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by crazygrow
Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Aug. 2017 US total eclipse hotel reservations.
Replies: 77
Views: 7369

Re: Aug. 2017 US total eclipse hotel reservations.

Good luck to everyone trying to get into the totality zones. They are saying the road between Idaho and Utah (I-15) will be backed up for hours and potentially days, especially afterwards. In Idaho they are putting out port a potties along the freeway and encouraging people to have several days of s...
by crazygrow
Fri Jun 30, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying a $520k House in LCOLA
Replies: 23
Views: 3022

Re: Buying a $520k House in LCOLA

You are right to be considering the "community" aspect. When we moved to a new location (with our six kids), we really wanted a farm/ranch with ~10-20 acres. We wouldn't really have neighbors so our only interaction with people would be school/church/work. After really thinking about it, w...
by crazygrow
Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which motorcyle?
Replies: 26
Views: 1446

Which motorcyle?

Hey all - some may remember my post about autonomous cars. We had nixed the Teslas and were going to get me a truck, but then we decided to change up the school where our kids go to so I'm going to continue driving the kids to school. There are five of them currently attending the school, and none a...
by crazygrow
Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My Wife is having our 5th child. What is an appropriately extravagant push gift?
Replies: 90
Views: 7480

Re: My Wife is having our 5th child. What is an appropriately extravagant push gift?

Definitely congrats on having a fifth! I had never heard of a push present until we had our fifth in 2010. We then had a sixth. I never did a push present but have prioritized a few things for the wife: A 1-2 week vacation annually without the kids She is a stay at home mom, so definitely that she h...
by crazygrow
Sun May 21, 2017 10:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vehicle recommendation for large family
Replies: 32
Views: 2141

Re: Vehicle recommendation for large family

So, pretty similar situation here, although we added a sixth (10,10,10,9,7,4 ages). When we had the triplets, we bought a new 7-seater 2006 Toyota Sienna and still have that (~135,000 miles). When we had #6, we bought a 2012 Suburban one year used. They have both been pretty good cars although the 4...
by crazygrow
Tue May 16, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Adblockers
Replies: 14
Views: 1457

Re: Adblockers

Just as an FYI - these adblocker companies (most of them) sell your data and information and are also beginning to monetize by serving ads. I work in an industry that buys from them and most of them are doing it.
by crazygrow
Tue Apr 25, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Will cars be autonomous in three years?
Replies: 225
Views: 13505

Re: Will cars be autonomous in three years?

OP Here. Thanks for a very interesting thread. While I may have misused the word "most" in my original post, I appreciate all the responses.
by crazygrow
Mon Apr 24, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Will cars be autonomous in three years?
Replies: 225
Views: 13505

Re: Will cars be autonomous in three years?

Hey all, Thanks for your answers. Hotter topic than I thought it would be. I run a tech company and am often surprised (even though I consider myself somewhat of a futurist) at how fast technology moves. As for why a Tesla vs. a truck, my kids are getting to the age (and I'm getting to an age) where...
by crazygrow
Mon Apr 24, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Will cars be autonomous in three years?
Replies: 225
Views: 13505

Will cars be autonomous in three years?

Hi all, My wife and I have been thinking about getting a new car for me. I drive a 2006 Sienna with about 150,000 miles on it. It is still fairly dependable, but definitely starting to need more and more expensive repairs. It also has a lot of cosmetic issues (thanks to nannies!) and I just don't li...
by crazygrow
Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me decide what to do with my cars
Replies: 34
Views: 1919

Re: Help me decide what to do with my cars

I agree with many others. No need for more car (I have six kids so I know my way around big cars with one 7-seater minivan and an 8-seater Suburban). What you have is great. Save the money and buy the kids some tablets.

Adam
by crazygrow
Sun Apr 02, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Second car for larger family - ideas/suggestions?
Replies: 32
Views: 1872

Re: Second car for larger family - ideas/suggestions?

Thanks for asking this question as I'm in a very similar situation. We have a 2006 sienna that is starting to have significant issues despite only having 130000 miles on it. Our other car is a 2012 suburban with 90000 miles. We have six kids aged 10,10,10,9,7,4. I (the husband) drive the minivan and...
by crazygrow
Sat Mar 18, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "Millionaire Next Door" Net Worth Formula
Replies: 173
Views: 19127

Re: "Millionaire Next Door" Net Worth Formula

This doesn't work well if you have a huge rise in income over a few years (for me it was 4x).
by crazygrow
Thu Feb 02, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Expat Forums or Advice on Expat Package?
Replies: 10
Views: 1432

Best Expat Forums or Advice on Expat Package?

Hi all, I was approached this week about taking over all of our European businesses within my division (I currently run one division globally but the business is moving more towards regional structures). I live in a MCOL city in the US and this would be a relocation to London, so very different in c...
by crazygrow
Fri Jan 13, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 2016
Views: 349809

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

Enlightening!! But it says it can't be booked online when I looked up my local airport to HNL. This type of booking has to be done over the phone? We've found that many of the rewards travel cannot be booked online. (And those that can be booked on line, seem to be the ones we don't want, or at lea...
by crazygrow
Mon Dec 26, 2016 7:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 2 vs 3+ kids
Replies: 18
Views: 2286

Re: 2 vs 3+ kids

We had always planned on 4-6 kids and ended up with six in six years (triplets, then three singletons) - we did take a 3 year break between #5 being born and #6 We lucked out and even though our triplets were born very premature (31 weeks), all of our kids have been healthy and overall good kids - j...
by crazygrow
Thu Oct 27, 2016 12:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chocolate Recommendations
Replies: 64
Views: 4728

Re: Chocolate Recommendations

Madacasse - from Madagascar - I prefer the 42% and the 70%ish bars. Somewhat hard to find.

