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by Feb29
Sun Aug 16, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: USPS shipping: Caveat Emptor
Replies: 79
Views: 4708

Re: USPS shipping: Caveat Emptor

Similar to my experience with a priority package from a La Verne, CA to Chicago, IL. Was supposed to take 3 days. In actuality it took 20 days.
by Feb29
Fri Feb 07, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cars for kids upon college graduation
Replies: 48
Views: 3105

Re: Cars for kids upon college graduation

When both of our kids were halfway through college we gave them each a Honda Civic that was our family car. The cars were well maintained with about 60K miles.
by Feb29
Thu Feb 06, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the best concert you ever witnessed?
Replies: 434
Views: 31415

Re: What is the best concert you ever witnessed?

I've seen tons of concerts but the one that stands out was a 1975 concert in a gym at the University of Buffalo featuring Flo and Eddie along with Dr. John the Night-Tripper.
by Feb29
Tue Oct 22, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time for a new car - Corolla or Civic...
Replies: 106
Views: 12333

Re: Time for a new car - Corolla or Civic...

I believe Honda's reliability has gone down. I say this as an owner of 4 Civics and an Odyssey. Last year I got my first Toyota, a Highlander. When it's time to replace the Civic, I will be getting a Camry.
by Feb29
Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Withdrawals During Retirement - Yearly, Quarterly, Monthly?
Replies: 51
Views: 8021

Re: Withdrawals During Retirement - Yearly, Quarterly, Monthly?

I usually withdraw twice a year into a money market fund. That allows me to stay on top of my investments, but minimizes the effort.
by Feb29
Mon Jun 17, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My Cost of Progressive Lenses/glasses - did I pay too much?
Replies: 69
Views: 5740

Re: My Cost of Progressive Lenses/glasses - did I pay too much?

Yes, that sounds pretty high. I paid $260 at Costco: $60 for the frames, and $200 for the lenses with anti-reflective, anti-scratch, and Transitions.
by Feb29
Mon Jun 17, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Radon levels in home
Replies: 50
Views: 5429

Re: Radon levels in home

Our basement had a radon reading of just over 4.0. I got a radon remediation guy to install a system for $1000. Our reading went down to 0.7. I now have no worries about being in the basement or any other part of the house.
by Feb29
Sat Feb 09, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for gearheads on Honda Pilot/Passport reliability
Replies: 46
Views: 3509

Re: Question for gearheads on Honda Pilot/Passport reliability

I was a long-time Honda owner (5 vehicles). They used to be reliable, but after recent headaches with my Odyssey and Civic, I decided no more Hondas. I just went over to Toyota.
by Feb29
Sat Feb 09, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendation for home gym (limited space)
Replies: 78
Views: 7564

Re: Recommendation for home gym (limited space)

I work out 3 days a week in my basement. I do the NordicTrack for cardiovascular and I do free weights for strength. I used to have a weight bench, but I sold it and now just do the free weights. That seems to work very well for me.
by Feb29
Fri Dec 14, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it difficult to change a baby's legal name?
Replies: 70
Views: 3265

Re: Is it difficult to change a baby's legal name?

When my daughter was 5 we legally changed her first name to the nickname everyone knew her by (Molly). It was fairly easy. We just filled out a petition for a name change, arranged for a county court date, and met with the judge who approved the request. The judge thought it was sweet that my daugh...
by Feb29
Fri Dec 14, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it difficult to change a baby's legal name?
Replies: 70
Views: 3265

Re: Is it difficult to change a baby's legal name?

When my daughter was 5 we legally changed her first name to the nickname everyone knew her by (Molly). It was fairly easy. We just filled out a petition for a name change, arranged for a county court date, and met with the judge who approved the request. The judge thought it was sweet that my daught...
by Feb29
Fri Dec 14, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Purchase of 2018?
Replies: 264
Views: 23757

Re: Favorite Purchase of 2018?

A Primaluna Dialogue vacuum tube amplifier for my hifi.
by Feb29
Fri Dec 07, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where have the turtleneck base layer shirts gone?
Replies: 13
Views: 2114

Re: Where have the turtleneck base layer shirts gone?

I'm a big fan of Smartwool neck gaiters. They give me a lot more flexibility than a turtleneck.
by Feb29
Fri Dec 07, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Stressed/Job loss/Retirement possible?
Replies: 34
Views: 4512

Re: Stressed/Job loss/Retirement possible?

I'm sorry to hear about your job loss. I was shocked when I was downsized at age 60. After unsuccessful job hunting for about a year on unemployment I decided to retire. My wife retired from her part-time job shortly after that. Our savings were not as large as I had planned, but they were enough to...
by Feb29
Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: ‘01 Honda Odyssey: won’t start, needs $2700 repair. Junk it or fix?
Replies: 65
Views: 4874

Re: ‘01 Honda Odyssey: won’t start, needs $2700 repair. Junk it or fix?

I currently own a 2000 Odyssey that needed a transmission replacement since 130K miles. Also a/c, rear power windows, and a few other things don't work. And I did all scheduled maintenance throughout the years. I'm donating it to a charity. BTW this was my fifth and last Honda. Just replaced it with...
by Feb29
Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why is Costco gas so much cheaper
Replies: 119
Views: 12070

Re: Why is Costco gas so much cheaper

In the Chicagoland western suburbs Costco gas is usually 5 cents to 25 cents cheaper per gallon than the best competition.
by Feb29
Fri Nov 23, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: H&R Block 2018 Tax Software Deluxe $18.00 - Black Friday sale
Replies: 314
Views: 30663

Re: H&R Block 2018 Tax Software Deluxe Federal + State $29.95

As a Black Friday special Amazon is offering H&R Block Federal + State 2018 for $18 as a download.
by Feb29
Fri Nov 23, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Black Friday 2018
Replies: 123
Views: 17099

Re: Black Friday 2018

I just got H&R Block Federal + State 2018 for $18. on Amazon.
by Feb29
Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Point and shoot camera
Replies: 130
Views: 7495

Re: Point and shoot camera

Agree with suggestions for the Canon Powershot ELPH 360 (~$170). It's small enough to easily fit in your pocket and it has lots of functionality.
by Feb29
Sat Oct 27, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Indoor Play toys for toddler
Replies: 31
Views: 2021

Re: Indoor Play toys for toddler

As mentioned above the Step2 climber/slide is great. Also, Mega Blocks (larger than Lego and Duplo). Reconsider going outside in the winter. I babysit my 2.5 year grandson twice a week and here in Chicagoland we go outside all the time (except if the temp is below zero). Lately we've been getting a ...
by Feb29
Sat Oct 27, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Memberships/Subscriptions Are Most Valuable To You?
Replies: 68
Views: 5648

Re: What Memberships/Subscriptions Are Most Valuable To You?

Brookfield Zoo*
Morton Arboretum*
DuPage Children's Museum*
Costco
* for activities with my grandson
by Feb29
Sat Oct 27, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gutters and gutter guards
Replies: 64
Views: 12319

Re: Gutters and gutter guards

My gutters get locust leaves and branchlets, regular-type leaves, spruce needles, spruce cones and bird nests. Over the years I've tried many different DIY products including foam, and several types of plastic covers with perforated holes. I've ended up ripping them all out because they all failed d...
by Feb29
Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: physics/math major looking for programmer/analyst job?
Replies: 111
Views: 11749

Re: physics/math major looking for programmer/analyst job?

Many years ago I graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from a state school in Illinois. A few years later I decided to get a second B.S. degree. So, I went to a different school in the state system and I got a second B.S. degree in Computer Science. The second school only required that I take 12 compu...
by Feb29
Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Questions to ask a siding contractor...what are 'red flags'?
Replies: 8
Views: 906

Re: Questions to ask a siding contractor...what are 'red flags'?

The first thing you should do is research all of the siding products available (vinyl, insulated vinyl, Hardiboard, LP Smartside, etc.) Learn the advantages and disadvantages of each. Ask a lot of questions when the contractors are giving you bids on the job. Your goal is to ensure they do a proper ...
by Feb29
Fri Feb 02, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Substitute for taking a shower?
Replies: 64
Views: 8408

Re: Substitute for taking a shower?

