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by jlawrence01
Sat Feb 22, 2020 12:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5574
Views: 1362124

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

The Call of the Wild was alright but very disappointing. It is the Wonder Bread version of what was an interesting novel. It was NOT a bad movie and most of the children in the audience liked it.
by jlawrence01
Mon Feb 10, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5574
Views: 1362124

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I liked Parasite a lot. Of course, I like a lot of Korean television and movies that I can find on YouTube and other streaming services. It is one of the few films that I tell people to go see but will not disclose the plot as I don't want to reveal any of the story. For weeks, I skipped Parasite as...
by jlawrence01
Fri Feb 07, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for a cheap and accurate BP monitor.......
Replies: 23
Views: 1579

Re: Looking for a cheap and accurate BP monitor.......

I have taken my Omron blood pressure meter into my cardiologists office to see how it compared to the readings he was getting with his traditional meters. The readings were nearly identical. So identical that he started to use an Omron machine.

And that machine was covered by my medical insurance.
by jlawrence01
Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5574
Views: 1362124

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

This week's movies: Downton Abbey - A pretty good movie even if you have not watched the BBC Series Weathering With You - A very fine animated Japanese film. A good family film that is intelligently presented. Jojo Rabbit - I had low expectations of this film as yet another movie about Nazi Germany....
by jlawrence01
Sun Jan 26, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mechanics of maintaining two homes
Replies: 37
Views: 3560

Re: Mechanics of maintaining two homes

For those of you that have both a primary residence and a vacation home, what is the norm? Meaning, what do you keep at each house, and what do you carry with you between both homes? I assume that most folks have two complete sets of furniture, dishes, pots/pans, TV's, etc. But what about clothes? ...
by jlawrence01
Wed Jan 22, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time to replace the Water Heater - Lots of Questions - Help!
Replies: 77
Views: 5828

Re: Time to replace the Water Heater - Lots of Questions - Help!

I finally replaced my 30+ year old water heater with a 40 gallon gas water heater installed by a licenced plumber for $950 total.
by jlawrence01
Sun Jan 19, 2020 10:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: If you could only listen to one podcast...
Replies: 138
Views: 11711

Re: If you could only listen to one podcast...

Handel on the Law.
by jlawrence01
Fri Jan 17, 2020 1:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AAU basketball, college scholarships and career options/choices
Replies: 59
Views: 2642

Re: AAU basketball, college scholarships and career options/choices

College level intercollegiate athletics particularly for those on scholarship was, in my observation, all consuming. Coaches owned you. You worked out, supervised or unsupervised, all year round. Some of the athletic facilities were of such low quality as to be dangerous to the participants. Occasi...
by jlawrence01
Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AAU basketball, college scholarships and career options/choices
Replies: 59
Views: 2642

Re: AAU basketball, college scholarships and career options/choices

And don’t think D 3 schools are any less competitive or demanding in the commitment to athletics to the point of distorting their admissions programs. Williams College has 32 varsity teams. Can you imagine the impact on admissions to make sure all those teams are competitive? I agree that D-3 schoo...
by jlawrence01
Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2020 Lexus RX 350L Advice
Replies: 30
Views: 4834

Re: 2020 Lexus RX 350L Advice

Maybe what you are experiencing is something regional or if the Toyota and Lexus dealer are owned by the same company. I own an Acura and my my local Honda dealers have no qualms servicing my Acura RDX. Quick google search shows a Lexus dealer saying it's fine getting a Lexus serviced at a Toyota d...
by jlawrence01
Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: limo travel to nyc from nj
Replies: 14
Views: 1174

Re: limo travel to nyc from nj

Sure but you can also take NJT into Penn Station then the 1 to the museum for a tiny fraction of the cost and probably a quicker trip. Sure, that might work for a young person. But we are talking about an 80 year old person who is going to find it difficult to navigate through the mess that is Penn...
by jlawrence01
Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2020 Lexus RX 350L Advice
Replies: 30
Views: 4834

Re: 2020 Lexus RX 350L Advice

I do not own an RX350 but I have purchased four of them for our corporate fleet. I can say that in terms of reliability, they are the best luxury vehicles that we have had in the fleet. None of our drivers had a breakdown and we generally kept the vehicles for four years and 100k miles. At the end o...
by jlawrence01
Fri Jan 03, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is volunteering worth the hassle?
Replies: 98
Views: 8479

Re: Is volunteering worth the hassle?

Over the course of a year, I volunteer at perhaps six different organizations for varying lengths of time. Some, like ringing the bell for the Salvation Army, are quite easy and are oddly very enjoyable. Others require significant commitments to training and are quite intellectually stimulating. In ...
by jlawrence01
Fri Jan 03, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5574
Views: 1362124

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Motherless Brooklyn was an excellent film with some great performances. It is the story of a detective who investigates the murder of his only friend.
by jlawrence01
Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good, Cheap, Fast - Pick 3
Replies: 20
Views: 2885

Re: Good, Cheap, Fast - Pick 3

Today I was thinking about the adage, "Good, fast, cheap - you can only pick 2." Are there any products you think are good, fast, and cheap? Off the top of my head, I'm thinking of In-N-Out Burger's burgers. What say you? For a place that has extremely limited menu, In-N-Out Burger is NOT fast. In ...
by jlawrence01
Mon Dec 30, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shopping for used: 2017 Toyota Camry vs 2017 Nissan Altima
Replies: 22
Views: 1618

Re: Shopping for used: 2017 Toyota Camry vs 2017 Nissan Altima

Two comments. First, if you plan to purchase a used car from one of the major car rental firms, I would buy from wither Hertz or Avis, NOT Enterprise. I have not been impressed with the condition of some of the ERAC cars that I have driven over the years. Hertz generally is more competitive in price...
by jlawrence01
Fri Dec 20, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Anyone drop cable for YouTube TV?]
Replies: 139
Views: 12380

Re: [Anyone drop cable for YouTube TV?]

I dropped cable for REGULAR YouTube. Much more content and more international content.
by jlawrence01
Tue Dec 17, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: US Postal Worker - why give them a gift?
Replies: 45
Views: 2359

Re: Does anyone gift their mailman?

Yes. All summer in Arizona we leave out two frozen bottles of water on most days. And yes, a gift card for our usual carrier. She places our packages right in a box on our front porch in a protected spot. This contrasts with the Amazon delivery guy who throws parcels over the gate, even the Nikon bo...
by jlawrence01
Sun Dec 08, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5574
Views: 1362124

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I just saw "63 Up". If you haven't been following this series, it started in 1963 with "7 Up", a Granada documentary about a group of British schoolchildren from various social classes. The filmmaker, Michael Apted has followed these "kids" and made a new film every 7 years. It's truly remarkable t...
by jlawrence01
Thu Dec 05, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5574
Views: 1362124

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

This year, I have seen 54 movies in the theatre. The WORST movie of 2019 is Playing with Fire. The movie is really silly and very predictable. It is not particularly funny.
by jlawrence01
Sat Nov 30, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5574
Views: 1362124

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

21 Bridges - Started out very well but degenerated into a "Shoot-em-up" movie that became very unrealistic.
by jlawrence01
Fri Nov 22, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you paying for car, home and umbrella insurance?
Replies: 35
Views: 2786

Re: What are you paying for car, home and umbrella insurance?

The best way to do this is to go to an independent agent who represents 10+ insurers and request a bid for your entire business. Make sure that the coverages are very comparable. Within a day or two, you will have several options to choose from. State Farm is only issued by dedicated State Farm age...
by jlawrence01
Thu Nov 21, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you paying for car, home and umbrella insurance?
Replies: 35
Views: 2786

Re: What are you paying for car, home and umbrella insurance?

What are you paying for car, home and umbrella liability insurance? I have 2 old cars with only liability insurance, a $300K house, and $2M umbrella liability. I am paying $187/month. Am I paying too much? This is the wrong way to do i. The chances that any one of us is in the same zip code that yo...
by jlawrence01
Wed Nov 20, 2019 12:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need some Xmas Suggestions
Replies: 23
Views: 2578

Re: Need some Xmas Suggestions

Why not give the teenagers a GIFT CERTIFICATE of your TIME?? Schedule to do something that they want to do when they are available and just do it.
by jlawrence01
Tue Nov 12, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Experience/cost MLB spring training?
Replies: 29
Views: 2221

Re: Experience/cost MLB spring training?

I am, now, a Washington Nationals fan - and am (my wife and I) considering travel to Florida in the spring - to see some MLB spring training games. Any experiences, costs, suggestions, etc. - from those who have done this? Does it matter just when you make the trip during the 5 or 6 weeks of Spring...
by jlawrence01
Mon Nov 11, 2019 1:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Saving seats on Southwest
Replies: 210
Views: 12500

Re: Saving seats on Southwest

In my experience, checking in online the very minute it becomes possible (precisely 24 hours before the flight) will usually result in a boarding position somewhere between B15-B30. Several years back I flew SWA enough to earn A-List status. On the first flight I became eligible for A-List, my boar...
by jlawrence01
Sat Oct 26, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time for a new car - Corolla or Civic...
Replies: 106
Views: 12251

Re: Time for a new car - Corolla or Civic...

I own a 2007 Toyota Corolla. For the past ten days, I have been driving a 2020 Toyota Corolla that I rented from Hertz with about 4500 miles. Several comments: 1) I always like to hear all these people who say that their Toyota has all original equipment. Despite servicing my car every 5000 miles fo...
by jlawrence01
Fri Oct 18, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why are Mazda CX-5’s sales so much less than other brands?
Replies: 69
Views: 8805

Re: Why are Mazda CX-5’s sales so much less than other brands?

Why I have decided not to buy a Mazda vehicle: 1) Spotty dealership network. 2) Based on past experiences, the cost of maintenance tends to be higher than similar Japanese and Ford models. 3) The dash controls in recent models are counterintuitive. When I rent a Mazda, I should not have to pull the ...
by jlawrence01
Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paying United Health Care Dental with credit card?
Replies: 8
Views: 856

Re: Paying United Health Care Dental with credit card?

I pay all of my medical/dental insurance from United Healthcare by credit card without additional charges. It has worked now for six years.
by jlawrence01
Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LG Refrigerator/Freezer lack of service saga
Replies: 39
Views: 3288

Re: LG Refrigerator/Freezer lack of service saga

A lot of the local appliance repairmen really dislike the LG models as they cannot get the schematics required to repair those appliances and if they car, often they are in Korean which is pretty useless in the US. And you wonder why I continue to hold on to my 1980s era GE and Maytag (laundry appli...
by jlawrence01
Mon Sep 30, 2019 11:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5574
Views: 1362124

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

One week this week:

Luce - One of the better suspense thrillers that I have seen in a while. I am not sure that I have figures out who is the evil party in this story.
by jlawrence01
Thu Sep 26, 2019 12:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thought provoking non-fiction for 3rd grader
Replies: 51
Views: 2820

Re: Thought provoking non-fiction for 3rd grader

The Microbe Hunters was a book that I started reading at about that age. However, I think that children ought to be reading books that interest them. For me, any book about the National Parks and travel was of great interest to me. For the nephews, they read nearly every baseball biography written o...
by jlawrence01
Sun Sep 22, 2019 11:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5574
Views: 1362124

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Two movies this week: Poms - I will admit that the movie has a weak plot. However, it is probably one of the funniest movies in a long time, sometimes intended, sometimes not. The Band's Visit - Explores the relationship between an Egyptian band that is dropped off in the wrong Israeli town and the ...
by jlawrence01
Fri Sep 20, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to handle "split-the-bill" group lunches?
Replies: 159
Views: 8864

Re: How to handle "split-the-bill" group lunches?

Usually, when we eat out with our friends, we end up with about 35-40% for a tip and end up trying to give people a couple of dollars back, which they end up refusing much to the benefit of the servers. The only disagreement that I have encountered was with a foodie group. One of the foodies set up ...
by jlawrence01
Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Buying 1/2 pint milk in bulk for school lunches?]
Replies: 68
Views: 4907

Re: Buying 1/2 pint drinks in bulk for lunches?

Small Savanna wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:52 pm
I'm going to sound like a geezer, but $1.10 for an 8 ounce milk is nuts. When I was a kid it was 3 cents for white and 4 cents for chocolate. . .

School lunch milk was generally subsidized by the federal and state governments.
by jlawrence01
Sat Sep 07, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best college towns in the Southeastern US for retirees?
Replies: 80
Views: 9407

Re: Best college towns in the Southeastern US for retirees?

We settled on Charlotte, NC, which has enough culture for us, an international airport with direct flights to major international cities, great medical facilities, and moderate cost of living. From Charlotte, we're a few hours from several college towns, including Boone NC, Clemson SC, Chapel Hill ...
by jlawrence01
Sat Sep 07, 2019 1:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5574
Views: 1362124

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

This week's movies: Overcomer - A pretty good movie on how various characters overcome some of life's disappointment. It is a Christian movie loathed by the critics and praised by the viewers. The Peanut Butter Falcon - An unusual movie about the relationship between a loner suffering the death of h...
by jlawrence01
Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best college towns in the Southeastern US for retirees?
Replies: 80
Views: 9407

Re: Best college towns in the Southeastern US for retirees?

I visited Boone several times when my nephew attended Appalachian State. I noticed two things. First, the place is pretty remote. No matter how you get there, it involves mountain roads. Second, you better be in great shape as the terrain is very hilly.
by jlawrence01
Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: College age male: How much money for food?
Replies: 138
Views: 6679

Re: College age male: How much money for food?

My nephew graduated two years ago from a school in Northern Ohio. He spent $150 per month plus the vegetables he and his parents canned that prior summer. At first, he struggled but kept to the budget. A few weeks later, I visited him and taught him the "ins and outs" of food shopping. We went to AL...
by jlawrence01
Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best college towns in the Southeastern US for retirees?
Replies: 80
Views: 9407

Re: Best college towns in the Southeastern US for retirees?

I looked at three towns that fit the bill when I was looking to relocate: Murfreesboro, TN - Middle Tennessee St. Cookeville, TN - Tennessee Tech Both nice communities with a much lower cost of living than Nashville. Berea, KY - Berea College Denton, TX - North Texas and Texas Woman's College I woul...
by jlawrence01
Sat Aug 24, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5574
Views: 1362124

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

^^^ Ready or Not was the worst movie of the year so far. Fortunately, I had a free pass and did not have to pay for it. Yes, the premise was interesting. There were a number of funny moments in the movie. However, all of that is offset by the gratuitous violence and the blood gorefest of the last 10...
by jlawrence01
Wed Aug 21, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chicago - What to see, do & eat in two days
Replies: 71
Views: 4299

Re: Chicago - What to see, do & eat in two days

I wish I could remember the details - but there is, along Michigan Avenue, some kind of admission free attraction that is some kind of museum like attraction. I recall our touring it as we explored all the places along Michigan Avenue - and enjoyed various food. Or it could be the Chicago Cultural ...
by jlawrence01
Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chicago - What to see, do & eat in two days
Replies: 71
Views: 4299

Re: Chicago - What to see, do & eat in two days

The Art Institute for four children under age 9?? Not a good idea. You will spend more time making sure that the younger ones do not touch anything that they are not supposed to. The last time I took a 6 yo nephew to the art museum in Cleveland it lasted maybe 20 minutes. The Field Museum and the Sc...
by jlawrence01
Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying an older used car - any new/different ideas?
Replies: 64
Views: 3813

Re: Buying an older used car - any new/different ideas?

I have never even visited CarMax. Wearing a "hat" in a previous life involving used cars and pricing of them, it seemed that Carmax had higher prices than often seemed reasonable to me. Thanks for the idea, though, of stopping by and checking out some cars - even if I do not buy there. My experienc...
by jlawrence01
Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5574
Views: 1362124

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

This weekend's movies: Zathura, A Space Adventure - a creative science fiction movie about a game that launches two brothers into The Farewell - A great film about the "Big Lie." A family uses a wedding to bring together the entire family as the matriarch is dying of cancer. The only thing is that t...
by jlawrence01
Sun Aug 11, 2019 2:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Healthy fast food
Replies: 152
Views: 11846

Re: Healthy fast food

El Pollo Loco 2 piece roasted chicken Tossed salad which I topped with salsa Broccoli - large portion Tortilla $5 Inexpensive, healthy, satisfying ------------------------------------------ Frys Food One chicken breast, rotisserie Two sides - squash and green beans Roll $4.75 More food than El Pollo...
by jlawrence01
Sun Aug 11, 2019 2:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon -- no longer the lowest prices, evidently
Replies: 120
Views: 14096

Re: Amazon -- no longer the lowest prices, evidently

I didn't stop shopping on Amazon because other places were cheaper, I stopped shopping on Amazon because so much of their inventory (even those "sold by Amazon") are counterfeit. If I'm getting a knockoff, I don't care that it's cheaper. Could you share the general type of fakes you received? I don...
by jlawrence01
Thu Aug 08, 2019 2:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon -- no longer the lowest prices, evidently
Replies: 120
Views: 14096

Re: Amazon -- no longer the lowest prices, evidently

Hi Bogleheads - The other day I was at Costco and checked the price on San Francisco Bay coffee k-cups. They had the SFB French Roast variety for $29.99 (100-count). Later that day I checked the price on Amazon. It was $44.28. Yikes! Amazon is 48% higher than Costco on this item! :shock: I The last...
by jlawrence01
Sun Aug 04, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 1992 Cadillac Allante - Ownership experience?
Replies: 3
Views: 530

Re: 1992 Cadillac Allante - Ownership experience?

Expensive car to maintain with limited parts availability.. My mechanic advised against it in 2007.
by jlawrence01
Sun Aug 04, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How can I get a good room when I check into a hotel I booked online?
Replies: 30
Views: 3321

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

Recently when I was on an out-of-town project I booked through hotels.com and saw one motel that was in a good location but was a smaller family owned virtually no-name motel. When I checked-in they recognized me as a new customer. They gave me a very nice room. When I checked out they advised me t...