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New Year, New Hope

FireworksHope you all had a great New Year! Pam and I are hoping that 2012 will be MUCH better than 2011. It would be hard to be worse of course! It was a challenging year, to say the least. Hopefully the health issues are behind us, and Pam can continue to recover from her many surgeries!

We decided to go to one of the local casinos for the New Year, and it was a crazy experience! Seemed half the island was there. They had party hats, and noise makers for everyone. They put out hundreds of glasses of free champagne for a midnight toast. They had free give aways all night, and at 1 am they had a mad-crazy balloon drop. Hundreds of balloons dropped from the ceiling, and inside of the balloons were 300 prizes! Just crazy stuff!

The fireworks were as advertised – just crazy and went on til the wee hours of the morning. I’ve included a short film here of one of the local homes that put on a display. If you look on YouTube you’ll see there are dozens of videos of Aruba’s fireworks… the Ling and Sons (a local grocery store) was particularly amazing.

Coronet fish We’ve seen some great stuff in the ocean the last few days… we saw a big bluespotted cornetfish, at least five feet long, who had absolutely no fear of us. Usually they are quite shy, moving off when we approach. But this guy, maybe because he was so big, just didn’t seem to care. I even dove down right into his face to snap a couple of pictures, and he stayed there, perfectly calm. They are a cool fish, and we’ve seen a few here, but this guy was the biggest, and the most fearless.

OctopusWe’ve seen a number of octopus (octopi?) and one that was particularly large. We tried to get him to move, but again, no fear! I even touched him with my swimming fin, and he refused to move… he just moved his tentacle and eye-balled us!

White gruntWe briefly (and I mean BRIEFLY) saw our first turtle – he was off in the distance, and when we swam toward him, he took off like a shot… really miss the turtles. Swimming with them is so cool and relaxing. Not sure why they are skittish and not hanging about…


Happy New Year!

Happy New YearI can’t believe it’s New Year’s Eve already! The week since Christmas has flown by, so much to do!

2009 was a difficult year for a lot of people, and I hope you all managed to avoid any major negative upheavals.

Max, New Year's Eve, 2009Max has had his health issues this year, but he has managed to recover most of his mobility. The defect is most noticeable on the lino floor in the kitchen, where he can’t make his left front leg brace him, and the paw slips forward. But, as our dog sitter said, he’s a very lovable guy. He is very affectionate and he has a very playful manner. We’re glad to have him around, that’s for sure!

Pam and I have big plans for New Year’s – most involve staying awake til midnight… We both came through the year with our health intact, and we’re grateful for that.

Have a Safe and Fun Time tonight! May all of 2010 be a joy for everyone in your family. And we all wish for peace so our soldiers can come home.