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BS: Rick's health Update

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Subject: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 28 May 03 - 06:18 PM

Whew!

Well, if it's true that what doesn't kill you can only make you stronger, then I should be ready to bench press about five thousand pounds!

It's been an absolutely hell of a year health-wise around here, and I'll try to briefly (typing ain't a lot of fun these day) fill you in. As some of you know I've been fighting kidney cancer which has sort of bounced around since my kidney-removal operation last year. I'm currently on chemo-therapy and have had a "Porta-Cath" installed. It's like having a 'fire hydrant' implanted in yourself, when there's a fire....they just hook up the hose! I wear a belly pack with a computer-chemo-pump, and they just plug it into the 'porta cath'.

That's just the beginning!

So far this year, I've been:

irrigated four times (don't ask)

Probed up both wazoos by those dreaded steel rods with cameras!!

Endured successful bladder cancer surgery.

Three bone scans

Four MRIs

Four Ultra sounds

Two re-hydrations

****************************************************************

I'm pretty much of a loner when it comes to dealing with sickness (I absolutely HATE talking about ailments) so lots of good friends have had to deal with a minimum of information, and for that I apologize, but we all have our ways of coping. Some pray, some employ alternative healing techniques, and others go back to age-old remedies. I deal with a kind of "know yer body" approach, combined with LOTS of laughter and jokes (too many for some!!) and I'll probably get through this although it is no sure-thing, believe me. Whatever happens, I'm dealing with it as best I can. I may not be on Mudcat as much as before but I'll probably still give a look in every couple of days until this chemo is over (September)....hopefully then I'll get back to my favourite hobby on a regular basis.

Cheers and thanks

Rick


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Mrrzy
Date: 28 May 03 - 06:21 PM

Woof. My pesky little reaction to the endoscopy has just been put into perspective! Thanks, Rick, and keep your pecker up, as the Brits say!


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: GUEST,amergin
Date: 28 May 03 - 06:33 PM

jesus christ, rick...

I sincerely hope everything goes great for you....and you do get better...will keep you in my thoughts...as I listen to your wonderful music...

why is it that cancer seems to get the best people?


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: katlaughing
Date: 28 May 03 - 06:37 PM

It hasn't got him, yet, amergin!

Phew, glad you've made a clean breast of it, Rick.:-) You know where I stand, or sit, or well...whatever.

You've got our best and then some, darlin'...

luvyakat & Rog


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Giac
Date: 28 May 03 - 07:01 PM

Arghhhhhh!

Thinking of you, and Heather, Mudcat friend. Just keep looking past September to a time when it will be better.

Love ya,
Mary and mutts


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Ebbie
Date: 28 May 03 - 07:15 PM

Be well, be safe, be kind, be strong
For the times will test us sore
And to gladden our hearts, our bodies, our souls
Be here when we gather once more
Oh, be here when we gather once more...

Some genius wrote that, Rick; pay attention, ya hear?

{{Hugssssss}}


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Gareth
Date: 28 May 03 - 07:16 PM

Rick

As I say when people ask me how I am - "I'll survive, and confound the B******d's"

Gareth


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Walking Eagle
Date: 28 May 03 - 08:47 PM

Someone once told me that cancer was the best thing that happened to them. Made them smell the roses etc. Me? I think I could have learned about the gift of life some other way, thank you very much. If folks want to smell something, I'll gladly let them have a whiff of my urine after a chemo treatment. Roses, yeh, that's what it reminds me of (@;->)!

From one who has BTDT and continues to DT, to one who has also BTDT and continues to DT, all my very best!

W.E.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Mudlark
Date: 28 May 03 - 09:02 PM

Rick...I sympathise with not liking to talk about ailments--I hate it too. But you are dealing so valiantly, and I'm sure triumphantly, with such a heavy load, I'm glad you let us in on how it is and has been for you. You will be in my thoughts daily, and especially when I'm in dispair over worsening macular and hip joint degeneration. Seems very minor compared to what you are dealing with. Keep laughing...it is good medicine.

Nancy


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Rustic Rebel
Date: 28 May 03 - 09:45 PM

Man bought his girlfriend a mood ring instead of a diamond. It turned green when she was in a good mood and made a big fucking red mark on his forehead when she wasn't. He should have bought a diamond.

Get Well Rick. Rustic


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 28 May 03 - 09:47 PM

God Bless you, my friend... even if you don't believe in Him, God bless you and Heather, anyway.... The last Mracle wasn't when Moses parted the Red Sea. They're happening every day. Some folks just prefer to say that they are unexplained. In that case, may you be overcome with unexplained healings!

Love,

and prayers

Jerry and Ruth


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Little Hawk
Date: 28 May 03 - 09:56 PM

Yikes! I wondered what was going on with you, Rick. Well, I am sending you my good thoughts. Keep on keepin' on, brother. We love you.

- LH


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 28 May 03 - 10:51 PM

Rick,

Keep on Keepin on. Hopefully you'll be up to check out our new deck this summer.

Steve & Karen


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 May 03 - 11:02 PM

Rick,

I hope this doesn't mean that you'll quit cooking! We've had such wonderful discussions around your culinary practice sessions. Please tell us what you can and can't eat (for example, my mother was sorry she had to give up broccoli and other cruciferous veggies when she was on chemo) so we can send along good wholesome recipes to tempt you.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: CarolC
Date: 28 May 03 - 11:04 PM

I hope you know that my thoughts are with you Rick, as you deal with all of this, and also with Heather.

I was thinking about you a LOT this past week. I've been hanging out with a bunch of fine musicians and songwriters at the Kerrville Folk Festival, some of whom you know. JtS and I were sitting around the campfire at the Crow's Nest jam a couple of nights ago with Trevor Mills and Aengus Finnan (and several other very talented and funny people). I kept thinking about you and wishing you and Heather had been sitting there with us.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Barry Finn
Date: 28 May 03 - 11:15 PM

Hi Rick, you going through all this I'd bet Heather has gone through the same if not more (at least that's what happened in our house). I hope you're both well. Rick, sometimes I'm asked "how are you" & often I reply "any day I'm on my feet is a good day" & it's true, you & I could be elsewhere. Rick, you're a very lucky man & I hope that lucky streak lasts you at least another live time. Best to you both, Barry


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 28 May 03 - 11:27 PM

Hey, Rick, sounds like what you need is a couple of weeks on the beach...

You're one of the treasures of this strange community, my friend. (There, how's that for a backhanded compliment?) Keep on keepin' on.
Aloha,
Mark

So this guy jumps off the Empire State Building. As he hurtles past the 49th floor, somebody standing by the window hears him say, "So far, so good!"


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: catspaw49
Date: 28 May 03 - 11:33 PM

Rick I feel the need to add a few comments to your post. In case your mind is caved totally as well, my comments are the ones in italics.


Well, if it's true that what doesn't kill you can only make you stronger, then I should be ready to bench press about five thousand pounds! Uh, yeah, well, don't count on it. In case your estimate is a bit off you could wind up with a double hernia on top of everything else

It's been an absolutely hell of a year health-wise around here, and I'll try to briefly (typing ain't a lot of fun these day) fill you in. Wonderful! Now I can quit lying to people who write and ask me about you! Also it generally takes about 4 or 5 of us comparing notes to figure out what is really going on anyway and this is an icredible pain in the ass.....as you are Rick....As some of you know I've been fighting kidney cancer which has sort of bounced around since my kidney-removal operation last year. This is the first time I recall hearing cancer compared to Flubber I'm currently on chemo-therapy and have had a "Porta-Cath" installed. Since Cletus, Paw, and the Reg Boys are in the porta-pottie business, Clete wanted me to ask if there was a way they might get in on this porta-cath business as well.... It's like having a 'fire hydrant' implanted in yourself, Did they also implant a Hook and Ladder truck? when there's a fire....they just hook up the hose! I wear a belly pack with a computer-chemo-pump, and they just plug it into the 'porta cath'. Now I have this mental image of a bunch of minaturized Dave Swans running around your innards squirting at balls of Flubber, a kind of conglomeration of "Backdraft" meets "Fantastic Voyage" with Pam Swan in the Raquel Welch part.

That's just the beginning!

So far this year, I've been:

irrigated four times (don't ask) I won't except to inquire whether you planted corn or soybeans.

Probed up both wazoos by those dreaded steel rods with cameras!! But aren't you happy that technology has kept pace? Otherwise it would be a Brownie Hawkeye on the end of wrought iron railing.

Endured successful bladder cancer surgery. Have you noticed that the surgery is the easiest part of these things?

Three bone scans I have only ONE bone I want scanned, Frankly this ain't nothin' but a good pickup line...."Hey Nurse.....Could you scan my bone for me?"

Four MRIs Manly Ruminant Insertions? Listen Rick, there ain't nothin' manly about shagging sheep regardless of what Kendall says. The Llahma ain't too manly either........

Four Ultra sounds Geeziz Keyriced!!!....You had to sit through four Ted Nugent concerts as well? Well hell, I dunno'......I suppose you needed something to do while shaggin' the sheep.

Two re-hydrations Actually I'm surprised it wasn't four what with the Nugent concerts and nailing the sheep and all.....

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I'm pretty much of a loner when it comes to dealing with sickness yeah, but how are you with perversions? (I absolutely HATE talking about ailments) so lots of good friends have had to deal with a minimum of information, No shit? Do ya' think? See the section above about your friends comparing notes....geeziz.....and for that I apologize, but we all have our ways of coping. Next time try a saw Some pray, some employ alternative healing techniques, and others go back to age-old remedies. I deal with a kind of "know yer body" approach and after you learned your body you were completely disgusted weren't you?, combined with LOTS of laughter and jokes (too many for some!! It's not the quantity Rick, it's the quality) and I'll probably get through this although it is no sure-thing, believe me. I should hope not!!! Otherwise our entire betting pool is thrown into a cocked hat and I'm pretty heavily invested..... Whatever happens, I'm dealing with it as best I can. Yeah right...As far as I can tell your treatment seems to consist of tiny El Swannos hosing Flubber while you bang sheep at Ted Nugent concerts. I dunno'.....it may work out for you!! I may not be on Mudcat as much as before but I'll probably still give a look in every couple of days until this chemo is over (September) Okay Rick, here's the deal....If you're feeling great, post ONE dozen times a week; if you're feeling poorly, post TWO dozen times a week; if you're dead, post THREE dozen times a week....hopefully then I'll get back to my favourite hobby on a regular basis.   Say what? Hobby? You're already bangin' the sheep ferchrissakes...

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Night Owl
Date: 28 May 03 - 11:36 PM

Rick......thanks for letting us know what's happening there.

As sorry as I am to read this....I think your "Know yer body" approach
is important cuz your the ONLY one that really does.

Passing on some wisdom from a friend in Maine:
      
      "Any day I'm able to look at the leaves instead of the roots is a GOOD day."


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Art Thieme
Date: 29 May 03 - 12:07 AM

Ah, Rick, as I have said, you just reverse the charges any time you might want to talk. It does seem that many of us are on similar but different roads. (Lately, I wish I had a perma-cath.) ;-) Since being diagnosed they tell me all I need do is get a P.S.A. blood test every six months. Just watch the situation close.

You know you've got my best wishes for a complete turnaround.

Art


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: karen k
Date: 29 May 03 - 12:31 AM

Rick,
Think about you alot. Understand a long haul like you're going through. Hope you'll be well enough to make the trek down to the Getaway in Oct. My best for a full recovery. Music and friends got me through.

love ya,
k


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Escamillo
Date: 29 May 03 - 01:48 AM

My thoughts are with you too, Rick. We expect a complete recovery very soon. I have been silent for a long time, since I lost my beloved wife to cancer on December 6. My life is gone, but I'm still here for my sons and I wish I could do something for my friends too.

When you read these lines from the Mudcat people, you'll find a lot of affection, but when you read Paw's comments, you'l find a lot of affection and a good laugh, which is the best medicine.

Un abrazo,
Andrés (in Buenos Aires)


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: kendall
Date: 29 May 03 - 01:49 AM

Rick, I'm absolutely convinced that the prayers and good thoughts of the Mudcatters helped me get through my ordeal. I see prayer as nothing more than positive energy. Positive energy heals, just as negative energy has the opposite effect.
You may also call me collect anytime my friend, and, I expect to see you at the Getaway.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: alanabit
Date: 29 May 03 - 03:46 AM

Look forward to seing you here more often in the near future. Sending positive thoughts from Cologne, Germany. Alan.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Micca
Date: 29 May 03 - 03:49 AM

Rick, best wishes from us (catsPHiddle and me) here in London too, you were so exactly like I expected when I met you( and so few people are), kindly, erudite, funny and one of the only people in the Universe that could keep me(a non-instrument player) interested for 2 hours in a seminar on "styles of picking"!!!!! Get well(even if its only to confound the medics), you can count on the support and love of Many friends We are all pulling for you and sending such energy or prayers, or whatever, to you and Heather


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 29 May 03 - 04:06 AM

You won't want any jokes about proctologists looking up old friends so I'll just say I'll be thinking of you and Heather, cyberbuddy, and projecting positive thoughts. I miss your musical seminars on the Mudcat, even though I don't understand a damn word of them - at least I pick up the odd phrase to throw into the conversation when meeting musicians!

RtS


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 29 May 03 - 04:41 AM

Well now, isn't that strange... I was only thinking yesterday afternoon that I'd not seen you about so much..... and wondering how you were, and here you are today!.

So. Not a lot we can really say is there.....

Take care dear, your circle has expanded to include half the western world, all hoping you keep your end up and defy medical science.

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 29 May 03 - 06:00 AM

Rick, hang in there mate! Thoughts and prayers from Elaine and me. ROY


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: gnu
Date: 29 May 03 - 06:06 AM

Thoughts and prayers. Hang tough.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Alba
Date: 29 May 03 - 07:50 AM

More Power to you Rick and to Heather as well.

Best Wishes.
A


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Áine
Date: 29 May 03 - 08:04 AM

Hey Sweet Thang!!

Glad to hear that you're fighting back. I think of you every day, and I'm holding a good thought for you and herself.

Big hogs and snugs to the both of ya'll, Áine


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: GUEST,Sorcha
Date: 29 May 03 - 08:30 AM

Thanks for the update and don't let the bastards get you down!


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 29 May 03 - 08:34 AM

Thanks guys and gals1

And Escamillo....great to hear from you. The rest of the folks are my familiar Mudcat buddies but I don't see your name around much. Hope things are going as well as they can wayyyyy down South.

Hi Jerry....I've got nothing against God, just his wealthy TV Scamsmen and his prominent Political icons who always manage to do the wrong thing. Had Billy Graham marched with King almost half a century ago, instead of feeding info to J. Edgar Hoover, I might have been a Church-goer myself now, rather than a cynic, ha ha!

*******************************************************************

Another reason for keeping mum on quite a few details was simply the business I'm in. Word spreads fast to agents and you don't want them to think you're unreliable.
BUTTTT... the fact is...I've had to cancel a whole British tour (Put together in many ways by Roy Harris, Bill Sables, and harvey Andrews, as well as Heather) and numerous American gigs. I simply have had to be near Toronto for my treatments. If I get through this, boy, am I gonna have one gala tour!

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I've figured out that thanks to the Canadian Health system I've recieved well over 250 thousand bucks worth of treatment including specialists, medicines, and big expensive machines. As anyone here knows, it's far from perfect (there can be long waits) and it may be on it's last legs as we're forced into an American economy. By the way, if I lived in the States, it would have been game over very early. Income-wise, we'd be close to the bottom of the barrel, and once the house was sold to pay for the initial kidney operation, we'd be completely up shit creek.

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Anyway, I'm in no pain, I'll find out at the end of August whether the chemo has actually done any good, and in the mean time, I've been lucky enough to be around for another great summer sittin' out back in the garden (which Heather is busy workin' on....should be in great shape in another two weeks) playin' banjo, and sayin' 'hello' to whoever drops by that day. It could be worse!

Mudcatter support means a lot.

