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Medicare Advantage fan

Me.
Diagnosed with colon cancer at age 65.1.
Have Kaiser MA plan in Denver for $100/mo.
Surgery, chemo have cost me $2500 in co-pays this year.
Am very happy with KP as I do not mind being restricted to the KP system.
by davebarnes
Wed Oct 29, 2014 10:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Traditional Medicare vs Medicare Advantage
Replies: 30
Views: 1781

another one

city-data.com forum
by davebarnes
Sun Oct 26, 2014 11:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bogleheads.org equivalents for other areas of life?
Replies: 69
Views: 6805

for me, personally

Medicare
Kaiser Advantage
colon cancer with out-of-pocket around $3K
by davebarnes
Sat Oct 25, 2014 10:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best health insurance plan for a bad year (cancer)?
Replies: 30
Views: 2283

18 months

2007 Audi A3
4500 miles per year
$78 per oil change with fancy VW oil
every 18 months
by davebarnes
Thu Oct 23, 2014 10:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How often do you change your car's oil?
Replies: 131
Views: 6246

Yelp is your friend

Look on Yelp.
It is how I found a repair shop for my iMac last week. Very happy with the work.
by davebarnes
Wed Oct 22, 2014 12:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: locating a competent PC repair shop........
Replies: 12
Views: 806

coincidence?

As of yesterday, I had received zero of these.
This morning; 30 in my Inbox.
I blame this thread.
by davebarnes
Tue Oct 21, 2014 9:57 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Multiple Fake "Thank you for your order"?
Replies: 35
Views: 2312

I don't wash it, these guys wash it

I have the guys at http://www.yelp.com/biz/mr-car-wash-denver wash my car.
Affordable and do a great job.
by davebarnes
Mon Oct 20, 2014 9:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you wash your car?
Replies: 143
Views: 6841

All is well

2010 iMac
switched to 10.10 yesterday
all is well
by davebarnes
Sat Oct 18, 2014 4:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Upgraded to OS X 10.10 Yosemite
Replies: 37
Views: 4018

Move slowly

Paul,
1. Take your time.
2. Do lots of research and expect much of it to be useless.
3. Consider another city/state.
,dave
by davebarnes
Thu Oct 16, 2014 4:08 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to wrap my head around downsizing my home?
Replies: 47
Views: 3582

Think outside the box

Provence, France.
by davebarnes
Thu Oct 16, 2014 3:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best place (with warm weather) to raise children
Replies: 73
Views: 5226

Go with a full-timer

Ask each prospective agent: How many sides have you done in the last 12 months? On the buy/sell side?
Please provide proof source.

The correct answer is somewhere between 20-50.
Fewer than 5 means a part-timer. Not what you want.
by davebarnes
Tue Oct 14, 2014 8:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help with finding real estate agent
Replies: 8
Views: 743

Enrollment process is a mess

We went thru something similar with Kaiser.
Their entire enrollment system is overwhelmed.
It took some time to straighten it out.
KP has been great for us since then.
by davebarnes
Fri Oct 03, 2014 2:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Health Care/ACA question about losing coverage
Replies: 19
Views: 1097

go big or go home

don't be a tightwad, spend some money
http://www.amazon.com/PLANAR-Planar-997 ... B008HSLFEM
by davebarnes
Fri Oct 03, 2014 2:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: is a 1920 x 1200 monitor worth it?
Replies: 15
Views: 838

Whatever

I did.
Installed under VMware Fusion on my iMac.
Better than 8 in that you can ignore the Metro thing.
I still don't see any significant improvement over 7.
by davebarnes
Thu Oct 02, 2014 9:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows 10 Preview Installed?
Replies: 20
Views: 1618

Blind your friends

Toons wrote:The 9.99 one, right? :sharebeer

No.
This one
http://www.mesfire.com/Portal.aspx?CN=77062EE09CB4
by davebarnes
Thu Oct 02, 2014 2:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LED Flashlights
Replies: 51
Views: 3702

I like AMICA

Auto insurance with AMICA since 1970. Homeowners since 2011. They refused to ensure my completely renovated in 1987 (hvac, electrical, plumbing, windows, roof, etc.) previous house because of EIFS. They are in Rhode Island and have no clue about how dry it is in Denver. They would not even talk abou...
by davebarnes
Wed Oct 01, 2014 5:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Had a bad experience with Amica
Replies: 25
Views: 2037

