QUIET WEEKEND & BUSY START TO THE WEEK!

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Brewster had a long overdue appointment for a haircut at 9:30 am on Saturday.  I decided I’d go along.  Dropped Brewster off, Kim & I got a tea, coffee & our breakfast at “Tim Hortons”.  We ate in the car & picked Brewster up at 11:00 am.

I had enough time to call Apple support & got my iPod working properly after a quick & very pleasant chat with the guy working in a call center on a Saturday.  I’ve worked in a call center on a weekend.  Many customers screaming at me for something I didn’t do but I’m trying to help them with?

There’s a lesson to learn there.  If you’re polite calling a help line & willing to do something on your end to help solve the problem, you’re much better off taking that route.

The guy I spoke with asked “How is your day going?”  I replied “Very good, how are you doing working on a Saturday?”  He was so SHOCKED that I asked about his day.  “WOW, nobody ever asks how I’m doing” he told me.  I don’t have the best etiquette out there, but being polite to anyone is a good way to go.

I REALLY missed my music, it’s what I fall asleep to every night.  After 2 weeks without music I immediately played the new “Foo Fighters” album followed by some “Opeth”!  My iPod is back to normal but Facebook is on the fritz for me still.  I miss the majority of notifications after I’ve opened Facebook once.  No news from the music sites I follow or friends either.  Even on my home page there’s stuff not on there.

Anyways, my iPod has returned to normal after one night of trying it.  The rest of the day I called a few family members to see how they were doing.  I try to call my Grandparents once a week, but often miss the opportune time to call them until the weekend.  They’re in a senior’s home/condo.  Nobodies doing anything obviously but they like having a chat either way.  My Grandmother has Alzheimer’s and my Grandfather has Parkinson’s.  Even with that I’m pretty lucky at the age of 41 to have living Grandparents!

On Sunday Kim went out for a walk around the lake with some friends in the morning.  I was hanging out with my Homeslice (Brewster) & made my vegetable juice for the week.  Kim was getting my refills & groceries after her walk.  I showered and hit the couch to watch the baseball game.  I figured it was a good day to rock underwear & a T-shirt.  Nobody’s coming over anyway.

Kim came home, put groceries away then her & Brewster had a nap.  They were out cold until I woke them up around 5:30 pm.  While they were sleeping I put the last few groceries away, filled the dishwasher & played guitar after the game.  Lazy Sunday here, lots of guitar was played.

Kim had an appointment at 7:30 am on Monday.  I got up shortly after she left.  I had the one egg left from last week & a banana.  Did my exercises & emptied the dishwasher.  My Monday, Wednesday, & Friday exercises seem to be much quicker now.  Instead of the usual 1:30 hours it takes about 45 minutes to just over an hour.  Could be that I’m more conditioned for them now, but I’m still “exhausted” afterwards.

My iPod issue is resolved, Facebook is royally hooped & I’m not sure about my youtube feed or email?

The Toronto Blue Jays had their 2nd or 3rd day off this month on Monday.  Kim’s happy, we record too much stuff to get the game on Tuesdays & they have Thursday off as well.  I’ll watch the highlights from tonight’s game.  Nothing here is EVER viewed live even when www.youtube.com channels go live.  I don’t have the time or patience to watch a single www.youtube.com video for more than 25-30 minutes.  Most www.youtube.com live streams are 1:30-2:30 hours long!  

We both noticed that we haven’t received a call about when my 3 hour long MRI will happen next month.  Could be that it’s later on in the month or that Regina hospitals are packed with Covid-19 cases right now?

I said on Friday that “I exercise for Nick”, I do but I exercise for many others too.  Kim, my family (Kim’s family is my family too) & our friends.  Everyone that was affected by my cancer in any way.  The people that probably felt helpless watching me go through cancer wondering if I’d survive.  Sitting around & complaining about how cancer ruined my life won’t fix anything, so I might as well try to change that.  That’s why I exercise, there’s enough other stuff to belly ache about.  I think we all have at least one thing that just “sets us off”.

