I EXERCISE FOR NICK

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Exercise total for 5 days. 

500 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

1050 Crunches

900 Leg lifts

300 Squats   

600 Back flexes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Buffet Table

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

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

Side view

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

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

Dave Grohl with Mick Jagger

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

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

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

I WANT TO BE SURE I EARN MY DISABILITY CHECK

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Exercise total for 4 days. 

500 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

700 Crunches

600 Leg lifts

200 Squats   

400 Back flexes

As for the hacker, stuffs probably going to keep happening.  Again a lot of weird stuff all at once.  I know it’s all connected but I don’t understand why someone does these type of things?  The few things I use digitally are useless.  So a HUGE waste of money on our part.  My Facebook news feed, youtube feed, & iPod are all just not working like they used to, my iPod got a lot of use & now it’s a really good paper weight.  Nothing harmful has happened thus far.  I’m not going to waste my time & energy worrying about it though.  

I mentioned last week or earlier that I don’t feel sorry for myself.  I haven’t felt sorry for myself since mid-2015.  I’ve been in a quarantine situation/lifestyle since 2014, so this truly is normal to me.  Having been through it & getting really angry about it, I get that because I’ve been there & at the time I was acting like the biggest jerk in the world.  I’d say that the majority of others have handled this virus thing much better than me in 2014.

You’ll notice that my hobby is an indoor activity that I don’t need other people to do.  Because “Anyone can play guitar” with a little bit of motivation & a TON of passion to do it well goes a LONG way.  That was a total act of luck on my part, much like surviving cancer.  According to the doctors I shouldn’t be here right now.  I was given a 5-15% chance of ever coming out of A Coma & I was told by many doctors that my cancer would come back in 2013.  I figure I’m here for a reason so I should make the best of it. 

I was watching a baseball game the other day & realized that I still don’t relax.  I finally got off the couch & grabbed a guitar to practice while watching the game.  Whatever I watch on TV always makes me feel guilty since I think I should be doing something more productive. 

There are many times that I feel like I don’t contribute much here as things are because I don’t earn my sub-$30,000 paycheck a year.  I do dishes, I typically tend to the dishwasher, I make my breakfast & lunch for the week, I clean the areas I can get to in the bathrooms, but I wouldn’t be able to do any of that without Kim going out & doing her stuff first.  Doing that amount of exercise each week makes my road to recovery better & I take pride in it but always remember to be humble.  I often feel like a mooch regardless.

I can’t just spend money all WILLY NILLY on guitars.  We have that income tax to deal with this year & I still have to sell my 7 string, which is being repaired as it fell over & had a purely cosmetic flaw on it.  It’s repaired & more by a local luthier.  I got last night, wish I knew how to play a 7 string guitar?  He did a LOT more than fix the tiny blemish he redid the tuners, wrapped new strings a different way & adjusted the neck, it sounds MUCH better!  I’ll likely post it for sale Monday or Tuesday.

I caught myself watching/reading more reviews & demos on Mark Morton’s signature Jackson Dominion which is chambered, has locking tuners, & coil splitting ability so instead of it being on the fence, it’s in for now.  I ended up seeing a demo/review of the PRS Special Semi hollow and I still say it’s nice but WAY too much money.  Heck a Core PRS guitar and a Trini Lopez are both individually WAY too expensive.  Watching demos on any Core PRS is just “poison” for me.  Now I want all 4 of the less expensive guitars.  “I NEED ALL THE GUITARS!!!!”  I will say that PRS’ marketing got me hook, line, & sinker…even though I’ll never be able to afford any Core model.  

LANGUAGE, A LOT OF IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

This is now in the mix with the PRS S2 McCarty 594, Godin Radiator, & Sterling Cutlass!

https://www.long-mcquade.com/164476/Guitars/Electric-Guitars/Jackson-Guitars/Pro-Series-Signature-Mark-Morton-Dominion–Ebony-Fingerboard—Silverburst.htm

I’m so glad I’m (hopefully) done guitar shopping.  I don’t even want to hear, see, or smell any news about another guitar…yeah I’ve seen people smell a guitar.  I just want to hunker down and play them!

