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Re: Anyone Else Think Nest Thermostat is Buggy?

The nest certainly is pretty.

But I really question the logic of society of disregarding the downsides of having everything connected to wi-fi.
by Mingus
Wed Mar 04, 2015 2:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone Else Think Nest Thermostat is Buggy?
Replies: 13
Views: 1082

Re: Can I afford my dream house?

I'm sorry but with your net worth you can pretty much move to any location on the planet and retire right now. Make breakfast and walk your kids to school, learn to surf, write that novel you always thought about, ect. That was discussed at one time as well, but the forum consensus was the husband ...
by Mingus
Fri Feb 27, 2015 12:33 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can I afford my dream house?
Replies: 49
Views: 4049

Re: Chinese Drywall (Remediated) - Financing the purchase

I have to agree with most of the posters on this one. I have a higher tolerance for most things, such as lead paint, asbestos, knob and tube wiring, etc.. But I would more than likely not be interested in purchase a house that was sullied from toxic Chinese drywall. Then again, I'd have already elim...
by Mingus
Thu Feb 26, 2015 4:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Chinese Drywall (Remediated) - Financing the purchase
Replies: 12
Views: 1153

Re: physicians [Frustrated, considering early retirement]

I'm not a doctor, but would like to echo the comment on trying out a cash only basis. Years back, I had some interesting health problems and was getting nowhere. Went to a cash only medical group, where they handed me a coded sheet that I would submit myself to my insurance company. Instead of a rus...
by Mingus
Wed Feb 25, 2015 11:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: physicians [Frustrated, considering early retirement]
Replies: 132
Views: 8897

Re: House painting contractors

No wonder they run from you.....you would pay me fees comparable to a lawyer to do the work and detail you're describing. If you're as good as you claim, you shouldn't need a professional painter. Nah... I'm not insane (or have the cash flow of Bill Gates). In no way am I expecting or asking anyone...
by Mingus
Sat Feb 21, 2015 1:16 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: House painting contractors
Replies: 12
Views: 1006

Re: House painting contractors

Your main problem is that you are only giving them the opportunity to paint the high work, excluding the low work. The majority of decent painters won't fall for this because you will end up painting the lower work at subpar standards compared to his. It will make him look bad, this is the problem....
by Mingus
Fri Feb 20, 2015 11:54 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: House painting contractors
Replies: 12
Views: 1006

Re: Pick-Pockets

One tried

This dirtbag at some lively but scummy bar in was trying to pick my wallet out of my back pocket.

I had my wallet inside the inside pocket in my jacket.

He was pretty obvious too.
by Mingus
Fri Feb 20, 2015 12:46 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pick-Pockets
Replies: 63
Views: 5115

House painting contractors

This is partially venting. How do I deal with painting contractors?? For the past few years I've been trying to find a painting contractor to paint all my high up stuff that requires tall ladders and scaffolding to no avail. Here is how it generally always plays out: 1) They come out to the house sa...
by Mingus
Fri Feb 20, 2015 12:40 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: House painting contractors
Replies: 12
Views: 1006

Re: Has anyone restored windows?

I'm really glad you're keeping those windows. It's an old house preservation tragedy when old windows are lost, almost worse than painting woodwork. And it's not just painted once, but again and again and again. And never well. Like that next coat of latex paint is finally going to make it look nice.
by Mingus
Wed Feb 18, 2015 10:30 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Has anyone restored windows?
Replies: 25
Views: 1829

Re: Has anyone restored windows?

I have. It's not hard, but it is time consuming. There are a lot of steps. The highest skilled part is getting a clean line on the glazing putty. That takes practice. Two schools of thought. Start on the windows that need work the most. Or start on the windows that are least seen to figure out what ...
by Mingus
Mon Feb 16, 2015 11:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Has anyone restored windows?
Replies: 25
Views: 1829

Re: Does anyone like the new Toyota/Lexus grilles?

I don't like it. Sort of ugly. Glad I'm not in the market for a Toyota for several more years. I have a 2013 Camry. Styling is alright. When I had the "free" oil change last month, I saw the new Camry and from some angles it looked good, but not from the front. I even sat in one, and the i...
by Mingus
Mon Feb 16, 2015 2:03 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anyone like the new Toyota/Lexus grilles?
Replies: 60
Views: 3632

Re: Dealing with problematic tenants.

They don't bother anyone and pay rent on time. So what they are slobs. Give them a couple of boxes of baking soda and a fire extinguisher for the kitchen. Hopefully they continue to be paying on time renters for the next ten years. At that point redo the kitchen, paint, and new carpet. And hope the ...
by Mingus
Fri Feb 13, 2015 5:23 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Dealing with problematic tenants.
Replies: 56
Views: 3351

Re: Before building your house, what should you haven known/

I only want to add a few things: When your home is designed, beat into your architects head you want floors that have a minimum of L/1000 for deflection. This number can not be too high, essentially. Few things are worse than walking on spongy feeling floors that sound hollow. I'd also specify "...
by Mingus
Fri Feb 13, 2015 4:18 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Before building your house, what should you haven known/read
Replies: 14
Views: 1202

Re: ingress,egress,easement

I am no longer an expert in this arena. But I believe an easement has to be recorded with the county to be valid. However, it is possible person Z had an agreement with person X at one time to allow parking and access, and some sort of monetary exchange happened. Or person X was just a really nice g...
by Mingus
Fri Feb 13, 2015 12:27 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: ingress,egress,easement
Replies: 16
Views: 1642

Re: Time to finally purchase nice bedding - thoughts?

Can anyone comment on the longevity of the Macy's Hotel collection bed sheets?

I cringe at the price as well, especially if they are going to fall apart in two or three years. But if they lasted a long time, the price would be immaterial.
by Mingus
Thu Feb 12, 2015 9:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time to finally purchase nice bedding - thoughts?
Replies: 25
Views: 2089

Re: Poll: Is MMM a force for good?

His creative writing style is a force.
by Mingus
Tue Feb 10, 2015 6:43 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Poll: Is MMM a force for good?
Replies: 34
Views: 2917

Re: Car issues. [2009 Cadillac CTS - fix or sell]

Trade it in. I recommend either a Civic, a Corolla, or a Ferrari 458. You can get NAV in all those, I think.
by Mingus
Mon Feb 09, 2015 3:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car issues. [2009 Cadillac CTS - fix or sell]
Replies: 56
Views: 3513

Re: Pull permits for a minor remodel?

In my Pac NW region I'd estimate most remodels are done with permits but at least 20% of homes sold - probably well over 50% of homes built before the 1980s - have had significant work done without proper permitting. RE agents here regularly advise clients that while they can certainly pass on such...
by Mingus
Sat Feb 07, 2015 3:57 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pull permits for a minor remodel?
Replies: 35
Views: 3029

Re: "The Death of Retail" and Real Estate Investing

Malls in my area are booming. Not only that but they are very nice inside. And people want to be there. A lot of malls I've seen while traveling are either dingy, old, outdated, ugly finishings, or depressing to be in, or all of the above. It's no wonder people don't want to shop there. Sort of like...
by Mingus
Sat Feb 07, 2015 3:41 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "The Death of Retail" and Real Estate Investing
Replies: 1
Views: 489

Re: Found $100 Bill at Walmart

Let's see here... Long long long time ago found about 65 dollars worth of food stamps in the safeway parking lot in a shopping cart. I had steak that night. A few years ago I was out for a walk and found two 20 dollar bills in the middle of the alley. Soon after I found the cash, my wallet was 40 do...
by Mingus
Sat Feb 07, 2015 3:22 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Found $100 Bill at Walmart
Replies: 161
Views: 11784

Re: If you like a job but the company has financial issues..

How good of relationship do you have with your supervisor? I've been in a very similar situation. Had a great working relationship with my boss, and other higher ups. Decided one day to just have a candid discussion with my boss about the health of the company. It was as clear as day after that disc...
by Mingus
Sat Feb 07, 2015 2:56 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: If you like a job but the company has financial issues....
Replies: 18
Views: 1827

Re: Pull permits for a minor remodel?

I can not fathom in my wildest dreams ever pulling a permit to change a light fixture or two. Nothing else you listed requires a permit. However, if it helps you sleep better at night it would be worth it. One thing to keep in mind is if you do decide to pull a permit, it might make sense to have yo...
by Mingus
Thu Feb 05, 2015 8:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pull permits for a minor remodel?
Replies: 35
Views: 3029

Re: Met a Vanguard basher TransAmerica Insurance pusher

You just happened to meet someone who's motto is ABC.

Always be closing.

Salesmen always be closing.
by Mingus
Mon Feb 02, 2015 1:44 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Met a Vanguard basher TransAmerica Insurance pusher
Replies: 41
Views: 4660

Re: Semi-annual Furnace/AC Inspection

derosa wrote:17 years old. I think you are just about at the end of life on those systems. You are the person that would benefit from it.


Quiet! My 50 year old furnace might get some ideas...
by Mingus
Sun Feb 01, 2015 2:20 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Semi-annual Furnace/AC Inspection
Replies: 17
Views: 1201

Re: Do you respond to recruiters contacting you?

I did once. One called me at my desk phone when I worked at "The worst company ever" back in 2008. He turned out to be a complete waste of time. Supposedly had some $100K+/year opportunity somewhere near to me that I was a perfect fit for. But the owners of the company were on vacation in ...
by Mingus
Sun Feb 01, 2015 2:12 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do you respond to recruiters contacting you?
Replies: 27
Views: 2057

Re: How to respond when someone asks how much money you make

It's a rude question for someone to ask in the first place. I would just say "it's personal" and leave it at that. Since the people who were asking the question were government employees whose salary is a matter of public record down to the penny, they would probably find it bizarre that ...
by Mingus
Fri Jan 30, 2015 12:13 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to respond when someone asks how much money you make?
Replies: 107
Views: 10356

Re: How to respond when someone asks how much money you make

Too easy.

Minimum wage, that sucks with child support and all

Shoot, after I pay all doze obamacare premiums not enuff dawg.

I'm doing pretty good actually, just got a 25 cent raise. I'm up to over ten bucks an hour.
by Mingus
Fri Jan 30, 2015 12:10 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to respond when someone asks how much money you make?
Replies: 107
Views: 10356

Re: soundproofing walls

There is an art to soundproofing. You need mass, and to stop any air infiltration. I'd look at something much more dense for insulation such as rock wool. Also, once the drywall is up, every joint on the neighbors drywall where it is touching to the studs and plates would need to be caulked and seal...
by Mingus
Mon Jan 26, 2015 2:56 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: soundproofing walls
Replies: 13
Views: 1616

Re: What experts say about $5,000 watches

First of all, a Grand Seiko would be the Lexus of watches. And they are beautiful. And second, an expensive watch such as the above or a Rolex is a functional piece of jewelery that happens to tell time. Yes a 50 dollar Timex will tell the time, and have a few more functions than a mechanical hand c...
by Mingus
Mon Jan 26, 2015 2:47 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best watch for around $5,000?
Replies: 920
Views: 180320

Re: Women's Face Moisturizer/Lotion

I've tried many lotions, but have never found one as good as Derma E Deep Wrinkle Peptide Moisturizer. Often times old acquaintances never recognize me because its as if the hands of time have left my skin alone while they are growing old, ugly, and wrinkled. Sometimes I'm mistaken for my son's bett...
by Mingus
Sun Jan 25, 2015 3:18 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Women's Face Moisturizer/Lotion
Replies: 51
Views: 3634

Re: [Purchasing a] shopping cart

Come visit my neighbor's house. When I was there last week, he had something like four grocery carts out behind his garage in the alley. If they are still there, I'm sure you could take at least one if not all of them.
by Mingus
Sat Jan 17, 2015 1:51 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Purchasing a] shopping cart
Replies: 22
Views: 2366

Re: Is this an unreasonable quote for interior home painting

Rodc wrote:
Agreed. Has to be prep'd and painted in place.



Perhaps. But we'll need to agree to disagree.
by Mingus
Fri Jan 16, 2015 3:30 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is this an unreasonable quote for interior home painting?
Replies: 55
Views: 4408

Re: Is this an unreasonable quote for interior home painting

Second, I am still up in the air on painting the trim, but once you see the pictures, I don't think you'll have an issue with it. It isn't high quality wood and the mix of half round, the existing base boards, and the decorative piece I'm going to add to the top need something . It just doesn't loo...
by Mingus
Thu Jan 15, 2015 1:11 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is this an unreasonable quote for interior home painting?
Replies: 55
Views: 4408

Re: Is this an unreasonable quote for interior home painting

Sherwin Williams is about the most expensive paint that you can buy. And they are in the same ballpark quality wise as the best paint at either lowes or home depot. So at least twice as much for the same result on the paint. Truth. I made the mistake of painting my living room and dining room with ...
by Mingus
Thu Jan 15, 2015 1:01 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is this an unreasonable quote for interior home painting?
Replies: 55
Views: 4408

Re: Is this an unreasonable quote for interior home painting

It might be high, it might be really low. There is a huge range in quality from one painter to the next. I can't believe some of the responses in this thread... A good paint job is a lot of money, and takes a lot of time. And a lot of prep. It is not unreasonable at all the painter wants to sand and...
by Mingus
Wed Jan 14, 2015 2:04 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is this an unreasonable quote for interior home painting?
Replies: 55
Views: 4408

Re: Would you pay for this level of (bad) service?

With regard to various gas, or even electric, power devices, I'm familiar with many cases where multiple repairs have been performed before a problem is resolved (if ever.) Absolutely never have subsequent repairs been free (even if customers argued), unless the original repairs weren't performed c...
by Mingus
Wed Jan 07, 2015 12:01 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you pay for this level of (bad) service?
Replies: 26
Views: 3093

Re: Games

I hear role playing can be fun.
by Mingus
Tue Dec 30, 2014 11:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Games
Replies: 38
Views: 4404

Re: 7 inch reel-to-reel tape [Transfer music to CDs]

I don't have much to add and know nothing about the Sony reel to reel player, but I suggest after you are done transferring your tapes to hard drive that you sell the reel to reel on ebay or the such. Because there is going to be an analog audio someone or other out there that would love to have it.
by Mingus
Sun Dec 28, 2014 1:56 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 7 inch reel-to-reel tape [Transfer music to CDs]
Replies: 9
Views: 859

Re: Should I buy house with a crack?

the crack is about 1/4" wide and runs across the slate tile floor across almost the whole width of the house from the living room to the kitchen. Haven't noticed anything about the street, but will ask. Key words: Slate tile floor. Slate tile, also all natural tiles such as marble require more...
by Mingus
Tue Dec 16, 2014 12:19 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I buy house with a crack?
Replies: 29
Views: 3301

Re: A perfect profession

Marketing is really interesting. Recently I was at the grocery store and had just put two cartons of eggs into my cart. I chose the reddish brown colored label with the iconic red barn on it. Then I thought those eggs were probably from the same factory farm that the eggs in the plain carton with bl...
by Mingus
Tue Dec 16, 2014 12:04 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: A perfect profession
Replies: 61
Views: 6769

Re: What is a move-up car after mid-size sedan?

I would compare an upper trim Toyota to a Lexus. You may get more for your money and lower depreciation/cost of ownership. If you must buy luxury, consider Certified Pre-Owned for deep discounts. Luxury cars depreciate quickly...... Lexus is a great choice. I would also compare it to a BMW 3 series...
by Mingus
Sun Dec 14, 2014 2:33 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is a move-up car after mid-size sedan?
Replies: 63
Views: 4255

Re: Why did you quit your job?

I regrettably had to quit the best job I've ever had. Awesome manager, awesome co-workers, stimulating fun well paying work. Posh downtown Seattle office, paid parking, masseuse in the office every couple of weeks, etc. Best job ever. But, the company was running into some cash flow issues because o...
by Mingus
Sat Dec 13, 2014 2:30 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why did you quit your job?
Replies: 37
Views: 4532

Re: Unfrugal Enjoyments

TheTimeLord wrote: For me a Starbuck's latte is great.... I could obviously drink regular coffee or no coffee at all to save money.


Regular coffee is better than Starbucks. I'm exaggerating, no, not really... That stuff is so bad. So many much better coffee roasters out there. Life is too short to drink Starbucks.
by Mingus
Sun Dec 07, 2014 1:43 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you splurge on?
Replies: 237
Views: 24719

Re: Long-Lasting Incandescents + LED Question

Just a general question... Is it fair to say that all types of light bulbs these days -- Halogen, CFL, LED -- have evolved to the point that they can emit the same warm color as a standard incandescent bulb? Or it that pushing it? That would be pushing it. But a halogen bulb is basically an incande...
by Mingus
Mon Dec 01, 2014 12:11 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Long-Lasting Incandescents + LED Question
Replies: 64
Views: 5125

Re: My grown up Christmas wish-A Warm House

Please don't caulk/seal operable wooden windows. They are designed to have air infiltration. This is good for the window assembly to keep it from rotting, and good for you so you have fresh air in the house. A combination of wooden storm windows (too match the aesthetics of the house), and cellular ...
by Mingus
Fri Nov 21, 2014 1:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My grown up Christmas wish-A Warm House
Replies: 27
Views: 3649

Re: Hybrid electric water heaters

The hybrid heaters have an added benefit of de-humidification, in addition to lower operating expenses. My basement would be a great candidate since I have to run a dehumidifier year round. However, they have far greater complexity... more parts to break, more repairs needed, etc. Also, they need to...
by Mingus
Fri Nov 21, 2014 11:36 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hybrid electric water heaters
Replies: 6
Views: 553

Re: Side jobs or hobbies that make you money

interplanetjanet wrote:
VictoriaF wrote:Oldest profession.

Victoria

Farming?



Hardly.. Hunting and gathering is way older. Easy money too.
by Mingus
Wed Nov 19, 2014 5:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Side jobs or hobbies that make you money
Replies: 127
Views: 19377

Re: Buick regal/chevy impala

If cross shopping, I believe the Lacrosse is the one to compare with the Impala. But, if you like the size of the Regal, you might prefer the Verano far more. It is a really (extremely) quiet smooth riding taut handling car. The Verano is more compact than the Regal, but the interior is only slightl...
by Mingus
Wed Nov 19, 2014 12:25 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buick regal/chevy impala
Replies: 12
Views: 1452

Re: Not qualified for my job - what to do?

The issue as I see it is you don't have a mentor. Or at least not one in the proper channel, and one is who is going away soon. Years back I was hired for a position I was 80% unqualified for. But I dazzled the principles in the company in the interview and was subsequently offered the position. But...
by Mingus
Fri Nov 14, 2014 2:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Not qualified for my job - what to do?
Replies: 42
Views: 5522

Re: Does anyone here make "fun" purchases.

I will be the first to say $5K for curtains is not necessarily a bad purchase, if they are a classic color and design that will not go out of style. Does that include all the hardware also? Is it for every window in your home? If I didn't have a kitchen remodel coming up... I would love to have some...
by Mingus
Fri Nov 14, 2014 1:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anyone here make "fun" purchases.
Replies: 111
Views: 10959
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