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by MDfan
Fri Jun 18, 2021 5:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Movies - Name Five
Replies: 94
Views: 2515

Re: Favorite Movies - Name Five

ruralavalon wrote: Fri Jun 18, 2021 2:57 pm I want to add:

A Shot in the Dark - the best Pink Panther movie
Stand By Me
Moon Over Miami - the first movie musical
Topper
The Cheap Detective
Clue

We are 75 years old, and have seen a lot of good movies. 5 is way too limiting :( .
Stand by Me is a great one that I forgot.
by MDfan
Fri Jun 18, 2021 8:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Movies - Name Five
Replies: 94
Views: 2515

Re: Favorite Movies - Name Five

The Princess Bride
The Hangover (#1)
There's Something About Mary
Saving Private Ryan
Good Will Hunting
Hell or High Water (tied for 5th)
by MDfan
Wed Jun 16, 2021 10:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Refrigerator Filters
Replies: 72
Views: 3862

Re: Refrigerator Filters

Since I'm only changing the filter 1-2 times a year, I don't mind paying for the Whirlpool filters.
by MDfan
Mon Jun 14, 2021 3:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should you tip landscapers?
Replies: 57
Views: 9795

Re: Should you tip landscapers?

Nicolas wrote: Wed May 06, 2020 10:46 pm No, never have, never will. I’m opposed to tipping.
I really hope you eat all your meals at home.
by MDfan
Sun Jun 13, 2021 11:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tire flat fixing for beginners
Replies: 145
Views: 6788

Re: Tire flat fixing for beginners

#1 for me. Unless they are in what they know to be a very safe neighborhood, I always tell my kids to stay in the car and call for service. I don't care what it costs me. I had a very good friend whose son was killed by a drunk driver after getting out of his car to check his engine on the side of a...
by MDfan
Thu Jun 10, 2021 11:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rowing Machines- Home Use
Replies: 47
Views: 2806

Re: Rowing Machines- Home Use

Love the Hydrow. Has me working out 5 days a week and I enjoy it much more than the Peloton that we had (and sold for a very good price). It's a fantastic workout and I love the variety of classes and locations. Expensive for sure, but it's been well worth it for me.
by MDfan
Thu Jun 10, 2021 9:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 5222
Views: 1340554

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

For golf fans, I highly recommend reading Tom Coyne's books. His first one, Paper Tiger, chronicles his year-long quest to improve his golf game enough to get to, and through, the PGA's Qualifying School. Basically, he devoted one full year of his life to improving his golf game and his fitness to a...
by MDfan
Tue Jun 08, 2021 1:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much did you spend on your kids college beyond 529?
Replies: 28
Views: 1657

Re: How much did you spend on your kids college beyond 529?

We have paid full tuition for all 3 of our kids (all large state universities, two were out of state with scholarships). We paid for all off-campus apartment-related costs, books, travel to and from home, fraternity/sorority dues, and we gave each of our kids a certain amount of money per month for ...
by MDfan
Sun Jun 06, 2021 8:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do you spend on a hotel per night on a family vacation?
Replies: 104
Views: 8844

Re: How much do you spend on a hotel per night on a family vacation?

I think it all depends on where you are. We have 5 people (3 adult kids when we travel now) so we always look for VRBO or AirBnB first. If not, we'll get 2 hotel rooms. I'm a federal employee so I always check the govt. rate which can be a good bit cheaper depending on where you're going. The lowest...
by MDfan
Sat Jun 05, 2021 6:50 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Return to Work - How is your company dealing with it?
Replies: 260
Views: 23678

Re: Return to Work - How is your company dealing with it?

