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by shawndoggy
Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do I store a boat this winter?
Replies: 20
Views: 1467

Re: How do I store a boat this winter?

If the boat is going to be laid up for an extended period over the winter (i.e. your aren't gonna use it), shrink wrap is mucho preferable to a canvas cover. Canvas is pourous and even if coated (i.e. "waterproofed") it will leak. Using a canvas cover day in day out in the elements is very hard on i...
by shawndoggy
Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I bought a STOLEN vehicle!!!
Replies: 106
Views: 15205

Re: I bought a STOLEN vehicle!!!

I am sorry for what you are going through, but why would you make a major purchase from a private seller in cash? Aside from getting robbed on the way to the purchase, how's this different from other means of payment? What's the alternative suggestion? Me personally, I think I'd use a bank check (a...
by shawndoggy
Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why are Mazda CX-5’s sales so much less than other brands?
Replies: 69
Views: 7889

Re: Why are Mazda CX-5’s sales so much less than other brands?

I'm a car guy and have had four hondas over the years. Bought a certified used 16 Mazda 6 (manual, of course) a year ago. It's a great car and every bit up to par with Honda or Toyota, especially if you enjoy the act of driving. I'd love to get my wife into a CX-5 for her next vehicle and wouldn't h...
by shawndoggy
Tue Oct 15, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Invited to join HOA board. Pros/cons?
Replies: 58
Views: 4703

Re: Invited to join HOA board. Pros/cons?

It's the kind of job where nobody will ever thank you. If things go well, nobody will notice (that's how it was supposed to be, right?), and if things go badly (even if not your fault) people will complain. So all you can really do is disappoint your neighbors. One other thing that I've noticed in w...
by shawndoggy
Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Poll: Beater or Luxury car for long daily commute
Replies: 33
Views: 1373

Re: Poll: Beater or Luxury car for long daily commute

would a high(er) mileage 12-15 year old lexus LS430 be a beater or luxury? Reliability seems to be good, frequently one owner cars, and would be great for regular commuting with the creature comforts at a fraction of new.
by shawndoggy
Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: used car advice
Replies: 20
Views: 1658

Re: used car advice

50 mile round trip.... how much of that is in heavy or stop-n-go traffic? If a lot , I would skew newer and but the best set of safety features you can (especially the active measures like brake assist, lane keeping, etc).
by shawndoggy
Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best prepaid debit card for a teen
Replies: 23
Views: 1471

Re: Best prepaid debit card for a teen

How do you spend at home (cash, credit, debit)? We use our credit cards 99% of the time at home and have found it’s just as convenient to do the same overseas, especially with a card that doesn’t charge a foreign transaction fee. Presumably if you think your daughter is responsible enough to go to E...
by shawndoggy
Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Update in post 1: Panasonic LUMIX DSC-FZ35 camera.
Replies: 40
Views: 2328

Re: Panasonic LUMIX DSC-FZ35 camera.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48030161931_4808a9fac3_b.jpg https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48030200881_9b4959fe08_b.jpg I don't miss mine, but I did get some keepers with it back in the day. Even if I still had it, under no circumstances could I see grabbing it to bring with me vs dslr. N...
by shawndoggy
Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What flagship (even used) item is better than a budget new item?
Replies: 131
Views: 8591

Re: What flagship (even used) item is better than a budget new item?

vitamix
ultegra / xt (no need for dura ace / xtr)
kitchen knives
by shawndoggy
Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Havasupai, Have a Sticker Shock
Replies: 27
Views: 3881

Re: Havasupai, Have a Sticker Shock

Agree... the mooney part was fun and part of the adventure. I loved the area between Mooney and Beaver too... with stream crossings and ladders and bridges and whatnot it felt like the inspiration for Tom Sawyer's Island at Disneyland. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48001840016_a3cb63a0c3_b.jpg...
by shawndoggy
Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Havasupai, Have a Sticker Shock
Replies: 27
Views: 3881

Re: Havasupai, Have a Sticker Shock

Thanks again; I loved the photo and hope to post my own, 16 months from now. If you could get a little fall color I am sure it would be amazing. I was worried before we did it that we hadn’t trained enough. But once we got there and I saw the many completely unprepared people who managed to complet...
by shawndoggy
Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Havasupai, Have a Sticker Shock
Replies: 27
Views: 3881

Re: Havasupai, Have a Sticker Shock

The lodge was being remodeled last month when we were there. It's like a clean motel 6 (at best), but the hot water was hot and the cold ac was cold. The hike was not particularly hard. only the first/last mile from the parking area (steep switchbacks). It was cool and worth doing and really beautif...
by shawndoggy
Sat Jun 01, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 413
Views: 65996

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

I read The Last by Hanah Jameson recently. Highly recommended in the near-post apocolypto category.
by shawndoggy
Wed May 15, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do you reward yourself for achieving a financial goal?
Replies: 107
Views: 7220

Re: Do you reward yourself for achieving a financial goal?

does rolling around in my virtual stash like scrooge mcduck count?
by shawndoggy
Fri May 10, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used cars: Age, mileage, condition
Replies: 16
Views: 1481

Re: Used cars: Age, mileage, condition

I’m personally a fan of kids driving a mechanically sound junker. They will thrash it if it’s nice or if it’s a hooptie. If it’s a hooptie at least you won’t be upset about the curb rash on the wheels or the ding on the door.
by shawndoggy
Mon May 06, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone lived in Old Northwest Reno or Sparks
Replies: 10
Views: 1257

Re: Anyone lived in Old Northwest Reno or Sparks

Used to have an office there and a rental home. I like the area bounded by Plumb- Arlington- California. Classic old Reno. This area is definitely nice, tho IMHO property values are a little crazy too. You can literally move 2 miles in any direction and it's cheaper. The houses and neighborhood are...
by shawndoggy
Mon May 06, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone lived in Old Northwest Reno or Sparks
Replies: 10
Views: 1257

Re: Anyone lived in Old Northwest Reno or Sparks

Old NW to me means inside of McCarran, north of I-80, west of Keystone. That was nice middle class housing built in the 60s (guessing). In the early 90s when I was in college, it was in pretty serious decline (some pride of ownership, but not uncommon to see a bitchen camaro on blocks on the lawn ei...
by shawndoggy
Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which WAP to replace Airport Extreme - please no mesh recommendations
Replies: 116
Views: 6133

Re: Which WAP to replace Airport Extreme - please no mesh recommendations

So the EASY way for this to definitely work, is to (a) jettison FIOS router for more simple FIOS modem, and then (b) hook up google mesh. You will have working primary and guest networks and it should be done in less than an hour.
by shawndoggy
Tue Apr 23, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which WAP to replace Airport Extreme - please no mesh recommendations
Replies: 116
Views: 6133

Re: Which WAP to replace Airport Extreme - please no mesh recommendations

I probably have configured it incorrectly. Any ideas? http://a68.tinypic.com/2cwr212.jpg Make one of the five the primary router. So for instance, if that's "downstairs," then also put Cabana and Garage in bridge mode. Then downstairs will be dealing out all of the dhcp addresses for the whole netw...
by shawndoggy
Mon Apr 22, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which WAP to replace Airport Extreme - please no mesh recommendations
Replies: 116
Views: 6133

Re: Which WAP to replace Airport Extreme - please no mesh recommendations

I was responding to a post that said multiple SSIDs in addition to a Guest network. Google WiFi allows one SSID and one Guest network, not multiple SSIDs. ah. Gotcha. Agreed. But that's sorta the whole point -- only one SSID. I really THINK (but admittedly don't KNOW) that the google mesh is perfec...
by shawndoggy
Mon Apr 22, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which WAP to replace Airport Extreme - please no mesh recommendations
Replies: 116
Views: 6133

Re: Which WAP to replace Airport Extreme - please no mesh recommendations

RickBoglehead wrote:
Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:15 am
I'll yield to your expertise, but that's not my experience. Google WiFi for example does not support this.
I'm running a guest network with google wifi. Are you running super outdated firmware or something?
by shawndoggy
Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which WAP to replace Airport Extreme - please no mesh recommendations
Replies: 116
Views: 6133

Re: Which WAP to replace Airport Extreme - please no mesh recommendations

I guess I should restate that. I am not interested in a mesh network without Ethernet backhaul. If anyone has lived in a house with many rooms that are full of fieldstone, they will understand. The only two things fieldstone insulates against are Wi-Fi and cellular. FYI I have google mesh and all o...
by shawndoggy
Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Clipless pedals for a hybrid bike
Replies: 48
Views: 2544

Re: Clipless pedals for a hybrid bike

It's hard to say whether you will appreciate it but there's a definite difference in the interface between the road standard (spd-sl, look, etc) and the mountain standard (spd). Like some others here, I ran spds on my road bike for a long time. Finally for christmas one year someone got me real road...
by shawndoggy
Wed Mar 27, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I would like a boat. I also know nothing about boats
Replies: 147
Views: 9825

Re: I would like a boat. I also know nothing about boats

Sailboats /Boston whalers / canoes / go-fasts / cabin cruisers really have no place in this discussion. If OP lives on a lake he should be looking in one of three directions: 1. Inboard Watersports boat (best for sports) 2. Pontoon (best for grillin’ N chillin’) 3. Inboard/outboard runabout (meh at ...
by shawndoggy
Wed Mar 27, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I would like a boat. I also know nothing about boats
Replies: 147
Views: 9825

Re: I would like a boat. I also know nothing about boats

Holy cow there is some TERRIBLE advice in this thread. Like a boston whaler for wakeboarding? wow. If you want the boat for watersports (wakeboarding / skiing / surfing), you need an inboard, and if the focus is on surfing and wakeboarding, a v-drive. If you aren't a serious skier, the vdrive also h...
by shawndoggy
Tue Feb 26, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: If you currently or are planning to spend over $120k/year in retirement, what is your projected budget?
Replies: 196
Views: 15748

Re: If you are currently or planning to spend over $120k/year in retirement, what is your projected budget?

House (property taxes + utilities): $1000 Home repair / improvement: $500 (basically budgeting for reserve fund) Groceries: $1000 Insurance: $500 Car payment: $500 (planning on starting with paid for cars... this is also a sinking fund) Gas: $500 (current spend... may drop but then again we have sho...
by shawndoggy
Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Taking expensive DSLR on kayak?
Replies: 41
Views: 2271

Re: Taking expensive DSLR on kayak?

great pics keepcalm!
by shawndoggy
Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone raised 3 kids WITHOUT buying a 3-row vehicle?
Replies: 82
Views: 6198

Re: Anyone raised 3 kids WITHOUT buying a 3-row vehicle?

regarding efficiency, don't compare to a prius, compare to a three row SUV. The pacifica is likely bigger in useable room inside than even the biggest three row SUV (i.e. suburban/yukon) and will kill those vehicles at the pump. So there you go, efficiency and the room to haul your family!
by shawndoggy
Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 5 days. What to do in Las Vegas and Grand Canyon
Replies: 48
Views: 3103

Re: 5 days. What to do in Las Vegas and Grand Canyon

Red Rock is fantastic, but can seem lame if all you do is drive around the loop because it can get pretty crowded. Consider driving a couple of miles past the conservation area and hiking oak creek. Pretty cool, fewer peeps. Just the drive out charleston to Calico Basin / RR / Spring Mountain Ranch ...
by shawndoggy
Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 413
Views: 65996

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

anyone have any good references for post-apocalypto kinda stuff? Loved Warday, Z is for Zacharia, On the Beach, etc as a kid. More recently really enjoyed the Silo series. Not really into the fantasy concepts.
by shawndoggy
Fri Dec 28, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: FAFSA - is it worth filling out?
Replies: 109
Views: 6688

Re: FAFSA - is it worth filling out?

I'd suggest doing a FAFSA calculator (https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/estimate) to see what your EFC is (ballpark). If the EFC exceeds the true cost of attendance at university of choice, you have a pretty good idea that you won't be getting any aid and that that FAFSA will be a waste of time.
by shawndoggy
Tue Dec 18, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Ok to invest in an LLC?
Replies: 33
Views: 1920

Re: Ok to invest in an LLC?

Thanks alphaspider. At the risk of belaboring the point ..... LLCs of course also can have employees and I'm not aware of any restrictions on members also being employees, so in that case a member employee would end up identical to S corp treatment. Both are pass through to members. Make sense? All...
by shawndoggy
Sun Dec 16, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Law school without practicing law
Replies: 79
Views: 6360

Re: Law school without practicing law

Another opinion worth mentioning is that law school does not teach you law. Most people will learn their relevant law once they start their first job. It also doesn't really teach you a particular analytical framework. It gives you some experience in reading and interpreting laws, understanding the...
by shawndoggy
Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Non-Boring Boglehead Cars Under $30k
Replies: 247
Views: 18394

Re: Good Non-Boring Boglehead Cars Under $30k

Any experience with the 7 speed DSG? The 2019 GTIs will all come with the 7 speed for the automatic version. I don't. Just the OG 6 speed. It's "aight." And for my non-enthusiast spouse, it's good enough... she hates driving stick and doesn't notice when the dsg performs sub-optimally. I thought I'...
by shawndoggy
Wed Oct 31, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Non-Boring Boglehead Cars Under $30k
Replies: 247
Views: 18394

Re: Good Non-Boring Boglehead Cars Under $30k

The nick against the GTI in this case would be the transmission. The VW dsg was awesome when it came out... 12 years ago. I have one in my 08 R32. Off the line performance is not its strong suit. From a rolling start it's fine and behaves really nicely. But do much more than roll away from a stop wi...
by shawndoggy
Tue Oct 23, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Dealer told us car was Certified, but it isnt
Replies: 80
Views: 5769

Re: Car Dealer told us car was Certified, but it isnt

I went to Audi because back in 98, I bought one new and at the time, the bumper to bumper on the new car was 5 years or 50k miles and included wear items. I had my brakes replaced at 49k miles, while they were replacing the transmission. So the takeaway here is that the transmission is a "wear item...
by shawndoggy
Mon Oct 22, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I own my home through an LLC?
Replies: 20
Views: 2990

Re: Should I own my home through an LLC?

Are you financing? If so will your lender let you borrow in an LLC? Buying in your individual name and then dropping into an LLC is common, but is probably a technical violation of your loan docs (due on sale clause). If it’s your primary residence, check to see whether holding in an LLC will mess u...
by shawndoggy
Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Kids and Money
Replies: 38
Views: 2087

Re: Kids and Money

It's your money not their money. This is as much about being a parent as raising a good kid. Don't helicopter. Give your kids the tools for success, but allow them to fail. Give them opportunities to work hard for a goal, and support them but don't do it for them. My kids found success in martial ar...
by shawndoggy
Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling a used car
Replies: 49
Views: 2335

Re: Selling a used car

what's the time worth to you? No offense intended, but wanting to do a proper ad in the first place, or put on hubcaps, etc etc, suggests you are pretty much ready to wash your hands of the old girl. I'd take your $1K and run. Well, no, actually, I'd clean the car up and try to get a little more mon...
by shawndoggy
Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling a used car
Replies: 49
Views: 2335

Re: Selling a used car

As noted, you need better pics! Landscape (phone sideways) not portrait. Wash the car. Wax the car. Put tire dressing on. Wash the windows. Vaccum the car. Take all personal belongings out and wipe down the interior before taking pics. Take pics at sunset (not in the middle of the day ever). Take pi...
by shawndoggy
Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling a used car
Replies: 49
Views: 2335

Re: Selling a used car

Thegame14 wrote:
Mon Aug 06, 2018 2:38 pm
I took 4 pictures, but mostly the top half of the car. I didn't want my license plate in the pictures. Also inspection is good until summer 2019.
When you drive the car around, how to you keep people from seeing the license plate?
by shawndoggy
Wed Aug 01, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Peloton spin bike worth the high cost?
Replies: 104
Views: 15948

Re: Peloton spin bike worth the high cost?

I'm curious whether the cyclists who buy a peloton take the spin bike saddle off and put a real saddle on there?
by shawndoggy
Wed Jul 25, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Back Car Lights all went out
Replies: 25
Views: 1207

Re: Back Car Lights all went out

Brake lights are dual filament bulbs - if the lights are not on, you press on the brakes, it will come on. Or if you have your lights on, the brake lights will stay on (at a lower brightness) and when you press on the brakes, it will come on at a higher brightness. I just sounds like you need to re...
by shawndoggy
Wed Jul 25, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Back Car Lights all went out
Replies: 25
Views: 1207

Re: Back Car Lights all went out

my worry is that I just inherited this car from my wife, who we just bought a "new" car. And It is been in the shop literally every week for four weeks, she took the car to Pep Boys for one back light being out and check engine light and she paid them like $300 to fix both... After this did the run...
by shawndoggy
Wed Jul 25, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Back Car Lights all went out
Replies: 25
Views: 1207

Re: Back Car Lights all went out

it could be. What car? for most modern cars (and especially modern cars that seem to have frequent problems) a code reader is very valuable. You plug it into the OBDII port under the dash and it tells you any codes that are stored in the car's computer. You can look those codes up on the interwebs f...
by shawndoggy
Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Craigslist payment by PayPal - safe or scam?
Replies: 51
Views: 6723

Re: Craigslist payment by PayPal - safe or scam?

You might have a much easier time buying things if you didn't exactly match the pattern scammers make. Seriously paypal is not at all safe. It can be pulled back long after it is put in and cashiers checks can likewise be faked quite convincingly such that it takes them days to come back as fraudul...
by shawndoggy
Tue Jul 24, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Craigslist payment by PayPal - safe or scam?
Replies: 51
Views: 6723

Re: Craigslist payment by PayPal - safe or scam?

Just as a counterpoint, I've bought quite a few small items after conducting nationwide searches via a CL aggregator (seachtempest.com in my case). After I make contact with the seller and negotiate a price I break the news that I'm actually from out of town and that I'll need the item shipped to me...
by shawndoggy
Tue Jul 24, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Daughter wants to travel on her own to Montreal
Replies: 105
Views: 7597

Re: Daughter wants to travel on her own to Montreal

before she goes to college. While I totally get being concerned, once she leaves for college she can (and hopefully will) do this trip on her own/with friends and there's really not much you can do about it. So just tread carefully on the "because I said so" card. The rolling solo part is weird IMH...
by shawndoggy
Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Craigslist payment by PayPal - safe or scam?
Replies: 51
Views: 6723

Re: Craigslist payment by PayPal - safe or scam?

If you think CL is safe, why were safe zones established by police departments? Because people (typically buyers with cash in their pockets) are paranoid? In the context of selling stuff locally, how is craigslist different from the classified ads in your local newspaper 15 years ago? I've never on...
by shawndoggy
Mon Jul 23, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Craigslist payment by PayPal - safe or scam?
Replies: 51
Views: 6723

Re: Craigslist payment by PayPal - safe or scam?

LarryAllen wrote:
Mon Jul 23, 2018 11:53 am
No. It's 100% financial/online scam. They don't want to come steal the piano. I have had the same email/text from $20 items to $1,000 items. Big/small/whatever. Scammers send almost the identical text/email every time.
'zactly.