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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: 3806

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: 3530

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: 6320

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: 4305

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: 3885
Views: 1085964

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: 1708

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: 604

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: 604

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: 137
Views: 10079

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: 1850

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: 1850

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: 3885
Views: 1085964

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: 1886

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: 113
Views: 14836

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: 6282

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: 971
Views: 104682

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: 4490

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: 1938

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: 3885
Views: 1085964

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: 6730

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: 20576

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: 14254

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: 1347

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: 5920

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: 4537

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: 2660

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: 3885
Views: 1085964

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: 3885
Views: 1085964

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: 26376

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: 3885
Views: 1085964

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: 2669

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: 921

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: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: About Wellington VWENX
Replies: 14
Views: 2526

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......
by Rattlesnake
Fri Feb 10, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Your USER NAME...what does it mean?
Replies: 444
Views: 51032

Re: Your USER NAME...what does it mean?

My nickname given to me by another Vietnam Vet....
by Rattlesnake
Sun Feb 05, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Walkable Florida
Replies: 17
Views: 2413

Re: Walkable Florida

We spend the month of March in Florida and my experience is to avoid the Sarasota to Bradenton 41 (and south) route at this time of year, which you encountered....Just to much traffic... Unfortunately, to get from A to B there in most cases; we drive.... Won't give up any secrets but if that's your ...
by Rattlesnake
Sun Jan 29, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Drivers License May not be good for air travel?
Replies: 47
Views: 5878

Re: Drivers License May not be good for air travel?

I've had a Passport since I was 22 (when I got out of the Army)... We have both EDL's & Passports, live in Michigan, & regularly travel to Canada... I believe it is the right thing to do is to have a Passport.... Always have em with us...

Just my $0.02....
by Rattlesnake
Thu Jan 26, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much does a Trust cost these days?
Replies: 22
Views: 3575

Re: How much does a Trust cost these days?

About 20 years ago we paid about $500 for wills, trusts for us when we were in our 40's... with 2 revisions since at about $200 each time... same lawyer.... In Michigan....
by Rattlesnake
Tue Jan 24, 2017 8:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3885
Views: 1085964

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

The OA on NetFlix...
by Rattlesnake
Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3885
Views: 1085964

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

The Returned on Netflix....
by Rattlesnake
Sun Jan 08, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tell me all about snowblowers
Replies: 50
Views: 5354

Re: Tell me all about snowblowers

I do not do grass cutting but still do the snow.... 26 inch Yard Man electric start 2 stage has served me well for about 10 years here in Michigan.... I think they go for about $600_$700 now days.... Do my own oil changes and maintenance....
by Rattlesnake
Sun Dec 25, 2016 8:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Question about trusts & estate
Replies: 40
Views: 4623

Re: Question about trusts & estate

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by Rattlesnake
Fri Dec 23, 2016 4:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Will or Living Trust?
Replies: 20
Views: 1701

Re: Will or Living Trust?

Not an expert so this is food for thought... We also live in Michigan.... I believe a Will is a must and we also have a Trust. The lesson we learned from past experiences is the beneficiaries of all your accounts (savings, checking, 401's, IRA's, etc) need to be the Trust. The Trustee(s) of the Trus...
by Rattlesnake
Sat Dec 10, 2016 7:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying a car
Replies: 21
Views: 2834

Re: Buying a car

I believe the kind of car depends... We do not lease because we of the miles we drive... We like a nice comfortable car because we spend a lotta time on the road... If you don't drive a lot, those things might not matter...

Just my $0.02...
by Rattlesnake
Mon Nov 28, 2016 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3885
Views: 1085964

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

3% on Netflix... We thought it was good...
by Rattlesnake
Sun Oct 02, 2016 9:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Think about a whole house generator. Generac 22k
Replies: 31
Views: 4417

Re: Think about a whole house generator. Generac 22k

We've had a whole house Generac for 12 years or so... It's nice to know the pipes won't freeze, the fridge and freezer do their thing, and the sump pump works when the power goes out....Do oil, filter, spark plugs every 2 years... I've had to replace the starter once and replaced the battery twice i...
by Rattlesnake
Wed Aug 24, 2016 9:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3885
Views: 1085964

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Watched a lot of the Olympics this year and decided to get Eddie the Eagle via Netflix DVD's.... We thought it was good....
by Rattlesnake
Thu Jul 28, 2016 7:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Are there any dental insurance worthwhile?????
Replies: 31
Views: 4696

Re: Are there any dental insurance worthwhile?????

3 years retired... I have not found one that is worth the cost... I pay as I go...

Just my $0.02....
by Rattlesnake
Wed Jul 27, 2016 2:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Security system ADT Cost
Replies: 26
Views: 3909

Re: Security system ADT Cost

So, I would think battery replacement would be a wash on any system..... Not just ADT....