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by chickadee
Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help with PR emergency prep: Water filter, Propane stove, etc.
Replies: 31
Views: 1562

Re: Help with PR emergency prep: Water filter, Propane stove, etc.

We do not expect him to have power at the apartment right away, but the school is running on a generator. I realize the remote and mountain areas will have a longer time to recover. Not to be unfeeling for PR as a whole, but at this point need to focus energy on just the immediate area near the scho...
by chickadee
Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help with PR emergency prep: Water filter, Propane stove, etc.
Replies: 31
Views: 1562

Re: Help with PR emergency prep: Water filter, Propane stove, etc.

Bummer. Was thinking he could check it on the airline. Will have to check that out. I could of course try to ship it, but am worried that such a "nice" and covetable item would get waylaid along the way. Of course, baggage handlers could swipe it as well.
by chickadee
Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help with PR emergency prep: Water filter, Propane stove, etc.
Replies: 31
Views: 1562

Re: Help with PR emergency prep: Water filter, Propane stove, etc.

Anyone have experience with one of these small Honda generators? Would be enough to power a fan, charge batteries, maybe a microwave? Could take in checked luggage, as only 35 pounds. https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200585498_200585498?cm_mmc=Google-pla&utm_source=Google_PLA&utm_medi...
by chickadee
Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help with PR emergency prep: Water filter, Propane stove, etc.
Replies: 31
Views: 1562

Re: Help with PR emergency prep: Water filter, Propane stove, etc.

Lots of cash, got it! Thanks for the updates from folks with family in PR. Oil rig, is your family drinking the tap water? Filtering? Or able to buy enough bottled water? Without power, it's just no hot meals without some sort of stove. Everything is electric in his apt. That would get old to me for...
by chickadee
Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help with PR emergency prep: Water filter, Propane stove, etc.
Replies: 31
Views: 1562

Re: Help with PR emergency prep: Water filter, Propane stove, etc.

So the Esbit fuel could be taken on board the flight? That seems smart. I'm not a hiker/camper, so these suggestions are great. Let's say the water is on but we're worried about possible e.coli. So, he filters drinking water. What about showering? No biggie? Assuming he could soak dishes in bleach w...
by chickadee
Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help with PR emergency prep: Water filter, Propane stove, etc.
Replies: 31
Views: 1562

Re: Help with PR emergency prep: Water filter, Propane stove, etc.

Thank you all. Yes, school is in Bayamon. I'll follow up on all links. Apartment and car are in good shape. School suffered some roof and tree damage from the photos I've seen. When he left, there were still hours long lines for gas, but supposedly that has slacked off. He needs gas to drive to and ...
by chickadee
Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help with PR emergency prep: Water filter, Propane stove, etc.
Replies: 31
Views: 1562

Re: Help with PR emergency prep: Water filter, Propane stove, etc.

Well, this is his one shot to become an optometrist. The school has his tuition, and won't be refunding it back. Soooo. I think he at least wants to go and see what the lay of the land is. If it's not tenable, then he can come home. The airports are running again. He has a year lease and has purchas...
by chickadee
Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help with PR emergency prep: Water filter, Propane stove, etc.
Replies: 31
Views: 1562

Help with PR emergency prep: Water filter, Propane stove, etc.

Well, since the Bogleheads know everything, I'm asking for help here. My nephew is going to Optometry school in Puerto Rico. He's been home since the hurricane, but now the school is saying classes will begin again on November 1. Undergrad and other colleges have already started back. It's hard to f...
by chickadee
Thu Sep 21, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Finding contractor for small-ish, hourly job (deck carpentry)
Replies: 19
Views: 1097

Re: Finding contractor for small-ish, hourly job (deck carpentry)

I don't like to use my damaged lumbar either! But sadly it's the only lumbar I've got. (We are talking about backs now, right? )
by chickadee
Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I upgrade an old but functional vanity?
Replies: 23
Views: 1393

Re: Should I upgrade an old but functional vanity?

Please at least replace the 70s wooden towel holder and TP holder. They are an eyesore.
by chickadee
Fri Aug 25, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Exhaust Fan for the bathroom
Replies: 59
Views: 4404

Re: Exhaust Fan for the bathroom

It would be preferable to tear into my Hardi Plank rather than the roof? I think that would be unsightly. I'll call the HVAC guy though.
by chickadee
Fri Aug 25, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Exhaust Fan for the bathroom
Replies: 59
Views: 4404

Re: Exhaust Fan for the bathroom

How big a job would it be to install new fans and also vent to the outside? Our 1982 house just vents into the attic. Not a cold climate. But this has always bugged me. Now, one of the two Broan fans is dead. I could replace it with a new Broan so it fit the hole. OR I could see about getting nicer ...
by chickadee
Thu Aug 17, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: ObamaCare 2018
Replies: 74
Views: 8772

Re: ObamaCare 2018

No, not always right. At least in my state, insurance companies have left the individual market entirely. So you can't go buy a plan direct from Aetna or Humana or United or Cigna, nor can you buy one through the exchange. They have all chosen to exit this un-profitable personal health insurance mar...
by chickadee
Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best place (with warm weather) to raise children
Replies: 107
Views: 17681

Re: Best place (with warm weather) to raise children

Northern suburbs - Cedar Hill area - of Austin, Texas. Bonus: no state income tax. Agree with the spirit of this. But it's Cedar Park, not Cedar Hill. I'd put Round Rock TX, Georgetown TX and San Marcos TX on the list. Near lovely lakes, not ocean FWIW. If you are an applicance repairman, please co...
by chickadee
Fri Aug 11, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Harry Bosch: the Amazon Series vs the novels
Replies: 47
Views: 2520

Re: Harry Bosch: the Amazon Series vs the novels

Ugh. Tom Cruise as Reacher. That really is just horrible casting indeed.
by chickadee
Fri Aug 11, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: AA, IPS. Tinkering trap?
Replies: 11
Views: 973

Re: AA, IPS. Tinkering trap?

Good question. I think I'm about 70% of the way to our "number." No pensions.
by chickadee
Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: AA, IPS. Tinkering trap?
Replies: 11
Views: 973

AA, IPS. Tinkering trap?

About two months ago I finally actually wrote out an IPS. In it, the main AA chosen was 65/35 with 10% of equities in international. Now, I'm thinking that 60/40 would be better. And that international should be 15% of equities. I feel that I was taking some recency bias when I chose such a low inte...
by chickadee
Thu Aug 03, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Wells Fargo - what the kittens?
Replies: 36
Views: 2947

Re: Wells Fargo - what the kittens?

I can't really imagine leaving my money on deposit at Wells Fargo after reading these articles (and others). Taking my personal information and opening other accounts? How am I supposed to "catch them at this."? I don't understand the lethargy of oh well, I'll just keep an eye on them. How do you ke...
by chickadee
Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Wells Fargo - what the kittens?
Replies: 36
Views: 2947

Re: Wells Fargo - what the kittens?

Another sobering article on Wells Fargo. "Most Americans have assumed their bank accounts are sacrosanct. But with the major scandal unfolding at Wells Fargo, angry former employees illuminate the alarming pressure that allegedly led local bankers to defraud perhaps more than a million customers." “...
by chickadee
Tue Aug 01, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Florence Hotels.......
Replies: 25
Views: 1498

Re: Florence Hotels.......

Another vote for the Westin. Used cash plus points to bring the price down. Well located and great service.
by chickadee
Mon Jul 31, 2017 11:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bad kitchen cabinet install in condo. Need help improving.
Replies: 34
Views: 2931

Re: Bad kitchen cabinet install in condo. Need help improving.

New, bigger trim doesn't fix the part where the soffit is bigger than the cabinets. It juts out an inch or so in one place, and overhangs the cabinets 6 pointless inches on the other side of the room. It doesn't look right, even if the gaps are fixed. The "soffit" was popular in the 60s. Now you've ...
by chickadee
Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Italy in August Trip (Rome, Florence, Venice)
Replies: 43
Views: 2870

Re: Italy in August Trip (Rome, Florence, Venice)

Good responses here. Note that chances of acqua alta in Venice in August are slim. I wouldn't let that dictate my luggage choices. Not everyone has a young(ish), strong back to carry a backpack, and that shouldn't stop anyone from going to Europe. If you aren't into crowded art exhibits, as your OP ...
by chickadee
Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Books not to read.
Replies: 155
Views: 12636

Re: Books not to read.

Anathem by Neal Stephenson. I like his work, but I'd like the hours back that I spent reading this one.

Got through the first few chapters of Ulysses by James Joyce. I understand what he's going for, but find it pretty irritating.