I'm a federal employee in DCand we have tentatively been told we'll go back in some form in September. I already worked from hime 3 days every pay period before Covid and I'm anticipating at least 3 days a week WFH when we go back, if not more. I manage an office with a very small group of attorneys...
by MDfan
Thu Jun 03, 2021 7:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Great workout shirts for $20 or less
Replies: 42
Views: 3075

Re: Great workout shirts for $20 or less

Love UA t-shirts. I don't mind paying extra for a quality, comfortable shirts. And they're really not that expensive at a UA outlet.
by MDfan
Wed May 26, 2021 6:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tucson versus Sedona
Replies: 33
Views: 4022

Re: Tucson versus Sedona

Sedona’s “red rock” scenery is truly spectacular, but the allure of the town quickly wears off after you realize that Sedona is about 95 percent a tourist trap. A beautiful tourist trap, but a tourist trap nevertheless. Clogged roads, over-crowded restaurants, way too many t-shirt shops. It’s fun f...
by MDfan
Tue May 25, 2021 3:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tucson versus Sedona
Replies: 33
Views: 4022

Re: Tucson versus Sedona

Sedona is one of my favorite places in the U.S. It would definitely be cooler, too. But if you've already been there a few times, try Tucson.
by MDfan
Tue May 25, 2021 10:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you justify family vacation costs?
Replies: 198
Views: 13192

Re: How do you justify family vacation costs?

Family vacations are the one thing I will spend liberally on with zero regrets or reservations. Family time is the reason I work. I'll spend $10k/week on a vacation and not feel bad, because I can afford it, and so can you. Exactly. Vacations are the one thing I will always spend way too much money...
by MDfan
Fri May 21, 2021 8:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mid-Atlantic vacation ideas with kids
Replies: 11
Views: 1472

Re: Mid-Atlantic vacation ideas with kids

dukeblue219 wrote: Thu May 20, 2021 11:59 am Deep Creek Lake in Western Maryland. They have some attractions for kids, as well as lots of lake activities. It's much cooler than summertime at the beach in the mid Atlantic.
If you do Deep Creek, you are not far at all from some world-class whitewater rafting in West VA.
by MDfan
Fri May 21, 2021 3:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Acura RDX vs Honda CRV Touring/EX-L
Replies: 39
Views: 3676

Re: Acura RDX vs Honda CRV Touring/EX-L

IN response to that I would say, I just took a long-ish trip in my car and got almost 30 mpg which I thought was pretty good. For me, the turbo engine is awesome, but I'm coming from a Hyundai Sonata. I noticed very little cabin noise on my trips, but again it may be because my previous car had a li...
by MDfan
Fri May 21, 2021 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Acura RDX vs Honda CRV Touring/EX-L
Replies: 39
Views: 3676

Re: Acura RDX vs Honda CRV Touring/EX-L

Been looking at the new 2021 CRV. Considering Touring, EX-L, or Hybrid Touring/EX-L. Finding that inventory is low due to chip shortage and dealers are mostly not budging from MSRP. I think this idea that dealers are not budging is fake. There might be a chip shortage, but there can be plenty of ca...
by MDfan
Fri May 21, 2021 6:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to get out of a timeshare presentation?
Replies: 142
Views: 12502

Re: How to get out of a timeshare presentation?

I'd rather have a limb amputated than have to deal with any kind of low rent sales weasel for more than 15 seconds. There is no such thing as a free lunch or dinner. We don't visit or stay at any place that requires listening to any type of sales pitch regardless of the "prize". Ours felt...
by MDfan
Thu May 20, 2021 12:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cars -- When and Why Did You Switch from Economy/Practicality to Luxury?
Replies: 211
Views: 14288

Re: Cars -- When and Why Did You Switch from Economy/Practicality to Luxury?

I'm almost 60 and I just upgraded from a Hyundai Sonata (Limited version, which we gave to our daughter) to a new Acura RDX. First thing I've owned other than a Honda, Nissan or Hyundai. Love it so far. I'm not a big car guy. We looked at both the Lexus NX and the Acura. Really liked the Lexus but c...
by MDfan
Tue May 18, 2021 3:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to get out of a timeshare presentation?
Replies: 142
Views: 12502

Re: How to get out of a timeshare presentation?

