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350 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

600 Crunches

600 Leg lifts

300 Squats

300 Back flexes

2 days of yoga

There won’t be any stairs during this virus stuff.  I don’t really want to touch a public railing or clean them before & after I’m done.

10:32 minutes of planking over 5 planks.  My longest plank (3:05 minutes) from Wednesday and 2:30 minutes today (when it loads) are on the Facebook page.  No, I won’t be posting a plank every day.  I will do a plank 5 days a week & post the time here.

I fell asleep to “Trivium” the album “What the Dead Men Say”

I exercised to “Big Wreck” the album “…but for the sun”

 

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Saskatchewan is set for a slow re-opening on Monday.  It’s currently Wednesday & our province just had it’s 6th death in total and 17 new confirmed cases today.  Before Monday, April 27th, we had 4 deaths in total.  Do you really need a haircut so bad that its worth risking your health/life?  Priorities people, your hair isn’t going anywhere.

Thank you to EVERYONE who has been at work during this time.  Don’t ever think that the rest of us don’t greatly appreciate what you’re doing. To those who are returning or have returned to work.  Please stay safe & remember that the 6 foot rule still applies, a mask is not a bad idea either!

 

As I’ve stated before, my upper body is doing well ,my lower body…wheelchair.  I’m going to tell you something you may or may not already know?  There is no secret to anything that I know of!  I’ve watched countless www.youtube.com videos full of “secrets” on how to get results by doing this trick while doing this exercise or do this to improve your guitar playing in minutes.

It’s all non sense.  If you want to acomplish anything it’s gonna take hard work, focus, & dedication.  Pretty much everything was easy for me before cancer.  If I wasn’t good enough at something I gave up, now everything is as it should be.  I want to “walk”, well I have to work at that.  I want to play guitar, I’ve got to work on that, etc.  Anything I want to do now involves a lot of trial & error, if I fail I have to try something different to succeed.

All of us are stuck at home right now.  I’ve been stuck at home since December 18th, 2013.  I’ll admit that it took me a bit to get my butt in gear, but where I am now is a long way from where I was.  We’re all at home now, this is YOUR time, what do YOU want to do with it?  What’s that nagging thing in the back of your mind that you keep putting off but know it has to start somewhere?  Do it.

Kim called me a “good self-motivator” and I’m still shocked by that.  Nobody has ever called me that before!  Well what else am I supposed to do with all of this time?  Sit around all day & complain about my cancer to her when she gets home?  I don’t necessarily enjoy forcing myself to exercise 5 days a week.  I’d like to be at least where I was before cancer.  That’s going to take a LOT of work on my part.  That’s the only way I know how to achieve these goals.  That planking I put on Facebook, that’s a fraction of my exercise 5 days a week & even that little bit has it’s complications that you don’t see.

When I woke up from a 4 or 5 week coma after 3 brain surgeries, 8 of my toes were seriously curled, still are.  My 3 smallest toes on each foot are called “hammer” toes, they bend down more.  My 2nd toe on each foot is a “claw” toe.  It’s nearly curled underneath my foot.  Only surjery can fix this, & no I can’t bend them backwards.  That’s why you’ll see me adjusting so much during a plank.  They don’t bother me at any other time than when I’m planking or doing push-ups.  When I’m walking, they’re fine.  The following link has diagrams to explain it.

https://images.app.goo.gl/zBAAZLKBEFShnFVk7

As I’ve mentioned, I don’t watch much TV, WAY less than than last year.  Pretty much news, 2 talk shows, & a handful of other stuff, since there isn’t any MLB or CFL to watch. I watch local & national Canadian news I try not to watch much CNN, I’m not American.  I always watch “The Ellen Degeneres Show” & “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”, I’d watch more late night shows if I could.  “Prodigal Son”which finished it’s season is my replacement for the departed “Criminal Minds”.  There are a few others that I squeeze in.  I’m usually doing something else like practicing guitar when I’m not eating, exercising, showering, peeing, shaving, etc.

I changed the strings on my 7 string, tuned it & played it.  I went to cut the floppy excess off of the strings & accidentaly cut a string.  Before this Kim is telling me “Don’t cut the strings too short until it’s done!” last time I listen to her about new guitar strings.  I know have two 3 string guitars tuned to B, E, A, no D, G, b, e.  I guess I can play some low chords, high chords, or just wait for my Amazon order to replace the D string?

