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by eucalyptus
Fri Nov 08, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon delivery
Replies: 32
Views: 3545

Re: Amazon delivery

Toons wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:33 am
3 Words
Obsessive Customer Focus
:mrgreen:
More words: it’s amazing what you can accomplish with the money you save by not paying taxes.
by eucalyptus
Tue Nov 05, 2019 6:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: VPNs
Replies: 32
Views: 3036

Re: VPNs

What are you trying to accomplish by using a VPN? Anything I can do to thwart data collection. ExpressVPN. I definitely recommend reading and understanding the information on this page: https://www.privacytools.io/providers/vpn/ Quoting part of that page: “Using a VPN will not keep your browsing ha...
by eucalyptus
Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Porsche aficionado question
Replies: 9
Views: 804

Re: Porsche aficionado question

Jack FFR1846 wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 2:58 pm
Plenty of well built Miatas out there.
Definitely. Fun, better for learning, safer and vastly cheaper to repair should you experience sudden-onset talent-deficit disorder.
by eucalyptus
Mon Nov 04, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Porsche aficionado question
Replies: 9
Views: 804

Re: Porsche aficionado question

Not sure what you have in mind when you say "extreme." On the street, at legal speeds, they're not the most luxurious choices, though they can be loaded with creature comforts. Their looks certainly can be fairly described as extreme - those giant wings aren't exactly subtle. On the track, they are ...
by eucalyptus
Fri Nov 01, 2019 6:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: VPNs
Replies: 32
Views: 3036

Re: VPNs

ARoseByAnyOtherName wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 6:16 am
What are you trying to accomplish by using a VPN?
Anything I can do to thwart data collection.

ExpressVPN.
by eucalyptus
Thu Oct 31, 2019 5:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do you plan to spend on your children's weddings?
Replies: 182
Views: 8769

Re: How much do you plan to spend on your children's weddings?

OP - if you haven’t already given up on this thread - IMO you are a kind and generous parent. Wedding costs can be shocking: you may have charges for save the date notes; invitations; the dress (not for you!); professional planner; the venue; gifts for wedding party members; food; alcohol; flowers; ...
by eucalyptus
Mon Oct 21, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Isn't lack of transparency in China a huge risk for international stock index?
Replies: 131
Views: 11620

Re: Isn't lack of transparency in China a huge risk for international stock index?

There are many risk and other issues associated with investment in China. One might want to read John Lanchester’s article in the October 10 London Review of Books, for example.
by eucalyptus
Tue Oct 08, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do I know if I really need a french drain in my basement or if The companies are just trying to make a sale?
Replies: 10
Views: 1756

Re: How do I know if I really need a french drain in my basement or if The companies are just trying to make a sale?

A vapor barrier doesn't really fix anything, it just treats the symptoms. A dehumidifier can be very useful; it may be incorporated into an air handler (ie as part of your HVAC system). One downside of a dehumidifier is that it cam generate a lot of heat. A sump pump IMO is a really good thing to ha...
by eucalyptus
Tue Oct 08, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Multiple Large Home Improvement Project Estimates
Replies: 11
Views: 1497

Re: Multiple Large Home Improvement Project Estimates

Here's what we've learned from our building and remodeling experiences, fwiw: sure, get multiple estimates. Get all the estimates you want. Then, hire the best general contractor, without regard to cost . How do you find the best? Ask around. In most communities, there will be one or two who have be...
by eucalyptus
Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Over Confident in Old-age: Cognitive Decline and Financial Literacy
Replies: 83
Views: 7810

Re: Over Confident in Old-age: Cognitive Decline and Financial Literacy

I’m against investors jumping onto the bandwagon of assuming their own cognitive decline at some given age, readily yielding to the often self-interested suggestions of advisors and relatives that they yield control of assets, or any of that. The solipsistic idea that “I don’t see any evidence of m...
by eucalyptus
Mon Oct 07, 2019 6:48 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard's Impersonal Advisor Service
Replies: 23
Views: 3303

Re: Vanguard's Impersonal Advisor Service

To me, that rationale is for my spouse to do AFTER I die. My instructions are to call Vanguard and get a meeting with the financial planner to discuss the portfolio, and whether PAS makes sense or simply touching base yearly to discuss which assets should be sold to pay living expenses IF the annua...
by eucalyptus
Thu Oct 03, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Over Confident in Old-age: Cognitive Decline and Financial Literacy
Replies: 83
Views: 7810

Re: Over Confident in Old-age: Cognitive Decline and Financial Literacy

There is no doubt that cognitive ability for many elders declines over the years. That said, the absolute level of ability is to perform a task is important. I don’t walk as quickly as I used to either, but I can still walk. Also, I like to see the “overconfidence” numbers for ages 25 to 60. Thinki...
by eucalyptus
Wed Oct 02, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who has had a pool?
Replies: 108
Views: 9889

Re: Who has had a pool?

