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by Capsu78
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Using deceased mother’s jewelry to create new wedding ring
Replies: 9
Views: 1127

Re: Using deceased mother’s jewelry to create new wedding ring

I've done some similar custom work with outdated jewelry. I went "over budget" both times but was very happy with the end products that were gifts for my daughters that will carry on for another generation. If you lose the story behind the jewelry, my fear is it will just be sold for nothing at esta...
by Capsu78
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I need a classic men's black dress belt
Replies: 58
Views: 9480

Re: I need a classic men's black dress belt

I have a bit of a fondness for belts made in the country I am visiting- I have one I bought in Rome, where I watched to women make it in front of me, one I haggled for in a souk in Dubai, a nice Canadian belt from Quebec City and even an sting ray skin belt (with a secret money compartment) I bought...
by Capsu78
Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much (green) cash at home for emergency ?
Replies: 169
Views: 14702

Re: How much (green) cash at home for emergency ?

We keep $3000 (nothing larger than $20's) in a fire resistant safe because we have 2 thirty something kids, with children who live close by. If we had an ATM disruption, this would cover all 3 households for a spell. I also have some silver dimes and my wife has "keep away from her fritter away spou...
by Capsu78
Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Carpet Installers- Tipping?
Replies: 22
Views: 1614

Re: Carpet Installers- Tipping?

If it's once and done job, handled with care (moving furniture, demo, clean up etc) involving 2 guys, I give them a $20 and say Beers on me.
If it's a bigger project, I give $20 to everyone who is not the boss.
by Capsu78
Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chipmunk Repellent?
Replies: 36
Views: 2682

Re: Chipmunk Repellent?

It is illegal in many states (including mine) to relocate wildlife from your property. Yes I used to "relo" to a local forest preserve, until a lawyer friend said "They will go easier on you if you just dump a human body there than relo of a critter!". I was going to explain what I do now, but didn...
by Capsu78
Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: “Day to kill” in Venice Italy
Replies: 51
Views: 3449

Re: “Day to kill” in Venice Italy

Another quick tip, assuming you like wine- search for a wine co op- there are several, where for a couple of Euro, you basically refill a plastic liter bottle with a number of wines made in small batches. We bought one before our gondola ride and drank some wine during our ride. We spent more on the...
by Capsu78
Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: “Day to kill” in Venice Italy
Replies: 51
Views: 3449

Re: “Day to kill” in Venice Italy

Since no one mentioned it- take the vapporetto over to Lido, walk across the island to the sea and spend a beach day with your kids. We rented a couple of chairs, used a changing station and my daughters loved it. Steves tours will put you through the paces so a day of relax is a luxury. Also, as a ...
by Capsu78
Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 6 hour layover on Heathrow
Replies: 54
Views: 4748

Re: 6 hour layover on Heathrow

I suppose Paris is it's own concentric circle of Hell...
by Capsu78
Sat May 19, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cinque Terre, Italy private boat tour
Replies: 7
Views: 920

Re: Cinque Terre, Italy private boat tour

I used Angelo's Boat Tours a few years back and had an unforgettable time:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_ ... guria.html

NB: These boats are purpose built specifically for this region.
by Capsu78
Tue May 01, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 719
Views: 78033

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Continuing a run of Norwegian produced series as recommended upthread a few pages, I just completed Nobel and found it to be very well done with a great story arc that spans time in both Afghanistan and Norway- Great story line, characters you care about, only 8 episodes long and high quality subtit...
by Capsu78
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New retirees: so whatdayathink ?
Replies: 97
Views: 11823

Re: New retirees: so whatdayathink ?

"I spent the week at a mandatory work related conference. I could not focus, it was horrible. I had no interest. At breaks, people tried to talk to me, hand me their business cards and all I could think of was - "what for?" I decided to "pretire" 3 years ago not at a conference, but because it was ...
by Capsu78
Fri Apr 20, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 719
Views: 78033

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Just finished Season 2 of Occupied. As I mentioned upthread, very well done- storyline, photography, everything- so long as subtitles for about 75% of the dialog isn't a deal breaker. FWIW, I mostly watched on my desktop and I was looking forward to watching on my big screen TV one night when my wif...
by Capsu78
Sun Apr 15, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3602
Views: 1026933

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

American Made with Tom Cruise is a fun watch if you like Narco type storylines...LOLed more than a couple times. I have grown tired of TC, too, but he totally nails this role.
by Capsu78
Sun Apr 15, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dealing with poorly assigned hotel rooms?
Replies: 41
Views: 3467

Re: Dealing with poorly assigned hotel rooms?

