Search found 17 matches

by treesinthewind
Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I get a ping pong table?
Replies: 67
Views: 3147

Re: Should I get a ping pong table?

Has anyone used a ping pong table as a dining table, or does that only work in a Peanuts special? We have a screened porch that has enough space if we took out the dining table, but we do like to eat out there too. Looks like the 30-inch height would work and maybe have a cover for when it's used fo...
by treesinthewind
Thu Oct 01, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to approach kid’s middle school / high school / college decisions?
Replies: 68
Views: 6127

Re: How to approach kid’s middle school / high school / college decisions?

I have no insight on college admissions, but we started elementary school in CA in a "great" district and moved out of state, in large part for better public schools. The difference between CA public schools--even "great" ones"--and those elsewhere in the Midwest and East Coast has been eye-opening ...
by treesinthewind
Fri Sep 25, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Dependent care expenses - we're going to lose a ton because of Covid
Replies: 22
Views: 2575

Re: Dependent care expenses - we're going to lose a ton because of Covid

I doubt the IRS is going to deny for that reason, especially given the pandemic situation. 3. In addition to some of the alternatives listed by other posters, look at options to use the funds for virtual/in-person after care enrichment programs. Some sports clubs around here have virtual school and...
by treesinthewind
Thu Sep 24, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Dependent care expenses - we're going to lose a ton because of Covid
Replies: 22
Views: 2575

Re: Dependent care expenses - we're going to lose a ton because of Covid

3. In addition to some of the alternatives listed by other posters, look at options to use the funds for virtual/in-person after care enrichment programs. Some sports clubs around here have virtual school and sports coaching camps that should qualify. Have you successfully used funds for virtual pr...
by treesinthewind
Thu Sep 17, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vastly different quotes for wallpaper removal and painting job
Replies: 39
Views: 2519

Re: Vastly different quotes for wallpaper removal and painting job

Be sure you ask what the company will do if (when) they remove the first layer of wallpaper and there is foil wallpaper or anything else unexpected underneath. It's fair if they want to charge more, but on what basis do they charge? We've removed wallpaper from a few rooms now and there's always bee...
by treesinthewind
Tue Sep 15, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: codakids for coding lessons
Replies: 22
Views: 1341

Re: codakids for coding lessons

We tried codakids for about 30 minutes with a 9-yo a couple of years ago. I don't remember the details, but I do remember the ensuing tears and frustration lead us to cancel quickly. I recall that the instruction was all video-based and either way too fast or too slow (I don't remember which). Unles...
by treesinthewind
Mon Sep 14, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home exercise equipment -- invest in used elliptical?
Replies: 4
Views: 439

Re: Home exercise equipment -- invest in used elliptical?

We got an older Life Fitness elliptical free from our neighbor. Their movers charged us about $60 to take it to our house on a dolly and then carry it up a half flight of stairs with a turn. It is a very awkwardly distributed couple hundred pounds, so you need two *strong* people. Also be sure to ge...
by treesinthewind
Wed Aug 19, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Move to NE Ohio?
Replies: 71
Views: 4428

Re: Move to NE Ohio?

Re: the snow, we've been here two winters and there's been minimal effect on driving. I'd never driven in snow before and commuted 25+ miles each way here in the winter, and the freeways and main streets are always clear, day or night. Ask around which communities have better snow removal (although...
by treesinthewind
Wed Aug 19, 2020 6:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Move to NE Ohio?
Replies: 71
Views: 4428

Re: Move to NE Ohio?

Re: the snow, we've been here two winters and there's been minimal effect on driving. I'd never driven in snow before and commuted 25+ miles each way here in the winter, and the freeways and main streets are always clear, day or night. Ask around which communities have better snow removal (although ...
by treesinthewind
Mon Aug 10, 2020 7:06 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Career advice
Replies: 19
Views: 2445

Re: Career advice

I've had a similar thought in a completely unrelated field and found this conceptualization helpful: http://drewconway.com/zia/2013/3/26/the-data-science-venn-diagram Your strength is "substantive (or domain) expertise." In some ways, that is most critical because you can determine when the 30-year-...
by treesinthewind
Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Move to NE Ohio?
Replies: 71
Views: 4428

Re: Move to NE Ohio?

We relocated here from Southern CA specifically for the family lifestyle and are in an eastern suburb. We chose it mostly for the schools and also looked at Shaker, Cleveland Heights, Beachwood etc. A couple of observations that I don't think have been mentioned: - It is so cheap to buy here that hi...
by treesinthewind
Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Hopeless Civil Engineer
Replies: 155
Views: 14465

Re: Hopeless Civil Engineer

I disagree with your generalizations about government vs. private industry. Every job is unique and no type of employer has a monopoly on "soul crushing morale." There are good and bad jobs in both the public and private sector. Not just anybody can show up at a coding bootcamp and be successful. T...
by treesinthewind
Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Hopeless Civil Engineer
Replies: 155
Views: 14465

Re: Hopeless Civil Engineer

There are plenty of excellent public employees who have done heavy lifting (real engineering) in their careers, including management of people and projects. And there are enough who are PMs in name only and mostly have pushed paper (and responsibility). So, owner PMs who produce and oversee product...
by treesinthewind
Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Hopeless Civil Engineer
Replies: 155
Views: 14465

Re: Hopeless Civil Engineer

Another hopeless civil engineer here (environmental/water/wastewater), following the suggestions that have been posted. The recommendations to change jobs are not immediately actionable, right? I've been networking and it sounds like everyone has hiring freezes, but maybe that's just a nice way of s...
by treesinthewind
Thu Jun 11, 2020 8:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Luxury Vinyl Flooring
Replies: 14
Views: 1529

Re: Luxury Vinyl Flooring

We had the same situation in our basement (although closer to 300 sq. ft. space) with old asbestos tiles in the basement. We went through Costco/Shaw's and they had no issue with overlaying on the tile since it wasn't going to be disturbed at all. The tiles were not flat, either, I think there was a...
by treesinthewind
Thu Apr 02, 2020 7:07 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: TLH to unwind position in individual stocks with very low cost basis?
Replies: 3
Views: 214

Re: TLH to unwind position in individual stocks with very low cost basis?

Thanks very much for the reply! I'm not sure why I conflated the capital gain and tax loss; I this I was confusing the fact that the VTSAX has only been held for a short time and thus might not be eligible to use for TLH. Thanks again for your help!
by treesinthewind
Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: TLH to unwind position in individual stocks with very low cost basis?
Replies: 3
Views: 214

TLH to unwind position in individual stocks with very low cost basis?

Hello, I am a long-time lurker but have finally registered to see if I am on the right track with using TLH in my situation. I have read the wiki and other websites and have a grasp on the mechanics, but would appreciate some Boglehead advice on whether it's actually a good idea (ie, am I missing th...