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by texasdiver
Sat Aug 20, 2016 11:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your system for dealing with coins?
Replies: 87
Views: 4392

What is your system for dealing with coins?

I tend to avoid paying cash for anything these days because I hate dealing with coins and change. I don't mind carrying paper currency in my wallet but I find I'm usually loath to actually spend it anywhere because I just don't ever want to get back a handful of coins. Because I never know what to d...
by texasdiver
Tue Aug 16, 2016 7:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cordless battery powered yard tools?
Replies: 21
Views: 1549

Re: Cordless battery powered yard tools?

I have the 40v black and decker cordless string trimmer and it is frankly great. Powerful enough to slash through the toughest grass and weeds and easily lasts plenty long to trim my current 9,000 sf lot that doesn't need that much trimming. Previously I had a larger lot with about 4 times more trim...
by texasdiver
Mon Aug 08, 2016 3:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Work in Vancouver, WA..possibly live in Camas?
Replies: 50
Views: 2317

Re: Work in Vancouver, WA..possibly live in Camas?

If I was single and in my 30s I'd probably either live near downtown or along the waterfront area where the McMenamin's is. Not sure what that area is called. But lots of nice looking apartments or condos. Most of the rest of Vancouver is pretty family-oriented and suburban. Really depends on what k...
by texasdiver
Sat Aug 06, 2016 3:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Work in Vancouver, WA..possibly live in Camas?
Replies: 50
Views: 2317

Re: Work in Vancouver, WA..possibly live in Camas?

I live in one of the downtown Vancouver condos. Currently sitting on the balcony watching people walk through the Farmer's Market. It's fantastic. Plenty of stuff to do down here, and as the new waterfront expansion comes into play, there will be even more things to do. I wouldn't want to live in C...
by texasdiver
Sat Aug 06, 2016 12:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Work in Vancouver, WA..possibly live in Camas?
Replies: 50
Views: 2317

Re: Work in Vancouver, WA..possibly live in Camas?

Hi guys: I'm up for any kind of Vancouver meetup. Will be doing youth soccer so that will suck up Saturdays but not all day. Getting back to the OP. I recently moved my family here to Camas from Texas a couple months ago. By way of background I'm originally from the Northwest having grown up in Euge...
by texasdiver
Tue Jul 26, 2016 12:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sailing -- cost?
Replies: 36
Views: 6557

Re: Sailing -- cost?

Can someone please give me feedback on this idea? I am interested in traveling in a boat along the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) on the East Coast. I would buy a small sailboat, remove the mast, and power with an outboard. Why would I want to a sailboat but not sail? A sailboat is low cost and has sl...
by texasdiver
Tue Jul 26, 2016 10:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sailing -- cost?
Replies: 36
Views: 6557

Re: Sailing -- cost?

Lots of good advice here. Learn on a small open dingy. More fun and the concepts are all the same as on a larger boat anyway. First, find your closest sailing club and hang out with them. People are always looking for crew to go sailing with and there are probably a ton of guys around with boats and...
by texasdiver
Mon Jul 25, 2016 1:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Storing a road bike in a plastic shed?
Replies: 17
Views: 1110

Re: Storing a road bike in a plastic shed?

Pay attention to what kind of chemicals you might have stored in that rubbermaid shed. In my last house I had a large storage closet off the garage and I happened to have a couple of gallons of muriatic acid (pool chemical) sitting on a shelf. After a couple of months everything metallic in that clo...
by texasdiver
Fri Jul 22, 2016 5:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving to Seattle from DC
Replies: 24
Views: 1532

Re: Moving to Seattle from DC

From the middle of that location, your commute will be better if you're north/west of the office, and don't have to deal with any freeways, and don't have to deal with getting through the middle of downtown during rush hour. Queen Anne, Magnolia, Wallingford, Fremont, Ballard, Green Lake. Expect to...
by texasdiver
Fri Jul 22, 2016 12:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving to Seattle from DC
Replies: 24
Views: 1532

