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W2R 07-12-2019 05:09 PM

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Originally Posted by REWahoo (Post 2265761)
The last recliner we purchased required assembly. It was in two sections, the base and the back. Slide the back into a couple of slots in the base, listen for the "click", and we were done. Even a Texan caveman geezer could do it. :)

Thanks! I think this one may be the same. I read a description of the assembly in one of the Amazon reviews, and they said it was easy to assemble, and mentioned the "click" when sliding the back into the base.

RobbieB 07-12-2019 05:14 PM

I got mine from the local hospital supply store. They delivered and set it up.

W2R 07-12-2019 05:59 PM

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Originally Posted by RobbieB (Post 2265837)
I got mine from the local hospital supply store. They delivered and set it up.

But, but, but.... see, I'm a SPECIAL princess!!! :laugh: I simply had to have a bunch of special features and nothing else could possibly ever do! This was the only recliner that would ever be good enough for me! ;D :rofl:

Actually that was probably a good idea. But, this one fit the bill and it will be delivered by Fedex next week. The only thing that wasn't perfect about it, was that "white glove delivery" wasn't offered.

RobbieB 07-13-2019 07:38 PM

Olma is having a sale so I ordered up 4.4 ounces of Kaluga Royal caviar. Two hundred and seventy three bucks delivered.

Woo-hoo! Almost a grand a pound - :)

audreyh1 07-13-2019 09:22 PM

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Originally Posted by RobbieB (Post 2266468)
Olma is having a sale so I ordered up 4.4 ounces of Kaluga Royal caviar. Two hundred and seventy three bucks delivered.

Woo-hoo! Almost a grand a pound - :)

What are you going to eat with it?

RobbieB 07-13-2019 10:25 PM

Creme fraiche, crackers and vodka!

davebarnes 07-13-2019 10:40 PM

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Originally Posted by RobbieB (Post 2266500)
Creme fraiche, crackers and vodka!

I am sure you meant to write: Crème fraîche

RobbieB 07-13-2019 11:02 PM

Yeah Baby! I wish my keyboard did that.

jpeter1093 07-14-2019 03:16 AM

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Originally Posted by RobbieB (Post 2266503)
Yeah Baby! I wish my keyboard did that.

Use the ALT key and try different combinations of numbers for fun (you can Google to find the lists of what combination types what character on a Windows or Mac)

For example, here's 1,2,3,4 typed from my Mac while holding down the Option key (Windows has an ALT key to use instead):

¡™£¢

The Cosmic Avenger 07-14-2019 06:29 AM

Hell, I usually just look up the term and copy the marks from elsewhere on the internet if I want to fool people into thinking I know what I'm doing. It's quicker than remembering all those key combinations. :coolsmiley:

Mr. Tightwad 07-20-2019 10:12 PM

$800 on a garage door for a rental property.

DAYDREAMER 07-21-2019 08:08 AM

Just spent $.28 for 2 small stainless screws for my boat top snap. Didn't have small enough screws in my vast array of screw jars.

Oh well, "Blowing that dough!"

Will adjust the budget this month to account for the charge.

Bigdawg 07-21-2019 12:14 PM

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Originally Posted by DAYDREAMER (Post 2269965)
Didn't have small enough screws in my vast array of screw jars.

off topic but I have a friend who after the end of each project literally throws out all remaining hardware. No screw jars or coffee cans in his garage.

W2R 07-21-2019 04:04 PM

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My new "Blow That Dough" lift recliner is better than perfect. I think I got my money's worth already. It is great for napping, even when I didn't intend to nap. I didn't realize how sleep deprived I must be! :2funny:

Spent half the night sleeping in my recliner, until I awakened and realized what I was doing, and went to bed. Then today I have already taken two naps in it.

rodi 07-21-2019 04:25 PM

w2r - that is wonderful that your new recliner is so comfy. We had one left over from when the in-laws were living in the granny flat. My hubster loved it - I hated it because you had to use the electric remote to raise and lower the legs/recline... Made noise and interrupted *my nap* in my non electronic chair. LOL.


My blow that dough contribution - spent almost $4k on fall semester tuition for oldest son. In 2 weeks I get to write an even bigger check for housing/dorm... and then there are books. Preliminary list price checked on the bookstore website looks like we're going to hit $1000.

So the other milestone is - first withdrawal from the 529. LOL.

W2R 07-21-2019 04:55 PM

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Originally Posted by rodi (Post 2270219)
w2r - that is wonderful that your new recliner is so comfy. We had one left over from when the in-laws were living in the granny flat. My hubster loved it - I hated it because you had to use the electric remote to raise and lower the legs/recline... Made noise and interrupted *my nap* in my non electronic chair. LOL.


My blow that dough contribution - spent almost $4k on fall semester tuition for oldest son. In 2 weeks I get to write an even bigger check for housing/dorm... and then there are books. Preliminary list price checked on the bookstore website looks like we're going to hit $1000.

So the other milestone is - first withdrawal from the 529. LOL.

Ouch!!! Good thing you set up that 529 to rely upon. That's got to be such a blow.

I love the electronic remote to raise and lower the legs or recline. I'm always fiddling with it. It's fun! LOL But then I am not awakening anybody when I do that.

