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Old 03-04-2008, 02:25 PM   #21
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I have plenty of computer parts, car parts from various projects, and call me a nerd, but I have about $10k in sealed new and old Star Wars and Star Trek collectibles that I bought when I was 12-14 years old (23 now). Unfortunately, not many people willing to pay the "collector" price for all that stuff, so I'll keep it. However, I did sell two unopened vehicles on eBay last year for $300. I paid $10 for them at WalMart when I was 13.
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Old 03-04-2008, 02:37 PM   #22
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Agree that kids are expensive. I don't even want to talk about how much daycare costs. Guess that's why I like the blues.



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Old 03-04-2008, 04:39 PM   #23
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When I was a kid I was HUGE into Legos. To this day I still use them. 2 years ago I built a 4 door pickup with working suspension, engine, steering, gear box, in cab selectable 2 or 4wd, locking front and rear diffs, bed cap and alot of other stuff I forgot. It is on my shelf right now, I should dust it off and get some pics.

Now I'm in school for video game design, and I use them to build simulations of levels and to test out various game rules and things. I'm in the works of building a turn based warhammer style game with them. We have to build a working prototype of a game, and I have so freaking many of them I couldn't pass them up.

Based on todays prices and collectors prices I have around $6k of them. I opened all of them and none of them are in the kits they came in, I use em all. I'm always looking on CR and ebay for them.
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Old 03-04-2008, 05:00 PM   #24
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rc helis are the badass ***** of RC tho
Yeah, a pal of mine suggested that it was compensation for having a small manhood... then I asked him why he drives an M5.

I really think it was the fact that they were so damn complex that got my attention. Then it was the spinning carbon fiber blades that really made me have to get one...

Tell ya one thing, it really is one of the neatest damn things that I've ever had the pleasure of owning. Still makes me smile every time I see it in my basement!

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Old 03-04-2008, 05:03 PM   #25
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Kind of ironic that you learn on a simulator to fly a model.

Years ago I worked for a guy who owned a Hobby Shop. He'd go out flying model helicopters with his buddies a few times a week, and invariably, one of them would come back with theirs in a brown grocery bag.

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Sadly it took one of those damn paper bag flights before I went out and bought the simulator. At first I was thinking that the sim was too expensive, till I crashed doing a noob move. Then the simulator looked cheap in contrast to the parts list for repairing my heli.

In retrospect, I think that taking up singing will be my next hobby... it's free and can't kill and doesn't require insurance!

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Old 03-04-2008, 05:43 PM   #26
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oh yeah... forgot... i also have tons of unfinished projects!

2 robots... one robot to learn basics of artificial intelligence programming and second robot will be a self-driven awd drifting beast

i estimated about $1k in parts on hands for those 2 bots and about $5k more to go :/


another thing... about 3 semi-finished car computers (at about $1200 each)... then about 2 semi-finished computers (at about $500 each)... about $4500 of parts for miata waiting to be installed/finished... oh! hard top which i need to fix.

i barely made rent payment this month and im past due on half of my bills (around $400?)
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Old 03-04-2008, 06:13 PM   #27
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I suppose I have a pretty diverse set of interests/toys/money sinks.

To start the list off I have about a million pets. Three shitty cats, a dog, an Oscar in a 75 gallon aquarium, a Jack Dempsey, aquatic turtle and plecostomus in another aquarium, and lastly, three mice. Lately the aquariums have been tying up all my time and money. Since about October.

Then there is guitars. I have three and a bass guitar and I'm always accumulating more gear. I also play a Ukulele.

Plus I have computers and video games. This obviously isn't any more a hobby than watching TV but it does tie up a lot of time and cash. I built my uber PC over Xmas and of course I have my media PC, the modded XBox, Xbox 360 and PS2. Thing is I probably don't spend enough time using them to justify the cost. I lump my LCD HDTV in this category as well.

To round it all out I have my 1973 CB500 Cafe project, my 2002 SuperHawk and the Miata.

When I move into a new house in November and have a garage and a backyard I imagine things will only get worse. I also like to BBQ, and by this I mean BBQ- smoking meats- not grilling. A Brisket takes 12-24 hours to do right. That's even more time.

Lastly I dabble in trying to kill myself with skateboards and BMX bikes.

I guess I waste a lot of money.
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Old 03-04-2008, 06:54 PM   #28
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I used to spend every free cent I have on the car... I'm getting cheaper the older I get. I've gone from owning a couple new cars at a time and riding motorcycles and stuff to driving beaters, and gave up trying to have the latest, greatest Computer, Game console, cell phone, etc. years ago.... so the miata is pretty much the only money pit I have now. I did splurge on a 50" TV last year though.

It feels good to knock a big dent in my mortgage, another chunk into the 401k and savings every month, and still have enough left over to do whatever the hell I want (within reason, of course) instead of pissing it away on car notes and whatever is cool that week.
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Old 03-04-2008, 07:04 PM   #29
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Scuba Gear - Certainly over 20 k worth of gear.

- 13 tanks
- 11 sets of regulators
- 12 BC's
- two racks full of wetsuits
- two drysuits
- Lots of masks and fins
- Video camera and underwater housing (about 5k)
- Digital SLR camera lenses, undwater housing, and ports (about 7k)
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Old 03-04-2008, 07:43 PM   #30
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I forgot the most expensive money sink of all: girlfriend.
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Old 03-04-2008, 07:54 PM   #31
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My monthly Beer budget is larger than my car payment, does that count?
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I forgot the most expensive money sink of all: girlfriend.
just wait until you get married.
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Old 03-04-2008, 08:14 PM   #33
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just wait until you get married.
Just wait until you get divorced!

They say love is grand.
Divorce is a hundred grand.

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Old 03-04-2008, 08:17 PM   #34
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[QUOTE=Stealth97;223359]just wait until you get married.[/QUOTE]
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Old 03-04-2008, 08:21 PM   #35
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I forgot the most expensive money sink of all: girlfriend.
ha

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just wait until you get married.
ha ha!

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Just wait until you get divorced!
bah ha ha!

nice.
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Just wait until you get divorced!

They say love is grand.
Divorce is a hundred grand.

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dont want to think about that. Besides, If I did not have a woman around that can cook I'd probably starve to death.... I burn water lol
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Old 03-04-2008, 08:27 PM   #37
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here's an old money pit



sold it last year
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Old 03-04-2008, 08:42 PM   #38
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Divorce is the screwing you get for the screwing you got.

(or is that marriage? )
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Old 03-04-2008, 09:20 PM   #39
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I have:

1) Wrecked RC heli, been waiting on parts for nearly a month
2) ~8 firearms that I rarely have time to fire these days
3) A 13B sitting on my garage floor with no home
4) 1 shitty turbo with all the wrong flanges
5) 2 siezed up turbos that need to be stripped for parts and sold on ebay
6) All of the accessories, manifolds, wiring, and cylinder head necessary for a 323/festiva BP swap... but no 323/Festiva to put it all in
7) Spare 1.8L BP long block
8) a few spare 1.8L BP Heads
9) god only knows how many computer components
10) no free time to list half this **** on ebay.
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check my sig, the worst part of it is my commute to work is only 3 miles and rarely seem to have the time to enjoy any of my toys anymore. A lot of times i consider just selling everything and buy the cheapest econobox i can tolerate
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