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Re: Need advice re hearing aid for small child

Though I have never had the occasion to do it, I think learning sign language along with a child would be a cool thing to do. Good call. My wife and I took a year of ASL together and find it helpful in many situations. There's plenty of opportunities for hearing people to use sign, and it's pointle...
by roymeo
Wed Jul 23, 2014 2:56 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need advice re hearing aid for small child
Replies: 18
Views: 893

Re: Need advice re hearing aid for small child

Please seek advice only from a qualified healthcare professional. The deaf community isn't always happy with how hearing loss has been problemitized in a way that is solved by (often crude) medical intervention. I think it's perfectly sane to ask strangers on the internet "How much of a PitA w...
by roymeo
Tue Jul 22, 2014 8:02 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need advice re hearing aid for small child
Replies: 18
Views: 893

Re: Need advice re hearing aid for small child

I've always had complete* hearing loss in one ear, the other was fine** and my solution growing up was almost entirely just to make sure my teachers sat me on the correct side of the room (front or back made much less difference than left or right). Friends and partners are eventually trained to wal...
by roymeo
Tue Jul 22, 2014 6:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need advice re hearing aid for small child
Replies: 18
Views: 893

Re: Hearing Aids

That sounds like a pretty inflated price...my Phonak pair were about half that total and a pretty high-end pair ttbomk. Maybe that's the "$500 toilet seat" military price.
by roymeo
Sun Jul 20, 2014 7:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hearing Aids
Replies: 82
Views: 6124

Re: Boglehead Beer

Guinness in Ireland, here it just isn't the same. It's not the same because the Guinness that's sold in bottles/cans in the US is "Imported!"—from Toronto or New Brunswick (neither of which are in Ireland :( ) Only the draught is brewed in Dublin. I think you're mixing some history into t...
by roymeo
Sat Jul 19, 2014 2:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Beer
Replies: 386
Views: 46809

Re: 2 days in San Francisco

Beth* wrote:Another good walk is through Mission Dolores Park (great view from the top) to the Noe Valley neighborhood.


Though part of the park is currently under construction: http://sfrecpark.org/destination/mission-dolores-park/
by roymeo
Fri Jul 18, 2014 5:34 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2 days in San Francisco
Replies: 25
Views: 1620

Re: Just retired...any reason to move 401K to IRA?

Aside from any other reasons, evaluate the size and health of the company and how likely they are to keep their current 401(k) plan in place. It can be annoying when they change providers in 10 years and roll you into something less desirable.
by roymeo
Fri Jul 18, 2014 4:51 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Just retired...any reason to move 401K to IRA?
Replies: 50
Views: 4831

Re: POLL: Walmart vs Amazon

Mine was a generic reference to chat pop-ups, but let me do the experiment for you. I'll be back after spending 10 hours on each site, but I first have to finish cooking lunch for my granddaughters, and what will I do about all my Chinese soap opera and bogleheads time? If I were you, I wouldn't ho...
by roymeo
Wed Jul 16, 2014 4:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: POLL: Walmart vs Amazon
Replies: 137
Views: 7965

Re: POLL: Walmart vs Amazon

sscritic wrote:I hate chat, especially when you are just browsing a website and some intrusive pop up pops up and asks if you want to chat and you have to make it go away so you can see what you want to see. Talk about annoying!


Does this happen on Amazon or Walmart.com?
by roymeo
Wed Jul 16, 2014 1:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: POLL: Walmart vs Amazon
Replies: 137
Views: 7965

Re: POLL: Walmart vs Amazon

Walmart keeps prices low--sometimes by squeezing manufacturers to give them a cheaper product. Kodak would produce a different digital camera box for Walmart with different/lesser stuff in it to make the margins, but couldn't make that evident to any but the most attentive consumer. Smaller SD card,...
by roymeo
Wed Jul 16, 2014 1:32 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: POLL: Walmart vs Amazon
Replies: 137
Views: 7965

Re: Help with fund picks for a new guy.

The risk-weighted return of a portfolio with some bonds, plus the ability to rebalance when one is down and other is up are the benefits of not being 100% stock.

Being 100% stock isn't being hard-core; being 100% stock may be merely naive.
by roymeo
Tue Jul 15, 2014 11:17 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help with fund picks for a new guy.
Replies: 19
Views: 1742

Re: boglehead botanists...is this poison ivy?

