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by TravelGeek
Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DVDs and Longterm Storage
Replies: 7
Views: 533

Re: DVDs and Longterm Storage

I used Vudu's disk to digital service to convert some of my DVDs to a streaming format. If the disk is eligible for conversion it takes a few seconds. Last year, I was able to convert DVDs for $1 each (batch of 10 or more). I think that discount is gone now, so about $2 per DVD to SD resolution. HD...
by TravelGeek
Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DVDs and Longterm Storage
Replies: 7
Views: 533

Re: DVDs and Longterm Storage

dr_g wrote:
Sat Sep 23, 2017 7:59 am
Why not upload to YouTube?
Because it would likely be a copyright violation.
by TravelGeek
Fri Sep 22, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: VG wants everyone to transfer to a brokerage account?
Replies: 47
Views: 3346

Re: VG wants everyone to transfer to a brokerage account?

However, why would this be a big deal? On the surface I have no issue with it. I do have brokerage accounts at Fidelity. For those of you fearing this, what are the potential negatives? On balance, I'd rather have the flexibility of a brokerage account vs not. If it ain't broken, I don't need no fi...
by TravelGeek
Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Would you get flood insurance?
Replies: 25
Views: 1256

Re: Would you get flood insurance?

I live in California. I have earthquake insurance even though my house has never been affected by an earthquake. When we lived in the Bay Area, I paid for earthquake insurance. Many of my friends and coworkers didn't. Paid for 12 years, never had a strong enough quake to collect any money (or, more...
by TravelGeek
Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help with Airline Transfer in Paris (CDG)
Replies: 12
Views: 1004

Re: Help with Airline Transfer in Paris (CDG)

Actually I think it does matter. When you enter the Schengen zone, you have to collect your bags and take them through customs/immigration, even if they are checked through to your destination (you would then drop them off again to continue their journey). ... This was my experience this summer as ...
by TravelGeek
Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Psychological effects of Early Retirement in peak earning years.
Replies: 63
Views: 6852

Re: Physiological effects of Early Retirement in peak earning years.

Thank you for the link. It's noteworthy that physicians identify with their profession, focus on the sunk cost of their education, and retire at a later age than people in other professions. The guest speaker Jeff recommends that physicians separate their identity from their job, leave the job behi...
by TravelGeek
Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Psychological effects of Early Retirement in peak earning years.
Replies: 63
Views: 6852

Re: Physiological effects of Early Retirement in peak earning years.

it is hard to imagine just tuning off the lights on my career one day as a physician. After spending most of life studying to become one and working, it is terrifying to just let it go. With my career being so time consuming, I haven't developed as many friends and hobbies as I would like. I feel l...
by TravelGeek
Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 3Q2017 Estimated taxes are due 15 Sep 2017
Replies: 14
Views: 792

Re: 3Q2017 Estimated taxes are due 15 Sep 2017

2016 was the first year I paid estimated taxes, and I'm almost positive I didn't pay buy a couple of the deadlines. If the IRS noticed, they didn't tell/penalize me. I have paid estimated taxes (based on TurboTax estimates) in addition to employer-deducted taxes for many years. I have missed deadli...
by TravelGeek
Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [ShopRunner] from AMEX
Replies: 12
Views: 763

Re: [ShopRunner] from AMEX

I used it a few times and it worked fine. Since it was free via my AMEX card, I saw no reason not to sign up and use it. Probably wouldn't pay for it since most of my online purchases are from Amazon (and/or from other online merchants that have free shipping).
by TravelGeek
Sun Sep 10, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco Open Monday Sep 11 in S. Florida ?
Replies: 6
Views: 1325

Re: Costco Open Monday Sep 11 in S. Florida ?

My gut feel from 2600 miles away is that it probably is location dependent.

