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by Trism
Tue Nov 19, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need some Xmas Suggestions
Replies: 9
Views: 646

Re: Need some Xmas Suggestions

I've switched to giving experiential gifts only. For example, a couple of years ago I gave my nephew/nieces a helicopter tour of San Diego while they were visiting, which they still talk about. I made the switch because everyone has everything, and all anyone ever asked for was gift cards, and I fla...
by Trism
Tue Nov 19, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: computers/programs/sistes changing
Replies: 5
Views: 215

Re: computers/programs/sistes changing

You sound like a good candidate for a Chromebook.
by Trism
Tue Nov 19, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 RAV4 Hybrid. Any known problem?
Replies: 12
Views: 1093

Re: 2018 RAV4 Hybrid. Any known problem?

Nothing systemic. Nobody makes a better hybrid system than Toyota. Period. Agreed. We got almost 10 years of modest, completely problem-free use out of our 2010 Prius, which we sold a couple of months ago with 75,000 miles for 43% of what we paid for it when it was brand new. I'm certain that it ha...
by Trism
Tue Nov 19, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Basketball hoop that can be moved in and out of garage
Replies: 20
Views: 1060

Re: Basketball hoop that can be moved in and out of garage

Our HOA prohibits both types. I think they all look trashy, and the CC&Rs agree. Where we live there is a park nearby with basketball courts. Parks are for recreation; the purpose of a driveway is to provide a way for your car(s) to access your garage. One of the many reasons I would never want to ...
by Trism
Tue Nov 19, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: CPO BMW 5 Series
Replies: 21
Views: 1862

Re: CPO BMW 5 Series

Deleted. OP already made a decision.
by Trism
Tue Nov 19, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: CPO BMW 5 Series
Replies: 21
Views: 1862

Re: CPO BMW 5 Series

Deleted. OP already made a decision.
by Trism
Tue Nov 19, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: CPO BMW 5 Series
Replies: 21
Views: 1862

Re: CPO BMW 5 Series

Deleted. OP already made a decision.

Sorry for all of the duplicate posts... no idea why this is happening. :).
by Trism
Tue Nov 19, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Basketball hoop that can be moved in and out of garage
Replies: 20
Views: 1060

Re: Basketball hoop that can be moved in and out of garage

Our HOA prohibits both types. I think they all look trashy, and the CC&Rs agree. Where we live there is a park nearby with basketball courts. Parks are for recreation; the purpose of a driveway is to provide a way for your car(s) to access your garage. One of the many reasons I would never want to ...
by Trism
Tue Nov 19, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Basketball hoop that can be moved in and out of garage
Replies: 20
Views: 1060

Re: Basketball hoop that can be moved in and out of garage

Thank you for the helpful suggestions everyone! our HOA does not allow mounting hoops outside garage. unfortunately that can't be an option... I don't understand this very common restriction to many HOA CCRs. A hoop mounted on the garage looks a lot nicer than the portable ones that litter the side...
by Trism
Tue Nov 19, 2019 8:06 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Apple Pay. Does anyone use it?
Replies: 196
Views: 11971

Re: Apple Pay. Does anyone use it?

Apple Pay seemed mostly like a silly gimmick to me, but I use it whenever possible to get 4,5% back with US Bank's Altitude Reserve Visa. Along the way, I discovered Apple Pay (or contactless) is much better than swipe or chip cards outside the United States. It's almost universally accepted and av...
by Trism
Thu Oct 17, 2019 4:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Capital One Eno
Replies: 43
Views: 4894

Re: Capital One Eno

There is only so far I'm willing to go to protect the issuing bank's money. Generating single-use credit card numbers is way beyond what I am agreeing to do when I accept a credit card. It's certainly not mandatory. But it is MUCH less hassle than dealing with fraud or overzealous autorenewals (e.g...
by Trism
Sat Aug 10, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to donate house plants
Replies: 15
Views: 1322

Re: Where to donate house plants

This is what the garbage can is for.
by Trism
Sat Jun 22, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you Casino? What do you play? Have you won?
Replies: 82
Views: 5638

Re: Do you Casino? What do you play? Have you won?

