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Old 07-16-2016, 11:44 AM   #181
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Do you chase the bling?

Somewhat. I had an implant done a year ago and liked it so well, I'm having the corresponding tooth done on the other side of my mouth. Each implant roughly $3,500. I guess I'm not a true blinger as I didn't buy gold crowns.
Yeah, I've had 4 implants over the years and would gladly get more if the necessity came up. My dentist was researching what torque he had to put on the prosthetic tooth for mine in comparison to the ones another patient had (I love his curiosity!) and did inform me that they had gold screws.
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Old 07-16-2016, 01:32 PM   #182
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Yeah, I've had 4 implants over the years and would gladly get more if the necessity came up. My dentist was researching what torque he had to put on the prosthetic tooth for mine in comparison to the ones another patient had (I love his curiosity!) and did inform me that they had gold screws.

Gold doesn't rust and it's probably 10 - 14 carat for strength. (carat guess on my part)

Now my hip joint post is titanium and glued into my leg bone (for strength and corrosion resistance) with a ceramic cup in my pelvis. My plate in my arm is stainless steel as that was installed long before titanium was in vogue. The screws are stainless steel also.

It's all good!
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Guilty as charged. But I patiently waited 40 years.

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Old 07-16-2016, 02:34 PM   #184
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DS has told me I've bought too many dresses for my 2 year old granddaughter - my first and only grandchild so far. Costco, Walmart and a great deal on Amazon Prime day - maybe 6 dresses total. I plead guilty! That my only bling so far.
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DS has told me I've bought too many dresses for my 2 year old granddaughter - my first and only grandchild so far. Costco, Walmart and a great deal on Amazon Prime day - maybe 6 dresses total. I plead guilty! That my only bling so far.

I'm pretty sure your 2 year old granddaughter CANNOT have too many dresses from Gramma..... :-)

I'm pretty sure I grew up "blingless" and have remained "blingless". My children were raised "blingless" and have remained "blingless". The relatives? Not so much. But some of them also have more bankruptcies than me and/or will be working until they are 70.

I just always look at it as "life's choices and live with the consequences". Lots of people have bling AND retire early. Others have to make some choices. We are happy with ours.

I also have a rule of thumb. I don't lend money to any relative that has had nicer cars than me. That pretty much rules everyone out except my kids :-)



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DS has told me I've bought too many dresses for my 2 year old granddaughter - my first and only grandchild so far. Costco, Walmart and a great deal on Amazon Prime day - maybe 6 dresses total. I plead guilty! That my only bling so far.
Interesting- my only grandchild is also a 2-year old granddaughter. I love her to pieces, but I've bought her a few books, a couple of music CDs, and opened a 529 account for her. That's it. I know some people go nuts on the grandkids, but DS and DDIL have a small house and DDIL does a great job of keeping our granddaughter clothed and supplied with toys and books form the second-hand shops. I see no need to add to the pile, especially since other family members (including an aunt and uncle who can't have kids) are going a little overboard buying her things.

Ah... then I realized the EXPERIENCES where I happily foot the bill. Oops. Rented an SUV to take them on a road trip to a family wedding and paid for hotels, paid for one of their tickets to bring them to Myrtle Beach to visit my parents last Christmas, dinner at various BBQ places in our area when they visit and also at a very nice restaurant where there's a birthday to celebrate, admission to the Zoo, the Aquarium and other fun stuff...

I guess we all have our different versions of bling!
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I think the distinguishing factor of bling, versus buying stuff in general, or spending or traveling lavishly, is that bling is designed to draw attention to the owner of said bling. No one on the street knows whether I even own a guitar. Not that any of my guitars are extravagant...

Not sure buying dresses for a DGD is all that blingy, unless they're designer label.
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I'm seeing higher numbers than that for Canada, but also lower numbers for US citizens as far as actually *using* said passports. I'm betting the majority of Americans are either driving in/out of Canada/Mexico or stepping off of cruise ships in various Caribbean nations. Not exactly world travelers...

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Most Traveled People has 11 of the top 20 as Americans. I am ranked 3481 having visited 136 countries of which the US is just one.

But in the US. I have visited 37 of the 50 states. And I enjoyed many of them immensely. I can see the attraction, especially among the fearful. As a Canadian, after BC. Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia/PEI (6), the US offers a big draw. Especially for skiing and snowbirding.

I have held a passport continuously since 1964 but I must admit that I keep going back to my favourite countries, Mexico and Europe.
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Do you chase the bling?

It occurs to me that many of us don't live the bling lifestyle...
-- When I get in my 115K CRV and drive to work this morning as long as the a/c and radio works I'm good. Besides I'll be passing that soup kitchen on the way to work and I wouldn't feel good about that.

-- I'm pretty invisible in that CRV - now if I were in a Rolls not only would I feel exposed. Passerby's might spit on the car. -One percenters are not all that popular these days.. And there's that whole Who do you wanna rob? A guy driving a 11 year old CRV or a guy in the Rolls?

-- yesterday It was 90 something here and I weeded the garden with a loop hoe after having edged and trimmed the lawn. It was quite the workout. Now you could imagine I wasn't a very pretty sight at - All sweaty and covered in bits of lawn and weeds... I doubt the best bling in the world would would do anything for my image. Of course when I came in the house I said to the wife for fun you wanna snuggle? "Get away from me..."

-- I also just cleaned the engine on the CRV - long overdue and pretty nasty. I am not sure but I don't think Blingers do that.

-- generally my summer attire is shorts, a tee shirt and sandals. The GQ blingers have not really jumped on the look. my wife always says my shorts are too short and are out of style too... Well what do you know- Me outta style Naah...

I think if I had a Blingers card they would ask for it back.. Like Woody Allen said -I'm not sure I'd want to belong to any club that would have me as a member..


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I think we need to agree on a definition of "bling" before we start talking about our old high mileage cars. I suggest two factors are needed. Certainly needs to be ostentatious, that is easily seen by others. I thing big gold jewellery a la 'Mr T" or outrageous suits like Don Cherry. (This might be a Canadian only example-sorry).

Another characteristic, at least in my opinion, is that it should generally be in bad taste. This one is a little subjective but in my opinion excludes some expensive cars or tasteful designer clothes. An metallic orange Corvette of Ferrari would probably qualify, but a black M5 or Tesla model S, probably wouldn't..

Seems like the general view here is "if it's expensive, it must be bling". Too broad a definition in my view.
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-- I'm pretty invisible in that CRV - now if I were in a Rolls not only would I feel exposed.
I tell people our luggage is so old that people at airports open the bags up and put things in.......and I don't worry about pickpockets because I look like the guy who's about to hit you up for a dollar.

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Like Woody Allen said -I'm not sure I'd want to belong to any club that would have me as a member..
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I tell people our luggage is so old that people at airports open the bags up and put things in.......and I don't worry about pickpockets because I look like the guy who's about to hit you up for a dollar.



I have an LLBean jacket that I bought on sale in 2002 and I wish I had bought several. A nice flattering cut, dark slate blue, just perfect. Anyway after about 10 years of wear DH requested that I move it along. I couldn't (and still can't) bear to part with it so it became my yard work coat. I did resurrect the coat for Europe trips in 2014 and 2015. During the trip in 2015 I bought a navy Barbour jacket, it cost less than $200, but definitely an upgrade, but is understated. All of a sudden people were asking me for money! Out of curiosity for the rest of the trip I switched back and forth between the two coats and nobody asked me for money when I was wearing my favorite old jacket, but I got many requests in the Barbour jacket.
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I switched back and forth between the two coats and nobody asked me for money when I was wearing my favorite old jacket, but I got many requests in the Barbour jacket.
The LLBean jacket can now be classified as a preemptive strike, vis-a-vis panhandlers.
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I think we need to agree on a definition of "bling" before we start talking about our old high mileage cars. I suggest two factors are needed. Certainly needs to be ostentatious, that is easily seen by others. I thing big gold jewellery a la 'Mr T" or outrageous suits like Don Cherry. (This might be a Canadian only example-sorry).

Another characteristic, at least in my opinion, is that it should generally be in bad taste. This one is a little subjective but in my opinion excludes some expensive cars or tasteful designer clothes. An metallic orange Corvette of Ferrari would probably qualify, but a black M5 or Tesla model S, probably wouldn't..

Seems like the general view here is "if it's expensive, it must be bling". Too broad a definition in my view.

It likely...
1. Will be shinny
2. Will have a huge markup
3. Be oh so trendy
4. Be highly recognizable to blingsters in the know
5. Be expensive
6. Be replaceable by something much cheaper
7. Never be described as utilitarian

Oh if the average person could have it the blingsters wouldn't want it.

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Just saw the 65 inch LG OLED tv today. Now there is some bling I could live with..........
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I admit I love my Tokyo stamp in my passport but unlike my Weber teeth grill and my ginormous breast implants, I don't show it to anyone so I don't count it as bling.
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Bling .. Isnt that what they show on the reality tv shows?

I don't see so much of it in my Social Circles

I thought it was body enhancements, such as tattoos and jewelry to impress others.
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No, I don't chase the bling. I am just not wired that way. I am content. Somehow if I ever became a multi - millionaire I don't think I would change. I like having money to obtain and keep security not for buying fancy things.
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No, I don't chase the bling. I am just not wired that way. I am content. Somehow if I ever became a multi - millionaire I don't think I would change. I like having money to obtain and keep security not for buying fancy things.
Good point. I think bling is for people pretending they have a lot of money. If you really do, bling is unnecessary.
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