Agree with Victoria, War and Peace was excellent.
by chickadee
Fri Jul 07, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Last 80 minutes of my career
Replies: 64
Views: 10624

Re: Last 80 minutes of my career

Sing swan sing! Life is more than a job title. You've earned a permanent break from the salt mines, enjoy it!
by chickadee
Fri Jul 07, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Proposed AA - Please critique [Asset Allocation]
Replies: 22
Views: 1267

Re: Proposed AA - Please critique

4. I settled on 35% international as this is the middle of the seeming consensus range of 20-50%. Typically when we (and the experts you've been reading) talk about international, it is based on a percent of the equities in an AA. NOT as percent of the total portfolio. So, if you want 35% internati...
by chickadee
Sat Jun 24, 2017 12:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sealing/staining a new cedar gate
Replies: 3
Views: 596

Re: Sealing/staining a new cedar gate

How long ago did you stain? How long do you think til you have to redo it?
by chickadee
Fri Jun 23, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sealing/staining a new cedar gate
Replies: 3
Views: 596

Sealing/staining a new cedar gate

Just got new fence gates and surrounding pickets. Replaced about 20 pickets on one side of fence, and am going to replace entire back fence next month. Third side is different construction (shadowbox) that that neighbor claims he is going to replace in September (sigh). If I want to keep the "new ce...
by chickadee
Sun Jun 18, 2017 10:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Office Chair
Replies: 15
Views: 1468

Re: Office Chair

Steelcase Leap here. Although I sit on a Roho cushion as well, because I can't seem to find a seat with enough cushion. I don't like the Aeron's at all. The Freedom mentioned above was my second choice. I would spend the money on a good chair. Hopefully, you have a store near you where you can try a...
by chickadee
Sun May 21, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paris private tours
Replies: 12
Views: 1334

Re: Paris private tours

I'll second the food tour idea as well. Paris by Mouth does a Marais food tour, and we tried to go on this, but it was sold out. We took another one, which was fun, but the Paris by Mouth tours are very highly rated.
by chickadee
Sun May 21, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paris private tours
Replies: 12
Views: 1334

Re: Paris private tours

Well, I was in Paris for 5 days....so not minimizing my time in a place, no. Guess I should have said "spending one day out of our _several_ day itinerary with a good guide."
by chickadee
Thu May 18, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paris private tours
Replies: 12
Views: 1334

Re: Paris private tours

We took a tour by 2CV (old French-made car kinda like a VW bug) and it was the highlight of our trip. You get a real feel for the neighborhoods of Paris, and the car can get down small alleyways, etc., that other cars can't. We had the champagne option as well, so that capped off the experience. Wan...
by chickadee
Mon May 15, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Saver's Credit and IRA to Roth conversion question (Form 8880)
Replies: 7
Views: 812

Re: Saver's Credit and IRA to Roth conversion question (Form 8880)

Well, not sure what to do here. I reached out to my CPA and she basically said we are wrong. That "distributions" in 2014 and 2015, which should go on line 4, eliminate the credit. These weren't distributions, but conversions from TIRA to Roth. We didn't put any money in our pockets, in ot...
by chickadee
Thu May 11, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Saver's Credit and IRA to Roth conversion question (Form 8880)
Replies: 7
Views: 812

Re: Saver's Credit and IRA to Roth conversion question (Form 8880)

Yep, I see it now. Thanks Duckie!

Next question is, would you file an amended return to get a $400 credit?
by chickadee
Thu May 11, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Saver's Credit and IRA to Roth conversion question (Form 8880)
Replies: 7
Views: 812

Saver's Credit and IRA to Roth conversion question (Form 8880)

Hoping someone knows if line 4 of Form 8880 includes money you converted from a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA? I thought it did, but then got conflicting advice. Here is the information in the IRS instructions: Line 4 Enter the total amount of distributions you, and your spouse if filing jointly, re...
by chickadee
Tue May 09, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Thinking of switching to Target Funds
Replies: 10
Views: 1494

Re: Thinking of switching to Target Funds

The expense ratio on that T Rowe Price target fund is high. And its an odd hodge lodge of a bunch of funds. The 3 fund choices you have now would cost much less, and you can tailor the stock/bond ratio how she wants it. I don't have any objections to the Vanguard target retirement fund.
by chickadee
Sat May 06, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need help with tree
Replies: 20
Views: 1296

Re: Need help with tree

Well this is (was) a Shurmard red oak, which is well adapted for Central Texas. It's right close to the street, so shouldn't clog the gutters. It's about 7 feet tall now. I couldn't help myself, so i did a little slicing and dicing (boglehead pun intended) and then tree paint sprayed the wounds. It ...
by chickadee
Sat May 06, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need help with tree
Replies: 20
Views: 1296

