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Old 01-10-2018, 06:13 AM   #81
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One of my lenses is also a toric lens and I only had to pay the incremental amount between coverage for the basic lens and that of the toric lens. IIRC my additional cost was $900. 'Regular' insurance, not Medicare. Your costs may be lower unless the $1900 is the additional cost for toric.
We're both on Medicare, and this place does so many of these procedures that I'm sure they are right about the cost.
Already paid for the first one, the other will be next month.
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I test drove a 2015 Acura TLX today (lease return). It was in great shape with low mileage, was the right trim level, and the price was reasonable. I made a offer that was tentatively accepted but have to wait as there is an existing offer in progress.

The salesman told me that there's a good chance that the offer in progress won't go through...the buyer has no job and has had no luck in getting bank approval for a loan (should you be telling me this?). They've lost patience with him and he has until tomorrow to come through or that deal is off the table. If so, the car is mine.

I'm trying not to get my hopes up because anything can happen, but I've been looking for over a year and am tired of car shopping.
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DW had jury duty today, so I drove her up this morning at 7, dropped her off, then had a cup of coffee while she registered. She texted me that she'd be there 'til at least 2:30, so I drove home. A 50 mile round trip, a bit more than an hour each way during the rush hour. Got home, cancelled my appointment at the Apple store, and 10 minutes later DW called - she'd been released and needed me to drive back up to pick her up.
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Gym day. It snowed a few inches overnight so it was difficult to get motivated to go. We went out to lunch after and had a refreshing margarita to get our necessary salt.

When we got home a former co-w*rker had texted. Wow things changed at Megacorp today. I guess we're going to profit about 25k from this announcement.

Frankly, I was happier to hear from him. We have an odd relationship, don't see each other for a couple of years, and pick up a conversation mid sentence.
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Still in warm, sunny Orlando. Laying in bed watching the bad weather back in Iowa. With my coffee.
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Our surgeon is not only talented, but also just an extremely cool guy. Every year he goes back to India for a month to visit family, and while there he spends two weeks doing the same surgery for free at a local clinic. You have to love someone who does that.
That is fantastic. He sounds like an incredible person.
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Still in warm, sunny Orlando. Laying in bed watching the bad weather back in Iowa. With my coffee.
Wow...what floor are you on?
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Very cold day last week, and I couldn't get the car started. OK, five year old battery, it's reasonable. Took it into the dealer for a new battery, but first I had to jump start it.

Opening the hood, I was amazed at the incredible amount of corrosion on the battery terminal. Had to work at it for a bit in order to clear a spot to clamp on a jumper cable.

At the dealer, the cable fell apart when they took it off. Not a simple length of wire -- oh, no, that would be too simple. It's a wiring harness that needs an extensive job to remove/replace, and none of the dealers in the area had one in stock. Just got the new one installed today, for another big repair bill. So basically I'm out $700 for just a battery.

With well over 100,000 miles on the car, this was the first thing that broke, so I can't really complain, but it sure emphasized the complexity of modern cars!
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At the dealer, the cable fell apart when they took it off. Not a simple length of wire -- oh, no, that would be too simple. It's a wiring harness that needs an extensive job to remove/replace, and none of the dealers in the area had one in stock. Just got the new one installed today, for another big repair bill. So basically I'm out $700 for just a battery..........
Not to make you feel bad, but for the benefit of others, you can strip back the cable end and put on a new terminal. Any welding supply shop has the right crimper - probably do it in the parking lot for $10.
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Not to make you feel bad, but for the benefit of others, you can strip back the cable end and put on a new terminal.
Oh, I absolutely agree. But SWMBO insisted on the OEM cable, and you know how that goes.
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One of the benefits of checking under the hood periodically is to catch these issues early on.
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Played golf the last 2 days. Nice round yesterday buy sucked today. Course very wet so that can contribute to poor play. Got to blame it on something. But have to play when you can in the winter. Next week or two the temps head south again and golf with be limited.
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One of the benefits of checking under the hood periodically is to catch these issues early on.
Trust me, I'm as embarrassed by this as you think I should be. Just posted it as kind of a penance.
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Cut a hole in the wall between my bedroom and the dining room;



And installed a room to room ventilator;



I tested it last night and it did a good job of distributing the heat from the wood stove in the middle.
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Got a call today. It's my 4-year-old-grandson, looking for Grandma because she's not answering her phone.

GS: "Tell Grandma to call right away. I want to talk to her."

Me: "I sure will."

GS: "Don't forget Grandpa".

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I picked up my new (used) car today...a 2015 Acura TLX Tech

I've been looking on and off for over a year and finally found one that met my requirements...low mileage (42k kms), it wasn't black or brown , and had heated seats and steering wheel, and remote start.

After I got home, I spent an half hour or so learning all the options and settings and tweaking things to my preference, and then read the manual to learn as much as I could.
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