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by rvflyer
Sat Jan 18, 2020 12:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chicago 'special occasion' but not 'expense account' restaurant recommendations?
Replies: 54
Views: 3424

Re: Chicago 'special occasion' but not 'expense account' restaurant recommendations?

Haven't been there in a while but The Berghoff for German food? Quintessential Chicago eatery. Any updates from the locals would be appreciated!
by rvflyer
Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5056
Views: 1299137

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Ford vs Ferrari Great flick for those into cars and 24 hour LeMan. Exceeded my expectations!
by rvflyer
Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying new iPhone from: locked or unlocked?
Replies: 13
Views: 2142

Re: Buying new iPhone from: locked or unlocked?

Don't forget that if you are military or vet go to the Applestore for military/vet 10% discount. Buy unlocked.
by rvflyer
Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LapTop Selection- Nurse Practitioner In Training
Replies: 4
Views: 529

LapTop Selection- Nurse Practitioner In Training

Son is on the doorstep of starting his rotations towards certification as an NPA. He needs a laptop and I will acquire one soon for a birthday present. He has had a MacBook in past and is not an iPad fan. He seems to want something with a DVD drive and touch screen capability. For anyone who has bee...
by rvflyer
Wed Jul 03, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pricing Question [for car value - Manheim or KBB?]
Replies: 8
Views: 600

Pricing Question [for car value - Manheim or KBB?]

My dear mom is hanging up the keys back east and I get to help sell the 2004 Volvo S60 with about 175000 miles on it. Good condition. Some one tried to price it with the Manheim Report but I thought it better to use KBB for a private party sale. Anyone use the Manheim Market Report? Seems like a who...
by rvflyer
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirement Housing Plan - Anyone try this?
Replies: 1
Views: 663

Retirement Housing Plan - Anyone try this?

Passing the retirement milestone with no intention of doing any PT employment. We have a nice house (not paid off but have about 400K in equity tied up in the place in a growth area) but too much square footage and unsure of plans past the next 3 years or so because of the rate of progression of Par...
by rvflyer
Fri May 31, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Medicare Home Health Care Benefit- Anybody?
Replies: 2
Views: 452

Medicare Home Health Care Benefit- Anybody?

Will try and get my 87 yr old mom Medicare's Home Heath Care in next few months. Requirements (Pg 25 &40 of 2019 Medicare Manual) look straight forward. Has anyone gone through the application and approval process here in forum land? Thanks in advance for any advice!
by rvflyer
Sat May 04, 2019 7:08 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Oil Company Investment
Replies: 19
Views: 1576

Oil Company Investment

For those with expertise in this area of horizontal drilling in places like OK and TX, what do you think of investments in small independent companies like this? Roxexploration.com This would be with money purely destined for the "green felt table". Has anyone had good or bad experiences in this lin...
by rvflyer
Mon Apr 01, 2019 11:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Pilots...advice
Replies: 57
Views: 6264

Re: Boglehead Pilots...advice

All I will add is go get your medical to start with so you know you meet the physical requirements before spending another penny. If I missed that in all the above comments sorry for the redundancy. Go have fun!
by rvflyer
Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What frugal thing did you do today?
Replies: 1351
Views: 151629

Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

Bought VIDBOX for MAC (about 39.00) on Amazon to do my own vhs video to DVD conversions rather than pay for someone else to do it. I have alot of tape and this product does vhs, 8mm etc.
by rvflyer
Sat Jan 26, 2019 4:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What lifestyle creep made you happier?
Replies: 412
Views: 47917

Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

WoodSpinner wrote:
Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:36 pm
Buying a Class-B RV and using it for lots of travel
+1 on the Class B RV

Paying extra for Business Class or First when flying somewhere

Surprising my wife with great seats at concerts and theater (both 65 and now valueing experiences over things)
by rvflyer
Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Henderson, Nevada ?
Replies: 17
Views: 1805

Re: Henderson, Nevada ?

Nevada retiree friendly in general and agree with many positive comments above on the suburbs of Las Vegas. Have lived in Summerlin 18 years and will stay in Vegas for retirement. Henderson is growing to south, Summerlin growing to west and Centennial Hills/North Las Vegas. Several associates live i...
by rvflyer
Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who's flying?
Replies: 83
Views: 10848

Re: Who's flying?

