Sunday, September 21, 2008
  Thought of the day
This weekend has been fairly uneventful. It's been gorgeous -- like, PERFECT -- so I think we've been really lucky.

Yesterday I really only got a half-day here. See, I am CURSED when it comes to traveling. Something always happens! Last time we were in Key West, I got a migraine for the first time in FOREVER. (And last time!) When we were in Galapagos, well, you know... Now Boston? I got a case of cramps which caused me such pain that I can't even describe it. Chris was off at the convention center and I should've been getting ready, and I got as far as showered, but then they hit, after which I could seriously not get out of the fetal position. Bawling. Wailing. Pleading for the pain to go away. Thankfully they subsided, and then Chris brought me some good (OTC) drugs, and we headed out for Dunkin Donuts (you know that this is the place where DD was founded, right?) and a trip to "the Cape." I swear, though, I was shell-shocked for the rest of the day.

Onto today... One of the things I did was to go to the New England Aquarium. Got a sweet purse with whales on it.

Anyway, I was at the little exhibit that basically had local marine life in it. There was a lobster hanging out at the bottom of the tank. A lady in the cluster of folks next to me pointed to it and said, "Lunch." In the way you would see an octopus and say, "Look, an octopus."

Seriously, people. Seriously. That is so fucking stupid that it is, like, enraging. First, you're at an aquarium whose mission is to educate people in the hopes they will feel inspired to conserve: could we please pretend that the things behind the glass mean something more to you than as something to stuff your face with? Second, DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE HAVE MADE THAT "JOKE" BEFORE YOU? Do you think you're being ORIGINAL? Because you're not.

I swear, if I worked there, I would probably be roughing people up by now for saying things like that.

Tomorrow morning I get up god-awful EARLY so I can fly home. Take care of kittens. Go to school. Go take pictures of a lady's baby belly. Go pick up the dogs. That is all TOMORROW!
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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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