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by queso
Fri May 18, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hot food flavoring (sauces, spices and peppers)
Replies: 51
Views: 2783

Re: Hot food flavoring (sauces, spices and peppers)

+1 on all the El Yucateco recommendations. I love both the red and green. I also like Tabasco Habanero much better than the other Tabasco variants. It goes on sale at tabasco.com a couple times a year so you can pick up a gallon pretty cheap and then just refill the tiny bottle that you get at your ...
by queso
Fri May 18, 2018 6:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New motorcycle rider
Replies: 106
Views: 4312

Re: New motorcycle rider

https://s31.postimg.cc/rtu36jdgr/dangerdoom.jpg It's an interesting phenomenon that older people tend to perceive the world as much more dangerous than in the past. But in many cases, it's just not true. If you'd like to bowl for confirmation bias, here's the source I used. http://www.iihs.org/iihs...
by queso
Thu May 17, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New motorcycle rider
Replies: 106
Views: 4312

Re: New motorcycle rider

Bottom line, most things are dangerous. Power tools, guns, motorcycles, BigMacs, letter openers, etc. If you put any of these potentially dangerous objects in the wrong hands you are asking for trouble. However, when approached sensibly with a healthy respect for said object I think one can success...
by queso
Wed May 16, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New motorcycle rider
Replies: 106
Views: 4312

Re: New motorcycle rider

Saying motorcycles are dangerous is not being a nervous nelly, its a statement based on facts. Not worth it, not even close. Saying stocks are risky is not being a nervous nelly, its a statement based on facts... Saying automobiles are risky is not being a nervous nelly, its a statement based on fa...
by queso
Wed May 16, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New motorcycle rider
Replies: 106
Views: 4312

Re: New motorcycle rider

munemaker wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 9:21 am
queso wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 9:15 am
More often than not motorcycle fatalities are single vehicle accidents.
You can go through a lot of misery from a multiple-vehicle motorcycle accident when you are not killed.
Agreed. Nothing good comes of a motorcycle accident. Definitely not the safest means of transportation.
by queso
Wed May 16, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New motorcycle rider
Replies: 106
Views: 4312

Re: New motorcycle rider

I do live in fear of the teenager in the Escalade who is texting, drinking and suffering from Affluenza blasting me into the netherworld, but what's kind of interesting is the motorcycle accident statistics. More often than not motorcycle fatalities are single vehicle accidents. That means we more o...
by queso
Wed May 16, 2018 7:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New motorcycle rider
Replies: 106
Views: 4312

Re: New motorcycle rider

I own several bikes and commute in a major metropolitan area on one year round, rain or shine. When not commuting I ride street bikes in the country, the occasional track day, adv bikes on mixed terrain and dual sport bikes on trails and mountains. There are a couple of good pieces of advice in this...
by queso
Tue May 15, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to think about schools/homes (Greatschools/Niche)
Replies: 70
Views: 4485

Re: How to think about schools/homes (Greatschools/Niche)

+1 to all the posters who questioned the GS rating system. We used to live in a school district that was 9's and 10's K-12. Now we're in a district that is 7, 8 and 6. Did we move? No. Same house. Did several years elapse and the schools went downhill? No. The interval is a few months. So what happ...
by queso
Tue May 15, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to think about schools/homes (Greatschools/Niche)
Replies: 70
Views: 4485

Re: How to think about schools/homes (Greatschools/Niche)

+1 to all the posters who questioned the GS rating system. We used to live in a school district that was 9's and 10's K-12. Now we're in a district that is 7, 8 and 6. Did we move? No. Same house. Did several years elapse and the schools went downhill? No. The interval is a few months. So what happe...
by queso
Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon to raise Prime membership in US to $119 from $99
Replies: 145
Views: 10775

Re: Amazon to raise Prime membership in US to $119 from $99

student wrote:
Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:24 am
md&pharmacist wrote:
Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:20 am
Doing this has allowed us to maintain a take home annual income well over $1,000,000 annually.
:shock: The fee is negligible with your income.
You'd probably come out ahead billing a couple more hours at your practice and using Prime rather than spending that time shopping around. :happy
by queso
Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon to raise Prime membership in US to $119 from $99
Replies: 145
Views: 10775

Re: Amazon to raise Prime membership in US to $119 from $99

Your post prompted me to explore Amazon order history reports to determine whether or not the price hike is worth it to me. The good news is that it is definitely worth it for me. The bad news is that additional 2% back is earning me a few hundred dollars beyond the Prime fee so now I have to figure...
by queso
Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Corporate Leveling
Replies: 22
Views: 2587

Re: Corporate Leveling

Sorry, I'll have to come back and read this thread later. I've got a meeting with the Bobs this morning.
by queso
Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendation of Security Cameras for Exterior of House
Replies: 47
Views: 8407

Re: Recommendation of Security Cameras for Exterior of House

I used to have the original Arlo system...but upgraded to the Arlo Pro 2 system with 5 cameras about 6 months ago. I've been happy with them. I can't recommend the original Arlo system. The cameras were simply too slow to react to motion. The Arlo Pro 2 is much quicker, has better resolution, and a...
by queso
Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendation of Security Cameras for Exterior of House
Replies: 47
Views: 8407

Re: Recommendation of Security Cameras for Exterior of House

I just joined BH a few days ago and I am learning lots of good stuff! I see many pros and cons of each outdoor camera system. The important concerns for me are: Decent resolution, Night vision capability, No electric cable, and No monthly payments for cloud storage. Does anyone think that I can get...
by queso
Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: underwater camera advice
Replies: 18
Views: 717

Re: underwater camera advice

I wouldn't go down the rabbit hole unless you are serious about underwater video/photography. Been there done that with Ikelite, Gates, Light & Motion, etc. Then there is the lighting issue, external strobes, arms, external monitors, etc., etc. and then you get into mounting if you have so much crap...
by queso
Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco gas
Replies: 67
Views: 5849

Re: Costco gas

No, been members for years, but almost never get gas there. Lines are too long and it isn't on the way home for either of us from our offices.
by queso
Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mid-40s in tech - how to pass off as acceptably young
Replies: 111
Views: 10413

Re: Mid-40s in tech - how to pass off as acceptably young

Question: What can I do to come off as more "with it" and "not obviously old" - both on the phone and in-person. What have you done in the past that seems to have helped? Show up 5 mins late to the interview Complain about your parents Immediately ask about work/life balance and if the company sche...
by queso
Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need vacuum recomendations
Replies: 21
Views: 1493

Re: Need vacuum recomendations

+1. Miele C3. One of those things that should go in that thread "name something you bought that wasn't cheap but you are glad you did". :happy
by queso
Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mini Air Compressor
Replies: 22
Views: 1616

Re: Mini Air Compressor

Would like to get a mini air compressor to use in my garage, mostly to blow out parts, filters, etc. Something powerful enough to blow out all the leaves/grass on my riding mower deck would be helpful so I don't have to crank up the leaf blower each time. Any recommendations appreciated! my favorit...
by queso
Mon Apr 09, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Lexus LS or Tesla Model S
Replies: 63
Views: 4422

Re: New Lexus LS or Tesla Model S

And what if we looked strictly economically, purchasing either of these two 2018’s, but in 2020/2021 when used. Can we assume they’ll be close in costs? What about maintenance and upkeep in years 3-10? To answer other commenters, it’ll be a vehicle that will be kept for easily a decade+ IMHO, I don...
by queso
Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dual smoke detectors with voice location
Replies: 5
Views: 406

Re: Dual smoke detectors with voice location

I bought the FirstAlert system (smoke and CO). I think I have 6 or 7 of them in addition to a couple ADT monitored units. The system works pretty well. Costco has it currently as well - https://www.costco.com/First-Alert-Smoke-and-Carbon-Monoxide-Alarm-3-pack.product.100347069.html. When it goes off...
by queso
Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Handling ageism in tech
Replies: 56
Views: 4633

Re: Handling ageism in tech

I sold out and went into management (20 years ago). I'd agree with previous posters that management is no panacea though. I think it makes it harder to move (less jobs at X level, organizational knowledge becomes more important, etc.) and, as we all know, not all engineers/devs make good managers an...
by queso
Sat Apr 07, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cost of Dental Implant
Replies: 81
Views: 8882

Re: Cost of Dental Implant

Very routine single implant and crown cost me $5700 (last year). No extraction (done years ago) or other complications. Declined anesthesia (took two Darvon instead), which saved me about $500 if I remember correctly. I declined anesthesia as well. I just looked back at my file and it would have be...
by queso
Sat Apr 07, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cost of Dental Implant
Replies: 81
Views: 8882

Re: Cost of Dental Implant

That doesn't seem out of line depending on your location. I am about $5400 into mine and have one more checkup with the oral surgeon and then back to my dentist for the tooth. Assuming you are right and the tooth is around 2k I expect to end up around the $7500 mark. I had to have a sinus lift so th...
by queso
Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: VW Atlas
Replies: 46
Views: 3287

Re: VW Atlas

Considered it but like the MDX much better What do you like about the MDX better? The MDX seems a lot smaller. +1. I never considered the MDX because it is even smaller than the Pilot and "Pilot size" is my benchmark. I showed the Atlas to my wife last night and she really liked it, but echoed my e...
by queso
Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: VW Atlas
Replies: 46
Views: 3287

Re: VW Atlas

I dismissed the Atlas early without looking at it in depth due to the whole VW/Audi thing, but when you look at it on paper it really packs in a lot of features for the money. I'll go check one out in person. Thanks to all the posters for sharing their experiences with it.
by queso
Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: House Flooded - Process with Insurance and Experience?
Replies: 13
Views: 1471

Re: House Flooded - Process with Insurance and Experience?

At least 3 posters, including the OP, have mentioned being away for a few days and coming home to a flooded house. This is why EVERYONE should shut off the water main prior to leaving the house for more than a day. Shutting the water off takes no more than 15 seconds and is easy insurance against d...
by queso
Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: VW Atlas
Replies: 46
Views: 3287

Re: VW Atlas

my wife was in love with the ascent until we checked it out in person at the philly car show. the 3rd row was incredibly small and overall didn't feel much different then the outback. had a pilot for years and loved it. really like the older boxy style compared to the new model though. Nooooooooooo...
by queso
Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: House Flooded - Process with Insurance and Experience?
Replies: 13
Views: 1471

Re: House Flooded - Process with Insurance and Experience?

We went through this a few years ago. Hang in there..it's not as bad as you think. Ours was a frozen pipe that burst and flooded our finished basement while we were out of town. So far the process you are going through sounds identical to ours (we had Allstate). Insurance company schedules adjuster ...
by queso
Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:30 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What Are Your Thoughts On The Recent Bitcoin Bust? Is It Apart of the Boom/Bust Cycle or Is The CryptoCurrency Finished?
Replies: 129
Views: 10066

Re: What Are Your Thoughts On The Recent Bitcoin Bust? Is It Apart of the Boom/Bust Cycle or Is The CryptoCurrency Finis

There are a lot of very smart people that truly believe in Bitcoin and the blockchain technology. People that are a lot smarter than you and me. I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss crypto currencies based on a speculative mania that occurred. Bitcoin has been around since 2009 and every boom and bust...
by queso
Tue Apr 03, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What Are Your Thoughts On The Recent Bitcoin Bust? Is It Apart of the Boom/Bust Cycle or Is The CryptoCurrency Finished?
Replies: 129
Views: 10066

Re: What Are Your Thoughts On The Recent Bitcoin Bust? Is It Apart of the Boom/Bust Cycle or Is The CryptoCurrency Finis

There are a lot of very smart people that truly believe in Bitcoin and the blockchain technology. People that are a lot smarter than you and me. I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss crypto currencies based on a speculative mania that occurred. Bitcoin has been around since 2009 and every boom and bust...
by queso
Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Portable Inverter Generator vs Standby Generator
Replies: 78
Views: 3192

Re: Portable Inverter Generator vs Standby Generator

Or the B&S version for much less $$ - but I have never owned one of these so I cannot comment bout it. https://www.electricgeneratorsdirect.com/Briggs-&-Stratton-30675-Portable-Generator/p75239.html?akamaifeo=off I've read some bad stuff about the B&S inverter and the Yamaha is close to the price o...
by queso
Fri Mar 30, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Portable Inverter Generator vs Standby Generator
Replies: 78
Views: 3192

Re: Portable Inverter Generator vs Standby Generator

DW and I are in a rural area. Power is rarely out. But we are concerned about running the well if the power should ever go out since we have horses. We also considered the exact same setup. Honda 7000 generator and a transfer panel. But, we are getting older and messing with the generator is not ge...
by queso
Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Portable Inverter Generator vs Standby Generator
Replies: 78
Views: 3192

Re: Portable Inverter Generator vs Standby Generator

We need 240v capability so thr eu7000is would be our only option. Anyone else have any opinions on the portable inverter vs standby? ok, I'll bite. I've had both. Had a portable and eventually relegated that to shed/shop use and bought a 20kw Kohler standby. It really depends on several factors, bu...
by queso
Fri Mar 30, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Portable Inverter Generator vs Standby Generator
Replies: 78
Views: 3192

Re: Portable Inverter Generator vs Standby Generator

We need 240v capability so thr eu7000is would be our only option. Anyone else have any opinions on the portable inverter vs standby? ok, I'll bite. I've had both. Had a portable and eventually relegated that to shed/shop use and bought a 20kw Kohler standby. It really depends on several factors, bu...
by queso
Fri Mar 30, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Portable Inverter Generator vs Standby Generator
Replies: 78
Views: 3192

Re: Portable Inverter Generator vs Standby Generator

We've had some pretty good generator threads recently. This one comes to mind as pretty informative - viewtopic.php?f=11&t=243326
by queso
Fri Mar 30, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do I really have to pay estimated taxes this year?
Replies: 19
Views: 2389

Re: Do I really have to pay estimated taxes this year?

