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by Copper John
Mon May 18, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lowes vs Home Depot
Replies: 97
Views: 14235

Re: Lowes vs Home Depot

Customer service seems to vary by locations of each store. You're only as good as your people. Happens to be Lowes for me. Although I occasionally shop at Home Depot. +1 This mirrors my experience. Recently needed a sliding glass door and wanted it installed. HD associate was busy with another cust...
by Copper John
Mon May 18, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple Airpods Pro
Replies: 21
Views: 1162

Re: Apple Airpods Pro

Spouse is considering getting a pair. Any concerns of the battery going out in a few years? Sounds like quite an investment if you also have to replace when that happens. Valid concern. Apple is the king of making luxury goods consumable products. That said, if you can afford it, they’re really coo...
by Copper John
Tue May 12, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice for upcoming foot surgery
Replies: 37
Views: 2084

Re: Advice for upcoming foot surgery

While at the medical supply store , pick up a plastic bag designed specifically too cover your cast while showering. It will have a drawstring and be much more streamlined,effective and easier to put on and off than rigging up garbage bags for this task.
by Copper John
Mon May 11, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple Airpods
Replies: 30
Views: 1898

Re: Apple Airpods

I have the wireless Airpod Pros and really like them. These replaced my Jabra Elite Active 65Ts which failed after 2 months. Jabra replaced them but they are sitting in the new box and will serve as a back up for now. My goals for wireless earbuds were: - Primary purpose was to use these for exercis...
by Copper John
Fri May 01, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Anyone drop cable for YouTube TV?]
Replies: 139
Views: 12297

Re: [Anyone drop cable for YouTube TV?]

I've heard Youtube TV is great, from my early Gen X and late millenial co-workers. I'm actually using Sling (blue package) TV, for $30/month, and it's been great as well. I haven't really missed much by not having ESPN. I have YouTube TV and it is good, especially compared against ATT TV NOW. The D...
by Copper John
Tue Apr 28, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Highlander or RAV4
Replies: 57
Views: 3251

Re: Highlander or RAV4

If you live at altitude or frequently drive above 7,000 ft, I have found in my experience a 4 cylinder small SUV feels extremely under powered. I am not talking about blasting off from stop lights, but needing quick acceleration to pass or merge which is a safety issue. My 4 cylinder SUV non-turbo w...
by Copper John
Mon Apr 27, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How long to wait for a toll by mail bill?
Replies: 20
Views: 1071

Re: How long to wait for a toll by mail bill?

Resident of Colorado and just got a toll bill 2 weeks ago for an instate toll from June,2019. I thought it must be as mistake, but sure enough I picked up friends at the the Denver airport that night and used the toll road on that night.
by Copper John
Wed Apr 15, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Preparing for 25% tariff on Scotch
Replies: 64
Views: 7187

Re: Preparing for 25% tariff on Scotch

Huge local variation where I live. Example one mega liquor store is charging $75 for a Laphroaig 10 year while another 8 miles away is charging $40. A few months ago the person handling Scotch at one of these stores told me some distilleries are covering part of the tariffs while others are passing ...
by Copper John
Tue Feb 11, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your most luxury/expensive hobby.
Replies: 262
Views: 19254

Re: What is your most luxury/expensive hobby.

Watches Fly fishing - although most of the ongoing expense here is travel-related. I'm not a gear junky and prefer a minimal set up. Just fishing :) I am not traveling as much, but had to spend some money on gear. Always wanted to get into fly fishing but have been intimidated by it. Plus not many ...
by Copper John
Sat Feb 08, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel to Africa - Yellow fever vaccine
Replies: 10
Views: 1146

Re: Travel to Africa - Yellow fever vaccine

Bogleheads: My wife and I are planning an African Safari vacation. A complicating factor is that I have a weaken autoimmune system and have been advised not to get the Yellow fever vaccine. We were planning on visiting South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania and Kenya. However, we have gotten conflicting ...
by Copper John
Thu Feb 06, 2020 11:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel to Africa - Yellow fever vaccine
Replies: 10
Views: 1146

Re: Travel to Africa - Yellow fever vaccine

The requirements for many of the African countries will depend from what country you are entering from. In my 4 recent trips to Kenya I entered directly from the U.S. and I was not required to show proof of a Yellow Fever vaccination. The same goes for entry from Europe or Canada. But, for example, ...
by Copper John
Thu Jan 23, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sharing a Business Class Seat
Replies: 51
Views: 4468

Re: Sharing a Business Class Seat

Look at this from the airlines and other passenger's view. I have just paid a large amount of money for a business class seat and one of the things I am expecting in return is a quieter less crowded cabin so I can sleep. Now every hour or two the guy next to me with his wife and kids are switching s...
by Copper John
Thu Jan 02, 2020 9:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is volunteering worth the hassle?
Replies: 98
Views: 8328

Re: Is volunteering worth the hassle?

Find an area that you are passionate about. Passion can't be faked! Also try to define limits as to what you are willing to give up in terms of time and commitment and what you are not. For example, I am retired and I dreamed of not being to be anywhere at a specific time when I retired and enjoyin...
by Copper John
Thu Jan 02, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is volunteering worth the hassle?
Replies: 98
Views: 8328

Re: Is volunteering worth the hassle?

Find an area that you are passionate about. Passion can't be faked! Also try to define limits as to what you are willing to give up in terms of time and commitment and what you are not. For example, I am retired and I dreamed of not being to be anywhere at a specific time when I retired and enjoying...
by Copper John
Tue Dec 24, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buenos Aires airport transfer time (EZE to AEP)
Replies: 6
Views: 535

Re: Buenos Aires airport transfer time (EZE to AEP)

I asked the same question in regards to booking a remis ahead of time at EZE or just arranging on arrival on my trip to BA last February. The advice I received on Trip Advisor was there was no need to book ahead of time. I ended up just getting a remis upon arrival on a Tuesday morning with Manuel T...
by Copper John
Sun Dec 22, 2019 12:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Have you switched from Android to iPhone? What were the pluses and minuses?
Replies: 51
Views: 4473

Re: Have you switched from Android to iPhone? What were the pluses and minuses?

Similar experience here, i was a long time android user and switched to iphone 8 when there was bogo promotion. Most android phones stop support after a couple years, some of the banking apps I had were “behind” in terms of functionality on android since most professionals have iphones, battery usu...
by Copper John
Sat Dec 21, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: African Safari trip
Replies: 22
Views: 1587

Re: African Safari trip

I recommend you check out Botswana, for high end safari. Depending on how long, consider three different lodges, sub-areas. It will cost you, my guess, $1k per day. We used a UK company, Expert Africa, and they were excellent, although this was more than 10 years ago. For Botswana, your price estim...
by Copper John
Sat Dec 21, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: African Safari trip
Replies: 22
Views: 1587

Re: African Safari trip

Some considerations to consider in your trip planning that are my thoughts based upon 15 trips to Africa. I posted the below in a previous Safari discussion on BH. When getting travel advice try to get a feeling of what style of travel the person giving you the advice adheres to. For example, some p...
by Copper John
Fri Dec 20, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Anyone drop cable for YouTube TV?]
Replies: 139
Views: 12297

Re: [Anyone drop cable for YouTube TV?]

I received an email from Playstation Vue today. Letting customers know January will be free and the service will end on Jan 30, 2020. An interesting tidbit from the email. Sony suggested trying YouTube TV in the email and provided a link to the YTTV site . Interesting cross-marketing. Sony was tryi...
by Copper John
Fri Dec 20, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Issue with Ally Bank
Replies: 19
Views: 1968

Re: Issue with Ally Bank

I have been an Ally customer for years and I am 100% satisfied with their customer service and I can understand the responses that they are doing a great job in protecting your account from fraud. But on the other hand ,I do not recall ever seeing "Who is funding your account" as a security question...
by Copper John
Thu Dec 19, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Anyone drop cable for YouTube TV?]
Replies: 139
Views: 12297

Re: [Anyone drop cable for YouTube TV?]

"How do you go back to the channel you were watching without navigating back to the actual channel, and clicking the enter button on the fire remote?" The way I currently do it is to touch back button, brings you to top menu, hit up direction and that brings you to most top of display which shows y...
by Copper John
Tue Dec 17, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Safer" places for Spanish immersion experience?
Replies: 84
Views: 7248

Re: "Safer" places for Spanish immersion experience?

For those of you who wouldn't consider traveling to Mexico due to your fears about violence--would you also not visit Chicago, New Orleans, L.A., or Atlanta?? Why there was just a shooting in a mall in Atlanta a few days ago!!! That's what I'm saying. There are places in the U.S. that are as danger...
by Copper John
Thu Dec 12, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Anyone drop cable for YouTube TV?]
Replies: 139
Views: 12297

Re: [Anyone drop cable for YouTube TV?]

I currently use PlayStation Vue but would like to switch to YouTube TV. Does it support the Amazon Fire TV? I also had Playstation Vue on a second generation Amazon Fire Box and switched to YouTube TV. The 2nd generation Amazon Fire Box supports YouTube TV. The first generation box does not support...
by Copper John
Thu Dec 12, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Anyone drop cable for YouTube TV?]
Replies: 139
Views: 12297

Re: [Anyone drop cable for YouTube TV?]

I currently use PlayStation Vue but would like to switch to YouTube TV. Does it support the Amazon Fire TV? I also had Playstation Vue on a second generation Amazon Fire Box and switched to YouTube TV. The 2nd generation Amazon Fire Box supports YouTube TV. The first generation box does not support...
by Copper John
Wed Dec 11, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [On-going Scams - Post them here]
Replies: 297
Views: 16731

Re: another too clever scam

The story doesn't make sense. Why would Schwab still not cancel the debit card immediately if it had been compromised? Either way, I will never have a cash management brokerage account with a debit card. I want an airgap between my large pots of money and any easy means of spending money. I don't e...
by Copper John
Thu Dec 05, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cable Cord Cutting more complicated than expected
Replies: 96
Views: 8130

Re: Cable Cord Cutting more complicated than expected

We saved around $100/month by dropping cable and going with a Roku and PlayStation Vue. PS Vue had the channels that most closely matched what I was watching on cable. They seemed to have the best for live sports. I can get PBS OTA, so the fact that it isn't available in my streaming package isn't ...
by Copper John
Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cable Cord Cutting more complicated than expected
Replies: 96
Views: 8130

Re: Cable Cord Cutting more complicated than expected

What do you all pay for internet service? Do you ever run into data usage issues due to streaming? I pay $50 a month for Xfinity which has a 1 TB cap before you incur additional charges. My household averages about 9 hours a day streaming one TV using Youtube TV and Prime and my monthly usage with ...
by Copper John
Wed Nov 27, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DSLRs: canon 5d IV vs ?
Replies: 88
Views: 4334

Re: DSLRs: canon 5d IV vs ?

Thanks all. I'll pass along the info. That said, I don't know what skills anyone really needs to be a "professional" photographer! Just being a good salesman with expensive equipment should fit the bill. Reminds me when I had gone to a friend's kid's first birthday armed with the above-referenced 4...
by Copper John
Wed Nov 20, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DSLRs: canon 5d IV vs ?
Replies: 88
Views: 4334

Re: DSLRs: canon 5d IV vs ?

I do strictly wildlife photography and after renting the 6d body for a number of Africa trips I decided to switch to the 5d mark 1V for my last Africa trip. My goal was to capture a cheetah chase and the resulting take down of the prey. I have in the past had opportunities but my my attempts were un...
by Copper John
Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPad air- purchase from Apple store of Costco?
Replies: 15
Views: 2677

Re: iPad air- purchase from Apple store of Costco?

Buying online from Apple gives you the option to engrave something on the back, e.g., your name. Apple also offers credit if you're are trading in an old iPad. Yes trading in an old device directly to Apple online offers "one stop shopping" and I have done this in the past and it made the transacti...
by Copper John
Thu Oct 31, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cutting the Cord - NFL Network?
Replies: 65
Views: 6404

Re: Cutting the Cord - NFL Network?

I was a a happy Sony Playstation Vue user and will be switching to Youtube TV. It has all the sports channels I had with Vue (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN U, ESPN News, Big 10 Network, CBS Sports Network, MLB Network, NBA TV, Olympic Channel, NBC Sports Network, FS1 and FS2) but it does NOT have the NFL Networ...
by Copper John
Thu Oct 24, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why so many iPhones??? Why did you pick it? Why do you upgrade it?
Replies: 156
Views: 11744

Re: Why so many iPhones??? Why did you pick it? Why do you upgrade it?

Why did you choose an iPhone? 1. I was an Android user for years. I would buy an Android model that was 2-3 years older than the newest model and try to get 3-4 years out of that phone. I would also use a MVNO and not use the the big carriers. I came to realize I was often using phones that were un...
by Copper John
Fri Oct 11, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ability to Stream NFL Games (Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays)
Replies: 38
Views: 4282

Re: Ability to Stream NFL Games (Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays)

For the NFL you will want a provider that can pick up the local network affiliates if you do not have an antenna that picks up those stations. Thursday' night games are all over the place Fox, NFL Network, Amazon Prime Video and where to find them seems to change week to week. CBS Fox NBC NFL Networ...
by Copper John
Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPhone question - purchase
Replies: 13
Views: 1716

Re: iPhone question - purchase

We've had iPhones for a number of years, and you can get trade in credit immediately if you turn in your iPhone to the Apple Store. That may not apply in your mom's case, if instant she doesn't have a iPhone to trade in. Also, I just like dealing with Apple vs the phone carriers. They know their pr...
by Copper John
Mon Sep 30, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple iPhone iOS 13 Discussion
Replies: 79
Views: 10033

Re: Apple iPhone iOS 13 Discussion

The new iPad software had me wondering how much longer (or how close are we) to iPad completely replacing a Mac in terms of being able to connect the iPad to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse when needed. I don't own an iPad, but I don't think multitasking is quite there yet. Also if websites treat iP...
by Copper John
Wed Sep 25, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Utah the most convenient "Out West" destination for East Coast skiers?
Replies: 42
Views: 5166

Re: Is Utah the most convenient destination for East Coast skiiers?

I would rate Utah #1 for accessibility from a major airport. Alta right up the road from Snowbird is a much less intimidating mountain with a lot of blue cruiser runs. Big powder days make Snowbird much less intimidating and opens up the entire mountain to strong intermediate skiers. Feb-March are m...
by Copper John
Mon Sep 23, 2019 8:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple iPhone iOS 13 Discussion
Replies: 79
Views: 10033

Re: Apple iPhone iOS 13 Discussion

You can do this now - enable "do not disturb" and then check the box that says allow calls from contacts. I've been doing this for a long time. Only downside is that it also silences text signals. You have to go into each contact individually to enable a text signal if you want it. This is true, bu...
by Copper John
Mon Sep 23, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Someone stole my wife's phone number (ie. ported to another carrier)
Replies: 57
Views: 7285

Re: Someone stole my wife's phone number (ie. ported to another carrier)

so much for 2FA on accounts..this is not good I always recommend using Google Voice (or Google Fi) numbers for 2FA. A lot harder to hijack those. Same here. The only issue I’ve found is some entities don’t work with SMSing VOIP numbers like GV. Wells Fargo Bank is an example. I use my Google Voice ...
by Copper John
Mon Sep 23, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple iPhone iOS 13 Discussion
Replies: 79
Views: 10033

Re: Apple iPhone iOS 13 Discussion

Swype type functions are now available on the standard keyboard. No need to switch to another keyboard just start swyping on the standard keyboard. I previously uploaded Google swype keyboard and used that, but this Apple version works better in my opinion. There are also a number of privacy changes...
by Copper John
Sat Sep 21, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retirement - Living in Colorado
Replies: 57
Views: 10456

Re: Retirement - Living in Colorado

I live about 50 minutes away from Estes Park in the Denver/Boulder area and temperatures in Estes Park on average are about 15 degrees colder. Great in the summer - not so great in the winter. Estes Park sits at about 7,500 ft elevation and winters will start earlier and last longer than where I am....
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: 4224

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: 98
Views: 10714

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: 1598

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: 1607

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: 1459

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: 4777

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: 815

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: 2308

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: 37764

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: 4270

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...