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38Chevy454 12-20-2019 08:41 PM

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Originally Posted by The Cosmic Avenger (Post 2341522)
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 $$$$$...)

.....as in Triumph Bonneville motorcycle.

ckelly78z 12-20-2019 08:53 PM

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Originally Posted by The Cosmic Avenger (Post 2341522)
(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 $$$$$...)

Sounds like me and my DW's horses.....400 bales of alfalfa hay every year, feed, vet bills, not to mention the $40,000 60x100 indoor riding arena with stalls/tack room across one end.

The Cosmic Avenger 12-20-2019 08:58 PM

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Originally Posted by ckelly78z (Post 2341672)
Sounds like me and my DW's horses.....400 bales of alfalfa hay every year, feed, vet bills, not to mention the $40,000 60x100 indoor riding arena with stalls/tack room across one end.


:eek::eek::eek:


I am SO glad my spouse and kid don't read this forum!! :laugh:

RobbieB 12-21-2019 08:33 PM

No horses for me, just a couple painted ponies to let the spinning wheels ride.

Souschef 12-21-2019 10:10 PM

Just made the final payment of $10K for our Hawaiian cruise in March. To further blow dough, I have booked a flight in Oahu in an antique T-6 for another $2K.
We will be in a suite of 533 sq ft with a large balcony.Since we are traveling less, this fits well in our travel budget. It also includes free Internet, a bar setup, and a free dinner at one of the specialty restaurants.

ckelly78z 12-21-2019 10:22 PM

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Originally Posted by RobbieB (Post 2342145)
No horses for me, just a couple painted ponies to let the spinning wheels ride.

My wife has a rescue Mustang that is the sweetest animal I know, My Mustang is Black, and has 300 horespower. We both enjoy them.

NW-Bound 12-22-2019 05:02 PM

The last time we had Jamón Ibérico was earlier this year during our road trip through Spain and Portugal. I have already forgotten the taste. Buying an entire leg at Costco is a bit too much though.

Here's a video about this world-renowned ham, which is said to cost as high as $4,500 a leg.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xcqXBGv5DM

RobbieB 12-22-2019 05:17 PM

Just ordered up a small chunk for Christmas!

The Cosmic Avenger 12-22-2019 05:42 PM

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Originally Posted by RobbieB (Post 2342450)
Just ordered up a small chunk for Christmas!


Ooooh, La Tienda, they are great! I ordered Hojiblanca olive oil from them for a while, because I had it ONCE and it was so good, but then the place where I tried it immediately stopped carrying it!

RobbieB 12-22-2019 05:49 PM

I also picked up 2 tins of the anchovie stuffed olives - :)

audreyh1 12-22-2019 06:15 PM

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Originally Posted by RobbieB (Post 2342450)
Just ordered up a small chunk for Christmas!

I ordered a bunch of stuff from La Tienda for delivery this week. But not a big chunk of Jamon like that! Just a small package.

DH is still fantasizing about the whole leg. He’s been watching carving videos!:facepalm:

pb4uski 12-23-2019 04:26 AM

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Originally Posted by RobbieB (Post 2342450)
Just ordered up a small chunk for Christmas!

Use within a week of opening?

audreyh1 12-23-2019 04:58 AM

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Originally Posted by pb4uski (Post 2342570)
Use within a week of opening?

Yes.

Palmtree 12-24-2019 07:24 AM

Woodworking is my main hobby. Now that I'm retired I built a small shop (300 sq ft) and I've enjoyed upgrading my tools. In the past few years I've upgraded the following.

Used Ridgid contractor saw to a new Sawstop PCS.
Used Ridgid bandsaw to a new Rikon 14 inch.
Sold an old radial arm saw and bought a new sliding compound miter saw.
Upgraded the dust collector with a new thein baffle and cartridge air filter.
New air filter for shop.
Upgraded to a free standing router table.
Cheap tabletop drill press to a floor model with variable speeds.

