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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2850 on: November 17, 2020, 09:45:28 AM »
Stupid thing lusting after: 1989 Lexus LS 400, white, with low miles. Pretty much all I've ever owned is work trucks and motorcycles, somehow this old boat seems like the height of class to me.

I have thought about getting a low mile LS400 many times myself. Last time I checked they were priced similarly to a used Yaris, which makes them seem like such a good deal.
Personally I'd go for a 1998-2001 because I like those headlights better.

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« Reply #2851 on: November 17, 2020, 12:39:28 PM »
Stupid thing lusting after: 1989 Lexus LS 400, white, with low miles. Pretty much all I've ever owned is work trucks and motorcycles, somehow this old boat seems like the height of class to me.

I have thought about getting a low mile LS400 many times myself. Last time I checked they were priced similarly to a used Yaris, which makes them seem like such a good deal.
Personally I'd go for a 1998-2001 because I like those headlights better.
Not to mention OBDII, which will make it a lot easier to fix on the rare occasions when it needs it.

Sometimes I lust for an Avalon, because I've heard they're a dream on long trips.  The problem is that we take trips as a family, so the minivan is the vehicle for us.  If it's just DW and I (maybe twice a decade), we'll just fly.

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« Reply #2852 on: November 17, 2020, 05:06:00 PM »
A new cutting board. Unsure what type of wood/bamboo. Something natural material. Suggestions welcome.
Recently bought some good Victorinox Fibrox knives and realized my el cheapo Walmart board might be ruining the knives.

Don't use bamboo if you don't want to ruin knives, it's terrible for knife chipping.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2853 on: November 17, 2020, 05:52:02 PM »
Stupid thing lusting after: 1989 Lexus LS 400, white, with low miles. Pretty much all I've ever owned is work trucks and motorcycles, somehow this old boat seems like the height of class to me.

I have thought about getting a low mile LS400 many times myself. Last time I checked they were priced similarly to a used Yaris, which makes them seem like such a good deal.
Personally I'd go for a 1998-2001 because I like those headlights better.
Not to mention OBDII, which will make it a lot easier to fix on the rare occasions when it needs it.

Sometimes I lust for an Avalon, because I've heard they're a dream on long trips.  The problem is that we take trips as a family, so the minivan is the vehicle for us.  If it's just DW and I (maybe twice a decade), we'll just fly.

Ha, I found a very inexpensive Avalon from a friends parents for my daughter when she started driving. Senior owned, so it had a few scrapes,, but low miles and a stack of paperwork.
It is a very comfortable car, but not as classy as a Lexus! Great teen car, safe, reliable, not a sports car!

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« Reply #2854 on: November 18, 2020, 06:17:32 AM »
Triumph Bonneville T120
Last night the neighbor rolled up on a brand new one.

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« Reply #2855 on: November 18, 2020, 10:18:13 AM »
Triumph Bonneville T120
Last night the neighbor rolled up on a brand new one.


That's a "lust-worthy" bike.  What color do you want? 


I've been lustfully reading about the Moto Guzzi Stelvio, which has been discontinued & I don't see one available nearby.  So, I'm safe from trying to justify looking at one.  "Out of reach" is a good thing.  ;)

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« Reply #2856 on: November 18, 2020, 12:02:02 PM »
Macbook Air with M1 ARM CPU.

Maybe not all that stupid though, because the cost delta between that and the resale value of my three year old Dell XPS15 is only a couple hundred bucks...also if anybody wants an XPS15 9560, let me know :P

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« Reply #2857 on: November 18, 2020, 01:06:36 PM »
Still want the Tri-motor, 500 mile range Tesla Cyber Truck

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« Reply #2858 on: November 18, 2020, 01:08:40 PM »
An Aerogarden.  I can't keep my herbs alive in my windowsill, but somehow I think a countertop hydroponic setup will magically turn my thumb not-brown.

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« Reply #2859 on: November 18, 2020, 03:49:40 PM »
An airplane. Like an RV-14 or a Backcountry Super Cub.

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« Reply #2860 on: November 18, 2020, 04:17:08 PM »
An airplane. Like an RV-14 or a Backcountry Super Cub.

