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by htdrag11
Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Public or Montessori Private School
Replies: 49
Views: 2650

Re: Public or Montessori Private School

It depends. Obviously if you have the means, do it. Our daughter went to Montessori for 3 years until we moved. Next town also has a Montessori, but financially we opted to go public; it was like $6k 30 years ago. It was a step backward for her; she regressed to the "norm". The good thing was she wa...
by htdrag11
Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda CR-V vs Subaru Outback
Replies: 19
Views: 1915

Re: Honda CR-V vs Subaru Outback

Before deciding on the '18 Outback Limited 2.5i fully loaded (LED swivel when turning corners), I had test drove the 2017 CR-V as well as Forester, CX-5 and Tuscon, coming from a 12 RX350. The deciding factor for me is price, the 18 Outback Limited is less than the 17 CR-V EX-L, $365 for 36-month vs...
by htdrag11
Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help:w holiday gift: Tv or cheap laptop to watch movies with these requirements
Replies: 13
Views: 469

Re: Help:w holiday gift: Tv or cheap laptop to watch movies with these requirements

I would get the TCL Roku TV recommended by the Wirecutter: https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-small-tv/ It has a Roku built in so you won't need to buy a stick. Roku supports nearly all streaming services. TCL is a good choice for the money. For laptop, you could get a used Toshiba Chromebook 2...
by htdrag11
Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replace TVs with Smart Tvs or not?
Replies: 53
Views: 3591

Re: Replace TVs with Smart Tvs or not?

The short answer, get a streamer. Like you, I'm a plasma fan (well, actually it's my backup - my main are a LCoS projector and a DLP pj). I did not find Smart TV as smart. Our daughter just got a used plasma last month, connecting to a Roku. My plasma is connecting to both an Android box and an olde...
by htdrag11
Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is dent repair service worth it?
Replies: 17
Views: 1478

Re: Is dent repair service worth it?

IMO, you'll get killed with trade-in; I would not sink any more money to repair the dent.

In my heavily populated area, I would sell it at KBB's trade-in price rather than trading the car in to dealers, based on past experience. :oops: Now I just lease.

GL
by htdrag11
Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New TV for Father
Replies: 22
Views: 1608

Re: New TV for Father

My dad just got his first OLED (plasma guy in past) and is very disappointed with picture. Could need some tuning but to my eye it looked off as well. Not as sharp. For sports viewing, you can't beat plasma in the area of motion judder; it's OLED's Achilles' heel. I'm fine with my smallish 52" plas...
by htdrag11
Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chromebook vs Windows 10?
Replies: 56
Views: 3448

Re: Chromebook vs Windows 10?

But can the chromebook be used for printing at least wirelessly and does it have a USB connector for connecting to a printer? I donated my old HP printer (got it for free but bought a new OEM cartridge) but bought a wifi Brothers duplex printer that supports Google Cloud Print. CB does not use any ...
by htdrag11
Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chromebook vs Windows 10?
Replies: 56
Views: 3448

Re: Chromebook vs Windows 10?

I hardly touched my Windows 10 laptop these days, except for certain Office application when I'm presenting. My main laptop is a 2011 MBA 13" running Sierra; my other backup is a Toshiba 13" C3350 CB 2 with FHD screen. The only downside to the CB are couple items: - need to connect to a Google Print...
by htdrag11
Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coffee
Replies: 51
Views: 3864

Re: Coffee

☕

How about this one?
by htdrag11
Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Black Friday Deals/Holiday Gift Ideas
Replies: 54
Views: 7012

Re: Black Friday Deals/Holiday Gift Ideas

Got fewer and fewer things to buy after turning 60's. Wife was happy with her Instant Pot last year, thanks to this wonderful forum. :D

However, my arms could be twisted if there are great suggestions. :mrgreen:
by htdrag11
Sun Oct 29, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 1st Time Cruise - Princess and wifi
Replies: 23
Views: 2001

Re: 1st Time Cruise - Princess and wifi

Well, did not miss wifi on the boat. Since we have Canada roaming as part of the AT&T package, I only used it when near the ports or on land.
by htdrag11
Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 1st Time Cruise - Princess and wifi
Replies: 23
Views: 2001

Re: 1st Time Cruise - Princess and wifi

My wife and I have taken about 7 cruises with Princess, including SF to Alaska, Ft. Lauderdale through the Panama Canal, and SF to Hawaii. I've been very happy with the experience; and I'm not an easy guy to please. Once you've been on a certain number of cruises with a particular line, you start g...
by htdrag11
Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 1st Time Cruise - Princess and wifi
Replies: 23
Views: 2001

