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by Kagord
Sat Jul 04, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fun topic: options in/around Santa Barbara
Replies: 31
Views: 1906

Re: Fun topic: options in/around Santa Barbara

For a pretty good Mexican restaurant that isn't so touristy to satisfy hunger from a long day of house hunting, Los Agaves in Santa Barbara is pretty good and reasonable for lunch or dinner.
by Kagord
Sat Jul 04, 2020 6:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Risk with a malfunctioned fuel gauge
Replies: 50
Views: 1905

Re: Risk with a malfunctioned fuel gauge

Posting on BH asking about the safety issues of a, most likely mal-functioning fuel sending unit, isn't going to yield you anything except extremely common gut checks that avoids the question you are asking, like use the trip meter or add a fuel additive to try and fix. Some cars run emissions tests...
by Kagord
Thu Jul 02, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thought about buying a small motor home, but the market is crazy
Replies: 73
Views: 4675

Re: Thought about buying a small motor home, but the market is crazy

Buy a monohull cruising sailboat instead, there's a plethora of them used available for dirt cheap.
by Kagord
Thu Jul 02, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suggest Video games that make you and your kids sweat
Replies: 9
Views: 635

Re: Suggest Video games that make you and your kids sweat

The fish game on the PM5 console (Concept2 Model D), if you have a few of these you can play together.

https://www.concept2.com/service/monito ... /fish-game
by Kagord
Thu Jul 02, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do HD OTA Antennas work?
Replies: 41
Views: 1740

Re: How do HD OTA Antennas work?

FCC Petition to invalidate HOA restriction, there's other options besides the roof.

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by Kagord
Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: CNBC - How to watch live ?
Replies: 17
Views: 1259

Re: CNBC - How to watch live ?

confusedinvestor wrote:
Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:33 pm

How Do I access CNBC in Schwab.com ?
Download StreetSmart Edge, it's available as a window in there, it works, and no commericials.
https://help.streetsmart.schwab.com/edg ... t/CNBC.htm
by Kagord
Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I'm Buying a Boat...
Replies: 100
Views: 6103

Re: I'm Buying a Boat...

shawndoggy wrote:
Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:21 pm
My 4 year old boat has 260 hours on it and I often wonder whether we use it enough.
You're running your boat more than I drive for a whole year, and that's pre COVID-19, granted, I'm only 6 minutes from work.
by Kagord
Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I'm Buying a Boat...
Replies: 100
Views: 6103

Re: I'm Buying a Boat...

So you're asking, can I afford it? I think even Suze Orman would say, you go guy, go get your boat. Just remember, it's very easy to buy a boat, you're in the winning negotiation position here. Selling a boat flat out sucks, it truly is the best day of one's life when you don't want one (or that one...
by Kagord
Sat Jun 27, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Effect of open-source software on SWE careers and start-up companies.
Replies: 34
Views: 2105

Re: Effect of open-source software on SWE careers and start-up companies.

With traditional companies, open source doesn't take take high level VPs (who have never coded a line of code in their life) out to expensive tropical vacations and hunting trips, restaurants, golfing...etc. Why go free when you can spend millions on software, millions on consultants to implement a ...
by Kagord
Sat Jun 27, 2020 6:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: phone service through Comcast
Replies: 15
Views: 960

Re: phone service through Comcast

If I get phone service through Comcast, it looks like I need to buy a new cable modem. I currently have just TV and internet. Will I be able to use an AT&T answering machine with it? Will I be able to use regular landline phones with it? For the modem, you need DOCSYS 3.1, see here for list that wo...
by Kagord
Fri Jun 26, 2020 5:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the single best piece of exercise equipment you bought for your home?
Replies: 221
Views: 11396

Re: What is the single best piece of exercise equipment you bought for your home?

Perception is reality. The dusty one tucked away in the basement that inspires hope that one day it will be used.
by Kagord
Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Opinion on my current HVAC quotes
Replies: 21
Views: 1572

Re: Opinion on my current HVAC quotes

Don't really know much about those units, but my general observation is that, over the last 20-30 years, HVAC units are more complex and don't last. Instead of lasting 30-50 years with simplistic and durable parts, they now have a lot of electronics, complex systems, and cheaper parts that only last...
by Kagord
Wed Jun 24, 2020 7:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New 4K TV: LED, QLED or OLED?
Replies: 113
Views: 5714

Re: New 4K TV: LED, QLED or OLED?

To figure out what might be best for your personal taste and viewing preferences, I suggest spending some time on the rtings.com website. +1. I use them to do make adjustments. Assuming you're not color blind. No. I am not. It is beneficial to calibrate your tv. https://www.rtings.com/tv/learn/how-...
by Kagord
Wed Jun 24, 2020 7:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New 4K TV: LED, QLED or OLED?
Replies: 113
Views: 5714

Re: New 4K TV: LED, QLED or OLED?

student wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 7:14 am
tm3 wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 7:08 am
To figure out what might be best for your personal taste and viewing preferences, I suggest spending some time on the rtings.com website.
+1. I use them to do make adjustments.
Assuming you're not color blind.
by Kagord
Wed Jun 24, 2020 7:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AWD van or no AWD but with winter tires?
Replies: 89
Views: 4299

Re: AWD van or no AWD but with winter tires?

*So you are aware, many AWD vehicles sold are more like FWD that when they detect slip (can be milliseconds) they engage and send power to the rear wheels - this is better than nothing but imho not as good as a what I would term a true AWD (Think Audi Quattro systems, Subaru's, 4runner limited mode...
by Kagord
Wed Jun 24, 2020 6:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pilot, Highlander or CX-9
Replies: 54
Views: 4755

Re: Pilot, Highlander or CX-9

Surprised the CX-9 costs more than the Pilot. Did you shop around? The CX-9 has considerably steeper depreciation than the Honda or the Toyota. If it were me, I'd get a 1 or 2 year old CX-9. If I wanted new, get the Pilot. I wouldn't touch the Highlander. It just came out. No deals to be had. I con...
by Kagord
Wed Jun 24, 2020 6:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New 4K TV: LED, QLED or OLED?
Replies: 113
Views: 5714

Re: New 4K TV: LED, QLED or OLED?

If you like the black levels from the plasma, OLED is really the only choice, it will probably be a little better. I have 2 10+ year old plasma TVs (I hate the lower quality LEDs), I've been able to repair them myself from Youtube videos, and it has been common issues, have you researched repair? My...
by Kagord
Tue Jun 23, 2020 6:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pilot, Highlander or CX-9
Replies: 54
Views: 4755

Re: Pilot, Highlander or CX-9

You mention ride, you may want to check out a 3-4 year old Lexus GX 460, and just compare the new mid range tier you are looking at to a higher class of car preowned, that may last as long as your needs. I'm a fan of buying 3-6 year old Lexus's. They usually have perfect maintenance history and well...
by Kagord
Mon Jun 22, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5546
Views: 1359221

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Conch55 wrote:
Mon Jun 22, 2020 6:31 pm
Watched Ad Astra yesterday, didn't care for it.
I thought it was pretty realistic, especially the moon pirates.
by Kagord
Sun Jun 21, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5546
Views: 1359221

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Change of pace, short film time, spider (9 minutes): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbgeDnWcSnU

Edit: Rating, myabe not R, but over 16 for sure
by Kagord
Sun Jun 21, 2020 5:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lexus Key Fob Issue
Replies: 42
Views: 1858

Re: Lexus Key Fob Issue

I just googled, 1st and 2nd hits... https://www.cargurus.com/Cars/Discussion-t36095_ds744492 https://www.clublexus.com/forums/es-5th-gen-2007-2012/832562-door-locks.html Something to try.... "I have a 2011 Lexus ES 350, same issue with only drivers door working with fob or door mechanism. I followed...
by Kagord
Sat Jun 20, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Really hard to avoid "Keeping up with the Joneses"!
Replies: 313
Views: 31881

Re: Really hard to avoid "Keeping up with the Joneses"!

Ricchan wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 2:18 pm
We'd brag about how much money we saved by buying used books or reusing paper plates.
You were lucky, I used to dream of re-using paper plates...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKHFZBUTA4k
by Kagord
Sat Jun 20, 2020 5:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Refrigerator Input...
Replies: 27
Views: 1727

Re: Refrigerator Input...

...People have damaged wood floors from leaks and nightmares trying to get satisfaction from refrigerator manufacturers like LG and Samsung. PSA, I always put a tray under the fridge on a wood floor. When looking at houses, too common to see the wood bowed/buckled ten feet out (under the fridge a r...
by Kagord
Fri Jun 19, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Refrigerator Input...
Replies: 27
Views: 1727

Re: Refrigerator Input...

I don't know that model, the defrost cycle should drain the water, I'd check the drain, assuming you can find it. If the drain is clogged with ice, I've had success with a small funnel and pouring boiling water in the drain, sometimes a few tries. Make sure you don't overwhelm the tray that collects...
by Kagord
Fri Jun 19, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retiring Abroad
Replies: 109
Views: 10619

Re: Retiring Abroad

Darn this thread, I was pretty content a week ago, now, after looking at some of the "comfort" changes since the 70's, I'm actually seriously considering trying to be a cruiser in 3 years.
by Kagord
Wed Jun 17, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Xfinity Voice and Data Modem
Replies: 5
Views: 248

Re: Xfinity Voice and Data Modem

I advise against getting a modem with the Intel Puma 6 chipset, like the Surfboard SB6190, it can have stability issues, especially of there are any line problems, it can exacerbate the issue. So if it says Intel, avoid. https://www.approvedmodems.com/do-not-buy-list.html There's options of: Docsis ...
by Kagord
Wed Jun 17, 2020 5:28 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Using credit cards for leverage (no, seriously)
Replies: 53
Views: 3938

Re: Using credit cards for leverage (no, seriously)

It's a somewhat similar strategy to what companies are doing today, except that "We the People" are now bankrolling it, and perhaps, at least in this community, getting a return.
by Kagord
Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Beach condo ownership?
Replies: 15
Views: 2307

Re: Beach condo ownership?

The only advice I have, if you are going to rent it out, and have expectations of high occupancy, is to have one of the better units. I.E. top floor, corner, furnished well. People like privacy and will pay a premium to have no one above them. Just something to consider, I had a beach condo on the w...
by Kagord
Tue Jun 16, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What fun car should I get in the $150k - $200k range?
Replies: 446
Views: 24456

Re: What fun car should I get in the $150k - $200k range?

A 12C engine will still cost more than a new Toyota as will the dual clutch transmission. According to Hoovie, the engine replacement on the 12C cost $70,000, and the transmission replacement will cost $30,000. https://www.autotrader.com/car-video/video-heres-everything-s-broken-my-mclaren-over-pas...
by Kagord
Tue Jun 16, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retiring Abroad
Replies: 109
Views: 10619

Re: Retiring Abroad

A few different thoughts from a different perspective. We live on our boat, usually 8-10 months a year (pre-covid) We sold our business and retired in 2009 and haven't looked back. It allows us to see the world and see where and what we want to see. So far, around 50+ countries, many of them small....
by Kagord
Mon Jun 15, 2020 2:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What fun car should I get in the $150k - $200k range?
Replies: 446
Views: 24456

Re: What fun car should I get in the $150k - $200k range?

Finding htis late.. but are you SURE that you really want a car that cost as much as some houses? Dieheard car guys (I am one) could tell you in their sleep what car they would buy if they had such a budget. No deliberation required. The fact that you need suggestions suggests to me that you are no...
by Kagord
Mon Jun 15, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Really hard to avoid "Keeping up with the Joneses"!
Replies: 313
Views: 31881

Re: Really hard to avoid "Keeping up with the Joneses"!

I have to wonder if 50% of the posts here are still trying to justify/reassure themselves (I don't care about my neighbor's...insert thing here) that they are actually quashing the human trait of envy that fueled almost 8 billion in the species and world dominance. I mean it kind of generates envy p...
by Kagord
Sun Jun 14, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Really hard to avoid "Keeping up with the Joneses"!
Replies: 313
Views: 31881

Re: Really hard to avoid "Keeping up with the Joneses"!

All these posts, it's really quite ironic. You all need to be paying homage to the Joneses, don't bite the hand that feeds you.
by Kagord
Sat Jun 13, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car maker and car year specific coolant?
Replies: 15
Views: 804

Re: Car maker and car year specific coolant?

I use Toyota Super Long Life Coolant in my Toyota. I use it because it's super, pink, and I don't gain enjoyment in replacing water pumps or radiators. :P

Doubt me, look at the Toyota/Lexus reliability ratings.
by Kagord
Sat Jun 13, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Really hard to avoid "Keeping up with the Joneses"!
Replies: 313
Views: 31881

Re: Have you ever kept up with the Jones’?

In middle age I am feeling the pressure to buy a bigger house and dump a few hundred thousand into a somewhat bigger home in essence to make my family happy. I think it is to fit in socially to a degree. I am troubled by it. Any advice? My 2 cents, buying things usually doesn't create true happines...
by Kagord
Fri Jun 12, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: caulk puncture tool ?
Replies: 71
Views: 3773

Re: caulk puncture tool ?

I bought a caulk gun from Lowe's that comes without a puncture wire. I thought that cutting off the tip was enough. Duh! I can return the item, but is there a DIY puncture wire I can use to salavage this? My screwdrivers that are long enough are too fat/thick. Is this a real post or are you just me...
by Kagord
Fri Jun 12, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Design of Testamentary Trust
Replies: 107
Views: 3302

Re: Design of Testamentary Trust

Sometimes people just need to own up and take responsibility for their own lives and financial habits. I would just distribute it, C'est la vie, IMHO, they are old enough. I'm trying to structure this so that the trust funds can provide a better standard of living for their lifetime while making su...
by Kagord
Fri Jun 12, 2020 2:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: caulk puncture tool ?
Replies: 71
Views: 3773

Re: caulk puncture tool ?

Who wants to gunk up their handle/caulk gun, I recommend the Professional Caulk Puncture/Starter System, Model 3100, this is the 240V model, made by Binford Tools.
by Kagord
Fri Jun 12, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Design of Testamentary Trust
Replies: 107
Views: 3302

Re: Design of Testamentary Trust

Speaking from experience, I've seen trusts with clear, yet complex, intent, not turn out very well and cause great strife. Trying to control a trust after you're dead can get complex, not to mention a major hassle, for the beneficiaries. Sometimes people just need to own up and take responsibility f...
by Kagord
Fri Jun 12, 2020 6:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replace HVAC before selling house?
Replies: 24
Views: 1499

Re: Replace HVAC before selling house?

I've have rentals and have had some AC units last 30-40 years. But times have changed, these days, after 12-15 years, if it's not something easy, I replace.

So yeah, at that age and with older freon, easy decision here, replace, house should be in good working order when you sell, IMHO.
by Kagord
Thu Jun 11, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Kitco and Gold Commentary
Replies: 1
Views: 253

Kitco and Gold Commentary

I thought I'd share some positive news. There's been several commentators on Kitco (metals news site) saying that the equities will be propped up by inflation, and that is what the recent recovery is based on. I.E. If we're headed to 50-100% total inflation with the USD in the next 5-10 years (start...
by Kagord
Wed Jun 10, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What fun car should I get in the $150k - $200k range?
Replies: 446
Views: 24456

Re: What fun car should I get in the $150k - $200k range?

alfaspider wrote:
Wed Jun 10, 2020 4:12 pm
mak1277 wrote:
Wed Jun 10, 2020 3:43 pm

Station wagons are cool again?
They've been cool ever since the soccer parents moved on to minivans and SUVs- late 80s or so.
Ah, the good ole days with the Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon with that rumble seat.
by Kagord
Wed Jun 10, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How long do blu-ray discs last?
Replies: 13
Views: 979

Re: How long do blu-ray discs last?

I believe the spec is 100-150 years. You do realize Costco doesn't even carry CD/DVD/Bluray players anymore. There real question is how do I preserve my media viewing pleasure after one can no longer buy hardware that supports it and my hardware breaks. I know the hard way, I have recording wire in ...
by Kagord
Wed Jun 10, 2020 8:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What fun car should I get in the $150k - $200k range?
Replies: 446
Views: 24456

Re: What fun car should I get in the $150k - $200k range?

Still wondering how the wife is spending her $200k? That is an interesting question. :) Unless they have the same passion, that's an excellent point: it's actually a $300-$400k expense we're looking at here. That might change some of the responses. An eye for an eye. A tooth for a tooth. Is that ho...
by Kagord
Tue Jun 09, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What fun car should I get in the $150k - $200k range?
Replies: 446
Views: 24456

Re: What fun car should I get in the $150k - $200k range?

I'm going to re-iterate the Nissan GT-R with an Alpha kit. All the cars everyone is listing aren't fun.

I mean, you're telling me a 911 Turbo is fun, seriously, come on.

This is the definition of fun, and please note, it's a GT-R:
https://youtu.be/gOfM3-x3kGA?t=139
by Kagord
Mon Jun 08, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Water Heater: Rheem vs AO Smith
Replies: 36
Views: 2979

Re: Water Heater: Rheem vs AO Smith

I have never met anyone who has done this and never hear it mentioned anywhere pushed Bogleheads. It’s weird. LOL, you're kidding right. This is akin to lifetime transmission fluid. Anyways, I always loosen the anode after 1st fill, and then don't torque it so much. Then, it's no issue 3-4 years la...
by Kagord
Mon Jun 08, 2020 5:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What fun car should I get in the $150k - $200k range?
Replies: 446
Views: 24456

Re: What fun car should I get in the $150k - $200k range?

It's just a little above your range, but a modded Nissan GTR NISMO. Somewhat of a stock sleeper car, but the goal here (fun) is to have something better than an 8 second car. To get there, this would add around $80K after the $230K out the door purchase price...things such as an Alpha kit, and all t...
by Kagord
Sat Jun 06, 2020 2:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Online Power of Attorney
Replies: 9
Views: 704

Re: Online Power of Attorney

For what you want, the CU probably has a form that they want you to use. For the few times I had to take over accounts, banks, hospital paperwork, insurance, title companies, IRS/State tax board, SSA, medicare and investment firms did not take the "state approved version" of a power of attorney. Th...
by Kagord
Sat Jun 06, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is now a good time to buy an SUV?
Replies: 6
Views: 742

Re: Is now a good time to buy an SUV?

It depends on the SUV. It's unlikely you'll get a deal on hot sellers like Toyota Rav 4s or Honda CRVs. Here is a interesting site that has monthly sales figures for almost every model for 2019. It may provide a clue as to which models you might be able to get a deal on. Obviously high end, low vol...