DEPRESSION SUCKS

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We’re done with painting our suite, other than behind the stove.  As of Monday all of the light fixtures are up.  As of Friday I avoided this room until late Sunday.  We didn’t paint this room so it still has blue/grey paint & the bulbs in the fixture are too yellow.  What do you get when you mix blueish walls with yellow lights?  Baby food mushed peas for a wall colour.  I’ve been SUPER depressed when I’d try to come in here, & leave within 20 minutes.  We changed the bulbs Sunday night & what a HUGE difference.  The rest of the suite has bulbs that are WAY TOO “yellow” and I regret changing any & all of them.  Fixtures look great, bulbs are nothing but “ugly” & immediately put me in a bad mood!

I can come in here again & play guitar for hours again.  While we’re on the topic of guitars, I realized something I didn’t want to know.  I can’t purchase the last 2 guitars I’d like to get.  I was hoping to buy the PRS S2 McCarty 594 followed by the Schecter Tempest.  I don’t want to settle on just another guitar, nor do I want to research a viable plan B.

If I did the math right I’d be able to save enough cash to order the PRS S2 McCarty 594 in early December of 2024 and pay for it when it gets here in 2025.  Meanwhile I’ll be purchasing NOTHING so I can save $5000 a year until I’m 50 & not touch that money until I’m 60.  After the McCarty 594 I was going to save for the less expensive Schecter Tempest, not gonna happen.  The little bit of money I have saved will go into my RDSP now.  Good thing I left the S2 McCarty 594 until the end??!!!???  Most times I’m not so SMRT, as shown once again!  Truth be told I’d be sad to not have any of the guitars I have, but I’m pretty lucky to have any in my possession!

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

The plan for our renovations is to try to sell this place in 2022.  If it doesn’t sell, or more likely that we can’t find a place to move, we’ll stay here & won’t have to change anything.  Which kind of sucks since we don’t have a spare bedroom here.

We’re 5 years late to the party but we finally watched “Hacksaw Ridge” on Saturday.  I had no clue that it was based on a true story that was a nice surprise!

This weekend youtube guitar channels were dead, Facebook was awkwardly quiet, I don’t watch NFL football at all, & I didn’t have any desire to be in this room with yellow lights until later on Sunday night.  I was REALLY bummed out all day Saturday & ended up sleeping for 3 hours in the afternoon.  I slept in Sunday until 11:00 am, then cooked my food for the week in the dark because the lights are just offensively yellow to me, slept for a bit on the couch & come Sunday night, 4 of our 8 channels were showing the Super Bowl & there was nothing I wanted to watch on the 5 streaming platforms we have.  My weekend was DEAFENINGLY quiet.

Kim disagrees with my thoughts for my money going into my RDSP, we’ll see what happens when I have to add $5000 to it at the end of the year?

Hopefully with so much of our renovations done we can put some of this stuff where it belongs & fill the recycling bin with empty light fixture boxes?  I really don’t like things out of place for too long.  This place has been a mess since December 26th.

All day Monday I was just trying to stay awake.  I forced myself to exercise & then stay awake.  I slept so much on the weekend that I was awake until 2:00 am Sunday night.  I slept REALLY well last night, got dressed & turned on the lights BOOM instant mood killer!  I’ll probably be in bed avoiding the light bulbs?  Now all of the exact same people are telling me I’m over reacting to the light bulbs!  It’s called a TRIGGER!  That same group of people told me 7 years ago when I was told to get over my anxiety and “just get over it” when I was presented with a lifelong say at home Covid like situation.  I don’t want to be in my home now, but I can’t go anywhere.

Yep, I’ve been listening to “Foo Fighters” & “Nothing but Thieves” since Friday, & no I didn’t get brain cancer again!

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris

GUITARS, TEA, A LIGHT & A REFUND

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Well after the marathon launch party on Thursday from PRS, they no longer offer this guitar in this red finish.

This will be my next purchase.

I checked out the Epiphone Prophecy series with a red burst Epiphone Les Paul that has special designed, active, Fishman pickups with coil splitting & the option to put them in vintage mode or modern mode.  I want to branch out from the Epiphone brand & Les Paul style of guitar.

I’ve chosen 2 other brands with a different EVERYTHING & any way you split it I don’t have the savings for any guitar right now, & whatever I can rake together goes to that pretty blue PRS S2 McCarty 594.  I have secretly always wanted a white guitar with black accents in a different shape.

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

I REALLY like the Schecter.  That Schecter (white) guitar gets me REALLY excited & should be the same price as the discontinued red PRS SE for that model line, but the McCarty 594 takes priority now.  I’m cautious about having too many guitars, this isn’t a big space.  If it weren’t for the type of stands/wall mounts I have, I would have had to stop a few guitars ago.  I guess this is me “thinking out loud” but it’s definitely desired!  I just want to play more often & get better than I was before cancer…to be continued further on this post. 

I never thought I’d say this.  Squier came out with a REALLY cool guitar last week that’s in between $600-$700 after tax.  Cool & VERY different pickup configuration, VERY affordable, roasted maple neck & fret board, a REALLY nice/unique colour, I think I saw somewhere that it has Stainless Steel frets & it does have a flatter fretboard than most Fenders & Squiers.  I’ve often thought I should get a Stratocaster but none of them have ever really appealed to me, until this release last week!  I prefer this guitar over the Schecter Tempest!  This is totally different from anything I own, the Schecter Tempest sounds great & looks great but would just be icing on the cake and sound similar to a Les Paul.  This Squier Stratocaster would do the blues/jazz thing & be a fancy tool for me too.  This is easily my last purchase after the PRS S2 McCarty 594.  I’ve never been a Stratocaster guy until I saw this last week & fell in love with it!

Even I’m thinking “WHOA, ‘limits’ dude, limits!”  Sure they’re all in different tunings, different colours, shapes but that’s more than enough guitars to maintain?  Probably sounds excessive to others, but it’s my hobby for multiple hours a day after I exercise.  I’m not saying PRS or Epiphone are releasing poor quality guitars, they’re great!  I don’t want all of my guitars to be made by the same company.

I play a LOT of guitar.  3-6 ½ hours a day.  I’m not great but there is improvement, at least that’s what my mother tells me (I think she has to say that by law of motherhood?).  I’m constantly learning about the inner workings of a guitar as well as music theory & songs.  These nice looking guitars just make want to play more than I already do & constantly get better.  I look forward to finishing my exercises each day so that I have ample time to play guitar.  I don’t watch TV usually & if I do, I sit down with my acoustic guitar to continue working on something that I kind of know & can get through without watching my fingers. 

A $10,000 guitar!!!!!!!!!  Good grief!  That’s why I’ll never buy a Gibson Les Paul, a Core PRS, or a “king of the heap” Fender guitar.  $3000 is atrocious to me.  I’ve never spent $3000 on a single guitar and I never plan to!

I had a phone appointment last week with my psychiatrist.  From the sound of his questions, that office is swamped with people dealing with depression & anxiety.  Can’t say I blame anyone for feeling that way.  These are odd times to say the least, but we need to remember there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.  We may not know what that light will look like, but it’s there.  The weird thing is, is that we’re all in this together but have to stay apart to get through this.  I hope that EVERYONE is doing the same thing & are focused on getting through this.

We’re still within the 30 day trial period of 2021, I think a refund/return shouldn’t be a problem at this point, or should we tough it out?  Who do I speak with & where is customer service?

I have to say that my exercises are REALLY hard on me.  I’ve had more afternoon naps this year already than I had during all of 2020.  My exercise increased at the start of 2021, the news is just blah, TV doesn’t really keep me entertained, & I sometimes lack the energy to have a productive time playing guitar during the week lately.  That being said, I spent all weekend in our office/computer room/guitar room.  Kim was on a mission to paint what was left of our suite.  I stayed out of the way.  What am I gonna help with?  I guess I could paint the bottom half of a wall?  I’d likely just be in the way. 

I got up just after 7:00 am on Monday, had my breakfast & felt energized even after my exercise!  Monday night I managed to get Kim to take a breather and not worry about painting the wall behind the stove, which is all she has left to paint.  She hasn’t stopped anything since we got up on December 26th!  She’s AMAZING! 

I got a price on the Schecter Tempest & its WAY more than I want to spend.  The Squier Stratocaster is the winner hands down!  I don’t own a Stratocaster, I own a Fender Telecaster with 1 single coil pickup & a lipstick pickup, it’s a FANTASTIC guitar, but the Stratocaster is a totally different beast.  The PRS S2 McCarty 594 followed by the Squier Stratocaster will conclude my guitar purchasing for sure!  I’m out of room after those 2 guitars, I’ll have all of the different sounds that I want to hear, & I’m tired of searching for different sounds.  “I like it, I love it, I (don’t) need more of it”.  The Stratocaster model isn’t available until June 8th, which is fine.  I’m already in the long haul for the PRS guitar, the Squier will happen afterwards.  I never expected Squier to outdo Fender, EVER!  The Squier 2021 models in general were FAR more impressive than the more expensive Fender counterpart for me!  Import guitars are definitely getting better!  The really nice thing about this Stratocaster is that it will likely be the most affordable guitar I own while having a TON of stuff you’ll typically see on a $2000 + guitar.  If the Squier goes out of production…oh well, the saved money can go to something more important than a guitar.

See what happens when a rock, metal, classical, jazz, blues music fan is married to a country music fan.  While she was painting on Sunday, she was listening to country Christmas music on iTunes.

AHA!  Skip to the 10 minute mark where she mentions that multiple guitars are tools for a guitar player not replacements.  A TON of guitar players think this way!  Here’s video proof that I’m not crazy!

You’d think I’d be sad about finishing my guitar purchasing journey but you’d be absolutely wrong.  It was never a goal to have that many guitars, it was ALWAYS more about finding different sounds.  I’m actually relieved that I’ll have a small group of individual sounding guitars.  I don’t want to be a master of one style and likely never would be.  I’d rather be a jack of all trades & be versatile in my playing.  That is THE reason for different guitars & different tunings, for me.  A Telecaster, Les Paul, a PRS, a 7 string, an Explorer, or a Stratocaster will NEVER sound the same.  Even with my modeling amplifier each guitar sounds different.

This is the guitar I bought myself on December 14th.  It’s a double cut Epiphone Les Paul.  This is the guitar I’ve nicknamed “Wannabe” since it looks a LOT like the shape of a PRS guitar.  My guitars all have nicknames but I call them what they are by shape or brand.  Please remember that I don’t take for granted that I’m fortunate enough to buy these guitars, and I would NEVER expect anyone to purchase a guitar for me, although 4 ½ of my guitars were gifts, so I’m very lucky right there.

Epiphone

T**** keeps saying he doesn’t want to be compared to Richard Nixon & that name is not to be uttered in the White House.  OK, but he hired Roger Stone during his campaign to the 2016 election.  Roger Stone has a tattoo on his back of Richard Nixon’s face.  Seems more than a bit odd to me, but I don’t understand or agree with 99.9% of what T**** says.  I’m anxious to see the day my news feed isn’t jam packed with T**** news.

I’m not going to claim this as my year, I did that last January and it worked for me but it SO didn’t work out for most people, my bad.  My personal mantra for this year is “Work harder, learn more, be a better person & continue to play hard”.

I got up early, for a guy with no children, on Sunday.  Got my eggs hard boiled for the week & my vegetable juice made for the week.  Then I bolted into this room with some Saskatoon berry tea and learned some “Alice in Chains” & Swedish melodic death metal from “In Flames”.  That makes 3 straight days of tea, Saturday, Sunday, & 2 on Monday.  I think I’m ready to get older…minus the death metal thing!?

Then I just kept playing EVERYTHING I had learned but need to keep working on.  I went through almost EVERYTHING a couple times & it took me all weekend!

“Opeth” seemed like the right choice to fall asleep to Monday night.

I fall asleep to “Opeth” & the first thing I see on Facebook is my guitar dealer playing his song “Timeless Winter”

Definitely a possibility?  Washington D.C. is prepared for a war.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris

2020, JUST DO WHAT TOM PETTY TELLS YOU TO DO.

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Exercise total for 2020. 

15,360 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

8,850 Shoulder raises/Chest presses w/ 10 pound dumb bells

23,000 Crunches

24,650 Leg lifts

10,900 Squats   

13,065 Back flexes

Walking distance was 1,046 meters=3,487 feet (That’s only 3 times walking)

Down & Up 128 stairs

I was going to weigh myself, then I realized something…it’s just a number that means nothing.  People see me and often think I’m under 200 pounds.  I don’t know if that’s flattery or not?  I know that my weight will never be 1??.  I graduated high school in June of 1998 at 185 pounds and I was 213 pounds on July 1st 2020.  I feel good, I’m still cancer free since December 31st 2008, & I’m rarely sick now.

I know it’s been a terrible year for a LOT of people.  People dying, sick, lost their job, housing, some are starving, etc.  I wanted to catch up, but not have the world go through a situation like this!  Please don’t take any of this as bragging, as it’s not intended to come off that way at all.  I’m lucky enough that close friends & family have been OK this year, & I worked my butt of to get down to 213 pounds, I haven’t been that light since 1999.  Decent year of exercise/rehabilitation.  I stopped exercising after my morning exercises on Friday, December 18, 2020.  I’ve been doing some stretching.

Kim bought me a guitar, with her overtime money, for my 40th birthday on January 30th, 2020.  We had both been saving money prior to that and I ordered a PRS S2 Custom 22 semi-hollow guitar.  I ordered it on January 15th, and with a backorder delay followed by Covid delays, it arrived at the end of September.  I had been saving for my amplifier, footswitch, and a PRS S2 McCarty 594.  The PRS S2 McCarty 594 will be my next purchase & endgame in 4-6 years.  I ended up going shopping at the music store on Monday, December 14th 2020.  I bought the amplifier, footswitch, and this very nice special Epiphone guitar.  The amplifier is also in this photo.  I nicknamed this guitar as “Wannabe” since it’s made by Epiphone but is shaped VERY similar to a PRS guitar….

If you’re keeping score that was 3 guitars & an amplifier in 1 year.  I guess we’re not poor, we were just saving money for bigger purchases.  I’ll shut up about being broke now.  3 guitars & an amplifier in 1 year will never happen or need to happen again.  I now own 6 electric guitars & one acoustic.

Let’s get this year headed the right way!  We’ll go in quietly with our masks on, stay 6 feet apart & win me a guitar!  I’m currently trying to win a “Paul’s Guitar” SE.  This was my runner up to the PRS S2 McCarty 594 further below.  If you’d like to help me win the guitar, please do so or win it for yourself.  I’ll put instructions & a link below this video describing it.

