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Old 10-23-09, 02:51 AM   #1
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The "Just Divorced" [I]to buy[/I] list

I'm putting together a list of stuff I need/want for my new base of operations. The first priorities are 2 beds for my kids and a set of washing/drying machines. Maybe some kitchen equipment.

Besides that, here's what I have came up so far:

* Plasma TV (lost it during divorce negotiations)
* Mountain Bike
* New PC
* Little Fridge to stock up with beer in my room

...Been married for so long that I can't remember what else is a single guy suppose to own. Please help, I don't want my man card revoked.

Also please feel free to point out the stuff I should NOT have on a wife-less living structure.
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Old 10-23-09, 03:03 AM   #2
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Old 10-23-09, 06:26 AM   #3
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ok i felt guilty making that wise crack. here is a serious answer:

microwave, kettle, a good array of plates/bowls/cuttlery. nothing worse than feeling down, get something comforting to eat and can't cook it. then it becomes upsetting.
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Let's see when I divorced I got:

1. set of Cosmic Carbone rims
2. New AV system for my home theater
3. Traded in my 2s 350zr for a 4dr BMW 355i
4. Whole new wardrobe
5. New bedroom set
5. Subscription to Match.com

Next go throughout the house and throw away all of the little ceramic things she had on every shelf. Remove anything with flowers on it and make sure that there is nothing adorning any of the toilets.
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Also please feel free to point out the stuff I should NOT have on a wife-less living structure.
The following (unless the plan is to pull a Nick Cage).

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* Plasma TV
This is number three on the list of "super important items I need" right behind beds for the kids and a washer/dryer set?
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This is number three on the list of "super important items I need" right behind beds for the kids and a washer/dryer set?
At least he's got his priorities strait. Single man without a plasma = fail.
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* Mountain Bike
Since when did FL have anything that resembles mountains?

Something else you'll want to straighten out pronto (if you already haven't) is child care. If you use a commercial operation, you'll also want a back-up plan for when either of the kid's get sick. I have 3 kids in the same school (different ages/grades). If any one of them runs a temperature/gets sick, the school will send all 3 home until such time as no one has a temp.
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At least he's got his priorities strait. Single man without a plasma = fail.
I don't have or want one. A 32inch tube tv is good enough for me.
Would rather pick up a powertap or take a vacation or two.
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Instead of a plasma screen, a projector might do nicely, and done right is along the same price. That said the only time I use my TV is when I watch DVDs. I also think the beer fridge in the bedroom is a bad idea. I don't know how you act when you get depressed, but in my case the first thing I do is stop leaving my apartment. If I had a fridge in my bedroom, I'd never even leave the bedroom, and that's not good. The kitchen isn't that far away, and if it is you have too big a house.
Edit: I'm not sure of your age, but it seems like you'll have to walk a fine line between keeping your man card and looking like you're purchasing your way through a mid-life crisis.
Also, what do your kids want in the house? What things can you get to encourage them towards whatever lifestyle choices you feel appropriate? As an example, growing up I always had a bicycle next to the front door because my father putting it there resulted in me riding it more often.
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Old 10-23-09, 09:59 AM   #15
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Ummmm.... you have kids. Like it or not, they are the priority.

TV - overrated.
New PC - Is it really necessary?
Bike - I prefer road, but I assume you already have one?
Beer fridge in the room - All that will get them is Drunk Daddy.

FIrst off - learn to cook. Good food. Whole food. From what I recall about former wifey, you will need to be the good example for the kids.
Make sure they have what they need for school and whatnot.
All these other things are your toys.
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Old 10-23-09, 10:01 AM   #16
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When my ex and I split I took the bare minimum when I moved out: bed, computers, workout equipment and my cookware.

I ended up buying everything to refurnish an apartment (no TV; didn't want one). My priorities were comfortable sofa and chairs, decent dining room setup, and decking out my kitchen.
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Times have changed. When did giant stereo system fall of the list for a single man?

Depending on how old the kids are, I'd get a Wii. I'm not even a single parent, and I've succumbed to having the kids play Wii while I took care of something.
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I'd say take up another hobby or a gym membership. And TV is bad for you.
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I'm putting together a list of stuff I need/want for my new base of operations. The first priorities are 2 beds for my kids and a set of washing/drying machines. Maybe some kitchen equipment.

Besides that, here's what I have came up so far:

* Plasma TV (lost it during divorce negotiations)
* Mountain Bike
* New PC
* Little Fridge to stock up with beer in my room

...Been married for so long that I can't remember what else is a single guy suppose to own. Please help, I don't want my man card revoked.

Also please feel free to point out the stuff I should NOT have on a wife-less living structure.
Don't think of it as "what a single guys supposed to own" as thats a list you make to impress women that come to visit, make it more like, "what do I need." then after everything on the "needs" list is crossed out you can go on and make a new list called, "What I want."
BTW, making the first priorities 2 beds for your kids is a great start.
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Serious:
-Desks/tables for eating/homework. -Also chairs. And lamps. Apartments don't usually have enough lighting.
-A decent vacuum cleaner.
-A fan.
-Enough blankets and bedding for beds. Take your kids out shopping and have them help decorate their rooms - it'll make the transition easier.
-Couple of rugs for the floor, just to make it homey.
-Bookcases & books, for you and the kids.
-Assortment of first-aid stuff - painkillers, vitamins, bandaids, hydrogen peroxide - kids and/or you can get sick/injured suddenly and there may be no time to pop out to the store. (Depends on how accident prone you are, but I can't function without bandaids.)
-Landline and answering machine (I hate using a cell as my main phone.)
-Fire extinguisher (depends on how paranoid you are)
-Bikes for you and the kids (essential)
I apologize if I'm being too didactic. I don't know how much detail you want.

Fun: Wii, new computer (I prefer Macs for kids, as I grew up with them), solid TV and sound system. Some decent art, if you have money. And a pinball machine
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About the Plasma... The plasma serve's a purpose. Is a screen big enough for everybody to watch even tho my 2 kids might be bouncing around during the movie. The plasma has a pc-video connector, I hook it it up to my 1terra-bit big movie collection. I also watch streaming of shows on hulu and alike. And setting up a play list of 12 barbie movies on Susday IS a winner.... the plasma goes
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Maybe its because I have experience in neither, but at first glance it seems that enough of one would negate the need for the other.
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Since when did FL have anything that resembles mountains?

Something else you'll want to straighten out pronto (if you already haven't) is child care. If you use a commercial operation, you'll also want a back-up plan for when either of the kid's get sick. I have 3 kids in the same school (different ages/grades). If any one of them runs a temperature/gets sick, the school will send all 3 home until such time as no one has a temp.
Big sister is living with me and a drop off child care is withing walking distance. All sides covered.

The MTB is to pull the boy's trail-a-bike, too unstable on the road bike.
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