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Old 11-19-2009, 10:13 AM   #41
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If I insisted on walking everywhere like Haha my choices and viewpoint might be different, but my anecdotal experience is that there are plenty of balance sheet millionaires leading unassuming lives.
LOL! I don't exactly insist on walking, I just strongly prefer it. It may even be genetic; my Dad and Granpa were the same.


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Old 11-19-2009, 10:53 AM   #42
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I drove the same car for 18 years: '89 Ford Festiva.
I drove my sweet old Toyota for 19 years. I loved that car. When I was still working, my co-workers used to tease me about it, but I didn't care. I'd probably still be driving it except it started needing some major repairs in its last year. It was getting too expensive to maintain, and I was feeling it just wasn't as reliable anymore.

Friends couldn't believe that I sold it and still saw it being driven around town for a while. I don't see it any more, and I kind of miss it

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Old 11-20-2009, 05:46 AM   #43
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Our two daily drivers are 13 and 14 years old, the spare car is 25 years old (big Merc diesel). I might risk death for the chance to have a 1959 Bel Air, though, no kidding! Our dailies do have airbags, but not the side ones, just front.
When we bought the 2003 car for DW the only way to get the side airbags was to buy the package that included the leather seats. Grrrrr! But I figured "they only have to work once to make it worthwhile". And it has most of what I consider the important safety features - airbags, ABS, traction control. The skid control was not available then and it'll be on the next car we buy in about another ten years.

Given the slow rate at which mileage is building on the pickup we'll have that for 20 years easy. Weather and load permitting the motorcycle is the "daily driver" for me. It gets between 40 and 50 mpg.
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Old 11-20-2009, 09:49 AM   #44
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After I read the book I went out and bought some Crawford's Scotch at a Total Beverage. I'm saving the rest of it for a furniture refinishing project I've got coming up. I understand making a point about not overspending, but implying that there's no difference between a quality product and a mediocre (or worse in Crawford's case) is just being specious. Obviously, if you can't afford something, don't buy it, especially for show. But as has been stressed in other threads (I remember one about purses), quality can be well worth the cost sometimes. I think Dr. Stanley lost a fair amount in the recent financial unpleasantness, so he just cranked out another book to refill the retirement coffers.

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