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by caffeperfavore
Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How hard is it to get into college?
Replies: 82
Views: 3457

Re: How hard is it to get into college?

And I would actually say it's more of an East Coast phenomenon - there is much more obsession with attending selective private universities and liberal arts colleges, while the West Coast tends to be more focused on public universities (besides some prep schools). And then there's the rest of us th...
by caffeperfavore
Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Visit to Tokyo
Replies: 17
Views: 1812

Re: Visit to Tokyo

You've already got some good options above. I'll add the Yanaka neighborhood. It's a quieter area with the city's few surviving wooden houses that weren't leveled in WWII. Kamakura, a one-time site of Japan's capital and sort of mini-Kyoto is a short train ride just out of the city. There's temples ...
by caffeperfavore
Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Italy in September
Replies: 35
Views: 2217

Re: Italy in September

1) In Florence if you are at all interested in science be sure to see the Galieo museum. It had a fantastic collection of early scientific instruments including a telescope that Galieo made. Some people miss this. +1 The Museo Galileo is a must see if you're at all interested in science and was one...
by caffeperfavore
Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Italy in September
Replies: 35
Views: 2217

Re: Italy in September

In Florence, you have time for the Uffizi, Accademia (where Michealangelo's David is), the Ponte Vecchio, and Boboli Gardens. I think Santa Croce is worth a visit too. Look for a pass that allows you to skip the lines at the Uffizi. I forget what it's called though. For restaurants, try Trip Advisor...
by caffeperfavore
Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used Kona Lanai bike for $200-$230
Replies: 17
Views: 1032

Re: Used Kona Lanai bike for $200-$230

Given that the LBS sized you up and put you on the cruiser, you say that ease of maintenance is important, and your username is KeepItSimple, then ThankYouJack has the best answer. There's not much that can go wrong with a cruiser and nothing that you can't fix yourself with some bronze age tools.
by caffeperfavore
Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used Kona Lanai bike for $200-$230
Replies: 17
Views: 1032

Re: Used Kona Lanai bike for $200-$230

I can't speak to this exact bike, but based a quick look online, it appears to be a decent entry level mountain bike that would be fine for knocking around on short rides. It made need a tune up from a local bike shop (LBS, expect around $125) to get the shifting and brakes in order. The LBS can als...
by caffeperfavore
Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Idea for a basic drawing book for granddaughter...
Replies: 25
Views: 1245

Re: Idea for a basic drawing book for granddaughter...

If she's interested, nothing beats class instruction with a good art teacher. If you live in a large metro area, then there's probably at least one art organization/artist incubator that offers classes on nights or weekends. There are many amazing artists that supplement their income with teaching f...
by caffeperfavore
Wed Aug 07, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Korea early Dec
Replies: 7
Views: 634

Re: Korea early Dec

1. I concur with the other poster, credit cards are fine 90% or more of the time. If you wander outside of Seoul or to some of the more out of the way places, including off the beaten path neighborhoods in Seoul, you might need cash for some mom and pop type places. 2. Depends on what you'll need it...
by caffeperfavore
Wed Aug 07, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in free fall
Replies: 12071
Views: 2055418

Re: U.S. stocks in free fall

My favorite moment was watching American politicians and CNBC hosts brag about how China is in trouble, how we are winning the trade war, etc. All of those big, tough old guys on TV, bragging about how we're sticking it to the Chinese. Then news breaks that the Yuan fell to under 7 USD, and all hel...
by caffeperfavore
Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in free fall
Replies: 12071
Views: 2055418

Re: U.S. stocks in free fall

I suspect that the lasting impacts of this on the stock market will be little more than that of Brexit. I thought the U.K. was like, you know, over. Brexit was the end of the world until it wasn't. Well, I’m pretty sure the UK is screwed. A trade war between two countries can do enormous damage or ...
by caffeperfavore
Mon Aug 05, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Australia Trip - 2021
Replies: 25
Views: 1643

Re: Australia Trip - 2021

How were people getting around? Car? Plane to places further afield like Uluru? Train anywhere? I would love to see everything but it's just such a big place. Traveling with a six year old (also looking at a 2021 trip) is also a factor for us, so we're thinking we may stick closer to Sydney and Melb...
by caffeperfavore
Mon Aug 05, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in free fall
Replies: 12071
Views: 2055418

Re: U.S. stocks in free fall

willthrill81 wrote:
Mon Aug 05, 2019 11:21 am
You mean we won't be talking about the 2% stock drop of August, 2019, Black Monday, 20 years from now? :shock:
Gather round children and lemme tell you about the time the stock market dropped to a point it was a few months before.

