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DrRoy 11-05-2019 05:19 AM

Just hit a new all time high NW and a new $million multiple.
DW recently upgraded her iPhone from 6s to 11, and we have an Amish made king bed on order that she has wanted for years.
I have been eyeing a $1000 piece of art glass, and just yesterday a photographer friend let me know about a Nikon D850 body for sale used but virtually new-in-box. $500 off the recently reduced list price.
It still feels like grinding the gears to spend like that, but what's the $ for anyway?

Ronstar 11-05-2019 06:17 AM

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Originally Posted by DrRoy (Post 2320178)
...and just yesterday a photographer friend let me know about a Nikon D850 body for sale used but virtually new-in-box. $500 off the recently reduced list price.
It still feels like grinding the gears to spend like that, but what's the $ for anyway?

Nice deal! It's not really blowing dough - it's a necessity.

ckelly78z 11-05-2019 07:43 AM

I just bought a slightly used 2008 18' car hauler trailer with a 2' beaver tail. It comes with 5 new tires, new lights, and a wood deck that I will need to treat, but still good, He also included a tongue box, ratchet straps, and a hitch lock all for $1300. This trailer new is twice that price. This will keep me from having to borrow my Dad's trailer every time something comes up.

I will be mounting a 9000# winch on the front to pull non-running cars/tractors up the ramps, and do a bit of repainting.

pb4uski 11-05-2019 07:48 AM

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Originally Posted by braumeister (Post 2315520)
Not sure what else is significant about today beyond the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825, but we celebrated it anyway with a Wagyu A5 steak (inspired by RobbieB).
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It was every bit as good as it looks. As close to a religious experience as you can have at the dinner table.

I've never had a steak like that... I like well marbled steak, but that looks to me like more fat than meat.... I'm sure it tasted delicious. How did your cook it? I assume on a grill. Sear or reverse sear?

braumeister 11-05-2019 08:12 AM

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Originally Posted by pb4uski (Post 2320236)
I've never had a steak like that... I like well marbled steak, but that looks to me like more fat than meat.... I'm sure it tasted delicious. How did your cook it? I assume on a grill. Sear or reverse sear?

It's recommended to cook it on stainless steel. Just 2-3 minutes per side. That Wagyu fat is different from what we're used to -- a very low melting point around 70-something degrees F. Melts in your mouth.

pb4uski 11-05-2019 08:35 AM

Wow... that does sound very different from what we are used to.

RunningBum 11-05-2019 09:05 AM

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Originally Posted by pb4uski (Post 2320236)
I've never had a steak like that... I like well marbled steak, but that looks to me like more fat than meat.... I'm sure it tasted delicious. How did your cook it? I assume on a grill. Sear or reverse sear?

Intramuscular fat (marbling) is healthier than intermuscular fat (the thicker strip of fat).

neihn 11-05-2019 10:15 AM

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Originally Posted by Ronstar (Post 2320190)
...It's not really blowing dough - it's a necessity.

+1

FreeBear 11-08-2019 12:26 PM

Thought Iíd never do it, but subscribed to the Adobe photo package (photoshop and Lightroom) for $10/month. Hate another ongoing cost, but chump change compared to all the photo hardware and travel costs.

targatom2019 11-12-2019 04:52 PM

Jus blew $4,000 on a 10 day fishing trip in Mexico and loved every second of it. I caught wahoo, tuna, grouper, yellow tail, bass.

Dtail 11-12-2019 05:54 PM

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Originally Posted by vipertom1970 (Post 2323594)
Jus blew $4,000 on a 10 day fishing trip in Mexico and loved every second of it. I caught wahoo, tuna, grouper, yellow tail, bass.

REwahoo?:blush:

REWahoo 11-12-2019 06:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Dtail (Post 2323631)
REwahoo?:blush:

Gotta keep reminding myself not to take the bait...

Dtail 11-12-2019 06:18 PM

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Originally Posted by REWahoo (Post 2323648)
Gotta keep reminding myself not to take the bait...

Nice comeback.

RobLJ 11-12-2019 06:24 PM

The solar panels were turned on in early October, so......
we just traded in the Subaru Forester for a Chevy Bolt (14k off MSRP due to rebates, tax credit and BIL's Chevy Employee discount).
We were going to replace the Forester in 2-3 years, but the solar panels sped the timeline up. It's getting its first charge in the garage. This knocks about $300/month off our monthly bills.

Despite all our blowing, this year we will have spent a bit under the 4% SWR; next year, my half-time online gig runs out, so we'll probably just sit on some of that dough rather than blowing it so successfully.



Now, to replace the Silverado at some point down the road.

RunningBum 11-12-2019 06:47 PM

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Originally Posted by REWahoo (Post 2323648)
Gotta keep reminding myself not to take the bait...

We're gonna need a bigger boat.

Teacher Terry 11-13-2019 02:15 PM

Just booked a trip to Europe.

targatom2019 11-13-2019 02:20 PM

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Originally Posted by REWahoo (Post 2323648)
Gotta keep reminding myself not to take the bait...

The wahoo on my dinner plate said the same thing but could not resist the beautiful wahoo bombs.

griffithee 11-13-2019 03:05 PM

Got the DW into a new Volvo XC90 lease. The lease on my Maserati is up in February so started looking for the next one. Think I'll really blow that dow and get the Gran Tourismo.

REWahoo 11-13-2019 03:10 PM

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Originally Posted by griffithee (Post 2324041)
Think I'll really blow that dow...

If it crashes we're blaming you. :)

cnocmmz 11-13-2019 03:51 PM

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Originally Posted by Teacher Terry (Post 2324024)
Just booked a trip to Europe.

Really???? I am so jealous-:). Enjoy

griffithee 11-13-2019 05:18 PM

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Originally Posted by REWahoo (Post 2324046)
If it crashes we're blaming you. :)

Oh dang, good catch.... Dough (A dear, a female dear)... okay I know that is not how you spell doe, but it is almost Holiday season and I did watch the Sound of Music recently, so....

explanade 11-13-2019 08:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Teacher Terry (Post 2324024)
Just booked a trip to Europe.

For 2019?

corn18 11-13-2019 08:29 PM

Wow, just added up all the dough we blew so far in 2019 and it was bigger than I thought.

50,664 Home Improvements
68,052 Vacation
6,400 Watches
2,592 Peloton
10,837 Trips
1,007 Show Tickets
9,725 Clothes
9,083 Sick Cat
58,000 BMW X3
10,000 Gift to child

CaliKid 11-13-2019 08:46 PM

Dropped $10k at charity auction the other to surprise our 16 year old to meet her favorite pro athlete, hang out on field before game, watch game in a suite, team jerseys, blah, blah, blah. Will be a nice family memory (hopefully). At least some of it will be tax deductible.

RobbieB 11-13-2019 08:49 PM

The landscaper was over today, seventeen hundred for the plan and he estimates 40 grand for the execution.

But I'll no longer have the worst yard in the hood - :)

explanade 11-13-2019 08:52 PM

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Originally Posted by corn18 (Post 2324210)
Wow, just added up all the dough we blew so far in 2019 and it was bigger than I thought.

50,664 Home Improvements
68,052 Vacation
6,400 Watches
2,592 Peloton
10,837 Trips
1,007 Show Tickets
9,725 Clothes
9,083 Sick Cat
58,000 BMW X3
10,000 Gift to child

All over $200k!

What is the difference between Vacation and Trips?

CaliKid 11-13-2019 08:56 PM

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Originally Posted by RobbieB (Post 2324221)
The landscaper was over today, seventeen hundred for the plan and he estimates 40 grand for the execution.

But I'll no longer have the worst yard in the hood - :)

You are an inspiration! I love it!

corn18 11-13-2019 09:14 PM

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Originally Posted by explanade (Post 2324223)
All over $200k!

What is the difference between Vacation and Trips?

Vacation was 2.5 weeks in Africa for our 30th anniversary.

Trips were for momma to see the kiddos.

flyingaway 11-13-2019 09:23 PM

I added a line to my budget to spend $500 per week at casinos.

RunningBum 11-13-2019 09:54 PM

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Originally Posted by corn18 (Post 2324210)
Wow, just added up all the dough we blew so far in 2019 and it was bigger than I thought.

...
68,052 Vacation
....
10,837 Trips
....

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Originally Posted by explanade (Post 2324223)
All over $200k!

What is the difference between Vacation and Trips?

A little over 57K.

:laugh:

I'll be here all week, folks. Tip your servers.

tmm99 11-13-2019 11:21 PM

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Originally Posted by RobbieB (Post 2324221)
The landscaper was over today, seventeen hundred for the plan and he estimates 40 grand for the execution.

Wow, that's blowing that dough, for sure! I would love to see the finished product!!

Mr. Tightwad 11-14-2019 12:16 AM

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Originally Posted by CaliKid (Post 2324218)
Dropped $10k at charity auction the other to surprise our 16 year old to meet her favorite pro athlete, hang out on field before game, watch game in a suite, team jerseys, blah, blah, blah. Will be a nice family memory (hopefully). At least some of it will be tax deductible.

Can you reveal who the athlete is?

Dawg52 11-14-2019 06:17 AM

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Originally Posted by corn18 (Post 2324210)
Wow, just added up all the dough we blew so far in 2019 and it was bigger than I thought.

50,664 Home Improvements
68,052 Vacation
6,400 Watches
2,592 Peloton
10,837 Trips
1,007 Show Tickets
9,725 Clothes
9,083 Sick Cat
58,000 BMW X3
10,000 Gift to child

That's some serious dough blowing. You probably beat out Warren Buffett.

ckelly78z 11-14-2019 06:51 AM

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Originally Posted by Dawg52 (Post 2324281)
That's some serious dough blowing. You probably beat out Warren Buffett.

I was thinking he might "BE" Warren Buffet....with an expensive cat !

Ronstar 11-14-2019 07:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by corn18 (Post 2324210)
Wow, just added up all the dough we blew so far in 2019 and it was bigger than I thought.

50,664Home Improvements
68,052Vacation
6,400Watches
2,592Peloton
10,837Trips
1,007Show Tickets
9,725Clothes
9,083Sick Cat
58,000BMW X3
10,000Gift to child



Wow! I donít think Iíve spent 9725 on clothes in my entire life.

nancyfrank232 11-14-2019 11:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by corn18 (Post 2324210)
Wow, just added up all the dough we blew so far in 2019 and it was bigger than I thought.

50,664Home Improvements
68,052Vacation
6,400Watches
2,592Peloton
10,837Trips
1,007Show Tickets
9,725Clothes
9,083Sick Cat
58,000BMW X3
10,000Gift to child


+1

Awesome!

CaliKid 11-14-2019 12:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Mr. Tightwad (Post 2324259)
Can you reveal who the athlete is?

Justin Turner of the Dodgers. Funny choice but what do I know. She loves the guy.

kgtest 11-14-2019 12:55 PM

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Originally Posted by RunningBum (Post 2324236)
A little over 57K.

:laugh:

I'll be here all week, folks. Tip your servers.

Hah. You beat me to it RB. Vacations they fly private...trips are just first class. I cant wait to take a trip or go on vacation some day...clearly ive been doing it wrong. FUN!

Badger 11-15-2019 07:26 AM

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Originally Posted by corn18 (Post 2324210)
Wow, just added up all the dough we blew so far in 2019 and it was bigger than I thought.

50,664 Home Improvements
68,052 Vacation
6,400 Watches
2,592 Peloton
10,837 Trips
1,007 Show Tickets
9,725 Clothes
9,083 Sick Cat
58,000 BMW X3
10,000 Gift to child


$9083 on your sick cat - Well spent! :clap: If you have any more dollars to spend maybe consider a donation to a no-kill/rescue cat shelter.



Cheers!

Dean56 11-15-2019 10:07 PM

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Originally Posted by CaliKid (Post 2324503)
Justin Turner of the Dodgers. Funny choice but what do I know. She loves the guy.


Make sure your daughter gets some pine-tar on the back of her jersey. :laugh:

Lawrencewendall 11-15-2019 11:03 PM

Just bought 5 cans of smoked oysters at $1.25 a can. Life is good!

DrRoy 11-16-2019 06:14 AM

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Originally Posted by DrRoy (Post 2320178)
Just hit a new all time high NW and a new $million multiple.
DW recently upgraded her iPhone from 6s to 11, and we have an Amish made king bed on order that she has wanted for years.
I have been eyeing a $1000 piece of art glass, and just yesterday a photographer friend let me know about a Nikon D850 body for sale used but virtually new-in-box. $500 off the recently reduced list price.
It still feels like grinding the gears to spend like that, but what's the $ for anyway?

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ronstar (Post 2320190)
Nice deal! It's not really blowing dough - it's a necessity.

Quote:

Originally Posted by neihn (Post 2320321)
+1

Bought the camera, a lens for it, and the glass.

kgtest 11-16-2019 07:39 AM

Mavic Mini drone. Sold the ole phantom so I re coupes some of that dough through FB marketplace. Fun little toy

kgtest 11-16-2019 11:54 AM

Xmas has begun. Presents for family, friends, daycare, boss, neighbors, hosting xmas party, secret santas, decorations, xmas baking, xmas cards and stamps, xmas events like Santa Train Holiday Train, Tree Lighting ceremonies, candy canes, wreathes and porch xmas plants. We donate a lot to vets and I lose my voice ringing the bell every year to offset the Glutony.

We pay for all of this with the Credit Card rewards we built up over the year on both Freedoms, and my Amazon cards points. Makes the outflow manageable without really affecting cash flow.

Walt34 11-16-2019 05:41 PM

I never thought I'd see the day when I'd pay $110 for a sweatshirt with a hood attached, AKA a "hoodie". But I made up my mind last Monday at the gym, where in spite of doing a full workout I left here feeling colder than when I went in because they keep the temperature too low. For me anyway. Others seem comfortable in shorts and a t-shirt, but I also see others like me in long pants and flannel shirts, and a few people in sweatshirts. And I'm still cold. So it was either this or find a new gym and I like everything else about the place.

This sweatshirt is one made by Milwaukee Electric and is heated. A few weeks ago I bought two of their heated jackets (one for DW) and I liked that so much I had no reservations about buying this. My initial impressions are that it is well made and fits well. While I haven't worn it outside of the house yet (it was just delivered this evening) it fits under the jacket and I'm gonna be toasty warm when outside THIS winter!

REWahoo 11-16-2019 05:43 PM

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Originally Posted by Walt34 (Post 2325781)
I never thought I'd see the day when I'd pay $110 for a sweatshirt with a hood attached, AKA a "hoodie". But I made up my mind last Monday at the gym, where in spite of doing a full workout I left here feeling colder than when I went in because they keep the temperature too low. For me anyway. Others seem comfortable in shorts and a t-shirt, but I also see others like me in long pants and flannel shirts, and a few people in sweatshirts. And I'm still cold. So it was either this or find a new gym and I like everything else about the place.

This sweatshirt is one made by Milwaukee Electric and is heated. A few weeks ago I bought two of their heated jackets (one for DW) and I liked that so much I had no reservations about buying this. My initial impressions are that it is well made and fits well. While I haven't worn it outside of the house yet (it was just delivered this evening) it fits under the jacket and I'm gonna be toasty warm when outside THIS winter!

Sounds great. But doesn't that long-@ss extension cord get in your way?

Walt34 11-16-2019 05:45 PM

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Originally Posted by REWahoo (Post 2325782)
Sounds great. But doesn't that long-@ss extension cord get in your way?

Naw, there's an outlet right behind the treadmill. Things could get awkward if the cord wraps around the rollers though....

W2R 11-16-2019 07:58 PM

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Originally Posted by Walt34 (Post 2325783)
Naw, there's an outlet right behind the treadmill. Things could get awkward if the cord wraps around the rollers though....

What happens if you sweat? All that salt water

aja8888 11-16-2019 08:54 PM

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Originally Posted by REWahoo (Post 2325782)
Sounds great. But doesn't that long-@ss extension cord get in your way?

Nah, with Li-on batteries, all he has to worry about is it catching on fire (with him in it).

kitesurfer2 11-17-2019 05:39 AM

bought a new Taylor guitar yesterday. 12 string, 12 fret, 562ce.

$3000.00 :)

audreyh1 11-17-2019 06:19 AM

Awesome!

mystang52 11-17-2019 07:55 AM

Dropped about 30Grand redoing our home. Booked Eastern Europe trip for May 2020, opting to do our own airfare (business class). Will do our usual Fort Lauderdale vaca and cruise above and beyond Eastern Europe. Going to a lot more plays and other entertainments.
And after 35 frustrating years will throw in the towel and hire some sort of lawn service that can figure out how to grow grass in my backyard.
One LBYM-type action: DW still won't let me buy that $7500 Cervelo bicycle.

Music Lover 11-17-2019 09:06 AM

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Originally Posted by kitesurfer2 (Post 2325935)
bought a new Taylor guitar yesterday. 12 string, 12 fret, 562ce.

$3000.00 :)

Taylor makes great guitars. I have a walnut 414ce and everyone in my bands wants to play it when they come over.

pacergal 11-17-2019 12:00 PM

DH bought the latest iPhone and I bought a Samsung galaxy notebook.

Squirrel 11-17-2019 05:10 PM

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Originally Posted by kgtest (Post 2325639)
Xmas has begun. Presents for family, friends, ...

+1

ER2B 11-18-2019 12:20 PM

Replaced all interior and exterior and patio French, garage doors on a 40 year old house. While not necessarily blow that dough amount of money, the doors are still in good shape. I had them all replaced because we could. Love the new antique bronze handles too.

davebarnes 11-18-2019 12:24 PM

Just ordered a Toto toilet TOTO MW6423046CEFG#01 for $1920
https://assets.supply.com/images/pro...046cefg-01.jpg

Vincenzo Corleone 11-18-2019 01:11 PM

Enjoyed a three-week vacation in France. Have the following trips booked:

Feb. '20 - Bonaire

May '20 - Amsterdam

Sept. '20 - Portugal

tmm99 11-18-2019 02:58 PM

Jan 2020 - Tokyo
Sep 2020 - England

jcfradio 11-18-2019 03:01 PM

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Originally Posted by Vincenzo Corleone (Post 2326649)
Enjoyed a three-week vacation in France. Have the following trips booked:

Feb. '20 - Bonaire

May '20 - Amsterdam

Sept. '20 - Portugal

Vincenzo, I will wave at you in February from Cartagena, Colombia, LOL! Just booked a month long trip in Colombia for January/February. I can't really call it a vacation since I am retired now and everyday is a vacation. I prefer to say that I am lspending a month living like a local in South America.

