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...

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Celebrity Caribbean Cruise – Part One: En Route

Celebrity Caribbean Cruise – Part One: En Route

As usual, with pleasure comes a bit of pain. Well, that’s what I hear anyway. In this case, to get to a cruise one must suck it up for the airport/airline experience. We were booked to Ft. Lauderdale on Southwest, mostly because of lower airfare and free bags, of which we had three. But there is the cattle call aspect of the whole thing. If you haven’t flown Southwest, know that there are no reserved seats, just boarding priority groups. You must line up next to numbered posts corresponding to your boarding priority group, i.e., A, B, C, etc. The higher your letter and accompanying number, the farther back in the aircraft you’ll sit and the less likely you’ll sit together if you’re traveling with someone. Of course, Southwest will...

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AT&T U-Verse, Part Deux

AT&T U-Verse, Part Deux

For those who have read my first blog post about switching from the cable company to AT&T U-Verse, and even those who haven’t (though you should), here is the next installment beginning a week and a day after installation. We were backing out of the driveway late in the morning of day eight and had to stop because there was an AT&T truck blocking us. The driver walked over and told us that he was there to connect the wire which had been buried two days before, and that he didn’t need to come inside. (We had been operating to this point with a wire lying on the ground from the post at the street to the house.) He then moved his truck out of the way and we left. Within thirty minutes we were back and began putting the groceries away. The...

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Celebrity Constellation Caribbean Cruise More Random Observations January 2012

Celebrity Constellation Caribbean Cruise More Random Observations January 2012

I had a disappointing encounter one morning in the fitness area just a couple of days into the cruise.  I was there around seven am and there were plenty of treadmills available.  I just had to pick my way around the bodies scattered participating in the morning exercise class.  These treadmills each had a small TV screen and I liked to watch the news, even though I always had my Kindle in hand.  The first treadmill had an inoperative TV so I moved to the second where the TV worked.  However, the sound didn’t work.  One of the young ladies who worked in the area walked over to give me some sort of discount coupon to their overpriced spa treatments and I asked her about the sound.  She said it required ear buds.  I asked her where those were, and she...

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Celebrity Constellation Caribbean Cruise Part One January 14, 2012

Celebrity Constellation Caribbean Cruise Part One January 14, 2012

What is it about anticipating a vacation trip that makes you pop awake at an unsuitably early hour and immediately start thinking through a checklist of things to do/pack/take care of before leaving? Having an 8:10 am flight didn’t help any, either. We were mostly packed already and just had to throw in last minute crap, load the car, and flush all the toilets one more time and leave the lids up so the cat would have plenty of water. Yeah, he likes to drink out of the … well, you get it. Security was pretty crowded at the Southwest gates but moved pretty well despite one lane being closed. Most personnel were polite although some acted a bit more ‘important’ than others. This was the first time I had to actually go through one of the...

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