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by themesrob
Fri Dec 14, 2018 12:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Volkswagen Reliability
Replies: 100
Views: 4582

Re: Volkswagen Reliability

So you're OK buying a car from a company that plead guilty to violating the US Clean Air Act and paid more $4B in fines? Why, because you like the "style" of the car? I'd think about supporting companies that are innovative, build high quality products, and know how to obey the law. It's all about ...
by themesrob
Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Volkswagen Reliability
Replies: 100
Views: 4582

Re: Volkswagen Reliability

I had a 2014 Golf TDI. I drove that car HARD on terrible NYC/Long Island roads every day for two years. I got ~50 mpg, and it was bulletproof. I sold it back in the diesel settlement because the payout was too much to ignore, and have missed it ever since. We now have two other VWs, a 2017 Tiguan an...
by themesrob
Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dishwasher stopped working well
Replies: 16
Views: 1480

Re: Dishwasher stopped working well

if the filters and spray arms are clean, it may be an issue with your element and/or thermostat. try opening it early in the cycle after it's filled and seeing if the water is hot and the element is on.
by themesrob
Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New TV and a black screen
Replies: 22
Views: 1128

Re: New TV and a black screen

Make sure your firmware is up-to-date. Falling behind on updates has caused all sorts of problems for me with Samsung TVs in the past. however, if your issue happened when you hit the "guide" button on the remote, or has been fixed when Comcast sent a refresh signal to the cable box, that would sug...
by themesrob
Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New TV and a black screen
Replies: 22
Views: 1128

Re: New TV and a black screen

Make sure your firmware is up-to-date. Falling behind on updates has caused all sorts of problems for me with Samsung TVs in the past. however, if your issue happened when you hit the "guide" button on the remote, or has been fixed when Comcast sent a refresh signal to the cable box, that would sugg...
by themesrob
Fri Nov 30, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best way to get housing suggestions?
Replies: 8
Views: 503

Re: Best way to get housing suggestions?

Agree with a couple folks above -- I think a lot of realtors are perfectly happy to talk to you about what you're looking for and where, and just set up an MLS search for you. Every time a relevant hit comes up, you'll get an email. It's very little work for them, with a potential huge upside if you...
by themesrob
Fri Nov 30, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Federal employees - Delta Dental insurance
Replies: 11
Views: 935

Re: Federal employees - Delta Dental insurance

make sure you check on the policy maximums if you're thinking of Delta (with significant dental work as a possibility). in my area, FEDVIP offers a high and low option for Delta -- the low one has an annual benefit max of $1500. The high option is a $30k annual max, but the premium is much higher th...
by themesrob
Wed Nov 28, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 975
Views: 105362

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

Homecoming on Amazon Prime Video https://www.amazon.com/Season-1-Official-Teaser/dp/B07FNWYY2L Free for Prime members, Series with Julia Roberts in half hour installments. I watched the first episode. I'm not sure whether the buzz is deserved or the buzz is really about Ms.Roberts. I'll probably wa...
by themesrob
Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Men's crew neck t-shirts
Replies: 47
Views: 3708

Re: Men's crew neck t-shirts

Hanes or Jockey all the way. I tried the Kirkland Costco brand -- for me, they were WAY too thick. I'm not sure I've ever owned any t-shirt that thick before. If you're in a warm climate, you might like them, but they're very noticeable under a dress shirt. And for Florida, they were completely usel...
by themesrob
Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garmins & Fitbits: Worth it for non-athletes?
Replies: 43
Views: 2843

Re: Garmins & Fitbits: Worth it for non-athletes?

I love my FitBit Charge 2. Okay actually, sometimes I hate it like after a run it will suddenly stop taking my heart rate. I think that's because I'm sweaty (I'm not an elite athlete, as I'm guessing 99.99% of BHs aren't either, but I do sweat a lot) after the run, so I give it a pass for that. Usu...
by themesrob
Sat Nov 10, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which one: Lyft or Uber?
Replies: 57
Views: 4328

Re: Which one: Lyft or Uber?

I have both, have used both more times than I can count. I think Lyft has two primary advantages: 1) my anecdotal experience is that it's usually cheaper; 2) with Lyft, when a driver accepts your request, they get a dot on your map showing where you actually are standing, in addition to the originat...
by themesrob
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Home Purchase - Sellers Request Help with Repairs
Replies: 69
Views: 3246

Re: Home Purchase - Sellers Request Help with Repairs

Based on a lot of the responses I don't know how half these folks ever found a house that satisfied them. :shock: The bottom line, once they signed the agreement closing the Inspection Contingency you are under no obligation to contribute to the new system. But... to ensure a quality job, if this i...
by themesrob
Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Charles Murray's and Jordan Peterson's book
Replies: 17
Views: 1426

