Night & Day

July 23 - 29, 1998

July 28
The life of Frances Fox sounds like something from The X-Files. She claims she began to develop psychic abilities at the age of two when her dad, a U.S. Air Force officer, enrolled her in a military mind-expansion program. The details, of course, are classified, Fox says, and, besides, she doesn't remember much about the experience (although she was in the program for several years). She does know that, as an adult, she used her powers to do intelligence work for the military. But she needed to branch out, so she founded Information Acquisition, a self-help and business-consultation outfit in Coral Gables. Fox will conduct a workshop at 7 p.m. tonight in Unicorn Village Holistic Lifestyle Center (3575 207th St., Aventura). The subject: "intention." Fox says that your subconscious desires are often at odds with the conscious ones, and until you come to grips with what you really want, true intentions will be thwarted. Even unwilling participants will have to give in, Fox says, because -- well -- she reads minds. Cost is $75. Call 305-935-6726.

July 29
Feel sorry for those lobsters in the tanks at restaurants and grocery stores? You might not after doing battle with one. During the recreational lobster miniseason today and tomorrow, divers and snorkelers go head-to-head with lobsters while trying to entice them out of their holes. Lobsters, explains Lt. Lee Palfrey of the Florida Marine Patrol, like to hang out on ledges and in holes near flowing water, because, at night, the current helps them move around easily. But by day the critters camp out in their holes, exposing just whiskers and claws, which lobster hunters are careful not to grab. Instead, they use a curved "tickle stick" to tap a lobster on its back, which tricks it into thinking something is approaching from the rear. When the lobster moves forward, it's plucked and bagged. State parks and the Biscayne Lobster Sanctuary are off-limits, but otherwise it's a wide-open lobster hunt. All you need is a valid fishing license with a $2 lobster stamp -- and the wit to outsmart a wily lobster. The Florida Marine Patrol can be reached at 800-342-5367.

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