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by oxothuk
Thu May 21, 2020 8:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Junipers Growing Very Slowly
Replies: 8
Views: 570

Re: Junipers Growing Very Slowly

Mr. Rumples wrote:
Thu May 21, 2020 7:53 am
They should grow pretty well in CO.
That's an understatement. We are constantly having to cut ours back.
by oxothuk
Fri May 08, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shipping Wine in Warm Weather
Replies: 23
Views: 1273

Re: Shipping Wine in Warm Weather

We belong to several California wine clubs, and our shipments always come standard UPS (signature required for delivery). No climate control on the trucks. With one exception, the wineries only schedule shipments from October through April to avoid the summer heat. The one exception is a sparkling w...
by oxothuk
Wed May 06, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2020 travel plans
Replies: 95
Views: 4421

Re: 2020 travel plans

We have trips planned to Brazil in August and to Spain in September. I would put our odds of going at about 50% for Brazil and 75% for Spain. It all depends on what course the virus takes over the next few months. I'm shocked you would even consider going to Brazil. Somehow they've managed to bungl...
by oxothuk
Wed May 06, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2020 travel plans
Replies: 95
Views: 4421

Re: 2020 travel plans

We have trips planned to Brazil in August and to Spain in September. I would put our odds of going at about 50% for Brazil and 75% for Spain. It all depends on what course the virus takes over the next few months.
by oxothuk
Sun May 03, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can you transfer files without Wifi, bluetooth, cable?
Replies: 37
Views: 2048

Re: Can you transfer files without Wifi or cable?

BobTexas wrote:
Sun May 03, 2020 8:47 am
If there aren’t a lot of files u can email them to yourself. Create an email on the pc, attach the file, then email it to yourself. Read the email on the phone and save the attachment
No need to even send it. Save the email as a draft and then view the draft on the other device
by oxothuk
Sun Apr 19, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend a low cost CADD program
Replies: 11
Views: 480

Re: Recommend a low cost CADD program

WoodSpinner wrote:
Sun Apr 19, 2020 12:47 pm
OP,

I like the free SketchUp software.

https://www.sketchup.com/

WoodSpinner
+1
Used this to design my deck replacement.
by oxothuk
Fri Apr 17, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Way to Watch British Mystery Shows
Replies: 59
Views: 4077

Re: Best Way to Watch British Mystery Shows

csm wrote:
Wed Apr 15, 2020 10:16 pm
Lillibelle wrote:
Wed Apr 15, 2020 9:22 pm
Few do mysteries better than the Brits. Highly recommend:

* Wallander
Wallander is an excellent Swedish series. IMHO, the English version was a bad copy.
Agreed. Kenneth Branagh is painful to watch in that role.
by oxothuk
Thu Apr 16, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to get Toilet Paper ? seriously.
Replies: 684
Views: 55556

Re: How to get Toilet Paper ? seriously.

Went to Costco this morning (in CO) and they had TP stacked to the ceiling. Our local grocery store had plenty also.

Still not much flour. I think when the shelves are sparsely stocked it triggers shoppers to buy whatever is there.
by oxothuk
Tue Apr 14, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flying in September, think it will be safe?
Replies: 73
Views: 4170

Re: Flying in September, think it will be safe?

I have a trip planned to Spain in late September (already postponed from May). Tickets and tours are not refundable, but they are postponable if necessary.

I expect that things will either be a lot better by then, or a lot worse. Either way will help me make a decision when the time comes.
by oxothuk
Tue Apr 14, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How many paid for kids' college?
Replies: 282
Views: 13470

Re: How many paid for kids' college?

My parents scrimped and saved to put three kids through college. We all worked since being kids, chores, then, when older, after school and summer jobs. We contributed what we could towards college but my parents covered the rest, served as backstops, and encouraged us to take lower paying or non p...
by oxothuk
Thu Mar 19, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1590
Views: 128946

Re: Finally, sanity at the supermarket

Also pretty sane today at our local Costco. Crowd was normal for middle of the day, but might have been suppressed somewhat by the snow we're having.

We were able to get everything on our list. Didn't see any TP, but I expect that will be back in a few days.
by oxothuk
Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Poll - Coronavirus - How much cash do you keep home?
Replies: 21
Views: 1121

Re: Poll - Coronavirus - How much cash do you keep home?

C. <$1000

This is normal for us. My primary use for cash these days is paying the barber.
by oxothuk
Mon Mar 16, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus - Helping Others
Replies: 19
Views: 1370

Re: Coronavirus - Helping Others

My wife and I are retirees, so we’re in the zone for elevated risk.

Nonetheless my wife went out this morning to buy groceries for my nephew and his family. They just returned from Germany last night and although they are asymptomatic they have been instructed not to go out.
by oxothuk
Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Have you been personally affected by supply chain problems?
Replies: 56
Views: 3744

Re: Have you been personally affected by supply chain problems?