Re: Moving to Seattle from DC

Lived there for years and still have much family and friends in the area. Your Vienna VA type neighborhoods are going to be across the lake in Bellevue and the surrounding burbs. Personally I think Seattle is great for singles and the childless but life can be grueling for families. Traffic is just ...
by texasdiver
Tue Jul 19, 2016 4:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Removing Broken Bolts
Replies: 54
Views: 3354

Re: Removing Broken Bolts

There is a special tool for that. Make sure you get the right size.

https://www.amazon.com/Alden-8430P-Grab ... B000H6PM32

and also many videos on youbube on how to extract broken screws and bolts.
by texasdiver
Tue Jul 12, 2016 11:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Solving poor cell coverage: Microcell or booster?
Replies: 25
Views: 1367

Re: Solving poor cell coverage: Microcell or booster?

OP here: Just enabled WiFi calling on the iPhone 6 and it seems to work great. Made a couple of calls this morning from the house and they were rock solid. Unfortunately my daughter's older Iphone 5 doesn't seem to have WiFi calling in the settings menu so either it isn't available on her phone or p...
by texasdiver
Mon Jul 11, 2016 5:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Solving poor cell coverage: Microcell or booster?
Replies: 25
Views: 1367

Re: Solving poor cell coverage: Microcell or booster?

Thanks guys. Did not know about wifi calling. I found the settings on my iphone and will try that first before spending any money.
by texasdiver
Mon Jul 11, 2016 10:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Solving poor cell coverage: Microcell or booster?
Replies: 25
Views: 1367

Solving poor cell coverage: Microcell or booster?

My wife and I recently moved to a neighborhood that has poor cell coverage. Voice calls are usually OK on the top floor of our house but frequently drop elsewhere in the house and property. We are on AT&T but the neighbors report mediocre coverage from all the carriers due to the hillside we are...
by texasdiver
Fri Jul 08, 2016 10:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Language Corps - Living in Asia or South America
Replies: 3
Views: 405

Re: Language Corps - Living in Asia or South America

My understanding of Language Corps is that it runs overseas training schools for Americans who want TESOL certification but that it is NOT a job placement agency. In other words, you fly to Cambodia or some such place and take TOEFL classes from Language Corps and then are basically on your own to f...
by texasdiver
Sat Jul 02, 2016 12:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best martial arts for kids fitness?
Replies: 28
Views: 1725

Re: Best martial arts for kids fitness?

If you are just looking for fitness, swim or play soccer or something. Don't waste your time by going to a bad school. Especially with so many great schools in your area! I found two that look very good: http://www.shaolintemple.ca/videos.php - I watched the first video on that page, and became a) ...
by texasdiver
Thu Jun 30, 2016 10:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best martial arts for kids fitness?
Replies: 28
Views: 1725

Re: Best martial arts for kids fitness?

If you are just looking for fitness, swim or play soccer or something. Don't waste your time by going to a bad school. Especially with so many great schools in your area! I found two that look very good: http://www.shaolintemple.ca/videos.php - I watched the first video on that page, and became a) ...
by texasdiver
Wed Jun 29, 2016 5:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best martial arts for kids fitness?
Replies: 28
Views: 1725

Re: Best martial arts for kids fitness?

Thanks guys. Lots of good information here. A couple of responses to comments. First. The motivation here isn't really self defense but rather fitness (at least from my perspective). I'm looking for ways to keep her active and healthy and if it means paying for martial arts classes instead of say sw...
by texasdiver
Wed Jun 29, 2016 1:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best martial arts for kids fitness?
Replies: 28
Views: 1725

Re: Best martial arts for kids fitness?

Thanks, yes. We are new to the area and I'm still figuring out the parent forums and such. I hadn't thought of fencing but that is something to investigate as well. So far it looks like the closest gym to our house that has lots of good local reviews specializes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. For kids they...
by texasdiver
Wed Jun 29, 2016 1:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best martial arts for kids fitness?
Replies: 28
Views: 1725

Best martial arts for kids fitness?

I have a 10 year old daughter who is resisting the traditional summer swim and soccer camps that her older sisters have done in the past. But she says she does want to learn karate by which she basically means martial arts and not necessarily the only discipline of karate. And she would be totally i...
by texasdiver
Fri Jun 24, 2016 1:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your favorite country to possibly retire to?
Replies: 89
Views: 6730

Re: Your favorite country to possibly retire to?

