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    Quote Originally Posted by Northern Rivers View Post
    Three or four years ago I was in Arizona doing work on a friend's project. I've known him since we were kids. Good keyboardist. He seemed rather harried...I thought it was from producing his own project. He grabbed at his chest and fell to the floor right there in front of everyone in the studio. Dead.

    After I got back home the thoughts of what happened got me to see how my own heart health was going. Well...not too good, as it turned out. Thats when I had to get my aortoplasty. I'd be dead...today...if things were different.
    Life can be ironic can't it? The death of a friend led to saving your own life. I remember reading on the threads when you were going through a lot of your medical stuff.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Daily Bread View Post
    I've got the feeling your going to hit it on Friday NR . I , and Every one here , is with you on this .
    It'll be nice to tell people " Hey ! That's NR on that hit - he's a friend " .
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    Thanks. We originally recorded it in '81 or '82, believe it or not. It was a very progressive rock tune...flowery. Think, "Moody Blues".

    As we focussed on commercialising it...they said...can we do it...again...and...can you sorta sound like Hendrix??? I had a really nice red wine I was absolutely loving come out my nostrils when they told me. Ruined a good shirt, too. "It'll be distorted metal...but...I ain't got Mr Jimi's fingers......."
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    If you don't practice...you'll sound like it. And, if you don't tune, your life will sound like it, too. Listen to the intervals. That's where it all hides from you.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by potlatch View Post
    Life can be ironic can't it? The death of a friend led to saving your own life. I remember reading on the threads when you were going through a lot of your medical stuff.
    It forced my separation into a divorce. So many things come into a sharp focus when you have a "no foolin' around" shot at actually dying. Got one of my best rockers out of it, too. Funny...the heart surgeon...arguably the best in the country...told me he played classical violin. He's great and loves the way I have metal over a full symphonic orchestra. There's a cameo ready for him in post production......
    If you don't practice...you'll sound like it. And, if you don't tune, your life will sound like it, too. Listen to the intervals. That's where it all hides from you.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Northern Rivers View Post
    It forced my separation into a divorce. So many things come into a sharp focus when you have a "no foolin' around" shot at actually dying. Got one of my best rockers out of it, too. Funny...the heart surgeon...arguably the best in the country...told me he played classical violin. He's great and loves the way I have metal over a full symphonic orchestra. There's a cameo ready for him in post production......

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    Memory man forgets a face.

    She was a grading higher than me, a blue belt I believe, her group were sparring on the mats, it’s was a normal session, exercises to warm up, followed by going through the basic moves.
    Our instructor was newish, his claim to fame was coming 3rd in the world amateur contact karate finals, he was more of a traditional Thai boxer than karate instructor.

    We watched the sparring sat down on benches until our names were called out to do a 3 minute blitz sparring, head guard, shin pads and half gloves.

    Geraldine went down hard from a leg sweep, instinctively she put her arm down to stop herself falling on her face and she stayed down. It was obvious she had broken her wrist. The instructor asked who could take her to hospital, as I was local I put up my hand, I dressed quickly and helped her out and into my car.
    Thd hospital was only minutes away, the instructor should have took her but his girlfriend had dropped him at the club and would pick him up later.

    Geraldine has to have her bone set in plaster and it took several hours but I stayed with her, I’d phoned my wife and she understood I’d be a few hours. Geraldine lived out in the sticks and she guided me to her house in the forest. Her husband had just got in and knew nothing of the accident, she thanked me for helping her and I gave her husband a lift back into the city to retrieve the car.

    We’d not seen her again at the club, she must have thought better of it and stopped training, I myself went on to attain a purple belt before I too was injured by a freak accident.

    Probably 10 years went by, I was in the city shopping and I was gently prodded by a woman, she introduced herself, it was the woman I had helped that night, “hello” she said “I thought you’d not remember me”
    We chatted for a while, she explained after the accident she joined a martial arts club nearer to her home, she told me she was a 4th Dan now, I gave her a hand over fist bow. She bowed back.
    She said thank you for looking after me that night, my husband when he got back shouted and raved at me and even accused me of having an affair with you, it made me realise I had to leave him”
    She also told me she had remarried and had children now also.
    As I always considered myself having a perfect recall memory I was totally shocked for not remember a face especially as I had trained with her for a long while... but on reflection I am getting old now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by potlatch View Post
    Time Gone By - My Memories

    I've often mentioned that I grew up in the best of times, in the best of places, so a recent post by @Tom-Cruise talking about his youth and legal drinking age made me reminisce about my own High School days.

    I grew up in Texas City, Texas. Population about 17 thousand then. The 'stinky' city with all the Oil Refineries, Chemical Plants and a Tin Smelter. The city that had one of the worst industrial accidents in U.S.History back in 1947, the Texas City Disaster. And, the city that built a 5 mile Dike out of Granite Rocks - called the longest man made 'fishing pier' - and teenage parking spot.

