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Re: Your Favorite Cookbook?

Google is my favorite cookbook!
by wilpat
Sun Dec 14, 2014 6:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your Favorite Cookbook?
Replies: 56
Views: 3276

Re: Florescent lights

It takes about 500 CFL's to contain the same amount of mercury as a thermometer.
by wilpat
Sat Nov 29, 2014 1:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Florescent lights
Replies: 20
Views: 1558

Re: Favorite nonfiction books

On Wings of Eagles
Ken Follett
by wilpat
Wed Nov 26, 2014 2:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite nonfiction books
Replies: 117
Views: 9586

Re: Shower silicone replacement - Price? DIY?

Reminds me of the story about a Doctor who had a plumber come fix something. The plumber finished in 1/2 hour and gave the Doctor a bill for $100.00. The Doctor said "$100.00 for a 1/2 hours of work, that's $200.00 an hour -- I'm a doctor and I don't make $200.00 an hour!". The plumber sai...
by wilpat
Sun Nov 16, 2014 3:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shower silicone replacement - Price? DIY?
Replies: 27
Views: 1705

Re: Trouble downloading H&R Block Deluxe 2014

In all of the years I have been using H&R Block this is the first time I can remember something like this happening. I use them exclusively because I am very familiar with their software after using it for about 20 years!
by wilpat
Sun Nov 16, 2014 1:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Trouble downloading H&R Block Deluxe 2014
Replies: 3
Views: 312

Re: Trouble downloading H&R Block Deluxe 2014

See this:

http://community.hrblock.com/t5/Your-Ta ... and-filing

There are several of us in the same boat. I doubt that anything will happen to fix it today.
by wilpat
Sun Nov 16, 2014 12:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Trouble downloading H&R Block Deluxe 2014
Replies: 3
Views: 312

Re: Your favorite classic toys for kids

Radio Flyer wagon!
by wilpat
Wed Nov 12, 2014 6:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your favorite classic toys for kids
Replies: 89
Views: 5145

Re: Happy Birthday, Marines!

Semper Fi 1957 to 1961
by wilpat
Mon Nov 10, 2014 1:29 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Happy 239th Birthday, U.S. Marine Corps
Replies: 20
Views: 1166

Re: When do you buy a new home computer?

I replace my home computer “at intervals”, “ at times”, “ every now and then”, “ every once in a while”, “ every so often”, “ from time to time”, “ infrequently”, “ intermittently”, “ irregularly”, “ not often”, “ now and again”, “ occasionally”, “ on occasion”, “once in a blue moon”, “ once in a wh...
by wilpat
Fri Nov 07, 2014 8:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When do you buy a new home computer?
Replies: 52
Views: 4560

Re: Adoption [Experience from those who have adopted]

My (Natural) Sister and I were adopted when I was 5 and she was 6 years old. My birth Father disappeared and my birth Mother could not afford to raise us. The adoption occurred in 1945 and there was no welfare or anything else available. She had no relatives close enough to help her. She had a first...
by wilpat
Fri Oct 31, 2014 5:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Adoption [Experience from those who have adopted]
Replies: 39
Views: 4690

Re: Anyone consider retiring to Vancouver, Washington?

The summer of 1965 in Seattle was particularly nice -- it came on a weekend! :wink: :wink:
by wilpat
Thu Oct 30, 2014 11:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone consider retiring to Vancouver, Washington?
Replies: 45
Views: 4470

Re: [Purchasing a] hearing aid

Try these people:

https://www.hihealthinnovations.com/

If you are on Medicare and use United Healthcare you get them for about 1/2 price. I use them and they work ok for me. The expensive ones are probably better, but --- that much better?????
by wilpat
Wed Oct 22, 2014 5:23 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Purchasing a] hearing aid
Replies: 22
Views: 1527

Re: Balance Transfer Credit Card 1% fee, no APR for 1 year

Remember that you must pay the minimum monthly payments.
by wilpat
Thu Oct 16, 2014 12:18 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Balance Transfer Credit Card 1% fee, no APR for 1 year
Replies: 9
Views: 372

Re: Home Depot Warranty not honored

Go to the store where you bought it and talk to the store manager. Do not let him/her just tell you to talk to the warranty company. Insist that they follow up on it for you -- in the Home Depot where I worked, in a part time retirement job, the manager would carry this to the highest level possible...
by wilpat
Thu Oct 16, 2014 12:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Depot Warranty not honored
Replies: 27
Views: 3406

Re: Do you deviate from the BH philosophy?