Below is the video to watch and win the guitar.  You have to subscribe & leave a comment stating who your favourite guitar player is.  Hover over the bottom right corner of the video after you’ve pushed play.  Click on the word “YOUTUBE” to go to the site, this link will take you directly to the site & video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5S-hLFqPOGI&t=12s&ab_channel=RobertBaker.  You can leave your comment there below the video so he sees it. The guitar in Canada is $327 more than in the USA.  This won’t cost you anything to enter & you’ll likely enjoy his guitar videos.  He’s a great guitar player that I watch on www.youtube.com.  My birthday is on January 30th, this would be a VERY cool early birthday present!  If you win and want to ship it to me, ask him to contact Christopher Fraser, I’m in the comments and I’ll give him my shipping address personally.  This is the first guitar I’ve heard where the split-coil pickups actually make a noticeable difference sonically.  I love this guitar, I want this guitar, but I don’t want to pay $1300 for it.  GO TEAM GO!

I will definitely buy the McCarty 594 whether I win the “Paul’s Guitar” or not.  The “Paul’s Guitar” definitely won’t be replacing the role of another guitar & it will get played VERY often. 

The PRS S2 McCarty 594 is a must purchase for me.  My next & final purchase as far as guitar stuff goes.  The PRS SE Paul’s Guitar is a VERY close 2nd but also incredibly different.  If I win this guitar, the PRS S2 McCarty 594 will sound the same but look different.  It’ll be red & in the shape of a Les Paul.

For me, I like variety with my guitars.  Each guitar I own has something different about it from the others now that could be one of many things.  The bridge, pickups, electronics, tuning machines, the tuning itself, brand name, colour, body shape, etc.

I’m not a master guitar player at all, but I really don’t like tuning each string of a guitar to something completely different.  I watched another youtube video over the holidays.  The guy stated he had 60 guitars but plays 6 of them most of the time.  I don’t want to be that type of person, if I’m not using something, it’s just taking up space & could be used by someone else.  Even with what I have at the moment, I play all of my guitars within 2 days, or I learn a song in a certain tuning, keep playing it, & learn other songs in that tuning. 

Most guitar players on youtube have jobs involving guitars and have anywhere from 10-90 guitars, 4-40 amplifiers, & 20-150 effect pedals.  I don’t have a job & I’m not on youtube.  I have one amplifier and I only need one amplifier.  I have 3 effect pedals & don’t need or want more.  There’s always another guitar on a guitar players list, at some point you gotta say “Why?” & “That money can be used elsewhere!”  “I like to play”.

My body needed a bit of a break.  This year I expect even more effort from myself in many areas of my life.  To say it the shortest way possible, I want to work harder & be a better person.  Moving things up one gear in a year isn’t enough for me this year, I think I should move up 3 gears over the course of a year.  I don’t know how to measure that but I do expect more of myself.  As with most years for me, I need to get my act together and walk with my walker more.  2020 wasn’t an easy year for me, I pushed myself quite hard.  Still wasn’t as rough on me as it was on so many other people though.

My brother won the GRAND PRIZE of “REVV” amplifiers 12 days of Christmas giveaways!  He won their fancy brand new REVV amplifier on December 23!  So happy for him!  Go to the 46 minute mark to see it!

Kim saw a pre-Christmas sale on pillows.  We needed new sleeping pillows on our bed.  They’re made by a company called “Purple”.  Originally they started making wheelchair cushions from this product.  They now make pillows & mattresses.  The mattresses are guaranteed for 10 years.  We’ll be saving for one of those, were a year or 2 away from needing a new mattress.  Yes, our pillows are HEAVY, like 10 pounds heavy.  You don’t lift them or fold them.  You can adjust the height of the pillow by inserting or removing 2 thinner pieces into the case.

As for actual Christmas celebrations, on December 24th my brother, sister-in-law, parents, Kim & I all drove over to my Grandparents condo/senior home.  We stood outside of their suite on the ground floor in the parking lot.  We gave them a gift basket of a TON of treats & goodies.  We then sang them “We wish you a Merry Christmas” as my brother played it on guitar.  Even had a lady on the 3rd floor step out onto her balcony and join in on kazoo!

Christmas day was just Kim & I at my parents place, odd but still good.  My brother & sister-in-law opted to stay home, as did my grandparents, which makes sense.  My cousin from Winnipeg, Manitoba would have been here too but Covid, so that made sense too.  It was a smaller gathering than we would have liked, but we did what we could.  We did all open gifts over zoom or facetime, so that was nice.  I asked for money as a gift and spent most of it the next day on guitar stuff from amazon.  Multiple gauges of strings, a guitar maintenance tool kit, & some locking tuners for one of my guitars.  My parents did get me a gig bag for Christmas, but it didn’t get here until the 30th.

On December 26th our Christmas was over.  The tree came down, the decorations were put away & paint preparation started for our renovations.  2 TVs were taken off the walls, patching & sanding was done, paint & rollers were bought, furniture was moved, etc.  I just stayed out of the way, Kim’s been on a mission ever since.  I stayed in this room out of the way.  I worked on/cleaned up a few guitars & practiced a LOT.

We watched a movie from Netflix over the holidays it was called “Death to 2020”, so not for kids even though many lived through 2020.  It’s a scripted film with real news clips from the year, with a very recognizable cast.  I thought it was great!  Kim thought it was OK.

I don’t want you to think I was in this room doing nothing while Kim’s been painting our condo suite.  I figure I owe it to you to hopefully show you some progress I’ve made on guitar.  Please remember a few things.  I strongly LOATHE being in any type of photograph & I get VERY self-concious.  If you think it sucks that’s fine, as of 2011 I couldn’t tie my shoelaces.  People used to pay to see me play & sing on stage.  

You’ll hear me play abbreviated versions of 3 Foo Fighters’ songs & 1 “Big Wreck” song.  My 2 favourite bands & have been since the ‘90s.  Yes, the guitar I’m playing in the “Big Wreck” video is signed by Ian Thorney of Big Wreck.  They’re OK, you’ll hear “That Song” by Big Wreck, & “Low”, “The Pretender”, & “All My Life” by Foo Fighters.  Need to clean them up, but that’s what you get for now.

My favourite album of the year was easily ‘Moral Panic’ by “Nothing but Thieves”.  I didn’t get much in terms of new music since there wasn’t a lot of stuff released that I was into but I can think of 7 releases coming this year off the top of my head.  I’ll be streaming again while putting a minimal amount of money aside for a guitar.  I still don’t like the idea of streaming music, neither do a LOT of working musicians.

“Foo Fighters” new album ‘Medicine at Midnight’ will be released on Friday, February 5th.  If I get cancer again this February 5th, I’m gonna blame my favourite band but still call it an odd coincidence!

The first time I saw the title before hearing the song, I honestly thought they released a “Genesis” cover!  I love me some Genesis but a new Foo Fighters song is more than welcomed!

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

IN MY HEAD

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Exercise total for 5 days. 

500 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

900 Crunches

900 Leg lifts

300 Squats   

450 Back flexes

1:15 hour of yoga over 2 days

Sorry about the last post?  I felt as though I was being judged, I don’t know why or by who?  It felt like I had someone watching my every move.  I just wasn’t comfortable.  It was in my head.  I was confused more than anything.

