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by 6miths
Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Astronomy Buffs Out There?
Replies: 30
Views: 1877

Re: Any Astronomy Buffs Out There?

I could be considered an astronomy buff. I am not so much interested at looking at "dots of light" in the sky because that's pretty boring. Even looking at a planet is just another dot of light in the sky. What I enjoy is how astronomical bodies move and the ancient lore of all these. For instance,...
by 6miths
Wed Jun 24, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPhone 7 plus to iPhone 11 Pro: Poor battery life. Time to upgrade?
Replies: 65
Views: 2456

Re: iPhone 7 plus to iPhone 11 Pro: Poor battery life. Time to upgrade?

Still using my 7 Plus even though I have a new XR sitting around, I just haven't had time to change and the 7 Plus is a nice phone. We had batteries swapped out when Apple was offering that for whatever reason it was. Still have good life. Obviously, I would just go with swapping the battery if you ...
by 6miths
Fri Jun 12, 2020 10:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time to replace deck?
Replies: 24
Views: 2042

Re: Time to replace deck?

Three separate decks built within a year of each other 15 years ago in different environments. Two Trex and the third TimberTech. The Trex did not wear nearly as well as the TimberTech which has a much harder cap on it. The Timbertech had the benefit of being southern exposed and in sun all day as o...
by 6miths
Sun May 03, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best [BBQ grill] for the money?
Replies: 94
Views: 6442

Re: Best BBQ for the money?

Have a Weber Genesis and have loved it. Have to replace a Vermont Castings BBQ at the cottage and now that Costco is selling Weber's it seems like an even better choice!
by 6miths
Thu Feb 27, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: who is worried and feels like selling stocks?
Replies: 254
Views: 18948

Re: who is worried and feels like selling stocks?

I'm waiting for 666 again and then going to buy, buy, buy! Unless one thinks it is end times, it seems to me that the reasonable thing is to be sure one is happy with one's asset allocation and continue to invest accordingly.
by 6miths
Sun Jan 26, 2020 1:04 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do you plan to actually spend down your portfolio?
Replies: 353
Views: 29699

Re: Do you plan to actually spend down your portfolio?

Retired almost 6 years and thanks to the initial cushion and the markets. the number continues to rise and according to FIRECalc won't end lower than current unless we went crazy. We live very well and have no desire to spend more than is reasonable. LTC not a significant worry but planning on leavi...
by 6miths
Sat Jan 25, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Global Entry [wait time for interview]
Replies: 70
Views: 4895

Re: Global Entry

When we did it, the appointments at the closest site were 5 months out, but if we were willing to drive 3 hours to a land border crossing, we could get an appointment within the week. The interview just asks you, in person, the exact same questions you already answered online. We received our final...
by 6miths
Sun Dec 22, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Credit card payment habits
Replies: 72
Views: 4315

Re: Credit card payment habits

Full amounts each month through online banking. Occasionally pay mid month if I am going to get near my main card's credit limit.
by 6miths
Mon Dec 09, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you subscribe to Consumer Reports?
Replies: 57
Views: 4027

Re: Do you subscribe to Consumer Reports?

Have a digital subscription and read the paper copy now and then at library, costco, bookstore. Still value their reviews and find some of the articles interesting, especially in the area of healthcare.
by 6miths
Tue Nov 26, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Michelin vs Toyota tires for Corolla?
Replies: 31
Views: 2965

Re: Michelin vs Toyota tires for Corolla?

Have Defenders on our minivan. Premier A/S on other cars. When those wear out am going to go with the new Michelin CrossClimate+ which apparently are the best of all worlds for our cold climate but a paucity of snow. They do have quite good performance in snow as well though. Have always been happy ...
by 6miths
Sat Nov 23, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best car/car value ever!
Replies: 59
Views: 5494

Re: Best car/car value ever!

1991 Honda CRX-Si (I didn't see the sub $10k in my last choice) Fun car to drive Economical Practical with the huge hatch area Lego for parts. Easy to drop Integra GSR engine into or even a K series. Relatively rare these days in good shape, so you won't see 900 of them on your way to work like you...
by 6miths
Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you wash berries?
Replies: 83
Views: 7020

Re: Do you wash berries?

Nope. If it doesn't kill me it makes me stronger. Very strong!
by 6miths
Wed Oct 30, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone have an issue with Corelle plates?
Replies: 38
Views: 4063

Re: Anyone have an issue with Corelle plates?

When I was in college and Corelle first came out in the early 70s, I worked in a big box discount store that sold it. A group of us store associates were standing around as the head of the housewares department extolled the virtues of this fine new product. We examined and passed around a dinner pl...
by 6miths
Wed Oct 30, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 2019 Conference Photos
Replies: 3
Views: 685

Re: 2019 Conference Photos

Thanks for posting. I see some familiar faces. Sorry to have missed this year. Hope to make it back next year.
by 6miths
Wed Oct 30, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time for a new car - Corolla or Civic...
Replies: 106
Views: 12245

Re: Time for a new car - Corolla or Civic...

Lifelong owner of Hondas and agree that quality has slipped but still better than many makes. Have only had one Toyota (a Sienna) and it was a lemon. Have tried a Hyundai Elantra GT as a kids' car - great bang for buck feature wise but build quality and drive-ability is nowhere near a Civic. Car I a...
by 6miths
Wed Oct 30, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Unnecessary blood tests
Replies: 51
Views: 3439

Re: Unnecessary blood tests

Medicine may not be a precise science, but there is research on many topics. In particular, there's the USPSTF which examines research and rates various tests. Yes, but they do so on a broad population basis. Let's not give them too much credit. They try, but humans are anything but homogeneous. Th...
by 6miths
Wed Oct 30, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Unnecessary blood tests
Replies: 51
Views: 3439

Re: Unnecessary blood tests

Medicine may not be a precise science, but there is research on many topics. In particular, there's the USPSTF which examines research and rates various tests. Yes, but they do so on a broad population basis. Let's not give them too much credit. They try, but humans are anything but homogeneous. Th...
by 6miths
Fri Oct 18, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: One thing to check when buying a used car privately [wheel locks]
Replies: 20
Views: 2495

Re: One thing to check when buying a used car privately

RickBoglehead wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:22 pm
Yeah, wheel locks are basically a waste of money. Any hard core wheel thief knows exactly how to get them off in seconds. Not providing further info or a link, easily Googled.
+1
Always replace these with the original lugs. Another gimmick.
by 6miths
Sat Oct 12, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hotel mini bar - rude to use for own stuff
Replies: 42
Views: 6704

Re: Hotel mini bar - rude to use for own stuff

+1 on asking at the front desk, often mini bars have built in sensors which trigger when you remove an item. In that case if you move it you buy it. The easiest thing to do is to ask the front desk to remove the hotel items so that you can use the fridge for your own things. I have done this many t...
by 6miths
Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Consumer Reports
Replies: 36
Views: 3919

Re: Consumer Reports

I still use it and find it useful. Have a digital subscription and read the hard copy at the library and bookstore. Perhaps not as good as it was years ago but that is partly because industry has made it harder to compare products due to the proliferation of manufacturers/models and variations on mo...
by 6miths
Fri Oct 11, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What frugal thing did you do today?
Replies: 1477
Views: 170407

Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

Ah sweet RDHUSA. That is even better than my solution. Sadly I couldn't find my control board anywhere direct.
by 6miths
Fri Oct 11, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Purchasing an old home 100yrs +
Replies: 33
Views: 2537

Re: Purchasing an old home 100yrs +

We are on our second 'old home'. Our starter was 90 years old and was great. Wiring and plumbing had been upgraded before we purchased. We finished the basement, pulled the double oil tanks and converted to natural gas. Finished the attic. Repaired the plaster - which I so love compared to drywall. ...
by 6miths
Fri Oct 11, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What frugal thing did you do today?
Replies: 1477
Views: 170407

Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

Well our wall oven died a couple weeks ago and I had to decide whether to repair or replace. 12 years old. Turns out wall ovens are a way to separate well off (or dumb) people from their money. Why should something that has significantly less components and capability cost more - comparing regular r...
by 6miths
Fri Oct 11, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: SPIA and your health
Replies: 25
Views: 2783

Re: SPIA and your health

So If you take the blood test and you find my internal age is 90, is a SPIA still a good idea? Any advice on the subject? Thanks Paul Not a medical advice question. You are asking about a deceptive company and whether you should base a purchase based on their claim. No one can provide you with an e...
by 6miths
Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help Me Decide on a New Vehicle?
Replies: 63
Views: 5467

Re: Help Me Decide on a New Vehicle?

randomguy wrote:
Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:29 pm
And since it needs to be said: Just get a model X. Nothing else compares:)
I was looking at the latest issue of CR yesterday and as much as I love Tesla, it was hard not to notice that the Model X had fallen to last place in the ratings in its segment. By quite a large margin.
by 6miths
Sat Sep 28, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is protocol for cleaning house when moving?
Replies: 49
Views: 3700

Re: What is protocol for cleaning house when moving?

Definitely wouldn't spackle nail/screw holes that were used for picture hanging. That would be annoying moving in and having to redo all the obvious spots for pictures. On the other hand, we have a wall in the family room where we have about 60 4x6 or smaller plaque mounts - there I would likely rep...
by 6miths
Sun Sep 22, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: First car for child
Replies: 129
Views: 9235

Re: First car for child

Four kids. Everyone of them has had an accident of some kind. Kids' car is a Hyundai Elantra GT. The poor thing. The two girls had the more serious accidents but all single vehicle thankfully and not anything that would deploy airbags. 20-year-old younger son was accident free until last week when h...
by 6miths
Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Dog Car?
Replies: 70
Views: 5153

Re: Best Dog Car?

I think it used to be the Honda Element which was manufactured in Ohio but they stopped making it in 2011. It was a bulletproof beast.
by 6miths
Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Leaf Blower?
Replies: 70
Views: 4866

Re: Best Leaf Blower?

I have 3 Stihl 56C-E units. Blower shredders. I have an acre at home with many mature walnut trees. Also use one at the cottage and at my mom's. I have three because my neighbor loved to borrow mine and given that he is a great guy and does tons for me, I bought him one as a gift but unbeknownst to ...
by 6miths
Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5546
Views: 1359214

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Went to see 'Once Upon A Time in Hollywood' last week. Some very good acting. Enjoyable. Some good laughs - I thought that meant that DW and I had very warped senses of humour but DS had seen it the week before and said that he hadn't been in a theatre in a long time with so much laughter.
by 6miths
Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Winter (snow) tires for Volvo XC-70
Replies: 26
Views: 1910

Re: Winter (snow) tires for Volvo XC-70

I have a hard time believing that the Michelin CroosClimate+ are as good as a Michelin Xice3 in the middle of winter and the Michelin Defender in the middle of summer. Many compromises must be made. I see no data comparing along these lines. Maybe 95% as good rather than just as good. These are All...
by 6miths
Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Winter (snow) tires for Volvo XC-70
Replies: 26
Views: 1910

Re: Winter (snow) tires for Volvo XC-70

In the past, I have used Michelin X-Ice but now that I am retired I am putting Michelin CroosClimate+ on everything I can. All-season, incredible ratings from Consumer Reports. Downside is only available in certain sizes.
by 6miths
Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LG OLED E9 or C9 -buying today
Replies: 8
Views: 746

Re: LG OLED E9 or C9 -buying today

I went with the C9. We have a good soundbar and subwoofer. As stated panel and software are identical. I bought last year when on sale at Costco then got to further price reductions went it went on further sale thanks to there return policy. OLED is gorgeous - increasing resolution seems like dimini...
by 6miths
Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best time to purchase airline tickets to London
Replies: 26
Views: 1844

Re: Best time to purchase airline tickets to London

stan1 wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 10:28 am
Definitely take Eurostar from London to Paris. Plus kids will enjoy it.
But definitely do not take it from Paris to London. Delay going into UK related to immigration is way too long to warrant the novelty of the rapid train trip.
by 6miths
Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best option for paying for prescription drug
Replies: 8
Views: 549

Re: Best option for paying for prescription drug

miamivice wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:27 pm
6miths wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:22 pm
Interested if you costed it at an out-of-country pharmacy.
No, we need to pick this prescription up in person.
Ah yes I understand.
by 6miths
Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best option for paying for prescription drug
Replies: 8
Views: 549

Re: Best option for paying for prescription drug

Interested if you costed it at an out-of-country pharmacy.
by 6miths
Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Poll: Are you happy after retirement?
Replies: 41
Views: 5817

Re: Poll: Are you happy after retirement?

I think if you asked about stress you might get more useful answers. I loved being a Professor but the grant getting stress was a killer Agree. I wouldn't say that I was an unhappy person prior to retirement but the stress level was probably not healthy. Much, much less stressed in retirement. Horm...
by 6miths
Mon Jul 22, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Creative, "outside the box" to lower auto expenses?
Replies: 63
Views: 4112

Re: Creative, "outside the box" to lower auto expenses?

Agree that [to use WOPR's words], 'The only way to win is not to play the game.' I feel like I have done reasonably well to only have 3 vehicles with 6 drivers in the house but DS set me back by deciding the motorcycles were the thing. Don't get me started. As soon as I can get the kids off the book...
by 6miths
Sun Jul 21, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5546
Views: 1359214

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Went to see 'Yesterday' yesterday. DW and I quite enjoyed it. Some great music, obviously!
by 6miths
Sat Jul 20, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apollo 11 (In Real Time)
Replies: 62
Views: 5785

Re: Apollo 11 (In Real Time)

Armstrong just stepped off ladder (- 50 years!)
by 6miths
Thu Jul 18, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: replacing mulch bed recommendations
Replies: 35
Views: 2933

Re: replacing mulch bed recommendations

This year, the main flower bed in the front yard became absolutely overrun with ground cover (Vinca?). Vines are everywhere, choking the perennials, climbing up the little tree, even jumping across the sidewalk to the next flower bed. I consider this stuff an invasive species. Maybe could be used t...
by 6miths
Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: replacing mulch bed recommendations
Replies: 35
Views: 2933

Re: replacing mulch bed recommendations

We have both pachysandra and periwinkle. And cedar mulch and river rock. lol I found that periwinkle took much longer to get dense enough to do the job. Periwinkle is definitely harder to control if you are near woodlands. I like the flowers more on periwinkle. Pachysandra's are less noticeable but ...
by 6miths
Fri Jul 12, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I Buy a Motorcycle?
Replies: 59
Views: 3765

Re: Should I Buy a Motorcycle?

DS has been riding for 7 years now. Echo advice given. It's a toy and likely you can't afford to finance it. There are so many good used bikes available - this is a classic impulse buy that then gathers dust or becomes uninsurable. When we first went shopping for bikes I couldn't believe the number ...
by 6miths
Fri Jul 12, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Interior Basement Waterproofing
Replies: 8
Views: 1025

Re: Interior Basement Waterproofing

'Interior waterproofing' sounds like a contradiction in terms. It's more like 'water diversion' and as hightower points out one should be concerned about long term effects. Exterior approaches are really the appropriate fix unless you've got something simple like some old foundation tie rods that we...
by 6miths
Thu Jul 04, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5546
Views: 1359214

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Definitely NOT everyones cup of tea, but I enjoyed Dragged Across Concrete (R for some disturbing violence) w Gibson and Vaughn on streaming recently. It has a certain minimalist bleakness: dialog, atmosphere (no background soundtrack at all) that gives a feeling hard to describe. A couple of older...
by 6miths
Thu Jul 04, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you a serious DIYer?
Replies: 84
Views: 6972

Re: Are you a serious DIYer?

Probably a 7 or 8. Plumbing, electrical, framing, rough carpentry, painting, yard/garden, small engine but not drywall (at least not good), finish carpentry or automotive.
by 6miths
Thu Jul 04, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: At What Age or Point in your Career did your investments start outweighing your regular paychecks?
Replies: 85
Views: 12857

Re: At What Age or Point in your Career did your investments start outweighing your regular paychecks?

Never did. Probably outstripped expenses after mortgage paid off and market rebounded after 2008 downturn when I was 47.
by 6miths
Thu Jul 04, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do you share your net worth with family members?
Replies: 252
Views: 23623

Re: Do you share your net worth with family members?

No. I go with the Cosby show idea, 'Your mother and I are doing pretty well, you have to make you own way.' And try to stick with a solid LBYM approach.