We had noisy guests in the room next door deciding to have an "after the bars closed" session. A couple of calls to security, brief relief then noisy again. DW is pretty upset as she had to go into the office in a few hours. We toughed it out the best we could. In the morning, as I packed up the las...
by Capsu78
Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 719
Views: 78033

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Another vote for "Occupied"- so long as (well done) sub titles are not a deal breaker for you. Watching alone as my wife does a lot of computer time during her workday and doesn't want to read much more when she gets home at night. I think the story line is very fresh and clever, many characters you...
by Capsu78
Wed Apr 11, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 719
Views: 78033

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Watching the new docuseries ‘wild wild country’ - its about Osho spiritual movement in Oregon 80’s. Must watch !! I should say I am shocked and amazed this thing really happened in the good ole USA. Still cannot believe if it is true. Anyone from those times, is this really true ? I powered through...
by Capsu78
Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: College freshman shopping—what don’t we need?
Replies: 45
Views: 3060

Re: College freshman shopping—what don’t we need?

The flip side to the equation- What goes to school must come back, or stored for the summer. I could not believe the stuff left behind in May at each of my daughters living arrangements- dorm, sorority and off campus apartments. Perfectly good TV's, laser printers, mini fridges, mattresses. You coul...
by Capsu78
Sun Mar 11, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 719
Views: 78033

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

pennstater2005 wrote:
Sun Feb 25, 2018 9:27 pm
Un-paused my membership to watch Halt and Catch Fire season 4.
Thanks for sharing- just started watching and it's very good so far.
by Capsu78
Sun Mar 11, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flight to Paris etc
Replies: 33
Views: 3539

Re: Flight to Paris etc

I find the people in the south of France to be as incredibly warm as Parisians are cool. Acknowledging shop clerks etc in French upon entry is easy and paves the way a bit. As for interesting things to do, free even, is searching out Jim Morrison's grave...I will guarantee you won't be along in doin...
by Capsu78
Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 719
Views: 78033

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

I binged Subarra- Blood on Rome earlier this week and really enjoyed it...Dialog is a bit choppy, but if you have spent any time in Rome, and liked it, it is worth it for the settings alone.
by Capsu78
Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flight to Paris etc
Replies: 33
Views: 3539

Re: Flight to Paris etc

I have a pretty robust passport, with a lot of foreign days and locations stamped...and I managed to get picked twice in 2016. First in Tokyo of all places and then later in the year in Athens. Fortunately, I don't carry much of anything when traveling, and had redundancy for everything in my hotel ...
by Capsu78
Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sump Pump Issues - What can I do, if anything?
Replies: 27
Views: 3163

Re: Sump Pump Issues - What can I do, if anything?

I have close to 30 years of Sump pump experience as a homeowner. Here are my quick observations: You are inspecting all the right places. You have good equipment. You have a lot of water finding its way into your drain tiles. Important to determine if it's all "cycling" once, or is it somehow recycl...
by Capsu78
Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Scottsdale, AZ - 2 day business trip
Replies: 23
Views: 1960

Re: Scottsdale, AZ - 2 day business trip

Spent 4 days there 3 weeks ago. Spouse had kick off meetings and I wasn't included in evening events. I did Old Town 1 night and Talking Stick casino on another, if that is your thing. (Not my thing, and I didn't drop a dime but like people watching and sports tv was decent there. Uber'ed to both pl...
by Capsu78
Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is it time for me to "call in rich"?
Replies: 75
Views: 12935

Re: Is it time for me to "call in rich"?

"...You are fartin" through silk, Son..." said someone famous whose name I can't recall. You are at a fork in the road... you should take it.
by Capsu78
Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help with what to do with drafty fireplace
Replies: 26
Views: 1543

Re: Help with what to do with drafty fireplace

Slightly less relevant, but I have toured a number of Frank L Wright built studios and homes. Fireplaces are usually a centerpiece of his designs, and he designed some 1600 different designs and no 2 alike. However, some of his designs were completely inefficient and energy losers...a couple were si...
by Capsu78
Tue Jan 09, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fertilize dormant plants in winter?
Replies: 13
Views: 1075

Re: Fertilize dormant plants in winter?