There’s “no doubt” that 2020 has been terrible & stubborn.  Even more stubborn than Donald Trump on the election results, at least he’s focused.  I called it at the start of the year that 2020 was going to be my year.  “So far so good”, I’m feeling very good physically & improving mentally, I hope?!  Relearning guitar is a bit slower than I’d like but this has been a VERY good week of playing through stuff I’ve learned, both new & old to me.  Sort of realized I was looking for perfection instead of just playing…if that makes sense?

WOW, I miss “No Doubt”, 1990s teenager.

I REALLY miss live music!  I have nothing planned as far as concerts go until this virus is seriously under control.  We’re currently using a streaming box for TV, cheaper in order to save some money.  The streaming box has VERY poor software in it, I watch TV, but it’s incredibly slow and makes me want to avoid TV as much as possible. 

My immediate family is good.  My mother just told me on Monday that my uncle has been in the hospital for 2 months because his knee bent the wrong way.  From what I hear he’s doing well.  He’s walking in parallel bars, he was in a wheelchair before his knee went out, that’s good to hear.  Meanwhile my great aunt & uncle have tested positive for Covid a few days apart, so from what I know they’re doing well & one’s in the basement while the other is on the main floor in Manitoba.

Covid restrictions for Saskatchewan were increased Wednesday night.  They take effect today as the new cases continue to rise.  They’re in effect until at least December 17th, unless they need to be revisited in that time.

I realized this week I just love Les Paul guitars.  I don’t really care what brand it is.  Les Paul guitars are known for being physically heavy.  Lots of players don’t like that about them.  My first guitar was a Les Paul styled guitar, so I’m used to playing a 9 pound guitar.  I really like the versatility/electronics of a Les Paul guitar.  The guitar I’m saving for will be in a lighter body but designed electronically to work like a Les Paul guitar.  Why so many guitars?  They’re different colours, 4 of the songs mentioned in this post are in different tunings, they all sound different, & I’ve heard that the optimum number of guitars to own is whatever you own + 1.  Hahahahahahahahahahaha!  In all seriously, Kim worked until 7:00 pm on Wednesday, I need to stop spending money so she doesn’t have to work so much.

When I go to see “Big Wreck” on tour, the singer brings 10-15 guitars on tour with him.  Why?  Big Wreck have a TON of songs in different tunings.  As of their 6th studio album release 4 of their songs are in more common tunings that I play in.  I can’t play like him & I don’t need 15 guitars.

Our living room floor has been covered in DVDs & Blu-rays.  We’ve sorted out the ones we want to keep and the ones we’ll sell.  Out of the 300+, if not more, that we have I’m guessing we’ll keep ½ of them.  I hope this was worth our time?  A friend of a friend is interested in what we have.  I kept my favourite TV series, favourite movies, special edition movies, & some box sets of multiple movies.

I was trying to watch TV on our streaming service we changed to last week to save money.  I’m pretty sure it has cutting edge technology as of 1965?  It has VERY inept software.  It’ll be switched in the not so distant future.  Not what we had before, but a cheaper version of what we previously owned.

I’m doing my thing & feeling stronger.  Even playing guitar felt as if I had gone to the next level this week.  Practicing different scales & individual notes has really helped my hand coordination.  I didn’t do much of that before.  I was always a singer filling in with chords & little riffs.

I was playing through these songs that I sort of knew by memory.  I decided to take out my song books & learn the proper arrangements.  I realized the next day that I was in my head, trying to be too perfect instead of just having fun.

^^This could still use some cleaning up which it will get but it’s up to tempo.  The song below is there now & will get even better as I play it.

I started learning the song below on Wednesday. All of my scales & finger exercises make a HUGE difference in playing the little riffs between the chords.

I don’t know if this giant leap is because I’m playing guitar so much or because I’m practicing scales & exercises now, probably both.  This is MUCH easier than I ever would have imagined!

I’m still listening to the new “Sevendust” & “Nothing but Thieves”, but I’m sure you’ve heard enough about how much I like those albums.  I’ve been running through a few other songs on guitar too.

Next fairly easy song to learn after looking at the tab last night

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

“Spread love” –Ellen Degeneres 

P.S.  I had to update my iPod last night.  It wanted to text me a code, I don’t text, and I had to get my sheet of paper with my 15 passwords.  How is any of this digital stuff better?

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I’m not done telling my story.  I think at the very least need to say thank you for reading my ramblings on this website.  I want to tell my story & know that at least one person enjoys this content.  I’d likely write this anyway, but it’s nice to know people are reading this & that I’m not just doing it for myself.  Thank you for your time.

I will say that putting myself & my story out for all to see does make me feel as though I’m being judged at times.  I’m well aware I’m not perfect & can be an asshole.  I’m evolving & you’re watching it in real time.  My flaws are not what define me, my effort to change my flaws is what I want to be judged on.  With that being said I can’t tell you how you choose to judge me or not judge me.  I think everyone deserves their own opinion.  I may not agree or like the opinion, but I do think everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

I have judged others poorly in the past and that is based on MY interpretation of that person and however many times I’ve interacted with that person.  We’re all different which is often a blessing but can also be a curse.  I’m not here to intentionally harm anyone EVER.  I want this website to be a safe place for people.  Any form of social media should be in my opinion.

I never assume I’m the smartest person in the room.  I do have a thirst for knowledge, probably more so now than ever before.  I do joke around a lot and rarely take myself seriously.  If anyone was to offend a friend or family member of mine then I would retaliate, verbally.  I can joke around & I can take a joke, any effort to offend me takes a LOT of work, but once that line’s crossed you’ll wish you hadn’t gone that far.

In the end, I’m loyal and never one to seek out confrontation.  I was quite young, probably around 11 years old.  I was at a Saskatchewan Roughriders game with my parents I think.  For a bit it was just me & my mother, I assume my father was getting food or something.  A fan behind us began shouting foul language towards the field.  My mother didn’t like it.  After 5 minutes that felt like an hour, I at 11ish years old shouted back.  “HEY!  ENOUGH WITH THE LANGUAGE”, or something like that.  The person apologized and realized we we’re bothered by it.  Nothing else was said, it was done & over with.

Foul language doesn’t bother me, unless it’s used with the intent of demeaning someone.  Those that know me are typically aware of all of this and I don’t like that I have to state this since it is common knowledge for the most part.  If you know me, you should know this already.  I guess somewhere along the way some people may have thought of me differently.  It’s their opinion, but it’s my error since it’s based on my words.

It’s the holiday season of 2020 which, as a year, just keeps dishing out whatever it’s got left to hurl at the human race & the climate.  This will be a VERY odd holiday season to say the least & I apologize if reading my story has made it more troubling for anyone?

Well crap!  It’s still only November…ugh.  Even I started to feel overwhelmed with the Covid restrictions this weekend.  It’s not like I had big plans to go out & about but it’d be nice to do something?  With this virus & so many restrictions, including mandatory masks in public for the province of Saskatchewan I will say this in all seriousness.  I don’t venture out of our condo much on a normal day.  In 2020, if I do I follow the rules & wear a mask.  If I’m within 6 feet of someone that’s not wearing a mask I will politely ask them to move REALLY far away if I’m in a rush.  I’ll ask them once politely.  If they choose not to move, there will a problem & I will likely role away, have a very disappointed face or voice my disappointment to them.  “Wear a mask or (potentially) feel my wrath”.  See I add (potentially) & it throws of the rhyming scheme.

