BYE! THIS SITE IS DONE

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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

1050 Crunches

900 Leg lifts

300 Squats   

600 Back flexes

“I’ll Disappear” from my current Facebook account by next Friday.  I’m SO relieved!

Woke up Tuesday morning at 5:43 am.  Woke up Wednesday morning at 2:22 am.  Got up ASAP Tuesday, tried to fall asleep Wednesday, gave in and got up just after 5:00 am.  Slept in Thursday a bit and napped after my exercises.  This week hasn’t been great for me.  I’ve been tired & there’s more financial stress with the added bonus of digital stress.  My personal Facebook account is totally screwed up.  I either get 5 notifications or 50.  It was fine until I said earlier this year that this website would stop being updated after this year & 1 post in 2022.  Pointless for me to have my current account Facebook if it isn’t working. 

Between the income tax we owe & Kim’s future dentist appointment, I’m not paying to have my computer fixed.  Less digital stuff to deal with is less stress for me.  The Facebook page for this website will disappear next Friday too.  Other social media sites?  Not interested.  Cell phone?  Not happening until land lines are obsolete.  I look at a computer like it’s a used vehicle, it gets screwed up and I pay to have it repaired.  It’ll be like the 1980s again!  No more of that non-sense!   As far as digital crap goes, I’ll say “____ it all”

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

Will I be ordering a guitar near the end of the year?  I’m pretty sure I won’t be.  We can use the money for other stuff.  Kim has never told me to NOT buy a guitar.  What brings me joy other than friends & family?  Guitars, music, & health.

It sold this morning as I was about to post this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Side view

I’m bored of writing this & I’m sure most people are bored reading this “WOW, he does the same thing EVERYDAY!”  Zzzzzzzzzzzzz.  Of course NOW people are reading this?!?!

This is why I don’t watch much TV & why I don’t watch “American Idol” in particular.  American Idol to me, is a false hope for young people.  It’s a talent contest & if the judges don’t like what they hear, contestants can forget about being judged by actual consumers.  Once the show finished on FOX, I watched a portion of it on ABC.  I lost all interest.  They found Kelly Clarkson & Carrie Underwood.  Should have stopped there & called it a win.  I enjoy a LOT of Kelly Clarkson’s music.  Carrie Underwood has a GREAT voice but I’m not much of a country music fan.  I guess this guy was voted off of the current season of American Idol.  I can’t say that I’d buy his music personally, but he’s a LOT better than some of the music out there.  When I did watch the show, I never chose the winner, I always enjoyed someone that was voted off earlier.  If I actually voted on the contestants, this guy would likely have my vote.  That’s just my opinion though.

Kim won’t take my money to help us get out of our debt.  She’s as stubborn as I am in that special quality.  If I can’t convince her to use my money, I’ll feel SUPER guilty while playing my distant future PRS S2 McCarty 594.

I’ll try to have a personal Facebook account after?  Without owning a cell phone, it could be impossible?  If a new Facebook account doesn’t work again, I’m gone from Facebook.  Once my computron stops working, it can stay dead because I refuse to pay for ANYTHING to have it fixed that to me is a HUGE waste of money that we don’t have.  I can fix most problems on a guitar & pay for the little amount I can’t do but a computer is beyond me & just not worth it.

This website www.amillionmilesawayblog.com will be here until we have to pay for it.  Sorry, neither of us know when that happens.  The Facebook site will disappear when I delete my account on April 30th.  The website is done being updated, but I’m going to keep exercising & evolving.

I do hope that you’ve seen me evolve from a blatant jerk to a somewhat decent person.  If that didn’t happen for you, I hope you can take something positive away from this.  Don’t be me, be yourself & whatever you’re struggle you have in life, please do BETTER than me.

“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.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

I’M GOING TO STOP THIS AT THE END OF THE YEARish

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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

1050 Crunches

1050 Leg lifts

300 Squats   

600 Back flexes

I’m going to stop writing this stuff at the end of 2021 or one post into 2022.  I’m getting pretty bored of writing this stuff.  I live it & regurgitate it to you & I’m pretty “simple” to begin with.  Eat, exercise, eat, shower, eat, play guitar, eat, play more guitar, have supper, watch TV, play guitar, sleep & repeat.

