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by Puakinekine
Mon Feb 26, 2018 1:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show
Replies: 612
Views: 69847

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

The Stranger aka Bimilui Soop or Hidden Forest on Netflix. Excellent. I have not binge watched this much since The Wire . It is in Korean with subtitles, but well worth the extra effort. The first five minutes are a little cheesy in the way the main protagonist's character is explained, but after t...
by Puakinekine
Sat Feb 24, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show
Replies: 612
Views: 69847

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

The Stranger aka Bimilui Soop or Hidden Forest on Netflix. Excellent. I have not binge watched this much since The Wire . It is in Korean with subtitles, but well worth the extra effort. The first five minutes are a little cheesy in the way the main protagonist's character is explained, but after t...
by Puakinekine
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can We Retire in Hawaii? Please Critique
Replies: 146
Views: 14637

Re: Can We Retire in Hawaii? Please Critique

I normally hesitate to chime in on these Hawaii threads. There are always many opinions bandied about and it makes me weary to read them. I also know that most people are going to do what they want to do, no matter what you tell them. When asking your opinion, they are often asking for your confirm...
by Puakinekine
Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can We Retire in Hawaii? Please Critique
Replies: 146
Views: 14637

Re: Can We Retire in Hawaii? Please Critique

I normally hesitate to chime in on these Hawaii threads. There are always many opinions bandied about and it makes me weary to read them. I also know that most people are going to do what they want to do, no matter what you tell them. When asking your opinion, they are often asking for your confirma...
by Puakinekine
Sat Dec 23, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Ever tempted to shut it down once you have “enough”?
Replies: 37
Views: 4523

Re: Ever tempted to shut it down once you have “enough”?

I guess you could say we shut it down as we have had a 80% fixed income/20% equity allocation for many years. We have a quite a bit more then when we started withdrawing seven years ago at retirement, BUT have only a 2% withdrawal rate . I only look at what we have for bookkeeping purposes, as the a...
by Puakinekine
Fri Dec 22, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: A meal with friends yields a financial revelation
Replies: 95
Views: 12501

Re: A meal with friends yields a financial revelation

I thought that perhaps someone would post this idea but I did not see a mention of it in my quick skim through. There are a lot of people not any where near this level of comfort for whatever reason. I don't really care at this point as to the why. But, please, all of you who can now not worry about...
by Puakinekine
Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dad Needs Help Buying Wedding Liquor
Replies: 71
Views: 7276

Re: Dad Needs Help Buying Wedding Liquor

Two of my favorite winter cocktails require vermouth. Manhattan's (rye, vermouth, cherry, bitters) are an excellent, though strong, drink and Negroni's (gin, Campari, vermouth, orange peel) are also to my liking when I want something that tastes strong, but really isn't. Manhattan are quite popular,...
by Puakinekine
Sat Dec 09, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 4WD necessary/recommended on Big Island, HI
Replies: 39
Views: 3115

Re: 4WD necessary/recommended on Big Island, HI

This is a but off topic, but nonetheless, I just want to give a warning that since the end of November we have already lost 3 visitors in drowning deaths. All of these deaths were a result of people going in or near the water when they should not have. Just because you read about something in a guid...
by Puakinekine
Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Trip to Russia
Replies: 81
Views: 5069

Re: A Trip to Russia

I've been to St Petersburg twice, once about 17 years ago, and then within the past 3 years. My husband has traveled there for work without me. Our first trip to St Petersburg, we had a guide for most of our sight seeing and it was money well spent. Previous to this, I had been the sort of person wh...
by Puakinekine
Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What backup service to use?
Replies: 68
Views: 6456

Re: What backup service to use?

