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Snooth User: Richard Foxall

Time for an offline?

Posted by Richard Foxall, May 18, 2016.

I've been really bad about posting updates on the house. Structurally, we are finished, and all the walls are painted and floors finished. We have stairs, about to have our big Tansu thing in the middle of them, And we've got a dining room that seats twenty pretty easily.  Maybe more.  (Didn't OT say all that garden building was making him lose weight?) These things always come together slowly, and we'd like to pull in GdP if we can, right?  So let's start discussing some dates and maybe a theme for a Throwdown chez Foxall.  I figure this will take us until at least late summer or fall to pull together.  And the first three weekends in October are out.  So, maybe the weekend after Labor Day or some other time in September? 

I'm hoping we can get some fly-ins; maybe we can do a Saturday even with an urban vintner like Mike Dashe or do a visit to Kermit Lynch for those who haven't seen that iconic importer/retail shop.  Lucha, DVogler, some new blood (VV? Rckr?) and maybe we can get the bat signal to a couple of our dormant folks.  I'll find a winemaker from the vast stable of people we all have heard of if that's of interest. 

Finally, we can put up a couple guests down here, but there are many good options a short ride away.  (And Uber is co-headquartering in Oakland, FWIW). 

Let's hear some ideas. Feel free to point out weekends that are bad because of bicycle races, obscure holidays (including Canadian ones, like "bank holdays." Epiphany?  Vimy Ridge Day?  WTF?), whatever. 

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Reply by rckr1951, May 18, 2016.

RICHARD - Where is here?  My summer is booked solid The 7th Annual Northwoods Wine Challenge is being held at my house and is sold out - so that's a chore - a good chore, but work none-the-less.

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Reply by GregT, May 19, 2016.

Depends on when Fox. I'm going to be doing some traveling in Sept, not sure exactly when.

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Reply by JonDerry, May 19, 2016.

What week are you suggesting Fox?

The weekend of September 10th is out for me, though others seem possible.

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Reply by dvogler, May 19, 2016.

I'm not looking for sympathy, but a few weeks ago I sliced through three fingers with a utility knife.  I had surgery to reattach tendons, nerves and arteries.  It was on a Sunday morning, helping a friend, so I'm not even on Worker's Compensation.  I'll likely be unable to handle pipe wrenches for twelve weeks.  SO, I think fiscal restraint will prevent my attendance at an event.  It's not all gloom as I will receive medical unemployment benefits and I can carefully ride on a stationary trainer for my sanity.  The weather's been great so I'm staying positive.  However Fox, at the first opportunity, I will show up on your doorstep.  How is the new place?  You're correct about the Canadian holidays.  We have several more statutory holidays where most people don't work than in the States, but not as many as most European countries!

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Reply by rckr1951, May 19, 2016.

DVOGLER - NOT TO GET OFF TRACK, BUT...............DAMN! THAT'S ROUGH.  DID EVERYTHING GO ALRIGHT DURING THE SURGERY/  HOPING FOR THE BEST FOR YOU HERE.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, May 19, 2016.

DV, my father cut himself pretty well with a utility knife when I was a kid.  My mother hated them as a result, and shudders whenever my father or I pick one up.  I have about three different models, designed for ease of blade change, or retractability, and one just old fashioned.  I have cut myself many times with every one of them, but never enough even for stitches.  Lots of butterfly closures, tight bandaging, etc, but I always imagine my mother saying, "I told you so."  This is really bad, especially for someone whose livelihood is reliant on hand and forearm strength.  I am so sorry.  Those things are truly dangerous, but when it comes to cutting drywall, cardboard, you name it, pretty indispensable.

Thank goodness for the social safety net.  On the other hand, flying out of Canada is still a bit expensive.  So maybe we should all come up and see you!  We could bring the wine, buy and prepare the food and treat you like a basket case. 

Seriously, this will prevent you from installing drains in my cellar, won't it?  I mean, you've learned an expensive lesson about side jobs, and if you get hurt down here, no Canadian healthcare.  (How was the wait in the ER?) 

