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by htdrag11
Fri Sep 23, 2016 7:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trader Joe's Fans - good value?
Replies: 88
Views: 6666

Re: Trader Joe's Fans - good value?

Half and half cream is w/o preservatives but only last one week. Price is right though.

Black raisins are reasonable, no sulfite added.

Cashiers and staff always have a pleasant smile.
by htdrag11
Sat Sep 17, 2016 2:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Coffee
Replies: 135
Views: 7629

Re: Favorite Coffee

yangtui wrote:Big fan of the 1 dollar any size ice coffee at Cumberland Farms. Prefer this over Starbucks or other pricey takeaway coffee shops. McDonald's ice coffee is excellent as well.


I also enjoyed Mickey D's ice coffee, indeed cheaper than Starbucks (still like their Pike Place).
by htdrag11
Sat Sep 17, 2016 2:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Coffee
Replies: 135
Views: 7629

Re: Favorite Coffee

I found Peet's Coffee rather smooth, comparing to Seattle's Best. Next step up is Raven's Brew (Amazon).

Would like to buy another gadget for cold brew (DW said I'm catching up with her teapots).

Life is good with cup of Joe. :D
by htdrag11
Tue Sep 13, 2016 10:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 1904
Views: 448968

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

The Huntsman: Winter's War , on Blu-ray DVD. It's a prequel to Snow White. It kept me interested and was somewhat entertaining. Not bad. I saw them both also but bought the Snow White version. Another one I will buy (very few BR in my collection) is Kubo and The Two Strings. For those who enjoy car...
by htdrag11
Sun Sep 11, 2016 3:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: map frustration
Replies: 76
Views: 3802

Re: map frustration

Try Waze on a friend's smartphone for a trip and then see if you still have this hard stance against not owning a smartphone. Waze is great. Diverted us in real-time around accidents and major traffic jams on numerous occasions. No need to get swept up in the points games-iness of it. It's just a r...
by htdrag11
Sun Sep 11, 2016 11:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I upgrade my 6 year old plasma TV?
Replies: 81
Views: 4992

Re: Should I upgrade my 6 year old plasma TV?

Check out TCL in Costco. We just picked up a 55" TCL from Amazon. Extremely impressed. I'm hardly an expert, until last year I had never owned a TV (our 32" Sanyo), but the picture is great and I love the Roku interface. Hard to beat for $400. Yes, BIL was happy with it and actually bough...
by htdrag11
Sun Sep 11, 2016 10:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I upgrade my 6 year old plasma TV?
Replies: 81
Views: 4992

Re: Should I upgrade my 6 year old plasma TV?

Home theater stuff is one of my hobbies so I keep on the bleeding edge a bit. We have loved plasmas mainly because their overall picture has been hard to beat with LCDs, especially when it comes to motion resolution and black levels. Still have 4 in the house, Panasonic and Pioneer ones from 50-65&...
by htdrag11
Fri Sep 09, 2016 3:49 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Wall St. Nuclear Meltdown
Replies: 62
Views: 8580

Re: Wall St. Nuclear Meltdown

"Superman" lost last night, thus the meltdown due to a missed field goal in Mile High city. :mrgreen:
by htdrag11
Fri Sep 09, 2016 11:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ransomware alert
Replies: 54
Views: 4903

Re: Ransomware alert

A good point - an offsite backup of some sort is also important. I use a USB external drive to back up my hard drive regularly; I disconnect this as soon as the backup has completed. I also have a USB flash drive with critical / irreplaceable files that I keep in my desk drawer at work. As you said...
by htdrag11
Thu Sep 08, 2016 4:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Ditching cable/satellite, am I thinking correctly?
Replies: 9
Views: 645

Re: Ditching cable/satellite, am I thinking correctly?

YouTube also has a lot of free contents, such as classic Paramount movies. I just wish that there is more than one internet providers in my town.

Have fun. You would not miss much network or cable TV noises.
by htdrag11
Mon Sep 05, 2016 6:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What non-fiction tv shows or movies you like to stream on netflix, hulu ,and amazon?
Replies: 22
Views: 2006

Re: What non-fiction tv shows or movies you like to stream on netflix, hulu ,and amazon?

Top Gear and Anthony Bourdain's travel/food shows. Both on Netflix. These are my two current favorites on Netflix. Sadly, I've watched every Top Gear currently available, and I'd rather not figure out how many hours that's been. These are also the two shows that both my wife and I enjoy and can wat...
by htdrag11
Mon Sep 05, 2016 5:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Streaming alternatives to Amazon and Netflx?
Replies: 10
Views: 1361

Re: Streaming alternatives to Amazon and Netflx?

