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by cartman
Mon Jan 18, 2021 4:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Radio Frequency Interference Issue
Replies: 25
Views: 1783

Re: Radio Frequency Interference Issue

Thank you for all of the comments and recommendations. They are all valuable. In response to some of the questions; * I am certain of the specific a.m. radio station that is causing the interference since the signal is so clear, particularly when I turn up the speaker volume in each of the rooms. * ...
by cartman
Sun Jan 17, 2021 8:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Radio Frequency Interference Issue
Replies: 25
Views: 1783

Radio Frequency Interference Issue

Twelve years ago, I had a whole house integrated Bose speaker system installed when my home when was constructed. The speaker system always provided a high-quality sound when connected to a stereo receiver. However, for the last few months I have had a severe Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) issue...
by cartman
Sat Dec 14, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2015 Mini Cooper Questions
Replies: 15
Views: 1148

Re: 2015 Mini Cooper Questions

I have a 2015 mini cooper convertible and feel safe and confident in local traffic and on highways. Yes it is small, but is well constructed, has many safety features and has superior handling. While I acknowledge the mini it cooper does not have the safety of a large SUV passenger cabin, I offer th...
by cartman
Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:37 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: 2018 1099-B
Replies: 4
Views: 413

2018 1099-B

Vanguard appears to be somewhat late this year with making the 2018 1099-B's available on-line.

Curious if anyone else is experiencing this.

Thank you.
by cartman
Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoughts on Buying a Ryan Home?
Replies: 30
Views: 10032

Re: Thoughts on Buying a Ryan Home?

Ryan Homes built our home. While acknowledging it was one of Ryan Homes more expensive plans, our home and their warranty service was exceptional. They readily addressed issues where they had responsibility. And they have employees who specifically address warranty issues. One bit of advice (regardl...
by cartman
Sat Aug 11, 2018 7:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Planning a Florida Gulf Coast trip next February/March
Replies: 5
Views: 678

Planning a Florida Gulf Coast trip next February/March

It's August and I'm already dreading another winter in the northeast. To help with this depression, my wife and I are planning a trip to the Florida gulf coast in February or March 2019. While we are open to any area, our thoughts are to visit the Fort Myers/Naples area. As expected, prices for dece...
by cartman
Sun Jun 24, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2019 trip to France and Switzerland
Replies: 10
Views: 1214

2019 trip to France and Switzerland

My wife and I are planning a trip in the spring of 2019 to France and Switzerland. While in Paris we plan a one-day trip to Normandy for D-Day’s 75th anniversary. Our tentative itinerary is as follows; five nights in Paris including the day trip to Normandy, followed by four nights in Luzern, and th...
by cartman
Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need to replace my Vizio TV..............
Replies: 35
Views: 3674

Need to replace my Vizio TV..............

I purchased a Vizio 55" television approximately 30 months ago. Over the last few months the sound inexplicably goes silent after about 30 minutes of usage. I have been working with Vizio tech staff to determine the problem. Everything has been tested including switching from cable, to a DVD or...
by cartman
Sun Apr 22, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Traveling to italy.........
Replies: 19
Views: 2929

Traveling to italy.........

We'll be taking a train from Rome to La Spezia and on to to Cinque Terre. Is is advisable to purchase train tickets well in advance or is a day in advance or the morning of the trip sufficient time? Also, any recommendations on where to purchase leather goods while in Florence would be appreciated? ...
by cartman
Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wireless phone use in Italy
Replies: 18
Views: 2653

Re: Wireless phone use in Italy

I'm also traveling to Italy this summer and have T-Mobile with an unlimited text, data and voice plan.

Is it advisable for me to add the high speed option ($10 per month) while I am there?
by cartman
Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Providing client feedback to Vanguard.........
Replies: 12
Views: 1177

Providing client feedback to Vanguard.........

There are few purchases I make or services I receive that I am not asked by the provider to rate them. While I will admit at times these requests become annoying, I appreciate they want to know. I cannot say that about Vanguard. Rarely if ever am I asked to provide them timely feedback on my level o...
by cartman
Mon Jan 29, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 2017 1099-B
Replies: 15
Views: 1839

2017 1099-B

Typically this time of the year I would have received my Vanguard 1099-B. Not so this year.

Is anyone else also experiencing this delay?

Thank you,
by cartman
Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard Health Care Fund Admiral Shares........
Replies: 4
Views: 910

Vanguard Health Care Fund Admiral Shares........

According to my online Vanguard portfolio, Vanguard's Health Care Fund Admiral Shares dropped by $4.39 as of COB 12/20/17. I realize it is a volatile fund but can anyone confirm if this is accurate?

Thanks
by cartman
Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: VW passat engine light is on
Replies: 8
Views: 914

VW passat engine light is on

I had the same issue years ago with the same vehicle. Diagnostic test was performed at that time and it was determined to be nothing more than a coding issue. I suspect the same issue now since the car is running as well as ever. I plan to take it to my mechanic to have the same test performed but w...
by cartman
Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wifi Thermostat
Replies: 55
Views: 6724

Wifi Thermostat

I am interested in switching my current thermostat to one that has WiFi capability. My preference is to complete the work myself. I would value hearing from anyone that has installed this type of thermostat and share their experience with the level of complexity. I'm fairly comfortable doing electri...
by cartman
Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When purchasing a smartphone from T-Mobile
Replies: 6
Views: 964

When purchasing a smartphone from T-Mobile

I'm planning to purchase service and a smartphone from T-Mobile. While I prefer to purchase the phone from T-Mobile, the price for a Samsung Galaxy S8 is considerably cheaper from a big box store or Amazon. Has anyone had experience where T-Mobile will match the prices of their competitors?
by cartman
Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Convertible in Florida or not...
Replies: 38
Views: 4899

Re: Convertible in Florida or not...

I'm 65, married, living in Pittsburgh, and bought a mini cooper convertible two years ago. We're having a blast with it. I always tell people, the Mini is better than a paying a psychiatrist.

Oh, the convertible option doesn't seem to work in "The Burgh" from November through April.
by cartman
Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Possible January trip to Naples, Italy / Amalfi Coast
Replies: 37
Views: 3825

Re: Possible January trip to Naples, Italy / Amalfi Coast

Regarding Naples, I have lost touch with a dear friend who returned to his home town of Naples a number of years ago. Any suggestions how I can locate him?

Thank you.
by cartman
Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Florence Hotels.......
Replies: 25
Views: 2381

Florence Hotels.......

My wife and I traveled to Florence Italy this past spring and thoroughly enjoyed the city and region. The one issue we did have was the hotel. I understood we would not have the amenities that we enjoy in U.S. hotels but this hotel was to be kindly, very spartan. In fairness the location was terrifi...
by cartman
Wed Jul 19, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flying first class/ business......
Replies: 21
Views: 5310

Flying first class/ business......

My wife and I flew economy on our last trip to Europe. Because of connection issues in Rome, American Airlines booked us on another flight. We have decided on our next trip abroad to upgrade our seating to first or business class. The concern with this decision is what happens if we again need to be...
by cartman
Sat Jul 15, 2017 5:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Las Vegas Trip
Replies: 7
Views: 1726

Las Vegas Trip

My family is planning a trip this fall for about 6-7 nights to the Las Vegas area. Our preference is to stay at a property in the Las Vegas area rather on the strip. We plan to do some day trips i.e. Hoover dam, national parks and only spend a minimal amount of time on the strip. Any suggestions for...
by cartman
Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oregon personal Trip
Replies: 25
Views: 3768

Oregon personal Trip

My wife and I considering a 7-day trip to Oregon later this summer. Our initial thoughts are to fly into Portland, stay a day or two to see the city, and then to stop at a few wineries on the way to the coast. We would also like to do a little hiking while we are there. Our itinerary might be a litt...
by cartman
Sun Jun 04, 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flying first class, business, versus economy.
Replies: 184
Views: 26832

Flying first class, business, versus economy.

I recently returned from Italy and had a wonderful time, thanks to the many useful tips from fellow Bogleheads. The only issue my wife and I had was the flight. We flew economy with American Airlines. Even though we are on the small side, the seats were, nevertheless, uncomfortable and short on leg ...
by cartman
Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Voya's Corp. Leaders Trust Fund
Replies: 0
Views: 418

Voya's Corp. Leaders Trust Fund

I currently have shares of Voya Corporate Leaders Trust Fund within my Vanguard brokerage account.

Because of additional fund audit requirements, Voya is typically very late in providing my tax information to Vanguard. Does anyone else experience this issue?
by cartman
Sat Mar 18, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for a snazzy car
Replies: 79
Views: 7206

Re: Looking for a snazzy car

Suggest a mini convertible. Owned by BMW and assembled in Oxford U.K. Take one out for a test drive. Just extremely fun to drive.
by cartman
Thu Aug 04, 2016 8:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Florence, Italy Hotel?
Replies: 18
Views: 1534

Florence, Italy Hotel?

Planning a trip to Florence, Italy and Bogleheads have been extremely helpful thus far. Requesting help on where to stay in Florence for approximately four days. There are hundred's of hotels to choose from but interesting no U.S. or international chains. My wife and I looking for a property somewha...
by cartman
Tue Aug 02, 2016 8:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another Italy Trip
Replies: 33
Views: 2609

Re: Another Italy Trip

Thank you all for the responses. All valuable information. My wife and I were in Italy approximately 15 years ago. At that time we did the Perillo tours. You know..10 cities in 10 days. To have more freedom and to avoid gift shop stops, we're doing the planning this time. I particularly appreciate t...
by cartman
Mon Aug 01, 2016 3:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another Italy Trip
Replies: 33
Views: 2609

Another Italy Trip

My wife and I are planning a trip to Italy;

* 2 nights in Rome

* 3 nights in Florence

* 2 nights in Cinque Terre, and

* 2 final nights in Rome.

We're thinking this might be too ambitious. Maybe stay longer or reduce the traveling

Any thoughts would be appreciated.