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by Downeastah
Sat Mar 21, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where should I sell my [camera] lens?
Replies: 13
Views: 758

Re: Where should I sell my [camera] lens?

https://www.mpb.com/en-us/

I have used them multiple times, both buying and selling. Never a problem. You would most likely get a bit more on ebay, but it isn't worth the potential headaches that often come with ebay.
by Downeastah
Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: For 50-55 Year olds/ What Are you thinking?
Replies: 46
Views: 4849

Re: For 50-55 Year olds/ What Are you thinking?

55 yo and staying the course with 60/40 in 401K/IRAs. 30/70 for my HSA. All in TD funds. Stable career in healthcare and 21K remaining on mortgage. No other debt. No pension but generous profit sharing plan (with the exception of this year...doubt there will be a contribution). I was thinking of ret...
by Downeastah
Wed Mar 18, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you in the mood to buy anything?
Replies: 62
Views: 5162

Re: Are you in the mood to buy anything?

I'm proactively having a new propane water installed and a direct propane line to my grill (goodbye 20lb tanks!). That's my treat for 2020.
by Downeastah
Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What is your AA, given your age ? and this crisis ?
Replies: 173
Views: 10599

Re: What is your AA, given your age ? and this crisis ?

1. Age 55 - 59/41 stocks/bonds. Why? That's what my TD funds are currently allocated to. No pension. Planned on retirement at 62, but may may have to wait a few extra years. Stable career in healthcare. Spouse is retired. 5 years left on mortgage. 6 mos. EF. 2. How do you glide your risk (stock perc...
by Downeastah
Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: visiting Maine in November
Replies: 27
Views: 2261

Re: visiting Maine in November

MishkaWorries wrote: Sat Nov 09, 2019 5:44 pm

I can't believe no one else has mentioned that it should be deer hunting season. I'm sure they'll be many people willing to take you out on a hunt.
No hunting without a license and required hunter safety course
by Downeastah
Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: visiting Maine in November
Replies: 27
Views: 2261

Re: visiting Maine in November

To get to Grand Manan Island, you will first need to drive quite a distance from Belfast to get to the Ferry, Black's Harbor New Brunswick in Canada, roughly 150 miles. Also, not a great time of year to be visiting the island due to weather, it will be very cold as storms track right through there i...
by Downeastah
Sat Jul 15, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: what's your secret to cleaning inside car windows?
Replies: 47
Views: 5021

Re: what's your secrete to cleaning inside car windows?

Invisible Glass + newspaper = zero streaks and perfectly clear glass. I use it both inside and out.
by Downeastah
Thu Jun 02, 2016 9:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cutting cable cord...
Replies: 75
Views: 19426

Re: Cutting cable cord...

You got that right! 24 months, then it sky rockets. So, 23 months and 20 days I pour myself a nice large glass of wine and go online to chat with them and "renegotiate". Usually they throw in 6 months of Showtime or something else as well; but ALWAYS remember to chat or call to cancel/renegotiate b...
by Downeastah
Tue Apr 19, 2016 10:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota Tacoma owners?
Replies: 56
Views: 10039

Re: Toyota Tacoma owners?

I traded in my 2012 Honda Pilot for a 2016 TRD 4x4 Off Road double cab/long bed. I missed having a pickup, and needed something that could tow more than the pilot, haul lumber, get me into remote areas of Maine, and still use as a daily commuter. Sure is nice to be back in a truck. How did you like...
by Downeastah
Tue Apr 19, 2016 9:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota Tacoma owners?
Replies: 56
Views: 10039

Re: Toyota Tacoma owners?

I traded in my 2012 Honda Pilot for a 2016 TRD 4x4 Off Road double cab/long bed. I missed having a pickup, and needed something that could tow more than the pilot, haul lumber, get me into remote areas of Maine, and still use as a daily commuter. Sure is nice to be back in a truck.
by Downeastah
Mon Jan 18, 2016 11:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Eagle Has Flown
Replies: 6
Views: 2804

Re: The Eagle Has Flown

This certainly bummed me out this evening.
by Downeastah
Fri Aug 07, 2015 7:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Upcoming trip to Deer Isle (Stonington), Maine
Replies: 12
Views: 1691

Re: Upcoming trip to Deer Isle (Stonington), Maine

Not to hijack the thread but my family will be taking a trip to Milbridge Maine in September for our annual vacation. That's just north of Bar Harbor/Acadia. I am very familiar with southern/midcoast Maine and I've been to Bar Harbor about 5 times as well but I've never been as far as Milbridge. Do...
by Downeastah
Mon Jun 22, 2015 7:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Canoe recommendations
Replies: 23
Views: 7137

Re: Canoe recommendations

You should also factor in your age and canoe weight into the decision making process. As one gets older, the canoes definitely get heavier! I have a 14' Lincoln kevlar canoe for the two of us that weighs 43 lbs. A couple of years ago I sold my heavy kayak and purchased a carbon fiber Placid Boatwork...
by Downeastah
Thu Jun 18, 2015 4:33 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: TIAA-CREF Custodial Transfer Question
Replies: 1
Views: 340

TIAA-CREF Custodial Transfer Question

Hello, My wife works for a non-profit who will most likely be closing its doors by the end of the year. She participates in a 403b with TIAA-CREF variable annuity funds. She also has a traditional IRA and Roth IRA with Vanguard (mutual funds). Will we be able to do the custodian to custodian transfe...
by Downeastah
Thu Jun 11, 2015 10:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: HSA reimbursements - to take now or wait?
Replies: 13
Views: 2262

Re: HSA reimbursements - to take now or wait?

I pay all our small medical bills out of pocket. Haven't touched the HSA money in 4 years. I fully fund it every year with contribution/match from our practice.
by Downeastah
Tue Jun 09, 2015 6:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2015 FIFA Women World's Cup Trip to Montreal
Replies: 2
Views: 687

Re: 2015 FIFA Women World's Cup Trip to Montreal

I've been up there a couple times for conferences, the last time was 2007. We stayed at the Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, centrally located in downtown. Montreal is a good walking city, and we made several walking trips to McGill U., and a number of restaurants down on the river front. Mont Royal par...
by Downeastah
Thu Apr 23, 2015 6:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Motorcycles!
Replies: 36
Views: 4588

Re: Motorcycles!

I used to ride but gave it up a couple of years ago. My last bike was a 2008 Honda VFR with ABS. I loved riding, some of the most fun I ever had. Like others have mentioned, it is more dangerous on the roads today. With all of the distracted driving and road rage it has become very risky for those o...
by Downeastah
Thu Mar 05, 2015 5:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Good career for woman mid 30's?
Replies: 34
Views: 5800

Re: Good career for woman mid 30's?

Go for a PA [physicians assistant], my $0.01 great combo of a career where you would [likely, not sure] be embraced/welcomed [women in healthcare with less than median english skills] major $$$ stable career, earning potential freedom of schedule benefits in favor of motherhood You just can't becom...
by Downeastah
Tue Mar 03, 2015 10:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Where's your Will?
Replies: 46
Views: 4813

Re: Where's your Will?

We have ours in the freezer
by Downeastah
Tue Feb 24, 2015 7:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Guns for hunting/defense
Replies: 159
Views: 51456

Re: Guns for hunting/defense

I have the following and have had extensive professional training with hand guns: a)Windham Weaponry AR-15 with AimPoint Pro Optic and Diamond Head fold down iron sights (home defense/recreational shooting/tactical training courses) b) Glock G19 gen4 9mm (used for concealed carry/home defense/tactic...
by Downeastah
Tue Feb 17, 2015 7:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone have issues streaming Amazon Prime instant video???
Replies: 9
Views: 45335

Anyone have issues streaming Amazon Prime instant video???

I stream Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon through my PlayStation 3 via DSL with a 6mb/s download speed. When streaming video, we do not use the internet for anything else. I constantly experience very long buffering times with Amazon before the video even starts, and when it finally does, the picture quali...
by Downeastah
Wed Feb 11, 2015 10:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Joining the free dinner circuit? Promises, promises.
Replies: 100
Views: 12826

Re: Joining the free dinner circuit? Promises, promises.

A free dinner just ain't worth it to me if I have to listen to all that BS. I'd never step foot into one of those.
by Downeastah
Mon Feb 09, 2015 9:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Health Insurer, Anthem, Hacked
Replies: 100
Views: 12203

Re: Health Insurer, Anthem, Hacked

This was my experience at Equifax this morning as well. About 15 minutes on hold, then answered some security questions and they gave me my pin number over the phone. All and all, not a bad experience. Be prepared to know your credit limit on some of your credit cards. I wonder why they gave you th...
by Downeastah
Fri Feb 06, 2015 11:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Health Insurer, Anthem, Hacked
Replies: 100
Views: 12203

Re: Health Insurer, Anthem, Hacked

Placed credit freezes with Transunion and Experian. Equifax says comes back and try later after you put all of your information in. Same result as last evening. I put on credit freeze with all 3 agencies this AM. When I applied online for the Equifax freeze, I entered all required information and a...
by Downeastah
Tue Feb 03, 2015 1:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: First Time Dog Owners -- Any Regrets?
Replies: 83
Views: 10384

Re: First Time Dog Owners -- Any Regrets?

