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by scottgekko
Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Company not addressing my dad's health condition
Replies: 29
Views: 2664

Re: Company not addressing my dad's health condition

He may not trust HR, but he needs to put in his request in writing so it is on record. However, if his job requirement now includes hours that he can no longer work, there may not be much he can do about it....Especially if this is a requirement for the whole team.
by scottgekko
Fri Jul 12, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: East/North Dallas cities
Replies: 10
Views: 824

Re: East/North Dallas cities

I am interviewing for a position in Garland later this month and plan on looking around the area while I am there. For those how moved their families to north Dallas, how did you decided on what city to live in? There are just so many good options, I don't even know where to start. What are you loo...
by scottgekko
Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Job Promotion - How to Show on Resume
Replies: 40
Views: 3219

Re: Job Promotion - How to Show on Resume

I would rather job hunt as a current CFO than an assistant controller. Wait until you obtain the title in November, then start your search in the new year.
by scottgekko
Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: East/North Dallas cities
Replies: 10
Views: 824

Re: East/North Dallas cities

I am interviewing for a position in Garland later this month and plan on looking around the area while I am there. For those how moved their families to north Dallas, how did you decided on what city to live in? There are just so many good options, I don't even know where to start. What are you loo...
by scottgekko
Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Automatic Watches
Replies: 88
Views: 4402

Re: Automatic Watches

I have a Rolex Submariner and as a certified chronometer, it keeps great time to within <2 seconds a day. You don't buy an automatic watch for the most accurate time - your iphone will do that for you. If you're looking for a great reasonably priced watch (<$350), look at a Seiko SRP777 or 779. Othe...
by scottgekko
Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: HCOL vs LCOL Dilemma
Replies: 96
Views: 4740

Re: HCOL vs LCOL Dilemma

For me a major part of this decision would include how far will I be from family. I think you should take a quick trip to Dallas before you decide. As far as weather, it is not hot in Dallas for 9 months. Well I guess that depends on what you consider as hot. Dallas average highs are at or below 80...
by scottgekko
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How best to give broker payment to get apartment and win a race
Replies: 14
Views: 1362

Re: How best to give broker payment to get apartment and win a race

+1 on the money orders. You can easily get 5, $1k money orders. Then the Payable To: can be filled out as needed with whichever broker. For this particular scenario, this would probably be the best bet.
by scottgekko
Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Company requiring salaried employees to clock in?
Replies: 92
Views: 4860

Re: Company requiring salaried employees to clock in?

I would assume they're wanting to see who is arriving late and/or leaving early. I wouldn't want to have to clock in/out necessarily but I've definitely had to badge in/out of the building I worked in. Not the same as a timecard, but I"m sure they could use that data against me if needed. I'm sure t...
by scottgekko
Tue Jun 04, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: PolicyGenius
Replies: 7
Views: 753

Re: PolicyGenius

I recently obtained a personal disability policy using PolicyGenius. It was a good experience. They provided numerous carrier options, I selected one and they 'guided' me through the process. Pretty easy.
by scottgekko
Tue May 07, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Walk away from my auto lease?
Replies: 154
Views: 7752

Re: Walk away from my auto lease?

There is no way a transmission goes out at 5k miles and doesn't get repaired unless there is an obvious reason for them to not repair it (you're on YouTube at a drag strip and roast the tranny). The fact that you're not disclosing the make and model (some models are notorious for various defects), t...
by scottgekko
Fri May 03, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Move to South Florida or Baltimore?
Replies: 29
Views: 2989

Re: Move to South Florida or Baltimore?

Just for the ability to wear flip flops year round alone, south Florida would be my vote.
by scottgekko
Wed May 01, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Personal LTD vs group LTD insurance
Replies: 2
Views: 182

Personal LTD vs group LTD insurance

Hi all - I started appx 8 months ago with a fintech startup and at the time, they did not offer a group LTD plan. I obtained my own personal policy through Principal and it's around $1680/yr ($140/mo). But of course, it covers me if I cannot do my actual job, not any job. My company recently began o...
by scottgekko
Wed May 01, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Job Options
Replies: 23
Views: 2439

Re: Job Options

Take the new job. You're young, Houston is a great town, and if there's ever a time to move for a career it's now. You don't want to stay in a boring job for another 20-30 years....Plus you're getting a 6% raise automatically (no state income tax) plus increasing your comp by $24k and your spouse wi...
by scottgekko
Thu Apr 25, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Whats the Point of Climbing the Corporate Ladder?
Replies: 164
Views: 17196

Re: Whats the Point of Climbing the Corporate Ladder?

