#AlexOLoughlin – An Early ‘Thanks Giving’……

“Without the fans, we’d be nothing – I’d be a carpenter!”

– Alex O’Loughlin,

International Press Day,

2 November 2013

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A month ago when some things drastically changed in my life, Paula immediately asked me if I still wanted to continue withIntense Study‘. Without even thinking twice my answer was that Alex still inspires me and as long as that is the case, I would always want to continue following his career and enjoying him with her and with others here on our little Alex heaven.

Another thing Paula mentioned, was that there seems to be such a lot of people with troubles around us in the fandom. Maybe ‘real-life’ let some of us follow a life online, to escape some of its harshnesses? I think for many of us following Alex and Hawaii-Five-0, it gives us that time to relax and enjoy the pretty. 😀

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When we started Intense Study’ just over 15 months ago, we decided that we want to have fun while we follow Alex and his career, and together with it share some of that fun with others. We hoped that there will be other fans that enjoyed what we do. Lucky for us and beyond our expectation, some of you do seem to enjoy it…. !! 😛

Thank you all for your continued support!

In March we posted a story about which countries seems to enjoy what we do the most and who follows Alex through our site. We thought it might be fun to see how things developed since that time:

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This summary shows us the following:

  • The top 15 countries that visit the site.
  • The percentage (%) of the total views that they represent. (All of those above 1% – representing 87% of our total views and the rest of the 13% is made up from a lot of countries, all with less than 1% in contribution)
  • Behind each country’s name, you can see the position that the country held in March.
  • Behind the percentage you can see how much of the percentage they moved up or down since March  – Thank you for all the new support from France, Germany and the Nederlands!!

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After that we also compared the countries, while keeping their population in mind – with that, making the comparison more realistic. This is what we got:

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As you can see we have a new country at number 1 – Congratulations Iceland!!

Because of the small population in Iceland and some fan or fans from there visiting us regularly, they moved to the front of the pack. 🙂 Apart from Iceland that came out of nowhere to the first position, France moved up 4 places, the Netherlands moved up 3 places and Germany 1 position. Thank you all for your wonderful support!!

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For me, the friends that I made over the past two years, really became dear to my heart. When a beautiful white rose tweeted to me in my time of sorrow, from a friend who I have never met in person, thousands of miles away, made me cry all over again and appreciate all the beauty that there are still in life, I realise that this is just as much part of my so-called real life as anything happening in that ‘real-life’. And online friends sending a small message of “thinking of you”, are just as soothing as somebody close to you hugging you, to make that day just easier to face.

I surely believe that there will be a day when I can thank you all in person, for being there for me! 🙂

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I think there are a lot of you with similar stories about how the friends you made online through Alex, made your life just that little bit better! 🙂

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And a big THANK YOU to those of you who comment on here, for not only always honouring Alex for the great actor he is, but also for keeping it light (and naughty 😀 ) and enjoying his previous characters and his work in Hawaii Five-0 with us.

Neither Alex nor the rest of the people involved in creating Hawaii Five-0 ever claim to be perfect or without faults. Sometimes they might disappoint us, but they work hard to entertain us and we prefer to take the best out of it and enjoy it!

May we all have a lot more fun for a long time to come, playing with our favourite “obsession” in the world! 😛

It’s not my job, it’s my life!

– Alex O’Loughlin,

International Press day,

2 November 2013

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77 responses to “#AlexOLoughlin – An Early ‘Thanks Giving’……

  1. Awwww I love this! Trust me we are all glad you continued your wonderful work here. Personally I know a lot of people who can say their love of Alex has kept them going during very difficult times in their lives. Some have even said he saved them. Through my love of all things Alex I have met some of the most generous, kind and loving people. I hope these are friendships I can keep forever! Thanks again♥

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  2. Sara

    Thnk you for all th time you have spent and wll hopefully continue on this site. I visit it alot through the day. Sometimes it helps me get through the day. I am very sorry for what you have been through. We all need to help each other. Sometimes we just need a friend to talk to. Although you dont know me, I hope someday if you do need someone to talk to, you will tink of me. Thank you so very much. Sara

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    • Thank you Sara!
      Theoretically I should have more time now to spend on writing down some of my “studies”- so hopefully I will have more time to finish some of the stories that I have postponed for a long time. 🙂
      And you are also welcome to talk if you need to!

