I should probably concede to being a (probable) permit squatter myself. My first wife and I were complete Deso-heads in the 1990's and ran it a dozen times or more (twice in one year). It was kind of our place - easy permit to get, good camping, great scenery, fun whitewater.
My current wife and I did it in 2008 - actually not sure which year, it was the summer BEFORE Joe Hutch blew out - and we got epically hammered by winds between Florence and Range Creek. Easily my worst rowing day in twenty five years of rafting. She kinda lost her zeal for Deso after that (not that she had much to begin with..) So we leaned toward San Juan as the permit of choice for our summer trips, and that one's been tough to get.
This year I drew a Deso for July 21 (*faint sizzling sound in the background), she will definitely pass on it, and I'm conflicted as to whether or not I should try to put together a trip for it. Most of my working rafting friends have given up on the trip, and I'm also twenty years older - not sure how I'd fare between the heat, the winds and pulling through the flats.
I'll probably let my own permit go, sadly - a concession to age-informed softness, I guess. Too bad - so many great memories of that canyon....