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Subject: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Banjer
Date: 06 May 99 - 06:10 AM

Taking another stab at my limited knowledge of HTML I hereby create yet another blue clicky thingie.

Go Here For Part II

What with the Catspaw going from bed to chair, and I suspect that has to do with the fulness of the litter box, I feel it is time we started a new thread section. This is, I believe, one of the fastest building threads I have seen since my starting here on the Mudcat.

Thanks both to Maw-in Law, (aka Clarence?, Can't wait to hear that story!) and Katspaw for the continuing updates and good news about one of our own residents of this wonderful community. Looking forward to continued good news and the return of Catspaw to our fold. BUT, when he does return, we still want to hear from Katspaw and Clarence, right sports fans?


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 06 May 99 - 06:15 AM

Great minds work alike!

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Banjer
Date: 06 May 99 - 06:15 AM

Whoops, I forgot to close my "blue clicky thingie" line but it still works. RiB also did a part three at almost the same time I did this one, hopefuly Joe Offer will get to the library and straighten this out!! Just goes to show that there are quite a few of us with similar thoughts where Catspaw is concerned!!


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Banjer
Date: 06 May 99 - 06:22 AM

This whole thing is starting to smack of the "Jaws" syndrome...remember how many sequels there were to that overworked flick idea? BUT, that is NOT to say that the Catspaw thread is overworked, just looking at the possibilities of the sequels, "Return of the 'Spaw", "The 'Spaw Joins A Tiple Band", "The 'Spaw Meets The Mummy", my Gosh the possibilities are endless!!


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Wolfgang
Date: 06 May 99 - 06:27 AM

the difference is that usually in sequels it is getting worse and worse. This time, the great news is that we like each sequel better than we did the one before. Keep up that incredible pace of recovery, cat.

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Banjer
Date: 06 May 99 - 06:26 PM

Thanks, whoever fixed the opening of this thread!

We are still on the road, the folks from the Neil Young Institute must be looking for me by now...so I can't give you the exact location. Cletus, the Regs and I finally convinced Paw to let somebody else drive! We are now making great progress, ought to be able to go an' rescue Catspaw from the clutches of them doctor fellas real soon. We enjoyed the ride through the Florida mountains. Wait a minute, Florida ain't got no mountains!! Where in the world is....what's thet sign say?...Grand Teton National Park...Cletus, what in the world you done to us boy, gimme thet steerin' wheel...No, I don't want it back here, leave it where it is an' I'll come to it! Land sakes, just cain't find good help nomore! Now I think on it I hope them folks from the institute do find me, cause I ain't got no idea where we is or where we's headed...how do I get myself into these things?....No Paw, ye ain't gettin out to pet the cute little bear, 'sides thet he ain't thet little!! Catspaw, hang on, helps a'comin'....


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: catspaw49
Date: 06 May 99 - 10:49 PM

Havin' had a day off down to the condrum factory, me and Clete thought maybe we'd go see catspaw uppin' that big city hospital place. We found the place, but it covers more ground than three of the damn towns we grew up in. We keppon' askin' folks about where to go and when one of 'em told us that a public shower would be a start...well Cletus is a man who ain't gotta' be told twice and he knew he didn't need no shower on account of one last week. They got initials for everthing that place. He turned out to be in the "innards care unit" which was confusin' since me and Clete thought thats what all them places did...you know take care of your innards. Well anyway, he was there and didn't seem overglad to see us, partly 'cause the security and some folks from somethin' called central sterile. We got real worried about them "sterile" folks but catspaw talked to 'em and all they done was take us out for a scrubbin! They even give us some clothes to wear called scrubs that they said we could keep...and they washed our stuff up too!!! Catspaw said he didn't need the two of us makin' no reports, but when we talked about Mudcat he gets all teared up so you'll have to wait a bit. He did say that Sandy Paton hit it right. Says he's crying over a hundred people he never met and somethin' about strangers and friends, it was too confusing for Clete and me anyhow.

PAW

P.S. I'll be back soon...catspaw(Pat)

P.S.S. Pat got moved to the floor today(room 218-1). He wrote this yesterday and when I came home to post it the computer would not let me on the net. All things considered you would not think this was a major disaster, but I was on the phone just going to pieces. I have really enjoyed coming home at night joining in on Mudcat. I'm glad you want me to stay part of your community, I only hope Pat will share the computer with me. Catspaw is going to relay messages through me until he is back at the keyboard himself. So the cat is back...sorta!

Karen


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 06 May 99 - 10:58 PM

Ha HAAA! HE'S BACK!!!


