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by chickadee
Thu Apr 27, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Colorado trip - w visit to Red Rocks
Replies: 19
Views: 1040

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: 798

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: 1040

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: 1040

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: 2572

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: 2572

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: 444

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: 444

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: 9079

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: 18
Views: 4753

Re: Bill Bernstein "If You Can"

"Had" being the operative word here. :?
by chickadee
Sat Jan 21, 2017 12:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: London Hotel
Replies: 13
Views: 1311

Re: London Hotel

Radisson Blu Mercer Street or Fielding hotel. Both in Covent garden area.
by chickadee
Tue Jan 03, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Investing in a Masters and Ph.D?
Replies: 101
Views: 5541

Re: Investing in a Masters and Ph.D?

I think that you should work through your own (seemingly, from your post) feelings of inadequacy. What _others_ think about you is irrelevant. What _you_ think about you is the thing that counts. In short, "Your life isn't yours if you constantly care what people think." How exactly would ...
by chickadee
Thu Dec 22, 2016 4:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best time/method of buying a new car.
Replies: 34
Views: 2949

Re: Best time/method of buying a new car.

The "end of the month" gambit seems to only work if they are close to meeting their monthly sales goal. If it's the last day of the month, and they are far from their goal, then they aren't going to be especially interested in aggressively discounting your car.
by chickadee
Wed Nov 02, 2016 7:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Texas [road trip]
Replies: 63
Views: 4579

Re: Texas [road trip]

Second a stop at McDonald Observatory in Fort Davis. The views of the Milky Way at night are amazing as this is one of the darkest spots without light pollution in the U.S. If there is a "Star Party" when you are there, go. The staff point out constellations with laser pointers. It's unbel...
by chickadee
Tue Sep 20, 2016 6:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Last minute Portland trip, need help
Replies: 23
Views: 1844

Re: Last minute Portland trip, need help

Well, looks like it's gonna be the new Hampton Inn in Hood River. Best Western had limited availability. Lot of other choices already booked up. If anyone knows of good hard cider and wine to taste along the "fruit loop"or in the general area the info would be much appreciated! We're less ...
by chickadee
Tue Sep 20, 2016 1:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Last minute Portland trip, need help
Replies: 23
Views: 1844

Re: Last minute Portland trip, need help

I'm thinking maybe the Best Western Plus in Hood River. Anyone know this location? Photos look nice.
by chickadee
Tue Sep 20, 2016 12:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Last minute Portland trip, need help
Replies: 23
Views: 1844

Re: Last minute Portland trip, need help

Y'all are the best!

I concur that the coast or maybe Hood River are good ideas. Bend will have to wait for another trip down the road.

Take a jacket? That sounds like heaven....
by chickadee
Mon Sep 19, 2016 5:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Last minute Portland trip, need help
Replies: 23
Views: 1844

Last minute Portland trip, need help

Hello all. I've decided to go to the Portland area this weekend for 4 nights. I have a room at the McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale for the LAST two nights. Now I need a room for the first two nights. We've done downtown Portland several times, so I was thinking maybe we could drive somewhere not T...
by chickadee
Fri Sep 16, 2016 10:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Traveling to Italy - 3 weeks in 2017, advice appreciated
Replies: 119
Views: 9079

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

I"d hate to think that you're only gonna spend 2 days in Rome. Three nights in a city gets you 2 days sightseeing. And you'll probably think that means Vatican Museums and Forum/Colliseum. There's so much more to Rome than that, and the Vatican Museums especially are a crowded nightmare. I'd ad...
by chickadee
Sun Aug 07, 2016 12:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio Review - Please run your eyeball over my accounts
Replies: 6
Views: 866

Re: Portfolio Review - Please run your eyeball over my accounts

Yeah, that's a point. I could consolidate a bit more!
by chickadee
Sat Aug 06, 2016 4:10 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio Review - Please run your eyeball over my accounts
Replies: 6
Views: 866

Re: Portfolio Review - Please run your eyeball over my accounts

If I invest in international it would be in additional funds added to taxable. I'm pretty happy with how the rest of the accounts are looking now. Trying to keep it simple.
by chickadee
Sat Aug 06, 2016 12:04 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio Review - Please run your eyeball over my accounts
Replies: 6
Views: 866

Portfolio Review - Please run your eyeball over my accounts

Checking back in after 2 years as a Boglehead. Need a quick review of our investment accounts to make sure we're not doing anything boneheaded regarding positioning. Trying to keep this simple to avoid behavioral mistakes. Emergency fund: Yes, 6-8 months in high yield bank acct, separate from taxabl...
by chickadee
Thu Jul 21, 2016 11:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hyatt 2 free nights credit card
Replies: 40
Views: 2790

Re: Hyatt 2 free nights credit card

My husband and I both applied for the card, and so spent 4 nights at the Hyatt Place Vendome this spring. Faaaabulous. The Hyatt Madeline is also nice, if there isn't room at the Vendome.
by chickadee
Thu Jul 21, 2016 11:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: London theatre tickets
Replies: 10
Views: 829

Re: London theatre tickets

I personally wouldn't take the "pot luck" offerings of the tkts stand. You love plays, so research the ones you want to go to, and buy tickets on their website directly. Easy. You might check http://www.theatremonkey.com. They list discount/special price tickets. They also have good review...
by chickadee
Sat Jul 09, 2016 4:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Considering Big move to Texas Hill Country (Round Rock/Georgetown area)
Replies: 55
Views: 3739

Re: Considering Big move to Texas Hill Country (Round Rock/Georgetown area)

Dang. Someone stole my Utopia, Texas joke.