OneDrive for everything but financial and health files. OneDrive also syncs flawlessly (so far--3 years now) to my phone and other laptops/pcs. I would not backup anything private to any cloud service, for those I go the old fashioned way of the external hard drive. I also do a complete backup of al...
by Puakinekine
Mon Oct 02, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Retirement Class of 1998 (Sheepdog's Experience)
Replies: 45
Views: 5232

Re: Retirement Class of 1998 (Sheepdog's Experience)

Thank you Sheepdog for this wonderful post. We must have started at the same time and in the same way. Perhaps you started off with more knowledge about investing then I did, but I knew next to nothing. So with some new time on my hands and the future starting to seem more and more of a reality, I t...
by Puakinekine
Sat Jul 22, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Commuters (that drive), what do you listen to?
Replies: 60
Views: 3875

Re: Commuters (that drive), what do you listen to?

I would go for audio books or podcasts for the easy parts of your commute and music (or nothing) for when you need to concentrate on your driving. Audible is great for selection but can get pricey after a while. Most US public libraries have audio books for free download through Overdrive and or One...
by Puakinekine
Sat May 06, 2017 12:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip to western states
Replies: 38
Views: 2809

Re: Road trip to western states

We did a roadtrip through Southern Utah area and as a nature person, it was one the most memorable and enjoyable trips I've done. We did a loop hitting Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef (via US 12 which was a beautiful drive), Moab (Arches and Canyonlands), over to Telluride (Via US 46/90, which was anothe...
by Puakinekine
Thu Apr 27, 2017 12:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bed comforter for spring / summer / fall in Maine
Replies: 14
Views: 1358

Re: Bed comforter for spring / summer / fall in Maine

How does one select a down comforter for a bed? I am in need of six (three twin, three queen) for a summer cottage in Maine. There are literally dozens from which to choose online - from Ikea ($99-150) to Feathered Friends ($460) and everything in between. Can't seem to find any reliable informatio...
by Puakinekine
Sun Jan 29, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Drivers License May not be good for air travel?
Replies: 47
Views: 5471

Re: Drivers License May not be good for air travel?

One issue is when you need to renew a passport, you have to send the old one in, and it typically takes an extended time for the new one to show up in the mail. So how would someone who travels regularly handle this without being grounded for an indeterminate period? You can ask for expedited servi...
by Puakinekine
Thu Jan 26, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPhone: Are Apple Maps as good as Google Maps?
Replies: 30
Views: 3971

Re: iPhone: Are Apple Maps as good as Google Maps?

I use Here Maps (originally Nokia), preferring it over Google. They were far ahead of Google for quite a while in terms of ease of downloading maps for use off-line and in the accuracy of their mapping, at least in Europe, where I mostly used them. I also prefer the design of their maps. They seem c...
by Puakinekine
Mon Jan 23, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Subaru + Mazda
Replies: 44
Views: 5445

Re: Subaru + Mazda

As a tall person who has spent a fair bit of time changing baby's diapers and clothing in the opened back of SUV's, I might recommend a higher vehicle. It is also much easier to get babies/small children out of their car seats if you are not bending over while twisting in a cramped space. It is also...
by Puakinekine
Fri Jan 13, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to Kona, Hawaii - Suggestions
Replies: 44
Views: 3520

Re: Trip to Kona, Hawaii - Suggestions

I found Kona too hot for my taste. It was 105 degF in the daytime. Maybe that was unusual. The AC in the condos I stayed at could not keep up with the heat. Otherwise, tons of good things to see and do. I ended up buying a small cooler and blue ice packs so I would have something cold to drink whil...
by Puakinekine
Fri Jan 13, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retiree health care premium before reaching medicare age
Replies: 17
Views: 1736

Re: Retiree health care premium before reaching medicare age

ACA for one person, age 63, $778 per month, $7150 deductable, bronze plan Without ACA, I am guessing it will be higher, if they are willing to insure you or your family members. (This includes a dental plan plus fees) This might help you to see what they rates are now in Hawaii. https://hmsa.com/hea...
by Puakinekine
Thu Jan 12, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to Kona, Hawaii - Suggestions
Replies: 44
Views: 3520

Re: Trip to Kona, Hawaii - Suggestions

Not to put a damper on all of this enthusiasm, but be aware of your driving times. It is a good 2 hours or more one way right now from Kailua -Kona to Hilo because of road construction on the Saddle Road. The South Point route and the Hamakua route are just as slow. It is another 40 minutes up to th...
by Puakinekine
Sun Jan 08, 2017 10:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The funk - gym clothes
Replies: 46
Views: 4983

Re: The funk - gym clothes

Don't know about other washers, but the "Sanitary Cycle" on my LG washer takes care of this issue. The machine heats the water to a higher temperature then the normal "hot". It works like a charm.
by Puakinekine
Sat Dec 10, 2016 1:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: travel to Istanbul
Replies: 42
Views: 3744

Re: travel to Istanbul

I have been to Istanbul several times, but not in the winter. I recommend bundling up and getting out on the water on a ferry or a boat tour, moving from east to west approaching the Sultanamhet before sunset to see the city turn to gold. It is achingly beautiful when the light conditions are right....
by Puakinekine
Sat Nov 19, 2016 5:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Transferring money from US to Canada every 4 months
Replies: 20
Views: 2143

Re: Transferring money from US to Canada every 4 months

Starting this September 2017, I will be paying off about 350k in student loans obtained from banks in Canada. I'm a Canadian living and working full time in the US and used the loans for school down here. I plan on sending about $16,000 USD every 4 months for a total of $48,000 USD per year and hop...
by Puakinekine
Mon Aug 08, 2016 1:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Professor having to buy his own computer for work
Replies: 93
Views: 8022

Re: Professor having to buy his own computer for work

My daughter's 3 year old Macbook died recently. It is not impossible. She bought a new one, which offers little more then the old one, but for a working motherboard and a better screen. This was the second death for this machine, but the first time it fried itself it was under warranty. It was the f...
by Puakinekine
Sat Apr 09, 2016 3:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: All electric car - what if get stranded?
Replies: 34
Views: 3342

Re: All electric car - what if get stranded?

Toons wrote:Call Triple A.
:D
That really did make me LOL. Excellent answer.
by Puakinekine
Fri Jan 29, 2016 1:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: wife needs phone. Android, iPhone or Windows phone?
Replies: 49
Views: 4545

Re: not Windows phone

http://www.theverge.com/2016/1/28/10864034/windows-phone-is-dead I'm not really wanting to go here, but "The Verge" is known to be highly critical anything but Apple products. I do agree, though, that MS have not marketed or supported the Lumia line to its potential. And who knows what they are goi...
by Puakinekine
Thu Jan 28, 2016 11:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: wife needs phone. Android, iPhone or Windows phone?
Replies: 49
Views: 4545

Re: wife needs phone. Android, iPhone or Windows phone?

I have never met anyone who has a Windows phone that is happy with it. I think that business model proved to be a bust for MS. I'd recommend going with an Android phone and switching over from MS services to Google services like GMail for email and Hangouts for text messages and video calls. If you...
by Puakinekine
Tue Jan 12, 2016 10:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best DNA genealogy testing kits
Replies: 133
Views: 19049

Re: Best DNA genealogy testing kits

Thanks for all the responses! I ordered a kit from ancestry.com. I also started a free 14 day trial on its web. I found a woman who had traced my paternal grandmother's family back to the 1700s. If I have just one bit of advice to anyone doing family history, it's to not trust any work that you hav...
by Puakinekine
Thu Jan 07, 2016 4:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show
Replies: 612
Views: 69847

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Jane the Virgin
With three a night, just got to the cliff hanger at the end of Season 1. No Season 2 on Netflix. ¡Qué lástima!
by Puakinekine
Fri Dec 11, 2015 2:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Laptop -- Christmas present for me
Replies: 53
Views: 6771

Re: New Laptop -- Christmas present for me

The way Microsoft names their devices gets very confusing for people. This is the Surface Book. It is a laptop and not a tablet. But you can easily take the full keyboard off and use it as a tablet. There are probably some kinks that need to be worked out on it, as it is a first generation product. ...
by Puakinekine
Wed Dec 09, 2015 1:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Medicare problems: advice needed
Replies: 18
Views: 1560

Re: Medicare problems: advice needed

This is the penalty for failing to file for Medicare Part B or "SMI" during the initial enrollment period when he turned 65. Not Part A. You said he retired from government service. But when he retired, did he happen to work another job and be covered under a group health plan? Was he married and d...
by Puakinekine
Wed Dec 02, 2015 2:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead cell phone strategy
Replies: 143
Views: 20892

Re: Boglehead cell phone strategy

This:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/at-t-gophon ... Id=9231014

If you are not an AT&T customer you can unlock it with a code that AT&T will send you. So, $60 for a phone and whatever plan you want.
by Puakinekine
Wed Nov 18, 2015 1:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: First smartphone recommendations
Replies: 28
Views: 4354

Re: First smartphone recommendations

Bought this for about $60 a family member who works outside and doesn't have the luxury of babying an expensive phone. https://www.att.com/cellphones/microsoft/lumia-640-prepaid.html#sku=sku7660404 If you are not an AT&T customer, they will unlock it for you with a simple e-mail request. If you are ...
by Puakinekine
Mon Nov 09, 2015 1:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: GPS App, Android (no data plan)
Replies: 34
Views: 1946

Re: GPS App, Android (no data plan)

Here Maps is a great choice and it's free. It was developed by Nokia and uses their maps. And the offline navigation works really well. It was recently sold to the group of Audi, BMW and Mercedes. Apparently the three companies are planning to continue offering it free for phones, while making it p...
by Puakinekine
Wed Sep 30, 2015 3:12 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should my husband become a US citizen?
Replies: 102
Views: 9790

Re: Should my husband become a US citizen?

Having parents who are grateful to this country for saving them from the political chaos and persecution in their native countries, yet still feel a connection with those countries, I'm well aware of these personal emotional factors and have given them great thought. Probably more than my husband i...
by Puakinekine
Mon Sep 14, 2015 2:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New iPhone
Replies: 117
Views: 17459

Re: New iPhone

The Live Photos feature on the new iPhones I think is going to be a huge game changer. Especially since those photos will be Facebook-compatible by year-end. People are going to start seeing their peers posting those pictures and suddenly realize they're missing out. It'll prompt a lot of people wh...
by Puakinekine
Sun Sep 13, 2015 1:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New iPhone
Replies: 117
Views: 17459

Re: New iPhone

This is not to start a silly flaming war about phones. We just got back from vacation with 5 families and we all posted our photos online to share. We noticed our photos from our iPhone 6 is clearly much better than all our friends Android phones. Granted I don't know how old or what models phones ...
by Puakinekine
Wed Sep 09, 2015 8:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stolen iPhone -- best thing to switch to
Replies: 16
Views: 2152

Re: Stolen iPhone -- best thing to switch to

I'm going to throw this in there, yet again, but I have had a Windows phone (Lumia Icon/930) for about a year and a half now and love it. The Lumia series range in price from about $70 to $400 (new flagship out soon) depending on RAM, screen and camera. I picked up a much cheaper one at Christmas($...
by Puakinekine
Wed Sep 09, 2015 11:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stolen iPhone -- best thing to switch to
Replies: 16
Views: 2152

Re: Stolen iPhone -- best thing to switch to

I'm going to throw this in there, yet again, but I have had a Windows phone (Lumia Icon/930) for about a year and a half now and love it. The Lumia series range in price from about $70 to $400 (new flagship out soon) depending on RAM, screen and camera. I picked up a much cheaper one at Christmas($3...
by Puakinekine
Fri Sep 04, 2015 7:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Berlin neighborhood for one week stay
Replies: 24
Views: 1677

Re: Berlin neighborhood for one week stay

I guess I've been wary of apartments since not being able to get into one for hours on my first trip to Paris. But seems like everyone does short term rentals without any problems. Are you using airbnb, vrbo? I've been having the best luck with HomeAway lately, mostly because their search engine ca...
by Puakinekine
Fri Sep 04, 2015 6:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Berlin neighborhood for one week stay
Replies: 24
Views: 1677

Re: Berlin neighborhood for one week stay

I am planning a trip to Berlin as well in the spring. Not sure why, but the neighborhood and hotel options have me similarly flummoxed. There is a lot of choice, in other words, and they all look pretty good! The prices are certainly cheaper than other big European cities. Can anyone recommend the ...
by Puakinekine
Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Berlin neighborhood for one week stay
Replies: 24
Views: 1677

Re: Berlin neighborhood for one week stay

The apartments are disappearing one by one as I search and I am still undecided. (I think it's the heat. We are not used to it here...am rediscovery the meaning of the word torpor) As an analogy, I think what I am looking for is the area in Manhattan from the Upper West Side to Washington Heights b...
by Puakinekine
Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Berlin neighborhood for one week stay
Replies: 24
Views: 1677

Re: Berlin neighborhood for one week stay

The apartments are disappearing one by one as I search and I am still undecided. (I think it's the heat. We are not used to it here...am rediscovery the meaning of the word torpor) As an analogy, I think what I am looking for is the area in Manhattan from the Upper West Side to Washington Heights bu...
by Puakinekine
Tue Sep 01, 2015 6:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Berlin neighborhood for one week stay
Replies: 24
Views: 1677

Re: Berlin neighborhood for one week stay

I don't recall seeing graffiti around my hotel. But I was interested in the darker side and went on a walking tour of Alternative Berlin. It was good, but two weeks later it was surpassed by a walking tour of Alternative Frankfurt. The "alternative" neighborhoods of Berlin were East Kreuzberg and F...
by Puakinekine
Tue Sep 01, 2015 2:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Berlin neighborhood for one week stay
Replies: 24
Views: 1677

Berlin neighborhood for one week stay

We will be in Berlin at the end of this month for a week. We will be renting an apartment and there are many to chose from. The question is where. We are not especially young, have zero interest in clubbing, are not fashionable, hip, nor trendy and graffiti makes me weary. We like good bakeries clos...
by Puakinekine
Fri Aug 28, 2015 4:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garmin maps for Italy?
Replies: 18
Views: 4212

Re: Garmin maps for Italy?

I find Nokia's Here navigation app excellent for Europe. You can easily download and store the maps ahead of time. One of the best things about owning a Windows phone are the excellent free Nokia apps. Recently Here has also been made available and free for Android and Apple. Thanks so much, @Puaki...
by Puakinekine
Fri Aug 28, 2015 1:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garmin maps for Italy?
Replies: 18
Views: 4212

Re: Garmin maps for Italy?

I find Nokia's Here navigation app excellent for Europe. You can easily download and store the maps ahead of time. One of the best things about owning a Windows phone are the excellent free Nokia apps. Recently Here has also been made available and free for Android and Apple.
by Puakinekine
Tue Aug 25, 2015 1:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to Denmark/Sweden
Replies: 23
Views: 3016

Re: Trip to Denmark/Sweden

Plan on spending LOTS of $$$$$$$, especially if you plan on dining out often. These were the prices that I saw posted in a Helsingborg 'burger joint' last year: Hamburger $30. French fries $12. Soft drink $ 8. Consider a trip to Oslo on your way to Stockholm. PS A couple of days in each city is not...
by Puakinekine
Tue Aug 18, 2015 5:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?
Replies: 533
Views: 77938

Re: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?

I upgraded about a week ago. I like it for the most part, but I have one major problem. About 40% of the time when I turn on my laptop (4 year old HP) or awaken it from sleep it won't connect to my wifi. It can see the signal and shows that its full strength, but for some reason won't connect. When...
by Puakinekine
Mon Aug 17, 2015 2:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3036
Views: 934517

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

As you all ( English really needs a better plural 2nd person pronoun) are back onto World War II UK experience, I thought I would recommend Kate Atkinson's Life After Life , and A God in Ruins . Atkinson was especially able to capture the idea that the English were as much defeated (emotionally, per...