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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,271
    We went with a Royal Pedic Pillow Top mattress/boxspring set. A friend of mine on another forum sells them through his furniture store and gave us a 20% discount off MSRP.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • fezofezo Posts: 9,326
    Holy smokes! Well, now I have caught up but I'd missed the entire refrigerator discussion and was stunned that someone like electric stoves over gas...

    When we built our house they hadn't run gas lines in the neighborhood but we knew that was coming soon. Spent a year or two on propane. This worked OK for the heat and hot water but it takes forever for a pot of water to boil with a propane stove! Once they ran the gas line it was just a matter of changing out valves which the gas company did.

    Locally there is a chain of discount furniture stores. He makes a big deal of his Bobopedic mattresses - that they are thicker and way cheaper than a Tempurpedic. I can't imagine. If I bought a $7,500 mattress I couldn't sleep at night.
  • bwiabwia Boston Posts: 1,160
    edited January 2013
    I was at the New England International Auto Show yesterday

    I spent about three hours at the New England Auto Show this afternoon but I didn't get to see as much as I intended since my wife was with me. When she got inside a vehicle she liked, I had to pry her away because she would check out every little detail, not realizing that there was a line of patrons waiting for a chance to get inside the car as well.

    Nonetheless, I was impressed with the 2014 Chevy Impala. Such a beautiful car should be in the Cadillac or Buick line-up, not Chevy. Speaking of Buick. The 2013 Buick Encore Crossover is a winner. It is cute inside and out and I think it will be a home run for GM.

    Unfortunately, because of tired feed and a slow moving wife, I was unable to get to the booths of Ford, Lincoln, Cadillac, BMW, Audi, Infiniti, Lexus, and Chrysler/Dodge. I hope I didn't miss much but really wanted to see the Cadillac ATS up close and personal.

    By the way, the crowds were massive and there were many marquee brands available for test drives. If the massive crowds and the enthusiasm expressed by visitors are a prediction of car sales, then the auto industry should have a good year indeed.
  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,250
    The 2014 Impala is based on the Buick LaCrosse.
  • sterlingdogsterlingdog North CarolinaPosts: 6,888
    Tell us about the book. I forgot the topic because it has been so long since you mentioned it. Also, if you leave Chicago, where will you land?

  • sterlingdogsterlingdog North CarolinaPosts: 6,888
    "...slightly below average when it comes to comfort, after four years down the road, and above average when it comes to price."

    As I said, we selected the materials and had them custom made. They are now seven years old, extremely comfortable, and no sagging in the middle. We've been so pleased that we purchased a new set for the downstairs guest room in our new house.

  • sterlingdogsterlingdog North CarolinaPosts: 6,888
    edited January 2013
    "...stunned that someone liked electric stoves over gas."

    That was me. We've had three gas stoves in our 14 homes. We never liked a one of them. For us, they cook too fast and leave a slight odor that we don't like. It cost a small fortune to switch it out (Had to slightly enlarge the Corian countertop and find a totally white glass top with white knobs---no easy task), but my wife is now a happy camper. We do have an 80 gallon gas water heater which is very nice. Also, our front lanterns at the end of the walk are gas. Many folks used to have those, but now there are only two of us in town still maintaining them. They are really pretty at night.

  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 5,025
    My mom has electric and has for over twenty years now. The last time she came to our house and was helping us cook she said "I'm jealous of this gas range".

    I prefer gas but electric is better at simmering. When I make gravy (tomato sauce everywhere but Philly and south jersey) it's hard to get the heat low enough with our range despite having a special simmer burner. On my Mom's electric stove, no problems.

    My Parent's house has a gas lantern out front too. It looks really nice when it works, but the jets always get clogged. It's been inop for quite a while now.

    1999 Chevy S10 / 2004 Merc Grand Marquis / 2012 Buick LaCrosse

  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 11,668
    He makes a big deal of his Bobopedic mattresses - that they are thicker and way cheaper than a Tempurpedic.

    Bobopedics actually are rated pretty good by their owners.
    sleep like the dead mattress reviews

    You can get a mattress for about $1000. 79% of the people who bought one liked it, which is about the same as most mattresses.

    I don't know if I could actually sleep to well on a mattress that sounds like it was made in the guys garage, I mean a Bobopedic!

    2012 535ix 2013 Audi A4 2013 Passat

  • sterlingdogsterlingdog North CarolinaPosts: 6,888
    You might get your parents to call the gas company to see if they will service the lantern at no charge. When ours went out the first time after about three months, I called. I was amazed to discover that they keep it serviced at no charge. They said that as long as we paid the gas usage for the lantern, they would keep it serviced. It will go out during a heavy rain or wind storm. They never mind coming by to relight it, and the guys are always friendly. I'm really impressed with this company.

    You are right about the simmering on a gas stove. That was a real problem for us.

  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 5,025
    I think the gas company fixed it once before. I was able to relight it, but the last time I tried I ruined the wicks. One day I will get it straightened out for them.

    1999 Chevy S10 / 2004 Merc Grand Marquis / 2012 Buick LaCrosse

  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 11,676
    Ah the book, well it's a spy novel that takes place just after WWII, the main character is a Soviet spy.

    As for retirement I was thinking either Kentucky/Tennessee area (spent some growing up in Nashville and I like that part of the country) or maybe Mesquite Nevada. The wife and I were there not long ago and really liked it plus two of my sisters have talked about retiring there.

    The wife has brought up a plan to move to the Philippines for a year or two (she is Filipino) and tour Asia a little before returning stateside for good. I have also looked into Belize as they have a rather large expat community there, the weather isn't bad and it's not that expensive to live.

    Either way I will have to shop for a new mattress and refrigerator and worry about if I have a gas or electric stove so I could then join the conversation. :shades:

    The sign said "No shoes, no shirt, no service", it didn't say anything about no pants.

  • houdini1houdini1 Kansas City areaPosts: 5,860
    OK, you guys did pretty good on the hotel problem, so here is another one for you:

    An old Arab man passes away. His entire estate is composed of 17 camels. In his will, he states his wish is to divide the camels between his 3 sons. He wants his oldest son to get one half of the camels, his middle son to get one third, and his youngest son to get one ninth.

    The executor of the estate cannot figure out how to divide the camels in this manner to he calls on the services of the local wise man to help him out. The wise man comes up with the following solution:

    First, he borrows a camel from the old man's neighbor, giving him 18 camels to work with. He then gives the oldest son 9 camels, the middle son 6 camels, and the youngest son 2 camels...then he returns the borrowed camel to the neighbor. Problem solved.

    How did he do that?

    2013 LX 570 2010 LS 460 2002 Tacoma 4x4

  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 11,676
    The neighbor is one of the sons.

    The sign said "No shoes, no shirt, no service", it didn't say anything about no pants.

  • houdini1houdini1 Kansas City areaPosts: 5,860
    edited January 2013
    Nope. Plus that would violate the terms of the will.

    By the way, I just finished my first book last week. Now I am thinking about reading another one. :)

    Seriously, good luck with your novel.

    2013 LX 570 2010 LS 460 2002 Tacoma 4x4

  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 11,676
    Wait a second, did you say that the sons got 9, 6 and 2 camels?

    Well that's 17 camels. 1/2 plus 1/3 plus 1/9 does not equal 1.

    thanks for the wish for luck, right now I am doing the editing and afterwards comes the work of looking for an agent.

    The sign said "No shoes, no shirt, no service", it didn't say anything about no pants.

  • houdini1houdini1 Kansas City areaPosts: 5,860
    You got it !!

    2013 LX 570 2010 LS 460 2002 Tacoma 4x4

  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,620
    If I bought a $7,500 mattress I couldn't sleep at night.

    This.. :P

    A couple of years ago, bought a new platform bed for our teenager, and bought a Sealy mattress from Sam's Club... I forget the model name, but it's the Eurotop model (pillow top, with edges sewn down).. It sits right on the platform, with no box spring.. We paid $400, I think, and it's the most comfortable bed in the house..

    If it only lasts four years, I can do it two more times, and still save $6K over that $7500 bed.... ;)

    Prices Paid, Lease Questions, SUVs

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,213
    "...when are you going to Largo..."

    Since Snake can't wait to get out of Chicago and I can't wait to get out of NY I thought we'd share a ride down to Florida and sleep on your couch. :P

    Seriously, Florida wasn't in the budget this year but as the economy slowly improves maybe I'll have some movement on selling my place. After that we'll be heading south.

    2009 PT Cruiser, 2008 Eclipse, 1995 Mark VIII, 1988 GMC Van

  • bwiabwia Boston Posts: 1,160
    edited January 2013
    You know, until just recently nobody ever cared about tires neeeding to be replaced due to time.

    Sorry to revive this topic but I thought I would share this observation.

    I was just watching Pat Goss, the Dean of automobile mechanics, on Motor Week. He gave a long dissertation on tire replacement and recommends that tires should be replaced after five years of ownership, or six years at most.

    His argument for such a short replacement time period is that a so-called new tire could be sitting on the shelf for up to eight months before being placed in service. He also recommends that modern tires should be replaced with 4/32 tread depth life left rather than the customary 2/32. According to Goss, 2/32 tread depth is a potential serious road hazard as the tires lose traction and susceptible to hydroplaning and wheel spin.

    Nothing new here except it reinforces what most experts have been saying all along that tires should be replaced based upon the number of miles driven or time in use.
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