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Forum: Aruba in General Wednesday, April 18th, 2012, 09:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,102
Posted By TomR
Re: Flights Are Off the Wall

Elaine, we may be getting close to your start date, but we are nowhere near your end date. I can only imagine spending a month in Aruba. As it now stands, this December trip will probably be our last...
Forum: Aruba in General Tuesday, April 17th, 2012, 06:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,102
Posted By TomR
Re: Flights Are Off the Wall

Hi Elaine. I didn't think we would make it back to Aruba this year so I deposited my June LaCabana weeks. A Marriott Surf Club became available in December so I jumped on that. Got our US Airways...
Forum: Aruba in General Saturday, December 31st, 2011, 03:38 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,258
Posted By TomR
Re: Happy New Year

Happy New Year to you Elaine. Hope it is a great one. Your count down is getting lower and lower. Enjoy your vacation.
Tom
Forum: Aruba in General Tuesday, December 27th, 2011, 05:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,496
Posted By TomR
Re: Happy Birthday ArubaMary!

Happy birthday Mary. Enjoy your very special day today and throughout the New Year.
Forum: Aruba in General Sunday, December 25th, 2011, 12:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,303
Posted By TomR
Re: From My House

Happy Holidays Elaine and to all.
Forum: Aruba in General Wednesday, December 14th, 2011, 09:40 AM
Replies: 316
Views: 52,441
Posted By TomR
Re: The Countdown's Begun

Aruba Mary: I have to strongly disagree with you here. I have found that the older I get, the daily wakeup is a blessing, not a killer. :wink_smil As far as storage boxes go, I have one. I don't keep...
Forum: Aruba in General Wednesday, December 14th, 2011, 09:27 AM
Replies: 316
Views: 52,441
Posted By TomR
Re: The Countdown's Begun

Elaine: What is it with this mentally packing? Get started on the real thing. It's never too early. :wink_smil Besides, once the holidays are over, your count-down will speed by. But anyway you look...
Forum: Aruba in General Sunday, December 11th, 2011, 10:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,569
Posted By TomR
Re: Interim Trip Report

Well, our vacation is over. Got home Saturday night after an uneventful US Airways flight to Philadelphia. There was some delay in leaving due to paperwork problems, but we made up a lot of time in...
Forum: Aruba in General Wednesday, December 7th, 2011, 10:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,569
Posted By TomR
Interim Trip Report

Arrived in Aruba on Saturday to a very cloudy and then rainy day. Originally exchanged into a 1 bedroom at the Aruba Beach Club, but when a 2 bedroom became available at LaCabana, my home resort, I...
Forum: Aruba in General Sunday, December 4th, 2011, 04:53 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,940
Posted By TomR
Re: Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone!

It wasn't sunny and bright today. Overcast with rain showers. Still, had a great breakfast at Matthews and a few hours of beach time. No complaints here.

Tom
Forum: Aruba in General Saturday, December 3rd, 2011, 08:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,940
Posted By TomR
Re: Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone!

Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. We made it to Aruba today. Cloudy in the afternoon and heavy rain at night. Hope tomorrow is better.
Tom
Forum: Aruba in General Tuesday, March 8th, 2011, 07:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,846
Posted By TomR
Re: It won't be long!

Elaine if you wanna be just like me, try your best to never grow up. It seems to work for me.:tounge_sm


Still looking for an Aruba week in December. So far neither RCI nor II have a 1 bedroom...
Forum: Aruba in General Thursday, March 3rd, 2011, 11:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,846
Posted By TomR
Re: It won't be long!

Elaine: thanks for the info. The studio, as you describe it, would be fine for us and my beer. :thumbs_up I saw it yesterday on RCI's online system but didn't put it on hold since I really wanted a 1...
Forum: Aruba in General Thursday, March 3rd, 2011, 10:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,846
Posted By TomR
Re: It won't be long!

Not sure if we will in Aruba, but we certainly did in Vegas while you were away. We had two 1 bedroom timeshare units and couldn't find anyone to use the spare unit. If it were Aruba, I am sure I...
Forum: Aruba in General Thursday, March 3rd, 2011, 06:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,846
Posted By TomR
Re: It won't be long!

Hi Elaine. Welcome home. I hope you had a wonderful time in Aruba, and that the palapa crisis ebbed as time went by. Looking forward to reading your trip report. We are trying to get an Aruba...
Forum: Aruba in General Sunday, December 19th, 2010, 07:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,102
Posted By TomR
Re: Playa Linda Parking

I don't own at PLaya Linda but have stayed there a few times on exchanges. There is secure parking right at the resort. You will need a number code to enter the gated parking lot. There was also a...
Forum: Aruba in General Wednesday, December 15th, 2010, 12:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,091
Posted By TomR
Re: Weather in Ruba Last Week

Ruba: For you there is always football. :wink_smil Six Super Bowls aren't half bad, and six more than the Eagles won.

JohnJT: How did you enjoy St. Maarten? I have some timeshare weeks there and...
Forum: Aruba in General Tuesday, December 14th, 2010, 12:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,091
Posted By TomR
Re: Weather in Ruba Last Week

Thanks ruba. Hope you are having a good day too. I am having a great day. The Phillies just signed Cliff Lee. Summer Sundays at the ball park are going to be a lot of fun, maybe not as much as summer...
Forum: Aruba in General Monday, December 13th, 2010, 11:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,091
Posted By TomR
Weather in Ruba Last Week

For those of you who were in Aruba from December 5 to the 12th, how was the weather? We were supposed to be there that week but had to cancel out at the last minute. I hope that the weather was...
Forum: Aruba in General Monday, December 6th, 2010, 03:35 PM
Replies: 2,467
Views: 573,386
Posted By TomR
Re: let's do a countdown part 2

Thanks Mary, even though it is MJ's grandson, not mine, I know I made the right decision. There is no way I'd rather be sitting on a beautiful Aruban beach with a cold beer in my hand than sitting...
Forum: Aruba in General Sunday, December 5th, 2010, 08:45 PM
Replies: 2,467
Views: 573,386
Posted By TomR
Re: let's do a countdown part 2

Thanks Elaine. I hope you have a great time--and a dry time-- in Aruba. 54 days is not too long to wait considering much of that time will be spent on preparing for and recovering from the holidays. ...
Forum: Aruba in General Saturday, December 4th, 2010, 08:16 PM
Replies: 2,467
Views: 573,386
Posted By TomR
Re: let's do a countdown part 2

I am going to hold you to that Elaine. MaryJane's daughter had a baby boy on Tuesday but remains in the hospital because of a jaundice condition. We decided we'd better stay home close to her...
Forum: Aruba in General Saturday, November 27th, 2010, 07:42 PM
Replies: 2,467
Views: 573,386
Posted By TomR
Re: let's do a countdown part 2

Have a great vacation. My friend MaryJane and I are scheduled to arrive 1 day later. Whether or not we do so is up in the air at this time, no not an airplane, a stork. MJ's daughter is due to have...
Forum: Aruba in General Thursday, December 31st, 2009, 05:42 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,339
Posted By TomR
Re: New TSA requirements

I sure don't understand that thinking. Would you feel better if the U.S. Government did not send any full body scanners to our airports? I'd feel a lot better if the Government sent out 1,500 or more...
Forum: Aruba in General Friday, December 25th, 2009, 10:34 PM
Replies: 2,467
Views: 573,386
Posted By TomR
Re: let's do a countdown part 2

In the spirit of the Holidays, you better check that list twice. Santa does.:wink_smil
Forum: Aruba in General Thursday, December 17th, 2009, 08:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,618
Posted By TomR
Re: GOOD NEWS, Bad News, Good News etc

Perhaps bask in your good luck. That is not only a great trade, but getting FF tickets so cheaply is icing on the cake. You just might want to go out and buy yourself a lottery ticket. :wink_smil
Tom
Forum: Aruba in General Tuesday, December 15th, 2009, 04:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,615
Posted By TomR
Re: Final Trip Report Nov 29-Dec 13

Thank you all for your kind comments. It is so easy to write a trip report when the only things you can report are good things and fun things. The weather was perfect, the resort was great, the...
Forum: Aruba in General Tuesday, December 15th, 2009, 03:49 PM
Replies: 2,467
Views: 573,386
Posted By TomR
Re: let's do a countdown part 2

A 4:30 AM pickup. Sure sounds as if you are eager to get to Aruba. Those 45 days will be here before you know it. I know you will enjoy every minute you are in Aruba. Just be careful what you drink...
Forum: Aruba in General Monday, December 14th, 2009, 11:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,615
Posted By TomR
Final Trip Report Nov 29-Dec 13

This final trip report was not nearly as much fun to write as was my interim trip report. Why, because I am sitting in front of my computer in Turnersville, New Jersey and not in the wonderful 2...
Forum: Aruba in General Thursday, December 10th, 2009, 08:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,859
Posted By TomR
Interim Trip Report--Only one Good Day

Arrived here on November 29. Fortunately, we have had only one good day. All the rest have been damn near perfect. :shades_sm For the last 16 years or so, I have usually gone to Aruba in June staying...
Forum: Aruba in General Thursday, December 10th, 2009, 08:04 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,316
Posted By TomR
Re: Marriott Surf club VS. Playa Linda?

I am at the Surf Club now and have stayed at Playa Linda three times in the past during off-season. I have always had trouble getting a palapa at Playa Linda mainly because I am not an early riser....
Forum: Aruba in General Thursday, December 3rd, 2009, 02:26 PM
Replies: 2,467
Views: 573,386
Posted By TomR
Re: let's do a countdown part 2

You better hurry up and get here. If the weather was any better, it would be against the law.:wink_smil I am just about ready to head out to the airport to pick up my friend. She insists on working...
Forum: Aruba in General Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009, 04:18 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 980
Posted By TomR
Thank you Kent

Kent: Just want to thank you for your help. Being an exchanger to the Marriott Surf Club, I expected a close up and personal view of the dumpster and the hassle of changing rooms on Sunday. Instead,...
Forum: Aruba in General Tuesday, December 1st, 2009, 04:04 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,534
Posted By TomR
Re: La Cabana Construction....

I own at LaCabana and was there in August. Construction was not a problem then and I doubt that it is now. I am in Aruba now staying at the Marriott Surf Club. The pool area is crowded. Chairs are...
Forum: Aruba in General Wednesday, November 11th, 2009, 04:39 PM
Replies: 2,467
Views: 573,386
Posted By TomR
Cool Re: let's do a countdown part 2

:rolleyes:

Elaine, I think you must have me mixed up with some other dog.:wink_smil This will be my second trip to Aruba this year, but it doesn't look as if I will make it back there next year...
Forum: Aruba in General Monday, November 9th, 2009, 11:42 AM
Replies: 2,467
Views: 573,386
Posted By TomR
Re: let's do a countdown part 2

I am not as computer savvy as you folks so I don't have one of those counters that you all seem to have. I have to use my fingers and toes. :wink_smil Luckily I have all 20 of them and that is about...
Forum: Aruba in General Thursday, October 29th, 2009, 10:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,475
Posted By TomR
Re: Us Customs short staffed

I am not sure if Croes is saying that the US customs post will be removed entirely or that the risk to the US customs post will be removed entirely. I always thought that the US customs post was...
Forum: Aruba in General Thursday, October 29th, 2009, 10:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,905
Posted By TomR
Re: best sunset cruise

OK Kent. Thanks again for your help. I really appreciate it.
Tom
Forum: Aruba in General Wednesday, October 28th, 2009, 10:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,905
Posted By TomR
Re: best sunset cruise

Thanks Kent. I'll re-send you the confirmation information the week of November 16 from New Orleans. My friend will be attending a conference there and she needed someone to carry her bags. Hopefully...
Forum: Aruba in General Wednesday, October 28th, 2009, 03:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,905
Posted By TomR
Re: best sunset cruise

Hi Kent, my friend and I took a sunset cruise last year from an outfit on the Pelican Nest pier. It was a cloudy evening so we never got to see a sunset, but we had a good time. There was no shortage...
Forum: Aruba in General Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009, 09:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,386
Posted By TomR
Re: Best Deals In Aruba--Watapana

I could be wrong but I think this was discontinued a few years ago, maybe 4 or 5. Went a couple of times in June and it was fun.
Forum: Where have you been? Saturday, August 29th, 2009, 06:44 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 4,101
Posted By TomR
Sanibel, Florida

My friend MaryJane and I just returned from a week in Sanibel, Florida. We stayed at Casa Ybel through an II timeshare exchange and had a wonderful vacation.

I'll try to make a few comparisons...
Forum: Aruba in General Wednesday, August 19th, 2009, 08:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,087
Posted By TomR
Re: Just Returned

Elaine, why in the world would you ever want to grow up? I don't. :wink_smil The reason for the vacations is timeshares. We bought them before we retired and made good use of them for about 14 years....
Forum: Aruba in General Sunday, August 16th, 2009, 11:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,087
Posted By TomR
Re: Just Returned

I think we all did have a good time, especially the kids who, unlike me, never seemed to tire out.

Elaine, I can understand the "sans" casino thing. My late wife really enjoyed the casinos in...
Forum: Aruba in General Wednesday, August 12th, 2009, 12:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,087
Posted By TomR
Just Returned

Returned Saturday from a wonderful week at Playa Linda and LaCabana doing basically nothing but relaxing by a pool during the day and enjoying the company of my son and his family at night. Hadn't...
Forum: Aruba in General Thursday, August 6th, 2009, 11:02 AM
Replies: 2,467
Views: 573,386
Posted By TomR
Re: let's do a countdown part 2

Sherry, I hate to be the one to break such bad news, but be prepared for rain. Yes, rain in Aruba. Why yesterday, it rained, and rained, and rainedÖ for all of 5 minutes. I even had to get up from my...
Forum: Aruba Restaurant Questions Wednesday, August 5th, 2009, 02:29 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 15,864
Posted By TomR
Re: the restaurant service charge poll

As a general rule, I tip between 20 and 25 percent. When I see a 15 percent extra charge on the bill, I donít care what the restaurant calls it, I donít care what the restaurant does with it or how...
Forum: Aruba in General Monday, August 3rd, 2009, 01:42 PM
Replies: 2,467
Views: 573,386
Posted By TomR
Re: let's do a countdown part 2

My countdown is a minus 3. Arrived in Aruba on Saturday, August 1. I have been coming to Aruba since 1993, always on a Sunday. I have never seen such a large back-up at Immigration as I did this...
Forum: Aruba in General Tuesday, July 28th, 2009, 11:42 AM
Replies: 2,467
Views: 573,386
Posted By TomR
Re: let's do a countdown part 2

Sounds like a plan. I remember a couple of years back my friend and I almost met you at the Dizzy Dolphin, or something like that, in the AC Hilton. We must have walked right past you there.:nerd:...
Forum: Aruba in General Monday, July 27th, 2009, 11:41 PM
Replies: 2,467
Views: 573,386
Posted By TomR
Re: let's do a countdown part 2

Hi Sherry, I'll be about ready to leave for home when you arrive. I get there on the 1st and leave on the 8th. Hope you have a great vacation.
Tom
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