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Old 11-26-2008, 05:19 PM   #421
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Old 11-26-2008, 05:29 PM   #422
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I'm sure she will just be glad I cleaned it.

the lady in the second row, far right of image, seems to have a slight problem.
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Up at 6:00 am, pretty normal. Researched health plans and property for sale in southern Missouri on the internet. Found a home for our foster sheltie, nice younger lady who is ready to take on a very active sheltie we've fostered for about 2 weeks. Built a fire in the firepit on the deck about 5:00 pm, enjoyed untl about 6:30. Wife and I talked about the house we want to build in southern Missouri in about 2 years while enjoying a glass of wine. Now we're , getting ready for a spahhetti dinner, then watch hockey on TV before an early bedtime, great day!
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Okay, I have to ask. Where are you living that stuff costs that much?

I want to make sure I never go there....
Tokyo...for a few more years. After a while you get used to the costs here, and figure out that if you want food & stuff, you just have to bite the bullet and buy it. The costs never cease to amaze me though. That said, I've been taking good care of megacorp, so they have taken good care of me. Otherwise we could not afford to live here. Emotionally, we think we are pretty much ready to go. Financially, I think it will be a while. I'm not sure that Mr Market is ready to support the level of creature comforts to which we have grown accustomed. And I have succession to get worked out.

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Tokyo...for a few more years. After a while you get used to the costs here, and figure out that if you want food & stuff, you just have to bite the bullet and buy it.
I have not been to Tokyo, but my wife has. She took some photos of supermarket produce stands for me. Apples and bananas sold by single pieces. Celery were not sold 3 bunches in a bag like at Costco, but broken out in single stalks.

I have been to London, and thought food was expensive there. Nothing like Japan though. Even with a 30% haircut of my ER portfolio, food cost has never been on my worry list. In fact, I don't think I ever have to worry about food cost, as long as I downgrade from cognac to 1.75L bottles of whisky at Costco, and from Belgian beer to bland domestic beer.

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Not much this morning. Then went for a late lunch...BLT & chicken noodle soup.

After that, I decided to get a little more of my Christmas shopping done, and went to the local jeweler's....as usual they didn't have what I was in search of for my Mom. So I stopped back at my house and grabbed a $50 off coupon for Zales, and headed off to the mall about 20 miles away. They had oodles of pretty stuff...as usual. Found exactly what I was looking for....as usual.....and it was 25% off.....plus another 15% if I put it on my Zales CC. Wonderful! Saved $180!!! Also picked up another 'purty' item while I was there. Christmas shopping is now about 3/4 finished....should finish up this weekend or on Monday (NOT Friday)! YEA!!!

Left the mall and went over to visit a tour director friend of mine, and harassed visited with her and her co-workers, and hashed out a few details of our upcoming trip to San Antonio TX. Then headed back home.

On the way home I thought to myself, "Self, tonight's cheap chicken night at the tavern!" So I called my Mom and told her I'd pick her up and go for cheap chicken.....$4.95 for 1/2 fried chicken (BIG pieces too), fries, and slaw.

Been surfin' the 'net a bit, and playing around on Facebook...almost snack time..then some TV..then off to la-la land.
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went to the local jeweler's....as usual they didn't have what I was in search of for my Mom. So I stopped back at my house and grabbed a $50 off coupon for Zales, and headed off to the mall about 20 miles away. They had oodles of pretty stuff...as usual. Found exactly what I was looking for....as usual.....and it was 25% off.....plus another 15% if I put it on my Zales CC. Wonderful! Saved $180!!!
What a DEAL!! Pat yourself on the back for that one. Sounds like you really scored.

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On the way home I thought to myself, "Self, tonight's cheap chicken night at the tavern!" So I called my Mom and told her I'd pick her up and go for cheap chicken.....$4.95 for 1/2 fried chicken (BIG pieces too), fries, and slaw.
That's not bad, either!
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Finished replacing the water pump in my 95 minivan. Had replaced it 4 years and 60,000 miles ago with a "lifetime warranty" pump. Got free replacement now, but the horror, the horror of removing it ...

I still remembered all the steps, the parts to remove, the locations of the bolts. Last time, I took the occasion to replace the timing belt also, as that required just one more step. Might as well, since I had to remove all the accessory belts, move the AC and alternator out of the way, remove various brackets, and the crankshaft pulley in order to remove the timing chain housing, which then exposed the timing belt and the water pump.

Wouldn't be hard at all (a 30min job), except you've got about 3 inches to work betwen the engine and the wheel well. Had to alternately reach in from the top, and from the bottom though the wheel well. Took me 8 hrs, done in two days.

Hey, I don't know if this dirty work is common among the "next-door millionaires", but I did this when I was young (and poor), and now when I am ER'ed (and still sufficiently limber). The only time I paid for autowork was when I was busy toiling hard at my megacorp during daytime, then at home at night on my moonlighting consulting work.

People in my white-collar neighborhood are used to seeing me working on my cars on my driveway. Don't know if they think I am cheap or eccentric, or both, but I've got job satisfaction doing this.

Then, I drove my repaired van to make a round of liquor stores to restock my supply. There were long lines of people stocking up on booze. They must be in good spirit as I was, with the market climbing 4 days in a row.
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I drove my repaired van to make a round of liquor stores to restock my supply. There were long lines of people stocking up on booze. They must be in good spirit as I was, with the market climbing 4 days in a row.
That or they have members of their family coming to stay for a few days....
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Finished replacing the water pump in my 95 minivan...replace the timing belt...remove all the accessory belts, move the AC and alternator out of the way, remove various brackets, and the crankshaft pulley in order to remove the timing chain housing, which then exposed the timing belt and the water pump...Took me 8 hrs, done in two days...People in my white-collar neighborhood are used to seeing me working on my cars on my driveway. Don't know if they think I am cheap or eccentric, or both, but I've got job satisfaction doing this.
you sound just like dh2b. he is a self taught mechanic and has saved us a ton of money. i was a minor league auto rack mechanic for 1 summer way back when. i'm relearning and learning new stuff all the time. i fetch the tools and assist him. my brainiac side helps him figure out the best way to get things out of very small places.
isn't it great to not have to pay $75 per hour for something you can do yourself? i am seeing that the cost of 3rd party parts at the auto store is easily between 1/2 to 1/3 of what the garage or dealership charges for parts. in most cases, the parts carry a lifetime warranty for a few extra bucks.
sounds like it was an arduous task but you did it!
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you sound just like dh2b. he is a self taught mechanic and has saved us a ton of money. i was a minor league auto rack mechanic for 1 summer way back when. i'm relearning and learning new stuff all the time.
Yeah, I remember reading one of your earlier posts about being a mechanic.

By the way, you came back to this forum after one of my introduction posts about being a "voluntary" grease monkey.

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bbbamI, I am going to make myself a gin martini now. Have not drunk that in a while. My favorite is Bombay Sapphire, and my bottle was not empty, as I remember.
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Umm, hmm...Bombay, an excellent choice. I have a bottle in my cabinet. Cheers!
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Umm, hmm...Bombay, an excellent choice. I have a bottle in my cabinet. Cheers!
Gin! gross me out in liquid form...which means more for youse guys. enjoy!
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Tanqueray........ And tonic of course, in a tall glass, with double lime........
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Hmmm, Tanqueray...seems like I've heard of that before....
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Early I watched two terrible football games. Later went to Thanksgiving Dinner with a million little kids, 2 wolfhounds and a Jack Russel Terrier. Lots of fun but I admit that I am glad to be home in my quiet apartment again.

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we watched exactly 10 minutes of Jerry Springer with coffee this AM. i just laughed my head off. then we changed the channel to sci-fi.
i helped dh2b fix the driver's side window on 92 Accord and learned a lot!
i surfed here and there and everywhere.
i made open faced turkey sandwiches on fresh baked bread.
we went in the outdoor jacuzzi. no coy dogs howling tonight.
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I skipped the Black Friday rampage, and merely went for coffee and breakfast with the gang. Came home and pulled up the parsnips in the garden. Went to the feed store to get some bird seed for the feeders, and stopped for coffee and a cup of cream of broccoli soup. Neighbor gave me a big ol' container of homemade ham 'n' bean soup...which we ate for supper with a salad, and grilled cheese sandwich. Surfin' the 'net...and getting ready for a piece of pumpkin pie with cool whip....lots of cool whip!
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