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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!

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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 

NO MORE SHOPPING STRESS!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris

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 

2020, JUST DO WHAT TOM PETTY TELLS YOU TO DO.

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Exercise total for 2020. 

15,360 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

8,850 Shoulder raises/Chest presses w/ 10 pound dumb bells

23,000 Crunches

24,650 Leg lifts

10,900 Squats   

13,065 Back flexes

Walking distance was 1,046 meters=3,487 feet (That’s only 3 times walking)

Down & Up 128 stairs

I was going to weigh myself, then I realized something…it’s just a number that means nothing.  People see me and often think I’m under 200 pounds.  I don’t know if that’s flattery or not?  I know that my weight will never be 1??.  I graduated high school in June of 1998 at 185 pounds and I was 213 pounds on July 1st 2020.  I feel good, I’m still cancer free since December 31st 2008, & I’m rarely sick now.

I know it’s been a terrible year for a LOT of people.  People dying, sick, lost their job, housing, some are starving, etc.  I wanted to catch up, but not have the world go through a situation like this!  Please don’t take any of this as bragging, as it’s not intended to come off that way at all.  I’m lucky enough that close friends & family have been OK this year, & I worked my butt of to get down to 213 pounds, I haven’t been that light since 1999.  Decent year of exercise/rehabilitation.  I stopped exercising after my morning exercises on Friday, December 18, 2020.  I’ve been doing some stretching.

Kim bought me a guitar, with her overtime money, for my 40th birthday on January 30th, 2020.  We had both been saving money prior to that and I ordered a PRS S2 Custom 22 semi-hollow guitar.  I ordered it on January 15th, and with a backorder delay followed by Covid delays, it arrived at the end of September.  I had been saving for my amplifier, footswitch, and a PRS S2 McCarty 594.  The PRS S2 McCarty 594 will be my next purchase & endgame in 4-6 years.  I ended up going shopping at the music store on Monday, December 14th 2020.  I bought the amplifier, footswitch, and this very nice special Epiphone guitar.  The amplifier is also in this photo.  I nicknamed this guitar as “Wannabe” since it’s made by Epiphone but is shaped VERY similar to a PRS guitar….

If you’re keeping score that was 3 guitars & an amplifier in 1 year.  I guess we’re not poor, we were just saving money for bigger purchases.  I’ll shut up about being broke now.  3 guitars & an amplifier in 1 year will never happen or need to happen again.  I now own 6 electric guitars & one acoustic.

Let’s get this year headed the right way!  We’ll go in quietly with our masks on, stay 6 feet apart & win me a guitar!  I’m currently trying to win a “Paul’s Guitar” SE.  This was my runner up to the PRS S2 McCarty 594 further below.  If you’d like to help me win the guitar, please do so or win it for yourself.  I’ll put instructions & a link below this video describing it.

Below is the video to watch and win the guitar.  You have to subscribe & leave a comment stating who your favourite guitar player is.  Hover over the bottom right corner of the video after you’ve pushed play.  Click on the word “YOUTUBE” to go to the site, this link will take you directly to the site & video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5S-hLFqPOGI&t=12s&ab_channel=RobertBaker.  You can leave your comment there below the video so he sees it. The guitar in Canada is $327 more than in the USA.  This won’t cost you anything to enter & you’ll likely enjoy his guitar videos.  He’s a great guitar player that I watch on www.youtube.com.  My birthday is on January 30th, this would be a VERY cool early birthday present!  If you win and want to ship it to me, ask him to contact Christopher Fraser, I’m in the comments and I’ll give him my shipping address personally.  This is the first guitar I’ve heard where the split-coil pickups actually make a noticeable difference sonically.  I love this guitar, I want this guitar, but I don’t want to pay $1300 for it.  GO TEAM GO!

I will definitely buy the McCarty 594 whether I win the “Paul’s Guitar” or not.  The “Paul’s Guitar” definitely won’t be replacing the role of another guitar & it will get played VERY often. 

