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by jlawrence01
Sat Aug 03, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How can I get a good room when I check into a hotel I booked online?
Replies: 30
Views: 3322

Re: How can I get a good room when I check into a hotel I booked online?

I book online and put my needs in the comments. Then, I almost always have success calling the hotel the day of or one day prior to arrival and asking nicely for the type of room I’d like. Make sure you dial the hotel directly and don’t get diverted to the national reservation desk. Most of the tim...
by jlawrence01
Sat Aug 03, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pluto tv - free internet tv
Replies: 11
Views: 1497

Re: Pluto tv - free internet tv

Very limited choices BUT they do show nearly every Big Sky football and basketball game.
by jlawrence01
Sat Aug 03, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Older used car with low miles or newer used car with higher miles
Replies: 37
Views: 2689

Re: Older used car with low miles or newer used car with higher miles

For comparison you can get a new Corolla LE for a bit over $16K(plus tax and registration) if you can get a good deal. I bought one last year. It would have a lot of the new advanced safety features that the older cars likely would not have and it would have a full warranty. One advantage of shoppi...
by jlawrence01
Wed Jul 31, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's your Uber passenger rating?
Replies: 118
Views: 7535

Re: What's your Uber passenger rating?

4.75 I'm surprised to see so much taxi love on here. I can't think of a single reasons to take a cab over Uber, and I can think of many reasons to take Uber/Lyft over cabs. Unless, of course, you are somewhere that doesn't offer Uber. 1) They are regulated and actually carry liability insurance. 2)...
by jlawrence01
Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5598
Views: 1363689

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Today's movie was The Lion King (2019). A slight disappointment. Everyone that I went with thought that it was not as good as the animated version.
by jlawrence01
Tue Jul 23, 2019 6:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cruise advice?
Replies: 45
Views: 3549

Re: Cruise advice?

While Cruise Critic is a good source for cruising information, there are literally hundreds of various cruise blogs on YouTube for nearly every cruise. Some are obviously sponsored, but many are not. One of the problems of cruise information regardless of the source is the lack of any very critical ...
by jlawrence01
Tue Jul 23, 2019 6:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ontario in August
Replies: 29
Views: 2003

Re: Ontario in August

My sister lives in the US and visits Canada a couple of times a year. She does not seem to have a preference between flying to a US border city and driving to Canada, or flying direct to Canada and renting a car on arrival. It really comes down to price and which is most convenient for flight times...
by jlawrence01
Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dash Cams [want recommendations]
Replies: 22
Views: 2263

Re: Dash Cams [want recommendations]

Our Lawyer recommended getting a Dash Cam ….. Looking for suggestions on brands etc. Thank You in Advance Do realize that dash cams work both ways. They also record your driving and your behavior. And do realize that once the record is created, you are stuck with it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v...
by jlawrence01
Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Grand Canyon and More In October
Replies: 35
Views: 3210

Re: Grand Canyon and More In October

I believe that there are a lot more options for lodging around Bryce Canyon there are around Zion NP. The town of Panguich, UT has a number of smaller, less expensive properties including many independents. Also, by October, Bryce is a lot less congested than Zion.
by jlawrence01
Sun Jul 07, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buy a refrigerator at Sears?
Replies: 37
Views: 3306

Re: Buy a refrigerator at Sears?

As an add'l thought, the one brand that I suggest that you might be somewhat cautious of-----or at least perform add'l checking on-----is Samsung. On a related, but still somewhat different note, about 3 years ago we purchased, from Home Depot in Tucson, a Samsung clothes washer and drier set for o...
by jlawrence01
Sat Jul 06, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5598
Views: 1363689

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Today's movies:

The Mustang - a good film about prison convicts training wild horses and preparing them for sale

All is True - A story about the last years of William Shakespeare. While slow-moving, this British film does examine the complexities of his personal relationships.
by jlawrence01
Fri Jul 05, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a suit
Replies: 35
Views: 2557

Re: Buying a suit

If you want to pay less then maybe Dillard's or Macy's? They sometimes have sales where you could probably pick up a suit for a few hundred. J. C. Penney has suits and it seems most things are always on sale there. It all depends on how good a suit you want and the price point at which you are comf...
by jlawrence01
Wed Jul 03, 2019 12:38 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Hire a driver?
Replies: 63
Views: 4036

Re: Hire a driver?

Two comments: 1) Commuting expenses are generally not allowable business deductions. 2) An alternative would be to find a clean and cheap hotel where you can spend the night on those evenings when you cannot make it home. As a person who commuted 120 miles to graduate school while working full time,...
by jlawrence01
Wed Jul 03, 2019 12:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: how do couples work together on home finance
Replies: 60
Views: 5205

Re: how do couples work together on home finance

Pre-retirement: For 28 of the 30 years, I always handled all of the financial tracking and decision making but there were some very basic rules that we decided upon early: 1) We would use credit cards BUT they would be blenderized the first time that we did not have the money to pay the bill off at ...
by jlawrence01
Tue Jul 02, 2019 12:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you do if you get in an accident?
Replies: 26
Views: 2300

Re: What do you do if you get in an accident?

...and that's why you ought to consider installing a dashcam. $100 and 30min of your time to install it -- seems like cheap insurance to me. (And hiding the wires is actually surprisingly easy: https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=279617#p4515714 ) As long as you are not at-fault, that ...
by jlawrence01
Mon Jul 01, 2019 1:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's tripping the trap now?
Replies: 12
Views: 1848

Re: What's tripping the trap now?

Two words - TRAIL CAMERA!

One neighbor had several hummingbird feeders in the yard and noted that she would fill them one morning and they would be dry the next.

What was draining them??? Mexican long-nosed bats. And she had the pictures of them.
by jlawrence01
Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: British Columbia summer vacation
Replies: 17
Views: 1559

Re: British Columbia summer vacation

The biggest issue with Tofino, BC is the number of vehicles that are broken into. We have made a couple of trips there and both times, we noted at least 3-5 vehicles with broken windows. So that is a place where you do not want to keep any valuables in the car at night and off-street parking would b...
by jlawrence01
Mon Jun 24, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: British Columbia summer vacation
Replies: 17
Views: 1559

Re: British Columbia summer vacation

Victoria
Vancouver Island.

There are hundreds of options depending on your tastes.
by jlawrence01
Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Discounted Postage Stamps
Replies: 45
Views: 4657

Re: Discounted Postage Stamps

I just read that beginning today, the USPS is implementing dimensional weight pricing on Priority Mail packages. I think I answered my own question. Unless it is permitted to place stamps on the sides and bottom of a package, the substantial increase in cost to mail packages over 1 cubic ft will re...
by jlawrence01
Sat Jun 22, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: what was your worst major purchase? mine is a 2019 mazda3
Replies: 182
Views: 18718

Re: what was your worst major purchase? mine is a 2019 mazda3

BEST PURCHASE: 1995 Geo Prizm. Stop laughing. Consumer Reports gave it a Best Buy Recommendation. Purchased it in 1998. It had about 50k miles. Reliable, quiet, (compared to the noisy, high-maintenance 1985 RX-7 I was trading in), and averaged about 32 mpg. Loved it! Alas, it was totaled by a hail ...
by jlawrence01
Fri Jun 21, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Grand Canyon/Death Valley in October
Replies: 17
Views: 1365

Re: Grand Canyon/Death Valley in October

Thanks all! Great ideas. How much time Zion and Bryce would need? What should be main area to cover in Grand Canyon? You could probably see a good chunk of Zion NP in a long day. Bryce would probably require two days. And before anyone responds, yes, you could spend a lot more time in both and not ...
by jlawrence01
Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: how is Home Depot's contractor service (for a water heater)?
Replies: 53
Views: 5493

Re: how is Home Depot's contractor service (for a water heater)?

My current water heater is over 30 years old and will probably require replacement in the coming years. Many of our neighbors have used and have been happy with a company called Just Water Heaters which will install a 40 gallon electric water heater for $599 plus tax. http://justwaterheaterstucson.c...
by jlawrence01
Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5598
Views: 1363689

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

This morning's movie was ... The Secret Lives of Pets 2.

While generally, sequels are not good, this movie was actually funnier than the original. There were a lot of good laughs, perhaps mpre from the adults than the children.
by jlawrence01
Sat Jun 15, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5598
Views: 1363689

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I thought Stan and Ollie was a really good film despite its short run in the theatres. The movie focuses on their later years as they attempt to revitalize their career.
by jlawrence01
Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone familiar with driving from Disneyland area to Tucson, Az?
Replies: 39
Views: 2433

Re: Anyone familiar with driving from Disneyland area to Tucson, Az?

> There is nothing in Tucson that you cannot get at Palm Springs There is the Desert Museum, which is unique and fantastic. But not an ideal summer destination. I will agree with you that it is a great attraction. HOWEVER, want to guess how many animals you are going to see? Maybe a few birds and a...
by jlawrence01
Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone familiar with driving from Disneyland area to Tucson, Az?
Replies: 39
Views: 2433

Re: Anyone familiar with driving from Disneyland area to Tucson, Az?

My family and I (spouse and I + a 3yr old) are thinking of attending Disneyland at the end of September 2019. Our plan is to fly from STL to LAX and then visit Disneyland the next day. Perhaps spend another day or two in the area. However, after that, we plan to then drive to Tucson to stay for a c...
by jlawrence01
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you drive old cars for long distance travels?
Replies: 105
Views: 8463

Re: Do you drive old cars for long distance travels?

I certainly see the point, but I wonder - objectively - how much "more risky" such an older car really is? New and late model cars can fail on long trips as well. Years ago, for example, we rented a car for a week's travel around Texas (flew in and out of San Antonio). The rental car was, of course...
by jlawrence01
Thu Jun 06, 2019 3:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5598
Views: 1363689

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

We were in a small town with limited movie options. We were going to see Booksmart but after watching the trailer, decided against it. Instead, we watched A Dog's Journey which was excellent and was well worth the price of admission and tolerating a less than ideal Dolby system. It is highly recomme...
by jlawrence01
Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon free shipping, bait-and-switch?
Replies: 46
Views: 4868

Re: Amazon free shipping, bait-and-switch?

I have had the same experience as the OP.

If you are not a PRIME member, they make it difficult to get good pricing which is the reason that I do NOT use Amazon.
by jlawrence01
Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you drive old cars for long distance travels?
Replies: 105
Views: 8463

Re: Do you drive old cars for long distance travels?

We have not rented a car in several years, but we had excellent results a few years ago renting from Enterprise. We usually got a larger car than what we asked for and paid for. The daily rental rate for a basic car was low and we got unlimited miles. In my small community, I have three choices. I ...
by jlawrence01
Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you drive old cars for long distance travels?
Replies: 105
Views: 8463

Re: Do you drive old cars for long distance travels?

I generally always rent a vehicle when I travel out of town. Generally, the rental rates are very inexpensive in this area and I do not like the inconvenience of being stranded in a remote area should the car break down. Currently, I am on a 12 day one-way rental with Hertz at $103. I will put 1500...
by jlawrence01
Tue Jun 04, 2019 8:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Autos and transportation near retirement
Replies: 33
Views: 2511

Re: Autos and transportation near retirement

Any advice? What do you do for near or in retirement transportation? How do you decide when to buy and what to buy? What do you value in a car and why? Move to a walkable neighborhood, one you'd be fine getting around in till you are 120. Cars are best rented, not owned. Running errands with a car ...
by jlawrence01
Tue Jun 04, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you drive old cars for long distance travels?
Replies: 105
Views: 8463

Re: Do you drive old cars for long distance travels?

I generally always rent a vehicle when I travel out of town. Generally, the rental rates are very inexpensive in this area and I do not like the inconvenience of being stranded in a remote area should the car break down. Currently, I am on a 12 day one-way rental with Hertz at $103. I will put 1500 ...
by jlawrence01
Fri May 31, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does money/lack of money preoccupy you?
Replies: 90
Views: 9553

Re: Does money/lack of money preoccupy you?

I really do not give it much thought.
by jlawrence01
Wed May 29, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Donating my 2002 Toyota Corolla
Replies: 12
Views: 1373

Re: Donating my 2002 Toyota Corolla

You are NOT going to get much tax benefit by donating it as the organization will sell it at auction and your benefit will be that mush lower price> TWO SUGGESTIONS: 1) Head to your local laundromat and/or temp agency and place signs to sell the car for $1000. You will have that car gone tomorrow. I...
by jlawrence01
Mon May 27, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Three days In Montreal
Replies: 21
Views: 1675

Re: Three days In Montreal

The most interesting things that I have seen in Montreal have been walking many of the neighborhoods in the city. Unlike in MOST cities, ALL restaurants are required to post their menus outside and there are so many great restaurants.
by jlawrence01
Mon May 27, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: tankless water heater?
Replies: 37
Views: 4019

Re: tankless water heater?

Fellow BHs: Your thoughts/experience on installing a tankless water heater? Some of the questions I have are: 1) your particular reason and experience with an electric or a gas tankless? 2) are they operationally preferred over a conventional water heater? 3) if you were to replace your current wat...
by jlawrence01
Sat May 25, 2019 11:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5598
Views: 1363689

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

This week's movies: Hotel Mumbai - a dramatic drama based on the 2008 terrorist attack on the terrorist attack on the Taj Mahal Palace in 2008. An excellent film that did not stay in the theatres for long. 5 Feet Apart - An interesting movie about the lives if teen agers suffering from cystic fibros...
by jlawrence01
Sat May 25, 2019 3:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the best way to test drive cars?
Replies: 39
Views: 3267

Re: What is the best way to test drive cars?

By the way, we have purchased three cars from Hertz used. Every single one of them has been excellent in terms of reliability (Toyotas, Mazda) and one can test drive them for an hour with no hassle, no salesman. There is almost zero pressure. One can climb around cars on the lot all day without som...
by jlawrence01
Thu May 23, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the best way to test drive cars?
Replies: 39
Views: 3267

Re: What is the best way to test drive cars?

I do not like to do test drives at dealerships. They limit the time and the location of the test drive. Since I rent cars a lot and am good friends with my local Hertz rental manager, she will score what ever car that I am interested when I rent a car for a week. She has been able to get me nearly a...
by jlawrence01
Thu May 23, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Expensive front load washer/dryer worth it?
Replies: 53
Views: 4296

Re: Expensive front load washer/dryer worth it?

My old Maytag washer was manufactured in 1981. We think that my Kenmore Dryer was manufactured in 1979 as dating of these appliances was required until 1980. No repairs in the last six years and they do a great job of cleaning. We do not use the dryer much as the Arizona sun generally dries clothes ...
by jlawrence01
Thu May 23, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What computer to buy for snowbird
Replies: 37
Views: 3568

Re: What computer to buy for snowbird

When I retired, my employees gave me a MS Surface as a gift. I used the device less than three years when it died. I took it to the Microsoft store and they wanted MORE money to fix it than it was purchased for. Of course, they were would have been very happy to sell me a new one for twice the price...
by jlawrence01
Mon May 20, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car repairs: what to do next time
Replies: 42
Views: 2962

Re: Car repairs: what to do next time

Personally, I am more concerned with the length of time that I will be able to keep a vehicle running as opposed to what it is worth. If I can put $1500 into a vehicle and get 2-3 more years out of it, I would be inclined to send it. If I am heading to the shop every month or two with another repair...
by jlawrence01
Mon May 20, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5598
Views: 1363689

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

The Blind Side - a really good movie about the life of Michael Oher who became a football player with the help of a concerned family.

Creed II - not a great movie but the photography was quite excellent.
by jlawrence01
Mon May 06, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5598
Views: 1363689

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Last week's movie was THE COMMUTER. It was very formulaic and quite predictable.

I watched ON DEMAND on a long Southwest Airlines Flight for FREE. While the movie was rather lame, the technology was excellent. There were no stops in the video and no buffering.
by jlawrence01
Fri May 03, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Canadian Pharmacies
Replies: 27
Views: 2941

Re: Canadian Pharmacies

There are lots of old threads you can find by using the search box in the top right of most screens. After researching it we have gotten a prescription for several years from this web site and never had any problems and it is shipped from Canada. https://www.onlinecanadianpharmacy.com/ They take Am...
by jlawrence01
Fri May 03, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rotational Program at MegaCorp for college grad hires
Replies: 40
Views: 2800

Re: Rotational Program at MegaCorp for college grad hires

I do NOT understand why parents get involved with their ADULT CHILD's career development. It is not like the kid is working at the local McDonald's at age 16. I would assume that the child is at least 23 year old and should be a bit more independent that he doesn't discuss everything that goes on at...
by jlawrence01
Mon Apr 29, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is the United Airlines Online Reservation System Confusing, or Is It Me?
Replies: 17
Views: 1519

Re: Is the United Airlines Online Reservation System Confusing, or Is It Me?

I booked on United Airlines last week for an last minute flight. I tried all other airlines but United was the one with open seats. I would agree with the OP that the website is very confusing and relatively difficult to book. In the future, I would book on a third party before trying United again.
by jlawrence01
Mon Apr 29, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hybrid Rental
Replies: 21
Views: 1690

Re: Hybrid Rental

Hertz rents a number of hybrids but you will pay 50-75% more than a conventional vehicle and they MUST be ordered in advance. The problem with the Ford Fusion Hybrid is that the battery back really cuts down the size of the trunk to less than you would get in the normal standard compact car. For the...
by jlawrence01
Mon Apr 29, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "The best and worst U.S. states for retirement"
Replies: 303
Views: 37958

Re: "The best and worst U.S. states for retirement"

For the longest time my husband and I were considering retiring in Cleveland. We liked that it had cultural amenities comparable to much larger cities (e.g., New York and Chicago) but with a much lower cost of living, significantly less traffic, and a friendly, Midwestern atmosphere--not to mention...