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  • Member since
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  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Toshi and his football cards
Posted by Toshi on Saturday, April 25, 2015 8:43 AM

To my fellow forum members,

This is a quick and simplistic bio of Toshi.  I played jazz as a trumpet player all my life.  My father was a jazz trumpet player as well so it was natural that I followed in his footsteps.  My first proffesional gig was at the age of 13.  After that, I was hooked, nothing could stop me.  While playing jazz at night, I also made money as a chef, selling insurance, working at Sears selling paint, front house waiter, and customer service departments to just name a few of my exploits.  My band was called Jazz Attack, my sax player was Pharaoh Sanders whom played with John Coltrane, my drummer played with Miles Davis, my piano player also with Miles Davis, and I was the band leader at 18 years of age.  We toured all over the U.S. and Europe.  While the band returned to the U.S., I decided to stay in Amsterdam.  I've been to Zurich Switzerland, Paris France, Brussels Belgium, London England, and Scotland,

This was during the '80s in a very tumultuous time.  I was there when Chernobyl blew up, the Berlin Wall Fell, and my band opened up for the very first live aid concert.  I got to meet and hang with Queen, the Police, and many other artist too many to name here.  

I met and married Mrs. Toshi during the early '90s.  We have a boy 25 and a girl 21.  They are both living on their own.  Thank the lord!  We moved from our birth place Honolulu, Hawaii to Maui, Hawaii, Palm Springs, California, and finally Ohio.  This is during a time when I retired as a jazz musician to become a executive chef.  I also learned the art of sushi from the official sushi chef of the emperor of Japan.  I then set up the sushi program for Giant Eagle, became the personal sushi chef for Bart and Iris Wolstein.  Mrs. Toshi and I branched out and decided to install in ground swimming pools as a general contractor.

During the financial fall out in 2008, we had to shut down our bussiness like the thousands that did as we went ahead with.  I then took a job at a factory called Temple Inland whom is now International Paper.  It was here that I suffered a life threatening injury, 250 pounds of board hit me on my right temporal lobe and I fell on my right side of my temporal lobe as well.  I ended up in a coma for several days and not even remember what had happen.  That was approximately five years ago.  I still have short term memory, unable to read a book, and the inability to recall what I did yesterday.  Through the encouragement from my therapist and MENTIS, I can now collect some really rare and serious football cards.  I also have been encouraged to build scale model aircraft to enhance my fine motor skills.  This was most beneficial as it also helps with my short term memory.  

I currently have completed a Testors F4U Corsair, P-61 Black Widow, Revell Monogram Flying Tiger, Minicraft PBM-5A, and a Revell Monogram P-38 Lightning.  I plan on purchasing a Revell Monogram B-17 and a Sparmax Airbrush and compressor.  

Thank you all for the kind words and support,

toshi

On The Bench: Revell 1/48 B-25 Mitchell

 

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

 

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  • From: AandF in the Badger State
Posted by checkmateking02 on Saturday, April 25, 2015 9:09 AM

That is an interesting biography.  Very glad you've come through and are here at the FSM forum!  Plastic modeling is pretty safe compared with some of the things you've encountered.

 

 

 

 

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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Saturday, April 25, 2015 9:29 AM

I also found your bio an interesting read over Saturday AM coffee.

It is nice to have you here, Toshi, and I hope your model building and football card collecting truly aid your ongoing recovery/therapy.

-Greg

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  • From: Brunswick, Ohio
Posted by Buckeye on Saturday, April 25, 2015 9:40 AM

Toshi, very interesting bio!  Are you still in Ohio?  Sounds like you may have been in the Cleveland area?

Mike

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  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Saturday, April 25, 2015 10:54 AM

To checkmateking02,

Thank you for having me here at FSM forum.  I'm at a Sports card forum and as great as every member is the FSM forum overwhelms me when I see over 2000 hits on my threads, it's very inspirational.  Thank you for the read and reply!

Toshi

On The Bench: Revell 1/48 B-25 Mitchell

 

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

 

  • Member since
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  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Saturday, April 25, 2015 10:56 AM

To Greg,

At first I could not tell if I was recovering from my accident with just my football card collecting, it was when I started to build Scale Model Kits that I've noticed my fine motor skills and comprehension and cognition really kicked in.  Thank you for your time and the read and reply.

Toshi

On The Bench: Revell 1/48 B-25 Mitchell

 

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

 

  • Member since
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  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Saturday, April 25, 2015 11:01 AM

To Buckeye,

Yes, at times I look back in my life and realize I must have been young and stupid or stupid and young!  LOL!

I'm in Streetsboro, Ohio.  It's a suburb that's 35 to 45 minutes away from downtown Cleveland.  We've been here since October 15, 2001.  I'm assuming that with a call name as Buckeye, you're either a OSU alumni/fan and or a resident of Columbus, Ohio or Ohio in general.  Or as I like to say, all of the above.

Thank you for the read and reply!

Toshi

On The Bench: Revell 1/48 B-25 Mitchell

 

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

 

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  • From: Northeast WA State
Posted by armornut on Saturday, April 25, 2015 11:34 AM

Glad to have you around to support the hobby, it really is very therapeutic, not often do folks open up and share thier background. I for one find it facinating how broad the interest in modeling really is, seems everyone from everywhere as been touched by the styrene bug. I will try to watch for your posts and answer questions if i can. To parable a new country song "how can i be old and wise if i've never been young and crazy". Have fun, happy modeling, and welcome to the forums.

we're modelers it's what we do

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  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Saturday, April 25, 2015 3:55 PM

To armornut,

Yes, as I say; "It takes all kinds to make this world go round and round"!  Thank you for the welcoming of the forum and the read and reply.

Toshi

On The Bench: Revell 1/48 B-25 Mitchell

 

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

 

  • Member since
    February 2007
  • From: Brunswick, Ohio
Posted by Buckeye on Sunday, April 26, 2015 8:44 AM

Toshi

To Buckeye,

I'm in Streetsboro, Ohio.  It's a suburb that's 35 to 45 minutes away from downtown Cleveland.  We've been here since October 15, 2001.  I'm assuming that with a call name as Buckeye, you're either a OSU alumni/fan and or a resident of Columbus, Ohio or Ohio in general.  Or as I like to say, all of the above.

Thank you for the read and reply!

Toshi

Hi Toshi, we are practicably neighbors.  I'm in Brunswick.  Yes, Ohio State alum here.

Mike

  • Member since
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  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Sunday, April 26, 2015 8:59 AM

Wow, that's very cool and exciting.  If you have the opputunity, please call me just to chat.  440-836-2147.  If I don't answer that's due to all my doctors appointments and My in patient MENTIS in Stow, Ohio.  Just leave me a message, and I'll get back to you.

Your neighbor,

Toshi

On The Bench: Revell 1/48 B-25 Mitchell

 

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

 

  • Member since
    August 2008
Posted by tankerbuilder on Sunday, April 26, 2015 2:11 PM

Toshi ;

There's a welcome here someplace .Now where did I put the darned thing ,Oh ! I already said it !

  I too, was smooshed like a bug in a plant where I was in Customer Service and an inebriated fork - lift driver dumped the wall into my lap ! Well , actually on my chest .

  OOH that made me angry . Hurt too !

Two years learning how to use my left hand again .( the one I hold Fuselages and Hulls with when painting ! ) Took twelve years . but I did it too .You will be fine and these guys and ladies here will fill you with zeal .

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  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Sunday, April 26, 2015 2:24 PM

To Tankerbuilder,

Thank you for the heads up and knowing that forum members are here for me as needed.  This is very inspiring, I'm glad that you're much better now.  My accident accrued 5 years ago, 5/5/2010, Cinco Demayo.  How do you like that one.  LOL!!  My prayers are going out to you. By our own issues this is just a very long road to recovery, something I wasn't prepared for.  But at this point in my life, I have more time to spend with Mrs. Toshi as well as my two children and once they have their fun, I can turn to my two favorite hobbies, football card collection as well as building WWII aircraft and Bombers!

On The Bench: Revell 1/48 B-25 Mitchell

 

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

 

  • Member since
    February 2007
  • From: Brunswick, Ohio
Posted by Buckeye on Monday, April 27, 2015 11:17 AM

Toshi

  Just leave me a message, and I'll get back to you.

Your neighbor,

Toshi

I just may take you up on that.Smile  If you ever find yourself in Medina let me know.  There is a nice hobby shop south of the square we could meet at.

Mike

  • Member since
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  • From: Yorkville, IL
Posted by wolfhammer1 on Monday, April 27, 2015 7:45 PM

Toshi, interesting to hear your story.  Sorry to hear of your injury and glad model building can help.  I wish you all the best.  Have you ever been to the US Air Force Museum in Dayton?  Plan to spend at least a day and bring extra cards for your camera.  

John

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Posted by jetmaker on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 3:55 AM

You were in a band with Pharoah Sanders??!! That's incredible!!! I'm a former pro musician myself - guitarist. I briefly studied music in college, where I got turned on to jazz. I never gigged as a jazz player, just rock and blues, though I did do some experimental art shows. I LOVE small combo jazz, especially the stuff of the late 50's and early 60's. I really dig guys like Miles, Coltrane, Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey, Wes Montgomery, Paul Chambers, McCoy Tyner, Cannonball Adderley, Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, Charles Mingus, Clifford Brown, etc. I also really like the bossa stuff Stan Getz did with the Gilbertos. Your pianist wasn't Tommy Flanagan was it???

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  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 6:38 AM

No, I can't travel very far at the moment.  But when I do, I definately want to go out there.

Toshi

On The Bench: Revell 1/48 B-25 Mitchell

 

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

 

  • Member since
    March 2015
  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 6:46 AM

No, my pianist was Tennyson Stevens.  I used to run a jam session and there were many famous players that came to jam with us.  All of the musicians you mentioned are my idols and I try to utilize these musicians as inspirations, they are the true jazz giants.  One thing my therapists wants me to do is take out my instrument and slowly but surely play a little each week.  That's my new assignment.  

On The Bench: Revell 1/48 B-25 Mitchell

 

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

 

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