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I think I am the only one in the world who doesn't buy anybody anything for Christmas. I also expect nothing from anybody. It is not even like I am against it.
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Originally Posted by Connemara View Post

Already got gifts for my parents for a total of $29.

are you sure you can afford to splurge like this?
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are you sure you can afford to splurge like this?

Well he is on a fixed income.
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Can you imagine putting up with Conne in your home for 18 years (and random drop-ins for the rest of your life) only to be rewarded at Christmastime with $14.50 in gratitude?
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are you sure you can afford to splurge like this?

Wayne Jumper hasn't hit him up yet.
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Originally Posted by Douglas View Post

are you sure you can afford to splurge like this?

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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

Well he is on a fixed income.

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Originally Posted by MrG View Post

Can you imagine putting up with Conne in your home for 18 years (and random drop-ins for the rest of your life) only to be rewarded at Christmastime with $14.50 in gratitude?

bigstar[1].gif

Yes, I am on SSI as I have debilitating fibromyalgia.
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Just got back from brazil/argentina. It was an awesome trip.

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Rio:






Random thoughts about Rio de Janeiro:
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- hot damn there was ton of variety of beautiful women. blond hair fair skinned blue eye-d types, latina eva longoira-look alikes, brown hair blue eye-d porcelain skinned, black thin tall african/ethiopian/drop dead gorgeous types, black super curvy large ass/bewbs thin waist, there's even hot brazilian asian women with the sao paulo chinese/japanese demographic who have gradually mixed with the natives.

- its very expensive (everything from food, hotel, taxis, tourist attraction tickets) but once you resign yourself to that you can relax and really enjoy the place.

-the wife and I were the "victims" of pickpockets on a bus we took at Ipanemia (at the nicest part too). it was a classic scenario, two women boarded the bus with my wife and I (one ahead one behind) they started talking to us and while paying the woman in front "dropped" her coins/fare, and the women behind her got angry and started pushing me from behind (acting like she was in a hurry and berating the woman in who dropped the coins). By the time the wife and I sat down I noticed that my small bag zipper was ripped open (actually all the zippers on my small back was open).

mind you I was using a pacsafe bag specifically made with "anti theft deterrents". all the zippers were locked down and secured, but the pickpocket was so good she got the closed zippers pried open anyway. the zipper tabs were still in locked with the clips! my wife's pacsafe back wasn't opened/compromised.

luckily we just came from a cool "hippie market" in ipenemia and the bag was full of stuff like sovieneer t-shirts and some havaianna slippers. so my camera and wallet were jammed all the way a the bottom. plus the wife and I spend our last cash anyway so our pockets were empty. our passports/documents were safe at the hotel safe.

so when the wife and I were sitting, and checked our stuff and saw that everything was still there, we looked back at the two women who were sitting with each other in the back and talking/staring at us (because they didn't get anything… yet) and started laughing (and everyone on the train started to check their stuff). then we noticed that the conductor of the bus and driver started laughing with us (which was still scary because it probably meant that they were all in cahoots). The women quickly got off at the next stop . lol8[1].gif


Iguazu falls Argentina and Brazil:



if you visit the Iguazu falls you really have to see both brazilian and argentinian sides.

Argentina side has more hands on close up stuff, you get to go right on top of the big falls. You can take an adventure speed boat ride right up beside/into the falls and get totally soaked (actually pretty scary because you get the sensation of drowning because you really can't breath while getting pummeled by the waterfalls). Also the nearby town in argentina has some great restaurants that serve awesome steak for great prices.

the brazilian side is like a well organized, pristine theme park that has buses that take you right up to the falls. its not as fun as the argentinan side, but the views are panoramic, spectacular, and 100x better in comparison (you're so close to the falls on the argentina side and only get to see one segment of the whole falls).


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Originally Posted by GreenFrog View Post

Trader Joes' macarons are decently delishus! bigstar[1].gif (thanks for the tip @LawrenceMD, no hoamo)

No one can beat their frozen food, IMO.

right after landing in JFK, picking up the dogs, the wife and I made a trader joes run before even getting home. moochi, macarons, and those small french bread things that you bake yourself (12min 400F) and some flowers were purchased.
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I was spot on I can see and I guessed correctly about the waterfall, as well, looks like a great trip.


Brazil is fucking expensive, it's not even funny, their taxation is on a Scandinavian level, red an article the other day stating that all foreign made electronics have a 63% tax on them, so the new PS4 costs $1800 and the big iPhone 5S is $1500.
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Originally Posted by GreenFrog View Post

What if they have a quarter and a public bathroom to meet you in?

They will get disappointed.
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Originally Posted by Find Finn View Post

I was spot on I can see and I guessed correctly about the waterfall, as well, looks like a great trip.


Brazil is fucking expensive, it's not even funny, their taxation is on a Scandinavian level, red an article the other day stating that all foreign made electronics have a 63% tax on them, so the new PS4 costs $1800 and the big iPhone 5S is $1500.

yup you were correct about iguazu. the wife and I stayed for two days at the sheraton in argentina. the place is run down, expensive, and has crappy food, but its right there in the middle national park jungle with awesome views of the falls right from your balcony. there was rumors of a puma actually sneaking into the lobby in the middle of the night with people sitting not even noticing and only security cameras barely catching sight of it.

I the wife and I stayed with friends in Corcovado for a couple of days (beautiful century old house elevated in the hills with the train to christ statue going right in front of the property), mango, papaya trees galore that get raped by monkeys (the monkeys are color blind and basically will grab a fruit bite it taste if its ripe if not then toss it aside).

as to taxes the last day before flying out to brazil I asked my friend if he wanted me to bring anything and he had these specific instructions for me to sneak in a couple of iPad Minis and iPhones lol8[1].gif he was so grateful upon arrival that he ended up touring the wife and I around and paying for all our meals. I freaked out at the prices of the meals he was paying for and he mentioned about the taxes on everything in Brazil and how he can make almost triple the amount with the newly released iPads I brought in for him.
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Lawrence, do you like the fruity TJ macarons? IMO, the filling for a macaron should be cream-based with tangential fruit flavors as side notes as applicable.

The trader joes macarons that are fruit flavored are piped with straight up jam / jelly and are way too overpowering.

I cherry pick the pistachio, coconut, and vanilla macarons and eat the cookies only for the fruit ones shog[1].gif
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My hair looks awesome today.
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Both of the female "sandwich artists" at Subway were high degree of friendly today (sorry, don't know how to measure it in Celsiuses) perhaps desirous of relation hehehe.
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Originally Posted by L'Incandescent View Post

Both of the female "sandwich artists" at Subway were high degree of friendly today (sorry, don't know how to measure it in Celsiuses) perhaps desirous of relation hehehe.

Well, that's why they call them sandwich artists. rimshot.gif
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

My hair looks awesome today.

Undisclosed sources in NYC said your hair looked like shit yesterday.

So there's that.
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