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Old 02-28-2021, 03:15 PM   #342
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I've been blowing that dough at my new/old Florida townhome.

Here is the buy list after 4 months:
- New manufactured oak flooring in the upstairs two bedrooms. Paid to have this installed. It looks great.
- All new wood trim, door hardware and paint in the upstairs rooms, and lower half bath. Including ceilings and woodwork. (My labor).
- A bunch of furniture. Most used, but some nice new rugs, chairs, beds and lighting.
- I'm paying to have the sun deck and flat roof replaced. This one was tough, because I think I could have done this myself, but it is being hired out.
- New AC/Heating system.
- New impact windows and upper slider with the reflective glass are on order. I have 3 lower level sliders that I'm not replacing for now. Those babies cost about $3k each, and I am cheap. They are also protected by a 3 season porch, and the tile covered concrete floors on the lower level should be fine if some water manages to get in.
- New landscaping in the garden, with a fancy wall trellis on order for the bougainvillea plants.
- New kitchen cabinets, sink, faucet and countertops were ordered today. I'm going to assemble and install them, replace the back wall sheetrock, and do the backsplash tile.

I have plans to update the two bathrooms next year. They were both repainted with new baseboard trim for now.

I also have a damaged 3 season porch ceiling that needs repairs, or to be covered with some type of material. I'm thinking about a metal or wood ceiling in there.

Wow, we been busy, and we have been blowing that dough.

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You are wise to pick your battles, JP. You doing your own trim and cabinets means you are the only one to do the QC on it and make it right, but most importantly it is largely STAND UP work
As I get older I realize that time on my knees is not so fun, getting up to run to the saw takes longer and makes more interesting sounds in the joints.
That stuff you subbed out is for younger guys who need the money.
I have made similar choices for the future work I have planned.
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I bought 2 dozen new pair of socks yesterday. One white and one black. Hanes, double tough over the calf extra tall.

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I've done the same for the past 5 yrs, but recently decided I'd specialize: From now on I'm only buying white socks.

My black socks look silly when I'm wearing shorts.
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Old 02-28-2021, 03:25 PM   #344
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We picked up a 2019 Tiguan premium for DW on Jan 31st. It is a 12,000 mile CPO car that now has 72,000 miles and 65 months of warranty.

The next day they delivered and installed the RV carport. I had the diesel fleet tucked in there as the crew was leaving.
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Our HEB has been carrying this beautiful Ahi tuna from Hawaii. I got them to custom slice me some 1.5 inch steaks.

This is what I like to do with it.

(pan-seared on cast iron. Recently I got wise and started using Everything Bagel seasoning instead of just sesame seeds on the tuna before searing. We also drizzle a little toasted sesame oil on it before serving.)
Back before the pandemic, we used to cruise the local Farmer's markets from time to time. It wasn't unusual to see the WHOLE ahi fish on ice in a trough. Never priced one and not sure if they were sold by the steak or only by the whole fish. They are a beautiful fish.

I'm more of a cooked fish kind of guy, but I've certainly eaten poke and other raw ahi dishes. Funny, when you come from the midwest, you think tuna is what comes in a can and that all fish taste like catfish (or maybe frozen perch or cod or fish sticks). Then you move to Paradise and find you actually LIKE fish. Who knew? YMMV
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Old 02-28-2021, 04:29 PM   #346
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Costco in Hawaii has great local fish and we get it to cook at the timeshare shared BBQ grilles.
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Costco in Hawaii has great local fish and we get it to cook at the timeshare shared BBQ grilles.
Yes, Costco is our go-to store for local fish. Have eaten more fish since moving here than all the years on the mainland. YMMV
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Back before the pandemic, we used to cruise the local Farmer's markets from time to time. It wasn't unusual to see the WHOLE ahi fish on ice in a trough. Never priced one and not sure if they were sold by the steak or only by the whole fish. They are a beautiful fish.
One of our best memories from Kauai - Hanalei Bay, specifically - is visiting a fish shop on the bay front and talking to the fish monger. He invited us back to see the fish locker, and he had a whole ahi tuna, a whole mahi-mahi and a whole opah suspended from the ceiling by their tails. They were all huge. And colorful. It was quite an experience. DH has photos somewhere - pre digital cameras.
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Skyking,
I agree, but I have trouble letting go. I've always been DIY type, and I'm fussy on top of that. It helped that the young kid who installed the wood flooring did a great job.

Replacing the baseboard trim in two rooms and a bath was actually fun, and way less physical.

The deck/roof replacement is straightforward, but much easier as a two man job, and I have no plans to have my partner help me lug heavy decking material up a story to the deck area.

Thanks for the encouragement.
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You are wise to pick your battles, JP. You doing your own trim and cabinets means you are the only one to do the QC on it and make it right, but most importantly it is largely STAND UP work
As I get older I realize that time on my knees is not so fun, getting up to run to the saw takes longer and makes more interesting sounds in the joints.
That stuff you subbed out is for younger guys who need the money.
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Old 03-01-2021, 04:21 PM   #350
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One of our best memories from Kauai - Hanalei Bay, specifically - is visiting a fish shop on the bay front and talking to the fish monger. He invited us back to see the fish locker, and he had a whole ahi tuna, a whole mahi-mahi and a whole opah suspended from the ceiling by their tails. They were all huge. And colorful. It was quite an experience. DH has photos somewhere - pre digital cameras.
You're right that they are beautiful fish. Almost a shame to take them out of the sea. BUT, I'd rather eat them than let a great white have them. I can picture a 7 year old tourist being aghast at the size of these creatures in the locker or on ice. I can hear him whispering, Mommy, do they have cans THAT big for the tuna.
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I've been blowing that dough at my new/old Florida townhome.

Here is the buy list after 4 months:
- New manufactured oak flooring in the upstairs two bedrooms. Paid to have this installed. It looks great.
- All new wood trim, door hardware and paint in the upstairs rooms, and lower half bath. Including ceilings and woodwork. (My labor).
- A bunch of furniture. Most used, but some nice new rugs, chairs, beds and lighting.
- I'm paying to have the sun deck and flat roof replaced. This one was tough, because I think I could have done this myself, but it is being hired out.
- New AC/Heating system.
- New impact windows and upper slider with the reflective glass are on order. I have 3 lower level sliders that I'm not replacing for now. Those babies cost about $3k each, and I am cheap. They are also protected by a 3 season porch, and the tile covered concrete floors on the lower level should be fine if some water manages to get in.
- New landscaping in the garden, with a fancy wall trellis on order for the bougainvillea plants.
- New kitchen cabinets, sink, faucet and countertops were ordered today. I'm going to assemble and install them, replace the back wall sheetrock, and do the backsplash tile.

I have plans to update the two bathrooms next year. They were both repainted with new baseboard trim for now.

I also have a damaged 3 season porch ceiling that needs repairs, or to be covered with some type of material. I'm thinking about a metal or wood ceiling in there.

Wow, we been busy, and we have been blowing that dough.

Take care, JP
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This was some time ago, but finally applied finish to some apothecary drawers in hickory for my office to fill the open holes I had designed in the cabinetry. Can keep small items in these.
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Today we bought DH a new (to us) vehicle. It's a 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport with 38,000 miles. This will replace our 2003 Toyota Camry with 94,000 miles. We bought that Camry in 2005 and it was my car until 2017, then I passed it on to DH. He would keep it forever but it's now 18 years old and needs some expensive repairs so he's ready to let it go.

We've never had a Nissan, we've been Toyota devotees. When DH was making trips to Denver to see his Mom before she passed he'd fly out and get a rental. A couple of times it was a Nissan Rogue Sport and he kept it in mind for when he'd need his next car. Until we started shopping I didn't know the difference between a Rogue and Rogue Sport, but the Sport is a smaller version. We found this one at a local Nissan dealer and test drove it last Friday and again today and this time we took the checkbook!

PAID IN FULL and this should last us for a long time. He's retired and I have very small part time job. We could be a one car family if we wanted but we're just not ready for that yet.

Feels good to have it in our garage. I'd post a pic but it was too dark when we got home.
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Feels good to have it in our garage. I'd post a pic but it was too dark when we got home.
Congrats Sue!

I favor Toyota/Lexus also...but we've had a Nissan and it was good (not great, but good). It was a Sentra. Had some issues with some of the engine control system modules after warranty...cost us about $800.

Buying a few years old is a smart financial decision. I must admit we buy brand new but that's just because I was an auto mechanic, I'm meticulous about our cars, do my own maintenance, and don't want to inherit anyone else's poor maintenance schedule or other issues.
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I don't know how long car dealers have been doing it, but now they post the original window sticker (derived from the VIN) along with the CarFax when they post the car online. Very interesting how much all the extra features add to the original price. Our goal was under 5 years and under 40,000 miles so this one fit our need. The car had one previous owner for a 3 year lease. Just what we were looking for.
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Today we bought DH a new (to us) vehicle. It's a 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport with 38,000 miles. This will replace our 2003 Toyota Camry with 94,000 miles. We bought that Camry in 2005 and it was my car until 2017, then I passed it on to DH. He would keep it forever but it's now 18 years old and needs some expensive repairs so he's ready to let it go.

We've never had a Nissan, we've been Toyota devotees. When DH was making trips to Denver to see his Mom before she passed he'd fly out and get a rental. A couple of times it was a Nissan Rogue Sport and he kept it in mind for when he'd need his next car. Until we started shopping I didn't know the difference between a Rogue and Rogue Sport, but the Sport is a smaller version. We found this one at a local Nissan dealer and test drove it last Friday and again today and this time we took the checkbook!

PAID IN FULL and this should last us for a long time. He's retired and I have very small part time job. We could be a one car family if we wanted but we're just not ready for that yet.

Feels good to have it in our garage. I'd post a pic but it was too dark when we got home.
Regarding Nissan's:

In the past 20 years we have owned 4. 3 Altimas, and one Pathfinder.

Aside from normal maintenance (battery, oil, tires, wipers, etc.) our OOP expense for all 4 has been ZERO. Even brakes (we only put about 60-80k miles on each vehicle).

DW just sold the Pathfinder and bought a new Lexus, but I am looking at a Murano for my next car.
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Last week paid final $$ for April-May trip to Jordan and Egypt. 1 week driving around Jordan, one week Red Sea Aggressor diving, and one week sailing on the Nile and antiquity-tourism. Can't wait!

E.T.A.--pending country specific restrictions, of course.... (and hoping no enforced mask regulations on either of the ships...)
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One of our best memories from Kauai - Hanalei Bay, specifically - is visiting a fish shop on the bay front and talking to the fish monger. He invited us back to see the fish locker, and he had a whole ahi tuna, a whole mahi-mahi and a whole opah suspended from the ceiling by their tails. They were all huge. And colorful. It was quite an experience. DH has photos somewhere - pre digital cameras.
There was a small fish shack in a strip mall in Kauai we visited in 2005 and in 2009, it served fish of all kinds. We would go there in the late afternoon for some great ahi, their husbands fished in the mornings, then worked at the hotels in the evenings.

When we visited the last time, we killed some time at the fishing docks outside of Kona. There had been a fishing tournament and the boats were bringing in their catches, while the locals merchants were bidding for the ahi and mahi-mahi as it hung. They were taking the small core samples and yakking up a storm. We had such a great time.
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I bought a Silverado Z-71 4 years ago to use on long camping trips, with rough roads. MrsRobj doesn't like the size of it, particularly in town shopping (understandably). I also like poster above couldn't convince her to try a trailer and that was part of the rationale, although about once a year it did get us through a very rough dirt road to get to a camping area that we otherwise might not have tried.
So we're selling it to the oldest son the winemaker (two babies and may want a camping trailer) and getting a RAV4 hybrid Prime, since we can use the solar panels for 40 miles battery driving in town and get great gas mileage for the long camping trips. Apparently it goes 0-60 in 5.6 seconds, although I don't intend on trying that out.

I'll post a picture if/when we pick it up; we're babysitting for the winemaker this weekend and will stop at a dealer on the way who just got one, so will pick it up this weekend if available but we may have to wait another week.

The Z-71 kept almost 80% of its value (we're selling it for 60% to the son) and the RAV qualified for the 7500 rebate, so it's not as much of a blow the dough as I thought it would be. I'm getting a loan for 1/3 of the cost, but will pay it off next year since I'll be getting a sh**-ton of taxes back.
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We have been quite happy with our 8 year old, 55 in. plasma TV. On Monday, it stopped receiving video signal from any source, to any connection port. Bummer. After checking out the current TV tech, we bought a latest model, 65 in. 4K OLED. The picture is mind blowing . At $2000 it's the most we have even spent on a TV, but we did get it from our local appliance store for $200 under Amazon. It delivers tomorrow.
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