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bwia
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Vehicle(s) that interest me
Jaguar XJ
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I like money
Vehicle(s) I currently own
2011 Buick LaCrosse CXS; 2014 Buick Encore (wife's)
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    I feel joy in my heart for Cleveland. After 50+ years the city finally has a pro sports championship. The Warriors played valiantly but were poorly coached in the last three games of the series.

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    Thanks guys.  There are 5 of us at dinner every night, 6 on Monday nights when my wife's Mom comes to watch the kids & Thursday nights when my Mom watches the kids.

    It used to be a kitchen & a dining room.  About 4 years ago, we were visiting my wife's cousin in Charlotte who has a knack for decorating.  We were talking about ripping up the floor, replacing the cabinets, & counter tops.  Now our house isn't that big.  It is a 1432 square foot ranch.  She suggested we knock down the wall inbetween the kitchen & dining room because our dining room is a big portion of the house to only be used a handful of times every year.  We saved up for a few years and are thrilled with the results.
    When we remodeled our kitchen we knocked out the wall between the kitchen and family room and added a breakfast bar. Like your remodel, not cheap but worth every penny.

    After:

    I am so jealous of your remodel. Unfortunately, I did not have such a positive outcome with my townhouse remodel. I thought using my wife, who is recently retired, as my general contractor -- big mistake. First off on the first floor she replaced the carpeting with wood. Good idea, except the quality of the work is substandard. Ditto with the kitchen.

    Apparently, the dictum, measure twice and cut once was not followed. The granite counter top is off by an eighth to a quarter of an inch and the contractor used silicone to fill in the gap. Believing that my wife was on top of the job and should have noticed the mistake, that was not the case. Bummer.

    The townhouse is supposed to be our retirement home when we downsize in a few years but I am so upset with the shoddy job that I am thinking of selling. On the other hand, we will continue to rent it (at a much lower price) and do a professional remodel when we are ready to transition five years down the road.
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    Wow, what a beautiful kitchen; the lighting looks terrific, thanks for sharing. 
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    GG, Sorry to hear about the problems and China and all......it is hard enough breaking up when the other party is still around. This too shall pass, but, it is a lot more complicated than it should be.

    About the Mustang....love that car and it would be a nice fun car to have. I suppose the CTS will be your daily rider and the Stang is just for fun. What is the plan for it in the winter? I doubt if you would get too far in the snow unless you got snow tires!
    Thanks, guys! It is what it is. I'm past the emotional collateral. I just want to get this over with.

    CTS would be my daily driver. Mustang Cobra would be the car for sunny days and top down.

    See...I've already thought this through....LOL! ;)
    GG, I feel your pain but this too shall pass.

    Don't mean to preach but if there are no children involved but perhaps it's time to bail -- sell the house, furniture, and car -- and move on.

    As with anything that is free, consider this advice for what it's worth..
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    Roadburner, thanks for sharing that pic. What a clever tribute. Very nice and i am sure Prince would approve. 
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