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Re: All inclusive resort in Puerto Vallarta

http://www.hotels.com/ho132131/buenaventura-grand-hotel-spa-all-inclusive-puerto-vallarta-mexico/?PSRC=G21&dateless=true&gclid=CNC_i4a2ksICFQGraQodlmoA1w&hotelid=132131&rffrid=sem.hcom.US.google.003.08.02.s.kwrd%3DZzZz.sFRR0vJ5u.0.27836617822.10203z018193.d.t I have stayed here and l...
by davebarnes
Sun Nov 23, 2014 11:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: All inclusive resort in Puerto Vallarta
Replies: 11
Views: 1567

paper?

I am age 66 and have not used one for 10+ years.
My 28 year old daughter has never used one. Never.
by davebarnes
Sun Nov 23, 2014 11:34 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you use a phone book?
Replies: 36
Views: 1099

I learned that money can buy happiness

Image taught me that money can by happiness.
by davebarnes
Sun Nov 16, 2014 10:25 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to buy happiness (WSJ)
Replies: 31
Views: 3559

Re: Does anyone here make "fun" purchases.

I bought two pairs of fun socks for $20 .
Plus tax.
by davebarnes
Fri Nov 14, 2014 11:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anyone here make "fun" purchases.
Replies: 111
Views: 6498

I buy AppleCare

Buy AppleCare.
Sell computer at the 2.5 year point.
Sell for more money and much faster with AppleCare.
Take money and buy new Apple stuff.
by davebarnes
Fri Nov 14, 2014 9:54 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Buy Warranty for MacBook Pro
Replies: 27
Views: 4396

More info needed

What is the width and height of the opening?
What is the nominal width of the current oven?
by davebarnes
Thu Nov 13, 2014 6:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shopping for a built-in oven
Replies: 4
Views: 332

Very heavy

A Japanese Type 99 Machine gun? Firing or deactivated? WWII bring back? Yes. Assumed firing, but we had no ammo. If we had, we would have used it. 3rd grade boys are crazy. Yes. Todd's father brought it back. GIs brought back the most amazing items. We did not play with it much as it was way too he...
by davebarnes
Thu Nov 13, 2014 3:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your favorite classic toys for kids
Replies: 89
Views: 3892

Re: Your favorite classic toys for kids

Daisy air rifle.
Cut the safety bar out of the muzzle so you could jam more dirt into it.

One my friends in 3rd grade had one of these
Image
by davebarnes
Wed Nov 12, 2014 10:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your favorite classic toys for kids
Replies: 89
Views: 3892

Experience is very good

Credit version of RedCard.
Don't care if number is stolen.
5% pays part of the sales tax and PIF.
by davebarnes
Wed Nov 12, 2014 11:05 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Experience with Target Redcard?
Replies: 30
Views: 2717

chocolate

Is the Little Debbie still in its wrapper?
by davebarnes
Mon Nov 10, 2014 10:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Food Frugality: Where do you draw the line?
Replies: 94
Views: 6470

What we like

Look at Room and Board.
We think it is very good and have some pieces for 10+ years. Typically made in the USA.
Image
by davebarnes
Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying Furniture
Replies: 27
Views: 1842

AirPad

My wonderful wife just bought me an iPad Air 2 for my birthday.
Replaced an older iPad.
Much improved.
Very happy.
by davebarnes
Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Tablet?
Replies: 24
Views: 1714

Re: ObamaCare vs. Private Insurance??

[ObamaCare -- admin LadyGeek] is private insurance.
by davebarnes
Thu Nov 06, 2014 9:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: ObamaCare vs. Private Insurance??
Replies: 105
Views: 9406

Consider IKEA

IKEA 1. Lots of design options. 2. German hardware. Blum. 3. Wall mounting system is better. 4. Very affordable. 5. Decent quality. 6. Lots of info about them. One source is http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/ Another is http://www.ikeafans.com/ 7. If you go with IKEA do your own picking and delivery. ...
by davebarnes
Mon Nov 03, 2014 8:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen Cabinets
Replies: 11
Views: 1416

