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by detroitbabu
Sat Apr 24, 2021 2:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wireless Earbuds/Headphones Recommendations?
Replies: 59
Views: 4277

Re: Wireless Earbuds/Headphones Recommendations?

The Soundcore Q30s are absolutely incredible for their price point. Raving reviews all around (check youtube). They're ~$65 active noise cancelling headphones that sound like $300 bose headphones.. or close enough. I bought them in January this year and personally was blown away by the quality, bat...
by detroitbabu
Sun Mar 14, 2021 1:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Baby, Wife & Car
Replies: 44
Views: 3305

Re: Baby, Wife & Car

Yes, buy new since you are buying a Honda and plan on keeping it for more than 10 years. You don't get too much of a discount on used Hondas and Toyotas compared to new.
by detroitbabu
Tue Mar 02, 2021 8:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much money relative to your salary makes it pointless to continue working?
Replies: 79
Views: 6368

Re: How much money relative to your salary makes it pointless to continue working?

Doesn't Fidelity already have a rule of thumb for the multiple of retirement savings to salary? Aim to save at least 1x your salary by 30, 3x by 40, 6x by 50, 8x by 60, and 10x by 67. From the link below: Max plans to delay retirement until age 70, so he will need to have saved 8x his final income t...
by detroitbabu
Mon Dec 28, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: POLL: Withdrawal Rates For Real Retirees
Replies: 87
Views: 9154

Re: POLL: Withdrawal Rates For Real Retirees

Is there an updated thread on this topic? If not, can people vote on this? Curious to know if people are indeed withdrawing in retirement what they planned to do before retirement. Thanks.
by detroitbabu
Mon Dec 28, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Did the 4% rule just become the 5% rule? :)
Replies: 156
Views: 19744

Re: Did the 4% rule just become the 5% rule? :)

Is there a thread where retired BH have provided their actual withdrawal rates vs. what they planned to withdraw before retiring? It may be interesting to look at that. ADDITION: Found this thread from 2013. If enough people vote, we can get a good idea. https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.ph...
by detroitbabu
Thu Dec 24, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone recommend an ANR headset for daily meetings, music, and hard-of-hearing ?
Replies: 6
Views: 513

Re: Anyone recommend an ANR headset for daily meetings, music, and hard-of-hearing ?

westie wrote: Thu Dec 24, 2020 8:40 am I wouldn't buy a wired headphone. I'd look at these.......

Anker's SoundCore Life Q20 headphones.
Anker has come out with a newer model Q30 which is better than Q20 according to most reviews I have read.

https://www.amazon.com/Soundcore-Cancel ... B08HMWZBXC
by detroitbabu
Mon Dec 07, 2020 8:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tanzania Safari
Replies: 33
Views: 2293

Re: Tanzania Safari

I did Kilimanjaro in Dec 2019. 2 people in our group also arranged a Safari through the same local operator after our hike. They are based out of Moshi. We had a very good experience with them. Their reviews on TripAdvisor were excellent for both the hike and the safari. Worth che king them out. Hot...
by detroitbabu
Tue Nov 10, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: % allocation in bitcoin
Replies: 204
Views: 12945

Re: % allocation in bitcoin

nocebo wrote: Tue Nov 10, 2020 11:48 am the end of bitcoin
That is a 9 year old article.
by detroitbabu
Tue Nov 03, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: First time homebuyer. Just got the inspection report on a 100-year-old house. Advice requested...
Replies: 113
Views: 7665

Re: First time homebuyer. Just got the inspection report on a 100-year-old house. Advice requested...

Was the inspector an independent ASHI certified or was it recommended by your Real Estate Agent? We decided to go with an ASHI certified inspector vs who our agent was pushing for and he found many things that I don't think would have been found by the other inspector. I was glad we spent the money ...
by detroitbabu
Thu Jun 18, 2020 6:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you send your child to a Gifted program?
Replies: 99
Views: 15281

Re: Would you send your child to a Gifted program?

I don't want to reveal too much information here but it worked out well for her academically as well as socially.
by detroitbabu
Wed Jun 17, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you send your child to a Gifted program?
Replies: 99
Views: 15281

Re: Would you send your child to a Gifted program?

Reviving this old thread to provide an update.

My daughter who was the topic of this thread graduated from high school today Summa cum Laude and will start college in the fall - CoVid permitting.
by detroitbabu
Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: College Reunion Destination
Replies: 49
Views: 3565

Re: College Reunion Destination

Traverse City, Michigan
by detroitbabu
Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you buy a Galaxy S9 now?
Replies: 31
Views: 2204

Re: Would you buy a Galaxy S9 now?

If you can wait, wait for the 5G phones to become cheaper and available as unlocked versions.
by detroitbabu
Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Upper Peninsula (UP) in August....What to do, Where to stay?
Replies: 36
Views: 3296

Re: The Upper Peninsula (UP) in August....What to do, Where to stay?

Pictured Rocks boat ride is 2.5 hours long.
For me and the wife, after first 15 minutes it was really boring.
But to each his/her own, I guess.
by detroitbabu
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Upper Peninsula (UP) in August....What to do, Where to stay?
Replies: 36
Views: 3296

Re: The Upper Peninsula (UP) in August....What to do, Where to stay?

It is out of the way from Michigan side.
But if you want to explore true wilderness, you should visit Isle Royale National Park.
It is in the middle of Lake Superior.

https://www.nps.gov/isro/index.htm
by detroitbabu
Mon May 20, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone have a GMC Acadia? Or similar?
Replies: 27
Views: 1942

Re: Anyone have a GMC Acadia? Or similar?

I have heard good things about Ford Flex in terms of comfort, fuel economy and space even though it looks like a refrigerator with wheels.
by detroitbabu
Thu May 16, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Now or One More Year?
Replies: 40
Views: 5063

Re: Now or One More Year?

Will you lose your job if you don't take this offer or can you stay for another year?
by detroitbabu
Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Button Down Shirts / Travel Pants / Light Jacket? Other Tips from experienced Boglehead world travelers?
Replies: 179
Views: 16608

Re: Button Down Shirts / Travel Pants / Light Jacket? Other Tips from experienced Boglehead world travelers?

david_that_guy wrote: Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:27 am
I would like to try the Eddie Bauer Adventure Trek pants from Costco, but they don't sell them in waist size smaller than 34.
I bought 3 in size 32 from Costco last month. May be your specific store ran out of that size.
Try Costco.com
by detroitbabu
Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are the purposes of your travels?
Replies: 60
Views: 4355

Re: What are the purposes of your travels?

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.” - Mark Twain
by detroitbabu
Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: When Did You Move Your Goalposts?
Replies: 33
Views: 3056

Re: When Did You Move Your Goalposts?

My goal post is not $ but age.
by detroitbabu
Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 6694
Views: 1463699

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Disappointed by The Mule. Lots of unrealistic stuff. Wouldn't recommend it. It is based on a true story. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mule_(2018_film) The screenplay, by Nick Schenk, is based on The New York Times article "The Sinaloa Cartel's 90-Year-Old Drug Mule" by Sam Dolnick, w...
by detroitbabu
Mon Dec 31, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bookshelf speakers under $300
Replies: 81
Views: 4240

Re: Bookshelf speakers under $300

I may be too late but check the impedance of the speakers before you buy and if the amp has enough power to drive the speakers.
4 ohm speakers would need a higher powered amp compared to a 6 ohm and an 8 ohm speaker.
by detroitbabu
Fri Dec 07, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to cheaply replace my smartphone?
Replies: 29
Views: 2220

Re: How to cheaply replace my smartphone?

I have Moto G6 on Google Fi for 3 days now and it looks ok so far. https://fi.google.com/about/phones/ Interesting, I never was aware of google fi.. Seems like in trying to simplify things they have added another new carrier I need to understand :? Can one do mobile hotspot with google fi? That is ...
by detroitbabu
Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to cheaply replace my smartphone?
Replies: 29
Views: 2220

Re: How to cheaply replace my smartphone?

Moto G6 & Moto X now work with Google Fi.
With $100 service credit for activating Google Fi, Moto G6 will cost you $99 & Moto X is $199.
Pretty good deal.

I have Moto G6 on Google Fi for 3 days now and it looks ok so far.

https://fi.google.com/about/phones/
by detroitbabu
Sun Nov 25, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Aging Parent's deteriorating home
Replies: 30
Views: 4181

Re: Aging Parent's deteriorating home

A Christmas gift for the parents for a cleaning service and a dehumidifier for the basement.
by detroitbabu
Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Planning first international trip - London/Paris
Replies: 74
Views: 5360

Re: Planning first international trip - London/Paris

We did this exact same thing in 2014. Fly to London. Stay two days. We stayed near St. Pancras station, British Museum, Russell Square Tube Station. Take train from St. Pancras to Gare Du Nord. Stay 3 days in Paris. We stayed in Arr. 7 near St. Placide metro Station and Luxembourg Gardens. Lesson le...
by detroitbabu
Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Native German speakers: need help with translation.
Replies: 17
Views: 2171

Re: Native German speakers: need help with translation.

I remember at a Goethe Institut in India, the bathroom tag was "Bodensee".
Bodensee = Lake Konstanz/Constance in Germany.

Boden = Ground
by detroitbabu
Thu Jul 26, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Daughter wants to travel on her own to Montreal
Replies: 105
Views: 7722

Re: Daughter wants to travel on her own to Montreal

Moderators,

Please lock this thread. Thanks.

Also, is there a "ignore posters" button? Serious question.

A few other forums I follow has this functionality.
by detroitbabu
Thu Jul 26, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Daughter wants to travel on her own to Montreal
Replies: 105
Views: 7722

Re: Daughter wants to travel on her own to Montreal

Please move on from the topic of alcohol, drugs and men in Montreal she met through internet. This is from your original post: Any thoughts? Things to watch out for a 18 yo female? Any other suggestions? If you've gotten the information you need and no longer want any responses to your questions, y...
by detroitbabu
Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Daughter wants to travel on her own to Montreal
Replies: 105
Views: 7722

Re: Daughter wants to travel on her own to Montreal

It interests me that people who drink think no one knows. Smelling of alcohol, weaving around, speaking incoherently, and they think no one notices. I didn't interact with my parents after drinking. I would stay at friends houses and drink there and come back the next day and tell my parents what a...
by detroitbabu
Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Daughter wants to travel on her own to Montreal
Replies: 105
Views: 7722

Re: Daughter wants to travel on her own to Montreal

* She is not going there to drink. She does not drink or do drugs. Has no interest in drinking or doing drugs. Does not eat meat.(Vegan) This has nothing to do with the original question, but as a new parent I'm curious...how on earth do you know this? My parents thought that I had no interest in d...
by detroitbabu
Tue Jul 24, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Daughter wants to travel on her own to Montreal
Replies: 105
Views: 7722

Re: Daughter wants to travel on her own to Montreal

Thanks for the responses. Helps a lot. Addressing a few points from the replies. * She is not going there to drink. She does not drink or do drugs. Has no interest in drinking or doing drugs. Does not eat meat.(Vegan) * I know her and trust her to know that she is not going there to meet a guy she m...
by detroitbabu
Tue Jul 24, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Daughter wants to travel on her own to Montreal
Replies: 105
Views: 7722

Daughter wants to travel on her own to Montreal

My (mature and very responsible) daughter wants to take a 4-5 day trip on her own in August to Montreal before she goes to college. I am obviously a little apprehensive and of the opinion that she should first do a smaller 2-3 day trip within US (say Washington DC, SFO or LA) before she makes an int...
by detroitbabu
Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Spending Patterns in Retirement: Retirees are Slow to Exhaust their Assets
Replies: 16
Views: 4010

Spending Patterns in Retirement: Retirees are Slow to Exhaust their Assets

https://www.ebri.org/pdf/FF.300.AssetPreservation.3Apr18.pdf https://www.blackrock.com/investing/retirement/blackrock-retirement-institute/savings-and-investing/spending-in-retirement TLDR: The researchers found that after 18 years of retirement, the wealthiest group, those with $500,000 or more of ...
by detroitbabu
Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $34k Volt vs $54k Model 3?--help me decide??
Replies: 131
Views: 17657

Re: 2016 vs 2018 or 2018 Volt (Model 3?)--compare and help me decide?

ebotrd wrote: Thu Jul 05, 2018 2:41 am Y but I do value the freedom to just get up and decide to road trip somehere..
How often have you taken such trips say in the last 3 years? Can you rent a car for the trip?
by detroitbabu
Fri May 18, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hot food flavoring (sauces, spices and peppers)
Replies: 51
Views: 4942

Re: Hot food flavoring (sauces, spices and peppers)

I simply stem about 20 or so habanero peppers, put them in a blender with just enough water so they puree. Pour mixture into a saucepan and gently boil until most of the water is gone. Add some vegetable oil, a little bit of salt to activate the taste buds, cool and pour into a jar to store in the ...
by detroitbabu
Fri May 18, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I have my new garage floor coated with Epoxy?
Replies: 30
Views: 4863

Re: Should I have my new garage floor coated with Epoxy?

I heard the epoxy floor becomes really slippery when wet. Is that true? I was thinking of doing it.
by detroitbabu
Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honeymoon Suggestions
Replies: 26
Views: 2765

Re: Honeymoon Suggestions

Cancun/Riviera Maya in June will be hot and humid.
I would suggest Hawaii.
by detroitbabu
Sun Oct 29, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need advice - Job
Replies: 37
Views: 4330

Re: Need advice - Job

Update: I rejected the 2 hour daily commute offer. I had another offer in the meanwhile from another company with a better role/title and a 20% raise. My manager offered me only a 10% raise. I start tomorrow with the new company. The commute is 15 mins tops via back roads. Thanks everyone for chimin...
by detroitbabu
Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need advice - Job
Replies: 37
Views: 4330

Re: Need advice - Job

Thanks everyone!
To start with I need to go to the office 4 days/week.
I was also told that after 6 months, I may be able to work remotely.

Still interviewing and keeping options open.
I will post an update when I have one.
Thanks once again.
by detroitbabu
Sat Jul 29, 2017 8:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need advice - Job
Replies: 37
Views: 4330

Re: Need advice - Job

Thanks everyone.
I have been busy interviewing so will take some time to digest all the replies and post in a day or two.
by detroitbabu
Fri Jul 28, 2017 4:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need advice - Job
Replies: 37
Views: 4330

Need advice - Job

I have a new job offer. Base Salary is approx. 17% higher. This was their first offer. Still negotiating. I may get an additional 10%. Benefits, bonus etc. pretty much similar. But new job has 1 hour each way commute in the opposite direction of rush hour traffic. Does it make sense to go back to my...
by detroitbabu
Sat Jul 01, 2017 1:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice on Desktop PC
Replies: 87
Views: 7760

Re: Advice on Desktop PC

You don't need a desktop PC for what you want to do. Get a cheap laptop in the $400-$500 range and get a Bluetooth speaker ($100) and chromecast ($35). Some of us prefer a desktop. The ergonomics of a laptop are HORRIBLE. I can't imagine being comfortable watching movies/tv with my neck cranked ove...
by detroitbabu
Sat Jul 01, 2017 12:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice on Desktop PC
Replies: 87
Views: 7760

Re: Advice on Desktop PC

You don't need a desktop PC for what you want to do. Get a cheap laptop in the $400-$500 range and get a Bluetooth speaker ($100) and chromecast ($35). Some of us prefer a desktop. The ergonomics of a laptop are HORRIBLE. I can't imagine being comfortable watching movies/tv with my neck cranked ove...