Deserving its own mention, my splurge of the quarter was a helicopter tour of San Francisco! As my friend Amy would say though, experiences > purses. And this was quite an experience! Take off and landing aside (which are so great on their own), the helicopter tour offered a crash course (and definitely no pun intended here) in San Francisco's main attractions from a very unique vantage point.
It also offered the once-in-a-lifetime experience of diving under the Golden Gate Bridge at 150 miles/hr to complete the loop by flying over it. I may have almost lost conscience but this will remain as one of the best experiences I have ever had.