Monday, March 06, 2006
  weekend report

IMAX, originally uploaded by estacey.

hello to everyone! sorry i been quiet! busy as usual!

friday night, i got to spend the evening in bed, nursing a migraine.

saturday, i woke up and played around with the kitties a bit and then drove down to homestead to go to the fruit & spice park. mark & i met some of his friends to go to an asian festival.. i got myself some yummy bangladeshi food and a lovely succulent plant that i nearly killed in the car on the way home. then it was off to the main street cafe for a tofu & avocado sandwich.

sunday, i actually went diving! against all odds! (well, against alex's 2-1 odds anyway.) i was ON TIME, even. i bundled up in my 3-mm. wetsuit, my ?-mm. farmer jane ebay special, and alli's hooded vest on top of that. i was a special sight.. alex should have pics somewhere. the last time i went was, dear god, september 11. that's five months out of the water!

i was worried i'd be a disaster, or at least a disaster on air, but i felt pretty normal. no huge sightings.. the usual eels, pretty fishies, baby sharpnose puffer, little stingray, adorable crabs.. i found a nice big, empty conch shell that was sitting on its side, empty, but a juvenile fish of some type seemed to be taking refuge in it, so i had to leave it be.

i got pretty cold probably a half-hour in, but eventually i went numb and was able to stay down for 87 minutes, when i surfaced and swam in due to a quickly shrinking supply of air..

matt said i was a stroke to mark, referring to me and my tendency to wander off during a dive. the only time that happend this dive was on the swim back in, which wasn't intentional.. more of a mis-guess on the direction we were headed. i think i need to learn navigation better so i can just solo dive and not have to worry about that kind of unwanted critique when i surface. if i'm not an air hog, then i gotta be something, right? i hate being a burden on people..

i'm feeling a hankerin' to go camping this weekend somewhere, but all the spots i've looked up are taken. i blame the canadians.

oh, then after the dive, we went to the new imax movie - deep ocean 3D. i've been to a few imax 3-D movies before, and this had to have been the best. it was like an interesting nature special, but in 3-D. as opposed to a seemingly made-up special, just to showcase 3-D.

hey, kids, it's officer snook!

then we all wandered riverfront for a bit, looking like tourists except for me, because what northerner would walk around carrying a blanket when it's 70something out? and then i got to rinse my gear and nap whilst watching law & order.

that's about it!

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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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