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corn18 07-30-2021 10:59 AM

Bought a Nintendo Switch and 3 games.

Koolau 07-30-2021 11:03 AM

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Originally Posted by Chuckanut (Post 2641529)
20 feet away. I can see Robbie's plans. Bring along some salt water tackle and catch a free dinner from the hotel balcony. Then have the misses fry it up in the microwave with leftover butter from the free morning breakfast.

Our last stay in a Waikiki hotel was about like this (not the catching the fish part.) We were doing our "final run through" (5 weeks) to see if our impending move - about 1 year later - was what we still wanted to do. We found a modest hotel with a kitchenette, microwave and 2-burner stove, small oven. Cooked much of our own food (purchased at local stores.) A country boy can survive but YMMV.

W2R 07-30-2021 11:06 AM

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Originally Posted by corn18 (Post 2641795)
Bought a Nintendo Switch and 3 games.

Good choice! I'm a big fan of Animal Crossing, New Horizons and play it on my Switch every day. Lots of fun and after the initial purchase, it costs nothing to play.

audreyh1 07-31-2021 06:18 AM

Hey - that Japanese A5 Wagyu tenderloin has an even bigger discount - $250 off!
https://www.costco.com/japanese-wagy...100505552.html

RunningBum 07-31-2021 07:40 AM

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Originally Posted by audreyh1 (Post 2642246)
Hey - that Japanese A5 Wagyu tenderloin has an even bigger discount - $250 off!
https://www.costco.com/japanese-wagy...100505552.html

I was disappointed that the filets weren't on sale so that I wouldn't have to cook it all at once but I realized it would be a great family dinner when I visit in September. So I'm just waiting to order when I know someone will be home there to receive it.

athena53 07-31-2021 08:29 AM

Just back from a visit with DS, DDIL and my wonderful grandchildren.

Took the 3 kids out for haircuts at Shear Madness.

Pizza for lunch afterwards.

Thai takeout for the family that night.

Spent Wednesday night in the local Hilton with the 2 girls (ages 4 and 7). All kinds of overpriced snacks from the pantry shop in the lobby and a stop beforehand at the grocery store for other provisions. They DEVOUR fresh vegetables and the 4-year old loves broccoli- how could I not spring for the overpriced fresh veggie tray? Got to the pool twice and had a great time watching the construction site outside from our room. Eventually I'll resume trips to Chicago- the 7-year old has been twice but we agree the one-hour plane trip plus the subway aren't safe for unvaccinated kids yet- but we enjoy local hotel stays in the meantime.

Two stops at Starbucks during my visit for cake pops.

It is good to be Grandma.;D

corn18 07-31-2021 09:09 AM

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Originally Posted by corn18 (Post 2640901)
Just ordered a supercharger for my truck. Should add about 120HP/120 torques. Better for towing. Having it installed as I am past the work on my cars, break them and then take them to the shop phase. I just take them to the shop now.

https://treperformance.com/images/F142032090.jpg

Well, I went and test drove an F-450 and cancelled the supercharger order. Will be ordering a 2022 F-450 in the near future. Trucks aren't cheap.

audreyh1 07-31-2021 09:12 AM

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Originally Posted by RunningBum (Post 2642264)
I was disappointed that the filets weren't on sale so that I wouldn't have to cook it all at once but I realized it would be a great family dinner when I visit in September. So I'm just waiting to order when I know someone will be home there to receive it.

Why couldn't you cut it up as soon as it arrives (probably just slightly thawed) vacuum seal and refreeze?

RunningBum 07-31-2021 11:34 AM

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Originally Posted by audreyh1 (Post 2642305)
Why couldn't you cut it up as soon as it arrives (probably just slightly thawed) vacuum seal and refreeze?

They say they might be slightly thawed, but when my mother used to send Omaha steaks they were still hard frozen. That would be tough to cut. And I don't have a vacuum sealer. I could saran wrap them and then put in a freezer baggie like I do Prime steaks from Costco, but I still think cutting frozen or nearly frozen beef would be hard.

I like the idea of sharing with my family anyway.

audreyh1 07-31-2021 12:59 PM

We don’t freeze meat/seafood without vacuum sealing. It’s been great to have the sealer. I freeze a lot of my homemade bacon, home smoked foods, etc.

citrine 07-31-2021 07:48 PM

Bought a hydroponic grow tower last week....cannot wait to harvest herbs greens, and tomatoes in 3-4 weeks!
Also bought new headlights for my 2007 Subaru Forester....waiting for husband's arm to heal completely so he can install them for me.

f35phixer 08-01-2021 09:39 AM

Went with friends golfing yesterday, on the ride to course they said we are going to Greenbrier Resort in September.
https://www.greenbrier.com/About-Us/History.aspx

I said oh man, that's been on our bucket list for long time.
So we got a stay for three get four nights package = $ 2477 for 4 nights
Golfing the Meadow and Old White course = $ 1360 + tip for fore caddie on White
Eating on site, Menus look great, not cheap eats but I'm in it for BTD.

One day will take trip to our newest National Park, NEW RIVER GORGE !!!!! get my national park passport stamped even though its not in the book ;-)

audreyh1 08-01-2021 10:10 AM

Give us a trip report when you return!

RunningBum 08-01-2021 10:11 AM

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Originally Posted by f35phixer (Post 2642742)
Went with friends golfing yesterday, on the ride to course they said we are going to Greenbrier Resort in September.
https://www.greenbrier.com/About-Us/History.aspx

I said oh man, that's been on our bucket list for long time.
So we got a stay for three get four nights package = $ 2477 for 4 nights
Golfing the Meadow and Old White course = $ 1360 + tip for fore caddie on White
Eating on site, Menus look great, not cheap eats but I'm in it for BTD.

I found the rooms a little underwhelming but the public rooms are really nice and the grounds are impressive. The 44 (for NBA HOFer Jerry West) steakhouse was really good. Definitely get the lobster mashed potatoes!

ETA: They have a tour for the underground bunkers that were once planned for Congress to use in case of missile attack. Neat idea but the tour was really boring. Not worth it IMO.

f35phixer 08-01-2021 10:24 AM

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Originally Posted by RunningBum (Post 2642755)
I found the rooms a little underwhelming but the public rooms are really nice and the grounds are impressive. The 44 (for NBA HOFer Jerry West) steakhouse was really good. Definitely get the lobster mashed potatoes!

ETA: They have a tour for the underground bunkers that were once planned for Congress to use in case of missile attack. Neat idea but the tour was really boring. Not worth it IMO.

good to know Bum! Only sleep in the room, will maybe do something else besides bunker.

Winemaker 08-01-2021 11:28 AM

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Originally Posted by f35phixer (Post 2642762)
good to know Bum! Only sleep in the room, will maybe do something else besides bunker.

There is a casino on the property, it is actually underground of the main entrance/driveway/front grounds. They have a ballroom dancing show nightly IIRC, and a few evening activities, live band, etc. There is also a grounds tour where some of the old cottages can be toured. These restored cottages, for example, is a cottage where U.S. Grant and his family stayed to escape the heat and humidity. Some of the buildings are old barns which are now used for glassblowing, metal working, and other crafts. We had a blast when DW and I went there 6 or 7 years ago. But being of the frugal nature, we went in February where the price was buy one night, get two free. I found the bunker tour interesting to a certain point, especially the ashtrays attached to the exercise bikes in the gym!

Make sure you look up the rules/regulations for dress code. While not strictly enforced, you will feel out of place not to follow the traditions of the resort.

jollystomper 08-01-2021 01:13 PM

Our non-planned, spur of the moment "Blow That Dough" activity for the month of July:

- New cell phones for both of us. Our were old (Samsung Galaxy S5 and S4), but worked for what me needed them for. The batteries could be replaced, another reason we used them for so long. But the few apps we use are no longer supported on that old Android version. I looked at going with newer used phones... but then decided what the heck, get something new so that this issue does not come up for several years. While we did not go the iPhone route, we settled for the Moto G Play 2021, and so far so good. Compared to the Samsung phone it (and all new phones it seems) is HUGE. With a protective case I feel like I am carrying around a weapon. The memory requirement is also interesting, Android is using more memory than mainframe operating systems :), and seems determined to force you to store everything except pictures in the phone memory, which makes it work. Ah, the price of modernization... :laugh:

The new phone also meant "Blow That Dough" for accesories - new case protectors, new USB-C cables and USB micro-to-C adapters for the charging stations in the house and car, new vent mounts, etc.

- New mattress. Somehow, we missed the fact that our mattress was approaching 30 years old. While it it not feel terrible, when we heard our words out loud we both said "why are we doing this?" So off to multiple stores to check out new mattresses. Wow have they more than doubled in size. And so many were too soft for us, I felt like I was sinking into jello. We finally found a couple that were firm enough. While trying to decide, the salesperson said "Come back in three days... your decision may be easier then> 3 days later, one of the mattresses went on sale for 35% off. Can we call it "Bow That Dough" when we get sometime on sale? :laugh: A thicker mattress meant a new anti-allergy mattress cover for another $175.

- $250 gift for a nephew graduating from high school.

-Whittled the amazon wish list down a little: more dry-fit golf shirts for those warm, humid days.

- New sneakers. Blessed to no longer be in "wait until hole gets big enough that the electrical tape coated cardboard you put in to cover it falls through" mode. Now in "I should have 2 pairs of sneakers for walking/social events and 4 pairs for gym workouts, right?" mode. Went to a Reebok outlet and thought I was buy 2 pairs (walking and cross-training) for $150. But first they had a "buy one, one get 50% off sale", then they asked for my email, which was still in their system, which gave me an addition discount. My final cost was $87 for both pairs.

We will see what August brings...:)

corn18 08-01-2021 03:13 PM

Just bought a new MacBook Pro 16". My MacBook Air was not hacking it anymore. And since I don't travel on business anymore, the large size (and weight) of the 16" is not a bother. What a beautiful screen. I can see the number on my spreadsheets now. The Air didn't have the Retina display.

RobbieB 08-02-2021 06:17 PM

Just ordered up a seven hundred dollar stereo for my seven thousand dollar boat.

The 10% rule - :)

street 08-03-2021 06:18 AM

^ I like that. Even enough room on that ship to get up and dance.


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