If they're going to hound me the minute I walk in the lobby of the hotel (as they did in Vegas a few years ago), I don't feel bad at all taking their gifts. I even told the girl in the lobby we're not interested and she kept on and said just go to the presentation. So I said ok and then just said &q...
by MDfan
Sun May 16, 2021 5:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 2893
Views: 287658

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

Two new excellent cop dramas with foreign female leads here: I just finished a Swedish one called Huss , set in Gothenburg (not sure if available in USA), and have started HBO's Mare of Easttown , starring Kate Winslet as a haggard, Rolling Rock-drinking detective in gloomy SE Pennsylvania. We coul...
by MDfan
Sun May 16, 2021 5:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 2893
Views: 287658

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

We have recorded but not yet watched the new Winslet HBO police drama. I was hoping that it might be a refreshing change. "City on a Hill" season 2 was so bad that even the hilarity that is Kevin Bacon couldn't save it for us. It went beyond woke, to it made me choke. It seems in recent y...
by MDfan
Mon May 03, 2021 6:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your high school graduate going to be doing?
Replies: 69
Views: 5815

Re: What is your high school graduate going to be doing?

We paid 100% for our 3 kids' college (one in-state public, two out of state public). One majored in Communications, one in Economics, and one in Marketing/Finance. The first 2 did well and have good jobs. The 3rd will graduate next Spring. All 3 worked during college for spending money (although we ...
by MDfan
Sun Apr 25, 2021 3:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Low sodium restaurant foods
Replies: 66
Views: 4445

Re: Low sodium restaurant foods

At Denny's, the least bad choice is the wild Alaska salmon. This salmon with dinner bread has 1190 mg of sodium. Among the side dishes, broccoli is the best choice (180 mg of sodium and no bad fats whatsoever). That's still 1370 mg of sodium. It's sad that this is what passes for low sodium at Denn...
by MDfan
Fri Apr 23, 2021 9:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wireless Earbuds/Headphones Recommendations?
Replies: 59
Views: 4389

Re: Wireless Earbuds/Headphones Recommendations?

I bought the MPows and so far they've been great. Just as good, for my purposes, as my kids' way more expensive Apple Air Pods. I have had them for about 6 months and I use them on walks, treadmill, stationary bike, etc.
by MDfan
Sat Apr 17, 2021 8:45 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How close to retirement age would you start to coast instead of grinding it out?
Replies: 125
Views: 12597

Re: How close to retirement age would you start to coast instead of grinding it out?

I switched from medium/Big law 20+ years ago to a federal govt. attorney position and have worked maybe one weekend (or a handful of times past 5:30) in 23 years. Best decision I ever made. And now I'm 6 months from being eligible to retire at 60, so I am definitely on cruise control at this point (...
by MDfan
Wed Apr 14, 2021 1:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Acura TLX or RDX owners?
Replies: 27
Views: 1542

Re: Any Acura TLX or RDX owners?

Thanks. What "must have" extras come with the Advanced package? Looks like there's a Technology package, an Advanced package and an "A-Spec" package. Also, is that different from the True Car purchase service available to everyone? There is no difference in the safety features, ...
by MDfan
Wed Apr 14, 2021 12:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Acura TLX or RDX owners?
Replies: 27
Views: 1542

Re: Any Acura TLX or RDX owners?

I just bought an Acura RDX about a month ago for my wife. We looked at the Toyota RAV4, Lexus NX/RX, BMW X3, and were going to see the Subaru Ascent when we found the RDX (same dealer, different side of the lot). It was in the color that my wife wanted and had the Advanced package trim. My wife tho...
by MDfan
Wed Apr 14, 2021 11:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Acura TLX or RDX owners?
Replies: 27
Views: 1542

Any Acura TLX or RDX owners?

Need to buy a new car and I am strongly considering the Acura TLX or a small SUV like the RDX. I have never "splurged" on a car, but I feel like it's time. We keep our cars for a long time so I'm going to buy something a little more upscale this time. Also looking at the Lexus (ES or the N...
by MDfan
Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip insurance for beach vacation?
Replies: 13
Views: 844

Re: Trip insurance for beach vacation?

