I WANT TO BE SURE I EARN MY DISABILITY CHECK

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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

700 Crunches

600 Leg lifts

200 Squats   

400 Back flexes

As for the hacker, stuffs probably going to keep happening.  Again a lot of weird stuff all at once.  I know it’s all connected but I don’t understand why someone does these type of things?  The few things I use digitally are useless.  So a HUGE waste of money on our part.  My Facebook news feed, youtube feed, & iPod are all just not working like they used to, my iPod got a lot of use & now it’s a really good paper weight.  Nothing harmful has happened thus far.  I’m not going to waste my time & energy worrying about it though.  

I mentioned last week or earlier that I don’t feel sorry for myself.  I haven’t felt sorry for myself since mid-2015.  I’ve been in a quarantine situation/lifestyle since 2014, so this truly is normal to me.  Having been through it & getting really angry about it, I get that because I’ve been there & at the time I was acting like the biggest jerk in the world.  I’d say that the majority of others have handled this virus thing much better than me in 2014.

You’ll notice that my hobby is an indoor activity that I don’t need other people to do.  Because “Anyone can play guitar” with a little bit of motivation & a TON of passion to do it well goes a LONG way.  That was a total act of luck on my part, much like surviving cancer.  According to the doctors I shouldn’t be here right now.  I was given a 5-15% chance of ever coming out of A Coma & I was told by many doctors that my cancer would come back in 2013.  I figure I’m here for a reason so I should make the best of it. 

I was watching a baseball game the other day & realized that I still don’t relax.  I finally got off the couch & grabbed a guitar to practice while watching the game.  Whatever I watch on TV always makes me feel guilty since I think I should be doing something more productive. 

There are many times that I feel like I don’t contribute much here as things are because I don’t earn my sub-$30,000 paycheck a year.  I do dishes, I typically tend to the dishwasher, I make my breakfast & lunch for the week, I clean the areas I can get to in the bathrooms, but I wouldn’t be able to do any of that without Kim going out & doing her stuff first.  Doing that amount of exercise each week makes my road to recovery better & I take pride in it but always remember to be humble.  I often feel like a mooch regardless.

I can’t just spend money all WILLY NILLY on guitars.  We have that income tax to deal with this year & I still have to sell my 7 string, which is being repaired as it fell over & had a purely cosmetic flaw on it.  It’s repaired & more by a local luthier.  I got last night, wish I knew how to play a 7 string guitar?  He did a LOT more than fix the tiny blemish he redid the tuners, wrapped new strings a different way & adjusted the neck, it sounds MUCH better!  I’ll likely post it for sale Monday or Tuesday.

I caught myself watching/reading more reviews & demos on Mark Morton’s signature Jackson Dominion which is chambered, has locking tuners, & coil splitting ability so instead of it being on the fence, it’s in for now.  I ended up seeing a demo/review of the PRS Special Semi hollow and I still say it’s nice but WAY too much money.  Heck a Core PRS guitar and a Trini Lopez are both individually WAY too expensive.  Watching demos on any Core PRS is just “poison” for me.  Now I want all 4 of the less expensive guitars.  “I NEED ALL THE GUITARS!!!!”  I will say that PRS’ marketing got me hook, line, & sinker…even though I’ll never be able to afford any Core model.  

LANGUAGE, A LOT OF IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

This is now in the mix with the PRS S2 McCarty 594, Godin Radiator, & Sterling Cutlass!

https://www.long-mcquade.com/164476/Guitars/Electric-Guitars/Jackson-Guitars/Pro-Series-Signature-Mark-Morton-Dominion–Ebony-Fingerboard—Silverburst.htm

I’m so glad I’m (hopefully) done guitar shopping.  I don’t even want to hear, see, or smell any news about another guitar…yeah I’ve seen people smell a guitar.  I just want to hunker down and play them!

I can’t convince Kim to use our credit card for this, she wants me to be responsible & save for them!  What’s responsible about buying a guitar in the first place????  Responsibility left the building a LONG time ago! 

Well since I’m (trying) to be responsible, I’ll order the PRS S2 McCarty 594 in early December then I’ll see if any of the other 3 guitars are still available.  I can pretty much guarantee that I’ll be shopping again for suitable & hopefully cheaper replacements once something is out of production.  Income tax can’t wait, so any guitar purchase is put on hold in order to be ‘responsible’ oh, & our RSP & RDSP.

SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was watching “The Conners” and one of the 44 year old daughters is going to rehab for alcoholism.  The family was trying to find an affordable rehab center.  I’d just like to have enough money to have a drinking problem in the first place.

I’ve been playing/practicing this song all week while watching baseball so it’s coming along just fine.  Kim will be sick of this riff by the time I know it, if she isn’t already!