There is a specific product available as a shower substitute. My wife used them after surgeries when showers weren't allowed. And both of us use them now on camping trips on days when we don't shower. Two products we've got from REI are: No Rinse Bathing Wipes or Wilderness Wipes (8 thick cloths for...
by Feb29
Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5777
Views: 1379923

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

During the holidays I saw "Christmas in Connecticut" again. It's sweet and funny. And Barbara Stanwyck is a hoot!
by Feb29
Sun Jun 04, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Beginner needs help choosing which compact camera to buy!
Replies: 16
Views: 1661

Re: Beginner needs help choosing which compact camera to buy!

As a beginner you don't need to spend that much money. You can get a very good camera that fits in your pocket for under $200. Consider the Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 HS. This website has reliable reviews and solid advice:

http://www.consumersearch.com/digital-camera-reviews
by Feb29
Tue Sep 27, 2016 3:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smartphone Case
Replies: 15
Views: 1791

Re: Smartphone Case

I really like the slim-fitting soft case made by bodyglove. Bought it at Walmart for $4.88.
by Feb29
Wed Sep 21, 2016 10:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amtrak trip
Replies: 13
Views: 2456

Re: Amtrak trip

Or fly to Seattle and LA, then take the train from LA to Chicago. Two years ago my wife and I had a roomette from Chicago to LA, then from Portland to Chicago. We got a kick out of the tiny roomette. All of your meals are included as a sleeper passenger, and this is a great opportunity to meet a var...
by Feb29
Fri Aug 19, 2016 9:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Restaurant Stop on Road Trips
Replies: 142
Views: 17081

Re: Favorite Restaurant Stop on Road Trips

Chick Fil-A or Culvers.
And always stop in Nebraska for an original Runza sandwich. They are so delicious and easy to eat while driving.
by Feb29
Sun Aug 14, 2016 11:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Request for recommendations: English Mystery TV series
Replies: 82
Views: 12814

Re: Request for recommendations: English Mystery TV series

I've watched a lot of British detective series. I thought these were the best:
- DCI Banks
- Prime Suspect
- Murder in Suburbia
- The Last Detective
- Inspector Lynley
- Endeavour

Also, if you're into British spy series: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Smiley's People are excellent.
by Feb29
Fri Aug 05, 2016 8:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco rotisserie chicken
Replies: 102
Views: 23621

Re: Costco rotisserie chicken

I dice the leftover pieces, then add to marinara sauce, then serve over ravioli.
The smaller pieces are used to make chicken salad sandwiches.
by Feb29
Wed Jul 20, 2016 1:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tires for Honda Civic
Replies: 39
Views: 8033

Re: Tires for Honda Civic

I'm on my 4th Civic. I've always had good performance from Michelins. Costco is a good place to buy them.
by Feb29
Wed Jul 20, 2016 1:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stinky Washing Machine [SOLVED]
Replies: 44
Views: 5866

Re: Stinky Washing Machine

Get rid of the old smelly washer and get a Speed Queen top loader.
by Feb29
Sun Jun 26, 2016 11:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: best wristwatch for the price
Replies: 87
Views: 11052

Re: best wristwatch for the price

If you're buying to wear at the office, then a Citizen or a Seiko are good values. You can frequently get either at a department store on sale.
by Feb29
Fri Jun 10, 2016 8:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it worth it for us to purchase an umbrella policy?
Replies: 47
Views: 9725

Re: Is it worth it for us to purchase an umbrella policy?

An umbrella policy is most useful if you have a high net worth that you want to protect.
Insurance rates are higher for people who are under 26 and unmarried.
by Feb29
Wed Jun 08, 2016 3:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Window replacement - any advice? Lessons learned?
Replies: 63
Views: 16249

Re: Window replacement - any advice? Lessons learned?

I had 29 casement windows replaced in 2008 by Renewal by Anderson. I wanted a no-maintenance high quality composite material inside and out so I considered Marvin and Anderson. Marvin's bid was 30K, Anderson's bid was discounted by 5K to 25K. So I went with Anderson. The installation was top-notch, ...
by Feb29
Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Correcting Zillow Data?
Replies: 10
Views: 2623

Re: Correcting Zillow Data?

Yes, I'm referring to the Z-estimate. I have more bedrooms and square footage then they list.
by Feb29
Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Correcting Zillow Data?
Replies: 10
Views: 2623

Correcting Zillow Data?

I noticed that Zillow does not have accurate data for my house. Are there any pros or cons to correcting that info?
by Feb29
Thu Mar 31, 2016 5:19 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: leaving vanguard due to math errors / poor customer service?
Replies: 107
Views: 17572

Re: leaving vanguard due to math errors / poor customer service?

I sold some Wellington last year. I was surprised when the 1099-B showed a gain of 1K more than I expected. I ran all the numbers and my cost basis for a prior sale was OK, but the basis for last year's sale doesn't match theirs. A couple of years ago the account was switched to Admiral with a diffe...
by Feb29
Wed Mar 23, 2016 2:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dishwasher recommendation.
Replies: 44
Views: 5922

Re: Dishwasher recommendation.

another very satisfied Bosch user. It works well and it's quiet.
by Feb29
Wed Mar 23, 2016 2:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to select good contractors. Angie's list has changed.
Replies: 33
Views: 9122

Re: How to select good contractors. Angie's list has changed.

Researchers who have studied the internet assert that 10%-30% of the reviews are fake, and that there are currently hundreds of people who are paid to write either positive or negative reviews for products or services. This applies to Yelp, TripAdvisor, Google reviews, Amazon, etc. By having a $60 y...
by Feb29
Mon Feb 08, 2016 3:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Denver Vacation (with 6 year old)
Replies: 40
Views: 4470

Re: Denver Vacation (with 6 year old)

I agree with the suggestions to go to Rocky Mountain National Park. We took our kids there for many years. There are several short easy hikes in the Park. And the town of Estes Park has enough in the way of shops and restaurants to keep your interest.
by Feb29
Wed Jan 27, 2016 2:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you pay for exercise?
Replies: 222
Views: 22492

Re: Do you pay for exercise?

No, I don't pay. I work out with an exercise bike, a NordicTrack, and weights in my basement. It's very convenient. I borrow movies and TV series from the library so I always have good stuff to watch.
by Feb29
Fri Oct 16, 2015 2:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Floss aversion
Replies: 56
Views: 9198

Re: Floss aversion

I've found that a woven floss is more effective that the ribbon or waxed type. I like Oral B Deep Clean Ultra.
by Feb29
Thu Oct 01, 2015 2:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Washer died. Seeking recommendations for a top loader.
Replies: 65
Views: 7821

Re: Washer died. Seeking recommendations for a top loader.

After our top-end Maytag Bravos HE washer died, I got a Speed Queen. No more bells, whistles, buzzers or unreliable circuit boards to break. Just a well-built washer that will last a long time.
by Feb29
Thu Oct 01, 2015 2:05 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: [How do I] short a stock
Replies: 28
Views: 3557

Re: I would like to short a stock that just reverse split.. how the hell do I short?

The Boglehead Wiki has clear and well written articles on investing.
by Feb29
Wed Aug 19, 2015 5:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: washing machine [Recommendations for]
Replies: 50
Views: 17239

Re: washing machine

After getting a $400 repair estimate for 3 year old Maytag HE washer, I spent a lot of time and discovered Speed Queen. It's designed and built to last. Very strongly recommended.
by Feb29
Thu Jul 30, 2015 10:12 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Slate Article: Dream on Babyboomers-Semiretirement is a Myth
Replies: 53
Views: 10014

Re: Slate Article: Dream on Babyboomers-Semiretirement is a Myth

I love articles that start out appearing to be objective. Then at the end we see the real agenda: write to Congress and demand they increase Social Security payments "with the bill paid by the wealthy".
by Feb29
Sun Jun 21, 2015 10:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Natural Gas Heated Home w/o Flue?
Replies: 17
Views: 2749

Re: Natural Gas Heated Home w/o Flue?

The house may have a high efficiency furnace that runs the exhaust through PVC pipe at ground level.