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Big Mick
Date: 06 May 99 - 11:32 PM

In whatever way you do it, Bro's and Sis's, give thanks to whoever each of you gives it too. It looks like our beloved Spaw is going to be back soon. I am reminded that good can come out of everything bad. Our Catspaw had a terrible ordeal, but we got Karen, Wayne, Connie and 'Spaws Maw out of the deal. I think we got the best of the deal here. Now, who's turn is it to clean out the litter box.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: bseed(charleskratz)
Date: 07 May 99 - 12:09 AM

Paw, you don't know how wonderful it is to hear your voice again (Banjer does a fair impression, but hanging around Cletus and them seems to have rubbed off on him a bit--I hear he's even taken to describing that five-string thang of his as a musical instrument instead of a weapon of mass destruction). Anyway, it's great to have the litter ripening up the place again--hope you can keep KatsMaw from freakin' and grabbing the laptop back. --seed


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Sandy Paton
Date: 07 May 99 - 12:16 AM

YAHOOOO! The news keeps getting better and better! You told it right, Mick. Our great benefit is the increase of our community to include Karen, Sis, Wayne, Connie, and my newest cyber-crush: Clarence, for Heaven's sake! One of the first things I want to hear when old 'Spaw is fully on board again, after he tells us that he's feeling fine and the litter's a-flyin', is the story of that "Clarence" thing. Can't remember ever having a crush on a gal named Clarence before.

Sandy


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: katlaughing
Date: 07 May 99 - 12:20 AM

FANeffingTASTICK!!! Karen and everyone else, thank you so much and Mick, you are right, we must all continue to give thanks to whomever or whatever.

And 'Spaw, welcome back. We have missed you sumpin' awfull! Now, don't go gittin' in a big hurree or nuttin', 'cause we'alls wants ya ta stick aroun' fer a good long while, ya hear!? Rest, relax, and take in the sights whiles yer in the big citee, we'll keep the porch light on and the pot a'boiling, plus we gots us some brand spankin' new lye soap granny made up special fer when yew bring them boys home with ya. Them sterile phoaks don' hold a candle to what granny's lye soap kin do; why'll it'll take them boys' skin off and make 'em look baby brand-new!

Love ya,

katlaughing


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Night Owl
Date: 07 May 99 - 01:10 AM

CONGRATULATIONS>>CATSPAW!!!!!GOOD JOB!!!!


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: reggie miles
Date: 07 May 99 - 03:36 AM

Happy to hear you're on the mend an' that recovery's just around the bend. Stay well, Reggie.


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: MudGuard
Date: 07 May 99 - 04:05 AM

I am surprised about the poor quality of your hospitals!
They keep patients lying on the floor instead of beds?!
Last time I checked a German hospital they had beds in every room they keep patients, and even allowed the patients to lie in the beds...
Now, catspaw, hope you get well soon although you are lying on the cold floor of room 218-1.
All the best,
Andreas


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Banjer
Date: 07 May 99 - 04:28 AM

Mere words can't describe how good it feels to know that the Catspaw is soon to be prowlin' amongst us again. Praise the Lord!! I too echo what Big Mick said, not only are getting the presenter of the coveted Incredible Dumbass award back but we also gained a few GOOD folk in thw bargain, hope they all stay in contact with us. Sounds like Katspaw was already having Mudcat withdrawal symptoms when she couldn't get on the other night. WELCOME BACK!!


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: dwditty
Date: 07 May 99 - 05:36 AM

Catspaw, Katspaw, et al. We couldn't be happier. My wife, who has never paid much attention to my m'cat fetish, has been praying hard with me over these last two weeks. Keep up the good work and get home soon. With great joy,

DW


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Barbara
Date: 07 May 99 - 08:05 AM

Wal, folk, I think we're off the hook. If thet there Pat feller been sittin' in his horsepistle bed bawlin' bout us'n, he ain't gonna have no leg to stand on 'bout us'n bawlin over him, pass the Kleenex (tm), honk!
Hey, 'spaw, is it true they gives you guys Viagra in that facility there, to keep you from rollin' outa bed?

I am absolutely delighted you are gettin' better, catspaw. Don't you go scarin' me like that again, you hear?
Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: KingBrilliant
Date: 07 May 99 - 08:34 AM

Good to hear you're purring along nicely, Mr Paw.


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Vixen
Date: 07 May 99 - 08:49 AM

Whew! Yes!!!! Way to go, 'Spaw! PLEASE, folks, don't let those backwoods characters get him all het up...He's still got to take it easy some.

I do want to know how that "minner in the dash" is doing though...

V


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Big Mick
Date: 07 May 99 - 10:30 AM

I spoke with 'Spaw this morning, and found him to be knee deep in kitty litter and chomping at the catnip to get back in the fray. Sez he needs some decent furniture to tear up, instead of these damn scratching posts they give ya in the fixin' joint. Anyway, the doc sez that his neuter scar will heal OK, and that, honest, his manhood won't be affected.

Seriously, he sounded very good. And he has been profoundly impacted by the love and goodness of you all. You should be very proud of the fact that you have honestly played a large role in helping him heal. And I reminded him that he is surrounded by some amazing women and friends. Guess what? He didn't need reminding, he knew exactly how special they were. And he sends his best to all of you. He is anxious to get home and get back in touch.

Please don't let off the prayer and healing thoughts, though. He ain't outa there yet.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 07 May 99 - 10:39 AM

"Whoopie"

rick


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Cara
Date: 07 May 99 - 10:43 AM

THe hits keep on comin' on this thread. Great news. Can't wait to hear from the man himself.


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: katlaughing
Date: 07 May 99 - 10:53 AM

wunnerfull, wunnerfull!!!!see that halo of Light? It's the 'Spaw with all our love and healing surrounding him!


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 07 May 99 - 12:37 PM

YYEEEEEEEEEEEEHHAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW, Catspaw! Tonight's the annual spring concert for my women's chorus; we're singing songs of healing and I'm singing one just for you, you ol' softie!
Allison


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: SeanM
Date: 07 May 99 - 12:57 PM

That's odd, Kat... I thought that halo of light was all the pent up sarcasm and wit lookin' for a way out! ... Good to hear, 'Spaw... great to hear from you, even in the third person...

M


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Mudjack
Date: 07 May 99 - 01:09 PM

The Cats back. Good news and soon we should see those cat paws scratching new messages on these pages. The Mudcat folks are just the greatest. Mudjack


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Alice
Date: 07 May 99 - 01:17 PM

Yay!! The cat came back!!


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 07 May 99 - 03:08 PM

Just got off the phone with Catspaw and as Chief Dan George used to say "My heart soars like an eagle." Pat's heart seems to be in decent shape as well, but I think he's getting a bit fidgety in the hospital. I sense he is already starting to heal the pain and the downright scariness with humour. I'm not much of a drinker, but I'm going to hoist one (or three) for the man tonight.


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Sandy Paton
Date: 07 May 99 - 03:47 PM

Don't overdo it, Catspaw! Just 'cause you're better don't mean you're all well. We want you around for a long time, so give yourself time to fully recover before you go off on a laptop toot. We can wait, if we have to, for your new words of wisdom and absurdity.

It was really great to hear your voice today!

Sandy


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: katlaughing
Date: 07 May 99 - 04:05 PM

Me, too! He sounds great and very resolved to do what it takes to get better. Took a half hour shower, or so he said. Guess it wasn't JUST the litter box, huh?

It makes me heart sing, not only to speak with him, but also to hear how much we've ALL meant to him, esp. our postings. "Karespaw" has been printing them out for him to read and I think he was as amazed as we were with ourselves and what an incredible community of caring people we really are. I KNOW that has played a good part in how well our 'Spaw is doing. Makes ya feel good to be alive and be a proud part of this little part of the world!

Love to you ALL,

katlaughing, deleriously!


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: bill\sables
Date: 07 May 99 - 04:22 PM

Great News Catspaw I think I speak on behalf of all the catters in England and all those who arn't catters but knew about your illness We all send our best wishes and hope to hear from you soon. Love Bill


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: mountain tyme
Date: 07 May 99 - 04:22 PM

I is much pleased ta heer the cat be thinkin on prowlin roun fore long. Cat, If yer gots one o'them dream-drip bags attached, jus push thet dream-drip button an think fishin...thet got me thru sum bad times. Them big'uns won't get away but ya got's ta thro back them ones wif wiskers....mite be a'brother cat! Miss ya terrible sun!


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Mo
Date: 07 May 99 - 07:53 PM

Sandy's right Catspaw - you know we're all desperate to hear from you, but I'm pretty sure we'd all rather wait a bit and have you back to full strength, than be the inadvertant cause of any kind of setback by you exerting yourself!! Stick in there darl', if my dad is anything to go by then miracles do happen, and you will get back to your old self - and quicker than you think! No matter how rough you feel just now, it DOES get better - and you won't always feel this fragile. ICU is no joke, but the nursing staff who work in it are truly God's chosen people, they perform miracles every day. Glad thats happened for you and yours as well as me and mine. Take your time, we'll wait for as long as it takes....

Best,

Mo


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 07 May 99 - 08:19 PM

Good to hear that Catspaw is recovering. I, too, encourage Pat to take his time and to work on getting completely healed.

I will continue my prayers and include some of gratitude for the progress so far.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Robin McG
Date: 07 May 99 - 08:26 PM

I go along with Roger to take your time. We miss you but will struggle along somehow. Prayers continue.


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Banjer
Date: 07 May 99 - 09:46 PM

Sure is good to hear all the good news, 'Spaw....But like all those with naught but your best interest at heart have been saying, do wait until you are sure the strength has sufficiently returned. I have headed back home, now that you are out of the ICU, and on the floor. I too wonder about that, as someone else did earlier, where there just no more beds avilable? I've sent Paw and Cletus and the two Regs on in search of you. You may recall the third Reg is posing as me at the Niel Young Center, he seems to be happy doing it so why change things now? The minner, last I saw was still happily floatin' between the 10 and 80 mile marks on the speedometer.


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Tucker
Date: 07 May 99 - 11:04 PM

Dear Catspaw, (excuse my parocrial schooling etiquite)anyway, darn glad yer out of harms way and almost hoping you are on the way back to being yourself (I only got one message back from one of my threads from you, before ya went in). Well, God Bless and God Speed, lookin to tipple one with ya soon


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Night Owl
Date: 08 May 99 - 01:24 AM

Catspaw....don't EVEN think of not doing EXACTLY what your medical team ORDERS!!!!! Truth is, we've been pretty busy here and I don't think the litter box has been cleaned yet....could get NASTY if you were to be sent to your corner for misbehavin'. Wouldn't want you to be the recipient of Mudcatter's wrath (April Fool's Thread) :)


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Night Owl
Date: 08 May 99 - 11:30 PM

Has anyone had an update on how Catspaw's doing since Friday morning???? (OK, OK, OK, Catspaw.....no April Fool type threats!!)


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 08 May 99 - 11:33 PM

I'm gonna give him a call in the morning and will keep you posted, "owl".


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: katlaughing
Date: 08 May 99 - 11:38 PM

I talked to him on Friday afternoon. He'd been up for a thirty minute shower and sounded GOOD! Said he'd probably be in there another week. Everything is supposed to heal itself pretty well. His BP is good and he is out of ICU. karen has been printing out the threads for him and he's really been enjoying them.

When he called (I've never spoken with him before) he asked for Kathleen LaFrance, so it threw me; then he asked what I was doing. I asked who it was, then he asked if I was by any chance blowing up a possum's ass (ala the ocarina)? THEN I KNEW IT WAS OUR BELOVED 'SPAW!!!!

Well on his way to recovery and very grateful to still be around to be a "Mudder".

katlaughing


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: BK
Date: 09 May 99 - 12:32 AM

So there IS a "Concerened One." We Unitarians are always wonderin'! seriously, Kat: thanks for expanded info. I'll bet it was a trip to get that phone call. Since I've been telling my wife abt Catspaw's troubles, she has also gotten interested in Pat - and the Mudcat! Of course, being a very experienced medical social worker, it's no surprise to her when love 'n emotional support are involved in a turn around from the precipice!

'Spaw: be a good kitty, 'n don't exert yerself more than your medical team thinks wise.... for now!

Cheers, BK


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Night Owl
Date: 09 May 99 - 01:59 AM

...and music sortakinda helps too!! Thanks for the update. I'll visit again tomorrow.


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Banjer
Date: 09 May 99 - 05:31 AM

BK, don't go round using that term "social" too much. There are them as what think social and folk should ne'er be mixed, doncha know...My Gawd, sure an' I'm devolpin' a bloody accent 'o sorts..."Son, how can you talk like that? We're not Irish.."


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Joe Offer
Date: 09 May 99 - 03:11 PM

OK, I give up. Before Catspaw gets back online, can somebody send me a privatemessage and tell me exactly what a "tiple" is? Maybe than I'll understand the "spaw."
-Joe Offer-
(well, you can tell the world in an answer here, but I'm likely to miss it on these library computers, so please send me a private message, too.)


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: The Shambles
Date: 09 May 99 - 03:58 PM

I have sent a personal message but I will tell the world too. The Hiroshi Ogura Tiple Academy


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Night Owl
Date: 09 May 99 - 04:11 PM

I must be Unitarian....still worrying that we haven't had an update since Friday morning.


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Joe Offer
Date: 09 May 99 - 04:17 PM

Thanks for the enlightenment, Roger. The library computer doesn't show pictures, so I'll have to wait until I get home to see an actual picture of a tiple.
I thought it was some kind of organic plumbing, or something like that...
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: katlaughing
Date: 09 May 99 - 05:18 PM

Night Owl, it was Friday afternnon about 130MDT, so about 330p 'Spaw's time. I think they all are probably just taking a breather. I'll call on Monday, if we've not heard anything more.

In the meantime, I know we are all keeping him in our thoughts and prayers to whomever**BG**.

Blessed Be,

katlaughing


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Reta
Date: 09 May 99 - 05:56 PM


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Reta
Date: 09 May 99 - 06:03 PM

Godspeed your journey to health, home, and the Mudcat 'Spaw. You are in my heart, in my prayers and it's great to hear how well you are doing.

Love and blessings
Reta


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Craig
Date: 09 May 99 - 06:25 PM

To Alice's line...No, he couldn't stay away. Meow.

After reading all of these threads for Catspaw it seems to me that if his lifeline is as long as these threads, then I believe that the Fates will never be able to cut your personal thread. As you can tell you are missed by people who have only met you on the web simply by your writings. How wonderful it must be to those who are able to know you in person.

Craig


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Banjer
Date: 09 May 99 - 09:14 PM

We have to keep in mind that this is Mother's Day weekend, and as I recall Cat-Maw-in-Law was due back up from Atlanta and of course, the boys, while I'm sure concerned about their Pa, need to have Karen's attention to celebrate her special day. I would bet that 'Spaw even told her not to fret about him but to spend some time with the boys. Wanna bet? He just strikes me as being that kinda guy....


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Susan A-R
Date: 09 May 99 - 09:19 PM

We just get a little antsy when he isn't kicking litter with us, and it's been a Lo-o-o-ong time. And we've been pputting up all of that lovely Tipple furniture to scratch up.

Glad for the earlier post and looking forward to more, all in good time.

Susan


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: katlaughing
Date: 10 May 99 - 06:00 PM

Okay,Mudders, Big Mick is going in a gazillion directions this week with big rat-tee-fi-kay-shun doin's and I needed a good excuse to call 'Spaw, so here it is 4pm MDT/USA and I just hung up from talking with him.

He is doing really well! All of the numbers have been adding up for about 4-5 days now. If one of his docs hadn't been gone today, he probably would've been cut loose to go home today. As it is that doc will be gone all week, but 'Spaw expects to be home in a few days anyway. He had a message for us composed and was going to have Karespaw post it, but decided to wait because he thought he'd be on here today himself.

He has been enjoying the cd's. Mentioned going to sleep to the sweet tones of SandyGramps singing in his ear.**smile**

Let's keep those good thoughts, well wishes, and prayers going his way. We've all been given a reprieve and for that I am heartily thankFULL!

love yawl,

katlaughing


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: LEJ
Date: 10 May 99 - 07:19 PM

Thanks for the update, Katlaf. Catspaw is still in my thoughts, but with a lot less anxiety.

LEJ


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 10 May 99 - 07:40 PM

He's rarin' to go! Careful now "Paw".


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Banjer
Date: 10 May 99 - 08:32 PM

Yeah, 'Spaw, tread easy, watch your step. Those big lumps in the litter box ain't steppin' stones. Looking forward to your return.

The Incredible Four Star Dumbass....


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Art Thieme
Date: 10 May 99 - 08:44 PM

Paw,

Glad you're doin' some better. "Take it slow & easy" --- as the song do say. Give yourself a while to feel like yourself. I'm home now from my travels/travails and you're gonna be home too--real quick we're all hoping.

"Take it easy, but take it"---as Woody was fond of sayin'.

Art


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Jeri
Date: 10 May 99 - 10:01 PM

New Mudcatter here, and I thought I'd post my first message in the Catspaw thread, seeing as it's what got me to join.

I've been reading the discussion forum sporadically for a while. I started reading about Catspaw one day last week and continued reading every message in that thread. By the time I was finished, the front of my shirt was completely tear-drenched. I was caught up in the life of a man I'd never met and astounded by the outpouring of love from y'all. This is more of a community than many hometowns.

I got to meet the Patons this weekend. Got all choked up when I talked to Sandy (Hi!) about reading about 'Spaw and promised to join.

So to Catspaw, here's a big get-well-wish from the newbie.


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Sandy Paton
Date: 10 May 99 - 10:07 PM

Hey, folks! Welcome Jeri to our midst! Lovely to have you aboard, gal. We'll look forward to hearing more from another dulcimer player and Fox Hollow veteran. See what you've managed to do while you were out of the litterbox, Catspaw?

Sandy


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: katlaughing
Date: 10 May 99 - 11:20 PM

Welcome "home", Jeri, at least I think you'll find it so, as I've done. I am jealous that you've laid eyes on the Patons; when I was in CT last summer, I hadn't discovered them or the Mudcat, so missed them in Mystic at the festival.

If you want some interesting threads to read, try the Xenophobia one; Spancil Hill; Music Therapy 1 & 2; Vietnam songs; oh, well....there's bunches of them. Just cruise around and enjoy!

katlaughing


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 11 May 99 - 01:24 AM

Glad to have you on board Jeri. You couldn't have met better folks than the Patons. Your going to meet a fascinating bunch of characters here. Now of course we all know every intimate detail of each others' lives, so you can help us out immeasurably by telling us all about yourself so that we don't have to go to the "How old is..., what does a mudcatter do... where does a mudcatter live etc....what kind of c..oops! Sorry, there's this Art guy, but maybe you're not ready for him yet!

Welcome

rick


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Night Owl
Date: 11 May 99 - 02:22 AM

THANK YOU KatL...just wondering....did anyone happen to send Catspaw a CD of Neil Young singing "...put up your heart light"? Just heard it on the radio today.


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Banjer
Date: 11 May 99 - 06:15 AM

Welcome Jeri, to the best community in cyber space. If we could all get ourselves together in one spot, just think of the endless hours of music and fun that could be had! Our community would be the envy of the whole world. As you have been told, and I'm sure have learned from your reading of the threads, this is a very complex group made up of performing musicians to kitchen players. But as you see, regardless of anyones position in life, we all care about one another. I, myself play (and the term play is disputed by more than one!) a banjo, mostly Old Time using clawhammer and a home made lap dulcimer. I fall in the kitchen player category. (and there are times I have been asked to take it one step further, ie:"Go to the garage with that thang") Enjoy.....


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From:
Date: 11 May 99 - 07:17 AM

Following this story with great interest. Keep up the good work, 'paw.

All the best,
Dan


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Jeri
Date: 11 May 99 - 11:37 AM

Thanks to everyone for the "welcome" messages! (I sort of feel like I shouldn't be writing about myself in a thread about someone else, but this probably falls under the heading of "BS." BS is good - makes things grow.)

I'm 44, single w/no kids, and recently retired from the Air Force (Public Health Technician,) bought a house in NH and haven't started seriously looking for another job yet. I'm trying to convert the back yard from a landfill to a space for parties and a garden. I play fiddle and sing and own several banjos, pennywhistles, a hammered and a mountain dulcimer on which I mess around. My favorite type of condom is the kind without the spermicide and lubricant, because they taste funny when you blow them up to make balloons.

I've been reading past contributions from Catspaw, trying to get to know him better. Wit and wisdom - if Sandy can have a crush on all the womenfolk in his family, I can have a crush on him, can't I? I can't wait until the doctors let him have his laptop, but if they're trying to keep his blood pressure down...


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: katlaughing
Date: 11 May 99 - 01:37 PM

Ah, Jeri, you're gonna git along just fine here. You already sound as Mudcateerie as the rest of us! Good for you for doing your background research, so....are you a guvmunt plant?**smile** (Note to everyone else: watch for them black helleecopters around NH!)

And, you might of noticed, we often have "thread creep" around here, where things other than the original subject, just sorta crop up, like info on who you are! But if you really want to know more and to tell us more, check out the various threads on what does a mudcatter do, how old is a mudcatter, where do mudcatters live, etc. The flowers and garden decor is a recent one which tells a lot about where we all live.

Glad you've joined in. I've got in-laws all over NH; really love to visit there as they are a lot of fun and I really love NH.

katlaughing


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Sandy Paton
Date: 11 May 99 - 07:59 PM

Now, when Catspaw is up and fully functional again, we'll all have to get him to show us photos of some of his own dulcimers. Bill D will surely post a few in the family album, if 'sPaw will send some snaps for him to scan. When we were told that 'sPaw did some serious lutherie, I sort of assumed his reference to "dulcimer" meant "hammered," but since Jeri plays both lap and hammered, we can assume this to be "on topic" for the Catspaw thread.

Sure would be good to get an update from the litterbox, wouldn't it? Are you there, Karen? Sis-in-law? Mom-in-law from Atlanta? Is ol' 'sPaw sayin', "Please, gals, I'd rather do it myself!"? (creative punctuation to match creative spelling) Soon, we hope.

Sandy


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 12 May 99 - 06:47 PM

I'm hoping no news is good news. After the rush or postings, I guess we're just a'waitin' for the 'Spaw to show up. Well, I am a patient man.

RiB


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: catspaw49
Date: 12 May 99 - 09:06 PM

To all our friends, Catspaw came home yesterday. Things did not go well. By this morning he could not get up by himself and was very nauseated. I called the squad and he is back in the ICU at Fairfield Medical Center. His RBC count was 7.0, black tarry stools and coffee grounds emesis. Technical jargon for bleeding somewhere. They did an upper GI and found nothing. Will do lower GI tomorrow. Transfused 4 units today and raised count to only 9.0. Will probably transfuse more tonight. He's scared and feeling pretty lousy right now. I'm sorry I was not in touch this last weekend. When he is feeling better he keeps me pretty busy. Much better than now when I can only sit and wait. Must get the kids to Connie's and get back to the hospital. Will keep you posted

You are always in my thoughts....Karen


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Big Mick
Date: 12 May 99 - 09:08 PM

Don't let up on the prayers and good thoughts, friends, Pat is having some problems. I got a full update but I will give you the most important details. 'Spaw was released from the hospital on Tuesday, but subsequently had a relapse and was taken back to the hospital and placed in ICU. What follows is the message that Connie left me. It is in her own shorthand style but it is self explanatory.

Tues afternoon he stops by school to say "hey" on his way home from hospitals. Did not look great. P did not want to hear this. Tries to convince me how much better he is than last week at this time--or two weeks ago for that matter...ok fine but we are not putting you in the chorus line--trust me. Blood pressure "amazingly low". goes home starts feeling nauseated. Black foul diarrhea. K alarmed. P in denial. Somewhere in here P goes to computer reads all (?) of mudcat and decides to lay down to think of what to say. This a.m. K gets up--P looks bad can't or at least is not getting up. K calls squad. P does not protest (something wrong here...) off to hospital. Nasogastric tube. vomits blood. hmmm, 4 units low. upper GI no problem. will do lower GI tomorrow. P bleeding (leaking) somewhere.

ICU Fairfield Medial Center, 401 N. Ewing St,. Lancaster, OH 43036 (740)687-8000

Let's pull together for our dear friend. I am sure we will hear from Karen soon.

Oh, and one last thing. All the heart that you have all shown is noble and I am proud to call you all friends. I love you all and appreciate your goodness.

Big Mick


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Alice
Date: 12 May 99 - 09:31 PM

Karen, you and Pat take it easy. We are all still here pulling for him. ~~ alice


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: katlaughing
Date: 12 May 99 - 09:43 PM

Karen and Mick,

Thank you for the update; sorry it couldn't be better, but I know the love and care we all generate does have power and that we will all continue with our prayers and thoughts for our dear friends, 'Spaw and Karespaw.

Judging from what Connie wrote, I can see now, he was being a little too reassuring when I spoke to him on Monday; that would be like him though, to not want any of us to worry.

I give thanks for a full and complete recovery for our dear Pat; and ease and comfort for him and Karen and the boys. I give thanks for this or something better for the highest good of all concerned. So mote it be!

P.S. As I write this, there is a rainbow in the prairie sky.

Love to you all,

katl


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: spaw's maw in law
Date: 12 May 99 - 11:47 PM

It has been a very bad day indeed. Just got the computer back up and running from its' trip to Ohio this past weekend. I thought that Pat looked pretty good on Sunday when I saw him and his spirits were certainly good. I talked with him briefly on Tues. evening right after he got home and Karen and the boys were in town picking up his meds. He said then that he was tired and was surprised how tired he felt after all that time in bed at the hospital. I wished him well, gave him my love and then got the call from Mike at 7 this am saying that Pat was back at the hospital. I have not talked with Karen today but she did talk with Karolyn, her sister, and Karolyn says that Karen sounded very frazzled and so very tired. It is very hard to be so far away when she and Pat and the boys are going through such a terrible time. It is, however, a great comfort to get on the "cat" and know that we are not alone here in Atlanta worrying and wondering what lies in store, but that we have so many cats with us. Mick, Katlaughing, Sandy et. al....Thank you. By the way, Sandy, when I was at the hospital with Pat on Sunday, he had me listen to you singing "When you and I were Young Maggie". He said that it made him cry, it was so beautiful. I listened and concur. I remember my father singing that to my mom in our kitchen at hom. A truly beautiful CD, Sandy that has given and will continue to give Pat great pleasure.

Connie, thankyou for being there for Karen and Pat and the boys. I would love to call you but seem to have misplaced your number. It is so very hard to be so very far away. Thank you again to you all........Clarence, Pat's Maw-in-law.


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: The Shambles
Date: 13 May 99 - 02:40 AM

There is now a new thread for news of our friend's recovery, with perhaps a more appropriate title. CLICK HERE.

When the news is better we can return to this one?


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Night Owl
Date: 13 May 99 - 03:01 AM

I really like your suggestion Shambles, thanks.


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Big Mick
Date: 18 May 99 - 08:56 PM

Hi folks. Please forgive my absence. I am working a very tough program, mostly due to its size and it involves being on the road 7 days a week and 12 to 20 hour days. It is important stuff, though, so I have to stay in the saddle.

I am going to just do a synopsis of what has transpired since Saturday as I don't know what you know and what you don't. The last of it I received today. If some of it is redundant, I apologize, but I don't have time to read through all the posts. I have edited it down, but the comments are all Connie's. She continues to be amazed, and touched by all of you and your caring. She is convinced that your prayers are a major factor here.