Great salesman who can back up his talk with science & logic, that’s why I’ve got a PRS S2 ordered & plan to buy a PRS SE to finish off with!

 

I’m OK with this until he starts to shout/scream/growl.  Other than that I’d be all in.

Yes, metal/rock fans are picky too.

 

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READ THIS PLEASE, YOU HAVE TIME LIKELY?

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I fell asleep to “Blue Rodeo” the album “Greatest Hits”

I exercised to “Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers” the album “Greatest Hits”

 

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Yeah, I exercised a bit on Friday with my walking with my walker as always.  Small steps since my calves were incredibly sore.  Kim had Monday off, so I took Monday off too.

Look at all of those pretty guitars!  It’s his hobby & his job.  He went to school to be a guitar teacher.  I think I counted 10 high end PRS guitars on his wall, he earned them!  I ordered a medium level PRS & I’m saving & hoping to buy a low end PRS (the cheapest, $1300 PRS in Aqua)…I’m also on disability though & I’m nowhere near that capability on guitar.  He knows more than those who haven’t gone to school for guitar no doubt!

To be clear here I’ve got a few (5-10?) songs up to the proper tempo on guitar.  My left hand/arm are REALLY making things tougher this time around.  I guess it was almost 12 years with brain cancer to kick things off.  If I didn’t like it SO much, I’d likely pack it in.

I realized Friday night that I’ve been playing the opening riff to this song wrong since 2001??!!??  No wonder a random drunk guy came on stage at a 500 person cabaret to tell me “YOU GUYS SUCK!”  Here I thought he was just an angry drunk?????

No, it’s not the open G string mistake that everyone makes either.  HAHAHA, I said “…G string…”!

My mother’s guitar is what peaked my & my brother’s interest in guitar.  He took bass lessons & I went to the internet.  I took two years of piano when I was 6 & 7 years old, followed by flute & choir in high school.  I think my brother played saxophone for a bit, I could be wrong?  I was sent home for a summer in high school with a saxophone.  My band instructor wanted me to learn it & audition for one of the jazz bands the next year.  I was also often the first pick to do extra percussion in high school, I always figured it was because I was mediocre at best on the flute?  Now I mostly listen to metal & rock music, stuff that makes most people cringe, including Kim.  REALLY!!!!!  Why you gotta be that way Kimmy?  She’s smart, cute, & take’s me to school in a disagreement.

This album by “The Darkness” was released last year.  Was this some type of perverse foreshadowing?  Did they know something & didn’t openly tell us?

Well I guess Easter was only kind of cancelled this year.  No big family get together meal, at least that’s how our families spend it.  Kim’s parents were going to come to Regina for Easter this year.  That was cancelled when this virus stuff started.  Kim & I didn’t do anything special.  Thank goodness I didn’t have to partake in a turkey meal!!!!  Can we start celebrating things by ordering pizza?  We just had spaghetti & tomato sauce, nice change!

I was filling my pill cases on the weekend and I felt like Oprah…..

“YOU GET A PILL, YOU GET A PILL, YOU GET A PILL, YOU GET A PILL, EVERYBODY GETS A PILL!!!!!!!” even Kim enjoyed it!

Kim was doing our taxes this weekend.  I could have helped, working makes you do math…………..I don’t work.  0 – 0 = 0 & that’s probably one of the few reasons working is over rated!

I saw this trailer on the weekend…

I liked the first one, I thought it was pretty funny.  I haven’t seen this movie.  I know this is a kid’s movie & likely not meant to be taken too seriously.  Why is it that rock & metal music are being sold to kids as evil?  Does this mean all rock & metal fans are rude jerks?  There’s music I like & music I don’t like.  A TON of music genres have songs that fall into both categories.  We took our ‘niece’ to see the “My Little Pony” movie in the theater for her birthday a few years ago.

When the evil ponies showed up to battle they played ‘metal’ music, distorted guitar?  Why would anyone bother to influence young kids to avoid any type of music or art for that matter?  What is it with the stigma that rock & metal music are evil?  I hope that’s not the intent, & I don’t think it is, however it does seem odd.  Maybe I’m reading too much into it?