Dash man 07-21-2019 05:04 PM

This summer has blown more dough than planned. I started the summer by getting new gutters for $1800 and my driveway repaved for $3500. Then my downstairs HVAC unit got sick, followed by my upstairs HVAC unit. The downstairs unit was $700 for labor with parts covered by warranty, but the upstairs unit had to be replaced for $6000. We also replaced windows for another $18000 when the seals burst on an arched window. We decided to replace six other windows since we had to do the one. Then our primary TV failed, and of course we replaced it with the latest and greatest 65” OLED for $3100.
Thinking I was finally done for the summer, our tax bill arrived. [emoji20]

Dtail 07-21-2019 05:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Dash man (Post 2270246)
This summer has blown more dough than planned. I started the summer by getting new gutters for $1800 and my driveway repaved for $3500. Then my downstairs HVAC unit got sick, followed by my upstairs HVAC unit. The downstairs unit was $700 for labor with parts covered by warranty, but the upstairs unit had to be replaced for $6000. We also replaced windows for another $18000 when the seals burst on an arched window. We decided to replace six other windows since we had to do the one. Then our primary TV failed, and of course we replaced it with the latest and greatest 65” OLED for $3100.
Thinking I was finally done for the summer, our tax bill arrived. [emoji20]

33k for non regular expenses. Don't even think RobbieB gets there.

MarieIG 07-21-2019 05:12 PM

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Originally Posted by W2R (Post 2270210)
My new "Blow That Dough" lift recliner is better than perfect. I think I got my money's worth already. It is great for napping, even when I didn't intend to nap. I didn't realize how sleep deprived I must be! :2funny:

Spent half the night sleeping in my recliner, until I awakened and realized what I was doing, and went to bed. Then today I have already taken two naps in it.

:laugh: It has passed the recliner test with flying colors!

NW-Bound 07-21-2019 05:39 PM

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Originally Posted by Dash man (Post 2270246)
This summer has blown more dough than planned. I started the summer by getting new gutters for $1800 and my driveway repaved for $3500. Then my downstairs HVAC unit got sick, followed by my upstairs HVAC unit. The downstairs unit was $700 for labor with parts covered by warranty, but the upstairs unit had to be replaced for $6000. We also replaced windows for another $18000 when the seals burst on an arched window. We decided to replace six other windows since we had to do the one. Then our primary TV failed, and of course we replaced it with the latest and greatest 65” OLED for $3100.
Thinking I was finally done for the summer, our tax bill arrived. [emoji20]

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Originally Posted by Dtail (Post 2270247)
33k for non regular expenses. Don't even think RobbieB gets there.

RobbieB eats more than that in wagyu and caviar. :laugh:

Didn't he say he spent $250K last year or something?

NW-Bound 07-21-2019 05:43 PM

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Originally Posted by W2R (Post 2270210)
My new "Blow That Dough" lift recliner is better than perfect. I think I got my money's worth already. It is great for napping, even when I didn't intend to nap. I didn't realize how sleep deprived I must be! :2funny:

Spent half the night sleeping in my recliner, until I awakened and realized what I was doing, and went to bed. Then today I have already taken two naps in it.

I am sure that your recliner is very comfortable, but I doubt it can be a substitute for a bed. Not for me anyway. I need to toss and turn.

But put that recliner on an airplane for a 14-hour flight then I am in heaven. Oh wait, they already have it. They simply charge too much for it.

RobbieB 07-21-2019 06:04 PM

Yup, two hundred and thirty grand over the last 12 months.

Dtail 07-21-2019 06:06 PM

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Originally Posted by RobbieB (Post 2270272)
Yup, two hundred and thirty grand over the last 12 months.

My apologies then. lol
Keep posting that spending. We all enjoy it.

RobbieB 07-21-2019 07:58 PM

I'm redoing the home office. Just spent twelve hundred on a Herman Miller chair and a 43 inch 4K monitor.

I love internet surfing!

ckelly78z 07-22-2019 08:36 AM

As long as we are talking about recliners, I had been using hand-me-down chairs that were off colored, and not overly comfortable.

We made the decision to go a big furniture outlet, and I got a really comfortable, overstuffed, distressed leather rocker recliner that matches my couch/loveseat set. I like being able to rock with my feet on the floor, some were too tall, some had too short of headrest...this one ?...just right, papa bear is happy !

kgtest 07-22-2019 08:44 AM

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Originally Posted by ckelly78z (Post 2270453)
As long as we are talking about recliners, I had been using hand-me-down chairs that were off colored, and not overly comfortable.

We made the decision to go a big furniture outlet, and I got a really comfortable, overstuffed, distressed leather rocker recliner that matches my couch/loveseat set. I like being able to rock with my feet on the floor, some were too tall, some had too short of headrest...this one ?...just right, papa bear is happy !

Ahh yes. We are fairly particular when it comes to butt sit and lay sleep comforts in life.

Worth it to pay for extra leg room, better couch cushions and comfy recliners and top of the line beds, linens super comfy pillows. After all you spend more time laying in bed than likely anything else kn life.

imoldernu 07-22-2019 08:51 AM

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Originally Posted by rodi (Post 2270219)
Preliminary list price checked on the bookstore website looks like we're going to hit $1000.

OMG...:facepalm:

karen1972 07-22-2019 09:04 AM

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Originally Posted by W2R (Post 2270210)
My new "Blow That Dough" lift recliner is better than perfect. I think I got my money's worth already. It is great for napping, even when I didn't intend to nap. I didn't realize how sleep deprived I must be! :2funny:

Spent half the night sleeping in my recliner, until I awakened and realized what I was doing, and went to bed. Then today I have already taken two naps in it.

My grandma had gotten one and it has been used many many times since for injuries and after surgery recovery.. a good one can be passed on and actually be useful. .. great purchase. My mom sleeps in the recliner almost every day and sometimes overnight as she has sleep apnea and the recliner position helps more than the cpap. The only negative is that it is super slow which you notice when you have pressing needs.

Sue J 07-22-2019 09:55 AM

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Originally Posted by rodi (Post 2270219)
and then there are books. Preliminary list price checked on the bookstore website looks like we're going to hit $1000.

So the other milestone is - first withdrawal from the 529. LOL.

Look into used books. My sons were in college 2002 to 2009 and even then there were plenty of used book options either off campus or online. We used ebay and online bookstores. I bet there are even more options now. I would try to get the current edition but many times the previous edition was close enough.

After the semester was over I sold many of the textbooks and sometimes came close to even on the cost.

Philliefan33 07-22-2019 10:00 AM

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Originally Posted by Sue J (Post 2270515)
Look into used books. My sons were in college 2002 to 2009 and even then there were plenty of used book options either off campus or online. We used ebay and online bookstores. I bet there are even more options now. I would try to get the current edition but many times the previous edition was close enough.

After the semester was over I sold many of the textbooks and sometimes came close to even on the cost.



Also see if you can rent the needed textbooks. My daughters used chegg, there may be more options now

Bigdawg 07-22-2019 10:07 AM

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Originally Posted by NW-Bound (Post 2270262)
But put that recliner on an airplane for a 14-hour flight then I am in heaven. Oh wait, they already have it. They simply charge too much for it.

They charge what they charge. You have decided that the amount they charge is too much.

NW-Bound 07-22-2019 10:14 AM

Sure. Not everyone agrees with me, as I see plenty of "dough blowers" in these seats.

Darn! My frugal wife recently said perhaps we should join them.

Moemg 07-22-2019 02:27 PM

My Mother had one of those recliners .You have to be careful in a storm .My Mother lost power and got caught in the recliner and had to climb out of it .

Walt34 07-22-2019 02:41 PM

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Originally Posted by Moemg (Post 2270643)
My Mother had one of those recliners .You have to be careful in a storm .My Mother lost power and got caught in the recliner and had to climb out of it .

Well, a UPS works for computers, I suppose it would work for a chair as well. Although I'd wager that's an application the designers did not foresee.:)

explanade 07-22-2019 02:49 PM

Purchased a sofa with two reclining sections from Macy's within the past year, about $1600.

I've been looking at those zero gravity recliners but those can be more expensive.

None of these recliners will go all the way flat so just in case I didn't like the reclining position, I got a couch on which I could lay down conventionally as well as recline like a traditional recliner.

Most of the time I use the power reclining features and fall asleep easily. Too easily, often find i doze off before finishing an hour show.

I don't feel neck or back strain but ultimately, when I do a lot of sleeping, it's mostly on a flat bed and on my side. So I wonder about sleeping in a reclining position for several hours, what it may be doing to my neck and back, even if I don't feel the strain.

It's semi plush leather with padding so I can slide up and down.

What I do notice with sleeping in reclined position for several hours is that phlegm accumulates in back of my upper chest or throat.

That doesn't happen when I use a normal bed or lie on the couch length-wise, on my side or back.

My previous couch, I was definitely getting neck strain, either trying to sit up or lying on my side with my head on the arm rest.

corn18 07-23-2019 07:44 PM

Set off to buy a loaded Mazda CX-5 to replace my wife's 2011 MDX. Looks like we are going to order a fully loaded BMW X3 M340i. Stickers @ $67k.

audreyh1 07-23-2019 07:49 PM

I never thought we’d take a National Geographic tour as they are very expensive, but we are taking one this year to see the ancient cave paintings in Northern Spain and Southern France with expert guides.

Souschef 07-23-2019 08:11 PM

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Originally Posted by corn18 (Post 2271314)
Set off to buy a loaded Mazda CX-5 to replace my wife's 2011 MDX. Looks like we are going to order a fully loaded BMW X3 M340i. Stickers @ $67k.

DW got a loaded Mazda CX-5 for about 60% of your BMW. Buy the Mazda and take a cruise in a suite with the difference. We did;D

SheitlQueen 07-23-2019 08:17 PM

Traveling! As yet unknown destination end of August, Guatemala September, Thailand October, Italy November. In 2020 so far Turkey in April. Gotta work on filling in the gaps!

corn18 07-24-2019 06:47 AM

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Originally Posted by Souschef (Post 2271329)
DW got a loaded Mazda CX-5 for about 60% of your BMW. Buy the Mazda and take a cruise in a suite with the difference. We did;D

Or don't buy a new car at all and take a 2 week glamping safari.

Live And Learn 07-24-2019 09:15 AM

I don't know if this counts but I bought a Dyson V7 Animal. The thought of spending $250 on a vacuum is insane to me ! But .... I used my credit card points to get gift cards to pay for it. So I guess I didn't "blow that dough" but "blow those points".

BTW - I love having a cordless vac that I can just whip around the house in a flash almost daily. Who knew that vacuuming could be so rewarding !

explanade 07-24-2019 01:15 PM

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Originally Posted by audreyh1 (Post 2271316)
I never thought we’d take a National Geographic tour as they are very expensive, but we are taking one this year to see the ancient cave paintings in Northern Spain and Southern France with expert guides.