I’ll buy the PRS S2 McCarty 594 a soon as I have the cash.  When I order the PRS S2 McCarty 594, I’ll have to wait at least 6 months for it.  Then save and repeat but the wait might not be as long?  I’m excited to get any guitar but when I have the money (in a few years) & order this guitar, it’ll feel like another level!  I’m not undermining the importance and flexibility of other guitars I own, but this PRS S2 model is said to be THE guitar in the PRS S2 line!

After a TON of thought, the Schecter Tempest, although I REALLY liked the majority of what it offers, might be too similar in sound with a few less features compared to the McCarty 594.  I’ve also realized that I’m not a huge fan of the Stratocaster body shape, so as I was searching throughout last week & this gem kept showing up & won me over with a MUCH more different sound & MUCH lower price tag (less than $650 after tax), despite this purchase being many years away.

Go ahead guitar gear heads, it says “Squier” instead of anything else.  I’m not paying a ton of cash for a bigger brand name.  I’ve got a Fender & a PRS S2, good enough for me! Hopefully the split coil on the McCarty 594 is as good as they say.  A full on hollow body will be completely different from ANYTHING I have and be a great ending chapter to my guitar purchasing…if it’s still around.

I tried to force ‘guitar mojo’ on a Stratocaster, but that never works.  Had to be exactly what I wanted because I don’t want to shop for another guitar.  Guitars give me FOMO, fear of missing out, since I don’t have a disposable income for anything let alone guitars, so if they go out of production before I save the money to buy it, I get kinda sad.  I guess these purchases are more of a hopeful occurrence in the future.

Other than it being very cold in Regina this week, it’s been a good satisfying week of exercise.  Some ‘communication breakdowns’ getting all of my refills from the doctor to the pharmacy, but we got it figured out by the time I needed everything.

The Covid active cases are on decline throughout the province of Saskatchewan since January 12th.  As per the restrictions, nothing changes until further notice on February 19th.  I guess that’s fine, I would prefer tighter restrictions but I’m not a politician? 

As I’ve said many times before, I really watch a miniscule amount of TV & I missed “The Ellen Degeneres Show” on her birthday show.  New DVR, so I don’t know if it was me, a user problem, or if something went wonky with the DVR box?

Right now I’m playing a handful of songs by “Pearl Jam”.

I’m continuously running through these “Stone Temple Pilots” song as well & other stuff too.  Keeps me busy.

The music I like is mostly from the 1990s, there’s usually some “Soundgarden”, “Alice in Chains”, “Rage Against the Machine”, “Audioslave”, & always “Foo Fighters”, etc. being played on guitar here.  Then as far as a little bit of metal goes “Metallica”, “Megadeth”, “In Flames, “Trivium” and eventually some “Lamb of God”.  For the 7 string it’s “Trivium” a dash of “Dream Theater” and I like coming up with stuff on the 7 string.

We’re watching TV Thursday evening.  Kim picks out a documentary & instantly grabs her cell as usual, & it drives me nutz!  I said to her, as I always do “You’re not even watching your show?”  I get the usual reply from her “I’m listening”.  Then I caught her with “But the show is subtitled and in Swedish?”  BOOM!

April 30th marks the 3rd album titled ‘Typhoons’ from “Royal Blood” who released a video for the title track!

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

P.S. Now I have 4 of the songs above to polish up!

I ACTUALLY WATCHED TV

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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

1050 Crunches

1050 Leg lifts

300 Squats   

600 Back flexes

Yes I still do yoga twice a week for roughly an hour over those 2 days.  It just seemed pointless to give an educated guess every week.  I have yet to go walking this year.  Earlier this week I completely phased out & almost got off the couch without holding onto my transfer pole or getting my wheelchair in place.  That could have been a REALLY dumb move on my part.

If you’re exercising a lot, I HIGHLY recommend not taking 2 weeks off & then expecting to do more once you return to your exercise routine.  It takes me until Wednesday to feel normal, then I feel lazy on Thursday after my exercises.

