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by Kuna_Papa_Wengi
Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Insane to buy a sports car?
Replies: 215
Views: 10426

Re: Insane to buy a sports car?

In your situation, it would be insane not to buy a sports car.
by Kuna_Papa_Wengi
Sat Jun 29, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New Landlord Here! Your Top Tips to include in a Lease?
Replies: 52
Views: 4207

Re: New Landlord Here! Your Top Tips to include in a Lease?

Before I renew the lease, I will add a clause that states that the tenants are responsible for plumbing stoppages. After all, if the toilet is clogged, they're the ones who clogged it. I may also add a clause that states that the tenant is responsible for small repairs under $100. I forgot to add th...
by Kuna_Papa_Wengi
Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why are you NOT buying rental properties?
Replies: 561
Views: 51427

Re: Why are you NOT buying rental properties?

...How much equity do you have? Have you thought about a 1031 into a triple net lease? Possibly a better return with fewer landlord headaches. I haven't done it personally, but it's something I'm looking into for the future when I have more cash. Triple net leases scare the heck out of me. And I am...
by Kuna_Papa_Wengi
Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:41 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why are you NOT buying rental properties?
Replies: 561
Views: 51427

Re: Why are you NOT buying rental properties?

I think we’re in agreement. Cap rate is about 3%. Leverage is modest. Not really worth it. There’s only been one tenant in the last decade and almost no hassles. Inertia is the issue. Don’t want to pay taxes on selling and don’t really want to 1031 into another rental. How much equity do you have? ...
by Kuna_Papa_Wengi
Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why are you NOT buying rental properties?
Replies: 561
Views: 51427

Re: Why are you NOT buying rental properties?

I'm currently in a similar situation in regards to us renting out our old home. My tenants are decent, but I'm not really making much money on it. It is a great learning experience. I'd like to buy another rental. I think if I plan things out better and get it for a better price, it can be profitabl...
by Kuna_Papa_Wengi
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: (Water Filtration System) Miracle we are all not dead
Replies: 61
Views: 5729

Re: (Water Filtration System) Miracle we are all not dead

I bought one of these: https://www.amazon.com/APEC-5-Stage-Reverse-Drinking-Water/dp/B00I0ZGOZM/ref=sr_1_10?keywords=water+filter&qid=1560353221&s=gateway&sr=8-10 I use it for drinking and cooking water. I haven't had the water it produces tested, but reverse osmosis is supposed to filter out almost...
by Kuna_Papa_Wengi
Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Plenty of Water but no Water Bill
Replies: 21
Views: 2403

Re: Plenty of Water but no Water Bill

Keep good records. Maybe put aside what you think the bill would be each month in case they try to bill you for all the past usage at once.
by Kuna_Papa_Wengi
Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives
Replies: 81
Views: 7790

Re: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives

I've tried quite a few brands, usually from forgetting a razor when traveling (but once or twice just to experiment). Mach 3 is still the gold standard as far as I'm concerned. Not sure why anyone would feel the need to transition. Price and quality. Why pay more for the Mach3 when you can get as g...
by Kuna_Papa_Wengi
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives
Replies: 81
Views: 7790

Re: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives

Dorco! https://www.dorcousa.com/ I've been using these for several years now. Great prices and quality. I bought a sample pack of blades for around $30. I'l use a cartridge for several months before I feel like I need to change it out, so that pack has lasted me a long time. I was using a Mach3 befo...
by Kuna_Papa_Wengi
Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for a 9mm handgun
Replies: 171
Views: 13674

Re: Recommendations for a 9mm handgun

I have the Glock 17, 19, and 26. They are all excellent choices depending on your need. The 19 is probably the best/most versatile of the three. The 26 is lighter and more concealable, but a little more difficult to shoot due to the short grip. Most modern semi-automatics are so reliable that it's n...
by Kuna_Papa_Wengi
Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Christmas Tree Fire: Watered Tree vs. Dry Tree
Replies: 18
Views: 2334

Re: Christmas Tree Fire: Watered Tree vs. Dry Tree

I always cut a slice off the bottom when I first get the tree home. It seems to soak up water better after that. The tree uses a surprising amount of water in the first few days. It also seems that if I ever let the water run out, the tree doesn't soak it up well after I refill it. So I try to never...
by Kuna_Papa_Wengi
Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone here major in Economics in college?
Replies: 92
Views: 7675

Re: Anyone here major in Economics in college?

I did, but I would not recommend it. It's not a bad major but I think something like accounting would be more useful. You can take principles of micro and macro and get 90% of what you'd get out of an economics major.
by Kuna_Papa_Wengi
Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your single most expensive mistake?
Replies: 293
Views: 26809

Re: What is your single most expensive mistake?

Dropping out of law school. I'm afraid to even guess how much lost income that has cost me.
by Kuna_Papa_Wengi
Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best ultra thin pocket knife?
Replies: 54
Views: 5061

Re: Best ultra thin pocket knife?

I use the Spyderco Dragonfly 2. It's very light and has a nice blade shape for everyday tasks.

I forgot to mention that you can remove the clip if you don't like it, that makes it a little lighter and thinner.
by Kuna_Papa_Wengi
Wed May 02, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Android browser do you use?
Replies: 44
Views: 3822

Re: What Android browser do you use?

Brave. Works like Chrome but has better ad blocking and privacy settings.
by Kuna_Papa_Wengi
Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Water filtration system - worth it?
Replies: 37
Views: 4537

Re: Water filtration system - worth it?

I have one of these and I love it:

https://www.amazon.com/APEC-5-Stage-Rev ... ter+filter

It's not too hard to install and I like knowing that I have clean water for drinking and cooking.
by Kuna_Papa_Wengi
Tue Oct 31, 2017 3:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fuel treatments for small engines
Replies: 32
Views: 3645

Re: Fuel treatments for small engines

I use sta-bil and I haven't had any problems. I use the gas in my push lawn mower with a briggs and straton engine, a 2 cycle weed eater, leaf blower, and stihl chain saw. If I think the gas is getting old, I'll pour the rest in my pickup. I've heard good things about pri-g, but I haven't tried it y...
by Kuna_Papa_Wengi
Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Skiing the French Alps
Replies: 5
Views: 987

Re: Skiing the French Alps

About a decade ago I spent a week skiing in Chamonix. The food there was amazing, the wine was great...the skiing, eh not so much. Combining French style lift queuing with East Coast US style snow had me quickly missing the Rockies. What is "French style lift queuing"? I've only ever skied in Color...
by Kuna_Papa_Wengi
Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Combatting mosquitoes traveling in S. America
Replies: 39
Views: 3177

Re: Combatting mosquitoes traveling in S. America

Another vote for a permethrin coated mosquito net. Make sure you tuck in the ends all the way around after you get in bed so you don't leave a gap where they can get in. And leave it tucked in during the day, otherwise they'll sneak in there and bother you when you try to sleep. I never had much luc...
by Kuna_Papa_Wengi
Mon Mar 13, 2017 10:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Impact driver (and possibly drill) recommendations
Replies: 36
Views: 3801

Re: Impact driver (and possibly drill) recommendations

I've been thinking of getting a cordless impact wrench for automotive work. I'm considering this Kobalt from Lowes https://www.lowes.com/pd/Kobalt-24-Volt ... 1000061641

The price seems to be much lower that the Dewalt or Milwaukee wrenches I've looked at.
by Kuna_Papa_Wengi
Tue Jan 31, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: what do you do to avoid the advertising noise?
Replies: 45
Views: 3408

Re: what do you do to avoid the advertising noise?

Did you say get rid of TV in public areas? https://learn.adafruit.com/tv-b-gone-kit 1) Don't use Facebook. 2) Use an ad-blocker 3) Don't watch TV (I stream mostly PBS shows that are largely ad free and watch DVDs.) I use AdBlock Plus and a couple of other things that I forget that interfere with tra...
by Kuna_Papa_Wengi
Tue Jan 31, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: what do you do to avoid the advertising noise?
Replies: 45
Views: 3408

Re: what do you do to avoid the advertising noise?

Delete your facebook account. (And other social media for that matter). I use ublock origin, Ghostery, and Self-destructing Cookies add-ons on Firefox. Consider using a VPN service such as privateinternetaccess.com. As far as targeted ads go, Instagram seems to be the creepiest offender. It seems th...
by Kuna_Papa_Wengi
Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: cheap hotels in NYC
Replies: 35
Views: 4661

Re: cheap hotels in NYC

It depends on where you want to stay. Take a look at Yotel, in Hell's Kitchen. My wife stayed there once and liked it. The rooms are small but very nice. https://www.yotel.com I just noticed that you said you'd be staying in December. That's kind of short notice to get a good rate. Normally, Yotel ...
by Kuna_Papa_Wengi
Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: cheap hotels in NYC
Replies: 35
Views: 4661

Re: cheap hotels in NYC

It depends on where you want to stay. Take a look at Yotel, in Hell's Kitchen. My wife stayed there once and liked it. The rooms are small but very nice.

https://www.yotel.com
by Kuna_Papa_Wengi
Fri Oct 14, 2016 8:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Getting out of my baby work shower
Replies: 22
Views: 3397

Re: Getting out of my baby work shower

Just accept it graciously. It's not that bad. I'm very introverted as well and I survived mine.
by Kuna_Papa_Wengi
Wed Aug 24, 2016 1:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Internet security: which is the lesser of 2 evils?
Replies: 39
Views: 4747

Re: Internet security: which is the lesser of 2 evils?

Neither of those two options is secure by itself. You should use your personal laptop and a VPN service such as https://www.privateinternetaccess.com.
by Kuna_Papa_Wengi
Mon Aug 22, 2016 9:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best/safest/easiest way to send sensitive files to another person over the internet?
Replies: 40
Views: 5894

Re: Best/safest/easiest way to send sensitive files to another person over the internet?

How large are the files? If they're under 25 mb, take a look at Wire. https://wire.com

There are mobile apps and desktop apps. I've only used the mobile app so far, but it looks promising.
by Kuna_Papa_Wengi
Thu Jul 14, 2016 11:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Passwords
Replies: 72
Views: 8509

Re: Passwords

I use Keepass2Android on my phone. I don't like the idea of keeping my passwords in the cloud.
by Kuna_Papa_Wengi
Tue Jun 28, 2016 3:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Mortgage - PMI or 0.125% increase in rate
Replies: 7
Views: 968

Re: Mortgage - PMI or 0.125% increase in rate

I would take the higher rate. I may be thinking about this all wrong, but it looks as though you could add as little as $25 per month onto your principal payment to counteract the higher interest rate.
by Kuna_Papa_Wengi
Mon Jun 27, 2016 11:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend Ad Blockers
Replies: 56
Views: 6636

Re: Recommend Ad Blockers

I'd recommend using Firefox. I don't trust google with my info these days. Here's the add-ons I use for ad blocking and privacy protection. ublock origin Ghostery Self-Destructing cookies NoScript I'd also recommend using opendns.com. There's some additional blocking you can do with that service suc...
by Kuna_Papa_Wengi
Fri Aug 21, 2015 10:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Visiting New York City this weekend. What pizza should I try?
Replies: 55
Views: 6714

Re: Visiting New York City this weekend. What pizza should I try?

Joe's Pizza, 7 Carmine Street, is good.

If you go to Di Farra's in Brooklyn, get the square pie.
by Kuna_Papa_Wengi
Sat Mar 21, 2015 10:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whats a good Pistol to buy?
Replies: 112
Views: 15882

Re: Whats a good Pistol to buy?

I'd recommend the Glock 19. It's Glock's mid-size 9mm. I think you'll find a 9mm semi-auto easier to shoot accurately. I second the recommendations for training. For someone new to firearms, training is a must have to be able to use the gun effectively and to cultivate the proper mindset needed to u...
by Kuna_Papa_Wengi
Wed Mar 18, 2015 9:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A great shave at a great price
Replies: 53
Views: 16589

Re: A great shave at a great price

I came to the same conclusion you did. I love the shaving brush and soap, but I can't get a good shave with a double edged razor. I bought the sample pack from dorcousa and for me, it's about 2 years worth of blades for about $25.