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by squirm
Sat Sep 26, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cheapest place to get subscription to Wall Street Journal
Replies: 36
Views: 3695

Re: Cheapest place to get subscription to Wall Street Journal

Maverick3320 wrote: Mon Aug 31, 2020 10:41 am Just what the title says. Any special deals/discounts etc that anyone knows of?
Have kids in school? Piggyback on them.
by squirm
Sat Sep 26, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Talk me into buying a Tesla Model Y
Replies: 63
Views: 3779

Re: Talk me into buying a Tesla Model Y

Also,
Once EA pulls their head out and starts maintaining their chargers, hopefully non-Tesla EV's will have a better chance of succeeding on road trips.
by squirm
Sat Sep 26, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Talk me into buying a Tesla Model Y
Replies: 63
Views: 3779

Re: Talk me into buying a Tesla Model Y

How about telling us some very basic info first?? Like, um I don't know, how about something important like, can you afford it? That doesn't make the only way you can get one is by making payments. Can you easily pay cash and not worry about going hungry? If so, then go for it. If I was going to rec...
by squirm
Sat Sep 26, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PHEV + Solar panels + Midwest
Replies: 27
Views: 1221

Re: PHEV + Solar panels + Midwest

Does your house have a decent-sized roof that gets a lot of sun? A solar installer should be able to run some numbers for you and generate an estimate of cost and ROI. Assuming a 50/50 mix of natural gas and coal, does a plug-in hybrid EV not make sense? I would think a huge power plant would have ...
by squirm
Fri Sep 25, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PHEV + Solar panels + Midwest
Replies: 27
Views: 1221

Re: PHEV + Solar panels + Midwest

how often will you be charging? l2 chargers are usually about 7kw. a 5-10kw system should be able to handle if use 10-15kwh per day driving, that is about 50-60 miles
by squirm
Fri Sep 25, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A simpler car.
Replies: 176
Views: 10997

Re: A simpler car.

don't over think it, just get a used honda or toyota that you can afford and move on with life.
don't get an electric car unless you enjoy playing hide and seek with chargers on road trips, and pray they work, (excluding tesla's).
by squirm
Fri Sep 25, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PHEV + Solar panels + Midwest
Replies: 27
Views: 1221

Re: PHEV + Solar panels + Midwest

I think Solaredge has a setup where you charge your car from their inverter.
the solar panel inverter will also take juice from the panels, you'll be able to see this from the energy received or delivered from the main meter.
by squirm
Thu Sep 24, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Annual oil changes a must? Car maintenance during these times
Replies: 80
Views: 5558

Re: Annual oil changes a must? Car maintenance during these times

Oh oh another car motor oil thread, these should be banned.
Anyways imo, no.
by squirm
Thu Sep 24, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Email Management Tips
Replies: 51
Views: 3856

Re: Email Management Tips

I never delete email, unless it's from someone I hate.
by squirm
Thu Sep 24, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Camping Lantern
Replies: 44
Views: 2370

Re: Camping Lantern

For those who are not a I'm also not a fan of rechargeables so the fact that it used D batteries is a plus for me. However it doesn't have a charge port for your phone. For those not a fan of rechargeable, why not? Have you tried the Li-ion 18650 batteries? I've used these for flash lights / strobe...
by squirm
Wed Sep 23, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Planned power outage - any 'must-do's' or 'don'ts'?
Replies: 28
Views: 2039

Re: Planned power outage - any 'must-do's' or 'don'ts'?

freeze some 2 liter water bottles, put in freezer and fridge before lights go out.
by squirm
Wed Sep 23, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla battery day.
Replies: 69
Views: 5715

Re: Tesla battery day.

EA is increasing they're connector heads and locations at a rapid rate. They're next step is to ensure it doesn't continue operating as pathetic as it currently does. I'm not keen on their locations either, who wants to charge at a Wally World parking lot, not me.
by squirm
Wed Sep 23, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla battery day.
Replies: 69
Views: 5715

Re: Tesla battery day.

But the TSLA stonk is priced for perfection.
by squirm
Tue Sep 22, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why buy medical insurance ?
Replies: 113
Views: 7295

Re: Why buy medical insurance ?

Because you could get hit by a bus tomorrow and be in intensive care for weeks. I don't even like being without insurance for a day. But it's your gamble.
by squirm
Tue Sep 22, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your recent experience of visiting a dentist
Replies: 63
Views: 4221

Re: Your recent experience of visiting a dentist

wife had her tooth removed last week, i went with her and also went in the dental room with wife so I could to talk to the dentist to make sure he wasn't going to try and talk her into something she didn't want. they were all wearing mask. no issues.
by squirm
Mon Sep 21, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Consumer Printer Prices
Replies: 33
Views: 1824

Re: Consumer Printer Prices

Why would sky high printer prices be a new thing? Seems obvious once all the work at home people buy up printers, there will be an over supply and prices go back down.
by squirm
Mon Sep 21, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your recent experience of visiting a dentist
Replies: 63
Views: 4221

Re: Your recent experience of visiting a dentist

I've gone. No issues, they had me call them when I got there, so no waiting room basically then took temp and covid questions. Not a big deal.
by squirm
Mon Sep 21, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hauling Heavy Load in Trunk of Car: Advice, please.
Replies: 21
Views: 1049

Re: Hauling Heavy Load in Trunk of Car: Advice, please.

That's not very heavy. That's about having 5 packs of 40 water bottles.
by squirm
Mon Sep 21, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone REGRET retiring too soon?
Replies: 67
Views: 13057

Re: Anyone REGRET retiring too soon?

You're not going to get many replies on someone admitting they made a wrong decision. People don't like to admit they made a mistake, especially something like this. Kudos to the few that actually answered the OP's question and stated they regretted it.
by squirm
Sat Sep 19, 2020 8:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Costco worth the $120 membership?
Replies: 238
Views: 15024

Re: Is Costco worth the $120 membership?

My credit cards extend the warranty.
by squirm
Sat Sep 19, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Costco worth the $120 membership?
Replies: 238
Views: 15024

Re: Is Costco worth the $120 membership?

Sam's club is a better choice, way less people to get in the way and chance if getting sick. Otherwise they're pretty identical. Sam's club list what's in the aisle and doesn't move everything around all the time like Costco, which is to very annoying. We used to have a Costco and a Sam's Club abou...
by squirm
Sat Sep 19, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coping with Megacorp rat race
Replies: 168
Views: 16045

Re: Coping with Megacorp rat race

Most people don't quit the job, they quit the boss. This. I've known a lot of bad bosses. A few good bosses. They all seem to get paid the same. +1 I've also learned it's almost impossible to change the ways of a bad boss. I've had colleagues go to upper management or HR to complain and it worked a...
by squirm
Sat Sep 19, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coping with Megacorp rat race
Replies: 168
Views: 16045

Re: Coping with Megacorp rat race

Most people don't quit the job, they quit the boss. This. I've known a lot of bad bosses. A few good bosses. They all seem to get paid the same. +1 I've also learned it's almost impossible to change the ways of a bad boss. I've had colleagues go to upper management or HR to complain and it worked a...
by squirm
Sat Sep 19, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coping with Megacorp rat race
Replies: 168
Views: 16045

Re: Coping with Megacorp rat race

What always worked for me was to change my thinking to consider that I am the one exploiting the megacorp. Exploit them to the greatest extent possible to your favor, ruthlessly, and that's ok, because that's business. Work as little as you can, while getting the most visibility for your work that ...
by squirm
Sat Sep 19, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Costco worth the $120 membership?
Replies: 238
Views: 15024

Re: Is Costco worth the $120 membership?

Sam's club is a better choice, way less people to get in the way and chance if getting sick. Otherwise they're pretty identical. Sam's club list what's in the aisle and doesn't move everything around all the time like Costco, which is to very annoying.
by squirm
Fri Sep 18, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ring for a new girlfriend
Replies: 83
Views: 5938

Re: Ring for a new girlfriend

My wife and I shopped for her rings together. It's a more fun shopping together. She wanted to make sure I was happy with what she liked. It works out better that way, otherwise you'll probably get her something she's not 100% happy with but pretends she is.
by squirm
Fri Sep 18, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pretending to enjoy sports for business/social reasons
Replies: 83
Views: 4767

Re: Pretending to enjoy sports for business/social reasons

I guess it's suppose to make them feel more empowered. I knew this one guy at work who wouldn't ever shut up. Even a simple conversation goes this way "My friend is a mechanic is says those cars are blah blah blah", "a friend of mine is a home builder and says blah blah blah", "A friend of mine know...
by squirm
Thu Sep 17, 2020 10:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kids back to On Campus School - Would you ?
Replies: 46
Views: 1934

Re: Kids back to On Campus School - Would you ?

Temperature checks are more about keeping up appearances than anything else in my opinion. Our school is doing the temperature check and "touchless" soap dispenser. Personally I think it's all a joke just to make it look like they're doing something. But like I said above, doesn't matter, I'm keepi...
by squirm
Thu Sep 17, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kids back to On Campus School - Would you ?
Replies: 46
Views: 1934

Re: Kids back to On Campus School - Would you ?

We have options for in class or distant. We're doing distant. I see no reason to bring them to school, they seem very good doing the computer thing and are ready every morning. Plus I get to listen in on the teacher. One teacher seems to be bailing on the kids after ten minutes...I'm keeping an eye ...
by squirm
Thu Sep 17, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is this guy trying to scam me on a car I'm selling?
Replies: 172
Views: 13736

Re: Is this guy trying to scam me on a car I'm selling?

This thread is my new favorite show. Can't wait to see how it ends. I think they're both legit. Buyer #1 sounds kinda weird, but his writing to me reads like he's a native speaker, smart guy, but without a lot of formal higher education. I'd try to get him on the phone, I bet it would become obviou...
by squirm
Wed Sep 16, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is this guy trying to scam me on a car I'm selling?
Replies: 172
Views: 13736

Re: Is this guy trying to scam me on a car I'm selling?

Have you spoken to him?
Do that and ask the name of the construction firm too.
I wouldn't do anything unless speaking by voice.
by squirm
Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Grocery store didn't tell me Shingrix was $160
Replies: 197
Views: 12919

Re: Grocery store didn't tell me Shingrix was $160

Can't you submit a claim to your insurance?
by squirm
Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Quicken Disaster!
Replies: 185
Views: 9624

Re: Quicken Disaster!

Buy a used copy on a CD or Amazon online or from eBay and install it. See if that opens the files. I very much doubt it's OneDrive.
by squirm
Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: charging an EV
Replies: 250
Views: 14841

Re: charging an EV

There are legitimate reasons for not buying an EV such as a Tesla, but range anxiety isn't one of them any more. Not true if camping. Our next car will be a PHEV for this reason. The other car which is purely used for commuting, will almost certainly be a full EV, though. Still, I doubt it will be ...
by squirm
Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coping with Megacorp rat race
Replies: 168
Views: 16045

Re: Coping with Megacorp rat race

my wife is a manager and she's tired of the politics. i told her she can retire in 4 years. How did you guys come to the understanding that you are the gatekeeper to when she can retire? Um, because she has full trust in my decisions. Good answer. Sorry if it came across as judgmental, I was genuin...
by squirm
Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coping with Wildfire smoke
Replies: 111
Views: 6783

Re: Coping with Wildfire smoke

Smog is a contraction of smoke and fog that dates from the early 1900s. But smog has been around since the dawn of time. I was thinking that vehicle exhaust is more harmful then burning trees. Vehicle exhaust has more in it than just particulates. So does wood smoke, but the ratios can generally be...
by squirm
Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: charging an EV
Replies: 250
Views: 14841

Re: charging an EV

Those early adopters who got free supercharging for life are probably even happier I’m an early adopter, and short of selling my car, I can’t think of a way to monetize the free supercharging. Iirc, the last time I supercharged was 2 years ago. I’ll probably sell when my CyberTruck arrives :D Are y...
by squirm
Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is this guy trying to scam me on a car I'm selling?
Replies: 172
Views: 13736

Re: Is this guy trying to scam me on a car I'm selling?

Are you willing to lose $13,000? If not, then walk away. This is a scam. Tell him you'll only accept cash. And you want to meet at your bank to double check for forgeries. They will suddenly not be interested. Bingo! Some idiot was trying to scam me on Craigslist once. You just mention cash only an...
by squirm
Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coping with Wildfire smoke
Replies: 111
Views: 6783

Re: Coping with Wildfire smoke

I would wager the net health benefit of jogging in air that smoky is negative. The question I would like to find more clear information on is how negative. As negative as having a campfire? As negative as smoking a pack of cigarettes? Gov. Newsom yesterday said that the air quality in CA was the eq...
by squirm
Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coping with Wildfire smoke
Replies: 111
Views: 6783

Re: Coping with Wildfire smoke

They're vague about the long term impacts because they don't know either. The impacts are a whole lot worse for those that have lost their lives, been injured, had all their property burned to the ground, and for those that are currently trying to prevent that from happening to other people. As far...
by squirm
Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coping with Megacorp rat race
Replies: 168
Views: 16045

Re: Coping with Megacorp rat race

What I learned in this thread --- FIRE whether you want to or not. Develop that nest egg that JL Collins calls "Something Something Money". (Note: had to obscure JL Collins words, because I'm not allowed to even censor the cuss word). The problem with today is establishing a steady income without s...
by squirm
Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coping with Megacorp rat race
Replies: 168
Views: 16045

Re: Coping with Megacorp rat race

Escapevelocity wrote: Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:33 pm
squirm wrote: Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:26 pm my wife is a manager and she's tired of the politics. i told her she can retire in 4 years.
How did you guys come to the understanding that you are the gatekeeper to when she can retire?
Um, because she has full trust in my decisions.
by squirm
Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coping with Wildfire smoke
Replies: 111
Views: 6783

Re: Coping with Wildfire smoke

I would wager the net health benefit of jogging in air that smoky is negative. The question I would like to find more clear information on is how negative. As negative as having a campfire? As negative as smoking a pack of cigarettes? Gov. Newsom yesterday said that the air quality in CA was the eq...
by squirm
Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coping with Wildfire smoke
Replies: 111
Views: 6783

Re: Coping with Wildfire smoke

They're vague about the long term impacts because they don't know either. The impacts are a whole lot worse for those that have lost their lives, been injured, had all their property burned to the ground, and for those that are currently trying to prevent that from happening to other people. As far...
by squirm
Tue Sep 15, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coping with Wildfire smoke
Replies: 111
Views: 6783

Re: Coping with Wildfire smoke

They're vague about the long term impacts because they don't know either.
by squirm
Tue Sep 15, 2020 7:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: charging an EV
Replies: 250
Views: 14841

Re: charging an EV

AC doesn't hurt our range much either. Heat on the other hand is a killer.
by squirm
Tue Sep 15, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is this guy trying to scam me on a car I'm selling?
Replies: 172
Views: 13736

Re: Is this guy trying to scam me on a car I'm selling?

Anytime someone can't physically go the the bank and withdraw funds, toss them aside.
by squirm
Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coping with Megacorp rat race
Replies: 168
Views: 16045

Re: Coping with Megacorp rat race

my wife is a manager and she's tired of the politics. i told her she can retire in 4 years.
by squirm
Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Solar - after 1 year the results are in.
Replies: 64
Views: 6754

Re: Solar - after 1 year the results are in.

Much of it depends on the solar credits from the utility. I'm surprised you didn't see a a drop to zero with a system of that size. Don't you have to pay simply be hooked up to the public utility? Like a base charge? That could easily be most of that remaining $59. Perhaps, depends on the utility.
by squirm
Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a car?
Replies: 25
Views: 2018

Re: Buying a car?

buying new isn't a bad idea, people do it all the time. if you can't afford new, that's different. if the only way you can afford it is by finance, you've got a problem.