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Re: Ain't she purty?

Post by Omegaman on Mon Mar 14, 2011 9:57 am

That was a tweak test, sorry. I made y'alls 'Moderator' text show up under ur avatars (you are most welcome Chuck) and signatures were turned on today too. Now we can see everyone's True Wit.

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Re: Ain't she purty?

Post by Tom Bombadil on Mon Mar 14, 2011 3:51 pm

Yikes about that thumb Rags, hope you mend well and fast. Truly a shame about that bike ride, bet the scenery would have been fantastic at times.
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Re: Ain't she purty?

Post by ragtime man on Mon Mar 14, 2011 10:13 pm

Tom Bombadil wrote:Yikes about that thumb Rags, hope you mend well and fast. Truly a shame about that bike ride, bet the scenery would have been fantastic at times.


You are correct. The ride takes you through all the very small towns the I-5 doesn't come close to. There are three really, and I mean really, long and steep hills. The first is just out of Puyallup and it is 1 1/4 miles long and very steep. I know some people have to get off there bikes and walk the bike up what they can't ride. I was thinking of changing the gearing on my road to bike to a mountain bike set of gears for the derailers so I might be better able to make it. I would loose top speed with the big gear in the fron but I never get up to 35-40 miles per hour on the flats anyway so it would just mean my cadance would need to be a little faster to keep my same pace. I can crank about 85-90 or 95 revolutions per minute for some time without stopping. So the speed would just be a little slower than what I normally would be doing. However, I could change to a higher gear and still get my 90 cadance and about the same speed with a higher gear. I guess it doesn't matter now anyway as by the time I get my thumb back in shape I will not be in any shape to ride the distance anyway.

Last year the youngest rider to ride it with his parent was 10. The oldest person, a woman, was 84 and she did it in the two days and had a ball doing it.

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Re: Ain't she purty?

Post by Tom Bombadil on Tue Mar 15, 2011 2:21 pm

Next year Chuck, next year. Sometimes a person needs to put things off for a year. Jen and I spend at least two weeks in Maui every other year. This year was supposed to be it. We always try to be there during the last weeks of Feb through the first week or so of March so as to see the baby Humpbacks and their mothers close to shore. Our first grandchild's due date was Feb 22nd. So Maui will be next year instead. Not quite the same thing but sort of.

Hey Rags, how about if you just ride no handed?
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Re: Ain't she purty?

Post by ragtime man on Tue Mar 15, 2011 9:54 pm

Tom Bombadil wrote:Next year Chuck, next year. Sometimes a person needs to put things off for a year. Jen and I spend at least two weeks in Maui every other year. This year was supposed to be it. We always try to be there during the last weeks of Feb through the first week or so of March so as to see the baby Humpbacks and their mothers close to shore. Our first grandchild's due date was Feb 22nd. So Maui will be next year instead. Not quite the same thing but sort of.

Hey Rags, how about if you just ride no handed?

I agree a grandchild trumps seeing baby Humpbacks.


As for the no hands every time I have ever tried to ride no hands I hit the ground. I even have trouble reaching down and grabbbing my water bottle when I am holding onto the handlebar with one hand and lookinnd down to get the waterbottle out of the cage. I guess I am not well balanced. Some might suggest this has more to do with my mind than just my ability of balance on a bike.
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Re: Ain't she purty?

Post by crnazz on Tue Mar 15, 2011 10:05 pm

ragtime man wrote:
Tom Bombadil wrote:Hey Rags, nice to read/hear you again. Never heard of trigger thumb. What is it and how do/did you get it? Hope you heal soon.

TB aka FP

HI FP or TB now. Somehow TB sounds like something people often got back in 1930s and 40s but what do I know.

Trigger thumb is like trigger finger but the thumb of course. I was playing my ragtime stuff and acoustic blues for about 1 to 2 hours a day and then late at night after my wife went to bed I was practicing this thumb roll over and over for between 1 to 1 1/2 hours straight. I did this for about a week and a half or two weeks. Then I woke up one day and I couldn't straighten my thumb without a lot of pain and without it snapping two times as I tried to open or close the thumb.

Tried the usual meds and splinting it and didn't work. Went to dr. and he said he needed to send me to a hand specialist. He has now put two different shots into the thumb and they do not seem to be working. So if it doesn't improve in the next 4 to 6 weeks I will need to have hand surgery to relieve the tendon and the shieth that the tendon is getting caught on. The hand surgeon I think wanted to operate on it now but I said no thanks I will try another shot to see if that works. I can't play guitar much as I am in to much pain but the hand surgeon told me I could try to play if I wanted to as it wasn't going to hurt it anymore. However, when I took hs advice and tried using right thumb it would snap more and then there was more pain.

So I am frustrated as I want to play becasue I figure I am loosing a lot of what I could play, been about 9 weeks now, but don't want to risk making it worse and as I said I am hoping to avoid the surgery. I understand the surgery is done as an outpatient but then there is the additional healing.

It is a bummer also as I was training for the bike ride from Seattle to Portland (STP run in one or two days) and I was working up to being able to ride my bike to do the run in 2 days making it two 100 mile rides each day. There are 10,000 bike rider and then they close it off. There are over 8000 bicyclers already signed up. The ride starts at the U of Washington and ends up at a park next to a college in Portland. Schools open there doors and you can sleep, for a fee, inside the school buildings and they also, for a fee, provide a dinner and a breakfast. The bike ride starts at 4:15 AM for the folks that are going to ride it in one day. I know a couple of peope who do it each year in one day. One averages 18 miles per hours and the other averages 20 miles per hour and that includes food stops, water stops and the opisite of that process shall we say. The two day ride starts at 5:15AM.

I was hoping to average 10 to 12 mph and do 100 to 134 miles the day and the either 100 to about 80 miles the second day. At this point I can not ride my bike at all as my right thumb hurts to much to rap it around the handlebar or to change hand positions so I can shift gears and grab the brakes.

So now you know more than what you wanted to know trigger thumb. Best I can tell you is don't practice any one thing over and over and over and over and over and over etc. You get the idea.
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Ragtime..... I had the same problem last year.. VERY painful, popping trigger thumb. Perhaps my decision was a bit influenced by the fact that I am an anesthetist, and spend my days in the OR, but.... I just wanted the darn thing fixed. i decided against the injections and went right for the surgery. It is actually a very simple, quick procedure.... took less than 10 minutes. Result was perfect! Absolutely no pain or popping... and it's fixed for good! I had it done by an orthopedic surgeon... one who does a lot of hand surgery... in Olympia, WA.

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Re: Ain't she purty?

Post by Omegaman on Tue Mar 15, 2011 10:33 pm

There ya go Rags. See it was worth coming back to the coffee clutch! Yeah! Thanks Doc for posting!

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Re: Ain't she purty?

Post by gtrbill on Fri Mar 18, 2011 6:54 am

A real beauty .... Amanda and the guitar. If she ever has to sell that guitar, I could be interested. Even the inlay work because I'm A Man DA(h)!!

Welcome back RT. Hope your thumb is starting to cooperate.
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Re: Ain't she purty?

Post by MandoSquirrel on Fri Mar 18, 2011 8:08 pm

Yeah! Very Happy

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