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by jabberwockOG
Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paying thousands per ticket to attend the NFL Super Bowl?
Replies: 138
Views: 6294

Re: Paying thousands per ticket to attend the NFL Super Bowl?

I'd pay a significant amount of money to not have to go to any type of football game.
by jabberwockOG
Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wild Planet Sardines quality problem [Review of sardine brands]
Replies: 24
Views: 2323

Re: Wild Planet Sardines quality problem [Review of sardine brands]

I stock up on Season brand sardines sold by Costco any time they go on sale. Pretty consistent quality and always taste fresh and clean.
by jabberwockOG
Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Importance of college summer internships??
Replies: 44
Views: 1822

Re: Importance of college summer internships??

Our youngest is in STEM program in senior year, first summer study abroad , last 2 summers interned with Western Electric and then NVIDIA. This summer back to NVIDIA before grad school. For him the internships provided valuable real world work experience that have resulted significant change in dire...
by jabberwockOG
Thu Jan 17, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gas station prices and quality
Replies: 116
Views: 10287

Re: Gas station prices and quality

Most regions in the US are serviced by a single pipeline and single regional gas distributor. All the gas delivered in the pipeline is identical. For a given blended octane rating, all the gasoline sold wholesale and loaded onto tanker trucks for local delivery by that regional distributor is 100% i...
by jabberwockOG
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: EBay Auction with Best Offer
Replies: 8
Views: 756

Re: EBay Auction with Best Offer

Not sure why a rational seller would accept any offer until the auction time was over. Auctions will sit all week with no action and then competitive auction bids are often are made in the last minute or two of an auction.
by jabberwockOG
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Company relocating and not interested - next steps ?
Replies: 48
Views: 3691

Re: Company relocating and not interested - next steps ?

Start looking for a new job immediately. Faced with same scenario years ago, my company merged with a larger company and then the CEO announced move of HQ to Southern California. No way I was moving to LA. I started looking for a new gig, networking, etc., and was pleasantly surprised at how quickly...
by jabberwockOG
Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for a 9mm handgun
Replies: 171
Views: 12668

Re: Recommendations for a 9mm handgun

Read all the responses, nice to see lots of great and varied advice. Based on the reading I'm changing my recommendation for a first gun for a new shooter from a Glock semi-auto pistol to instead suggest purchasing and learning on a high quality 6 shot .38 caliber revolver. Having owned and trained ...
by jabberwockOG
Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for a 9mm handgun
Replies: 171
Views: 12668

Re: Recommendations for a 9mm handgun

1. Go to the local indoor/outdoor shooting range. 2. Sign up for a Basic, Int, Adv. safety, handling, defense, and marksmanship course. Consider a CCW course later if needed. 3. Many indoor ranges have rentals where you can try out various firearms. Strongly suggest this. 4. Education and training....
by jabberwockOG
Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best way to move on from pricy car?
Replies: 35
Views: 2304

Re: Best way to move on from pricy car?

Probably the least reliable and silliest MB model currently available. Dump it. But honestly, you lost me at "it looks great" - a truly hideous vehicle - ugh.
by jabberwockOG
Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retirees: any major goals for 2019?
Replies: 72
Views: 4455

Re: Retirees: any major goals for 2019?

Get a little bit fitter, faster and lighter in 2019. Play more music, compose and record at least one or two new songs.
by jabberwockOG
Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Remove damaged coating from prescription glasses
Replies: 29
Views: 2359

Re: Remove damaged coating from prescription glasses

The typical anti reflective and scratch resistant coating applied to plastic lenses is a substance that sets up and behaves like glass when it hardens and bonds to the plastic lens. As a result, if the lens experience even relatively mild thermal shock (hot or cold) the "glass" coating will crack/c...
by jabberwockOG
Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Remove damaged coating from prescription glasses
Replies: 29
Views: 2359

Re: Remove damaged coating from prescription glasses

The typical anti reflective and scratch resistant coating applied to plastic lenses is a substance that sets up and behaves like glass when it hardens and bonds to the plastic lens. As a result, if the lens experience even relatively mild thermal shock (hot or cold) the "glass" coating will crack/cr...
by jabberwockOG
Sun Dec 23, 2018 12:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco Tire Quality Seconds/Blems??
Replies: 31
Views: 2828

Re: Costco Tire Quality Seconds/Blems??

Totally BS info. 100% agree. Some businesses will say negative things about Costco because they are frustrated by the difficulty of competing with Costco. I became familiar with Costco's internal processes including procurement in my previous work life. Costco sources and distributes first quality ...
by jabberwockOG
Sat Dec 22, 2018 1:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric scooter for 10y old?
Replies: 17
Views: 742

Re: Electric scooter for 10y old?

Absolutely not. We are a nation of near obese and grossly obese people. Latest study indicates nearly 50% of Americans can be categorized as obese. Young kids need to develop their bodies, coordination, and fitness by walking, running, riding bikes, etc. The last thing an able bodied young kid needs...
by jabberwockOG
Thu Dec 20, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Involuntary retirement - stories and strategies?
Replies: 32
Views: 3602

Re: Involuntary retirement - stories and strategies?

I’m nowhere close to 55, but I think the general answer would be to never stop learning, don’t become complacent, provide more value to the company than you cost (and show it to superiors), become seen as a mentor and teacher of others and maintain a broad network of professional contacts and frien...
by jabberwockOG
Thu Dec 20, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: SS: If spouse outlives me
Replies: 13
Views: 820

Re: SS: If spouse outlives me

I think "remaining" spouse must wait until his or her FRA before claiming SS or else the widow or widower benefit will be permanently reduced based on how early (before FRA) the remaining spouse made their claim. More knowledgeable folks will jump in to correct me if this is not accurate. As I unde...
by jabberwockOG
Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: SS: If spouse outlives me
Replies: 13
Views: 820

Re: SS: If spouse outlives me

I think "remaining" spouse must wait until his or her FRA before claiming SS or else the widow or widower benefit will be permanently reduced based on how early (before FRA) the remaining spouse made their claim. More knowledgeable folks will jump in to correct me if this is not accurate.
by jabberwockOG
Wed Dec 19, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pesticides for residence
Replies: 26
Views: 1669

Re: Pesticides for residence

Google diy pest control. Lots of info available. I would not use any pesticide periodically/regularly. Instead only apply if and when and where you see insects coming in. I would not use a spray inside the house. Use a general pesticide spray exterior only (typically on foundation at ground level an...
by jabberwockOG
Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Purchase of 2018?
Replies: 255
Views: 19522

Re: Favorite Purchase of 2018?

Relatively inexpensive LTD electric guitar and 15 watt vintage stye all tube amp. After playing acoustic guitars for years having something that sounds and feels so different is lots of fun.
by jabberwockOG
Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When has being frugal or cheaping out bit you in the rear?
Replies: 109
Views: 8174

Re: When has being frugal or cheating out bit you in the rear?

35 years ago I returned a business trip rental car to the airport on a busy Friday afternoon just to swap it out and get a $9/day lower rate for a personal 3 day weekend. Long lines, crowds, no cars, etc - the swap took me apprx 2.5 hours to accomplish. I saved $27 bucks - way not worth it. It did t...
by jabberwockOG
Mon Dec 17, 2018 12:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best values at Costco? Honestly, a little disappointed...
Replies: 188
Views: 21019

Re: Best values at Costco? Honestly, a little disappointed...

We did a run to Sams Club, wasn't too crowded and got everything we needed. I go to Costco to get pharmacy things once in a while, the checkout lines alone are terrible. I am tired of hearing about the horrible checkout lines.I have been to at least 50 different Costco’s in many different states an...
by jabberwockOG
Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Friend looking at land to build, but will probably have naturally occurring asbestos
Replies: 29
Views: 1980

Re: Friend looking at land to build, but will probably have naturally occurring asbestos

Asbestos and humans are 100% incompatible. I'd never entertain any thought of living on or around that land or that area.
by jabberwockOG
Fri Dec 14, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is a New Car Okay if Driven 15+ Years?
Replies: 91
Views: 7449

Re: Is a New Car Okay if Driven 15+ Years?

Another thing to consider for folks thinking about buying brand new 2019 model should consider that it is very likely in the next 15 years that cars are likely to change more drastically than in any other 15 year period since cars became mass consumer products. I'd personally avoid buying any high ...
by jabberwockOG
Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is a New Car Okay if Driven 15+ Years?
Replies: 91
Views: 7449

Re: Is a New Car Okay if Driven 15+ Years?

Or drive 5 year old car for 10 years. 100% agree. In my experience buying a 5 year old car and driving it for 10 years is the way to have a relatively late model reliable car and still have low overall cost of ownership. Obviously researching and then buying a highly rated reliable model and brand ...
by jabberwockOG
Wed Dec 12, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buy Lexus CPO now or wait until end of Dec.?
Replies: 23
Views: 1516

Re: Buy Lexus CPO now or wait until end of Dec.?

Internet special price or asking price in general is 100% irrelevant. Do not play the typical car buying sucker's game sitting at the car dealer supposedly negotiating. Negotiating anything requires some amount of leverage , sitting at the dealer wasting your time while the sales folks are at their ...
by jabberwockOG
Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Layoff coming in 3-6 months, questions about preparing
Replies: 20
Views: 2594

Re: Layoff coming in 3-6 months, questions about preparing

Dial back 401K contributions from max out to just enough to capture employer matching and build e-fund with extra funds instead until you better understand your prospects and timeline for re-employment. You should have minimum of 9-12 months expenses in the bank by layoff time. In the meantime cut o...
by jabberwockOG
Tue Dec 11, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advise on how to deal with this insurance claim situation
Replies: 29
Views: 1459

Re: Advise on how to deal with this insurance claim situation

Except the cops often won’t respond to accidents on private property like many parking lots. Their investigation is entirely unrelated to insurer’s own liability investigation. This is true in some areas, but in our area police respond to vehicle accident calls regardless of public or private locat...
by jabberwockOG
Tue Dec 11, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Noise coming through apartment vent duct
Replies: 18
Views: 1913

Re: Noise coming through apartment vent duct

Are you saying there is a ventilation duct that connects your apartment directly to your upstairs neighbor? This makes absolutely no sense. Not only would it make it hard to cool down the top apartment in summer and hard to heat the bottom apartment in winter but it would mean there is no longer an...
by jabberwockOG
Tue Dec 11, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advise on how to deal with this insurance claim situation
Replies: 29
Views: 1459

Re: Advise on how to deal with this insurance claim situation

OP I will say from experience, anytime there is an accident, call the police and get a police report. I know it’s a pain in the butt and can take tons of time depending where you are, but it will just save tons of hassle down the road. Anytime I get damage that looks like it would require an insura...
by jabberwockOG
Tue Dec 11, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advise on how to deal with this insurance claim situation
Replies: 29
Views: 1459

Re: Advise on how to deal with this insurance claim situation

Based on damage description my guess would be it will be extremely expensive to repair the Tesla. There is virtually no such thing as a minor accident (in terms of cost) on a car like a Tesla.


Call the police anytime you are in a car accident - absolutely no exceptions.
by jabberwockOG
Tue Dec 11, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To each his own ( I guess ) [Opinions of traveling in retirement]
Replies: 109
Views: 7944

Re: To each his own ( I guess ) [Opinions of traveling in retirement]

Like some other posters, I traveled often and extensively in my work life. I ran teams, projects or had clients in almost every medium to large city in the US and Canada. In one job, I traveled international for 5 years - flying literally around the planet on trips a few times. Also took the opportu...
by jabberwockOG
Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New QUIET Tires for Accord
Replies: 37
Views: 2601

Re: New QUIET Tires for Accord

I have the same car and I run Michelin Pilot Sport A/S: https://www.michelinman.com/tire/michelin/pilot-sport-a-s-3 100% agree. We run the Sport A/S on our fairly large, heavy two door convertible and the tires run super smooth and quiet. Most models of Michelin tire will run significantly quieter,...
by jabberwockOG
Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best values at Costco? Honestly, a little disappointed...
Replies: 188
Views: 21019

Re: Best values at Costco? Honestly, a little disappointed...

Munir wrote:
Sun Dec 02, 2018 6:33 pm
Costco, Amazon, and Trader Joe's- cann't do without them :happy
+1
Different strokes for different folks, some people see real value where others don't.
by jabberwockOG
Sat Dec 01, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why is Costco gas so much cheaper
Replies: 119
Views: 10808

Re: Why is Costco gas so much cheaper

Some items to note with Costco gas comparison. Costco sell Tier 1 gas with a high quality additive package. In my town Costco gas is consistently 20-30 cents less per gallon than even cheapo supermarket and bargain basement gas stores which sell an inferior grade (no or low quality additive package)...
by jabberwockOG
Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electricity bill should be 7% per month of home sq footage.
Replies: 66
Views: 3997

Re: Electricity bill should be 7% per month of home sq footage.

We are in 2600 sqft house, all electric (including HVAC heat pump and water heater) except for a gas cooking stove top. Electric bill averages apprx 80-160 per month. Gas bill is never more than $10/month. House is well insulated and we run all led lights and dimmers. We live in a relatively mild SE...
by jabberwockOG
Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Air heat pump questions (any experts in the community?)
Replies: 24
Views: 1882

Re: Air heat pump questions (any experts in the community?)

Make sure you have the heat pump set to run for a minimum of 60 minutes before the electric strips kick on. We live much further south but on a few really cold low 20 degree days my heat pump will run 20-22 hours a day with very minimal electric strip heat use (mostly for reversing defrost function...
by jabberwockOG
Mon Nov 26, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Air heat pump questions (any experts in the community?)
Replies: 24
Views: 1882

Re: Air heat pump questions (any experts in the community?)

Make sure you have the heat pump set to run for a minimum of 60 minutes before the electric strips kick on. We live much further south but on a few really cold low 20 degree days my heat pump will run 20-22 hours a day with very minimal electric strip heat use (mostly for reversing defrost function)...
by jabberwockOG
Thu Nov 22, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Weekend Toy Motorcycle - Honda Grom or Honda Monkey or ..?
Replies: 13
Views: 1158

Re: Weekend Toy Motorcycle - Honda Grom or Honda Monkey or ..?

It might be worth considering a full-size bike which you can use as your skills and confidence increase. A 350 to 500 cc more conventionally sized bike can be easily ridden at lower speeds in your neighborhood, but can also be used further afield as you feel ready, where a small bike would be unsaf...
by jabberwockOG
Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home remodeling costs
Replies: 13
Views: 1308

Re: Home remodeling costs

Labor is a huge variant in remodel costs. Where we live now labor is 2-3x as much as as in previous home area. Trade labor in Texas, because there is lots of skilled labor available and competing for work in a metro area like DFW is relatively inexpensive and the quality is very good. We moved a cou...
by jabberwockOG
Tue Nov 20, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good oil for cooking and salad?
Replies: 38
Views: 2491

Re: Good oil for cooking and salad?

EVOO as well as virgin olive oil for most cooking, also use organic coconut oil and melted butter when olive oil would not be appropriate.
by jabberwockOG
Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota Dealer Lost My New Car's Key
Replies: 14
Views: 2606

Re: Toyota Dealer Lost My New Car's Key

Toyota can use their in house OEM TechStream maintenance application to programmatically remove the lost key from the car's internal key registry and then add the new replacement key. Ask them to do so and to show you a printout confirming the lost key has been programmatically removed from the car'...
by jabberwockOG
Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When is Too Long to Return a Hair Dryer to Costco?
Replies: 73
Views: 5004

Re: When is Too Long to Return a Hair Dryer to Costco?

Costco has a no questions asked customer satisfaction guarantee. If the customer is not satisfied with the item they can return it for a full refund. Returning an item past 30-90 days is a judgement call that each individual customer subjectively makes and it is one of the things that makes Costco s...
by jabberwockOG
Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cremation seminar – with complimentary lunch
Replies: 86
Views: 6464

Re: Cremation seminar – with complimentary lunch

Turnkey local cremation services in our town run $800 to $1000. Hope the food was fantastic because for $3400 that was an expensive lunch.
by jabberwockOG
Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home sale etiquette: wall repair
Replies: 53
Views: 3684

Re: Home sale etiquette: wall repair

To be nice I would correct nail holes and scuffs/scratches on wall but only if correct matching was readily available - likely a 10 minute task. But if matching correct paint is not readily available, I'd leave it alone. The home buyer bought and inspected your home and as with most contracts these ...
by jabberwockOG
Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cremation seminar – with complimentary lunch
Replies: 86
Views: 6464

Re: Cremation seminar – with complimentary lunch

There is no such thing as a free lunch or dinner for that matter when it comes to any type of these "seminars". Besides a meal you get a sales pitch, and they at a minimum, get your detailed contact and registration information. Absolutely not worth it.
by jabberwockOG
Thu Nov 15, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Granddaughter needs $ help for university
Replies: 111
Views: 10062

Re: Granddaughter needs $ help for university

$15k per year for music degree is a lot. More importantly only about 36-40% of students starting college actually will graduate and earn a degree in four years. Many fail to ever graduate. If you can afford the $60k you may elect to help her but you need to pay careful attention to her progress and ...
by jabberwockOG
Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Feeling uneasy about recent splurge
Replies: 40
Views: 4066

Re: Feeling uneasy about recent splurge

An expensive mattress is not necessarily a good mattress. Brick and mortar retail stores sell good mattresses but also lots of over priced mattresses. I'd be much more worried about over paying for a mattress than what it actually costs. A high quality mattress that matches your needs and lets you g...
by jabberwockOG
Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seeking Advice - Emergency Preparedness
Replies: 56
Views: 3418

Re: Seeking Advice - Emergency Preparedness

If you don't have friends or family nearby that can easily come rescue you I suggest you move to a nice warm place every year for the winter or just move permanently. The house can be winterized right before you leave and then opened back up when you come back. Your bad back will be even worse if yo...
by jabberwockOG
Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving to NYC without a job
Replies: 33
Views: 5162

Re: Moving to NYC without a job

Moving to one of the highest cost of living places in the US with no job makes no sense at all. Be prepared to end up seriously broke and moving back where you originated from with your tail between your legs. Find and get the job you want first in a place you can afford, then work a few years to ga...
by jabberwockOG
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paper or Paperless? How and what financial records do you keep?
Replies: 51
Views: 3902

Re: Paper or Paperless? How and what financial records do you keep?

File and store tax returns and supporting documentation for last 7 years. Anything older than 7 years gets shredded every April. Titles/deeds/passports etc stored in safe in fireproof bag. We receive very little paper at this point since paper items in the mail is most likely more of a security risk...