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by hoops777
Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip Pennsylvania,Maryland,and DC
Replies: 77
Views: 3108

Re: Road trip Pennsylvania,Maryland,and DC

Philadelphia in the summer is definitely something you need to experience. Amazing food/restaurant scene, lots of beer gardens, Fairmount Park (favourite parts are Boathouse Row and Forbidden Drive in Wissahickon Creek...you can do an Indego bikeshare for cheap and see a lot of the park) is the cou...
by hoops777
Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip Pennsylvania,Maryland,and DC
Replies: 77
Views: 3108

Re: Road trip Pennsylvania,Maryland,and DC

Also late to the thread but this is what I would do... In Philly, make sure you do at least these things: - Liberty Bell - Independence Hall - Museum of the American Revolution - Reading Terminal Market (food!) - Art Museum or something else along the Ben Franklin Parkway. Eastern State Penitentiar...
by hoops777
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip Pennsylvania,Maryland,and DC
Replies: 77
Views: 3108

Re: Road trip Pennsylvania,Maryland,and DC

If you're coming to Lancaster PA you should realize that in addition to the county (as in Lancaster County), there's also Lancaster City. While it may be small relative to other major metropolitan areas, it's navigable, walkable, very diverse and has historical significance (it was the U.S. capital...
by hoops777
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip Pennsylvania,Maryland,and DC
Replies: 77
Views: 3108

Re: Road trip Pennsylvania,Maryland,and DC

If you're coming to Lancaster PA you should realize that in addition to the county (as in Lancaster County), there's also Lancaster City. While it may be small relative to other major metropolitan areas, it's navigable, walkable, very diverse and has historical significance (it was the U.S. capital...
by hoops777
Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip Pennsylvania,Maryland,and DC
Replies: 77
Views: 3108

Re: Road trip Pennsylvania,Maryland,and DC

.....We are flying into Philly for sure. we will stay 2 or 3 nights.That leaves us 3 or 4 days until we drive into DC and return rental car.....So in those 3 or 4 days we would like to see Harpers Ferry,Gettysburg,Baltimore/Maryland,area and if possible a quick stop anywhere in Delaware to cross it...
by hoops777
Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip Pennsylvania,Maryland,and DC
Replies: 77
Views: 3108

Re: Road trip Pennsylvania,Maryland,and DC

.....We are flying into Philly for sure. we will stay 2 or 3 nights.That leaves us 3 or 4 days until we drive into DC and return rental car.....So in those 3 or 4 days we would like to see Harpers Ferry,Gettysburg,Baltimore/Maryland,area and if possible a quick stop anywhere in Delaware to cross it...
by hoops777
Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip Pennsylvania,Maryland,and DC
Replies: 77
Views: 3108

Re: Road trip Pennsylvania,Maryland,and DC

Ok.Thanks for all of the great info to digest and sort.Based upon what I have learned here....... We are flying into Philly for sure. Since we get in late we will stay 2 or 3 nights.That leaves us 3 or 4 days until we drive into DC and return rental car.We are staying in DC 5 nights without a car. S...
by hoops777
Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip Pennsylvania,Maryland,and DC
Replies: 77
Views: 3108

Re: Road trip Pennsylvania,Maryland,and DC

Great ideas.
I think I want to check out Harpers Ferry now in addition to Philly and Baltimore.We are returning the rental car to DCA our first day in DC,so maybe we can see Harpers Ferry on the way in before we turn in the car.
by hoops777
Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip Pennsylvania,Maryland,and DC
Replies: 77
Views: 3108

Re: Road trip Pennsylvania,Maryland,and DC

Theres not much in PA...I wouldnt even put it on the list. I live in northeast PA...trust me. Philly is a wreck...pittsburgh is decent but too far away from DC...again, not much to see in pitt. Amish country is lame imo. You'll just want to focus almost all of your attention on DC. We used to live ...
by hoops777
Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip Pennsylvania,Maryland,and DC
Replies: 77
Views: 3108

Re: Road trip Pennsylvania,Maryland,and DC

Wow.Great suggestions.I have a lot of Marriot and Sheraton points so will look at that.
by hoops777
Mon Jun 18, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip Pennsylvania,Maryland,and DC
Replies: 77
Views: 3108

Re: Road trip Pennsylvania,Maryland,and DC

You may also want to consider flying into Harrisburg, PA (MDT). MDT is a very low stress airport compared to PHL, IAD, or BWI. Not to mention fewer delays. HIA (MDT) is now served by Delta, United, and American, but yes, flight choices are limited. Frontier is starting service in July. http://www.f...
by hoops777
Mon Jun 18, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip Pennsylvania,Maryland,and DC
Replies: 77
Views: 3108