There was a news story on Facebook that Geraldo Rivera, a Trump supporter, said that he thinks the vaccine for the virus currently showing promise should be called “The Trump”.  It was on a public platform and I stated “I don’t want Trump in me”.  Nobody took that as harming, nor was it intended to be.  I don’t want to be a dark cloud on a sunny day.  I’m also not about to hide who I am because someone might take it the wrong way.

In other news my brother has managed to sell my 3 guitar effect pedals for me.  I will send the money acquired from those & Christmas gift money on Kim’s side of the family to Kim’s friend’s family in need after a life altering incident.  I like that I can help, but I don’t like to hear about this type of situation occurring, it just hits to close to home for me, even though it’s not cancer related.  As of my writing this they’re still just over $23,000 short of their goal.

We’ll NEVER be in debt because of a luxurious purchase.  We save for personal items, but there are many other things that must come first, mortgage, bills, groceries, medical expenses, retirement savings, etc.  When that’s taken care of then we allow ourselves nice things.  Kim bought cross-country skis on Saturday & used them on Sunday.  When she bought them on Saturday, she was unaware that the store would charge extra for labour, bindings, & waxing the skis.  She was really worried since it was $200-$300 more than she was expecting.  I told her “If it’s going to hurt us, we always have money I’ve been saving for a guitar.  Take whatever you need from that account.  I’ll get a cheaper guitar if needed or no guitar anytime soon.  You’re supposed to enjoy something!”  She never gets anything special for herself, & its way past time she did.  She had fun skiing in the park with a few friends, everyone should be able to have some fun.

For those in Saskatchewan here’s a nice warm non-alcoholic beverage I recommend over the winter.  I needed something different than water all day every day.  Kim found some AMAZINGLY good Saskatoon berry tea in the grocery store.  I now have a cup of that in the afternoon.  No sugar or cream needed and no sugar added.  I’m guessing she found it a Co-op groceries? 

Foo Fighters take a look back at the last 25 years.  LANGUAGE!!! 

Not much new music being released this year.  I can’t stop listening to the “Nothing but Thieves” album ‘Moral Panic’.  Even Kim told me the other day “You listen to this a lot”.

Album version…

Orchestral version now available as a single.  Recorded at Abbey Road studio…

Along with ‘Moral Panic’ I’ve been listening to the new “Sevendust” album ‘Blood & Stone’ quite a bit.  I’ve never been a HUGE fan of Sevendust, but this latest album really caught me off guard!

Yep, they covered “Soundgarden” on this album.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris          

“Spread Love”-Ellen Degeneres

P.S.   I guess Kim’s got a job for me today around the house & she’s cracking the whip!  “WHOOPA!”

I’M WORKING ON MY DIMMER SWITCH

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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

1:10 hour of yoga over 2 days

I had this entire thing written & trashed it all.  It was an unnecessary rant about anti-maskers.  What I will say about that is the following.  Nobody enjoys having to wear a mask.  I’m rarely out of the house during a month.  When I am in public I wear a mask not only for me but for everyone.  If you feel the need to rant about wearing a mask I’m OK with that…as long as you’re wearing a mask.  If you’re complaining about wearing a mask & not wearing one, I don’t need or want to hear it.  I personally don’t know anyone that falls into this category since they’re not worth my time right now.  Just please wear a mask, if you’re not, you’re a part of the problem.  You probably didn’t create the problem but you certainly aren’t helping solve it.  You are the weakest link & we’re all counting on you to do the right thing.

Saskatchewan got the news on Tuesday of restricted Covid protocol until December 17th 2020.  “Too little, too late” if you ask me.  Remember in the summer how so many people were just throwing caution & common sense to the wind along with their masks?  Well I hope they had fun then because family gatherings over the winter holidays are questionable right now.  Will I see my in-laws this December, will I see my immediate family this December, and will I see my grandparents this December?  Maybe, maybe, and probably not with Covid numbers skyrocketing everywhere.

I called it at the beginning of January.  2020 will be my year.  It’s been a stubborn, tough year & it’s not done yet.  I plan to be here long after 2020 though & this Covid stuff.  I’m ready to keep fighting if 2020 is going to keep ‘poking the bear’ (I’m the bear in this scenario).

I was scheduled to have an MRI at 10:45 pm tonight.  A 30 minute scan of a cyst in my back that has been there since my first MRI in 2008.  We talked to my doctor earlier this week.  I know I’m not invincible and I have no desire to go into a hospital, take off my mask & get shoved into a tube that’s just big enough for my shoulders to scrape the side during a pandemic for a very minor thing.  My doctor understood that & agreed.  I’ll be having my annual full MRI in May instead.  They’ll check out the long time cyst, my brain, & spine at that time.  A cyst won’t turn into a tumor.  I have a new doctor as of my last visit who wanted to learn more about it.

My life hasn’t changed at all because of Covid and I’m lucky in that way.  My life changed in 2008 because of cancer.  Initially it was REALLY rocky because of my incredible asshole reaction.  I’m far from perfect & always will be.  That doesn’t mean I’m just going to give up.  Those numbers that you probably skip by on Friday?  That’s my work over the course of a week, I’m proud of that & I’m not afraid of hard work.  Sure you might be thinking “Ah, it’s only 1-2 hours a day” & I’m not going to stop you from having that opinion.  You can call me whatever you want, anything goes at this point.  After I finish my exercise in the morning, I literally roll over on my side into the fetal position because I’m exhausted & sometimes sore.  I need to catch my breath & cool down.  After 2-5 minutes of rest I get up to do something around the house, get into the shower, eat, watch a little TV or play guitar.  I don’t have a slow speed.  If something needs to get done, I do it ASAP, why waste time thinking about it if I can figure out how to do it right away?

Now you might be thinking “Oh, big deal he said he’s playing guitar”.  It takes energy.  If I don’t have the energy, I play like crap and disappoint myself.  Because I beat myself up when I don’t do something well.  As I was telling my cousin over Facebook this earlier this week.  I don’t want to be good enough at everything, I want to be better than I was before I was put in a wheelchair.

Nobody can wave a magic wand & instantly make me better.  I’m the one that has to put in the work to be good enough and then better.  I’ve helped friends and family in the past and I’m helping where I can if needed or if I can be of assistance now.  I’m always patient with others.  If someone is helping me with something, I don’t want to waste their time.  I put a LOT of pressure on myself to do things right.

I had to ‘parent’ Brewster this week.  He won’t take his pills & he’s getting very stubborn about what he’ll eat.  I sat with him & had a little chat, I don’t think it worked?  “Look at me…nope…nope over here, look at me.  You need to eat your food & eat your treats.  If you can’t do that for us, this is what’s going to happen!  You have to be cute, furry, & cuddly for one week.  Now what’s it gonna be?  I’m not going to make you do both, you have to decide.  Will you eat your food now?  No?  OK, cute, furry & cuddly it is.  One week!  You’ve made your choice.”  Yes, I talk to my late 70s/early 80 year old dog like that.

I think everyone has an asshole gene in them.  It’s up to the individual as to when & how much they want it to shine.  I’m working on my dimmer switch for my asshole gene, it’s too bright.

Please wear a mask, and physically distance?  That’s EVERYONE’S job right now.

