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by Alf 101
Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does it make sense to buy new appliances when there's a good sale before you need them?
Replies: 28
Views: 1679

Re: Does it make sense to buy new appliances when there's a good sale before you need them?

Let me take this in a tangential direction for a moment. Let's say you were looking at an appliance purchase that wasn't a direct replacement. Examples could be replacing an electric stove with a gas one, or really realizing you liked your front loading washer after moving into a new home with a top...
by Alf 101
Tue Apr 10, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Persian Rug Passed Down From Grandmother
Replies: 28
Views: 2053

Re: Persian Rug Passed Down From Grandmother

I like rugs, and have bought several of them while traveling. These were generally 2 sq. meter or smaller, and tribal carpets, purchased in smaller community environments. If you visit a large city in Turkey or Iran, you will have a different experience. But buying any handwoven rug is a long proces...
by Alf 101
Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tequila and Magaritas
Replies: 59
Views: 4392

Re: Tequila and Magaritas

This is all great, and as the OP, thanks. There is much advice to consider, but it's a fun thread to keep running, so I'll weigh in further. I like the advice of stocking one's home bar with what they like, but tequila and the margarita falls into interesting territory. One brother, mentioned earlie...
by Alf 101
Thu Apr 05, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tequila and Magaritas
Replies: 59
Views: 4392

Tequila and Magaritas

This is a bit of an odd request, but as I developed a plan and am staying the course, my thoughts have turned toward summer entertaining. After having recently moved, I am slowly rebuilding my liquor cabinet, mostly based on what's on sale in a given week or month. I am no heavy drinker, but do enjo...
by Alf 101
Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tired of gas grills rusting out...
Replies: 54
Views: 4063

Re: Tired of gas grills rusting out...

I'm the owner of a relatively modest Weber Q300. I've had it 10+ years, and while I've thought about upgrading it at times (the Spirit 310 looks good), it still is going strong. Over this time I've made too repairs. First, 4-5 years ago or so, the cooking grate started to thin and rust out. It's rep...
by Alf 101
Thu Mar 22, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cookware Brands - Demeyere?
Replies: 43
Views: 3446

Re: Cookware Brands - Demeyere?

I think Demeyere is a fine cookware brand, but of course there are other fine brands too. In light of this, I'll echo those that recommend against investing a set, but buying separate cookware pieces individually. I have an old school Erie cast iron fry pan I inherited from my grandma. I also have a...
by Alf 101
Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Breaking the seal" on more expensive travel
Replies: 38
Views: 4489

Re: "Breaking the seal" on more expensive travel

Having done more than a fair bit of independent travel, your days can often focus on three basic questions -- where am I going to sleep, what am I going to eat, and how am I going to get to the next town or destination. Also you can add, how long until my money runs out. Due to the inevitable failur...
by Alf 101
Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Window Selection and Shopping
Replies: 18
Views: 1404

Re: Window Selection and Shopping

No one can foresee the future, but I suspect we will be in this house for some time -- let's say somewhere in the 20 year range. At that point I should be nearing retirement; we may be considering downsizing, and certainly would be looking for somewhere with lower property taxes. But these are issue...
by Alf 101
Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Window Selection and Shopping
Replies: 18
Views: 1404

Window Selection and Shopping

We've recently moved into a new place, and have been getting bids from contractors for a project. While this home has plenty of acreage, it strangely has no back door. However it does have a perfect place for one -- a breezeway, sun room-type space. This is already a 4-season room, with high ceiling...
by Alf 101
Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Novel Gift Ideas for Adult Siblings
Replies: 27
Views: 2274

Novel Gift Ideas for Adult Siblings

'Tis the season, after all, when people gather together and give each other gifts. There's some debate about this, if at some point adults should just decide not exchange presents, and see the holidays as more about the good company of family and friends. This, however, is not the tradition in our f...
by Alf 101
Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sous Vide?
Replies: 75
Views: 11837

Re: Sous Vide?

