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by detroitbabu
Mon Jul 25, 2016 8:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I need an awesome tech backpack. Any recommendations?
Replies: 22
Views: 1525

Re: I need an awesome tech backpack. Any recommendations?

I bought this one from Costco 3+ years back. Very sturdy with lots of room. Can't beat the price too. $34.99 https://www.google.com/search?q=costco+high+sierra+backpack&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiZrPO5347OAhUCKiYKHft_AdEQsAQIcA&biw=1600&bih=740#imgrc=6YGn...
by detroitbabu
Sat Jul 23, 2016 3:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New Job Position Request
Replies: 21
Views: 1112

Re: New Job Position Request

If you want what you say you want, you should seriously think about doing an MBA.
Preferably, Stanford or Berkley if you can get into them.
by detroitbabu
Tue Jul 19, 2016 12:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Another Too-Much-House Thread....
Replies: 72
Views: 6596

Re: Another Too-Much-House Thread....

If the house size is increasing because of additional rooms you are building for the view, can you build a deck/patio which will be much cheaper?
by detroitbabu
Tue Jul 19, 2016 5:24 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Traits of Happiest Retirees
Replies: 82
Views: 11721

Re: Traits of Happiest Retirees

This entire thread can be summarized into one sentence.

"Higher up you are on Maslow's pyramid, happier you are".
by detroitbabu
Mon Jul 18, 2016 2:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I pursue my MBA?
Replies: 33
Views: 1985

Re: Should I persue my MBA?

How old are you and how many years have you worked in corporate setting?
If you cannot do an on-campus MBA, I recommend an Exec MBA.
In general,

campus > Exec > Weekend > Online
by detroitbabu
Sat Jul 16, 2016 5:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Traits of Happiest Retirees
Replies: 82
Views: 11721

Re: Traits of Happiest Retirees

Wes Moss has most likely never visited any third world country in his life.
The title of this should be "Traits of happiest retirees in the small world I know called upper middle class US".
by detroitbabu
Sat Jul 09, 2016 6:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hiking questions
Replies: 154
Views: 7772

Re: Hiking questions

Just one data point for shoes.

I tried various shoes at REI before settling on Keen Targhee.
The moment I put them on, I knew that this is what I needed.
Especially if you have wide feet. No break in required.

Excellent shoes. I highly recommend it.
by detroitbabu
Sat Jul 09, 2016 6:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2000 Honda Accord - Wheel Bearing Cost$ 300!!!
Replies: 48
Views: 3022

Re: 2000 Honda Accord - Wheel Bearing Cost$ 300!!!

Thanks everyone for your replies and suggestions! I have given the go ahead to my mechanic. Great guy. I have been using him for quite some time so I know he is good. He inspected all 4 wheels and says other wheels, brakes are good. Needed a little bit of brake fluid. Other than that the car is good...
by detroitbabu
Fri Jul 08, 2016 2:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2000 Honda Accord - Wheel Bearing Cost$ 300!!!
Replies: 48
Views: 3022

Re: 2000 Honda Accord - Wheel Bearing Cost$ 300!!!

Toons wrote:300 bucks.
If you are going to keep driving the vehicle ,
get it done.
I would have put 3 exclamation marks behind
3,000!!!
Not 300.
:mrgreen: :mrgreen:


What can you say?? I am a cheap b****ard.
by detroitbabu
Fri Jul 08, 2016 1:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2000 Honda Accord - Wheel Bearing Cost$ 300!!!
Replies: 48
Views: 3022

2000 Honda Accord - Wheel Bearing Cost$ 300!!!

Apparently, I need a new wheel bearing for my 2000 Honda Accord SE. (front driver side) My Mechanic is asking for $300 for parts and labor. Alternatively, I can order the parts and he will just charge me labor. Reasonable? Which option should I go with? Any other opinions or guidance? I am not a ver...
by detroitbabu
Sun Jun 19, 2016 7:09 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: College costs - Grandparents want to pay - Need help
Replies: 18
Views: 1864

Re: College costs - Grandparents want to pay - Need help

They may (actually want to) live on-campus for first two years but the schools are in commutable distance so last two years may be at home. We want them to stay home and commute but they probably don't. I just saw this line. I wouldn't bet that they'll live on campus then return to their old bedroo...
by detroitbabu
Fri Jun 17, 2016 9:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: College costs - Grandparents want to pay - Need help
Replies: 18
Views: 1864

Re: College costs - Grandparents want to pay - Need help

Thanks everyone for your suggestions and links. I will plan on reading the links posted in Livesoft's post tomorrow morning. A few answers to questions asked. * We have told the grandparents how much college costs and so they are aware about that. * Kids will be going to in-state schools with annual...
by detroitbabu
Fri Jun 17, 2016 5:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: College costs - Grandparents want to pay - Need help
Replies: 18
Views: 1864

Re: College costs - Grandparents want to pay - Need help

I should have said this in my original post.
Grandparents are not US citizens or residents and there are no gift tax or any tax implications.
by detroitbabu
Fri Jun 17, 2016 4:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: College costs - Grandparents want to pay - Need help
Replies: 18
Views: 1864

College costs - Grandparents want to pay - Need help

So the kids are 2 and 4 years away from college. Grandparents want to fund a significant portion (75% or more) of the education costs. They have told us that they can give us the money as a lump sum or over the next few years. It is all up to us to tell them how we want it. I am already putting mone...
by detroitbabu
Mon Jun 13, 2016 6:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Top 9"+ Tablets for cheap
Replies: 17
Views: 1851

Re: Top 9"+ Tablets for cheap

Costco has Samsung 8" and 9.7" both on Sale for $139 and $2xx. http://www.costco.com/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-A-Wi-Fi-Tablet-%7c-Quad-Core-%7c-Lollipop-%7c-Smoky-Titanium-%7c-Bonus-Sleeve.product.100215599.html http://www.costco.com/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-A-Wi-Fi-Tablet-%7c-Quad-Core-%7c-Lollipop-%7...
by detroitbabu
Fri Jun 10, 2016 11:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Evaluate Options - Lumpsum or Monthly
Replies: 4
Views: 403

Re: Evaluate Options - Lumpsum or Monthly

Thanks everyone!
I will take a look.
by detroitbabu
Thu Jun 09, 2016 5:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Evaluate Options - Lumpsum or Monthly
Replies: 4
Views: 403

Evaluate Options - Lumpsum or Monthly

Is there a calculator where I can play with various scenarios to decide if I should take a lump sum amount now or monthly payment at a later date?
Thanks.
by detroitbabu
Wed Jun 08, 2016 6:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Truck?
Replies: 46
Views: 3133

Re: New Truck?

Go to another Nissan dealer or an independent mechanic for another quote to get it fixed.
You may get lucky and save a few hundred.
by detroitbabu
Wed Jun 01, 2016 5:06 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Liking the new Citi CC at Costco
Replies: 176
Views: 28830

Re: Liking the new Citi CC at Costco

I got my Costco Citi card in the mail yesterday.
by detroitbabu
Tue May 03, 2016 4:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sci-Fi ... your favorite movies and episodes??
Replies: 145
Views: 12652

Re: Sci-Fi ... your favorite movies and episodes??

Gattaca. Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman.
by detroitbabu
Tue May 03, 2016 5:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I bought the wrong car - know it after 15 days
Replies: 156
Views: 22635

Re: I bought the wrong car - know it after 15 days

If seat comfort is an issue, I have heard (no personal experience) that Volvo has the best seats (ergonomic). You may want to test drive a Volvo (XC60??) before committing to a Lexus.
by detroitbabu
Sun May 01, 2016 11:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: anyone with experience with car with frontal collision alert?
Replies: 32
Views: 1726

Re: anyone with experience with car with frontal collision alert?

likegarden wrote:Testing with cardboard boxes only tests static objects. (I am an engineer)



You can ask someone to throw an empty box in the path of the car. Or tie the cardboard box with a long enough rope to another car in front of your car and drag it. (I am an engineer too) :)
by detroitbabu
Sun May 01, 2016 7:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: anyone with experience with car with frontal collision alert?
Replies: 32
Views: 1726

Re: anyone wiht experience with car with frontal collision alert?

Wonder if there is any way to test it without risking a crash.


Go to an empty parking lot with empty cardboard box(es).
by detroitbabu
Fri Apr 29, 2016 2:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a New Car...Is it Unwise?
Replies: 68
Views: 6363

Re: Buying a New Car...Is it Unwise?

8 year old Acura will easily last for another 8 years.
Keep the Acura for 2 more years. Put money in the car fund for the next two years and pay cash for the 2019 vehicle.
Another consideration, If you are planning to have more kids, you can buy a 2019 CR-V or Pilot or Odyssey.
by detroitbabu
Thu Apr 28, 2016 8:54 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I Hate My Job: Politics at Work (Advice Needed)
Replies: 108
Views: 12825

Re: I Hate My Job: Politics at Work (Advice Needed)

What is so great about this particular organization that you want to stick around?
It is pretty obvious that you do not like the people you work with and this organization is not a good fit for what you want.

As others have said, it is time to move on.
by detroitbabu
Sun Apr 03, 2016 9:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which of these home repairs would you do?
Replies: 22
Views: 2151

Re: Which of these home repairs would you do?

Wow, quite a list of problems!
Did you not know about the issues when you bought the house?
Did you get an inspection done before buying the house, especially since it was built in the '60s?
by detroitbabu
Sat Mar 12, 2016 7:50 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Renting to Family Members
Replies: 26
Views: 2488

Re: Renting to Family Members

I know this is a moot point now that you have decided to buy the rental.
But you can use (part of) the money and pay off their student loans.

Then they can use the increased cash flow to get a rental closer to you.

This way you do not have to be stuck with the rental after three years.
by detroitbabu
Sun Feb 21, 2016 2:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New clock radio alarm?
Replies: 12
Views: 1504

Re: New clock radio alarm?

I have this one. Seems to work fine.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/control ... &A=details
by detroitbabu
Fri Feb 12, 2016 2:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Freeze Veggies for Stir-Fry?
Replies: 8
Views: 842

Re: Freeze Veggies for Stir-Fry?

OP,
Why not frozen mixed vegetables from Costco? That's what I do.
by detroitbabu
Sun Feb 07, 2016 12:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chicken rub
Replies: 34
Views: 2628

Re: Chicken rub

If you like indian food... Go to an Indian Grocery store and pick up either "butter chicken masala" or "chicken tikka masala" or "tandoor chicken masala". I like Everest or Badshah brand. Marinate in plain yoghurt, ginger paste, garlic paste and lemon juice along with t...
by detroitbabu
Wed Jan 06, 2016 11:01 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: WSJ Article: Why the redskins players are so frugal?
Replies: 22
Views: 2964

Re: WSJ Article: Why the redskins players are so frugal?

AllenSmith wrote:
knpstr wrote:Kirk cousins tune may change once he goes from $600,000/year to making $14,000,000/year.


I'll take the over on $14mm for Cousins. Tannehill makes $19.25/year!


With who the Redskins owner is that is a high probability.
by detroitbabu
Wed Jan 06, 2016 9:20 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: WSJ Article: Why the redskins players are so frugal?
Replies: 22
Views: 2964

Re: WSJ Article: Why the redskins players are so frugal?

They're aware that their playing careers can end at any time. Kirk Cousins carried my fantasy team to the championship when Andy Dalton went down, so I'm happy to see this! from the article Cousins, who had a breakout year with 4,135 passing yards and 29 touchdown passes, said he’s learning to spen...
by detroitbabu
Wed Jan 06, 2016 9:19 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: WSJ Article: Why the redskins players are so frugal?
Replies: 22
Views: 2964

Re: WSJ Article: Why the redskins players are so frugal?

jpelder wrote:I will say that I would hire movers if I played sports professionally. I can't tell you how many people I know who have twisted ankles and smashed fingers carrying furniture


from the article

(Cousins said if he made the move today, he’d probably get splashy and hire movers)
by detroitbabu
Fri Nov 13, 2015 1:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: how to gift money to married son so that it is his if marriage ends
Replies: 44
Views: 7633

Re: how to gift money to married son so that it is his if marriage ends

I would not give them the money for a down payment.
Invest that money (in your name) and pay for future grand kids' college in 20 years.
by detroitbabu
Tue Sep 22, 2015 7:36 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Interviewing next week ... from the other side of the table
Replies: 22
Views: 2576

Re: Interviewing next week ... from the other side of the table

Thanks everyone for your great suggestions and recommendations. Some more info. My boss (VP) has already interviewed the candidate and this will be second round.I am part of a panel who will meet with the candidate. Some of the panel members will be in a room with the candidate and some of us will b...
by detroitbabu
Sun Sep 20, 2015 4:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Interviewing next week ... from the other side of the table
Replies: 22
Views: 2576

Re: Interviewing next week ... from the other side of the table

The person will be reporting to the same manager as I do but junior to me.
by detroitbabu
Sun Sep 20, 2015 7:19 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Interviewing next week ... from the other side of the table
Replies: 22
Views: 2576

Interviewing next week ... from the other side of the table

Next week, I am supposed to interview senior candidates for significant roles within our organization.
I have no idea what type of questions should I be asking.
Any pointers?
Thanks.
by detroitbabu
Tue Aug 04, 2015 3:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Which Vanguard Funds Are Right For Me?
Replies: 12
Views: 1058

Re: Which Vanguard Funds Are Right For Me?

TNL wrote: It currently has about $165K in it with the following allocation:

VIG Dividend Appreciation ETF -- $34K (expense ratio of .1)
Vanguard 500 VFINX -- $61K (expense ratio of .17)
Vanguard Total Market VTSMX -- $62K (expense ratio of .17)


Why are you not in Admiral funds?
by detroitbabu
Sun Aug 02, 2015 7:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to hike late October-mid November??
Replies: 33
Views: 2389

Re: Where to hike late October-mid November??

Nepal, now that is a wild idea, let "my fingers do the walking" for an evening to check that out. If you decide to go to Nepal, do this hike and not the EBC only which is 13-15 days. The 17 day one is wild. http://www.gototrek.com/Nepal-Trekking/4/Everest-Base-Camp-Chola-Pass--Gokyo-Trek-...
by detroitbabu
Sun Aug 02, 2015 4:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to hike late October-mid November??
Replies: 33
Views: 2389

Re: Where to hike late October-mid November??

Nepal. Everest Base Camp.
October is the ideal time to go to EBC.
Spectacular scenery. Great hiking.
Not too expensive (excluding airfare).

Due to recent earthquake, they need your Gringo dollars so you are helping a good cause. :D
by detroitbabu
Wed Jul 08, 2015 10:46 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Pay off car now?
Replies: 17
Views: 1566

Re: Pay off car now?

I seriously doubt the Tahoe is going to last for 200K miles. You better hope you get lucky.
by detroitbabu
Mon Jun 29, 2015 7:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: can you recommend comfortable walking shoes?
Replies: 48
Views: 7203

Re: can you recommend comfortable walking shoes?

you should go to a specialty running store and see what type of foot you have and then get the recommendation from the store what type of shoe you need. You may also simply need an orthotic which goes inside your shoe to relieve foot pain.
by detroitbabu
Sun Jun 21, 2015 5:45 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to enter new career after hitting Financial Indepence
Replies: 11
Views: 2634

Re: How to enter new career after hitting Financial Indepence

What about consulting to startups, getting involved in VC type activities?
by detroitbabu
Sat May 23, 2015 5:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Printing/MacAir
Replies: 3
Views: 545

Re: Printing/MacAir

Print in "Landscape" mode. Default is "Portrait".
by detroitbabu
Thu May 21, 2015 8:03 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: To refinance or not to refinance
Replies: 13
Views: 1660

Re: To refinance or not to refinance

I made that statement only because the OP had concerns over refinancing to a 15 year loan when he is already 1.5 years into the loan.
My other point was that you can customize the loan duration and do not have to accept the standard 10, 15 or 30 year terms.
by detroitbabu
Mon May 18, 2015 12:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: To refinance or not to refinance
Replies: 13
Views: 1660

Re: To refinance or not to refinance

You don't need to accept the 15 year loan. Tell them you want a 13 year loan or if you can afford the payment go to a 10 year loan.
Lot of times they they don't tell you that you can create a loan for any duration.
by detroitbabu
Tue May 05, 2015 3:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Costco and AMEX
Replies: 69
Views: 18196

Re: Costco and AMEX

I was wondering about what will happen to the extended warranties I get on big purchases I charged on my CosCo AMEX if I cancel it next year.
Are they still valid or they go away with the card?

I may keep my AMEX just for that purpose.
by detroitbabu
Sat Apr 25, 2015 7:43 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Costco and AMEX
Replies: 69
Views: 18196

Re: Costco and AMEX

I got an offer from AE to get a Blue Cash Everyday card.
I am holding off until next year.
I will then get both AE Blue Cash and the new Costco CITI card.

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