Cheers

Rick


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: GUEST,Den at work
Date: 29 May 03 - 08:48 AM

Well shit Rick, I'm sorry to hear about your troubles. However you seem to have the right attitude about it and I think that can make a whole deal of difference in these situations. Keep your chin up pal surround yourself with friends, laugh and eat lots of the green stuff. Den


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: kendall
Date: 29 May 03 - 10:11 AM

If you let the hypocrites keep you out of church, they will also keep you out of heaven. (Mrs. Lester Savage)


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: RichM
Date: 29 May 03 - 10:13 AM

Hope you have a good summer, Rick.
Many years ago, I had radiation treatment, and 3 years of chemotherapy at 6 week intervals. Wasn't much fun, but life was, and is still sweet.

Take care of yourself, and Heather too.

Rich McCarthy


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: GUEST,Mr Red (grateful for his excellent health)
Date: 29 May 03 - 10:28 AM

Good to see you have been looking-up old friends.

Apart from that ............ ?

Keep smiling and keep fighting. The power of positive thought.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 29 May 03 - 11:34 AM

What can I say but keep on folkin'

Keeping your pecker up is more British but not realy apt given what they have been doing to you...;-)

Good luck and cheers

Dave the Gnome


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Carly
Date: 29 May 03 - 12:25 PM

Thank you for letting us know what's happening, Rick.
I agree with Kendall, and I'm living proof; the energy of support from the music community helped me survive.There are many more people out there than you know who wish you well.You will both be in our thoughts and in our hearts.Enjoy the garden, and we'll see you at the Getaway.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: maire-aine
Date: 29 May 03 - 01:22 PM

Dear Rick,

You and Heather will both be in my prayers. I was thrilled to get a chance to meet you when you were in Windsor a few months ago. And I expect you to come back here again. You are one of the remarkable people who make the world a better place. We want to keep you, healthy and happy, for a very long time.

Maryanne


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Bobert
Date: 29 May 03 - 01:58 PM

Keep the Faith, brother.

You are in our prayers.

Bobert and P-Vine


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Morticia
Date: 29 May 03 - 02:21 PM

Jeez, only just read this. I dunno, I turn my back on you for two minutes and look what happens? I see Liz told you to keep your end up but I suspect you've been far too much of that already so I will simply say, much love and positive, healing thoughts winging your way,along with special big hugs for you and Heather.

P.S....if you must shag sheep,Gareth and Eric usually know where the pretty ones are.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: harpgirl
Date: 29 May 03 - 02:34 PM

Oh, Rick!

You'll survive this round of chemo and it will make the stuff disappear! I know it!

I'm sorry you had to cancel your gigs but glad you get to sit in the garden and watch Heather's butt in her gardening shorts!

My love and support to you both...harpy Call me if you need free therapy! harpster


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Mooh
Date: 29 May 03 - 02:44 PM

Our thoughts and prayers Rick, to you and yours!

Haven't been around here as much as I used to be so somehow I missed this news, to my regret. Anyway, hang in there mate!

Peace, Mike.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Art Thieme
Date: 29 May 03 - 02:56 PM

Then there was the urologist who sang the blues.

Urethra Franklin.

I told that to mine before my TURP and she dropped her roto-rooter.

Again, be well !

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: hesperis
Date: 29 May 03 - 03:49 PM

Take care.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: catspaw49
Date: 29 May 03 - 04:06 PM

Fuck you Gargoyle!!!! You're such a shit....but I never would have believed you'd also be such a traitorous shit as well!!!

Damn it Greg, for the past FOUR YEARS you have been wishing me happiness in my imminent demise. And now, after all this time you toss me aside like an old shoe in favor of Rick! I can't believe it!!! All those postings in which you sent your most fervent hopes for me to soon be planted and now you go for Rick instead!!

I ask you, outside of great talent, what's he got that I ain't got? Do you give up so easily or what? With this traitorous act you are shedding any semblance of credibility you have established. If you crap out so readily looking for greener pastures than I suggest you go piss up a slack rope!!!! I suppose I can get used to your new policy of sharing but it won't be easy!!!

On the other hand, I can't help but notice that after your best efforts I am still alive after four years and this bodes well for Rick! I figure he has at least a minimum of four years and now with your new "Sharing the Death Wish" policy, probably a lot longer since you will be even less effective. I mean seriously Garg, you've become almost a talisman or a healing elixir of bad wishes.

Okay Rick, I'll share.....No telling how long we can each extend things as long as Greg keeps up his negative thoughts!

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: catspaw49
Date: 29 May 03 - 04:25 PM

Awright, wait a minute here........Which one of my fellow well meaning clones deleted Garg's crappola? I saw it earlier but couldn't take the time to respond at the time and now it's gone!!!

GREAT GOOGLY-MOOGLY!!!! Rick really needs those venomous thoughts!!! Don't you see how well they've worked for me? How can Rick and I expect longevity without Greg's vitriol?

Oh well, I guess it's enough to know that he has them........

If you missed them Rick, they were just the usual Gargashit with a touch of doom and gloom thrown in. Probaably good for at least an extra year at the very least!

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 29 May 03 - 04:56 PM

Rick, September, eh?
That means I can put you down to play in a foursome with Big Mick, Steve Latimer and myself at the first annual Michigan Irish Festival and Golf Tournament/Cookout/Ceili, September 12, 13 and 14?
'Spaw promised to caddy for you, although I'm not sure I'd want him near my bag and balls, if you catch my drift.
Gargoyle has offered to be the tee.
So hit the range now, move the medical paraphernalia to one side, and groove that swing, sir.

All my best to you and Heather.

Seamus

PS Why do dogs lick their dicks?
Because they can't make a little fist.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: katlaughing
Date: 29 May 03 - 06:12 PM

LMAOWROTF!! What my dawg does!! Oh, Seamus!

Spaw, it weren't me...I saw it and actually thought it was a teeny-tiny bit thoughtful, I mean after all, has goylegarg EVER offered to work up a dirge for you?!! Ah, fuck it, you can share and I'll even offer to clean up the litter all by myself! Anything to keep the two of you around for a LONG TIME. Which brings me to that old Scottish blessing, lang may yer lum reek...which I reckon Heather being a Glasgow gel probably has heard a time or two, but I am thinking of it in a whole new light, what with all you fellers talking about your willies and all. So...to you and Rick, in the tradition of those old double-entendre blues, Lang may your lums reek! if ya get my drift.**bg**

Rickdarlin'...I hope you haven't split a gut getting this lot going in rare form, again! The sanctum has been fired up each and every night for the past almost year and I know those thanksgivings are not for naught, so look ahead and make your plans. You and Heather are in our thoughts and hearts, always and we look forward to getting together with you when we're both doing better!

luvyabunches,

kat


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 29 May 03 - 06:57 PM

Rick

Well, you know when you do the gala tour, you'll have to include the UK and specifically Herga....

Best wishes

Kitty


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: GUEST
Date: 29 May 03 - 06:58 PM

and dont forget sydney....


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Little Hawk
Date: 29 May 03 - 07:05 PM

Spaw...you said "Great Googally Moogally" (except you spelled it wrong). That means you must be reading Liberty Meadows, my new most favourite comic of all time! Awright! Rick, for a lot of really great laughs, get yourself a few copies of the comic "Liberty Meadows". The antics of Ralph (the miniature circus bear) and Leslie (the hypochondriac bullfrog) are enough in themselves to justify the expenditure. And then there's Brandy...Brandy is unforgettable. You can find it on the Net at Libertymeadows.com and peruse it for free too.

- LH


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 29 May 03 - 08:35 PM

Huh? Gargoyle? Is he wishing me dead? he may actually get his wish, 'cuz this is serious, but seriously, could he have been kidding? He's got a wicked daytime sense of humour. Either way, all the best greg.

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Got a private nurse coming in tomorrow to re-hydrate me again! Sounds so exotic but it's just a bag of Saline something. I start back with the chemo on Monday after having a few days off.

Cheers

Rick


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: bbc
Date: 29 May 03 - 08:48 PM

Thanks for letting us all know, Rick. Did you notice that folks care? This is outside my experience, but you know my thoughts & prayers are with you & Heather in this time & my love, always.

Barbara


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Dave Swan
Date: 29 May 03 - 08:48 PM

Running around in your innards squirting balls of flubber. Great. Rick, I love you and I'd do that for a pal and I'm quite sure that Pam would put on the Raquel Welch wetsuit. But all in all aren't you glad that that clodhopper from Ohio isn't in charge of your health care?

Don't think that this will excuse you from the annual partners meeting of LFPS, Layabouts for Hire. You've been the year's top producer and there is the matter of a bonus to be disbursed.

D


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: kendall
Date: 29 May 03 - 09:51 PM

Hey, Spaw, what the hell are you bitching about? Garg ignored me completely! HHmmm, maybe thats why the cancer went away?


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 29 May 03 - 09:56 PM

Don't forget to eat cornbread if the chemo won't let you eat much else. Also, if you get bored, start more provocative Mudcat threads...or recycle some old classics for the newbies. I remember several that got me through some tough days. Maybe we can all do the same for you if this chemo regime gets tedious.

You know you best, so keep on doing what you're doing.

And I know you won't be offended...but like my dear friend J. said when she started chemo last fall, "Hell, just thinking about me is lame, I want prayers!" Ya got 'em , friend.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: SINSULL
Date: 29 May 03 - 10:15 PM

Rick,
Thanks for putting it all out in the open. We've been worried out here in cyberspace. One day at a time. And give Heather frequent hugs. You can both use them.
Anything at all, just PM a list.
Mary


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Li'l Aussie Bleeder
Date: 29 May 03 - 11:02 PM

When 'He who must be obeyed' returned from his B/day visit to Canada last August and hinted that the funny bloke who sent me greetings on his video camera, wasn't very well, but not to say anything. I have been busting ever since, trying to keep my gob shut as I have a friend who writes to Mudcat. Now thank God, the CAT IS OUT OF THE BAG!!! and I don't have to be so careful.(My son says "Zip it, Mother"). I have been enjoying your CD enormously since he bought it home and there is a bed for you and Heather on the west coast of Oz if your next Tour makes it this far. MS can fill you in (It'll take that long!!).


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: p.j.
Date: 29 May 03 - 11:06 PM

I love you, Rick-- and many kisses to Heather. Glad you're out of the closet, as it were. If you feel up to a little extra Layabout duty, there have been a lot of orders to fill this spring, so we have some overtime to offer you...

pj


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Bill D
Date: 29 May 03 - 11:22 PM

whatever will be, will be....but with all that medical help and all THESE folks pulling for you, I would not be a bit surprised to see you back to what WAS!...

and here is a tiny bit of what was, and in our hearts, still is...

early morning at the Getaway what a way to start the day! Even had Max paying attention! Jeri wasn't 'quite' awake yet, but Dick Greenhaus and many others were...

that amazing stringed instrument workshop harps, zithers, cellos, guitars, banjos, fiddles...and in the best weather possible.

the guitar lesson .... she may not have it all perfect yet, Rick...get well, buddy, you still have notes to play and stuff to teach.

Best wishes and keep up the laughter...


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Stewie
Date: 30 May 03 - 09:31 AM

Hang in there, Rick, and get well.

Best wishes to you and Heather, Stewie.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Janie
Date: 30 May 03 - 11:09 AM

Rick & Heather,

Lots of prayers and good thoughts to you both....Knowledge and laughter are two really powerful tools! I promise not to post any of my third grader's jokes, as you want laughter, not groans!

Janie


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: annamill
Date: 30 May 03 - 11:45 AM

I've been gone awhile Rick. Every now and then I've come in. This one requires my attention.

All our love and good feelings to you, love!



Love, Annamill


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: harvey andrews
Date: 30 May 03 - 01:49 PM

Rick, sometime go and get that "Journey" cd I gave you and play the title track. I'll be singing it just for you my friend. The lyric conclusion is..."Love's the journey" and as you see from all the above you've got love in spades, but Wendy and I are keeping a little back for Heather.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: KathWestra
Date: 30 May 03 - 03:21 PM

Dear Rick,
Oh dear one. I'd heard mutterings that you weren't up to snuff, but had no idea what you'd been going through. Thanks for taking it public so that all of us who love you can remind you of that fact. Know that you're in my thoughts, and that I'm sending much, much love to you and Heather. This is a tough one, but you're tough too.And you have LOTS of friends wishing you well.
XO Kath

p.s. My late Mom, when she began noting how often her contemporaries (then in their 60s) were talking about their various ailments, began referring to those frequent discussions as "organ recitals." It's a term that's always tickled me. If you call your post an "organ recital," it could be a music thread!


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: kendall
Date: 30 May 03 - 05:01 PM

KATHY!! Now you've done it. I can just imagine what Spaw will do with this thread.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: GUEST,Songster Bob & jennifer
Date: 30 May 03 - 07:19 PM

Rick -- we've got you in our thoughts and prayers! We're expecting to see you at the Getaway (with Heather!!!--REQUIRED!!!!)

We think of you often -- either listening to your CDs or to you on Jed's most recent one!

Enjoy the garden, the banjo, and a beautiful summer. Think of all sorts of things for Heather to do, that have never been done before -- and may never be done again -- but it keeps your mind going!

much love -- and many hugs from jennifer & bob


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: MMario
Date: 30 May 03 - 08:37 PM

Might I mention that if you aren't up to the fifteen hour drive - there is a possibility of a chauffeur - and I know a good stopping point halfway.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: wysiwyg
Date: 31 May 03 - 09:43 AM

We're here for anything, Rick, multifunctional.


(wet slobbery kissing noises toward you and Boots)

~Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: JedMarum
Date: 31 May 03 - 11:13 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with you and Heather, Rick. I am sure you're correct about the healing powers of humor. Maybe you should just have Seamus visit for a few days ...


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 31 May 03 - 11:34 AM

SEAMUS!!!

Nope, I'm gonna start a thread about it rather than mention it here!

By the way folks, thank you from the bottom of my heart (and vice-versa!)

Rick


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Fortunato
Date: 31 May 03 - 02:43 PM

Hello, Rick. I'm very glad to see your post; I've been checking for your posts, hoping to catch you on and send my best wishes.
You managed to make that awful list of invasive and surely downright painful procedures sound humorous. I want to join all the mudcatters and send you all the best of healing wishes. May the next year be better in every way.

Besides, we can't have you wearing out the backside of your shorts for ever; we want you out in that garden, boy, not watching the lovely Heather, fun though it may be.

cheers, my friend,
Chance


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: GUEST,Nancy King at work
Date: 31 May 03 - 03:48 PM

Hey Rick!

Keep mending, friend. There are many good thoughts and prayers coming to you from your Mudcat pals, me included. We'll be looking for you at the Getaway!

All the best,
Nancy


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: GUEST,Sandy Paton (on the other computer)
Date: 31 May 03 - 04:57 PM

BBC told me that you'd had a coming-out party, Rick. Sorry I arrived late, but I've had little time for exploring the 'Cat lately. You know how much Caroline and I care for you, so I needn't go into that. I do want to say that we really miss your once-so-frequent phone calls, and urge you to continue the habit. That 800 number seems to work from Toronto, so make use of it, lad.
    Sandy


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: katlaughing
Date: 05 Jun 03 - 11:43 AM

So, how ya doing this week, Rick? I heard someone heard you on the radio the other night, which is good to know.:-)

luvyakat


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Mark Clark
Date: 05 Jun 03 - 01:18 PM

Well this is a fine turn of affairs. I spend a few days in the Boundary Waters and come back to find Mudcat down and no sooner do Max and Jeff get it restored but I find this news.

Rick, please add my prayers and best wishes to all the others here. I look forward to your full recovery.

      - Mark


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 05 Jun 03 - 06:26 PM

Well I'm not ready for the "Nacker Man" yet (is that the right expression?) but I'm back on the chemo for three weeks, and it makes me very tired. This is a real drag and of course it's hard as hell on Heather, but I certainly appreciate the good wishes.

Cheers

Rick


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: harvey andrews
Date: 05 Jun 03 - 07:10 PM

It's the "Knacker's yard" Rick. Where old and useless horses finish up.
Certainly doesn't apply to a stallion like you! Keep jumping those fences.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: GUEST,Blind DRunk in Blind River
Date: 05 Jun 03 - 07:19 PM

Man what a downer. I have been known to be a bit crude at times but I ain't a total bonehead eh? So like I wanta send my good wishes from Blind River and hope you make a speedy recovery eh? I met a guy who seen you play Blind River once way back years ago and he said you were pretty good even if you did'nt play Smoke On The Water or Stairway to Heaven or even Highway to Hell like he requested at the time. He says he is really sorry now that he threw that beer bottle at you and he wishes he could do something to appologise for it properly.

