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by daggerboard
Thu Jan 09, 2020 1:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To repair or not
Replies: 16
Views: 1335

Re: To repair or not

Thank you all.
by daggerboard
Thu Jan 09, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To repair or not
Replies: 16
Views: 1335

To repair or not

We own a 10 year old car, and need to figure out if we should repair cosmetic damage that have accumulated over the years or not. Car (Toyota) is 10 years old, and given a variety of reasons including the need for a larger car, we will likely replace the car in the next 12-24 months Time, my kids, e...
by daggerboard
Mon May 20, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Essen Germany...what’s around ?
Replies: 12
Views: 706

Re: Essen Germany...what’s around ?

Near-in: Essen is part of larger Ruhrvalley area, many things to do w easy public transport or short car drives: * Cologne - Cathedral, Roman musuem underneath the cathedral is cool * Duesseldorf - great old city with bars and breweries (also have guided brewery tours in english where you get to try...
by daggerboard
Mon Mar 04, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Make-ahead "scalable" family meals
Replies: 16
Views: 1707

Re: Make-ahead "scalable" family meals

Thanks all for the suggestions, will explore them!

Curious to see how kids will react to gumbo/okra :)
by daggerboard
Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Make-ahead "scalable" family meals
Replies: 16
Views: 1707

Make-ahead "scalable" family meals

All, Can you recommend good make-ahead family meals? We cook a big batch of something each weekend, and then use that for dinner for the next 3-4 week nights. Boring, but with two working parents, such is life. I am growing a bit bored of our portfolio, and was wondering if this forum had some recom...
by daggerboard
Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pregnant wife asks for Malaysian low-salt food delivery
Replies: 26
Views: 3043

Re: Malaysian Food in Chicago... Seriously!!!

I know there are entire cottage industries in larger cities where specific ethnic cooks travel from house to house to prepare a multi-meal bonanza while the customers are out. Best I know there is a real movement around this with various Indian cuisines ... no idea if the same is available for Malay...
by daggerboard
Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Remodeling - tipping?
Replies: 56
Views: 3335

Re: Remodeling - tipping?

OP here. Apparently I hit a nerve. Really didn't think this would call in the soapbox battalion. If you read my original question (vs. skimming two, three words and then getting all upset), please note that in fact I was not inclined to tip, but rather thinking of making a non-monetary gift to the G...
by daggerboard
Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Remodeling - tipping?
Replies: 56
Views: 3335

Re: Remodeling - tipping?

Sandtrap wrote:
Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:50 am
A bottle of nice whiskey for the GC and designer.
What type of whiskey?
I prefer Islay, I a like to gift stuff I would enjoy myself.

I'd have to go to my local purveyor but maybe a Lagavulin 16 or something like that.
by daggerboard
Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Remodeling - tipping?
Replies: 56
Views: 3335

Remodeling - tipping?

Hi All, We are in the final week or so of a major remodel (kitchen, dining room, living room, repainting 50% of inside of house etc), which involved designer, GC (who did most general work personally), electrician, plumber, painter, and a host of other specialists. Are we expected to tip? The whole ...
by daggerboard
Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Career/Life Advice Needed - When to start a business?
Replies: 20
Views: 1704

Re: Career/Life Advice Needed - When to start a business?

A big question in my mind is if I want to build a high-growth “start-up” company or simply a lifestyle small business… Thank you in advance. This is incredibly important to me so any feedback you can give is greatly appreciated. I am working as an executive in a corp environment now, but have two s...
by daggerboard
Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sconces, fixtures without replaceable bulbs/LEDs
Replies: 14
Views: 886

Re: Sconces, fixtures without replaceable bulbs/LEDs

Thanks - good points. I just cant believe that the lighting industry is going down this path. Unfortunately, of all the available sconces, guess which kind works best for our specific need and tastes. My next door neighbor just remodeled his place and used these irrepairable sconces. But I guess he ...
by daggerboard
Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sconces, fixtures without replaceable bulbs/LEDs
Replies: 14
Views: 886

Sconces, fixtures without replaceable bulbs/LEDs

We are currently redoing our kitchen and as part of that we are painting parts of the house which are also using to update some of our lighting, esp. sconces in the staircases. Many of the options for sconces we are looking at are LED based WHERE THERE IS NO WAY TO REPLACE THE LIGHT BULB/LED WITHOUT...
by daggerboard
Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:07 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Credit report question - expunging invalid derogatory marks
Replies: 10
Views: 1053

