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by rjbraun
Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Medical alert "button"
Replies: 34
Views: 1818

Re: Medical alert "button"

Artsdoctor wrote:
Mon Apr 23, 2018 4:41 pm
You might try the AARP site:

http://medicalert.systems/aarp-recommen ... t-systems/

I set my mom up with Medical Alert. It looks OK and the concept is good, but we've not had to test them.
Thank you, looks like there's some helpful information on the site.
by rjbraun
Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Medical alert "button"
Replies: 34
Views: 1818

Re: Medical alert "button"

The Knox Box I have is the model 3200. The Knox Box site shows a price of $308. The installation cost would be zero if someone can use a screwdriver. You simply put the box clip over the top of your door, and tighten a set screw on the inside side of the door, which prevents the box from sliding ar...
by rjbraun
Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Medical alert "button"
Replies: 34
Views: 1818

Re: Medical alert "button"

Think very seriously about getting a device that has "fall detection", so IF someone falls and can't move/etc., help is started (e.g., phone call sequence, then 911... whatever is set up). RM Thanks, RM. Will certainly add the "fall detection" feature to whatever "buttons" get short-listed! Edit: G...
by rjbraun
Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Traveling to italy.........
Replies: 13
Views: 965

Re: Traveling to italy.........

Trenitalia is very dicey if you are taking connecting trains. The Italo is very nice. I would purchase at the station day of; there are often promotions since there is competition between the rail companies. Buon viaggio! Are you saying that your experience with making connections with Italo is ver...
by rjbraun
Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Traveling to italy.........
Replies: 13
Views: 965

Re: Traveling to italy.........

SO and I have traveled to Italy quite a bit (maybe 8 times in the past 10 years?). Apart from one instance when we traveled with people who rented a car, we always relied on train (or other public transportation). +1 on suggestion for seat61.com. Also, tripadvisor.com's Train Forum (I think that's t...
by rjbraun
Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Medical alert "button"
Replies: 34
Views: 1818

Re: Medical alert "button"

+1 for the Logical mark freedom alert. Purchased one for my Mom when she was alive. She was able to talk to me through the pendant and no monthly fees. Thank you. I will look into the LogicMark Freedom Alert more closely (or their other products), but from what I gather it doesn't seem to have "fal...
by rjbraun
Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Medical alert "button"
Replies: 34
Views: 1818

Re: Medical alert "button"

Thanks to all for the helpful feedback and sharing of information, particularly as some instances involved very personal situations. I am still reviewing the posts but now recognize that getting my parents to use the button may be even more challenging than I thought. Also, even if they use one it's...
by rjbraun
Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Medical alert "button"
Replies: 34
Views: 1818

Re: Medical alert "button"

My mother was given one to wear in her retirement community apartment. It was the necklace type. Between general dislike of having it on and forgetfulness (due to the onset of dementia),she rarely wore it. One time that she did fall, it was nowhere to be found. From what I gather, the failure/refus...
by rjbraun
Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Medical alert "button"
Replies: 34
Views: 1818

Re: Medical alert "button"

Think very seriously about getting a device that has "fall detection", so IF someone falls and can't move/etc., help is started (e.g., phone call sequence, then 911... whatever is set up). RM Thanks, RM. Will certainly add the "fall detection" feature to whatever "buttons" get short-listed! Edit: G...
by rjbraun
Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Medical alert "button"
Replies: 34
Views: 1818

Re: Medical alert "button"

If your parents have a landline, I wear, and recommend, a Logic Mark alert purchased from the company directly and not through an Amazon vendor. They are a small extension phone and have no monthly fee, but are not unobtrusive. Another possibility now available is the Amazon Echo or Dot, possibly s...
by rjbraun
Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Medical alert "button"
Replies: 34
Views: 1818

Medical alert "button"

Just starting to research options for getting a medical alert "button" for my elderly parents (well, two buttons - one for each of them). I know of at least one person whose parent has one, and from what I can tell they seem satisfied enough. My parents live independently, together, but are increasi...
by rjbraun
Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: care.com -- any reviews / experience?
Replies: 14
Views: 1046

Re: care.com -- any reviews / experience?

Thank you all for taking the time to provide helpful feedback. My sister and I decided to proceed with a subscription. She did the actual registration, but my understanding is that one can opt for unlimited background checks for $19.99 per month. Seemed totally worth it, so that's what we did. That ...
by rjbraun
Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Factor in evaluating Physicians
Replies: 86
Views: 4497

Re: Factor in evaluating Physicians

Are any of your current or prospective Physicians receiving significant money from drug companies? A neurologist I saw a couple of times shows $125K. That's even more than I think was listed the last time I checked the list! Not just food, obviously, but speaking fees, consulting fees, travel, lodg...
by rjbraun
Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: care.com -- any reviews / experience?
Replies: 14
Views: 1046

Re: care.com -- any reviews / experience?

