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by thomasbayarea
Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Subaru Outback with 3 car seats vs. other car/suv options
Replies: 68
Views: 3855

Re: 2018 Subaru Outback with 3 car seats vs. other car/suv options

I drove the latest CRV and a RAV4 recently.

The CRV had a very bland and underpowered engine. The RAV4 was peppy and way more responsive. I liked the interior of the RAV4 much better also, so that would be a clear choice for me.
by thomasbayarea
Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The $1,124,176 Car.
Replies: 99
Views: 9629

Re: The $1,124.176 Car.

While this is true for most people, some of us live to drive fun and interesting cars. I don't want to drive a boring car for 40 years and then have a million dollars to show for it. I want to be be comfortable in retirement, but I also want to pursue my passion.

Point well taken though, thank you :sharebeer
by thomasbayarea
Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vehicles as a percentage of net worth
Replies: 102
Views: 6720

Re: Vehicles as a percentage of net worth

When I was young, I spent about 80% of all my money on a car! :oops:

Now all cars total, 1%

I miss the good old foolish days.
by thomasbayarea
Sat Jan 21, 2017 11:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Dow crosses 20,000?
Replies: 28
Views: 3142

Re: Dow crosses 20,000?

I'm an engineer.

Anything above 19,500 is rounded up to 20,000.

:sharebeer
by thomasbayarea
Tue Dec 13, 2016 6:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How old is your vehicle?
Replies: 200
Views: 16306

Re: How old is your vehicle?

Approximately, in order of my preference...

20 year old Porsche
10 year old Toyota
5 year old BMW
by thomasbayarea
Sun Sep 11, 2016 1:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota, Honda, Nissan or Chrysler Minivan?
Replies: 43
Views: 4912

Re: Toyota, Honda, Nissan or Chrysler Minivan?

It's almost 2017 and vehicle safety and reliability has come a long way. You won't go wrong with any of the vans you list. I would add the Kia Sedona to your list. Very high on "bang for the buck". :sharebeer
by thomasbayarea
Wed Aug 31, 2016 3:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Shopping - Early 2000s Mid-Sized Car Reliability under $5k?
Replies: 37
Views: 3257

Re: Car Shopping - Early 2000s Mid-Sized Car Reliability under $5k?

Maxima.

Cheaper than a Camry or Accord, runs and drives better, will easily last till 250k miles. I had one, loved that car.
by thomasbayarea
Mon Aug 22, 2016 11:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Has anyone bought a home with Redfin?
Replies: 35
Views: 5360

Re: Has anyone bought a home with Redfin?

Over the last 9 years we have bought two and sold one home through Redfin.

Nothing but positive things to say about them, except that their cash back % has significantly decreased since 9 years ago.
by thomasbayarea
Sun Aug 21, 2016 10:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Selling Used Car
Replies: 6
Views: 1029

Re: Selling Used Car

The value of a used 2009 Civic should not change very much between now and December. Is the car listed for sale on say Craigslist? What is the asking price? The thing with selling is - all you need is one buyer. Today you have an offer of $6k, next week someone might offer $6.5k or maybe $5.5k. I ge...
by thomasbayarea
Wed Jul 27, 2016 5:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Interview in Silicon Valley - Suit?
Replies: 95
Views: 7779

Re: Interview in Silicon Valley - Suit?

No don't, please.

We've never seen a suited interviewee in the last 5 years.
by thomasbayarea
Tue Jul 19, 2016 6:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bay Area Salary Thread
Replies: 22
Views: 2812

Re: Bay Area Salary Thread

I will post my salary only after Donald Trump releases his tax returns :beer
by thomasbayarea
Tue Jul 05, 2016 12:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What kind of car are you driving?
Replies: 368
Views: 35894

Re: What kind of car are you driving?