I have some money in what I call my "Las Vegas" account. I do NOT count that money as part of my retirement assets.
by wilpat
Thu Oct 02, 2014 4:32 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Do you deviate from the BH philosophy?
Replies: 64
Views: 4333

Re: Meetings over the lunch hour, taboo?

The customer may not "always be right", but the customer is "always the customer"!
by wilpat
Thu Sep 18, 2014 2:43 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Meetings over the lunch hour, taboo?
Replies: 46
Views: 4050

Re: Could you sleep with all your money in Berkshire Hathawa

I would sleep like a baby! --- Sleep for an hour and then wake up and cry for 2 hours! Sleep for 2 hours and then wake up and cry for an hour! Repeat that all night!
by wilpat
Sun Sep 14, 2014 10:05 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Could you sleep with all your money in Berkshire Hathaway?
Replies: 49
Views: 4010

Re: Kindle

Try these:

Bargain Booksy -- BookBub -- Riffle Select Ebooks - eBookDaily Kindle Freebies
by wilpat
Thu Sep 11, 2014 5:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Kindle
Replies: 15
Views: 1387

Re: New Roof Needed Soon... Advice?

I needed a new roof about 20 years ago. I asked a friend who had worked on roofs in the past how to go about it. He said go down to the local roofing supply house and just "hang around" early in the morning. One of the contractors' employees will/should approach you and ask if you need hel...
by wilpat
Thu Sep 11, 2014 10:26 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Roof Needed Soon... Advice?
Replies: 48
Views: 3085

Re: Vanguard Lost $50k

I have a similar circumstance with BOA. They have lost some of my money and they are slow about chasing it. The total amount lost is $1.06! :D :D
by wilpat
Sat Sep 06, 2014 12:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vanguard Lost $50k
Replies: 103
Views: 10929

Re: What Movie Have You [Recently] Watched?

The most recent movie I saw (in a theater) was Blazing Saddles in 1977.
by wilpat
Tue Sep 02, 2014 3:32 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 250
Views: 26648

Re: High School Reunions--Have you attended?

First one I went to was the 25th and I have been back every 5 years through 55th (last year). I went to school in Washington State and the closest I lived to there, while attending, was near Chicago. I am now in NC and enjoy the trips back to see "God's" country! :happy
by wilpat
Mon Aug 04, 2014 12:09 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: High School Reunions--Have you attended?
Replies: 79
Views: 5647

Re: Is this a good rate ?

Always look at Penfed!
by wilpat
Wed Jul 23, 2014 2:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is this a good rate ?
Replies: 5
Views: 628

Re: Anyone been to Charleston, SC?

Great town! I usually take a tourist tour (they take you around on a bus or horse & carriage or etc.) and then go back to the places that looked interesting on the tour. I can then take as much time as I want to look the specific place over. When I go to a town where I have not been before I usu...
by wilpat
Wed Jul 23, 2014 12:00 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone been to Charleston, SC?
Replies: 27
Views: 1553

Re: Being Polite.

Travelforfun: Perhaps the greatest benefit of being polite is that it makes you feel better knowing you are a good human being. Best wishes Taylor I concur! I do feel better when I am being polite and I try very hard to always be polite. I learned that from my Mother -- It makes the receiver of the...
by wilpat
Sun Jun 29, 2014 6:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Want to Save Money? Be Polite!
Replies: 41
Views: 6901

Re: Mortgage: Variable 7 vs Fixed 30.

Interesting post. I wonder how many folks would buckle under with the verbal pressure not to pre-pay their loan! :wink:
by wilpat
Sat Jun 28, 2014 12:44 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Mortgage: Variable 7 vs Fixed 30.
Replies: 47
Views: 3728

Re: Suggestions for 1-2 Days in NYC?

