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Re: Decorator or item-by-item provider?

Thanks, Hayden. That was very helpful. I don't need a lot of designing as such -- most of the work will be replacing what's there. I just want it done properly. The designer's contract contains a disclaimer: "The designer ... cannot be responsible for the performance, quality, or timely complet...
by Wading Ashore
Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Decorator or item-by-item provider?
Replies: 2
Views: 522

Decorator or item-by-item provider?

I just had a home project done very poorly (drapes). I need some more work done, but I obviously don't want the same person. I don't want the break the bank, but I want a decent job this time around. I spoke to two interior decorators, who will probably be a lot more money than say, a free-standing ...
by Wading Ashore
Tue Jul 08, 2014 4:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Decorator or item-by-item provider?
Replies: 2
Views: 522

Send original or copy of pick-up receipt for repair?

Seamstress picked up drapes for repairs. I drew up a receipt detailing what she took away plus the repairs to be done, which we both signed.

I now see that she has left her copy here. I assume I have to send her one copy - do I send the original or the copy?

Many thanks for all responses.
by Wading Ashore
Tue Jul 08, 2014 4:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Send original or copy of pick-up receipt for repair?
Replies: 1
Views: 344

Re: Switching funds and capital gains

I believe the answer is yes, unless the monies are in an IRA.
by Wading Ashore
Wed Jul 02, 2014 7:15 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Switching funds and capital gains
Replies: 5
Views: 362

"Invoice" sent when no order was put in - how to respond

I called an interior design firm about a window shade and curtains. They sent a representative to do an estimate, which she said she would send to me. I didn't finalize any plans for the job, I didn't put in an "order", and I certainly didn't sign anything. However, the costing sent to me ...
by Wading Ashore
Wed Jul 02, 2014 7:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Invoice" sent when no order was put in - how to respond
Replies: 6
Views: 649

Prints from 1000Museums.com

Wise Nisiprius, as always. Yes, you are right. I was planning to frame them myself, and your idea of just trying one is the best way to go. Many thanks.
by Wading Ashore
Fri Sep 13, 2013 10:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Prints from 1000Museums.com
Replies: 8
Views: 775

Prints from 1000Museums.com

Many thanks, Space Commander. I wanted a series of framed seascapes along a hallway. These people have an unusual selection, some from European museum shops. Think I may give them a try.
by Wading Ashore
Thu Sep 12, 2013 9:46 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Prints from 1000Museums.com
Replies: 8
Views: 775

Prints from 1000Museums.com

Curious to know if any Bogleheads have ordered prints from these people. The selection is great, and the prints look beautiful, but I'm a bit hesitant about ordering from an online outfit I'm not familiar with. Thanks for any input/advice.
by Wading Ashore
Thu Sep 12, 2013 9:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Prints from 1000Museums.com
Replies: 8
Views: 775

Re: Office chair recs

Vitra has been very good. Expensive, but worth it, IMHO.
by Wading Ashore
Sun Aug 25, 2013 8:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Office chair recs
Replies: 21
Views: 2614

Countertop made from remnant slab?

Very interesting, Hayden. Did you have the granite facility install it for you as well?
by Wading Ashore
Mon Aug 19, 2013 6:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Countertop made from remnant slab?
Replies: 11
Views: 1101

Countertop made from remnant slab?

One of the home improvement sites suggested buying a remnant slab from a quarry or fabricator as a more economical way of replacing a countertop than going through a retail home store. I found a site that lists locations offering remnants, and is searchable by color, manufacturer, material and size....
by Wading Ashore
Mon Aug 19, 2013 4:02 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Countertop made from remnant slab?
Replies: 11
Views: 1101

Re: Portfolio and RMD Advice for an Active 89 Year-Old

I think some financial planners might suggest a higher allocation to equities. Note that stock dividends are currently higher than average bond yields, and earnings will continue to increase if the economy does well. However, the short term risk in the stock market remains. An alternative to bonds ...
by Wading Ashore
Fri Jul 05, 2013 2:05 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio and RMD Advice for an Active 89 Year-Old
Replies: 12
Views: 1071

Re: Portfolio and RMD Advice for 89 year-old?

pjstack wrote:I would think she is in far better shape than most.