This week on guitar I haven’t been practicing songs.  The bulk of me playing guitar has been me applying and learning the DeLorean/Doryan/Dorian (actual spelling) mode, as well as memorizing the pentatonic scale.  That’s a LOT of music theory, my brain hurts from actually using whatever is left in there.  This will be a long time before I can say that I know it.  It sort of makes sense yet it’s hazy right now.

Pentatonic scale(s) is memorized as of Thursday.  Now I’m got the basics of the “Finding Doryan” or “DeLorean” mode as of Thursday night.  Today I’m just focusing on getting my pentatonic scale/shapes/pattern down & a song.  It’s as though I took a glance into Pandora’s Box and thought “I should make 1 thing solid before I dive into 5 other ones?”  My brain feels like mashed potatoes now?!?! 

Here I am at 11:20 pm after lying in bed thinking about scales too much that I came in to practice the 5 patterns in a pentatonic scale!  Geeking out much?  YEP!

“Nothing but Thieves” gave into high demand from fans to release their orchestral version of the song “Impossible” earlier this week.  When I purchase this album over the holidays, I intend to add this single to the album.  I don’t listen to singles or EPs under 5 songs.  I add them to albums.

“Dead Sara” released a single this week.  I hear a BIG “Nirvana” influence in their music.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

“Spread love” –Ellen Degeneres 

WHAT DO I REALLY NEED IN MY LIFE?

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Friday I went to the local music store to pick up my friends guitar.  I wasn’t comfortable doing some of the repairs, so I dropped it off there Nov. 5th.  It’s here sitting in a rack with 2 of my guitars.  My brother had a 5 guitar floor stand our band would use when we played live.  Bass player, my brother, & I would all bring 2 instruments to a live show, different tunings & it’s reassuring to have a backup if something goes wrong live.

That afternoon Kim rearranged the desks in our computer room now that we’ve sold the big DVD/Blu-ray shelf to a friend of ours.  It feels much bigger in here.  I played guitar for a bit on Friday afternoon but not much.

Kim was working all day on Saturday.  She got groceries Sunday morning & worked until 9:00 pm that night. 

I stayed out of her way Saturday and played guitar most of the day.  That evening I watched a “Foo Fighters” live stream concert for $15.  Not the same as seeing them live but it also didn’t cost me $90.  Only 1:30 hour long instead of the usual 2:45 – 3:30 hour long live show, still a good deal.   

They kicked off the show with a song I’ve been working on which I will have ready to go by the time you read this.  I was practicing this song & whatever else I could think of that I know and learned the next song over the course of a quick look on Sunday & a couple of hours Monday.  I surprised myself in a good way!

I HIGHLY recommend “Marty Music” on www.youtube.com if you want to learn a song on guitar, if the tab doesn’t sound right & you can’t figure it out.  He’s the man to go to!  There are no tabs for “Audioslave” or “Rage Against the Machine” music, but good ol’ Mart Music has lessons for some of them.

Then I practiced ‘Monkey Wrench’ and when I needed a break I played other songs I know in that tuning.

Learned a mode to use on guitar.  A mode is basically a different way of using a scale for minor & major sounds from what I understand.  I now know the major & minor pentatonic scale and the Dorian mode to a point.  I’ll just call it the DeLorean mode.  #BacktotheFuture kids watch it!

I’m watching a guy on youtube complaining about the amplifier I’m hoping to get next year.  I’m looking at the “Boss Katana 50W MK2” which has been out for a while.  He’s complaining that he bought the “Boss Katana 50W MK1”.  He bought the first version shortly before the second version was released.  It’s a digital/analogue amplifier, a hybrid.  They’ve already released 5 firmware updates on the 2nd version, if I want to I can connect it to my computer to update it to the latest version. 

Essentially he’s complaining about everything being digital now instead of analogue.  I get it, but I no longer see any reason to complain about everything going digital.  I didn’t buy a cell phone because of many reasons including that it’s digital & will continue to require updates.

Why would I want a digital/analogue amplifier then?  Well I have no intention of connecting it to the internet.  There’s already 4 amplifier settings to choose out of 10 built into the amplifier & 5 effects to choose out of 15 for each amplifier setting.  I really don’t care if it’s the latest & greatest technology.  I just want it to work, sound decent, and keep it easy to use.  I’m far from a technological wizard.  My phone works, it makes phone calls.  My email & social media work, they send messages.  The amplifier comes with a bunch of digital options I likely won’t use.

I used to have “FOMO”, Fear of Missing Out.  Too expensive to keep up with the Joneses.  If I’m missing out so be it, I don’t know what I’m missing out on & for me, in this situation, ignorance is bliss.

I was planning to return to buying CDs for music from around 15 bands.  I realized that CDs are often $5-$20 more than iTunes.  I scaled my CD purchases for the future down to 6 bands, a few from iTunes, & a lot of streaming from now on or some bands are retired or I’m just not that interested in anymore. 

Guess I’m carrying on with the thinking of “Marie Kondo”, does this bring me joy?  Kim, Brewster, Friends & Family, Guitars, Music, a bit of TV, & a few movies.  Downsizing to the important things, not a lot of storage for other stuff here.  If it’s not seasonal & hasn’t been used in 6 months, why do I need to keep it?

I’m hopeful that the PRS S2 McCarty 594 will be my final guitar purchase.  I’m a sucker for any brand of guitar that sounds & is wired like a Les Paul guitar.  The PRS S2 is made to sound like a 1959 Gibson Les Paul & that’s my reason for getting it.  Its $1000 less than a Gibson reissue too & price is a factor.  Of course I have back up ideas, but nothing concrete.  I likely won’t even have this guitar until late next year if I order it between February-May.  There’s a 6 month wait once the order is placed.  I’ll have to hear what I have after I get the amplifier in 2022 before I even start considering an inexpensive guitar. 

I have a Fender Thinline & I’ll have 2 PRS S2 guitars, I can’t afford any other expensive guitar brands.  Gibson, Jackson, Ibanez, Kiesel, ESP, Charvel, Schecter, etc. are out money wise.  If I want to look for another guitar, Kim might hurt me &/or whatever guitar related stuff will come out of my own pocket, not our cash together.  

A Core PRS “Paul’s guitar” would be nice, but it’s not wired like Les Paul.  A “Mark Tremonti” Core PRS is basically a Les Paul in looks & wiring.  Either way both are far beyond what I’d ever spend on a guitar.  I really like PRS guitars, but even they’re most affordable SE line is too expensive for me.

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

https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/model/mark_tremonti_signature_2020

I stayed up until midnight.  Kim was watching “Dancing with the Stars” so I came in here and chatted with one of our friends.  I went back to the living room to hang out with, still watching ‘Dancing with the Stars’, she said she was going to bed after the show since it was already 11:00 pm.  I came back in here to shut down my computron.  Ended up [laying guitar unplugged until midnight.  Random scales & songs from memory.

As for what I’m listening to these days, still the Nothing but Thieves album ‘Moral Panic’.  I’m also listening to the new Sevendust album ‘Blood & Stone’.

“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

ODD COINCIDENCES

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Exercise total for 4 days. 

500 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

600 Crunches

600 Leg lifts

200 Squats   

300 Back flexes

1:05  hour of yoga over 2 days

Wednesday was a vacation day in Canada.  Every November 11th is what Canadians call Remembrance Day.  Canada stops to honour the lives of those who have fought in wars defending our country & rights.  We proudly display pins on our heart, poppy pins, to honour our veterans and current military members.  I don’t go out in public often but when I’ve been in early November I make sure I’m wearing a poppy & always a mask.