Please keep up with the personal distancing?  Just because the curve is flattening doesn’t mean its SUPER PARTY FUN TIME.  It means what we’re doing is helping, keep helping in the effort to eliminate the curve.  There won’t be an announcement “OK, everything’s back to normal carry on as you were”.  When this is over (July?) it will be a gradual release of prioritized workers for more essential businesses & once everyone is out in the public, it will be different.  Please make sure you do your part so we can try to avoid another quarantine.  Too many people out at once isn’t a good thing.  I’m not a figure of authority in any way but I think it’s better to be safe than sorry!

I saw this yesterday & WOW he’s a GREAT/SMART guy.  I wish he’d be a world leader.  I can think of a few that could learn from him, if they ever stopped to listen!

I’ve gotta say I’m a VERY lucky guy!  I’ve got an AMAZING wife that loves me & supports me, of course goes both ways.  Brewster (our dog) is still alive & kicking after 14 years, & I’m lucky enough to be able to work on myself physically & mentally while relearning my favourite hobby!  Things could be much, much worse.

 

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350 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

400 Crunches

400 Leg lifts

200 Squats while balancing on my toes.

200 Back flexes

2 days of yoga

4 short planks

Walking distance – 420 meters = 1377.95 feet

There won’t be any stairs during this virus stuff.  I don’t really want to touch a public railing or clean them before & after I’m done.

I fell asleep to “Queens of the Stone Age” the album “Villains”

I exercised to “TOOL” the album “Lateralus”

I made the font size larger & now the spellcheck doesn’t work?  Sorry in advance.

It’s Tuesday evening as I write this.  Before I posted Tuesday’s blog, I slept in, & didn’t excersise until after I posted the blog.  I exercised to “Chromeo” on Monday & “Foo Fighters” afterwards on Tuesday.

I played my “Fender” Telecaster Tuesday evening & quickly learned the rhythm to this…

…none of the fast licks but the main riff & verse/chorus.  I opted on Tuesday to learn different bands/sounds on each guitar instead of just going from 1 album by 1 band.  Different stuff to learn with each different artist/band.  I found a set list of cover songs from my first band in University.  I’ll go through that to start.  Not all of our songs are on there, I’ll add to it as I go, I think we ended up doing about 40 cover songs & wrote 7 of our own?

I guess I’ll call this a ‘retraction’?  I said that P90 pickups were double coil pickups, they aren’t.  They’re slightly larger, louder single coil pickups.  You typically see single coil pickups on Fender Stratocasters.  Gibson created the P90 pickup to be louder, have a different sound & look since they were on Gibson’s first solid body guitar a 1950 Gibson Gold Top Les Paul.  Double coil pickups were made later on.  They were created to remain at the same volume level as the P90 but included the second coil to add the volume & reduce the hum, that’s why they’re now commonly called “Humbuckers”.  Here’s a Gibson Les Paul 1950 Gold Top with P90 pickups…

Les Paul Standard 50s w/P90 Pickups - Gold Top

Best PRS SE on the market, aqua it is, I’m saving up!  If Kim decides on a trip, the money goes there.  The SE model was introduced to the SE line in 2019 & modeled after Paul Reed Smith’s Core guitar, it’s not going anywhere.  If I could afford a $5000 + tax guitar I’d get the Core model in Violet Blue Burst.  That would take me a decade or more to save for & Kim might kill me if I tried to!!!????

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

https://www.long-mcquade.com/124878/Guitars/Electric-Guitars/Paul-Reed-Smith/SE-Paul-s-Guitar—Aqua.htm

1 acoustic & 6 electrics are enough for me.  A PRS S2 on the way & an SE in the future & I’ll keep rockin’ n’ ROLLIN’ until I can’t anymore!  Your seeing these guitars a fraction of the amount of times I’ve looked at them!

S2 Custom 22 Semi-Hollow Body Guitar w/Gig Bag - McCarty Sunburst

I don’t necessarily switch guitars constantly.  The feel, shape, & sound of a guitar tends to dictate what comes next.  Example; my no-name brand green Les Paul aka “Kermit” feels & sounds great for most modern rock & a lot of grunge.  My Fender Telecaster aka “Ian” sounds best with blues, country, or most pre-1980 rock music.