DragonJoey3 wrote:
Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:05 am

I'm considering buying a water distiller that will make my own distilled water now.
Or you can just do this:
https://www.wikihow.com/Make-Distilled-Water
by oxothuk
Fri Mar 13, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1590
Views: 128946

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

Sandtrap wrote:
Fri Mar 13, 2020 1:47 pm
There is a high population of Hawaii Islanders in Las Vegas.
That's were the SPAM is going.
j :happy
Vegas is often referred to “the ninth island”
by oxothuk
Wed Mar 11, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus Movie Suggestions
Replies: 104
Views: 6979

Re: Coronavirus Movie Suggestions

It is not a movie but there is a Pandemic board game that has been around for 10+ years so it is not something that someone put out to cash in on the Corona Virus. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandemic_(board_game) I have not played it but it has generally good reviews, but that was long before th...
by oxothuk
Thu Feb 27, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Postponed travel due to Corona Virus. Am I am overreacting ?
Replies: 232
Views: 23932

Re: Postponed travel due to Corona Virus. Am I am overreacting ?

hapbob wrote:
Wed Feb 26, 2020 7:56 pm
We canxed a trip to Italy in sept.
I'm still planning a trip to Italy in September, although I haven't made any non-refundable purchases yet. I figure it will most likely have passed by then, or it will be TEOLAWKI.
by oxothuk
Wed Feb 26, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1590
Views: 128946

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

The inconveniences those in quarantine are experiencing might yield a great pay off, and keep the virus at bay here. Or, it might turn out all of the efforts were ineffectual in preventing the spread. If nothing else, the quarantines are DELAYING the spread to the US, which buys time to gain unders...
by oxothuk
Wed Feb 26, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Postponed travel due to Corona Virus. Am I am overreacting ?
Replies: 232
Views: 23932

Re: Postponed travel due to Corona Virus. Am I am overreacting ?

We have a European trip scheduled for late April. At this point I'm in "wait and see" mode. Tickets are non-refundable, so there's no advantage to cancelling before the last minute.
by oxothuk
Sat Feb 22, 2020 11:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to Puerto Vallarta
Replies: 11
Views: 1431

Re: Trip to Puerto Vallarta

MJS wrote:
Sat Feb 22, 2020 3:09 pm
The Vallarta Botanical Garden for food, birds, flowers and splashing in their stream. It was still being developed in 2015, but was already a splendid garden.
Also, it is accessible by bus from downtown PV
by oxothuk
Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HS Latin or Spanish/ASL?
Replies: 63
Views: 2473

Re: HS Latin or Spanish/ASL?

Why don't we use an approximation to the Spanish pronunciation? It's a puzzle. It’s just not the way we do things. In English we usually take foreign words without changing the spelling, and then (mis) pronounce them as if they were English words. Many other languages (Russian for one) follow your ...
by oxothuk
Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1590
Views: 128946

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

I have several months of foreign travel planned starting later this spring. I accept the fact that the coronavirus, or something else that we haven't even thought of yet, might disrupt my plans. I have travel medical and trip evacuation insurance. I too have medical evacuation insurance (MedJet), b...
by oxothuk
Wed Feb 12, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1590
Views: 128946

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

I have several months of foreign travel planned starting later this spring. I accept the fact that the coronavirus, or something else that we haven't even thought of yet, might disrupt my plans. I have travel medical and trip evacuation insurance. I too have medical evacuation insurance (MedJet), b...
by oxothuk
Sat Feb 08, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Netflix - New Way Of Throttling [DVDs]?
Replies: 62
Views: 8557

Re: Netflix - New Way Of Throttling [DVDs]?

BlueShoe wrote:
Sat Feb 08, 2020 5:38 pm
I'm bummed that the period of time that it was possible to be a cable-cutter and have access to a large legal quantity of movies/shows was so brief.
+1
I’m not tempted to go back to cable though.
by oxothuk
Wed Feb 05, 2020 2:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Netflix - New Way Of Throttling [DVDs]?
Replies: 62
Views: 8557

Re: Netflix - New Way Of Throttling [DVDs]?

I honestly had no idea that Netflix still had a DVD business. Still the best part of their business IMHO. Much wider selection than the streaming service. My only issue with the DVD service is that some selections become unavailable when the copies they have start to wear out. I wonder why they cou...
by oxothuk
Wed Feb 05, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Netflix - New Way Of Throttling [DVDs]?
Replies: 62
Views: 8557

Re: Netflix - New Way Of Throttling [DVDs]?

MotoTrojan wrote:
Wed Feb 05, 2020 1:56 pm
I honestly had no idea that Netflix still had a DVD business.
Still the best part of their business IMHO. Much wider selection than the streaming service.

My only issue with the DVD service is that some selections become unavailable when the copies they have start to wear out.
by oxothuk
Wed Feb 05, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Netflix - New Way Of Throttling [DVDs]?
Replies: 62
Views: 8557

Re: Netflix - New Way Of Throttling [DVDs]?

Well, I am also in Boulder and the DVD which they sent me on 2/3 also has an ETA of 2/6.

I'll withhold judgment for a while yet.
by oxothuk
Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's the difference between Uber and Lyft?
Replies: 63
Views: 5315

Re: What's the difference between Uber and Lyft?

Uber lost $1.3 Billion dollars last year. Lyft lost $1.1 Billion dollars last year. I take taxis. Unless they go bankrupt while you are in the car, I'm not sure how this is relevant. Why spend my own money when I can spend VC money? When they're gone, I'll make other arrangements, but that has no b...
by oxothuk
Thu Jan 30, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Two Week Vacation in France - Drive Vs Train
Replies: 11
Views: 922

Re: Two Week Vacation in France - Drive Vs Train

You will definitely want a car for Normandy and the Loire and The Riviera, although I agree with the earlier poster that that is too much for a 10 day trip. Driving in France (outside of the big cities) is not particularly stressful. I would recommend that you take the train from Paris to Normandy (...
by oxothuk
Wed Jan 29, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Computer/internet/DNS(?) problem
Replies: 70
Views: 3023

Re: Computer/internet/DNS(?) problem

Is this Windows or Mac? What version? You say you have tried multiple browsers - which ones? Are you running any kind of security/antivirus software? If so, open the control panel for that software and see if it is reporting any alerts. I would suggest setting up a second userid on your computer and...
by oxothuk
Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: IRMAA Confusion
Replies: 4
Views: 722

Re: IRMAA Confusion

dak wrote:
Tue Jan 28, 2020 8:58 pm
I will be 65 and retired in 2023. My understanding that income earned in calendar year 2021 and reported on my taxes filed in 2022 will be used to calculate the IRMAA tier in 2023
Correct
by oxothuk
Sun Jan 26, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Multimedia Home Theater PC and OS that can handle 4K video files
Replies: 16
Views: 880

Re: Multimedia Home Theater PC and OS that can handle 4K video files

I've also read a bit about the synology NAS. So, that is an expandable network-attached storage device? But it seems more complex, in that it has hardware and software built in to process streaming 4K video. Is that needed for my purposes? You can solve your problem without it, but if you may want ...
by oxothuk
Sat Jan 25, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Multimedia Home Theater PC and OS that can handle 4K video files
Replies: 16
Views: 880

Re: Multimedia Home Theater PC and OS that can handle 4K video files

I’ve recently started using Kodi on a Raspberry Pi model 4, which is capable of playing 4K video.

Very cheap and compact. I keep all my video files on a separate server (Synology NAS) in the basement.
by oxothuk
Sun Jan 19, 2020 9:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: If you could only listen to one podcast...
Replies: 138
Views: 11517

Re: If you could only listen to one podcast...

woldemariam wrote:
Sun Jan 19, 2020 5:48 pm
EconTalk

https://www.econtalk.org/
+1
by oxothuk
Tue Jan 07, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: travel from the U.S. to Europe given geo-political tensions?
Replies: 117
Views: 7782

Re: travel from the U.S. to Europe given geo-political tensions?

happyisland wrote:
Tue Jan 07, 2020 7:20 pm
Pacific wrote:
Tue Jan 07, 2020 6:50 pm
I would avoid France at all costs.
Wait, what?
Maybe referring to the ongoing strikes and protests about raising the retirement age.

Wouldn’t keep me away, but it would make me put in some buffer for train disruptions.
by oxothuk
Tue Jan 07, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do you tip ubereats?
Replies: 45
Views: 4523

Re: How much do you tip ubereats?

It is because of the tip dilemma that I avoid unfamiliar services. I don't uber, I don't ubereat, I don't order delivered pizzas, and I carry my own bags. It isn't the only reason, but it is certainly a factor. I literally use zero of these "services" that have been the focus of these board's tippi...
by oxothuk
Mon Jan 06, 2020 6:08 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: is QCD like a DAF (but better) ?
Replies: 53
Views: 2509

Re: is QCD like a DAF (but better) ?

The fact that QCDs are not part of your AGI is also important when trying to avoid IRMAA penalties.
by oxothuk
Mon Jan 06, 2020 5:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone Familiar with LAX? Advice Needed
Replies: 9
Views: 986

Re: Anyone Familiar with LAX? Advice Needed

Each terminal has its own baggage claim area.

All the rental cars agencies are off-site and require you to take a shuttle bus. Why not just plan to rendezvous there?
by oxothuk
Fri Jan 03, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: QCD while still working
Replies: 14
Views: 609

Re: QCD while still working

Does anyone know if these new QCD restrictions also apply to TIRA contributions for a non-working spouse? Example: a) I earn 20K in 2020 b) I make a 7K TIRA contribution to my non-working spouse in 2020. c) I send 10KK of RMD from my TIRA to charity in 2020 Does (b) now work against (c) in computing...
by oxothuk
Wed Jan 01, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What is your 2019 YTD Spending
Replies: 36
Views: 2833

Re: What is your 2019 YTD Spending

Less than what I brought in. That’s enough info for a public forum
by oxothuk
Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Zealand Train trip
Replies: 77
Views: 3667

Re: New Zealand Train trip

Waaaaay too much. Cut a destination from New Zealand or just ditch Melbourne. With this itinerary you're spending half your time in transit and missing out on everything that makes NZ such a special destination. Well I am only going there once so I would rather see more even briefly than only half....
by oxothuk
Mon Dec 30, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Zealand Train trip
Replies: 77
Views: 3667

Re: New Zealand Train trip

You could always just buy a one way ticket back to Auckland from your furthest travel point. All flights back to the US depart from Auckland. Personally I would recommend renting a car rather than using trains - the rail network is pretty limited. Driving in NZ is very easy despite being on the “wro...
by oxothuk
Mon Dec 16, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How Does Check Fraud Work?
Replies: 44
Views: 3597

Re: How Does Check Fraud Work?

As of late there have been no outstanding checks. But one evening I was mindlessly checking the account on my phone....and noticed that a check had just cleared the bank for almost $40,000! So I immediately filed a police the report and closed the account the next day. My question is, was law enfor...
by oxothuk
Tue Dec 10, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Reconciling cost basis with pre-2012 records
Replies: 7
Views: 560

Re: Reconciling cost basis with pre-2012 records

In the 1099 you will receive from Fidelity in early 2020, Fidelity will break the share sale into two groups--covered and uncovered shares (post-12/31/2011 and up to 12/31/2011). Fidelity will provide the cost basis for the covered shares and will be silent on the cost basis for the uncovered share...
by oxothuk
Mon Dec 09, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Summer trip to Germany ideas requested
Replies: 50
Views: 2490

Re: Summer trip to Germany ideas requested

Yes, skip Neuschwanstein. It's one of the few places in Germany marred by mass tourism, and there's not really anything worthwhile about it. I visited Neuschwanstein back in the 70's when it was merely crowded rather than swamped. Its main claim to fame is being the inspiration for the castle in Di...
by oxothuk
Thu Dec 05, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cable Cord Cutting more complicated than expected
Replies: 96
Views: 8130

Re: Cable Cord Cutting more complicated than expected

What I don't get is, how do you "cut cable" but keep good broadband? It's the biggest pipe in my town. You’re being too literal. What most people mean by “cutting the cord” is getting rid of the traditional channel-based TV subscription, which might be either cable or satellite Most people need Int...
by oxothuk
Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cable Cord Cutting more complicated than expected
Replies: 96
Views: 8130

Re: Cable Cord Cutting more complicated than expected

Another caveat with cord cutting is none of the streaming services currently offer PBS. I'm using Firesticks with YouTube Tv and it is working well. Do you mean live PBS? Cause the Roku has a PBS App that works well. Hardly anything on PBS is really “live”. PBS has its own streaming service which i...
by oxothuk
Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cable Cord Cutting more complicated than expected
Replies: 96
Views: 8130

Re: Cable Cord Cutting more complicated than expected

Another caveat with cord cutting is none of the streaming services currently offer PBS. I'm using Firesticks with YouTube Tv and it is working well. We watch PBS Passport on our Roku Premium+ all the time, including this week. Marylander1 And if you don’t want to pay for Passport subscription, you ...
by oxothuk
Fri Nov 22, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Warning about Uber Pool billing
Replies: 24
Views: 2883

Re: Warning about Uber Pool billing

I wish Uber would hurry up and roll out more expensive options over these cheap ones. I think they vastly underestimate how much people are willing to pay for the availability of booster/car seats, for example. I would like an option that guarantees me a ride home if I take Uber to a low density lo...
by oxothuk
Thu Nov 21, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spending money to make travel easier and luxurious?
Replies: 85
Views: 8545

Re: Spending money to make travel easier and luxurious?

There might not be enough time to get this for your trip coming in a few weeks, but for future trips, apply for the Global Entry card. This also gives you TSA Pre-check, for getting through security faster. The last time I landed at PHL after a trip to Europe, the Global Entry line was 1 minute lon...