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GoBears 04-24-2021 03:27 PM

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Originally Posted by gayl (Post 2596678)
1st place [getting 4 estimates] came out & her 1st thing is to hand me something from Synchrony Financial. That's a non-starter for me. Then the next handout mentions that I remove the old flooring. WTF? Aren't I interviewing 4 companies to do a complete job? No wonder it took me so long to get to this

I spent a long time researching bamboo flooring and ultimately selected Cali Bamboo. They have a website, in case you are interested. Very hard and no issue with the big dog able to scratch it, like the old maple flooring. We are very happy with it. I agree you are much better off with tile in the kitchen and bathrooms as wood and bamboo flooring dont play well with water.

Koolau 04-24-2021 05:50 PM

Mentioned elsewhere we had a plumbing leak - to the apartment below. So DW found a comfort level toilet and we had the plumber in to replace the old one as well as put new guts in the other toilet. Then the bldg. mgr. fixed the ceiling below. All told - we spent about $800. Can't recall the last time we blew that much dough. It must have been in 2019. Money well spent, so maybe it doesn't count as blowing that dough. YMMV

street 04-24-2021 06:36 PM

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Originally Posted by Ronstar (Post 2596999)
Blew some dough yesterday on some hand woven sea chest beckets.

Are you going to be using them on a chest, for your next project. I bet they did cost a pretty penny.

Ronstar 04-24-2021 07:15 PM

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Originally Posted by street (Post 2597196)
Are you going to be using them on a chest, for your next project. I bet they did cost a pretty penny.



Yep Im putting them on a chest Im making out of leftover scraps. I may have made most of the box for free, but the beckets ran me a few hundred. I saw some online for $1100 and some for $2500. These things are expensive.

street 04-24-2021 08:08 PM

^^ holy moly that is expensive!!

FreeBear 04-25-2021 09:59 AM

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Originally Posted by REWahoo (Post 2596993)
Over the past 10 years we've averaged 44 nights a year in our RV. Last year only 7 nights due to Covid, but we hope to bump that number back above 50 providing we can find available camp sites. It's crowded out there...

If we survive our first trip, maybe we'd love to do something like that too

MRG 04-25-2021 11:10 AM

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Originally Posted by FreeBear (Post 2596967)
Were renting an RV for 5 days. First time ever for us in an RV.

If we end of hating it, well call it a cheap education. If we love it, it we could be in for real trouble, maybe will really have to Blow Dough!

Looks like break even for rent vs buy is about 45 nights on the road a year. We normally do 25 to 50 night yearly in hotels. Well see...

We did this the year I retired. Great investment. After 3 days DW was done. Her idea of a short shower is pretty much a half hour and we were dry camping. Good luck.

doneat54 04-25-2021 11:23 AM

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Originally Posted by FreeBear (Post 2596967)
Were renting an RV for 5 days. First time ever for us in an RV.

If we end of hating it, well call it a cheap education. If we love it, it we could be in for real trouble, maybe will really have to Blow Dough!

Looks like break even for rent vs buy is about 45 nights on the road a year. We normally do 25 to 50 night yearly in hotels. Well see...


We looked into renting years ago and the charges for mileage were a killer.

In 2006 bought a used Class C and did a 9500 cross country trip in 6 weeks with the 2 kids and a dog. Sold it a couple years later



In 2016 bought a 21' trailer and did many trips, including my retirement tour in 2017 (DW asked "when will you be back?" I said "Not sure') down the east coast. We really enjoy RV'ing but sold the trailer in 2019 after buying a lake house.

Good luck, you will either love it or hate it, and will know that quickly!!

Dreamer 04-25-2021 02:26 PM

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Originally Posted by FreeBear (Post 2596967)
Were renting an RV for 5 days. First time ever for us in an RV.

If we end of hating it, well call it a cheap education. If we love it, it we could be in for real trouble, maybe will really have to Blow Dough!

Looks like break even for rent vs buy is about 45 nights on the road a year. We normally do 25 to 50 night yearly in hotels. Well see...

It would be great if you would post about your experience. I would be curious about how hard or easy it was.

We have zero experience with an RV, but I keep thinking it would be fun to rent one and take our 3 grandchildren on even a short trip. Maybe it would be better to try it ourselves first to spare our grandchildren.

FreeBear 04-25-2021 09:15 PM

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Originally Posted by MRG (Post 2597408)
We did this the year I retired. Great investment. After 3 days DW was done. Her idea of a short shower is pretty much a half hour and we were dry camping. Good luck.


I get it; I used to solo backpack. I tolerated car camping and campgrounds, although it was OK in good company. Well, I got married and a couple of chronic health things and I fear my backpacking days are over. This is the next best thing.

We're going to start with glamping-think $50+/night RV parks and restaurants! Most of the comforts of home, no one has to cook, and I can still wake with a cup of coffee as the sun rises over the mountains.


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Originally Posted by doneat54 (Post 2597416)
We looked into renting years ago and the charges for mileage were a killer.

In 2006 bought a used Class C and did a 9500 cross country trip in 6 weeks with the 2 kids and a dog. Sold it a couple years later

In 2016 bought a 21' trailer and did many trips, including my retirement tour in 2017 (DW asked "when will you be back?" I said "Not sure') down the east coast. We really enjoy RV'ing but sold the trailer in 2019 after buying a lake house.

Good luck, you will either love it or hate it, and will know that quickly!!

Wow! DW OK with you going solo? I'd still be out in the woods :facepalm:
I'm hoping this is something we can do together. It's been a struggle as health stuff makes it hard to stay as active as we were in our 30's and 40's. Fix one thing, then it's something else...


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Originally Posted by Dreamer (Post 2597495)
It would be great if you would post about your experience. I would be curious about how hard or easy it was.

We have zero experience with an RV, but I keep thinking it would be fun to rent one and take our 3 grandchildren on even a short trip. Maybe it would be better to try it ourselves first to spare our grandchildren.


Good idea, will do!

doneat54 04-27-2021 06:04 PM

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No accident these two emails came back to back today. Dec '22 cruise in the Haven section, exclusive decks, bars and restaurants. Caribbean route. Have done most of the ports before, but never get tired of it. Something to look forward to....

gayl 04-27-2021 06:08 PM

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Originally Posted by GoBears (Post 2597134)
I spent a long time researching bamboo flooring and ultimately selected Cali Bamboo. They have a website, in case you are interested. Very hard and no issue with the big dog able to scratch it, like the old maple flooring. We are very happy with it. I agree you are much better off with tile in the kitchen and bathrooms as wood and bamboo flooring dont play well with water.

I can't seem to talk myself into LVP and out of oak. Guess I'm getting wood in Kitchen / breakfast / family room and tile or sheet vinyl in laundry & 1/2 bath. It's just 10k. Yes, blowing $$s

PaunchyPirate 04-27-2021 06:11 PM

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Originally Posted by doneat54 (Post 2598600)
No accident these two emails came back to back today. Dec '22 cruise in the Haven section, exclusive decks, bars and restaurants. Caribbean route. Have done most of the ports before, but never get tired of it. Something to look forward to....

Ive got 2 Eastern Mediterranean back-to-back cruises booked on NCL this October. Im eagerly waiting to see if cruising resumes to some level of normalcy by then. Im placing odds at 60/40 that it wont happen. But fingers crossed.

Souschef 04-27-2021 06:33 PM

DW problem
 
We have about $10K in cruise credits that expire next March. I would love to use them to do a California Coastal cruise in a large suite.
I have a BIG problem, DW at this point refuses to go on another cruise or "floating Petri Dish", as she calls them.
Any suggestions?

audreyh1 04-27-2021 06:36 PM

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Originally Posted by Souschef (Post 2598621)
We have about $10K in cruise credits that expire next March. I would love to use them to do a California Coastal cruise in a large suite.
I have a BIG problem, DW at this point refuses to go on another cruise or "floating Petri Dish", as she calls them.
Any suggestions?

Wow, big change for you guys!

If everyone had to be vaccinated would that change her mind?

gayl 04-27-2021 06:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Souschef (Post 2598621)
We have about $10K in cruise credits that expire next March. I would love to use them to do a California Coastal cruise in a large suite.
I have a BIG problem, DW at this point refuses to go on another cruise or "floating Petri Dish", as she calls them.
Any suggestions?

Princess let's you cash them in. You lose the bonus FCC but get the rest back to the payment source (Visa?)

doneat54 04-27-2021 07:03 PM

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Originally Posted by FreeBear (Post 2597664)
Wow! DW OK with you going solo? I'd still be out in the woods :facepalm:


Well DW had known since the mid 80s of my plans to retire early and chose to still be working then.... although she now has a retirement date of her own set for next year, but she was cool with it. Of the 170 (I think) days I spent in the RV that year, she was with me about half of them, flying down to SC for the Easter weekend at one point to meet up. We also did a great 12 day trip to Europe that year.

harley 04-27-2021 08:18 PM

I went to HD to pick up some lumber today. There was a guy outside with a good offer.

https://img.ifunny.co/images/9bc381f...d47873bd_1.jpg

RobbieB 04-28-2021 12:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Souschef (Post 2598621)
We have about $10K in cruise credits that expire next March. I would love to use them to do a California Coastal cruise in a large suite.
I have a BIG problem, DW at this point refuses to go on another cruise or "floating Petri Dish", as she calls them.
Any suggestions?

Sure, go by yourself.

ivinsfan 04-28-2021 12:42 PM

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Originally Posted by RobbieB (Post 2599017)
Sure, go by yourself.




Robbie B..what would we do without you....:flowers::flowers::flowers:

Music Lover 04-28-2021 01:33 PM

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Originally Posted by RobbieB (Post 2599017)
Sure, go by yourself.

I'm sure they thought of that but know that going alone won't be any fun.

Koolau 04-28-2021 03:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Music Lover (Post 2599053)
I'm sure they thought of that but know that going alone won't be any fun.

Going alone might actually be fun. Coming home would most likely NOT be fun - though I suppose YMMV.

braumeister 04-28-2021 03:12 PM

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Originally Posted by RobbieB (Post 2599017)
Sure, go by yourself.

I don't see anything wrong with that either. DW and I have taken many, many solo vacation trips over the years. I'm always happy to get away by myself, and she has a list of female friends who are happy to accompany her to places I have no interest in if she doesn't want to be completely by herself. Honestly, even though we love to travel together to places we both enjoy, I've never understood the reluctance to go on your own to someplace that only you have an interest in.

Aerides 04-28-2021 03:19 PM

I love to travel by myself, it's a very different trip than as a couple (love those too). But I'm not sure I'd want to do a cruise solo. Then again, it's almost impossible not to be social with others on a cruise, so that should help reduce the loneliness factor or trepidation for someone who has never travelled solo.

Or a family member or close friend? If DH was unable or unwilling to go on something we'd prepaid for, I'd drag my sister along if I really didn't want to go alone.

If that's a non-starter, then find some friends or family who can use the credits instead - surely they are giftable?

pacergal 04-28-2021 03:21 PM

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Originally Posted by Souschef (Post 2598621)
We have about $10K in cruise credits that expire next March. I would love to use them to do a California Coastal cruise in a large suite.
I have a BIG problem, DW at this point refuses to go on another cruise or "floating Petri Dish", as she calls them.
Any suggestions?

A large suite, with outside deck for fresh air, get room service for meals.
both vaccinated, relatively safe.
Sit back and enjoy the view.
Don't need to go to the casino, etc if you don't want too.
Or go by yourself
If you can't get cash back or extend the credits, what else can you do?

N02L84ER 04-28-2021 03:29 PM

:laugh::laugh: I am available. :laugh::laugh:

Koolau 04-28-2021 03:33 PM

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Originally Posted by braumeister (Post 2599103)
I don't see anything wrong with that either. DW and I have taken many, many solo vacation trips over the years. I'm always happy to get away by myself, and she has a list of female friends who are happy to accompany her to places I have no interest in if she doesn't want to be completely by herself. Honestly, even though we love to travel together to places we both enjoy, I've never understood the reluctance to go on your own to someplace that only you have an interest in.

In the spirit of BTD AND the current thread drift:

Reminds me of one of my (old, now) bucket list items. I wanted to drive from BC to BC (British Columbia to Baja California) on highway 1/101. DW couldn't think of anything less fun to do. I stewed a while and then mentioned my dilemma to a good (female) friend/mentor at w*rk. She said "go by yourself but invite your wife to tag along." That's what I did. I sweetened the pot by taking DW to the Worlds Fair in Vancouver and to her business' Trade Assoc. national meeting in San Diego all on the same trip (with a week in Vancouver staying with her ex sister in law - a close friend of ours.) It was an amazing journey, with lots of problems (rental car break-downs, attack of the giant slugs, feeding PB and crackers by hand to a mamma raccoon in Big Sur, maxed out credit cards - due to bad management, one "fight" - minus bruises, of course.) All-in-all, it was one of our most bonding experiences. My w*rk friend is long since gone on to her reward, but I still give thanks for her suggestion. As always, you need to know your own spouse/SO and even then, YMMV.

PaunchyPirate 04-28-2021 03:50 PM

Life got easier
 
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I decided to upgrade myself from a wheelbarrow to a new dump cart for my Cub Cadet riding mower. Im all set for the season. First chore is to repair some patches of missing grass around the yard. That may get done tomorrow if I feel like doing it.

Souschef 04-29-2021 06:51 PM

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Originally Posted by pacergal (Post 2599107)
A large suite, with outside deck for fresh air, get room service for meals.
both vaccinated, relatively safe.
Sit back and enjoy the view.
Don't need to go to the casino, etc if you don't want too.
Or go by yourself
If you can't get cash back or extend the credits, what else can you do?


Good News!!! Now the we have both been vaccinated, DW has allowed that she WILL go on a cruise!:dance:
I just spoke to Princess, and they have extended the expiration date of our credits until December 2022 because of further cancellations.

gayl 04-29-2021 06:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Souschef (Post 2599861)
Good News!!! Now the we have both been vaccinated, DW has allowed that she WILL go on a cruise!:dance:
I just spoke to Princess, and they have extended the expiration date of our credits until December 2022 because of further cancellations.

Princess will push it out as far as requested. Mine are now "book by 51/2023" to cover my April 2023 cruise. They're being much easier to work with and I'm thinking with today's CDC update, it will get easier

RobbieB 04-29-2021 07:01 PM

Yes, good news. The floating petri dish will sail again with both on board.

The thing that bothers me most is the fear. I dunno, but I feel that a lot of folks have way more fear than I do. Too much news? I dunno.

I'mma gonna still live my life as large as I want!

gayl 04-29-2021 07:09 PM

I don't have a cruise booked until December 1, 2021 but I might pick up another.

audreyh1 04-29-2021 07:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Souschef (Post 2599861)
Good News!!! Now the we have both been vaccinated, DW has allowed that she WILL go on a cruise!:dance:
I just spoke to Princess, and they have extended the expiration date of our credits until December 2022 because of further cancellations.

Great for you!

Jerry1 04-29-2021 08:01 PM

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Originally Posted by PaunchyPirate (Post 2599124)
I decided to upgrade myself from a wheelbarrow to a new dump cart for my Cub Cadet riding mower. I’m all set for the season. First chore is to repair some patches of missing grass around the yard. That may get done tomorrow if I feel like doing it.

https://www.early-retirement.org/for...9&d=1619646482

Nice little garden trailer. I have one and it’s very useful. Way better than a wheelbarrow for larger jobs.

ivinsfan 04-30-2021 07:07 AM

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Originally Posted by gayl (Post 2599864)
Princess will push it out as far as requested. Mine are now "book by 51/2023" to cover my April 2023 cruise. They're being much easier to work with and I'm thinking with today's CDC update, it will get easier




I dunno those vaccination requirements are pretty stiff, necessary but stiff. Getting the staff done will be the biggest issue IMO.

Music Lover 04-30-2021 07:37 AM

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Originally Posted by braumeister (Post 2599103)
I don't see anything wrong with that either. DW and I have taken many, many solo vacation trips over the years. I'm always happy to get away by myself, and she has a list of female friends who are happy to accompany her to places I have no interest in if she doesn't want to be completely by herself. Honestly, even though we love to travel together to places we both enjoy, I've never understood the reluctance to go on your own to someplace that only you have an interest in.

Each to their own. I have no interest in a vacation unless my GF comes with me, other than maybe a weekend golf getaway or something like that.

audreyh1 04-30-2021 07:50 AM

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Originally Posted by ivinsfan (Post 2600011)
I dunno those vaccination requirements are pretty stiff, necessary but stiff. Getting the staff done will be the biggest issue IMO.

With high vaccine availability it seems possible.

ivinsfan 04-30-2021 08:03 AM

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Originally Posted by audreyh1 (Post 2600033)
With high vaccine availability it seems possible.


I know a lot people here where vaccine is available and it ain't happening. Will they find enough trained staff that is willing to be vaccinated is the big question.

roadtripper 04-30-2021 08:08 AM

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Originally Posted by harley (Post 2595380)
We've got LVP in our basement at the new townhouse. We did it because that's where the dogs live when we're there. Ours looks like wood, to the extent that we usually have to tell people it isn't. The feel is a bit different, there's a bit of flex to it, but nothing major. DGD rides her trike, the dogs do what old dogs do, I've got my shop down there. It's amazing stuff, and I would recommend it hardily for the OPs purposes.

We used https://shawfloors.com/flooring/vinyl/tile-and-plank

You can order direct from Georgia Carpets online. I got Karndean Longboard Looselay LVP for 3.13/sf: local stores were charging 4.99. It is very easy to install, and I am not super handy. It looks great, is quiet, soft and durable. Even if you pay someone, you'll come in well under budget.

audreyh1 04-30-2021 08:09 AM

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Originally Posted by ivinsfan (Post 2600045)
I know a lot people here where vaccine is available and it ain't happening. Will they find enough trained staff that is willing to be vaccinated is the big question.

Somehow I expect there will be incentives, including having a job.

ivinsfan 04-30-2021 08:11 AM

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Originally Posted by audreyh1 (Post 2600054)
Somehow I expect there will be incentives, including having a job.


Bonus money would be nice too....it seems odd that they zeroed in on requiring cruise ship employees but not airline employees...

audreyh1 04-30-2021 08:16 AM

Cruise ship were floating prisons for days with massive spread.

Air travel showed no such characteristics and related spread was well under what might have been expected.

Cruise travel was purely recreational, air travel not so much depending of course on the passenger.

Thus different rules.....

Sunset 04-30-2021 08:20 AM

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Originally Posted by Souschef (Post 2598621)
We have about $10K in cruise credits that expire next March. I would love to use them to do a California Coastal cruise in a large suite.
I have a BIG problem, DW at this point refuses to go on another cruise or "floating Petri Dish", as she calls them.
Any suggestions?

I just checked our Princess FCC to see when they expire. To my Happy surprise Princess extended the expiry date out to the end of 2022 :dance:
This makes them more likely to be used, as my DW is reluctant to cruise until 2022.

ivinsfan 04-30-2021 08:21 AM

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Originally Posted by audreyh1 (Post 2600060)
Cruise ship were floating prisons for days with massive spread.

Air travel showed no such characteristics and related spread was well under what might have been expected.

Cruise travel was purely recreational, air travel not so much depending of course on the passenger.

Thus different rules.....




I don't disagree but you could also say that airplanes disburse people to many different places..


I get the feeling that rules will be adapted and changed as we go along.


For those of you that love cruising at least they are being proactive in trying to restart things.



Now the question is will they get fully staffed and will they fill the ships.

audreyh1 04-30-2021 08:28 AM

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Originally Posted by ivinsfan (Post 2600067)
I don't disagree but you could also say that airplanes disburse people to many different places..

I get the feeling that rules will be adapted and changed as we go along.

For those of you that love cruising at least they are being proactive in trying to restart things.

Now the question is will they get fully staffed and will they fill the ships.

Government had lots of options to restrict travel including shutting down domestic flights, but they chose not to do so. Some states did shut down flights arriving from other states with large outbreaks and require arriving folks to quarantine during parts of the pandemic.

explanade 04-30-2021 03:04 PM

A lot of cruise ship staff are from developing countries and in greater need if the m9ney.

If the way to get cruises going, and thus for them to get incomes again, is for staff to be vaccinated, would they still refuse?

foxfirev5 04-30-2021 03:25 PM

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Originally Posted by explanade (Post 2600314)
A lot of cruise ship staff are from developing countries and in greater need if the m9ney.

If the way to get cruises going, and thus for them to get incomes again, is for staff to be vaccinated, would they still refuse?

It appears to me that most people throughout the world would be grateful for a vaccination. I'll leave it at that.

braumeister 04-30-2021 03:40 PM

We decided to blow that dough big time and booked a trip to Australia and New Zealand for October 2022. Something that has always been on our bucket list, but the distance and cost had a daunting effect.

Since our travel spending shrank so much during 20 and 21, we felt it was time to let loose and finally go for it. Getting excited already!

Ronstar 04-30-2021 03:49 PM

^ An excellent blowing of dough!

audreyh1 04-30-2021 04:04 PM

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Originally Posted by braumeister (Post 2600338)
We decided to blow that dough big time and booked a trip to Australia and New Zealand for October 2022. Something that has always been on our bucket list, but the distance and cost had a daunting effect.

Since our travel spending shrank so much during 20 and 21, we felt it was time to let loose and finally go for it. Getting excited already!

Wow! The usual touring company?

braumeister 04-30-2021 04:32 PM

No, I've looked at all of them and decided that Tauck had the best one.

audreyh1 04-30-2021 04:34 PM

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Originally Posted by braumeister (Post 2600375)
No, I've looked at all of them and decided that Tauck had the best one.

OK, thanks!

Is it mostly land-based?

braumeister 04-30-2021 04:37 PM

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Originally Posted by audreyh1 (Post 2600376)
OK, thanks!

Is it mostly land-based?

Yes. No cruising, just some charter flights.

Dtail 04-30-2021 04:38 PM

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Originally Posted by Sunset (Post 2600065)
I just checked our Princess FCC to see when they expire. To my Happy surprise Princess extended the expiry date out to the end of 2022 :dance:
This makes them more likely to be used, as my DW is reluctant to cruise until 2022.

Our Royal Caribbean credits were extended to Apr 2022 to sail by Sept 2022.
We will probably use it.

explanade 04-30-2021 04:47 PM

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Originally Posted by braumeister (Post 2600338)
We decided to blow that dough big time and booked a trip to Australia and New Zealand for October 2022. Something that has always been on our bucket list, but the distance and cost had a daunting effect.

Since our travel spending shrank so much during 20 and 21, we felt it was time to let loose and finally go for it. Getting excited already!

Business or first class?

It's a long flight!

braumeister 04-30-2021 04:48 PM

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Originally Posted by explanade (Post 2600386)
Business or first class?

It's a long flight!

Haven't begun to think about the travel to get there yet.

explanade 04-30-2021 04:55 PM

Yeah you can't book yet, at most 330 days out.

It's one of the most elusive award ticket there is, US to Oceania.

Rarely discounted in premium cabin.

audreyh1 05-02-2021 01:38 PM

Wow, I ordered another pair of Swarovski bins! :o DH had ordered this slightly more compact and lighter version around two years ago. And they are really nice! Fit so nice in the hand. These will be better for travel.
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...ular_with.html

braumeister 05-02-2021 01:43 PM

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Originally Posted by audreyh1 (Post 2601234)
Wow, I ordered another pair of Swarovski bins! :o DH had ordered this slightly more compact and lighter version around two years ago. And they are really nice! Fit so nice in the hand. These will be better for travel.
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...ular_with.html

Gotta love 'em!

Bought the EL 10x42s four years ago and they're honestly one of my favorite possessions. Just incredible optics.

audreyh1 05-02-2021 01:47 PM

I have the EL 8.5 by 42 that are truly a fantastic birding binocular. Have had them for almost 20 years, taken them on many trips, even traded them in about 6 years ago for a much improved later version. Close focus (butterflies) and great for low light birding.

But they are 9 ounces heavier and bulkier than these new ones I just ordered. It really makes a difference. Which is why the new ones are for travel or hanging around my neck when on the bicycle.

So DH and I will now have two pairs of Swarovski bins each! :o

corn18 05-07-2021 12:27 PM

Just bought a pair of Red Wing work boots. Visited a bunch of stores with cheaper boot and none of them fit my Fred Flinstone feet or they looked like teeny bopper boots. Finally broke down and visited the local Red Wing store and found exactly what I needed. $225 was a bit steep but they feel great. Ended up getting 11.5 H. Feet are flat as a pancake.

kgtest 05-07-2021 12:31 PM

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Originally Posted by corn18 (Post 2603681)
Just bought a pair of Red Wing work boots. Visited a bunch of stores with cheaper boot and none of them fit my Fred Flinstone feet or they looked like teeny bopper boots. Finally broke down and visited the local Red Wing store and found exactly what I needed. $225 was a bit steep but they feel great. Ended up getting 11.5 H. Feet are flat as a pancake.

I was very tempted to buy a pair about three weeks back when the local stores were enticing with a walk-in sale. I decided to get the Keen brand instead, but I do plan to still get RW boots. I live about an hour north of this wonderful company. About two hours south of the Duluth Trading Co, another great brand from my home state.

Enjoy the boots... now get to work!! ;D

Koolau 05-07-2021 12:42 PM

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Originally Posted by corn18 (Post 2603681)
Just bought a pair of Red Wing work boots. Visited a bunch of stores with cheaper boot and none of them fit my Fred Flinstone feet or they looked like teeny bopper boots. Finally broke down and visited the local Red Wing store and found exactly what I needed. $225 was a bit steep but they feel great. Ended up getting 11.5 H. Feet are flat as a pancake.

It would be hard to "over-pay" for a pair of shoes that feel good. I suffered with "flat feet" for years and finally went to a "good" foot doc. He made the "forms" of my feet and 3 weeks later, handed me a set of inserts for my cheap shoes. I slid them in, put on the shoes and said "Where have these been all my life."

If anyone has flat feet, there may be a "miracle" waiting in the wings. Spend a little and try for it. YMMV

jollystomper 05-12-2021 06:17 PM

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Originally Posted by jollystomper (Post 2553643)
Our current top 5 non-travel related "blow that dough" plans for 2021 - lets see if I can actually achieve them:

1. Renovate our 1/2 bathroom. Good news is, it is a small job - bathroom is only 4' x 5', no changing of the plumbing which was redone last year. Just tear out and replace existing toilet, wall and floor tile (and redo drywall behind the 4' high wall tile), and vanity. We already have the tile, enough from what was left from renovating our other 2 bathrooms. The bad news, it is a small job; my contractor friend who redid the previous 2 bathrooms (and a GREAT job) is my preference but he is busy so may be a challenge to get on his schedule. I am willing to be his "demo" assistant and help tear out and haul away the existing stuff, so we'll see.

2. Get a fireplace insert. Our existing fireplace is nice, but burning wood is more decorative than efficient. As a result we have not used it much, and not at all for over 5 years and not since we last had it cleaned. So time to make use of it and getting an insert installed (as well as a new chimney liner) is on the table.

3. Better golf clubs. My current ones are a "beginners" set (Callaway Strata) and are 8 years old. Since retiring I have been playing a lot of rounds with them so they are getting a beating. Right now I am considering going the full lessons + fitting route at one of the nearby chains to at least identify the best type of clubs for me.

4. Replace one of our cars. There are no issues with our older cars other than they are 2011 Toyota models that we bought used in 2013. DW will be fully retired as of May, and her Corolla still has less than 60K miles on it; she loves the car so we will stick with this one, though I am seeing very good prices from Carmax on it. The Camry has $126K miles so it is a likely candidate.

5. Replace the carpet in our master bedroom closet area. I replaced the bedroom carpet with laminate flooring and we love it. We had bought enough to do this area but instead decided to do the 2nd floor hallway because it was easier. There is still some left but the area is L shaped with a walk-in closet and 2 other closet, so figuring out the laminate pattern and cutting will be a pain. I am looking at a easier method, maybe vinyl times is an option. The area is between our bedroom and the bathroom so something that is good in a damp environment and easy to install is desired.

BTD update:

Project #1 - finally started. The current bathroom has been demolished - old tile, vanity, toilet removed and taken to the dump. tomorrow the floor and enough of the walls should be tiled to install new vanity and toilet onsite.

Project #3 - partially complete. Bought new Callaway X Hot Irons set and they have definitely made a difference. I am getting longer yardage with the clubs and am adjusting my distance game to them. Found a nice 3 wood at a discount so not really a "blow that dough" transaction. Still evaluating a new driver.

Projects 2, 4, and 5 are not much off the ground other than research, but are not as urgent. Once the bathroom project is complete we will focus on #2.

zippy2020 05-12-2021 06:39 PM

When we first moved into our home, the weather was great. Maybe 2 serious heat spells, lasting a week and then the fog and offshore Pacific winds blow it away.

The last five years have seen a steady increase in these heat spells. From May through mid-November they have been happening every 4-5 weeks.

And unfortunately, my kitchen - I love to cook - is THE hottest room in the house during a heat spell. An insulated house is slower to heat up - but once it gets hot, it stays hot for 24-36 hours after the weather outside starts to cool. Man, I was dying last year (figuratively speaking of course!), between the heat spells and wildfires.

That was the proverbial straw. In March - ironically, on the coldest day of 2021 to that point - we had whole house A/C installed. $12K for something we don't plan on using very much, but last year made us decide it was worth doing, even though we don't plan to stay here more than another 4-5 yrs.

On the good side, having put solar panels on the roof back in 2014, our annual electricity cost is offset by the NEM credits, to a large degree.

FreeBear 05-14-2021 11:34 AM

Another rental RV, Grand Canyon NP this time. Never spent this kind of dough on the road until we started renting RVs. So far has been cheaper than owning though.

socca 05-14-2021 03:50 PM

A few weeks ago I signed up for Spotify Premium (no ads) for $120 / year. For someone who likes to live with low overhead, this is a big deal. ;D Now that I've tried SP, I wonder how I ever put up with those repetitive, annoying Spotify ads. ??? OK, call me a big spender. :greetings10:

Koolau 05-14-2021 11:14 PM

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Originally Posted by socca (Post 2606847)
A few weeks ago I signed up for Spotify Premium (no ads) for $120 / year. For someone who likes to live with low overhead, this is a big deal. ;D Now that I've tried SP, I wonder how I ever put up with those repetitive, annoying Spotify ads. ??? OK, call me a big spender. :greetings10:

Hey Big Spender!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3MamvKeOvg

Teacher Terry 05-15-2021 03:23 PM

Planned to bring my couch to my new condo because its only 3 years old. Because its 7 ft long and the ceilings in the hallways are the same the movers couldnt do it. I ended up paying for them to take it back to the house and gave it to the new owners. While at the furniture store buying a new loveseat I ended up buying a matching chair. Hung my bedroom tv and the sound died so ordered a new one. Bought a queen sleep number bed where the head elevates and a headboard for 4500. The condo had no towel bars, curtain rods, etc. Also replaced overhead lights, lamps, etc. Its been fun and my condo looks great.

FreeBear 05-15-2021 03:58 PM

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Originally Posted by socca (Post 2606847)
A few weeks ago I signed up for Spotify Premium (no ads) for $120 / year. For someone who likes to live with low overhead, this is a big deal. ;D Now that I've tried SP, I wonder how I ever put up with those repetitive, annoying Spotify ads. ??? OK, call me a big spender. :greetings10:

I feel 'ya! Went crazy and subscribed to Netflix, although already have Prime and Hulu. Wanted Netflix to binge watch Breaking Bad, planning to cancel after. Might live Really Large and let it ride.

DW is giving me strange looks, but we're knocking out 4 or 5 episodes nightly.

MrsHaloFIRE 05-15-2021 07:21 PM

New flooring, new baseboards and full interior paint scheduled for Aug. Cant take it with you...

oiseux 05-17-2021 12:57 AM

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Originally Posted by braumeister (Post 2600387)
Haven't begun to think about the travel to get there yet.


The first time I went, I went in standard economy and ended up stuck between two Aussie Rugby players, middle seat, in front of a screaming baby. The poor thing only stopped crying when we landing, when the cabin promptly erupted in cheers.


Both countries are wonderful, and we did independent travel in each. Enjoy!

NW-Bound 05-17-2021 07:24 AM

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Originally Posted by braumeister (Post 2600338)
We decided to blow that dough big time and booked a trip to Australia and New Zealand for October 2022. Something that has always been on our bucket list, but the distance and cost had a daunting effect.

Since our travel spending shrank so much during 20 and 21, we felt it was time to let loose and finally go for it. Getting excited already!

We went to Sidney and Auckland back in 1999 or so. Had business-class seats which we did not pay for, courtesy of Qantas. We were both working, so only had time for 1 week or so.

I just checked. Non-stop LAX-SYD business seat is $15K round-trip. Wowza. It's serious dough even for 1 traveler, let alone 2.

I have not added a leg to AKL to see how much more it would be.

Koolau 05-18-2021 03:18 AM

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Originally Posted by NW-Bound (Post 2607862)
We went to Sidney and Auckland back in 1999 or so. Had business-class seats which we did not pay for, courtesy of Qantas. We were both working, so only had time for 1 week or so.

I just checked. Non-stop LAX-SYD business seat is $15K round-trip. Wowza. It's serious dough even for 1 traveler, let alone 2.

I have not added a leg to AKL to see how much more it would be.

I wonder if those prices will begin to come down once the airlines start to add back more flights. Maybe they won't do that for a while, hoping to reap some big profits while the getting is good. Still, at some point, the dam should burst as we get back to "normal" - whatever that is.

NW-Bound 05-18-2021 07:25 AM

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Originally Posted by Koolau (Post 2608238)
I wonder if those prices will begin to come down once the airlines start to add back more flights. Maybe they won't do that for a while, hoping to reap some big profits while the getting is good. Still, at some point, the dam should burst as we get back to "normal" - whatever that is.

I recall that a business seat for nonstop LAX-SYD flights was only around $4-5K. That was of course a few years ago, but $15K is outrageous.

Just checked again, and with one stop, the price came down to a much more reasonable $5K or so. And Hawaii and Fiji are about at the mid-way points, and the layover would not be too bad. Of course, one can make a short stay at these locations. I have been to Hawaii islands quite a few times, but Fiji would be new to me.

And surprisingly, even a detour to Singapore or Hong Kong may cost just the same. So, if I were to go to Australia again, I would add Singapore and Fiji as destinations, and be gone for a month or more. Now, only if my wife could find someone to look after her mom for that long.

tulak 05-18-2021 01:27 PM

My trip to Mexico has become BTD. Private sail charter and a couple of high end restaurants.

Well worth it, but now its time for cheap tacos and cervezas. What a sacrifice! [emoji41]

deserat 05-18-2021 01:34 PM

Just bought a 15 day holiday tour in Greece-5 islands with short hikes for Late September. The next item is a birthday present to myself next year. Premier seats (6 rows from front of stage) at the Royal Albert Hall in London to see Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) for their 40th anniversary concert March 2022.... absolutely giddy about that.

Definitely BTD for me on both of the above.

aja8888 05-18-2021 01:47 PM

#9 tooth replacement with an implant. First surgery this morning (anesthesia, remove tooth, install bone graft, sew up, bleed, hurt, etc). Second phase later this summer and third phase a few weeks after that.

This getting old is not for sissies and is expensive. :frown:

Souschef 05-18-2021 02:12 PM

We just booked a 15 day Hawaiian cruise. We will be in a Vista Suite aft, so we can watch the wake.
The fare is $12,000, but we had a $10,500 credit from the cruise that was cancelled, plus we got a full refund for the cancelled cruise.
DW has recovered from her Covid induced depression in a big way. She is ordering new outfits for the cruise already, also BTD.

pacergal 05-19-2021 10:24 AM

That is the only way I can cruise--room with a balcony.
sounds like a great trip

rt-texas 05-19-2021 09:47 PM

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Originally Posted by deserat (Post 2608472)
Just bought a 15 day holiday tour in Greece-5 islands with short hikes for Late September. The next item is a birthday present to myself next year. Premier seats (6 rows from front of stage) at the Royal Albert Hall in London to see Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) for their 40th anniversary concert March 2022.... absolutely giddy about that.

Definitely BTD for me on both of the above.


I'm jealous of OMD at Royal Albert. Have done shows there and would love to go back even if not working. Unfortunately never had the opportunity to see OMD live but it would be great. Have a playlist on my phone that I'll put on when I'm driving by myself and feel thirty years younger. Enjoy for me please.

RunningBum 05-21-2021 05:18 PM

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Originally Posted by DrRoy (Post 2568187)
Eventually I tried Cooper and Thief Red Blend, aged 3 months in bourbon barrels. Wow was it awesome! Thing is, it was $28. Plus tax.

Based on this rec (and your mention of Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, which I also love), I got a bottle. I just opened it tonight to have with a nice tenderloin, and to celebrate my longest run in a year and a half. It's very good! I might have to keep a bottle in stock here at all times. Not sure if I'll go for a case.

DrRoy 05-22-2021 04:15 AM

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Originally Posted by RunningBum (Post 2609839)
Based on this rec (and your mention of Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, which I also love), I got a bottle. I just opened it tonight to have with a nice tenderloin, and to celebrate my longest run in a year and a half. It's very good! I might have to keep a bottle in stock here at all times. Not sure if I'll go for a case.

I'm so glad you liked it! The case was just to get the price down.

DrRoy 05-22-2021 04:20 AM

So we have been shopping for a power leather recliner to put in the den when it gets re-paneled in oak. We saw a couple for about $1100 that were pretty comfortable, and the headrest reclines in a particular way that I prefer. They did both have sort of cheesy plastic cup holders though, which I didn't want. We then found one at Lay-z-boy that was genuinely the best of all - overall best comfort, great headrest, no cup holders, and even lumbar adjustment. However, it was literally double the others. Ordered it anyway.

Souschef 05-22-2021 01:07 PM

This week was a large BTD week. We booked a 15 day Hawaiian cruise in a Vista suite. The fare was $12 K:frown: however, we had a credit from the cruise that was cancelled of $10.5K, which was in addition to a full refund. The cruise will only cost us about $3K:dance:

We were at Costco the other day, and DW saw a display of massage chairs. She has had back problems for a while, and after being in the chair for about a half hour she felt better.
Here is the website describing it:

https://massagechairstore.com/infinity-evolution/

It is a full body massage, not those ones they have in salons. The original price was about $9K, and we got it on sale for $6800:)

braumeister 05-22-2021 01:11 PM

Just returned from ten days in Maine, where I ate lobstah at least once every day, often twice. That blew some dough, but it was so worth it!

Dtail 05-22-2021 01:19 PM

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Originally Posted by braumeister (Post 2610145)
Just returned from ten days in Maine, where I ate lobstah at least once every day, often twice. That blew some dough, but it was so worth it!

I was in Maine 10 years ago and recall that I never had better tasting lobster.
Good for you.:)

braumeister 05-22-2021 01:22 PM

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Originally Posted by Dtail (Post 2610147)
I was in Maine 10 years ago and recall that I never had better tasting lobster.
Good for you.:)

Next time you're up in that part of the world, I highly recommend Nova Scotia and PEI for not only the best but also the biggest. Better priced than Maine as well! If the border had been open that's where I would have gone.

finnski1 05-22-2021 02:10 PM

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Originally Posted by braumeister (Post 2610145)
Just returned from ten days in Maine, where I ate lobstah at least once every day, often twice. That blew some dough, but it was so worth it!


Going to Acadia on Wednesday for our first trip this year.:) I prefer shrimp and scallops up there but lobster is always good as well.
Been to PEI and Cape Breton Nova Scotia a few times. Nice and mellow and very scenic.

audreyh1 05-22-2021 02:54 PM

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Originally Posted by braumeister (Post 2610145)
Just returned from ten days in Maine, where I ate lobstah at least once every day, often twice. That blew some dough, but it was so worth it!

That sounds great. We'll have to do that one year.

We did get good lobster in the Canadian Maritimes!

pjigar 05-22-2021 03:18 PM

Really blew some dough this month: Ordered a bolt-up metal building for 50'x60'x16' workshop. Price for just the building kit, doors, and windows is going to be $50K. The completed project will approach $150K mark. I still can't stomach the sticker shock but I am doing it.

PS: Real estate gods have showered us with some love when we sold the house so might as well pay it forward!

RobbieB 05-22-2021 03:20 PM

Sounds like a good deal on three thousand square feet!

pacergal 05-22-2021 03:27 PM

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Originally Posted by braumeister (Post 2610145)
Just returned from ten days in Maine, where I ate lobstah at least once every day, often twice. That blew some dough, but it was so worth it!

Yum! That was our east coast trip planned and post poned last year. It is on track, hopefully, 2022 with some wonderful friends.

NW-Bound 05-22-2021 03:28 PM

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Originally Posted by braumeister (Post 2610145)
Just returned from ten days in Maine, where I ate lobstah at least once every day, often twice. That blew some dough, but it was so worth it!

Man, that's a lot of lobster.

On an RV trip to Nova Scotia a few years ago, we had lobster twice in a week, each time a 2-1/2 lb lobster each. Thought that I was a lobster lover, but that lasted me a year or two before I had the craving for lobster again.

dm 05-22-2021 03:49 PM

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Traded my old Jeep Wrangler, it was a 2017 with 30,000 miles, for this thing.

txtig 05-22-2021 04:04 PM

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Traded my old Jeep Wrangler, it was a 2017 with 30,000 miles, for this thing.



Very nice! Ive got a 2017 Wrangler with only 24,000 miles. If the Gladiator had been available in 2017, Id have bought it for sure.

Your post has me thinking about blowing the dough and doing the same thing. Only downside is that my Wrangler is already set up as a toad for my motorhome and Id have to redo that work/expense on a new Gladiator. But, something to think about.

dm 05-22-2021 04:30 PM

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Originally Posted by txtig (Post 2610218)
Very nice! Ive got a 2017 Wrangler with only 24,000 miles. If the Gladiator had been available in 2017, Id have bought it for sure.

Your post has me thinking about blowing the dough and doing the same thing. Only downside is that my Wrangler is already set up as a toad for my motorhome and Id have to redo that work/expense on a new Gladiator. But, something to think about.

I was very surprised on what the resale was on my 2017. I was not really planning on this but I traded pretty much my original sticker price to sticker price on the new one.

Now dont get me wrong, there was still a pretty big spread, but I was trading a base model and bought a loaded out one.

Dtail 05-22-2021 05:24 PM

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Originally Posted by braumeister (Post 2610151)
Next time you're up in that part of the world, I highly recommend Nova Scotia and PEI for not only the best but also the biggest. Better priced than Maine as well! If the border had been open that's where I would have gone.

Ah good to know. Would not think of that.:greetings10:

Ronstar 05-22-2021 05:32 PM

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Originally Posted by dm (Post 2610207)
Traded my old Jeep Wrangler, it was a 2017 with 30,000 miles, for this thing.



Congrats! If all goes well, I should trade my 2001 corvette on a new wrangler within the next 10 days.

Koolau 05-22-2021 06:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Ronstar (Post 2610272)
Congrats! If all goes well, I should trade my 2001 corvette on a new wrangler within the next 10 days.

Never too interested in jeeps in general, though my dad had a Willys Overland ca. 1951 for his business (the delivery part) which doubled as our station wagon. We 4 (at the time - heh, heh, started the 5th - apparently on this trip) piled in and drove to Grandma's house in Florida in 1952. Mom and dad dumped us on Grandma and went to their trade association meeting - and other things.

My understanding is that Jeep owners are only 2nd in loyalty to Subaru owners. YMMV


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