*Children run and hide.*
by caffeperfavore
Mon Aug 05, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in free fall
Replies: 12071
Views: 2055418

Re: U.S. stocks in free fall

On the other hand every percent we lose in the market means about another month of work for us. That's less palatable. Only if you're selling now. If your horizon is further out, it's all academic. I only care what my investments will be worth in 15+ years when I'll start (maybe) selling. In betwee...
by caffeperfavore
Sat Aug 03, 2019 7:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Day care vs nanny for child care
Replies: 62
Views: 3401

Re: Day care vs nanny for childcare

Our experience: We had a nanny until our child was three and then switched to a Montessori daycare. In retrospect, I would still use the nanny but would have switched to daycare sooner, by at least 2 1/2, if not 2 years. I think it would have helped a lot with regard to both potty training (at least...
by caffeperfavore
Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel German alpine and Swiss Alp. Please review
Replies: 22
Views: 1313

Re: Travel German alpine and Swiss Alp. Please review

Sounds fun. But it looks like you're changing hotels nearly every day. I would pick a few base areas and explore from there, doing day or short trips. Among those I would keep Lauterbrunnen as one of your bases. I would also skip Thun. It's a nice little town, but you can get to it from Lauterbrunne...
by caffeperfavore
Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Grey Market Watches
Replies: 18
Views: 2333

Re: Grey Market Watches

While you're web surfing for watches, note there's a lot more quality watches out there than just Omega, Rolex, and Tag if you're looking for something a little more unique (e.g., IWC, Bell & Ross, Oris, Panerai, Sinn, Doxa, Baume & Mercier, Piaget, Breguet, etc.).
by caffeperfavore
Sun Jul 14, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I think i can spend 30k on this vacation, but wife not sure
Replies: 77
Views: 7470

Re: I think i can spend 30k on this vacation, but wife not sure

Why can’t you do premium economy? British Air’s version used to be like mini business class (not sure if it’s changed) on international flights. It’s pretty good on some carriers. Look around.

Either way, do it, unless your goal is to die with a hoard.
by caffeperfavore
Sat Jul 13, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Rental in Europe--specifically Sicily
Replies: 27
Views: 1377

Re: Car Rental in Europe--specifically Sicily

A friend was recently in Sicily and used a driver. He was very happy with the experience as was glad that he didn't have to drive, especially in the cities. I have no idea what it cost or how he found them, but it could be worth looking into.
by caffeperfavore
Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Automatic Watches
Replies: 92
Views: 5569

Re: Automatic Watches

I'm thinking that the need to adjust the watch, whether weekly or bi-weekly, is taking away some of the charm of a fully mechanical movement. But, that is the charm of a mechanical watch. I wear mechanical watches because I like having something that isn't battery powered or electronic. But, I'm a ...
by caffeperfavore
Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Avoid MD-88s [commercial aircraft]?
Replies: 61
Views: 3475

Re: Avoid MD-88s [commercial aircraft]?

You're more likely to die on the way to the airport, by a few orders of magnitude, than you are on an MD-88.
by caffeperfavore
Wed Jul 03, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Adult son has not controlled credit card overuse!
Replies: 106
Views: 6448

Re: Adult son has not controlled credit card overuse!

I used to have a lot of credit card and student loan debt along with a carpe diem attitude in my twenties. What made a difference for me was understanding the potential power of money and interest and what I could do without all the debt. Once I realized that with a little buckling down and saving, ...
by caffeperfavore
Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Going to switzerland this september-advice?
Replies: 30
Views: 2006

Re: Going to switzerland this september-advice?

Get up into the mountains and out of Interlaken. We spent five nights in Wengen, up the mountain from Lauterbrunen and loved it. The views are amazing. From there we did a number of surprisingly gentle but gorgeous hikes, explored the lakes around Interlaken, explored the waterfalls, and just soake...
by caffeperfavore
Sun Jun 30, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Going to switzerland this september-advice?
Replies: 30
Views: 2006

Re: Going to switzerland this september-advice?

Get up into the mountains and out of Interlaken. We spent five nights in Wengen, up the mountain from Lauterbrunen and loved it. The views are amazing. From there we did a number of surprisingly gentle but gorgeous hikes, explored the lakes around Interlaken, explored the waterfalls, and just soaked...
by caffeperfavore
Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How did you lower your annual expenses?
Replies: 145
Views: 13560

Re: How did you lower your annual expenses?

You really have to analyze how much happiness each spend of money brings you. For most things, waiting and finding a real good deal (thrift store or garage sale) brings me more satisfaction than I'd get if I had the money to simply order something and have it delivered the next day. I also get a lo...
by caffeperfavore
Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Single cup coffee/espresso options, 2019
Replies: 84
Views: 5754

Re: Single cup coffee/espresso options, 2019

psteinx - Note that you're not going to be able to make a latte with a regular cup of coffee. The amount of water in regular coffee will water down the taste of it. However, if you try to brew something stronger with less water, you might get closer. Or at least, something like cafe au lait. To make...
by caffeperfavore
Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How did you lower your annual expenses?
Replies: 145
Views: 13560

Re: How did you lower your annual expenses?

