NO EXERCISE TODAY

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300 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

200 Crunches

200 Leg lifts

100 Squats while balancing on my toes.

100 Back flexes

No walking or stairs this week.

2 days of yoga

Woke up at 3:30 am Thursday morning, ate fast food for a late supper at 8:00 pm last night.  Rolled around in bed feeling terrible until 2:00 am last night wide awake then commenced to throw up until 5:30 am or so.  Drinking water (dehydrated), still aching, & a little warm.  Sorry this is late I just woke up.  This was mostly written Thursday morning.

 

I worked out to “Foo Fighters” a few times this week!  Oh my does that get my heart pumping!

I guess listening to my favourite band while exercising helps get me moving?!  If only it added muscle to my tooth pick sized legs, at least I see a little improvement there.  Arms, chest, & shoulders are much easier to see & feel the improvement in.  I guess I am “Something from Nothing”

This story has stuck with me since they’re first appearance on the show.  #AXEALS

I had stage 4 brain cancer, I beat it & now get the opportunity to beat the lasting effects of it.  You don’t get that opportunity when diagnosed with A.L.S.  The fact that there’s a medication out there that can slow the effects of the disease & it’s not available is ridiculous!  Let’s make it available!

I woke up at 3:20 am Thursday morning.  My brain won’t stop, you’d think I’d be smarter!?  Got up, had breakfast, wrote some of this & then went to exercise in silence, too early for the stereo!  My post for Tuesday is ½ done, I had breakfast, exercised, & its 6:49 am.

Get all of my stuff done, feed Brewster.  Kim gets up to shower & go to work and our walk in shower that I have to use is broken.  The diverter broke off this morning.  No shower for me until later.  Instead I watched the 2 hour series finale of “Criminal Minds”.  Thank goodness “Prodigal Son” is here to fill the void of a creepy serial killer show!

Saturday is the first Spring Training game for the Toronto Blue Jays!  You know what I’ll be doing Saturday afternoon!

I was going to post some videos of myself playing a song on each guitar.  I didn’t since my left arm is day to day as far as control goes.  It’s coming along but slower than I anticipated.  I do practice a LOT though.

 

“Lamb of God” has a single out, “Trivium” has something coming out soon, & “Foo Fighters” are done recording their new album & have announced, what I hope is only a portion of a tour.  If only the “Megadeth”, “Lamb of God”, “Trivium”, & “In Flames” tour would come near Saskatchewan?

 

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“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

I HIT A WALL…HARD!  A PAUSE, NOT A STOP

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300 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

400 Crunches

300 Leg lifts

200 Squats while balancing on my toes.

200 Back flexes

268.5 meters = 880.9 feet walking distance.  No rest period.  Quality not quantity!

2 days of yoga

I fell asleep to “Stone Temple Pilots” the album “Purple”

I exercised to “Audioslave” the album “Audioslave”

 

Everything is going really well, just a minor hiccup this week.  I like to get up early & get things done typically.  Tuesday my body refused to get out of bed until 10:00 am?  I got up & did my exercises ASAP, ended up being a shorter day than usual but still a beneficial day.  I managed to get more repetitions in during my exercise.

Wednesday was worse I slept/stayed in bed until 11:20 am.  I only got up because I had to pee.  I decided to skip my morning exercises & just go walking with my walker when Kim got home.  I had to do something?  I was too tired to even pick up a guitar for a productive practice.

Not sure what was going on.  I go to bed between 10:00 – 10:30 pm every night as usual.  Wednesday seemed REALLY short.  Did my walking when Kim got home & near the end of 268.5 meters of walking I got hot & tired.  A couple of minor hiccups near the end as I got tired, but I guess that’s to be expected.  Overall it wasn’t bad.  It finally felt somewhat normal to walk.  I didn’t have to think about certain aspects of walking, my body was doing a lot of things naturally.  I was pretty happy with that!

Get up Thursday morning at 8:00 am & everything feels right again!  Breakfast, exercise, coffee and a snack, shower, lunch, etc & all is in order.

