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Exercise total for 5 days. 

250 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

900 Crunches

900 Leg lifts

300 Squats   

600 Back flexes

I know there’s a hacker watching EVERYTHING I do online, & I don’t really care.  Whoever it is or the company they’re working for, they’re very kind.  They’re more of an annoyance than anything to me.  I hope that they don’t mess with your stuff.  I want this to be a safe place, no judgement here.  You do you, don’t harm anyone in any way, & I’ll do me without harming anyone.  I’m just here to tell my story, nothing else.

I go back & forth on my opinion about the exercises I do 5 days a week.  Either way, they ALWAYS happen after my VERY small breakfast.  I asked a friend of mine what to eat & when.  He’s a body builder and is very health conscious.  He said a mix of carbs & protein in small meals 6 times a day.  I try to get 6 small meals in per day but it’s usually 5.

Although I do exercise quite a bit, I’m not bulky with muscle.  As my dad said, lower weights with more repetitions keep me lean.  When something becomes too easy, I add repetitions.  I’m not looking to bulk up, just have the ability to walk.  When I was in my therapies, I was told to work on my core.  That’s the reason for crunches & my leg lifts.  Led lifts are a long held crunch position while raising each leg individually.  Crunches cover my upper abs & leg lifts cover my lower abs.

I didn’t do my job on Thursday, no exercise.  I stayed up too late Wednesday night & slept in too long Thursday morning then I just decided to relax, I felt pretty tired.  If some people can’t wear a mask, I can take a day off from exercising.  We’re only a week into March and that makes 2 days that I’ve taken off & a vacation day already this, that’s not too good.  I expect better from myself.

My pills aid with my surviving cancer & they’re free here in Canada.  Insulin is a life or death medication for diabetics.  Why isn’t it free?  If you want to share this link on social media please do!  My brother-in-law has type 1 diabetes but has to pay for life saving insulin in Canada?  If you have $8 to help support the cause that’d help also.  You pick!

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I like EVERYTHING about a Les Paul guitar.  The PRS S2 McCarty 594 is made with pickups to sound like a famous pickup made in 1958.  The Tempest is a little different, both are different body shapes than each other and a normal Les Paul shape.  The Tempest also has 3 “control” knobs instead of the typical Les Paul wiring of both pickups having its own tone & volume control.

This “caught my eye” over a week ago and it’s made by a Canadian company in Québec.  This is the cheapest one of the 3 & it’s made in Canada.  I just like looking at it since it looks a little different. 

This is definitely the next purchase & a must have for me!  Save my pennies for this!

Followed ASAP by the Schecter Tempest.

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

The Les Paul by Godin is MUCH cheaper than either of the other guitars and readily available within 3 days.  Only problem is it’s not the S2 McCarty 594 or the Tempest.  I’m currently down to 4 electric guitars & my trusty 1 acoustic that Kim says is too loud.  I keep my amplifier fairly quiet to not disrupt the neighbors.  I have 2 electrics in regular tuning right now.  My acoustic guitar varies from week to week.  I have one electric in flat tuning & the other in “C” standard tuning at the moment.  Once I obtain those 3 guitars I’m looking to buy & the one that’s paid for that should be here in March 15th, I’m out of space & I should just stop looking at guitars right now, the specifications/fine details of guitars.

Any PRS guitar is undeniably pretty.  If it’s an SE, S2, CE, Core, or private stock.

The guitars are prioritized for me in order of purchase, I’d love to order them ASAP in case one goes out of production but that’s not realistic according to my guitar savings.  I’ve wanted the S2 McCarty 594 for too long & keep putting it off that’s why it’ll be ordered first.  It’s only been in the S2 price line since January of 2020.  That will be followed by the Schecter Tempest that I instantly knew I had to get.  I believe it’s been around for 40 years.  The Godin Radiator is last and was introduced to the Godin line this January.  I like because it’s a nice looking flat top Les Paul & I love that it’s made in Canada!  I know it will take a while and there’s a chance something could be discontinued before I order it, but it’s not a perfect world.  Not much I can do about that?

This is the other Canadian that bought a MUCH more expensive model of Godin’s lineup but it’s a B stock so it’s been discounted for having some cosmetic flaws.

As much as I don’t like selling gear for other gear, my Matt Heafy signature Epiphone Les Paul Custom 7 string is still for sale.  My brother took it last weekend to play & record with.  He liked it, but found it too similar to his 7 string, an LTD Eclipse.  I’ll shop it around to others that might be interested and likely end up listing it for sale on a used music gear site, or eventually selling it back to the store.  Our brother-in-law is trying out the 7 string this weekend so I’ll see what he has to say about it?  Need the cash for the PRS S2 McCarty 594.  If I didn’t need the money from the sale of the 7 string, I’d donate the cash.  Unless the charity wanted the guitar.  Kim hates this because all I talk about are guitars.  When it comes to guitars I have a “one track mind”.

I shouldn’t get ahead of myself.  Sell the 7 string, save for the S2 McCarty 594 if it’s still around and go from there.  At least the price declines as I go.  I can’t plan the next decade of my life financially.  I’d like to get those 3 guitars & sell my 7 string.  So I’ll sell my 7 string, continue saving hopefully for the S2 McCarty 594 & see what happens.  If I manage to get all 3 great & if not, well that’s life?  The Godin would be the only guitar I’d own made in Canada.  This doesn’t make any additional guitars, but different tunings & likely a $20-$30 slide.  If it works for anyone reading this that would prefer I not deal with stress due to FOMO, I’m looking for an interest free loan of $3300.  If you’d like to wipe out guitars, renovations, vehicle & mortgage a healthy donation of a mere $210,000 Canadian would be great and Kim will love you long time, I’d offer myself but that might be more disappointing for you?  HAHAHAHAHA!  No, Kim won’t love you long time for any money…unless you want her too!  HAHAHAHAHAHA!  Did you feel that?  I was almost crying from laughing so hard!!!

I spent WAY too much time hating certain bands then I realized a few things.  A) That’s probably someone’s favourite band or artist and B) I don’t like them so I can change the radio station & never buy their albums.  No need to continue hating an artist or group, just don’t listen to them and forget about them as musicians.

As with most Fridays, I got up super early, finished my breakfast by 6:00 am and finished my exercise before Kim got out of bed.  YAY weekend!

I’ve been listening to a TON of music, just not the stuff I’m learning on guitar, weird?  I saw this recommended by a www.youtube.com site I watch.  I started streaming it and bought it on my birthday.  “My Chemical Romance” their album from 2006 “The Black Parade”.  The guitars sound like Brian May from “Queen” tone on the majority of songs!  They were lumped in with “Panic at the Disco” & “Fall Out Boy” then recently I realized that I like “Fall Out Boy” so I gave them a try.  The singer from “Panic at the Disco” has an AMAZING almost operatic voice. I just can’t get into their music?

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

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Chris 

THE UPS & DOWNS OF A MANIC DEPRESSIVE CANCER SURVIVOR

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Spent a couple of hours learning all of this but the solo on Monday!  Tighten things up somewhat today & maybe tomorrow, then move on.  Scales & rhythm warm ups are always first!

Most of learning a song is memorizing the parts & order of them followed by putting everything together & making the transitions smooth.

 

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Still July 1st as I write most of this.  Really upset/disappointed with myself & my 6 month results.  Kim fed me ice cream & beer.  I’m a light weight now when it comes to alcohol.  I’m on my 3rd & final beer of the evening, please excuse the following as I intend to leave it as is.

Well the 6 month total was TERRIBLE for me!  Lost 13 pounds, so where the hell was any of the muscle I put on?  I’m 40 years old & lighter than I was in 1999, but I still can’t fit a 38” waist?  I was wearing a 38” waist pair of jeans when I was working at 265 pounds.  TERRIBLE, DISAPPOINTING, FORGETTABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I feel like I just wasted 6 months!!!

I think the end of this video explains my saving for a mid-range PRS guitar, not a $7000 PRS.  The one I’m saving for is wired, heavy, & the neck feels like a Gibson Les Paul.  I love Les Paul style guitars, I have 2, neither are Gibson Les Paul guitars.  If I wanted a Gibson Les Paul it would cost me $1000 more, be a reissue, & have the same body shape of 2 of my current guitars.  That’s why I did extensive research on an already expensive guitar.

After my results of 6 months of hard work, I’m INCREDIBLY upset with myself & don’t even feel as though I deserve it.  Scale went the wrong way!  I was expecting 10 pounds of muscle added, not 13 pounds off.

