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by canderson
Sun Aug 14, 2016 10:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2016 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid vs 2016 Honda Pilot base
Replies: 21
Views: 1728

Re: 2016 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid vs 2016 Honda Pilot base

The size difference between these SUVs is very large. They are not comparable.
by canderson
Sun Aug 14, 2016 10:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Crossover SUV to purchase
Replies: 119
Views: 9915

Re: Best Crossover SUV to purchase

Since the door appears to be open to anything, why not the new Jaguar SUV? http://www.wsj.com/articles/jaguar-gets-into-the-suv-game-at-long-last-1470935568 :P Last weekend I stopped by our Jag dealer to look at this actually. A $54,000 car should have a padded armrest. The F-Pace doesn't. Sharp ca...
by canderson
Fri Aug 12, 2016 9:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Crossover SUV to purchase
Replies: 119
Views: 9915

Re: Best Crossover SUV to purchase

We LOVE our 2013 RAV4. Love, love. Chose it over the CRV, Q5 and Forester. CRV idle issue annoyed me to no end. Forester was nice but the seats to us were very uncomfortable. Q5 too $$$$$. I felt genuinely unsafe when we test drove the CX-5, I was scared to merge on the interstate because it had the...
by canderson
Thu Aug 11, 2016 9:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much vacation time do you get at work?
Replies: 137
Views: 7513

Re: How much vacation time do you get at work?

In 3rd year:

8 personal days
20 vacation days
28 sick days

All carry over except personal.

At 5 years it goes up a week for each level. No idea why they separate personal and vacation, there are no differing usage rules aside from carry over,
by canderson
Tue Jul 05, 2016 7:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When to proactively replace water heater
Replies: 39
Views: 2713

Re: When to proactively replace water heater

Is it possible to insert a drain pan under an existing gas water heater n a small upstairs closet?
by canderson
Mon Jul 04, 2016 6:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: replacing an iPhone, first time with the "new non-subsidized model"
Replies: 48
Views: 3869

Re: replacing an iPhone, first time with the "new non-subsidized model"

The AT&T Next plans are interest-free loans. Next 24 for us made the best sense.
by canderson
Mon Jul 04, 2016 2:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your Favorite Factory Tours?
Replies: 70
Views: 4536

Re: Your Favorite Factory Tours?

Anyone mentioning Hershe hasn't been in years.

They only make Kisses here now and you'll be miles from that factory. The 'tour" is an exhibit for entertainment only.
by canderson
Fri Jul 01, 2016 5:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your Favorite Factory Tours?
Replies: 70
Views: 4536

Re: Your Favorite Factory Tours?

Not a factory, per se, but I enjoyed my visit to the flower auction and distribution center near Amsterdam. It's in what is one of the world's largest industrial buildings, and the sheer scale, smells, and technical innovation was very impressive. You can actually watch the traders bid for lots of ...
by canderson
Sat Jun 18, 2016 8:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need advice ..Lexus battery fails when car is not driven 24 hrs
Replies: 87
Views: 4899

Re: Need advice ..Lexus battery fails when car is not driven 24 hrs

I'd first before anything else take it to another Lexus dealer, even if it's not close to you. It sounds like an incompetent/lazy service setup. At the new dealer I'd tell them the whole story, including the former dealer's incompetence. We will be returning to Florida. I will plan to make contact ...
by canderson
Sat Jun 18, 2016 7:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need advice ..Lexus battery fails when car is not driven 24 hrs
Replies: 87
Views: 4899

Re: Need advice ..Lexus battery fails when car is not driven 24 hrs

I'd first before anything else take it to another Lexus dealer, even if it's not close to you. It sounds like an incompetent/lazy service setup.

At the new dealer I'd tell them the whole story, including the former dealer's incompetence.
by canderson
Thu Jun 16, 2016 8:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendation for Refrigerator
Replies: 39
Views: 2572

Re: Recommendation for Refrigerator

As my friend who is an appliance repairman said to me last week, "They all suck. Get one with limited features because they'll be cheaper to repair and pull be less mad when it dies in 6-8 years." canderson, I read somewhere that they stop producing spare parts for refrigerator older than...
by canderson
Thu Jun 16, 2016 7:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendation for Refrigerator
Replies: 39
Views: 2572

Re: Recommendation for Refrigerator

As my friend who is an appliance repairman said to me last week, "They all suck. Get one with limited features because they'll be cheaper to repair and you'll be less mad when it dies in 6-8 years."
by canderson
Mon Jun 06, 2016 2:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: people using my email address for their various accounts
Replies: 17
Views: 2141

Re: people using my email address for their various accounts

I get this A LOT. Like multiple times a day. I also get people sending me money via PayPal or mortgage papers or divorce lawsuits. All sorts of stuff. My address is a very very short @gmail one I got since I did some work for them prior to gmail even existing. The worst is the ones who sign up for p...
by canderson
Sun Jun 05, 2016 5:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for Dallas BBQ/TexMex Restaurants
Replies: 51
Views: 2615

Re: Recommendations for Dallas BBQ/TexMex Restaurants

Barbecue: Pecan Lodge
Tex-Mex: Herrera's, Avila's, Manny's Uptown.

