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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #600 on: February 28, 2017, 09:05:48 AM »
After looking at rental prices or hiring someone to clear about a quarter acre of land it was going to be $3500 to $7500!  I bought a 1989 CAT 436, that needed a little work.  I planned to sell it as soon as I was finished that project for a little profit...but it's such a useful powerful tool I can't get myself to get rid of it.  There's no way I could afford it (at least make sense to keep it) if I didn't do all of my own work on it tough.  Old equipment requires maintenance.

Yea, I've got quite a few projects I could get done.  I can rent a machine for around $3,000 per month and might be able to get a lot of my projects done in a  couple months, however I'm thinking of buying a +/- $20,000 machine, using it for a couple years, then selling if I'm all done with it.  As long as I don't have a big breakdown, cost won't be much different and I will have a lot longer to use it.

Clam shell loader bucket would be real handy for grabbing logs, etc.

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« Reply #601 on: February 28, 2017, 09:17:52 AM »
A golf cart. Thats the stupid thng I am lusting over. Spring always does that to me, and it used to be that I lusted after a convertible automobile, but now it is a senior citizen golf cart. Haha They are popular here in my city.

I keep telling myself that my dog would love it! 

So, I plan to rent one for a few days, a couple of times. Then, if it isnt too much  hassle to store, I may buy one. But perhaps renting one will scratch that itch and I will not move on to buy one.
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« Reply #602 on: February 28, 2017, 09:20:01 AM »
Coilovers. It's gonna happen one day if someone doesn't stop me.



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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #603 on: February 28, 2017, 09:23:00 AM »
A golf cart. Thats the stupid thng I am lusting over. Spring always does that to me, and it used to be that I lusted after a convertible automobile, but now it is a senior citizen gold cart. Haha They are popular here in my city.

I keep telling myself that my dog would love it! 

So, I plan to rent one for a few days, a couple of times. Then, if it isnt too mich hassle to store, I may buy one. But perhaps renting one will scratch that itch and I will not move on to buy one.

My husband is lusting after one of these:


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« Reply #604 on: February 28, 2017, 12:17:47 PM »
That's both the most ridiculous thing and the most adorable thing I've seen in a long time!

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« Reply #605 on: February 28, 2017, 02:10:40 PM »
I am very much lusting after this amazing jacket right now: https://www.unifclothing.com/products/pastel-moto

However, at $178, I just can't. I rarely spend even a 4th of that one a single item of clothing. And I already have jackets. It's just so beautiful!

Lucky for me fashion is a constantly moving target, so I'll check Poshmark in 6 months for remorseful purchasers & try to find it. Or, more likely, within a week I'll have lost the urge to get it entirely.

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« Reply #606 on: February 28, 2017, 02:27:35 PM »
After looking at rental prices or hiring someone to clear about a quarter acre of land it was going to be $3500 to $7500!  I bought a 1989 CAT 436, that needed a little work.  I planned to sell it as soon as I was finished that project for a little profit...but it's such a useful powerful tool I can't get myself to get rid of it.  There's no way I could afford it (at least make sense to keep it) if I didn't do all of my own work on it tough.  Old equipment requires maintenance.

Yea, I've got quite a few projects I could get done.  I can rent a machine for around $3,000 per month and might be able to get a lot of my projects done in a  couple months, however I'm thinking of buying a +/- $20,000 machine, using it for a couple years, then selling if I'm all done with it.  As long as I don't have a big breakdown, cost won't be much different and I will have a lot longer to use it.

Clam shell loader bucket would be real handy for grabbing logs, etc.

Seems like you could buy the machine and have a side business of renting it out (or hiring yourself out as the operator).  Would have to consider liability, but I imagine the depreciation on those things is low,

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« Reply #607 on: February 28, 2017, 03:21:32 PM »
I've been lusting after a Harman Kardon Aura speaker. My wife received an Amazon Tap speaker for Christmas and it's actually pretty handy. You can turn any phone into a stereo. The sound quality on the Tap is pretty lousy. The Aura is the same idea: a single speaker you can wirelessly connect your devices to but the sound quality is better. It's not as good as a real speaker set up, but much better than the Tap. It also looks pretty cool. The problem is the MSRP is like $400 and for some reason Amazon sells it for $480. Usually they charge less than the MSRP.

I bought a $40 bluetooth speaker and the sound quality is pretty good.  I'm not an audiophile or anything, but it's pretty impressive.

The Tap isn't the worst speaker I've ever heard, but the bass is pretty weak and it starts to sound muddy at loud volumes. I don't consider myself an audiophile, but I just replaced some crappy old headphones with some nice new ones. Listening to music with the newer higher quality headphones is significantly better. I have albums I've listened to dozens of times, and I'm hearing things I couldn't hear before because the old headphones were so bad. It was like going from an old eye glass prescription you think is fine and then getting a new one and realizing how bad your vision actually was.
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« Reply #608 on: February 28, 2017, 05:01:03 PM »
I'm now looking at a bike.    What's stupid about that you ask?   Well I was grumbling that I don't bike to work anymore because we don't have showers.

Then I thought, maybe I could get a scooter as a compromise.

Then I thought, well if I'm going to get a scooter, I may as well get a motorcycle.  70 mpg.  0 to 60 in just under 5 seconds.

If I get one of these then at least I won't want a sports car...




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« Reply #609 on: March 01, 2017, 03:58:43 AM »
After looking at rental prices or hiring someone to clear about a quarter acre of land it was going to be $3500 to $7500!  I bought a 1989 CAT 436, that needed a little work.  I planned to sell it as soon as I was finished that project for a little profit...but it's such a useful powerful tool I can't get myself to get rid of it.  There's no way I could afford it (at least make sense to keep it) if I didn't do all of my own work on it tough.  Old equipment requires maintenance.

Yea, I've got quite a few projects I could get done.  I can rent a machine for around $3,000 per month and might be able to get a lot of my projects done in a  couple months, however I'm thinking of buying a +/- $20,000 machine, using it for a couple years, then selling if I'm all done with it.  As long as I don't have a big breakdown, cost won't be much different and I will have a lot longer to use it.

Clam shell loader bucket would be real handy for grabbing logs, etc.

Seems like you could buy the machine and have a side business of renting it out (or hiring yourself out as the operator).  Would have to consider liability, but I imagine the depreciation on those things is low,


If you're willing to go older (and you'd need to work on your own now and then), I've got a '69 JD 410 for sale. Runs and works, drinks some hydraulic fluid, but nothing extreme. Definitely available for less than renting one for two months.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #610 on: March 01, 2017, 08:27:03 AM »
After looking at rental prices or hiring someone to clear about a quarter acre of land it was going to be $3500 to $7500!  I bought a 1989 CAT 436, that needed a little work.  I planned to sell it as soon as I was finished that project for a little profit...but it's such a useful powerful tool I can't get myself to get rid of it.  There's no way I could afford it (at least make sense to keep it) if I didn't do all of my own work on it tough.  Old equipment requires maintenance.

Yea, I've got quite a few projects I could get done.  I can rent a machine for around $3,000 per month and might be able to get a lot of my projects done in a  couple months, however I'm thinking of buying a +/- $20,000 machine, using it for a couple years, then selling if I'm all done with it.  As long as I don't have a big breakdown, cost won't be much different and I will have a lot longer to use it.

Clam shell loader bucket would be real handy for grabbing logs, etc.

Seems like you could buy the machine and have a side business of renting it out (or hiring yourself out as the operator).  Would have to consider liability, but I imagine the depreciation on those things is low,


If you're willing to go older (and you'd need to work on your own now and then), I've got a '69 JD 410 for sale. Runs and works, drinks some hydraulic fluid, but nothing extreme. Definitely available for less than renting one for two months.

