Tuesday, August 01, 2006
  Nothing to write.
I officially have a really boring life.

I realize I've hardly written since last week, but.. yah.. Not much to say. All three of you must be very sad to hear this.

Saturday I basically got stranded at the beach all day since my car battery died. Of course, of all places to be stranded, the beach is pretty much as good as you can hope for. Balu had been warning me that one day my car wouldn't start, and that day did arrive.. I thought since the battery was dead-dead, though (not just because I forgot my lights on or something), that it wouldn't just jump-start. Whoops. After a late-night run Friday, a beach workout Saturday, then spending my day riding (slowly, mind you) around Fort Lauderdale on a rented bike, I more or less went into a coma on Saturday night.

Sunday was the farm tour. I was happy there were some kids along; they definitely make things more fun. While I was holding the little three-year-old at a fruit stand, a nice lady came up and said, "Oh, what pretty eyes!" I looked at her to nod in agreement and she said, "Oh, just like yours!" You know, like she was my daughter. I thought that was cute.

Balu suggested that he just fill the water levels on my car battery and see if the battery was still good. I was leaning towards just springing the $55 for a new battery, but of course, that was just wasteful American me talking, so he nudged me in the direction of waiting. Today, my battery was dead. Luckily, he has one of those nifty little jump-starting things... I took it with me to work and had to jump my car three times today! Whee! (A new battery is going in tonight.)

Alright, I think the sun has gone down sufficiently for me to go hop outside for the first few of my weekly 200 cardio minutes, Week Two.
I know this is totally off topic...but whatever happened to that HOT fire fighter you were hanging out with?
sorry.. we seem to have lost touch sometime last year. you want his number? i may be able to find it for you.. he's a firefighter in, uh.. boynton beach or something. name is lucas. kind of a flake, but nice. he's also on billboards for sandals around 95 if you keep an eye out.. :)
If your battery keeps dying it could be your cars alternator. The alternator is what constantly recharges your battery while driving. If the alternator is dead, or on its last legs you will keep going through batteries quickly. If you go to Autozone they will test your alternator for free. And if it is dead or dying its an easy repair. Just my two cents.

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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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