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by IFRider
Sun Jul 23, 2017 9:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bermuda beach hotel recommendation
Replies: 4
Views: 383

Re: Bermuda beach hotel recommendation

I think you’ve answered your own question, but 2 megacorps before current sent me to Elbow Beach Bermuda Resort about 2 decades ago. I remember it being nice. Nice beach, very good service. The Richy Riches seemed to enjoy themselves while smoking cuban cigars and partying late into the night. The p...
by IFRider
Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Denver Trip - Last minute
Replies: 26
Views: 2086

Re: Denver Trip - Last minute

Casa Bonita and the 16th St Mall are high up on the do not do list. Great advice. I remember trips up to Casa Bonita with my friends all the way back in 1979 through about 1982. I remember standing in long lines going through the maze joking and horsing around, orders sent to the kitchen on what lo...
by IFRider
Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Denver Trip - Last minute
Replies: 26
Views: 2086

Re: Denver Trip - Last minute

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by IFRider
Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rent or Buy in Las Cruces, NM
Replies: 12
Views: 1266

Re: Rent or Buy in Las Cruces, NM

Let us know how you like it.

Las Cruces is #1 on my list of favorite cities without an ocean. Colorado is quickly becoming unbearable and I might end up down there sooner rather than later. :sharebeer
by IFRider
Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coyote control
Replies: 66
Views: 4612

Re: Coyote control

I looked at LA too. Found this, still unreliable, but certainly not an epidemic: The county reported two coyote attacks on people in 2011, the first year such records were kept, three in 2012, six in 2013, 15 in 2015, and two, so far, in 2016. http://www.dailybreeze.com/environment-and-nature/201606...
by IFRider
Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coyote control
Replies: 66
Views: 4612

Re: Coyote control

Ducks Unlimited used to ask people to not "varmit hunt" coyotes as they were far more valuable to duck populations alive than dead ... (they predate on feral cats and are much less effective at killing ground nesting birds are than the cats (feral AND domestic)). Not be obnoxious about it, but if y...
by IFRider
Sun Jul 09, 2017 10:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coyote control
Replies: 66
Views: 4612

Re: Coyote control

Geez, leave them alone. There are coyotes where I live, so what. You have a pack of 8 coyotes that live in your yard, and two kids under two? Is anyone else reminded of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4mogrWHTS4 Living in the Colorado foothills, coyote howls are common around here. Personall...
by IFRider
Wed Jul 05, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Drum sets
Replies: 12
Views: 1101

Re: Drum sets

Reverb is the best place to gaze at gear. I would schedule a girls night out and browse through these: https://reverb.com/marketplace/drums-and-percussion/full-kit If something speaks to her, you have your answer. But, by all means, don't show her this: https://reverb.com/item/5823101-dw-collectors-...
by IFRider
Sat Jul 01, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cat teeth cleaning costs
Replies: 36
Views: 3238

Re: Cat teeth cleaning costs

Threads like these make me glad I don't have pets anymore. Granted, this is a touchy subject, especially on Bogleheads. I wasn’t a cat person for most of my life. In fact, I would echo the ‘It’s just a friggin cat’ comment to anyone that cared enough to even feed one. But then, begrudgingly, I took...
by IFRider
Thu Jun 29, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cat teeth cleaning costs
Replies: 36
Views: 3238

Re: Cat teeth cleaning costs

I'm putting "Worrying about the cost of feline dental health services" at the top of my running list of First World Problems. :beer Pain is pain friend. I love my cats and I take care of them. They've given more comfort and unconditional love than any human I've encountered. I put worrying about ho...
by IFRider
Thu Jun 29, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cat teeth cleaning costs
Replies: 36
Views: 3238

Re: Cat teeth cleaning costs

obgraham wrote:Basic old school question here: Why the heck does a cat need its teeth cleaned? It's a Cat!
Because gum disease is painful.
by IFRider
Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cat teeth cleaning costs
Replies: 36
Views: 3238

Re: Cat teeth cleaning costs

Breakdown of the last dental for my 3 year old female:

Blood profile 80
Catalyst t4 clip 42
IV catheter/fluids 55
Anesthesia 151
Cleaning/Polish 85
Radiographs 85
Convenia Inj 38
Total 536
by IFRider
Sun Jun 18, 2017 10:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which motorcyle?
Replies: 26
Views: 1548

Re: Which motorcyle?

Question for your wife...

Would you hire a plumber, or a cardiac surgeon, or an airline pilot that only worked on weekends?
by IFRider
Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Highlander vs. Pilot
Replies: 30
Views: 3541

Re: Highlander vs. Pilot

I have a 2005 Honda Pilot EX. (So not too terribly helpful for newer Pilots) Power everything, leather seats, etc. I bought it used from the 1st owner about 3 years ago with 50k miles on it. I'm pretty hard on cars and not a "car person." I haul tons of stuff in the back. (I have rental h...
by IFRider
Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Do You Pay for an Oil Change?
Replies: 129
Views: 9079

Re: What Do You Pay for an Oil Change?

Changed the oil in my Pilot last weekend. $38.01 at O'Reillys -- 1 gallon Pennzoil 5w-20 and a Wix filter. Took me 10 minutes, maybe a new record. Be sure to look for the mail in rebate coupons from Oreilly's. They really do honor them and it costs a stamp and 3 min to fill out the form, I've gotte...
by IFRider
Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Do You Pay for an Oil Change?
Replies: 129
Views: 9079

Re: What Do You Pay for an Oil Change?

Changed the oil in my Pilot last weekend.

$38.01 at O'Reillys -- 1 gallon Pennzoil 5w-20 and a Wix filter.

Took me 10 minutes, maybe a new record.
by IFRider
Thu Jun 01, 2017 9:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nephews play football - don't want to encourage this
Replies: 45
Views: 3494

Re: Nephews play football - don't want to encourage this

At that age nobody is running fast enough and/or getting hit hard enough to do much damage (assuming proper equipment and technique of course). It's not until high school (at the earliest), college, and professional levels where the physics of people running that fast with that much mass really can...
by IFRider
Mon May 29, 2017 11:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mouse In Apartment
Replies: 39
Views: 4312

Re: Mouse In Apartment

Get a cat! I have owned my own cats for more than 15 years now and I have never seen a single mouse in my home. Ever. And I am a terrible housekeeper…Single male, better things to do, etc.. I have seen mice around the apartments I’ve lived in, in the neighborhood, but never in my home. They just don...
by IFRider
Fri May 12, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2943
Views: 865315

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Losing Sight of Shore on Netflix. 4 Women row across the Pacific in support of breast cancer.

Rotating shifts of 2 hours rowing, 2 hours sleeping for nearly a year. An excellent film.
by IFRider
Sun May 07, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: First 100 mile bike ride
Replies: 51
Views: 3620

Re: First 100 mile bike ride

Is it Elephant Rock? Not sure that one is 10k climbing, but there are a few good ones... In addition to good hydration and nutrition, I'm not sure how old you are, but my advice is to watch your heart rate. I've learned that my enjoyment goes down and the bonk factor increases the longer my HR is ab...
by IFRider
Sun May 07, 2017 9:14 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Job Decision
Replies: 53
Views: 4204

Re: Job Decision

My thoughts: - Take the job offer then look for a new job. - There are no dream places and contentment comes from inside. - Age discrimination is overblown. I landed a megacorp IT job at 42 years old after a layoff, a 4 year break, and driving trucks. I landed another one at 49 for a higher salary. ...
by IFRider
Wed May 03, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Banking in Marriage
Replies: 66
Views: 5110

Re: Banking in Marriage

For some couples, having separate accounts and/or individual "fun money" prevents arguments over ticky tacky spending decisions made by each spouse, even if they agree on joint recurrent expenses and large purchases Understood, but my point is, what feels ticky tacky to one spouse may not...
by IFRider
Wed May 03, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Banking in Marriage
Replies: 66
Views: 5110

Re: Banking in Marriage

Major point made by others applies: do what works for YOU. This board has a large share of 'traditional' voices who seem to equate joint accounts in marriage to a mystical ideal of harmony and marital strength---which is IMO ridiculous. I'm not sure it's that simple. A marriage is a legal agreement...
by IFRider
Tue May 02, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Banking in Marriage
Replies: 66
Views: 5110

Re: Banking in Marriage

I think the answer is based on each individual's attitude towards money. If the couple is in agreement on either saving or spending, a joint account will work. If one is a spendthrift and the other is a saver it won't work. I'm basing this on personal experience. I also learned the separation of acc...
by IFRider
Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best vacuum cleaner for pet hair?
Replies: 38
Views: 3872

Re: Best vacuum cleaner for pet hair?

2 cats here and I use a Dyson DC21 Animal (the purple one). My cats shed this time of year and it's amazing how much hair that vacuum picks up. Agree with a previous poster to brush your cats regularly. I use a Furminator on my calico cat and this reduces the amount of fur around the house significa...
by IFRider
Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why never speak badly about boss? [Need Bogleheads' wisdom]
Replies: 138
Views: 14307

Re: Why never speak badly about boss? [Need Bogleheads' wisdom]

The extent to which people on this board are willing to eat **** with a smile is totally baffling to me. A large portion of a manager's job is to facilitate ways to make those under them more effective\productive. If there's something about them that's causing that to be not true, then they're now ...
by IFRider
Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:02 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why never speak badly about boss? [Need Bogleheads' wisdom]
Replies: 138
Views: 14307

Re: Why never speak badly about boss? [Need Bogleheads' wisdom]

Many years in megacorps also (always an IC, never a boss). In my experience speaking badly about anyone in the organization is a bad strategy. This especially applies to your boss. The golden rule is alive and well. I've made the mistake of speaking badly about my bosses in the past and learned that...
by IFRider
Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mens Blue Jeans - What are we buying now?!
Replies: 86
Views: 9037

Re: Mens Blue Jeans - What are we buying now?!

Levi's 550. Relaxed fit. I've been wearing these for years. I think they call them dad jeans now.

Thankfully they still print the waist size clearly on the label as a daily reminder.
by IFRider
Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Charging Bull and Fearless Girl
Replies: 10
Views: 1695

Re: Charging Bull and Fearless Girl

Fallible wrote:With a little imagination, you can now wonder how the bull would react to her. Would he first try to frighten her away? And when he couldn't, since she's fearless, would he admire her courage? Would they become friends? And so on.


[NSFW link removed by admin LadyGeek]

I like #10 the best.
by IFRider
Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Charging Bull and Fearless Girl
Replies: 10
Views: 1695

Re: Charging Bull and Fearless Girl

The image reminds me of a scene from the Jeff Goldblum version of The Fly: Seth Brundle: You have to leave now, and never come back here. Have you ever heard of insect politics? Neither have I. Insects... don't have politics. They're very... brutal. No compassion, no compromise. We can't trust the i...
by IFRider
Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BH Divers: Liveaboard recommendations
Replies: 24
Views: 1529

Re: BH Divers: Liveaboard recommendations

... I've had similar experiences shore diving in Cozumel. Best places for shore diving are Bonaire and to a lesser degree Curacao. I've been to both several times. Cayman Brac is apparently good for shore diving but I've not been there. But Cozumel? The sites there are mostly way offshore. Where ex...
by IFRider
Wed Apr 05, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BH Divers: Liveaboard recommendations
Replies: 24
Views: 1529

Re: BH Divers: Liveaboard recommendations

... I think he's comparing the amenities on Little Cayman to a smallish yacht. Although, I would have guessed Cayman Brac falls way behind a yacht for comfort and pampering. Also, don't discount shore diving. Some of the most beautiful reefs I've ever seen were behind a seawall across the street fr...
by IFRider
Wed Apr 05, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BH Divers: Liveaboard recommendations
Replies: 24
Views: 1529

Re: BH Divers: Liveaboard recommendations

http://www.undercurrent.org is good place to start (can't remember if Timelord is subscriber or not, but a lot of the content is non-paywalled....) We haven't been on either of those--and have generally gotten to the point of not thinking caribbean liveaboards are worth it compared to just staying ...
by IFRider
Wed Apr 05, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BH Divers: Liveaboard recommendations
Replies: 24
Views: 1529

Re: BH Divers: Liveaboard recommendations

I did Turks and Caicos on the Agressor:

http://www.aggressor.com/turkscaicos.php

The diving was just ok: Not much reef, but the boat and crew were awesome.
I wanted to do their Palau trip but stopped diving before I could get there.
by IFRider
Wed Apr 05, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying House with Odor (not cigarette)
Replies: 36
Views: 3191

Re: Buying House with Odor (not cigarette)

Has it been sitting empty or is it currently lived in? I can't think of a single time I've walked in a house that has been sitting empty for awhile that hasn't smelled odd. Tight houses without circulation will smell over time. If it is lived in currently, it could be due to the current occupants. ...
by IFRider
Mon Mar 27, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric Space Heaters - Does expensive one heat better than cheap one?
Replies: 20
Views: 1187

Re: Electric Space Heaters - Does expensive one heat better than cheap one?

I got 2 of these parabolic heaters at Costco: https://www.costco.com/Presto%C2%AE-HeatDish%C2%AE-Plus-Parabolic-Heater.product.100142330.html They work great: Cheap, quiet, instant warmth, don't dry the air (dehumidify). The cats love to lay in front of them too. The only downside is they are bright...
by IFRider
Sat Mar 25, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone replaced a pickup with an SUV?
Replies: 35
Views: 2613

Re: Anyone replaced a pickup with an SUV?

I would keep the truck. It has good utility and I wouldn't want to load construction materials in my new $50k SUV.
by IFRider
Sat Mar 25, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to minimize increases for apartment rent?
Replies: 18
Views: 1697

Re: How to minimize increases for apartment rent?

I lived in apartments from 1998 to 2014 and every year at renewal time an envelope would show up on my door notifying me of the increase in rent and the procedure to give notice. For most of those years, the yearly increase was in the $25-$40 range. I think I spoke with the property manager one time...
by IFRider
Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Vandalism During Cross-Country Drive
Replies: 41
Views: 3812

Re: Car Vandalism During Cross-Country Drive

I can't see any reason to worry about this, especially in well lit hotel parking lots. Can you cite a source for your assertion that drug use and crime are at all time highs? I think it's irresponsible to present an opinion as fact when it seems to directly conflict with all available data. +1 I've...
by IFRider
Wed Feb 22, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I didn't report 1099-G?
Replies: 15
Views: 1269

Re: I didn't report 1099-G?

so it already included it as income, no need to manually enter the 1099G. (I know this is the case for TurboTax since it applies to me, it may be the case for other tax preparation software as well). So before you go and file a 1099X, check to see if the amount is already reported on your filed 109...
by IFRider
Fri Feb 17, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to ask puppy breeder?
Replies: 43
Views: 2262

Re: What to ask puppy breeder?

Can a person not love a dog just because they don't want one that makes their eyes itch and water? Or do they have to suffer to prove their love? If they don't want a dog that they know is going to give them problems that means they will kill it at the first sign of some other unrelated trouble? Pe...
by IFRider
Fri Feb 17, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to ask puppy breeder?
Replies: 43
Views: 2262

Re: What to ask puppy breeder?

I've heard of hypoallergenic hand lotion and earrings but dogs? Really? What happens when the dog is out for a walk and various allergy producing critters attach themselves to its fur? . So are you suggesting a chipmunk or squirrel is going to attached itself to a dog and come back to our house? I ...
by IFRider
Fri Feb 17, 2017 4:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to ask puppy breeder?
Replies: 43
Views: 2262

Re: What to ask puppy breeder?

hypo allergenic dog....The haters on this forum assume things way too quickly. I've heard of hypoallergenic hand lotion and earrings but dogs? Really? What happens when the dog is out for a walk and various allergy producing critters attach themselves to its fur? . So are you suggesting a chipmunk ...
by IFRider
Fri Feb 17, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to ask puppy breeder?
Replies: 43
Views: 2262

Re: What to ask puppy breeder?

Bottom line. I don't think you can just make the blanket statement that you made about "no such thing". Even your link seems to agree. You're correct. If I research many dog breeds to judge my reaction, bathe it frequently, and vacuum with special filters, I will have a hypoallergenic dog...
by IFRider
Fri Feb 17, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to ask puppy breeder?
Replies: 43
Views: 2262

Re: What to ask puppy breeder?

Nick True wrote:Especially when one is in need of a small / hypo allergenic dog...haters gonna hater as T-swift would say.


There's no such thing:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypoallergenic_dog_breed

He'll get the dog, sneeze a couple of times and off it goes to the shelter.
by IFRider
Fri Feb 17, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to ask puppy breeder?
Replies: 43
Views: 2262

Re: What to ask puppy breeder?

hypo allergenic dog....The haters on this forum assume things way too quickly. I've heard of hypoallergenic hand lotion and earrings but dogs? Really? What happens when the dog is out for a walk and various allergy producing critters attach themselves to its fur? Which leads to the second part... T...
by IFRider
Thu Feb 16, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's the secret to happiness?
Replies: 39
Views: 3270

Re: What's the secret to happiness?

I love taking care of my 2 rescued cats. One has a neurological disorder that requires special care and he's awesome. I also cared for a Siamese on her way to a shelter. I had her for 10 years and she was 21 when she died. All three would probably have been euthanized. I don't consider myself especi...
by IFRider
Thu Feb 16, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I may be a workaholic?
Replies: 24
Views: 2569

Re: I may be a workaholic?

michaeljc70 wrote:Most alcoholics enjoy drinking.


I'm only a layman, but I've been around alcoholics and, in my opinion, they aren't enjoying drinking or anything else for that matter.

I don't mean to hijack the thread, but comparing this OPs humblebrag to addiction is ridiculous.
by IFRider
Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I cut my Pine tree?
Replies: 24
Views: 4105

Re: Should I cut my Pine tree?

When I bought my house I inherited a Pinon pine. I addition to being just plain ugly, the tree's needles dropped off constantly and killed the grass under the tree. It also dropped cones that shot across the lawn when I hit them with the mower. One of the first things I did was call an arborist and ...
by IFRider
Mon Feb 13, 2017 2:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is 130k a good salary in IT?.
Replies: 40
Views: 7049

Re: Is 130k a good salary in IT?.

dumb question: Is someone working in IT the same as a software engineer or software developer? In all of the megacorps I've worked at, software engineer/developer would be a subset of IT. Most of the divisions are pretty much the same: Finance/Accounting Operations Sales IT Legal In my current mega...