Easy

Bosch
buy any model as long as the list price is >$890 USD
quiet
cleans well
by davebarnes
Sun Nov 02, 2014 5:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seeking recommendations for a new dishwasher
Replies: 15
Views: 963

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 9:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Traditional Medicare vs Medicare Advantage
Replies: 30
Views: 1953

another one

city-data.com forum
by davebarnes
Sun Oct 26, 2014 10:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bogleheads.org equivalents for other areas of life?
Replies: 70
Views: 7597

for me, personally

Medicare
Kaiser Advantage
colon cancer with out-of-pocket around $3K
by davebarnes
Sat Oct 25, 2014 9:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best health insurance plan for a bad year (cancer)?
Replies: 30
Views: 2352

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 9:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How often do you change your car's oil?
Replies: 168
Views: 11016

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 11:09 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: locating a competent PC repair shop........
Replies: 12
Views: 821

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 8:57 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Multiple Fake "Thank you for your order"?
Replies: 35
Views: 2372

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 8:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you wash your car?
Replies: 143
Views: 7082

All is well

2010 iMac
switched to 10.10 yesterday
all is well
by davebarnes
Sat Oct 18, 2014 3:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Upgraded to OS X 10.10 Yosemite
Replies: 38
Views: 4512

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 3:08 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to wrap my head around downsizing my home?
Replies: 47
Views: 3629

Think outside the box

Provence, France.
by davebarnes
Thu Oct 16, 2014 2:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best place (with warm weather) to raise children
Replies: 73
Views: 5342

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 7:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help with finding real estate agent
Replies: 8
Views: 775

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 1:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Health Care/ACA question about losing coverage
Replies: 19
Views: 1222

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 1:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: is a 1920 x 1200 monitor worth it?
Replies: 15
Views: 854

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 8:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows 10 Preview Installed?
Replies: 20
Views: 1647

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 1:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LED Flashlights
Replies: 51
Views: 3778

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 4:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Had a bad experience with Amica
Replies: 25
Views: 2104

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 8:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I picked up a penny today...
Replies: 20
Views: 2013

CR says

Consumer Reports says White Cloud 3-Ply Ultra (Walmart) is #1 for #2
by davebarnes
Sat Sep 27, 2014 11:31 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [which] toilet paper [from walmart.com?]
Replies: 36
Views: 3035

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 1:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New kitchen cabinets or new doors?
Replies: 28
Views: 1910

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 8:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Purchasing a new mattress
Replies: 5
Views: 579

plan ahead

8GB
It is only $100 more.
by davebarnes
Thu Sep 18, 2014 2:21 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Macbook Air; how much RAM?
Replies: 59
Views: 3364

AMICA

AMICA
Since 1970.
Excellent service.
by davebarnes
Wed Sep 17, 2014 8:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home/Auto insurance: Amica or Travelers?
Replies: 26
Views: 1535

Been there.

A tiny leak somewhere.
Loss of coolant.
Time to call repairman.
by davebarnes
Thu Sep 11, 2014 8:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Refrigerator problem
Replies: 20
Views: 1740

When my ISP says

Only when my ISP says that I should.
So, twice a decade.
by davebarnes
Mon Sep 08, 2014 2:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How often do you really change your email passwords?
Replies: 17
Views: 729

Weather

Hurricanes
Not for me
by davebarnes
Sat Sep 06, 2014 8:23 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fort Lauderdale area: need real estate advice
Replies: 8
Views: 867

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 8:21 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suggestions for 10 days on Hawaiian Islands
Replies: 24
Views: 1491

the best

iPhone 6
Your daughter deserves the best.
by davebarnes
Fri Sep 05, 2014 8:24 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: cell phone for kids
Replies: 25
Views: 1315

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 5:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you keep your electricity bill low?
Replies: 123
Views: 9571

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 9:18 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling Jewelry (Wedding Ring)
Replies: 6
Views: 1111

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 9:34 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Zwilling Cookware (non-stick)?
Replies: 10
Views: 900

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 8:23 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 218
Views: 17480

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 2:34 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco:is it worth it for just two people?
Replies: 143
Views: 12719
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