The PRS S2 McCarty 594 is a must purchase for me.  My next & final purchase as far as guitar stuff goes.  The PRS SE Paul’s Guitar is a VERY close 2nd but also incredibly different.  If I win this guitar, the PRS S2 McCarty 594 will sound the same but look different.  It’ll be red & in the shape of a Les Paul.

For me, I like variety with my guitars.  Each guitar I own has something different about it from the others now that could be one of many things.  The bridge, pickups, electronics, tuning machines, the tuning itself, brand name, colour, body shape, etc.

I’m not a master guitar player at all, but I really don’t like tuning each string of a guitar to something completely different.  I watched another youtube video over the holidays.  The guy stated he had 60 guitars but plays 6 of them most of the time.  I don’t want to be that type of person, if I’m not using something, it’s just taking up space & could be used by someone else.  Even with what I have at the moment, I play all of my guitars within 2 days, or I learn a song in a certain tuning, keep playing it, & learn other songs in that tuning. 

Most guitar players on youtube have jobs involving guitars and have anywhere from 10-90 guitars, 4-40 amplifiers, & 20-150 effect pedals.  I don’t have a job & I’m not on youtube.  I have one amplifier and I only need one amplifier.  I have 3 effect pedals & don’t need or want more.  There’s always another guitar on a guitar players list, at some point you gotta say “Why?” & “That money can be used elsewhere!”  “I like to play”.

My body needed a bit of a break.  This year I expect even more effort from myself in many areas of my life.  To say it the shortest way possible, I want to work harder & be a better person.  Moving things up one gear in a year isn’t enough for me this year, I think I should move up 3 gears over the course of a year.  I don’t know how to measure that but I do expect more of myself.  As with most years for me, I need to get my act together and walk with my walker more.  2020 wasn’t an easy year for me, I pushed myself quite hard.  Still wasn’t as rough on me as it was on so many other people though.

My brother won the GRAND PRIZE of “REVV” amplifiers 12 days of Christmas giveaways!  He won their fancy brand new REVV amplifier on December 23!  So happy for him!  Go to the 46 minute mark to see it!

Kim saw a pre-Christmas sale on pillows.  We needed new sleeping pillows on our bed.  They’re made by a company called “Purple”.  Originally they started making wheelchair cushions from this product.  They now make pillows & mattresses.  The mattresses are guaranteed for 10 years.  We’ll be saving for one of those, were a year or 2 away from needing a new mattress.  Yes, our pillows are HEAVY, like 10 pounds heavy.  You don’t lift them or fold them.  You can adjust the height of the pillow by inserting or removing 2 thinner pieces into the case.

As for actual Christmas celebrations, on December 24th my brother, sister-in-law, parents, Kim & I all drove over to my Grandparents condo/senior home.  We stood outside of their suite on the ground floor in the parking lot.  We gave them a gift basket of a TON of treats & goodies.  We then sang them “We wish you a Merry Christmas” as my brother played it on guitar.  Even had a lady on the 3rd floor step out onto her balcony and join in on kazoo!

Christmas day was just Kim & I at my parents place, odd but still good.  My brother & sister-in-law opted to stay home, as did my grandparents, which makes sense.  My cousin from Winnipeg, Manitoba would have been here too but Covid, so that made sense too.  It was a smaller gathering than we would have liked, but we did what we could.  We did all open gifts over zoom or facetime, so that was nice.  I asked for money as a gift and spent most of it the next day on guitar stuff from amazon.  Multiple gauges of strings, a guitar maintenance tool kit, & some locking tuners for one of my guitars.  My parents did get me a gig bag for Christmas, but it didn’t get here until the 30th.

On December 26th our Christmas was over.  The tree came down, the decorations were put away & paint preparation started for our renovations.  2 TVs were taken off the walls, patching & sanding was done, paint & rollers were bought, furniture was moved, etc.  I just stayed out of the way, Kim’s been on a mission ever since.  I stayed in this room out of the way.  I worked on/cleaned up a few guitars & practiced a LOT.

We watched a movie from Netflix over the holidays it was called “Death to 2020”, so not for kids even though many lived through 2020.  It’s a scripted film with real news clips from the year, with a very recognizable cast.  I thought it was great!  Kim thought it was OK.

