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Old 06-20-2009, 01:46 PM   #41
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Oh, yeah, how can I forget? I haven't totaled it up, but I probably spent $7-8K on a 3 week Europe-by-rail trip with DD, for her HS graduation present (a year late, because she got sick last summer). We just got back from it a couple weeks ago, had a blast. Stayed in hostels and pensions and such to keep the cost down.
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Old 06-20-2009, 02:25 PM   #42
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A new car, some assembly required...



Photo from another builder, at www.madmotors.com; I really need to clean the garage and snap some shots.
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Old 06-20-2009, 03:36 PM   #43
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Doggone Rich, that is a big ole step up from the van you brought to Charleston just a few short years ago. Now you are too fancy for me to even park next to! Good one!
You and the Astromeria family showed us such a good time, we decided to upgrade in preparation for our next James Island visit.

Speaking of whom... any news (PM if you prefer)?
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Old 06-20-2009, 04:18 PM   #44
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My 1994 Miata which I bought brand new. Hey, I was freezing my butt of riding a bicycle in snow storms in Michigan, and I was moving out to California. It was expensive because I ended driving that car for only 56k miles before selling it in 2006. However, some of the memories of ferrying hot blonds in hot shorts around both in Michigan and California were priceless. Let's just say that some minivan drivers got pretty green eyed.

Hehe, now I drive a minivan, and you know what, as long as you keep your ego in check, the van's pretty darn useful though my next car in a couple of years probably won't be a minivan again. With so many good cross overs and sport wagons around, why drive a nerdy van?
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Old 06-20-2009, 04:39 PM   #45
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Oh, yeah, how can I forget? I haven't totaled it up, but I probably spent $7-8K on a 3 week Europe-by-rail trip with DD, for her HS graduation present (a year late, because she got sick last summer). We just got back from it a couple weeks ago, had a blast. Stayed in hostels and pensions and such to keep the cost down.

That trip will be priceless in memories with your daughter . I travelled a few times with my daughter and we had a blast . I highly recommend it .
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Old 06-20-2009, 06:14 PM   #46
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That trip will be priceless in memories with your daughter . I travelled a few times with my daughter and we had a blast . I highly recommend it .
No doubt there. It was a very worthwhile splurge.
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Old 06-20-2009, 07:12 PM   #47
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Approximately $5000 for a trip to South America about 10 years ago. It was worth it.
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Two years ago I went on safari in Tanzania. It cost about $6000 for two weeks once all the details were added in. Fulfilled a lifelong dream to see the wildlife, especially lions! Best money I ever spent.
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My current biggest splurge: Netflix's "6 DVD's out at one time." If feels rich to be able to select from 3-6 choices any given night. And, it's still a kick receiving the DVD's in the mail--almost like getting a present 3-4 times a week.
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Old 06-21-2009, 12:30 AM   #50
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Old 06-21-2009, 02:56 AM   #51
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Down to 2 mandolins now. Sold 2 a couple of months ago and just kept my Gibson 1924 F4...paid $4800 for that a number of years ago. Although if you really want to spend money look up how much the old Loar F5's go for...6 figures and up. Just bought a new electric solid body 5 string mando for $1500 (plus $200 for a small amp) as a bit of an experiment.
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Old 06-21-2009, 02:05 PM   #52
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I mostly splurge on gadgets that I could live without. Here are the splurges that I can remember over the past 6-7 years

Bad splurges
  1. Roomba; I thought this would be a neat toy - it broke after a few months, impossible to get a return from the company. what a horrible waste of money.
  2. Windows Smart Phone (made by HTC) - I swapped this for a samsung 'dumb' phone after a year and never looked back.
  3. Nintendo Wii - this was a bad splurge because it only gets used 2-5 times a year; definitely something we could have done without.
Good splurges ("good" as in I could live without it but I am happy that I have it and use it frequently)
  1. Garmin GPS for the car.
  2. TiVo Series II
  3. 42" Plasma TV last year (to replace my dying 2nd hand PAL TV bought from someone moving back to Singapore)
TBD
  1. This year's splurge is on a new hunting rifle and scope; I'll let you know in another 5-10 years how much use I really got out of it.
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Old 06-21-2009, 02:07 PM   #53
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Ordered this with all the options I wanted and got it direct from the factory in 2006.

Big splurge, yes - but, it's paid for!

Still loving it...

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I spent $13,000 on an aircraft in 2003. Not very expensive by aviation standards but still a lot of scratch for a single purpose toy that I only used in the best weather. I did fulfill a life long dream of flying my own plane off my own private airstrip. I sold it a few years later after realizing how little I got to fly it when working around unpleasant/hazardous weather conditions, work schedule etc.

In the future, I'll likely just rent a plane occasionally to scratch the itch
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Old 06-22-2009, 01:19 AM   #55
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A 2009 Nissan Murano LE. It's to replace my company vehicle that went away as well as a combination 60th birthday and retirement gift to myself.

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My biggest splurge

Hands down, it was all my finances and resources, which I shared 50-50 with DW, in the new trust we had written. It certainly simplified things.
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Old 06-23-2009, 02:42 PM   #57
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None, I guess I'm not the "splurgy" type........

Oh wait, I bought a new power washer at Sam's CLub for $149.88, because my 7 year old one sprung a huge leak in the water pump and the part alone was $88 plus shipping to fix it.......... Does that count?
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Old 06-23-2009, 02:42 PM   #58
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Ordered this with all the options I wanted and got it direct from the factory in 2006.

Big splurge, yes - but, it's paid for!

Still loving it...

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528i??
Definitely 3-series. I'm guessing it's a 330i?

Edit: My biggest recent splurge was a trip last year to Maui for my wife's 40th. In hindsight, it was stupid: now we want to go there every year! All kidding aside, it was a fantastic trip, and well worth the expense.
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Dell mini 10v for 299 dollars

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Next splurge with be the Buffet at the Wynn.

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