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by lightheir
Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How useful is a home security system?
Replies: 76
Views: 5488

Re: How useful is a home security system?

FWIW - I think folks should lay off the OP regarding the 'inside job son' issue. The point has been made, and I'm sure the OP gets it. Unbased accusations in forums tend to take on a life of their own, and next thing you know the entire thread is devoted to false accusations and 'what-if' scenarios ...
by lightheir
Sat Aug 19, 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help with overanalyzing purchases
Replies: 17
Views: 1222

Re: Help with overanalyzing purchases

Seriously, I only stopped overanalyzing after my wife made me buy a house and then I got a barrage of BIG bills - mortgage, utility, insurance, etc. Once you get used to dropping thousands every month on regular bills, you won't sweat the small stuff nearly as much anymore. It puts things in perspec...
by lightheir
Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Folding Electric Bike
Replies: 37
Views: 1985

Re: Folding Electric Bike

Long distance rides are mostly a matter of staying fed, hydrated, and being able to put up with a bit of discomfort How long did it take to ride a folding single speed bicycle 100 miles in hilly terrain. The 20 inch tires must have gotten very tiring. There's a guy in our riding club who does 100+ ...
by lightheir
Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Non-fiction bucket list
Replies: 82
Views: 4890

Re: Non-fiction bucket list

I posted above already but wanted to add just as a personal preference - I also would highly recommend reading a book about the Russian Revolution. I recently read "October" by China Mievelle which is a recent retelling of it in historical novel form - I actually wouldn't recommend it (despite me tr...
by lightheir
Fri Aug 18, 2017 7:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Non-fiction bucket list
Replies: 82
Views: 4890

Re: Non-fiction bucket list

I never considered myself a history buff by a long stretch, but I've somehow managed to be inspired and read enough history nonfiction books in the past decade to be actually judge some. Fatal Shore - History of Australia, one of the most entertaining yet scholarly histories I've ever read despite m...
by lightheir
Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it worth it? [demanding jobs vs time with family]
Replies: 182
Views: 10786

Re: Is it worth it? [demanding jobs vs time with family]

Huge improvement in overall life when my wife went from 100% work 50hrs/week to 0 hours /week, and taking care of the child <7 yrs old. Not just for me, but for everyone, child included. Now that the child is older, my wife has the luxury to work 1 day per week only, which is perfect. Life was very ...
by lightheir
Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retired Boglehead obsession with money- devil's advocate
Replies: 66
Views: 6929

Re: Retired Boglehead obsession with money- devil's advocate

If I get put in a home, I'd rather be in one where I can private pay $14k a month and get real food, tv, a nice environment and enough health care staff to notice whether or not I'm still alive vs being in one where for entertainment, I get to lean against a cement block wall and where a nurse come...
by lightheir
Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retired Boglehead obsession with money- devil's advocate
Replies: 66
Views: 6929

Re: Retired Boglehead obsession with money- devil's advocate

I've come to believe that my husband will always worry about money, no matter how much he has. I've tried my best to reassure him that we are not destitute and are not in danger of being destitute with various spreadsheets, projections, calculators and such. None of it convinces him for any length ...
by lightheir
Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Public vs Private Elementary
Replies: 57
Views: 3139

Re: Public vs Private Elementary

INTELLECTUAL diversity is what I'm referring to. I don't think political views should have any impact on teaching or understanding intellectual diversity. You don't need to have diehard alt-creationists in the classroom to study and analyze their point of view, and the tools to fairly critique and ...
by lightheir
Mon Aug 14, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Public vs Private Elementary
Replies: 57
Views: 3139

Re: Public vs Private Elementary

Try to avoid the "public vs. private" mentality. There are great and terrible schools in each camp. What do you want for your children? What are their talents, that a great school could cultivate? Intellectual? Athletic? Social? Artistic? When people say that a school is "good", they're usually (wh...
by lightheir
Mon Aug 14, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Public vs Private Elementary
Replies: 57
Views: 3139

Re: Public vs Private Elementary

Try to avoid the "public vs. private" mentality. There are great and terrible schools in each camp. What do you want for your children? What are their talents, that a great school could cultivate? Intellectual? Athletic? Social? Artistic? When people say that a school is "good", they're usually (wh...
by lightheir
Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Public vs Private Elementary
Replies: 57
Views: 3139

Re: Public vs Private Elementary

I think the stressing the importance of education by parents plays a bigger role than private vs. public. However, when our Catholic private school students enter the public school system in grade 6, all of them are about half a year advanced compared to their public school peers and probably aroun...
by lightheir
Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Public vs Private Elementary
Replies: 57
Views: 3139

Re: Public vs Private Elementary

I did both with my daughter. The big difference is this. In a private school you are a customer. The school cares a great deal about your satisfaction and will do things to address your concerns. In a public school you are a resident taking a government provided service. Whether problems can be add...
by lightheir
Sat Aug 12, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Folding Electric Bike
Replies: 37
Views: 1985

Re: Folding Electric Bike

Thel weight is the real problem with these bikes, which usually makes folding electric bikes less practical than the nonfolders. Most electric bikes even with an aftermarket setup will weight 40+ pounds, if not 50+ pounds, which makes them in all purposes unluggable folded. The 3k bikes will be lig...
by lightheir
Sat Aug 12, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Folding Electric Bike
Replies: 37
Views: 1985

Re: Folding Electric Bike

Thel weight is the real problem with these bikes, which usually makes folding electric bikes less practical than the nonfolders. Most electric bikes even with an aftermarket setup will weight 40+ pounds, if not 50+ pounds, which makes them in all purposes unluggable folded. The 3k bikes will be ligh...
by lightheir
Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best place (with warm weather) to raise children
Replies: 106
Views: 16578

Re: Best place (with warm weather) to raise children

Silicon valley in Norcal (including SF area and South bay area through San jose) hits ALL of your points with aplomb. The critical issue that will unfortunately trump all your wants/desires - home prices. Which are astronomically high for US housing. (Unfortunately, not astronomically high for a for...
by lightheir
Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gaming laptop vs gaming pc for AAA hi-end graphics games?
Replies: 49
Views: 2361

Re: Gaming laptop vs gaming pc for AAA hi-end graphics games?

You know the funny part - I think I'm having as much fun just shopping and dreaming about the build as compared to playing games on it! I'll almost certainly build mine - I just watched about 2 hrs of youtube videos showing detailed builds, and it looks straightforward, and I do enjoy learning about...
by lightheir
Thu Aug 10, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gaming laptop vs gaming pc for AAA hi-end graphics games?
Replies: 49
Views: 2361

Re: Gaming laptop vs gaming pc for AAA hi-end graphics games?

A laptop is never going to be as fast as a desktop. A laptop just can't get rid of the heat. It would glow red or you would have flames shooting out of the side if it had to dissipate as much heat as a high end desktop. Mobile GPUs may have the same model number as a desktop version, but there is n...
by lightheir
Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gaming laptop vs gaming pc for AAA hi-end graphics games?
Replies: 49
Views: 2361

Re: Gaming laptop vs gaming pc for AAA hi-end graphics games?

Can someone estimate the time it would take a newb to build a gaming rig, provided that all the ordered parts arrive? At the same time, how difficult is it to swap out a graphics card even if you didn't build the entire rig yourself? I find the idea of swapping out single parts out of an already wo...
by lightheir
Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gaming laptop vs gaming pc for AAA hi-end graphics games?
Replies: 49
Views: 2361

Re: Gaming laptop vs gaming pc for AAA hi-end graphics games?

Can someone estimate the time it would take a newb to build a gaming rig, provided that all the ordered parts arrive?
by lightheir
Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gaming laptop vs gaming pc for AAA hi-end graphics games?
Replies: 49
Views: 2361

Re: Gaming laptop vs gaming pc for AAA hi-end graphics games?

Ok, I was shying away from the self-build originally since I've found self-building stuff tends to take like 5-10x the number of hours that someone tells you it should take (just ask me how long it took me to build up a triathlon bike from the frame - it's SUPPOSED to take 1-2hrs if you know what yo...
by lightheir
Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gaming laptop vs gaming pc for AAA hi-end graphics games?
Replies: 49
Views: 2361

Re: Gaming laptop vs gaming pc for AAA hi-end graphics games?

Here's just one example of what I'm talking about with gaming laptops being on par if not outright cheaper than similar-spec'd gaming desktops. LAPTOP (from cyberpowerpc) $999 https://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/Back-to-School-Tracer-II-15-VR Intel i7-7700 16GB DDR4 RAM GTX 1060 6GB 240GB SSD DESKTO...
by lightheir
Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gaming laptop vs gaming pc for AAA hi-end graphics games?
Replies: 49
Views: 2361

Re: Gaming laptop vs gaming pc for AAA hi-end graphics games?

Just to reiterate - The GTX 1060 laptops I'm referencing cost LESS than similarly-equipped desktops! So cost doesn't seem to be a factor in the initial purchase (but could be for upgrades.) I was expecting the laptops to cost well in excess of desktops with the same GTX1060 GPU, but as stated, I was...
by lightheir
Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gaming laptop vs gaming pc for AAA hi-end graphics games?
Replies: 49
Views: 2361

Gaming laptop vs gaming pc for AAA hi-end graphics games?

I know it's a bit weird to bring up this question, but it's not so obvious the answer anymore. I have the budget and enough time (finally!) to get back into enjoying AAA hi-end video games. Stuff like Witcher 3-level graphics and the newest AAA titles. (Right now I'm still on a laptop with no graphi...
by lightheir
Tue Aug 08, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: High End Routers vs Mesh Network?
Replies: 14
Views: 4506

Re: High End Routers vs Mesh Network?

Definitely mesh network, unless you already own the high end router. If you're not getting enough range with your current router, I'd DEFINITELY prefer the mesh router (like Google's). It just works. It costs more, but trust me , if something goes wrong or is suboptimal with the non-mesh router ,you...
by lightheir
Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Las Vegas Slot Machine Strategy (maximize entertainment value)
Replies: 31
Views: 2305

Re: Las Vegas Slot Machine Strategy (maximize entertainment value)

Man, maybe I'm just too young to realize it, but aside from the addictive nature of gambling and the false dreams of a promising reward, I have no idea why one would choose to play a slot machine for hours on end. I seriously would do anything else than sit in a dark room with lots of noisy dinging,...
by lightheir
Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much longer should I chase a merchant for a double charge?
Replies: 9
Views: 588

Re: How much longer should I chase a merchant for a double charge?

The whole concept of a chargeback is new to me. Just for anyone else interested, I found a website with some interesting info regarding chargebacks Chargeback Costs and Consequences Chargebacks have both short and long-term ramifications for merchants. Each time a consumer files a chargeback, the me...
by lightheir
Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best "investment tip" I have gotten from Bogleheads
Replies: 44
Views: 6048

Re: Best "investment tip" I have gotten from Bogleheads

dodecahedron: Best "investment tip": The Bogleheads Investment Philosophy: 1 Develop a workable plan 2 Invest early and often 3 Never bear too much or too little risk 4 Diversify 5 Never try to time the market 6 Use index funds when possible 7 Keep costs low 8 Minimize taxes 9 Invest with simplicit...
by lightheir
Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best "investment tip" I have gotten from Bogleheads
Replies: 44
Views: 6048

Re: Best "investment tip" I have gotten from Bogleheads

What are your favorite recipes? Just curious how it became such a big factor in your life. Did you cook much before it?

It does get great reviews!
by lightheir
Wed Aug 02, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I spend 5k annually on travel?
Replies: 74
Views: 7217

Re: Should I spend 5k annually on travel?

Do it NOW. I'm myself not a big fan of travel (I have other interests I like spending my money on!) but I guarantee that travel gets a lot more difficult with young kids - even if your parents can watch your kids while you do a getaway with your spouse, you'll likely feel guilt at leaving them. So d...
by lightheir
Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dinner plates that do not get so hot after microwaving?
Replies: 37
Views: 2731

Re: Dinner plates that do not get so hot after microwaving?

Yep, the "microwave safe" label does not mean the plate (or whatever) won't get hot. Some of them get very hot. I thought microwave safe had to do with leaching toxic chemicals but an online search shows the definition is unclear. All sorts of "internet theories" on why plates/mugs/dishes get hot, ...
by lightheir
Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any BH mountain bikers?
Replies: 61
Views: 2748

Re: Any BH mountain bikers?

You gotta go clipless. It's way more important for hardcore mtn biking than it is for road biking. Helps you a lot when you're going over seriously rocky terrain and getting bumped up and down like a rodeo. The steepest sections require a ton of power, good planning of momentum (don't slow down lead...
by lightheir
Mon Jul 31, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dinner plates that do not get so hot after microwaving?
Replies: 37
Views: 2731

Re: Dinner plates that do not get so hot after microwaving?

Your plates that 'get hot' in the microwave are likely not microwavable (due to the heat buildup). If you purchase 'microwave-save' dishes, the dishes themselves should really get hot only if the food/liquid they are holding get hot and transfer heat to the plate. The plate material themselves shoul...
by lightheir
Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Non Stick frying pan
Replies: 56
Views: 3674

Re: Non Stick frying pan

It's a real stretch to call cast-iron 'non-stick' for eggs. I love my cast iron skillet, and yes, I can in definitely get it to be as non-stick as possible while cooking eggs, with almost no egg sticking to the surface after I'm done cooking. But doing so requres : a WELL seasoned skillet, preheated...
by lightheir
Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best place to get eyeglasses / no vision insurance
Replies: 70
Views: 6935

Re: Best place to get eyeglasses / no vision insurance

Yikes. I went to Lenscrafters today for Oakley prescription sunglasses. Oakleys are excluded from the 40% off promotion currently running. The total cost would have been $700 with polarized lenses and my progressive prescription. :-( The frame portion was $180. I decided to pass and consider altern...
by lightheir
Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for a single speed commuter bike, less than $400?
Replies: 24
Views: 1886

Re: Looking for a single speed commuter bike, less than $400?

I'm looking into biking into work a couple of days a week and need recommendations on brands or specific models to look at. My work is only about 5 miles away and on relatively flat land. I've done some internet searches and I'm looking for a single speed bike, NOT a fixie (although I'm ok with fix...
by lightheir
Sat Jul 29, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your "at peace" moments.
Replies: 98
Views: 11143

Re: Your "at peace" moments.

When you have a little kid <5 years old, you're either sleeping or chasing! No at peace moments!
by lightheir
Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best place to get eyeglasses / no vision insurance
Replies: 70
Views: 6935

Re: Best place to get eyeglasses / no vision insurance

Online is the cheapest (by far) if you via Zenni, eyebuydirect, or similar priced outfit. Even cheaper than Costco (by a fair amount, too).
by lightheir
Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why is everything done with a mouse?
Replies: 49
Views: 4983

Re: Why is everything done with a mouse?

The mouse is just sooooo much easier. Seriously, I'm as computer-nerd linux etc. loving as the next big fan of such stuff out there, and I went out of my way to learn the text-based editor VIM not too long ago just to try and capture the so-called inefficiencies of mouse-based systems. If you're a c...
by lightheir
Tue Jul 25, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying house - Very important decision
Replies: 220
Views: 17394

Re: Buying house - Very important decision

Dont mean to restart the same topic, but a coworker was mentioning that he knows some folks who bought multiple SFH homes. Apparently they are able to rent couple of them for about the same as mortgage amount. He also says there is no way in hell prices are going to come down here. Wondering if thi...
by lightheir
Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone else extremely frugal?
Replies: 100
Views: 8358

Re: Anyone else extremely frugal?

I can honestly say I was completely wrong and she was completely right. This has been proven to me time and time again in various work and social circumstances - people from my past often do a double take when they see me, even though I'm the exact same weight and size that I was when I was age 18....
by lightheir
Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone else extremely frugal?
Replies: 100
Views: 8358

Re: Anyone else extremely frugal?

I'm one of those that doesn't find the cost of travel particularly worth it.

I would much rather train and participate for in a big race like a marathon or ironman - much more satisfaction for me.
by lightheir
Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lifetime Tire Alignment
Replies: 35
Views: 2686

Re: Lifetime Tire Alignment

All of these 'lifetime free services' deals are terrible unless you have gobs of extra time on your hands (retired?) Our Firestone and Goodyear offers free stuff even for new customers, like tire rotation, aligment, fluid checks, etc. The two times I went in for the free tire rotation, I was told it...
by lightheir
Mon Jul 24, 2017 5:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone else extremely frugal?
Replies: 100
Views: 8358

Re: Anyone else extremely frugal?

Compared to some of the people in this post, I'm a spendthrift because I spend a fair amount on clothes, buy a new car (and then drive it for 10+ years), spend $15K or so on multiple international vacations each year, eat out several times a week, and spend $100 a month on hair color. On the other ...
by lightheir
Mon Jul 24, 2017 5:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Property in Rural Area that is going "chic"
Replies: 19
Views: 2799

Re: Property in Rural Area that is going "chic"

I've seen the prices in upstate NY over 30 years. Totally dead-flat for 25+ years, but recently seeing a real uptick in prices that will probably last. I do think that if you wait out the market now, things will get more expensive - young people who don't want to live in their parents' house until t...
by lightheir
Sat Jul 22, 2017 7:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you let your teenager spend all his savings on a gaming computer?
Replies: 114
Views: 5714

Re: Would you let your teenager spend all his savings on a gaming computer?

I played civilization 5 for 22 hours today... I might have a problem Still, not like I had much else to do... I start a new job on the 31st I myself have never gotten into the Civ games despite trying multiple times (and I'm a thinker - I love chess, for example!). I'm probably going to drop $1500+...
by lightheir
Sat Jul 22, 2017 7:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Career Advice
Replies: 19
Views: 1592

Re: Career Advice

I find your question almost laughably obvious, no offense. You have retirement and your adult kid already taken care of. What is there to gain by taking the megacorp job? More money? For what? In converse, it seems like there is everything to gain by taking the teaching job. I think you know the ban...
by lightheir
Sat Jul 22, 2017 6:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid
Replies: 121
Views: 6741

Re: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid

Our close to 30 years bikes purchased from a department store (less than $100 each) are still being used. Wife got a new one but later she told me that her brand new expensive bike bought from LBS was really not necessary. Mind you, the new bike is better but NOT 7 times better than the old one! Wh...
by lightheir
Sat Jul 22, 2017 6:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show
Replies: 202
Views: 23701

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

I'm in general underwhelmed by Netflix's selection and quality despite their huge bump in original productions, but I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised by these two that I completely expected to underwhelm: - GLOW - I only gave this one a chance after the reviews were almost all positive...
by lightheir
Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone else extremely frugal?
Replies: 100
Views: 8358

Re: Anyone else extremely frugal?

I'll also chime in as counterpoint to some of the above - As a n=1, but which has definitely been true for me, spending money on quality clothes has DEFINITELY been worth the money for me now that I'm approaching my middle age years. I'm like the last person you'd expect to say this - all of my unde...