Ooof, I want a backhoe too, like from the time I could speak, maybe even before that.  When I was a kid, my parents asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up, and I said that I wanted to be either a fighter pilot or a backhoe driver.  We always had to drive by the construction sites slowly so I could watch the big machines work.  Somehow I ended up as an engineer, WTF. 

I've ALMOST justified buying one by thinking I could make a business out of grading other people's property, but it just isn't going to happen, I don't have the spare time to convert into enough money to see a return on the investment.  And the investment is pretty sizable once you factor in getting a vehicle big enough to move it from place to place. 

But I would like to have one to clear and grade some land at my place. 

Did I mention that I've never driven a backhoe before?

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« Reply #611 on: March 01, 2017, 09:22:29 AM »
That's both the most ridiculous thing and the most adorable thing I've seen in a long time!
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« Reply #612 on: March 01, 2017, 09:24:55 AM »
I really, really want a Drone.  Did MMM really have to use that as an example on his Tim Ferriss podcast about a purchase that doesn't relieve pain!?  Ugh, guess I'll wait...


I want a drone, too. But I really want DH to want a drone. He doesnt, so it wwill not  happen here. I have little patience with electronics and know I would just crash it.He would learn to fly it properly, if he wanted ine. whch he does not. :(

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« Reply #613 on: March 01, 2017, 09:41:29 AM »
I'm now looking at a bike.    What's stupid about that you ask?   Well I was grumbling that I don't bike to work anymore because we don't have showers.

Then I thought, maybe I could get a scooter as a compromise.

Then I thought, well if I'm going to get a scooter, I may as well get a motorcycle.  70 mpg.  0 to 60 in just under 5 seconds.

If I get one of these then at least I won't want a sports car...




the new line of cb bikes are great ! my buddy has a cb500f, super fun to wring out! Not sure how the 900 is but if you are looking at more of an adv / dual sport type of bike (from Honda) I would look at the new Africa twin
https://powersports.honda.com/africatwin.aspx



Pricey but man is a great ride ! I rode one for an extended test drive with Honda over the weekend last summer. Amazing what that bike can do in the right hands (not me lol). They had a couple guys that rode in the Dakar rally - holy crap were they fast on those bikes ! 

also you can't go wrong with the klr - new ones look nice but nothing wrong with an old Kawasaki klr 650
Literally one of the best all around type bikes out there. Super cheap to maintain, insure, initial purchase price, etc. What's not mustachian about the klr  I ask ? haha...

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« Reply #614 on: March 01, 2017, 09:47:37 AM »
What's not mustachian about the klr  I ask ? haha...

The "muscle over motor" part? haha. Pretty sure MMM would say to get an electric bike or road bike racer instead.

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« Reply #615 on: March 01, 2017, 10:11:37 AM »
What's not mustachian about the klr  I ask ? haha...

The "muscle over motor" part? haha. Pretty sure MMM would say to get an electric bike or road bike racer instead.


Thus the "haha" sarcasm was lost apparently.

It's not completely green either but if you want a motorcycle it's hard to beat the klr for cost effective reliable fun !

Millions of crazy people here @ advrider.com can't be wrong

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« Reply #616 on: March 01, 2017, 10:51:42 AM »
I have a pair.  Call them my murder gloves.  Only used twice.

to murder someone?

I can't say, but they aren't mine, and they don't fit me anyways
But seriously, I assume they are perfect for driving a large vehicle like a Ford Bronco.
They tend to shrink afterwards and won't fit your hands, but maybe this is a feature, not a bug?
I believe that means they need to be conditioned / oiled - which should be done annually to fine leather.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #617 on: March 01, 2017, 11:28:09 AM »
Ice cream. Luckily I bought some this afternoon, in a weak moment.

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« Reply #618 on: March 01, 2017, 11:28:23 AM »
I have a pair.  Call them my murder gloves.  Only used twice.

to murder someone?

I can't say, but they aren't mine, and they don't fit me anyways
But seriously, I assume they are perfect for driving a large vehicle like a Ford Bronco.
They tend to shrink afterwards and won't fit your hands, but maybe this is a feature, not a bug?
I believe that means they need to be conditioned / oiled - which should be done annually to fine leather.

It puts the lotion on the gloves

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #619 on: March 01, 2017, 12:07:46 PM »
I have a pair.  Call them my murder gloves.  Only used twice.

to murder someone?

I can't say, but they aren't mine, and they don't fit me anyways
But seriously, I assume they are perfect for driving a large vehicle like a Ford Bronco.
They tend to shrink afterwards and won't fit your hands, but maybe this is a feature, not a bug?
I believe that means they need to be conditioned / oiled - which should be done annually to fine leather.

It puts the lotion on the gloves

It does it when it's asked.
Less is more.

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« Reply #620 on: March 02, 2017, 06:54:25 AM »
I have a pair.  Call them my murder gloves.  Only used twice.

to murder someone?

I can't say, but they aren't mine, and they don't fit me anyways
But seriously, I assume they are perfect for driving a large vehicle like a Ford Bronco.
They tend to shrink afterwards and won't fit your hands, but maybe this is a feature, not a bug?
I believe that means they need to be conditioned / oiled - which should be done annually to fine leather.

It puts the lotion on the gloves

Well, this turned creepy.

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« Reply #621 on: March 02, 2017, 07:13:42 AM »
Ooof, I want a backhoe too, like from the time I could speak, maybe even before that.  When I was a kid, my parents asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up, and I said that I wanted to be either a fighter pilot or a backhoe driver.  We always had to drive by the construction sites slowly so I could watch the big machines work.  Somehow I ended up as an engineer, WTF. 

I've ALMOST justified buying one by thinking I could make a business out of grading other people's property, but it just isn't going to happen, I don't have the spare time to convert into enough money to see a return on the investment.  And the investment is pretty sizable once you factor in getting a vehicle big enough to move it from place to place. 

But I would like to have one to clear and grade some land at my place. 

Did I mention that I've never driven a backhoe before?

I've pretty much accepted the fact that it would be nothing more than a high priced toy.  I'm retired, last thing I would want to do is turn it into a business, plus that would require expensive insurance and I'd need a dump truck, CDL license, an implement trailer to move it job to job, and buildings to keep everything in.






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« Reply #622 on: March 02, 2017, 10:19:47 AM »
Ooof, I want a backhoe too, like from the time I could speak, maybe even before that.  When I was a kid, my parents asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up, and I said that I wanted to be either a fighter pilot or a backhoe driver.  We always had to drive by the construction sites slowly so I could watch the big machines work.  Somehow I ended up as an engineer, WTF. 

I've ALMOST justified buying one by thinking I could make a business out of grading other people's property, but it just isn't going to happen, I don't have the spare time to convert into enough money to see a return on the investment.  And the investment is pretty sizable once you factor in getting a vehicle big enough to move it from place to place. 

But I would like to have one to clear and grade some land at my place. 

Did I mention that I've never driven a backhoe before?

I've pretty much accepted the fact that it would be nothing more than a high priced toy.  I'm retired, last thing I would want to do is turn it into a business, plus that would require expensive insurance and I'd need a dump truck, CDL license, an implement trailer to move it job to job, and buildings to keep everything in.

True.  Like I said, pulling it from place to place would be a pain in the butt.  A Bobcat/skidsteer, on the other hand, is 5-7000 lbs, so I could probably use an early 90s F250 (available for ~$3000) to pull it around town.  But a bobcat is pretty limited, and I'm still up against the time limitation. 

And c'mon.  Its not a backhoe. 

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« Reply #623 on: March 02, 2017, 12:44:33 PM »
Ooof, I want a backhoe too, like from the time I could speak, maybe even before that.  When I was a kid, my parents asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up, and I said that I wanted to be either a fighter pilot or a backhoe driver.  We always had to drive by the construction sites slowly so I could watch the big machines work.  Somehow I ended up as an engineer, WTF. 

I've ALMOST justified buying one by thinking I could make a business out of grading other people's property, but it just isn't going to happen, I don't have the spare time to convert into enough money to see a return on the investment.  And the investment is pretty sizable once you factor in getting a vehicle big enough to move it from place to place. 

But I would like to have one to clear and grade some land at my place. 

Did I mention that I've never driven a backhoe before?

I've pretty much accepted the fact that it would be nothing more than a high priced toy.  I'm retired, last thing I would want to do is turn it into a business, plus that would require expensive insurance and I'd need a dump truck, CDL license, an implement trailer to move it job to job, and buildings to keep everything in.

True.  Like I said, pulling it from place to place would be a pain in the butt.  A Bobcat/skidsteer, on the other hand, is 5-7000 lbs, so I could probably use an early 90s F250 (available for ~$3000) to pull it around town.  But a bobcat is pretty limited, and I'm still up against the time limitation. 

And c'mon.  Its not a backhoe.

Can't you just rent the hauling vehicle when you have a job?

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« Reply #624 on: March 03, 2017, 05:46:42 AM »
Ooof, I want a backhoe too, like from the time I could speak, maybe even before that.  When I was a kid, my parents asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up, and I said that I wanted to be either a fighter pilot or a backhoe driver.  We always had to drive by the construction sites slowly so I could watch the big machines work.  Somehow I ended up as an engineer, WTF. 

I've ALMOST justified buying one by thinking I could make a business out of grading other people's property, but it just isn't going to happen, I don't have the spare time to convert into enough money to see a return on the investment.  And the investment is pretty sizable once you factor in getting a vehicle big enough to move it from place to place. 

But I would like to have one to clear and grade some land at my place. 

Did I mention that I've never driven a backhoe before?

I've pretty much accepted the fact that it would be nothing more than a high priced toy.  I'm retired, last thing I would want to do is turn it into a business, plus that would require expensive insurance and I'd need a dump truck, CDL license, an implement trailer to move it job to job, and buildings to keep everything in.

True.  Like I said, pulling it from place to place would be a pain in the butt.  A Bobcat/skidsteer, on the other hand, is 5-7000 lbs, so I could probably use an early 90s F250 (available for ~$3000) to pull it around town.  But a bobcat is pretty limited, and I'm still up against the time limitation. 

And c'mon.  Its not a backhoe.

Can't you just rent the hauling vehicle when you have a job?

The numbers just don't work.  Commercial rentals to pull a backhoe cost a LOT of money. 

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« Reply #625 on: March 07, 2017, 11:28:10 PM »
Ooof, I want a backhoe too, like from the time I could speak, maybe even before that.  When I was a kid, my parents asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up, and I said that I wanted to be either a fighter pilot or a backhoe driver.  We always had to drive by the construction sites slowly so I could watch the big machines work.  Somehow I ended up as an engineer, WTF. 

I've ALMOST justified buying one by thinking I could make a business out of grading other people's property, but it just isn't going to happen, I don't have the spare time to convert into enough money to see a return on the investment.  And the investment is pretty sizable once you factor in getting a vehicle big enough to move it from place to place. 

But I would like to have one to clear and grade some land at my place. 

Did I mention that I've never driven a backhoe before?

I've pretty much accepted the fact that it would be nothing more than a high priced toy.  I'm retired, last thing I would want to do is turn it into a business, plus that would require expensive insurance and I'd need a dump truck, CDL license, an implement trailer to move it job to job, and buildings to keep everything in.

True.  Like I said, pulling it from place to place would be a pain in the butt.  A Bobcat/skidsteer, on the other hand, is 5-7000 lbs, so I could probably use an early 90s F250 (available for ~$3000) to pull it around town.  But a bobcat is pretty limited, and I'm still up against the time limitation. 

And c'mon.  Its not a backhoe.

Can't you just rent the hauling vehicle when you have a job?

The numbers just don't work.  Commercial rentals to pull a backhoe cost a LOT of money.

I rented a small excavator a couple of years ago.  It's not hard to figure out how to use it.  It's just super slow.  It took me a bit to figure out how to make two motions at the same time.  Then my neighbor jumped on - he used to run BIG excavators - and he made me look like a damn fool.  It was a beautiful sight to see him reaching and grabbing and turning the thing all at once.  It would be fun to own one and play with it enough to actually get good at it.

But I digress, what I really want is an outbuilding aka "shop" to store my toys and build stuff in.  3,000 sf would be about right, but space and budget constraints will limit me to about 1,500 sf... if I can bring myself to shell out the dough for it.

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« Reply #626 on: March 08, 2017, 09:38:31 AM »
Oh man, the new Zelda game is out and the reviews are insanely good... and I looooooove Zelda.  Unfortunately, a Nintendo Switch is running at $300, before you buy the game.  Old me would have bought it right up!  New me knows I don't really have the time to enjoy it right now as it is, and the game will still be around years from now for much less money.  Meanwhile I have plenty of other things to take up my free time!

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« Reply #627 on: March 08, 2017, 09:44:32 AM »
The new Prius Prime. So many improvements over the previous generation Prius! Fun to think about, but I'll drive my 2012 for many more years.

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« Reply #628 on: March 08, 2017, 11:41:47 AM »
The new Prius Prime. So many improvements over the previous generation Prius! Fun to think about, but I'll drive my 2012 for many more years.

You're lusting after a PRIUS

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« Reply #629 on: March 08, 2017, 12:10:12 PM »
My husband is lusting after a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Big time. He's obsessed.

My dad owns a Jeep dealership and talk to him about how next year's model is supposed to be more fuel-efficient.... I'm dangerously close to caving. The husband has no interest in FIRE but has been very tolerant of our 50% savings rate the last few years, so I may let him have a bit of a reward.

Ridiculous, I know, but whatever.

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« Reply #630 on: March 08, 2017, 12:35:10 PM »
A Tesla car. Pretty much any one of them.

My 1997 Toyota Corolla is a sturdy workhorse and takes good care of me, as I take good care of it. But, oh. A Tesla. Maybe someday, but not someday soon.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #631 on: March 08, 2017, 12:38:01 PM »
A Tesla car. Pretty much any one of them.

My 1997 Toyota Corolla is a sturdy workhorse and takes good care of me, as I take good care of it. But, oh. A Tesla. Maybe someday, but not someday soon.

Same here. I've had an obsession for Teslas for years now. I think if I rented one (through Turo or similar) for a day or two I would be satisfied. No one else here understands--it's all about engine sound and American muscle. You understand that the Tesla has double the HP of your v8 mustang!?!

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #632 on: March 08, 2017, 12:42:39 PM »
Currently lusting after home reno- replacing the carpets, refinishing cabinets, replacing bathroom flooring (redoing the whole master bath, actually...), and ripping out the front yard and redoing all the landscaping up there. These will all happen *eventually*, and nice slow DIY style, but the immediate want doesn't care about long term plans.
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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #634 on: March 09, 2017, 06:23:42 AM »
A car.  Really, it doesn't matter what kind of car perse, though it needs to be (a) 2014 or newer; (b) a large mid-size or full-size (I am 6'3" spouse is 6'2", if I'm going to buy a car, it's not going to be a small one where we can't sit up straight in the front seats/no leg room); and (c) have a back-up camera.

I haven't had a car for 10 years.  It's probably cheaper for me to use a combination of uber and weekend car rentals, because I never drive during the week (I walk to and from work (~2 miles) or take cabs home when I've worked long enough hours).  Didn't have one because I lived in places without included parking, so it was going to cost me $250/month to park it (outside!) on top of all the other costs.  But now that I have parking at home, I just want the convenience of not having to think about whether it makes sense to rent a car on weekend X, to find out that I'm slower on weekend X than I expected and therefore can run errands/go visit family (I often don't rent a car for a weekend because I think I wont have enough time to use it, and then I end up having the time, but not the car, because once the work week is over, picking up a rental is a serious pain and more expensive).  So, I have $20k in cash sitting around to buy a car, and if I ever have time to actually research what car I want to buy, I'll probably buy it.

Now, I REALLY "want" a Tesla, but that's just not going to happen, so I wouldn't say I'm lusting after it.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #635 on: March 09, 2017, 06:48:35 AM »
A car.  Really, it doesn't matter what kind of car perse, though it needs to be (a) 2014 or newer; [...]

Why does it need to be a 2014 or newer?

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #636 on: March 09, 2017, 06:58:24 AM »
A car.  Really, it doesn't matter what kind of car perse, though it needs to be (a) 2014 or newer; [...]

Why does it need to be a 2014 or newer?

I put a really high premium on the fact that a newer car puts me further away from needing repairs and the like, because my time is really limited--2014/2015 seems like you hit a spot where you've gotten the up-front depreciation out of the system.  I'm honestly tempted to buy new and be done with it, but I can't jstify being the person that takes the day-one depreciation on the chin.  2014 isn't a hard line or anything, it's just where I'm kind of focused on.

Part of this is also my ignorance.  I am 32, and have had two cars my entire life:  my first car when I was 15/16-18 was a 1984 Oldsmobile that I inherited and drove until it died.  My second car was a 2000 Camry, which I drove for 5 years and sold.  I haven't had a car since then (I guess it's closer to 9 years than 10).  So I'm also just a total moron on car buying.
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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #637 on: March 09, 2017, 07:22:36 AM »
A car.  Really, it doesn't matter what kind of car perse, though it needs to be (a) 2014 or newer; [...]

Why does it need to be a 2014 or newer?

I put a really high premium on the fact that a newer car puts me further away from needing repairs and the like, because my time is really limited--2014/2015 seems like you hit a spot where you've gotten the up-front depreciation out of the system.  I'm honestly tempted to buy new and be done with it, but I can't jstify being the person that takes the day-one depreciation on the chin.  2014 isn't a hard line or anything, it's just where I'm kind of focused on.

Part of this is also my ignorance.  I am 32, and have had two cars my entire life:  my first car when I was 15/16-18 was a 1984 Oldsmobile that I inherited and drove until it died.  My second car was a 2000 Camry, which I drove for 5 years and sold.  I haven't had a car since then (I guess it's closer to 9 years than 10).  So I'm also just a total moron on car buying.

Fair enough. Three years old is a bit of a sweet spot for still like new but has taken most of the depreciation hit. Some cars might even have some warranty left.

Just keep in mind that which vehicle make/model you choose will make a bigger difference for reliability than age. I like to use truedelta for reliability data, so here's an example: Honda Civic vs Chevy Cruze. 2012 Honda Civic has 28% as many repairs as the average car from that year while the 2011-2013 Chevy Cruze has 177%! Similar story with the 2014 models (53% vs 131%).

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #638 on: March 09, 2017, 08:21:18 AM »
Absolutely.  I'm really only looking at Toyotas, Hondas, and Hyundais.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #639 on: March 09, 2017, 09:22:44 AM »
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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #640 on: March 09, 2017, 09:38:42 AM »
A Tesla car. Pretty much any one of them.

My 1997 Toyota Corolla is a sturdy workhorse and takes good care of me, as I take good care of it. But, oh. A Tesla. Maybe someday, but not someday soon.

Same here. I've had an obsession for Teslas for years now. I think if I rented one (through Turo or similar) for a day or two I would be satisfied. No one else here understands--it's all about engine sound and American muscle. You understand that the Tesla has double the HP of your v8 mustang!?!

My buddy's Cobra would disagree. :P

Tesla's are quite impressive, though.  Still way too much money, though - hopefully the prices will continue to drop as the technology matures.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #641 on: March 09, 2017, 09:43:06 AM »
I'm happy to report that I don't know what 2/3 of the things mentioned even are.  I'm lusting over more international travel while DH hates flying.

DH OTOH is lusting over classic cars.  He bid on and lost out on a 1962 Datsun 1500 (or something like that) last year.  This year he was out bid on a '69 Mach I.  Now he's lusting after  red '55 T-bird in the neighborhood.  Unfortunately (for me) I think the neighbor may want to sell it.  Hmmm...all 3 of these cars were red.  Do you think a red Prius would scratch his itch? 

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #642 on: March 09, 2017, 09:54:12 AM »
DH OTOH is lusting over classic cars.
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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #643 on: March 09, 2017, 10:46:20 AM »

My buddy's Cobra would disagree. :P

Tesla's are quite impressive, though.  Still way too much money, though - hopefully the prices will continue to drop as the technology matures.

I dunno, nicely outfitted P85's are showing up on the secondary market around here for the low $40's and with 60k miles on them, they are getting very tempting.

Would make our Leaf look like a toy though!

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #644 on: March 09, 2017, 11:40:26 AM »
A Tesla car. Pretty much any one of them.

My 1997 Toyota Corolla is a sturdy workhorse and takes good care of me, as I take good care of it. But, oh. A Tesla. Maybe someday, but not someday soon.

Same here. I've had an obsession for Teslas for years now. I think if I rented one (through Turo or similar) for a day or two I would be satisfied. No one else here understands--it's all about engine sound and American muscle. You understand that the Tesla has double the HP of your v8 mustang!?!
My buddy's Cobra would disagree. :P

Tesla's are quite impressive, though.  Still way too much money, though - hopefully the prices will continue to drop as the technology matures.
I'll disagree with your buddy.  Telsas (all elec motors) can make FULL torque from 1 RPM on up.
ICE (internal combustion engines) simple can't come anywhere even close.
Tesla is (reported to be) coming out with a $30K version.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #645 on: March 09, 2017, 11:49:25 AM »
No one said Ryzen? I haven't been this excited about a CPU launch since Athlon days. I absolutely do not need another new computer but I still want one!

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #646 on: March 09, 2017, 12:34:08 PM »
A Tesla car. Pretty much any one of them.

My 1997 Toyota Corolla is a sturdy workhorse and takes good care of me, as I take good care of it. But, oh. A Tesla. Maybe someday, but not someday soon.

Same here. I've had an obsession for Teslas for years now. I think if I rented one (through Turo or similar) for a day or two I would be satisfied. No one else here understands--it's all about engine sound and American muscle. You understand that the Tesla has double the HP of your v8 mustang!?!
My buddy's Cobra would disagree. :P

Tesla's are quite impressive, though.  Still way too much money, though - hopefully the prices will continue to drop as the technology matures.
I'll disagree with your buddy.  Telsas (all elec motors) can make FULL torque from 1 RPM on up.
ICE (internal combustion engines) simple can't come anywhere even close.
Tesla is (reported to be) coming out with a $30K version.

The post I quoted claimed "double the HP".  Disagree all you want, but a Cobra with a Kenne Bell on it will wipe the floor with all but the top-dog EVs.

Torque at 1rpm is not the topic of discussion (they make full torque from 0rpm, incidentally).  The $30k Tesla is not going to be fast.
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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #647 on: March 12, 2017, 02:03:24 PM »
I record music, which is an endless black hole of lust over vintage gear. I try to keep myself in check, though I did recently splurge on this Warm Audio pre-amp (http://www.reasonguide.com/warm-audio-tone-beast-review/). I'm fighting really hard right now to avoid getting Warm Audio's new compressor or EQ (about $500 each). I'll probably fail. I try to make it up to myself by saying it's tax deductible, and that at some point I can charge for recording time. But mostly I'm a gear slut.
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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #648 on: March 12, 2017, 03:36:20 PM »
This. I have never been a big corvette fan, but I really like this body style. A convertable or a coupe... Hmmm. But not going to happen anytime soon.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #649 on: March 28, 2017, 11:11:49 PM »
Ferrari 458, but I'd settle for a Ferrari California.  Unfortunately, I doubt I'll ever see either of them.  Can't convince my wife and it really doesn't make any sense.  Nevertheless, I'll keep dreaming about having one.