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GravitySucks 02-12-2019 02:20 PM

Ran off to South Florida for 5 nights to recharge.
Spared no expense on great seafood and playing tourist.

SpinDr 02-12-2019 02:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Starsky (Post 2189369)
Thanks! It's my first real off-road vehicle. I've always wanted a 4Runner. I love having 4WD for the CA mountains and deserts. We have a ton of BLM land to explore out here.



The mileage is a real bummer - especially after driving a Prius for 10 years. Fortunately I don't drive nearly as much as I did before retiring - maybe 6K mi/yr. OTOH, I'm sure I'll be doing more long trips now that I have a good vehicle to get me there.



Like it!

RobbieB 02-12-2019 10:58 PM

Ordered up 2 pounds of fresh Maine lobster meat for Valentines day - :)

Free shipping over $100!

audreyh1 02-12-2019 11:03 PM

DH is at it again!

I thought he bought all his toys last year, but now he decided that he needed a new bike with some cool technology like a belt instead of a chain and disc brakes and some fancy German gearing system - gearbox designed by Porsche engineers. He ordered a rather expensive bike from the builder in NY.

He uses a bike almost every day when we are at home. He does a lot of riding to sites with his camera gear. His old bike is over 10 years old. I can't blame him.......

Koogie 02-15-2019 09:18 AM

Has anyone bought any expensive original artwork ? Did you feel it was a worthwhile investment ? (beyond appreciating it's beauty and aesthetics)

DW has expressed an interest in owning an original painting by one of her favorite artists. I've looked into it and it seems it would be the region of about $20K

I know nothing of art. We are not "art and wine" types (more netflix and cider) but I know this would be a lifetime highlight for her and something she would truly treasure. We can easily, easily afford it.

To be coldblooded about it, the artist is in his 80s as well... I do believe it would appreciate in value after his passing.

Souschef 02-15-2019 09:38 AM

Buy it for her! I would never buy art as an investment. We were watching Antiques Roadshow, and they had prices from 2003 and 2018. Some went up, some went down.
I fell in love with a special piece of Steuben glass. It was about $15K in 1989. I could not afford it, but had a copy made. I checked recently and the price was down to $13K!
I can afford it now, but am happy with my copy:)
I am reminded of those art auctions on cruise ships, which were mostly a swindle. The buyers were touted that it was a great investment until they tried to sell it.

Koogie 02-15-2019 09:46 AM

Very true. I would hope it would be a "store of value" more than any sort of investment I expected to ever sell (she would likely leave it to one of our nieces).

Hmm.. there are limited edition lithographs of his available. Signed, series of 100 or so.
They range more in the $4K level.

Would that be worthwhile ? Would it have the same "cachet" ? I can't ask DW.. haha

I know little about art (obviously).

Souschef 02-15-2019 10:25 AM

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Originally Posted by Koogie (Post 2191407)
Very true. I would hope it would be a "store of value" more than any sort of investment I expected to ever sell (she would likely leave it to one of our nieces).

Hmm.. there are limited edition lithographs of his available. Signed, series of 100 or so.
They range more in the $4K level.

Would that be worthwhile ? Would it have the same "cachet" ? I can't ask DW.. haha

I know little about art (obviously).


Here is my thought:
if you bought an original signed by the artist, it is unique. If you bought a lithograph of 1 of 100, you are competing against 99 other copies.
We bought a glicee print because we loved the subject matter. it was 1 of over 300. I never expect it to appreciate, but it looks nice on our wall.

Chuckanut 02-15-2019 11:43 AM

I agree with souschef, buy the art because it brings joy into your life. If it happens to appreciate a lot that is just a bonus. Art is not an investment, IMHO. For starters, you will need to insure it, then take steps to preserve it. That all comes out of the profits, if there are any.

FWIW, when I travel, I try to find out about a local artist whose work I enjoy but who is not famous and thus overpriced. Assuming I do, that is my one 'souvenir' splurge. Last Fall I bought a delightful glass pumpkin from a glass blower's shop. What fun it will be to bring it each year to decorate my home.

W2R 02-15-2019 11:49 AM

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Originally Posted by Koogie (Post 2191393)
Has anyone bought any expensive original artwork ? Did you feel it was a worthwhile investment ? (beyond appreciating it's beauty and aesthetics)

DW has expressed an interest in owning an original painting by one of her favorite artists. I've looked into it and it seems it would be the region of about $20K

I know nothing of art. We are not "art and wine" types (more netflix and cider) but I know this would be a lifetime highlight for her and something she would truly treasure. We can easily, easily afford it.

To be coldblooded about it, the artist is in his 80s as well... I do believe it would appreciate in value after his passing.

I buy art, but not as an investment because I don't think that its increase in value in the long run can be taken for granted. I buy art because it enriches my life. I buy mutual funds for investments.

Also, for me, half the fun is looking for and finding a painting or sculpture that I really like a lot, for less than $100. I have never spent more than $140 on a painting or sculpture, and it takes a lot of time, effort, searching, and frankly discernment to acquire appealing artwork at low prices. Anybody can find beautiful art at high prices.

Another factor is that if you have expensive artwork in your home, you need to go talk to your homeowner's insurance agency about it and get it specifically covered. Me? I don't need to do that. ;D

So I guess I am saying that buying art is a wonderful idea. But if it was me, I'd seek out and buy an excellent copy of one of the artist's paintings, not an original.

Winemaker 02-15-2019 03:42 PM

My late MIL was an accomplished oil painter and we have several of her works around the house, and I consider them priceless. I also collected signed Bev Doolittle lithograghs before she retired, and those, too, are hanging around the house. At one time some of them we pretty pricey on the secondary market, but I enjoy the subject manner more than I would enjoy selling them. But as the saying goes, everything is for sale except the wife and kids......but tell me again, what did you want for the wife??:)


When DW and I were shopping for the couch a few threads above, the designer tried to sell us a Oriental rug for $8,000 and some dumb painting that "had the right colors as the rug" for $3,000.

jollystomper 02-15-2019 04:04 PM

We decided to take a trip to the west coast during DW's teaching spring break next month to visit some friends from college we have not seem face to face for almost 15 years. We are bringing one of our sons. I booked the flight earlier this week; today I thought what the heck, DW and this son have never flown in first class, now is as good a time as any. So I upgraded our flight seats to first class - certainly not a frugal act, given the cost :laugh:. They will enjoy 5 hours each way on the plane. I will keep it a secret until they get their boarding passes at the airport.

Bigdawg 02-15-2019 04:39 PM

DW and I took a break from the MD winter and spent 5 nights on St John. Flew direct from Dulles to St Thomas. Ferry across to St John. Rented a jeep and an AirB&B. Great trip. Sprung for economy plus for the flight back. A shout out to "Extra Virgin". Had literally a top 5 lifetime meal there. Great service too. Right in Cruz Bay on St John if you get down there. Probably do St John again next year but also want to see St Croix. I sleep better in U.S. territories for some reason. Returned to write a 46K check to my home builder. Should move in on or before 15 April.

CardsFan 02-15-2019 04:58 PM

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Originally Posted by jollystomper (Post 2191618)
We decided to take a trip to the west coast during DW's teaching spring break next month to visit some friends from college we have not seem face to face for almost 15 years. We are bringing one of our sons. I booked the flight earlier this week; today I thought what the heck, DW and this son have never flown in first class, now is as good a time as any. So I upgraded our flight seats to first class - certainly not a frugal act, given the cost :laugh:. They will enjoy 5 hours each way on the plane. I will keep it a secret until they get their boarding passes at the airport.

That is a neat surprise. But be prepared for the question: You spent HOW MUCH?;D

In all honesty, I am still spending down frequent flyer miles (down to about 125,000). Once in a while I find the difference between coach and FC to be such a deal, I just tell DW, "that's all they had".

CardsFan 02-15-2019 05:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Bigdawg (Post 2191636)
DW and I took a break from the MD winter and spent 5 nights on St John. Flew direct from Dulles to St Thomas. Ferry across to St John. Rented a jeep and an AirB&B. Great trip. Sprung for economy plus for the flight back. A shout out to "Extra Virgin". Had literally a top 5 lifetime meal there. Great service too. Right in Cruz Bay on St John if you get down there. Probably do St John again next year but also want to see St Croix. I sleep better in U.S. territories for some reason. Returned to write a 46K check to my home builder. Should move in on or before 15 April.

About 30 years ago DW and I went to St. Croix. Beautiful island. We stayed at the Buccaneer, got a great rate. Everytime we went off property, when we told folks where we were staying, they said something like "oh my. we could not afford that". The price difference was only about $30-40/night. (just checked, current price is over $400/night)

Went to Buck Island for the underwater National park. FANTASTIC.

We leave next week for the DR. All inclusive. Never been there, but have liked the ones we stayed at in Jamaica.

BLOW That Dough!

Clone 02-15-2019 07:29 PM

I try to support a number of the local artists. A bunch of them work at one of the better restaurants in town.

googily 02-18-2019 11:01 PM

Today's installment is that, after buying train tickets last week for a trip next month, I just upgraded them to Acela first class, mainly for the heaven of reserving "single" seats both ways, an important feature on a six-hour ride.

ExFlyBoy5 02-19-2019 03:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Bigdawg (Post 2191636)
DW and I took a break from the MD winter and spent 5 nights on St John. Flew direct from Dulles to St Thomas. Ferry across to St John. Rented a jeep and an AirB&B. Great trip. Sprung for economy plus for the flight back. A shout out to "Extra Virgin". Had literally a top 5 lifetime meal there. Great service too. Right in Cruz Bay on St John if you get down there. Probably do St John again next year but also want to see St Croix. I sleep better in U.S. territories for some reason. Returned to write a 46K check to my home builder. Should move in on or before 15 April.

Looking at some of the food pics on Google, it looks pretty darn tasty.

MBAustin 02-19-2019 04:03 PM

On the art question, if the artist paints in oil, a lithograph won't have the texture and depth you often get from an oil painting. DFIL loves original art and his apartment could be an art gallery. We have a number of original oils and watercolors in various price ranges ($100 up to $5,000) as well as a lot of prints - we like art on our walls. If she really likes the artist and you want to make her really happy, just do it (although do heed the insurance warning from W2R above).

Our "blow that dough" treat for the past 18 months has been to get a large bouquet of fresh flowers every month from a European-style florist near us. DH likes them as much or more as I do, so although it started out as a birthday gift for me, we've kept it up.

explanade 02-19-2019 05:30 PM

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Originally Posted by ExFlyBoy5 (Post 2193673)
Looking at some of the food pics on Google, it looks pretty darn tasty.


Google Maps says it's a Mediterranean restaurant?

Or maybe it's just Italian?

What's popular in the Caribbean? Do they have their own style of cuisine or is it mostly tailored for American tastes?


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