Once this is posted, my long weekend starts!  3 day weekend in parts of Canada.  Monday is “Family Day” & there is some family coming to town.  Should be a great weekend!

 

“Lamb of God’s” “Laid to Rest” was my favourite metal song & favourite metal band but “Trivium” & their song “Heart from Your Hate” are really making a run.  The last “In Flames” album from the Swedish metal group was FANTASTIC too!  Those have been my 3 favourite metal bands since I heard them in 2005-2006.  Trivium & Lamb of God are easily in my top 10 bands overall.  Yes, Metallica, Pantera, & Megadeth are among my favourite metal groups.  Foo Fighters & Big Wreck always share the absolute gold standard for me musically, out of any bands!

HAPPY, HAPPY, JOY, JOY “Foo Fighters” are done recording the new album!  It’s a podcast, there is LANGUAGE!  Skip ahead to the 45 minute mark if you’d like to hear Dave Grohl.  I zipped through the interview but didn’t hear about a release date?

https://loudwire.com/foo-fighters-done-new-album-2020/?fbclid=IwAR0mFqj2WuGcJKyl3-YzPDgpoAeq7EUJlxmuH4uV4Su1Py-9ozZjiCqPxrM

 

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“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

DAYS & WEEKS ARE TOO SHORT, MONTHS & YEARS ARE TOO LONG

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I fell asleep to “Pink” the album “Hurts 2B Human”

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I REALLY slept in today, gotta eat breakfast & exercise still, Brewster’s still in bed.  I’m WAY behind today.  I’ll post this & likely disappear for the day online.

I feel VERY similar to what Dave Grohl said in the Foo Fighters documentary “Back & Forth”.

‘I called the album “Wasting Light” because I don’t want to waste any daylight.’  I’m paraphrasing but that’s what he sort of said & that’s exactly how I feel.  Not enough time to accomplish everything I want to in a day.

I like to get up around 7:00 am & early on in the week that is a very accurate time for me to be awake and exercising, later on in the week its closer to 8:00 or 8:30 am.  I try to go to bed at 10:00 pm, but I lay awake until 1:00 am or so thinking about what I need to do the next day.  I drive Kim nuts since I’m always thinking about something down the road.  I try to tone it down but I can’t help it.

I had an appointment with my psychiatrist on Monday.  Very quick appointment.  All is very good.  Got refills for my medication & was out of there within 3 minutes.  I’m good, unless I need to go, for 6 months!  “I’m not crazy cause I take the right pills everyday”

When my PRS guitar comes in April, I plan to have a video of opening it for the first time & audio clips of me with the other guitars….I better get practicing!

I’ve been practicing/playing a TON!  Should be able to send out an audio clip of the new 7 string playing “Stacked Actors” by “Foo Fighters” next week.  “Metallica’s” song “Master of Puppets” might take a while, it’s FAST but it’s coming along.  I’m a BIG Foo Fighters fan, you might get 2 of those in the not so distant future.  Yeah I noticed I head bang a bit when I play guitar.  I broke the Metallica intro into 4 parts, I’m working on the last 2 parts of it now.  I just need to speed up the last 2 parts.  Seems to help with playing other songs, many that I’ve never played live or even attempted to play.

There was a North American tour announced on Monday from 4 metal bands.  Megadeth, Lamb of God, Trivium, & In Flames.  It was called a North American tour since they added 4 dates in Eastern Canada, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec, & Laval.  No Mexico or Western Canada.  That story’s getting REALLY old.  I think bands/promoters are unaware that a show here of any kind will sell out in a few days.  Megadeth has played Regina, & the other 3 bands have all played in Saskatoon in the last 8 years.  So why not all together this time?  Even Metallica played Saskatoon but now anything west of Ontario isn’t worth taking our money?  That’s my dream metal concert!  OK, CDs it is I guess!

^^^Don’t give him crap for his voice please?  What were you doing when you were 17?  Making your 2nd major label metal album that’s considered an underground masterpiece?

 

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ONLY I CAN FIX ME

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260 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

600 Crunches

450 Leg lifts

300 Squats while balancing on my toes.

300 Back flexes

32 stairs up & down.  8 with the railing and my cane which was not pretty!

179 meters = 587.27 feet walking distance with no rest periods.  Quality not quantity!

2 days of yoga

I fell asleep to “Metallica” the album “Master of Puppets”

I exercised to “Foo Fighters” the album “There is Nothing Left to Lose”

I learned a good chunk of the Foo Fighters song on the 7 string & I’ll tackle the main riff & verse of the Metallica song shortly.  I’m doing most of this by ear & memory.  I’m sure some of it will need to be looked up.

 

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https://www.redcross.ca/

 

I could easily sit around & complain about anything.  I’ve been there & done that.  Nobody is about to swoop in & make everything OK.  So it is what it is.  I’m in a wheelchair, I have an iPatch.  My eye has to fix itself, it’s a nerve problem that I went to see a specialist about & she couldn’t guarantee anything.  I’m in a wheelchair, nobody else can fix that for me.  My therapists gave me the tools & knowledge of what to do & got me to a point where it was up to me.  Everybody can help & does help, I have to put their knowledge & assistance into action & apply it.

Here’s an example.  When I go walking I have to think about am I standing up straight, are my heels hitting the floor first, is my stride too big, are my feet the proper distance apart, am I kicking my walker, etc.  I’m at a point where Kim doesn’t have to hold me but she’s there to help me make sure I’m remembering to do everything properly.

When I do stairs it’s completely different.  She’s there to make sure I don’t fall.  Nothing is perfect about my form, it’s about building my leg muscles to walk up & down the stairs properly.  I tried doing stairs with the railing & a cane once, that didn’t work out very well.  I’ll try it again a different way until I can get into a decent form and practice that.  Nobody is going to do that for me, they can suggest other ways to approach it, I have to try it & see if it’s a possibility.

We live on the 3rd/top floor of a condo.  There was an evening the elevator wasn’t working & I had tickets to see “Big Wreck” in concert.  I was standing at the top of the stairwell holding the railing & Brewster’s leash.  An older woman came in to use the stairs.  She had a broken foot & was complaining about the elevator & how it affected her evening.  She made it down the stairs & I’m sure it hurt and wasn’t easy.  I could hear her talking to Kim at the bottom of the stairs who had carried my wheelchair down for me.  Kim told the lady she was carrying my chair.  “Oh!  He’s in a wheelchair?  That’s his?”  I wasn’t going to miss “Big Wreck” because of a broken elevator.  Whatever plans the lady had, she wasn’t about to sit around and complain about her broken foot and the broken elevator.  We both had things that required more effort to do than we originally thought.  The world’s not perfect, we all have to deal with something.

I didn’t even think of this on the day, I’m editing this on Thursday right now.  February 5th 2008 was a Tuesday.  That was the day I passed out at work.  I was a printing press operator.  I had nearly finished setting up what I think was my 2nd printing job of the day, so it would have been in the morning.  Two of my co-workers came to see me as I was making some adjustments to the colour.  They both commented on how pale I looked.  I felt fine & thought nothing of it.  Within 5 minutes I had everything ready to go & I laid down on the catwalk of the press.  I knew something wasn’t right.  I called for one of my co-workers, who had taken over my press for me, to call 911 for me.  The Paramedics were there ASAP, I was still conscious.  I couldn’t stand up to get into the wheelchair they had for me.  They wheeled me out the front door on a gurney into the back of the ambulance.  Somebody had called Kim at work.  She came into the back of the ambulance just before we left from my work.  As she entered the ambulance I said to her “Don’t worry sweetie, everything will be OK” then I lost consciousness as soon as I finished the sentence.  From what I’m told I was talkative until I went into emergency surgery for the bleeding mass in the back of my head.  4 or 5 weeks after 2 days of 3 brain surgeries, I came out of a coma that the doctors said I had a %5-%15 of ever coming out of.  The story’s not done yet, but that’s how it started.