I can’t convince Kim to use our credit card for this, she wants me to be responsible & save for them!  What’s responsible about buying a guitar in the first place????  Responsibility left the building a LONG time ago! 

Well since I’m (trying) to be responsible, I’ll order the PRS S2 McCarty 594 in early December then I’ll see if any of the other 3 guitars are still available.  I can pretty much guarantee that I’ll be shopping again for suitable & hopefully cheaper replacements once something is out of production.  Income tax can’t wait, so any guitar purchase is put on hold in order to be ‘responsible’ oh, & our RSP & RDSP.

SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was watching “The Conners” and one of the 44 year old daughters is going to rehab for alcoholism.  The family was trying to find an affordable rehab center.  I’d just like to have enough money to have a drinking problem in the first place.

I’ve been playing/practicing this song all week while watching baseball so it’s coming along just fine.  Kim will be sick of this riff by the time I know it, if she isn’t already!

When you’re practicing something on guitar people say to practice at a slower tempo.  So I’m learning a song at the wrong tempo only to eventually speed it up?  I practice a song at the proper tempo & iron out the parts I have trouble with as I repeat the song many times.  To me it’s like doing 2 lessons once.  It may take me a bit longer to learn but it seems like a better approach to it all, to me that way.

I’m waiting to hear about an album from Alter Bridge’s lead guitarist Mark Tremonti.  I assume there’s no news because his bass player, Wolfgang Van Halen, is releasing his debut solo album.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

NOW MY WEEK IS DONE, HAPPY EASTER!!!

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Exercise total for 5 days. 

500 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

1050 Crunches

900 Leg lifts

300 Squats   

600 Back flexes

My exercise has been VERY satisfying & the number of crunches in a week went from 900-1050/week.  It feels great to be able to work on my physical handicap, eat well & not be drinking!  Hard to get up this morning while Kim’s cocooned in the blankets & Brewster’s curled up & warm while snoring.

More pill refills headed my way this weekend, YAY!  How far away is the vaccine?  I have another 3 hour MRI sometime in May.

I woke up around 2:45ish am Wednesday night because I was hungry?  Weird since that’s never happened before.  I guess I was pretty excited to see baseball back Thursday too.  I got up, had some food & did my weights, everything felt good, ready for the game!

I decided to exercise today.  Kim has Monday off & I know I probably won’t want to get up on Monday & exercise.  This seemed like a more advantages day to exercise for me.  I did increase my repetitions of crunches by one extra set of 50 3 days a week.  Still no alcohol since January 30th of this year, & no foreseeable plans for it, no coffee either for I don’t know how long it’s been?

Kim’s getting a little frustrated with the back & forth conversation with Revenue Canada on our income tax.  When she worries, I worry.

We have no children, if we did that’s where any money would go.  So with time on my hands, likely being inside of our place most of the time & falling in love with guitar more than ever, that’s what I want to do as well as help out where I can.  I know the guitars I like but I also understand responsibility and affordability.  I quite like my less expensive choice, especially that Godin radiator.  Every time I look at it or hear samples of it, I get so excited!

I don’t care how low the price is on a guitar as long as it’s built well, it’s always a GREAT day!

Kim doesn’t like the music I play…it’s not pop/country?  Sheesh, tough crowd!

That’s a LOT of guitars!  Even if money wasn’t a factor I’d stop at 12 at most & Kim’s stubborn about getting stuff with her gift money.

I still like my original 3 choices of the S2 McCarty 595, the Godin radiator, & the Sterling Cutlass.  I know that I really like this Mark Morton signature Jackson Dominion but because of the price I’d have to say no even though there will be some here on the 26.  I think when I get older I’d prefer a PRS Core “Paul’s Guitar” in an “Orange Tiger” finish

https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/model/pauls_guitar_2021

I’d never be so bold to get a “Tremonti” Core PRS.  Since I know one “Alter Bridge” riff & chorus.  I’d consider a “Special semi hollow” instead but that’s a crazy amount of money, for any Core model!

