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by mouses
Mon May 22, 2017 5:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How to Invest Church Money
Replies: 33
Views: 1417

Re: How to Invest Church Money

You should obviously seek the advice and use the services of any financial advisers in your congregation. :twisted: Seriously, I think anything other than savings accounts/CDs represent the slippery slope to perdition. The idea of saving a fund like that to buy or build your own building might be c...
by mouses
Mon May 22, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to do with phone when changing carriers
Replies: 8
Views: 537

Re: What to do with phone when changing carriers

If you want to get rid of them, I have the hazy idea that groups such as for victims of domestic violence ask for phone donations so the victims have them for safety reasons.
by mouses
Mon May 22, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Well-made quality handbags
Replies: 12
Views: 1247

Re: Well-made quality handbags

I have a couple of Vera Bradley bags. I wait to buy until the rare times when the have a pattern that isn't incredibly gaudy. Throw them in the washing machine, let them dry on a hanger over the bathtub. They do last for several years at least. I just wish the crossbody bags were a little bigger. Pl...
by mouses
Mon May 22, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Shocking car insurance quote
Replies: 34
Views: 3541

Re: Shocking car insurance quote

I pay ~$1050 per year for auto with Geico. Amica quoted $2200. Have 800+ FICO, clean driving record, etc. I cannot figure out pricing in the insurance and airlines industries. As an Amica customer, I find that inexplicable. Is your house full of teenage drivers or something? Six cars? Live in an ar...
by mouses
Sun May 21, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Shocking car insurance quote
Replies: 34
Views: 3541

Re: Shocking car insurance quote

I just talked with an Amica rep and their quote for bundled auto insurance was $660, even more expensive than Allstate! Did you ask if you get an annual dividend? I didn't ask but I recall reading about it on their web site. I do get an annual safe driver bonus from Allstate, but it's typically onl...
by mouses
Sun May 21, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Firefox painfully slow
Replies: 16
Views: 1377

Re: Firefox painfully slow

I'm using Firefox and Chrome. No slowness with Firefox, but Chrome sinks into the dust every once and awhile. Both have AdBlock.
by mouses
Sun May 21, 2017 6:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Shocking car insurance quote
Replies: 34
Views: 3541

Re: Shocking car insurance quote

Calygos wrote:
I just talked with an Amica rep and their quote for bundled auto insurance was $660, even more expensive than Allstate!


Did you ask if you get an annual dividend?
by mouses
Sat May 20, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bad experience with 'rescuing' a lost dog
Replies: 38
Views: 3132

Re: Bad experience with 'rescuing' a lost dog

Upon receiving this unfair accusation of being a dog thief, I think I might have immediately taken the dog to an animal shelter. If someone found MY lost dog, I would have driven to pick up MY dog. If the dog was taken to an animal shelter - then this owner could deal with them. I would be certain ...
by mouses
Sat May 20, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Shocking car insurance quote
Replies: 34
Views: 3541

Re: Shocking car insurance quote

Take a look at Amica, and when you compare prices, take into account that you get a dividend refund once a year. They do not screw over their customers.
by mouses
Sat May 20, 2017 12:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: garage door problem
Replies: 25
Views: 1368

Re: garage door problem

From your post, I suspect that he simply opened the door and left it open for you. Or he opened the door and let you move your car out and closed it again. Until he could get the part. No, the door seems to be working. After he put the clamp on the spring (it is bridging the broken area), we opened...
by mouses
Fri May 19, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flat rate cell plans vs. tiered?
Replies: 3
Views: 218

Re: Flat rate cell plans vs. tiered?

I guess I have an unusual usage pattern when it comes to cell service. I am either using my cellphone very little (talk and text), but then when I do (usually when away from home, obviously) ....it spikes, then Consumer Cellular automatically bumps me up to the next tier, more $$, where I remain ev...
by mouses
Fri May 19, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: garage door problem
Replies: 25
Views: 1368

Re: garage door problem

So the garage door guy was here this am. It was a broken spring. It runs parallel to the garage door and close to it, so I had not noticed it as a spring, thinking more in terms of the double springs that run up the sides of garage doors. He put a clamp on it so it will work until they get a part fo...
by mouses
Fri May 19, 2017 11:24 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How Best to Give?
Replies: 8
Views: 623

Re: How Best to Give?