I don’t want you to think I was in this room doing nothing while Kim’s been painting our condo suite.  I figure I owe it to you to hopefully show you some progress I’ve made on guitar.  Please remember a few things.  I strongly LOATHE being in any type of photograph & I get VERY self-concious.  If you think it sucks that’s fine, as of 2011 I couldn’t tie my shoelaces.  People used to pay to see me play & sing on stage.  

You’ll hear me play abbreviated versions of 3 Foo Fighters’ songs & 1 “Big Wreck” song.  My 2 favourite bands & have been since the ‘90s.  Yes, the guitar I’m playing in the “Big Wreck” video is signed by Ian Thorney of Big Wreck.  They’re OK, you’ll hear “That Song” by Big Wreck, & “Low”, “The Pretender”, & “All My Life” by Foo Fighters.  Need to clean them up, but that’s what you get for now.

My favourite album of the year was easily ‘Moral Panic’ by “Nothing but Thieves”.  I didn’t get much in terms of new music since there wasn’t a lot of stuff released that I was into but I can think of 7 releases coming this year off the top of my head.  I’ll be streaming again while putting a minimal amount of money aside for a guitar.  I still don’t like the idea of streaming music, neither do a LOT of working musicians.

“Foo Fighters” new album ‘Medicine at Midnight’ will be released on Friday, February 5th.  If I get cancer again this February 5th, I’m gonna blame my favourite band but still call it an odd coincidence!

The first time I saw the title before hearing the song, I honestly thought they released a “Genesis” cover!  I love me some Genesis but a new Foo Fighters song is more than welcomed!

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

LAST POST FOR 2020

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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   

450 Back flexes

1:05 hour of yoga over 2 days

I don’t need to do this all year, so this will be the last update for 2020.  My full exercise is done for the year, over the next 2 weeks I’ll be doing ½ the amount of exercise as you see above.  Beyond daily stretching & yoga a few times, likely more crunches as well.  I’m feeling great but my body will welcome a break.

My food intake will stay the same.  There won’t be any guests here over the holidays, so we won’t be putting out chocolates or other holiday treats.  Other than Christmas Eve & day, my food will stay the course.  It’ll still be water & a bit of tea for fluids.  Probably some Light Eggnog with Skim milk.  Alcohol will be minimal.  I do drink some gin but I’ve had a 26 ounce bottle in our liquor cupboard since May & it might be down 8 ounces.  When it’s gone nothing but Baron Samedi Spiced Rum & the odd craft beer will be purchased.  Even our “Bubbly” carbonated flavoured water has been here for over a month.

I say that & there was a sale on craft beer from Rebellion Brewing in Regina on Wednesday.  32 ounce growlers filled for $7, I got 2 growlers filled (4 pints in total) I enjoy trying different flavours of craft beer.  Kim even got a can of Sour Raspberry.  We bought the beer on Wednesday, I won’t touch it until later on today, tomorrow or next weekend?

This has been my year.  I dropped 57 pounds, I feel much stronger, and I like to think I’ve made progress (positively) on my mental health & knee jerk reactions.  I’ve also made a TON of progress on guitar.  I know more about music theory, still not much & I’ve learned a lot more about the instrument & how everything works as well as how to fix some issues.

The dark red burst Wolf brand Les Paul will be my final guitar purchase.  I can say that with a strong conviction.  I like the different sounds of “Humbucker pickups”.  I’ll have 7 different guitars with different “Humbucker” pickups & a Telecaster with a lipstick pickup & a single coil pickup.  I’m not a big fan of single coil pickups & I don’t need any different sounding humbucker guitars.  I’ve found that most of what I listen to has big sounding humbucker pickups.  There’s also that money issue, in that I need to start putting money away for 20 years down the road, but I can only save $5000/year for the next 10 years for the government to add to my RDSP, which I can’t touch until I’m 60.  I’m 40 until late January.

PRS S2 McCarty 594, amplifier & foot switch followed by the Wolf Les Paul & I’m spent as far as large purchases go, literally.