Miswestern garden hack here, who likes to put Malorganite around flowering trees and shrubs drip lines while the snow is on the ground in early March. My personal "hunch" is that my flowers are better when I do this, after the thaw/ drip hopefully permeates the ground to the roots.
by Capsu78
Tue Jan 09, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Early Retirement Incentive Plan is generating paranoia in a co-worker
Replies: 47
Views: 6076

Re: Early Retirement Incentive Plan is generating paranoia

Dottie57 wrote:
Tue Jan 09, 2018 6:00 pm
... However Megacorp wants to go a different direction and perceives those who are 55+ as being a drag.on the necessary transformation.
...And if you could just find that one Megacorp memo that states that with clarity you could be wealthy beyond measure! :D
by Capsu78
Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone disenchanted with retirement?
Replies: 184
Views: 21567

Re: Anyone disenchanted with retirement?

One of my "retirement" jobs is putting my granddaughter on the bus 3 days a week. This morning she asked "What are you doing today Papa?" I had to think for a bit, but replied "I have to stop by Village Hall and get my new vehicle stickers and stop by my chiropractor to pay off a bill... about 20 mi...
by Capsu78
Sat Jan 06, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Having trouble deciding on 401k employee deferral or Roth deferral at new job
Replies: 8
Views: 562

Re: Having trouble deciding on 401k employee deferral or Roth deferral at new job

What "secures" your future deferral, in the event that the company you work for runs into severe financial trouble? I consider that a risk worth considering.
by Capsu78
Fri Dec 29, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: I have been warned my funds will be liquidated?
Replies: 22
Views: 3117

Re: I have been warned my funds will be liquidated?

When we closed out our Heloc, I got a check for $.02 months and months later, as well. Having been in the "negotiable document creation" world during my career, I can assure you it probably cost $10 or more to print, insert, seal, mail and deliver that check to me...and probably a like amount for th...
by Capsu78
Tue Dec 26, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Appointment Calendars from the past
Replies: 28
Views: 2502

Re: Appointment Calendars from the past

In 2015 I retired after 36 years as a loss prevention engineer for an insurance company. I kept every calendar for 36 years, the calendar are the type where you had a page for each day, you can put in your suit jacket. Everyday it lists the name of the company I visited, the person I met with, the ...
by Capsu78
Fri Dec 22, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Appointment Calendars from the past
Replies: 28
Views: 2502

Re: Appointment Calendars from the past

I recently found some calendar days from the late 70's which chronicled all of the fun weekends during my first years out of college- ski weekends, the bars we went to, the concerts. Since I have a pretty robust photo library (110,000 images +) that I maintain and back up anyway, I scanned the pages...
by Capsu78
Fri Dec 22, 2017 10:01 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: A meal with friends yields a financial revelation
Replies: 95
Views: 12883

Re: A meal with friends yields a financial revelation

Mike above posted: BTW, I would not call this "abundance" but rather "enough". +1, and I think at the crux of the OP's post. "Score keeping" among score keepers is a game that will never end. An important concept that relates to "happiness", but fewer focus on, is what constitutes "enough". We are ...
by Capsu78
Thu Dec 21, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: A meal with friends yields a financial revelation
Replies: 95
Views: 12883

Re: A meal with friends yields a financial revelation

Mike above posted: BTW, I would not call this "abundance" but rather "enough". +1, and I think at the crux of the OP's post. "Score keeping" among score keepers is a game that will never end. An important concept that relates to "happiness", but fewer focus on, is what constitutes "enough". We are o...
by Capsu78
Thu Dec 21, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do you include your house in your net worth if you own it outright?
Replies: 89
Views: 7315

Re: Do you include your house in your net worth if you own it outright?

I include it as it is an "owned" asset...however, I am also a "bucket" guy so I place it as my assets of last resort in sequence of spending. I would only readjust if we readjusted our housing arrangement.
by Capsu78
Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Christmas Bonus: Etiquette
Replies: 32
Views: 5002

Re: Christmas Bonus: Etiquette

I was once given a bonus by my "client" as I was a paid consultant at the time. Took the time to write a short thank you note saying how unexpected it was and how much I appreciated being considered part of his team. It was an opportunity for me to do a little positive relationship work. My daughter...
by Capsu78
Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: A meal with friends yields a financial revelation
Replies: 95
Views: 12883

Re: A meal with friends yields a financial revelation

For me, the moment occurred after we completed our last child's wedding. We realized all of our kids educations had been paid for, weddings paid for, kids stable and decently employed. I started remembering all the things I would put off or try to DIY for our house and cars. I started to look for pr...
by Capsu78
Thu Dec 07, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: sharing cost of tree cutting
Replies: 31
Views: 1878

Re: sharing cost of tree cutting

Mr. T also had a dispute with the neighbors in a famous Chicagoland story:

https://chicago.curbed.com/2011/6/22/10 ... w-massacre

It was said that when confronted, he said "I don't like no trees- Trees bring birds...and birds wake me up in the morning!"
by Capsu78
Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best solution for digitizing documents?
Replies: 55
Views: 5550

Re: Best solution for digitizing documents?