We spent the day reorganizing our office/computer room/guitar room.  Sold a book shelf to our friend & I think we’ll be getting rid of a desk?

Kim was working on her other job until 10:00 pm on Tuesday & then about 6 hours on Wednesday.  She sent the files back for the company to review that night.  Thursday she worked all day at her regular job until 5:00 pm, went straight to a hair appointment until 9:00 pm, got home & had some supper.  I went to bed around 10:30 pm & she stayed up working on 1 of her 2 big projects at work until 1:30 am.  8:00 am today she’s at her regular contract job again.  She rarely takes any time off work since she doesn’t get paid if she’s not there.  I’m worried she’s going to burn herself out.

I been practicing these 2 songs this week.  I know them very well but it’s frustrating having to play the same stuff over & over.  Before cancer this would take a day at most.  Now it looks like a couple of weeks?

My days are pretty much the same every day, “with or without…” a virus.  I’m here, I eat a small breakfast, exercise, have a snack, shower & then have lunch.  After lunch I always end up playing guitar.

Sure there are good days & bad days on guitar.  Some days I go to play guitar & I just can’t think of anything to play?  Most days it’s more like “I need more time to play guitar”.  Most of the week I was doing little things around the house or watching too much TV.

This family can use your help!  I was wrong they’re not at the total, help them out please!?

People that know me personally know Foo Fighters are my favourite band.  Even living in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada I’ve managed to see them live 5 times.  Foo Fighters made me want to be in a band & eventually learn guitar while being a lead singer.  Here’s a story about odd coincidences between their music and my life.

Foo Fighters 2nd album was released in 1997.  They were playing at an outdoor, one day festival in Saskatoon in the summer of 1998.  I graduated high school on June 24th 1998, I don’t remember the reason but I was unable to drive to Saskatoon that summer.

My first experience with a significant death in the family was my Grandmother on December 5th of 1999.  Foo Fighters released their 3rd album that November. I think I just about wore out that CD?  I dropped out of University as I was killing time driving to Moose Jaw 45 minutes away and back blasting that CD the entire time & crying.  I saw Foo Fighters live for the first time, at an outdoor, one day festival in Saskatoon in 2000.  I got Dave Grohl’s autograph on the back of my ticket.  It’s now framed with a Foo Fighters poster above my computer.

Their fourth album was released on October 22nd, 2002.  The first birthday I spent with my girlfriend, now wife of more than 15 years.  Their 5th album was released in the summer of 2005.  Kim & I were living in an apartment after getting married that May.

Their 6th album was released in 2007.  Kim & I had tickets to their show in Saskatoon in 2008 which fell a few weeks after I was out of a month long coma & in the hospital with brain cancer.  My parents used the tickets and cried all the way through the concert.

Their 7th album was released in April of 2011.  I was still in the Wascana Rehabilitation Center at the time doing physical therapy to regain control of my body from the effects of cancer.  The album was released on the day we had a fundraiser (steak night) at The 4 Seasons sports bar for our “Relay for Life” team, raising money for the Canadian Cancer Society.  This album titled “Wasting Light” has the song “Walk” on it.  I had recently started walking with a walker in my therapy that week.  Did they write that for me?  I’m sure it was an odd coincidence.

Their 10th album is to be released on February 5th 2021.  February 5th 2008 was the day I passed out at work with stage 4 brain cancer.

I’m still pretty obsessed with the album “Moral Panic” by “Nothing but Thieves”.  Unfortunately this orchestral version of “Impossible” isn’t on the album, but the regular version is.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

“Spread love” –Ellen Degeneres 

NO ANTI-MASK SHAMING HERE BUT PLEASE WHERE ONE?

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Exercise total for 5 days. 

00 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

00 Crunches

00 Leg lifts

00 Squats   

0 Back flexes

?  hours of yoga over 5 days

I didn’t exercise this week.  Woke up at 3:30 am on Monday & it threw me off of my routine for the week.  I spent the week doing stretching & yoga every day.  I guess it was about an hour a day give or take 5 minutes.  I was just very sore & stiff until Thursday after my stretching, then I started to feel a bit better.

We went to my parents’ place for a birthday supper.  Kim’s was on the 22nd, Rachel’s is on the 30th, & my Grandfather’s is on November 1st.  We got to see people & visit!  

This is one of the many reasons I think Dave Grohl is a genius!

I saw that on Wednesday, & grabbed my guitar, as usual, and said to myself “Self, it’s time to nail down the many Foo Fighters’ songs you know and play them until they’re perfect like when you played so many of them live.  Before you had cancer when your left hand wasn’t useless”.  So I did and relearned the lead intro & rest of this song…

…will you see me play it on Facebook?  Probably not, as we all know that’s not working out great for me at the moment.  All I can say is not anytime soon.

Donald Trump has stated that if he loses the election he’ll have to move.  He’s also never said that there might not be a peaceful transition of power if he loses.  So what’s it gonna be?  If he loses & stays, he’ll owe buckets of money to A LOT of people &/or likely go to jail.  If he wants to move to another country there’s a travel ban, even the Canada/USA border is closed right now.

It really surprises me that I’ve seen very few people here that are senior citizens yet they come & go without a mask.  Whenever I leave our suite I wear a mask because it’s the right thing to do.  Oh yeah & I don’t want to die!  Yet I’ll see many people in the hall or typically at the elevator, that live here and I’m the only one wearing a mask?  I thought the older a person is the more lethal Covid could be?  I guess they just don’t care?

Dear world,

Canada just celebrated Thanksgiving earlier this month.  Covid cases are higher than they’ve ever been.  Be safe out there and in family gatherings or prepare for a weird Christmas.

Sincerely,

A concerned Canadian

“You don’t need expensive stuff.  You need stuff that sounds good” – Paul Reed Smith.  Then why are PRS guitars near the top of the price range for good sounding guitars?  I agree with about 85% of what he says, but why did he go into business to make guitars he could afford & price them so high?  I’m VERY happy with my PRS S2 but a Core PRS is priced higher than most people would consider.  If they had a job or not.

I still plan to save & order my PRS S2 McCarty in February.  If my other guitars weren’t that good & didn’t have sentimental value, I’d probably sell them for a real Gibson or Core PRS?  Once I order the PRS S2 McCarty 594 in February, I’ll hopefully get the amplifier & footswitch later on, and I won’t have to research another guitar or amplifier for many years, if ever?

https://www.long-mcquade.com/154076/Guitars/Guitar-Amps/Boss/Katana-50-MkII-Combo-Amplifier.htm

https://www.long-mcquade.com/12567/Guitars/Guitar_Effects/Boss/FS-6_-_Dual_Footswitch.htm

I am researching affordable Stratocasters for a friend of mine that doesn’t have an electric guitar.  Stratocasters aren’t my thing but they are quite popular, and have been used by many big artists.  A DIY kit in many years seems like a good idea.  This is speculation after an attempt to sell our suite in 2022 & hopefully find a viable house at the same time.  I have a sick feeling we’re here for the long haul?  Please prove me wrong?!?!  Somewhere in that time I hope to find a part-time online job.  I’d like to continue exercising daily while earning a paycheck.  Something others likely wouldn’t want to deal with, like data entry?  Listen to music & punch in numbers for a few hours?

