Posted by wrentree on Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Well our band leader's wife healed well from the stroke she had a couple of months back. But our band leader is going downhill progressively. I hate to see somebody who's been so good to me have to suffer Parkinson's disease. I have seen this disease since I was a kid and didn't understand it. My uncle died from it. A lady from my childhood had it. I couldn't understand why her hands shook as they were folded in her lap. The future of the band is still up in the air too, but that will unfold later. Hopefully it will withstand the pressure and people will step up to the plate.
My wife has had biopsies of her mouth and tongue. She has a condition that is usually caused by drinking hard liquor straight or smoking. She doesn't drink straight drinks but she smoked for 25 years. That is probably where it came from. They are monitoring it to be able to lasor off the worst of it as it forms, so that we can prolong the later treatment of it.
Other than that, life is going pretty well. I have been playing the banjo for 3 years next Thanksgiving and have a good feel for it. I am self taught and feel that my speed and chord knowledge and runs, licks, and other things are coming really well. When someone plays a song I haven't practiced, I usually can pick it out without too much delay. My biggest complaint is that other members don't play enough songs that the banjo can really sound good at. Well enough for now. Will write more later.
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