We hired three nannies through Care.come. I can't answer your question about auto-renewal because the company I work for pays for access to Care.com as a perk. I have mixed feelings on the overall experience. - 2 of the 3 nannies were excellent. 1 was terrible and we had to let her go. - Many peopl...
by rjbraun
Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: care.com -- any reviews / experience?
Replies: 14
Views: 1046

Re: care.com -- any reviews / experience?

We used it for hiring a cleaning lady. We actually like her a lot. We used their service to do the background check as well. It was easy to cancel once we had hired. Keep in mind, you have to interview and screen the candidates yourself. But the review and rating system can be a good indicator. Tha...
by rjbraun
Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: care.com -- any reviews / experience?
Replies: 14
Views: 1046

Re: care.com -- any reviews / experience?

I have been able to cancel quite easily after joining. I did it online, no phone call or hard sell required. I have hired a caregiver for my father (eldercare) and house cleaning personnel. All were excellent. I highly recommend Care.com. However, understand you get out of it what you put into it. ...
by rjbraun
Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: care.com -- any reviews / experience?
Replies: 14
Views: 1046

Re: care.com -- any reviews / experience?

What type of care are you looking for? We needed to get assistance for very elderly MIL to help with transition from inpatient after a fall, to rehab and then back to assisted living. We got initial help from the hospital social worker/etc., staff, and then also from the rehab facility. They all us...
by rjbraun
Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: care.com -- any reviews / experience?
Replies: 14
Views: 1046

care.com -- any reviews / experience?

Wondering if anyone has experience using care.com to find a caregiver. Based on a fairly quick internet search, many of the negative reviews seem to stem from complaints about the company's auto-renewal policy. I could see how this is a nuisance, though the company's justification is that it avoids ...
by rjbraun
Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BH travel tips?
Replies: 147
Views: 8660

Re: BH travel tips?

For those of you who hand wash your own clothes, a Flexo-line is a useful tool that doesn't take up much space and weighs close to nothing. Unless you wring your clothes out really well, I would think you could end up with water dripping onto the floor as the clothes dry. I know people also like to...
by rjbraun
Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tipping for restaurants where you order at the counter
Replies: 126
Views: 16736

Re: Tipping for restaurants where you order at the counter

Thank you. Seems as if it would be tough for the employer to accurately track tips, especially those paid in cash. At the cafe I wrote about, I guess a record or log could be maintained on the (electronic) tablet, but I wonder how a place with a different setup could accurately monitor tips. Still,...
by rjbraun
Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tipping for restaurants where you order at the counter
Replies: 126
Views: 16736

Re: Tipping for restaurants where you order at the counter

The current minimum wage for tipped employees: through 12/31/2018 for employers with over 10 employees Service employees $10.85 cash wage plus they MUST average $2.15 in tips (or receive money from the employer) for a total of $13 per hour. Food Service is $8.65 + $4.35 again $13 per hour. If there...
by rjbraun
Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tipping for restaurants where you order at the counter
Replies: 126
Views: 16736

Re: Tipping for restaurants where you order at the counter

Since I started working with PR software and learned what waiters / waitresses actually make, I always tip. For inexpensive breakfasts ($3-$4 at the local bagel place) I tip $1 (which is 25%-33%). At high end restaurants I reluctantly tip 18% and resent that. I do not order wine, because of the mar...
by rjbraun
Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Monetary gift in memory of deceased
Replies: 8
Views: 830

Re: Monetary gift in memory of deceased

Many thanks for the helpful feedback. I gave my work friend a sympathy card today (with no check or reference to a donation). The hospital has an online form to complete for donations with an "in memory (or honor) of" section where one can enter a name. I also like the idea of indicating that this w...
by rjbraun
Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Monetary gift in memory of deceased
Replies: 8
Views: 830

Monetary gift in memory of deceased

I just learned that a colleague's mother passed away several months ago. Through google, I read in the funeral home announcement that in lieu or flowers contributions may be made to X Hospital, where the mother had resided for some time before her passing. I intend to give a sympathy card to my coll...
by rjbraun
Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bogle: Warren Buffett gave me a surprise shoutout at Berkshire meeting
Replies: 10
Views: 1910

Re: Bogle: Warren Buffett gave me a surprise shoutout at Berkshire meeting

Jack Bogle is certainly a hero in my book. Thank you for all that you have done for the "regular" investor, Jack!
by rjbraun
Sun Apr 08, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Regrets of the frugal and dying?
Replies: 62
Views: 8640

Re: Regrets of the frugal and dying?

