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by SrGrumpy
Wed May 23, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: International travel for Christmas
Replies: 26
Views: 1273

Re: International travel for Christmas

And just so you know, Americans need a visa for Australia. Who would have guessed. That's nothing, just a few mouse clicks. America has a similar, er, shakedown, ESTA, and the Canadians just introduced their own version. So are you saying US citizens now need a visa to drive across the Canadian bor...
by SrGrumpy
Tue May 22, 2018 4:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: International travel for Christmas
Replies: 26
Views: 1273

Re: International travel for Christmas

adamthesmythe wrote:
Mon May 21, 2018 9:55 pm
And just so you know, Americans need a visa for Australia. Who would have guessed.
That's nothing, just a few mouse clicks. America has a similar, er, shakedown, ESTA, and the Canadians just introduced their own version.
by SrGrumpy
Mon May 21, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coachella concert
Replies: 8
Views: 889

Re: Coachella concert

Or Arroyo Seco (Pasadena) in June ... https://www.arroyosecoweekend.com/ (Neil Young, Jack White, Pretenders, Kings of Leon, Robert Plant, etc)
by SrGrumpy
Mon May 21, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coachella concert
Replies: 8
Views: 889

Re: Coachella concert

Reserve hotel rooms now with free cancellation. I stayed at the Best Western. Prepare to pay big $$. Have they announced dates yet (not to mention artists)? At least it's two weekends now. Since you are older skewing, pay up for the VIP tix. Take a bandana or surgical mask- the dust is horrendous. Q...
by SrGrumpy
Mon May 21, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: International travel for Christmas
Replies: 26
Views: 1273

Re: International travel for Christmas

ft2010 wrote:
Mon May 21, 2018 2:23 pm
Christmas time in Hong Kong is quite popular,
Ooh, absolutely.The city is lit up like a Christmas tree. Beautiful. And I don't even care for Christmas.
by SrGrumpy
Mon May 21, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Chase Savings Account emptied out!
Replies: 61
Views: 8306

Re: Chase Savings Account emptied out!

What did Chase say?
by SrGrumpy
Mon May 21, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rental cars in Europe
Replies: 32
Views: 1732

Re: Rental cars in Europe

I have had the experience of showing up to a rental car company at Heathrow only to be told they had run out of the economy car I had booked for 3 weeks. I was offered am upgrade to a large SUV at the same price. I refused because of the gas price and the difficulty parking such a large vehicle. I ...
by SrGrumpy
Mon May 21, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: International travel for Christmas
Replies: 26
Views: 1273

Re: International travel for Christmas

There's usually decent award availability to Brazil, Argentina, but you would need to get in fairly soon if you want to pay with Saver rather than Standard. If your elite status allows you to change bookings with no fee, that is useful. I'd also take a look at Australia, which is obviously a more po...
by SrGrumpy
Sun May 20, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rental cars in Europe
Replies: 32
Views: 1732

Re: Rental cars in Europe

I was told I needed an International Driving Permit, which I went to AAA and got, to rent and drive in Europe. If I recall correctly no one asked for it, but they can potentially not rent to you if you don't have one. I believe you need it if you get pulled over also. Local D/L is fine - I am drivi...
by SrGrumpy
Sun May 20, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rental cars in Europe
Replies: 32
Views: 1732

Re: Rental cars in Europe

the rental car company "ran out of cars" and tried to force us into a much more expensive car This is really surprising, especially if you rent from a major at an airport. Which company was it? My experience is almost as annoying though: they occasionally run out of small cars and give me a bigger ...
by SrGrumpy
Tue May 15, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Now that we know we're just digital prey, tell me about ad blockers and other apps and which ones are best
Replies: 17
Views: 1387

Re: Now that we know we're just digital prey, tell me about ad blockers and other apps and which ones are best

Ghostery was touted in similar threads, but people seem to have gone cold on that because of advertising ties. It's hard to stay abreast of such things. I use duckduckgo, though I miss Google Chrome. We're all just rats in a cage.
by SrGrumpy
Sat May 12, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why did Capital One 360 say my cell phone couldn't be verified?
Replies: 9
Views: 979

Re: Why did Capital One 360 say my cell phone couldn't be verified?

Empathies. I have had the same problem with Capital One cellphone verification. I called them, and they took care of it (somehow).

P.S. Yes, I remember. I have a pay as you go phone. That was the problem.
by SrGrumpy
Sat May 12, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3531
Views: 1005245

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Life of the Party. Left after an hour. You've been warned.
by SrGrumpy
Fri May 11, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Ally online savings now at 1.60%
Replies: 171
Views: 25680

Re: Ally online savings now at 1.60%

With Popular Direct at 2% I don't see why these 1.6% accounts are so popular. $5,000 minimum, a $4 fee if the account falls below $500, a $5 dormancy fee, a $25 early account closing fee. TOD and ACH limitations. Bad reviews on Depositaccounts.com I get that these issues may be irrelevant for many ...
by SrGrumpy
Fri May 11, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Ally 12 month cd 2.25%
Replies: 9
Views: 2147

Re: Ally 12 month cd 2.25%

A great deal. Seems like yesterday that I bought a 5-year Ally CD for 2.0% Sigh. Looking at Fidelity, the 9mo T-bill is yielding 2.22%. Unless the CD has no (or very low) EWP, T-bills would be a better deal now. What 9mo T-bill? Anyway, the 12mo T-bill is currently at 2.25% so I don't see this as v...
by SrGrumpy
Fri May 11, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Ally 12 month cd 2.25%
Replies: 9
Views: 2147

Re: Ally 12 month cd 2.25%

A great deal. Seems like yesterday that I bought a 5-year Ally CD for 2.0% Sigh.
by SrGrumpy
Thu May 10, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Golf ball] cracked my house window. Do I have any recourse?
Replies: 68
Views: 6945

Re: [Golf ball] cracked my house window. Do I have any recourse?

Once I was visiting and we were all sitting in the lovely backyard when I was hit in the arm by a golf ball. No, the golfer didn't come over to see if I was OK or to retrieve his ball... It hurt like the dickens and we all saw what a problem it would have been had the ball been 8" higher and hit my...
by SrGrumpy
Thu May 10, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Fire/Burglar Safe
Replies: 21
Views: 1349

Re: Home Fire/Burglar Safe

Wouldn't a hollowed-out book for smallish items cover the burglary risk?
by SrGrumpy
Thu May 10, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bucket List Adventures/Activities
Replies: 110
Views: 7854

Re: Bucket List Adventures/Activities

Not exactly a failure but I realized that I have been to 49 states and I will likely not hit 50. The one I am missing is North Dakota and I don't think that I will ever get there even though I will be within 100 miles of it this summer. Aw, c'mon! A hundred miles? I'm at 46. Don't let me beat you.
by SrGrumpy
Wed May 09, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to handle problem employee
Replies: 84
Views: 5478

Re: How to handle problem employee

davebo wrote:
Tue May 08, 2018 10:08 pm
She pauses and says "I'm sorry, I don't understand".
#I'mWithHer
by SrGrumpy
Wed May 09, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which cordless weed whacker to buy?
Replies: 49
Views: 3189

Re: Which cordless weed whacker to buy?

I've been following this threat with interest and have a couple of questions for those with more knowledge and experienced than me. I haven't done my yard in years as I have outsourced maintenance to a variety of less-than-satisfactory people. Now that I am mostly retired, I'm now thinking of getti...
by SrGrumpy
Mon May 07, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bucket List Adventures/Activities
Replies: 110
Views: 7854

Re: Bucket List Adventures/Activities

+1. I'd be interested to know people's bucket list failures - they've left it too late. Planned to play all the most famous golf courses around the world. Too late. Spine can no longer tolerate much golf. Shucks. j My grandmother was well traveled throughout Australia and North America - back in th...
by SrGrumpy
Mon May 07, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bucket List Adventures/Activities
Replies: 110
Views: 7854

Re: Bucket List Adventures/Activities

Trader/Investor wrote:
Sun May 06, 2018 10:25 pm
runner3081 wrote:
Thu May 03, 2018 2:11 pm
Interesting to see what people have on their list.

For me? I don't really have a bucket list.
And I thought I was the only one not into bucket lists.
+1. I'd be interested to know people's bucket list failures - they've left it too late.
by SrGrumpy
Sun May 06, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which cordless weed whacker to buy?
Replies: 49
Views: 3189

Re: Which cordless weed whacker to buy?

I'm halfway through my hillside with the monster 80v Kobalt from Lowe's, thanks @Silk McCue!
by SrGrumpy
Sun May 06, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Broken Crown....
Replies: 2
Views: 523

Re: Broken Crown....

2-3 years? You need a better dentist. Mine just came off after a decade. Dentist replaced for $1200 cash. Of course no 2 cases are alike.
by SrGrumpy
Sun May 06, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: NYT article - 96 year old Brooklyn secretary...
Replies: 12
Views: 2365

Re: NYT article - 96 year old Brooklyn secretary...

