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
If Lance were to visit Pat he probably be a confirmed audiophile from that day on!Pat ,i hope your feeling well,,Ray
barring crash or illness lance will win. if you notice he has been unable to give the yellow jersey away.

Just wanted to check in and say my thoughts and prayers are still with you. Hope everything goes well today.

I'm baaaaccckk. Kind of. My mind must be slipping. Today's visit was with a replacement since my doc is on vacation. Apparently all of my symptoms are drug (chemo) related, so in for another treatment I went. I'm too pooped right now to write much but in a few hours I'll be up for awhile on the steroid high, for what that's worth. By Saturday I'll be sleeping non-stop again. Hope to put some listening time in tonight while the getting is good.

Dean, I'm really thrilled about what Lance will likely accomplish. I love seeing history being made in front of my eyes. He probably wouldn't be the cyclist he is if it were not for his cancer. The chemo radically changed his body making him a better rider. For once now the false charges of doping aren't being leveled against him. I also agree with Gregadd. Somebody needs to challenge him hard to make this exciting. For sure Ray, if Lance were to drop by he'd get an earful. Whether it stuck or not would be determined by the sweet spot in his heart.

Joe, I have been thinking about you a lot wondering how your table is coming and if you have designed a better plinth. Let me know too if you can do a down and dirty little project for me. I've got an idea.

Just to let you all know that alternative medicine is beginning tomorrow thanks to Nate. His family has some personal experience with what he sent and I'm pretty excited to give it a try. Thanks buddy and sorry I missed your call when I was at the doctor.

So, what kind of folks do we have here? Zaikeman (Alex), as you can tell from his post had compiled a couple of CD's of Coltrane music for me. Well, I received them today and included was a CD player for those times when flipping an album isn't convenient. Alex, you must have been a mind reader! There are times I would like to listen but just don't have the energy to expend flipin' those darn albums. Thank you so much for this special kindness. Now, all I need to do is contact a couple of friends here locally and borrow some CEEDEE's.

You're an amazing bunch. "Miles of Smiles" Porter called last night and got me charged up. We've gotten to know each other really well and are kindred spirits. We both recognize fully the connection between music and the thoughts that are shared in this thread. Both of us have been "fix it" type guys our whole lives and Albert is perplexed as to why he can't come up with the fix for what ails me. Me too. Maybe there's some type of tube power supply or something yet to be tried that he will put together for my health benefit. I know this: if I can be fixed with tubes then Albert will figure it out.

Peace to all and Go Lance Go!
hello Pat thought these lyrics from David Gilmour's self titled album were appropriate?
There's no way I'm going to let go
There's no way, because it's my show
I'm hanging on for a little while
I won't go down easy, that's not my style
I'm all tied up, tied up in a knot
And I can't decide just what it is I've got
Did I get out of touch? Did I lose my way?
I've not forgot, no, not a single day
Now you might believe I'm not a happy man
Putting myself apart from the common clan
Well, the boat we're sailing, we have a leak or two
But I know it's sound, like me and you