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OwenImages
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Indian Rocks Beach, Florida, US


joeyk wrote:

Read this and tell me it's just a little miscommunication...

LOL!  I was talking about the Key Deer.  Don't worry Joe, the kids still fear you.  wink

Mar 29 13 08:41 am  Link  Quote 
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sospix
Posts: 21,129
Orlando, Florida, US


OwenImages wrote:
Been in the Keys with the kiddos.  smile

We have been having a blast!  We saw 25 Key Deer yesterday evening and 47 this evening.  Lots of pics (normal and iPhone5) and video clips (iPhone5).  We lots of cool stuff in just a couple of days.  On Marathon Key right now for a quick dinner stop...then driving home tonight.  Should be home by 3am.  I will go through the pics over the next week.  Yippppppeeeeee!  I hope I have a couple of good pics!  The kids had a freaking blast.  Let's just say they have ZERO fear of humans....they are endangered and therefore heavily protected.  They will walk right up to you.  So cute!  Okay, long drive time.....

Were you on Big Pine, out by the No Name Pub  .  .  .  I have a house back there on Dr.'s arm, the deer are pretty plentiful now  .  .  .  especially since they put the barrier fence around US1, and the tourists ain't smashin' so much with their rental carz  .  .  .  wink

SOS

Mar 29 13 08:49 am  Link  Quote 
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OwenImages
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Indian Rocks Beach, Florida, US


sospix wrote:

Were you on Big Pine, out by the No Name Pub  .  .  .  I have a house back there on Dr.'s arm, the deer are pretty plentiful now  .  .  .  especially since they put the barrier fence around US1, and the tourists ain't smashin' so much with their rental carz  .  .  .  wink

SOS

We spent a LOT of time on Big Pine Key and No Name Key, of course driving by No Name Pub multiple times.  smile One evening in about 2 hours we saw 25 Key Deer.  The next evening in 90 minutes we saw 47 Key Deer!!!  big_smile

This was my 3rd time visiting the Key Deer but the first time I took the kids.

Mar 29 13 09:45 am  Link  Quote 
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sospix
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Orlando, Florida, US


OwenImages wrote:

We spent a LOT of time on Big Pine Key and No Name Key, of course driving by No Name Pub multiple times.  smile One evening in about 2 hours we saw 25 Key Deer.  The next evening in 90 minutes we saw 47 Key Deer!!!  big_smile

This was my 3rd time visiting the Key Deer but the first time I took the kids.

That's one of my "secret" escape places  .  .  .  wink  The shelf is only about 5 miles out past the bridge to the east, that's where all the BIG fishes iz  .  .  .  saw a guy lose a 100 lb tarpoon, to a huge hammerhead last spring right there by the pilings  .  .  .  next time grab a small boat at Bob's boats, and either go exploring in the inside around No Name (there's a couple small reefs just north of the island), or get a bigger boat and go oceanside for some nice tuna or dolphin  .  .  .  glad you guys had a good trip, it's always nice to head down that way  .  .  .

SOS

Mar 29 13 09:52 am  Link  Quote 
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EdwinR Photography
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Saint Petersburg, Florida, US


So for those of you who havent seen our house lately.. well let me update you... Remember Ed's bright yellow 4 WD Dakota 2 door??  He now has our driveway looking like a junkyard.. although getting better.. He has removed the yellow two door cab and replaced it with a quad cab.. black.. one door blue ... one fender white..another fender green .. no more trunk bed ( or what ever you call those open trunk things in a truck bed.). it is now a flat bed..

Today he got his new headlights he ordered.. he is like as excited about these new Eagle eyes LED lights and CFL turn signals... and halos... like as if he got new camera gear... I put on our FB page the transfer of the yellow cab to a flat bed two truck... with music and all..several weeks ago... i thought it was funny.. Carl thought it was too long.. so i made it 3 minutes long...

He just finished putting the gas tank in.. and now getting ready to hook up the gas lines and battery... so  for Easter... not only will Jesus be resurrected... Ed will have a rebirth of a Dakota multi colored quad cab with new seats and interior (used) ...lol   Once he gets it up and running... then a paint job.. and he gets his brand new "very cool" as he calls .....new headlights...

So for Easter ... Ed will resurrect his Dodge Dakota to a Quad Cab... He is doing happy Easter  dances...lol...

Happy Good Friday all.. and Happy Easter..
Mar 29 13 02:39 pm  Link  Quote 
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EdwinR Photography
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Saint Petersburg, Florida, US


OwenImages wrote:

We spent a LOT of time on Big Pine Key and No Name Key, of course driving by No Name Pub multiple times.  smile One evening in about 2 hours we saw 25 Key Deer.  The next evening in 90 minutes we saw 47 Key Deer!!!  big_smile

This was my 3rd time visiting the Key Deer but the first time I took the kids.

sound like fun Greg..

Mar 29 13 02:40 pm  Link  Quote 
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OwenImages
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Indian Rocks Beach, Florida, US


EdwinR Photography wrote:

sound like fun Greg..

Yes, indeed!

Sounds like Ed is having a lot of his own fun!  smile

Mar 29 13 05:48 pm  Link  Quote 
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OwenImages
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Indian Rocks Beach, Florida, US


Well, after 3 weeks, I finally picked up my vehicle from Crown Collission Center.  I was rear-ended about a month+ ago.  So after 3 weeks would you like to guess if the repairs were done right?  Okay, no need to guess.  They were not.  95% maybe.  Geeeeez!  I let the manager know and showed him the issues.  I'll have to take it back in next week.  Grrrrrrrrrr!

Would the average person notice the issues, no...but that isn't the point.  Ack!!!  Grrrrr!!!
Mar 30 13 09:45 am  Link  Quote 
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Chris Rifkin
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Tampa, Florida, US


Mar 30 13 04:31 pm  Link  Quote 
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EdwinR Photography
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Saint Petersburg, Florida, US


So got a new Cannon fax/scan/copier for home... geeze supposed to be compatible with  Mac... wireless and otherwise... cant get the sticking thing to do a thing.. crap.. if anyone know how to hook up  a wireless printer let me know...
Mar 30 13 05:36 pm  Link  Quote 
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joeyk
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Seminole, Florida, US


Chris Rifkin wrote:
https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/c0.0.403.403/p403x403/524105_494618380591422_250108365_n.jpg

Who threw up on a "pizza"???

Mar 30 13 05:44 pm  Link  Quote 
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Chris Rifkin
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Tampa, Florida, US


joeyk wrote:

Who threw up on a "pizza"???

\best tasting vomit ever
kinda like a cow,get to eat it twice,
big_smile

Mar 30 13 05:54 pm  Link  Quote 
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EdwinR Photography
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Saint Petersburg, Florida, US


Chris Rifkin wrote:

\best tasting vomit ever
kinda like a cow,get to eat it twice,
big_smile

thats just gross

Mar 30 13 07:30 pm  Link  Quote 
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joeyk
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Seminole, Florida, US


Chris Rifkin wrote:
\best tasting vomit ever
kinda like a cow,get to eat it twice,
big_smile
EdwinR Photography wrote:
thats just gross

I think we know now what he means when he says he gets some food in his truck and eats it for two days...lol lol

Mar 30 13 08:08 pm  Link  Quote 
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Chris Rifkin
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Tampa, Florida, US


Chris Rifkin wrote:
\best tasting vomit ever
kinda like a cow,get to eat it twice,
big_smile
EdwinR Photography wrote:
thats just gross
joeyk wrote:
I think we know now what he means when he says he gets some food in his truck and eats it for two days...lol lol

hey,always trying to save a buck now

Mar 30 13 08:13 pm  Link  Quote 
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OwenImages
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Indian Rocks Beach, Florida, US


Two kids and living on the beach has interesting implications.  I just did an Easter Egg hunt on the beach today for my kids.  We had a good time and now they want to do it again tomorrow.  We will.  big_smile

The prep for the event is unlike most Easter Egg hunts.  Bathing suits (we will go swim and work on sand castles afterwards), sun block, sun glasses, grab an Easter Bucket (instead of a basket so we can use it for sand castles later) and then let the traditional hunt to begin.  smile
Mar 30 13 08:53 pm  Link  Quote 
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OwenImages
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Hoppy Easter!  The kids and I started celebrating Easter early. Yesterday we filled eggs, put on bathing suits, put on sun screen and had our very own Easter Egg Hunt here on the beach! It was lots of fun and the kids had a blast. Afterwards we went for a walk on the beach, they found some kids to play with for a while and we went swimming. At the kids' request, we will be repeating most of that today, including the Easter Egg Hunt. smile
Mar 31 13 07:58 am  Link  Quote 
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OwenImages
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Just finished a nice evening on the beach with the kids.  Although, there was an injured Immature Loon on the beach.  Something was wrong with it's foot/leg.  Help was called and the Suncoast Sanctuary came to rescue the bird within about 10 minutes.  smile
Mar 31 13 03:30 pm  Link  Quote 
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EdwinR Photography
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Saint Petersburg, Florida, US


Dont do change well... the above new buttons are confusing me...
Apr 01 13 02:30 am  Link  Quote 
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Carl Roberts
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Saint Petersburg, Florida, US


Just got back from the DR

Only 3 people got arrested, my girl was on her period, my other friend had found a boyfriend and since I was staying at the resort on the Playa it rained

Oh yeah and since it was Easter weekend EVERYTHING was closed
Banks, Orange phone provider, restaurants, grocery store
F'n EVERYTHING..cerrado

But at least it was expensive
So there was that

*Sigh
Apr 01 13 06:12 am  Link  Quote 
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OwenImages
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Indian Rocks Beach, Florida, US


Glad you lived to tell the tale, Carl!  smile
Apr 01 13 06:14 am  Link  Quote 
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Carl Roberts
Posts: 32,933
Saint Petersburg, Florida, US


Chapter 6 - The Arrest

Easter Weekend! Perfect time to go down to the DR. Leave on Good Friday, back on Sunday!
Stay Friday night at my usual hotel, but Stay at the Playa at one of the all inclusive resorts instead of in the city on Saturday. Perfect plan.

I arrive on Good Friday and go to the bank to change some money there at the airport...Cerrado...Closed.
I go downstairs to "Orange" (The telephone company) to by a SIM card for the phone I brought...Cerrado
I'm like..oh oh

I need to call my driver Emilio so I stop some random person and ask them to call for me and give them a buck
Emilio comes and I'm like...the banks are closed! He says yes on Good Friday everything is closed and everyone comes to the beach (Playa)
So we are driving to the hotel and LITERALLY at every intersection where 2 roads meet there are a minimum of 2 or 3 cops. I have NEVER seen that many military and police out, anywhere, ever.
Emilio is like, yeah on Easter weekend the security is Crazy.
We drive along and a cop walks out into the road and pulls him over.
Lots of yammering and pointing at the crack in the windshield, finally I see Emilio palm 100 pesos and shake hands with the cop. When he pulls his hand back in the car the 100 peso bill is gone and we get waived on.
Emilio says he had been stopped on the way to the airport too, same deal.

I get checked into the hotel and get some money changed and go to the little bodega/bar on the Avenue Espana I like
It overlooks the Playa and the locals all gather out front and have a contest to see who can play their car radio the loudest so it is pretty busy around there during regular time. This being good Friday...it was CRAZY busy. We finally find a restaurant to grab a bite but by 11pm every single thing in that city was closed. Casinos? Closed, Bars? Cerrado...everything. I was in bed by 11:30.

In the morning we go to the Playa. Me, Emilio, my English speaking interpreter Evelyn, my friend Yokoris, her cousin Perla, the little baby boy that Perla was acting as an Aya for, and their pregnant friend who is 14 months pregnant. We all load into the car and head to the Playa.

Evelyn asks where I'm staying and I say the Don Juan. She says why aren't you staying at the Hamaca? I'm like when I called they were full. She says why don't we stop and you can check to see if there is an opening. So we stop there first.
I act like I have a reservation and after 15 minutes of frantic searching they say, look, we can't find your reservation but we can give you a room. $185.00(U.S. dollars) per person, per night. So for 2 people it would have been $370.
I'm like...uh...let me get back to you.

We drive to the Don Juan. $80 per person (Cheaper than at the Hotel Napolitano in the city) and it's all inclusive.
All you can eat, all the booze and beer you can drink, all included.
By American standards...very 3 star at least. No spa, but other than that, pretty darned nice. 2 pools, a Dance review number in the evening, right on the beach, big buffet restaurant, lots of beach bars pushing the frozen pina coladas with a heavy hand on the rum. Pretty darned nice truthfully. I would strongly suggest it for someone going to relax on the beach.

Being Easter weekend, the whole country came out to the beach for the day.
I can easily say I have never seen any beach as crowded as that beach was. It was CRAZY busy
All families with kids and old people and everybody just hanging out, swimming and walking the beach.
Lots of drinking with groups of kids carrying half gallon jugs of rum and a bottle of coke just walking along drinking.
Very fun to watch

Around 7 all of my friends left to go back to the city and I walked out into Boca Chica to check out the nightlife.

Because it was an all inclusive, and because I was out of country, I had consumed a few beers and a couple of the pina coladas. I say this because I had not had a drink of Alcohol for 14 years before I went to the DR. And even then, on my previous trips I would only have a couple of beers here and there, never really drank. This day, I had a bunch to drink and was definitely feeling it.

So I go to walk it off and see the sights.

As I'm stumbling along a group of 3 girls aproach me. They start talking to me, hey honey, how you doing, what's your name, that kind of stuff. Now I was tipsy, but not so tipsy as to recognize that they were not really very attractive and considerably hefty, so I just ignore them and walk on without responding.

Well these chicks were relentless. They follow me for a quarter mile.
Clearly I knew I was being hustled and figured at some point one of them would try to pick my pocket or lure me off to the side where I would be rolled.
Finally I see a group of cops in the middle of the road and walk over to them and stop. The girls split up and scatter. One of the cops looks at me and I say I'm just trying to get away from the hookers that are bothering me.

After a couple of minutes I start back to the hotel.
About 50 yards down the road the girls are back at my side and behind me.
Again talking to me, hey baby, how you doing.
This time I respond to them.... Ohayo Gozaimas, konnichiwa...
The girl is like...uh...Japonaise?
I say..Hai! Japonaise.
She's like...uh...hmm...(Turns to her friends) This guy is Japonaise. Anyone speak any Japonaise?
They are all like...um...hmm...no...

So the lead girl comes closer and puts her hand on my shoulder and tries to rub on me.
Well just then 3 guys rush up from behind and grab the girls and throw them up against the wall
Turns out the cops had been following me and watching what was happening
The cops were not just regular cops, but were "Tourist Police" and were there specifically to make sure the tourists stayed safe and were not hustled or harrassed.

They cuff the girls (who are now cussing and saying they were just asking directions) and hustle them into the police station just down the road.
I keep going and head back to the room where I once again am asleep by 11:30.

Sunday I get up and it's raining.
I walk away from the resort a bit to buy a gift and come upon this kid with a cart selling food.
He was making Empanadas.
The kid could not have been more than 15 or 16, but he had it down to an art, and he was selling a bunch of them.
In addition to the regular Empanadas he was making some by taking the Empanada shell, folding it, crimping about 3/4 around and leaving a gap. He would then take a raw egg and pour it into the opening and slowly drop the whole thing in the bubbling grease.
An egg empanada fresh out of the frier with a drink of pineapple juice.. .75 cents! Fantastic!

So there is no adventure quite like a Dominican Adventure where the story involves hookers getting arrested and Egg Empanadas!
Apr 01 13 07:07 am  Link  Quote 
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OwenImages
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Indian Rocks Beach, Florida, US


Love the stories Carl!  Wow, always an adventure.  You might have a typo in your story though...14 months pregnant sounds like a really long time, LOL!  smile
Apr 01 13 07:40 am  Link  Quote 
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bgcfoto
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Largo, Florida, US


A story about Carl denying the ladies, posted on 04/01. Good one Carl, well played.



(yes Icewolf, I'm paying a dollar into the Tampa,chat tax jar) 

~OUT~
Apr 01 13 08:54 am  Link  Quote 
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Carl Roberts
Posts: 32,933
Saint Petersburg, Florida, US


bgcfoto wrote:
A story about Carl denying the ladies, posted on 04/01. Good one Carl, well played

Hahahaha

And yes Owen, that chick was PREGNANT!

Apr 01 13 09:09 am  Link  Quote 
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Chris Rifkin
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Tampa, Florida, US


bgcfoto wrote:
A story about Carl denying the ladies, posted on 04/01. Good one Carl, well played.



(yes Icewolf, I'm paying a dollar into the Tampa,chat tax jar) 

~OUT~

Hahahha
And yeah..y'all can keep the DR

Apr 01 13 09:26 am  Link  Quote 
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EdwinR Photography
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Saint Petersburg, Florida, US


Carl Roberts wrote:

Hahahaha

And yes Owen, that chick was PREGNANT!

Yeah 14 months pregnant at that. Happy April fools day too.

Apr 01 13 09:53 am  Link  Quote 
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sospix
Posts: 21,129
Orlando, Florida, US


Carl Roberts wrote:
Chapter 6 - The Arrest

Easter Weekend! Perfect time to go down to the DR. Leave on Good Friday, back on Sunday!
Stay Friday night at my usual hotel, but Stay at the Playa at one of the all inclusive resorts instead of in the city on Saturday. Perfect plan.

I arrive on Good Friday and go to the bank to change some money there at the airport...Cerrado...Closed.
I go downstairs to "Orange" (The telephone company) to by a SIM card for the phone I brought...Cerrado
I'm like..oh oh

I need to call my driver Emilio so I stop some random person and ask them to call for me and give them a buck
Emilio comes and I'm like...the banks are closed! He says yes on Good Friday everything is closed and everyone comes to the beach (Playa)
So we are driving to the hotel and LITERALLY at every intersection where 2 roads meet there are a minimum of 2 or 3 cops. I have NEVER seen that many military and police out, anywhere, ever.
Emilio is like, yeah on Easter weekend the security is Crazy.
We drive along and a cop walks out into the road and pulls him over.
Lots of yammering and pointing at the crack in the windshield, finally I see Emilio palm 100 pesos and shake hands with the cop. When he pulls his hand back in the car the 100 peso bill is gone and we get waived on.
Emilio says he had been stopped on the way to the airport too, same deal.

I get checked into the hotel and get some money changed and go to the little bodega/bar on the Avenue Espana I like
It overlooks the Playa and the locals all gather out front and have a contest to see who can play their car radio the loudest so it is pretty busy around there during regular time. This being good Friday...it was CRAZY busy. We finally find a restaurant to grab a bite but by 11pm every single thing in that city was closed. Casinos? Closed, Bars? Cerrado...everything. I was in bed by 11:30.

In the morning we go to the Playa. Me, Emilio, my English speaking interpreter Evelyn, my friend Yokoris, her cousin Perla, the little baby boy that Perla was acting as an Aya for, and their pregnant friend who is 14 months pregnant. We all load into the car and head to the Playa.

Evelyn asks where I'm staying and I say the Don Juan. She says why aren't you staying at the Hamaca? I'm like when I called they were full. She says why don't we stop and you can check to see if there is an opening. So we stop there first.
I act like I have a reservation and after 15 minutes of frantic searching they say, look, we can't find your reservation but we can give you a room. $185.00(U.S. dollars) per person, per night. So for 2 people it would have been $370.
I'm like...uh...let me get back to you.

We drive to the Don Juan. $80 per person (Cheaper than at the Hotel Napolitano in the city) and it's all inclusive.
All you can eat, all the booze and beer you can drink, all included.
By American standards...very 3 star at least. No spa, but other than that, pretty darned nice. 2 pools, a Dance review number in the evening, right on the beach, big buffet restaurant, lots of beach bars pushing the frozen pina coladas with a heavy hand on the rum. Pretty darned nice truthfully. I would strongly suggest it for someone going to relax on the beach.

Being Easter weekend, the whole country came out to the beach for the day.
I can easily say I have never seen any beach as crowded as that beach was. It was CRAZY busy
All families with kids and old people and everybody just hanging out, swimming and walking the beach.
Lots of drinking with groups of kids carrying half gallon jugs of rum and a bottle of coke just walking along drinking.
Very fun to watch

Around 7 all of my friends left to go back to the city and I walked out into Boca Chica to check out the nightlife.

Because it was an all inclusive, and because I was out of country, I had consumed a few beers and a couple of the pina coladas. I say this because I had not had a drink of Alcohol for 14 years before I went to the DR. And even then, on my previous trips I would only have a couple of beers here and there, never really drank. This day, I had a bunch to drink and was definitely feeling it.

So I go to walk it off and see the sights.

As I'm stumbling along a group of 3 girls aproach me. They start talking to me, hey honey, how you doing, what's your name, that kind of stuff. Now I was tipsy, but not so tipsy as to recognize that they were not really very attractive and considerably hefty, so I just ignore them and walk on without responding.

Well these chicks were relentless. They follow me for a quarter mile.
Clearly I knew I was being hustled and figured at some point one of them would try to pick my pocket or lure me off to the side where I would be rolled.
Finally I see a group of cops in the middle of the road and walk over to them and stop. The girls split up and scatter. One of the cops looks at me and I say I'm just trying to get away from the hookers that are bothering me.

After a couple of minutes I start back to the hotel.
About 50 yards down the road the girls are back at my side and behind me.
Again talking to me, hey baby, how you doing.
This time I respond to them.... Ohayo Gozaimas, konnichiwa...
The girl is like...uh...Japonaise?
I say..Hai! Japonaise.
She's like...uh...hmm...(Turns to her friends) This guy is Japonaise. Anyone speak any Japonaise?
They are all like...um...hmm...no...

So the lead girl comes closer and puts her hand on my shoulder and tries to rub on me.
Well just then 3 guys rush up from behind and grab the girls and throw them up against the wall
Turns out the cops had been following me and watching what was happening
The cops were not just regular cops, but were "Tourist Police" and were there specifically to make sure the tourists stayed safe and were not hustled or harrassed.

They cuff the girls (who are now cussing and saying they were just asking directions) and hustle them into the police station just down the road.
I keep going and head back to the room where I once again am asleep by 11:30.

Sunday I get up and it's raining.
I walk away from the resort a bit to buy a gift and come upon this kid with a cart selling food.
He was making Empanadas.
The kid could not have been more than 15 or 16, but he had it down to an art, and he was selling a bunch of them.
In addition to the regular Empanadas he was making some by taking the Empanada shell, folding it, crimping about 3/4 around and leaving a gap. He would then take a raw egg and pour it into the opening and slowly drop the whole thing in the bubbling grease.
An egg empanada fresh out of the frier with a drink of pineapple juice.. .75 cents! Fantastic!

So there is no adventure quite like a Dominican Adventure where the story involves hookers getting arrested and Egg Empanadas!

I'm thinkin' you need Jake as a guard dawg next time ya go  .  .  .  jest don't let no one eat 'im  .  .  .  he's a little round right now, and kinda looks like a red pig  .  .  .  wink

SOS

Apr 01 13 12:05 pm  Link  Quote 
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OwenImages
Posts: 3,801
Indian Rocks Beach, Florida, US


For the Nerds out there, this was a funny April Fools video...

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rznYifPHxDg
Apr 01 13 02:33 pm  Link  Quote 
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Carl Roberts
Posts: 32,933
Saint Petersburg, Florida, US


Looks like we are in for a couple of days of rain coming up
Apr 02 13 04:46 am  Link  Quote 
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OwenImages
Posts: 3,801
Indian Rocks Beach, Florida, US


We need the rain but but but sad
Apr 02 13 07:36 am  Link  Quote 
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Frank Lewis Photography
Posts: 12,311
Winter Park, Florida, US


Carl Roberts wrote:
Chapter 6 - The Arrest

Easter Weekend! Perfect time to go down to the DR. Leave on Good Friday, back on Sunday!
Stay Friday night at my usual hotel, but Stay at the Playa at one of the all inclusive resorts instead of in the city on Saturday. Perfect plan.

