QUIET WEEKEND & BUSY START TO THE WEEK!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris

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

I EXERCISE FOR NICK

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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

Exercises went well this week & I feel pretty good.  Got up by 6:45 am or earlier this week other than yesterday 8:00 am and stuff to do around the house first.  Kim made some mini-quiche things for breakfast this week with cottage cheese & spinach in them.  They’re muffin size, 1 of those in the morning with my vegetable juice & water throughout the day & I’m exercising.  Afterwards I check my email & Facebook, then I shower.

When I think about my cancer, how it affected me & those around me, I often think about a guy I met in the rehabilitation center named Nick.  He was born with cerebral palsy & doesn’t know a life without a wheelchair & a severe handicap.  He was very outgoing, confident, polite, smart, upbeat, & liked music quite a bit.  I couldn’t understand his speech & he couldn’t understand mine.  When we’d see each other in the hall or in therapy, Kim was always playing the role of translator for us. 

I take my exercise VERY seriously.  I’m VERY fortunate to be alive & have the opportunity to work on my disability.  Nick is likely limited for life.  He lives in the Wascana Rehabilitation Center.  He knows he’ll be there for a long time & he understands that.   I was released & acted like a complete jerk for quite a while after my release, I should have been more grateful like Nick.  When I get down on myself or start to think something is too hard for me to deal with, I think of Nick.

He came over to our table in the cafeteria one afternoon, I was visibly not in the best mood.  Nick told me his story & finally said “Chris, I was born this way, this is all I know”.  My exercise might not seem like much to anybody.  When I think about it, I’m exercising for Nick since he can’t exercise for himself, he can play the drums though!  He learned in music therapy and recorded an album with the therapist.

The problem was, when I was acting like a jerk, I wasn’t thinking of Nick or what his life is like.  Now I don’t get down on myself so much, while always reminding myself to remain humble.  I think of Nick now more than I did before.  Unfortunately Kim & I either don’t remember his last name or never heard it.  If we did & he was nearby, I love to see him & hear how he’s doing.  Some people call me an inspiration, I find that VERY humbling.  Nick is my inspiration to keep going.

Suck it up fellow Canadians.  The vaccine distribution in Canada is EXTREMELY underwhelming.  CNN is simply reporting the news as usual.  Stay home!  I live in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.  I don’t know about “right now” but Regina had the most active cases of Covid-19 per capita in Canada earlier this year.  Please at least share this link on whatever social media you use.  Active cases in Regina are unbelievably high!

I don’t understand why so many people are worried about taking a vaccine?  Bill Gates isn’t going to implant a micro-chip in anyone because he doesn’t have to.  Have you ever used a phone, of any kind?  If you said “Yes” to that question, people that want to know about you probably know already?

I wanted to just play guitar on Wednesday but there was a baseball game that started at 11:00 am.  That normally wouldn’t be an inconvenience for me but that’s the time of day I can make some noise with my guitar & amplifier.  I still prefer to watch TV after 5:00 pm.  Kim’s done work, I stop playing guitar and either I watch a baseball game & Kim watches a streaming show in the bedroom or I play guitar until 8:30 pm while Kim watches something recorded.  Live TV does not exist in our house.

I played guitar on Wednesday after the game for what I told myself would be 45 minutes, turned out to be an hour & a half.  My left arm started shaking a LOT?!  That’s never happened to me.  My fingers will move uncontrollably on occasion but my arm is usually fine.

We got a delivery on Wednesday, a furniture piece for our renovations.  Kim’s been waiting for it for quite a while.  A round mirror above it and a tall green plant beside it will complete the renovations.  Those 2 items will have to wait until we get through this income tax ordeal, hopefully at the end of the year.

Buffet Table

I put my Matthew Heafy signature Epiphone Les Paul Custom 7 string guitar up for sale Tuesday afternoon. 

$1400 Canadian obo.  Comes with stock active EMG pickups, a 707 in the neck position & an 81 in the bridge position.  Tuners have been shimmed and new GHS Boomer strings 10-60 are now on & wrapped around the bridge.  Certificate of authenticity included.  It’s been played a minimal amount since its purchase on February 2nd, 2020.  No case or gig bag included.

Side view

I shaved last night & trimmed my goat tee.  I’ll shower ASAP and I’ll be “All dressed up with nowhere to go”

Rock is NOT dead.  It’s not as commercial as it used to be.  Country & pop music or a combination of the 2 are what’s easily found right now.  Rock & metal never died, you just need to dig a bit deeper to find it.

Dave Grohl with Mick Jagger

“Royal Blood” releases another single from their upcoming album ‘Typhoons’ to be released on April 30th.

