WHAT ARE YOU DOING ABOUT 2020?

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I’m not leaving yet for the year.  I’m not sure when I’ll stop until the New Year, as far as posting on this website goes?  I know that after my exercises on the morning of Friday, December 18th I will finally take the rest of the month of from exercising.  I might get bored & do some exercise for fun though?

I get serious anxiety playing guitar on camera, yet these people who are physical handicapped without arms, hands, or legs are just fine on camera & are GREAT on their instruments!

Kim spent the weekend dealing with our Christmas tree & the bogus lights that were changed last year & again this year.  It looks like Christmas around here, still doesn’t feel like it yet.  I don’t know how much it will feel like Christmas this year without significant amounts of family members around?  

Our movie shelf is gone.  All of the DVDs & Blu-rays fit into 4 large Tupperware bins.  We’re keeping 2 & the other 2 are movies we’ll sell or donate once everyone we can think of has picked through them.

We got some ideas from the interior designers that were here a few weeks ago.  We’ll start with paint & lighting, they’ll help us along the way with a few ideas.

Everyone is so divided on EVERYTHING that it really doesn’t even remotely feel like the holidays.  Politics, climate change, Covid, racism, etc.  With us all physically distancing it feels even worse.  Now people have to disagree & argue over zoom.  Not the same as being in person & having an emotional resolve.  Everything seems to feel fake, like we’re just going through the motions until there’s a vaccine. 

We have one month left in 2020, why not try to make it GREAT!?  Be VERY safe & abide by all of the local restrictions, but make this an incredible month!  The more you put into it, the more you get out of it.  I’m going to keep exercising, eating healthy, & practicing guitar.  There’s no reason for me to give up now & I don’t think anyone else has a reason to give up either.  Even Donald Trump hasn’t given up & he’s one with proof that he should.  I’ve never seen someone work so hard to keep a job they don’t want to do?

I’ve been saying since January that this will be my year, & it will!  I might not be able to walk, I’m getting much closer to physically being able to play guitar like I did before cancer, & I’m not the big jerk I was right out of the hospital in July of 2012, I hope.  I feel much better physically & mentally.  If I’m claiming 2020 as my year, there’s no reason you can’t do the same or at least make December a fantastic month.  It’s only as good as you make it.  If you want it to slip through your hands or make it great, that’s up to you.

I know people are dying because of this virus, are you still alive?  Keep fighting even if you are sick!  You’ve got this & everybody else will hopefully be doing the same thing!

SMART KID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sure I still have a long list of things to accomplish & improve upon.  I will know every time I look in the mirror that I busted my butt this year.  I’ve never been able to say that before, I’m not a confident person.  I can finally say with certainty that I did what I set out to do this year.  I can actually think to myself in reflection “Hey that wasn’t bad at all.  Nice work, keep going.”

Its December 1st you have a month to do what you want with it.  I had to gather myself & get my butt in gear multiple times this past year.  I’m not going to tell you what to do, but there’s no shame in asking for help or pausing briefly to sort things out.  I need to work on being a better husband, nephew, son, son-in-law, brother, brother-in-law, cousin, friend, human, ‘uncle’, & whatever else I am to someone.  I also need to rectify the effects of cancer on me more than I did this year.  I’m not ashamed to tell myself “I can do better”.  I always expect more from myself.

I did it!  Kim kept telling me I’d find another guitar I want & I try not to disappoint her.  I’m not going to tie up our funds, saving for it & it’s nowhere near the price I’ve paid in the past.  At least she thinks this one is pretty from the photo.

I’ve converted the price, tax, shipping & the duty to ship it here and it’s very comparable to buying an Epiphone guitar.  Epiphones aren’t this nice looking.

There’s no rush for the pretty red guitar.  Hopefully I’ll order the PRS S2 McCarty 594 in the spring…

…followed by the purchase of the 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

…and then the more affordable/pretty red guitar.  I was going to return to buying CDs, but it’s just not worth it.  Lots of streaming music, some iTunes & 3 local bands on CD.  As for selfish material objects, I choose guitars.  I only wish it hadn’t taken me 40 years to figure it out?  Live & learn I guess. 

I drink water 99% of the time, I don’t eat junk, I don’t purchase much music anymore, I don’t purchase movies since we’re selling ½ of ours, we don’t go out for meals or drinks, we don’t travel at all, I’m cutting back on concert going as to who & where, etc.  I like guitars, I play guitar, and I still like guitars, maybe not as much as he likes beer, but pretty close.

I didn’t forget about prioritizing things long before the red Les Paul is purchased.  Kim, Brewster, renovations, house (I hope), this families go fund me page, etc. 

If I wanted to, I could order the red guitar & buy the amplifier in the spring.  The PRS S2 McCarty 594 takes priority over my other stuff.   

I’m going to do the same amount of exercise this week.  The next 2 weeks I’ll do roughly ½ the amount of exercise, then stretching & some yoga until the New Year.  This website isn’t done for the year yet, I’ll be back on Friday as usual.

