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by mecht3ach
Sun Nov 15, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel Wifi Hotspot
Replies: 27
Views: 1131

Re: Travel Wifi Hotspot

In general, that is not possible. Almost all phones with WiFi has that option. Who is your wireless service provider and what is your phone model? KlangFool - there are a number of MVNOs that only allow hotspots with certain providers. For example, we are on an old StraightTalk/ATT plan and can't u...
by mecht3ach
Thu Nov 05, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: First time homebuyer. Just got the inspection report on a 100-year-old house. Advice requested...
Replies: 113
Views: 7554

Re: First time homebuyer. Just got the inspection report on a 100-year-old house. Advice requested...

the 25 year old boiler could give you another 10 years easily if maintained, its probably an old style solid cast-iron type, those last forever. whatever you get as a replacement will disappoint you. I agree with this completely. Since it is an AO Smith, natural gas-fired, water boiler, it has to b...
by mecht3ach
Tue Oct 27, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Finances & Career Change
Replies: 34
Views: 2763

Re: Finances & Career Change

Help me think about whether it's financially responsible to consider a career change. I've been an attorney for about a decade. I have a good job, that I like. I've been the bread winner in our family during that time and do all our investing, while my husband has been pursuing his academic career....
by mecht3ach
Sat Sep 12, 2020 9:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: bare-bones phone and cheapest prepaid plan for a kid
Replies: 53
Views: 3413

Re: bare-bones phone and cheapest prepaid plan for a kid

I second (third?) the recommendations for TracFone. When my son was at the same age, and had a similar need for such a phone, we bought a super-cheap android-based phone from Target during on-line black Friday sales (this was ~3 years ago, and it was around $20-25), and then bought the $125, 365-day...
by mecht3ach
Mon Aug 31, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Undergrad College List
Replies: 64
Views: 4619

Re: Undergrad College List

With that list of schools, it is hard to figure out where you are located. Why are you just focused on public universities? I can DEFINITELY understand doing public in your own state (and recommend it!), but many of those schools have tuition + fees for out-of-state students that are nearly equivale...
by mecht3ach
Mon Aug 31, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: (MS Applied Economics?) Help a Random Internet Stranger Decide
Replies: 20
Views: 1560

Re: (MS Applied Economics?) Help a Random Internet Stranger Decide

... you should be aware that there is a fairly substantial perceived gap between Economics and Applied Economics in terms of the intellectual rigor of the two fields ..t. Would people generally be aware of this? Someone I know got a master's in economics (I don't know whether regular or applied) an...
by mecht3ach
Sun Aug 30, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: (MS Applied Economics?) Help a Random Internet Stranger Decide
Replies: 20
Views: 1560

Re: (MS Applied Economics?) Help a Random Internet Stranger Decide

I think that it is useful to look at why someone might typically get this degree, and see if those reasons align with your goals and interests: 1) Their credentials aren't quite strong enough to get into a funded PhD program, and this is a way for the profs to get to know them and maybe transition t...
by mecht3ach
Sun Aug 30, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving abroad with young children, no international connections: Crazy?
Replies: 64
Views: 5236

Re: Moving abroad with young children, no international connections: Crazy?

I'm not sure why an international move is any tougher than other moves for an older dog? Unless this is one of you saying "this is really starting to look complicated once it gets concrete," I suspect you are over-thinking it. I could see this being more complicated. For a domestic move, ...
by mecht3ach
Sat Aug 29, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving abroad with young children, no international connections: Crazy?
Replies: 64
Views: 5236

Re: Moving abroad with young children, no international connections: Crazy?

Actually I know him (virtually), he’s in my medical specialty and I’ve been in contact with him on social media. New Zealand is definitely an intriguing option, but much further afield from family compared to Europe. Even as this thread is discussing relocation all over the globe, what a small worl...
by mecht3ach
Thu Aug 27, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving abroad with young children, no international connections: Crazy?
Replies: 64
Views: 5236

Re: Moving abroad with young children, no international connections: Crazy?

It isn't Europe, but we know a couple (late-40s/early-50s) who were military doctors who traveled the world on a one-year sabbatical after they retired from the service. They ended up falling in love with New Zealand (who wouldn't?), finding jobs, and moving there about a year ago. Their life (and s...
by mecht3ach
Thu Aug 06, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cookware (frying pan) for a glass cooktop?
Replies: 24
Views: 1465

Re: Cookware (frying pan) for a glass cooktop?

Do you think that you have the arm strength to move on to cast iron? I I have read that on most glass tops you shouldn't use cast iron. The heat retention can cause the glass to crack. I've used the cast iron on our glass top for the 4+ years we've lived in this current house without a problem, but...
by mecht3ach
Tue Aug 04, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cookware (frying pan) for a glass cooktop?
Replies: 24
Views: 1465

Re: Cookware (frying pan) for a glass cooktop?

Do you think that you have the arm strength to move on to cast iron? If so, the way that it heats up is amazing for stir fry dishes, among many other things. A lot of people are also intimidated by the idea of seasoning and cleaning it, but there are a couple of models that come with a quality pre-s...
by mecht3ach
Tue Feb 04, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: US Citizen Moving to Europe for High-Income Job
Replies: 10
Views: 1685

Re: US Citizen Moving to Europe for High-Income Job

First of all, congratulations! What a terrific opportunity. Secondly, depending on your host country's tax structure, you will probably end up paying relatively little US income tax (caveat: the spouse's job complicates this). I'm sure the accountant will go over all of this with you, but you can li...
by mecht3ach
Wed Jan 22, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Walt Disney World or Disney Land for Galaxy's edge?
Replies: 12
Views: 1318

Re: Walt Disney World or Disney Land for Galaxy's edge?

I find this very interesting - to us there is no comparison in that Orlando has so many more rides and especially quality rides and experiences. And once you get the hang of getting around the transportation systems can be fun and a brief time to rest and plan further. I think a lot of people would...
by mecht3ach
Tue Jan 21, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Walt Disney World or Disney Land for Galaxy's edge?
Replies: 12
Views: 1318

Re: Walt Disney World or Disney Land for Galaxy's edge?

I'm not an expert, but I've been to both Disneyland (DL hereafter) and Walt Disney World (WDW) over the past year+, after not having visited either for at least 8-9 years. I also experienced Galaxy's Edge (GE) at both, but only went on Rise of the Resistance (RoTR) at WDW, right as the crowds were b...
by mecht3ach
Fri Jan 17, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Engineers - What are you making? ($$$)
Replies: 357
Views: 44547

Re: Engineers - What are you making?

When I saw the title, I thought we would be listing the products we make. I'm surprised so many people list their salaries, but I guess that is not too much different from people listing their assets. I'm glad that I'm not the only one who clicked on the thread link thinking that. I was looking for...
by mecht3ach
Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: About to close on home and discovered Lien on home??
Replies: 25
Views: 3650

Re: About to close on home and discovered Lien on home??

This is a really encouraging story and lines up a lot with what we've experienced. The sellers are claiming this took them totally by surprise, but there have been other contentious issues during this sale (mostly, the discovery of asbestos and a shoddy cover up attempted by sellers) that have us l...
by mecht3ach
Thu Sep 12, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: About to close on home and discovered Lien on home??
Replies: 25
Views: 3650

Re: About to close on home and discovered Lien on home??

FWIW, this happened to us when we sold our house. We hadn't refinanced, but our mortgage note had been sold (twice) in the 10 years it took us to pay off the house, and the second loan company (HSBC in this case) apparently hadn't filed something correctly. The house had been fully paid off for near...
by mecht3ach
Sun Sep 01, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Paying for doctoral program
Replies: 13
Views: 1102

Re: Paying for doctoral program

Do not do it if you cannot get financial support (unless you are in business, engineering or other disciplines that are in high demand on the job market). Actually, even in engineering, you shouldn't go for a PhD unless you are being supported by a research stipend, TA stipend, or external support ...
by mecht3ach
Fri Jul 05, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Staying the course is so hard (support thread)
Replies: 141
Views: 16499

Re: Staying the course is so hard (support thread)

Not a comment on the finances or the house, but it seems like you might have left your daughter's name in the spreadsheet you posted. It might be too late to change that in the posts that quoted that spreadsheet, but I wanted to give you a heads-up if you are concerned about privacy issues. Hopefull...
by mecht3ach
Thu Jun 20, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to stay in Hong Kong
Replies: 16
Views: 1346

Re: Where to stay in Hong Kong

I actually prefer staying in Kowloon. My favorite place to stay is the Eaton HK. It is in a great location with plenty of terrific restaurants less than a 15 minute walk away, not too far from a variety of public transportation options, and you get a discount on the Michelin-starred restaurant in th...
by mecht3ach
Wed May 29, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for initerary recommendation-driving from Munich
Replies: 11
Views: 454

Re: Looking for initerary recommendation-driving from Munich

We did a 2 week road trip in a BMW (rented, not purchased) about 5 years ago. We mainly drove around Bavaria and the Alpine parts of Austria. In particular, we visited: Füssen (Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein) Kufstein Söll (Hexenwasser) Schwaz Grossglocknerstrasse Innsbruck Berchtesgaden I really...
by mecht3ach
Sat May 25, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: London / UK Summer Trip
Replies: 57
Views: 3814

Re: London / UK Summer Trip

I've lived in London in the past, and visited the Cotswolds many times, including walking the entire Cotswold Way with my then-11 year old son (my daughter was at a program in Cambridge at the time and didn't join us). I agree with everyone else on the forum that if you want to visit somewhere witho...
by mecht3ach
Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Camping Tent?
Replies: 28
Views: 2085

Re: Good Camping Tent?

I don't remember the model, but our family tent is from REI. In terms of longevity, it was given to us as a wedding present, and we've been married for over 20 years, and it is still going strong. Some years we camped quite frequently, others not so much, depending on the ages and inclinations of th...
by mecht3ach
Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Non-US Investing
Topic: What to do with inheritance
Replies: 6
Views: 1197

Re: What to do with inheritance

In a lot of countries in Europe, one thing that complicates the decision for this type of inheritance is that it is now very, very difficult for non-citizens to buy property. However, (1) you are already an Italian citizen as well, and (2) even if you weren't, Italy makes it really easy for US citiz...
by mecht3ach
Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco Membership
Replies: 54
Views: 7590

Re: Costco Membership

Target also has a good protection plan for their glasses. My son is a chronic glasses-smasher, and we use both the Target guarantee and extra pairs from Zenni.
by mecht3ach
Sun Oct 22, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: TIAA Trouble [NY Times: TIAA pushes clients to high fee products]
Replies: 50
Views: 7408

Re: TIAA Trouble [NY Times: TIAA pushes clients to high fee products]

This makes sense considering my interaction with TIAA. I have some money there, so I took the call when someone phoned me to "talk about my retirement". I assumed there was some question about my account. It took a while, and the person calling was first vague, then evasive when I asked w...