“Myles Kennedy” of “Alter Bridge” releases another single from his upcoming solo album ‘The Ides of March’ release date is May 14th.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

NOW MY WEEK IS DONE, HAPPY EASTER!!!

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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

My exercise has been VERY satisfying & the number of crunches in a week went from 900-1050/week.  It feels great to be able to work on my physical handicap, eat well & not be drinking!  Hard to get up this morning while Kim’s cocooned in the blankets & Brewster’s curled up & warm while snoring.

More pill refills headed my way this weekend, YAY!  How far away is the vaccine?  I have another 3 hour MRI sometime in May.

I woke up around 2:45ish am Wednesday night because I was hungry?  Weird since that’s never happened before.  I guess I was pretty excited to see baseball back Thursday too.  I got up, had some food & did my weights, everything felt good, ready for the game!

I decided to exercise today.  Kim has Monday off & I know I probably won’t want to get up on Monday & exercise.  This seemed like a more advantages day to exercise for me.  I did increase my repetitions of crunches by one extra set of 50 3 days a week.  Still no alcohol since January 30th of this year, & no foreseeable plans for it, no coffee either for I don’t know how long it’s been?

Kim’s getting a little frustrated with the back & forth conversation with Revenue Canada on our income tax.  When she worries, I worry.

We have no children, if we did that’s where any money would go.  So with time on my hands, likely being inside of our place most of the time & falling in love with guitar more than ever, that’s what I want to do as well as help out where I can.  I know the guitars I like but I also understand responsibility and affordability.  I quite like my less expensive choice, especially that Godin radiator.  Every time I look at it or hear samples of it, I get so excited!

I don’t care how low the price is on a guitar as long as it’s built well, it’s always a GREAT day!

Kim doesn’t like the music I play…it’s not pop/country?  Sheesh, tough crowd!

That’s a LOT of guitars!  Even if money wasn’t a factor I’d stop at 12 at most & Kim’s stubborn about getting stuff with her gift money.

I still like my original 3 choices of the S2 McCarty 595, the Godin radiator, & the Sterling Cutlass.  I know that I really like this Mark Morton signature Jackson Dominion but because of the price I’d have to say no even though there will be some here on the 26.  I think when I get older I’d prefer a PRS Core “Paul’s Guitar” in an “Orange Tiger” finish

https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/model/pauls_guitar_2021

I’d never be so bold to get a “Tremonti” Core PRS.  Since I know one “Alter Bridge” riff & chorus.  I’d consider a “Special semi hollow” instead but that’s a crazy amount of money, for any Core model!

https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/model/special_semi_hollow_2021

The PRS S2 McCarty 594 in this “Whale Blue” finish

https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/model/s2_mccarty_594_2021

The Godin Radiator

Always the Sterling Cutlass!

https://www.long-mcquade.com/220378/Guitars/Electric-Guitars/Sterling-By-Music-Man/Cutlass-HSS–Roasted-Maple-Neck—Vintage-Cream.htm

I’d have to pass on this as much as I like it, because of the price.

https://www.long-mcquade.com/164476/Guitars/Electric-Guitars/Jackson-Guitars/Pro-Series-Signature-Mark-Morton-Dominion–Ebony-Fingerboard—Silverburst.htm

I’d like the PRS S2 McCarty 594, the Godin Radiator, the Sterling Cutlass , & the Mark Morton Jackson Dominion. I guess I’d have to learn some “Lam of God” I have some on my long list of songs to learn!

Again the price comes into play.  Any way you split it the PRS S2 McCarty 594 is the next purchase.  I worry too much about guitars being discontinued!  Back to that trying to be responsible while being irresponsible thing.  Income tax could easily factor in as well?  Now as I think about it, my guitars are all keepers, but I’d gladly take a DG-335 Trini Lopez in place of my Squier Starcaster or upgrade the bridge pickup at least.  I’d be breaking out many “Foo Fighters” songs on one of those!  Yes I’ve learned this song…

I do feel VERY selfish saying I want to buy these guitars.  Especially when I know other families have loved ones that are sick, have died, lost a job, they might be struggling more than Kim & I are, etc.  

Toronto Blue Jays baseball regular season started yesterday in N.Y. against the N.Y. Yankees.  Playing guitar while watching baseball, Kim’s told me on Wednesday “Great, now you’ll have 2 things to talk about”L

I’d tell you all about the game & how great it was to see regular season baseball again, you’d be bored though.  I missed baseball SO much, the Blue Jays are undefeated after their first game that had an extra inning.  I have another date with the couch on Saturday.  I didn’t play guitar today, I just wanted to soak in the game.