When you’re practicing something on guitar people say to practice at a slower tempo.  So I’m learning a song at the wrong tempo only to eventually speed it up?  I practice a song at the proper tempo & iron out the parts I have trouble with as I repeat the song many times.  To me it’s like doing 2 lessons once.  It may take me a bit longer to learn but it seems like a better approach to it all, to me that way.

I’m waiting to hear about an album from Alter Bridge’s lead guitarist Mark Tremonti.  I assume there’s no news because his bass player, Wolfgang Van Halen, is releasing his debut solo album.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

TOO MUCH WEIRD STUFF GOING ON TO IGNORE

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Kim went grocery shopping a week ago.  She heard that the Saskatoon Berry Tea I like was being discontinued, so what did she do?  She came home with 96 tea bags of it, they come in packs of 4.  So she bought all the tea in China via Saskatchewan for me!

I’m not a fan of much digital stuff.  I can’t fix it, it’s expensive, & there’s always somebody watching EVERYTHING you do.  Even if you only use a land line phone, somebody knows what’s going on.  I’ve had a weekend of that & it’s annoying so far, I’m guessing it will escalate to being scary?!

After getting 2 scam phone calls at 6:30 am & then at 7:30 am on a Saturday, I gave up & got into the shower.  Flip on the old computron only to have (probably) the same hacker try to invite me to a “Skype” chat.  Jokes on the hacker, I have no audio or video recording material.  HAHA!  Kim has facetime, I don’t.  She’s got the cell phone, iPad, & Facetime.  I keep things pretty old school & cheap, so I can save money for guitars…and right now, income tax.

Kim went out early Saturday morning to the grocery store & the pharmacy as usual.  I’m on 7 different pills, some I take at bedtime, others in the morning.  Kim usually goes to the pharmacy every weekend.  I’m on 2 sleeping/anti-depressant pills, a day time anti-depressant, a pill for my bladder (I drink so much water to avoid dry mouth from my pills….solution, more pills), an anti-seizure pill, a pill for my under active thyroid, & a heart burn pill.  I’d likely be on a heart burn pill whether I had cancer or not.

Kim spent all day Saturday in the kitchen making meals to freeze for the week.  No more “Skip the Dishes” for us this year with the income tax looming over our head.  She forgot to get something for one recipe, she asked me to clean up as much as I could.  I emptied the dishwasher, filled it again, & hand washed one pan that’s not dishwasher safe.  I guess I peeled carrots while watching the game too.  Other than that I stayed out of her way!  Of course I put on some music while Kim was out!  It felt like a good time to put on the new “Rob Zombie” album

Saturday night I made my fish & my juice for the week.  Sunday was another baseball game & I made my eggs for the week.

My hacker struck again Saturday night on my iPod, I finished listening to the latest “Foo Fighters” album & it went straight to some “Queens of the Stone Age” that I own on CD from pre-iTunes era!  Good call hacker!

Quite accurate since I’m learning a different song from the same album.

This is more to mimic Dave Grohl’s signature Trini Lopez that was in production in 2004?  No internet, I’m SO not buying a Trini Lopez, especially one at $22000!  This would be an upgrade to my new & FANTASTIC Squier Starcaster.

A Core PRS Special semi hollow in the “Orange Tiger” finish.  An upgrade to my current PRS S2 Custom 22 semi-hollow that I bought last year & is now discontinued.

https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/model/special_semi_hollow_2021

It’s new for this year with 3 pickups the middle pick-up being the new narrow field pick-up.  I don’t own any guitars with 3 pickups or any true/Core PRS guitars, WAY too expensive.

Another Core PRS upgrade to the PRS S2 McCarty 594 below

https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/model/mccarty_594_2021  in a “Cobalt blue” finish

I mentioned I’d like a “Paul’s Guitar” by PRS last week.  If I really wanted one I’d get the MUCH more affordable made in Indonesia SE model.

These 3 guitars are never going to happen.  I guessing the total before tax would be $17500?  I have an amount I’ll spend on a guitar & all 3 of these guitars above are FAR beyond that amount?!?!

These 4 guitars below are GREATLY desired and attainable over many years.  The Schecter Tempest is out, I don’t need that many guitars.

None of this happens until I know where we sit with the income tax payments and the sale of my Matt Heafy signature 7 string (hopefully soon, it’s not listed yet) that I’m not comfortable with at all despite my efforts.  Sweet guitar but it’s more than a handful for me.

https://www.long-mcquade.com/162880/Guitars/Electric-Guitars/Paul-Reed-Smith/S2-McCarty-594-Electric-Guitar-with-Gigbag—Whale-Blue.htm   it’s expensive but I know it’s worth the wait now that I have a different model from the PRS S2 line.