I figured that since I’m in drop D tuning working on “Stone Temple Pilots”.  I might as well learn some other stuff I like in drop D tuning since Monday was an accomplishment day on about 5 songs.

Yes, the video for the song below was released in 2002 & immediately banned from TV.  Here’s the song with the album artwork instead.

I just continue to play the following song, also in drop D tuning because it’s fun to play.

Swedish melodic death metal band “In Flames” released the ballad from their 2019 album ‘I, The Mask’.   GREAT ALBUM!

“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

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?

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    

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris          

“Spread Love”-Ellen Degeneres

TOO MANY EXTREME HIGHS & LOWS IN ONE WEEK

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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

1:20  hour of yoga over 2 days

It’s Thursday afternoon as I write this.

Why is everyone so against a person with a different perspective?  I may not like someone’s opinion but they should have every right to their own opinion.  Record amount of voters showed up for the election in the USA.  The highest amount since 1908?  You can’t say “get out & vote” expecting everyone to side with your opinion?  Whatever happens for the next 4 years, the votes are in so just stop worrying.  We’ve made it this far, maybe it’ll get better or maybe we’ll be tested & pushed harder?  I’m in Canada, I have been my entire life with only one week spent in the USA.  Our TV, phone, & internet was being switched over to a different company on Tuesday.  I didn’t see or hear anything about the election on Tuesday.  I can’t vote so I didn’t need to hear anything about it.  Until there’s a declared winner in the vote I have no intention of stressing about what the outcome will be.  In other words, “I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it” – Anonymous

I’m going to help out another family going through something similar we did when I got brain cancer in 2008. Kim’s childhood friend works in demolition (explosive demolitions).  He had an incident on Sunday at work & is now paralyzed from the waist down.  He’s married and has 4 young children.  If you’d like to read the story or donate you can do either by reading the following link to the go fund me page.

I thought about this family as I went to bed Wednesday night with tears in my eyes & woke up to continue silently crying Thursday morning.  Now that I’ve been on both sides of this type of situation & can sort of tell what a lot of people felt like in 2008,  I’m worried/wondering what they’re future will look like for them, just shakes me to the core.  I intend to donate as much I can. 

We’ve been tossing around ideas about cheap renovations to do here before we list the condo in 2022.   We even had an interior designer friend come in to look around & send us some suggestions.  When I heard the news about Kim’s friend that she keeps in contact with, I did what many people did when I had cancer.  I panicked & thought of selling a guitar to donate all of the money to a family in need.  Kim calmed me down.  For our Christmas with Kim’s immediate family, we’ve all agreed to donate $100 to the family instead of buying gifts for each other.  I plan to donate another $175 along with Kim’s extra donation.  We know what it can be like a few years down the road.  As I say this please don’t think I’m ungrateful for everyone’s help when I got sick.  I had 2 years of mortgage insurance & needed 2 ½ more years of money to pay our mortgage, that’s where a lot of the money went as well as rent for my room in my rehabilitation center $1000/month.  Things now are tight without my income so in a year or 2 I might sell a guitar & donate all of the funds when we donate more to this family in need.  I’ve only met the guy once or twice in passing since he lives 3 ½ hours north of here, in Kim’s home town.  I never want anyone to go through a similar situation that we went through.  Please donate if you can, it means a LOT to Kim, me, along with many other people we know & don’t know. 

Kim will likely be working this weekend.  She’s a desktop designer.  She has a full time contract job as well as 2 other companies that she does designing for 2 or 3 times a year.  She got the files for one of the other jobs Tuesday evening.  She worked 15 hours yesterday between her full time job and a part time job.

I went to the living room to finally watch TV Wednesday evening & now I know why the streaming TV is %50 off a month for 2 years.  The screen just goes blank for 5 seconds at random.  Good thing I don’t want to watch much TV since I’m in this room playing guitar or watching youtube videos about guitar.  The streaming box makes me not want to watch TV.  I’ll watch my 4 or 5 scripted shows, CFL, MLB, & 2 talk shows, nothing more since I can no longer fast forward through commercials but I can watch stuff from the last 72 hours.

I worked on a friend’s electric guitar on Tuesday.  He’s learning with an acoustic guitar but doesn’t own an electric guitar.  I found a used, more affordable Stratocaster for him.  Picked it up on Tuesday & did as much as I could to make it great.  Cleaned the body, blew out the electronic cavities, tighten the output jack & the tuners, oiled the fretboard, polished the frets, sanded off the fret sprouts, put on new strings and strung them to lock in place.  I tried adjusting the truss rod inside the neck but I wasn’t comfortable going any further with it than I already had.  It’s at a local shop for that, I don’t want to screw up his guitar.  My brother and I dropped it off & ended up visiting with the staff for over about 2 hours, we’ve known & dealt with them A LOT.  I should hear back from them by Wednesday at the latest.  I was expecting to have to replace some parts, but it worked out as is in the end.  That’s fun for me, making it better than it was.  I should do that with a few of my guitars?!  I may not have played guitar as much as I would have liked to, but I got to work on a couple instead.  Good trade off in the end!

Regina, Saskatoon, & Prince Albert (3 of the major cities in Saskatchewan) are now under the rule of mandatory masks today in public as of Tuesday’s announcement.  I’m fine with that, I think this is long overdue honestly.  We know this virus won’t just disappear since so many people prefer to carry on normally and think they’re invincible.  Meanwhile the other half of us are wearing a mask for other people.  Wearing a mask will protect me to a point, someone I encounter wearing a mask protects me even more.  It’s weird & frustrating how some people just don’t get it?  I have trouble seeing a mask as something to complain or throw a tantrum about. 

I’ve been avoiding all news this week.  Why was my A/C running at 7:10 pm in November in Canada……rrrrrright that climate change thing that’s a hoax like Covid?

I tried to watch some political news Thursday night and it’s just not worth it for me until the votes have all been counted.  This isn’t “Trump Fatigue” it’s “Election Fatigue” for me.  I’m guessing, this is NOT a fact, there will be a war either way?  If Biden becomes President there may be a civil war?  If Trump remains as President, I don’t think a world war is out of the question?  If Trump wins I’ll get hammered on rum & likely give up on humanity.  That last sentence is FACT.

Needless to say it’s been a stressful/dark/troublesome week & I can’t stop thinking about another family, with 4 children, going through a similar situation to ours in 2008.  I know already that I’ll be crying tonight (Thursday) & Friday morning when I wake up.  This is just so far from being fair to anyone.  It’s not stage 4 brain cancer but he’s paralyzed from the waist down with 4 kids, of which 2 are under the age of 3.  Hell, my lip is trembling & my eyes are watering now thinking about this.  I was in bed Thursday night before Kim (that’s a VERY rare occurrence).  She came to bed & immediately says “What’s wrong?”  I didn’t know how to sum it up in one sentence.  I’m tired & over stressed, & I’ve avoided election news!

If you’re a fan of “Saturday Night Live” watch it for sure this week.  Comedian “Dave Chappelle” is hosting & my favourite band, “Foo Fighters” are the musical guest.  They’ve been teasing fans with parts of a song on their Facebook page. I assume it’s the first single from the album they finished recording in February.

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

FANTASTIC WEEK!

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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

Little delay today.  The building manager & fire Marshall were checking the sprinklers & fire alarms in each suite this morning.  This happens once a year.

Great week for me!  Exercise went REALLY well & I felt very productive/accomplished on guitar too.  I learned the “Alter Bridge” song by mid-week & relearned “Learn to fly” & “Razor” by Foo Fighters by the end of Tuesday.  I just keep playing new songs over & over until it becomes automatic.  Relearning a song I’ve played 100s of times before gets boring but I know I need to do it.  To keep the tempo I sing the melody in my head or hum along if I can.  “Alter Bridge” is a new thing to me on guitar other than their song “Find the Real” most Foo Fighters’ songs I’ve played & sang quite a bit, although I have been learning “Rope” that was released in April of 2011 while I was in my rehabilitation program.

I’ve never attempted singing “Addicted to Pain” so I count the beats.  Pretty busy on guitar to sing along with…even just in my head!

Foo Fighters’ album ‘There is Nothing Left to Lose’ was released in November of 1999.  My grandmother died of cancer on December 5th, 1999.  I almost wore out the CD, with ‘Learn to Fly’ on it, that December.  It was my 3rd semester of University & I didn’t want to do anything after she died.  I would blast that album in my used 1989 Ford Tempo & drive 45 minutes away to the closest city, Moose Jaw, & back to kill time.  I’ve heard, played, & sang ‘Learn to Fly’ 100s of times.

I’ve been playing ‘Razor’ quite a bit & ‘Addicted to Pain’ a lot to memorize them both ‘Razor’ is memorized & ‘Addicted to Pain’ is new to me and just busy in general.  VERY satisfying though!

I think we can add a 1959 Gibson Les Paul reissue to my “never going to happen” list.  That’s why I’m saving for the much more affordable PRS S2 McCarty 594.

I will confess that I had a coffee on Tuesday since I didn’t sleep well Monday night.  That’s my 3rd coffee since the end of May!  I don’t know what my resting heart rate is now?  While I was doing exercise therapy, my therapist would check my pulse before & after my 30 minute workout first thing in the morning.  I think it was in the mid-90s per minute before my exercise without coffee?   

Kim heard on Wednesday that October is “Disability Employment Awareness Month”.  In Saskatchewan anyways.  We were talking about me getting a part time online job Tuesday night.  I’m definitely up for that type of job.  I could still get my exercise done in the morning & work 4 hours in the afternoon or even work 2 ½ full days if needed.  Minimum wage in Saskatchewan is $11.45, I could do that for a bit of extra cash & having an actual purpose while contributing to society!  I’d rather be useful than dependent.