I would have suggested tweeting them, [OT comment removed by admin LadyGeek]

Perhaps try emailing them? https://customerservice.costco.com/app/ask

Stay safe!
by TravelGeek
Sun Sep 10, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Who actually buys lottery scratch offs?
Replies: 43
Views: 2743

Re: Who actually buys lottery scratch offs?

I don't. Never. I consider the lottery (and slot machines) a "tax" on those who didn't take enough math classes ;)
by TravelGeek
Sun Sep 10, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Instead of a credit freeze, I want to receive a phone call before credit is opened in my name.
Replies: 26
Views: 2631

Re: Instead of a credit freeze, I want to receive a phone call before credit is opened in my name.

I've been a victim of that, absolute nightmare. And I'm incredibly careful about my information, I'm convinced someone at my bank stole it. And the IRS is a nightmare to work with. Someone stole my info, did a tax return in state I never lived in and got their "refund" [OT comment removed by admin ...
by TravelGeek
Sun Sep 10, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Instead of a credit freeze, I want to receive a phone call before credit is opened in my name.
Replies: 26
Views: 2631

Re: Instead of a credit freeze, I want to receive a phone call before credit is opened in my name.

Open an account at Mint seems like the best option. Is there a minimum balance required? Mint (Intuit) isn't a financial institution, the account you open doesn't hold any funds. Think of it as Quicken in the cloud. But ask yourself how they can offer this free service. What information do you have...
by TravelGeek
Sun Sep 10, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone use Nextdoor.com for referrals?
Replies: 20
Views: 1454

Re: Anyone use Nextdoor.com for referrals?

Also if one installed the nextdoor app, it scans all your texts and contacts. Very invasive. Can you elaborate? What OS and how did you determine that? I have the app on my Android phone and my iPad, and neither has been granted access to my contacts or my text messages. Or for that matter anything...
by TravelGeek
Sun Sep 10, 2017 12:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone use Nextdoor.com for referrals?
Replies: 20
Views: 1454

Re: Anyone use Nextdoor.com for referrals?

Also if one installed the nextdoor app, it scans all your texts and contacts. Very invasive. Can you elaborate? What OS and how did you determine that? I have the app on my Android phone and my iPad, and neither has been granted access to my contacts or my text messages. Or for that matter anything...
by TravelGeek
Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:05 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can a tourist open a bank account in the U.S?
Replies: 15
Views: 2094

Re: Can a tourist open a bank account in the U.S?

No personal experience, but this stackexchange thread has some information:

https://money.stackexchange.com/questio ... unt-in-usa
by TravelGeek
Sun Sep 03, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: repairman broke washing machine, what would you do?
Replies: 42
Views: 3982

Re: repairman broke washing machine, what would you do?

Our last washer and dryer were from Sears (Kenmore). Bought in 2012 , run 3-4 times a week. Still going strong without any issues when we sold the home twelve years later and gave it to the buyer. I'd be surprised if our current set wouldn't last at least as long. Amazing. What else do you know abo...
by TravelGeek
Sun Sep 03, 2017 1:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: repairman broke washing machine, what would you do?
Replies: 42
Views: 3982

Re: repairman broke washing machine, what would you do?

Our last washer and dryer were from Sears (Kenmore). Bought in 2002, run 3-4 times a week. Still going strong without any issues when we sold the home twelve years later and gave it to the buyer. I'd be surprised if our current set wouldn't last at least as long.
by TravelGeek
Fri Sep 01, 2017 7:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dropped envelope of money at bank... Any lawyers here?
Replies: 72
Views: 4046

Re: Dropped envelope of money at bank... Any lawyers here?

mhalley wrote:
Fri Sep 01, 2017 6:48 pm
Wow, picking up money in a parking lot is thievery? I found 25 bucks in a pottery store last week, hope there weren't any CCTV.
Did you also find some pottery in the store? :shock:

In other words, how did you decide that it was okay to take something from a store that wasn't yours?
by TravelGeek
Fri Sep 01, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dropped envelope of money at bank... Any lawyers here?
Replies: 72
Views: 4046

Re: Dropped envelope of money at bank... Any lawyers here?

