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Topic: The cost ot this hobby (26 msgs / 541 lines)
1) From: Bill Cutts
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I was hoping one of the ladies on our list would clue Jason in on this. Didn't want to see his post offering to trade green's for a couch :-)

2) From: alfred
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I read many posts about the cost of this pursuit and the investment many =
of you have.
I really don't know what you are complaining about.
In my case, I pay for the whole thing with the money my wife says she is =
saving me when she goes shopping.

3) From: John Abbott
OH YEAH - This is going in the " But Honey..." file!
john
On Fri, 2004-03-12 at 09:30, alfred wrote:
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4) From: MMore
Every time I think of the costs, I remember what I was paying out for 
inferior products at *&^%bucks and other coffee houses.  The way I figure it, I'm 
MAKING $$$$'s here!!!!  
Warren Buffet

5) From: Jason Molinari
AHHAAHAHAHAHA this is awesome. I'm going to remember that for when i'm married and want to buy something
jason
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6) From: Tom Ulmer
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warren:
just a note. you may want to think about how you account for that.
bernard ebbars

7) From: Tonya Connell
You know boys....it works both ways. I don't know how many times I have
heard what a good deal on drum, gun, computer, electronic and motorcycle
stuff is and that we HAVE TO get it or it will never come this way again and
how much WE will save by doing this NOW!
Just saying it works both ways. Jason, I would not pull out this reasoning
for purchasing something until you have been married a few years if you want
to stay happily married after!

8) From: Jim and Tina Wheeler
As with good wine, the result is worth the cost.  The trick is to keep the
cost/benefit ratio in mind and not equating money spent with quality.  Part
of the fun of any hobby is searching out the best bargains on quality items.
That said, we factor the cost into the food budget.  Yes, wine is considered
food, as are coffee, tea, good balsamic vinegar, etc.

9) From: miKe mcKoffee

10) From: John Abbott
On Fri, 2004-03-12 at 10:18, Tonya Connell wrote:
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Lets see.  I have this file on neat espresso machines and grinders that
somebody really wants and then there's furniture...    Yeah it works
both ways.   Poor Mike and his motorcycle are WAY behind the curve I'm
sure.  
In my case I always preface a purchase with lunch out and some Godiva
chocolates.  Then maybe a discussion about some new clothes and during
that discussion mention that I'm planning on buying some better
equipment so I can continue to produce that great coffee that she craves
in the morning.  Seems to be working just fine.  I'm figuring that the
BBQ grill, motor, heat defuser and all will break down into lunch,
chocolates and some new shoes for the grill, then maybe a trip to Mexico
to let her crash the stores there and pick up some more chocolate on the
way home and tell her about the RK drum that is coming.
She spoils me any way, but this makes it more fun.  
John

11) From: Lowe, David
And I'm sure she knows *exactly* what's going on (and loves every minute =
of it :-)
Dave Lowe

12) From: Jason Molinari
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haha, i'm am but a young one:)
jason

13) From: Tom Ulmer
I personally like diversionary negotiation which paly kind of like this...
It's been such a long time since you visited your family and I see that
Continental has some great fares... You know with all that money you saved
on your last WalMart extravaganza you should buy a ticket... Then when she's
trying to decide if she loves or hates me it's time to mention that I'll of
course need some new toys to keep me occupied...
Well... this is wife #3. Maybe my skills are a bit lacking.

14) From: Pecan Jim Gundlach
I really cannot think of anything I spend money on that provides me as 
much pleasure, entertainment, and satisfaction per dollar as this 
coffee hobby/obsession.  I provide great coffee for five people for 
less than the cost of a beer a day in a bar.
    Jim Gundlach
On Mar 12, 2004, at 10:27 AM, Jim and Tina Wheeler wrote:
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15) From: peter zulkowski
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Thank you for that insight Alfred :)
I will point that out to her the next time she goes to a shoe sale (grin).
PeterZ
Loving all the help from this list, here in LHC.
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16) From: Tom Ulmer
or put another way...
Marriage is love.
Love is blind.
Marriage is an institution.
Therefore marriage is an institution for the blind.
or maybe it just works by blind faith...

17) From: Tonya Connell
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somebody really wants and then there's furniture...    Yeah it works
both ways.   Poor Mike and his motorcycle are WAY behind the curve I'm
sure.>
Yeah poor Mike and the motorcycle, uh huh, right. New custom site and custom
highway pegs $830.00. Two helmets (visor not quite right on one of them,
both bought within 6 months) $600.00 Tires at least a set a year $300-500 We
wont even go into the extra chrome, service, price of said bike blah blah
blah..... Don't even get me started on drums, computers, and the rest!
(Guess who keeps the books around here!)
My coffee stuff is at around 1000.00 for our main machine (Gaggia Syncrony),
Barista and a Bodum Antigua, which HE must have  a couple of cups in the
morning before work. I even got his work to get a Gaggia Syncrony Compact.
(Note: If your going to get one of these, go for the reg. Syncrony not the
Compact) I have my hockey gear $1000.00 etc.
Point being is his stuff keeps him happy, my stuff keeps him functioning
(coffee gear, kitchen gear) and our vices keep each other off of each others
nerves!  I enjoy riding motorcycles with him, seeing him play out with his
band, using the computers blah blah blah. My big point was to the young
unmarried pup Jason! He would be out on the couch pulling out that comment
within the first few years of marriage!

18) From: John Abbott
Jim,
Or you might have said  "For less than buying ONE Starbucks a day!" 
John
On Fri, 2004-03-12 at 12:29, Pecan Jim Gundlach wrote:
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19) From: Gene Smith
Jim and Tina Wheeler wrote (now *that's* togetherness):
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Yes, definitely.  I think this country is the only place on the planet where
eating well is considered 'gourmet' and some special province of uppity
folk.  In other developed countries, at least, people who are less well off
eat different food...but it is not assumed that you must be wealthy and/or
prissy in order to avoid eating and drinking the various Folger-equivalents.
If that dear old Quaker advert of my youth had been honest, it would have
claimed to be the cereal shot from factories.
Gene Smith
riding the wild learning curve, in Houston

20) From: miKe mcKoffee

21) From: Tom Ulmer
indeed you are in the trouble with the little people. if you'd buy irish
oatmeat (McCann's steel cut) they might lead you to that pot of gold with
the next rainbow.

22) From: John Abbott
Oh, I knew that :o))   I used to be an R45 driver in my youth.  Carolyn
DID NOT enjoy seeing me out on it in California.  So it never made it
past the alter with me. Subsequently I picked up a 305 to use for
trailing and that got expensive instantly. After I dumped it on my leg
that went away too.  So I took up something safer - sky diving (ever
price out a paracommander, reserve, harness, helmet, goggles, boots
etc?) Then I got into sailing (not even going to start) So now I just
play with computers and coffee - at home - where she can watch me.
The good news is - I keep the books :0))
John - rethinking purchasing any part of the BBQ roaster and having it
fabricated locally
On Fri, 2004-03-12 at 13:01, Tonya Connell wrote:
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23) From: Jason Molinari
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hehehe, thanks for the tips:) I'll keep it in mind.
jason

24) From: Ben Treichel
John Abbott wrote:
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Ah yes. Thats the way my Gold Wing disapperered.
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25) From: Gene Smith
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Gee...and the only marriage-related transportation difficulty that I have is
that my 11-year-old is embarrassed by my ratty old Datsun diesel
pickup...the one with the handy viewports in the floorboards so you can
check road conditions as you go.
Gene Smith
riding the wild learning curve, in Houston

26) From: Lesley Albjerg
I agree 100% with you Pecan Jim!  The knowleged gained from being in this group and  he fun of meeting many members of the group is priceless.  Trying new methods of roasting. ( I plan on roasting over some myrtlewood again this week!),  brewing up espresso and cappacinos for pennies on the dollar with a flavor and richness that the shops only dream about can't be beat makes this hobby cheap.  After 18 years of doing this my greatest joy and fun is seeing the newbies work their way up the learning curve.  I wish I could have had a video at Alfred's place when we dialed in his machine.  He is starting to be a believer that home roast is better than the big boys.  The last time I was there to see his Hottop, he longingly looked at some bags of roasted beans he brought home from Costa Rica and Medford and pined about the fact that they were inferior to his roast.  I suggested that those bags make great coffee for company that would not appriciate homeroast!  That brought a littl
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 to his face.
 
Les
Pecan Jim Gundlach  wrote:
I really cannot think of anything I spend money on that provides me as 
much pleasure, entertainment, and satisfaction per dollar as this 
coffee hobby/obsession. I provide great coffee for five people for 
less than the cost of a beer a day in a bar.
Jim Gundlach
On Mar 12, 2004, at 10:27 AM, Jim and Tina Wheeler wrote:
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