Even without a job & minimal TV the days just seem to be too short.  Weeks seem OK, & 2020 isn’t over yet?!?!  BALLS!  I’m awake by 7:30 am, shower between 11-12 depending on the day, play guitar, hang out with Kim, she goes to bed at 9:30-10:00 pm, & I typically go to bed between 11:00 pm to midnight.  I sleep in on Saturday.  Sunday I’m usually making my vegetable juice, eggs, & fish for the week.  Brewster will bark at us around 8:00 pm from the bedroom meaning he wants up on the bed.  Kim puts him up there, but he comes out to the living room 10-30 minutes later. “Who needs Sleep?”

I had a psychiatrist appointment & all is going really well.  He asked about my typical day & was happy to hear about.  Last time that I saw him I was prescribed a small dose of anti-depressants/sleeping pills, I told him that they seem to help most of the time.  He was happy to hear that too.  Really nice guy and very personable.  Came out to the waiting room to say hi, helped with the doors out of the building even.

Yesterday was Kim’s birthday.  Covid birthday.  Ordered in food, my parents brought over mine & Brewster’s gift to her while she was at work today & my dad drove me to my appointment about the time Kim was close to finishing work for the day.  She told me last night that she has today off, so we stayed up later than usual.  She wanted to relax & just watch some Netflix for a while after we had supper, so that was her Covid birthday.  Kim actually took Brewster out for a bit this morning to avoid the loud high pitched smoke alarms going off this morning.

I compared Ellen’s apology to Donald Trump’s response to sexual assault accusations, there’s a BIG difference in my opinion.  Ellen admits quite a bit that she avoids tabloids regarding her & her show.  She also calls herself a “…work in progress…”  Donald Trump was born in 1946 and hasn’t changed since.  All he ever says is how he’s so perfect at EVERYTHING!  I think we’re all a work in progress.  You’re not going to wake up one day and think “Oh, I’m perfect!  I guess I can stop evolving”.  The world is still spinning you might want to keep up?!

I’m suffering from “Trump Fatigue”.  I’ve recorded the debate & I’ll watch the “Borat” movie on Amazon Prime at some point this weekend, then I don’t need to see anymore until after the election results are given.  Then I can get drunk & forget what happened if Trump wins & pray or keep on keeping on with more optimism than usual if Biden wins.

This looks interesting.  I’m mostly deaf in my right ear from listening to LOUD rock & metal bands live.

YAY, “Nothing but Thieves” 3rd album “Moral Panic” is out today!  The first 2 albums & 4 song EP didn’t disappoint me in the least!

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

“Spread love” –Ellen Degeneres 

BAD VISIT TO THE VET LAST NIGHT

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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

600 Crunches

600 Leg lifts

200 Squats   

300 Back flexes

1:20 hour of yoga over 2 days

Nice short week.  Feeling good & detoxed from Thanksgiving.  Food I don’t typically eat & I had a glass of wine as well as a gin beverage of some type, good at the time but nice to get out of my system.  Sorry about the typos in any posts, my bad.

I still don’t like meeting new people the way I look now in a wheelchair with an iPatch.  I feel very awkward, socially anyways.  I was outgoing for a bit after high school.  Even had a bit of self-confidence for a while.

I had another shocking/pleasantly surprising moment during my exercises Wednesday morning.  I was about to start my squats & figured I try to just stand still with my hands a few inches away from my transfer pole.  Turned out to be the longest I’ve been able to stand on my own.  I’m pretty sure I’ll never walk on my own again, but that was a great event for me that morning! 

I try not to watch CNN & Fox news channel isn’t free with our cable package.  We did have a free trial period though.  I’m a Canadian that has seen both broadcasts.  I’m not a fan of either one even though I side with the left/democrats/CNN.  The 2 stations are further away from each other than I could ever imagine.  CNN tends to twist the knife in their favor.  Fox news seems to be fiction grabbed from dream land & reported as news.  Personally, I have no say on November 3rd.  I’d vote for a cold serving of liver before I’d even consider voting for Donald Trump.  Can’t say that I was ever a fan of his even before he became President.  What exactly has he done for Americans in a positive matter?  Has he ever put American citizen’s safety/health a priority?

He’s done some terrible things and denied them all.  He was involved & has been photographed in many of these situations that he has, conveniently, forgot.  He’s lied, cheated, withheld information, he’s ignorant & arrogant.  Even in Canada I’m tired of the lies & misinformation.  I not only have the effects of cancer & depression, I now have “Trump Fatigue”.   

I can’t vote in the USA Federal election since I’m a Canadian living in Canada, if I was in Russia I assume my opportunity to vote on November 3rd would increase.  Canada shares a border with America & I feel as though I’m too close to Donald Trump.  I don’t want a dictator for a neighbor.  So for the 10 or so Americans reading this, PLEASE VOTE HIM OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    I’m not OK with 221,180 American deaths (at the time of this writing) due to Covid & I don’t think anybody should feel different.

