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by Copper John
Sat Aug 24, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chicago - What to see, do & eat in two days
Replies: 71
Views: 3670

Re: Chicago - What to see, do & eat in two days

The Museum of Science and Industry has a German U-Boat in the basement. Awesome. +1 As a kid growing up in Chicago this was one of my favorite things to do. At least when I was growing up it had a working periscope where you could view the surrounding Lake Michigan environment. Trying to put my kid...
by Copper John
Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Acura RDX vs Audi Q5
Replies: 65
Views: 6191

Re: Acura RDX vs Audi Q5

I am an owner of a V-6 2016 RDX and have had this car for over a year. I bought it to replace a 2014 Suburu Forester XT Turbo which I replaced after it blew the engine at 18,000 miles. I love the RDX. Very good handling, quiet and one of the few models in that size that still had a V6 engine. In 201...
by Copper John
Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Yellowstone guidance
Replies: 12
Views: 1317

Re: Yellowstone guidance

If you are looking for a fly fishing guide for the park I would highly recommend Parks Fly Shop out of Gardiner. Richard Parks the owner guided me on one of my first fly fishing expeditions some 40 years ago. Richard is still the owner and involved, but I am not sure he still guides. I would recomme...
by Copper John
Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Fishing" Shirt Recommendations
Replies: 18
Views: 1515

Re: "Fishing" Shirt Recommendations

I live in these shirts all summer as I am an avid fly-fisherman. One feature that I find essential is to have zippered pockets for 2 reasons: - I have a rod in one hand and I can open and close the pocket easily with one hand - I want to make sure when I am bending over into he water, or hiking to t...
by Copper John
Wed May 08, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cutting the cord with U-verse....Questions.
Replies: 17
Views: 1364

Re: Cutting the cord with U-verse....Questions.

I dumped Comcast for TV service and retained them for internet about 4 years ago. I went with the Amazon Fire box with the Sony Playstation streaming service for TV. I don't game and for the most part am the only user. I initially took the Comcast 150 MBps promotional offer for a year at $50/month p...
by Copper John
Mon May 06, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: ants - aargh
Replies: 69
Views: 4448

Re: ants - aargh

If you are baiting the ants there may be an increase in the numbers initially and you must resist the urge to spray or kill them. You want them to take the bait back to the nest and it may take days before this effective after seeing them taking the bait.
by Copper John
Thu Apr 11, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mac mail malfunctioning - keeps asking for my gmail passwords
Replies: 9
Views: 770

Re: Mac mail malfunctioning - keeps asking for my gmail passwords

As identified on a recent Bogleheads thread, this problem has been effecting many users of the Apple email app with the most recent MacOS update. Several solutions have been offered on the Apple forum and the posts describe users contacting Apple and Google with reps of each blaming the other for th...
by Copper John
Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Google problem on Imac
Replies: 45
Views: 2146

Re: Google problem on Imac

Fyi - I'm experiencing a similar problem using Apple Mail to access gmail. Looks like it's a bug in the most recent Mac os release. More info in this link. https://9to5mac.com/2019/03/26/gmail-macos-10-14-4-sign-in-fail/ Yes this does appear related to the most recent macOS release. After updating ...
by Copper John
Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "The best and worst U.S. states for retirement"
Replies: 303
Views: 33693

Re: "The best and worst U.S. states for retirement"

Colorado looks interesting, but has black ice and snow in the winter. It seems most houses in populous Colorado areas are two story and the nice houses are huge. A one story house with no winter black ice would seem to be good features for retirement. Actually there is very little black ice here, a...
by Copper John
Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Satellite radio pricing ridiculousness
Replies: 54
Views: 3956

Re: Satellite radio pricing ridiculousness

What content does XM have that isn't available from a streaming service like google play or spotify? Because it is satellite-based, the service does not depend on data from a phone or wifi. Consequently, it works while I travel in the middle of Nowhere. This is the same reason I like a dedicated GP...
by Copper John
Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tawny Port (Not Vintage Port): Sandeman or Taylor Fladgate?
Replies: 12
Views: 1160

Re: Tawny Port (Not Vintage Port): Sandeman or Taylor Fladgate?