Yes, we have been fortunate in many ways. But this cross-country move will be expensive, her rent is going to nearly double, and her family is noted for its longevity (e.g. 105 year-old aunts)! I want to do my best for her, obviously.
by Wading Ashore
Thu Jul 04, 2013 8:32 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio and RMD Advice for an Active 89 Year-Old
Replies: 12
Views: 1071

Re: Portfolio and RMD Advice for 89 year-old

Sorry - mid 6 figures! Will edit.
by Wading Ashore
Thu Jul 04, 2013 5:04 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio and RMD Advice for an Active 89 Year-Old
Replies: 12
Views: 1071

Re: Portfolio and RMD Advice for 89 year-old

Been through this - she won't do it! But thanks.
by Wading Ashore
Thu Jul 04, 2013 4:53 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio and RMD Advice for an Active 89 Year-Old
Replies: 12
Views: 1071

Portfolio and RMD Advice for an Active 89 Year-Old

My 89 year-old widowed mother is moving to California to be closer to family, but will now need to draw down more from savings for her new living expenses. We spoke with the Vanguard financial planner with an approximation of her arrangements, and his response was that the outlook was good for not o...
by Wading Ashore
Thu Jul 04, 2013 3:31 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio and RMD Advice for an Active 89 Year-Old
Replies: 12
Views: 1071

ETF Bond Ladders

There have been articles about this product in Barron's and WSJ. Curious to know Bogleheads' thoughts about it . . .
by Wading Ashore
Thu Jun 20, 2013 7:44 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: ETF Bond Ladders
Replies: 2
Views: 375

Re: Impropriety in linking accounts

Ha-ha, nice try, Yttrium. Yes, you are completely right. Now that they have the passwords, they can use Chase Quick-Pay. I was just shocked to see these actions on the account. The real issue, mentioned by dbr, is that they need Power of Attorney to do transfers properly. To dbr, Mother says she doe...
by Wading Ashore
Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:44 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Impropriety in linking accounts
Replies: 15
Views: 805

Re: Impropriety in linking accounts

To Nisiprius:

Many thanks for your kind and thoughtful reply (and for all your other wise posts over the years).
by Wading Ashore
Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:21 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Impropriety in linking accounts
Replies: 15
Views: 805

Re: Impropriety in linking accounts

To James,

Many thanks for your response. Great to access a cooler head when one is upset!

I will try the approach you suggested. It makes a lot of sense.


Wading
by Wading Ashore
Wed Jun 19, 2013 8:59 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Impropriety in linking accounts
Replies: 15
Views: 805

Re: Impropriety in linking accounts

To James, Yes, I just spoke to Chase. To set up an "external" account (as opposed to a Bill-Pay or Pay-A-Person account), you need to affirm (click the link) that you own the linked account. (I've done it with my own external accounts at Alliant, other banks, etc.) Chase did say it was fra...
by Wading Ashore
Wed Jun 19, 2013 8:45 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Impropriety in linking accounts
Replies: 15
Views: 805

Re: Impropriety in linking accounts

Thanks for the response, Kosmo.

However, they can now transfer her money to themselves without her knowledge or permission.

They would have had to affirm, falsely, that they owned the account in order to link it to theirs.

So, is this fraud?
by Wading Ashore
Wed Jun 19, 2013 8:18 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Impropriety in linking accounts
Replies: 15
Views: 805

Impropriety in linking accounts

My elderly mother gave her banking password to her daughter and son-in-law. I have just learned that they used it to link her account to theirs as an external account. My mother says that they do not have joint accounts, and that she understood it was done to help her pay her bills! To prepare for m...
by Wading Ashore
Wed Jun 19, 2013 7:57 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Impropriety in linking accounts
Replies: 15
Views: 805

Re: Window Blinds - Bali, Levolor, Hunter Douglas

5) Silhouettes: HD's proprietary product. GORGEOUS, but expensive. You always tend to see this on this home remodel shows on DIY network... The two shades I got from HD were anything but "gorgeous," although they were certainly expensive. The first was a pale pink that was delivered in an...
by Wading Ashore
Sun Apr 21, 2013 12:13 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Window Blinds - Bali, Levolor, Hunter Douglas
Replies: 18
Views: 15291

Hunter Douglas

Have used Hunter Douglas in the past and IMO there was nothing superior about them other than the price. Definitely agree. Had two bad experiences with Hunter-Douglas, at two different stores. Products delivered were way off the sample color, but HD was unresponsive and uncooperative. Most recently...
by Wading Ashore
Tue Apr 16, 2013 7:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Window Blinds - Bali, Levolor, Hunter Douglas
Replies: 18
Views: 15291

Dead laptop (Mac)

FWIW - my 2008 iMac had a near-death experience (!) in October. I took it to the local Apple store and they strongly advised me to buy a new one. Since I'm a bit stubborn, I tried a local tech shop. They replaced the hard drive, added some RAM, and rejigged the printer software that initially highli...
by Wading Ashore
Wed Feb 13, 2013 11:54 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dead laptop (Mac)
Replies: 11
Views: 1115

Re: Place to stay in Longboat Key, Florida?

yukonjack wrote:I highly recommend Casa Del Mar.


Thanks, Toons. I emailed them with a reservation request.
by Wading Ashore
Sun Feb 03, 2013 12:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Place to stay in Longboat Key, Florida?
Replies: 15
Views: 1367

Re: Place to stay in Longboat Key, Florida?

Your big problem is the very late date. Yes, Bruce, you are right! We had no idea, nor did the people we will be visiting, or we wouldn't have booked the air! We are leaning toward the Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota. Not exactly a value proposition ( :oops: !) but the area is tighter than a drum! Mel, we...
by Wading Ashore
Sat Feb 02, 2013 2:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Place to stay in Longboat Key, Florida?
Replies: 15
Views: 1367

Place to stay in Longboat Key, Florida?

MBMiner wrote: Do you have to stay on Longboat or would the Sarasota area also be acceptable?
Bruce


Thanks Bruce and vandering. We have been having difficulty with availability in Longboat. Now looking at Siesta Key and Sarasota town. Will still be grateful for recommendations!
by Wading Ashore
Sat Feb 02, 2013 12:58 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Place to stay in Longboat Key, Florida?
Replies: 15
Views: 1367

Re: Place to stay in Longboat Key, Florida?

Rubiosa wrote:Have you tried vrbo.com?


Thanks. Which of the places listed there would you recommend?
by Wading Ashore
Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Place to stay in Longboat Key, Florida?
Replies: 15
Views: 1367

Place to stay in Longboat Key, Florida?

We would prefer Longboat if possible!
by Wading Ashore
Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Place to stay in Longboat Key, Florida?
Replies: 15
Views: 1367

Place to stay in Longboat Key, Florida?

We will be in Longboat Key for 5 days in April. We usually prefer a condo-type accommodation with kitchen but basically want somewhere well-maintained and hassle-free. Will be grateful if any Bogleheads have suggestions, recommendations.
by Wading Ashore
Thu Jan 31, 2013 8:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Place to stay in Longboat Key, Florida?
Replies: 15
Views: 1367

Re: How Can I Tell If My Dentist is Good One?

I have to chuckle. How did you know this person was a "top" specialist? Did it say that on the license plate of his mercedes? ;) No need to chuckle, Jerilynn, although you seem to enjoy that. The specialist was referred to me by his teacher in dental school, who has taken very good care o...
by Wading Ashore
Wed Jan 30, 2013 1:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Can I Tell If My Dentist is Good One?
Replies: 133
Views: 10047

How Can I Tell If My Dentist is Good One?

Just my experience: If you take very good care of your teeth, you probably won't have significant dental problems (barring other health issues, of course). So if a dentist suddenly tells you a major procedure is required, be on guard. I had a few experiences like this when my dentist retired and I t...
by Wading Ashore
Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Can I Tell If My Dentist is Good One?
Replies: 133
Views: 10047

S&P 100

Tom Gallagher of Scowcroft Group said on Wealthtrack that he recommends S&P 100 (OEF) at present. Morningstar doesn't seem very enthusiastic - mentions Vanguard MGC and VV as alternatives. Curious to know what Bogleheads think . . .
by Wading Ashore
Sun Nov 11, 2012 5:22 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: S&P 100
Replies: 5
Views: 826

Re: finding an honest jeweler........

Just a thought - has the original piece of jewelry been appraised? You might consider checking if/how the alteration will affect its value. If there's a considerable decrement, it might be better to buy a new pair of earrings.
by Wading Ashore
Wed Oct 17, 2012 7:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: finding an honest jeweler........
Replies: 8
Views: 1503

Re: Why does anyone use American Express?

Mudpuppy wrote:And when the Chase Freedom bonus quarter ends, people with the Blue Cash Everyday cards (no annual fee for this one) can go back to 3% cash back for groceries, instead of just 1% cash back with the Chase Freedom....


Very good tips, Mudpuppy and FedGuy. Bogleheads are quite a group!
by Wading Ashore
Sun Mar 25, 2012 9:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why does anyone use American Express?
Replies: 146
Views: 29435

Re: Does anyone use a wireless internet radio?

Many thanks to all -- you are so knowledgeable!
by Wading Ashore
Sun Mar 25, 2012 8:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anyone use a wireless internet radio?
Replies: 17
Views: 1467

Re: Why does anyone use American Express?

FedGuy wrote:
Cosmo wrote:The Blue Cash Everyday card gets rid of all that, and gets you 3% cash back on groceries starting with the first dollar.


Thanks for the information. However, 5% cashback for Q2 on groceries is about to start with Chase Freedom, a no-fee card. (Q1 has had 5% on gas and Amazon.)
by Wading Ashore
Sun Mar 25, 2012 7:45 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why does anyone use American Express?
Replies: 146
Views: 29435

Re: Why does anyone use American Express?

FedGuy wrote:Are you using the Blue Cash Everyday card, or the old Blue Cash card?


I'm not using either one because I do so much better elsewhere.
by Wading Ashore
Sun Mar 25, 2012 4:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why does anyone use American Express?
Replies: 146
Views: 29435

Re: Why does anyone use American Express?

somehow I just feel this card is really not worth it. I totally agree. See my previous posts, if you get a chance. I stopped using the Blue Cash card in August, for many reasons -- $75 fee not offset by cashback, much better deals elsewhere, significantly reduced customer service and support, overs...
by Wading Ashore
Sun Mar 25, 2012 3:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why does anyone use American Express?
Replies: 146
Views: 29435

Does anyone use a wireless internet radio?

Have you checked for a firmware update in the settings menu? - Yes, checked yesterday. Said no upgrade available . . . Also, don't skimp on the router. A high quality router is worth it. - The router I'm using is what we got from Verizon when we got FIOS. Not sure if that qualifies as high-quality ...
by Wading Ashore
Fri Mar 23, 2012 7:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anyone use a wireless internet radio?
Replies: 17
Views: 1467

Does anyone use a wireless internet radio?

I have one manufactured by Grace. Great idea -- but marred by chronic connectivity problems. Was wondering if problem is this particular version, or if connectivity glitches just go with the territory. Right now I can get some "on demand" programs from one radio station, but the programs o...
by Wading Ashore
Thu Mar 22, 2012 2:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anyone use a wireless internet radio?
Replies: 17
Views: 1467

Wellington & Wellesley: Are your funds safe?

FWIW - I read something (can't remember where, unfortunately) that sounded reassuring. Now hold both funds.
by Wading Ashore
Tue Mar 13, 2012 1:13 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Wellington & Wellesley: Are your funds safe?
Replies: 48
Views: 11101

Activating Chase Freedom Card

Don't remember how I set this up, but they send me an email for every new activation. Then it's just clicking the link.
by Wading Ashore
Sat Mar 10, 2012 10:32 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: American Express Blue Credit Card
Replies: 42
Views: 5187

5% Cashback Categories with Chase Freedom

Grandpaboys wrote:The 5% on gas from Chase ends in March, then I will use Amex. rest of the year. Don't recall Chase doing anything on groceries.


The 2012 calendar is on their website. Second quarter is 5% for groceries and movies, third quarter is 5% for gas and restaurants.
by Wading Ashore
Fri Mar 09, 2012 7:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: American Express Blue Credit Card
Replies: 42
Views: 5187

I think Chase Freedom is better

Grandpaboys wrote:Getting ready to sign up for this card. Rewards are 3% Groceries, 2% gas, 1% everything else. This beats my Chase Freedom Card.


Chase Freedom has been offering 5% on gas (and Amazon) this quarter, and will offer 5% on groceries next quarter. Not sure Blue beats this.
by Wading Ashore
Fri Mar 09, 2012 6:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: American Express Blue Credit Card
Replies: 42
Views: 5187

Chase Freedom + Cap One beat Amex

I had Amex Blue Cash, so when the terms changed, I looked into the $75 fee version with 6% cashback on groceries. But given my apparently low grocery bills, it would have taken a while to break even on the fee, so I began to use my Capital One no-fee card and started getting frequent $25 cashback pa...
by Wading Ashore
Wed Feb 29, 2012 12:06 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: cash back credit card recommendations
Replies: 30
Views: 4036

iMac

FWIW - I have an Apple desktop (bought 6/08 and working perfectly) and my spouse has an Apple laptop. For me, the desktop is more comfortable to use, but they're both outstanding machines. I previously had a Dell desktop; would never go back.
by Wading Ashore
Wed Jan 18, 2012 3:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: IMac?
Replies: 23
Views: 1522
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