Very Important Jackal Announcement

From the redoubtable, irreplaceable EFGoldman:

I’m home.

After my 90th day in various hospitals and rehabs.

Surgery in October. Some rehab, much farther to go.

No sharing, I don’t do that.

I’ve been weeping for an hour.

I think I speak for the Balloon Juice community: Welcome home!

157 replies
  1. 1
    Elizabelle says:

    Yea! Welcome home, you curmudgeon you.

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    SFAW says:

    Best news of the week!

    Welcome home, kid!

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    Orchid Moon says:

    Hang in there, and be gentle with yourself. Healing always takes longer than you think it will. Thoughts are with you

  4. 4

    Good news! Fuck being sick.

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    satby says:

    Thrilled for you efg! We have missed your regular commentary and especially your fuckems! So glad you’re back where you belong: at home and when able, online with us.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Um, is Mrs. efg crying with joy too?

    Yeah. She probably is.

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    bystander says:

    May your recovery continue apace, EF!

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    satby says:

    And the rotating tag line says “This is a big f-cking deal”
    Yes, it is indeed!

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    Kathleen says:

    Good to see you back with your loved ones IRL and your fans here in Jackal Land. There I’d no “fuckem” like an efg “fuckem”

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    Kathleen says:

    @Kathleen: Meant to type “is”. Fuckem Phone

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    NobodySpecial says:

    Good on ya, EF. Hope you’re back in the saddle as soon as you fell well enough.

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    Planetjanet says:

    Happy way to start the day. Welcome home, EGG. I missed you.

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    funlady75 says:

    Thinking of You……Best wishes..

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    eclare says:

    Welcome home!

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    smedley the uncertain says:

    Welcome Home, efg.

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    JPL says:

    Welcome home and visit here often. Now I’m off to grab a tissue myself.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    We love you!

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    HeleninEire says:

    Welcome home, EFG. There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home. /D. Gayle

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    debit says:

    Welcome home, efg! I am a little teary myself.

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    Josie says:

    Welcome back where you belong. Here’s hoping for a swift recovery.

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    Karen S. says:

    Welcome home!

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    Cermet says:

    Agreed; welcome back, fellow Jackal! Hope for a speedily and as pain free path back to full health!

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    Ceci n est pas mon nym says:

    Great to hear from you! Fuckem!

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    Ben Cisco says:

    Welcome home!

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    So glad you’re home! Sending love your way and to Mrs. efg and the grandbabies. Hope you get to see them soon.

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    p a. says:

    Good news. Take care.

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    la caterina says:

    So glad you’re home, EF! I hope you’ll be popping in more often now.

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    Raven says:

    Why is this almost as good as having just spent three days with some of my oldest friends?

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    Denali says:

    Welcome home EFG!

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    Nicole says:

    So glad you’re home and so sorry about the 90 day stay in the hospital. You were much missed here by many in the comments thread.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Can’t express how happy I am to see this news! Welcome home, dear efg!

  32. 32
    Amir Khalid says:

    If you ever need to vent, efg, you know where we are. Just keep on healing.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:


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    dimmsdale says:

    Special to EGG from longtime lurker/seldom commenter: missed you around here and hope for best possible outcome in rehab. wishing you patience, fortitude, progress, and ease as the process unfolds. Hope to be reading you again soon.

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    debbie says:

    Massive hugs and congratulations, you ol’ fuckem!

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    HinTN says:

    Welcome home, EF. We await with baited breath the return of your special sauce to the here threads.

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    Suzanne says:

    Welcome home, ya old jackal.
    We’ve been keeping “fuckem” alive for you.

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    Suzanne says:

    Welcome home, ya old jackal!
    We’ve been keeping “fuckem” alive for you. Should feel like you never left.

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    Ceci n est pas mon nym says:


    So glad you’re back where you belong

    Now I’m hearing Hello, Dolly and imagining Louis Armstrong singing to EFG. I’ll let more talented jackals come up with the lyrics if so inclined.

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    NotMax says:

    Excellent. Back where you belong.

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    frosty says:

    Welcome back, you’ve been missed. Many, many occasions have called for your signature “Fuckem!”

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    Wag says:

    Welcome back and welcome home

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    Phylllis says:

    Great news! We’ve sure missed you in these parts.

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    lahke says:

    All the best! You know we promised you a local BJ Meetup, in your living room if you want, whenever you’re ready.

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    Uncle Cosmo says:

    Welcome back, you old still-being-reconstructed reprobate. Place ain’t been da same wit’out yinz.

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    MomSense says:

    Wooooo hoooo! So happy you are home!

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    Emma says:

    It’s lovely to wake up to good news for once. Welcome back!

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    gbbalto says:

    Welcome back, and may your recovery continue well.

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    laura says:

    Best news of the weekend! Looking forward to your pungent observations EFG.

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    Immanentize says:

    WOOT! Happy you are home. Hoping you will be back “home” to BJ as well

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    Jerzy Russian says:

    Welcome back! 90 days in the hospital is at the level of an Eviel Knievel hospital stay. No more jumping busses on your motorcycle for you!

  52. 52
    Mike R says:

    Good news home is always best, rest and recuperate.

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    delk says:

    Awesome news!

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    CarolDuhart2 says:

    Welcome home, ef! Rest up and enjoy the holiday….

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    Tom Levenson says:

    Great news. Simply excellent

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    Schlemazel says:

    may it only get better from here!

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    Tazj says:

    Welcome back ! I’m so glad you’re home.

  58. 58

    Welcome home! {{ }} and get better soon.

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    WaterGirl says:

    Tears of joy for you, EF!

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    Heidi Mom says:

    Welcome back, and best wishes!

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    geg6 says:

    This particular Jackal is thrilled that you are home with family and back here with us, efg. We’ve missed you so and nobody’s fuckems are as good as yours.

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    Yarrow says:

    Yay! Wonderful news! Welcome back. We’ve missed your fuckems!

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    Ohio Mom says:


    So good to have you back — you are just in time for the fireworks in DC, which you promised us would come (just like Watergate). Be patient, you told us.

    Now off to find a tissue for my suddenly damp eyes…

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    diiferent-church-lady says:


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    Jean says:

    Excellent news on this snowy morning in Virginia!

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    Greg Ferguson says:

    Yes, indeed, brother. So much missed.

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    PIGL says:

    I am so happy to hear this. I hope this wonderful man will soon be able to join us again.

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    FelonyGovt says:

    So glad you’re home! Hope each day is better and better.

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    Gelfling 545 says:

    So happy to hear you are home. Eating real food, sleeping in your own bed, these things too are healing. Best wishes.

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    Jane2 says:

    Great news! Home is always great for healing….hope every day is a little better.

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    NotMax says:

    BTW, has Avalune popped her head in with any Letograms?

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    MoxieM says:

    Yay!! Welcome home. All the good wishes there are.

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    Lapassionara says:

    Good news! Glad to know you are home and convalescing.

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    Mandarama says:

    Welcome home! You have been missed.

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    Happy news! Here’s to a continued recovery. May you sleep well in your own home, surrounded by those you love.

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    Brachiator says:

    This is great news!

    Welcome back and my best wishes.

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    dexwood says:

    Now if this isn’t nice, what is?
    Great start to my day. Welcome home.

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    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    Made my week! Wishing you a speedier recovery in your home. We’ve missed you much.

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    Tinare says:

    Yay! Be good to yourself and feel better soon!

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    West of the Rockies says:

    There’s no place like home…
    I always enjoy and/or learn from your comments. Keep ’em coming when you’re up to it!

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    spudgun says:

    Aww, efg, wonderful news! So happy that you’re home – healing will go much faster now that you’re in a familiar place with all your comforts and such.

    All the best to you!

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    The Lodger says:

    Terrific news! Any idea when you’ll be able to see the grandkids?

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    ThresherK says:

    Glad to hear, EFG!

    Was thinking of you and yours when we had pies from Wright’s Dairy at Thanksgiving, at friends’ in the Blackstone Valley.

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    Barbara says:

    So glad to hear that you are home. Hope you can join us soon.

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    Home sweet home, no place like it.

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    PhoenixRising says:

    Welcome back, cranky old man. I’ve been trying to hold up the side with cutting remarks about our ongoing national nightmare, but in the words of Lily Tomlin: No matter how cynical I get, I can’t seem to keep up. We missed you.

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    CCL says:

    Good to hear that you are home, EFG. (bet you didn’t have any idea how many folks who just lurk have missed you.)

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    Peej01 says:

    Welcome home, efg! Now get some rest….something they don’t let you do in the hospital.

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    Another Scott says:

    Welcome home++. Take it easy, but keep working every day to fully recover. We need you going forward.


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    scav says:

    Yes! Enjoy your personal sheets and schedule as you continue to heal.

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    tobie says:

    Welcome home — to your real home and to your second home on this blog. Your voice has been missed.

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    Joy in FL says:

    So glad you are home. I hope all goes well as you continue to heal.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    First, welcome home.

    Second, Annie speaks for me, at least.

    As you can see.

    Continue to heal and get better.

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    The Dangerman says:

    Home! Outstanding!! The rest of us were mere amateurs with the “Fuck Ems” and it appears we’ll be needing them more frequently. Do you have a special one for Don Jr. or Jared?

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    efgoldman says:

    Thank you to the greatest jackals in the world.
    I asked Ann Laurie to post for me in this format because I knew how you would react, What a predictable bunch
    Now I’m weepy again. Love you all..

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    Madeleine says:

    So glad that you’re home with Mrs. EFG. I hope the holiday festivities include visits from grandchildren. Best wishes!

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    gammyjill says:

    Glad to know you’re back with us! I hope you continue to mend. Other good news coming, I think…

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    Miss Bianca says:

    And there was great rejoicing.

    Aaaand…the rotating tag came up as “fuckem” when I clicked on this post, so even the random forces of the universe are welcoming you back, efg!

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    HRA says:

    Very glad to see this news of you being home. I know you know it is one day at a time except for that impossibility for me to shake off the many mother years in me. One day at a time, EFG. I am wishing you the best days forward.
    Best regards,

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    RedDirtGirl says:

    So glad to wake up to this news!

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    realbtl says:

    Good to see you back.

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    Bjacques says:

    Way hey!

    Welcome back! Just in time, too. So many ’ems to fuck!

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    J R in WV says:

    Welcome home, EF G. Fabulous news for this frosty weekend morning. Along with the breaking federal investigation news, to boot!

    Watching Senator Mario Brothers, squirming in public… amazing bullship.

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    skerry says:

    Welcome home.

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    cope says:

    Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays…hmmm, that’s kinda catchy, I should play around with it a bit.

    Anyway, welcome home and back. Having gone through the last couple of years with my wife as she became deathly ill, survived very major surgery and went through rehab, I can relate directly to your joy in being back in your friendly confines, domestic and digital.

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    trollhattan says:

    Welcome home!

    The honey-do list must be enormous.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Glad to read your home and sending you best wishes for your recovery. Your curmudgeonly good sense and good humor is missed around here.

    ETA: ‘are missed’, dammit

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    Quinerly says:


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    brantl says:

    Welcome back, EFG.

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    MisterForkbeard says:

    Welcome back, efg!

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    stinger says:

    Excellent news, efgoldman.

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    feebog says:

    Welcome back efg. Take it easy and comment frequently.

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    CaseyL says:

    What great news! I think you’ll heal better at home, too.

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    banditqueen says:

    You are the dude, and the dude abides–great to know that you’re home with the family. Let’s really douse Orange Don and the 1600 Krew with the fuckems they deserve, and send them to the maximum security lockup of their choice. (We lurkers missed you!)

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    MagdaInBlack says:

    Glad to see you back among us. 💗

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    FlyingToaster says:


    Welcome back. Heal up. We’ll need your concise analysis come January 3rd, more than ever…

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    prostratedragon says:

    efg, now you can actually rest! Best wishes for continued recovery.

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    Redshift says:

    Welcome home! Best wishes for your continued recovery!

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    NeenerNeener says:

    Welcome back, efg. Hope your recovery goes well.

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    Welcome home!

    And, fuckem.

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    lurker dean says:

    wow, what an ordeal. welcome home, efg!!

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    Snarkworth, short-fingered Bulgarian says:

    There’s no place like home, right?

    So glad you’re better.

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    Tenar Arha says:

    So glad to hear you’re home. Congratulations, and continued healing!

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    frosty fred says:

    Great news.

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    divF says:

    Welcome home (both physical and virtual)! As you can tell, you’ve been missed.

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    suffragettecity says:

    Welcome home fuck em !!!!!!!!!!

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    Baud says:

    @efgoldman: Speedy healing.

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    sukabi says:

    Welcome home and may you have an uneventful recovery, (except for the good parts)

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    Very, VERY happy for you, efg.

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    Mary G says:

    Huzzah for efgoldman! I typed efg and Autocorrect filled in the rest! You are back where you belong and I haz a happy.

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    danielx says:

    Glad you’re out and home.

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    Haroldo says:

    Welcome home, Mr. Goldman.

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    rikyrah says:

    Good hearing from you efgoldman

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    boatboy_srq says:

    Welcome back! Go slowly with the recovery.

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    gene108 says:

    Welcome back, your rehab was your ticket out…welcome back…

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Hooray! I hope your recovery continues apace and that you will have lots of time to enjoy the company of your grandkids and the rest of the family during the holidays.

    The rotating tagline I got was “Dear subscriber, you have been registered as a participant in a mass disturbance,” which also seems quite apropos for this situation. 😂

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    susanna says:

    Another lurker welcomes you back, have more good days.

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    Aleta says:

    Receiving with joy your glad tidings, efgoldman.

    And they’ll talk to you while you’re in trances
    And you’ll visualize not taking any chances
    But meet them halfway with love, peace, and persuasion

    And expect them to rise for the occasion
    Don’t it gratify when you see it materialize
    Right in front of your eyes by surprise

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    Oh yeah, that trumpet playin’ guy. Welcome home ya ol’ bastid.

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    Just One More Canuck says:

    Although its been said many times, many ways, Fuck ’em

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    CliosFanBoy says:

    WELCOME HOME!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Ruckus says:

    EFG, It’s always nice to be home. OK that’s not always true. But it is in this case and it’s double nice to be out of the hospital.
    Best wishes on your recovery and home enjoyment.
    Welcome back!

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    a thousand flouncing lurkers (was fidelio) says:

    @efgoldman: 🎉🎈🎉🎈🎉🎈🎉🎈🎉🎈🎉🎈🎉🎈🎉🎈🎉🎈🎉🎈🎉🎈🎉🎈🎉🎈🎉🎈🎉🎈🎉🎈🎉

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    Svensker says:

    Coming out of hiding/retirement to say welcome home!

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    hedgehog mobile says:

    Welcome home!

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    Glad you’re back. There’s no “fuckem” like an efgoldman “fuckem”.

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    TomatoQueen says:

    Oh goody and at long last, efg! Welcome home!
    *dusts all the fuckems*

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    Cephalus Max says:

    Hell, I almost never de-lurk, but I am now… Welcome home efgoldman!!

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:


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    Mai Naem mobile says:

    I am so happy for you. About f’ing time. Just keep on working on the rehab and don’t get discouraged because it doesn’t end up being a straight line forward or when you plateau a little. Just remember where you started.

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    Debbie(Aussie) says:

    Such wonderful news! Surrounded by those we love and the things that are ours, able to do things in our time, are all helpful to healing. Be well!
    I now personally understand your deep love for your granddaughter (and your grandson). Our granddaughter was bor at 12:21am Monday 21st October in Canberra, about 1400 km away. We spent her first week there and have just come home from a little over two weeks visit. She is so adorable. The love I feel for my baby’s baby is phenomenal.
    Please take care, you have been greatly missed. Love Debbie

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    JGabriel says:

    Welcome home, EFG!

    We missed you.

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    Rileys Enabler says:

    Welcome home, EFG. So happy to hear this news. Huzzah!

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    Johannes says:

    Welcome back, EFG!

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    SWMBO says:

    This makes my blood sing and my heart soar. You were missed.

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    proportionwheel says:

    I’ve been wondering what was going on with you, efg, who were my inspiration to start commenting over at LGM. May health and comfort be in your immediate future. And I hope for more acerbic curmudgeonly comments too, here and there.

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