Surviving The Time-Share Pitch

Surviving The Time-Share Pitch

Many of you have probably sat through a time-share presentation. Some of you may have bought a time-share. I imagine a lot of you who bought one are perfectly happy with it. But I’ve mostly heard about those of you who aren’t happy. And who want to get out of their time-share, but can’t. There are even time-share resale brokers out there. So, we weren’t in the market for a time-share, but we agreed to listen to the pitch in exchange for a three-night stay at a two-bedroom condo in Williamsburg, Virginia, for $189 plus tax. A nice deal for roomy comfortable accommodations in that historic area. We had seen this ‘vacation’ offer at a home show in Raleigh. Of course, the pitch at the home show and the reality we found at the actual...

Read More

Classic Auto Auction – June 2013 in Raleigh

Classic Auto Auction – June 2013 in Raleigh

If you’ve ever watched the auto auctions on Discovery Channel, this was just like that.  Except without the TV cameras.  It’s loud and it smells faintly of car exhaust.  Because I didn’t have a bidder’s badge, and I wasn’t sitting in the reserved bidder section, I didn’t have to worry about any stray gestures or twitches or nose scratches on my part resulting in the purchase of a classic car I couldn’t afford. I spent a couple of hours wandering through the two large buildings at the Fairgrounds in Raleigh, and here are fourteen cars, out of the dozens and dozens on display, that interested me for various reasons, and brief descriptions.  If you enjoyed this post, please take a moment and Like...

Read More

Installing The Fifth-Wheel Hitch Rails In The New Truck, or Opportunities In Creative Swearing

Installing The Fifth-Wheel Hitch Rails In The New Truck, or Opportunities In Creative Swearing

As soon as I learned that buying the rails (those are two big, thick pieces of steel that go in the bed of the truck and to which the fifth-wheel hitch is pinned) and having them installed would cost me upwards of $600 at a dealer, I decided to tackle the project myself. I felt fairly confident because, after all, I’d once spent over three years assembling a metal airplane kit. Um… ‘course, I didn’t quite finish that one, but still, I learned stuff. Plus, I’ve tinkered all my life. And besides, I’ve got a garage full of tools just waiting for a new project. I sometimes forget the first rule of any mechanical undertaking: it WILL never be as simple as the instructions will lead you to believe. And, there’s always rule...

Read More

Saying Goodbye To The Two-Year Contract

Saying Goodbye To The Two-Year Contract

Like most everyone else, since getting my first cell phone in early 1990, I’ve signed a service contract. That first one was for a year, but now they’re all mostly two-year contracts. But when our last contract ran out a year ago, we didn’t rush in to get a newer – read: more expensive – phone because we just didn’t want to sign up for another two years. We’re getting more resistant in our… (cough)… maturity. Whenever we’d talk to our provider and ask about new phones over the past year, we’d learn that we’d have to buy a minimum data package which would push our monthly bill up to $130 between us, and that would be with limited minutes and data, plus that ubiquitous two-year contract. We had looked...

Read More

Random Observations on Celebrity Equinox

Random Observations on Celebrity Equinox

    •Have you ever noticed how the slowest people will not only just suddenly stop in the middle of things but then, as if they were not a big enough obstacle, plant both hands on their hips to become an even larger impediment?   •I heard the following from a fellow passenger as he exited the elevator on Deck 14 just outside the cafeteria. “Well, once more, off to the trough.”   •I wonder why the Tour Desk is closed when the ship is in port. Wouldn’t that be a time when passengers might need assistance and answers to specific tour questions?   •On the ship, you can tell when the thrusters engage – the whole vessel quivers. There’s a sex joke in there somewhere.    •One evening Ellen and I arrived at...

Read More

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, American Virgin Islands

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, American Virgin Islands

  Three days into our cruise, we docked in the Virgin Islands right about sunrise, shortly after seven a.m. There was a little bit of sprinkle in the air but the clouds were already beginning to scatter and promise a clear day to come. We went to the big cafeteria on Deck 14 for breakfast so we could get off the ship before the day got too hot. Since our snorkeling with the turtles excursion had been canceled, we were free to do whatever we wanted. So, we were going to prowl the shops at the pier. Yeah, I’m a guy and I like to shop. So sue me. Luckily, we got the obligatory shirts-for-kids purchases out of the way pretty quickly, so won’t have to worry about that for the rest of the trip. There were jewelry stores, watch stores, jewelry and watch...

Read More