Usually dying people talk more about relationships than financial matters as far as regrets. +1 Any generalizations that can be made on this front, in terms of what they regret? Dying people talk more about relationships that were very good or very bad? Wish they had tried harder to maintain a rela...
by rjbraun
Thu Apr 05, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Wells Fargo Visa 3% Foreign Exchange fee]
Replies: 58
Views: 2670

Re: WF Visa 3% FX fee

The "free $625" towards travel would seem to be reduced by $95 unless OP managed to somehow get the $95 annual fee waived. Alternatively, OP could apply the Chase Ultimate Rewards sign-up bonus for cash back, as it might be tough to, in short order, earn and also use the points, all before the upco...
by rjbraun
Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Wells Fargo Visa 3% Foreign Exchange fee]
Replies: 58
Views: 2670

Re: WF Visa 3% FX fee

The "free $625" towards travel would seem to be reduced by $95 unless OP managed to somehow get the $95 annual fee waived. Alternatively, OP could apply the Chase Ultimate Rewards sign-up bonus for cash back, as it might be tough to, in short order, earn and also use the points, all before the upco...
by rjbraun
Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon "data backup to internal drive -- in-home service" -- worth it?
Replies: 6
Views: 696

Re: Amazon "data backup to internal drive -- in-home service" -- worth it?

Freefun wrote:
Thu Apr 05, 2018 11:16 am
FWIW - i use Filevault to encrypt all data (and I do my own backups)
Thanks. You just reminded me of another item on my to-do list: encrypt my data

Edit: It's just files (text, spreadsheets, pdf's etc) that get encrypted, is that right? No need (or ability?) to encrypt music or photos ...?
by rjbraun
Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Wells Fargo Visa 3% Foreign Exchange fee]
Replies: 58
Views: 2670

Re: WF Visa 3% FX fee

I'll just mention that your thoughts about credit cards rewards is woefully out of date. Anyone who is on top of their finances enough to pay off the balance of their card every month is effectively paying a 2% tax on all purchases if they aren't getting at least that much back. I am close to 5% ba...
by rjbraun
Thu Apr 05, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon "data backup to internal drive -- in-home service" -- worth it?
Replies: 6
Views: 696

Amazon "data backup to internal drive -- in-home service" -- worth it?

I need to do some stuff on my iMac that will necessitate backing up files, music, photos, etc. to an external drive. I would also like to transfer files to an external drive for "off-site" storage. I recently posted on this topic, as shown in the link below. https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopi...
by rjbraun
Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: China Hustle Movie
Replies: 33
Views: 3875

Re: China Hustle Movie

I read a few articles about it in Marketwatch (https://www.marketwatch.com/story/finance-documentary-the-china-hustle-revisits-chinese-reverse-mergers-and-activist-short-sellers-2018-03-30) and in Forbes (https://www.forbes.com/sites/markhughes/2018/03/30/review-the-china-hustle/). I haven’t seen i...
by rjbraun
Sun Apr 01, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: China Hustle Movie
Replies: 33
Views: 3875

Re: China Hustle Movie

I read a few articles about it in Marketwatch (https://www.marketwatch.com/story/finance-documentary-the-china-hustle-revisits-chinese-reverse-mergers-and-activist-short-sellers-2018-03-30) and in Forbes (https://www.forbes.com/sites/markhughes/2018/03/30/review-the-china-hustle/). I haven’t seen i...
by rjbraun
Sun Apr 01, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Brokered CDs
Replies: 17
Views: 1961

Re: Brokered CDs

I asked that very question of Vanguard. In addition to someone bumping up against the $250,000 limit for insurance coverage, they mentioned that people may want to stay away from certain issuers, say, a West Coast large bank that has been in the news a lot lately. They think Wells Fargo could go be...
by rjbraun
Fri Mar 30, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to free up space on iMac?
Replies: 19
Views: 1120

Re: How to free up space on iMac?

Thank you all for the helpful feedback. I hope to review the specific recommendations again more closely over the weekend and will likely go ahead and order the two WD drives. Then, I will have all the hardware in place to begin the backups as well as the file transfers to free up space, after which...
by rjbraun
Thu Mar 29, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to free up space on iMac?
Replies: 19
Views: 1120

Re: How to free up space on iMac?

I have a time capsule that I use to back up my drive in case I delete something accidentally, and then a usb flash drive that sits on my keychain. If my house were to burn down, I would be out with my keys already or grab them on the way out the door, so I don't store a drive in a bank vault. I wou...
by rjbraun
Thu Mar 29, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to free up space on iMac?
Replies: 19
Views: 1120

Re: How to free up space on iMac?