I wonder what the percentage of full time to part time TSA checkers is. What are the overtime rules for both full time and part timers? Can the TSA edict mandatory overtime? Good to hear no major issues so far in this arena.
by rvflyer
Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Large SUV
Replies: 75
Views: 7138

Re: Large SUV

Don''t know your timeline requirements but Ford just unveiled their newly revised 2020 Explorer on Jan 9th 2019 which will be available this summer. Slightly larger than current models and will have an AWD version available. On same new chassis as the new unveiled Lincoln Aviator. If not enough room...
by rvflyer
Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple Store For Vets & Active Military
Replies: 9
Views: 1612

Re: Apple Store For Vets & Active Military

Sweet! I thought that was for active duty only. Any verification required? As ar as I know it is for vets as well they say. Have not bought anything yet so someone else can chime in on level of verification. I could be wrong but thought phones were included. Rep at Apple Store once told me that not...
by rvflyer
Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple Store For Vets & Active Military
Replies: 9
Views: 1612

Apple Store For Vets & Active Military

Just discovered this new site. Up to 10% off most items. https://www.apple.com/us_epp_805199/shop
by rvflyer
Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple TV vs Roku
Replies: 14
Views: 1358

Re: Apple TV vs Roku

Thanks gang for your time and inputs here!
by rvflyer
Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple TV vs Roku
Replies: 14
Views: 1358

Apple TV vs Roku

For those who have cut the cable...opinions please. I like the simplicity of Apple. Do both have a capability to record programs?
by rvflyer
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany
Replies: 105
Views: 7498

Re: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany

Not suggesting changing any plans for this but a point of info for all in future. There is some limited airline service to Newburgh, NY (Stewart AFB) provided by several carriers. Most involve a connection to get there. Might be a good option for some depending on where you live--especially if your ...
by rvflyer
Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5056
Views: 1299137

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

"First Man" Well done treatment of the human side of putting a man on the moon. If you ever had a claustrophobic pang after seeing how much room is inside the Gemini capsule, the Gemini launch in this film is for you! This is a less glitzy but still entertaining version of "The Right Stuff".
by rvflyer
Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cross-country trip via Amtrak
Replies: 58
Views: 6625

Re: Cross-country trip via Amtrak

Have not traveled by train yet either but the only caution I have heard so far is have some extra time available because of delays to the schedule. Amtrak can be notoriously late. Will be watching this thread as well for info........
by rvflyer
Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Attn ...Retirees on Tricare
Replies: 4
Views: 833

Attn ...Retirees on Tricare

Just in case you are not aware. For 2019 retirees on Tricare can sign up for new Vision and Dental plans that are part of the Federal Employee Health plans. The rates are now out for the various plans at tricare.benefeds.com. Sign up starting Nov 12.
by rvflyer
Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: FYI for anyone leasing a Ford
Replies: 6
Views: 894

Re: FYI for anyone leasing a Ford

Did they also extend the full warranty? If not then how does that work now that the full three year warranty is expired and you just have the powertrain warranty? I would hate to have to pay for an expensive repair on a leased car if there is a problem with something like the AC or electronics. Goo...
by rvflyer
Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: FYI for anyone leasing a Ford
Replies: 6
Views: 894

Re: FYI for anyone leasing a Ford

mortfree wrote:
Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:37 am
Dealership wanted you to buy from them again, sooner?

Easy to play dumb when you can make money.

All above could be incorrect assumptions
Might lease again or buy, order one to our desires and negotiate early exit from current lease. We will see on e release dates announced on new models.
by rvflyer
Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: FYI for anyone leasing a Ford
Replies: 6
Views: 894

FYI for anyone leasing a Ford

We are leasing a 2016 Ford Explorer and coming up on the end of our 3 year lease. We were planning on buying it as we only put 15000 of our allotted 30000 miles on it but then for a variety of reasons wanted to wait and see what the redesigned Explorer and Lincoln Aviator were all about. Accordingly...
by rvflyer
Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Applying for Social Security Online
Replies: 44
Views: 6648

Re: Applying for Social Security Online

Off topic a bit but does anyone know if benefits are computed in age only increments or monthly increments?
If I apply at age 64 and a half do I get half a year added or is the benefit simply 64 or 65 when I get there?
by rvflyer
Sat Jul 21, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Retiring soon.....401K vs rollover to IRA?
Replies: 28
Views: 4127

Re: Retiring soon.....401K vs rollover to IRA?

Will officially retire at the end of the year and have a very good 401K plan ... https://www.cbsnews.com/news/when-an-ira-beats-a-401k-for-your-retirement-savings/ Any decisions yet? I saw the above linked article today and searched for recent thread discussions on the topic, and this thread seems ...
by rvflyer
Sat Jul 21, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Term Insurance Recommendations w/Pre-existing?
Replies: 4
Views: 531

Re: Term Insurance Recommendations w/Pre-existing?

Thanks for both contributions. Will re-evaluate need for life insurance and amount to keep if I go that way. Broker a great idea.
by rvflyer
Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Term Insurance Recommendations w/Pre-existing?
Replies: 4
Views: 531

Term Insurance Recommendations w/Pre-existing?

Currently have a 500K GVUL policy through employer plan but will retire at end of year. Was diagnosed with early stage Parkinsons a couple years ago but still work. At retirement I am considering keeping the GVUL with a reduced death benefit to save on premiums OR get a term life policy if i can get...
by rvflyer
Thu Jun 28, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Crowd funding
Replies: 6
Views: 476

Crowd funding

I need to set up a place for relatives and friends to pool money for a relative with cancer who is on medicaid.
Prognosis is good for more years of life but they have little money and will have to find a place to live in a few months. Any alternatives to Gofundme etc? Ideas? Thanks in advance.
by rvflyer
Mon Jun 25, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lincoln Aviator
Replies: 5
Views: 779

Lincoln Aviator

Q for Lincoln owners.... new revised Lincoln Aviator hitting the streets soon. Any opinion on buying a model like this in the first model year? Same size as future Ford Explorer — supposed the chasis is what the next generation 2020 Explorer will be based on.
by rvflyer
Sat May 19, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Lucrative careers?
Replies: 467
Views: 51743

Re: Lucrative careers?

Reference a professional pilot career

If interested start out with an FAA medical exam. If you have any disqualifying medical issues you can discount this field right away.
by rvflyer
Thu May 10, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your favorite Florida beach??
Replies: 52
Views: 6163

Re: Your favorite Florida beach??

Take a look at Navarre Beach if you are interested in Pan handle. Quiet and unspoiled but amenities like a large fishing pier. Condos available on VRBO as well as some beach front houses. Short drive to Pensacola Beach. No large traffic jams at dinnertime like Destin.
by rvflyer
Fri May 04, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Car lease almost over.....Qs on buying it
Replies: 7
Views: 1321

Re: Car lease almost over.....Qs on buying it

Okay thanks much! Appreciate the primer on this.
by rvflyer
Fri May 04, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Car lease almost over.....Qs on buying it
Replies: 7
Views: 1321

Car lease almost over.....Qs on buying it

We like the 2016 Ford Explorer we have been leasing the last 3 years and may want to buy it. Is there any strategy to this? Should we make an offer to the dealer? I confess I have not looked at the the fine print of the Ford lease agreement. Any experts out there?
by rvflyer
Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 529 Plan Question
Replies: 1
Views: 349

529 Plan Question

Grandson going to US Air Force Academy this fall. He actually will do a year at the USAFA Prep School first before becoming an academy freshman. All expenses taken care of at Academy but there are some expenses to be paid for supplies at the prep school . Can 529 funds be used for these expenses wit...
by rvflyer
Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Henderson, NV (Las Vegas suburb) Builder Quality
Replies: 6
Views: 1868

Re: Henderson, NV (Las Vegas suburb) Builder Quality

Checkout Regency Summerlin as long as you are on the hunt. Toll Brothers is one of the builders if not the builder.
by rvflyer
Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Allegiant Airlines...Anyone watch CBS 60 Minutes?
Replies: 55
Views: 8055

Allegiant Airlines...Anyone watch CBS 60 Minutes?

Allegiant Airlines earned a full 30 minutes on 60 Minutes last night. If you travel in the low cost carrier world you might want to watch this episode. Both the FAA and this airline get taken to task. Allegiant is on the "do not fly" list of many safety conscious consumers including retired FAA/NTSB...
by rvflyer
Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel to Costa Rica
Replies: 19
Views: 2395

Re: Travel to Costa Rica

Some good info on different regions of Costa Rica on the travel forums on Trip Advisor. We did a first time trip over Christmas to Coco/Hermosa Beach area to join relatives in a nice house rental. Flew into Liberia which was 25 minutes from the coast. Pleasantly surprised by the entire week long exp...
by rvflyer
Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Dental plans
Replies: 21
Views: 2697

Dental plans

My 87 yr old mom is asking for help with finding a reasonably priced dental plan. Anyone have a recommendation to consider or avoid? AARP Delta Dental seems to get mixed reviews. Thanks you in advance.
by rvflyer
Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: USAA Credit Card- new cash back card offer.
Replies: 11
Views: 2175

USAA Credit Card- new cash back card offer.

I am a long time USAA bank customer and just received an offer for a new credit card. It is called the USAA Preferred Cash Rewards Visa Signature card and features: 1.5 % UNLIMITED cash back on every purchase No annual rewards caps and no categories to restrict how you earn them No annual fee, no pe...
by rvflyer
Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flying Frontier- Heads Up
Replies: 21
Views: 2951

Flying Frontier- Heads Up

We usually fly Southwest and DAL/UAL but decided to try Frontier for a nonstop flight. I am well aware of all the caveats with extra fees etc but this one is over the top in m airline experiences. Booked the flight in early February for one way Vegas to Memphis for 331.00 PP mid-March. The return fl...
by rvflyer
Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Medicare Reimbursement Account? (Federal Retiree with Medicare and BCBS Basic Option)
Replies: 10
Views: 4188

Re: Medicare Reimbursement Account? (Federal Retiree with Medicare and BCBS Basic Option)

Not to hijack this thread but.....just as a point of information and heads up for military retirees turning 65 soon, you must sign up for Medicare A/B in order to use your Tricare for Life benefit. This is whether you are receiving your Social Security benefits or not. We have it set up for SS to ma...
by rvflyer
Mon Feb 26, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Vidangel
Replies: 3
Views: 562

Re: Vidangel

Thanks Arctic/PJs, This was my 400.00 on the "green felt table" buying into the VidAngel IPO. They said upfront they were using the money for legal fees over other priorities. Oh well. Shares were not with a brokerage firm. Artic's sage advice on individual stocks is mostly why I am into low cost in...
by rvflyer
Sun Feb 25, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Vidangel
Replies: 3
Views: 562

Vidangel

Anyone have an update on stock for Vidangel? Is it worthless or still 3/share?
by rvflyer
Sat Feb 10, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Social Security Spousal Benefit Q....
Replies: 4
Views: 812

Re: Social Security Spousal Benefit Q....

Thanks for the info and your time gang! Bottom line seems to be I have to file for her to get her spousal benefit and I will not to that early than FRA if I have anything to do with it.
by rvflyer
Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Retiring soon.....401K vs rollover to IRA?
Replies: 28
Views: 4127

Retiring soon.....401K vs rollover to IRA?

Will officially retire at the end of the year and have a very good 401K plan that lets us direct just about all money as we see fit (PCRA). I prefer to let my 600K stay in the 401K but am willing to listen to arguments on why I should roll it over to an IRA instead. Appreciate any wisdom or directio...
by rvflyer
Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who has had a pool?
Replies: 108
Views: 10392

Re: Who has had a pool?

We are in the warm southwest and had a 27000 gal lagoon style pool/hot tub installed in back yard when we bought a new house back in 2002. Had cost rolled into mortgage. Gemstone finish and diving board with shallow wet deck so kids/dog has a place to sit and cool off. No regrets however I will say ...
by rvflyer
Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Social Security Spousal Benefit Q....
Replies: 4
Views: 812

Social Security Spousal Benefit Q....

Me - 64 yrs old. DOB 12/1953. Wage earner Wife 66 yrs old DOB 12/1951. No earned SS benefit ...spousal benefit only I am still working and not collecting SS early. Our FRAs are 66.Wife just turned 66. Can she apply for spousal SS benefit without me filing for SS? If so will she get 50% of my estimat...