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by 6miths
Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3759
Views: 1068126

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: 3344
Views: 1004196

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: 3344
Views: 1004196

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: 1824

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: 3344
Views: 1004196

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: 1819

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: 1354

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: 2965

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: 15028

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: 715

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: 715

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: 16782

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: 56896

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: 2533

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: 3948

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: 102942

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: 3031

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: 3344
Views: 1004196

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: 39032

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: 1497

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: 3344
Views: 1004196

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: 11151

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: 1692

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: 1692

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: 111294

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: 3317

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: 2810

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: 4117

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: 2655

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: 3551

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: 27589

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: 7456

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: 11845

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: 4509

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: 8274

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: 8274

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: 9649

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: 16982

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: 4438

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: 12402

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.
by 6miths
Tue Dec 26, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: European Cities that don't interest you
Replies: 187
Views: 14392

Re: European Cities that don't interest you

Personally: Tallin Riga Vilnius Minsk Chisinau Skopje Podgorica Tirana Gdansk I haven't heard enough about these cities that would put them on the map and my sense is these cities are less cosmopolitan and potentially more hostile to outsiders. Tallin Riga Vilnius? Hostile to outsiders? These are 3...
by 6miths
Tue Dec 26, 2017 10:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: European Cities that don't interest you
Replies: 187
Views: 14392

Re: European Cities that don't interest you

Not drinking is a huge disadvantage in socialization in Russia. But moderate drinking is a risky mitigation. You come to a party with good intentions and leave a party with a bad hangover. But if you are willing to drink with the Russians you can make instantaneous life friends. I was listening to ...
by 6miths
Tue Dec 26, 2017 12:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which cell phone to buy--need good camera?
Replies: 32
Views: 2894

Re: Which cell phone to buy--need good camera?

We have mainly iPhones in the family but DS is using Android and recently got the pixel 2 XL and it has an amazing camera.
by 6miths
Mon Dec 25, 2017 9:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3759
Views: 1068126

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Just saw 'The Last Jedi' with the four children and DW. Was ok. Have to feel for the writers and director with so much history binding them. Reviews were very mixed but 90 minutes later they are still talking about all of the good and bad about it.
by 6miths
Mon Dec 25, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: European Cities that don't interest you
Replies: 187
Views: 14392

Re: European Cities that don't interest you

Donetsk. Luhanks. Unless you are with an NGO. Victoria Enjoyed my trips to Donetsk but that was before all of the troubles. Once ran into (almost literally) the President of Ukraine coming out of the Donbass Palace. That said it was mainly about the people, the city maybe not so much. Did you see Y...
by 6miths
Mon Dec 25, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: manual car for new teen driver
Replies: 143
Views: 8274

Re: manual car for new teen driver

17-year-old son is driving my 11-year-old Acura CSX 6-speed and loves it. It is a Canadian built Acura badged Civic. I like the idea that it keeps him engaged in driving and pretty effectively removes any idea of texting while one is driving in traffic.
by 6miths
Mon Dec 25, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: European Cities that don't interest you
Replies: 187
Views: 14392

Re: European Cities that don't interest you

VictoriaF wrote:
Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:16 pm
Donetsk.
Luhanks.

Unless you are with an NGO.

Victoria
Enjoyed my trips to Donetsk but that was before all of the troubles. Once ran into (almost literally) the President of Ukraine coming out of the Donbass Palace. That said it was mainly about the people, the city maybe not so much.
by 6miths
Sun Dec 24, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What frugal thing did you do today?
Replies: 483
Views: 47077

Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

Shoveled snow yesterday. Win win. No kid, no gym. Big score was that I went to the bird store yesterday and for $4 per they had silver foil streamers about 8" long suspended from suction cups to go on windows to prevent birds from flying into them. We lose a few birds each year to this as we have gl...
by 6miths
Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:00 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: House on the market less than a day. Did listing agent commit fraud?
Replies: 56
Views: 7869

Re: House on the market less than a day. Did listing agent commit fraud?

In most (all?) jurisdictions AFAIK real estate agents do not have a fiduciary responsibility to anyone. In our neck of the woods and in other hot markets there has been an uproar related to agent practices. Agents misleading sellers as to value of their properties, buying them from them and then res...
by 6miths
Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: After financial independence, do you lose motivation for work?
Replies: 156
Views: 13752

Re: After financial independence, do you lose motivation for work?

As has been said, didn't really lose motivation to work but had a marked decreased tolerance for bulls#%t and that is what eventually led to retirement. Now I do the things that I enjoy and think will make a difference. Teach the next generation and spend time in low resource places trying to make a...