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 

SPIN ANY OPINION THE WAY YOU WANT

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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