Cody: Farming, Navy, Rodeo And The Rest

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  1. Beth Gallagher

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    Here's the thing about bells and whistles... as long as they are working, they're great. I think I have posted before about a guy on the Ford F150 forum who had a cracked tail light on his 3 year old truck. It cost him over $6,000 to repair because rainwater got into the wiring and sensors for that fancy "there's a car coming!!!" monitor. :D
     
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    My car has auto-folding side view mirrors and adaptive headlights.

    The side view mirrors fold in whenever you turn off the ignition. Then when you start the car, they fold back out. The gears are plastic an have been known to have a short life. I found the magic sequence of events required to turn off that feature.

    My headlights turn with the steering wheel, so when you go around a corner or a bend at night, the headlights turn into it rather than shoot off into the distance straight ahead. It's pretty slick, and real nice to have. It's also expensive to fix, as are the headlights (you do not go to the auto parts store and buy replacement bulbs.)

    The good thing about Mazda is they will help with at least some of the cost if you have significant failures and you're not too far out of warranty. But as you say, there is so much "standard" stuff these days that is so expensive to repair.
     
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  3. Cody Fousnaugh

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    That is one of the painful things (cost) of modern day vehicle repairs. But, all of these bells and whistles is what many in society wanted and got. Instead of buying extra gauges (oil pressure, water temp, battery) that weren't included in the vehicle, vehicle manufacturers have included them in. Warning sensors are great for backing up, wanting to change lanes, etc., but it does cost money to repair them. The cost of labor has also increased as well as the cost of parts.
     
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    Went to an "in the water" Boat Show at the Lake Mead Marina on Lake Mead. "On the water" means that the new boats were tied up next to docks in the marina and if a person registered, they could drive one for a "test drive" on the lake. Of course, a salesman would accompany anyone driving. We had never been to an "on the water" Boat Show before. The main dock, that ends at the marina is a pretty long walk.

    When we lived in Colorado the first time, we went to the Boat Show that was held in Denver at their Convention Center (inside). It was huge. Actually, this Boat Show was in the middle of winter.

    Anyway, we were just curious about the new boats and cost. Well, how about $359,000 for one boat we looked at.

    After that, we stopped by our boat/trailer in storage and I put new marine grease (grease gun) on the Buddy Bearings on each trailer wheel. That was a job, but with my wife's help, we got it done. All we have to do now is have a nice/decent weekend day to put engine batteries back into the boat and start it up with hose connected to outdrive.

    After that, we MAY launch it on Lake Mead, or else just try and sell the boat/trailer. We have to sell both before we can move.
     
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    Can you not put a For Sale sign on your boast when there are events to draw those crowds?
     
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    The boat show we attended was for brand new boats, not used ones or old ones. Our boat/trailer is in a boat/trailer storage. We will attach two For Sale signs to the windshield, but don't know if that will do a thing. Another thing, John, places don't host Used Boat shows or sales.
     
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  7. Cody Fousnaugh

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    We just found out that there are two livestock auctions in northwest Nevada. One in Carson City and the other in Fallon. We love livestock auctions and went to the one in Fort Collins, Colorado a number of times to watch cattle and sheep be auctioned off. There would be "no way" this kind of auction would be found here in the area we live. Just another reason to go up to Carson City/Reno area for a week, check things out, and move up there by the first of September.
     
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    We have a little livestock auction barn here just outside of town. It is fun to go watch.
     
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    Just decided to stop in and let you good folks know what's happening:

    Our boat and trailer is up for sale on Facebook Marketplace, Boat Trader and Nextdoor/Henderson. If you want to take a look at it, it's a 1992 Celebrity 200 Cuddy Cabin w/EZ Loader Trailer. Both for $9,000, which also includes numerous things that go with the boat. The engine only has 32 hours on it (Hour Meter above engine). Facebook Marketplace and Nextdoor are free, but Boat Trader cost us $229 to advertise for 12 weeks.

    If, by chance, the boat/trailer doesn't sell, we will pay to have it transported to Carson City/Reno area (if that's where we end up moving to). About 45 minutes east of Carson City is a lake we can put it on. However, physically speaking, we no longer want to handle launching/retrieving it, so we hope it sells. We aren't going to have the boat/trailer stop us from moving.

    The SIL, wife's older sister, still would like to come out and see us, but it's getting so, so hot and darn near every hotel is charging an "arm and leg" for a room. IOW, summer tourist season is here. We haven't, and won't, tell her when we are taking our 1-week trip up to Carson City/Reno area next month. I've told her "this isn't a vacation trip for us, it's a research and looking at apartments trip for us". She doesn't like hearing the word "no", so we simply won't tell her when we are going up. Only way we can handle the situation.

    Wife is still working at home.

    Starting today, for the entire week, we will start out in the low 90's, but end up in the upper 90's, as in 98 by the middle of the week. People here love the heat, but we sure don't.

    So, that's it. We did make a mistake moving here, but that's just the way it is. My wife told me "I always wanted to live in, or near, Las Vegas, but not any more!"
     
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    Good luck selling that boat. I'm sure with the prices of new boats since COVID, someone who wants to get into the sport will be interested.
     
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  11. Cody Fousnaugh

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    LOL, but I can definitely see who likes me and who don't. Then again, there are times that I don't even like me, believe it or not.

    Anyway, I'll put an Avatar back on soon. Guess no matter how hard I try, I just can't stay away from Ken's Forum. Guess, to a point, that's a good thing. Again, LOL

    Well, in a few weeks, Saturday June 8th, we drive up to Carson City/Reno area in our 2021 Durango GT. Will be up there for about a week, checking out apartment complexes and some of the area. It's been many, many years since I've been to Lake Tahoe and my wife might just talk me into driving up there on the Sunday after we arrive. We are looking extremely forward to going up there. The northern and northwestern part of Nevada is almost 100% different than where we are. We've already been told, but numerous people, both up there (over a forum) and down here (in person) that we'd like living up there much, much better than here.

    Last Friday we hit 100 degrees with 6% humidity. Very dry and very hot! And, we aren't even in June, July or August yet. I really have no idea why there are so, so many people living in the Henderson/Vegas area-valley. Well over 3 million! And, more coming.
     
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