Saturday, March 15, 2008
  ahh, spring break

the spring breakers have arrived.

i live right off of A1A. to go ANYWHERE, i gotta drive on A1A. 95% of the time i go anywhere, i end up driving up through lauderdale-by-the-sea, which is a touristy little beach town. they have an ordinance that no buildings can be taller than three stories or something like that, and it really does give it a different look... little houses, apartment buildings, brightly colored motels with the name like the dolphin and ocean reverie, which i've always mean to get a picture of... then the SECOND you leave LBTS for fort lauderdale, bam! highrises. the little places look much more quaint.

needless to say, thanks to the influx of all these tourists, to do ANYTHING now takes twice as long. but it's okay... i just make sure to bring my MP3 player and, for example, today i had to run out and pick up the veggies, so i brought sebastian along for company. i think car rides are pretty much sensory overload for dogs, since they spend the entire time trying to inhale everything, but they seem to enjoy it anyway.

it's really kinda funny... i go to the grocery store across the street, and the kids are everywhere. in little same-sex groups. they all seem to dress the same. they are all buying beer.

today i was stuck in really bad traffic at the beach and was behind a car from texas. a girl was holding her camera out the window and was taking pictures of EVERYTHING. (pot? kettle? i thought it was cute, but also... so weird. this?! this is worth taking pictures of?! then i start to appreciate it all with a foreign eye. little touristy beach towns probably ARE worth taking pictures of if you don't live in one.

the family comes in three weeks. can't wait to show them the beach and the traffic and all this good stuff. :)

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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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