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by lazydavid
Mon Jan 21, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco 'Goodyear' wiper blades
Replies: 51
Views: 11786

Re: Costco 'Goodyear' wiper blades

For Honda, Nissan (and I suspect Toyota too but I don't have personal experience) get the OEM rubber inserts for your OEM blade. It is somewhat of a pain to thread the rubber inserts with two metal spline on side it but there is nothing better in consumer world. You essentially get your brand new w...
by lazydavid
Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it ever worth purchasing an extended warranty for a vehicle?
Replies: 54
Views: 2151

Re: Is it ever worth purchasing an extended warranty for a vehicle?

We have purchased it on our last several cars, and other than the Audi Q7 we bought 4 months ago, they all have paid for themselves. Bought it for the Lexus RX350 because at the time there were widespread issues with the HID headlights seals failing and water getting inside. Replacing one headlight ...
by lazydavid
Mon Jan 21, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paying thousands per ticket to attend the NFL Super Bowl?
Replies: 122
Views: 5282

Re: Paying thousands per ticket to attend the NFL Super Bowl?

smitcat wrote:
Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:45 am
Interesting - my daughter is friends with a dozen or more MLL players that are often at our home.
Are you aware of the new league they have formed?
I was not, but just looked it up. Very cool stuff, and I hope it works out.
by lazydavid
Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paying thousands per ticket to attend the NFL Super Bowl?
Replies: 122
Views: 5282

Re: Paying thousands per ticket to attend the NFL Super Bowl?

I watch quite a bit of football (4-6 games most weeks), but wouldn't even go to a game for my local team, let alone to one of the busiest airports in the country during a government shutdown. :P Now if I could have made it work, I would have been more than happy to spend "Super Bowl money" to attend...
by lazydavid
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Brake fluid replacement?
Replies: 69
Views: 3975

Re: Brake fluid replacement?

Just make sure you use a suction device to pull the old fluid out of the bleeder's. Do NOT use the old method of pumping the brake pedal, it can (and has... ask me how I know) ruined the master cylinder piston seal. You can use a pressure bleeder (which attaches to the reservoir rather than the ble...
by lazydavid
Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: In the market for a new dryer
Replies: 20
Views: 1312

Re: In the market for a new dryer

We have a fancy schmancy set of Whirlpool HE Steam front-loaders we got a few years ago. If I had it to do over, I would have gotten Speed Queen.
by lazydavid
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Computer Chair for Big & Tall People
Replies: 12
Views: 678

Re: Best Computer Chair for Big & Tall People

FrugalProfessor wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:05 am
https://www.hermanmiller.com/products/s ... dy-chairs/

That chair got me through a phd program. I love it.
I'm planning on getting one this year to replace my 24-year-old Global Ergonomic chair.
by lazydavid
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Large SUV
Replies: 75
Views: 6413

Re: Large SUV

If you're looking in the Luxury full-size class (which is where the XC90 sits), you should definitely check out the Audi Q7, and probably the Mercedes GLE. The Lexus GX (shares some DNA with the 4Runner) is an absolute tank, but isn't really class-competitive since it's ten years old, and the LX (ba...
by lazydavid
Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to buy business class tickets?
Replies: 35
Views: 4075

Re: How to buy business class tickets?

Is there a ratio between the prices of the business class seats and the economy class seats that seems reasonable, for example, 3 or 6? I normally book pretty early and pay 60-100% more than the deep discount economy price for a domestic F (roughly equivalent to international J) seat in the "Instan...
by lazydavid
Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to buy business class tickets?
Replies: 35
Views: 4075

Re: How to buy business class tickets?

Since I only travel for work a handful of times a year, I've taken to upgrading to 1st class on my own dime. I have a round trip coming up in a few weeks that's 3.5 hours each way and it was $180 each way to bump to first. Sold. Please pass the cocktail and the meal. I figure we make more than enou...
by lazydavid
Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to buy business class tickets?
Replies: 35
Views: 4075

Re: How to buy business class tickets?

And willingness to accept risk that you don't get an upgrade. If you are unwilling to fly in economy under any circumstances you would not want to wait until the last week hoping to get an upgrade. This. I once bought a paid upgrade at the gate when I didn't think my body could handle the flight in...
by lazydavid
Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Brake fluid replacement?
Replies: 69
Views: 3975

Re: Brake fluid replacement?

Just bleed the brakes every time you do a brake job or just the pads. You can do it pretty easily since you already have to open the bleed valves to compress your calipers. After the brakes are done, take a turkey baster and remove the old fluid from the reservoir. Be careful as it's pretty caustic...
by lazydavid
Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for a 9mm handgun
Replies: 171
Views: 12658

Re: Recommendations for a 9mm handgun

A similar experience happened to one of my kids. His friend's father handed him a pistol with the mag removed (inside the home). I had taught my kids that when you are handed a firearm, to ***ALWAYS*** check to see whether a round is chambered, even if you just saw somebody else check. This time th...
by lazydavid
Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Brake fluid replacement?
Replies: 69
Views: 3975

Re: Brake fluid replacement?

I have owned vehicles for 40 years. I have gone as long as 15 years in owning a vehicle. I have never replaced brake fluid ever. I follow the guidelines in the manuals. My 2013 F-150 and my 2018 Fusion Energi have no mention of ever replacing the brake fluid. Do you test the brake fluid every 30k m...
by lazydavid
Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do I stop jeans from ripping in the thighs?
Replies: 70
Views: 4321

Re: How do I stop jeans from ripping in the thighs?

Interestingly, my solution to this problem has been to buy cheap jeans so that I don't mind replacing them when they wear out. My thighs are more potent even than Levis, apparently. Sadly, that's not saying much. Levi's quality has gone downhill in dramatic fashion over the past decade or so. I've ...
by lazydavid
Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Large SUV
Replies: 75
Views: 6413

Re: Large SUV

No updates on Sequoia because it has not needed one. We'll have to agree to disagree. The Seqoia has very few modern safety features (So few that "daytime running lights" and TPMS are two of the five highlighted on a page documenting its safety features) beyond those required by federal law, an anc...
by lazydavid
Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: United, American Airlines, Delta--about the same?
Replies: 144
Views: 7775

Re: United, American Airlines, Delta--about the same?

Actually, no, I was referring to the allegation that they had purchased the seat in the teenage son’s name, then tried to transfer the seat to another individual at the time of boarding. I don’t think any airline would look on that favorably. It's difficult, but by no means a violation of FAA regs ...
by lazydavid
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: United, American Airlines, Delta--about the same?
Replies: 144
Views: 7775

Re: United, American Airlines, Delta--about the same?

Going by what the article said, it looks like the family was attempting a couple of things that were violations of FAA regulations, so it doesn’t seem to be the same situation as the UA incident. I assume you're referring to this: Later in the video, another employee said that Federal Aviation Admi...
by lazydavid
Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: United, American Airlines, Delta--about the same?
Replies: 144
Views: 7775

Re: United, American Airlines, Delta--about the same?

I'm not aware of a single credit card which meets your criteria. It would take three, all of which have fees (though some may give the first year free). You would be looking at AA and Delta cards, plus something like Chase Sapphire Reserve or a high-end Amex card. I don't think you need three, just...
by lazydavid
Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: United, American Airlines, Delta--about the same?
Replies: 144
Views: 7775

Re: United, American Airlines, Delta--about the same?

I'm not aware of a single credit card which meets your criteria. It would take three, all of which have fees (though some may give the first year free). You would be looking at AA and Delta cards, plus something like Chase Sapphire Reserve or a high-end Amex card. I don't think you need three, just...
by lazydavid
Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 5 days. What to do in Las Vegas and Grand Canyon
Replies: 48
Views: 2609

Re: 5 days. What to do in Las Vegas and Grand Canyon

Thegame14 wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:55 am
There is a mall and outlets nearby the strip and you can always walk around and see the free outdoor shows like the Pirate ship and the water fountains.
The Pirate ship show at TI closed permanently 5.5 years ago, and wasn't really family-friendly since 2003.
by lazydavid
Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: United, American Airlines, Delta--about the same?
Replies: 144
Views: 7775

Re: United, American Airlines, Delta--about the same?

Typically - folks favor whichever airline they are at a hub for (e.g. - some of the folks saying "Delta is best" may be at a Delta hub where Delta services may be slightly better and where they are more likely to enjoy a higher-level of status on Delta). My experience is the exact opposite of this....
by lazydavid
Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for a 9mm handgun
Replies: 171
Views: 12658

Re: Recommendations for a 9mm handgun

Lots of good advice here, but my two cents is-it depends on what kind of shooter you'll be. If you'll rarely/never shoot and leave it untouched at bedside for two years, get a revolver. Jams are rare and it'll work if ever needed. They come triggerless so convenient to carry in pants pocket or purs...
by lazydavid
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Expensive DSLR through airport security
Replies: 45
Views: 3032

Re: Expensive DSLR through airport security

The 1510 is about the size of a regular roll-a-board, at 22x14x9. I'm extremely surprised you are allowed to carry it on board a regional jet (CRJ, notably) or turboprop like the Dash-8, but will take your word for it if you've actually done that. It is definitely better protection for when you are...
by lazydavid
Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Large SUV
Replies: 75
Views: 6413

Re: Large SUV

Bought a 1989 Suburban in 1991, drove it for years, now my brother still drives it daily. I think the new ones are unibody, the 1989 was bolt on frame.The dashboard actually had some metal like the pickups of those years.My sister has two Suburbans, a 1999 and a 2014, loves them. They are "hybrids"...
by lazydavid
Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Large SUV
Replies: 75
Views: 6413

