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by Nearly A Moose
Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best way to get Skype or Facetime on a TV?
Replies: 24
Views: 5213

Re: Best way to get Skype or Facetime on a TV?

OP here. Missed the follow up post reviving this thread. I never did find an adequate solution. We’ve gone pretty minimalist with our AV setup, so I don’t really want to do the Xbox route. May look into AppleTV again at some point (everyone we talk to used Apple). The other thought was to grab a ref...
by Nearly A Moose
Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best way to create a Lego Inventory
Replies: 19
Views: 1513

Re: Best way to create a Lego Inventory

The goal is to know what I have. They’re in a million ziplock bags (pieces plus instructions), then in a handful of large bins. Maybe get to the point of knowing what’s in each bin. It’s partly just having the list for the sake of having the list, partly sentimental, and partly so I can remind mysel...
by Nearly A Moose
Tue Jul 23, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best way to create a Lego Inventory
Replies: 19
Views: 1513

Best way to create a Lego Inventory

Any good recommendations for websites or Excel approaches to create a Lego inventory? I recognize this is an extremely important question for the forum. My kid has recently gotten into Legos (!!!!) and that inspired me to spend a rainy day going through my old childhood collection to get it organize...
by Nearly A Moose
Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do business pros wear on redeye Business Class flights
Replies: 50
Views: 6725

Re: What do business pros wear on redeye Business Class flights

Thanks for all the replies. I decided to wear comfortable khakis and a polo, and I had an easily accessible pair of sweats and a t shirt in my carry on. Everyone else was basically dressed the same, and since no one changed, I didn’t either. It worked. Two things I learned: -I got everything into a ...
by Nearly A Moose
Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reliable Wireless Mouse?
Replies: 31
Views: 1542

Re: Reliable Wireless Mouse?

Logitech MX Anywhere mouse works well. I'm partial to the Marathon mouse for long computing sessions.
by Nearly A Moose
Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do business pros wear on redeye Business Class flights
Replies: 50
Views: 6725

Re: What do business pros wear on redeye Business Class flights

Thanks, everyone, this is extremely helpful. Thinking I'm going with slacks and polo for the connection and start of the trans atlantic leg, then into the only pair of even reasonably passable thin sweats and T-shirt for sleeping, and back into the slacks and polo after breakfast. I'm obviously waaa...
by Nearly A Moose
Sun Jun 02, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do business pros wear on redeye Business Class flights
Replies: 50
Views: 6725

What do business pros wear on redeye Business Class flights

I'm flying across the pond for a business conference soon, which means a life-flat business class seat for the overnight transatlantic flight. For the business travel pros out there, what do you typically see fellow travelers wear for these flights? Think law firm/consulting partners, C-suite execs,...
by Nearly A Moose
Sun Jun 02, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dual coffee maker suggestion
Replies: 24
Views: 1613

Re: Dual coffee maker suggestion

Buy two coffee makers. Or if you're not snobs (per your description, I say drink what makes you happy, whether that's $ or $$$), just get a Keurig or other cup-style maker. One of you buys a stash of decaf cups or pods, one buys high-octane, and you just take turns. Once the machine is hot, it will ...
by Nearly A Moose
Mon May 13, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Crawl space encapsulation
Replies: 38
Views: 3307

Re: Crawl space encapsulation

I do think encapsulating or conditioning a crawl is a good idea, particularly in the humid regions of the country. I'm with the "figure out where it's coming from" crowd. Go out when it's pouring rain and observe where the water is going. It's not rocket science. It will be obvious when you see the...
by Nearly A Moose
Fri May 10, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Ally Bank frustration
Replies: 12
Views: 1857

Re: Ally Bank frustration

Any reason why she cant just use your login to do stuff since its joint anyways? As Celia said "No, NO, NOOO! " It is fraud for her to log in as me. Consider this: Either of us can write a check on our joint account. But it would be fraud if I wrote a check on the account and impersonated her by si...
by Nearly A Moose
Wed May 08, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What do you do with variable bonus?
Replies: 24
Views: 1863

Re: What do you do with variable bonus?

My IPS is my guide: Objective: $X.XM in retirement savings by age 55 (2021). Asset Allocation (AA): 60% stocks / 40% bonds with 25% of stocks international Rebalance when AA gets outside of 5% or annually Invest in very low cost index funds Do backdoor Roth for myself and wife annually ($7000 me, $...
by Nearly A Moose
Tue May 07, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whole House Surge Protection
Replies: 22
Views: 2316

Re: Whole House Surge Protection

Our power company offers whole house surge protection. They lease it to us. $5 a month. They install it for free. It's an addon to the electrical meter. They pop off the electrical meter, plug this surge protection unit in it's place, and plug the meter back on top of it. Then they handed me a big ...
by Nearly A Moose
Mon May 06, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: ants - aargh
Replies: 69
Views: 4428

