…AAAANNNNDDDD THIS IS DIFFERENT HOW?

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300 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

600 Crunches

600 Leg lifts

300 Squats while balancing on my toes.

300 Back flexes

2 days of yoga

There won’t be any stairs during this virus stuff.  I don’t really want to touch a public railing or clean them before & after I’m done.  As for walking, no excuse or reason, I’m just lazy.

I fell asleep to “Matthew Good Band” the album “Beautiful Midnight”

I exercised to “Foo Fighters” the album “There is Nothing Left to Lose”

I don’t think “chicks dig it” but I’ve never tried.

 

I don’t know what exactly I did Thursday, near the end of my weights I tweaked something in my back?  It wasn’t an “OH #$%^&^% THAT HURT!” it was more of an “Ah, what was that?”  It got a little tighter as the day went on & disappeared pretty quick as I rested my back.  I could tell something wasn’t right as soon as I started stretching.  Every stretch was very tight & painful I haven’t been that tight in a while.

Think about what I do?  I get up eat breakfast then exercise.  I have a snack then shower.  I check my email then have lunch.  I tidy up the few things around the place that need to be put away.  I check my email then play guitar.  Kim comes home, tired from work.  We have supper then watch TV, make a puzzle, play a game, or she’ll catch up on TV I don’t watch while I practice guitar.  After that we go to bed.  That’s my routine 5 days a week.  You’ll notice that I never mentioned getting into a vehicle or going anywhere.

Weekends I sleep in until 10:30 – 11:00 am.  I have coffee & breakfast, then hangout with Kim who’s likely got some laundry on the go.  I shower, hang out with Kim or practice guitar.  We have supper & probably don’t go out.  Either day of the weekend I spend most of my time in the kitchen.  I hard-boil eggs for the week, make a pitcher of vegetable juice for the week, & I bake fish for the week.  Kim usually heads out for groceries on the weekend.  That’s a regular week for us.

Throughout all of that I never mentioned leaving our condo.  We live on the top floor of an apartment style condo.  Dogs are not allowed to do their business on the balcony.  Brewster has training pads at the balcony door.  I’m in a wheelchair.  The bottom of the balcony doorway is too tall for me to get out in my wheelchair.  If I need to get out in an emergency, I have to crawl.  Our windows & balcony face the South.  In the spring, summer, & fall it’s often too hot to spend more than 5 minutes on the balcony.  It’s even too hot for Brewster’s paws unless there’s a STRONG wind, then nobody wants to be outside.

I wear shorts at least 360 days a year.  We have “underground” parking = me not outside.  When we get to someone’s house it’s either nice enough to sit in their backyard or we go straight into the house.

Tally that up.  How much time am I outside on a regular week?

I get it, most people are used to having a driver’s license, going to a store, picking up their kids at school, hanging out in their backyard, etc.  Trust me, this quarantine will likely start to feel normal the longer it goes on.  Remember, you’re allowed to go to your backyard or walk around your neighborhood & get some fresh air.

I’ll admit that it took me about a year to get used to being inside most of the time.  We moved into our condo on December 18th, 2013.  So since I got cancer on February 5th 2008, I’ve spent most of my time in either a hospital room or condo.

I choose not to have a mobile device, skype, facetime, zoom, etc.  That has never interested me.  I don’t consider that as a type of human contact.  Obviously that’s just me though & that’s fine by me.

It will get better.

In other news the house is officially off the market, & I’m relieved/closer to being stress free.  No more trying to make the place look perfect for a complete stranger, YAY!  Would have been nice to get the place we wanted in September or October, but everything happens for a reason I guess.

I refuse to settle on a new house.  I expect some renovations due to my wheelchair of course.  Kim wants an attached garage.  I’d like a finished basement (I can’t do any of the work really).  We’d both like a 3rd bedroom on the main floor of a bungalow to use as an office/man cave.  You’d think something like that would be available in Regina?  NOPE!  Hopefully next year or 2022?

Look at that, no guitar talk!  Just looking at my ordered PRS S2 & waiting for a delivery in what could be November or December now?

