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by 6miths
Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best option for paying for prescription drug
Replies: 8
Views: 414

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: 414

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: 5503

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: 3476

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: 4635
Views: 1196333

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: 4864

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: 2403

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: 2403

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: 2857

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: 748

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: 4635
Views: 1196333

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: 6126

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: 11520

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: 20976

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.
by 6miths
Thu Jun 27, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trex decking or alternatives?
Replies: 44
Views: 3618

Re: Trex decking or alternatives?

We chose Azek (TimberTech product line) at the recommendation of the builder we trust. It is expensive but nice. We put a Trex deck in at home and 2 years later an Azek deck in at the cottage. They are 13 and 11 years old. I pressure washed them both this past week and the Azek TImberTech deck stil...
by 6miths
Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What lifestyle creep made you happier?
Replies: 412
Views: 45380

Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Retiring early!!
by 6miths
Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tire Pressure Monitoring System failed: Replace or Ignore?
Replies: 88
Views: 5123

Re: Tire Pressure Monitoring System failed: Replace or Ignore?

Agree on the tape solution if you can't stand the light on. From December to March every year our light is on as there was no way I was going to buy a second set of sensors for the snows that are on separate rims. This is one of the most ridiculous 'safety' features ever. Much like 'chipped' keys, a...
by 6miths
Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4635
Views: 1196333

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

DW and I went to see Rocketman last night and quite enjoyed it. Both of us are EJ/BT fans. I really enjoyed Bohemian Rhapsody as well but thought this was just a bit better in some ways. Thanked DW for getting me out to EJ concerts afterwards. A great talent.
by 6miths
Thu Jun 20, 2019 7:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Subaru Ascent vs Toyota Highlander...
Replies: 37
Views: 4053

Re: Subaru Ascent vs Toyota Highlander...

^That's good to know about the backup braking, but ... From personal experience with my Outback pedestrians can still go undetected, so one had better be looking all ways anyways. Absolutely. Tech is no substitute for vigilance, just augments. Mainly for me it is about avoiding the scuffs that driv...
by 6miths
Thu Jun 20, 2019 7:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dealer 30K Service for 2017 RAV4--Unusual Items?
Replies: 52
Views: 4453

Re: Dealer 30K Service for 2017 RAV4--Unusual Items?

Sigh. Rip off. Don't pay or get refund. Leave an appropriate review.
by 6miths
Thu Jun 20, 2019 6:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Subaru Ascent vs Toyota Highlander...
Replies: 37
Views: 4053

Re: Subaru Ascent vs Toyota Highlander...

And the Eyesight and adaptive cruise is amazing. Almost all cars have adaptive cruise control nowadays, so it is not something special about Subarus anymore. Eyesight is visible light, but others use radar. Lane assist, blind spot monitoring, cross traffic warning are available in almost all late m...
by 6miths
Wed Jun 19, 2019 11:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi/Hot Spot/Options?
Replies: 10
Views: 748

Re: WiFi/Hot Spot/Options?

For improved coverage and connection with the service provider, you can put the hotspot outside, in the attic, up in a tree, etc. Wherever you can run a power cord to keep the battery charged, it just needs to be within range of your wifi devices. Protect from weather and lightning outside. This wa...
by 6miths
Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi/Hot Spot/Options?
Replies: 10
Views: 748

Re: WiFi/Hot Spot/Options?

If there is no option for a local internet provider at the lake and it is the cellular service that is 'spotty' then there are many cell signal boosters available that will give you a good cell signal for using your phone as a hot spot. Costco has some affordable kits.
by 6miths
Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: June 6, 1944 D Day and General Patton [D-Day plus 11 days, a war article by Ernie Pyle]
Replies: 42
Views: 4139

Re: June 6, 1944 D Day and General Patton [D-Day plus 11 days, a war article by Ernie Pyle]

[Thread updated, see below. --admin LadyGeek] The 75th anniversary of D Day, 6/6/44, the beginning of the end of the war with Nazi Germany, occurred when the Allies landed on the beaches of Normandy France.. Many thousands died on both sides in the following months. I feel a great sense of debt to ...
by 6miths
Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: (Water Filtration System) Miracle we are all not dead
Replies: 61
Views: 5722

Re: (Water Filtration System) Miracle we are all not dead

And of course most bottled water is just tap water. CocaCola and Pepsico making great money reselling local municipal water in massively polluting plastic bottles. And no way I am drinking water that has been sitting around in plastic bottles for months.
by 6miths
Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: At what net worth/ income level would you put your kids in private school?
Replies: 23
Views: 1647

Re: At what net worth/ income level would you put your kids in private school?

vineviz wrote:
Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:13 am
masonstone wrote:
Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:04 am
At what net worth/ income level would you put your kids in private over public school?
If I was wealthy enough to not care how good of an education my kids received, I’d choose private schools.
Yes great line. I may have to borrow it!
by 6miths
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:29 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Job opportunity - KSA/Bahrain
Replies: 66
Views: 5739

Re: Job opportunity - KSA/Bahrain

We spent 3 years in the UAE, 2001-2004, and it was a very positive experience. Children were 1.5, 3, 5 and 6 when we arrived. We arrived 10 days before 9/11. People were wonderful and certainly it is a different culture but that was a positive. It was interesting to be in a religious and ethnic mino...
by 6miths
Tue Jun 11, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Cost of living comparison
Replies: 7
Views: 739

Re: Cost of living comparison

Numbeo (https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/comparison.jsp) is a site I have seen mentioned before.
by 6miths
Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco or Sam's Club?
Replies: 134
Views: 8942

Re: Costco or Sam's Club?

Easy choice in our area as no Sam's Club. When I am in places that have both (and go with friends who have a Sam's membership) I usually find that Costco is the winner for me.
by 6miths
Sun Jun 02, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How did you all do in the month of May, 2019
Replies: 126
Views: 10581

Re: How did you all do in the month of May, 2019

I'm with the no idea crowd but it's May and there is no month better than May around here!
by 6miths
Sat May 25, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: London / UK Summer Trip
Replies: 57
Views: 3386

Re: London / UK Summer Trip

We were just in London for 2 weeks for neice's wedding. DW was born in London and her only sister lives in the south so we have been there many times. We spent a week in a 2 bedroom flat near Vauxhall station (an easy walk to the London Eye) with 2 daughters that DW booked on Homeaway. Time before t...
by 6miths
Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is 2 weeks in Amsterdam a bit much?
Replies: 45
Views: 3661

Re: Is 2 weeks in Amsterdam a bit much?

Two weeks? A bit much? Are you kidding?! I'm planning on 3 months one of these springs. Tulip season comes early there. We have been to the Keukenhof a couple of times. First time was first week in May and we had already missed a bunch so don't leave it too late. Enjoy!
by 6miths
Sat Apr 27, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: weber grills
Replies: 34
Views: 3012

Re: weber grills

Have had a 3 burner Genesis for 5 years as well. Don't do much in way of maintenance. Very happy with it. Easy to say that it is the best grill I have owned.
by 6miths
Sat Apr 27, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Metal roof- anyone switch from asphalt to metal?
Replies: 12
Views: 1488

Re: Metal roof- anyone switch from asphalt to metal?

Just had three torn off shingles repaired after a big windstorm. Resulted in a small leak into the attic and discolored an upstairs bedroom roof. Steel roof on our cottage and I absolutely love it. I would go steel on primary residence but plan to down size within 5 years so not worth it. Have a ver...
by 6miths
Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: John Bogle has died at age 89
Replies: 856
Views: 53621

Re: John Bogle is dead at 89

A good life, well spent. Thank you so much Mr Bogle. RIP.
by 6miths
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone raised 3 kids WITHOUT buying a 3-row vehicle?
Replies: 82
Views: 5957

Re: Anyone raised 3 kids WITHOUT buying a 3-row vehicle?

Minivan. Kids, kids' friends, pets, lumber, firewood, drywall sheets, hockey gear, luggage, pretty much anything. My buddies with full size pickups are envious of what I can haul. Can go camping in it. DW loves the high driving position.
by 6miths
Sun Dec 23, 2018 12:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco Tire Quality Seconds/Blems??
Replies: 31
Views: 3246

Re: Costco Tire Quality Seconds/Blems??

RickBoglehead wrote:
Sat Dec 22, 2018 11:11 pm
Totally BS info.
+2

Totally agree. This is consistent with other products that one finds at Costco?
by 6miths
Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: portable jump starters
Replies: 72
Views: 6241

Re: portable jump starters

I have one. It was less than $50 from costco. It is awesome and has saved me a lot of trouble. https://www.costco.com/Lithium-Jump-Starter-Portable-Power-Bank-with-Brush-Metal-Finish.product.100383979.html Edit: i used the cables/clips directly on the battery terminals (not the cigarette port) Got ...
by 6miths
Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: All inclusive resort with 9 year old?
Replies: 16
Views: 2217

Re: All inclusive resort with 9 year old?

We took our kids (maximum of 4 from ages months to 20s) to Club Meds at various locations. The easiest is Sandpiper in Port St Lucie, Florida. Lots of activities for kids, great tennis for me and lots of yoga and aerobics for DW. Also lots of water sports and golf. Sandpiper is on the inter-coastal ...
by 6miths
Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me winterize my Civic
Replies: 14
Views: 1332

Re: Help me winterize my Civic

The Civic has been the best selling car in Canada for almost 20 years I think so can't be that bad in the snow. An AWD vehicle will certainly get moving faster in the snow but every year we see many folks who seem to forget that it won't stop any quicker than 2WD. I have driven the Acura version of ...
by 6miths
Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When is Too Long to Return a Hair Dryer to Costco?
Replies: 73
Views: 5469

Re: When is Too Long to Return a Hair Dryer to Costco?

One could argue that we have started to expect too little from products. A hair dryer - an electric heating element and an electric motor? Should last for a very long time. Four years is not a very long time unless they were using it as a heater in the winter and a fan in the summer. I wouldn't thin...
by 6miths
Thu Nov 15, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: International Travel during Maternity/Paternity
Replies: 86
Views: 3912

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: 3912

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: 7906

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: 4987

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: 20
Views: 2124

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: 9202

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: 551
Views: 42668

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: 2003

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...