Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Thomas P. Rainey - RIP

Yes, fellow bloggers TSB is alive and well.  Unfortunately, its been tough getting excited about NASS where the self-proclaimed oracles of the industry fellate one another in a spinal bacchanalia.  Alex is licking his wounds, while David rode in on his elephant with his sidekick Tatoo pulling on the reins, the VBrothers believe that they invented spine, of course, that's Robin Young their personal shill putting that spin on their recent success. Who really cares whether LDR is up for sale? What death teaches us is that life is nothing more than an illusion. The things that many of you place tremendous value on can be snuffed out or taken away in a single gasp of one's breath. Does any of this make sense?  Are any of you really that important?  Maybe in your own mind, to assuage your insecurities.  

This week delivered a cold dose of reality to those of us that ever had the opportunity to know Tom Rainey. Unexpectedly, he succumbed to multiple myeloma. If any of you knew Rainey, he was one of the good guys. You won't read about him in OTW because he wasn't kissing anyone's ass, or blowing anyone's horn, or telling everyone how great he was. He did his job. He left self-promotion up to the nitwits in this industry. And God only knows that there are many nitwits in this industry, just take the blinders off as you walk down the aisle at NASS this week. You might even be working or representing product for one.  

So as many wonder what happened to TSB, at times reality rears its ugly head and bites you in the ass. Look around and come to grips with your own mortality, death has a rude way of reminding you of how insignificant this really is. NASS?  Who cares.  Remember what Jackson Browne sang:

Keep a fire burning in your eye, Pay attention to the open sky
You never know what will be coming down, 
I don't remember losing track of you
You were always dancing in and out of view
I must have thought you'd always be around, Always keeping it real by playing the clown
Now you're nowhere to be found

I don't know what happens when people die, can't seen to grasp it as hard as I try
It's like a song I can hear playing in my right ear
That I can't sing, I can't help listening
And I can't help feeling stupid standing around, crying as they ease you down
'cause I know that you'd rather we were dancing. dancing our sorrow away
No matter what fate chooses to play

Just do the steps that you've been shown
By everyone you've ever know
Until the dance becomes your very own
No matter how close to yours
Another's steps have grown
In the end there is one dance you'll do alone

So in closing, go to The Lodge tonight and have a drink and remember we will all do this dance alone.  Rest peacefully my friend you will be missed.

TSB



27 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear about Tom. He was a really great guy and even better family man.

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  2. Very well stated TSB. We are ALL alone out there. How many companies/RSMs/MDs swear their loyalties all the while they are going to dinner with our competition? All of you that state that "You'll never lose Dr. Smith's or Jones's biz", beware....There is always someone a bit more hungry, or have a dollar bill in their hand.....Hear that Life Spine or X-Spine?

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  3. Why would you throw people under the bus leading into a post about the md?

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  4. Tommy was a great guy, a man of integrity, honesty and wit to boot. Maybe that's what missing in this world. Rest in Peace old friend, you will be missed

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  6. Know what MSM? You are just jealous of everyone else's success. Calling industry people nitwits.... Who do you think YOU are??? I would like to see you acheive 1/10000 the success of the VBrothers or Alex or David. You walk around NASS and just cant handle it.

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    1. It's all relative Einstein, depends what you want in life.

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    2. The V Brothers legends in their own mind, how much investor money have they pissed into the wind. Maybe the russians need to pay them a visit.

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    4. MSM speaks the truth and is trying to clean up a very dirty industry.

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  7. Saw more distracting cages becoming available and a lot more comparable lines reflecting commodity price points. Oh and PODs are continuing to be formed.

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  8. BORING NASS this year, same old technology. Just people/companies trying to divide up the shrinking pie...

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  9. Didn't see lots of Infuse promo this year in Big D, Wall St Journal yesterday may be a reason. I knew about this shit as a green rep, but nobody cared. Billions of dollars later, see below:

    http://professional.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204530504578076993827301944.html?mg=reno64-wsj


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  10. A new low for LifeSpine - Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders! I guess you gotta spend those POD dollars before the fed asks for them...

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  11. Saved my money and stayed at homeOctober 26, 2012 at 3:58 AM

    So what was the big buzz at NASS?
    Who were the winners and losers?
    Who took the biggest tool award home?

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    1. someone better tell that company with the ct scanner that ortho spine surgeons could care less about ct scans

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  12. Tommy Boy, You will always be a mentor of mine. I have in the past and will continue to reflect on the knowledge you offered and your wit. Rainey is a STAND-UP guy all the way! You are missed by more than just people, but an entire industry. God Bless you and your Family & thank you brother...

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  13. joe ryan has now formed CR Medical with edward curran.

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    1. does that guy really still show his face at nass mtgs; jr

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  14. Paradigm spine would like to thank everybody for coming to their sponcered event last month(NASS), and now would like to inform all of you to try and keep up!

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    1. If you are going to represent a spine company with two products and challenge others to keep up then you might want to spell check your taunt! I can see you are trying to overcome being left behind in your grade school spelling class.

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  15. Company is broke and everyone is leaving POST Coflex appproval.
    Guess that says something huh? Also - they are totally hosing distributors across the US - They should be careful how many people they want actively selling against the bros and that silly little implant.

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