I wish you well.So.. I've been posting about my various projects..... jack guitars, budget build amps needing cabs and such, trying to finish off a the last of them. But here's the real deal. I had an "Enzo" moment 2 Saturdays ago. Started out as a usual big outdoor gig. I was 62 still trying to act 30. Loaded my gear in the truck by myself. Got a large coffee and a machacha burrito. Drove an hour to the gig. Unloaded in 100+ degree heat on a stage over my head. Sorted out the generator problems. Played 2 hours out of 4 sets. Then had a serious heart attack on stage. A very lucky series of events saved my life. The casino we were at had their own paramedics and ambulance. I was only 8 miles from a major hospital. Despite that the main artery for half my heart was 100% blocked. 2 other arteries almost as bad. The Nursing floor at the ICU was calling me “The Cat” because I surely must have 9 lives. The bikers saved me at the gig. A monster with arms bigger than my waist was a first responder. He had his buddies throw their vests over my windshield to shade me while they worked. I've always had good look with bikers. It was a rough week in the hospital. 3 stints.
My point is I had NO IDEA I even had severe heart disease. I had a recent full physical. Even a stress ekg. All normal.
It will be 3 months before I really know how much heart damage I have. But I'm facing downsizing a lot of stuff: A full professional bench in the garage packed with test equipment. A dozen amps vintage and modern, a dozen guitars vintage and modern, and 3 or 4 projects in various stages of completion.
I had planned on scaling down and retiring to Kauai over the next couple of years… but I hit the damn wall. Probably will be unloading a lot of stuff when I can. My band got a sub for the next 3 months and expect me back… but I think I'm done.
So for all of you weekend warriors in your 60s… Always remember that nothing in life is guaranteed…. But I was having a hell of a great time when I dropped!
Rockin’ Ronnie E
You gonna change your handle now? Calling olddawg The Cat.