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by Barefoot
Sat Jan 02, 2021 4:34 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: RMD @ 72 seems quite high according to calculator
Replies: 182
Views: 11183

Re: RMD @ 72 seems quite high according to calculator

JoeRetire wrote: Sat Jan 02, 2021 4:27 pm Perhaps JoeRetire said the same thing in a manner more acceptable to the forum police:

We have police? :shock:
They get their badges from facebook marketplace
by Barefoot
Tue Oct 27, 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best place to sell used truck (1998)
Replies: 31
Views: 1836

Re: Best place to sell used truck (1998)

Dan1500 wrote: Mon Oct 26, 2020 7:34 pm You might investigate www.bringatrailer.com if it is in excellent condition.
There's one like it (but fewer miles) on Cars & Bids right now
by Barefoot
Sun Sep 27, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Music for a camping trip
Replies: 66
Views: 4223

Re: Music for a camping trip

Random Musings wrote: Sun Sep 27, 2020 8:48 pm As a person who likes to camp and hike, the enjoyment comes from being surrounded in nature and away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Be courteous and put on ear buds.
This
by Barefoot
Sun Sep 27, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Were you nervous when you retired?
Replies: 98
Views: 10568

Re: Were you nervous when you retired?

I retired at 60. I liked my job (but don't miss the administrivia BS at all), but there were many things I wanted to do outside of work that I didn't have enough vacation time for. I miss the people I worked with, but I wouldn't have the personal interactions now with most people working from home a...
by Barefoot
Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Prius owners...advice?
Replies: 22
Views: 2414

Re: Prius owners...advice?

We had a 2010. I didn't have to do it, but the battery can be replaced with a rebuilt one for much less than buying a new one.

We sold ours with around 150K miles because we just weren't driving it since Mrs Barefoot was mainly working from home. It had been extremely reliable.
by Barefoot
Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Books or Courses on leadership that helped your career
Replies: 51
Views: 2754

Re: Books or Courses on leadership that helped your career

Never took any specific training, never read books on the subject. Never had a specific mentor. What I did do consciously was always accept invitations to go out to dinner or whatever after hours with more senior people while on travel. I learned quite a bit by being able to interact with them after...
by Barefoot
Tue Sep 01, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: TSP Balance will be close to 1M (hopefully) in a few years
Replies: 19
Views: 2564

Re: TSP Balance will be close to 1M (hopefully) in a few years

Does a govt salary earned overseas count towards Social Security?

If not, you want to make sure you have enough time with qualified earnings before you retire.
by Barefoot
Fri Jun 12, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Frequency of Withdrawals in Retirement
Replies: 50
Views: 4317

Re: Frequency of Withdrawals in Retirement

Once a month, just like a paycheck.
by Barefoot
Sat May 30, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Career advice for science PhD student
Replies: 78
Views: 6483

Re: Career advice for science PhD student

Mrs Barefoot is a biochemist in the grant funded research side of academia. The young people she works with are having to do multiple post-docs to be competitive for tenure track positions.
by Barefoot
Wed May 20, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ford F150 Engine long term reliability - V8 versus Turbo V6?
Replies: 86
Views: 6878

Re: Ford F150 Engine long term reliability - V8 versus Turbo V6?

Teague wrote: Tue May 19, 2020 6:38 pm But, where do the blow-by gases, PCV fumes go? Right past the intake valve, without the benefit of gasoline cleansing the oily deposits off?
You'd think an engine guy would know about PCV, oil catch cans and the like...
by Barefoot
Wed May 20, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Some possible luxury SUV choices to buy: Opinions?
Replies: 210
Views: 18155

Re: Some possible luxury SUV choices to buy: Opinions?

I have a relative who works for FCA, she just bought a new Subaru...
by Barefoot
Sat May 16, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tire shop returned my van with a broken part!
Replies: 27
Views: 1917

Re: Tire shop returned my van with a broken part!

I replaced a rusted spare tire winch on a Sienna I used to have before the TSB ever came out. It was pretty cheap on Amazon, and I did myself.
by Barefoot
Tue May 12, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Planning for Layoff: Communicate my status?
Replies: 22
Views: 2501

Re: Planning for Layoff: Communicate my status?