Chocolate from Ecuador almost has a caramel aftertaste that I enjoy.
by crazygrow
Thu Sep 22, 2016 1:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Big 4 Partners - Salary/Risk Worth it?
Replies: 21
Views: 6409

Re: Big 4 Partners - Salary/Risk Worth it?

I worked a total of about 9 years spread between two of the big four. Had been indicated I was on partner track before I left and now have a few coworkers that are now partner. People are right on the work/home lifestyle - it can be tough. There are some that manage it well. People are wrong on the ...
by crazygrow
Wed Sep 21, 2016 1:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: macOS Sierra
Replies: 25
Views: 3325

Re: macOS Sierra

The 500 Mac users in my org were told to absolutely not update to Sierra. It is breaking something, but they haven't told us what (VPN, backups, etc.).
by crazygrow
Fri Sep 09, 2016 6:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is it ever worth taking options instead of cash?
Replies: 17
Views: 1849

Re: Is it ever worth taking options instead of cash?

Life is about taking some risks if you want big rewards. But be prepared for it to not work out or for it to be "just" a learning opportunity. I jumped to a poorly funded start-up in a completely new field at half the pay a few years ago and the first year was rough (I came in at a senior ...
by crazygrow
Fri Sep 09, 2016 6:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Penfed HELOC
Replies: 7
Views: 1285

Re: Penfed HELOC

I have a HELOC through them (took out about 2 years ago). They definitely weren't fast but the rate was good. As I wasn't in a cash crunch, the extra time didn't impact me.
by crazygrow
Sun Aug 07, 2016 7:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Travel for a Year with Family - Career Impact?
Replies: 35
Views: 4151

Travel for a Year with Family - Career Impact?

Hi all, Still fairly new here, so a brief description of my current situation. I run a fast growing technology division for a large public company. I've led the global division from $10M in revenue to $100M in revenue in four years and we are looking good to nearly double again next year. I'm well l...
by crazygrow
Wed Jul 13, 2016 7:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Boss cutting salary in response to employee not doing "job"
Replies: 78
Views: 10360

Re: Boss cutting salary in response to employee not doing "job"

I highly doubt she has any sort of employment contract. She may have an offer letter or a job description, but rarely in the US, outside of executive-level positions or unionized positions do employees have actual contracts.
by crazygrow
Sun Jul 03, 2016 9:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Company Being Acquired - Any Advice?
Replies: 51
Views: 6930

Re: Company Being Acquired - Any Advice?

I have a background as an M&A consultant and now work in the corporate (joined a start-up that was acquired by one of the biggest ecommerce companies in the world and now as the leader of the division have acquired three different companies). Some of the advice in this thread is useful, other ad...
by crazygrow
Sun Jul 03, 2016 11:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you spend your money on???
Replies: 149
Views: 16401

Re: What do you spend your money on???

For my wife and I: Giving our kids experiences. We don't do birthday gifts, they get a trip with Mom and Dad to get out and experience the world. They are still young, so we don't do international with them yet, but look forward to it. They have done a number of trips to national parks and we have s...
by crazygrow
Mon Jun 13, 2016 8:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 3 Row SUVs - Help Educate Me
Replies: 42
Views: 4089

Re: 3 Row SUVs - Help Educate Me

Unfortunately(?) this thread is accurate. I have six kids and when we had number six I inherited my wife's seven seater minivan and we got her a 8 seater suburban. We do a lot of family road trips so it made sense to have a car we could all use together. I drive five of them to school each morning a...
by crazygrow
Mon May 16, 2016 11:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Rich But Middle Class
Replies: 233
Views: 26144

Re: Rich But Middle Class

A good book to read that discusses some of the topics being thrown around in this thread is the Two Income Trap: In this revolutionary exposé, Harvard Law School bankruptcy expert Elizabeth Warren and financial consultant Amelia Tyagi show that today's middle-class parents are increasingly trapped b...
by crazygrow
Fri May 13, 2016 1:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Career ambitions, life changes
Replies: 18
Views: 3807

Re: Career ambitions, life changes

You may want to consider if now is a good time to take a risk. When I was 31, I had five young kids and was on partner track at a large consulting firm. However, I had lost my passion for it and wanted to do something where I could create (and see through) long-term value instead of shorter-term con...
by crazygrow
Fri May 06, 2016 1:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WOW fantastic Cars in the Wild
Replies: 91
Views: 13754

Re: WOW fantastic Cars in the Wild

My next-door neighbor's parents stop by all the time in their BMW i8 - personally think it is hideous. One of my best friend's drives a '14 Ferrari 458, just had his second kid so he bought a Tesla S as a family vehicle. A guy about a mile down the road has an entire stable (at least a dozen) of ve...
by crazygrow
Sun Apr 24, 2016 9:26 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Will Chip + Sign CC work in Europe?
Replies: 27
Views: 2782

Re: Will Chip + Sign CC work in Europe?

I travel quite a bit to Italy, France and England. The only issues I have is buying train tickets from automated booths! I wish they would just issue chip/pin cards instead of chip/signature cards.
by crazygrow
Sun Apr 24, 2016 9:01 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Savings Rate Quoted - Net or Gross Amount of Income?
Replies: 4
Views: 905

Savings Rate Quoted - Net or Gross Amount of Income?

Hi all, Have been reading for a few weeks and enjoying all of your thoughts. One question I keep having is the savings rates that many of you quote - is that of your gross or net income amount? The "I save 30% each year" amount. A little about myself: Run a division for a large company. Th...