Re: Charles Murray's and Jordan Peterson's book

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/2018/05/25/i-was-jordan-petersons-strongest-supporter-now-i-think-hes-dangerous.html worth reading. By the department head who got him into the University of Toronto, and now regrets it. I thought long and hard before writing about Jordan, and I do not do this lightl...
by themesrob
Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Black suit with dark brown shoes?
Replies: 59
Views: 4122

Re: Black suit with dark brown shoes?

if it's black tie, you will already be on the semi-underdressed side with a black suit. Personally, even if there's a few other men in a black suit, I would not want to be the one guy wearing brown shoes/belt. I think a lot of the old-school color combo rules (like "no brown shoes with a navy suit")...
by themesrob
Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Credit Card Review
Replies: 15
Views: 1330

Re: Credit Card Review

My strategy is (full disclosure, I'm a Citibank employee): 1) Chase Sapphire Preferred for any dining or travel. $450 annual fee but a $300 travel credit annually so the net impact is really $150 I think you mean Chase Sapphire Reserve, probably -- Preferred is only $95 annually, no travel credit. ...
by themesrob
Sat Sep 08, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can Sneakers go with Business Casual?
Replies: 172
Views: 8809

Re: Can Sneakers go with Business Casual?

that's a hard no. in terms of "what will happen" if you do it, I have no idea -- it entirely depends on your office culture. but if you're considering meeting "clients/customers" in such an outfit, assume the worst outcome (they think you look like a slob and decide not to hire you or cancel your co...
by themesrob
Fri Aug 31, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need suggestion for firm foam mattress
Replies: 19
Views: 1832

Re: Need suggestion for firm foam mattress

we bought a Tulo bed-in-a-box foam mattress for a guest room. the firm option is FIRM - I like it so much, I'm thinking of switching it with ours.
by themesrob
Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for a good Moving Company. All have awful reviews.
Replies: 21
Views: 1019

Re: Looking for a good Moving Company. All have awful reviews.

OK, thanks so much everyone here. 1. So you can specify door-to-door with no intermediate unloading? I assume this is an extra cost (but that's fine). 2. Can you ask that the truck holds only your stuff? 3. Thanks for the Paul Arpin recommendation, but, just like all the other movers, there are end...
by themesrob
Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for a good Moving Company. All have awful reviews.
Replies: 21
Views: 1019

Re: Looking for a good Moving Company. All have awful reviews.

we had a very good experience using Flat Rate going from New York to Florida. We used them several times in the city, and every move (save one, which was just a bad crew I could tell) went perfectly. I hadn't expected them to be competitive for a long distance move, but as it turns out Northeast to ...
by themesrob
Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Buying non-Vanguard ETFs Vanguard on Vanguard brokerage. Dividend reinvestment?
Replies: 27
Views: 1723

Re: Buying non-Vanguard ETFs Vanguard on Vanguard brokerage. Dividend reinvestment?

I hold iShares' ITA with Vanguard and the dividends are reinvested without issue. (I also hold VSS, though, and I'm curious why it "sucks" any more than FNDC...)
by themesrob
Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Where to buy engagement ring?
Replies: 61
Views: 4830

Re: Where to buy engagement ring?

I had a good experience with Enchanted Diamonds. The online shop is way easier to use than Blue Nile, and has a lot more data. Plus the advantage of being in NYC is that their office is in midtown, and you can go pick it up, get free adjustments/cleanings for life, etc. Their service is excellent.
by themesrob
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sign - Speed checked by Radar
Replies: 41
Views: 3005

Re: Sign - Speed checked by Radar

I like the ones that say "enforced by aircraft". I've always wondered how the aircraft plans to stop a speeding vehicle, rather than simply monitor it? Frequently seen on 295 in NJ -- a chopper hangs over the highway and measures speed, and then radios down to a state trooper in a car just down the...
by themesrob
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to buy white, athletic fit dress shirt?
Replies: 52
Views: 3413

Re: Where to buy white, athletic fit dress shirt?

Brooks Bros Milano fit if you're a marathoner-type "athletic," or Regent fit if you're more of a lifter-type "athletic." I tend to go with the latter (I generally distrust most brands' generic "slim fit" cuts because they're usually far too narrow across the shoulders.)
by themesrob
Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Marriage [How should finances be handled?]
Replies: 74
Views: 7887

Re: Marriage [How should finances be handled?]