May 15, 12:00 noon
P still loosing blood somewhere. all the tests they have run have not revealed from/to where. The GP told k this is about the worst of the worst situations...not sure if it's operable and if it is they (at that time ) weren't able to find a surgeon willing to operate. Since then they have located a doc who will talk to them about it if they do a couple more tests and he studies them a bit.) So for the meanwhile they are trying to buy time by continuing to transfuse him. There is an outside chance it could seal itself off (that would be in the miracle category), a little better chance that it is operable, a little better chance that they could find someone to do the surgery that is willing to take a risk, if none of these things happen then he would eventually "bleed out". They have run more tests and are still not sure where he is leaking.

May 15, 8:50 P.M.
Pat was stable enough for Karen to go home. RBC was only down .65 in about 24 hrs. The last test they ran yesterday revealed a "thingy" in the small intestine distal to the stomach and about a foot up from the large intestine. Karen questioned such a technical medical term to which the doc explained that it was a something. Feels that they have rule out a blockage, ischemic bowel, and necrosis. What ever it is it's about an inch. Karen called a little over an hour ago now and the news is that he reacquired two more units of blood during the day--so he's still leaking. Docs are concerned about problems from so great a number of transfusions...so now they have decided to go in. He is obviously a great surgical risk.

Thanks to everyone for their love to Catspaw.


May 16, 7:40 A.M.
The 8:30 surgery has been moved up to 7:30. There is another surgery that needed to be done today. This one is 2-3 hrs. It is on surgery schedule as laparotomy possible bowel resection with scope. Pat was not yet medicated so i got to talk to him. He said he is hurting. "Let's rock 'n' roll and do something here--make a decision and get on with it". No surprise script there. He's feeling very positive about coming through this. There's nothing more really to say at this point, I know everyone is praying--that has to be the explanation for everyone being so calm about this. In truth I would hate to be you all...being away from "the action" nothing to do but keep checking e-mail for a word.

May 16, 2:30 P.M.
Pat is out of surgery. So those prayers were answered. 1 hr 45 min. They found a laceration in the small intestine about 15 down from the stomach and about 1-2 feet up from the colon. …They ended up removing 1 foot of small intestine and resectioning it. Now, as if there is not enough going on already...apparently unrelated to the aneurysm, CHF, COPD, what they found today was a tumor. Dr. Johnson told K that it is either lymphoma or adenocarcinoma they are not sure until histology gets finished with it. Since K works in histology she said she'll be going down in the a.m. and hand picking the pathologist to do this one. The doc mentioned that the lymph nodes were also enlarged. I don't recall whether or not she said they had removed any lymph nodes or not for biopsy or special study. It will be Tuesday before the histo results are available.

May 18, 12:00 A.M.
Dr told Pat today about tumor. K handpicked the Doc to do the histology work on Pat's removed section of bowel. Yesterday the surgeons' preliminary dx. was lymphoma or adenocarcinoma. but today the pathologist believes that it is a carcinoid tumor, which depending on where it originated can be either high risk benign or a lower risk malignant. Oncologist is to consult with them Tues. I will have more info then.

Saw Pat last nght. Color real good. Spoke clearly and made sense. Neither was the case on Thurs. and not totally on Fri.


May 18, 5:22 P.M.
The news of the day is: the lab has determined that the tumor is carcinoid, rather than lymphoma or adenosarcoma. They are going to keep an eye on Pat's liver they believe that if there were to be anything further from this to would effect the liver eventually. This is such a relief. And then you have to say but wait there are these other "time bombs"...but it's still a relief. If one were to believe in luck this would sure be a stroke of bad...but i prefer to use it as a reminder that we are to number our days--keep the priorities right.

It looks like Pat may be able to go home this weekend.


There you go folks, you are up to the minute, at least as far as I have it.

'Spaw, we care about you a great deal. Quit your screwing around and get better. I miss you, pal. Need you back. This place that we both (along with all the rest of the 'Catters) is lessened by your absence.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Big Mick
Date: 18 May 99 - 09:12 PM

I just got off the phone with Pat. He sounded tired, but good. He thinks that they have finally got this thing whipped. He is taking is time and doing everything they ask of him. He asked me to relay his best wishes, love and thanks for all the good thoughts. I would say he is tired and needs time, but I think our dear friend will be ready to jump in the litterbox soon.

All the best to all of you.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Susan A-R
Date: 18 May 99 - 09:23 PM

What a roller coaster!! Thoughts are still with Mr. Paw and all of his relations who have been riding this frightening thing out. Considering that I've only had cyber communication with Catspaw for about three months, I can't imagine what it has been like to be at the epicenter of it all. My love and thoughts are with you.

Susan


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: bet
Date: 18 May 99 - 10:02 PM

Am donating blood tomorrow for a local teenage boy who had a leg amputated but will get some off for Catspaw as soon as I can donate again. bet


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Subject: RE: Catspaw - The Recovery, Part III
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 22 May 99 - 04:37 PM

If you have been following these threads in order, go to Catspaw, the Relapse.

Roger in Baltimore


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