Sunday, May 07, 2006

these are the squat anemone shrimp that i saw the other day.

so yesterday was the air & sea show with my friends, in celebration of alex's birthday. again. he started planning this beach bbq thing after we had decided to do a surprise party/dive, so that means he got two parties!

it was fun.. lovely laura made food just for me, so i got to eat some yummy thai food with tofu.. i brought tres leches.. there were plenty of drinks.. very nice. sadly, the water got so rough that we couldn't go diving as planned. the rough water did make swimming fun, though.

then we took the party back to alex's place (a block from the beach), where we succeeded in scaring his friend chris away. really. "where'd chris go? did we scare him away?" i asked. "you almost scared me away," alex answered. we made sure alex got more vodka.

at one point, alex freaked out at me for licking the salt from my fingers, then reaching back into the bag for more potato chips. i was 1. confused and 2. insulted. a few minutes later, alex needed me to hold his drink for a moment. so i licked it. and now this is why i love my friends: i held the glass out to laura and to alli and each of them knew exactly what i wanted: lick, lick.

the party went on late for us old folks, and alex had a fish id class to teach today, so once he started to look worn down, i herded us all out to the bar down the street. luis went to sleep in the car instead, though. i'm proud of myself - i never go out anymore. i certainly never stay out late anymore. i did both last night! kinda! (if you can count talking at an outside table at a beach bar while sipping alli's diet coke as "going out".)

yep, good times. now today it's gorgeous again - this is no surprise since it is relentlessly gorgeous in florida. every day. *knock on wood* but the air & sea show is still going on, so the only place i can dive is at the pier (too much boat traffic out where we usually do our shore dives).. ahh, i'll figure it out. maybe i'll hang out and do laundry today and nap some more. :)
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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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