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

 

I’m streaming most of my music this year in order to save some money.  I plan on ordering a handful of CDs coming out this year, but mostly streaming overall.  The “Petals for Armor” EP from Haley Williams is REALLY good as is Pearl Jam’s “Gigaton”.  Pearl Jam has always been a little hit & miss for me, although I do own most of their studio albums & a few live albums of theirs.

 

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WEEKEND WAS NOTHING BUT GUITAR PRACTICE

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I fell asleep to “Trivium” the album “The Sin and The Sentence”

I exercised to “Alter Bridge” the album “Walk the Sky”

 

I’d talk more about the sad loss of so many people because of this virus, but that seems redundant with it on EVERY media outlet EVERYWHERE!  I must say a HUGE heartfelt thank you to all of the 911 responders & health professionals busting their butts to keep us safe!

I complain too much!  Mostly about my lack of money.  I need to shut my yap, most people have the same problem, so we’re no different.  I also talk too much about guitars but that’s my hobby, so you’ll just have to deal with it.

Most guitar players will sell a guitar to get another.  That has never really made sense to me, something I’m positive I’d regret.  My acoustic guitar will always remain because it’s my only acoustic guitar.  My 4 electric guitars all have a distinct sound & pickups for a reason, even the Fender which, the more I play it, the more I like it!  That’s the only one I didn’t point out to someone.

Lots of guitar players have multiple guitars for many different reasons.  Different tunings, sounds, body shapes, brands, pickups, colours, etc.  My 3 electric 6 strings all sound different, have different pickups, colours, brands, & different body shapes.  My electric 7 string is obviously for stuff that requires a 7th string/lower tuning.  I don’t need to make a point of playing each one, I have all of those reasons to change it up!

I got my first guitar on my 21st birthday in 2001.  I got brain cancer 6 days after my 28th birthday.  I basically played for 6 years in 3 different bands.  I was always a singer first.  I learned guitar after singing in a band for around a year because guitar looked fun & I needed something to do with my hands.

Now that I’ve resumed playing after an almost 12 year hiatus due to cancer, things are WAY different.  Playing in a wheelchair is by far the biggest difference.  I didn’t realize how big of a deal posture was when playing guitar.  As of Thursday, I have that figured out finally.

When I got cancer, my body was so weak I couldn’t feed myself for a few years or even drink anything for that matter and swallowing was a gong show.  My nutrients was all through an IV drip.  I began drinking through a straw, meanwhile Kim & my parents had to feed me.

Now my right hand is fine, my left hand & arm are still noticeably weaker, but getting stronger everyday with my exercise & guitar playing.  Each time I learn something new on guitar I think “Wow that sounds much more difficult than it really is!”

When I was first playing guitar I had no clue as to what I was doing.  If I put my hands here in a certain shape I’d make the right sound & I learned, a bit, from there.  Now it’s all been physically brand new, while knowing SO much more about what I’m doing.  Before I’d have to look up the tab for each song, now I just need the chord to figure out the short riffs/hooks to a song.

I don’t think about what it is that I’m doing at the time, I think of that afterwards.  Really all I think about while playing is “Does this sound right in this part of the song?”  I tend to close my eyes if I’m not moving my hand & arm up & down the neck of the guitar & rely more on my ears.  The muscle memory is definitely coming along though!

There’s a guy on www.youtube.com who always says “The perfect amount of guitars is, all of the guitars you own + 1”.  Maybe for him (20+ guitars including 5 high end PRS models) & other guitar players.  Fair enough he teaches guitar & makes extra cash with his youtube videos.  6 electric guitars & one acoustic are all I’d ever want.  If I couldn’t play every electric guitar I own within 1 ½ weeks, why would I have them?

Much like that rule that applies to EVERYTHING that’s not seasonal “If you haven’t used it in 6 months, why do you need it?”  This is another example for me of LESS IS MORE.

