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flpete1uw
Advanced Member
Username: flpete1uw

Post Number: 328
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 9:17 pm:   Edit Post

Hey Guys,
This is the first time I ever posted anything like this.
Ever since I found this board I would at least look at it once a day to digest any insight in the instruments we all have grown to Love and admire so much. I found here a sense of professionalism and craftsmanship that seams to be getting lost in a world of ever increasing mediocrity. In my early life and profession I was always Blessed to be surrounded by these kinds of people. Strive to be the best and surround your self with the best. I felt that this way of life was always the case and always will be. Well not necessarily. In fact as I stated there is a growing apathy towards excellence and it's getting harder and harder to find what I used to to for granted.

Im finding myself here more and more lately, even if it's just to escape all the Horrid news we hear all the time. But mostly to be part of the excellence and a group of people who are polite, kind and more than willing to help and share their knowledge.

Well I'm here a bit more lately because I'm recovering from an "Ankle Fusion" surgery. A few months off my feet for sure.
But I guess what I'm trying to say is that this board is a pretty special place and it's the people who make it this way. From the source, the amazing Alembic family, in engineers and craftsmen to the members who make up this board. Thank you!

I am a man of faith and knows that any meaningful intentions and prayers a person can get always leads to a more meaningful life.
Thank you again,
Peace,
Pete
peoplechipper
Senior Member
Username: peoplechipper

Post Number: 452
Registered: 2-2009
Posted on Friday, July 11, 2014 - 12:32 am:   Edit Post

Pete,
Ankle fusion does not sound good; in fact it sounds painful and crappy...it's part of the mix of physical/psychic pain that helps us get to Enlightenment, or so the Buddhists would point out, and they are quite possibly right...anyway, I am sending healing vibes now...T0ny
sonicus
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 3519
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Friday, July 11, 2014 - 12:58 am:   Edit Post

Pete , ___With all my capacity of heart and mind , I wish for your ease from pain and discomfort with a speedy path to recovery and healing.

Wolf
pauldo
Senior Member
Username: pauldo

Post Number: 1216
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Friday, July 11, 2014 - 3:00 am:   Edit Post

Pete,
I firmly believe in the power of the masses.
I also agree with your reflections on the Alembic club and members. Good people wanting good for others.

I join the ranks of putting healing thoughts out, knowing that they will join with others prayers and vibes directed towards your betterment.
ed_too
Junior
Username: ed_too

Post Number: 23
Registered: 3-2011
Posted on Friday, July 11, 2014 - 4:08 am:   Edit Post

Pete,
You have my thoughts and prayers for physical and spiritual strength.
All the best,

Ed
slawie
Senior Member
Username: slawie

Post Number: 650
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Friday, July 11, 2014 - 5:05 am:   Edit Post

Double post = twice the sentiment
slawie

(Message edited by Slawie on July 11, 2014)
slawie
Senior Member
Username: slawie

Post Number: 651
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Friday, July 11, 2014 - 5:09 am:   Edit Post

I pray for your swiftest possible recovery.
May God bless and protect you from further harm
and the love of your Alembic brothers and sisters
surround and comfort you in your time of need.
I hope that some "low frequency therapy" eases the
pain and helps to provide a path to getting you on your feet
slawie
hammer
Senior Member
Username: hammer

Post Number: 534
Registered: 9-2009
Posted on Friday, July 11, 2014 - 6:20 am:   Edit Post

Here's hoping for a speedy recovery and that you have a nice comfortable chair in which to play for the immediate future.
jacko
Senior Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 3549
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Friday, July 11, 2014 - 6:46 am:   Edit Post

Hope you're up and about soon Pete. Sending positive vibes from Great Britain.

Graeme
dadabass2001
Senior Member
Username: dadabass2001

Post Number: 1802
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, July 11, 2014 - 9:04 am:   Edit Post

and more positive thoughts from Chicagoland for a speedy recovery, Pete.

May you find peace and healing serenity,
Mike
adriaan
Moderator
Username: adriaan

Post Number: 3127
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, July 11, 2014 - 10:09 am:   Edit Post

What you put in, you will get out. So reflected positive vibes from me too.
5a_quilt_top
Advanced Member
Username: 5a_quilt_top

Post Number: 319
Registered: 6-2012
Posted on Friday, July 11, 2014 - 11:56 am:   Edit Post

Healing thoughts sent from AZ.

And, here's an attempt to put a positive spin on it:

Since you still have the use of your fingers = more opportunities for quality time with your Alembic - !
senmen
Senior Member
Username: senmen

Post Number: 1133
Registered: 7-2003
Posted on Friday, July 11, 2014 - 1:31 pm:   Edit Post

Pete,
you have my thoughts.
You have to stay strong!
I had a retinal thrombosis two years ago and my life has changed since then....
Oliver (Spyderman)
davehouck
Moderator
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11420
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, July 11, 2014 - 2:14 pm:   Edit Post

Pete; sending healing energy your way.

