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by 02sbxstr
Sat May 20, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to pick up good tires for the car?
Replies: 22
Views: 1925

Re: How to pick up good tires for the car?

A tire option I've used successfully in the recent past is TireRack on the net. Huge selection, good technical info on their site, quick shipping and they can set up local installation for you.
by 02sbxstr
Sat Jan 03, 2015 4:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Chromebook dedicated to finances?
Replies: 62
Views: 6936

Re: Chromebook dedicated to finances?

Dropbox works on a Chromebook. You can always use an encryption facility like Boxcrypt on Dropbox. How about just using a flash drive? Make sure the Chromebook you buy has at least 2 USB ports.
by 02sbxstr
Sat Jun 28, 2014 5:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How many Bogleheads golf?
Replies: 81
Views: 6574

Re: How many Bogleheads golf?

I have played golf since I was 12 or 13, I'm 65 now. It truly is a game you can play for life and with the handicap system, you can play competitively. It can be expensive; my wife is an avid player also and we belong to a country club. The Golf line item is the second highest in our budget, but the...
by 02sbxstr
Sat Apr 26, 2014 6:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: VW TDI Engines
Replies: 48
Views: 14982

Re: VW TDI Engines

If the cars are not engineered to work with US fuel (regardless of whether that fuel is lower quality) then VW shouldn't be selling them here or they should re-engineer to work with the available fuel. VW, and other manufacturers for that matter, develop their engines based on a fuel specification....
by 02sbxstr
Fri Apr 25, 2014 4:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: VW TDI Engines
Replies: 48
Views: 14982

Re: VW TDI Engines

Here are some hard numbers: (I'm an engineer and have 40 years of mileage numbers for the cars we've owned - I'm retired now and working on getting a life). We had a Jetta TDI for 2 years between June 2010 and August 2012. During that period, we drove 16k miles at an average of 37.6 mpg or $0.100 / ...
by 02sbxstr
Mon Apr 21, 2014 7:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: POLL: If Eligible For Social Security .....
Replies: 71
Views: 6191

Re: POLL: If Eligible For Social Security .....

Started at 62 ,enjoying every penny of it We tapped into SS as soon as possible - I question the strategy of postponing of benefits until later, given the uncertainty of longevity, not to mention the perhaps unsustainablity of current benefits, particularly for those who had the foresight and disci...
by 02sbxstr
Mon Mar 31, 2014 4:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Movies of 2013
Replies: 83
Views: 8207

Re: Best Movies of 2013

Really didn't like was lone survivor, I found myself questioning a lot of it - no reason really, and it was really tough to watch. Yes, it was tough to watch. It was supposed to be tough to watch. These American servicemen chose to put themselves through a training regimen of unbelievable rigor to ...
by 02sbxstr
Thu Mar 20, 2014 3:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Viking River Cruises
Replies: 31
Views: 6286

Re: Viking River Cruises

On our Viking cruise, tips were solicited, but emphatically not in a pressuring manner, at the end of the trip. You would be advised levels which have been mentioned previously. We tipped 125 euros into the 'general fund' and tipped the head bar tender and a particularly accommodating server and ext...
by 02sbxstr
Tue Mar 18, 2014 4:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Viking River Cruises
Replies: 31
Views: 6286

Re: Viking River Cruises

We did the Viking Rhine Getaway last fall (early October): AMS >> BSL. Our first river cruise. All in all it was excellent. Upper deck accommodations on Viking Helvetia were excellent -- as were the crew. Food was pretty good (IMO, I'm a picky eater but our travelling companions would probably rate ...
by 02sbxstr
Fri Mar 07, 2014 5:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TurboTax and sale of MLP
Replies: 1
Views: 656

TurboTax and sale of MLP

I sold a MLP (ETP) last year - I had bought it in 2009 and reinvested dividends quarterly. It was held in a joint brokerage account to Vanguard and I received a 1099-B from them, which I entered in TT. I also received the K1 from the MLP, which clearly indicated I had sold all shares last year. I we...
by 02sbxstr
Sat Mar 01, 2014 5:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone ever buy Masters tickets in Augusta?
Replies: 17
Views: 4025

Re: Anyone ever buy Masters tickets in Augusta?

If you are indeed a certified golf enthusiast, you need to go to Augusta at least once. We were fortunate enough to win the lottery for Practice Round tickets once, in 2004. I've been interested in the Masters and Augusta since Arnold won in '58, '60, '62, and '64 - so it was a great treat to go. Th...
by 02sbxstr
Thu Feb 27, 2014 7:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: any objective studies on how long CFL bulbs last?
Replies: 26
Views: 1625

Re: any objective studies on how long CFL bulbs last?

"Rough duty" incandescents are available legally and are made in the USA. http://www.newcandescent.com/
[OT comments removed by admin LadyGeek]
by 02sbxstr
Thu Feb 27, 2014 7:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Seats: Leather or Cloth with Kids?
Replies: 46
Views: 8760

Re: Car Seats: Leather or Cloth with Kids?

Cloth in the Tiguan, black leather in the Audi and navy blue leather in the Porsche. Cloth only because there was no option. Why anyone would opt for cloth is beyond me: it pills, it stains, it fades. Leather is easily cleaned by a conditioner. As to it being hot in the summer, I keep a towel on the...
by 02sbxstr
Wed Feb 26, 2014 6:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to buy polo shirts?
Replies: 63
Views: 14927

Re: Where to buy polo shirts?

I, too, am put off by brand name polo shirt prices. But I have to say this is a 'you get what you pay for' situation, IMO. I have several Polo and Brooks Brothers Golden Fleece shirts that are going on 10 - 15 years and still look great. Its not like these shirts are closet queens either - they are ...
by 02sbxstr
Tue Feb 25, 2014 6:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Social Security Cards
Replies: 33
Views: 2606

Re: Social Security Cards

I haven't been asked to produce my SS card since maybe 1972, when I went to work for my long time employer. When I applied for benefits 2 years ago, I used my passport for ID. As others have mentioned, I sincerely doubt my 50+ year old card incorporates any anti-fraud technologies. I am eligible for...
by 02sbxstr
Sun Feb 23, 2014 1:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are reliable refrigerator brands these days?
Replies: 51
Views: 31841

Re: What are reliable refrigerator brands these days?

DAK wrote:Another vote for Sub Zero.


And here is another. We have 18 years experience with SubZero and never had a service call. A number of our neighbors have had woes with GE.
by 02sbxstr
Thu Feb 20, 2014 5:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Living with Windows 8
Replies: 43
Views: 4146

Re: Living with Windows 8

I've been using 8 for sometime now, opting to move immediately to my old desktop upon booting. I'm happy with using 8 this way. Windows 8 seems to be very stable - I haven't seen the blue screen of death ever on this laptop. I would like to update to 8.1, but keep getting the message I must delete S...
by 02sbxstr
Wed Feb 05, 2014 12:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Post-retirement web needs
Replies: 12
Views: 1068

Re: Post-retirement web needs

As you have access to a laptop, and basically just wanting a browser, look at a Chromebook. We recently got one to replace my wife's dead (14 months old) Dell XPS laptop. Samsung for $250 at Best Buy. Great for email, browsing, googling and basic Office-like tasks using Google Docs, Sheets, and Slid...
by 02sbxstr
Sat Feb 01, 2014 6:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Keurig vs normal coffeemaker?
Replies: 131
Views: 11495

Re: Keurig vs normal coffeemaker?

Keurig durability was a problem for us: 2 died over 2 years. Bought a Tassimo a few years ago and it's going fine. Perhaps a little more complicated to use, but it's a better deal in our opinion. We've heard this observation about Keurig durability from others.
by 02sbxstr
Sat Feb 01, 2014 11:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Tires
Replies: 22
Views: 3487

Re: Car Tires

Not specifically germane to the topic, but a word about TireRack. I've bought tires and wheels from them in the past and have been most happy with their products. They offer a nice option if you happen to live near one of their distribution centers. Yo can pick up your purchase at at a dist center f...
by 02sbxstr
Sat Jan 25, 2014 4:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can I claim mortgage deduction on my taxes in my situation?
Replies: 8
Views: 1277

Re: Can I claim mortgage deduction on my taxes in my situati

This is somewhat similar to this situation: my wife and her sister bought a house for their parents to live in. It is a 50 / 50 split, both are mortgagors. The property tax is also split 50 / 50. The parents are not paying rent. I've been meaning to consult a tax specialist re the tax treatment of t...
by 02sbxstr
Tue Jan 21, 2014 7:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's your dream car?
Replies: 197
Views: 18268

Re: What's your dream car?

Should have said "tainted by electric propulsion motors." There is nothing, nothing, like the sound of a high performance internal combustion engine. The sound of my Porsche under full throttle above 4000 rpm is nirvanna. If you can't appreciate it, you have no business commenting on the t...
by 02sbxstr
Tue Jan 21, 2014 5:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's your dream car?
Replies: 197
Views: 18268

Re: What's your dream car?

A Porsche 918 is the logical choice for any gearhead, but it is tainted by the electric motors, so my dream car would be it's predecessor, the Carrera GT. And at half the price. In the real world, a 911 GT3 would look nice in the garage.
by 02sbxstr
Mon Jan 20, 2014 4:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HP 12C Help! 360/365 interest
Replies: 11
Views: 2296

Re: HP 12C Help! 360/365 interest

I've had the engineering equivalent, the 11C, since it was introduced in the early 80's. It saw me through much of my 40 years in aerospace. In later years, it was somewhat replaced by Excel, but I still use it. Haven't replaced the batteries in maybe 20 years. A great tool. I use 11C emulators on m...
by 02sbxstr
Sat Jan 18, 2014 6:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Any reason to still write checks?
Replies: 76
Views: 4509

Re: Any reason to still write checks?

I'm 64 years old - what are checks? Debit cards rock. I am anxiously waiting for Smart Phone payment applications to become widespread. I seldom have more than $5 to $10 on my person.
by 02sbxstr
Sat Jan 18, 2014 6:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Any reason to still write checks?
Replies: 76
Views: 4509

Re: Any reason to still write checks?

I'm 64 years old - what are checks? Debit cards rock. I am anxiously waiting for Smart Phone payment applications to become widespread. I seldom have more than $5 to $10 on my person.
by 02sbxstr
Sat Jan 18, 2014 6:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cat teeth cleaning cost in San Diego
Replies: 35
Views: 4372

Re: Cat teeth cleaning cost in San Diego

strafe wrote:How much does a new cat cost? :wink:


What a shameful comment! Pets are not expendable. I hope you don't have any.
by 02sbxstr
Fri Jan 17, 2014 4:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cat teeth cleaning cost in San Diego
Replies: 35
Views: 4372

Re: Cat teeth cleaning cost in San Diego

We paid a similar amount for our 15 year old last fall. We're in an affluent area in Connecticut. He had pretty bad teeth / gums requiting full up anesthesia, some extractions, root planing, and antibiotics. I've probably missed a procedure or two. Had a second cat treated last week with less extens...
by 02sbxstr
Thu Jan 16, 2014 7:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Spare SUV vehicle - Snow Travel
Replies: 26
Views: 2167

Re: Spare SUV vehicle - Snow Travel

If you really need mobility in snow country, you need a truck-based 4wd vehicle with a low range gearbox. Today's cross-overs are toys. I am in southern New England, where it does (occasionally) snow alot. When I had a 600 ft driveway with a 50ft uphill gradient, I had a '94 Nissan Pathfinder. I cou...
by 02sbxstr
Fri Jan 10, 2014 8:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Car Enthusiasts?
Replies: 47
Views: 4633

Re: Any Car Enthusiasts?

My car story: grew up in western NY and went often to Watkins Glen. Wanted dearly a Porsche, but had other priorities as a young married couple. Fast forward a number of years - I'm nearing 55 and looking for a replacement for a Maxima coming off lease. I put together a short list of cars I was inte...
by 02sbxstr
Fri Jan 10, 2014 7:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Movies of 2013
Replies: 83
Views: 8207

Re: Best Movies of 2013

Catching Fire - an allegory of Obama land Captain Philips All is Lost American Hustle - over rated in my opinion, but good Wolf of Wall St - raw but entertaining Rush - great human interest study Mud Dallas Byers Club And, depending on timing definition Zero Dark Thirty - great movie Lone Survivor -...
by 02sbxstr
Thu Jan 09, 2014 5:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: best way to hide your personal information on work laptop
Replies: 44
Views: 5436

Re: best way to hide your personal information on work lapto

It is not your laptop - it belongs to your employer. He probably won't mind if you loaded, say, a few family images, but you should have absolutely no expectation of privacy for anything personal. If you're traveling and need access to personal files, take your laptop with you. Stop trying to get so...
by 02sbxstr
Sun Dec 15, 2013 7:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying snow tires
Replies: 55
Views: 6473

Re: Buying snow tires

tirerack is good - particularly if you live near BDL. So you can pick up your tires there with no delivery charges.
by 02sbxstr
Sun Dec 15, 2013 7:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Low Income 29yr old
Replies: 32
Views: 3885

Re: Low Income 29yr old

"You need to follow format in Asking Questions" What an arrogant response!! The poster is searching for advice and you see fit to denigrate a young person for not formulating a query in your preferred context? Shame on you. To the original poster. Stay the course. We started saving $20 a w...
by 02sbxstr
Sun Nov 10, 2013 7:16 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Any LDS Bogleheads out there? [Latter Day Saints]
Replies: 21
Views: 3267

Re: Any LDS Bogleheads out there? [Latter Day Saints]

I continue to be amazed at the attention paid to LDS people. They are just the same as your next door neighbors. I am not a member of their church but have worked for and with them for 15 years. They are Americans, they support our military (my last supervisor's son went to West Point), they tend to...
by 02sbxstr
Mon Nov 04, 2013 5:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mini Cooper or Fiat 500?
Replies: 49
Views: 5789

Re: Mini Cooper or Fiat 500?

Having owned a first gen Mini Cooper S (but not a Fiat 500), I can say that the Mini was a fun car to drive, handled well, and was reasonably roomy. And, it was made by BMW. As to referring to Consumer Reports for advice, I have to say, What? CR has absolutely no credentials if you happen to enjoy d...
by 02sbxstr
Wed Oct 09, 2013 4:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bought airlines tickets now found cheaper ones
Replies: 58
Views: 5780

Re: Bought airlines tickets now found cheaper ones

My Cardinal Rule: Never check prices after you have bought something non-returnable. Why expose yourself to aggravation?
by 02sbxstr
Thu Sep 26, 2013 2:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advising a Future Engineer (Updated)
Replies: 42
Views: 3031

Re: Advising a Future Engineer (Updated)

I want to second the recommendation of being proficient in using Excel. I am a recently retired aerospace engineer and used it every day, not only for technical work but also as a project management tool. Excel is probably the most widely used tool in the modern engineers arsenal. It is incredibly p...
by 02sbxstr
Fri Sep 13, 2013 3:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Much Did You Spend on Your Engagement Ring??
Replies: 289
Views: 31656

Re: How Much Did You Spend on Your Engagement Ring??

I don't remember exactly, but I recall about $500 in 1970. That would have been half a month's pay when I started work in 1972. We did spend for fairly elaborate wedding bands.
by 02sbxstr
Wed Aug 28, 2013 5:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: In Boston what to do?
Replies: 36
Views: 3635

Re: In Boston what to do?

I second the USS Constitution. To be aboard and then think of what she was doing 200 years ago, defeating the ships of the Royal Navy, is truly awesome. Good background reading would be Six Frigates by Ian Toll.
by 02sbxstr
Mon Aug 19, 2013 5:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Worried about late credit card payment
Replies: 27
Views: 3618

Re: Worried about late credit card payment

Relax! A day late and $3 short is not going to impact your credit rating. In the transition from paper statements to electronic statements over the last few years, I've missed payments considerably more (but less than, say, $50) than you describe, incurring late fees. My average (Experian, TransUnio...
by 02sbxstr
Sat Aug 17, 2013 5:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Could your spouse manage your portfolio?
Replies: 62
Views: 5278

Re: Could your spouse manage your portfolio?

Today, no. We've been retired about a year now and I have started this summer preparing going forward Baedeker for her in the event of my going to play golf in heaven (or Ireland, given the choice). All the documents are stored in an encrypted file in Dropbox and she knows how to access/unencrypt th...
by 02sbxstr
Sat Aug 17, 2013 4:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: car maintenance ... how to save
Replies: 37
Views: 3666

Re: car maintenance ... how to save

We don't do: Wash car. Wax car. Vacuum out car. Accept most service suggestions from a mechanic. Any radiator fluid flushing. Here are some examples of suggested services that we have denied: Replace tires. Replace shocks. Replace brakes. Valve job. Replace metal heat shield. Replace ball joints. R...
by 02sbxstr
Mon Aug 05, 2013 1:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: High handicap golf nut
Replies: 18
Views: 2348

Re: High handicap golf nut

Wagnerjb wrote:Booming a 275 yard drive is fun, but it won't bring your scores down.


Long drivers -- the woods are full of them.
by 02sbxstr
Thu Aug 01, 2013 4:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Looking for] Good Portfolio Tracking Tool
Replies: 8
Views: 871

Re: [Looking for] Good Portfolio Tracking Tool

Wall St Journal has a pretty good and easy to setup portfolio tracking tool. https://portfolio.wsj.com/portfolio will get you started. I have an online subscription which may be required.
by 02sbxstr
Tue Jul 30, 2013 4:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Honda Accord v/s CPO BMW 328i
Replies: 88
Views: 20212

Re: New Honda Accord v/s CPO BMW 328i

There are 3 German cars in our garage now: a VW, an Audi, and a Porsche. Previously, there were Nissan cars. Other than the Porsche, which requires 10 qts of Mobil 1 every year (we've owned it for 10 years now and, other than oil changes and new tires, haven't paid a penny for services), we haven't...
by 02sbxstr
Mon Jul 29, 2013 5:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Honda Accord v/s CPO BMW 328i
Replies: 88
Views: 20212

Re: New Honda Accord v/s CPO BMW 328i

I think we need to play truth and myth: Truth: The BMW is probably a hoot to drive compared to the Accord as long as it is in I-form or higher. Myth: The BMW is the higher status car. What a laugh. Who has the highest resale value, reliability, and a consumer reports top pick. Seriously the status ...
by 02sbxstr
Sun Jul 28, 2013 4:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Audi A4 versus Volvo S60 Sedan
Replies: 25
Views: 12762

Re: Audi A4 versus Volvo S60 Sedan

Audi A4 vs Volvo S60? The Volvo is safer comment is far from a foregone conclusion - the A4 is a "Top Safety Pick" while the S60 is a "Top Safety Pick +." S60 does marginally better in Small Overlap than A4 does in Side Impact. For a meaningful evaluation of these results one wou...
by 02sbxstr
Fri Jul 26, 2013 3:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Honda Accord v/s CPO BMW 328i
Replies: 88
Views: 20212

Re: New Honda Accord v/s CPO BMW 328i

The BMW will be the wife's car for the most part, so a little bit of commuting, running around town, driving the kids, etc. That's cruel and unusual punishment for a BMW. True. Especially with the newer ones, its VERY important to make sure you get it up to temperature for 30 minutes a week to burn...
by 02sbxstr
Fri Jul 26, 2013 3:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Staying in same company for long - any benefits?
Replies: 27
Views: 4369

Re: Staying in same company for long - any benefits?

Hmm ... worked for 3+ years and the work is getting old already? You have barely got your feet wet at this point. I retired from my MegaCorp last year after 40 years -- initially working on the technical side developing advanced jet engine technologies and subsequently managing the development proje...