Vlog 42 – Going To San Diego & Buying A New Guitar

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It’s been way too long since I’ve done an actual vlog, so I decided to bust one out while I was doing laundry on Sunday.

As you may have noticed, I got new glasses last week. I didn’t like them initially because I thought they made me look like I had bug-eyes or something, but I’m warming up to them.

The big thing that happened last week was that I got my orders!! I’ll be flying over to Point Loma in San Diego on the 23rd of November! I can’t wait!

Although I had some hiccups in the beginning (hardware is a totally different animal than software), things are looking good for me school-wise. As of today, I have 6.4 days worth of school left according to my progress report.

I just can’t wait to go to San Diego! Not to take anything away from TSC; I’m just looking forward to progressing in my Navy career!

With a lot of the guys from my boot camp division graduating their respective schools and getting orders for their next command, it just blows my mind to think that two months ago, we got on a bus at RTC in our dress whites and braved the 5 minute trip here. Then again, some days it feels like I’ve been here forever. I’ve learned that time passes really weird when you’re in the Navy; it’s hard to explain unless you’ve actually lived the lifestyle.

When I talked to my friends in the Navy about A-school before I went to boot camp, they said that it was a lot like college. After being here for over two months, I think it’s safe to say that they’re right for the most part. If you’ve lived in a dorm room setting or had roommates, let’s just say that you’ll be in pretty familiar territory.

Of course, going to school in the Navy isn’t exactly like going to any ol’ college! You have to wear & maintain a uniform (and you get different kinds of uniforms to match virtually any occasion), you do daily musters (head counts), you have duty days where you clean the ship and/or stand watches, you have to work in order to earn the right to go on liberty and what you can do when you’re on liberty (aka the three phases of liberty), and that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

In other news, at the beginning of December, I’ll be able to take out a starter loan from my bank in order to boost my credit by rebuilding my credit history. I’ll be using the money to buy myself a nice guitar for my birthday, most likely a Dean ML in a blueburst finish with a fixed bridge. I’m not much of a whammy-bar guy, so I’m totally cool without one.

If I have some money left over, I’ll try to buy an amp. I’m bouncing between a Peavey Vypyr and a Jet City amp.

At the risk of sounding uber-cheesy and brown-nosey, I’d just like to thank you guys for sticking with me this whole time, even if I don’t update as much as I used to (especially on YouTube).

At the end of the day when I finish uploading a video and get to see all the comments and messages in my inbox from YouTube and Twitter and my own website, it’s a good feeling to know that people are watching and enjoying what I’m putting out there.

Well, I’m off to work on my schoolwork and get one step closer to San Diego. Later!!

TheAndySan

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Lost Vlog 08 – Happy Belated 4-Year YouTube Anniversary (Alternate Take)

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This vlog was originally suppose to be Vlog 33, but I decided to rerecord it because I wanted to do a shorter take. However, I was able to par down the dialog and thankfully I did because I talk about some stuff here that I forgot to say in Vlog 33.

One of the things I forgot to mention was that Chrome Sparks has its own Soundclick account! It just has the 5 Riff Ideas for now (I haven’t officially recorded Riff Ideas #6 or #7 yet, aside from Lost Vlog 07), but I’ll be recording some new material when I get new equipment in San Diego.

Unbeknownst to me at the time, Vlog 32 was actually released on my 4-year YouTube Anniversary and I forgot to talk about it!

I still can’t believe that it’s been four years since I signed up for YouTube! A lot has changed in that time, and I hope that the quality of my videos has gone up along with the times.

When I go to A-school in San Diego, I plan on getting an HD camcorder so that you guys can see me in HD as well as the surrounding areas. As I’ve said before, I’m also planning on continuing to vlog while I’m in the Navy as much as I can and hopefully let you guys in on the scenery.

Well, it’s been fun looking back on these past four years. Here’s to many more!

TheAndySan

Vlog 33 – Happy Belated 4-Year YouTube Anniversary

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Unbeknownst to me, Vlog 32 was released on my 4-year YouTube Anniversary and I forgot to talk about it! Whoops!

I can’t believe that it’s been four years since I signed up for YouTube! A lot has changed in that time, and I hope that the quality of my videos has gone up with the times.

In the near future, I plan on getting an HD camcorder so that you guys can see me in HD as well as the surrounding areas. I’m also planning on continuing to vlog while I’m in the Navy and in Japan as much as I can and hopefully let you guys in on the scenery.

Well, it’s been fun looking back on these past four years. Here’s to many more!

TheAndySan

Jonny Diff – Goodbye To Strat…For Now (Bonus Features)

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These are the bloopers and extra stuff for the send-off video for Jon’s Strat, as he’s getting a new guitar. He won’t stop playing the Strat forever, but he’ll give it a rest for awhile.

He bought an Epiphone SG G400 for himself for Christmas and is saving up to put EMGs in it. I’m sure he’ll want to do a video of it once it’s all done, so stay tuned for that!

For now, enjoy the Destruction!

TheAndySan

Jonny Diff – Goodbye To Strat…For Now

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That’s right kids, Jonny Diff’s back!

This is the send-off video for Jon’s Strat, as he’s getting a new guitar. He won’t stop playing the Strat forever, but he’ll give it a rest for awhile.