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  3. Through Alex, I personally have made many many new friends who I hold dear to my heart and with this sight I get to enjoy the positive side of the fandom, for that I thank you very much from the bottom of my heart. I may be too busy at times to comment but I am never to busy to read and enjoy.

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    • Thank you Wanda. Don’t worry about not commenting all the time. All our lives are busy. We do appreciate comments ever once in a while.
      And we do see your comments on twitter – so we see your thoughts. 🙂

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  4. I am glad you are back, more regularly, I have missed you and your posts. Honestly, at the end of the day before I shut down the computer, I always come here and look at the days posts. Not just for the pretty, of course that helps, but the comments always make me smile or laugh and so matter what has gone on through the day, I can go to sleep smiling. That is what this site does for me. I am grateful to not only you and Paula but for the ladies who post as well. Truth is I don’t have the guts to say what most of you do but I sure am thinking it 😉

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    • Buttercup

      ACA @ visage13 – before i go to bed, i come here too, it gives me peace and a good night sleep! Please, keep up the superb work you do 😆
      Way to go foyeur and paula!
      Happy greetings from switzerland!

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    • I agree with you V13 – the ladies who contribute here with all their thoughts and feeling, really add most of the fun for us as well. Without it, things might really get boring here. And we appreciate each and every comment! 😛

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  5. Manu

    I love your Intense studies, they are fun and creative and they definitely help me escaping from my busy real life. Sharing our passion for Alex has also allowed me to meet so many great friends on line and some of them also in real life. So do i count for Italy, England or both 😉 ?

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    • You are one of the lucky ones that got to meet these “Alex” friends in real life and we are really glad your dreams were realised!
      Well the UK dropped and Italy got better, so maybe WP now see you as Italian 😉

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  6. I think I should thank you girls for all the good work you do with the many, many pics of Alex. Who is an insparation for most of us, including me. I have, just as Visage13 says, not have the guts to comment but doesn’t mean I think it. Besides english is not my first language, so it isn’t Always easy to say what I mean. Does that make any sense or what?/ keep up the good work, love from Holland

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    • Thank you for the support Gonnie – you must be part of the growth in viewers we had from Holland!
      You are always welcome to make comments – as you can see a lot of us on here are also not English speaking either and sometimes struggle to give our thoughts. 😀

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  7. Karen

    Foyeur I’m glad you’re back and stuck it out! Life is hard but knowing there are people who, even though we don’t personally know, are capable of helping us smile through it all makes it worth it! This site, you, Paula and all the others have done that for me many a time! While I don’t always comment, I love seeing the deliciousness that is Alex and reading and enjoying the posts! TY for all the smiles and sunshine!

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    • Thank you Karen.
      For me each and every day since we started here, helped me to face that day! And you all contribute with the joy and fun…..
      All your comments are always appreciated – you are doing a fair share of it 🙂

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  8. I’m one of those Alex fans who has made many lasting friendships over the past 7 years. My love & lust for Alex has seen me thru numerous personal struggles in my RL. Like so many, I will eternally be grateful for these blessings.
    This wonderful blog is so important to me, I enjoy it more than words can say. My sincere thanks !

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    • Thank you Sabrina. I know you also love the pretty things (like Alex) in life. It is always a pleasure to follow you on twitter as well. You spread a lot of love and beauty through just being you and what you tweet! You pictures of Alex are always a wonderful to see.Thank you for that!! 🙂

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  9. Colleen

    Bravo!!!!

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  10. Judith Ann Ayres

    I also have enjoyed your posts. Some days you and Alex is how I get thru. Thanks

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  11. I sometimes carry shame for spending so much of my day thinking about Alex and when people in RL tease me about my fangirl crush. My kids joke about my obsession, but know they are the most important people in my life. Because of who I am, I searched for a safe place on the internet to express my naughtiness and passion for Alex, so that my professional and home life could stay as normal as possible. I choose to lust after this man across a thousand miles of land and ocean, instead of bringing another man into my home when I have kids to raise. My life has always been about, “What other’s think of me” but here I can just be me and I don’t worry about it. It’s always been a safe and positive place to play and I am so thankful for this blog, for Paula and FOYeur and for all of you who comment regularly. I don’t feel as alone in this fight we call life and I take it a lot less seriously now. RL has “kicked me in the @ss” a couple times this past year, but I know my struggles aren’t half of what some of you have faced. Just know that even though I am extremely naughty and inappropriate at times, I have a heart that while stretch across the oceans if I know one of you is hurting.
    Wow, I had no idea I would ever write anything like that on this blog, but I wanted you all to know how important this place has been in transforming my life over the last year.
    Alex isn’t only eye candy, but he is a prime example of someone who has picked themselves up after hardship and struggle and persevered. He is a true humanitarian, a great father, a faithful lover, and an incredible talent that I hope someday we will see appreciated by critics.
    The first pic in B&W, is that Alex as Will? Anyway, it may be my favorite pic ever! He has a peace and calmness in his face in it and I only feel love when I look at it. Ok, I admit, my panties feel more than love! 😛
    See you can’t keep a good McPerv down for long! Love ya sister!

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  12. SueB

    You said that so well! Thank you for all you do and Keep up the Amazing work you all do! Love Alex and H50!

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  13. Linda E.

    Where would we all be without the opportunity to come to this site for a laugh, and to enjoy Alex’s beauty. I hope this site has a long life !! Thank you so much !!!

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  14. Really angry with my country! Well, not really, if he ever comes to Spain, Alex will be all mine! 🙂

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  15. AlexNymph

    FOYeur, so sorry to hear about your sorrows. You must really know how to smile through the pain, because you have not missed a beat here. You bring so much fun and joy to your utterly fantastic “Alex study”, that I had no idea you were hurting.
    I would like to truly thank you from the bottom of my heart for letting me come here to join in the fun–I confess that logging on to check in with everyone, to see the great photos and gifs and read everyone’s hilarious comments, is the highlight of my day.
    Kudos on the amazing international-ness of your blog!
    At this time of Thanksgiving, we count our blessings and our friendships. Thank you for having us all over to share with each other. Happy Thanksgiving!!

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    • Thank you AlexNymph for expressing SO beautifully what I wanted to say .i had no idea that FOYeur had sorrow in her life and that makes me ashamed because She and Paula and ESS have enriched my Alex world and added friends to it. My mum always used to say that “Water finds it’s own level’ and in the case of Alex and his fans I cannot agree more, It is amazing how so many of us share his traits,. Warm . loving , kind intelligent, talented humble NAUGHTY and with a great sense of humour and compassion I have found all of that here and at LLOL where i know many of the ladies from here also Hang out.
      I am known as Mary E over there and POMMIENANA” here and i am SO PROUD to belong to all ofthe Circle of friends here and there. What a GORGOUS and AMAZING group you are–and I love you for it
      XOOX

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      • M, Thank you for all the support from you and the other LLOL ladies. Hope I will have some more time soon, to maybe join you on there (if you will have me of course! 😀 )
        And as you say, you all make me proud to be a part of the Alex “groupies” ♥.

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    • Thank you Nymph – It was really Paula that kept everything going! She is not only my partner on here, but also my rock, many miles away. Without her fun way of seeing life, my life over the past to years would have been kind of empty and dull.
      And also thank you for bring your own kind of fun here 🙂
      (BTW – I know you like to comment on the actual picture, but for the past few weeks we detected that WP is no longer showing comments on the photos in the comment collumn – so most miss out on it being there. We haven’t yet been able to solve the problem. Sorry about that 😦 )

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  16. I often just read “your studies” and sometimes they make me smile because of that non-serious comments in the posts.
    Greetings from England and Poland, keep up your good work:-)

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    • Thank you Kajtna – We do try to keep a good balance.
      We are ‘serious’ about our fangirling but also like to make a bit of fun about our ‘obsession’ 😉

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  17. Oh wow…such beautiful support from all of you. Thank you 🙂
    Rest assured we are continuing here still. Since FOYeur wasn´t going to give up on this AOL fun, I guess I have to keep going too 😛

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    • “Intense Study” will definitely be able to survive without me! You know, you do all the hard work – and you know I will come and haunt you, if you ever quit!! 😀

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  18. Marta

    “Happiness is only real, when shared”
    Yes, sometimes “real life” challenges us, drag us down and push us away from who and what truly matters.
    Thankfully, i found you and Paula on this site and every day it’s a fun and naughty journey that lights me, but most important, let me the sense of friendship even when we never met each other. I missed you and your studies during this past month but you know by now that i’ll be here for you.
    Honouring Alex here it’s been a happiness to me, especially when is shared with all of you. Thank you.

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  19. My life changed horribly 18 months ago when I lost my soul mate of 50 years.I eventually got back on the computer and my many friends (none of whom I have ever met) showed me their love and friendship and actually gave me help, knowing they were just “there” when I needed them. You know who you are Ladies, and I will always love you for it.

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    • Thank you for sharing your experience as well Ebbie – nothing can replace the empty space that the loss of a partner of so many years leaves.
      And it is wonderful to hear that you found some online friends to ease you pain as well! 🙂

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  20. Brenda

    I am also thankful and grateful for this vehicle as well as Twitter which gives me a joyful escape from the day to day grind. 19 months ago, a hail storm destroyed the roof and therefore contents of my office and I started working from home. Now I get to work and keep my iPad up all day listening to music I choose and watch my Twitter feed and emails with new WordPress posts all around Alex. I try not to spend too much time distracted but I love it so much. In the context of the world’s troubles today, AOL fandom seems pretty harmless for a vice.

    Thank you ladies for your shared perving and making me feel like it’s completely normal for a 56yr old woman to have a fangirl crush on a very cute boy.

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    • Thank you Brenda. I also like to follow you on twitter whenever I have time to be on there. Thank you for all the love and fun you also spread on there.
      I really does help to know that we are not alone in the fangirl crush! 😛

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  21. Tina

    FOYeur – I’m so sorry to hear that you are going through some rough times. I know how times can get hard either by losing someone we love or by being taken over by events that make you feel like not being here anymore. Please know that even though I don’t know you or comment very often, like so many others here, I love the things you find out just to brighten up our days and that I’m here for you any time you need to chat.

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    • Thank you Tina. The past two years on here, really helped me through the toughest time of my life. It gave me a lot more pleasure than what I could ever imagine through it all..
      And all of you enjoying Alex with us, brightens my days more that you will ever know!. 🙂

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  22. EU

    wow! Foyeur, I’m touched by your words and you can be sure you have many truly friends because, despite all the bad things said about online social nets, I have found here that friendship could happen and grow between two persons that don’t care what they look like, they have or they live……….that’s for me honesty….I might be the only one visiting your blog from my country in Latinamerica :0(…..but until I began to search, as many of you a space to escape from RL problems, trying not to loose my mind and stopping problems damage more my health …( and ironically I’m a ENT doctor) , believe me I felt lonely and isolated : so I wanna thank you for all this wonderful work you do every day, despite your own problems and encourage you and the rest of these beautiful ladies of this blog to continue fighting in life and dreaming and loving…….Alex is such a positive, loving and inspiring strong force that I thank God, he’s not a carpenter but our beloved actor and man we had the blessing of meeting in this life .

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  23. cati9999

    Hei,
    I really love your work (…and Alex of course) and the comments always make me smile. In a world where so much bad happens, you need something that can do this to you… Keep up your brilliant work!

    Greetings from Norway

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  24. Buttercup

    Wow – i’m overwhelmed with all i’ve read for this post! It’s such a special place here and i’m so grateful to have found this site with all YOU wonderful fangirlies!
    And i’m so happy to support an actor, who is not only a wonderfully gifted actor but also a very dear person in RL!
    I’m so glad to “be” here! Mahalo (i wanted to use this word since i’ve first heard it 😉 was this appropriate? It’s such a beautiful word! As a non native english speaker i never know if i got the context right 😆 )

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  25. marnov2205

    Thank you for the thoughtful post, FOYeur, and thanks to everyone else for such beautiful comments! You said it, girls, so I can only second that 🙂 . Good luck to everyone struggling with their RL!

    P.S.: I can’t believe that Slovaks defeated us Czechs. It sucks. Ever since we stopped being Czechoslovakia, we are fiercely competitive, y’know.

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  26. KarinA

    I am late as always (nowadays)!
    I can’t come here on a regular basis at all times but no matter how long it takes me I always ask myself “what am I missing?” and when I finally find out it is always something that combines beauty, fun, thought and caring – in pictures as well as in words.
    Last fall I was struggling with the after effects of something that can be described as a” low level long time intolerance (almost poisoning?) to something in the building that I had been working in for six years (medium level fever constantly for some 18 months – not funny!) but when I found this place and all of you it made life so much easier. To know that there every day was somewhere I could see something (pic/gif, text or comment) that would put a smile on my face or give me a laugh now and then.
    Thank you all for being here and being who you are – the world IS a better place with you all converging here, at least it is to me.
    Please keep up the fantastic work!

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    • Thank you KarinA
      You are never late here. As you can see I only got here today for comments myself.
      Thank you for sharing your story as well. Hopefully we all will have a lot more fun here with Alex to ease the pain! :smile

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  27. Anwyn

    When I first started using this site it was fun only. Now I’m addicted to it and cannot be a single day without visiting. It became so much more than just fun and this is an achievement of Foyeur and Paula and the fangirls. I wish to express my gratitude from the bottom of my heart. AoL became very important for me over the time. I don’t want to be without the inspiration and pretty anymore. With your site you created something unique, a realm for all of us to express whatever needs to be expressed. It has all it takes to make us fangirls happy. You deliver a lot of information on the object of our desire and you never fail to show us the beauty and sexy touch of it. It’s hilarious to sift through the comments.
    Never stop doing what you do cause you do it good.
    I am sorry to hear that you, Foyeuer, went through a rough time. I have missed you here on a regular basis and I am glad that you are back. I am sure you must have felt all the well wishing from us from all over the world like a warming feather blanket wrapping you up. Welcome back and thanks for the wonderful awesome pictures and much more.
    Big Hug!

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    • Thank you Anwyn. You are also a great part of the fun on here. 😛
      I really felt that “warming feather blanket” you talk about on my birthday last month. It could have easily been the worst one I have ever had, but Paula’s beautiful post and the comments from you all, really made the day that much more special and happier!

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  28. Oh FOYeur words fail me after your sad yet beautiful post. I’m so sorry to hear about your sorrows but happy that you not only chose to continue the studys, but also that Alex as the person he is and all the friends you made through spreading the fangirl love made your days a little bit better.
    Let me say that you always have an amazing way with words as Paula has an amazing way making gifs and screens. You two are an incredible team and without you two our Alex-world would be less funny, less naughty, less informative, less… everything!
    Thank you!

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  29. karin@notmcnerd

    FOYeur I hope knowing the joy and delight you bring to so many people eases your pain just a little. Thank you so much for your dedication.

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  30. Just want you to know that you two have done an amazing job with this website. I still wish that more people in my country (Norway) knew how good actor Alex is. The problem is that I don’t know how to promote him.

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    • Thank you for sharing in our fun.
      I think to promaote Alex, is a problem for all of us in the countries where we live – even the fans in the USA have the same problem. Only when Alex star in a major blockbuster movie, will it become easier! Although I see new fans added all the time!
      Even among our personal friends it is not always easy to promote him, if they do not really like a show like H5-0.
      That is why it is so important for me that we do support Alex and Hawaii Five-0 in every way we can. There are so many people (and so called fans) with their own agendas and views on how they think Alex should promote his career more and how Hawaii Five-0 should be written to fit their own fantasies.
      I do not judge people and their views, but just prefer to promote the good rather than emphasize the so called faults. That is why I am so grateful for all the wonderful ladies on here who do the same!! 🙂

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  31. It really warms my heart to see how many of you enjoy our little internet sanctuary! Paula does such a wonderful job to provide us with all the pretty and it leaves me in awe, day after day!
    And thank you all for all the kind comments.and support!

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  32. Sylvie

    So sorry FOYeur to hear that you are in trouble.
    I wasn’t able to have a look at AOL intense study since the 8 of november and I missed it so much! I’ve got a lot of work now to read all the post I couln’t read in time but for sure I won’t let a single one unreading.
    It’s always a great pleasure to read you words and watching our beautiful Alex.
    I’m happy to be a new french personn here, I joined may be in july ot august can’t remember exactly.
    Thanks you so much for the fun you bring in my life

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    • Thank you Sylvie. Always great to hear from the people that enjoy it here with us. Hope you will have enough time to catch up and experience all the Alex-pretty that Paula brings us every day.
      I am doing okay thank you. Sometimes even sorrows bring their own form of relieve.
      For me sharing in the Alex fun with everybody for more than a year now, not only brought joy, but also was and is a way to make things in my life better!
      And I will always be grateful to all my online friends and our wonderful readers here, who helped me cope with difficult days and make every day just a little bit better! :smile:.

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