The Othmers are mentioned in the story. Google them. Not a happy ending for their millions.
by SrGrumpy
Sun May 06, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Does it make ANY sense for a US citizen to stash emergency funds overseas?
Replies: 62
Views: 4582

Re: Does it make ANY sense for a US citizen to stash emergency funds overseas?

Was your wife watching the Sopranos episode where Camilla gets anxious about finances, and Tony tells her not to worry because he has money overseas? (*)

In other words, don't waste your time indulging this fantasy unless you're in the mob.

(* and they all got whacked anyway!)
by SrGrumpy
Sat May 05, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AMC Movie Theaters -- typical OR not?
Replies: 61
Views: 4371

Re: AMC Movie Theaters -- typical OR not?

Prices seemed reasonable: $30 for three of us. Whoa! Atypical. Are you posting from the 1990s? I don't know if you can get into a discount theater for much under $10 around here. That is market specific. I do not think that I have spent more than $7.50 for a movie in the past five years with the se...
by SrGrumpy
Sat May 05, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AMC Movie Theaters -- typical OR not?
Replies: 61
Views: 4371

Re: AMC Movie Theaters -- typical OR not?

Prices seemed reasonable: $30 for three of us. Whoa! Atypical. Are you posting from the 1990s? I don't know if you can get into a discount theater for much under $10 around here. Sounds like a great experience. Hope the movie was fun, too. The "upscale" theaters in my neighborhood are showing their...
by SrGrumpy
Sat May 05, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: most compelling TV character ever
Replies: 175
Views: 16042

Re: most compelling TV character ever

A pointless thread if people are merely listing their favorite TV characters without elaborating on their compelling qualities.
by SrGrumpy
Sat May 05, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MoviePass-Too good to be true, but it's legit.
Replies: 240
Views: 30506

Re: MoviePass-Too good to be true, but it's legit.

Enjoy MoviePass while it lasts ... https://wapo.st/2HDNkgO?tid=ss_mail&utm_term=.c335c70dd82a “I don’t see how they can sustain themselves,” said Hester. People always say that about disrupters. Remember the Amazon naysayers - the bond analyst who was convinced it would go bankrupt? Who knows what ...
by SrGrumpy
Sat May 05, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: most compelling TV character ever
Replies: 175
Views: 16042

Re: most compelling TV character ever

Maybe not THE most compelling, but getting there: Andy Sipowicz, NYPD Blue (Dennis Franz) The rest of the cast was wonderful also. Definitely the most complex. I was just watching the pilot the other day. I'm not sure it would be able to air on network TV these days. The supporting cast certainly p...
by SrGrumpy
Fri May 04, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Hiring an executor
Replies: 7
Views: 694

Re: Hiring an executor

I asked a similar question a month or so ago: https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=244573 It was suggested to hire a professional who handles conservatorships, end-of-life issues, or to look up social-services options in your county. Experience counts, as you know now: I'm considering as...
by SrGrumpy
Wed May 02, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Chase $300 bonus for a new saving account
Replies: 23
Views: 2895

Re: Chase $300 bonus for a new saving account

I've done Chase 6 years in a row. This year I got a letter a week after opening the account in branch saying they were closing the accounts and sending me my money back. I fortunately had already ACH pushed to the account and when they returned my money it included the $300 checking bonus. Ugh. Hat...
by SrGrumpy
Tue May 01, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Chase $300 bonus for a new saving account
Replies: 23
Views: 2895

Re: Chase $300 bonus for a new saving account

Just got my $200 bonus today, 90 days to the day. Easy stuff. Can't wait to redo next year.
by SrGrumpy
Tue May 01, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Daughter and Girlfriend, age 19, taking cross country road trip. Advice?
Replies: 187
Views: 8611

Re: Daughter and Girlfriend, age 19, taking cross country road trip. Advice?

MJW wrote:
Tue May 01, 2018 11:29 am
Based on some of the suggestions I've read I would say at this point the OP may as well just go with them.

Sit in the back seat and try to be inconspicuous. Tell them to act as if you aren't there.
Brilliant! But can he change a car tire?
by SrGrumpy
Mon Apr 30, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Daughter and Girlfriend, age 19, taking cross country road trip. Advice?
Replies: 187
Views: 8611

Re: Daughter and Girlfriend, age 19, taking cross country road trip. Advice?

The over protective dad in me would have them purchase an Amtrak pass that would allow them stops along the way. (I've had a family member and coworker both total their vehicles on road trips this year. They walked away, luckily.) Here's a list of National Parks available via Amtrak: https://www.am...
by SrGrumpy
Mon Apr 30, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Daughter and Girlfriend, age 19, taking cross country road trip. Advice?
Replies: 187
Views: 8611

Re: Daughter and Girlfriend, age 19, taking cross country road trip. Advice?