Get well, man. Seriously.

- BDiBR


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Tinker
Date: 05 Jun 03 - 10:40 PM

Was thinking of you today.... I had a full set of tips put on yesterday ( mandatory buisness black tie) and spent today filing down my left hand and trying to figure if I could keep any of it and still play. In fact, I came on to pull up the old threads on fake nails... Oh, and then there was the time last night when a "distinguished gentleman of color" wanted to know how I had learnt so much about roots music... "Well, you know that weekend of folkmusic I go to every year... There's a few folkies, -white boys, actually keepin' the music alive and teaching anyone who will listen... now let me tell you where to start lookin'.."    Thanks Rick.

Then I read this.... Blessings and Light for both of you...

Kathy


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Jeremiah McCaw
Date: 05 Jun 03 - 11:31 PM

Didn't know, Rick. For what it's worth you are in this little round sorta-agnostic, pseudo-Taoist's thoughts and prayers.

Jeremiah


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Willie-O
Date: 06 Jun 03 - 07:41 AM

Rick, I think your backyard garden has recuperative powers. We're thinking about you buddy, and me and the guitar will try to visit sometime this summer.

Bill


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: mooman
Date: 06 Jun 03 - 08:37 AM

All best wishes for a speedy and full recovery from this little lost country in the middle of nowhere!

Very best regards to you and Heather,

moo


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Jack The Lad
Date: 06 Jun 03 - 08:58 AM

I hope that prayers from this part of the world still have a bit more clout with the Big Person Upstairs, anyway , they are going out for you Rick.
Jack The Lad in Israel


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: black walnut
Date: 07 Jun 03 - 07:57 AM

Many (hugs) to you both,

~nut


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: GUEST,frankham
Date: 07 Jun 03 - 12:50 PM

Rick,

I'm really sorry you had to go through this.   My prayers are that you will. Thanks for having the courage to tell us. Please get better.

Frank Hamilton


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Deckman
Date: 07 Jun 03 - 01:32 PM

Rick ... best wishes and thoughts for you from out here on the West Coast! CHEERS, Bob(deckman)Nelson


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 07 Jun 03 - 10:23 PM

One of the more irritating little things is that while I'm on the chemo I HAVE to drink 8 glasses of water a day. I have not been a good boy about this, starting to gag by about the fifth one. Seem to have solved the problem today.....it's Welch's grape juice and a third water.....much more palatable, and surprise surprise, I had twice the amount of energy today than I've had in the last month. Hope it keeps up.

Cheers

Rick


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: GUEST,Arnie
Date: 07 Jun 03 - 11:15 PM

8 glasses of water! there's a song in that. You'd better keep the banjo by the toilet just in case. Get well my friend


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: katlaughing
Date: 08 Jun 03 - 12:22 AM

I do two quarts a day, at least, Rick, but that's all I drink and I like water.:-) I load up a quart sippie with ice and water, keep adding water and just sip throughout the day. Seems to work better than trying to down one 8 ounce glass at a time, physically and psychologically. fwiw*bg*


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: SINSULL
Date: 08 Jun 03 - 12:47 AM

A shot of Jack Daniel's will make it go down easier too, Rick.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 08 Jun 03 - 12:56 AM

get,welll,soon,rick.john


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Annie
Date: 08 Jun 03 - 05:23 PM

Rickster and Heather:

Whoa!! Big job taking those treatments. We gotcha covered with prayers and thoughts for licking this.

Eight glasses a day, huh? They (who are 'they' anyway?) used to tell us women to do that, and we all did, - for at least a week! I start drinking 8 glasses every day. I just forget to finish. I'll make it through 8 tomorrow so I can remember just how much water that is!!

Love ya,
Annie


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Clifton53
Date: 08 Jun 03 - 08:49 PM

Good thoughts for you Rick, get well soon


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Art Thieme
Date: 09 Jun 03 - 12:08 AM

Rick,

When your bag gets sort of full, just take a permanent marker and draw a smiley face on it. The yellow liquid behind the smile is certain to intrigue and fascinate children and adults of all ages----especially if the bag is one of those round ones. I did this in St. Mary's Hospital at Mayo Clinic and gained a certain fame around there.

;-)

Art


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Marion
Date: 09 Jun 03 - 02:10 AM

If the amount of sugar you're consuming by drinking that much juice is a concern (and I have no idea if it is or not, I'm just saying IF), another thing you could try is making dilute ice tea (herbal or decaf). I use one teabag for a 2L bottle of water and find that this subtle flavouring makes it easier for me to drink lots of water.

Marion


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: black walnut
Date: 09 Jun 03 - 08:46 AM

Drink it straight from the lake, Rick. No sugar....lots of flavour!

~b.w.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 09 Jun 03 - 10:59 AM

Good grief Art! Bag? Yellow liquid? Smiley Face? Did I get something confused here?!

What I'm dealing with is bad enough, but if it comes down to a catheter to remove stuff, I'll be ready for the gas pipe, Ha ha!

I went through that for a few days last year when I was in the hospital, and it is SERIOUSLY unpleasant.

Boy, this is a drag, but I sure appreciate the support.

Cheers

Rick


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Walking Eagle
Date: 09 Jun 03 - 06:05 PM

Ain't it though? My wizard ( chemo doc ) told me that anything is acceptable to drink as long as it has no caffein and agrees with me. Thank gawd I'm on a chemo regimen that is very specific and has no real bad side effects. But my friend, I have BTDT with the side effects crap. I KNOW how it is Rick! I SEE you, my friend.

If you ever want to vent to someone who knows the chemo lingo and has had the 2:00AM frights, feel free to send me a PM and we'll get through it.

(((((((((((((((((((((Rick and family)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

Big Cherokee bear hug!

W.E.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 09 Jun 03 - 07:32 PM

Let's see-
8 glasses is 64 fluid ounces, or a half-a-glass more than 3 imperial pints. I've been known to meet or exceed that. Unless, of course, they're imperial glasses...


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: JedMarum
Date: 09 Jun 03 - 10:52 PM

I also wish good weather on y'all! Someone said tahat your garden has healing powers, and I tend to think that's true. I have memories of some magic in that place ... so, here's a prayer for good weather, mild air, warm sunshine, cool shade ... and hours in the garden.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Fortunato
Date: 10 Jun 03 - 01:20 PM

Water. Oh. Right. I'll get some now. Hang in there, Rick.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Big Mick
Date: 10 Jun 03 - 01:26 PM

Jed, I am with you on that. That yard filled with good friends and great music should do the trick.

Rick, the day doesn't go by that I am not thinking of you and Heather. I love you both and wish I could take some of this off you.

Love,

Mick


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: John Hardly
Date: 10 Jun 03 - 02:02 PM

Rick,

Though I don't know you, your posts here have always been some of my favorites -- and, life-long guitar bum that I am, they've been among the most helpful, most useful. Thanks. I wish you well. I'll say a prayer as well.

John


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: MMario
Date: 10 Jun 03 - 02:26 PM

God help me if I ever go on chemo - I drink about 4 quarts or more of water a day under normal conditions - it's not unusual for me to polish off 4 quarts with a meal...(especially if I have been working outdoors)


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Art Thieme
Date: 10 Jun 03 - 03:06 PM

Uh, Rick, the catheter sure beat waking up in four inches of warm liquid sunk inside a swail in the middle of the bed. THAT is hard to take at age 62. Now there is medication, and thank God for the catheters. I now put a big smiley face on my stomach and hope not to explode. Yeah, MS can be a bitch and a half----but with MS, like insanity, once you get used to it, insanity can be the most normally sane thing in the world ;-)

Fight on!!!!!!!!!

Art


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Amos
Date: 10 Jun 03 - 03:13 PM

Well this old coot goes to the doc for a checkup, and the Doc asks him if he's, y'know, reg'lar.

"Oh, sure thing," he replies. "Every morning, 7:00 sharp".

"Well, that's very good!" says the doc.

"Well, mebbe, and mebbe not," the old timer replies. "I generally sleep until 8:00."

A


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 10 Jun 03 - 05:59 PM

JEESUS AMOS!

I needed that!

Thanks folks.

Rick


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: van lingle
Date: 10 Jun 03 - 08:57 PM

Hey Rick, There's a lot more chords I need to learn and some obscure Appalachian musicians I probably don't know about so hang tough! Sending good thoughts from way down in Florida. vl


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Art Thieme
Date: 11 Jun 03 - 12:17 AM

and I want to be the first one in this thread to wish 'Spaw a happy birthday ~

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: BS: The Apple Music Store
From: GUEST,Richard
Date: 11 Jun 03 - 02:50 AM

Art, In searching the new Apple Music Store and being able to find many old tunes the bits and pieces of which kept knocking round in my head, I couldn't find the song about the Hobo's Last Ride. Ultimately, my search lead me to you. The apple site is great way to get the music you want, if it is there. It seems the folk section is a little thin, especially when it comes to railroad songs. Could you or some of your friends link up Apple with whoever they need to get your recordings on the web site. I would buy some. Thanks, RD Foley 32 years on the SP


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: kendall
Date: 11 Jun 03 - 06:38 AM

Amos..."Stop, thief"!


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Maryrrf
Date: 11 Jun 03 - 09:21 AM

Hi, I just saw this thread since I don't go into the non-music section much. I wanted to add my well wishes and good thoughts!
All the best,
Mary


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: GUEST,Songster Bob
Date: 11 Jun 03 - 12:55 PM

I'm late in offering my best wishes, though Jennifer did it earlier, but it occurs to me that I'm supposed to get you to make me a guitar strap, for last Christmas, I think it was to have been, so don't go getting too weak to make a nice tooled strap for my fancy guitar!

Seriously, when you get to where you could start on same, let me know, and we'll discuss details (like what to put on it, how long is should be, price, etc.). My email is songuitar@starpower.net, 'cause I can have Mudcat messages waiting months before I ever notice they're there.

Bob Clayton


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Art Thieme
Date: 11 Jun 03 - 05:22 PM

Richard, Hello.

My 2 records for FOLK LEGACY are available as CDs now. You can get them from them at www.folklegacy.com   "The Hobos Last Ride" is on one titled THAT'S THE TICKET.

My latest CD---1998---is available from WATERBUG RECORDS at www.waterbug.com

The 2 LPs I did in the 70s for Kicking Mule are now owned by Fantasy Records and they won't be issuing them until I croak.

A cassette called ON THE RIVER is available from Folk Legacy too.

And one of these days, well, who knows ?

Thanks,

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Art Thieme
Date: 11 Jun 03 - 05:24 PM

Rick,

Sorry for conducting business on your thread. I do hope this is one of the good (BEST!!!) days.

Art


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Amos
Date: 11 Jun 03 - 05:46 PM

Kendall:

I didn't steal that joke from you!! Mebbe the guy I stole it from did, though... :>)

A


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: hesperis
Date: 11 Jun 03 - 07:48 PM

Hey, about Apple's iTunes thing? CD Baby is trying to get a deal with them for featuring independent artists from CD Baby in iTunes. Not sure what the details are yet, but this could be a good thing for folk and independent artists.

Oh and Rick - *hug* (and give one to Duckboots for me too)


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 12 Jun 03 - 02:27 AM

Rick, I don't wish to conduct business on your health thread, so here's a joke I didn't steal from Kendall or Amos.

Murphy's about to go to Spain on vacation, and he's worried because he doesn't speak the language. So he's in the pub telling O'Brien: "Look, I'm going on vacation to Spain next week, and I don't know how I'll communicate. I don't speak the language."
O'Brien says: "It's easy. When you get to Spain, just....speak....slowly. They'll understand everything."
SO Murphy flies to Spain, checks into his hotel, puts his luggage in his room, and then he goes down into the lounge bar.
A waiter comes over to his table, and Murphy says, "I'd....like....a....beer....please."
The waiter goes and gets it.
Murphy says, "Thank....you."
The waiter says, "You're ....welcome. Where ....are ....you ....from?"
Murphy says, "I'm ....from ....Ireland."
The waiter says, "Really? .....I'm ....from ....Ireland ....too."
Murphy says, "Then ......why ......are .....we .....speaking ....Spanish?"


Keep at it, Rick.

Seamus


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: alison
Date: 12 Jun 03 - 03:11 AM

love, hugs, good thoughts and prayers from all the way down here too...

thinking of you both

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Jun 03 - 06:06 PM

The patient goes to the doctor who looks down his throat and says, "You'll have to have your tonsils removed".

The patient says, "Not so fast, I want a second opinion."

The doctor replies, "OK, you're ugly too."


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: GUEST,Annie
Date: 12 Jun 03 - 09:46 PM

I didn't mean to be anonymous on that last post. That 'Guest' guy usually pisses me off, and I had an identiy crisis when I saw it. Somebody stole my cookie.

Hang in there Rick and Heather. Thinking about you.

Annie


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: SINSULL
Date: 22 Jun 03 - 08:58 PM

How are you doing Rick? Heather? My neighbors think I am conducting Satanic rites with all the candles burning.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: ex-pat
Date: 22 Jun 03 - 10:49 PM

Hey Rick,
My Banjo mute is the dog's bollocks. (translation for those who do not understand coarse Mancunian slang...effin' wonderful!)
Get well soon mate,
Ollie


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: DonMeixner
Date: 22 Jun 03 - 11:03 PM

Rick,

Just a line to let you know I'm thinking of ya. I know them caths are pretty good sized but jeesus Rick, a gas pipe is a lot bigger around. I'm sure you are a manly man if you say so but a gas pipe is just plain bragging.

Don


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: katlaughing
Date: 23 Jun 03 - 11:26 PM

Thinking of you here, too, in sunny and sort of hot Colorado. Heard some pickin' on PHC, on Gibsons on loan from Elderly that made me think of you and Justa Picker.

Hugs and snogs to you and Heather.

luvyakat and Rog sends his best, too


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Amos
Date: 23 Jun 03 - 11:33 PM

A GAS pipe?? That's a dead give-away he's been answering all them junk emails....


A


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Escamillo
Date: 02 Jul 03 - 01:30 AM

How are you, Rick ? Hugs from this cold and wet Buenos Aires. Yesterday a little boy named Leonel came to this world claiming that I am his grandfather. I still can't beleive it, but he's so beautiful..

Un abrazo,
Andrés


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Peter T.
Date: 02 Jul 03 - 09:48 AM

Saw Rick yesterday, sunning himself out on his back patio, surrounded by CDs, celebrating Canada Day quietly. He is hanging in there.

yours,

Peter T.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Metchosin
Date: 02 Jul 03 - 10:38 AM

Thinking of you Rick, best wishes from the west coast.
Regards
Jim and Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 02 Jul 03 - 10:41 AM

I spent a few days in the dreaded hospital last week and once again hooked up with a room-mate from hell (dementia AND snoring!). Feeling pretty good this week and will probably go back on the chemo...yuchhh. Glad to see Peter and also Marion, who's embarking on her cross North America journey shortly. Thanks so much for all the well-wishes.

Rick


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
Date: 02 Jul 03 - 01:48 PM

Rick- George, Jon and I send love and wishes for the best- we're just home from a month away, so I found this thread a sad surprise, but we're all impressed with your endurance and your bright spirit.

A bit of positive news: George's brother-in-law finished his chemo a couple of months ago and is now "good as new," out playing golf, hiking and biking- and he's approaching 80. You'll do even better, so keep laughing (who was the famous editor who actually DID cure himself with laughter? He wrote a fine article-or book?- about it, but my aging memory won't give me his name- just now!) Some other Mudcatter will know, I'm sure.

Love and blessings,   Jean


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 02 Jul 03 - 01:51 PM

Rootin' for ya from Windsor mate!