Re: Credit report question - expunging invalid derogatory marks

nps wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:45 pm
I would start by getting copies of all three credit reports, then filing disputes with any credit reporting agencies that reported debt that is not hers. She does not need a lawyer for that.
thanks
by daggerboard
Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Credit report question - expunging invalid derogatory marks
Replies: 10
Views: 1053

Credit report question - expunging invalid derogatory marks

A college-age family member recently pulled her credit score (for the first time) and discovered that she has several derogatory marks on her record. They stem from a hospital stay from when she was a minor where her parents apparently didn't pay the bills ($2.5k in total, across three creditors). S...
by daggerboard
Thu Jul 26, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Debt free -- impact on credit score
Replies: 16
Views: 1644

Debt free -- impact on credit score

So we have been debt free (no mortgage, auto loans, school loans etc) for the past 3-4 months. We do however have 2-3 credit cards that we use, but we pay the balance every month, dont pay interest. There is a chance however that we might need credit down the road of we were to upgrade our house mat...
by daggerboard
Sat Jul 21, 2018 12:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sail boat budget
Replies: 13
Views: 2155

Re: Sail boat budget

OP here Sorry for the vague question. Great lakes area (so fresh water but take out of water for off season) Lets assume its a J105 or something similar, say $100k price point Mostly day sailing and some light 2-3 night cruising Occasional regatta but nothing serious, obviously would love to do the ...
by daggerboard
Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sail boat budget
Replies: 13
Views: 2155

Sail boat budget

Any sailors here who can share their annual budget for a sail boat? I assume motor boats are a different animal. Looking in the $50-150k range, likely used, 3-5 years old. Cruising, messing around, no serious racing (i.e. I dont need a new set of sails every season). Curious what to assume as % of b...
by daggerboard
Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What time do you get up in the morning?
Replies: 160
Views: 13981

Re: What time do you get up in the morning?

Still working here. Up at 4:15a M-Fr. In car by 4:30, at gym by 5:10, in office by 6:45-7:15 depending on whether I have early meetings and how snappy my workout is. Out of office by 5pm 90% of time. If I go to work later, I add another 30-60 minutes to my daily 1:45 of commuting, which I try to av...
by daggerboard
Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What time do you get up in the morning?
Replies: 160
Views: 13981

Re: What time do you get up in the morning?

Still working here. Up at 4:15a M-Fr. In car by 4:30, at gym by 5:10, in office by 6:45-7:15 depending on whether I have early meetings and how snappy my workout is. Out of office by 5pm 90% of time. If I go to work later, I add another 30-60 minutes to my daily 1:45 of commuting, which I try to avo...
by daggerboard
Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best Advice You Never Took
Replies: 100
Views: 16010

Re: Best Advice You Never Took

"Never take a job working for a boss you dont like"

As I learned the hard way, truer words ne'er been spoken....
by daggerboard
Fri May 25, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rum and Summer Cocktails
Replies: 30
Views: 2461

Re: Rum and Summer Cocktails

My wife's favorite - and not to be confused with the blended ice smoothie rubbish we commonly associate with this kind of drink: Death & Co.’s Daiquiri Cocktail 2 oz White Rum (Flor de Cana Extra-Dry) 1 oz Lime Juice 1/2 oz Cane Syrup Shake all ingredients with ice, then strain into a coupe. Garnish...
by daggerboard
Fri Apr 27, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Lawyer - how to outsource / offload grunt work for biz dev
Replies: 8
Views: 1319

Re: Lawyer - how to outsource / offload grunt work for biz dev

To be clear: * Its a fairly large firm, but marketing department isnt giving her the support would like to have, same as (shared) admin assistants * She currently is doing this work herself, and in order to better balance her other job responsibilities and family, she is looking to offload the behin...
by daggerboard
Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Lawyer - how to outsource / offload grunt work for biz dev
Replies: 8
Views: 1319

Lawyer - how to outsource / offload grunt work for biz dev

Asking for a family member... Lawyer / partner in a law firm needs help doing grunt / prep-work for business development - researching targets, keeping contact list fresh, sourcing interesting content to share, reminding her to send emails / calls / meet with contacts in network periodically etc. Sh...
by daggerboard
Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Deciding between Pathfinder, Highlander and Pilot
Replies: 21
Views: 3016

Re: Deciding between Pathfinder, Highlander and Pilot

I have a 2011 Highlander. I find it to be a very boring car. Does the job but very "meh". It had some power window issues and small electrical problems but engine and important things have held up too date (knock on wood). Basically this class of car is for the folks who really need a minivan but ar...
by daggerboard
Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen features
Replies: 108
Views: 11711

Re: Kitchen features

You guys rock! Thank you!
by daggerboard
Thu Mar 01, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen features
Replies: 108
Views: 11711

Re: Kitchen features

Great stuff already - tx! Pls keep it coming.
by daggerboard
Thu Mar 01, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen features
Replies: 108
Views: 11711

Kitchen features

Ok, we are taking the plunge and replacing our 20+ year old kitchen this spring/summer. For those that have remodeled in recent years - what kitchen features have you added that were esp good / worth mentioning? Or which features sounded great but turned out impractical / useless? Also, in order to ...
by daggerboard
Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Value of an Elite MBA
Replies: 58
Views: 7322

Re: Value of an Elite MBA

My thoughts: b) Only go to a top school (say top 15) if you are paying your own way otherwise your money is wasted ... f) You need to view everything in context of your starting point; if you are already making $150k and are happy with your career prospects, then the value of going to bschool - unl...
by daggerboard
Sat Feb 24, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Value of an Elite MBA
Replies: 58
Views: 7322

Re: Value of an Elite MBA

I have an MBA from a Top 5 school, so keep that in mind as I answer. I also have been hiring MBAs post my own MBA for 15 yrs. My thoughts: a) Only go to a good school (say top 50) otherwise your time is wasted IMO b) Only go to a top school (say top 15) if you are paying your own way otherwise your ...
by daggerboard
Wed Jan 31, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buy a new car or not?
Replies: 34
Views: 3552

Re: Buy a new car or not?

Not sure how you missed that the car had an extra 100+ hp when you bought it :shock: I wouldn't worry quite so much. Early clutch demise is to be expected when you significantly increase torque, but the motors and rest of the drivetrain are stout enough to handle stage 2 without too much problem. O...
by daggerboard
Wed Jan 31, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buy a new car or not?
Replies: 34
Views: 3552

Re: Buy a new car or not?

It fits in my small-ish city garage and fits by 6'8" frame. ..... We can afford the new car easily - less than 10% of annual income. Any chance you could expand the garage to give you a better choice of cars? Believe me, I have been thinking hard about this. No way to expand the dimensions of the g...
by daggerboard
Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buy a new car or not?
Replies: 34
Views: 3552

Re: Buy a new car or not?

I bought it from a (reputable - ha) used-car dealer. I was looking for a very specific model (I cant fit into a GTI anywhere near as comfortably) and could only find two cars on the market - one at said dealer who specialized in used near-new performance-type cars (lots of cars costing >50-100k Pors...
by daggerboard
Tue Jan 30, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buy a new car or not?
Replies: 34
Views: 3552

Re: Buy a new car or not?

Tx all. So how do you then sell a modified car? Private party only?
by daggerboard
Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buy a new car or not?
Replies: 34
Views: 3552

Buy a new car or not?

My car has been acting up. Should I keep it or drop it? Its a 2012 Golf R - the performance version of the Golf. I bought it used w low mileage, and it was not evident or disclosed to me that the car was significantly modified by the prior owner to Stage 2+: fuel pump, chip set, down pipe, clutch, e...
by daggerboard
Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Instacart vs Amazon Fresh
Replies: 1
Views: 773

Instacart vs Amazon Fresh

Set aside whether or not you want to automate/outsource grocery shopping, if you did decide to do so and you have both Instacart and Amazon Fresh in your area, which would you sign up for the subscription for? $90 ish per year for Insta, $15 per month for Amazon for Prime members to get free deliver...
by daggerboard
Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Indoor or outdoor camera in the garage?
Replies: 8
Views: 1428

Indoor or outdoor camera in the garage?

I am looking to mount a camera in my garage, looking from the wall opposite the main (lifting) garage door. Looking to see what is going on inside the garage. The camera would not be exposed to rain - at least 10ft from door - but can see larger temp and humidity fluctuations than inside a temperatu...
by daggerboard
Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lien on property in foreclosure
Replies: 9
Views: 1344

Re: Lien on property in foreclosure

Thanks all.

I doubt I want to burden myself with the effort of bidding/buying for the sake of "saving" $10k.
by daggerboard
Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lien on property in foreclosure
Replies: 9
Views: 1344

Lien on property in foreclosure

Hi, I have a $10k lien on a property that was just foreclosed on by the city because the owner hasn't paid property taxes. It will soon go to auction, and I am cautiously hopeful that the proceeds will exceed the taxes owed by $50-75k, but who knows. I confidently assume the tax lien gets precedence...
by daggerboard
Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting (young) kids interested in coding
Replies: 81
Views: 7239

Re: Getting (young) kids interested in coding

dk240t wrote:
Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:16 am
Good to see Bogleheads forums still fit into the mold of society at large, where criticizing parenting choices is the national pastime.
Unfortunately, +1
by daggerboard
Tue Sep 19, 2017 3:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting (young) kids interested in coding
Replies: 81
Views: 7239

Re: Getting (young) kids interested in coding

I do not think it is a good idea to try to get people interested in programming. Provide the opportunity. If it's for them, nothing more will be needed. If it's not, exerting pressure will do no good and be resented in time. I didn't ask for ideas how to pressure my kids into doing something they d...
by daggerboard
Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting (young) kids interested in coding
Replies: 81
Views: 7239

Re: Getting (young) kids interested in coding

My parenting tips for a 6 year old: - Turn off the TV (and yes, that includes Youtube) - Send them outside to play Kids get less than 2 hrs of TV a week. When I come home they have red faces and are drenched in sweat from playing outside, with worms and bugs in hand. That said, I would prefer to re...
by daggerboard
Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting (young) kids interested in coding
Replies: 81
Views: 7239

Re: Getting (young) kids interested in coding

Op here. Wow, thanks for the all the replies. Many helpful ideas. Let me clarify a few things: I am an engineer myself and once upon a time earned my living writing code. I also did some fairly involved speech signal and thermodynamics modeling over the years. I have however been bumped up to mgmt f...
by daggerboard
Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting (young) kids interested in coding
Replies: 81
Views: 7239

Getting (young) kids interested in coding

Hi What have you found to be effective tools / games etc. to teach young children how to code? I am not talking about insisting that my 6 year old begins working on a plain vanilla unix box, but rather playful / intuitive games / tools that allow him and later his sister to understand the concept of...
by daggerboard
Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I pay $6K in rent. Am I an idiot for not buying?
Replies: 76
Views: 15155

Re: I pay $6K in rent. Am I an idiot for not buying?

I'm happy with my apartment but friends, co-workers, and family constantly criticize me for not buying and tell me if I don't buy now I may never be able to afford a place if prices keep going the way they are headed. At your income, just smile, shrug and say "How about that Loot Train GoT episode?...
by daggerboard
Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Investment management for trust
Replies: 4
Views: 775

Re: Investment management for trust

Thank you all. I think I will go w Vanguard PAS.
by daggerboard
Tue Aug 08, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Investment management for trust
Replies: 4
Views: 775

Investment management for trust

All, My wife and I are currently setting up our estate plan with the help of a estate planning lawyer. We have young kids, and we are most concerned with nailing down what happens if my wife and I die before the kids are old enough. We are going to create a trust which will capture our financial ass...
by daggerboard
Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice for someone new to Management Consulting
Replies: 6
Views: 1368

Re: Advice for someone new to Management Consulting

I worked at one of the "top 3" strat firms for 7 yrs. I also was part of the career panel that decided bonuses, promotions, firing decisions for well north of a hundred consultants. Biggest piece of advice (which I think holds true anywhere, but is amplified in mgmt consulting) is to practice "upwar...
by daggerboard
Mon Mar 06, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much do you spend on food in a year?
Replies: 155
Views: 12304

Re: How much do you spend on food in a year?

I think I got the high score. Family of 4. Both parents work full time in demanding careers, so food also includes MIL/nanny etc for most meals. Also host in-laws for large family dinners every 1-2 weeks. We also host play dates w dinner etc. So on average we feed 3 adults and 2-3 kids daily. We coo...