Re: ants - aargh

Family handyman has some good basic suggestions too. Might google it. I believe different types of ants have different taste preferences - some go for fatty foods, some go for sugar. So you need to use multiple styles of attractants until you figure out which one they’re going for, then go all in on...
by Nearly A Moose
Sun May 05, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Calculating Savings Rate
Replies: 15
Views: 1721

Re: Calculating Savings Rate

This question was mostly curiosity for me, as I was reading MMM and saw everyone posting their savings rate and decided to check ours just to see where we stood in comparison. When I first calculated ours I included the company matches in our savings and not in our income. Then I realized that wasn...
by Nearly A Moose
Sun May 05, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rotational Program at MegaCorp for college grad hires
Replies: 40
Views: 2580

Re: Rotational Program at MegaCorp for college grad hires

Haven’t seen OP pop back into the discussion, but I he will. You’re getting a lot of great advice here. It may not be what you want to hear, but it’s right and I hope you and your child can internalize it. Another reason these programs are valuable: your kid will meet a bunch of different people at ...
by Nearly A Moose
Sat May 04, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Useful wedding gift you didn't expect
Replies: 26
Views: 3218

Re: Useful wedding gift you didn't expect

Cuervo_loco wrote:
Sat May 04, 2019 1:01 am
We received notecards from everyone with their favorite family recipes, which were combined into a scrapbook cookbook. We definitely use it often!
This is cool. Will have to remember this for the next time a close family member gets married.
by Nearly A Moose
Fri May 03, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Move to South Florida or Baltimore?
Replies: 29
Views: 3082

Re: Move to South Florida or Baltimore?

I live in DC and so am somewhat biased. The crime problems are mostly in downtown Baltimore. The burbs are fine. Same as most cities dealing with Baltimore’s issues. Can’t comment on the Baltimore commute, but there is at least some mass transit in the area that could help (again, I commute in DC, n...
by Nearly A Moose
Fri May 03, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rarely used items that are worth having?
Replies: 112
Views: 12098

Re: Rarely used items that are worth having?

Fly swatter



And I can’t find mine at the moment...
by Nearly A Moose
Thu May 02, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Very Delayed Posthumous Bill
Replies: 17
Views: 3836

Re: Very Delayed Posthumous Bill

Follow up: I received a copy yesterday of a certified letter the attorney sent to the county collections office, in which he informed them that the person who incurred the debt is dead, probate has been completed and the statute of limitations for creditors has passed. He also included a letter his...
by Nearly A Moose
Thu May 02, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a bed frame..
Replies: 18
Views: 1353

Re: Buying a bed frame..

Room and Board is good stuff, and their white glove delivery is high quality. I'm looking to buy new bedroom furniture (bed, dresser, night stands) and a sofa. Room and Board is at the top of my list right now. I had never heard of them before but when researching I saw them mentioned alot for that...
by Nearly A Moose
Wed May 01, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: My solar investment experience
Replies: 100
Views: 9366

Re: My solar investment experience

Some data: I purchased a system in the fall of 2015 in Washington DC. I have just hit break even (3.5 years in) after the Fed tax credit. 73% of my return has come from SRECs, the balance in avoided electrical costs [implication: 10 year break-even w/o SRECs]. The system has produced just over 100%...
by Nearly A Moose
Wed May 01, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wifi extenders vs Mesh network
Replies: 54
Views: 4190

Re: Wifi extenders vs Mesh network

As someone who is considering this same thing, any issues getting all your IOT devices onto the OrBi guest network? Do they all play nice with each other and work as intended as far as controlling and interacting with one another? Does the OrBi guest network isolate each device from the others (ie ...
by Nearly A Moose
Wed May 01, 2019 8:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wifi extenders vs Mesh network
Replies: 54
Views: 4190

Re: Wifi extenders vs Mesh network

When we built our house, I had it fully pre-wired with Cat5 wiring in every room and a switch in the basement. So far last 15 years, I have been using routers, access points, repeaters, extenders to get my moneys worth out of that built-in wiring. Couple of weeks ago, I finally decided to try Orbi ...
by Nearly A Moose
Tue Apr 30, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much cash in Reykjavik and Dublin
Replies: 19
Views: 1664

Re: How much cash in Reykjavik and Dublin

There are many things to see in Iceland but Blue Lagoon is not one of them. Way overpriced for an artificial pool of hot water. There are plenty of similar hot springs with much more reasonable prices but less marketed. As a destination I agree (tourist trap), but when you arrive at the break of da...
by Nearly A Moose
Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much cash in Reykjavik and Dublin
Replies: 19
Views: 1664

Re: How much cash in Reykjavik and Dublin

Probably no different than being in any major American city, although in reality I think the Europeans are ahead of us in going cashless. But I like a couple hundred euros just in case. When I go to Europe, if I remember, I grab the leftover cash from last trip and then pull a couple hundred euros f...
by Nearly A Moose
Mon Apr 29, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a bed frame..
Replies: 18
Views: 1353

Re: Buying a bed frame..

Room and Board is good stuff, and their white glove delivery is high quality. Our kid’s first “big girl” bed was a trundle bed from Wayfair. Don’t remember the specific model, but it was about $400, and I had to assemble it. Bought a wayfair brand foam mattress for the trundle (reasonably priced, I’...
by Nearly A Moose
Sun Apr 28, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice for setting up home network with connected devices (security)
Replies: 5
Views: 649

Re: Advice for setting up home network with connected devices (security)

Not sure what the options are on off the shelf options like Orbi, however I do know that you could reflash one of these devices with an open source firmware project like OpenWrt to give the ability to configure VLANs https://openwrt.org/about To accomplish something like this: https://www.routersec...
by Nearly A Moose
Sat Apr 27, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: weber grills
Replies: 34
Views: 3012

Re: weber grills

I have a 5 yr old Genesis, going strong. It's a workhouse. Very solid, and I am terrible about putting in the effort to maintain things. Two things I would have done differently: 1. If there were a four burner option (don’t remember if there was/is), I’d have gone for it over the 3 burner. If you co...
by Nearly A Moose
Fri Apr 26, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice for setting up home network with connected devices (security)
Replies: 5
Views: 649

Advice for setting up home network with connected devices (security)

A couple posts this past week about mesh routers and network security got me thinking about my own setup. I currently have an old router, recently moved, and seem to have some patches of poor connectivity in the new house. Over the years we've slowly accumulated an increasing number of connected dev...
by Nearly A Moose
Fri Apr 26, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HCOL Housing Sanity Check
Replies: 15
Views: 1401

Re: HCOL Housing Sanity Check

You can afford it. We bought a nearly identically priced house on nearly identical income, but before the kiddos arrived. It was a shock at first, but it settled out just fine. Our incomes rose progressively so it eventually became quite comfortable. Don't know if you're in a position where that wil...
by Nearly A Moose
Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you get value out of Clear (airport screening)?
Replies: 31
Views: 3178

Re: Do you get value out of Clear (airport screening)?

Thanks, all. Due to getting to the airport a little early, I’m now a happy Clear member (sorry, eucalyptus). So far, saved about 10 minutes :)
by Nearly A Moose
Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to clean a garage?
Replies: 71
Views: 4340

Re: How to clean a garage?

Thanks for the thoughtful responses everyone. I think I have an action plan. 1. Get rid of some of the stuff. Old paint, automotive fluids, some scrap lumber, some hardware, etc. 2. Organize stuff I want to keep. 3. Install more wall shelving and possibly peg board. Look into commercial system. 4. ...
by Nearly A Moose
Wed Apr 24, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you get value out of Clear (airport screening)?
Replies: 31
Views: 3178

Do you get value out of Clear (airport screening)?

Who has Clear (the expedited airport identity screening service), and do you find you get value out of it? I can get it for $99 (Delta frequent flyer) and add wife for another $50. I already have TSA PreCheck. I fly once or twice a month on average, business and pleasure. I’d be paying this out of p...
by Nearly A Moose
Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to clean a garage?
Replies: 71
Views: 4340

Re: How to clean a garage?

I’m a big believer in Marie Kondo’s approach, although I set a lower threshold for what brings me joy than she does - in other words, I keep more stuff. But the actual approach she advocates is really important. It doesn’t work well to just look at your stuff and think about what should go. You lite...
by Nearly A Moose
Mon Apr 22, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: River cruise, Avignon to Lyon, France
Replies: 36
Views: 2447

Re: River cruise, Avignon to Lyon, France

Probably not the first to say it’s easy to take the TGV from Paris to Avignon. Decent scenery. Give yourself a couple days to explore Avignon on the front before the cruise if you can, it’s a neat town. You might also consider the 30 minute train ride to Arles. Beautiful medieval town center, van go...
by Nearly A Moose
Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: “Smart Home” upgrades?
Replies: 30
Views: 2921

Re: “Smart Home” upgrades?

For those setting up a smart home, make sure you clearly understand HOW your devices are connected to your home network and WHAT that means as far as security. SPECIFICALLY, if you don't connect these devices to your Guest network, and they share the same network as your computer(s), tablet(s) and ...
by Nearly A Moose
Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: “Smart Home” upgrades?
Replies: 30
Views: 2921

Re: “Smart Home” upgrades?

I have a Nest and an Ecobee (separate boiler and AC). I like them a lot. Easy to automate things, change temp from bed, lower heat if you forget before vacation, etc. pretty easy to install and setup if you have a C sure (there are workarounds if you don’t). If you get a smart thermostat, research t...
by Nearly A Moose
Sun Apr 21, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: House renovation financing
Replies: 24
Views: 2740

Re: House renovation financing

Well. Approx 1 year later, for what has been done thus far, I have spent about double my estimate of those jobs and not even close to halfway done to the total house. My initial estimate for total renovation was $150k or so... no way it'll be done for less than $225, probably $250-$275. The money i...
by Nearly A Moose
Sun Apr 21, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Montana / Wyoming Summer Trip Ideas
Replies: 29
Views: 2481

Re: Montana / Wyoming Summer Trip Ideas

Forever ago I was in Bozeman for a summer and popped over to Billings for a (the?) rodeo. Was a pretty laid back affair and lots of fun. You might look for something like that along the way to break up the parks. We also did a one night trip to Yellowstone, stayed outside the park. Didn’t feel overl...
by Nearly A Moose
Sun Apr 21, 2019 6:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Controlling Ivy on walls
Replies: 26
Views: 1624

Re: Controlling Ivy on walls

Since there seems to be some difference in opinion on different types of Ivy, here’s a picture of the Ivy that’s on my garage, coming from one neighbor’s property (assuming I posted the image correctly, first time trying that): This is in Washington DC if that matters. https://i.postimg.cc/K1qfgswH/...
by Nearly A Moose
Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Controlling Ivy on walls
Replies: 26
Views: 1624

Re: Controlling Ivy on walls

Rats love ivy - easy to climb, great habitat to hide and burrow in. Oh, no, not RATS! And how about snakes?? Snakes creep me out! Seriously, although I can't quite call totally bogus, I have lived in a house with Virginia creeper for 30 years. I have never seen, heard of, or thought about rats. Nor...
by Nearly A Moose
Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Controlling Ivy on walls
Replies: 26
Views: 1624

Re: Controlling Ivy on walls

Thanks. Half the reason I don’t like it is fear of harming my brick. There seems to be a mixed view on that based on these comments. I also don’t like it trying to grow over a casement window, onto my roof, etc. I have no evidence to support this, but it also “feels” mosquito-ey. Think I’ll break ou...
by Nearly A Moose
Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Controlling Ivy on walls
Replies: 26
Views: 1624

Controlling Ivy on walls

All - I recently moved into a new house (own), and at some point in the past my block of adjoined row homes clearly had gotten into growing Ivy on the walls. My neighbors on both sides have it in their yards, there’s obvious evidence that it once covered parts of my walls, and there is still some gr...
by Nearly A Moose
Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Jury Duty questions
Replies: 20
Views: 2176

Re: Jury Duty questions

As others have said, you’ll likely have an opportunity down the line to indicate your travel issues. You’re not the first person to run into this issue, and there are processes to address it. That’s one of several reasons more people are called for jury duty than are actually needed. You didn’t ment...
by Nearly A Moose
Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Brooks Brothers Shirts are in sale ?
Replies: 17
Views: 1747

Re: Is Brooks Brothers Shirts are in sale ?

That’s a good price. It’s what I hold out for when I’m waiting to buy. Which is infrequent because they last a long time. You can occasionally do better, but this is a good one. I have Brooks Brothers, Nordstrom, and Tyrhwitt dress shirts in my closet. The brooks brothers are the nicest and fit the ...
by Nearly A Moose
Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Notice to vacate/late rent
Replies: 59
Views: 5876

Re: Eviction notice

Landlord tenant law can be nuanced and varies highly jurisdiction to jurisdiction (city and state). There is no way this would be legal in DC where I live, but DC has very tenant friendly laws and Texas may well not, I don’t know. But that timeframe seems extremely tight - what if you were out of to...
by Nearly A Moose
Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Solution for a thick wallet
Replies: 58
Views: 5513

Re: Solution for a thick wallet

I carry more of a card case than a wallet. There’s nothing gimmicky about it - it’s just a leather case with a few we’ll desgined slots for things. It was a great purchase I made 10 years ago, looks sharp, and fits in my jacket or front pant pocket easily. I carry: ID 2 credit cards (primary card an...
by Nearly A Moose
Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lawn Service and Landscaping
Replies: 14
Views: 1080

Re: Lawn Service and Landscaping

It’s insane where I live now. When I was a kid in a midsize midwestern city in the 90s, I charged $35 to mow and edge a one acre yard once a week. I had free use of our family’s lawn tractor, so my expenses were gas/oil, weed wacker string, and anything I hired out to my little brother. I did a pret...
by Nearly A Moose
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ceiling fan install (high ceiling)
Replies: 32
Views: 1966

Re: Ceiling fan install (high ceiling)

Is renting and transporting a scaffold really that much more expensive than hiring an electrician? Sure, it stinks to pay that much for someone to put two screws into a ceiling box and crimp a couple wires, but sounds like a hassle to DIY this if you don’t already have the parts (and i usually insta...