- Feb 19, 2015
- Reaction score
- San Francisco Bay Area
- Resorts Owned
- Marriott Maui Ocean Club, Marriott Kauai Beach Club, HGVC Sea World, Bay Club, Tahoe Seasons
I enjoyed reading everyone's stories. It amazes me what a community of strong, resilient, smart individuals TUG attracts. The common denominator seems to be hard working people who are curious and persistent. DaveNW's bad experience with his brother's timeshare did not daunt him. He learned the system. Panina bought from a developer as did I but, decided to become an expert. I love her suggestions and laser-focused pursuit of tweaking her portfolio. It is very entertaining. Moreover, everyone is kind and helpful to one another. It is as if we are just one big cheerleading team for each other. So, with that group-hug...my story is similar. We grew up lower to middle class. Most of the summers, we did painting projects or house repairs. Once, we drove to Yosemite and once, we drove/went to Yellowstone. We stayed in motels. One time, when relatives visited, we went to Disneyland. We were crammed into one room with my brother sleeping on the floor. When I was ten, we made one trip to New York for a cousin's wedding. That was the only time we spent a significant amount of money. Then when my father changed jobs, he decided to take us to Hawaii. My brother and sister were out of the house. That was where the vacation bug bit me. Growing up, many of my friends had North Coast/Mendocino/Sea Ranch cabins. They would ski at Squaw Valley. The Hawaii thing was eye-opening. So, twenty two years later, I talked my husband into going to Maui with our five year old at the Maui Marriott/Maui Ocean Club. That was it. Since then, my children have benefitted from my insane desire to watch the whales every February. They all have the travel bug as does JiminNC 's children. They do not pay for their flights. I now take the boyfriend and daughter. LOL. I haven't done what mpumilia did to her. I, too, am grateful to the timeshare industry for the family vacations and for TUG for the education.