Re: Road trip Pennsylvania,Maryland,and DC

Ok,let’s skip Pittsburgh.I thought there might be a lot of stuff to see driving to Philly. We are adding a week to an already planned trip where we originally flew in to DC on Oct 2. We have never seen Maryand and the Philly area.I was also considering going to Delaware only because we are on a ques...
by hoops777
Mon Jun 18, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip Pennsylvania,Maryland,and DC
Replies: 77
Views: 3108

Road trip Pennsylvania,Maryland,and DC

We are going on a trip September 26 and need to be in DC on Oct 2,leaving on Oct 7.So since the 26th will be lost because of flight time from Ca,we have the 27th to Oct.2 to see Pennsylvania and Maryland.I am debating between flying in to Pittsburgh or Philadelphia.We like driving through unique sma...
by hoops777
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boulder to Denver one day trip
Replies: 3
Views: 465

Re: Boulder to Denver one day trip

Thanks.It was not a problem.Was a little disappointed in downtown Denver though.Boulder was awesome.
by hoops777
Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boulder to Denver one day trip
Replies: 3
Views: 465

Boulder to Denver one day trip

We are driving from Loveland to Boulder to downtown Denver and then to our airport hotel tomorrow. Leaving Loveland about 9 and going on 287 to 119 to Boulder.Leave Boulder about 1 and drive to Denver.Uncertain about what time to leave downtown Denver to our hotel which is in or close to Aurora,abou...
by hoops777
Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: CD interest
Replies: 18
Views: 2035

Re: CD interest

Thanks Kevin.I bought the 2 year from WF in a large amount.The 5 year is up to 3.3 but I am sticking with the 2 yr.I guess I will initially put the monthly interest in the 1.6 money fund unless you have a better idea.
by hoops777
Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Leave Job (Philly) and move To Arizon (Phoenix)?
Replies: 67
Views: 4975

Re: Leave Job (Philly) and move To Arizon (Phoenix)?

1. What do you do? For professionals there are probably more opportunities in Philly. The only SP500 company here is Freeport McMoran. In my situation I am a physician in private practice and Phoenix is less saturated and easier to practice here. Not to nitpick, and I don't live in AZ, but uh, this...
by hoops777
Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: CD interest
Replies: 18
Views: 2035

Re: CD interest

Ok.Thanks.
by hoops777
Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: CD interest
Replies: 18
Views: 2035

CD interest

Is it better to buy a brokered CD that pays monthly or semi-annually if you are not spending the interest?If it pays monthly you have to reinvest in something.
Schwab has their money fund paying 1.6.
Wells Fargo has a 2 year paying 2.8 monthly.Another Bank has one also paying 2.8 semi-annually.
by hoops777
Mon Jun 04, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Leave Job (Philly) and move To Arizon (Phoenix)?
Replies: 67
Views: 4975

Re: Leave Job (Philly) and move To Arizon (Phoenix)?

...I wouldn't call the summers here brutal. If you live here you get used to it. My parents typically do not leave their house between 9 and 5 during the summer months unless they have to. This has been the case for pretty much as long as they have been there. So not everyone “gets used to it” as y...
by hoops777
Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Leave Job (Philly) and move To Arizon (Phoenix)?
Replies: 67
Views: 4975

Re: Leave Job (Philly) and move To Arizon (Phoenix)?

I moved from the heat and humidity of New Orleans to the dry heat of Phoenix over 22 years ago. If I had it to do all over, I'd do it again in a heartbeat. Here's the difference: With heat and humidity, you drip from perspiration all summer. Heat/humidity is an energy drainer. Dry heat combined wit...
by hoops777
Sun Jun 03, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Leave Job (Philly) and move To Arizon (Phoenix)?
Replies: 67
Views: 4975

Re: Leave Job (Philly) and move To Arizon (Phoenix)?

Maybe your wife could accept the job there and try living there for a few months,while you stay in Philly.You can fly there a few times,maybe use up all your vacation time for a longer stay.She can rent very cheaply.Worst case, she decides to go back to Philly and finds another job and you keep the ...
by hoops777
Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Leave Job (Philly) and move To Arizon (Phoenix)?
Replies: 67
Views: 4975

Re: Leave Job (Philly) and move To Arizon (Phoenix)?