There aren't online guides explaining the paintings?

Or audio guides you can rent or podcasts?

RobbieB 07-29-2019 03:28 PM

The wife's 2002 Toyota with over 200000 miles died on the freeway and was towed to her Pop's house. Gonna donate the carcass to charity.

32 grand for a 2018 Subaru Outback. Woo-Hoo!

Gonna have to call the broker again and sell some more stock. And since the market is high...wait for it...

Blow That Dough - :)

Ronstar 07-29-2019 03:37 PM

I'm blowing some dough on a new roof and gutters now being installed. Not fun stuff though. But I did snag a new camera lens recently.

cbo111 07-29-2019 05:58 PM

Had my eye on a 2004 Corvette in great shape for $15K. I've been looking around for a couple years, never quite sure if I would enjoy the experience after the initial fun period wore off. I know a few guys that have Vettes and they spend a lot of time parked in the garage. So I decided to just give my three kids $5K each to enjoy themselves. Now....I've got my eye on a new Tesla model 3 :dance:

Dtail 07-29-2019 07:24 PM

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Originally Posted by cbo111 (Post 2274377)
Had my eye on a 2004 Corvette in great shape for $15K. I've been looking around for a couple years, never quite sure if I would enjoy the experience after the initial fun period wore off. I know a few guys that have Vettes and they spend a lot of time parked in the garage. So I decided to just give my three kids $5K each to enjoy themselves. Now....I've got my eye on a new Tesla model 3 :dance:

Your kids should send you pictures of the Bugatti. ;D

Dawg52 07-29-2019 07:39 PM

Received 4 new Callaway Rogue X Hybrids today to replace several irons. Took them for a test spin this afternoon and boy.....they are easy to hit. I'm officially a geezer tomorrow(65) so figured I might as well treat myself to some old man's clubs. Not cheap.....but what the heck.

RunningBum 07-30-2019 10:53 AM

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The local Martin's grocery store had "Wagyu Kobe Beef Loin" NY Strip today. Originally priced at 35.99/lb but marked down to half off. I figured it's probably some American version. Didn't look all that well marbled but that cut generally isn't anyway. One of my less favorite cuts too, but I thought it was a good chance to try it. Packed on 7/27, sell my 7/31, I'm guessing they just didn't have takers at that price.

I grilled it up for lunch since rain is coming for a lot of the rest of the week. I rate it as an above average NY strip, but it didn't melt in my mouth or taste that special. I'd say it was disappointing but I kind of expected to be let down. I know there are special ways to cook it on an iron skillet or something like that, but I don't feel like I grilled it poorly.

I should've tracked down the butcher to get the story on these, and see where they got them. I'm guessing the source wasn't as good as the ones Robbie is getting his from.

Oh well, worth a shot. Next time I'll trust my judgement on the looks. I took a pic of it in the package.

NW-Bound 07-30-2019 11:29 AM

Real Kobe beef usually runs several hundred dollars/pound. I don't know if it is allowed to be imported to the US yet.

RobbieB buys American Wagyu beef from the Web, and perhaps he got a better grade than you can get in stores.

Amazon shows the following Wagyu beef at $180+$30 shipping for 12 oz.

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon....L._SL1500_.jpg

RunningBum 07-30-2019 12:18 PM

You're right, it probably was just a lower grade than what a good mail order place sells. I was under no illusion it was real Japanese Kobe. From what I hear (more than just here), American Kobe/Wagyu is not as good but is still much better than regular beef. I thought I'd give it a try, and that maybe I was getting a bargain due to my store taking a shot and not enough people biting on it.

Snake River Farms sells their NY strip, black grade, at about $48/lb in quantity.
https://www.snakeriverfarms.com/amer...ork-strip.html
In the same ballpark as what mine was originally listed for ($35). Their marbling looks better than what I had, but not worlds apart.

braumeister 07-30-2019 01:21 PM

After long resisting, I finally blew the dough on a Roomba, thanks to a remarkable half-off Prime Day deal. After living with it for a while I'm really glad I did. What a great little gadget!

Teacher Terry 07-30-2019 01:39 PM

I love my roomba.

pb4uski 07-30-2019 01:42 PM

+1 and we recently bought an iRobot Braava 240 robot mop to mop the floors... I think I like the Braava more then the Roomba... because I hate mopping more than I hate sweeping.

Teacher Terry 07-30-2019 01:45 PM

I have the mop robot also:))

Moemg 07-30-2019 02:35 PM

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Originally Posted by pb4uski (Post 2274870)
+1 and we recently bought an iRobot Braava 240 robot mop to mop the floors... I think I like the Braava more then the Roomba... because I hate mopping more than I hate sweeping.


Does it work around area rugs ? Does it do a decent job cleaning ?

rrppve 07-30-2019 05:31 PM

Rented a Lamborghini Huracan for a day. A little over $800 after taxes and fees. It was a blast. Unfortunately used up all 100 free miles before the 24 hours was up.

Teacher Terry 07-30-2019 10:18 PM

We don’t have area rugs. Does a great job.

GravitySucks 07-31-2019 08:15 AM

Paid $550 to have 3 burly men with a bucket truck, saws, and a stump grinder to take down a tree. Less than 2 hours to finish makes me feel like I over paid. Ash Borer Beetle are making the tree guys around here rich. Took 5 weeks to get him here. Now trying to get a hold of my fence guy to dig up the broken posts. Getting lazy.
The saying pay for experiences not things. It also works to pay to avoid experiences.

braumeister 07-31-2019 08:18 AM

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Originally Posted by GravitySucks (Post 2275283)
Paid $550 to have 3 burly men with a bucket truck, saws, and a stump grinder to take down a tree. Less than 2 hours to finish makes me feel like I over paid.

Probably not.
Five years ago I paid $1,800 to have three big ash trees removed, and that's without grinding the stumps.

RunningBum 07-31-2019 08:42 AM

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Originally Posted by GravitySucks (Post 2275283)
Paid $550 to have 3 burly men with a bucket truck, saws, and a stump grinder to take down a tree. Less than 2 hours to finish makes me feel like I over paid. Ash Borer Beetle are making the tree guys around here rich. Took 5 weeks to get him here. Now trying to get a hold of my fence guy to dig up the broken posts. Getting lazy.
The saying pay for experiences not things. It also works to pay to avoid experiences.

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Originally Posted by braumeister (Post 2275286)
Probably not.
Five years ago I paid $1,800 to have three big ash trees removed, and that's without grinding the stumps.

Yeah, it doesn't sound out of line at all. I paid more than that, for a few more trees. One of them was really tricky and dangerous. I figure I was not just paying for their time, but also for their equipment, insurance, and expertise. Joe Chainsaw might have dropped my double trunk ash on both my roof and my neighbor's. These guys knew what they were doing. And as you say, the ash borer is making it harder to get good tree guys at a good price.

sengsational 07-31-2019 08:48 AM

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Originally Posted by W2R (Post 2270210)
My new "Blow That Dough" lift recliner is better than perfect. I think I got my money's worth already. It is great for napping, even when I didn't intend to nap. I didn't realize how sleep deprived I must be! :2funny:

Spent half the night sleeping in my recliner, until I awakened and realized what I was doing, and went to bed. Then today I have already taken two naps in it.

Late to the party but had to comment on how my FIL rates recliners. He rates them on SPEED, as in "this new recliner is faster than my old one". I didn't get it at first but, but I looked over there 30 seconds later, and he was asleep :laugh:

GravitySucks 07-31-2019 08:50 AM

Oh I know I got a good deal. Other quotes were around $700. The cheapskate in me says I could have done it myself over a weekend.

Might also broke a bone or my or the neighbors house too.

The cheapskate says I can dig up the broken fence posts, but last time I could barely walk for two days when I was done.
Money well spent.

pb4uski 07-31-2019 10:45 AM

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Originally Posted by Teacher Terry (Post 2275144)
We don’t have area rugs. Does a great job.

+1 no area rugs here either.... we used to have some but our (now deceased) cat was having bowel control issues and seemed to favor the rugs so we took them all up and put down pee pads... once he passed on we haven't felt any need to put the area rugs back down. We have a handful of doorway sized rugs and I just put them aside, let Braava do its thing and then put them back.

However, I "think" that it would stop and turn around if it encountered an area rug.... I say that because we have a short ~1/8" transition from wood floor to tile and Braava stays on the wood floor and doesn't go up onto the tile. YMMV

Teacher Terry 07-31-2019 11:53 AM

The robot vacuum can adjust itself to clean both rugs and floors. No clue what the mopping robot would do. My little dogs can’t tell the difference between pee pads and rugs.

athena53 07-31-2019 01:07 PM

Not in Robbieb's league, but... my older granddaughter is 5. Last October I took her on an overnight from Des Moines, where she lives, to Chicago. We stayed at the Hilton O'Hare, and had a view of planes taking off and landing, which she loved. We went again in May for 2 nights and explored the Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum. I asked her if she'd rather stay in the city next time. Nope. Gotta have the airport view from the room.

I decided to take her again in September after she tactfully asked me when we'd do it again. Used miles for the flights but Hilton was playing silly games with the room rates and I didn't have enough HHonors points for the full stay. Because a room with a guaranteed runway view is considered a "premium" reward room, it's 128,000 points per night instead of 55,000 even though the paid rate is only $30 more plus tax. I ended up keeping the points and paying cash for 2 nights. Gotta get the runway view. She has Grandma wrapped around her little finger.;D

Younger sister can't WAIT to visit this exotic place called Chicago but she's not quite 3 and just getting the hang of toilet training. She's also a little more happy-go-lucky than her older sister and I want to make sure she's mature enough not to wander off in a crowd. I think Older Sister is just as glad to leave Younger Sister at home for another year or two.

Friendish Friends 08-02-2019 06:42 AM

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Originally Posted by athena53 (Post 2275456)
Not in Robbieb's league, but... my older granddaughter is 5. Last October I took her on an overnight from Des Moines, where she lives, to Chicago. We stayed at the Hilton O'Hare, and had a view of planes taking off and landing, which she loved. We went again in May for 2 nights and explored the Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum. I asked her if she'd rather stay in the city next time. Nope. Gotta have the airport view from the room.

I decided to take her again in September after she tactfully asked me when we'd do it again. Used miles for the flights but Hilton was playing silly games with the room rates and I didn't have enough HHonors points for the full stay. Because a room with a guaranteed runway view is considered a "premium" reward room, it's 128,000 points per night instead of 55,000 even though the paid rate is only $30 more plus tax. I ended up keeping the points and paying cash for 2 nights. Gotta get the runway view. She has Grandma wrapped around her little finger.;D

Younger sister can't WAIT to visit this exotic place called Chicago but she's not quite 3 and just getting the hang of toilet training. She's also a little more happy-go-lucky than her older sister and I want to make sure she's mature enough not to wander off in a crowd. I think Older Sister is just as glad to leave Younger Sister at home for another year or two.

We'll be staying at the same Hilton, and I splurged in the runway view as well. I doubt my kids will care -- I'm the spoiled one who had to have it!

pb4uski 08-02-2019 06:53 AM

I remember when I was 5 or so that our occasional entertainment was going to the local small airport and watching planes take off and land.

athena53 08-02-2019 08:51 AM

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Originally Posted by pb4uski (Post 2276202)
I remember when I was 5 or so that our occasional entertainment was going to the local small airport and watching planes take off and land.

Well, now you can't get close enough and in some places you get hassled by "security" people. I've heard that from friends who enjoy planespotting.

It warmed my heart, though, that the first thing my granddaughter did on that first trip when she woke up in the morning was open the curtain so she could see the airport again. I SO want to give all of them travel experiences but need to balance that with my wish to help with their educations. DS has a decent job and DDIL is a SAHM so I doubt they'll be able to accumulate much for college. I want to fill in that gap but am hoping that as each turns about 12, I can take him/her on a "dream trip"- however they define it. One rule: no theme parks.;D

Winemaker 08-02-2019 10:53 AM

We blew $11,000 on a Viking cruise out of Budapest to Germany next year. It'll be our first trip to Europe for both of us.

Souschef 08-02-2019 11:06 AM

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We blew $11,000 on a Viking cruise out of Budapest to Germany next year. It'll be our first trip to Europe for both of us.

Great! I have attached a copy of the story of our trip. Try to find a book called
d Castles Along the Rhine. It will give you the history of the castles you sail by.

explanade 08-02-2019 11:15 AM

How many days?

Does it include extras like excursions or those are additional too?

ERD50 08-02-2019 08:53 PM

OK, here goes. Background on this is DW hates flying (just won't do it at this point) and I really dislike driving more than about 3 hours at a time. But I really want to do some vacation time.

Gave DW the gift of any rail vacation she wanted. We decided on the Chicago to Grand Canyon trip, 5 days, coming up soon. Long enough to get somewhere I've never seen, short enough that if we hate it, we just chalk it up as an experience.

But since we don't travel much, I went for every possible upgrade available. Blow that dough! Too bad we didn't book a year or more ahead of time, some of the best things are booked.

I added the helicopter tour, DW would not want to partake! I'm hoping I like it, the reviews fro m people on this forum and others are sort of love it or hate it, but most of the hate is for things we won't care about (delays - who cares if we are late?).

These Amtrak tours are not cheap. I think I did a European trip for less (with my buddy, since DW won't fly), but I think it will be better for us than driving/flying. I hope so, I'd like to do more in the future, I have spent almost no time out East.

And on the other end of the spectrum, my back was acting up, so I 'splurged and bought the 25# bags of water softener salt, so much easier to carry than the 40# or 50# bags, and more convenient than splitting the large bags into a bucket. Blow that dough indeed! :)

-ERD50

ERD50 08-02-2019 08:56 PM

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Originally Posted by Winemaker (Post 2276316)
We blew $11,000 on a Viking cruise out of Budapest to Germany next year. It'll be our first trip to Europe for both of us.

Sounds fantastic! I was in Budapest with my buddy in 2011. It was March, during their Spring Music festival. That was great, plenty to do/see, but not the tourist season, so it was great. Weather much like the Midwest at that ime, any day could be cool to warm, rainy or clear. We saw lots of those cruise ships up/down the Danube.

-ERD50

Winemaker 08-03-2019 05:46 AM

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Originally Posted by explanade (Post 2276340)
How many days?

Does it include extras like excursions or those are additional too?

I'm not totally up on all particulars, as we are traveling with friends, and we copied their basic itinerary. First class air travel from Grapetown to Budapest and back, basic cabin, 2 early days in Budapest on our own to get acclimated, 8 day cruise. Extra excursions have not been picked out yet but there is a wide choice that comes with cruise and several add-ons, we do not have to pick them as yet.

We will have to get further info from our FIRE forum members as to acquiring Euros, CPAP machine power converters and cell phone convertability.

Souschef 08-03-2019 07:38 AM

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Originally Posted by ERD50 (Post 2276660)
OK, here goes. Background on this is DW hates flying (just won't do it at this point) and I really dislike driving more than about 3 hours at a time. But I really want to do some vacation time.

But since we don't travel much, I went for every possible upgrade available. Blow that dough! Too bad we didn't book a year or more ahead of time, some of the best things are booked.
-ERD50

ERD,

I am with you! We hate airports and flying. We were going to fly to Hawaii and spend s week there, but DW was concerned that there was no place to land if she had a medical emergency.
We booked a cruise from Los Angeles (no airports), and as you said, since we do not travel much, we booked a full suite..
To add a little fun to your trip, here is a link to the "Solari" board like you see in train stations. You put in the three letter identifier for any station, and it give info on all the trains.

Amtrak Station Status Boards
To check it out, put LAX in there and you will see all the trains going to and from LA Union Station.
Have a great trip!

explanade 08-03-2019 09:31 AM

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Originally Posted by Winemaker (Post 2276735)
I'm not totally up on all particulars, as we are traveling with friends, and we copied their basic itinerary. First class air travel from Grapetown to Budapest and back, basic cabin, 2 early days in Budapest on our own to get acclimated, 8 day cruise. Extra excursions have not been picked out yet but there is a wide choice that comes with cruise and several add-ons, we do not have to pick them as yet.

We will have to get further info from our FIRE forum members as to acquiring Euros, CPAP machine power converters and cell phone convertability.

If that $11,000 includes first-class airfare for two from US to Europe as well as the cruise, that's a good deal.

Winemaker 08-03-2019 09:46 AM

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Originally Posted by explanade (Post 2276869)
If that $11,000 includes first-class airfare for two from US to Europe as well as the cruise, that's a good deal.

That's what we thought, too. We also purchase the booze package, well, because we wanted it.:dance: There was a sale going on, and it ended July 31st. We are now getting the proverbial marketing followups to upgrade our room choice if we purchase another cruise by August 31st. I'm sure there will be more to follow.:coolsmiley:

NW-Bound 08-03-2019 10:10 AM

Sounds like fun. You probably will get hooked and come back for more. Europe is in an economic difficulty. They need stimulus from rich American retirees. :)

kcowan 08-03-2019 11:02 AM

We book those high speed trains in Europe. Upgraded to semi-private room. Downtown to downtown. Sure you can fly cheaper if you want the hassle.

Once we were stranded in SF because of the PNW icestorm and the airline said we could get out on Jan 6th (our scheduled flight was due to arrive home at 8pm Dec 31). So we called Amtrak and got the last room on their Starlight Express to Seattle. Much more fun than flying.

We have also done relocation cruises from Vancouver to SF and back.

explanade 08-03-2019 11:07 AM

I took the Frecciarossa from Florence to Venice last week.

I think the fastest it went was about 177 km/hour.

No special rooms, just took second class. Comfortable seats but no dedicated space for large suitcases.

RobbieB 08-03-2019 05:40 PM

Ordered up 10 pounds of super colossal king crab legs.

Ronstar 08-06-2019 03:28 PM

New washer and dryer. Just because. Old ones still work. DW wants new ones.

NW-Bound 08-06-2019 03:53 PM

Again, the market god just blew away a 6-figure sum off the top of my stash, and in a matter of a couple of days too.

Darn! He always beats me to it.

Walt34 08-06-2019 04:59 PM

Professional painters arrive Thursday morning. They are to do the screened-in porch, deck, and stairs, which badly need staining (I already removed the screens and will put them back) and paint the foyer, kitchen, family room, dining room, living room and all trim.

This will be interesting. I've never hired painters before, always having done it myself. But with knee, back, shoulder and cardiac issues the reality is that I would be unwise to try. And the family room has a vaulted ceiling over the stairway to the basement - I'm curious to see if they'll use ladders or a scaffolding to get to the wall and ceiling there. But it is certain that I'm not gonna paint it!:eek:

W2R 08-07-2019 12:45 AM

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Originally Posted by Walt34 (Post 2278784)
Professional painters arrive Thursday morning. They are to do the screened-in porch, deck, and stairs, which badly need staining (I already removed the screens and will put them back) and paint the foyer, kitchen, family room, dining room, living room and all trim.

This will be interesting. I've never hired painters before, always having done it myself. But with knee, back, shoulder and cardiac issues the reality is that I would be unwise to try. And the family room has a vaulted ceiling over the stairway to the basement - I'm curious to see if they'll use ladders or a scaffolding to get to the wall and ceiling there. But it is certain that I'm not gonna paint it!:eek:

Great way to Blow That Dough! I hired a painter to paint all of the interior walls of my old house back in 2011, and was very happy with the outcome. And yes, with that vaulted ceiling that you have over the stairway, it sounds potentially dangerous so why risk it.

DrRoy 08-07-2019 03:55 AM

Just got tickets to go see Carol Burnett doing live comedy.

lemming 08-07-2019 03:06 PM

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Originally Posted by rrppve (Post 2275016)
Rented a Lamborghini Huracan for a day. A little over $800 after taxes and fees. It was a blast. Unfortunately used up all 100 free miles before the 24 hours was up.

Now this brings us back to the spirit of the thread.

I have not done anything remotely fun. I did buy a car in June (A Honda Accord Hybrid) which is pretty fancy to me but really a practical needed utility. Now I need to plan a road trip to make use of that mileage boost.

robnplunder 08-09-2019 11:43 PM

Bought $550 worth of red ginseng returning from Korea trip. It is proven to have lots of health benefits including preventing certain cancers.

robnplunder 08-12-2019 12:14 AM

Bought a used luxury car for 50k, 1st time buying used, and 1st time buying a car over $40k.

ItDontMeanAThing 08-12-2019 04:24 AM

After LBYM until I was 60, I glad that at times spending which once would have been unthinkable is now the obvious choice.

Last month I bought a second copy of the camera body I have because there I times when I want to switch between using 2 lenses without changing lenses.

My next trip includes an overnight stay in Munich before an early flight. Of course I stayed at the airport Hilton (167 €) instead of the wait-for-the-shuttle Holiday Inn Express (135 €) or a hostel in town. Am flying business class from Lisbon (478 € v 139 €) because priority security line, priority boarding, and 2 8kg carry-on bags are examples of luxuries once sampled that became necessities.

Chuckanut 08-12-2019 09:08 AM

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Originally Posted by ItDontMeanAThing (Post 2281756)
Am flying business class from Lisbon (478 € v 139 €) because priority security line, priority boarding, and 2 8kg carry-on bags are examples of luxuries once sampled that became necessities.

A friend of mine made the mistake of purchasing a last minute upgrade deal to premium economy on a flight to Hawaii. Now his wife insists on the premium service on every fight over 3 hours. :(

pacergal 08-12-2019 09:24 AM

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Originally Posted by ERD50 (Post 2276660)
OK, here goes. Background on this is DW hates flying (just won't do it at this point) and I really dislike driving more than about 3 hours at a time. But I really want to do some vacation time.

Gave DW the gift of any rail vacation she wanted. We decided on the Chicago to Grand Canyon trip, 5 days, coming up soon. Long enough to get somewhere I've never seen, short enough that if we hate it, we just chalk it up as an experience.

But since we don't travel much, I went for every possible upgrade available. Blow that dough! Too bad we didn't book a year or more ahead of time, some of the best things are booked.

I added the helicopter tour, DW would not want to partake! I'm hoping I like it, the reviews fro m people on this forum and others are sort of love it or hate it, but most of the hate is for things we won't care about (delays - who cares if we are late?).

These Amtrak tours are not cheap. I think I did a European trip for less (with my buddy, since DW won't fly), but I think it will be better for us than driving/flying. I hope so, I'd like to do more in the future, I have spent almost no time out East.

And on the other end of the spectrum, my back was acting up, so I 'splurged and bought the 25# bags of water softener salt, so much easier to carry than the 40# or 50# bags, and more convenient than splitting the large bags into a bucket. Blow that dough indeed! :)

-ERD50

Hope to hear good things back about your trip! I have been interested in doing a rail trip, but DH not so much.

ls99 08-12-2019 04:06 PM

I've decided to repair my 99 suburban with checkbook. New experience in blowin' dough. Had bad fuel pump (40 gallon tank 3/4 full), and leaky radiator. While at it had all hoses changed. And oil and filter change.
Then my 2012 Caddy threw speed sensor fail, which by design requires a hub change since speed sensor is integral. Took shop major effort to remove old.
Anothe checkbook fix.

Actually glad I did not have to do them, both are messy enough even if have a lift.

And six new GC2 batteries for the camp.

kgtest 08-12-2019 05:52 PM

Not FIRE yet but life goes on. Took delivery (nirmally we cheap out and haul ourselves but it was fun watching the guys struggle) with new Thomas Cole mattress. Not as nice as a cpl of the 3 to 4k beds and I passed on the 3 way vibrating bed frame...

Was a nice upgrade...especiacilly since mother hen might be making her nest one final time here :)

Since we aren't FIRE our big blow ur dough purchases are usually well planned. Occasionally surprises come up.

After a DIY rear brake on the car and all 4 on the 1/2 ton @60k we are also now due for new tires and a battery come Q4.

We also sprung for the Luxery sedan on our upcoming first ever post kid trip WITHOUT kids. I think they give us an XTS or similar. I couldn't justify the Stingray upgrade at 3X(Luxery$)

audreyh1 08-12-2019 08:39 PM

Been up to 300km/hr in France. So smooth too - hardly feel the acceleration.

Great deal on first class in TGV if you book 90 days ahead. And refundable too minus small fee.

DrRoy 08-13-2019 09:28 AM

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Originally Posted by ItDontMeanAThing (Post 2281756)
After LBYM until I was 60, I am glad that at times spending which once would have been unthinkable is now the obvious choice.

Last month I bought a second copy of the camera body I have because there I times when I want to switch between using 2 lenses without changing lenses.

I have been doing this for years. You can lose a shot in the time it takes to change lenses, but mostly I do not want the camera open to the dirt and dust. I have one full frame with a 16-35mm and an APS-C with an 18-200mm, so the focal ranges are very different.

explanade 08-13-2019 09:37 AM

I have two bodies but not the same model.

But no way can I pack both of them for international trips, much less hike around all day with both.

DrRoy 08-13-2019 09:44 AM

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Originally Posted by explanade (Post 2282603)
I have two bodies but not the same model.

But no way can I pack both of them for international trips, much less hike around all day with both.

I have a camera bag that holds both cameras with lens on. I put that in a backpack as a carry-on for flights. Definitely not checking the cameras. I take both of them hiking, plus tripod and a case for filters. Yes, it's a bit heavy but it's what I am used to.

ERD50 08-13-2019 05:27 PM

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Originally Posted by pacergal (Post 2281874)
Hope to hear good things back about your trip! I have been interested in doing a rail trip, but DH not so much.

OK, it was nice, I just did a (not so short) write up here:

https://www.early-retirement.org/foru...ml#post2282937

-ERD50

jollystomper 08-14-2019 02:54 PM

Finally got off my duff, after research and visiting dealers, and bought a "new used" SUV. Great shape, low mileage. I'm not a big fancy "accessories" person, but it did have a tow hitch so that gives DW and I some additional travel/camping options.

While not brand new, since I now have 2 cars to myself, it is a want, not a need, so I'm happy. :)


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