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

The PRS S2 McCarty 594 in this “Whale Blue” finish

https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/model/s2_mccarty_594_2021

The Godin Radiator

Always the Sterling Cutlass!

https://www.long-mcquade.com/220378/Guitars/Electric-Guitars/Sterling-By-Music-Man/Cutlass-HSS–Roasted-Maple-Neck—Vintage-Cream.htm

I’d have to pass on this as much as I like it, because of the price.

https://www.long-mcquade.com/164476/Guitars/Electric-Guitars/Jackson-Guitars/Pro-Series-Signature-Mark-Morton-Dominion–Ebony-Fingerboard—Silverburst.htm

I’d like the PRS S2 McCarty 594, the Godin Radiator, the Sterling Cutlass , & the Mark Morton Jackson Dominion. I guess I’d have to learn some “Lam of God” I have some on my long list of songs to learn!

Again the price comes into play.  Any way you split it the PRS S2 McCarty 594 is the next purchase.  I worry too much about guitars being discontinued!  Back to that trying to be responsible while being irresponsible thing.  Income tax could easily factor in as well?  Now as I think about it, my guitars are all keepers, but I’d gladly take a DG-335 Trini Lopez in place of my Squier Starcaster or upgrade the bridge pickup at least.  I’d be breaking out many “Foo Fighters” songs on one of those!  Yes I’ve learned this song…

I do feel VERY selfish saying I want to buy these guitars.  Especially when I know other families have loved ones that are sick, have died, lost a job, they might be struggling more than Kim & I are, etc.  

Toronto Blue Jays baseball regular season started yesterday in N.Y. against the N.Y. Yankees.  Playing guitar while watching baseball, Kim’s told me on Wednesday “Great, now you’ll have 2 things to talk about”L

I’d tell you all about the game & how great it was to see regular season baseball again, you’d be bored though.  I missed baseball SO much, the Blue Jays are undefeated after their first game that had an extra inning.  I have another date with the couch on Saturday.  I didn’t play guitar today, I just wanted to soak in the game.

VERY quiet weekend ahead of us.  I’d stop babbling about guitars, but that’s my thing.  It could be worse, it could be baseball talk or CFL talk if there’s a season this year?

I started streaming the new album from “A Day to Remember” they’ve really mellowed out in a good way.

“Royal Blood” have a video for their single ‘Limbo’ now.  I’m so glad I actually bought/pre-ordered this album.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

YOU SHOULD MEET KIM, SHE’S AMAZING!!!

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I wrote and published Friday’s post & instantly felt very selfish.  I wrote this late yesterday afternoon with a break for supper & movie with Kim, then stayed up until 2:30 am finishing writing & editing this.

I think it’s pretty cool when I see a guitar that I own being used by a professional musician.  I got my Squier Starcaster 2 ½ weeks ago.  I watched a video, for the first time, on www.youtube.com and Eddie Van Halen’s son, Wolfgang Van Halen, has the same guitar in a music video from his band “Mammoth”.  He also plays bass guitar in Tremonti, Mark Tremonti’s solo project to “Alter Bridge”.  Wolfgang could easily put a ‘Wolfgang guitar’ designed by his dad and made by the “EVH” brand, sold at a much higher price point than the Squier Starcaster but he chose the Squier, same model and colour as mine. 

I BOUGHT THE Squier Starcaster for a few reasons.  I REALLY like my friends hollow body Gretsch guitar, the Squier was VERY affordable, & David Grohl plays a Gibson Trini Lopez all of the time.  His signature hollow body guitar.  They’re not in production anymore & were $12000 + tax in Canada brand new.  Now the used ones are listed at $17,576 to $32,000.  The cheaper used one is more than ½ of our 2019 Toyota RAV 4!!!!!!

