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Comments from Vacation (Time Share Fiasco)


Today was fun. We decided to sit through the timeshare presentation today instead of tomorrow. If I hadn't mentioned it, we are in Florida mainly because the Hilton Grand Vacations offered us a deal to come and learn about their "vacation club". So, in exchange for 90 minutes of our time we got some stuff.

We arrived in Orlando last night after leaving Clearwater, Florida where we enjoyed a relaxing beach vacation. In contrast, Orlando is full of traffic, congestion, and commercialism. It has been called the most expensive place on earth and that may indeed be true. We've had great weather and have enjoyed great family time. So, it's been worth it.

Still, as you know, even though I am in vacation, this is Chaton's World so there is a story...

I have been so impressed by my daughter in this trip. She is maturing and growing so fast. It has been wonderful to spend this time together. Despite her maturity, she is only 19 months old. So, she has the attention span of a nat. That makes her less than an ideal candidate for a timeshare presentation.

After getting lost, we arrived at the sales center. We sat down after I helped myself to some apple juice, water, and snacks.

Soon into the presentation the salesperson, Shirley, exclaimed "oh she's so quiet!" I told her not to jinx it. She didn't believe me, but it all became clear about ten minutes later. My daughter soon made it difficult for Shirley to make her sales pitch. She also made it difficult for anybody else to sell anything. She lost patience with the pitch. She began to run around shrieking at the top of her lungs. A couple of people called her cute. That was all of the encouragement she needed. She began running faster and screaming louder. She was beyond happy. Shirley was not. After I chased her a few times and got her to return to the table only to scream bloody murder. So, we let her run, which was better, but not conducive for a sales pitch.

Shirley gave it her best shot, describing the benefits of the vacation club. However, I only heard every other word. Andre tried to listen intently, but it didn't matter. He was distracted too. Also, I think we both were thinking that committing to anything was a bad idea since our child might be on lifelong punishment after her performance and not be going on anymore vacations...

Then again, her performance was a blessing. Shirley was happy to be rid of us. We were happy to have more free time. We even got free tickets to Disney World to boot. Just another day in Chaton's World, vacation style!

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