I have definitely decided to save up for this guitar & we’ll see what happens in a few years.  Brewster is on his pills, heart pill forever & a temporary water pill, as long as he has what he needs, we consider things good.  I won’t be getting this exact model of guitar, that’s this year’s model.  Hopefully something with the PRS TCI pickups (less gain), more electronic options, the bridge, an inexpensive SE model still (less Maple wood involved) & different PRS tuners.  Go to 2:20 minutes to hear what Paul Reed Smith wanted this guitar to have…

After 2 good days on Saturday & Sunday working through a few songs, I’m really happy with my progress.  I picked 10 songs to practice a few on each guitar, and so far things are good.  Here’s a sample of what I’ve picked to learn…

It’s REALLY good to have productive days like this!!!

 

The Toronto Blue Jays 1992 World Series highlights are being replayed.  I’m wearing my, once VERY large jersey, I got in 1992.  Yes, for Christmas of 2013? I asked to have Roberto Alomar’s name & #12 put on the back of it.  First Toronto Blue Jay player to go into the Hall of Fame!

https://images.app.goo.gl/N3CeybdEjxLQavSC6

What do I think of “Pearl Jam’s” new album “Gigaton”?  I really like it, I’ve been waiting for a looooong time for Pearl Jam to release a different album from anything in their catalogue while keeping the grungesque 1990s vibe at the same time.  Are you a fan?

 

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

HOLY LACK OF MOTIVATION

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300 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

200 Crunches

200 Leg lifts

100 Squats while balancing on my toes.  (I fell…again…on Wednesday)

100 Back flexes

2 days of yoga

 

I fell asleep to “I Built The Sky” the album “The Zenith Rise”

I exercised to “Better Than Ezra” the album “Deluxe”

 

I didn’t do my job on Monday or Tuesday.  I did my weights & such on Wednesday, 15 minutes later my arms were shaking.  Tuesday was TERRIBLE!  I slept fine, woke up around 7:30 am, and wasted the day falling in & out of sleep until almost 1:00 pm.  Got up, had a bite to eat & then parked my lazy ass on the couch waiting to go back to bed.  Wednesday was better but not great.  Got up just after 8:00 am then proceeded to do anything but exercise until a bit after 11:00 am.

Thursday was GREAT!  Got everything done by 1:00 pm & finally felt comfortable playing guitar in a wheelchair, I played for 2:30 hours in the afternoon & about an hour in the evening!  Being comfortable and being in the proper position of upright made a world of difference.  Everything is much easier when I’m comfortable & relaxed!

I sat down on the couch with a coffee to watch the Canadian 24 hour news…WOW…just like every other news station “WERE ALL GONNA DIE”!  Yeah, I was surprised, actually SHOCKED, that Canada had enough news to fill 24 hours too!

Dearest broadcasters,

Please find anything else to broadcast other than Covid-19 stuff & re-runs.  I guarantee that your ratings will spike.

Sincerely,

A REALLY bored viewer

I really don’t even watch much TV as it is, & now that it’s only news & repeats I’ve almost forgotten that we have a TV.  With so many people dying from this virus, I gotta ask “Where did all the good people go?”  Who’s spreading this?  Is this Darwin’s sick & twisted theory of natural selection put into action?

I saw that the government is giving small business owners $2000/month for the next 4 months.  I’d take that for a year please?  This is pretty much a guarantee of NOT happening.  I’ll start saving my pennies & continue to cut back/eliminate other non-essential purchases though.  At the very least we’ll have a little more cash on hand!  Either way if I was to buy a guitar it would definitely be a VERY similar PRS.

SE Paul's Guitar - Aqua

Far more important financial matters to take care of.  I’ve got my 4 electric guitars, my acoustic, & 1 future electric.  It was ordered on January 15th & it was supposed to be here in April.  I got an email on March 2nd that it’s been delayed until August.  Can’t do anything about that or this Virus stuff that I’m sure will push it back more.  In the end, I’m getting a new guitar & I’d much rather have it made properly than get a guitar that’s been slapped together in a panic.