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Deckman
Date: 02 Jul 03 - 05:03 PM

Rick ... More CHEERS from the West Coast! Bob(deckman)Nelson ... By the way, I just got home from the Doctors clinic where they had the audacity to stick a needle into my right hip socket and shoot it full of some horrible medice. Right now, I hurt worse than I did this morning. I thought about it, and realized that I probably brought the pain on myself ... I remember trying to hit the Doctor at one very painful moment, and then I went for the nurse! And then there was the Police, and all those damned papers to sign (jail food is lousy), but now I'm home again ... looking for a new Doctor! ((I hope I gave you a chuckle)).


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Walking Eagle
Date: 02 Jul 03 - 05:19 PM

Another Cherokee Big Bear Hug to ya!


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 02 Jul 03 - 06:22 PM

Jean, was that Norman Cousins? Also a movie about the story, Anatomy of an Illness. I loved the movie; Norman's role was played by Lou Grant.

Rick, I was thinking about you Sunday. Don't know why, just enjoying the summer landscape and gardens.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: SINSULL
Date: 02 Jul 03 - 06:58 PM

Snoring eh? I know nothing about that. And i will smack anyone who says different.
Glad you're home. Now stay there. It's not healthy to be sleeping around with strange men, whether they snore or not.
SINS


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Alba
Date: 02 Jul 03 - 08:08 PM

Best Wishes from the Backwoods of Maine Rick.
Thinking of You and Best Wishes to Yourself and Heather:>)
A


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: InOBU
Date: 02 Jul 03 - 09:24 PM

HEY RICK!
Been a tad buisy for the Cat. Doing a bit of fieldwork, travelling around, and such, working on a few cases, but, I noticed this thread and had to drop in. GET WELLER! If yellin at you helps, hope it does, GET WELL AND OUT AND ABOUT YA TALLENTED GIT!!!!!!!!!!
Cheers man, what else can I say?
Larry


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Little Hawk
Date: 02 Jul 03 - 10:08 PM

Hey, Rick, thinking about you in Orillia. I send my good wishes, as always.

- LH


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Amos
Date: 02 Jul 03 - 10:20 PM

Yep, Norman Cousins, armed with a bunch of Charlie Chaplin videos, laughed himself to wellness. I always figured if I could just find the right kind of joke, I could laugh myself to great wealth,in like wise -- kinda like shifting the frequency on a radio, y'know? But somehow my joke never came in...


A


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: wysiwyg
Date: 02 Jul 03 - 10:24 PM

Love and prayers from here, Rick. PM me if you want my secret phone number at my paw-in-law's, where I'll be July 7-17, thinking of you.

And hey, do what you need to do, a'ight? You know what that is.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: CarolC
Date: 02 Jul 03 - 11:23 PM

Hey Rick. JtS and I are going to be in your area at various times between now and mid-September. I'll be sending you a PM some time in the not-too-distant future to see if you'd be up for a couple of visitors in your garden some afternoon.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: GUEST,sorefingers
Date: 02 Jul 03 - 11:40 PM

Awe shucks not dead yet! and there was herself dreaming about being the Guitar Doc on Muddie....


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 03 Jul 03 - 11:10 AM

Hey sorefingers...go for it! I spent three years as the resident "know it all" on matters technical here at at Mudcat U. I ran out of things to say a long time ago, ha ha!

Thanks for the wishes folks, they mean a lot.

Rick


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Raptor
Date: 03 Jul 03 - 12:18 PM

Hey Man your music Moved me!

It really Moved me!

Raptor


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: SINSULL
Date: 03 Jul 03 - 10:19 PM

And now begins the throbbing beat and primitive chant...

Wild Thing,
You make my heart sing
You make everything grooooovy.

Wild Thing
I think you move me
But I wanna know for sure.
Come on and hold me...
You move me...

The crowd bursts into song from the tabletops as Rick saunters into the spotlight...
Sorry. I saw it in a movie once. Seemed to work. I'll be quiet now.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: catspaw49
Date: 03 Jul 03 - 10:36 PM

"The crowd bursts into song from the tabletops as Rick saunters into the spotlight..."...and takes up the song himself.......

"Prune Juice
You make my bowels loose
Prune Juice
You really move me
I gotta' go for sure....."

.........and exits in haste, Stage Left.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 03:09 PM

Hey Rick,

Are you up to picking a few in the next little while?


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 11 Aug 03 - 12:48 PM

Well, I'd like to say that all the interferon and chemo have gotten together and kicked out the nasty cancer cells, but they haven't. Leaving me with a very much "live for today" attitude, 'cuz there may not be a tomorrow. It's a bit scary, but as I've said many times here, the best method for me to deal with adversity is humour and dignity.

I'm not in any pain or discomfort, and I have to admit that the thought of NOT having to deal with the side-effects of chemo-therapy is quite a relief...no matter WHAT the future holds.

I'll try to keep up my Mudcatting as long as I can, 'cuz it's still the best "R and R' I know of. I'll keep ya posted on further developments.

Cheers

Rick.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 11 Aug 03 - 12:56 PM

Rick, I think of you often. Keep posting and all the best to you.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Amos
Date: 11 Aug 03 - 12:58 PM

Goddammit, Rick!!

HEre's what I think, if you're gonna be lilke that. Ya better get a videocam, get someone to capture you giving lessons and start recording every damn thing you know on video and make a bunch of CDs for sale showing your stuff from beginner on up, banjo, twelve-string and all. That oughta keep you busy for a few years, huh???


A


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: kendall
Date: 11 Aug 03 - 01:09 PM

Never give up. We love ya, Mate.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: momnopp
Date: 11 Aug 03 - 01:22 PM

As my little, 5 year-old friend with Neuroblastoma has said, "I'm gonna kick all those cancer cells' butts!"

We love you, Rick -- keep a song in your heart.

Peace,

JudyO


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Janie
Date: 11 Aug 03 - 01:39 PM

Ah Rick & Heather.

May you experience the love of us all surrounding you as you take in each day to its fullest.

Did you hear about the blonde (of which I am one) who was soooo blonde that she thought the TGIF on her T-shirt meant "Tits go in front?"

Peace and strengh your way,

Janie


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 11 Aug 03 - 02:02 PM

Here in dairy country we see T-shirts that say, "The udder side."


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 11 Aug 03 - 02:05 PM

Damn. Keep on fighting the fight Rick. Our thoughts are with you.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: katlaughing
Date: 11 Aug 03 - 02:07 PM

Thanks for the update, Rick. You know where our hearts are...love you, dearly...kat & Rog


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Bobert
Date: 11 Aug 03 - 02:17 PM

Life is a sinch, inch by inch. Life is hard, yard by yard. One day at a time is the best any of us can do. So, Amos is right. Go record something today and know that there are one heck of a lot of folks here with you, my friend.

That would be the advice of my Uncle Phil, who is now a 23 year cancer survivor though he has never been in complete remission. Plus he'd remind you to eat properly and us whatever is necesary to keep you regular...

My thoughts and prayers are with you...

Bobert


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Jack The Lad
Date: 11 Aug 03 - 02:18 PM

I heard a tune on Hober Radio and I thought "God , that guy is good" So I looked to see who it was and it was you, Rick.
Get Well Soon,
Jack The Lad


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Bill D
Date: 11 Aug 03 - 02:22 PM

well...not what we wanted to hear, hmm? There's no way to say much except to echo your own thoughts, Rick...do what you can do and keep upthat "humor and dignity" that we have come to know and appreciate.

Whatever happens, you have made both the 'real world' and Mudcat a better more "interesting" place! *grin*

I like your mindset...that narrow place between "never give up" and "deal with the reality of it all"

Hope you will sign in often and share the good stuff while we see how it goes...


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Art Thieme
Date: 11 Aug 03 - 02:58 PM

Rick,

You know I'm with you.

Here, the prostate cancer is not growing. I keep testing every six months. The MS is anoying and it manages to hit me where I live. Still, this life is a hell of an adventure. Today I took my favorite person in all this world up to Rockford for yet another ECT (electro-convulsive-shock) treatment. So far, these are doing wonders for her and her world outlook. We take care of each other---and it's a real priviledge. Through Mudcat we will do what we can. Just KNOW that


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: GUEST,God
Date: 11 Aug 03 - 03:00 PM

Be it known to ye all, Heavenly Requisition Order D-28, concerning one R. Fielding, has been cancelled, I repeat cancelled. Put thine harps away and leave the man alone, agnostic, atheist or not!


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Art Thieme
Date: 11 Aug 03 - 03:26 PM

Sorry, folks---and Rick,

We had a lightning storm that took me off line quite suddenly. But it passed quickly and power returned. The lightning strike that cut the power seems to've posted what I was writing. I've no idea what that is all about.

I suspect you know pretty much what I was trying to say.

Art


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: bbc
Date: 11 Aug 03 - 04:21 PM

Dear Rick,

Thank you for letting us know the latest. I know that my life is richer for having come to know you. I like Amos' idea of recording more music, if you can. Keep fighting, dear, & know that our thoughts & prayers are w/ you!

with love to you & Heather,

barbara


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: GUEST,leo condie
Date: 11 Aug 03 - 05:11 PM

much peace to you, rick. your attitude concerning the whole affair is absolutely inspiring.

leo.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Deckman
Date: 11 Aug 03 - 05:17 PM

Good thoughts and wishes to you from the West Coast. Bob(deckman)Nelson


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Carly
Date: 11 Aug 03 - 07:15 PM

Thank you for letting us know what's happening, Rick. Our thoughts and our hearts are with you and Heather.
Sent with love, Carly


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: GUEST,Sorcha, on the IP site
Date: 11 Aug 03 - 07:34 PM

Rick, you just GOTTA be OK. You hear me, man? You want Auntie Scorchy to Scorch your butt?


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Alba
Date: 11 Aug 03 - 07:35 PM

Thinking of you Rick.
With Love, Hope and Best Wishes from here in Northern Maine to You and Heather.
JD


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: SINSULL
Date: 11 Aug 03 - 07:47 PM

Last night I lit some candles for you and me and a few others, lavender. Unfortunately, I burned them in pretty little pierced votive holders. Cheap-assed candles didn't burn evenly and the wax poured over the sides and through the holes. Wax all over everything on the shelves underneath and the floor. Burned myself with hot wax when I picked up the holders. Purple stains on a new blouse. The end result? I created stress, agida, and purple globs. Sorry - it was meant to comfort.
Tonight I will just pray.
For you and for Heather.
Mary


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Sorcha
Date: 11 Aug 03 - 07:59 PM

LOL, SINS. I put them cheap ass candles outside....but I'm with you on this one.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 11 Aug 03 - 08:13 PM

Nice to hear you on the radio tonight Rick. You have to beat this thing, who else would play the Stanley Brothers on the radio in T.O,?


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: harpgirl
Date: 11 Aug 03 - 10:51 PM

Enjoy life while you can, my friend. None of us know how much time we have left on this tiny rock......


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Chanteyranger
Date: 11 Aug 03 - 11:17 PM

Rick, I very much empathise with what you're going through, and send you all my best.

Chanteyranger


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Deckman
Date: 11 Aug 03 - 11:24 PM

Mina Rakaastaan Sinua! Bob


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Bert
Date: 11 Aug 03 - 11:39 PM

I love it SINSMELUV - Those purple globs will make Rick well.

Ok Rick more purple globs coming to you from Pennsylvania.

Bert.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Sorcha
Date: 12 Aug 03 - 12:24 AM

Great big purple globs from Wyoming............smooch smooch smooch say the purple globs..........


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Amos
Date: 12 Aug 03 - 12:48 AM

FLOOD RICK!! Purple globs, gooblick, oobleck, pablum, sum-dung-too, caterwhumpus oblongatus, furballs, purr-balls, clouds of golden vibrations, showers of Granola -- whatever floats yer boat, send it over!!

A


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Little Hawk
Date: 12 Aug 03 - 01:09 AM

Life is an adventure and it keeps changing. It won't stand still. All I can say is, knowing you has certainly made my life richer, Rick. Count on sharing a few more adventures somewhere down the line...where and when we don't know...but count on it.

- LH


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Ebbie
Date: 12 Aug 03 - 01:40 AM

Amos, it's interesting that you should list 'showers of golden vibrations'. I experienced that for a few days myself back in 1988- I believe it was prayer and nurturing thoughts made visible. Rick, whether you see the golden particles or not, be assured they are there. Freely we give you of our strength to enhance your own.

By the by, Amos, maybe you could list 'oosik' too. I don't know how many are lurking about Toronto but most every Alaskan household has one; talk about strength and inspiration. One look at one of those things and Rick should perk right up. :)


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Mudlark
Date: 12 Aug 03 - 01:42 AM

Rick...maybe not great news, but the best news is who you are, what you have been and how wonderful it is to have you with us still. Thanks for keeping us posted...you are important to us all.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 12 Aug 03 - 02:28 AM

So Sid and Gladys are sitting in the sunroom at the nursing home, and Gladys says to Sid: "I bet I can guess your age."
Sid says, "What?" (He's a bit hard of hearing, is Sid.)
Gladys says, "I CAN GUESS YOUR AGE. Been reading about it in a book. I'll bet you fifty dollars I can guess your age."
"Fifty dollars? OK, you're on, go ahead."
Gladys says, "All right, first you have to stand up."
Sid says, "What kind of pup?"
Gladys shouts, "STAND UP!" So he does. "Now, turn around."
"What?"
"You heard me. Turn around...OK...now, drop your pants."
"WHAT???" Sid asks, hoping he heard wrong.
"I said drop your pants. Hey, 50 bucks isn't chopped liver. I have to do this right."
"You've gotta be kidding."
"No, it's in the book. Go ahead and drop 'em."
Sid grumbles, but obliges. "Now turn around again."
More grumbling.
"Good. Now drop your shorts."
"Who's Dr. Schwartz?"
"No, no," says Gladys, loudly. "I said, drop your shorts!"
Sid stares at her, horrified.
"I AM NOT GOING TO DROP MY SHORTS IN PUBLIC!!!"
"Come on, Sid," Gladys wheedles, "if I'm wrong it's fifty bucks for you. Just humor me."
"Oh, all right," he says, turning even pinker than usual.
"There, that's fine...now, turn around again...go, on, just do it."
"OK, are you satisfied?"
"Great. Let me see...you're...uh...you're...eighty-seven."
Sid is amazed. "That's exactly right! How did you know?"
Gladys looks at him over her trifocals, and smiles sweetly.
"You told me yesterday."

Lots of healing energy here in the islands, Rick, and it's being channeled your way.

Aloha,
Mark


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Partridge
Date: 12 Aug 03 - 04:09 AM

positive thoughts winging there way across the pond to you and yours,

love

Pat x


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: GUEST,Dani
Date: 12 Aug 03 - 06:53 AM

What did the fish say when he hit the concrete wall?

DAM!
__________________________________

It's very hard to let people give you what they can to help. This different venue, this weirdo wonderful community that loves and reveres you, helps give you what you need, and we can really pour it on precisely because you DON'T look us in the face every day! Let it. Let EVERYONE you know or pass by give you what they have to offer to help you - psychically, physically, emotionally, musically. You've done plenty of giving in your life. It's time to receive.


Dani


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: SINSULL
Date: 12 Aug 03 - 07:08 AM

Figured out the problem...lavendar has an "A". Keeps the wax from dripping through the holes. I love you, Rick. Heather too. Stay strong.
M.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: kendall
Date: 12 Aug 03 - 07:20 AM

Remember my friend, "It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog."


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: catspaw49
Date: 12 Aug 03 - 08:24 AM

Geeziz man, tou gotta' get your act together. You've already caused a giant mess at Sinsull's place and now Kendall is talking about dog fighting or something. I didn't know he was into dog fighting....I mean that's really disgusting and cruel to say the very least. Besides, that little quote he used is actually about cock fighting I think.....It's not the size of the cock in the fight, but the size of the fight in the cock. .....I dunno'....Maybe it's about sex........whatever...........

[Spaw's mind runs off in tangenital directions......Cocks, Dicks, Dorks, Peters....Hey....Peter T........Old thread......]
So look here Bro, you gotta' stick around 'cause Peter T. still needs work on the thumb roll and he'll need help going to see his cronies at the "Old Folkies Retirement Home"...........As I recall you wrote it this way several years ago:

Scene from the play "Golden Gaffers With Guitars" by R.Fielding. From the original first draft by K. Laughing.

