• Welcome to ScubaBoard

  1. Welcome to ScubaBoard, the world's largest scuba diving community. Registration is not required to read the forums, but we encourage you to join. Joining has its benefits and enables you to participate in the discussions.

    Benefits of registering include

    • Ability to post and comment on topics and discussions.
    • A Free photo gallery to share your dive photos with the world.
    • You can make this box go away

    Joining is quick and easy. Login or Register now by clicking on the button

Island time? Why do we accept this excuse?

Discussion in 'Bonaire' started by wildbill9, Nov 19, 2019.

  1. ICatchBadGuys

    ICatchBadGuys Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Utah
    Island time? Why do we accept this excuse?

    Because....we're on an island?
    Jcp2 likes this.
  2. Lorenzoid

    Lorenzoid idling in neutral buoyancy

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Atlanta, USA
    Someone has to say it. Hey you kids, get off my lawn/restaurant!

    As for the "noise" and music, I recall reading that some restaurants actually tune their acoustics (and music, if any) to achieve a particular sound level that has been found to maximize profit.
    markmud and chillyinCanada like this.
  3. KathyV

    KathyV Orca

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Midwestern US
    Maybe the patrons drink too much to try and dull the pain and that increases the profits!
    Bob DBF likes this.
  4. axluba

    axluba Barracuda

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Germany
    Not only an island thing.. lived in French Guiana for a will, same thing... however I do think it is cultural and I learnt to live with it (even took some of it by then end :wink: )
    chillyinCanada and KathyV like this.
  5. woodcarver

    woodcarver Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Colorado
    Wouldn't surprise me at all if the service changed noticeably with that knowledge...
    Could probably substitute virtually any local population vs obvious tourist/visitor and see the difference in the average restaurant.
  6. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Seattle
    When I lived in Portland, OR, one of my friends flew into town. We went to a Greek restaurant, and the owner said "two?" and immediately turned to take us to a table towards the back.

    I responded in Greek "Nai, dyo" ("yes, two") and he turned around to take us to one of the best tables.

    My friend had a good laugh about it. I agree, common/different backgrounds often makes a difference in quality of service, good and bad.
    chillyinCanada likes this.
  7. Steelyeyes

    Steelyeyes Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Redmond Wa
    Totally agree. If I wanted that kind of noise I'd go to a factory.
    KathyV and chillyinCanada like this.
  8. Steelyeyes

    Steelyeyes Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Redmond Wa
    If I can't have a conversation with the people at the table I won't enjoy the experience. I'm good with loud music if it's a place to dance. I've gone to see bands where the paint chips are coming off of the ceiling due to the decibel level. Atmosphere should fit the intended purpose of the visit. Most people don't relax in a high noise environment.
    KathyV and chillyinCanada like this.
  9. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: U.S. East Coast
    Don't move to Italy.
    Lived in a coastal town north of Pisa for four years.
    Two stories:
    * Toilet failed, called a plumber. Said he could be there in 4 days. I expressed dismay at the delay. He explained that the Italians lived for 2000 years without toilets. Surely I could wait four days.
    * Needed a repair on a pair of shoes to go on a business trip Saturday. Took them into the cobbler on Monday before; he promised them back to me Friday. I go in Friday to pick them up; they are not ready. I said, "You knew all along they wouldn't be ready today, didn't you?" "Yes," he smiled, "but this way you were happy for four days, and you aren't going to get them any later than you would have if I'd told you they would be next week."
    Kmart921, Steelyeyes, KathyV and 4 others like this.
  10. Bigbella

    Bigbella Barracuda

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: San Francisco
    It's weed; it's all weed . . .

    Years ago, there was a guy on a dive boat out of Nassau, smoking a spliff, the diameter of PVC pipe; that, and doing nitrox and air-fills . . .

Share This Page