Have lived with in-ground pools since I was a boy. One of my earliest responsibilities was netting leaves out of our pool, though what I really wanted to do was handle the amazing, smoking acid that needed to be added occasionally. Have also built pools - the person who cautioned about landscape cos...
by eucalyptus
Sat Sep 21, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Underground propane tank for fuel for generator for power to house
Replies: 27
Views: 1424

Re: Underground propane tank for fuel for generator for power to house

Had a partial house generator with a 1000 gallon tank.
You want a big tank to keep your generator running for more than a couple days.
by eucalyptus
Sat Sep 14, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Fidelity beating vanguard now? switch to Fidelity?
Replies: 121
Views: 6054

Re: Vanguard is Falling Behind Compared to Fidelity

Fidelity gets all of our new money. One huge advantage: they have an office a mile from our home.

When my father recently passed away, Vanguard PAS fired my mother as a client and handed her a bill. Not much more I need to know about Vanguard’s customer service.
by eucalyptus
Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Frustrated with Vanguard advisory service] Procedures on Death of a Spouse
Replies: 47
Views: 4835

Re: Vanguard Insane (?) Procedures on Death of a Spouse

Thank you for all of your kind expressions of sympathy, generous words of advice and shared stories. I read many of your stories to my mother, who now understands that her situation is not at all unusual. There is a tremendous wealth of experience and wisdom in your posts. To answer a few questions:...
by eucalyptus
Tue Sep 10, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Frustrated with Vanguard advisory service] Procedures on Death of a Spouse
Replies: 47
Views: 4835

[Frustrated with Vanguard advisory service] Procedures on Death of a Spouse

My parents, longtime Flagship clients, began using Vanguard's advisory service after my father became unable to manage their finances. My father, an engineer with a deep background in math, was a meticulous investor who Monte Carloed (and whatever else you do) with the best of you and wanted only on...
by eucalyptus
Sun Sep 08, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Elderly Parents have 3 day layover in Fort Lauderdale. What to do?
Replies: 24
Views: 2352

Re: Elderly Parents have 3 day layover in Fort Lauderdale. What to do?

I personally would go to Miami. But consider sending them to Palm Beach, to stay at The Chesterfield or, if budget permits, The Breakers. The former is within walking distance of many nice restaurants, the beach and Worth Avenue's shopping/people watching. I also second the suggestion above about th...
by eucalyptus
Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The most annoying thing about other drivers
Replies: 8
Views: 772

Re: The most annoying thing about other drivers

Use the onramp to get up to speed. The offramp you will miss unless you dive across 4 lanes is not the last offramp you will ever encounter. Related to the foregoing, try not to be unpredictable - for example, start to pull out onto the street then slam on your brakes. In some states, thankfully, it...
by eucalyptus
Fri Aug 02, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Insane to buy a sports car?
Replies: 215
Views: 11796

Re: Insane to buy a sports car?

Jack FFR1846 wrote:
Fri Aug 02, 2019 2:17 pm
Get a manual, not a flappy paddle, fat American couch cruiser.

Because modern race cars have manual transmissions. :?
by eucalyptus
Fri Aug 02, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Insane to buy a sports car?
Replies: 215
Views: 11796

Re: Insane to buy a sports car?

misterg wrote:
Fri Aug 02, 2019 12:21 pm
I think I’ve come to peace with the fact that no one will appreciate the car as much as I will
Not true my friend. A lot of us are right there with you. Post photos when you take the plunge. Good luck.
by eucalyptus
Fri Aug 02, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: For the Porsche fans "50 years of Porsche 917"
Replies: 2
Views: 446

Re: For the Porsche fans "50 years of Porsche 917"

Great post. Beautiful, stunningly fast cars. And not a shabby cast of drivers. Thanks.
by eucalyptus
Wed Jul 31, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's your Uber passenger rating?
Replies: 118
Views: 6690

Re: What's your Uber passenger rating?

This thread has been very educational. On the first page of this thread, I expressed reservations about Uber but now know that I'll have a good experience as long as I follow a few guidelines: 1. No short or long trips. 2. No luggage. 3. No kids. 3.1 If I absolutely have to violate 3 and take the a...
by eucalyptus
Wed Jul 31, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's your Uber passenger rating?
Replies: 118
Views: 6690

Re: What's your Uber passenger rating?

