You guys are too much!
First: Thanks to everyone for the well wishes.
Second: Retirement was seven-day weekends! But that was short-lived. It ended when we moved to Pennsylvania.
Moving is an ordeal. I did it at age 39 with no troubles ... all set up in a week.
And again at age 58 with some temporary aches and pains ... all set up in a month.
But this time it's been tough. Bad back, bad knee, tough times. The easy living of retirement won't resume until we've finished setting up house. That might take several months.
Seven-day weekends won't be back for a while.
But contrary to the proposition above, there's no more wifey-boss in my life now than before retirement.
I was working from home during the covid jail sentence. So wifey was at hand throughout. It's no different now.
@terminaldegree: I guess I've set a high bar of expectation around here.
I want to hear that the outcome of his purchase experience and shrewd negotiation skills resulted in the store paying him to buy a piano.
This had me rolling. And now I really
have my work cut out for me!
This is the real problem ...
Covid has constrained supplies enough where it may not matter how good of a negotiator you are, demand is just far outstripping supply and with many models you're lucky if a shop even has what you want in stock, let along at a price you'd prefer to pay. In that case, you either bite the bullet and pay a higher price, or you hold off and wait a few months (or a year?) in hopes that things go back to normal. Maybe there's another option?
And that logically leads to this:
You're probably right Gombessa. already said he would wait if necessary. But is he really going to wait a year + to get a great price?
I believe I will have to wait.
The purchase will likely be delayed for some time. Sad but true. But I will report my results when the time comes.