If you buy one, you should bring it to AK. There is much to see up here with such a plane. (Let me know if you need a local guide)

That doesn't look half as bad as I expected... Of course property with/on an airstrip and a shop would add bit to the total.


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« Reply #2861 on: November 19, 2020, 07:25:33 AM »
An airplane. Like an RV-14 or a Backcountry Super Cub.

If you buy one, you should bring it to AK. There is much to see up here with such a plane. (Let me know if you need a local guide)

That doesn't look half as bad as I expected... Of course property with/on an airstrip and a shop would add bit to the total.
Yeah, I'm in the same boat--I want my own airplane, hangar, and private airstrip right next to my house.  As I've heard time and time again, it's an unrealistic dream (it's a lot more costly and maintenance-intensive than you think, and less convenient than you hope), but still it persists :)

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« Reply #2862 on: November 19, 2020, 09:00:51 AM »
I came here to tell that I pulled the plug on a Ä70 purchase that I've been looking at for months...only to read about cars and motorbikes. Seems like I'm not doing that bad at all.

I had used the same mishmash of dishes ever since I went to college (I'm 30 now) and most of them weren't new them but handed down from family. They were all cracked and chipped but since most nights I are from a meal prep container straight from the microwave it wasn't a big issue. During the first lockdown a family member passed from Covid, I inherited their large dining room table and I bought a nice set of dishes so we could have meals in style (since I wfh they are actually used every day now).

As a mustachian I bought only the basics: dinner plates, deep plates and soup bowls. I figured I wouldn't use other dishes. Well, I was wrong, I kept using my old small bowls and breakfast plates. When one of the last old breakfast plates broke this week I knew it was time to finally place the order. I have small bowls, breakfast plates and even butter knives now! Had wanted to get those for years but never did. Extra bonus: I ordered online from a local independent tablewear shop. My love for beautiful dishes started as a little girl when I would pass that shop and gaze through the shop window. And they deliver on bike!

Spending 70 E on something beautiful that you use every day and that brings you joy is money well spent imho.



My current lust is for a chandelier for my entry way. I have a perfectly good light fixture there, but it doesn't really fit in with my decor any more.
I agree.  I think we eat with our eyes more than we realize. If you make each meal you prepare and eat a little bit of a celebration, money well spent.

It's been a great purchase. All new items have been used daily since I got them. And.... I splurged on something else. A nice, good quality matching tablecloth. The inherited table came with a few, but not all are my style. And they are all handmade by my family member and I'd like to save them for special occasions. So I bought a simple, everyday tablecloth and I guess I'm done buying now!

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« Reply #2863 on: November 19, 2020, 09:39:29 AM »
Here is a place in MN with a private air strip and hangar

https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/32240-70th-Ave-Cushing-MN-56443/96999574_zpid/

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2864 on: November 19, 2020, 09:53:39 AM »
i want to move to idaho.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2865 on: November 19, 2020, 10:03:52 AM »
An airplane. Like an RV-14 or a Backcountry Super Cub.

If you buy one, you should bring it to AK. There is much to see up here with such a plane. (Let me know if you need a local guide)

That doesn't look half as bad as I expected... Of course property with/on an airstrip and a shop would add bit to the total.
Yeah, I'm in the same boat--I want my own airplane, hangar, and private airstrip right next to my house.  As I've heard time and time again, it's an unrealistic dream (it's a lot more costly and maintenance-intensive than you think, and less convenient than you hope), but still it persists :)

It's actually pretty common up here. AK had the highest number of small planes per capita in the world last I looked. There's private strip less than 1/4 mile from my house and a small airport (with a lake for water/ski landings) about a mile the other direction. The neighborhood around the airport has super low stop signs so planes can use the streets to get to the airport... That is more expensive than a private strip  though.

In line with this thread, I have been lusting after a water front property with a view of the mountains lately. I just need to find one that doesn't have a huge house on it already so that I can build something more practical.

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« Reply #2866 on: November 19, 2020, 10:16:40 AM »
(it's a lot more costly and maintenance-intensive than you think, and less convenient than you hope), but still it persists :)

Yup, that's one of the reasons I'm interested in experimental: you are allowed to do your own maintenance. But, it's still really expensive. Those planes listed use about 10 gallons of 100LL per hour, which is about $50/hr just in fuel. Unless you live in the middle of nowhere it just isn't a realistic goal. I mean, I could OMY a couple of years and afford it, but I think I'd rather do something else with my life because I don't actually want to live in a rural community.
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« Reply #2867 on: November 19, 2020, 11:01:59 AM »
(it's a lot more costly and maintenance-intensive than you think, and less convenient than you hope), but still it persists :)

Yup, that's one of the reasons I'm interested in experimental: you are allowed to do your own maintenance. But, it's still really expensive. Those planes listed use about 10 gallons of 100LL per hour, which is about $50/hr just in fuel. Unless you live in the middle of nowhere it just isn't a realistic goal. I mean, I could OMY a couple of years and afford it, but I think I'd rather do something else with my life because I don't actually want to live in a rural community.

I've been thinking of getting a private license and IF i really enjoy flying, then making it into a sort of barista FIRE sort of job. Probably as a CFI since flying around this area is absolutely stunning and someone else would pay for the fuel... If I don't enjoy it as much as I hope, I'll have to find something else to do like build a house with a view...

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« Reply #2868 on: November 19, 2020, 11:12:25 AM »
Alternatepriorities,

I've actually had similar thoughts around becoming a helicopter pilot and taking some random helicopter jobs (inspecting power lines, flying to oil platforms, etc). But at this point I'm leaning more towards vagabonding for a few years and then maybe finding a flat in a cheap European city.

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« Reply #2869 on: November 19, 2020, 11:25:11 AM »
Alternatepriorities,

I've actually had similar thoughts around becoming a helicopter pilot and taking some random helicopter jobs (inspecting power lines, flying to oil platforms, etc). But at this point I'm leaning more towards vagabonding for a few years and then maybe finding a flat in a cheap European city.

Yeah, If DW was ready to be done, I think there is a pretty good chance we would start with Vagabonding. She will probably work for a few more years though so I'm looking for something to do that I enjoy more than making money...

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« Reply #2870 on: November 19, 2020, 01:45:41 PM »
(it's a lot more costly and maintenance-intensive than you think, and less convenient than you hope), but still it persists :)

Yup, that's one of the reasons I'm interested in experimental: you are allowed to do your own maintenance. But, it's still really expensive. Those planes listed use about 10 gallons of 100LL per hour, which is about $50/hr just in fuel. Unless you live in the middle of nowhere it just isn't a realistic goal. I mean, I could OMY a couple of years and afford it, but I think I'd rather do something else with my life because I don't actually want to live in a rural community.
Doing your own maintenance (beyond simple things like changing the oil) only applies to an airplane you built yourself, so even if you bought an E-AB aircraft from someone else, you still have to take it to an A&P.  That said, depending on the plane, engine, and speed, burning <5GPH is very doable.

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« Reply #2871 on: November 19, 2020, 02:07:02 PM »
(it's a lot more costly and maintenance-intensive than you think, and less convenient than you hope), but still it persists :)

Yup, that's one of the reasons I'm interested in experimental: you are allowed to do your own maintenance. But, it's still really expensive. Those planes listed use about 10 gallons of 100LL per hour, which is about $50/hr just in fuel. Unless you live in the middle of nowhere it just isn't a realistic goal. I mean, I could OMY a couple of years and afford it, but I think I'd rather do something else with my life because I don't actually want to live in a rural community.
Doing your own maintenance (beyond simple things like changing the oil) only applies to an airplane you built yourself, so even if you bought an E-AB aircraft from someone else, you still have to take it to an A&P.  That said, depending on the plane, engine, and speed, burning <5GPH is very doable.

Fortunately my BIL is an A&P who wants to get his pilots license... so if I did really get into flying, became a CFI, and bought a plane we could probably work something out.

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« Reply #2872 on: November 19, 2020, 04:58:37 PM »
Doing your own maintenance (beyond simple things like changing the oil) only applies to an airplane you built yourself, so even if you bought an E-AB aircraft from someone else, you still have to take it to an A&P.  That said, depending on the plane, engine, and speed, burning <5GPH is very doable.

Yup, the Waiex comes to mind, and it will run automobile fuel with most or all of the engine options. But at that point you aircraft isn't all the utilitarian.
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« Reply #2873 on: November 22, 2020, 11:07:06 PM »
I've been wanting a new TV for the best part of a year...I reckon I'll probably cave if the Black Friday sales are any good.

I've recently started looking at getting a pressure washer. I was going to borrow my dad's yesterday to clean the concrete here, but it broke. It wouldn't go to waste, I could use it to wash my car.
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« Reply #2874 on: November 23, 2020, 12:09:53 AM »
A new cutting board. Unsure what type of wood/bamboo. Something natural material. Suggestions welcome.
Recently bought some good Victorinox Fibrox knives and realized my el cheapo Walmart board might be ruining the knives.

Do your homework on the bamboo boards before buying.  Some are as hard as plastic for the knives. 

End grain regular wood is what you want. I got mine made out of oak and ash from a local wood working shop.  Maybe not the cheapest option but it'll last a lifetime and I like it.  On top of that I supported a semi-local small business owner and craftsman. :)

If you want something that can be run through a dishwasher, there are also some "softer" synthetic boards these days where the cutting surface is made by some sort of silicone or something like that.  I have no experience with those.

A look through the recommendations at https://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/ might help for specific US-based sellers.
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« Reply #2875 on: November 23, 2020, 07:53:37 AM »
a coffee table that converts to a dining table.  The attractive ones are ghastly expensive.

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« Reply #2876 on: November 23, 2020, 08:56:20 AM »
One of the new AMD graphics cards. I really wanted an upgrade, but now I'm hoping the stock will be low so I won't be tempted.

It's nice to see AMD finally competitive with Nvidia again. AMD has really been knocking it out of the park recently. I may be upgrading my wife's workstation with the Ryzen 5000 series soon so she can do contracting work with it (very CPU intensive).

Yes it is nice to see more competition in the GPU space. I hope to upgrade from my Ryzen 3000 series in a couple years, hopefully the Ryzen 5000x CPUs will also be cheaper once they become prior gen.

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« Reply #2877 on: November 23, 2020, 08:58:38 AM »
An Aerogarden.  I can't keep my herbs alive in my windowsill, but somehow I think a countertop hydroponic setup will magically turn my thumb not-brown.

Check marketplace or craigslist, I see Aerogardens posted occasionally.

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« Reply #2878 on: November 23, 2020, 10:39:11 AM »
I've been lusting after the LIT Motors C1 vehicle for years.  Unfortunately it doesn't seem like it is every going to be built.  Seems like the perfect vehicle to me, also makes riding a motorcycle a lot safer. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B432iLNXkQ8

Seems like the only vehicles I like that are concept never get built.

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« Reply #2879 on: November 23, 2020, 11:20:12 AM »
An Aerogarden.  I can't keep my herbs alive in my windowsill, but somehow I think a countertop hydroponic setup will magically turn my thumb not-brown.

Check marketplace or craigslist, I see Aerogardens posted occasionally.

There are a few listed in the <$100 range, but none extremely close by.  Maybe after xmas there will be more options.  Thanks for the tip!

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« Reply #2880 on: November 23, 2020, 11:33:05 AM »
An Aerogarden.  I can't keep my herbs alive in my windowsill, but somehow I think a countertop hydroponic setup will magically turn my thumb not-brown.
Good one!!! I want one of those too!

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« Reply #2881 on: November 23, 2020, 10:14:29 PM »
A retaining wall.

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« Reply #2882 on: November 24, 2020, 06:33:55 AM »
A retaining wall.

I 10000% get this. We were looking at having one put in earlier this year and I got the worst sticker shock.  Even just buying the materials costs a ton. 

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« Reply #2883 on: November 24, 2020, 11:11:34 AM »
A tummy tuck and brachioplasty.  I've lost 130+ lbs and have a healthy BMI now.  The loose skin from my heavy days makes my pants fit tightly in the gut.  I had a quote from a plastic surgeon in Mexico but going to Mexico for elective surgery in the current pandemic crisis would be crazy.  Maybe after I get a COVID vaccine.  All you wise mustachians may already know this, but plastic surgery does not quality for HSA use, sadly.  I'd have to be ready to shell out like $14K for everything I would get done all at one time. 

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« Reply #2884 on: November 24, 2020, 12:18:04 PM »
A retaining wall.

I 10000% get this. We were looking at having one put in earlier this year and I got the worst sticker shock.  Even just buying the materials costs a ton.

Sticker shock for sure.  We recently got the retaining wall quoted plus a secondary wall plus a sidewalk and slab. It would solve a number of problems and finish an area that is muddy and difficult to use right now. Since Iíve been lusting after it for five years and the desire is only growing, we will probably do it.

As far as things go, the bigger the price tag, the longer I force myself to long for it before pulling the trigger. Some desires go away.  Some eventually get purchased.

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« Reply #2885 on: November 24, 2020, 01:43:52 PM »
Its probably not stupid but I feel like I'm lusting because I cannot stop thinking about it. I want to install a small solar system. I got a few quotes and decided if I go through with it that I want to pay cash and not get into a lease. I'm trying to convince my DW that we will recoup our costs in about 4.5 years given the tax credits we will also receive.

I want, I want, I want!!!

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« Reply #2886 on: November 24, 2020, 02:15:26 PM »
Its probably not stupid but I feel like I'm lusting because I cannot stop thinking about it. I want to install a small solar system. I got a few quotes and decided if I go through with it that I want to pay cash and not get into a lease. I'm trying to convince my DW that we will recoup our costs in about 4.5 years given the tax credits we will also receive.

I want, I want, I want!!!

I want solar too, but I live in Canada, don't think the payback would be the same as it is in Arizona or some southern state.  Also aside from Telsa, they are kind of ugly and the wife won't stand for that.

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« Reply #2887 on: November 24, 2020, 04:32:33 PM »
A tummy tuck and brachioplasty.  I've lost 130+ lbs and have a healthy BMI now.  The loose skin from my heavy days makes my pants fit tightly in the gut.  I had a quote from a plastic surgeon in Mexico but going to Mexico for elective surgery in the current pandemic crisis would be crazy.  Maybe after I get a COVID vaccine.  All you wise mustachians may already know this, but plastic surgery does not quality for HSA use, sadly.  I'd have to be ready to shell out like $14K for everything I would get done all at one time.

Please watch a couple episodes of Botched for those patients who went to other countries for plastic surgery.  It is absolutely horrifying, not to say it doesn't happen in the US but the regulations/qualifications are not equal.

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« Reply #2888 on: November 24, 2020, 07:58:11 PM »
Its probably not stupid but I feel like I'm lusting because I cannot stop thinking about it. I want to install a small solar system. I got a few quotes and decided if I go through with it that I want to pay cash and not get into a lease. I'm trying to convince my DW that we will recoup our costs in about 4.5 years given the tax credits we will also receive.

I want, I want, I want!!!
I do have to agree with you on that. They certainly aren't attractive on a roof and the thought of poking holes in my 5 year old roof makes me a little uneasy. I would never do this installation myself although it would save me probably 50% or more of the costs. But with high electric rates here its a "no brainer". 

I want solar too, but I live in Canada, don't think the payback would be the same as it is in Arizona or some southern state.  Also aside from Telsa, they are kind of ugly and the wife won't stand for that.

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« Reply #2889 on: November 25, 2020, 01:53:14 AM »
I want to install a small solar system.

I read that and wondered where you're going to put a sun and 9  (or so) planets!

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« Reply #2890 on: November 25, 2020, 06:54:42 AM »
A tummy tuck and brachioplasty.  I've lost 130+ lbs and have a healthy BMI now.  The loose skin from my heavy days makes my pants fit tightly in the gut.  I had a quote from a plastic surgeon in Mexico but going to Mexico for elective surgery in the current pandemic crisis would be crazy.  Maybe after I get a COVID vaccine.  All you wise mustachians may already know this, but plastic surgery does not quality for HSA use, sadly.  I'd have to be ready to shell out like $14K for everything I would get done all at one time.

Please watch a couple episodes of Botched for those patients who went to other countries for plastic surgery.  It is absolutely horrifying, not to say it doesn't happen in the US but the regulations/qualifications are not equal.

It very, very much depends on where you have the surgery (source: I have two friends who had this surgery and both did thorough research). There are certainly countries where medical procedures are not up to the same standard but there are also countries where that's not an issue at all. The only issue is that if you go abroad to these countries, you're supposed to stay there for a while to get check-ups and heal. So you'd need to find an apartment and someone who wants to go there with you for a couple of weeks.

When I read on this forum how expensive all types of medical care are in the US, I'm always surprised not more people go abroad. For example, I'm pretty sure that for extensive dental treatment it would be cheaper to fly to Europe, for example. Our dentists are not cheaper because their care is worse but because they don't have 6 figures of student loans to pay off.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2891 on: November 25, 2020, 12:53:17 PM »
A Peloton Tread.  I've wanted one since they came out in 2018 but they are stupid expensive.  They're coming out with a slightly less clown version so I might put the pennies together for that one when they come out in the spring.

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« Reply #2892 on: November 26, 2020, 07:15:46 AM »
A tummy tuck and brachioplasty.  I've lost 130+ lbs and have a healthy BMI now.  The loose skin from my heavy days makes my pants fit tightly in the gut.  I had a quote from a plastic surgeon in Mexico but going to Mexico for elective surgery in the current pandemic crisis would be crazy.  Maybe after I get a COVID vaccine.  All you wise mustachians may already know this, but plastic surgery does not quality for HSA use, sadly.  I'd have to be ready to shell out like $14K for everything I would get done all at one time.

Please watch a couple episodes of Botched for those patients who went to other countries for plastic surgery.  It is absolutely horrifying, not to say it doesn't happen in the US but the regulations/qualifications are not equal.

As a medical professional, I would never, ever, ever engage in medical tourism, especially not for major, high risk surgery.

Not only are the regulations and qualifications not the same in other countries, the recourse options for things going wrong are not there.

Also, there's a huge difference between getting medical care in Mexico vs getting medical care from a Mexican medical tourism clinic. Those are different industries, and my friends in Mexico wouldn't go to those places, but are well served by their own doctors

I've attended a number of lectures by PhDs who do their research on medical and dental tourism in Mexico and they can't even get access to information about their standards of care, it's so opaque that no one can. They have, however, been able to talk to a number of doctors working for these companies who complain about the standards. They are good quality professionals who want to do good work, but they don't own the clinics, so they don't actually have control over the standard of care.

I'm in Canada where we're regulated up to our eyeballs, and even then, when my mom needed a breast reduction, I was ruthless in my assessment of surgeons and wouldn't let her see anyone except for the very, very best breast guy in the city.

So much can go wrong with plastic surgery, ESPECIALLY post-weightloss surgery. This is one of the most demanding areas of expertise with the largest risk of poor outcomes and complications.

I know a number of high quality Canadian plastic surgeons who won't even do it because they're not willing to take on the risks of bad outcomes. The standard wisdom here is that if the surgeon hasn't done at least a hundred of these procedures, to proceed with extreme caution.

I would never, ever get this kind of procedure done in a jurisdiction where I have absolutely no recourse for poor outcomes or major complications.

Do whatever is right for you, but please don't assume that there's some kind of surgical equivalency between all of your options. The range of outcomes can be ENORMOUS.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2893 on: November 28, 2020, 06:56:36 PM »
Alternatepriorities,

I've actually had similar thoughts around becoming a helicopter pilot and taking some random helicopter jobs (inspecting power lines, flying to oil platforms, etc). But at this point I'm leaning more towards vagabonding for a few years and then maybe finding a flat in a cheap European city.

Those jobs go to people with lots and lots of hours.  Getting a private helicopter pilot's license is very unlikely to get you any of the types of job you list.  Many of our Navy helicopter pilot friends struggle to get those jobs, especially the better ones, because they go to army helo guys with thousands of rotary wing hours. 

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2894 on: November 28, 2020, 07:01:27 PM »
Alternatepriorities,

I've actually had similar thoughts around becoming a helicopter pilot and taking some random helicopter jobs (inspecting power lines, flying to oil platforms, etc). But at this point I'm leaning more towards vagabonding for a few years and then maybe finding a flat in a cheap European city.

Those jobs go to people with lots and lots of hours.  Getting a private helicopter pilot's license is very unlikely to get you any of the types of job you list.  Many of our Navy helicopter pilot friends struggle to get those jobs, especially the better ones, because they go to army helo guys with thousands of rotary wing hours.

I'm not saying that you are wrong, but that's always been the case for all aircraft jobs. That is, once upon a time (especially right after the Vietnam war ended) everyone working for any outfit was ex-military. Getting enough hours to compete with ex-military folks is always a challenge if you are civilian, fixed wing or otherwise.

But, point taken as there are less opportunities in the rotor-craft world to build up your hours.
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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2895 on: November 28, 2020, 07:05:04 PM »
Alternatepriorities,

I've actually had similar thoughts around becoming a helicopter pilot and taking some random helicopter jobs (inspecting power lines, flying to oil platforms, etc). But at this point I'm leaning more towards vagabonding for a few years and then maybe finding a flat in a cheap European city.

Those jobs go to people with lots and lots of hours.  Getting a private helicopter pilot's license is very unlikely to get you any of the types of job you list.  Many of our Navy helicopter pilot friends struggle to get those jobs, especially the better ones, because they go to army helo guys with thousands of rotary wing hours.

I'm not saying that you are wrong, but that's always been the case for all aircraft jobs. That is, once upon a time (especially right after the Vietnam war ended) everyone working for any outfit was ex-military. Getting enough hours to compete with ex-military folks is always a challenge if you are civilian, fixed wing or otherwise.

But, point taken.

Oh, most definitely.  Helo jobs tend to go army because their helo pilots get more hours, but on the fixed wing side, it's still hard for anyone to compete with the hours of a military pilot. 


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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2896 on: November 28, 2020, 07:05:35 PM »
I'm lusting over homes.

We are likely moving soon, and will rent.  We don't yet know for sure where we are going, but have a good idea of the most likely outcome, so I've been stalking rental sites.  I want space, and I want nice finishes.  This would be in a location that isn't super great for me (the suburbs, unless we are willing to commit to a very long commute).  I think knowing that I wont' be in the middle of a vibrant, walkable community is making me want a big (~2400sqft) fancy house.  I'm looking at photos of garages like they are porn. 

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2897 on: November 28, 2020, 07:05:43 PM »
I really want to get a Big Green Egg.

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« Reply #2898 on: November 28, 2020, 07:06:18 PM »
When I read on this forum how expensive all types of medical care are in the US, I'm always surprised not more people go abroad. For example, I'm pretty sure that for extensive dental treatment it would be cheaper to fly to Europe, for example. Our dentists are not cheaper because their care is worse but because they don't have 6 figures of student loans to pay off.

Yup, my mom flew to Thailand to get a bone graft (in her jaw, for an implant). She had a local friend that vetted the surgeon and had a very good experience.

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« Reply #2899 on: November 29, 2020, 10:58:39 AM »
When I read on this forum how expensive all types of medical care are in the US, I'm always surprised not more people go abroad. For example, I'm pretty sure that for extensive dental treatment it would be cheaper to fly to Europe, for example. Our dentists are not cheaper because their care is worse but because they don't have 6 figures of student loans to pay off.

Yup, my mom flew to Thailand to get a bone graft (in her jaw, for an implant). She had a local friend that vetted the surgeon and had a very good experience.

Just FTR, the cost of dental care has absolutely nothing to do with the fees paid for schools. The two aren't connected.

The fees in dentistry are high because of the astronomical costs of equipment, supplies, rent, and staff. Assistants and hygienists where I live make A LOT more than they do in Europe.

I know dentists working all over the world. Their debt has no impact on what the market will bear for their services. The same with law, or any other form of education.