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

I’ve been told that I talk too much about guitars.  That’s fair I do, & I know it.  I’m VERY close to the end of purchasing guitars even if I’m not talking about what they are.  I hope to order one by mid-October or later this year.  After that, I’ll see if my preferred choice is still available or just stop?  Cross that bridge when I get there.

I constantly go back & forth on these guitars.  It’s not to the point where I’m trying to decide which one I want to get but more, do I really want to spend money on either guitar for convenience?  Right now it’s a “No”.  20 seconds ago it was a “Yes”.  Time will tell I guess.

https://www.jacksonguitars.com/gear/shape/dominion/pro-series-signature-mark-morton-dominion/2912626521

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

REALLY happy that I can listen to my iPod at night again.  Sunday night listening was “Nothing but Thieves” followed by “Alice in Chains”

With the added cost of Kim’s future dentist bill, the guitar issue is a moo point.  A cow’s opinion.  Not even a consideration now. 

The metal group “Mudvayne” have reunited after 10 years of separation while members were in other bands.  This is news that makes me unsure on how I feel.  I think they’re sort of just there with the odd catchy song for me.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris

P.S.  Always remember that “You should be dancing”!

THIS ENDS VERY EARLY IN JANUARY 2022!!!

NO, THIS ISN’T MOSTLY ABOUT GUITARS!!!

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Exercise total for 5 days. 

400 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

900 Crunches

900 Leg lifts

300 Squats   

600 Back flexes

Disappointing week of exercise.  “One week” off for renovations and the weight exercise suffered bot days that I do them.  Short on one set of both shoulders & curls both days.  I expect better from myself.  I’m patient with other people but not with myself.

If “Blink 182” wrote it……

Ever since my brain cancer diagnosis in February 5th, 2008 I know of 8-10 people personally that have died of cancer & 3-5 of old age.  I know 3-5 people who have survived cancer.  I don’t know of anyone that has died from the virus but I know 6 people that have contracted it, quarantined, and survived.  I am now 12 years 2 ½ months cancer free.  The doctors gave me a 5-15% chance of ever coming out of a 4-5 week coma.  My brain cancer or cancer in general I was told would come back in 2013.  It didn’t.  

One of my doctors, the one that chose which chemo to use, said he didn’t think my cancer would come back & after 2 or 3 MRIs said I should be OK doing X-Rays.  I asked about not doing MRIs.  I was VERY claustrophobic at the time & the MRI machine was very small for my body and my shoulders would rub against the sides of it.  For quite a while I was doing annual (20 minute) X-rays for the doctors to check.  As of early last year I’m back to doing annual (3 hour long) MRIs.  I’m nowhere near as claustrophobic as I used to be.  3 hours is a VERY long time to be strapped to a board, wear a thick/hard plastic face mask which is also bolted to the board, shoved into a tube, & told not to move.  Well it’s only 3 hours a year, I’d say doing that, being in a wheelchair, being alive, spending my life with Kim, & having GREAT family & friends is a REALLY good trade off.  Things could be way worse!  I don’t have another MRI until sometime in May, I also have a phone appointment with my psychologist in May.

There are still moments where I feel as though I’m a burden some, especially for Kim.  We get up at the same time during the week & we just go until we have nothing left.  I wouldn’t be able to do my exercises, have a roof over my head, eat, practice guitar for hours a day, etc. without Kim.  When she’s working, I leave her alone other than checking in on her 2 or 3 times a day.  Why do we work so well together?  Her weird matches my weird.  Sure there are times we argue or disagree on things but they don’t linger.  Kim & I got married in May of 2005 & we aren’t fans of being apart for too long.  When I was in the hospital for 4 ½ years with cancer and then my physiotherapy, Kim slept on a cot beside my bed, took me throughout both hospitals & my physiotherapy center all of the time.  If I was in physiotherapy, she was in that same room helping my therapists if needed, or helping me tie my shoe.