/end discussion :)
by canderson
Thu Jun 02, 2016 6:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Burying a St Joseph's statue to sell a home
Replies: 11
Views: 1026

Re: Burying a St Joseph's statue to sell a home

Our Realtors did this when we tried to sell our home in 2009.

It's still there in the ground and we're still here in this house, so there's that.
by canderson
Thu Jun 02, 2016 6:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you pay 6x face value to see Hamilton on Broadway?
Replies: 139
Views: 8801

Re: Would you pay 6x face value to see Hamilton on Broadway?

For what it's worth LMM will be leaving Hamilton July 9, according to many, many reports.
by canderson
Tue May 31, 2016 10:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you pay 6x face value to see Hamilton on Broadway?
Replies: 139
Views: 8801

Re: Would you pay 6x face value to see Hamilton on Broadway?

Definitively not. The main cast (LMM, Odom and likely Soo) will be leaving in mid July and secondary prices I bet fall a bit. But just sign up on their website to get an email when tickets go on sale. If you have an AmEx you can buy ahead of the public and you'll get them at face value. We saw Hamil...
by canderson
Tue May 31, 2016 2:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: backyard for a new house, pavers questions
Replies: 36
Views: 2056

Re: backyard for a new house, pavers questions

I'll be shocked if you're allows by the zoning board to do this. Shocked. I recommend you inside plant a ton of creeping thyme. You will get weeds but you will get weeds with anything. Plus resale will be vastly easier - reselling a house with a paced backyard will be an instant turnoff for more tha...
by canderson
Thu Apr 21, 2016 2:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need help with finding good projectors for business needs
Replies: 1
Views: 218

Need help with finding good projectors for business needs

I'm fairly good at a/v and IT stuff but I'm beyond lost re: projectors for my business needs. What we're looking for is something small but mighty. A wireless connection would be preferable so we're not having to tote around tons of cables. When we have our big meetings (three times a year, in vario...
by canderson
Thu Apr 14, 2016 9:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to buy athletic socks and boxers online?
Replies: 11
Views: 1359

Re: Where to buy athletic socks and boxers online?

I like tjmaxx or marshalls for socks but generally buy exofficio boxer briefs online. However, for the price, I think exofficio's quality has gone way, way down. I'm searching for an alternative. The waistband elastic has a very short life Same issue here, I've switched to Under Armor's 6" box...
by canderson
Sat Apr 02, 2016 4:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone have experience with Rocket Mortgage??
Replies: 3
Views: 528

Re: Anyone have experience with Rocket Mortgage??

I work in the mortgage industry, not for a lender but for a very large agency.

We ran after loans through to compare and every single one had at least $3,500 in fees added that no lender we know would charge.
by canderson
Tue Mar 29, 2016 12:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reasonable priced security camera
Replies: 18
Views: 2686

Re: Reasonable priced security camera

The Wizard wrote:Dropcam is part of Nest cam now?
Owned by Google?

Yes Nest bought Dropcam. A good move IMO, and they've improved their app quite a bit since the purchase.
by canderson
Mon Mar 28, 2016 11:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reasonable priced security camera
Replies: 18
Views: 2686

Re: Reasonable priced security camera

Have had Foscam (2 of them) and now have Dropcam (3 of them).

Dropcamnis imo infinitely better. Plus Foscam's are hacked all the time due to Chinese software with gaping loopholes.

For connecting Foscam is not simple and you often need a DYNDNS service (extra $$$).
by canderson
Tue Mar 22, 2016 9:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hotels in NYC?
Replies: 20
Views: 1802

Re: Hotels in NYC?

We always stay (we love 2.5 hrs but do a few theater weekends a year so do stay overnight some) at the Michelangelo, it's at 51st and 7th. IMO the perfect location.

http://www.michelangelohotel.com/en/
by canderson
Mon Mar 21, 2016 10:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Removing mildew from vinyl siding
Replies: 25
Views: 2292

Re: Removing mildew from vinyl siding

Our house is 3 stories tall, I have to pay $1,000s for them to professionally clean it.

I wish I could do it myself!
by canderson
Fri Mar 11, 2016 11:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cities good for living abroad?
Replies: 110
Views: 11099

Re: Cities good for living abroad?

Some great reading here!

My input, in order:

Vienna
Tokyo
San Francisco
Heidelberg
Copenhagen
A suburb to the SW of London.
by canderson
Sat Mar 05, 2016 8:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Riding Lawn Mower
Replies: 26
Views: 2087

Re: Riding Lawn Mower

Trust me, with that land you want a wider deck.
by canderson
Tue Mar 01, 2016 1:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: File taxes via mail or electronically
Replies: 87
Views: 6545

Re: File taxes via mail or electronically

Use TurboTax. eFile federal since its built in to the cost of the program. I will print and Mail my PA return since it costs $30 or whatever to eFile to Pa via TurboTax. I wish I could eFile for free in PA but don't think it's possible. We owe to both so I set my filing date for April 15 or the last...
by canderson
Tue Mar 01, 2016 10:40 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Financing new car
Replies: 28
Views: 2896

Re: Financing new car

We would take the relatively free money and finance some and pay cash for the rest. When we bought our 2013 RAV4 brand new, we put down $13,000 and financed the remedy with USAA on a 36 month/.79% rate loan. It'll be paid off in full next month. I see no reason to never take what is essentially a fr...
by canderson
Tue Feb 23, 2016 9:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Finding out about a kid 17 years after the fact
Replies: 59
Views: 10490

Re: Finding out about a kid 17 years after the fact

MarkBarb wrote:I'd have my scam detector turned up to 11.

My exact thought.

This sounds like a straightforward scam, i's dotted and t's crossed.

17 years hidden, only to be told when adulthood hits, rings to me like the start of a human trafficking scam.
by canderson
Tue Feb 23, 2016 1:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What kind of car do you drive? [Looking for new car]
Replies: 126
Views: 6734

Re: What kind of car do you drive?

2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited It actually just hit 29,000 miles this morning. I can't drive so we too are a single-car household. We put $15,000 down and financed the rest for 3 years, 0% interest. It'll be paid off in May. Since it is our only car reliability is key so we will keep it until 6-7 years / ...
by canderson
Wed Feb 10, 2016 10:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Washer - Frontload or HE Top Load
Replies: 48
Views: 4824

Re: New Washer - Frontload or HE Top Load

Our washer is 11 years old so I'm preparing mentally to replace it. Our laundry room is on the second floor and the current washer (a Whirlpool top loader basic model with agitator) is loud and shakes and vibrates the floor so when downstairs in our living room it's loud and annoying. Do the new HE ...
by canderson
Sun Jan 31, 2016 2:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home security system - cost to convert from landline to cellular
Replies: 11
Views: 1749

Re: Home security system - cost to convert from landline to cellular

We have Guardian and they switched us for free, actually, Theveervice is an extra $3/month but that was much cheaper than the monthly landline fee.
by canderson
Sat Jan 23, 2016 2:34 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Hope everyone is well [Preparing for Eastern US blizzard]
Replies: 102
Views: 6387

Re: Hope everyone is well [Preparing for Eastern US blizzard]

27" here a tick SW of Harrisburg, PA. Still heavy snow, biggest snowstorm in history passing 1983.
by canderson
Fri Jan 15, 2016 7:58 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help getting out of a fund in taxable
Replies: 18
Views: 922

Re: Help getting out of a fund in taxable

livesoft wrote:^I think it is dangerous to do such an automatic re-direction if it is even allowed. I would certainly not do it. Distributions can go to a MM fund and from there go elsewhere.

Very good idea. Many thanks.

Dumb question - would taxes be different with this change at all?
by canderson
Fri Jan 15, 2016 7:16 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help getting out of a fund in taxable
Replies: 18
Views: 922

Re: Help getting out of a fund in taxable

Timely thread! Mind if I piggyback? :) My wife has a fairly substantial amount of money in Vanguard Health Care (admiral shares) (around $250,000). I am backdoor Rothing a little each year but never though about not reinvesting dividends. Can we redirect dividends automatically into an IRA or other ...
by canderson
Sun Jan 10, 2016 3:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Big Short
Replies: 176
Views: 20485

Re: The Big Short

If you want to read about arguably the biggest culprit in the meltdown, read the Pulitzer Prize winning article from Pro Publica:

http://www.propublica.org/article/a...o ... ing-bubble
by canderson
Sun Jan 10, 2016 3:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Films or TV with great period sets
Replies: 46
Views: 3118

Re: Films or TV with great period sets

Fargo
by canderson
Sat Jan 09, 2016 5:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard brokerage 1099 schedule
Replies: 14
Views: 794

Re: Vanguard brokerage 1099 schedule

Are the posted year-end dividends on vanguard.com what you mean? If so that Mayes total sense if they're accurate. Again, sorry, for my ignorance! No, that is not what I mean. I mean the posted dividends in your [taxable] account statements for the full year of 2015 and not just the last December s...
by canderson
Sat Jan 09, 2016 2:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard brokerage 1099 schedule
Replies: 14
Views: 794

Re: Vanguard brokerage 1099 schedule

1. No. 2. Filing an extension is obsoletely trivial. It is easily than sending in a credit card payment by mail. I don't have any 1099-DIV or 1099-B yet, but I know EXACTLY how much dividends I received in 2015, so I don't need 'em to estimate my taxes with tax software. And you don't need them eit...
by canderson
Sat Jan 09, 2016 2:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard brokerage 1099 schedule
Replies: 14
Views: 794

Re: Vanguard brokerage 1099 schedule

Pardon my ignorance, but a few questions. My wife has a UTMA account that holds 3 mutual funds plus a municipal bond fund. Does this mean Vangard will soon move all these into a brokerage account thus causing us not to be able to file taxes with the rest of the population by 4/15? I have no idea how...
by canderson
Fri Jan 01, 2016 9:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vacuum for hardwood
Replies: 46
Views: 3486

Re: Vacuum for hardwood

We have the Dyson DC45 stick and it's a Godsend.

We got the new Dyson Cinetic large vacuum as well and it's better than our former Meile. Plus MUCH easier to maneuver.
by canderson
Thu Dec 31, 2015 11:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Turbo Tax Premier 2015 (PC Download) 39% Off
Replies: 39
Views: 5671

Re: Turbo Tax Premier 2015 (PC Download) 39% Off

Pulled the trigger on Amazon TurboTax Deluxe $39.85, using a Chase Freedom Visa card (10% Amazon rebate thru 12/31), & elected no-rush shipping (promo - free Kung Fu Panda HD download). Might've found a better deal betwixt now & 04/2016, But small change ain't worth the angst. Exactly what ...
by canderson
Tue Dec 29, 2015 8:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Net Worth
Replies: 57
Views: 6717

Re: Net Worth

Meanwhile back in the real world, only 5% of U.S. households have investable assets over $1,000,000. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-01-18/1-20-us-households-has-over-million-assets-where-they-are I am honestly floored it's that high. Most my friends get excited when they have $10,000 in the ban...
by canderson
Sun Dec 27, 2015 11:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 1844
Views: 422581

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Sisters has some very funny moments but generally is awful and often repulsive. Very disappointed Fey abd Poehler accepted that script for their big duet.
by canderson
Sun Dec 27, 2015 7:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Airline cancelling our flight
Replies: 33
Views: 4745

Re: Airline cancelling our fl

For prosperity, this is when a card like Chase Sapphire Preferred s worth its weight in gold . It includes travel delay insurance up to $500 per 24 hrs for hotels and also for food, transit, incidentals, etc, When delayed we instead of dealing with the airline immediately book the hotel on our own t...
by canderson
Sun Dec 27, 2015 9:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Funding delays to a newly opened Vanguard account
Replies: 2
Views: 501

Re: Funding delays to a newly opened Vanguard accoun

We had this exact same thing happen last week. Initiated a Rollover IRA, Vangad got the check two days later but didn't deposit it fir anther 4. When they went to do it they had closed the IRA since its been open a week with no funds. Took another three days of them to reopen and then make the depos...
by canderson
Fri Dec 25, 2015 11:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard TurboTax - Not Available 2015?
Replies: 327
Views: 42637

Re: Vanguard TurboTax - Not Available 2015?

Thank you both!
by canderson
Thu Dec 24, 2015 5:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard TurboTax - Not Available 2015?
Replies: 327
Views: 42637

Re: Vanguard TurboTax - Not Available 2015?

Rob54keep wrote:Costco has a $20 off TurboTax coupon starting in January.

Not a Costco member but will have a friend buy a copy for me; where can I find this coupon for hm?
by canderson
Sun Dec 20, 2015 9:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best Holiday Gift Card Deals?
Replies: 3
Views: 631

Re: Best Holiday Gift Card Deals?

Target today was gang get cars 10% off up to $300. Not sure if it was today-only.

Team Blue, a great local hand-wash car wash/detail shop, was doing $50 gift cads for $35. I loaded up there too since in winter I go weekly.

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