On your remarks about craftsmanship. There is a book from the seventies called Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. It is, among other things, an excellent discourse on the word "quality". It can be a tough read, but well worth it. It really changed the way that I looked at craftsmanship and other aspects of the quality of our daily lives.

So yes, I agree, we here in this club have an appreciation for quality; in the work we and others do, and in the way we live our lives and share our lives with others.
artswork99
Moderator
Username: artswork99

Post Number: 1996
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Friday, July 11, 2014 - 5:03 pm:   Edit Post

Healing thoughts and prayers for you Pete. Hoping that you're recovery is going as planned.
flpete1uw
Advanced Member
Username: flpete1uw

Post Number: 329
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Friday, July 11, 2014 - 7:25 pm:   Edit Post

Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
Peace,
Pete
dead_head
Junior
Username: dead_head

Post Number: 20
Registered: 5-2014
Posted on Friday, July 11, 2014 - 8:35 pm:   Edit Post

Prayers and best wishes for you, Pete.
edwin
Senior Member
Username: edwin

Post Number: 1796
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, July 11, 2014 - 9:42 pm:   Edit Post

Pete, good luck! I woke up this morning with my ankle in such excruciating pain that I could not stand, so I understand the importance of that part of the body quite well. It's a bit better now.

Heal well and quickly! I'll be sending thoughts your way!
jcdlc72
Advanced Member
Username: jcdlc72

Post Number: 355
Registered: 11-2009
Posted on Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 10:47 pm:   Edit Post

Best healing wishes, from someone who has spent the last five days in pain because of high uric acid levels. Dieting and painkillers have worked well, though, as pain and swelling on my knuckles have diminished a lot. So there, best healing wishes.. indeed!!!
flpete1uw
Advanced Member
Username: flpete1uw

Post Number: 330
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 7:26 am:   Edit Post

"You never really know a person until you walk a mile in their shoes" if not exact quote a close paraphrase. Everyone has a story and everyone has a unique journey that they call their own. It's great to be able to lend a temporary hand to others journeys.
Juan, that sounds like Gout and gout is no joke. If the diet doesn't work there are ways of bringing the uric acids down. Do it, I was told the Gout is like having a million tiny shards of glass in the joint. Good news it's pretty easy to fix it. Just do it ASAP.
Oliver, I'm not sure what that is other than what Can be Googled. I truly pray your on the right side of things.
Dave, in the early 80's my original career path choice was in motorcycles, but I found the Studio life. :-)
Slawie, what can I say. Perfect my brother. Even our Basses are close in pedigree. 75 Series 1
Returning all the thoughts good will and prayers to you all.
Peace ,
Pete
edwin
Senior Member
Username: edwin

Post Number: 1798
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 11:11 am:   Edit Post

My pain is gout as well. It entered my life last fall (and really struck right as I was starting my bar studies. A bit distracting). It is no joke and is the second most excruciating pain I've felt (#1 is a gallstone attack. Imagine tightly gripping shards of glass and nails in a hand covered with poison ivy.). I tried the dietary approach (cherry juice; massive doses of turmeric; avoidance of foods high in purines, etc.) but the results were unreliable. Yes, it's like a million tiny shards of glass in the joint. So, now I take 300mg of allopurinol, but as this past week's attack in a new part of my body proves, it's not a cure. My advice is to get on top of it as soon as you can as the crystals can cause permanent damage. My right big toe joint has been degraded. It's annoying, but not as much as what Pete's going through right now.

I had thought gout was a distant anachronism of the 18th century, but I was wrong. I didn't even maintain the classic gout lifestyle (alcohol, meat, and other rich foods), so it's a bit unfair, but life is just that way.

Take care of yourselves, people!
flpete1uw
Advanced Member
Username: flpete1uw

Post Number: 331
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 12:08 pm:   Edit Post

Edwin,
My heart goes out to you on this, I to am plagued with it. When I hear of someone with these symptoms I can't express more the need to take care of it and take it seriously. We are going to get tired of hearing this but "Its No Joke"
I'm at 300mg in the AM and 150Mg in the eve. from what my Doctor has said is that in time if you can get your Uric Acid levels below 5 for a long enough time that your body can have a chance to dissolve some of the built up crystals. You will have a slow reversal. it took a long time to build without notice than one day on the floor! The existing damage is probably permanent. It's been some time since I shared in the broken glass and if I have anything to say about it, the last time will be my last.
Oh another thing about Allopurinol is don't stop taking it or go cold turkey you can get a reverse attack. Gout is some Evil stuff.

