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Arnie by Tom McAlexander



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10.09.2008 at 3:30h
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This is Arnie, our precious old one-horned water buffalo in the zoo at Hilo. He's one of our favorites. He'll usually come over, when called, to get his head rubbed.

Arnie represents how I am feeling now...old! Got home yesterday after a 4 1/2-week hospital stay. The surgery went all that little rascal...but the recovery took a while so my re-aligned insides could figure out exactly what to do. At least the doctors didn't send me home before my body was ready.

It was great to sleep on my own bed, and I can already feel my strength returning.

Mahalo for all your messages of healing and cheer.


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Christiane Wüllner, 10.09.2008 at 6:26h

Welcome back my friend!! Good to see you again! This last weeks i was wondering what happened and where thinking about you. Now i hope you get a good recovery!
Best wishes!
:-)) Christiane

BRYAN CRUTE, 10.09.2008 at 8:47h

Fantastic news, just great to see you back !
Theres a lot of good tunes played on old fiddles, so dont worry about feeling old :-)
Take your time and recovery at your own pace Tom.
Its made my day to see a picture from you knowing your on the mend.

Best wishes Bryan

Theo Weijmer, 10.09.2008 at 9:15h

Great to hear that all went well, hope you will soon be good as new and as I see it Arnie doesn't look that bad!!!

Greetings Theo

Maria Porter, 10.09.2008 at 11:12h

Really great to hear you are feeling better! Haven't heard of you for so long. Anyway, I will say a prayer for you...Arnie looks very sweet...:))

Alison Wiseman, 10.09.2008 at 11:13h

welcome home,
take care and plenty of rest,
Arnie looks adorable so you must to, :)

Jacqueline Chay, 10.09.2008 at 11:20h

Wow Tom, I am sooo sorry, I just visited your portfolio to see where you have been and discovered the news of your illness. Sorry it took me so long to check up on you. Well i will be the back up team of HEAL, HEAL HEAL of which i am sure you are on your way to doing. Sending you all my love and best wishes
Ohh and i just wanted to say we all need to get our priorities right - and i think we all come to the same conclusion in the end - family first, your friends from FC will be here no matter when you get back to us.

Jacqueline Chay, 10.09.2008 at 11:21h

Hey that Arnie is pretty cute with that nice eye shadow and funky style. Good capture.

Leo_nid, 10.09.2008 at 11:23h

Breaking news of your comeback is so heart-warming..
Great to hear from you alive and kicking in your own bed!
Things will straighten up for you, no doubt, fingers crossed...
And... despite the cost of living, have you noticed how popular it remains?

CsomorLászló , 10.09.2008 at 12:01h


Inez Correia Marques , 10.09.2008 at 13:18h

so good to see you again my friend. it is moving your photo and the feelings it represents. he is a wonderful animal and you are a precious friend . like Bryan says,.. many good tunes are played in old fiddles,so do not worry Tom. and by the way when you are strong enought tell Arnie he is loved too .


archiek , 10.09.2008 at 14:55h

Glad to hear that you are back home and on the road to being healthy again. Good shot of this water buffalo and you'll be strong as an ox in no time. -archie

Fons van Swaal, 10.09.2008 at 19:42h

I'm glad to hear you doing Ok ....
Work on your recovery and be soon out of your bed and enjoy the things you like to do most...
Best wishes Fons

Dennis Maloney, 11.09.2008 at 21:23h

I am so happy to see you back and thanks for the update, tried to call your niece to find out if she might know anything, but could not get an answer at that have a lot of friends and we all have been praying for you........Great to have ya back, den

ps. love the image of 'ol Arnie, too...

Claire Laira, 12.09.2008 at 13:46h

Good to see you back...and I wish you the strength of this water buffalo!
Best wishes, Claire

Marlis E. , 13.09.2008 at 15:56h

Welcome back my friend!! Good to see you again! Great to hear all went well! Take care and plenty of rest...
Aloha, Marlis
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Pascal Viyer, 14.09.2008 at 20:07h

Excellent news!
toute mon amitié, Tom

Alfred Spectrum, 17.09.2008 at 3:09h

Great to hear some news and wonderful to read you feel
your strength returning.
Relax and recover, then let us have your pretty pictures
again when you feel up to it.
Be well,

Michael Lunse, 21.09.2008 at 22:22h

Excellent news, glad you are back and doing well, keep us in the loop!

DRAGA PUC, 27.09.2008 at 20:23h

welcome back Tom.It's good to have you back. Wish you all the best!

vickyrts , 8.10.2008 at 18:05h


Vesela Maleeva, 28.12.2008 at 20:04h

Dear Tom,
I hope you have been doing well.
Awhile ago I read on Sue's site optimistic news.
Just wanted to say we miss you at FC.
And wish you a healthy New Year and get well.
We are all with you.


Michel Lamarche, 3.01.2009 at 15:14h

Dear Tom, I hope you are getting better. Your presence is missing in FC. I wish you a wonderful year 2009, with HEALTH, peace, love and happiness.
Take care,
Your friend from Quebec,

Ralf Zeeh, 1.02.2009 at 17:45h

Excellent picture.
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Maria João Arcanjo, 22.12.2009 at 23:33h

Beautiful tame animal.Excellent phot.
Thanks for the explanation.

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