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    rona on "rock stacking"

    About the Stacking of Rocks

    A physical therapist, with an environmental conscience, who according to his FB page lives in Amsterdam – we have 29 friends in common – started a hoopla a few days ago about the rock stacking gardens on the North Coast, condemning an ad that so called promoted the activity in a local tourist magazine, endorsed by the hotel association.
    Rock stacking: This has been going on here for at least ten years, cruise ship passengers, resort guests and locals, have been stacking rocks in remote areas, to commemorate special moments, or make a wish; it has been going on in the universe since pre-historic times. Humans stack rocks, don’t ask me why.
    It didn’t take long before some crafty jeweler started exploiting the silly sentiment, mass-producing and selling a trinket, as a reminder of the stacking; a coupon, a website and a hash tag followed. You know that the exploitation of sentiments is shameless.
    Then in view of scarce advertising dollars, the publisher of the magazine accepted the advertising concept, why would he turn down an opportunity, to publicize an opportunist?!
    So when the tempest in a teacup broke, the hotel association said sorry, the publisher pleaded not guilty, and the physical therapist with the environmental conscience gleefully posted a FUN day activity – his capitalization – on the North Coast, on Sunday, April 29th, titled “Rock Stacking Demolishing Derby,” please bring comfortable shoes and plenty of water, the FB invitation read.
    Such as admirable environmental conscience. I am impressed. Having taken on the Aruba refinery, and the Parkietenbos dump, the citizens of this island are now up in arms against the stacking of rocks.
    Well, you know I am dreaming, no one protested the refinery, and we’re all tired of talking about the dump, and the coral reef, and the trees, and the beach, but going out on a Sunday afternoon with a baseball bat, against rock? That’s definitely do-able. Not as complicated as taking on GOA and CITCO.
    Honey, your priorities are screwed up. Take the energy and harness it to make the refinery go away. Leave the rocks along. They might actually mean something to somebody. Go after the fig fish, leave the guppies alone.
    Or how about getting together on a Sunday afternoon with whitewash and brushes to clean all walls defiled by the graffiti criminal, accusing Aruba of being pro you-know-what?!
    That would be a worthwhile public activity.

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    LOL! She's as subtle as a turd in a punch bowl....!

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    oh that is a great saying.
    my dad used to say as subtle as a fart in church

    rona, speaks her mind and ruffles a feather or 2.

    now time to have a glass of punch
    Quote Originally Posted by act1966 View Post
    LOL! She's as subtle as a turd in a punch bowl....!

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    Still love her style.
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    ....always good for a big smile.....

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    We drove through the wishing rock gardens yesterday. I still see nothing wrong with the stacks. In an obvious act of defiance, Pam stacked three stones and made a wish. I was looking over my shoulder the whole time

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    Rona will find you both!
    Quote Originally Posted by WaltVB View Post
    We drove through the wishing rock gardens yesterday. I still see nothing wrong with the stacks. In an obvious act of defiance, Pam stacked three stones and made a wish. I was looking over my shoulder the whole time

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    Not to be a wanker about this, ya know Walt... there is NO truth to the story of some sort of good luck wishing stack on the island of Aruba...
    Taxi and tour drivers made it all up... it's a load of burrowing owl doo-doo.

    There IS indeed an environmental impact when it comes to the critters on the island. We, that is you, me and most of us reading this, have no idea of the actual habitation that the small animals on the island use. Moving anything that doesn't move on its own out there means the landscape and therefore the actual HOMES of these small animals are both affected.

    Yes, it sounds like I'm making a lot of noise about something very trivial, but, look at it like this.

    What happens when Mother Nature does it to humans, as in tornadoes, flooding, hurricanes, earthquakes?
    It is no different for them.
    And we, the movers of rocks and habitat are their natural disasters....


    And, as much as I "appreciate" your rebellious spirit in going ahead and outright disobeying a request from the government and the environmental groups on the island, I have to wonder if it's the best thing to be doing, this "wish stone stacking"... seeing as how we "old time" return GUESTS to the island should be trying to set some manner of example to the newer visitors....

    Just wondering...
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    Damn, busted by the Rock Stacking Police...

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    Rock Stacking Demolition for anyone who is interested;
    https://www.facebook.com/events/648419152014188

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