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by sunny_socal
Sun Apr 26, 2020 7:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best watch for around $5,000?
Replies: 1406
Views: 318980

Re: Best watch for around $5,000?

Most people will find that Rolex is now about 10k, this thread started a while back.

But for those still shooting for a 5k budget the Rolex Oyster Perpetual is a good pick
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03z7giqtjrY

The Jenni Elle YT channel is great for all watch fans!
by sunny_socal
Wed Apr 15, 2020 9:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: T-Mobile Connect - $15/mo 2GB
Replies: 27
Views: 2535

Re: T-Mobile Connect - $15/mo 2GB

Cricket offer is a straight $15/line. Our family plan is $100 for 4 lines, 'unlimited. This would be $60, wonder if anyone would complain after their youtube slowed down :wink: Price subject to change. Speeds up to 4G LTE; reduced to 128 Kbps after data allowance is used. Download speeds max 8 Mbps ...
by sunny_socal
Wed Apr 15, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DIY Car Maintenance - Anyone grease the chassis?
Replies: 25
Views: 1318

Re: DIY Car Maintenance - Anyone grease the chassis?

On my truck there are about 8 zerk fittings along the drive shaft. I squirt grease in there every 10k miles. There are no "chassis" grease points available. If there were I'd grease them too, it's very easy. Learn to change your oil, all filters and you'll be saving a ton of money. Brake jobs as wel...
by sunny_socal
Wed Apr 15, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Preparing for 25% tariff on Scotch
Replies: 64
Views: 7185

Re: Preparing for 25% tariff on Scotch

No biggie, bourbon is pretty good these days. The only time I drink scotch is when grilling steaks.
by sunny_socal
Mon Apr 13, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Switching from Android to iPhone
Replies: 11
Views: 985

Re: Switching from Android to iPhone

Yes you can do it. Things that will be better: - More apps Worse: - Integration with a PC - Apps will often cost you money - Not as customizable (eg. apple limits what keyboards you can use) My wife had an iphone, will never go through that pain again. But many people are happy, it's likely fine if ...
by sunny_socal
Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: How Is Your Job Being Impacted By The Current Crisis?
Replies: 503
Views: 50402

Re: How Is Your Job Being Impacted By The Current Crisis?

No impact other than "working from home" for the next couple months. Engineering.
by sunny_socal
Sun Mar 29, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you still going to the grocery store or using a delivery service? Which?
Replies: 279
Views: 21004

Re: Are you still going to the grocery store or using a delivery service? Which?

nascar090210 wrote:
Sun Mar 29, 2020 5:07 pm
Still going to all of the stores. It’s business as usual for most people.
Went to Costco today, they had everything in stock. Even TP and paper towels. :beer
by sunny_socal
Sat Mar 28, 2020 7:17 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: corona checks as a rebate on 2020 taxes?
Replies: 54
Views: 5087

Re: corona checks as a rebate on 2020 taxes?

Great thread! I thought for sure I'd get nothing but it turns out I may get about $1k. :beer
by sunny_socal
Sat Mar 28, 2020 7:10 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Pay fed tax now - or July 15?
Replies: 47
Views: 4248

Re: Pay fed tax now - or July 15?

Changed my mind on filing! I'm going to file today. (I think I can still _pay_ later) It seems the Corona rebate depends on previously filed tax returns. Thread: https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=309782 This is close to my situation: Also, you should file your 2019 return as soon...
by sunny_socal
Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you still going to the grocery store or using a delivery service? Which?
Replies: 279
Views: 21004

Re: Are you still going to the grocery store or using a delivery service? Which?

I'm still going to the grocery store and to costco. I'm living life much like before, just washing hands a bit more.

Looking at the raw stats, there's no reason to worry: (ie. the risk from regular diseases and from driving seems no worse)
https://ncov2019.live/data
by sunny_socal
Sat Mar 21, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Pay fed tax now - or July 15?
Replies: 47
Views: 4248

Re: Pay fed tax now - or July 15?

I haven't filed yet. If I had a refund due I'd have filed already but if I owe I usually wait until tax week.

So I guess I'll wait.
by sunny_socal
Sat Mar 21, 2020 8:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Large Flashlight?
Replies: 29
Views: 1704

Re: Large Flashlight?

Sure get a flashlight but why stop there? I recommend a propane lantern (go to wally world)

It's a good time to "prep" a little bit :wink:
by sunny_socal
Sat Mar 21, 2020 6:59 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Pay fed tax now - or July 15?
Replies: 47
Views: 4248

Pay fed tax now - or July 15?

I owe $7.5k in taxes this year. The funds are ready to go. Question: what's better? [1] Pay now or [2] Wait till the new deadline: July 15 I would "feel better" just pulling off the band-aid now but OTOH I could imagine that tax bill being postponed even further or *gasp* eliminated! :? Thoughts?
by sunny_socal
Tue Mar 17, 2020 6:47 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Planning on selling rental this summer - pull the plug?
Replies: 5
Views: 352

Planning on selling rental this summer - pull the plug?

Hi everyone, We have a rental home in CA and were going to sell it. About a month ago I informed the tenants of our plans. Now... I have no idea how things will look in the summer. Not sure what to do. [1] Tell tenants: Never mind, you can stay [2] Just try to sell it anyway. Run a risk of house sit...
by sunny_socal
Fri Mar 06, 2020 7:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1588
Views: 128570

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

are you guys just sitting around waiting for it to hit? I mean, do you have an estimate in your head on when it may get "bad" in your area? Few cases here in the Bay Area, CA but my gut feeling is the worst will hit 4-6 weeks from now. If it's not bad by then then it probably won't be. But I am not...
by sunny_socal
Fri Mar 06, 2020 7:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Computer fix or pruchase or replace?
Replies: 26
Views: 1478

Re: Computer fix or pruchase or replace?

HP computers are crap. I can say that even about the 'business' laptop that I have for work. The Macbook Pro 16" is on sale everywhere right now, $250 off. Do yourself a favor and upgrade: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1520436-REG/apple_mvvl2ll_a_16_macbook_pro_late.html/?ap=y&ap=y&smp=y&sm...
by sunny_socal
Wed Mar 04, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Computer fix or pruchase or replace?
Replies: 26
Views: 1478

Re: Computer fix or pruchase or replace?

On behalf of the Bogleheads community, I hereby give you permission to buy a new computer.

Skip your morning latte for the remainder of the week as penance.
by sunny_socal
Wed Mar 04, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Postponed travel due to Corona Virus. Am I am overreacting ?
Replies: 232
Views: 23919

Re: Postponed travel due to Corona Virus. Am I am overreacting ?

I think more people have died of the regular Flu than Corona during this panic. The fear-mongers just don't want to mention this.
by sunny_socal
Wed Mar 04, 2020 6:53 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quarterly Tax Payments - are the really required?
Replies: 22
Views: 2521

Re: Quarterly Tax Payments - are the really required?

I've ignored those for years, no problems
by sunny_socal
Tue Mar 03, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco rebate tip
Replies: 33
Views: 4920

Re: Costco rebate tip

I always get cash for it, from "the guy in the red vest." Then I put that cash in the safe :beer
by sunny_socal
Tue Mar 03, 2020 7:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Pistol Safe (And What To Put In It)
Replies: 21
Views: 2256

Re: Home Pistol Safe

I do have gun safes for storage . They have a dial lock, the digital locks are prone to break down due to the keypad wearing out. The little "pistol safes" are terrible. It won't keep determined teens out, if it's bolted down one just needs a large screwdriver to get in. If it's loose, just throw it...
by sunny_socal
Mon Mar 02, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Did you celebrate when you finally hit $1m?
Replies: 282
Views: 33535

Re: Did you celebrate when you finally hit $1m?

theplayer11 wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 7:36 am
no, because of what happened last weak..
Don't worry, this time next year things will be in even better shape than they were before. The summer heat will put an end to the virus! :beer
by sunny_socal
Mon Mar 02, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1588
Views: 128570

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

Turbo29 wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 10:55 am
What's the obsession with the bleach? Are people going to bathe in it? Spray it all over their house? Drink it?
Drink it, yes. It's a cheap way to sanitize water.
by sunny_socal
Mon Mar 02, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retire Old Desktop Computer
Replies: 40
Views: 2908

Re: Retire Old Desktop Computer

I always pull out the hard drive and beat it up with a hammer. It's unlikely anyone will try to recover data from it after that. Then, donate the computer to Salvation Army (they'll take anything; Goodwill won't take computers) I'm sure SA just throws it away. BTW OP, before you get rid of it, old c...
by sunny_socal
Mon Mar 02, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need a cheaper cell phone plan
Replies: 56
Views: 4449

Re: Need a cheaper cell phone plan

The answer is always Cricket
by sunny_socal
Mon Mar 02, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Postponed travel due to Corona Virus. Am I am overreacting ?
Replies: 232
Views: 23919

Re: Postponed travel due to Corona Virus. Am I am overreacting ?

Dr. Drew says this is not a big deal. Hopefully cooler heads will soon prevail. (My prediction: this will soon burn out, especially since summer is right around the corner...) https://summit.news/2020/03/02/you-need-to-shut-up-dr-drew-slams-media-over-coronavirus-doom-mongering/ “The press should no...
by sunny_socal
Sat Feb 29, 2020 10:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1588
Views: 128570

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

Word of advice to all you preppers: Only buy stuff that you'd use anyway.
by sunny_socal
Fri Feb 28, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Compatibility of Catalina with Microsoft Office 2011
Replies: 7
Views: 433

Re: Compatibility of Catalina with Microsoft Office 2011

This thread is very timely, I was about to update my MBP to Catalina and just bought MS Office 2019. Office 2019 works fine without Catalina, maybe I'll just leave the computer alone. MacOS updates _do_ tend to break a lot more things compared to Windows updates. One has to be prepared for significa...
by sunny_socal
Fri Feb 28, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help Buying First Car for Son
Replies: 11
Views: 720

Re: Help Buying First Car for Son

I'd take "newer with more miles" for the following reasons: - Miles don't really wear out a car, provided that maintenance has been done - AGE will certainly wear things out, mostly the plastic parts. Headliner will detach, clips will break, hoses will become brittle. - Here on BH we love to talk ab...
by sunny_socal
Thu Feb 27, 2020 7:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: bought a used laptop on eBay at great price but feel guilty
Replies: 38
Views: 4291

Re: bought a used laptop on eBay at great price but feel guilty

What is anything "worth"? I buy something on sale for 50% off, some other schumck pays MSRP. Am I supposed to feel guilty and pay the full price? :oops: You bought a piece of used electronics that no one else wanted. You think you got a deal you're happy with and so is the seller. Reinstall Windows ...
by sunny_socal
Wed Feb 26, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best watch for around $5,000?
Replies: 1406
Views: 318980

Re: Best watch for around $5,000?

A $5000 watch is as useless as gold coins. A mid-range watch is only worth what another collector will pay for it. That worth fluctuates with changing fashion, demographics, etc. In that sense it's no different than a piece of fine jewelry. The very wide bid/ask spreads on mid-range watches reflect...
by sunny_socal
Wed Feb 26, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1588
Views: 128570

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

I am doing absolutely nothing, it doesn't merit any special treatment. This shows misinformation and fear spreads fast, it's absurd and laughable. It's more dangerous to eat a cheeseburger (heart disease) or a doughnut (diabetes). It's quite a beautiful experiment on society to see how people becom...
by sunny_socal
Thu Feb 20, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used car purchase - now dreading it
Replies: 117
Views: 8287

Re: Used car purchase - now dreading it

Hope it works out well. I'd try to get your dealer to provide contact info for the prior owner (not likely) or to at least ask the owner to call you so you can find out what caused the smell so you know how to treat it. I believe I could at least get the dealer to do that much, so I don't make thei...
by sunny_socal
Thu Feb 20, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Rolex to get for DW?
Replies: 52
Views: 4019

Re: Which Rolex to get for DW?

My wife bought herself one when she graduated university in America. She opted for E --- White mother-of-pearl set with diamonds Oyster, 28 mm, Oystersteel and white gold https://www.rolex.com/watches/datejust/m279174-0009.html I just showed that to my wife. It is beautiful and the steel/white gold...
by sunny_socal
Thu Feb 20, 2020 10:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Oil?
Replies: 125
Views: 10171

Re: Best Oil?

Oil threads are always funny to read. I guess if you have nothing better to do, have an endless debate on oil lubrication. Anyways,I generally change the oil when I get time. Sometimes it's several months after the "interval" sometimes not, who cares. I generally just go with house brands. Yeah it'...
by sunny_socal
Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bought Too Much Car
Replies: 30
Views: 4972

Re: Bought Too Much Car

Just relax! Drive it for ten years, you'll forget you ever even paid for it.

That's not really "too much car", price sounds around the average these days. It may be more than you can afford but that's a different topic...
by sunny_socal
Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used car purchase - now dreading it
Replies: 117
Views: 8287

Re: Used car purchase - now dreading it

Yes, unfortunately this is part of buying a used car. You're already going to do the ozone treatment, good. You can also run a can of "AC mildew remover" spray through your air conditioning ducts & vents. Search amazon. This will stink for a couple weeks but if the smell comes of the AC system this ...
by sunny_socal
Thu Feb 20, 2020 7:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Perform own oil change pros & cons?
Replies: 224
Views: 11120

Re: Perform own oil change pros & cons?

I change my own oil and I'm teaching my kids to do the same. We have four vehicles. My cost: - Oil & filter $30 (synthetic) - Air filter $15 - Cabin filter $15 - TOTAL: $60 Dealer cost for this "service" would be $150-300 depending on the vehicle (wife's Volvo is marked up compared to the Honda alth...
by sunny_socal
Thu Feb 20, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best watch for around $5,000?
Replies: 1406
Views: 318980

Re: Best watch for around $5,000?

Where's the thread on engagement rings? Men don't usually wear diamond rings, and the resale value on a Rolex is much better than a ring. My wife's ring "appraised" at 13k but is likely worth about 1k (paid 4k.) My watch would sell for what I paid for it. My father-in-law paid $150 for his Tudor (si...
by sunny_socal
Thu Feb 20, 2020 7:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Oil?
Replies: 125
Views: 10171

Re: Best Oil?

Costco now sells a house brand synthetic oil, 10 quarts for $30 shipped: https://www.costco.com/kirkland-signature-0w-20-full-synthetic-motor-oil-5-quart%2C-2-pack.product.100518855.html Supposedly it's pretty good. I just ordered some, don't think my cars will notice :wink: I normally by the Mobil1...
by sunny_socal
Tue Feb 18, 2020 6:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rolex watch repair
Replies: 4
Views: 690

Re: Rolex watch repair

Where are you? D's Time Service in San Diego is good
http://www.dstimeservice.com/

But for an older watch Rolex itself is a good bet.
by sunny_socal
Mon Feb 17, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When will 5G be available in Rural US?
Replies: 70
Views: 4583

Re: When will 5G be available in Rural US?

My concern is simply that small towns will be further disadvantaged by not being able to offer 5G to potential employers considering building new facilities. Why wouldn’t they just use hard lines? 5G is 99% a gimmick. The only people excited are marketers and lobbyists. This. And it's only going to...
by sunny_socal
Mon Feb 17, 2020 6:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Rolex to get for DW?
Replies: 52
Views: 4019

Re: Which Rolex to get for DW?

Speaking from experience: Let her pick. Just go kick the tires at a couple local dealers, then buy wherever you wish. If it's a surprise, get something with diamonds. Don't worry about resale value, but FYI it's about 50% of MSRP on a ladies' watch. You didn't say where you are located, but if you'r...
by sunny_socal
Sat Feb 15, 2020 9:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AT&T landline versus VOIP
Replies: 26
Views: 1772

Re: AT&T landline versus VOIP

We've had Google Voice VOIP for years: [1] Get an Obitalk box ($50 amazon, we have the 202 version) [2] Port your number to google voice or get a brand new number; the latter is far easier Cost: $0 It's been rock solid, better than any VOIP/'phone' service we've ever had before. It even has a built...
by sunny_socal
Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco Tires
Replies: 95
Views: 8061

Re: Costco Tires

Discount Tire is either the same or cheaper than Costco. It's closer to my home and it's alot easier to get an appt. This. They can also order tires much faster. Costco takes 1-2w to get the tire, DT takes about a day (if you call in the afternoon they'll have it in the morning.) I've bought many s...
by sunny_socal
Mon Feb 10, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best watch for around $5,000?
Replies: 1406
Views: 318980

Re: Best watch for around $5,000?

That's actually if you can get the watch you want in the store. Everytime I visit a Rolex store, it looks like it had just been robbed. I'm not saying this to badmouth watches (I own an Omega that I love), but this is one of the most ominous things I've read on this site. Stock tips from the shoesh...
by sunny_socal
Sun Feb 09, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trailer Towing Over Capacity
Replies: 10
Views: 1173

Re: Trailer Towing Over Capacity

You're fine. I've done many things worse than that.

In other parts of the world this isn't even debated...

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by sunny_socal
Sat Feb 08, 2020 7:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Oil?
Replies: 125
Views: 10171

Re: Best Oil?

Pennzoil is good. It's one of the few oils that meets Volvo's stricter Euro-spec.

For our other cars I use Mobil1 (from Costco or Walmart.)