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Old 02-21-2020, 07:04 AM   #141
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I'm a half hour from Fort Meyers.
I considered that a bonus.
Close to an airport, and the Twins spring training facility.
I'm a Minnesota boy.
PS: Still plenty cold up there. I'm not rushing home.

I got nervous at first "blowing that dough ", but I think it is a good move.
I'm looking at it as my winter cabin. A place to escape in the winter for awhile.
I think I will end up with plenty of friends and family visiting.
The grounds and community pool are all maintained, so it will be easier to close it up for the summer.

Sorry for the rambling, I'm a little wound up emotionally.

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You will love it especially in the winter, although it will be cold today.
Only 64 degrees.
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Old 02-21-2020, 09:45 AM   #142
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More Rambling:
Everyone says to rent first to check it out, and that is what I'm doing, but here is what I'm observing:

SW Florida rentals are in great demand in February and March. (111 If you want +70F winter temperatures in the US, the choices are limited.) To get a decent rental, reserving for three months a year in advance seems to be the norm.

It will run >$5000/month easy if the place is halfway decent.

Renting has it's hassles too. Bringing and stocking what you want. Questionable beds. Cleanliness issues. Possibly not liking the place you are staying.

I love the idea of having my own stuff, and I still enjoy doing maintenance and updating of my own place. Might even establish some casual friendships. Everyone has been very nice to me.

My sisters really can't afford to rent down here, so it will be fun offering them a place to stay in the winter when they want. They both love Florida.

I'm already planning a "guys week" with several long time buddies next winter.

Take care, JP
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Dtail,
I'm a half hour from Fort Meyers.
I considered that a bonus.
Close to an airport, and the Twins spring training facility.
I'm a Minnesota boy.
PS: Still plenty cold up there. I'm not rushing home.

I got nervous at first "blowing that dough ", but I think it is a good move.
I'm looking at it as my winter cabin. A place to escape in the winter for awhile.
I think I will end up with plenty of friends and family visiting.
The grounds and community pool are all maintained, so it will be easier to close it up for the summer.

Sorry for the rambling, I'm a little wound up emotionally.

JP

Congratulations!
My BIL and his wife live (year round) in Bonita Springs.
Too crowded for my liking but nice to visit for a week or so.
Very congested during the winter months as I am sure you found out.
Lots of great restaurants though. Check out Enricos if you like Italian.
Great food very reasonably priced and usually crowded but worth it
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JP, congrats on the new house in FL. It would be wonderful to have a place in FL to get away from our winters. Enjoy.
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Dreamer,
Thanks. It was a big move for me, but I think it was the right decision.

The townhome is not new, but it is very nice in my opinion, and ideally set up for a snowbird, to allow it to sit unattended in the winter. Gated with community pool, and lawn maintained. Fairly low HOA fees.

I'm closing early March. It is coming furnished. I'm going to spend March cleaning, and stocking it up so it is ready to use.

I'm dreaming about minor remodeling projects I want to do there. That will keep me busy.

A good friend will be in Florida in March, and I talked him and his wife into extending there time down there a few extra days, and visit me at my new place. We plan on having rum and cokes on veranda, and maybe hang out at the nice pool in the afternoons.

Take care, JP
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Congrats JP, enjoy your new winter getaway.
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The moving to Michigan thread caused me to search for my favorite smoked Chubs and I found some. I guess they are somewhat hit and miss and of limited supply which as you know...

Ordered up 3 pounds. Shipped price, $130.
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For that money I would have bought a smoker, and done them and much more myself!
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The moving to Michigan thread caused me to search for my favorite smoked Chubs and I found some. I guess they are somewhat hit and miss and of limited supply which as you know...

Ordered up 3 pounds. Shipped price, $130.
In counterpoint to the panics of the past week (perhaps even the past few months), it's reassuring to see somebody focused on living.

Thank you for staying grounded and showing us The Way.
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For that money I would have bought a smoker, and done them and much more myself!
The smoker is easy, already have one of those. It's the Lake Michigan Chubs that are hard to find.
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Went to Costco yesterday for normal stuff, unfortunately the place was mobbed like the day before Thanksgiving. But I cruised the clothing section as always and found that they still had the comfy jersey lounge pants I bought last time - I got size M and they run large so I really wanted a size S. So I blew $17.99 to get a size S just because I could. Normally I'd just live with the too large ones since they are just to wear around the house. Old habits die hard!
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Went to Costco yesterday for normal stuff, unfortunately the place was mobbed like the day before Thanksgiving. But I cruised the clothing section as always and found that they still had the comfy jersey lounge pants I bought last time - I got size M and they run large so I really wanted a size S. So I blew $17.99 to get a size S just because I could. Normally I'd just live with the too large ones since they are just to wear around the house. Old habits die hard!
$18 in a blow your dough section. You might be the LBYM King.
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I think we need to have a discussion on the meaning of “Blow that dough” and some criteria or parameters. I personally don’t feel $18 or a tank of gas for a motorcycle qualifies. Now a huge Hummer? Maybe!

Of course what feels like Dough Blowing one day, like yesterday where the markets were up 4-5%, feels completely different today where you could be down 6 figures! Yesterday was Sesame crusted Tuna with Wasabi Mashed potato’s and wine for dinner. Tonight is whatever is left over in the fridge that smells okay!
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Yes, nice truck! Chev 2500 with _______ many miles on it? Love the color!
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2015 with 52,000 miles. Now we have to buy a travel trailer.
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