I usually refer to myself as a basement dweller, because for years I have been self employed working in my.... of course, basement. Fortunately for me, it is a daylight basement, so I can tell if it is day or night. It helps maintain some sanity, although last week I think I finally lost it.
With my kids' schools being out on Monday and Tuesday this week -- to which I usually scream, "Why does Cobb County hate parents so much?" -- I saw an opportunity to keep myself from completely imploding. So, I said, "Guys, we're outta' here." and we took a drive to Knoxville and Gatlinburg. Now, I know this does not equate to a cruise or a two-week vacation, but living about 3 hours from Knoxville and 4 from Gatlinburg, it was a real doable long weekend.
It was gorgeous!! And our trail ride through the Great Smokey Mountains made it all worthwhile -- at least for me and my daughter. My son was concerned that he may never be able to father children. Go figure.
Gatlinburg is Gatlinburg. I spend money. You spend money. He, she, it spends money. You can conjugate it. Despite that, for 9- and 14-year olds, it is a Mecca of entertainment and souvenirs.
And for me, it took a strange twist. A barker on the street made me an offer I just could not refuse. Westgate Resorts is hocking a development in Gatlinburg for time shares. For a mere 60-90 minutes of my time I could receive $100.00 cash and a 2 night, 3 day vacation in Gatlinburg again. My curiousity got the best of me.
The next morning, the three of us began our treck. The resort was beautiful -- OK, now give me my $100.00 (to offset the lousy $45.00 lunch at Hard Rock Cafe. Well, I'll be. I enjoyed the tour AND got my $100.00. Thank you, Lord. As I have often said at a craps table, "I sure hope I break even. I can use the money."
Despite the regular broadcast announcements of new time-share buyers and my left hand holding my right to keep it from signing up, I was impressed with the spiel. If there is a problem with real estate sales today, there was obviously a strong time-share market. And with the indoor/outdoor water park, horseback riding, restaurants and cabin-style accommodations, why not?
But alas, I have given up all of the incentives to buy that I will never be offered again, because I walked. However, I will go back for my 2 nights, 3 day vacation. And who knows, maybe I'll be sold on that visit. The Great Smokies have great appeal this time of year.
In the meantime, I'll continue to market my closing gifts at www.wevemovedgifts.com. Sorry folks, I just can't pass up the opportunity.