VictoriaF wrote:
Fri Sep 01, 2017 5:12 pm

A remarkable number of men stick stuff into their back pockets and call it the day.

Victoria
Agreed. That's what cargo pant pockets were invented for :)
by TravelGeek
Fri Sep 01, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Air Serbia Business Class and FRA Lounge?
Replies: 8
Views: 483

Re: Air Serbia Business Class and FRA Lounge?

Second the suggestion to spend a bit of time in Mainz; it's a nice downtown area (much nicer than the Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof area last time I was there). Since I believe you are fond of books, you might be interested in visiting the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz (I loved it). https://en.wikipedia.org/wi...
by TravelGeek
Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paypal 2% cash back credit card
Replies: 14
Views: 1795

Re: Paypal 2% cash back credit card

It would seem that this is standard unless you use AMEX. Some discussions on this in another forum. https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/finance/1086587 How can this possibly be legal? I order a laptop, shady merchant mails me a brick (not bricked laptop, a real brick), and I have to pay for return shi...
by TravelGeek
Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:53 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 2129
Views: 372684

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

I have not found a way to credit my flight to Alaska. There was no option to enter frequent flyer information when I was booking it, or now. I will wait until it gets closer to the flight time, and if the flight is still on, I will contact Condor directly. In my reservation it only refers to Condor...
by TravelGeek
Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 2129
Views: 372684

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

Every summer I visit Northern France and then travel to another European city. Normally, I fly Economy but the summer flights are fully booked, which makes it difficult for me to sleep on my way to Europe. Right now, Google Flights show One-way Business tickets for $900 to Frankfurt (FRA) or for $1...
by TravelGeek
Sun Aug 27, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon "subscribe and save"
Replies: 20
Views: 1437

Re: Amazon "subscribe and save"

I had a similar experience recently with Amazon. I checked Walmart.com, and they had the product for less than the subscribe&save price with free shipping (> $35). Guess who got my order ;)
by TravelGeek
Sun Aug 27, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I abandon airline credit cards for cash back?
Replies: 34
Views: 2922

Re: Should I abandon airline credit cards for cash back?

I am getting ready to drop my Alaska Airlines credit card. It used to be easy to find round trips for 25K miles, now it takes 60K and often the flight options are poor. It was a good card for the last 10 years, but apparently the deal has changed and it has become much less useful to me. I'll be sw...
by TravelGeek
Sun Aug 27, 2017 12:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Three days in Prague during September
Replies: 19
Views: 1602

Re: Three days in Prague during September

Was there in the Spring, for the second time (first visit was many years ago, before the iron curtain came down).

Some highlights:

- Jewish quarter
- castle
- old town
- Charles bridge
- chamber music concert (there are lots of concerts offered every night for relatively little money)
by TravelGeek
Sat Aug 26, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is this a poor decision? [Trade-in pickup truck for Subaru Forester]
Replies: 16
Views: 1128

Re: Is this a poor decision?

Are you using the "official" gas mileage for the Forester or are you using a more realistic gas mileage based on people's real experience when you are crunching numbers? Our 2016 Forester (approaching its second birthday) has so far gotten 26.65 MPG on a mix of in-town and long distance/mountain dr...
by TravelGeek
Sat Aug 26, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I abandon airline credit cards for cash back?
Replies: 34
Views: 2922

Re: Should I abandon airline credit cards for cash back?

My only interest is using airline miles for international business class travel, and these seats now seem impossible to get. Even if I log in at midnight 331 days out (or whenever the seats supposedly become available), there is nothing, and certainly nothing on the more desirable nonstop flights. ...
by TravelGeek
Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Rental car in Spain
Replies: 14
Views: 636

Re: Rental car in Spain

Another vote for a small car (Polo, Golf size). Hope you know how to drive stick shift ;)
by TravelGeek
Wed Aug 23, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dual Citizenship (USA/Portugal); Obtaining a Portuguese Passport
Replies: 10
Views: 1155

Re: Dual Citizenship (USA/Portugal); Obtaining a Portuguese Passport

You'd probably be able to apply for a passport at the Portuguese embassy or consulate. Check their website. They should also be able to advise you how to proceed with applying for citizenship for your spouse.
by TravelGeek
Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Chase hotel credit cards / IHG Anniversary Free Night
Replies: 38
Views: 4952

Re: Chase hotel credit cards / IHG Anniversary Free Night

I assume the hotel still has rooms available for sale, just not award rooms? I would book the backup room and keep watching availability for the IHG hotel. I think it is quite likely that within the next six weeks someone will cancel their reservation or the hotel will decide to open up additional a...
by TravelGeek
Sat Aug 19, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WOW Airlines
Replies: 6
Views: 1153

Re: WOW Airlines

It is the low-cost arm of IcelandAir. As far as I know (and can verify from Wikipedia) they are a competitor to IcelandAir. I have never flown them. My main reasons why I personally probably wouldn't fly them are - their very limited fleet and no interline agreements mean that if a plane goes kaput...
by TravelGeek
Sat Aug 19, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How far would you travel to see The Eclipse?
Replies: 259
Views: 14546

Re: How far would you travel to see The Eclipse?

N.D. - thanks for the TripCheck tip. I wasn't aware of that site. I'll get up early Monday morning and take a look at it, and decide if I want to venture up Rt. 97 to the totality zone. I'll probably stay put in Bend, but anything's possible... Remember, you don't have to go all the way to Madras t...
by TravelGeek
Fri Aug 18, 2017 5:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hotel availability for eclipse
Replies: 8
Views: 903

Re: Hotel availability for eclipse

Good luck, there are already 30 mile backups in Oregon. Where? I just checked google maps and don't see anything. I occasionally check ODOT's Tripcheck site, which not only has traffic information but also provides access to roadside webcams all over the state of Oregon. https://www.tripcheck.com/P...
by TravelGeek
Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Postal Service -- "informed delivery"
Replies: 115
Views: 7351

Re: Postal Service -- "informed delivery"

Does the service require a photo ID to verify identity and address before signing up? When I signed up online for the "my usps" account which seems to be required, I was presented with four nexus (?) type questions similar to those to identify yourself to receive your credit reports online. That's ...
by TravelGeek
Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Postal Service -- "informed delivery"
Replies: 115
Views: 7351

Re: Postal Service -- "informed delivery"

Others have already pointed out the issues (e.g. inconsistent performance , data collection, problems with account setup ) with some of the alleged consumer 'benefits' of this service. (bolding added) Have you missed the "beta" part? ;) Maybe you could suggest to the USPS to offer an ad-free servic...
by TravelGeek
Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Postal Service -- "informed delivery"
Replies: 115
Views: 7351

Re: Postal Service -- "informed delivery"

Crazy website. I went to sign up and create an account. It says I already have an account. OK, great. Please send me my username. Can't do that, you have to create a new account. Ok fine. Sorry, can't create a new account, you already have one. *facepalm* :oops: Technical support: https://www.usps....
by TravelGeek
Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Postal Service -- "informed delivery"
Replies: 115
Views: 7351

Re: Postal Service -- "informed delivery"

If I drop dead, at least my wife would receive the bills and can take action to have them put in her name, along with having my CC's/checking transferred to her. If I only got notice via email (she never reads mine), she would not be able to easily transfer all the bills/payments. - Ron It's a good...
by TravelGeek
Tue Aug 15, 2017 4:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Postal Service -- "informed delivery"
Replies: 115
Views: 7351

Re: Postal Service -- "informed delivery"

I just signed up and see ... 4 pieces of junk mail. Did you literally just sign up and immediately see today's mail? The website shows me for today and the past few days "There are no reported deliveries for this day." even though I know I picked up some letters from the box yesterday. My assumptio...
by TravelGeek
Tue Aug 15, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Postal Service -- "informed delivery"
Replies: 115
Views: 7351

Re: Postal Service -- "informed delivery"

Do folks still get things of value in the mail? I switched everything to paperless billing. I occasionally get replacement credit or debit cards in the mail, but everything else is junk. Most is junk, but that's what makes this service even more useful, because now (assuming it proves to be reliabl...
by TravelGeek
Tue Aug 15, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to buy glasses for eclipse viewing ?
Replies: 70
Views: 6013

Re: Where to buy glasses for eclipse viewing ?

PS. DW did find a welders mask at The Home Depot that would probably work, for about $40. But it was pretty bulky! I posted this earlier in another thread: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety Experts suggests that one widely available filter for safe solar viewing is welders glass of sufficiently h...
by TravelGeek
Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Postal Service -- "informed delivery"
Replies: 115
Views: 7351

Re: Postal Service -- "informed delivery"

Wow, thanks OP! This will reduce my trips to the mailbox, some 1000 ft away from my couch, and thus reduce the chances of hitting my daily goal of 10k steps :twisted:

No seriously, I like it. Just signed up!
by TravelGeek
Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How far would you travel to see The Eclipse?
Replies: 259
Views: 14546

Re: How far would you travel to see The Eclipse?

I'll be at work like a good boy, likely will miss the whole thing. Will leave my welding mask on the workbench so wife & kids can take a look. You may be aware of this, but just in case... https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety Experts suggests that one widely available filter for safe solar viewing i...
by TravelGeek
Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Soliciting personal recommendations for a Barcelona trip
Replies: 45
Views: 3568

Re: Soliciting personal recommendations for a European trip

I loved Carcassonne as well as one of the caves with prehistoric paintings.
by TravelGeek
Mon Aug 14, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: best credit card for airline mile
Replies: 37
Views: 5500

Re: best credit card for airline mile

I have a Chase United Airlines credit card. I used to travel a lot on business and the yearly fee ($95) was not bad in light of what I was doing. I have since started working from home and travel maybe once a year on flight for vacation. I was wondering if anyone here knows how I can transfer my un...
by TravelGeek
Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PSA - Mute button for Gas Station TV!
Replies: 22
Views: 2814

Re: PSA - Mute button for Gas Station TV!

Thanks for the tip. They don't bother me - stations are noisy anyway. I usually just get back in my car while the gas is pumping - especially in winter. I just remain in the car while the attendant is filling up the car :) (Oregon) When I lived in CA, a gas station convenient to my home introduced ...
by TravelGeek
Fri Aug 11, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How far would you travel to see The Eclipse?
Replies: 259
Views: 14546

Re: How far would you travel to see The Eclipse?

If I like it, I might make plans for a repeat in 2024. I just checked my calendar, and unfortunately I already have a conflict for the 2045 date ;) What are you doing in 2045? I hope you don't mean what I think you mean... Well, I can't vouch for the reliability of the online calculator I used, but...
by TravelGeek
Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How far would you travel to see The Eclipse?
Replies: 259
Views: 14546

Re: How far would you travel to see The Eclipse?

Never seen one. I briefly considered going to northern Australia a few years ago when I read about their eclipse. A quick search revealed zero hotel rooms. Of course I wouldn't have gone just for the eclipse. This time I am traveling about 15 miles :) If I like it, I might make plans for a repeat in...
by TravelGeek
Fri Aug 11, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Be aware of Project Fi phone buy service
Replies: 26
Views: 1968

Re: Be aware of Project Fi, Google sometimes is evil

Then they claimed that they have rights to send me a refurnished one. It's not my intention to ask for full refund, I just tired to explore multiple options with them since I don't like having a refurnished one. However, they just kept telling me it's their policy and I have to take the refurnished...