I loathe gambling (not morally against it, I just find it incredibly stupid and interminably dull), but in Las Vegas we found that losing money in the nickel slots in exchange for complimentary cocktails was significantly less expensive than buying the cocktails.
by Trism
Sat Jun 22, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anything you wish you had spent money on when you were younger?
Replies: 73
Views: 7664

Re: Anything you wish you had spent money on when you were younger?

I wish I had been more promiscuous, which is technically free if you are doing it right.
by Trism
Sat Jun 22, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend toaster
Replies: 27
Views: 2010

Re: Recommend toaster

This Breville toaster will change your life.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=A1AjNjJFGs4
by Trism
Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone moved cross country. How did you manage to do it without going nuts??
Replies: 47
Views: 4655

Re: Anyone moved cross country. How did you manage to do it without going nuts??

We moved cross country five years ago.

If this is going to make you nuts, you were already well into the journey.
by Trism
Sat Jun 22, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: what was your worst major purchase? mine is a 2019 mazda3
Replies: 182
Views: 17808

Re: what was your worst major purchase? mine is a 2019 mazda3

Toyota Prius my spouse bought after graduate school. It has the style of a suppository and the driving dynamics of a coffin filled with snot.

We just advertised it for sale. Last weekend we leased a new BMW 750i, so it's time to move on and try to forget this ever happened.
by Trism
Mon May 27, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I replace Prius Hybrid Battery?
Replies: 44
Views: 3984

Re: Should I replace Prius Hybrid Battery?

The car will not run w/o a working battery. It would also be woefully underpowered even if it did. Then how would you describe a Prius with a working battery? :shock: Can't wait to get rid of ours... "Adequate for basic transportation. Driver engagement neither required nor encouraged." And shaped ...
by Trism
Mon May 27, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I replace Prius Hybrid Battery?
Replies: 44
Views: 3984

Re: Should I replace Prius Hybrid Battery?

The car will not run w/o a working battery. It would also be woefully underpowered even if it did. Then how would you describe a Prius with a working battery? :shock: Can't wait to get rid of ours... \ :D :D I've never owned an over-powered car (before the Prius came along I had only driven Corolla...
by Trism
Mon May 27, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anybody try the Blue Apron or the like?
Replies: 77
Views: 6362

Re: Anybody try the Blue Apron or the like?

Too many of the meals take multiple pots/pans/skillets and numerous steps. I'm not sure what you thought it was. Dump and stir canned stuff, or microwave pre-prepared meals? I'd never have considered them if it didn't involve cooking meals from fresh ingredients for the most part. With HelloFresh, ...
by Trism
Mon May 27, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I have a car problem - $100K+ Cars
Replies: 48
Views: 7138

Re: I have a car problem - $100K+ Cars

I'm about to lease something new in the $100k range for 36 months, and I'm treating it as an entertainment expense. After we pay off our primary residence next month (our second home is already mortgage-free), our recurring expenses will be minimal compared to our income. Of our three current vehicl...
by Trism
Mon May 27, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tequila and Magaritas
Replies: 122
Views: 15294

Re: Tequila and Magaritas

Margaritas are what the divorced women from the office drink after work on Fridays.
by Trism
Mon May 27, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Usefullness of 2 in 1 laptops?
Replies: 18
Views: 1910

Re: Usefullness of 2 in 1 laptops?

About three months ago I got a new Lenovo Yoga X1 from work.

The touchscreen flips completely around and functions like a tablet...

... at least that's what I've read.
by Trism
Mon May 27, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Capital One Eno
Replies: 43
Views: 4894

Re: Capital One Eno

There is only so far I'm willing to go to protect the issuing bank's money.

Generating single-use credit card numbers is way beyond what I am agreeing to do when I accept a credit card.
by Trism
Mon May 27, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I replace Prius Hybrid Battery?
Replies: 44
Views: 3984

Re: Should I replace Prius Hybrid Battery?

stlutz wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 10:16 pm
The car will not run w/o a working battery. It would also be woefully underpowered even if it did.
Then how would you describe a Prius with a working battery? :shock:

Can't wait to get rid of ours...
by Trism
Mon May 27, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $ Decisions: environmental, save the planet, organic, etc
Replies: 32
Views: 1982

Re: $ Decisions: environmental, save the planet, organic, etc

I respect whatever you choose to do in this area, as long as you don't wag your finger at me for my choices.
by Trism
Mon May 27, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anybody try the Blue Apron or the like?
Replies: 77
Views: 6362

Re: Anybody try the Blue Apron or the like?

I've tried a couple of these services, and the reason that they didn't work for me was because I expected convenience. NOPE. Too many of the meals take multiple pots/pans/skillets and numerous steps. Also, I would find myself eating both servings in a single meal (I'm > 6'1" and 210#), like others h...
by Trism
Mon May 27, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Extended auto warranty - who to buy from, if you want to
Replies: 40
Views: 2355

Re: Extended auto warranty - who to buy from, if you want to

I don't subscribe to "never buy a third party warranty." I would say, "never buy a third-party warranty from a disreputable company." My vehicle recently reached the age where the manufacturer would no longer sell an extended warranty at any price. I talked to my dealership (have a 7-year trust rela...
by Trism
Sat Apr 20, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Washing Machine that uses a LOT of Water
Replies: 73
Views: 4792

Re: Washing Machine that uses a LOT of Water

All those steps must be hyperbole too or you must have a horrible machine or very, very dirty clothes. All what steps? I set the machine and press the start button. In order to match the cleaning results of our old top loader, on our front loader we: - Cut the load size by 1/3 to 1/2 - Set the pre-...
by Trism
Sat Apr 20, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Washing Machine that uses a LOT of Water
Replies: 73
Views: 4792

Re: Washing Machine that uses a LOT of Water

My Samsung front loader uses about 13 gallons of water per load, so it is hardly tablespoons. And that is on the normal setting. https://i.imgur.com/xx37Nms.png All those steps must be hyperbole too or you must have a horrible machine or very, very dirty clothes. All what steps? I set the machine a...
by Trism
Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Washing Machine that uses a LOT of Water
Replies: 73
Views: 4792

Re: Washing Machine that uses a LOT of Water

Also:

By a show of hands, how many people would purchase a car that required you to leave the door open when it wasn't in use to prevent mold and mildew from developing inside?
by Trism
Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Washing Machine that uses a LOT of Water
Replies: 73
Views: 4792

Re: Washing Machine that uses a LOT of Water

In order to match the cleaning results of our old top loader, on our front loader we: - Cut the load size by 1/3 to 1/2 - Set the pre-soak cycle to one hour (the max) - Add the steam-clean cycle to the beginning - Set the water temperature one setting warmer than the front loader (hot instead of wa...
by Trism
Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Washing Machine that uses a LOT of Water
Replies: 73
Views: 4792

Re: Washing Machine that uses a LOT of Water

In order to match the cleaning results of our old top loader, on our front loader we: - Cut the load size by 1/3 to 1/2 - Set the pre-soak cycle to one hour (the max) - Add the steam-clean cycle to the beginning - Set the water temperature one setting warmer than the front loader (hot instead of wa...
by Trism
Sat Apr 20, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows 7 end of support - Jan 14, 2020
Replies: 69
Views: 4296

Re: Windows 7 end of support - Jan 14, 2020

"Milked?" That's like saying someone is getting milked for repairs on a 14-year-old car whose warranty expired in 2008. The difference, to me at least, is that car maintenance generally deals with wear and tear of a mechanical product while all those security fixes over the 10 year lifetime of Wind...
by Trism
Sat Apr 20, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: fun car advice
Replies: 140
Views: 10041

Re: fun car advice

Reconsider an early NA Miata. I just picked up an immaculate red 91 that looks like it just came off the assembly line with only 18,000 miles. I paid 8K for it and it might just be the best purchase I ever made. It is a blast to drive. What is "NA"? The standard Miatas of that vintage look only mar...
by Trism
Sat Apr 20, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple MacBook Air - what to do next.
Replies: 45
Views: 3008

Re: Apple MacBook Air - what to do next.

