Saturday, May 14, 2005
  hello on a saturday
1. new cat progress! (see below.) i so have to get a pic of those teeth. my little bat!

2. i got a flat tire today. what timing! it was sort of.. how to say.. well, bad. i got the flat tire on my way to what i thought was the fish id class (it's actually tomorrow; duh) and heard the telltale flapflapflap! right around the bridge on commercial. i was so not wanting to deal with it, so grabbed my stuff and trucked it over the bridge to get to the nat'l save the sea turtle foundation, where the class was. only - the door was locked! luckily, i had a printout of phone numbers, including the class's instructor, alex: "nope, i said sunday." "shite!"

at that point, i just sat down on the ground and let it sink in that i was a half-hour drive from home, had a flat tire, and had no one to call. no one.

i did know that alex lived in that part of town, though, so called him before setting off on my hike to a tire shop to make sure the goodyear really was on oakland & federal. (turns out it was commercial & way west of federal.) he was in his car already so hopped over and gave me a ride to goodyear, where they said they'd take me back to my car with some air to see if it would hold so i wouldn't have to pay for a tow. alex gave me a can of fix-a-flat and sunglasses to protect my eyes in case i needed to use it, which turned out to save the day - so that was nice. :)

three or so hours and a stack of entertainment weeklys later, it all turned out okay. a nice guy named anthony gave me a hard time about why i didn't have a man in there to pay for all this for me (men pay for these kinds of things?! who are these men??) and then gave me a big ol' discount on everything they did. and some wise advice - date married men. no, i swear he said that. that way, they pay for everything and i have someone to be with and then you can send them home and have your space and your place to yourself. so noted, anthony, thank you.

3. frigginant! haha!

4. anyone look at my flickr pics? if not, news - i found a goddamn knight anole the other day. i have to hand feed it. crickets. it's blind in one eye. today i got it some mealworms. i am so excited about this. no, really. not only is he all mean and tries to bite me every time i feed it, but then he doesn't bite down on the cricket i have placed in his mouth so it hops out and i have to go repeat the whole process. little goddamn ungrateful mini-dinosaurs.
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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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