S2 McCarty 594 Electric Guitar with Gigbag - Faded Blue Smokeburst

A review of a ‘PRS style’ Harley Benton guitar LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I watched more videos on Harley Benton guitars aka really cheap copies of big brand name guitars.  Most videos on www.youtube.com were guys in a room with 20-35 Harley Benton guitars that had nothing good to say about them.  I’m thinking “You’re complaining about a guitar company making guitars that cost $110 each after you’ve bought 20 of them.  It took you 20 guitars to realize they weren’t as perfect as the actual thing?”  People pointing out random flaws on every guitar, flaws that would be noticed by anyone who has played guitar for 5 years or more.  If I was a beginner, I would grab ONE & not care.  I was just laughing the whole way through!  Does it sound like an electric guitar?  Sure it does, something cheap but nice to learn on.

Nobody cares about what brand the guitar is other than the owner.  The guitar I played from 2001-February 2008 was a Tradition Les Paul.  The company no longer exists, great guitar that I played live for all but 3 or 4 of the 100s of live shows.

After watching a totally different PRS factory tour by the head of the S2 series, I’ve never been so certain on a guitar choice in my life!

I’m saving my pennies, it’s gonna happen!

Guitar rant over.  No further inebriated blogging!

I’m over my numbers on July 1st, I wasn’t looking at it the right way.  Many people can see the difference of added muscle.  The scale is just a number.  Comfort food & alcohol, I was fine the next day, however I ate other food my body isn’t used to the next evening & paid the price at 6:30 am Friday morning.  Really nice day outdoors but not inside me.  After 2:00 pm I avoided any & all food & liquid.  Sugar & I aren’t a good mix, I think I’ll stay clear of that for at least a few weeks!

My dad did manage to sell my mountain bike & Kim’s old one to my parents’ neighbors.  No need to take them to a pawn shop.  Into the guitar fund it goes!

Kim took 3 grocery bags of DVDs to pawn for me Saturday morning.  We also had tickets to a concert on July 3rd that was postponed due to Covid-19.  It was postponed until late January of 2021.  Sooner than I’d like so that was refunded & also added to the guitar savings.

I reaffirmed my decision on this evening of Saturday, July 4, 2020.  I’m going to continue the eating healthy, no caffeine, very little sugar/alcohol, very few (if any) TV/movie purchases, & far less music purchases.  All of this will continue after the purchase of the guitar, amplifier, & footswitch.  This will not only save us money but also make me healthier.  The exercise will either continue where it’s at or more than likely increase soon.

Of course I can think of another guitar I’d like.  Is it going to happen?  I’d say no on our budget!  Heck the guitar & amplifier purchases I’m saving for now could easily be pushed back if they happen at all.  Doesn’t mean I’ll stop saving money.

S2 McCarty 594 Electric Guitar with Gigbag - Faded Blue Smokeburst

I tend to doubt myself & can be VERY critical of myself, always expecting more.  That was my Canada Day, July 1st.  Much more self-confident now & more determined than I was 6 months ago.

Yes, I practice a LOT!  I’m often found with a 1 liter bottle of water near me with a guitar in hand.  I said on January 1st that 2020 was going to be my year!  So despite all of the disastrous things going on this year, I turned 40 in January & I plan to have a spectacular year…..indoors.

After losing 13 pounds, which wasn’t what I wanted.  I realize that I have put on quite a bit of muscle.  I now have a left calf muscle, my arms, shoulders, & chest are more defined.  I was angry at myself for what was actually a good thing!  I told you I’m an idiot…….at least I have now!

I was energized & feeling great on Sunday.  I got up early made my eggs, fish, and a pitcher of vegetable juice for the week then vacuumed the house all before noon.  I was thinking that this will be a FANTASTIC start to the 2nd half of 2020.

I didn’t exercise Monday, I was lazy.  I woke up at 4 am rolled around while drifting in & out of sleep.  I woke up completely at 7:30 am & just stayed in bed until 11:00 am, didn’t want to do anything.  I then got up, ate, & practiced guitar

Justin Trudeau, keep the border closed……

The virus & racism are the biggest issues facing the human race at the moment, followed closely by climate change & a million other things.  You know what I think so here is John Dolmayan, the drummer from “System of a Down”……

 

Some study a few years ago showed that overall metal music has a calming effect on listeners.  While I was progressively feeling worse after my July 1st post I listened to these 3 songs & felt SO much more relaxed and generally better about the entire ordeal.

LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris

“Listen to one another”-Ellen Degeneres