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February 28, 2021


Susan McCulloch

Love this PT! Is he still there?

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr. aka pt at large

Yes, still holding the fort steadfastly!

Shelley Allison

Great story!

I’m hoping for a post-post-script, the one in which the neighborhood child (or parent or grandparent) discovers the Ice Panda strapped to his new perch and frees him with delight, leaving in his place an excited note of profound gratitude for his rescuer!

If not that, he does look like he was once very much treasured, and maybe that’s a satisfying enough ending to his misadventure!

Gerard McMahon

Has anyone snagged the little Guy yet?

Susaan Straus


Katherine Burton Jones


I LOVE it. It is sweet and touching and we need that. Reading this brought tears to my eyes. Keep him and keep him out of trouble.

Thank you,


Mishy Lesser


Shhhhh!! It was me and Chris. We were out for a walk and that little guy was lying in the street at the edge of the sidewalk. Seemed sad, lonely, and abandoned so Chris propped her up a bit. Yup, she's female. It's wonderful to see how you wrote something whimsical about her appearance. And it would be even more wonderful if the caretaker of the Ice Panda came to retrieve her!!! 💙

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr. aka pt at large

The surprising reveal adds to the saga. I can add triumphant to sad, lonely, and abandoned. I could not tell its gender, will have to look again. i hope the owner leaves a message on the attached photo if the Ice Panda is reunited with its owner. Thank you for uncovering the true story after retrieving Ms Panda from the road. It's still a miracle to me that the little stuffed animal got another lease on life after your kind-hearted intervention.

David Connor


This is a story. I am hooked...
Somewhere between Frosty Lazarus... Seriously

Paul A. Tamburello aka pt at large

What wonderful two reference points, Frosty and Lazarus!
Love it.

Jim McMahon, SMC '64

I'm out here in Hawai'i reading this post. The story travels well!

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr. aka pt at large

Hello Jim!
How grand to hear from a classmate from halfway across the world.
Thanks for your comment. How it reached you is almost a message in a bottle that floated all the way across the Pacific.

How the heck did you ever find my blog, in which your comment is now posted.
The Watertown Tab may run the story this Friday.

I always look forward to Bob Lilly’s SMC-isms, with good news, sad news, and now great grandparent news. I trust you are well and imagine you were sitting at your laptop feeling the legendary tropical breezes from those islands when you came across the story. If that’s your permanent home, I envy you and the scenery.


Ann Baker


This is the highlight of my week. Thanks.


Myke Farricker

Love it!

Bernard Ussher

a published author ... no less

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr. aka pt at large

Tanks…A strategy to cobble together some name recognition in times of pandemic!

Carole Blossom

What a sweet and kind tribute to someone's panda bear. You are a hero, Paul!

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr. aka pt at large

More like a good Samaritan but a good deed nevertheless!

Susaan Straus

Bravo! Definitely one of your all time best.

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