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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2013 NC RV Dealers’ Show – September 6-8

2013 NC RV Dealers’ Show – September 6-8

As always, if there’s an RV show reasonably close, I’ll hit it. And no exception was the semiannual North Carolina RV Dealers’ Association event at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. This year, it’s on the same weekend as the Home and Hot Tub event downtown. So, Friday for RVs, and Saturday for Homes and Hot Tubs. Excitement! Go camels! (You have to be of a certain age – and a Smothers Brothers fan – to get that reference.) There were a few notable and different things to see. One was a two-story trailer – well, more like a story and-a-half. The aft end is tall like a toy hauler, but inside are a few steps down to a bunk and squatty sitting area, and a few steps up above is a sleeping loft for Mom and Dad. Like I said –...

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Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

  I’d been meaning to attend this exhibit since it was announced, and I finally got the chance when out-of-town visitors arrived for a week’s stay with us recently. It’s ironic how the need to entertain company can provide the impetus to finally do the things you’ve been meaning to do anyway. Or at least in my world it is. The museum web site describes the exhibition this way: “On April 15, 1912, Titanic, the world’s largest ship of its time, sank after colliding with an iceberg, claiming more than 1,500 lives and shaking the world’s confidence in the infallibility of modern technology. One hundred years later, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, which showcases 200 artifacts retrieved from the wreck site of Titanic, arrives at the...

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Southern Ideal Home Show in Raleigh September 21-23

Southern Ideal Home Show in Raleigh September 21-23

  Yep, there was yet another home improvement-oriented show in Raleigh, this one at the NC State Fairgrounds. There are at least four of these shows each year, and it gets tougher each time for me to differentiate among them. But I’m not disparaging them because I still show up at every one, Lord knows, as do a lot of people. And these shows must be productive for the exhibitors because I saw many of the same companies that were downtown two weeks ago at the Home, Hot Tub et cetera Show. This Southern Ideal show at the Fairgrounds was bigger than that one – I counted nearly two hundred-sixty spaces in the Graham Building and over one hundred-forty in the Exposition Center.   There were the usual cooking demonstrations, wine tastings (Duplin...

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What To Do in Raleigh – Gourmet Food Tour

What To Do in Raleigh – Gourmet Food Tour

  Sometimes you can learn something on Facebook. No, really. As an example, I offer my recent discovery from a Facebook friend (Stacey, you know who you are,) that a three-year-old company called Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours conducts, well, food tasting tours around downtown Raleigh and environs. Learn more here:  http://tastecarolina.net/  In fact, these tours are so successful that you can now find them in Durham, Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, Greensboro and Winston-Salem. Our guide Saturday afternoon, a young, pleasant, energetic, transplanted Californian named Rebekah, met the group of just over a dozen at the Briggs Building on Fayetteville Street. This building, originally completed in 1874, had the honor of being Raleigh’s first...

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