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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: 1654

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: 54
Views: 3028

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: 56
Views: 2855

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: 2184

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 Consumer Issues
Topic: Kaiser vs Blue Shield
Replies: 44
Views: 2137

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: 956

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: 3570

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: 2347

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: 3236

Buy enough

Be sure to get at least 8GB of memory.
4 is not enough.

Buy AppleCare.
Gives you 3-year warranty.
by davebarnes
Thu Aug 14, 2014 9:48 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mac Airbook
Replies: 38
Views: 3119

Buy the best

http://us.leica-camera.com/Photography/Leica-M/Leica-M/Details "features a newly-designed, high resolution, 24-Megapixel CMOS sensor in full 35 mm format" http://static.leica-camera.com/var/leica/storage/images/media/media-asset-management-mam/global-international/photography/m-system/leic...
by davebarnes
Wed Aug 13, 2014 3:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Opinions on Mirrorless Cameras?
Replies: 40
Views: 2022

Mostly online

Underwear - Amazon
Cargo Shorts - LL Bean
Socks - Socks Addict
Running shoes - local store (Denver Run House)

I hate clothes shopping.
by davebarnes
Tue Aug 12, 2014 1:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where do you buy clothes?
Replies: 105
Views: 8816

1Password

I have 556 logins.
I log into 100+ every month.
I have used 1Password for 5+ years to manage them.
by davebarnes
Thu Aug 07, 2014 5:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How many Accounts do you log into and how do you manage?
Replies: 52
Views: 2506

Re: Cancun Hotel Recommendation wanted.......

Travel to PVR instead.
Trust me on this.
by davebarnes
Thu Aug 07, 2014 5:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cancun Hotel Recommendation wanted.......
Replies: 10
Views: 699

Data is interesting

You may not eat out a lot, but many people do.
Image
by davebarnes
Tue Aug 05, 2014 1:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: average American eats out 203 times per year
Replies: 105
Views: 6373

Wife buys

My wife buys these from Restoration Hardware
http://www.restorationhardware.com/cata ... cat1870028
and they seem last for 5+ years.
She is way more fussy about towels than I am.
by davebarnes
Sat Aug 02, 2014 12:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How often do you replace bath towels?
Replies: 50
Views: 3712

Diminishing returns

I would be looking at SEER 14.
A lot lower in price.
You need to run some numbers
by davebarnes
Thu Jul 31, 2014 9:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Central AC replacement decision
Replies: 54
Views: 3949

One aspect is easy for me

I would never use Verizon.
by davebarnes
Thu Jul 31, 2014 4:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New smartphone - questions from a nervous upgrader
Replies: 42
Views: 3172

Best?

Laser printers are not very good at printing photos. If that is a major part of the printing or very important to you, you need to look at different technology. For laser http://www.brother-usa.com/Printer/ModelDetail/1/HL4570CDW/Overview (based upon my 6 year experience with a Brother laser printer...
by davebarnes
Thu Jul 31, 2014 4:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best laser color printer - considering cost per page
Replies: 9
Views: 709

Some ideas

by davebarnes
Tue Jul 29, 2014 9:08 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Two days in Little Rock, AR - What to do and see?
Replies: 29
Views: 1432

Apple may

Apple may give you a free upgrade.
Just ask them tomorrow if the new version comes out.
by davebarnes
Mon Jul 28, 2014 6:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice wanted on first computer purchase since 1982!
Replies: 105
Views: 6630

Wait, one more day

http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/ ... ng-tuesday

report-claims-retina-macbook-pro-speed-bump-coming-tuesday (29JUL2014)
by davebarnes
Mon Jul 28, 2014 4:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice wanted on first computer purchase since 1982!
Replies: 105
Views: 6630

Do it

Do it.
Make extra mortgage payments.
Build some equity and you will sleep better at night.
by davebarnes
Mon Jul 28, 2014 4:46 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Taking out mortgage with zero down. Smart or no?
Replies: 64
Views: 3239

Zestimates are crap

Just ignore Zestimates as they are crap.
You only get a "true market value" by selling the house.
You can estimate the "true market value" with a lot of analysis of local transactions which is what appraisers and real-estate agents do.
by davebarnes
Mon Jul 28, 2014 10:05 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: POLL: My home is worth less/more in 2014 than in 2007?
Replies: 94
Views: 5693

I see a place

where they call it the War of Northern Aggression.
by davebarnes
Mon Jul 28, 2014 10:02 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mecklenburg County, VA
Replies: 9
Views: 829

A lot more

2007 - 900 sqft house built in 1915. Not in good shape.
2010 - House/land sold for $185K to a developer
2011 - Each duplex side sold for $480K.
2014 - Each duplex side would sell for $600+K based on many comps in the neighborhood.

In summary:
2007 - $92K
2014 - $600K
by davebarnes
Sun Jul 27, 2014 6:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: POLL: My home is worth less/more in 2014 than in 2007?
Replies: 94
Views: 5693

Think Different

The one that is NOT in a Tract Home Neighborhood.
And, especially not a house built by Pulte.
by davebarnes
Sun Jul 27, 2014 6:45 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whats a Better Lot in a Tract Home Neighborhood?
Replies: 31
Views: 2229

THE best way

Image
by davebarnes
Sat Jul 26, 2014 2:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Best Way To Kill Flies
Replies: 5
Views: 837

Our living room has

HornedToad wrote:What's the opinions on plasma's if you are wall mounting a TV? I think I'm leaning to LED/LCD in the 50-60" size due to the larger weight/size of Plasma but could be convinced otherwise.

We wall mounted our 55-inch Panasonic plasma TV in our living room.
No problems.
It tilts. It rotates.
by davebarnes
Wed Jul 23, 2014 2:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me choose a new tv
Replies: 31
Views: 1802

Plasma

ohiost90 wrote: I would go plasma.

I agree.
Own 3 and very sad to see the technology disappearing.

Here you go
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-PN60F5300 ... B00BCPGYZM
by davebarnes
Wed Jul 23, 2014 11:04 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me choose a new tv
Replies: 31
Views: 1802

I would

1. Look at French doors.
2. Look at window wall. http://www.nanawall.com/

Sliders give you the smallest opening.

If you insist on a slider, then Pella.
The blinds inside are problematic. I speak from experience with a simple window.
by davebarnes
Tue Jul 22, 2014 9:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Patio door recommendations
Replies: 15
Views: 1027

For what it is worth.

I have a BS and MS in generic engineering from RPI. When I was 23, I worked for a small (30 employees) company and got to manage (pretty much on my own) a project that was worth 1/3 of the total company revenue. It was a great experience and the items were delivered on time and within budget. Youngs...
by davebarnes
Tue Jul 22, 2014 12:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Replies: 45
Views: 2500

pay the money

Our daughter had hearing loss at 14 months from viral meningitis. Finally, at age 26, she went to a good ENT. She spend $2K per ear for a Danish hearing aid. They are almost invisible. They do, however, come in wild colors if that is desired. This may help: "Sonova's Class A brand is Phonak, wh...
by davebarnes
Mon Jul 21, 2014 6:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need advice re hearing aid for small child
Replies: 22
Views: 1342

LBS + Used

Patronize a LBS (local bike shop) that sells used bikes.
More expensive than Craigslist, but at least you won't be buying broken or stolen bike.
Find a bike store that you are comfortable with.
by davebarnes
Mon Jul 21, 2014 6:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Used Recreational Bicycles for New Riders
Replies: 26
Views: 2135

Do it now

I would do the basement now.
Borrow $20K from your credit union at 3% for 5 years.
Mine paid all the fees.
I think their profit will be 38¢ at the end of 5 years.
by davebarnes
Mon Jul 21, 2014 5:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Saving for Basement Finish
Replies: 16
Views: 997

CreditKarma says

CreditKarma says the ideal number is 20.
Crazy, I know.
They lower your score for fewer than 20.
by davebarnes
Mon Jul 21, 2014 11:34 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Hw many credit cards to own?
Replies: 108
Views: 6787

Research

check Yelp
by davebarnes
Mon Jul 21, 2014 11:30 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone know a good coin dealer in Dayton, Ohio?
Replies: 7
Views: 710

Brooks

Saddle should be Brooks.
Simply the best.
Mine is 40+ years old.
by davebarnes
Sun Jul 20, 2014 3:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which kind of bike for recent retiree?
Replies: 48
Views: 2763

No, but

I grew up in Mass for part of my life. I went to a WPI competitor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. WPI has a good reputation. Your daughter should have no problems getting a job. If I were her, I would look at large companies such as GE. And, then, there is this: http://www.telegram.com/article/20...
by davebarnes
Sun Jul 20, 2014 2:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Replies: 45
Views: 2500

Yes!

The Bookies.
http://www.thebookies.com/
Awesome selection.
It is where I bought workbooks for my daughter.
by davebarnes
Thu Jul 17, 2014 9:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home work books/materials/worksheets
Replies: 3
Views: 412

Yes

A subscriber since 1967.
It is an easy read.
Had gotten much better, in my opinion, since Bloomberg.
by davebarnes
Thu Jul 17, 2014 9:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Poll - Do You Read Businessweek?
Replies: 30
Views: 2178

If you are sure

If you are sure you are going to move, then start the house selling process now.
by davebarnes
Thu Jul 17, 2014 12:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Likely about to lose job, planning for transition
Replies: 21
Views: 2673

Go large

A trip to Disneyworld.
Or, Paris.
by davebarnes
Sun Jul 13, 2014 9:50 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Birthday gift for a 10 year old girl
Replies: 28
Views: 1663

Well.

My wife is not a Boglehead.
She has 40.
by davebarnes
Sat Jul 12, 2014 2:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: High end purses
Replies: 119
Views: 12460

Amazon for the win

Amazon - inventory size. I hate going to a store and finding an item out of stock.
Amazon - subscription service.
Amazon - convenience. Buy sitting at my desk.
[OT comment removed by admin LadyGeek]

I am relatively price insensitive.
by davebarnes
Sat Jul 12, 2014 2:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: POLL: Walmart vs Amazon
Replies: 137
Views: 8523
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