There is no way I could stop striving to advance and ride it out for 20 years. I've found that the more I move up, the more flexible the position is. You're not 'on the clock' and as long as you're getting the job done, no one bothers you. But I enjoy the challenge of the job. I also enjoy my time o...
by scottgekko
Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: RSUs and ESPP after 2-Week Notice
Replies: 21
Views: 1358

Re: RSUs and ESPP after 2-Week Notice

Give your 2 weeks notice 2 weeks prior to your start date which would be May 6. RSU's vested the week before; no issue.

Or is there a reason you want to give 3 weeks notice?
by scottgekko
Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: leaving state job / pension. ..... bad idea?
Replies: 44
Views: 3548

Re: leaving state job / pension. ..... bad idea?

The difference in $150k a year and your current $112k doesn't make up for $4400/mo pension in 12 years & certainly not $8000+ in 15 years. I would hang on - you're making 6 figures, 7 weeks PTO, 40 hours a week, have the opportunity to work OT. Your 59 year old self will thank you when you have $800...
by scottgekko
Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to find an engineer to inspect a dam wall
Replies: 27
Views: 1892

Re: How to find an engineer to inspect a dam wall

The dam phone book? Sorry, couldn't resist....
by scottgekko
Tue Apr 09, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Wife hates new job...wants to quit after 1 day
Replies: 195
Views: 20443

Re: Wife hates new job...wants to quit after 1 day

I would look at it this way: She has no job duties and plenty of time on her hands. In other words, she's getting paid six figures to do interviews at other companies. No way I would leave until they told me to..... This. If someone wanted to pay me $100,000/year to check my e-mail, I'm riding that...
by scottgekko
Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Wife hates new job...wants to quit after 1 day
Replies: 195
Views: 20443

Re: Wife hates new job...wants to quit after 1 day

I would look at it this way: She has no job duties and plenty of time on her hands. In other words, she's getting paid six figures to do interviews at other companies. No way I would leave until they told me to.....
by scottgekko
Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: fun car advice
Replies: 140
Views: 9211

Re: fun car advice

Buy an older (pre 1970) vehicle. All mechanical (no computers) and appreciation in value is much more solid than a 10 year old Honda. For $50k you could easily find a late 60's restored convertible Vette.
by scottgekko
Sat Apr 06, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Huge AirBNB Cancellation Charge
Replies: 123
Views: 7682

Re: Huge AIrBNB Cancellation Charge

OP here. Thanks to all replies. Some good information. Just to clarify, although some listings do indeed show the Long Term Cancellation policy on the listing, this Host did NOT show that. In fact. under the policies section of the listing was only the "strict" 48 hour cancellation terms. We have a...
by scottgekko
Fri Apr 05, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Things to do in Dallas when rainy
Replies: 11
Views: 724

Re: Things to do in Dallas when rainy

The 6th Floor Museum is excellent and if you've ever watched anything on the Kennedy assassination, the museum is in the School Book Depository building in Dealy Plaza. The whole plaza is still eerily the same as it was in 1963. Also +1 for Top Golf. It's a good time and you can eat and drink while ...
by scottgekko
Mon Apr 01, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Men's no iron dress shirt recommendations
Replies: 88
Views: 9159

Re: Men's no iron dress shirt recommendations

Regardless of whether a shirt is 'non-iron' or not, you can always tell a professionally pressed shirt vs a home iron job. Just come off the hip for the dry cleaners. 5 shirt a week is less than $20.
by scottgekko
Mon Apr 01, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Family flying - picking seats at booking
Replies: 75
Views: 4950

Re: Family flying - picking seats at booking

I wouldn't pay the early bird special for Southwest because, depending on your kids' ages, families with younger kids (6 and under) board right after the 'A' boarding group. This eliminates the need to pay the early bird fee. If your kids are older than 6, then early bird may be worth it. Or just se...
by scottgekko
Fri Mar 29, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best car seat for air travel
Replies: 30
Views: 1519

Re: Best car seat for air travel

+1 for the Cosco (Not Costco) brand. Your wallet, arms, and back will thank you.
by scottgekko
Fri Mar 22, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is Staying in the Same Home for a Long Time Good for Wealth Building?
Replies: 18
Views: 1777

Re: Is Staying in the Same Home for a Long Time Good for Wealth Building?

It depends - in a vacuum, yes it makes sense because you lock in your transaction and inflation costs. However, there are outside opportunity costs that may offset that. Perhaps you turned down better job or promotion opportunities because you didn't want to move so your income stagnates for 15-20 y...
by scottgekko
Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Job burnout - Keep grinding or change?
Replies: 65
Views: 7979

Re: Job burnout - Keep grinding or change?

I'm in my mid-30's and have felt that nagging need for change as well. I've moved twice for my career. Once from Atlanta to Dallas and again most recently from Dallas to Reno so big changes. I've found a position that I'm incredibly happy with, but it easily could have gone the other way. However, I...
by scottgekko
Fri Mar 01, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Company Travel Question
Replies: 34
Views: 1416

Re: Company Travel Question

I've never heard of that - it's usually bad enough that you have to front all the costs and wait on reimbursement which could run over credit card cycles, etc. There's no way I'd travel for the company and pay my own way. 3 nights in an NYC hotel could easily run $1000 and they want her to pay that?
by scottgekko
Wed Jan 30, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Negotiating DayCare Fees
Replies: 70
Views: 3738

Re: Negotiating DayCare Fees

For $2500 a month, you could hire a nanny for a year or 2, then when baby1 is in 'regular' school, baby 2 can attend a day care. Does a nanny teach them math, science, sign language, mandarin, cook organic GMO free food for them, manners and etiquette, how to share/play with others, they even do pu...
by scottgekko
Thu Jan 24, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Negotiating DayCare Fees
Replies: 70
Views: 3738

Re: Negotiating DayCare Fees

For $2500 a month, you could hire a nanny for a year or 2, then when baby1 is in 'regular' school, baby 2 can attend a day care.
by scottgekko
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can I afford a 50k car? If so, whats the best way to do it?
Replies: 48
Views: 2279

Re: Can I afford a 50k car? If so, whats the best way to do it?

If you're going to buy a 'fun' car buy the classic. A '67 Chevelle will at least retain value if not appreciate so you won't 'lose' money like you would buying or leasing a brand new toy. My main concern though is you mention living in an apartment. Will you be able to keep the car in covered or gar...
by scottgekko
Tue Jan 08, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Relocating with relocation company--real estate transactions?
Replies: 2
Views: 191

Re: Relocating with relocation company--real estate transactions?

I'm not sure why or what the benefit is to the relo company, but we went through the same type of deal with a relocation we did from Atlanta to Dallas appx 5 years ago. In a nutshell, there is no 'real life' difference. The house is still listed through a realtor, there are still showings, offers, n...
by scottgekko
Fri Dec 28, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why do people buy- performance cars?
Replies: 67
Views: 2545

Re: Why do people buy- performance cars?

If you have to ask, don't buy one. But seriously - some people like performance cars or classic cars. Some people collect stamps. Some people will spend $100 at the golf course every weekend, others will travel to Europe for 2 weeks. It's all about what you enjoy. Everyone has their 'vice' so to spe...
by scottgekko
Fri Dec 28, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shoes to wear with jeans to the office?
Replies: 87
Views: 5915

Re: Shoes to wear with jeans to the office?

Definitely rock the cowboy boots.

Take a look at the Wyatt or Cartwright boots from Tecovas. I get compliments on both all the time.

Also, a pair of lace-up leather boots are cool too. Check out Bull Boxer brand at DSW. Good price on those and mine have held up well.
by scottgekko
Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Carry On Luggage Recommendations
Replies: 39
Views: 2542

Re: Carry On Luggage Recommendations

I actually just purchased the carry-on model from Away. It's a little pricy but it has a lifetime warranty and also a built in USB charger. I fit 6 days worth of clothes, running shoes, and toiletries in it. It's small enough to actually be within the airline guidelines for carry-ons.
by scottgekko
Wed Sep 05, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Sell our new home to downsize
Replies: 37
Views: 3657

Re: Sell our new home to downsize

You want to move again to save $400-500 because you're concerned about cash flow, but you're paying an extra $750 to your mortgage? Why not stop that completely until you've padded your EF large enough to feel comfortable? You're not overpaying for your current home relative to your income and even ...
by scottgekko
Mon Aug 20, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: PCP Wants Full Charge Up Front [Primary Care Physician]
Replies: 108
Views: 6944

Re: PCP Wants Full Charge Up Front [Primary Care Physician]

My own experience with doctor’s office reimbursement of prepaid amount was dismal. I was told to pay the required copay upfront even though the procedure was preventive and not subject to copay requirement. Well, I did not want to argue with them so I paid what they said to pay. After the insurance...
by scottgekko
Fri Jul 27, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Yet another "can I afford it"?
Replies: 42
Views: 4267

Re: Yet another "can I afford it"?

Sounds like there is some question regarding your ability to retire comfortably at 50 with the necessary amount of savings. If you go with a BMW or Tesla, you won't want to go back down to a Honda and that only adds to your expenses later on. You want a fun car that won't cause buyers remorse price-...
by scottgekko
Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Have you ever purchased a pricy musical instrument?
Replies: 82
Views: 4946

Re: Have you ever purchased a pricy musical instrument?

JupiterJones wrote:
Fri Jul 20, 2018 1:29 pm
scottgekko wrote:
Fri Jul 20, 2018 1:04 pm
Back in college I purchased an ice blue American Vintage re-issue '62 Fender Jaguar for about $1400. [...] I guess if I'm ever in dire straits it'll be handy to offload it for about $1600.
If you do ever find yourself in Dire Straits, you'll probably need all your guitars. :D
touche`
by scottgekko
Fri Jul 20, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good places to visit within 4-5 hr drive from Atlanta
Replies: 38
Views: 3219

Re: Good places to visit within 4-5 hr drive from Atlanta

As someone else mentioned, it's the south and August....go north. Chattanooga or Nashville would be great choices and hopefully a little cooler than the coast. Plenty to do for adults and children. Ruby Falls near Chattanooga would be a good choice as it's underground and 65 degrees year round...you...
by scottgekko
Fri Jul 20, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Have you ever purchased a pricy musical instrument?
Replies: 82
Views: 4946

Re: Have you ever purchased a pricy musical instrument?

I bought myself a Fender American Special Strat for apx $1000 for my birthday this year. It's fiesta red w/ mint green pickguard and anitqued pickups/knobs. Best playing guitar I've ever had. Back in college I purchased an ice blue American Vintage re-issue '62 Fender Jaguar for about $1400. I still...
by scottgekko
Wed Jul 18, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: suit shoe combo?
Replies: 49
Views: 3523

Re: suit shoe combo?

Eh....that style shoe is not right even for the sneaker/suit look. It would look like you just don't have a pair of dress shoes, not that you tried to be goofy or trendy. Grab a pair of red converse Chuck Taylor's and you have a winner....
by scottgekko
Tue Jul 17, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Accepted new job, immediately laid off at old one?
Replies: 37
Views: 6395

Re: Accepted new job, immediately laid off at old one?

I've always wished that would happen. About to put in your notice, but your current company beat you to it and offered you money to go away!? That sounds like a pretty sweet deal. You mentioned you got 10 weeks severance, so you're walking away with 8 weeks additional funds in your pocket and a 2 we...
by scottgekko
Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Getting married, car buying and apartment by myself?
Replies: 18
Views: 2866

Re: Getting married, car buying and apartment by myself?

Hi Bogleheads, Thank you for all your advice points. To address some broad concerns here: 1) my wife is going to be a stay at home person. This is due to various visa restrictions since she is from another country. 2) In my budget i haven't accounted for any expenses such as increased medical insur...
by scottgekko
Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Would you take a job in a less desirable city if you had to work fewer days?
Replies: 40
Views: 3368

Re: Would you take a job in a less desirable city if you had to work fewer days?

Would be interested in knowing if anyone has made a decision like this and how it turned out. I currently live in a big city (1.5 mil metro) with a lot of great activities and good weather, but need to work 5 days per week. I have the opportunity to take a job in a small city (400k metro) I don't r...
by scottgekko
Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contractor - Threatening Lien/Lawsuit
Replies: 55
Views: 7110

Re: Contractor - Threatening Lien/Lawsuit

Thank you all for the quick and very detailed replies! Just responding to a couple of the posted questions and providing additional detail: -I’m located in a suburb of Columbus, OH. -I have looked to see if this person has a license. At first glance, I’m not finding anything for him/his company. -I...
by scottgekko
Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Lost out on promotion
Replies: 104
Views: 11413

Re: Lost out on promotion

Can I go tell my boss that I feel used? He had already made up his mind about hiring Carlos. He used me to show to his colleagues that Carlos was chosen amongst multiple applicants. It was a sham interview. He said my interview went really well and my technical skills are unmatched, but he hasn't s...
by scottgekko
Tue Jun 26, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Family dynamics/in laws/am I being petty?
Replies: 143
Views: 8126

Re: Family dynamics/in laws/am I being petty?

As some others have mentioned you could just order more expensive meals or drinks to even it out. In my immediate family while no one is married the sibling always try to pay in full the check. Growing up my parents always fought with close friends and family to foot the entire bill. That is just w...