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by Jeep4Life
Wed Jan 22, 2020 10:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Excel help with custom formatting for a chart
Replies: 4
Views: 533

Re: Excel help with custom formatting for a chart

Insert a blank column between the "A" data set and the "B" data set, and the column tool for drawing charts will give you the results you are asking for. Good Luck!
by Jeep4Life
Thu Jan 09, 2020 1:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Irrational Fear of Injury in Small Car?
Replies: 124
Views: 7220

Re: Irrational Fear of Injury in Small Car?

Last year, I was driving my Mustang convertible with the top down on a beautiful day in heavy traffic on the freeway, and the female driver of a Suburban in the next lane flipped me off as she activated her turn signal and drove into the lane I was in. I could have allowed the accident, but stomped ...
by Jeep4Life
Wed Dec 11, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hi-jacking a cell phone in real-time
Replies: 7
Views: 1243

Re: Hi-jacking a cell phone in real-time

So I called customer service at TracPhone this morning, the representative said it appeared I needed to do a software update. After I hung up, the settings button for software update said I had the current version, and no update was required. I exited that screen, and suddenly my phone started worki...
by Jeep4Life
Wed Dec 11, 2019 2:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hi-jacking a cell phone in real-time
Replies: 7
Views: 1243

Re: Hi-jacking a cell phone in real-time

Straight Talk Wireless seems to be the bad guy, but of course when I call their customer service hours ended. Unfortunately, my cell provider is also closed for the night when I try to call on a landline, have to use the hotel phone since my cell calls all go to [deleted -- mod oldcomputerguy] Strai...
by Jeep4Life
Wed Dec 11, 2019 1:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hi-jacking a cell phone in real-time
Replies: 7
Views: 1243

Hi-jacking a cell phone in real-time

I am traveling in Camarillo CA on business, when all of a sudden my cell phone won't allow outgoing texts, then i find out it isn't doing email or phone calls. I try an outbound call, and i get redirected to another phone company, telling me i need to add funds to allow my cell to start working agai...
by Jeep4Life
Sun Aug 04, 2019 12:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Insane to buy a sports car?
Replies: 215
Views: 12622

Re: Insane to buy a sports car?

I've owned a convertible since 1983 in one form or another. Nothing more fun on the road, forget the horsepower. Bad weather comes and goes, but the smile on your face will remain. Go for it!
by Jeep4Life
Fri Jul 26, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Long commute: how to manage?
Replies: 110
Views: 7803

Re: Long commute: how to manage?

I commute 3 hours on Mon, then 3 hours on Thu when I return home. I stay in a hotel during the weeknights I am away, sort of a PITA but after 9 months I have gotten used to it. My situation is somewhat different than yours, just wanted to give you a different idea of what is out in the world. For yo...
by Jeep4Life
Sat Jul 20, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Extended warranty for kitchen appliances
Replies: 31
Views: 2091

Re: Extended warranty for kitchen appliances

As others have said, this is a money making opportunity for the store, not a money saving opportunity for you. Self-insure
by Jeep4Life
Sat Jul 20, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: issues with roofer
Replies: 15
Views: 2002

Re: issues with roofer

Brandy, you will have to sue if the roofer won't come back and fix the problems. Had a new roof done in 2016, the roofer did a poor job, and tried to force my DW into accepting it, as I was working out of town at the time. I had to take a day off work, come back to the house, and forcefully suggest ...
by Jeep4Life
Sat Jul 20, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: finding transformer in attic with insulation (edited for correct name of component)
Replies: 36
Views: 2933

Re: finding transformer in attic with insulation (edited for correct name of component)

OP, the electricians around here usually put them in the coat closet closest to the door. Look around against the wall with the door of the closet, they hide them there for the aesthetic reasons.
by Jeep4Life
Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I would like a boat. I also know nothing about boats
Replies: 147
Views: 10193

Re: I would like a boat. I also know nothing about boats

OP,, if you're still reading these comments, here's my two cents: I rented a boat several years ago when friends came to visit from the East Coast, and we went to a lake in the heat of summer. The guy at the boat rental place offered this advice: If you're not going to use the boat at least 15 times...
by Jeep4Life
Thu Mar 28, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone disenchanted with retirement?
Replies: 306
Views: 46516

Re: Anyone disenchanted with retirement?

After 15 months retired, a former coworker called and emailed with a job offer with a different company. After listening to the project description, I agreed to the idea of going back to work as a part time consultant, but only after they made me an offer I couldn't refuse. Today was the last day of...
by Jeep4Life
Thu Mar 28, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 11 days. England, Ireland or Scotland?
Replies: 31
Views: 2384

Re: 11 days. England, Ireland or Scotland?

Went to Scotland in 1986, a ton of fun, although I was with friends who had family there so insider knowledge of their favorite pubs. Went to Ireland with my new wife in 1996, a complete blast of fun. We flew into Dublin, took the (slow/late) train to Galway, then rented a car for the rest of our st...
by Jeep4Life
Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rent a car or buy a throw-away?
Replies: 18
Views: 2339

Re: Rent a car or buy a throw-away?

Jack FFR1846, I'm going to have to run the numbers again, but it seems the F-150 will cost a lot more for gas than renting a ~Ford Escape-type vehicle. The idea of driving my F-150 is VERY appealing, so I will check it out. Thanks for opening that conversation, this is why I posted to the BH forum. ...
by Jeep4Life
Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rent a car or buy a throw-away?
Replies: 18
Views: 2339

Re: Rent a car or buy a throw-away?

dm200,
Thanks, but it is a remote location, nothing closer than the 40 miles. Big desert out there, full of nothing, so that is why things are being done there.
by Jeep4Life
Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rent a car or buy a throw-away?
Replies: 18
Views: 2339

Re: Rent a car or buy a throw-away?

Jack FFR1846, So I sold my 1992 Jeep Wrangler, manual trans with 4.0L straight 6 last year, the DW still drives her 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The last commuter car was a 2014 Mustang convertible with the V-6, great mileage on the highway and a great time driving it, though it sucked when paying insu...
by Jeep4Life
Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rent a car or buy a throw-away?
Replies: 18
Views: 2339

Re: Rent a car or buy a throw-away?

Do The Math,
Thanks for a great idea I hadn't heard of. I will look into it to see if I can get a "block" rate for setting up a regular schedule of picking the car up and dropping it off every week for a several months. I will post results once this starts going....
by Jeep4Life
Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rent a car or buy a throw-away?
Replies: 18
Views: 2339

Re: Rent a car or buy a throw-away?

123,
I would have to get one that has the unlimited mileage option for the distances I will be driving each week, but I will follow your advice and stick to the major brands. More $$ upfront means less #@&t afterward if anything goes wrong with the vehicle, IMHO.
by Jeep4Life
Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rent a car or buy a throw-away?
Replies: 18
Views: 2339

Rent a car or buy a throw-away?

I just accepted a consulting position about 250 miles from my home. The contract says they will pay mileage plus per diem for the nights I spend over there, limited to ~20 hours a week on-site. From the job site to the nearest acceptable hotel is about 40 miles, so I am estimating about 660 miles pe...
by Jeep4Life
Fri Mar 08, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garbage Disposal: So many choices out there. How do you decide which one?
Replies: 54
Views: 4361

Re: Garbage Disposal: So many choices out there. How do you decide which one?

Did a replacement a couple years ago, InSinkErator Evolution Select. Slightly more $$s than the basic one, but super quiet to operate on just about anything.
by Jeep4Life
Sat Mar 02, 2019 12:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help negotiating a Federal position
Replies: 43
Views: 2204

Re: Help negotiating a Federal position

OP, Slacker and the other poster are correct, have the DW show her current paystubs to verify which step she should be able to achieve for a pay-match situation. Like others have mentioned, vacation time is non-negotiable, strictly limited to time in service and time in grade requirements. BTW, rece...
by Jeep4Life
Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Different emissions standards?
Replies: 8
Views: 623

Re: Different emissions standards?

Thanks to GAAP, NHRA, and FFR. I know more than I used to...
by Jeep4Life
Thu Feb 28, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 30 year old water heater, should I be worried?
Replies: 73
Views: 5518

Re: 30 year old water heater, should I be worried?

Criticalmass, I don't know the level of effort that the co-worker put into his water heater maintenance, just reporting one story to provide information to the OP. OP, I'm fascinated by your story of all water heaters mounted in the attic. Don't want too much detail, but a state would educate me a l...
by Jeep4Life
Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2 nonurgent plumbing questions
Replies: 5
Views: 893

Re: 2 nonurgent plumbing questions

I agree totally with "cresive" on both responses. I went through a situation where all the lines in my house had to be replaced, along with the water heater and all faucets due to sediment build-up over 40+ years. Of course the problems started during a holiday weekend, when we had friends over visi...
by Jeep4Life
Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 30 year old water heater, should I be worried?
Replies: 73
Views: 5518

Re: 30 year old water heater, should I be worried?

My home was built in 1989 and still has the original water heater. It is propane and we have well water with a ph a bit above neutral. I have drained it and it seems fine. It sits upstairs with a drip pan but of course would not contain a total failure. Does anyone have any opinions or experiences ...
by Jeep4Life
Thu Feb 28, 2019 1:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Things to do in and around San Diego
Replies: 33
Views: 1999

Re: Things to do in and around San Diego

Fairouz Restaurant if you like Greek/Middle Eastern food. Shish kebab, lemon-chicken soup, rolled grape leaves, eggplant, all delicious. I eat there every time I'm in San Diego but never touch the buffet. We know the owner, Abe, his brothers and cousins all run the place, very nice people. All Chris...
by Jeep4Life
Thu Feb 28, 2019 12:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Different emissions standards?
Replies: 8
Views: 623

Different emissions standards?

I was looking at a 2014 truck with a gasoline engine today, and noticed a sticker on the door that said it was not legal for sale in California. Curious, I thought all the major manufacturers built to the toughest EPA standards, which would match CA. Does anybody know what could be different between...
by Jeep4Life
Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to make a good, accurate map of a small village
Replies: 17
Views: 1634

Re: How to make a good, accurate map of a small village

+100 bammerman and adamthesmythe. Google Earth is incredibly accurate, even doing elevation mapping. Like another poster said, all your results wind up at GoogleCentral, but hopefully you aren't doing anything to interest them.
by Jeep4Life
Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How did mylife.com get my info?
Replies: 115
Views: 13542

Re: How did mylife.com get my info?

Agree with Jack above, my DW and I are not on any of thee social media things. I checked the mylife website, they have obsolete and/or inaccurate information about the important things, so not going to dwell on this any longer. Good luck with trying to erase the Internet if you really want to disapp...
by Jeep4Life
Thu Feb 07, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Setting up home office for first time
Replies: 14
Views: 1240

Re: Setting up home office for first time

OP, retired Fed here. I had a similar case, so I asked my IT guys for their advice for monitor, mouse, and keyboard. Here's my two cents: USB for keyboard and mouse usually cheaper and easier than wireless. Find out if your laptop has DVI, HDMI, or Display Port outputs, then buy the biggest monitor ...
by Jeep4Life
Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should reliability rankings eliminate Jeep Grand Cherokee?
Replies: 117
Views: 24233

Re: Should reliability rankings eliminate Jeep Grand Cherokee?

Bought a 2015 at Christmas 2017, no regrets. It's been on a couple of trips where it was more about comfort, but also a few hardcore 4WD trips where we had to have the capabilities that the JGC provides. The reliability numbers don't match my real world experiences with Jeeps, my guess is they are b...
by Jeep4Life
Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mazda Miata as Daily Commute Fun Car?
Replies: 94
Views: 5985

Re: Mazda Miata as Daily Commute Fun Car?

I chose a Mustang convertible as a commuter car a couple of years ago. With the V6 engine, it was economical enough for my needs, and made me happy driving to work. At that point in my life, I could choose what I wanted, and I'm not really a Corolla kind of person. A coworker had the Miata, and alwa...
by Jeep4Life
Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Letting Dog out everyday for lunch... the roundtrip drive is killing me.. ideas?
Replies: 155
Views: 12293

Re: Letting Dog out everyday for lunch... the roundtrip drive is killing me.. ideas?

Leave the dog outside while you are at work. Put in the doggie door from the backyard door to the garage so he has somewhere to curl up to sleep, get out of the wind, rain, etc. Did it with several dogs over the years, no problems.
by Jeep4Life
Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:29 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Non-cyber financial security preparation in case of...
Replies: 15
Views: 1273

Re: Non-cyber financial security preparation in case of...

A few thousand cash in small bills to pay for whatever we can find. A gasoline generator for the fridge and comfort lights. Many gallons of good water, refreshed every few months. Some dry/canned foods. Guns and ammo to protect all of that from those that chose not to make suitable preparations.
by Jeep4Life
Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car maintenance - dealer or independent shop?
Replies: 51
Views: 3045

Re: Car maintenance - dealer or independent shop?

Use dealer for recall and warranty work only,, as another posted. I found a good shop for everything else, no bells and whistles, I think that is why their prices are so reasonable. Looked at what they did after I got home the first few times, everything looked good, so plan on going back for the ne...
by Jeep4Life
Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fridge replacement
Replies: 8
Views: 920

Re: Fridge replacement

Agree with house doc, put in what you want, in 8 - 10 years it will be up to the next owner to decide if they want to pay the premium for the "stature" of a high priced appliance. In our last house, DW paid for full granite counters and backsplash up to the bottom of the cabinets, but then went for ...
by Jeep4Life
Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Desktop Computer (home): Do you leave it "On" or turn "off" after using?
Replies: 77
Views: 5295

Re: Desktop Computer (home): Do you leave it "On" or turn "off" after using?

Turn my Windows machine on in the morning, intermittent use during the day doing email, pictures, searches, Boglehead type stuff, turn it off at night. Like another post, where I used to work we left many machines on 24/7/365 due to the problems encountered after power outages for mission critical s...
by Jeep4Life
Mon Jan 21, 2019 2:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ford F-series pickup with 4x4 and 4 doors?
Replies: 31
Views: 2287

Re: Ford F-series pickup with 4x4 and 4 doors?

Thanks to all that participated in this discussion. I have moved over to the f150forum.com for more technical details, but I wanted the Bogleheads to contribute what they have already learned as a good starting point. Enjoy life. Be careful, be safe, be good, pick two for you.
by Jeep4Life
Sun Jan 20, 2019 2:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ford F-series pickup with 4x4 and 4 doors?
Replies: 31
Views: 2287

Re: Ford F-series pickup with 4x4 and 4 doors?

I have a 2015 F-150 SuperCrew 4x4 with the full bed (6’) and 36 gallon gas tank. I had to special order it from Ford, but I love the vehicle. Engine is the 3.5 EcoBoost with 3.55 gears. There is nothing wrong with a turbo engine as long as you are religious about using good gas and changing the oil...
by Jeep4Life
Sun Jan 20, 2019 2:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ford F-series pickup with 4x4 and 4 doors?
Replies: 31
Views: 2287

Re: Ford F-series pickup with 4x4 and 4 doors?

Bought 2014 5.0 Supercrew shortbed w/17k two years ago.30k now. 5.0 V-8 is best engine choice, 2.7 and 3.5 close second 6.5ft bed will ride better than shortbed. 4 door(crewbus) is a must for extra room. Spray in liner is great. Going to upgrade shocks and tires soon. Pow...great Truck!! No Fiat or...
by Jeep4Life
Sat Jan 19, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying Property in Northwest USA - Advice?
Replies: 18
Views: 2210

Re: Buying Property in Northwest USA - Advice?

Mom & Dad retired to a small town north of CdA in Idaho in 1992. Wild and remote at the time, but the housing boom has hit the region hard in the last ten years. CdA has wonderful medical care opportunities, and every commercial product you might look for. However, CdA is full of people who hate car...
by Jeep4Life
Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ford F-series pickup with 4x4 and 4 doors?
Replies: 31
Views: 2287

Re: Ford F-series pickup with 4x4 and 4 doors?

I have a 2015 F-150 SuperCrew 4x4 with the full bed (6’) and 36 gallon gas tank. I had to special order it from Ford, but I love the vehicle. Engine is the 3.5 EcoBoost with 3.55 gears. There is nothing wrong with a turbo engine as long as you are religious about using good gas and changing the oil...
by Jeep4Life
Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ford F-series pickup with 4x4 and 4 doors?
Replies: 31
Views: 2287

Re: Ford F-series pickup with 4x4 and 4 doors?

I'm looking for input on getting a Ford 4WD pickup, crew cab, short bed, probably 2014 or 2015. Any comments that push to other years? BTW, this is second vehicle, the primary is a Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit edition, so I'm looking for something to keep up with that in off road performance. I have ...
by Jeep4Life
Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ford F-series pickup with 4x4 and 4 doors?
Replies: 31
Views: 2287

Re: Ford F-series pickup with 4x4 and 4 doors?

'13 f150 5.0L owner checking in. '14 is same, can opt for either v8 or ecoboost as they worked out the quirks since the '11-'12 intercooler issue. '15 have hit or miss trans/water pump issues that ive seen. Good suggestion on f150forum, am also a member. Great all around trucks IMO, would purchase ...
by Jeep4Life
Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ford F-series pickup with 4x4 and 4 doors?
Replies: 31
Views: 2287

Re: Ford F-series pickup with 4x4 and 4 doors?

I'm looking for input on getting a Ford 4WD pickup, crew cab, short bed, probably 2014 or 2015. Any comments that push to other years? BTW, this is second vehicle, the primary is a Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit edition, so I'm looking for something to keep up with that in off road performance. 2015 wi...
by Jeep4Life
Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ford F-series pickup with 4x4 and 4 doors?
Replies: 31
Views: 2287

Re: Ford F-series pickup with 4x4 and 4 doors?

First, both the Crew Cab and Super Cab models have 4 doors. The difference is that the Super Cab has "suicide doors", you open the front door and then open the back door. The back door opens 180 degrees by the way. This allows one to have a 6.5 foot bed instead of a 5.5 foot bed in the Super Crew a...
by Jeep4Life
Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ford F-series pickup with 4x4 and 4 doors?
Replies: 31
Views: 2287

Re: Ford F-series pickup with 4x4 and 4 doors?

BobStrauss wrote:
Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:00 am
My advice is to check out f150forum.com.

Bob, thanks and I will check it out as soon as I log off the Bogle head site
by Jeep4Life
Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ford F-series pickup with 4x4 and 4 doors?
Replies: 31
Views: 2287

Re: Ford F-series pickup with 4x4 and 4 doors?

Since your user name is Jeep4Life, maybe you can wait for the 2020 Jeep Gladiator: https://i.imgur.com/CBFaz19.jpg Alexa9, I'm kind of Bogleheadish, normally don't buy new vehicles. I am a member of the Gladiator forum, and have been watching the specs come out, but with a time from of 2022 before ...
by Jeep4Life
Sat Jan 19, 2019 3:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gas station prices and quality
Replies: 116
Views: 15566

Re: Gas station prices and quality

FWIW, the Chevron on the east side of the freeway is normally $0.40 higher than the Chevron on the west side of the freeway here, and the Vons gas right across the street is usually $0.40 cheaper than the second Chevron station. I used to only buy Chevron gas due to an issue I had with a car ~20 yea...
by Jeep4Life
Sat Jan 19, 2019 2:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ford F-series pickup with 4x4 and 4 doors?
Replies: 31
Views: 2287

Ford F-series pickup with 4x4 and 4 doors?

I'm looking for input on getting a Ford 4WD pickup, crew cab, short bed, probably 2014 or 2015. Any comments that push to other years? BTW, this is second vehicle, the primary is a Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit edition, so I'm looking for something to keep up with that in off road performance.