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by gary11
Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Harry Bosch: the Amazon Series vs the novels
Replies: 47
Views: 2798

Re: Harry Bosch: the Amazon Series vs the novels

I haven't read the books but I'm a sucker for a slow cop/detective procedural drama on streaming networks and Bosch fit perfectly into my liking. Love the show. Can't wait till next season!
by gary11
Sat Jul 15, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road noise in 2017 Honda CRV?
Replies: 32
Views: 5308

Re: Road noise in 2017 Honda CRV?

Road noise is a trademark of Honda cars, comparatively speaking. This is a very interesting observation and I have come to similar conclusion as we have been driving 2008 CR-V, we still like the car but the road noise seems to never go away even after switching to three different brands of tires an...
by gary11
Wed Feb 01, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Grand Canyon in May. Booked already!
Replies: 30
Views: 3818

Re: Grand Canyon in May. Booked already!

Any recommendations for Flagstaff hotels? We had stayed at "Hilton Garden Inn Flagstaff" for two nights when we visited GC August 2016. This was a pretty good accommodation but about hour and half away from South Rim entrance. We also took a scenic drive to Oak Creek Canyon from this plac...
by gary11
Mon Jan 09, 2017 11:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Acura/ Honda Airbag Recall - Tired of waiting
Replies: 12
Views: 1156

Re: Acura/ Honda Airbag Recall - Tired of waiting

Has anyone else fought this battle with Honda? jpjr Haven't fought exactly same "battle" as you described but here is my experience: - Got notice about Airbag recall for our 2008 CR-V in March 2016. Notice mentioned parts availability in Summer 2016 - Called local dealer June 2016; they a...
by gary11
Tue Dec 13, 2016 9:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How old is your vehicle?
Replies: 200
Views: 17236

Re: How old is your vehicle?

2002 Camry ( bought new in 09/2001). 15 years. 106K miles.
2008 CR-V (bought new in 01/2008). 9 Years. 70K miles.
No immediate plan to buy the new auto.
by gary11
Thu Dec 08, 2016 12:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Remote Auto Start for truck
Replies: 9
Views: 1027

Re: Remote Auto Start for truck

Any product you would recommend? We have Astro brand two way remote starter installed on my wife's car and she is really happy with it. Its been 3 years and so far the only odd thing is that it requires new battery almost yearly. I think we had it installed via a local specialty shop and paid some ...
by gary11
Sun Dec 04, 2016 10:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Target Gift Cards 10% Off Today
Replies: 9
Views: 1376

Re: Target Gift Cards 10% Off Today

arsenalfan wrote:FYI every 12/4 Target offers 10% off their GC up to $300 max purchase.


Thanks for posting. We shop at Target fairly often and 10% off is helpful.
by gary11
Mon Aug 01, 2016 5:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Winter Tires: Yay or Nay
Replies: 105
Views: 8290

Re: Winter Tires: Yay or Nay

Was wondering what this forum's thoughts are on winter tires? Definitely Yay! I have driven our 2002 Camry without snow tires for 6 years and then with snow tires for next 9 years and continue, and I have concluded those tires are definitely worth it. I could feel the difference in grip, handling a...
by gary11
Thu Jul 14, 2016 2:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cell phone data plans
Replies: 62
Views: 7851

Re: Cell phone data plans

Another Airvoice $10/month plan user here and I overwhelmingly recommend it. We have it (3 users and hence 3 plans, 2 Nexus 4 and one IPhone 6s) since August 2013 and so far no reason to ditch them. It has its limitations however if you are nitpicky - MMS (picture text/sms) doesn't work on IPhone, l...
by gary11
Sat Jun 18, 2016 9:28 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Wisconsin state retirement system
Replies: 2
Views: 583

Re: Wisconsin state retirement system

I think Variable option is 100% stock. Here is some info on Variable option. m By default Core option is selected for everyone unless they specifically ask for Variable option. Some info on their performances. m m (Very recently my wife became a UW System employee and hence WRS participant. It is a ...
by gary11
Thu Jun 16, 2016 12:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car
Replies: 350
Views: 40511

Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Nothing to show off - 2002 Camry LE, bought new in 2001, 105K miles on it and going strong. As expected fairly trouble free auto.
by gary11
Sun May 29, 2016 8:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3055
Views: 902273

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

"Secret in Their Eyes". (the US version)
Very average flick. Supposed to be a psychological thriller. Heavy star cast, good story/concept but overall movie was dull and just meh.
by gary11
Tue May 24, 2016 3:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What was your first investment?
Replies: 117
Views: 7302

Re: What was your first investment?

Some Dean Witter stock growth fund - I may still have paper trails. This was back in 1997. I vividly remember stopping by to their office and writing the check for $1500 and feeling odd about only $1350 being invested into fund. I was still year or yeah and half away from finding out about Vanguard ...
by gary11
Tue Mar 08, 2016 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda Care Extended Warranty experience?
Replies: 46
Views: 21231

Re: Honda Care Extended Warranty experience?

What was the experience like and do you consider the purchase of Honda Care worth it? My experience with CR-V is not directly related with Honda Care but I think it may some worth to you. I bought brand new 2008 Honda CR-V in January 2008 and in Summer 2010 we noticed the air-condition kind of stop...
by gary11
Thu Feb 25, 2016 12:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Winter Tire Tips
Replies: 30
Views: 2805

Re: Winter Tire Tips

My guess is Thanksgiving-April 1 is tradition winter tire season in Eastern Massachusetts. That is a similar schedule I follow here in Wisconsin, post Thanksgiving week to Mid March, to swap snow tires/wheels my 2002 Camry. I drive about 700 miles per month hence I don't worry too much about puttin...
by gary11
Wed Feb 03, 2016 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Morningstar.com portfolio page not working
Replies: 5
Views: 387

Re: Morningstar.com portfolio page not working

I just logged in - portfolio page working fine for me.
by gary11
Mon Feb 01, 2016 11:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3055
Views: 902273

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Watched Sicario over the weekend. It was recommended by quite a few and glad we watched it. The story is very simple involving Mexican cartels, drug war, American law enforcement agencies etc. but it keeps one engaged with a steady pace - also great acting, direction, cinematography.
by gary11
Thu Jan 28, 2016 9:40 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 401k Contribution - upto the match or more?
Replies: 21
Views: 2261

Re: 401k Contribution - upto the match or more?

My employer is not that generous. Infact, if you max out 18k before year end, you wouldn't even get the remaining "match" if you had spread out the 18K over 26 paychecks. Same here. I always revisit and adjust my contribution rate in October/November to make sure I don't max out (for exam...
by gary11
Wed Jan 06, 2016 9:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show
Replies: 202
Views: 24634

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Excellent list so far! I would like to add Luther as it has not been mentioned yet.
by gary11
Thu Nov 19, 2015 4:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommended Snow Tires
Replies: 42
Views: 4147

Re: Recommended Snow Tires

Yet another vote for Blizzak. In fact, I haven't used any other brand of snow tires but I am pretty satisfied with their performance on both icy and snow packed surfaces. I have an extra set of wheels on which these tires are mounted so every late Fall and early Spring I visit local Discount Tire st...
by gary11
Sun Nov 01, 2015 12:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Halloween Candy
Replies: 45
Views: 4486

Re: Halloween Candy

We have been seeing reverse trend here in our neck of neighborhood. Since last few years we have been running out of candies to give within first hour so this time we got more - and tried to count number of kids/visit. This year there were about 120 kids in roughly 30 visits averaging group of 4 kid...
by gary11
Thu Oct 15, 2015 2:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suggestions from Netlfix (or possibly Amazon) fans?
Replies: 62
Views: 6781

Re: Suggestions from Netlfix (or possibly Amazon) fans?

sergdman wrote:On Netflix
Narcos is a must. Bloodline was great. The Fall was excellent. These are all one season

2nd season of The Fall has been available for some time now on Netflix streaming. Totally loved it.
by gary11
Tue Oct 06, 2015 7:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Is ER of 0.76% too much for a TDF?
Replies: 13
Views: 1222

Re: Is ER of 0.76% too much for a TDF?

I recently faced similar dilemma -
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=157836
In the end I went with T Rowe Price with higher ER.
by gary11
Sat Aug 22, 2015 8:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Orange is the New Black
Replies: 17
Views: 3101

Re: Orange is the New Black

I loved the first season, recommended overwhelmingly to others too but sadly second season onward my interest started fading and I didn't even pick the third season at all. I was not aware of a book about it - would love to read about it.
by gary11
Thu Jun 25, 2015 9:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 10 year old car
Replies: 27
Views: 4098

Re: 10 year old car

I plan to drive this car until I just can't drive it anymore paint on the hood is fading (pretty bad in one spot) I am realizing that I'm really annoyed by this and I do care As someone already pointed out, above two statements are conflicting in nature. I was pretty much in similar situation with ...
by gary11
Sat Jun 20, 2015 9:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone have A/C fail on an older Honda CRV?
Replies: 54
Views: 11424

Re: Anyone have A/C fail on an older Honda CRV?

My 2008 Honda CR-V had a Freon leak/ac failure after only 2 and half years..I think it failed in Summer of 2010. Fortunately it was within warranty period hence fix didn't cost me anything. Basically dealer replaced the system worth $800, I don't know the details of repair though. I remembered searc...
by gary11
Sat Jun 13, 2015 5:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Changes to Some Airvoice Wireless Plans
Replies: 2
Views: 567

Re: Changes to Some Airvoice Wireless Plans

We have 3 $10 per month Airvoice plans and we are happy with it. That plan meets our needs and serves the purpose, there may be other plans out there better than it I haven't bothered to look around.
by gary11
Wed May 27, 2015 10:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead 4wd Car (for family)?
Replies: 49
Views: 8243

Re: Boglehead 4wd Car (for family)?

We have a 2008 Honda CR-V and I consider it a perfect Bogleheads 4wd vehicle....for a city driving. On highways ride is not so quiet and and not very comfortable, in fact our 2002 Camry performs better than it comfort wise.
by gary11
Mon May 04, 2015 7:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Wife's 401(k) with former employer: annoying calls from Transamerica
Replies: 17
Views: 2689

Re: Wife's 401(k) with former employer: annoying calls from Transamerica

We discussed initiating a "rollover IRA" to another brokerage I recently went through above situation and came to conclusion that unless there is a concern with backdoor thing, rollover to Vanguard is a no-brainer. In our case we received distribution check made payable to Vanguard from 4...
by gary11
Sat May 02, 2015 11:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Things to do in Maui
Replies: 20
Views: 3244

Re: Things to do in Maui

I have been to Maui only once (August 2013) but would love to visit there again...hopefully sooner in next few years. I highly recommend quiet beach time early morning or late evenings, snorkeling and hiking at Iao Valley State park for some amazing views. We loved the driving by Hana Highway and al...
by gary11
Tue Apr 21, 2015 9:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Water Heater
Replies: 42
Views: 6110

Re: New Water Heater

Is this really necessary I have been doing it once a year, and I know friends not doing it all...and all of our water heaters working fine apparently. These are all about 10 to 12 year old water heaters. The home maintenance pamphlet that I get every year from the builder (who originally built hous...
by gary11
Sun Apr 12, 2015 11:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3055
Views: 902273

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Watched Interstellar again on dvd at home yesterday. Totally loved it...again. Yay Cosmology! :D
(I didn't even know it was out on dvd till our thirteen year old asked for it, we knew she had liked it originally in theater but we were bit surprised she asked if we could watch it at home again)
by gary11
Fri Mar 13, 2015 5:52 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Vanguard Diehards Alumni
Replies: 23
Views: 2178

Re: Vanguard Diehards Alumni

I still remember Taylor's post celebrating first 1000 topics on M* diehards forum. After I registered here I doubt I ever visited M* forum again.
by gary11
Mon Feb 16, 2015 11:14 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is there any reason to move money from 401k?
Replies: 38
Views: 3048

Re: Is there any reason to move money from 401k?

Is there any reason to move money from 401k? We recently moved money from a Canadian bank managed 401k plan to Vanguard roll over IRA. We opted for same Vanguard funds as 401k into roll over IRA. The administrative fees in 401k charged were about 0.3% of total asset which was becoming very annoying...
by gary11
Sun Feb 08, 2015 10:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help on TIAA CREF vs T ROWE vs FIDELITY
Replies: 8
Views: 2312

Re: Help on TIAA CREF vs T ROWE vs FIDELITY

THANKS ALL for your responses!
I didn't know about TIAA Traditional Annuity and Real Estate investment options which are also available. Since I don't anything about them I am going to read and read and look into it.
by gary11
Sun Feb 08, 2015 7:51 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help on TIAA CREF vs T ROWE vs FIDELITY
Replies: 8
Views: 2312

Help on TIAA CREF vs T ROWE vs FIDELITY

Hello Diehards, I need help on selecting an investing company for 403(b) plan offered by University of Wisconsin System for its employees. There are 3 companies that interest me; Fidelity, T Rowe Price and TIAA-CREF (Vanguard is not a choice). To keep things simple I have decided to go with their Ta...
by gary11
Sat Jan 31, 2015 11:55 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: POLL: How Will You Complete Your 2014 Taxes?
Replies: 69
Views: 6959

Re: How Will You Complete Your 2014 Taxes?

H&R Block Software. Been using it for over 10 years.
by gary11
Mon Dec 29, 2014 10:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Poll: Total cost of 2-yr cell phone ownership?
Replies: 54
Views: 4619

Re: Poll: Total cost of 2-yr cell phone ownership?

$250 for Nexus 4. $10/month Airvoice Wireless plan. So estimated 2 years cost is $500. I am already into 16th month and plan to "drive-this phone-into-ground". :D
by gary11
Mon Dec 22, 2014 1:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Snow blower maintenance and repair
Replies: 26
Views: 3865

Re: Snow blower maintenance and repair

Has this happened to anyone else? Is the guy on the level? Paul I would join others and suggest that you add either STA-BIL or Sea Foam to your gas can whenever you fill it up at gas station. (Discard the old gas first). Also try to use ethanol free gas for this purpose. m says there are 75 gas sta...
by gary11
Thu Dec 04, 2014 7:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2012 Honda Pilot Tranny Fluid Change?
Replies: 23
Views: 14077

Re: 2012 Honda Pilot Tranny Fluid Change?

A friend has a 2012 Honda Pilot AWD with about 27,000 miles. He said that the maintenance minder flashed a code to change the tranny fluid. So he took it to the dealer and they changed the tranny fluid. Can this possibly be right? I can't imagine any Honda requiring a tranny change anywhere near th...
by gary11
Wed Jul 23, 2014 2:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me choose a new tv
Replies: 31
Views: 3168

Re: Help me choose a new tv

playtothebeat wrote:Any recommendations?

Another vote for Samsung - we bought 50 inch UN50EH5300F 3 months ago and highly recommend it. Awesome picture quality!
by gary11
Thu Jul 17, 2014 2:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: kids during summer holidays
Replies: 5
Views: 750

Re: kids during summer holidays

Summer camps is the usual answer. But we always find it challenging to plan out activities for all 11 weeks of Summer break. Most of times we plan family gatherings, longer trips etc. during Summer for about 3 to 4 weeks. But we still need to think about covering 5 to 6 weeks. When our daughter was ...
by gary11
Mon Jul 07, 2014 7:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: When you retire you plan to?
Replies: 44
Views: 4562

Re: When you retire you plan to?

Retirement is still 20 years away so anything could happen between now and then but older I get my tolerance for colder weather gets lower and lower so there is a really very thin possibility of me spending my wonder years in this crazy Wisconsin winter....no way!
by gary11
Wed Jul 02, 2014 12:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: O Canada! Questions about traveling to Canada :-)
Replies: 34
Views: 5382

Re: O Canada! Questions about traveling to Canada :-)

Also, I would appreciate any other insights into Niagara Falls that we might be missing. The last time we were there, we did the Maid of the Mist (or whatever it is called) but not much more either at the Falls or in Toronto. I visited Niagara Falls from both Canada and US side just 2 weeks ago. Ti...
by gary11
Sat May 31, 2014 9:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Alarm Clock
Replies: 30
Views: 3395

Re: Alarm Clock

I don't have any recommendation but I'm using an old generation iPod as a alarm clock every morning that we bought about 5-6 years back in a race to buy latest gadgets whose sole purpose now is to wake me up at 6 AM every morning. Most expensive alarm clock I would ever have in lifetime and a good r...
by gary11
Mon Apr 28, 2014 10:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Has anyone bought a smart TV rcently?
Replies: 41
Views: 9232

Re: Has anyone bought a smart TV rcently?

I am shortlisted Samsung UN50EH5300 We bought a Samsung UN50EH5300F from Best Buy a month ago. Our 12 year old 32 inch 200 lb Sony gave up on us. This Samsung is a good tv with excellent picture quality for bright rooms. We stream lot of contents via laptop via HDMI and that set up works pretty fla...
by gary11
Thu Apr 24, 2014 3:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: mailed US tax check 4/13 - not cashed yet
Replies: 46
Views: 11506

Re: mailed US tax check 4/13 - not cashed yet

I mailed federal return/check via certified mail on 4/12 Saturday. Bank account showed withdrawal entry on 4/18.
by gary11
Wed Feb 05, 2014 11:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Airvoice vs Straight Talk.
Replies: 2
Views: 687

Re: Airvoice vs Straight Talk.

We have been using Airvoice $10 monthly plan, we have 2 LG Nexus 4 and one Samsung android GSM phones, since last 6 months. So far we are totally satisfied with both voice/data plan and customer service (I had to call few times to enable some features). We utilize free wifi mostly and hardly ever ha...
by gary11
Tue Dec 31, 2013 11:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your winter thermostat setting (while you are up)?
Replies: 116
Views: 12345

Re: What is your winter thermostat setting (while you are up

Carl53 wrote:What is your winter thermostat setting (while you are up)?

68 'F when house is occupied during day (early morning and late afternoon, evening)
60 'F from 9 pm to 5 am.