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by Rattlesnake
Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for binoculars
Replies: 34
Views: 1839

Re: Recommendations for binoculars

I like the Vortex Diamondback 10x42 binoculars we received as a gift a few years ago...
by Rattlesnake
Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who cuts your hair? And for how much?
Replies: 153
Views: 9524

Re: Who cuts your hair? And for how much?

Every month or so a trim that includes the bushy eye brows from the local hair cutting operation down the road.... They're nice folks.... The posted charge is $12 for the Sr. hair cut but I usually give em $25....
by Rattlesnake
Sun Jun 16, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4750
Views: 1228296

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Rattlesnake wrote:
Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:46 pm
Jungle Fever... Old Spike Lee flick with Samuel L Jackson and a young Halle Berry on Netflix DVD... We thought it was good....
by Rattlesnake
Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4750
Views: 1228296

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Jungle Fever... Old Spike Lee flick with Samuel L Jackson and a young Halle Berry...
by Rattlesnake
Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: OT: Ideas for Detroit Downtown visit
Replies: 12
Views: 748

Re: OT: Ideas for Detroit Downtown visit

If you like Motown music, check out the Museum on West Grand Blvd after you drop em off... Pretty cool... Or the Detroit Institute of Arts is nice... After that, if you like cars, the GM HQ has a nice display in the bottom of the RenCen... Watering holes abound... Greektown Casino is a good place to...
by Rattlesnake
Wed May 01, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: My solar investment experience
Replies: 100
Views: 9825

Re: My solar investment experience

" Each month we pay an energy delivery cost of $9.21" We have a seasonal cottage in Canada that is closed down (water is shut off by the municipality) and no one lives there; from November 1 thru March 31... Each month we pay $116.87 (CA) for a delivery charge when we are not there... Sounds like y...
by Rattlesnake
Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: “Smart Home” upgrades?
Replies: 30
Views: 3001

Re: “Smart Home” upgrades?

I like the Honeywell thermostat and the Logi Circle camera I have in the garage that tells me if the door is closed and my clock radio on the shelf that tells me if I've still got commercial power (not on generator)... Kuna cameras on the porch and driveway.... I do have a sensor by the sump pump wh...
by Rattlesnake
Fri Apr 19, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: In which companies do you own a single share, or token amount, of stock?
Replies: 80
Views: 5848

Re: In which companies do you own a single share, or token amount, of stock?

500 shares of GM from the IPO.... Get like $190 quarterly in dividend check that goes to the Wife for her to have fun... Keep thinking I should sell it but....
by Rattlesnake
Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best and cheapest way to finance a new car: dealership?
Replies: 23
Views: 2035

Re: Best and cheapest way to finance a new car: dealership?

I believe all dealers deals change monthly; I could be wrong but,... In our case, the deal at that time (December, for a 2017 model) was at least 20% down and no finance charges for a 36 month term.

We put 50% down and got the 0% financing for 36 months.... Worked for me....

Just my $0.02....
by Rattlesnake
Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: lawn care cost
Replies: 70
Views: 6412

Re: lawn care cost

1 acre lot... $40 a week..

I agree with another thread... I stopped cutting grass about 20 years ago....
by Rattlesnake
Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Island Vacation with Shade on the Beach?
Replies: 40
Views: 4385

Re: Island Vacation with Shade on the Beach?

Hmmm.... Shade on the beach.... I remember our hosts on Tortola saying to steer clear of the palm trees, the coconuts had a habit of falling... She said the cruise ship people always headed for the trees and there were a few casualties....

Just my $0.02....
by Rattlesnake
Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: On demand electric water heater
Replies: 34
Views: 2110

Re: On demand electric water heater

We have an electric tankless hot water heater at our cottage because of space constraints.... 100 amp service.... Works good but we don't do too many things at once because it'll pop the main breaker... For that reason I'm going to change it to propane this year....
by Rattlesnake
Fri Feb 01, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Veteran Obtain Military ID
Replies: 23
Views: 1517

Re: Veteran Obtain Military ID

In Michigan, if you take your DD214 when you renew your Driver's License, they will put "Veteran" on the DL....

I just use my VA hospital ID....
by Rattlesnake
Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 1498
Views: 156967

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

1st season of Travelers on Netflix.... We like it....
by Rattlesnake
Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gift Ideas for wife
Replies: 76
Views: 5911

Re: Gift Ideas for wife

The Wife's birthday is July 4th so I kinda look for tops for her to celebrate that day... Just ordered her a tank top here.... https://www.teelavi.com/mermaid-woman-j ... 1-TC15-ATH

Good luck....
by Rattlesnake
Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4750
Views: 1228296

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

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by Rattlesnake
Thu Nov 22, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 1 Week vacation in February 2019, to get away from the Midwest Winter
Replies: 45
Views: 4124

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

We really like the Caribbean... Been to St. Maarten and Tortola twice each.... Would go back again....
by Rattlesnake
Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: which snow blower ?
Replies: 58
Views: 4206

Re: which snow blower ?