Every year I get vouchers, every year I don't prepay, every year I get a penalty. I use Turbotax. ANY effort expended on prepaying isn't worth my time, based on the penalties I get. Every year it ranges from like $25-$125. I owed 74k in federal taxes this year and only paid in 62k, so I owed 12k at...
by queso
Fri Mar 30, 2018 6:44 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Cryptos- "Bear" with me here
Replies: 31
Views: 2564

Re: Cryptos- "Bear" with me here

I'm HODLing. Well, that's not completely true so let me explain. :) I started with a small position in BTC, LTC and ETH (typical noob Coinbase portfolio). That took off and then started forking (BCH, BTG, etc.) so now I had fake internet monies that I never intended to have and it was kind of all ov...
by queso
Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota truck frame replacement program
Replies: 23
Views: 3159

Re: Toyota truck frame replacement program

Yeah, kind of a rock and hard place situation I guess. At least it is body on frame and not unibody! :happy Still seems like Toyota should offer more than a 1 year warranty for anything directly related to the frame replacement though. There are several things in there they could muck up on reassy t...
by queso
Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do I really have to pay estimated taxes this year?
Replies: 19
Views: 2389

Re: Do I really have to pay estimated taxes this year?

You can also just change your withholdings and/or have additional taken out of your checks. IMHO, these are easier options than fiddling with estimated tax payments.
by queso
Wed Mar 28, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota truck frame replacement program
Replies: 23
Views: 3159

Re: Toyota truck frame replacement program

Morning of Day 2: In first pic, old frame with engine (and truck bed and shell) on left, new frame on right. He said I won the award for cleanest 2005 Tacoma coming in for frame replacement and the techs appreciated it. I think I spent 25 quarters at the car wash blasting everything clean last week...
by queso
Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Computer Security
Replies: 55
Views: 3582

Re: Computer Security

Make good backups. Keep photos, documents, music, etc. (your data) and a recent image backup of your system on an external hard drive that you unplug when you aren't refreshing your backups. Encrypt another copy of your data and store it with a cloud provider in case you lose both the computer and t...
by queso
Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Home Security
Replies: 26
Views: 2554

Re: Home Security

A better suggestion might be to have a " duress code ". If you give *that* code, the monitoring agent won't ask you to repeat, or start checking your name or whatever. They will proceed "as though" you gave the right code, on the home front anyway, but immediately call the PD that a "duress code wa...
by queso
Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Home Security
Replies: 26
Views: 2554

Re: Home Security

Do a couple searches since this one comes up frequently. The best security system is a layered approach that includes elements already mentioned by previous posters (lighting, landscaping changes, cameras, alarm system with motion sensors, canines, etc.). That's on the burglary side. Your post impli...
by queso
Thu Mar 22, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone Deleting Facebook?
Replies: 329
Views: 22675

Re: Anyone Deleting Facebook?

Yes, but it had nothing to do with privacy and the recently discovered lack thereof. I'm solidly with Parker and Palihapitiya in thinking that it is an unhealthy social validation feedback loop and serves no real positive function. I feel that way about social media in general and eschew its use. Y...
by queso
Thu Mar 22, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone Deleting Facebook?
Replies: 329
Views: 22675

Re: Anyone Deleting Facebook?

Yes, but it had nothing to do with privacy and the recently discovered lack thereof. I'm solidly with Parker and Palihapitiya in thinking that it is an unhealthy social validation feedback loop and serves no real positive function. I feel that way about social media in general and eschew its use.
by queso
Thu Mar 22, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need to pull some data off some old 5-1/4" floppy disks
Replies: 20
Views: 2620

Re: Need to pull some data off some old 5-1/4" floppy disks

No idea if this will work, but it seems like a cool solution. Buy a 5.25" drive and a ribbon cable and then hook this up to a USB port - http://www.deviceside.com/fc5025.html. Use this to power the 5.25" drive if you can't/don't want to hook it to the power supply in your machine - http://shop.devic...
by queso
Mon Mar 19, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Soft boxer shorts for men
Replies: 28
Views: 2646

Re: Soft boxer shorts for men

" buy Hanes at Walmart one size bigger than they say I should feels great and cheap." Same and Same :thumbsup +1. Funny we all found the same solution. I had a bunch of blue and black Calvin Klein boxers that I got at Costco years ago, but they don't sell them anymore. I experimented with a couple ...
by queso
Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Advice Needed After Rear Ended Collision
Replies: 31
Views: 3326

Re: Advice Needed After Rear Ended Collision

Glad it worked out for you in the end!
by queso
Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whole House Natural Gas Generator
Replies: 110
Views: 6728

Re: Whole House Natural Gas Generator

+1. I have seen them both ways. Ours feeds the whole panel with load shedding capabilities (like Ron's). We have it dropping the dual wall ovens first, then AC zone 1, then AC zone 2, etc. This can all be programmed into the transfer switch/load shedding config when you set it up and is largely per...