I grew up with dogs, and my wife and I have participated in adoption/rescue of German Shorthair Pointers for 24 years now. In breed rescue, we see a lot of first time dog owners surrender their dogs because they really have no clue what they are getting into. I give you credit for researching and as...
by Downeastah
Wed Jan 14, 2015 4:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Alternatives to TurboTax
Replies: 26
Views: 11154

Re: Alternatives to TurboTax

Six years of TaxAct for me, and never an issue.
by Downeastah
Thu Jan 08, 2015 9:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's in your car emergency kit?
Replies: 52
Views: 6221

Re: What's in your car emergency kit?

Blanket, small shovel, fire extinguisher, energy bars, Leatherman, and a fully stocked trauma kit including all the good bits.
by Downeastah
Sat Jan 03, 2015 9:17 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: stinky HSA
Replies: 16
Views: 3691

Re: stinky HSA

Put it all in WFIOX and balance it out with other accounts (401k, IRA, etc.). And/or rollover to an HSA somewhere else once a year. Excellent, thanks. A preliminary look shows every 12 months I can do the trustee to trustee rollover and not pay any taxes. Health Savings Administrators has some grea...
by Downeastah
Thu Jan 01, 2015 12:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you drive, and why?
Replies: 255
Views: 39882

Re: What do you drive, and why?

A 2012 Honda Pilot. I needed something reliable, 4wd, comfortable, fairly decent on gas and ability to tow 3000 lbs. Our second vehicle is a 2011 Forester. Same reasons as the Honda sans towing.
by Downeastah
Fri Dec 19, 2014 11:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Android / Windows Audio Playlist Editing
Replies: 5
Views: 1275

Re: Android / Windows Audio Playlist Editing

I think MusicBee could probably do this. Very customizable, and it's free.

http://getmusicbee.com/
by Downeastah
Fri Dec 19, 2014 11:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gaming PC for son, buy or build?
Replies: 63
Views: 7854

Re: Gaming PC for son, buy or build?

Lifehacker has some pretty good tutorials for PC building. I spent a lot of time researching this last year but got lazy and ordered a gaming PC from Falcon Northwest. Someday I'll give it a go.
by Downeastah
Mon Dec 08, 2014 8:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suspicious House Odor
Replies: 22
Views: 5691

Re: Suspicious House Odor

Is the base of the toilet loose? Maybe the wax seal has come unseated for some reason? Also check to see if the ventilation pipe is clear. If you have a shower/tub that is rarely used, run some water down the train for a few minutes. Water can evaporate from the trap over time allowing gases to come...
by Downeastah
Sat Dec 06, 2014 7:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who Paid for the wedding?
Replies: 94
Views: 11637

Re: Who Paid for the wedding?

My wife and I paid for our own wedding and reception 28 years ago. Our parents paid for a dinner the night before. We had the reception at the Coast Guard base and only paid $250 for the use of the facilities, and a bit more for the catering, also compliments of the US Coast Guard. Neither one of us...
by Downeastah
Wed Dec 03, 2014 11:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any regrets going from iOS to Android phone?
Replies: 27
Views: 5008

Re: Any regrets going from iOS to Android phone?

iPhone 4s to MotoX and no regrets at all.
by Downeastah
Tue Nov 11, 2014 7:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Most Efficient Human Powered Boat
Replies: 13
Views: 3159

Re: Most Efficient Human Powered Boat

Get yourself a canoe from Placid Boatworks in Lake Placid New York. I have one, a 15ft solo Rapid Fire made of carbon fiber and kevlar, only 23 lbs. It is sleek, extremely maneuverable, and very, very fast. I cover a lot of water with very little effort.
by Downeastah
Thu Nov 06, 2014 8:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Investing when one spouse is older
Replies: 10
Views: 1916

Re: Investing when one spouse is older

12 year age difference here as well. Both of us still working, me full time, SO part-time. All of our investments are in tax deferred accounts and set up as one portfolio. SO will retire before me, and I will gradually reduce my hours/week. The majority of our retirement funds are in my 401k as it c...
by Downeastah
Sun Oct 19, 2014 7:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Upgraded to OS X 10.10 Yosemite
Replies: 38
Views: 6438

Re: Upgraded to OS X 10.10 Yosemite

Just upgraded my mid 2010 MBP with no issues. I actually like it.
by Downeastah
Sat Oct 18, 2014 12:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Deleted
Replies: 151
Views: 18269

Re: "I've had it" at work - how often

50 yo, Pathology. Yes, pretty much on a weekly basis. The medical field used to be a great place to work, not so much anymore. I'll stick it out for another 8-10 years, then I'm done. If I didn't have so much invested in time, education, etc. I would have done it about ten years ago when all the BS ...
by Downeastah
Thu Aug 28, 2014 4:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2015 Quicken for Mac
Replies: 1
Views: 557

2015 Quicken for Mac

New, updated release............http://www.quicken.com/mac. I just switched all my financials back to Quicken for Windows, go figure :oops:
by Downeastah
Mon Aug 25, 2014 7:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garden 2014 - late summer report
Replies: 9
Views: 1109

Re: Garden 2014 - late summer report

TheGreyingDuke wrote: KimChi is being made as we speak
I've always wanted to make this. Care to share your favourite recipe?
by Downeastah
Sun Aug 24, 2014 4:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garden 2014 - late summer report
Replies: 9
Views: 1109

Re: Garden 2014 - late summer report

Try some shade cloth over the spinach to keep the hot sun off of it. I just planted some spinach as well along with Kale, beets, radishes and turnips. We got some tomatoes, but not as good as last year. August has been kinda of cool here in Maine thus the "just ok tomatoes." I hope to get a couple o...
by Downeastah
Mon Aug 18, 2014 6:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Deck - Best Method of Treatment
Replies: 28
Views: 5582

Re: Deck - Best Method of Treatment

I live in Maine and get a ton of snow, and full afternoon sun, but that's not my problem. I have two very active German Shorthaired Pointers, and their claws scratch the heck out of my deck finish. I have only used Cabot but hesitate to go with anything else until I can find something that will stan...
by Downeastah
Fri Aug 08, 2014 8:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying land and building house
Replies: 22
Views: 4121

Re: Buying land and building house

To the OP, as others have said you are likely building something that might not be of interest to a lot of other people. Dave I tend to disagree here. Have you read about the Tiny House Movement? I believe we are going to see more and more people going down this path. People are beginning to realiz...
by Downeastah
Tue Jul 15, 2014 6:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a camper
Replies: 26
Views: 5135

Re: Buying a camper

What we want * a place to sleep that is dry - sleeping 5-6 would be good, but could make due with sleeping for four * fast set up and tear down (ideally a hard side, not a popup, although a pull out bed or something wouldn't be too bad) * air flow in the sleeping area (needs windows/screens, a conv...
by Downeastah
Sun Mar 02, 2014 6:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cheap ammo
Replies: 32
Views: 4739

Re: Cheap ammo

There's no such thing as cheap ammo anymore. Glad I bought my stockpile of 5.56 and 9mm a few years ago. I used to shoot quite often, but now I only go out every couple of months.
by Downeastah
Sat Dec 14, 2013 11:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bluetooth Keyboard for laptop
Replies: 5
Views: 553

Re: Bluetooth Keyboard for laptop

I use this one for both laptop and desktop. It's Bluetooth, holds a charge for quite some time, and pairs well with Mac and Windows. Yes, it is on the smaller side, about the size of a MacBook Pro keyboard, but a nice feel to the keys, and they illuminate. http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Bluetooth-Il...
by Downeastah
Sat Dec 07, 2013 8:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Could use some help with cheap gaming computer
Replies: 43
Views: 3436

Re: Could use some help with cheap gaming computer

Selling a Dell XPS 8300 Desktop. Used for about a year, but in very good condition. Specs: - Intel Core i7-2600 processor @ 3.40 GHz - 8 GB of RAM DDR3 - 1.35 TB hard drive - 1 GB AMD Radeon HD 6770 Graphics Card - DVD+/-RW Drive - Wireless-N card - Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Operating System - ...
by Downeastah
Mon Jun 10, 2013 7:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dry, breathable, lightweight, reasonably priced rain shell
Replies: 59
Views: 5481

Re: Dry, breathable, lightweight, reasonably priced rain she

I highly recommend EMS.......http://www.ems.com/product/index.jsp?productId=12331245&lmdn=Brand&cp=11373233.18812916. I've used their product line for years...backpacks, tents, winter jackets, rain gear, etc etc and never a major issue. I've had a few minor problems in the past, but they stand by th...
by Downeastah
Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car servicing at dealership or local mechanic??
Replies: 39
Views: 3430

Re: Car servicing at dealership or local mechanic??

The only reasons I can see to go to a dealer are for warranty work or recalls. Otherwise, I have a local mechanic I trust. He does good work, is not too expensive, and is honest. I have been cheated on several occasions at dealers and try to avoid their service departments, if I can. Jeff I complet...
by Downeastah
Mon Dec 24, 2012 4:47 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Merry Christmas to All
Replies: 22
Views: 1719

Re: OT: but Merry Christmas

....and Merry Christmas to you as well! :sharebeer