Some of us don't believe we need sympathy because we're not in pain.
While John's wealth of timeshare knowledge is extensive, he and his wife obviously have a preference for a timeshare model that is as far removed from the big developers' as it's possible to be. No problem there, everybody has their favorites and what's right for one isn't necessarily right for another.
My problem with John is that he constantly extolls his personal preference on TUG as though it is the ONLY timeshare model that DOES work for everyone. I and others have had repeated discussions with him wherein we try to explain why our preference is with the "big developer model." It offers things that can't be found with John's favorite model - things like multiple high-end amenities and an extensive Activities Program at our home resorts, a large network of similarly-designed resorts, an owner preference when exchanging to those other resorts, a related customer loyalty program for hotel and air travel, a customer service network backed by a quality leader in the hospitality industry, etc ... And granted, John is correct when he says all those things come with a price.
But if we continue to tell John in all these discussions that we are aware of that price and don't mind paying it because we feel we're getting value from the model that WE prefer, at some point John's repeated "there is only one good timeshare model" mantra starts to sound like condescension. Or at least that's what I read every time he writes about his ideal timeshare with no nod towards these past discussions.
John, I like you, I like reading you. Someday I might even change my preferred timeshare model to the one you favor, and I'll be very grateful then to make good use of your expertise and advice. But until then, I wish you would at least acknowledge one time, just one time, that those of us who prefer a different model than you do are not wrong. We're simply different. Honestly, Don and I are having a wonderful time using our Marriott timeshares and don't feel at all as though we're living a nightmare. Reading TUG religiously leads me to believe that there are many others exactly like us.