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by hicabob
Sun May 24, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: If Jeep has such poor reliability, how come they are everywhere?
Replies: 60
Views: 3974

Re: If Jeep has such poor reliability, how come they are everywhere?

It seems that Jeep vehicles are nearly legendary for their poor reliability ratings, and yet I see them everywhere like dandelions. Why are they so popular when they have such a poor reputation? It’s funny... just this morning on my daily walk I came across a house that had three Land Rovers parked...
by hicabob
Sun May 24, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What do people spend money on?
Replies: 47
Views: 3761

Re: What do people spend money on?

Have been very fortunate in life after growing up poor and with DW make a combined income of $1.1M (me: $900k, DW: $200k). This is likely to go up as I’ve been on a fast track in senior management at a top tech company. I am 41 and DW is 36. We have $3.6M in investments ($1.2M retirement and $2.4M ...
by hicabob
Sun May 24, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Instant Pot users here?
Replies: 120
Views: 15932

Re: Any Instant Pot users here?

We've had one for about a year. Initially we used it quite a bit but now we rarely use it. We found the cleaning process tedious with the care needed to remove small parts. While pressure cooking is faster the time it takes to build up and slowly release pressure (depending on recipe) tends to dimi...
by hicabob
Sat May 23, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car shopping PHEV / ICE / or all electric?
Replies: 57
Views: 4456

Re: Car shopping PHEV / ICE / or all electric?

I'm partial to electric vehicles. But the technology is advancing so fast that I hesitate to buy one. Were I in the market, I would seriously think about leasing one, although I've never been pro-leasing with gasoline fueled cars. BMW has some very nice i3 models with a tiny gas "range extender" th...
by hicabob
Sat May 23, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cheap way to ship a few boxes?
Replies: 14
Views: 879

Re: Cheap way to ship a few boxes?

I'm moving and mostly starting from scratch in terms of furniture and personal belongings. I need to ship a few boxes (maybe 3-6) worth of personal items to the new location. (I'll be flying to the new house, not driving.) When I order things online, the companies seem to pay so little for shipping...
by hicabob
Fri May 22, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bicycle Recommendation?
Replies: 34
Views: 2307

Re: Bicycle Recommendation?

They probably won't be in that price range, but definitely try some e-bikes before making a decision. Especially with hills it makes riding a super-fun experience. I bought a high-powered electric last year and love it. The whole purpose of biking is to excercise. Unless someone has a disability or...
by hicabob
Fri May 22, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bicycle Recommendation?
Replies: 34
Views: 2307

Re: Bicycle Recommendation?

caffeperfavore....you may have inspired me ... a DIY repair. My wife's bike is fine. Mine has a noticeable "knock" which I am guessing is a bearing failure in the crankset. I am a tinkerer. Our local bike shop is positioned nicely on the "demand vs supply" equation for new bikes, parts, and repairs...
by hicabob
Thu May 21, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Floor are slanting
Replies: 23
Views: 962

Re: Floor are slanting

Thanks guys. Our inspector was crap and we realized that now that we have seen all these issues. The realtor recommended the inspector and that was our mistake. The first slant near the kitchen existed before. So that we knew about. The new ones are on the second floor where the bedrooms are, and t...
by hicabob
Thu May 21, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Floor are slanting
Replies: 23
Views: 962

Re: Floor are slanting

The first house I owned was an old house that had slanting floors from foundation settling. It had been that way for many years and didn't change so I left it alone. Selling it years later was not a problem. As long as it's a steady slope and not a dip in the floor I wouldn't worry too much about th...
by hicabob
Mon May 18, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lowes vs Home Depot
Replies: 97
Views: 14217

Re: Lowes vs Home Depot

Home Depot. Mostly because I've owned HD stock for 12 years or so and it has done amazingly. :happy They always seem to have more convenient locations than Lowes too. Well run company.
by hicabob
Sun May 17, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Importing an almost new car into CA
Replies: 23
Views: 1427

Re: Importing an almost new car into CA

An advantage of California cars is they don't suffer from salt corrosion. It's funny how much less corroded they look under the hood compared to an East Coast/Midwest car .
by hicabob
Sat May 16, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to do with canned chicken?
Replies: 45
Views: 3312

Re: What to do with canned chicken?