Re: Large SUV

If you can swing one there is nothing better than a Toyota Landcruiser...they are BULLET PROOF...buy a used one with 125K on it...its fine...if not the Seqouia is a great truck as well. The Sequoia is ANCIENT. It's had almost no updates over the 12-year run of the current model, and the fuel econom...
by lazydavid
Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Expensive DSLR through airport security
Replies: 45
Views: 3032

Re: Expensive DSLR through airport security

You are allowed to take your carry-on bag through TSA security to the gate, at which point it will be confiscated in the gate-check process, since most of us have to travel on aircraft too small to accommodate it anywhere other than the cargo bin. You have a serious DSLR (probably two bodies), 24-7...
by lazydavid
Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: United, American Airlines, Delta--about the same?
Replies: 144
Views: 7775

Re: United, American, Delta--about the same?

I did not expect, nor did I want another tray with a full meal. Just something to keep the baby happy. A cookie or some fruit would have been appreciated. They would not give him anything at all. BTW, this was not "in the current era of mass travel". It was more than 40 years ago. This much I could...
by lazydavid
Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for a 9mm handgun
Replies: 171
Views: 12658

Re: Recommendations for a 9mm handgun

Common calibers are .380, 9mm, .40 (10 mm) , and .45. (from large to smaller each has positives and negatives) Just wanted to point out that .40 S&W and 10mm are not the same caliber, even though the bullets are the same diameter. The 10mm is 3mm longer than the .40, has significantly higher recoil...
by lazydavid
Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:53 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What are your property taxes?
Replies: 375
Views: 22350

Re: What are others paying for property taxes around the US?

bob60014 wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:06 pm
In IL., Current market price of $280k., $9000 on assessed value of $93.5k, 2200 sq ft, 4br, 2.5 bath, office, w/basement, 1/3 acre built in 1993.
I see you live in Lake county.... :P
by lazydavid
Sun Jan 06, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks continue to soar!
Replies: 556
Views: 60850

Re: U.S. stocks continue to soar!

I wasn't aware that Average started with W. Learn something new every day. :confused Have you ever heard of a TYPO!? Yes I have. It's a mistake, we all make them on occasion. But you made the same "typo" twice in two consecutive sentences, and then when overthought was confused by it, you pretended...
by lazydavid
Sat Jan 05, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks continue to soar!
Replies: 556
Views: 60850

Re: U.S. stocks continue to soar!

I wasn't aware that Average started with W. Learn something new every day. :confused
by lazydavid
Sat Jan 05, 2019 6:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paying (paper) cash for daily transactions
Replies: 83
Views: 3760

Re: Paying (paper) cash for daily transactions

. If I owe someone money, I use P2P transfers if they are under the age of ornery , or bill pay them a check if they don't know what that means or like checks. Love this expression. :sharebeer I'm the exact opposite of the OP, and use rewards credit cards for everything . I use cash only when there...
by lazydavid
Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Certified Used BMW, Audi or Mercedes
Replies: 101
Views: 11252

Re: Certified Used BMW, Audi or Mercedes

WhiteMaxima wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:29 pm
In longitudinal direction for RWD vehicle.
That's what I said--"correct direction" :D Just like gas pedals should be floor-hinged, as God and Dr. Porsche intended.
by lazydavid
Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Certified Used BMW, Audi or Mercedes
Replies: 101
Views: 11252

Re: Certified Used BMW, Audi or Mercedes

My buddy’s Audi A6 needed new spark plugs at 50K miles (one fouled and it was suggested that he replace all) . Dealer charged him over $800. For spark plugs. DIY. $100 part cost. And easy to do on a German car with the engine mounted in the correct direction. On a car with a transverse-mounted V6, ...
by lazydavid
Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in free fall
Replies: 10160
Views: 1788763

Re: U.S. stocks in free fall

TropikThunder wrote:
Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:09 pm
Does Schwab not have a button called "exchange"?
They don't, but they have a trading function called "sell and buy another" that I think accomplishes the same thing.
by lazydavid
Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoughts on the new Maxima?
Replies: 42
Views: 2887

Re: Thoughts on the new Maxima?

I tried to by a new maxima about 5 years ago - I liked the design but they were asking 45k. I learned by accident I could get an Infiniti g35 for around 40k. Seemed silly since they were based on the same chassis and the g35 has better warranty and service. They are not based on the same chassis. T...
by lazydavid
Fri Dec 28, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Buying dips not recommended?
Replies: 52
Views: 3766

Re: Buying dips not recommended?

CyberGuy wrote:
Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:10 am
One last reply. Try this market timing game and see how well you do. Hint, do it enough times and you'll get the point.

https://qz.com/487013/this-game-will-sh ... right-now/
I beat the market by 10% on my first try. I'm good at this. :oops:
by lazydavid
Fri Dec 28, 2018 6:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MIL looking for a large "luxury" sedan
Replies: 51
Views: 4987

Re: MIL looking for a large "luxury" sedan

I will give you a dark horse suggestion, the Kia K900. It is a large "S class Mercedes" size V8 luxury car. 2-3 year old low mileage versions are in the mid to upper 20s (60K+ new). The resale value is horrible and that may work to your advantage. Most people do not even know they exist as they onl...
by lazydavid
Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What was your best investment in 2018?
Replies: 127
Views: 7245

Re: What was your best investment in 2018?

Withdrawing from taxable in August to pay cash for our Q7. In addition to avoiding $6-10k in interest on the loan, we're $8-10k ahead on the money we took out because it missed the Sept-Dec slump.
by lazydavid
Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What is really going on?
Replies: 39
Views: 4007

Re: What is really going on?

applejack123 wrote:
Thu Dec 27, 2018 8:19 am
revhappy wrote:
Thu Dec 27, 2018 7:26 am
So cash gives 3% returns and stocks have now fallen 20%. So that is 5 years of cash returns. Does it make sense to still sell stocks and buy cash?
Where is cash paying 3%?
https://www.bankrate.com/cd.aspx
by lazydavid
Thu Dec 27, 2018 6:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What common everyday inconvenience have you intentionally suffered for frugality?
Replies: 152
Views: 9311

Re: What common everyday inconvenience have you intentionally suffered for frugality?

My cellphone is 2 years and 3 months old and the battery won't last one full day. I keep one charger at home and one in office. If I am travelling, I carry a compact power bank. However, I don't consider this an inconvenience really as it still performs decently, and I anyways had a spare charger a...
by lazydavid
Wed Dec 26, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in free fall
Replies: 10160
Views: 1788763

Re: U.S. stocks in free fall

Hmmm, market is way up. Must be 401k contribution day. (checks) Yup.... (seriously, I should just time the market based on when my 401k contributes).... I got a double-whammy (in a bad way) with both of my final scheduled deposits for the year. Payday was Friday, so 401k bought at market close, rig...
by lazydavid
Wed Dec 26, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Preparing for the bounce
Replies: 60
Views: 8976

Re: Preparing for the bounce

FIREchief wrote:
Wed Dec 26, 2018 4:38 pm
That bear sure didn't live long.... :P
If it goes up another 15-16% in the next few days, we can definitely say that.
by lazydavid
Wed Dec 26, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in free fall
Replies: 10160
Views: 1788763

Re: U.S. stocks in free fall

anoop wrote:
Wed Dec 26, 2018 4:23 pm
There’s even a chance it might eke out a gain for the year.
While anything is possible, that would require 2 out of the remaining 3 trading days to look like today, so I'd say the chances are exceedingly slim.
by lazydavid
Wed Dec 26, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks continue to soar!
Replies: 556
Views: 60850

Re: U.S. stocks continue to soar!

The S&P500 is also up 116, or 5%. Probably also near a record. In terms of points, it narrowly edges out 10/13/2008 (+104.14) to take the top spot. On a percentage basis, doesn't come even close to the top 20, which ranges from +7.52% to +16.61%. Two days in October 2008 (the other being the 28th) ...
by lazydavid
Wed Dec 26, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Don’t Fall For It
Replies: 5
Views: 2412

Re: Don’t Fall For It

I totally saw it coming....since 2016. It was bound to happen sooner or later. Good thing I don't tie my AA to my ability to predict the future.
by lazydavid
Wed Dec 26, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nice jeans for work with lowest average cost of ownership
Replies: 107
Views: 7300

Re: Nice jeans for work with lowest average cost of ownership

I've been wearing Levi's (primarily 560 and 569) for decades, but the pairs I've bought over the past 5 years have self-destructed so quickly that I'm giving up on them. Based on a previous thread on this forum, I'm going to give Texas Jeans a try. Also had good luck with Kirkland (Costco) in the pa...
by lazydavid
Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anyone remember window/DOS batch file scripts?
Replies: 24
Views: 2381

Re: Does anyone remember window/DOS batch file scripts?

Import the data into splunk . This is an enterprise-grade log aggregation tool that is totally free for a data ingestion rate of <500MB/day (and I assume your thermostat puts out <1MB/day). You can do all sorts of statistical analysis, graphing and dashboarding once the data's imported, and you don'...
by lazydavid
Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in free fall
Replies: 10160
Views: 1788763

Re: U.S. stocks in free fall

I'm daring any and all Bogleheads to predict a positive S&P 500 or DOW positive day tomorrow...they win if either one ends on the positive...anybody?....just an irrelevant game to gauge the sentiments to a certain degree Not me. Futures are up fairly strongly right before the open, so I think it'll...