We did a beach trip in October and never felt unsafe at all. Very easy to distance at the beach and to eat outside if you want.
by MDfan
Wed Apr 07, 2021 1:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shoe Choice for a Walker
Replies: 33
Views: 2754

Re: Shoe Choice for a Walker

For walking on smooth surfaces, running shoes that work for you are best. I like supportive and cushioned shoes. If I wear a cushion only with no support structure my feet tell me. Brooks Adrenaline GTS are my go to shoes. Version 20/Version 21 are both fantastic. But, each person has to know what ...
by MDfan
Tue Mar 23, 2021 7:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 2893
Views: 287658

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

Nate Bargatze The Tennessee Kid on Netflix A stand-up comic I had not heard of. Luckily I gave it more than the first three minutes. One of the more talented guys I've watched in a long time. Funny, clean. Laugh out loud for my wife and me. If you watch it, stay tuned for the closing credits which ...
by MDfan
Tue Mar 16, 2021 4:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much income would justify paying $2500 for a finance planner?
Replies: 58
Views: 5848

Re: How much income would justify paying $2500 for a finance planner?

We pay a fixed annual fee similar to what you're taking about for our advisor. He provides us with investment advice and money advice in general. We hired him based on a number of positive recommendations as I was about two years out from retirement. We will probably use him through our first couple...
by MDfan
Sun Mar 14, 2021 12:45 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Retirement: Help I want out!
Replies: 58
Views: 7278

Re: Retirement: Help I want out!

Personally, I would not want to retire with any debt/mortgage. Otherwise, looks like you're good to me. If you have the money to pay it off if you wanted to, and your interest rate is low enough (ours is 2.625), I don't see any issue with a mortgage in retirement. I'm retiring this year with about ...
by MDfan
Sat Mar 06, 2021 5:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are your alternatives to big name brands, like Amazon?
Replies: 72
Views: 5062

Re: What are your alternatives to big name brands, like Amazon?

After Amazon Web Services decided to do what they did in taking down a major web site that shall not be named, I deleted all my credit card info with them (and Zappos) and changed my username to Amazonblows. I do my Internet searches through DuckDuckGo and have not had a problem finding what I've n...
by MDfan
Tue Mar 02, 2021 12:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do you spend nightly for hotels (leisure/vacation)?
Replies: 213
Views: 12989

Re: How much do you spend nightly for hotels (leisure/vacation)?

When we take the whole family (3 kids in their 20s), we have to get 2 rooms so we look for something nice in the $100-150 range (or a nice AirBnB if we can find one). I'm a federal employee and usually can get a government rate at chain hotels which helps a lot. We got a $450/night Wyndham oceanfron...
by MDfan
Sun Feb 21, 2021 8:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: too much in 401k may be forced to quit job
Replies: 183
Views: 17068

Re: too much in 401k may be forced to quit job

guys, i think this the first case (that i ever heard of) being discriminated at work based on your 401k balance. is that covered by law? any lawyers here? What discrimination? Having an angry president and coworkers asking why you don't retire isn't discrimination. So you will be ok if people treat...
by MDfan
Sun Feb 21, 2021 8:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: too much in 401k may be forced to quit job
Replies: 183
Views: 17068

Re: too much in 401k may be forced to quit job

I am not a lawyer either, but I believe that an age discrimination claim needs to be accompanied by proof of a pattern of maltreatment based on the employee's age. So, it is not age discrimination if other employees of similar age have not been harassed. However, I suspect that if OP wants to take ...
by MDfan
Sun Feb 21, 2021 7:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone planning on traveling after vaccine?
Replies: 32
Views: 2432

Re: Anyone planning on traveling after vaccine?

I have a cruise booked for late July. Hoping that all in my party will be able to go. Also eager to get back to Vegas, as that was one of 2020 trips that got scuttled. Cruising is the one thing I have little desire to ever do again. Although I admit I wasn't a big fan in the first place. Maybe an A...
by MDfan
Sun Feb 21, 2021 7:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone planning on traveling after vaccine?
Replies: 32
Views: 2432

Re: Anyone planning on traveling after vaccine?

2 weeks after a 2nd dose of vaccine, anyone is itching to travel again? And to where? We are dreaming of some place warm but still apprehensive. I have been traveling this entire time. No issues. Haven't flown yet, but we have traveled multiple times in the past year. Did a beach vacation and some ...
by MDfan
Sun Feb 21, 2021 6:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: too much in 401k may be forced to quit job
Replies: 183
Views: 17068

Re: too much in 401k may be forced to quit job

Lawyer up! Start documenting everything (they sure are!). It's going to get worse. Your 401K is none of their business and asking you to quit based on it is discriminatory. Again, there's nothing at all discriminatory unless it's based on some protected category. Just being treated really poorly by...
by MDfan
Sun Feb 21, 2021 3:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: too much in 401k may be forced to quit job
Replies: 183
Views: 17068

Re: too much in 401k may be forced to quit job

But in order to file a lawsuit, there has to be a protected basis for the hostile work environment - race, sex, age, disability, etc. Unless there is some form of law in the OP's state that may protect questioning one's 401k balance. Right, I wasn't suggesting the OP should go that far. Companies w...
by MDfan
Sun Feb 21, 2021 2:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: too much in 401k may be forced to quit job
Replies: 183
Views: 17068

Re: too much in 401k may be forced to quit job

Not sure if it's worth fighting tbh. Toxic culture won't change overnight, especially when they just appointed a new president who apparently failed corporate compliance training. And, honestly, while people keep talking about employment law, I'm not sure what "employment law" something l...
by MDfan
Sun Feb 21, 2021 2:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: too much in 401k may be forced to quit job
Replies: 183
Views: 17068

Re: too much in 401k may be forced to quit job

Not sure if it's worth fighting tbh. Toxic culture won't change overnight, especially when they just appointed a new president who apparently failed corporate compliance training. And, honestly, while people keep talking about employment law, I'm not sure what "employment law" something l...
by MDfan
Fri Feb 12, 2021 8:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Breakfast cereal?
Replies: 172
Views: 18474

Re: Breakfast cereal?

MishkaWorries wrote: Wed Feb 10, 2021 2:40 pm I prefer Lucky Charms.
Me too. I rotate with Cocoa Puffs and Captain Crunch.
by MDfan
Sat Feb 06, 2021 9:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: COVID habits you will keep...?
Replies: 95
Views: 3999

Re: COVID habits you will keep...?

Once I'm vaccinated, I can't wait to fly, travel, go to sporting events, movies and concerts, eat out and do all the things we did before. Already have trips planned for late summer and Fall.
by MDfan
Sun Jan 31, 2021 1:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone prefer their old golf clubs?
Replies: 54
Views: 4322

Re: Anyone prefer their old golf clubs?

BogleFan510 wrote: Sun Jan 31, 2021 12:53 am Nothing like the feel of Jack Nicholas persimmon woods. So what if I give up 30 yds. Woods are supposed to be wood. Drives are not supposed to go 'ping'.
30 yards is quite a big difference. I don't care what my driver sounds like as long as I can hit it consistently.
by MDfan
Thu Jan 28, 2021 7:33 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Marcus $100 bonus
Replies: 106
Views: 11281

Re: Marcus $100 bonus

Doesn't seem worth the hassle for $100. But I just got an offer in the mail from M&T Bank for a $350 bonus to deposit $10k for the months of February and March. So, that one seems worth it.
by MDfan
Wed Jan 27, 2021 4:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 6801
Views: 1477880

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Artful Dodger wrote: Mon Jan 25, 2021 1:33 pm Watched "Princess Bride" over the weekend. Silly, but enjoyable. Had not seen in 20+ years. A very young Mandy Patinkin. Robin Wright's first (?) film.
One of the all-time great comedies. In my opinion.
by MDfan
Tue Jan 26, 2021 8:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I just bought a Peloton - Love it!
Replies: 116
Views: 10978

Re: I just bought a Peloton - Love it!

For anyone contemplating purchasing a Peloton, I wanted to chime in and offer my 2 cents. After a week of use, I can see exactly why people enjoy it. The instructors combined with the friendly user interface and convenience factor are absolute game changers. In my opinion a Peloton should be standa...