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audreyh1 01-09-2021 11:53 AM

Blow That Dough! -2021
 
Time for a new thread.....




The 2020 thread is here:
https://www.early-retirement.org/for...-a-101452.html

MichaelB 01-09-2021 11:58 AM

Thanks for starting the new thread.

euro 01-09-2021 12:02 PM

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Originally Posted by MichaelB (Post 2541094)
Thanks for starting the new thread.

Yes, thanks, but can you link to the old thread in the first post, so we don't completely lose track of it?

Koogie 01-09-2021 12:04 PM

Welp, that's kind of annoying "closing" the other one though. I wanted to quote something someone had posted and now the software doesn't let you. Oh well.

braumeister 01-09-2021 12:11 PM

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Originally Posted by Koogie (Post 2541100)
Welp, that's kind of annoying "closing" the other one though. I wanted to quote something someone had posted and now the software doesn't let you. Oh well.

Why not quote it from there and post it here?

Music Lover 01-09-2021 12:29 PM

Since the other thread closed I'll repost here.

We bought a cabin :coolsmiley:

MarieIG 01-09-2021 12:38 PM

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Originally Posted by Music Lover (Post 2541115)
Since the other thread closed I'll repost here.

We bought a cabin :coolsmiley:

That's wonderful! Congratulations. Are you able to share some details about the cabin?

RobbieB 01-09-2021 12:51 PM

Cabin sounds cool, and expensive too! Good going - :)

Yeah where is it and can you fish close by?

Mr. Tightwad 01-09-2021 12:51 PM

Paid $270 for 300 worth in gift cards for Sprouts market.

Music Lover 01-09-2021 01:50 PM

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Originally Posted by MarieIG (Post 2541121)
That's wonderful! Congratulations. Are you able to share some details about the cabin?

Quote:

Originally Posted by RobbieB (Post 2541131)
Cabin sounds cool, and expensive too! Good going - :)

Yeah where is it and can you fish close by?

It's 50 minutes from home on a large lake, not lakefront but lakeview about 300 yards from the beach. It's only 760 sq ft but laid out very well. We got a good deal as it's been vacant for a few years (elderly owner) but it's in great shape. As a bonus, one of my friends and bandmates has the place next door and knows some of the history and even the person that built it.

I don't fish :)

MarieIG 01-09-2021 02:17 PM

Fishing or not, being that close to the lake sounds wonderful!

Music Lover 01-09-2021 02:26 PM

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Originally Posted by MarieIG (Post 2541181)
Fishing or not, being that close to the lake sounds wonderful!

We're happy. We've been looking for a year or so and this one suits our needs.

kitesurfer2 01-10-2021 06:07 AM

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well, i bought it in 2020 and the thread locked yesterday. It's and Emerald Guitar made in Ireland. I can only compare it to my high end taylors. The 4 Taylors are in the closet forever, the X20 is that good. unfortunately, Taylor has flooded the market with a buy one get one so my closet will stay full for a few years. This x20 cost me $2300 delivered in 7 days. It takes 4 months to have one custom made, which i do plan on doing.

donheff 01-10-2021 07:25 AM

We are remodeling the bathroom and signing up for a 2022 Grand Canyon Raft Trip (the full Monte).

Christine 01-10-2021 08:11 AM

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Originally Posted by kitesurfer2 (Post 2541417)
well, i bought it in 2020 and the thread locked yesterday. It's and Emerald Guitar made in Ireland. I can only compare it to my high end taylors. The 4 Taylors are in the closet forever, the X20 is that good. unfortunately, Taylor has flooded the market with a buy one get one so my closet will stay full for a few years. This x20 cost me $2300 delivered in 7 days. It takes 4 months to have one custom made, which i do plan on doing.


Beautiful, Kitesurfer - now I do have to google the brand.

Music Lover 01-10-2021 08:46 AM

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Originally Posted by kitesurfer2 (Post 2541417)
well, i bought it in 2020 and the thread locked yesterday. It's and Emerald Guitar made in Ireland. I can only compare it to my high end taylors. The 4 Taylors are in the closet forever, the X20 is that good. unfortunately, Taylor has flooded the market with a buy one get one so my closet will stay full for a few years. This x20 cost me $2300 delivered in 7 days. It takes 4 months to have one custom made, which i do plan on doing.

Beautiful guitar and a reasonable price too.

Taylor has a buy one get one deal?

Ronstar 01-10-2021 08:47 AM

Blow That Dough! -2021
 
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Splurged on a new 150-600mm telephoto lens

Koolau 01-10-2021 04:46 PM

I'm already trying to psych myself into springing for 1st class airfare when we are next able to return to the mainland for a sabbatical from Paradise. We missed last summer, so figure maybe we can blow that dough this year. It will be difficult - even though we can afford it. I guess we'll see - watch these pages as YMMV.

Dash man 01-11-2021 09:12 AM

Blow That Dough! -2021
 
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Ordered a new car:

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A 2021 BMW 540i xDrive.

audreyh1 01-11-2021 09:47 AM

Wow! You might be blowing more on it in the future as well!!

capjak 01-11-2021 09:56 AM

Dashman makes me miss my BMW 3 series M. Great cars and mine had all maintenance included for 4 years 50,000 miles. Never had an issue with it, great reliability. Miss Heads up display. But moved on to an SUV....

Dash man 01-11-2021 10:12 AM

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Originally Posted by audreyh1 (Post 2542025)
Wow! You might be blowing more on it in the future as well!!



Time will tell. Warranty is good for four years, maintenance for three.
We recently got hit with an expensive repair on my DWs 2012 MB C300 for rust on the frame. Wouldnt pass state inspection. Turned us off to MB because the car had been garaged since it was new. At least BMW warrants corrosion for ten years.

audreyh1 01-11-2021 11:25 AM

I see a new Apple Watch series 6 in my future, plus an iPad Air for workout videos.

Koolau 01-11-2021 02:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Dash man (Post 2541997)
Ordered a new car:

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A 2021 BMW 540i xDrive.

Nice dash, Dash man. Hope you enjoy for many trouble free years/miles.:greetings10:

audreyh1 01-11-2021 03:39 PM

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Originally Posted by Dash man (Post 2542052)
Time will tell. Warranty is good for four years, maintenance for three.
We recently got hit with an expensive repair on my DWs 2012 MB C300 for rust on the frame. Wouldnt pass state inspection. Turned us off to MB because the car had been garaged since it was new. At least BMW warrants corrosion for ten years.

Are they still requiring a monthly paid subscription to use CarPlay? That really teed me off.

braumeister 01-11-2021 03:44 PM

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Originally Posted by audreyh1 (Post 2542209)
Are they still requiring a monthly paid subscription to use CarPlay? That really teed me off.

AFAIK every major manufacturer offering CarPlay makes it standard. The few that charged for it got too many complaints. Since Apple doesn't charge them anything for it, there was no real justification to charge the customer.

Dash man 01-11-2021 03:46 PM

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Originally Posted by audreyh1 (Post 2542209)
Are they still requiring a monthly paid subscription to use CarPlay? That really teed me off.



I dont have the car yet, so Im not sure. I dont recall seeing anything for Apple CarPlay requiring a subscription. There are telematics services that require a subscription for remote starting, destination assist, emergency calling and such. Of course SiriusXM requires one. All the manufacturers require subscriptions for these. A subscription is also required for WiFi Hotspot if you want your can to have one. Until I have a VIN number I cant get any details.

audreyh1 01-11-2021 04:30 PM

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Originally Posted by braumeister (Post 2542214)
AFAIK every major manufacturer offering CarPlay makes it standard. The few that charged for it got too many complaints. Since Apple doesn't charge them anything for it, there was no real justification to charge the customer.

Well a few years ago, BMW started charging a monthly subscription fee for CarPlay and last we heard they still were, but we haven’t checked recently.

braumeister 01-11-2021 04:33 PM

Yes, BMW was the worst for that. They started out with a $300 fee to use it, then they went to an $80/year subscription model. They stopped doing that about a year ago.

audreyh1 01-11-2021 09:05 PM

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Originally Posted by braumeister (Post 2542248)
Yes, BMW was the worst for that. They started out with a $300 fee to use it, then they went to an $80/year subscription model. They stopped doing that about a year ago.

Good to know. Thanks!

Dash man 01-11-2021 09:31 PM

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Originally Posted by audreyh1 (Post 2542349)
Good to know. Thanks!



Ill let you know the current status of all the subscriptions once I take delivery of the car. Im not too concerned, because I planned to have that expense.

ikonomore 01-12-2021 02:09 PM

BMW is not charging anyone anything for Apple CarPlay. My wife's car(2019) was supposed to get charged in a few months of buying it but they canceled the fee on December 5th, 2019. All subscriptions converted to lifetime for free.

finnski1 01-12-2021 02:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Dash man (Post 2541997)
Ordered a new car:

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A 2021 BMW 540i xDrive.


Wow!

We bought a new to us Subaru on Dec 28th and my entire yearly spend all in 2020 was probably $10-15000 less than just your new car.
Nice.

Koolau 01-12-2021 02:50 PM

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Originally Posted by finnski1 (Post 2542706)
Wow!

We bought a new to us Subaru on Dec 28th and my entire yearly spend all in 2020 was probably $10-15000 less than just your new car.
Nice.

Heh, heh, are use sure you're on the right thread?:angel:

finnski1 01-12-2021 02:54 PM

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Originally Posted by Koolau (Post 2542714)
Heh, heh, are use sure you're on the right thread?:angel:


I'm only allowed as a visitor to this thread. I like to look over the fence at the wealthy neighbors:laugh:

Koolau 01-12-2021 02:59 PM

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Originally Posted by finnski1 (Post 2542717)
I'm only allowed as a visitor to this thread. I like to look over the fence at the wealthy neighbors:laugh:

I hear you. I LOVE new cars. I WANT a C8 Corvette. BUT I'll likely die without ever again buying another new car. I should be banned from this thread as well.:blush:

Boose 01-12-2021 03:36 PM

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Originally Posted by Mr. Tightwad (Post 2541132)
Paid $270 for 300 worth in gift cards for Sprouts market.

I joke that my mom is the reason why discounted Sprouts gift cards are limited per customer. During the post-Thanksgiving sale, she would purchase a year's worth of groceries in gift cards, ensuring that her groceries would be 10% off all year.

f35phixer 01-12-2021 04:00 PM

I have just BLOWN The Dough. Applied for SS at 62 $2039 vice FRA $2854. We don't really need it but, Happy Wife Happy Life ;-)

statsman 01-12-2021 04:13 PM

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Originally Posted by f35phixer (Post 2542765)
I have just BLOWN The Dough. Applied for SS at 62 $2039 vice FRA $2854. We don't really need it but, Happy Wife Happy Life ;-)

Interesting take on the topic. And it would be many years before you could determine whether you really have BLOWN the dough.

RobbieB 01-12-2021 05:09 PM

Ordered up some more wagyu from Snake River Farms. (4) six ounce tenderloins, (1) 20 oz rib-eye cap and 2 pounds of burger.

Three hundred fifty - :)

audreyh1 01-12-2021 05:11 PM

Living high on the hog cow!

No worries, Im about to do another iGourmet cheese/charcuterie order.

RobbieB 01-13-2021 08:22 PM

Ordered up 2 pounds of salmon, 3 pounds of Hamachi and a pound of fresh Bluefin Tuna from Catalina. More Sushi!

Two hundred fifty.

Koolau 01-14-2021 12:29 AM

Stopped at Taco Bell and picked up TEN soft tacos. This midwestern boy is in a South West - Tex/Mex mood today. I'll add some sour cream and enjoy for two days (DW will get half.) YMMV

NW-Bound 01-14-2021 01:27 AM

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Originally Posted by finnski1 (Post 2542717)
I'm only allowed as a visitor to this thread. I like to look over the fence at the wealthy neighbors:laugh:


I visit this thread occasionally to see how people enjoy themselves. We cannot think of anything that would make us happy if we buy it. My wife is happy just surfin' the Web on her tablet. And with no travel possible, I have been spending my time improving my solar storage system.

I have not been blowing the dough, but have more fun growing it. Just did a quick check to see that I have realized a bit more than $10K in gains with selling options since the beginning of the year (8 trading days YTD). That's realized gain, meaning option trades that I have closed out and cash is in my accounts. I have more that has not been realized. The total gain which includes the stock gains (unrealized) is of course a lot more.

Just making money is fun right now. I hope travel to be reopened soon, so I can enjoy spending some of the money.

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Originally Posted by Koolau (Post 2542724)
I hear you. I LOVE new cars. I WANT a C8 Corvette. BUT I'll likely die without ever again buying another new car. I should be banned from this thread as well.:blush:


I bought a new car on Jan 1st, a pedestrian SUV. The last time I bought a new SUV was in 2003. It still has only 33K miles on its odometer. Why the heck did I buy this new car? Well, it's complicated. :)

We have taken this new car out on two grocery errands, and that's it. We are just not "car people". I paid $15/month to try the car Internet connectivity, but have not bothered to play with the car console to see what it offers. My wife has not driven the new car. She made her last errand with another SUV, this one even older than the aforementioned 2003 car.

Did I tell you we are not "car people"? :)

DrRoy 01-14-2021 05:38 AM

Bought 1st class tickets for a fall trip to Europe (hopefully). Still planning to remodel the den in Tudor style oak.

finnski1 01-14-2021 06:45 AM

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Originally Posted by NW-Bound (Post 2543455)
I visit this thread occasionally to see how people enjoy themselves. We cannot think of anything that would make us happy if we buy it. My wife is happy just surfin' the Web on her tablet. And with no travel possible, I have been spending my time improving my solar storage system.

I have not been blowing the dough, but have more fun growing it. Just did a quick check to see that I have realized a bit more than $10K in gains with selling options since the beginning of the year (8 trading days YTD). That's realized gain, meaning option trades that I have closed out and cash is in my accounts. I have more that has not been realized. The total gain which includes the stock gains (unrealized) is of course a lot more.

Just making money is fun right now. I hope travel to be reopened soon, so I can enjoy spending some of the money.




I bought a new car on Jan 1st, a pedestrian SUV. The last time I bought a new SUV was in 2003. It still has only 33K miles on its odometer. Why the heck did I buy this new car? Well, it's complicated. :)

We have taken this new car out on two grocery errands, and that's it. We are just not "car people". I paid $15/month to try the car Internet connectivity, but have not bothered to play with the car console to see what it offers. My wife has not driven the new car. She made her last errand with another SUV, this one even older than the aforementioned 2003 car.

Did I tell you we are not "car people"? :)


Well we have everything we need/want for the most part as well.
We are not car people either.
We tried going down to one vehicle a year ago since we are both retired and it worked pretty well for 2020 with us not going many places at all. However recently the wife had been hinting at getting a car since our only vehicle was a pickup truck that will be 12 years old soon. So we bought another Subaru Outback which is our third one. I call them the Swiss army knife of cars and where we live in the woods of NH they are fantastic AWD vehicles and also have may safety features as well as heated leather seats which are so nice this time of year.
The funny thing is that this is our first "used " vehicle in our entire 36 years of marriage. I totaled up 8 brand new vehicles that we bought in that time and I'm not sure how that happened since we are very frugal with just about everything else we purchase. Guess I should have been on this thread when we bought the new ones. Not now.:laugh:

GravitySucks 01-14-2021 09:25 AM

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Originally Posted by finnski1 (Post 2542717)
I'm only allowed as a visitor to this thread. I like to look over the fence at the wealthy neighbors[emoji23]

Yeah, I gotta stop visiting this thread.
Getting a bad case of Keeping-Up-With-The-Jonses!

pacergal 01-14-2021 12:36 PM

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Originally Posted by RobbieB (Post 2542804)
Ordered up some more wagyu from Snake River Farms. (4) six ounce tenderloins, (1) 20 oz rib-eye cap and 2 pounds of burger.

Three hundred fifty - :)

Snake River Farms has wonderful beef!

RobbieB 01-14-2021 12:46 PM

Yes they do. And Catalina Offshore Products has wonderful (all sushi grade) fish - :)

GTP2022 01-14-2021 01:41 PM

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Originally Posted by f35phixer (Post 2542765)
I have just BLOWN The Dough. Applied for SS at 62 $2039 vice FRA $2854. We don't really need it but, Happy Wife Happy Life ;-)

Actually it's "Happy spouse, happy house". Don't count yourself out.

street 01-14-2021 01:54 PM

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Originally Posted by RobbieB (Post 2543404)
Ordered up 2 pounds of salmon, 3 pounds of Hamachi and a pound of fresh Bluefin Tuna from Catalina. More Sushi!

Two hundred fifty.

You got 6 pounds of sea food for 250. That would be about 42 bucks a pound. You are living life high. Good for you!

Out-to-Lunch 01-14-2021 03:37 PM

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Originally Posted by street (Post 2543687)
You got 6 pounds of sea food for 250. That would be about 42 bucks a pound. You are living life high. Good for you!

That was a bargain compared to the beef! ;D

audreyh1 01-14-2021 03:57 PM

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Originally Posted by Out-to-Lunch (Post 2543761)
That was a bargain compared to the beef! ;D

Yep!

As we polish off $26 of Hawaii sourced Ahi tuna.

KCGeezer 01-14-2021 06:36 PM

Or you could look at it as money saved. I imagine the BTD beef and seafood would be quite a bit more at a good restaurant. And you had the fun of cooking it yourself. Im a glass half full kind of guy.

JP.mpls 01-14-2021 06:57 PM

Two dough blows to report:
- The deck and flat roof underneath it need to be replaced at my new old Florida townhome. I'm very capable of doing this work, and I have been making plans to start working on it after finishing up the restoration of the two bedrooms. Lots of other work to be done here too
A roofing crew just did a nice job replacing my neighbors, and I got a quote from that contractor.
I called him today, and said to get it done. Very out of character for me, and very much blowing that dough.
- My brother called this week, and said our father and step mother need new tires for their car. They have no savings, so big items blow them out of the water financially. My brother could afford to help, but he is so programmed to be frugal, that he is incapable. I want to help my father, and get my brother to start figuring out that he isn't taking it with him. I've been encouraging him to buy a townhome in palm springs that he wants. He needs to blow that dough too. Neither of us has children to leave it to.
I sent my father a check for the tires. It feels good.
Take care, JP

ERD50 01-14-2021 09:24 PM

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Originally Posted by kitesurfer2 (Post 2541417)
well, i bought it in 2020 and the thread locked yesterday. It's and Emerald Guitar made in Ireland. I can only compare it to my high end taylors. The 4 Taylors are in the closet forever, the X20 is that good. unfortunately, Taylor has flooded the market with a buy one get one so my closet will stay full for a few years. This x20 cost me $2300 delivered in 7 days. It takes 4 months to have one custom made, which i do plan on doing.

Nice! I was not familiar with the brand (I'm not really a player, I own 2 guitars and strum a few chords now and then, but I'm interested in just about all things musical), so I had to do a little searching. Very interesting, I thought it was electric at first, but now I see that sound hole is at the top. On some forums, all this talk about "CF", I though they meant (CF) Martin, ahhh Carbon Fiber.

The general consensus from a little reading I did was that most people appreciate the stability of carbon fiber, but many feel this is the first CF guitar to have a top notch sound as well. Wood is a beautiful and wonderful material, but a guitar has a lot of stress, and people want to keep them for decades, and wood often isn't up to the task.

Being made in Ireland reminded me that I read that the Irish harps are pretty much expected to fall apart in a few years. To get the sound they want, they have to be light weight, and they just accept that they won't last. I recall one luthier saying that the best sounding guitar is one that is on the edge of falling apart!

-ERD50

Luvdogs 01-14-2021 10:15 PM

Finally got going on the master bath remodel of the condo. It was about 30 years since the last remodel but I had the shower redone (and failed-leaked) four years ago so hopefully getting it done "right" this time.

They started on Jan 4, gutted it, redid the shower really nicely and hopefully waterproof, all the other stuff, vanity was installed/measured for countertop and quartz countertop will be installed tomorrow.

Sink faucet and odds and ends probably Saturday and it will be DONE!!

This is my third bathroom remodel (plus the failed shower). Most have taken about three months (they lied on the timeframe) but this will be done in TWO WEEKS!!

As long as things continue smoothly will get them rolling on the 2nd bath soon.

RobbieB 01-14-2021 11:11 PM

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Originally Posted by KCGeezer (Post 2543839)
Or you could look at it as money saved. I imagine the BTD beef and seafood would be quite a bit more at a good restaurant. And you had the fun of cooking it yourself. Im a glass half full kind of guy.

Yup.

My wagyu on the barbee is way better than Ruth ever even dreamed about.

My sushi is better than the bar. They use ahi, I use bluefin.

So, I buy premium meat and fish and make better food than I can get at the restaurants (for twice as much dough) at home (during these covid times) and live large on the safe and the cheap.

Pretty good eh? I save dough by Blowing That Dough! Just have to have skills...

Live large, have fun and be happy!

pacergal 01-15-2021 03:38 PM

Inspired by RobbieB--went to our local meat and fresh fish place and picked up Snake River Farms American Wagyu Top Sirloin steaks and half of a Fresh Chinook Salmon, $100.94
Great meals coming up this week!!

Palmtree 01-15-2021 04:32 PM

We are several hours from the coast. A friend told us that a local specialty store just got in a some fresh dry scallops. Very rare to find them dry, fresh, never frozen. At $25 a pound, we are eating well tonight!

RobbieB 01-15-2021 07:36 PM

I bought a De Buyer mineral B skillet, 3mm 1% carbon steel especially for searing scallops. Heat to smoking hot (no oil) and place the oiled scallops on the hot pan. Make sure the vent hood works good and turn it to max. A couple minutes, lift with tongs, dip in oil and sear the other side.

Magnificent!

pb4uski 01-15-2021 08:01 PM

Why is it that every time I look at the Portal page and see that RobbieB is the last poster to the Blow That Dough! thread that I feel compelled to open the thread as see what is going on? ???

audreyh1 01-15-2021 08:03 PM

Cause he’s always got a spectacular recent purchase!

ERD50 01-15-2021 08:25 PM

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Originally Posted by pb4uski (Post 2544389)
Why is it that every time I look at the Portal page and see that RobbieB is the last poster to the Blow That Dough! thread that I feel compelled to open the thread as see what is going on? ???

It's a fun thread, IMO. It's nice to splurge once in awhile (and 'splurge' can mean just about anything, relative to your income). I like getting ideas about things I may not have even known about that I might want. Sometimes it's fun to see what other people are excited about, even if it's something I'd never buy. Kinda gets me out of my own world, and I see new things.

I like it!

-ERD50

ERD50 01-15-2021 08:37 PM

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Originally Posted by RobbieB (Post 2544381)
I bought a De Buyer mineral B skillet, 3mm 1% carbon steel especially for searing scallops. Heat to smoking hot (no oil) and place the oiled scallops on the hot pan. Make sure the vent hood works good and turn it to max. A couple minutes, lift with tongs, dip in oil and sear the other side.

Magnificent!

While you'll still want the fan on max, here's a technique I had success with while pan searing steaks recently:

We have a lid from another pan that fits our cast iron pan pretty well. So I get it super hot, add some oil, cover it, give it maybe 10 seconds for the oil to heat, throw the steak in and cover it. Check after a minute or so, flip when ready and finish the other side (these steaks were cooked to ~ 125F in a 225F oven(1)). I was afraid it would tend to steam it, but that didn't seem to be a problem with the high heat directly on the steak. Cuts the smoke way, way down.

I do scallops in a 'regular' teflon or anodized no-stick pan. For the size scallops we get from Costco (a bit bigger than a golf ball?), I don't seem to need super hot. It takes ~ 2 minutes/side to get them cooked through, so too hot and they might be burned rather than browned, and still raw on the inside? Maybe you are using smaller scallops that cook quicker?

(1) Sous-vide works well also, but I prefer the slow oven approach for steaks. Less fiddling about, and the heat dries the outside, so it sears up really nice w/o having to steam off all that moisture (so maybe less steaming than sous-vide, even uncovered?).

-ERD50

RunningBum 01-15-2021 08:46 PM

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Originally Posted by DrRoy (Post 2543464)
Bought 1st class tickets for a fall trip to Europe (hopefully). Still planning to remodel the den in Tudor style oak.

I'd love to see the pics of the den when the remodel is done.

Blue531 01-17-2021 04:38 PM

After I become a millionaire, I might blow some of that dough on a small condo at the beach, under $100k.

bobbyr 01-23-2021 05:09 AM

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Originally Posted by ERD50 (Post 2544401)
While you'll still want the fan on max, here's a technique I had success with while pan searing steaks recently:

We have a lid from another pan that fits our cast iron pan pretty well. So I get it super hot, add some oil, cover it, give it maybe 10 seconds for the oil to heat, throw the steak in and cover it. Check after a minute or so, flip when ready and finish the other side (these steaks were cooked to ~ 125F in a 225F oven(1)). I was afraid it would tend to steam it, but that didn't seem to be a problem with the high heat directly on the steak. Cuts the smoke way, way down.

what kind of oil to keep smoke down?

donheff 01-23-2021 06:19 AM

I made reservations for a high end Grand Canyon Raft trip leaving in late May of 2022. We had to cancel the same trip last May due to the pandemic. This is one of those fully supported trips on a motorized raft. We have so many people going we may fill two rafts.

I just transferred $ to checking to buy a 2018 Lexus SUV I have been leasing. It only has 15K miles on it and the blue book value equals or exceeds the residual. I'm not happy with the 2021 model and can't find another car that I really like. I will wait a year or so and then buy or lease the 2022 model of the same car or another similar car, preferably a plug-in hybrid.

ERD50 01-23-2021 08:35 AM

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Originally Posted by bobbyr (Post 2548030)
what kind of oil to keep smoke down?

The recommendation always seems to be a high temp oil, like canola or peanut, but we normally use Olive oil and Extra Virgin Olive oil for everything, so we just use olive oil. Works for us.

-ERD50

Out-to-Lunch 01-23-2021 09:39 AM

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Originally Posted by ERD50 (Post 2548107)
The recommendation always seems to be a high temp oil, like canola or peanut, but we normally use Olive oil and Extra Virgin Olive oil for everything, so we just use olive oil. Works for us.

-ERD50

+1. Same thoughts here.

Time2 01-23-2021 09:55 AM

I've been in the Sauna planning stages for a while. My son and I started building a couple days ago. We started with the floor, so far we have only framed, insulated, put in a vapor barrier and covered the floor. I'm buying framing materials for the walls today. I still have not found T&G Cedar that I'm happy with, I've been to Lowe's and Home Depot, still need to look further. I expect to spend $1200 to $1500, it could be more.

Out-to-Lunch 01-23-2021 10:16 AM

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Originally Posted by Time2 (Post 2548163)
I've been in the Sauna planning stages for a while. My son and I started building a couple days ago. We started with the floor, so far we have only framed, insulated, put in a vapor barrier and covered the floor. I'm buying framing materials for the walls today. I still have not found T&G Cedar that I'm happy with, I've been to Lowe's and Home Depot, still need to look further. I expect to spend $1200 to $1500, it could be more.

Awesome!

IMHO, you want clear (i.e., no knots) T&G cedar. At least in my experience 15 years ago, you cannot find clear cedar at a big box store. You could probably order it from places that sell sauna "kits," without buying their kit.

I also splurged and bought clear cedar 2x4's for the benches. Forget about finding those anywhere but a specialty supplier!

braumeister 01-23-2021 10:20 AM

I've built them with both cedar and redwood, and find them both to be just as good. Got everything from sauna suppliers.

donheff 01-23-2021 10:31 AM

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Originally Posted by ERD50 (Post 2548107)
The recommendation always seems to be a high temp oil, like canola or peanut, but we normally use Olive oil and Extra Virgin Olive oil for everything, so we just use olive oil. Works for us.

-ERD50

+1 I used to keep some of the other oils around but not anymore.

audreyh1 01-23-2021 11:13 AM

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OK DH really blew it!

audreyh1 01-23-2021 12:19 PM

Oops - I blew some too.

A 30% off flash sale this weekend at D'Artagnan's which includes some of the foie gras products. https://www.dartagnan.com/buy/flash-sale/

RobbieB 01-23-2021 12:37 PM

I'll have a few shavings off the Jamon por favor! Nice blow - :)

Vincenzo Corleone 01-23-2021 01:33 PM

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Originally Posted by audreyh1 (Post 2548318)
Oops - I blew some too.

A 30% off flash sale this weekend at D'Artagnan's which includes some of the foie gras products. https://www.dartagnan.com/buy/flash-sale/

Thanks for the heads-up.

Teacher Terry 01-23-2021 02:18 PM

I bought a nice condo in a high rise downtown on Thursday. Can’t wait to move in!!

audreyh1 01-23-2021 02:40 PM

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Originally Posted by RobbieB (Post 2548335)
I'll have a few shavings off the Jamon por favor! Nice blow - :)

Yeah, DH is going to be very busy slicing for a month. Were checking our stock of FoodSaver bags.

Winemaker 01-23-2021 04:26 PM

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OK DH really blew it!

Both are great blows Audrey! Enjoy!:dance:

Koolau 01-23-2021 05:01 PM

Not sure it actually counts as blowing-that-dough ('cause it wasn't fun) but I got my first round of meds for the year. Most were really cheap. One med cost upwards of $400 for 3 months. The nice lady at the counter warned me it was going to be expensive. I told her it was "moderately better than dying.":facepalm: No generics available and meds in the same class have WAY worse side-effect profiles. So, I revert to my standby logic: What better way could you spend your money than on your health - and survival?" Hey, BLOW that dough! YMMV

finnski1 01-23-2021 05:38 PM

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Originally Posted by Teacher Terry (Post 2548430)
I bought a nice condo in a high rise downtown on Thursday. Cant wait to move in!!


Well that certainly qualifies! Enjoy. Makes the 4 new snow tires and wheels I just bought seem a little silly in comparison but hey it was $1070.

Dtail 01-24-2021 02:46 AM

Just paid 3k to have my convertible hard top BMW roof fixed. They had the car for 3 weeks.
They threw in a "free" full detailing. lol

DrRoy 01-24-2021 05:24 AM

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Originally Posted by DrRoy (Post 2543464)
Bought 1st class tickets for a fall trip to Europe (hopefully). Still planning to remodel the den in Tudor style oak.

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Originally Posted by RunningBum (Post 2544403)
I'd love to see the pics of the den when the remodel is done.

The contractor is running behind in getting the plan together. We really like this guy and he is exceptionally good, but he is super busy and short on staff.

pjigar 01-24-2021 07:33 AM

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Originally Posted by Koolau (Post 2548569)
Not sure it actually counts as blowing-that-dough ('cause it wasn't fun) but I got my first round of meds for the year. Most were really cheap. One med cost upwards of $400 for 3 months. The nice lady at the counter warned me it was going to be expensive. I told her it was "moderately better than dying.":facepalm: No generics available and meds in the same class have WAY worse side-effect profiles. So, I revert to my standby logic: What better way could you spend your money than on your health - and survival?" Hey, BLOW that dough! YMMV

We paid for our son's medication at $600 a month (out of pocket) for 3 years until generic became available which is now $12 a month. We had a separate line item in our budget for pharmacy during those years. I feel you.

pjigar 01-24-2021 07:37 AM

Bought farm implements totaling $3500 this month: Rotary tiller, stump bucket and pallet forks. Plan is to clear some land to build a "bigger than the house" shop which will be another big Blow That Dough.

Time2 01-24-2021 09:50 AM

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Originally Posted by Time2 (Post 2548163)
I've been in the Sauna planning stages for a while. My son and I started building a couple days ago. We started with the floor, so far we have only framed, insulated, put in a vapor barrier and covered the floor. I'm buying framing materials for the walls today. I still have not found T&G Cedar that I'm happy with, I've been to Lowe's and Home Depot, still need to look further. I expect to spend $1200 to $1500, it could be more.


Thanks to Out-to-Lunch and Braumeister for the input on the wood.
I'm sending out emails to the Sauna kit companies. I don't see any that specifically say the sell just the wood, but I'm asking anyway.
Do you have any sauna companies in mind for just the wood?
I'm in Florida, I'd like to avoid shipping cost from the Pacific Northwest!

Christine 01-24-2021 10:47 AM

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Originally Posted by Teacher Terry (Post 2548430)
I bought a nice condo in a high rise downtown on Thursday. Cant wait to move in!!

Well blown! Congrats! :flowers:

Out-to-Lunch 01-24-2021 12:28 PM

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Originally Posted by Time2 (Post 2548790)
Thanks to Out-to-Lunch and Braumeister for the input on the wood.
I'm sending out emails to the Sauna kit companies. I don't see any that specifically say the sell just the wood, but I'm asking anyway.
Do you have any sauna companies in mind for just the wood?
I'm in Florida, I'd like to avoid shipping cost from the Pacific Northwest!

It appears the place I bought mine from, called finn-tastic.com, has gone out of business. I am sorry, but I don't know of others. I suspect, but don't know, that the "kit" places you can find may be responsive to a request for materials.

Since I last wrote, I remembered that I did purchase some cedar T&G from a local lumber store. (I decided to finish off some of the rest of the basement with T&G cedar.) It was not clear cedar, but knotty. I was able to go to my local independent lumber yard and order it.

Helen 01-24-2021 12:43 PM

We settled into our Palm Springs condo which we rented from mid Jan thru the end of April. We rented it last year and invited friends and family to visit but most had to cancel dur to the virus. So we rented it again this year thinking we would invite friends and family - oops. It's 3 bedrooms for the two of us.

We are enjoying it. It's an easy walk to downtown, has 3 tennis courts and 8 pools and spas. All of the spas are heated but only 2 pools at a time.

DrRoy 01-25-2021 06:06 AM

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Originally Posted by DrRoy (Post 2543464)
Still planning to remodel the den in Tudor style oak.

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Originally Posted by RunningBum (Post 2544403)
I'd love to see the pics of the den when the remodel is done.

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Originally Posted by DrRoy (Post 2548710)
The contractor is running behind in getting the plan together. We really like this guy and he is exceptionally good, but he is super busy and short on staff.

The contractor is coming over this week with the preliminary plan and his carpenter. We are also planning to refurnish the room. We have had a cheap, particle board, horizontal, two drawer file cabinet for many years. Gonna replace it with one Amish made from solid, quarter sawn oak - $1300 (plus tax).

Bigdawg 01-25-2021 06:13 AM

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Originally Posted by finnski1 (Post 2548596)
Well that certainly qualifies! Enjoy. Makes the 4 new snow tires and wheels I just bought seem a little silly in comparison but hey it was $1070.

Is that all? Got a great deal on the 1983 CJ8 Jeep Scrambler in late Nov (10K). Just put Mickey Thompsons (wheels and tires) all around for $2300.

f35phixer 01-25-2021 06:39 AM

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Originally Posted by Bigdawg (Post 2549222)
Is that all? Got a great deal on the 1983 CJ8 Jeep Scrambler in late Nov (10K). Just put Mickey Thompsons (wheels and tires) all around for $2300.

You expecting big snow at PAX ;D 80 down here in FLA....

You need to retire AGAIN :facepalm:

Be safe.

finnski1 01-25-2021 06:46 AM

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Originally Posted by Bigdawg (Post 2549222)
Is that all? Got a great deal on the 1983 CJ8 Jeep Scrambler in late Nov (10K). Just put Mickey Thompsons (wheels and tires) all around for $2300.


Yeah those probably wouldn't look too good on a Subaru Outback.:laugh:

Time2 01-25-2021 06:51 AM

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Originally Posted by Bigdawg (Post 2549222)
Is that all? Got a great deal on the 1983 CJ8 Jeep Scrambler in late Nov (10K). Just put Mickey Thompsons (wheels and tires) all around for $2300.


WOW, I thought sure you were off by 30 years! I went looking and yep,
1983 CJ8 Jeep Scramblers are going for over $19,000. Golly, those sure hold their prices.

EDIT: I just looked for the Original MSRP $6,765, Unless I have it wrong, it's worth more now then when they were new.
https://www.nadaguides.com/Cars/1983...eep-4X4/Values

ShokWaveRider 01-25-2021 08:29 AM

We should have a "Nearly Blew That Dough" section. :) I almost purchased a 1973 MGB this past weekend. Unfortunately it did not pan out and I passed on it. I have been looking for a MGB for years to tinker with but I must have a rust free straight body. Not so easy to find.

sengsational 01-26-2021 10:41 AM

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I like the sauna progress. If you start calling the local lumber yards, they can likely order the T&G for you. It will probably come from the Pacific Northwest anyway. I went the kit route, but did get a quote for T&G only from a lumber yard.

I'd like to hire an engineer to draw up plans for a screened porch. The drop-in simple types don't integrate well into my situation, so want a set of drawings, ready to go to the county permit office. But my calls have gone unanswered, so must not be calling the right people. Any ideas to help me blow the dough would be appreciated.

wmc1000 01-26-2021 11:30 AM

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Got rough base spread for 32'x56' pole barn to be erected this spring. Next will be medium base gravel.


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