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
The French doors were installed in the music room while we were gone
I do believe that the administration has officially re-named those Freedom Doors. So as long as you leave "Rockin' in the Free World" on the turntable, you will have perfect audio synergy. Alternatively, "Nebraska" will work as well. :-))
Keep your fingers crossed! I might be able to make it to Denver. I'm not feeling too chatty so I'll keep this short. The CT scan results were interesting. The chemo is doing a fine job with my stomach and intestines. What is problematic and causing me so much discomfort is the tumor growth on my intestinal lining and the resultant fluid build up. There are also issues with pressure on nerves from both the fluid and the tumor itself. I would have a hard time wrapping my mind around this if it wasn't for seeing the scan images and knowing how I feel. The tumor resembles a blanket and appears to be about 1-2" thick. It spreads from below my diaphram to my bladder area and from side to side. This is the source of a lot of irritation causing the fluid. Between the tumor itself and the fluid everything is cramped for space. That's about it. This isn't life threatening but at times it hurts like the dickens. Clearly the chemo is working to some extent and we'll continue using it until it fails. We're going to try and schedule the week of Rocky Mountain Audio Fest as an off week so it's as enjoyable as possible. Hope to see you there!!!!
Great news! I look forward to meeting you in my adopted hometown of the past 30 years. I'll likely be "working" one or more of the 6 suites sponsored by Audio Unlimited but should have plenty of time to assist with your and Barb's hosting. Will email or phone you with further details as your plans become more firm.

Pat, that is indeed great news. The positive thoughts, well wishes and prayers from fellow AudiogoNers may have assisted in this update.

All the best and fingers crossed,

I know I've been AWOL for about a month, and apologize for not emailing. As you well know, sometimes things that are unavoidable happen and you just have to work through them. I've just caught up on reading this thread, and am so happy to hear you in high spirits. It is great to see you are not slowing down.

Now that I am able to get some things done here, I will be finishing up your project as soon as I can. I feel like a sh**head for not being able to finish sooner. I'l email soon.

As always, keep the faith!