On Black-Friday I splurged and ordered a 16/32 drum sander and a midi lathe!

New toys to play with in the coming new year!

madsquopper 12-24-2019 08:24 AM

I blew a bunch of money on golf (upgrading clubs, full bag fitting) over the past few months, but overall wasn't that much as I mostly did pre-owned Callaways. Total was perhaps 2K which for golf is diddly.

H2ODude 12-24-2019 09:12 AM

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Originally Posted by Palmtree (Post 2342942)
Woodworking is my main hobby. Now that I'm retired I built a small shop (300 sq ft) and I've enjoyed upgrading my tools. In the past few years I've upgraded the following.

Used Ridgid contractor saw to a new Sawstop PCS.
Used Ridgid bandsaw to a new Rikon 14 inch.
Sold an old radial arm saw and bought a new sliding compound miter saw.
Upgraded the dust collector with a new thein baffle and cartridge air filter.
New air filter for shop.
Upgraded to a free standing router table.
Cheap tabletop drill press to a floor model with variable speeds.

On Black-Friday I splurged and ordered a 16/32 drum sander and a midi lathe!

New toys to play with in the coming new year!

Amazing! I bought almost the identical list to replace older stuff (did hate to give up my father's old Craftsman table saw for sentimental reasons) about 5 years ago. Only thing I'm not wild about is the Sawstop. PIA switching from dado to straight blade and back because of changing the cartridges. Yes, it's a safety feature but I'm more than able to grind off my fingers with router or any number of other unprotected blades. I personally think as long as you use the knife spreader (or whatever it's called) and a push stick and remember that saw blades trump flesh, an unprotected saw is just fine. My purchase was made pleasant because a friend had been working at a local woodworker supply store that was closing so I got either gently used demos or new with employee discount before they closed.

NW-Bound 12-24-2019 10:24 AM

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Originally Posted by audreyh1 (Post 2342477)
DH is still fantasizing about the whole leg. He’s been watching carving videos!:facepalm:

Yes, I have watched one video from Bon Appétit. It's not as simple as it seems. And it takes some work to clean off the rancid fat on the outside that protects the ham, in order to expose the edible interior.

Perhaps one should buy a leg of serrano ham to practice on first, before graduating to the more expensive iberico.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0olmZzsF4Xo

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Originally Posted by pb4uski (Post 2342570)
Use within a week of opening?

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Originally Posted by audreyh1 (Post 2342572)
Yes.

Some say a whole leg stays good for a month once opened, as long as you cover the exposed meat with thin slices of fat.

Sue J 12-24-2019 11:34 AM

Thanks for that video. I enjoyed it.

RobbieB 12-24-2019 11:37 AM

The 3 of us should have no problem dispatching the 24 oz chunk in a week - :)

Hamitizers!

dtbach 12-24-2019 11:54 AM

Taking the DW and DD's to Oahu and Hawaii for 2 weeks mid-January. Luau's, snorkeling, submarine trip, appetizer cruise and Waipio Valley on horseback lined up.

RobbieB 12-25-2019 08:28 PM

Jamon Iberico;


https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...06be376b_o.jpg

Looks just like the advertised product eh?

The flavor is something new for us. I mean it's kinda like prosciutto but way deeper.

Worth a hundred bucks a pound! Imma gonna make it a new tradition - :)

NW-Bound 12-25-2019 08:30 PM

How does one carve thin slices out of that block? You will need something to hold it down.

audreyh1 12-25-2019 09:44 PM

We went to visit those little free range acorn eating Iberian piggies in the mountains of southwestern Spain near the Portuguese border (Huelva). Plus the curing operation run by a multigenerational family. The countryside there looked just like the Texas Hill Country.
https://devoursevillefoodtours.com/b...jamon-iberico/


Yes, the flavor is much more complex than prosciutto. And goes so well with Spanish red wine!

aja8888 12-25-2019 09:55 PM

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Originally Posted by audreyh1 (Post 2343700)
We went to visit those little free range acorn eating piggies in the mountains of southwestern Spain near the Portuguese border.

Yes, the flavor is much more intense than prosciutto.

We have some of those free range, acorn eating piggies around here too! (LOL) I wonder if they are related?


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THE WOODLANDS — Kathleen Settle was raking her lawn when her husband, Charles, blowing leaves by the street, called to her in alarm. Once again, as people in their neighborhood say, they’d been hit.

Feral hogs had dug all around the fire hydrant overnight, tearing up the grass in search of something to eat. They’d ravaged the yard in which the Settles took pride.
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/new...k-14923184.php

RobbieB 12-26-2019 02:48 AM

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Originally Posted by NW-Bound (Post 2343687)
How does one carve thin slices out of that block? You will need something to hold it down.

I first cut off a piece from the whole (3 to 4) oz I put the ham against a block of wood that guided the knife. The knife was a very sharp ceramic blade and by drawing the knife through the ham supported by the block I was able to shave some nice thin slices. I have done 2 appetizers so far and there are about 3 left.

zippy2020 12-28-2019 06:33 PM

Well........certainly had no trouble blowing our dough during the holidays.

Two days before Thanksgiving, our furnace died. Right before an Arctic chill was going to hit, of course.

The old furnace was amortized over 30 yr period so can't complain. But we certainly shivered for 5 days until our new high efficiency gas furnace was installed the next Monday.

That was a very fast $6800 out the door...........whoosh!!

Between that the dryer dying in September, which led us to a new W/D pair, we went through almost $10K without even counting gifting.

Spouse: "Here's your Xmas present, dear - a new washer!"
Me: "And here's yours - a new dryer to match!"

Music Lover 12-29-2019 05:23 AM

Spent $200 on a new burr coffee bean grinder.

ER2B 12-29-2019 08:16 AM

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Originally Posted by Music Lover (Post 2345227)
Spent $200 on a new burr coffee bean grinder.

I'm ready for a better grinder myself. Just upgraded my espresso machine to a mid level one. My plan is to spend more on the grinder than the espresso machine. Are you satisfied with the new grinder. Would you share the specifics.

athena53 12-29-2019 08:22 AM

After all my LT Capital Gains distributions posted I went to the 2018 version of TurboTax and estimated my 2019 liability. Realized gains were less than last year although overall (realized and unrealized) are significantly better, so I overpaid my Estimated taxes and am due refunds from State and Federal. (Have since confirmed with TurboTax 2019.)

Ten percent of my anticipated refund went for a pair of black Tony Lama boots. ;DThe remainder will go into the grandkids' 529 accounts.

Music Lover 12-29-2019 08:25 AM

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Originally Posted by ER2B (Post 2345274)
I'm ready for a better grinder myself. Just upgraded my espresso machine to a mid level one. My plan is to spend more on the grinder than the espresso machine. Are you satisfied with the new grinder. Would you share the specifics.

I just ordered it from Amazon and haven't received it yet. It's a Breville Smart Grinder Pro and was highly rated in the reviews I read.

corn18 12-29-2019 08:33 AM

Had a one finger pour of Louis XIII last night with dinner.

fosterscik 12-29-2019 08:46 AM

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Originally Posted by ER2B (Post 2345274)
I'm ready for a better grinder myself. Just upgraded my espresso machine to a mid level one. My plan is to spend more on the grinder than the espresso machine. Are you satisfied with the new grinder. Would you share the specifics.

Well you didn't ask me but I'm so satisfied with my grinder I wanted to reply.
I bought one of these about 18 months ago:
https://www.amazon.com/Rancilio-HSD-.../dp/B00H1OUW24
It's fantastic! Very consistent, fine grind for my espresso maker (Breville). Very quiet. The only downside -is that the basket holder is a little large for my Breville espresso handle. I hold the basket while I grind, but not much of a problem.

ER2B 12-29-2019 09:34 AM

Thanks for sharing your experience with the Rancilio. I need to be able to make micro adjustments on the grind for the perfect shot and the one I have currently has only 18 settings. The settings 1 to 3 for finer grind is just way too limited. I am sure your Rancilio has a lot more than 18. I also have a commercial sized basket 58 MM, so perfect. Time for me to blow that dough!!


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Originally Posted by fosterscik (Post 2345295)
Well you didn't ask me but I'm so satisfied with my grinder I wanted to reply.
I bought one of these about 18 months ago:
https://www.amazon.com/Rancilio-HSD-.../dp/B00H1OUW24
It's fantastic! Very consistent, fine grind for my espresso maker (Breville). Very quiet. The only downside -is that the basket holder is a little large for my Breville espresso handle. I hold the basket while I grind, but not much of a problem.


RockyMtn 12-29-2019 09:50 AM

Bought this pizza oven. Cooks a pizza in less than 2 minutes. Oh so good. Even learned how to make my own dough!

https://www.gozney.com/store/pub/med...ey_gas_1_1.png

fosterscik 12-29-2019 11:11 AM

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Originally Posted by ER2B (Post 2345321)
Thanks for sharing your experience with the Rancilio. I need to be able to make micro adjustments on the grind for the perfect shot and the one I have currently has only 18 settings. The settings 1 to 3 for finer grind is just way too limited. I am sure your Rancilio has a lot more than 18. I also have a commercial sized basket 58 MM, so perfect. Time for me to blow that dough!!

It has at least 50 grind positions, and they are super easy to adjust. It's bean dependent, but I typically use setting 7, 8 or 9 for my espresso shots.

Teacher Terry 12-29-2019 12:17 PM

I never quite understood replacing both washer and dryer when one dies. No one has ever been in my laundry room back when I had one. Now in our older house they are in the garage.

RunningBum 12-29-2019 12:39 PM

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Originally Posted by Teacher Terry (Post 2345472)
I never quite understood replacing both washer and dryer when one dies. No one has ever been in my laundry room back when I had one. Now in our older house they are in the garage.

I don't either, but I suppose if the dryer dies and you've been wanting to replace the old agitator washer for a new one, you might. Or...to blow that dough?

I guess I'll find out how critical it is when I sell the townhouse my son was living in. The previous owner left a washer that was working. I bought a new dryer. Same color but not a match. It's in a laundry closet in an unfinished basement room.

In my house, it happens that both of mine died at the same time, but it was a related incident. I made the mistake of washing a cheap rug with backing that was falling apart. It jammed up a filter, and then some. I tried to clean it out but it was repeatedly getting clogged. It was a cheap washer anyway, about 10-15 yrs old, not worth a repair call. Then I tossed the load in the dryer, but it hadn't been through the spin cycle so it was very wet and heavy. It got way out of balance and I think beyond repair. I can remember exactly, but I think I was ready to punt pretty quickly and found a nice W/D pair for right about a grand, delivered.

RunningBum 12-29-2019 12:52 PM

Was ready to blow that dough last week, but didn't pull the trigger. My son's alma mater made the FCS football championship game. He asked if I was interested in going with him, unspoken that I'd be paying. I said sure, let's look into it. It's not like the LSU-Clemson FBS championship, how much could it be? I kind of thought it'd be something like a $50 ticket, $250 flight, $100 hotel room close to the stadium...a worthwhile father/son weekend.

Well, tickets were sold out. On the secondary market it was going to be about $150 each for top row or corner seats. A little better seats near his school's section were about $200 including stiff reseller fees, and we might still be surrounded by NDSU fans, many of whom bought tickets at the start of the year because they make it about every year.

No direct flights into DFW from the airport near him, so that was going to be another $400ish and a two hop flight.

Parking is something like $70 at the stadium. There are hotels nearby, but all were booked up. Maybe we'd just Uber everything.

No telling what mid-January weather would be like in the Dallas area, so we might be sitting in cold rain with so-so seats, rather than in a bar in Virginia or my living room watching it on the big screen. We both realized this was starting to approach the cost of our Colorado ski trip later in January, and that nothing was working out easily. We decided the TV option would be just fine. I'll break out the Van Winkle bourbon if they win.

davebarnes 12-29-2019 01:18 PM

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Originally Posted by Teacher Terry (Post 2345472)
I never quite understood replacing both washer and dryer when one dies.

We replaced both when our Kenmore (non-repairable LG) washer died because:
1. We switched over to a compact size. Really like our newer Miele with TwinDos.
2. The replacement dryer is a condensing heat pump ventless one. Yea!

tmm99 12-29-2019 01:31 PM

It's hard to chuck something that is functional. We did a kitchen reno and got a new dishwasher and stove/oven because we wanted added functionalities (the old dishwasher was ancient and I wanted a double oven.) They're stainless steel. The fridge is still sitting there and it's white, but it's functional and there's no reason to buy a new one just to match the rest of the kitchen decor IMO. The same with the kitchen floor. I was thinking of replacing it with something that is more stylish, but I just couldn't, as replacing the floor would not add any new functionalities. The same goes with the washer/dryer combo.

RobbieB 12-29-2019 03:05 PM

I replaced 2 perfectly good kitchen appliances (stove & fridge) when I did the remodel. Bigger fridge and stove with induction cooktop.

Hey when you spend 12 grand for new counters and cabs, what's and extra three for spiffy appliances to match?

tmm99 12-29-2019 06:13 PM

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Originally Posted by RobbieB (Post 2345539)
I replaced 2 perfectly good kitchen appliances (stove & fridge) when I did the remodel. Bigger fridge and stove with induction cooktop.

Hey when you spend 12 grand for new counters and cabs, what's and extra three for spiffy appliances to match?

I just can't justify it in my head... Chucking a perfectly functioning appliance just to get the matched look... That is just wasteful to me and I just can't do it. If I get a lot of pleasure out of looking at matched appliances, and if that pleasure overweighs the guilty feeling of wasteful spending, I guess I'll do it then. If something looks gross (dirty) or worn out, I have no problem replacing it, but my white fridge looks quite new and functions perfectly, so it'll just stay in my kitchen along with my stainless steel stove/oven and dishwasher.

NW-Bound 12-29-2019 06:39 PM

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Originally Posted by RunningBum (Post 2345482)
I don't either, but I suppose if the dryer dies and you've been wanting to replace the old agitator washer for a new one, you might. Or...to blow that dough?

I guess I'll find out how critical it is when I sell the townhouse my son was living in. The previous owner left a washer that was working. I bought a new dryer. Same color but not a match. It's in a laundry closet in an unfinished basement room.

In my house, it happens that both of mine died at the same time, but it was a related incident. I made the mistake of washing a cheap rug with backing that was falling apart. It jammed up a filter, and then some. I tried to clean it out but it was repeatedly getting clogged. It was a cheap washer anyway, about 10-15 yrs old, not worth a repair call. Then I tossed the load in the dryer, but it hadn't been through the spin cycle so it was very wet and heavy. It got way out of balance and I think beyond repair. I can remember exactly, but I think I was ready to punt pretty quickly and found a nice W/D pair for right about a grand, delivered.

How convenient is it that a single load killed both the washer and dryer? One stone two birds. Brilliant! :laugh:

ugeauxgirl 12-29-2019 06:55 PM

I wish I could have borrowed that rug. My DH kept fixing our washer. It worked just well enough after his repair to complete the wash but didn't spin enough water out of the clothes. I was having to run them through 3 dryer cycles to get them dry. I finally demanded a new pair. Wish I'd gotten only the washer though. The new dryer is terrible.

MarieIG 12-29-2019 06:57 PM

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Originally Posted by ugeauxgirl (Post 2345635)
I wish I could have borrowed that rug. My DH kept fixing our washer. It worked just well enough after his repair to complete the wash but didn't spin enough water out of the clothes. I was having to run them through 3 dryer cycles to get them dry. I finally demanded a new pair. Wish I'd gotten only the washer though. The new dryer is terrible.

:laugh:

RobbieB 12-29-2019 07:08 PM

The old range was from my "frugal years" an open coil GE cheapie, $400 new. It replaced the builder range when my wife declared that one too ugly and it worked too. Women, go figure...

Anyway, the current stuff looks great and works great and is more efficient too. Not to mention we are talking GE and Whirlpool here, not Wolfe and Sub Zero.

NW-Bound 12-29-2019 08:31 PM

Induction burners are fast and efficient. Wonderful. That's what people in foreign countries are using, because their electricity is expensive.

However, my range with the glass cooktop and double ovens is still in good shape, and I cannot see replacing it.

Teacher Terry 12-29-2019 09:35 PM

As my kitchen appliances have died we replaced them. So refrigerator and dishwasher are stainless steel and stove and microwave are still white.

FlaGator 12-29-2019 09:36 PM

After opening this year's BTD thread with a purchase of an engagement ring for the Beautiful Princess, it's time to report back....

The Beautiful Princess has taken up residence in the FlaGator abode, along with surviving possessions. All is well, she's spoiling my kids, and great to hear her talk about "just wandering through Target, after years of having to quickly get in and out when I was working". Best decision I've made in many years :)

Now for the accounting:

-Multiple trips west to keep the flame burning until she got here
-Relocating her
-Replacing a 2 year old car totaled in an accident with a loaded new Honda Passport
-Buying kid #1 a new Kia Soul, because.....;)
-Paying sorority costs for kid#1, because mom and I were Greeks ;)
-Paying for the Beautiful Princess to start hunter/jumper lessons after an 8 year hiatus
-Sending the kids on a separate trip to Disney World because I felt guilty the Beautiful Princess and I went without them;)
-upgrading the household furnishings so the Beautiful Princess doesn't think she's living in a frat house ;)
-a new Rolex SS Submariner for me (traded the old one, so less painful)
-Sending the Beautiful Princess out west over Christmas to see her family

The $ increase in spending this year is too embarrassing to share in a forum of LBYM types. As a percentage, it was 70% above my comfortable annual run rate, but well worth it :)

Hoping things normalize after the March wedding and May satellite reception out west :facepalm:

RobbieB 12-29-2019 09:40 PM

Yeah.

I had to send my wife and step daughter out east to see my step son just because.

W2R 12-29-2019 09:44 PM

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Originally Posted by ugeauxgirl (Post 2345635)
I wish I could have borrowed that rug.

Me too! In my case, I took care of the situation by moving. :laugh: I *could* have moved the washer and dryer, but instead persuaded myself that leaving them in the old house would help it to sell faster. :rolleyes: Luckily the only person I had to persuade with that flimsy argument was me.

I love my expensive new LG He oversized top loader washer, and matching dryer. The old ones (that I left behind when I moved) were very cheap and pretty awful.

corn18 01-01-2020 11:53 AM

Well, I tallied up the final numbers for 2019 and I think we have a problem. We met our goal of $1M in retirement savings with a paid off house, but we need to reign in the spending if I want want to retire before age 100.

https://www.early-retirement.org/foru...icture2081.png

davebarnes 02-10-2020 07:31 AM

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Originally Posted by Music Lover (Post 2326743)
More likely it washes and blows dry

It does and it is amazing.
It finally got delivered in February and my neighbor and I spent 5.5 hours installing it on 09FEB2020.
Sitting on it right now.
Well worth the money.


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