My wife and I share a joint checking account and joint online savings, and have a couple joint credit cards. We each have our own personal checking accounts, into which our paychecks get deposited, as well as an personal credit card. We then have monthly autotransfers set up for x amount (most but n...
by themesrob
Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: legal recruiters? any recommendations?
Replies: 4
Views: 642

Re: legal recruiters? any recommendations?

what's the location? (FYI, if you're looking to make a geographic move, do not try to use a recruiter in your current location, even if they say "Oh I've got lots of contacts in [other place].")
by themesrob
Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Invest in Tesla?
Replies: 330
Views: 26173

Re: Invest in Tesla?

even if that was legit and not actually a short squeeze via tweet, Musk undoubtedly just cost his company millions of dollars in legal fees.
by themesrob
Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Durable Dress Shoes for Commute
Replies: 36
Views: 2461

Re: Durable Dress Shoes for Commute

the Johnston & Murphy waterproof models (marketed as XC4, I believe) have served me fairly well -- certainly not Allen Edmonds quality, but they look good with a suit or dress slacks, are $100-150/pair for the most part, and are very durable. Most of my pairs have lasted 2-3 years. Downside is havi...
by themesrob
Tue Jul 31, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Durable Dress Shoes for Commute
Replies: 36
Views: 2461

Re: Durable Dress Shoes for Commute

the Johnston & Murphy waterproof models (marketed as XC4, I believe) have served me fairly well -- certainly not Allen Edmonds quality, but they look good with a suit or dress slacks, are $100-150/pair for the most part, and are very durable. Most of my pairs have lasted 2-3 years. Downside is havin...
by themesrob
Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: JFK Traverlers: How to go from NJ to JFK and the opposite?
Replies: 48
Views: 2498

Re: JFK Traverlers: How to go from NJ to JFK and the opposite?

Least stress - Uber or Lyft XL Most economical - you could probably get a private cab company for cheaper than Uber/Lyft, but you'd be risking them not showing up on time, and I don't play that game anymore. The economical way would be a standard UberX or Lyft, and then riding with one of your bags ...
by themesrob
Wed Jul 18, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: suit shoe combo?
Replies: 49
Views: 3447

Re: suit shoe combo?

even if people are more charitable than the "clown with the red sneakers," it will probably be "that guy who must have just had foot surgery and can't wear proper shoes for the occasion." (At least that's what I'd assume.)
by themesrob
Tue Jul 17, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Croatia/Slovenia/Montenegro - 8 days
Replies: 7
Views: 725

Re: Croatia/Slovenia/Montenegro - 8 days

These are all places my wife and I went on our honeymoon last year, also in September. We had a little over two weeks, and did Lake Bled-Ljubljana-Zagreb-Istria-Plitvice Lakes-Split-Dubrovnik. A couple reactions to your itinerary: - If you're already set on flying into Zagreb to kick off the trip, I...
by themesrob
Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suit Alterations - chain vs local tailor
Replies: 16
Views: 1482

Re: Suit Alterations - chain vs local tailor

I think you missed a "than" in your statement above in bold. I agree that if you can find a local tailor, they are the better solution for most cases outside of getting a custom tailored suit or (obviously) a bespoke one. An additional plus is that your local tailor will be able to keep the suit fi...
by themesrob
Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suit Alterations - chain vs local tailor
Replies: 16
Views: 1482

Re: Suit Alterations - chain vs local tailor

I have seldom had good luck using a store tailor (Jos A Bank, Men's Wearhouse, J Crew). I think it's worth consulting Yelp and finding a local tailor with a good reputation -- you'll almost certainly get better results, and more often than not you'll save money, unless the store is offering the tail...
by themesrob
Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is expensive olive oil worth it?
Replies: 63
Views: 6778

Re: Is expensive olive oil worth it?

I think either Filippo Berio or Bertolli EV are both very good options for day-to-day cooking (dressings and sautes), as is Kirkland. I do have a "nicer" bottle for when I am finishing a dish after cooking with olive oil -- personally, I find I notice the difference in taste, and since the amount in...
by themesrob
Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Emergency fund checkup
Replies: 19
Views: 1687

Re: Emergency fund checkup

We recently moved from NY to FL. We didn't have a house to sell, so I can't speak to that part of the expenses. But moving-wise: I HIGHLY recommend pricing out the cost of renting a U-haul and doing it yourself. I was shocked at how expensive it was going to be -- $~2300 just for the truck (not at a...
by themesrob
Thu May 10, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's the view on dogs running free?
Replies: 110
Views: 6570

Re: What's the view on dogs running free?

It seems like some responders do not love dogs... No, some of us don't. I wish more dog owners would understand and respect this. To me, a dog is at best an annoyance and at worst a danger. As a dog owner for decades, I consider it my obligation to me, my dog, and the people and animals around me t...
by themesrob
Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Rating sites for TVs
Replies: 22
Views: 1954

Re: Best Rating sites for TVs

CNET is usually my go-to
by themesrob
Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help me choose a top law school!
Replies: 65
Views: 6756

Re: Help me choose a top law school!