I recently since either Saturday January 30th or February 6th I have not had any alcohol.  I figured I had scaled my alcohol back so much to save money for my final 3 guitar purchases that I might as well just stop.  I have some rum in the cupboard, 13 oz of a 26 oz of Gin since last May, & an apple cider in the fridge.  With me drinking so much water, a cup of tea, & a Bubbly carbonated water with natural fruit flavour a day, or just water.  I’m usually full on fluid.

I’m just the older, mediocre looking face of the franchise.  Kim’s the pretty one running the show in the background.  I’ve had my birthday this year and I’m 41, Kim’s birthday isn’t until October & she’ll be…not 41?!  To sum it all up, we’ve seen some shit!

Just so everyone knows this, I’m not hoarding guitars.  In today’s world I don’t get the opportunity to play a guitar without buying it first, typically.  20 years ago I’d spend 4 hours at a guitar shop playing different guitars through different amplifiers.  2 things have changed that.  I’m a bit older & therefore have more responsibilities.  The 2nd change is that almost everything is online.  Now I don’t get to try a guitar out to see if I like it.  I have to read about it on a website, order it, buy it, and decide if I like it.  It’s like buying a mattress online, not very practical.

So I have parted with one guitar & will soon part with another.  One of these is gone as of January & the other will be sold soon.

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They’re gone or going for other guitars. I brought “The Big Maple” home on Tuesday afternoon…

Starcaster

I’ll be using money from the sale of the black 7 string guitar to purchase the PRS S2 McCarty 594 which I hope to order in December & wait 6 months while it’s being made.

This S2 McCarty 594 is made in Maryland, USA.  The Schecter Tempest is made in South Korea.  The Godin Radiator is made in Richmond, Quebec, Canada.  Because I live in Saskatchewan, Canada I’m paying both arms & legs for the import guitars from America & South Korea.  The one made in Canada isn’t atrocious at all despite it being almost a boutique guitar.  If these are all purchased I’ll have a guitar from Japan, Indonesia, Mexico, China, Canada, South Korea, & 2 from the USA, a mosaic of good quality guitars all different from each other & quite a few different tunings.  I’d rather play a guitar than tune it.  Maintenance should happen every 6 months & the only expense for it is cleaning supplies every 3-5 years & strings.  I can see the light at the end of this tunnel.

I was going to stop writing on this website when I got my final guitar.  That will be a few year from now & 2021 seems like a good year to forget the past.  So one post in January 2022 will be all.  If you’ve been reading this long, or at all, you must be REALLY bored or actually care to read my story.  Thank you!  Sorry if you’re just beginning to read this, it started in 2011 and was deleted because I was just angry in general & VERY rude.  This site now dates back to 2012 and will disappear a year after I stop writing this stuff.  In other words, we’re not paying the miniscule annual fee to keep this site going once I’m done.  When this ends, I’ll continue to exercise & likely stop when it becomes too much if all goes well & I live that long?  I hope too but who knows what the future holds?

I started learning this last night.  Not a difficult as I thought but many chord changes to keep track of, I got thinking “I go from a C# to a G# back to a C# and then a C, D, E, then what?  B, F# to an E, A and then the huh?”

I learned this by ear in about 15 minutes.  Then I looked at the music, either I was close or the 4 ½ star rating on the website was off a bit?  I was going to call my brother, but I figured it out.  I just needed to listen to the song a little more.  Pretty sure this is his favourite album.  I gave their first two albums a listen Wednesday night.

My favourite album is “Foo Fighters” ‘There’s Nothing Left to Lose” because it’s really diverse!  Yes I always prefer the deep cuts instead of the singles.  This album is VERY closely followed by “Big Wreck’s” ‘The Pleasure & the Greed”, again for the diversity of 16 songs!

If anybody has questions pertaining to the little I know, ask away.  The only stupid question is the one that isn’t asked.  If you don’t know, there’s probably someone else that doesn’t either.

Carappé I’m behind!  I need to eat a cake once a week for 4 years and have surgery to become a woman.  Kim’s not gonna like this idea!

Well, just after I published Tuesday’s post “Myles Kennedy” singer/guitar player for “Alter Bridge” posted his 2nd single from his 2nd solo album.  Here’s the title track…

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris