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by queso
Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Protection Against Home Intruders
Replies: 194
Views: 12044

Re: Protection Against Home Intruders

Just a couple of suggestions: You may want to check with your homeowner's insurance provider to see if they have a discount if you use SimpliSafe and if not, what the discount would be for a centrally monitored system. I found that the insurance discount through my carrier more than pays for the mo...
by queso
Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Protection Against Home Intruders
Replies: 194
Views: 12044

Re: Protection Against Home Intruders

1) call 911 and pray that they find some easy to grab stuff and leave without harming your family (LE response to an alarm in my HCOL suburban area is 12 minutes the last time I timed them. That's a really long prayer..) Wow, that's a pretty terrible response time in a suburban area. I suppose the ...
by queso
Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Protection Against Home Intruders
Replies: 194
Views: 12044

Re: Protection Against Home Intruders

Lots of good tips here so far. You can also search as we have had this discussion in the past (alarms, lights, dogs, cameras, etc.). You asked specifically about home intruders though and not a burglary so I assume you are talking about intruders in the home while you and/or other residents are home...
by queso
Fri Feb 07, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone watch the Amazon series “The Expanse”?
Replies: 46
Views: 4524

Re: Anyone watch the Amazon series “The Expanse”?

It ranks up there with Netflix Dark (which must be watched with subtitles in the original German language) and the remake of Battle Star Galatia. Ooo. Thanks for the recommendation. Somehow I've overlooked Netflix Dark. And I started studying German in September, so hearing that will be a bonus. I ...
by queso
Fri Feb 07, 2020 12:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone watch the Amazon series “The Expanse”?
Replies: 46
Views: 4524

Re: Anyone watch the Amazon series “The Expanse”?

+1..always worried about the follow on seasons. I also dig Black Mirror, but couldn't get into the OA or Another Life.
by queso
Fri Feb 07, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone watch the Amazon series “The Expanse”?
Replies: 46
Views: 4524

Re: Anyone watch the Amazon series “The Expanse”?

+1000. Only series I have ever paid for on Amazon Prime rather than waiting for it to drop naturally (couldn't wait the month or so for season 3). The Expanse and Altered Carbon are two of the best recent sci-fi series I have seen in the last few years.
by queso
Fri Feb 07, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Oil?
Replies: 107
Views: 6874

Re: Best Oil?

Oh no...an oil thread. These never go well. That being said, I think I am going to try the new Kirkland oil as soon as I finish the two remaining boxes of Mobil 1 I have in the garage.
by queso
Fri Feb 07, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Grad with fashion design degree looking for job in that field
Replies: 84
Views: 1568

Re: New Grad with fashion design degree looking for job in that field

Wish I had a success story to counter all the negative ones, but I don't...well, I sort of do. I have a family member that wanted to do fashion design and her father (a retired engineer and the guy footing the bill) said that was fine with him as long as she selected another major from either the bu...
by queso
Tue Feb 04, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric Scooters
Replies: 25
Views: 1711

Re: Electric Scooters

I work with a couple people who use them for commuting. They started out on Segway Ninebots or similar and have now graduated to the Quiewas which will do 35-40 mph. One of them commuted on a Vespa for years before that and he makes about the same time on the Quiewa since he doesn't have to adhere t...
by queso
Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Who’s Buying Bitcoin?
Replies: 307
Views: 16717

Re: Who’s Buying Bitcoin?

I can pay for my coffee in bitcoin and then pay for a shopping trip at Nordstrom. Pretty crazy to think the top dogs are accepting bitcoin as currency! I'll admit I used Bitcoin to buy a sandwich at a local deli once. But the transaction fees are pretty high for these small transactions. It looks l...
by queso
Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Who’s Buying Bitcoin?
Replies: 307
Views: 16717

Re: Who’s Buying Bitcoin?

I can pay for my coffee in bitcoin and then pay for a shopping trip at Nordstrom. Pretty crazy to think the top dogs are accepting bitcoin as currency! I'll admit I used Bitcoin to buy a sandwich at a local deli once. But the transaction fees are pretty high for these small transactions. It looks l...
by queso
Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Who’s Buying Bitcoin?
Replies: 307
Views: 16717

Re: Who’s Buying Bitcoin?

akm0404 wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:28 am
I don't truly and deeply understand what drives the price of BTC
FOMO and Greater Fool Theory.
by queso
Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Who’s Buying Bitcoin?
Replies: 307
Views: 16717

Re: Who’s Buying Bitcoin?

*yawn* What? Did it do something? We usually only see these threads when it actually does something other than stay flat or go down. I just went and looked at my "portfolio" of fake internet money (BTC, XRP, BTG, LTC, ETH, BCH and TRX) and it hasn't done much. Certainly not enough to compensate me f...
by queso
Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:09 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Personal Capital / Investment Tools
Replies: 29
Views: 2030

Re: Personal Capital / Investment Tools

I've been using it for years and am generally happy with it other than the occasional calls (now blocked) and the fact that it takes them a long time to address linking issues that inevitably surface every now and then when you have a bunch of linked accounts. I have a feeling that the days of free...
by queso
Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Personal Capital / Investment Tools
Replies: 29
Views: 2030

Re: Personal Capital / Investment Tools

I've been using it for years and am generally happy with it other than the occasional calls (now blocked) and the fact that it takes them a long time to address linking issues that inevitably surface every now and then when you have a bunch of linked accounts. I have a feeling that the days of free ...
by queso
Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Jumper cables
Replies: 83
Views: 5245

Re: Jumper cables

We have 2 of the jump starters as well as good old cables (an Antigravity and a Type S). I have successfully jumped an Accord multiple times in one day with the Antigravity, but haven't used the Type S (the same one above that everybody buys from Costco). I remove both of them from our vehicles and ...
by queso
Fri Jan 03, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Talk me out of buying a Tesla Model 3
Replies: 913
Views: 77578

Re: Talk me out of buying a Tesla Model 3

There's always the Taycan. :D
by queso
Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Talk me out of buying a Tesla Model 3
Replies: 913
Views: 77578

Re: Talk me out of buying a Tesla Model 3

Interesting discussion about buying things sight unseen. I personally haven't found that "test driving" things has helped me make better buying decisions. About the only thing I spend money on is bikes. And the ones I've been happiest with and put the most miles on over the years are the ones I bou...
by queso
Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi Water Leak Detector Recommendations
Replies: 17
Views: 1471

Re: WiFi Water Leak Detector Recommendations

I've had a Wally system for years (with Zircon backups), but Wally is basically on the cusp of going under after being acquired by Sears (no more tech support, website stopped logging historical data, etc.). I've been poking around for a replacement and am looking at Simplisafe and Ring. Ring is a l...
by queso
Thu Dec 26, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Budget for Home Maintenance/Improvements
Replies: 11
Views: 664

Re: Budget for Home Maintenance/Improvements

+1 to the above. It also really depends on how handy you are. We come in waaay under all the percentage of home value estimates I see published because I do most repairs/improvements myself and the actual cost of materials/parts is generally pretty low. We also generally tend to leave stuff that wor...
by queso
Thu Dec 19, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hyundai Palisade - A good option?
Replies: 29
Views: 3264

Re: Hyundai Palisade - A good option?

BuckyBadger wrote:
Thu Dec 19, 2019 10:44 am
We got a Telluride and we LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I believe the palisade is very similar, but definitely take a look at the Kia as well.
Congrats! I'm looking at it like a more reliable and cheaper XC90. If that works out to be accurate over the next few months I may pick one up as well.
by queso
Wed Dec 18, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to expect buying a new 2020 "build your own" BMW
Replies: 40
Views: 2972

Re: What to expect buying a new 2020 "build your own" BMW

And: you know that the 4 series is about to get a redesign, right? https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a28749210/bmw-4-series-coupe-future-2021/ Right, so he needs to buy NOW. Or else THIS will happen: https://s3-prod.autoweek.com/styles/width_792/s3/spy-1.jpg Jesus. I saw the camo pictures where it ...
by queso
Wed Dec 18, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hyundai Palisade - A good option?
Replies: 29
Views: 3264

Re: Hyundai Palisade - A good option?

Subscribed. I wanted to like the Ascent, but just don't and after seeing a couple of Tellurides that is now at the top of my list to replace my 2006 Pilot. I figured I'd let them shake out the first year model issues and then maybe jump on one next year unless something else catches my eye.
by queso
Wed Dec 18, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to expect buying a new 2020 "build your own" BMW
Replies: 40
Views: 2972

Re: What to expect buying a new 2020 "build your own" BMW

Brianmcg321 wrote:
Wed Dec 18, 2019 8:30 am
HEDGEFUNDIE wrote:
Tue Dec 17, 2019 10:53 pm
Have you considered a used Camry?
Lol.
I had a side bet going on whether the used Toyota or Tesla lemming crowd would get here first. I lost. :(
by queso
Tue Dec 03, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure Part II: The next journey
Replies: 2671
Views: 222884

Re: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure Part II: The next journey

Nobody asked, but I started in Sept and am up about 3% (rebalanced recently with new contribution). After today I'll probably be about even. :happy
by queso
Thu Nov 21, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vacuum recommendations
Replies: 58
Views: 3954

Re: Vacuum recommendations

We've settled on a combination of a Miele C3 and a Roomba 985. My wife was super skeptical of the Roomba so I waited until she was traveling and bought it then. We Roomba all the time and Miele when we do the thicker area rugs, steps, and for a deeper clean than what the Roomba does. The Roomba allo...
by queso
Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 1714
Views: 191046

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

Jack Ryan Season 2 on Amazon Prime...better than Season 1, by far. that's a pretty low bar to clear... Agreed. Season 1 was a huge disappointment. Season 2 was much better, but still predictable and IMO mediocre. "Castle Rock" is another show that is an awesome premise that I thought disappointed i...
by queso
Mon Nov 04, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 1714
Views: 191046

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan season 2, episode 3 at about 24:40 in, has a "stock tip" from the series hero that our own hero would have approved of (notwithstanding the profanity.) When that scene came on I started jumping around the room saying, "SEE! SEE!" Everybody thought I was an idiot, but I got a ...
by queso
Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does the Average Homeowner Need a Water Shut Off Valve?
Replies: 56
Views: 6078

Re: Does the Average Homeowner Need a Water Shut Off Valve?

We had a leak on the 1st floor that ran for about 5-10 minutes and caused $14,000 of damage. The culprit was the plastic nut that connects the water supply line to a toilet. :mad: :shock: I have thought about getting one of the automatic shut off valves, but have not done so yet. In the meantime, I...
by queso
Fri Oct 25, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure Part II: The next journey
Replies: 2671
Views: 222884

Re: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure Part II: The next journey

has hedgefundie recently posted his recent performance? I'm only 6 weeks in and down about 3.4%. VTSAX is up over the same window. I never learn... :oops: When did you jump in and at what percentages? Approx 6 weeks ago and at the 55/45 pie. Well, it's very volatile, and all you need is a 1% moveme...
by queso
Fri Oct 25, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does the Average Homeowner Need a Water Shut Off Valve?
Replies: 56
Views: 6078

Re: Does the Average Homeowner Need a Water Shut Off Valve?

We had a leak on the 1st floor that ran for about 5-10 minutes and caused $14,000 of damage. The culprit was the plastic nut that connects the water supply line to a toilet. :mad: :shock: I have thought about getting one of the automatic shut off valves, but have not done so yet. In the meantime, I...
by queso
Fri Oct 25, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure Part II: The next journey
Replies: 2671
Views: 222884

Re: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure Part II: The next journey

Lee_WSP wrote:
Fri Oct 25, 2019 8:53 am
queso wrote:
Fri Oct 25, 2019 7:37 am
keith6014 wrote:
Fri Oct 25, 2019 6:03 am
has hedgefundie recently posted his recent performance?
I'm only 6 weeks in and down about 3.4%. VTSAX is up over the same window. I never learn... :oops:
When did you jump in and at what percentages?
Approx 6 weeks ago and at the 55/45 pie.
by queso
Fri Oct 25, 2019 7:37 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure Part II: The next journey
Replies: 2671
Views: 222884

Re: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure Part II: The next journey

keith6014 wrote:
Fri Oct 25, 2019 6:03 am
has hedgefundie recently posted his recent performance?
I'm only 6 weeks in and down about 3.4%. VTSAX is up over the same window. I never learn... :oops:
by queso
Thu Oct 24, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wifi in 3000 sq ft house and garage
Replies: 41
Views: 3660

Re: Wifi in 3000 sq ft house and garage

I've worked with both business class Ubiquiti stuff and the consumer grade stuff as well. I think you'll be happy with Amplifi. It's fast enough without the wired backhaul to do what you need (IMO) and the router plus two included meshpoints that come in the base package should be more than enough f...
by queso
Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ants immune to Terro or just lots of ants?
Replies: 38
Views: 3325

Re: Ants immune to Terro or just lots of ants?

I've been a long time user of Terro and it has always worked for me except in one instance where my shed got infested and I had to escalate to Delta Dust.
by queso
Mon Sep 23, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Condensing furnace condensate
Replies: 7
Views: 907

Re: Condensing furnace condensate

I have one going to a sewage ejection pit/pump (just like a sump pump but with an impeller) and it has never been a problem. It is diluted a lot compared to most sump pits though since the bathroom/shower attached to it gets used daily.
by queso
Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for recommendations/advice for waterproofing a balcony
Replies: 7
Views: 612

Re: Looking for recommendations/advice for waterproofing a balcony

I'm dealing with a similar issue on a stucco house with an improperly installed bay window. I've analyzed it pretty much to death and there isn't much I can do to fix it permanently unless I am willing to remove the stucco from around the window, install proper flashing that goes under the existing ...
by queso
Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Leaf Blower?
Replies: 70
Views: 4587

Re: Best Leaf Blower?

+1 to all the Stihl recommendations. Everyone on my street except the folks that have a service have large backpack blowers and most of them are Stihl (I've heard good things about RedMax and Echo as well). I had a Craftsman backpack blower for a few years, but it wasn't powerful enough to blow them...
by queso
Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure Part II: The next journey
Replies: 2671
Views: 222884

Re: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure Part II: The next journey

This week has really brought home my reservations about the "spikiness" of TMF. EDV is looking a lot less "prickly". +1. My hedgefundie fundie ain't doing so hot compared to VTSAX. *sigh* After years of disappointments with get rich quick schemes I know I'm gonna get rich with this scheme, and quic...
by queso
Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure Part II: The next journey
Replies: 2671
Views: 222884

Re: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure Part II: The next journey

This week has really brought home my reservations about the "spikiness" of TMF. EDV is looking a lot less "prickly". +1. My hedgefundie fundie ain't doing so hot compared to VTSAX. *sigh* After years of disappointments with get rich quick schemes I know I'm gonna get rich with this scheme, and quic...
by queso
Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure Part II: The next journey
Replies: 2671
Views: 222884

Re: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure Part II: The next journey

This week has really brought home my reservations about the "spikiness" of TMF. EDV is looking a lot less "prickly". +1. My hedgefundie fundie ain't doing so hot compared to VTSAX. *sigh* After years of disappointments with get rich quick schemes I know I'm gonna get rich with this scheme, and quic...
by queso
Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Did humanity ever make good Gas cans
Replies: 70
Views: 6730

Re: Did humanity ever make good Gas cans

Blueskies123 wrote:
Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:44 am
Actually, everything on Amazon is around $12 each. Do you have a link to the ones that are a few dollars?
These look similar to the ones I have and are $9.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CY ... UTF8&psc=1
by queso
Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Did humanity ever make good Gas cans
Replies: 70
Views: 6730

Re: Did humanity ever make good Gas cans

I do just fine with cheap cans but the pour spouts are horrible due to law changes several years ago. I buy replacement pour spouts on Amazon pretty cheaply and have been satisfied. +1 Just get a new spout that is nothing more than a spout -- no valves, siphons, vapor recovery or other stuff in it....
by queso
Mon Sep 09, 2019 6:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone with any experience with Warby Parker eyeglasses?
Replies: 37
Views: 3890

Re: Anyone with any experience with Warby Parker eyeglasses?

Bought my last pair from WP and have been happy with them. Cost was much better than what they had at my eye doc's place and I like the frames. I have a brick and mortar Warby near me though so I was able to go try them on in person.
by queso
Sat Sep 07, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure Part II: The next journey
Replies: 2671
Views: 222884

Re: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure [risk parity strategy using 3x leveraged ETFs]

Can we get a "show of hands" of those posters who are participating in this excellent adventure? I'm out (for now), but this is the most intriguing thread I've ever read on this forum (market timer's classic is a close second). What the heck, I'm in. Opened an M1 account yesterday. It can't be any ...
by queso
Sat Sep 07, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 1714
Views: 191046

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

I found myself wondering if people of that era really spoke that way. I have little doubt they spoke that way. Try living in an all-male college dormitory in a middle-of-nowhere town where the drinking age (not that anyone paid much attention) was 18, and 20-below winters kept us cooped up. We used...
by queso
Tue Sep 03, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Water alarm just saved me a lot of $$$. Do you have them?
Replies: 62
Views: 7102

Re: Water alarm just saved me a lot of $$$. Do you have them?

Yep. Lost a finished basement to a leak a few years back while on vacation and had some stuff damaged once when an aquarium cracked when nobody was home. Now have a system with sensors everywhere that alerts every family member via text and notifications if water is detected. I also have a bunch of ...
by queso
Tue Aug 20, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Front load washer mold
Replies: 30
Views: 2958

Re: Front load washer mold

Almost 10 year old LG front loader and no issues. We leave the door completely open when the washer is not in use and run tub clean with an Affresh tablet every month or three. I periodically clean the drain/filter and the gasket to the best of my ability without removing it.
by queso
Thu Aug 15, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whole-house generators - Generac, Kohler, or Briggs?
Replies: 145
Views: 8186

Re: Whole-house generators - Generac, Kohler, or Briggs?

+1. Also remember the generator paradox. That being, as soon as you buy one and install it you will experience the longest period of perfect uninterrupted power you have ever seen and it will make you question why the heck you bought a generator. Have faith though...after a year or two there will b...
by queso
Thu Aug 15, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whole-house generators - Generac, Kohler, or Briggs?
Replies: 145
Views: 8186

Re: Whole-house generators - Generac, Kohler, or Briggs?

+1. Also remember the generator paradox. That being, as soon as you buy one and install it you will experience the longest period of perfect uninterrupted power you have ever seen and it will make you question why the heck you bought a generator. Have faith though...after a year or two there will be...