About Lugnut -- Patrick Malone

Many of us have come to know Patrick Malone (Lugnut) as a friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and kind individual. He is a frequent and enthusiastic contributor to our analog discussion forum. He has initiated only 17 threads, but responded to 559 threads. I would guess that many, if not most, of us can recall a time when Pat replied with helpful advice to a question we posted or helped us track down a rare recording. I have come to love Pat as a friend, and to respect him as a man, and I suspect many of you share those feelings.

Today I write to share difficult news with you. Pat has been diagnosed with an aggressive stomach cancer. It has yet to be determined whether surgery will even be worth it. If surgery is performed, most or all of the stomach will be removed, and Pat would face a difficult and long post-op period in the hospital. The medical course is still uncertain, but will be determined soon. Whatever is decided, it will not be easy or pleasant.

Something may be planned in the future to assist the family. For now, Pat could use some of the friendship he so often and willingly showed us. You can email Pat at: lugnut50@msn.com. You can also mail cards, letters ... or whatever. You may email me for Pat's mailing address. My email is: pfrumkin1@comcast.net.

I hope to spend a few days with Pat in Idaho or Nebraska (from which he hails) soon. Between this news, my legal work, getting ready for family arriving for the holidays, Audio Intelligent, and trying to make plans to visit Pat, my head is spinning. If you email me and I don't respond, please understand that I am not ignoring you, but rather simply do not have time to reply.

Pat may or may not have time to respond to posts here, to emails, or to cards mailed to him. But he has asked me to convey to each and every one of you that he has cherished your friendship, your comradery, and sharing our common hobby on this great website.

As we prepare for our holiday season celebrations, and look forward to -- as we should -- enjoying this time of year, I ask that you keep Pat and his family in mind ... and softly offer up, in quiet moments in the still of night and early morning, prayers for Pat and his family. God bless.

Warmest regards to all,
Paul Frumkin
That is one great picture. You guys are gorgeous. Yes, I mean the couple shot... ;o)

Thanks for the photo of you & your wife, she is a lovely lady - inside & out; you should be, and I'm sure are, very proud. All the best to both of you.
Hi all,

Doug, I received the cartridge and will install it when my hands shake a little less. I'm anxious to listen to how my arm responds to the 901. Methinks it will be a great match. Thanks.

Yeah guys, my wife is much prettier than I am. Nicer too. More organized and disciplined to boot. I could sing her praises all day long.

This thread and the folks that contact me personally as a result of reading this continue to amaze me. As a patient, and one with prior experience to boot, I still find it difficult to ask all the questions or remember all of the answers when I'm visiting with the health care foks involved with my case. We have a member here that is a cancer surgeon in another country that has called me and fielded specific questions that were a concern to me but ones I didn't want to bother my surgeon with before my next appointment. It's not easy to relate how simple questions hang heavy over your head at a time like this. A patient must make decisions for quality of life issues and sometimes you just don't understand things clearly enough. Gary, thank you for taking the time out of your busy life to counsel me. By doing so you have instilled a greater understanding on my part of the high quality of care I am receiving here. It's great to feel I'm in good hands.

I got a call from the physicians assistant at Mountain States Tumor Institue yesterday inquiring about how I was tolerating my first round of chemo. I mentioned how surprised I was at having my ass kicked so hard. I mean, I'm really, really tired. She said this might be my most difficult round to tolerate and for that I'm glad. I hope to get into the shop today and modify some hardware so I can assemble my new amp stands I made. They look great and should work well. Unlike the Northeast we are enjoying very nice weather here and I should tolerate the shop temps okay.

Once again, I'd like to thank the Audiogon owners for allowing this thread to continue. It's certainly been theraputic for me and according to a lot of corespondence I've received is the same with a lot of the readers. Very interesting indeed. It's great to think that what is happening to me is causing others to think about issues that otherwise might sit on the backburners of life.

Although I didn't feel like listening to music yesterday I plan of queing up a record in about ten minutes. Maybe a one of the blues albums 4yanx sent my way yesterday.