There is lots of good advice on how to scan your documents. The only thing I will add is for critical documents (or priceless family photographs for that matter) keep one copy either in the cloud or off site. For the latter, a pair of cheap external drives employed with this strategy works well: 1)...
by Capsu78
Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3602
Views: 1026933

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

"Wind River" which was suggested by an earlier poster was the best movie I have seen this year, from 2017 anyway.
by Capsu78
Mon Nov 27, 2017 7:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Let Go by MegaCorp - Lots of options
Replies: 40
Views: 3962

Re: Let Go by MegaCorp - Lots of options

Have worked through 2 severance periods between my wife and myself. Looking back, even through all of the uncertainty and even some sadness/ sense of loss... both of these periods led to better outcomes. The only regrets were the wasted worrying about the transition! 1 Sounds like a fabulous severan...
by Capsu78
Mon Nov 27, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Inspiration to Work After You've Already "Won"?
Replies: 17
Views: 1887

Re: Inspiration to Work After You've Already "Won"?

Chopin wrote most of his major works by age 24. Maybe look for a cathederal to bury your heart in one day when you are done using it? :D
by Capsu78
Mon Nov 27, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What happens to pension in the event of corporate takeover
Replies: 3
Views: 466

Re: What happens to pension in the event of corporate takeover

It depends on what was written in the originating pension set up and subsequent modifications. One "remedy" that seems to be popular is to buy annuities for current employees and offer retirees and those who have exited the org but not yet declared a pension option a lump sum buyout. Sometime a carr...
by Capsu78
Fri Nov 03, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I decline Grand Prize trip because of taxes on winnings?
Replies: 107
Views: 13711

Re: Should I decline Grand Prize trip because of taxes on winnings?

It's a lot of fun getting behind the scenes of these types of events. But I would not spend a penny until I saw some actual travel arrangements that I could verify myself. Said above but vet the sponsoring organization to make doubly sure they are legit. As an aside, I worked in direct mail for a Bt...
by Capsu78
Fri Oct 27, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chimney Relining Estimate
Replies: 3
Views: 378

Re: Chimney Relining Estimate

Every year my chimney sweep company wanted to put a liner in my hot water flue that shares my wood burning fireplace flue. The price estimate done several times was between $1500 and $1700. Your work order looks like more is involved, particularly tying it all back together. The estimate does not sh...
by Capsu78
Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3602
Views: 1026933

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Watched "Taking Chance" with Kevin Bacon as it was in the news last week. I didn't make it through the trailer without a tissue so be sure to break out a full box if you are watching with your SO.
by Capsu78
Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Greek Islands Cruise Excursions
Replies: 9
Views: 1092

Re: Greek Islands Cruise Excursions

Go check out Cruise Critic and search for your cruise roll call, which often has people looking to group up for private tours of 6-12 people.
It's were I found all my tours. I particularly endorse this company in Santorini, but there are many fine outfits. : http://www.santotour.com
by Capsu78
Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3602
Views: 1026933

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Death of Stalin release date is later this month.
by Capsu78
Fri Oct 06, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3602
Views: 1026933

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Watched 2 this week- First up "The Dinner" which I know several posters had good things to say about. Assumed DW and I would really like, she being a long time Gere fan with a clause in our marriage contract that she has permission to leave me for him, and I liking past performances of a number of o...
by Capsu78
Tue Oct 03, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Two Nights in Quebec City - Must See Suggestions, anyone?
Replies: 16
Views: 1605

Re: Two Nights in Quebec City - Must See Suggestions, anyone?

We're already booked at Hotel Port Royal. The Chateau Frontenac looks fantastic, but is over budget for us. Thanks for the suggestion to all those who mentioned it. Maybe we'll go there for a drink, though! [/quote] They also offer a tour which we found interesting enough to recommend...some interes...