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by canderson
Sat Aug 17, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Brown Bag Lunch Ideas
Replies: 70
Views: 4388

Re: Brown Bag Lunch Ideas

I dislike sandwiches and hate eating them. What I personally do on days I bring my own lunch (and even dinner) is I bring curries. I have one of those multi-tiered stainless steel lunchboxes (you can try Zojirushi lunch jars on Amazon to see what I mean). Curries are great because the food doesn't ...
by canderson
Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Brown Bag Lunch Ideas
Replies: 70
Views: 4388

Re: Brown Bag Lunch Ideas

I dislike sandwiches and hate eating them. What I personally do on days I bring my own lunch (and even dinner) is I bring curries. I have one of those multi-tiered stainless steel lunchboxes (you can try Zojirushi lunch jars on Amazon to see what I mean). Curries are great because the food doesn't ...
by canderson
Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best time to buy a new Lexus UX?
Replies: 11
Views: 1333

Re: Best time to buy a new Lexus UX?

Please test drive it first.

I wanted to love it but the engine is atrocious and frankly Lexus should be ashamed to sell it.
by canderson
Sat Aug 03, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How can I get a good room when I check into a hotel I booked online?
Replies: 30
Views: 2986

Re: How can I get a good room when I check into a hotel I booked online?

02nz wrote:
Sat Aug 03, 2019 5:14 pm
canderson wrote:
Sat Aug 03, 2019 4:43 pm
Also if the hotel is sold out they won’t “walk” you to another and you’ll be stuck with finding a new place all on your own.
This is not true.
It is. Hotel management will refer you to the booking company. I’ve seen it happen at least a dozen times in NYC alone.
by canderson
Sat Aug 03, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How can I get a good room when I check into a hotel I booked online?
Replies: 30
Views: 2986

Re: How can I get a good room when I check into a hotel I booked online?

Any third party booking will result in inferior rooms because they are being sold off with reduced revenue. Also if the hotel is sold out they won’t “walk” you to another and you’ll be stuck with finding a new place all on your own. If you’re staying at a higher-end hotel a TA is well worth booking ...
by canderson
Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Acura RDX vs Audi Q5
Replies: 53
Views: 4734

Re: Acura RDX vs Audi Q5

The cx5 is a great car for the money. But in reality it doesn't compete with the 45k+ luxury cars. You can tell where the cheaper materials are for them to save money. But you might not care. Size wise the cx5 is close the Q5/rdx when looking at interior space. It is much bigger than the Q3. Ifnone...
by canderson
Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio
Replies: 183
Views: 27313

Re: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio

Called today - my subscription expires tomorrow. First offer was $109, then immediately $97 then I said “I know others have gotten a $60 deal” and she immediately agreed. Took 10 minutes, including opening hold time. It’s apparently for a new Select Lite plan so no streaming - I subscribe to Spotif...
by canderson
Wed Jul 31, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio
Replies: 183
Views: 27313

Re: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio

Called today - my subscription expires tomorrow. First offer was $109, then immediately $97 then I said “I know others have gotten a $60 deal” and she immediately agreed. Took 10 minutes, including opening hold time. It’s apparently for a new Select Lite plan so no streaming - I subscribe to Spotify...
by canderson
Sun Jul 28, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best place to buy Pistachio and Salmon?
Replies: 30
Views: 3016

Re: Best place to buy Pistachio and Salmon?

If anyone is interested in canned salmon, I think this is the best in the world: https://chinookandcompany.com/


They own their hatchery and don’t put sugars, glucose and other preservatives in they’re like virtually every other company.

Not cheap but well worth it.
by canderson
Sat Jul 27, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Accomodation options for NY visit
Replies: 25
Views: 1749

Re: Accomodation options for NY visit

I would not prioritize a hotel in a city based on attending one match outside the main tourist areas.

“Low Price” means different things to different people. In NYC if you’re paying ~$100/night fur a hotel you probably will come h9me with a few buggy friends.
by canderson
Thu Jul 25, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fantastic Resort Recommendations???
Replies: 38
Views: 4277

Re: Fantastic Resort Recommendations???

canderson wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:54 pm
Twin Farms in Vermont is probably the best resort in this country.

https://www.twinfarms.com
Came here to post this.

It’s a top 10 in the world resort.

Go here.
by canderson
Wed Jul 24, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Someone at Citibank signed up for an account, then listed my email address..
Replies: 31
Views: 2248

Re: Someone at Citibank signed up for an account, then listed my email address..

