Wednesday, August 22, 2007
  Unable to form complete words....
a.k.a. Another Day, Another $300

So I literally have TWO OTHER CLASSES that I am not taking now that I can take EVER at BCC towards my major. British Literature and Teaching Diverse Populations. They only teach Brit Lit during the day (way to go, BCC) and a class I am taking now is a pre-requisite for Teaching Diverse Populations. I have to do 16 hours of field experience for one of the classes I am in now. Teaching Diverse Populations also requires 16 hours of field experience. Last night, the teacher was saying if you were in both of the classes, you had to do all 32 hours with the same coordinating instructor. I’m like, “But this is a pre-requisite for the other. How is that possible?” “Oh, we were trying to get it removed as a pre-requisite; we don’t agree with the policy. The department head will override it for you.”

(By the way, if last night’s class demographics says anything, our future teachers are mostly very big and very black.)

So of course today I go see the department head.

How long would you think it takes to get a little blue card signed, then handed over to registration? Two hours, apparently. No, I bought a book too. There were 22 people in line. I counted.

I was not dressed for this. I should have been wearing my crocs. Seriously. Instead, for some reason, today I decided to dress up. Longish-sleeve black polyester dress. High heels. By the end of my two hours on campus, 90-ish degrees (remember, everything is outside here!), I was carrying my shoes. Whimpering. Wondering why it takes two hours to do anything this simple.

But I am registered!

And thankfully, I found an online version of the class still open. With an instructor I took previously! So I got to meet her in person today. Saw her office. Apparently she’s a diver, so we chatted a little bit about that. I’m now obligated to send her some pictures in a few months. :)

The funny thing is that I had to go to the South Campus to get this done, where I have never taken classes. Man, that place is ghet-to. Lots of gold teeth and stuff. And the best part – there was actually a lone braid on the ground. Some poor chick’s weave was coming apart at the seams…

After this semester, I just have, um.. 21 classes to go! *forced smile* Just 21!

Ooh! I have a photography tutor! First session is Saturday afternoon! That should be fun! We’re going to Gumbo Limbo! I think! Or the beach! Or something! His pics are here. Hopefully he can give me a handle on the basics. I need the help!!!
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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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