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by lightheir
Thu Jul 02, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suggest Video games that make you and your kids sweat
Replies: 9
Views: 655

Re: Suggest Video games that make you and your kids sweat

Just Dance. -endthread. My 9 year old daughter's friend showed it to her, and she begged me to get for the Nintendo Switch. I grudglingly relented, thinking she'd play it for a single week and then never touch it again. In a single month she racked up 100+ hrs (!!!) of it during Covid time. I didn't...
by lightheir
Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the single best piece of exercise equipment you bought for your home?
Replies: 221
Views: 11427

Re: What is the single best piece of exercise equipment you bought for your home?

My electric bike. KlangFool How is an electric bike a piece of exercise equipment? h82goslw, A) Instead of driving to the library, grocery store, and so on, it is faster and easier to get there with an electric bike. B) For older folks, it extends the range of biking. KlangFool I've ridden centurie...
by lightheir
Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Premium sunglasses -any data to support purchasing
Replies: 4
Views: 410

Re: Premium sunglasses -any data to support purchasing

Generally, no. You pay a huge premium for the luxury brand-name of high-end fashion sunglasses, for pretty much zero gain in performance. Even the materials nowadays are no different between luxury and 'good' cheap sunglasses. There are exceptions for certain sports-specific sunglasses. For example,...
by lightheir
Sun Jun 14, 2020 7:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Really hard to avoid "Keeping up with the Joneses"!
Replies: 313
Views: 32009

Re: Really hard to avoid "Keeping up with the Joneses"!

You just do it. End of story. Your life will be much better for it as well - focus on the things that MATTER, family, love, and life. Money matters up to a point where you can afford to not worry 24/7 about it, and then after it doesn't matter much at all for happiness. I've had the luxury of provin...
by lightheir
Sun May 03, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best [BBQ grill] for the money?
Replies: 94
Views: 6461

Re: Best BBQ for the money?

Weber spirit has been great for me. I had a Char-Broil that was like new when given to me by a friend. I kept it covered, but it still managed to rust out within 2 seasons, to the point that I couldn't stomach the idea of cooking on it. The Weber has been rock solid, even exposed to elements (though...
by lightheir
Sat May 02, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Powdered Soy Milk
Replies: 39
Views: 2224

Re: Powdered Soy Milk

X528 wrote:
Sat May 02, 2020 8:16 pm
Why soy milk? It's not good for you.

https://www.westonaprice.org/health-top ... oy-of-soy/
Wow. Just shows that people need to distinguish what is fact from fiction on the internet. Just because you can link to something that 'looks' official doesn't mean it's legit.
by lightheir
Wed Mar 25, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My treadmill broke. Now what?
Replies: 36
Views: 1806

Re: My treadmill broke. Now what?

If you are managing 40-50 minutes of TM per day, you are doing great, and deserve a reliable treadmill! The other devices mentioned (rowers, bikes, etc.) are perfectly fine for cardio, but you already are a walker or runner. I highly recommend you continue to run if you can - run/walking is the most...
by lightheir
Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: This market downturn has gotten to me...
Replies: 9
Views: 2135

Re: This market downturn has gotten to me...

Stop sulking and use this time to do self-exercise and self-improvement! Go for long walks or hikes alone or with 1-2 trusted close people. Go to those trails that you've been meaning to hike but never got around for it. Get on that yoga routine with online app that you've been trying to do but neve...
by lightheir
Wed Mar 18, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What very simple computer system or ? would you recommend?
Replies: 12
Views: 611

Re: What very simple computer system or ? would you recommend?

Apple ipad or macbook air would be the best solution with that price range. I have in my household everything - PC, Mac, tablets, phones, even old linux computers. I personally much prefer PC, but I have to admit that the Mac is definitely, hands down, the easiest for someone with no computer skills...
by lightheir
Wed Feb 19, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Perform own oil change pros & cons?
Replies: 224
Views: 11352

Re: Perform own oil change pros & cons?

