Wednesday, November 23, 2005
  :D how i love the google
every once in a while, i google old people i know.. doug, my first boyfriend, gets googled a few times a year..

look what i found this time:

i used to sit with him in the music room (which became the make-out room once the sun went down, muaha) while he practiced his pipes.. and let me tell you, the bagpipes is (are?) a strange, strange instrument. in case y'all haven't paid attention in movies like so i married an axe murderer, basically it's this big bag o' tartan under the player's arm. he blows constantly to inflate it, then makes the music with his fingers as the air.. um.. exhales from the bag. mesmerizingly weird to watch. and then doug's his cheeks would get all red and it was so cute.

yes, i just said that i thought my boyfriend was cute playing his bagpipes. how, i dunno, nerdily country can you get? :)

doug is an interesting fella. he may or may not still be running an art gallery in la crosse.. was in the paper running for the city council last time i was home.. much to my dismay upon a visit home, i learned that, since high school, he has stopped loving the low-brow humor provided by such quality shows as snl in the late-80s. that's how we used to make up after fights - one of us would just go, "remember the british toothpaste? made of honey and sugar? 'and it's good on crackas!'" and all was well.. now, television is evil. sigh.

oh yeah, story how we ended up going out? we worked on the newspaper together. i was horribly in love with the boy. i kept a journal. i left it in the computer lab one day. the next day at my locker, before i even realized it was missing, doug was handing it to me and saying, "i'm guessing you want this back." and the rest is history! :D
Yeah, it's interesting when people from the past turn up and make a pointless comment.
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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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