Ugly day here weather wise on Wednesday evening.  Lots of snow & the wind was at 120 km which is 74.5 mph.  Branches from trees & everyone’s barbeque fell over.  We heard trucks blowing they’re horns followed by a crash & sirens shortly after all through the night.  The hatch to the attic in the hallway was opening & slamming shut all night too.  Thursday was pretty quiet, many businesses were closed on Thursday and shoveling themselves out of the snow.  Tons of people weren’t on the roads on Thursday.  The roads are just a thick layer of ice.  It melted on Wednesday, then around 5:30 pm it got windy & snowy fast.  All of the water from the melted snow was all over the streets & froze later on.

I watched a few TV shows that started up this week since Covid started.  I think I’ve found some that I don’t care to watch already.  I’d rather play/practice guitar than watch TV.  I have 4 can’t miss TV shows a week.  “Prodigal Son”, “The Conners”, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”, & “The Ellen Degeneres Show”.  Just waiting for Blue Jay baseball & CFL football to start in the summer.  I’m Canadian so you’d think that I would be an NHL fan.  I’m not really, I’m a casual score board watcher.  NHL or hockey in general faded out for me in the 1990s.

I’ve learned these 2 songs & am speeding up the 3rd one on guitar so I think I’ll just continue practicing what I know for a while.

I just realized that I’ve been adding a little extra something that isn’t there and making the song below much more difficult for me, oh well I like it!

I’m speeding this up since I now know which finger goes where & when.

I watched what turned out to be 2:45 of a live stream 2021 Product Launch on www.youtube.com of PRS Guitars 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm with 2 very brief commercial breaks for PRS guitar maintenance kits.  10 new products were introduced & none of them made me rethink my decisions.  There were between 4000-4330 people watching at any given moment though, nice to know I’m not the only guitar geek out there.  Honestly some of the “new” products were a new colour option on a guitar & 6 new guitars, 4 of them were new acoustic models made in Indonesia.  

Foo Fighters have released another song from their album “Medicine at Midnight” to be released on Friday, February 5th.

Last night on Jimmy Kimmel

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

PRS RUINED ME, IN A GOOD & BAD WAY!

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Exercise total for 4 days. 

500 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

900 Crunches

900 Leg lifts

300 Squats   

450 Back flexes

1:00 hour of yoga over 2 days

To be clear about this, I don’t have a home studio.  I have no camera, cell phone, or audio recording device.  If I come up with a good sounding guitar line, I play it many times to remember it.  “The Beatles” only recorded stuff if they could remember it the next day, so I kind of operate the same way…I just don’t sound like The Beatles.  Any photos or videos on here or Facebook are courtesy of Kim & her cell phone.

I was missing a sleeping pill last night.  I take 2 different pills, one to make me fall asleep faster than my typical 3 or 4 hours of tossing & turning in bed.  The other keeps me asleep.  We missed getting a refill yesterday on the pill that keeps me asleep.  I woke up close to 3:00 am & finally decided to give up on trying to fall asleep at 5:00 am & got up to do my exercises.

My guitar came in Tuesday afternoon.  First impressions, DAMN it’s pretty!  I’ve honestly never played a guitar right out of the box that needs no adjustment.  I tuned it and it was ready to go.  Even just the tuning buttons were INCREDIBLY smooth.  I had HIGH expectations for it, & the S2 PRS greatly exceeded them! 

Luckily I missed recording the baseball game Tuesday evening.  I caught the last 2 innings since I was busy playing my new guitar.  After my exercises are done & I’ve showered, I play it all of the time.

I was just about to play guitar after my shower on Tuesday & figured I should check my email.  I had an email confirming my guitar was in & ready for me to pick up.  My brother picked me up & we went to the store.  I tuned it & I’ve been playing it as much as possible since.  Playing it (unplugged) even while watching Blue Jays baseball in the evening.  I hate having to stop playing it!  I wish you could see it in person, the photo just doesn’t compare.

I’ve played 3 guitars in my life that made me think “Why aren’t all guitars made this way?”  My friend’s hollow body Gretsch guitar in the summer, my Epiphone 7 string that Kim got me for my 40th birthday at the end of January, & my new PRS S2.  The hype is real!!!!!

…and now I’d like to introduce you to “Sunny”!  PRS S2 Semi-hollow Custom. 

Having this PRS S2 Custom 22 only solidifies my desire for the S2 McCarty 594.  Last guitar purchase, followed by that amplifier & footswitch.

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

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

If you care to watch.  These are the different bridges they use on guitars at PRS, as shown by Paul Reed Smith.  Sunny has a tremolo bridge, and the one I plan to order has a 2 piece stop tail bridge.

If we find a house next year, the amplifier & footswitch are put on hold.  Well come June 1st of 2021 EVERYTHING stops for the hope of finding a house!  The amplifier & footswitch will have to wait.

If I ever got my hands on a Core Tremonti PRS with a HUGE (90% off) discount, that would be hard to pass up.  This S2 PRS is beautiful.  I’m over the moon with everything on this guitar!  Here’s that SUPER nice Mark Tremonti Core PRS, not in the typical black. 

A Core PRS goes for $3,800 US, which is $6,574 + tax in Canada.  I used to say $5000 was my limit for a guitar, not anymore.  It’s far less than that or even the USA price for Core model, I just paid my limit for a guitar.  The final order is less expensive than what I have, it’s still very close to my limit.

“Sunny” is a lower priced S2 PRS guitar.  The quality is unmatched to any guitar I’ve ever played.  The downside & the upside of it is that we paid a lot for it & it REALLY impresses me.  So it’s VERY nice but it does have a large price tag.  One more S2 and I’m literally spent!

I do watch some TV other than baseball.  The Ellen Degeneres Show, A Late Show with Stephen Colbert, & about 3 other scripted shows that aren’t on TV right now.  Prodigal Son, The Resident, & Mom.  No matter what show I’m watching, there’s a guitar in my hands!

GO DR. FAUCI GO!

Why is Donald Trump EVERYWHERE?  If Biden wins the election, things could get messy when he moves into the White House.

This week I’ve been playing stuff I know the basic chord progression of while making it more distinct playing lead stuff instead on the new guitar “Sunny”.

I’ve been listening to a 20th anniversary reissue of the first self-titled Into Eternity album that I got on CD.  “Into Eternity” describe themselves as extreme progressive metal.  I think of them as death metal meets the harmonies of “Queen”, that’s HIGH-PRAISE in my books.  Good luck finding a CD other than through the Regina based band that until recently only had the files for the album.  Into Eternity are the Regina heroes that are still underground despite having toured or played with big name acts such as “Motorhead”, “Megadeth”, “Lamb of God”, “Opeth” & I believe “Dream Theater”.  I thik it was last year or 2018 they released their 6th studio album.  The last 5 albums should be available everywhere.  I bought 3 of them at HMV when it was open & managed to get the 6th album on amazon where you can find all of their albums now!

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

“Listen to each other” –Ellen Degeneres 

EXERCISE FOR THE WEEK & GOO GOO DOLLS

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5 day exercise total; 900 leg lifts, 1,200 crunches, 300 squats, 300 back flexes, 150 pushups, 800 curls (10 pounds), 500 tricep extensions (7 pounds), 400 shoulder raises (7 pounds).  Stretching & yoga.

I fell asleep to “Opeth” the new album “In Cauda Venenum”

I exercised to “Billie Eilish” the album “When we all Fall Asleep, Where do we go?”

 

I’ve recently (month & a bit ago) resumed playing/practicing my guitar limited skills after somewhere around 11 years.  I was always a singer first though.  A guitar on stage was something I picked up to hide behind.  I wasn’t a metal growler or screamer, I was a singer.  No, my friends & I are not famous anywhere unless you’ve been to a handful of watering holes in Regina.

It was a hobby that I really enjoyed, outside of dragging my gear home at 2:00 am.  I play at home now with a much smaller amplifier & pedal system.  I have three 6 string electric guitars & an acoustic guitar.  I never purchased any of my electric guitars.

My first guitar ever was an electric my parents bought me for my 21st birthday.  I learned a bit prior to that on my mother’s old acoustic guitar so I could help my friend learn bass.  I’ve never taken a guitar lesson, I’ve played piano when I was 8 & 9 years old, flute from grade 6-10 & high school choir from grade 10-graduation.

I just picked up the guitar initially to help our cover band’s bass player out.  He had never done anything musically before, so I did what I could along with 2 other friends to help him out.

My 2nd guitar I bought for myself, my acoustic guitar.  I play it when I’m too lazy to go the extra 10’ to plug in an electric guitar to my amplifier.