I don't trust myself to do a good job on auto maintenance. I don't have enough cars needing regular service to actually get good at doing these repairs. It's not an issue of being smart enough or interested enough - my professional job requires a very high level of expertise and years of specialized...
by lightheir
Tue Feb 18, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can we trust wirecutter reviews?
Replies: 41
Views: 5033

Re: Can we trust wirecutter reviews?

Keep in mind that for certain Wirecutter items sold on Amazon, the popularity of the item will be reflected in a higher selling price. Sometimes signficantly so over a similar equal product. I don't find the wirecutter's recommendations particularly amazing/useful as someone with a personal interest...
by lightheir
Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you think I should get a dedicated Chromebook for my financial accounts?
Replies: 60
Views: 4844

Re: Do you think I should get a dedicated Chromebook for my financial accounts?

A dedicated Chromebook may be safer. I use a Win10 computer with Malwarebytes Premium and Win Defender. Scan daily, computer is off when not in use. I keep zero financial stuff on my phone. I've recently updated my personal security practices to now include regular phone use for my bank accounts. I...
by lightheir
Mon Feb 17, 2020 12:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone watch the Amazon series “The Expanse”?
Replies: 50
Views: 5592

Re: Anyone watch the Amazon series “The Expanse”?

I'm surprised to see all the positive reactions here. I watched it on SyFy until it disappeared behind the Amazon paywall (I'm not a Prime member). I'm a fan of a lot of science fiction, but I never really understood this show, and stuck with it just hoping it would get more interesting. It felt li...
by lightheir
Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are your not free but still frugal hobbies?
Replies: 102
Views: 7628

Re: What are your not free but still frugal hobbies?

Running is cheap, and good. Cycling also is cheap and good. I do have some good gear for running/cycling which is a lot up front, but definitely still frugal once you average it out over the 10+ yrs I've been doing it seriously. Rubik's speedcubing is an awesome hobby that's severely underrated and ...
by lightheir
Tue Feb 04, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much does a nanny cost?
Replies: 25
Views: 2596

Re: How much does a nanny cost?

Nannies in general are FAR more expensive than daycare, unfortunately. You will also get what you pay for. If you're only willing to pay $12-15/hr, you probably should go with the day care as your nanny will have zero motivation to do a good job for you and you will find yourself worrying that they ...
by lightheir
Tue Jan 07, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Talk me out of buying a Tesla Model 3
Replies: 921
Views: 81213

Re: Talk me out of buying a Tesla Model 3

I still don't own a Model 3, and am still NOT in the market for one, but my colleague at work has one and I've been in it at least 10 times now, just going for lunch with him. Reading these threads is almost comical when you hear the justifications of why the Model 3 ISN'T good enough. It's by FAR t...
by lightheir
Sat Jan 04, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cosmetology School vs Traditional College
Replies: 99
Views: 6135

Re: Cosmetology School vs Traditional College

IRT cosmetology, maybe a parallel route.....has she ever looked into dermatology ? If you've ever tried to get an appointment w a dermatologist you'd know how in demand they are. Skin is our largest organ after all. :thumbsup Hah - if you only knew how competitive it was to get into derm. You think...
by lightheir
Thu Dec 26, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Talk me out of buying a Tesla Model 3
Replies: 921
Views: 81213

Re: Talk me out of buying a Tesla Model 3

:!: said that we had "arrived at a very bad time for them" (1:20 pm) I would assume the "bad time" was referring to the last couple weeks of the quarter and not so much time of day. Elon Musk sent a message a few weeks ago to staff emphasizing the top priority is getting deliveries to customers befo...
by lightheir
Thu Dec 26, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Talk me out of buying a Tesla Model 3
Replies: 921
Views: 81213

Re: Talk me out of buying a Tesla Model 3

I have half a dozen friends that are crazy about their Model 3s, so my wife and I decided to add it to our list of contenders to replace our 22 year old Boglehead car. We started our shopping in a larger metropolitan area that has a better selection of the usual suspects (Honda, etc.) as well as a ...
by lightheir
Fri Dec 13, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice on what to do with an extra car needing a big repair
Replies: 40
Views: 1146