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

The weirdest thing about being isolated is that this is FAR TOO CLOSE to my daily life.  I exercise, talk to my dog, play guitar, bomb around this place in my wheelchair, watch a minimal amount of TV & go to bed.  Wake up &……REPEAT!  Everybody’s complaining about being quarantined for so long?  It’s been…what…2 weeks, try 6 or 7 years, 2 weeks of quarantine is nothing once you get used to it.

Well, to each their own I guess??  Good thing all of those multi thousand dollar guitar amplifiers didn’t have a good distortion channel so the purchase of a $120 effect pedal was needed (I had one….19 years ago).  I have an 8” speaker in my Roland Cube combo.  That pedal is fun to mess around with, for me it was nothing but a toy.  I’ve watched a TON of his videos & he seems to be a really good guy, this is just a matter of taste.

HE WAS LEARNING “GREEN DAY” ON THE PIANO AS A KID!  GOOD GRIEF I’M OLD!!!!!

 

“Nothing but Thieves” have an actual video now for their single off of what I assume to be a near future album.  Other than “Billie Eilish” they’re likely one of the very few ‘new’ (2015) bands I enjoy.

The new album “Gigaton” from “Pearl Jam” is out today.

 

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PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, etc.

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I fell asleep to “Trivium” the album “Silence in the Snow”

I exercised to “Dio” the album “Lock up the Wolves”

 

Here’s the Canadian Red Cross website if you’d prefer to donate there for my birthday.  Donate whatever amount you like whenever you like please?  My birthday is on Thursday if you want a specific date.  I did extend the donation date on Facebook to mid-February though.

https://www.redcross.ca/

 

I have an appointment at the cancer clinic in a few months.  I’m SO ready to either stop going there or request a different doctor.  Every time I think of it, the first thing that pops into my mind is “I’m a month over 11 years cancer free.  How many more years do I have to keep coming here?  Is she going to bluntly call me fat……again?”  Needles don’t bug me, an MRI can depending which machine I’m in.  Apparently CT scans aren’t good enough for the substitute doctor I saw last time.  I find that odd, other doctors have no problem with a CT scan.

I’ll cause a scene & blatantly refuse to enter the MRI machine at the hospital.  “Here are some ear plugs since it’s pretty noisy in there.  Here’s a bean bag to throw if something goes wrong.”  Then they shove me into a tiny tube, on my back, & it’s not big enough for my shoulders.  If it’s that machine, it ain’t happening.  I’m EXTREMELY claustrophobic, and they also tell me to not move my head for the next 10 minutes.  Easier said than done when you have nothing to look at.

I can deal with needles & noise.  I listen to LOUD music.  The inside of any MRI machine is INCREDIBLY loud despite the required ear plugs.  What I can’t stand is an EXTREMELY RUDE doctor, having to be shoved in an incredibly small tube, & having to put on a mask over my entire face that is so close that it squishes my nose.

I’m 6’1” and probably just under 230 pounds.  I hadn’t seen my cousin in over a decade and had just recently met her common-law husband.  I asked them “How much do you think I weigh?  Any number, I won’t be offended.”  They went with 185.  I haven’t been that weight since I graduated high school!  At the time I was 240.  If I get told I’m “fat” from a 5’0” doctor again, I might have to pull a Jennifer Lopez on her “Listen up you little bitch!”  Grow a foot, exercise daily, eat what I eat, and say that again to my face.  I’d never be that rude/aggressive/blunt with a doctor trying to help me, it would be funny in the proper context though.

I’ve started playing guitar again.  You would think I’d get frustrated at times, not the case.  I can’t play up to the tempo of a song but I’m very, very close.  I can physically do everything I used to do on guitar, it’s just a matter of speeding up my left hand & arm, which is normal I guess?  I’ve always thought that playing an acoustic guitar is more difficult than an electric that will mask the mistakes through the amplifier.  I’ve picked 2 songs to learn and it’s gonna be a lot of acoustic guitar learning of those 2 songs.  My brother is a guitar wiz & will help me get things back to the proper tempo.  Once I get those down on acoustic guitar.  I would think other stuff I used to play will fall into place after a few times through a song.

