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by tyrion
Wed May 20, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Safely disinfecting frozen food packages from corona virus?
Replies: 51
Views: 3567

Re: Safely disinfecting frozen food packages from corona virus?

We lysol-wipe everything destined for the fridge or freezer. Dry/canned foods get thrown in a box in the closet for a few days. Fruits and veggies get a quick soap and water wash (which we did pre-covid as well). Overkill? Probably. But we have a couple of teenagers who need the occasional task to k...
by tyrion
Wed May 20, 2020 7:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: “Fuzzy” monitor - will moving from VGA to DVI help?
Replies: 12
Views: 575

Re: “Fuzzy” monitor - will moving from VGA to DVI help?

First of all, VGA cables can go bad. But it's a bit unusual. Supporting a site with 100+ monitors in that age range, I have only had to replace 1 VGA cable. I switched to DVI and it was much improved. Second, it's probably a native resolution issue as others pointed out. Third, just buy a new monito...
by tyrion
Tue May 19, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best credit card for grocery rewards
Replies: 37
Views: 2801

Re: Best credit card for grocery rewards

The Amex Blue Cash Preferred can also be used for amazon if you don't spend the full 6k at grocery stores by buying amazon gift cards at the grocery store then loading them in your amazon account. Or any other gift cards you feel like buying - home depot, target, etc. Amazon just happens to be the e...
by tyrion
Wed Mar 11, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: [Archived] Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 4963
Views: 190810

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

The CDC website now has a running daily tally of tests completed by themselves as well as tests completed by local public health authorities going back to Jan 18th. The local public health authorities really ramped up their testing in the last week, and on 3/5 and 3/6, completed over 1100 each day....
by tyrion
Tue Mar 03, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help/Advice with Decluttering
Replies: 37
Views: 2748

Re: Help/Advice with Decluttering

I’m wondering if anyone has had similar experiences with decluttering. I am currently trying to declutter my life - Iam starting with my comics and graphic novels. I have a lot graphic novels that I have read but will probably never re-read again. They sit beautifully on a bookshelf in my office bu...
by tyrion
Tue Mar 03, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco rebate tip
Replies: 33
Views: 4921

Re: Costco rebate tip

Yep. Nothing like cashing in my $1480 rebate last year and receiving it all in 20s (Costco policy??). Nothing like then driving to Chase Bank to change the 20s into 100s (and have bank staff think I am laundering money). I received mine in $100 dollar bills. No policy just staff at your store can't...
by tyrion
Wed Feb 19, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Aging Potential of 2003 Guigal Cotes du Rhone
Replies: 7
Views: 746

Re: Aging Potential of 2003 Guigal Cotes du Rhone

Well.... you should really open a bottle soon and find out. But if you want some data points- Cellartracker thinks you should have already drunk it by now. https://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp?iWine=83625 And Wine Enthusiast thinks it's probably past it's peak but may still be okay. https://253qv1...
by tyrion
Tue Feb 11, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Protection Against Home Intruders
Replies: 387
Views: 27263

Re: Protection Against Home Intruders

I mostly use visible deterrents. All of these are inexpensive: (fake) video cameras mounted high enough they can't be inspected closely. Sensor lights on the two main approaches to the house. Again, mounted out of reach. Obscuring film on the garage door windows so you can't see if there are cars in...
by tyrion
Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Somewhat complex student loan payoff quandary
Replies: 14
Views: 1066

Re: Somewhat complex student loan payoff quandary

1% of portfolio with an 11% interest rate? Pay it off, account for it in estate planning. Inform grandson that it will be taken out of his future inheritance, or that other grandchildren will receive a similar sum when Grandma passes. Or reduce amount to the grandson's parents if others of that gene...
by tyrion
Tue Dec 17, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: estate distribution confusion
Replies: 79
Views: 4197

Re: estate distribution confusion

As someone currently going through the 'sell and divide the proceeds' process, I would absolutely jump at the opportunity to bypass it all and pocket a similarly discounted sum. You get to avoid hiring a realtor, dealing with figuring out what to fix up, cleaning out all personal effects, dealing wi...
by tyrion
Fri Dec 13, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice on what to do with an extra car needing a big repair
Replies: 40
Views: 1127

Re: Advice on what to do with an extra car needing a big repair

Assuming you have one nearby (you said you're in California) I would take it to Carmax and see what they're willing to offer. That gives you a hard data point for an hour or two of effort. I've sold a vehicle to Carmax before, basically just to get rid of it. It was very low hassle. I didn't get to...
by tyrion
Fri Dec 13, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice on what to do with an extra car needing a big repair
Replies: 40
Views: 1127

Re: Advice on what to do with an extra car needing a big repair

Assuming you have one nearby (you said you're in California) I would take it to Carmax and see what they're willing to offer. That gives you a hard data point for an hour or two of effort. I've sold a vehicle to Carmax before, basically just to get rid of it. It was very low hassle. I didn't get top...
by tyrion
Fri Dec 13, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Opinions - used 2005 Toyota Corolla with only 87,000 miles?
Replies: 43
Views: 2726

Re: Opinions - used 2005 Toyota Corolla with only 87,000 miles?

From a quick google search it looks like all 2005 Corollas have stability control and side curtain airbags. Stability control is a 'must have' in my opinion. I would confirm that, but it sounds like a reasonable car you could drive for a few years. I recently bought a 2005 Acura from a similar one-o...
by tyrion
Fri Dec 06, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to Replace Through-The-Wall Air Conditioner?
Replies: 21
Views: 1547

Re: How to Replace Through-The-Wall Air Conditioner?

I installed one of these on my last house. Bought the sleeve and through-the-wall AC from AJMadison. I figured it would be easy enough to slide out the AC and replace it if necessary, although thankfully we never needed to. I think I understand what you're saying about the grill and fins. Mine had ...
by tyrion
Thu Dec 05, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to Replace Through-The-Wall Air Conditioner?
Replies: 21
Views: 1547

Re: How to Replace Through-The-Wall Air Conditioner?

I installed one of these on my last house. Bought the sleeve and through-the-wall AC from AJMadison. I figured it would be easy enough to slide out the AC and replace it if necessary, although thankfully we never needed to. I think I understand what you're saying about the grill and fins. Mine had h...
by tyrion
Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Unauthorized Trade
Replies: 54
Views: 5004

Re: Unauthorized Trade

So your son has an account and you have some sort of authorized user access to the same account? Odds are your son placed the trade. Have you talked to him?
by tyrion
Tue Nov 26, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Parents Living Well Diminish Children's Motivation in Life?
Replies: 54
Views: 3276

Re: Parents Living Well Diminish Children's Motivation in Life?

We aren't wealthy enough to make these tough choices, but I will say we consider the effect on the kids with our financial decisions. And to be honest, a lot of it is 'thinking out loud' when they're around. "I'd like to go on the cruise to Alaska with your family, but I'm not sure if that's the bes...
by tyrion
Wed Nov 06, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What car fits comfortably 3 adults with luggages?
Replies: 63
Views: 2623

Re: What car fits comfortably 3 adults with luggages?

Just rent a pick up truck. Even the standard cab ones will fit 3 adults in the front. All the luggage will fit in the back. Pack a tarp or a few blankets if you're worried about inclement weather.

Or rent a large SUV. Or squish your relatives in the sedan. 95% chance it will hold everything.
by tyrion
Thu Sep 19, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: “Upsizing” are we foolish?
Replies: 80
Views: 11141

Re: “Upsizing” are we foolish?

Well, we are still kicking this around. I appreciate the input and would like more. Its not a humblebrag, please know my question is sincere. To clarify, the NEW townhouse is $650k (and pricing likely to rise). Also, with spouse taking a lower income job, we likely will still be able to sock $30k a...
by tyrion
Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I purchase a $30k car?
Replies: 112
Views: 8208

Re: Can I afford a $30k car purchase?

Yes, you can afford it. Assuming you have managed to save that much on your own and your monthly budget has a surplus.

I would argue that the time to avoid lifestyle creep was before you leased the BMW, but again... you can afford it.
by tyrion
Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hiking in the PNW (Seattle) next weekend. What do I need?
Replies: 29
Views: 1799

Re: Hiking in the PNW (Seattle) next weekend. What do I need?

I grew up hiking the PNW with the boy scouts. Better overprepared than underprepared. For sure good footwear, a light windproof/waterproof jacket, extra snacks, plenty of water. I carry a lightweight emergency kit on any hiking/biking adventures that has a space blanket, matches, water purification ...
by tyrion
Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: When Did You Ease Up On Saving Aggressively?
Replies: 170
Views: 14213

Re: When Did You Ease Up On Saving Aggressively?

When children can no longer see how I spend money, ie when they are in college or whatever kids will do after highschool 17 years from now This is an interesting answer. We have kids who are a young teen and a preteen. We recently 'eased up' on retirement savings after paying off the mortgage. Or m...
by tyrion
Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much term life should we get?
Replies: 5
Views: 497

Re: How much term life should we get?

Term insurance is pretty cheap. And you don't need to be exact. Some stuff would be more expensive (health care?). Some stuff would be cheaper (eating out, vacations?). Some stuff will change dramatically over time (child care). There would also be some survivor benefits. Salary isn't a great metric...
by tyrion
Fri Aug 02, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Insane to buy a sports car?
Replies: 215
Views: 12830

Re: Insane to buy a sports car?

Do you have safe parking for it in your rental? That would be my concern. Parking a brand new sports car on the street or in a group parking garage might not be ideal.
by tyrion
Fri Aug 02, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: luxury vehicle: what income/asset range
Replies: 75
Views: 5153

Re: luxury vehicle: what income/asset range

Never. I love cars, but understand they are a waste of money. I feel the same way, but it makes me a little sad. If you are really into cars and buy used they do not have to be costly - YMMV This is what I do. Acquisition cost is pretty low. Registration cost is low (based on price of used vehicle)...
by tyrion
Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: When family members fight over the check when out to eat
Replies: 103
Views: 8888

Re: When family members fight over the check when out to eat

All of these experiences provide data points. If' I'm out with a group and people underpay or don't offer to pay or dodge the check..... well, I likely won't be going out with them again. If it's family and things are awkward, I will have a plan. With my MIL when we go out to eat she pays half. We h...
by tyrion
Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: buying a suv we dont really need
Replies: 24
Views: 2642

Re: buying a suv we dont really need

Why does your wife want the SUV? Is she helping a friend by buying it? Would the SUV be a suitable replacement for one of your existing vehicles? Broken Man 1999 she wants it so we can drive 8 passenger vehicle so we take along additional guests with our family of 5 on trips and to pick up bulky it...
by tyrion
Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Practices for longer-term house guests?
Replies: 35
Views: 3819

Re: Best Practices for longer-term house guests?

Do people show up unannounced at your house? Are they friends or family? If we wanted to set some expectations we would do it when we agreed to let them stay with us. For the most part our house guests help with meals and clean up and sometimes buy groceries. Often they will offer to pay if we all g...
by tyrion
Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Single cup coffee/espresso options, 2019
Replies: 91
Views: 7441

Re: Single cup coffee/espresso options, 2019

Buy an aeropress. $30. That's like 6 Starbucks Lattes. Buy some better coffee. Experiment. Pick up a bag at Starbucks if you like their stuff. I can't believe you think fresh ground beans aren't going to be substantially better than a 3 month old can of Folgers. If you still think the Folgers is jus...
by tyrion
Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Single cup coffee/espresso options, 2019
Replies: 91
Views: 7441

Re: Single cup coffee/espresso options, 2019

I have a Nespresso original (Nespresso brand pods, but generics are available) and an Aeropress (local market bulk beans, ground at the store). Both are surprisingly good and easy to use. I put a splash of cream in both. I prefer the Nespresso for ease of use and variety of pods. I prefer the Aeropr...
by tyrion
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to Live? N. Orange County, CA or Vancouver, WA or Atlanta
Replies: 82
Views: 7719

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

Having lived in the Pacific Northwest and SoCal (San Diego), I would pick Vancouver. It's kind of the middle ground for you. Near some family, on the west coast, presumably affordable. But I would have an honest talk with your wife first. How much is she willing to give up to go back to Orange Count...
by tyrion
Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should we retire in 4 years?
Replies: 31
Views: 4256

Re: Should we retire in 4 years?

Are you sure you can't hire/train someone to take over the manual labor tasks while you and your wife concentrate on the business side of things?
by tyrion
Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should we retire in 4 years?
Replies: 31
Views: 4256

Re: Should we retire in 4 years?

I would try to figure out how you can transition the work to someone else, either an assistant or someone who might buy the business from you. What you dislike about your work (physical nature of it, slow winters) may appeal to someone else. As someone who sits in front of a computer for much of the...
by tyrion
Sat Jun 01, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Autos and transportation near retirement
Replies: 33
Views: 2499

Re: Autos and transportation near retirement

Here's what I would want if I could set it up from scratch: 1- Nice/efficient sedan. For most driving needs. 2- Useful/larger vehicle. SUV or truck. Depends on what 'useful' means to you. For my family, it's a 3 row SUV. A 4 door truck would do the trick as well. Must be 4wd for us, to get to the mo...
by tyrion
Thu May 30, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Splitting fence cost with neighbor
Replies: 53
Views: 5878

Re: Splitting fence cost with neighbor

What do you mean 'in the mood to spend money'.

I thought your homeowner docs established that the fence is the responsibility of both owners to maintain?

Get a quote to fix it. See if he wants to get one as well. Then talk options (fixing yourselves)
by tyrion
Thu May 30, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Splitting fence cost with neighbor
Replies: 53
Views: 5878

Re: Splitting fence cost with neighbor

Let's see. I had a few fence 'deals' at my last house. 1- Neighbor who we shared about 6' of fence with had a handyman out to repair some of the slats - kept existing posts. We offered to pay half, he declined. 2. Neighbor who we shared most of the back fence (60ish feet) with took down the fence wi...
by tyrion
Wed May 29, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cordless Drill: Bosch PS32-02 vs Makita FD07R1?
Replies: 31
Views: 2366

Re: Cordless Drill: Bosch PS32-02 vs Makita FD07R1?

This wasn't listed, but Ryobi has a ton of tools in their 18V system. Certainly good enough for the casual homeowner. Off the top of my head I've bought the following over the last 2 years, along with 4 batteries to run it all (variety of battery sizes) 2 Drills Driver Sawzall Circular saw Angle gri...
by tyrion
Wed May 29, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Pool Vacuum for the $$
Replies: 12
Views: 985

Re: Best Pool Vacuum for the $$

For a similar situation (concrete pool, leaves and acorns) I went with a robot after reading troublefreepools. I have a Dolphin Nautilus Cleverclean and love it. If you want to comparison shop robots this is a super useful link. It lets you figure out what equivalent models are since there are so ma...
by tyrion
Wed May 29, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can we afford to pay for our kid's college (at all)?
Replies: 234
Views: 16208

Re: Can we afford to pay for our kid's college (at all)?

OP, Try to look at it from your kids perspective. If I grew up in a 'dream house' with a well paid physician for a parent, and we took international trips, and we had nice cars...... well, I would think my family could afford to send me to a state school for college. I might think I would need to pi...
by tyrion
Tue May 28, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used Miata as a daily driver, terrible idea?
Replies: 44
Views: 2620

Re: Used Miata as a daily driver, terrible idea?

I have a 2 seat convertible. Not a Miata, and not a stick shift, but still a 2 seat convertible. My other car is an old Prius, and my wife drives an SUV. If it's nice out, I prefer to drive the convertible. In the rain/cold/traffic, I'd rather be in the Prius. Which is probably what you would expect...
by tyrion
Sun May 26, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AC maintenance
Replies: 8
Views: 974

Re: AC maintenance

Good points all. Thanks. I guess we'll hose off the coils, try to run it every few months, and not sweat it too much.
by tyrion
Sun May 26, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AC maintenance
Replies: 8
Views: 974

AC maintenance

Hi all, I live in soutern California. We have AC but only use it a few days a year. We've been in our house for about 2 years. We have central AC. Compressor outside looks to be in good shape. What kind of annual maintenance is required/suggested? Given the low use I'm inclined to do nothing, but I ...
by tyrion
Sun May 26, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Worth it to upgrade 2nd car in 1.5 car household?
Replies: 28
Views: 2520

Re: Worth it to upgrade 2nd car in 1.5 car household?

My guess is you will miss the manual transmission. We switched to automatic after having kids but we kind of miss the stick shift experience.


I would drive the Scion for commuting and put the kid in the Forrester. Figure the rest out down the road.
by tyrion
Sun May 26, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Port Townsend-Pacific Northwest
Replies: 33
Views: 2918

Re: Port Townsend-Pacific Northwest

My parents live in Port Townsend. When I visit them and go out to any sort of event - concert on the dock for example - I'm the youngest person there. I'm 47. Everyone else is over 60 unless you count the handful of grandchildren who are under 10. It's a nice place. Nice pace of life. As someone men...
by tyrion
Mon May 20, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chiminea, fire pit or nothing?
Replies: 26
Views: 2146

Re: Chiminea, fire pit or nothing?

We have a wood fire pit in our back yard. We've used it once in 2 years. In our last house we had a 'portable' propane one that we left connected in the front yard with the propane tank hidden under a side table. It was also surrounded with bricks so it looked somewhat built-in. That one we used at ...
by tyrion
Mon May 13, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car lost acceleration
Replies: 111
Views: 7215

Re: Car lost acceleration

It sure seems you have something against car mechanics, or the need (process?) to maintain your vehicles. I get it. People get taken advantage of, and it's always hard to know if it's happening to you. And in general it's a hassle and not everyone enjoys wrenching on a car. Given that this is someth...
by tyrion
Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I Sell Car to My Boss?
Replies: 25
Views: 2227

Re: Should I Sell Car to My Boss?

But you're not really selling a car to your boss. You're connecting him with your brother who's selling a car. Big difference.

At most I would pass along your brother's phone number and then stay out of it.
by tyrion
Tue Apr 23, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Urban Myth on Electronic Car Break-ins?
Replies: 17
Views: 1352

Re: Urban Myth on Electronic Car Break-ins?

It's also not complicated hacking. There are two devices. One is held near the front door, the other near the car door. The person near the car door touches the handle to trigger the car to see if a key is present. The device amplifies the signal and transmits it to the device held by the front door...
by tyrion
Tue Apr 23, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Urban Myth on Electronic Car Break-ins?
Replies: 17
Views: 1352

Re: Urban Myth on Electronic Car Break-ins?

I don't think it's an urban myth. There are enough reputable sources indicating it's an issue, plus there is video of a few incidents. We have one car that's not parked in the garage. The backup key is wrapped in aluminum foil, and the main key is stored in a silver lined pouch. I've tested both fro...
by tyrion
Tue Apr 23, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Getting Spouse On Board With Saving
Replies: 41
Views: 4310

Re: Getting Spouse On Board With Saving

I think you want to 'sell' a vision to your spouse. Because if you two are pulling in opposite directions it's never going to work. He/she will always view you as the one trying to prevent them from enjoying the things they want to enjoy. Try instead looking to the future where you've paid off stude...