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    The phone thing

    Cell Phone Thing is really kind of funny. Perhaps because Aruba is an island that advertises itself as a place to "TRULY GET AWAY FROM IT ALL" , that the "Cellular - Umbilical - Chord" takes on such importance. Think about it a moment: There are executives, managers, staff, housewives (let's not forget househusbands) , dog or cat owners, business owners, parents and a bunch of others that have the following in common:

    They do not know how to leave clear instructions
    They do not trust the people they left instructions with
    They did not properly prepare to "TRULY GET AWAY FROM IT ALL"
    They want to talk about their new phone
    They want the world to know how much they have learned regarding cell phone usage.

    After all, Aruba vacations cost money. We are not talking about a one day drive to Orlando. NO we are talking about a round-trip ticket inside a plane. We are talking about asking the TAXI driver to take you to the Timeshare you paid $15,000 for. We are talking about months of planning and research about a small stone in the Caribbean called Aruba. This is important, the time is needed or you would not have taken it to begin with, the rest is crucial or your bones would not ache and promises to your partner (with words or not) that some good old Hanky Panky in the Caribbean is in order. YET...... We have (all of us) become enamored with our communications devices. Some represent the stars while others have a fruit on the back or a berry in the name. They have SIM cards - or not. The SIM cards can be bought - or not. And on and on and on ...

    Let me introduce a different concept in communications. It starts like this: REPEAT AFTER ME
    To hell with the office, the dog, Ma or Pa - in law, the kids and debts. The hell with "BACK THERE" for just 168 hours. 7 days. I deserve to feel sand squiggle under my feet. I have worked hard for this. My partner and kids have put up with my crap and I with theirs. NOW - it is time to soak in the ocean and wink a forgiveness to each other. Now it is time to relax and to vacation.

    Almost forgot - that tiny device that has 928 aps (whatever that means?) ... well that device can go to its' own vacation for the next 168 hours. Give the damned thing a rest.

    YEAH CHARLES BUT I CAN'T DO THAT, PEOPLE DEPEND ON ME!! Well then, you and the 928 aps should have stayed home and taken summer classes on....... How to vacation.

    Be well
    It is all in jest
    Charles
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    Charles...... gotta let you know.... DW & I actually subscribe to the 'no cell phone on vacation school' that you outlined! Thanks for the prose!

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    too funny charles........and you are in the cell rental business

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    I used to be able to --- but nowadays we have become so accustomed to having phones that I just can't let go. We communicate with our friends on the Island because we typically stay in different places and we communicate back home and like to be able to communicate with work in case of emergency. And - I like to be able to make my friends jealous with a few hundred instagram uploads of sunsets, etc. while on the Island.


    I do miss --- the total disconnect we used to be able to do as recently as 2003.
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    Completely in love with your writing Charles <3
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    One of the best things about Aruba is the opportunity to disconnect. We have never brought a cell phone or Ipad or felt the need to go to the Internet lounge, and so we come home relaxed. Great advice Charles but probably not great for business.

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    in defense of those that have the need:
    there are some aruba travelers that need to be in touch with babysitters, elderly or in firmed parents, pet sitters, work etc.

    paul and i have fit into " all of the above" and could never consider not going with out our phones or e-devices.

    off topic here
    i had a private message from a forum member the other day who got a call while in aruba......... it was her vet, their dog had died at the vet's kennel.
    they flew home due to the dog's death.
    once home, there was nothing to do but grieve and regret leaving aruba 11 days early.
    they could have grieved on island.
    (i do not mean it to sound harsh.....i have 3, 4 legged creatures of my own)

    that would be a prime example of a good reason NOT to be connected.

    disclosure:
    we bring with us........2 ipads for reading books and internet surfing, paul's macbook so he can read the daily NY TIMES, Bos Globe and WSJ, my iphone which i keep in airplane mode, and a cheapo digicel cell phone which we use primarily for calling/making restaurant reservations.

    i would love to be able to go cold turkey.

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    Agree with Andrea, there are times when you really do need to stay connectd. We have been fortunate up until now to be comfortable with leaving all devices home.

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    Andrea, maybe so but business comes and goes. Special times do not.
    Shnydah - YADA YADA YADA Relax man- you have that Magnum PI appeal!
    Thanks Jacki
    Earnestly sorry to hear about the dog.

    168 hours VS 928 APS Your call.

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    Hi friends
    For the record: i want to clarify that what I wrote was done with humor in mind and not meant as an offense to anyone. Communications is an important part of our world today and certainly helps keep me in business LOL

    be well
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