There’s a provincial election happening in Saskatchewan too.  Far less coverage of our election on the local news than the mess going on in the USA.  Finally on Wednesday evening news I watched a Saskatchewan Provincial debate and what did I learn?  Nothing!  A lot of yapping about what the other party can’t do.  You’d think most politicians would know by now that voters already know what the current party can’t/won’t do.  I’d like to know what a different leadership can do & what changes I’ll see.  Of course there was no talk about people with disabilities, as usual.  I’m supposed to vote today and I have no clue who to vote for?

Brewster had a visit to the vet last night.  He was already maxed out on pills for his heart murmur & things got worse for the little guy.  He has some type of disease that I’m not even going to pretend to spell & he’s on another medication for a bladder infection.  Between blood, urine, vet visit & medication, then we find out he has a bladder infection, his kidneys aren’t great, & some disease I’m not even going to try to spell.  We’re both a little stressed & worried about our little guy.  I’m just glad he’s not in any pain at this point, still worried about him A LOT!  The little guy is priority number 1 more than usual!  I didn’t sleep well, but Brewster did.  He was up & bombing around the place this morning.  Pretty sure we just spent a little more than a mortgage payment at the vet last night, we needed all of his heart pills again too.

I went deep this week & decided to learn the guitar for this song.  I’ll be working at this for a while.  I’ve got most of the pattern down, now I need to get it up to tempo.  I’m done picking songs to learn, I have a lot of tabs bookmarked to learn.

Sorry, LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!

If a person wants to wear any kind of shirt with a logo, band, or anything symbolic on it, I don’t care.  When you give it any attention, it’s free advertising for a brand!

I haven’t listened to this album in a long time.  I should change that!  Rick Beato will forget more than I’d ever hope to know.

Well I did it & again I didn’t like it.  Too many glaring mistakes.  We made 2 videos of me playing guitar, one with my Epiphone Explorer & the other on my new PRS S2 Custom 22 semi-hollow.  Kim noticed that I just instantly tense up with a camera in the room. 

I should mention that the video of “For all the cows” is with my PRS which I had setup with every string tuned down a ½ step, flat.  The song is not written that way.  I just like to play in that tuning. Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, Bb, Eb instead of the usual E, A, D, G, B, E.  They’ll both be on the Facebook page!  As for the actual playing, anxiety is at maximum & after 9 tries, I figured that was enough.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

“Spread love” –Ellen Degeneres 

WHY DID I WATCH THE NEWS???

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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

2020 has been a rough year to say the least, for pretty much everyone I assume, even me.  Being in quarantine has been fine with me but just opening my Facebook or watching the news can bring me down.  I turned 40 this year and I claimed that this would be my year.  That hasn’t changed at all, but there have been a few additional/minor obstacles along the way.

I finished my exercises on Tuesday, responded to a few emails & Facebook messages.  I was in here just WAY too long, ate my lunch & then crawled back into bed completely exhausted and slept until 5:00 pm. 

When I woke up, the news of Eddie Van Halen passing from cancer at the age of 65 was EVERYWHERE on social media.  I was never a fan of Van Halen, they were always just there & once in a while I’d get a song of their’s stuck in my head.  Him passing is a BIG thing among rock & metal guitar players or most musicians in general.  He developed many guitar techniques, he wasn’t just a REALLY good rock star.  I’m pretty sure that a TON of the bands I listen to currently wouldn’t sound the way they do without having heard Eddie Van Halen play guitar.  If you don’t know him, you’ve likely heard him.  Michael Jackson got him to play the guitar solo on “Beat It”

When you first go to listen to “Eruption” you just think you’re going to hear a song but you end up listening to a 1:40 minute guitar solo.  TONS of people, not me, will emulate it but Eddie created it.

This is Eddie Van Halen playing “Eruption” live in concert.  It’s long but it may help you understand his impact on any guitar player that has heard him.

I said I’d put out a small handful of videos of me playing guitar.  Mostly for me to deal with my anxiety.  I’ve picked 3 songs to do & they will trickle out when I feel they’re good enough.  All Led Zeppelin songs are new to me on guitar.  I’m just going to focus on getting these 3 as perfect as I can & hopefully I don’t freak out with a camera on me.  Of course I’ll put out abreviated versions.  Foo Fighters have been my favourite band since I saw a video on Much Music (Canada’s MTV) from their second album.  So I play a LOT of Foo Fighters stuff.

Not only is exercising daily helping me, but I’m also eating healthier, cutting out coffee & tea, while seriously minimizing my alcohol consumption to 2 oz. of Baron Samedi spiced rum on the rocks or a beer every 2-3 weeks.  I never really drink anything other than water most of the time.  A side effect of my pills are dry mouth, so I just keep a liter of water beside me all day & I usually fill my water bottle at least 3 times a day, even on weekends. 

When we got to our friends’ place last weekend, I stood up out of the car.  When I did that I quickly realized I wasn’t holding on to anything or using my arms to get up & out of our vehicle.  I immediately grabbed hold of the vehicle door.  Since February of 2008 I’ve never done that.  I startled & shocked myself at the same time.