Apparently canned meat can last over 100 years and be edible ....
http://www.cancentral.com/can-stats/his ... -territory
by hicabob
Sat May 16, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Programming Course- Summer headstart for a highschooler
Replies: 11
Views: 664

Re: Programming Course- Summer headstart for a highschooler

If the kid is a "hands-on" type, Raspberry Pi's are nice & inexpensive and can keep a person busy for a long time. They can be used as an introduction to programming, linux and electronics.
https://opensource.com/resources/raspberry-pi

https://www.coursera.org/courses?query=raspberry%20pi
by hicabob
Sat May 16, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to do with canned chicken?
Replies: 45
Views: 3312

Re: What to do with canned chicken?

rob65 wrote:
Sat May 16, 2020 8:24 am
I placed a grocery order last night and my grocery store is now limiting the amount of meat that you can buy. This isn’t over yet. Keep the canned chicken.
I've noticed that after weeks of quite barren shelves in the meat department Safeway is starting to have more selection recently.
by hicabob
Tue May 12, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 90%+ chocolate bar
Replies: 67
Views: 4815

Re: 90%+ chocolate bar

Manoa chocolate, based in Hawaii they even have a 100% cocoa bar. My favorite is their breakfast bar and Hawaiian sea salt bar. Best chocolate I have ever had 100%! I wasn't aware they existed. Any idea how's it's even possible, I mean how it's different from those cocoa nibs which are pure cocoa? ...
by hicabob
Tue May 12, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Dental Insurance - To but or not to buy
Replies: 17
Views: 1036

Re: Dental Insurance - To but or not to buy

Kaiser has dental offices in some regions. Nice modern facilities, pleasant staff, convenient and no worries about unneeded work that seems so prevalent. To use them you have to have Kaiser insurance.
by hicabob
Mon May 11, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Estimating social security in the future
Replies: 29
Views: 2114

Re: Estimating social security in the future

When I worked for an actuary during college 40 years ago doing DB and DC plans he used to tell people to assume zero SS back then.
by hicabob
Mon May 11, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Got divorced how to get most value for exes wedding ring
Replies: 42
Views: 5074

Re: Got divorced how to get most value for exes wedding ring

stoptothink wrote:
Sun May 10, 2020 1:55 pm
$100/bottle shampoo habit.
I didn't realize $100 shampoo existed, impressive! I feel like a big spender when I buy a bottle of Suave shampoo instead of using soap.
by hicabob
Sun May 10, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Scams that make me laugh -- what are you favorites?
Replies: 105
Views: 13866

Re: Scams that make me laugh -- what are you favorites?

covid-19 quack remedies seem to be one of the "scams of the day". Not really funny though.
https://www.au.org/blogs/jim-bakker-silver
by hicabob
Thu May 07, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for relatively cheap cell phones
Replies: 34
Views: 1580

Re: Recommendations for relatively cheap cell phones

Yup, Moto's seem to be decent price/performance and I've had good luck with durability and battery life.
by hicabob
Wed May 06, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Plunger reccomendation for newer toilets
Replies: 23
Views: 1277

Re: Plunger reccomendation for newer toilets

When I was younger, work with the plunger or auger was required several times a week. This was the case on 1.6 gallon, 3.3 gallon, and even the "old workhorse" 5.0 gallon flush toilets. Then we discovered the American Standard Champion toilet. It lived up to its claim of never requiring a plunger--...
by hicabob
Wed May 06, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?
Replies: 452
Views: 15561

Re: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?

A few days ago I was doing some yardwork and took a little break. Big old robin was squawking in a tree near me so I answered by making some "birdie noises". The miscreant robin started aggressively swooping at me muliple times! :shock: . Since then, I ignore him/her and the robin ignores me and eve...
by hicabob
Mon May 04, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Use basement air to cool 2nd floor?]
Replies: 18
Views: 1178

Re: [Use basement air to cool 2nd floor?]

I would check for radon first. Yup, no radon, under basement ventilation system which runs 24/7, with 'normal' levels. It would work if you have a big enough basement. Case in point .... https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/limair-sanatorium-luray-caverns-air-conditioning Very interesting read! Th...
by hicabob
Mon May 04, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Use basement air to cool 2nd floor?]
Replies: 18
Views: 1178

Re: [Use basement air to cool 2nd floor?]

It would work if you have a big enough basement. Case in point ....
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/l ... nditioning
by hicabob
Sat May 02, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What financial podcasts do you listen to?
Replies: 52
Views: 6375

Re: What financial podcasts do you listen to?