Act ASAP then don't let up! Peace,
Pete
davehouck
Moderator
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11423
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 12:24 pm:   Edit Post

Pete; the book isn't about motorcycles (they're a peripheral theme), but you probably knew that already. :-)
flpete1uw
Advanced Member
Username: flpete1uw

Post Number: 332
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 2:48 pm:   Edit Post

:-)
jcdlc72
Advanced Member
Username: jcdlc72

Post Number: 357
Registered: 11-2009
Posted on Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 5:29 pm:   Edit Post

Artichokes. God bless them. I have eaten a lot of it in thee past few days, and also drank the water on which they were boiled (I was advised to keep it and drink it, at least two glasses a day). Since I donīt believe in miracles or any other related kind of wizardry (Other than the miracle of sound and music.. that is...), I will not say anything of the kind, but I have to acknowledge it has served me well. Swelling and pain are close to none as of this afternoon... which allowed me to enjoy the World Cup Final a little better.

So, it may rock your boat or not, but in the end, Artichokes are a nice food option, whether you suffer from high Uric or not. And also are high in fiber, which is always good. May the Artichoke good vibes be with you!
edwin
Senior Member
Username: edwin

Post Number: 1799
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 6:28 pm:   Edit Post

I looooove artichokes! One of the things I miss about living in Santa Cruz, right up the road from Castroville. Add that to Gilroy, Garlic Capital, and you have some good eating!

I will say that just staying very hydrated makes a huge difference.
flpete1uw
Advanced Member
Username: flpete1uw

Post Number: 361
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 6:48 pm:   Edit Post

Wow, it's been 8 weeks since the surgery and because I have apparently did everything as I should have (Or did no damage) I am out of a cast 2 weeks ahead of schedule and in what one of our Band Members calls a Star Wars Empire Storm Trooper Boot. I'm at a 25% weight bearing stage.

This has been a long haul. In 1979 I was cut off by a car riding my motorcycle. This injury resulted in 21 months in a full cast and lots of time to listen to music and have a unique Bass sound enter my conciseness. In that time I took up playing the Bass picking up a New Fender P Bass. Needless to say I was a bit frustrated when I couldn't get that unique Bass sound that I grew to love so much. Many years later finally I realized what was missing at least in part and that was a company named Alembic.
We all live and travel a long strange trip. Lots of zigs and zags filled or not. ;) but as I stated in my first post here I feel really Blessed to have found this board, these instruments. And as a bonus having Phil Lesh coming home to reclaim that sound, that amazing resonant sound! Phil Thanks for the memories when I needed them all those years ago. And everyone at present in gratitude for this little space of cyber world making a tough time a little easier.
Peace,
Pete
davehouck
Moderator
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11476
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 7:10 pm:   Edit Post

Hope your recovery continues on course. And yes, the pics of Phil and his new bass are wonderful; they have their own healing energy!
pauldo
Senior Member
Username: pauldo

Post Number: 1249
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 3:34 am:   Edit Post

Way to go Pete!
Stay the course for a full recovery.

:-D
flpete1uw
Advanced Member
Username: flpete1uw

Post Number: 374
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 7:46 pm:   Edit Post

I really don't have any desires in drawing this out, but because of how the day went I feel compelled to share it with you all.
1- I go into for X-rays and see the Orthopedic Surgeon.
2- Gives me the green light all is healed and I can now put full weight on my ankle. Easier said than done but great news.
3-As far as he's concern I don't need to come back I'm done. Cool now the even better part!
I heard from the Nurses he is big on woodworking and likes to use exotic woods. I tell him I play some pretty special Basses that have such wonderful wood and designs. He tells me he has a son going to Berkley School for Music. Within seconds we are on the Alembic web sight! We spent at least 1/2 of the time talking types of wood and on the Alembic site.
You just can't make this sh^# up. Good guy and he's forwarding this site to his son.

Like I said Thank you for your thoughts, vibes and Prayers.
May we all find Peace on earth,
Remembering 9/11
Pete
davehouck
Moderator
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11507
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 8:29 pm:   Edit Post

Glad to hear that the ankle is healed! And yes, life can unfold in some delightfully unexpected ways.
rustyg61
Senior Member
Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1311
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 9:16 pm:   Edit Post

Glad you got the green light from your Dr. Pete! I pray that God will continue to take away the pain & restore you to full strength in your ankle.

That's cool that you were able to turn your Dr. on to Alembic! If he loves exotic woods I'm sure he would buy one for his son if he saw one in person!
artswork99
Moderator
Username: artswork99

Post Number: 2006
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Friday, September 12, 2014 - 6:56 am:   Edit Post

Great news! and good Alembic story ;)
mario_farufyno
Senior Member
Username: mario_farufyno

Post Number: 1062
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Friday, September 12, 2014 - 8:21 am:   Edit Post

welcome back on game, Pete

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