I'm open to putting things off longer if that means your participation is more likely.  In light of the circumstances, you get first crack at the free roam and board.  (I did buy the new bed with GregT in mind, but better too big than too small.) Maybe we wait till the new year?  Informal stuff with Emark, OT, JD when they are in the area could tide me over. 

Anyway, the discussion is just starting.  Let's keep kicking around dates and we'll see where the near-consensus lands.  I'll kick notes out to LuchaVino, Mike Madaio (you never know), GdP and the like.

Rckr/Paul:  "Here" is Oakland, CA, the northern part of town near Macarthur BART (very convenient, you can get here from either airport with no car), with good freeway access as well.  40 minutes to Napa in the early morning (my favorite time to drive up there), a bit longer to Sonoma County wine country (although not always much longer).  Lodi, the Contra Costa side of the Delta (home of some of the greatest old vine sites in California, with pre-phylloxera own rooted plants in sandy soil!) are also day trip possibilities.  Overnights to Sierra Foothills, Monterey County, are options for anyone wanting to extend a stay.  As Emark said elsewhere, life is good.  Very good.

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Reply by JonDerry, May 19, 2016.

Sorry to hear DV, wish you the best in your recovery. 

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Reply by dmcker, May 19, 2016.

Was wondering what was keeping you away, DV. That sucks, but keep at the therapy. Now probably still hurts in several ways, but I know from other injuries that in a few years it'll only be a vague memory.

The doctor prescribe you any good wine?

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Reply by dvogler, May 19, 2016.

Hey thanks guys.  I'm just not the type to come on here and talk about it.  I appreciate the condolences however.

Fox, I was a bona fide basket-case already!  I use that damn knife every day.  I had just put a brand new blade in. The problem was the force I was using on a little piece of hard plastic trim.  It slipped instead of cutting and the force swung the knife back to my right hand and through three fingers (palm side).  I was on my knees cutting down by the baseboard.  The blood shot right up the wall to the ceiling.  A good friend I used to race with is an ER doc at the hospital, but I didn't need his influence.  They took me right away and closed it up.  Plastic surgeon had a look and said I'd be in for surgery within a few days.  I guess the surgery went well and I had a great doctor.  It was under general anaesthetic and took a few hours (microscope stuff).  I'm still not allowed to actively move the fingers.  I think my boss was pretty choked as we're really busy with new houses etc.  I have intermittently self-medicated with some good wine!  Sorry I haven't been contributing with photos etc.  Hopefully I'll see Lucha Vino this weekend (haha Fox, it's another holiday on Monday for us....Queen Victoria's birthday!) when I'm in Seattle visiting the in-laws.

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Reply by vin0vin0, May 19, 2016.

Holy crap DV, here's hoping you have a speed and full recovery! I could probably do without the pictures however (or maybe you were talking about pics of wine bottles).

Fox, we're planning a CA trip in October, unfortunately it sounds like you won't be available that 2nd week - bummer, I'd definitely be interested in attending an offline. If this ends up happening in the Spring I could probably convince the CFO of a return trip. She's in the process of getting her Masters in Bioinformatics and UC Berkely has one of the best programs in the country, so there's that draw there as well.

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Reply by EMark, May 19, 2016.

I have intermittently self-medicated with some good wine!

Never a bad idea. ;-)

Please take care of yourself, Darrin.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, May 19, 2016.

And now we are done with that, DV, since this is not going to be a thread about how high anyone's blood has ever spurted! When we see each other , we can compare notes on rebuilt hands--mine was more in the blunt force category, no plastic surgery, just ortho and PT.  Do what the doctor says.  If you hit a plateau in feeling or dexterity, consider taking up guitar.  Did me a world of good, even if the neighbors' dogs howl when I sing. 

Just one last thing:  Tell them to delay the second surgery next time--Americans want to believe that Canadians wait a looooong time to be treated so that we don't feel so bad about our system.  I mean, if you guys can't get nose jobs and teeth whitening right away, how good can that medical system be?

Okay, so I think we should consider dates when DV can make it.  But poke Lucha this weekend for me, would you?

And while Canadians get lots of days off, as a civil servant and union member (okay, conservatives, hate on me, but I'm working for half what I should get paid), I get enough vacation after these twenty years service to make up for it.  Which makes taking a day here and there midweek to go to Napa or DCV very relaxing. 

