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Re: Lenovo Yoga (& sudden shut down?)

I wonder if it's some hardware issue.
I'm running a Yoga Pro 2 with 8.1 and have had no such issue.
by widestance
Sat Jan 17, 2015 12:03 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lenovo Yoga (& sudden shut down?)
Replies: 27
Views: 2353

Re: 401(k) elections

Many thanks widestance, I was thinking of keeping DODGX & FUSVX 35-35 as D&C are closing their doors on January 16. Why would I keep VFWIX instead of DODFX? Is it because of the lowest expense ratio? Checking on Morningstar, DODFX is a 5 stars Gold while VFWIX is a 3 stars Gold. Naively, I ...
by widestance
Fri Jan 09, 2015 7:37 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 401(k) elections
Replies: 14
Views: 1158

Re: 401(k) elections

I have been contributing 100% of my new employer 401(k) in State Street Target Retirement 2045 K (SSDEX) for a year now at 15% of my income. By using the investments tools, I was now proposed to switch to a different animal early this year. 23.00% SPTN US BOND IDX IS Bond Investments Income (FBIDX)...
by widestance
Fri Jan 09, 2015 4:53 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 401(k) elections
Replies: 14
Views: 1158

Re: New Job, New 401k options - What to do?

You have excellent options in your new 401k, wish i had those choices! :) If it were me, i would roll over the old plan into the new 401k mainly to keep everything consolidated into 1 plan, but also to save a little on the expense ratio. I probably wouldn't start contributing to the 401k until I was...
by widestance
Thu Jan 08, 2015 11:09 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: New Job, New 401k options - What to do?
Replies: 6
Views: 954

Re: Best albums from 2014?

Broken Bells - After the Disco
by widestance
Thu Jan 08, 2015 10:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best albums from 2014?
Replies: 63
Views: 5649

Re: Post your 2015 New Year's Resolutions ITT

1. Run a half marathon
2. Quit diet soda
by widestance
Sun Jan 04, 2015 6:00 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Post your 2015 New Year's Resolutions ITT
Replies: 38
Views: 3594

Re: Organizing family accounts/info for emergency use

Quicken Willmaker will help you organize all of your info.
Seemed pretty comprehensive when I went through it.
by widestance
Sun Jan 04, 2015 5:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Organizing family accounts/info for emergency use
Replies: 13
Views: 1805

Re: Most/Least Boglehead 2014 Activity?

Least: Took an incredibly expensive 3 week vacation
Most: Saved up and paid cash for that incredibly expensive 3 week vacation
by widestance
Mon Dec 22, 2014 1:23 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Most/Least Boglehead 2014 Activity?
Replies: 93
Views: 9666

Re: What have you done to cut costs this year?

Time Warner typically raises my cable/internet rate quarterly by a few bucks, which in turn leads me to reduce my services by a few bucks. It finally came to the point that the only service left to cut was dropping down to the slowest internet service they offered. Called up a rep to make the change...
by widestance
Tue Nov 04, 2014 5:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What have you done to cut costs this year?
Replies: 134
Views: 13043

Re: advice on a surface pro 3

Looked pretty long and hard at the Surface 3 Pro, ended up going with the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro ultrabook.
Felt like I got a better deal without having to purchase extras.
by widestance
Sat Oct 18, 2014 10:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: advice on a surface pro 3
Replies: 28
Views: 3143

Re: Anyone cancelling travel plans?

Just got back from vacationing in Africa (east) a few weeks ago.
No regrets and no Ebola :)
by widestance
Sat Oct 18, 2014 10:56 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone cancelling travel plans?
Replies: 117
Views: 6616

Re: New vehicle...GMC Acadia, Chevy Traverse, or Buick Encla

A buddy of mine has an Enclave and I got to drive it a bit. Pretty nice vehicle, but a major complaint I had with it are the huge A-Pillars. They really affect visibility on curvy winding roads when you're trying to see around the bend. Plenty of room for a whole group of my buddies, coolers, and re...
by widestance
Sat Aug 09, 2014 7:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New vehicle...GMC Acadia, Chevy Traverse, or Buick Enclave?
Replies: 112
Views: 12754

Re: Metal Bookcases: Recommendations?