I've been to NYC about 100 times and my opinion is that if they ever give the world an enema they will do it in NYC!
by wilpat
Tue Jun 24, 2014 7:34 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suggestions for 1-2 Days in NYC?
Replies: 51
Views: 3822

Re: It is time to retire when you .......

I retired (at 72) when my health dictated that it was time. If it were my choice I would still be working (at 74). I was one of the lucky people that enjoyed work immensely. In my 58 years of working I cannot think of a dozen days that I didn't wake up looking forward to going to work.
by wilpat
Fri Jun 20, 2014 10:42 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: It is time to retire when you .......
Replies: 104
Views: 10308

Re: Experience with PenFed refinance

I did a first mortgage with them a few years ago and a refi about 18 months ago. I had ZERO problems. I may have been just lucky, but they will always be my first choice.
by wilpat
Wed Jun 18, 2014 2:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Experience with PenFed refinance
Replies: 72
Views: 4611

Re: Seattle Restaurants

Ivar's Salmon House. We liked it so much, we went back TWICE--and we were only in Seattle for four days! The Space Needle is worth going for the view--just be sure it's not on a day when it rains. We got lucky. We went there the first night, and it was crystal clear. It started pouring the next day...
by wilpat
Wed Jun 18, 2014 3:58 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seattle Restaurants
Replies: 17
Views: 1082

Re: How can I get the best mortgage rate?

My suggestion would be to check out Pentagon Federal Credit Union. <penfed.org>
by wilpat
Thu Jun 12, 2014 6:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How can I get the best mortgage rate?
Replies: 13
Views: 1607

Re: New homeowner: lawn care advice

A different comment on lawn care. Aerate in the fall, spring and summer. It is the best thing you can to do grow a good lawn. Rent one from Home Depot or somebody.

It allows the water to get down to the grass roots and forces the grass roots to go further into the ground -- good good good!!
by wilpat
Wed Jun 11, 2014 7:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New homeowner: lawn care advice
Replies: 87
Views: 27210

Re: 2014 Income tax changes in North Carolina

Thanks for the answers. A little more info -- I am retired and have Social Security and retirement income only. If I need more I get it from investments. My taxable is a TIRA. I will Transfer some to a Roth in December and, if necessary I will reverse the transfer in January. The proper term is &qu...
by wilpat
Tue Jun 10, 2014 2:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 2014 Income tax changes in North Carolina
Replies: 5
Views: 955

Re: 2014 Income tax changes in North Carolina

Thanks for the answers.

A little more info -- I am retired and have Social Security and retirement income only. If I need more I get it from investments.
My taxable is a TIRA. I will Transfer some to a Roth in December and, if necessary I will reverse the transfer in January.
by wilpat
Mon Jun 09, 2014 10:44 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 2014 Income tax changes in North Carolina
Replies: 5
Views: 955

2014 Income tax changes in North Carolina

The NC income tax rates and deductions are changing for 2014, but there seems to be no easy way to calculate 2014 taxes yet. It appears to me that I will be able to transfer some money from non-taxable to taxable without additional taxes for 2014. The primary reason I think I may be able to do that ...
by wilpat
Sun Jun 08, 2014 6:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 2014 Income tax changes in North Carolina
Replies: 5
Views: 955

Re: Public Transportation in Miami, FL for visitors

DW and I will be staying in Miami, FL for 4 days prior to taking a cruise to West Caribbean. We want to stay at a motel/hotel near the MIA Airport and take public transport (buses, local trains) to various places, including Miami beach, day tour bus and other attractions. Is this feasible? Or renti...
by wilpat
Sun Jun 08, 2014 3:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Public Transportation in Miami, FL for visitors
Replies: 6
Views: 523

Re: Recommend a 1 month trip abroad.

