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by bltkmt
Fri Apr 16, 2021 9:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wi-Fi router recommendations
Replies: 28
Views: 2281

Re: Wi-Fi router recommendations

Agree on the Eero - solved our horrible wifi problems and likely our marriage!
by bltkmt
Thu Apr 15, 2021 11:04 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: If you hit your # would you retire in this market?
Replies: 124
Views: 14195

Re: If you hit your # would you retire in this market?

Yes. My "number" is the number that achieves 100% success rate in Firecalc. In other words its safe in the event of anything short of a complete collapse of the world economy. Even if a 1929 scenario happened next year its safe. It does so with a glide path that includes enough bond and f...
by bltkmt
Sun Apr 11, 2021 9:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Comfortable Men's Flip Flops?
Replies: 81
Views: 6647

Re: Comfortable Men's Flip Flops?

I think Chaco makes the best - comfortable and durable.
by bltkmt
Fri Apr 02, 2021 8:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Resole hiking boots?
Replies: 40
Views: 2196

Re: Resole hiking boots?

I have used these guys in Salem, OR (by mail) to resole two pair of Blundstones. They do a great job. https://myshoeman.com/
by bltkmt
Wed Mar 03, 2021 9:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's your favorite reasonably priced gin?
Replies: 119
Views: 9502

Re: What's your favorite reasonably priced gin?

Uncle Val's Botanical.
by bltkmt
Mon Feb 15, 2021 10:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Toyota 4 Runner owners -- opinions?]
Replies: 54
Views: 3789

Re: [Toyota 4 Runner owners -- opinions?]

I have a 2010 4Runner Limited and love it. However, as a poster above stated the technology is out of date compared to newer vehicles (like your Highlander).
by bltkmt
Fri Feb 05, 2021 10:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mask filters?
Replies: 34
Views: 1895

Re: Mask filters?

My new cloth mask has a pocket for filters that can be swapped out/disposable as such. Does anyone have a filter seller to recommend? is the issue of "counterfeit" a problem the way it is for KN95 filter masks? https://www.amazon.com/Reusable-Pollutant-Filters-Walking-Camping/dp/B085CMKYR...
by bltkmt
Thu Jan 21, 2021 10:41 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Options for healthcare during FIRE (but before 65)?
Replies: 141
Views: 10679

Re: Options for healthcare during FIRE (but before 65)?

I am in this precise boat currently. DW and I just went onto ACA and plan to keep our income below the threshold. Our subsidized premium is $18 per month.
by bltkmt
Mon Nov 23, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hydroponic AeroGarden - something worth spending on now
Replies: 10
Views: 1377

Re: Hydroponic AeroGarden - something worth spending on now

My son gave me one last Christmas and I love it. Grew the herbs that came with it, then after that grew Scotch Bonnet peppers (and transplanted to pots when they got big). Fun winter hobby.
by bltkmt
Fri Jul 24, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vitamix Worth It?
Replies: 167
Views: 23096

Re: Vitamix Worth It?

cinghiale wrote: Tue Oct 04, 2016 6:58 am And, by all accounts, these things last forever.
Agreed, although I am always curious if I should be doing any preventative maintenance on ours like lubrication or something.
by bltkmt
Wed Feb 26, 2020 8:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are there any newer sci-fi tv shows that are family friendly
Replies: 27
Views: 2050

Re: Are there any newer sci-fi tv shows that are family friendly

bligh wrote: Tue Feb 25, 2020 11:01 pm Netflix has a “Lost in Space” reboot that is pretty good and family friendly. We have watched both seasons with our kids and they really enjoyed it.
Agreed on this one - it is really good.
by bltkmt
Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Iphone cords / cables
Replies: 51
Views: 4187

Re: Iphone cords / cables

mainiac wrote: Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:48 pm I wrapped the end of the cord with Sugru. I'm still on my original cord (at least 5 years old), even though I upgraded the phone.

