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That video of me playing guitar on the Facebook page was NOT something I wanted to do. I’d rather play in front of 500 real people, which I’ve done in the past as a guitarist & lead singer, than in front of any type of camera. For me it was a TOTAL embarrASSment! Take any camera a LONG way away from me so I don’t know it’s there and surprise it feels normal & I can totally feel relaxed and focus on my playing & do a MUCH better job of it. I played that song again on Sunday, no type of camera & an INCREDIBLY better job of it.
I got really depressed/sad/disappointed/angry at myself & couldn’t even enjoy the Jays game. Instead I grabbed my 7 string and practiced some Trivium then Alter Bridge on my Explorer. From the time Kim & I filmed it late Wednesday afternoon until I finally got out of bed Saturday at 5:00 am, I slept TERRIBLY! I’ve had more naps in 3 days than I usually do in 1 ½ years.
I can do that guitar part fine, if you wanna see it, I live in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, if you don’t want to come here you’ll have to take me at my word.
I MIGHT do a different song when I feel like it. I’m not promising when or if there will be a different song later. Some people are fine with cameras, I’m not one of them, if I have to be serious about something. I HATE being in photographs, so I don’t know what I was thinking…oh yeah people said they wanted a video.
“We keep asking because you ALWAYS change your mind”, why do I change my mind? Because I get so sick of people that pick & pick & pick until they get their way. Am I stubborn, opinionated, or spineless? Whatever it is that I am, it’s a role I’m done playing.
“You’ll regret not going to your grade 12 graduation”. “You’ll regret not going to your technical college graduation”. Well I regret going to both of those events. I went to my grade 12 graduation with a friend I had been in the same class with since kindergarten. That was the good thing about graduation, that & the fact I was finally done with high school. WORST 5 YEARS OF MY LIFE…and I survived stage 4 brain cancer.
Kim’s never asked me to do anything I don’t want to. If we ever find a place to move into, I just want to be able to go into the backyard by myself during the day. I haven’t been able to leave the confines of our building or any building on my own since the morning of February 5th, 2008. So I’ve adapted to being inside %99.99999 of the time. Does it suck? How was the beginning of quarantine for everyone else? I was pissed off, grumpy, depressed & generally not pleasant to be around. This is my life, I figured that out a LONG time ago. Get over it, quarantine will pass for everyone else, I’ll be doing the same thing I’ve been doing since mid-July 2012 & I’m more than OK with that. What was I forcefully told when I got out of my Rehabilitation program? “SUCK IT UP, STOP BEING SO MISERABLE & GET OVER IT”. Sorry, I have no other words of wisdom, that’s what I was told.
Go out, have fun while you can, be responsible & accountable. I had my fun for the first 28 years, Kim & I have fun together because we’re kinda used to this type of life. If she wants to do something I physically can’t do, like go for a bike ride, she calls a friend & they go for a bike ride.
When we had time off at the beginning of August we watched the movie “Eurovision” on Netflix.
Kim & I are just lying in bed chatting one morning this weekend, she pulls out here cell to play this song & get it stuck in our heads.
Other than “Ya, ya, ding, dong”, I’ve been listening to a TON of Opeth lately, different albums.
Meanwhile Kim’s been watching stuff on Netflix I can’t stand for more than 5 minutes & end up leaving the room to practice guitar…
What sort of gets to me, but I understand it’s for entertainment purposes is guitarists on www.youtube.com. They’ll have $500 bucks just laying around if not more buy a random guitar online just to see what they get in a guitar for $500. Just to make a video with that guitar while there is literally $100,000 worth of guitars hanging on the wall behind them. If they think that $500 guitar is terrible…uh…send it to me or donate it to a charity & play the 40 guitars on the wall behind you! Great guitar players with entertaining videos who works as guitar teacher, so I kind of get it. Maybe level the playing field a bit? I was watching one of his videos and I counted at least 10 REALLY expensive Core model PRS Guitars, I’m getting, hopefully, 2 much lower priced PRS S2 models. He’s earned them & he plays them, they’re not just wall art. Comes off as a pretty good guy that can take a joke or make a joke.
…and he smashes it on his drive way at the end of the video. To be fair he went to the Berkley School of Music, had the same guitar teacher as John Mayer, teaches guitar as a job, he & his wife donate to charities, and he has easily 25 guitars, 100s of guitar pedals, 10 or more amplifiers. That’s more than I’d ever want to deal with.
I have one amplifier which I’ll trade in when I go to purchase a new/better one, I keep getting rid of pedals I don’t need or use for money, I’ll have 6 electrics by the end of next year (Hopefully). The one coming to me soon will likely be THE guitar out of the group of 6 electrics.
Kim & I have no children. I don’t spend money on anything else anymore, I’ve decided to not go to a concert unless they’re within Alberta, my home province of Saskatchewan, or Manitoba. I don’t drink, I might buy a pair of shorts or a shirt every 3 years. We don’t travel or go out for dinner and whatever I don’t use I sell. Such as my Keurig, Kim uses a drip pot for coffee & always has, I can’t ride my old mountain bike SOLD & Kim got a new mountain bike so the old one was SOLD.
We looked into my Retirement Disability Savings Plan a little deeper. If I can contribute $30,000 by the time I’m 50 the government will contribute $90,000 at most. Pretty good deal I’d say. I can continue to put money in their & it will have the same interest rate as a regular Retirement Savings Plan. The deal is I can’t touch it for 10 years and my disability check will be discontinued at 50 or 60 years of age. We’ll likely never have a fluid income, but we won’t be flat broke either, & we don’t have anyone to inherit our stuff yet in mind when our time comes?
I heard a FANTASTIC idea on the weekend! My mother suggested that as a family we should get together, make a bunch of turkey dinner plates a week or 2 before Christmas, and hand them out to those that are homeless & take some of them to shelters or soup kitchens. I’m all for it! I didn’t think of this until long after the fact but why not do that every 2 months? Make a pot of Chili or Pasta with sauce & take it to a shelter or soup kitchen. I’m not a great cook, but I’m more than willing to learn that and help out however I can.
This is going to be a GREAT month (hopefully)! My beer sealers/strap locks for my guitars should get here. My new guitar should get here on the 21st, new guitar strings for my electric guitars, Toronto Blue Jays baseball to watch, & it is Shark Week on the Discovery channel. Found out the hard way on Monday that when we cancelled the HD package with “The Discovery Channel”, the Standard Definition channel is gone too. Bah, no “Shark Week”. New guitar totally makes up for that!!!!!!
Apparently Canadian leaders are pissed?!
See how desperate Trump is to start a war……he went after Canada HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!! Don’t make us get out our water guns!
I don’t like getting involved with politics, but that seems to be THE thing right now.
I watched this yesterday from 2014…
…all this tells me is that there is 1 border but a Canadian dollar as of Monday @ 10:40 am is worth $0.74 American. How is this news? I thought this was common knowledge at least among Canadians?
Wear a mask & complain all you want!!! If you choose not to wear a mask, stay home & SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!
“I feel good about the good things, & bad about the bad things”-David Eric Grohl
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“Listen to one another”-Ellen Degeneres