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by TheGreyingDuke
Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 1 week camping tour, Phoenix-El Paso, suggestions?
Replies: 16
Views: 645

Re: 1 week camping tour, Phoenix-El Paso, suggestions?

Thanks for the replies, keep them coming.

I will be leaving Phoenix on November 7 and getting to ElPaso on the 14th. Any suggestions for a camping sot an hour or two east of Phoenix??
by TheGreyingDuke
Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 1 week camping tour, Phoenix-El Paso, suggestions?
Replies: 16
Views: 645

1 week camping tour, Phoenix-El Paso, suggestions?

I am renting a basic camper in Phoenix and taking a week to get to El Paso (where I meet a friend and head down to Big Bend). I will be looking for decent hiking, some interesting food experiences, and having some interactions with residents. Does anyone have some ideas of where to stop along the wa...
by TheGreyingDuke
Wed Oct 02, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Craigslist apartments in NYC, too cheap to be true!
Replies: 8
Views: 1304

Re: Craigslist apartments in NYC, too cheap to be true!

Obviously the poster has never been to NYC. CL does not monitor ads, except maybe by some AI. These are obvious scams. There may be some legitimate vacation rentals on craigslist, but anyone posting there must know that they will be suspect. So CL is not a good place to find a vacation rental. Oh m...
by TheGreyingDuke
Wed Oct 02, 2019 6:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Craigslist apartments in NYC, too cheap to be true!
Replies: 8
Views: 1304

Craigslist apartments in NYC, too cheap to be true!

Ads for big, lux apartments for $100 a night, written in not standard English, and incorrect references to services, etc. Like this one: The subway is located really close to the apartment with direct connections to all the main lines (red, blue, orange and yellow). I can take numbers, letters or ev...
by TheGreyingDuke
Tue Oct 01, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Humana Part D - ILLINOIS - premiums up up up
Replies: 49
Views: 3264

Re: Humana Part D - ILLINOIS - premiums up up up

Medicare rules changed for Part D,I think it explains the increases (I got such a notice as well)

[urlhttps://www.medicare.gov/drug-coverage-part-d/c ... rough-2020[/url]
by TheGreyingDuke
Tue Oct 01, 2019 6:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AA batteries (in a blood pressure monitor for example)
Replies: 39
Views: 2306

Re: AA batteries (in a blood pressure monitor for example)

When the batteries n my blood pressure cuff died, I replaced with rechargeables. Immediately my reading skyrocketed, I switched them for "use and dispose" ad things returned to normal. They were not enloops if that matters.
by TheGreyingDuke
Sat Sep 21, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flexible cheap flights
Replies: 6
Views: 667

Re: Flexible cheap flights

02nz wrote:
Sat Sep 21, 2019 8:23 pm
Doesn't Google Flights' fare calendar do pretty much exactly what you're asking for?
Indeed, put in your city pairs and estimate date and the calendar will show the fares for a month; scroll to the next month and fares will show once again.
by TheGreyingDuke
Sat Sep 21, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking at a new (used) car!
Replies: 15
Views: 1383

Re: Looking at a new (used) car!

telecaster wrote:
Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:52 pm
Well, cheap as I am, ... we are looking to replace my wife's 2007 civic. It has 160k miles and plenty of life left in it, but we have a young child now and need something with more room and better snow handling.
What sort of snow tires are you installing in winter??
by TheGreyingDuke
Sun Sep 15, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used Tesla S or new Tesla 3?
Replies: 40
Views: 3106

Re: Used Tesla S or new Tesla 3?

I am 6'3" and cannot sit upright in the rear seat of the S, in the 3, no problem. The S is wider but not being able to put a tallish person in the rear was decisive.
by TheGreyingDuke
Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Berkshires or Finger Lakes?
Replies: 15
Views: 1789

Re: The Berkshires or Finger Lakes?

Another vote for the Finger Lakes. I grew up close to Ithaca, great town. There are many outdoor activities. Some personal favorites: 1. Taughannock Falls: This park is just outside Ithaca and is a great little hike either up the gorge on the bottom, or from the top. Highest single drop waterfall e...
by TheGreyingDuke
Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Alumni donations to help children get into college
Replies: 64
Views: 5408

Re: Alumni donations to help children get into college

Roughly 30 percent of the seats in every Harvard class go to athletes, legacies, the children of faculty and applicants on the dean’s interest list, composed in large part of the children of donors.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/28/maga ... rvard.html
by TheGreyingDuke
Sat Aug 17, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Moving for better public schools?
Replies: 64
Views: 5151

Re: Moving for better public schools?

Keep in mind that for college acceptance, many private and upper-tier public schools will be over-represented in the applicant pool. Think Newton, MA, Millburn, NJ, Shaker Heights, OH.... But a student from East Podunk with good grades and the like can stand out as the schools seek geographic divers...
by TheGreyingDuke
Sun Aug 04, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Purchasing vehicle that was bought back by Audi
Replies: 7
Views: 811

Re: Purchasing vehicle that was bought back by Audi

THANK YOU all for the responses, you have brought me back to my senses. I have taken an oath, several times, never again buy a VW/Audi product but then, like a crack head, I am back on the lot of the Audi/VW dealer kicking tires.
by TheGreyingDuke
Sun Aug 04, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Purchasing vehicle that was bought back by Audi
Replies: 7
Views: 811

Purchasing vehicle that was bought back by Audi

I am looking at Q7 Audi and have found a couple of low mileage examples (less than 5000 miles) for a good price. The two ads have verbiage such as this: Please note that back in April, Volkswagen Group of America reacquired this vehicle due to a customer complaint concerning the Malfunction Indicato...
by TheGreyingDuke
Fri Aug 02, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lightweight, small, window ACs with well-designed installation?
Replies: 9
Views: 944

Re: Lightweight, small, window ACs with well-designed installation?

I share Nisi's interest, we get about 8-10 nights a summer when a window ac in the bedroom would be desired. One of his requirements was a unit that could be easily mounted and unmounted on an as-needed basis. None of the comments specifically addressed this matter.
by TheGreyingDuke
Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda Odyessey Service questions
Replies: 4
Views: 383

Re: Honda Odyessey Service questions

Hi, I went for oil change for my Honday Odyessey after 3 years. I haven't driven the car much..just 20K miles. The guy said, we will need to change transmission fluid, brake fluid and power steering fluid giving me estimate of around $800. In my Camry, I changed these fluids whenever required, may ...
by TheGreyingDuke
Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Login for citicard-Citibank [login problems]
Replies: 19
Views: 1374

Re: Login for citicard-Citibank [login problems]

One thing I have found is that the main login page will NOT work with Lastpass. The password always comes back wrong, but if I copy/paste the same exact thing it will log in fine. Ibuavent tried any other password managers yet. Lastpass and Citi work fine for me, logs me right in. I am inclined to ...
by TheGreyingDuke
Mon Jul 22, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tablet/cell phone combo
Replies: 13
Views: 880

Re: Tablet/cell phone combo

Chuwi HiPro 9, 8 inch tab. Android,and space for a sim. Not a bad device, high resolution, slmost stock android. Just be sure to get one with the x23 processor, $120
by TheGreyingDuke
Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any experience with carbargains.org?
Replies: 7
Views: 686

Re: Any experience with carbargains.org?

I am not sure that these sort of operations get you a "fair" price, not to mention a "best" price. They are too big and too impersonal to have developed relations with a few dealers. I have been intrigued by some of the brokers at https://forum.leasehackr.com/ , although they do a lot with leases, I...
by TheGreyingDuke
Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Grandparent 529s
Replies: 29
Views: 2317

Re: Grandparent 529s

I also fund 529s for grandchildren, but I get a state (NY) deduction for the $10k I deposit each year. Absent that benefit, I doubt I would fund these, prefer the flexibility of after-tax accounts. It would take some selection process to avoid large capital gains but, for me, this is manageable.
by TheGreyingDuke
Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Hyundai the value sweet spot?
Replies: 139
Views: 13963

Re: Is Hyundai the value sweet spot?

The Hyundai I rented had a pronounced valve tick, handled poorly, and had an odd throttle response. All issues, which I believe, fall outside the parameters of trim level. Not sure about the Hyundai, but engines with direct injection will produce a sound similar to a "valve click" or valve clatter ...
by TheGreyingDuke
Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Hyundai the value sweet spot?
Replies: 139
Views: 13963

Re: Is Hyundai the value sweet spot?

The Hyundai I rented had a pronounced valve tick, handled poorly, and had an odd throttle response. All issues, which I believe, fall outside the parameters of trim level. Not sure about the Hyundai, but engines with direct injection will produce a sound similar to a "valve click" or valve clatter ...
by TheGreyingDuke
Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Hyundai the value sweet spot?
Replies: 139
Views: 13963

Re: Is Hyundai the value sweet spot?

El Greco wrote:
Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:45 am
The Hyundai I rented had a pronounced valve tick, handled poorly, and had an odd throttle response. All issues, which I believe, fall outside the parameters of trim level.
Not sure about the Hyundai, but engines with direct injection will produce a sound similar to a "valve click".
by TheGreyingDuke
Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Automatic Watches
Replies: 92
Views: 5728

Re: Automatic Watches

Another convert to a Citizen Eco-Drive, charged by the sun (or any light), sets itself every night at 2 AM, and has a second array with a different time zone. The battery is not supposed to need changing, who knows??

Also shows the day of the week and date
by TheGreyingDuke
Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Visiting Buffalo,NY / Niagara Falls area - things to see and do?
Replies: 46
Views: 2419

Re: Visiting Buffalo,NY / Niagara Falls area - things to see and do?

Bring passports so you can drive to the Canadian side. The US falls look better, and that’s why you want to drive over the border. Other things I liked to take visitors to see while on the Canadian side (worked in Buffalo in the 70s) is the drive up to Niagara On The Lake, and over to the Welland C...
by TheGreyingDuke
Sat Jul 06, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Gifting and tax form - mechanics for a couple
Replies: 2
Views: 330

Re: Gifting and tax form - mechanics for a couple

One check for $30k will do fine if it is written on a joint account
by TheGreyingDuke
Sat Jun 29, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: where do I make 2008 Honda CRV Keys
Replies: 12
Views: 937

Re: where do I make 2008 Honda CRV Keys

WD40 is not the product for balky locks, need some graphite material, i shave a pencil.
by TheGreyingDuke
Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used Minivan - Recommendations?
Replies: 34
Views: 1588

Re: Used Minivan - Recommendations?

I see ex-l for #33k, lx for $28k or so, new.
by TheGreyingDuke
Sat Jun 22, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: First Class Seats Domestic USA
Replies: 26
Views: 2134

Re: First Class Seats Domestic USA

Once you have narrowed down your choice, go to seatguru.com and check for the seats on your flights. They get very specific as to aircraft although the airlines have been known to switch equipment.
by TheGreyingDuke
Sat Jun 22, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: what was your worst major purchase? mine is a 2019 mazda3
Replies: 182
Views: 16834

Re: what was your worst major purchase mine is a 2019 mazda3

Hard to choose: My first reaction was an Audi 100 LS bought new in 1974. What a lemon! And no relief from Volkswagen of America. Since we are very happy with the home now (and wouldn't consider moving) but I hope that Audi was crushed to the size of a baseball in some junkyard, I guess my final ans...
by TheGreyingDuke
Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Subaru Ascent vs Toyota Highlander...
Replies: 37
Views: 4187

Re: Subaru Ascent vs Toyota Highlander...

What's the real issue here? Dealership location, reliability, or comfort of vehicles? Dealership location. She has driven an Acura but could get serviced locally at Honda dealership but don’t know if she would be happy driving 120 miles round trip for routine maintenance with a Subaru. The dealersh...
by TheGreyingDuke
Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Subaru Ascent vs Toyota Highlander...
Replies: 37
Views: 4187

Re: Subaru Ascent vs Toyota Highlander...

What's the real issue here? Dealership location, reliability, or comfort of vehicles? Dealership location. She has driven an Acura but could get serviced locally at Honda dealership but don’t know if she would be happy driving 120 miles round trip for routine maintenance with a Subaru. The dealersh...
by TheGreyingDuke
Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Subaru Ascent vs Toyota Highlander...
Replies: 37
Views: 4187

Re: Subaru Ascent vs Toyota Highlander...

And the Eyesight and adaptive cruise is amazing. Almost all cars have adaptive cruise control nowadays, so it is not something special about Subarus anymore. Eyesight is visible light, but others use radar. Lane assist, blind spot monitoring, cross traffic warning are available in almost all late m...
by TheGreyingDuke
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: bizarre letter from Vanguard
Replies: 17
Views: 4279

Re: bizarre letter from Vanguard

The phone number?? I go to my dialer and enter 826 (=VAN) and the number appears, no need to go to website at all.
by TheGreyingDuke
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: HSA - Save Reciepts When Paying Bills?
Replies: 36
Views: 2418

Re: HSA - Save Reciepts When Paying Bills?

I never use the debit card associated with the HSA; I wait for a bill Once everyone else has paid or not paid their share) and then do a billpay from the HSA to the provider. Check is made out to Alice B Toklas Physical Therapy, what could go wrong? :happy
by TheGreyingDuke
Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cost of mini split installation? [Ductless Air Conditioning/ Heat]
Replies: 36
Views: 3250

Re: Cost of mini split installation?

I volunteer in my locale (cold weather, similar to Boston) with the local extension program to help people make good energy choices. I have focused on mini-splits the past year and while no expert have gleaned some essentials. 1) Many installers lack experience in sizing and installing systems. This...
by TheGreyingDuke
Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Laptop/Surface Pro - $1,000 +/-
Replies: 14
Views: 914

Re: Best Laptop/Surface Pro - $1,000 +/-

When the keyboard on my 4 (?) year old ThinkPad went(x230), I bought a new one for $40 and had it installed in 10 minutes. Try that on a Mac (or most other consumer grade machines). Go with the old style ThinkPad (NOT the Carbon) and it will run for a very long time (I still have a vintage 2006 mach...
by TheGreyingDuke
Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:14 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Question on Plug-in Hybrid tax credit
Replies: 12
Views: 1245

Re: Question on Plug-in Hybrid tax credit

Update. I test drove a 2018 Honda Clarity today and I decided to pass. I really wanted the $7,500 tax rebate. The car does not have an EV button. From the information on the web, my understanding is that if I turn Sport and HV modes off and turn on Econ mode, I will be in EV Mode as long as there i...
by TheGreyingDuke
Sun May 26, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moto G7 Review after 2 days
Replies: 12
Views: 1718

Re: Moto G7 Review after 2 days

Google Voice??
by TheGreyingDuke
Wed May 15, 2019 6:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Last Pass with Vanguard and USAA
Replies: 38
Views: 3951

Re: Last Pass with Vanguard and USAA

FWIW, as a Dir of Tech for an organization, I'd like to pass along this caveat; when possible, don't leave LastPass logged in on your computer. I always make sure it's off when I leave. We've had intrusions (ie; hacks) where outsiders penetrated our network. In one case, bad guy took control of a m...
by TheGreyingDuke
Tue May 14, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Volvo S90 T5 Momentum - Thoughts and Suggestions???
Replies: 41
Views: 3465

Re: Volvo S90 T5 Momentum - Thoughts and Suggestions???

i just got a 2019 XC60 T6 so it is not apples to apples but since most current Volvo models share many features i think i can comment on your 2 questions: 1) i have no idea if my model was made in China (no "L" in the VIN, mine has a "Y") but even if it was, the fit and finish of the model is exqui...
by TheGreyingDuke
Tue May 14, 2019 7:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Volvo S90 T5 Momentum - Thoughts and Suggestions???
Replies: 41
Views: 3465

Re: Volvo S90 T5 Momentum - Thoughts and Suggestions???

100% sure its final assembly point is Daqing China.... All those listed for sale show a leading "L" on the VIN, that's China. Yes, the VIN starts with a L.. It is China.. Any thoughts on that? Quality seems pristine but then again it is just looks.. I am not a "Car guy". Are there any fully assembl...
by TheGreyingDuke
Mon May 13, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Volvo S90 T5 Momentum - Thoughts and Suggestions???
Replies: 41
Views: 3465

Re: Volvo S90 T5 Momentum - Thoughts and Suggestions???

WolfgangPauli wrote:
Mon May 13, 2019 8:39 pm
100% sure its final assembly point is Daqing China....
All those listed for sale show a leading "L" on the VIN, that's China.
by TheGreyingDuke
Mon May 06, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Winter Tires All Year?
Replies: 62
Views: 4250

Re: Winter Tires All Year?

Commonly called "all seasons", these are great for all seasons......in Houston....or Miami. Or simply "No seasons". The all-weather tires are quite a different tire than all-season. In parts of the world (I am thinking Quebec) where it is mandatory to use tires that earn the snowflake, the Nokias m...
by TheGreyingDuke
Sat May 04, 2019 7:15 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Question regarding inheritance
Replies: 10
Views: 1316

Re: Question regarding inheritance

Given your plan to stay in the US, it doesn't seem to make sense to have lots of Canadian dollars, why complicate things by essentially speculating in exchange rates? One exception might be if you visit Canada often or have some ongoing financial or personal ties there, then some small amount might ...
by TheGreyingDuke
Thu May 02, 2019 6:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Defective audio port on new laptop
Replies: 15
Views: 789

Re: Defective audio port on new laptop

When I have had to send ThinkPads back for repair, Lenovo required that I remove the hard drive, which was a one screw operation. Likely it is not that simple on your Dell, but sending it back sans the hard drive would be my first choice.
by TheGreyingDuke
Wed May 01, 2019 7:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best electric cordless lawn mower for medium sized yard?
Replies: 40
Views: 2773

Re: Best electric cordless lawn mower for medium sized yard?

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), traditional gas-powered lawn mowers are a public nuisance to say the least. Using one of them for an hour generates as many volatile organic compounds—dangerous airborne pollutants known to exacerbate human respiratory and cardiovascular ...
by TheGreyingDuke
Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 100 year old mineral rights, what are capital gains issues
Replies: 4
Views: 672

Re: 100 year old mineral rights, what are capital gains issues

Thanks, indeed the fun part is finding a way to sell them.
by TheGreyingDuke
Tue Apr 30, 2019 7:18 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 100 year old mineral rights, what are capital gains issues
Replies: 4
Views: 672

100 year old mineral rights, what are capital gains issues

An acquaintance has inherited mineral rights in Minnesota; it appears that it throws off around $10,000 a year in royalties (?) It is mined by Hibbing-Taconite which in turn is a subsidiary of ArcelorMittal. She is interested in selling them and looked for my assistance in going forward. She has no ...
by TheGreyingDuke
Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pre-Fab homes
Replies: 20
Views: 2674

Re: Pre-Fab homes

There are many flavors of factory built homes. The quality varies with the approach and at the top of the market, the quality will exceed that of site-built homes. Panelized construction where the walls are shipped flat on a trailer is high quality, energy efficient, and customizable. For one region...