Chile: Most modern and the efficient country in Latin America. Also the least corrupt by far. Take the west cost of the US from SE Alaska to Baja California, flip it upside down, and you basically have Chile. Except with taller mountains. The bulk of the population lives in the Central Valley which ...
by texasdiver
Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: House hunting, tips and why do people list houses too high?
Replies: 41
Views: 3885

Re: House hunting, tips and why do people list houses too high?

I recently bought a house in a crazy hot market by doing some zillow sleuthing. After my wife and I had settled on some general neighborhoods that we liked I went through every property on every street on the zoomed in zillow view where you can click on each individual property to see the profile. A...
by texasdiver
Sat Jun 11, 2016 12:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car trips with kids and Redbox
Replies: 1
Views: 249

Car trips with kids and Redbox

There are about 5 redbox kiosks within a couple blocks of our house and on occasion i would pick up a movie to take home. I think that is pretty much what most people do. But we recently drove from TX to WA with the kids and I discovered a whole another level of redbox. Redbox has an iphone app that...
by texasdiver
Sat Jun 04, 2016 8:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Quality Coffee Maker?
Replies: 54
Views: 5145

Re: Quality Coffee Maker?

Technivorms are great but they are spendy and also tall. It wouldn't fit under my kitchen cabinets. A good cheaper alternative is this one. Best machine I have ever had

http://www.amazon.com/Bonavita-BV1900TS ... B00O9FO1HK
by texasdiver
Thu Jun 02, 2016 12:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: neighbor issue - do I need a fence?
Replies: 90
Views: 7049

Re: neighbor issue - do I need a fence?

If you want a fence to mark the property but don't necessarily want a 6' privacy fence, especially in the front yard then I'd suggest a decorative aluminum fence set in concrete. I fenced my back yard with one at my previous residence and it was pretty easy to do. You get a permanent solid fence tha...
by texasdiver
Thu Jun 02, 2016 8:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are all cable companies horrible from a customer service standpoint?
Replies: 42
Views: 2274

Re: Are all cable companies horrible from a customer service standpoint?

I use Grande Communications here in Central Texas for cable, internet, and phone. Small local company. They are excellent. Always get someone on the phone quickly who can actually deal with whatever the problem is. Usually it is something I'm not doing right. Previously we had Time Warner which was ...
by texasdiver
Sun May 29, 2016 8:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Early retirement and opportunity cost, by Harry Sit
Replies: 144
Views: 12415

Re: Early retirement and opportunity cost, by Harry Sit

Most of us here could probably find a second job. I see employers around here advertising for swing and graveyard shift work. I could probably give up my relaxing evenings with the family and my weekends and squeeze in another 40 hours of work per week. People do it. So is there an "opportunity...
by texasdiver
Sun May 29, 2016 10:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Taking classes at a community college - Question about placement tests
Replies: 33
Views: 1933

Re: Taking classes at a community college - Question about placement tests

I have worked in and around the community college world and currently advise dozens of HS students who go that route. Here is most likely what is going on. Most community colleges have open enrollment which means they take pretty much anyone. But the the college-level core academic classes for credi...
by texasdiver
Sun May 29, 2016 9:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DirecTV customers -- be vigilant
Replies: 12
Views: 1766

Re: DirecTV customers -- be vigilant

are you sure it is just a mistake? wouldn't amaze me that it is a sneaky way to scam customers from these companies. If they're scamming me, they picked an interesting way to do it. The invoice I have in hand here says that they owe me $215. :beer I'd just trust their billing and let them know wher...
by texasdiver
Sun May 29, 2016 9:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which HBO show to watch next?
Replies: 72
Views: 5637

Re: Which HBO show to watch next?

Rome is awesome, if you can get past the British accents passing for "Roman". . . What accent would make English sound best? This reminds me that there are three possible Latin pronunciations, all different: ⋅ modern academia, ⋅ the modern Catholic Church, or ⋅&nb...
by texasdiver
Mon May 23, 2016 3:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Painting House Interior - How easy to do it yourself?
Replies: 101
Views: 6205

Re: Painting House Interior - How easy to do it yourself?

