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by westie
Mon May 28, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vacation Rental Question
Replies: 5
Views: 794

Re: Vacation Rental Question

I'm sure you might be able to strike a deal with someone. I own a rental property along the Delaware seashore that I Airbnb. Personally I wouldn't do it because I'd lose protections i.e., shadow security deposit/insurance against damage - granted through Airbnb. Read property reviews no matter who y...
by westie
Sun May 20, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can I retire? Input and advice is welcome!
Replies: 29
Views: 3863

Re: Can I retire? Input and advice is welcome!

I say do it, if it doesn't work for you, you're the only one who'll miss a meal.
by westie
Thu May 17, 2018 7:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bed Bugs
Replies: 42
Views: 4505

Re: Bed Bugs

Two concerns here, getting rid of the bugs and relieving your wife's fears. Pay a professional to do it, maybe get another estimate before you schedule it.
by westie
Tue May 15, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Popular Mechanics magazine scam [subscription won't stop]
Replies: 31
Views: 5497

Re: Popular Mechanics magazine scam [subscription won't stop]

took me 7 months to stop receiving the WSJ after my subscription ended.
by westie
Thu May 10, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's the view on dogs running free?
Replies: 110
Views: 5690

Re: What's the view on dogs running free?

Dog lover here but understand it if you don't want the dog in your yard.


I'd ask then nicely to control their pet, if it continues I'd ask him to buy you an electric fence for your yard. Plan C is to call animal control, if all else fails.
by westie
Tue May 01, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fiber cable on front lawn
Replies: 39
Views: 2661

Re: Fiber cable on front lawn

have you called Comcast yourself? If not, do it everyday asking to speak to a supervisor reminding them this is a liability issue you want addressed immediately. Always ask for their name.
by westie
Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How did you tell the boss you're leaving/retiring?
Replies: 129
Views: 9513

Re: How did you tell the boss you're leaving/retiring?

Your boss may be having the same conversation with himself. I bet he cares less about it than you do.
by westie
Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen features
Replies: 108
Views: 7971

Re: Kitchen features

mentioned here numerous times .... insta-hot water at the sink, my last home had it, I miss it a lot.
by westie
Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Family trip, Southwest USA
Replies: 27
Views: 2276

Re: Family trip, Southwest USA

fly to Vegas, plan your trip starting there.
by westie
Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Las Vegas hotel
Replies: 44
Views: 3335

Re: Las Vegas hotel

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by westie
Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Las Vegas hotel
Replies: 44
Views: 3335

Re: Las Vegas hotel

I prefer the Embassy Suites a few blocks off the strip, no resort fee, free parking.
by westie
Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lessons learned with Booking.com and VRBO
Replies: 13
Views: 3111

Re: Lessons learned with Booking.com and VRBO

I wouldn't use booking sites, go through the specific hotel/motel. I rented a hotel room on a booking site then realized as soon as I got off the phone it was the wrong day. Called immediately to both the booking site and the hotel to rectify date which was more than 2 months in advance ..... neithe...
by westie
Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Grass is always greener, federal edition
Replies: 59
Views: 6778

Re: Grass is always greener, federal edition

I retired in 2007 at 55 from the federal government under the old cadillac CSRS. They have religiously direct deposited $9000+ in my bank account every month since I left. Additionally I was also able to participate in the TSP (no matching) and will be covered by Federal Health Benefit Plan (FEHB) u...
by westie
Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Experience selling car to Carmax?
Replies: 103
Views: 134183

Re: Experience selling car to Carmax?

Most dealers prefer to negotiate both prices (trade-in offer/purchase price of another vehicle) at the same time, different paradigm then simply selling your car.
by westie
Mon Apr 02, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 694
Views: 75150

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Peaky Blinders - great series -- 4 seasons 6 episodes a season
by westie
Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tired of gas grills rusting out...
Replies: 54
Views: 4462

Re: Tired of gas grills rusting out...

buy 4 grills at $200 a piece or 1 Weber grill for $800.
by westie
Fri Mar 30, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HOA vs No-HOA
Replies: 94
Views: 11650

Re: HOA vs No-HOA

the HOA where I live is great. Board is filled with reasonable people with common sense. Got 2 emails in the last 10 days, they'll be fertilizing between these dates and asking if I prefer brown or black mulch in my flower beds.
by westie
Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Denver to Salt Lake City
Replies: 12
Views: 1349

Re: Denver to Salt Lake City

Million Dollar Highway, Ouray to Durango

:thumbsup
by westie
Sun Mar 25, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: London Hotels
Replies: 59
Views: 4149

Re: London Hotels

Premier Inn - Victoria ---- 3 min walk to Victoria Station
by westie
Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you wear a wedding band? [at a job interview]
Replies: 157
Views: 10438

Re: Do you wear a wedding band? [at a job interview]

Before I lost it, I always wore my wedding band at work and during job interviews. It was thick and uncomfortable. Not sure what happened to it, so waited for it to turn up (a few days) and then decided to buy one on Ebay. Looked like a dead ringer for the one I lost. Worked out well for about 10 da...
by westie
Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you think it is worth the money to travel to warm weather destinations during the winter?
Replies: 77
Views: 7132

Re: Do you think it is worth the money to travel to warm weather destinations during the winter?

Florida is expensive this time of year. We've found it more economical to find a 5-7 day cruise leaving from a Florida port for $600-$800 a piece than to rent a vehicle there, rent somewhere to stay, and eating in restaurants for 5-7 days. Florida is no bargain this time a year and neither are sprin...
by westie
Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Scotland/Ireland/Northern UK
Replies: 6
Views: 638

Re: Scotland/Ireland/Northern UK

check out what the Irish call the 8th wonder of the world, the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland when you can.
by westie
Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to stop mail for former occupants?
Replies: 103
Views: 6527

Re: How to stop mail for former occupants?

I got a wonderful fruit basket when the prior owners dad passed away.
by westie
Fri Feb 02, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips on Buying a Class-B RV
Replies: 115
Views: 10146

Re: Tips on Buying a Class-B RV

buy used, save money
by westie
Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Does Airbnb 14 day rule apply only to primary residence ?
Replies: 4
Views: 870

Re: Does Airbnb 14 day rule apply only to primary residence ?

not sure what you're getting at but you can only have one primary residence at a time.
by westie
Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Solar window film
Replies: 18
Views: 1234

Re: Solar window film

+1 for 3M window film products and professional installation.
by westie
Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AirBnB my Van?
Replies: 29
Views: 2969

Re: AirBnB my Van?

I'd go with the Airbnb strict cancellation policy.
by westie
Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Besides Bogleheads, What Are Your Favorite Forums?
Replies: 92
Views: 11012

Re: Besides Bogleheads, What Are Your Favorite Forums?

sportshoopla has active forums for many topics i.e, automotive, politics, travel, tech, entertainment, all kind of sports ....
by westie
Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you finding any good values at Amazon anymore?
Replies: 169
Views: 20824

Re: Are you finding any good values at Amazon anymore?

My adult kids bought a number of Xmas presents from Amazon and had them delivered to my no sales tax state 2 hours away.. We have Prime, I like the music and video component too. If something isn't delivered on the day they schedule it, call them, they add a month to your Prime subscription.
by westie
Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pre-purchase inspection: dealership or private mechanic?
Replies: 17
Views: 1712

Re: Pre-purchase inspection: dealership or private mechanic?

2014 Buick with 14K miles? I'd drive it, look at the carfax report which I assume you've already done and base my decision on that.
by westie
Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: First time Medicare question
Replies: 18
Views: 1153

Re: First time Medicare question

Something seems wrong here. If you have supplemental insurance it should cover what Medicare doesn't. I started Medicare in August, haven't been asked to pay a dime and I've had CT scans, MRI's, visits with specialist in another state etc etc.
by westie
Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AirBnB my Van?
Replies: 29
Views: 2969

Re: AirBnB my Van?

I've seen people rent tents in their backyards on AirBnb.
by westie
Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Plow Guy Raised Rates
Replies: 112
Views: 10146

Re: Plow Guy Raised Rates

OP - did you talk to any competitors? We need closure It's quite possible he's out shoveling. We've got about 9 inches so far with another 2 or 3 hours to go. I've done 2 passes plowing with my Wrangler. I expect in Maine, he's getting similar weather. I called two people to get prices. One came by...
by westie
Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Airbnb - Guide a beginner
Replies: 28
Views: 3071

Re: Airbnb - Guide a beginner

I operate an AirBnb in a beach town. I recommend renting from someone who has many positive reviews. We've had great experiences with tenants. We like to meet each tenant and answer any questions they have about the home or area. Clear communications between hosts and tenants is the key to success.
by westie
Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Appointment Calendars from the past
Replies: 28
Views: 2485

Re: Appointment Calendars from the past

wife and I enjoyed looking back at those calendars and remembering the activities the kids were involved with. No need to keep them forever but they're fun to keep around if you have the space available.
by westie
Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for 72 hours in Dublin, Ireland
Replies: 27
Views: 1529

Re: Recommendations for 72 hours in Dublin, Ireland

One day to get your bearings on the HOHO bus should do. Dublin is a walkable city. There are bicycle tours if you're so inclined.
by westie
Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Plow Guy Raised Rates
Replies: 112
Views: 10146

Re: Plow Guy Raised Rates

if this is about principle instead of $5, would those "principled" posters here consider finding a new vendor if the snow plow guy dropped his prices $5 this year instead of raising it $5? After all, the guy said the price would remain the same. Would you insist on paying last years rate? Who's kidd...
by westie
Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Water Heater Install $1,800!
Replies: 94
Views: 17582

Re: Water Heater Install $1,800!

If feasible, give some thought to having your WH installed in your garage instead of inside the house. Easier to install, maintain, and eliminates worry about leaks.
by westie
Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: NC or SC beach area summer rentals for big group
Replies: 19
Views: 1175

Re: NC or SC beach area summer rentals for big group

whatever you decide, do it quickly. I own a property at the beach that I AirBnB and I'm usually 90% booked by April 1st.
by westie
Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Plow Guy Raised Rates
Replies: 112
Views: 10146

Re: Plow Guy Raised Rates

Buy a shovel and dig out yourself, that'll show em! Good lord ....$5? lol
by westie
Thu Dec 28, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ford Fusion under Safety Recall for 2 Years - Ford Can't Fix - help
Replies: 49
Views: 5546

Re: Ford Fusion under Safety Recall for 2 Years - Ford Can't Fix - help

My son drove his Honda into the dealership with two car seats in the back. He was in a rental that day. 4 weeks later his car was returned fixed.
by westie
Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New job offer - background check
Replies: 140
Views: 8453

Re: New job offer - background check

Criminal records generally remain public indefinitely. At some point in the future you may want to contact an attorney and discuss your records being expunged. If you agreed to a background check you must have signed a release for them to check your background. You should have a copy of the release ...
by westie
Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Honda CRV is MotorTrend's SUV of the year
Replies: 87
Views: 9223

Re: New Honda CRV is MotorTrend's SUV of the year

not a Honda fanatic but I have to admit the all-new 2018 Honda Accord has piqued my interest in a new car after watching some reviews.
by westie
Sat Dec 16, 2017 7:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Uber vs Ambulance - HUGE cost difference
Replies: 85
Views: 11577

Re: Uber vs Ambulance - HUGE cost difference

My local town fire department has a program whereby if you pay $75 a year they will cover the cost of ambulance services that your insurance won't pay.
by westie
Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Price of haircut?
Replies: 194
Views: 12743

Re: Price of haircut?

wife does mine, I only charge her $10 to run her hands through my imaginary long thick hair.
by westie
Sat Nov 25, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: best cordless drill??
Replies: 71
Views: 5403

Re: best cordless drill??

My next drill will have a light so I can see what I'm doing