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by 6miths
Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Grass trimmer
Replies: 67
Views: 4228

Re: Grass trimmer

Stihl. I have a standard straight shaft trimmer and also there KombiSystem trimmer along with a couple of the other attachments. Also have other Stihl gear. Never any problems. Tough. Purchased from local power equipment store.
by 6miths
Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What is the main purpose of holding your current job?
Replies: 66
Views: 5406

Re: What is the main purpose of holding your current job?

I am at a solid 1 now. I am retired as far as I am concerned and the job I do now is teaching which they pay me for but many years ago they did not. We don't need the money and I would in fact do it for free. Very much enjoy it.
by 6miths
Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: NYT > Under ‘Observation,’ Some Hospital Patients Face Big Bills
Replies: 23
Views: 2691

Re: NYT > Under ‘Observation,’ Some Hospital Patients Face Big Bills

At the end of her book 'An American Sickness', Dr Elisabeth Rosenthal has a list of suggestions to help avoid some of the system gaming that is going on by hospitals, insurance companies, and doctors. This issue was one of the areas that she addressed and IIRC the advice was similar to that given ab...
by 6miths
Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2587
Views: 819502

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

'An American Sickness' by Elisabeth Rosenthal. Depressing.
by 6miths
Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How far would you travel to see The Eclipse?
Replies: 259
Views: 14518

Re: How far would you travel to see The Eclipse?

It is worth it. Salem OR. +100 +100 The boys and I made the 660-mile trip from Maryland to Nashville Tennessee on Sunday. (Yes, we did something of a 'power trip' by leaving around 4am, and not stopping for long along the way. Pulled in around 2pm, a 10h ride.) Yesterday we hung out at the Triple C...
by 6miths
Mon Jul 17, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does mower brand matter much if they're all Briggs & Stratton engines?
Replies: 84
Views: 7079

Re: Does mower brand matter much if they're all Briggs & Stratton engines?

Have mainly used Toro mowers over the years. Have one at the cottage and one at mom's and they have done well. One at mom's is almost 40 years old. I expect the enviro cops to pull up one day and take it away from me. I have no idea why my father went to a two stroke as the Toro that proceeded it wa...
by 6miths
Mon Jul 17, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking of Retiring in South Florida
Replies: 13
Views: 1799

Re: Thinking of Retiring in South Florida

Good friends who had lived in Coral Springs for 30 years just retired to Tarpon Springs. They felt that the Tampa area was a better choice for them and they were tired of getting hit by hurricanes (although they probably just put the jinx on Tampa-St.Petes). I saw an article the other day that the T...
by 6miths
Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2939
Views: 864120

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Saw Baby Driver and Spider-Man recently. Both good but Baby Driver was truly outstanding.
by 6miths
Tue Jun 27, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Sam's Club, Costco, BJ's, and other wholesaler clubs]
Replies: 274
Views: 14555

Re: Sam's Club vs. Costco

Costco for me. Walmart closed all of its Sam's Club stores in Canada in 2009. I don't know that they have reopened any. When I am staying in the US I sometimes go to the local Sam's Club with friend's and don't see anything new that would change my mind about my preference. I am a huge number crunch...
by 6miths
Mon Jun 05, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flying first class, business, versus economy.
Replies: 104
Views: 7911

Re: Flying first class, business, versus economy.

Frequent flyer to Africa and the Middle-East. Economy on my dime but very happy to upgrade if I can convince someone else to pay for it.
by 6miths
Wed Mar 08, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2017 Honda Civic not recommended by Consumer reports
Replies: 44
Views: 8084

Re: 2017 Honda Civic not recommended by Consumer reports

It's interesting that when you go to the actual reliability breakdown the redesigned 2016 Civic gets the highest rating in almost every category except being flagged for audio system and average for its 'power equipment' and yet still gets a poor rating which is what the 2017 rating is largely based...
by 6miths
Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:17 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: At what age did you drop life and disability insurance?
Replies: 56
Views: 4452

Re: At what age did you drop life and disability insurance?

I stopped my disability insurance at 51, the year before I retired. I stopped life insurance at 55 but certainly could have done so much sooner. I kept a critical illness policy in place as it has return of premium rider which comes due in 5 years.
by 6miths
Sun Feb 12, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco refill HP color inkjet cartridges?
Replies: 19
Views: 1829

Re: Costco refill HP color inkjet cartridges?

We've been using Costco's service to refill HP inkjet cartridges for our home printers for years and have zero problems. It's a heck of a lot cheaper. Same here. No issues at all. Much, much more affordable than new cartridges. If one does eventually leak and gum up the printer then I guess that wi...
by 6miths
Sun Feb 05, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2939
Views: 864120

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Loved 'La La Land'. Have seen it twice. DW has gone 3 times, most recently with DD who also enjoyed it. Very much enjoyed 'Hidden Figures' as well. Wonderful story and great period piece. Have to admit that I was left feeling a bit depressed on reflecting afterwards, a time of such progress in so ma...
by 6miths
Sun Feb 05, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is whole life necessary with no debt?
Replies: 22
Views: 1869

Re: Is whole life necessary with no debt?

I think we have a consensus here. Whole life sucks... money from your portfolio to the seller.
by 6miths
Sun Feb 05, 2017 8:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Glasses, ball sports, and aging eyes
Replies: 26
Views: 2690

Re: Glasses, ball sports, and aging eyes

I went to contacts for hockey and they made a huge difference. Fortunately it is a very high contrast situation so that helps. I am still good with my bifocals for tennis as I find that I am always tracking the ball and not using peripheral vision much. Contacts also mean no problem wearing a helmet...
by 6miths
Sun Jan 29, 2017 1:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fire extinguishers
Replies: 45
Views: 2937

Re: Fire extinguishers

Kitchen, garage, workshop...
by 6miths
Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2939
Views: 864120

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

hoops777 wrote:On further review,Passengers is just not very good. :D


Agree. Not getting that time back.

On the other hand, we have seen La La Land twice now. Was even better the second time. Was not surprised that it did very well at the Golden Globes.
by 6miths
Tue Jan 03, 2017 9:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Are there downsides to index funds??
Replies: 9
Views: 1353

Re: Are there downsides to index funds??

Market returns. Bummer.
by 6miths
Tue Jan 03, 2017 1:59 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Whats your number to walk away?
Replies: 245
Views: 31536

Re: Whats your number to walk away?

Was 5M. Got a bit past it and called it a day at 53. Now I just do the fun stuff.
by 6miths
Mon Dec 26, 2016 11:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gift To Self
Replies: 70
Views: 9231

Re: Gift To Self

Was looking at Apple watches but hard to justify really. +1 I was very tempted by the sale prices this past week. I had sworn to never entertain the idea, but for the price drop... Did you end up getting one? No I haven't pulled the trigger yet. It may happen though, OTOH it is a pretty expensive t...
by 6miths
Sun Dec 25, 2016 11:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2939
Views: 864120

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Took the family to Rogue One today. Everyone enjoyed it.
by 6miths
Sat Dec 24, 2016 9:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 245
Views: 29758

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

Not recent books, but some of my favorites: -Mote in God's Eye (very thought provoking) -Stranger in a Strange Land (classic) -Ender's Game (I like Scott Card's work in general) -Lucifer's Hammer (good story telling) I enjoyed all of these. And would second 'The Man in the High Castle' as a TV seri...
by 6miths
Sat Dec 24, 2016 8:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gift To Self
Replies: 70
Views: 9231

Re: Gift To Self

Was looking at Apple watches but hard to justify really.
by 6miths
Sat Dec 24, 2016 2:33 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How has Financial Independence changed your life?
Replies: 55
Views: 7430

Re: How has Financial Independence changed your life?

Meant not worrying about being able to afford things that were important to us and being able to stop working for big money in a high stress and sometimes low satisfaction job and now working for little or no compensation in positions that are highly satisfying with stress levels that are manageable...
by 6miths
Sun Dec 18, 2016 8:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Family ski trip without breaking the bank
Replies: 39
Views: 3892

Re: Family ski trip without breaking the bank

With the Canadian dollar at 74 cents, flying into Calgary and then staying in Banff and skiing Sunshine and Lake Louise would be fairly affordable this year. We would rent a car and drive. Good roads and usually in good condition.
by 6miths
Sun Dec 18, 2016 3:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Snowblower: lubricating discharge chute?
Replies: 20
Views: 2760

Re: Snowblower: lubricating discharge chute?

I haven't used anything in the past but I would guess that PAM is the way to go.
by 6miths
Sat Dec 17, 2016 11:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoughts on SUV for retirement.
Replies: 54
Views: 5241

Re: Thoughts on SUV for retirement.

Has anyone suggested a model X yet?
by 6miths
Mon Dec 12, 2016 1:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2939
Views: 864120

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

My son suggest that it was excellent but that we could wait for the small screen release. It isn't really a sweeping vista or massive soundtrack movie, more about the story, so as good as it was to see on the big screen, I would say that it would be just about as good on the small screen.
by 6miths
Mon Dec 12, 2016 11:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2939
Views: 864120

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I saw Arrival on Wednesday. Taking preferences into account (I like science fiction that makes me think), it's one of the best movies I've ever seen. Really glad I decided to go see it. DS recommended this so DW and I went to see it on Thursday night. Agree that it was excellent. Opinion shared by ...
by 6miths
Sat Dec 10, 2016 10:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dubai in January, where to stay, what not to miss
Replies: 11
Views: 1244

Re: Dubai in January, where to stay, what not to miss

Driving in Dubai is not much different than any other major modern city. Major roads are in fantastic shape though there can certainly be much congestion at rush times of day. Driving is on the right so this makes things much safer for the average North American driver. I would much rather be drivin...
by 6miths
Sat Dec 10, 2016 10:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ideal two vehicle combo?
Replies: 73
Views: 7090

Re: Ideal two vehicle combo?

We have 4 children so Odyssey and Civic (Acura CSX which is a Civic in Acura finish) and have served us very well. Now that all 4 are driving we also have a Hyundai Elantra GT which does the job as well though is not nearly the vehicle the 10 year old manual 6-speed CSX Type S is. I totally agree on...
by 6miths
Fri Dec 09, 2016 10:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which country in Africa to visit?
Replies: 65
Views: 4611

Re: Which country in Africa to visit?

Geeze, stop recommending a safari in Kruger combined with Cape Town - it makes no sense. If you are doing the Garden Route Addo would be a good choice, Sanbona would be a nice private lodge option in the Klein Karoo. Well... it is exactly what we did on our first trip to Africa, some 15 years ago. ...
by 6miths
Fri Dec 09, 2016 11:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which country in Africa to visit?
Replies: 65
Views: 4611

Re: Which country in Africa to visit?

Really depends on your secondary goals... other than setting foot in Africa. Personally, I don't even think of North Africa as 'Africa' but that is not to say that there aren't interesting things to see there. South Africa is a beautiful country and Capetown is one of the most topographically specta...
by 6miths
Sun Nov 20, 2016 1:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Michelin Premier AS, anyone have them?
Replies: 13
Views: 1572

Re: Michelin Premier AS, anyone have them?

Have had the Premier AS as replacements on my Acura CSX for a month. They seem good so far. Certainly seem quiet to me from the start. Decent performance and will drive them through the winter as not much snow here usually and I don't have to get anywhere critical anymore now that I am retired.
by 6miths
Thu Nov 17, 2016 12:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Portland or Dallas (Southlake area)
Replies: 36
Views: 3599

Re: Portland or Dallas (Southlake area)

Personally, I would definitely go with Portland in terms of politics and raising a family but that would be me. I would much prefer the weather in Dallas but the vistas in Portland! I think there are many good points being made. My impression of my time in Portland was that it was liberal and there ...
by 6miths
Wed Oct 19, 2016 11:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Portable battery jumpers
Replies: 14
Views: 1638

Re: Portable battery jumpers

I still have two of the big clunkers but think the new lithium units are excellent and have two of those so far. Got one for DS to use with his motorcyle and the small size and lightness is obviously a huge bonus.
by 6miths
Wed Oct 19, 2016 3:56 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How do you track your portfolio's performance?
Replies: 40
Views: 3361

Re: How do you track your portfolio's performance?

How do you track your portfolio's performance? Wade: I have everything at Vanguard (and my bank account). I look at my two balances once or twice a year to detect mistakes or fraud. I don't bother figuring annualized return. We get what the markets give. I know my index funds are outperforming most...
by 6miths
Sat Oct 08, 2016 9:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Struggling with "Live like a Resident" versus "Keeping up with the Joneses"
Replies: 139
Views: 21869

Re: Struggling with "Live like a Resident" versus "Keeping up with the Joneses"

By avoiding lifestyle creep, you are buying yourself the flexibility to decide what you want to do. I think this is the key in helping keep things under control. One has choices and in my mind the short term gains from spending now are not compensation enough for the cost of removing the aforementi...
by 6miths
Tue Oct 04, 2016 7:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2587
Views: 819502

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Just downloaded 'The Gene' by Siddhartha Mukherjee from the library. Have some traveling coming up so will be able to listen to it.
by 6miths
Wed Sep 28, 2016 9:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How closely do you check your credit card statements?
Replies: 58
Views: 4018

Re: How closely do you check your credit card statements?

I check a few times a month online. Mainly to see if I am getting close to credit limit on the card I like to use most. Review transactions at the time. Don't check it against receipts but make sure it jibes with memory and nothing looks unusual.
by 6miths
Fri Sep 23, 2016 8:53 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Cosigning a new car lease for sister out of state
Replies: 71
Views: 5437

Re: Cosigning a new car lease for sister out of state

I would be very uncomfortable with this. Of course, I would be uncomfortable leasing a car for myself so that's not saying much. Why this car? Why a lease? I would have rather just bought her a good used car or affordable, reliable new car and set up loan terms with her personally. If she doesn't pa...
by 6miths
Thu Sep 22, 2016 5:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Companion Dogs for an older person
Replies: 42
Views: 3795

Re: Companion Dogs for an older person

My mother is in good shape to care for a dog and is familiar with the care of this type of dog. She lives in a rural area with plenty of outdoor space (Mom's house surrounded by 60 acres of her own).....lots of space and time to walk together. Thank you for the leads on places to search. Sounds lik...
by 6miths
Thu Sep 22, 2016 4:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The pick-pocket crew is alive and well in the Hermitage!
Replies: 5
Views: 1367

Re: The pick-pocket crew is alive and well in the Hermitage!

Crime!?! In Russia... say it ain't so!!
by 6miths
Sun Sep 18, 2016 9:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How do you view money over and above your number?
Replies: 50
Views: 6173

Re: How do you view money over and above your number?

I viewed it as my children's and put it in equities while moving it over to them.
by 6miths
Sun Sep 18, 2016 8:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2016 Honda Odyssey - which model?
Replies: 37
Views: 3103

Re: 2016 Honda Odyssey - which model?

2011 Odyssey owner here. Don't pay for the nav or the rear entertainment system man. Nav: You have a smartphone? It almost certainly offers offline maps. I know Google Maps on iPhone offers offline maps. Just use your phone. If you don't want to use your phone, you can buy a decent Garmin for like ...
by 6miths
Sat Sep 17, 2016 11:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2939
Views: 864120

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Sully . Pretty good but makes me want to check out how close they stuck to the facts and how much was just Hollywood. PS: People either love or hate Money Monster . I hated it. DW and I went to see Sully. Was entertaining but not completely factual. The NTSB team was portrayed as out to hang the pi...
by 6miths
Tue Sep 13, 2016 2:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Education cost and kids
Replies: 64
Views: 5898

Re: Education cost and kids

I would agree with sentiments that it hard for current parents of teens to understand how much has changed for the current crop of college bound kids and new grads. Similar to the comparison of those who benefited from the post-WW2 boom and their children who struggled with the inflationary decade f...