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by General Disarray
Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oil stains: How to treat?
Replies: 12
Views: 1520

Re: Oil stains: How to treat?

I have used assorted methods for oil stains on concrete garage floor: 1) cat litter--> soaks up some of the oil, but does not remove the stain. 2) baking soda and vinegar 3) mineral spirits 4) dish detergent, followed by boiling water, then scrub with a wire brush --> rinse with more boiling water. ...
by General Disarray
Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Foreign Currency Conversion Accepted, then Rejected
Replies: 14
Views: 943

Foreign Currency Conversion Accepted, then Rejected

About a month ago, I went to Bank of America to convert some foreign currency to U.S. dollars. Not all the currency were accepted, which is fine. I received credit for the other currency. Total was about $569. They credited my checking account. Today, I get a call from B of A saying that they did no...
by General Disarray
Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need Advise On Getting to Patriots Game, Foxborough
Replies: 13
Views: 1241

Re: Need Advise On Getting to Patriots Game, Foxborough

MBTA Instructions:
http://www.mbta.com/riding_the_t/trains_to_gillette/

Commuter Rail Map:
http://www.mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/rail/

Foxborough is at the bottom, between the commuter lines ending in Forge Park/495 and Wickford Junction.
by General Disarray
Wed Sep 06, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations on voice recorder?
Replies: 11
Views: 754

Re: Recommendations on voice recorder?

I am grateful for your message! Several months ago I purchased Sony ICD PX440 but was lazy to figure out how to use it. Your message, and especially the picture which is very similar to mine, has propelled me into action. As I am testing the recorder I quite like it. Later this week, I will try it ...
by General Disarray
Wed Sep 06, 2017 1:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations on voice recorder?
Replies: 11
Views: 754

Re: Recommendations on voice recorder?

I occasionally conduct face-to-face interviews and so record these interviews using the SONY ICD PX333 Digital Voice Recorder. It's worked well for me so far, but I haven't had to record in a group situation and do not know how far the recorder will pick up. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/i...
by General Disarray
Thu Aug 31, 2017 7:42 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: [Are the Bogleheads] getting less interesting?
Replies: 255
Views: 18399

Re: [Are the Bogleheads] getting less interesting?

KSOC wrote: ↑
Thu Aug 31, 2017 7:38 pm
It's like getting to the Major Leagues. At some point you learn enough that the game slows down. The game hasn't changed. You've sped up.
Or it's like a shiny new toy that is no longer shiny and the novelty has worn off.
by General Disarray
Thu Aug 31, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: [Are the Bogleheads] getting less interesting?
Replies: 255
Views: 18399

Re: Is Bogelheads getting less interesting?

On the one hand, perhaps the forum seems less interesting because the questions might not be as personally relevant to the O.P. On the other hand, with the departure of some of the financial giants on this site, perhaps the forum seems more "dumbed down," with more pedestrian folks (like myself) ask...
by General Disarray
Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Companies/Brands You Love?
Replies: 157
Views: 10839

Re: Companies/Brands You Love?

In addition to some of the brands already listed by posters above (i.e., Trader Joe's, Toyota, and Tumi ), I really like some of the store generic brands. In particular: - Kirkland (Costco) products, especially the paper towels. - Up and Up (Target brand) for cleaning products - 365 (Whole Foods bra...
by General Disarray
Mon Aug 28, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying fish (salmon) in Northeast?
Replies: 37
Views: 2310

Re: Buying fish (salmon) in Northeast?

I'm in the Boston area and last week I bought wild sockeye salmon at Costco (in the refrigerated section, not freezer). Whenever I buy salmon at Costco, I buy the thawed salmon in the refrigerated section, then either freeze the whole thing or else cut the salmon into individual portions and freeze....
by General Disarray
Tue Aug 22, 2017 10:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Draperies or Honey Comb Shades/Blinds?
Replies: 31
Views: 2823

Re: Draperies or Honey Comb Shades/Blinds?

