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DrTomorrow
09-06-2003, 09:29 PM
Greetings!

When you last left our intrepid duo ("Ah. You Seek Meaning.")we're going to think on it over the weekend and call Jim on TuesdayThink on it over the weekend?
Call on Tuesday?
Bwahahahaha! :p

After a wonderful time at the Michigan Renaissance Festival (Yes, we dress up - DW looks great! Yes, we say things like "Huzzah". No, we don't travel around the country dressing up and saying "Huzzah.") we realized that it was only 4:00 EDT. Our Guide Jim McCoy (or "Jim" as he lets us call him) works until 5 or 6. Hmmmmm; what do you think we did? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Yep, we figured out how to make the cordless phone a speaker phone and gave Jim a call. Remembering us (we talked only 4 days ago) he asked how we were, brought us up on his screen and said that he'd answer all the questions we had. Silence. "Uh, Jim, don't mean to startle you, but we don't have any questions. We're ready to buy." More silence. "Oh. OK. Let's go!"
So we started answering all the questions. How many points? (300. Yes. Addonitis, probably chronic.). Finance? Disney (we'll look at a home equity loan next year). How to pay the down payment? After declining a wheelbarrow full of pennies, and a truckload of returnable bottles (hey, $.10 each here in MI), he happily took our Visa number. Will your wife be a joint owner? Who? ::Owww!:: Yes! Thankfully, Jim had sent a blank purchase proposal and product checklist with our info, so we had something to look at as we did the dirty deed.
Now we await another FedEx package, where we have to "sign with our ears and have a date at the Palms" (???). Since we're going to be at WDW in October, we made an appt w/Jim to see the models; which we'd planned on anyway, but as prospective buyers not owners. But in any case, since we gave Walt, Mickey and Mike our down payment, I think that Marie and I finally feel, well, "Welcome Home."
Although the rest will be somewhat anticlimactic, I'll keep all you Gentle Readers up-to-date; I'll gladly see this written journey through to the end. Thanks again to all of you for your advice, sense of community and all of the "Welcome Home"s. When we have our first ressie at SSR, you're all welcome to stay with us; provided, of course, that you don't violate the unit capacity. (Plus, I hear that OKW is much bigger) ;)

Erick

NOTES:
1. Jim said that we can use pts starting Dec 1. He said that they are on track for May 1 opening, and - based on the last new open - they are more likely to open early than late.
2. Jim had mentioned that they have no idea when the $10/pt incentive might end; here on DIS, the consensus was 'not anytime soon'. This didn't factor into our decision to speed things up - Reasons? We don't need no stinkin' reasons!
3. When we were deciding on pts, we starting thinking who we might want to stay with us at SSR - we came up with a short list of family and a few dear friends. However, DIS folks had warned us that once people knew we had a DVC timeshare, the list of people who suddenly were "close family/friends" would grow. I think we may have some trouble, as there were no names that appeared on both lists. :eek:

crazywig
09-06-2003, 09:37 PM
congratulations erick and marie!

we also went from 'thinking about it' to buying in about, oh a week :eek:. we put our deposit down yesterday and i am still on cloud nine!

WELCOME HOME!!!!!!:bounce: :bounce:

Laurabearz
09-06-2003, 09:43 PM
Welcome home! I have enjoyed reading your journey! Thanks so much!

BCVOwner2002
09-06-2003, 09:55 PM
Congratulations! I liked your post! Welcome home! Annmarie

RoutemanDan
09-06-2003, 10:04 PM
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floridafam
09-07-2003, 08:58 AM
Congratulations!!!!

Welcome Home!!!


See you at SSR:D

Terry S
09-07-2003, 09:06 AM
Congratulations and welcome home! I really enjoyed reading this post and the last one and look forward to reading many more!

P.S. Looks like we will both be leaving Michigan and going to WDW at the same time.

mrsdon
09-07-2003, 09:06 AM
Congrats and welcome home!!
I want to buy SSR points so much, but I really do have enough points.
Anyway, have fun and Welcome home again.

TIdoublegaER
09-07-2003, 09:11 AM
WELCOME HOME! I, too, have throughly enjoyed reading your posts.

ncligs
09-07-2003, 09:15 AM
Originally posted by DrTomorrow
When we have our first ressie at SSR, you're all welcome to stay with us; provided, of course, that you don't violate the unit capacity. (Plus, I hear that OKW is much bigger) ;)

How many GV's are you getting for all of us?

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tinkgrl
09-07-2003, 09:37 AM
Hi,

Congrats & I enjoy reading your posts!!! Welcome Home!!

Allison an associate
Offically DVC 7/23/03
Home: BCV

Disney Doll
09-07-2003, 10:56 AM
Well...Welcome Home!!!!!!!:wave:

I am most impressed that you waited as long as you didi!!!!! When we took our tour, if not for DH physically retsraining me form opening my purse, I would have given them my VISA card THAT DAY!!!!!!!! He felt he wanted to read the paperwork...have you ever heard of such a thing???!!!;)

You won't regret your decision. We have owned since 1997, and haven't regretted our decision for one minute.

Dancind
09-07-2003, 12:37 PM
Welcome Home, glad you joined! We need more entertaining posts to read here on the DIS. Diana

Maistre Gracey
09-07-2003, 01:13 PM
<font face="comic sans ms">CONGRATULATIONS & WELCOME HOME! :cool:</font face>

Tinkrbell
09-07-2003, 01:20 PM
Congratulations!

Gotta LOVE that 10c bottle dept!

If you work hard enough at collecting them, you could pay your annual dues each year with your earnings;) !!

floridafam
09-07-2003, 01:29 PM
Tinkrbell,

Great idea.

I've given up on taking my bottles to the store. I give them to my mom. We live in East Lansing and you should see the bottle returns for the students at MSU. Two guys the other day had 4 carts full of bottles.:rolleyes:


DrTomorrow,

Did you do the whole 300 in one contract or did you buy 2 150 pt contracts, if you don't mind me asking.

Tinkrbell
09-07-2003, 02:29 PM
floridafam-I too gave up on bottle returning, YUCK! We're from Ann Arbor and its so funny seeing those kids bring in carts of bottles & cans to Meijers.

We've since moved out of MI and I LOVE not having a bottle deposit. Just put them all in the recycling bin.

lenshanem
09-07-2003, 02:33 PM
Congrats! :Pinkbounc :Pinkbounc :Pinkbounc

BCV23
09-07-2003, 02:57 PM
Congratulations and

Welcome Home!

JimC
09-07-2003, 04:04 PM
Congratulations and Welcome Home :)

Your written account of your journey has been thoroughly enjoyable! Keep up the great posts.

July
09-07-2003, 04:50 PM
:p Love the posts
congrats on the buy, We also bought a week later. We have never been to our home resort.
We go in May of 2004 to VB (home).
SSR looks like it will be a great resort.
Keep us posted... on the mickey ears & palms..
July
:Pinkbounc

laughingplace
09-07-2003, 04:56 PM
WELCOME HOME!!!! :bounce: