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Old 12-01-2015, 02:59 PM   #18861
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Bit on Took advantage of some Black Friday/Cyber Monday cell phone offers to upgrade our phones and service. Moving from my Virgin Mobile (Sprint) and her Verizon prepaid to Cricket (AT&T) for both of us. Net cost of two new phones (LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy S4) after rebates and service credits will be $85 and our ongoing bill will decline by $17/mo.

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Old 12-01-2015, 03:02 PM   #18862
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Yesterday, at the 99c store I spotted some 28-oz cans of organic fire-roasted tomatoes for, what else but, 99c. How did they get them for so cheap? The label claimed that the tomatoes were "field to can" in 8 hours. Good stuff!

So, I bought some and just made a pot of tomato bisque with one can. After cleaning up a bowl for lunch, I had to go back for a second. Darn, the bisque was excellent, if you don't mind me saying so.

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Old 12-01-2015, 03:05 PM   #18863
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Your earlier post sounded like "landscaping project" to me, but some others must have thought "branch trimming or tree removal". That price tag of $16K doesn't sound at all bad for a big front yard landscaping project. Good luck..
Thanks. Front, sides, and back yard too, BTW.
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Wow, pile on a little, will you? Y'all, I think you WAY underestimated the extent of the job. It's not just "trimming residential trees for a couple properties"... yes, that would be probably $1K-$2K depending on the number and size of the trees, by this company's price list, Pb4uski. Ronstar, I paid this same company $1900 to take down a tree the size or your cottonwood, at my old home, and that included stump grinding and removal. Here, just one of the trees being taken down is way bigger than that and hangs over six properties.

Instead of just a little tree trimming, this is a complete re-landscaping of a yard and surroundings taken over by subtropical jungle. Believe me, if anything it is way under-priced. I expected the price to be around $30K-$50K. The price will be less if they can't get the Parish (=county) permits to remove the two trees at the curb which have broken up the sidewalk, and whose roots have grown into the Parish storm drain and whose branches are totally entangled with the electrical wires. They'll be handling the permit applications for me and dealing with the Parish and electric company too if need be.

If someone said they were spending less than $16K for a major kitchen remodel complete with new layout and all the bells and whistles, plus for a major bathroom remodel, you all would probably say, "Wow, what a DEAL!" Which is what everyone around here says about the prices I get from this company. They give me better rates because I am an old customer. I have never gotten or even heard of competing quotes that beat this company, at least not from one that is established, insured, has at least one English speaking foreman, and so on.


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Sorry, I thought the scope of your project was only a couple of trees touching the roofs of the 2 houses.
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I guess that I didn't appreciate the size, scope and complexity of your project...$16k is a lot to begin with (1/2 of a car as I think of it) not to mention it being a screaming deal. Nonetheless I know you are not one to waste money so it must be a good deal... just hard for me to fathom. Sorry.

Me too and I have had major landscaping done at my house but the bill was never that high . The only time I got a bill that high was $20k for a new seawall . I almost fainted until he pointed out how big my sea wall is.
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I have transitioned from 130k per year flyer to one personal trip per quarter. I have seen the inside of just about every airport bathroom. I hated traveling from mid November through the first of the year and in the summer when all the families were taking their vacations. I can't wait to do some driving vacations with my camper. Nothing glorious about flying nowdays, that's for sure
I did help Denver DIA set a new record for most people through the airport Sunday!
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Walked the dog at the beach... It was cold (mid 40's) but gorgeous at sunrise... Didn't stop the surfers because the waves were big and well formed. Found myself chuckling at some of the acrobats the surfers were doing.

Then went to Kaiser's "breast health clinic" because I have a recurring nodule in my ta-ta... This is the 2nd re-occurrence, so not scary like the first time (where I had fears of cancer). But I did leave with a referral for a minor procedure. It's like Billy Crystal says in City Slickers "You'll call it a procedure but it's surgery". I guess this is part of my mid-life crisis.

The rest of the day was normal - nagging the kids about homework and to practice the piano and doing chores around the house.

Tomorrow... no walk on the beach... I'm off to the dentist for a new crown to replace a 25 year old filling.
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After dog walk, breakfast meeting for one of my volunteer gigs. Then grocery shopping. Moved Christmas decorations in from the utility closet - 3 trees (1 tabletop), 5 boxes. I usually wait until mid-month to decorate, but I'm hosting our bunco group Thursday for a friend going through chemo and we agreed on a Christmas theme. Got big stuff set up before dinner (baked catfish, sweet potato fries, steamed veggies ). Trees decorated. Mission accomplished.


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Walked the dog at the beach... It was cold (mid 40's) but gorgeous at sunrise... Didn't stop the surfers because the waves were big and well formed. Found myself chuckling at some of the acrobats the surfers were doing.

Then went to Kaiser's "breast health clinic" because I have a recurring nodule in my ta-ta... This is the 2nd re-occurrence, so not scary like the first time (where I had fears of cancer). But I did leave with a referral for a minor procedure. It's like Billy Crystal says in City Slickers "You'll call it a procedure but it's surgery". I guess this is part of my mid-life crisis.

The rest of the day was normal - nagging the kids about homework and to practice the piano and doing chores around the house.

Tomorrow... no walk on the beach... I'm off to the dentist for a new crown to replace a 25 year old filling.

Best of luck with the errant ta-ta, though this post is useless without pics... :-)
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Not going to happen.
Actually, it is.

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Anyway, it looks like it is going to cost a little less than $16K, which is about half to a third what I expected. ..
Maybe Frank could get a better price?
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Anyway, it looks like it is going to cost a little less than $16K, which is about half to a third what I expected. ..
Maybe Frank could get a better price?
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Yesterday, at the 99c store I spotted some 28-oz cans of organic fire-roasted tomatoes for, what else but, 99c. How did they get them for so cheap? The label claimed that the tomatoes were "field to can" in 8 hours. Good stuff!
I have noticed that in our local area the regular, every day prices of many items at the 99 cent store, Big Lots and Grocery Outlet are the "sale" prices at Safeway and other big retail chains, for the exact same brands, same size packages. Produce is often 1/3 the cost. I never realized that until I had time to shop around more.
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Went to the dentist for pain in tooth #19.
Have to go back in a week for a gumline filling.
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Please detail what's wrong with the price I got, which is 1/2 to 1/3 the going rate for this work. Also list and specify exactly what work is being done, and what you think a good price would be for that particular work.

Frank was ecstatic at the price I was quoted, BTW, but then he knows what the price covers. Do you? If so, I'd like a prediction for the Dow for the next 10 years, thanks.
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A couple tried to get to their lot today. They got stuck in the snow. I plowed the road up to behind them and we both backed out to a place where I could get out of their way. Then I plowed the road they needed open. It was tough going. Probably close to 2 feet of drifted snow in some places. It takes a few passes, but I can usually get through the deep stuff. Lots of fun! (but don't tell anyone.)
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Went out at low tide and collected clams.
No photos of either the clam digger or the clams?

Last year, at an RV campground on the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia, I had a chance to go clam digging, but then passed it up when I saw how much work that was, plus I did not have boots to wade out 1/2 mile into the muddy flat.

Also, the Bay of Fundy has the highest tide in the world at 55 ft, and not knowing the tide tables can lead to a disaster. So, I just stayed on shore and took the following photos. It was only by zooming in on a photo later that I was able to see that the clam digger had his ATV out there, that I could not see with naked eyes.



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