Nope, I don’t need or want these guitars!  I’ve got my 7 string “Kiichichaos”, no-name Les Paul “Kermit”, Epiphone Explorer “Grohl”, semi-hollow Fender Telecaster “Ian”, an ordered semi-hollow PRS S2, & one day a PRS SE “Paul’s Guitar”.

All of these above are guitars I either don’t like the look or sound of, that’s why I’d say they’re not for me.  I find a floyd rose bridge to be more of a hassle/extra work on a guitar.  I’ve played 2 in my life & broke a string both times within 2 minutes.

Any & all youtubers I’ve been watching have helped me TREMENDOUSLY in relearning guitar after almost a 12 year hiatus!

If you like checking out guitars as much as I do, I recommend checking this blog out.  https://guitarbrat.music.blog/

 

Good things don’t change over night usually.  As with my exercise & guitar playing.  Practice, repetition & persistence are essential for the desired outcome.  Best thing for most people to remember ‘There’s always someone doing better’.  That’s what keeps me going!

I went walking this morning in our parkade.  WOW were my calves sore just standing up.  I guess the change in how I do my squats was a good thing?

When I find that somethings not working the way I had hoped, I take a different approach to it after multiple attempts.  I try to learn from my failures.  That doesn’t necessarily mean everything was terrible.  Take the positives with you & throw out the negatives, then adjust accordingly.

Example; My leg exercises aren’t helping my calves.  My thighs are doing well though.  I changed the way I do my squats this week to benefit both areas.  Only time will tell if I get the desired results?  I won’t know tomorrow, probably by the end of the month or a couple of weeks after that?

There’s no short cut that I know of for what I’m trying to do.  There are no instructions on how to overcome the effects of brain cancer.  I’ve got to continue to get better at what I’m doing.  I can’t just throw my hands in the air, walk away, & say “Ah, good enough!”  I literally can’t “walk” away…I should have said “roll”.

Since everyone is stuck at home, you might as well use this time to do all of those little things around your house that you never have time to do.  Don’t do them all at once though!  Spread them out, who knows how much free time you’ll have?  If you’ve already done most of the stuff around your house, was there anything else on your list to accomplish?  Don’t most people want to lose weight and get healthier?  Now’s the time!  What else do you have to do?

Call, text, Facebook, Tweet, Instagram, Skype, video chat, or email someone to participate with you.  That will make you accountable for meeting your goal that day!  Contact them before & after, have fun with it!

I know I yap about guitars a LOT, but there’s a reason for that.  I’m home with Brewster 9-10 hours a day.  I eat, exercise, shower, watch very little TV, & play guitar.  Until this past September I didn’t have much to look forward to the next day after I finished my exercises.  Now I have this hobby I LOVED doing back in my life for the first time since the beginning of February 2008.

I was watching this on “The Ellen Degeneres Show” the other day & did it Thursday (4 takes since I kept messing up the words) before I did my weight exercises.  I challenge Mitch Fraser, Cameron Rorquist, Sukhdeep Sandhu.  I’m only supposed to tag 3 people, but if you’re reading this, I challenge you.  If a 40 year old physically handicapped guy can do it, so can you!  I tried to sing a few different songs but messed up the lyrics the video is my 4th attempt.

My video is on the Facebook page.

 

The new album from thrash metal group “Testament” is GREAT!  “Titans of Creation”

EXPLICIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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NO EXERCISE TODAY

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300 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

200 Crunches

200 Leg lifts

100 Squats while balancing on my toes.

100 Back flexes

No walking or stairs this week.

2 days of yoga

Woke up at 3:30 am Thursday morning, ate fast food for a late supper at 8:00 pm last night.  Rolled around in bed feeling terrible until 2:00 am last night wide awake then commenced to throw up until 5:30 am or so.  Drinking water (dehydrated), still aching, & a little warm.  Sorry this is late I just woke up.  This was mostly written Thursday morning.

 

I worked out to “Foo Fighters” a few times this week!  Oh my does that get my heart pumping!