Well Kim & my in-laws swooped in & took care of my oops.  She ordered the Epiphone Matt Heafy custom 7 string Les Paul for my birthday.  It came in on Tuesday and she gave it to me that evening after supper & helping me with stairs.  What she said to me was the best gift I could receive.  She told me she was proud of me & how much work I’ve been putting in to my recovery!

After almost 4 hours of playing the 7 string on Wednesday I can confirm my suspicion…..IT IS ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE!

I’ve ordered a PRS guitar already that should be here in mid-April.  No we’re not rich.  I saved up by asking only for money, a watch, & a few minor guitar related things for Christmas & my birthday.  Kim of course helped me save as well.  Her overtime cash was spent on the 7 string.  I was constantly kicking myself about it when it went out of production 2 or 3 days after I placed my order for the PRS.  That is the end of my guitar purchasing.  I have an acoustic guitar & once the PRS comes in that will make 5 electrics.  All different body styles, colours, sounds, & tunings other than the 2 Les Paul body styles & 2 black Epiphones, 1 is the 7 string.  Yes I play all of them for as long as I can after my exercise every day.  If it’s ever a possibility to rent a Dave Grohl signature 335 Gibson hollow-body, a Chris Shiflett signature Telecaster deluxe (that I’d likely fall in love with), or if I ever see a Telecaster with a single coil pickup in the neck & a humbucker pickup at the bridge, those would be my rentals.  I love Foo Fighters so the Chris Shiflett (lead guitarist of Foo Fighters) Telecaster would be AMAZING to try!

If they made them & I couldn’t even imagine spending over $5000 on a guitar, I would have ordered a full on PRS McCarty 594 in a semi-hollow body.  This guitar, but semi-hollow!  This is likely just over $6000 in Canada already!  This one does 16 pickup combinations, the one I ordered will do 6 and it is semi-hollow.

I am more than happy with what I have now!  Even playing one of these is a VERY distant pipe dream!  I used to play guitar & after more than an 11 year hiatus due to cancer, I’ve started again & forgot how much I missed it.  I’m SO lucky to be able to get my life back after surviving brain cancer.

There’s a photo of me with the guitar & a video of me doing stairs, just to exercise my legs.  Tried doing stairs with a cane & railing, I’m not there yet, I need more strength & practice.

 

HOLY CRAP!  A  TOOL Lego set!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

https://loudwire.com/tool-lego-set/?fbclid=IwAR0ep8Arx4sw9f0ObMjmDZRp0v8Fy2SFg91-tWaVsOghFrS7yzXdPL62-YE

New Lamb of God album out on May 8th

Also great news to hear is that Megadeth front man, Dave Mustaine, is cancer free after a battle with throat cancer.

Another couple of tunes from the upcoming album by Haley Williams of Paramore.  I would think by now she’d have a release date announced?

 

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PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, etc.

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I fell asleep to “Trivium” the album “Silence in the Snow”

I exercised to “Dio” the album “Lock up the Wolves”

 

Here’s the Canadian Red Cross website if you’d prefer to donate there for my birthday.  Donate whatever amount you like whenever you like please?  My birthday is on Thursday if you want a specific date.  I did extend the donation date on Facebook to mid-February though.

https://www.redcross.ca/

 

I have an appointment at the cancer clinic in a few months.  I’m SO ready to either stop going there or request a different doctor.  Every time I think of it, the first thing that pops into my mind is “I’m a month over 11 years cancer free.  How many more years do I have to keep coming here?  Is she going to bluntly call me fat……again?”  Needles don’t bug me, an MRI can depending which machine I’m in.  Apparently CT scans aren’t good enough for the substitute doctor I saw last time.  I find that odd, other doctors have no problem with a CT scan.

I’ll cause a scene & blatantly refuse to enter the MRI machine at the hospital.  “Here are some ear plugs since it’s pretty noisy in there.  Here’s a bean bag to throw if something goes wrong.”  Then they shove me into a tiny tube, on my back, & it’s not big enough for my shoulders.  If it’s that machine, it ain’t happening.  I’m EXTREMELY claustrophobic, and they also tell me to not move my head for the next 10 minutes.  Easier said than done when you have nothing to look at.