Just gave my 15 yo Yardman 26 inch electric start 2 stage to our Son and upgraded to a Cub Cadet 3 stage with heated grips.... 120 ft driveway.... Think I used it 10 times last year... The Yardman always performed good but the new one with heated grips got me....
by Rattlesnake
Sun Nov 18, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Credit Card for International Travel
Replies: 67
Views: 7446

Re: Credit Card for International Travel

American Express.... Member since 1976....

Just my $0.02....
by Rattlesnake
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: noisy generator
Replies: 60
Views: 4662

Re: noisy generator

The best times of a generator noise is when it comes on and when it goes off...

Just my $0.02....
by Rattlesnake
Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4750
Views: 1228296

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Hotel Artemis (not what I came for but, because I saw the Lady at the video store put 4 back on the shelf yesterday from Saturday night rentals)....

Jody Foster and crew in action.... Not great but, I've seen worse....
by Rattlesnake
Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gas Fireplaces
Replies: 22
Views: 1866

Re: Gas Fireplaces

We have a LP fireplace in our cottage in Canada (approximately 500 sq ft) that has a pilot light that burns all the time when we have it activated and the FP does have a fan. It is vented to the outside. The fan is needed in our case. I can't imagine it working very well without the fan. The thermos...
by Rattlesnake
Mon Oct 08, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Testing used cell phone purchase for CDMA & GSM
Replies: 9
Views: 674

Re: Testing used cell phone purchase for CDMA & GSM

Not to hijack the thread however, my experience in Canada is I have to manually enable GSM on my Droid turbo and the Wife's Pixel when we am there for good service, to roam off Rogers and Telus via my Verizon service; which works just fine where we are in Ontario.... Not sure what iPhone users exper...
by Rattlesnake
Mon Oct 08, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Testing used cell phone purchase for CDMA & GSM
Replies: 9
Views: 674

Re: Testing used cell phone purchase for CDMA & GSM

I thought all iPhones were GSM compatible.... At least that's what my Niece told me.... I wouldn't know; I'm a Droid user....
by Rattlesnake
Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What is your annual cost for health insurance?
Replies: 155
Views: 13751

Re: What is your annual cost for health insurance?

Retired... $134 Monthly for Medicare Part B for me & the spouse = $3,208.... $180 monthly for BCBS Medicare Advantage (includes most prescription costs) for the Wife = $2,150.... Not sure what the deductibles are because I don't keep track but, in 2017 we paid about $4K in out of pocket costs.... I ...
by Rattlesnake
Wed Aug 01, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: money saving tips for travel to Canada for a month
Replies: 22
Views: 2000

Re: money saving tips for travel to Canada for a month

Not clear where you will be in Ontario however, remember if you are close to the US you have the option of returning to the States for medical care... We have done this a couple times when it was not urgent but we felt better about getting care in the US... Just a thought....
by Rattlesnake
Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: money saving tips for travel to Canada for a month
Replies: 22
Views: 2000

Re: money saving tips for travel to Canada for a month

We have had a cottage in Canada 40+ years that we use as our Summer space for about 5 months a year... I think it's safe to say you will find grocery costs higher than in the US so, nothing to save there... Beer, wine, & booze at the Beer Store and LCBO might look high but the exchange rate helps an...
by Rattlesnake
Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4750
Views: 1228296

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Monster... An old Charlize Theron flick.... Disturbing, but...we liked it....
by Rattlesnake
Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Furnace Setting for Vacation
Replies: 23
Views: 2150

Re: Furnace Setting for Vacation

Probably some prior threads about this but... In years past when we went to Florida in the Winter, we are in Michigan; would set the house at 55... Would leave the cabinet doors for the kitchen, bathrooms open.... We have a wireless Honeywell thermostat that I can monitor, control remotely but the t...
by Rattlesnake
Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bogleheads with $100K+ MSRP cars?
Replies: 146
Views: 20900

Re: Bogleheads with $100K+ MSRP cars?

Interesting thread.... Life's 2 short and cars are fun... I remember seeing an interview with Stevie Wonder and he commented on wishing he could drive and it made me think..... I happened on a spruce green Bentley Continental GT one day and can't seem to get it outa my head... Maybe next year.... Da...
by Rattlesnake
Tue Feb 06, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Want a Safe Car, Feel Guilty
Replies: 72
Views: 6809

Re: Want a Safe Car, Feel Guilty

The poster said "I need a sedan as my elderly parents would have difficulty getting into a SUV." Our experience is the opposite.... We moved to the SUV space because they are easier to get in and out of.... Had a Chevy Equinox for 6 years and now have a Cadillac XT5.... Just my $0.02... Peace....
by Rattlesnake
Sat Feb 03, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 1498
Views: 156967

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Bright.... We liked it....
by Rattlesnake
Sat Feb 03, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do you live on a budget?
Replies: 65
Views: 4769

Re: Do you live on a budget?