I got laid off years ago (before Linkedin or even e-mail). I got until the end of the day to clear out my stuff, and 2 weeks severance. I spent the rest of my last day on the job calling everyone I knew who might be able to help me find a new job. I didn't even think about filing for unemployment. T...
by Barefoot
Fri May 01, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?
Replies: 1034
Views: 46977

Re: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?

We saw a pair of Indigo Buntings today
by Barefoot
Sat Apr 18, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I buy a new rice cooker from Zojirushi?
Replies: 103
Views: 11061

Re: Should I buy a new rice cooker from Zojirushi?

We had one for many years. When it died, Mrs Barefoot didn't hesitate, she bought another one.
by Barefoot
Sun Apr 12, 2020 9:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Career question
Replies: 12
Views: 1450

Re: Career question

When I was in that position, we always let the person go with congratulations on their new opportunity. It was always good in the long run to have friendly faces is other parts of the organization. Not everybody saw it that way, and we had many more people trying to transfer in than transfer out. Us...
by Barefoot
Sun Apr 12, 2020 9:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Does anyone own a 2nd home/vacation home?
Replies: 7
Views: 1090

Re: Does anyone own a 2nd home/vacation home?

Trader Joe wrote: Sun Apr 12, 2020 8:18 pm Yes I do, but I would never rent out my home.
x2
by Barefoot
Sun Apr 12, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Early Pension is tempting me...
Replies: 28
Views: 3386

Re: Early Pension is tempting me...

My vote is for lump sum now.
by Barefoot
Sun Apr 05, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda Accord 2015 Battery Swap Out: do it myself?
Replies: 33
Views: 1441

Re: Honda Accord 2015 Battery Swap Out: do it myself?

I was on travel a couple of years ago with a co-worker who had a late model VW GTI. His car wouldn't start in the hotel parking lot, so a couple other guys who had tools in their cars collected up what we had and we jump started the VW to be sure that the battery was the problem. We were all set to ...
by Barefoot
Sat Apr 04, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trane or Carrier heat pump?
Replies: 5
Views: 774

Re: Trane or Carrier heat pump?

Teague wrote: Thu Apr 02, 2020 11:05 pm Whichever one is installed by better techs. Really, that's how it works.
Agree. Quality of the installation is more important than Trane vs Carrier.
by Barefoot
Sat Apr 04, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Where's Warren Buffett During This Crisis?
Replies: 181
Views: 26413

Re: Where's Warren Buffett During This Crisis?

fwellimort wrote: Fri Apr 03, 2020 9:12 pm
He sold just enough to be under 10%. Probably due to SEC filings.
He doesn't want to report if he has to (there's more headaches once berkshire own more than 10% holdings of the stock)
If he was worried about being over 10%, why did he buy DAL just several weeks ago?
by Barefoot
Sun Mar 29, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: UPDATE: 50% paycut after starting new job
Replies: 53
Views: 7086

Re: 50% paycut after starting new job

Humility101 wrote: Sat Mar 28, 2020 9:40 pm How long should I wait it out at the startup before returning to safer pastures?
'til first thing Monday morning
by Barefoot
Sat Mar 28, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?
Replies: 1034
Views: 46977

Re: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?

We had a pair of bluebirds spend a couple of hours trying to get into our house yesterday.
by Barefoot
Sat Mar 21, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota CPO Issue
Replies: 22
Views: 1199

Re: Toyota CPO Issue

Is the "Platinum Warranty" from Toyota (corporate, not just the dealer), or some third party?

If it's from a third party it could be good, or it could be useless. Can't tell without some research.
by Barefoot
Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Why Shouldn't I Buy McDonalds Or Coke?
Replies: 69
Views: 10872

Re: Why Shouldn't I Buy McDonalds Or Coke?

F150HD wrote: Mon Mar 16, 2020 2:29 pm
What's up w/ McDonalds stock today?
Closed their dining areas today
by Barefoot
Thu Mar 05, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Be fearful when others are greedy. Be greedy when others are fearful.
Replies: 129
Views: 9500

Re: Be fearful when others are greedy. Be greedy when others are fearful.

StormShadow wrote: Thu Mar 05, 2020 5:31 pm People are terrified!
This is nothing compared to 2008
by Barefoot
Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Perform own oil change pros & cons?
Replies: 224
Views: 11678

Re: Perform own oil change pros & cons?

Hogan773 wrote: Wed Feb 19, 2020 4:41 pm They must want to get people in there so they can also change the blinker fluid for only $19.99 extra,
My place will align the muffler bearings for free just to get you in there
by Barefoot
Tue Feb 18, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Perform own oil change pros & cons?
Replies: 224
Views: 11678

Re: Perform own oil change pros & cons?

I'm 62 and have been doing it myself since I was helping my Dad on his cars when I was a kid.

I can see the day coming when I get tired of crawling under there, but not anytime soon.
by Barefoot
Fri Feb 07, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Oil?
Replies: 124
Views: 11339

Re: Best Oil?

I recently did some research prior to the first change in my car that has direct injection. I learned that lower volatility oil is recommended to reduce deposits on intake valves. Speaking generically, the "european formula" oils meet that requirement. For your LC, this isn't a considerati...
by Barefoot
Fri Feb 07, 2020 10:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Grad with fashion design degree looking for job in that field
Replies: 99
Views: 4181

Re: New Grad with fashion design degree looking for job in that field

I'll add a data point. My niece got a fashion degree in Dec '16. She worked for several years as a waitress, and has recently started a job at the bottom rung in a Human Resources office. She's still waiting tables part time for $. I could make a comment about the MRS degree, but I'll save it for an...
by Barefoot
Sat Feb 01, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Major renovation work for the house
Replies: 16
Views: 1323

Re: Major renovation work for the house

we had a very nice gas insert fireplace installed by a top rated company during our renovation. A permit was optional. We asked for it and paid $150 and the county thankfully came out. The inspector pressure tested the new gas line and found that it wouldn’t hold pressure and there was a major leak...
by Barefoot
Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: to pre-nup or not?
Replies: 133
Views: 12330

Re: to pre-nup or not?

michaeljc70 wrote: Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:41 pm So, the prenup said she got everything?
Yup, and he didn't read it.
by Barefoot
Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: to pre-nup or not?
Replies: 133
Views: 12330

Re: to pre-nup or not?

My FIL got a pre-nup when he got re-married later in life. Unfortunately, his future wife's attorney wrote it and he didn't read it. Big mistake. The good news is that the divorce judge declared that it was pretty unfair, and he was able to salvage about 50% of his pre-marital assets instead of losi...
by Barefoot
Sat Jan 18, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Some possible luxury SUV choices to buy: Opinions?
Replies: 210
Views: 18155

Re: Some possible luxury SUV choices to buy: Opinions?

I had a loaded Hyundai Santa Fe for a several day rental a few months ago. I was pleasantly surprised.
by Barefoot
Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: what to do with old engineering text books
Replies: 72
Views: 6698

Re: what to do with old engineering text books

dcabler wrote: Tue Jan 14, 2020 2:24 pm And I did that as soon as the class was over. :D
Yup, sold mine for beer money.
by Barefoot
Wed Jan 08, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Irrational Fear of Injury in Small Car?
Replies: 124
Views: 8387

Re: Irrational Fear of Injury in Small Car?

It seems peculiar but apparently in the NYC metro area, assuming the data is reliable, the Camry Hybrid is the most dangerous car . See the second to last table. https://www.iseecars.com/most-dangerous-cars-2019-study According to the last table in that link, you really don't want to be a Yaris dri...
by Barefoot
Thu Jan 02, 2020 6:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Now is a good time to start tracking your net worth.
Replies: 123
Views: 11829

Re: Now is a good time to start tracking your net worth.

Why do I need to know my net worth?

Why should I care?
by Barefoot
Thu Dec 19, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to expect buying a new 2020 "build your own" BMW
Replies: 40
Views: 3260

Re: What to expect buying a new 2020 "build your own" BMW

And: you know that the 4 series is about to get a redesign, right? https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a28749210/bmw-4-series-coupe-future-2021/ Right, so he needs to buy NOW. Or else THIS will happen: https://s3-prod.autoweek.com/styles/width_792/s3/spy-1.jpg Jesus. I saw the camo pictures where it ...
by Barefoot
Tue Dec 17, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2019 VW GTI or Hyundai Elantra GT N?
Replies: 43
Views: 1997

Re: 2019 VW GTI or Hyundai Elantra GT N?

Teach the wife how to drive a stick
by Barefoot
Thu Dec 12, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Huge electricity usage spike
Replies: 64
Views: 4535

Re: Huge electricity usage spike

Similar thing happened to me about 1990. I complained long and loud and they finally settled for my paying 1/2 of the 1 month exorbitant bill.

2 weeks later, they quietly came and replaced the meter, but wouldn't refund me the amount that I was still clearly overcharged that month.
by Barefoot
Fri Nov 29, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Just had home inspection done. What should I get fixed before closing?
Replies: 22
Views: 2908

Re: Just had home inspection done. What should I get fixed before closing?

When I bought my house, the inspector gave me that "water heater near the end of its life" line.

23 years later, that same water heater it chugging along same as it always has.

I have drained it a few times.
by Barefoot
Wed Nov 13, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Teenage Driver Accident - Insurance advice needed
Replies: 7
Views: 740

Re: Teenage Driver Accident - Insurance advice needed

I was in a similar situation. My son backed into another car in a driveway.

I paid the other person's body shop bill plus about a week's worth of rental car.

It cost me around $1500, and I never asked my insurance agent how much it would have cost me to go through them.
by Barefoot
Wed Nov 13, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bring A Trailer (car auction website)
Replies: 18
Views: 2572

Re: Bring A Trailer (car auction website)

I know lots of people who follow BAT, and everyone of them is very aware of the 2 minute anti sniping thing. I've bid, but never won. When I get ready to bid, I make sure my computer time is synched. When I'm looking at a listing, I will occasionally get a message to confirm that my time is synched ...
by Barefoot
Sun Nov 10, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for Car experts - how urgent/important are these maintenance items
Replies: 36
Views: 3847

Re: Question for Car experts - how urgent/important are these maintenance items

Off topic - but FYI for Toyota owners: You don't need to replace the full wiper blades on Toyotas. You can replace just the rubber thingy's inside the actual wiper blade. I recently went by my local dealer to get wiper blade inserts for my '07 4Runner. When the parts counter guy brought them to me ...
by Barefoot
Sat Nov 09, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do you charge your employer for the time that you spend working on your off days?
Replies: 145
Views: 8764

Re: Do you charge your employer for the time that you spend working on your off days?

My experience is that professional people who don't want to put in more than 40 hours get remembered when it comes time to draw up a list for layoffs... And people who do what it takes get thought of when promotion time comes. I never bothered to get a work phone. I just made my personal number avai...
by Barefoot
Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: TSP Contributions - Retiring Mid Year
Replies: 16
Views: 1271

Re: TSP Contributions - Retiring Mid Year

Morgan Dollar 1921 wrote: Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:56 am however I do not recall if that portion is allowed to be used to move you into the bonus multiplier, (1.1% x 20 years).
It does not
by Barefoot
Thu Nov 07, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car folks! Bottom of depreciation curve right now?
Replies: 20
Views: 3913

Re: Car folks! Bottom of depreciation curve right now?

IMHO the S2000 is past the bottom and rising again.
by Barefoot
Wed Nov 06, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Does umbrella insurance premium change over time?
Replies: 13
Views: 1058

Re: Does umbrella insurance premium change over time?

Mine went way down when my kids went out on their own and off my car insurance.
by Barefoot
Sun Nov 03, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Car rental insurance experiences
Replies: 31
Views: 3364

Re: Car rental insurance experiences

I'm in the middle of a dispute with Europcar. When picking up a car, I mentioned a minor flaw on a wheel to the lot attendant, who said not to worry about documenting it because it was small. Of course, when I returned the car, they documented it and charged my credit card for the damage after I got...