We could even do it in December and combine it with Secret Santa.... hmm.

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Reply by outthere, May 19, 2016.

Crazy stuff Darren, glad to hear you are on the mend. Leaking blood is never a good thing. The tendons will be another issue. Cut one in my left hand index finger. After two surgeries the finger bends but does not go all the way straight. Better than not having use of it at all.

 

Fox, that's harvest time and I'm going to be pretty busy. Will be a gametime decision.

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Reply by dmcker, May 19, 2016.

Well maybe we're not quite done, Fox, though we can switch over to Facebook for the gory accident detail shots if necessary. The number of near-fatal accident pix showing damage done to them that some of my friends over there put up continues to surprise me.

Fox's recco of taking up the guitar isn't a bad idea, DV. Another friend of mine did something similar and actually got pretty good at classic guitar, especially some Spanish pieces. Took a few years, but I'd imagine the coyotes in the barrancas around his house in Soquel (near Santa Cruz) probably stop in their tracks slackjawed now.

But perhaps that's a bit ambitious. Here're some songs to start with, in your circumstance:

Billy Bragg, Handyman Blues

King Hokum, Handyman Blues

Ethel Waters, My Handy Man

 

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Reply by Richard Foxall, May 19, 2016.

He's no handyman, he's a full fledged plumber!

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Reply by Richard Foxall, May 19, 2016.

OT, I think we're looking at later than September now.  Maybe November or December. 

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Reply by dmcker, May 19, 2016.

I'd been assuming he (and OT) were also 'handy men' as Ethel or Bessie might've sung about!  ;-)

OK, Fox, I'll add these to the playlist, but there're better options for Handy Men. Though I do like the marketing creativity in the 2nd one. Think the fingering (whether banjo, electric mandolin or acoustic guitar) in the 3rd is a little much for a recovering hand.

Big Joe Turner, Call the Plumber

Ray the Plumber, Plumbing Blues

Outdoor Plumbing Company, East Virginia Blues

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Reply by dmcker, May 19, 2016.

Then there's always the slide guitar. Seems Johnny Winter was a plumber at heart:

'Winter is widely recognized as being one of the greatest slide guitar players of all-time. And while many guitarists utilize odd items to run up and down their fretboards – Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers Band famously used old Coricidin glass pill bottles – Winter’s choice was similarly unique. “I used to play slide before this, but could never find a good slide,” he told Tom Guerra. “I’d use everything from a wristwatch crystal to broken-off test tubes to lipstick cases, bottles … I tried everything, but nothing would work, until I found this conduit pipe, and I’ve used the same piece of pipe for 30 years for both acoustic and electric slide. Its just a piece of plumber’s pipe that just fits my finger real good.”'

 

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Reply by Richard Foxall, May 20, 2016.

I had a very brief period of being halfway decent at slide where I used an old Vivarin bottle.  (before it came in blister packs you could buy it in glass bottles.)  No idea where that is now.  My lap steel has a metal bar that came with it, but I doubt I've played it in ten years.  I had it on loan to another band until one of their members snatched it from the guy who wanted it in all their songs and insisted on returning it to me.  I saw Johnny a few times, but for tasty slide work I'm going with Lowell George.  Or Leon McAuliffe.  And, of course, Duane.

Wife says online should go over till DV is back in the black.  She also conveys her best wishes for full and speedy recovery for him.  So we can let the thread go dormant until he PMs me. to say he's fit to travel.

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Reply by dmcker, May 20, 2016.

Saw Winter live more, starting with way back in my early teens, even pre-Woodstock. Later partied a few times with both the Winter brothers when they were through Tokyo (somehow was relatively easy to do that over here, even with more famous performers). Never saw Allman live, unfortunately.

This tangent has perhaps run its course, and maybe Fox was half joking, but it really wasn't a bad suggestion, DV. My friend in Soquel was a dentist and I have another friend who is a well known chef who also had to take unorthodox approaches to getting his dexterity back after a bad auto accident. Both of them require sensitivity and precision in what they do and guitar was one approach to getting it back quickly.

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