Not sure where you're located Victoria, but my office has a number of these Hon shelves we're looking to get rid of.
If you're in the So. Cal area, let me know.
by widestance
Wed Jun 18, 2014 8:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Metal Bookcases: Recommendations?
Replies: 31
Views: 1242

Re: Help me evaluate two different job offers

Take what works best for you in the short term (<5 years) while keeping an eye out for other opportunities. There's nothing that says you have to stay with the same company forever. Experience goes a long way towards advancing your career. In my industry, virtually everyone moves up the ranks and sa...
by widestance
Tue Jun 10, 2014 9:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help me evaluate two different job offers
Replies: 10
Views: 1027

Re: Anyone else want to share a "great vendor" experience

Me and a group of people on a 4WD forum used to meet out in Moab, UT every year for a week of 4 wheeling bliss. Over the years, one of the vendors on the forum pretty much became to go to vendor for outstanding customer service and competitive pricing. It would never fail, someone from the group wou...
by widestance
Sat Jun 07, 2014 3:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone else want to share a "great vendor" experience
Replies: 4
Views: 693

Re: A $1000 lesson on how manipulative salespeople can be?

That's nothing.
Wait until you get roped into a timeshare sales pitch in Cancun.
They feed you, liquor you up, and give you the hard sell (Aussie accent and all) for a few hours.
Lucky for me, i couldn't afford it, no matter how much they slashed the pricing.
by widestance
Sat Jun 07, 2014 3:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A $1000 lesson on how manipulative salespeople can be?
Replies: 107
Views: 17875

Re: Backpack recommendations

Might want to look at a Timbuk2 messenger bag.
REI sells them. I really like mine, perfect for light business travel.
by widestance
Fri May 30, 2014 7:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Backpack recommendations
Replies: 8
Views: 913

Re: REIT Disappearance

I hope not too. My REIT holdings (VGRSX) are the major reason why my portfolio is in the black this year.
by widestance
Sat May 17, 2014 9:04 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: REIT Disappearance
Replies: 91
Views: 18385

Re: Convince me to choose a Suburban over a Sequoia

Read a Car and Driver review on the 2015 Suburban 4WD in LTZ trim. Just about fell out of my car at the cost of those beasts! 73k!! http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2015-chevrolet-suburban-test-review They look like they would fit the bill for your needs. I would rather spend that wad a Porsche C...
by widestance
Sat May 17, 2014 8:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Convince me to choose a Suburban over a Sequoia
Replies: 64
Views: 5387

Re: [residential] Solar Panels [in CA]?

There's a (non-profit?) group in California that does energy upgrade financing that's somehow connected to the title of your home. You would make an additional payment much like a HELOC, but when you sell the house the new owner takes over the payment (assuming the loan hasn't been paid off). I can'...
by widestance
Sat May 17, 2014 8:40 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [residential] Solar Panels [in CA]?
Replies: 22
Views: 1877

Re: Things to consider/ask when buying a condo

Scope out the units adjacent to the one that is for sale and look for evidence of smokers (assuming your friend doesn't enjoy the smell of cigarette smoke). Also, look for evidence of irresponsible pet owners who let their dogs crap in your planters and don't pick up after them. Those are my two big...
by widestance
Sat May 17, 2014 8:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Things to consider/ask when buying a condo
Replies: 26
Views: 2652

Re: Hate to loose all that water

In some instances, it can be illegal to put that chlorinated water into the sewer or storm drains. Tell your contractor you want him to rent a temporary water holding tank. They're fairly cheap to rent and may even be cheaper than the cost to replace the water. I actually just had lunch with a Baker...
by widestance
Fri May 02, 2014 6:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hate to loose all that [pool] water
Replies: 8
Views: 1369

Re: Buying fine art (Dali particularly)

After seeing the 60 minutes story on this art forger and how how leading experts are relunctant to authenticate, it would be extremely hard for me to pay any significant amount of money for any well known artist.

http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/the-con-artist/
by widestance
Fri May 02, 2014 1:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying fine art (Dali particularly)
Replies: 8
Views: 905

Re: Car Insurance - Which company do you use?