VERY quiet weekend ahead of us.  I’d stop babbling about guitars, but that’s my thing.  It could be worse, it could be baseball talk or CFL talk if there’s a season this year?

I started streaming the new album from “A Day to Remember” they’ve really mellowed out in a good way.

“Royal Blood” have a video for their single ‘Limbo’ now.  I’m so glad I actually bought/pre-ordered this album.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris 

YEP NOW THE HACKER’S MESSING WITH EVERYTHING

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Last week’s exercises felt really good & satisfying.  I kind of ruined my sleep pattern over the weekend though.  I stayed up until after 2:00 am on Friday night.  I was determined to go to bed early on Saturday but it was after 3:00 am by the time I went to bed.  Needless to say I slept in until 8:45 am yesterday and did my exercise after cleaning up Brewster’s dry diarrhea in my exercise area. 

I did add an extra 50 crunches to yesterday’s exercise & I hope to keep it at that level.  There’s also a possibility that I’ll add 30 more shoulder raises twice a week within the next month.  My weights went well this morning so the shoulder raise might increase in more repetitions in a couple months?

 It’s a short 4 day week & Kim has Monday off too.  I think I’ll do 5 days of exercise this week anyways.  Friday’s post might be a bit later than usual?

The hacker did it last night & it looks like more of the same tonight.  Kim watches more TV than I do so I’m guessing they got into our digital cable since our hour long news last night & tonight is/was 4 hours long and blocked & will block stuff Kim watches.  MESS WITH ME, NOT MY FAMILY & FRIENDS!  Got me again this morning I woke up to what I thought was the hatch to the attic flapping in the wind.  Nope it was this, which I don’t own on my iPod and I may start streaming some…

Kim amazes me every day.  Out of the blue it’s 6:30 pm on Saturday, we hadn’t even discussed supper.  She was in the kitchen baking so I got out of the way, not enough room for both of us in the kitchen with me in my wheelchair.  She calls me to kitchen saying “Supper’s ready”.  I had no clue she was making supper too.  I go to the kitchen & she has baked/roasted yam fries & barbeque steak ready to eat.  I just asked before & after supper if there was anything I could do or help with & she’s all “No, I got this”  WOW.  I told you she’s SUPER AWESOME!

I get a weekend, it’s just cut into chunks.  Half of Friday, half of Saturday, & all of Sunday.  I’m paying guitar whenever I can though.  Even for 3 minutes.  They’re on stands in the open.  I can roll up to one grab it and practice something for a bit.  Or I’ll play one of my semi hollow guitars if I’m watching TV with Kim, she always tells me that my acoustic is too loud.  Weekends are very tame here, Covid or not.

I’m more than ready to see a live band but at the same time I’m nervous about catching the virus.  I know “Foo Fighters” are itching to play live.  I know “Big Wreck” has something for fans come November.  If there were live concerts scheduled for early next year, I’d be in assuming we’ve all had 2 shots of the vaccine.  I might look like an idiot since I’d still be wearing a mask, but at least I’d be safe.  Maybe I should get a matching iPatch?

Why didn’t I include the members of “Big Wreck” in my wish list?  My Thinline Telecaster is signed by Ian Thornley & I love that guitar, it sounds great!  It’s not his signature “Suhr” guitar (new in mid-2020), but it’s great!  I wouldn’t change it ever.  I’ve never played a “Suhr” guitar.  I know they’re expensive, I hear they’re fantastic, & they look similar to “Fender” guitars.

The only guitar I’d change, just for an upgrade, if I had the money is my PRS S2 Custom 22 semi hollow to the new 2021 PRS Core Special semi hollow, a Core PRS is just too much moola for me at over $5000.

https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/model/special_semi_hollow_2021

It’s the same colour as my Custom 22, it has phase 3 locking tuners, 3 different pickups compared to my 2, and a thicker, prettier, & a MUCH more expensive maple top on it that is hand carved, mine is thinner, cheaper, and machine beveled but it sounds GREAT!  If I had that much money burning a hole in my pocket, I’d order it & wait a year or more for it to be made.  That’s probably something I’d do when I’m 75+ years old.  Sell my guitars for a really nice one to give to someone when I die?  It’s a thought for now.

Just reading up on my 3 final guitar purchases!  S2 McCarty 594 started in January of 2020 that’s my next order/purchase.  The Godin radiator & Sterling Cutlass were put into production this January.  The end is near & I like it!  I can’t stop looking at that Godin Radiator, I just LOVE the look of it.  It looks like a very simple design but it sounds like a beast & it’s so affordable, I love it & I’m super excited to get one……in two years. 

