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by Capsu78
Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 1498
Views: 157024

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

Another +1 for The Spy
by Capsu78
Mon Sep 09, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Visit to Tokyo
Replies: 17
Views: 1856

Re: Visit to Tokyo

I found it useful to take the Hop on Hop off bus tour the first day of the trip and use that to figure out where you might want to spend some more time the rest of the days.
by Capsu78
Mon Sep 09, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: When to give notice
Replies: 29
Views: 3767

Re: When to give notice

Procedural reminder- Turn in your notice in person, via a written document that spells out the exact date YOU are resigning on. SIL worked for a great boss and just walked in and informed him he was resigning in 2 weeks. Boss said "I understand...yada yada". He goes back to his desk and the bosses b...
by Capsu78
Fri Sep 06, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much to tip movers?
Replies: 77
Views: 10872

Re: How much to tip movers?

I had 2 moves earlier this year...I made a lot of game day decisions that both teams handled to my satisfaction- This to the house, this to Goodwill...wait, that to GW too. I tipped $20 per guy, including the guy with the clipboard and I bought them lunch...and boy, they ate big! I was a summer temp...
by Capsu78
Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 1498
Views: 157024

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

Netflix series "Wanted" , an Aussie production is starting out strong and funny...Says it was the most watched show in Oz when it was released.
I've had good luck with crime related shows Down Under...Underbelly was excellent and yet I only ever met one person who had seen it.
by Capsu78
Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buenos Aires - How many days?
Replies: 33
Views: 2790

Re: Buenos Aires - How many days?

Yes to Equador as they use US currency...that is where I got the idea to use as tip money!
I used brand new ones straight out of the wrapper- shiny and gold with the Statue of Liberty on the back. They are a conversation piece.
by Capsu78
Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buenos Aires - How many days?
Replies: 33
Views: 2790

Re: Buenos Aires - How many days?

Yes, most travel guides tell you to keep your phone out of sight...however, everyone, and I mean EVERYONE was walking around with their eyes on their phones. Also good practice to keep any backpacks, camera bags etc in the center of any taxi as opposed to near a window. Grabing items at stop lights ...
by Capsu78
Sun Jul 21, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 1498
Views: 157024

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

We have been enjoying "Catastrophe" on Prime...clever banter and character development
by Capsu78
Fri Jul 19, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: NYT Article: Safe Deposit Boxes Aren't Safe
Replies: 96
Views: 8562

Re: NYT Article: Safe Deposit Boxes Aren't Safe

I am a big fan of our family sdb and have had one for a decade. I had not considered the risks in the article but won't be moved to look for alternatives. The bank, at least, is a much harder target than most of my in home alternatives, including monitoring and better fire suppression. I don't keep ...
by Capsu78
Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Rental in Europe--specifically Sicily
Replies: 27
Views: 1450

Re: Car Rental in Europe--specifically Sicily

This may have changed since I was last there, but the car rental agreement was completely manually processed on a multi part business form and a older typewriter (!) in Catania. It took 45 minutes with no line.
by Capsu78
Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Rental in Europe--specifically Sicily
Replies: 27
Views: 1450

Re: Car Rental in Europe--specifically Sicily

When driving in Sicily, the speed limits on the inter-city roads are not terribly high. They also have speed cameras (and warning signs for them). I would recommend not speeding on those roads despite what other cars around you may be doing. That said, you should pull over slightly to allow faster ...
by Capsu78
Sat Jul 13, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4751
Views: 1228799

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Gifted. I'd give it a 7 out of 10. It is a couple years old. It stars Chris Evans and is about an Uncle raising a math prodigy and an ensuing custody fight with his mother. Thanks! Enjoyed it, wife teared up a couple of times... better her tearing up over a movie that tearing up over her choice in ...
by Capsu78
Sat Jul 13, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which area to stay in Bangkok?
Replies: 12
Views: 1366

Re: Which area to stay in Bangkok?

Here's a good overview of the different areas of Bangkok: https://www.travelfish.org/location/thailand/bangkok_and_surrounds/bangkok/bangkok#coverage I've stayed in Silom before and it was fine. My only notes would be to avoid Khao San Road unless you just love drunk backpackers and that I found th...
by Capsu78
Sat Jul 13, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WaPo: "Mobile Passport" is the best-kept secret in air travel
Replies: 47
Views: 7843

Re: WaPo: "Mobile Passport" is the best-kept secret in air travel

SHHHHSH! If EVERYBODY is special, ain't NOBODY special!!!
Been using GE for 5 years on 4 internationals a year and can honestly say I have avoided some major lines.
by Capsu78
Sat Jul 13, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2016 Car with only 11,000 miles?
Replies: 32
Views: 3149

Re: 2016 Car with only 11,000 miles?

We came across a similar situation- a 3 year old Infiniti with 4,400 miles on it. It had been bought through the Chicago dealership but delivered to Scottsdale AZ. Then traded back in at the dealership. It was showroom new. Figured out that it had been delivered to Scottsdale likely by someone who o...
by Capsu78
Tue Jul 02, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: how do couples work together on home finance
Replies: 60
Views: 4822

Re: how do couples work together on home finance

I sat my new bride down 35 years ago and explained to her the relationship between the Pilot and Co-Pilot in terms of decision making. She listened intently and considered the merits of my presentation and said "OK" She then said "...now it's my turn... You may be the pilot, but consider me "Air Tra...
by Capsu78
Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4751
Views: 1228799

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

SoAnyway, Thanks for the heads up on "Blinded by the Light". Having been an early fan of Bruce as well as someone who liked "Bend it like Beckham" it will definitely go on my list. How early a fan? $4 a ticket to see him play 3.5 hours for 1800 people in a small state college basketball arena 3 week...
by Capsu78
Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: how do couples work together on home finance
Replies: 60
Views: 4822

Re: how do couples work together on home finance

I do a quarterly review in a format I have been working since 2013- Just updated it yesterday. I give my wife an "executive summary" of quarter over quarter performance, the "numbers" on her/my investment portfolios and a net worth calculation. She is an executive by day and any time she spots a red...
by Capsu78
Sun Jun 30, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: trip to Greece (Athens and vicinity)
Replies: 21
Views: 1651

Re: trip to Greece (Athens and vicinity)

Not to be a downer, but full security alert on pick pockets in the crowds of Athens- particularly standing in groups for the Changing of the Guard and in lines for Acropolis. I got stung, realized it immediately and had cancellation calls in in under 15 minutes. The perps had already been declined b...
by Capsu78
Sun Jun 30, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4751
Views: 1228799

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Always be my maybe on Netflix is a very good romantic comedy starring two East Asians and Keanu Reaves. It's very funny. It's a romantic comedy so it follows the genre's general formula but it's done very well. If you like comedy/rom-com, you'll like it. Second this one...both my wife and I enjoyed...
by Capsu78
Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 1498
Views: 157024

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

Just finished "Chernobyl" which is very well done. I realize it is probably a good time to re watch White Nights (1985) which takes place in the same time period as this series, actually a year before. A good exercise in "compare and contrast" what the Soviet Union represented in its final years. Gr...
by Capsu78
Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 1498
Views: 157024

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

Started Catch 22 on Hulu. Read the book back in the 70's so I remember it as anti war/ absurdity and chaotic. Had to overcome a bit of distaste for George Clooney, I must say this series really is well written, produced, directed and acted. The portrayal of Italians during that time I think is very...
by Capsu78
Sun Jun 02, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Working in Japan?
Replies: 10
Views: 1289

Re: Working in Japan?

I would also suggest that when she is looking at housing, make sure she has some high tension wires between her house and the sea... Even though Godilla is supposedly over 13,000,000 years old, he always gets hung up in the high tension wires! Every stinkin time !!!
by Capsu78
Sat Jun 01, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to do with old unused laptops?
Replies: 17
Views: 2058

Re: What to do with old unused laptops?

Goodwill takes them to a responsible recycler too, but get the data off using the hammer techniques above.
by Capsu78
Fri May 31, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Working in Japan?
Replies: 10
Views: 1289

Re: Working in Japan?

