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    Rumors / Telephone Game

    We must ALL be cautious about posting things we do not know as fact.

    I am a very guilty party in this , but always try to have things translated and have well trusted sources and close friends on the island to confirm or deny things.

    I was speaking with a friend yesterday of how some recent postings could cause “new Aruba visitors” much apprehension, confusion and trepidation.

    I urge all (including myself) to think about what you post as fact when it might not be fact.

    Remember the “telephone game “ that we all probably played as kids?




    Telephone
    First, as many players as possible line up such that they can whisper to their immediate neighbors but not hear players any further away. A phrase will be told by the judges and the first player whispers it as quietly as possible to their neighbor. The neighbor then passes on the message to the next player to the best of their ability. The passing continues in this fashion until it reaches the player at the end of the line, who says to the judges the message he or she received.
    The game has no winner: the entertainment comes from comparing the original and final messages. Intermediate messages may also be compared; some messages will become unrecognizable after only a few steps.
    As well as providing amusement, the game can have educational value. It shows how easily information can become corrupted by indirect communication. The game has been used in schools to simulate the spread of gossip and its supposed harmful effects.[

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    I agree with Andrea. It's easy for those of us who know the good & bad and know the good outweighs the bad by a mile. However, it is not fair to sugarcoat things either. Balance is everything. However if someone new to this forum read us all in our postings, they'd say where can I book, lol.

    Aruba is no different then everywhere else with the not so great things in our world. However, their good far outweighs any other island. Let's keep our eye on the ball, the weather is Paradise, the shopping is Paradise and the Aruban people are wonderful.

    And we are in countdown mode!

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    Great comparison to the telephone game. It's a positive example of how stories can change. Our trip is just a few weeks away and initially I found myself feeling a little apprehensive, then I stepped back and thought of all the wonderful people we've met over the years. There is way more good in Aruba then there is bad!

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    I was having similar feelings Peg, and once I really started looking deeper I realized I was seeing a lot of "I heard, someone said, I read" rather than "I experienced". That's when I really started thinking, I'm just going to wait and see for myself because that is not the Aruba I know and love. We have finally reached our month!
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    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    Kind of like the unsubstantiated rumor that was posted the other day about an attempted robbery at the Alhambra casino. They better have plenty of money there, we left a bundle and we're coming back to get sooo soon.

    On another note here's what the wife has packed minus shoes, purses and what she picks up at the mall today. You would think we are going on a world cruise, not ten days in Aruba with a washer and dryer. Oy VeyRumors / Telephone Game-img_0698.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeaveTheKidsWithMom View Post
    Kind of like the unsubstantiated rumor that was posted the other day about an attempted robbery at the Alhambra casino. They better have plenty of money there, we left a bundle and we're coming back to get sooo soon.

    On another note here's what the wife has packed minus shoes, purses and what she picks up at the mall today. You would think we are going on a world cruise, not ten days in Aruba with a washer and dryer. Oy VeyClick image for larger version. 

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    Leave 2/3 of that stuff at home.... you'll never need all of the remaining 1/3! You have a serious hernia in the making there!

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    Take half the clothes and double the money!!
    Snorkel Mangel Halto, day or night with a waterscooter. Check out our website. E-mail Stuart at arubabob@live.com or call Stuart local: 745-7459 Or visit: www.arubabobsnorkeling.com 50th trip Dec 11, 2017

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    Quote Originally Posted by kent View Post
    Take half the clothes and double the money!!
    That has always been my husband's motto - and he is correct!
    ~Amy~® - 35th trip to Aruba: New Years Eve 2017/2018 -- Zihuatanejo, MX: March 2018 -- Ireland: June/July 2018 --
    36th trip to Aruba: Sept. 2018





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    Quote Originally Posted by Traceyd14 View Post
    I was having similar feelings Peg, and once I really started looking deeper I realized I was seeing a lot of "I heard, someone said, I read" rather than "I experienced".
    That statement should be applied to all items of "gossip" and "rumors" about places AND people when you do not know the facts. "Someone said" and "I heard" are not, and never will be, facts.
    ~Amy~® - 35th trip to Aruba: New Years Eve 2017/2018 -- Zihuatanejo, MX: March 2018 -- Ireland: June/July 2018 --
    36th trip to Aruba: Sept. 2018





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    The only thing I will add to this is that sometimes we hear things and will post so we can get clarity on what we may have heard. Really, a lot of what we post are our opinions on things and could be interpreted negatively by others. While I agree with Andrea about fear mongering and spreading falsehoods, this is a sharing venue and a place to inquire about Aruba. In doing so, we may ask or post things we have heard which some could take offense to but in actuality it is done to with no malice intended rather to gather correct information.
    happiness is going to Aruba with your adult kids because they still want to come with their parents

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