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by trinc
Wed Jul 01, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Renting an RV for the first time. Any advice?
Replies: 53
Views: 3359

Re: Renting an RV for the first time. Any advice?

i would map your route and what you want to see. you are not going to take a bus off the beaten path, it will be more of a drive by adventure unless you also tow a vehicle... or park the RV and rent a car.

Tim
by trinc
Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Norton 360 and Macbook
Replies: 12
Views: 587

Re: Norton 360 and Macbook

Norton tools (DOS) and utilities ( early windows ) were some of the best around, those days have long passed. once sold, early 90's iirc, things went down hill.

Tim
by trinc
Tue Jun 09, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to Alaska in August/Sep
Replies: 17
Views: 1673

Re: Trip to Alaska in August/Sep

AK is a BIG state, for that short of a stay i would focus on a specific region. i would start with Kenai Peninsula. If you want to head north, the Alaska RR to Denali is wonderful, or drive out hwy 1 ( NE ) to Glennallen, or a longer run east... try & get a room at Kennicott. i should make public so...
by trinc
Tue Jun 09, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does Buying an RV make sense?
Replies: 97
Views: 6340

Re: Does Buying an RV make sense?

You can actually get that first picture when RVing, but... a) it ain’t gonna happen in a national park, which have massive crowds and because of the crowds, a lot of restrictions on where you can camp. b) it takes some experience and research to learn how to find those places. It also might require...
by trinc
Thu Jun 04, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: can I shorten a pdf file?
Replies: 35
Views: 2057

Re: can I shorten a pdf file?

On a Windows system, install CutePDF (free). It uses the print driver to create a new PDF. Because it uses the print driver you can choose the page numbers to print, including non-continuous ranges (i.e. print pages 1-5, 8-13, 17, 23-25) into a single PDF. Bullzip is another great PDF creator ( as ...
by trinc
Wed Jun 03, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Selling wife's 1-year old car?
Replies: 86
Views: 6117

Re: Selling wife's 1-year old car?

you may want to add the possibility of 'mom' not going back to work in the mix. :happy

tim
by trinc
Tue May 19, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lowes vs Home Depot
Replies: 97
Views: 14482

Re: Lowes vs Home Depot

Home Depot for the 10% veteran discount. I have 'Veteran' on my state drivers license, which i rarely get out before i get thanked for my service. Lowes : ( asks for a veteran ID card ( which i don't have )... They will often state they will honor the 10% discount 'this time'. never understood why t...
by trinc
Thu Jan 09, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oil to gas conversion question
Replies: 11
Views: 731

Re: Oil to gas conversion question

We called an oil recovery company, a guy with a tank truck : ) . he came and pumped out most of the oil. iirc we received about 1/3 the going rate. what a project that was ! but ours was in ground...we then had another company come out and triple rinse the tank. spray a soap solution into the tank t...
by trinc
Fri Nov 15, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gaming Desktop
Replies: 46
Views: 3630

Re: Gaming Desktop

when the budget is tight, i always suggest building from the bottom up. stay with the large size case. ( room plus lots of cooling options ) get a good mobo ! ( current model - note: pay attention to CPU socket ) get a monster PS down the road: easy things to upgrade faster CPU more memory better GP...
by trinc
Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Mortgage refinance? Recast?
Replies: 69
Views: 3580

Re: Mortgage refinance? Recast?

WellsFargo Mortgage

I recast my loan. Paid 50% of the principle owed, the 'recast' was just a recalculation of the monthly payment... the interest and length of the loan did not change.

I was not charged for the service.

Tim
by trinc
Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Critique my exercise routine because it's not working for me
Replies: 160
Views: 11365

Re: Critique my exercise routine because it's not working for me

i ( at 56 ) wanted to slim down, again. started dec 30 ( so it's not a new years resolution : P ) month one: 15 lbs month two: 10 lbs month three: 5 lbs 5'8" 190 lbs starting, now maintaining 160 lbs. It was more about diet than exercise. making your calories count & know what your eating. i was a b...
by trinc
Mon Jul 29, 2019 11:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Capital One data breach
Replies: 56
Views: 5614

Re: Capital One data breach

i have my credit frozen with the big three so i'm not worried about that, but the linked bank account does worry me. i use a small credit union, which has always done right by me in fraudulent transactions in the past, but they don't provide instant transaction notifications like Capitol One does. i...
by trinc
Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite mountain lodge destinations in the west?
Replies: 49
Views: 4811

Re: Favorite mountain lodge destinations in the west?

There are no 'grand' lodges within a days drive,( casino's don't count :wink: ). as a Portlander i struggle at being a tour guide, the region is diverse and really depends on the persons interests. How about: Columbia Cliff Villas Columbia Gorge Hotel These would be a great launch point to see: mt h...
by trinc
Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Wife considering returning to work
Replies: 40
Views: 5134

Re: Wife considering returning to work

as a parent of two ( 19 & 17 ). My wife was a SHM. i didn't have to worry about sick children, school closures, summer etc as my wife dealt with all that... what i wanted was to watch my kids grow and share some of their experiences. This was accomplished by having a 40 hr week job, 7am-3pm ( i walk...
by trinc
Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to Live? N. Orange County, CA or Vancouver, WA or Atlanta
Replies: 82
Views: 7747

Re: Where to Live? N. Orange County, CA or Vancouver, WA or Atlanta

... iirc the weather channel said Portland is in the third driest June on record. :D

I've been in Portland since 1989. The PNW region is amazing.

Tim
by trinc
Thu Mar 15, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My 2017 CRV is a victim of the dreaded oil gas-dilution issue
Replies: 1169
Views: 186453

Re: My 2017 CRV is a victim of the dreaded oil gas-dilution issue

i have a 2005 CR-V that has never had an issue ( other than airbag recall ), we needed to replace it as my son is now driving it... first thought was to buy another CR-V or Forester and look at the RAV4 ( which we did before buying the first CR-V ). the new CVT tranny crossed the CR-V off the list, ...
by trinc
Fri Feb 17, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tell me about Alaska
Replies: 63
Views: 10586

Re: Tell me about Alaska

I've been to Alaska many times... starting as a young airman working on radar systems for the USAF. I really enjoyed the train to Denali & the school bus ride. :D Our last trip, after some fishing on the Kenai, include a stay at Kennicott Lodge. What a treat ! i'll try & post a couple pics when i ge...
by trinc
Fri Jul 29, 2016 9:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: is this wise? purchasing honda cbr 250r
Replies: 59
Views: 5253

Re: is this wise? purchasing honda cbr 250r

I raced motorcycles (club), helped with local group rides & mentor for new riders etc. etc. ( big supporter of Doc Wong & Keith Code ) although i do like the fact that the lower CC bikes are being updated, and to help with the quick turnover the displacement has increased to 300cc. The hands down be...
by trinc
Tue Jul 26, 2016 4:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What did/does/will your high schooler do during summer vacation?
Replies: 26
Views: 3471

Re: What did/does/will your high schooler do during summer vacation?

My oldest ( 16 ) is working as a lifeguard at a city outdoor pool ~ 30hrs wk. close enough he rides his bicycle. this was a big step as we also setup a debit card for him, we are giving him this summer to make & spend as he wishes. I will sit down and go over everything at the end of summer and talk...
by trinc
Tue Jun 07, 2016 3:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Grand Canyon Visit
Replies: 25
Views: 3541

Re: Grand Canyon Visit

If not hiking down to the bottom a day at the south rim is enough imo.

on our trip down there we based in flagstaff, did Grand Canyon, Antelope Slot Canyon, Lake Powell, Horseshoe Bend ( crazy cool ! )
and some time in Sedona.

Tim
by trinc
Tue May 24, 2016 2:11 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Another 529 question
Replies: 14
Views: 2744

Re: Another 529 question

I also would stop investing, in the 529. My oldest is 2 years away from college but with the new rules for EFC ( prior-prior ) i'm already in the tax year for fafsa. The more i read about college cost the more it pisses me off... If you read about the institutions formula you may want to alter the p...
by trinc
Fri May 20, 2016 2:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to Portland, Oregon
Replies: 35
Views: 4614

Re: Trip to Portland, Oregon

Food: there are several "top 100" restaurant lists for PDX. Peruse them and find what you like. In general you'll do well eating Pacific Northwest style places, seafood, sandwich shops (Bunk, Lardo, etc), food carts, and if you want to try Andy Ricker's empire you can hit PokPok, etc - though not S...
by trinc
Fri May 20, 2016 12:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to Portland, Oregon
Replies: 35
Views: 4614

Re: Trip to Portland, Oregon

The Portland ( or PNW ) area is so diverse, you'd need to give more details on your interests...
(if you have any questions, i live inner SE Portland )

Tim
by trinc
Tue May 17, 2016 8:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Arrgghhh !!! Windows 10 installed overnight
Replies: 92
Views: 14008

Re: Arrgghhh !!! Windows 10 installed overnight

1210sda wrote: P.S. How do you find the original "desktop"?
right click window icon ( bottom left ) select 'desktop', or set up the quick launch bar ( win 7 style ) and put the desktop icon there so it's only 1 click away at all times.

Tim
by trinc
Tue May 17, 2016 8:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Arrgghhh !!! Windows 10 installed overnight
Replies: 92
Views: 14008

Re: Arrgghhh !!! Windows 10 installed overnight

If you want to get the UI back to W7 style, you can install Classic Shell http://www.classicshell.net/ I have used this on W8 laptops and have installed it on W10 virtual machines without incident. May want to sticky this :happy ... I like win 10 but one of my office PC's has a store issue, won't o...
by trinc
Mon May 09, 2016 4:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Newly Self Employed - Refinance woes...
Replies: 12
Views: 1695

Re: Newly Self Employed - Refinance woes...

how would recasting help ? If she has cash to pay down the principle she wouldn't have needed to refi in 2014 & pulling cash out.

Tim
by trinc
Fri May 06, 2016 9:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Not at fault Car accident, should I file for Arbitration?
Replies: 26
Views: 3737

Re: Not at fault Car accident, should I file for Arbitration?

This is VERY common, as in an insurance co. throwing out an offer & hope that you take it. You must sign off on the agreement, so just say no. the bad thing is that they will drag it out a few weeks or months... and that is the unspoken threat they use. you personally will not be involved arbitratio...
by trinc
Mon May 02, 2016 1:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sunscreen
Replies: 51
Views: 5945

Re: Sunscreen

Couple of things here, courtesy of my dermatologist: Broad spectrum sunblocks with either microfine zinc oxide (z-cote) or parsol (avobenzone) provide better UVA coverage - the UV that is present year-round, accentuates sunburns, and passes much deeper into the skin than UVB. Mexoryl is a sunblock ...
by trinc
Wed Apr 27, 2016 10:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda Accord or Subaru Legacy
Replies: 52
Views: 7032

Re: Honda Accord or Subaru Legacy

I've owned 2 Honda's ( Accord & currently a CR-V ), My brother-in-law that lives in Alaska has 3 Subaru's... Since i visit often, i get to drive them a bunch. ( really like his 5 speed outback ! ). I can't talk about a repair comparison although his do spent more time in the repair shop but his cond...
by trinc
Wed Jan 27, 2016 11:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Netflix/YouTube interface for the Big Screen?
Replies: 44
Views: 4601

Re: Best Netflix/YouTube interface for the Big Screen?

android box running Kodi interface.

Tim
by trinc
Mon Jan 25, 2016 4:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to Oregon
Replies: 43
Views: 4909

Re: Trip to Oregon

In Central Oregon there is lots to see in addition to Crater Lake. If you drive up US97 from Crater Lake you'll pass Bend and a lot of interesting parks and scenic sites such as Smith Rock State Park. one may favorite roads is out of Madris heading west to cove palisades, up on the plateau, nothing...
by trinc
Mon Jan 25, 2016 3:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to Oregon
Replies: 43
Views: 4909

Re: Trip to Oregon

how about a little preview since I have some pics on my phone to download... :D


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by trinc
Mon Jan 25, 2016 2:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to Oregon
Replies: 43
Views: 4909

Re: Trip to Oregon

Portland resident... Bob, You can fly into Eugene if that is you're focus as Portland is another 100 miles north, but if you want to include mt. st. helens, Columbia gorge & the falls ( or even Stonehenge :happy ) then the flight into Portland (pdx) & car rental would be cheaper. the coast doesn't r...
by trinc
Tue Jan 05, 2016 3:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you have fun?
Replies: 73
Views: 8388

Re: How do you have fun?

My last bike was an '04 Honda CBR 1000rr with over $10k in aftermarket parts and engine/suspension work. Around 450lbs. full of fuel and ~170hp at the rear wheel. very nice bike, i went for the V-twin version ! not quite the brute on the top end of the i4 but i liked the more linear power curve. Ti...
by trinc
Tue Jan 05, 2016 10:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pipe leak in kitchen: Plumber liability?
Replies: 9
Views: 1665

Re: Pipe leak in kitchen: Plumber liability?

A good rule of practice is to have a shutoff valve for every room in your house so if something starts leaking, you can turn the water off to that room and still have access to water in other parts of the house. If you don't have any shutoff valves, I would consider having some installed. They are ...
by trinc
Mon Jan 04, 2016 6:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you have fun?
Replies: 73
Views: 8388

Re: How do you have fun?

My last bike was an '04 Honda CBR 1000rr with over $10k in aftermarket parts and engine/suspension work. Around 450lbs. full of fuel and ~170hp at the rear wheel. very nice bike, i went for the V-twin version ! not quite the brute on the top end of the i4 but i liked the more linear power curve. Ti...
by trinc
Mon Jan 04, 2016 5:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you have fun?
Replies: 73
Views: 8388

Re: How do you have fun?

My last bike was an '04 Honda CBR 1000rr with over $10k in aftermarket parts and engine/suspension work. Around 450lbs. full of fuel and ~170hp at the rear wheel. very nice bike, i went for the V-twin version ! not quite the brute on the top end of the i4 but i liked the more linear power curve. Tim
by trinc
Mon Jan 04, 2016 4:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you have fun?
Replies: 73
Views: 8388

Re: How do you have fun?

Now that my motorcycle racing days are over. :annoyed Tim I am seriously impressed that you were able to move on. I gave up a similar hobby three years ago and have not found anything to replace it. I have tried playing piano, reading philosophy, travel, other things, but all are activities I force...
by trinc
Mon Jan 04, 2016 3:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you have fun?
Replies: 73
Views: 8388

Re: How do you have fun?

Deer Hunting and fishing is the base for the majority of my activities. Deer hunting provides year round fun. It starts with prepping food plots (tractor time!), repairing and assembling feeders, filling feeders and repairing stands. Then open season rolls in and it's the actual hunt. Hiking, pursu...
by trinc
Mon Jan 04, 2016 2:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you have fun?
Replies: 73
Views: 8388

Re: How do you have fun?