    We got our driver's licenses at 15 and cruising the streets ensued. Gas was cheap and friends chipped in. We had drive in diners and drive in Movie Theaters with midnight movies. We spent a lot of time at the Diners and if the parking was full you would just cruse in, around the back of the diner and out the other side back to the road. You saw everyone there and they saw you. We were 20 minutes from Galveston, glorious days of sun, sea and sand, and painful nights of bad sunburns.

    I'm still surprised that my Father allowed me so much freedom and the use of his new Buick, but I was a good student and he trusted me. He may have wondered why the car tires wore out faster, but it may have been because the guys always challenged me to drag races down the highway. With one foot on the brake and one foot on the accelerator, ready to go when the light changed - a Buick beats a jalopy, lol.

    My best girlfriend and I ran around with a gang of boys, meaning a 'bunch of friends' who always looked out for us and treated us with respect....well - until one night when they put me in the trunk of a car and drove around awhile and I thought I would die of carbon monoxide! It was all fun and games until they let me out of that trunk! Memories


    Once in awhile some boys from Galveston's Ball-high School would come to town and cause trouble and we'd hear the shouts from other cars, 'gang-fight out at the dump'. Everybody would take off to the dump, but all I ever saw was a bunch of cars and nothing happening! Never heard of bad trouble of any kind back then. Imagine that!

    I was not a drinker, never liked beer, but we could drive out of town to a big old dancehall where the guys could get beer. Dancing was our motive .... mostly. The guys claimed they could sometimes get beer at 'Shorties' on the Dike. Never saw anyone drunk, ever. Drugs weren't a problem.

    Probably one of the most unusual things we did was this;
    LaMarque was a small town nearby and had a large Black population. They also had a nightclub with a live band.

    I remember a few of us, together on dates, dropping in there. We were the only white people there and we drank our cokes and rootbeers and listened to the wonderful blues/jazz band. There was no racism, only people enjoying themselves and the sound of that band playing Night Train still linger in my mind.

    Our local radio station took requests for songs and you always listened to see if you were mentioned, and I'm sure all of us went to bed at night with the radio turned down low and listened until the station closed each night with Night Train playing softly. I know I did...

    I grew up in a then booming mill town of about 5,000 people. We thought it was dead then, but it really is now. If fact it was a great place to grow up, sandlot sports, driving around for something to do as you mentioned. An occasional fight that ended when one guy stayed down. But lots of drinking. Some died, some went to jail. I was flat out lucky in that I always got home alive and without harming anyone else with my car, whether I remembered the night or not. That was the blight on our otherwise "Beaver Clever" life. Too much drinking, too hard by too many of us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donttread View Post
    Too much drinking, too hard by too many of us.
    we had drugs and alcohol flowing in the late 60s as well. that combination got a few of my good friends too. it was a tough time with the draft and a war hanging over us like a black cloud. the economy was in the shit can as well. the rich kids went off to college and left the little town but many could not do that. you might say it was the best of times and the worst of times.
    Is it possible that swinging a wrecking ball against “the West” .. in pursuit of a world populated with virtual zombies instead of real human beings .. was not such a good idea after all?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ruthless terrier View Post
    we had drugs and alcohol flowing in the late 60s as well. that combination got a few of my good friends too. it was a tough time with the draft and a war hanging over us like a black cloud. the economy was in the shit can as well. the rich kids went off to college and left the little town but many could not do that. you might say it was the best of times and the worst of times.
    It's funny, the old folks warned about the drugs and certainly grounded you for drinking. But drinking was the biggest threat to us by far. our town was known for it. Something we took up as badge of courage at the time.

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    I never saw any heavy drinking and no drugs during my high school days but I think different towns/cities were different and location had a lot to do with it. We were close to Galveston so we had a fun place to go and enjoy. I always thought of my family as the Ozzie and Harriet type, lol. But - I was a girl and probably misses some of the 'goings on'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by potlatch View Post
    I never saw any heavy drinking and no drugs during my high school days but I think different towns/cities were different and location had a lot to do with it. We were close to Galveston so we had a fun place to go and enjoy. I always thought of my family as the Ozzie and Harriet type, lol. But - I was a girl and probably misses some of the 'going ons'.
    I remember that there were rumors that some kids did drink (my high school days) but my group didn't. We had an Air Force base in our town and it was miles from any large city (300 miles west of Ft Worth and 300 miles east of El Paso). Ain't much out in West Texas.

    Once my girlfriend gave a ride to some Airmen she knew and they smelled of beer so I had her take me straight home. It didn't seem to bother her but I was a goody two shoes back then.

    I went to a private Christian University where there was no drinking or smoking allowed. I had a roommate who went to the cemetery behind our dorm to smoke and sometimes I went with her, but I never was interested in smoking.

    I wasn't really exposed to either smoking or drinking or bad language until I was 22 years old and started teaching school in San Antonio. Those teachers were quite a bunch (they did all 3 of those things!).




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