Keeping Sane

    • Anonymous
      June 9, 2006 at 1:12 pm


    • Anonymous
      June 9, 2006 at 3:26 pm

      Dear Soapy:

      Your song was pretty polished and it kept my interest. What programs do you use for composing?

      By the way, everyone hates the sound of their own voice. You did a nice job on the vocals.

    • Anonymous
      June 9, 2006 at 5:11 pm

      [QUOTE=Lee Spurgeon]Dear Soapy:

      What programs do you use for composing?


      Hey Lee,
      How u doing bro? Good I hope. I’m hangin out waiting for my ivig infusion. got a couple days wait. I hate that.. gettin weak. hurry up..
      When I had my friend drag that new keyboard in a few years back my wife had a fit. I told her not to worry, now that I couldn’t work, I was going to be a nashville singer/songwriter.. Later, we met this guy, a nashville wannabe, and he introduced himself as a composer… I thought that was funny, so I been one ever since…
      anywho, to answer your question I used cool edit pro as the recording program. For the slideshow I used a free microsoft program called windows movie maker. [url][/url]
      Its free and u can add music, voice, noise, to pictures, video. Worth the download, turst me, loads of fun…
      I came out of the keyboard amplifier to the soundblaster live soundcard, with a cable from radioshack. Heck, I’m amazed that I could put that song/slideshow together and never leave the bedroom. I’ve never had any music lessons, just use my ear. Writing songs ain’t easy I have discovered. For me its all about keeping my mind occupied. You know what they say, a idle mind is the devil’s workshop. I guess thats where the dirty diddys I wrote come from..;)
      In closing I would like to thank the good Lord for my toys and my wife, who encourages my dreams, and wipes me arse when I can’t.
      God Bless


    • Anonymous
      June 9, 2006 at 5:41 pm


      That was really good! Nothing at all wrong with your voice. My husband is a bass player too, and its great what you are doing. I couldnt imagine our house without music going, or someone singing, so all I can say is, keep it up because the soul needs music.

    • Anonymous
      June 9, 2006 at 6:33 pm

      😎 *nods at alison* tell your other half to take a break and check this bassman out.


      I never learned to play with my thumb like that. I did get a lighter bass, it only weighs 5.5 lbs, [url][/url]
      and with the help of a gripmaster [url][/url]
      I been working hard and playing again. Now singin and playin, only on certain songs. I have heard its hard, (I figured that out on my own) and that is why u only see a few , like Sting (The Police), Paul Mcartney, heck I used to know another, but the mind is slow tonight. oh yeah, Jack Bruce of Cream. I got the DVD reunion of Bruce, Clapton, and Ginger Baker. its killer if u like the blues. Not many can beat clapton blues riffs. Here is a tune from the dvd. White Room
      here is the dvd

    • Anonymous
      June 11, 2006 at 3:56 pm

      Hey Soapy, so it’s Kevin. Good to see the other side of Soapy away from the Tavern. Watched your video. I am not into music other than listening to it but I think it’s well done. I used Cool Edit here or there to play around with it and manipulate sound files, also created a few brain wave recordings. I must have had it for at least 10 years.

    • Anonymous
      June 11, 2006 at 4:29 pm

      Hey Friend,
      I have a split personality. ha.. I came to this forum a few years back. It depressed me at the time. When I stumbled across it the other day, I registered and it said I was already registered. Doh ! I been getting weak for a few dayz and I guess I was looking for some support. This was my first thread I think. I looked around at these gray walls in the tavern and such, and I decided while I have the time, I would paint them some 60’s colors, tell a few jokes, and see how many friends/enimies I could make while I’m waiting/gettin my ivig the next few dayz.
      so, wat up with u dog?
      *does the secret sign*

    • Anonymous
      June 11, 2006 at 5:08 pm

      so, wat up with u dog?
      *does the secret sign*[/QUOTE]
      Not much. Getting bored sitting around the house while my wife is hawking the better desktop computer compulsively reworking a textbook on management she wrote while we were in Thailand teaching Burmese refugees.
      I am struggling with a decision to go back in January for 2-3 months again. The people over there keep bugging us to come back, even want to pay for one ticket and housing for both of us. I don’t know if I am up to it with my CIDP. My wife would do the teaching, I would be the registrar. Actually, I have been doing that continuously for a few years. Since we came back in 2004 I have been maintaining the database system I wrote from over here.
      The other thing, since we are having a heat wave here in CO, I remember how much the heat plus humidity got to me over there.
      Time to stop and go the tavern to have a drink.

