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Old 12-20-2012, 10:33 AM   #41
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Oh, to keep this OT, I may just buy myself another Christmas present besides the new sauce pan. My coffee maker is back to brewing terrible coffee again.
Keurig! Keurig! Keurig! LOL! Seriously pacanis, did you try the vinegar thing? Fill with vinegar, let it sit overnight. Drain the vinegar, run two or three batches of clear water through and then try coffee again.

My kids have put their gifts under the tree. I've not been peeking or shaking, but there are some cool items under there. I may be SOL for the handblender though. I don't see anything that resembles that under the tree.
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Old 12-20-2012, 11:43 AM   #42
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I didn't let the vinegar sit overnight, but after cleaning with CLR, then rinsing a couple times, I did brew a pot of vinegar and rinse some more.
Since it was OK for a while, I'm thinking maybe the heating element isn't getting as hot as it should. At least some times...

Yeah, I'll probably get a Keurig. It's just a matter of which one now. The one I like is the one that everyone says needs replaced in a year.
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Old 12-20-2012, 11:50 AM   #43
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SO, my daughters and I exchange stocking gifts. Minimal value fun to open. Gifts for our grandson are a different story. After all, he's six, it's his time of year.
Andy, he is at the perfect age for Christmas. Still young enough to be in awe and to give a lot of joy without even knowing it.
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Old 12-20-2012, 12:57 PM   #44
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As great as tablets are, I don't see them as a replacement for a laptop. If your only interface will be to surf the internet, do email and play games (more or less) a tablet is a good idea. If you plan on doing a lot of typing or spreadsheets or other computer stuff, a lap or desk top is the way to go.
There are some now that are very close to being laptop replacements. My friend had an Asus tablet with a dock that makes some tasks much easier, but it is still super portable on its own.

My new tablet is slightly more powerful than my laptop (processor speed) and I can see it replacing the laptop when traveling. For now though, picture editing and blogging is much easier on the laptop. I can see myself buying one more laptop and seeing tablets evolve into a more capable replacement.
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Old 12-20-2012, 01:09 PM   #45
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Andy, he is at the perfect age for Christmas. Still young enough to be in awe and to give a lot of joy without even knowing it.

I talked to my daughter today. She told me he's getting very excited about Christmas day and Santa's arrival. He received a Portable North Pole personalized greeting from Santa and that just cranked things up more. He couldn't figure out how Santa knew his name and where he lived.
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Old 12-20-2012, 03:28 PM   #46
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It was a perk to get my business. I didn't realize they cost so much. Pretty good perk. I never would have bought one for myself.
Very cool What business are you in?
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Old 12-20-2012, 03:36 PM   #47
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Very cool What business are you in?
Well, when I'm not running black op missions for a large government which will remain un-named ... or doing on location photo shoots for a popular women's swimwear catalog ... I take care of folks' pets I own a small kennel/retail/grooming business. And apparently credit card processing companies are getting pretty cut throat to steal away customers from competitors. I sure could have used a new toaster, but this will do
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That's great. We used to have a shop like that in our neighborhood; unfortunately the original owners moved away and the second owners couldn't keep it going.
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That happens a LOT. No one realizes the work involved or the stress.
It has its rewards if you are into it though.
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Old 12-22-2012, 03:39 PM   #50
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Santa screwed up one of my presents to myself
The new sauce pan I ordered specifically says,
"Unique stainless steel lid locks in place for easy and safe straining of large foods on one side and small foods on the other."
But it doesn't. It has no locking or straining feature whatsoever. Too bad, it's a nice looking pot, but I specifically wanted a straining feature in this one. It's re-packed and ready for UPS pickup...
On the plus side one of my other presents to myself arrived today along with the pot
On the down side it's the re-fillable cups for my Keurig, not that actual machine
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