Is it best to donate to a charity with one lump sum (say, a check at the end of the year), in monthly increments, or through Amazon? Our charity has a 'supplies needs' list on Amazon. By best , I mean for both the charity and ourselves. We don't itemize at this point. Note: when SS kicks in to give...
by mouses
Thu May 18, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: title of my home in my name but I'm remarried
Replies: 30
Views: 2850

Re: title of my home in my name but I'm remarried

Not a lawyer. Yet another reason to not get married. I also read that getting married invalidates a will unless the will was made with the marriage in mind. These really seem like terrible laws . Yes, really terrible, imagine entering into a legal contract agreeing to combine and become one, only t...
by mouses
Thu May 18, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: garage door problem
Replies: 25
Views: 1368

Re: garage door problem

MathWizard wrote:If you don't have a friend/family member who can take you, try Enterprise rent-a-car.
I believe that they will bring the car to you.


You're a genius. :-)
by mouses
Thu May 18, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: garage door problem
Replies: 25
Views: 1368

Re: garage door problem

Edit to add: from your initial post it is not clear whether the door came back down - if it came back down it's the spring and you may be able to open it if you have a helper or two to assist you lifting the door - it will just be very heavy and then you need to be very careful when lowering the do...
by mouses
Thu May 18, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: garage door problem
Replies: 25
Views: 1368

Re: garage door problem

JohnFiscal wrote:I'd take a cab to the doctor tomorrow, unless you get your door fixed by then. Oddly enough, I also had an appointment the day I found mine broken.


Would that we had cab service. We don't even have bus service. And too far to bicycle.
by mouses
Thu May 18, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: garage door problem
Replies: 25
Views: 1368

Re: garage door problem

Google is your friend. http://homeguides.sfgate.com/open-garage-door-manually-37286.html https://www.google.com/search?q=broken+garage+door+spring&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj8lIjynPrTAhXEdSYKHQU9Ah4Q_AUICygC&biw=1898&bih=1320 Google is not my friend. As I noted, I...
by mouses
Thu May 18, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: garage door problem
Replies: 25
Views: 1368

garage door problem

I have a two car wide garage door, and when I went to open it this afternoon, it stopped about a foot off the floor and made a horrid noise. I put it in manual, but then I can't budge it an inch. I called the good garage door company and they will be out some time tomorrow, but I would really like t...
by mouses
Thu May 18, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Neighbor draining onto / flooding my patio and yard daily - what can I do?
Replies: 59
Views: 4613

Re: Neighbor draining onto / flooding my patio and yard daily - what can I do?

I would put in a rain garden designed to be big enough to hold the water. I hope you have enough room to do that. I have two neighbors down the street who drain their sump pumps into street. Their water winds up in my yard. There is no way to fix that problem with grading; the best I could do is put...
by mouses
Sun May 14, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Newly Disabled and Need Good Advice
Replies: 16
Views: 1633

Re: Newly Disabled and Need Good Advice

I'm surprised about the Social Security disability situation. What I have heard from the rumor mill is that most people get turned down initially but approved the second time. Something sounds odd about it needing 16 months. I would look around for some other type of advocate as opposed to your expe...
by mouses
Sun May 14, 2017 7:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do I have a problem in the backyard in need of a professional?
Replies: 31
Views: 3323

Re: Do I have a problem in the backyard in need of a professional?

I_Am_Not_A_Doctor wrote:I figured to smash it on sight... but didn't, for concern of separating innocuous baby life forms from their mother life forms.


Good for you.
by mouses
Sat May 13, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: how to turn off gmail spam filtering?
Replies: 19
Views: 840

Re: how to turn off gmail spam filtering?

Pajamas wrote:I'm not 100% sure but I think it has to do with the fact that Gmail uses labels instead of actual folders. What looks like folders are basically just searches for a label and the sent label is automatically applied.


Wow, talk about inefficient.
by mouses
Sat May 13, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: how to turn off gmail spam filtering?
Replies: 19
Views: 840

Re: how to turn off gmail spam filtering?

A solution would be if thunderbird could download the spam filter, but how one might do that, I have no idea. If Thunderbird is pulling your Gmail via IMAP, just tell Thunderbird to sync the contents of Gmail's spam folder as well. But here's a question: why are you getting spam on a newly created ...
by mouses
Sat May 13, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: how to turn off gmail spam filtering?
Replies: 19
Views: 840

Re: how to turn off gmail spam filtering?

What that filter is doing is causing Gmail to never send anything to spam. The has @ in From catches everything as all addresses are of the form foo@zot.com? What is the label:sent thing doing? I am answering email from my pc, but I think it goes out via gmail. Does the spam filter normally look at...
by mouses
Sat May 13, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: how to turn off gmail spam filtering?
Replies: 19
Views: 840

Re: how to turn off gmail spam filtering?

I just have my Gmail spam folder set to be visible only there are unread messages. When I get spam, I then see and check the folder and then delete the spam without opening it. As long as I have had Gmail, there have been zero false positives on spam but occasionally (very rarely) spam does slip th...
by mouses
Sat May 13, 2017 12:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: how to turn off gmail spam filtering?
Replies: 19
Views: 840

how to turn off gmail spam filtering?

Sigh. So I switched to gmail because my ISP is in some email upheaval and I'm losing some incoming email. Maybe also some outgoing email, I have no idea. Their phone rep says they are in some conversion that may go on for months. Then I discover that gmail is spam filtering and there seems to be no ...
by mouses
Thu May 11, 2017 8:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: revisited gmail and google
Replies: 3
Views: 658

Re: revisited gmail and google

I finally just punted and created a new gmail address. Not as ideal as what I was trying to do, which was to have a gmail address with the username I use for my ISP email (which is currently flaky) so people would be familiar with it, but whatever. A possibly better generic approach is to use a for...
by mouses
Thu May 11, 2017 8:04 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: title of my home in my name but I'm remarried
Replies: 30
Views: 2850

Re: title of my home in my name but I'm remarried

Not a lawyer. Yet another reason to not get married. I thought those laws about the spouse/children being entitled to a share of the estate were only when a will had not been written. I see that my thought is not correct, however. I also read that getting married invalidates a will unless the will w...
by mouses
Thu May 11, 2017 6:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: revisited gmail and google
Replies: 3
Views: 658

revisited gmail and google

I was in a hurry yesterday and wiped out my posts in a thread called "gmail and google" and now that I wanted to add more detail, in the cold light of day, the thread has been locked. Basically I was in a snarl trying to get my old gmail address working. The problem turned out to be that t...
by mouses
Wed May 10, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My old fashioned wristwatch - update
Replies: 27
Views: 2372

Re: My old fashioned wristwatch - update

I used to buy Timex watches, but I don't like the ones with clasps and they seem to have reduced the length of the bands of the non-clasp ones.
by mouses
Wed May 10, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What newspaper or magazine do you pay for?
Replies: 107
Views: 4184

Re: What newspaper or magazine do you pay for?

I pay for the two town papers. I would pay for the BBC.com, but they don't charge. I do turn off AdBlock for their site. I don't pay for the state paper because it is very low quality. I used to pay for the New York Times, but I stopped that when I saw all the distortions they published during the n...
by mouses
Wed May 10, 2017 8:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: gmail and google
Replies: 9
Views: 1656

Re: gmail and google

deleted I did an end run.
by mouses
Wed May 10, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: gmail and google
Replies: 9
Views: 1656

Re: gmail and google

deleted I did an end run.
by mouses
Wed May 10, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: gmail and google
Replies: 9
Views: 1656

gmail and google

deleted I did an end run.
by mouses
Tue May 09, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: how to copy old audio cassettes to pc?
Replies: 19
Views: 1294

Re: how to copy old audio cassettes to pc?

These are not music cassettes, but things my late Mom etc recorded about family history, etc. so i want her voice to sound right. I wouldn't even hesitate to pay someone to do this professionally. Sometimes saving a dime just isn't worth it for something irreplaceable like this. JMO I'm afraid some...
by mouses
Mon May 08, 2017 6:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: how to copy old audio cassettes to pc?
Replies: 19
Views: 1294

Re: how to copy old audio cassettes to pc?

I have a Windows system.

Thanks everyone.
by mouses
Mon May 08, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: how to copy old audio cassettes to pc?
Replies: 19
Views: 1294

Re: how to copy old audio cassettes to pc?

I think I have a microphone port, if I understand web photos correctly. Might this work if I get a cassette player with a line out and a cable from line out to the microphone port?
by mouses
Mon May 08, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: how to copy old audio cassettes to pc?
Replies: 19
Views: 1294

Re: how to copy old audio cassettes to pc?

I believe I've heard https://www.amazon.com/DigitNow-Audio-Portable-Cassette-Software-Features/dp/B01GI9791O/ suggested, although beware of the auto-reverse (if you're not paying attention, then it'll be infinite looping side A, B, A, B, ...). Read it into a common free software package (Audacity?)...
by mouses
Mon May 08, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: how to copy old audio cassettes to pc?
Replies: 19
Views: 1294

Re: how to copy old audio cassettes to pc?

Do you have a cassette player? With headphone out? Do you have a computer with line in? Get a 3.5mm Male to Male Stereo Audio Cable https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-3-5mm-Stereo-Audio-Cable/dp/B00NO73MUQ How many cassettes? What type of content? How important is quality? I will have to go look a...
by mouses
Mon May 08, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: how to copy old audio cassettes to pc?
Replies: 19
Views: 1294

how to copy old audio cassettes to pc?

I have some old cassette audio tapes I'd like to copy to my pc, preferably to mp3 files. They still play on a small portable cassette player despite their age. I looked around on the web for some device like a cassette player that I could plug into a USB port or something, but wound up confused. Can...
by mouses
Sun May 07, 2017 7:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best salads
Replies: 46
Views: 3809

Re: Best salads

Loik098 wrote:
rosylenm wrote:I'm a big fan of kale


....said no one, ever. Oh, wait.

If I really wanted to be that healthy, I'd rather just throw some Vitagummies on my salad. Yum!


i find it frustrating to read garden blogs and people are harvesting lots of stuff in the winter, but it's dark green horrid leaves.
by mouses
Sun May 07, 2017 7:11 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to get out of a apartment renter lease? They want $3,600
Replies: 40
Views: 3046

Re: How to get out of a apartment renter lease? They want $3,600

You signed an agreement to pay a set amount of money for a set period of time. Now you want to "get out" of your contractual agreement. It's not that "they want" $3,600 - it's that you most likely signed something saying you could break your agreement in exchange for liquidated ...
by mouses
Sat May 06, 2017 7:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best salads
Replies: 46
Views: 3809

Re: Best salads

carolc wrote:One of my favorites is baby arugula with dried cranberries and goat cheese. I put a homemade balsamic vinegrette on for dressing.

carolc


I throw dried cranberries in a lot of things, regular salads, egg salad, cream cheese sandwiches.
by mouses
Sat May 06, 2017 6:36 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Stay home with kids?
Replies: 103
Views: 7193

Re: Stay home with kids?

Whoever stays home full time would be throwing away the rest of their career. They will never get back on that career path at the same level, and they may live 30-40 years after the kids are in high school. Also, if a divorce happens and for some reason the financial assets are lost such as due to m...
by mouses
Fri May 05, 2017 10:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Enhanced Security for your my Social Security Account
Replies: 8
Views: 1944

Re: Enhanced Security for your my Social Security Account

I just got an email with the subject Enhanced Security for your my Social Security Account It blathers away for a few sentences about enhanced SS account security then has a large area of white space. Did anyone else get this, with or without the apparently missing section? I have no white spaces. ...
by mouses
Fri May 05, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Enhanced Security for your my Social Security Account
Replies: 8
Views: 1944

Enhanced Security for your my Social Security Account

I just got an email with the subject Enhanced Security for your my Social Security Account

It blathers away for a few sentences about enhanced SS account security then has a large area of white space. Did anyone else get this, with or without the apparently missing section?
by mouses
Fri May 05, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Window Replacement Question
Replies: 20
Views: 1956

Re: Window Replacement Question

As an old house lower I beg you PLEASE at least give your old windows to an architectural salvage company and don't trash them. Those old windows are a treasure and are made of irreplaceable old growth timer with better construction techniques than any modern replacements; which will only last a fr...
by mouses
Fri May 05, 2017 8:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Window Replacement Question
Replies: 20
Views: 1956

Re: Window Replacement Question

I haven't had time to read the replies. In general replacing instead of rehabbing old windows is a bad idea. New windows are junk with much shorter lifespans than rehabbed old windows. By old I mean multiple decades old. Also, putting storm windows over the old windows will also help.
by mouses
Wed May 03, 2017 7:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Video TDR Failure - Microsoft - Arghhh!!!
Replies: 9
Views: 666

Re: Video TDR Failure - Microsoft - Arghhh!!!

And people sneer at me for turning off updates.

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