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by four7s
Tue Feb 23, 2021 12:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Asking for specific car rental model
Replies: 28
Views: 1575

Re: Asking for specific car rental model

Thanks to all for your replies. On a recent trip to Florida our class of car was unavailable and the clerk offered us a JEEP! Said ‘it would be fun’. We said NO. I’m afraid in our new world it will be to pay our money and just hope for the best....
by four7s
Mon Feb 22, 2021 10:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Asking for specific car rental model
Replies: 28
Views: 1575

Asking for specific car rental model

We are taking a one way cross country trip (2500 miles) and will be renting a full size SUV. A well known national company is offering 4 possible models that’ll be available on our needed date in July. I’d be very happy if I could specify the brand/model of the four choices that are offered . Has an...
by four7s
Sun Jan 17, 2021 2:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where do you buy coffee beans?
Replies: 191
Views: 17081

Re: Where do you buy coffee beans?

You can have a lot of fun trying different roasters and you’ll probably be happy with 75% of the ones you try. No matter which one tops your list you’ll after awhile get the urge for something new and different. Right now we’re drinking Peerless coffee from Oakland.
by four7s
Thu Jan 14, 2021 4:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cross country move.....
Replies: 15
Views: 1010

Cross country move.....

We will be moving in July from Nevada to South Florida and are weighing the alternatives for moving our stuff. PODS get some bad reviews from several years ago but compared to their competitors they may be an alternative to truck hire and driving ourselves. Commercial moving companies are too expens...
by four7s
Sun Dec 27, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: Non-US Investing
Topic: I want 15% yearly ROI. How to go about it? [Croatia]
Replies: 135
Views: 10866

Re: I want 15% yearly ROI. How to go about it?

Peace on earth or 15% ROI for 30 years? Not likely on either account.
by four7s
Fri Dec 25, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Travel Experiences
Replies: 178
Views: 12953

Re: Favorite Travel Experiences

In 1994 we spent a week cruising the Nile and visiting Egypt’s iconic wonders. Best experience ever and very much a life changing experience.
by four7s
Fri Dec 18, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What is the Worst Financial Decision/Mistake You Have Made?
Replies: 230
Views: 18492

Re: What is the Worst Financial Decision/Mistake You Have Made?

I don’t know what the specifics were but top of the list of my Fathers admonitions was, “Don’t sign your name to anything.”He came of age during the 1930’s depression and had a successful life but that piece of advice always makes me chuckle when I’m signing something. :happy
by four7s
Thu Dec 03, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are 55+ Communities a Baby Boomer Thing Only? If so, who will buy when Boomers want to sell?
Replies: 232
Views: 24353

Re: Are 55+ Communities a Baby Boomer Thing Only? If so, who will buy when Boomers want to sell?

Living in an over 55 community is great. We leave in the late morning to venture into the real world for errands, the Dr.s appt. and then a late lunch or early bird special. We return before dark. It may not be for everyone but for many of us it’s great.
by four7s
Sun Nov 29, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why Would All Four Tires Have Slow Air Leaks?
Replies: 84
Views: 7215

Re: Why Would All Four Tires Have Slow Air Leaks?

It might depend on the climate you live in. Where I am (Nevada) my tires lose air when the lower fall temperatures happen. There’s always a long line at the tire store for ‘free tire inflation.
by four7s
Wed Nov 25, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Lump Sum vs DCA in Today’s Market
Replies: 104
Views: 7030

Re: Lump Sum vs DCA in Today’s Market

What if I’m a 72 year old that doesn’t have the luxury of time? Our Vanguard holdings provided income to live well but we sold in the spring and lost a sickening amount of money, 8 years of growth in Wellesley and Wellington. We got out with our life savings principle but have not gotten back in to ...
by four7s
Mon Nov 23, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Ceiling Fan Brands
Replies: 13
Views: 986

Re: Good Ceiling Fan Brands

We’ve had a houseful of gulf coast fans for 18 years w/o any problems.
by four7s
Mon Sep 28, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cross country auto transport
Replies: 7
Views: 601

Re: Cross country auto transport

Thank you for your insight. Moving is just one decision after another!
by four7s
Mon Sep 28, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cross country auto transport
Replies: 7
Views: 601

Cross country auto transport

We are going to ship our car from Las Vegas to South Florida. Has anyone had any experience, good or bad, doing what we intend to? Thanks in advance.
by four7s
Wed Sep 23, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Rolling Stone Top 500 Albums (which is a must buy?)
Replies: 48
Views: 4107

Re: New Rolling Stone Top 500 Albums (which is a must buy?)

Just stick with the Beatles, Stones, Who, Van Morrison, Gordon Lightfoot,......you get the idea. :D
by four7s
Thu Sep 17, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vastly different quotes for wallpaper removal and painting job
Replies: 39
Views: 2585

Re: Vastly different quotes for wallpaper removal and painting job

This is the most timely post I’ve ever posted. Just yesterday our bathroom project was completed. The job was to remove 18 year old wallpaper and prepare the walls for repainting. The first ‘handyman’ tried his best to get the wallpaper off. It took him all day, he couldn’t do the job completely, an...
by four7s
Mon Sep 14, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Streaming Service
Replies: 24
Views: 2340

Re: Best Streaming Service

I'm surprised that MHZ streaming is not on anyone's list. We've subscibed for years and love it. It is the best of European TV. Mostly French, Italian, German and Scandinavian 'hit' series. It is all subtitles. We dropped Netflix for political reasons (Cuties.....really?) and we also subsribe to Aco...
by four7s
Tue Jul 14, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Banks offering Construction Loans during COVID-19?
Replies: 1
Views: 198

Re: Banks offering Construction Loans during COVID-19?

I hope this discussion will garner some good boglehead replies. My wife and I are also considering a construction loan for a house to be built in Florida. The construction company is very large and has decades of experience and a good reputation. The company offers financing through their own in hou...
by four7s
Fri Jun 26, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Motor home rental?
Replies: 21
Views: 1612

Re: Motor home rental?

OP responds....our motivation to travel by RV coast to coast is simply to transport two cats. They are 12 yr. old and our family. Tibbitts is absolutely spot on.
by four7s
Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Motor home rental?
Replies: 21
Views: 1612

Motor home rental?

My wife and I are relocating from the Nevada to Florida this winter. We have two cats and are considering renting a 25'motor home one way for the 2400 mile trip and we are allowing one week or less for completion of the trip. Traveling with two kitties on a plane and making connections probably won'...
by four7s
Fri May 29, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Should we get back into Wellsley and Wellington?
Replies: 14
Views: 2082

Should we get back into Wellsley and Wellington?

My wife and I are in our 70's. About ten years ago we invested a large % of our retirement nest egg in Wellsley and Wellington. Over those 10 years we received a very nice return and watched the investments grow considerably. During the market 'crash' in March we watched over $150K in paper profits ...
by four7s
Tue Apr 14, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Way to Watch British Mystery Shows
Replies: 96
Views: 9211

Re: Best Way to Watch British Mystery Shows

We subscribe to Acorn TV, 100% Brit TV. There are so many shows to watch that you won’t go wrong with either streaming service. I’d highly recommend subtitles as the accents can be difficult at times. Also, MHZ has an all European detective/mystery lineup with the best France, Germany, Sweden, Holla...
by four7s
Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Did you move for better weather? Did you regret it?
Replies: 188
Views: 19115

Re: Did you move for better weather? Did you regret it?