1-Do the Honey Comb Shades/Blinds of paper actually work and 2- Do they last? How long? I have four sets of large glass sliding doors, and on each I use a vertical cellular shade. In the upstairs (bedrooms), I use blackout shades. In the downstairs, I use light filtering shades. They look great and...
by General Disarray
Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Other people's perception of your finances
Replies: 73
Views: 4401

Re: Other people's perception of your finances

Magical thinking. People who don't know how to manage their own money don't know how you manage yours. Really, it is just a mystery to them so they assume you have special magic money powers and they don't think any more about it. This and, in my experience, people who are financially irresponsible...
by General Disarray
Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Put Mom Up In Hotel?
Replies: 3
Views: 839

Re: Put Mom Up In Hotel?

Maybe just say something along the lines of, "I am in no position to host someone in my home right now, but still would still love to have you visit. I'd be happy to pay for your stay at [hotel]. The hotel will be far more comfortable than my home."
by General Disarray
Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: GF Picking a college major
Replies: 105
Views: 6331

Re: GF Picking a college major

This is why there are general education requirements at most colleges and universities. Students are forced to take classes in various disciplines (mostly the arts and sciences), and from this "buffet" of classes, the students may find that they are especially passionate about one discipline. Let he...
by General Disarray
Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best place to get eyeglasses / no vision insurance
Replies: 91
Views: 12119

Re: Best place to get eyeglasses / no vision insurance

Costco all the way. I just got my eye exam at Costco a couple of days ago, and have done so for a number of years. I have a vision plan, but paying Costco Optical out of pocket is far cheaper than using the vision plan--for the exam, the eyeglasses, and contact lenses. Looks like the cost for the Co...
by General Disarray
Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trying to save money on prescription drug
Replies: 28
Views: 1858

Re: Trying to save money on prescription drug

Asthma inhalers are super expensive and there often are no discounts. I had to switch to QVar recently also, because my health insurance company would no longer accept Flovent. I found that in terms of cost, it was cheapest to go through my health insurance. I originally called Costco, thinking Cost...
by General Disarray
Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garage Parking Aid
Replies: 28
Views: 2583

Garage Parking Aid

My garage is a tandem garage, rather than the side-to-side type of garage. When I bought the unit, there was a shoddily patched area in the front of the garage. Someone clearly drove into the wall. A contractor will patch up and paint the garage (after removing the popcorn plaster from the walls and...
by General Disarray
Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Insulating Walls - Worth it?
Replies: 44
Views: 6084

Re: Insulating Walls - Worth it?

(Non)update: I contacted the company that originally did the energy assessment and let the guy know that the HOA said I cannot insulate from the outside, and wanted to know the cost of insulating from the inside walls. He said his company cannot insulate from the inside, as the company does not have...
by General Disarray
Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are there any advantages of re-plastering a garage?
Replies: 6
Views: 808

Are there any advantages of re-plastering a garage?

My garage (31-years-old) currently has plaster on the concrete walls and ceilings. Large pieces are starting to peel off, given the age (it's likely the original plaster). There are also large vertical cracks in the walls, due to settling. The plaster (gypsum plaster) was sprayed on at the time, inc...
by General Disarray
Fri May 26, 2017 6:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Insulating Walls - Worth it?
Replies: 44
Views: 6084

Re: Insulating Walls - Worth it?

I'm not clear what you're describing. Are you saying the exterior walls are concrete, with lap siding on top of it, and the HOA rejected the proposal due to concerns about integrity of the concrete? Or are you saying the interior sheething is some kind of concrete panel or mesh and spray cement, so...
by General Disarray
Thu May 25, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Insulating Walls - Worth it?
Replies: 44
Views: 6084

Re: Insulating Walls - Worth it?

Thank you to everyone's comments and suggestions. The HOA rejected my request to blow in insulation from the exterior walls. I posed the option of allowing them to select the contractor and have unit owners pay out of pocket for the insulation, but it looks like that also is a no go. The walls are a...
by General Disarray
Fri May 05, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Insulating Walls - Worth it?
Replies: 44
Views: 6084

Insulating Walls - Worth it?

I had an energy assessment of my home. This is a townhome with an HOA. The energy assessment technician recommended that the walls be insulated, as he found no insulation. The townhomes were built in 1986, and he was puzzled as to why there was no insulation, as there should be building codes in pla...
by General Disarray
Sat Feb 11, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TurboTax Premier Online Deal?
Replies: 18
Views: 2245

Re: TurboTax Premier Online Deal?

Regular Fidelity customers get a $20.00 Turbotax discount. My federal and state tax prep for the TurboTax Premier together came out to almost $82.00, even with the $20 discount. They tack on about $5.00 in taxes.
by General Disarray
Thu Dec 29, 2016 10:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Samsung Exploding Washing Machines & CPSC Involvement
Replies: 51
Views: 7394

Re: Samsung Exploding Washing Machines & CPSC Involvement

Update from original poster. The Samsung website is tracking the "progress" of my rebate submission. I mailed it on November 14. They are listing the received date to be a month afterward. Have not received any e-mail about rebate status. Your submission will be processed within 4 to 6 we...
by General Disarray
Thu Jul 28, 2016 9:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honeycomb shades for sliding glass doors
Replies: 4
Views: 544

Honeycomb shades for sliding glass doors

I have four sliding glass doors in my home and I am seeking window treatment for them. I refuse to get vertical blinds, and I really prefer not to get curtains/drapes. One sliding glass door is in the kitchen. One sliding glass door is in the living room. One sliding glass door is in the master bedr...
by General Disarray
Sat Jul 23, 2016 9:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Track Lighting Fixture for Kitchen
Replies: 3
Views: 416

Re: Track Lighting Fixture for Kitchen

Forgot to include a detail: The kitchen is 14 x 12.
by General Disarray
Sat Jul 23, 2016 9:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Track Lighting Fixture for Kitchen
Replies: 3
Views: 416

Track Lighting Fixture for Kitchen

Just as another poster is doing in another thread, I also am moving into a unit that has insufficient lighting. In the two bedrooms and living room, there is no built-in ceiling lights whatsoever, so plug-in floor or table lamps must be used. In the kitchen and dining area, there is only a single ce...
by General Disarray
Mon Aug 03, 2015 7:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seniors must have items
Replies: 17
Views: 2734

Re: Seniors must have items

Why don't you ask your dad what he would like? And specifically, are there American products that he likes? American products are everywhere, but some products are not so readily available in certain countries. In other cases, American products ARE available, but they are very costly, so it would be...
by General Disarray
Sat Aug 01, 2015 3:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Swim Goggles for Near-Sighted People
Replies: 18
Views: 2339

Swim Goggles for Near-Sighted People

For those who normally wear contact lenses, do you wear swim goggles when you swim? If so, do you wear "regular" (non-prescription) goggles over your contacts when you swim, or do you remove your contact lenses and wear goggles with corrective lenses (which, apparently, you can buy without...
by General Disarray
Thu Jul 30, 2015 6:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting Hawaiian shave ice on the East Coast
Replies: 21
Views: 1946

Re: Getting Hawaiian shave ice on the East Coast

I recommend that you buy the shaved ice machine and make Hawaiian shaved ice, Taiwanese shaved ice, ice kachang, etc. yourself. The machine is reasonably priced--maybe $30.
by General Disarray
Wed Jul 15, 2015 5:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Arranging for Death Notifications?
Replies: 20
Views: 2774

Re: Arranging for Death Notifications?

Assuming you do not keep in daily contact with family and friends, I would think the first person/entity that would learn of your death would be your employer. With a prolonged absence, your employer would do some investigation to see why you have been absent. Assuming the employer is the first to l...
by General Disarray
Tue Jun 16, 2015 1:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gifting Money at Parties
Replies: 220
Views: 21323

Re: Gifting Money at Parties

This topic is timely. I just received a wedding invitation. The couple are in their 40's (the groom, I think, is pushing 50), and both are financially stable and are in the prime of their careers. They are not in want. Their home-made (computer-generated and printed) wedding invitation explicitly n...
by General Disarray
Tue Jun 16, 2015 11:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gifting Money at Parties
Replies: 220
Views: 21323

Re: Gifting Money at Parties

What is the purpose of parties and other social gatherings? Is it simply to socialize with friends and/or family? Is it to celebrate a milestone event such as a first wedding, birth, graduation, etc.? Or is it an opportunity to try to wrangle as many gifts and as much cash from participants as possi...
by General Disarray
Mon Jun 15, 2015 8:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend a port, please [Wine]
Replies: 28
Views: 3398

Re: Recommend a port, please [Wine]

Otima 10 year has never steered me wrong. In fact, it is my favorite port to date. That reminds me, I have a bottle of 20-year Otima that I need to try soon.
by General Disarray
Mon Jun 15, 2015 12:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Comfortable shoes for work
Replies: 43
Views: 5909

Re: Comfortable shoes for work

You do not specify whether you are male or female; regardless, Clarks shoes--for both men and women. The shoes are more conservative than stylish, but once in a while you can find a gem. More importantly, the shoes are comfortable. The higher cost of comfortable shoes is so worth it.
by General Disarray
Fri Jun 12, 2015 1:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which is a best place to start learning yoga?
Replies: 31
Views: 4162

Re: Which is a best place to start learning yoga?

I'm not a senior citizen, but I take yoga at my local senior citizens' center. Anyone over age 21 can join, and it's really cheap (because it's subsidized by my community and the United Way). Most of the folks in my class are in their 50s or 60s and have mild limitations of some sort -- arthritis, ...
by General Disarray
Fri Jun 12, 2015 1:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which is a best place to start learning yoga?
Replies: 31
Views: 4162

Re: Which is a best place to start learning yoga?

There isn't a single "best place" to start learning yoga; rather, you have different options: 1. If your gym offers yoga classes, why not start there? The yoga classes are part of your gym membership fee, so why not take advantage of the classes? 2. Lots of cities have community yoga class...
by General Disarray
Tue Jun 09, 2015 6:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Safest Vehicle Ever
Replies: 6
Views: 1476

Re: Safest Vehicle Ever

This is probably the safest vehicle in the United States:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidential_state_car_%28United_States%29

- heavily armored
- bullet-resistant windows
- protective against biochemical attacks
- security folks running alongside the car
by General Disarray
Mon Jun 08, 2015 5:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: close friend found out how much I have - bad outcome
Replies: 92
Views: 12304

Re: close friend found out how much I have - bad outcome

Maybe maybe not. I purchased a new car and paid cash. What should one say when asked about payments? Lie I'd like to think that most people are tactful enough as to not ask about the method of payment (all cash vs. loan, etc.). As for the car price, anyone can get that information with a quick sear...
by General Disarray
Sun Jun 07, 2015 1:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: French Presses: Glass Carafes vs. Stainless Steel Presses
Replies: 16
Views: 7757

French Presses: Glass Carafes vs. Stainless Steel Presses

The glass carafe from my Bodum 12 cup french press cracked after I put boiling water into the glass. I figured this might eventually happen. It got a good 5 years of use. While I was very happy with the Bodum, the glass seems so fragile and I have no doubt it will crack again. I went and got an Aero...
by General Disarray
Sun May 31, 2015 10:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: All-in-one Printer Recommendation
Replies: 65
Views: 8357

Re: All-in-one Printer Recommendation

I have to disagree with the recommendations for the Brother all-in-one printers. I currently use a Brother MFC 9325CW. I bought it brand new because it received really great reviews and the price was right. I was under the impression it produced laser-quality print (it is supposed to be a laser prin...
by General Disarray
Mon May 18, 2015 9:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Questioning a Dentist?
Replies: 43
Views: 5444

Re: Questioning a Dentist?

Andy, Get a second opinion. A third if you have to. For some time (the period before and during graduate school), I had to go without dental care simply because I could not afford it. I think I did not get a dental check-up for three years. During those three years, and continuing into the present, ...
by General Disarray
Mon May 11, 2015 6:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Preventing people from disturbing wet sidewalk cement.
Replies: 13
Views: 2687

Re: Preventing people from disturbing wet sidewalk cement.

Maybe cover the wet concrete with tarp, weigh down the edges of the tarp, and possibly place a flat board on top of the tarp?
by General Disarray
Mon May 04, 2015 9:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Digital Pen and Tablet
Replies: 7
Views: 597

Re: Digital Pen and Tablet

I just purchased this Wacom Intuos Pen and Touch Small Tablet: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EN27U9U/ref=s9_simh_gw_p147_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=desktop-1&pf_rd_r=1NDPPHW54J3ZC3B7MY4F&pf_rd_t=36701&pf_rd_p=2079475242&pf_rd_i=desktop We shall see how it turns out...
by General Disarray
Sun May 03, 2015 6:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Digital Pen and Tablet
Replies: 7
Views: 597

Digital Pen and Tablet

Can anyone recommend me an inexpensive but high quality digital pen and tablet? I've never used one, so started my search on Amazon. The purpose of this product is to allow me to draw sketches and cartoons using a fine-point pencil/pen-like device. The lines need to be sharp and not wavy/shaky and p...
by General Disarray
Sun Apr 26, 2015 4:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cost to replace a side view mirror
Replies: 22
Views: 48121

Re: Cost to replace a side view mirror

Skeptical, I, too, drive a Toyota Camry--slightly older model than yours. In 2011, I smashed my right sideview mirror on the carport as I was backing the car into the carport rear-first. I first called my insurance company, and an agent recommended that I pay out of pocket for the repair; this way, ...
by General Disarray
Wed Apr 22, 2015 4:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Neighbor is hoarder, piling garbage outside, collecting vans
Replies: 32
Views: 8133

Re: Neighbor is hoarder, piling garbage outside, collecting

I think some cities have local ordinances that address blighted properties--properties that are in such a state of disrepair that they become dangerous (to children and others), or that are eyesores that they bring down the property value of the surrounding properties.
by General Disarray
Mon Apr 20, 2015 12:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Just got contact lenses. Should I buy backup glasses?
Replies: 22
Views: 2418

Re: Just got contact lenses. Should I buy backup glasses?

Hi, d_green. My eyesight is just about as bad as yours. (I hope I will never have to wear BOTH contacts and glasses concurrently.) You should always have a pair of backup glasses. There may be many times when you cannot wear contacts--for instance, at night, if you have an eye infection, after an ey...
by General Disarray
Sun Apr 19, 2015 8:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What is a reasonable offer on this home?
Replies: 7
Views: 1329

Re: What is a reasonable offer on this home?

Thanks for your replies. Before I received grabiner's reply, I received the comps from my broker. Nearby townhomes in the immediate vicinity and same street were sold for: $247,000 (July 2014) --> 2015 assessment @ $263,700 $338,000 --> assessed @ $264,000 $291,000 --> assessed @ $263,700 $300,000 -...
by General Disarray
Sun Apr 19, 2015 7:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What is a reasonable offer on this home?
Replies: 7
Views: 1329

What is a reasonable offer on this home?

I am a first-time homebuyer and am working with a broker. Asking price for a townhome is: $360,000 Owner paid $350,000 for the townhome 2015 assessed value is: $263,700 Nearby townhomes in the immediate vicinity and same street were sold for $247,000 (2014), $338,000, $291,000, and $300,000. What of...
by General Disarray
Wed Oct 08, 2014 5:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Inaccurate Terminology or Description in Vanguard Statements
Replies: 3
Views: 654

Inaccurate Terminology or Description in Vanguard Statements

In August, I initiated a transfer of my Schwab Roth IRA to Vanguard Roth IRA. This is a personal account, not one tied to my employment. The transfer went through, but my activity confirmations typically include a statement of employee asset transfer . For instance, two days ago, I received a confir...