The S2 McCarty 594 is VERY expensive & will be approaching my limit on a single guitar purchase.  An actual Core PRS is FAR beyond what I would pay!  Those are for “…doctors n’ lawyers n’ such…”  The Godin & Sterling combined are far less than the S2 McCarty 594!  I’m not even sure which guitar I’m so excited about the PRS, Godin, or Sterling?!  Probably the PRS S2 because I’ve wanted it for what feels like forever closely followed by the Godin because it’s got a great sound, different looking Les Paul, & it’s made in Canada, then the Sterling because of the roasted maple neck which is a new trend in the guitar world & locking tuners on a very inexpensive guitar!

Do you remember that feeling in your stomach as a young kid on Christmas Eve?  That’s how I felt this weekend!  I don’t know if I was just excited to order the guitars, glad that they’re all newer production runs, that 2 of the 3 are super inexpensive but AWESOME, or that I was done guitar shopping!  If I could I’d have rushed out & ordered them all ASAP!  “I felt like such a little girl”!

What REALLY gets my goat is that when I get the money from the sale of my 7 string & with the money I have saved in the bank to spend on these 3 guitars.  I’d have enough to order & buy the Godin & Sterling, but I’d have to save even more to order the PRS S2.  All of this depends on what I sell the 7 string for & I’m pretty sure I’m not out to lunch on what I’m thinking!?

New guitars have skyrocketed in price in the last 20 years.  It’s probably a good combination of my ignorance & inflation in the market.  The stuff I have from the beginning of 2001 to the end of 2002 would now cost $500 or more than it did then.  Cheap nice guitars & used guitars all over the USA if you live there, Canada….not so much.  The S2 line of PRS is roughly $700 less if you live in the USA & depending on what model you’re buying.  Even the Canadian made Godin is $100 less in the USA.  This has already turned into a guitar shopping blog.  Sorry about that, I’ll pull back on that topic “I plomise”.  Skip to the 2:30 minutes.

I’m just in a really good mood being done with guitar shopping for different sounds & tunings.  I guess I’m also excited for regular season Blue Jay baseball that starts this week.  I can watch baseball & play my LOUD acoustic and finally put these parts together, instead of the song being in 3 different sections that I can get up to speed!

I really don’t like that my cancer affected so many other people at the time than just me.  If it was just me, that would have be fine.  It’s much like my ongoing issue with my computer hacker.  Mess with me all you want, but don’t affect other people.  Too bad the world doesn’t work that way.

We rented “Promising Young Woman” Saturday night.  Sad, odd movie but VERY interesting/gripping story.  Sad and satisfying ending.  I’d recommend it.

I tallied up how many TV shows I watch a week & including the daily/nightly talk shows, “Blue Jay” baseball, & “Saskatchewan Roughrider” football w/ games that affect them in the standings the grand total is a whopping 10 and there’s usually a guitar in my hand practicing a pattern I’m working in a song.  Something I know mentally but that I can practice without looking at my hands.

I just saw a monologue by Jimmy Kimmel poking fun at T****.  I wish the media would get off of this topic.  He’s not President, he had no wisdom for anyone during the pandemic, went golfing on tax payer’s money, & told the public to inject disinfectant.  He wasn’t relevant then, other than being a terrible Preident/Leader & he’s even less relevant now.  The less we all talk about maybe he’ll just go away?   I know it’s topical click bait, but HOLY T**** fatigue!

I’ve picked 4 electric guitar songs to finish learning in the next however long it takes?  I’ll give myself 2 weeks.  I knew 1 before I got sick & I’ve messed around a bit with the other 3.

I started working on 3 of them on Sunday.  I don’t wait for things to happen with what I do.  If I’m teaching someone to do something, I’ve got all the time in the world they need to understand it.

I spent the majority of my time on guitar last week learning & applying improvisational skills, replaying a few song, creating bits & pieces of songs, learning basic 12 bar blues licks & chords, & playing these 2 songs a LOT…

“Royal Blood” released their 3rd single from their upcoming album ‘Typhoons’ out on April 30th.

I’ve seen them twice, first opening for “Foo Fighters” the 2nd time they opened for “Queens of the Stone Age” on their most recent tour in 2019 or 2018?  Turned my dad onto “Queens of the Stone Age” a bit too.  I’ve seen “Foo Fighters” 5 times & my dad has seen them 4 times the first time he saw them was just after I came out of a coma & my parents took the tickets Kim & I had bought months before in 2007 & they both cried all the way through the concert, because they were watching my favourite band still not knowing if I’d survive.

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris

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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   

450 Back flexes

1:05 hour of yoga over 2 days

I hate doing my exercise before I do them.  Once they’re done, I have a totally different attitude.  Usually around noon I shower and end up having the rest of the day to play guitar while recovering from my exercise earlier.  For me it balances out.  This morning wasn’t bad, get up & get them done!

