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by oldlongbeard
Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Protection Against Home Intruders
Replies: 387
Views: 27066

Re: Protection Against Home Intruders

An old, nosy neighbor who never goes away. They can be a pain, but are the cheapest security system, and maybe most effective. 😬
by oldlongbeard
Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you buy plastic bags for your home trash bins?
Replies: 99
Views: 7081

Re: Do you buy plastic bags for your home trash bins?

F150HD wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 8:36 pm
If this is all any of us need to worry about, we're pretty damn lucky.
Truthbomb^
by oldlongbeard
Mon Feb 03, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Books that changed your life
Replies: 146
Views: 10561

Re: Books that changed your life

Atlas Shrugged. Your Money or Your Life. Reading "The Economist" mag and WSJ over the last several years has made me overall more reluctant to invest in emerging markets. Not that USA, European markets in general do not have corruption in government (LOL), but the regularity (.....almost to the poin...
by oldlongbeard
Tue Jan 28, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Current favorite play money stocks.
Replies: 8
Views: 508

Re: Current favorite play money stocks.

F, GE, DOC, YOLO, ANGL
by oldlongbeard
Fri Jan 10, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Firm mattress recommendations
Replies: 37
Views: 2144

Re: Firm mattress recommendations

Sleep number..... adjust to suit. Happy customer for 13 years.
by oldlongbeard
Wed Nov 13, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Snow tires
Replies: 54
Views: 4217

Re: Snow tires

Nokian tyres are orders of magnitude better than the competitors. Buy them, and come back and tell me I was wrong.
by oldlongbeard
Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you buy a Galaxy S9 now?
Replies: 31
Views: 2067

Re: Would you buy a Galaxy S9 now?

Pixel 3a. The camera alone is worth it. I call it my dream point and shoot camera that happens to have a phone attached. It just got better again, too. No contest in actual pics Vs Samsung. And I like Samsung products generally.
by oldlongbeard
Wed Oct 02, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: E-Trade joins the party $0 commission
Replies: 37
Views: 3786

Re: E-Trade joins the party $0 commission

".....Here, Fido...."
by oldlongbeard
Wed Oct 02, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Eldercare financial planning
Replies: 5
Views: 576

Re: Eldercare financial planning

Call Probate Registrar for your County. Explain in 15 seconds your situ. Ask who they would call in your shoes. Sorry for your family. Folks always SAY we take health for granted. That didn't sink in for m...... until it did.
Best to you,
Greg in West Mitten
by oldlongbeard
Wed Oct 02, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Question about calling around for car insurance quotes
Replies: 17
Views: 1494

Re: Question about calling around for car insurance quotes

.... insurance can go back as far as they wish to determine risk. ...at least for claims. We live in the "country", and have had our share of claims on comp from hitting deer/turkeys, glass breaks from stones, etc. I called around, and one company wouldn't write a policy for us, as we had too many c...
by oldlongbeard
Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How often do you receive out-of-sequence pay bumps?
Replies: 56
Views: 3540

Re: How often do you receive out-of-sequence pay bumps?

Never. But, my pay is ok, and bonuses help. Hopefully those keep coming. Job security is worth a lot as well. $ isn't everything, although it beats whatever is in second place by a country mile.
by oldlongbeard
Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Battery powered lawn mower
Replies: 54
Views: 3718

Re: Battery powered lawn mower

+1 on comments about Ego mower. My 56Volt is the first mower I have ever been happy I spent the $ on. I've been mowing for 44 years. Never buy another gasoline mower.
by oldlongbeard
Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dishwasher Fiasco
Replies: 52
Views: 3608

Re: Dishwasher Fiasco

All these replies, and not ONE warning to be sure POWER IS OFF to said circuit before doing ANYTHING. More people are killed working with 120 than 240 volt circuits. If YOU screw it up, and it causes a fire, your homeowners insurance will NOT pay. Think long and hard about the couple hundred bucks i...
by oldlongbeard
Sun Aug 11, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Condo pool requires having an attendent on duty
Replies: 25
Views: 3317

Re: Condo pool requires having an attendent on duty

HOA rules don't need to make any sense. ....and may need to be followed. Want changes? Get on the board.
by oldlongbeard
Tue Aug 06, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "When Will Smart Beta Be Smart?"
Replies: 28
Views: 2278

Re: "When Will Smart Beta Be Smart?"

If you're paying $3 for smart water, it's not working. Smart Beta....are they the little fish we can't keep alive??
by oldlongbeard
Tue Aug 06, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Prime - Value?
Replies: 114
Views: 11838

Re: Amazon Prime - Value?

I had 2 packages late in the last couple of weeks. I also had one never arrive and had to contact them 5 times to get a refund (for 10 days they said it was on its way). They still say it shipped though the tracking number shows that USPS never got it. I won't be renewing my Prime. I also think it ...
by oldlongbeard
Mon Jul 22, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Subaru Outback Engine Offering for 2020
Replies: 45
Views: 5361

Re: New Subaru Outback Engine Offering for 2020

One thing that will never change with a subaru...an engine that leaks and head gaskets that need replaced. We're trying to squeeze another year or two out of our forester before we get rid of it. Except it has changed, almost a full decade ago. It got somewhat better after 2007, and the 2011 Imprez...
by oldlongbeard
Mon Jul 22, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whole Bean Coffee: Worth the effort?
Replies: 90
Views: 5984

Re: Whole Bean Coffee: Worth the effort?

....Do you like fresh corn on the cob, or the canned corn better?

I like fresh better.
YMMV

Greg in West Mitten
by oldlongbeard
Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Assisted Living Money Decision
Replies: 21
Views: 2011

Re: Assisted Living Money Decision

Mom should REALLY consult with a certified Eldercare attorney in her State. AL may be fine for now but dad may need Skilled Nursing in the future. There are ways for spouses to legally shift assets so that the institutionalized spouse qualifies for Medicaid if needed. I know that he doesn't need Me...
by oldlongbeard
Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Automatic Watches
Replies: 92
Views: 7213

Re: Automatic Watches

It takes merely 2 seconds to pull the stem and adjust a watch back or forward by a couple of minutes every couple of weeks. Not really a big deal. If this is a big deal for you perhaps consider solar. Have you looked at Solar powered watches? No need to change a battery or worry about drift. Citize...
by oldlongbeard
Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: anyone in the market for a lawn tractor?
Replies: 31
Views: 2246

Re: anyone in the market for a lawn tractor?

Curious if anyone will pipe-in with any experiences with a rechargeable rider. I just bought an Ego push mower, and it's great so far. Nice to hear birds chirping while mowing, and NOT needing ear protection. Bet the neighbors like it, too ;-).

Greg in West Mitten
by oldlongbeard
Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which shaving cream / oil?
Replies: 58
Views: 4630

Re: Which shaving cream / oil?

dm200 wrote:
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:34 am
I have a light beard. I just shave each morning in the shower using regular soap.
+1, using pink disposable Bic razors marketed to ladies.
by oldlongbeard
Mon May 27, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Would you keep this rental? Bay Area
Replies: 28
Views: 2439

Re: Would you keep this rental? Bay Area

$200 per month for the hassle of renters? You’re on repair from wiping out your profit each year. Sell and invest the proceeds. You can buy back in if you ever want to move back with your bigger portfolio. Or not because life will have changed but you’ll be $300k to the better in the net worth colu...
by oldlongbeard
Mon May 27, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Google, Alexa house: need house alarm guidance!
Replies: 10
Views: 726

Re: Google, Alexa house: need house alarm guidance!

Yup....Nest has pretty much flown the coop. I would look elsewhere.
Greg in West Mitten
by oldlongbeard
Tue May 21, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Very High Net Worth, elite private or “good” public
Replies: 278
Views: 20175

Re: Very High Net Worth, elite private or “good” public

Send one to private, one to public. Split the third after elementary. Let us know who is more successful in 30 years. Then you'll know which decision was right. - - - You're right. There is no way to predict it. Nor any way to look back in 30 years, and say it made a difference. Chill out. Encourage...
by oldlongbeard
Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Want to see a concert! Ideas?
Replies: 50
Views: 3109

Re: Want to see a concert! Ideas?

Kiter wrote:
Fri Mar 29, 2019 6:12 pm
Andre Bocelli Dec.15th 2019
+1
by oldlongbeard
Fri Mar 22, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Finance Books sequence
Replies: 14
Views: 1069

Re: Finance Books sequence

If you are saving for retirement, my advice would be to start with "The Millionaire Next Door", for the simple reason that the number one driver of your financial success will be living below your means. For wealth accumulators the most important factor is their savings rate: the investment decisio...
by oldlongbeard
Fri Mar 22, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Old Laptop - Keeps Freezing - Help!
Replies: 21
Views: 1287

Re: Old Laptop - Keeps Freezing - Help!

https://mxlinux.org/

Download distro above, run as a live distro from DVD, to recover any files you would like to keep-- on EXTERNAL media, of course. Then, re-partition HD, and install MX ..... continue to use your laptop, and actually enjoy it again. All for a little time.
by oldlongbeard
Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Bright daughter wants to work for nonprofit
Replies: 103
Views: 9069

Re: Bright daughter wants to work for nonprofit

Daughter is 3 years out of college. Very bright. Graduated from a top college in Business. CPA. She has been with 3 companies and did well in all. Companies loved her. She has a very bright future. However, she recently decided that she wants to work for a nonprofit. She was upfront with her curren...
by oldlongbeard
Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: lawn care cost
Replies: 70
Views: 7076

Re: lawn care cost

Some people pay for a gym membership. I keep that money, and mow my lawn.... and keep that mowing money, too. Works out to WAY more per hour than I make at my "real" job ;-)..... as long as I am able to. Of course, being in West Mitten, our mowing season is fairly short.

Frugal One
by oldlongbeard
Mon Dec 24, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Now is the time to REJOICE!
Replies: 102
Views: 12471

Re: Now is the time to REJOICE!

For $2,500 you too can be an expert on CNBC and pump your views on the economy, interest rates or whatever you feel like. Whenever you see someone sitting behind a huge banner with their company logo splashed all over it, it's a dead giveaway they've paid to be on TV. There are many other sources f...
by oldlongbeard
Fri Dec 21, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Considering living with Mother in law (MIL)
Replies: 34
Views: 3896

Re: Considering living with Mother in law (MIL)

Shallowpockets wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 1:58 pm
Ybsybs wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 1:42 pm
Please don't do this to yourselves.

If you do it, I hope it works out for you.

My personal experience with eldercare is that it gets more and more draining and more and more thankless as time goes on and the elder's health and capacity for gratitude diminishes.
+1
+2
+3
+4
by oldlongbeard
Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MIL looking for a large "luxury" sedan
Replies: 51
Views: 5419

Re: MIL looking for a large "luxury" sedan

Nice Volvo S90 hits top end of your used budget. Might be worth a look.
by oldlongbeard
Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lap top recommendation
Replies: 42
Views: 2356

Re: Lap top recommendation

Well, if it were me, I would check out this Dell Refurb Website for the refurb ultraportable laptops. These are generally a few years old, allegedly returned to Dell by companies when the lease expires. However, I have bought maybe a dozen refurbs from here, and they all ship to me appearing to be ...
by oldlongbeard
Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Old Windows 8 PC and Windows Defender
Replies: 16
Views: 1064

Re: Old Windows 8 PC and Windows Defender

Those old machines are really fun with Puppy Linux, or MXLinux. Save your data off first, and give them a run. I've converted many boat anchors into VERY usable machines using these distros. It's not difficult any more.
Regards,Greg
by oldlongbeard
Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Volkswagen Reliability
Replies: 102
Views: 6400

Re: Volkswagen Reliability

I owned a 2012 Passat SE TDI and drove it for 120k miles before selling it back to VW post-dieselgate scandal. For the most part it was reliable. Specific issues I remembered owning it: 1) Some temp sensor that got fried when the DPF regen failed to kick in: $900 2) Transmission went out at 120k. Q...
by oldlongbeard
Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Volkswagen Reliability
Replies: 102
Views: 6400

Re: Volkswagen Reliability

So you're OK buying a car from a company that plead guilty to violating the US Clean Air Act and paid more $4B in fines? Why, because you like the "style" of the car? I'd think about supporting companies that are innovative, build high quality products, and know how to obey the law. It's all about ...
by oldlongbeard
Wed Dec 12, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Volkswagen Reliability
Replies: 102
Views: 6400

Re: Volkswagen Reliability

So obviously it's too early to know the 10 year reliability of 2010+ model cars. That said, we had 2 different 2013 TDI's, both sold back this year due to the scandal. Different engine than the GTIs, but otherwise many of the same components. Both performed great, no issues to speak of. Friends wit...
by oldlongbeard
Wed Dec 12, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Volkswagen Reliability
Replies: 102
Views: 6400

Re: Volkswagen Reliability

So obviously it's too early to know the 10 year reliability of 2010+ model cars. That said, we had 2 different 2013 TDI's, both sold back this year due to the scandal. Different engine than the GTIs, but otherwise many of the same components. Both performed great, no issues to speak of. Friends wit...
by oldlongbeard
Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need recommendation for new washing machine
Replies: 47
Views: 3911

Re: Need recommendation for new washing machine

You're probably not going to like this answer, but it's what I believe to be the best advice I can give: Do not buy a new washing machine. Keep your eye on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, or whatever online local sales site you prefer and buy a used washer that's in good condition. They're easy t...
by oldlongbeard
Sun Dec 02, 2018 6:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Window condensation
Replies: 15
Views: 2236

Re: Window condensation

A ceiling fan running on low in your MBR 24/7 can make a dramatic difference. The aluminum frames are 99% of the reason for the condensation. It’s just physics. I live in the Mitten......our homes are DRY in the winter as the forced air heat, and dry outside air are a double-whammy. The builder-grad...
by oldlongbeard
Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Winter boot recommendation
Replies: 34
Views: 3713

Re: Winter boot recommendation

bltkmt wrote:
Thu Nov 29, 2018 3:14 pm
+1 on Keens boots.
+2 on Keens
by oldlongbeard
Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for a car that can handle a long commute, any suggestions?
Replies: 74
Views: 5728

Re: Looking for a car that can handle a long commute, any suggestions?

I would look into a VW Jetta or Passat TDI. If you look into the decisions handed down by USA courts, the boilerplate wording in the warranty VW was forced to supply is pretty neat....for me. My 2015 TDI Passat has nearly every major component under complete warranty for 12 years, or 162,000 Miles. ...
by oldlongbeard
Tue Nov 20, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for Home Printer
Replies: 41
Views: 2377

Re: Recommendations for Home Printer

PFInterest wrote:
Tue Nov 20, 2018 10:28 am
brother. end of list.
+whatever next number is.
by oldlongbeard
Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5272
Views: 1333975

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

“The Free State of Jones” on Netflix. Good story, well told.
by oldlongbeard
Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Point and shoot camera
Replies: 130
Views: 7304

Re: Point and shoot camera

My old Nikon CoolPix just died, aged about 15 years. I need a new camera - yes, I know my phone takes pictures and it's gotten me some surprisingly good ones, but I want a camera. I am no photographer so a point and shoot will do just fine. Did a scan of the offerings on eBay and Amazon and don't u...
by oldlongbeard
Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 4611
Views: 887701

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

2% into my IRA with Fidelity card. KISS principle.