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by 6miths
Thu Nov 15, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: International Travel during Maternity/Paternity
Replies: 86
Views: 3508

Re: International Travel during Maternity/Paternity

No, I would not travel with a 4-6 month old. Where do I begin?? Traveling is expensive and I would not spend a significant amount of money when most of my time traveling would be spent tending to a baby. You do not understand how much your life will be dictated by this baby. Even if you have an eas...
by 6miths
Thu Nov 15, 2018 12:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: International Travel during Maternity/Paternity
Replies: 86
Views: 3508

Re: International Travel during Maternity/Paternity

Three of our four children went on 2-4 week trips in their first 4 months. The trips were enjoyable and memorable. With the third baby DW went with the newborn while the first two stayed at home with me. Trips were to Europe - UK, France and Italy - so not roughing it. We found that young children t...
by 6miths
Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda reliability slipping?
Replies: 58
Views: 7150

Re: Honda reliability slipping?

My personal experience is yes but pretty limited sample size. Have owned 13 Honda/Acura vehicles over the years and up until the 2010 Odyssey they were all great. The Odyssey's transmission went at 65k. Still drive and love my 2007 Acura CSX Type S (a tuned Civic for the Canadian market) which now h...
by 6miths
Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Does Early Retirement Make You Live Longer?
Replies: 70
Views: 4218

Re: Does Early Retirement Make You Live Longer?

Looks like the link to the study within that article is dead. Did some searching and found this page questioning the legitimacy of the study (which appears to be over 35 years old as of today): https://www.intmath.com/blog/mathematics/retiring-early-means-a-longer-life-an-urban-myth-822 Possible Ur...
by 6miths
Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best city car
Replies: 19
Views: 1710

Re: Best city car

If you want a bit more room you and flexibility you might consider the Mazda 5. It's a mini minivan. When we were overseas we had a Honda Stream which was the same layout and it was an amazing vehicle for our 4 young children. Was able to carry more than our much larger 7-seat SUV.
by 6miths
Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When to change tires; and what brand
Replies: 131
Views: 8472

Re: When to change tires; and what brand

Michelins from Costco. Premier A/S which I ran on my Acura for the last 2 years year-round after my last set of snows got down to 4/32. Thought I would replace these with the Cross Climate+ when the time came. We don't get a much snow here and I don't have to drive the car anywhere that I will see a...
by 6miths
Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Talk me out of buying a Tesla Model 3
Replies: 295
Views: 19131

Re: Talk me out of buying a Tesla Model 3

I went to the Tesla store last week to say goodbye to my Model 3. Our new government pulled the 12k subsidy and psychologically I just can't swallow paying that much more. I could have received the rebate if I had taken delivery of the premium model in June but didn't need all of the features so wai...
by 6miths
Sun Nov 04, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a mini-van
Replies: 25
Views: 1799

Re: Buying a mini-van

We had several minivans over the years and loved them for so many reasons. Four children. Had 3 Odyssey's and a Sienna. Still have a 2014 Odyssey despite the children all being in college. The Sienna was a bit of a lemon but the transmission went at 80K miles on the 2010 Odyssey and given the ongoin...
by 6miths
Sat Nov 03, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Non-Boring Boglehead Cars Under $30k
Replies: 247
Views: 16838

Re: Good Non-Boring Boglehead Cars Under $30k

I know all corporations are in the business of making money but I will never buy another VW product. We are in the process of buying a car that the kids will drive a fair bit and to replace my Acura CSX Type R which has been very fun to drive. Came down to the Mazda 3 Sport and the Subaru Impreza Sp...
by 6miths
Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3819
Views: 1078603

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

'Bohemian Rhapsody'. DW and I both loved it. DW said the critics didn't like it and indeed Rotten Tomatoes Critics is 59% and 49 on Metacritic but Audience is 93% and 85 respectively. I don't know if the critics missed the 70s and 80s and the HIV epidemic but it was a powerful depiction of the trial...
by 6miths
Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3819
Views: 1078603

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Saw 'First Man' tonight with DW. We both enjoyed it very much.
by 6miths
Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3408
Views: 1014999

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

'Pharmageddon' by Dr David Healy. It's interesting to read about people that you have worked closely with. Sobering and thought provoking. Was this the pharmaceutical magnate and his wife who were murdered in Toronto last year? Sorry I didn't have time to look up the write-up of the book but I gath...
by 6miths
Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3408
Views: 1014999

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

The Death and Life of the Great Lakes , by Dan Egan. This is a very interesting history of human induced changes in the lakes such as the invasions by sea lampreys, alewives, zebra mussels, quagga mussels, the introduction of salmon, the threat of Asian carp, and toxic algae. Thanks I should look a...
by 6miths
Sat Sep 01, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PSA: Free Sirius/XM Broadcasting through Sept 10
Replies: 19
Views: 1844

Re: PSA: Free Sirius/XM Broadcasting through Sept 10

I've never been impressed with it. Rather stream books and podcasts. Listen to local newsradio when interested. Family is happy with FM music stations of which there are dozens within easy reach. Perhaps if we lived in the sticks.
by 6miths
Sat Sep 01, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3408
Views: 1014999

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

'Pharmageddon' by Dr David Healy. It's interesting to read about people that you have worked closely with. Sobering and thought provoking.
by 6miths
Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota Camry - Considering Purchase - Panoramic Sunroof?
Replies: 30
Views: 1847

Re: Toyota Camry - Considering Purchase - Panoramic Sunroof?

Agree with not liking sunroofs. Harder and harder to get some models without them.
by 6miths
Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Better Behavioural Finance Books?
Replies: 17
Views: 1374

Re: Better Behavioural Finance Books?

Love all these (with the exception of Dave Ramsey which I am not familiar with). I have read 'Thinking, Fast and Slow' a couple of times and listened to it on audiobook a couple of times as well. Most of these deserve some deep thought.
by 6miths
Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Today I retired [should I invest in rental properties?]
Replies: 25
Views: 2998

Re: Today I retired [should I invest in rental properties?]

David Jay wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 6:04 pm
So you WANT a job? That’s what you get when you own rentals. Been there. Done that. Got the t-shirt.
+1

Exactly what I was thinking. Never had the disposition for this and in my mind not far off my idea of hell on earth even though I am incredibly handy and can fix just about anything.
by 6miths
Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Fall of Consumer Reports
Replies: 89
Views: 15194

Re: The Fall of Consumer Reports

Totally agree that the proliferation of models was and continues to be a pain for both CR and consumers. Also that online reviews do not come near what CR provided and in some areas still provides. They still do some good journalism. I continue to enjoy things they do on medical issues. I still subs...
by 6miths
Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: American Express (Amex) Platinum Business Card
Replies: 3
Views: 732

Re: American Express (Amex) Platinum Business Card

Thanks. Yes have been over looking at Flyertalk and this would be the Business card rather than the personal. It seemed like a few years ago the value of having the card diminished quite a bit in terms of perks but now perhaps it has regained some of its benefits. It seems like when first offered th...
by 6miths
Sat Jul 21, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: American Express (Amex) Platinum Business Card
Replies: 3
Views: 732

American Express (Amex) Platinum Business Card

Does anyone have any experience with this relatively new offering. It seems that the benefits are in flux but the cost is lower than the personal card and I could pay the fees with corporate dollars. DW and I have been flying a fair bit again and access to lounges is very nice. I don't usually fly b...
by 6miths
Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New book based on Millionaire Next Door
Replies: 120
Views: 17176

Re: New book based on Millionaire Next Door

Enjoyed these books and will be hoping the library gets it early and as an audiobook. ;)
by 6miths
Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car
Replies: 433
Views: 57370

Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

170k miles on a 2007 Acura CSX Type S. Only tires, brakes once and one clutch.
by 6miths
Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Possible Knob & Tube in an older home.
Replies: 29
Views: 2599

Re: Possible Knob & Tube in an older home.

No doubt some K&T wiring is still in place. Many times it is easier to abandon (disconnect) wiring leaving it in place much like a plumber may leave existing galvanized pipe in place when re-piping in copper. Would think a home built 150+ years ago would have all sorts of previous things left in pl...
by 6miths
Wed Jul 18, 2018 6:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 35 minute connection for flight, long enough?
Replies: 65
Views: 4076

Re: 35 minute connection for flight, long enough?

That would be too tight for me. I just did it inadvertently last week. Flight leaving Addis Ababa was held up because the president of Eriteria landed and they held up all flights for security reasons. Got to see a nice brass band and a bunch of dignitaries out of the plane window. Flight landed in ...
by 6miths
Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Opticians: is there any difference in quality of Costco glasses?
Replies: 70
Views: 108120

Re: Opticians: is there any difference in quality of Costco glasses?

Have been using Costco for almost 20 years for both eyeglasses and contacts. Have never been disappointed. As mentioned Consumer Reports, rates them highest for satisfaction for eye wear.
by 6miths
Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Do you subscribe to Consumer Reports?]
Replies: 31
Views: 3054

Re: [Do you subscribe to Consumer Reports?]

Yes. Online subscriber and I do trust them more than most online reviews. Agree that I think that there have been some changes not for the better but still enjoy reading specific reviews.
by 6miths
Fri Jun 29, 2018 1:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3408
Views: 1014999

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Rereading 'An American Sickness' by Dr Elisabeth Rosenthal. Just as depressing the second time.
by 6miths
Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bogleheads, tell me about your 40's?
Replies: 179
Views: 39166

Re: Bogleheads, tell me about your 40's?

LowER wrote:
Sat Nov 15, 2014 11:35 pm
Yep. 20/10 my whole life then all of a sudden can't see poop right in front of me.
Yes this was such a pain. Having to do fine work - and not having my 'readers'. All the worse when eyes had been so very good.
by 6miths
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What To Do About 2001 Honda Odyssey With No AIr
Replies: 16
Views: 1506

Re: What To Do About 2001 Honda Odyssey With No AIr

As pointed out the total fix isn't that expensive. Patching doesn't seem to be the way to go. Have replaced AC on two Honda's at about 13 and 11 years of age as I recall. Wasn't a big deal and both have worked for several years since the replacement with little further major maintenance. Now if it h...
by 6miths
Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3408
Views: 1014999

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Red Moon Rising by Matthew Brzezinski. The story of Sergi Korolev and the Soviet Union's rocket programme and the ICBM and space race. Very good.
by 6miths
Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why do we work?
Replies: 121
Views: 11195

Re: Why do we work?

I'm pretty much retired but the the work that I choose to do now is because I love to learn new things. I teach young people and they teach me. When the ask me why I do it I tell them that and that I love to get an infusion of enthusiasm. The other work that I do takes me to new parts of the world t...
by 6miths
Sun May 27, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: electrical outlet dead; fuse not tripped
Replies: 23
Views: 1701

Re: electrical outlet dead; fuse not tripped

I have a broken wire in an outlet, also in the basement as OP, need to add a short new wire in that box. What do you mean by a 'broken wire'? That doesn't sound like a good thing. There should be enough length in the box to redo an new outlet or rewire to the terminal on the old outlet. Good work t...
by 6miths
Sun May 27, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: electrical outlet dead; fuse not tripped
Replies: 23
Views: 1701

Re: electrical outlet dead; fuse not tripped

Don't you have a wiring diagram? lol. Fond memories of generating one with my now passed DD for the two houses I have lived in. Good advice so far. Check everything on the circuit. Search for the forgotten tripped or broken upstream GFCI. If everything on the circuit is dead it's the breaker or wire...
by 6miths
Thu May 24, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 113106

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

I got my configuration e-mail in early April for the Model 3 on a reservation from last May (2017 - not a Tesla owner). Delivery in 4-8 weeks. I am going to wait for now. Still undecided. There are many positives but not a big fan of sunroofs. When I sit in the car I can see why some 'car' folks are...
by 6miths
Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ikea Quality
Replies: 37
Views: 3412

Re: Ikea Quality

Billy is very serviceable and build/rebuild quality has improved over the years. We have some Billy that has been through 3 moves and has done well. It has been rebuilt each time. They have held up well cosmetically as well. The one downside is that they are not solid wood and really cannot tolerate...
by 6miths
Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:13 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Do I have 3 different investment horizons when planning for retirement?
Replies: 32
Views: 2893

Re: Do I have 3 different investment horizons when planning for retirement?

We also have the time horizon of children and grandchildren - money that we will never spend and is invested for their futures. So 70 and 100 years. Buying land in Canada's far north at pennies per acre. ;)
by 6miths
Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Traveling to Asia-need advice
Replies: 46
Views: 4268

Re: Traveling to Asia-need advice

Get a Forex free Visa card. Put some money in account before leaving. Use it as credit card and for ATM withdrawals.
by 6miths
Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Does it ever make sense to not contribute to retirement accounts?
Replies: 30
Views: 2723

Re: Does it ever make sense to not contribute to retirement accounts?

Pretty much retired at 53 from the high paying job and now have a much lower income. Retirement accounts (RRSPs in Canada) very well funded and RMDs will put us in higher tax brackets when they start. Actually likely makes sense to start withdrawing from RRSPs early - no restrictions on withdrawals ...
by 6miths
Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Interesting vs higher paying job
Replies: 40
Views: 3663

Re: Interesting vs higher paying job

I spent the first half of my career in the 'interesting' job at a prestigious university and the second half in the less 'interesting' high paying job. It is safe to say that my career would have been longer in the 'interesting' job - I would have felt more challenged and satisfied and been in a muc...
by 6miths
Tue Mar 27, 2018 11:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone Deleting Facebook?
Replies: 338
Views: 28217

Re: Anyone Deleting Facebook?

Still have it. still use it. Mainly for communications with students in 'Private' groups and family using messenger.
by 6miths
Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you think it is worth the money to travel to warm weather destinations during the winter?
Replies: 77
Views: 7599

Re: Do you think it is worth the money to travel to warm weather destinations during the winter?

It sure is for me. Just came back from Malawi. Especially sweet since it was on someone else's dime. Breaks up the winter nicely.
by 6miths
Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Besides Bogleheads, What Are Your Favorite Forums?
Replies: 92
Views: 11980

Re: Besides Bogleheads, What Are Your Favorite Forums?

yes to early retirement.org and the white coat investor.
by 6miths
Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car headlights or Daytime Running Lights - what do you do?
Replies: 62
Views: 4590

Re: Car headlights or Daytime Running Lights - what do you do?

Evidently, subsequent research seems to have indicated that this is not at all effective, in most cases for passenger cars, at increasing safety. I couldn't find the 'subsequent research' that you are citing though I saw that a 2004 NHTSA study was more positive than a subsequent one in 2008. A mor...
by 6miths
Sun Dec 31, 2017 1:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: manual car for new teen driver
Replies: 143
Views: 8336

Re: manual car for new teen driver

Canadians tend to drive somewhat smaller more economical cars and most of the cars that beginning drivers own are available as standards in Canada. Hyundai Accent and Elantra, Honda Civic and Fit, Mazda 2 and 3, Ford Focus, etc. DS could have taken his test in our automatic Hyundai Elantra GT, he ju...
by 6miths
Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: manual car for new teen driver
Replies: 143
Views: 8336

Re: manual car for new teen driver

DS loves driving the stick. We are lucky to have lots of hilly back country roads to practice on. He said that the Licensing Examiner commented that not many kids did their exam in a standard any more and said that DS drove it well in passing. Now my biggest problem is getting it away from him as I ...
by 6miths
Fri Dec 29, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lowes vs Home Depot
Replies: 62
Views: 9719

Re: Lowes vs Home Depot

I spend much more time in HD partly out of habit as the Lowe's was later to the game in our area. HD seems a bit less expensive. Lowe's definitely prettier. Garden Centre at Lowe's has better sales on plants so that gets me there in the spring. I've got lots of time on my hands so tend to go to both...
by 6miths
Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:14 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is anyone putting money aside into Gold?
Replies: 148
Views: 17199

Re: Is anyone putting money aside into Gold?

no but it is pretty.
by 6miths
Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hyundai quality and reliability
Replies: 41
Views: 4528

Re: Hyundai quality and reliability

2013 Elantra GT after many Hondas. Like the styling of the Elantra now better than the Civic but Hondas seem more solid in terms of build quality and lack of rattles. Hyundais more bang for buck in terms of features. Heating/AC seems a little weak on the Elantra but otherwise has been good. Stock Ko...
by 6miths
Thu Dec 28, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What non fiction book will you be reading in 2018?
Replies: 151
Views: 12589

Re: What non fiction book will you be reading in 2018?

Reading 'American Eclipse" by David Baron given to me by my daughter for Christmas. Recounting the times and total solar eclipse of 1878 in the American west and to commemorate the American eclipse of 2017.