I'd say look west of Austin as well. Maybe Leander, Jonestown, Marble Falls? You can easily hit the Costco in Cedar Park.

Kerrville would be my idea of actual Hill Country type living. We have friends who have retired there.

Round Rock is just a burb.
by chickadee
Fri Jul 08, 2016 5:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Planning to relocate to Austin, TX
Replies: 48
Views: 3520

Re: Planning to relocate to Austin, TX

Agree on South Austin and Bowie High School area. Neighborhoods listed above would work well for you. I would also recommend Cedar Park, for the Leander ISD (LISD) as well, but your commute will be longer. Still, you might want to look at it with your realtor to get a feel of "north vs. south.&...
by chickadee
Mon Jun 27, 2016 1:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I need a new mattress. Memory foam?
Replies: 53
Views: 4054

Re: I need a new mattress. Memory foam?

Latex feels nothing like memory foam. More of a waterbed feel, very buoyant and bouncy.

I second the idea of a traditional mattress with the 3" memory foam topper from Costco.
by chickadee
Tue Jun 21, 2016 9:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Changing life path (giving up the dream) to FIRE
Replies: 26
Views: 3961

Re: Changing life path (giving up the dream) to FIRE

Austin was under Stage 2 water restrictions for 4 years. Now is in less restrictive Conservation stage, thanks to the spring deluge. But basically, don't waste water. That's a pretty good permanent reminder.
by chickadee
Sun May 29, 2016 12:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Viking Cruise-Hotels for Budapest and Amsterdam
Replies: 9
Views: 1069

Re: Viking Cruise-Hotels for Budapest and Amsterdam

Stayed at the Crowne Plaza near the Amsterdam train station in March. Great location, nice sized room, and the staff couldn't have been friendlier. Good concierge service for restaurant recommendations. Elevator and an ice machine (!) We still talk about how that was our favorite hotel on our Europe...
by chickadee
Mon May 23, 2016 3:32 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What was your first investment?
Replies: 117
Views: 6459

Re: What was your first investment?

$2000 in 20th Century Ultra in 1991. Back when you bought mutual funds direct from the company that sold them.
by chickadee
Sun May 22, 2016 10:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Andrews Federal CU VISA to Travel Overseas?
Replies: 4
Views: 396

Re: Andrews Federal CU VISA to Travel Overseas?

Yep, I have the Andrews Federal VISA chip plus pin card. It was one of the first chip plus pin cards available, which is why I got it. I now have several others. It worked fine overseas for me. I think you have to open a savings account in order to get the card. So now I have an account I don't real...
by chickadee
Wed May 11, 2016 3:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Should I hold on to my Apple stock?
Replies: 76
Views: 9051

Re: Should I hold on to my Apple stock?

Another take on the cash…Tim Cook is the new Bill Gross?

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/ ... ond-market

So, we are really partially owning an enormous bond fun when we buy AAPL?
by chickadee
Sun Apr 17, 2016 5:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Month in Manhattan
Replies: 87
Views: 6598

Re: A Month in Manhattan

Has anyone done a nice food walking tour in NYC? I'm going in July, and would like to book one. Also, I'll be there over July 4th. Where do New Yorkers see fireworks? Not to hijack the thread...
by chickadee
Wed Apr 06, 2016 6:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: London hotel room with points-where should we stay?
Replies: 19
Views: 1687

Re: London hotel room with points-where should we stay?

Idea close to Waterloo station, Marriott County Hall (use points, get a view of Big Ben. I did, it's a good memory). There is also a Premier Inn County Hall. More bare-bones, no view, but cheap and cheerful.
by chickadee
Wed Apr 06, 2016 4:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: London hotel room with points-where should we stay?
Replies: 19
Views: 1687

Re: London hotel room with points-where should we stay?

Just spent 3 free nights at the W in Leicester square. Convenient location, but I'd give it a pass unless you are "clubbing" age. Neighborhood is a bit Times Squareish, but I can put up with that to be walking distance to my night time entertainment (West end plays). I almost stayed at the...
by chickadee
Wed Apr 06, 2016 12:53 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Baby Boomers Doubling in next 20 yrs predictions ?
Replies: 50
Views: 4803

Re: Baby Boomers Doubling in next 20 yrs predictions ?

I read "The Coming Generational Storm" when it came out over a decade ago. I recall it being pretty doom and gloom. Blurb from Amazon: "In 2030, as 77 million baby boomers hobble into old age, walkers will outnumber strollers; there will be twice as many retirees as there are today bu...
by chickadee
Tue Apr 05, 2016 1:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Baby Boomers Doubling in next 20 yrs predictions ?
Replies: 50
Views: 4803

Re: Baby Boomers Doubling in next 20 yrs predictions ?

Maybe the OP meant number of Baby Boomers -retiring- doubling in next 20 years? Just a guess.
by chickadee
Wed Mar 23, 2016 1:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dishwasher recommendation.
Replies: 44
Views: 4094

Re: Dishwasher recommendation.

Our washing machine is a 1990 model Kenmore. It says "Heavy Duty" next to the Kenmore logo. It has the wonderful analog dial Nisi describes above. It's only been serviced once, and that was to replace the physical plastic dial that snaps on. That was about 20 years ago. Well, two weeks ago...
by chickadee
Tue Mar 01, 2016 11:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rental car in Italy
Replies: 31
Views: 3297

Re: Rental car in Italy

Yes, we went by our trusty AAA office and got the international drivers permit. If you are pulled over by the cops, they will (supposedly) ask for it. Remember again, not to speed even though grannies will be passing you in their tiny Fiats.
by chickadee
Mon Feb 22, 2016 6:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: End of debit cards for me
Replies: 128
Views: 12567

Re: End of debit cards for me

We had this exact thing happen to us about a week and a half ago on our business debit card. A bogus charge from Walmart for about $400. The fraud detection team at our bank flagged it right away and called us. We had to get a new debit card, which was a pain.
by chickadee
Fri Feb 19, 2016 11:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rental car in Italy
Replies: 31
Views: 3297

Re: Rental car in Italy

I use Auto Europe (a consolidator) to rent from in Italy. I'd call them directly, they know their stuff. I've gotten Hertz rentals from them cheaper than going direct. Give Orbitz a pass. Seems like insurance is mandatory and included, if I am remembering correctly. Bring a GPS that you have already...
by chickadee
Tue Feb 02, 2016 6:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to Stay in San Francisco?
Replies: 38
Views: 3698

Re: Where to Stay in San Francisco?

I can highly recommend Terrific Tours wine tours of Sonoma. They pick up near Fisherman's Wharf, and take a small group (10 and under I think) to a off-the-beaten path wineries. I'm not really a "tour" person, but since I didn't have a rental, my sister and I did this a couple of years ago...
by chickadee
Sat Jan 30, 2016 12:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tip on an older HP Printer
Replies: 10
Views: 1249

Re: Tip on an older HP Printer

Yeah, inkjet printers are a complete waste of money. I have an 11 year old hp color LaserJet that I had to McGyver on a bit last year (a little piece of felt on a pick-up lever that was used to disperse static had crumbled). But it still works, and with third party toner, meets my needs. It's amazin...
by chickadee
Fri Jan 08, 2016 1:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show
Replies: 185
Views: 20208

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Most of you have mentioned favorites of mine.

Lately, I've been binge watching Arrow.
by chickadee
Sat Dec 19, 2015 9:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: FIRECalc - Take Social Security Benefits Early is Better?
Replies: 53
Views: 7541

Re: FIRECalc - Take Social Security Benefits Early is Better?

You are using the "Years" field on the first page incorrectly. You need to put in the year you expect to die. OR, how many years from RIGHT NOW you want the plan to last. Same question, but it can accept the information in two different formats. This is different question than "What y...
by chickadee
Fri Dec 18, 2015 1:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I just give my wife (folded) money?
Replies: 76
Views: 10569

Re: Should I just give my wife (folded) money?

Get a Roomba from Hammacher Schlemmer. Yes, you'll pay tthe full retail price, but the lifetime guarantee is priceless. Robot vacuum cleaners are amazing. Robot maintenance is not. When it starts acting up in 2 years, send it back to them for a full refund towards your next generation Roomba. I thin...
by chickadee
Wed Dec 16, 2015 2:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which would you buy?
Replies: 16
Views: 2541

Re: Which would you buy?

We love our 2013 Grand Caravan. You'll really enjoy the Stow-N-Go seats! They are so awesome, and no other manufacturer has anything nearly as cool. I think we have the same model. Only changed oil so far. The money I saved by not buying overpriced Siennas is sitting in my IRA. That looks like a gre...
by chickadee
Fri Nov 06, 2015 1:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Desperate - Overwhelmed by health insurance choices
Replies: 21
Views: 1724

Re: Desperate - Overwhelmed by health insurance choices

Some of the plans said that the maximum out of pocket was unlimited. I ruled out those plans. When you are looking at the health plan details, the phrase "Lifetime Maximum" and then the word "Unlimited" is a very good thing indeed. This is NOT a lifetime maximum for out of pocke...
by chickadee
Mon Oct 12, 2015 11:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Planning a trip to Rome, need advice
Replies: 49
Views: 4120

Re: Planning a trip to Rome, need advice

Italians eat Italian food. If you find any ethnic food in the middle of Rome, I'd like to know about it. I think there was one Chinese restaurant near our hotel, but it got horrible reviews. You're going to need to order some of the secondi (the main dishes) in order to get some variety: chicken, fi...

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