Rick:(to Peter T.)
"Well, old timer, whaddya wanna do today?
Peter T.
"Well, I've still got to do some work on that double thumb roll, Rick. You did promise I'd be able to play "Eve of Destruction" before I died - and I'm almost 87, so time's running out. We could go for a visit down the street though. Hold on while I get my walker.
Rick:
"If you'd taken my advice and bought that Furannablaster -28, with the 25 1/2" scale and 2 3/4" width fingerboard, you'd have learned it 31 years ago, but don't worry, there's still time, and I don't wanna put pressure on you. How 'bout we drop in on Catspaw 91?
"They hobble down the street".
Rick:
"Hey Paw, are you up yet? Put your teeth in, we're here for a visit."
Catspaw:(from behind door)
"Fawkin' eh! Damn possum asses! (cough, hack) Get offa my property, or I'll sic my imaginary brothers on ya! Now git!"
Peter T: "Poor ol fart, hasn't had a good night's sleep since '98. Hey, let's visit old Mick."
"they knock on Mick's door"
Rapidly Shrinking Mick:
"Faith and Begorrah! Is that you Ulstermen at my door? I'll mop the floor with yez, I'll hit yez on the head with my box of Wolftones records! Jayzus, you've got my blood boilin' now...Arghhhhh!"
Rick:
"Oops, now we've done it! He's had another coronary. I think that's number 23. We better ring old Father Offer to give him the last rites again. I think he's still sitting in that abandoned 56 Chevy, down by the lighthouse looking for Russian subs."
Peter T:,
"This is getting depressing. I was at AnnaP's gathering last week, and all she served was mush. After dinner, everyone fell asleep while Sandy was singing "Tam Lin", and he'd only gotten to the 82nd verse! Even 'ol Max was startin' all his blues songs off with "Woke up this Afternoon..."
Rick:
"I know, let's go see 'ol Aunt Katlaughing. She's always got a positive outlook on life!"
They knock on a gaily painted door festooned with astrological signs and uplifting "thoughts for the day"
Katlaughing:
"C'mon in boys, there's a big pot of Camomile, Exlax, and Viagara tea waitin' for you! Find a place to set a spell. You'll have to move a few of the cats first. Saffo just had kittens, so that makes 265 of the little cuties now!"

Whoops..play ends abruptly as Duckboots yells: "Richard put that garbage out!!"


BTW, the Reg Boys are in jail in Montgomery, Alabama.....don't ask.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Peter T.
Date: 12 Aug 03 - 08:32 AM

YOU ARE GODDAM RIGHT ON THAT ONE, RIGHT ON THE MONEY, C.P.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YOURS,

PETER T.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Willie-O
Date: 12 Aug 03 - 09:41 AM

Well Mr Rick, just keep on doing that stuff that you do...Trite, wot?

love to you & Heather both
Bill


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: black walnut
Date: 12 Aug 03 - 10:44 AM

(((((......love.......)))))

~b.w.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Rapparee
Date: 12 Aug 03 - 11:10 AM

Rick, my wife had cancer. It was operated on just 43 years ago, and she was too young at 17 to know better, so she beat it.

If she did, you can too. After all, you can't let a giiiiiiirl beat you, now, can you?


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: katlaughing
Date: 12 Aug 03 - 11:29 AM

Spaw, you've done it, again. I am laughing while the tears run down my face...how do you remember these things and find them?!

Anudder Mudder and I were talking just the other day about how we'd still like to see that Mudcat Retirement Community happen...with ALL of us there, ya hear me, Rick?

love always,

kat


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Subject: LYR ADD: Ode to an oosik (a poem) by anon
From: katlaughing
Date: 12 Aug 03 - 11:47 AM

And one more thing, I can't believe Spaw missed the set-up from Ebbie about the 'oosik! Myself being naturally curious, I had to go find out what it is...a walrus boner, I kid you not! Read on...


ODE TO AN OOSIK

Strange things have been done in the Midnight Sun,
   and the story books are full---
But the strangest tale concerns the male,
   magnificent walrus bull!

I know it's rude, quite common and crude,
   Perhaps it is grossly unkind;
But with first glance at least, this bewhiskered beast,
   is as ugly in front as behind.

Look once again, take a second look -- then
   you'll see he's not ugly or vile --
There's a hint of a grin, in that blubbery chin --
   and the eyes have a shy secret smile.

How can this be, this clandestine glee
   that exudes from the walrus like music?
He knows, there inside, beneath blubber and hide
   lies a splendid contrivance -- the Oosik!

"Oosik" you say -- and quite well you may,
    I'll explain if you keep it between us;
In the simplest truth, though rather uncouth
   "Oosik" is, in fact, his penis!

Now the size alone of this walrus bone,
   would indeed arouse envious thinking --
It is also a fact, documented and backed,
   There is never a softening or shrinking!

This, then, is why the smile is so sly,
   the walrus is rightfully proud.
Though the climate is frigid, the walrus is rigid,
   Pray, why, is not man so endowed?

Added to this, is a smile you might miss ---
   Though the bull is entitled to bow --
The one to out-smile our bull by a mile
    is the satisfied walrus cow!

(Anonymous)


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 12 Aug 03 - 12:37 PM

Damn, I don't wanna be haunted by purple globs the rest of my life......OK, I'll get well!

Rick

P.S. Hey Spaw: Where the Hell's Gargoyle, tellin' me to hurry up and die and decrease the surplus population?


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: annamill
Date: 12 Aug 03 - 01:15 PM

I haven't written because I don't know what to say to you. I love your music. I love your postings. I wish I had time and vicinity to get to know you better. Please get well.

Love, Annamill


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: KathWestra
Date: 12 Aug 03 - 01:29 PM

Dear Rick & Heather, You've both been much in my thoughts, and will continue to be. Much love to you both. And lots of purple globs, too!
And thanks, Spaw. I knew you'd talk some sense into him.
XXOXOO Kath

p.s. Yes, about those teaching videos. I need to re-learn those chords you tried to teach me last time you were in D.C.......... k.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Wesley S
Date: 12 Aug 03 - 01:56 PM

Rick - What do the Toronto BlueJays and Michael Jackson have in common ?

They both wear one glove for no apparent reason.


Take it easy but take it buddy.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Morticia
Date: 12 Aug 03 - 04:26 PM

Dammit,Fielding you aren't going anywhere....we aren't finished with you yet and besides, you need to take some responsibility for those lunatic half brothers of yours, you know Uncle Pat can't control 'em worth a damn.

All the love in the world to you and to Heather....chin up, ould lad.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Amos
Date: 12 Aug 03 - 07:12 PM

Rick:

Fuck Gargoyle -- just think on this -- if you up and get all metaphysically challenged, like, you're gonna have to hang around as a hant and teach Peter T that thumb roll telepathically without the aid of any amplifying devices whatsoever!! Now...I ain't saying he's hard to larn, and I ain't saying he ain't....but I think you'd be happier rolling a stone up a hill almost to the top many, many times....so my advice is, ya better stick with the Spirito con Carne version of things. Believe me, you're better off!!

A


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 13 Aug 03 - 05:10 PM

Hang on in there Rick. Gotta see you over here someday. You can do it! Love from Elaine & Me. Love to you too Heather.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Mark Clark
Date: 13 Aug 03 - 06:01 PM

Rick, I watched this thread in shock and horror without any clue how I can make any meaningful response. We've never met but through your music, your radio shows, your thoughtful comments here and the generally high regard in which you are held by everyone causes me to imagine that I actually know you in some way. This is puzzling to me because I rarely feel any association with people I haven't at least had a few beers with.

Still, I feel moved to find some way to offer encouragement and support however meaningless that probably seems. You don't owe this old world anything but we'd all be mighty pleased if you would just get well and keep on making music for another 40 years or so anyway.

Do the best you can and we'll be pullin' for ya.

      - Mark


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Deckman
Date: 13 Aug 03 - 06:14 PM

Rick ... GREAT fishing this morning. Low tide ... the humpies are in ... "humpy hollow" was hot ... the red "Buzz Bomb" was the lure of choice. There's so many salmon out here that they are jumping onto the beach and cleaning themselves! True. Do you like BBQ'd salmon? Come on out! My treat! CHEERS, Bob(deckman)Nelson


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 13 Aug 03 - 09:54 PM

Rick, these three corpses turn up at the morgue and each one has a smile on its face. The cops suspect some sort of weird serial killer at large, and they ask the coroner to investigate. "Come back in a couple of days." he says.
A detective comes in 2 days later and says, "What's the story, Doc?"
"No foul play," he says, "just an Englishman, a Scotsman and an Irishman."
"Sounds like a joke to me." says the detective.
The coroner continues. "Over here we have the Englishman, 70 year old Lord Bottomly-Smythe. Had a heart attack in the arms of his 20 year old mistress and died. Hence, the smile on his face.
Next we have the Scotsman, Jock McTavish. 45 years of age, he won 5 million on the lottery, spent it all on the finest single-malt Scotch whisky and died trying to drink it all. Hence, the smile on his face.
Last, we have the Irishman, Paddy Murphy, 25 years of age. Hit by lightning."
"Why does he have a smile on his face?" asks the detective.
"He thought he was having his picture taken!"

Go on Rick, laugh. You know you shouldn't, but go on, laugh!
My best to you and Heather.

Seamus


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: harpgirl
Date: 13 Aug 03 - 10:03 PM

Hi Rick,

Just thought I'd share some pleasure with you! I'm taking two days off from work and Nathan and I are going to go waterfall hunting in Northeast Alabama. One of my favorite vacation pastimes and it has been several years since I've done it! Oh, and I've got a nice boyfriend who plays bluegrass and owns his own spring! He's tough enough to handle me! Is that cool or what? Nathan is also officially a sophmore in college with a good solid 2.58!!!! Hope your weekend will be as special in some way as mine will be. Love, harpgirl


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Big Mick
Date: 13 Aug 03 - 10:56 PM

Rick,

Awright.....awright......I will not hit the 6th string when playing a three finger C, and I will play the four finger C more often. And I will try to "make it" a little harder.

I think my Larrivee has a setup problem. Broke four....count 'em.....four strings in a feckin' hur and a half set. Now I admit it was a kickass, plenty of reels and jigs, kind of a set. But four strings??????? Has any feckin' body ever broke four strings?

Oh.....yeah, I hope you feel better soon. Talk to you this week

All my love to you and Heather, but hell, you have had that for a long time.

Mick


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Sorcha
Date: 13 Aug 03 - 11:04 PM

Well, the gitar player has broken 4 G strings in a gig. Does that count? (and you can hear the jokes about G strings. I don't have to repeat them)


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Bert
Date: 13 Aug 03 - 11:54 PM

Gawd Mick you've almost got a song there, or at least a talking blues.

I think my Larrivee has a setup problem. Broke four....count 'em.....four strings in a feckin' hur and a half set. Now I admit it was a kickass, plenty of reels and jigs, kind of a set. But four strings??????? Has any feckin' body ever broke four strings?

Let me see, how did that song go...

Four wheels on my wagon
I'm still rolling along.

Watch out Rick, the Cherokees are after you.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Deckman
Date: 13 Aug 03 - 11:59 PM

Rick ... "Santaan Percilous!" with my appologies to my Finnish friends. Hang in there. Bob(deckman)Nelson


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: GUEST,at work
Date: 14 Aug 03 - 01:12 AM

Rick, you do not know me from all those other fans who show up now and again; we met at a festival and a concert and stood talking in the lot after. But you have placed smiles and grace notes around my life. Your brown gravy voice, impeccable picking, and outlook striking the exact balance between nobility and humor, are a blessing. The love of a near stranger here follows you.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: harpgirl
Date: 14 Aug 03 - 06:10 AM

Oh yeah and here's a story about my dumbass brother!!

My brother was down in Lakeland hunting parts in a junkyard with one of his friends...way back in the back they found this sinkhole. It was really deep and dark.

My dumbass brother and his friend started throwing junk into it! First they threw in a carburetor from a 57 Chevy. They peaked over the side and didn't even hear a splash! Then they threw in an old Edsel radiator! Still no splash!

Finally, they found this great big old Suburban engine block and they both picked it up and heaved it over the side of the sinkhole!
Both of those idiots stood on the side of the sinkhole peaking over to hear the splash!

Suddenly a great big old billy goat that was in the junkyard appeared out of nowhere and with his nostrils flaring and his head down he came charging toward them! They jumped away from the sinkhole at the very last minute and the billygoat went right into the sinkhole!! Too bad!

Anyway, they both began to feel read bad and they went and found the owner of the sinkhole and told him about the billy goat charging them and jumping out of the way at the last minute and the sad demise of the old billygoat!

The owner said to them, "Oh that couldn't have been my billygoat. My billygoat was tethered to an old Suburban engine block!"


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: mooman
Date: 14 Aug 03 - 07:20 AM

My favourite chord?

Cdim

All the very best from The Good Lady and myself in the Surreal Kingdom of Belgium...we hope to be in the US/Canada next year...maybe we'll get a chance to meet and jam...

Very best wishes,

moo


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: kendall
Date: 14 Aug 03 - 08:08 AM

Seamus, I'm going to steal that one!


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: GUEST,Pete Peterson
Date: 14 Aug 03 - 01:52 PM

Just found this thread, read it through from beginning to end and now trying to write something. . . HANG IN THERE RICK. People have beaten worse odds! Every cancer patient I've known and there have been lots over the years have had at least ONE time in their trials, trouble, tribulations, when things looked real dark. . . hope things get better SOON!
Pete


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: SINSULL
Date: 14 Aug 03 - 09:41 PM

Alright...I'll be the one to say it. "Things look especially dark today, eh Rick?"
(He is in Toronto)
I will go off in a corner and try to behave now.
SINS


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Deckman
Date: 14 Aug 03 - 09:51 PM

It is times like these that requires each and everyone of us to reach deep inside ourselves and pull up what is there. When you do that, you will pull up exactly what you need. Bob


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: MMario
Date: 14 Aug 03 - 10:14 PM

Rick you woern't trying some DIY electrical wiring now, were you?


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Bill D
Date: 14 Aug 03 - 10:18 PM

*tsk*..SINSULL!...it's NEVER dark for a good guitarist! They keep the rest of us entertained when the lights are out! (I'll hold her, Rick...you spank her!)


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Big Mick
Date: 14 Aug 03 - 10:36 PM

Why does Rick get to spank her???? Sins, are you coming to the Getaway? I will bring a chicken suit and we can do that spanking game up proper.......

Harpgirl, my old friend and sometimes adversary..............that was shameless, terrible, and I am stealing it straightaway.....or gayaway, depending on one's orientation,....and using it in my show. Gawd that was awful.......I loved it. Art will be taking after that one.

Oh....yeah.....Rick.....hang in there, buddy. Those of us who love you are pitching all our energies at you. Now......have you ever heard of anyone breaking four strings in an hour set???????? Had the setup checked, it is fine. I had put the strings on about a week before and played a 2 hour gig on them. HHHHHHMMMMMMM.

Mick


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: KT
Date: 14 Aug 03 - 11:27 PM

Hey, Rick!

I'm one of those who hasn't actually met you in person, (only through the written word), but I wanted to tell you again that I think of you so often with admiration, and good wishes and prayers for both you and Heather. I marvel at the incredible community here, that would have so many people, many of whom have never met, care so deeply for one another. Know that you are surrounded with love and care from all over the globe. Draw on that love and energy, Rick.

KT


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: katlaughing
Date: 14 Aug 03 - 11:37 PM

Deckman's feeding straight lines to Spaw, again!**bg** (Sorry, Bob, couldn't let it go by. I KNOW you didn't mean it that way!)

I can see it now...he'll drag out that sorry-assed old story about p***ing off the side of a bridge and dragging it in the mud it's so long and needing a tripod to hold it up with!

So, I wonder if Rick and Heather have cheap-assed purple candles dripping all over everything tonight?:-)

Seriously, darlin's...I hope that you are safe and comfortable and able to enjoy the unusual silence brought on when humankind's machinery stops. It's amazing how much quietness there can be, eh?

Well..until some guitarist starts up in the dark and breaks FOUR strings!

You are in our hearts always and our thanks givings every night and morning.

luvyakat


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Chanteyranger
Date: 15 Aug 03 - 01:52 AM

Harpgirl, I hope that put a smile on Rick's face, it sure did on me! Funny stuff!

Chanteyranger


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Escamillo
Date: 15 Aug 03 - 05:01 AM

Two weeks ago I went to see the "40-90 Ballet", a group of 50 ladies in their 40s, 50s and beyond. Beautiful, enthusiastic, transmitting joy and humour, some of them are cancer survivors. I talked to their director, a 79 year old lady, famous choreographer, and told her that I would like to sing something in their show. First signal of life I am showing in one year. She liked the idea, heard something and immediately accepted.

So, I'll be singing again, if my voice does not break very often. Will sing for all of them, for my newborn grandson, for my beloved Graciela, for you Rick and your wife. Somehow I'll be with you.

Un abrazo,
Andrés


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: katlaughing
Date: 15 Aug 03 - 11:37 PM

Wonder if Heather and Rick are sitting in the dark still? Anyway heard anything?

Andres, that's one of the best things I've read on Mudcat, lately!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Deckman
Date: 15 Aug 03 - 11:46 PM

Is this a tight community, or what! CHEERS and HUGS to all, Bob


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: bet
Date: 16 Aug 03 - 08:23 AM

Well, Rick, I've been gone all summer and just now saw your thread.
My thoughts are with you and Heather. bet


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: JedMarum
Date: 16 Aug 03 - 09:44 AM

All the best to you and Heather, Rick. I hope to see you in October.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: InOBU
Date: 16 Aug 03 - 10:26 AM

Hey Rick:
Get well, better, best as soon as possible, as Genie and I have to get up to Toronto one of these days, to catch you in person, and introduce you to Ron Lee, a Rominichal musician out there in Toronto, as I know you both would be quiet dangerous to the status quo if you team up... So, keep up the mending, and see ya soon. Larry


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Amos
Date: 16 Aug 03 - 11:39 AM

Yay, Andres!! Sing out!!!

Yay, Rick -- keep on singing!

A


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Janie
Date: 17 Aug 03 - 12:19 PM

refresh


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Mark Clark
Date: 26 Aug 03 - 02:25 PM

I noticed Duckboots filled in for Rick on the radio last night. Is there any more information on Rick's health?

      - Mark


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: katlaughing
Date: 26 Aug 03 - 03:43 PM

I spoke to him, briefly, on Sunday. He sounded a little less than **sparkly**, but sharp as a tack. When I mentioned the Ray Whitley thread I'd started, he opened up his encyclopaedic brain and started telling me all about him and his geetar, etc. He did say he isn't on the computer much right now. There was a bit more, but I don't feel comfortable sharing it without his permission.

kat


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Amergin
Date: 26 Aug 03 - 03:44 PM

Well, I hope he starts feeling better soon....miss his posts around here...


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: wysiwyg
Date: 26 Aug 03 - 03:48 PM

I just appreciate that he is here posting when he feels like it, however often or seldom that is. I know he loves jokes-- how about posting some new ones here, for him to find when he gets back online?

***Note*** You may substitute Alabama, Texas or any other state, or country.

A Kentucky man and his new bride were on their honeymoon. The husband jumps into bed to wait for his wife to get herself ready.

The wife comes out of the bathroom in a sexy negligee and says "Honey, I gotta ask you sumthin'. Be gentle with me 'cause I'm a virgin."

The man grabs his clothes and rushes out of the house yelling at the top of his lungs. He heads straight to his fathers house.

When he gets there, his father says, "Son, what in tarnation're you doin' here, dang it? You're supposed ta be on your honeymoon with your new gal!"

The son says, "Pa, she told me a big secret of hers. She's a virgin, durn it!"

"Damn, son. You did the right thing by leaving. If she ain't good enough for her own family, she sure as hell ain't good enough for ours!"

~Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Mark Clark
Date: 26 Aug 03 - 05:18 PM

I'm told the State Legislature in South Dakota passed a new law requiring that all vehicles sold in the state have their headlight dimmer switch down on the floorboard under the driver's left foot where they always used to be. It turned out there were too many accidents caused by South Dakota drivers getting their left feet caught in the steering wheel.

      - Mark


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 26 Aug 03 - 07:28 PM

Here's one about a dachsund (but I think it should be a Yorkie).



A wealthy man decided to go on a safari in Africa. He took his faithful pet dachshund along for company.

One day, the dachshund starts chasing butterflies and before long discovers that he is lost. So, wandering about, he notices a leopard heading rapidly in his direction with the obvious intention of having lunch. The dachshund thinks, "OK, I'm in deep trouble now!

Then he noticed some bones on the ground close by, and immediately settles down to chew on the bones with his back to the approaching cat.

Just as the leopard is about to leap, the dachshund exclaims loudly, "Boy, that was one delicious leopard. I wonder if there are any more around here?"

Hearing this, the leopard halts his attack in mid-stride, as a look of terror comes over him, and slinks away into the trees.

"Whew," says the leopard. "That was close. That dachshund nearly had me."

Meanwhile, a monkey who had been watching the whole scene from a nearby tree figures he can put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection from the leopard. So, off he goes. But the dachshund saw him heading after the leopard with great speed, and figured that something must be up.The monkey soon catches up with the leopard, spills the beans and strikes a deal for himself with the leopard. The leopard is furious at being made a fool of and says, "Here monkey, hop on my back and see what's going to happen to that conniving canine."

Now the dachshund sees the leopard coming with the monkey on his back, and thinks, "What am I going to do now?" But instead of running, the dog sits down with his back to his attackers, pretending he hasn't seen them yet...and just when they get close enough to hear, the dachshund says............

"Where's that damn monkey? I sent him off half an hour ago to bring me another leopard."


~Love ya Rick.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Amergin
Date: 26 Aug 03 - 07:37 PM

rofl Mary....

I love dachsunds...they go great with HP sauce...


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Little Hawk
Date: 26 Aug 03 - 08:25 PM

Dachshunds are the greatest, funniest dogs of all time. And they are terrific worriers too, always expecting to meet something like a hungry leopard.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: MAG
Date: 27 Aug 03 - 03:25 AM

That's a great old standard above, and you can find a zillion more in Vance Randolph's *Pissing in the Snow* --outtakes from his original Ozark folklore collections. Of course they have a whole different impact removed from context and published together! -- M.A.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: wysiwyg
Date: 27 Aug 03 - 10:06 AM

A Real Woman's Chuckle

Here is a joke I consider a true female joke. I offer it to you in the hopes that women will love it; and men will pass it along to a woman who will love it.

A woman was sitting at a bar enjoying an after work cocktail, probably a martini, with her girlfriends, when an exceptionally tall, handsome, extremely sexy middle-aged man entered. He was so striking that the woman could not take her eyes off him.

The young-at-heart man noticed her overly attentive stare, and walked directly toward her. (As all men will.) Before she could offer her apologies for so rudely staring, he leaned over and whispered to her, "I'll do anything, absolutely anything, that you want me to do, no matter how kinky, for $20.00......on one
condition."

(There are always conditions)

Flabbergasted, the woman asked what the condition was.

The man replied, "You have to tell me what you want me to do in just three words." (Controlling huh?) The woman considered his proposition for a moment, and then slowly removed a $20 bill from her purse, which she pressed into the man's hand along with her address.

She looked deeply into his eyes, and slowly and meaningfully said....




"Clean my house."

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Amos
Date: 27 Aug 03 - 10:18 AM

I think that's very funny!!

A


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 27 Aug 03 - 10:24 AM

I've heard that one in both directions - and it's funny either way!


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 27 Aug 03 - 12:22 PM

Ummmmmm......thanks for the jokes but in fact I'm probably not as appreciative of them as rumour would have it, so I'll pass if ya don't mind. If you'll notice in EVERY thread on humour that I've ever participated in I always come out favouring the most off-the-wall and mostly misunderstood humour of the lot!! (99% of what I appreciate is British and in Verrrrrry questionable taste. Now a couple of "Round The Horne's" on tape WOULD make me laugh.

Yep, Heather's done a fair amount of the shows lately. Often because of unexpected reactions to medication, making it 'iffy for me to drive.

Cancer is an ugly disease, and sugar-coating it's affects often means lying a bit. I'd rather keep that to a minimum. In a nutshell, I'm taking a medication called CELEBREX, which may help and may not.

A friend and former student dropped by last night, and the toll the disease has taken on my musical skills is very sad.......nuthin' I can do about it though....takes calluses....and I ain't got any more, ha!

I keep up with Mudcat......cuzit's my buddy....as are you good folks, and I wish I could get to the gettaway this year, but I'll be readin' the reports!

Cheers

Rick


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Celtaddict
Date: 27 Aug 03 - 12:48 PM

Rick, thank you for the update, even when it contains less welcome information. You have a huge number of people here who care enormously about you and want to hear whatever you have to say.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Bill D
Date: 27 Aug 03 - 01:02 PM

strange...what pops into my mind is one of a series of Murphy's Laws:

"Whatever hits the fan is not distributed equally"

If it were me in this situation, I wonder if I'd take it with the relative grace and equanimity you have Rick...but I DO know I'd like to have this many friends and fans thinking of me.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: kendall
Date: 27 Aug 03 - 01:35 PM

Keep us informed my friend, we are all in your corner.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: katlaughing
Date: 27 Aug 03 - 01:37 PM

"Subterranean beaver-wiping," "Alphonso, the Incontinent" and other sillies heading your way in today's mail, Rick.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: bbc
Date: 27 Aug 03 - 01:39 PM

You & Heather are on our minds & in our hearts, as you know. I wish there were more we could do to be of help. Thanks for taking the time & effort to write. I think you know, by now, how many of us love, respect, & care about you!

always,

Barbara


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Deckman
Date: 27 Aug 03 - 01:54 PM

Rick ... Reading your recent posting regarding your taste in humor (thank you, by the way) I thought you might enjoy a little Finnish humor! Lappish, actually. The Northern Finns are known for their reticence, as demonstrated in the following classic stories:

Two brothers leave their home for their two week trapline. Four hours up the trail, a rabbit runs across the snow in front of the brothers. The one brothers say,"Look! Kani!" Two weeks later, as they were returning home, they came to same same place where the rabbit had crossed their path. The other brother said, "Yaaaah!"

That night, the one brother cooked their meal. After supper, he asked his brother, "how did your like supper?" The next morning, the brother was gone, but there was a note. It said, "I didn't want to argue!"

CHEERS, Bob


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Janie
Date: 27 Aug 03 - 10:27 PM

Rick and Heather,

Each night of the Getaway, one, some, or many of us will go out and sing our love and caring for you to the moon and tell the moon to beam it on to you. If you can, go out and look, and catch it full in the face and heart. Even if you can't look, feel it all shining down on you.

Matter of fact, anyone who is so inclined can start doing that right away--no need to wait for the Getaway. It is what we have to offer.

Strengh your way,

Janie


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Deckman
Date: 27 Aug 03 - 10:59 PM

Moonbeams heading your way!


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Chris Amos
Date: 28 Aug 03 - 01:29 AM

Rick,

I have been away from the cat for a bit so I have only just caught up with this thread, keep positive, my thoughts are with you.

Chris


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Willie-O
Date: 28 Aug 03 - 06:14 AM

So, Rick I'm going to be working in Toronto the next couple of weeks or more, I'll try and come visit if you're receiving company.

Best
Bill


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Janie
Date: 05 Sep 03 - 08:00 AM

Hi Rick--the moon was about half last night.

Janie


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Dani
Date: 05 Sep 03 - 11:52 AM

...and very, very bright. Coincidence? I don't think so.

Dani


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 05 Sep 03 - 12:06 PM

Hmmmmmm....forgot to check out the moon.

For some reason, my appetite has come back. Eating like a hog. Guess the body is saying "enough weight loss, gotta put some pounds back on!"

Cheers and thanks

Rick


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 05 Sep 03 - 12:10 PM

it's a good sign!


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Amos
Date: 05 Sep 03 - 12:48 PM

There ya go, champ!! Chow down!

A


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: katlaughing
Date: 05 Sep 03 - 02:14 PM

Good to hear that, Rick!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: catspaw49
Date: 05 Sep 03 - 03:20 PM

I was about to make a smart-ass comment about eating, but as my mind wandered through it's quagmire of "Vaguely Related Things I Find Mildly Amusing," it happened upon the "all you need is" syndrome. You know, well meaning folks of course, but always telling you that "All you need is ___________," and you'll feel better right away.

The world seems filled with people who for various reasons seem to believe that the solution to whatever ya' got is ______________(fill in the blank). Some are food freaks of several ilks. From the specific foods ("You need to eat 36 ounces of Brussel Sprouts each day") to the general ("All you need is a good meal"). There are too the exercise nuts with both specific and general suggestions. Then you have the herb folks, the vitamin supplement kooks, the general lifestyle changers, bone crackers, and a whole slew of of others.

On Chris Rock's HBO stand-up he says that since his family had little money and no insurance, the answer for everything medical was Robitussin-----Got a cold? Take some Robitussin. Got a stomach ache? Have some Robitussin. Got a broken leg? Pour some Robitussin on it. Got cancer? Drink lots of Robitussin" This reminded me of a friend's step-Dad who believed the answer to all of your medical ills was a "good physic."

I dunno'....Maybe the guy liked salts, castor oil, and enemas, but you could count on him in any conversation regarding someone's ill health to say, "All that boy needs is a good physic." After awhile I began thinking about this guy and his wife and what their life must be like.............Anyway, it ain't the answer I'm sure as this guy died of stomach and colo-rectal cancer a few years later.

Glad you're eatin' ..... Don't do the the "physic" thing though.......

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Tinker
Date: 05 Sep 03 - 05:42 PM

Good news, I'm always glad to hear to hear about a few healthy cravings ... You and Heather are both in my thoughts daily....I sat and watched a bit of last year's Getaway today,I'll do my best to capture some of it to send your way along with the evening serenades...

Tinker


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Celtaddict
Date: 05 Sep 03 - 06:15 PM

So, Spaw, for reasons I cannot begin to comprehend, your comments about rummaging through what is at least at the moment amusing made me think of the thought of the day yesterday:
Pity the poor insomniac dyslexic agnostic: he lies awake at night wondering if there really is a dog.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: kendall
Date: 05 Sep 03 - 07:08 PM

Good news man! Just keep thinking of that Apollo 12


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: catspaw49
Date: 05 Sep 03 - 09:07 PM

Apollo 12? That would be the second moon landing with Conrad, Bean, and Gordon. Help me out here Kendall.........What am I missing?   Or are you talking about 13 with Lovell, Haise, and Swigert? O2 tank blew up on that one forcing abandonment of the moon landing and being a "successful failure" as they brought the crew back alive.

Here's another one instead more appropos to you Kendall......Remember the Maine!

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 05 Sep 03 - 09:24 PM

Hey Rick, time for some cornbread and BUTTER eh?


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Guy Wolff
Date: 05 Sep 03 - 11:01 PM

Hey Rick . I just found this thread. My daughter Elizabeth had three portacaths before she was done and when they took out the last one she asked if she could keep it. She realy was glad to have it and missed it the first year out and about. (MRI's are easyer with them ) ( 4 a year)
          Its such tough work your doing now but your doing it. On the sidelines we cheer ! . As one who helped a loved one going through it I wish for you the insperation that brings the magic needed. Great good things to you !
   
               In the kids chemo room at Yale was a list. Here are the first 3 >> "You know your the parent of a cancer kid when>>>>"
             1 Kids with hair look goofy to you.
             2 THe ride to the hospitol in the middle of the night seems great cause theres no trafic .
             3 Your childs room has more toys then Toys R US.
               Anyway tons of good wishes and more !   Guy


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: bbc
Date: 05 Sep 03 - 11:34 PM

Enjoy that good appetite! Thanks for letting us know; Caroline was just asking about you today. Thinking of you often.

love,

barbara


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Chanteyranger
Date: 06 Sep 03 - 02:23 PM

Good to hear of this. Have a big mudcat breakfast of Spawcakes with MMaple syrup, then an Indian lunch of ken-Dal, and for dinner, a big bucket of Mary in KFC.