LuigiLikesPizza wrote:
Sat Apr 20, 2019 8:35 am
Any battery extending tips for stretching this out until I can get time off to go to an Apple store?

powering it off completely, etc. - something like that? I may inadvertently be making the battery burn out sooner through my usage habits?
What exactly are your usage habits?
by Trism
Sat Apr 20, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to Central Asia. Do you need a CC?
Replies: 44
Views: 3590

Re: Trip to Central Asia. Do you need a CC?

When I travel outside the US I always take at least four credit cards (V/MC).

I keep two with me, and keep two elsewhere (hotel safe, or inside the liner of my luggage) in case the two I carry are lost or stolen.
by Trism
Sat Apr 20, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Washing Machine that uses a LOT of Water
Replies: 73
Views: 4792

Re: Washing Machine that uses a LOT of Water

In order to match the cleaning results of our old top loader, on our front loader we: - Cut the load size by 1/3 to 1/2 - Set the pre-soak cycle to one hour (the max) - Add the steam-clean cycle to the beginning - Set the water temperature one setting warmer than the front loader (hot instead of war...
by Trism
Sat Apr 20, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple MacBook Air - what to do next.
Replies: 45
Views: 3008

Re: Apple MacBook Air - what to do next.

Any idea as to the ease of opening this up and putting a new one in? I really am clueless, don't even own any tools. But thanks I've only replaced batteries on PC laptops, which basically snap out and back in. Briefly looking at Youtube it looks like it's a little more involved (removing the cover ...
by Trism
Sat Apr 20, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple MacBook Air - what to do next.
Replies: 45
Views: 3008

Re: Apple MacBook Air - what to do next.

New batteries are $50-60 on Amazon.
by Trism
Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What frugal thing did you do today?
Replies: 1082
Views: 121260

Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

I was going to order a $6 terra cotta "brown sugar bear" to rehydrate 2/3 of a bag of rock-hard brown sugar. After 10 seconds of research it was obvious I could accomplish the same thing in under a minute with a bowl, a damp paper towel and a microwave. Alternately I could have thrown the brown suga...
by Trism
Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows 7 end of support - Jan 14, 2020
Replies: 69
Views: 4296

Re: Windows 7 end of support - Jan 14, 2020

Microsoft milked XP users who needed support and they'll likely profit handsomely on 7. Navy pays Microsoft $9 million a year for Windows XP https://money.cnn.com/2015/06/26/technology/microsoft-windows-xp-navy-contract/index.html Navy Accelerates Migration to Windows 7 https://www.doncio.navy.mil/...
by Trism
Sat Apr 20, 2019 6:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice on non warrantable condo in Bellingham
Replies: 17
Views: 1611

Re: Advice on non warrantable condo in Bellingham

However, the condo is non warrantable, meaning that home loans can't involve Freddy or Fanny, and a portfolio loan is required usually from a smaller to medium sized bank. The portfolio loan is kept in the bank, and it is significantly harder to get with interest rates a little higher and a large d...
by Trism
Sat Apr 20, 2019 6:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: fun car advice
Replies: 140
Views: 10041

Re: fun car advice

Reconsider an early NA Miata. I just picked up an immaculate red 91 that looks like it just came off the assembly line with only 18,000 miles. I paid 8K for it and it might just be the best purchase I ever made. It is a blast to drive. What is "NA"? The standard Miatas of that vintage look only mar...
by Trism
Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Luxury car recommendations?
Replies: 107
Views: 10586

Re: Luxury car recommendations?

AQ wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:20 pm
low end luxury car, with no specific criteria in mind
Proposed/estimated budget would be helpful. New? Buy or lease?
by Trism
Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are Airport Lounges Worth the Money?
Replies: 95
Views: 8955

Re: Are Airport Lounges Worth the Money?

Value is personal. Buy a day pass or a one-time admission each of the next few times you fly and decide for yourself.
by Trism
Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: new car thoughts
Replies: 15
Views: 2671

Re: new car thoughts

We have a Lexus RX.

I assure you there is no prestige walking out of the grocery store and trying to pick out ours from the other 77 silver RXs in the parking lot.

It's also a ridiculously boring car, but not as boring as the other two you are considering.