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by Oreamnos
Sun Sep 20, 2020 1:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which snow tires for serious snow commuting?
Replies: 29
Views: 1494

Re: Which snow tires for serious snow commuting?

The #1 thing you can and should do in her situation is put on a dedicated set of high-quality winter/snow tires. And then secondly, carry the various equipment you listed, along with the knowledge to use it all. Especially including chains. But putting on chains just sucks. And is dangerous. In my o...
by Oreamnos
Sun Sep 20, 2020 1:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tour de France - sort of
Replies: 10
Views: 1065

Re: Tour de France - sort of

OldOne wrote: Sat Sep 19, 2020 9:28 pm Meanwhile, I'll watch Stage 20, which I've recorded, and try to enjoy (I don't care for the time trials).
Not watching a time trial the day before entering Paris, especially this one, is a big mistake. It's called the Race of Truth for a reason...
by Oreamnos
Sun Sep 20, 2020 1:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Visiting Oregon Coast
Replies: 20
Views: 2818

Re: Visiting Oregon Coast

With a batch of rain and big wind changes, the smoke is virtually all gone from the entire coast and western valleys, and really just above everywhere except for directly downwind (east) of a few spots. No reason any more to hold off on visiting any part of the coast.
by Oreamnos
Fri Aug 14, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Microphone
Replies: 6
Views: 565

Re: Microphone

Another vote for Blue Yeti, especially given the desire to use it for music. I "splurged" on mine once I got into post-Covid full-time working from home mode, especially because my very large corporation asked us not to use video in calls to save on bandwidth demands. So the smooth velvety power of ...
by Oreamnos
Mon Jul 13, 2020 11:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: White Salmon, WA
Replies: 6
Views: 1196

Re: White Salmon, WA

Portland outdoor sports-oriented person here who has spent a lot of time in that area. I generally just lump all the little towns in that vicinity into one group, but there are certainly differences. White Salmon is small, but realistically, if you moved there and got to know people through active s...
by Oreamnos
Sat Jul 11, 2020 12:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: At crossroads with 2003 Ford Ranger
Replies: 15
Views: 882

Re: At crossroads with 2003 Ford Ranger

I had a 2001 Ranger, 4WD extended cab, MT with the 4.0L. Traded it in when I got a Sierra a few years ago. It was only after I did that when I learned what a strong market there is for used Rangers. As long as the vehicle is fundamentally in good shape, a specific repair issue apparently doesn't sca...
by Oreamnos
Sat Jul 11, 2020 12:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bike upgrade recs?
Replies: 51
Views: 2818

Re: Bike upgrade recs?

livesoft wrote: Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:13 pm OTOH, the bike I was riding before my $400 purchase was a very nice De Rosa w/ full Dura-Ace from the early 1990's. That was one sweet ride and sits in my garage.
Get that De Rosa out there! Just went for a ride on my custom 1991 Paramount with DA this afternoon....
by Oreamnos
Thu Jun 25, 2020 8:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Astronomy Buffs Out There?
Replies: 80
Views: 5388

Re: Any Astronomy Buffs Out There?

The summer Milky Way is ramping up in the eastern sky. Look to the east and one will see an extremely bright star - Vega - blue is hue. Further to the east is Deneb ( constellation Cygnus, also known as Northern Cross) and to the south is Altair in constellation Aquilla. These three bright stars ar...
by Oreamnos
Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Astronomy Buffs Out There?
Replies: 80
Views: 5388

Re: Any Astronomy Buffs Out There?

We are very much rookies but wife and I have been looking to start stargazing with the kids. Everything I read says to get started with some good binoculars. So I'm leaning towards the Celestron - SkyMaster 25x70 and an Amazon basics tripod. Good place to get to get started? You all have any tips? ...
by Oreamnos
Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pilot, Highlander or CX-9
Replies: 64
Views: 5984

Re: Pilot, Highlander or CX-9

Kagord wrote: Tue Jun 23, 2020 6:06 am There's just a small snafu they have with the folks that design the grill, but you can buy before that problem.

LOL. I laughed more at this than at anything else in quite some time.
by Oreamnos
Tue Apr 21, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Advice on buying a weekend car [UPDATE]
Replies: 90
Views: 4541

Re: Advice on buying a weekend car

Just do it. Heck, it might even turn into a great financial move if you're lucky. I did the same back in 1999 when I bought the 1980 911SC that I still have.
by Oreamnos
Sat Apr 18, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I give blood now?
Replies: 23
Views: 1486

Re: Should I give blood now?

Yes, you should, as should all of us who can. The problem I've found is that many of the planned donation events/locations have been cancelling or closing, actually making it somewhat difficult to find a time and place to donate.
by Oreamnos
Mon Dec 09, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best paper notebooks for workplace notes
Replies: 21
Views: 1794

Re: Best paper notebooks for workplace notes

Do an Amazon search for "Rhodia a4 notebook lined". Best quality paper you'll find (works with all pens well without any bleed-through) at a modest price. A wirebound version will lie flat nicely.
by Oreamnos
Mon Dec 09, 2019 12:02 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best source for microsoft office?
Replies: 22
Views: 2012

Re: Best source for microsoft office?

Office 365 Home subscription through Costco. The price is discounted decently, and they add 3 extra months to the annual subscription for free. This version allows for 6 users, and each user is entitled to 1 TB (yes, TB) of OneDrive cloud storage. OneDrive really does seem to be a good overall packa...
by Oreamnos
Sun Nov 17, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Lack of motivation to “exceed” goals.
Replies: 16
Views: 1668

Re: Lack of motivation to “exceed” goals.

If you're making that income with those kinds of work hours and your management is happy, then I'd definitely kick back a bit and enjoy the time with the kids for a while. If you feel the urge, you can always crank it back up later when the kids are a bit older. But what I really want to know, as an...
by Oreamnos
Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: RSS Reader Question
Replies: 12
Views: 968

Re: RSS Reader Question

pyld76 wrote: Sun Nov 10, 2019 9:33 pm Feedly. And I curse google for discontinuing reader.
2nd.
by Oreamnos
Sat Nov 02, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacing one tire on all wheel drive SUV
Replies: 13
Views: 1465

Re: Replacing one tire on all wheel drive SUV

Having owned primarily AWD cars for a long, long time, I've always had a problem with this alleged issue of differential tire wear in AWD cars. Seems kinda silly to make such a big fuss about different tread depths when tire inflation is not controlled to any high level of precision. I would submit ...
by Oreamnos
Wed Oct 16, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why so many iPhones??? Why did you pick it? Why do you upgrade it?
Replies: 156
Views: 11959

Re: Why so many iPhones??? Why did you pick it? Why do you upgrade it?

My overall take is very, very similar to that posted by rich126 above. Am also a technologist/computer engineering/software person by long career. I used to get versions of things that allowed me to mod/tweak all sorts of stuff, but that just got old and annoying, especially on phones that get modif...
by Oreamnos
Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacing Furnace Pressure Switch
Replies: 7
Views: 840

Re: Replacing Furnace Pressure Switch

Rdytoretire wrote: Sun Oct 06, 2019 10:08 pm ...

My guess is that maybe something else is causing the failure.
...

This is the angle I'd pursue. Ours had a similar behavior that was caused by moisture coming in from the top of the vent system above the roof line of the house.
by Oreamnos
Wed Sep 25, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend A Travel Site
Replies: 16
Views: 1628

Re: Recommend A Travel Site

$3100 is pretty good for Delta biz class to Europe, especially with a second flight.
by Oreamnos
Wed Sep 25, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend A Travel Site
Replies: 16
Views: 1628

Re: Recommend A Travel Site

$3100 is pretty good for Delta biz class to Europe, especially with a second flight.
by Oreamnos
Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice on southern Italy trip November
Replies: 25
Views: 2379

Re: Advice on southern Italy trip November

Wish I could help more, as my wife and I just returned home to the US this morning from a 2 week Rick Steves "Best of Southern Italy" tour (plus a few extra days). Our tour didn't go further south than Matera and the Amalfi coast, so I can't offer much. But I'll be tracking this thread for advice, a...
by Oreamnos
Thu Apr 25, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any affordable place for Dental Implants in the Northwest USA ?
Replies: 23
Views: 2284

Re: Any affordable place for Dental Implants in the Northwest USA ?

Can't do much for you as regards affordability, but I can confirm very similar pricing from a very good provider in the Portland area a couple of years ago.
by Oreamnos
Wed Mar 27, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boeing 737 Max 8 Flight: Would you rebook?
Replies: 63
Views: 5786

Re: Boeing 737 Max 8 Flight: Would you rebook?

From what I have read, the pilot who turned off the system and saved the plane the day before the Lion Air crash was a third, off-duty pilot sitting behind the on-duty pilots. I don't know if it's been reported why he knew to turn it off when the two pilots apparently didn't. As I posted to the OP ...
by Oreamnos
Wed Mar 27, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boeing 737 Max 8 Flight: Would you rebook?
Replies: 63
Views: 5786

Re: Boeing 737 Max 8 Flight: Would you rebook?

... In routine aircraft life, sensors fail or give screwy readings, and flight crews are trained in how to deal with this. In the case of the MAX family, the MCAS behavior with a failed sensor made it a bit hard for the crew to deal with the issue, but it still should have been reasonably overcome....
by Oreamnos
Wed Mar 27, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boeing 737 Max 8 Flight: Would you rebook?
Replies: 63
Views: 5786

Re: Boeing 737 Max 8 Flight: Would you rebook?

"horrible design choice to use single string AoA as an input" Am I correct that 3 AoA detectors/sensors should have been used with consensus of 2 of 3 needed for actuation of MCAS (but if one disagrees a trouble indication would be displayed in cockpit) (normally all 3 would be within a certain ran...
by Oreamnos
Wed Mar 27, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boeing 737 Max 8 Flight: Would you rebook?
Replies: 63
Views: 5786

Re: Boeing 737 Max 8 Flight: Would you rebook?

This is outside the scope of the original question (should I fly on this airplane), but there are many angles here: 1.) Boeing decided to base their new more efficient single aisle plane on the old 737 platform, so there were a lot of self-imposed limitations. The 737 sits low to the ground--since ...
by Oreamnos
Wed Mar 27, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are 2004 Ford Rangers Reliable?
Replies: 20
Views: 1604

Re: Are 2004 Ford Rangers Reliable?

I had a 2001 Ranger, extended cab, manual tranny, 6 cyl, XLT, 4WD. Owned it from about 2003 until 2014. Overall, it provided good, reliable service over that time. I eventually had to chase down a few water leaks around the doors, and replaced some of the door seals. This was largely an issue becaus...
by Oreamnos
Tue Mar 26, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Adventure Trip Ideas - Pacific NW vs Utah / Wyoming
Replies: 16
Views: 1172

Re: Adventure Trip Ideas - Pacific NW vs Utah / Wyoming

The prior recommendations from SevenBridgesRoad are pretty much exactly what I would also recommend (am also a Bend/Portland person, and what one would call an "adventure trip" person). If windsurfing is on the agenda, it would be criminal to not hit up Hood River. If rock climbing is a thing for yo...
by Oreamnos
Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Leadership literature or advice
Replies: 12
Views: 1127

Re: Leadership literature or advice

Congrats. I made that same transition myself years ago. Many of the recommendations here are good ones. The Manager Tools podcast (and website) is very good, especially when it comes to the basics of managing the efforts of others. Highly recommended. Sitting in the bookcase to my right are somethin...
by Oreamnos
Sat Feb 09, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 3 year old tires installed (Sam's club). Should I do anything about this?
Replies: 104
Views: 9563

Re: 3 year old tires installed (Sam's club). Should I do anything about this?

Many tire shops won't repair flats in tires that are beyond a certain age (I've encountered several that use 8 years from the mfg date as the cutoff). By getting 3 year old tires, you're potentially limiting your repairability in the future. Just FYI.
by Oreamnos
Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for A/T tire that also works well in snow
Replies: 8
Views: 553

Re: Recommendations for A/T tire that also works well in snow

I put the Nokian Rotiiva AT on my Sierra two years ago, primarily because there are very, very few A/T tires out there that carry the full "mountain & snowflake" snow tire rating on them. I believe the KO2s do as well. Am a huge fan of Nokian tires, especially for snow applications. The Rotiivas are...
by Oreamnos
Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I get a new iPhone?
Replies: 43
Views: 4470

Re: Should I get a new iPhone?

If the camera thing is fairly important to you, and if your phone is the primary camera in your life, and if you've got the cash to burn, then definitely do it. My wife has a 6s, and she always grabs my 7 Plus whenever she wants to take a pic, because the quality is so vastly better. The dual camera...
by Oreamnos
Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retirement location planning
Replies: 19
Views: 2461

Re: Retirement location planning

If you are thinking about coming west, CO, AZ, NM, NV may fit your criteria. NM and NV in particular may be of interest from lower cost perspective. Low humidity and if you get some altitude, few bugs. CO: Colorado Springs and Grand Junction NM: Santa Fe and Taos AZ: Flagstaff, Phoenix NV: Reno and...
by Oreamnos
Fri Jun 29, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Deferred Comp good idea?
Replies: 25
Views: 3241

Re: Deferred Comp good idea?

I did a little bit of the deferred comp thing with my megacorp years ago, and then stopped, while many of my peers continued to pump money into it. And now, my megacorp is being acquired by a MEGAcorp, and the closing date is likely to be early enough to force a single lump sum payout to just about ...
by Oreamnos
Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to the Steens Mountains in Oregon
Replies: 13
Views: 1351

Re: Trip to the Steens Mountains in Oregon

Fantastic area, but do not underestimate how remote it is. Lodging/food/fuel options are extremely few and far between. The Frenchglen Hotel is the primary lodging option, and you should plan to do the big family style dining there. Go to Fields Station for milkshakes. Drive to the top of Steens fro...
by Oreamnos
Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Daughter’s College & Grad School Expenses -Nurse Practitioner
Replies: 51
Views: 4338

Re: Daughter’s College & Grad School Expenses -Nurse Practitioner

Please tell me the differences. I might be inclined to tell you to pay some $$$ for two years more but not 4 years. The issue is I just do not understand the advantages or differences... So... Both are great career choices nowadays. In general, NPs have more autonomy and ability to practice indepen...
by Oreamnos
Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: How do I open a nondeductible IRA
Replies: 24
Views: 2048

Re: How do I open a nondeductible IRA

Wait, have I made a big mistake? I’ve been contributing to nondeductible IRAs for the past ~6 years for my wife and myself. What is the big deal with this form 8606 you mention? Should I roll over to a Roth and just eat the capital gains taxes? My wife and I are both high earners in our 30s if it m...
by Oreamnos
Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is there a reason I can't do a single-transaction rebalance in my IRAs?
Replies: 9
Views: 1302

Re: Is there a reason I can't do a single-transaction rebalance in my IRAs?

Oreamnos, your rebalancing sounds complicated. What is your AA, how many funds total, how often are you rebalancing? Not complicated at all; just your basic 3 fund kinda thing. Doing separate transactions for the rebalance isn't hard, it just requires doing a touch of easy math. But the way it's im...
by Oreamnos
Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is there a reason I can't do a single-transaction rebalance in my IRAs?
Replies: 9
Views: 1302

Re: Is there a reason I can't do a single-transaction rebalance in my IRAs?

livesoft wrote: Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:08 am We would never want to use such a feature either.
Why is that? It's super quick and easy, with no adverse consequences (as far as I know, which is why I ask).
by Oreamnos
Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is there a reason I can't do a single-transaction rebalance in my IRAs?
Replies: 9
Views: 1302

Is there a reason I can't do a single-transaction rebalance in my IRAs?

Was attempting to do a little bit of rebalancing earlier today. For my megacorp Fidelity 401k and non-qualified accounts, the Fidelity NetBenefits site lets me specify a rebalancing target allocation among my investments, and complete that via a "single" transaction (actually requires a few separate...
by Oreamnos
Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:36 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is it time for me to "call in rich"?
Replies: 75
Views: 14057

Re: Is it time for me to "call in rich"?

Love this post. Your situation is so very much like ours in so many ways. DW and I also turn 53 this year, and we also both started in 1987. Our 401k/403b balances are very similar to yours. Engineering manager. No kids. No desire to leave any big chunks of money to anyone. Fairly tired of the routi...
by Oreamnos
Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:39 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Pay off mortgage due to new tax law
Replies: 39
Views: 8494

Re: Pay off mortgage due to new tax law

I had the same thought, and paid off ours last week. Had been toying with the idea for a while, since the balance was under $100K. The passage of the tax law triggered me to just do it. Turned the zero balance account statement into a Christmas gift for my wife; she was utterly delighted to know tha...
by Oreamnos
Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Microsoft account security alert email.....real or fake??
Replies: 15
Views: 8257

Re: Microsoft account security alert email.....real or fake??

99.9999999% chance it's fake.

Log in your usual way, change the password, and go about your day.
by Oreamnos
Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Audiophile Headphones
Replies: 31
Views: 4311

Re: Audiophile Headphones

Looking at the Sennheiser HD650. Any others to consider in the <$500 range and any reason to go above this range? Thanks. I liked the Hifiman HE400S but reviews said they are fragile. I'm a bit surprised by the belief that the HE400 (any variant) are fragile. I have a set of the HE400i, and they do...
by Oreamnos
Tue Oct 31, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How to learn about financial statement analysis?
Replies: 30
Views: 4148

Re: How to learn about financial statement analysis?

I am becoming interested in financial statements - it's actually quite fun when you begin to see how things fit together within a statement or across different statements. I remember when I was at university people thought that accountancy is really boring, but it doesn't seem to be that way to me ...
by Oreamnos
Mon Oct 02, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Reach out to hiring manager directly on LinkedIn?
Replies: 52
Views: 4164

Re: Reach out to hiring manager directly on LinkedIn?

I also don't accept LinkedIn connection requests from people I don't actually know (with precious few exceptions). This is the exact reason why I've soured on LinkedIn and consider it worthless (at least in my field). People pitch LinkedIn as the best networking and job hunting tool in the world. S...
by Oreamnos
Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Reach out to hiring manager directly on LinkedIn?
Replies: 52
Views: 4164

Re: Reach out to hiring manager directly on LinkedIn?

As a hiring manager, I see no downside in this. Worst case if the company policy requires that you go through HR, they will just tell you and you will be no worse off. Even then, I would appreciate the initiative. As a hiring manager, I would naturally be a little irked if someone did this to me, a...
by Oreamnos
Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Reach out to hiring manager directly on LinkedIn?
Replies: 52
Views: 4164

Re: Reach out to hiring manager directly on LinkedIn?

As a hiring manager, I see no downside in this. Worst case if the company policy requires that you go through HR, they will just tell you and you will be no worse off. Even then, I would appreciate the initiative. As a hiring manager, I would naturally be a little irked if someone did this to me, a...
by Oreamnos
Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oregon road trip help
Replies: 85
Views: 8564

Re: Oregon road trip help

JupiterJones wrote: Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:26 am PDX is still a great airport, but it hasn't been the same since they replaced the carpet. :(
:thumbsup