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Thread: RP-umpire's 25th visit to Aruba: March 27-April 10

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    thanks for sharing.

    sorry to hear that you made a donation and not a withdrawal from the hyatt.

    will you be umping any "marlins" games?
    my friend's young son (age 12 ) is on the marlins.
    Right now I am scheduled to umpire two games in the Senior League (14-16 year-old age group) this weekend. One game Saturday near the Balashi plant, and a game on Sunday near the church in Noord. Beyond that, I don't know what game(s) I will umpire.

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    Very nice you do this.. it takes a special person to do it too.
    So sure they all appreciate it too.

    Quote Originally Posted by rpumpire View Post
    Right now I am scheduled to umpire two games in the Senior League (14-16 year-old age group) this weekend. One game Saturday near the Balashi plant, and a game on Sunday near the church in Noord. Beyond that, I don't know what game(s) I will umpire.

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    Thanks. brady bear! It's a win-win situation. I reconnect every year with my Aruban umpire friends and get my first game(s) of the season -- my "spring training".
    As soon as I get back home, my high school baseball umpiring seasons gets underway.

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    So, I've got a second wind at the end of my third night -- maybe I can get caught up on my trip report.

    Monday, I woke up early despite my 24-hour day on Sunday. I was productive, however. I had breakfast at Scott's Brats. Then, I went to Ling & Sons grocery store, making the trip along the Eagle Beach road. It's always nice to see the locals' Easter-week camping setups.

    It was quick and easy through Lings. I am so comfortable with their store after these many years; I find the things I need quickly and effortlessly. Super Foods will get a visit or two to replenish my grocery needs

    I spent my normal two hours at the pool at midday. Afterwards, it was time to begin visiting with friends in my usual Palm Beach haunts. For me, the hub of my activities revolves around The Beach Bar at Playa Linda. There are numerous destinations that are spokes off of that hub.

    I met one of my Aruban umpires friends there. He and his wife came and we had a great couple of hours at The Beach Bar. She used to work there when it was the Basi Ruti bar and restaurant. She only sees the long-time bartenders (Sassy and Cluadia) who she worked with for many years, when I get together with my umpire friend.

    After we parted ways for the night, I went back to my room, freshened up and made a short visit to the Hyatt casino for a small, witihn budget donation.

    I know I have made it an early night when I am heading home to Playa Linda and the Hyatt's beach walkway gas torches are still lit.

    More to come ....

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    We really enjoyed the Beach Bar on our last stay. Claudia took very good care of us. Funny about the tiki torches, we must always go in early, I never have noticed them not lit. Hope you luck turns around at the casinos soon!
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traceyd14 View Post
    We really enjoyed the Beach Bar on our last stay. Claudia took very good care of us. Funny about the tiki torches, we must always go in early, I never have noticed them not lit. Hope you luck turns around at the casinos soon!
    At some point during my trip, I am apt to be coming home to the resort as the early-risers are showing up on the beach to claim their chickee locations.

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    Day three was similar to day two in that the day revolved around visiting my usual Palm Beach locations and reconnecting with my many friends here.

    Breakfast was at Scott's Brats, again. A few hours late morning/early afternoon at the pool. My usual routine.

    I met an Aruban umpire friend downtown at Crystal Casino mid-afternoon. I had my florins ready to put into the parking meters. I don't think I commented about paid parking in any of the threads, but I don't mind paying for parking, because finding a space has become so much easier. I was actually surprised that I didn't find a spot in the stretch of parking beginning at The Paddock, but I found a spot right at the steps to the bridge near the marina. I paid (i think) 5 florins for 3.5 hours parking, despite knowing that I was likely to stay only 2 or so hours. Aside from the over-aggressive enforcement described in other posts, I support the new parking situation downtown.

    I was back to Palm Beach by 5 o'clock and began my usual routine. I made a stop at the Excelsior Casino. I turned a $100 investment into a video poker machine into $200 and tried to cashout. The ignored maintenance of the casino's machines reared its ugly head. The machine's no longer print tickets, so I had to wait to be paid by hand. Meanwhile, the machine plays an annoying version of the "I'm in the money" song while waiting for the attendant to return with my money. It's like fingernails on a chalkboard and annoyed the numerous bingo players. Something's not right when you win and have to apologize to nearby people for the annoyance of winning!

    I returned to The Beach Bar at Playa Linda and ordered the fettucine alfredo with chicken from Azzurro. It was delicious and ample-sized so that I had them package the last 25% of the portion. I figured, correctly, that the leftovers would hit the spot after my nighttime visit to the Hyatt Casino. That visit resulted in a donation, but well within budget.

    Day four is also in the books now. Stay tuned as my trip report continues soon.............
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    Most of the fantastic staff of The Beach Bar at Playa Linda: Juan, Sonia, Sassy and Claudia!

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    How was Crystal Casino as far as the smoke? When we were there in November I had to leave because it was too smoky. I found the Seaport was more comfortable. Nice photo of the staff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rpumpire View Post

    Here's what the unpacking of my second piece of luggage looked like. All my umpiring equipment, shoes and uniforms:

    "Of course it'll fit in the overhead!"

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