I have, what I assume is an American Fender Thinline “Semi-hollow Telecaster”.  I’ll have 2 PRS S2 models.  The closest I have to Gibson is their import/more affordable line Epiphone, which I have 2 of.

Grabbed my Epiphone 7 string on Thursday to work on this song for a while.  I can see improvement in my hand muscles after an hour or a little more.  More control of my left arm!

Do you know that feeling of when you’re about to make a “breakthrough”?  That’s how I felt on Thursday playing guitar, I didn’t want to stop I wanted to see what would happen!

I figured this out WAY too late in life.  If I don’t like a song or band, I just avoid it when possible or shut up so others can enjoy it.  Typically rock/metal and some pop is not for other people & is often turned off.  Kim & I are at complete opposite ends of the music spectrum.  She’ll be watching or listening to something I don’t like so I end up leaving the living room.

1,000,000 views of this video will make Paul Reed Smith sign the back of this one-off guitar.

Since I got the “Nothing but Thieves” album ‘Moral Panic’ to work last weekend, it’s all I’ve been listening to, other than the last “Trivium” album once.

We watched “Borat 2020” Thursday night & Trump supporters will HATE it.  Some, probably a TON of people will write it off as a stupid, raunchy, disgusting comedy.  In my opinion it was a VERY brilliant reflection of Donald Trump, his vision for America, & his supporters.  The world isn’t laughing at America, were laughing at the Trump administration & whoever supports Donald Trump.  Don’t watch this movie without doing a bit of research & if you can’t laugh at yourself in some way, you should probably pass on it completely.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

“Spread love” –Ellen Degeneres 

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Provincial election here so we made it an event when we voted early on Friday.  I got a 4 pack of local craft beer and Kim as usual got a tea from Tim Horton’s.  WAY better than just making a trip out to vote!

The actual vote date was yesterday in Saskatchewan.  The USA Federal election is November 3rd.

We voted & got our treats.  We came home, I had a late supper, sat down with a beer & watched my brother & 2 friends (King for a Day) playing at a local restaurant as well as live streaming their acoustic show on Facebook.  Their full on, 5 member rock band is “Room 333”, the room number I was in during 2008 and a bit after.

The last live show I played was a benefit show, one of at least 3, for a disability charity on January 25th 2008.  I passed out at work with brain cancer on February 5th, 2008.  I was playing in a rock band with my younger brother.  He wasn’t done playing live yet & still isn’t.  He formed a new group with friends from the music scene and called it “Room 333”.  An indie band organization has recognized them but their acoustic cover band actually pays better.  Same with me.  I started out just singing in a cover group during University, learned very basic guitar to fill out the sound, & made cash to upgrade my music gear.  All while working a part time job.  I ended up dropping out of University & going to technical college instead & got my diploma as a printing press operator.

I knew pretty early that music would just be a hobby, since I only got my own guitar from my parents for my 21st birthday.  Fell in love with guitar & now I’ve found my way back to it.  I never really finished up “Razor” by Foo Fighters and “Addicted to Pain” by Alter Bridge could use more shine and memorization.  I’ll work on those & “Monkey Wrench” by Foo Fighters this week! 

Foo Fighters in general never get old for me.  They’ve easily been my favorite band since 1998 when I became obsessed with them.  What’s our living room art work above our couch?  8 individually framed vinyl records by Foo Fighters.  That’s a group among very few that I purchase on CD.  That’s the band that made me want to create music.  They’re my initial test of listening to loud distorted guitar music.

I’ve got a PRS model now so this definitely calls for “Alter Bridge” in drop Db tuning!  It may not be a signature Mark Tremonti PRS, but it’s a PRS S2.

We had a birthday supper at our friends’ place for Kim.  Tasty as always & ice cream cake too!  “Auntie” Kim took our “niece” to get her hair rainbow coloured, looks pretty cool.  Our “nephew” wanted me to read him a book.  He’d bring a book out, ask to sit on my lap, I’d read a paragraph then he’d take off & get a different book in 20 seconds.  He’s only 2 years old, pretty funny!

Chatting with my buddy later on, it was good to find out that I’m not the only one that’s camera shy while playing guitar.  At this point for me it’s more of what I do for me as a hobby & exercise as my psychiatrist says, not something I do for other people.  If I couldn’t actually play guitar I wouldn’t be mentioning it or trying to record videos to put on Facebook.  I’m not saying I’ll never attempt a video again, but right now it’s not fun for me doing that.  I think about anything other than the task at hand, being a goofball on camera is much easier!

I’m not as good on guitar as I was in my 7th year of playing, but I’m learning & applying new stuff & songs, as well as songs that I’ve never tried before in order to challenge myself.  That’s definitely part of the reason I’m often quiet.  If EVERYBODY’s talking, who’s listening?  What wisdom can I share and what will you teach me?   

I said earlier that I’d never buy a Gibson.  Why did I say that?  They’re currently & for many years have been far beyond my price range despite my adoration of a Gibson Les Paul.  The Gibson brand has had a few ups & downs.  Gibson actually stopped production of their Les Paul body style in the 1940s & eventually brought them back.  Les Paul guitars are Gibson’s most well-known guitar & it’s been copied by MANY other brands!  I have a Les Paul copy as well as my Epiphone Les Paul 7 string.  I don’t own a Gibson because of the price.  At this point in my life, I don’t really care what the brand name is on a guitar, I more interested in the sound of a guitar & a modest body shape.  My explorer guitar is odd enough for me.  Same reason I’ll never buy an American Fender or a Core PRS, too expensive in Canada!

I head to bed after 1:00 am on Saturday and playing electric guitar unplugged since we’re in a condo.  I might as well have played through my amplifier in the bedroom!  Kim’s & Brewster were asleep but between the 2 of them it was just a symphony of sound, this is why I fall asleep to rock or metal music, much more relaxing!

Sunday was the day we just get everything ready for the week.  Very lazy Sunday.  Sunday’s energy level went right into Monday for me.  I got up at 1:00 pm Monday still feeling tired, just needed to do some stretching all of my body was tight & a little tender.  I went to bed by 10:00 pm Sunday, woke up to pee at 3:30 am & I was wide awake but tired still until I fell asleep around 9:30 am.

I watched the Presidential debate & quickly realized that I didn’t need to.  It’s all over any & all Canadian news though & there’s nothing on TV anyways & again it was useless for me despite that I’m Canadian.  I know the difference between wrong & right.  I’ve lived through the terror of the Donald Trump administration from afar.  I shake my head and try not to yell at my TV when he’s on there lying.  I can’t vote, but if he wins, I’m pretty sure America can kiss democracy away.  I’m embarrassed that Donald Trump is from the same planet as me.  I’m going into my bubble of non-political news until the US Federal election is over.

Kim is far more optimistic than I am when it comes time to find a wheelchair accessible house in 2022.  We’ll be doing some inexpensive renovations to this place within the next year to make it more to our liking.  If it doesn’t sell or if we can’t find a place in Regina, it’ll be a bit closer to what we want without being a free standing house.  Nothing wrong with our place but we’re too young to live surrounded by grandparents, great grandparents, & a few visiting noisy kids.

After a few days of trying to get Apple products to work I finally got the new “Nothing but Thieves” album to stream.  3 album into their career & I’ve REALLY enjoyed them all!

“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