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  1. #1
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    Just Gimme Me DeLight

    This trip started off as many other trips have, with a HITCH and a GLITCH!

    Traveling solo this go round meant that I could leave the kitchen sink at home [img]/forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/bannana_purple.gif[/img] [img]/forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/bannana_purple.gif[/img] so I toted one tall upright and a duffle with space for stuff to bring back.

    In the fall, AJ flies out at 10:30pm, during daylight savings time it 11:30pm. Guess they didnít change their clocks cause we didnít board until 11pm on my 10:30pm departing flight

    We arrived at MBJ late, and as I started walking, I felt dazed and confused [img]/forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/dizzy.gif[/img]

    Just when I thought I knew they way around, thereís more turns, new fixtures, light colored walls and renovations galore.

    I met and chatted with several people on the plane that were headed to Negril. 3 ladies were staying at the Rayon as well.

    After a small amount of money exchange and gathering my luggage, I proceeded to begin my first New Years Holiday in Negril.

    Upon exiting, my excitement began to build. As soon as I saw my drivers face I would be all smiles, but no such luck!

    My driver wasnít there [img]/forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/mad2.gif[/img]

    Guess my good fortune from October didnít carry over 90 days later [img]/forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/crazy.gif[/img]

    I was hell bent on not paying $80 if I had to catch the first thing smoking. I knew the price I intended to pay my pre-arranged driver. And had a price in mind for whoever would save me from the driver that left me [img]/forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/notworthy.gif[/img]

    I tried to think [img]/forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/70459-idea.gif[/img] of all the transportation information that I have read about in the past few weeks. I remember go-direct had cheap transport, but no one had even heard of go-direct and I remembered that they work under another company, that name I did not know. Drivers keep approaching asking if I need a ride, "No, I donít" They keep approaching cause my actions are speaking louder than my words [img]/forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/cool.gif[/img]

    I searched for my drivers number, couldnít find it. Asked the other drivers if they'd seen his company or not, we were an hour late, maybe he walked off...nope, no one. Its 3 hours time difference between LA and Jamaica and it was 8am in Ja, 5am in Cali. I called one of my sisters for help. ďSorry to wake you but I need your help.Ē ďBaby its okay, let me know what you need.Ē ďI need you to logon to a website and get a phone number for me.Ē Groggily she responds ďOkay baby, just calm downĒ I hear her feet shuffling across the hard wood floors, but she is not shuffling fast enough for my pisstivity. I hear her turn the computer on and she tries to make small talk while we wait for this cold computer to warm up. Iím not feeling the small talk so she cracks a few jokes. Not werking. I hear her typing, I give her the web address. ďNot yet, Iím just pulling up the internetĒ I let out the loudest sigh, but tell her, ďThank you for helping meĒ She snickers as usual when Iím mad, cause I can always find someway to elicit laughter even when I'm peeved. Its the laugh to keep from crying defense.

    While talking to her, I start walking around the airport looking at the tour desks to see if any of these companies say Affordable Transfers. I saw some people from my flight (heck weíre the only plane in the airport at that time) at a desk waiting for their transportation.

    She gets to the website and its like communicating with someone at Dell Customer service. "No thatís not what Iím looking for." "No donít read the website to me, I need the number." "Okay baby, Iím looking, give me a moment" "I donít have a moment Iím erked, okay let me calm down, I was just hoping THIS trip would have started a lil better" Sheís reading the website again, Iím trying to remain calm. ďJust look for the number, Iím sorry for yelling, Iím trying to calm down.Ē I havenít been to sleep right, I got off work Sunday morning and hit the ground running, no comfortable sleep and that dozing I did in my empty row on the plane wasnít beauty rest.

    She gives me the number and wishes me a good trip, says that sheíll call me in 2 hours to see how things are going. ďThanks for your help and go back to sleepĒ ďLove you, love you tooĒ

    I canít tell you how bad I felt, after I hung up the phone I reached in my purse and found my drivers business card [img]/forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/crazy.gif[/img]

    By this time, I walked up to the desk where I saw my plane mates at and asked the cost of transportation. The representative asked how much I was going to pay my other driver and he accepted that cost. I paid him more than he asked and tipped as well. I was thankful to have a ride and a minimized headache.

    I called my driver to tell him that I had been left and found other transportation. He asked if he could call me back in 10 minutes, he was going to look for the driver he sent. I told him that I had found a ride, but to please ensure my pickup on my return.

    I hopped in the van with the 5 travelmates and headed to Negril [img]/forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/bannana_purple.gif[/img]

    The driver didnít know that none of the people on the van knew me prior to the plan ride. He said that I blended in like family and that we got along so well, he couldnít tell otherwise. Sammy once told me that I could make friends with a brick wall [img]/forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif[/img]

    They were dropped off at the RIU and shortly thereafter, we arrived at the Rayon Hotel.

  2. #2
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    Re: Just Gimme Me DeLight

    Sammy was due in on Tuesday and Vi later that afternoon. I didnít want to rest, there were people to see and an Eve to get ready for. I tried to surprise Marilyn but I had the wrong number, I called Orbra and she hooked me up with the right number. She told me where to find everyone and in a couple of hours, I was meeting up with some of my favorite boardites. I was happier than a pig in crap [img]/forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/bannana_purple.gif[/img] [img]/forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/dance01.gif[/img] [img]/forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/proud_jamaica.gif[/img]












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    Re: Just Gimme Me DeLight

    After dinner we caught the fireworks from Travellers












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    Re: Just Gimme Me DeLight

    After midnight we started walking down the beach toward the hotel.






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    Re: Just Give Me DeLight

    YeeHaa .... Reggae Dots!!!

    Hey Girls!! [img]/forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wavey.gif[/img]

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    Re: Just Gimme Me DeLight

    My last night in Negril in October, I ended my night at Bourbon Beach. One dance with an energetic partner and I had to leave. I told him that I would be back in 90 days and we could finish dancing then [img]/forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/bannana_purple.gif[/img]

    Iím a woman of my word, so I headed down the beach to met him and the three of us walked to Bourbon Beach.

    My partner was like the energizer battery with a fresh battery pack. I tried to take a break and go to the bar for a drink but I guess I took to long and while my back was turned toward an open area he continued dancing on me and even picked me up, WT Heck?

    I got back into the groove and somehow tried to keep up with him. More whining, more picking me up, I was cool till I thought he was going to bust my head on the bar or the ground. I never imagined that I could ever dance like that, Iíve only seen dancing like that in passa passa videos and clips. I had to give him his props, he had perfect control of me, I never fell, he never dropped me and my cranium stayed in one piece despite my earlier fears.

    My last goal for the night was to stay up until 3am and wish everyone back at home a Happy New Year. I topped up my phone with $50 US credit before I left. Choclit was alone this New Years, last year at this time she was in love, so I knew I would need to keep her company by telephone and help dry up any of her tears and rub it in that she didnít take me up on my last minute offer to come and go with me. A few quick conversations and my work was done. I finished my night hanging out by the bar with some other hotel guests, till my eyes couldnít take seeing double anymore. I hadnít been to sleep in a bed since Friday night, I was more than ready to snore.

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    Re: Just Gimme Me DeLight

    Got up the next morning and sat on the balcony for a short spell, just in case I never sat still long enough to enjoy the balcony the rest of the week.





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    Re: Just Gimme Me DeLight

    Time to hit the beach and one of my favorite bars










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    Re: Just Gimme Me DeLight

    [img]/forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wavey.gif[/img] Hi Laurel, good seeing you again [img]/forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif[/img]

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    Re: Just Gimme Me DeLight

    Hey Mokatee!! Those firework shots are beautiful!!! Reminds me of jellyfish, you've got a knack for taking advantage of the kodak moments!!! Looks like you started out with a bumpy ride with the best to come!!! Did you ever make it back to your patio?? Looking forward to more pictures, great start though!! [img]/forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/dance01.gif[/img]

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