We moved from the upper Midwest to escape the horrible winters but also because the mild and humid summers really weren’t worth suffering through the severe winters. Long story short our previous 40 years have been in the Florida Keys and Las Vegas and we have no regrets. Living in sunshine 90% of t...
by four7s
Sat Feb 15, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 12 x 5 bathroom remodel
Replies: 18
Views: 1830

Re: 12 x 5 bathroom remodel

Check out the onyx collection from Bellevue, Ks. We’ve gone through several bidders for porcelin tile but decided on this product. If they have a local installation company you might like their product.
by four7s
Sat Jan 11, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to NYC/Broadway
Replies: 55
Views: 3099

Re: Trip to NYC/Broadway

Make it special. Simply go online to the theaters website and purchase directly from theater. Don’t worry about discounted tix or going to any trouble trying to save a buck. Buy ‘best available’ from the theater and make it a special treat for your wife and mother-in-law.
by four7s
Sat Jan 04, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Looking for 3 funds
Replies: 4
Views: 357

Re: Looking for 3 funds

Wellesley, Wellington, and target retirement 20xx. Good basic and safe mutuals covering the stock and bond market.
by four7s
Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you carry your passport with you during international travel?
Replies: 110
Views: 11137

Re: Do you carry your passport with you during international travel?

Hotel safes are not always safe. We had money stolen during a week long stay in a Parisian hotel and when we told the front desk they feigned ignorance. At that point we kept ALL money and valuables on our person. For the rest of our stay we set ' a trap' to know if someone tried to gain access agai...
by four7s
Wed Aug 21, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anybody else enjoy sitting around and doing little in retirement?
Replies: 106
Views: 14858

Re: Anybody else enjoy sitting around and doing little in retirement?

Rule # 1 for retirees: Don't do today what you can put off until tomorrow.
by four7s
Mon Jul 22, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Will Tall Fence Lessen Neighboring Dog Bark Noise?
Replies: 54
Views: 3585

Re: Will Tall Fence Lessen Neighboring Dog Bark Noise?

Don't buy there. You'll be a nervous wreck waiting and hoping for these dogs to change their protective nature. Spoiler alert: They never will.
by four7s
Sat May 18, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Foam vs pillow-top? Mattresses for the long term
Replies: 17
Views: 1747

Re: Foam vs pillow-top? Mattresses for the long term

We purchased an adjustable (electric) frame with a latex mattress. Perhaps the best bed we have ever owned. Latex has a small % of market and is not inexpensive but is well worth looking into.
by four7s
Tue May 07, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Summer Vacation UK vs. Spain
Replies: 41
Views: 3569

Re: Summer Vacation UK vs. Spain

Look into paradores in Spain. They are historic castles that take overnight guests. Very hard to get reservations as space is limited but a wonderful experience if you get lucky.
by four7s
Sat May 04, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Useful wedding gift you didn't expect
Replies: 26
Views: 3436

Re: Useful wedding gift you didn't expect

In 1972 we received an Italian Espresso coffee machine (LaPeppina brand) that we used daily. We thought that if we were to open a coffee shop selling quality espresso/cappacino coffee it might be successful. Then we thought, ‘nah... nobody is gonna spend a dollar on fancy coffee when they can get re...
by four7s
Sat Apr 27, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: weber grills
Replies: 34
Views: 3395

Re: weber grills

We bought the 3 burner Weber SPIRIT and couldn’t be happier. An outstanding quality product.
by four7s
Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it worth renting a car in Vegas?
Replies: 22
Views: 2128

Re: Is it worth renting a car in Vegas?

(From a Vegas resident) Rent the car and use it when you want to or need to. A drive to Red Rock or Boulder City and Dam would be fun. Use the rental as a convenience for your family after you get the lay of the land and decide what you want to do.
by four7s
Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paris - Is It Safe?
Replies: 143
Views: 10865

Re: Paris - Is It Safe?

Take your valuables with you on your daily outings. Keep them in a pouch hung around your neck inside your shirt/sweater and jacket. We trusted the in room safe at our Parisian hotel and were robbed when ‘someone’ gained entry to it. They know how to get into the safe as they work at the hotel and h...
by four7s
Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Espresso Maker 2019
Replies: 106
Views: 8659

Re: Espresso Maker 2019

I've been making 4 espressos with steamed milk daily since the 70's and have gone through many machines. I've spent a lot of $$ on machines that were touted to be the hottest 'new machine'. My favorite machine is the DeLonghi EC-155 that retails for about $100. and is widely available on line or at ...
by four7s
Sun Feb 24, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Swimming, do you? Advice sought.
Replies: 91
Views: 9495

Re: Swimming, do you? Advice sought.

I enjoy water walking laps. I use an olympic size pool with lanes and walk forward or backward about 40X. Also, moving sideways is good exercise,too. The water is waist high and my routine lasts about an hour, Was never a good swimmer but I love being in the water, dunking my head every few laps, an...
by four7s
Fri Feb 15, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 2772
Views: 275577

Re: Personal favorite TV/cable series

Bloodline on Netflix...set in Florida Keys.
by four7s
Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Wellington & Wellesley Funds
Replies: 20
Views: 5940

Re: Wellington & Wellesley Funds

Am I correct that the late great Jack Bogle said that he had 70% of his families estate in Wellsley and Wellington?
by four7s
Fri Dec 21, 2018 12:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: London Neighborhood Recommendation
Replies: 37
Views: 3100

Re: London Neighborhood Recommendation

Life is short. Mayfair.
by four7s
Thu Dec 20, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Driving from MA to FL - recommendations?
Replies: 30
Views: 2653

Re: Driving from MA to FL - recommendations?

See Rock City.......Pedro Says......You’ll know what I’m referring to when you hit Dixie. Safe travels.
by four7s
Sun Nov 11, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: High Earners - What's Your Profession?
Replies: 963
Views: 161413

Re: High Earners - What's Your Profession?

"Rhinestone Carney" working Fairs and Festivals across the USA for six months per year, 16-18 hours per day, 7 days a week. Six months off to relax and travel. Lots of hard work and lots of time off. Can't complain.
by four7s
Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much money are you leaving your kids after you die?
Replies: 234
Views: 17113

Re: How much money are you leaving your kids after you die?

My father lived to 84 and he always got a good laugh when he said,’ I know I can’t take it with me but I’m gonna have a few bucks on me ‘just in case.’
by four7s
Sat Nov 03, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Deal fell through and didn't get escrow money.....
Replies: 56
Views: 6377

Deal fell through and didn't get escrow money.....

Some close friends put their house on the market 9/1/18. Sale price was $299K and buyer put $3000 earnest money in escrow. Closing date was 10/25/18. That day came and went and the realtor released the $3000. back to the failed buyer who had purchased with a contingency that he sell his house. When ...
by four7s
Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Wearing] Shorts in Egypt
Replies: 71
Views: 6502

Re: [Wearing] Shorts in Egypt

We visited Egypt in 1994 and still consider that trip the highlight of a lifetime of int’l travel. You are about to visit IMHO the most fascinating country on earth. Cherish the moments visiting the sites.
by four7s
Fri Jun 29, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone Tried Youtube TV Yet?
Replies: 42
Views: 5021

Re: Anyone Tried Youtube TV Yet?

I'd love to cut the cord, too. How is the Youtube TV reception when streamed using Roku 3?
by four7s
Sat May 26, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Florida Living
Replies: 49
Views: 9346

Re: Florida Living

Our first home was three blocks from the beach in St. Augustine Beach and cost $38,500 in early '80s. Times have changed but the one thing I wouldn't compromise on is this: If ocean walks and beach access are tops on the list then pay what the market is asking. People from around the globe will want...
by four7s
Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Las Vegas hotel
Replies: 44
Views: 5851

Re: Las Vegas hotel

The Wynn, Wynn Encore or Bellagio. All are as good as any hotel in USA. If I had to choose, from personal experience, the Bellagio is hard to beat.
by four7s
Fri Apr 13, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Leather Checkbook
Replies: 15
Views: 1359

Re: Best Leather Checkbook

Go to your local Fair or Art Show and buy a handmade checkbook. They'll probably last long enough to see you out.
by four7s
Wed Apr 04, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 2772
Views: 275577

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Episodes with Matt LeBlanc and some very funny British actors is an inside look at the Hollywood TV industry. It had to be written by an insider and I'm sure Hollywood people will recognize thinly veiled references to real people. If you think that Hollywood is full of narcisstic and shallow people ...