Tuesday, October 04, 2005
  okay, here's ed's key west story
ed went to key west for a weekend-long bachelorfest of boating, diving, and partying.  he had a good story to report once he got home.
he was spearfishing and managed to catch a really nice, big hogfish.  for those of you who don't dive, hogfish are so well known for being tasty that if your buddy spots one underwater, he will more likely than not pat his tummy in the universal gesture for "hogfish". 
hogfish are not the most attractive of fish, as you see here in the picture.  hogfish is quite an appropriate tag, is it not?
so anyway, ed surfaced with his homely hogfish so that the two guys in the boat could collect it from him and he could go back down.  unfortunately, the guys operating the boat were green - one with seasickness, the other with inexperience.  as they were trying to figure out how to get the boat over to ed, they noticed a dark shape in the water by him.  "ed, there's something in the water with you."  "yeah, guys, ha ha," ed replied, assuming they were trying to pull his chain with the shark myth.  then he realized that the guys were getting more and more convincingly panicked.  ed, holding a spear with a bloody fish at the end, started to get nervous.  helpless in the water, he got reports from the people on the boat: it's off to your left!  now it's to your right!  OH MY GOD, A FIN!!!  the viz was crap, so ed would stick his head under the water but couldn't see anything.  all he knew was that his buddies on the boat were FREAKED OUT.  "THERE IT IS AGAIN!"  "OH MY GOD, A SHARK!!!!!"
so ed dropped his spear, letting his beautiful (ha ha) hogfish and the shark's meal sink into the water. 
then ed got back into the boat.  moments later, he got to see his would-be attacker, who stuck his/her head out of the water and gave a great big smile..
yep, eddie was almost attacked for his hogfish by a fearsome, um, bottlenose shark.  :D
cool, huh?  i was highly impressed.
p.s. for you inquiring commenter wondering who ed is: ed is not a "new guy."  he's the "old guy" actually, now a good friend.  lucas is quite busy with his firefighting training (and moved to delray!) so i haven't even seen him since last sunday.  in any case, i've already told him that once his uniform gets good & dirty, i'm going to get pics of him in it.  y'all will be the first ones i share it with.  ;)
amusing story!
har, he was chased by flipper. :)
that's hilarious!
Hahahahahhhaaaa! You should sign in and post that to !!!
Did he throw the two sick fellows overboard when he found out he lost his fish? Might not be the same a tasty fish but if there are some reasons to kIck someone overboard, I'd put that up near the top! Great Story ! Tom H

BTW in SC you can fish for shrimp with bait and a cast net. One time we had one of the bottle nose *sharks* come pay us a visit....needless to say he was a much better fishermen then we were.
That's a funny story! Is that his picture of the vicious beast? It's so cute!!!
Lucas better step up- you'll always have Wisconsin with him though, and Christmas is right around the corner! ;)
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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!

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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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