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Got a nice little surprise to start the year off with.

Turns out I am one of the beneficiaries of the settlement of a class action lawsuit that has been going on for some years and which I knew nothing about.

Several years ago, around 2006 or so, possibly earlier, there was a big deal being made about a citrus tree disease in Florida, called citrus canker.

The commercial citrus industry was freaking out over the possibility of having to cut down God only knows how many citrus trees, so the state took aggressive action.

They decreed that if a case of citrus canker was detected anywhere in the state, all citrus trees within a 2,000 ft radius of any infected tree, would have to be destroyed.

At the time, I had in my backyard, three citrus trees. A navel orange tree that produced big, juicy, delicious seedless navel oranges, a healthy pink grapefruit tree that produced big, juicy pink grapefruit, and a young sapling that was either a lemon or a lime tree. I never found out though, because just as it was about to start bearing fruit, I got a notification in the mail telling me that my trees had to come down and failure or refusal to cooperate, would result in legal action.

So a tree company came by one day and cut down my beautiful navel orange tree and the other two.

I got a $100 Walmart gift card as compensation.

Over the years I would occasionally wish I still had my orange tree. The lemon or lime tree might have been nice. The grapefruit tree I wasn't so sorry about. I might have cut that one down myself eventually.

What pissed me off, is that the property owner behind me just ignored them, kept their crappy tree that produced crappy, seedy little juice oranges and never suffered any legal action whatsoever.

Then, the state just dropped the whole thing.

I basically lost my trees for nothing!!! 😑😑😑

So anyhoo... Just after this past New Years, I got a card in the mail telling me about a class action lawsuit that had been filed by a couple or more pissed off homeowners who had lost their trees.....



So I Googled the lawsuit, then went to the website they linked and saw that the payment was like $340+ per tree. I wasn't sure if they had counted the sapling, but I was hoping for payment for all three and that it would be somewhere north of $1,000.

Yesterday the check arrived.

It was for $1,600!!! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ€ πŸ˜›πŸ˜Ž

Plus... the accompanying letter told me there is another $540 available, but I have to fill out and submit an IRS form to claim it because it's taxable.

So I stand to come out of this with a little over $2,000!!!!
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Nice!   Any plans for it?

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I've been thinking about maybe buying a decent new guitar, but I have four old ones I want to sell some or all of first.

I was going to buy one of those electric scooters with some of my stimulus money but never did.

Still haven't spent the first dime of any of that money.

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My bro will occasionally buy or sell a guitar. I don't know how many he has now. He likes Martin guitars.

But yeah, I always enjoy getting extra money like those stimulus checks, but I end up just leaving it in the bank. There's nothing I really want or need.

I'll be getting SS money pretty soon, but really, it's just gonna sit in my bank or investment account.

I guess I've passed the age of wanting to acquire things.


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Same here.

I need to get rid of things before I acquire new things.

Of course, some things I've had for so long, it's hard to think of parting with them just because of the sentimental value.

One of my guitars I've had since 1976.
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Well, off to find a dentist tomorrow. Was just finishing dinner, when I felt stuff crunching in my mouth. Spit out a piece of tooth and a filling. No pain in the tooth, at least, but have to be careful of a sharp part.  Gonna be a big hit on the bank account...
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Ugh. The dentist.

Good luck, Mr.Tim.

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Originally posted by MrTim MrTim wrote:

Well, off to find a dentist tomorrow. Was just finishing dinner, when I felt stuff crunching in my mouth. Spit out a piece of tooth and a filling. No pain in the tooth, at least, but have to be careful of a sharp part.Β  Gonna be a big hit on the bank account...


What are you going to have done that will be so expensive?

An extraction shouldn't cost that much.

Or are you going to have some kind of repair type procedure?

If you replace it with an implant, that could be costly.
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Won't find out options until tomorrow, and I'd kinda like to keep the tooth. (Getting teeth pulled starts a slippery slope, imo.) I could've had it looked at today if I hadn't overslept til almost noon... Ermm
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Happy birthday to CIH member poop. He turns 106 today. That's some old poop.

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What, no happy birthday wishes for Mr_Zigglesworth?

Or TonyRockaroni?

Etc., et al?


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Today wasn't too bad. Had a root canal on the tooth & a temp crown put in. Can at least eat now without a sharp edge cutting my tongue up. Next to no pain, physically at least, but before it's all done it's going to run me 3k Pinch...
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Originally posted by Jimbo Jimbo wrote:

What, no happy birthday wishes for Mr_Zigglesworth?

Or TonyRockaroni?

Etc., et al?




No. I hate them.

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Originally posted by MrTim MrTim wrote:

Today wasn't too bad. Had a root canal on the tooth & a temp crown put in. Can at least eat now without a sharp edge cutting my tongue up. Next to no pain, physically at least, but before it's all done it's going to run me 3k Pinch...


Back around 2000, after having gone years without seeing a dentist (despite having dental coverage), I finally went.

I ended up accruing $18,000 worth of charges. Bridges, crowns, aqueducts, etc. But get this---at the time, my company offered unlimited 80% coverage. So, for all that work, I ended up paying about $2,000!!!

I think, after that, my company changed to the usual 80% coverage with a $2,500 limit.

Anyway, enjoy your root canal.



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Originally posted by Thor Thor wrote:

Originally posted by Jimbo Jimbo wrote:

What, no happy birthday wishes for Mr_Zigglesworth?

Or TonyRockaroni?

Etc., et al?




No. I hate them.



H8rz gonna h8.
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Had an amazing time in St. Thomas. Enjoyed having my toes in the sand and getting out in the water on their beaches, had some great meals and just enjoyed getting out of the cold for a week. Temps were in the 70's and 80's and sunny almost every day.

The vacation took a bad and roller-coaster turn in the last few days regarding the airline that I'll expand on in the What Pisses You Off thread.
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There are no CIH birthdays today.

Happy birthday, no one!

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As expected..... No response.
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There's 3 birthdays listed for today right now, and one from yesterday.
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Originally posted by radioandnascarfan radioandnascarfan wrote:

There's 3 birthdays listed for today right now, and one from yesterday.


When I'm logged off, I see three. But when I log in, nothing.

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Originally posted by Thor Thor wrote:

Originally posted by radioandnascarfan radioandnascarfan wrote:

There's 3 birthdays listed for today right now, and one from yesterday.


When I'm logged off, I see three. But when I log in, nothing.


I'm logged in and I see three.
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Dropped $45 today to fill the gas tank (it was only half full, not letting it get below that for the foreseeable future), plus a can of gas for the mower. Price went up 20 cents since yesterday. It's only going to get worse... 
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Got my second check from the citrus canker lawsuit the other day. This one is for $553.00

Makes a total of just over $2,150.00.

I'm thinking about getting a new citrus tree.

Maybe a tangelo tree.

Navel orange trees like the one I had take too long to begin bearing fruit.
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Originally posted by MrTim MrTim wrote:

Dropped $45 today to fill the gas tank (it was only half full, not letting it get below that for the foreseeable future), plus a can of gas for the mower. Price went up 20 cents since yesterday. It's only going to get worse...Β 


Someone I know said he saw the gas price at his usual gas station go up twice in the same day---totalling a 40 cent increase.

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