Monday, September 12, 2005
  Bad weekend for diving, but great weekend nonetheless :)
Alli & I did a dive Saturday morning, then went to North Bay Village to take sailing lessons.. or, rather, go out with a sailing club that is open to people with no experience and is therefore willing to help new sailors out. We had a great time. Yay, new pasttime; we're doing it again next Saturday.

Then Sunday we did an all-day affair behind the condo. Unfortunately, the visibility wasn't so great - and it was hella rough - so our first dive wasn't so long and the second dive never happened. Bill was the only one insane enough to brave the whitecaps, but that's good because it left plenty of time for the rest of us to sit around and gossip. And rinse the immense amount of sand off of gear. (We ALL fell when getting out of the water after the first dive. I laid there, helpless, as the waves pushed me around. Finally I had to just crawl out of my BC and drag the tank out of the water. There was sand EVERYWHERE. Aggh!)

The kittens are as lovely as ever. I'm trying to enjoy my last week with them. Right now, they divide their time between attacking random stationary objects (the broom, a napkin, MY FOOT) and following me around the house. ALL FOUR KITTENS followed me into the bathroom this morning. It's nice having an audience for everything you do. :D

Last night was ear-mite-remedy night, despite the fact I was dead tired from two twelve-hours-in-the-sun days. Kitten has contracted the mites since she started going out and I know Fluffy had them before so I checked them all.. sure enough, the nasty stuff was in one of Elliot's ears and one of Fluffy's. So they ALL got the treatment, just in case. I hate doing that kind of stuff because the cats really hate it, so they cry. It's really pathetic. But then you have four Yodas walking around the house and that's kinda funny. Lucky me, I get to do it again tomorrow night.. and every other day from there on until they're all better.

I'll get pics up later today.. of the beach, not of the kittens. Sorry!
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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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