Chanteyranger


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: SINSULL
Date: 07 Sep 03 - 10:28 AM

And Marmite. It will put some weight back on. Nothing sillier than a skinny folkie.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 07 Sep 03 - 11:53 AM

I think I'll leave the Marmite alone, thank you Sins! MIlkshakes are shaking big time around here though. I've had two straight weeks where I've been feeling pretty good. The big picture is still a tad grim but I appreciate the present.

Cheers and thanks

Rick


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: InOBU
Date: 07 Sep 03 - 06:09 PM

Hey RICK! WHile yer feeling hungery... how about Venison and Yorkshire pudding! Make a glaze of Dejon Mustard and a splash of Creme Sherry and cook the pud in the drippings... Bon appitite!
Feel better and better,
Cheers
Larry


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: katlaughing
Date: 07 Sep 03 - 06:25 PM

cook the pud in the drippings that's a set-up for Spaw if I ever saw one! **bg**


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: curmudgeon
Date: 07 Sep 03 - 06:32 PM

A culinary treat I have yet to try was explained to me by old friend Pete the Spy.

Make a large kettle of Welsh Rabbit with lots of butter, cheddar, and ale. In it, poach the eggs, prior to placing the entire lot on good toast . Wash down with more ale -- Tom


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Amergin
Date: 07 Sep 03 - 09:57 PM

no....what you do is fry up some bacon then fry potatos and mushrooms in the grease and mix everything up....mmmmmmm...


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: JedMarum
Date: 08 Sep 03 - 09:40 AM

... saw Sonny Ochs and Rich Warren this weekend, Rick. Both had good Rick stories/comments and wishes well. Nice folks. All the best.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Little Hawk
Date: 08 Sep 03 - 11:52 AM

Ummm...SINSULL...I am a skinny folkie. What does this mean? :-)

- LH


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: SINSULL
Date: 08 Sep 03 - 09:38 PM

You have a tape worm?????


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Naemanson
Date: 09 Sep 03 - 05:57 PM

Hey Rick! You need to try some good Guamanian food. Some beef kelaguen with red rice and fine dene sauce topped with a pile of barbeque and finished off with casava. If you like vinegar and soy sauce then Guamanian food is right up your alley. And if you like fish, generally fried, then head on over to your nearest Guam Restaurant.

Seriously I only just found this thread and was deeply affected by the news contained herein. Good luck with the fight.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Dani
Date: 10 Sep 03 - 12:48 PM

Wish I could make you a great big malted milkshake, Rick. But I know you're in good hands. I will think of you with every shake I make at our ice cream fountain, though!

Dani


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: InOBU
Date: 10 Sep 03 - 12:59 PM

Ok... add a verse

Our Rick had a little lamb, a little pork a little jam
a little quail on toast, a little potted roast
some bacon and some eggs done right
cause Rick had a little appitite


I forget the orginal author,,, (Mary had a ...)

Well add a verse for the rickster....

Larry


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Little Hawk
Date: 10 Sep 03 - 01:09 PM

I considered the tapeworm idea, SINSULL, but I think I'm just naturally skinny. The only time I ever started to get a bit of a tummy was when I drove a taxicab for 6 months, and spent 12 hours a day sitting in the wretched thing, eating junk food on the run. That sedentary a life can cause anyone to get a potbelly. It vanished quite soon after I quit driving cab.

There's another factor too. I have never married. I note that nothing on Earth can put weight on people like marriage does. I think it's psychological.

* * *

Thinking of you often, Rick...I hope you're doing better.

- LH


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Amos
Date: 10 Sep 03 - 04:12 PM

LH,

How do you reckon? Lying around on laurels once the prize is won?

A


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Celtaddict
Date: 10 Sep 03 - 08:31 PM

Good to hear it all. I am getting hungry just reading so hope your appetite is holding up. Sounds like no use at all thinking about the big picture anyway; and it is glorious September, spectacular time of year to be alive. Keep soaking up the garden and the skies...our love follows you.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Annie
Date: 10 Sep 03 - 10:17 PM

Ice cream. You gotta do more ice cream. They don't call it Chunky Monkey for nothin.

And how about that harvest moon tonight. Not a cloud in sight.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: catspaw49
Date: 11 Sep 03 - 12:08 AM

I don't think LH is too far off since a guy who marries more than one woman is called a bigamist.......Must be something to it or he'd be a thinmint or something.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Annie
Date: 21 Sep 03 - 09:36 PM

Was driving with Rick in my ear this weekend. Not a pretty picture, I know. Thought about you two a lot and hope you're making out OK. Will miss not seeing you at the Getaway!

Wishing you the best each day has to offer,
Annie


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 22 Sep 03 - 01:14 PM

Hanging in pretty well these days. No energy (for long drives) but if I didn't know there was a tumour growin' in me, I'd be feeling OK. Damn! this is a bummer!

Love to all!

Rick


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 22 Sep 03 - 01:57 PM

Good to hear from you! Take care buddy!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Bill D
Date: 22 Sep 03 - 03:01 PM

"Damn! this is a bummer!"

now there is the understatement of the year!...But I'm glad you keep popping in to say hello and comment on the world. You make this tedious business easier on those dozens of folks who are proud to call you a friend.

take care...and KNOW how many are thinking of you!


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Art Thieme
Date: 22 Sep 03 - 03:36 PM

Rick,

All I can say is what Bill already said so very well ! Just know that we are here for you if not actually with you.

Art


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Little Hawk
Date: 22 Sep 03 - 03:43 PM

Amen to that.

- LH


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: jbailes
Date: 22 Sep 03 - 03:49 PM

me too for what art said about what bill said.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 22 Sep 03 - 03:58 PM

...what Bill said!


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: katlaughing
Date: 22 Sep 03 - 04:01 PM

Well, Rick, you could always ask for Alzheimers...true story...an elderly woman in a nursing home was told she had inoperable cancer and would not live past a few months. She never remembered anything they told her and lived for about ten more years! It's really true! reminds me of the old Ruth Gordon quote, "How old would you be if you didn't know?"**bg**

Ah, well, you know you've got a permanent spot in my heart and what Bill and Art said, too. As well as lotsa love and energy for Heather, too.

luvyakat


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Carly
Date: 22 Sep 03 - 08:31 PM

I can't do better than to agree wholeheartedly with Bill and Art, and send back love to you and Heather.
Carly


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: bbc
Date: 22 Sep 03 - 09:59 PM

Love you, dear. Do your best to enjoy each day. We live in the illusion that we have a long time, but, truly, we each live just one day at a time.

Holding you & Heather in my heart,

Barbara


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: hesperis
Date: 22 Sep 03 - 11:47 PM

I just converted a friend to the joys of listening to live music by dragging him to Chopin when I was playing there... you still pickin' anywhere, Rick? He'd totally be blown away if he heard you. :D


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Áine
Date: 23 Sep 03 - 12:41 PM

Hey there, Rickster! ;-)

It's nice to hear from you every once and a while. And I'll echo Bill and Art's words, too. Thinking of you often with warm regards and great affection -- ya buggah!

To paraphrase my dear ol' daddy - 'As long as it's tickin', I'll keep on kickin!'

Kick away, dude!

Luv ya, Áine


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: wysiwyg
Date: 23 Sep 03 - 01:07 PM

Rick, I just got off the phone with Giac, who hopes to PM you when she gets another chance to use her lousy computer with her lousy, can't-sit back.... she asks me to convey that you are very much in her thoughts and prayers as she also deals with cancer, and that you have always been one of her most favorite people around this place.

love,

~Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Willie-O
Date: 23 Sep 03 - 08:47 PM

Keep on having good days, weeks, months, years, whatever.

Bill


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 24 Sep 03 - 04:11 AM

The first thing Herself said when we got back from holiday and I finally logged on to the 'Cat was: "How's Rick Fielding?". Just to let you know, cyberbuddy, that we are still thinking of you and sending good thoughts.

RtS


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: SINSULL
Date: 24 Sep 03 - 12:51 PM

I say a prayer for you every day Rick. Still can't understand why you went with Heather's suggestion and didn't do an Everly Bros. song at the Getaway. You would think she was something special or something. You owe me one. Don't try to get out of it. The Getaway '04, guitar in hand, and "Bye Bye, Love".

Stay well, my friend.
Mary


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Fortunato
Date: 24 Sep 03 - 02:03 PM

Rick, I mailed you a CD today. I hope it gives you a laugh or two.   May your days flow gently, like water.

Chance


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: catspaw49
Date: 24 Sep 03 - 07:51 PM

I had something I was gonna' say here but I forgot what the fock it was............Hated to just log off so I posted this infomational summary instead.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Amos
Date: 25 Sep 03 - 08:14 PM

Wow, Spaw...that's inspiring. Rick, I can't remember what i was gonna say either, okay??

A


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Deckman
Date: 25 Sep 03 - 08:26 PM

Hey Rick, I caught a very nice 7 LB Silver salmon yesterday in the Snohomish river, five minutes from my house. "Bride Judy" wanted to have it for supper, but I said "Heck no, let's mail it to Rick!" So this morning I put it in the snail mail post box. If you see a large, and very smelly package arrive sometime next week, perhaps you should not open it! CHEERS, and thinking of you, Bob(deckman)nelson ((you do believe that I mailed you a salmon, don't you?))


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Noreen
Date: 25 Sep 03 - 08:27 PM

I can remember.

It was :


"Hello, Rick!"


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: GUEST,Cookieless Kath
Date: 25 Sep 03 - 08:51 PM

Love you, dear one. It's going to be crummy not having you at the Getaway. There's never enough time to hear all your wonderful music. Keep the faith. Keep getting better. Wishing you freedom from pain, freedom from fear, and a deep knowledge of how much you and Heather are loved. And know that Bill and Art and I and everyone else are pulling for you, thinking healing thoughts, wishing you well, missing you.....you name it. Much love to you and to Heather! (You have to get better because you have to meet my three NEW cats! Tossie and Misty have gone to the great Cathouse In The Sky, but my life is now enriched by Marble (calico, 13 lb.,5-yr-old), Buddy (grey & white, 10-lb, 2-year-old), and Zeke (big--14.5 lb.--brown tabby, 1.5-yr-old). Zeke came inside just before the hurricane and has been pronounced free from FIV, feline leukemia, fleas, worms, and all bad habits. You'll love him!
XOXXOO Kath


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Rustic Rebel
Date: 25 Sep 03 - 10:25 PM

Rick,
With all of this good energy coming your way, it should be making you strong enough to give the cancer a good, hard, kick in the balls, then while it's down toss it out the back door.
Hey, I still want to come and hear you play (a)live one of these days, so please don't give up the fight.
Sending you healing thoughts, Sue


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 26 Sep 03 - 06:27 AM

Rick, it's taken me awhile to brave this l-o-n-g thread, but it's a testimony to the warmth you have radiated over this community! I add my voice to the chorus of healing thoughts and good wishes!


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: GUEST,Big Mick
Date: 26 Sep 03 - 01:15 PM

Rick................I can testify to the fact that you will love Kath's cats. 'Cuz you either love them or risk their wrath...hahahahaha

Life sucks lately. My computer is down (new hard drive expected anytime, though), and schedule is nuts. But I never stop thinking about the two of you, and praying for you. Fact is that I love you as the dearest of friends.

I hope to see you soon,

Mick


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Bert
Date: 26 Sep 03 - 11:25 PM

Now Rick,

Say this every time you think about that pesky little tumor...

The tumor in not growing it is getting smaller, The tumor in not growing it is getting smaller, The tumor in not growing it is getting smaller, The tumor in not growing it is getting smaller, The tumor in not growing it is getting smaller, The tumor in not growing it is getting smaller, The tumor in not growing it is getting smaller.

Luvya.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 27 Sep 03 - 12:42 PM

I'll say it Bert but I gotta spell it with a "U"!

Thanks for all the positive stuff folks.

Rick


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Amergin
Date: 27 Sep 03 - 01:02 PM

Hey Rick...just wanted to let ya know that Lifelines is one of my favourite cds....and I'm playing it constantly...one of these days I'll get soem money and locate This One's a Dreamer....I know it will be just as wonderful...if not better.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Little Robyn
Date: 28 Sep 03 - 12:24 AM

Hi Rick
Thought you might like to know we played one of your tracks on our radio show today, and one of Art's too!
We played your Salty Dog and Art's North Country tragedy. LOL!
We also played Pete Seeger and his grandson Tao singing Maple Syrup time so you were in good company.
That's Folk on Sunday, here in New Zealand.
Luv, Robyn.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Bert
Date: 28 Sep 03 - 10:48 PM

gotta spell it with a "U"!

OK. that would make it UT I guess.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Guy Wolff
Date: 29 Sep 03 - 11:08 AM

Tons of good thoughts to you Rick . So if Bert needed a U where dose it go ?? All the best Guy


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Amos
Date: 29 Sep 03 - 06:37 PM

Bert wrote:

The tumor in not growing it is getting smaller...

Adapting Rick's requirement for a U in the spelling this becomes:

The tumor in nout growing it is getting smaller...

I hope this clarifies the point.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Guy Wolff
Date: 29 Sep 03 - 06:43 PM

THank You . All is clear. Or is it ??


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: katlaughing
Date: 29 Sep 03 - 10:37 PM

Only if you like muddy waters, Guy! It's just a Brit/US English thing, tumour vs tumor.:-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: jbailes
Date: 30 Sep 03 - 06:03 PM

not much humor/humour in a tumor/tumour


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: bbc
Date: 30 Sep 03 - 06:08 PM

No, there ain't, but I'm sure glad Rick hasn't lost his sense of humor. It's one of the best things to get us through hard times.

Good on ya, Rick!

love,

barbara


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Joybell
Date: 30 Sep 03 - 07:41 PM

I'm new here but so many of you feel like old friends already. Rick, I just wanted to say that I'm sending my best wishes too. "If wishes were horses beggars would ride" my mother always said but I never knew how that helped, not being in need of a horse. If you would like a horse though, consider it sent. Sorry to get all flippant and silly but I escaped the big C (without too much trouble) and even that was scary. Good luck. A new friend Joy


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: catspaw49
Date: 01 Oct 03 - 05:34 AM

HEY!! Finally remembered what I was gonna' say......first though, I gotta' tell you that the ou u thing and the repartee between the parties involved cracked me up! Kinda' reminded me of the earlier days when getting in a quick line often produced some really funny drifts. Doesn't happen as much anymore and that's kinda' sad. But what the hell........Now let's get back to what I was gonna' say....................... hmmmmmm ..............................maybe................................................. well shit...............................probably wasn't all that great............................................................. fuckit.....

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 01 Oct 03 - 08:28 AM

Ladies and gentlemen and 'catters of other ilk:

we interrupt this thread to ask you to focus a few thoughts and a minimal amount of energy for the sake of Catspaw - whose advanced case of CRS has reached a new and critical phase.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Fortunato
Date: 01 Oct 03 - 09:48 AM

Hey Rick, I hope you're doing well, today. Please say hello to Heather for me. I want to tell you again, if you guys want to visit our area here in DC at anytime, you can count on me for lodging and transportation around town. You're always welcome.
cheers, chance


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Janie
Date: 13 Oct 03 - 10:05 AM

Those moonbeams have been pouring down on you & Heather. Hope you can feel the care and concern.

Janie


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: GUEST,Mickey191
Date: 13 Oct 03 - 05:22 PM

Rick, I'm sending you all my best wishes for a speedy recovery. God Bless.   Slainte Maithe. Mickey191


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Oct 03 - 12:37 PM

Rick:

How about a quick update before we all hit the road for the Getaway. Will miss you this year.

Best regards,
Annie


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Partridge
Date: 16 Oct 03 - 10:02 AM

Hi Rick, thinking about you, please pop in and let us know how your doing.

love

Pat xx


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Tinker
Date: 16 Oct 03 - 02:39 PM

Thinking of you and Heather as I wait for ColK to arrive. It's going to be a chilly one this weekend so I'm bringing along a pile of extra blankets. I'll be thinking of Heather as I pass them out. Take Care

Blessings

Kathy


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 16 Oct 03 - 03:01 PM

and here I was checking the weather and thinking "great - it'll be warmer!"

guess "chilly" and "warm" are relative...

lows are suppossed to be in the forties -and I've been waking to frost and ice on the windshield - so I'm looking forward to "nice" weather.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 17 Oct 03 - 12:05 PM

Rick,

I don't get on the Mudcat very often these days. I'm only on line at work. When I truly want to avoid doing what I'm supposed to be doing, I come on-line.

My belated best wishes to you and Heather. Your recovery will be in my thoughts and my prayers.

God bless.

Big RiB


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 19 Oct 03 - 11:35 AM

Sorry I couldn't get in before folks left for the getaway, but I was flat on my back for a week being seriously miserable. Cramps, diahrea, all the good stuff.

Sure am missing being there, I'll tell you that, though. Went to the hospital and got "re-hydrated" (they pump tons of saline into you.) Hope to feel better this week.

Thanks for the good wishes.

Rick


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: bbc
Date: 19 Oct 03 - 12:43 PM

Ah, Rick, ups & downs. Sorry to hear about this down. I hope there will be some good "ups" in your future. I didn't make it to the Get-Away either, but did have a nice time getting back to ballroom dancing after 8 years away. We appreciate you stopping in to let us know how you're doing!

love,

Barbara


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Dave Swan
Date: 19 Oct 03 - 12:46 PM

Hey Rick,

Sorry you've had a bad stretch. If you should need to be rehydrated again, give me a call. I'll be happy to shove a firehose up yer ass. DAMMIT Catspaw, get out of my head.

Uh, sorry Rick. Hope you're feeling better. Best to you and the lovely H.

Dave & Pam


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: wysiwyg
Date: 19 Oct 03 - 01:14 PM

Rick, we're praying for you.

Much love,

~Susan and Greg


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Amos
Date: 19 Oct 03 - 02:13 PM

And so are like souls from sea to sea, Maestro.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Willie-O
Date: 19 Oct 03 - 06:55 PM

Amen to that.

Bill
Another Atheist For Miracles

By the way, did I mention my mother-in-law has beaten cancer three times? She's supposed to be dead from the second time (1996) by now--instead she went another round last year and is doing very well. For her, it's all attitude.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: katlaughing
Date: 19 Oct 03 - 07:01 PM

Sorry you've been miserable but it sure is GOOD to hear from you, darlin'! I know they're all singing and pickin' with you in mind at the Getaway. Ol' cancer doesn't like hanging around so much light and love, ya know, so take a cue from Willie and welcome that unbelievable miracle.

luvya,

kat & Rog


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: GUEST,Ollie
Date: 19 Oct 03 - 10:03 PM

Wishing you well Rick lad. I think of you everytime I use my Banjo mute. I wanna hear your banjo RING !


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: KathWestra
Date: 19 Oct 03 - 11:38 PM

Well, Rick and Heather, I'm just back from the Getaway (have to work tomorrow. Most folks are still there, lucky dogs), and if you had a dollar for every time somebody at the Getaway mentioned how much you and Heather were missed, you'd have a lot more dough than you could ever make in a typical gig as a folksinger! It was a coldish, but crystal clear perfect fall weekend--perfect except for those two Toronto friends who weren't joining their voices with ours. We missed you greatly, dears. Sorry for the miserable week, Rick, but dearly hope you're feeling better for the fluids you got. Love you loads always. Kathy


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: InOBU
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 07:42 AM

Hey Rick! Looking forward to the ups after the downs for you. Cheers Larry (you auld sault you...)


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: JedMarum
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 01:40 AM

I don't have a humorous story to pass on, but I sure did pick-up a few in this thread! I enjoy reading all the clever comments from your friends Rick, and want to add my very best wishes for you and Heather.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Escamillo
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 04:56 AM

I'm always thinking about you, Rick, and trying to be there in spirit. Just remember you have a friend at the very far South.

Un abrazo,
Andrés


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: mooman
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 06:22 AM

Dear Rick,

Continuing thoughts and support from myself and Patricia.

Peace,

moo


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Partridge
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 08:34 AM

Still thinking about you and wishing you well. I've just read the thread about the getaway, seems you were toasted so many times.

love

Pat x


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: GUEST,arnie
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 11:39 AM

I was at the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals this weekend. I often thought of you Rick. I wish you could have been there with us. You are a hero in the traditional music booster department, and there was a huge lack in that department there. Yes I did a banjo showcase - I think we got in by some fluke or something, but it's painfully obvious that traditional music is the farthest thing from artistic directors minds these days. If things keep going that way, authentic trad music will be totally in the history books as far as Ontario festivals are concerned. We owe you a great deal Rick - we'd like (need) you back.
Me and Kathy will be doing a Ragged But Right recording this coming year - can't wait to use your beautifully crafted leather sign again and often! Thinking of you, Arnie


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 11:53 AM

Rick, I always find great humor in your cooking threads. I hope you're up to a trip to the kitchen--your queries to Mudcatters for recipes, and your stories of how dishes turn out are priceless!

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 12:35 PM

Hi Rick, We're still thinking about you here and sending good wishes over the water. Love to Heather too. Roy & Elaine


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: SINSULL
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 05:04 PM

You and Heather were missed at the Getaway, Rick. Kathy (Tinker) tried to record as mush as she could for you. Hope "Cinderella" survives for you. An odd way to meet Alaska Mike and Col K for the first time.
"awwright"
SINS


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 05:29 PM

Rick, Just being a guest for a while myself from this library computer. I do hope that things get smoother for you and Heather. Just know we're with you with whatever vibes we can send.

The best to you both,

Art Thieme and Carol


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Susan A-R
Date: 22 Oct 03 - 12:22 AM

Rick,
I haven't been on line much lately, and so found out the state of affairs this weekend at the Getaway. You were sorely missed and much thought about. I'll keep you and Heather in my thoughts.

Much love

Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 22 Oct 03 - 01:24 AM

Hang in there, sir. Keep rehydrating. I'll be in Ireland with a tour group next week, and I'll get them all to raise a pint in your honour.
We'll sorta rehydrate ourselves as an example for you!!
All my best.

Seamus


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: GUEST,Jack the Sailor
Date: 22 Oct 03 - 08:06 AM

That rehydrating seems like a great idea!

Here are some pictures of Carol's and my travels over the last little while. See if you can guess what Seamus will be drinking in Ireland.

(I'm a Murphy's man myself!)


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: GUEST,Jts
Date: 22 Oct 03 - 08:08 AM

Oops!!
Here are the pictures!

http://community.webshots.com/album/95914403YVxOHa


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: lamarca
Date: 22 Oct 03 - 05:02 PM

Hey, Rick and Heather - I spent the brief time I was at the Getaway explaining to everyone that I'm a "lapsed 'Catter" (as well as a lapsed Catholic), but I thought I'd better get my tail back on here and send best wishes to you both! Boy, did you miss some excitement, with the British Invasion and Jeri's Stump Speech and Max's Lily and the Madame Defarge Synchronized Knitting Society and other things Too Fierce to Mention. George led the "Occupational Hazards" song swap, and wished you were there to sing Pitman's Blues...

Hang in there with the Celebrex, and keep swilling those chocolate malts - as the song says,

There's only two things I like better than milkshakes and malts
And one's dancin' like the dickens to the West Texas Waltz...


lol, Mary
Drink coffee - do stupid things faster and with more energy!


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Jeri
Date: 22 Oct 03 - 07:42 PM

...and as I walked up the hill to the gym at the Getaway, I heard the guitar bit of Pitman Blues and tried to figure out 1) what exactly it was because I had a definite and strong reaction, and 2) where the heck it was coming from. George, on the bench, with a guitar. Rick wasn't there, but it sure sounded like the song made it!


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: GUEST,Walking Eagle
Date: 23 Oct 03 - 12:36 PM

Luck to you, Rick.

Walking Eagle


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Little Hawk
Date: 23 Oct 03 - 12:59 PM

Got hold of a Martin you'd love to play, Rick. Hope you're doing okay.

- LH


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Dani
Date: 23 Oct 03 - 01:08 PM

Rick, I thought of you and Heather every time I walked past the dumpster.

I remembered a bit of a jam there last year, on which I eavesdropped and thoroughly enjoyed.

Dani


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Vixen
Date: 24 Oct 03 - 08:34 AM

Dear Rick--

Amazin' what a few bottles (bags) of Ringer's Solution will do to a body...water, salt and sugar can be positively marvelous sometimes!

Anything I can say is inconsequential, but I'll say it anyway: You are loved; you are a miracle.

You and Heather are in our thoughts and prayers--

V (and Tim too!)


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Fortunato
Date: 24 Oct 03 - 10:38 AM

Rick,

Susette and I dashed in for a few hours to the Getaway on Saturday. Many folks asked about you, asked if I was in contact with you. I thought several times of the jamming you and I did together, and the swapping of the Gallagher for your Martin for a few songs.
Rare fine moments of musical connection I won't forget. I had a nice chat with a remarkably slim Mike (Big Mick) and I asked him to send you my best.

I'm sorry as hell you've ailing. Here's hoping for some good days fo you soon.
Chance


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Carly
Date: 24 Oct 03 - 12:41 PM

Rick and Heather,

I hope that you appreciate the power of your music and friendship that invests a dumpster site with such nostalgia! I, too, remembered that little session - I had hope of repaying you for the song, Rick, by singing one for you this year, but Someone had other plans.

I add my voice to the chorus - you are loved, you are treasured, we keep you in our hearts.

Carly


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Big Mick
Date: 25 Oct 03 - 09:42 AM

Got home from Toronto yesterday morning about 1 a.m. I know you all would like an update on how Rick and Heather are doing so here we go. I asked Rick before posting anything and he said it is fine to let his friends know.

First, he is ever so greatful for everyones friendship and thoughts.

I walked up to the door, knocked, and got met with that smile. Has there ever been a smile anywhere as marvelous as our Heather's?

Rick looks good. In fact, I expected worse than I found. He is thin, but looks good. He gets tired easily, but in spite of that we managed to have dinner together at a great little Chinese joint, and the next day we ate lunch at Murphy's Law Irish Pub. Great conversation with good friends is hard to beat.

In terms of prognosis, Rick tells me that it is all up in the air. Since kidney cancer is one of the few that responds to immune therapy sometimes, that is how they are going at it.

In terms of mental state, this man shows once again why he is a wonder. Rick understands exactly where he is at, and as he said in his letter to us at the Getaway, "No regrets". He is in the fight until its resolution. I am proud of him.

Since I didn't ask Heather's permission to post on how she is doing, let me just say that she is one of the strongest, most grace filled women I have ever known. Any of you that know my circle of women friends will know that that is quite a statement. She loves this man, and is devoted to helping him wage the battle.

Now if I could only find a way to get over there every week for lessons.........

DVD player report will be in the Getaway memories thread.

All the best,

Mick


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Celtaddict
Date: 26 Oct 03 - 10:05 PM

Thank you, Mick.
Rick, you are loved.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Celtaddict
Date: 26 Oct 03 - 10:06 PM

And I wish I knew Heather.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Willie-O
Date: 27 Oct 03 - 08:18 AM

If Mick and Rick have both lost weight, which one of 'em gets to be called Slim?

Bill
could stand to lose some myself...


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: SINSULL
Date: 27 Oct 03 - 11:39 AM

I did miss the Beef Brothers at the Getaway. Jed was missing. Rick and Mick no longer look like folkies. Even MMario is a shadow of his former self. Alaska Mike helped fill the void. You would like him and Tawmmie, Rick. Big shy guy who needs to be pulled out of his shell. A few Shellbackers filled in too. But we missed you and Heather.
Look at the videos.
Mary


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Fortunato
Date: 27 Oct 03 - 03:02 PM

Thanks, Mick. I wish I could have been with you.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Jeri
Date: 27 Oct 03 - 04:00 PM

I always thought it was Rick AND the Beef Bros. In any case, Jed needs to send a shirtless shot in to Mudcat so we can call 'em 'the BeefCAKE Brothers'. Maybe you both could pose with those bow ties like the Chippendales use. Is it getting warm in here, or is it just me?


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Tinker
Date: 27 Oct 03 - 09:55 PM

Okay Jeri, now for a few songs... Rick's going to require some guitar work and the other booys are moving to beefcake... Maybe this one as a start???

You've got to Give me some of it (Track 19)


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 27 Oct 03 - 10:14 PM

Rick,

It was nice to hear you back on the radio tonight. You sounded great.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Jeri
Date: 28 Oct 03 - 08:09 AM

Yeah, Steve. Rick sounded great, Harvey Andrews sounded great, and Heather sounded like like the subject of a blues song. (Maybe/not one of Tinker's, although it sounds like a great CD! Broonzy on guitar, huh?)

"Don't push my buttons, baby, leave them things alone;
Don't push my buttons baby, or we'll have to go on home;
Oh, I won't holler, I won't shout,
But when you push buttons, my 'phones go out;
Don't push them buttons baby, or we'll have to go on home.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Escamillo
Date: 29 Oct 03 - 04:16 AM

Thank you Mick. Please PM me a postal address to send Rick some music from Argentina, and some song by myself.

Un abrazo,
Andrés, in Buenos Aires


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Brendy
Date: 29 Oct 03 - 04:55 AM

Talked to a lady from Toronto in Copenhagen, over the weekend who has listened to your show from time to time.

All the best Rick, and keep positive.

B.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 30 Oct 03 - 07:57 PM

Thanks folks. And thanks to Jeri for sorting out the way I get the thread.....it really WAS screwed up even though I was following orders. Just had more CT scans and x-rays....whoopie!

Love

Rick


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: InOBU
Date: 30 Oct 03 - 08:17 PM

Well, you keep glowing in our hearts, even if you are glowing in the dark from all the medical wonders bombarding you!
Much love from Larry and Genie


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: black walnut
Date: 31 Oct 03 - 07:07 AM

Dear Rick ~ I get a chuckle when I remember coming to your place one evening, when I first got to know you, and you didn't have a computer yet. You didn't think those little machines were for you. Now look at you - you've got a thread 381 entries long! My oh my.

Hugs,
~b.w.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: GUEST,Arnie
Date: 31 Oct 03 - 09:27 AM

Oh ya - Rick's big on gadgets now. He's the guy with the portable fart noise machine.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Partridge
Date: 18 Nov 03 - 04:07 AM

Hi Rick, still beaming positive thoughts across the pond. What do you do with a portable fart noise machine? Silly me, of course you make fart noises where ever you go - nice...........mmm

cheers

Pat x


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Ritchie
Date: 18 Nov 03 - 07:15 AM

Dear me, just clicked onto the thread and what a surprise, have nt been on the mudcat a lot lately so have nt hit the non music threads. my love and best wishes to everyone, what a lovely spirit exists through out all the threads. so much positive energy :) lets keep it that way for everyone. good wishes to rick & heather and everyone else.

'I used to cry because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet'

Bless you all

xxx ritchie


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: kendall
Date: 18 Nov 03 - 09:04 AM

There is a new commercial for Dell computers, and one of the guys with a tape measure looks a lot like Rick. That you boy?


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: SINSULL
Date: 18 Nov 03 - 06:53 PM

Made egg salad for two hundred people today and thought of you (and your fart machine), Rick. Totally gross.


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: Little Neophyte
Date: 29 Nov 03 - 10:45 PM

Hi Rick,

I'm sending you & Heather lots & lots of loving thoughts.

Important Marginal Theory
Capo 2nd = D          Play C F G7 (or D7 Am Em)
Capo 2nd = A   open Play G C D7 (or A7 Em Am)
Capo 4th = E          Play C F G7 (or D7 Am Em)
Capo 4th = B   open Play G C D (or A7 Em Am)

I finally get it!
If only I could respond before the song was over.

BIG HUGS I send you,
Love Bonnie


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Subject: RE: BS: Rick's health Update
From: katlaughing
Date: 29 Nov 03 - 10:58 PM

Bonnie!! Good to see you!

Rick, sorry Ive been away so much and haven't posted in a while. Your cd and the MUdcat cds were the few I brought with me to WY and the new grandson. MY daughter really likes your voice and tunes. The grandson does, too, from what we can tell. He's two weeks old now!

Lots of Love, Energy, and Healing thoughts for your and Heather. I love you,

kat


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