As a Tawny Port lover, Can I suggest something different? This is my favorite! Note: I have sampled the two you mentioned .... https://www.wine.com/product/grahams-20-year-old-tawny-port/5973 WoodSpinner +1 Although I drink a number of 10 year old tawny ports that I really like, I do notice a large...
by Copper John
Sat Feb 02, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: recommend your African safari
Replies: 16
Views: 1323

Re: recommend your African safari

Some considerations to consider in your trip planning: Mode of Transportation - hire a guide/driver through an outfitter and travel camp to camp vs. fly camp to camp and use the individual camps guides. The former is often the common method in East Africa whereas in Botswana and Zambia flying camp t...
by Copper John
Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who's flying?
Replies: 83
Views: 10354

Re: Who's flying?

Just went through Pre check in Denver at 9 a.m. on a Monday morning in about 2 minutes. Non Pre check lines were not long.
by Copper John
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Duffel Bag vs Wheeled Stand Up traveling
Replies: 78
Views: 4228

Re: Duffel Bag vs Wheeled Stand Up traveling

I have traveled internationally numerous times strictly using a a carry on duffel. I use this collapsable light weight roller to roll the duffel and a mid-sized think tank camera bag around airports.


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by Copper John
Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Comcast didn't deliver as promised
Replies: 16
Views: 1741

Re: Comcast didn't deliver as promised

I have found Comcast to be a "sleazy" company and the Minnesota AG in a recently filed lawsuit against them seems to agree with me: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/01/the-lies-comcast-allegedly-told-customers-to-hide-full-cost-of-service/ I unfortunately have to rely on them as my internet ...
by Copper John
Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spam calls to cell phone...
Replies: 123
Views: 15034

Re: Spam calls to cell phone...

On my IPhone I do the following to deal with spam calls: - I downloaded a "silent ringtone" from the app store. This is set as my default ringtone for all calls. Screen will flash with incoming call but no audible sound and calls will go to voice mail. 90% of the spam calls I receive will not leave...
by Copper John
Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Expensive DSLR through airport security
Replies: 45
Views: 3380

Re: Expensive DSLR through airport security

I have traveled numerous times over the last 15 years with my DSLRs and lenses packed in a separate camera bag that also contained some items of clothing without problems for the most part. Except for two incidents, this bag has been placed on the conveyer belt and gone though screening without havi...
by Copper John
Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Uber/Lyft where do you sit?
Replies: 42
Views: 4213

Re: Uber/Lyft where do you sit?

In the U.S. I sit in the rear. I am off to a trip to Argentina and have been advised to always sit in the front there if I take any Ubers. Cab drivers in Buenos Aires are up in arms over Uber and there have been numerous attacks on Uber drivers by cab drivers and sitting in the back shouts out loud ...
by Copper John
Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Canon 100-400 zoom lens
Replies: 29
Views: 1208

Re: Canon 100-400 zoom lens

I use the Canon 5DIV with the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM. This is my go to wildlife photography kit. I also find it to focus quickly and sharp. I can handhold it, but this is not a light set up to haul around. I am usually shooting with it from open vehicles and using sandbags. I concur...
by Copper John
Sat Dec 29, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spam calls to cell phone...
Replies: 123
Views: 15034

Re: Spam calls to cell phone...

I have my cell phone set so that it only rings if the call is coming from a recognized number in my contact list. Any other call is silent. A legitimate caller will leave a message, and I will get it. Spam callers generally do not leave messages, and if they do it's only because the automated syste...
by Copper John
Wed Dec 19, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spam calls to cell phone...
Replies: 123
Views: 15034

Re: Spam calls to cell phone...

On my IPhone I do the following to deal with spam calls: - I downloaded a "silent ringtone" from the app store. This is set as my default ringtone for all calls. Screen will flash with incoming call but no audible sound and calls will go to voice mail. 90% of the spam calls I receive will not leave ...
by Copper John
Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do You Purchase "Medical Evacuation Insurance" When You Travel?
Replies: 185
Views: 13061

Re: Do You Purchase "Medical Evacuation Insurance" When You Travel?

I travel internationally to very remote locations and historically I have only purchased a short-term international medical policy that would cover medical expenses and evacuation expenses. I always have chosen to self-insure for the travel component of these trips and have not purchased trip insura...
by Copper John
Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Impressed with Ally's Customer Service (via phone)
Replies: 4
Views: 418

Re: Impressed with Ally's Customer Service (via phone)

Well Colorado 13 I also use all three of the companies you mentioned. I share your positive assessment of Ally's phone support. Prompt, knowledgeable, friendly and they don't try to sell you products or services when you make an inquiry. I just called them today about using their debit card in ATMs ...
by Copper John
Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple - macOS Mojave
Replies: 35
Views: 3173

Re: Apple - macOS Mojave

Updated it the 1st day it was available and it loaded without issue. The next day I fired up my computer and it froze half way through the loading process. Called Apple support and they had me start up in safe-mode and I was able to boot up. I then turned it off and fired it up in the normal mode an...
by Copper John
Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Unique Phone Apps that you find yourself using most often?
Replies: 46
Views: 13021

Re: Unique Phone Apps that you find yourself using most often?

Google Voice Tiles - Allows me to track location on objects that I have attached a tile tracker (wallet, keys, etc) Hey Camera - Allows me to use voice commands to take a photo on an I-phone Gboard - Installs Gboard keyboard on my Iphone. Allows me to use glide/swype motions to type words instead o...
by Copper John
Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Streaming TV services
Replies: 40
Views: 3486

Re: Streaming TV services

This article provides a side by side chart that lists the cable channel offerings of the major streaming services. The article is now a year old and is not totally accurate but it will give you a place to start in comparing the channel offerings. I have Playstation Vue and when I initially signed up...
by Copper John
Fri Jul 27, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cell account hacked
Replies: 22
Views: 4018

Re: Cell account hacked

This discussion and the referenced articles was a real eye opener for me. Particularly chilling was the enlistment of insiders at phone cell providers to obtain customer data. I read the Motherboard article linked in this thread and I have followed their advice and have removed my cell number from a...
by Copper John
Fri Jun 29, 2018 12:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best way to clean eyeglasses?
Replies: 59
Views: 4442

Re: Best way to clean eyeglasses?

The key to having a clear, non-streaked lens in all the above suggestions using water, and dish soap is to shake off most of the water from the glasses after you rinse them. Then "lightly dab" the water off with with a cloth as " banjo" states above. Do not rub the glasses with the cloth or tissue. ...
by Copper John
Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: African Safari: Worth it or Hype?
Replies: 83
Views: 11819

Re: African Safari: Worth it or Hype?

Are you a lover of wildlife? Are you excited and stop and enjoy the moment when you encounter eagles, deer, moose, elk, bears here in North America? If the answer is yes, you are in for an over the top wildlife experience in the top safari destinations in Africa. I went on what I thought was "once i...
by Copper John
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: For Sale By Owner (FSBO) purchase - how much discount can I expect?
Replies: 22
Views: 1925

Re: For Sale By Owner (FSBO) purchase - how much discount can I expect?

I sold my condo in a FSBO deal to a buyer who was not represented by a realtor. The buyer's offer was in line with comps and the upgrades I had put into the unit. I split the 6% commission fee savings between us and took 3% off. I would not have offered any discount to a buyer with a realtor. I offe...
by Copper John
Wed May 30, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Router hack, have you acted?
Replies: 101
Views: 10480

Re: Router hack, have you acted?

My Netgear Router is on the list. I used the PC Magazine link provided by BHUser27 earlier in this thread to follow Netgear's advice to do the following 3 things: 1) Ensure my router has the latest firmware 2) Make sure the default of not allowing remote access is in place 3) Change the default sett...
by Copper John
Wed May 30, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Roadside assistance coverage?
Replies: 12
Views: 828

Re: Roadside assistance coverage?

Just used my AAA+ plan 3 days ago to tow my fairly new car 99 miles to my home town after breaking down in the mountains on I-70. Big attraction for me on this plan is they will cover you for you for 100 miles and if over this you pay per mile. I believe these credit card and insurance add-ons will ...
by Copper John
Tue May 29, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 3 days in Boston with an 8 year old
Replies: 32
Views: 2794

Re: 3 days in Boston with an 8 year old

Thank you all. We are staying near Andrew subway station, near Dorchester Ave and Dorchester St in zip code 02127. Okay thanks for clarifying that. Many of the mentioned spots such as the Aquarium, Whale Watch, North End, Freedom Trail will not be in walking distance from where you are staying. The...
by Copper John
Sun May 27, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 3 days in Boston with an 8 year old
Replies: 32
Views: 2794

Re: 3 days in Boston with an 8 year old

You will be in a great location for walking to many sites and close to the subway. Walking, subway and Uber will have you covered for your transportation needs. I lived there for 20 years and rarely used my car in my daily life and for the most part only used my car to for excursions outside of the ...
by Copper John
Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is there a way to send text messages on my computer?
Replies: 30
Views: 4677

Re: Is there a way to send text messages on my computer?

I use a program called mightytext. You can Google it. It works pretty well. They have a pay version if you want some of the fancy features, but for basic texting the free version is pretty good. +1 Not sure if you are able to load apps on your flip phone, but for those with smart phones this is a g...
by Copper John
Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite small Colorado towns near great fishing?
Replies: 18
Views: 2959

Re: Favorite small Colorado towns near great fishing?

In the front range Lyons would provide you access to all the waters of RMNP without the mass of tourists in Estes Park. You would have the St.Vrain right there with easy access to Boulder Creek and South Boulder Creek 15-30 miles away. An hour and 1/2 drive would get you to the Poudre River near Ft...
by Copper John
Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Regrets for taking SS at 62 or waiting?
Replies: 100
Views: 11816

Re: Regrets for taking SS at 62 or waiting?

Wow, so far no one has any regrets either way, how can this be :confused I'm waiting till 70 to take mine as I don't need the money right now. If I die first, and if I regret that, I'll be sure to come back here and post about it. Well given you have a sense of humor which can only prolong life rig...
by Copper John
Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Transitioning from ACA to medicare
Replies: 25
Views: 1712

Re: Transitioning from ACA to medicare

I am also making the transition from the Kaiser ACA to the Kaiser Medicare Advantage program. My thoughts: Transition of Deductibles & OOP Maximum - My Colorado Kaiser MA Medicare plan does not have an annual deductible and I would doubt yours will. As for transfer and application of OOP expenses I ...
by Copper John
Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: ACA MAGI planning
Replies: 57
Views: 7324

Re: ACA MAGI planning

The below article provides a through explanation of the income thresholds and the effect of going over the thresholds on your ACA premium subsidies and taxation. Note in Table 2 of the article it shows the maximum amount of advance tax credits that one will have to pay back if one exceeds the income...
by Copper John
Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Streaming Service/Live TV?
Replies: 53
Views: 10432

Re: Which Streaming Service/Live TV?

I am not criticizing people’s choices...to each their own.However,I am 65,just retired and I can afford Directv and want to watch what I want,simply,including all of my sports.I also have Netflix and Amazon Prime.My monthly cost is the same as one nice dinner out. When you look at the cost of going...
by Copper John
Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Streaming Service/Live TV?
Replies: 53
Views: 10432

Re: Which Streaming Service/Live TV?

This article summarizes the streaming services by showing which devices work with each service, the channel availability for each service in a nice side by side table and the DVR capabilities of each service. Note the article does not rate the quality or reliability of the service nor does it point ...
by Copper John
Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone go 100% Ally or another online bank for all banking needs?
Replies: 61
Views: 8082

Re: Anyone go 100% Ally or another online bank for all banking needs?

I can't go 100% online since Ally doesn't do international wire anymore. I have $1500 checking account (minimum balance) with bank of america just to wire money internationally. And, to get their $120/yr free money on better balance rewards credit card. I also like the fact that I have free notary ...
by Copper John
Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What will happen if I refuse to pay a medical bill?
Replies: 125
Views: 11682

Re: What will happen if I refuse to pay a medical bill?

Have you ever heard the story from each party as to why one thinks it is in the network and the other does not? I would think it would not be in the physician group's interest to blatantly lie to you on purpose to obtain a few hundred dollars in charges. Were they ever in this network? Was the physi...
by Copper John
Fri Sep 29, 2017 10:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What will happen if I refuse to pay a medical bill?
Replies: 125
Views: 11682

Re: What will happen if I refuse to pay a medical bill?

The posters stating you should have contacted your insurance company may have a valid point and no doubt you will be doing that in the future, but I am with you on this docbrown. Lets say a physician is dealing with say 10-15 insurance companies and lets say on average they all have 3-5 varieties. T...
by Copper John
Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite small Colorado towns near great fishing?
Replies: 18
Views: 2959

Re: Favorite small Colorado towns near great fishing?

In the front range Lyons would provide you access to all the waters of RMNP without the mass of tourists in Estes Park. You would have the St.Vrain right there with easy access to Boulder Creek and South Boulder Creek 15-30 miles away. An hour and 1/2 drive would get you to the Poudre River near Ft....
by Copper John
Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoughts on Barefoot/Minimalist Running
Replies: 55
Views: 6227

Re: Thoughts on Barefoot/Minimalist Running

The move to minimalism is what made it possible for me to run. I'd tried for years always after being fitted for traditional high stack height/high drop shoes and would end up with severe knee pain after a few weeks or so. When I went minimalist I spent most of an entire year doing nothing but runn...
by Copper John
Sun Sep 24, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoughts on Barefoot/Minimalist Running
Replies: 55
Views: 6227

Re: Thoughts on Barefoot/Minimalist Running

I am a long distance runner that has been running for over 40 years. For about 32 of those years I averaged 40-80 mile weeks. I wore built up running shoes, ran with a heel strike stride, striking ahead of my core and with an almost straight leg strike. The injuries piled up over the years including...
by Copper John
Sun Sep 17, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying nightguards (teeth grinding)
Replies: 65
Views: 7761

Re: Buying nightguards (teeth grinding)

Bought one from the dentist. $300. Now I never wear it but should. Yes, it remains to be seen if a dentist made guard is comfortable enough to wear either. My dental hygienist strongly advised me not to give up after a couple nights. She said it might take a week or two to get used to wearing it at...
by Copper John
Sun Sep 17, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying nightguards (teeth grinding)
Replies: 65
Views: 7761

Re: Buying nightguards (teeth grinding)

After buying several generic mouth guards that were never comfortable enough to wear I bought a laboratory made guard online. I bought mine in 2015 from an online company named "Pro Teeth Guard" for $160. My dentist quoted me over $400 at the time. The process involved using the putty they provided ...
by Copper John
Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:15 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Freezing Credit Report - Effect on Auto Insurance
Replies: 11
Views: 5784

Re: Freezing Credit Report - Effect on Auto Insurance

Thanks for the feedback guys. I wonder if your insurance companies may still have been able to to do soft credit inquiries even with a credit report freeze because they were businesses that you had a relation with? I did just look at my Experian credit report and I see my insurer State Farm does app...