Wednesday, November 12, 2008
  I just gotta say.
Sometimes I really just want to stare at the television. #1 choice is, duh, Law & Order. Then House. Once in a while I'll get lucky with reruns of Seinfeld or The Office.

If nothing I like is on, and I really don't have the energy or desire to do anything else, I'll stoop a little. CSI: Miami is usually top on the "ugh, I guess it's OK" list. The cheesy Horatio character and ridiculous sets and outfits worn by serious "crime scene investigators" in the field (yeah, stilettos and a low-cut top, that happens!).

Anyway, I have seen an ad for this one show a few times, and I do not know WHAT KIND OF MOOD I WOULD HAVE TO BE IN to stoop to that level. I mean, I've watched Charmed before, I'll admit it. (TNT, can we get real with the "drama" thing? I mean, "the drama of Charmed"? P'shah.)

My point: They have a show now that is called Parking Wars.

About the Parking Authority of Philadelphia.

Show description: This series takes an inside look at the men and women who work for the Philadelphia Parking Authority. They attempt to break down stereotypes of those who hand out parking tickets and tow away vehicles.

People getting towed. Giving parking tickets.

THIS is what constitutes entertainment on television these days? My lord...

And, I mean, if any of you have seen this show and like it.. I believe it. I would imagine it has to be entertaining (?!) to some degree to get on television at all.

But if I am ever tempted to choose a show about PARKING ATTENDANTS over real life, just shoot me.

Same goes for that Wii ad that is coming on all the time now. I've seen two.. one shows chicks on a rainy day playing this game, but the other is in, like, Costa Rica or something. The lady is choosing to stay in and "shop" on Wii instead of going outside & experiencing real life. Yeah, okay.

Oh, did I mention - I'm going to Costa Rica for spring break. :) I think I'm going to rent a super telephoto lens this time. And we're skipping the diving, so it'll be a week of just Monteverde & Manuel Antonio. :) :) I keep saying how I want to go back... It's kinda weird how I can miss someplace I've only visited once, but I miss the way it feels there. (Driving the Interstate home from the airport after our trip was like sensory overload, in a bad bad way.) I'm surprised Chris is willing to go back a THIRD TIME (he went one time before we went together) but he assures me he'll bring plenty of reading material so I can breathe in the air and take pictures all I want.
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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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