You can "spend" that penny

A penny will get a ride on a electro-mechanical horse at King Soopers in greater Denver.
You can "pay it forward".
You don't get to ride, but a happy child does.
Image
by davebarnes
Tue Sep 30, 2014 9:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I picked up a penny today...
Replies: 20
Views: 1966

CR says

Consumer Reports says White Cloud 3-Ply Ultra (Walmart) is #1 for #2
by davebarnes
Sat Sep 27, 2014 12:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [which] toilet paper [from walmart.com?]
Replies: 36
Views: 2969

Consider IKEA

Consider IKEA
This http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/categ ... hen/24254/ is the new line coming to to the USA in February 2015
by davebarnes
Thu Sep 25, 2014 2:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New kitchen cabinets or new doors?
Replies: 28
Views: 1840

First things first

1. Decide on what TYPE of mattress you want.
Latex
Inner Spring
Tempurpedic
etc.

2. Decide which one to buy.
In store
Online
Brand/Model

It is a painful process because of the deliberate obfuscation inherent in the industry.
by davebarnes
Sun Sep 21, 2014 9:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Purchasing a new mattress
Replies: 5
Views: 572

plan ahead

8GB
It is only $100 more.
by davebarnes
Thu Sep 18, 2014 3:21 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Macbook Air; how much RAM?
Replies: 59
Views: 3278

AMICA

AMICA
Since 1970.
Excellent service.
by davebarnes
Wed Sep 17, 2014 9:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home/Auto insurance: Amica or Travelers?
Replies: 26
Views: 1520

Been there.

A tiny leak somewhere.
Loss of coolant.
Time to call repairman.
by davebarnes
Thu Sep 11, 2014 9:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Refrigerator problem
Replies: 20
Views: 1728

When my ISP says

Only when my ISP says that I should.
So, twice a decade.
by davebarnes
Mon Sep 08, 2014 3:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How often do you really change your email passwords?
Replies: 17
Views: 727

Weather

Hurricanes
Not for me
by davebarnes
Sat Sep 06, 2014 9:23 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fort Lauderdale area: need real estate advice
Replies: 8
Views: 865

dont' waste time

no more than 2 islands
don't waste time traveling
Kuai - relax
Oahu - fun times, Arizona Memorial, Buddhist Temple
Maui - lots of activities
by davebarnes
Sat Sep 06, 2014 9:21 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suggestions for 10 days on Hawaiian Islands
Replies: 24
Views: 1464

the best

iPhone 6
Your daughter deserves the best.
by davebarnes
Fri Sep 05, 2014 9:24 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: cell phone for kids
Replies: 25
Views: 1286

Easy

1. Live where electricity is cheap.
2. Don't run your AC. Use windows for cooling.
3. Hope that Al Gore is wrong.
by davebarnes
Wed Sep 03, 2014 6:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you keep your electricity bill low?
Replies: 123
Views: 9432

Have done this

We have done this.
Do some research on what "melt value" would be.
Check out places on Yelp.
If you do NOT feel good about a place, then try another.
by davebarnes
Tue Sep 02, 2014 10:18 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling Jewelry (Wedding Ring)
Replies: 6
Views: 1098

Re: Zwilling Cookware (non-stick)?

Sol - "Food preparation is aided by the 3-layer SIGMA Clad material employed which distributes the heat to the edges, making for an evenly browned result. Each of the pans is available in four sizes. • WITH THERMOLON™ GRANITE COATING Free from PTFE and PFOA. Can be used at up to 450°C without a...
by davebarnes
Mon Sep 01, 2014 10:34 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Zwilling Cookware (non-stick)?
Replies: 10
Views: 859

One Hundred Foot Journey

http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-h ... urney-2014
Enjoyed it very much.
Recommended.
Made me hungry.
by davebarnes
Mon Sep 01, 2014 9:23 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 131
Views: 6850

Nope

We just don't buy enough items in HUGE sizes.
Costco is 3.3 miles away.
Sprouts is 3 blocks so I can shop every day.
by davebarnes
Sat Aug 30, 2014 3:34 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco:is it worth it for just two people?
Replies: 143
Views: 12399

Needs lots of research

Boomer01 wrote:We are in the planning stages of building a new house and are heavily leaning towards induction vs gas.