I guess listening to my favourite band while exercising helps get me moving?!  If only it added muscle to my tooth pick sized legs, at least I see a little improvement there.  Arms, chest, & shoulders are much easier to see & feel the improvement in.  I guess I am “Something from Nothing”

This story has stuck with me since they’re first appearance on the show.  #AXEALS

I had stage 4 brain cancer, I beat it & now get the opportunity to beat the lasting effects of it.  You don’t get that opportunity when diagnosed with A.L.S.  The fact that there’s a medication out there that can slow the effects of the disease & it’s not available is ridiculous!  Let’s make it available!

I woke up at 3:20 am Thursday morning.  My brain won’t stop, you’d think I’d be smarter!?  Got up, had breakfast, wrote some of this & then went to exercise in silence, too early for the stereo!  My post for Tuesday is ½ done, I had breakfast, exercised, & its 6:49 am.

Get all of my stuff done, feed Brewster.  Kim gets up to shower & go to work and our walk in shower that I have to use is broken.  The diverter broke off this morning.  No shower for me until later.  Instead I watched the 2 hour series finale of “Criminal Minds”.  Thank goodness “Prodigal Son” is here to fill the void of a creepy serial killer show!

Saturday is the first Spring Training game for the Toronto Blue Jays!  You know what I’ll be doing Saturday afternoon!

I was going to post some videos of myself playing a song on each guitar.  I didn’t since my left arm is day to day as far as control goes.  It’s coming along but slower than I anticipated.  I do practice a LOT though.

 

“Lamb of God” has a single out, “Trivium” has something coming out soon, & “Foo Fighters” are done recording their new album & have announced, what I hope is only a portion of a tour.  If only the “Megadeth”, “Lamb of God”, “Trivium”, & “In Flames” tour would come near Saskatchewan?

 

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“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

DOWN TIME

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I fell asleep to “Foo Fighters” the album “Sonic Highways”

I exercised to “Jimmy Eat World” the album “Surviving”

 

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/

There are photos of myself & each guitar I own in the Facebook links on here.  You should know that I despise photos & videos of myself.  Also any audio of myself.  I’ve sang on a few recordings, I’ve listened to them a handful of times, all I do is find/notice mistakes either on guitar or vocals of myself.  I very seldom listen/look at to any type recordings of myself.

Kim called me on the way home from work Friday to get ready to go out to see “Little Women”.  I’m not much of a fan of period pieces, but there was nothing bad about it, I’ve never read the book.  I had to ask her this on the way though…

She didn’t remember that moment.  I guess when we were dating she just used me for my “Friends” DVDs.  Not sure why she keeps me around now?  Do you think she like…..LIKES me?

I’ll play the heck out of the new 6 string, then continue saving for a trip to where ever Kim wants to go.  Then I’ll save for the Limited Edition Epiphone Les Paul signature Matt Heafy 7 string guitar.  Less than half the price of the guitar recently ordered but it will take longer to save for…….and it’s off of the new 2020 Epiphone guitar website.  I guess all that remains are the guitars in stock at stores.  I feel sick!  There are other 7 string guitars but this was the only one I really liked.  Our “guitar savings” are spent.  Instant gut wrenching heartbreak…….as of Monday morning I find out that Long & McQuade have 9 in stock (at other stores in Canada) and can still get them in from the supplier.  I can’t afford that now, I was thinking a few years down the road.  I think a vacation with Kim & hopefully a house should happen before my final guitar purchase is made, if the funds are available?  I’m doubtful this will still be available at that time.

All 6 strings for me, but HOT DAMN that sexy PRS!  April seems so far away!  I feel like a kid in November waiting for Christmas!

https://www.long-mcquade.com/22227/Guitars/Electric_Guitars/Gibson/Matt_Heafy_Les_Paul_Custom_7_String_Electric_Guitar.htm

I watch WAY too many guitar demos of my ordered guitar & this Epiphone model!

You’ll notice there is no Matt Heafy signature 7 string Les Paul guitar listed in the link below.  The hundreds of others don’t compare for me.  It’s about getting this particular model, not just any 7 string.

https://www.epiphone.com/Guitars/Collection/Artist

The PRS is my last regular guitar, if the 7 string is available 5 years down the road that will complete my guitar purchasing.  If it’s not available I’m done now.  I’m pretty sure I’m done now. Before I was sick I figured one guitar every 4 or 5 years.  Now on one income, I’m done.  Expensive hobby.

