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Exercise total for 5 days. 

250 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

900 Crunches

900 Leg lifts

300 Squats   

600 Back flexes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Followed ASAP by the Schecter Tempest.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

END OF THE YEAR! & THE LAST BIG 2!

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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   

600 Back flexes

Why don’t I go walking with my walker more often?  “No excuse” or reason, I’m just lazy.  I do all of that exercise over the course of a week & at the end of each day I just don’t feel like doing anything.  I should be walking once a day!  We’re also very set in our routine.  I guess I’ll have to chat with Kim since she’ll have to be with me if I fall & crack my head open.  If I’m in the hallway I should be OK since its flat ground.  If I go to our parking garage, it has ups and downs for drainage.  Outside is an entire different experience with cracks, holes, rocks, uphill, downhill, etc. thrown in randomly.  We just need to make walking part of our routine.

I’m on 7 different pills now.  While I was in the hospital & my rehabilitation therapies I was on 10, all of them have changed but one of them that I’d be on regardless of cancer.  My heartburn pill which I take one in the morning & one at night.  I’m on 3 anti-depressant pills.  2 at night which also act as sleeping pills & one every morning.  I’m on a thyroid pill for an under active thyroid gland once in the morning.  I’m on a pill to better control my bladder since I have to drink a LOT of fluids to avoid dry mouth from my other pills.  Finally the last pill of the lot is to prevent seizures.  I take one at night and ½ a pill in the morning.

This week in particular I’ve been drinking 5 liters of water, 1 or 2 Saskatoon Berry teas, and 2 or 3 Bubbly carbonated waters a day.  Not sure why but I must be thirsty?  I avoid coffee because I have a very high resting pulse & I don’t even know if we have any soda in our house?

Tuesday afternoon I spoke on the phone with a representative from www.sweetwater.com about ordering the S2 McCarty 594 through them.  Really nice guy!  Chatted for a bit and he told me that if he was considering the same thing I was asking about, he’d buy locally instead of a company in the USA.  I was asking because the retail price I the USA once converted to Canadian money went up only $6, here it went up $130 but the warranty, duty, shipping would be added to the price not making it worth it.  So for those reasons & the fact the guy I contact is REALLY good to deal with here & a familiar face, I’m sticking with ordering from the store here.

Next year I hope to order this….

…followed by a special order of this guitar when I have the cash.

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

The S2 McCarty 594 & the Schecter Tempest for sure.  Then I’m done shopping other than a $20-$30 slide since my old one disappeared while I was in the hospital, along with a few other small things.  No I don’t have G.A.S. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) that’s for people with a heck of a lot more money than I have and have 40 guitars, 10 amplifiers, & 150 effect pedals….oh & jobs.  I don’t want that amount of stuff since I know it will be taking up space & going unused for months.  If it’s not seasonal & hasn’t been used in 6 months, why do I need it?  This is it, the 2 BIG ones!  Oh my F.O.M.O.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

If I wanted to get just another guitar, I could but it’s not the PRS S2 McCarty 594 or the Tempest.  It’s a used Mark Morton (Lamb of God) signature Jackson that brand new would cost $1600 + tax new.  It’s listed at $800 used.  Sweet deal, I can’t believe nobody has bought it yet?  Maybe everyone’s in a similar situation as me or they just don’t like it?

The Schecter website was down over the weekend & I was freaking out a bit!  It’s not about getting these guitars in my hands ASAP, I’m fine with waiting.  What concerns me is that every January (usually the 2nd week of the year) there’s a HUGE 4 day trade show called NAMM where different instrument makers release new products & eliminate others.  I’m worried about these guitars being discontinued before I have the opportunity to buy them, hence my F.O.M.O. (Fear of missing out).  They’ll both be ordered in separate years due to the price and take 6 months or more to be made.  I’m fine with waiting for them being made & any delays that occur but I don’t want to miss out on ordering them if they go out of production.  I’ve wanted that PRS S2 McCarty 594 for quite a while & it’s the more expensive one of my final 2 guitars that will definitely be ordered first, next February I hope.  Not at my limit of paying for a guitar, but close enough to make me worry about it being “so far away”.

