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by alexander29
Thu Sep 17, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iMac - wait or buy now, if so which one?
Replies: 44
Views: 2622

Re: iMac - wait or buy now, if so which one?

I've got an iMac with the 27 inch screen and like the ability to have two web pages up and readable, or several windows. Get plenty of RAM, at least 16.
by alexander29
Thu Aug 27, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: charging an EV
Replies: 250
Views: 14285

Re: charging an EV

https://afdc.energy.gov/vehicles/electric_emissions.html Calculator by state of emissions from EV charging. Thanks for this. I'm lucky to live in a state, Washington, where coal and oil fuel only about 7 percent of the electrical grid. Makes EVs very low polluting. https://www.nrel.gov/news/program...
by alexander29
Sat Aug 22, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: charging an EV
Replies: 250
Views: 14285

Re: charging an EV

I recently got a long-range (315 mile) Tesla and love it. So far I've only charged at home, and for local trips a charge will easily last a week or more. But you do need to think about where you want to go. The company advises routinely charging the battery only to 90 percent to extend its life, and...
by alexander29
Wed Aug 19, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: E-Bike- where to start
Replies: 19
Views: 1978

Re: E-Bike- where to start

We have Trek E-bikes we like, but paid over $2,000 each (forget the exact amount) to get lighter weight, built in lights (important for safety!) and a good motor. We chose step-through bikes, since we're in our sixties. For comprehensive coverage, try electricbikereview.com.
by alexander29
Fri Aug 07, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car safety after age 67 or so
Replies: 64
Views: 4998

Re: Car safety after age 67 or so

I just had cataracts done at age 68. Didn't "need" to, but I was surprised at the improvement in vision. A hassle, but not painful and worth it. I also love our new Tesla Y. The construction of this EV supposedly makes it extremely safe, and it's good at sounding warnings, braking if you're not payi...
by alexander29
Tue Jul 14, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tesla Model 3/Tesla financial performance
Replies: 58
Views: 3672

Re: Tesla Model 3/Tesla financial performance

No ownership of, or opinion on, Tesla stock, but I just bought a Model Y. Most enjoyable driving car I've ever had. Love zero emissions. After pouring $10,000 in gasoline in 63,000 miles on a Toyota, love no gas fill-ups. Electric motors are far more efficient than ICE: a "fun" 300-mile battery only...
by alexander29
Wed Jul 01, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Vehicle Suggestions - need more utility
Replies: 51
Views: 2890

Re: New Vehicle Suggestions - need more utility

I just got a Tesla Model Y, a compact SUV, with a hitch. It can tow 1,500 lbs. Replaced a Toyota Highlander, into which I had poured $10,000 of gas, meaning I'll make some of the initial priciness back in gas savings. If you're looking for a cross between utility and sportiness, it's worth test-driv...
by alexander29
Thu Jul 04, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: bike for 79 year old man
Replies: 26
Views: 2671

Re: bike for 79 year old man

Step-through electric with hydraulic hand brakes and lights for visibility. It will still provide plenty of exercise.
by alexander29
Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Relocate to Seattle or NYC
Replies: 132
Views: 8096

Re: Relocate to Seattle or NYC

If you choose Seattle, consider Mercer Island as a suburb. My daughter moved there with her family and likes it more than she expected. Great schools, and connected to Seattle and Bellevue by I-90 bridges. Pricey, but it looks like you could afford it.
by alexander29
Wed Jun 26, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: World Cruise anyone ??
Replies: 20
Views: 2447

Re: World Cruise anyone ??

We’ve reserved the 2020 Seabourn cruise after enjoying their shorter cruises, including a transatlantic with many sea days. I’d suggest trying a cruise line first before committing to their longest trip, and trying a trip with consecutive sea days where you don’t stop in port. Some people love then ...
by alexander29
Wed Jun 26, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Single cup coffee/espresso options, 2019
Replies: 91
Views: 7718

Re: Single cup coffee/espresso options, 2019

We like Starbucks and us their Verismo pod machine with their accompanying milk foamer, which makes foamier lattes than you get in the store. Simple to use an extremely easy to clean the milk foamer. Cost is probably about $1 a drink and taste is quite good. If you substitute it for drinks from Star...
by alexander29
Wed May 29, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Double ovens, please advise on these options, have gone through 2 ovens in under 10 years.!
Replies: 49
Views: 3605

Re: Double ovens, please advise on these options, have gone through 2 ovens in under 10 years.!

We had an expensive Miele and hated it. Extremely noisy and persistent fan, poor cooking of some baked goods, and failed in six years. Happier with good ol GE.
by alexander29
Wed May 08, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Island life?
Replies: 54
Views: 7620

Re: Island life?

We live on a “sorta” island in the Pacific Northwest, connected to the mainland by a bridge so no ferry hassle. It’s gorgeous, with a friendly city of 15,000 and a good hospital. What you really have to think about are the trade offs between urban and rural or semi-rural living. We’re much less cong...
by alexander29
Sat Mar 23, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lawnmower(s)
Replies: 43
Views: 3788

Re: Lawnmower(s)

Another vote for getting away from gas, oil, noise, difficult starting, and carbon pollution. I’ve switched to battery mower, leaf blower, chain saw, weed whacker, and hedge trimmer and been happy with all of them. Not suitable for a huge yard or big logs, but fine for smaller jobs. You will want an...
by alexander29
Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's Your Opinion on Nest Thermostats
Replies: 62
Views: 6359

Re: What's Your Opinion on Nest Thermostats

We’ve found it easier to program and change the program than Honeywell. Best feature so far is to be able to turn it “off” when on vacation via the phone app (needs to be wirelessly connected) and it will keep the heat at a safe level, say 45 degrees. Yes, dumb thermostats can do this too, but durin...
by alexander29
Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: highlander platinum
Replies: 10
Views: 1396

Re: highlander platinum

We have a 2014 Highlander Platinum with 55,000 miles and it has been a reliable and comfortable car, if unsexy. On that year's model the voice command never worked well so we don't bother with it. On a new car, I'd want Appleplay.
by alexander29
Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bike computer or Apple Watch?
Replies: 49
Views: 8706

Re: Bike computer or Apple Watch?

Another + for Apple Watch. It does a lot of other things too. It even tells time!
by alexander29
Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Argument for taking social security before 70. Comments?
Replies: 134
Views: 11271

Re: Argument for taking social security before 70. Comments?

Hope we all live long lives, but the Brookings Institution Hamilton Project calculated that if you've already made it to 65 (which is good, because nearly a fifth of Americans die before that age): Men have a 90 percent chance of living to 70, 62 percent of living to 80, and just 22 percent of livin...
by alexander29
Sat Aug 11, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Device to listen to while exercising?
Replies: 23
Views: 2008

Re: Device to listen to while exercising?

I just started using Apple AirPods with an Apple watch, which plays music and also works like a Fitbit to track distance, calories burned, etc. No need to carry phone. Nice if you're in the Apple ecosystem. Yes, they look a little odd, but no wires and they stay surprisingly firm in the ears. Great ...
by alexander29
Thu Jun 07, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Autopilot, worth it?
Replies: 113
Views: 10278

Re: Tesla Autopilot, worth it?

Robotic autopilot is obviously a work in progress, but to be fair, here's the police blotter human record for ONE WEEK in my town of 20,000: - A 95-year-old woman was killed when she made a hasty left turn into the path of an oncoming sheriff deputy SUV. - An unoccupied Mini-Cooper was not put in pa...
by alexander29
Sat Mar 03, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen features
Replies: 108
Views: 12172

Re: Kitchen features

We remodeled 10 years ago, well worth it. Two regrets were not paying the little extra for self-closing drawers and buying an expensive Miele double oven that turned out to have an extremely noisy fan. Replaced it after several years with a good ol GE.
by alexander29
Mon Feb 26, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 2118
Views: 225184

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Babylon Berlin is a German subtitled 16-part series set in 1929 Berlin, a few months before the Wall Street crash and four years before Hitler comes to power. Gritty, but great production values, excellent acting, and superb mysteries with some of the best plotting and writing since Breaking Bad. If...
by alexander29
Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Work-out schedule for those in 60s
Replies: 78
Views: 8402

Re: Work-out schedule for those in 60s

For encouragement, I too recommend the book "Younger Next Year" by Crowley, aimed at older folk. It urges some kind of exercise six days a week. At 66, I alternate the gym, swimming, walking, occasionally biking, chores - all to keep from getting bored. I see some older folks at the gym who work out...
by alexander29
Sat Feb 03, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips on Buying a Class-B RV
Replies: 125
Views: 20950

Re: Tips on Buying a Class-B RV

We have a 2016 Pleasureway Plateau TS and like it very much. Not any major problems yet. Mobility is great, but storage space is limited, as you would expect. The on-demand hot water on ours is fussy but I believe Pleasureway has gone to a better brand. Things we newbies didn’t really think about w...
by alexander29
Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips on Buying a Class-B RV
Replies: 125
Views: 20950

Re: Tips on Buying a Class-B RV

We have a 2016 Pleasureway Plateau TS and like it very much. Not any major problems yet. Mobility is great, but storage space is limited, as you would expect. The on-demand hot water on ours is fussy but I believe Pleasureway has gone to a better brand. Things we newbies didn’t really think about wh...
by alexander29
Thu Feb 01, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Fewer acronyms please
Replies: 119
Views: 16554

Fewer acronyms please

I much enjoy the Boglehead forums but am frequently stumped by the acronyms that are sprinkled so richly in its intriguing advice. Today's was TLH, which apparently stands for tax loss harvesting. Although I eventually puzzle most of them out, the vigor of our posters suggests they could provide muc...
by alexander29
Sat Dec 31, 2016 2:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I buy the next-door lot - and finance?
Replies: 14
Views: 2929

Re: Should I buy the next-door lot - and finance?

Thanks for all this feedback. It's helping clarify our own thinking. FYI, it's a small suburban lot.
by alexander29
Fri Dec 30, 2016 7:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I buy the next-door lot - and finance?
Replies: 14
Views: 2929

Should I buy the next-door lot - and finance?

We have the opportunity to buy a wooded lot next door for $150,000, a fair price. We have no interest in developing it but would like the buffer. Acquiring it would add about $2,000 a year to our property tax bill, unless we find some relief from the county. Since the purchase isn't vital, is it wis...