Wawanesa for me. No one could touch their rates.
I can vouch for their easy claims process too.
by widestance
Thu May 01, 2014 8:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Car Insurance - Which company do you use?
Replies: 19
Views: 1885

Re: Sedona AZ

Set aside a morning and take Highway 89A North to Flagstaff.
The rock formations glow in the canyon during sunrise. Flagstaff is a cool place to check out too. My future retirement location :)
by widestance
Sun Apr 27, 2014 7:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sedona AZ [travel recs needed]
Replies: 9
Views: 2594

Re: Success with free extended warranty benefit from cred ca

I've had 2 easy-peasy claims with AMEX. As others have said, just keep your receipts for date, purchase price, and retailer reference and your claim will go smooth. I've had an iPod and stereo receiver covered. I usually go into the claim stating that I just want to have the item repaired, but they'...
by widestance
Sun Apr 06, 2014 6:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Success with free extended warranty benefit from cred cards?
Replies: 14
Views: 1482

Re: Is there Software for one's car maintenance schedule

CountryBoy wrote:Yes, I wandered across that. Have you tried it?


I use Subaru's version and find it helpful for keeping track of my maintenance.
by widestance
Sun Mar 09, 2014 5:46 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is there Software for one's car maintenance schedule
Replies: 49
Views: 3822

Re: Best place to buy backpacking and camping gear

If you know what you're looking for and willing to wait a bit, www.steepandcheap.com is the way to go.
You can also set up alerts when these items go onsale www.sacalerts.com
by widestance
Sun Mar 09, 2014 5:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best place to buy backpacking and camping gear
Replies: 24
Views: 2118

Re: Any Subaru owners out there?

I'm a car guy and have owned many. I also have a bad habit of replacing them every 2 or 3 years. My 2011 WRX has a bit over 60k on it and I have not had one issue (OK, one issue, bad brake light switch $20 fix i did myself). Probably the the most enjoyable car i've owned yet and honestly I have no p...
by widestance
Sun Mar 09, 2014 4:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Subaru owners out there?
Replies: 53
Views: 5152

Re: Please help with my SUV purchase

I think the GMC Acadia and it's Chevy and Buick cousins are pretty nice.
Not sure how many of the new models are on the used car market yet.
by widestance
Sun Mar 02, 2014 9:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Please help with my SUV purchase
Replies: 40
Views: 3144

Re: Layover in Amsterdam

Awesome thanks for all the info!
Will definitely put it good use :sharebeer
by widestance
Wed Feb 26, 2014 9:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Layover in Amsterdam
Replies: 23
Views: 1132

Re: Layover in Amsterdam

Great info everyone! Keep 'em coming :)
by widestance
Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Layover in Amsterdam
Replies: 23
Views: 1132

Re: Best car tire air pump?

Depends on your budget and how much use you'll get out of it. With these pumps you definitely get what you pay for. I'm never one to cheap out on tools, especially when they're for emergency use. Pretty much can't go wrong with any of the Viair products. http://www.northridge4x4.com/shop/catalogsear...
by widestance
Tue Feb 25, 2014 9:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best car tire air pump?
Replies: 17
Views: 2130

Layover in Amsterdam

Going to do a short 2 or 3 day layover in Amsterdam on my way home from Africa this summer. Any recommendations as to what to see and do (besides brothels and coffee shops :) )? Not necessarily opposed to doing some touristy things like the Van Gogh museum, paddle around the canals, etc... I'd also ...
by widestance
Tue Feb 25, 2014 9:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Layover in Amsterdam
Replies: 23
Views: 1132

Re: Vacation - Hawaii, Mexico, other ideas?

Cancun if you're on a budget. Lots of cheap vacation packages out there.
While you're there, rent a car for the day and check out Chichen Itza (one of the 7 wonders of the world).
That side trip was by far the highlight of my Cancun experience.
by widestance
Thu Feb 20, 2014 9:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vacation - Hawaii, Mexico, other ideas?
Replies: 54
Views: 3786

Re: TV show recommendations?

Six Feet Under
The Good Wife
Orphan Black
by widestance
Wed Feb 12, 2014 8:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV show recommendations?
Replies: 304
Views: 144513

Re: BoA Cash Rewards (1.5%+) Privileges VISA - worth a look?

BofA's Travel Rewards card is free and comes with Chip & Signature.
1.5 points per dollar which is applied towards previous travel purchases on their card for the previous 12 months.
3 points per dollar if you book travel through their travel portal.
10% annual bonus if you have a BofA account.
by widestance
Tue Feb 04, 2014 10:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: BoA Cash Rewards (1.5%+) Privileges VISA - worth a look?
Replies: 14
Views: 1634

Re: The Funniest Movie Ever

There's Something About Mary
National Lampoon's Vacation
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
Airplane
by widestance
Fri Jan 03, 2014 11:34 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Funniest Movie Ever
Replies: 227
Views: 15990

Re: Swamped In Debt - Thoughts?

SwampedinDebt, When my wife and I were in a similar situation, I stumbled upon this debt reduction calculator and found it to be absolutely invaluable in helping us set up a plan: http://www.vertex42.com/Calculators/debt-reduction-calculator.html BTW, we just used the freeware version. This is abso...
by widestance
Sat Dec 21, 2013 5:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Swamped In Debt - Thoughts?
Replies: 68
Views: 9455

Re: Back from Grand Canyon rafting trip

dickenjb wrote:
widestance wrote:I'd really like to do this one again, but Mt. Kilimanjaro is on my itinerary next year :)


I have climbed Kili as well. We did the 8 day Machame - Mweka route with guides from Zara. Which route are you doing?


Hitting it from the west. Lemosho up, Mweka down.
by widestance
Sun Dec 15, 2013 7:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Back from Grand Canyon rafting trip
Replies: 33
Views: 4576

Re: automobile extended warranty pricing

He wasn't offering you a 45% cash discount, he was offering a 45% discount on a warranty already marked up 500%. I went round and round with a finance guy on gap insurance. I normally wouldn't buy such a thing, but i felt it was prudent for me at the time. The price went from $500 to something like ...
by widestance
Sun Dec 15, 2013 6:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: automobile extended warranty pricing
Replies: 7
Views: 1090

Re: Back from Grand Canyon rafting trip

I've done the 4-day GC through Western River Expeditions a number of years ago. Really a fantastic trip. Since I went during the summer sleeping was a bit rough due the heat. At that time of the year, they provide you with a sleeping pad and a sheet. You basically soak the sheet in the river, wrap i...
by widestance
Sun Dec 15, 2013 5:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Back from Grand Canyon rafting trip
Replies: 33
Views: 4576

Re: Help with new company 401k choices

ruralavalon provides good info above. My assumption was that you would only be contributing new money into your new 401k and periodically adjust you holdings in a rollover IRA that has your old 401k money as balances grow. I personally use Fidelity, but most people here I assume use Vanguard for the...
by widestance
Sun Dec 15, 2013 4:40 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help with new company 401k choices
Replies: 8
Views: 409

Re: Help with new company 401k choices

WHL wrote:100% of new 401k to VINIX
Roll old 401k to tIRA
Use tIRA to complete desired AA

Why are you not making any Roth IRA contributions?


I agree WHL.
by widestance
Sun Dec 15, 2013 2:44 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help with new company 401k choices
Replies: 8
Views: 409

Re: Need advice on adding index funds to company's 401K plan

Can anyone throw some light on whether - Vanguard/Spartan funds are available in non-Vanguard/non-Fidelity 401K plans? - non-Vanguard/non-Fidelity are available in Vanguard/Fidelity 401K plans? I can tell you that my 401k is managed by Great West Retirement Services and we currently have access to ...
by widestance
Mon Dec 02, 2013 11:35 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Need advice on adding index funds to company's 401K plan
Replies: 20
Views: 1658

Re: AWD (All Wheel Drive): cost and safety

I like Car and Driver's take on AWD vehicles. It goes something like... "AWD vehicles allow drivers to go faster in hazardous conditions". That's not to say AWD couldn't allow for more control and safety, but their take is a good a set of winter tires will provide more than enough benefit ...
by widestance
Thu Nov 28, 2013 9:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AWD (All Wheel Drive): cost and safety
Replies: 20
Views: 1934
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