Nice to read something different, for once!
Been doing some metal work on my car (sandblasting and paint work) and that sanding paper totally ruinded my thumb for a couple of days, even though the result was quite good. Removed my windshield and primed up the area around. It was starting to look a bit faded, so there ya go.
Anyways, after playing some last night and getting it some more into the muscle-memory I realized a pick just doesn't work for me, not right now at least. If I want to emulate a pick, I make a pick with my index-finger, and it doesn't have that cripsy sound, but it's close enough.
It's a challenge, but I'm getting there.