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Is it time to timeshare?

My wife on the other hand quickly gets cabin fever. Our friends are always telling us to get a timeshare since it forces you to take time off. The very first “free weekend” timeshare presentation we went to was the Sheraton in Puerta Vallarta. The room was such a pressure cooker for sales you could see the pool of sweat on the floor. The first night and day were great, then the breakfast. The food was ok, and this guy joins us like he is our best friend. Then he turns up the heat. How we got out I will never know. The truth is we liked the location, and the price wasn’t bad. I was flying more for the airlines back then so I really didn’t need any more time away from home.

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LED TV or LCD TV?

Since the human eye can only see 1/60th of a degree of resolution, there is a limit to what we can process. The difference between 720 P. and 1080 P. is the difference between sitting at 1.57 times the screen width and 1.78 times the screen width. Sitting any closer than about twice the width of the screen increases fatigue and decreases the overall enjoyment of watching TV. For instance if you pick a 55 inch television it will be about 50 inches wide. That means you need to sit at 100 inches for normal television watching.

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Ferrari California or Aston Martin Vantage?

In one dealership there was a water leak dripping on the aluminum hood. As a guy who designs acoustically treated rooms, the sound of the water was music to my ears. The solid plump, plump, plump instead of ding, ding ding, let me know the aluminum had been treated with a sound deadener. If I am going to spend this kind of bank on the car, it can’t be louder than my cell phone call unless my foot is buried in the loud pedal.

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