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by fru-gal
Wed Apr 22, 2020 7:29 am
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 1653
Views: 72329

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

Oximeter should be an essential tool in every household, along with these: - thermometer (preferably, ONE per household member, so that in case each get sick, you don't re-use; plus an extra), - blood pressure monitor, - oximeter, - glucose monitor, - a fairly robust medicine cabinet, - UVC sanitiz...
by fru-gal
Wed Apr 22, 2020 7:23 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: will covid 19 destroy senior campuses
Replies: 52
Views: 4364

Re: will covid 19 destroy senior campuses

Covid 19 has called into question retirement communal living. Can it survive? More people die of the flu that of Covid (so far). The reason we're so scared of it is because we don't have a vaccine or cure yet. Once those are developed I doubt we'll give it any more concern than we give the flu. Sig...
by fru-gal
Tue Apr 21, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Growing Fruit and Vegetables
Replies: 30
Views: 1858

Re: Growing Fruit and Vegetables

TheGreyingDuke wrote:
Tue Apr 21, 2020 6:09 am
Lots of good suggestions here...

1) Grow what you like
2) Avoid varieties that take a lot of space for the output, you don't have much space. This would include corn, cukes, winter squash.
I grow cucumbers in tomato cages. They really don't take much room.
by fru-gal
Tue Apr 21, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I Got Scammed To Send Amazon Gift Cards
Replies: 119
Views: 9344

Re: I Got Scammed To Send Amazon Gift Cards

You can chat with amazon. When the chat bot starts just type agent. You may have to wait for a human for some time.

Why would your neighbor ask you to send money?
by fru-gal
Mon Apr 20, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Growing Fruit and Vegetables
Replies: 30
Views: 1858

Re: Growing Fruit and Vegetables

Cucumbers are easy. I plant Divas. You have to check them like a hawk, however. I can be sure I've picked all of the ripe ones one day and the next day I find a giant overripe yellow one.

Mint is very invasive. Plus seedlings pop up everywhere for years.
by fru-gal
Mon Apr 20, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 1653
Views: 72329

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

Someone upstream was saying the healthcare system hadn't collapsed: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/20/us/coronavirus-live-news.html "The coronavirus may be killing people who are not even infected, by depriving them of desperately needed treatment, said Dr. Bruce Lowell, an internist in Great Neck,...
by fru-gal
Mon Apr 20, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 1653
Views: 72329

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

You know, sometimes people make up their minds that some falsehood is true regardless of tons of evidence to the contrary. Is it a good use of anyone's time to argue with such a person? Or could we be doing something more productive?
by fru-gal
Sun Apr 19, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Too soon to get another credit card?
Replies: 21
Views: 896

Re: Too soon to get another credit card?

I have two credit cards in case one becomes temporarily disabled if something fraudulent happened and a new card had to be issued. I like my capital one card 1 1/2% cash back no annual fee very nice website nice customer service. I do not like AmEx. I had a card years ago and it was a hassle. I appl...
by fru-gal
Sun Apr 19, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to get Toilet Paper ? seriously.
Replies: 684
Views: 55522

Re: How to get Toilet Paper ? seriously.

Grocery store today again didn’t have any paper towels, napkins, toilet paper (I bought last Scott’s 4-pack), cleaning supplies with bleach, Diet Coke caffeine free, yeast, hand sanitizer. Same story for 5 weeks at several local stores. Diet Coke Caffeine Free? I like live on that, but I have not h...
by fru-gal
Sun Apr 19, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2020
Replies: 133
Views: 9182

Re: Gardening 2020

Mr. Rumples wrote:
Sun Apr 19, 2020 6:08 am

I suppose I will start tomatoes this year from seed; in the past I have bought 6 Roma's from the local nursery.
A local garden store near me is allowed to do curbside pickup. They say it is working well.
by fru-gal
Sun Apr 19, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 1653
Views: 72329

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

Hope you’re right. Per capita deaths so far in Sweden are higher than in US (though way less then NY). By the numbers it would seem Sweden isn’t doing that well compared to most other places. But it sounds like on the ground things are not too bad. Maybe hospital and ICU capacity is better or the d...
by fru-gal
Sun Apr 19, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to get Liquid Hand Soap? seriously.
Replies: 76
Views: 4245

Re: How to get Liquid Hand Soap? seriously.

Am I the only person who keeps a bar of soap in a dish at the sink? Plus I thought anti-bacterial soaps were a bad thing, and a bar of soap involves no plastic.
by fru-gal
Sun Apr 19, 2020 7:42 am
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 1653
Views: 72329

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

Can’t argue with you there. What I mean is that we had enough vents (sort of). We had enough docs (sort of). I am not aware of anyone being denied care because they were too old or frail. "Officials in both Wuhan and New York had to revise their death counts upward this week when they realized that...
by fru-gal
Sun Apr 19, 2020 6:47 am
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 1653
Views: 72329

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

Hope you’re right. Per capita deaths so far in Sweden are higher than in US (though way less then NY). By the numbers it would seem Sweden isn’t doing that well compared to most other places. But it sounds like on the ground things are not too bad. Maybe hospital and ICU capacity is better or the d...
by fru-gal
Sun Apr 19, 2020 6:43 am
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 1653
Views: 72329

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

We have performed over 3 million tests. More than any other country by far. We have plenty of testing capacity. Edit: Looks like 3.5 million now. And 200k per day, which is still increasing as the Abbott test becomes more widespread. People kept complaining that US wasn't testing enough, and now th...
by fru-gal
Sat Apr 18, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2020
Replies: 133
Views: 9182

Re: Gardening 2020

Lynette wrote:
Fri Apr 17, 2020 3:14 pm
I also ordered an inexpensive type of cold frame from Amazon to try to plant warm season vegetables.
Link? Thank you.
by fru-gal
Sat Apr 18, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Impact of charitable donations to economy during crisis
Replies: 13
Views: 596

Re: Impact of charitable donations to economy during crisis

I've said this before on charity threads, but almost all my donations go to small local charities like animal shelters. I know the work these people do first hand, and most of them have no paid staff, let alone ones raking in giant salaries. They are really hurting, because their fundraising events ...
by fru-gal
Sat Apr 18, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I give blood now?
Replies: 23
Views: 1420

Re: Should I give blood now?

I donated two Fridays ago at Hoxworth, the University of Cincinnati-affiliated regional blood bank. Procedures will vary in different places, but they took precautions that made it very low risk. 1. Appointments were required. 2. All donors were screened and temperature-checked in the entryway befo...
by fru-gal
Sat Apr 18, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to get Toilet Paper ? seriously.
Replies: 684
Views: 55522

Re: How to get Toilet Paper ? seriously.

Went to Costco this morning (in CO) and they had TP stacked to the ceiling. Our local grocery store had plenty also. Still not much flour. I think when the shelves are sparsely stocked it triggers shoppers to buy whatever is there. It's surprisingly easy to get into that mindset. Now that things ar...
by fru-gal
Sat Apr 18, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pool of Water six feet from foundation of front of home
Replies: 30
Views: 2543

Re: Pool of Water six feet from foundation of front of home

How about a photo?

If a downspout ends in the wrong place, you can have someone add an extension or replace it with one that redirects it including further out. Be sure to hire an actual gutter person, not some handyman.
by fru-gal
Fri Apr 17, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 1653
Views: 72329

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

I highly doubt that we are reducing the spread. We have put a lid on the pressure cooker, and it is sipping some steam. Open the lid, and it will be full steam ahead. What I have seen in the models I've looked at is no claim that the total number of people infected will be changed by stay at home e...
by fru-gal
Fri Apr 17, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 1653
Views: 72329

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

That's reasonable for testing in a hospital or clinic setting. I think the Abbott test gives results in less than 4 hours. I would expect in the next 2 weeks will see more of these tests available in hospitals and clinics. The tests CVS/Rhode Island are doing at drive ups claim results in fifteen m...
by fru-gal
Fri Apr 17, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 1653
Views: 72329

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

You know, if people just followed a strict 14 day quarantine, no one allowed to go out at all, this would all be over so fast. Instead, people half-***ing the stay at home, and people threatening to go out if the stay at home is extended, means all this is just going to continuing trickling on and ...
by fru-gal
Fri Apr 17, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 1653
Views: 72329

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

rkhusky wrote:
Fri Apr 17, 2020 12:29 pm
fru-gal wrote:
Fri Apr 17, 2020 12:07 pm
Speech that is dangerous and false is not protected.
Not true. Some dangerous speech is protected and some false speech is protected.
Contemplate logical operators, Or And, etc.
by fru-gal
Fri Apr 17, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 1653
Views: 72329

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

This kowtowing to the single minded goals of the epidemiologists who finally get to play their table top games for real and their to h*** with everyone else attitude about all the collateral damage while they destroy people's lively hoods and cause damage which will reverberate through through the ...
by fru-gal
Thu Apr 16, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: IRS Get My Payment up and running
Replies: 369
Views: 24316

Re: IRS Get My Payment up and running

The online tool is up but it isn't working. I couldn't even get past the first screen where you enter SSN, DOB, and address before it says the information I entered does not match their records. I am entering the information exactly as shown in my tax return. Then I must have tried too many times b...
by fru-gal
Sun Apr 12, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 1653
Views: 72329

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

Thank you so much. We do get 90 day supplies of all medications, except my wife's pain killer. You've got me thinking, though, about the timing of our prescriptions as it seems like one of us seems to have at least one to be filled almost weekly....not really weekly, but still a lot. (I have 4 scri...
by fru-gal
Sun Apr 12, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 1653
Views: 72329

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

Let me be the first to rip up your scarlet letter. Sorry, what is a scarlet letter? It's a stigma. From the novel "The Scarlet Letter" where the main character had to were a letter A for committing adultery, a Puritan practice. Thank you. I apologize for posting if this offends those who are not as...
by fru-gal
Sat Apr 11, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should we be concerned with any banks closing?
Replies: 44
Views: 3195

Re: Should we be concerned with any banks closing?

Yes I read all those articles. I guess my question should have been worded differently. Since HSBC is not a USA bank, should I be worried about FDIC coverage if the bank goes under? Just wondering if I should put money into a US bank instead is all. From https://www.us.hsbc.com/ - literally on the ...
by fru-gal
Fri Mar 20, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: [Archived] Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 4963
Views: 190776

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

I would not want a job where I interacted with a lot of people nowadays, but there is hiring going on, the job market is not all a disaster: nytimes: "Retailers and food distributors are also trying to expand the pool of available cashiers, produce pickers and warehouse workers in an effort to spell...
by fru-gal
Fri Mar 20, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: [Archived] Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 4963
Views: 190776

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

In December I was sick as hell. I was sick for weeks, missed several days of work and seemed to take forever to fully recover. I know many others in my area that had a rough cold/flu season this winter. I wonder if the virus was already here back in December and we just didn’t know it. Is it possib...
by fru-gal
Fri Mar 20, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much cash to have during coronavirus panic?
Replies: 144
Views: 10777

Re: How much cash to have during coronavirus panic?

yohac wrote:
Wed Mar 18, 2020 6:11 pm
If we go more than a few hours where no credit cards are working anywhere, cash won't matter. Society will break down.
I guess you've never spent a week in a post-hurricane area where pretty much nothing is working.
by fru-gal
Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Census 2020 question
Replies: 27
Views: 2448

Re: Census 2020 question

LookinAround wrote:
Fri Mar 13, 2020 8:41 am

I get automated calls
- Speaking Chinese (I'm not Chinese)
What are these? I get them too. Is some idiot spammer in China not restricting calls to other countries?
by fru-gal
Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:25 am
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: [Archived] Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 4963
Views: 190776

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

M.Lee wrote:
Fri Mar 20, 2020 4:53 am
Unladen_Swallow wrote:
Fri Mar 20, 2020 3:15 am
The WHO has retracted and been false so many times in this mess, I feel bad that I ignored my instinct to doubt them more.
I feel the same about the CDC.
The only person I trust about this is Dr. Fauci. He is not a spring chicken; please stay alive, Dr. Fauci.
by fru-gal
Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much cash to have during coronavirus panic?
Replies: 144
Views: 10777

Re: How much cash to have during coronavirus panic?

I was thinking why bother with this, but then I got 3 emails in the past couple of days, from a credit union, a bank, and schwab saying they were closing their lobbies. This made me nervous. I can't use the ATM where I have my checking account as I need some card for that, which involves going into ...
by fru-gal
Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Happens To Your Battery When Your Car Is Parked For Weeks?
Replies: 90
Views: 4728

Re: What Happens To Your Battery When Your Car Is Parked For Weeks?

chevca wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 9:30 am
Nothing "bad" happens. It just resets all the computers. I guess to some losing their favorite seat preset could be bad? :happy Tough to find that perfect spot again.
Yes, it takes forever. Memory for this is a great invention, since mechanics reset everything to their own preference.
by fru-gal
Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to get Toilet Paper ? seriously.
Replies: 684
Views: 55522

Re: How to get Toilet Paper ? seriously.

Please do not buy baby wipes! You are adults and you can find a solution for TP in a worst case scenario and simply throw the paper away. I cannot wipe my baby’s bottom and change diapers with magazine pages... I wonder what people did before baby wipes were invented 60 years ago? Oh, wait. I think...
by fru-gal
Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to get Toilet Paper ? seriously.
Replies: 684
Views: 55522

Re: How to get Toilet Paper ? seriously.

Kleenex (I’ve still seen it on shelves) + Cottonelle FreshCare Flushable Wipes, aka “butt wipes” Our Public Utility Department advises that Kleenex, paper towels, flushable wipes will clog your drains. You could use them & throw in trash, like diapers. Interesting! I did not know that about Kleenex...
by fru-gal
Thu Mar 19, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Happens To Your Battery When Your Car Is Parked For Weeks?
Replies: 90
Views: 4728

Re: What Happens To Your Battery When Your Car Is Parked For Weeks?

Most modern cars have some amount of parasitic draw if they just sit. Disconnect the battery or attach a battery tender to keep the charge up. Disconnected a fully charged battery should hold most of its charge for a couple of months. Bad things happen to my 2003 Lexus if the battery goes or is dis...
by fru-gal
Thu Mar 19, 2020 5:54 am
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: [Archived] Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 4963
Views: 190776

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

"He said the lengthy turnaround time for test results leaves patients in the dark and burdens the hospital’s limited resources. Patients who might ultimately test negative for coronavirus, and be healthy enough to leave the hospital, are instead being kept in isolation." https://www.nytimes.com/2020...
by fru-gal
Thu Mar 19, 2020 5:41 am
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: [Archived] Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 4963
Views: 190776

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/18/scientists-say-mass-tests-in-italian-town-have-halted-covid-19 <<The researchers explained they had tested the inhabitants twice and that the study led to the discovery of the decisive role in the spread of the coronavirus epidemic of asymptomatic peopl...
by fru-gal
Wed Mar 18, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: [Archived] Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 4963
Views: 190776

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

Today the U.S. passed South Korea for number of cases and deaths. On the current trajectory, the U.S. will pass China and have the most cases in the world in about 10 days unless the curve starts to bend. This is not a point for optimism. Why are you posting it in this thread? One of the mods seems...
by fru-gal
Wed Mar 18, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: [Archived] Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 4963
Views: 190776

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/new-york-stock-exchange-to-temporarily-close-trading-floor-2020-03-18 A couple of people tested positive for the virus, so the stock exchange is moving to electronic trading. This business of runs on the stores adds to the anxiety. It's one more worry that actually...
by fru-gal
Wed Mar 18, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: [Archived] Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 4963
Views: 190776

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

Yesterday we had 936 new cases, today already 1600 new cases. And today is St. Patrick's day with many people out in bars. Florida is the next hot spot. Vulnerable folks should not go out. It's so sad that so many people were out yesterday and over the last week. - primary elections - St Patrick's ...
by fru-gal
Wed Mar 18, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1590
Views: 128882

Re: Do you sanitize your groceries? COVID-19

Anybody know how long they survive on refrigerated stuff?
by fru-gal
Wed Mar 18, 2020 6:46 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Philippians first to close financial markets, do you agree and who's next?
Replies: 13
Views: 1383

Re: Philippians first to close financial markets, do you agree and who's next?

I still remember having to rattle off Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians... I think closing the financial markets would be a catastrophe. But we have seen colossal ineptness before. I posted this on another thread: A credit union and a bank in my area sent out emails that their lobbies ar...
by fru-gal
Wed Mar 18, 2020 6:03 am
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: [Archived] Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 4963
Views: 190776

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

A credit union and a bank in my area sent out emails that their lobbies are closed and one of them also closed some branches completely, but both said online, ATM, and driveby banking in the open branches is available. Way to start a bank run. My initial thought was to go take out $500 as I normally...
by fru-gal
Tue Mar 17, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: [Archived] Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 4963
Views: 190776

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

But, the Federal government, like any huge organization, tends to be sluggish. Which is why it is better for state and local governments to handle most things. That is true of small businesses too. Fortunately, our forefathers created a government with a reasonably powerful executive. The President...
by fru-gal
Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: [Archived] Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 4963
Views: 190776

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

If we really think we need to shut down the economy completely for 18 months, I think instead maybe we have to think about just letting people get infected, and use a trillion dollars to build out medical infrastructure as a new Manhatten Project. Assuming the above projections are correct... No sc...
by fru-gal
Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: [Archived] Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 4963
Views: 190776

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

Maybe we can fix the roads too. Easier when no one’s using them. Wouldn't it be nice if we had a federal government that considered all these things and came up with a plan? States and local governments are responsible for the roads. I wasn't talking about the roads! Or did I miss a smiley? I was t...