The wrong adventure, Pt. 1: “not” Tombstone

Posted on September 7, 2008. Filed under: Culture, Games, Philosophy, Travel |

I didn’t intend to go to Tombstone that day. I can’t believe how gullible I was (well I can, ’cause I tend to be). My buddy and I left early to tour a “new kind of resort complex” we’d seen advertised in one of those flyers that arrives with newspaper ads in the mail. This resort offered “old west ranch-style living in the heart of the Arizona back country” (whatever that is). Why on earth would I be interested in such a thing to start with?Β  But, here’s the clincher, they were offering a “prize”, a big-screen television, for those presenting the coupon and taking the tour, and the coupon had 6 “scratch-off” spots like a lottery ticket. In order to qualify to win the TV, the coupon said, my coupon needed to have a series of four spots with “$100” imprinted.

Dubious, I began to scratch. $100. $100. $50. $100. $100. $25. Hmmm. Well someone’s got to win that television! We duly set off to “tour” the “new kind of resort complex”, about a 2 1/2 hour drive from home. We had the day free, and were up for an adventure, so why not? The coupon had driving directions from Tucson, and a detailed map. Even so, we got lost twice, but finally found the resort after backtracking a bit.

The place was way down an ol’ dusty trail. It turned out that it was a camping timeshare resort! I’d never heard of one of these. I’d seen lots of timeshare schemes, in fact some friends own a week in two of them in resort areas they frequent. I’ve never been up for buying into one myself, but certainly not one where I’d have to bring my own tent or RV (which I don’t have one of) and then be called to dinner in the “Ranch House” by a clanging triangle. This might be great for some, but not my idea of a holiday. Still, the…”gentleman” at the front desk asked if we wanted to experience the tour sales pitch. I said that I’d probably not use such a timeshare arrangement, but I did have this coupon…

“Oh, did you think you had won that big screen TV?’

“Well, in fact I did! See, there, four “$100″‘s just like it says!”

“No, no, no, no, you’ve got that all wrong! You see, it says you need a series of four $100’s…[‘yup, there, they are, count ’em: one, two three, four’]…and you don’t have a series there at all. A series would consist of four in a row, one right after the other, you see.”

Darned if he didn’t slap his knee and chortle, just like an old westerner sittin’ in a saloon! (More about saloons in a bit.) Since you, the reader, are probably smarter about things like this than I am, you probably saw through this right away. That grinning…”gentleman” had got dozens of people driving over from Tucson and Phoenix thinking they were going to carry home a brand new large screen TV. While I was muttering to myself about deceptive advertising, he said “Aw, don’t feel too bad, y’ain’t the only one!” (OK, he didn’t actually say “ain’t”, but by now, I was less than enchanted with the good-ol’-cowboy routine, so it sounded like that to me.) He then offered us an opportunity to still get a TV to take home. He showed us a box containing a little 13-inch battery-operated black-and-white telly, which he said would be ours if we just agreed to take the tour opportunity to own one week of dust per year.

Even at this point, there was a moment I was tempted. I’d come all this way—perhaps I should at least see what the resort dust pit had to offer. And I could put that little TV in the…kitchen?…bathroom? Then good sense returned. I’d already spent the morning on the road, chasing this elusive large entertainment device (we had, though, discussed the “adventure” aspects, the trip wasn’t driven by pure greed, honest!), then listening to this fellow making fun of our gullibility (great sales method—not!) and I was stubbornly determined to have the “adventure” part of the adventure. It could be argued that what had already transpired was an adventure, but I generally don’t include in the “adventure category of life” things which make me mad!

So, we slunk off back to the car (sans any kind of television) and studied the map for a bit. Turns out we were only about 20 minutes from Tombstone, Arizona (“The town too tough to die”) and neither of us had been there. OK! Off to Tombstone, then! I was glad we’d started off early.

{Tomorrow: The Ghosts of Tombstone. Stay tuned!}


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rotflmao!!! πŸ˜†

ahem… i mean, yes, that was one misleading ad! πŸ˜›

Oy. And I’m certain even some who have them as a series still don’t get a TV because the next trip wire is “qualify”. Dirtbags.

BTW – 11AM today on the Hallmark Channel – Pollyanna! Hayley Mills! Check your local listings!

Okay, I’m out of exclamation marks now…

Muse, did you write this?

Hahaha, sulz! πŸ˜‰ Well, I certainly thought so! πŸ˜€

They probably only issued one coupon with four in a “row”, ella, although I don’t know that. Had to keep the contest honest, didn’t they? I’ve never seen a promotion like this since, so I’m wondering if it was “looked into” by authorities. πŸ˜‰ OH! Pollyanna! {runs to set VCR} You have a good memory, thank you my friend! (Have I used my [!] quota now? πŸ˜€ (ella refers to my June 11 post about the Pollyanna attitude.)

Did I write this post, you mean, BD? Darn tootin’, li’l ranch hand! Erhm, ahh, ummm, I mean, yes, indeed I did! I wrote it; I lived it. I suppose it doesn’t sound like my usual sort of thing… πŸ˜‰

Ha! I always get a wonderful surprise when I come here. Is this about the vacation you wrote about in June with your friends?

You are a writer, a very good one. I like it. πŸ™‚

When I first saw this I thought it was from a book and searched it. LOL When I didn’t see it I was shocked. You never cease to amaze me, Muse. Can’t wait for the next installment.

lol! πŸ˜† I didn’t even catch the “series” being needed until later on in your post. So I’m pretty sure that I would have taken the drive as well. Those type of things are so misleading! I’ve fallen for one before and even took a few hours off work to check it out only to find out…bust! πŸ˜†

I’m glad you were able to salvage your day, Muse. Can’t wait to hear all about Tombstone. Actually, I’ve always wanted to visit!

Oh, I HATE those kinds of scammy coupons. I’ve never actually fallen for one, but it really irritates me because the whole thing is a just-barely-legitimate attempt to con money out of people. In fact, the only thing that’s more annoying is timeshare sales pitches.

I look forward to reading about your Tombstone adventure!

My brother and I were parked at the beach the other day waiting for our laundry to be done. (my washer is broken). A man pulled in next to us and asked if we were from Falmouth. I figured he wanted directions. Then he proceeds to try to sell us a timeshare in the timeshare resort behind us. He says lots of locals buy them and then trade them. I told him I hadn’t been over the bridge in years (a little lie)so where would I trade a timeshare for and my home is a vacation home. I live in a resort town why would I buy a timeshare. He finally gave up. I just think that is a strange way to sell timeshares–in a parking lot?

And he wasn’t giving away anything. Sorry about the TV. I can’t wait to hear about Tombstone.

Wow, BD, so that’s why you asked. I’m flattered you thought it was from a book, I’d thought it was because maybe I sounded different from usual. I do have my moments. I would never post someone else’s writing without acknowledgment, though, so you can be sure all these are my own odd utterings unless noted else-wise. Actually, this episode occurred a few years ago, and took place several hundred miles south of my vacation in June (thanks for remembering!) but I was reminded of Tombstone when I was up in the mountains, as a survivor of the Tombstone gunfight had settled up there. Thanks! Tomorrow’s (or actually, I think I’m a day later than that by now, oops) has a whole different tone, but I hope you like it too.

Shane, whew! I’m so glad I’m not the only one. Thank you for ‘fessing up to it; not everyone would. I’m glad you enjoyed reading about it. I was extremely mortified at the time, but now it just cracks me up!

Thank you teeveebee! Sometimes the best adventures are the unexpected ones. I do recommend visiting Tombstone (although you might not think so if you read my next post), it’s very interesting and contains much history.

Yes, but B0bby, it was worthwhile because I still got to have an adventure, and I have amused myself no end by falling for it, and it got itself made into a blog post! So, ultimately all good, right? πŸ˜› I’m glad you haven’t fallen for one of these things, though. You seem like a sensible fellow. I think “the law” has paid these folks a visit, but I sometimes think there are people whose full-time job it is to look for loopholes! Thank you!

Oh, that’s just weird, Joan! I thought the scheme I reported was pretty bold, but can’t imagine being sold a timeshare right through a car window! And your last paragraph had me imagining him trying to push a telly through the window at you, HeeHee! Thank you! I think you’ll find the next one quite different.

[…] and unexpectedly found myself there one afternoon. (For how and why this happened, please see Part one. In fact, see it anyway because that one’s funny; this one is more philosophical.) I walked […]

I should have clarified myself, Muse. I would never think that you would do that! But there are lots of copyright free books out there and at first I thought you were sharing one with us. And I enjoyed it.

Then when Ella mentioned Pollyanna I thought you two knew about this book and then I wanted to read more. (Not wait for Part2) hehehe

That goes to show you what a good writer you are. πŸ™‚

Oh, thanks, BD, you’re so cool! I didn’t think you were accusing me of anything, but I just wanted to be clear for other passers-by. πŸ™‚

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