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Old Wednesday, January 12th, 2011, 06:55 PM
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Returning to Aruba Jan. 29 2011. Really enjoy this island. We are frequent visitors, and this year, have extended our stay, until Mar. 15, 2011. The older I get, the more I realize, that I really don't like February in the Northeast US. If this snow keeps up, January and December will make that list as well. We have numerous family members coming to visit during this six week period. I have learned that sharing, and seeing Aruba through anothers eyes, enhances my love of the Island. We have brought many friends and relatives, over the years, and we all love it.

I enjoy the website, and appreciate all the effort that goes into it. I hope to remain a visitor, as long as you'll have me. I don't usually post on blogs or boards. I guess I am a "Lurker". Sometime it just seems so "clickish" to me. I tried to respond to a post once and was not "permitted". I do not know why. However, I am wondering if anyone out there can recommend a deep sea fishing charter. I usually go out of the Seaport Marina, on whatever boat, our favorite mate is working, at the time. His name is Albert, and has been fishing all his young life. Over the years we got to know each other, and we look for him, on each return trip. I'm sure I will find him again. I have a phone number to call on arrival. I thought, it may not be a bad idea, to have some recommendations on hand. One of our visitors is looking forward to a couple of trips, and I thought I could set it up before they arrive. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you all for the contributions I have read thus far, and for allowing me to post.
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Old Wednesday, January 12th, 2011, 07:10 PM
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Welcome to our forum coconut. What a wonderful first post!

The reason you couldn't post a respose originally was that you were a guest, and hadn't signed up at that time to be a member. Now that you are- "talk and ask" away.

Trust me, there are no cliques... we're simply friends in the flesh or by knowing eachother's hearts through our love of Aruba, and this board.

Enjoy... and again, welcome!

I, too, am getting to Aruba on January 29th, but for "only" four weeks!!
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Old Wednesday, January 12th, 2011, 08:17 PM
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hi coconut! glad to see that you are posting.

the only reasons a member can't post are if their account hasn't yet been activated (that's when you first sign up) or the thread itself is closed. if a thread is closed the only people that can post on it are the webmasters and moderators. hope this helps to give you an answer.

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Returning to Aruba Jan. 29 2011. Really enjoy this island. We are frequent visitors, and this year, have extended our stay, until Mar. 15, 2011. The older I get, the more I realize, that I really don't like February in the Northeast US. If this snow keeps up, January and December will make that list as well. We have numerous family members coming to visit during this six week period. I have learned that sharing, and seeing Aruba through anothers eyes, enhances my love of the Island. We have brought many friends and relatives, over the years, and we all love it.

I enjoy the website, and appreciate all the effort that goes into it. I hope to remain a visitor, as long as you'll have me. I don't usually post on blogs or boards. I guess I am a "Lurker". Sometime it just seems so "clickish" to me. I tried to respond to a post once and was not "permitted". I do not know why. However, I am wondering if anyone out there can recommend a deep sea fishing charter. I usually go out of the Seaport Marina, on whatever boat, our favorite mate is working, at the time. His name is Albert, and has been fishing all his young life. Over the years we got to know each other, and we look for him, on each return trip. I'm sure I will find him again. I have a phone number to call on arrival. I thought, it may not be a bad idea, to have some recommendations on hand. One of our visitors is looking forward to a couple of trips, and I thought I could set it up before they arrive. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you all for the contributions I have read thus far, and for allowing me to post.
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Old Wednesday, January 12th, 2011, 08:44 PM
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Elaine: Thank You for your response. We had the four weeks booked and decided to stay for Carnivale. We were there in February 2010 for the Grand Parade and had a great time. I really enjoyed getting there early, walking the parade route, and meeting the locals on the way. People were so freindly, and outgoing it was almost surreal. We are hoping to make the pajama parade in San Nicholas this year.

