Monday, August 28, 2006

drowning accident, originally uploaded by Ed Fladung.

Friday night, we went to this little hotel bar named Our Place. Ordered some rum runners.

All of a sudden, Chris and his friend, Dean, are arguing. "You go! My certification isn't even current anymore.." "No, you go!" I couldn't figure out what was going on, trying to make sense of what they were saying.

Then I realized there was a small cluster of people by the hotel pool. Trying to revive a man, wet and laying on the side of the pool.

It was 11 p.m. on a Friday night and no one was sober enough to know what the hell happened. One lady went to get ice 10 minutes before and saw the guy swimming. When she came back, he was laying at the bottom of the pool. Another lady said, "We saw him go to the bottom, but we thought he was messing around." She didn't seem at all.. remorseful. Not that it was her fault, but it was just strange.

Chris, who was perfectly sober like me, did chest compressions. But to no use; the guy was gone. I was standing at the back and couldn't hear, but apparently Chris was trying to get someone to do mouth-to-mouth but everyone was too drunk or, I dunno.. scared? I'm disappointed that I didn't take the CPR class I was thinking of doing a good six months ago. Who thinks that stuff will actually come in handy? I guess we have classes periodically through work, though, so I guess I'll take it when it's available here.

When the ambulance arrived, we went back to the bar. The horrible lounge singer apparently didn't know what was going on outside and kept on crooning an awful rendition of "American Pie."

We skipped the rum runners and went home.

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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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