Flobes wrote:
Mon Apr 30, 2018 3:24 pm

One more thing:
Don't over plan. Opportunities and serendipity will arise.
Somewhat contradicted by a long list of recommendations that includes lamination and clothes pins. This largely risible thread would make Keroauc roll in his grave.
by SrGrumpy
Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 3 days in London - must dos?
Replies: 31
Views: 1877

Re: 3 days in London - must dos?

Why go halfway around the world to shop and eat, you can do that anywhere/anytime. BTW, British food is nothing to write home about. Ha! I'm pleased someone said that. The Brits are very proud of their curries. An M&S food hall should suffice. The British Museum, oft-mentioned, is good for the Elgi...
by SrGrumpy
Sun Apr 29, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Visiting OK and KS with family
Replies: 31
Views: 1762

Re: Visiting OK and KS with family

If you had time to see St. Joseph, Missouri I feel that's a treasure of an old town really. Beautiful architecture there. OMG, how could I forget? Jesse James alert! The home in St. Joseph and the family farm in Kearney. Your kids may love that. The locals aren't too enthused about their other loca...
by SrGrumpy
Sun Apr 29, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Visiting OK and KS with family
Replies: 31
Views: 1762

Re: Visiting OK and KS with family

I was pleasantly surprised by the Kansas City area. Not sure if anyone mentioned the WW1 museum, which is wonderfully laid out (and timely this year). Not sure if your kids have read/seen Naked Lunch yet (!), but if so, Burroughs' house is in Lawrence. I also second the Truman house, which is pretty...
by SrGrumpy
Sun Apr 29, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BH travel tips?
Replies: 192
Views: 13664

Re: BH travel tips?

^ I don't touch those travel blankets. Even the ones wrapped in plastic bags have long strands of hair and other detritus. If anything, I'd use them as seat cushions to provide a modest barrier against years of embedded human waste.
by SrGrumpy
Sun Apr 29, 2018 12:41 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Alliant Credit Union Signature VISA
Replies: 29
Views: 3745

Re: Alliant Credit Union Signature VISA

flamesabers wrote:
Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:28 am

I think all of these "requirements" are a definite sign the bank doesn't really want your business.
It's like the destination weddings I've been reading about here: You're invited but we don't really want you to come.
by SrGrumpy
Sat Apr 28, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: First credit card
Replies: 21
Views: 1194

Re: First credit card

Our son is graduating from college and needs to open a credit card. Any suggestions regarding the first CC for a 23 year old? Ed My wife just got a Barclay-Uber card with a $1,000 credit limit since she has not much history. A rep called her to verify info. Might be useful, assuming your son uses U...
by SrGrumpy
Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I change careers?
Replies: 52
Views: 3793

Re: Should I change careers?

The best way to make money, in your case, would be to use other people's money.
by SrGrumpy
Sat Apr 28, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BH travel tips?
Replies: 192
Views: 13664

Re: BH travel tips?

LeeMKE wrote:
Sat Apr 28, 2018 2:11 pm

I’ve never travelled with 4 pair of shoes, but I am planning to do so now.
I've never owned 4 pair of shoes.
by SrGrumpy
Sat Apr 28, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Did you rent car in Spain?
Replies: 18
Views: 902

Re: Did you rent car in Spain?

Depends how many in your group: a car may be more cost-effective. I didn't find trains as cheap as I was expecting, despite long-lead booking, so often took buses that didn't always stop centrally. On another trip, I had a car for driving between destinations - from Madrid up to Valladolid, down to ...
by SrGrumpy
Sat Apr 28, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sound Proofing Upstairs Rental Unit
Replies: 9
Views: 1197

Re: Sound Proofing Upstairs Rental Unit

There are quite a few, rather fascinating, threads on this issue. One poster, @flashes1, provided this link 3 years ago, which tells you everything you need to know about soundproofing. He also mentioned that you need to "create a room within a room": http://www.avsforum.com/forum/19-dedicated-theat...
by SrGrumpy
Sat Apr 28, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ikea Quality
Replies: 37
Views: 2774

Re: Ikea Quality

If more people had IKEA, we wouldn't have so many threads asking how to get rid of granny's heavy, old-fashioned furniture.
by SrGrumpy
Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How did you tell the boss you're leaving/retiring?
Replies: 129
Views: 9205

Re: How did you tell the boss you're leaving/retiring?

Not all companies work the same. I worked at Megacorp for 33+ years, and I wasn't unusual at all. They generally took care of salaried employees pretty well. I'd venture to say things are a bit different now in the American workplace, hence your showdown with @samsoes, who may have a more contempor...