Saturday, May 27, 2006
  gorgeous day (duh)

(love) under the sea, originally uploaded by Something To See.

what a great morning! did the workout.. i was 10 minutes late - and i usually time my arrivals pretty well, so that was disappointing. i never have a "should i go or shouldn't i go?" argument with myself in the a.m., but i certainly do convince myself i can get from bed to my car in five minutes.. so while i have to leave ideally at 7:35, i end up getting out of bed at 7:30. ah well, at least i made it.

the sea cadets, some group of 12-17-year-olds were there. that was a hoot! these kids with their resistance bands that were approximately as big around as they were. the teenage girls honestly made me laugh out loud, all concerned about their makeup and how they looked and "ew, a bug!" was i ever like that? i wonder.. it was hard to set aside my inner mom during the class, though. some kids seemed like jerks, others seemed to get picked on.. like they say, kids can be so cruel.

the ocean was completely flat. ahh, a good day for diving! but, yeah, too much to do today so diving will be tomorrow instead. and, my, the humidity - everyone was soaked at the workout, myself included. i have to laugh that, when i started working out years ago, i was always so proud to actually break a sweat. i don't do that all too easily. i should've gotten a picture today of my red, wet face...

i've got lots of stuff i want to do today before alli comes over this evening to spend the night. we may hit las panteras, a bar down the street that i think is patronized strictly by mexicans. 50 5'5" mexican men and two tall blondes? it should be a good mix. at least it'd be a good place to practice my spanish! and it's in walking distance!

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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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