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finnski1 06-19-2021 08:39 AM

We went with an all natural latex mattress several years ago. Bought online at Plush beds with a 100 night free trial. Still love it. Has a 1" wool top layer (of course hidden below the all natural cotton outer layer)that is breathable and a fire retardant and the mattress is 10' thick all natural latex. You can order in any firmness you want and at around $2000 it was well worth it. Plus they last more than twice as long as spring style mattresses which eventually sag and you're not sleeping on the same one you bought only a few years earlier. This doesn't seem to change nor sag at all.
Don't like memory foam because I feel like you are sleeping on a crime scene chalk outline when you get up. Also no where near as breathable and cool.

Timeisprecious 06-19-2021 08:42 AM

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Originally Posted by TrvlBug (Post 2622235)
$6.3K to replace our Sleep Number mattress. We bought our top of the line SN 3.5 years ago. Purchased the split bed and dislike it intensely as the 'cuddle factor' is a 1 rather than 10. So today we dropped $6.3K to purchase a partial split mattress...the bottom foot portion is one piece and the top is separate to allow individual head positions. So our new bead cost us $16.3K :facepalm:...ouch.

Ahhhh - a great night's sleep with a largely improved cuddle factor; sounds worth it to me!

MissMolly 06-19-2021 08:48 AM

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Originally Posted by finnski1 (Post 2622444)
We went with an all natural latex mattress several years ago. Bought online at Plush beds with a 100 night free trial. Still love it. Has a 1" wool top layer (of course hidden below the all natural cotton outer layer)that is breathable and a fire retardant and the mattress is 10' thick all natural latex. You can order in any firmness you want and at around $2000 it was well worth it. Plus they last more than twice as long as spring style mattresses which eventually sag and you're not sleeping on the same one you bought only a few years earlier. This doesn't seem to change nor sag at all.
Don't like memory foam because I feel like you are sleeping on a crime scene chalk outline when you get up. Also no where near as breathable and cool.

You have a 10 foot thick mattress? WOW! How tall is the ceiling in your bedroom? :laugh:

Timeisprecious 06-19-2021 08:49 AM

Okay, get this: Getting ready to spend nearly $3K to tear out the bushes and such we have running along the front and sides of our home in put in irises. What guy spends $3K for FLOWERS??? :D DW will really love 'em, though. ;)

finnski1 06-19-2021 08:53 AM

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Originally Posted by MissMolly (Post 2622452)
You have a 10 foot thick mattress? WOW! How tall are the ceilings in your bedroom? :laugh:


Yes we have 20 foot ceilings and I am really nimble at climbing ladders.;)

ShokWaveRider 06-19-2021 08:56 AM

We had our Garage Floor resurfaced with a Polyurea Coating (Not Epoxy). $800. After a couple of days it needed a touch up, but the vendor is honoring the 15year warranty, so all good.

finnski1 06-19-2021 08:59 AM

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Originally Posted by MissMolly (Post 2622452)
You have a 10 foot thick mattress? WOW! How tall is the ceiling in your bedroom? :laugh:


Maybe it will be like the razor thing.
You know the marketing guys sit around and say. " I don't know what else we can do with these razors to make people want to be impressed and buy more.
Hey I know if 2 blades are good and 3 is better maybe we should put 4, heck let's leapfrog the competition and put 5 blades in there"
"You know if a 10 inch mattress is good lets take it up several notches and convince people that 10 feet is the ultimate in comfort.":)

Koolau 06-19-2021 09:09 AM

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Originally Posted by MissMolly (Post 2622452)
You have a 10 foot thick mattress? WOW! How tall is the ceiling in your bedroom? :laugh:

Reminds me of the play "Once Upon a Mattress" (based on the Princess and the Pea.)

aja8888 06-19-2021 10:22 AM

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Originally Posted by Aerides (Post 2622433)
We've just ordered a bed-in-a-box, the Helix Midnight Luxe. Online only, but gets good reviews for the type of bed we want.

We'll have 100 nights to try it and free returns if it doesn't work out. It was our #1 pick after lots of searching, but we have several also-rans to cycle through and play goldilocks if it comes to it, with no risk as all the on-lines do the 100 night thing now.

We have a similar brand but came in a box and all foam layers. I put the correct frame under it. We love it. :coolsmiley:

4legsgood 06-19-2021 10:28 AM

Although I love the blow that dough mantra, I can't help but look at the amounts here and think that would buy a lot of melatonin. I can't sleep on the ground anymore but don't need much more than that. It's the getting to a relaxed mental state that is the challenge for me.

ShokWaveRider 06-19-2021 10:38 AM

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Originally Posted by 4legsgood (Post 2622511)
It's the getting to a relaxed mental state that is the challenge for me.

Me too! It Takes on average about an hour for me to stop all the randomized sleep preventing thoughts from wizzing around. From Solving world peace to fixing that damn AC Capacitor, or the hose that fills the drain barrel, or should I take SS before 70?.

finnski1 06-19-2021 10:42 AM

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Originally Posted by ShokWaveRider (Post 2622518)
Me too! It Takes on average about an hour for me to stop all the randomized sleep preventing thoughts from wizzing around. From Solving world peace to fixing that damn AC Capacitor, or the hose that fills the drain barrel, or should I take SS before 70?.