+1 for Nettle. (Try making some tea out of it.) When you hit a nettle with bare skin you pretty much know it immediately, because it has stingers that activate. Poison Oak/Ivy tends to be something you discover over time and then try to figure out where you may have gotten the oils so you can clean ...
by roymeo
Tue Jul 15, 2014 10:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: boglehead botanists...is this poison ivy?
Replies: 32
Views: 2440

Re: I'm cosigner .. Friend thinking of bankruptcy .. Pls hel

The first several questions I have are: Legally: Does it matter whether he declares bankruptcy, flees the country, just stops making payments out of stubbornness, or suffers an injury, etc. as my understanding is that you co-sign so they come after you for the money when he turns dead-beat. Unless n...
by roymeo
Tue Jul 15, 2014 10:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I'm cosigner .. Friend thinking of bankruptcy .. Pls help
Replies: 64
Views: 7225

Re: List of Worst financial advice (what not to do):

Here's some old bad advice: Bury your talent in the ground because you're afraid you'll lose it.
by roymeo
Thu Jul 10, 2014 12:24 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: List of Worst financial advice (what not to do):
Replies: 127
Views: 13906

Re: Boglehead Beer

BruDude wrote:That's fine, but it tastes nothing like a wheat beer and 100% like an IPA.


Tastes like a hoppy wheat beer to me, and stylistically similar to Bell's Oberon and 3Floyds Gumball Head.

But I can see how the traditional yeast/hop profile of a hefe can get conflated with what 'wheat' means.
by roymeo
Thu Jul 10, 2014 12:10 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Beer
Replies: 386
Views: 46809

Re: Boglehead Beer

psychoslowmatic wrote:Right now my personal favorite is Lagunitas' Little Sumpin Sumpin. A great West Coast IPA.


American Wheat. (Like Bell Oberon, or Three Floyds Gumball Head.)
by roymeo
Wed Jul 09, 2014 12:16 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Beer
Replies: 386
Views: 46809

Re: Boglehead Beer

I also got lucky last week and found some Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA. Unfortunately, it's $10/bottle so I only bought two and will save them for when my son is born. I was in one of my local brewpubs and heard a couple of people discussing beer and in discussion of some other beer referenced "...
by roymeo
Mon Jul 07, 2014 5:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Beer
Replies: 386
Views: 46809

Re:

I think a tiny house would be fun - if you lived in a safe town, close to the library, appropriate (for me) church, park, art galleries, movie house, etc. For me, the house would have to located in a culturally rich locality; thus, the wealth of place would be reflected in the myriad interesting pe...
by roymeo
Mon Jul 07, 2014 5:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tiny House Movement
Replies: 139
Views: 15681

Re: POLL: How Old is Your Newest Motor Vehicle?

Need "None owned" option.
by roymeo
Mon Jul 07, 2014 3:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: POLL: How Old is Your Newest Motor Vehicle?
Replies: 37
Views: 2397

Re: Boglehead Beer

I also got lucky last week and found some Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA. Unfortunately, it's $10/bottle so I only bought two and will save them for when my son is born. I was in one of my local brewpubs and heard a couple of people discussing beer and in discussion of some other beer referenced "...
by roymeo
Mon Jul 07, 2014 1:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Beer
Replies: 386
Views: 46809

Re: leaving big company to join small one

What makes you think that "BigSoftware Company" only looks good on your resume if you're actively working at it when you apply for a new job?

I give more weight to software-related resumes where people haven't been coasting at the same company for 8+ years, personally.
by roymeo
Thu Jun 26, 2014 2:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: leaving big company to join small one
Replies: 22
Views: 1884

Re: Keeping mold out of bath/shower

The vinegar/dishsoap mix would be bad for marble, etc. that are damaged by acids. I've seen it recommended for general shower cleaning on one of those listicle clickbait sites. I did hear an interview with a "how to clean anything" expert which may also apply on this topic: When people hav...
by roymeo
Wed Jun 25, 2014 10:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Keeping mold out of bath/shower
Replies: 27
Views: 2186

Re: Keeping mold out of bath/shower

Get one of those dish-wands with the scrubby head and fill with 1/2 dish-soap and 1/2 vinegar. Use that to scrub. It's easy enough you can hit it much more regularly.
by roymeo
Wed Jun 25, 2014 5:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Keeping mold out of bath/shower
Replies: 27
Views: 2186

Re: A day in Dachau?

Follow it up with a trip to Manzanar if you're looking for a bit of guilt a little closer to home?
http://www.nps.gov/manz/index.htm
by roymeo
Tue Jun 24, 2014 11:46 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A day in Dachau?
Replies: 38
Views: 2743

Re: Personal Life subforum?