Now that my motorcycle racing days are over. :annoyed My father, son & I pulled our collective hardware out over the holidays and put about 500 rounds down range. I just love shooting my 1911 ! My father has a 357 that I really enjoy :happy . My son of course is all about the power of the 230g 45 bu...
by trinc
Mon Jan 04, 2016 12:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Big Short
Replies: 196
Views: 31449

Re: The Big Short

I liked the movie... My first thought was Wall Street should burn in hell, but then had to adjust a little for the people who accepted the terms of the loans. My second thought was that this whole mess was exacerbated by the rating companies, how in the world did they skew the rating ? How, as an in...
by trinc
Mon Dec 21, 2015 5:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: unfair total loss car accident procedure
Replies: 56
Views: 9896

Re: unfair total loss car accident procedure

just because they offered $2500.00 it doesn't mean you have to accept it. If you feel the value is too low, gather the info to show what value you believe is correct. as suggested i would work through your agent and not talk directly to the other parties insurance co.

tim
by trinc
Fri Nov 20, 2015 11:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Photo Storage Options
Replies: 16
Views: 1845

Re: Photo Storage Options

I have a 2T drive in my desktop & backup to USB external IOSAFE drive ( fire & waterproof ).
I will not backup my data or photos to the cloud.

tim
by trinc
Thu Nov 19, 2015 3:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Parents - your favorite and most challenging years
Replies: 71
Views: 9380

Re: Parents - your favorite and most challenging years

every year ( mine now 13 & 15 ) has it's +/- 's, but the early years i think have a big influence on how they progress. i would never put money ahead of time w/ the kids. My wife quit her job & played the stay at home role. i was the dad that stayed & helped at soccer, football & baseball practices....
by trinc
Wed Nov 18, 2015 3:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Cowen interviews Asness
Replies: 8
Views: 1488

Re: Cowen interviews Asness

I listen for about 30 mins. the beginning when talking about large caps ( Russell 1000 ) in a ' superior segment ' running 6-12 months you would average 100 - 125 basis points above market ( granted small caps was ~ 300 ) but that sounded cherry picked. The interview, to me, got too complex for a no...
by trinc
Mon Nov 16, 2015 3:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shoe Orthotics
Replies: 24
Views: 4179

Re: Shoe Orthotics

Superfeet is what i was told to get by my orthopedic surgeon. Have used Orange ( ~$40.00 ) but have some new Copper ( ~$50.00 ) and like them better. I suffered a bad Lisfranc injury which required fusion of my right foot. Superfeet is what i have in all my shoes but on really painful days i go to m...
by trinc
Mon Nov 16, 2015 3:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Considering moving to Oregon
Replies: 71
Views: 11908

Re: Considering moving to Oregon

Portland is a great city, but it is getting crowded. i live inner SE ( Ladd's Addition ) and have a short 3 block walk to work, if i had to drive i would go crazy. The great thing about Portland is we have everything within 75 miles, mountains, ocean, desert... farmland, great wine & beer. All that ...
by trinc
Mon Nov 02, 2015 8:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: SARSEP & tIRA
Replies: 0
Views: 570

SARSEP & tIRA

here we go again, boss talking about shift from cash profit sharing to our little used SARSEP program. SARSEP program is with Wells Fargo. :oops: I invest the max ( $6500.00 ea. for the wife & I ) in our tIRA at vanguard. reading the IRS website makes my head spin & the wiki doesn't spell it out eit...
by trinc
Mon May 18, 2015 10:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best cell plan for 'data hog'?
Replies: 13
Views: 3856

Re: Best cell plan for 'data hog'?

T-Mobile $30.00 plan is VERY good. They are rolling out a new low freq. ( 700MHz block 12 ) which will greatly improve their coverage and building penetration.. the only downside is that you must get a phone that has the ability to use this new band, none of the iphones will work and limited android...
by trinc
Fri Feb 20, 2015 10:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving to Anchorage from Dallas
Replies: 30
Views: 4232

Re: Moving to Anchorage from Dallas

I have never 'lived' there, but have been many times. Work trips for 4-6 weeks at a time when I was working on radar systems, and for more than 20 yrs have in-laws in Anchorage ( working for the local paper ) so many vacation trips. I would tell everyone to go ! it is such a beautiful place. If you ...