I think it generally takes me about 60 seconds to fall asleep. I'm not complaining.;)

TrvlBug 06-19-2021 10:58 AM

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Originally Posted by finnski1 (Post 2622444)
We went with an all natural latex mattress several years ago. Bought online at Plush beds with a 100 night free trial. Still love it. Has a 1" wool top layer (of course hidden below the all natural cotton outer layer)that is breathable and a fire retardant and the mattress is 10' thick all natural latex. You can order in any firmness you want and at around $2000 it was well worth it. Plus they last more than twice as long as spring style mattresses which eventually sag and you're not sleeping on the same one you bought only a few years earlier. This doesn't seem to change nor sag at all.
Don't like memory foam because I feel like you are sleeping on a crime scene chalk outline when you get up. Also no where near as breathable and cool.

We're looking at replacing our 24 year old guest bedroom bed. Want to get a decent quality but don't want to BTD for the occasional guests. Will look into latex.

TrvlBug 06-19-2021 10:59 AM

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Originally Posted by Timeisprecious (Post 2622454)
Okay, get this: Getting ready to spend nearly $3K to tear out the bushes and such we have running along the front and sides of our home in put in irises. What guy spends $3K for FLOWERS??? :D DW will really love 'em, though. ;)

And so will you!!! We spent a fortune relandscaping and the ongoing gardening, most of which i do, is BTD territory. DH complains, but absolutely loves it as do I.

TrvlBug 06-19-2021 11:06 AM

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Originally Posted by Timeisprecious (Post 2622446)
Ahhhh - a great night's sleep with a largely improved cuddle factor; sounds worth it to me!

Agree 100%. Didn't think twice about replacing the mattress. Love our SN, but dislike the mattress style. DH is relaxing upstairs in zero gravity mode. Priceless :dance:.

finnski1 06-19-2021 11:14 AM

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Originally Posted by TrvlBug (Post 2622535)
We're looking at replacing our 24 year old guest bedroom bed. Want to get a decent quality but don't want to BTD for the occasional guests. Will look into latex.

This is the one we have. Extremely happy with it. Latex is not inexpensive compared to many other categories but well worth it to us.
https://www.plushbeds.com/products/t...18770039275618
two great sites for mattress reviews etc
https://www.sleeplikethedead.com/
https://www.themattressunderground.com/

Aerides 06-19-2021 11:23 AM

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Originally Posted by aja8888 (Post 2622508)
We have a similar brand but came in a box and all foam layers. I put the correct frame under it. We love it. :coolsmiley:

A lot of the newer ones are a mix. They have a bunch of layers, including a layer of coils, then foam and other stuff. Hybrid basically. DH has lower back issues, and our tempurpedic is well past the expiry date, and we're going from a queen to a king as well.

Just getting the new bed/frame was the hardest part... of course after looking at all the king beds in the world I have my heart set on one that has had its delivery date delayed 3x already... so we'll make do with a simple frame for the interim.

oiseux 06-19-2021 02:10 PM

I've been avoiding the thread due to its bad influence --- but are those sleep number beds the thing? Just spent $3.5K on a S&F and that caused panic attacks. Can't imagine 10 to 15K (although I saw some like that).

Also ordered a new sectional -- lead time was like 4 1/2 months!

Made an appointment with my landscaper for a new backyard design. I fear the bill.

Even without watching the thread, I'm keeping up, so I might as well keep following along.

W2R 06-19-2021 02:32 PM

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Originally Posted by ShokWaveRider (Post 2622518)
Me too! It Takes on average about an hour for me to stop all the randomized sleep preventing thoughts from wizzing around. From Solving world peace to fixing that damn AC Capacitor, or the hose that fills the drain barrel, or should I take SS before 70?.

If you figure out that World Peace solution, please let those in power know! I am 73 and have been waiting/hoping for World Peace for at least 65+ years already.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1ZOWwW2agQ

As for beds, I have a 19 year old king sized Serta (or is it S&F?) and it is just perfect. I am never as comfortable in any other bed. For some unexplainable reason it doesn't seem to have deteriorated at all, over the years, so I am not shopping for a new bed, at least not yet. I bought it on sale for a very low price (maybe under $1000? not much anyway) back in 2002.

I thought of buying a Tempur-pedic about 10 years ago, when my DD got one and raved about it. I even went to a mattress store and tried one out, and it seemed pretty nice. But then I figured I'd have to buy a new bed (instead of my present plain metal bed frame with head board), and that would mean a new bedroom set entirely. The hypothetical costs kept mounting so I ditched that dumb idea.

TrvlBug 06-19-2021 03:33 PM

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Originally Posted by oiseux (Post 2622609)
I've been avoiding the thread due to its bad influence --- but are those sleep number beds the thing? Just spent $3.5K on a S&F and that caused panic attacks. Can't imagine 10 to 15K (although I saw some like that).

... ...

Don't know if they're a thing, but we got ours due to necessity. I had been waking up with back aches for some time so we knew it was time for a new bed. Was planning on the usual. Then I developed some hip issues that caused excruciating pain and I couldn't sleep more than 1 hour at a time w/o waking and having to deal with the pain. Off to Sleep Number we went and the super softness allowed me to sleep a little better. Now that I'm healed, both DH and I are back to our normal medium to firm settings. Did I mention we love the bed :laugh:. If I had to make the decision now, I would put more time into research.

Sunset 06-19-2021 10:54 PM

I wonder what happens to all the returned 100 night trial mattresses ???

Do they just steam them and wrap them for the next person ? or donate ?

lem1955 06-21-2021 05:55 AM

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Originally Posted by audreyh1 (Post 2616953)
I really donít see this happening as folks here are too busy doing their own thing to pay attention to what the Jonesís are doing. However it definitely seems to inspire a few to loosen the purse strings a bit.

Yes, I come here to counteract my insecurity about spending for what I consider large wants rather than needs. I have to also say my mantra repeatedly, "We HAVE the money. Relax."

audreyh1 06-21-2021 07:03 AM

Yeah, once you’ve achieved a big enough nest egg, you can stop carefully spending only on “needs”, and instead looking at your life priorities and how best to fund them.

Aerides 06-21-2021 08:02 AM

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Originally Posted by Sunset (Post 2622745)
I wonder what happens to all the returned 100 night trial mattresses ???

Do they just steam them and wrap them for the next person ? or donate ?

Donate. It is not legal in the US to re-sell a returned mattress. One of the companies specifically says on their site that your return will be processed by a donation, and they will arrange local pick up from the donation center directly (goodwill, habitat etc.).

Most of the companies we looked at also ask that you keep and try the mattress for a full 30 days before asking to return, to ensure it's broken in and you've adjusted before you decide.

Aerides 06-21-2021 08:04 AM

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Originally Posted by TrvlBug (Post 2622644)
I had been waking up with back aches for some time so we knew it was time for a new bed.

Exactly! I can fall asleep on anything anywhere anytime. But I want to wake up many hours later feeling good, not worse than when I went to bed. When that starts happening, and your mattress is 10-15 or more years old, a new one is due.

In our case, we're also upgrading to a King size and redoing the bedroom completely. What we had currently was all picked out by DH before we met, and was never something I would have picked...so I've been more than patient!

Huston55 06-21-2021 10:12 AM

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Originally Posted by audreyh1 (Post 2623131)
Yeah, once youíve achieved a big enough nest egg, you can stop carefully spending only on ďneedsĒ, and instead looking at your life priorities and how best to fund them.

Yep, life is short and you get only one...80/30,000/700,000/42,000,000/2.5B

NW-Bound 06-21-2021 10:18 AM

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Originally Posted by audreyh1 (Post 2623131)
Yeah, once you’ve achieved a big enough nest egg, you can stop carefully spending only on “needs”, and instead looking at your life priorities and how best to fund them.

Very well put.

My #1 priority is health, and unfortunately money does not really help that.

I guess if I get really sick, money may get me better treatments. Just may.

It's not a sure thing, else billionaires would live a lot longer than us, and I do not see evidence that it is true. They probably die in better comfort though, and that counts for something. :)

BH58 06-22-2021 12:36 PM

Not sure if this is really enough $$ to qualify as blow that dough but what is everyone buying on Amazon Prime Day? I ordered a mini DVD player to use with my projector for outside movies, a paperwhite kindle for reading - they are waterproof now for beach and pool reading, and some bluetooth headphones.

CardsFan 06-22-2021 06:43 PM

Well, as I posted in another thread, we had some water damage to the kitchen floor, due to a leaking dishwasher (even with the water main valve off).

Anyway, we got an insurance settlement that was quite fair, so we will replace that floor, right?

NO. We are going to paint the walls and replace all the floor in the kitchen, dining area, living room, entryway and hallway. So, instead of paying $1k (the deductible) for the damaged floor, we will spend about $7,500 for the painting and extra flooring.

In fairness, DW had talked about doing this before the damage, but now, here we go.

We CAN afford it, so what the heck.

MBAustin 06-24-2021 10:07 AM

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Picked up my new Prius Prime (plug-in hybrid) yesterday:

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I decided to BTD by getting the top-of-the-line Limited model with all the bells and whistles. I downloaded the 6 owners manuals from the Toyota website - 1800 pages!!!

We'll be giving my 2010 Prius to DD as her law school graduation gift. I really loved that car and based on the first 24 hours, I'll enjoy this one even more.

braumeister 06-24-2021 10:15 AM

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Originally Posted by MBAustin (Post 2624379)
I downloaded the 6 owners manuals from the Toyota website - 1800 pages!!!

That is just insane!

Suggestion: My car has the manuals loaded in the "infotainment" system, so I can just bring it up and use the search function to find what I need to look up. Yours may have the same feature.

Anyway, enjoy it! New cars are always fun.

skipro33 06-24-2021 10:15 AM

Ordered new fridge from COSTCO yesterday through their new monthly ad;
https://www.costco.com/lg-28-cu.-ft....100413016.html

https://richmedia.ca-richimage.com/I...1&recipeId=732

It is $2,000 discounted $1,000 from their previous price of $3,000. My current fridge is 15 years old and the ice maker never did work right. This one has two ice makers; one in the door and one in the bottom freezer.
This new one is 28 cubic feet, the old one is 22. , everything I read says a fridge lasts normally 10 to 12 years. Who wants to panic shop for a fridge when their's conks out? Besides, my working one I'll be replacing can be sold for a couple hundred to help offset the price of the new one.

REWahoo 06-24-2021 10:20 AM

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Originally Posted by MBAustin (Post 2624379)
Picked up my new Prius Prime (plug-in hybrid) yesterday:

^ Very nice! Love the color.

Curious as to your purchase experience in light of all the stories we're hearing about paying above sticker price for some models. Was the car in inventory or did you order it a while back?

audreyh1 06-24-2021 10:21 AM

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Originally Posted by MBAustin (Post 2624379)
Picked up my new Prius Prime (plug-in hybrid) yesterday:

Attachment 39318

I decided to BTD by getting the top-of-the-line Limited model with all the bells and whistles. I downloaded the 6 owners manuals from the Toyota website - 1800 pages!!!

We'll be giving my 2010 Prius to DD as her law school graduation gift. I really loved that car and based on the first 24 hours, I'll enjoy this one even more.

Great color!

Koolau 06-24-2021 10:34 AM

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Originally Posted by audreyh1 (Post 2624388)
Great color!

Be careful the local LEOs don't profile you as a hot-rodder with that color - truly stunning! Enjoy.

braumeister 06-24-2021 10:36 AM

Yes, DW got the same color on the new Venza she recently bought, and has had so many compliments on it. Toyota is doing a good job on their color choices.

street 06-24-2021 11:41 AM

Some beautiful ways, you folks have BTD. Lol

I'm still waiting on BTD on a land deal. Still working things out and been in contact with the induvial but no hand shake yet. I sure hope I can BTD and get it done.

TheWizard 06-24-2021 01:51 PM

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Originally Posted by street (Post 2624417)
Some beautiful ways, you folks have BTD. Lol

I'm still waiting on BTD on a land deal. Still working things out and been in contact with the induvial but no hand shake yet. I sure hope I can BTD and get it done.

What will the additional land let you do?
Will you be able to graze more cattle on it?

MBAustin 06-24-2021 03:21 PM

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Originally Posted by REWahoo (Post 2624387)
^ Very nice! Love the color.

Curious as to your purchase experience in light of all the stories we're hearing about paying above sticker price for some models. Was the car in inventory or did you order it a while back?

The color is called Supersonic Red and it's only available (at extra cost) on some Toyota models. It really is stunning. My first (and most likely only) red car. My response to Koolau and my DH is that I really don't think LEOs are going to pay much attention to a Prius, so I hope I'm right.

There is essentially no inventory of anything and according to the dealer, with the 2022s coming out in late summer, it will get worse before it gets better due to the production downtime for model-year switchover.

I was able to test drive a regular Prius about a month ago and they checked their list of cars they were expecting to come in and found this one - exactly what I wanted. I thought it over for a few days and checked to see if I could find one in Houston or Dallas at a better price, but no one had anything. So it was a no-haggle deal at sticker price. Could have been better, but could have been worse.

ETA: I just got back from a 20 mile round trip without using the gas engine and a good bit of battery capacity left. Very cool!

street 06-24-2021 04:21 PM

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Originally Posted by TheWizard (Post 2624473)
What will the additional land let you do?
Will you be able to graze more cattle on it?

It is a original homestead from about 150 years ago. It now has some irrigated land with it and the old home and small shop/work area from those days. I would try to restore the old shop and put up a coral and will be able to hay it. I have no cattle anymore.

To answer your question, the land really doesn't let me do any thing more, except having more land. I would like to work on that piece of ground and would be a great project to fix and improve what is there without taking away the history. I would buck & rail fence it, and drive a well.

RobbieB 06-24-2021 05:31 PM

I like the idea. I've always wanted a place that I could shoot off the back porch or fish off the back porch, but that ain't gonna happen.

I can shoot BB guns off the back porch, the firearm range (outdoor) is 10 miles away, the indoor range is 2 miles and the boat dock is 10 miles away. Not bad for California!

But to have a clear shot out the back door for at least 1000 yards would be way cool! Or if the river wandered past...

braumeister 06-24-2021 05:37 PM

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Originally Posted by RobbieB (Post 2624589)
But to have a clear shot out the back door for at least 1000 yards would be way cool!

I have a friend who can do pretty close to that. He bought a place where he can shoot from his back porch up to 600 yards with a nice berm at the target end and dense woods beyond that. It means a lot to him because he is one of those guys who very carefully load every round, grain by grain, for some amazing accuracy at long range. Once I get beyond 200 yards my accuracy falls off a lot, but he can handle it so the property is well used.

RobbieB 06-24-2021 05:48 PM

I ate a forty dollar lunch today sit down at the sushi bar with no drinks, just water. It's good to be back!

W2R 06-24-2021 05:59 PM

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Originally Posted by RobbieB (Post 2624596)
I ate a forty dollar lunch today sit down at the sushi bar with no drinks, just water. It's good to be back!

We went to a New Orleans Creole/Italian restaurant and I ordered their out-of-this-world chicken parmesan! It was soooooo good, best chicken parmesan ever and such a big plate full that I couldn't even finish. With just water, it cost $18 each so compared with what we usually pay for lunch elsewhere, that's almost BTD territory.

The Chef greeted us at the door since it wasn't too busy. We knew his (late) father, the prior Chef who lived just over the fence from us and whom we knew for many years, so being personally greeted by "Little Tony" made us feel welcomed like family. And he made the chicken parm just exactly like his daddy did, back in the day.

You're right! It's good to be back. ;D

RunningBum 06-24-2021 06:31 PM

A couple thousand on the cat, which I swore I'd never do, though that was back when I was far from FI. I-131 treatment for hyperthyroidism. It's something like fully effective on 94% of cats so that helped convince me.

Aerides 06-24-2021 06:42 PM

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Originally Posted by skipro33 (Post 2624383)
Besides, my working one I'll be replacing can be sold for a couple hundred to help offset the price of the new one.

Nah, put the old one in the garage as a spillover fridge. Great for sodas and water, and extra space in a pinch. Acts as your failover as well to avoid the panic buy if the main dies.

Our old one is over 20 years old now, doing just fine in a florida garage since 2007.

Koolau 06-24-2021 07:03 PM

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Originally Posted by braumeister (Post 2624590)
I have a friend who can do pretty close to that. He bought a place where he can shoot from his back porch up to 600 yards with a nice berm at the target end and dense woods beyond that. It means a lot to him because he is one of those guys who very carefully load every round, grain by grain, for some amazing accuracy at long range. Once I get beyond 200 yards my accuracy falls off a lot, but he can handle it so the property is well used.

Heh, heh, time to upgrade from the .22!;D

NW-Bound 06-24-2021 09:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Koolau (Post 2624617)
Heh, heh, time to upgrade from the .22!;D

So, what should Braumeister use instead of his .22-250 Remington?

https://accurateshooter.net/pix/valkvid17004.jpg

RobbieB 06-24-2021 10:19 PM

I've always wanted to do the old time long range open sights thing. Black powder cartridge loaded with heavy bullets, subsonic with the big tall ladder sights.

Quigley down under.

Hang say a 3 x 3 foot 3/8" thick steel plate off a couple posts on a hill, paint it red and loft those pellets in. High trajectory of course as low velocity and you can hear the hit. Which is good as you can't see it

NW-Bound 06-24-2021 11:14 PM

To blow the dough, a shooter could do worse than with a Barrett 50-cal gun. Weight of 32 lbs, and length almost 5'. This is your dream gun.

The initial outlay is $10K, but after that each shot is only $3.

RobbieB 06-24-2021 11:29 PM

Not legal here in CA. Go fish.

street 06-25-2021 05:17 AM

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Originally Posted by RobbieB (Post 2624671)
I've always wanted to do the old time long range open sights thing. Black powder cartridge loaded with heavy bullets, subsonic with the big tall ladder sights.

Quigley down under.

Hang say a 3 x 3 foot 3/8" thick steel plate off a couple posts on a hill, paint it red and loft those pellets in. High trajectory of course as low velocity and you can hear the hit. Which is good as you can't see it

You see a lot of those steel plate targets here. I don't have any setup but I have used other friends have here.

Quigley had a model 1874 Sharps Buffalo rifle. You can still get them I beleive.

ShokWaveRider 06-25-2021 05:26 AM

This Photos Tells it All.
 
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A picture is worth a Thousand Words, or did I mean $$$$

street 06-25-2021 05:32 AM

That is beautiful garage/shop.

REWahoo 06-25-2021 05:43 AM

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Originally Posted by MBAustin (Post 2624519)
So it was a no-haggle deal at sticker price. Could have been better, but could have been worse.

+1

Getting exactly what you want at sticker price is a win these days.

Ronstar 06-25-2021 05:44 AM

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Originally Posted by ShokWaveRider (Post 2624701)
A picture is worth a Thousand Words, or did I mean $$$$

Sweet looking Floor! But your garage is way too organized.

ShokWaveRider 06-25-2021 05:46 AM

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Originally Posted by Ronstar (Post 2624706)
Sweet looking Floor! But your garage is way too organized.

Thanks, maybe that is the Engineer or OCD in me. I put everything back in it's place after use, or I cannot find it again. :)

Jerry1 06-25-2021 05:46 AM

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Originally Posted by ShokWaveRider (Post 2624701)
A picture is worth a Thousand Words, or did I mean $$$$

Nice! Thatís what I want my garage to look like. Maybe next year. After we got the pool last year, me and DW agreed to no large projects this year.

May I ask, how much was the floor? Thatís the thing Iím most worried about if I get into it on my garage.

ShokWaveRider 06-25-2021 05:50 AM

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Originally Posted by Jerry1 (Post 2624708)
Nice! Thatís what I want my garage to look like. Maybe next year. After we got the pool last year, me and DW agreed to no large projects this year.

May I ask, how much was the floor? Thatís the thing Iím most worried about if I get into it on my garage.

Price varies by contractor, floor condition and material you want them to use. Epoxy is the Cheapest and Polyurea is the most expensive. Cost varies between $2.50 and $5.50 a square foot. We went for the best material with a 15 year guarantee. Our cost was in the upper middle.

pb4uski 06-25-2021 06:40 AM

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Originally Posted by TrvlBug (Post 2622235)
$6.3K to replace our Sleep Number mattress. We bought our top of the line SN 3.5 years ago. Purchased the split bed and dislike it intensely as the 'cuddle factor' is a 1 rather than 10. So today we dropped $6.3K to purchase a partial split mattress...the bottom foot portion is one piece and the top is separate to allow individual head positions. So our new bead cost us $16.3K :facepalm:...ouch.

We had a neighbor who had bought a new king sized mattress and box spring and the furniture store was going to take away her Sleep Number. At the same time, we has a firm king sized mattress that DW hated, so we just swapped. While I like the Sleep Number, I had no idea that they cost so much!

Jerry1 06-25-2021 07:25 AM

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Originally Posted by ShokWaveRider (Post 2624709)
Price varies by contractor, floor condition and material you want them to use. Epoxy is the Cheapest and Polyurea is the most expensive. Cost varies between $2.50 and $5.50 a square foot. We went for the best material with a 15 year guarantee. Our cost was in the upper middle.

Thanks!

TrvlBug 06-25-2021 09:49 AM

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Originally Posted by pb4uski (Post 2624716)
We had a neighbor who had bought a new king sized mattress and box spring and the furniture store was going to take away her Sleep Number. At the same time, we has a firm king sized mattress that DW hated, so we just swapped. While I like the Sleep Number, I had no idea that they cost so much!

Wow, great deal!!! SN has a number of different 'grades' of beds, greatly varying in price. I don't recall the differences in the various grades and why we decided on the one we got. I imagine having the ability to vary the head/foot positions add greatly to the price.

skipro33 06-25-2021 10:45 AM

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Originally Posted by Aerides (Post 2624612)
Nah, put the old one in the garage as a spillover fridge. Great for sodas and water, and extra space in a pinch. Acts as your failover as well to avoid the panic buy if the main dies.

Our old one is over 20 years old now, doing just fine in a florida garage since 2007.

I have one like that in the garage and I have one in a studio I built in our attic. But, I did find someone to gift the old fridge to, a drug addiction rehab living facility;

https://www.tbrm.org/

Aerides 06-25-2021 10:49 AM

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Originally Posted by skipro33 (Post 2624831)
I have one like that in the garage and I have one in a studio I built in our attic. But, I did find someone to gift the old fridge to, a drug addiction rehab living facility;

https://www.tbrm.org/

Good deal!

We're so dependent on the flexibility of the extra fridge now, if it died I'd go out and buy the cheapest thing I could find to put in its place. Our kitchen one is counter-depth as well, so it really has limited space for bulkier things, especially the freezer. Most likely the newer indoor one will give out before the older garage one.

Koolau 06-25-2021 10:54 AM

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Originally Posted by NW-Bound (Post 2624677)
To blow the dough, a shooter could do worse than with a Barrett 50-cal gun. Weight of 32 lbs, and length almost 5'. This is your dream gun.

The initial outlay is $10K, but after that each shot is only $3.

Everything I've seen or read about this weapon is that it is amazing - but not fun. Shooting one of these is brutal and a true assault on the body and the senses. Having said that, I'd like to try it once. YMMV

pacergal 06-25-2021 11:06 AM

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Originally Posted by ShokWaveRider (Post 2624701)
A picture is worth a Thousand Words, or did I mean $$$$

too pretty to put a car in on that floor!--LOL.
Looks very nice

pb4uski 06-25-2021 11:24 AM

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Originally Posted by TrvlBug (Post 2624801)
Wow, great deal!!! SN has a number of different 'grades' of beds, greatly varying in price. I don't recall the differences in the various grades and why we decided on the one we got. I imagine having the ability to vary the head/foot positions add greatly to the price.

Our doesn't elevate head or feet... just can adjust firmness for each side with a wired control that adds or takes out air. Funny thing, after testing various setting the first few nights, we haven't touched it in years.

TrvlBug 06-25-2021 11:54 AM

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Originally Posted by pb4uski (Post 2624853)
Our doesn't elevate head or feet... just can adjust firmness for each side with a wired control that adds or takes out air. Funny thing, after testing various setting the first few nights, we haven't touched it in years.

I'll never again do without the ability to adjust the head position. I suffer from vertigo and that feature is a godsend. Also for reading in bed.

Teacher Terry 06-26-2021 05:25 PM

I can’t sleep laying down when sick because of my asthma. I bought one where the head elevates.

Another Reader 06-26-2021 08:00 PM

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Originally Posted by MBAustin (Post 2624519)
The color is called Supersonic Red and it's only available (at extra cost) on some Toyota models. It really is stunning. My first (and most likely only) red car. My response to Koolau and my DH is that I really don't think LEOs are going to pay much attention to a Prius, so I hope I'm right.

There is essentially no inventory of anything and according to the dealer, with the 2022s coming out in late summer, it will get worse before it gets better due to the production downtime for model-year switchover.

I was able to test drive a regular Prius about a month ago and they checked their list of cars they were expecting to come in and found this one - exactly what I wanted. I thought it over for a few days and checked to see if I could find one in Houston or Dallas at a better price, but no one had anything. So it was a no-haggle deal at sticker price. Could have been better, but could have been worse.

ETA: I just got back from a 20 mile round trip without using the gas engine and a good bit of battery capacity left. Very cool!

Prius Primes currently have a $4,500 rebate in the Northern California market. Can't understand why.

oldphd 06-27-2021 05:17 PM

Did the paperwork for a new to me car today. It's a 3 year old Audi A5 convertible, top of the line with every option available. Neighbor had it coming off lease and wasn't going to buy it. Told me a few months ago I could have it for the buyout price. Despite having upgraded both cars over the winter due to the deals (before the shortage came up), I was thinking a fun car was in the works.

Fast forward to end of lease time, and they could have made more money than selling to me with the price increases in the used car market, but they stuck by our verbal agreement. They were originally thinking they would turn it in since their family situation changed after getting it and it no longer made sense for them. But said they'd let me come out ahead instead of the dealer.

And... only 12K miles. Woohoo! :)

Dtail 06-27-2021 06:01 PM

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Originally Posted by oldphd (Post 2625856)
Did the paperwork for a new to me car today. It's a 3 year old Audi A5 convertible, top of the line with every option available. Neighbor had it coming off lease and wasn't going to buy it. Told me a few months ago I could have it for the buyout price. Despite having upgraded both cars over the winter due to the deals (before the shortage came up), I was thinking a fun car was in the works.

Fast forward to end of lease time, and they could have made more money than selling to me with the price increases in the used car market, but they stuck by our verbal agreement. They were originally thinking they would turn it in since their family situation changed after getting it and it no longer made sense for them. But said they'd let me come out ahead instead of the dealer.

And... only 12K miles. Woohoo! :)

Nice.

doneat54 06-27-2021 07:13 PM

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Originally Posted by oldphd (Post 2625856)
Did the paperwork for a new to me car today. It's a 3 year old Audi A5 convertible, top of the line with every option available. Neighbor had it coming off lease and wasn't going to buy it. Told me a few months ago I could have it for the buyout price. Despite having upgraded both cars over the winter due to the deals (before the shortage came up), I was thinking a fun car was in the works.

Fast forward to end of lease time, and they could have made more money than selling to me with the price increases in the used car market, but they stuck by our verbal agreement. They were originally thinking they would turn it in since their family situation changed after getting it and it no longer made sense for them. But said they'd let me come out ahead instead of the dealer.

And... only 12K miles. Woohoo! :)


That is such a gorgeous car, I love it. Enjoy it and post a pic.....

audreyh1 06-27-2021 07:19 PM

Great deal, but gosh they deserve a bonus!

explanade 06-28-2021 12:55 AM

Sounds good but when you buy a car which has finished its lease, you no longer have a warranty right?

That is when German luxury cars become absurdly expensive, the major maintenance and repairs out of warranty. Talking about 5-figure bills being common.

I am finishing a lease on a BMW X3 and I've put under 11k miles in 3 years. Might be worth buying but then don't want to deal with potential big repairs and maintenance.

Huston55 06-28-2021 04:12 PM

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Originally Posted by explanade (Post 2626008)
Sounds good but when you buy a car which has finished its lease, you no longer have a warranty right?

That is when German luxury cars become absurdly expensive, the major maintenance and repairs out of warranty. Talking about 5-figure bills being common.

I am finishing a lease on a BMW X3 and I've put under 11k miles in 3 years. Might be worth buying but then don't want to deal with potential big repairs and maintenance.

I own a 2011 Audi which is a blast to drive and I've never even approached a 5-figure repair or service bill.

Fingers crossed! :hide:

euro 06-28-2021 04:30 PM

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Originally Posted by explanade (Post 2626008)

That is when German luxury cars become absurdly expensive, the major maintenance and repairs out of warranty. Talking about 5-figure bills being common.

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You don't REALLY mean 5 figure, right? 4 figure service bills are stiff, but 5 figure???? I mean, come on, you can buy a very decent used car for that....

Dtail 06-28-2021 04:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Huston55 (Post 2626335)
I own a 2011 Audi which is a blast to drive and I've never even approached a 5-figure repair or service bill.

Fingers crossed! :hide:

Same here with a 2011 BMW Z4.

rrppve 06-28-2021 05:20 PM

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Originally Posted by oldphd (Post 2625856)
Did the paperwork for a new to me car today. It's a 3 year old Audi A5 convertible, top of the line with every option available. Neighbor had it coming off lease and wasn't going to buy it. Told me a few months ago I could have it for the buyout price. Despite having upgraded both cars over the winter due to the deals (before the shortage came up), I was thinking a fun car was in the works.

Fast forward to end of lease time, and they could have made more money than selling to me with the price increases in the used car market, but they stuck by our verbal agreement. They were originally thinking they would turn it in since their family situation changed after getting it and it no longer made sense for them. But said they'd let me come out ahead instead of the dealer.

And... only 12K miles. Woohoo! :)

My 2018 Audi A5 cabriolet also with 12k miles is near lease end. Market on the car is $10k or so over the buyout price. Audi leasing makes it difficult to sell it to a dealer, as they markup the buyout. So, I have to buy it from Audi and then sell it in order to unlock the equity in the lease. It is a fun car to drive here in SoCal.

gayl 06-28-2021 05:49 PM

I would claim that there is a hole in the bottom of my purse where all that money keeps falling out of all of a sudden. The problem is when I get my visa bill I recognize all of the charges. But I used to only charge somewhere around $300 a month and now it's well over $1500. I think I'm just so glad to get out that I'm doing retail therapy

lesjrp 06-28-2021 06:39 PM

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Originally Posted by explanade (Post 2626008)
Sounds good but when you buy a car which has finished its lease, you no longer have a warranty right?

That is when German luxury cars become absurdly expensive, the major maintenance and repairs out of warranty. Talking about 5-figure bills being common.

I am finishing a lease on a BMW X3 and I've put under 11k miles in 3 years. Might be worth buying but then don't want to deal with potential big repairs and maintenance.



You have the warranty until the time/miles run out regardless of whether it was leased or not. At least my understanding. I bought a 2016 Audi A5 off of lease for 24K from Carmax. Brought back to CarMax just about two years later with 6000 extra miles and they offered me 25K for it. And I never had a problem with it, one of the best cars Iíve owned.

38Chevy454 06-28-2021 07:02 PM

Went with DW to a nice dinner, for no real special reason. We did have a $100 gift card to the restaurant from over a year ago. Total bill $240 including tip. No bottles of wine or appetizers, just 4 beers with the dinner. Very good food and service of course. Might not be a huge blow the dough, but way more than we usually spend for just two of us.

lesjrp 06-28-2021 07:35 PM

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Not a repair but I did grind this stump down along with some large surface roots.

explanade 06-29-2021 12:15 AM

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Originally Posted by lesjrp (Post 2626393)
You have the warranty until the time/miles run out regardless of whether it was leased or not. At least my understanding. I bought a 2016 Audi A5 off of lease for 24K from Carmax. Brought back to CarMax just about two years later with 6000 extra miles and they offered me 25K for it. And I never had a problem with it, one of the best cars Iíve owned.

Well the lease is 3 years and the warranty is 4 years?

Yeah I think 4-figure repairs are not uncommon with 5-figure repairs possible.

stephenson 07-01-2021 07:09 AM

After having had fun with unknown wines shipped to the house during the pandemic - think $5-6/bottle with shipping (by the case), we hit Sams yesterday and spent $300 on $15-20 wines (cab suav).

But, earlier in the day, I sold my truck to a local used car enterprise that really wanted it - oddly, got zero offers in the same range when advertising on both craigslist and Facebook. 2017 Chevy High Country with 47,000 miles sold for 10% less than I paid for it in 2017. Had just sold my boat - the reason I bought the truck. Considering next boat, and suitable tow vehicle. Like having a truck, but also have a trailer - so ... maybe wait for the coming plug-in hybrid pickups.

Jerry1 07-01-2021 07:23 AM

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Originally Posted by NW-Bound (Post 2624677)
To blow the dough, a shooter could do worse than with a Barrett 50-cal gun. Weight of 32 lbs, and length almost 5'. This is your dream gun.

The initial outlay is $10K, but after that each shot is only $3.

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Originally Posted by Koolau (Post 2624840)
Everything I've seen or read about this weapon is that it is amazing - but not fun. Shooting one of these is brutal and a true assault on the body and the senses. Having said that, I'd like to try it once. YMMV

I had a S&W 44 mag. It was not that fun to shoot. Then they came out with the .500. Iím sure that beat up the shooter. On a similar but smaller end, the small short barrel .38ís were never much fun to shoot either. Some guns are interesting to shoot, but many are specific to their purpose, which is not target shooting and therefore, not much fun on the range.

MBAustin 07-01-2021 08:32 AM

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Originally Posted by Another Reader (Post 2625494)
Prius Primes currently have a $4,500 rebate in the Northern California market. Can't understand why.

I wonder if they're advertising the $4,500 federal tax credit that the Prime is eligible for as a rebate?

Koolau 07-01-2021 10:26 AM

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Originally Posted by Jerry1 (Post 2627503)
I had a S&W 44 mag. It was not that fun to shoot. Then they came out with the .500. Iím sure that beat up the shooter. On a similar but smaller end, the small short barrel .38ís were never much fun to shoot either. Some guns are interesting to shoot, but many are specific to their purpose, which is not target shooting and therefore, not much fun on the range.

Heh, heh, like the old joke: "One killed, one injured."

Koolau 07-01-2021 10:29 AM

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Originally Posted by lesjrp (Post 2626408)
Attachment 39376

Not a repair but I did grind this stump down along with some large surface roots.

Voilŗ! A new c@reer.

Well, never mind since YMMV.

Another Reader 07-01-2021 11:34 AM

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Originally Posted by MBAustin (Post 2627535)
I wonder if they're advertising the $4,500 federal tax credit that the Prime is eligible for as a rebate?

It's a Toyota local market rebate. Like most incentives, the rebate varies from month to month. It was $4,000 at the beginning of the year, went to $5,000, and then dropped to $4,500. The Prime also gets you a carpool lane sticker but the State of California rebate program which was juicy is now limited to lower income buyers.

For some reason, the Prime does not sell as well in the Bay Area as does the regular Prius. Never driven one, so I don't understand. The plug in should not be a deterrent, as I see other brands on the local streets.

braumeister 07-01-2021 01:19 PM

FedEx just delivered a box full of ten different great cheeses from iGourmet. That's our splurge for the holiday weekend. We both love cheese, but it has to be real cheese, mostly from Europe.

38Chevy454 07-01-2021 01:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Jerry1 (Post 2627503)
I had a S&W 44 mag. It was not that fun to shoot. Then they came out with the .500. Iím sure that beat up the shooter. On a similar but smaller end, the small short barrel .38ís were never much fun to shoot either. Some guns are interesting to shoot, but many are specific to their purpose, which is not target shooting and therefore, not much fun on the range.

I agree, as another former 44mag owner. Had an old west style single action 44, the kick was so much that it was not fun. Traded that 44 for a 357 which is much nicer. Even my subcompact 9mm semi-auto is pretty serious kick since the chassis and subsequent weight is less; more of the recoil force is transferred to your hands.

wmc1000 07-02-2021 07:21 AM

Local winery had semi-annual $6 bottle sale. DW and I spent >$500 and picked up 7 cases

audreyh1 07-02-2021 08:27 AM

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Originally Posted by braumeister (Post 2627667)
FedEx just delivered a box full of ten different great cheeses from iGourmet. That's our splurge for the holiday weekend. We both love cheese, but it has to be real cheese, mostly from Europe.

I’m about ready to order same, and it’s also been a year. But I consider it part of my “normal” grocery spending.

ETA: have you ever had Grand Noir by Kaserei Champignon? It’s a super creamy blue cheese - out of this world! Costco sometimes carries it.

ivinsfan 07-02-2021 08:30 AM

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Originally Posted by audreyh1 (Post 2627964)
Iím about ready to order same, and itís also been a year. But I consider it part of my ďnormalĒ grocery spending.


How do they ship that cheese in blistering hot weather?

audreyh1 07-02-2021 08:36 AM

^^You get to pay for overnight shipping FedEx. Everything stays chilled overnight with the cold packaging. Overnight for soft cheeses. They may allow 2 day shipping for firm/aged cheeses.

ivinsfan 07-02-2021 08:50 AM

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Originally Posted by audreyh1 (Post 2627970)
^^You get to pay for overnight shipping FedEx. Everything stays chilled overnight with the cold packaging. Overnight for soft cheeses. They may allow 2 day shipping for firm/aged cheeses.


I figured as much...and hopefully people will at home and ready to get into the refrigerator..

audreyh1 07-02-2021 12:52 PM

Well, yes. When you order expensive perishable items packed in coolers you had better plan to be home to receive them and store ASAP.

ivinsfan 07-02-2021 07:40 PM

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Originally Posted by audreyh1 (Post 2628074)
Well, yes. When you order expensive perishable items packed in coolers you had better plan to be home to receive them and store ASAP.


Our UPS and Fedex come anytime between 8 and 6 PM...so that can take a whole day.:laugh:


Much easier when you are retired..

NW-Bound 07-02-2021 08:43 PM

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Originally Posted by braumeister (Post 2627667)
FedEx just delivered a box full of ten different great cheeses from iGourmet. That's our splurge for the holiday weekend. We both love cheese, but it has to be real cheese, mostly from Europe.

I think I still have some fancy cheeses bought at Costco in the fridge, and I thought they were pretty good.

Now, I will have to look closely at the labels to see if they are imported or some made-in-the-US wannabes. :)


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