Mark Morton from “Lamb of God”.  I prefer this “Silver Burst” to the colour in the video.  This guitar purchase is in limbo right now.  I like it a LOT but I wish it was more affordable.  I guess I’ll see how we manage this looming income tax debt?

https://www.long-mcquade.com/164476/Guitars/Electric-Guitars/Jackson-Guitars/Pro-Series-Signature-Mark-Morton-Dominion–Ebony-Fingerboard—Silverburst.htm

The Godin radiator

https://www.long-mcquade.com/159896/Guitars/Electric-Guitars/Godin-Guitars/Radiator-Electric-Guitar-with-Gig-Bag—Trans-Cream.htm

…and the Sterling Cutlass.  Cheapest of the bunch, with things you don’t see on a guitar under $1500.

https://www.long-mcquade.com/220378/Guitars/Electric-Guitars/Sterling-By-Music-Man/Cutlass-HSS–Roasted-Maple-Neck—Vintage-Cream.htm

I know you see them a LOT, but I see them WAY more.  I’m certain that once I buy my last guitar I’ll be watching almost no www.youtube.com guitar videos but playing a TON more guitar.  I’m already cutting back as it is.

Kim told me to get a hobby when I was released into the wild from my therapies.  I found one but it’s too expensive for me.  Could be a worse hobby.  I could be spending the money on alcohol or cigarettes?  I’ll have to ask my doctor about claiming guitars on my income tax?

The 4 songs I was determined to learn in 2 weeks, won’t happen I’ve learned 2 of them & 2 others Monday morning.  I couldn’t play fast enough for the “Pantera” song when I was younger.  The “Queens of the Stone Age” song I could play when I was younger, but with VERY poor technique.  Trying to do this properly, in a different way than I used to do.

Kim amazed me again with an Easter supper for 2.  Ham, hash-brown casserole, broccoli salad, & mustard sauce.  Fresh peanut butter & chocolate chip cookies for dessert.  This home cooking might fatten me up at this rate?

Kim had Monday off, so I took it off too.  I was ready to sleep in & my iPod started playing a playlist early in the morning, which was good but I listen to full albums only.  Then I got another scam call shortly after.  My hacker is coming on HARD right now!??!?

Ended up watching the baseball game on a streaming service, our guide was incorrect from what the announcers said on Sunday.  Baseball channel was screwed up yesterday & a different channel was screwed up for 4 days last week?  This morning I checked the stats on my website & the numbers on the last 4-5 days all shot up drastically.  My Facebook news feed & www.youtube.com feed are REALLY messed too.  Am I paranoid or is this the work of a hacker? 

Absolutely LOVING the new “Foo Fighters” album.  Why wasn’t this first song on the album a single?  Might be too shocking for some people I guess?  Look at that guitar though!

I’m really looking forward to this debut album by “Wolfgang Van Halen/Mammoth”.  The name “Mammoth” was what “Van Halen” used as a name before they became successful.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris

YOU SHOULD MEET KIM, SHE’S AMAZING!!!

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I wrote and published Friday’s post & instantly felt very selfish.  I wrote this late yesterday afternoon with a break for supper & movie with Kim, then stayed up until 2:30 am finishing writing & editing this.

I think it’s pretty cool when I see a guitar that I own being used by a professional musician.  I got my Squier Starcaster 2 ½ weeks ago.  I watched a video, for the first time, on www.youtube.com and Eddie Van Halen’s son, Wolfgang Van Halen, has the same guitar in a music video from his band “Mammoth”.  He also plays bass guitar in Tremonti, Mark Tremonti’s solo project to “Alter Bridge”.  Wolfgang could easily put a ‘Wolfgang guitar’ designed by his dad and made by the “EVH” brand, sold at a much higher price point than the Squier Starcaster but he chose the Squier, same model and colour as mine. 

I BOUGHT THE Squier Starcaster for a few reasons.  I REALLY like my friends hollow body Gretsch guitar, the Squier was VERY affordable, & David Grohl plays a Gibson Trini Lopez all of the time.  His signature hollow body guitar.  They’re not in production anymore & were $12000 + tax in Canada brand new.  Now the used ones are listed at $17,576 to $32,000.  The cheaper used one is more than ½ of our 2019 Toyota RAV 4!!!!!!

You know what I don’t want or need fancy expensive guitars!  I don’t feel sorry for myself at all!  I feel VERY, VERY fortunate!!!!!  I feel sorry for the people that were helpless & had to watch me go through stage 4 brain cancer not knowing if I’d ever come out of a coma with only a 5-15% chance of waking up. 

