Hurray! I finally got out of the house.

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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.

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Jeanean Gendron
The Address Realty - Redding, CA
Specializing in Selling Unique Properties
Diane, thanks for sharing. Cute Post! I'll visit the website!
Nov 08, 2007 12:10 AM #1
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Diane Adler
WeveMovedGifts.com - Marietta, GA
Oh, Jeanean. Don't miss the follow up. The real helpful stuff is in

But wait. There's more. Why time shares are a success.

Nov 08, 2007 12:51 AM #2
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Bill Roberts
Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate - Oceanside, CA
"Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner

Diane, I'm impressed. You got two interesting posts out of one time share presentation. Good going.

Bill Roberts

Nov 08, 2007 03:22 AM #3
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Mary McCleskey & Michelle Gumeny
Assist-2-Sell, Home Buyers & Sellers Realty, Inc. - Acworth, GA
My parents used to pay for our family vacations thru these free time share trips. They had 6 kids so as you can imagine they needed all the help they could get. I remember being a little girl going with them on the time share presentations. They would give the kids all kinds of fun things to do, they would feed you a nice meal and so on. Just for coming out to listen you got a free vacation. It was so worth it!
Nov 08, 2007 03:38 AM #4
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Diane Adler
WeveMovedGifts.com - Marietta, GA
Your parents and I have a lot in common, Mary. Although I don't have 6 kids.  But allowing for inflation and high-tech gadgets, my two are expensive enough. We are looking forward to using the free vacation that we received also. We can go back to Gatlinburg or to Williamsburg, VA. Not bad, eh?
Nov 08, 2007 03:45 AM #5
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