DH unplugged sometimes has some interesting commentary on the current market. Dvorak can come off as a bit of a nitwit but I used to like his PC magazine columns. The main speaker, Horowitz, has some interesting insight sometimes.
https://www.dhunplugged.com/
by hicabob
Thu Apr 30, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quitting a job after two weeks: relocation expenses
Replies: 196
Views: 17335

Re: Quitting a job after two weeks: relocation expenses

I used to do 10 hour coding sessions when I was starting my company years ago. After about 10 hours I found myself being non-productive and even negatively productive introducing errors. 7 days/week, 10 hours a day for a year was plenty, but in the end it paid off very nicely. I think working for on...
by hicabob
Thu Apr 30, 2020 10:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 20 AMP Plugs
Replies: 31
Views: 2062

Re: 20 AMP Plugs

My demolition jack-hammer requires one too. I use an adapter for it. https://www.amazon.com/Adapter-Listed-5-15P-Household-T-Blade/dp/B07QWWQX8G/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=20+amp+adapter+plug&qid=1588259276&sr=8-2-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUFMRzhOQVFHME9UVyZlbmNyeXB0ZWRJZD1BMD...
by hicabob
Wed Apr 29, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [On-going Scams - Post them here]
Replies: 297
Views: 16719

Re: [On-going Scams - Post them here]

I got scammed by a fake dewalt website offering ridiculously good prices on recon tools. I have included the scam website as an example of how good they look. ***** scam website - do not order from this .... [link removed by admin LadyGeek] **** scam website!!!! I realized about 2 minutes after I or...
by hicabob
Wed Apr 29, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can I retire?
Replies: 22
Views: 2175

Re: Can I retire?

Perhaps include $10k/yr or so for medical insurance/expenses unless you plan do do without?
by hicabob
Tue Apr 28, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota vs. Kia Quality & Longevity
Replies: 82
Views: 5660

Re: Toyota vs. Kia Quality & Longevity

I have a relative that works for an audio company which integrates their products with various car manufacturers vehicles. A few years ago he said getting the equipment certified by Toyota was hugely more rigorous than the same certification by Chrysler. He claimed Toyota was the most persnickety co...
by hicabob
Tue Apr 21, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: If you had to buy one new car which of these three would you buy Corolla, Camry or Prius? You only have these three to
Replies: 131
Views: 6152

Re: If you had to buy one new car which of these three would you buy Corolla, Camry or Prius? You only have these three

Mazda 3. Toyotas are deadly dull. This That 301 hp Camry is pretty compelling. I'd like to mash the gas on that thing. I wonder how it handles. Certainly doesn't look as nice as a Mazda. I was behind a new XSE the other day. The quad pipes look kind of silly on a Camry. :happy I wonder if they are ...
by hicabob
Tue Apr 21, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: If you had to buy one new car which of these three would you buy Corolla, Camry or Prius? You only have these three to
Replies: 131
Views: 6152

Re: If you had to buy one new car which of these three would you buy Corolla, Camry or Prius? You only have these three

I rented a camry a few weeks ago. It's definitely an "appliance" type car but gets incredible gas mileage for a relatively large car and was spunky enough. The steering feel was my biggest objection but the Corrola's and Prius I have rented were much the same wrt steering. I prefer "german car" type...
by hicabob
Tue Apr 21, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: steam shower recommendations
Replies: 10
Views: 489

Re: steam shower recommendations

The moisture problem would concern me too. I've used many steam-rooms in gyms and resorts and too frequently they have a "musty" aroma which I assume is mold/bacteria . Saunas seem much easier to keep at a reasonable level of hygiene due to much higher temps and low humidity. Do folk with personal s...
by hicabob
Tue Apr 21, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Deflation is everywhere. Get used to it.
Replies: 151
Views: 14876

Re: Deflation is everywhere. Get used to it.

I just looked at booking some SWA flights. Price seems to be much higher than usual with, as expected, much less choice of flights.
by hicabob
Sun Apr 19, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Porting a cell phone number to google voice?
Replies: 13
Views: 877

Re: Porting a cell phone number to google voice?

Cash wrote:
Sun Apr 19, 2020 3:20 pm
I’ve found that some financial institutions won’t accept a google voice number for 2FA. But otherwise, it works fine.
Wells Fargo seems to be too incompetent/unwilling to change to work with Google Voice for text messages. GV does not support short-SMS which a few places still use.
by hicabob
Fri Apr 17, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Made 'partner' but no contract after 5 months
Replies: 13
Views: 1330

Re: Made 'partner' but no contract after 5 months

It seems strange that they are giving you distributions (share of profits) yet you are not an official stockholder? When I owned part of a corp we always had a "meeting of the board" (shareholders) prior to distributions and there was a written record of the minutes which our lawyer insisted upon. D...
by hicabob
Wed Apr 15, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Finger Lakes wines?
Replies: 8
Views: 510

Re: Finger Lakes wines?

I believe it is the Niagara Peninsula or Frontier that is heavy ice-wine country. The poster is correct in a way--this is NY State also. The Finger Lakes are a few climate zones better. They are at the northern edge of what red grapes will do. This is why whites dominate. But you can grow Cabernet ...
by hicabob
Wed Apr 15, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Where Will Stimulus Check Go?
Replies: 37
Views: 2733

Re: Where Will Stimulus Check Go?

Surely with the hubbub over whose signature is on the checks some will be mailed so that someone actually sees the facsimile of the sharpie signature?
by hicabob
Mon Apr 13, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Raised Garden Beds - Building Material
Replies: 40
Views: 1934

Re: Raised Garden Beds - Building Material

chomusuke wrote:
Mon Apr 13, 2020 10:58 am
If I had a yard, I would think about making some of these concrete garden boxes. :)

https://youtu.be/x7jz96MDvyo
Very nice, but I bet the fellow in the vid works for "Hardway Engineering inc."
by hicabob
Mon Apr 13, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Raised Garden Beds - Building Material
Replies: 40
Views: 1934

Re: Raised Garden Beds - Building Material

Concrete landscape blocks last forever, are easy to reconfigure (if you like lifting heavy stuff) , are safe for food, and are reasonably priced when on sale. I had a bunch left over from a big hardscape project and used them for raised beds. Came out very nicely.
by hicabob
Sun Apr 12, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Unemployment vs. work at Amazon warehouse/CA
Replies: 84
Views: 5869

Re: Unemployment vs. work at Amazon warehouse/CA

From someone I know who works at Amazon .... No-one would know she was accepted for a job there unless she told them. If she can't meet the demands of the job she will be fired. Warehouse attrition + fire rate is about 50% in one month, 75% in 2 months. Job is mind numbing yet requires attention and...
by hicabob
Sat Apr 11, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why not buy mobile homes instead of overpriced traditional homes?
Replies: 78
Views: 7657

Re: Why not buy mobile homes instead of overpriced traditional homes?

There was a boglehead contributor who used to own trailer parks and made his fortune via "hard money loans" to the residents. He had some interesting posts (a year or two ago perhaps) but I forget his moniker. Anyone remember?
by hicabob
Sat Apr 11, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why not buy mobile homes instead of overpriced traditional homes?
Replies: 78
Views: 7657

Re: Why not buy mobile homes instead of overpriced traditional homes?

Maybe you already know this, but mobile home parks charge you rent for placing your home there. So you only own the structure and not the land, but really difficult to move if rents increase. As others have said, the land is often more valuable and does not depreciate like a structure. But I’ve tho...
by hicabob
Sat Apr 11, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why not buy mobile homes instead of overpriced traditional homes?
Replies: 78
Views: 7657

Re: Why not buy mobile homes instead of overpriced traditional homes?

Zoning probably precludes mobile homes in a 1.2M lot area.
by hicabob
Fri Apr 10, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Water Filter-Reverse Osmosis on Countertop
Replies: 7
Views: 536

Re: Water Filter-Reverse Osmosis on Countertop

If you could share a weblink or any info on where you heard, it might help others in responding. I have noticed wall mounted systems that have an input pipe and two outlets - one for filtered water and one for discarded water (Reverse Osmosis generates 1 gallon of filtered water for every 3 gallons...
by hicabob
Wed Apr 08, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Outside of stocks, what else is a screaming good deal now?
Replies: 64
Views: 7087

Re: Outside of stocks, what else is a screaming good deal now?

Hotel rooms in Las Vegas. $15/night . Next month though. I think most are closed now.
by hicabob
Wed Apr 08, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Make Clorox Spray Instead of Lysol Spray
Replies: 77
Views: 5624

Re: Make Clorox Spray Instead of Lysol Spray

rkhusky wrote:
Wed Apr 08, 2020 12:21 pm
Bleach is only 5% or so sodium hypochorite. The rest is water. Why would adding more water cause it to degrade in a day? The key is to keep it out of direct sunlight and in a cool environment.
That's what I thought too but ....
https://www.scripps.edu/newsandviews/e_ ... leach.html
by hicabob
Tue Apr 07, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need to cancel or change Southwest flight, which way is best?
Replies: 6
Views: 583

Re: Need to cancel or change Southwest flight, which way is best?

If you go for credit you do have to use the credit within a year else it disappears and keep track of the confirmation number since they don't do that. Even with the restrictions SWA is the best airline for changes.
by hicabob
Mon Apr 06, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Probability of V shaped Rebound in Stocks
Replies: 82
Views: 7642

Re: Probability of V shaped Rebound in Stocks

A check-mark shape would be nice! I expect that a very noisy U bouncing along the bottom for a couple months is more likely.
by hicabob
Mon Apr 06, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 1653
Views: 72245

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

An interesting breathing technique from a reputable source
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwLzAdriec0