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by htdrag11
Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you buy in Asian food stores?
Replies: 87
Views: 5063

Re: What do you buy in Asian food stores?

Dragon fruits come in white or red inside; the latter is more expensive. I do not usually find them sweet here. The other fruits I enjoyed besides Durian (it smells as good as cheese or as bad, depending on your taste) and longan, are lychees, Asian plums (red, green and black), Korean brown pears (...
by htdrag11
Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Google Chrome Fonts Appear Fuzzy
Replies: 7
Views: 605

Re: Google Chrome Fonts Appear Fuzzy

I recommend that you stop using Windows and get a Chromebook or a Chromebox. Problem solved. In my case, I use my 13" MBA 2011 as primary, and a cheap Toshiba C3340 CB 2 2015 with FHD as my 2nd screen. The latter is also used for videos. You can find one used for under $100 with instant boot. For b...
by htdrag11
Sun Oct 08, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi [extender]
Replies: 54
Views: 3992

Re: WiFi

A forum member was kind enough to give me an older Apple Airport Express which I used as my main router and got myself a used Securifi Almond (the older model is better; do not get the Plus) for $40 as a range extender in a 3,500 sq ft home. Now my upstairs connection shows full bars. I can even pic...
by htdrag11
Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is the new Chevy Equinox any good?
Replies: 58
Views: 5434

Re: Is the new Chevy Equinox any good?

Couple comments about Consumer Report based on my recent decision on the 2018 Outback over other SUVs: - real world MPG is better than CR stated in their 2017 New Car issue (mid year, not the April version) - driving impression is very subjective and relative; it depends what one was used to or what...
by htdrag11
Wed Oct 04, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3015
Views: 881296

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Saw Guardians of the Galaxy 2 earlier this week. I loved the first one and we watch it quite often. However I was almost immediately bored with the sequel, I felt like it was just a ton of CGI, a silly plot, and the actors were phoning it in. I didn't link the IMDB page because it's gaudy and hung ...
by htdrag11
Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Equifax to offer free “credit freeze” for life
Replies: 43
Views: 3496

Re: Equifax to offer free “credit freeze” for life

Not sure if it's related but beware of the Experian's Dark Web hype; there is always a catch coming from these CRAs. No one will read 17,600 words of fine print and that relatively few folks have the slightest idea what the Dark Web is. http://www.latimes.com/business/lazarus/la-fi-lazarus-experian-...
by htdrag11
Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Massage machine for diabetic
Replies: 9
Views: 916

Re: Massage machine for diabetic

My MIL with diabetes does not walk or exercise; she found the massager helpful. She got it for over 3 years and all her friends and her older daughter in her 60's use it as well when they are visiting her.

It's also very durable but loud, despite the 2 speeds.
by htdrag11
Sat Sep 30, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Massage machine for diabetic
Replies: 9
Views: 916

Re: Massage machine for diabetic

I have a similar machine and my MIL is diabetic. She uses it daily, once in the morning and once in the evening, about 30 minutes after meal (or before). I used to walk 4 miles about 5 days a week and need to use it. Now I no longer walk as much but do other exercise, so I hardly use mine. I'm fruga...
by htdrag11
Sat Sep 30, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice on purchasing a Volvo XC60
Replies: 7
Views: 745

Re: Advice on purchasing a Volvo XC60

I just leased a 2018 Outback fully loaded but did look at the 2017 CPO XC60. The 2108 is too new to have any kind of deals or discount, but I would look into it again in 3 years when the lease is up. Still does not care for using premium gas but the seats are one of the best. The Outbacks are are go...
by htdrag11
Sat Sep 30, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Boglehead's Guide - do I need disability insurance?
Replies: 11
Views: 830

Re: Boglehead's Guide - do I need disability insurance?

As you are the sole breadwinner, long term disability is a must. You are 3 times more likely to become disabled as to die, and you thought the risk of dying was high enough to buy life insurance. Look at all the recent equifax threads. Freeze your credit reports, don’t bother with monitoring. Be su...
by htdrag11
Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is the new Chevy Equinox any good?
Replies: 58
Views: 5434

Re: Is the new Chevy Equinox any good?

I would never buy a GM product. Given their corporate behavior with the ignition recall effort a couple years ago, no way would I trust anything they built. Just my $0.02 Most car manufacturers have skeletons, such as VW, Subaru, BMW, Audi (unintended acceleration), Hyundai (mpg overstated), Ford (...
by htdrag11
Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is the new Chevy Equinox any good?
Replies: 58
Views: 5434

Re: Is the new Chevy Equinox any good?

I'll be honest, we never looked at the Equinox, due to reviews. We recently bought a 2017 Mazda CX-5; we wouldn't normally buy new and it's not a great time for us to be getting into a car loan (ugh), but we pulled the trigger on the Mazda for numerous reasons (both financial and emotional). We tes...
by htdrag11
Thu Sep 28, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tailor made shirts
Replies: 11
Views: 1345

Re: Tailor made shirts

There are 2 coastal stores in the US, NY and California. I used them in my younger days for tailored made shirts; they still fit after 16 years. Fabrics were made in France.

https://www.ascotchang.com/en/store
by htdrag11
Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L
Replies: 48
Views: 3232

Re: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L

After driving it for couple of days, here are my initial observations: - ordered an iPad mini glass protector to reduce the glare on the ginormous audio screen. It's kind of made my purchase of the Nexus 6p a mistake in size (almost 6" screen). - prefer the Waze interface on the phone than the Andro...
by htdrag11
Mon Sep 25, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Retirees, what is your marginal tax rate?
Replies: 102
Views: 10234

Re: Retirees, what is your marginal tax rate?

Yes. It was a big lie that my rate would go down with the extra exemption.

Mine was 15% until I started to convert my T-IRA to Roth last year aggressively; it's 25% now, at least until 70 1/2.
by htdrag11
Mon Sep 25, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Simplifying portfolio
Replies: 41
Views: 3046

Re: Simplifying portfolio

+1. The KISS principal prevails! I had moved my last managed account to Vanguard, so everything I invested is in one bucket. Recently spoke to a Vanguard CFP who advised a 5-fund portfolio. The only reason why I did not go with him is I'm just too cheap, saving 0.3%/year. However, I told my wife and...
by htdrag11
Sun Sep 24, 2017 7:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3015
Views: 881296

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

A Ghost Story - a total waste of talents in an overblown 92 minute film. Somehow the reviews are totally polarized on this one in IMDB. I'm one of those who think it should be a 2 for cinematography and acting. There was hardly any scripts except during one of the parties toward the end.
by htdrag11
Fri Sep 22, 2017 7:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3015
Views: 881296

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Shepherds and Butchers is a courtroom drama about a prison guard who is both the Shepherd and Butcher of fellow death row inmates. It contains graphic steps retracing the guard's outside murder and inside execution. The guard started his job as executioner only one day on the job at 17. Capital puni...
by htdrag11
Thu Sep 21, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L
Replies: 48
Views: 3232

Re: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L

I've settled on a 2018 Outback Limited with Eyesight; should pick it up next Tuesday, coming from a slightly used 2012 Lexus RX350. In terms of interior quality, the Mazda CX-5 smells like money, then the Outback, CR-V, Tucson in that order. Obviously, none of them matches the Lexus, even the 2012 m...
by htdrag11
Thu Sep 21, 2017 3:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Subaru Outback
Replies: 45
Views: 5483

Re: 2018 Subaru Outback

Thanks for the input! I will definitely get Eyesight, as the safety features are one of the reasons I want a Subaru. Unfortunately I will be commuting in it a few days a week and I'm sure I'll miss my more fuel efficient sedan, but after a few years of obsessing about getting an Outback, I think I'...
by htdrag11
Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L
Replies: 48
Views: 3232

Re: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L

And I sort of wonder what type of lexus these people are coming from that they think the outback is comparable? Having they been driving like a 1997 RX?:) Op here. My cars are all over the map, from sports to luxury to reliability, short term and long term ownership. Never own a "station wagon" eit...
by htdrag11
Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L
Replies: 48
Views: 3232

Re: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L

Well, looks like neither has them except the Touring model. Price bumped up by almost $100/month. It's like getting to a used Audi Q5 territory. Looks like I will go with a Mazda CX-5 2017 for less since LED headlights are standard. Will miss the Android Auto but not the CVT. Life is full of rude a...
by htdrag11
Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L
Replies: 48
Views: 3232

Re: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L

Well, looks like neither has them except the Touring model. Price bumped up by almost $100/month. It's like getting to a used Audi Q5 territory. Looks like I will go with a Mazda CX-5 2017 for less since LED headlights are standard. Will miss the Android Auto but not the CVT. Life is full of rude aw...
by htdrag11
Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L
Replies: 48
Views: 3232

Re: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L

Just bought a 2017 CRV Touring after looking at small SUVs for the last 5 years. Owned a 2002 CRV prior. Had drifted toward the Acura RDX but that car has a poor dual screen infotainment system, no dam spare tire, and stuff like that which bugged me. The CRV was a new design and new tech with Andro...
by htdrag11
Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L
Replies: 48
Views: 3232

Re: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L

I'm leaning toward the Outback. Both Subaru and Honda are very competitive in this segment.

The only decision left is to buy or lease. The reason for the latter is that I would like to change car every 3-5 years.
by htdrag11
Tue Sep 19, 2017 12:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Subaru Outback
Replies: 45
Views: 5483

Re: 2018 Subaru Outback

2018 has the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto feature, but slower than VW. I like the Limited interior, over the Audi Q5.
by htdrag11
Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L
Replies: 48
Views: 3232

Re: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L

I was at a Honda dealer today getting a recall item repaired on our accord and noted no info on the CRV i.e. brochures. I asked a sales guy when is the 2018 CRV coming out, he said late October, so hold off and get a 2018 Touring as I plan to do. :D Thanks. Not sure if my buyer wants to wait a mont...
by htdrag11
Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L
Replies: 48
Views: 3232

Re: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L

I also looked at the Tucson/Sportage and CX-5, but decided not to pursue further. Could you elaborate on why you chose not to pursue the Mazda CX-5 further? I'm also in the market for a small CUV, and am close to pulling the trigger on a CX-5 versus the CR-V. I had a 2013 CX-5 FWD with the 2.0l eng...
by htdrag11
Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L
Replies: 48
Views: 3232

Re: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L

0-60 times don't really matter for day to day driving. The numbers you should be looking at are 30-50mph and 50-70mph in my opinion. Car and Driver provides these. You will notice that most SUVs/CUVs score between 4-6 seconds. I own an Outback and looked at the CRV prior to purchasing. I think the ...
by htdrag11
Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L
Replies: 48
Views: 3232

Re: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L

Just bought a CRV after comparing to Lexus and Acura. Couldn't justify the price difference. Very happy with the vehicle. Don't see how you can go wrong with either choice. Which model did you get, FWR or AWD? How many miles did you put on? I found the interior is not up to par against either the C...
by htdrag11
Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L
Replies: 48
Views: 3232

Re: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L

munemaker wrote:
Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:25 pm
Run the numbers on the mileage difference. I bet the actual difference in gasoline cost is negligible. I would rule that out as a decision factor.
Totally agree. That is DW's factor at work. :P
by htdrag11
Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L
Replies: 48
Views: 3232

Re: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L

Would a Forester with an aftermarket sound system to do your phone linking android thing solve this? Since Subaru has a multi-decade contract with "horrible audio dot com" (sarcasm), this would solve the problem of a garbage sound system and also being able to do whatever you're trying to do with y...
by htdrag11
Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L
Replies: 48
Views: 3232

Re: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L

I would keep the '12 RX350 before I leased a car. Leasing is the most expensive way to own a car. Regards, John I know that it's not the BH way of thinking here. I don't usually keep cars around that long anymore. My SWR is very low. Car is one of my few vices. :mrgreen: Besides, everyone was surpr...
by htdrag11
Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L
Replies: 48
Views: 3232

Re: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L

You don't mention whether the CR-V you are considering has AWD. If you don't need AWD, then that would seem to decide this issue for you, wouldn't it?The Subaru only comes in AWD, and AWDs cost more to maintain. Most of the EX-L's come with AWD. Folks in NJ usually "freeze" up in winter driving. I ...
by htdrag11
Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L
Replies: 48
Views: 3232

Re: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L

If 0-60 in 9.1 seconds is a safety hazard, the problem is not the car. Seeing how BH thinks the Prius is the best thing since sliced bread, I'd think they'd reject the Outback as having too much "race car" acceleration. No Prius would keep up with 9.1 seconds (the fastest is 9.7...and many over 10)...
by htdrag11
Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L
Replies: 48
Views: 3232

Re: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L

2018 Outback likes - conservative/plain Jane look :shock: :shock: Well, one could go for the Lexus SUV's for a look then. :oops: But I think things like this are personal and any one person could choose the one vehicle or the other. I don't know what the features are that do or don't matter. I gues...
by htdrag11
Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L
Replies: 48
Views: 3232

Re: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L

Never saw (or imagined) anyone put off by the "youthful styling" of a CR-V! No one will mistake it for a boy-racer. It's a top pick of seniors everywhere -- my octogenarian Dad had one and so did I. The wheels on the EX-L are quite aggressive, kind of out of character. The 2017 has quite a bit of s...
by htdrag11
Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L
Replies: 48
Views: 3232

2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L

I had another thread discussing the Outback MPG and decided that the mileage was acceptable. Like to run my rationale by our BH fraternity: 2018 Outback Limited with Eyesight (safety package) is comparable in features with the 2017 CR-V EX-L (2018 did not come out yet). It will be a 36 month lease w...
by htdrag11
Fri Sep 15, 2017 10:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2017-18 Outback MPG
Replies: 19
Views: 1083

Re: 2017-18 Outback MPG

Have you browsed fuelly.com to see what people are getting? You won't know their driving habits and the city/highway split but it might give you an average of what to expect. Thanks for the site. For the Limited 2.5i with over 800 data points, it seems to be at 26 mpg combined. For the Forester, it...
by htdrag11
Fri Sep 15, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2017-18 Outback MPG
Replies: 19
Views: 1083

Re: 2017-18 Outback MPG

Not sure you would be happy with a Subaru after a Lexus. Not even in the same league. I know that they are very different but the Lexus is really my wife's car. I love driving our daughter's Mazda3. Prior to the Lexus, it was a 2013 CX-5 which was underpowered as well and not as smooth as the 2017 ...
by htdrag11
Fri Sep 15, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2017-18 Outback MPG
Replies: 19
Views: 1083

Re: 2017-18 Outback MPG

I was just researching the 2018 Subaru Outback vs. Forester online a couple of hours ago. I had read a recent article about the best vehicles for seniors (I am 80) and very interested in returning to a station wagon vs. a SUV. The Forester and Outback rate #1 and #2 on the Consumer Reports list. I ...
by htdrag11
Fri Sep 15, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2017-18 Outback MPG
Replies: 19
Views: 1083

Re: 2017-18 Outback MPG

The 3.6R is 22/16/29, worse of course which I would not want anyway.

The 2015 is similar to the 2017-18.
by htdrag11
Fri Sep 15, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2017-18 Outback MPG
Replies: 19
Views: 1083

Re: 2017-18 Outback MPG

With a CVT transmission, I would tend to push it (though nothing really happened fast); still would prefer a "real" automatic transmission with 4-7 speeds.

So it's the art of driving, like my age. :mrgreen:
by htdrag11
Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2017-18 Outback MPG
Replies: 19
Views: 1083

2017-18 Outback MPG

I've the latest copy of the Consumer Report on new cars. Since I was looking at the Outback 2.5i, I found the CR's numbers were way lower than the Edmunds number (same as Subaru brochure): CR 24/16/34 (combined/city/highway) Edmunds 28/25/32 Is that typical? Do we have any Outback owners here who co...
by htdrag11
Mon Sep 04, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Got hit with a fee from td ameritrade on a transfer
Replies: 23
Views: 2005

Re: Got hit with a fee from td ameritrade on a transfer

Leave a few dollars in a dormant account for 5 years, and then begrudge the brokerage for their small transfer fee. The sign of an extreme Boglehead. :oops: +1. Recently I transferred my TD account to Vanguard. I paid $75 fee. :annoyed When I moved my MFS account to TD back in 2004, I recalled it w...
by htdrag11
Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Learning from loss
Replies: 23
Views: 2855

Re: Learning from loss

There were 3 investment hits for me: 1987, 2000, and 2008. I am so thankful that I have had those experiences. I behaved very, very badly in 1987. I totally lost it when the market swooned over 20% in one day. We sold everything. Fortunately, we had very little money at the time so the dollar amoun...
by htdrag11
Sun Aug 27, 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hyundai Sonata Limited haggling and availability
Replies: 12
Views: 1598

Re: Hyundai Sonata Limited haggling and availability

I'm looking at the 2017 Tucson Limited as a possibility. Again, supply is very limited (no pun intended) since it's the end of the model year and few people want to pay for a fully loaded Hyundai; the Limited is the top-of-line package. Can you wait for a 2018 Limited or compare the prices? I would ...
by htdrag11
Fri Aug 25, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3015
Views: 881296

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Seige of Jadotville . Netflix. Just released. A Irish Infantry Company of was sent to the Congo (Jadotville) as UN peacekeepers. A true story. Interesting story war story. 3.5* Saw it last night. It was a cover up by UN during the Cold War period. The troops were honored in 2005 due to politics. I ...
by htdrag11
Thu Aug 24, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Book: Living off Your Money, by M. McClung (Prime Harvesting)]
Replies: 389
Views: 61131

Re: [Book: Living off Your Money, by M. McClung (Prime Harvesting)]

There is a brand new one on eBay for $26.34; the seller is a bookstore based on the handle.