Saturday, November 15, 2008
  All electronics hate me.

I mean, my computer? I've already vented about that. I'm ordering a backup drive this weekend so I can replace the hard drive in this very bad boy. I'm having problems with it all the time, and even when it works it keeps acting crazy.

Oh yeah, and I gotta take that other drive back that went kaput after only a week of having it. Grr.

My phone is so slow. I keep getting server errors. Whatever.

Then this morning.. At like 5 a.m. Chris wakes up and says, "Did you register for your classes?" Registration opened at 12:01 a.m. And I hadn't! I meant to do it right at 12:01... I even set an alarm to remind me, but then it turns out I had the day wrong. Classes can fill up SO fast. I was screwed last semester when I was signing up, which is why I have classes 4 days a week now... So I didn't want a repeat of that.

So I got up to register right then. The computer wouldn't connect to the Internet. I tried the other computer. Then I tried Chris's. I tried resetting the modem. Nothing worked.

Chris got up with me, probably unable to sleep from all the swearing, and called Comcast. There was an outage in the area. !!!!!!!

Honestly, what are the chances that the ONE TIME I REALLY need to connect to the Internet, it's down?

I really, really didn't want to screw myself, so at 5 a.m. I went out driving in my pajamas to find a place with WiFi that worked. Thankfully the Dunkin Donuts across the street -- which was not yet opened -- worked for me. I registered for my four classes, then came home and went back to sleep.

Really, really annoying. But I did get it done. And.. and! Next semester is going to be GRAVY. I have classes from like 9-5 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. That's IT! 4-day weekend, y'all!
4-day weekends are something i really miss from college.

and it's good to know i'm not the only one who'd go out in their pjs looking for free wifi when the internet at home is out (though having neighbors with usable wifi is one potential advantage of living in a condo/apartment versus a house).
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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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