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On 11/8/2019 at 10:52 AM, kutta said:

Weird thing is, I generally hate yard work. I live in Arizona and we have lots of illegals that do yard work very cheaply. I always considered it money well spent.

But, we also have a small house Nothern AZ, with nice grass and a white picket fence around it. And for some reason, I LOVE taking care of that yard. I go up most weekends, crack open a beer, and mow and trim it, and totally enjoy it.

Of course, it's 20 degrees cooler up there than in Phoenix, but I think there's more to it than that.

Hey neighbor. 

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Neighbor Tiffany got her money's worth on her boobs, at least from what I can see.

Weber grill.  Paid close to $900 for it 6 years ago.  Still rock solid and cooks as even as the day I bought it with no more maintenance than cleaning it.

There really isn't such a thing as a good cheap paint brush.  You can see how much better the good ones work.

23 hours ago, whoknew said:

Ehhh, yeah, it's easier, but is it really worth it over a regular decently corkscrew? 

I actually have both and find myself reaching for the corkscrew far more often. 

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7 hours ago, BeTheMatch said:

My eyes are very sensitive to light, and I'm told that Lasik would make that even worse, so there's no way I can do it. But, boy, it would be nice. Lasers do scare me, though.

I found that faded after a couple months along with the night vision stuff.

Best money I ever spent.

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Man the Lasik testimonials are interseting. I’ve foregone contacts since scratching my cornea but even the dependence on glasses is annoying. And I am admittedly vain so being able to go without is tempting.

On topic: Luxardo maraschino cherries. Will never make a Manhattan with any other. 

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16 hours ago, Dentist said:

Better vacation destinations.  Like no one would choose Mexico or the Dominican if they had the money and knew how much better Barbados or Turks and Caicos is.

Same goes for one’s place of residence. Assuming you can afford it, I have no idea why people choose to live in ~40 of the 50 states.

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15 hours ago, Otis said:

Tell me more about LASIK. Contacts aren’t that tremendous a PIA, but then again LASIK might be nice. I’m just concerned about being in that small percentage of people whose procedures doesn’t go well. Why screw with your vision. Seems like an unnecessary risk. 

A small percentage of people have serious problems with contacts as well. Why not play it safer and stick with glasses?

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15 minutes ago, Terminalxylem said:

A small percentage of people have serious problems with contacts as well. Why not play it safer and stick with glasses?

I don’t mind glasses 🤷‍♂️

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6 hours ago, Zow said:

Ehhh, yeah, it's easier, but is it really worth it over a regular decently corkscrew? 

I actually have both and find myself reaching for the corkscrew far more often. 

Agree and I don’t even drink wine.  But my wife does...and who can blame her.

We’ve probably had every type of wine opener invented.  There’s an electric one gathering dust somewhere around here. 

The waiter’s wine opener is still the go-to. Can’t beat it.  https://images.app.goo.gl/PiboEAvq2iZdxo1R6

We’ve got at least 3 in the house.  I even keep one in my travel  shaving kit since it opens beer bottles too. 

 

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2 minutes ago, Mister CIA said:

Google Play music for $10 month comes with ad-free youtube.  No ragrets.

Never tried Google Play.  How does it compare to Spotify?

And YouTube connects directly to the Obama microchip the put into to you when you get a flu shot.

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7 minutes ago, McJose said:

Never tried Google Play.  How does it compare to Spotify?

And YouTube connects directly to the Obama microchip the put into to you when you get a flu shot.

As far as I know, there are no significant differences between Spotify and Google Play content, save maybe for some one-off Taylor Swift exclusivity you get with Spotify or Apple Music.

Eta: I think Spotify comes with free basic Hulu, which might be the plus some prefer.

 

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On 11/8/2019 at 5:03 PM, Birdie048 said:

Paper towels are great!  The TP is too flimsy compared to Charmin.  Takes several more sheets to do the job!

Agree 1000%. Wife and 2 daughters complained constantly every day until Costco TP was gone. 

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16 hours ago, NutterButter said:

Rao's tomato sauce

that stuff is like $9/jar!

i've given up on buying sauce and just go with cheese & pepper these days

Tbh, I don't really like Rao's that much...however much it costs. 

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Along with all those who said "shoes":

Socks.

Lousy socks can ruin wearing any good shoes. Too cold, hot & sweating, sliding down into shoes, too tight --- bad socks suck all day. With good shoes and good socks your feet are fine all day.

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10 hours ago, Fishboy said:

Agree 1000%. Wife and 2 daughters complained constantly every day until Costco TP was gone. 

I put the Kirkland (Costco Brand TP) in the boys bathroom... let them deal with it!  We have Charmin in the Master & Powder room now! 

 

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On 11/9/2019 at 9:30 PM, Terminalxylem said:

Same goes for one’s place of residence. Assuming you can afford it, I have no idea why people choose to live in ~40 of the 50 states.

I'd want to live near my family regardless of affordability.  Also cost of living is such a huge factor in wealth accumulation.  It's one thing to pick somewhere nicer for a week. Years is a different story

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1 hour ago, Dentist said:

I'd want to live near my family regardless of affordability.  Also cost of living is such a huge factor in wealth accumulation.  It's one thing to pick somewhere nicer for a week. Years is a different story

Sure, but if you live somewhere nice, family and friends will have a place to visit. Meanwhile, you get to enjoy it year round. And assuming your handle reflects your occupation, you shouldn't have trouble retiring regardless.

I prioritize being active outdoors, so really what I'm talking about is living in climates where you're forced indoors several months a year. That describes a good chunk of the country.

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4 hours ago, Dentist said:

I'd want to live near my family regardless of affordability.  Also cost of living is such a huge factor in wealth accumulation.  It's one thing to pick somewhere nicer for a week. Years is a different story

which is why i never understood football players not wanting to max out their dollars by playing in Green Bay

a minimum contract here puts you in the top 1%.  everything is cheap.

a minimum contract in NY, Miami, LA, etc. puts you solidly in the middle. maybe. 

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4 hours ago, Terminalxylem said:

Sure, but if you live somewhere nice, family and friends will have a place to visit. Meanwhile, you get to enjoy it year round. And assuming your handle reflects your occupation, you shouldn't have trouble retiring regardless.

I prioritize being active outdoors, so really what I'm talking about is living in climates where you're forced indoors several months a year. That describes a good chunk of the country.

Interestingly enough I have a sister who lives in Ft. Myers, so she's in a wonderful climate.   I haven't visited her in 10 years, nor have her friends, my dad hates traveling to her and will only do it once per year out of obligation.   I've seen similar experiences with multiple people..  people with homes in the Caribbean and such..  people just won't go out of their way to come to you... whereas now I live 5 min from my parents and my kids have a wonderful relationship with their grandparents...  my sisters kids barely have any relationship with them by comparison.

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On 11/9/2019 at 7:07 PM, Sand said:

I found that faded after a couple months along with the night vision stuff.

Best money I ever spent.

Any tips on finding a good Lasik doctor?

There are several in my area.  One always likes to brag that he is "top 5" in the country but who knows if it's the truth.

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5 hours ago, Terminalxylem said:

Sure, but if you live somewhere nice, family and friends will have a place to visit. Meanwhile, you get to enjoy it year round. And assuming your handle reflects your occupation, you shouldn't have trouble retiring regardless.

I prioritize being active outdoors, so really what I'm talking about is living in climates where you're forced indoors several months a year. That describes a good chunk of the country.

You know, very recently humans invented this device called a jacket. No ####. 

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7 hours ago, mr. furley said:

which is why i never understood football players not wanting to max out their dollars by playing in Green Bay

a minimum contract here puts you in the top 1%.  everything is cheap.

a minimum contract in NY, Miami, LA, etc. puts you solidly in the middle. maybe. 

If NFL players had some semblance of fiscal responsibility, they could live and retire comfortably just about anywhere on the planet. Personally, I’d take a big pay cut to play for San Diego, San Fran, Seattle or Denver.

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7 hours ago, Dentist said:

Interestingly enough I have a sister who lives in Ft. Myers, so she's in a wonderful climate.   I haven't visited her in 10 years, nor have her friends, my dad hates traveling to her and will only do it once per year out of obligation.   I've seen similar experiences with multiple people..  people with homes in the Caribbean and such..  people just won't go out of their way to come to you... whereas now I live 5 min from my parents and my kids have a wonderful relationship with their grandparents...  my sisters kids barely have any relationship with them by comparison.

Hmmm. I’ve had little trouble with people visiting me in Hawaii. And I made the trip to visit my sister when she was in San Fran, but never in New Hampshire.
 

I wouldn’t want to go to Ft. Myers either.

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49 minutes ago, Terminalxylem said:

If NFL players had some semblance of fiscal responsibility, they could live and retire comfortably just about anywhere on the planet. Personally, I’d take a big pay cut to play for San Diego, San Fran, Seattle or Denver.

Well Terminalxylem, I have some bad news...

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9 hours ago, mr. furley said:

which is why i never understood football players not wanting to max out their dollars by playing in Green Bay

a minimum contract here puts you in the top 1%.  everything is cheap.

a minimum contract in NY, Miami, LA, etc. puts you solidly in the middle. maybe. 

No income tax in Florida makes a huge difference. And not like you have to live there year round or retire there.

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Razors/razor blades. There's probably something better, and I've tried many of the alternatives recommended here in various threads, but the top end Gilletttes really seem to do the least amount of damage to my face and last longer.

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