+1 to getting home and car expenses right. Focus on the big stuff first. Question every purchase. Do I really need it? Will it add value to my life? Can I get it or substitute something else for less? For us, we didn't do it all at once. It's a continual, gradual process. At first, we looked at our ...
by caffeperfavore
Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chrysler Pacifica - Yes or No
Replies: 29
Views: 2051

Re: Chrysler Pacifica - Yes or No

I had one for a week long rental and came away very impressed. It felt practically luxurious and carried four adults and a toddler in comfort with plenty of space. Drove well too. I'm not in the market for a minivan, but if I were, it would be at the top of my list. Have you seen the Car & Driver ar...
by caffeperfavore
Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best 7 or 8 cup food processor?
Replies: 18
Views: 904

Re: Best 7 or 8 cup food processor?

Had our Cusinart for 14 years. No problems and still going strong.
by caffeperfavore
Thu Jun 20, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving to North Carolina from NYC
Replies: 99
Views: 14981

Re: Moving to North Carolina from NYC

My husband and I are Southerners, from VA (not northern VA), so I hope they would allow us in NC despite having lived in the Northeast for about a decade. You'll be fine. The Triangle isn't exactly a hotbed of southern culture. You'll have to get outside it for that. The only people I've seen that ...
by caffeperfavore
Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Single cup coffee/espresso options, 2019
Replies: 84
Views: 5754

Re: Single cup coffee/espresso options, 2019

I purchased an Aeropress (about $30 online or at Target) three years ago and find that it duplicates Starbucks lattes. Also have an ac powered frother and scald the milk before mixing(two battery powdered items failed after a few months). I am not a snob, purchase beans at Costco and grind in store...
by caffeperfavore
Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving to North Carolina from NYC
Replies: 99
Views: 14981

Re: Moving to North Carolina from NYC

I'd love an update to hear if the OP moved and how it has been as I really want to make this move (but husband does not so who knows if it will happen). We are from VA and have friends in NC so we do already have a sense of what it is. But would love the perspective from someone who has recently le...
by caffeperfavore
Fri Jun 14, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Walking Cities, potential for retirees
Replies: 102
Views: 10401

Re: Walking Cities, potential for retirees

I think that the people who think that crossing freeways and walking through big box parking lots is “walkable” may not have ever lived anyplace that’s actually walkable. How many other people do you see out walking in these places? I suspect you see a few on the greenways getting exercise, but whe...
by caffeperfavore
Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Careers that combine art/design and science?
Replies: 36
Views: 1679

Re: Careers that combine art/design and science?

I agree with the others that say that it's likely her interests will change several times over the course of the next few years. It's best to go somewhere that she will be able to gain a broad exposure to as many fields as possible. I recommend the book, Designing Your Life. It's written by a couple...
by caffeperfavore
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Luxembourg--worth visiting?
Replies: 30
Views: 2322

Re: Luxembourg--worth visiting?

The German city of Trier is only a 45 min train ride away from Luxembourg City. It has some interesting sites including an impressive cathedral and Roman ruins. It's also in the heart of the Mosel wine region if you're into wine.
by caffeperfavore
Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toaster ovens - safe? better alternative?
Replies: 50
Views: 3862

Re: Toaster ovens - safe? better alternative?

This Breville "Mini Smart Oven" would already require another 6"+ in depth than my current oven. Tough call, as that's a lot of real estate in my kitchen. Also, several of the online reviews report power failure of the unit after only several years. I was also concerned about size, but now our Brev...
by caffeperfavore
Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toaster ovens - safe? better alternative?
Replies: 50
Views: 3862

Re: Toaster ovens - safe? better alternative?

I think you can see that the answers in this thread have clearly diverged along two lines: those who have bought good ones and those who have bought bad ones. If you're going to get a toaster oven, spend the money to get a good one. They're great and very handy. The bad ones, not so much.
by caffeperfavore
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toaster ovens - safe? better alternative?
Replies: 50
Views: 3862

Re: Toaster ovens - safe? better alternative?

Our toaster oven is one of the best purchases we've made. We use it constantly and hardly need to use our oven at all. We sprung for a large Breville about four years ago and it's been fantastic. Heats evenly, warms up quickly, and holds all but the biggest items that we need to cook. It's more ener...
by caffeperfavore
Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My bicycle ride from Florence, Italy to Bern, Switzerland [journal added]
Replies: 52
Views: 4697

Re: 3 Alpine passes in 3 days by bicycle

Wait. You’re riding the Alps on a folding city bike? Am I reading that right? I bow to my new god. Seriously though, how would you describe your level of fitness and level of cycling abilities? I’m wondering if a schlub like me should even consider this and just what it would take to get me in shap...
by caffeperfavore
Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco or Sam's Club?
Replies: 134
Views: 9064

Re: Costco or Sam's Club?

bertilak wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:25 pm
So, Costco is unpopular because it is too crowded?
Yogi Berra said it best: Nobody goes there anymore, it's too crowded.