We moved from the Bay Area to Phoenix area in 2003 and stayed 3 years.We liked it and found the summer heat very tolerable.You have arguably the best weather in the country for the other 8 months.I would have no problem moving back there.Most of it comes down to how you deal with the summer heat.We ...
by hoops777
Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 125K Spend - Would you do this ?
Replies: 53
Views: 4989

Re: 125K Spend - Would you do this ?

[quote=ResearchMed Or... look for a very high end sofa, one that is very deep (I'm referring to the distance from front edge to back support). You'd want some extra pillows/cushions when it's used for sitting, or it wouldn't be comfortable. This can be almost like a twin bed. We have a corduroy sof...
by hoops777
Sat Jun 02, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 125K Spend - Would you do this ?
Replies: 53
Views: 4989

Re: 125K Spend - Would you do this ?

You can fit 2 twin beds in your bedroom easily and just put them next to each other like one larger bed.Pretty simple solution.They also make adjustable beds that go side by side if you need that.Your movements will not disturb your wife in either case.
by hoops777
Wed May 30, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking past results are reliable
Replies: 10
Views: 822

Re: Thinking past results are reliable

Because there was a ref who was tied to gambling does not make the sport corrupt and controlled by evil villains.Do you honestly think professional athletes who put in an unbelievable amount of work to become the best in the world and are already making vast sums of money are throwing games?Do you ...
by hoops777
Wed May 30, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking past results are reliable
Replies: 10
Views: 822

Re: Thinking past results are reliable

That or the NBA puppet masters want another Golden State vs. Lebron matchup. Don't underestimate how rigged the "game" is. No no no.Please do not tell me that you think that is even possible.Were they pulling strings on their arms when they were shooting the ball :D I think they were tired and star...
by hoops777
Tue May 29, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking past results are reliable
Replies: 10
Views: 822

Re: Thinking past results are reliable

That or the NBA puppet masters want another Golden State vs. Lebron matchup. Don't underestimate how rigged the "game" is. No no no.Please do not tell me that you think that is even possible.Were they pulling strings on their arms when they were shooting the ball :D I think they were tired and star...
by hoops777
Tue May 29, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking past results are reliable
Replies: 10
Views: 822

Thinking past results are reliable

You just never really know..I was reminded of that last night watching game 7 of the NBA Western Conf finals.Houston,on their home court missed 27 consecutive 3 point shots and lost to the Warriors.I cannot even fathom the probability of that happening.A good lesson in thinking something could never...
by hoops777
Fri May 25, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: vinyl plank brands, which is best?
Replies: 13
Views: 1375

Re: vinyl plank brands, which is best?

It can be installed on stairs but you need stair nosing.I would not attempt the stairs yourself.The mm is the wearlayer thickness,not the plank.More wearlayer is better.Everyone thinks installing lvt or laminate is easy,but it is not.The middle of the room is easy,but doorways,halls,corners,angles o...
by hoops777
Tue May 22, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany
Replies: 76
Views: 3712

Re: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany

There's a pretty interesting town a few miles east of Newark and easily accessible by train. I forget its name. But if I remember correctly they have a baseball team, and I think Frank Sinatra and Billy Joel wrote songs about it. It's kind of like Albany but bigger. If you are flying from Californi...
by hoops777
Tue May 22, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany
Replies: 76
Views: 3712

Re: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany

There's a pretty interesting town a few miles east of Newark and easily accessible by train. I forget its name. But if I remember correctly they have a baseball team, and I think Frank Sinatra and Billy Joel wrote songs about it. It's kind of like Albany but bigger. If you are flying from Californi...
by hoops777
Mon May 21, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany
Replies: 76
Views: 3712

Re: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany

Definitely checking out Woodstock.We love small towns.
by hoops777
Mon May 21, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany
Replies: 76
Views: 3712

Re: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany

Should we visit the Berkshires since we have added a couple of days?
by hoops777
Mon May 21, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany
Replies: 76
Views: 3712

Re: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany

Thanks.I assumed there must be a lot of bridges which is great since I am a lousy swimmer :D
by hoops777
Mon May 21, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany
Replies: 76
Views: 3712

Re: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany

Lots of good suggestions which are worth repeating and confirming. October would be my most favorite month to do this. If you have the time to drive up on Rt. 9 on the east side of the Hudson River and make many stops (with some layovers), you’d be traveling in an area rich in attractions. It seems...
by hoops777
Mon May 21, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another road trip Denver to Cheyenne
Replies: 11
Views: 1004

Re: Another road trip Denver to Cheyenne

Too bad my grandson will not be with us.Do the trains run frequently?I might go and take a video for the little guy :happy The trains probably run frequently, as it is a big Union Pacific train yard (that might not be the specific or correct term for it) and as I recall the pedestrian bridge crosse...
by hoops777
Mon May 21, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany
Replies: 76
Views: 3712

Re: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany

Thanks.I would love to go to the Hall of Fame but my wife hates baseball.We will see how that works out :D I actually brought a book to read, when we went there! Still, it was much more interesting than I thought it would be. I'm still not a baseball fan, but I understand the reverence while viewin...
by hoops777
Mon May 21, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another road trip Denver to Cheyenne
Replies: 11
Views: 1004

Re: Another road trip Denver to Cheyenne

Laramie is a real small town that you can fly past if you aren't careful. The University of Wyoming is located here and not much else. The Wyoming Territorial Prison makes for an educational stop. And if one is really into trains, they can stand on the pedestrian railroad overpass just west of down...
by hoops777
Mon May 21, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another road trip Denver to Cheyenne
Replies: 11
Views: 1004

Re: Another road trip Denver to Cheyenne

Not much in the way of tourist stops from Denver to Cheyenne. Be mindful of altitude if you are not living at altitude and drink lots and lots of water. Fort Collins has a nice old town with a bit of history. Did you know that Walt Disney used old town Fort Collins as his model for Main Street in D...
by hoops777
Sun May 20, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany
Replies: 76
Views: 3712

Re: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany

Thanks.I would love to go to the Hall of Fame but my wife hates baseball.We will see how that works out :D
by hoops777
Sun May 20, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany
Replies: 76
Views: 3712

Re: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany

I know I keep changing my mind but I believe I have settled on this after reading all the suggestions. We are flying from Calif to DC and spending 5 nights.We are then flying from DC to Albany and renting a car.We will drive from that area to Newark airport and fly home.I got a good deal on a one wa...
by hoops777
Sun May 20, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany
Replies: 76
Views: 3712

Re: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany

How about flying into Westchester County Airport in White Plains? https://airport.westchestergov.com/airlines/airline-information served by American Airlines and Delta easy in/easy out If you stick with Newark, I'd drive NJ Turnpike up to I-80 then Palisades Parkway north and cross over into NY sta...
by hoops777
Sun May 20, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another road trip Denver to Cheyenne
Replies: 11
Views: 1004

Re: Another road trip Denver to Cheyenne

Not much in the way of tourist stops from Denver to Cheyenne. Be mindful of altitude if you are not living at altitude and drink lots and lots of water. Fort Collins has a nice old town with a bit of history. Did you know that Walt Disney used old town Fort Collins as his model for Main Street in D...
by hoops777
Sat May 19, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany
Replies: 76
Views: 3712

Re: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany

To me the more stops the more potential problems. We have now changed our trip!We are flying to DC and then flying to Albany.We plan on renting a car for a couple days and then take the train to NYC and stay there for a couple days.We leave on Tuesday and return home the following week on Friday. So...
by hoops777
Sat May 19, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another road trip Denver to Cheyenne
Replies: 11
Views: 1004

Another road trip Denver to Cheyenne

We are flying to Denver for 4 days and are going to drive up to Cheyenne and possibly Laramie,June 8. Any hidden gems we should see?We were going to see Steamboat Springs but I think it is too out of the way.My wife wants no part of driving on high mountain roads that have big drops without barriers...
by hoops777
Sat May 19, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany
Replies: 76
Views: 3712

Re: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany

Thanks to all for great suggestions :happy
by hoops777
Fri May 18, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany
Replies: 76
Views: 3712

Re: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany

Thanks for the replies.The reason for flying to Newark from Calif is SWA has non stop flights.I could fly to Albany but it takes about 4 more hours and terrible flight times.I also figured there would be something to see on the drive to and from.We may consider the train.We have been to Manhattan a ...
by hoops777
Thu May 17, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany
Replies: 76
Views: 3712

Road trip Newark NJ to Albany

Thinking of flying to Newark in October and driving up to the Albany area.We like small towns and nice scenery.Any suggestions would be appreciated.Will spend a week and fly back home from Newark or maybe do a one way car rental and fly home from another airport back to California
by hoops777
Tue May 15, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Does it make sense to rent as a retiree?
Replies: 83
Views: 8965

Re: Does it make sense to rent as a retiree?

Rentals always seem to be classified as inferior quality which is simply not true.You can rent places you would not want your dog to live in or you can rent luxury properties that dwarf your current home.It depends what and where you want.If you live in a hcol area and are moving to a lcol area you ...