# Aruba bound

1. Jan 29, 2009

### Jimmy Snyder

Some people go to Aruba while others have Aruba thrust upon them. Whatever that means. Saturday morning I am off to Aruba for a two week taxpayer funded all-expenses paid tour of One Happy Island. Check out the scratch marks on the airport tarmac made by my fingernails as they dragged me back onto the airplane last year. This time I will investigate the sturdiness of beach chairs. I am bringing some books with me, one on QM, two on QFT, and a novel "Dune Messiah". I hope to meet you there. If not, please keep the snow off the sidewalks for me while I'm gone.

2. Jan 29, 2009

### FredGarvin

Cooku-Canooko (or however it's spelled)

3. Jan 29, 2009

### hypatia

Hmm sunny beaches, cabana boys, drinks with umbrellas, coconut smelling suntan oils, beach chairs! Sounds like I may be a bit jealous. Hope you have a wonderful trip.

4. Jan 29, 2009

### waht

Cool, what QFT books are you bringing?

5. Jan 29, 2009

### Jimmy Snyder

The locals speak a creole called Papiamento. I have never taken it upon myself to learn any of it except Bom Dia meaning good day. If you speak Spanish or Portuguese then you should be ok for most things since those are two languages in the creole. I have no idea what you said.

6. Jan 29, 2009

### Jimmy Snyder

A Primer of QM by Marvin Chester.
QFT by Franz Mandl and Graham Shaw
A Pedestrian Approach to QFT by Edward Grant Harris

7. Jan 29, 2009

### Jimmy Snyder

I'll concentrate on the young ladies wearing bikinis that violate the laws of physics. You can have the cabana boys.

8. Jan 29, 2009

### turbo

Have fun, Jimmy! I just spent 2 hours moving white stuff (no, not coke) and I could stand some beach-time.

9. Jan 29, 2009

### Gokul43201

Staff Emeritus
kuku kanuku?

10. Jan 29, 2009

### Jimmy Snyder

That's the name of a party bus. As I understand it, you pay \$googolplex to get on the bus in the early evening. They serve you inedible food and watered down water and there's a DJ who encourages the guests to play-act lewd sequences. I'll pass. But the phrase must mean something. Perhaps it's Papiamento for 'you pay ... sequences'.

11. Jan 29, 2009

### wolram

I thought for a second you were tied up with a french letter, have a nice time jimmy.

12. Jan 29, 2009

### Jimmy Snyder

:rofl: That took a while. First I had to google french letter and then I had to think "what does he mean". I had in mind an Abbot and Costello movie "Road to Morocco" where they sing "Just like Webster's dictionary, we're Morocco bound."

13. Jan 30, 2009

### FredGarvin

It wasn't quite that bad when we did it. It is, essentially, a sanctioned bar crawl with a "decent" meal at the beginning and provided transportation. Granted, I got tired of the having to act like a party idiot while on the bus so everyone could see how much of a good time you were having. It was a good way to see some bars that we wouldn't have found other wise. I could think of worse ways to spend a few hours at night.

14. Jan 30, 2009

### hypatia

Oh thank you, I've always wanted a cabana boy !

15. Feb 16, 2009

### Jimmy Snyder

I got to Aruba in the middle of a warm snap. I like 82 degree weather, but unfortunately, it was 83. Balmy-force winds made it feel like 82$\frac{1}{2}$ so it wasn't all that bad. I submitted my official report which I repeat here in full: The beach chairs were good. I brought a library copy of Mandl and Shaw with me and I liked it so much, I bought a copy from Amazon this morning. Although I have been going to Aruba every year for the past 4, next year I plan to go to Rio.

16. Feb 16, 2009

### Staff: Mentor

You are a mean person jimmy.

That's ok, I like sub freezing temperatures.

17. Feb 16, 2009

### turbo

Ah, Rio!! Are the ladies still favoring dental-floss thong bikinis there, or are you just going for the healthful waters?

18. Feb 16, 2009