KIM IS PRIORITY #1 & AMPLIFIER UPGRADE…LATER

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I fell asleep to “Clint Lowery” the album “God Bless the Renegades”

I exercised to “The Darkness” the album “Hot Cakes”

Many reason’s that I feel the don’t need another guitar, outside of the fact I find it greedy when I’ve already received 1 of 2 guitars I’ll receive in the first 6 months of 2020.  Kim deserves to go on a trip.  She’s earned it through all of her hard work at work, dealing with me, helping me with my exercise, loving me despite the bumpy road on cancer lane, always putting myself & Brewster ahead of her own needs, etc.  I get a lot of credit for putting in the work for my recovery.  Don’t forget how important she is in my story.  Kim helps me a TON, she allows me the time to do all of this recovery stuff while doing SO much more you don’t see or think about!  She’s always been my #1 priority, even when I was in the hospital.

I’ve got or will have more than enough guitars once the PRS guitar comes in April.  There are 3 (Fender, PRS, & Gibson) high end guitars I’d like to try not buy.  Nobody keeps a high priced guitar in stock in case it doesn’t sell.  Also I’m not yet a technically proficient guitar player.  Every guitarist I see seems to be though.  I’m more of a simple chord player who will play the riff/hook of a song or have a conversation with different dynamics on the guitar.  I’m not going/able to play 20 individual notes in 10 seconds.  There’s a PRS I’d think about after I play & hear the one I ordered.  It will do the 16 different things with the electronics in it.  Price tag & sound are my BIG reservations.  If I choose to get a guitar, this is of course years down the toad if I’m still able to play & can justify it.  It’s mostly a not needed or gonna happen thought.

We had one rehearsal where I just started playing 2 simple chords as we were setting up.  Once someone would get all of their stuff in order they’d jump in & play along.  It was cool, eventually the 4 of us just played with different dynamics for a couple minutes.  I can’t write a certain type of song, I always wrote lyrics & melodies.  I’d chime in once in a while & say let’s try it this way or let’s make this part softer or more aggressive.  The notes on the guitar or the chord pattern wasn’t something I was comfortable with, that’s what I’m working on now.

I even feel guilty/greedy writing any & all of this.  It’s FAR beyond time Kim gets some recognition for the great things she’s been doing for me.  My successes are because of her successes!  I’m just 50% of the equation.  I felt extremely greedy/guilty when she got me the 7 string I was groaning about.

A house is for both of us, Kim wants to travel & I want to be with her.  She gets to choose the destination.  If it’s outside of Canada, passports will be attained & I won’t complain (I’m not a traveler).  Where will the money come from?  We’ll save for the trip.  We did it for my guitar, so of course we’ll do the same for Kim’s trip.  This isn’t the Chris show, it’s the Kim & Chris show.  Can’t have one without the other, it’s just not right!

Kim should get her trip & I really don’t need another guitar.  Upgrading & selling my current amplifier would come before a guitar anyways, after a trip & a wheelchair accessible house.

GOOD GRIEF!  I’ve heard of people having 2 or 3 amplifiers but REALLY?!?  I guess when you own a relatively small guitar manufacturing company you could afford that many amplifiers!!??!!??  The company is based in the UK, it’s fairly small in North America.

If we eventually move I’d sell my used amplifier with an 8” speaker to get a BOSS Katana II amplifier with a 12” speaker.  I might blow my 8” speaker on a clean channel if I turn it up, especially with the 7 string guitar!

As basic as they come nowadays.

https://www.boss.info/ca/products/katana-50_mk2/

Definitely after more important things happen!  My current amplifier is great since we live in a condo.  I keep the volume pretty low not to bother others & at 9:30 pm on any night, I either stop or wear my headphones.  The Katana amp is more realistic to my needs once we move and a fraction of the price of that guitar.  If I had the cash, I’d chat with Kim about it & likely get one in a few weeks here.  There’s a dozen of them at the music store here.

There you go $300 + tax in town!  Last on the list of priorities still.

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

How was our long weekend?  GREAT!  Just not long enough.  My aunt & uncle came to Regina from Airdrie, Alberta & my cousin & common-in-law husband came from Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Great weekend, just too short need to have a bit more visiting time.

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I fell asleep to “Trivium” the album “Silence in the Snow”

I exercised to “Dio” the album “Lock up the Wolves”

 

Here’s the Canadian Red Cross website if you’d prefer to donate there for my birthday.  Donate whatever amount you like whenever you like please?  My birthday is on Thursday if you want a specific date.  I did extend the donation date on Facebook to mid-February though.

https://www.redcross.ca/

 

I have an appointment at the cancer clinic in a few months.  I’m SO ready to either stop going there or request a different doctor.  Every time I think of it, the first thing that pops into my mind is “I’m a month over 11 years cancer free.  How many more years do I have to keep coming here?  Is she going to bluntly call me fat……again?”  Needles don’t bug me, an MRI can depending which machine I’m in.  Apparently CT scans aren’t good enough for the substitute doctor I saw last time.  I find that odd, other doctors have no problem with a CT scan.

I’ll cause a scene & blatantly refuse to enter the MRI machine at the hospital.  “Here are some ear plugs since it’s pretty noisy in there.  Here’s a bean bag to throw if something goes wrong.”  Then they shove me into a tiny tube, on my back, & it’s not big enough for my shoulders.  If it’s that machine, it ain’t happening.  I’m EXTREMELY claustrophobic, and they also tell me to not move my head for the next 10 minutes.  Easier said than done when you have nothing to look at.

I can deal with needles & noise.  I listen to LOUD music.  The inside of any MRI machine is INCREDIBLY loud despite the required ear plugs.  What I can’t stand is an EXTREMELY RUDE doctor, having to be shoved in an incredibly small tube, & having to put on a mask over my entire face that is so close that it squishes my nose.

I’m 6’1” and probably just under 230 pounds.  I hadn’t seen my cousin in over a decade and had just recently met her common-law husband.  I asked them “How much do you think I weigh?  Any number, I won’t be offended.”  They went with 185.  I haven’t been that weight since I graduated high school!  At the time I was 240.  If I get told I’m “fat” from a 5’0” doctor again, I might have to pull a Jennifer Lopez on her “Listen up you little bitch!”  Grow a foot, exercise daily, eat what I eat, and say that again to my face.  I’d never be that rude/aggressive/blunt with a doctor trying to help me, it would be funny in the proper context though.

I’ve started playing guitar again.  You would think I’d get frustrated at times, not the case.  I can’t play up to the tempo of a song but I’m very, very close.  I can physically do everything I used to do on guitar, it’s just a matter of speeding up my left hand & arm, which is normal I guess?  I’ve always thought that playing an acoustic guitar is more difficult than an electric that will mask the mistakes through the amplifier.  I’ve picked 2 songs to learn and it’s gonna be a lot of acoustic guitar learning of those 2 songs.  My brother is a guitar wiz & will help me get things back to the proper tempo.  Once I get those down on acoustic guitar.  I would think other stuff I used to play will fall into place after a few times through a song.

I do find relearning guitar more difficult than the first time around.  Probably in part to being comfortable in a wheelchair with a guitar & having so many issues with the left side of my body being weaker.  I am learning new scales/patterns on the fret board & finger exercise to build up those muscles though.  There’s no easy way to go about it, much like my exercise.  The only thing that will make it better is practice & repetition.

I think a lot of that is lost now.  A lot of people seem to crave instant gratification.  I’m guilty of it too.  I’d like to have my birthday guitar by now since my birthday was on Thursday.  It won’t get here until at least mid-April without delays.  Lots of people have a cell phone.  That’s fine, a personal choice if you ask me.  Many people have their email & social media accounts on their phones.  Does anyone ever wonder what it was like before cell phones were all the rage?  You’d send an email & wait until that person had finished school or work for the day & would eventually check their email.  I know I would find a cell phone annoying.  Kim has a cell phone, when she’s home & leaves it on the couch to do something elsewhere & it bings/vibrates the entire couch, it drives me nuts.  I’ve gotten used to it, but it still bothers me.

If it ever gets to the point that land lines are abolished, I’ll get a cell phone but nobody will like the way I use it.  I’ll tell the salesperson when I activate it “I want it to only be able to accept & deliver phone calls please.  No texts, email, social media, photos, or apps please.  Phone calls and nothing but.”  It will come with me for emergencies only.  When I’m out it will be turned off unless needed, when I’m home & unoccupied I’ll turn it on.  If I get a text, I’ll call you back when I’m free.

 

There’s already quite a few albums out or about to come out this year,

“Haley Williams”

“Pearl Jam”

“Clint Lowery”

“Testament” that I’m not sure about yet.  I think a lot of their fans are Jewish, most fans seem to prefer the Old Testament?

“Mark Morton” guitarist from “Lamb of God” who are done recording their new album.

I was watching a “Trivium” demo, I watched and saw him playing the now discontinued 7 string & I thought “I could play that rhythm part if I had a 7 string guitar.”  I must be a sucker for punishment.

I always thought it would be more difficult.  That’s as difficult as the “Metallica” rhythm parts I used to play & sing to when I had no clue as to what I was doing!!??!!  I was listening to Corey Beaulieu on the right instead of Matt Heafy playing the Epiphone on the left when I was listening to the albums. All of that being said, Matt Heafy is a very well rounded guitar player & capable of much more.  Sorry about the guitar reference, it’s a passion & my favourite hobby.  You’ll miss the guitar talk once baseball starts.  What’s worse than watching baseball?  Reading about it!

 

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Chris

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P.S. There will be a Facebook video on Friday of my exercise that you haven’t seen.

GOOD THINGS ARE HAPPENING FOR BOTH OF US

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250 Curls

50 Shoulder raises/Chest presses

600 Crunches

450 Leg lifts

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

300 Back flexes

1 day walking distance: 28.5 meters = 93.503 feet

8 stairs down 2 times, up 2 times

Always 2 days of yoga

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

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

 

Here’s the Canadian Red Cross website if you’d prefer to donate there for my birthday.  Donate whatever amount you like whenever you like please?

https://www.redcross.ca/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Paul Reed Smith founder of PRS guitars.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris             

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres