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by travelspot
Tue Nov 12, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Experience/cost MLB spring training?
Replies: 29
Views: 1794

Re: Experience/cost MLB spring training?

I go to Florida for spring training games every year. As others have pointed out, things have changed; the games are now big business, the venues have gotten much bigger, ticket prices have increased, etc. Some of the stadiums even feel like minor-league fields now. I still think it’s worth it thoug...
by travelspot
Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for framing a large photograph
Replies: 12
Views: 937

Re: Recommendations for framing a large photograph

I have also purchased frames for large photographs from www.framedestination.com and have been very happy with them. I think you could find what you need for just north of $100. Other options e.g. custom frame stores are just too expensive, and the Frame Destination ones look great.
by travelspot
Mon Sep 16, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Berkshires or Finger Lakes?
Replies: 15
Views: 1857

Re: The Berkshires or Finger Lakes?

Since you are settling on Finger Lakes region, consider a day trip to Letchworth State Park which is on the west end. It’s “The Grand Canyon of the East,” and has got to be the prettiest state park in the country. I just returned from there and it is gorgeous. Start on the north end of the park in M...
by travelspot
Mon Aug 05, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How does Section 8 Housing work?
Replies: 13
Views: 1473

Re: How does Section 8 Housing work?

Section 8 vouchers are now called Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV). They are usually administered by local housing authorities, who have an allotted number of vouchers approved by HUD, which pays the subsidy. It’s unlikely that the subsidy would be removed, as the HCVs aren’t going anywhere. It is howe...
by travelspot
Wed Jul 31, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your hobby and how did it come to be your hobby?
Replies: 146
Views: 16265

Re: What is your hobby and how did it come to be your hobby?

Longtime hobbies are hiking, backpacking and photography.

But now a huge one is reading new and old threads on the Bogleheads forum! What a (time consuming and worthwhile) resource...
by travelspot
Wed Jul 31, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's your Uber passenger rating?
Replies: 118
Views: 6841

Re: What's your Uber passenger rating?

4.88 I had thought better ratings were through tipping, which I always do anyway, but apparently not. If I had to guess now, I think it is key to be waiting outside when the car pulls up. I’ve seen a lot of drivers sitting and waiting for passengers, and assume that would be annoying since your phon...
by travelspot
Wed Jul 24, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Owners of RECENT Speed Queen washers ONLY
Replies: 13
Views: 2226

Re: Owners of RECENT Speed Queen washers ONLY

We purchased a TR5 in early 2019 and it has been working just fine. No issues.

After researching all the washers, we ultimately settled on Speed Queen for durability and (hopefully) longevity. No bells and whistles, just standard, tried and true technology. Speed Queen is the way to go.
by travelspot
Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Glacier National Park
Replies: 19
Views: 2384

Re: Glacier National Park

We went a few years ago and loved the hike to Grinnell Glacier. You can shave some miles with the optional boat ride from Many Glacier Hotel, which is a nice way to start and end the trip. http://www.hikinginglacier.com/grinnell-glacier.htm The views on this hike are fantastic. We also saw plenty of...
by travelspot
Sat Jun 22, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paris hotel recommendations for young family
Replies: 13
Views: 1151

Re: Paris hotel recommendations for young family

Last year we stayed at the Hotel Westminster which is beautiful, and in a great location in the middle of the city. It is near the Opera House and Place Vendome. They do cater to families and I think kids under 11 might be free (my kids are older). Very friendly staff. Our room had a beautiful firep...
by travelspot
Sat Jun 15, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Upper Peninsula (UP) in August....What to do, Where to stay?
Replies: 36
Views: 3048

Re: The Upper Peninsula (UP) in August....What to do, Where to stay?

If being active and enjoying hiking includes being able to do a 10-11 mile day hike (there is camping for through hikers but you don’t want to camp), the best scenery-to-mile ratio is by far the Chapel Loop Trail near Munising. Absolutely gorgeous and a great way to see Pictured Rocks. https://www.h...
by travelspot
Fri Apr 26, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Considering purchasing a new point-and-shoot camera
Replies: 25
Views: 1705

Re: Considering purchasing a new point-and-shoot camera

I have been a photography buff for years, and have lots of equipment, mostly Canon. Not wanting to lug 10-15 lbs of dSLR/lenses on some trips, I have purchased point and shoots and my criteria was much the same as yours (not caring about a lot of bells and whistles, would rather the money all be in ...
by travelspot
Sun Mar 24, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Is there any reason to buy a short term bond index versus long term one?
Replies: 26
Views: 2592

Re: Is there any reason to buy a short term bond index versus long term one?

Let me try to give a rough, oversimplified explanation. The key to understanding bonds is that they are contracts to pay specific numbers of dollars on specific dates. For a quick hand-waving introduction it helps to imagine them as "zero coupon" bonds that just make one payment. (Most) real bonds ...
by travelspot
Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Favorite investment quote
Replies: 73
Views: 4599

Re: Favorite investment quote

“Don’t do something, just stand there.”

Jack Bogle said this rule is “good only about 99% of the time.”
by travelspot
Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel to Cuba
Replies: 42
Views: 3602

Re: Travel to Cuba

We went last year. I’d recommend going via cruise ship as that makes it so easy despite the travel restrictions. You’ll need to have an approved reason every day you leave the ship, so go ahead and take one of those walking tours of the old town in Havana. We did feel that area was overwhelmingly fu...
by travelspot
Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 5 days in Hong Kong - Seeking travel tips
Replies: 23
Views: 1956

Re: 5 days in Hong Kong - Seeking travel tips

Be sure to take the ferry tour of the Harbour. Doesn’t take very long, includes some snacks and you get great views from the water. Also as posted previously, Victoria’s Peak is worth the trip (we just took a cab). Not sure how touristy you are, the Big Buddha is quite a sight but is fairly new (tou...
by travelspot
Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the best all-inclusive resort you have ever visited?
Replies: 79
Views: 13962

Re: What is the best all-inclusive resort you have ever visited?

Highly recommend the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit in Nuevo Vallarta near Puerto Vallarta. Took my family there and everyone loved it. Other friends who have done many AI’s (including the other Grand Velas which I think may be near Cancun - I am not recommending that one) agree that nothing beats it ...
by travelspot
Mon Jan 28, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the best all-inclusive resort you have ever visited?
Replies: 79
Views: 13962

Re: What is the best all-inclusive resort you have ever visited?

Highly recommend the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit in Nuevo Vallarta near Puerto Vallarta. Took my family there and everyone loved it. Other friends who have done many AI’s (including the other Grand Velas which I think may be near Cancun - I am not recommending that one) agree that nothing beats it a...
by travelspot
Fri Jan 25, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Skiwear Advice - Columbia/North Face vs. Arc'Teryx/Patagonia
Replies: 55
Views: 4076

Re: Skiwear Advice - Columbia/North Face vs. Arc'Teryx/Patagonia

After researching jackets for years and oogling the Beta AR, I finally pulled the trigger on one by finding it on clearance at REI (end of the season earlier this year) and stringing together a couple gift cards to make the price palatable. It is by far the most comfortable jacket I’ve owned. Highly...
by travelspot
Wed Jan 23, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Need Advice - quit 6-figure job to do coding school?
Replies: 118
Views: 10240

Re: Need Advice - quit 6-figure job to do coding school?

With that kind of income, especially at your age and the low hours/stress environment, I would not leave for a career change. Maybe if you were miserable, but your question is framed as though you are content and just wondering if the grass is greener somewhere else. It probably isn’t. Plus, who kno...