I love the properties of induction cooktops.
But gas is dirt cheap compared with electricity in Denver, CO.
You really need to punch some numbers when deciding between the two.
by davebarnes
Fri Aug 29, 2014 2:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Induction Range Worth the Price?
Replies: 14
Views: 1164

Bias, but lots of info

Do some reading
http://theinductionsite.com/

If you are comparing induction to traditional resistance electric, then induction is a no brainer, in my opinion.
Induction vs gas is a whole other calculation.
by davebarnes
Fri Aug 29, 2014 9:05 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Induction Range Worth the Price?
Replies: 14
Views: 1164

Annoying

Change the Excel preferences to NOT warn you about macros.
by davebarnes
Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for Mac Excel 2011 users
Replies: 14
Views: 1145

Move once

You are doing it right.
Money is not everything.
Peace of mind is worth a lot.
by davebarnes
Thu Aug 28, 2014 11:00 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Advice on new home
Replies: 6
Views: 888

Problem waiting to happen

Having owned Pella with blinds inside, I would never do it again.
It breaks too easily.
Having said that: I really like Pella windows and did an entire house with them as replacement windows.
by davebarnes
Thu Aug 28, 2014 10:50 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Much For New Windows?
Replies: 32
Views: 1946

No water, but interesting

Santa Fe, NM
very artsy
good food (not New Orleans, but good)
food: http://eater.com/archives/2014/08/27/sa ... chiles.php
by davebarnes
Tue Aug 26, 2014 8:56 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: vacation destinations similar to Savannah or Charleston SC
Replies: 28
Views: 2242

My wife swears by her

http://www.columbia.com/women-jacketsvests-rainjackets/

She has had it for 10+ years.
Has worked for her on multiple continents.
She raves about it.
by davebarnes
Fri Aug 22, 2014 9:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rain Jacket Recommendations
Replies: 29
Views: 1921

Love Kimchi

As a white-bread boy, I love kimchi.

Find your nearest H-Mart and you will find many choices.
http://www.hmart.com/
by davebarnes
Thu Aug 21, 2014 1:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kimchi
Replies: 40
Views: 1969

not me

No.
They are both 91.
Health is starting to fail.
They have $800K in liquid and semi-liquid assets.
by davebarnes
Wed Aug 20, 2014 1:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Will you have to pay your parent's long term care costs?
Replies: 57
Views: 4219

Everything

Take 1000 photos.
Wide angle, close up.
Take notes.
Visit everyday.
Do not trust. Verify.
by davebarnes
Wed Aug 20, 2014 1:56 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tract Home - Things to Watch During Construction
Replies: 58
Views: 4009

B&H Photo - Good

You can buy with confidence from B&H.
Very reputable.
Based upon personal experience.
by davebarnes
Tue Aug 19, 2014 10:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: B&H Photo - NY City Experience
Replies: 35
Views: 2400

Kaiser

I really like Kaiser. I just went through treatment for colon cancer (finished chemo on 29JUL2014). Excellent service. All your records are electronic and all your docs have access to them. The docs know each other. Personally. All my docs responded quickly to emails. The only negative I have is tha...
by davebarnes
Tue Aug 19, 2014 10:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Kaiser vs Blue Shield
Replies: 83
Views: 5827

Nothing

I have an IMac.

No anti-virus software.
No malware software.

I have been programming for 49 years.
Never had a problem.
by davebarnes
Tue Aug 19, 2014 9:54 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you use to protect yourself on the web?
Replies: 12
Views: 1041

Consider Virginia

Consider moving to Virginia.
Still close to family.
Milder winters.
Maybe lower taxes. You need to really investigate ALL the taxes & fees.

Consider staying in the same neighborhood in Philly.
Different, lower cost, house.
Different, more universal design, to accommodate the older body.
by davebarnes
Sun Aug 17, 2014 1:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving after retirement.
Replies: 43
Views: 4518

Windwos 7, yes

7, not 8
I have used both.
Don't even think of going to 8.
Stick with 7.
by davebarnes
Fri Aug 15, 2014 1:34 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows 7 PC?
Replies: 49
Views: 2718

When the bug bit us

1. We downsized 3+ years after our daughter's college graduation, but the two events are completely unrelated. 2. We downsized from 2550 sqft up + 300 sqft finished basement + 300 sqft unfinished basement to 1920 sqft up + 900 sqft finished basement. So, not very much in house size. 3. We downsized ...
by davebarnes
Thu Aug 14, 2014 4:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When did you downsize?
Replies: 35
Views: 3360
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