If no one else does, I completely understand where you're coming from Jango. If there's something you're anticipating, but it doesn't really work out, wouldn't it be natural to have some disappointment?
Yeah, I've been disappointed by the Steam sales as well. Not a slam or discredit to Steam at all, it's simply my disappointment in not being able to take advantage of deals as [always] hoping. The Steam sales come up, and you start rubbing your hands together with a big grin on your face thinking ooh, what am I going to be able to score during this sale :)
It's just luck of the draw based on what games go on sale, your interest in those games, and how many of those games you've already own which is obviously a huge factor. This time around, I've bought two games and both of those even weren't immediate decisions. It's not a knock on the Steam sales by any means as mentioned, it just hasn't worked out as well as it has in the past.
If you want to talk specifics I was kind of hoping to pick up Homefront but more like $15-$20 (in it only for the SP campaign and fully expecting an average-quality shooter).
Not a big deal at all really though, bring on the next/holiday sale!