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by five2one
Sat Nov 14, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Health/Exercise Fitness Monitors?
Replies: 16
Views: 1027

Re: Health/Exercise Fitness Monitors?

I use garmin watches and prefer their fenix/tactix line. I am heavy into health and fitness which demands detailed info to improve performance.

I wear mine 24hrs a day and it track equipment stats also along with regular smart watch functions. Average battery life is over a week.
by five2one
Mon Oct 26, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for a fitness watch...
Replies: 25
Views: 1805

Re: Looking for a fitness watch...

Garmin is my go to fitness watch and turned onto them after I broke multiple G-shocks and timex; cracked the display or unable to replace battery. I have had a Tactix Bravo, replaced by a Tactix Charlie when my Bravo locked up after 3 years and lots of military thrashing. Also have a fenix 6 series ...
by five2one
Sat Oct 24, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Protein consumption strength training
Replies: 80
Views: 4574

Re: Protein consumption strength training

Let me add a contrarian note. From what I've heard anyone on a typical American diet gets plenty of protein. I once ran 80 miles per week training for a marathon on a largely vegetarian diet with no supplements and easily completed the race in 3 hr. A couple things to think about, especially for a ...
by five2one
Sat Oct 24, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Protein consumption strength training
Replies: 80
Views: 4574

Re: Protein consumption strength training

The association of increased animal protein intake with increased risk of malignancy is why we select vegan based protein powders. I recall some data indicating timing of protein consumption within an hour of resistance training to be favorable so this is the approach we take. I disagree on suprema...
by five2one
Sat Oct 24, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New smoker recommendation?
Replies: 103
Views: 6918

Re: New smoker recommendation?

If anyone is considering a cheap, electric Masterbuilt smoker to get into smoking, DON'T do it. Mine won't light the chips, so I have to manually light a few chips on fire in the tray before putting them in the smoker in order to get the other chips smoking. I've talked to Masterbuilt, and they are...
by five2one
Sat Oct 24, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New smoker recommendation?
Replies: 103
Views: 6918

Re: New smoker recommendation?

A BGE or Kamado Joe are excellent. But they are also a bit of a lifestyle as much as a grill/smoker. I have a BGE XL. Be aware that these grills are very heavy and require support. Mine lives under a 17' x 17' roof built for it. You also need a fair amount of room to store lump charcoal. In additio...
by five2one
Sat Oct 24, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Protein consumption strength training
Replies: 80
Views: 4574

Re: Protein consumption strength training

My diet is based on the following: 1 gram of protein per pound of desired body weight All the fruits and vegetables I want Enough carbs to prevent the mid-day crash Ideally, no caffeine after 4pm....ideally. I try to front load most of the carbs for breakfast unless I'm loading up for an upcoming ev...
by five2one
Wed Oct 21, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New/CPO car discounts? Suburban/Expedition/Yukon
Replies: 19
Views: 1503

Re: New/CPO car discounts? Suburban/Expedition/Yukon

Not enough to impact prices vs KBB. I monitored inventories for a year and started probing dealers once inside 30days. I knew they all keep contact records so used that once arrived as they didnt try silly games. There were 10 options with 1hr drive and I rank ordered them but ended buying my top ch...
by five2one
Wed Oct 21, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New smoker recommendation?
Replies: 103
Views: 6918

Re: New smoker recommendation?

Just smoked 30lb brisket this past weekend on my 22” weber premium deluxe; 18hr overnight cook plus rested for two hours. Next time I can try resting more as it was plenty hot. My setup: Fireboard controller BBQ guru pitbull fan These two made the biggest difference on high quality and easier cooks....
by five2one
Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New/CPO car discounts? Suburban/Expedition/Yukon
Replies: 19
Views: 1503

Re: New/CPO car discounts? Suburban/Expedition/Yukon

Brief update. We ended up going with a 2017 Yukon XL and the family absolutely loves it. Call me crazy but it is a completely improved platform from the traverse. Plenty of space for everyone, everything, stupid amounts of power, and very quiet ride. Surprisingly, the 6.2 gets good economy when I ba...
by five2one
Sun Jul 05, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pull-ups and Push-ups
Replies: 572
Views: 149239

Re: Pull-ups and Push-ups

It's nearly impossible to add muscle to legs just by doing bodyweight squats once you've already trained properly with weights for years. Same can be said for nearly every muscle group. This is the longest layoff from weights I've had in 20 years and I've lost a good amount of muscle despite a high...
by five2one
Sun Jul 05, 2020 7:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New/CPO car discounts? Suburban/Expedition/Yukon
Replies: 19
Views: 1503

Re: New/CPO car discounts? Suburban/Expedition/Yukon

I am in the market for a full size SUV in the next couple months and curious what folks are seeing for dealer mark downs beyond the sticker. It will be a Suburban/Yukon XL or Expedition Max but dealers are keeping their cards close. I'm very tempted to offer an insultingly low price to see if they ...
by five2one
Sun Jul 05, 2020 7:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pull-ups and Push-ups
Replies: 572
Views: 149239

Re: Pull-ups and Push-ups

Herschel Walker, the greatest college running back in history, only did bodyweight exercises. His family couldn’t afford weights so he worked with what he had. I have only done body weight exercises for years. I can do 15 pull-ups 10 arm push-ups with my hand behind my back. Body weight exercises h...
by five2one
Fri Jul 03, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New/CPO car discounts? Suburban/Expedition/Yukon
Replies: 19
Views: 1503

New/CPO car discounts? Suburban/Expedition/Yukon

I am in the market for a full size SUV in the next couple months and curious what folks are seeing for dealer mark downs beyond the sticker. It will be a Suburban/Yukon XL or Expedition Max but dealers are keeping their cards close. I'm very tempted to offer an insultingly low price to see if they b...
by five2one
Mon May 04, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Considering getting an espresso maker - thoughts?
Replies: 52
Views: 3386

Re: Considering getting an espresso maker - thoughts?

Before you go all in, buy an inexpensive box store to see if you want the hassle.
Wal-mart is great for these try small fail small purchases.
by five2one
Mon May 04, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best [BBQ grill] for the money?
Replies: 94
Views: 6797

Re: Best [BBQ grill] for the money?

I have the Weber performer deluxe and it flat kicks ass.

I can have coals ready in ten minutes, can smoke four racks of ribs at once, can do awesome wings, smoke anything, etc.
Not to mention the standard grill food along with wood smoke.

They last forever.
by five2one
Sat Apr 11, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Military retirement: Identifying a 2nd career
Replies: 13
Views: 1057

Military retirement: Identifying a 2nd career

Bear with me as I navigate my transition into a second career; I will retire in 2 years at 44 from the military after 26 years; I'm a Lieutenant Colonel. A friend recommended I look into risk management as a second career so let me provide some background and my thoughts for perspective; I really ap...
by five2one
Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My treadmill broke. Now what?
Replies: 36
Views: 1949

Re: My treadmill broke. Now what?

I recommend a road. I really don't like exercising outside. I'm quite self conscious about both my weight and my stamina (the idea of others seeing me walk when I should be jogging bothers me greatly). Whatever I do has to be in the comfort of my own basement. I also find exercising deadly boring. ...
by five2one
Sun Mar 01, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Pistol Safe (And What To Put In It)
Replies: 45
Views: 3098

Re: Home Pistol Safe

I use mechanical push button safes/lock box for my house gun. They are simple, no batteries, and I can work it in the dark. Any lock is just a time delay for the advanced thief. Good home security is based on having layers of security in your home. If you are worried about kids then you need to educ...
by five2one
Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to prevent shoe creases?
Replies: 18
Views: 2214

Re: How to prevent shoe creases?

^^^ This is good advice. For my leather shoes, they are stored with shoe trees, polished regularly, and I have sufficient quantity to rotate them daily. My formula is one style basically requires at least two pairs depending on level of work to allow them to air out. Some styles have three different...
by five2one
Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What workout equipment to get?
Replies: 63
Views: 5650

Re: What workout equipment to get?

Before you buy equipment, what are your goals? I am a serious exercise enthusiast and have used a broad variety of programs from no equipment with just body weight, to include yoga, all the way to needing a fully equipped professional gym. I prefer a gym plus outdoor exercise but this is more that j...
by five2one
Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Portable Music for Exercise
Replies: 13
Views: 1336

Re: Portable Music for Exercise

On another note regarding carrying your electronic devices and keys for a hike, check out the flip belt. It is an elastic tube of fabric with slots to hold your phone, cards, etc. inside the tube that goes around your waist. Once you load it up, you flip the belt so the slots are against your body, ...
by five2one
Fri Oct 11, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Managing the pressure?
Replies: 20
Views: 5126

Re: Managing the pressure?

Been a while since I logged on and saw this thread pop back up and smiled for a variety of reasons. Some of the advice had merits but most was not useful. I'll circle back for an update to help other internet searchers seeking to collect their thoughts and refine their leadership style. My daily act...
by five2one
Fri Oct 11, 2019 8:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to help niece improve her driving
Replies: 94
Views: 6853

Re: How to help niece improve her driving

Sounds crazy but there are tons of “racing” classes and emergency vehicle operations classes throughout the US. I know many people who have started their children on go kart classes prior to driving at 16 then sent them to the EVOC classes and racing classes. She is too old for the go kart classes ...
by five2one
Fri Aug 02, 2019 11:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Managing the pressure?
Replies: 20
Views: 5126

Managing the pressure?

I have begun a new job in a high visibility environment working with the organizations senior leaders. Previously, I was more focused on delivering a product or managing a relatively small process in a sub organization about 3 layers down. Now I am more about working with the senior leaders to manag...
by five2one
Sat Jul 27, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Weed clearing: Landlord vs. tenant responsibility?
Replies: 50
Views: 4955

Re: Weed clearing: Landlord vs. tenant responsibility?

Why is this becoming "a thing"? It is extremely simple. ASSuming the lease is written properly for state and local laws, the tenant is either responsible or the landlord or somewhere in between. If you want to dip your toes in the issues then have at it but no complaining when you drown......
by five2one
Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Automobile air conditioning strategy
Replies: 21
Views: 2466

Re: Automobile air conditioning strategy

Biggest help for A/C and heat is remote start.

Wasting fuel? Sure, if you run it for 2 hrs before getting in.
by five2one
Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DIY Auto repairs
Replies: 46
Views: 2978

Re: DIY Auto repairs

I started at 15 with a haynes manual, meticulous notes, and gradual progression before the internet. I still have the manuals but I also carry my ipad for references and phone for pictures. My logic is if I break it then it is going to mechanic anyways. Take your time and a tasty beverage always hel...
by five2one
Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Swimming, do you? Advice sought.
Replies: 91
Views: 9404

Re: Swimming, do you? Advice sought.

I cheat when I swim and use my dive mask and snorkel. as I swim for endurance and don't focus on breathing too hard as the snorkel allows me freedom. Try center mount snorkel. It does wonders. Never tried them, I just use my dive gear kit as it is very comfy...has a tongue rest, dual blow out valve...
by five2one
Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Swimming, do you? Advice sought.
Replies: 91
Views: 9404

Re: Swimming, do you? Advice sought.

I cheat when I swim and use my dive mask and snorkel. as I swim for endurance and don't focus on breathing too hard as the snorkel allows me freedom. I would not recommend a snorkel. You lose a lot of the endurance, aerobic and relaxation benefits from Breathing in the water. Endurance? I can swim ...
by five2one
Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Swimming, do you? Advice sought.
Replies: 91
Views: 9404

Re: Swimming, do you? Advice sought.

I cheat when I swim and use my dive mask and snorkel. as I swim for endurance and don't focus on breathing too hard as the snorkel allows me freedom. I bought a snorkel but found it awkward. I felt a fair amount of resistance, it took lots of effort to breathe and increased my sense of panic. How d...
by five2one
Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Defensive driving course
Replies: 9
Views: 1444

Re: Defensive driving course

If your aim is lower insurance compliance then I don't know. If your aim is actual defensive driving course, then I can help you. Look for military training type courses with skid pads, slalom, etc. I took some for my job and makes a world of difference. When my kids get older, I will go rent a stic...
by five2one
Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Swimming, do you? Advice sought.
Replies: 91
Views: 9404

Re: Swimming, do you? Advice sought.

I cheat when I swim and use my dive mask and snorkel. as I swim for endurance and don't focus on breathing too hard as the snorkel allows me freedom.
by five2one
Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Another MBA question: Military transition
Replies: 7
Views: 526

Another MBA question: Military transition

Planning for my post military life and exploring MBAs to improve business savvy. I’m considering Kansas University as it is local to me and looks like a good value. I’m a combat arms officer (artillery) and would be a O-5 so a bit older at about 45. It would be my second masters with my first being ...
by five2one
Sat Jan 26, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do you ever feel overpaid?
Replies: 72
Views: 5070

Re: Do you ever feel overpaid?

Nope. My perspective is I'm not paid for my quantity of knowledge/skills/muscles, I'm paid for how fast I can apply those solve problems with few problems reoccurring. Some days that means I don't have many problems so I focus on organizing my own personal stuff (calendar, to do list, etc.). Some da...
by five2one
Sat Jan 26, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Finding a House Cleaning Service
Replies: 5
Views: 570

Re: Finding a House Cleaning Service

This is going to sound silly but after doing all the planning, we chose to stay away. Too many uncontrolled variables and lots of stories of decreasing quality over time. We bought better cleaning supplies (shark vacuum for starters) and got the kids on board and much easier. If this was a vacation ...
by five2one
Sat Jan 26, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Home Computer of Some Kind
Replies: 40
Views: 2610

Re: New Home Computer of Some Kind

I have a macbook for myself and the wife uses my windows desktop. That said, here next computer will be a mac. I'm very computer savy and apple products are just easier to deal with. Are they perfect? Is anything? When I have a problem, the apple repair blows everyone else out of the water. Even whe...
by five2one
Fri Jan 25, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good camping blogs or forums?
Replies: 12
Views: 1154

Re: Good camping blogs or forums?

My preference is expedition portal.
by five2one
Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: External Hard Drive?
Replies: 71
Views: 4643

Re: External Hard Drive?

OP, remember that ALL hard drives, flash drives, etc. WILL fail. The question is not IF but WHEN. Therefore, I use multiple hard drives & flash drives for my data. Connected to my computer, it takes very little time to sync to all drives. I got my hard drives from old computers then added an ext...
by five2one
Tue Jan 22, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gas station prices and quality
Replies: 116
Views: 15946

Re: Gas station prices and quality

Outside of a modern high performance engine, the brand of fuel and octane doesn't matter. If possible, avoid ethanol but that varies per engine. If you are that concerned, you can add some additives to clean out the engine. I occasionally run seafoam through all my engines, even small ones. The big...
by five2one
Tue Jan 22, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help needed: wife seeking new job to escape megacorp hell
Replies: 58
Views: 6148

Re: Help needed: wife seeking new job to escape megacorp hell

One of the tagwords in tech right now is "customer success". Anybody who has customer-facing roles should have this in their job title or include it somewhere in their resume. My wife works in IT data security, technically her job title is customer success manager, but she's a salesperson...
by five2one
Mon Jan 21, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Grocery shopping strategy
Replies: 146
Views: 11067

Re: Grocery shopping strategy

Majority of our items come from costco for a family of 5 while milk & eggs are wal-mart (cheaper).
by five2one
Mon Jan 21, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard?
Replies: 41
Views: 4506

Re: Vanguard?

Do they offer financial advisor services?

I know enough to know that I'm not a professional on picking funds.
While I'm currently happy with my current advisor, always looking.
by five2one
Mon Jan 21, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 1980s Vacuums vs Today
Replies: 27
Views: 3017

Re: 1980s Vacuums vs Today

I had a kirby growing up and we have a shark now.

I can't say the kirby was better at cleaning but it also could be used as a crowbar if needed.
by five2one
Mon Jan 21, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gas station prices and quality
Replies: 116
Views: 15946

Re: Gas station prices and quality

Outside of a modern high performance engine, the brand of fuel and octane doesn't matter. If possible, avoid ethanol but that varies per engine. If you are that concerned, you can add some additives to clean out the engine. I occasionally run seafoam through all my engines, even small ones. The bigg...
by five2one
Mon Jan 21, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard?
Replies: 41
Views: 4506

Vanguard?

Continuing to evaluate my investments and the longer I'm on this site I see Vanguard is highly rated. I understand the Jack Bogle history of the company but what makes them currently competitive? I am updating my accounts and relooking a couple things as I become debt free with sale of my house turn...
by five2one
Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Evaluating Job Offer - Longer Commute
Replies: 63
Views: 4608

Re: Evaluating Job Offer - Longer Commute

At my current job, I cannot do any other work. Any other income has to be approved by the company. What? Can you explain this? From my perspective, a job change requires more money, improved quality of life, or title. I don't see any of those in your statements. Lot's of employers are concerned wit...
by five2one
Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Internet filtering for kids
Replies: 9
Views: 396

Re: Internet filtering for kids

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by five2one
Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Evaluating Job Offer - Longer Commute
Replies: 63
Views: 4608

Re: Evaluating Job Offer - Longer Commute

Broadway2018 wrote: Sun Jan 20, 2019 2:46 pm At my current job, I cannot do any other work. Any other income has to be approved by the company.
What? Can you explain this?

From my perspective, a job change requires more money, improved quality of life, or title.
I don't see any of those in your statements.
by five2one
Sun Jan 20, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Internet filtering for kids
Replies: 9
Views: 396

Re: Internet filtering for kids

A couple questions: Apple or Mac? Are you trying to restrict access online or eliminate search results from appearing? What browsers are you using? I presume google is the search engine? With my mac & PC using safari, explorer, and chrome I can research access and google usually requires a login...