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by bad1bill
Mon May 25, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: If Jeep has such poor reliability, how come they are everywhere?
Replies: 174
Views: 13825

Re: If Jeep has such poor reliability, how come they are everywhere?

It IS a Jeep thing but you get off-road capability right off the bat. I bought a 97 Wrangler ( a "real" Jeep) 8 years ago and it has been one of my best purchases ever. I am an avid reader/believer of Consumer Reports and they regularly trash these things but it has brought me so much joy here in Co...
by bad1bill
Fri May 22, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Discarding Music CDs
Replies: 97
Views: 6895

Re: Discarding Music CDs

Rip them to MP3. Exact Audio Copy will rip to FLAC and Mp3 formats and it's free....For me, a high quality Mp3 works just fine. I like to 4wheel, mountain bike, ski etc. with my tunes blaring away and streaming ain't gonna work for that. There are certain old albums that I haven't been able to find ...
by bad1bill
Fri Apr 17, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Runners -Anyone use the old fashion Shoe Goo??
Replies: 30
Views: 1413

Re: Runners -Anyone use the old fashion Shoe Goo??

As mentioned above, if it's wear, replace the shoe. I used to love to run in the 70's, 80's and 90's but I think I ruined my knees because I ran in Target running shoes at first and then when I ran in good shoes, I didn't change them enough: I used Shoe Goo! Running is hard on the joints and the mon...
by bad1bill
Thu Feb 27, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Do you Exercise Indoors?
Replies: 127
Views: 9909

Re: How Do you Exercise Indoors?

Good for you for wanting to get going on an exercise program! You don't need a big investment to get started. I have, and use regularly, a rowing machine, a ski machine and the go-to is an old bike on a mag trainer with a bookholder mounted on the handlebars; I read magazines, the paper or watch vid...
by bad1bill
Thu Feb 20, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Guitar for a 45 year old beginner
Replies: 52
Views: 4041

Re: Guitar for a 45 year old beginner

I'm assuming you are talking acoustic. DON'T buy online or used if you are serious about learning and staying with it. There are some great Chinese-made guitars that are cheap but the key is in the setup (fret, nut and bridge work). A local shop will be able to make sure your guitar is properly setu...
by bad1bill
Tue Feb 18, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Perform own oil change pros & cons?
Replies: 224
Views: 11368

Re: Perform own oil change pros & cons?

Add another DIY'er. I can certainly afford (now, late in life) to take it somewhere but I've always done it myself and find it is satisfying, saves money and gives me a chance to actually look under the car(s) which means to top off/check other fluids and look for cracked hoses, missing clamps, etc....
by bad1bill
Thu Feb 13, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Having a baby in April 2020 - Whats your best financial advice for a new parent
Replies: 102
Views: 8333

Re: Having a baby in April 2020 - Whats your best financial advice for a new parent

Agree with all the pointers including adequate insurance. One caveat: research and buy a NEW highly-rated car seat ; get training on its installation. Many recalls and/or abuse have happened to used ones . Use it religiously. Upgrade to a booster seat WHEN APPROPRIATE. Be there for each other so no ...
by bad1bill
Wed Feb 12, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Hedonic Clock
Replies: 94
Views: 8204

Re: Hedonic Clock

And we did Peru, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu 2 years ago. Hiked, mountain biked and rode horses all around Olantaytumbo (incredible trip) and other places in the Valley including 2-day 25 mile overnight backpacking trip . Daughter and I did a backpacker-style trip from Cuzco to Lake Titicaca ...
by bad1bill
Wed Feb 12, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Hedonic Clock
Replies: 94
Views: 8204

Re: Hedonic Clock

I'm almost 69. I skied with my 30 YO son in 12" of powder last weekend and kept up just fine. I'm cat skiing in Canada in a month for the 7th year in a row. I just got back from a trip to Colombia where we walked 10 miles most days through Bogota, Medellin, and Tayrona NP. I mountain bike in the sum...
by bad1bill
Wed Feb 05, 2020 5:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Skiing Frugally
Replies: 45
Views: 4681

Re: Skiing Frugally

Echo many thoughts above and you have pretty much nailed it....”riding” is an awesome way to build strong family bonds and can certainly be done frugally. You don’t say where you live but in Colorado the basic Epic or Ikon Pass will serve you well... one caveat is arrive early or late to avoid traff...
by bad1bill
Thu Jan 30, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How does someone know whether they would enjoy being a manager?
Replies: 59
Views: 4351

Re: How does someone know whether they would enjoy being a manager?

I too am an introvert but made the decision early to move into management simply because of the money. I’m so glad I did. I have wavered in my decision over the years as my upper management has ebbed and flowed, but here in the twilight of my career I understand it was the best choice. I grew into l...
by bad1bill
Tue Jan 28, 2020 1:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dog repellent when biking
Replies: 63
Views: 3005

Re: Dog repellent when biking

Friend who bikes in the rural South always carries pepper spray...he believes it has saved his bacon MANY times.
by bad1bill
Sun Dec 29, 2019 12:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Skiing
Replies: 48
Views: 4705

Re: Skiing

Shorter skis certainly turn more quickly but ski width is a big factor as well. I echo the comments stressing boots as a primary purchase. And lessons are important if you want to progress rapidly. You don’t give much background like how far the nearest ski area is to you. You need a good “go to” sh...
by bad1bill
Tue Dec 10, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you subscribe to Consumer Reports?
Replies: 57
Views: 4034

Re: Do you subscribe to Consumer Reports?

My dad subscribed and I do too. As mentioned above, I continue to support them because they are beholden to no corporation although I don’t use them as much as I get older and buy less. I sense that they are struggling in the digital age (and agree the magazine alone is less useful than in the past)...
by bad1bill
Thu Dec 05, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ski gear for toddler
Replies: 37
Views: 2162

Re: Ski gear for toddler

Most importantly, you want them to come away with a love for snow sports. Be prepared to “waste” a ski day if you take them out yourself. Both my now-grown kids are expert snowboarders, but at that age a day meant, at best, a few runs. I found that about age 7 was the prime time for getting them inv...
by bad1bill
Fri Nov 22, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best car/car value ever!
Replies: 59
Views: 5499

Re: Best car/car value ever!

This summer I bought a 97 Land Cruiser with 238,000 miles. I drove it over 5 4wd passes (near Ouray) in one day and it performed like a champ. I expect it to go another 150,000. It was/is in pristine condition. There are problems with cars this age, though. One, the air bags have to be a bit suspect...
by bad1bill
Wed Oct 16, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car cover for vehicle parked outside during winter
Replies: 19
Views: 2297

Re: Car cover for vehicle parked outside during winter

Here in Colorado I have a 97 Wrangler that I cover from now until mid-May as I don't drive it in the winter. Over the past 10 years I've had 4 different covers that cost less than $100 each. Due to UV (I suspect) or maybe my cheapness, they last about 4 years maximum. One lasted barely a single year...
by bad1bill
Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Consumer Reports
Replies: 36
Views: 3927

Re: Consumer Reports

I got the habit from my Dad and have kept it up for many years even though I no longer use it as we have reached the stage where we no longer buy that much stuff. Unlike Amazon and Wirecutter, CR is beholden to no one and diligently attempts to review impartially and independently. While I do use Wi...
by bad1bill
Wed Aug 28, 2019 4:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A bike tour from Bolzano to Vienna (Link to Journal provided)
Replies: 21
Views: 2184

Re: A bike tour from Bolzano to Vienna

Dang, this sounds great! I read about many similar adventures on crazyguyonabike.com and suggest you post there as well and include pictures. I certainly want to cycle a similar path upon retirement. Buon viaggio! Aha, I followed your link above and see you posted on biketouringtips.com - will certa...
by bad1bill
Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Western CO Folks Here (Durango?)? - Would you Rec?
Replies: 41
Views: 3746

Re: Any Western CO Folks Here (Durango?)? - Would you Rec?

Housing costs are very high in Durango but it is a hip, happening place. Salida is certainly nice (close to Monarch skiing); Buena Vista also a happening place these days. I have a few friends who have relocated to Leadville as well although it's very cold there (10,000 feet) for my tastes. It still...
by bad1bill
Wed Aug 07, 2019 6:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: ways to stay a little cleaner during diy car maintenance
Replies: 39
Views: 2788

Re: ways to stay a little cleaner during diy car maintenance

I like "Invisible Glove" type products for greasy automotive/equipment jobs. I want the fine tactile control that gloves mask.

Also, in the garage I keep a rag box of old cotton t-shirts etc. for cleanup.
by bad1bill
Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Duty Free" shops at Airports
Replies: 44
Views: 4512

Re: "Duty Free" shops at Airports

I smoke a cigar every now and then and Cuban cigars are cheap without the taxes. Actually, the Frankfurt airport has some of the best prices I've found and I always pick up a box or 3 when I go through there; other airports seem higher. My only caution is that some Cubans can be substandard in quali...
by bad1bill
Sun Jul 28, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your Favorite [Travel Destination] on Earth: Where and Why?
Replies: 184
Views: 22284

Re: Your Favorite [Travel Destination] on Earth: Where and Why?

This week it's Durango, Silverton and Telluride via Ophir Pass....in my brand new 97
Land Cruiser. Just broken in at 230k miles!
by bad1bill
Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Going to switzerland this september-advice?
Replies: 30
Views: 2232

Re: Going to switzerland this september-advice?

In addition to 50% off the mountain railroads like the Jungfraubahn and Gornergrattbahn, the Swiss Rail Pass gives you access to numerous museums as well as bus services to off-the-beaten-path towns....
by bad1bill
Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you drive old cars for long distance travels?
Replies: 105
Views: 8487

Re: Do you drive old cars for long distance travels?

Just bought a 97 Land Cruiser with 230k miles (pristine condition, little old lady former owner) and plan to drive it 500+ miles this weekend. I plan on taking it four wheeling in the wilds/back mountain regions of Colorado all summer and on summer trips to Canada and Alaska in the next 2 years or s...
by bad1bill
Tue Jun 11, 2019 6:33 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The collapse of Neil Woodford
Replies: 27
Views: 5727

Re: The collapse of Neil Woodford

Valuethinker, thanks for the concise synopsis.....
by bad1bill
Tue Jun 11, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Luxembourg--worth visiting?
Replies: 31
Views: 2809

Re: Luxembourg--worth visiting?

It sounds like it's paid for by someone else so certainly go. Any excuse to experience Europe is good. Find a way to extend the trip (preferably on the back end, your friends will understand) to make it "worth" the hassle of traveling so far.
by bad1bill
Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trailer Camping while Skiing?
Replies: 14
Views: 1223

Re: Trailer Camping while Skiing?

Longtime Colorado skier here...I have to agree with the comments about drying out ski clothes, keeping boots warm, etc. especially with a group of 13. I'd suggest at least getting a single AirBnB for this purpose alone. If you were only 4, then maybe.... I think the bases have been mostly covered re...
by bad1bill
Wed May 29, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Its a Jeep thing?
Replies: 40
Views: 3737

Re: Its a Jeep thing?

Yes, It's a Jeep thing. I got bit by that bug six years ago when I bought a 97 TJ for a fun vehicle to drive here in Colorado. I had read the poor reviews etc. but figured what the heck. Now, I LOVE this car. I used to be anti-Jeep (I'm a mountain biker) but I can only exercise so much and after a 2...
by bad1bill
Thu May 09, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best practices - Car radio/CD player replacement
Replies: 13
Views: 985

Re: Best practices - Car radio/CD player replacement

I've replaced stock CD/radio players in a few vehicles. I highly recommend Crutchfield. My 2007 Highlander was difficult because I was tying it into the steering wheel controls. On a Saturday afternoon, a very patient, well-spoken man walked me through the connections and wiring problems I was havin...
by bad1bill
Mon Apr 22, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Exchange Vanguard Admiral for Investor- capital gains?
Replies: 16
Views: 1079

Re: Exchange Vanguard Admiral for Investor- capital gains?

Thanks to you all for the rapid responses; I'll ask Vanguard about the downgrade. Laughed at the response about "effing it up" so I hope its not true. To answer questions, it's VGHAX and I haven't bought any in a long time nor am I reinvesting dividends. I bought it before I discovered the Boglehead...
by bad1bill
Mon Apr 22, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Exchange Vanguard Admiral for Investor- capital gains?
Replies: 16
Views: 1079

Exchange Vanguard Admiral for Investor- capital gains?

Greetings- I am trying to simplify all my investments into a single Fidelity account. Things are going well except for a joint account at Vanguard where we hold Admiral shares of the Healthcare fund. We cannot move the Admiral shares to Fidelity, only Investor shares. My question (and I am assuming ...
by bad1bill
Tue Feb 19, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips/suggestions for skiing out west?
Replies: 46
Views: 3183

Re: Tips/suggestions for skiing out west?

Loveland and (recently announced) Breckenridge also open in April; due to elevation, general snow conditions tend to be best at A-Basin. Breck lodging should also be cheap in April and it's a cute town...
by bad1bill
Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips/suggestions for skiing out west?
Replies: 46
Views: 3183

Re: Tips/suggestions for skiing out west?

Colorado guy here- A-Basin is the place to go in April. And you can certainly do it cheaply. Tix on Liftopia for $50 each. AirBnB for dirt cheap in Dillon, Frisco etc. Or Keystone resort. Yes, weather is iffy but Denver is an hour away. Georgetown, Golden, Boulder also close for day trips if it's re...
by bad1bill
Sat Jan 19, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bicycling trip along the French Riviera
Replies: 13
Views: 855

Re: Bicycling trip along the French Riviera

Visit crazyguyonabike.com and search for Nice France and then start perusing.

Great info on bike trips all over the world for all types of cyclists.....