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I need to retire...

October 28, 2019 11:07AM
from playing and from my job.. this past weekend was the hardest weekend (actually last two months) I've ever endured with the Halloween show and the Sheppard Air Force Base Guardians of Freedom Air Show on the same day.. its been complete chaos and I've been running my butt ragged for two months straight.. Can barely move right now, but at least its all over with.. I need to come to grips with the fact that I'm pushing 60 still trying to perform like I'm 20.. It'd be so much easier if we had a road crew to do the 8 hour setup before the show..

So, the truth of the matter is I hafta have hernia surgery in November and another neck surgery sometime next year.. I had another MRI done a couple of months ago and the two discs below the two I had fused in 2016 have blown out completely.. the biggest issue is that I'm losing dexterity and muscle memory in my fingers.. My neurologist thinks it either from the smashed spinal cord from C5/6 and C6/7 blowing out or that I'm in the beginning phases of MS.. So, I'll get tested for MS in November/December, as well..

Getting old sucks, but I plan of going down swinging, if that's the case.. We're headed cave diving next week - at least that lined up with the Rams bye week..

Friendship is like peeing your pants.. Everybody can see it, but only you can feel the warmth..


  I need to retire...

sstrams112October 28, 2019 11:07AM

  I retire from JFRD in 1 yr and 8 months. I'll be 54.

Ramgator40October 28, 2019 02:43PM

  Good for you buddy! Enjoy life!

ferragamo7929October 29, 2019 07:56AM

  That's awesome, Gator...

sstrams26October 29, 2019 04:14PM

  A paid for house is awesome.

Ramgator34October 29, 2019 06:03PM

  Yeah, its nice..

sstrams26October 30, 2019 03:11AM

  happy for you, Gator

21Dog25October 30, 2019 03:56AM

  Thank you.

Ramgator27October 30, 2019 04:34AM


MamaRAMa27November 01, 2019 12:55PM

  Re: I retire from JFRD in 1 yr and 8 months. I'll be 54.

Aries34November 01, 2019 12:22PM

  man I don't know how you do it

ferragamo7924October 30, 2019 07:11AM

  Sheer will power, '79..

sstrams23October 30, 2019 09:07AM

  I semi-retired from my band some years ago....

JamesJM30October 30, 2019 11:06AM

  You should do your..

sstrams27October 30, 2019 02:30PM

  Good grief Steve that was a Laurel and Hardy routine...

JamesJM23October 30, 2019 03:09PM

  Jimmy that makes you a hero..

sstrams24October 31, 2019 03:01AM

  RELAX everyone! I am SST's back up!

Ramgator24October 30, 2019 02:47PM


sstrams21October 30, 2019 02:58PM

  Just switch to playing Folk Music

Aries31November 01, 2019 12:55PM

  That would solve it..

sstrams21November 01, 2019 01:19PM