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Old Sunday, November 12th, 2006, 03:13 AM
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The time scheduled is 2:35PM.

At about 1:30PM things start to get rolling - slowly at first and then at a frenetic pace. Front desk managers walk to their staff and ask questions relating to the reservations and also if anyone has been in touch with housekeeping to see what the situation is. A typical “Brown-noser” hurries and makes the call in front of the manager and then looks his way and gives him a “Thumbs-Up” signal and awaits some sort of recognition (kind of like dogs do when they pee outside).

In all areas of the resort, last cups of coffee are tasted and a quick look in the mirror is common. The doorman or greeter stands with his hands clasped behind his back while he lifts up one leg at a time and buffs off the dust from his patent leather shoes. Off to the side and in the driveway, a guest has mistakenly parked his rental car there and the shoe buffing comes to a halt and the doorman goes over to ask for it to be moved. There is some signaling about 5 minutes and then the doorman finally mentions the large busses that will be pulling in shortly. The guest wisely opts to move. The doorman signals thank you and all is well in the car lanes. Meanwhile the buses wait at the airport with their large diesel engines chugging away to keep the air conditioners working.

In front of the “Luggage pick-up exit doors” the girls stuff papers and magazines into the free red bags while the cab drivers that are expecting someone stand mulling around with their signs. “MR & MRS Jones”, “Bob Vincent” – “VALERO TECHNICIAN GROUP” and so on and so on. All the card carrying folks start to jockey for position and prepare to carry heavy luggage.

Upstairs in the customs area for arriving passengers, the girls and men start to nestle into their booths and check to see if the pads have enough ink and if they are presentable to the new arriving guests. Last minute double checks on the luggage belt are done and that area settles in for the eventual.

The luggage carriers make sure that their carts work and that they are in order. They sit and finish their cup of coffee or Diet Coke while waiting for the masses and the few bucks in tips that those masses mean to them.

Outside the taxis line up and those that are diesel keep the engines running while some of the others have their doors open to let the air flow through and keep out the blazing heat. The car rental folks are checking the reservations list and making sure that the requested cards are there.

All the while the wind blows over the airport building down to the sides of the landing runway where (off to the sides and on the other side of a fence) local cars with families or airplane junkies sit and await the arriving planes.

It has been a long day and many of the people I mentioned are tired. Their faces look drawn and n some cases “plain beat” – however – something magical will happen when they meet the guest. Some sort of “Thing” will take over and they will be happy while attending the needs of those in front of them. The transition is incredible - caterpillar to butterfly - and all in a few seconds – amazing.

Off in the sky the plane lines itself up with the lonely runway. The headlights are on (even in the daytime) and all passengers buckled in and straining to see how the island looks from this relative height. The silver shape of a long cylinder starts to become visible and the airplane with all of its passengers is now apparent.

A pilot fudges with the wind directions at the last moment before touching down and then the rubber wheels hit tarmac. Some people clap and others give a sigh of relief.

You have landed and hopefully all is in order.


Be well
charles

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Old Sunday, November 12th, 2006, 08:33 PM
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charles, it's funny... our last visit to aruba we spent a few hours at the airport waiting for some friends. we saw everything you mentioned. we couldn't believe the attitudes of everyone who was waiting. someone's luggage tilted off of a carrier and everyone came running to help. that certainly wouldn't happen at the airport in my hometown.

we always knew the kindnesses of arubans but this experience topped it.
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Great Story Charles! Can't wait to see you again next year!
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Charles...you are making me more and more homesick ...83 more days and my feet will be back on the island
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