Re: Advice on what to do with an extra car needing a big repair

Good advice from everyone here, exactly what I was looking for, thanks. I know many of you will be aghast at what I think my likely plan is going to be, but it's coming from my reality that my time is more limited than my money (not that I have much disposable income, but I'm financially doing fine)...
by lightheir
Fri Dec 13, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice on what to do with an extra car needing a big repair
Replies: 40
Views: 1146

Re: Advice on what to do with an extra car needing a big repair

researcher wrote:
Fri Dec 13, 2019 2:07 pm
lightheir wrote:
Fri Dec 13, 2019 1:58 pm
Does Carmax give you quotes on cars needing $2k repairs like mine? If they do, I will seriously consider doing that.
The answer is apparently yes. A 5 second google search yielded this...
https://firstquarterfinance.com/will-ca ... light-on/
Thanks!
by lightheir
Fri Dec 13, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice on what to do with an extra car needing a big repair
Replies: 40
Views: 1146

Re: Advice on what to do with an extra car needing a big repair

I don't want to pay for the repair, I'm at a point in my life and career and family where the money involved in this vehicle, while significant, won't have any substantive impact on my life, and I have to carefully weigh the cost of the money with the stress and annoyance of dealing with it. Given ...
by lightheir
Fri Dec 13, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice on what to do with an extra car needing a big repair
Replies: 40
Views: 1146

Re: Advice on what to do with an extra car needing a big repair

I also just plugged the numbers into Truecar, came back $2790-$4750. Makes selling the car borderline in all but best cases ($2000+ to repair car, $2790-$4750 back for my efforts in selling it)
by lightheir
Fri Dec 13, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice on what to do with an extra car needing a big repair
Replies: 40
Views: 1146

Re: Advice on what to do with an extra car needing a big repair

Assuming you have one nearby (you said you're in California) I would take it to Carmax and see what they're willing to offer. That gives you a hard data point for an hour or two of effort. I've sold a vehicle to Carmax before, basically just to get rid of it. It was very low hassle. I didn't get to...
by lightheir
Fri Dec 13, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice on what to do with an extra car needing a big repair
Replies: 40
Views: 1146

Re: Advice on what to do with an extra car needing a big repair

I don't have all the details with me, but in a brief email this is the problem described for which $2000 was the estimate: It will be in need of a fuel injector which is faulty and the valves have carbon build up and require the front cover of engine to be removed to get access to perform a carbon c...
by lightheir
Fri Dec 13, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice on what to do with an extra car needing a big repair
Replies: 40
Views: 1146

Advice on what to do with an extra car needing a big repair

Am looking for advice on the following: My wife and I have 3 cars. The 3rd, oldest car is a 2010 Audi A3 that barely gets driven anymore for the last 12 months, as my wife purchased a new SUV that she loves recently, and I've been very happy with my 2010 Prius that runs great, has only 80k on it so ...
by lightheir
Sat Dec 07, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Downsizing CDs, Tapes Etc.
Replies: 50
Views: 4029

Re: Downsizing CDs, Tapes Etc.

It's hard to let go of those old media that you spent thousands of dollars on, but if you really want to downsize them, you have to bite the bullet and do it. One way to do this is to pack them all into boxes, and quarantine them in the back of a closet for a year while you learn to use the online s...
by lightheir
Sat Nov 30, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spin Cycle or Upright Bike?
Replies: 56
Views: 3398

Re: Spin Cycle or Upright Bike?

if I ride my Life Cycle HARD for 45 minutes it shows about 450 calories. My Concept rower HARD for 45 minutes about 500. 700 calories for 45 minutes sounds toooo high. Calorie burn has zilch to do with the mode of activity and everything to do with intensity. At the same level of exertion (HR), the...
by lightheir
Tue Nov 26, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spin Cycle or Upright Bike?
Replies: 56
Views: 3398

Re: Spin Cycle or Upright Bike?

I'm a cyclist so my opinion comes from that perspective. I have found that almost any piece of equipment at the gym is more effective than an upright exercise bike. I rarely see someone using one at the gym breaking a sweat. I think it's because the upright position doesn't properly engage the cycl...
by lightheir
Sun Nov 17, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gaming Desktop
Replies: 46
Views: 3631

Re: Gaming Desktop

Technology in gaming changes REALLY quickly. I'm also in the market for a entry-level gaming rig (or a higher one), so I've been getting myself up to date. Turns out that $500 can definitely get you a 1080p gaming rig that can play nearly anything at decent levels, and all but the most demanding 3-D...
by lightheir
Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mobile finance apps - do you use them?
Replies: 22
Views: 1322

Re: Mobile finance apps - do you use them?

If you don't have them on your phone is there a reason for it? I just don't see the benefit. Except when depositing a check by snapping a photo - that's pretty cool. I used to be a die-hard 'not useful' opinion person regarding phone apps like you. I have since 100% changed my ways. The key differe...
by lightheir
Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tech guys need help with Mesh wifi booster...
Replies: 48
Views: 2813

Re: Tech guys need help with Mesh wifi booster...

Get the MESH (any, Google wifi is a great one), and call it a day. It will save you potential (likely) HOURS of troubleshooting the inevitable day that something goes wrong, even if it's as simple as an outage of the main provider cable fiber entering your house. I've tried most things as a non-prof...
by lightheir
Tue Oct 29, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wallets [Do you carry a wallet?]
Replies: 102
Views: 9647

Re: Wallets [Do you carry a wallet?]

I love my minimalist wallet(s). I have tried a few of them - amazingly, the cheapest and simplest one works the best for me, although to be fair, all of them are good. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B072HKS4JK/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 The best things about this one: - It is...
by lightheir
Thu Oct 24, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Google Drive enough for me?
Replies: 64
Views: 4288

Re: Is Google Drive enough for me?

I have read a few past threads on the subject of backing up my files to a cloud and how secure it is. I have contemplated encrypting my files before uploading them to Google Drive but would prefer not to have that hassle. I really love how easy it is to use Google Drive to backup a single folder on...
by lightheir
Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wifi in 3000 sq ft house and garage
Replies: 41
Views: 4139

Re: Wifi in 3000 sq ft house and garage

I will bet Google wifi will reach, although that 25yd distance is going to be challenging. You should place 2 wifi points as close and as HIGH as possible to the garage side of the house and hope for the best. I had an attached but weirdly internet-insulated garage (?pipes in the wall) that no expen...
by lightheir
Mon Sep 30, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How hard is it to get into college?
Replies: 167
Views: 11844

Re: How hard is it to get into college?

- You lose nearly all the dispriviliged minorities in your student body. Like <5% left. This almost certainly has less to do with innate intelligence, and everything to do with the lack of income, safety, and resources these minorities encounter. Even the brightest dispriviliged minority from a poo...
by lightheir
Thu Sep 26, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How hard is it to get into college?
Replies: 167
Views: 11844

Re: How hard is it to get into college?

With that thought in mind, the only solution I see would be to require applicants to meet certain grade and SAT/ACT requirements for particular colleges . If one meets that requirement for grade/SAT/ACT no matter what your race, sex, age, etc, then you get an entry into the admission lottery that j...
by lightheir
Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Piano keyboard suggestion
Replies: 21
Views: 2014

Re: Piano keyboard suggestion

In my opinion if you're picky about piano the only brand worth considering is Yamaha. The Yamaha digital pianos have keys that somewhat resemble real pianos if you're used to classical playing.  I ended up getting a DGX-660 There are keyboards from competitors of Yamaha (as well as from Yamaha) tha...
by lightheir
Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Piano keyboard suggestion
Replies: 21
Views: 2014

Re: Piano keyboard suggestion

Casio Privia. They're surprising good, very light, and inexpensive, you can get a new one for about $500-600. nicest part is that they're small and light enough that if you want to sell it, it's easy, or you can store it until later no problemo. Keys are weighted, tone is good albeit not super loud....
by lightheir
Tue Sep 10, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric Bicycles
Replies: 116
Views: 10142

Re: Electric Bicycles

So what exactly are you arguing, that an e-assist bike isn't a viable mode of transportation for you when you wouldn't be going outside anyway? I'm confused as to what point you are trying to make. It may not be a good option for you, so don't get one. That doesn't mean it isn't a good option for a...
by lightheir
Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seeking WiFi solution
Replies: 35
Views: 2953

Re: Seeking WiFi solution

Here is an area where you can lose big time if you cheap out. Just get the MESH. Google wifi or orbi both work great. The moment you have ONE internet outage or needs troubleshooting, it will pay for itself several times over with the amount of time and headache you will save compared to troubleshoo...
by lightheir
Fri Aug 30, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Laser or inkjet
Replies: 58
Views: 3698

Re: Laser or inkjet

DEFINITELY laser. If you are an intermittent user, the laser is WAYYYY better. The nozzles on the inkjets clog and the ink tanks actually gel up and don't do so well if you are only printing very intermittently (like long enough to go 2+ yrs between tank changes.) The laser will be bulletproof, requ...
by lightheir
Thu Aug 29, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: downside of going to a competitive high school?
Replies: 49
Views: 3974

Re: downside of going to a competitive high school?

Highschool size is also very important. I went to a very large highschool so for anything like a sports team or a school play there were maybe ten kids trying out for any spot. That meant that if you were not very good at something you would have little chance to get involved with an activity. +1 G...
by lightheir
Wed Aug 28, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: downside of going to a competitive high school?
Replies: 49
Views: 3974

Re: downside of going to a competitive high school?

There can be some downsides. If the classes are just too hard, and your child doesn't get enough individual attention because they are lost in the middle mass of performance, they may have actually been better off being a slightly bigger fish in a smaller pond where teachers may actively seek them o...
by lightheir
Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to read (and retain)?
Replies: 92
Views: 6493

Re: How to read (and retain)?

Any thoughts on how absorbing the same information via audiobooks compares to reading? I like to listen to various non fiction during dead time (commuting, choirs...) to take on new knowledge. May give it the x4 treatment to see if i retain it more. If it's serious stuff to learn and retain/use, au...
by lightheir
Wed Aug 21, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Does it matter what type of college one goes to?
Replies: 278
Views: 28862

Re: Does it matter what type of college one goes to?

You literally picked the singular only example just to prove your point - that high school is such an exception that it has a fully documented wikipedia page about it, that's how unique it is. I'll give you that one, but I will take the other 99.99% of schools that prove my point/stats.
by lightheir
Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Does it matter what type of college one goes to?
Replies: 278
Views: 28862

Re: Does it matter what type of college one goes to?

@Klangfool I see your point and somewhat agree, but I'll nitpick in that there is no possible way that your local area will have you 'surrounded' by HYP-equivalents in high school. Even the best private schools can't place more than 10% of their graduating class into such places, and in most wealthy...
by lightheir
Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Does it matter what type of college one goes to?
Replies: 278
Views: 28862

Re: Does it matter what type of college one goes to?

Interesting thread. As a school principal, I must say that your degree has absolutely ZERO to do with your success in education. You are either a teacher or you aren't. When I am hiring someone, I only care about their philosophy of educating children and whether or not they have the necessary cert...
by lightheir
Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to read (and retain)?
Replies: 92
Views: 6493

Re: How to read (and retain)?

I agree that the method I presented will not be optimal for that diverse range of topics, in particular math, music. But having done it for years and years, it will be a fundamentally valuable part of the learning toolbox for any dedicated student at any level and you ignore mastering learning this ...
by lightheir
Tue Aug 20, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to read (and retain)?
Replies: 92
Views: 6493

Re: How to read (and retain)?

Trust me, top students at Harvard and other elite school are hardly experts when it comes to retention. And trust me those too students have a variety of studying and reading habits. They are smart adolescents (undergrads) and young adults (graduate students) who have found upon habits, behaviors, ...