I can deal with needles & noise.  I listen to LOUD music.  The inside of any MRI machine is INCREDIBLY loud despite the required ear plugs.  What I can’t stand is an EXTREMELY RUDE doctor, having to be shoved in an incredibly small tube, & having to put on a mask over my entire face that is so close that it squishes my nose.

I’m 6’1” and probably just under 230 pounds.  I hadn’t seen my cousin in over a decade and had just recently met her common-law husband.  I asked them “How much do you think I weigh?  Any number, I won’t be offended.”  They went with 185.  I haven’t been that weight since I graduated high school!  At the time I was 240.  If I get told I’m “fat” from a 5’0” doctor again, I might have to pull a Jennifer Lopez on her “Listen up you little bitch!”  Grow a foot, exercise daily, eat what I eat, and say that again to my face.  I’d never be that rude/aggressive/blunt with a doctor trying to help me, it would be funny in the proper context though.

I’ve started playing guitar again.  You would think I’d get frustrated at times, not the case.  I can’t play up to the tempo of a song but I’m very, very close.  I can physically do everything I used to do on guitar, it’s just a matter of speeding up my left hand & arm, which is normal I guess?  I’ve always thought that playing an acoustic guitar is more difficult than an electric that will mask the mistakes through the amplifier.  I’ve picked 2 songs to learn and it’s gonna be a lot of acoustic guitar learning of those 2 songs.  My brother is a guitar wiz & will help me get things back to the proper tempo.  Once I get those down on acoustic guitar.  I would think other stuff I used to play will fall into place after a few times through a song.

I do find relearning guitar more difficult than the first time around.  Probably in part to being comfortable in a wheelchair with a guitar & having so many issues with the left side of my body being weaker.  I am learning new scales/patterns on the fret board & finger exercise to build up those muscles though.  There’s no easy way to go about it, much like my exercise.  The only thing that will make it better is practice & repetition.

I think a lot of that is lost now.  A lot of people seem to crave instant gratification.  I’m guilty of it too.  I’d like to have my birthday guitar by now since my birthday was on Thursday.  It won’t get here until at least mid-April without delays.  Lots of people have a cell phone.  That’s fine, a personal choice if you ask me.  Many people have their email & social media accounts on their phones.  Does anyone ever wonder what it was like before cell phones were all the rage?  You’d send an email & wait until that person had finished school or work for the day & would eventually check their email.  I know I would find a cell phone annoying.  Kim has a cell phone, when she’s home & leaves it on the couch to do something elsewhere & it bings/vibrates the entire couch, it drives me nuts.  I’ve gotten used to it, but it still bothers me.

If it ever gets to the point that land lines are abolished, I’ll get a cell phone but nobody will like the way I use it.  I’ll tell the salesperson when I activate it “I want it to only be able to accept & deliver phone calls please.  No texts, email, social media, photos, or apps please.  Phone calls and nothing but.”  It will come with me for emergencies only.  When I’m out it will be turned off unless needed, when I’m home & unoccupied I’ll turn it on.  If I get a text, I’ll call you back when I’m free.

 

There’s already quite a few albums out or about to come out this year,

“Haley Williams”

“Pearl Jam”

“Clint Lowery”

“Testament” that I’m not sure about yet.  I think a lot of their fans are Jewish, most fans seem to prefer the Old Testament?

“Mark Morton” guitarist from “Lamb of God” who are done recording their new album.

I was watching a “Trivium” demo, I watched and saw him playing the now discontinued 7 string & I thought “I could play that rhythm part if I had a 7 string guitar.”  I must be a sucker for punishment.

I always thought it would be more difficult.  That’s as difficult as the “Metallica” rhythm parts I used to play & sing to when I had no clue as to what I was doing!!??!!  I was listening to Corey Beaulieu on the right instead of Matt Heafy playing the Epiphone on the left when I was listening to the albums. All of that being said, Matt Heafy is a very well rounded guitar player & capable of much more.  Sorry about the guitar reference, it’s a passion & my favourite hobby.  You’ll miss the guitar talk once baseball starts.  What’s worse than watching baseball?  Reading about it!

