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Old 04-28-2019, 06:32 PM   #241
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Just blew 1k on 4 cases of steaks and chicken. Does that count?
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Old 05-01-2019, 08:00 PM   #242
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Lately I've occasionally been buying DVD-based courses from The Great Courses. It feels kinda like blowing that dough, because after I finish the course, what do I do with the DVD set? Donate them to the library? I already subscribe to DVDs-by-mail from NetFlix and also check movies and documentary DVDs out of the library.

On the positive side, in general I've been pleased with the quality of the courses I've purchased. Also, it's nice to financially support a company that is disseminating our scientific and cultural heritage to folks who otherwise might be "tuned out".

I recently finished 12 hours (24 lectures) on emergency medicine. I've never been to an emergency room (emergency department), so learning what it is like to be an ER patient and doctor was fascinating. The way people drive here in Florida, an ER visit may be in my future, and now I'm better prepared.
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Old 05-01-2019, 08:42 PM   #243
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Blowing $3 k on summer trip to SoCal CAn't wait
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Old 05-01-2019, 09:08 PM   #244
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We blew a little over $8000 to replace all the heating ducts beneath our house after they got infested by rats. We put in AlumaFlex ducts that are supposed to be "almost" rodent-proof. We also replaced the rat-chewed access doors to the crawl-space to keep those creepy disgusting little buggers out from under the house.

We're slowly replacing the 16 windows in the house. We installed new vinyl windows when we did major work on the house in 1999, and we're slowly using the lifetime warranty to replace them as they lose their vacuum seals. so far we've replaced 8 at no charge.

I'll be doing three fishing trips this year to Mexico and Alaska for $3000-4000 each. I think that counts as blowing the dough, although I will bring home about 200 lbs of filets to help offset the cost of the trips.
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Old 05-01-2019, 11:01 PM   #247
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Next time I pass through central CA I'll bring you some. What town?
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Old 05-02-2019, 05:39 AM   #249
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Ford 150 King Ranch to replace 10 year old Expedition and pull Airstream for annual 2 week trip to Dakotas in Aug and shorter ones in between. Love the adaptive cruise control, cameras and tow mirrors!
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Old 05-02-2019, 06:16 AM   #251
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Lately I've occasionally been buying DVD-based courses from The Great Courses. It feels kinda like blowing that dough, because after I finish the course, what do I do with the DVD set? Donate them to the library?
You can get a decent price for them on e-Bay, too. I LOVE The Great Courses!
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Yes, they're popular on ebay, so no problem getting rid of them. I've bought too many of them, but for the last few years I just get the download version. No worries about what to do with physical discs and easy to store on my phone or pad when traveling. I love listening while driving.
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Not that big of an expense, but I pulled the trigger on WhiskyFest tickets for NYC this year, since the friends I usually go with decided to go again (after we took off last year), and there was an early bird discount that expired on Sunday. We sometimes get all of our families together, which for me means getting a hotel room downtown, and probably theater tickets for them while we're attending the whisky tastings.

If anyone else here is going, PM me if you want to say hi.
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I finally did buy that Breville Compact Convection oven I have been looking at for a year. $138 for what some consider a glorified toaster oven!
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I converted most all of my yard tools from 2 stroke gas to battery. These things are great! No messing with fuel mixes, hard start, storing, etc. I have a weed eater, chain saw, blower and an angle grinder along with a drill and driver set. All use the same battery. I have 8 batteries and charger for 4 at a time. Much quieter and no worries about putting them away until next time. I'll get the mower as well soon.
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I converted most all of my yard tools from 2 stroke gas to battery. These things are great! No messing with fuel mixes, hard start, storing, etc. I have a weed eater, chain saw, blower and an angle grinder along with a drill and driver set. All use the same battery. I have 8 batteries and charger for 4 at a time. Much quieter and no worries about putting them away until next time. I'll get the mower as well soon.
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Not that big of an expense, but I pulled the trigger on WhiskyFest tickets for NYC this year, since the friends I usually go with decided to go again (after we took off last year), and there was an early bird discount that expired on Sunday. We sometimes get all of our families together, which for me means getting a hotel room downtown, and probably theater tickets for them while we're attending the whisky tastings.

If anyone else here is going, PM me if you want to say hi.
Oy. Now I'm regretting even this moderate splurge. We're going to Blow That Dough on a five-figure vet bill. As long as our horse survives, it will be worth it, I can live on ramen and hooch instead of good scotch and craft beer, I did it during college!
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On our recent cruise in Alaska, we went on the White Pass a & Yukon Railroad. Our ship offered a VIP car for $350 a person. It was so well worth it! Rather than sitting on wooden benches with 40 people,, we only had 12 passengers. The seats were overstuffed swiveling leather club chairs. We were also served hors d'oeuvres and beer and wine. It was a great experience.
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Makita
The tools use 2 each, 18 volt batteries for a total of 36 volts. The chain saw as especially impressive. I had 4 downed oak trees from winter and the saw did a great job of chopping them up. I'd say I can cut half a cord on a pair of batteries.

The blower is also nice as it's adjustable. From very low to more blow than my backpack Husqvarna. Low is nice for the garage as it doesn't blow everything around. Also nice for flower beds with bark mulch to remove leaves. High will blow anything I want.

The string trimmer has two speeds; slow and fast. Slow is nice for grass edging and high for tall weeds. If weeds wrap around the head and clog it, there's a reverse on it to clear the foul. Very nice!

The angle grinder is nice as it shuts off almost as soon as you release the trigger. Much safer than my electric AC powered grinder. If I catch it on something, instead of jumping hard, it trips off line, again, saving me from harming myself. I used it for sharpening my mower's blade. Worked great!

I previously bought the multi tool. A neat saw that gets into blind spots. For example; if you want to remove base board trim, this will slip between the wall the trim to cut the nails without any damage to either.

I also have the circular saw and a job site radio with blue tooth. The radio has exceptional receiver sensitivity. I live way out in the country and it picks up stations just fine. The radio audio quality is better than anything I've heard of this type.

I also have a sawsall. It's very powerful and will cut heavy steel or wood with nails in it.

I also got a battery powered backpack weed sprayer. Holds 4 gallons. So nice not to have to pump my old back pack sprayer all the time. The battery lasts several fill-ups on the sprayer. It's not Makita, I don't recall what brand it is, but I got it at Tractor Supply. The Makita tools I got from Amazon. They have several package deals. If you get them, get the set with the extra batteries and charger. Battery/chargers by themselves are very pricey.
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In another spending category: Just put down a deposit on a trip to the Galapagos in March, 2020 with Overseas Adventure Travel; I took them to India and Nepal last year and was VERY impressed and they don't charge a Single Supplement. I'd joked that I wanted to go there so I could see a blue-footed booby- and then I saw them in the Sea of Cortez last month. Well, I'm going to the Galapagos anyway.

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