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OK, I have been wanting one of these for quite some time, but because of injuries, surgery at the end of the year , and a multitude of other reasons, I never got around to picking one of these up.

I had seen several models, and only this one looked solid enough for me to want to get it.
Many of the cheaper models aren't worth messing with.
Its really bigger and more sturdy than I had imagined, and should suit me just fine.
I don't really have the room for a big commercial unit, not to mention they can run in the range of $2,000 or more.

Anyway, as of last night, I have one of these in my weightroom.... set up and ready to go.
I'm stoked! Alongside is a quick video, showing some of what you can do with it.
I picked it up primarily for seated rows, and rope pushdowns, but will also do some lat pulldowns too, if my shoulders can take it.


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By the way, for those interested, I picked this up off Craigslist.
Retails with only a lat pulldown bar and seated row bar for $420.
I got this with 2 additional attachments, a hybrid/multi grip stainless low row attachment, and a triceps rope attachment for a grand total of $250. (perhaps $60-$80 for these attachments)
Considering its like new, I'm pretty happy thusfar.

You can post whatever you want here, as we all have different likes.
Electronics,Ipods, computers, DVDs, new cars, whatever.
In retrospect, I can't believe we never had one of these posts around here before now.



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Good thread. FYI - easy on the lat pulls; basically you can do them post-op but be sure not to go crazy with the weight right of the bat. They can be a bitch on post-surgical shoulder repairs, mainly because of poor scapular stabilizers and rotator cuff weakness. Those should be strengthened first before hitting up the big muscle groups. Enjoy your new toy! Looks like a great deal.

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Good thread. FYI - easy on the lat pulls; basically you can do them post-op but be sure not to go crazy with the weight right of the bat. They can be a bitch on post-surgical shoulder repairs, mainly because of poor scapular stabilizers and rotator cuff weakness. Those should be strengthened first before hitting up the big muscle groups. Enjoy your new toy! Looks like a great deal.


Well, haven't had that surgery....... (I HAVE done perhaps hundreds of hours of shoulder therapy though, and should rightfully be called a damn expert on that shite now- internal rotations, external rotations, cuban rotations, scapular retractions, broomstick stretches you fkin' name it) On that note, now I have this machine I can do face pulls with the rope. That is about the best exercise you can do to strengthen shoulders from everything I have tried over the years, and another reason I bought it.

I have permanent loss in my left shoulder from an accident years ago, and my right shoulder has an "impingement". In my case, its a bone spur that touches a nerve, and certain movements are pretty painful.

I haven't had surgery on that, but at some point I most likely will.
The surgery I was referring to, was a double hernia surgery in early December. Now that was a real bitch.
I won't go into it much here, but I had some type of bad reaction and the first 2 days after were horrendous, but I improved by leaps and bounds over the next few weeks.
I was technically "cleared" to lift only a few weeks ago, but I had been tinkering again with weights since early January.

Still nowhere near what I was doing before, but my body has already changed alot, in the few short weeks of lifting. (in the last 1/3rd of last year, I lost roughly 35 pounds mostly muscle, from quitting lifting cold turkey) :|

I'm pretty conscious of what I should and shouldn't be doing, and I didn't really buy that piece for lat pulls.
More for rope pushdowns and seated rows, but I'm already doing some medium strong lat pulls already. I don't see myself ever going too heavy on certain movements again.
I cut out all barbell work btw, and its all dumbbells now. That = relatively pain free, and from everything I can see and read through all my years of study, its the better move for most everyone.
Barbell work is hard on your joints, just brutal.


Anyway, I look forward to seeing others entries on this thread, and goodies they pick up here and there.



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New Home - 5 Bed/3 Bath/ attached 2 car garage/ 18k Gallon Greco style pool on 1/4 acre in SoCal for under $270.00 Nestled in the foothills with mountains behind and city below. Thoroughly Modern with chef style kitchen, office for me and arts/crafts room for the wife.


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Holy wow, DrM! Congratulations! Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, I guess!

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Thanks, Whit. It's much more of the hardly rich and not-so-famous when ya get down to it. A house like this in my old neighborhood would push $800k. I figure I'm moving up and saving a huge amount. Besides - I save about 3 hours a day in drive time and freeway insanity which also is a plus.


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I don't know how people in California manage to own a home AND pay their exorbitant tax bill. About your drive...that's a lot of time on the road. I spend about 90 minutes and I have a 60-mile round trip commute.

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Congrats on the new purchase Doc! Sounds incredible!!

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I just bought a brand new front right fender for my '96 Town and Country Van since I hit a deer with the old one. Paid $573.00 for it and also bought a new heavy duty alternator for $334.00 installed! Also congratulations to Dr. Moreau for the new home. :clap:

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New Home - 5 Bed/3 Bath/ attached 2 car garage/ 18k Gallon Greco style pool on 1/4 acre in SoCal for under $270.00 Nestled in the foothills with mountains behind and city below. Thoroughly Modern with chef style kitchen, office for me and arts/crafts room for the wife.



The other half of the board founders thinks that pics should be REQUIRED for this thread.

Obviously, don't tip off the location for privacy reasons, but some simple shots would be very interesting.

Err, and framed projects inside would be nice too. ;) And speaking of those.............



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Thanks to watching the Twilight Zone marathon, I noticed a small pop-up ad on-screen that told me Amazon was running a one-day sale on the Blu-Ray set. I went over to the site and sure enough it was on sale for 55% off. Had to make the purchase. FINALLY! Now I will own my favorite show on Blu-Ray. I can't wait to watch this in crystal clear Blu-Ray technology 1080p.

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Thanks to watching the Twilight Zone marathon, I noticed a small pop-up ad on-screen that told me Amazon was running a one-day sale on the Blu-Ray set. I went over to the site and sure enough it was on sale for 55% off. Had to make the purchase. FINALLY! Now I will own my favorite show on Blu-Ray. I can't wait to watch this in crystal clear Blu-Ray technology 1080p.

Congrats Lazy! Enjoy your little bundle of TZ joy. I love the Blu-Rays!

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well, a couple of weeks ago i bought one of them smart led 3d 50" flat screens for the living room. pretty sweet. just like being at the theater (well, maybe better).


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well, a couple of weeks ago i bought one of them smart led 3d 50" flat screens for the living room. pretty sweet. just like being at the theater (well, maybe better).


Nice! So how are you enjoying the 3D capability?

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well, a couple of weeks ago i bought one of them smart led 3d 50" flat screens for the living room. pretty sweet. just like being at the theater (well, maybe better).


Nice! So how are you enjoying the 3D capability?


Haven't had a chance to watch a movie, but watched some free stuff off "in demand". The 3d picture is incredible.
Just like being at the theater, but with the comforts of home.


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First upgrade to a smartphone. I've had my LG "dumb phone" for the last 5+ years. It was time to join 21st century civilization.

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Thanks Doc! Now I'll wait for a PtE app.....

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Amazon offered great sales on these two last month, so I couldn't resist.

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Pre-ordered this for March...

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Nice Whit! Yes, I still have to make the plunge for the BluRay Universal Classic Monsters set. It's definitely on my wish list.

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Yep! The Blu-Ray set is sitting right here on the desk in front of me. Too bad I am so loaded down with work but I guess I needed to work to afford them. So I guess I'll watch them as time allows.

The only one of the eight I haven't seen is "Phantom of the Opera" which I am not really looking forward to. I can't wait to see how good these films look on Blu-Ray! Some of the Twilight Zone Blu-Rays were great and Hitchcock's "Psycho" on Blu is amazing!

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Well, if it is the restored version they released back in 2012 - you may be happily surprised. Added footage, mainly stills and text, flushes out how this must have looked in 1925. It just depends on which version they included. The Blackhawk or the newer Milestone version. The later has the been taken from 35mm prints and cleaned up yet kept at 20 fps so things aren't so jerking and animated. The Blackhawk is visually stunning, some ghosting and time sync issues due to it being at 24 fps. However, both are back to the original 99 minute runtime and well worth the viewing. Of course, this coming from a silent movie and horror fan, I may be jaded :oops:


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Pre-ordered this for August. I know next to nothing about it, except its got weird creatures and is a minor favorite in Japan.

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I've never seen ULTRA Q, but two years ago I got the complete original ULTRAMAN.
I notice that the creature on the ULTRA Q cover who's meant to be terrifying is also mainly the same suit as the "loveable" little creature in two ULTRAMAN episodes!


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Not purchases but gifts for Christmas and birthday, a very generous year:

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Not purchases but gifts for Christmas and birthday, a very generous year:

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Wow! Nice haul. I got some money which I used to pay my Christmas bills. :roll:

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nice. Is that the extended versions of the trilogy or....?


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nice. Is that the extended versions of the trilogy or....?


Yep. Extended version of all 3 films, plus featurettes. Definitely a nice little piece to have. I've seen all 3 so I'm glad to have them in my collection.

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Wow! Nice haul. I got some money which I used to pay my Christmas bills. :roll:


Yeah, thanks. I agree. Hey money is money, and it's useful for whatever is necessary.

I wonder about getting money as a gift after, say, gifting money or gift cards to the same person you received money from. It's almost like an even transaction...so what was the point? :ROTF:
The idea of gift cards makes sense if you don't know what to get someone and they can buy what they want, but it loses something. Not to mention it's like I said, all it feels like is exchanging monies.

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Yep. Extended version of all 3 films, plus featurettes. Definitely a nice little piece to have. I've seen all 3 so I'm glad to have them in my collection.


I want to watch them but I tried to sit through the first 15 minutes but got bored for some reason. Not that Ive given up on them but Id like to eventually view them. How would you rate them or is there any other films to compare them to? The american remake of Dragon had decent reviews.


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Yep. Extended version of all 3 films, plus featurettes. Definitely a nice little piece to have. I've seen all 3 so I'm glad to have them in my collection.


I want to watch them but I tried to sit through the first 15 minutes but got bored for some reason. Not that Ive given up on them but Id like to eventually view them. How would you rate them or is there any other films to compare them to? The american remake of Dragon had decent reviews.


Not sure if I can compare them to anything, at least not off the top of my head. I enjoyed all 3 of them but The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was my favorite. I watched the US version, and I enjoyed it, I like David Fincher as a director and thought he was perfect for doing the movie. But there's something about these Swedish versions that give it an edge. I saw the Swedish version first and just prefer it to the US version. I actually read the book too (first only) and I was bored by the very beginning too, but it gets better. I thought the first one was sort of like an Agatha Christie murder mystery - best comparison I can give - which I like because I used to read them when I was a teenager. I'd go back and watch - Noomi Rapace does an awesome job as Lisbeth Salander.

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Kind of cool, I just bought seasons 1 and 2 as a gift for a friend of mine over in Australia.
She is a pretty solid sci-fi fan, and miraculously never seen the series.



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Same here.... whats the appeal? it looks like churned out sy fy channel stuff. Is it about aliens..?


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Same here.... whats the appeal? it looks like churned out sy fy channel stuff. Is it about aliens..?



Its only probably the best sci-fi series to come out in the last 30 + years.
In fact, arguably one of the best of all time.

Don't just take my word for it, it was very highly regarded essentially everywhere, won countless awards and had a massive following.
I've said it before, but I personally believe the first season had some of the best episodes I've ever seen in any show, not just science fiction.

As with most series the pilot is a little slow in spots for me, but it quickly picks up the pace.
Without going into it in great detail.......... its basically a long ongoing war between the Cylons and the Human race. Its a desperate struggle for survival for the last remaining few humans who are constantly on the run from the Cylons. They are also searching desperately trying to find their home planet "Earth".

Be warned, this is not really one of those shows where you can just "catch an episode here and there".
There are so many twists,turns and secrets revealed, that you pretty much must follow it closely.

As a sci-fi fan, you seriously don't know what you are missing on this one.
Lazyboy is another big fan, if he sees this I'm sure he will chime in. (so is fellow board member Alsunday)

I personally didn't agree with a few of the angles and story lines in some later seasons, but it was still top notch across the board.



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Excellent writing and storytelling. I got hooked on it because of a friend of mine who grew up with the original 70s show and was interested in this reboot. So I had to go back to watch the pilot but I started it from the first season and was really engaged. Definitely a show worth plunging into.

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Its only probably the best sci-fi series to come out in the last 30 + years.
In fact, arguably one of the best of all time.


I'll argue that :D

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Don't just take my word for it, it was very highly regarded essentially everywhere, won countless awards and had a massive following.
As a sci-fi fan, you seriously don't know what you are missing on this one.


Wow some heavy praise. I guess I will get around to it someday.. it seems like alot to take on in terms of watching the entire franchise. I know its a very popular show and has a dedicated fanbase.
So did you watch the original series? Is this new version even still on?


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Its only probably the best sci-fi series to come out in the last 30 + years.
In fact, arguably one of the best of all time.


I'll argue that :D

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Don't just take my word for it, it was very highly regarded essentially everywhere, won countless awards and had a massive following.
As a sci-fi fan, you seriously don't know what you are missing on this one.


Wow some heavy praise. I guess I will get around to it someday.. it seems like alot to take on in terms of watching the entire franchise. I know its a very popular show and has a dedicated fanbase.
So did you watch the original series? Is this new version even still on?



It wouldn't be fair to try and argue over how good a series is until you actually take the time to sit and watch it.
Considering you are essentially a fan of all similar shows and I believe over the last few years have watched many similar things like Babylon 5, many Star Trek variations, I think its safe to say you are going to like it, its just a matter of how much.

The show has been off for several years now, and without going into it it was wrapped up fairly.
That was a major concern for all the fans going into the end, and much was made of it.
Personally I think it was ok, not exactly a spectacular ending, but good.

There were 4 seasons, but (working from memory) seasons 2 and 3 were broken down into halves/separate releases.

As I said, I think the pilot was good. I think it was a 3 hour event broken down into 2 parts and shown over 2 successive nights.
I wasn't necessarily swearing it was the best ever when I first saw it.... but the early season 1 episodes were some of the best tv I have ever seen.

I seriously look forward to your comments on this one.



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It's definitely doable to watch BSG in entirety. I received the entire series on BluRay 4 years ago for my birthday and at some point I made the choice to watch it through (even better than having to wait a week or months at a time). With life getting in the way, I was still able to get through it all in at least a month's time, quite possibly even quicker than that, but I can't be sure.

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As many of you know, I do play poker a fair amount, and often I host games where I live.
This invariably leads to people bitching and craving coffee, as poker players are prone to do. :ROTF:
Over the years I have had many coffee pots.....but the last one met an untimely death. I won't get into how that occurred at this time ;) but a while back I found myself in need of a pot.
Keurig and single cup coffee makers seem to be all the rage the last few years, and I was looking into them for a bit.
I decided to pull the trigger recently, and found this "Flexbrew" to be a good fit.

2 main selling points to me were:

#1 -LESS MESS-
This is a biggie for me. At 4 a.m. after playing, I don't feel the need to clean up a huge mess, so these single cup brewers are perfect for my scenario.

#2 - FLEXIBILITY-
No pun intended. This brewer has the ability to brew a pot of regular coffee/grounds if necessary.
I don't particularly like that idea, as its just more of the same old as before. But in the event a herd wants coffee all at once, you can easily fix a big pot instead of a single serving cup.


Another issue for many, is price.
I don't much care if its a few extra $$$ up front, as long as its ease of use (and cleanliness) down the road helps me.
This one does everything, and I got it at Walmart for $49.99. Not too bad really.
Most of the Keurig's are $90 or much more, depending on what size you are looking for.
One issue, is the cost of the cups.
They can easily turn into $1.00 a cup, but generally you can find the bulk packages of 18 cups or more, fairly reasonably.
One friend of mine, says you can buy generic empty cups, and fill them with your own coffee grounds too, in the event you want to be more specific on type and flavor.
He said basically you buy the grounds/kind you want, pick up a pack of the little "do it yourself" empty cups, and make your own.
This isn't what I'm looking to do, but I suppose it works for many people, especially those wanting a specific kind of coffee, that you may or may not find in single K cups.

Overall - I'm happy with it, and the last couple of days I have had a cup when I woke up.
I think I'm starting to see the appeal to devoted morning coffee fans. :dance:





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Welcome to the AM Coffee Club! Yeah man, I love my morning coffee! For about 5 years, my wife and I had a brewer that did not use a pot but did use the coffee filters with coffee grounds. We could make anywhere from 1 cup to 10 cups at once depending on need/want. After that one died, we were looking for a new one. My brother-in-law had a Keurig and though I liked it when we visited, I wasn't sure I was up for that. My wife seemed set on getting one, so that was what we asked for at Christmas time 2 years ago from her family. I definitely like it, but mainly because of the option of what you mentioned - the empty refillable cups. I enjoy the variety the single K-cups have, but yes, the cost is a little silly sometimes, even the larger quantity packs. I find it more reasonable to buy a pound of my favorite ground coffee and fill the cups myself. Enjoy your new Flexbrew!

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