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Time2 11-30-2021 07:39 AM

Drove 400 miles to visit my daughter over Thanksgiving and the weekend.
We bought everything, meals, alcohol, etc, and the big thing, we filled up her gas tank! :)

MBAustin 11-30-2021 09:21 AM

Finally was able to get my new iPhone 13 mini to replace my 4-year-old 8, which had been getting flakier and flakier over the past few months. The Apple store here was out of stock every time I could get there over the past month, but had it available yesterday. It's nice - I like the face id and having 128gb of storage as I'm a terrible packrat with photos, etc.

Teacher Terry 12-02-2021 01:17 AM

After 9 years my tv is making static noises. It started with only the news but yesterday expanded to most shows. Decided to buy a smart LG tv for 900. It arrives on the 10th.

Sunset 12-03-2021 01:25 AM

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Originally Posted by Koolau (Post 2696815)
I was watching our building maintenance folks putting up the lights at our building. One guy was standing on the next to top rung of his 10 foot step ladder (on one foot) bending over the top of a tree to set the lights. Scared me. NOT what I want to do in my retirement. Just on our lanai, I too would pay someone else if DW would let me - heh, heh, or, better yet, skip the whole thing! :laugh: YMMV

DW has stopped me from putting ours along the roof since last year. Now I just throw the lights onto the bushes.
Done in 20 minutes, and I really love the look of lights buried under a few inches of snow (a glowing area). :dance:

BOBOT 12-04-2021 01:18 PM

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Originally Posted by Sunset (Post 2698298)
DW has stopped me from putting ours along the roof since last year. Now I just throw the lights onto the bushes.
Done in 20 minutes, and I really love the look of lights buried under a few inches of snow (a glowing area). :dance:


Check out today's (12/04) Pickles comic:
https://www.gocomics.com/pickles/2021/12/04

goingtotravel 12-05-2021 02:34 PM

Latest purchase was a new Christmas tree (artificial) with LED lighting to replace one that we had for over 15 years. $850 for a 9' tall extra wide model. Hoping this one lasts as long as the one we replaced.

DrRoy 12-07-2021 06:08 AM

We started taking a month long trip out west (with the dog) after RE in 2017. As I accumulate more photography gear, the car is hard to pack with everything that we want to carry for that long. We have a 2018 Honda CR-V with fairly good cargo capacity. We also get quite good gas mileage; ~35 mpg highway on these trips. We don't really need a different car, it just would be nice to have more space, but we're not willing to give up the good fuel efficiency that we get.

Earlier in the year I took a look at the vehicles out there, and could only find one that was bigger than ours, but had about the same gas mileage. The problem was, you can't get one in just the configuration and color that we wanted, and the company doesn't accept orders at present either. We waited a couple months to see if orders might open up again, but no. We are getting within a few months of our next trip, too. Realizing this, we loosened up a little on the configuration that we would accept, and yesterday I called around to 8 dealers in our area to see what they might have coming in their vehicle allocations.

I thought that we would still have to wait for something to come up, but one of them had a car coming in a few weeks that was really close, just a few extra things that we didn't need. DW and I talked it over, and that afternoon we called this dealer back and put a deposit on a 2022 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited.

It is a lot to spend just to have some more room, but part of the thinking is that in the current used car market, we can get almost 80% of what we spent on the CR-V four years ago. That definitely helps.

MBAustin 12-07-2021 09:23 AM

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Originally Posted by DrRoy (Post 2700224)

DW and I talked it over, and that afternoon we called this dealer back and put a deposit on a 2022 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited.

My sister got a 2021 Highlander Hybrid (slightly lower trim line) and absolutely loves it. Pro tip: check out online forums for hybrids to learn the techniques to get the best mileage in different driving situations. (I'm a Prius driver and use PriusChat, but I'm sure there are others.) Enjoy!

RetireRay 12-07-2021 11:32 PM

Having new windows put into the house! Blowing that dough!

cat4ever 12-08-2021 10:04 AM

Same here, on day 3 of the install. $22K for the whole house, the contractor windows installed when the house was built were awful.

ugeauxgirl 12-09-2021 09:06 AM

I wrote charity checks today. Big ones. [emoji16]

Koolau 12-09-2021 12:13 PM

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Originally Posted by ugeauxgirl (Post 2701052)
I wrote charity checks today. Big ones. [emoji16]

Yeah, same here. End-of-year is always big for us. We must get 50 requests in the mail, but always have our old standbys that we double up on in December - check book permitting. Biggest BTD category by far. YMMV

old medic 12-10-2021 07:02 AM

It might not be a lot for some, but it is a BTD event for me.....
A group of our friends are beer connoisseurs, and a couple have had the chance to sample Sam Adams Utopias.... so in celebration my retirement I have been hunting a bottle to share with them at our next gathering. After 2 months of asking, a bottle has been located. Never had I ever thought I would spend nearly $300 on a bottle of beer...

cat4ever 12-10-2021 07:13 AM

$300 for a bottle of beer? I believe that could be the poster child for BTD.

braumeister 12-10-2021 07:17 AM

Utopias would be placed at the very extreme end of any spectrum that contains "beer" so it's not at all what anyone would expect. But for a beer lover, I would agree that it's worth doing once. I've had it a number of times, although I've never actually paid for it. ;D

I happen to know the guy who originally developed it and he had some great stories about the process, some of them quite funny.

old medic 12-10-2021 07:24 AM

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Originally Posted by braumeister (Post 2701378)
Utopias would be placed at the very extreme end of any spectrum that contains "beer" so it's not at all what anyone would expect. But for a beer lover, I would agree that it's worth doing once. I've had it a number of times, although I've never actually paid for it. ;D

I happen to know the guy who originally developed it and he had some great stories about the process, some of them quite funny.

As a Homebrewer myself I have loved reading about the history behind Utopias, And the aging process behind it... At our last gathering we opened an Imperial stout from 2013.... DELICIOUS

finnski1 12-10-2021 07:27 AM

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Originally Posted by cat4ever (Post 2701374)
$300 for a bottle of beer? I believe that could be the poster child for BTD.

Yeah but... It is 28% alcohol!:)

Luvtoride 12-10-2021 09:18 AM

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Originally Posted by old medic (Post 2701370)
It might not be a lot for some, but it is a BTD event for me.....
A group of our friends are beer connoisseurs, and a couple have had the chance to sample Sam Adams Utopias.... so in celebration my retirement I have been hunting a bottle to share with them at our next gathering. After 2 months of asking, a bottle has been located. Never had I ever thought I would spend nearly $300 on a bottle of beer...

$300 for ONE bottle of beer? REALLY? That's insane! I hope its as good as its supposed to be for that price. Why so expensive? Obviously they didn't make much of it and it was sold out quickly. ENJOY!

That almost makes my BTD spend seem tame in comparison. I'm a big luxury watch fan (as I think I've stated here before) and like a hard to find beer, I'm always on the look for Rolex watches from an AUTHORIZED DEALER where you actually pay MSRP vs. inflated secondary market prices.
A few weeks ago I walked into a Jewelry Store in NJ that we have NOT dealt with before but is a Rolex AD. As in most Rolex jewelers the cases were bascially bare of any watches. We were speaking to the owner about which Rolex watches we were interested in. When I mentioned the model I was looking for he left momentarily and came back with a Watch box. It had the model I was looking for (for those who care, a SeaDweller two tone gold and stainless). I tried it on and it fit perfectly and looked great! I asked him if it was AVAILABLE for sale (as most of these are spoken for by customers waiting for months) and he said, YES, it was available. I was in shock!

I purchased the watch and we put in an order for a watch for my wife (yes, we're crazy) which he said might be months before it would arrive.

Yesterday, I went to a local jewelry store that we've been dealing with for a long time that sells pre-owned Rolex watches. I showed the owner my watch and he immediately offered me $5,000 above the price I paid to buy the watch from me (that's how HOT the resale secondary market is for these watches). I turned him down, but I know that I could sell this watch anytime for more than I paid (and probably more than this premium was time goes on).

I guess this purchase could go into "Alternative Investments" as luxury watches are a HOT asset class right now.

Cassius King 12-10-2021 10:21 AM

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Originally Posted by old medic (Post 2701370)
It might not be a lot for some, but it is a BTD event for me.....
A group of our friends are beer connoisseurs, and a couple have had the chance to sample Sam Adams Utopias.... so in celebration my retirement I have been hunting a bottle to share with them at our next gathering. After 2 months of asking, a bottle has been located. Never had I ever thought I would spend nearly $300 on a bottle of beer...

Dogfish Head just released their World Wide Stout aged in Utopias Barrels as well. $40/4pack here, worth a pickup as well.

corn18 12-13-2021 09:48 AM

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Bought my DW a cuckoo clock. A really expensive cuckoo clock.


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