I watched 1:20 of the “Presidential” debate Tuesday night.  I thought it was beyond sad to see political “Leaders” behaving like undisciplined children.  Biden called Trump a clown…that’s the level of the bar Trump has set for a Presidential nominee.  Trump didn’t call Biden a name during any portion of the debate that I saw.  Trump has often, if not always, called Biden “Sleepy Joe”.  Great….playground insults from politicians seeking election.  It comes down to 2 old white men acting like kids.  I’m not a parent or mature for that matter but I know that name calling is wrong and it won’t help either candidate in the long run.  I also know that I’m a Canadian living in Canada and I don’t get to vote.  I’m geographically closer to the “Divided States of America” than Russia, somehow Trump has encouraged Russia & the Ukraine into rigging the election for him to win while Trump slapped tarriffs on Canadian aluminum.  Yeah, ‘cause Canada’s a big threat to America & it’s democracy!  Sadest moment of the debate for me was when Trump couldn’t “condemn the proud boys” after a VERY simple question to do so.

I turned on my computron the next day after the debate and just went “NO”!  It was just a sad display of the current disregard EVERYTHING culture that is unfortunately all around us.  What did I learn from the debate?  Nothing!  Trump is still Trump, he bullied/interrupted as much as possible & Biden stooped to his level.  Trump did EXTREMELY bad & Biden did just slightly better.  Overall it was just sad.

If Biden wins there will be a civil war in the USA.  If Trump wins America will say goodbye to democracy & some American citizens will likely move to other countries to avoid Donald Trump & (a probable) WWIII on American soil.

You can make a case that either of the 2 won the debate, spin it the way you want.  I pay more in Canada for things, other than health care, but I don’t have to choose between Trump & Biden.

To expand on an issue from Tuesday’s post. I saw a video of an obviously Repubican supporter, which is OK with me, whatever political party you align with is fine.  I may not agree with that choice but I agree that you should have a choice.  Anyways, the person was going on about how Ellen Degeneres’ opening monologue/apology for the new season was terrible & fake as she addressed the off season investigations into the accusations of sezual assault on set over the years.  At least she apologized & addressed them respectfully.  What has Donald Trump done when faced with any accussations?  Lied, disregarded, pointed a finger, & denied any wrong doing on his part after how many accusations?  Tell me how Ellen’s apology is worse than the President’s dismissal?

Like either of these responses or not.  They’re in the past & can not be changed.  Seems like the cool thing to do now is jump to conclusions about anyone regarding their past.  So if that’s how people are judged, what’s the point in changing?  I’m different than I was a month ago but I guess that doesn’t matter?  When I meet a person for the first time, or any time for that matter, & ask “Have you ever acted in an innapropriate way in the past?”  The answer will probably be yes.  Nobody’s perfect 24/7?  

I’ve decided to go with this cut.  The traditional PRS cut, well an exact replica of this guitar below.

I still plan on getting this amplifier or something similar in this price range because of the fact that I can get this sound without blasting the volume!  Yeah I said fact, now nobody cares about facts?  I wonder if anybody will accept the fact that  2+2=4?

Why do I want this guitar stuff now?  I don’t see a pay increase coming my way EVER but I know there is a VERY strong possibility of inflation in the market!  Might as well get it now & use it instead of waiting 20 years when we’ll have likely the same amount money and everything will cost more. 

People, Kim included, keep telling me I’ll want another guitar or some piece of guitar gear.  If I want another big purchase there are numerous things that MUST happen before that.  First & always first, our health.  Kim’s, Brewter’s, & mine.  The guitar I’m saving for.  A house or renovating/remodeling this place if there is no house to be found or if the condo doesn’t sell.  The amplifier or something VERY similar.  I don’t want to go full on digital but I like the options that come with this hybrid of digital & analogue.  Once EVERYTHING is covered & if something else doesn’t pop up.  I’ll decide if I want something & it won’t be an expensive brand name unless it’s a $120 guitar pedal.  It could be a guitar, if it is it’ll be an import (cheaper) guitar under $500.  I have an idea of where I’d look but not a clue as far as what I’d want.  As far as an amplifier & effect pedals go.  I’ll always have 1 amplifier & I like to keep my effect pedals at a minimum.  Right now I have a tuner, phaser, & a delay pedal.  Stuff an amplifier & guitar can’t do.  I’d like to have bought the amplifier & footswitch when I started to play again a year ago, but there are no certainties in life.

