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by jlawrence01
Sat May 25, 2019 3:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the best way to test drive cars?
Replies: 39
Views: 2677

Re: What is the best way to test drive cars?

By the way, we have purchased three cars from Hertz used. Every single one of them has been excellent in terms of reliability (Toyotas, Mazda) and one can test drive them for an hour with no hassle, no salesman. There is almost zero pressure. One can climb around cars on the lot all day without som...
by jlawrence01
Thu May 23, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the best way to test drive cars?
Replies: 39
Views: 2677

Re: What is the best way to test drive cars?

I do not like to do test drives at dealerships. They limit the time and the location of the test drive. Since I rent cars a lot and am good friends with my local Hertz rental manager, she will score what ever car that I am interested when I rent a car for a week. She has been able to get me nearly a...
by jlawrence01
Thu May 23, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Expensive front load washer/dryer worth it?
Replies: 49
Views: 2810

Re: Expensive front load washer/dryer worth it?

My old Maytag washer was manufactured in 1981. We think that my Kenmore Dryer was manufactured in 1979 as dating of these appliances was required until 1980. No repairs in the last six years and they do a great job of cleaning. We do not use the dryer much as the Arizona sun generally dries clothes ...
by jlawrence01
Thu May 23, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What computer to buy for snowbird
Replies: 37
Views: 2879

Re: What computer to buy for snowbird

When I retired, my employees gave me a MS Surface as a gift. I used the device less than three years when it died. I took it to the Microsoft store and they wanted MORE money to fix it than it was purchased for. Of course, they were would have been very happy to sell me a new one for twice the price...
by jlawrence01
Mon May 20, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car repairs: what to do next time
Replies: 42
Views: 2548

Re: Car repairs: what to do next time

Personally, I am more concerned with the length of time that I will be able to keep a vehicle running as opposed to what it is worth. If I can put $1500 into a vehicle and get 2-3 more years out of it, I would be inclined to send it. If I am heading to the shop every month or two with another repair...
by jlawrence01
Mon May 20, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4469
Views: 1154991

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

The Blind Side - a really good movie about the life of Michael Oher who became a football player with the help of a concerned family.

Creed II - not a great movie but the photography was quite excellent.
by jlawrence01
Mon May 06, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4469
Views: 1154991

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Last week's movie was THE COMMUTER. It was very formulaic and quite predictable.

I watched ON DEMAND on a long Southwest Airlines Flight for FREE. While the movie was rather lame, the technology was excellent. There were no stops in the video and no buffering.
by jlawrence01
Fri May 03, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Canadian Pharmacies
Replies: 27
Views: 2285

Re: Canadian Pharmacies

There are lots of old threads you can find by using the search box in the top right of most screens. After researching it we have gotten a prescription for several years from this web site and never had any problems and it is shipped from Canada. https://www.onlinecanadianpharmacy.com/ They take Am...
by jlawrence01
Fri May 03, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rotational Program at MegaCorp for college grad hires
Replies: 40
Views: 2198

Re: Rotational Program at MegaCorp for college grad hires

I do NOT understand why parents get involved with their ADULT CHILD's career development. It is not like the kid is working at the local McDonald's at age 16. I would assume that the child is at least 23 year old and should be a bit more independent that he doesn't discuss everything that goes on at...
by jlawrence01
Mon Apr 29, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is the United Airlines Online Reservation System Confusing, or Is It Me?
Replies: 17
Views: 1186

Re: Is the United Airlines Online Reservation System Confusing, or Is It Me?

I booked on United Airlines last week for an last minute flight. I tried all other airlines but United was the one with open seats. I would agree with the OP that the website is very confusing and relatively difficult to book. In the future, I would book on a third party before trying United again.
by jlawrence01
Mon Apr 29, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hybrid Rental
Replies: 21
Views: 1464

Re: Hybrid Rental

Hertz rents a number of hybrids but you will pay 50-75% more than a conventional vehicle and they MUST be ordered in advance. The problem with the Ford Fusion Hybrid is that the battery back really cuts down the size of the trunk to less than you would get in the normal standard compact car. For the...
by jlawrence01
Mon Apr 29, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "The best and worst U.S. states for retirement"
Replies: 275
Views: 26214

Re: "The best and worst U.S. states for retirement"

For the longest time my husband and I were considering retiring in Cleveland. We liked that it had cultural amenities comparable to much larger cities (e.g., New York and Chicago) but with a much lower cost of living, significantly less traffic, and a friendly, Midwestern atmosphere--not to mention...
by jlawrence01
Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who is buying 1-3 year old used Toyotas and Hondas?
Replies: 114
Views: 11772

Re: Who is buying 1-3 year old used Toyotas and Hondas?

Hyundais and Kias depreciate much faster. You may be able to get a lot more for your money. The reason that Hyundais and Kias depreciate a lot faster is that the 10 year/ 100K power train warranties DO NOT transfer to the subsequent owners. Personally, of all the vehicles mentioned in this thread, ...
by jlawrence01
Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who is buying 1-3 year old used Toyotas and Hondas?
Replies: 114
Views: 11772

Re: Who is buying 1-3 year old used Toyotas and Hondas?

I think the largest source of late model used cars is car rental companies. I remember reading years ago that this was a sore point with many dealers. Rental companies buy in bulk from the factory and can get very good prices. I don't know what the story is now, but it used to be cheaper for the co...
by jlawrence01
Sun Apr 21, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4469
Views: 1154991

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Two movies this week: 1) Green Book - Actually, one of the best movies that I have seen in a while, It was a lt better than last week's 42 which was so predictable. 2) Penguins - Major disappointment. Yes, the photography was great. Yes, it was a kid's movie. If the sound was off and you did not hea...
by jlawrence01
Fri Apr 19, 2019 3:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it worth renting a car in Vegas?
Replies: 22
Views: 1753

Re: Is it worth renting a car in Vegas?

Several notes: 1) Do you really want to drag a 5 and 7 year old walking up and down the Strip where you will have to deal with porn slappers and people who can be crazy. 2) Nearly all hotels on the Strip are charging for parking these days unless you have some status whether that come through a casi...
by jlawrence01
Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are Airport Lounges Worth the Money?
Replies: 95
Views: 8262

Re: Are Airport Lounges Worth the Money?

For a couple of years, my wife was commuting from STL to BOS and I was commuting from STL-YUM/SAN/SNA each week. As we only had one vehicle and we would often arrive hours apart, having a membership atthe local airline club was really very convenient and was worth every penny.
by jlawrence01
Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4469
Views: 1154991

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

42 - A decent movie about the life and career of Jackie Robinson.
by jlawrence01
Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trader Joe's Fans - good value?
Replies: 138
Views: 18387

Re: Trader Joe's Fans - good value?

Going back to the original post question-"good value?" Ever since I found out that Trader Joes and Aldi's have the same parent company, I have been comparing items :idea: . Many seem very similar and they seem to often be sourced out of Europe. Recent example. Brought Dark Morello Cherries from TJ-...
by jlawrence01
Thu Apr 04, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used Chevy Cruze
Replies: 25
Views: 1361

Re: Used Chevy Cruze

I have rented TWO Chevrolet Cruze vehicles from different rental car companies just to be called by the rental company asking me to return them immediately due to a safety issue. Personally, I would NEVER buy a vehicle produced at GM's Lordstown plant. Their record of quality is at best abysmal. Thi...
by jlawrence01
Mon Apr 01, 2019 12:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "The best and worst U.S. states for retirement"
Replies: 275
Views: 26214

Re: "The best and worst U.S. states for retirement"

I have lived in seven states and visited all fifty. Approximately TWENTY years ago, on a long eight-hour drive, my wife and i developed a list of thirty cities that we thought that we would like to live in retirement. I have to admit that locations were throughout the country (except the NE). Over t...
by jlawrence01
Mon Apr 01, 2019 12:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4469
Views: 1154991

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Movies from this week: Fighting with My Family - A fairly good movie about a girl's efforts to join the WWE and how it affects her relationship with her family. It was a lot better than I expected it to be. Roma Yes, it is a little bit slow. However, the movie examines the relationship between a mai...
by jlawrence01
Sat Mar 30, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tax Question—College Age Daughter
Replies: 8
Views: 613

Re: Tax Question—College Age Daughter

For tax purposes, a person is a resident of the state in which he/she is domiciled. Generally, students are residents of the state where their parents or guardians reside. In a typical situation, a student would first file a nonresident tax return for Ohio. She might or might not have Ohio income t...
by jlawrence01
Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4469
Views: 1154991

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

This week's movies:

No Manches Frida 2 - Definitely not one of the greatest movies - poorly thought out plot with many open questions. However, it was entertaining.

A Star is Born (2018) - a lot better movie than I anticipated. The music was excellent.
by jlawrence01
Mon Mar 18, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Visiting Tucson, AZ for 3 days - what to see?
Replies: 46
Views: 1706

Re: Visiting Tucson, AZ for 3 days - what to see?

I live outside Tucson and concur with many of the recommendations, but not visiting Phoenix or Sedona unless you have a week. I've also never had a cracked windshield due to the lousy streets or seen a dust storm in Tucson like they get up in Phoenix. Suggestions: Arizona-Sonora Desert museum Sabin...
by jlawrence01
Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sending cookies
Replies: 9
Views: 984

Re: Sending cookies

I have a lot of friends in the Philippines. It is very expensive to send packages overseas these days and even more prohibitive is you decide to send it in an express manner. Australia and New Zealand border officials are really strict about shipping food products. They will probably check it, addin...
by jlawrence01
Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Has any retiree taken classes at 4-year college - for interest - e.g. Spanish
Replies: 108
Views: 6037

Re: Has any retiree taken classes at 4-year college - for interest - e.g. Spanish

My initial reaction was whether or not the Cervantes Institute had an office in Detroit or Ann Arbor. However, their only Midwestern location is in Chicago. I have never found that the local universities were of much help in language learning. Better options would be to pay Berlitz the big $$$ and w...
by jlawrence01
Tue Mar 05, 2019 12:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4469
Views: 1154991

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

This week's movies:

The Mule - a pretty good movie staring Clint Eastwood

Ralph Breaks the Internet - Creative idea but I found myself dozing throughout.
by jlawrence01
Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pregnant wife asks for Malaysian low-salt food delivery
Replies: 26
Views: 2932

Re: Pregnant wife asks for Malaysian low-salt food delivery

Leemiller wrote:
Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:42 pm
Craigslist, task rabbit, college campus advertisement, high school student who is in the neighborhood....
Or you could hire a personal chef ... they are a dime a dozen in Chicagoland and could come in and in one afternoon, prepare several meals for the entire week.
by jlawrence01
Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 30 year old water heater, should I be worried?
Replies: 73
Views: 4023

Re: 30 year old water heater, should I be worried?

My current water heater was installed in 1983 and probably will be replaced this fall as it is starting to leak. In my fifteen years in Chicagoland, I had three water heaters. You are lucky to get 10 years out of a water heater these days. - whether a tank water heater or a tankless water heater. Ha...
by jlawrence01
Wed Feb 27, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Hyundai the value sweet spot?
Replies: 124
Views: 9709

Re: Is Hyundai the value sweet spot?

I would encourage everyone to check out Phil Edmonston's Lemon-Aid New/Used Car Guide. It's Canadian, but applicable to US customers, too. It's been around for decades and they publish yearly updated. They seem to believe that certain Hyundai models -- think Elantra and Sonata -- can be the sweet s...
by jlawrence01
Wed Feb 27, 2019 2:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Hyundai the value sweet spot?
Replies: 124
Views: 9709

Re: Is Hyundai the value sweet spot?

Last summer, I rented a 2017 Toyota Corolla for three weeks. It was a good, solid car and averaged 39 mpg on a long freeway trip from Tucson - Reno. It was a major upgrade from my 2007 model both in interior trim and handling. The following month, I rented a 2017 Hyundai Elantra for three weeks for ...
by jlawrence01
Wed Feb 27, 2019 2:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: KeyHero? Home Depot?
Replies: 28
Views: 2823

Re: KeyHero? Home Depot?

What ever happened to trading extra keys with your neighbors to help out each other? Ya know...you watch my back I watch yours? We have both a neighbor who has a key to the house as well as a lockbox so that the local police,fire department and EMS can access our home should there be an issue. In m...
by jlawrence01
Sat Feb 23, 2019 2:09 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New job, sales at Subaru
Replies: 72
Views: 9722

Re: New job, sales at Subaru

Women are very sensitive to this and rightly so. Last trip to the dealer with my wife, right off the salesman asked whose car were we buying today and my wife said mine! The salesman who gave her all the attention got the sale. Other salesman weren't so careful and we went back to the guy who liste...
by jlawrence01
Wed Feb 20, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: KeyHero? Home Depot?
Replies: 28
Views: 2823

Re: KeyHero? Home Depot?

OldBallCoach wrote:
Wed Feb 20, 2019 6:14 pm
What ever happened to trading extra keys with your neighbors to help out each other? Ya know...you watch my back I watch yours?
We have both a neighbor who has a key to the house as well as a lockbox so that the local police, fire department and EMS can access our home should there be an issue.
by jlawrence01
Mon Feb 18, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Booking Hotel Far In Advance
Replies: 10
Views: 818

Re: Booking Hotel Far In Advance

I'm trying to book a hotel for a college graduation in 2020. Hilton won't let you book prior to 1 year in advance. Do any of the other big hotel chains allow booking earlier than that? My experience is that you cannot use the traditional booking services earlier than 350 days in advance. Most of th...
by jlawrence01
Mon Feb 18, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wife filled our gas engine car with diesel fuel
Replies: 111
Views: 11467

Re: Wife filled our gas engine car with diesel fuel

Be happy that she did not add gasoline to a diesel car as that will be catastrophic to the diesel engine.
by jlawrence01
Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Renting a car for 30 days or more
Replies: 11
Views: 1085

Re: Renting a car for 30 days or more

There are some companies that rent for longer periods, but you will likely have to pick-up and return at an off airport location ....or try Enterprise, which advertises home delivery. Next time you rent a car from an airport location, be sure to note all the special airport fees and surcharges. I f...
by jlawrence01
Sun Feb 17, 2019 2:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: using uber versus buying a car
Replies: 54
Views: 3616

Re: using uber versus buying a car

Buying a car would be about 20k plus $1600/year for insurance (been driving for less than 3 years in the USA). I could pay the full car in cash or finance at 0.09% for 60 months (rather have liquidity, although not really an issue). Total: $1600+$4008 = $5608/year What factors would you take into a...
by jlawrence01
Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to stay for 3 nights in Phoenix
Replies: 6
Views: 703

Re: Where to stay for 3 nights in Phoenix

In about a week we are staying in Phoenix for two nights as we go to a Cactus League Baseball Game and explore the area. Then we are off to Tuscon, but I am wondering if there is an area you would recommend that my husband and I stay. I would love to walk out the door of the hotel and not be far fr...
by jlawrence01
Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rental Car Company Preferences
Replies: 26
Views: 1618

Re: Rental Car Company Preferences

Hertz - I have had a lot of great experiences with them. Good customer service, clean cars and an excellent frequent renters program. Can be pricier at the airports but a real bargain at the HLE Corporate locations. Some great deals on one-way rentals. Avis/ Budget - With the AARP discount, they ha...
by jlawrence01
Thu Feb 14, 2019 11:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4469
Views: 1154991

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Today's movies: The Upside - I was not expecting much and would have passed on this movie BUT it was the only movie available at 9AM that I had not seen. It was a pretty good movie once they got past the stereotypes that were shown throughout the various trailers for the movie. It ended up being a v...
by jlawrence01
Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car rental drop-off fees
Replies: 18
Views: 1797

Re: Car rental drop-off fees

Sky Harbor airport has got to be one of the most expensive places to rent a car. We did a trip from March 25 - April 9 of 2017 and the cheapest that we could find at the airport was a Ford Focus or equivalent through Budget for $981. Found that we could take a cab about 5 miles to a Tempe Budget lo...
by jlawrence01
Mon Feb 04, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Crazy lady backs into my car...don't think she will pay me out of pocket
Replies: 103
Views: 9932

Re: Crazy lady backs into my car...dont think she will pay me out of pocket

Never handle an accident involving vehicles with humans inside them outside of insurance. Those humans could always come back later (before the statute of limitations runs out, which can be years in the future) and blame you for medical injury that occurred during the accident. They will do this re...
by jlawrence01
Sun Feb 03, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Peter Jackson’s “They shall not grow old” - now showing Jan 21]
Replies: 77
Views: 9893

Re: [Peter Jackson’s “They shall not grow old” - now showing Jan 21]

I thought it was a very good film. I have seen a good number of the scenes before but the videos were in very poor condition which is understandable due to the age of the film. I thought that the film would be significantly longer and that there would be more of a chronological telling of the story....
by jlawrence01
Sun Feb 03, 2019 2:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Really need help with new computer purchase!
Replies: 89
Views: 3818

Re: Really need help with new computer purchase!

I have bought most of my computers at Office Depot. For a small additional fee, they go into the computer and remove all of the garbage software on the machine. Also, they will install any software on your machine - Office, Anti-Virus, etc. It is a very easy process. I have a Chromebook. It is exce...
by jlawrence01
Sat Feb 02, 2019 3:46 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Age discrimination in the medical professions as one gets older?
Replies: 40
Views: 3664

Re: Age discrimination in the medical professions as one gets older?

There is a great demand for competent medical professionals in MANY rural and inner-city communities that are very underserved. Those areas cannot really be very picky on non-essential factors like age.
by jlawrence01
Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Peter Jackson’s “They shall not grow old” - now showing Jan 21]
Replies: 77
Views: 9893

Re: [Peter Jackson’s “They shall not grow old” - now showing Jan 21]

spitty wrote:
Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:37 am
Thanks for the reminder! I just got a ticket but it's Thursday the 31st in Tucson..YMMV.
They are showing the film in Tucson on Sunday morning for all of $6.25. I guess it is better to wait until the movie hits a lot of screens.
by jlawrence01
Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Peter Jackson’s “They shall not grow old” - now showing Jan 21]
Replies: 77
Views: 9893

Re: [Peter Jackson’s “They shall not grow old” - now showing Jan 21]

spitty wrote:
Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:37 am
Thanks for the reminder! I just got a ticket but it's Thursday the 31st in Tucson..YMMV.
They are showing the film in Tucson on Sunday morning for all of $6.25. I guess it is better to wait until the movie hits a lot of screens.
by jlawrence01
Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Really need help with new computer purchase!
Replies: 89
Views: 3818

Re: Really need help with new computer purchase!

I have bought most of my computers at Office Depot. For a small additional fee, they go into the computer and remove all of the garbage software on the machine. Also, they will install any software on your machine - Office, Anti-Virus, etc. It is a very easy process. I have a Chromebook. It is excel...