New Zealand (although I'd rather go in warmer months Nov-March). I concur! New Zealand is my favorite place on earth other than the USA. I have been to every continent on earth (except Antarctica) and New Zealand is at the top. The primary reason that I liked it so much was that it was not "to...
by wilpat
Tue Jun 03, 2014 10:38 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend a 1 month trip abroad.
Replies: 37
Views: 3753

Re: Moving to Alaska

and don't let the grizzlies bite. ...I think it's polar bears :happy Don't forget the mosquitoes! :twisted: The mosquitoes in Alaska are HUGE! I was with a group at Elmandorf Air Force Base one time and we were standing out near the runway when a couple of planes flew over with one refueling the ot...
by wilpat
Mon May 26, 2014 4:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving to Alaska
Replies: 19
Views: 2673

Re: West coast snowbird questions

As I have stated in other posts! The summer of 1965 was particularly nice in Seattle, as it came on a weekend! :happy It has probably changed, but when I lived there it had never been above 100 or below 0 degrees. The longest it had ever gone without rain was 44 days. They averaged 300 rain days per...
by wilpat
Sun May 18, 2014 1:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: West coast snowbird questions
Replies: 14
Views: 1315

Re: Pressure washer with extendable wand

Check at Home Depot. They rent them. You will probably need a gasoline powered machine, as using water that high takes more pressure.
by wilpat
Sat May 17, 2014 10:45 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pressure washer with extendable wand
Replies: 8
Views: 603

Re: Seattle and Portland, OR restaurant recommendations

The Space Needle in Seattle. I ate there ate there a little over 50 years ago and it was good.
The view is outstanding if you can find one of those few not rainy days to go!
I suspect it is really expensive! But -- to say you have been there is worth something.
by wilpat
Thu May 01, 2014 2:21 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seattle and Portland, OR restaurant recommendations
Replies: 31
Views: 1407

Re: Do Honda Mowers Leave an Un-cut Grass Strip?

I've owned two over twenty years, and only had this issue when the blades got dull, or out of balance. Yes they will do this. Get your blades sharpened twice a year,spring fall. Other than that, the mower didn't cut the grass as tall as I like it cut in the hot summer months, so I went with other b...
by wilpat
Tue Apr 29, 2014 10:30 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do Honda Mowers Leave Un-cut Grass Strips? [YES, but...]
Replies: 51
Views: 10368

Re: Riding Lawn Mower

I worked at Home Depot (as a retirement job) for a few years. One day I came upon a couple looking at a zero turn mower. The lady was sitting on the mower with her hands on the steering mechanism and she said "How could I smoke a cigarette and drink a beer while mowing with this?" Her husb...
by wilpat
Sun Apr 27, 2014 4:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Riding Lawn Mower
Replies: 29
Views: 8966

Re: Town home, good or bad idea?

There are 2 sides to every story. If you move closer to work (say 15 minute drive or walk instead of 2 hours) you would increase your hourly pay by 20% to 25%. Your total pay, however would only increase by your saving in fuel. On the other hand buying for short term is usually not a good idea. The ...
by wilpat
Mon Apr 21, 2014 12:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Town home, good or bad idea?
Replies: 21
Views: 1785

Re: POLL: what's the deal with Tuna Fish?

FWIW, Tuna is the second most consumed seafood in America. Second only to shrimp.
by wilpat
Sun Apr 20, 2014 3:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: POLL: what's the deal with Tuna Fish?
Replies: 48
Views: 5245

Re: Flights D.C. to London: Buy now or wait?

I have often said that no sane person will ever figure out airline fares! I needed to go to Cairo, Egypt a little over 20 years ago and the normal price was $3,300. I was able to get a ticket for $2,200! Then my trip got cancelled. I got my money back with no problem. A few weeks later my trip was r...
by wilpat
Sat Apr 19, 2014 3:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flights D.C. to London: Buy now or wait?
Replies: 50
Views: 9451

Re: Question about IRS Online Payment from Checking Account

A long time ago (1980 tax year) I owed a large tax bill ($279,000) and it took them 29 days to cash my check!
by wilpat
Sat Apr 19, 2014 3:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Question about IRS Online Payment from Checking Account
Replies: 25
Views: 3611

Re: Baby Boomers: Top 10 Movies

bill1958 wrote:Blazing Saddles classic humor. Caddyshack too.


I love Blazing Saddles!
It is the last movie I ever saw in an actual theater --in 1974 when it first came out. Haven't been in a theater since.
by wilpat
Fri Apr 18, 2014 11:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Baby Boomers: Top 10 Movies
Replies: 49
Views: 4187
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