I do find relearning guitar more difficult than the first time around.  Probably in part to being comfortable in a wheelchair with a guitar & having so many issues with the left side of my body being weaker.  I am learning new scales/patterns on the fret board & finger exercise to build up those muscles though.  There’s no easy way to go about it, much like my exercise.  The only thing that will make it better is practice & repetition.

I think a lot of that is lost now.  A lot of people seem to crave instant gratification.  I’m guilty of it too.  I’d like to have my birthday guitar by now since my birthday was on Thursday.  It won’t get here until at least mid-April without delays.  Lots of people have a cell phone.  That’s fine, a personal choice if you ask me.  Many people have their email & social media accounts on their phones.  Does anyone ever wonder what it was like before cell phones were all the rage?  You’d send an email & wait until that person had finished school or work for the day & would eventually check their email.  I know I would find a cell phone annoying.  Kim has a cell phone, when she’s home & leaves it on the couch to do something elsewhere & it bings/vibrates the entire couch, it drives me nuts.  I’ve gotten used to it, but it still bothers me.

If it ever gets to the point that land lines are abolished, I’ll get a cell phone but nobody will like the way I use it.  I’ll tell the salesperson when I activate it “I want it to only be able to accept & deliver phone calls please.  No texts, email, social media, photos, or apps please.  Phone calls and nothing but.”  It will come with me for emergencies only.  When I’m out it will be turned off unless needed, when I’m home & unoccupied I’ll turn it on.  If I get a text, I’ll call you back when I’m free.

 

There’s already quite a few albums out or about to come out this year,

“Haley Williams”

“Pearl Jam”

“Clint Lowery”

“Testament” that I’m not sure about yet.  I think a lot of their fans are Jewish, most fans seem to prefer the Old Testament?

“Mark Morton” guitarist from “Lamb of God” who are done recording their new album.

I was watching a “Trivium” demo, I watched and saw him playing the now discontinued 7 string & I thought “I could play that rhythm part if I had a 7 string guitar.”  I must be a sucker for punishment.

I always thought it would be more difficult.  That’s as difficult as the “Metallica” rhythm parts I used to play & sing to when I had no clue as to what I was doing!!??!!  I was listening to Corey Beaulieu on the right instead of Matt Heafy playing the Epiphone on the left when I was listening to the albums. All of that being said, Matt Heafy is a very well rounded guitar player & capable of much more.  Sorry about the guitar reference, it’s a passion & my favourite hobby.  You’ll miss the guitar talk once baseball starts.  What’s worse than watching baseball?  Reading about it!

 

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P.S. There will be a Facebook video on Friday of my exercise that you haven’t seen.

BUSY WEEK

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250 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

600 Crunches

450 Leg lifts

300 Squats while balancing on my toes.

300 Back flexes

2 days of yoga

 

I fell asleep to “Metallica” the album “Master of Puppets”

I exercised to “Foo Fighters” the album “There is Nothing Left to Lose”

Here’s the Canadian Red Cross website if you’d prefer to donate there for my birthday.  Donate whatever amount you like whenever you like please or donate to your country’s Red Cross.  It doesn’t have to be just for my birthday, whenever you can spare the cash!

https://www.redcross.ca/

 

Kim’s been quite busy at work this week.  So there was no walking or stairs this week.  That’s OK with me, I like to get my exercise done in the morning so I have the rest of the day to practice guitar or catch up on some TV from the night before.  Do other stuff & not think about doing more exercise.

I turned 40 yesterday & our dog is 14 today.  He’s definitely showing signs of age but every once in a while he grabs a toy & plays like a pup again for 10 minutes & again when Kim comes home from work.  She comes in the door, takes of her shoes & jacket, gets down on her knees, Brewster bolts as far away as possible and bunny hops as fast as he can into her arms & almost knocks her over.  It’s just fun to watch 12 pounds of fur get that excited!

I usually do absolutely nothing on my birthday since I’ve been home.  Not this year though!  Weekends are for resting, recovering, & getting ready for the following week…& a small group of friends over to celebrate tomorrow after a dinner out.  I did sleep in until 8:00 am then laid in bed while on the phone with my parents & cousin in the Dominican Republic on my birthday.

