Category: Things to do

Guitar playing

One of the things I like the most about being single is the opportunity to play my guitar more often. This winter I bought an Epiphone Dot. Epiphone, is a brand bought out by Gibson many years ago, and mant of their guitars are less expensive copies of their premium line. Mine is similar to the Gibson ES-335. You can see a picture of it below. It has the same humbuckers that the ES-335 has, and can deliver nice rich tones.

Of course with the Internet, there isn't any shortage of tutorials, lessons, music, and tabs to be found. Some of the lessons I quite often take a look at for free are offered by Steve Krenz whose tutorials are often featured on the Gibson website. Here is one his tutorials below:

I like the way he explains some of the things in this video. It's in keeping with my own way of thinking; like when he talks about playing in the key of Gm but using Bb major as the scale to improvise over the chord changes with. Of course the downside to this way of thinking is you have to keep in mind the main notes are form the Gm triad, not Bb.

I also like the way he describes using octaves in the famous Wes Montgomery style, and although it's simple enough in theory, it takes a lot of practice to use this technique and make it sound good. Of course... maybe that's just because I'm not used to it.

For those of you who aren't satisfied catching a lesson here and there,  Steve Krenz offers the Gibson s Learn & Master Guitar course. You  get 10 instructional DVDs, 5 Jam-along CDs, 100+ page lesson book and online support. Click here to learn more about it.

There's no doubt about it! Being single certainly gives you a lot more time to pursue your interests, whether it's playing the guitar, hunting, fishing or whatever you like to do. This is a good thing :-) You can spend hours jamming out, learning new tunes, or just playing along with tunes you find on the Internet.

At one time I even thought about taking up the fiddle. But I couldn't stand my own noise. I guess it's best for me if I just stick to the guitar.


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Deer Hunting

One year I had a guide license for deer hunting and I was taking a fellow through the woods. He was only a few feet behind me when a shot rang out north of us. The bullet from that shot lodged in a tree between us. He freaked!! He thought someone was taking a shot at him. He parked his butt on a tree the wind had blown down and demanded I take him out of the woods right now.

I said, "That's a little crazy, isn't it? Why would you think someone was taking a shot at you? There is obviously a hunting party just north of us, and there must be a deer running this way. There's a ravine just over there. I bet if we go over and watch we can spot the deer they are chasing."

No sir!! He wasn't getting off that stump. Again he demanded I get him out of there. I said I would, and I'd be back in a few minutes. I was just going to take a look down the ravine first.

Well I startled the deer who was coming at a dead run down the ravine. It saw me and was angling up through the trees on the other side. I was a little too fast trying to get into action, and I'm afraid I likely just plugged a tree myself. But the angle I was shooting at was safe; the bank to the other side of the steep ravine was where my bullet would have gone if it didn't hit the deer or a tree.

But then the fellow I was guiding freaked even more and hollered at me and asked what the hell I was shooting at. I dunno'.... some people shouldn't even be allowed in the woods....

I often have people ask me what the deer hunting is like in Nova Scotia. I usually tell them that if you look pretty sharp you can usually spot one or two. The video was taken in Kemptown, Nova Scotia, April of last year. Watch it carefully. You might see that one or two that I spoke of 😉


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Fifty Things to Do When You Turn Fifty

You hear a lot of people in their 30's and 40's complain about getting old. But you don't hear it so much in people who are 50+. They've learned more about enjoying life, and learned to stop complaining. Really, no one is listening anyway.

Ronnie Sellers, author of Fifty Things to Do When You Turn Fifty says:

"That was okay in your 30s and 40s, but now that you're old, it's time to shut up on the subject"

The book is story and excerpts from experts and celebrities from all walks of life on the subject of turning 50. One review said:

"A friend gave me this for a birthday present and I took it along as an easy read while flying cross country. It was a light, easy read with short 3-5 page chapters written by well-known individuals..."

Anyone who has experience can tell you it isn't such a bad thing. I recall having older people tell me 20-30 years ago, that your mindset at 50+ is pretty well the same as it was when you were in your middle 20s or even 30s. The vessel grows older, but your mind stays locked in the same place. I know that sounds a little hard to believe.... but when you stop to think about it you will see that it's true.
Another reviewer said:

"I read this book in almost one sitting. I found the advice helpful, as well as entertaining. I have three friends turning 50 in March and bought a copy for each of them. I'm trying to make my year of turning 50 pivotal. This book helped me wrap my brain around saying "I'm Fifty."

But there are a lot of things at 50 you don't appreciate as much as you once did, even though you still have the 35-30 mindset any longer. And some of this is based on slowing down....

1. You don't care for fast food as much
2. You don't care for fast women as much
3. You don't care for "get rich quick" info as much
4. You don't care for young people's fast and loose tongues as much
5. You don't care for quick fixes
6. And you don't care for "Minute Rice"

You can buy this book from Amazon.com They say:

"Everything you should know and a lot more that will make you laugh and think. A must read for those turning 50, this book will help you make the most of a milestone year. All royalties will be donated to benefit cancer research. This is a fabulous 50th birthday gift, and a lot more useful than an Over the Hill coffee mug and black balloons!"

If you would like to know more about it, click here.


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Things to do without much money

I  think one of the most important things to do if you're 50+ and single  is to make sure you get out of the house and do something.  There really isn't any excuse why you can't. I know.... a lot of people say they don't have much money and can't afford to do anything, but there are lots of fun things you can do without a whole lot of cash.

Hiking: Get out  of the city/town and go find a friend to go on a nature hike. Most provinces and States have nature trails. It's sure to lift your spirits.

Biking: I often bike in the summer time here in Nova Scotia. There are a lot of back roads to explore. And by biking, I don't mean an expensive motor-bike or ATV. Just a regular bike. Mine is a 18-speed mountain bike, which is great for some of the back roads I take it on. It's amazing some of the things you can see and do while on a bike.

One time on a woods trail my daughter and I came around a steep bend on a woods road to see a coyote pup playing in the middle of the road. The mother wasn't far away, but we didn't bother them, and they didn't bother us. We also stopped on the ride to pick some raspberries and wild strawberries that were growing wild beside the path we were on.

Fishing: It doesn't cost much to go fishing. Pack a lunch and make it a day trip.

Bowling: There are lots of places if you're single and 55 and over where you can join bowling teams. Even if you have to go by yourself, you're sure to make some new friends.

Card parties: Well this one certainly doesn't need any explanation.

Start a business: Hey! If you're passionate about something and need to earn some extra cash, there isn't any reason why you can't start a little business. This one will certainly take up your free time. Believe me! I know this to be true!!

Volunteer:  I'm sure you can find some places where you live that are always looking for volunteers.  What a great way to meet people. And you can feel good about your day when it's over because you have helped out.

Take a course: A lot of the community collages these days have courses and programs for older people. Check out what is available. It's another great way to meet people and keep your mind sharp.


Weekend road trips:  In the Summer time it's easy enough to throw a pup tent in the trunk of your car and just go for a cruise. Most provincial/state campground don't charge much for pitching a tent. You can take your meals mostly prepared with you, or buy stuff along the way that isn't overly expensive.

Throw a BBQ party: And make sure some of the friends you invite over are musicians. Nothing like a good steak, a little wine, and a lot of dancing.

There's always things you can do. The beauty about being single, is you can make plans without having to pass it by anyone else. You can do exactly what you want, when you want to. I think it's a good thing.


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