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Old 12-25-2020, 11:04 AM   #641
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Just had this discussion with DW over the purchase of Peloton Tread+ treadmill ($4,300 + $39/month). She already uses the app for $13/month and has a spin bike (not Peloton) that is nearly identical in resistance and cadence tracking (bought it at her request).

After a lengthy discussion over weeks and lots of research, we ended up buying another treadmill that isn't tied to Peloton. Unfortunately, she's now hearing about fellow Peloton users that they got a Tread+ for Christmas and she has FOMO. We could easily afford the Peloton Tread+, but 2 months of delivery delay, a bad warranty (only slightly improved recently), expensive repair cost $1,500+) with a delay in parts, and being usable only for Peloton really turned me off.

Maybe I'm getting curmudgeonly in my "old" age, but I still look for value and utility in everything that I buy.

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If you consider dollars per hour of enjoyment, I'd say that's a pretty big blow.
That's got to be a good 10 hours of smoking and 10 minutes of eating. So better than a night at the movies.
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Good brisket is hard to beat. But for an easy good on the grill option, I'll take a tri tip. Not as popular here in Ohio, but I can find it. Marinade and then cook low heat, longer time on the grill.
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Love tri-tips!

Once I smoked one to almost rare, then did a quick reverse sear on the gas grill. It came out awesome!
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When I was a kid, we were so poor, I'd be sent to get free chicken wings from the butcher and we ate BBQ chicken wings nearly every night all summer.

It would have been nice if the butcher had lobster as well
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Love tri-tips!

Once I smoked one to almost rare, then did a quick reverse sear on the gas grill. It came out awesome!
I discovered tri-tip while living in California. Yum!

I too want to try smoking it. Gotta get to that this summer.
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I discovered tri-tip while living in California. Yum!

I too want to try smoking it. Gotta get to that this summer.
Same here. I lived for a while in the central coast area, where "barbecue" pretty much always means tri-tip. Google "Santa Maria barbecue" for detail. Smoking them is also wonderful, and I personally prefer mesquite wood for that.
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We spent a lot of time on the Oregon coast when RVing and enjoyed it there. The best was picking up freshly grilled tri-tip from the grocery store parking lot. Ask for medium rare and they’d poke around and find you a soft one. Best sliced beef sandwiches ever!

Fortunately HEB carries the cut down here, so I cook it now and then.

I’d done it several ways, but my last which was to try out smoking and reverse sear was just so delicious.
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The Swarovski 8x32 EL bins are “only” $2000 at bhphotovideo.com, a reliable seller.

BTW - I much prefer 8 power for birding - wider field of view, brighter, and most importantly, handshake is not nearly as noticeable.

Well I just bought her a new Subaru Outback yesterday.
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DW gave me some cash in a gift card and told me I had to promise her that I would buy something for myself “and not save it!” She knows me too well.🧑*
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Just had this discussion with DW over the purchase of Peloton Tread+ treadmill ($4,300 + $39/month). She already uses the app for $13/month and has a spin bike (not Peloton) that is nearly identical in resistance and cadence tracking (bought it at her request).

After a lengthy discussion over weeks and lots of research, we ended up buying another treadmill that isn't tied to Peloton. Unfortunately, she's now hearing about fellow Peloton users that they got a Tread+ for Christmas and she has FOMO. We could easily afford the Peloton Tread+, but 2 months of delivery delay, a bad warranty (only slightly improved recently), expensive repair cost $1,500+) with a delay in parts, and being usable only for Peloton really turned me off.

Maybe I'm getting curmudgeonly in my "old" age, but I still look for value and utility in everything that I buy.
For me it was a guitar...$1700 for a beautiful Walnut acoustic vs. $4000 for a more beautiful Koa acoustic. I could easily afford (and justify) the more expensive guitar as it was to be the one and only acoustic guitar I would ever buy.

In the end I went with the $1700 guitar. They both sounded great but the only added value with the Koa guitar was the nicer looking wood.
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The other day, I went to my cable company to pick up a new modem. They had phones on display. I picked up the iPhone 12 mini and fell in love. So, guess what I bought today - an iPhone 12 mini. The deal wasn't too bad. The trade in will pay for all but $20 of the early cancelation fee for my current iPhone 11 since I've only had it a year. Plus, there is another credit of $150 for the trad in. So, the $699 phone will cost $549 + $20 + tax.

I mean, what else are you gonna do? It's not like I got a new phone for Christmas

I'm really looking forward to this. I thought I'd be okay with the iPhone 11, but it's just too big. I was very happy with my 6 but I had that for awhile and it was time to upgrade. The 12 mini felt a bit smaller than the 6 but no doubt it's way smaller than the 11.

Now to go blow some dough on a new case and screen protector.
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My daughter got me an R/C jet (actually a ducted fan) for Xmas:



But she didn't realize it didn't come with a radio, battery or charger. So had to spend $610 for those bits.

I used to fly R/C airplanes and helicopters a lot, but haven't flown for 10 years. Definitely need to get something a bit tamer to re-learn everything. But is sure looks cool and the ducted fan whines like a jet.
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Panettone which actually tastes good. $68

https://www.thisisfromroy.com/

A knife sharpening system because we have a lot of knives we've collected from all over the world and it was costing a small fortune to ship them off to a knife sharpener we trusted.

https://wickededgeusa.com/
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