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 prefer the new red wine burst, the darker one.

Comparable but WAY more expensive.

https://www.long-mcquade.com/209964/Guitars/Electric-Guitars/Epiphone/Les-Paul-Prophecy—Red-Tiger-Gloss.htm

Both of these look GREAT but are far beyond my price range & wildest dreams.

https://www.premierguitar.com/articles/21688-gibson-releases-the-dave-grohl-es-335

The BIG things coming up for us are renovations & Brewster’s health.  I’m pretty sure this will be his last Christmas & January 31st he’ll turn 15 which will likely be his last birthday, but I hope I’m wrong.  I know I’ll be a mess for sure.  I don’t even like thinking about it.  I’m never alone since he’s got severe anxiety if one of us isn’t here!

We got rid of our streaming box yesterday.  No cable since noon yesterday until sometime tomorrow, oh well?

This is what I’ve been working on for songs on guitar this week.

All of those above are good & just need repetition.  I started working on the following song Wednesday afternoon.  Had to figure out some other parts that weren’t in the tab for it.

I guess this song by “Dead Sara” will be on their next/3rd album which is still being recorded.

HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY SEASON & BE WELL ALL!  I’ll check my email, Facebook, & this site throughout the holidays.  I’ll return to blogging on here on Tuesday, January 5th.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

“Spread love” –Ellen Degeneres 

IN MY HEAD

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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   

450 Back flexes

1:15 hour of yoga over 2 days

Sorry about the last post?  I felt as though I was being judged, I don’t know why or by who?  It felt like I had someone watching my every move.  I just wasn’t comfortable.  It was in my head.  I was confused more than anything.

There’s “no doubt” that 2020 has been terrible & stubborn.  Even more stubborn than Donald Trump on the election results, at least he’s focused.  I called it at the start of the year that 2020 was going to be my year.  “So far so good”, I’m feeling very good physically & improving mentally, I hope?!  Relearning guitar is a bit slower than I’d like but this has been a VERY good week of playing through stuff I’ve learned, both new & old to me.  Sort of realized I was looking for perfection instead of just playing…if that makes sense?

WOW, I miss “No Doubt”, 1990s teenager.

I REALLY miss live music!  I have nothing planned as far as concerts go until this virus is seriously under control.  We’re currently using a streaming box for TV, cheaper in order to save some money.  The streaming box has VERY poor software in it, I watch TV, but it’s incredibly slow and makes me want to avoid TV as much as possible. 

My immediate family is good.  My mother just told me on Monday that my uncle has been in the hospital for 2 months because his knee bent the wrong way.  From what I hear he’s doing well.  He’s walking in parallel bars, he was in a wheelchair before his knee went out, that’s good to hear.  Meanwhile my great aunt & uncle have tested positive for Covid a few days apart, so from what I know they’re doing well & one’s in the basement while the other is on the main floor in Manitoba.

Covid restrictions for Saskatchewan were increased Wednesday night.  They take effect today as the new cases continue to rise.  They’re in effect until at least December 17th, unless they need to be revisited in that time.

I realized this week I just love Les Paul guitars.  I don’t really care what brand it is.  Les Paul guitars are known for being physically heavy.  Lots of players don’t like that about them.  My first guitar was a Les Paul styled guitar, so I’m used to playing a 9 pound guitar.  I really like the versatility/electronics of a Les Paul guitar.  The guitar I’m saving for will be in a lighter body but designed electronically to work like a Les Paul guitar.  Why so many guitars?  They’re different colours, 4 of the songs mentioned in this post are in different tunings, they all sound different, & I’ve heard that the optimum number of guitars to own is whatever you own + 1.  Hahahahahahahahahahaha!  In all seriously, Kim worked until 7:00 pm on Wednesday, I need to stop spending money so she doesn’t have to work so much.

When I go to see “Big Wreck” on tour, the singer brings 10-15 guitars on tour with him.  Why?  Big Wreck have a TON of songs in different tunings.  As of their 6th studio album release 4 of their songs are in more common tunings that I play in.  I can’t play like him & I don’t need 15 guitars.

Our living room floor has been covered in DVDs & Blu-rays.  We’ve sorted out the ones we want to keep and the ones we’ll sell.  Out of the 300+, if not more, that we have I’m guessing we’ll keep ½ of them.  I hope this was worth our time?  A friend of a friend is interested in what we have.  I kept my favourite TV series, favourite movies, special edition movies, & some box sets of multiple movies.

I was trying to watch TV on our streaming service we changed to last week to save money.  I’m pretty sure it has cutting edge technology as of 1965?  It has VERY inept software.  It’ll be switched in the not so distant future.  Not what we had before, but a cheaper version of what we previously owned.

I’m doing my thing & feeling stronger.  Even playing guitar felt as if I had gone to the next level this week.  Practicing different scales & individual notes has really helped my hand coordination.  I didn’t do much of that before.  I was always a singer filling in with chords & little riffs.

I was playing through these songs that I sort of knew by memory.  I decided to take out my song books & learn the proper arrangements.  I realized the next day that I was in my head, trying to be too perfect instead of just having fun.

^^This could still use some cleaning up which it will get but it’s up to tempo.  The song below is there now & will get even better as I play it.

I started learning the song below on Wednesday. All of my scales & finger exercises make a HUGE difference in playing the little riffs between the chords.

I don’t know if this giant leap is because I’m playing guitar so much or because I’m practicing scales & exercises now, probably both.  This is MUCH easier than I ever would have imagined!

I’m still listening to the new “Sevendust” & “Nothing but Thieves”, but I’m sure you’ve heard enough about how much I like those albums.  I’ve been running through a few other songs on guitar too.

Next fairly easy song to learn after looking at the tab last night

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

“Spread love” –Ellen Degeneres 

P.S.  I had to update my iPod last night.  It wanted to text me a code, I don’t text, and I had to get my sheet of paper with my 15 passwords.  How is any of this digital stuff better?

VERY PLEASANT CHAIN OF EVENTS UNTIL MONDAY EVENING

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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

NO ANTI-MASK SHAMING HERE BUT PLEASE WHERE ONE?

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Exercise total for 5 days. 

00 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

00 Crunches

00 Leg lifts

00 Squats   

0 Back flexes

?  hours of yoga over 5 days

I didn’t exercise this week.  Woke up at 3:30 am on Monday & it threw me off of my routine for the week.  I spent the week doing stretching & yoga every day.  I guess it was about an hour a day give or take 5 minutes.  I was just very sore & stiff until Thursday after my stretching, then I started to feel a bit better.

We went to my parents’ place for a birthday supper.  Kim’s was on the 22nd, Rachel’s is on the 30th, & my Grandfather’s is on November 1st.  We got to see people & visit!  

This is one of the many reasons I think Dave Grohl is a genius!

I saw that on Wednesday, & grabbed my guitar, as usual, and said to myself “Self, it’s time to nail down the many Foo Fighters’ songs you know and play them until they’re perfect like when you played so many of them live.  Before you had cancer when your left hand wasn’t useless”.  So I did and relearned the lead intro & rest of this song…

…will you see me play it on Facebook?  Probably not, as we all know that’s not working out great for me at the moment.  All I can say is not anytime soon.

Donald Trump has stated that if he loses the election he’ll have to move.  He’s also never said that there might not be a peaceful transition of power if he loses.  So what’s it gonna be?  If he loses & stays, he’ll owe buckets of money to A LOT of people &/or likely go to jail.  If he wants to move to another country there’s a travel ban, even the Canada/USA border is closed right now.

It really surprises me that I’ve seen very few people here that are senior citizens yet they come & go without a mask.  Whenever I leave our suite I wear a mask because it’s the right thing to do.  Oh yeah & I don’t want to die!  Yet I’ll see many people in the hall or typically at the elevator, that live here and I’m the only one wearing a mask?  I thought the older a person is the more lethal Covid could be?  I guess they just don’t care?

Dear world,

Canada just celebrated Thanksgiving earlier this month.  Covid cases are higher than they’ve ever been.  Be safe out there and in family gatherings or prepare for a weird Christmas.

Sincerely,

A concerned Canadian

“You don’t need expensive stuff.  You need stuff that sounds good” – Paul Reed Smith.  Then why are PRS guitars near the top of the price range for good sounding guitars?  I agree with about 85% of what he says, but why did he go into business to make guitars he could afford & price them so high?  I’m VERY happy with my PRS S2 but a Core PRS is priced higher than most people would consider.  If they had a job or not.

I still plan to save & order my PRS S2 McCarty in February.  If my other guitars weren’t that good & didn’t have sentimental value, I’d probably sell them for a real Gibson or Core PRS?  Once I order the PRS S2 McCarty 594 in February, I’ll hopefully get the amplifier & footswitch later on, and I won’t have to research another guitar or amplifier for many years, if ever?

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 am researching affordable Stratocasters for a friend of mine that doesn’t have an electric guitar.  Stratocasters aren’t my thing but they are quite popular, and have been used by many big artists.  A DIY kit in many years seems like a good idea.  This is speculation after an attempt to sell our suite in 2022 & hopefully find a viable house at the same time.  I have a sick feeling we’re here for the long haul?  Please prove me wrong?!?!  Somewhere in that time I hope to find a part-time online job.  I’d like to continue exercising daily while earning a paycheck.  Something others likely wouldn’t want to deal with, like data entry?  Listen to music & punch in numbers for a few hours?

I have, what I assume is an American Fender Thinline “Semi-hollow Telecaster”.  I’ll have 2 PRS S2 models.  The closest I have to Gibson is their import/more affordable line Epiphone, which I have 2 of.

Grabbed my Epiphone 7 string on Thursday to work on this song for a while.  I can see improvement in my hand muscles after an hour or a little more.  More control of my left arm!

Do you know that feeling of when you’re about to make a “breakthrough”?  That’s how I felt on Thursday playing guitar, I didn’t want to stop I wanted to see what would happen!

I figured this out WAY too late in life.  If I don’t like a song or band, I just avoid it when possible or shut up so others can enjoy it.  Typically rock/metal and some pop is not for other people & is often turned off.  Kim & I are at complete opposite ends of the music spectrum.  She’ll be watching or listening to something I don’t like so I end up leaving the living room.

1,000,000 views of this video will make Paul Reed Smith sign the back of this one-off guitar.

Since I got the “Nothing but Thieves” album ‘Moral Panic’ to work last weekend, it’s all I’ve been listening to, other than the last “Trivium” album once.

We watched “Borat 2020” Thursday night & Trump supporters will HATE it.  Some, probably a TON of people will write it off as a stupid, raunchy, disgusting comedy.  In my opinion it was a VERY brilliant reflection of Donald Trump, his vision for America, & his supporters.  The world isn’t laughing at America, were laughing at the Trump administration & whoever supports Donald Trump.  Don’t watch this movie without doing a bit of research & if you can’t laugh at yourself in some way, you should probably pass on it completely.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

“Spread love” –Ellen Degeneres 

PRS RUINED ME, IN A GOOD & BAD WAY!

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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

900 Crunches

900 Leg lifts

300 Squats   

450 Back flexes

1:00 hour of yoga over 2 days

To be clear about this, I don’t have a home studio.  I have no camera, cell phone, or audio recording device.  If I come up with a good sounding guitar line, I play it many times to remember it.  “The Beatles” only recorded stuff if they could remember it the next day, so I kind of operate the same way…I just don’t sound like The Beatles.  Any photos or videos on here or Facebook are courtesy of Kim & her cell phone.

I was missing a sleeping pill last night.  I take 2 different pills, one to make me fall asleep faster than my typical 3 or 4 hours of tossing & turning in bed.  The other keeps me asleep.  We missed getting a refill yesterday on the pill that keeps me asleep.  I woke up close to 3:00 am & finally decided to give up on trying to fall asleep at 5:00 am & got up to do my exercises.

My guitar came in Tuesday afternoon.  First impressions, DAMN it’s pretty!  I’ve honestly never played a guitar right out of the box that needs no adjustment.  I tuned it and it was ready to go.  Even just the tuning buttons were INCREDIBLY smooth.  I had HIGH expectations for it, & the S2 PRS greatly exceeded them! 

Luckily I missed recording the baseball game Tuesday evening.  I caught the last 2 innings since I was busy playing my new guitar.  After my exercises are done & I’ve showered, I play it all of the time.

I was just about to play guitar after my shower on Tuesday & figured I should check my email.  I had an email confirming my guitar was in & ready for me to pick up.  My brother picked me up & we went to the store.  I tuned it & I’ve been playing it as much as possible since.  Playing it (unplugged) even while watching Blue Jays baseball in the evening.  I hate having to stop playing it!  I wish you could see it in person, the photo just doesn’t compare.

I’ve played 3 guitars in my life that made me think “Why aren’t all guitars made this way?”  My friend’s hollow body Gretsch guitar in the summer, my Epiphone 7 string that Kim got me for my 40th birthday at the end of January, & my new PRS S2.  The hype is real!!!!!

…and now I’d like to introduce you to “Sunny”!  PRS S2 Semi-hollow Custom. 

Having this PRS S2 Custom 22 only solidifies my desire for the S2 McCarty 594.  Last guitar purchase, followed by that amplifier & footswitch.

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

If you care to watch.  These are the different bridges they use on guitars at PRS, as shown by Paul Reed Smith.  Sunny has a tremolo bridge, and the one I plan to order has a 2 piece stop tail bridge.

If we find a house next year, the amplifier & footswitch are put on hold.  Well come June 1st of 2021 EVERYTHING stops for the hope of finding a house!  The amplifier & footswitch will have to wait.

If I ever got my hands on a Core Tremonti PRS with a HUGE (90% off) discount, that would be hard to pass up.  This S2 PRS is beautiful.  I’m over the moon with everything on this guitar!  Here’s that SUPER nice Mark Tremonti Core PRS, not in the typical black. 

A Core PRS goes for $3,800 US, which is $6,574 + tax in Canada.  I used to say $5000 was my limit for a guitar, not anymore.  It’s far less than that or even the USA price for Core model, I just paid my limit for a guitar.  The final order is less expensive than what I have, it’s still very close to my limit.

“Sunny” is a lower priced S2 PRS guitar.  The quality is unmatched to any guitar I’ve ever played.  The downside & the upside of it is that we paid a lot for it & it REALLY impresses me.  So it’s VERY nice but it does have a large price tag.  One more S2 and I’m literally spent!

I do watch some TV other than baseball.  The Ellen Degeneres Show, A Late Show with Stephen Colbert, & about 3 other scripted shows that aren’t on TV right now.  Prodigal Son, The Resident, & Mom.  No matter what show I’m watching, there’s a guitar in my hands!

GO DR. FAUCI GO!

Why is Donald Trump EVERYWHERE?  If Biden wins the election, things could get messy when he moves into the White House.

This week I’ve been playing stuff I know the basic chord progression of while making it more distinct playing lead stuff instead on the new guitar “Sunny”.

I’ve been listening to a 20th anniversary reissue of the first self-titled Into Eternity album that I got on CD.  “Into Eternity” describe themselves as extreme progressive metal.  I think of them as death metal meets the harmonies of “Queen”, that’s HIGH-PRAISE in my books.  Good luck finding a CD other than through the Regina based band that until recently only had the files for the album.  Into Eternity are the Regina heroes that are still underground despite having toured or played with big name acts such as “Motorhead”, “Megadeth”, “Lamb of God”, “Opeth” & I believe “Dream Theater”.  I thik it was last year or 2018 they released their 6th studio album.  The last 5 albums should be available everywhere.  I bought 3 of them at HMV when it was open & managed to get the 6th album on amazon where you can find all of their albums now!

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

“Listen to each other” –Ellen Degeneres 

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I played guitar for almost exactly 7 years before I had cancer.  I didn’t go right back to the songs I knew before or most of the songs I played/sang live.  I can’t sing like I used to be able to.  I can’t sing at all really.  Before when I was playing & singing I played rhythm/chords.  Now after cancer I chose mostly songs with a dominant lead guitar part.  That’s what I’m learning now.  I’m learning more lead guitar stuff that I’ve never played before.

I chose either songs I’ve never bothered to try & a few songs that I learned in my 6th & 7th year of playing.  I wanted to challenge myself instead of playing the same old 4 chords & the main riff to the song.  I figured what I play should be distinct to a particular song.  Gets me out of my comfort zone.

“YES” this is the amplifier for me!  This is a gain setting at 0.5 Watts.  Everything I’m looking for & more!

I don’t think I’m that excited about an amplifier, but it’s all I hoped it would be, with all of my research.  I’ll still have to wait until September to get it.  Gotta buy/order my last guitar by early February since I know it will take 3-15 months to get here.  Of course if we find a house the amplifier will have to wait.

If everything goes as planned, this will be ordered in February & hopefully we find a house shortly after?!

Same company in Stevensville, Maryland, USA as the guitar that should be here soon. 

I think PRS just hit that peak where they’re now in the top 3 as far as guitar brands go.  I think between the USA factory & the one I Indonesia, they have 300 employees?  There’s no assembly line either.    

I think the biggest wild card for us right now is Brewster’s health.  He seems to be fine right now.  He’ll cough like a smoker 2 or 3 times a day & he sleeps a LOT, but he still seems pretty happy & runs the show here.  He can’t hear me when I’m within inches behind him trying to get him to move so I don’t roll my wheels over him.  He can hear the microwave from inside our bedroom & around the corner though!  “Hark, my human is eating, I’ll have to investigate!”  I can’t eat anything without him sitting right beside me.

Whenever we see the vet for a checkup I always ask if he’s in pain, I don’t want to have the little guy suffer at all.  He’ll be 15 on January 31st, the day after my birthday.

As long as Brewster is OK, a house is at the top of our list.  Other than the seemingly impossibility of selling a condo in Regina, our problem is finding anything remotely wheelchair accessible within our price range.  I looked again at the website for houses in our price range & nada, zippo, zero, nothing.  Of course now that were being picky there’s nothing out there?

As far as my cancer goes, I’m good.  Got some refills on the weekend, I was out of a sleeping pill so I needed more of those.  I see my psychiatrist in October for a regular visit.  I also have another MRI in November, only about 30 minutes long.  There is a cyst in my back, it’s been there from the beginning.  New doctor taking over my case, so she just wanted to look at it closer.  Nothing to worry about though.

When I saw her last time, she asked how my fine motor skills were, such as writing & eating.  I told her all of that was OK and that I play guitar.  She was glad to hear my hands were in good shape & that the guitar playing was a good way to exercise those small muscles.  Makes me wonder if I can claim my guitar spending on my taxes as physiotherapy equipment?  HAHAHAHAHA!  No new guitar so far.  They said by the end of September at the earliest.  I’m getting anxious!

If I ever had $5500ish burning a hole in my pocket, this finish on a Core Tremonti PRS is pretty!  I’d get a Core McCarty 594 instead of the S2 I plan to order in February.  Nice to dream.

Kim had a headache & her stomach was sore on Sunday.  I didn’t get to see the Jays game until about 10:00 pm.  I ended up fast forwarding & rewinding bits of it just to see the highlights.  I slept in until 9:00 am on Monday and got my exercises done ASAP.  Regular season baseball ends on Sunday.

I did it 4 times this week.  I call it click bait.  I opened 4 Donald Trump videos on www.youtube.com.  I didn’t bother to watch them all the way through.  He honestly holds zero shock value for me & thank goodness he’s not Canadian!

October 16th, a new album is out that day from The Struts.  Here’s one of the 2 singles released so far.

This Foo Fighters song I used to play in private & it’s coming along nicely.  Verse portion is not bad, haven’t added the chorus part yet.

These 2 are just a little sloppy still.

Ended up playing a TON of Big Wreck over the weekend.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris          

“Listen to one another”-Ellen Degeneres