I seriously would just get a chromecast then cast content from youtube. I just watch a documentary by national geographic on sharks and killer whales last night. Free! :thumbsup Lots of great free content on the Internet. Paramount put a huge collection of stuff out legitimately on Youtube: https:/...
by htdrag11
Sun Sep 04, 2016 10:06 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Wellington vs. Total Market and CD's
Replies: 17
Views: 2689

Re: Wellington vs. Total Market and CD's

How about Balanced Index Admiral VBIAX at 0.08% expense, with a 60-40 mix? There is no need to rebalance.
by htdrag11
Sun Sep 04, 2016 5:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving to Seattle from DC
Replies: 30
Views: 2366

Re: Moving to Seattle from DC

Child moved to Wallingford from DC this February but she works from home. She rented a one bedroom of 650 sq ft for $2k with parking. Taking the bus downtown is about 30 minutes, far better option than driving during rush hour. Drivers are much nicer out west than east, ANY DAY. Friend of hers works...
by htdrag11
Wed Aug 31, 2016 7:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 1904
Views: 448968

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Just watched this classic sci-fi by Ursula Le Guin, The Lathe of Heaven. You could find it on youtube, VHS quality.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081036/?ref_=tt_rec_tt

I looked at it from a Taoist view but I'm sure many interpretation applies.
by htdrag11
Thu Aug 25, 2016 1:46 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: IB's MTM P&L fee based structure question
Replies: 4
Views: 278

Re: IB's MTM P&L fee based structure question

B. Does she have any cause in arbitration? Given that the advisor is registered with FINRA, her only recourse in an arbitration claim in FINRA arbitration, which is highly favorable to the industry. Her claim would have to be based on the unsuitability of the investments, not that they lost value. ...
by htdrag11
Thu Aug 25, 2016 1:44 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: IB's MTM P&L fee based structure question
Replies: 4
Views: 278

Re: IB's MTM P&L fee based structure question

Friend of mine opened her brokerage account in 2013, 4 years from retirement, upon another friend's urging that she would be killed by inflation since all her money were in CD. Fast forward to today. She put 60% of her retirement money into Interactive Broker's Advisory account managed by a fellow ...
by htdrag11
Wed Aug 24, 2016 9:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Well Water - black residue
Replies: 22
Views: 3004

Re: Well Water - black residue

Thanks for the info. Lets see what happens after we have the filter installed.
by htdrag11
Wed Aug 24, 2016 7:10 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: IB's MTM P&L fee based structure question
Replies: 4
Views: 278

IB's MTM P&L fee based structure question

Friend of mine opened her brokerage account in 2013, 4 years from retirement, upon another friend's urging that she would be killed by inflation since all her money were in CD. Fast forward to today. She put 60% of her retirement money into Interactive Broker's Advisory account managed by a fellow w...
by htdrag11
Tue Aug 23, 2016 9:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Well Water - black residue
Replies: 22
Views: 3004

Re: Well Water - black residue

Good to know. Thanks.
by htdrag11
Tue Aug 23, 2016 7:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Well Water - black residue
Replies: 22
Views: 3004

Re: Well Water - black residue

Ordered all the parts and the GE filter, Model GXWH35F. Before it gets installed, would the filter reduce the water pressure since our pump is not that strong? Based on the limited room, it seems the best location would be after the water softener. I was hoping between the sprinkler and the softener...
by htdrag11
Fri Aug 19, 2016 5:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard Voice recognition?
Replies: 8
Views: 1057

Re: Vanguard Voice recognition?

I guess you could have both partners recorded their voices since it's a joint account?
by htdrag11
Tue Aug 16, 2016 5:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Airbnb rental review
Replies: 32
Views: 3437

Re: Airbnb rental review

It is my second rental and I am not sure what is the proper feedback. I put in 4 requirements, entire apartment, AC, on premise parking and free wifi. Normally, AC is not typically installed or needed except during the hot summer days, rather rare but happened during our 3_day stay. Well, when I tr...
by htdrag11
Fri Aug 12, 2016 1:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Airbnb rental review
Replies: 32
Views: 3437

Re: Airbnb rental review

Well, I got home after a long vacation (4 weeks) and found out that I only have 14 days to submit a review.

Shame on me! At best the review would be 3-4 stars, not 5.
by htdrag11
Sun Aug 07, 2016 5:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: new smart phone - are all Androids like this??
Replies: 9
Views: 921

Re: new smart phone - are all Androids like this??

I have the same phone but did not have this issue. My next one would probably be a Nexus 6p.
by htdrag11
Sat Aug 06, 2016 12:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend Ad Blockers
Replies: 56
Views: 3932

Re: Recommend Ad Blockers

MDfive21 wrote:adblock plus
ghostery
disconnect
flashcontrol or flashblock

all on chrome browser. sometimes i have to turn one or more of them off to make a page work but most pages are fine.


I have those on my laptop, but did not see extension or add-on on my tablet.
by htdrag11
Thu Aug 04, 2016 9:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend Ad Blockers
Replies: 56
Views: 3932

Re: Recommend Ad Blockers

How about Android tablet and Android phone? Thanks. If you have root access, AdAway works quite well. And it works for all apps, not just the browser. https://adaway.org/ If you don't have root access, things are a bit more complicated. The easiest is probably installing Firefox for Android and the...
by htdrag11
Thu Aug 04, 2016 4:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend Ad Blockers
Replies: 56
Views: 3932

Re: Recommend Ad Blockers

How about Android tablet and Android phone? Thanks. If you have root access, AdAway works quite well. And it works for all apps, not just the browser. https://adaway.org/ If you don't have root access, things are a bit more complicated. The easiest is probably installing Firefox for Android and the...
by htdrag11
Thu Aug 04, 2016 10:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend Ad Blockers
Replies: 56
Views: 3932

Re: Recommend Ad Blockers

How about Android tablet and Android phone? Thanks.
by htdrag11
Thu Aug 04, 2016 10:36 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: House Hunting
Replies: 16
Views: 2085

Re: House Hunting

It all depends. Do you want to deal with contractors or a house with most of the amenities without major overhaul? I still believe in not buying the best house in the neighborhood unless you want to stay put for a long time, like 15-20 years. Your neighbors matter too. Take a look at the upkeep on t...
by htdrag11
Fri Jul 29, 2016 3:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Airbnb rental review
Replies: 32
Views: 3437

Re: Airbnb rental review

What you wrote here explained the situation to us. It would likely help out the next renter too. If the host was nice and responsive, and did everything they could (as you said), I would modify your OP slightly to have a nicer, non-complaining, factual tone and post it. Point taken. I will put out ...
by htdrag11
Fri Jul 29, 2016 3:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Airbnb rental review
Replies: 32
Views: 3437

Re: Airbnb rental review

As a guest leaving what is a first review, I would suggest a couple of things. First off, be honest with the number of "stars" given as a reflection of the overall experience. 2nd, your feedback might best help others by accurately telling of the AC story: I'd comment on the specifics of ...
by htdrag11
Fri Jul 29, 2016 12:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Airbnb rental review
Replies: 32
Views: 3437

Re: Airbnb rental review

AviN wrote:I had a few minor problems at an airbnb I was staying at last year, including problems with air conditioning. I decided to leave no review rather than dragging down the average (which was 4-5).

Avi


That would be another option, no review since there was none.
by htdrag11
Thu Jul 28, 2016 11:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Airbnb rental review
Replies: 32
Views: 3437

Airbnb rental review

It is my second rental and I am not sure what is the proper feedback. I put in 4 requirements, entire apartment, AC, on premise parking and free wifi. Normally, AC is not typically installed or needed except during the hot summer days, rather rare but happened during our 3_day stay. Well, when I tri...
by htdrag11
Fri Jul 22, 2016 1:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Renovate or replace 12yr old SUV?
Replies: 45
Views: 2470

Re: Renovate or replace 12yr old SUV?

My atypical Boglehead thoughts are going for the latest safety features since I cannot take my money with me. :mrgreen:

I am disappointed with Honda's paint job. There should be a recall. My suv is 2012 with 45k miles and it is out dated in terms of safety features.

YMMV.
by htdrag11
Thu Jul 21, 2016 5:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seattle trip at end of May - Any tips?
Replies: 33
Views: 3151

Re: Seattle trip at end of May - Any tips?

BTW, Seattle is at least 15_20 degrees cooler than the east coast now and no need for AC. It is very cool. 8-)
by htdrag11
Thu Jul 21, 2016 5:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seattle trip at end of May - Any tips?
Replies: 33
Views: 3151

Re: Seattle trip at end of May - Any tips?

Hiking this weekend.
Oysters at Walrus and Carpenter during happy hour at half off.
Tried cold brew at Starbucks Roastery (not a drinker).
Chihuly was cool.
Went to see Seattle Storms and the fabulous U_Conn women.

Decided on Museum of Flight. :D

Thank you all.
by htdrag11
Wed Jul 20, 2016 11:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seattle trip at end of May - Any tips?
Replies: 33
Views: 3151

Re: Seattle trip at end of May - Any tips?

There is also a Museum of Flight. How does it compare?
by htdrag11
Wed Jul 20, 2016 11:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seattle trip at end of May - Any tips?
Replies: 33
Views: 3151

Re: Seattle trip at end of May - Any tips?

Resurrecting an old thread.

Is the Boeing factory tour and flight of the future separate? If I need to pick one, which is more preferable? Thanks.
by htdrag11
Thu Jul 14, 2016 4:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dashcam recommendations
Replies: 18
Views: 2125

Re: Dashcam recommendations

Went to buy "Used and New" option and bought a new one for $35.99, arriving on July 5th. Very strange. :mrgreen: Took me just an hour of research. Thanks, Toons. :D :thumbsup Bummer. Took it to vacation, but the unit failed to read the disk or format. Try another disk to no avail, so had ...
by htdrag11
Fri Jul 08, 2016 6:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying used car in the Pacific Northwest
Replies: 11
Views: 774

Re: Buying used car in the Pacific Northwest

I've gone thru a similar process with our child back in February-March; see if my experience helped. We bought it from a dealer for quick transaction since I only have a week of time to finish the deal. Taxes are taxes, especially on cars. Don't think that you could avoid it unless you live in Orego...
by htdrag11
Fri Jul 08, 2016 11:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dealers list used cars way above KBB value, why?
Replies: 25
Views: 2554

Re: Dealers list used cars way above KBB value, why?

Dealer listing prices are meaningless. I bought a 2012 Lexus RX CPO couple of years back. The listing prices was $5k more than what I paid. Granted, there were about 30 on the lot and the one I bought was sitting there over 40 days. Might be everyone was terminating their leases. There were 2-3 mino...
by htdrag11
Sun Jul 03, 2016 4:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Roku TV without carrier?
Replies: 27
Views: 2143

Re: Roku TV without carrier?

BIL just bought a 4k TCL Roku TV from a large box retailer. He has AT&T internet and is able to watch Netflix. He also has a media streaming box for watching international stuff, so he did not subscribe to DirecTV or any other AT&T package. Most of the TVs sold today are "smart", s...
by htdrag11
Sun Jul 03, 2016 2:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dashcam recommendations
Replies: 18
Views: 2125

Re: Dashcam recommendations

Went to buy "Used and New" option and bought a new one for $35.99, arriving on July 5th. Very strange. :mrgreen:

Took me just an hour of research. Thanks, Toons. :D
by htdrag11
Sun Jul 03, 2016 2:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dashcam recommendations
Replies: 18
Views: 2125

Re: Dashcam recommendations



I'm confused by Amazon. It is listed at $99.99 and $35.99 on the same page. When checking out, the price was $99.99? Bummer.
by htdrag11
Sat Jul 02, 2016 2:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AT&T cell usage in Canada
Replies: 26
Views: 1767

Re: AT&T cell usage in Canada

We were also in the same boat last month, and following the advice given at Howardforums ( http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php/1879793-Canada-Roaming-Bonus ), I called up 611 and asked to be transferred to retention. Told the person I am thinking of switching, since T-Mobile has free roaming...
by htdrag11
Fri Jul 01, 2016 7:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AT&T cell usage in Canada
Replies: 26
Views: 1767

Re: AT&T cell usage in Canada

Yes. The Passport costs $40, plus $1/minute and 200mb of data (plenty). That is almost the cost of my daily Airbnb rate!

Thank you for the reply.
by htdrag11
Fri Jul 01, 2016 7:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AT&T cell usage in Canada
Replies: 26
Views: 1767

AT&T cell usage in Canada

I did not find much useful info on the forum but want to give it another try before going to vacation in August for a week out west. We've a family share plan of 10GB. Both my wife and mine are locked phones. For text in Canada, it will be 50 cents each. For voice it will be $2/minute. There is also...
by htdrag11
Sun Jun 12, 2016 5:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Did you retire before normal retirement age?
Replies: 93
Views: 12729

Re: Did you retire before normal retirement age?

Private sector.

3 - hate to pay anymore taxes than necessary; retired at 58 then went back to consult for 10 months; finally retired at 62 for good. :D
by htdrag11
Thu May 19, 2016 3:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Well Water - black residue
Replies: 22
Views: 3004

Re: Well Water - black residue

It's not just the toilet, but other bathrooms where water was hardly run (big house with only the 2 of us now). Water quality is fine for well (hard). Decide to look at the GE model instead of Culligan, http://www.homedepot.com/p/GE-Whole-Home-Water-Filtration-System-GXWH35F/100471274 Will report ba...

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