Sherry: I appreciate the guidance. From what I have seen on various forums, you do a commendable job, in maintaining the integrity of postings. Very impressed with your willingness to call it like you see it.
Keep up the good work.

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Old Wednesday, January 12th, 2011, 09:19 PM
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Hi Coconut - I like you already. I don't usually have much to say about deep sea fishing because I've only been about 5 times. But I like your first 3 posts so much I feel I can share the little I know. Our best experiences were with the boat from The Driftwood. Not only did we catch fish, but they cooked the fish that night for us at their restaurant. Our worst experience was when my brother picked a fast cigarette-style boat. It may have been fast, but we caught NO fish and my brother and his wife spent their time over the rail sick as dogs. My brother finally managed to croak out that "he would pay for the whole bleepin trip if we'd turn this tub around", lol. So after a short 30 minutes, it was back to shore for us.

Sounds like you have a sure thing with your favorite mate, Albert. I'd stick with that. Who knows, we may just poach him since you recommend him so highly.
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Old Wednesday, January 12th, 2011, 09:48 PM
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coconut... I love being there during Carnivale time. Love the spontaneous "jump ups."and all the celebrations going on. Did the Grand Parade one year, and that was enough for me! lol Unfortunately, because it's late this year, I'll be gone, but not forgotten!!

I've been invited to Jouvert Morning many times, but have never "partaken." You should have lots of fun.

This board's very lucky to have sherry at the helm. I'm fortunate enough to know her personally. In fact, we met on another Aruba board eons ago. Prior to meeting her and her fantastic husband, Murray, in real life - she was and is my oldest posting friend... not in age, but in time.

I'm so glad you joined us!!
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wow! thank you coconut and of course, my friend of many years, elaine. some days i wonder why i continue to volunteer on this forum. it's comments like yours that give me the answer. and now that my ego has been boosted, i'll shut up, lol.

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Elaine: Thank You for your response. We had the four weeks booked and decided to stay for Carnivale. We were there in February 2010 for the Grand Parade and had a great time. I really enjoyed getting there early, walking the parade route, and meeting the locals on the way. People were so freindly, and outgoing it was almost surreal. We are hoping to make the pajama parade in San Nicholas this year.

Sherry: I appreciate the guidance. From what I have seen on various forums, you do a commendable job, in maintaining the integrity of postings. Very impressed with your willingness to call it like you see it.
Keep up the good work.
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Old Wednesday, January 12th, 2011, 11:28 PM
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Ro: Thanx for the insight! Great Story. I know how rough those waters can be. The cigarette boat is a chum maker for sure.
Good Luck with Albert. He is just another part of the Aruban enchantment. Great Mate on any Charter. On our 2009 trip we fished with him 3x. Each day out his cell phone would ring constantly. It got to the point where it was interferring with his work. It became a joke and we teased him about it.
On the third trip the calls continued. At one point he handed me his phone so that he could re-bait. I looked at the call log. There were 20 calls in the last 45 minutes, from 13 different woman. I asked him, "What do they want?" He smiled, slyly, and said "Me". I thought it pompous, until he explained, that a young man on Aruba, willing to work hard, for a steady income, and no drug problem, is highly desirable.
This man lives to fish. The phone rang again. He looked at me, and smiled. I answered. It was a woman, who was certainly surprised to not hear papiamento. She immediately switched to English. I asked her why she wanted Albert. She laughed, and said, "We all do." He was whistling for fish and laughing at me.
During our 2010 trip, I looked him up, as usual, even though I was not fishing on this trip. I had brought my nieces down for Carnivale. They have never left the US, or been on a plane, for that matter. I spent all of my time with them. After inquiring around the docks, I found the Charter, he was currently attached to. I asked the men on the deck where he was, and they just laughed. I explained my relationship with Albert to them. When they stopped laughing, they informed me that he was at the Hospital...awaiting the birth of his first child. Perhaps this year, I will meet the winner.
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Great story, Coconut! Like Ro, I like you already too!

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