OT: Obligatory Friday "What are you doing?" Posbang Thread

Submitted by profitgoblue on June 1st, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Its that time again!  Time to find out what everyone is up to this fine Friday morning/afternoon.  What are you up to?  Any good plans for the weekend?

Me, I'm sitting at my desk as usual.  Trying to stay awake.  I've been up since 12:30am taking care of child-rearing obligations and I'm exhausted.  Staring at a computer screen does not help keep the eyes open either.

Still trying to sell my car and get a new one.  Selling a car as a private seller is a lot of damn work.  Not to mention the fact that I've gotten 2 scam emails thus far.  They are hilarious.  The respondent is claiming to be at sea without access to cell phone but access to email.  They say they'll pay asking price and ask for my PayPal account because that's the only way they can pay.  Idiots.  I responded to one saying "Nice try.  Go scam someone else.  Oh, and I just reported you to the authorities."  F-ers.

P.S.  I'm going to posbang my own thread again because its fun and it feels good.

P.P.S.  Chick-fil-A for lunch today!  Mmm mmm good.




June 1st, 2012 at 12:17 PM ^

Have you thought about selling your car to CarMax?... they have a very objective appraisal process.  You will probably get a little less for it than what you would get wiht a private sale, but man, it was worth not having to deal with the hassle.  

(Just sold them my 2004 Toyota Rav4 for $8,000... $8K for an 8 yr old car... which was $300 less than what Edmunds.com estimated it to be worth, and they found some hail damage on the roof that I wasn't aware of)

EDIT: I have no finanicial relationship with CarMax to disclose... just a satisfied customer.

Gulo Gulo Luscus

June 1st, 2012 at 12:41 PM ^

I got almost $3k from CarMax for a 2003 Saturn L300 with 80k miles that was in pretty rough shape a couple years ago.  It was a little below private party estimations (right on par with trade-in value) at Edmunds but I had a check in my hand about an hour after arriving at the site.  Given how much time it can take to advertise, find a private buyer and hammer out a deal, it was totally worth it.


June 1st, 2012 at 12:48 PM ^

I'm going to give it another week or two and then hit up CarMax.  I'd like to get private party sales price, but if this goes on much longer I'm going to give up.  Thanks to you both for the advice - I had totally forgotten to visit CarMax as well.



June 1st, 2012 at 2:14 PM ^

I got that same one.  Nelson Cruz is the marine biologist.  Hahaha.  Google that name and Craigslist and there's all kinds of complaints about his scam.

Its a 2005 Honda Accord manual transmission.  Fun car just not big enough for our expanded family with 2 car seats.



June 1st, 2012 at 2:39 PM ^

The dealership offered me $8500 but they are selling the same model for $14,000 with more mileage!  Ours only has 51,000 miles on it.  Its a great car - never had any mechanical issues whatsoever in the 7 years we've driven it.



June 1st, 2012 at 3:09 PM ^

A bit outta her price range unfortunately. Love those manual transmissions. I just bought an automatic and hate the thing. I'll be driving downtown, so it's a bit of a necessity, but regrettable nonetheless. I feel out of control when I can't control when it shifts, and automatics burn through gas like crazy.


June 1st, 2012 at 2:26 PM ^

You might be fine selling a Honda - lots of interest and still a going concern.  I took a 2005 Saab 9-3 with low mileage there and they offered me $5K.  Sold it a week later for $10K to a private party.  CarMax seems best suited to 2-3 year old broadly appealing cars - everyone I know who's been OK with the experience has sold a 2008 or newer Toyota, Lexus or Honda.


June 1st, 2012 at 12:52 PM ^

I liked the Trinity Killer season.  Season five seems to have fallen off (I've only watched the first four episodes).  I don't have high hopes for how season five will finish, but I'll keep watching because I'll want to be up to date for season six.  I don't have Showtime, so I watch them all on Blu-ray or DVD whenever they come out.  I'm behind the times.


June 1st, 2012 at 11:59 AM ^

I'm trying to finish work early and then attempt to finish drywalling the kitchen with my lovely wife. After that perhaps enjoy a few Oberons.


June 1st, 2012 at 12:02 PM ^

Wife in South Bend and I are closing on our first house in a month or so, and we've got some drywalling to do (among many other renovations). I've done most household repairs before, but I've never drywalled significant areas before, so I'm a little nervous.


June 1st, 2012 at 12:03 PM ^

take your time, plan it out, measure twice, cut once, and DONT RUSH IT. Drywall can be simple and easy to do. If you do it too quickly/lazily/etc it will turn out looknig awful. Just take your time.


June 1st, 2012 at 12:07 PM ^

Congrats about the house. If there's one thing I've learned about drywall it's that most people despise doing it including friends who I'd consider very handy. I think its all the gypsum dust that makes people depressed. I'm not very handy but with some help from Ask This Old House videos it's going well but slow.


June 1st, 2012 at 12:49 PM ^

on your house.  Was recently in same boat.  You have about one month until your Home Depot card is maxed out and you are cursing your lawn.  But for that one month, it is going to be AWESOME.


June 1st, 2012 at 12:52 PM ^

My wife and I (emphasis on the I) are fixing up an old farm house that her grandparents left behind. I've already ripped out the kitchen and put in a whole new one, painted the first floor, and replaced some rotted floor boards in various areas, and I'm about to head over and start a plywood / cement board / tile sandwich on the bathroom floor. Besides the painting, I have zero experience with any of this stuff, and it all turned out great so far. Point being, don't get too nervous, I'm sure it'll work out just fine. 


June 1st, 2012 at 1:13 PM ^

We aren't planning anything THAT in-depth. We're just replacing the drywall in a few rooms, replacing a few light fixtures, repairing some of the wood siding, repainting, replacing some baseboards, re-tiling a couple of bathrooms, and recarpeting a few rooms (we're letting the pros do that one, thank God).

My biggest concern is trying to pull up a section of the basement with tile on concrete. Not sure if it's thinset or mastic, which could mean either an afternoon of annoying labor or three days of backbreaking pain-in-the-ass grunt work.


June 1st, 2012 at 1:24 PM ^

I bought a house last May and renovated the half-bath with the same stuff you're using. I was a little overwhelmed at first, but once you get moving with the thin-set and laying tiles, it goes suprisingly fast. 


It's amazing how nice it looks when you're done, especially if you install the matching bullnose 3 x 12 in pieces as base trim.  Just be sure to take before and after pics.


June 1st, 2012 at 12:00 PM ^

In 40 minutes and then a meeting with my Neuroscience professor about working in her lab. Then, sleep. And Arrested Development, which I decided to watch again.


June 1st, 2012 at 12:02 PM ^

Driving to the girlfriend's in Michigan.

Profit - either cars.com or autotrader.com (I can't remember which) lets you list cars for free. That can help. Good luck with the sale.

I'm out, have a good weekend eveyrone