Most of all Kim.  Kim has to deal with a physically disabled husband EVERY day!  Kim puts my wheelchair in the back of our SUV if we go anywhere.  Kim has to help me go walking with my walker in case I fall & crack my head open.  Kim cooks supper.  Kim gets groceries for us.  Kim gets my prescription refills.  Kim takes me for my MRIs, to my psychiatrist, & family doctor.  Kim works a full time job for us.  Kim painted our entire suite by herself, twice now.  Kim orders stuff for me online.  Kim never gets anything remotely extravagant for herself.  Kim bought a bicycle in 2019, it was stolen & never found after only 3 months, and she never replaced it.  Kim bought herself cross country skis this winter.  She used them once & her feet were covered in blisters & incredibly sore.  Kim wouldn’t let me help her if she wanted something from around the house.  She slowly walked on her blisters around the house.  She bought this condo with our money after I was released from my physiotherapies.  Kim told the doctors to save my life instead of harvesting my sperm & letting me die.  My parents had that decision & left it up to Kim.  Any extra money Kim gets, she spends on stuff for the house. 

Kim bought me the Epiphone Explorer I have for Christmas 2002 after we had been dating since mid-April 2002.  Kim bought me the Epiphone Matt Heafy signature Les Paul Custom 7 string last year for my 40th birthday.  Kim paid for ½ of my PRS S2 Custom 22 semi hollow.  The guitars I have are GREAT & the 3 guitars I’ll buy are GREAT!  If they weren’t I wouldn’t have chosen them.  I know I’ll never meet “Foo Fighters”, “Alter Bridge”, or “Lamb of God” I’m just another fan.  I’m seriously OK with this, its Kim’s right to take credit for what she lets me do.  I’ll likely never see “Lamb of God” live again since they never tour through Calgary, Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba much & nobody I know wants to see them as much as I do.  “Alter Bridge” might come to one of these locations & I’ll be there if they come, Kim wants to see them.  I haven’t missed a “Foo Fighters” show in Calgary since the ‘Wasting Light’ tour in 2011(?) & in the 2000 & 2003.  I’ve converted my father into a “Foo Fighters” fan.  I think he’s been to every show since the ‘Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace’ tour when I had cancer.     

I couldn’t LOVE Kim more for what she does for Brewster & me, or just for being who she is.  A thoughtful, loving, caring, generous, smart, hardworking, humbling, attractive woman, who chose me of all people to spend her life with.  I didn’t even make it to our 3rd anniversary in 2008 without getting cancer but Kim stuck with me.  One of my oncologist at the hospital called Kim “the best wife I’ve ever seen”.  He said that most spouses that go through something like we did break up before it’s over but here we are after almost 16 years of marriage and 18 ½ years together.

I’ll order the long awaited PRS S2 McCarty 594 I’ll order it in early December.  Then save MY Christmas & birthday money from our families for the other 2.  Even with this income tax oops I’ll have the down payment to order the PRS S2 McCarty 594 and pay the rest of it when it gets here 6 months later.  The Godin radiator & the Sterling Cutlass should be GREAT guitars regardless of the low price.  Those 2 combined with tax is still far less than the S2 McCarty 594. 

There’s only cosmetic reasons to upgrade the PRS S2 McCarty 594 & the Godin is made in Canada.  The Sterling Cutlass is exactly what I’m looking for in a Stratocaster style guitar.   All 3 guitars check off all of my boxes, as does every guitar I already own.  I have absolutely no problem waiting & saving for the Godin & Sterling!  I want Kim to get her hobby stuff more than anything!  I’ve only paid for 2 ½ guitars here, the other 3 ½ were gifts. 

All of these guitars are desires not needs.  I’ll be here most of the time & I choose to play guitar instead of anything else.  Even when I watch Blue Jay baseball or CFL I’m playing my acoustic guitar.  Kim’s doing anything but watching TV with me.

Sure I’m here for Kim for whatever I can do for her, our families & friends.  Kim takes no credit for what she does for our families or our friends.  That’s just who she is.  Me, I’m good but Kim is AMAZING!!!!

This was the only type of 7 string I was really interested in/wanting, because it wasn’t a pointy, metal looking guitar.  I’ve got my 6 string Epiphone Explorer from Kim for that.

I listen to 7 string guitar music, I don’t play it.  7 strings, I’m all thumbs, 6 strings, I’m fine.  That’s my reason for selling it & putting the money towards the PRS S2 McCarty 594.

It would be great to upgrade & replace my PRS S2 Custom 22 semi hollow with the new Core PRS Special semi hollow but it’s not needed for sure!  I can’t afford it at over $5000 + tax in Canada.  Even if I lived in the USA it’s over $3000 there.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris