Wednesday, April 01, 2009
  the friendliness of south florida
I walked across the street to get a coffee and on my way back, I was walking through the parking lot and there was a car I was walking behind and it just started backing up at full speed … like, not slowly backing up, but AT FULL SPEED.. and curving to the right, where i was walking. I had to jump out of the way so she wouldn’t hit me.

I looked back and made a WTF face at her, like HELLO. as she pulled away she rolled her window down and flipped me off and told me to F&&& off. some guy was out there and was like, what is her problem?! I said, she almost hit me - and then she's yelling at ME. i've done stupid things on the road before, cutting people off without realizing it on the interstate because i forgot to check my blind spot, and i felt BAD. this lady? she yells at me. and flipping me off.

she was at the intersection when I was walking up towards my house and she was yelling again. I couldn’t hear what she was saying, but i just yelled back, exasperated, "you almost hit me!!!" and then she was laughing and then she goes " YOU FAT F&&&!"

i'm not that fat. :(

i know she's crazy, but it's hard to not come away from something like feeling really bad. i would've been fairly shell-shocked from nearly getting hit, without her insulting me on top of it. don't people know that that's like the WORST insult? you don't go there. (timely, though - i decided today would be the day i started eating better so i don't go into lack-of-sugar shock when i go to costa rica.)

anyway, florida is great, right? blah.

you shouldn't be upset, you should be pissed off! I would have gotten her license plate number and reported her to police saying she DID hit me. Would serve the bitch right!
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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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