I bought an S2 semi-hollow.  They’re really not that affordable unless you started the company!  Mine is an S2 custom 22 semi-hollow.  Same line, different model.  5th highest model out of 6.  Even the cheapest model is more than $1000 retail if it’s a true PRS made in Maryland.  There are other PRS style guitars that are cheaper made overseas.

Kim’s at work all day and doesn’t see my exercise other than walking & stairs where she has to make sure I don’t crack my noggin’ open.  I’m rather inept when it comes to any type of technology so you’ll have to open the Facebook link & scroll down for photos of me & my guitars on Facebook.  The photos were taken on Saturday, January 18, 2020.  I hope this works, my apologies in advance if it doesn’t.  The photos will only on the Facebook link, sorry.  https://www.facebook.com/A-Million-Miles-Away-Blog-1597618270456002/

https://www.facebook.com/1597618270456002/photos/pcb.2395341334017021/2395339010683920/?type=3&av=1597618270456002&eav=AfZkgmZrT8Rsf7JEqHxzaTs2iYdSYF0LQJtKk2vghbajjKbp0wiTfzm-gpjgwqvHKbXHSOB3IjY_iUXarhhyy1tv&theater

A photo of my ugly mug a few weeks shy of turning 40.  12 years after stage 4 brain cancer.  I collapsed at work on Tuesday, February 5th, 2008.  Yes, I’m wearing shorts indoors & it’s a blizzard outside.  I went to a movie in shorts Friday night while wearing shorts, a hoodie, toque, and gloves.  I went from the vehicle to the movie theater.  Yeah, it’s cold out.

https://www.facebook.com/1597618270456002/photos/pcb.2395341334017021/2395339010683920/?type=3&av=1597618270456002&eav=AfbblMFkP4oNVdGt-0hcdnXcrL39QdjDoasY4BmjIpbxgIGS-fM2SQN_WkikR1a65nGM0dKEPtqvBqWNzx-nhiNr&theater

This is me holding my first guitar I received on my 21st birthday from my family.  My (Green) Les Paul made by Tradition guitars that no longer exist.  The guitar is exactly the same as when I received.  This was my main guitar for every live show I ever played.  This guitar seems to push more bass tone, yet the pickups produce a lot of high pitched feedback if you’re not conscious about it.

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This is my (black) Epiphone Explorer.  My girlfriend (now wife) bought it for me as a Christmas gift in 2002, we started dating in April of that year.  I had the pickups changed to EMG pickups for $200 after one show with it.  There’s an active EMG 60 in the neck pickup & an EMG 81 in the bridge pickup.  EMG pickups push more of the higher & mid-range tones which can also cause feedback.  Dave Grohl played a black Gibson Explorer early on in his career with “Foo Fighters”.  My reason for the cursive “F” logo of the band which I added as well as the Canadian flag.  Epiphone is the cheaper version of guitars also made by Gibson.  Same design, cheaper materials.  This has become my main guitar when playing electric guitar.  I play rock music for the most part while dipping my toe deeper into metal music.

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This is the (Brown) Fender Telecaster I received as a gift from a very good friend of mine while going through physiotherapy in 2009.  This is the guitar signed by Ian Thornley, the singer-songwriter from the Canadian rock band “Big Wreck”.  This guitar has 2 single-coil pickups instead of humbucker pickups.  It’s also semi-hollow.  The sound is more geared towards a twangy country music sound or a blues sound on the neck pickup.  I rarely play this guitar, mostly because of the sound, country & blues aren’t suited to my taste in music also the neck of the guitar just doesn’t feel comfortable in my hand?  It is a very nice looking guitar, at least I think so!  I’ve always liked the shape of a Telecaster!

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My acoustic-electric hybrid guitar made by Takamine.  This guitar is the only guitar I have purchased for myself.  I think the electronics inside the guitar fell during the photo?  All of my guitars are either hung on the wall or in a stand on the floor.  They’re more accessible so I can grab one at any time.  My acoustic is typically found in the living room.  The electric guitars are in our office by my guitar amplifier.

