It was good to see familiar faces at the Outer Banks of North Carolina , but I had terrible "radio withdraw" this year. As I mentioned earlier, I can "sit" in reasonable comfort, but standing, or especially moving around, brings a lot of pain into my lower back and the muscles in my right leg; hence I spent most of the time at the beach this year just relaxing, watching television, and picking a few tunes on the guitar. I would have been in the same pain whether there, or here at home.
I have an appointment at the Veterans Hospital next week to have a MRI performed on my back. My expectations are to have surgery, as soon as possible, to permanently alleviate this condition. It's reached a point where I'm being forced to live a very sedentary lifestyle. I'm too young to do that this early in life.
This afternoon I turned on the radio and almost immediately worked SAM (S51WO) in Ravne Slovenia. We've worked before and it was good to hear him again. Much more than a handshake, we talked about our radio, antennas, power, and the weather. He congratulated me again on my 3 watt QRP signal and we moved to other conversations.
I like to read about the countries I work on the radio and a quick "google" brought me to a Slovenian musician named Lojze Slak. I've always considered music to be a universal language which brings together people from all parts of the world.
Lojze Slak played a unique "Diatonic Button Accordion".
He passed away in 2011 and will be sadly missed in the musical world.