Once I’ve saved enough for the guitar, I should have enough in the bank by the end of May, I’ll hold off on saving for the amplifier & footswitch until early 2022.  The PRS S2 line is definetely the top price I’d pay for a guitar.  It’s a substantial amount below $3000.  An S2 is pretty, feels great, & is remarkably more resonant & louder than most, if not all of the other guitars I own.  Once I get the other S2 PRS, I’m done with high end/boutique guitars.  A Core PRS or a Gibson, are both HIGHLY overpriced for what you get in return, in my opinion.  Even a lowest end PRS SE is $1000 + tax in Canada & out of my price range after the S2.  I’ve also heard a mixed bag of results from Harley Benton guitars.  Very affordable guitars but quality can be great or terrible on any type of Harley Benton model.

During that time we’ll be house hunting (I hope we can sell this condo and find a house without losing $10,000) & if we can’t sell the place we’ll be remodelling our suite.  I really don’t like that we own a suite, we pay the mortgage but so many other people in this building get to make up whatever rules they want.  We’re also cramped for space now. 

It’s nuisance now!  I binged & purged stuff last year, we’re doing it again right now & there’s no extra space here even with our storage unit (9’ X 3’) 95% full including a 3 level shelf on wheels full of stuff.

Oh yeah, & we don’t have a spare bedroom either.  Nice area, nice place but NOBODY wants to have to put in ANY work to make it their own, apparently paint & furniture was a no go for viewers last time!

I know we’re going to have to do some renovations to a new place but good grief if anyone has to make changes here!

I assume you weren’t watching but the Toronto Blue Jays season & short lived playoff series is done as of Wednesday afternoon.

I half woke up this morning singing, & I use the term singing litely, Layla by Eric Clapton.  The tempo of his unplugged version but the electric guitar version.  At least I pick a variety of songs to sing in my sleep.  It wasn’t Kokomo by the Beach Boys like it was 5 or 6 years ago?

“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 

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 

HOUSE AT THE TOP OF OUR LIST

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I woke up late on Monday & I was sore & stiff.  I didn’t do my exercise, I just stretched for an hour before I turned on my computron.  Nothing is done on the interweb until I’ve had breakfast & exercised.  Wasted a day.

Today I got up on time.  Totally half asleep until I got roughly half way through my exercises.  Feeling much better & energized today!

I turned on the Canadian National news channel.  Covid numbers are on the rise, Donald Trump is pretty much encouraging vigilante justice on any protest, there are hurricanes on the East coast, & now the West coast is dealing with wild fires.  If I lived in the USA, I’m pretty sure I’d take 2 mental health days a week.  Yet I think it was a month or 2 ago that Stephen Colbert showed a poll of Americans 72% said that what’s going on is terrible while 28% thought everything was fine.  That’s an odd 28%.

I’m done buying guitars once I order the one in February.  We’re not suited for condo life.  A house or whatever Kim wants in the meantime.  Kim wants an attached garage so she doesn’t have to drag my wheelchair through the snow.  It has to be wheelchair accessible.  I’d prefer a finished basement & an easily accessible deck or patio in the backyard.  2 bathrooms, 2 or 3 bedrooms & hopefully delightful surprises of a bedroom & bathroom in the basement.  I can’t really help with renovations, although we’re sure some will be needed.

I look at guitars online for fun with zero intention of purchasing another until we are comfortable in a house, probably not even then?  If I wanted another guitar I’d have to play the 1 coming to me & the one I hope to order in February (both for a long time) to find out what I’d want or I’d have to be making money with my guitars?

I royally embarrassed myself on the weekend.  My brother, very laid back, brought over his new amplifier so I could hear it and he could try my guitars.  He got it all set up, grabbed a guitar and played through his amp.  He’s has always been a MUCH better player than me.  He handed me the guitar & I literally said out loud “What do I know?” I froze, I was clueless & then I played like crap.  I’m pretty sure he didn’t care that much, if at all.  I thought what I played was terrible & embarrassing.  I spent 4 years, if not more, rehearsing & playing live with him, but I choked in my house in front of my brother. All I can say is anxiety sucks!  I know that next time it will be much better, I know I can relax around any family members.

Kim & I did some math on the weekend regarding my RDSP (Retirement Disability Savings Plan).  Money will be tight until my amplifier & guitar are paid for, but afterwards we’ll have a little more room to breathe.  I have no plans at all in getting another guitar.  Our bank account agrees with me on this decision.

I’m glad I saw this review/demo of an Evertune guitar bridge.  I didn’t know what they were or why they’re such a big deal.  Now that I know what the purpose is, I’m glad I don’t/won’t own one.  Takes the fun/skill out of playing guitar if you ask me.