My wife bought me my 3rd guitar for our first Christmas as boyfriend & girlfriend.  She wanted to learn so I bought her a blue acoustic guitar for the same Christmas, she specified the colour.

My 4th guitar I got from a very good friend of mine while I was recovering in the Wascana Rehabilitation Center from stage 4 brain cancer.  It is signed by “Big Wreck” singer Ian Thornley.  Other than my Epiphone Explorer my wife bought me, this is the only popular brand name guitar I own, made by Fender guitars.

There would be no point in me having three 6 string electric guitars in the same tuning, so all 3 of them are in different tunings for a reason.

I remember the majority of the guitar parts I played in my first/cover band so that’s where I started.  More fun to play a song as I build up the strength in my fretting hand/left hand.

I’ve also been watching quite a few guitar clinics online to learn new songs.  All of this gives me something else to look forward to the next day other than just exercise.  I’ve gotten stronger, & now I can do more things, around the house, for my wife, our now old dog, my friends, & myself.

The way I see it is, if I’m not a part of the solution, I’m a part of the problem.

 

She said it much more eloquently than I would have!  Well done & I couldn’t agree more!

Wait a minute……………..I’ll be 40 in January.  I’m a Muse fan & a Rush fan.  Are they talking about me?

https://thehardtimes.net/music/middle-aged-muse-fan-ready-transition-rush-fan/?fbclid=IwAR0bqeqIlLdS9v-IleKAZXM9CTuXAh4sS_kcRs8MHAQyV0DjpuXmLguRwEI

I saw this earlier this week.  I’m out of touch with the hip cool thing, oops!  First time I’ve heard them.  Haven’t decided if I’d purchase this yet?

 

GOO GOO DOLLS

90s alternative radio acceptable “rock” band.  Acoustic based rock band.  From the USA.  They appeared on quite a few movie soundtracks during the late 90s & early 2000s.  Can’t say I listen to them much anymore but I do own a Greatest Hits album.  I did own a couple of their CDs back in the day.  I have no problem with them, it’s just not my go to music.

 

 

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Music throughout the weekend.  “U2”, “Muse”, “Odds”,

 

Friday I stayed up late to watch the Blue Jays win their first game after a 5 game losing streak.  They also made me look like a genius though.  Socrates Brito was cut Friday afternoon & Jonathan Davis was called up from AA to play center field.

Of course we watched some shows we both like first, “The Ellen Degeneres Show” & “World of Dance”.  “World of Dance” is recorded for Kim, if I never see it again I’d be fine & not have to bite my tongue.  We both love “The Ellen Degeneres Show”.  I record it in the afternoon & we watch it as soon as Kim gets home.  Kim’s been working overtime this past week.  Brewster lays down & stares at the door waiting for her, usually he waits for her around 4:00 pm.  Friday he was waiting & whining at 1:00 pm?

Saturday I spent WAY too much time online looking for ear buds.  Almost everything requires Bluetooth or only available online.  Having an iPod classic that still works is not great all of the time!  I fall asleep to my iPod & I’ve ruined my 2 recent pairs of ear buds.  The “Bose” ear buds I got for Christmas 2017 lasted 6 months & Kim’s Apple ear buds have no to little audio in the left ear bud.  Before that I used “Senhieser” ear buds from 2013 until 2017.

Every type of ear buds from Best Buy are only available online or the ones in store are $100 – $350.  I found some cheaper ones at London Drugs, but Kim had left to get groceries by that time.  Kim went out grocery shopping while I watched the baseball game.  She came home, made supper, & I handled the dishwasher & the hand wash dishes, that’s quite common here.

Today we (Mitch, Rachel, Kim & I) made brunch.  My parents & grandparents came here for brunch.  Mini quiches, banana bread, toast, fruit, yogurt parfaits with granola & fruit, & coffee.  I’m going to take care of the dishes, since Kim did the shopping & cooking despite my offering to help.

Kim has to grab 2 or 3 things & I’ll hard boil the eggs for the week & I’ve already made my vegetable juice for the week.  It felt weird putting away the bread.  There’s usually no bread in our house.

 

Alter Bridge are done recording their 6th studio album of 14 songs.  Mixing shortly!  Facebook status is as follows…

“Tracking for AB 6 is now 100% finished!  Mixing starts very soon.  Can’t wait to share these songs with all of you”

A new Big Wreck should be out soon I hope!  So far they’ve released 2 singles only.  I was hoping that Friday’s single would be a preorder on iTunes.  I get pretty anxious waiting for an album to be released when I get a single or preorder for it.

 

ANTHRAX

One of the big 4 in metal.  Anthrax, Metallica, Megadeth, & Slayer.  Anthrax seems to be the best mix of punk & metal of the 4.  The other 3 lean more towards the metal side of things.  I have 15 of their albums, a friend of mine had them & he’s a big fan of them, & 80s metal in general.  I’m not going to give you a song from each album.  I’ll give you 3 earlier songs & 3 songs from recent albums.

 

 

MORE RECENT MATERIAL

 

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WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/ CLASSIC ROCK BANDS FOR MY GENERATION

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5 day exercise total; 400 pushups, 300 tricep pushups, 100 back flexes, 390 squats, 600 leg lifts, 300 crunches.

Tuesdays & Thursdays I do pushups & tricep lifts.  The other 3 “days of the week” are everything else.

I fell asleep to “Muse” the new album “Simulation Theory”.  I got it last night.

I exercised to “Chromeo” the album “Head Over Heels”

 

I woke up, got everything ready for my exercises, and then realized I really felt sick to my stomach.  It was 6:00 am.  I went back to bed to sleep some more.  I got up at 9:30 & felt much better.  Straight to my exercises, followed by some breakfast.  All is well!

After 5 days of not leaving the house or not having people here, I get bored.  I get cabin fever & not only want but NEED to get out of here!

My body is getting tired.  I’m looking forward to December.  I’ll do crunches, pushups, & squats.  From the 21st-26th, I will do nothing but relax.  On the 27th I’ll do the pushups, crunches, & squats until the end of the year.

I had my consultation with my surgeon regarding my back surgery.  Haven’t heard anything yet.  I’m supposed to have another MRI soon, on my back.  It feels fine & I assume nothing will be done, since the MRI will show nothing wrong at the moment?

I do usually end up watching WAY too much CNN though.  For me it’s like watching a terrible car accident.  If Kim is home, I don’t watch CNN.  “Why are you screaming at the TV?”  “Because this is RIDICULOUS!”

I turn it to our recorded “Ellen Degeneres” show from that day, usually the second she gets home.

 

New Muse is released today!!!!!!!!!  I’ve got 4 other ones (Into Eternity, hopefully at a home town show.  Chevelle, Opeth live & maybe Tenacious D) to purchase after Christmas I’m told.  We’re saving the cash for Christmas gifts.

 

A movie based on “Breaking Bad” that would be AWESOME!!!!!!

https://www.rollingstone.com/tv/tv-news/breaking-bad-vince-gilligan-breaking-bad-movie-752929/?fbclid=IwAR2f6bekWj4RJgHbmAG4-wIHyfYbCdieML84PxwGZ4lh2V1VBQoMy-2HuUM

 

OH HAPPY DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  New Alter Bridge is being written, & assembling in April!

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/alter-bridge-has-begun-writing-material-for-follow-up-to-the-last-hero/?fbclid=IwAR1uEqvpnrpQzkz9rWD40lCsNjTlcBBmUaevE0TFvoFZcfaMyP4zErAkA3c

 

In other news, a musician cut their hair.  WOW slow news day loudwire?????????

http://loudwire.com/coheed-and-cambria-frontman-claudio-sanchez-hair-haircut/?fbclid=IwAR0WFUxDYD-Sp-W4VlZ9y8fuPaFGKcJiABE9R8RCDrq0ZCUXe-dp62C3bV8

 

Just when you think he’s gone too far he does this….

 

At every wedding I attend, I request the song “Ace of Spades”.  It is never played despite my request?

http://loudwire.com/motorhead-ace-of-spades-anniversary/?fbclid=IwAR0-On2ad0xHQamqw2KhbTQ-y7WND3F0pgyW8KqWvgEhFIN7ZLsPjzKZyCw

 

People really need to get over this!

 

America you’re doing it wrong!  Stop these ridiculous mass shootings (2nd amendment).  Activate the 25th amendment to get the president who shall not be named out of the White House!  Mr. Mueller get your investigation wrapped up ASAP or just let the Democrats punt him out the door!