Costco treats and pays its workers better - if the reports are true. For me, that's the tiebreaker. I'm a happy Costco member and don't feel any need to switch.
by caffeperfavore
Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road Trip! Texas to Virginia places to see/visit
Replies: 21
Views: 1110

Re: Road Trip! Texas to Virginia places to see/visit

I would do Texas > Nashville > Asheville > Charleston > Richmond/Charlottesville This may not be the most direct route, but at a minimum I would work in the Low Country and Charleston. But, what do you like to do? Outdoors? Food? Culture? Slow travel? Upscale or down home? Traveling with young ones?...
by caffeperfavore
Sun May 26, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My bicycle ride from Florence, Italy to Bern, Switzerland [journal added]
Replies: 52
Views: 4697

Re: 3 Alpine passes in 3 days by bicycle

Wait. You’re riding the Alps on a folding city bike? Am I reading that right? I bow to my new god. Seriously though, how would you describe your level of fitness and level of cycling abilities? I’m wondering if a schlub like me should even consider this and just what it would take to get me in shape...
by caffeperfavore
Mon May 13, 2019 8:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Summer Vacation UK vs. Spain
Replies: 41
Views: 3105

Re: Summer Vacation UK vs. Spain

Picasso museum is overrated To each their own, of course, but I strongly disagree. It's a museum that provides an excellent overview of the evolution of his art, especially his early years, allowing you to come away with a real sense of him as an artist and how he developed. It's not too big, not t...
by caffeperfavore
Mon May 13, 2019 8:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Volvo S90 T5 Momentum - Thoughts and Suggestions???
Replies: 41
Views: 3395

Re: Volvo S90 T5 Momentum - Thoughts and Suggestions???

Are you sure that S90s are made in China (at least any that are shipped here)? Many are still made in Sweden. Some are made in South Carolina. I too would choose the V90 wagon over the sedan. More cargo and it looks great, much better than the sedan. Wagons are cool. Volvo's reliability in general w...
by caffeperfavore
Mon May 13, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Summer Vacation UK vs. Spain
Replies: 41
Views: 3105

Re: Summer Vacation UK vs. Spain

We stayed in Eixample and enjoyed it. It’s a reasonable walk to most things of interest. We did a day trip with a local tour guide to a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees. It involved some light hiking with great views and a lunch at a local restaurant. It was one of our favorite activit...
by caffeperfavore
Fri May 10, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Front loading washing machine "oversuds"
Replies: 12
Views: 878

Re: Front loading washing machine "oversuds"

We had this same problem. Cutting the amount of detergent in half fixed it immediately. Front loading HE washing machines use surprisingly very little detergent. We always cut the recommended portions in half. Washing machine and dishwashers. Detergent makers want to sell more. Same here, maybe eve...
by caffeperfavore
Wed May 08, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Climate Change Investment Strategy
Replies: 21
Views: 3181

Re: Climate Change Investment Strategy

It seems like most fortune 500 companies are preparing for a future with climate change. While our politicians may have their heads in the sand, companies seeking to maximize profit will adapt to continue to maximize profit. Ergo, the bogelhead investment strategy still stands. This is the conclusi...
by caffeperfavore
Mon May 06, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Europe with teens - hotel options
Replies: 42
Views: 2984

Re: Europe with teens - hotel options

Stay with American brand is best, ..... I would discourage that. Staying in an American Hotel brand sort of defeats the purpose of going to Europe which you could have a similar experience in Cleveland. Surprisingly, some people use the hotels for sleeping and not much else. I spend in hotels about...
by caffeperfavore
Fri May 03, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Europe with teens - hotel options
Replies: 42
Views: 2984

Re: Europe with teens - hotel options

If you haven't already experienced this, then understand that beds in many European hotels can be smaller than you would expect. I wouldn't count on two people in each bed unless they don't mind snuggling. We've run into the most extreme cases of this in Switzerland. In many cases, one bed was adequ...
by caffeperfavore
Fri May 03, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Europe with teens - hotel options
Replies: 42
Views: 2984

Re: Europe with teens - hotel options

Agree with others that say go AirBnB or get an apartment through booking.com or Expedia. You can select different lodging options on Expedia and they have a lot of AirBnB type places now. I've always enjoyed the small hotels and apartments far more than actual hotels, especially in Europe.