Dtail 11-18-2019 03:39 PM

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Originally Posted by davebarnes (Post 2326628)
Just ordered a Toto toilet TOTO MW6423046CEFG#01 for $1920
https://assets.supply.com/images/pro...046cefg-01.jpg

Does it wipe for you at that price?

Music Lover 11-18-2019 03:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Dtail (Post 2326732)
Does it wipe for you at that price?

More likely it washes and blows dry

aja8888 11-18-2019 07:51 PM

Small update on the hip replacement adventure:

1. Still in hospital (will overnight and go home tomorrow after PT exercise class)

2. Walked the length of the corridor (250' est) with walker.

3. Ate dinner of blackened whitefish, rice and steamed veggies. It was very good.

4. Taking a pain pill every 4 hours, but pain is 3/10. I'm sure it will get worse after the 24 hour nerve block wears out tomorrow. Time will tell.

5. Watching the Monday Night football game! :)

Dtail 11-18-2019 07:55 PM

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Originally Posted by aja8888 (Post 2326857)
Small update on the hip replacement adventure:

1. Still in hospital (will overnight and go home tomorrow after PT exercise class)

2. Walked the length of the corridor (250' est) with walker.

3. Ate dinner of blackened whitefish, rice and steamed veggies. It was very good.

4. Taking a pain pill every 4 hours, but pain is 3/10. I'm sure it will get worse after the 24 hour nerve block wears out tomorrow. Time will tell.

5. Watching the Monday Night football game! :)

Good to hear. Wishing you a full recovery.

RobbieB 11-18-2019 08:27 PM

Bummer to have to blow dough on a surgery.

davebarnes 11-18-2019 08:30 PM

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Originally Posted by Dtail (Post 2326732)
Does it wipe for you at that price?

No, but it does blow warm air up your butt hole.

aja8888 11-18-2019 09:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RobbieB (Post 2326881)
Bummer to have to blow dough on a surgery.

Posted in the wrong forum, but I have blown some dough on meds, walkers, cane, copays, etc. But certainly not in the league here! :)

Sunset 11-18-2019 10:21 PM

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Originally Posted by jcfradio (Post 2326709)
Vincenzo, I will wave at you in February from Cartagena, Colombia, LOL! Just booked a month long trip in Colombia for January/February. I can't really call it a vacation since I am retired now and everyday is a vacation. I prefer to say that I am lspending a month living like a local in South America.

So that is something I'd like to try, living a month like a local.
Do you have any tips on renting a place ?
What countries have you done this in ?

Dtail 11-19-2019 04:13 AM

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Originally Posted by davebarnes (Post 2326884)
No, but it does blow warm air up your butt hole.

haha I guess it is time to next blow some dough on a fancy magazine rack.

Vincenzo Corleone 11-19-2019 11:53 AM

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Originally Posted by jcfradio (Post 2326709)
Vincenzo, I will wave at you in February from Cartagena, Colombia, LOL! Just booked a month long trip in Colombia for January/February. I can't really call it a vacation since I am retired now and everyday is a vacation. I prefer to say that I am spending a month living like a local in South America.

That sounds wonderful! I hope you write-up a trip report on your travels - I'd love to hear about it.

I'm (semi-)retired (i.e., I currently don't work and not sweating it, but I'd take work if something came along), but DW is still working. Once she retires, we plan on doing the same - picking a destination, renting a place, and living there for a month or two.

davebarnes 11-19-2019 01:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Dtail (Post 2326950)
haha I guess it is time to next blow some dough on a fancy magazine rack.

OMG. You are "old".
iPad for all my potty reading time.
I read magazines (we get about 14) in the reading room (AKA 3rd bedroom)

Dtail 11-19-2019 03:13 PM

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Originally Posted by davebarnes (Post 2327181)
OMG. You are "old".
iPad for all my potty reading time.
I read magazines (we get about 14) in the reading room (AKA 3rd bedroom)

I am not a 71 y.o. old fart nerd, but yeah you got me.
Good laugh.

Hopeful 11-22-2019 05:08 AM

Not wanting to be left out of this group, so got wife a new car. :) A 2020 Lexus RX 350. Boy are these advanced safety features nice.

https://37a25a8f757123c38366-5c14ccf...2779f75776.jpg

H2ODude 11-22-2019 07:46 AM

Was tired of driving a pickup truck, can get by without that much capacity. Went to the Porsche dealer to look for a Cayenne. Drove it, loved it, decided the C had plenty of power. Started the dicker dance on one that really wasn't my first choice of color. Saw on the net they had the dark gray I really wanted, in a Cayenne S. Besides, I thought the exhausts looked way cool. Bam. I love it, that's clearly blowing dough! Only thing left is to start paying for business class; I just don't think I can DO that!:laugh: Interestingly, the manager turned me over to a salesman to familiarize me with the gadgetry. Turns out he's the guy who moved in two doors down; says this is his post retirement job! Now, if I was qualified for that that might be fun! The dealership has cheap cars (Porsche) :laugh: Maseratis, Ferarris, and Bentleys! You walk in past all these red monsters, go through a hallway to get to the budget cars (Porsches). That's when you realize that, yeah, I'm well off but there's a bunch that are better off! It always amazes me how many "used" Ferrari's and the like are there with less than 3-5k miles on them. Guess people are too scared to expose them to the road.

kitesurfer2 11-23-2019 05:57 AM

h2o, so which one did you buy?

H2ODude 11-23-2019 06:58 AM

Got the Cayenne S, dark gray w gray interior. Has just about all the options I was aware of. I don't use the word awesome but frankly, it is an awesome vehicle. I'm also convinced that I'll never become aware of all the various features and how to use them!

As for blowing dough... Money is really funny stuff for me as I'd guess in different folks it is in different ways. I still can stand in front of a supermarket aisle for a minute or two and self debate about whether one product is worth the extra $0.20 just because that's the way I am. Or be kind of anal about flipping the water spigot to cold because even though I only want a cup of water, I wouldn't want the hot water heater wasting the energy to move a cup of water into the pipes. Anyway. But there I go, adding probably $13,000 to the price of a car because of color selection and I liked the look of the exhausts. And, after wringing my hands about the decision to even trade vehicles, I look at our finances post decision and spending the money and it's like "meh...no big deal. All good!" I still can't bring myself to upgrade to business though! :laugh:

RobLJ 11-23-2019 10:46 AM

Compared to the Cayenne, we just kind of puffed on the dough.

We originally intended to wait until next year and after receiving the 30% Fed credit on the solar panels, but given the discounting going on, we bought a 2019 Chevy Bolt two weeks ago.

No gas, and no maintenance, except for replacing windshield wipers and the cabin air filter every 15k miles or so. Safety features are nice (the interior is a bit Spartan though). DW has even let me drive it, once.

W2R 11-23-2019 11:03 AM

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Originally Posted by H2ODude (Post 2329071)
Got the Cayenne S, dark gray w gray interior. Has just about all the options I was aware of. I don't use the word awesome but frankly, it is an awesome vehicle. I'm also convinced that I'll never become aware of all the various features and how to use them!

As for blowing dough... Money is really funny stuff for me as I'd guess in different folks it is in different ways. I still can stand in front of a supermarket aisle for a minute or two and self debate about whether one product is worth the extra $0.20 just because that's the way I am. Or be kind of anal about flipping the water spigot to cold because even though I only want a cup of water, I wouldn't want the hot water heater wasting the energy to move a cup of water into the pipes. Anyway. But there I go, adding probably $13,000 to the price of a car because of color selection and I liked the look of the exhausts. And, after wringing my hands about the decision to even trade vehicles, I look at our finances post decision and spending the money and it's like "meh...no big deal. All good!" I still can't bring myself to upgrade to business though! :laugh:

I think the Cayenne S was a great choice! I just looked at it on Edmunds dot com, and they prefer that trim level too. Besides, you can't take it with you, as they say, and this is something that will make you feel happy and satisfied each day when you drive it.

I really get it when it comes to being frugal about the little expenses. I never have more than one light on in the house, for example. "Take care of the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves." That's a version of a pertinent quote attributed to William Lowndes, 1652-1724, British Secretary of the Treasury.

robnplunder 12-01-2019 10:25 PM

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Originally Posted by Hopeful (Post 2328501)
Boy are these advanced safety features nice.

Amazing, aren't they? The new safety features will likely save me from accidents.


I've bought a new CD player for half a grand. Marantz CD6006 replaced the old California Labs IKON II cd player I've bought a decade ago. The Marantz, although cheaper, is so much better. It has a USB port where I plugged in a 32G worth of songs, and pushed a "random" play button. Life is good.

socca 12-02-2019 06:18 PM

Bought a La-Z-Boy recliner - the first (and hopefully last) piece of "big, heavy" furniture in my place. When I moved into my house a few years ago I went with a hyper-minimalist decorating style which (I'm amused to note) has now become vogue. This was definitely a BTD purchase because there are much cheaper recliners out there, but La-Z-Boy allowed me to specify exactly what I wanted, unlike the mass-produced competitive products. La-Z-Boy has been building recliners for over 90 years so I assume they know what they're doing. :)

RobbieB 12-02-2019 06:23 PM

I love my lazy boy! Seventeen hundred bucks and worth every cent.

Why? I start snoring 30 minutes after reclining - :) The true test of comfort!

jcfradio 12-02-2019 06:30 PM

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Originally Posted by Sunset (Post 2326924)
So that is something I'd like to try, living a month like a local.
Do you have any tips on renting a place ?
What countries have you done this in ?

I have been fortunate to have been able to meet up with a friend who worked in the Peace Corps and is now spending about 4-6 months a year being a vagabond in South America. So far we have met up and travelled in Peru, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay. We generally spend about a week or 2 in a place and then move on to the next location. So far, we have found places to stay through AirBnB that have been good, or else book at local hotels where the locals would stay (ie. they arent cookie cutter Holiday Inns). The hotels are usually basic with beds, tables bathrooms and a breakfast. As an example, we stayed at a hotel 3 blocks from the main square in Cajamarca Peru, in a very comfortable place with about 20 rooms for $25 US/night. In Europe we also tend to stay in the same place for a week at a time as well. In general, we look for places that are either near the downtown area where things are within walking distance, or near a transit line. No need for cars then. If here is somewhere that we want to go that is not easily accessible by public transit, we will take a small tour .

However, the real difference is in our attitude when travelling. I behave like we are living in he location, so we dont follow a fixed schedule. Sure, there are places that we want to see, but we usually get to them on our own time, not the tours schedule. We can sleep in when we want, decide to chill out if it is raining, go to a nice local restaurant when we want. Yes, it is more work and research than simply relying on a tour company to plan it all for you, but it is the way that we like to travel. Since I spent a lot of my pre-retirement career (that thing called "work") travelling for MegaCorp, I am very comfortable in foreign environments. I respect, though, that others prefer more structure and having someone else organize their travels. To each their own.

BigNick 12-03-2019 03:44 PM

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Originally Posted by H2ODude (Post 2329071)
As for blowing dough... Money is really funny stuff for me as I'd guess in different folks it is in different ways. I still can stand in front of a supermarket aisle for a minute or two and self debate about whether one product is worth the extra $0.20 just because that's the way I am. Or be kind of anal about flipping the water spigot to cold because even though I only want a cup of water, I wouldn't want the hot water heater wasting the energy to move a cup of water into the pipes. Anyway. But there I go, adding probably $13,000 to the price of a car because of color selection and I liked the look of the exhausts. And, after wringing my hands about the decision to even trade vehicles, I look at our finances post decision and spending the money and it's like "meh...no big deal. All good!" I still can't bring myself to upgrade to business though! :laugh:

I just cashed in some holdings to raise the cash to replace the 20-year-old kitchen in our soon-to-be retirement apartment. I have always had the feeling that the manufacturers, resellers, and installers of kitchens have a cosy arrangement among themselves to keep the prices high and the true cost of goods sold obscure, but in this case we are also having a dividing wall between the small kitchen and the laundry space demolished, so there is no point in me fantasising that I could do more than 5% of the project myself. So like H2ODude, I am writing one nice fat cheque for what I know will be a well-done job, and it'll be back to recycling dryer sheets and getting groceries at Aldi the week after.

DrRoy 12-07-2019 05:33 AM

What we 'need' is only a 2% WR plus my modest pension. In light of the investments breaking out to an unexpected level, for next year I have planned to pull out a 'frothy' 2.8%, and among other things we are going to replace our boring painted pine stairway with stained oak and metal balusters for about $5K.

KB 12-07-2019 08:13 AM

I just got an Apple watch. I've wanted one for awhile and finally decided to just do it.

I've ordered a car that will arrive in about a week. 2020 Toyota Rav4 Limited Hybrid. Cant wait.

jabbahop 12-07-2019 09:22 AM

Rooftop solar installed. Hoping it will be sufficient to offset most of our AC and EV car charging. 70% of our electricity here is generated by coal so that was a factor for us.

ckelly78z 12-07-2019 09:53 AM

My DW was looking at building a "She shed" in our barnyard for her, and our DD to have a dedicated crafting place, where all of the supplies and tools are in one place that is easily accessible. We decided on an older travel trailer that already has plumbing, A/C, heat, and cabinets, so looking at a $1200 camper today.

RobLJ 12-07-2019 01:01 PM

We bought a Bolt last month after the solar panel installation, but next year, I may trade the Silverado for a Rav4 plug-in hybrid, because of the AWD (we ski a lot). That would cut our gas expenditures down to only long trips; the rest of driving would be largely fueled by the panels. The 49 miles per charge would cover my local driving & pretty much cover all but the longest drives to Sierra hikes.

I'm still thinking about it, but have a year or so to consider.



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Originally Posted by KB (Post 2335222)
I just got an Apple watch. I've wanted one for awhile and finally decided to just do it.

I've ordered a car that will arrive in about a week. 2020 Toyota Rav4 Limited Hybrid. Cant wait.


GravitySucks 12-07-2019 06:11 PM

Got a porterhouse steak and king crab legs and cooked them up for DGF and me.
Way cheaper than eating out, but still a splurge.

audreyh1 12-20-2019 02:05 PM

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Cool! Found something new for blowing that dough!
https://www.costco.com/covap%C2%A0ja...100519895.html

It's a fantastic deal for 100% bellota jamon Iberico. Usually these top quality legs go for at least 2x and far more expensive by the pound pre-sliced, without the stand and knife.

We're thinking about what to do with such a thing......

NW-Bound 12-20-2019 02:19 PM

^^^ Saw a similar ham at the local Costco, but it was the lesser Jamon Serrano and not Iberico like the above. The price ratio is 5x.

audreyh1 12-20-2019 02:23 PM

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Originally Posted by NW-Bound (Post 2341477)
^^^ Saw a similar ham at the local Costco, but it was the lesser Jamon Serrano and not Iberico like the above. The price ratio is 5x.

We saw the exact above in Costco this week, which is why I looked it up online for possible home delivery - just $29 more for shipping.

And what we saw at the store was the 100% Bellota version. That is really premium jamon Iberico, the best you can get.

NW-Bound 12-20-2019 02:38 PM

You can invite the whole neighborhood over to partake. They will be talking about this for years to come. You need to find a good wine to pair with this.

Then, break out your Louis XIII Cognac at the end.

aja8888 12-20-2019 03:07 PM

We have our own ham's running around the neighborhood area. Real live ones! (feral);D (we are just not allowed to shoot them near the houses) LOL

RobbieB 12-20-2019 03:32 PM

Ordered up a Corbin saddle for my Bonneville T100, six hundred bucks. My Christmas present to myself.

You should always buy yourself something you really want for Christmas because nobody else will - :)

The Cosmic Avenger 12-20-2019 03:49 PM

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Originally Posted by RobbieB (Post 2341514)
Ordered up a Corbin saddle for my Bonneville T100, six hundred bucks. My Christmas present to myself.

You should always buy yourself something you really want for Christmas because nobody else will - :)


Wow, you got off easy, that's dirt cheap for a saddle! Did you get that used? Oh, and what kind of horse is a Bonneville? ;)


(For anyone whose memory might be anywhere near as bad as mine, I mentioned our horse expenditures many pages back in this thread! Luckily for me, I'm the tertiary caretaker, all I have to do is "pony" up the $$$$$...)

audreyh1 12-20-2019 04:11 PM

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Originally Posted by NW-Bound (Post 2341488)
You can invite the whole neighborhood over to partake. They will be talking about this for years to come. You need to find a good wine to pair with this.

This is exactly what we were thinking about.

The wine choice is easy. A Reserve Rioja or Ribera del Duero will go perfectly. But if the neighbors are coming - they can bring the wine!

aja8888 12-20-2019 04:34 PM

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You should always buy yourself something you really want for Christmas because nobody else will - :)

I did! I ordered myself a new multimeter.:coolsmiley:

I'm going to wrap it and put it under the tree, too!:laugh:

NW-Bound 12-20-2019 05:40 PM

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Originally Posted by audreyh1 (Post 2341546)
This is exactly what we were thinking about.

The wine choice is easy. A Reserve Rioja or Ribera del Duero will go perfectly. But if the neighbors are coming - they can bring the wine!


Some people recommend a good sherry, or a Cava Brut. Nothing too tannic or oaky, which overpowers the delicate jamon.

I would have my preferred bottle handy for myself, in case the neighbors do not bring the type I like. :)


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Originally Posted by aja8888 (Post 2341501)
We have our own ham's running around the neighborhood area. Real live ones! (feral);D (we are just not allowed to shoot them near the houses) LOL


If that is turned into ham, I think you will need to knock it down with strong moonshine, and not some delicate wine. :coolsmiley:



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Originally Posted by RobbieB (Post 2341514)
Ordered up a Corbin saddle for my Bonneville T100, six hundred bucks. My Christmas present to myself.

You should always buy yourself something you really want for Christmas because nobody else will - :)

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Originally Posted by aja8888 (Post 2341559)
I did! I ordered myself a new multimeter.:coolsmiley:

I'm going to wrap it and put it under the tree, too!:laugh:


I hope it's one of the new fangled DC clamp ammeters. Once you use it, you will wonder how people can measure any DC current without it. In fact, they rarely measure any current, because it was too cumbersome to break into the circuit, and they would not have the right shunt.

aja8888 12-20-2019 06:23 PM

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Originally Posted by NW-Bound (Post 2341599)

I hope it's one of the new fangled DC clamp ammeters. Once you use it, you will wonder how people can measure any DC current without it. In fact, they rarely measure any current, because it was too cumbersome to break into the circuit, and they would not have the right shunt.

No, it's just a small conventional one to use in the garage as my 40+ year old Craftsman one died. But, I have to agree, the clamp on ones for measuring DC current can be handy.


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