 

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Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

P.S. There will be a Facebook video on Friday of my exercise that you haven’t seen.

KIM’S BIG DAY AT WORK

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I fell asleep to “Trivium” the album “The Sin & the Sentence”

I exercised to “Devin Townsend Project” the album “Epicloud”

 

Here’s the Canadian Red Cross website if you’d prefer to donate there for my birthday.  Donate whatever amount you like whenever you like please?  My birthday is on Thursday if you want a specific date.  I did extend the donation date on Facebook to mid-February though.

https://www.redcross.ca/

 

Today is Kim’s BIG day at work.  Her big photo shoot at work.  She’s been working REALLY hard at this.  She has put in a lot of overtime, especially in the last 2 weeks & she’s been editing practice photos at home on her laptop.  I couldn’t be more proud of her!  She’ll have a great day, she has definitely put the work in for this project which should lead to bigger things for her.  I hope this doesn’t lead to more work/overtime.  She’s been coming home completely exhausted.

I was bummed for too long about it!  It’s in the past & I can’t change it.  Time to “LIVE IN THE NOW”

I found myself looking at other 7 string guitars over the weekend, but none of them had all of the same things in one guitar.  In the end it was a fruitless endeavor.  Everything looks like the maker is trying too hard to make it look like a ‘metal’ guitar or the guitar would only have one aspect I was looking for.

https://www.long-mcquade.com/22227/Guitars/Electric_Guitars/Gibson/Matt_Heafy_Les_Paul_Custom_7_String_Electric_Guitar.htm

I can’t complain, things are good!  I’ve gotten over my guitar blunder, now only time will mend the last little bit of my broken heart.  The one I ordered can’t get here soon enough, I’m more than a wee bit excited for its arrival in April!!!!!  Actually I’m FREAKIN’ EXCITED!!!!!

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

That PRS guitar goodness coming in a couple of months & in a couple of weeks I get to watch some Toronto Blue Jays spring training baseball.  Air conditioning, baseball, & CFL football.  That’s my trifecta of every summer.  The heat & I don’t get along.  If you want to find me in the summer, you’ll likely find me in the house, with the blinds closed, watching baseball, with the A/C on to 22 Celcius.  If Kim wasn’t cold at that temperature the A/C would be set at 20 Celcius.

Kim & I, my brother & sister-in-law (Mitch & Rachel), took my Grandparents out for lunch on Sunday.  We had a really good visit over lunch & coffee.  The restaurant wasn’t very busy yet, so it was a nice quiet spot to visit for a couple of hours.

I was getting a little tired from my exercise.  I completely crashed on the weekend, ended up sleeping most of the day on Friday after my exercise in the EARLY morning.  We were all set on Saturday to get some house chores done, and then the power went out for 3 hours shortly after we were all set to go.  I threw in the towel & crawled back into bed.  Ended up being a broken weekend for us.  Now after the weekend, I feel good & back on track again.  I’ll call it a little hiccup for now.

Just so we’re all clear here, there won’t be Facebook photos here all of the time.  I know that not everyone is fond of social media.  There might be a little burst in the next few weeks but I’ll let you know when a photo appears on Facebook.

In other news, I came across some guy who was totally against the new “Meatless Meatball Sub at Subway” fine with me.  He stated that it’s “made with chemicals that cause cancer” fair enough.  I had cancer in 2008 before the meatless craze.  What he failed to mention is that alcohol, tobacco, burnt food, etc. are all said to cause cancer & they’re all legal.  In the end is it not up to each person to decide what they put in their body?  I drink alcohol, I eat meatless stuff & real meat, drink dairy milk since my family have friends that run a dairy farm.  Eat what you want, stand up for whatever cause you like, maybe you’ll swing some people to your side?  Don’t be afraid to form your own opinion though.  I have opinions that others don’t agree with either.

You’re afraid of GMOs that’s fine with me, there’s science supporting both sides of that argument, more so for the use of GMOs.  You’re allowed to choose how you live your life as is anyone else.  Social media is eye opening in that way.  People can be set in a certain state of mind & that can be both good & bad.