https://sugru.com/tech-gadget/how-to-re ... rger-cable

I do this as well, at the bendy spots of the cable.
by bltkmt
Fri Jan 10, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Talk me out of buying a Tesla Model 3
Replies: 930
Views: 84868

Re: Talk me out of buying a Tesla Model 3

Don't do it.
by bltkmt
Thu Jan 02, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 6695
Views: 1464030

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Finally got around to watching "Ex Machina" - not sure how I missed it. Great story and very well done movie.
by bltkmt
Wed Nov 27, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Deal Aggregation site?
Replies: 10
Views: 1571

Re: Favorite Deal Aggregation site?

I follow Ritzknows and Brad's Deals.
by bltkmt
Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric shavers - foil vs rotary
Replies: 24
Views: 2429

Re: Electric shavers - foil vs rotary

Have you considered something like the Norelco oneblade? You mention that "it doesn't need to be a very close shave." I own both the Braun Series 7 and the oneblade, and find that I use the oneblade more, not because it's better, but because it's easier. I tend to skip days, and the onebl...
by bltkmt
Thu Oct 24, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Google Drive enough for me?
Replies: 64
Views: 4410

Re: Is Google Drive enough for me?

Don't confuse syncing services (google drive, dropbox..etc) and true backup solutions that come with (versioning). I use google drive to access some files from anywhere. However, if for example I mistakenly deleted a file from my home PC, it will be removed forever from G Drive as well! Ransomeware...
by bltkmt
Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric Bicycles
Replies: 116
Views: 10461

Re: Electric Bicycles

My wife and I, both in our mid-50's, each have Pedego Interceptors - they look like beach cruisers. We ride them everywhere and love them. Like someone above mentioned, we would likely not be riding "normal" bikes. We can go farther distances and not worry about hills. We always pedal - th...
by bltkmt
Fri Aug 30, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What, besides dishes, do you run through your dishwasher?
Replies: 85
Views: 7034

Re: What, besides dishes, do you run through your dishwasher?

Quarterly I clean our hot tub filters (ceramic) in the dishwasher.
by bltkmt
Fri Aug 30, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What, besides dishes, do you run through your dishwasher?
Replies: 85
Views: 7034

Re: What, besides dishes, do you run through your dishwasher?

My favorite discovery was that I can take the grill from the barbeque as well as the tents that cover the flames, and run these through the machine. We run them on the pots and pans cycle and they come out very clean. We've used our barbeque about 6-10 times this summer, running the parts through t...
by bltkmt
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips for new pet owner [puppy]
Replies: 71
Views: 5115

Re: Tips for new pet owner

Get medical insurance for your dog, personally I like trupanion. Give your dog good / healthy food, no different than a person. A healthy person doesn't eat crappy, foods dogs are no different. A puppy is not a dog! how you train it as a puppy will affect you and it as it becomes an adult dog. Teac...
by bltkmt
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: pc remote viewing software like teamviewer?
Replies: 10
Views: 638

Re: pc remote viewing software like teamviewer?

Chrome Remote Desktop works well for that.
by bltkmt
Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Much Do You Pay For Haircut?
Replies: 115
Views: 7757

Re: How Much Do You Pay For Haircut?

$22 every two weeks, but they also trim my beard in that price.
by bltkmt
Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Slow cooker vs Instant pot........
Replies: 62
Views: 5150

Re: Slow cooker vs Instant pot........

We love our instant pot and never use the slow cooker. It is great to make chili in for one thing. Also rice, hard boiled eggs and baked potatoes. I just bought some Quicurry from Amazon and plan to try it in the instant pot soon.
by bltkmt
Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to live: Santa Barbara area versus Palm Beach versus Sarasota?
Replies: 28
Views: 3063

Re: Where to live: Santa Barbara area versus Palm Beach versus Sarasota?

I went to school in Santa Barbara (UCSB) and would have (should have?) stayed there, but the job market is not all that great. I would pick it over Florida in any case, assuming you have the employment opportunity. It is the US version of the French Riviera - beautiful.
by bltkmt
Fri Feb 22, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota Sequoia questions
Replies: 89
Views: 6031

Re: Toyota Sequoia questions

I drive a 4Runner which has the roll down window in the rear hatch - does the Sequoia have that too? Great for dogs...
by bltkmt
Thu Jan 24, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Button Down Shirts / Travel Pants / Light Jacket? Other Tips from experienced Boglehead world travelers?
Replies: 179
Views: 16611

Re: Men's No-Cotton Travel Pants Suggestions? Other Tips from experienced world travellers?

I actually learned of Rohan Designs from another Bogleheads post. Kind of surprised no one has suggested them. I haven't had occasion to buy more travel clothing since learning of Rohan, but I figured I would check them out, at some point, in the future. https://www.rohandesigns.com Great point - I...
by bltkmt
Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Button Down Shirts / Travel Pants / Light Jacket? Other Tips from experienced Boglehead world travelers?
Replies: 179
Views: 16611

Re: Men's No-Cotton Travel Pants Suggestions? Other Tips from experienced world travellers?

Bluffworks pants. Last year I took a pair of their Chinos and a pair of their "Originals" on a 10 day trip to Italy. I wore a pair of jeans (not Bluffworks) on the plane, and wish I had left them home. I love their zippered security pockets. The pants are lightweight and don't get many wr...
by bltkmt
Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cleaning cast iron skillet
Replies: 37
Views: 3174

Re: Cleaning cast iron skillet

The OP really asks two questions. One can the pan be saved. Others have assured him that yes it can. Two, was the question of how to clean a cast iron pan. While all of the suggestions may work well, there is nothing easier than a chain mail scrubber. We use it on old pans and a new pans. Just run ...
by bltkmt
Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Noise cancelling headphones for plane trips, advice?
Replies: 62
Views: 3788

Re: Noise cancelling headphones for plane trips, advice?

MRMN wrote: Tue Jan 01, 2019 5:24 pm Plugfones!!!!

Basically earplugs that play music. Best noise cancelling I’ve ever had, and by far the best price, as well as small and convenient.
How is music sound quality?
by bltkmt
Wed Dec 26, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Credit Card Mix
Replies: 41
Views: 16517

Re: Credit Card Mix

dentite wrote: Tue Dec 25, 2018 1:46 pm
Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card - no annual fee and 5% back on amazon purchases - this would be used only for amazon purchases.


And Whole Foods if you have one nearby.
by bltkmt
Thu Nov 29, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Winter boot recommendation
Replies: 34
Views: 3871

Re: Winter boot recommendation

+1 on Keens boots.
by bltkmt
Mon Oct 29, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vehicle recommendations for long commutes in CO mountains
Replies: 72
Views: 5578

Re: Vehicle recommendations for long commutes in CO mountains

Alexa9 wrote: Sat Oct 27, 2018 12:39 pm Toyotas are bulletproof. I'd go with a RAV-4 or Highlander.
Or 4Runner. I have a 2010 and it will take any road pretty easily.
by bltkmt
Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Visiting the Statue of Liberty
Replies: 8
Views: 973

Re: Visiting the Statue of Liberty

Go here for a great cocktail before or after: https://blacktailnyc.com/
by bltkmt
Thu Sep 27, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good flip flops
Replies: 46
Views: 3992

Re: Good flip flops

Rupert wrote: Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:55 am I like Chaco Ecotread flip flops. Great arch support, and they last for years and years.

+1 on these Chacos - I have two pair that are very comfortable and have lasted for years. Plus they have great treads, so you can use them on various terrains.
by bltkmt
Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: FaceID w driving? ... upgrading from 5S
Replies: 18
Views: 1064

Re: FaceID w driving? ... upgrading from 5S

+1 on "Hey Siri" - it works well, and phone does not need to be unlocked.
by bltkmt
Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much do bogleheads save in 529?
Replies: 79
Views: 6465

Re: How much do bogleheads save in 529?

We saved about $120k per child in 529's. Both ended up attending public schools, but out of state. Both received merit scholarships from those schools - not huge but something. We ended up having to fund about $15k more out of our pockets for DS #1. Not sure on DS #2 yet as he is still in school but...
by bltkmt
Thu Sep 06, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Encryption Solution: Local + Cloud
Replies: 60
Views: 5169

Re: Encryption Solution: Local + Cloud

I tried Boxcryptor for a while and did not like it. I now just zip the files that I want to be more secure and put a strong password on the zip file.
by bltkmt
Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nespresso?
Replies: 103
Views: 9901

Re: Nespresso?

I'm also thinking about trying out Illy's IperEspresso system. The trouble is finding a place to actually try the coffees. We have the Illy machine and I prefer the output to Nespresso. Plus the machine looks a little like ET. https://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/65...
by bltkmt
Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best ultra thin pocket knife?
Replies: 54
Views: 7907

Re: Best ultra thin pocket knife?

I have a bunch of pocket knives and love them. The one I tend to carry every day is a Byrd Starling.
by bltkmt
Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retire in Florida or Alabama?
Replies: 107
Views: 13122

Re: Retire in Florida or Alabama?

adamthesmythe wrote: Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:24 pm Well it only matters what they think...but...

I would pay good money to not live in either Florida or Alabama.

I do consider Florida more civilized.
This.
by bltkmt
Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Aqua Shoes for Beach
Replies: 16
Views: 1768

Re: Aqua Shoes for Beach

I am a big fan of the Adidas Climacool Boat Lace shoes and have worn them for years. Very comfortable and durable and can be worn casually as well.
by bltkmt
Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cleaning gas grill
Replies: 40
Views: 3945

Re: Cleaning gas grill

The most important thing has been covering it after use so that it does not rust due to rain or snow. I think Webers are generally stainless steel and not prone to rust. I have never covered mine in the northeast. In fact, I have been told not to cover them due to moisture buildup. Edit - just saw ...
by bltkmt
Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Will you pay for your kids' college/graduate education?
Replies: 366
Views: 18063

Re: Will you pay for your kids' college/graduate education?

We have two sons that both attended Clemson. #1 finished on time in engineering and got a job immediately - we paid for his undergrad completely. #2 is studying bio-chem and will likely need a graduate degree to find a career job. We will pay for his undergrad, as we did with his brother, but are de...
by bltkmt
Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Downsizing question: smaller house or interim rental
Replies: 15
Views: 1105

Re: Downsizing question: smaller house or interim rental

Watching this with popcorn in my lap as we are in a VERY similar situation and would like to hear what others think.
by bltkmt
Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Is there a way to block someone?
Replies: 22
Views: 4523

Re: Is there a way to block someone?

jebmke wrote: Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:11 am Blocking would not solve this. Just don't read that poster's comments.
Actually, blocking WOULD solve this. In other forums that I frequent, it works quite well for this situation.
by bltkmt
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Top Shelf Liquor Overrated?
Replies: 191
Views: 22941

Re: Top Shelf Liquor Overrated?

You may need to look on higher shelves. :D
by bltkmt
Wed May 30, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Router hack, have you acted?
Replies: 101
Views: 10980

Re: Router hack, have you acted?

SittingOnTheFence wrote: Wed May 30, 2018 12:47 am My primary wifi reboots itself automatically every week.
Curious how you enabled this, as I would like mine to do that.
by bltkmt
Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone else use AmazonSmile?
Replies: 31
Views: 3556

Re: Anyone else use AmazonSmile?

IowaFarmWife wrote: Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:17 am Yes, and mine goes to my Church.

I do this as well, for our church. We use Amazon a lot, and I was surprised to see that we have only generated like $12 in a few years. Strange.