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Old 12-21-2009, 06:42 AM
 
Location: LEAVING CD
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Good morning all from chilly AZ! Been in the low 70's here during the day and dropping to a fridgid 40 at night! Actually saw some frost on the truck a couple of days ago . Supposed to cool down to mid 60's this week, gonna be a cold christmas I guess..
Good thing I brought my North Face jacket with me.
Heard y'all have had quite the freeze going on up there? I'm sorry we missed it, NOT!
Enjoying our extended vacation, joined a BBQ association here and we just did a "feed the homeless" event Saturday which was way cool. Figured while we're out here and have loads of time on our hands we might as well put it to good use.
We also found this wonderful store called IKEA had I known what was in that store when I built my house I could have saved serious $$$$$$$ buying there. Down/feather pillows for $8 to $11 in all different firmness', down comforters in different heat ranges for around $100 for a king size (they go from "cool" to "very warm". Cast iron "country" style sinks that cost around $1000.00 to $1500 in Kalispell are $299.00.
IKEA | Textiles & rugs | Comforters & pillows | Comforters (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/range/10374/10652?filter=online - broken link)
All euro products, look to be fairly well constructed and very well priced.
How are fuel prices going up there? We're at $2.69 average for Diesel. Sales tax is taking some getting used to, 7.5% average but we're not paying any property tax, electricity, water etc. so I guess it evens out.
Hope y'all are set to have a wonderful christmas, we're going to Cracker Barrel for dinner me thinks...
Merry Xmas to all !!!!

 
Old 12-21-2009, 07:11 AM
 
Location: In The Outland
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we're going to Cracker Barrel for dinner me thinks...
Merry Xmas to all !!!!
Hmmm, Cracker barrel. Mmmmmmm chicken and dumplings, green beans, turnip greens with vinegar and Mac n cheese.
I look at the menu for 45 minutes then order what I always get !
 
Old 12-21-2009, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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We also found this wonderful store called IKEA had I known what was in that store when I built my house I could have saved serious $$$$$$$ buying there. Down/feather pillows for $8 to $11 in all different firmness', down comforters in different heat ranges for around $100 for a king size (they go from "cool" to "very warm". Cast iron "country" style sinks that cost around $1000.00 to $1500 in Kalispell are $299.00.
Man the trenches, jimj has become a yuppie!!

Personally I hate IKEA... the epitome of pressboard crap for city folks who wouldn't know quality if it bit them. Yeah, you can get good deals on some housewares there, but you really gotta watch 'em on furniture and such... the durability just isn't there.

(And I'd like to know how they got away with building over the top of a main N/S route in Burbank -- destroyed that area's only good alternative to I-5 during rush hour. This did nothing to endear IKEA to me.)

Down-filled stuff... the only really good stuff is the genuine Canadian goose down, and good luck finding that. The "down" from China has too many feathers and tends to pack down and get lumpy, and I'm pretty sure it's all duck, not goose. Jury's still out on the European down but the first sample I've seen appears to be duck down, not goose, and it's just not the same quality (tho better than the Chinese down).

I picked up a huge Canadian goose down comforter from the junk shop for $15 ... someone had made it from a kit and evidently never used it. Steal of the century!!
 
Old 12-21-2009, 03:11 PM
 
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Hmmm, Cracker barrel. Mmmmmmm chicken and dumplings, green beans, turnip greens with vinegar and Mac n cheese.
I look at the menu for 45 minutes then order what I always get !
There is a Cracker Barrel about 4 miles from my house. I've never been there. Is the food any good? I'm really serious, never eaten at a Cracker Barrel.
 
Old 12-21-2009, 03:41 PM
 
Location: In The Outland
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It's chain food but tasty.
 
Old 12-21-2009, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Wait, someone mentioned chicken and dumplings?? I'll be right over!!!!!!!
 
Old 12-21-2009, 05:08 PM
 
Location: NW Montana
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Hmmm, Cracker barrel. Mmmmmmm chicken and dumplings, green beans, turnip greens with vinegar and Mac n cheese.
I look at the menu for 45 minutes then order what I always get !
You and I would be getting the same order!
 
Old 12-21-2009, 05:09 PM
 
Location: NW Montana
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There is a Cracker Barrel about 4 miles from my house. I've never been there. Is the food any good? I'm really serious, never eaten at a Cracker Barrel.
Give it a go!
http://www.crackerbarrel.com/menu.cfm?doc_id=170

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Old 12-21-2009, 05:10 PM
 
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Give it a go!
Will do!
 
Old 12-21-2009, 05:12 PM
 
Location: NW Montana
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Man the trenches, jimj has become a yuppie!!

Personally I hate IKEA... the epitome of pressboard crap for city folks who wouldn't know quality if it bit them. Yeah, you can get good deals on some housewares there, but you really gotta watch 'em on furniture and such... the durability just isn't there.

(And I'd like to know how they got away with building over the top of a main N/S route in Burbank -- destroyed that area's only good alternative to I-5 during rush hour. This did nothing to endear IKEA to me.)

Down-filled stuff... the only really good stuff is the genuine Canadian goose down, and good luck finding that. The "down" from China has too many feathers and tends to pack down and get lumpy, and I'm pretty sure it's all duck, not goose. Jury's still out on the European down but the first sample I've seen appears to be duck down, not goose, and it's just not the same quality (tho better than the Chinese down).

I picked up a huge Canadian goose down comforter from the junk shop for $15 ... someone had made it from a kit and evidently never used it. Steal of the century!!
IKEA and NW Portland, can not have one without the other
Hey my favorite days are spent (pre Montana) at a Goodwill outlet battling over the bins!
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