Only as a place for the moderators to throw the Diamond, Wedding, Watch threads. If you try to post a new message in the forum, it should pop up one of several random messages: "Isn't there a park somewhere you should be sitting in?", "Why don't you go buy flowers (or some other thoug...
by roymeo
Tue Jun 17, 2014 6:33 pm
 
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Personal Life subforum?
Replies: 97
Views: 4600

Re: How to Charge a Smartphone in Car

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DAGJ8PO/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I paid less than $5 for this. It charges 2 phones at once, and I haven't had any issues where it delivers too little power. Although if you have 2 phones operating simultaneously rather than just charging, you ...
by roymeo
Tue Jun 17, 2014 6:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to Charge a Smartphone in Car
Replies: 12
Views: 713

Re: GoDaddy - Any better options for website hosting?

I use Dreamhost, and I like them so much I won't even try to get a kickback for recommending them. (though let me know if you want to, I'm sure there's some sort of discount in it for you.)
by roymeo
Mon Jun 16, 2014 3:08 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: GoDaddy - Any better options for website hosting?
Replies: 21
Views: 2647

Re: WATCH BATTERY replacement gone bad. What to do???

Near retirement wrote:
roymeo wrote:What's the voltage read on the battery?


How would I determine the voltage read, Roymeo?


Multimeter. Doesn't everyone have one? (If the battery is completely dead you KNOW they haven't been honest.)
by roymeo
Mon Jun 16, 2014 3:05 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Watch battery replacement gone bad. What to do???
Replies: 15
Views: 1065

Re: WATCH BATTERY replacement gone bad. What to do???

What's the voltage read on the battery?
by roymeo
Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Watch battery replacement gone bad. What to do???
Replies: 15
Views: 1065

Re: Legal? [Employer Paid Time-Off to Flexible Vacation Poli

Many of the (large?) tech companies pushed PTO off the books during the downturn. In some cases they had quarterly 'breaks' that either burnt PTO or went unpaid if an employee didn't have a large PTO bank. After a year or two of burning up the backlog on the books many instituted more strict carryov...
by roymeo
Sat Jun 14, 2014 1:23 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Legal? [Employer Paid Time-Off to Flexible Vacation Policy]
Replies: 27
Views: 2207

Re: If chasing market performance is bad...

If some investors are reliably below average, then some must be reliably above average. That's just how the math works out. Let's think that through: If some lottery players are reliably never winners, does this really mean that some lottery players are _reliably_ often winners? Just because some p...
by roymeo
Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:31 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: If chasing market performance is bad...
Replies: 85
Views: 4708

Re: "The Low-Cost Fund Arms Race"

HUGE thanks to Taylor for providing some context/excerpts from the story which tells me why I might want to take a look instead of just a (lame) bald link.
by roymeo
Wed Jun 11, 2014 11:44 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "The Low-Cost Fund Arms Race"
Replies: 8
Views: 1212

Re: Amazon prime - how to get the best out of it?

Subscribe & Save is available to everyone, no Prime required.
by roymeo
Mon Jun 02, 2014 4:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon prime - how to get the best out of it?
Replies: 48
Views: 5099

Re: How much $ savings needed to change car insurance compan

What's this magic 'service' thing that I'm missing by using Geico? Have you much claims experience? That's what I meant by "had to use", which wasn't very clear in my original and self-quoted post, I suppose. Though I don't get into that many accidents so I had to span 25 years of driving...
by roymeo
Mon Jun 02, 2014 4:21 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much $ savings needed to change car insurance companies?
Replies: 29
Views: 2012

Re: How much $ savings needed to change car insurance compan

I feel your number of years with a company can be factor. I hope Amica will show me some loyalty if I ever need it, after having my auto coverage with them for nearly 50 years. I wouldn't change carriers for almost any savings. Bruce +1 I'm always amazed that people shop for insurance as if all the...
by roymeo
Sun Jun 01, 2014 9:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much $ savings needed to change car insurance companies?
Replies: 29
Views: 2012

Re: How much $ savings needed to change car insurance compan

"I've been with my personal investment adviser for many years, and though s/he costs a bit more than another adviser/doing it myself, I think the service I get there is worth the extra $$$ I pay. Besides, over the years we've built up such a good rapport, s/he even sends me Xmas cards." I'...
by roymeo
Sat May 31, 2014 10:00 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much $ savings needed to change car insurance companies?
Replies: 29
Views: 2012

Re: in-laws/student loans

I can understand being uncomfortable with the boyfriend/potential spouse situation because it goes against the "you'll live with your parents cause you owe me" dream and adds complications to the perfect storm...er plan where her loans are treated more seriously than cancer. I don't unders...
by roymeo
Wed May 28, 2014 1:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: in-laws/student loans
Replies: 57
Views: 2483

Re: The in-laws are broke!

Sounds like the siblings need to come to an agreement on what they collectively believe is necessary and what they are individually willing to contribute. There are several situations where I can see that I and/or spouse may be involved in either providing money or personal care for various relative...
by roymeo
Tue May 27, 2014 7:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: The in-laws are broke!
Replies: 128
Views: 16175

Re: in-laws/student loans

Wow. I can't imagine at 18 years old being trusted to enter an agreement whereby I agree to find a job close to and live with my parents in about 6 years--for a 'short' duration of time equal to me paying off loans at an accelerated pace. What if the loans I got for my 6th year of college have much ...
by roymeo
Tue May 27, 2014 5:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: in-laws/student loans
Replies: 57
Views: 2483

Re: eBay Hit with Security Breach, Change Password!

Then I'll take my chances. I'm not responsible for fraud so no need to create a new password to remember. Once you convert over to a password manager like LastPass, you don't care...I can only vaguely remember being emotionally attached to passwords at this point. There, 2 minutes later and now I'v...
by roymeo
Wed May 21, 2014 2:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: eBay Hit with Security Breach, Change Password!
Replies: 19
Views: 1519

Re: Least expensive day of the week to book flights?

Clark Howard always used to have a day of the week, but the new info (averaged over a lot of data) says it's when: http://www.cheapair.com/blog/travel-tips/when-should-you-buy-your-airline-ticket-heres-what-our-data-has-to-say/
by roymeo
Tue May 20, 2014 10:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Least expensive day of the week to book flights?
Replies: 8
Views: 1064

Re: Is now a bad time to invest?

Please come back and let us know when you do decide to move in to the market. I've always been putting money into the market and never got hit early on with a huge windfall, so I've never been faced with the decision you're facing. This is sort of like an anti-DCA (Dollar Cost Averaging) situation.....
by roymeo
Tue May 20, 2014 10:28 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Is now a bad time to invest?
Replies: 100
Views: 8474

Re: Should I buy a fun car?

- No. -
by roymeo
Thu May 08, 2014 5:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I buy a fun car?
Replies: 59
Views: 3104

Re: [Purchasing a] hearing aid

FYI: My last employer's health plan paid $1000 per ear for HA, every 3 years.
by roymeo
Thu May 08, 2014 5:08 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Purchasing a] hearing aid
Replies: 18
Views: 924

Re: eBook Readers and EPUB files?

Android devices handle ePub via the "Play Books" library app (probably pre-installed) from Google.
by roymeo
Thu May 08, 2014 3:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: eBook Readers and EPUB files?
Replies: 22
Views: 1286

Re: [Purchasing a] hearing aid

I have 20% loss on the good side especially in the high range and 80%+ on the other (about the same as my elbow). I got hearing aids about 9 months ago, the 'bad side' just sends signals over to the "sort good side". They're not perfect, but the first day I came home with them in (unannoun...
by roymeo
Thu May 08, 2014 1:58 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Purchasing a] hearing aid
Replies: 18
Views: 924

Re: Obligations to help parents financially?

Wow, I remember realizing the weird disparity between myself and a couple classmates in college: I said my family "wasn't close" but we never had any financial shenanigans and yet others who were 'really close' had very odd (to me) financial maneuvers...one divorced dad wouldn't disclose h...
by roymeo
Thu May 08, 2014 1:33 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Obligations to help parents financially?
Replies: 77
Views: 6989

Re: How to pitch better 401K to Employer??? Ours is pretty b

I thought of this thread today when I was reading the Fund management briefing "Will invest for food" article in the Economist: http://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21601500-books-and-music-investment-industry-being-squeezed-will-invest-food?zid=300&ah=e7b9370e170850b88ef129fa625b13c...
by roymeo
Mon May 05, 2014 6:22 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How to pitch better 401K to Employer??? Ours is pretty bad.
Replies: 22
Views: 1626

Re: Wait to invest since stocks are high?

There's another assumption in the OP's post: that the price/historical price of VTSAX has some sort of significance that one should base their investment timing or strategy upon.

No, don't try to use the fund price as a barometer of the market.
by roymeo
Sun May 04, 2014 5:51 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Wait to invest since stocks are high?
Replies: 13
Views: 1580

Re: Windows XP users

So I'd I don't use Internet Explorer this is a non issue? There is a problem with flash also. Please see http://krebsonsecurity.com/2014/04/adobe-update-nixes-flash-player-zero-day/ . Its highly advised to update flash plugin or browser in case of chrome. I don't know if adobe still supports XP, bu...
by roymeo
Mon Apr 28, 2014 4:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows XP users
Replies: 223
Views: 47567
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