Re: Need help with tree

Guess I really can't do anything til fall, here in TX... I'm leaning towards replacement.
by chickadee
Sat May 06, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need help with tree
Replies: 20
Views: 1296

Re: Need help with tree

No, the stub you see in the crotch is the original dead trunk. It's dead wood. I can trim it back closer to the live trunk if needed.
by chickadee
Sat May 06, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need help with tree
Replies: 20
Views: 1296

Need help with tree

So we planted a tiny red oak tree in our yard a few years back. It accidentally got hit with some RoundUp and the main tiny trunk died. You can see its stub in the photos. We cut it back, and two new "trunks" grew from the root ball. Should we: 1) Dig it up, get a nice new tree from a nurs...
by chickadee
Fri May 05, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2-3 days around Nice, France. Advice?
Replies: 9
Views: 846

Re: 2-3 days around Nice, France. Advice?

I was in Nice in February. I'd second the idea to hire a private guide, ours took us to Antibes and the Picasso Museum, walked around the Antibes market, then up to St. Paul de Vence for a stroll and lunch under the trees at an outdoor restaurant. Then we drove through Monaco on the route used in th...
by chickadee
Thu Apr 27, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Colorado trip - w visit to Red Rocks
Replies: 19
Views: 1440

Re: Colorado trip - w visit to Red Rocks

Thanks all for the tips so far! Lots of great ideas here, and we'll get to researching.

Maybe a dumb question, but is RMNP someplace to avoid in mid July? Too crowded with families?
by chickadee
Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: car portable refrigerator
Replies: 12
Views: 1061

Re: car portable refrigerator

Sounds like a job for a Yeti.

http://yeti.com/tundra
by chickadee
Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Colorado trip - w visit to Red Rocks
Replies: 19
Views: 1440

Re: Colorado trip - w visit to Red Rocks

Thanks! I don't want to spend all the time in a car. Say, one night near Red Rocks, then a pretty drive to x, where we spend 1-2 nights, then drive to y, where we spend 1-2 nights, then we drive to airport to catch flight. Would rather the driving days be less than 2 hours, including drive back to a...
by chickadee
Wed Apr 26, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Colorado trip - w visit to Red Rocks
Replies: 19
Views: 1440

Colorado trip - w visit to Red Rocks

There's a concert at Red Rocks amphitheater this summer that SO and I would like to see. Never having been to CO, how would I pair this with seeing some scenic beauty, pretty drives, breathe some mountain air, etc. Let's say 4 nights, assuming flying into Denver and renting a car. No hiking or campi...
by chickadee
Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best surface for garage, epoxy, polished concrete, something else?
Replies: 24
Views: 3106

Re: Best surface for garage, epoxy, polished concrete, something else?

To answer above question, 2 car garage.

He says it's only going to take one day? Hmmmm. Seems like our guy prepped and did the color coat in one day. Then it had to dry before sealant/top coat went on the next day.
by chickadee
Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best surface for garage, epoxy, polished concrete, something else?
Replies: 24
Views: 3106

Re: Best surface for garage, epoxy, polished concrete, something else?

Had our garage professionally epoxied two years ago. We've really enjoyed it. It's medium grey, with cream, black and grey chips. Kinda like grey granite. It blows those epoxy and chip kit things from HD out of the water. Our installer didn't use acid to etch, but rather ground the floor mechanicall...
by chickadee
Fri Apr 07, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Helping a friend with 401k choices
Replies: 5
Views: 583

Re: Helping a friend with 401k choices

I agree. I did look up that fund and it seems like it's a fair bet for the expense ratio.
by chickadee
Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Helping a friend with 401k choices
Replies: 5
Views: 583

Helping a friend with 401k choices

Hello all. A friend has asked for a bit of help in choosing funds in her 401k. I'll list them out below. The only funds that jumps out to me is the TRP Equity Index 500 with .26 expense ratio, the Blackrock Intl index with .37 expense ratio, and the Fidelity US Bond index with .04 expense ratio. I d...
by chickadee
Sat Mar 04, 2017 2:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Traveling to Italy - 3 weeks in 2017, advice appreciated
Replies: 119
Views: 10727

Re: Traveling to Italy - 3 weeks in 2017, advice appreciated

The Scavi tour does not include admission to the Vatican Museum. And it's an awesome tour, enjoy! Admission to St. Peter's basilica is free for everyone.
by chickadee
Mon Jan 23, 2017 10:49 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bill Bernstein "If You Can"
Replies: 22
Views: 6058

Re: Bill Bernstein "If You Can"

"Had" being the operative word here. :?