Re: 1st Time Cruise - Princess and wifi

When you are move than a few miles from port both phone and wifi need to go by satellite. Think $, or maybe $$$ or $$$$$. It's a vacation. Lose the phone and the email. Agree with all of the above. We did one cruise during a minor family emergency when we did login fairly regularly, but otherwise n...
by htdrag11
Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 1st Time Cruise - Princess and wifi
Replies: 23
Views: 2001

Re: 1st Time Cruise - Princess and wifi

sergeant wrote:
Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:11 pm
Princess just sent me an ad for cruises that said book in the next month and get free wifi. Maybe you can call and ask if you can get that deal.
No such luck. It was booked in June.
by htdrag11
Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 1st Time Cruise - Princess and wifi
Replies: 23
Views: 2001

1st Time Cruise - Princess and wifi

Being a total cruise noob, I had a tough time digesting wifi charges on Princess, from Brooklyn (they lie on the promo, it's not Manhattan) to Nova Scotia. It's like 75 cents/minute. I doubted the internet cafe is free, since I cannot find the word "free" on their site. Would a wifi hotspot work? Wh...
by htdrag11
Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you buy in Asian food stores?
Replies: 86
Views: 5701

Re: What do you buy in Asian food stores?

Dragon fruits come in white or red inside; the latter is more expensive. I do not usually find them sweet here. The other fruits I enjoyed besides Durian (it smells as good as cheese or as bad, depending on your taste) and longan, are lychees, Asian plums (red, green and black), Korean brown pears (...
by htdrag11
Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Google Chrome Fonts Appear Fuzzy
Replies: 7
Views: 645

Re: Google Chrome Fonts Appear Fuzzy

I recommend that you stop using Windows and get a Chromebook or a Chromebox. Problem solved. In my case, I use my 13" MBA 2011 as primary, and a cheap Toshiba C3340 CB 2 2015 with FHD as my 2nd screen. The latter is also used for videos. You can find one used for under $100 with instant boot. For b...
by htdrag11
Sun Oct 08, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi [extender]
Replies: 56
Views: 4558

Re: WiFi

A forum member was kind enough to give me an older Apple Airport Express which I used as my main router and got myself a used Securifi Almond (the older model is better; do not get the Plus) for $40 as a range extender in a 3,500 sq ft home. Now my upstairs connection shows full bars. I can even pic...
by htdrag11
Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is the new Chevy Equinox any good?
Replies: 59
Views: 5843

Re: Is the new Chevy Equinox any good?

Couple comments about Consumer Report based on my recent decision on the 2018 Outback over other SUVs: - real world MPG is better than CR stated in their 2017 New Car issue (mid year, not the April version) - driving impression is very subjective and relative; it depends what one was used to or what...
by htdrag11
Wed Oct 04, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3063
Views: 903544

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Saw Guardians of the Galaxy 2 earlier this week. I loved the first one and we watch it quite often. However I was almost immediately bored with the sequel, I felt like it was just a ton of CGI, a silly plot, and the actors were phoning it in. I didn't link the IMDB page because it's gaudy and hung ...
by htdrag11
Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Equifax to offer free “credit freeze” for life
Replies: 43
Views: 3681

Re: Equifax to offer free “credit freeze” for life

Not sure if it's related but beware of the Experian's Dark Web hype; there is always a catch coming from these CRAs. No one will read 17,600 words of fine print and that relatively few folks have the slightest idea what the Dark Web is. http://www.latimes.com/business/lazarus/la-fi-lazarus-experian-...
by htdrag11
Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Massage machine for diabetic
Replies: 9
Views: 983

Re: Massage machine for diabetic

My MIL with diabetes does not walk or exercise; she found the massager helpful. She got it for over 3 years and all her friends and her older daughter in her 60's use it as well when they are visiting her.

It's also very durable but loud, despite the 2 speeds.
by htdrag11
Sat Sep 30, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Massage machine for diabetic
Replies: 9
Views: 983

Re: Massage machine for diabetic

I have a similar machine and my MIL is diabetic. She uses it daily, once in the morning and once in the evening, about 30 minutes after meal (or before). I used to walk 4 miles about 5 days a week and need to use it. Now I no longer walk as much but do other exercise, so I hardly use mine. I'm fruga...
by htdrag11
Sat Sep 30, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice on purchasing a Volvo XC60
Replies: 7
Views: 770

Re: Advice on purchasing a Volvo XC60

I just leased a 2018 Outback fully loaded but did look at the 2017 CPO XC60. The 2108 is too new to have any kind of deals or discount, but I would look into it again in 3 years when the lease is up. Still does not care for using premium gas but the seats are one of the best. The Outbacks are are go...
by htdrag11
Sat Sep 30, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Boglehead's Guide - do I need disability insurance?
Replies: 11
Views: 907

Re: Boglehead's Guide - do I need disability insurance?

As you are the sole breadwinner, long term disability is a must. You are 3 times more likely to become disabled as to die, and you thought the risk of dying was high enough to buy life insurance. Look at all the recent equifax threads. Freeze your credit reports, don’t bother with monitoring. Be su...
by htdrag11
Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is the new Chevy Equinox any good?
Replies: 59
Views: 5843

Re: Is the new Chevy Equinox any good?

I would never buy a GM product. Given their corporate behavior with the ignition recall effort a couple years ago, no way would I trust anything they built. Just my $0.02 Most car manufacturers have skeletons, such as VW, Subaru, BMW, Audi (unintended acceleration), Hyundai (mpg overstated), Ford (...
by htdrag11
Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is the new Chevy Equinox any good?
Replies: 59
Views: 5843

Re: Is the new Chevy Equinox any good?

I'll be honest, we never looked at the Equinox, due to reviews. We recently bought a 2017 Mazda CX-5; we wouldn't normally buy new and it's not a great time for us to be getting into a car loan (ugh), but we pulled the trigger on the Mazda for numerous reasons (both financial and emotional). We tes...
by htdrag11
Thu Sep 28, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tailor made shirts
Replies: 11
Views: 1421

Re: Tailor made shirts

There are 2 coastal stores in the US, NY and California. I used them in my younger days for tailored made shirts; they still fit after 16 years. Fabrics were made in France.

https://www.ascotchang.com/en/store
by htdrag11
Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L
Replies: 48
Views: 3522

Re: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L

After driving it for couple of days, here are my initial observations: - ordered an iPad mini glass protector to reduce the glare on the ginormous audio screen. It's kind of made my purchase of the Nexus 6p a mistake in size (almost 6" screen). - prefer the Waze interface on the phone than the Andro...
by htdrag11
Mon Sep 25, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Retirees, what is your marginal tax rate?
Replies: 102
Views: 10593

Re: Retirees, what is your marginal tax rate?

Yes. It was a big lie that my rate would go down with the extra exemption.

Mine was 15% until I started to convert my T-IRA to Roth last year aggressively; it's 25% now, at least until 70 1/2.
by htdrag11
Mon Sep 25, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Simplifying portfolio
Replies: 43
Views: 3636

Re: Simplifying portfolio

+1. The KISS principal prevails! I had moved my last managed account to Vanguard, so everything I invested is in one bucket. Recently spoke to a Vanguard CFP who advised a 5-fund portfolio. The only reason why I did not go with him is I'm just too cheap, saving 0.3%/year. However, I told my wife and...
by htdrag11
Sun Sep 24, 2017 7:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3063
Views: 903544

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

A Ghost Story - a total waste of talents in an overblown 92 minute film. Somehow the reviews are totally polarized on this one in IMDB. I'm one of those who think it should be a 2 for cinematography and acting. There was hardly any scripts except during one of the parties toward the end.
by htdrag11
Fri Sep 22, 2017 7:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3063
Views: 903544

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Shepherds and Butchers is a courtroom drama about a prison guard who is both the Shepherd and Butcher of fellow death row inmates. It contains graphic steps retracing the guard's outside murder and inside execution. The guard started his job as executioner only one day on the job at 17. Capital puni...
by htdrag11
Thu Sep 21, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L
Replies: 48
Views: 3522

Re: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L

I've settled on a 2018 Outback Limited with Eyesight; should pick it up next Tuesday, coming from a slightly used 2012 Lexus RX350. In terms of interior quality, the Mazda CX-5 smells like money, then the Outback, CR-V, Tucson in that order. Obviously, none of them matches the Lexus, even the 2012 m...
by htdrag11
Thu Sep 21, 2017 3:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Subaru Outback
Replies: 45
Views: 5926

Re: 2018 Subaru Outback

Thanks for the input! I will definitely get Eyesight, as the safety features are one of the reasons I want a Subaru. Unfortunately I will be commuting in it a few days a week and I'm sure I'll miss my more fuel efficient sedan, but after a few years of obsessing about getting an Outback, I think I'...
by htdrag11
Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L
Replies: 48
Views: 3522

Re: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L

And I sort of wonder what type of lexus these people are coming from that they think the outback is comparable? Having they been driving like a 1997 RX?:) Op here. My cars are all over the map, from sports to luxury to reliability, short term and long term ownership. Never own a "station wagon" eit...
by htdrag11
Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L
Replies: 48
Views: 3522

Re: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L

Well, looks like neither has them except the Touring model. Price bumped up by almost $100/month. It's like getting to a used Audi Q5 territory. Looks like I will go with a Mazda CX-5 2017 for less since LED headlights are standard. Will miss the Android Auto but not the CVT. Life is full of rude a...
by htdrag11
Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L
Replies: 48
Views: 3522

Re: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L

Well, looks like neither has them except the Touring model. Price bumped up by almost $100/month. It's like getting to a used Audi Q5 territory. Looks like I will go with a Mazda CX-5 2017 for less since LED headlights are standard. Will miss the Android Auto but not the CVT. Life is full of rude aw...
by htdrag11
Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L
Replies: 48
Views: 3522

Re: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L

Just bought a 2017 CRV Touring after looking at small SUVs for the last 5 years. Owned a 2002 CRV prior. Had drifted toward the Acura RDX but that car has a poor dual screen infotainment system, no dam spare tire, and stuff like that which bugged me. The CRV was a new design and new tech with Andro...
by htdrag11
Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L
Replies: 48
Views: 3522

Re: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L

I'm leaning toward the Outback. Both Subaru and Honda are very competitive in this segment.

The only decision left is to buy or lease. The reason for the latter is that I would like to change car every 3-5 years.
by htdrag11
Tue Sep 19, 2017 12:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Subaru Outback
Replies: 45
Views: 5926

Re: 2018 Subaru Outback

2018 has the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto feature, but slower than VW. I like the Limited interior, over the Audi Q5.
by htdrag11
Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L
Replies: 48
Views: 3522

Re: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L

I was at a Honda dealer today getting a recall item repaired on our accord and noted no info on the CRV i.e. brochures. I asked a sales guy when is the 2018 CRV coming out, he said late October, so hold off and get a 2018 Touring as I plan to do. :D Thanks. Not sure if my buyer wants to wait a mont...
by htdrag11
Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L
Replies: 48
Views: 3522

Re: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L

I also looked at the Tucson/Sportage and CX-5, but decided not to pursue further. Could you elaborate on why you chose not to pursue the Mazda CX-5 further? I'm also in the market for a small CUV, and am close to pulling the trigger on a CX-5 versus the CR-V. I had a 2013 CX-5 FWD with the 2.0l eng...
by htdrag11
Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L
Replies: 48
Views: 3522

Re: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L

0-60 times don't really matter for day to day driving. The numbers you should be looking at are 30-50mph and 50-70mph in my opinion. Car and Driver provides these. You will notice that most SUVs/CUVs score between 4-6 seconds. I own an Outback and looked at the CRV prior to purchasing. I think the ...
by htdrag11
Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L
Replies: 48
Views: 3522

Re: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L

Just bought a CRV after comparing to Lexus and Acura. Couldn't justify the price difference. Very happy with the vehicle. Don't see how you can go wrong with either choice. Which model did you get, FWR or AWD? How many miles did you put on? I found the interior is not up to par against either the C...
by htdrag11
Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L
Replies: 48
Views: 3522

Re: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L

munemaker wrote:
Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:25 pm
Run the numbers on the mileage difference. I bet the actual difference in gasoline cost is negligible. I would rule that out as a decision factor.
Totally agree. That is DW's factor at work. :P
by htdrag11
Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L
Replies: 48
Views: 3522

Re: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L

Would a Forester with an aftermarket sound system to do your phone linking android thing solve this? Since Subaru has a multi-decade contract with "horrible audio dot com" (sarcasm), this would solve the problem of a garbage sound system and also being able to do whatever you're trying to do with y...
by htdrag11
Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L
Replies: 48
Views: 3522

Re: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L

I would keep the '12 RX350 before I leased a car. Leasing is the most expensive way to own a car. Regards, John I know that it's not the BH way of thinking here. I don't usually keep cars around that long anymore. My SWR is very low. Car is one of my few vices. :mrgreen: Besides, everyone was surpr...
by htdrag11
Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L
Replies: 48
Views: 3522

Re: 2018 Outback Limited vs. 2017 CR-V EX-L

You don't mention whether the CR-V you are considering has AWD. If you don't need AWD, then that would seem to decide this issue for you, wouldn't it?The Subaru only comes in AWD, and AWDs cost more to maintain. Most of the EX-L's come with AWD. Folks in NJ usually "freeze" up in winter driving. I ...