A Loud Listening Weekend

Mrs-Mike went into hospital this morning for a knee replacement;  the deed is done & I'm happy to report she's OK apart from the expected after effects.  Now apart from visiting & being a good hubby & as she's probably not being released until Tuesday,   I'm all set for a long weekend of listening to what I want, when I want & as loud as I want.

Started the evening with an oldie but goodie B.B.King "Live at the Regal" then working my way through many hours of "my" music as I like over the next days.       

Not forgetting F1 at Spa - the 2nd greatest track on the planet - Qualifying & Race with TV audio via NDX. 

And the fridge well stocked with a variety of carnivorous delights & the garden rammed with enough veg to feed an army,  did I mention Brakspears Best & a few bottles of red grape juice  .........  oh well back to the tread wheel.  

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Mike, I had a hip op six weeks ago and did catch up with a lot of good music with lots of time to kill.  No grape juice though. 

Enjoy yourself in the next few days. She's going to need all your help to get back on her feet. I wish her a speedy recovery. 

Have fun in the meantime!

Thanks for the measages,  her #2 knee is scheduled for 6 months.  Yes joints are good these days,  I've got two partial knees & had a check earlier this year & was told to expect new bearing inserts in 15 years.

+1 for Silverstone

Aqualung just finished,  Cream next,  "Dizzie Gears".   Halfway down a nice one from Stellenbosch,  now do I make it to the bottom or not   ???  ...........  stupid question I guess.   

Adam Zielinski posted:

What's in store, music-wise?

Queued up Ten Years After "Undead - Live at Klooks Kleek"   TYA are a band I followed when I wur a lad,  Klooks Kleek was a nice club venue in north London that I went to most weeks & I was there at that recording gig.    Strange how the memories are retained despite the Lucy & Holy Herb of those times.   

This scenario does not always work out. My wife had surgery this Feb for cancer and when she was in I listened to a few of her favourite  tracks one evening. Left me a blubbering wreck and I cannot listen to those songs at all now without feeling the same again!

I should say she's very fit again now

Bruce

Bruce/Mike - important stuff is that your respective better halves are doing well.  Mrs Strat had to have extensive treatment last year for peritoneal cancer but pleased to report she came roaring back to top form and even from the hospital ward did not relinquish her appointment as Chief Executive!!

Hope all continues to go well.

Regards,

Lindsay

The Strat (Fender) posted:

Hope all continues to go well.

Yes absolutely for sure,  best wishes to you both Bruce  & Mrs Lindsay ..............   But absolutely no chance of me playing Mrs Mike's favourite tracks;  whilst she likes a lot of my fav's,  I freely admit that Gary Barlow, Adele & the ABBA blonde bird are not to my taste

Emre posted:

i hope she is not going to read this topic, you sound little bit happy to be home alone  

She's probably reading this as we speak Emre;   she frequently pops in for a read & although does not have any interest in the technobabble, she does have has passing interests in system (room) pics w.r.t. decor.  She is ever-so-slightly amused at some of it & says we are like a bunch of over excited pre-teen school boys.  

she is right i always say to my wife..... no night life with top models, not too much drinking, no drugs, no expensive cars.... just a little bit cables, amps, sources,cds and stuff....

So this one for Mrs.Mike-B

Stereo geeks(or Naim geeks which ever you prefer) are best husbands ever!!! 

Mike-B posted:

Mrs-Mike went into hospital this morning for a knee replacement;  the deed is done & I'm happy to report she's OK apart from the expected after effects.  Now apart from visiting & being a good hubby & as she's probably not being released until Tuesday,   I'm all set for a long weekend of listening to what I want, when I want & as loud as I want.

Started the evening with an oldie but goodie B.B.King "Live at the Regal" then working my way through many hours of "my" music as I like over the next days.       

Not forgetting F1 at Spa - the 2nd greatest track on the planet - Qualifying & Race with TV audio via NDX. 

And the fridge well stocked with a variety of carnivorous delights & the garden rammed with enough veg to feed an army,  did I mention Brakspears Best & a few bottles of red grape juice  .........  oh well back to the tread wheel.  

So Mike....where do you live? I love Brakspears...

Wishing your good lady a speedy recovery...to keep an eye on you!!!!!!!

Dustysox posted:

So Mike....where do you live? I love Brakspears...

I wuz brung up in the Marlow/Henley area,  so between Brakspear & Col Wethereds finest I was spoiled for choice.  Many moons ago (after a few overseas moves) I settled further upstream over the Oxfurd border & now have added to Brakspear (brewed these days by Wychwood)  Wychwood's own brews, & without doubt as good as any are the various Hook Norton brews & Old Hooky the best of all.  

Mike-B posted:
Emre posted:

i hope she is not going to read this topic, you sound little bit happy to be home alone  

She's probably reading this as we speak Emre;   she frequently pops in for a read & although does not have any interest in the technobabble, she does have has passing interests in system (room) pics w.r.t. decor.  She is ever-so-slightly amused at some of it & says we are like a bunch of over excited pre-teen school boys.  

Hi Mike -

Mrs. Hook shares her opinion, even though I've tried to explain that many of us boys are still in that difficult age range...of 14-79.  

My 71-year old brother-in-law had knee replacement a couple of weeks back. While the post-op swelling was pretty scary looking, he now seems to be making good progress through PT, and says the pain, while still significant, is different and more tolerable than before the op.

Hope Mrs. B has a swift and successful recovery!

ATB.

Hook

Hi Hook,  how is it in sunny Minnesota.   To be honest when drinking a pint of Old Hooky the last thing on my mind is beers from your side of the pond.  Yes I know you have some nice craft beers,  but somehow Coors & Bud have not carried the banner well for Team USA.    

What can I say about the Hooky clan of the Land of Many Waters, all top notch if ever there ever was  

Thanks for best wishes for Mrs-B,  unfortunately its not going to plan, the surgery (mechanical part) has gone well,  but something happened with the anesthetic that has caused problems.  Hoping a few hour of real sleep will restart the process on the right track & thats how it appears this morning.   bit early to say all systems go, but fingers crossed.  

Loud Listening for tonite - "Amused to Death",  "Santana IV",  "The Wall",  & then some cool mellow jazz from Four Play into the wee small hours.

Mooi loop.

Adam Zielinski posted:

Santana IV - a very good album. I'd say a bit of a return to form for the band and Carlos.

Absolutely,  he got a bit lost with various personnel coming & going over the years but this is the old band back together & doing stuff the way only they can.   Most likely "IV" will get another blast tonite.    

Tonites Loud Listen - DSOTM, need I explain,   Forcione & Sabina "MMIL",  Paul Simon "Stranger to Stranger",  Paul Berner Band "Road to Memphis" & finally,  cued up & set ready to play next as I finish the Pinotage,    John Huling "Mesa Sunrise"

The loudness has gone & the turn it down button is back home,  a day later than planned due to some anesthetic complications,  but she in good form with happy face, her leg is all the colours of Boy George's eye make up but all the bit are working, albeit slo-o-o-w-l-y.   She went to bed early (hard day with the physio) & left me playing some soft mellow stuff.   

Carmen Gomes Inc "Thousand Shades of Blue"   MK "Kill to Get Crimson",   Michael Hedges "Aerial Boundaries"  David Elias "The Crossing"  & finally John Hulling "Mesa Sunrise"   

So thats it,  fun over,  domestic work schedule has been set for the next few weeks.  

The turn it down button is still in operation:  Mrs Mike's new knee is progressing "normally",  a strict exercise plan is on schedule but her knee & leg still requires ice & elevation two or three times a day to reduce swelling, walking is slow, unaided mostly around the house but crutches for anything further.  The last ice & elevation session is normally mid evening & that turns in to be an early night-night, hence the need to keep the volume down & all in all is not good for a night owl like me.

I have found the domestic goddess stuff quite interesting,  not quite as challenging as understanding damping factors or ethernet protocol,  but a change is as good as a rest.  Cooking has always been a hobby so that bits a pleasure,   but I've required in depth training on the quirks of washing machines & do's & don't's of ironing & I've now been awarded full corporate approval.  I was fully approved for driving shopping trolleys, but seems I have a lot to learn in my supermarket produce selecting skills.  

Mike-B posted:

  I was fully approved for driving shopping trolleys, but seems I have a lot to learn in my supermarket produce selecting skills.  

Mike - that's perfectly Ok - apparently I need to be given a list of items to buy, when the item count exceeds 3

Adam

PS Glad to see Mrs Mike condition is improving - will take a while before she can fire those shots comfortably. But progress is inevitable and that's good.

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