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by deanbrew
Sun Jan 19, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5442
Views: 1350184

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Neither did I, until I checked last night. Also showing up on Amazon prime is Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood , $5.99 rental in HD. You can also get it for $4.99 in SD, but I don't consider that an option for my high-def home theater setup. That will be next. Do all for-rent movies on Amazon Prime ...
by deanbrew
Tue Jan 07, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Irrational Fear of Injury in Small Car?
Replies: 124
Views: 8080

Re: Irrational Fear of Injury in Small Car?

I find threads like this interesting, if sort of bewildering. I pay no attention to safety features or safety statistics when I buy a vehicle. I've driven everything from a 1980 Ford Fiesta and 1983 Honda CRX (very small and light compared to today's vehicles) to Ford and Honda vans to a full-size C...
by deanbrew
Sun Oct 06, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: financially clueless senior MIL who thinks she’s rich
Replies: 162
Views: 21508

Re: financially clueless senior MIL who thinks she’s rich

Only on bogleheads do people worry about being 84 years old with "only 400k". You people do realize with a 400k portfolio this woman is better off than the majority of Americans. This made me chuckle, and you are absolutely right. To me, however, the issue is whether or not a $5,000 per month place...
by deanbrew
Thu Oct 03, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyonw driving Uber for fun and pocket money in retirement?
Replies: 111
Views: 12569

Re: Anyonw driving Uber for fun and pocket money in retirement?

I do quite a few rides on my 10-mile commute between home to work and then back home when I can get out of the house a little early and/or away from work on time, and those are miles that I was gonna drive anyways. Uber has a destination filter setting (you get 2 filters per day that each last an h...
by deanbrew
Mon Sep 30, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Salt-Free Water Softeners
Replies: 42
Views: 3713

Re: Salt-Free Water Softeners

Neither am I an expert but I have different understanding. Salt water isn't used to CLEAN the softener beads but toi RECHARGE them -- with sodium ions. The softening process replaces hard water's calcium and magnesium ions (that's what makes the water "hard") with sodium ions. According to Diamond ...
by deanbrew
Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Salt-Free Water Softeners
Replies: 42
Views: 3713

Re: Salt-Free Water Softeners

How do I find CPG hardness? I tried researching my city’s water reports, but can’t find anything regarding. I live in South Texas so my water is very hard. I called my municipal water department and asked how hard the water is. They know, but for some reason don't indicated it in their annual water...
by deanbrew
Thu Sep 26, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: financially clueless senior MIL who thinks she’s rich
Replies: 162
Views: 21508

Re: financially clueless senior MIL who thinks she’s rich

2. She thinks she is rich and can do whatever she wants once she sells the house. Her house is in a rural area and probably sells for $200k. They have $190k in savings ( my FIL had it all in CD ). Her SSI+pension is about $2200 per month. 3. She would like to move into a retirement community and fe...
by deanbrew
Wed Sep 25, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: land survey cost
Replies: 21
Views: 1445

Re: land survey cost

-then what is a fair price for what im asking for? im certainly okay with paying 5k for a survey if thats what it costs, but would like to make sure of this before we blindly move forward. so far im seeing mixed reviews. we live in a very LCOL area. seems like pricing this should be very straight f...
by deanbrew
Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5442
Views: 1350184

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Love & Mercy - 8/10 Biopic about Brian Wilson during recording of Pet Sounds, Good Vibrations, and Smiley Smile, interlaced with him 20 years later as his current wife saves him from a nefarious doctor using him for his wealth. The scenes of him in the studio are fantastic; Paul Dano nails the pers...
by deanbrew
Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can Self-Employed people get a PPO Health Insurance Plan?
Replies: 27
Views: 1766

Re: Can Self-Employed people get a PPO Health Insurance Plan?

Sure. I am self-employed and have purchased PPO insurance on the ACA exchange for each of the past five or six years (however long the ACA had been in effect). What you can purchase (insurance companies and plans) is strongly dependent on where you live, down to the county level. Where I live, there...
by deanbrew
Mon Aug 26, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Headache buying new minivan
Replies: 37
Views: 4400

Re: Headache buying new minivan

Thank you for all your kind comments! But now i cant afford high price vehicle anymore! So I am now looking at sienna xle 2008 167k miles for 7700$ and odyssey exl 2007 6500$ with 172k miles, which one should i go with? All I need is smooth, quiet drive so i can take my grandma on long trip! Oh and...
by deanbrew
Tue Aug 20, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: (Tall) Buyer Beware: Honda Accord.
Replies: 77
Views: 10034

Re: (Tall) Buyer Beware: Honda Accord.

It is a 2018. I should mention my wife is 5 feet tall, and she finds the seats very comfortable. It would be helpful if people mentioned what model year they are referencing. The recent Honda Accord generations are: 10th: 2018+ 9th: 2013-2017 8th: 2008-2012 7th: 2003-2007 6th: 1998-2002 The last Ac...
by deanbrew
Tue Aug 20, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyonw driving Uber for fun and pocket money in retirement?
Replies: 111
Views: 12569

Re: Anyonw driving Uber for fun and pocket money in retirement?

Many insurance companies now have a rider that covers you specifically for ride-sharing. I looked into it when one of my sons thought about Uber/Lyft driving. Erie Insurance has pretty reasonable rideshare coverage, about $15 a month. I was more worried about wear and tear on the cars than the insu...
by deanbrew
Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Headache buying new minivan
Replies: 37
Views: 4400

Re: Headache buying new minivan

I would pick the Toyota over the Honda any day, regardless of year or mileage. The 2014 Hondas had a transmission recall if that helps any. Also, Honda has serious issues with their paint jobs. A 3 year old Honda will look like a 20 year old rusted out beater. I wouldn't be surprised if their is a ...
by deanbrew
Fri Jul 26, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5442
Views: 1350184

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Having said that, there aren't many covers of Beatles songs that I really like ... How about Joe Cocker? Yeah, that's certainly a good one. I could probably come up with others if I really thought about it. The Smithereens have done some good covers. Of course, being a Beatles fan, I've been drawn ...
by deanbrew
Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5442
Views: 1350184

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I haven't seen the movie yet, but plan to do so. So, my comments don't directly reference the movie. To a significant extent, I think it is impossible to separate the songs from the albums from the band from their game and influence (and let's not forget George Martin). But I think you can set aside...
by deanbrew
Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wyze Cam reviews
Replies: 28
Views: 3042

Re: Wize Cam reviews

I have two Wyze cams. I've only had them a week, so I'm still learning the ins and outs. I have memory cards in each one, to improve the functionality. They seem to work well, and the price seems very good for what you get. I'm also not understanding the security worries. What exactly is the concern?
by deanbrew
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Visiting Buffalo,NY / Niagara Falls area - things to see and do?
Replies: 46
Views: 3059

Re: Visiting Buffalo,NY / Niagara Falls area - things to see and do?

Yes! And definitely go somewhere that has "Beef on Weck" - a local food favorite. Agree. A good beef on weck is fabulous. I didn't think about going over to the Finger Lakes from Buffalo. We stayed in Geneva a couple of years ago and went to some wineries around Keuka Lake and Seneca Lake. Had a gr...
by deanbrew
Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Visiting Buffalo,NY / Niagara Falls area - things to see and do?
Replies: 46
Views: 3059

Re: Visiting Buffalo,NY / Niagara Falls area - things to see and do?

The Maid of the Mist on the Canadian side is worth doing (I never did it from the US side). I remember walking right next to the falls on a walking tour, which was fun. I second visiting the Welland Canal locks. It's not too far northwest of Niagara Falls in Canada. My family found it interesting to...
by deanbrew
Wed Jul 03, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fun paid jobs after FIRE
Replies: 180
Views: 18667

Re: Fun paid jobs after FIRE

I plan to work part-time at a hifi shop. I love audio/video equipment, but refuse to pay the ridiculous markups or spend retirement money on it. This way I can get some money for groceries, hopefully get health insurance benefits, and then take home lots of free gear to "test". There are still HiFi...
by deanbrew
Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toll was not charged to my EZ pass, anything I should do?
Replies: 10
Views: 1323

Re: Toll was not charged to my EZ pass, anything I should do?

I would just wait. I am not in NJ, so I don't know the system there. But here in PA, they take a photo of all license plates going through toll plazas. If it matches up with an EZ Pass account (from any state), they will charge your account. In cases where it doesn't match up properly, I've gotten v...
by deanbrew
Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4396
Views: 1252364

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Re-reading 1984 by George Orwell. I figure once every 50 years is probably a good idea. I just re-read it last year, for probably the fourth or fifth time. And Animal Farm, too. Both of my kids read both books, and really like them (but not in school). These books are no longer required reading in ...
by deanbrew
Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: HVAC Installation Cost
Replies: 11
Views: 1365

Re: HVAC Installation Cost

I share the OP's surprise at current prices. I just had some HVAC contractors come to look at possible changes to my house. Two of the three mentioned that prices have skyrocketed over the past few years, and most home owners are shocked/amazed at how expensive new systems are. Both said there are a...
by deanbrew
Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fun paid jobs after FIRE
Replies: 180
Views: 18667

Re: Fun paid jobs after FIRE

On the working-at-a-golf-course idea....I golfed a lot when I was younger before being forced into golf-retirement by marriage and kids (sheesh!). My impression of the retired men that were starters and rangers were that they were generally grumpy old curmudgeons with a miserable disposition. I don...
by deanbrew
Sat Jun 01, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fun paid jobs after FIRE
Replies: 180
Views: 18667

Re: Fun paid jobs after FIRE

You missed the part I just bolded. I have a teenage niece and nephew making $15/hr as new hires (different employers); more after 6 months. High school kid next door is making $17/hr after 1 year. Different cities. The general point is that $135/day for a substitute teacher is ridiculously low. In ...
by deanbrew
Mon May 13, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me figure out cotton shirt mystery
Replies: 21
Views: 2660

Re: Help me figure out cotton shirt mystery

The problem is the perception as much as anything. I think it’s not an insignificant number of consumers who are dissatisfied with current offerings as opposed to what used to be available, but what is their recourse? Companies make what they THINK people want to buy. Unfortunately, low price on a ...
by deanbrew
Mon May 13, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Heating with propane?? Good idea?
Replies: 38
Views: 2363

Re: Heating with propane?? Good idea?

Our electric co-op charges us 13.5 cents per kwh. The current price of propane in the area is $1.50 per gallon. The tank would be free to lease if we filled up enough. I would greatly appreciate your input in helping us decide. Are you sure about that propane price? That seems extraordinarily low. ...
by deanbrew
Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Inherited Traditional IRA
Replies: 16
Views: 2411

Re: Inherited Traditional IRA

My wife inherited an IRA and the account officer never told us we had to start taking RMDs. After a couple of years, I asked our accountant about it and he said we should have been taking withdrawals. He let the IRS know that we missed two withdrawals and would take out the required amount that incl...
by deanbrew
Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Underassessment by County Assessor
Replies: 29
Views: 2158

Re: Underassessment by County Assessor

I certainly agree with you that it doesn't matter, but on the other hand I've never seen appraiser measure a house. They almost always use the assessors records to calculate square footage. I've seen lots of appraisers measure houses. It depends, partly, on how confident they are in the assessment ...
by deanbrew
Sun Mar 03, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4396
Views: 1252364

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

A Man Called Ove I sense that there are some similar characters as Ove on this forum. I hear the film is good too, perhaps even better than the book. My wife and I just finished the audiobook version of A Man Called Ove. We both liked it. I would stop short of saying it's a "great" book, but it is ...
by deanbrew
Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Check for abandoned property -- worked twice for me
Replies: 58
Views: 9425

Re: Check for abandoned property -- worked twice for me

I found ~$10 from my maternal grandmother on Illinois' site but it was too big of a pain to collect, I don't have death certificates anymore and it would cost more than $10 to get one so it will probably be there forever. Yeah, just out of curiosity, I searched my deceased uncle's name in another s...
by deanbrew
Sun Jan 20, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2019 Camry vs RAV4
Replies: 48
Views: 7179

Re: 2019 Camry vs RAV4

The Subaru Outback is essentially a raised tarted up Legacy wagon. They raise it and add some plastic cladding, but it is based on the Legacy. Worth a look, IMO, Compared to the Rav4 and CRV. Why do you recommend comparing the Outback to the RAV4 and CRV when the Forester is the Subaru vehicle most...
by deanbrew
Sun Jan 20, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2019 Camry vs RAV4
Replies: 48
Views: 7179

Re: 2019 Camry vs RAV4

The Subaru Outback is essentially a raised tarted up Legacy wagon. They raise it and add some plastic cladding, but it is based on the Legacy. Worth a look, IMO, Compared to the Rav4 and CRV.
by deanbrew
Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Audio book options
Replies: 28
Views: 1395

Re: Audio book options

Yeah, your public library is a good choice. I download books using Overdrive. They seem to be switching to Hoopla.

If my library doesn't have something I'm looking for, I also buy used audiobooks on CD from ebay and Amazon. After I listen to them, I donate them to my local library.
by deanbrew
Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would like some advice on a family minivan
Replies: 17
Views: 1222

Re: Would like some advice on a family minivan

Hondas and Toyotas tend to depreciate more slowly, so sometimes a new purchase can be as cost effective if you are going to keep it for a long time. We have a 2014 Odyssey that we purchased new which has been great. I haven’t priced vans lately, but there were some pretty good discounts on ours whe...
by deanbrew
Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2019 Camry vs RAV4
Replies: 48
Views: 7179

Re: 2019 Camry vs RAV4

This thread has me baffled... I simply don't understand the thought process. It seems to me the primary question should be do you want to drive a sedan in the Camry class or a CUV in the RAV4 class, or even how much you prefer the materials, driving experience and MPG in one vs. the other... not how...
by deanbrew
Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "Open Social Security" calculator: feature requests, bug reports, etc
Replies: 376
Views: 45971

Re: "Open Social Security" calculator: feature requests, bug reports, etc

Update: I just rolled out functionality for child benefits and child-in-care spousal benefits. That's about 9 months of nearly full-time work on this project (~30 hours spent on it per week since April), and the calculator now does all of the major things that I had hoped for it to do. So I think I...
by deanbrew
Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Basement minimum height requirement -- can I ignore until house sale?
Replies: 34
Views: 2849

Re: Basement minimum height requirement -- can I ignore until house sale?

I wouldn't be ignoring anything. An inspector for town appraisals could come in, see the code violation and you get an order to rip it out. (I know for sure that in my town, that would happen) Are you talking about assessors? I've owned houses in two states for 40 years and have never had a governm...
by deanbrew
Tue Dec 18, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you Report Home Improvements to County Tax Office?
Replies: 14
Views: 1299

Re: Do you Report Home Improvements to County Tax Office?

I wouldn't. If you didn't pull building permits, and all work was interior, why report it and have your taxes go up? Do you think other residents in your county do this? As for building permits, it varies by location and exact work done, so someone telling you that you should have pulled a permit mi...
by deanbrew
Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New job, sales at Subaru
Replies: 72
Views: 10413

Re: New job, sales at Subaru

I will add to this thought. I found our Forrester online, emailed the dealer to see if it was still for sale and went in two days later to buy it. When we went into the finance office, the guy asked how we wanted to finance it (I know, but our old car was suddenly near death (350,000 miles will do ...
by deanbrew
Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: objective data on quietest cars?
Replies: 26
Views: 4376

Re: objective data on quietest cars?

perl wrote:
Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:00 am
If you want quiet, you want an electric car.
Probably not on the highway, where road and wind noise are the culprits, not engine noise. And as I posted above, if MPG is the goal, loud tires and little sound dampening are part of the equation.
by deanbrew
Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: objective data on quietest cars?
Replies: 26
Views: 4376

Re: objective data on quietest cars?

I remain in the seemingly endless hunt for an affordable, reliable, fuel efficient, safe, and QUIET highway commuting vehicle. I’m hoping the new Honda Insight will fit the bill; early professional reviews have been excellent though the Bogleheads have been more restrained: https://www.bogleheads.o...
by deanbrew
Thu Dec 13, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New job, sales at Subaru
Replies: 72
Views: 10413

Re: New job, sales at Subaru

Few pieces of advice: Listen, truly listen to what the customer needs. I'm in sales (not car sales) and I listen way more than I speak. Yep. I hate when a salesman starts pushing me toward something before we've established what I'm looking for. Please do not assume that if a couple comes in to buy...
by deanbrew
Fri Oct 26, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to sell a nice professional office desk?
Replies: 12
Views: 1213

How to sell a nice professional office desk?

My wife used to work at home, and we have a very nice HON office desk system. She has two HON Series 10500 desks - one "L" shaped and one "U" shaped, with two filing cabinets and a storage hutch. The furniture is in excellent condition, like new. Looking on Amazon, the pieces add up to about $5,000....
by deanbrew
Fri Oct 26, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: any recommendations for vacation stay in Punta Cana
Replies: 15
Views: 1519

Re: any recommendations for vacation stay in Punta Cana

The food there for the most part is terrible. Very bland tasting. The chicken/beef/pork all tastes the same no matter what dish it is used in. It was like they didn't bother to season or prepare it any differently between chicken enchiladas or chicken parmesan. I am not a DR expert, but my wife and...
by deanbrew
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: UPDATE Considering new Honda Pilot, other suggestions?
Replies: 39
Views: 3304

Re: Considering new Honda Pilot, other suggestions?

The Toyota Sienna is the only minivan with an AWD option. My wife and I have a 2017 Acura MDX SH-AWD and 2015 Toyota Sienna Limited AWD in the household. While both vehicles have three rows of seating, the Sienna is significantly better at child and cargo hauling. Sliding doors help at school drop-...
by deanbrew
Fri Sep 28, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ventilated car seats?
Replies: 61
Views: 5303

Re: Ventilated car seats?

I do, but only as a form of art. Generally, they are all unsafe in a crash, noisy, underpowered, don't handle well, uncomfortable seats, manual windows. No thanks. I'll take 400hp with heated steering wheel and a heads up display for a daily driver. I "only" have 300 HP in my car. I do have a heate...
by deanbrew
Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ventilated car seats?
Replies: 61
Views: 5303

Re: Ventilated car seats?

2pedals wrote:
Wed Sep 26, 2018 9:03 pm
I would try a wood beaded seat cushion first. Shouldn't cost more than $20 bucks.
I'm thinking that would make a twisty road a lot less fun.

Has anyone here actually tried the beaded seat cover? I haven't. In addition to the aforesaid secure seating issue, it sure looks mighty uncomfortable.
by deanbrew
Tue Sep 25, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car predicament
Replies: 14
Views: 2554

Re: Car predicament

Kia and Hyundai cars have a 10 year / 100,000 mile powertrain warranty, I believe. It sounds like this car is 6-7 years old with 70k miles. Are you certain the warranty doesn't cover the "blown" engine? Even if not for some reason, lazydavid brings up a good point that repairing might cost significa...
by deanbrew
Mon Sep 24, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ventilated car seats?
Replies: 61
Views: 5303

Re: Ventilated car seats?

And better yet: if you've never experienced ventilated seats yourself, how can you claim they are a "marketing ploy"? :oops: Exactly. I suppose you could argue that every single option and trim level upgrade is a "marketing ploy", but we each choose which ones are worth paying for. I have long suff...