These You Tubes are closing in on a decade old now, but the creator was a US expat who worked in Tokyo (until they told him to leave!) He is part media content maker/ stand up comic and takes a very irreverent look at living in Japan. I actually met him at a Hunami party he pulled together, and it w...
by Capsu78
Fri May 31, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 1498
Views: 157024

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

Started Catch 22 on Hulu. Read the book back in the 70's so I remember it as anti war/ absurdity and chaotic. Had to overcome a bit of distaste for George Clooney, I must say this series really is well written, produced, directed and acted. The portrayal of Italians during that time I think is very ...
by Capsu78
Sun May 19, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4751
Views: 1228799

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

The African Doctor on Netflix... likable characters and interesting storyline based on a true story. Sub titled from French but easy to follow and some good laughs.
by Capsu78
Sun May 19, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recent Stays in Riviera Maya Area of Mexico
Replies: 11
Views: 1662

Re: Recent Stays in Riviera Maya Area of Mexico

Was there all last week...Seaweed was a complaint by most ocean swimmers and the brown color extended out past the bouy line. Hotel was working full time to keep it clear, other properties on either side not so much. I wouldn't advise wearing any light colored bathing suits either. The photo above i...
by Capsu78
Tue May 07, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4751
Views: 1228799

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

“For the Ones We Loved” A French film with many short stories about awful romantic situations. It starts with a new husband exiting the church after the wedding ceremony and driving away with his lover in front of the wedding guests. The new wife does not cancel the party. And the guests go on to e...
by Capsu78
Tue May 07, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4751
Views: 1228799

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

"Walking with the Enemy" on Hulu. Set in Hungry under the Nazi's during WWII and based on a true story. Quite graphic at times.
by Capsu78
Sun Apr 28, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4751
Views: 1228799

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

abuss368 wrote:
Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:04 pm
aspirit wrote:
Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:17 pm
abuss368 wrote:
Sun Apr 28, 2019 8:00 am
“From Russia with Love”. 007 James Bond
L4YER CAKE On Amazon with todays contemporary James Bond, Daniel Craig; :happy
In my Netflix list.
Enjoyed this movie in the "pre Netflix streaming" era... just rewatched and it holds its quality.
by Capsu78
Fri Apr 26, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4751
Views: 1228799

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

"The Ruthless" on Netflix also is worth the watch if you like "Gooffella"ish mob movies... decent soundtrack on this one too.
by Capsu78
Fri Apr 26, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4751
Views: 1228799

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

We watched " Andhadhun " on Netflix this weekend. It's a Bollywood movie recommended by my Indian friend. It is soooooo good!!! I cannot recommend it enough! It's a thriller full of twists and turns. You don't know what's the truth until literally the last second -- and even then, I'm not sure I kn...
by Capsu78
Tue Nov 27, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tipping lawn service and trash pickup
Replies: 48
Views: 4379

Re: Tipping lawn service and trash pickup

I tip my trash pick up guys, on the condition I see the same guys on the same route for most of the year. Yes, they have an robot arm vehicle, but the difference is they take most everything away without a quibble and will jump off the truck to pick up scattered debris if something doesn't land well...
by Capsu78
Thu Nov 22, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Electrical Engineering move to consultant?
Replies: 16
Views: 2243

Re: Electrical Engineering move to consultant?

"The most successful consultant I know has a consistent gig where he can work full time if he desires. Nice, steady income and a reasonable client. Almost like being an employee." Mirrors my best years as a consultant- worst years mirror all the rest of the points. You need to have a strong sales me...
by Capsu78
Thu Nov 22, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 1 Week vacation in February 2019, to get away from the Midwest Winter
Replies: 45
Views: 4128

Re: 1 Week vacation in February 2019, to get away from the Midwest Winter

I went to this Blues Festival in Costa Rica in February, mostly because I am friends with one of the performers. Had a great time and enjoyed beautiful weather. Spent a few days in Tarimindo, then moved down to this location for the weekend. https://crbluesfest.com/ The festival supports a nice char...
by Capsu78
Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4751
Views: 1228799