What I do often is “forgot my password” and reset the person’s account and change their email to gibberish. It’s not my fault an idiot doesn’t know their own email so I don’t feel badly doing it. I dunno... it strikes me as a really bad idea to access someone else’s financial account without their ...
by canderson
Wed Jul 24, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Someone at Citibank signed up for an account, then listed my email address..
Replies: 31
Views: 2248

Re: Someone at Citibank signed up for an account, then listed my email address..

"Yes. Is there anything else I can do for you?" :oops: Try again and ask for a supervisor. Don't take 'no' for an answer. +1 Can't the bank be bothered to contact the real customer via snail mail or phone to ask them, "Hey, can you please confirm your email address"? They won’t do this unless the a...
by canderson
Wed Jul 24, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Someone at Citibank signed up for an account, then listed my email address..
Replies: 31
Views: 2248

Re: Someone at Citibank signed up for an account, then listed my email address..

Nothing you can do but set email filters. I have a gmail address that is VERY simple (early beta adoptee back in 2002) and I get a metric ton of wrong emails. I have ATT and DirecTV, and I get at least 7 monthly bills for both for other people. Someone named Cedric just had his ATT suspended because...
by canderson
Mon Jul 22, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What companies provide the best customer service
Replies: 58
Views: 3707

Re: What companies provide the best customer service

Some goodies already mentioned (Chick fil A, Chewy, AmEx). I’ll add:

- Wegmans
by canderson
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vancouver in October
Replies: 10
Views: 838

Re: Vancouver in October

Was there for 4 days in May and stayed at the Fairmont Pacific Rim. Perfect location and hotel.

Make it a point to go out to the UBC campus and the Museum of Anthropology.
by canderson
Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Direct TV vs Nextstar issue
Replies: 9
Views: 648

Re: Direct TV vs Nextstar issue

If you go the website DTV lists you get a credit. I got $10 off my next bill for this issue.

The amount varies if you have more than one impacted station.
by canderson
Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a suit
Replies: 35
Views: 2089

Re: Buying a suit

Bluffworks.

You’re welcome.
by canderson
Thu Jul 04, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reservations about purchasing a 16 year old house
Replies: 65
Views: 5043

Re: Reservations about purchasing a 16 year old house

My house is 14(turned that in May). In the past two months I’ve had to replace the following: - Refrigerator (simple model, still cost $1,150) - Dryer ($750) - Oven ($970) - Garage door system (everything but the tracks, a bearing broke in the opener and it essentially exploded) ($495) - HVAC system...
by canderson
Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 50 or 75 gallon water heater?
Replies: 67
Views: 4356

Re: 50 or 75 gallon water heater?

whodidntante wrote:
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:39 pm
I recently had a plumber quote $1,200 for a 50-gallon natural gas water heater. I was offended. Is yours fusion powered?
I just had three quotes.

- $1,360
- $1,780
- $2,050

All 50 gallon natural gas.
by canderson
Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Passport photos cheap
Replies: 55
Views: 3243

Re: Passport photos cheap

have read (bad) stories of folks taking their own photo then 'sending in' a passport renewal only to get it back after an extended period of time as the pictures weren't to spec. On that note I personally wouldn't use a cell phone to take my own photo. I need to do this later this year. The average...
by canderson
Sat Jun 08, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Paying for rent is throwing away money...myth?
Replies: 302
Views: 19955

Re: Paying for rent is throwing away money...myth?

Rent is the ceiling of what you will pay for housing per month. With buying, the mortgage/PMI payment is just the floor... This is imo a perfect summarization. We own but often ponder renting. Like the past month when our fridge, garage door opener, oven, and hvac system have had to be completely r...
by canderson
Sat Jun 08, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nest Smoke/CO Detectors
Replies: 17
Views: 1318

Re: Nest Smoke/CO Detectors

They’re excellent. Everything Nest is except the thermostats - they aren’t good and too expensive. Honeywell’s WiFi thermostats are cheaper and far, far superior (and actually work nicely with variable speed fans).
by canderson
Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New furnace and air conditioner
Replies: 22
Views: 2374

Re: New furnace and air conditioner

Same boat. Three bids. One a Trane, one Carrier, one Lennox. All 80%, two-stage/variable speed. Replacing furnace too. SEERs a bit different, Lennox 2.5 ton, the others 3. Carrier cost $11k. Lennox $9k. Trane $7k. Going with Lennox because the estimator actually did a manual J calculation. Trane guy...
by canderson
Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacing AC, should we also replace furnace?
Replies: 21
Views: 1593

Re: Replacing AC, should we also replace furnace?

I’m in the exact same boat. 14 year old a/c is dead - bad coil. Not repairable. I’m replacing the furnace too. I live in Pennsylvania so am being proactive there. I’m waiting on two more estimates but I’ll get a 2 stage/variable speed system. 80% because moving to 90% requires entire new piping out ...
by canderson
Wed May 08, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good town to stop on I-81
Replies: 42
Views: 3452

Re: Good town to stop on I-81

Live in Harrisburg so if you need any suggestions once here, feel free to shout.
by canderson
Wed May 01, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: House A/C: repair refrigerant leak vs replace
Replies: 13
Views: 1005

Re: House A/C: repair refrigerant leak vs replace

Funny, had my a/c serviced this morning and it was basically void of Freon. It’s had a leak for years but never had to have more than 2 lbs. put in. I had them fill it simply to buy me time to get thorough estimates. I’ll be replacing the a/c and (gas) furnace. I live in PA and am eyeing a variable ...
by canderson
Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is 2 weeks in Amsterdam a bit much?
Replies: 45
Views: 3662

Re: Is 2 weeks in Amsterdam a bit much?

Amsterdam is lovely but please get out and see the Netherlands countryside. And go to Rotterdam because it’s better and more fun and real than Amsterdam.

But Volendam, Massdijk, FloraHolland, etc all demand attention imo. Enjoy - it’s my favorite country on earth.
by canderson
Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Are Your Simple Pleasures?
Replies: 145
Views: 12726

Re: What Are Your Simple Pleasures?

Taking a long lunchtime walk with my wife on the riverfront. Breaks up our hectic days in the office. On a hot lazy summer afternoon, relaxing on the couch with the Res Sox game on. And we enjoy cruises. I’m most peaceful sitting on my balcony as the ship slowly sails along at dusk. No more peaceful...
by canderson
Sun Apr 07, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me plan 3 days in Vancouver
Replies: 15
Views: 1270

Re: Help me plan 3 days in Vancouver

Wow, thank you all! This was a big help. So far I pieced together this general itinerary. Any thoughts or feedback? VANCOUVER Sunday - Explore Stanley Park (Coal Harbour, totem poles, Brockton Point Lighthous, Prospect Point and Siwash Rock) - Explore Gastown and Yaletown 7:15 pm - Dinner at Blue W...
by canderson
Fri Apr 05, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: quiet, clean and newish hotels in Columbus OH area?
Replies: 4
Views: 514

Re: quiet, clean and newish hotels in Columbus OH area?

My aunt operates a one-bedroom guest house in Columbus’ Short North neighborhood that is absolutely wonderful. A converted carriage house. Full kitchen laundry, etc. If interested I can PM the website.
by canderson
Thu Apr 04, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me plan 3 days in Vancouver
Replies: 15
Views: 1270

Re: Help me plan 3 days in Vancouver

Wow, thank you all! This was a big help. So far I pieced together this general itinerary. Any thoughts or feedback? VANCOUVER Sunday - Explore Stanley Park (Coal Harbour, totem poles, Brockton Point Lighthous, Prospect Point and Siwash Rock) - Explore Gastown and Yaletown 7:15 pm - Dinner at Blue Wa...
by canderson
Wed Apr 03, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A 23% increase from ATT Wireless
Replies: 84
Views: 6502

Re: A 23% increase from ATT Wireless

I believe it was via online chat actually, but yes. Amazing, just did it using online chat and it worked like a charm. Thanks for saving me $10/mo. :sharebeer awesome! :sharebeer We just got hit with this too. AT&T emailed me: "Hello, Review your AT&T order" - yet I hadn't ordered anything. Sure en...
by canderson
Wed Apr 03, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me plan 3 days in Vancouver
Replies: 15
Views: 1270

Help me plan 3 days in Vancouver

We will be in Vancouver for three full days in May prior to an Alaskan cruise. We are staying at the Fairmont Pacific Rim and already have dinners reserved (Blue Water Cafe, Salmon and Bannock, Miku) but have nothing else planned. Our visit is over Victoria Day weekend (land Saturday, cruise is Wedn...
by canderson
Sat Mar 30, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shut off water before a vacation
Replies: 78
Views: 6185

Re: Shut off water before a vacation

Our plumber advised against it due to pressurizing issues. We always have a cat sitter who needs water to give our cat, wash her hands, clean accidents, whatever.

Honestly I’ve never heard of this until this thread.
by canderson
Mon Mar 25, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A 23% increase from ATT Wireless
Replies: 84
Views: 6502

Re: A 23% increase from ATT Wireless

Add us to this club. Wife received an email saying we agreed to a change of service. She called and they eliminated our 15gn Mobile Share Value plan and put us on a 30gb plan. They showed us on the previous bill on page 3 in tiny font where they announced this change. They restored our existing pla...
by canderson
Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A 23% increase from ATT Wireless
Replies: 84
Views: 6502

Re: A 23% increase from ATT Wireless

Add us to this club. Wife received an email saying we agreed to a change of service. She called and they eliminated our 15gn Mobile Share Value plan and put us on a 30gb plan. They showed us on the previous bill on page 3 in tiny font where they announced this change. They restored our existing pla...
by canderson
Mon Mar 25, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A 23% increase from ATT Wireless
Replies: 84
Views: 6502

Re: A 23% increase from ATT Wireless

Add us to this club. Wife received an email saying we agreed to a change of service. She called and they eliminated our 15gn Mobile Share Value plan and put us on a 30gb plan. They showed us on the previous bill on page 3 in tiny font where they announced this change. They restored our existing plan...
by canderson
Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Luxury vacation towns ??
Replies: 51
Views: 4133

Re: Luxury vacation towns ??

Nantucket Island seems ideal.

Also:
Sarasota
Bar Harbor
Newport
Portland, Maine
by canderson
Sat Feb 23, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Things to do in Indiana
Replies: 64
Views: 4602

Re: Things to do in Indiana

Do either of you like animals - specifically big cats (tigers, lions, etc?) If so go to the Exotic Feline Rescue Center about an hour or so west of Indianapolis. It is amazing. I took my wife there for her birthday and we rented the on-site cabin and it was one of the best experiences we’ve ever had...
by canderson
Mon Feb 11, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Experience with Passive building?
Replies: 9
Views: 1143

Re: Experience with Passive building?

My organization funds the construction of PassiveHaus multifamily buildings and just today had our 7 story tower addition/historical building renovation certified.

If I were building today I wouldn’t build anything that WASN’T PassiveHaus or thermal envelop certified.
by canderson
Sun Feb 10, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Passport Photos ?
Replies: 85
Views: 3995

Re: Passport Photos ?

We have used a dedicated iPhone app and then emailed to/printed for 30 cents at CVS. Never an issue and done this at least 6 times for ourselves and friends.
by canderson
Sat Feb 02, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: recommend your African safari
Replies: 16
Views: 1305

Re: recommend your African safari

Any South Africa recs for lions/leopards primarily?

Wife’s 40th bday is in a few years and it is a dream trip. Can’t go to any other African country except SA however as I have albinism and going to Namibia, Zimbabwe, etc can be a death sentence for me:
by canderson
Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Letting Dog out everyday for lunch... the roundtrip drive is killing me.. ideas?
Replies: 155
Views: 11262

Re: Letting Dog out everyday for lunch... the roundtrip drive is killing me.. ideas?

Sometimes we tend to overthink things imo. This is one of those times.

Visit www.rover.com. Interview a few. Hire one. Likely cheaper than the gas you roundtrip.
by canderson
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fantastic Resort Recommendations???
Replies: 38
Views: 4277

Re: Fantastic Resort Recommendations???

Twin Farms in Vermont is probably the best resort in this country.

https://www.twinfarms.com
by canderson
Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are You Dumping Netflix?
Replies: 218
Views: 18124

Re: Are You Dumping Netflix?

It’s still underpriced by a wide margin.

Netflix and Spotify are two of my favorite things to spend a tiny amount of money on vs return of investment.
by canderson
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: United, American Airlines, Delta--about the same?
Replies: 144
Views: 8206

Re: United, American Airlines, Delta--about the same?

dbr wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:50 pm
canderson wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:47 pm

We take two overseas trips a year in first class, and always stay at a 4 or 5 star hotel. We are luxury travelers through and through (not Boglehead-like, granted).
There is nothing in BH "philosophy" that says you must be a miser and can't spend your money the way you want to.
Very true!
by canderson
Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: United, American Airlines, Delta--about the same?
Replies: 144
Views: 8206

Re: United, American Airlines, Delta--about the same?

I really like reading a thread like this. I've got very little experience with any except United. Living in Denver you almost can't avoid UAL, and during my working career I ended up with over 1M flight miles, which gave me (and my wife) lifetime Premier Gold status. As a result we get free bag che...
by canderson
Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend men's undershirts
Replies: 49
Views: 3806

Re: Recommend men's undershirts

The Uniqlo Airism undershirts are the best. I particularly love their mesh version. These undershirts are thin, breathable, don't stink and have yet to produce a hole in the past few years. They are also inexpensive. Try one and you'll never go back to Hanes. The issue is they are impossible to ord...
by canderson
Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bedding (sheets) recommendations - having terrible experience finding quality sheets
Replies: 35
Views: 2898

Re: Bedding (sheets) recommendations - having terrible experience finding quality sheets

Thanks everyone! Interestingly enough we bought the before-mentioned Nordstrom sheets and after a month they were tearing.

Brooklinen looks like a winner at first glance. Very good input here, I sincerely appreciate everyone’s input!