Congratulations on some great choices! HLS is the obvious choice if you get in off the waitlist (good luck). I was in a similar boat as you -- I was choosing between UVA with a big scholarship, NYU with a medium scholarship, and Columbia with no $$. I wanted to be in NYC longterm, so I went with NYU...
by themesrob
Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home inspection/negotiation question
Replies: 20
Views: 1139

Re: Home inspection/negotiation question

Yes, the sellers will do the cheapest, minimal job for any repairs. On the other hand, the sellers may have considered the relatively low price they agreed to in the sale as covering some of this, and figure if they do the rework, they might get more by going back on the market. If you want to clos...
by themesrob
Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home inspection/negotiation question
Replies: 20
Views: 1139

Re: Home inspection/negotiation question

Never plan to game the negotiation. Many moons, ago, we were in same boat, but went to purchase the home, with the known inspection findings, we are happy. Also I am hearing that in VHCOL, areas, the buyers are waiving the inspection clause !!! We are definitely not trying to "game the negotiation....
by themesrob
Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home inspection/negotiation question
Replies: 20
Views: 1139

Home inspection/negotiation question

My wife and I are preparing to move from the VHCOL city we live in now to the relatively LCOL area she grew up in. We are putative first-time homebuyers, but we are fortunate in that her family is tied into the area, and know quite a few top-notch contractors/roofers personally, so we have a lot of ...
by themesrob
Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tequila and Magaritas
Replies: 75
Views: 7608

Re: Tequila and Magaritas

I would agree with others above, you want to absolutely avoid Sauza or Jose Cuervo Especial -- the super-cheap mixto stuff, even in a margarita, (1) tastes awful and (2) gives way worse hangovers (apparently due to using cheap sugars in the production process, which on top of the sugar in a margarit...
by themesrob
Mon Mar 19, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Prime Going Sideways/Weird Shipment Problems
Replies: 66
Views: 6488

Re: Amazon Prime Going Sideways/Weird Shipment Problems

In our area of NYC, Prime deliveries are almost always reliably on time. We are fortunate that most of ours are handled by USPS, as opposed to Lasership (seemingly unreliable, but they will show up at 10 pm if they have to) or UPS (the absolute worst). I think reliability of the services is entirely...
by themesrob
Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tax impact on selling ETFs in taxable account
Replies: 16
Views: 1431

Re: Tax impact on selling ETFs in taxable account

The cost basis is about 200,000 with long term capital gains of about 70,000. Am I correct that I could liquidate the entire 270,000, and it would only be capital gains taxes...Since I'm in the 12% tax bracket, I think the capital gains would be $0 Don't forget that the $70,000 is income (and thus ...
by themesrob
Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best way to find short term/vacation renters for NYC apartment
Replies: 9
Views: 765

Re: Best way to find short term/vacation renters for NYC apartment

Pajamas wrote: ↑
Mon Feb 26, 2018 3:47 pm
Renters get evicted, ESPECIALLY if they have rent-regulated or -stabilized leases.
Fixed that for ya :wink:
by themesrob
Wed Feb 07, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: NYC Taxes for Surgical Resident
Replies: 78
Views: 5034

Re: NYC Taxes for Surgical Resident

this would not be a situation where I would try and play games with the NYS Tax Department. personally, I would not play games with any areas of the law here on this. For example, with respect to your driver's license, the rule is that if you live in "a house, a home, an apartment, a room or other s...
by themesrob
Mon Feb 05, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard site is crashed now?
Replies: 188
Views: 18432

Re: Vanguard site is crashed now?

Ladies and gentlemen who couldn't reach Vanguard: Were we market timing? Shame! :mrgreen: Exactly! Why would you need to do something today in the down market unless you are a MARKET TIMER? That is NOT "staying the course". I think some people on this site really do not buy into the philosophy. Tha...
by themesrob
Mon Feb 05, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard site is crashed now?
Replies: 188
Views: 18432

Re: Vanguard site is crashed now?

I wasn't planning on doing any trading today, but I find it utterly incomprehensible that some folks would make light of an entire platform going down and people being unable to place orders. That's not acceptable on any day. But sure, lolz panic trading
by themesrob
Mon Feb 05, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard site is crashed now?
Replies: 188
Views: 18432

Re: Vanguard site is crashed now?

I can't get on either. I'd gladly give back 0.01% in expense ratio to ensure that this doesn't happen. Not that big a deal, but doesn't inspire confidence. And I'm the biggest VG fanboy I know. same. it's kind of a big deal for all points of access to your trading platform to go down, regardless of...
by themesrob
Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard site is crashed now?
Replies: 188
Views: 18432

Re: Vanguard site is crashed now?

yeah, website and app are both down.