I'd like to bump this thread, as it's Black Friday again, and I see some deals on immersion circulators. As it happens I have a brother, who is a particularly advanced home cook, who has mentioned in the past this was something of interest. So could the stars align? Amazon currently has a deal on th...
by Alf 101
Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Black Friday Deals/Holiday Gift Ideas
Replies: 57
Views: 8373

Re: Black Friday Deals/Holiday Gift Ideas

So has anyone done any investigation as to what actually goes on sale for Black Friday and the holiday season? Is it essentially everything, or targeting particular products and sectors? I ask because we're closing on and moving into a house that week, and it would be kind of nice if furniture and a...
by Alf 101
Mon Oct 30, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Best" Online Degree if already a college graduate
Replies: 120
Views: 15692

Re: "Best" Online Degree if already a college graduate

I appreciate the bump on this thread, as I'm curious to see how attitudes toward online education have changed -- and will continue to change. Having read down to this point, in 2011 such a degree seemed to carry some degree of stigma. Does it still? Let's say I have a degree and a job, but feel a n...
by Alf 101
Tue Oct 24, 2017 9:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dual Fuel Stoves
Replies: 19
Views: 1410

Re: Dual Fuel Stoves

I guess I can speak to why I like using gas burners -- control. With an electric burner there is a lag period for heating up, and cooling down; and I have a better concept of the heat involved by looking at the flame, as opposed to inferring from a dial setting. This is the appeal. I'd like to think...
by Alf 101
Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dual Fuel Stoves
Replies: 19
Views: 1410

Re: Dual Fuel Stoves

I see there are a number of votes for an induction range here, but I'm not sure that's an option. A little over a year ago we went to Iceland, visiting friends who were posted in Reykjavik. They had an induction range and hated it, for reasons that might not be entirely fair -- they arrived and foun...
by Alf 101
Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dual Fuel Stoves
Replies: 19
Views: 1410

Dual Fuel Stoves

Does anyone have any experience with installing a dual fuel range, or have looked into it? This is something I've just started to mull over. Combining a gas stovetop with an electric oven is the best of both worlds, but what's holding me up is whether it'd be worth it. My wife and I are moving and c...
by Alf 101
Mon Oct 23, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Bonds at Age 50?
Replies: 17
Views: 1906

Bonds at Age 50?

So a number of threads are out there, circling around this basic question. It's easier to plan to contribute toward retirement, but does get trickier actually planning for it. How you allocate between stocks and bonds -- as we know -- is a balance between risk tolerance, optimism, what you think you...
by Alf 101
Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone planning on getting the new Pixel phone?
Replies: 141
Views: 11532

Re: Anyone planning on getting the new Pixel phone?

At the moment, not me. I too am a proud owner of a Nexus 5x. A little over a month ago it died on me with little warning -- the dreaded bootloop failure. I contacted LG who emailed me a pre-paid postage form, and submitted it as a warranty return the same day. I had bought this phone in February 201...
by Alf 101
Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cold feet
Replies: 23
Views: 2686

Re: Cold feet

I would also vouch for thick socks. Both the Darn Tough and Smartwool mountaineering socks are quite good -- thick and going up over the calf. No doubt there are other socks that meet these criteria, perhaps more inexpensive ones, but if you want warmer feet it may be worth it. I purchased both for ...
by Alf 101
Sun Jul 30, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Comcast - lease modem/router or buy?
Replies: 47
Views: 5342

Re: Comcast - lease modem/router or buy?

One of the challenges as a consumer is the danger of paying for more features than you need. Having resurrected this thread, I'm pretty committed to the idea of buying my own modem and router. And while I like idea and have been considering open source, I'm just not sure how far down that road I wan...
by Alf 101
Sat Jul 29, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Comcast - lease modem/router or buy?
Replies: 47
Views: 5342

Re: Comcast - lease modem/router or buy?

Now about the router, what are folks who swapped out using? The R7000 is about $42 more expensive than the R6700 on Amazon. I'm looking to do this on the cheap. It's hard to know exactly how much to spend on a router -- $40, $65, $100, $150, $300? With a 100 Mbps plan and only two people in the hous...
by Alf 101
Sat Jul 29, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Comcast - lease modem/router or buy?
Replies: 47
Views: 5342

Re: Comcast - lease modem/router or buy?

I'll bump this thread from over a year ago, because I'm having the same thought. Having embarrassingly just noticed the $10/month modem rental surcharge on my Comcast bill, it's not whether I should continue to lease one or not, but that I definitely have to purchase a modem and router of my own. Th...
by Alf 101
Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A week in Iceland
Replies: 28
Views: 2144

Re: A week in Iceland

We spent a little over two weeks in Iceland this May. It is undoubtedly beautiful, but I would also agree with comments that its rapid growth of tourism is more than its infrastructure and environment will probably be able to handle. I would also agree it is paralyzingly expensive. We met people fro...
by Alf 101
Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Much Would You Spend on a Blender?
Replies: 47
Views: 3931

Re: How Much Would You Spend on a Blender?

As the OP I thought I'd circle back and chime in. I appreciate the comments very much, and have a few more questions/thoughts. 1. How much overlap do you see between your blender and food processor? Up to this point we've used our blender as a sauce and smoothie machine, but have a large Kitchenaid ...
by Alf 101
Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dutch Elm Disease looming, maybe. Should I fight it?
Replies: 15
Views: 1900

Re: Dutch Elm Disease looming, maybe. Should I fight it?

I would say this depends how much you value the tree. In an analogous case, we preemptively had a large ash in our yard treated for emerald ash borer. We started this right when we bought the house, maybe 8-9 years ago, and have continued with injections at the prescribed intervals. This amounts to ...
by Alf 101
Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Much Would You Spend on a Blender?
Replies: 47
Views: 3931

How Much Would You Spend on a Blender?

Now there have been a number of blender threads on this forum, most now several years old, and perhaps not exactly zeroing in on the heart of the question for me -- how much would you spend on a new blender? This is both a personal and a consumer question, so I thought it would fit in well here. At ...
by Alf 101
Thu Jul 06, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone bought a Pixel?
Replies: 46
Views: 5190

Re: Anyone bought a Pixel?

Just to throw in my $0.02, I own a Nexus 5x. I've had it for two years, and think it's the best phone I've owned. It may just be luck, but I've experienced none of the problems others have cited in this thread. Interestingly my wife, abundantly frustrated with her iPhone 5, attempted to buy one last...
by Alf 101
Thu Jul 06, 2017 2:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cities good for living abroad?
Replies: 113
Views: 15627

Re: Cities good for living abroad?

Since this thread got bumped today, after more than a year of inactivity, it might be worth returning to the central question. Perhaps the OP can chime in and share where they've moved, or how their thinking has developed? Maybe others also considering living part of the year abroad have good points...
by Alf 101
Mon Jul 03, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: VPN for Fun
Replies: 13
Views: 2844

Re: VPN for Fun

As the OP, I'd like to thank everyone for their responses, and admit that my aims are hazy. I would say my goals in this process are two-fold: 1.Security/Privacy I don't have an especially strong and imminent feeling, though I believe it is a reasonable precaution to take more ownership for my infor...
by Alf 101
Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: VPN for Fun
Replies: 13
Views: 2844

VPN for Fun

Like many people, from time to time I need a project -- something outside the realm of mostly what I find myself doing, maybe just to stay mentally sharp. This being the Bogleheads site you'd think that might related to investing, but as I've been sticking with my plan and staying the course, it's n...
by Alf 101
Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting a new cooktop, gas vs electric?
Replies: 72
Views: 5470

Re: Getting a new cooktop, gas vs electric?

I believe to a large extent this is a preference question. If looking for a new house, I would have a strong preference for a gas cooktop. This is because I like to cook, cook a great deal, and feel this gives me much better temperature adjustment and control. With an electric burner there is some d...
by Alf 101
Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Television Provider Options 2017
Replies: 24
Views: 1946

Re: Television Provider Options 2017

This is all very interesting, and I'd like to thank all who've chimed in. This has inspired me to look more closely at cord cutting, or at the least give it a trial period in the first few months after our move. The sticking point with all this is the Packers. Live sports programming carries a high ...
by Alf 101
Mon Jun 26, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Television Provider Options 2017
Replies: 24
Views: 1946

Television Provider Options 2017

In about six weeks from now my wife and I will be moving halfway around the country. This has led us -- as we pack and donate some things, and toss others -- to consider our television options. Do we continue paying for Cable with Comcast? Do we move to Direct TV? Do we cut the cord and go with Netf...
by Alf 101
Wed Feb 22, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Rebalancing and the Glide Path Toward Retirement
Replies: 4
Views: 508

Rebalancing and the Glide Path Toward Retirement

To start, this is not to say that I am close to retirement -- still probably 20 years or so out. But I'm at a point where I'm starting to think about it; in particular where I am, where I need to be, and how much risk is worth taking on. Naturally all these vary by individual. What I'm looking to de...
by Alf 101
Wed Aug 03, 2016 3:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Travel insurance - worth it?
Replies: 96
Views: 15044

Re: Travel insurance - worth it?

My wife and I are going on a somewhat different trip than those mentioned to this point, and are beginning to explore travel insurance options. At the end of this month we'll be heading back to India, this time for approximately three weeks of trekking in Ladakh. So our trip involves flying into Del...
by Alf 101
Sun Nov 22, 2015 8:32 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Thanksgiving Performance Metrics
Replies: 9
Views: 1906

Thanksgiving Performance Metrics

This is just for fun, but maybe a few of us could weigh in. Each year I serve as our family's Thanksgiving project manager, which began as a joke but has actually been somewhat useful -- simply coordinating who brings what, stove top and oven timing and allocations, and who has the authority to kick...
by Alf 101
Wed Sep 09, 2015 11:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: electric toothbrush
Replies: 48
Views: 5418

Re: electric toothbrush

I'll revive this thread some 6+ months later, as I now am shopping for an electric toothbrush. This was recommended to me from my dentist, out of a concern that I was brushing too hard. So I switched to a softer bristle, and have been brushing more consciously. Now it happens that my mother asked fo...
by Alf 101
Wed Aug 05, 2015 11:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Aloha Shirt: Yes or No
Replies: 80
Views: 10182

Re: Aloha Shirt: Yes or No

As the OP I am overwhelmed with delight by the response to this thread. I am not alone in wanting to awaken the Aloha spirit. As for my wife, we've been together long enough this would not be particularly out of character or shocking. Both of us are of the "if it makes you happy, doesn't hurt anyone...
by Alf 101
Tue Aug 04, 2015 3:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Aloha Shirt: Yes or No
Replies: 80
Views: 10182

Aloha Shirt: Yes or No

I fear my mid-life crisis may be coming early, as this afternoon I've found myself with an unexplained urge to purchase an Aloha (aka, Hawaiian) shirt. If nothing else this reassures me, if it is said crisis, that if my idea of a big splurge is a shirt I see no problems sticking to living below my m...
by Alf 101
Tue Jun 02, 2015 4:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Visiting Nephews: Water Guns and Nerf Weapons
Replies: 29
Views: 5280

Visiting Nephews: Water Guns and Nerf Weapons

This may be a little tangential to the typical discussions on this site, but take my questions as a sign the sun has come out and summer is upon us... In about a month we'll be traveling out of state to spend some time with my wife's family, including her two nephews, both under the age of 10. We'll...
by Alf 101
Mon May 11, 2015 3:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lightweight camping gear
Replies: 41
Views: 5911

Re: Lightweight camping gear

To throw in my $0.02, what you're searching for may be the outdoor holy grail. If you want gear that is lightweight, you may be sacrificing durability. And if it possesses that durability, it's likely you'll need to pay a premium for it. I look at this approach as having three questions: 1. What kin...
by Alf 101
Thu Apr 23, 2015 12:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Living in New Hampshire?
Replies: 35
Views: 5922

Re: Living in New Hampshire?

Thanks to all for the responses so far. There was a request for the OP to fill in a few more details, and as that's me, I'm happy to comply. When my wife and I first met, I was an alpine climbing guide and she was finishing a graduate degree in marine biology. Events conspired, and on short notice w...
by Alf 101
Wed Apr 22, 2015 11:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Living in New Hampshire?
Replies: 35
Views: 5922

Living in New Hampshire?

So what are people's impressions of New Hampshire? My wife has a keen interest to move back to the east, in order to be closer to family. This seems fair to me, as I've visited several times and it seemed nice. I don't believe either of us want to live in a big city, and it seems to have decent acce...
by Alf 101
Mon Apr 20, 2015 3:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Budgeting for a Move
Replies: 1
Views: 330

Budgeting for a Move

My wife is somewhat intent on moving from the Midwest to the Northeast, primarily to be closer to her family. If it makes her happy, I can manage this. The concept, as it currently stands, does not involve a commute into Boston or Hartford, but somewhere perhaps in New Hampshire. I've made a few vis...
by Alf 101
Fri Apr 10, 2015 10:26 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Anyone in VFSVX? Why?
Replies: 72
Views: 14688

Re: Anyone in VFSVX? Why?

Perhaps rather than debating the fund vs. EFT aspect of the question, we could examine why anyone has VFSVX (or its equivalent) in their portfolio. Let's say someone is looking at their overall role of international in their allocation strategy. Why make this move? If you were of a 3-fund bent, you ...
by Alf 101
Wed Feb 25, 2015 2:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend a quality (and reasonably priced) knife set
Replies: 64
Views: 4949

Re: Recommend a quality (and reasonably priced) knife set

Years ago, when my younger brother began his fascination with cooking, I thought about getting him a knife. Then I talked with several culinary friends who told me no -- a knife is a very particular and personal thing to a chef; effectively you know when you reach that point where you know the right...
by Alf 101
Mon Feb 23, 2015 1:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cross Country Ski Gear Tips/Destinations
Replies: 31
Views: 2396

Re: Cross Country Ski Gear Tips/Destinations

It seems you're asking a broad array of questions, so I'll begin with a warning. I love nordic skiing, but as you begin to increase your level of involvement, give some thought as to how deep an investment you want to make. As you likely know for every type of XC skiing, you not only need a differen...
by Alf 101
Fri Feb 20, 2015 1:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Grand Canyon
Replies: 34
Views: 3645

Re: Grand Canyon

My wife and I did a trip like you're describing several years ago, right at that same time of year. She had a conference to attend in Vegas, so we flew out the weekend before, rented a car, and headed straight for the Canyon. While I don't remember it being a long drive (just a few hours) we arrived...
by Alf 101
Fri Feb 20, 2015 10:44 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Beyond the Total Int'l Stock Index
Replies: 4
Views: 1172

Beyond the Total Int'l Stock Index

First off, my intention in this post is not to stir up dust about whether to slice and dice. There are many roads to Dublin, so I have heard, so I am curious what approaches people -- and thinking -- people have taken in developing a plan for the international side of their portfolio. This also isn'...
by Alf 101
Fri Feb 06, 2015 10:33 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why Do People Invest in Certain VG Funds?
Replies: 15
Views: 2903

Re: Why Do People Invest in Certain VG Funds?

This is all very interesting. It seems that when we look at VG's options of funds, a great deal of clutter exists. Whether it is in response to consumer demand -- for the next new and shiny thing -- or some historical accident, that it's easy to open a new fund then eliminate an existing one -- we c...