The short answer is no.... Not since we've been retired...
by Rattlesnake
Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Alarm Systems
Replies: 16
Views: 2126

Re: Home Alarm Systems

I've considered home security a cost of owning our home.... That said; we installed ADT when we moved in.... They did the install free at that time (I was not interested in DYI) and just like everything; the cost per month has gone up over the years.... Some would say it's expensive compared to say,...
by Rattlesnake
Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4750
Views: 1228296

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Bright on Netflix.... We liked it....
by Rattlesnake
Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Safest roomy luxury suv?
Replies: 58
Views: 7447

Re: Safest roomy luxury suv?

We 2 looked at this last year and bought the Cadillac XT5 (Platinum with a factory installed trailer hitch)... Just shy of 20K miles now...

No regrets...

Just my $0.02.... Peace....
by Rattlesnake
Thu Nov 23, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chromebooks- What is the lure?
Replies: 157
Views: 22261

Re: Chromebooks- What is the lure?

Have had a Chromebook for awhile now and it does what we want it do... Will probably buy the next version that can do the Android apps when available...

Just my $0.02.... Peace....
by Rattlesnake
Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:37 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [UPDATED 1/26/2018 ] 55+ Early retirement offer.
Replies: 90
Views: 14947

Re: 55+ Early retirement offer.

Like others that have posted, I was offered an Early Retirement Offer (ERO) when I was 50 with $$$ and 6 months health care.... I took it... There was no 2nd or 3rd offers and about 6 months later there was a Reduction In Force (RIF) and those that did not take the ERO were laid off.... I heard that...
by Rattlesnake
Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tankless Water Heaters
Replies: 10
Views: 1507

Re: Tankless Water Heaters

We had the same issue in our furthest bathroom and I installed a recirculating pump with a timer under the sink in that bathroom. We usually turn it off in the Summer months.... I think I bought it at Home Depot, about $200.... Works great.... But to answer your question, we have a tankless hot wate...
by Rattlesnake
Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home backup generator experiences
Replies: 55
Views: 7538

Re: Home backup generator experiences

Seems we discuss this topic every now and then here.... We live in an area where we lose power I'd say frequently; some short outages and some long....have a 15KW Generac (I have replaced the starter once but, just normal maintenance stuff. Cost to install was what I call what,I expected and I do my...
by Rattlesnake
Thu Nov 02, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you Mow your own Lawn?
Replies: 90
Views: 5176

Re: Do you Mow your own Lawn?

70+ years old so, no.... life is too short....
by Rattlesnake
Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do I Need a Chimney Cap?
Replies: 28
Views: 3395

Re: Do I Need a Chimney Cap?

Short answer is yes... I remember the day my BIL called and asked me to help him get the squirrel out of my MIL's living room.... Makes me smile just to think about it....

Peace....
by Rattlesnake
Tue Oct 24, 2017 6:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4750
Views: 1228296

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

It rained today so we watched Baby Driver..... We liked it....
by Rattlesnake
Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4750
Views: 1228296

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Siege of Jadotville on Netflix.... We thought it was good....
by Rattlesnake
Wed May 03, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying a luxury car (how dumb would it be to do this?)
Replies: 216
Views: 28218

Re: Buying a luxury car (how dumb would it be to do this?)

Life is 2 short... I say, buy the B'mer...
by Rattlesnake
Wed May 03, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4750
Views: 1228296

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Watching Trailer Park Boys on Netflix.... Kinda funny....
by Rattlesnake
Thu Mar 09, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Securing my securities -- IT best practices?
Replies: 23
Views: 2828

Re: Securing my securities -- IT best practices?

I'm not as good as you but, I do have a firewall connected at the house to prevent others from getting to my stuff....
by Rattlesnake
Sun Feb 12, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Veteran's Survivor Benefits
Replies: 5
Views: 982

Re: Veteran's Survivor Benefits

I suggest you engage a Veterans Service Officer (VSO). They are at all major VA offices and in many cases, county Veterans offices. They are great advocates and know how to get things done....
by Rattlesnake
Sat Feb 11, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: About Wellington VWENX
Replies: 14
Views: 2718

Re: About Wellington VWENX

In my case, I chose Wellington back in the day (at least 20-30 or so years ago) because I did not know what I was doing and I slept well with the choice.... Your horizon might be different but I still have funds in VWELX and I do not know if I have 10 or 15 years left and sleep well.... Good luck......