    • Anonymous
      June 11, 2006 at 5:13 pm

      you aint teaching em to build boats r u? How interesting norb. i was in germany for a couple years in the army. 1977-79. rest of the time i been on rocky top tennessee.
      oh and the women u gotta watch that. I told my wife that i don’t use the fast pc, cause all my good stuff is on this one. think about it.

    • Anonymous
      June 11, 2006 at 5:33 pm

      Actually, Carol was only one of a group of teachers teaching subjects like English, Public Speaking, Thai, Research, Computer etc. to mostly etnic 20 – 25 year olds living in Karen, Karenni, Mon etc. refugee camps along the border. They are leadership candidates selected by this NGO sponsoring the whole thing.We actually went to some of the camps one year to do the interviewing. Camps are huge, one of them has about 15 thousand refugees. They are all hidden away from public view as close to the border as possible making them vulnerable to Burmese raids. The NGO actually had to bribe Thai police to escort them to Chiangmai for the school. It is illegal for them to leave the camps.
      If you have nothing else to do and want to find out about our years in Thailand, here is a link to our website.

      Where were you in Germany.

      Well, our computers are networked. This way I can get to everything on the faster ‘puter. This one used to be in the basement but I had my son-in-law move it to the front room last time they came here from Denver. Climbing the steps to get to it has become quite a challenge, hanging on to the rail for dear life.
      Tomorrow its back to Denver again to babysit – like every week – our 15 mo. old granddaughter

    • Anonymous
      June 11, 2006 at 5:39 pm

      cool and cooler, i’ll ck that out here in a min. thanks for the link.
      I was here [url][/url]
      for like 2.5 years. large time. cept i hated the army. thats the only war i was in. me against them.
      *cks his meds*

    • Anonymous
      June 11, 2006 at 6:01 pm

      Did I tell ya this song has made me famous. yup. women coming outta woods. I got a stalker. *looks around nervously*. Read about that nightmare here, just down the page a bit.
      thats how u know when u hit the bigtime, i guess. *sighs*

      Norb, thats a great site u got there. I’m gona spend some time sniffin round if u don’t mind

    • Anonymous
      June 11, 2006 at 6:21 pm


      Your music warms my soul. I’m from the rock and roll generation, and kept my sanity in the hospital listening to doo-wop in my head and heart.


    • Anonymous
      June 11, 2006 at 6:25 pm

      I luv u 2 baby
      *sneeks a kiss*
      I luv being famous, so many new friends.
      *walks like a rooster*

      Ain’t it good to be Alive and be in Tennessee
      Charlie Daniels said that.

      Hell yeah
      I said that.

    • Anonymous
      June 12, 2006 at 4:30 pm

      [QUOTE=soapy]Norb, thats a great site u got there. I’m gona spend some time sniffin round if u don’t mind[/QUOTE]

      Of course I don’t mind.That’s what the site is for, to share our experiences and to show off a little, too 😀

    • Anonymous
      June 12, 2006 at 5:50 pm

      who’s your doctor around here?

    • Anonymous
      June 12, 2006 at 6:12 pm

      I been trying to get in touch with u. I sent u an email last week thru ur website..
      Dr. shan ren zhou at summit has been my nuro since around 2000. I started taking immuran a little over 2 years ago, and made it about 20 months without ivig.
      I spent last christmas and new years in tennesse christian rehab. Bedridden. I’m getting my 3rd ivig since then right now. (thats 3days 45/g/day) They make sure I’m really getting weak, then it takes a few days to set it up, and I wind up on my butt. I been working 2 hard to give it back. I’m sore and miserable every morning from exercise, and all that work down the tolit in a few short days. I read all of your site. I asked my ivig nurses, about your doctor uskavitch(sp) they all give him high marks I.m goan to send u a pm on here with my email
      God Bless