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by Nicolas
Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 1457
Views: 149292

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

Rewatching all three seasons of Detectorists , a BBC comedy which aired from 2014-17, great stuff! We borrowed the DVDs from our public library. The lives of two eccentric metal detectorists, who spend their days plodding along ploughed tracks and open fields, hoping to disturb the tedium by unearth...
by Nicolas
Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What older products/tools are better than modern equivalents?
Replies: 54
Views: 3810

Re: What older products/tools are better than modern equivalents?

Coinage— coins used to be made of silver and gold, now they’re a sort of zinc base metal sandwich.

Gasoline— I can’t buy pure gasoline anymore, it must be cut with ethanol as per govt. mandate.
by Nicolas
Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How old is your cellphone?
Replies: 148
Views: 6228

Re: How old is your cellphone?

Two years old exactly one week from now. My wife and I both bought our iPhone SEs at the same time two years ago: $199 brand new at Target with 32 GBytes of storage. They had only two left and they were the same color. We have different cases so we can tell them apart. I got a black OtterBox and she...
by Nicolas
Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Calling all iPhone SE Bogleheads
Replies: 54
Views: 3569

Re: Calling all iPhone SE Bogleheads

My wife and I both bought ours at the same time two years ago: $199 brand new at Target with 32 GBytes of storage. They had only two left and they were the same color. We have different cases so we can tell them apart. I got a black OtterBox and she got something prettier. We like the size, I can fi...
by Nicolas
Mon Sep 09, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retirees: Ever feel really lazy?
Replies: 42
Views: 5113

Re: Retirees: Ever feel really lazy?

I wouldn’t say I’m lazy, but I don’t do my best to keep busy either. After a certain amount of sitting around I get antsy and have to get up and do something, usually fixing something around the house. I haven’t volunteered anywhere and haven’t worked a lick since retirement.
by Nicolas
Sun Sep 08, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4697
Views: 1204975

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

[a poster for Breaking Point with Patricia Neal] When I was about 15 I was babysitting and watching TV all by myself -- a Patricia Neal movie. That's when I developed a crush on her. Tyrone Power was the co-star and for a while he was a hero of mine. After all, he got Patricia Neal! I just looked i...
by Nicolas
Sun Sep 08, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4697
Views: 1204975

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

The Breaking Point (1950) John Garfield, Patricia Neal. An otherwise moral captain of a charter boat becomes financially strapped and is drawn into illegal activities in order to keep up payments on his boat. After the book by Ernest Hemingway. It was Hemingway’s favorite film adaptation of his wor...
by Nicolas
Fri Sep 06, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: How do you let go of decisions that turned out to be the wrong ones?
Replies: 63
Views: 4708

Re: How do you let go of decisions that turned out to be the wrong ones?

Reminds me of the lyric “I’ve been down so long it looks like up to me.”
As for bad decisions you just have to learn from them and then forget about the hurt and move on. That’s the only way to keep living.
by Nicolas
Wed Sep 04, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How often do you receive out-of-sequence pay bumps?
Replies: 56
Views: 3069

Re: How often do you receive out-of-sequence pay bumps?

Never happened to me in 38 years working at MegaCorp.
by Nicolas
Wed Sep 04, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Entertaining house guests
Replies: 37
Views: 3039

Re: Entertaining house guests

When we kids complained of boredom our mother would tell us to run around the block. Worked every time.
by Nicolas
Sun Sep 01, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Share your Best Barter
Replies: 17
Views: 1372

Re: Share your Best Barter

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by Nicolas
Sun Sep 01, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4697
Views: 1204975

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Meeting Gorbachev (2018) Directed by Werner Herzog. A fascinating look at one of the most important figures of the 20th century, the eighth and last president of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev. I found this documentary of the man and the fall of the USSR riveting. Particularly touching was the...
by Nicolas
Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Financial Movies and Shows
Replies: 80
Views: 7476

Re: Financial Movies and Shows

Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin
An examination of the machinations behind the scenes at a real estate office.
by Nicolas
Thu Aug 29, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: My favorite Boglehead posters
Replies: 154
Views: 10521