When do you actually start to feel older?  Sure, some things are harder or impossible to do but I assume that’s mostly the lasting effects of brain cancer.  In my mind I’m still in my mid-20s, without having gone through cancer.  I know there are things I wouldn’t be able to do now that I did when I was in my 20s.  I certainly don’t feel older!

I’ve been learning, practicing, & applying different types of scales to my guitar playing.  I’ve also been relearning how to do all of that in a wheelchair.  That’s the weirdest part of all, being comfortable with a guitar in a wheelchair while controlling my left arm as I play.  My birthday gift to myself, along with help from many others is the fancy PRS guitar that won’t get here until at least mid-April.  I ordered it earlier this month before the company had even started production on the 2020 models.

https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/model/s2_custom_22_semi_hollow_2020

The colour/finish should look VERY similar to this with different electronics.  This would likely cost much more than the already expensive model I’m getting.

 

Another great song from “Haley Williams”!  No release date yet that I know of.

I’m very anxious for this album, “Pearl Jam”, “Lamb of God”, “Trivium”, “Megadeth”, & of course “Foo Fighters”

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FEELING STRONGER & MORE DETERMINED EACH DAY!!!!

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I went for 3 days of weights & yoga instead of 2 this week just to try it.  Regularly scheduled programming for the next while.

375 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

400 Crunches

300 Leg lifts

200 Squats while balancing on my toes.

200 Back flexes

150.5 meters walking distance = 493.7 feet

3 days of yoga

 

I fell asleep to “Alter Bridge” the album “Walk the Sky” followed by “Tool” the album “Fear Inoculum”

I exercised to nothing.  I didn’t sleep more than 2 hours for a reason you’ll read about later.  It’s WAY too early to listen to music.

 

Here’s the Canadian Red Cross website if you’d prefer to donate there for my birthday.  Donate whatever amount you like whenever you like please or donate to your country’s Red Cross.  It doesn’t have to be just for my birthday, whenever you can spare the cash!

https://www.redcross.ca/

 

I’m sure I’ll get tired & a little grouchy at some point.  Not yet though!  I like this & being able to play/practice my guitar gives me something other than exercise to look forward to the next day.  Life’s much better than it was last year or even a weeks into December.  Whenever I made my decision to push myself more.  I didn’t realize it, but I was firmly planted in a rut.

I tweaked a small muscle in my back while doing curls on Wednesday.  Nothing too serious, I made sure to stretch it better before my exercise on Thursday & kept stretching.  The more I keep it active, the less it seems to nag at me.

My biggest worry about this exercise is my left arm & hand are still quite shaky.  Until I get them used to being in a certain position, usually resting partially on something they still shake.  Even when I play guitar.  Before I’d just pick up a guitar & play, now I need to warm up just to play rhythm stuff, I always considered warming up a thing for lead & solo players.  It is getting better though.

All of these little mile stones adding up to me getting my life back, exercising harder, playing guitar, cooking (poorly), being helpful with house hold chores, walking with my walker, practicing stairs, etc.  I actually started to sing a bit again with a guitar in my hands.

Exercise is going great & my body feels better than ever.  I had chicken wing size calves before & now it’s like “Oh, Hello there lil’ muscle.  I haven’t seen you in over a decade!!!”  Even my humble man boobs are transforming, which is pleasing.

If I haven’t gained weight in muscle already, I’d be shocked.  There will be a video of me walking with my walker on Facebook.  Sorry about the Facebook only photos & videos.  The brace on my left leg is called an Ankle Foot Orthotic I have drop foot & I hyper extend my leg since cancer.  Never mind my shirt or what it says, it’s just what I happened to be wearing that day.  It from a “Lamb of God” concert I saw in 2006.  This song was the title of the tour…..

I’m really not looking forward to seeing one of my doctors in May for a few reasons.  I have to go for an MRI this time.  Not a big deal depending on which one they send me to.  I’m EXTREMELY claustrophobic.  The MRI machine at the hospital is VERY small.  My shoulders are too broad to shove my head & spine into that tiny, glorified X-ray machine.  The other one downtown at a radiology lab is much bigger & a fear free experience.