You know what I don’t want or need fancy expensive guitars!  I don’t feel sorry for myself at all!  I feel VERY, VERY fortunate!!!!!  I feel sorry for the people that were helpless & had to watch me go through stage 4 brain cancer not knowing if I’d ever come out of a coma with only a 5-15% chance of waking up. 

Most of all Kim.  Kim has to deal with a physically disabled husband EVERY day!  Kim puts my wheelchair in the back of our SUV if we go anywhere.  Kim has to help me go walking with my walker in case I fall & crack my head open.  Kim cooks supper.  Kim gets groceries for us.  Kim gets my prescription refills.  Kim takes me for my MRIs, to my psychiatrist, & family doctor.  Kim works a full time job for us.  Kim painted our entire suite by herself, twice now.  Kim orders stuff for me online.  Kim never gets anything remotely extravagant for herself.  Kim bought a bicycle in 2019, it was stolen & never found after only 3 months, and she never replaced it.  Kim bought herself cross country skis this winter.  She used them once & her feet were covered in blisters & incredibly sore.  Kim wouldn’t let me help her if she wanted something from around the house.  She slowly walked on her blisters around the house.  She bought this condo with our money after I was released from my physiotherapies.  Kim told the doctors to save my life instead of harvesting my sperm & letting me die.  My parents had that decision & left it up to Kim.  Any extra money Kim gets, she spends on stuff for the house. 

Kim bought me the Epiphone Explorer I have for Christmas 2002 after we had been dating since mid-April 2002.  Kim bought me the Epiphone Matt Heafy signature Les Paul Custom 7 string last year for my 40th birthday.  Kim paid for ½ of my PRS S2 Custom 22 semi hollow.  The guitars I have are GREAT & the 3 guitars I’ll buy are GREAT!  If they weren’t I wouldn’t have chosen them.  I know I’ll never meet “Foo Fighters”, “Alter Bridge”, or “Lamb of God” I’m just another fan.  I’m seriously OK with this, its Kim’s right to take credit for what she lets me do.  I’ll likely never see “Lamb of God” live again since they never tour through Calgary, Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba much & nobody I know wants to see them as much as I do.  “Alter Bridge” might come to one of these locations & I’ll be there if they come, Kim wants to see them.  I haven’t missed a “Foo Fighters” show in Calgary since the ‘Wasting Light’ tour in 2011(?) & in the 2000 & 2003.  I’ve converted my father into a “Foo Fighters” fan.  I think he’s been to every show since the ‘Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace’ tour when I had cancer.     

I couldn’t LOVE Kim more for what she does for Brewster & me, or just for being who she is.  A thoughtful, loving, caring, generous, smart, hardworking, humbling, attractive woman, who chose me of all people to spend her life with.  I didn’t even make it to our 3rd anniversary in 2008 without getting cancer but Kim stuck with me.  One of my oncologist at the hospital called Kim “the best wife I’ve ever seen”.  He said that most spouses that go through something like we did break up before it’s over but here we are after almost 16 years of marriage and 18 ½ years together.

I’ll order the long awaited PRS S2 McCarty 594 I’ll order it in early December.  Then save MY Christmas & birthday money from our families for the other 2.  Even with this income tax oops I’ll have the down payment to order the PRS S2 McCarty 594 and pay the rest of it when it gets here 6 months later.  The Godin radiator & the Sterling Cutlass should be GREAT guitars regardless of the low price.  Those 2 combined with tax is still far less than the S2 McCarty 594. 

There’s only cosmetic reasons to upgrade the PRS S2 McCarty 594 & the Godin is made in Canada.  The Sterling Cutlass is exactly what I’m looking for in a Stratocaster style guitar.   All 3 guitars check off all of my boxes, as does every guitar I already own.  I have absolutely no problem waiting & saving for the Godin & Sterling!  I want Kim to get her hobby stuff more than anything!  I’ve only paid for 2 ½ guitars here, the other 3 ½ were gifts. 

All of these guitars are desires not needs.  I’ll be here most of the time & I choose to play guitar instead of anything else.  Even when I watch Blue Jay baseball or CFL I’m playing my acoustic guitar.  Kim’s doing anything but watching TV with me.

Sure I’m here for Kim for whatever I can do for her, our families & friends.  Kim takes no credit for what she does for our families or our friends.  That’s just who she is.  Me, I’m good but Kim is AMAZING!!!!

This was the only type of 7 string I was really interested in/wanting, because it wasn’t a pointy, metal looking guitar.  I’ve got my 6 string Epiphone Explorer from Kim for that.

I listen to 7 string guitar music, I don’t play it.  7 strings, I’m all thumbs, 6 strings, I’m fine.  That’s my reason for selling it & putting the money towards the PRS S2 McCarty 594.

It would be great to upgrade & replace my PRS S2 Custom 22 semi hollow with the new Core PRS Special semi hollow but it’s not needed for sure!  I can’t afford it at over $5000 + tax in Canada.  Even if I lived in the USA it’s over $3000 there.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris

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

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Exercise total for 5 days. 

500 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

900 Crunches

900 Leg lifts

300 Squats   

600 Back flexes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In a better world I’d have this…

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

Upgrade/replace my Squier Starcaster with a DG-335

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

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

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

…& buy 1 of these 2 guitars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 


 

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.

Epiphone
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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 

GUITAR SHOPPING DONE! TRUMP GONE! BACK TO CANCER & MUSIC

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Exercise total for 5 days. 

500 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

1050 Crunches

1050 Leg lifts

300 Squats   

600 Back flexes

Wednesday came & my energy drifted away in the afternoon while playing guitar.  I stayed up too late on Tuesday night & it caught up with me.  I was practicing random songs and got tired.  Instead of abandoning the guitars I figured I’d learn how to play a few songs.  One in a weird tuning.  The other was just new chords to me in normal tuning.

Weird tuning

Never bothered to learn it, different chord shapes to me

I also found out that PRS no longer make ANY custom 22 guitars.  So I’m glad I got my PRS S2 Custom 22 semi-hollow last year.  They do offer 2 different semi-hollow guitars in the S2 range but they’re not the same guitar at all.

What are we gonna talk about now?  No more T**** & I know what my last 2 guitars will be.  Rrrrrright, that brain cancer thing.

I’m good, I’ll run out of pills by Friday but we’ve checked in with my doctors & we just have to pick up some refills.

“…I’m not crazy because I take the right pills everyday…”

Being in a wheelchair is routine now to an extent.  I did almost go to stand up from the couch last week without getting my chair in place or grabbing my transfer pole.  I caught myself before I stood up though.  On Wednesday after I showered I was testing my balance & stood up on my own for quite a while, for me, maybe 1:15 minutes?  Nice thing was that I wasn’t really trying, which might be the key to it?  It’s only January and every week that I’ve been exercising this year I’ve been “exhausted” by Wednesday or Thursday.  I’m not about to let up though.

I was going to get into this room on Wednesday & practice some “In Flames” & older “Queens of the Stone Age” stuff but I just didn’t have the energy.  Theory, scales, new chords, & different tunings instead.

Most of the “In Flames” stuff is in drop B flat, early “Queens of the Stone Age” & other stuff is in C standard so to switch between those tunings I only have to change the tuning of one string once I’m in C standard.  Nothing drastic with that, it’s just convenient to have a guitar already tuned to C standard.  “Pearl Jam”, “Led Zeppelin”, “Soundgarden”, “Big Wreck”, “Alter Bridge”, etc. are all over the map with alternate tunings.  Once I get deep into that stuff, I just throw my scales & theory stuff away and play, then you can come up with stuff that sounds different fairly easy.  With all of those alternate tunings on guitar, I do keep a few in standard tuning E A D G b e.  I want/need to learn more about that & most songs are written in standard tuning or drop D tuning.