I have a time capsule that I use to back up my drive in case I delete something accidentally, and then a usb flash drive that sits on my keychain. If my house were to burn down, I would be out with my keys already or grab them on the way out the door, so I don't store a drive in a bank vault. I wou...
by rjbraun
Thu Mar 29, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to free up space on iMac?
Replies: 19
Views: 1120

Re: How to free up space on iMac?

1. You can use any brand of hard drive you want with your iMac. 2. Backup and offloading from an internal hard drive that has run out of space are really two different things. 3. For backup, DW and I each have two external drives. Once a week we swap them. The second drive can be stored off-site if...
by rjbraun
Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to free up space on iMac?
Replies: 19
Views: 1120

How to free up space on iMac?

I have lots of music and photos stored on my Mac. Should I buy an external hard drive to back-up the music and photos? As I would not want anything to happen to these collections, should I plan to store the hard drive in a bank safe-deposit box for safekeeping? Anything else or special I need to kno...
by rjbraun
Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Brokered CDs
Replies: 17
Views: 1961

Re: Brokered CDs

When I look at the brokered CD offerings at Vanguard, I note that there is a range of yields for any given maturity. My question is: Why would anyone want any of the lower yielding offers when higher yields are available? The only good reason I can think of would be if they already have more than 2...
by rjbraun
Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard in the WSJ today
Replies: 57
Views: 7610

Re: Vanguard in the WSJ today

overst33r: I don't think that's today's article, which is entitled "Is Vanguard’s Success a Problem? Some Customers Think So". The article you show is different and seems to have been published earlier this year, on January 28. I would think for copyright reasons I am not supposed to "cut and paste"...
by rjbraun
Thu Mar 29, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard in the WSJ today
Replies: 57
Views: 7610

Re: Vanguard in the WSJ today

Was this the Thursday WSJ? What section and page? I scoured the paper for the article but couldn't find it. I wonder if I get a truncated version of the WSJ or if it ran Wednesday here or something. I'm in St. Louis, and it is a 4 star edition... [Edited...] I am also unable to find the story in my...
by rjbraun
Thu Mar 29, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Venice Suggestions
Replies: 14
Views: 899

Re: Venice Suggestions

Wife and I were there a couple summers ago. We did all the touristy things you mention. Some other ideas: • Cicchetti Tour - Venice is known for their small appetizer/bite size cicchetti. A tour will take you around to various bars and let you sample the best. • Torcello - island near Burano that n...
by rjbraun
Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Venice Suggestions
Replies: 14
Views: 899

Re: Venice Suggestions

Off the top of my head I would suggest possibly getting the museum pass and visiting Vicenza. I can't remember the exact name of the pass, but basically it gives you free access to a bunch of museums. If there's a 4-day or similar pass that fits your visit, it's definitely worth considering. I say t...
by rjbraun
Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tips for moving to NYC
Replies: 57
Views: 4717

Re: Tips for moving to NYC

A great produce market in Hell's Kitchen (I think /guess -- West 52nd St, between 8th & 9th Aves): Stiles Farmers Market. Obviously, not suggesting OP move to the neighborhood just for the market, but I figured I would mention Stiles in case anyone lives nearby and wants to check it out (also, wher...
by rjbraun
Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tips for moving to NYC
Replies: 57
Views: 4717

Re: Tips for moving to NYC

I've been using Fresh Direct for many many years. In winter, I get the delivery pass which reduces the delivery costs by 50%+. Yes, they don't have the selection of a good supermarket and prices are somewhat higher. However, the convenience,to me, outweighs the additional costs. The orders messed u...
by rjbraun
Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tips for moving to NYC
Replies: 57
Views: 4717

Re: Tips for moving to NYC

Tmack101 wrote:
Mon Mar 26, 2018 4:39 pm

<snip> Also, a 30-day metrocard is the best value in town!
I also love my 30-day Unlimited Ride MetroCard, but to me the free New York Public Library card is the best deal in town! :sharebeer
by rjbraun
Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tips for moving to NYC
Replies: 57
Views: 4717

Re: Tips for moving to NYC

<snip> Has anybody tried a grocery delivery service? Wondering about the pros/cons/cost. You can check out Fresh Direct to get an idea of NYC prices. They seem to deliver to popular Queens and Brooklyn locales, based on my random check just now. Some of the pros / cons are probably similar to any g...
by rjbraun
Sat Mar 24, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tips for moving to NYC
Replies: 57
Views: 4717

Re: Tips for moving to NYC

A great produce market in Hell's Kitchen (I think /guess -- West 52nd St, between 8th & 9th Aves): Stiles Farmers Market. Obviously, not suggesting OP move to the neighborhood just for the market, but I figured I would mention Stiles in case anyone lives nearby and wants to check it out (also, where...