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OT: It Was Seven Years Ago Today...


Chad Thorne

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...I don't know what Sgt. Pepper was up to, but I was having triple-bypass surgery. To all of us "fluffy" bass players I want to say: Stop screwing around. Quit smoking. Lose weight. Exercise regularly. Manage your stress.

 

Because heart attacks and open-heart surgery suck.

Glad you're still here, Chad. Going for a walk now...

Queen of the Quarter Note

"Think like a drummer, not like a singer, and play much less." -- Michele C.

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My best friend from high school's brother is on that heart list right now. He's got some kind of genetic thing that I don't know much about. My friend (that sax player who lives in Korea) has the same thing but caught onto it earlier due to his older brother's very serious issues.

 

A drummer's friend's wife gave a kidney to the lady who introduced me to my wife. Both people knew my wife, but they didn't really know each other.

 

Reading what I've wrote, I don't know why I'm typing all this. But it appears to be important to me none-the-less since I've apparently hit the "submit" key.

 

To Chad and Kenfxj: very glad you're still around.

Things are just the way they are, and they're only going to get worse.

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Eleven years ago I had Colon cancer surgery. After the surgery I was told it was Stage 4, (the worst) and I had 4-6 months to live. What did I do? I started taking my bass playing more seriously. I think it saved my life. Maybe God had a hand in it also. I have heard He loves bass players.

Rocky

"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb, voting on what to eat for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb, contesting the vote."

Benjamin Franklin

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Ten months ago, my wife thought I was having a stroke. The

docs (at U of I in Chicago)found a brain tumor and got most

of it after two brain operations. I'm still on one strong

chemo drug but off two others as of this week. I lost one

month of my life where I remember nothing. My vision and

skills were affected. I couldn't remember that I played bass

or drove a car. My wife and kids showed me vids of me playing

and my wife singing and with a lot of help I'm starting to

play again. When I picked up my bass after getting home, it

felt like it was a hundred pounds and I couldn't remember a

simple scale.I was a vegetarian for the past ten years so I

was in good health for my age which helped a lot. My "vitals"

are all good. My last MRI came back clear so we're hoping I

can progress and rejoin the band that wanted us two weeks

before all this happened. Like the song says "What a Life"

And I can now play about eight songs.

(sorry for the long post)

"I could drink booze to unwind every day instead of

learning bass...

But then my wife would never tell me how much I'm

improving"

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Eleven years ago I had Colon cancer surgery. After the surgery I was told it was Stage 4, (the worst) and I had 4-6 months to live....

They told me on a Thursday that I wouldn't live through the weekend! :idk :D

 

Maybe God had a hand in it also.

I like to think so.

 

I have heard He loves bass players.

Doesn't everybody?

Push the button Frank.
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Ten months ago, my wife thought I was having a stroke. The

docs (at U of I in Chicago)found a brain tumor and got most

of it after two brain operations. I'm still on one strong

chemo drug but off two others as of this week. I lost one

month of my life where I remember nothing. My vision and

skills were affected. I couldn't remember that I played bass

or drove a car. My wife and kids showed me vids of me playing

and my wife singing and with a lot of help I'm starting to

play again. When I picked up my bass after getting home, it

felt like it was a hundred pounds and I couldn't remember a

simple scale.I was a vegetarian for the past ten years so I

was in good health for my age which helped a lot. My "vitals"

are all good. My last MRI came back clear so we're hoping I

can progress and rejoin the band that wanted us two weeks

before all this happened. Like the song says "What a Life"

And I can now play about eight songs.

(sorry for the long post)

 

Good news Pizzone! Here's to a continued successful recovery.

Push the button Frank.
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Become an organ donor. Donate life.

Already signed up.

 

I sat with my neighbor through the donation end of the process as her 45-year-old husband lay dying of a brain aneurysm. Heartbreaking, to be sure, but the one bright spot in the whole sad situation.

Queen of the Quarter Note

"Think like a drummer, not like a singer, and play much less." -- Michele C.

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Glad you came through all that, Pizzone. The Fox Valley needs all the good bass players it can get! ;)

Thank you ! :laugh:

I don't know about being a "good bass player" though. I played

drums for about 50yrs and bass for about 4yrs now. I love my

basses and missed them so I'm glad to be playing again even

though it's just a few songs.

"I could drink booze to unwind every day instead of

learning bass...

But then my wife would never tell me how much I'm

improving"

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Amazing stories here! I am glad that it pleased God not to take those of us out via these physical problems when we had them, otherwise we wouldn't have had the chance to come together here on the LD! And speaking for myself, in these seven years He has given me a happier life that I enjoy much more than the one I had previously.

 

BTW, I do think it says somewhere in the Bible that "God gives strength to the upright." No word on electric bass guitars, but since they didn't have them them. I think we can extrapolate that His blessing extends to them...:grin:

 

 

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Thanks to all of you for the encouragement and I may have

to switch to fretless because I still see the fretboard

jumbled up. If I could just convince my wife.... :laugh:

"I could drink booze to unwind every day instead of

learning bass...

But then my wife would never tell me how much I'm

improving"

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Ten months ago, my wife thought I was having a stroke. The

docs (at U of I in Chicago)found a brain tumor and got most

of it after two brain operations. I'm still on one strong

chemo drug but off two others as of this week. I lost one

month of my life where I remember nothing. My vision and

skills were affected. I couldn't remember that I played bass

or drove a car. My wife and kids showed me vids of me playing

and my wife singing and with a lot of help I'm starting to

play again. When I picked up my bass after getting home, it

felt like it was a hundred pounds and I couldn't remember a

simple scale.I was a vegetarian for the past ten years so I

was in good health for my age which helped a lot. My "vitals"

are all good. My last MRI came back clear so we're hoping I

can progress and rejoin the band that wanted us two weeks

before all this happened. Like the song says "What a Life"

And I can now play about eight songs.

(sorry for the long post)

 

No apology necessary. You have the right to make posts as long and as often as you would like. Godspeed on your recovery.

Do not be deceived by, nor take lightly, this particular bit of musicianship one simply describes as "bass". - Lowell George

 

"The music moves me, it just moves me ugly." William H. Macy in "Wild Hogs"

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Become an organ donor. Donate life.

 

Well, you they don't expect you to give it up until after you're done using it........

 

Wow...I finally understand how that works ! Thanks.

And I may have actual holes in my head but I still have GAS

so the microtonal fretboard won't help. But thanks,KenfxJ :wave:

"I could drink booze to unwind every day instead of

learning bass...

But then my wife would never tell me how much I'm

improving"

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Yeah. With hearts they insist that the donor be completely dead (not just mostly dead) before they'll harvest the organ.

 

They will take kidneys and in some cases partial livers from living donors. But only voluntarily.

 

In an ironic turn of events I found out a few years back that I have three functioning kidneys. Freaked me out a bit at first but now I think it's kinda cool. That may turn out to be one of the reasons I didn't die when I had the bad, bad heart failure. I never went into renal failure. Go figure.

Push the button Frank.
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Become an organ donor. Donate life.

 

There are far too many myths and misinformation about organ donation.

 

Ken, I love you, bro, but I'm not donating a heart to you. :D

 

Well, you they don't expect you to give it up until after you're done using it........

 

For the record, I am an organ donor. Once the brain stops functioning, I don't GAF what you do with the rest of me. If someone else can make use of it, great. Liver probably wouldn't be the best choice, though, fair warning in advance. ;)

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Yeah. With hearts they insist that the donor be completely dead (not just mostly dead) before they'll harvest the organ.

 

 

As coronary officer

I've thoroughly examined her

And she's not just merely dead

She's really most sincerely dead.

Do not be deceived by, nor take lightly, this particular bit of musicianship one simply describes as "bass". - Lowell George

 

"The music moves me, it just moves me ugly." William H. Macy in "Wild Hogs"

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...I don't know what Sgt. Pepper was up to, but I was having triple-bypass surgery. To all of us "fluffy" bass players I want to say: Stop screwing around. Quit smoking. Lose weight. Exercise regularly. Manage your stress.

 

Because heart attacks and open-heart surgery suck.

 

Amen, Chad! And to you others that have been through a lot, I'm glad you're still here! The planet needs more bass players!

Being an organ donor is a good thing to do. Truly the perfect way to make your mark on this world.

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Glad to hear you guys are still around, and thanks for the inspiration. I'm trying to quit smoking, but my wife still has her smokes around the house. Appreciate the extra motivation, theres few enough bass players as it is.

 

keep kicking.

If the bass is a' rocking, HELL YEAH COME KNOCKIN!

 

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I am with you on the health thing. Congrats on survival!

I am down about 60 pounds this year. It is strange, I can sing and play better since I lsot the weight. I was getting up to 300 pounds and now I am 235.

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