Re: My favorite Boglehead posters

dayzero wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 5:07 pm
Munchkin Man!
+1
by Nicolas
Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used Sports Car
Replies: 50
Views: 3068

Re: Used Sports Car

I’ve often gazed with envy at the S2000 but never drove one. Production of the S2000 ceased in June 2009. If it was so good, why? People stopped buying?
by Nicolas
Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used Sports Car
Replies: 50
Views: 3068

Re: Used Sports Car

Why not rent the cars you’re interested in for a week at a time each and then pick your favorite? That should minimize later regret.
by Nicolas
Mon Aug 26, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: preparing for recession/stockpiling
Replies: 55
Views: 4631

Re: preparing for recession/stockpiling

The only event which would have greater than regional impact on the USA that I an think of is the Carrington Event. In effect a large solar flare. The one in the 1800s melted telegraph keys. That could take down telecommunications for months or years. And electric power distribution. The problem th...
by Nicolas
Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: October in Minnesota
Replies: 37
Views: 2037

Re: October in Minnesota

View the skyline from the outdoor observation deck of the Art Deco Foshay Tower , tallest building in Mpls until the IDS Center supplanted it in ‘72. https://www.exploreminnesota.com/things-to-do/5393/foshay-museum-and-observation-deck/ http://i64.tinypic.com/dqoivc.jpg http://i68.tinypic.com/b4ue0k...
by Nicolas
Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: October in Minnesota
Replies: 37
Views: 2037

Re: October in Minnesota

Visit the Walker Art Center, 170 Hennepin Ave, Mpls, if you like contemporary art, or take in a performance at the Guthrie Theater, 818 S 2nd St, Mpls.

The American Swedish Institute makes for an interesting afternoon, 2600 Park Ave, Mpls. —>
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by Nicolas
Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: October in Minnesota
Replies: 37
Views: 2037

Re: October in Minnesota

Minnehaha Falls in Minnehaha Falls Regional Park is pretty. Longfellow immortalized it in his “Song of Hiawatha”. 4801 S Minnehaha Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55417
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by Nicolas
Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why household batteries have picture of no trash disposal on them?
Replies: 27
Views: 2771

Re: Why household batteries have picture of no trash disposal on them?

AerialP wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:00 pm
Batteries + Bulbs, a national chain in the U.S., recycles batteries of all kinds.
My B+B store wants $1.85 per lb. to recycle alkaline, but watch-type batteries they take for free.
by Nicolas
Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why household batteries have picture of no trash disposal on them?
Replies: 27
Views: 2771

Re: Why household batteries have picture of no trash disposal on them?

If you don’t want to throw them away in your trash (I don’t) I think Best Buy takes them, according to their website: https://corporate.bestbuy.com/10556-2 My local Best Buy has bins in the entryway for deposit of electronics for recycling. I’m going to bag mine up and throw them in there. I have t...
by Nicolas
Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why household batteries have picture of no trash disposal on them?
Replies: 27
Views: 2771

Re: Why household batteries have picture of no trash disposal on them?

I, too, live in California. We are not supposed to throw batteries in the trash or in the recycling barrel. They are supposed to be collected and taken to the recycling centers that also accept electronic waste (and fluorescent light bulbs). Home Depot and Lowes also take bulbs and batteries. Aroun...
by Nicolas
Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I really do not like using credit cards. Do any of you have a good credit score with no credit cards?
Replies: 247
Views: 6009

Re: Does anyone here have no credit cards? How is that working out for you? Do you have any trouble without them?

We'd give up a free 5k worth of bonuses per year if we gave up CCs. So, I'll keep using them for that reason alone. Not to mention all the protections that are built in. Doesn’t churning credit cards to get the bonuses wreck your credit? Obviously not or you wouldn’t be doing it. But it seems your ...
by Nicolas
Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why household batteries have picture of no trash disposal on them?
Replies: 27
Views: 2771

Re: Why household batteries have picture of no trash disposal on them?

Just in case anyone is doing this, car batteries shouldn’t be thrown in the trash. They each have 20 lbs. of lead in them as well as the acid which will eventually be leached into our groundwater. Not only that but the lead is valuable and can be reused for other purposes, like new batteries. In fac...
by Nicolas
Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why household batteries have picture of no trash disposal on them?
Replies: 27
Views: 2771

Re: Why household batteries have picture of no trash disposal on them?

If you don’t want to throw them away in your trash (I don’t) I think Best Buy takes them, according to their website: https://corporate.bestbuy.com/10556-2 My local Best Buy has bins in the entryway for deposit of electronics for recycling. I’m going to bag mine up and throw them in there. I have th...
by Nicolas
Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: vacation [Going to Maui]
Replies: 11
Views: 795

Re: vacation [Going to Maui]

The Four Seasons in Wailea is the place to stay. Or nearby at Elua Village. I just checked room rates for two adults, no kids, for this coming February. Cheapest is USD 1,095 per night. I wouldn’t enjoy myself knowing I was dropping >1K per night. I’ve stayed at other Four Seasons hotels in the pas...
by Nicolas
Sat Aug 10, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Overflowing/leaking gutters
Replies: 18
Views: 1169

Re: Overflowing/leaking gutters

One question -- instead of an endoscope, could one use a drone to look at this ? I can't really put a ladder up myself because of back problems. I suppose one could do that though a drone would be more expensive I would think. But I don’t have one so I don’t know. Wouldn’t you need a GoPro type cam...
by Nicolas
Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Overflowing/leaking gutters
Replies: 18
Views: 1169

Re: Overflowing/leaking gutters

If you want to look into your gutters (up to 33 ft. high) I recommend this wireless endoscope. You connect it to your smartphone via WiFi and you can view live video and can even record video. You also need a long pole. It works great and is cheap. I used mine just yesterday for this purpose. I foun...
by Nicolas
Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to do with expired passports?
Replies: 22
Views: 2619

Re: What to do with expired passports?

I keep mine for nostalgia. I’m reminded of all the places I’ve been and my portrait is of a much younger and better-looking me.
by Nicolas
Thu Aug 08, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to find a reliable car service center?
Replies: 45
Views: 2305

Re: How to find a reliable car service center?

FWIW I looked at my area in the CarTalk link posted above. As much as I loved CarTalk, while the best shops in my city were listed near the top, virtually every shop in town was on that list with at least 4.5 stars. And there are some real stinkers on that list. Just pick the one at the top of the ...
by Nicolas
Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ink Pens
Replies: 77
Views: 4643

Re: Ink Pens

Garfieldthecat wrote:
Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:42 am
The Densho I got from www.nibs.com , the two Mikado's I got a while ago from a guy that sold them on Fountain Pen Network, but he got out of the pen selling business.
Ok, thanks. Nice pens but a bit pricey for me.
by Nicolas
Mon Aug 05, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3958
Views: 1127377

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I also saw Journey to the Center of the Earth (after the 1864 book by Jules Verne, 1959) with Pat Boone, James Mason, and Arlene Dahl on its initial release at the same theater, I enjoyed that one also. But I was just a kid then. I too saw it back in the day and have since watched it on TV a couple...
by Nicolas
Mon Aug 05, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Where is the Munchkin Man?
Replies: 33
Views: 13576

Re: Where is the Munchkin Man?

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by Nicolas
Mon Aug 05, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3958
Views: 1127377

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I just started The Time Machine by H. G. Wells. This is one of his early works. I am only a couple of chapters into it but am already impressed by his ability to tell a story AND introduce a significant scientific idea (making it seem quite plausible) AND not getting hung up in the "gee whizz" fact...
by Nicolas
Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ink Pens
Replies: 77
Views: 4643

Re: Ink Pens

When I was in a particular school (briefly) in first grade we had an "inkwell" on each desk and a writing implement to dip into it. Perhaps an inkwell and a quill is what I'm actually seeking? My school desks also had the inkwell, but never any bottle of ink. I wondered what it was for as it was em...
by Nicolas
Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ink Pens
Replies: 77
Views: 4643

Re: Ink Pens

Garfieldthecat wrote:
Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:20 am
My favorite is the Danitrio Densho, it's an eye-dropper, which means that it holds a lot of ink, and doesn't need to be refilled often.
Beautiful pen! I hadn’t heard of this brand before. Where’d you get it?
by Nicolas
Sun Aug 04, 2019 9:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ink Pens
Replies: 77
Views: 4643

Re: Ink Pens

Chris001122 wrote:
Sun Aug 04, 2019 8:32 pm
I like the Pilot pens Precise V5.

am engineer

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Is that Harold from The Red Green Show?
by Nicolas
Sat Aug 03, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ink Pens
Replies: 77
Views: 4643

Re: Ink Pens

Ged wrote:
Sat Aug 03, 2019 4:49 pm
I use a pen about once a week. While I like fountain pens they always seem to dry out on me.

My best results seem to be with Pilot Pens.
Try a Pelikan, they don’t dry out. I can pick one up after weeks of non-use and it writes on the first stroke.
by Nicolas
Sat Aug 03, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ink Pens
Replies: 77
Views: 4643

Re: Ink Pens

Some of my favorites are Pelikan fountain pens (made in Germany). I’ve never been disappointed. I have five of them: A clear demonstrator M200, a White Tortoise M400, a Smoky Quartz M200, a blue-striated M600, and a green-striated M800. They fill from a bottle using their built-in pistons. They writ...
by Nicolas
Sun Jul 28, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What two or three financial things to do to wind up wealthy regardless if you make numerous other financial mistakes?
Replies: 85
Views: 9064

Re: What two or three financial things to do to wind up wealthy regardless if you make numerous other financial mistakes

“Millions – then what?” The American said, “Then you could retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you could sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siestas with your wife, and stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play guitar with your amigos...
by Nicolas
Sun Jul 28, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Retire with Less Than $1 million?
Replies: 101
Views: 21040

Re: Retire with Less Than $1 million?

ofcmetz wrote:
Sun Jul 28, 2019 10:15 am
He has high 6 figures and about 40K a month in social security and is richer today than when he retired.
40K a month, surely you mean per year.
by Nicolas
Sat Jul 27, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4697
Views: 1204975

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

White Heat (1949) James Cagney, Edmond O’Brien, Virginia Mayo A psychopathic criminal with a mother complex makes a daring break from prison and leads his old gang in a chemical plant payroll heist. Shortly after the plan takes place, events take a crazy turn. Film Noir doesn’t get any better than ...
by Nicolas
Mon Jul 22, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What companies provide the best customer service
Replies: 58
Views: 3725

Re: What companies provide the best customer service

Chewy.com (Pet food retailer)
Ace Hardware — someone always steps forward to give me personal service.
by Nicolas
Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whole Bean Coffee: Worth the effort?
Replies: 90
Views: 5131

Re: Whole Bean Coffee: Worth the effort?

We roast our own and drink a pound a week, two people. We never have a problem with stale coffee. Actually it’s only me roasting, my wife just drinks it :D

I get my green beans from https://www.greencoffeebuyingclub.com/
Cheaper than Sweet Maria’s, and just as good!
by Nicolas
Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whole Bean Coffee: Worth the effort?
Replies: 90
Views: 5131

Re: Whole Bean Coffee: Worth the effort?

I bought a cheap grinder, and the improved freshness midway through a bag is greatly noticeable. Would prefer one that is easier to clean/empty, but I'd rather just lose my caffeine addiction. You might take your beans to a grocery store and use their grinder. Ask permission first. I’ve seen it don...
by Nicolas
Mon Jul 22, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whole Bean Coffee: Worth the effort?
Replies: 90
Views: 5131

Re: Whole Bean Coffee: Worth the effort?

You might take your beans to a grocery store and use their grinder. Ask permission first. I’ve seen it done. A small grocery or co-op would be most amenable. Edit: After reading later posts I learned that Costco itself has grinders, I did not know that. In that case just take it back there and ask t...