BMW 328i, hers
Toyota Prius, my commuter car
Porsche 996 wide body, our weekend car
Several Kawasaki motorcycles, mine
by thomasbayarea
Mon Jul 04, 2016 9:46 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can I afford a million dollar house?
Replies: 85
Views: 10581

Re: Can I afford a million dollar house?

What kind of business generates $180k in profits on the side?

:)
by thomasbayarea
Sat Jun 18, 2016 3:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Porsche 911 owners here?
Replies: 118
Views: 14384

Re: Any Porsche 911 owners here?

Long time Porsche owner here. I have nothing more to add to this thread except "Do it already!".

Life is short, go live your dreams.
by thomasbayarea
Thu Jun 16, 2016 7:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How many activities for your kids?
Replies: 70
Views: 7242

Re: How many activities for your kids?

My 8 year old daughter does -

Swim team (4 months of spring-summer)
Basketball in the other 8 months
Classical dance, year round
Piano, year round

My 4 year old -

Tennis (aka running behind a ball for 45 minutes)
Group music class
by thomasbayarea
Thu Jun 16, 2016 7:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Helping Picking Vehicle Lowest $/mile
Replies: 29
Views: 2145

Re: Helping Picking Vehicle Lowest $/mile

My 9 year old Prius has about 135,000 miles on it now. Absolutely no problems to date.

I also recommend Ford taxi/police/limo cars - they last forever. Look into Crown Victoria, Grand Marquis, Town cars, etc. Very cheap to fix also.
by thomasbayarea
Fri Apr 01, 2016 11:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Five Best National Parks to Visit?
Replies: 99
Views: 9354

Re: Five Best National Parks to Visit?

whaleknives wrote:Image

I have climbed the cables of half dome several years now. After they setup the daily permit limit, it is not crowded at all.
by thomasbayarea
Fri Apr 01, 2016 10:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Five Best National Parks to Visit?
Replies: 99
Views: 9354

Re: Five Best National Parks to Visit?

Yosemite - The problem with such a beautiful park is that it takes multiple visits to truly appreciate it. I have been to Yosemite over a dozen times now (I live close) and every time I discover something new. That park is truly special in my book - none others have come close - but it look several ...
by thomasbayarea
Wed Feb 24, 2016 5:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Please help me, help my parents, help me
Replies: 15
Views: 2722

Re: Please help me, help my parents, help me

Your two parents gifting 5 people (your spouse, you and the 3 kids) $14k each, allows for the first $140,000 to be tax exempt (no need to report it). Can you split it up into two checks of $140k each? This way you don't even have to file a tax return. Well, even if you have to report it on form 709,...
by thomasbayarea
Fri Feb 19, 2016 1:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Applied for 100 jobs, no callbacks. What's up?
Replies: 103
Views: 10755

Re: Applied for 100 jobs, no callbacks. What's up?

OP, any calls?

We're all waiting excitedly :P :P
by thomasbayarea
Wed Feb 03, 2016 11:52 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What do you pay per year for daycare?
Replies: 33
Views: 2283

Re: What do you pay per year for daycare?

$1500/kid/month - SF Bay Area
by thomasbayarea
Sun Jan 31, 2016 11:50 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Downward trend over?
Replies: 46
Views: 5293

Re: Downward trend over?

Down
No Up
No Down
No Up
:confused
by thomasbayarea
Fri Jan 29, 2016 9:24 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Regret of selling winning stocks early
Replies: 35
Views: 4494

Re: Regret of selling winning stocks early

I have always sold ESPP & RSUs immediately on vesting.

Some years I was unhappy because waiting would have been profitable.

Last 2 years selling immediately has been profitable.

Who knows the right answer :confused

Move on :sharebeer
by thomasbayarea
Wed Jan 13, 2016 3:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Ever get mad at the screen when the market is down
Replies: 32
Views: 2764

Re: Ever get mad at the screen when the market is down

I see that the market is down again today. I found myself saying "Take it all! I don't care what happens. [insert a few profanities]" in a frustrated yet serious undertone. In other words, if the market wants to play games then I will too. I will pretend that red is up and green is down. ...
by thomasbayarea
Mon Jan 11, 2016 10:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oil Changes turns into a disaster. What to do?
Replies: 62
Views: 8330

Re: Oil Changes turns into a disaster. What to do?

Sorry to hear. I've had similar bad experiences at Jiffy Lube. One time they severely under filled the oil, it didn't show up on the dipstick right after the oil change. Another time they over pumped my tires by 10psi. I never go there now... Have not been in 5+ years. I think it's going to be hard ...
by thomasbayarea
Fri Jan 08, 2016 2:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tough Frugal Decisions
Replies: 111
Views: 20685

Re: Tough Frugal Decisions

I came to this country for grad school with $500 in my pocket, which was not very different from the $500 of now. Lived in tiny shared apartments Ate a lot of mac n cheese, dollar slice pizza and dollar Chinese food Rode the bus (free college bus pass) Bought a used bike in a year and life improved ...
by thomasbayarea
Tue Jan 05, 2016 1:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: profitable hobby?
Replies: 119
Views: 14211

Re: profitable hobby?

If you are a tennis player it is easy to make a few bucks coaching kids.
by thomasbayarea
Tue Jan 05, 2016 1:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you have fun?
Replies: 73
Views: 6716

Re: How do you have fun?

My last bike was an '04 Honda CBR 1000rr with over $10k in aftermarket parts and engine/suspension work. Around 450lbs. full of fuel and ~170hp at the rear wheel. very nice bike, i went for the V-twin version ! not quite the brute on the top end of the i4 but i liked the more linear power curve. Ti...
by thomasbayarea
Mon Jan 04, 2016 2:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you have fun?
Replies: 73
Views: 6716

Re: How do you have fun?

Mid 30s, 2 kids, Bay Area, busy life. Cheap/Free Tennis CrossFit (free at work) Biking with the kids Hiking Movies Reading/Book club/Library Expensive Motorcycles Music concerts Dining out Day trips to museums, local destinations Liquor/Wine club Electronics, audio equipment Shopping (mostly the wif...
by thomasbayarea
Thu Dec 17, 2015 8:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Argentine peso is down 30% today ...
Replies: 24
Views: 2750

Re: Argentine peso is down 30% today ...

tenkuky wrote:Trapiche Old Cask Malbec
$ 7.99
I love it :sharebeer
Where do you buy this?
by thomasbayarea
Wed Dec 16, 2015 4:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which would you buy?
Replies: 16
Views: 2590

Re: Which would you buy?

Also consider any differences in safety features. The Sienna might not have ESC Just curious - What is the need for ESC? As far as I know, ESC only corrects over- and under-steering. All Toyota vehicles come with traction control (corrects wheel spin) and ABS (corrects slip during braking)... which...
by thomasbayarea
Wed Dec 16, 2015 12:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which would you buy?
Replies: 16
Views: 2590

Re: Which would you buy?

I called the Dodge dealer and they have two in stock at that price... Confirmed. They are also willing to do that price, even if you are not a current non FCA lesee. I understand that the Sienna is probably a better car and more reliable, but the price difference is amazing. The Dodge is seriously t...
by thomasbayarea
Tue Dec 15, 2015 8:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which would you buy?
Replies: 16
Views: 2590

Which would you buy?

a) New
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Or

b) Used
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by thomasbayarea
Wed Dec 09, 2015 6:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BMW current and past owners -- how was the reliability and would you buy another?
Replies: 89
Views: 12337

Re: BMW current and past owners -- how was the reliability and would you buy another?

If you've owned a (or multiple BMWs), how was the reliability? What did you own, how old was it? 2011 BMW 328i with 55k miles now (the Honda Civic of BMWs). Not very reliable. Many things broke under warranty and after warranty expired I replaced 6 spark plugs and coils due to persistent misfiring ...
by thomasbayarea
Sun Dec 06, 2015 11:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car
Replies: 316
Views: 34843

Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

My Nissan Maxima had 238,000 miles when I sold it.

