire show on www.youtube.com.  I guess that’s OK, I watch enough www.youtube.com already.  It’s nice to sit on the couch and watch TV after spending most of the day in my wheelchair.  Problem with that is I usually get my acoustic guitar & practice while watching TV, that’s why Kim thinks my acoustic is too loud.

The annual “Telemiracle” fundraiser takes place from Saturday at 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Sunday this weekend.  They helped us out with multiple thousands of dollars towards a wheelchair van we used when I was able to go home on the weekends or out to the family cabin a few times.  For those who have never seen or heard of “Telemiracle” it’s a weekend long telethon and every local Saskatchewan TV station airs it featuring local talent which is typically live but pre-recorded this year and people are welcome to call in & donate to the charity.  Funds raised go towards helping people with disabilities.  I remember donating as a child the first time.  I asked my mother if I could donate $10.  She said yes and called in for me.  The last live concert I played was January 25th 2008.  It was a local rock show that we were asked to play with all of the funds going to that charity.  I think we played 2 benefit shows in separate years for that charity.  I’d go to the “Metal for Telemiracle” show & we’d play the “Rock for Telemiracle” show.  Both were organized by a good friend of ours who played in a band at the time that fit with both genres.  He now plays in “Room 333” with my brother.  Kim donated at the grocery store 2 weeks ago.  They do wonderful work for people in need!

You can find more info here

I believe it will be streaming on this website which is a free streaming app as well

https://www.ctv.ca/

I’m not sure why, but I keep adding to the list of songs I want to learn which is easily an additional 30+ songs to the 30something I continue to play.  When you hit that many and don’t sing them at the same time memory is a HUGE issue for me.  2 of my most recent partially learned additions are…

I don’t really learn a new song ASAP.  I look at it & play the basic parts of it to see how difficult it is, and go back to what I was learning.

For anyone not following the quarantine rules and think the rules are nonsense, think about it this way other than we know that vaccines are here & more are coming.  The more you obey & stick to health officials rules, the sooner those rules go away!  If you do that maybe you’ll get a lollipop when you get your vaccination?

Get ready everybody!  Any kind of artist music, writer, painter, sculptor, director, dancer, athlete, etc.  Have been locked up for a year and they all have stuff to show the world!  It’s going to be a swarm of creative projects coming at everyone who pays attention!

Looks like “Chevelle” are the next release for me on March 5th.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

TO SELL OR NOT TO SELL

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A little bit backwards today.  Got up & Kim saw that our roof was leaking right through one of our new light fixtures directly on to her keyboard & chair this morning.  Kim thought it was water running through or counter top garden that grows a bunch of herbs.  If only that were true.  The light fixture will come down for a few days, Kim’s off work for the morning & I’ll exercise later on today.  Kim called our building manager, he called the guy that does work on these types of problems, and they’ve already been in the attic.  Let’s hope the rest of the day gets better!

As if this guitar wasn’t expensive enough!  They shot up in price this week.  Before the price went up I’d still have some cash after tax next year.  Now I’ll be short next year.  I’m still getting it, it’ll take longer than I was planning on though???

Got to sell my Epiphone Les Paul 7 string.  I realize now that I’m not a 7 string guitar player.  I wanted it to play progressive metal stuff, that’s not me.  My plan is to sell it to my brother & put the money towards the S2 McCarty 594 now.  I didn’t even know he was looking for a 7 string?  Even with that sale, the money I have saved & what we can save after we put $5000 each away for our retirement savings, I’ll be short of the full price.  HOLY F.O.M.O.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This pushes back the purchase of the Schecter Tempest https://www.schecterguitars.com/guitars/custom/tempest-custom-vwht-1-detail

Both of those guitars will take 6 months to get here once I order them & the S2 McCarty 594 is first up, likely next year at some point?  My hollow-body “Squier” Starcaster should be here next week!

20 years ago I’d go into a music store to play a guitar before I bought it, now you order & buy it to try it?  Online is VERY convenient, but not always the best option in certain scenarios.  I used to have very little idea as to the specifications of a guitar was, now that’s what I look up & research on the interweb before I buy a guitar?

I’m VERY confident with my choice for the S2 McCarty 594 & the Schecter Tempest!  Both of those are must have for me, and that will be the end of my guitar shopping spree.  Those 2 are my endgame.

I’ve thought about looking for a relatively inexpensive guitar with an HSS pickup layout, but I’m not convinced that I want to buy one.  I’m on the fence about that purchase.  The HSS pickup layout is explained in the video below….

I’d love to get a “Paul’s Guitar” SE, but I really don’t need it.  SE model because I’m not going to even dream about spending $5000 or more on a guitar.

Yes, I play guitar for multiple hours a day.  I have a small breakfast ASAP, exercise, shower, and post this while having a small snack, then I play guitar.  Stopping only to eat and then when Kim’s done work or if I need to get supper started.  This is what I’ve been practicing….

…among too many other songs!  Now that I have more than 2 electric guitars I can play stuff in different tunings without having to re-tune a guitar every time!  There is often some “Alice in Chains”, more “Pearl Jam”, “Foo Fighters”, “AC/DC”, “Megadeth”, “Metallica”, “Queens of the Stone Age”, “Soundgarden”, “In Flames”, “Audioslave”, “Led Zeppelin”, etc.  I’m VERY fortunate to have what I do & I get to spend my time with Kim.

We ended up watching “The Flight Attendant” this weekend on the Crave streaming channel.  It was different but still binge worthy, 8 episodes in total.

We both thought it would be a movie, but it killed time for us over the weekend as a series instead.

Kim’s thinking of not moving next year.  Our place looks REALLY good now and there never seems to be a wheelchair accessible place on the market in Regina.  What sucks about that is that we don’t have a spare bedroom.  The upside is I don’t have to wrangle Brewster & disappear for a viewing.  I’m done shopping for guitars but nobody will believe me.  Kim’s thinking we won’t be able to afford it, but who knows?  That’s the only situation where I hate being in a wheelchair.  All of the other stuff I’m fine with, I just hate how it affects other people that I love.  Not fair to them!

This is no joke!  Here’s “Foo Fighters” covering “The Bee Gees”.  If you have time watch the interview with Dave Grohl after the song!

I’m pleasantly surprised at how much I like the new album by “The Pretty Reckless” and “Matt Cameron” drummer of “Soundgarden” & “Pearl Jam” did a really good job as producer!

I don’t know why, but the stand alone singles from this album just don’t work for me.  As an entire album they seem more than OK though, & I prefer to listen to an entire album, not a playlist of singles.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris