Saturday, August 05, 2006

see my flickr for a couple more pics of this guy - wow.
he rode by on his bike today while we were working out and the whole class stopped - "what was THAT?" some of us had gotten a view of him from the front so assured the rest, yes, he was actually wearing something on his lower half.. even though you can't tell from the back.

i guess around christmastime, he came out to the beach wearing elf shoes and christmas bells dangling from his thong. phew.

the best part was when i saw him put on his crocs!!!!

anyway, i actually went out to dinner last night, stayed out past midnight, had a few drinks, and STILL made it to boot camp this morning. :D

after boot camp, we had breakfast at the cafe across the street. i heard a "stacey!" from behind me and there were ed and his parents, ed & sally. at the table right behind ours! it's been a long time since i had seen them.. and i really liked them.. so it was a nice surprise. i was touched to have sally ask how the new job was going - how did she know? :) they're so sweet. i was happy to get to give them a hug and a kiss before going on my way and let them get back to admiring the ocean and the nearly naked guy...

last night was nice; i got a tour of my old neighborhood. now why is it that i lived at the condo for years but never checked out the little bar down the street? it's full of mulleted mexican guys and old queens! i definitely missed out.

oh, and hey, i got a new camera. i just got my taxes back (little-known fact: the april 15th deadline only applies if YOU owe the gov't money, rather than the other way around).. i did responsible stuff with most of it, but indulged myself a little with the camera purchase.. i just hate not having a camera. the old camera will cost $150 to fix anyway, so i got a new one and now, when i get the other fixed (soon!), it can be my back-up.. and i can actually take it on dives without freaking out that i may ruin my only beloved camera.

old camera
haha.. look at the battery door! and the memory door is being held closed with tape. i don't know how i managed to break either; all i know is that it happened at the toby keith concert. i'm going to try to wear the wrist strap with the new one to prevent any drinking-and-photographing accidents.

the new camera is basically my old camera, but a little smaller, lighter, less ghetto.. i'm just starting to break it in now. i wish i would've taken some more pics last night though. dammit.

Stacy I am glad you got a new camera. I was at St Augustine on Sunday and visited a shop with a camera section. I got a high pressure sales pitch on a little cannon with a display almost the size of the back. That was a sweet camera and I was amazed that it was a 10 megapix with tones of options and the guy went down to 399 trying to sell it to me with a 2 gig card. I'd like to keep my underwater camera just for underwater shots but my wife came in and got me away just before I got my card out of my wallet, Its amazing to me how fast they are changing and how much you get for your money.
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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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