Now that I own a PRS S2 I totally get this.  It’s a very easy to play instrument and whatever brand name is on the headstock of a guitar shouldn’t matter.  If it’s your instrument and it works for you, that’s why you have it & use it.  Even the mastermind, Paul Reed Smith himself, says that if he plays another guitar and prefers it over something PRS has made, he’ll buy it & use it.  My first guitar, a Tradition Les Paul, is great and would be the closest rival to my PRS S2 in many aspects also the furthest from my PRS S2 in many other aspects.  I’d like to say to anybody reading this, I’m sorry I took you through such a deep dive on my new guitar.  Everything I said is true so I was excited about it.  As for the topic of pickups or tone wood having the biggest effect on the sound, that’s up for debate for many people.  I think the wood used makes a HUGE difference but the next person could prove me wrong.

I watch a TON of guitar related www.youtube.com channels full of demos & reviews.  Here is a guy, who I believe lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (2 ½ hours north of Regina), that was scammed by ordering a guitar made oversea where they produce knock off look-a-like guitars for a fraction of the price.  I’m glad I’ve never experienced this problem.

It’s October in Canada.  Typically we’d see snow here by now.  With climate change, the winters seem shorter the last few years.  I just heard our air conditioner turn on.  Winters are cold here, I wear shorts year ‘round since I’m usually inside, people think I’m crazy because it’s cold out, & summers are TREMENDOUSLY hot!  For it to be +30 Celcius in the summer or + 40 in July is a strong possibility.  In the winter -50 Celcius isn’t a stretch.

I turned on the news briefly on Wednesday, this is what I learned in 6 minutes or so.  There’s a bomb threat at the mall downtown, the President is contagious but back in the White House & high as a kite on experimental medication & steroids nobody will receive until approved, & 19 people in the White House have tested positive for the virus.  What did I learn from the news?  There’s a crazy person downtown & the President learned nothing after being in the hospital for the virus……and that’s why I try to avoid the news!

It was like watching a trailer for the sequel of “White House Down”.

You know what would be nice?  If we could all deal with our own stuff & not bother anyone else.  That would be nice but somebody or something always stirs the pot.  WHY?

I guess watching the news wasn’t enough punishment for me so I watched the Vice Presidential debate.  My opinion doesn’t matter on this since I’m a Canadian living in Canada, so I can’t vote.  It still a boils down to one question for me.  Does anyone want 4 more years of what’s going on now minus the Coronavirus?  If you answered “Yes” vote for Trump, if you answered “No” vote for Biden.  Nothing has changed for me.  I know where I stand on many of the issues addressed in the debate & I know how I’d vote if I had the chance.  Were in a pandemic, what else was I supposed to watch?  I know that for some reason science & facts don’t seem to matter right now but a fact is that the planet, because of climate change, can’t take 4 more years of the current administration in the USA.  Unless most of us die of something else before 2050, there’s a pretty good chance we’ll see the end of the world.

Here it is a nice long weekend in Canada!  Thanksgiving weekend!

“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. Sleeping has been terrible all week.  Nap on Tuesday afternoon, 5:00 am up & doing stuff Thursday followed by a nap after my exercise.  Today I just wanted to stay in bed, I got up a little after 8:00 am.  I like to be awake & doing my exercises by 7:30 am.  Thursday was odd I slept oddly and woke up with a SORE left hand middle finger, I couldn’t make a fist.  Very little guitar playing yesterday.

THAT FELT LIKE A WEEKEND!

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Nice to relax over the weekend.  Life’s not a race but until this weekend I’ve felt like I have to catch up to everyone.  I finally relaxed for a while.  Saturday I just spent far too long playing guitar, most of the day from 1:30pm until I went to bed around midnight.

Weird thing is that I still get anxiety, I think, when my buddy or brother comes over to hang out & play guitar.  I freeze & forget that I know how to play anything out of 20(?) songs.  Like the 4 songs by Led Zeppelin or 9 Foo Fighters songs, etc.  Songs that I play every day or the handful of songs I learned on my 7 string.  I gotta get over that hump already.

As I’ve mentioned, I don’t drink alcohol much.  I had 1 short bottle of beer late Saturday night.  That little amount of sugar & alcohol had me awake at 6:00 am Sunday.  I just laid there until 10:30 am drifting in & out of sleep, I was tired but couldn’t stay asleep.

Sunday was our ‘niece’s’ 7th birthday extravaganza!  Supper was ham, potatoes, beans, carrots, & dill pickles.  Followed by the must have birthday cake & ice cream.  We missed our ‘nephew’s’ birthday because of Covid so he got his gift that day as well.  He turned 2 in the spring.  Our friends are teaching him well.  Just like me, no pants but he made sure I put on my jacket & hood when we left.  Me, always in shorts, him a diaper & shirt.

Kim got a hair appointment in a few weeks for our ‘niece’ to have her hair coloured all the colours of the rainbow.  She was pretty excited about that!

I thought of an expensive but great idea for our friends’ family.  He plays guitar so I thought the 4 of them could build a guitar since you can buy DIY kits with all of the parts.  I figured the kids could colour/stain it.  Our ‘nephew’ loves tools so he could help putting it together, & our friend will be learning how to solder in a few weeks, so she could attach the pickups.  Then I realized that depending on the type of guitar it would cost $200-$350 for the kit, plus stain, shielding paint, & clear coat.  It would be a fun but expensive project.

My brother picked me up to take me to Long & McQuade Monday afternoon.  That’s the store I ordered my guitar through.  They offer a free set up on the guitar within a year of it being purchased with them.  They told me to let it acclimate to our place for 2 weeks before hand.  It was shipped with 10-46 strings I use 10-52 strings, so I wanted to make sure it was done properly since I’ve never had a tremolo bridge on a guitar before.  This should be a one & done thing.  20 minute deal so we just window shopped while it was being done.  This is another reason I don’t have a credit card.  I might have put us in serious debt if I had…….but we’d have a bounty of guitar gear!  I saw a less expensive Gibson Les Paul with a flamed maple green/black top that tempted me.  I love the look & sound of any Les Paul I’ve played!  I had the money but it’s being saved for the PRS S2 McCarty 594 to be ordered in February.

Its home & on its wall hanger now.  It looked a little bare in here when I packed it up Sunday night.  Now it feels perfect, & it was really good before too!  I’ll order the S2 McCarty 594 that reviewers say is way better than a Gibson Les Paul that would set me back an extra $1000.  I’ll get the amplifier hopefully after my birthday in January 2022.  Then I’ll be done shopping for anything over $500 for a long time, if not forever.

I’m still stuck on getting it in a single cut (directly below) or in a PRS double cut?  Everything else is the same on both guitars, the body shape is the only difference.  Feel free to leave a comment or message the Facebook site.  I do already own 2 Les Paul (single cut) body shaped guitars.

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

That amplifier is the bee’s knees or the cat’s pajama’s if you ask me but everything goes on pause after the guitar order in February, until we find a wheelchair accessible house or if we end up remodeling this place.  I think 3 suites were recently sold in this building recently.  That’s good news!  I thought maybe Covid would detract condo buyers?

Sounds as though the White House has been hit by a wave of the virus.  The President, the first lady, his aide, multiple senators, and Kayleigh McEnany now on Monday.

Donald Trump returns to the White House from the hospital & instantly takes off his mask after tweeting “Don’t let it dominate your life” well it’s better than calling it a hoax……marginally better.  I guess he learned nothing over the weekend?  He’s obviously still contagious & personally, I think he’s breathing very deeply.

Just cleaning up some stuff & learning new songs on guitar.

…& just to drive my brother up the wall I learned most of this.  Drives him nuts!

I found out about a Scottish band, over the weekend, similar to Foo Fighters but not as mainstream appealing, a little more eccentric called “Biffy Clyro”.  They have a wealth of albums.  I started with 4 of them, this song is from an album from 2002.

I decided Monday night to just get to it & relearn this, all of it.  New guitar all set up for me, this called for Foo Fighters!  I wouldn’t be surprised to see a handful of videos before the end of the month?  I just NEED to get over this anxiety garbage!

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

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Chris          

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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 hate doing my exercise before I do them.  Once they’re done, I have a totally different attitude.  Usually around noon I shower and end up having the rest of the day to play guitar while recovering from my exercise earlier.  For me it balances out.  This morning wasn’t bad, get up & get them done!

I watched 1:20 of the “Presidential” debate Tuesday night.  I thought it was beyond sad to see political “Leaders” behaving like undisciplined children.  Biden called Trump a clown…that’s the level of the bar Trump has set for a Presidential nominee.  Trump didn’t call Biden a name during any portion of the debate that I saw.  Trump has often, if not always, called Biden “Sleepy Joe”.  Great….playground insults from politicians seeking election.  It comes down to 2 old white men acting like kids.  I’m not a parent or mature for that matter but I know that name calling is wrong and it won’t help either candidate in the long run.  I also know that I’m a Canadian living in Canada and I don’t get to vote.  I’m geographically closer to the “Divided States of America” than Russia, somehow Trump has encouraged Russia & the Ukraine into rigging the election for him to win while Trump slapped tarriffs on Canadian aluminum.  Yeah, ‘cause Canada’s a big threat to America & it’s democracy!  Sadest moment of the debate for me was when Trump couldn’t “condemn the proud boys” after a VERY simple question to do so.

I turned on my computron the next day after the debate and just went “NO”!  It was just a sad display of the current disregard EVERYTHING culture that is unfortunately all around us.  What did I learn from the debate?  Nothing!  Trump is still Trump, he bullied/interrupted as much as possible & Biden stooped to his level.  Trump did EXTREMELY bad & Biden did just slightly better.  Overall it was just sad.

If Biden wins there will be a civil war in the USA.  If Trump wins America will say goodbye to democracy & some American citizens will likely move to other countries to avoid Donald Trump & (a probable) WWIII on American soil.

You can make a case that either of the 2 won the debate, spin it the way you want.  I pay more in Canada for things, other than health care, but I don’t have to choose between Trump & Biden.

To expand on an issue from Tuesday’s post. I saw a video of an obviously Repubican supporter, which is OK with me, whatever political party you align with is fine.  I may not agree with that choice but I agree that you should have a choice.  Anyways, the person was going on about how Ellen Degeneres’ opening monologue/apology for the new season was terrible & fake as she addressed the off season investigations into the accusations of sezual assault on set over the years.  At least she apologized & addressed them respectfully.  What has Donald Trump done when faced with any accussations?  Lied, disregarded, pointed a finger, & denied any wrong doing on his part after how many accusations?  Tell me how Ellen’s apology is worse than the President’s dismissal?

Like either of these responses or not.  They’re in the past & can not be changed.  Seems like the cool thing to do now is jump to conclusions about anyone regarding their past.  So if that’s how people are judged, what’s the point in changing?  I’m different than I was a month ago but I guess that doesn’t matter?  When I meet a person for the first time, or any time for that matter, & ask “Have you ever acted in an innapropriate way in the past?”  The answer will probably be yes.  Nobody’s perfect 24/7?  

I’ve decided to go with this cut.  The traditional PRS cut, well an exact replica of this guitar below.

I still plan on getting this amplifier or something similar in this price range because of the fact that I can get this sound without blasting the volume!  Yeah I said fact, now nobody cares about facts?  I wonder if anybody will accept the fact that  2+2=4?

Why do I want this guitar stuff now?  I don’t see a pay increase coming my way EVER but I know there is a VERY strong possibility of inflation in the market!  Might as well get it now & use it instead of waiting 20 years when we’ll have likely the same amount money and everything will cost more. 

People, Kim included, keep telling me I’ll want another guitar or some piece of guitar gear.  If I want another big purchase there are numerous things that MUST happen before that.  First & always first, our health.  Kim’s, Brewter’s, & mine.  The guitar I’m saving for.  A house or renovating/remodeling this place if there is no house to be found or if the condo doesn’t sell.  The amplifier or something VERY similar.  I don’t want to go full on digital but I like the options that come with this hybrid of digital & analogue.  Once EVERYTHING is covered & if something else doesn’t pop up.  I’ll decide if I want something & it won’t be an expensive brand name unless it’s a $120 guitar pedal.  It could be a guitar, if it is it’ll be an import (cheaper) guitar under $500.  I have an idea of where I’d look but not a clue as far as what I’d want.  As far as an amplifier & effect pedals go.  I’ll always have 1 amplifier & I like to keep my effect pedals at a minimum.  Right now I have a tuner, phaser, & a delay pedal.  Stuff an amplifier & guitar can’t do.  I’d like to have bought the amplifier & footswitch when I started to play again a year ago, but there are no certainties in life.

Once I’ve saved enough for the guitar, I should have enough in the bank by the end of May, I’ll hold off on saving for the amplifier & footswitch until early 2022.  The PRS S2 line is definetely the top price I’d pay for a guitar.  It’s a substantial amount below $3000.  An S2 is pretty, feels great, & is remarkably more resonant & louder than most, if not all of the other guitars I own.  Once I get the other S2 PRS, I’m done with high end/boutique guitars.  A Core PRS or a Gibson, are both HIGHLY overpriced for what you get in return, in my opinion.  Even a lowest end PRS SE is $1000 + tax in Canada & out of my price range after the S2.  I’ve also heard a mixed bag of results from Harley Benton guitars.  Very affordable guitars but quality can be great or terrible on any type of Harley Benton model.

During that time we’ll be house hunting (I hope we can sell this condo and find a house without losing $10,000) & if we can’t sell the place we’ll be remodelling our suite.  I really don’t like that we own a suite, we pay the mortgage but so many other people in this building get to make up whatever rules they want.  We’re also cramped for space now. 

It’s nuisance now!  I binged & purged stuff last year, we’re doing it again right now & there’s no extra space here even with our storage unit (9’ X 3’) 95% full including a 3 level shelf on wheels full of stuff.

Oh yeah, & we don’t have a spare bedroom either.  Nice area, nice place but NOBODY wants to have to put in ANY work to make it their own, apparently paint & furniture was a no go for viewers last time!

I know we’re going to have to do some renovations to a new place but good grief if anyone has to make changes here!

I assume you weren’t watching but the Toronto Blue Jays season & short lived playoff series is done as of Wednesday afternoon.

I half woke up this morning singing, & I use the term singing litely, Layla by Eric Clapton.  The tempo of his unplugged version but the electric guitar version.  At least I pick a variety of songs to sing in my sleep.  It wasn’t Kokomo by the Beach Boys like it was 5 or 6 years ago?

“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