I know that it seems odd to some that a guy in a wheelchair who couldn’t even feed himself is playing guitar, doing dishes, cooking, exercising, etc.  Those are all little things that make me feel normal.  I think that’s the real goal of any rehab, make the patient capable of feeling a sense of normalcy, if not getting them back to their regular self.  I come into this room & get to escape reality by picking up a guitar & forgetting stuff or I watch too many news clips & get angry, I prefer the guitar stuff.

“Foo Fighters” at President Biden’s inauguration concert

Thursday was a MUCH better day.  I slept well & got my butt in gear.  I ate, exercised, watched a recorded show from Wednesday, showered had lunch, & spent the day (noon-5 pm) practicing my butt off on guitar.  Kim even came in to give me a compliment.  She said “You’re driving me nuts!  You play & it sounds really good, then you stop and play the tutorial video & I can’t tell if it’s you or the video?  I have to listen very close”.  Usually she just tunes me out…on guitar or when speaking to her!  Only bad thing about Thursday afternoon was that the time just flew by too fast & I only worked on 3 songs, they we’re all new to me but still!?  I wanted to play some more guitar, so after supper & a bit of news on TV, I came in here & played for another 1 ½ hour, & played some other stuff on other guitars.  Am I great?  NOPE, but it’s fun & will get better as I play!

Today I’ll work on learning more about the 7 string & a bit of theory behind it.

May 30th “Royal Blood” will be releasing their 3rd album.  I’ve been lucky enough to see them twice.  Opening for Foo Fighters once & opening for Queens of the Stone Age!  New album is titled “Typhoons”.  2 singles have been released!

“Foo Fighters” released a video on Tuesday morning.  Their latest single from their upcoming album release ‘Medicine at Midnight’ out on February 5th.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

DON’T PISS ON MY LEG & TELL ME IT’S RAINING

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Exercise total for 5 days. 

500 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

1,050 Crunches

1,050 Leg lifts

300 Squats   

600 Back flexes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

BACK ON TRACK FOR ME & KIM IS WORKING ALL OF THE TIME

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Rough week for me last week.  I still think about Kim’s friend’s family.  I still plan to donate and I hope things get much easier for them.  I know that the accident will change many lives.  I still feel bad about the ripple effect my cancer caused.

Like I said, instead of having a gift exchange at Christmas with Kim’s immediate family, the 7 of us are each donating $100 and Kim & will add a little more as well.

I was totally freaking out about this last week & it just made me feel worse as the week went on.  The story hit too close to home for me, having been through my own situation.  I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.  It is good to hear that he’s doing well and he won’t be in the hospital for 4 ½ years.  They’re over their goal on the website, but any aid still helps!

After Kim & Brewster went to bed on Friday night, I played some guitar (unplugged from my amplifier) & watched an episode of “The Mandalorian” on Disney +

It all lifted my mood a bit, but I still fell asleep with tears in my eyes.  It was nice to wake up to the news of Biden winning the election, which helped with my mood also.  I think the next 2 ½ months will be a gong show, just because we all know how Donald Trump will be.  If you missed Joe Biden’s acceptance speech here it is…

I can now say that I’m feeling more hopeful and more like myself after last week.

My top ‘never going to happen’ guitar is a Dave Grohl 335 (Foo Fighters).  They’re just too much & I don’t know if they’re available on the market?  I could see myself downsizing my guitars, much later on & getting a Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge) Core PRS or a Paul’s Guitar Core in a finish other than black, maybe orange or yellow tiger, down the road.  That’s a few decades down the road though & if I decide to scale back my guitars.  I do attain the guitars I like though & that are within my price range.

https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/model/mark_tremonti_signature_2020

https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/model/pauls_guitar_2020

I neglected practicing these songs last week.  Got back to them on the weekend.

A small handful at a time.  Make sure I get them as good as possible before moving on.  After that probably some 7 string stuff.  I still plan to get this amplifier & footswitch after my 42nd birthday in January of 2022.  The guitar is going to be delayed by a few months and probably a few months more if Brewster needs anything, which is no big deal.  I’d prefer to give what I have to the family in need while I have it but I know that a little now & more later will help a LOT.

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

I only need one amplifier & I like to keep my foot pedals to a minimum, after I get the amplifier & hear it, then I’ll decide if I’d like an inexpensive pedal.  When I say “an” I mean 1 in total.  I have 3 currently & really don’t like cluttering up the floor with pedals.  If I can’t get the sound I want from the guitar & the amplifier, then I forget about getting that sound usually.

Even talking with the local music shop owner last week, he told me those amplifiers (the first generation of them) were flying off of the shelves.  He had about 5 of them there all with tags marking them as sold.

I watched “Saturday Night Live” WAY too early Sunday morning.  You could tell they had to re-write most of the show after Joe Biden won the Presidency.  Which is a pretty good trade off since the WORLD celebrated after the announcement Saturday morning.  SNL showed clips of London, Paris, & multiple USA cities with people dancing in the streets.  Donald Trump wanted to put America first, well he did do that as he promised, and the world was watching America really close!

Like I said, I watched “SNL” VERY early Sunday morning.  I went to bed at 11:00 pm Saturday & woke up at 4:00 am Sunday.  By about 4:45 am I gave up on the idea of falling asleep & got up.  We babysat our ‘nephew’ from 9:30 am until 1:30 pm.  ‘Uncle’ Chris was tired.  He was pretty calm, he just wanted hear “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” music & bop along to the music.  I actually crawled into bed shortly afterwards & got up around 6:00 pm.

We actually/finally had a blizzard on Sunday.  I guess you could call it more of a white out?  Not a lot of snow but cold weather & very low visibility.  It just dumped snow here Sunday night.  As of Monday morning there is actually 6” of snow on the ground between snow drifts & all of the snow from the storm.

I didn’t see much of Kim this weekend.  She worked 15 hours on Friday, around 10 hours on Saturday, as soon as our ‘nephew’ left here around 1:30 pm on Sunday she worked until 11:15 pm.  She did it again Monday night, worked from 8:00 am until 11:00 pm Monday & today she’s doing here full time job 8 hours a day.  Monday I catalogued all of our DVDs & Blu-rays in order to get the big bookshelf holding them out of here.  We’ll donate or sell the shelf once I take it apart.  We’ll keep the DVDs & Blu-rays though.  We’ve already got rid of some of them in the summer, but we still have a LOT!  I should have the shelf dismantled today.

Monday was day 1 of mandatory masks in Regina because of the Covid spike across Canada.  My father went to Costco as usual & what does he see?  A group, not an individual but several together, not wearing masks & being stopped throughout the store by staff offering masks to them, their response.  “We have masks, we don’t need them” and Costco is sold out of toilet paper.  They bring out palates of it in the store & they’re sold out of toilet paper?  Figure it out already!  We did this in March & April.  I left the house twice last week and that was a rare occurrence but I wore a mask, it really isn’t that hard.  Or are people not able to keep up with a guy in a wheelchair & an acquired brain injury.  If I see someone in public without a mask yet within 6’ of me.  I will politely ask them to get out of my personal space with an extra 6’ tacked on.  If they fail to do so I promise to lose my $h!+ on them!  Will this solve anything?  Yes, it will protect me.  DO THE RIGHT THING!

Did everybody catch “Foo Fighters” on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend?  New song “Shame, Shame”.  The album, Medicine at Midnight, will be out February 5th.

A statement from Dave Grohl…

https://loudwire.com/foo-fighters-death-metal/?fbclid=IwAR3Je_ZkDKNYoyonnyMx8Gv5Lcs-pSfC3Fl4RHbB8r9qzVVNTRgBJjxfCtg

https://www.radiox.co.uk/artists/foo-fighters/advice-how-get-through-lockdown/?fbclid=IwAR2A9N0gV5wgAS1uC7NEW8WZVPJUcdDinCQQ-tI1Y7dJw-c2XRuMBDso_eI

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

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Chris          

“Spread Love”-Ellen Degeneres

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This post was written prior to our current situation Monday evening.  This first paragraph was added Monday evening.  I’ve been saving for a final guitar purchase.  Our families & mutual friends are fine.  A MAJOR situation came up & one of Kim’s hometown friend’ family’s lives changed in the blink of an eye.  I can’t talk about it as it’s not my story to tell.  Expensive guitar will be delayed for 7 months, a less expensive guitar may be purchased, or it might not happen at all & I’m more than OK with that.  Right now the 3rd scenario seems to be the most likely outcome.  People need help & I can help in this situation.  More needs to be disgusted between Kim but now is not the time.

