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Thread: March 22-Apr12: rp-umpire's 23rd and longest visit to Aruba

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    Thanks Rich for your ump stories

    love reading them all!
    post some pics of you can

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    Saturday, day 7 for me, was a fun one.

    I was supposed to have a 12:30pm baseball game, so from the time I woke up I was in "game day" mode, preparing for my day's baseball game. I left lots of time to get there and took the main route along the coast the whole way. I realized that I had yet to drive LG Smith Blvd. through Oranjestad since I got here. It has all been interior roads.

    Turns out the game didn't go. One team couldn't field enough players. Not atypical of leagues back home. The 16-18 age group has problems getting players to focus on baseball instead of cars and girls at that age. My Aruban umpire partner and I headed for Four Seas (I have been there four times now).

    After returning to La Cabana, I got cleaned up and took a cab to Palm Beach. I was able to essentially check-in early at Playa Linda. They had already opened my account with a credit card purchase of three weeks internet earlier last week. I just filled out the registration form and they gave me towel and room charge privileges. I just have to wait until after 10:00am to get my room keys.

    I will review my week at La Cabana at some point later in the trip. Suffice it to say I didn't fully utilize or appreciate it because my roots are very deep on Palm Beach, and I spent a good deal of time there.

    Anyway, my Saturday evening on Palm Beach started with a visit to The Beach Bar at Playa Linda. After a beer or two while chatting with a nice couple from Michigan that I have run into several times already, I headed off to the Excelsior Casino at the Holiday Inn. Made nice hits on both video poker and Blackjack and walked out up $800.

    Walked back along the beach walkway to head to the Copacabana Casino at The Hyatt. Of course, a respite at The Beach Bar along the way is always nice.

    Made a small deposit at The Hyatt and decided that maybe calling it a night early -- and still ahead -- might be a good idea. I took a cab back to La Cabana and stopped off at The Glitz Casino. Turned out what I thought may be a dubious decision at the time turned out in my favor. A couple of good hits (both blackjack and video poker) and I walked away with several more Benjamins. Night seven turned out to be the best casino night of the trip so far. I am getting pretty close to even, gambling-wise.

    Sunday promises to be a busy day. Pack up and check out of La Cabana, check-in to Playa Linda, turn in a rental car and pick up another, plus grocery shopping to stock the room at Playa Linda. I did pretty well with buying stuff for my week at La Cabana and have almost nothing left to transport to my new digs.

    Can't wait to get to fast steady and reliable internet at Playa Linda. All of my phone calls, which would have been on Skype, are going to cost me a bundle with the international roaming. I will also be able to post some pictures, although I haven't taken many.

    More soon...
    Rich
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    Note to self..play more video poker on next trip..lol. Great to hear of your winnings. thanks for your insight on being deeply rooted on Palm Beach. Our trip in December we are staying at Playa Linda the first time and are adding pretimeshare nightS. Looking at our options I'm thinking we may just go with Holiday Inn since we consider ourselves Palm Beach people too. Your story is maki ng me think we will probably end up there anyway.
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    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    Nice 'casino crawl'...... and you focus on my games, video poker and blackjack. If you get back to the Glitz, please get me the good video poker machine number so I can carry on your tradition of winning! Thanks for taking the time to share your trip daily.

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    Keep 'em coming Rich

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    I am now coming to you from Playa Linda. The move couldn't have been easier. Express check-out at La Cabana, load luggage into car, drive to Playa Linda and pick up my keys (I had already pre-checked-in yesterday. I was able to move right in and I have already unpacked and settled in.

    That was so quick and easy that I should be able to squeeze an hour-and-a-half at the pool before heading out to handle the changeover of rental cars.

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    congrats on the wins Glad to hear the move was an easy one
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Now I am home.

    With my move today to my two weeks at Playa Linda, I am indeed home.

    The transition day went flawlessly. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I was able to move out of La Canaba and check-in and settle myself in my one-bedroom unit at Playa Linda in very short order. The exchange of rental cars was efficient as well. I turned in my Aruba Royal car and got a ride down the street to the airport, where I met Tropic's representative. In no time at all, I was on my was back with my Hyundai Accent. I stopped at Super Food, picked up $44 worth of groceries (mostly cold cuts, bread, snacks, etc.). All of my errands were done by 3:00, and I felt a sense of accomplishment.

    I pursued my usual pursuits now that I am settled in to Palm Beach. I stopped for a visit at Playa Linda's Beach Bar. I visited the Holiday Inn casino and came away with a hundred.

    Smokey Joe's was dinner for the third time this trip. Never gets old for me. The fine and varied dining portion of my trip will happen after bderusha (forum name) arrives a week from tomorrow. My only dinner plans so far this coming week are on Thursday when an umpire friend, his wife, and I go to El Gaucho (still one of my favorites).

    After Smokey Joe's and another check-in at The Beach Bar, I headed off for The Hyatt casino. I made a $100 in, $750 out hit on video poker, then gave most of my profits away at Blackjack. I sat back down at a bartop video poker machine and hit a nice jackpot:



    As near as I can figure it, I am now effectively even or ahead a bit in the casinos.

    I did notice on the way into town to do the rental car shuffle that tents and campers are popping up everywhere on open spots on the beach as Arubans begin their tradition of heading to the shore for the week leading up to Easter

    My plan is to follow up this post with a picture post. It is so nice to have solid, fast, and dependable internet here at Playa Linda.

    More to come....
    Rich
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    Okay, time for a picture post (click on the pics for bigger version):

    First off, what do I win for having the most unique stuff to travel to Aruba with?


    Here is the view from my room at La Cabana:


    Here is my view from Playa Linda (next week I move to a 3rd floor pool view room):


    Two of my favorite people at Playa Linda -- Claudia and Sassy:


    I love Smokey Joe's!


    My first game of the season:


    My first plate game:


    Umpires and league officials in Aruba:


    Playa Linda Beach Resort - view from my balcony in Dec. 2014.:


    More to come...
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    Love the photo essay and that your holding your own at the casinos!

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