He bought an Epiphone SG G400 for himself for Christmas and is saving up to put EMGs in it. I’m sure he’ll want to do a video of it once it’s all done, so stay tuned for that!

For now, enjoy the Destruction!

TheAndySan

Jonny Diff – Duncan Hills Coffee

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That’s right kids, Jonny Diff is back! This time, he’s here to play the Duncan Hills Coffee jingle by Dethklok from Metalocalypse!!

Here’s the list of gear he’s using:

– Fender Mexican Stratocaster

– Ibanez TS-7 Tubescreamer

– Randall RX120D half-stack amp

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

TheAndySan

Deja Vuesday – Pouring One For a True Friend

For this week’s Deja Vuesday, we’re taking a look back to exactly three years ago when one of my good friends decided to end his own life:

Hey everybody it’s the Andy-San waking up from another crappy sleep.

I found out last night that Austin Harris, one of my best friends since high school, killed himself the other night. He said that he didn’t want to hurt anyone and he wasn’t finding what he was looking for in this life. My friends and I are taking it really hard. RIP my friend; I hope you find what you’re looking for.

I’m not just saying this for literary effect, but Austin was truly a unique individual. Although we were the same age, he seemed so much older with his thin frame and thinning hair that sharply contrasted with his age. He also had a big brother-like aura about him, and my friends and I really looked up to him and saw him not really as a role model, but as someone who’s fiercely intelligent and has seen some shit too.

Whenever Eriopolis and I would hang out with him, we would often talk about philosophy and he would give us something deep to ponder on from just casual conversation. Sometimes it hurt my head to be around him for too long because I was absorbing so much from him! 😉

At the time, I was shaken up by Austin’s death and was wondering where his consciousness was since he committed suicide. Was he going to go to heaven or hell? Now that I’m more spiritually aware than I was back then, I believe that he has gone back to the spiritual plane to review his life and it won’t be within my lifetime when he decides to reincarnate himself.

I know it may sound crazy, but hey; if the vast majority of people believe that when they die, an all-powerful inter-dimensional being will party with their ghost for all of eternity, then I can believe in reincarnation, mmm-kay? Wow, that was a lot of commas, haha!!

Austin, I hope that when you do reincarnate, you’ll know that suicide didn’t solve all of your problems in your previous life. You’ll be faced with many difficult challenges during your many stays here on the living plane, but you can’t let them consume you and win. I’ve been consumed by many of my problems and I often thought of suicide as a way to solve them. Whenever I have these kinds of moments, these feelings of just ending it all, I think of all the people who I’ll sadden by not being here on the living plane. My family, my friends, the readers of my blog, the viewers of my YouTube channels: all of these people want me to be around for longer than 23 years. I want me to be around here 🙂 .

Even if nobody wanted anything to do with me, I’d still burden my family with the cost of my death, not to mention that my unpaid student loans will become their responsibility. Who in good conscience would want to do that to their loved ones as a parting gift?

I quit my job as a ho of Sodex (Sodexho) because my grades are slipping so now I have no income until my grades get better. I’ve been in a depression ever since I heard about my sliding grades. I really need to get my shit together academically-speaking.

Although I didn’t really like my job at Sodexho (all I did was swipe food cards and wipe down tables), it did give me a good amount of pocket money just in case I wanted to do something with my friends like eat out.

Even though I quit in an attempt to improve my grades, it wasn’t enough and I ended up in academic suspension. I was able to get a second shot and worked me bollocks off, but after I heard that I couldn’t continue no matter how good my grades were, I fell into a deep depression and my grades went down with me. By the time I decided to give it another go, even just a little bit, it was once again too little-too late and I got expelled.

I have spent the last 2-3 years walking in a haze, going from job-to-job and being all-around miserable & dissatisfied with my life for no apparent reason. I’ve been trying to get back into college so that I can finish what I had started way back in 2004 when I started at ITT Tech 2 weeks after I graduated high school, but I was always stopping myself for some reason or another. This time, I have decided that I’m going to Owens Community College or Lansing Community College or Edison Community College starting at the beginning of January. I simply can’t stand idly by anymore while my happiness and overall satisfaction with my life continues to decline.

In other news, I’m still practicing on the guitar. I can’t wait to get another job so I can get another guitar. My Squier Affinity Strat, while it was fine learning stuff, isn’t giving me the sound I want and it’s buzzing like a mother. I’m looking for something with a sanded no-finish neck for super-smooth sliding, humbuckers to give me that rich fat tone, and a Floyd Rose for monster dive bombs and Dime Squeals.

Well I’m gonna go take a shower cuz I smell bad and it’s been a while. Peace!

Andy-San

My Squier Strat is still up at the music store to my knowledge. They removed the Scarface sticker and fixed the volume pot so that you can hear it, but it’s got so many nicks that I doubt that it’ll sell. When I get the money, I want to buy it back because it was a very important thing in my life and I want it back again.

Well, it’s been a blast looking at my past, but I’m outta here! See you guys next time around!!

TheAndySan

Slog 01 – Who Is Andy-San?

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Why didn’t I just call this a frakkin’ podcast? Sometimes, I just don’t understand myself…

Anyway, enjoy the slog, err, podcast!

Here’s the original description:

Hey guys it’s the Andy-San here. I tried to make my first vlog, but failed. But please enjoy my sound log or slog for short.

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