Here’s an example.  The PRS S2 Custom 22 that I got in September 2020 after ordering it in January 2020 is now out of production.  Other delays along the way, I get it, not much anybody here could do about it.  Actually every guitar I own other than my signed Telecaster is out of production.  I can’t look them up on any website.  We’re not broke, but we don’t have a disposable amount of money for me to go out guitar shopping whenever I get the urge.  That’s why I spend FAR TOO MUCH time on the internet researching these purchases. 

A lot of people sell guitars & other guitar gear to afford different guitar gear.  I prefer to know what I’m getting, what purpose it will have, & keep it for that purpose.  The guitar I bought in December and returned had a different type of fretboard wood that I couldn’t get comfortable with & the pickups were dull sounding to me.  As for the 7 string, I really wanted a 7 string that didn’t look all pointy with sharp corners as a metal guitar typically does.  Then I found out the hard way that I’m not a 7 string style of player.  I listen to that music but I don’t play it.

I have one amplifier, 2 effect pedals (also a tuner & a channel switching pedal) & hopefully 7 electric guitars in a variety of tunings, shapes, & colours, along with one acoustic guitar.  Kim says my acoustic guitar is too loud, I hit the strings with a lot of force on every guitar.

I was going to end this when I got my last guitar but that’s too far away!  So end of the year or one post into January.  I’ll carry on with my exercise routine though.  I don’t see much changing unless we buy a house next year?

It would be nice to sell our condo just to have a spare bed for out of town guests.  Nothing is confirmed on that decision yet though.  We’ll see what’s available at that time?  We both have a HUGE amount of doubt though. 

We’ve switched our cable company twice, each time with a less expensive cable box to save money.  This is a case of you get what you pay for.  We missed Tuesday’s episode of “The Ellen Degeneres Show”.  I can’t wait to switch to a reliable DVR so I can watch baseball & other recorded shows.  The DVR we have now is cheap and you have to watch one channel if you’re recording another or record both & turn the TV off.  First world problems, but it’s annoying.  I couldn’t find the entire show on www.youtube.com.  I guess that’s OK, I watch enough www.youtube.com already.  It’s nice to sit on the couch and watch TV after spending most of the day in my wheelchair.  Problem with that is I usually get my acoustic guitar & practice while watching TV, that’s why Kim thinks my acoustic is too loud.

The annual “Telemiracle” fundraiser takes place from Saturday at 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Sunday this weekend.  They helped us out with multiple thousands of dollars towards a wheelchair van we used when I was able to go home on the weekends or out to the family cabin a few times.  For those who have never seen or heard of “Telemiracle” it’s a weekend long telethon and every local Saskatchewan TV station airs it featuring local talent which is typically live but pre-recorded this year and people are welcome to call in & donate to the charity.  Funds raised go towards helping people with disabilities.  I remember donating as a child the first time.  I asked my mother if I could donate $10.  She said yes and called in for me.  The last live concert I played was January 25th 2008.  It was a local rock show that we were asked to play with all of the funds going to that charity.  I think we played 2 benefit shows in separate years for that charity.  I’d go to the “Metal for Telemiracle” show & we’d play the “Rock for Telemiracle” show.  Both were organized by a good friend of ours who played in a band at the time that fit with both genres.  He now plays in “Room 333” with my brother.  Kim donated at the grocery store 2 weeks ago.  They do wonderful work for people in need!

You can find more info here

I believe it will be streaming on this website which is a free streaming app as well

https://www.ctv.ca/

I’m not sure why, but I keep adding to the list of songs I want to learn which is easily an additional 30+ songs to the 30something I continue to play.  When you hit that many and don’t sing them at the same time memory is a HUGE issue for me.  2 of my most recent partially learned additions are…

I don’t really learn a new song ASAP.  I look at it & play the basic parts of it to see how difficult it is, and go back to what I was learning.

For anyone not following the quarantine rules and think the rules are nonsense, think about it this way other than we know that vaccines are here & more are coming.  The more you obey & stick to health officials rules, the sooner those rules go away!  If you do that maybe you’ll get a lollipop when you get your vaccination?

Get ready everybody!  Any kind of artist music, writer, painter, sculptor, director, dancer, athlete, etc.  Have been locked up for a year and they all have stuff to show the world!  It’s going to be a swarm of creative projects coming at everyone who pays attention!

Looks like “Chevelle” are the next release for me on March 5th.

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We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

TO SELL OR NOT TO SELL

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A little bit backwards today.  Got up & Kim saw that our roof was leaking right through one of our new light fixtures directly on to her keyboard & chair this morning.  Kim thought it was water running through or counter top garden that grows a bunch of herbs.  If only that were true.  The light fixture will come down for a few days, Kim’s off work for the morning & I’ll exercise later on today.  Kim called our building manager, he called the guy that does work on these types of problems, and they’ve already been in the attic.  Let’s hope the rest of the day gets better!

As if this guitar wasn’t expensive enough!  They shot up in price this week.  Before the price went up I’d still have some cash after tax next year.  Now I’ll be short next year.  I’m still getting it, it’ll take longer than I was planning on though???

Got to sell my Epiphone Les Paul 7 string.  I realize now that I’m not a 7 string guitar player.  I wanted it to play progressive metal stuff, that’s not me.  My plan is to sell it to my brother & put the money towards the S2 McCarty 594 now.  I didn’t even know he was looking for a 7 string?  Even with that sale, the money I have saved & what we can save after we put $5000 each away for our retirement savings, I’ll be short of the full price.  HOLY F.O.M.O.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This pushes back the purchase of the Schecter Tempest https://www.schecterguitars.com/guitars/custom/tempest-custom-vwht-1-detail

Both of those guitars will take 6 months to get here once I order them & the S2 McCarty 594 is first up, likely next year at some point?  My hollow-body “Squier” Starcaster should be here next week!

20 years ago I’d go into a music store to play a guitar before I bought it, now you order & buy it to try it?  Online is VERY convenient, but not always the best option in certain scenarios.  I used to have very little idea as to the specifications of a guitar was, now that’s what I look up & research on the interweb before I buy a guitar?

I’m VERY confident with my choice for the S2 McCarty 594 & the Schecter Tempest!  Both of those are must have for me, and that will be the end of my guitar shopping spree.  Those 2 are my endgame.

I’ve thought about looking for a relatively inexpensive guitar with an HSS pickup layout, but I’m not convinced that I want to buy one.  I’m on the fence about that purchase.  The HSS pickup layout is explained in the video below….

I’d love to get a “Paul’s Guitar” SE, but I really don’t need it.  SE model because I’m not going to even dream about spending $5000 or more on a guitar.

Yes, I play guitar for multiple hours a day.  I have a small breakfast ASAP, exercise, shower, and post this while having a small snack, then I play guitar.  Stopping only to eat and then when Kim’s done work or if I need to get supper started.  This is what I’ve been practicing….

…among too many other songs!  Now that I have more than 2 electric guitars I can play stuff in different tunings without having to re-tune a guitar every time!  There is often some “Alice in Chains”, more “Pearl Jam”, “Foo Fighters”, “AC/DC”, “Megadeth”, “Metallica”, “Queens of the Stone Age”, “Soundgarden”, “In Flames”, “Audioslave”, “Led Zeppelin”, etc.  I’m VERY fortunate to have what I do & I get to spend my time with Kim.

We ended up watching “The Flight Attendant” this weekend on the Crave streaming channel.  It was different but still binge worthy, 8 episodes in total.

We both thought it would be a movie, but it killed time for us over the weekend as a series instead.

Kim’s thinking of not moving next year.  Our place looks REALLY good now and there never seems to be a wheelchair accessible place on the market in Regina.  What sucks about that is that we don’t have a spare bedroom.  The upside is I don’t have to wrangle Brewster & disappear for a viewing.  I’m done shopping for guitars but nobody will believe me.  Kim’s thinking we won’t be able to afford it, but who knows?  That’s the only situation where I hate being in a wheelchair.  All of the other stuff I’m fine with, I just hate how it affects other people that I love.  Not fair to them!

This is no joke!  Here’s “Foo Fighters” covering “The Bee Gees”.  If you have time watch the interview with Dave Grohl after the song!

I’m pleasantly surprised at how much I like the new album by “The Pretty Reckless” and “Matt Cameron” drummer of “Soundgarden” & “Pearl Jam” did a really good job as producer!

I don’t know why, but the stand alone singles from this album just don’t work for me.  As an entire album they seem more than OK though, & I prefer to listen to an entire album, not a playlist of singles.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris

POTPOURRI

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So my friend has a Schecter & a REALLY nice hollow body by Gretsch and thinks they’re great.  Phil is all about the S2 McCarty 594 & Schecter as a Company & specifically the Tempest model for it being so original in the shape of the guitar.  I see these all as win, win, win situations…hello F.O.M.O. you’re back. https://www.schecterguitars.com/guitars/custom/tempest-custom-vwht-1-detail

These purchases will be much slower than last year since we’re still spending some cash on renovation stuff, my RDSP, and Kim’s RSP.  I’ll get the Squier by the end of the month, it’s already paid for.  The S2 McCarty 594 is next on the list & will be next year or the year after, followed by the Tempest when we have the cash?

When the hollow body Starcaster gets here, Kim might let me play guitar while were watching TV?  She complains that my acoustic is too loud, but she’s ALWAYS on here cell phone while watching TV?

Just for fun I checked out the American price on the S2 McCarty 594 on this VERY common website for guitar purchases https://www.sweetwater.com/ & yeah they’re $450 less retail in the USA.  I was thinking I should start selling my body for the S2 McCarty 594 but quickly realized I wouldn’t have any buyers?  Kim probably wouldn’t approve or she might become my pimp?  I guess 50% of nothing doesn’t add up to anything.  I may not have the cash at the moment but at least I know what I’d like to get.  I’ve come across 2 less desirable (maybe) backups for the Tempest, but nothing worthy of the PRS S2 McCarty 594.

We started dating in April of 2002, she bought me my “Dave Grohl” inspired, black Epiphone Explorer for Christmas 2002.  Last year for my 40th birthday she bought me the 7 string Epiphone Les Paul signature guitar by Matt Heafy.  Once the Squier gets here I will have paid for 2 ½ guitars myself.

Yes, each of these guitar links shown are exactly the shape, colour & electronics of the guitars I plan to order, pending something isn’t discontinued?

We started watching “Your Honor” on Crave Saturday night, I’m hooked

We finished watching the 8 part series Monday night, it’s REALLY good!

Kim had to run some errands before we got into “Your Honor”.  I watched the first 20 minutes of “Deadpool” for probably the 28th time, instant classic for me!

Donald Trump was acquitted…again.  I think the Senate Republicans have completely lost their morals.  In the end I don’t think it matters.  There’s still an FBI investigation pending, & if he’s not convicted of crime through that, I think 2 or 3 people died in the Trump fueled riot.  Maybe he’ll be convicted in one of those trials?  I see him tied up in court cases for some time, if not convicted in one of them soon.  If he tries to flee the USA, every Country has the right to build a wall & send the bill to Donald J. Trump.  I heard he has 30ish investigations involving him, something will get him in the end. 

I didn’t think I’d enjoy any future albums by “The Pretty Reckless” so I started streaming the new album Saturday night, and I like it.  Singles didn’t do anything for me on their own but in the context of the album I really liked it!?  I ended up buying the album through iTunes.

Yeah, that’s Tom Morello’s guitar (Rage Against the Machine & Audioslave guitarist) he plays on this track.

The late Eddie Van Halen’s son Wolfgang Van Halen preformed a song on Jimmy Kimmel Live from the album to be released in June?  Wolfgang also plays bass guitar in the band Tremonti.  Mark Tremonti’s solo project of Alter Bridge formerly of Creed.

Damn it!  Another album I might buy when it’s released!  Good grief, I’m trying to save up for my last 2 guitars!

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Chris

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

THE REASON THIS SITE STARTED

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Exercise total for 5 days. 

250 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

1050 Crunches

1050 Leg lifts

300 Squats   

600 Back flexes

I “don’t know why” this date sticks in my mind but July 26 2012 doesn’t.  I guess it could be that this is the date that changed my life in seconds.

Yes, I enjoy listening to Norah Jones.

Who do you think sang this duet with Dave Grohl?

February 5th, 2008 might be a day I’ll try to forget but I can’t see myself forgetting it.  This is the date I passed out at work with stage 4 brain cancer, then I went into a month long coma after my 3 emergency brain surgeries.  I left my therapies on July 26th 2012, but I never recognize that date.  From February 5th 2008 to July 26th 2012 I lived in a hospital & Kim was with me the entire time sleeping on a cot beside my bed, and coming with me to every physiotherapy session I had.

While I was in a coma the doctor who no longer sees patients and kept calling me FAT afterwards, was telling Kim and my family I was done.  I was done, wouldn’t ever come out of my coma & the doctors should be more focused on harvesting my sperm.  WOW lack of bedside manner!

Kim’s sister and brother-in-law were very kind in taking in Brewster for the entire time.  Sherry (Kim’s sister) would bring Brewster to the visiting room in the hospital & then to my rehabilitation hospital to see us!  Seeing them was always a BIG deal for me, or whenever anyone came to visit me was a BIG deal!

On Wednesday, my parents were here.  Dad’s installing our light fixtures for us, he did 2/7 on Wednesday.  They brought over my mother’s old acoustic guitar.  While they were here she played mine while I showed her some stuff & made a diagram of a piano & how it relates to a guitar.  I don’t think my mother has touched her guitar since I was a very young teenager?  After they left I took about 8 pounds of dust off of it, cleaned up the whole thing, conditioned the fret board, polished the frets, fixed a few minor things & put new strings on it.

These will be my 2 final guitars I plan to purchase, S2 McCarty 594 and the Tempest by Schecter.  Purchased in that order.  I guess the Tempest style has been around since 1981 with tweaks along the way, there is a special 40th anniversary model, I’m just shooting for the white Tempest with black accents & binding.  The McCarty 594 was introduced into the S2 line of PRS last year.  All of this calms my FOMO.

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

Sorry, I just REALLY like looking at them.  I’ve seen & played other guitars that look appealing to me, but these two have that thing that makes me want to own them.  I hope they’re both around for a long time since I don’t really want to research another guitar.  These would fall into the affordable “dream guitars”.

I had to miss my exercise on Thursday.  My weights and yoga mat are in a closet guarded by multiple boxes of light fixtures.  Instead of getting up early, hoovering my breakfast, & exercising.  I got up around 9:30 am, showered, had breakfast, emptied the dishwasher, & played guitar!  Nice mid-way break in the week!  Didn’t really need a break, but it was welcome.  Moved the boxes in the evening to get out my exercise mat to do my exercises this morning.    

Today is the day folks “Foo Fighters” released their new album at Midnight Eastern time last night ‘Medicine at Midnight’.  They made me want to learn guitar and finally join a rock band 20 years ago!

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

HELLO 41 I’M HERE

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Did a guitar return & guitar purchase for my birthday.  The new guitar won’t be in stock for a few weeks though.  I returned the Epiphone DC Pro, the guitar that looks like a PRS for the Squier Starcaster Hollow body ‘Classic Vibe’.  The Indian Laurel fret board & the pickups weren’t doing anything for me on the “Wannabe” Epiphone I bought in December.  “In the end” I saved some cash because a “Squier” Starcaster & the “Fender” brand doesn’t make them anymore.  Sound clips seem great though, can’t wait for the end of February!

I returned this exact model of guitar….

https://www.epiphone.com/Guitar/EPIUHU51/DC-PRO/Faded-Cherry

…in exchange for this exact model of guitar

REALLY excited for this to arrive by the end of February!

I’m saving up for this guitar which I recently realized I’ll be able to order and make a deposit for it in November of 2023 wait 3-6 months & pay the full amount when it arrives, if they still make it by then?  It’s  going to take a while since I’ve got to save $5000 a year for my RDSP until I’m 50 & can’t touch it until I’m 60.  This my “bucket list” guitar.  The other guitars I’ve purchased were not terrible purchases in any way.  I’d really like to get the Schecter too, but now I realize that it likely won’t happen since the purchase is “so far away”.

Might as well just see what’s around when the time comes or I might just forget the whole idea after the S2 McCarty 594 & put money towards more responsible things? 

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

The S2 McCarty 594 & the Schecter Tempest would close the book for guitar purchasing.  I REALLY don’t want to shop for guitars anymore.  I know what I want & I have a goal.  I might have to start selling my body, although I don’t think I’d have any buyers?  If Schecter discontinues the Tempest body shape completely, I’m out.  There are other Tempest shaped guitars on their website that I’d consider if this particular one is discontinued.

I had 1 beer Friday night & I was WIDE awake at 5:00 am Saturday. I went with Kim & Brewster since he had a trim at 8:00 am that morning.  I bought 4 beer so I had 1 more late afternoon on Saturday & slept fine that night.

We picked up our light fixtures for our renovations on my birthday as well.  The bank is going to think we’ve been scammed!  A return, a purchase, a deposit, a transfer, another purchase, & a smaller purchase in one day, we never do that much stuff in one day!  Our place looks good with the new paint & the lighting will make another BIG difference. 

Finished the day with ordered in Greek food from “Opa!”  Watched the movie “Palmer” that had Kim & I crying at the end because it was so good, & Dairy Queen ice cream cake.

I was crying because I want the opportunity to be that type of father, Kim was crying because she saw me tearing up!

I was off to my parents’ place on Sunday to play guitar through my brother’s new amplifier that he won in December, so I could hear it at a louder volume than in our condo or his.  Nice to hear my guitar through a REALLY good amplifier.  He won a ‘boutique’ amplifier in a free Christmas give away in December.  I think his plan is to record & practice/rehearse with it.  Too valuable to sound check at a venue then leave it unsupervised for a few hours before a show.  I agree with owning more than one guitar amplifier in this scenario, there are people that use multiple amplifiers to get different sounds so I guess it’s whatever works for the individual.  People say I’m off my rocker hoping to own multiple electric guitars and one acoustic guitar, oh well I guess I’m nutz!  I’ll have 6 very different electric guitars at the end of the month, if you think that’s too many then you’re likely flabbergasted at the thought of 8.  They’ll each have a different shape, sound, colour, & tuning.  My acoustic, S2 McCarty 594, Explorer, maybe the Starcaster coming at the end of the month will stay in standard tuning since they sound so different.

I’ll never tell you what to listen too.  So I hope this dispels the myth about angry metal fans!

I believe it’s more due to an individual’s preference more than anything!  The metal I listen too just skims the depth of what’s out there.  There’s at least a dozen genres of metal & they all have multiple sub-genres.  Metal fans for the most part are just as picky as the next music fan.

Entered another 2 free lotteries for guitars that were given away this weekend on www.youtube.com but I didn’t win again.  What would I do if I won a guitar give away?  I’d offer it, for free, to anyone I know that plays guitar “I know what I’d like, would you like this?”  If there were no takers out of the 12ish people I’d offer it to, then I’d sell it or trade it in for something I want.

Kim’s childhood friend that was in an explosive demolition accident is home now.  He lives in Kim’s home town about 30 minutes from Prince Albert & 1:30 hours from Saskatoon.  He’s paralyzed from the waist down & now the hard/frustrating part starts for him.  He’ll either be going to Prince Albert or Saskatoon for physiotherapy & I’m sure they’ll be doing renovations to their house or moving.  I believe he & his wife have one child with them around 3 or 4 years old & two adult children?  This event REALLY hit me hard.  Our injuries may be different but they’re both life changing events with future uphill battles.

PLEASE HELP THIS FAMILY OUT BY DONATING ANY AMOUNT TO THEIR “GO FUND ME” PAGE?  They’re still over $20,000 away from the goal amount.  GO TEAM GO!

Yesterday I exercised, I was cold & really tired after so I crawled back into bed.  Today I got at 5:30 am & feel great after my exercise now at 8:00 am!

 “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