Saturday evening I actually felt relaxed for the first time in months or even years.  It was 10:00 pm, Kim & Brewster were in bed.  I had a rum on the rocks & watched a Blue Jays game in the dark.  I can’t remember the last time I felt that calm.  Seems that I’m always worried about what’s around the corner or what we’re gonna do at this point in the future.  It finally felt like I could just let go for a while.

A lazy fall Sunday!  Watched an afternoon baseball game while Kim was making beef barley soup.  Went for a drive to get out of the house, had soup for supper.  Played guitar, watched TV and called it day.

Learned this 1st one on Sunday night.  2nd one just kinda happened over the week, & I’m still kinda working on the switching to the important parts where 1 of 5 guitars stands out for a bit on this 3rd song.

Ended up just messing around in different tunings & figured out these riffs…

For some reason I usually finish up a few hours playing guitar with this song?

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris          

“Listen to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

NEW GUITAR TODAY HOPEFULLY!

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Exercise total for 5 days.

450 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

750 Crunches

750 Leg lifts

300 Squats

420 Back flexes

1:10 hour of yoga over 2 days

 

Even by Wednesday this week I had some decent energy.  I’m pretty sure those new night time anti-depressants are doing the trick.  Pretty consistent week for getting up by 7:30-8:00 & getting things done.  Might also be that I don’t go to the washroom 4 times a night to pee?  I’m on a medication for my bladder as well.  Before it was a rush to the bathroom & very often.  I still drink 3-5 liters of water a day.  I go to the washroom a lot but not nearly as much & it’s not nearly as urgent.  The downside to my bladder pills is that if I don’t drink enough water, I get dry mouth in a bad way.

I accidentally dropped my new sleeping pill under the bed Wednesday night.  I was far too lazy to look for whatever pill I dropped & went to bed.  I found out the hard way it was my sleeping pill………….awake until shortly after 1:00 am, but out of bed by 7:50 am.

I really don’t like day time baseball games.  One on Wednesday starting at 11:00 am & 2 games on Thursday starting at 11:00 am.  That means I didn’t play my guitar on Thursday & only a small amount on Wednesday.  I just unplug or don’t play after 8:30 pm since were in an apartment style condo.  Just watching TV makes me anxious.  I feel like I should be doing something, I get fidgety after 30 minutes.

Kim called the police yesterday.  She was forwarded to a messaging service for the evidence department.  So no word yet on a retrieval of the bike?  She also doesn’t see the point in getting a new bike this year.  She says she won’t have much time to ride it since she’ll probably put it away come mid-September.

We had a nice visit with our friends from Edmonton Wednesday night.  Haven’t seen them in 2 years & a lot has happened since then!  Good to catch up.  No we didn’t visit here.  Too many seniors in our building, instead my parents were kind enough to let us use their back yard tented patio area to visit outside while distancing.  They picked up their supper, we got ours, had supper & a lengthy chat while Brewster got to be free in the backyard.  Brewster was quite tired.  He didn’t get out of bed until 2:30 pm yesterday when I woke him up as I checked on him.  He moved from our bed to his kennel when we got up in the morning.

I’ve been anxiously waiting for this day.  One of us should get an email later on today letting us know my new guitar is here!  If it gets here today, I’ll be watching baseball tonight while playing it unplugged!  This might call for some rum on the rocks?!?!  I really don’t like playing guitar with any alcohol in my system though.

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

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

Strap locks shouldn’t be a big deal on a PRS, apparently the strap buttons are quite large.  I should be getting the beer bottle sealers that we ordered in June this month from amazon.  Then I just need new strings for 3 guitrars here.  I’ve already done my acoustic & my 7 string seems fine for now.  So if I do the other 3 I should be good for quite a while!

From the looks of things the amplifier is looking more & more like it won’t happen,  just so we can pay into my Retirement Disability Savings Plan (RDSP).  I’ve got an amplifier so I’d rather buy the guitar & put money away for when I’m 60.  The amplifier would be really good, but if I have to pick one, it’s this guitar hands down!

https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/model/s2_mccarty_594

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

I guess there are money issues when you have money (I wouldn’t know personally) & when you don’t?

I thought this would be a fairly straight forward easy song…………OH HOW I WAS WRONG!  Weird tuning, chords I’ve never seen before, layered guitar tracks, & mostly individual notes throughout.  Good song to learn different stuff from though!

I wen’t deeper into the guitar part since I don’t sing anymore.

Constantly playing stuff I’ve learned.

Just started learning this the other day

…& always playing stuff from the 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Foo Fighters albums.

 

“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

…AND AUGUST TAKES THE OFF RAMP……INTO A DITCH

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I slept in today, that’s why this is late.  Breakfast, exercise them post a blog, that’s ALWAYS the order things happen.

 

Exercise total for 5 days.

450 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

750 Crunches

750 Leg lifts

300 Squats

420 Back flexes

1:00 hour of yoga over 2 days

 

When I do my curls, it’s pretty easy to tell that my left side is much weaker.  The dumb bell still wobbles side to side quite a bit.  When I bring the weights to my shoulders I really have to focus & control my left arm.  When I play guitar it’s really not an issue.

Well pretty bad way to carry on through August.  I got up & did my exercises ASAP Tuesday morning.  Posted my blog & checked our messages from Monday night, we we’re out for a bit.  I guess I missed an appointment with my psychiatrist Monday afternoon.  I didn’t get the usual reminder/confirmation call on Friday?  My doctor left a message.  I rescheduled for 5:00 pm that day.  After some discussion on what to do with Brewster & some phone tag, things were set in place.

We go to our vehicle in our parking garage only to find that Kim’s brand new bicycle was stolen.  We go to my appointment, all is well.  We come home & chat with our neighbor in the garage.  I guess the break in was Monday night & somehow EVERYBODY knew but us?  She reported her stolen bike to a board member across the hall from us.  Wednesday she got the serial number from where she bought it on May 12th 2020 & reported it to the police.  Financially things were snug before this, now they’re TIGHT!  As per usual with most plans, we’ll have to play it by ear.

Spoke to someone close to us Thursday late afternoon.  HOLY CRAP August sucks!  I can’t talk about it, nobody has been physically injured but it’s unexpected & really not good for that person.  Not my story to tell.

I was checking out my psychiatrist’s ratings online earlier that day.  Weird I know, my psychiatrist has ratings on the internet????  WOW mixed bag of ratings from 0-5 stars.  I’ve never had a problem with him.  Really nice guy, always quite friendly!

So with her new bike being stolen I don’t see this guitar being ordered in the spring.  I’m more than OK with that.  I’ve saved enough money that she can go out & get the same bike if she wants to.  Late Tuesday night, after a few hours of suggesting she use my saved money, she still continued to say “No”.  Wednesday night she budged a bit & finally said “Maybe”.  She wants to look into using our insurance.  If she was right about our insurance, that won’t be the route we take.

https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/model/s2_mccarty_594

I’ll be getting a REALLY fancy guitar in a week.  I’ll keep saving either for the guitar or get the MUCH more affordable amplifier & foot switch.  Then leave it at that for quite many years.  I think this is more than fair for me, Kim should just take what I’ve saved all together & keep saving for the camera lens she wants.

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

What has been VERY welcomed this August?  Kamala Harris running as VP with Joe Biden.  HUGE upside when that was announced!  I’m Canadian so it won’t affect me directly, but hopefully this can calm the USA a bit.

Russia announced that they have a vaccine for the virus.  They also rushed it’s release by skipping over some testing phases.  You take it, I’ll wait a year & see how you’re doing before I think about injecting something that hasn’t been properly tested.

Yeah, this vaccine hasn’t passed all of the phases yet.  It’s still a matter of “if” not “when”.

I learned a TON of scales on the guitar (I didn’t know them before).  Before it was more of “If I put my fingers this way it sounds like this, & I guess that’s called a C chord”.  Now I know the notes & what works within that key!  I’ve been playing my 7 string pretty much all week.  Learning some Trivium.  I’ll finish up “The Heart from Your Hate” today & tidy up a few other songs I used to play & other songs I’ve been playing with on my acoustic while watching baseball.  The most difficult part of learning this song was remembering what part came next & how many times do I repeat that part?

Fingers & arms are good though.  Not nearly as bad as in that video I posted, I got nervous.  Lots of people can play while knowing they’re being filmed, I can’t do anything serious in front of any camera.

This is guitar tabulature.  I’ve been working mostly on the chord part & inserting some of the lead guitar stuff.  I’ve never attempted any lead part really.

https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/tab/trivium/the-heart-from-your-hate-guitar-pro-2123435

Speaking of baseball, the Toronto Blue Jays had Thursday off.  Tonight is the start of them playing every day for 28 days straight.  I’m pretty sure there are 2 days in there that they play 2 games in one day.

I stated at the start of the year that “This is my year”.  I also said in trhe last post that the rest of August will be great.  Well I’ve only stated those things once each.  I think I’ll keep that silent from now on, bad things have happened in that small sampling & I don’t want to test that theory anymore……& now I sound like Donald Trump, SHEESH!

Not a great week.  I see a STRONG Gin & Bubbly tonight while watching the game!

 

“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

LEARN FROM IT, FORGET ABOUT IT, AND MOVE ON

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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.

You’re welcome!

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris

“Listen to one another”-Ellen Degeneres