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

A Man Called Ove (2015, Swedish/subtitles) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4080728/?ref_=nv_sr_1 I loved it. Absolutely loved it. The husband too. He hadn't expected to like it, but it was funny, poignant, and made you cry too. Based on this recommendation, watched it and really did enjoy it. Wife is ...
by Capsu78
Sun Nov 04, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4751
Views: 1228799

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Freefun wrote:
Sat Nov 03, 2018 1:44 pm
Destination Wedding. I didn’t expect to like it but was pleasantly surprised!
Watched it last night based on this comment and LOL funny dialog, so long as you like sarcasm...and I do!!!
by Capsu78
Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 1498
Views: 157024

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

Just started "Shitts Creek" and am finding it pretty funny. YMMV.
by Capsu78
Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Neighbor Fencing question
Replies: 50
Views: 4315

Re: Neighbor Fencing question

I live in a "No Fences Allowed" village, but have experience with my grown kids fence lines and fence replacement. My first stop would be to your municipal office and ask what is the official fence policy in whatever your community identifies itself as. My kid had a neighbor who threw a hissy about ...
by Capsu78
Wed Aug 22, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Looking for a pep talk
Replies: 39
Views: 5259

Re: Looking for a pep talk

A pep talk is always better than a perp walk...and what everyone above said!
by Capsu78
Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Terminating an employee with company car
Replies: 62
Views: 6627

Re: Terminating an employee with company car

Once witnessed a particularly disagreeable lower level supervisor get RIFed suddenly when new management came in. She considered herself "untouchable", and her manager knew she would exit less than gracefully, so he decided whatever she complained about getting her out of the building was worth doin...
by Capsu78
Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Breaking CD's after change of plans.
Replies: 1
Views: 416

Breaking CD's after change of plans.

We have spent 4 years building a CD ladder to "bucket' anticipated expenses if my working DW decides to pull the plug on a successful corporate career on her "next bad Monday". Think 25 CD's of various amounts timed over 4 years to meet specific buckets of expenses- property taxes, annual property i...
by Capsu78
Mon Jul 30, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 8 days in Poland - suggestions?
Replies: 15
Views: 1432

Re: 8 days in Poland - suggestions?

I found Auschwitz to be a very moving day and was happy that my following day was a train travel day to Prague, to clear the mind. Also in Krakow, go see the gates at Shindlers factory. I was in Poland at the exact same time, and it does start to get a chill in the air...many folks seemed to be pull...
by Capsu78
Wed Jul 25, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to Learn Italian (a little) Before Trip to Italy
Replies: 34
Views: 2424

Re: How to Learn Italian (a little) Before Trip to Italy

Unless you are going to much less touristed areas (Sicily off season) , every "customer facing" position you will deal will be staffed with English speakers, as often as not, from outside of Italy. You will be hard pressed to get a pizza made for you by an actual Roman in Rome- much more likely some...
by Capsu78
Thu Jul 19, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Emergency Preparedness
Replies: 75
Views: 9035

Re: Emergency Preparedness

Thank you for posting Capsu and also to the poster who shared the link. WE have been working on our "book" a little at a time for about a year now, because of what I read on that site. This really was the paragraph that perked my ears up: I really am going to tell you some amazing stories of desper...
by Capsu78
Thu Jul 19, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Weird info from HR on HSA
Replies: 13
Views: 1905

Re: Weird info from HR on HSA

I have an old classmate who is going to win the "longevity" award in our class for being at the same company- 39 years...Only issue is it is financial services and has been acquired 3 times, plus his original company that hired him! He has pieces and parts multiple pension plans, frozen pension plan...
by Capsu78
Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shoe shine, airport?
Replies: 8
Views: 1482

Re: Shoe shine, airport?

When I traveled on business, I considered it one of life's little pleasures. Quality was usually pretty good, sometimes the conversation even better! Unfortunately prices started climbing beyond my enjoyment factor. Now I just travel for myself so the condition of my shoes doesn't matter in the leas...
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: 1600

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...