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The acoustic guitar on the wall is the one I bought for Kim, the same Christmas she bought me the Epiphone Explorer.  She wanted a blue acoustic guitar.  It’s a blue Washburn acoustic with Grover tuners.  The only blue acoustic I could find in 2002.  She never learned to play it.  I used it to teach a few friends & I’m using it now for the same reason.  No charge, not a wealth of knowledge in my head, just the basics!

My amplifier volume is set to 1 ½ out of 10.  I don’t turn it up in case it bothers our neighbors.  My current amplifier contains one 10” speaker but is VERY loud.  My previous amplifier, before I was sick was 100 Watts with a cabinet of four 12” speakers to put things into perspective.  We lived in a bungalow with my gear in the basement.  I don’t miss carrying my amp & speaker cabinet to the basement at 2:00 am.

All of these guitars are out of production.  I guess they’re not cool enough for others, I like them though!

I hope my ordered guitar isn’t delayed significantly.  PRS were already sold out of the more expensive models, mine wasn’t one of them, before the trade show (NAMM 2020 Jan. 16-19) this past weekend in California.

My other hobby was playing Baseball, which I’m too old to play despite my iPatch & wheelchair.  I watch CFL football & the Toronto Blue Jays faithfully.  CFL starts in the summer.  Blue Jays spring training starts in mid-February.

I find that there is just too much TV these days.  When the fall premiers started I stopped recording quite a few.  Now with the New Year premiers I cancelled the recording of a few more & even bowed out of watching “This Is Us” last week.  There are about 10 shows that I never miss but EVERYTHING is an hour long lately?!  Add streaming to that, I don’t have that kind of time!  Sure I’m at home all day but I have stuff to do & a lot of the shows I watch with Kim when she gets home around 6:00 pm from work.  When I watch 3 hours of baseball every day in the fall, time management gets tricky, especially this upcoming year since the Blue Jays might be decent!  I always find time, as soon as Kim’s home, & we watch “The Ellen Degeneres Show”, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”, “Prodigal Son”, & “Criminal Minds”.

 

Guitarist “Mark Morton” from ‘Lamb of God’ has released a 5 song EP.  Not sure if they’re all cover songs but I instantly recognized 2 1990s rock songs.  One by ‘Pearl Jam’ & one by ‘The Black Crowes’ this is a tame/relaxing EP, not metal at all.  He plays guitar with a different guest vocalist on each song.

 

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Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WEEKEND UPDATE/SEXUAL HARASSMENT

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Thursday evening my mother & grandparents came over for supper.  We ordered from Applebee’s.  I love broccoli, my mother…………………………not so much, her meal came with broccoli too.  I took on the role of a parent “You can’t have _______ until you finish your broccoli”.  She’s on a special diet to lose some weight, in order to have her right knee replaced.  I really had no leverage on her.  She had her left knee replaced on Monday, June 26th.  She was determined to go to the Saskatchewan Roughriders home opener on Saturday, July 1st in the new stadium.  She asked every family member if we thought she’d be able to go to the game, we all said “no”.  Finally she spoke with a nurse giggled & said “no”.  My mother didn’t even leave the hospital until Thursday, June 29th.  She’s doing really well though & no she didn’t make it to the game unfortunately.

Friday was the laziest day ever.  I just sat on the couch, & only got up to use the washroom, fill my water bottle, & eat.  Kim went to the boxing gym around noon to train, did laundry while sitting on the couch with me.

Saturday I watched the Saskatchewan Roughrider game that I had recorded from the night before.  Kim was in & out of the house I called iTunes support about the latest Trivium album I had downloaded from iTunes that had the songs out of order.  Took a while, but my problem was solved!

We went out for supper with Corey, Jolene, 4 year old Hannah, James, & Sherry (Kim’s sister).  Kim’s real birthday is today, so the festivities weren’t finished Saturday night.

Tonight we went out for supper at “The Keg” I’m full & tired!  Kim’s real birthday & Rachel’s on October 30th.  No more food until Christmas for me!

 

FAR MORE IMPORTANT THAN MUSIC STUFF!

 

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Not cool!  As a male I’ve never had to deal with any type of sexual harassment.  Quite a few people I went to school with are all coming out on social media saying “me too”.  It hurts me deeply that they’ve had to deal with this.  I’m glad every person that has dealt with this is now saying they’ve experienced this & want it to stop.  I do also.  It sickens me that there are idiots out there that think this is OK.

http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/ellen-degeneres-shares-me-too-story-milano-urges-action-w509718

Just because I’m a white straight male doesn’t mean it can’t happen to me.  I know that Slipknot/Stone Sour vocalist, Corey Taylor, experienced sexual harassment as a young child by an older “friend”

Those who have dealt with this please remember this one thing.  It’s never ever been your fault.

 

More often it’s a female who gets assaulted.  I have no idea what it feels like to go through this type of harassment.  On behalf of the many more men that share my view on this, I’d like to apologize for all decent humans.

IT WAS NEVER YOUR FAULT!

Watch this movie, but know why it was made.  Joseph Gordon Levitt wanted to show how women are treated as objects & not people.  He sat down with Scarlett Johansson before offering her the script, to tell her why he wrote it?  He wrote it to show how women are viewed as objects not people.

I imagine my apology probably won’t mean much, but I don’t know what else I could say or do, other than support those who have been through this.

 

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I fell asleep to “Stone Sour” the album “Hydrograd”

I exercised to “Ben Harper” 8 albums on shuffle

 

YAY……………………NOT!  Tuesday was back to reality & the normal everyday grind.

I thought briefly about starting a record/vinyl collection & quickly realized that would be a terrible idea for me.  The cost alone is something we can’t afford.  Then I’d have to find a place to keep the albums.  All of that hassle for us, just to buy vinyl albums, iTunes is fine with me.  Especially now that I’ve figured out what bands/artists I’ll pre-order & who I’ll wait to check out on Apple Music.  I don’t agree with free music (for myself) you get it however you like.  I don’t like the fact that musicians spend so much on studio time only to receive pennies on a streaming site?  I don’t get how someone woke up one day & decided musicians should work for free?  Great for the consumer, terrible for the musicians.

If you’ve made your millions as a musician this shouldn’t matter as much as it does for a new musician trying to rise to fame.  Either way, it just seems wrong to me?

 

My last 2 weeks (maybe more) of physiotherapy, before my final test, were outside in the park.  Learning to sit on a blanket.  It was in July, my back was soaking wet with sweat because it took a lot of energy.  Get out of my wheelchair & get back into it.  To make matters worse, that’s when a bird missed the target on my head & pooped on my shoulder.

My final “test”/physiotherapy session was out of my chair onto the floor.  Crawl over 1 obstacle, 10 pushups on my knees.  Crawl over a 2nd obstacle, 10 crunches, crawl over a 3rd obstacle, return to my wheelchair repeating the exercise on the way back.

 

THAT’S ALL FOR WHAT’S ON MY MIND & CANCER TALK!  HERE COMES THE POPCULTURE STUFF! 

 

Chris Martin (Coldplay) covers Paul Simon’s “Graceland”.  FANTASTIC ALBUM!!!!

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/watch-coldplays-chris-martin-cover-paul-simons-graceland-w501106

 

Releases I’ve pre-ordered for Friday release day!

Then, next Friday

And finally on Friday October 20th

I’m sure there will be more that will pop up out of nowhere between September 15th & October 20th.  This would break us if I bought each of these on vinyl.  Halestorm was rumored to be releasing an album this year…who knows?

 

Audio interview with singer Maynard James Keenan of (A Perfect Circle/Tool/Puscifer)

1 F- BOMB LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Fall preview of movies 2017

http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/lists/fall-movie-preview-2017-oscar-movies-blade-runner-and-star-wars-w501036

I’m excited for this movie in December.

Might as well start your complaining now.  I’ll see it & likely buy it when it’s released on Blu-ray.

 

Entertaining clips just because I can!

 

The Ellen Degeneres Show began on Tuesday & hit a nerve for me, an important one.  The terrible event in Charlottesville.

To the Nazis, KKK, & racist group.  You are “religious” not truly religious.  I don’t know what book you’re reading, it’s probably the same book that international terrorists are reading & misinterpreting.

 

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Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres