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audreyh1 01-12-2021 05:11 PM

Living high on the hog cow!

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

RobbieB 01-13-2021 08:22 PM

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

Two hundred fifty.

Koolau 01-14-2021 12:29 AM

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

DrRoy 01-14-2021 05:38 AM

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

finnski1 01-14-2021 06:45 AM

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

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

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




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

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

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


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

GravitySucks 01-14-2021 09:25 AM

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

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

pacergal 01-14-2021 12:36 PM

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

Three hundred fifty - :)

Snake River Farms has wonderful beef!

RobbieB 01-14-2021 12:46 PM

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

GTP2022 01-14-2021 01:41 PM

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

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

street 01-14-2021 01:54 PM

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

Two hundred fifty.

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

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

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

That was a bargain compared to the beef! ;D

audreyh1 01-14-2021 03:57 PM

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

Yep!

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

KCGeezer 01-14-2021 06:36 PM

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

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

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

ERD50 01-14-2021 09:24 PM

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

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

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

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

-ERD50

Luvdogs 01-14-2021 10:15 PM

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

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

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

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

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

RobbieB 01-14-2021 11:11 PM

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

Yup.

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

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

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

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

Live large, have fun and be happy!

pacergal 01-15-2021 03:38 PM

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

Palmtree 01-15-2021 04:32 PM

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


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