Couple more tips: 1. Remove EVERYTHING attached to the walls, switch plates, light fixtures, outlets, door knobs, etc. 2. If I paint the trim (which I try to avoid doing) I always paint the trim first with oil based enamel and lap the baseboard and window casings over onto the wall slightly. Then wh...
by texasdiver
Mon May 23, 2016 12:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is living in the Bay Area this difficult?
Replies: 49
Views: 7933

Re: Is living in the Bay Area this difficult?

Actually SF is definitely not a requirement for biotech, there are lots of other great biotech hubs that are just as good and more affordable-- Raleigh/Durham, Silver Spring, San Diego, Seattle. Boston is cheaper and the nation's premier biotech hub. No one considers Vertex or Biomarin more innovat...
by texasdiver
Mon May 23, 2016 10:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Painting House Interior - How easy to do it yourself?
Replies: 101
Views: 6205

Re: Painting House Interior - How easy to do it yourself?

Spent some formative years of my life as a professional painter and that's how I worked my way through college. As the other painter on this thread indicated, it isn't so easy to do it right. Some thoughts 1. Trimwork (doors, sashes, baseboards, crown moulding etc.) takes as long or longer than the ...
by texasdiver
Mon May 23, 2016 8:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which HBO show to watch next?
Replies: 72
Views: 5637

Re: Which HBO show to watch next?

Deadwood was great but unfortunately was dropped without renewal Rome and Deadwood, hands down bar none. :sharebeer Rome is awesome, if you can get past the British accents passing for "Roman". The one disappointment is that the story arc was cut short because the series was not renewed s...
by texasdiver
Sun May 22, 2016 7:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which HBO show to watch next?
Replies: 72
Views: 5637

Re: Which HBO show to watch next?

Rome is awesome, if you can get past the British accents passing for "Roman". The one disappointment is that the story arc was cut short because the series was not renewed so it doesn't come to a satisfying end like some others that ran their natural course.

Boardwalk Empire is fantastic
by texasdiver
Sun May 22, 2016 12:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice w/ 62YO Mom Moving In - Rent? Resentment? Plans? (Update, Pg 2)
Replies: 101
Views: 9349

Re: Advice w/ 62YO Mom Moving In - Rent? Resentment? Plans?

Reading the responses on this thread, I must say that the way many posters think is completely foreign to me. I come from an East Asian family. In my culture, it is completely normal for grandparents, adult children, and grandchildren to all live together. To ask the grandparents to pay rent would ...
by texasdiver
Sat May 21, 2016 6:43 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Work or stay at home mom or change careers
Replies: 64
Views: 4904

Re: Work or stay at home mom or change careers

I was a stay-home dad for 4 years when my wife and I relocated from Alaska to Texas for her medical residency. That 4-year period happened to correspond to the birth of our two youngest daughters who came 3 years apart. I went back to work full time when the youngest reached 1 year old and we could ...
by texasdiver
Sat May 21, 2016 6:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: surface street or freeway commute?
Replies: 32
Views: 1788

Re: surface street or freeway commute?

Thanks guys, I'm leaning towards the freeway commute. Finding a closer position isn't necessarily happening but I am trying. Unlike most other professions, schools are pretty evenly dispersed throughout each metro area and you pretty much have to cast your net fairly wide unless you are living somep...
by texasdiver
Sat May 21, 2016 12:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: surface street or freeway commute?
Replies: 32
Views: 1788

Re: surface street or freeway commute?

Having lived with both types of commutes, I prefer the freeway option. Easier on your car, definitely less stressful. There are restaurants we don't visit any longer because to get there we had to use a "surface street highway" - 3 lanes each direction but many traffic lights. And the are...
by texasdiver
Sat May 21, 2016 11:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: surface street or freeway commute?
Replies: 32
Views: 1788

Re: surface street or freeway commute?

Assuming the freeways aren't toll roads my personal preference would be the freeway. Even though freeways can also be stop and go at busy times, at least when the guy ahead of you moves a few feet you can too. You didn't say where in TX, but some of the red lights are very long in the Dallas area. ...
by texasdiver
Sat May 21, 2016 11:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Alaska -- please recommend
Replies: 6
Views: 713

Re: Alaska -- please recommend

I've never cruised Alaska on a big cruise ship but I did live in Juneau for a decade. I owned my own cabin cruiser and spent a great deal of time exploring the area....fishing, diving, and camping all throughout Southeast Alaska. If it were me, I'd fly up to Juneau and get on one of the small boat c...
by texasdiver
Sat May 21, 2016 10:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: surface street or freeway commute?
Replies: 32
Views: 1788

surface street or freeway commute?

This is not a hypothetical question but an actual choice. Two essentially identical teaching jobs with identical salaries and benefits at two fairly similar schools. To the extent that they are different I wouldn't be able to find out before starting anyway. School A is 25 miles away on a 100% rever...
by texasdiver
Fri May 20, 2016 9:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to Portland, Oregon
Replies: 35
Views: 2518

Re: Trip to Portland, Oregon

Kind of depends on your budget. On the corporate expense account I have stayed at the Hotel DeLuxe, Heathman, and Hotel Monaco in downtown Portland. All were pricey and as nice as you'd expect. On my own dime I have stayed at the Silver Cloud Inn in Northwest Portland which is a small Northwest chai...
by texasdiver
Fri May 20, 2016 8:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Leaving real estate to kids
Replies: 20
Views: 1811

Re: Leaving real estate to kids

Don't do it how my grandfather did it. My grandfather was a farmer in central PA. He owned a large acreage of woodland in the mountains above where the family farm was located. Kind of place were people had hunting cabins and woodlots. He left these woodlands jointly to his 5 children including my m...
by texasdiver
Thu May 19, 2016 3:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Pride in no inheritance to kids?
Replies: 233
Views: 1804

Re: Pride in no inheritance to kids?

My grandfather was a farmer and very much of a conservative religious patriarch in his community. His sons (my father included) basically worked their butts of on that farm from childhood on up and made it possible for my grandfather to build and manage a fairly large farm. Apparently he did a lot o...
by texasdiver
Thu May 19, 2016 2:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Work or stay at home mom or change careers
Replies: 64
Views: 4904

Re: Work or stay at home mom or change careers

Not sure what kind of field you are in, but there is benefit to putting together some kind of part-time consulting gig from home if you can in any way swing it. Even if it is only an occasional thing. Something to keep your feet wet and fill out the gap years in your resume if you decide to go back ...
by texasdiver
Wed May 18, 2016 12:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Clean sheeting clean country living
Replies: 9
Views: 1119

Re: Clean sheeting clean country living

You can find that kind of place in Texas outside the major cities. May not meet your criteria for 4-seasons and 'scenic' though. The pretty parts of Texas near Ausin and San Antonio are going to be well outside your budget for acreage in the country. But you can find that kind of thing around say Wa...
by texasdiver
Wed May 18, 2016 8:18 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Physician Retirement Savings
Replies: 213
Views: 24431

Re: Physician Retirement Savings

I agree and a house is a good thing to splurge on, as opposed to cars and boats. Not sure I agree here; there's an enormous opportunity cost for "investing" in a dream home. Plus, the "tax advantage" of a huge mortgage is illusory (get a quarter back for every dollar you waste o...
by texasdiver
Tue May 17, 2016 5:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking of moving to SC or TX
Replies: 31
Views: 3500

Re: Thinking of moving to SC or TX

And water is going to be an even larger issue in the growth dynamics since Austin and San Antonio depend on the Edwards Aquafer ground water which is being sucked out faster than any replenishing can ever happen... It took thousands of years to put that water in there and it is coming out faster th...
by texasdiver
Tue May 17, 2016 3:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kenai Peninsula - Too Late to Plan?
Replies: 6
Views: 873

Re: Kenai Peninsula - Too Late to Plan?

I spent a decade living in Southeast Alaska but would frequently visit the Anchorage area on business and know it pretty well. Unless I miss my guess, Anchorage will probably not be that hard to find lodging. There are a ton of business hotels frequented by workers coming off the North Slope and out...

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