Another reason is that I’ve had it with her calling me FAT.  No wonder she was suspended, & I didn’t say a word to make that happen.  How do I respond to that when I have to go there?  “Sorry I’m not 5’0” tall & need 3 dozen cheeseburgers?”  I loved when she yelled that I’m fat down the hallway as I was leaving.  I might just walk in & say “Do I have cancer again? OK, see you later”.

I’m sick & tired of these RIDICULOUS ‘routine’ cancer checkups.  YAY, please poke me some more, I miss it so much.  This is how a rare cancer survivor gets treated?  I’m a statistic that comes up in a chart now?  Yay, I’ve always wanted to be a number!

Here’s what has been driving me crazy all week & was the reason for me not sleeping & second guessing myself to a point that I feel sick.  There was no right or wrong decision in this scenario, but I made the wrong one, if that makes any sense at all & it will cost us $1100.  I ordered the wrong guitar.  3 days after I ordered the super nice, fancy guitar the other one Epiphone ceased production on the 7 string I liked.  Had I known this was going to be the case, I would have ordered my only 7 string guitar & saved the extra cash for a trip with Kim.  Instead I ordered the PRS 6 string guitar.  If the 7 string wasn’t going out of stock soon, this wouldn’t be an issue.  Instead I’ve been doing what I do & overthinking my decision in whatever way possible.  I know this sounds ridiculous to others.  Other than a house or vehicle minus books & tuition for university & technical school, this is the biggest purchase I have or will ever make.

I ordered this guitar for 1/10 of the price of our brand new 2019 Toyota RAV 4.

https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/model/s2_custom_22_semi_hollow_2020

Instead of this for less than half the price of the other one that will soon be extinct (below).

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

I’ve worried myself sick every night this week about this decision & it’s not helping at all.  These are both fantastic purchases.  I’ve researched both of them & decided these would complete my guitar purchasing.  There are so many other guitars out there but those are the last 2 I’d like.  I ordered the fancy expensive one too soon & feel a large knot in my stomach growing bigger every minute.  I could maybe cancel & change my order but we’d lose our deposit of over $200.  Kim likely won’t let me make a future guitar purchase anyways.

I got my first guitar in 2001 & was good enough to play rhythm guitar and sing 4 months later.  Things are harder/different now dealing with the lack of hand muscle.  My rhythm is fine, my tempo needs to pick up just a bit.  Practice, practice, practice!

I’ve never even thought of myself as a good guitar player.  Most times I think to myself that I haven’t even earned the right to own any other guitars?!

The entire guitar conversation has become a daily conversation in my head.  If I mention it out loud, Kim might hit me in the head with a frying pan?

 

I really like the new “Pearl Jam” single.  Full album to be released on March 27th!!!!

 

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250 Curls

50 Shoulder raises/Chest presses

600 Crunches

450 Leg lifts

300 Squats while balancing on my toes.  That’s harder than I anticipated!  Yeah I fell today.

300 Back flexes

1 day walking distance: 28.5 meters = 93.503 feet

8 stairs down 2 times, up 2 times

Always 2 days of yoga

I fell asleep to “Megadeth” the album “Risk” & “Rust in Peace”

I exercised to “Foo Fighters” the album “The Colour and The Shape”

 

Here’s the Canadian Red Cross website if you’d prefer to donate there for my birthday.  Donate whatever amount you like whenever you like please?

https://www.redcross.ca/

I could ask for donations to the Canadian Cancer Society that our team of 10 people raised $75,000 over 3 years for, while I was in the hospital.  I’m asking for Red Cross donations since they’ll help with more than just cancer.  I can’t ask for donations to 15 different organizations.  I figured I’ll try to cover as much as I can with one organization?

I’ve decided this is the year that will make or break me.  This will be the defining year where I’ll know if I’ll walk on my own eventually or if I’ll be bound to a walker.  That’s what it feels like anyways.  Pedal to the metal this year.  If you thought I was focused before, it’s going to get fierce.  Instead of 1 day of stairs & walking I’d like to make it 2 days of each a week.

All of that being said ‘all work & no play makes me a dull boy’.  Once my exercise is done for the day, I try to relax, practice some guitar, then try to unwind if the house is in good shape, which it usually is.  Turning 40 in a couple of weeks is something I’m looking forward to.

I can go up & down stairs, I can walk with a chest high walker, an ankle foot orthotic, & of course someone to assist or correct/instruct me.  This part is a matter of stamina.  It was probably in the late summer-spring of 2012 to 2013 that I was walking 800 meters, twice a week, on an indoor track with Kim & my walker.  I’ve gotten lazy & barely walked last year.  We started doing some stairs & walking earlier this week.

I plan to do more stairs & walking.  This has nothing to do with weight loss, I’ve gotten VERY thin.  It’s more about stamina, strength, & quality.  I wish I had started this healthy eating & some exercise 20 years ago, instead I discovered the goodness of beer back then?!?!

After a little more than 2 weeks into the year doing my exercises, I can see & feel a FANTASTIC difference!  I do like to relax….on the weekends.  Finally things are coming together at a decent pace for me after the cancer situation.  I may not be walking on my own yet but I feel more confident & determined than ever!

I’m pretty sure I was a bad “uncle” this morning.  I didn’t feel like exercising right away.  I had a coffee while I finished a Disney Princess’ puzzle.  I’m pretty sure I’ll get a stern talking to from our “niece” and “auntie” Kim………………..unless I undo what I did?

My mid-life crisis PRS guitar has a down payment & is ordered as of Wednesday!  YAY!!!!!  This guitar in the McCarty Sunburst finish.  It’ll be here in 3 months.  The factory starts production on this year’s model on Monday or Tuesday.  I’ve never purchased an electric guitar.  The 3 I have were all gifts & the autographed Fender, by Ian Thornley of “Big Wreck”, I don’t play it as much, and the neck on it just doesn’t feel comfortable.  I’ve heard many people say that.  Of course I’ll play the heck out of this PRS guitar, I can already see it as my main guitar.

https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/model/s2_custom_22_semi_hollow_2020

Mr. Paul Reed Smith founder of PRS guitars.

 

On a typical week day I’m found exercising in the morning & practicing/playing guitar in the afternoon.  Once I get a guitar in my hands, I don’t want to put it down.  I’m beyond excited for this to arrive!!!!!

When that gets here in April & is fully paid in April, I will continue to save cash for a trip to where ever Kim wants to go.  “Hello streaming music.  I still don’t like you but we’re in this for the long haul.”

The last live show I played was January 25th, 2008.  I basically haven’t touched a guitar since February 4th, 2008 until mid-September 2019.  Oddly enough after 3 brain surgeries, stage 4 brain cancer, & what’s called an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), I still remember a lot of stuff on guitar.  My left hand & arm are catching up now…..quickly to playing things in time.

The guitar stuff might seem stupid but it was a hobby of mine.  I’m getting part of my life back that disappeared for over a decade!  To me that’s ASTRONOMICAL!

Kim’s off to a great start at work this year too, so it’s not just me having a great start to the year.  She has a photo shoot at the end of the month.  She’s been taking more photos for the company as 2019 progressed.  She’s been working hard at it, putting in some extra time & she tells me this could mean big things for her if things go well!  Pretty proud of her, she’s been putting the time in.  Photography has become her personal time hobby also.  That’s why she’d drive me out to the middle of nowhere at sunset in the summer as I search for a “Criminal Minds” type of villain.

Kim’s driving & looking straight ahead, meanwhile my heads on a swivel looking for a shifty guy with a tire iron.  They always kill the male first, & I can’t walk let alone run.  Not a great scenario!  Kim knows karaté though, she’ll save me.

 

Pearl Jam are set to release new album “Gigaton” & tour in March 2020!!!

Clint Lowery is going to release his first solo album on Friday, January 31st, 2020

 

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Chris             

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