No, I'm not 'leaving the forum', or looking for sympathy or even replies.
A good friend of mine has been diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer, and just had a liver biopsy to see if it has spread there also. Chemo treatments will start in the next couple of days. The guy just got the news, and gets real choked up easily and understandibly right now, so I don't have all the details.
Part of the 'worst case' preparation is going to involve a lot of help on my part, moving a ton of audio items for him. When I say a 'ton', I mean it. This guy makes me look like amateur hour. It won't be give-away stuff, and a lot of it will be high-end gear. I'm happy to look for something you need, and will bring it in under market - but cannot 'give' the stuff away. Like I said, this is preparation for the worst case scenario, to take care of his beloved wife and 13 yr old adopted daughter.
I'll try to check in from time to time, but if you need to contact me, do so via email or telephone. I'd consider PM's un-reliable at this point.
Anyone I have a deal going with, or even something in just the discussion stage, it's still 100% valid. Burdette, MadMax, Spastic, Danger, etc. Let's just take it to email / phone at this point. Same goes to anyone wanting to come by, PolkManiac, etc.
If you are the praying type, just say a word for "Russ' friend", if you can. It would be appreciated.
Good luck to everyone in their audio (and personal) endeavors. I've had a lot of fun here, and have enjoyed shooting the ****, telling audio lies, and the great transactions I've had with all of you.
See you on the flip side.