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Koolau 04-03-2021 12:56 PM

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Originally Posted by Out of Steam (Post 2586109)
I'm planning to start shopping for a car with manual transmission once I'm fully vaccinated, almost certainly used. Right now, I think it will be a VW Golf or Jetta.

Nothing fancy or very powerful, but I think I'd enjoy it. I will be keeping my current car, so don't need to spend a lot of dough.

Since it's a second car, why not something a bit sporty (and fun!) like a Miata? I really miss rowing a manual tranny, but in the city, it's a real pain and I would constantly worry about wearing out the clutch. YMMV

stephenson 04-03-2021 01:15 PM

We just bought Trek Hybrid (non electric) bikes to ride around the neighborhood ... probably paid 4X as much than we should have for a good enough solution.

BUT - I always wanted a Trek bike!

Ronstar 04-03-2021 01:58 PM

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Originally Posted by stephenson (Post 2586576)
We just bought Trek Hybrid (non electric) bikes to ride around the neighborhood ... probably paid 4X as much than we should have for a good enough solution.

BUT - I always wanted a Trek bike!



You wonít be disappointed. My Trek hybrid is probably 20 years old And still going strong.

Koolau 04-03-2021 02:15 PM

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Originally Posted by stephenson (Post 2586576)
We just bought Trek Hybrid (non electric) bikes to ride around the neighborhood ... probably paid 4X as much than we should have for a good enough solution.

BUT - I always wanted a Trek bike!

Heh, heh, that's why we call it Blow That Dough. Enjoy!!

Out of Steam 04-03-2021 03:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Koolau (Post 2586567)
Since it's a second car, why not something a bit sporty (and fun!) like a Miata? I really miss rowing a manual tranny, but in the city, it's a real pain and I would constantly worry about wearing out the clutch. YMMV

Unfortunately, I'm too big and tall (with long legs) to be a candidate for a Miata. Same goes for a Subaru WRX. :'(

doneat54 04-03-2021 05:51 PM

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Originally Posted by Out of Steam (Post 2586109)
I'm planning to start shopping for a car with manual transmission once I'm fully vaccinated, almost certainly used. Right now, I think it will be a VW Golf or Jetta.

Nothing fancy or very powerful, but I think I'd enjoy it. I will be keeping my current car, so don't need to spend a lot of dough.


Get a VW with the 2 liter TSI Turbo if you can. LOTS of fun, great engine, and you can get 40mpg out of it if you drive it like an old lady.

ArmchairMillionaire23 04-03-2021 06:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Koolau (Post 2586567)
Since it's a second car, why not something a bit sporty (and fun!) like a Miata? I really miss rowing a manual tranny, but in the city, it's a real pain and I would constantly worry about wearing out the clutch. YMMV

My last truck had 225,000 on the original clutch before it rusted out so badly the door wouldn't stay shut anymore. My current truck just turned 130,000 and the original clutch is still going strong.

I'll miss the manual transmission once they stop offering them. :(

DrRoy 04-04-2021 05:36 AM

In a higher end art shop we saw an amazing dish shaped copper piece, 24 inches in diameter, with a band of color and irregular black lines that would look awesome on the fireplace, for $700. We might normally have bought a piece of pottery or two for maybe $100 each. Haven't bought it yet, but it's all we can talk about, and I think we are going to give in and blow the dough.

Out of Steam 04-04-2021 06:39 AM

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Originally Posted by doneat54 (Post 2586682)
Get a VW with the 2 liter TSI Turbo if you can. LOTS of fun, great engine, and you can get 40mpg out of it if you drive it like an old lady.

I'm thinking of the 1.8T in the VWs from 2015 or so. I've got some speeding ticket history I'd prefer not to relive:nonono::nonono:.

Ronstar 04-04-2021 06:48 AM

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Originally Posted by DrRoy (Post 2586813)
In a higher end art shop we saw an amazing dish shaped copper piece, 24 inches in diameter, with a band of color and irregular black lines that would look awesome on the fireplace, for $700. We might normally have bought a piece of pottery or two for maybe $100 each. Haven't bought it yet, but it's all we can talk about, and I think we are going to give in and blow the dough.

You better get it pronto. If you wait, someone else could buy it and you might not ever find another one.

One of our neighbors in Arizona had some wall art that we really liked. The artist had his shop set up at an art fair there for the winter. He had pieces there for sale that were exactly what I wanted, but I thought it would be difficult to ship to Illinois and I didn't want to bring it back to Illinois with me.

His brochure said that he was going to be at an Illinois art fair in the summer. I planned on buying a piece there. We went to the Illinois fair and he wasn't there. I wish I would have bought the piece when I saw it.

Jerry1 04-04-2021 06:54 AM

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Originally Posted by DrRoy (Post 2586813)
In a higher end art shop we saw an amazing dish shaped copper piece, 24 inches in diameter, with a band of color and irregular black lines that would look awesome on the fireplace, for $700. We might normally have bought a piece of pottery or two for maybe $100 each. Haven't bought it yet, but it's all we can talk about, and I think we are going to give in and blow the dough.

If itís all you can talk about, you should definitely go get it. Seriously, unless youíre art junkies, how often does something speak to you so significantly? I donít know what my limit is, but if I saw something that would be the perfect piece to hand above my mantle, Iíd get it. I doubt $700 would stop me and I hope it wonít you. Share a picture.

Car-Guy 04-04-2021 06:57 AM

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Originally Posted by ArmchairMillionaire23 (Post 2586703)

I'll miss the manual transmission once they stop offering them. :(

I felt that way too "until" electronic paddle shifters became available... :) So cool! For normal driving I just don't use them, but when I want more control and/or spirited driving, they are a finger tip away.



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ncbill 04-04-2021 11:27 AM

Paddle shifters get in the way for me...I prefer the "manu-matic" automatics where you can slap the shifter over to the side to be able to change gears manually w/o having to use a clutch.

W2R 04-04-2021 12:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Jerry1 (Post 2586838)
If it’s all you can talk about, you should definitely go get it. Seriously, unless you’re art junkies, how often does something speak to you so significantly? I don’t know what my limit is, but if I saw something that would be the perfect piece to hand above my mantle, I’d get it. I doubt $700 would stop me and I hope it won’t you. Share a picture.

+1000

Definitely, buy it, and quickly before it is gone! You know I'm all into LBYM, but this sounds like something very special that would add to your life every day.

Dtail 04-04-2021 12:11 PM

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Originally Posted by ncbill (Post 2586992)
Paddle shifters get in the way for me...I prefer the "manu-matic" automatics where you can slap the shifter over to the side to be able to change gears manually w/o having to use a clutch.

That is what I have with my Z4. Lots of fun.

Aerides 04-04-2021 12:15 PM

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Originally Posted by DrRoy (Post 2586813)
In a higher end art shop we saw an amazing dish shaped copper piece, 24 inches in diameter, with a band of color and irregular black lines that would look awesome on the fireplace, for $700. We might normally have bought a piece of pottery or two for maybe $100 each. Haven't bought it yet, but it's all we can talk about, and I think we are going to give in and blow the dough.

Here's how I know to buy that thing:

Imagine you go back into the shop - and it's no longer there. Are you relieved or heartbroken?

If the latter, rush back and go get it. (If it's gone, and you're sad, that's still ok, wasn't meant to be.)

Koolau 04-04-2021 12:33 PM

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Originally Posted by ArmchairMillionaire23 (Post 2586703)
My last truck had 225,000 on the original clutch before it rusted out so badly the door wouldn't stay shut anymore. My current truck just turned 130,000 and the original clutch is still going strong.

I'll miss the manual transmission once they stop offering them. :(

Oh, I've never worn out a clutch (up to 200K miles) but driving in Honolulu traffic WOULD put a lot of wear on a clutch (and throw out bearing.) Given my druthers, I'd have a manual for the coast roads and auto for the freeway/downtown. It's not to be, so auto is the way to go - oh, and DW strongly prefers the auto - so there's that.:coolsmiley: YMMV

rt-texas 04-04-2021 01:36 PM

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Originally Posted by W2R (Post 2587004)
+1000

Definitely, buy it, and quickly before it is gone! You know I'm all into LBYM, but this sounds like something very special that would add to your life every day.


+1000 twice

Bought a handmade tapestry off the wall of a Peruvian restaurant back in January. We love Peru and wife fell in love with it at dinner. Funny thing is, the Peruvian restaurant is in a suburb of San Jose Costa Rica. :laugh:

All negotiations with the owner handled with Google Translate on Whatsapp and had a deal done in about 15 minutes.

He has since sent me pics of pretty much all the art he has in both of his restaurants letting me know they are for sale.

Now we look at it everyday and think "that is so cool"!

audreyh1 04-04-2021 03:02 PM

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Originally Posted by audreyh1 (Post 2584159)
In pending talks with DH about a serious purchase. Stay tuned.......

OK - we placed an order, and expect delivery sometime in June. We havenít had to hand over any major $$$ yet.

Iíll check back in when that happens....

braumeister 04-04-2021 03:06 PM

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Originally Posted by audreyh1 (Post 2587083)
OK - we placed an order, and expect delivery sometime in June. We havenít had to hand over any major $$$ yet.

Iíll check back in when that happens....

Have you already started interviewing pilots for it? :coolsmiley:


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