This thread has been very educational. On the first page of this thread, I expressed reservations about Uber but now know that I'll have a good experience as long as I follow a few guidelines: 1. No short or long trips. 2. No luggage. 3. No kids. 3.1 If I absolutely have to violate 3 and take the ac...
by eucalyptus
Tue Jul 30, 2019 5:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's your Uber passenger rating?
Replies: 118
Views: 6690

Re: What's your Uber passenger rating?

After reading this, I'll stick to cabs. I never liked Uber's silly theory that it's not a cab company anyway. And I've no desire to have to worry about the driver's apparently delicate sensibilities. " Oh, no, did I close the door a little too hard ?" " Did I make the right amount of conversation ?"...
by eucalyptus
Fri Jul 26, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: C8 Corvette - who is buying?
Replies: 125
Views: 9426

Re: C8 Corvette - who is buying?

I admire the Tesla folks commitment to their marque, and I’ve come to like the cars. Claiming that they outperform cars like the new Vette is nonetheless silly, unless you only care about straight line performance. I sometimes fantasize about challenging a Tesla owner to a 45 minute race (road cour...
by eucalyptus
Thu Jul 25, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: C8 Corvette - who is buying?
Replies: 125
Views: 9426

Re: C8 Corvette - who is buying?

I admire the Tesla folks commitment to their marque, and I’ve come to like the cars. Claiming that they outperform cars like the new Vette is nonetheless silly, unless you only care about straight line performance. I sometimes fantasize about challenging a Tesla owner to a 45 minute race (road cours...
by eucalyptus
Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Avoid MD-88s [commercial aircraft]?
Replies: 61
Views: 3682

Re: Avoid MD-88s [commercial aircraft]?

pyld76 wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:07 am
There's a lot of nuances that go into why pilots (particularly unionized pilots and major US carriers) take (or not) an assignment.

Interesting to learn. Thank you.
by eucalyptus
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Avoid MD-88s [commercial aircraft]?
Replies: 61
Views: 3682

Re: Avoid MD-88s [commercial aircraft]?

sunny_socal wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:29 am
eucalyptus wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:20 pm
sunny_socal wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:56 pm
So are threads like this!
Anything to add, or just enjoy attention?
I'll add: your thread is fake news. An airline had a maintenance problem, that's all.
The internet, my friend, eventually brings out the troll in all of us.
by eucalyptus
Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Avoid MD-88s [commercial aircraft]?
Replies: 61
Views: 3682

Re: Avoid MD-88s [commercial aircraft]?

Recent events have called into question the old adage if it ain't Boeing I ain't going. That was always a very silly saying, just like Airbus' "4 engines 4 long haul." Wasn’t that a Virgin Atlantic saying? I thought they painted it on 747s, too. On the original post: I have probably 250k miles on D...
by eucalyptus
Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Avoid MD-88s [commercial aircraft]?
Replies: 61
Views: 3682

Re: Avoid MD-88s [commercial aircraft]?

chrisam314 wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:03 pm


They do. As others have pointed out this is irresponsible journalism.
This is pretty much how the story was covered everywhere. Smoke in cabin, scared passengers, loud banging, emergency landing.

Which of these facts strikes you as irresponsible?
by eucalyptus
Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Avoid MD-88s [commercial aircraft]?
Replies: 61
Views: 3682

Re: Avoid MD-88s [commercial aircraft]?

jbmitt wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:11 pm
If you think you know more than maintenance or the crew, they’ll kindly direct you to the exit and you can find an alternative way to your destination.
I don't know more than they do - that's my point.

I hope they know enough.
by eucalyptus
Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Avoid MD-88s [commercial aircraft]?
Replies: 61
Views: 3682

Re: Avoid MD-88s [commercial aircraft]?

You can pick and choose whichever equipment you want to fly on, however on the day of, you might find another piece of equipment is at the gate.....what are you going to do then? Planes do get swapped out if the scheduled plane is not available. You can take really good care of your car, but it sti...
by eucalyptus
Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Avoid MD-88s [commercial aircraft]?
Replies: 61
Views: 3682

Re: Avoid MD-88s [commercial aircraft]?

Great post, thank you. I don't particularly like the DC-9 and its later variants, but I've never felt unsafe on one, and I used to travel in them a lot. Even the DC-10 doesn't scare me, despite its troubled history, including the fact that Flight 191's crew thoroughly followed written procedures, wh...
by eucalyptus
Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Avoid MD-88s [commercial aircraft]?
Replies: 61
Views: 3682

Re: Avoid MD-88s [commercial aircraft]?

sunny_socal wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:56 pm
So are threads like this!
Anything to add, or just enjoy attention?
by eucalyptus
Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Avoid MD-88s [commercial aircraft]?
Replies: 61
Views: 3682

Re: Avoid MD-88s [commercial aircraft]?

I don't particularly like the DC-9 and its later variants, but I've never felt unsafe on one, and I used to travel in them a lot. Even the DC-10 doesn't scare me, despite its troubled history, including the fact that Flight 191's crew thoroughly followed written procedures, which it turns out ensur...
by eucalyptus
Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Avoid MD-88s [commercial aircraft]?
Replies: 61
Views: 3682

Re: Avoid MD-88s [commercial aircraft]?

Articles like this are the pinnacle of irresponsible journalism. And yet, there you are, engine parts banging audibly, smoke in the cabin, being urged to brace for landing ... still unimpressed. Glad there hasn't been a maintenance related crash in so long. Clearly, we've been doing something very ...
by eucalyptus
Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Avoid MD-88s [commercial aircraft]?
Replies: 61
Views: 3682

Avoid MD-88s [commercial aircraft]?

As a sometime passenger on MD-88s, and on this flight (EDIT: 1425 in general, NOT the one that experienced the engine loss), I find myself ... unimpressed. First, the recent news : https://gizmodo.com/video-captures-delta-airlines-md-88-engine-failing-mid-1836232799 Next, a quote from the article : ...
by eucalyptus
Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: If there are no close or trusted relatives close by, who will care for you, pay your bills, etc.
Replies: 140
Views: 11974

Re: If there are no close or trusted relatives close by, who will care for you, pay your bills, etc.

Based on extensive recent experience, IMO one needs help in managing healthcare more than in managing finances. If you end up in an emergency room with no one to look out for you, you will be at the mercy of a pretty heartless system. And if you find yourself in the ER in your 80s, you can count on ...
by eucalyptus
Tue Jun 18, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you a member of nextdoor.com? Any concerns registering your info?
Replies: 71
Views: 6429

Re: Are you a member of nextdoor.com? Any concerns registering your info?

Respectfully, I think you should be able to expect it. As you know, the EU has taken baby steps in the direction of privacy. In the meantime, I suppose you request privacy where you can, use TOR/a VPN, be aware of fingerprinting, use throwaway email addresses ... silly and for all I know utterly ine...
by eucalyptus
Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you a member of nextdoor.com? Any concerns registering your info?
Replies: 71
Views: 6429

Re: Are you a member of nextdoor.com? Any concerns registering your info?

I love that people think their phone number and address is private. That's so cute. :) I love that you think a legitimate expectation of privacy is worth mocking. Did you feel the same way in the olden days when copies of the phone book/white pages were distributed to every household in the area? H...
by eucalyptus
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you a member of nextdoor.com? Any concerns registering your info?
Replies: 71
Views: 6429

Re: Are you a member of nextdoor.com? Any concerns registering your info?

I love that people think their phone number and address is private. That's so cute. :) I love that you think a legitimate expectation of privacy is worth mocking. Your attitude is not only cute, it’s what’s brought us to the point where we just meekly accept that, among many, many other more import...
by eucalyptus
Mon Jun 17, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you a member of nextdoor.com? Any concerns registering your info?
Replies: 71
Views: 6429

Re: Are you a member of nextdoor.com? Any concerns registering your info?

In our area, they used what appeared to me to be a dishonest recruiting approach, sending an email purporting to be from a “neighbor.” I’m not aware that anyone knew the so-called neighbor. HOA sent out a mass emailing warning everyone that Nextdoor has no affiliation with the HOA. IMO just another ...
by eucalyptus
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do business pros wear on redeye Business Class flights
Replies: 50
Views: 6938

Re: What do business pros wear on redeye Business Class flights

A button-down shirt, khaki pants, leather shoes, and I have a sport jacket that resides in the overhead storage. I refuse to wear jeans, sweat pants, polo shirts, tee shirts, sneakers, sandals, or other uber-casual clothes on an airplane. Why? Comfort doesn’t matter to you? Because bella figura . I...
by eucalyptus
Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I'm thinking about buying a supercar anyone here done this and feedback?
Replies: 241
Views: 14998

Re: I'm thinking about buying a supercar anyone here done this and feedback?

Congratulations on an excellent choice!

I prefer a body-color painted side blade. Doesn’t help choose between the cars shown.

Of the cars in the photos, without seeing the interior and knowing the other specs, I like the white one.
by eucalyptus
Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I'm thinking about buying a supercar anyone here done this and feedback?
Replies: 241
Views: 14998

Re: I'm thinking about buying an exotic supercar anyone here done this and feedback?

Yawn. Major props to your guys for your piety. Do you even know any super car owners? Or the charities many of those folks are involved in? Please go away. I'm going to do something awful and uncalled for and completely unfair and guilt trip you. You can afford this. But are you sure that this $175K...