Original post is written below.

Friday ended up being me tending to a few minor issues on my guitars.  2nd best thing to playing guitar is working on one, for me anyways. 

I opened my Facebook Saturday morning & found a used Stratocaster for a friend of mine for cheap.  I got the go ahead, he lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  I said I’d take it, I’ll give it some TLC & new strings to make it look & play like new.  Hopefully I’ll get it to him before the end of the year, all sparkly & new!

I don’t really know how to help out people, when I see an opportunity like this that I know I can do, I jump in with both feet!  This gives me a sense of purpose.  Let’s me know I can aid someone by doing something.  It might be a small thing for me to do, but I know I can do this.

I must be on a Foo Fighters kick.  Found myself playing some stuff I partially knew & figured I’ll spend some time working it all out….

^^ ‘All my Life’ took me 20 minutes to memorize, just have to bring it up to tempo.  The following songs I need to keep playing them to tighten them up.

I need to get “Alter Bridge” memorized still.

I’m sure all of this will keep me busy for a while!

The Facebook videos are a VERY poor representation of me on guitar.  When there’s not a camera on me, my anxiety disappears.  When I play, it might not be 100% perfect but it’s good enough to listen to if you like this kind of music.  I need to get some heavier gauge strings to stop the 7th string from flopping out of tune, even a friend of mine noticed it when he tried it out.  I tightened the tuners to make it better & useable until I get some new strings for it.  Yes I just made “flopping” a technical term for musicians…that just happened…YOU’RE WELCOME!

I keep telling multiple people that I plan to order that last guitar, the amplifier & footswitch and be done buying guitar gear.  I don’t need or want any other guitars we can afford & I don’t want to cramp up our already modest sized place with guitars that go unused for a few weeks.  Simple math, not enough $$$ + expensive guitars = can’t have it. 

What does our bank account & my wife say about getting another guitar?  “No”

I’ve got 2 effect pedals on my wish list, each one is under $200, if they happen one day great & if they don’t, it’s not that big of a deal.  I don’t need to tie up our funds for guitar stuff.  I’ll be VERY happy with what’s coming to me & what I already have!  I got rid of stuff I don’t want for stuff I do want & will use regularly.

You’re not supposed to ‘noodle’ on guitar, but I ‘noodle’ with scales that fit with these chords.

I hope everyone had a safe & happy Halloween!  We don’t get trick or treaters in our condo but our friends with young kids made the trek over for some goodies!  I’m sure it was an odd Halloween for most kids.

Yep I’m back to my exercise routine.  This week & plan to go hard until Friday, December 18th or 22nd.

BIG day in the USA, Federal Election Day.  I’m not telling you who to vote for, but this is a BIG deal around the world I assume.  It is in Canada since what happens in America affects us in some ways.

Here are the polls as of Sunday morning.

What these weekend polls don’t take into account are the votes from Russia, Ukraine, & the other Countries Trump has invited to mess with the election.

I will say this, American allies miss their friend.  We’ve really lost our familiar friend over the past 4 years.  Now America is curling up with countries we would have never imagined.  Please don’t become a country ruled by a dictator? 

If you’re American, why are you reading this when you should be voting????!!!!  Hurry up!  Go vote!!!  This is HUGE!!!!!!  This will be here for a while, voting ends today!  MOVE IT!  SKEDADDLE!!  TIME’S WASTING!!!!  SCOOT!!!!  WHY ARE YOU STILL HERE????

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris          

“Spread Love”-Ellen Degeneres