I couldn’t care less, the meatless/beyond meat stuff is fine as is the other stuff.  For me, it’s about reasonable/healthy moderation.

 

“Haley Williams” of “Paramore” is releasing a solo album, the first single is stuck in my head constantly & it’s FANTASTIC!

Here is a taste of the last “Paramore” album if you forgot.

 

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Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

MANSPLAING WHY LESS IS MORE FOR ME. 

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I fell asleep to “Ronnie James Dio aka Dio” the album “Angry Machines”

I exercised to “Trivium” the album “In Waves”

 

Here’s the Canadian Red Cross website if you’d prefer to donate there for my birthday.  Donate whatever amount you like whenever you like please?

https://www.redcross.ca/

 

We did have our “niece” over on the weekend for a sleepover at “Auntie” Kim’s.  Our “nephew” came over with his mom to pick up his sister.  He’s not 2 years old until the spring but he likes my wheelchair and his “Uncle” Chris.  Follows me into the bathroom, I lock my wheels, he’s behind my chair at the doorway, & all I hear is “Uncle…..uncle…..uncle….uncle?”  Then he just wants to push his sister around our place in the wheelchair.  How can you say “No” to that!  Too cute!!!!!

Haven’t really spent money on music, grrrr.  Tried to add more streaming music the other night and it tells me this is “Not available in your region”, & that’s why I’d prefer to use iTunes or even better purchase CD’s.  “Hello streaming music I’m not a fan of you but let’s make this as pleasant as we can.  You do your job, and I’ll keep quiet”.  I’ve been listening to older rock and metal.  TONS of older stuff by “Megadeth”, that I’ve owned for quite a while.  I’ve been getting into “The Cure”, “Dio”, more “Queen” & I now listen & own all but one album from “The Darkness”.  My brother can’t stand them.  I use to play or sing their first hit at band rehearsal just to pester him.

This high voice is about all I can do now.  My falsetto’s there, my real voice…..not so much.  I might start answering the phone like this, apparently it’s easier to understand?!

“Queen” & “Dio” are the 2 main worm holes I’m going down right now.  “Iron Maiden” & “Testament” I’ve had for a while now & often go back to.  The music I listen to seems to go in waves. Pop, blues, disco, funk, rrrroooocccckkkk, & mmmmeeeettttaaaallll.

The entire guitar deal is that my left hand & arm are/were pretty much useless.  Exercising & getting to a point where I had the hand muscle to form any chord was HUGE.  Sure I can whip off some impressive licks if you don’t know any better.  Thing is I’m still pretty green.  I knew a lot, I’ve learned WAY more.  My hand works.  I’ve got to speed my hand & arm up just a bit to get up to tempo.  I need to get certain parts of a song back into muscle memory.  It’s all there & most of it is VERY close.  My right arm & hand weren’t affected by brain cancer.  My strumming, rhythm, & guitar picking came back fine after 3 ½ years of therapy.  I’m sort of physically new somewhat & I’ve advanced, but I also know more of what I used to do & even what I could tackle next.  I’m a weird middle of the road beginner at this point, that’s what I’d call myself on guitar.  I’m just SO happy that I can make things sound like an actual song.  Yes I play/practice a LOT!

Why would I like to own 5 electric guitars?  I see many stay at home players with dozens of guitars.  I don’t need or want that many, I’m not that versatile.  The reason for multiple guitars is different tunings and/or sounds.  Excuse me while I mansplain my reasons.

Just watch enough of the www.youtube.com video to get a good look at the guitar, you don’t need to watch the entire video.  I’ll put up links to the Facebook photos of my guitars on here & the photos on the Facebook page for this blog.  Hopefully the links work if you don’t have a Facebook account.

My 3 electrics all sound different & are in different tunings.  The Fender Telecaster is very much geared towards country & blues music (tuned to standard E) with single coil pickups.  Same body style & pickups.  Different colour & model.  Mine is a much darker wood grain, & it’s my autographed guitar.  I learned some blues sounding chords to play it.  Foo Fighters “For All the Cows” sounds great on it!

My Epiphone Explorer is in a different tuning (Eb) & set for rock & metal music (active EMG pickups extra $200).  Same colour, style, & brand.  Different model & pickups were changed to EMGs ASAP.  Dave Grohl used to play a Gibson Explorer that was the initial reason for getting it.  It’s now my main guitar.  Epiphone is a more affordable version of Gibson, cheaper parts & wood.

My Les Paul knock off is extremely heavy (the weight of 2 Gibson Les Paul’s) & it holds lower tunings very well, so it’s tuned to D instead of the standard E (stock & loud humbucker pickups).  Same body shape, darker green, & probably different pickups.  Mine is not a Gibson or Epiphone brand, much more inexpensive, as heavy as can be, also mine has a metal plate on the back where the neck/fret board is bolted to the body.  I don’t have Grover tuners or a coil tap switch.

The other 2 I’d like are different in other ways.  7 strings instead of 6, different EMG pickups (I paid $200 to switch my Explorer pickups to EMGs), love the shape of the Les Paul & I’m gonna make it happen!  The PRS is a definite go with different pickups, semi-hollow, love the shape, locking tuners, Tremolo Bridge & bar, etc.  Definitely getting the PRS, and the more I watch demos of the Limited Edition 7 string Epiphone that 2nd place is by a hair.  At least I know what I like.  They’re both pretty & practical.  A non-guitar player likely won’t get this.

I should be able to order the PRS guitar by the end of March, then I’ll start saving ASAP for the Matt Heafy 7 string limited edition Epiphone and Kim’s dream vacation to Hawaii.  Half of what I save will go to the guitar, the other half will be saved for Hawaii.  You may think a guitar is a waste of money & that’s fine.  I spend my money mostly on music or music related stuff.

I survived cancer, my wife has been more than cool with this situation despite the times where I’ve been a mess mentally, our extended & immediate families have been great & I can’t rave enough about how great our friends have been, despite me being a complete wreck at times!  We’ve been cash poor since February of 2008.  We’re not trying to catch up to the rest of the world like we were, we just want to feel comfortable in our situation.

Yeah, I’m becoming obsessed with these 2 guitars.

The PRS guitar, I’ll order in the spring, then wait 90 days for it to get here.  If it wasn’t for us living in Canada + the 11% tax between the federal & provincial tax, I’d have it already.  The Epiphone Les Paul 7 string would take 2 days to get here.  Half the price of the PRS guitar but VERY different.  I’ll be saving for both that guitar & a trip to wherever Kim wants to go.  It will likely take me longer to save the cash, so I likely won’t get it anytime soon.  No we’re not going into debt for any of this.  We’re saving by cutting back on other things, such as iTunes (yeah I’ll be using that streaming garbage), coffee & tea from Tim Hortons, etc.

This year, more so than others, I’m all about quality over quantity.  On the guitar side of things, 5 different electric guitars would each serve a different purpose.  My acoustic guitar is for perfecting the imperfections masked by the guitar amplifier.  My exercise is the same mentality.  Each individual exercise serves a different purpose.  Less repetitions with more focus on the quality of the repetitions.

I’m going to pick 4 songs that I’ve learned & make them perfect.  Rhythm, tempo, & technicality, while continuing the finger exercises that got me to this point.  Lead guitar doesn’t really interest me, but learning more about guitar will help me.  Always something to learn!  If I could sell a guitar I would but there are unwritten rules that I have for myself as to why I can’t sell a guitar.  A) I can’t sell my first guitar.  B) An autographed guitar.  C) My main guitar given to me by my wife (girlfriend at the time).  D) I can’t sell my only acoustic guitar.

Now we just need to move so I can turn my guitar amp past 2 on the volume nob.  Ah condos!

 

DC movies are reinventing themselves to be more realistic, a bit darker, while maintaining the aura of a comic book movie.  I’m in!  Margot Robbie plays “Harley Quinn” so well!

I watched “Joker” with Joaquin Phoenix twice since Saturday.  Hands down as movie of the year for me.  Definitely not for kids.  Rated R for a reason.

 

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Chris

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