That is the distance from the earth to the moon.
by thomasbayarea
Sun Dec 06, 2015 9:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: A car nicer than the boss?
Replies: 257
Views: 28019

Re: A car nicer than the boss?

stoptothink wrote:I have seen similar threads on this topic, but I have a difficult time believing anybody but you actually cares.
+1 Just drive what you want and stop being worried. People are busier than you think - they will not care.
by thomasbayarea
Sun Dec 06, 2015 9:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: A car nicer than the boss?
Replies: 257
Views: 28019

Re: A car nicer than the boss?

I think it depends on where you are. Here is Silicon Valley nobody cares what you drive. I have a senior engineer who drives a Cayman GT4 while my CTO drives a 10 year old Lexus. You have to show up and do your work; After that it's all up to you. Consider if your CTO drove the Cayman, and the engi...
by thomasbayarea
Sun Dec 06, 2015 9:49 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: A car nicer than the boss?
Replies: 257
Views: 28019

Re: A car nicer than the boss?

I think it depends on where you are. Here is Silicon Valley nobody cares what you drive. I have a senior engineer who drives a Cayman GT4 while my CTO drives a 10 year old Lexus. You have to show up and do your work; After that it's all up to you.
by thomasbayarea
Wed Nov 25, 2015 2:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bath tub - Replace - Written quote - $2,500+
Replies: 16
Views: 1466

Re: Bath tub - Replace - Written quote - $2,500+

Your quote is too high - I suggest getting a few more bids. We recently remodeled a couple of bathrooms (Fremont, CA - HCOL) and the labor for each was not much more than your quote. The bathrooms were torn down to the studs and everything new was put in.
by thomasbayarea
Wed Nov 04, 2015 5:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Mazda3 to buy? 2013 (53k miles) $12k, 2012 (27k miles) $15k, new 2015 $19k
Replies: 60
Views: 5893

Re: Which Mazda3 to buy? 2013 (53k miles) $12k, 2012 (27k miles) $15k, new 2015 $19k

The 2015 looks SO MUCH better than the previous generation. That would be my choice, hands down.
by thomasbayarea
Wed Nov 04, 2015 3:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whisky Recommendations
Replies: 109
Views: 12750

Re: Whisky Recommendations

Here you go -->

Trader Joe's 10 year highland single malt (it's better than the 18 year speyside)

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by thomasbayarea
Thu Oct 08, 2015 10:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trouble with family thinking we have more money than we do
Replies: 87
Views: 10232

Re: Trouble with family thinking we have more money than we do

Why don't you discuss your finances with your parents (and/or in-laws)?

I regularly discuss our money stuff with my mom and dad (and I'm 35 years old). Paycheck, savings, investments, retirement, college, etc. etc... they know everything.
by thomasbayarea
Mon Sep 07, 2015 10:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cost of piano lessons
Replies: 44
Views: 6388

Re: Cost of piano lessons

$40 / half hour private lesson.

SF Bay Area

8 year old kid.
by thomasbayarea
Wed Aug 26, 2015 4:02 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: $100 k for a MBA, worth it ?
Replies: 35
Views: 8921

Re: $100 k for a MBA, worth it ?

Skip the MBA, a complete waste of time for a 37 year old electrical engineer at a phone company. Program manager? Visibility? See this link , a good read. If you consistently deliver what the business needs most, and you do it well, it’s impossible not to get promoted. People tell me this isn’t true...
by thomasbayarea
Sun Aug 23, 2015 10:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Passed up for a promotion, now what?
Replies: 34
Views: 5390

Re: Passed up for a promotion, now what?

Thank you all very much for the valuable inputs. I spent a lot of time reading, re-reading and thinking about the various responses. I agree with the general consensus to play along with this in the short term - work hard and continue to contribute at the 100% level, without any confrontations, etc....