I think the majority of gun owners are cowards.  You want a gun?  You can all have a single shot hunting rifle.  If the other person doesn’t have an automatic or semi-automatic weapon, why do you need one?  I’m running low on hopes & prayers.  Figure it out already!

Well I have a somewhat busy weekend ahead.  Saskatchewan Roughriders have a home playoff game on Sunday.  I’ll be there freezing my tushy off.  Kim’s not a fan of any type of football, last I heard she had some work to do for another company on the side?  As for Saturday, I’m not sure what’s happening?

 

CLASSIC ROCK BANDS FOR MY GENERATION

I don’t know how long this will be?  If it gets lengthy, I’ll have a part 3.  This will be older bands & current bands.  Reminder, this is music I have, some of it I couldn’t care less if I ever hear it again.

 

The Rolling Stones

 

Aerosmith

 

Black Sabbath

 

Guns n’ Roses

 

Nirvana

 

Soundgarden

 

Foo Fighters

 

Rush

 

Metallica

 

Beastie Boys

Likely a part 3 to this story.

So, MLB, Major League Baseball, wants to speed up the pace of play to attract a younger audience.  Great!  I’m all for it!  How will they attract a younger audience if younger people aren’t watching it already?  Isn’t the younger generation watching TV on streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Crackle, etc?  How is the MLB going to advertise on these streaming sites?  People of many generations already know if they want to watch baseball or not.  If a game takes 3 hours or 2 ½ hours, how will that entice a younger fan base that’s already tuned out?

I don’t watch NFL football because it takes 4 hours for a game.  I don’t even like it when a CFL game goes into overtime.  How will the NFL market the game to me?  I’ve already tuned out.  Just because I see an advertisement doesn’t mean I’ll watch a game?

 

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Chris

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WEEKEND UPDATE/ PHIL COLLINS/GENESIS

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Music throughout the weekend. “Foo Fighters”, “Queens of the Stone Age”, “Alter Bridge”, “Dead Sara”, “Halestorm”, “A Perfect Circle”, & “Eric Clapton”

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

Friday evening was quite tame.  We watched “The Ellen Degeneres Show” as usual when Kim gets home, I watched half of the Blue Jays game, then we binge watched 4 episodes of “The Fosters” on Netflix.  We’re half way through season 3.

Saturday morning Kim picked up our friends daughter & took her out for a while.  I got up while they were out & watched the last 3 innings of the baseball game.  Then I watched the pre-game for Saturday’s Blue Jays game.

Then Kim & Hannah came here to paint, colour, use the sticker books, have lunch, etc.  By then I was watching the “Banjo Bowl” between the Saskatchewan Roughriders & the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in Winnipeg.  That finished & I watched Saturday’s Blue Jays game.  Once that was over, Kim wanted to watch more of “The Fosters”.  We binge watched 3 episodes & went to bed.

While Hannah was here, she was very intrigued by “Uncle” Chris’ new Roughrider green wheelchair!  She spent quite a bit of time going across our suite & turning around to go back the other way, after we helped her figure out how to use it.  She’s a better driver than me.  She also watched some of the football game.  She told me “Uncle Chris.  In our house, we always cheer for the Riders”.  Smart kid, she’s being raised by good parents!

Went over to Corey & Jolene’s place for a BBQ.  Beer + meat = good times.  A get together for a bunch of us to see Kayll, Shannon, & toddler Emmett!

Why bother making the announcement to not play a song?  Even “Big Wreck” did this with the song “Ladylike” from their 2001 album “The Pleasure & the Greed”

 

This was supposed to be about Mike Myers channeling ‘Wayne’s World’ but nothing says “Alice Cooper” like bubble machines!  Hahahahahahaha!  I love Alice Cooper!

 

 

PHIL COLLINS/GENESIS

I’ve always enjoyed Genesis & Phil Collins, together & Phil Collins as a solo artist.  Phil Collins was the drummer in Genesis while Peter Gabriel was the singer.  I don’t know if Peter Gabriel left or was forced out of the band?  Phil Collins took over as singer when Peter Gabriel was out of the band.  Who is Peter Gabriel you ask?  This guy…

I was born in 1980.  My parents didn’t listen to ‘80s hair metal, so I wasn’t exposed to that music.  I grew up to what they listened to.  I wasn’t exposed to my generation’s music until I was in high school in the early ‘90s.  I did purchase the Genesis album “We can’t Dance” which was released in 1991 & I probably bought it when I could drive or asked my mom to buy it for me at Costco?  All that I own now is a Genesis Greatest Hits album & a couple of Phil Collins Greatest Hits albums from iTunes.

 

GENESIS

 

PHIL COLLINS

 

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WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/ECONOLINE CRUSH

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I fell asleep to “A Perfect Circle” the album “Eat the Elephant”

I exercised to “Burn the Priest” the album “Legion XX” basically Lamb of God’s first name.  This is a covers album.

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

 

4 day weekly exercise total; 960 pushups, 800 leg lifts, 400 crunches, 400 squats, 330 tricep pushups, & 160 back flexes.

Well that was dumb!  Resumed my exercise like always on Tuesday!  Even though I have not done any exercise since Friday, May 11th.  Somedays my stupidity amazes me!  Probably most other people too hahahaha!  Rhetorical question, keep the answer to yourself please.

I’m the one that puts all of the pressure on me, nobody else.  This week I got really frustrated with my exercise.  Thinking to myself “I have to do better, I have to do more…etc.”  I also had one of those moments, where I took a step back & thought “Is this what I’ll be doing until I die?”, at that moment I realized I have a lot of family & friends I can count on to help me out!

Americans & the rest of the world are worried about a nuclear war.  Why are Americans afraid?  They’ve got their guns to protect them, & if they don’t own a gun they’ll probably be shot?  They kind of have a bad option.  Would you prefer to be killed in a nuclear war or be shot, especially a civil war?  I’m not joking here.  Just mentioning a sad reality!

These days, I really try not to take anything too seriously.  A couple of people tried to make fun of me on a public Facebook page, they knew nothing about me & I knew nothing about them.  I didn’t see any of the multiple posts where they were acting very immature until my brother tagged me in a response.  Thanks Mitch, let them go at it.  If someone I don’t know on Facebook wants to take a cheap shot at me, so be it.  In the end, they’re the ones who made the comments, I did not reply to my statement about emojis.  Because emojis are a FANTASTIC reason to get upset………………….NOT!

 

ECONOLINE CRUSH

 

They have 5 albums & 1 EP.  I own their first 2 albums on CD & another from iTunes.  Wikipedia says they’re from Vancouver, British Columbia, I always thought they were originally from a small farming town in Manitoba.  Wikipedia is not always correct with pop culture stuff such as bands, movies, & TV series.  I could be wrong also?  Their sound is that of a rock band that’s influenced by industrial metal, they are NOT a metal group, I would call them an industrial rock band.

I’m not an expert on them, but a lot of my friends are.  I like them quite a bit.  This is another post-grunge group from Canada that were HUGE in the late 1990s & early 2000s.  There’s an album & an EP that were released prior to this album.  Honestly, I haven’t listened much to the album I got from iTunes.

 

1997        “The Devil You Know”

 

2001        “BRAND NEW HISTORY”

Dave Grohl can’t listen to Nirvana.  I get it.  An old friend who’s never there.

http://loudwire.com/dave-grohl-still-cant-listen-to-nirvana/

http://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/article/dave-grohl-interview-2018 Full article.

I’m craving some of Nirvana’s album “Bleach” at the moment, even before I wrote this.

 

Looks like one of Trump’s favourite conspirators is going to trial!  Later Mr. Jones!

https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/alex-jones-lawsuits-this-is-not-a-first-amendment-issue-w520734

 

I thought it was a well-deserved moment this week when Ashton Kutcher donated $4,000,000 to Ellen Degeneres’ wild life foundation for the gorillas in Africa!

 

If any of this is true (which I HIGHLY doubt it is) I’ll go back to buying CDs.  Amazon, here I come!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Maybe?  Oh, the lies!  I couldn’t find the link he saw on that site!  Also, you would think iTunes users would get a direct email regarding this?!

 

Ask Maynard James Keenan a dumb question & he’ll reply with a dumb answer.

http://loudwire.com/10-times-maynard-james-keenan-trolled-interviewers/

 

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

“Learn from your mistakes & don’t repeat them”-Chris

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres