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by jabberwockOG
Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seeking advice about "defective" computer
Replies: 11
Views: 500

Re: Seeking advice about "defective" computer

If the system is running normally now I would not replace it or attempt to repair it. I would test the system for the next week to verify it is working perfectly. Suggest you power off and reboot it 3 times per day for 5 days. If it starts up and runs fine 15 times in a row over a week long period, ...
by jabberwockOG
Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is expensive olive oil worth it?
Replies: 55
Views: 4559

Re: Is expensive olive oil worth it?

Extremely hard to beat Costco brand Kirkland Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil for price and quality.
by jabberwockOG
Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Relocation to Atlanta
Replies: 16
Views: 1641

Re: Relocation to Atlanta

East Cobb county is your best bet, good neighborhoods, decent public schools, very easy access to quality food and retail stores. Traffic in Atlanta is similarly horrible compared to DC I would suppose. But trips from virtually anywhere in Atlanta to its airport are most often a mess, very difficult...
by jabberwockOG
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: bike helmets
Replies: 82
Views: 4529

Re: bike helmets

Hifive, thanks so much for the in-depth analysis. That is the information I was hoping someone would provide, as I am not qualified (and am too lazy to boot) to conduct such an analysis myself. Any thoughts about all the data regarding ski/snowboard helmets and no difference or increased rate of he...
by jabberwockOG
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Auto Tariffs: time to buy?
Replies: 63
Views: 3552

Re: Auto Tariffs: time to buy?

the highly recommended Toyotas and Hondas on this forum are all made domestically with a majority of parts also being made domestic. Fake news. Are you implying that Toyota and Honda are as American as GM, Ford, and Chrysler? What's your definition of "made" - simply where final assembly is done? G...
by jabberwockOG
Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda Accord Maintenance at 3 Years - Am I Getting Hosed?
Replies: 95
Views: 5297

Re: Honda Accord Maintenance at 3 Years - Am I Getting Hosed?

Regardless of what the car maker's manual says the brake fluid should be changed every 3-4 years at a minimum or sooner if it shows darker than clear very light amber in the reservoir. Given the cost of brake parts, especially items like the ABS and brake master cylinders (which on modern cars can c...
by jabberwockOG
Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What are your property taxes?
Replies: 212
Views: 12644

Re: What are your property taxes?

Approx $400K market value house - our property taxes are $1,470 per year. Property tax will decrease by approx 30% when we turn 65 (senior exemption), and will then stay frozen at that level as long as we own the house.
by jabberwockOG
Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What is/ was your career and would you recommend it now?
Replies: 340
Views: 30078

Re: What is/ was your career and would you recommend it now?

Computer IT industry. Worked in multiple roles for mostly large hardware and software companies for nearly 40 years. Pros - lots of different roles, job types, and levels of responsibly are available for career progression in technical role as well as managerial. The work was almost always interesti...
by jabberwockOG
Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoroughly cleaning grimy tile
Replies: 19
Views: 2037

Re: Thoroughly cleaning grimy tile

Bar Keepers Friend powdered cleanser works well on tile. So does a paste made with Oxiclean and some water.

Agree that mixing vinegar with baking soda defeats the purpose and advantage of using either ingredient alone.
by jabberwockOG
Sun Jul 08, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirement Destination - are you happy with your choice?
Replies: 127
Views: 15070

Re: Retirement Destination - are you happy with your choice?

Lots of variation in what folks want in retirement per all the replies and it is pretty clear that no one location is perfect - all single locations represent a choice of pros and cons and related set of compromises. The critical thing is to understand what features in a location are a priority in m...
by jabberwockOG
Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retirees...what’s your lunch menus?
Replies: 54
Views: 4297

Re: Retirees...what’s your lunch menus?

We never get tired of salad for lunch eating a salad at least 5 out of 7 days a week. But important to vary ingredients including types of lettuce, chia seeds, hemp hearts, pumpkin and pistachio seeds, bell peppers, cucumber, avocado, tomato, onion, beets, carrots, etc. Also make my own vinaigrette ...
by jabberwockOG
Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda Accord Maintenance at 3 Years - Am I Getting Hosed?
Replies: 95
Views: 5297

Re: Honda Accord Maintenance at 3 Years - Am I Getting Hosed?

Definitely you are getting hosed. Service writer should have been wearing a mask and holding a gun giving you that service invoice. Work is being done at a Honda dealer. About 8,000 miles mostly city. Parked outside. brake fluid dirty: $169.95 - Brake fluid should be changed out every 3 years, and i...
by jabberwockOG
Sat Jul 07, 2018 7:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which advanced tech is necessary in cars?
Replies: 86
Views: 4181

Re: Which advanced tech is necessary in cars?

Despite maker's marketing efforts and media hype automated AI style safety tech in cars is still very primitive at this point. If possible hold off for a few years and stay with the older car. Every year for next few years safety tech is going to get more capable and robust similar to the years when...
by jabberwockOG
Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How come voice command on Garmin GPS is so lousy compared to Google Maps?
Replies: 22
Views: 1566

Re: How come voice command on Garmin GPS is so lousy compared to Google Maps?

Garman's proprietary voice recognition software and the hardware they use to input and process your voice that runs on their navigation device has fallen behind and likely will never again be able to come close to the level of sophistication of software from google and power of the hardware from a c...
by jabberwockOG
Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Walking Coast-to-Coast
Replies: 86
Views: 6487

Re: Walking Coast-to-Coast

Congratulations! Amazing and unique journey in today's world.
by jabberwockOG
Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tire experts? Can I trust a patched tire?
Replies: 42
Views: 2890

Re: Tire experts? Can I trust a patched tire?

One thing you could do in the future is to carry this Slime tire inflator in your trunk https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005Z8HAUK/?coliid=IIWN9MDIUA32J&colid=RWVS4NTZ1R54&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it, along with a good 12v DC spotlight for night time roadside problems. The inflator will let you keep any f...
by jabberwockOG
Tue Jul 03, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do I fix my heating bill?
Replies: 73
Views: 3288

Re: How do I fix my heating bill?

It is amazing how many HVAC techs don't actually really understand how to set up the programmable settings in a heat-pump system to run efficiently in cold weather heating season.
by jabberwockOG
Tue Jul 03, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do I fix my heating bill?
Replies: 73
Views: 3288

Re: How do I fix my heating bill?

Your heat pump is either set up or wired incorrectly for its heating cycle. Please take the time to do some research on how heat pumps work in the cold weather because it is very different from a more typical gas or oil heated furnace. Even if heat pump is set up and wired correctly it is important ...
by jabberwockOG
Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirees- How hard is it to dial spending down/up?
Replies: 38
Views: 2651

Re: Retirees- How hard is it to dial spending down/up?

So many years living below our means and turning so much of our income into investments and savings has permanently affected our spending habits. With zero debt and having retired in a LCOL area our fixed costs are very low - total utilities, property tax, and home insurance are less than $600 a mon...
by jabberwockOG
Sun Jul 01, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Men's Cologne
Replies: 66
Views: 5771

Re: Men's Cologne

Husband works in an office and is 52. Wears Green Irish Tweed by Creed, La Nuit, and Legend Spirit by Montblanc. Very nice fragrances with no complaints from coworkers. That's because they're being polite. How much nerve would it take to walk up to someone and tell them, "Your cologne is giving me ...
by jabberwockOG
Sat Jun 30, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Men's Cologne
Replies: 66
Views: 5771

Re: Men's Cologne

And for pity's sake folks please have the good sense not to wear perfume or cologne when going on a commercial airline flight. The combined stench of all the various perfumes/colognes on your average commercial airline flight is disgusting at best, and at worst can make folks who are allergic to per...
by jabberwockOG
Sat Jun 30, 2018 7:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you learning or studying?
Replies: 92
Views: 6041

Re: What are you learning or studying?

I am a more than a little hesitant about posting what I am trying to learn, because some Forum members will derisively be calling 'Bravo Sierra" on me. Oh, well. In any case, for the past year and a half, I have been studying the mathematical foundations of both Quantum Mechanics and General Relati...
by jabberwockOG
Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying and selling house in Western NY..Bank or mortgage broker?
Replies: 14
Views: 692

Re: Buying and selling house in Western NY..Bank or mortgage broker?

It makes absolutely no difference where you get a mortgage in most cases. Shop for best rate and costs among all available reputable sources. There are likely some small no name fly by night brokers to avoid that will quote low rates and costs but not be able to deliver. Shop multiple reputable sour...
by jabberwockOG
Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My 2017 CRV is a victim of the dreaded oil gas-dilution issue
Replies: 311
Views: 47348

Re: My 2017 CRV is a victim of the dreaded oil gas-dilution issue

Same engine with a recent UOA report posted today https://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/4800498/Amsoil_SS_5w30_(new_formula)_1#Post4800498 A couple strange things about this report: - It does not say how many miles are on the vehicle or the oil. When I have had analysis done a...
by jabberwockOG
Fri Jun 29, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Do you subscribe to Consumer Reports?]
Replies: 31
Views: 2784

Re: [Do you subscribe to Consumer Reports?]

Yes been a subscriber for 40 years, but having dropped subscriptions to all paper periodicals in the last 5-10 years, we currently subscribe to their online content only. It is less useful than in the days before the internet but still a good value and source of unbiased opinion.
by jabberwockOG
Fri Jun 29, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you learning or studying?
Replies: 92
Views: 6041

Re: What are you learning or studying?

I am a more than a little hesitant about posting what I am trying to learn, because some Forum members will derisively be calling 'Bravo Sierra" on me. Oh, well. In any case, for the past year and a half, I have been studying the mathematical foundations of both Quantum Mechanics and General Relati...
by jabberwockOG
Fri Jun 29, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you learning or studying?
Replies: 92
Views: 6041

Re: What are you learning or studying?

During the last few years I've been doing volunteer work for a local charity. I have been learning step by step, starting literally with the foundation, how to build a house. I have always been a diy amateur handyman with my own houses performing small to medium projects,and thought I already was pr...
by jabberwockOG
Fri Jun 29, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Reason to Keep My "Landline" Phone?
Replies: 65
Views: 3952

Re: Any Reason to Keep My "Landline" Phone?

Most older home security systems required a landline at one time. Most new security systems support using a cell phone card as well as a landline, and some of the older systems can accept adapters to use cell phone card also. Using a land line for a security system is very risky because cutting the ...
by jabberwockOG
Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Did you celebrate when you finally hit $1m?
Replies: 161
Views: 14667

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

Despite the large number of unimpressed, and/or indifferent responses, I'd say a celebration is definitely in order for hitting your milestone. Yes - absolutely a celebration is in order of hitting a major milestone of $1 M, no matter what or how your assets are being counted. Note that celebrations...
by jabberwockOG
Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: House seller fudging disclosure re: buried oil tank?
Replies: 36
Views: 4033

Re: House seller fudging disclosure re: buried oil tank?

If you are interested in the house, you can certainly call the listing agent direct and let them know what you saw previously at the house and ask the agent to verify/confirm back to to you that there is no oil tank or that it has been remediated by current owner. If you are not interested in the ho...
by jabberwockOG
Sun Jun 24, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: how to make friends in new location?
Replies: 96
Views: 8381

Re: how to make friends in new location?

Volunteering? It can take a while to establish friendships, but in the meantime the individual is contributing to society. I have moved around a lot and have generally joined clubs and volunteer activities to start meeting people with common interests. Some efforts pan out. Some don't. Volunteer wo...
by jabberwockOG
Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dallas Trip
Replies: 20
Views: 1343

Re: Dallas Trip

Heat is likely to be brutal day or night in the middle of the summer. If temps at or over 100 skip the outdoor events. Some decent museums in Dallas and Forth Worth. Downtown area in Ft Worth is much safer, friendlier and more pleasant to walk around in at night. I'd skip fine dining in DFW - it's O...
by jabberwockOG
Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Am I wasting money on my old car?
Replies: 34
Views: 3398

Re: Am I wasting money on my old car?

A 1996 Corolla is an extremely reliable well made very simple car that can go 250-300k miles it it is maintained by the book. If it is in otherwise good shape I'd suggest you pay the $1500 maintenance cost to keep it going and drive it another 3-4 years years (but it will last way,way longer than 3-...
by jabberwockOG
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: thermostat a/c setting
Replies: 17
Views: 1118

Re: thermostat a/c setting

We live in a very humid climate, so in hot weather if we are out of the house for an extended period, we leave the AC on but set to a higher temp (82-84) to keep humidity levels from getting too high.
by jabberwockOG
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Surprise - Costco sells - but does not install vehicle batteries
Replies: 85
Views: 5667

Re: Surprise - Costco sells - but does not install vehicle batteries

Battery change out is pretty easy if and only if a person has 1) the strength and agility to lift a 35-50 lb battery in and out of the engine bay and 2) the skill set to remove old battery safely, and insure the battery is installed securely and properly (including not shorting out the battery or ot...
by jabberwockOG
Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: gray hair
Replies: 130
Views: 8414

Re: gray hair

Didymograptus wrote:
Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:28 am
I'm 58 and have been going grey all through my fifties - about 50% grey now.

I really don't care much about it - and anyway my wife says it makes me look extinguished!
Hilarious - great post.
by jabberwockOG
Tue Jun 19, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: gray hair
Replies: 130
Views: 8414

Re: gray hair

Cut it short and own your look. Instead spend the extra time and money on more visits to the gym. Fake hair color on a man to hide gray is almost always pretty obvious and usually pretty tacky looking. Result most often is folks laughing at your silly attempt at vanity. It also speaks volumes on tha...
by jabberwockOG
Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much car to buy reasonably?
Replies: 86
Views: 5280

Re: How much car to buy reasonably?

Given your stated assets, and desire for a sporty car - I'd suggest a new MB AMG E or S series coupe or a 4 or 6 series BMW. Only own these cars under a new car or extended warranty. Or if you want a highly reliable sporty luxury car check out a Lexus RC F. Miata is fun but very small and limited ut...
by jabberwockOG
Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best tips for starting a new job
Replies: 19
Views: 1332

Re: Best tips for starting a new job

Be on the look out for any opportunity to serve those below, and above you. This can be just as small as getting lunch during a busy day. I’ve learned just one of these acts can solidify a good reputation. Also, make it a point to make sure all communication isn’t all business. The role of manageme...
by jabberwockOG
Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best tips for starting a new job
Replies: 19
Views: 1332

Re: Best tips for starting a new job

Building solid trust relationships are major long term key to success and fitting into any team. Also pay attention to seeing and understanding existing relationships that may be quite subtle to see at first. Having said that be careful to not bond too closely with any one person(s) - they may actua...
by jabberwockOG
Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Standard buyer's remorse or poorly timed enlightenment?
Replies: 40
Views: 3626

Re: Standard buyer's remorse or poorly timed enlightenment?

Too late. Time to worry about costs of house versus income is before buying the house. Once you make the purchase it is way too late. Like you underestimated new house costs, you are also way underestimating the total transaction cost to sell. The transaction costs (moving, utilities, selling/commis...
by jabberwockOG
Sat Jun 16, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: African Safari: Worth it or Hype?
Replies: 57
Views: 4645

Re: African Safari: Worth it or Hype?

I was in Africa on business a couple of times a number of years ago. So definitely for me it was well worth the side trips to see several game parks including visiting the Kruger reserve in S.A. - a great experience and absolutely nothing like a zoo. Having said that, personally I would not travel a...
by jabberwockOG
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone with a paid off house drop homeowners insurance
Replies: 79
Views: 5918

Re: Anyone with a paid off house drop homeowners insurance

House insurance is a great bet because of the huge pool of folks that have it and relatively few number of large claims. Many places to save money in life but not have home insurance is foolish. Make sure you have a reasonably high deductible and that your coverage includes full replacement cost of ...
by jabberwockOG
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Life in retirement - what did you do today?
Replies: 194
Views: 17414

Re: Life in retirement - what did you do today?

Regarding the adjustment to retirement part of the OP question: for me, that was/is tough. It feels as though I went from the position of a guru to a non-entity in a single day. In the work world, I was a go-to person, problem-solver, and decision maker. People from different corners of the earth w...
by jabberwockOG
Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Life in retirement - what did you do today?
Replies: 194
Views: 17414

Re: Life in retirement - what did you do today?

Retired 2 years. I volunteer on construction and rehab projects for a local charity mostly 3 days a week. Today was a "non-work" leisure day. Up at 5:30 AM. Made a pot of tea and read the news and some forums I participate in. Wife and I out the door by 6:30, down to the water and do the usual 2.5 m...
by jabberwockOG
Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best HEPA air purifier for cat allergy sufferer?
Replies: 13
Views: 841

Re: Best HEPA air purifier for cat allergy sufferer?

Get rid of any and all carpets in the house. Hardwood and tile are best and need to be vacuumed every other day and wet mopped weekly. Smooth leather covered furniture also holds far less cat dander than fabric upholstered furniture. Getting rid of carpets will help more than any filter or vacuum cl...
by jabberwockOG
Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much to invest in elementary education?
Replies: 37
Views: 2529

Re: How much to invest in elementary education?

Disclaimer: 4 kids, all went/go to public school. I find that public school is what you make it. My DD15 is going into her sophomore year. She sees plenty at the HS, but she's in the IB program, in orchestra, and has a good-sized circle of geeky friends. In short, she's able to navigate away from t...
by jabberwockOG
Sun Jun 10, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much to invest in elementary education?
Replies: 37
Views: 2529

Re: How much to invest in elementary education?

Suggest you sell your house and move to a better neighborhood and area with better public elementary, middle and high schools. Local public school performance is almost always a direct function of the local education and income level of the families that live in the specific area.
by jabberwockOG
Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The effect of a difficult last name on employment prospects...
Replies: 43
Views: 3631

Re: The effect of a difficult last name on employment prospects...

If you want to change your name go for it. But do it sooner rather than later. It may not be the whole story on why you aren't getting promote quickly but an easier more "vanilla" name certainly won't hurt. It is always better if people can pay attention to you, your mind and personality, rather tha...
by jabberwockOG
Sun Jun 10, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving to a house from a condo
Replies: 7
Views: 683

Re: Moving to a house from a condo

Start saving every penny you can to add to the down payment. Sell the condo and move to a affordable house that you can afford as close to work as possible. Be patient and prepare to put a lot of time into finding the right place and then jump on it when you find it. If necessary buy a smaller and w...