I arrive on Good Friday and go to the bank to change some money there at the airport...Cerrado...Closed.
I go downstairs to "Orange" (The telephone company) to by a SIM card for the phone I brought...Cerrado
I'm like..oh oh

I need to call my driver Emilio so I stop some random person and ask them to call for me and give them a buck
Emilio comes and I'm like...the banks are closed! He says yes on Good Friday everything is closed and everyone comes to the beach (Playa)
So we are driving to the hotel and LITERALLY at every intersection where 2 roads meet there are a minimum of 2 or 3 cops. I have NEVER seen that many military and police out, anywhere, ever.
Emilio is like, yeah on Easter weekend the security is Crazy.
We drive along and a cop walks out into the road and pulls him over.
Lots of yammering and pointing at the crack in the windshield, finally I see Emilio palm 100 pesos and shake hands with the cop. When he pulls his hand back in the car the 100 peso bill is gone and we get waived on.
Emilio says he had been stopped on the way to the airport too, same deal.

I get checked into the hotel and get some money changed and go to the little bodega/bar on the Avenue Espana I like
It overlooks the Playa and the locals all gather out front and have a contest to see who can play their car radio the loudest so it is pretty busy around there during regular time. This being good Friday...it was CRAZY busy. We finally find a restaurant to grab a bite but by 11pm every single thing in that city was closed. Casinos? Closed, Bars? Cerrado...everything. I was in bed by 11:30.

In the morning we go to the Playa. Me, Emilio, my English speaking interpreter Evelyn, my friend Yokoris, her cousin Perla, the little baby boy that Perla was acting as an Aya for, and their pregnant friend who is 14 months pregnant. We all load into the car and head to the Playa.

Evelyn asks where I'm staying and I say the Don Juan. She says why aren't you staying at the Hamaca? I'm like when I called they were full. She says why don't we stop and you can check to see if there is an opening. So we stop there first.
I act like I have a reservation and after 15 minutes of frantic searching they say, look, we can't find your reservation but we can give you a room. $185.00(U.S. dollars) per person, per night. So for 2 people it would have been $370.
I'm like...uh...let me get back to you.

We drive to the Don Juan. $80 per person (Cheaper than at the Hotel Napolitano in the city) and it's all inclusive.
All you can eat, all the booze and beer you can drink, all included.
By American standards...very 3 star at least. No spa, but other than that, pretty darned nice. 2 pools, a Dance review number in the evening, right on the beach, big buffet restaurant, lots of beach bars pushing the frozen pina coladas with a heavy hand on the rum. Pretty darned nice truthfully. I would strongly suggest it for someone going to relax on the beach.

Being Easter weekend, the whole country came out to the beach for the day.
I can easily say I have never seen any beach as crowded as that beach was. It was CRAZY busy
All families with kids and old people and everybody just hanging out, swimming and walking the beach.
Lots of drinking with groups of kids carrying half gallon jugs of rum and a bottle of coke just walking along drinking.
Very fun to watch

Around 7 all of my friends left to go back to the city and I walked out into Boca Chica to check out the nightlife.

Because it was an all inclusive, and because I was out of country, I had consumed a few beers and a couple of the pina coladas. I say this because I had not had a drink of Alcohol for 14 years before I went to the DR. And even then, on my previous trips I would only have a couple of beers here and there, never really drank. This day, I had a bunch to drink and was definitely feeling it.

So I go to walk it off and see the sights.

As I'm stumbling along a group of 3 girls aproach me. They start talking to me, hey honey, how you doing, what's your name, that kind of stuff. Now I was tipsy, but not so tipsy as to recognize that they were not really very attractive and considerably hefty, so I just ignore them and walk on without responding.

Well these chicks were relentless. They follow me for a quarter mile.
Clearly I knew I was being hustled and figured at some point one of them would try to pick my pocket or lure me off to the side where I would be rolled.
Finally I see a group of cops in the middle of the road and walk over to them and stop. The girls split up and scatter. One of the cops looks at me and I say I'm just trying to get away from the hookers that are bothering me.

After a couple of minutes I start back to the hotel.
About 50 yards down the road the girls are back at my side and behind me.
Again talking to me, hey baby, how you doing.
This time I respond to them.... Ohayo Gozaimas, konnichiwa...
The girl is like...uh...Japonaise?
I say..Hai! Japonaise.
She's like...uh...hmm...(Turns to her friends) This guy is Japonaise. Anyone speak any Japonaise?
They are all like...um...hmm...no...

So the lead girl comes closer and puts her hand on my shoulder and tries to rub on me.
Well just then 3 guys rush up from behind and grab the girls and throw them up against the wall
Turns out the cops had been following me and watching what was happening
The cops were not just regular cops, but were "Tourist Police" and were there specifically to make sure the tourists stayed safe and were not hustled or harrassed.

They cuff the girls (who are now cussing and saying they were just asking directions) and hustle them into the police station just down the road.
I keep going and head back to the room where I once again am asleep by 11:30.

Sunday I get up and it's raining.
I walk away from the resort a bit to buy a gift and come upon this kid with a cart selling food.
He was making Empanadas.
The kid could not have been more than 15 or 16, but he had it down to an art, and he was selling a bunch of them.
In addition to the regular Empanadas he was making some by taking the Empanada shell, folding it, crimping about 3/4 around and leaving a gap. He would then take a raw egg and pour it into the opening and slowly drop the whole thing in the bubbling grease.
An egg empanada fresh out of the frier with a drink of pineapple juice.. .75 cents! Fantastic!

So there is no adventure quite like a Dominican Adventure where the story involves hookers getting arrested and Egg Empanadas!

By the end of Chapter Six, I was looking for Travis McGee and The Busted Flush.
If you know anything about Florida authors you know who I'm referring to.

Apr 02 13 10:11 am  Link  Quote 
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sospix
Posts: 21,129
Orlando, Florida, US


Frank Lewis Photography wrote:

By the end of Chapter Six, I was looking for Travis McGee and The Busted Flush.
If you know anything about Florida authors you know who I'm referring to.

Or, Marion "Doc" Ford  .  .  .  from Randy Wayne White  .  .  .  wink

SOS

Apr 02 13 10:17 am  Link  Quote 
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Chris Rifkin
Posts: 24,421
Tampa, Florida, US


Rain at home
Winter here in Chicago
GLoooooooooooooooom and depression in deleware

Blah with a side of meh
Apr 02 13 10:22 am  Link  Quote 
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OwenImages
Posts: 3,801
Indian Rocks Beach, Florida, US


Chris Rifkin wrote:
Rain at home
Winter here in Chicago
GLoooooooooooooooom and depression in deleware

Blah with a side of meh

Today is a beautiful day on the beach!!!  The next couple not so much maybe.  It might clear by Friday afternoon maybe?  Fingers crossed.

Apr 02 13 10:43 am  Link  Quote 
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Carl Roberts
Posts: 32,933
Saint Petersburg, Florida, US


Frank Lewis Photography wrote:
By the end of Chapter Six, I was looking for Travis McGee and The Busted Flush.
If you know anything about Florida authors you know who I'm referring to.

Of course!
One of my favorites

Good old John D MacDonald

Apr 02 13 11:42 am  Link  Quote 
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Chris Rifkin
Posts: 24,421
Tampa, Florida, US


Ick
Apr 03 13 04:53 am  Link  Quote 
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OwenImages
Posts: 3,801
Indian Rocks Beach, Florida, US


Chris Rifkin wrote:
Ick

Quite the contrary, sir!  It is very nice on the beach right now, although it might get to ick levels mid to late afternoon with thunder storms rolling in...but, as you know that could provide some good photography opportunities around sunset with lightning strikes over the water.  wink

Apr 03 13 07:23 am  Link  Quote 
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Koryo Photography
Posts: 862
Tampa, Florida, US


"We're adding a little something to this month's sales contest. As you all know, first prize is a Cadillac Eldorado. Anybody want to see second prize?"

[Holds up prize]

"Second prize is a set of steak knives. Third prize is you're fired."
Apr 03 13 07:49 am  Link  Quote 
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Carl Roberts
Posts: 32,933
Saint Petersburg, Florida, US


Koryo Photography wrote:
"We're adding a little something to this month's sales contest. As you all know, first prize is a Cadillac Eldorado. Anybody want to see second prize?"

[Holds up prize]

"Second prize is a set of steak knives. Third prize is you're fired."

I thought you already went that route once and it did not go so well for you?

Hope you are either driving or eating steak soon!

Apr 03 13 08:58 am  Link  Quote 
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